Small Business Valentine’s Day – Long Island Edition

Shopping small is my favorite way to shop! In an effort to continue supporting local businesses on Long Island, I’m sharing a few local South Shore spots to shop for someone special or even yourself this Valentine’s Day! It’s on Sunday – get shopping!

TOLA – Bellport Village & Westhampton Beach

A perfectly curated shop full of every treasure you could imagine. Great shop for gifts for literally anyone on your list!

Things you’ll find inside:
* local novelties
* gifts for babies and children
* really cute selection of chic & affordable everyday jewelry
* on trend outfits for women – adorable sweaters, they sell Free People!
* Carleton Clothing for all members of the family
* items for the home
* digital gift cards for the truly last minute person 🙂

Sayville Chocolatier

Giving and receiving chocolates is a tale as old as time for St. Valentine’s Day! Lines can be long, so go a day or 2 in advance if you can, it’s always worth the wait. They have chocolate strawberries for pre-order on Instagram or Facebook, and hot chocolate bombs (so cute & trendy for kids/anyone) .They have an awesome variety of chocolates & truffles – I love the sea salt caramels!

Dusk & Rubies

Gorgeous jewelry made by my friend Danielle. A variety of very cute, dainty, layering pieces as well as some more bold, statement items. She just launched her SS21 items – check them out here!

Mother of Pearl necklace is one of my favorites for this season! Great Galentine’s Day gift for your gals!

Dusk & Rubies supports the local chapter of Girls, Inc. with this Three Hearts Bracelet – another perfect gift for V Day!

Karasmatic Day Spa

My favorite spa!!! I go here for all types of treatments – they have various types of massages, relaxing facials as well as laser facials, Hydrafacial, Clear & Brilliant Facials, Photofacials, even a doctor on site for appointments for injectables or IV therapy. Anything you could want or need and in my opinion, one of the best gift cards to receive is from Karasmatic (purchase right online)! You can book appointments online as well – so easy! And the spa is currently having a giveaway on Instagram. Check out below!

Enjoy supporting local this Valentine’s Day!

The Anti-Valentine – Gift Guide

This is a gift guide for your bestie / lover who absolutely HATES Valentine’s Day – but still likes gifts 🙂

Let’s be real – not everybody loves Valentine’s Day. You know them… you may love one… you might be one? You might be married to one. Those who chalk February 14th up to, “It’s a Hallmark holiday!” those who say things like, “It’s just a day. It means nothing, we love our partners all of the days, I don’t need to celebrate it with flowers and chocolate and cards people.” I’ve been one of those people!

Honestly, the anti-valentine could simply have had one bad experience associated around the holiday… and reframing their mind around Valentine’s Day could make the day fun again, is totally worth it!

Here are a few ideas of what to get them:

Pottery / Ceramics Class

A fun idea of a different activity to do with your partner or friend – if you Google “pottery / ceramics class” + your neighborhood, you’ll find a studio nearby. I’m linking mine here. And definitely planning on doing this with a galentine sometime soon! Love making pottery.

Franca

Not interested in making pottery / ceramics, this brand Franca, based in Brooklyn has a lot of very cute pieces and I love this one!

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FloraBrook – dried flowers – they last forever! And totally combat the “issue” that “flowers die!” These are already dried & SOOOO gorge!


Cosabella Undies

Not sure if this is anti-Valentine’s Day or not but… who doesn’t like receiving new undies? Loving the below from Cosabella. Use code “NEWBELLA” for 10% off your order. I’m really into this matching thong/bralette/mask combo below! You can actually get the cutie thong/mask for free with a $150 purchase with this link.


The Sill

Beautiful live plants delivered all over the U.S.

Sakara Life

Give the gift of health! Sakara is a ready-to-eat meal plan delivered to you weekly, they also have supplements and healthy options for snacks. You can get 20% off your first order if you use code “XOBYRD

As always, send me a message if you have any questions or need advice about gifting a specific person in your life. <3

xo, Ash

Galentine’s Day Gifting

Love a Galentine’s Day Gift Guide!! Creating one here for you! Lots of my favorite items linked and also in the carousel of photos below!

One brand that I’m constantly gifting to my girlfriends is Glossier! Great for literally everyone who likes a little something special, a little something pink and cute and feel-good!

Photo from Glossier website <3

Some things for the mom of toddler’s or the toddlers in your life…

Some things for the bestie who loves anything very cute!

Some of my faves are the coral beanie; the bust pot (perfect for a person who loves random pieces); the all-natural soap; the coasters! LOVE all things v-day! <3

More Valentine’s Day Posts to follow!

