Summer Faves!

I’m currently in a writer’s block, but I’ve been wanting to write a faves post for a little bit. So I apologize if you could care less about what random things I’m into, but here we go anyway!!

My Summer must faves:

Burt’s Bees Lipstick
I found this gem at Shoppers and I have been in love ever since. I’m actually on my second one, only because someone stole my first (who steals lipstick?!). It’s moisturizing, with a slight colour to it. Perfecto for the summer time!
(In Nile Nude)

Levi Restored Cut Off Shorts
I get compliments on these shorts all the time and I’m not going to lie, I’m a little surprised by that. I mean I full on love these shorts, but they don’t really do much for my body shape. I love them because 1) my buttcheeks do not hang out 2) they’re hella comfortable and 3) I can dress them up or dress them down.
(I got mine from Aritzia)

Argan Oil
I actually think I’ve written about this oil before, but I have to give it another shout out. I do not know what the heck’s been going on, but my skin has been going mental. Too oily or too dry (my fault I overused tea tree oil), basically a pimple party. But this stuff has saved me again. I use it both on my skin, in my hair and even mix it in with my foundation. It’s basically the bomb dot com.


Cold Brew Coffee
Random AF, I know. But another thing I’ve been digging lately (probably because I’m working more than I’m sleeping). In my understanding, cold brew coffee has more caffeine than normal coffee?? That’s what I tell myself anyway. haha. Anyways, my go to order: cold brew, coconut milk and sugar-free caramel.

The Black Mirror
I’ve actually watched this entire series before, but I just got back into it.. and guys…. what are you doing if you haven’t watched this Netflix series yet!? This show pushes the boundaries and starts conversations. Basically, this show takes certain societal concepts and exaggerates them to the extreme. Check it out!

I think I will forever be obsessed with Tumblr. I know, this is so random, but Tumblr is just the best. I just love scrolling and reading the positive quotes and seeing beautiful pictures from around the world. If you want to see some of the stuff I dig, check out my page: Siempre Para Siempre.

Maaji Bathing Suits
I used to work at a swim suit store (fun fact of the day), so I was lucky enough to get to try out a few different bathing suit brands at buyer prices and Maaji is by far my favourite. I think I’ve had my suit for three years now and it still looks brand new and I still get compliments on it all the time.  They are on the pricey side, but in my opinion very worth it! Definitely, check them out!!



Modern Day Dating

Have no fear, Ashley is here.. to be the crash test dummy when it comes to dating in 2017.

First off, let’s just clear the table.. Where have I been for the last two months? Same place, doing the same things. haha Just kidding. I actually graduated in June and got a real life job. **Hold the applause. Going from working 5 part-time jobs, to a real life job, sounds like a dream come true, until I find myself working six 12 hour shifts in a row and missing out on all the fun summer things. Real life can kiss my butt haha (but seriously).

Okay, back to the reason for this post. Dating. The bane of my existence. The sour milk to my perfect cup of coffee and the clouds to a sunny summer day. Yea, yea, I know I’m being dramatic, but if you’ve lived my past couple years of dating, you’d understand where I’m coming from.

“Boys are just intimidated by you!”, “You’re too busy to date anyway!”, “Maybe you need to go for a different type of guy.”, I’ve heard every excuse and advice on dating that you could possibly think of, and guess what? I’m still single. I’ve gone for the “nice guy”, the “bad guy”, the “sporty guy” the “smart guy”, you name it, I’ve probably gone on a date with it. And after all of this “life experience,” we’ll call it, I still don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

Let’s start from the beginning. Meeting boys. The real question is how do single ladies even meet single men now a day? It’s not like I’m a hermit crab. I go out to coffee shops (probably too many of them if we’re being honest here), I’m a member at multiple gyms (again, probably too many) and I also like to go out to bars and pubs.. but 99% of the time no one comes up to me. Believe me, it’s not like in the movies, boys aren’t begging to buy me drinks, or offering to pay for my coffee. Cute guys don’t come up to me, saying cute one liners that make me blush. It’s usually an accidental butt graze and a creepy one-eye closed smile at 2:30am when the bar lights come on and people are getting kicked out of the club I’m at.. yea sign me up for that please.. not.

Tinder, let’s just get this one out of the way. Yea, I’m on Tinder and no I won’t message you first if we match.  Here’s the issue I see with Tinder.  Since I live in a smaller city you could call it, I know AT LEAST 75% of the guys on Tinder. Out of that, at least 50% of those guys follow me on some sort of social media or we’re Facebook friends. Do you really need to match me on Tinder to get the initiative to talk to me????? Why not just message me?? Or better yet, talk to me in person when we see each other out! Clearly with the amount of selfies and dog pictures I take, I’M STILL SINGLE. If I see you on TInder and I know you in actual real life, I will not swipe right on you. If you liked me enough you would talk to me in person.. Am I being too sceptical? Probably, but I don’t really care.

Okay, so say we’ve made it past the stage of getting asked out (or let’s be honest, asking the person out yourself) we move onto the oh-so-important texting stage. My personal favourite, because now it becomes a team effort of screen shotting text conversations and sending them to your all-girl group chats to try and figure out what to say back.. Oh you didn’t think we actually did this?? Sorry to burst your bubble, but we do. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m completely fed up and over this stage. I don’t like the texting games of “should I text him first” or “is it too soon to text him back” BS. Tell me to have a great day in the morning, maybe send a cute text in the afternoon and a nice “how was your day?” at night and I’ll be perfectly pleased. If you want to hang out, ASK ME, don’t assume I know, because I am a huge believer that: “Assuming makes an ASS out of U and ME”. haha

Okay, onto the actually ‘dating stage’ if you’re lucky enough to have made it here (most of the time I don’t because I get fed up of the texting and snap chatting phase) I think guys have forgotten how to take a girl on a date. A date is not watching Netflix at your place, with a possible offering of some kind of beverage (usually water because anything else takes too much effort). A date is not a 12am text on a Saturday night. Boys, those are straight up booty calls. Let me say that to you again. BOO-TAY calls. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with a good booty call, but be honest if that’s all you want. Remember, communication is key. If you don’t want to be called a f*ck boy, player or any other term in that category, claim a booty call for what it is, and don’t lead a poor girl on, thinking it’s something it’s not. **Spoiler alert, I’m usually the poor girl thinking it’s something it’s not.

Please, dating world, let’s try to rewind the time. Let’s appreciate and respect each other the way we all deserve to be treated. Stop the mind games, stop the dating of multiple people at once. If you like someone, tell them, don’t assume they know. If you just like their booty, make sure you draw the line so you’re not leading them on. Life is too short, don’t waste your time or other people’s time on fake love, or false feelings.

Respect. Communication. Truth.

That’s all I ask for.

Is that really too much?