Post Holiday Sales

Hanging around on Christmas night 🎄

Anyone else kind of happy that holidays are over? Or almost over – New Year’s Eve/Day is in a few days. But, ooooh thank goodness — it feels like we’re closing out on a major chapter. Ever upward and happily entering 2021!

Lots of great sales happening all over the internet right now, Nordstrom, Donni, Hunter Boots (50% off), Sephora, Net A Porter, ShopBop, Nike, Adidas, Urban Outfitters, Free People, Amazon even.

Rounding up some of my favorite items right now in the carousel below. Enjoy sale shopping! My favorite type of shopping. x

What I Shopped This Weekend

A brief list of links to things I shopped this holiday weekend or things I would have shopped 🙂 and may still shop more tomorrow! Basically I use the sales at this time of the year strategically – meaning, I don’t buy everythinggggggg. But I do shop / restock / stock up on some favorite items in the beauty/wellness space that typically do not go on sale, or are like special items that will sell out if you don’t buy them asap.

Glossier – entire site 25% OFF!!! This never happens, only once a year! Stock up on favorites, try something new! I’m getting Priming Moisturizer Rich and the Exfoliating Bar!

Old Navy – whole site 50% off!! I got these cute leopard shearling mules ($29.99, purchased for $15 – score!) and some cutie outfits for Vivi.

Violet Grey – 20% off! I restocked an Augustinus Bader The Cream & I’m trying the isClinical Active Serum for the first time – heard great things! This was an expensive cart, but very worth it in my opinion.

Act & Acre – 30% off & free dry shampoo! I picked up the Essentials – have had my eye on this set for awhile.

Zara – bought some cute outfits for Vivi last week (not on sale) – will post about them soon because they’re so adorable!

Poolside – having an additional 40% off all Sale items this weekend + the Disco Ball bags are on sale (& they never go on sale) – you can get 10% off on the website if you sign up for mobile texts! I just got my Teddy Tote – it’s to die for and perfect for winter! More on that bag soon, it’s so chic!

Saie Beauty – 25% off & free shipping! I got Slip Tint in shade 3 (I started with shade 4, but I’m losing my tan in winter so I wanted to try one shade lighter). Also got a new Mascara (didn’t need one yet) mostly purchased because it’s my new favorite mascara & 25% off.

Melissa Wood Health – on sale for $79.99 vs $99.99 / annual subscription. Love her workouts, basically the only thing I do and love nowadays.

Again – lots of beauty items to share – all that I know and love or that have amazing followings that I wanted to try out! If you have any questions, please follow & reach out directly to me on Instagram @ashleybyrdy – happy to help!

Highline Wellness – day & night gummies! CBD is a great gift.

Aureum Collectice – amazing gold chains! Save $40 on Aureum!

Some of these websites link back to my LikeToKnow.It account or Glossier rep page which allows me to earn a small commission on the items that I love and link. Please click through & shop the links. Lots of love and happy holiday shopping!

Vivi’s Christening

Catching up on posting from a party we hosted in January 2020 before quarantine hit and when friends and family could be close. <3 We celebrated Vivienne’s Christening with a beautiful event at church.

Vivienne’s dress is from Cottontails of Stony Brook, NY. The designer is Antonella Kids, based out of Greece. My dress is Cynthia Rowley Talia Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress.

Love with Dad

Our family of four ❤️ all photos by Emma Brawley.

Cake by Audrey’s Bakery, West Sayville, NY. Cake topper, etsy.com
God parents ❤️

We had a beautiful day surrounded by family, friends, church, love, food and music. 🖤

Things I’m Into – This Week in NY Edition

Some rad things going on around you in upcoming weeks:

BayFest 2016Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore, NY – May 14th, 2016 – 12:45-5:30PM

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Photo from GreatSouthBayBrewery

Make sure to check out Montauk Brewing Co. – We’ll be pouring beers alongside Long Island’s finest breweries with music, food, etc. Tickets available here.

Time Out and Hornblower: Summer Preview – Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – 6:30PM

3 Hour Party cruising around NYC’s harbor enjoying open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, and four floors of DJs, entertainment, giveaways and other fun stuff. Tickets are available here. Literally just check their website, looks sick and I’m way excited.

Montauk Music Festival – Thursday, May 19th – Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

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Basically Montauk Music Festival is a four-day musical celebration featuring talented up and coming independent artists…and it’s set up in the best place on earth, Montauk! Over 100 artists with a wide variety of musical styles will be performing for free in the spirit of sharing original music with audiences and fellow musicians. Rad time, it’s basically opening weekend for Montauk and the east end of Long Island – so obviously…go! Mostly all venues in MTK have bands playing at different times of the day all weekend.

Benibla Denim Hat

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I’ve been pretty much obsessed with this hat since I’ve purchased it. It’s from a French brand, they seem pretty legit – kinda different vibe, but I’m okay with that. Like the style a lot – def into it. Love the light-wash stone denim.

Xx

 

Parties and Events

Getting dressed up for holiday parties is fun yet stressful. This year my holiday party at work was themed “Andy Warhol Factory,” which led to freak-out mode for me…what do I wear?! It ended up being a mixed crowd, with some people in mini dresses and neon colored wigs, some dressed as themselves, some in character and some pretty standard. My admittedly poor contribution to the theme were super old-school suede platform Jeffrey Campbell booties, sort of 1960s? maybe not, but I went with it.

3e621ae0-5448-4d7a-9e08-256c95798e00 The props at this venue were sick and all of the waiters and bartenders wore banana suits. The photo booth theme was very banana-esque as well and filled with trash can sized Campbell’s Soup or rather, “Marc Jacobs Soup.”

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Parties are never complete without some feel-good element. Over the holiday I attended a family party that’s pajama themed, our now 3rd annual “Pajama Christmas Eve.” To play up the fact that I would be wearing pajamas and pictures wouldn’t possibly be that cute – I decided getting my hair blown out was necessary – plus gift cards were involved. 😉

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drybar is my favorite place to get my hair blown out! They always do a fabulous job with my hair + (plus) they give you complementary champagne. Win.

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Pajama Christmas Eve <3 Photo was originally from Snapchat, hence the blurriness.

Reso’s on Reso’s

Write it down, write it down, write it down. Somewhere out there exists data supporting the statement that “things get done when you write them down.” I made that up… but maybe you believed me? Here I am writing down my goals and resolutions for 2016.

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Share your champagne. <3 

Taper expectations while aiming high. Sounds a bit contradictory, but I’m trying to bring myself into a bit of reality today. Realizing that I shouldn’t go into situations with the expectation that they will be great or even good, and just to live in the moment. No need to set unrealistic objectives for myself or pretend that I’m perfect.

Figuring it all out – as if that can be done. Uh, see above.

Being open to share responsibilities with others. I am exponentially and fiercely independent in many aspects of my life. I don’t allow people to hold my hand or walk me through things typically. This year I want to trust more and leave some power up to others around me. Will be a difficult task since I’m a firm believer in doing things for yourself and that you’re your biggest fan and only you can make you happy. While still trying to personally grow and maintain relationships with others, I’ve realized that I need to be more open. Become more receptive to the needs of those around me. Become more vocal about my own needs and wants. 

Go somewhere / do something new and cultural on a monthly basis or as often as possible. Living in NYC is amazing but sometimes extremely daunting. So instead of spending the winter hiding from the cold weather that will approach sometime soon – I’m planning on going out and exploring new places, exhibits, museums, art galleries, restaurants, etc.

This is a personal resolution that I have every single year, without fail. Become a better type 1 diabetic. 😐 Hard to relate to I guess, but simple things like taking my insulin before meals (every time!), not eating super carb-y foods, wearing my DexCom all the time (continuous blood sugar testing) and drinking more water.

Career goals exist and will maybe be discussed in another blog post. Hope everyone takes a moment to think about some things you’d like to improve upon in your life for the new year – and not only in the new year, think about that shit every single day. Ring it in well. Xx

4th Weekend at DPFI

July 4th weekend is one of my favorites of the whole year. Pure, American fun. Davis Park, NY is where I spent my extended holiday weekend that turned into basically a full week. Davis is located on Fire Island, (off of the south shore of Long Island). This point of Fire Island can be accessed only by ferry or boar, while other areas can be accessed by bridge. You’ve more likely heard of popular locations further west on LI (The Pines or Cherry Grove (leaving Sayville) or OBP, Ocean Beach, Kismet, Fair Harbor, etc leaving from Bay Shore). Davis is a gem though.

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Davis is a much smaller community than others on FI with very few shops, restaurants and even homes. TRULY escaping the hustle & bustle. And it’s amazing. No hotels.  Most homeowners rent on a weekly basis so the quick, weekend party getaways are to a minimum (obviously not what my friends do — kidding). So Davis is much more “family oriented” for sure with a fun, party scene on weekends.

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SELFIE STICK ACTION

There’s one bar on the island “The Casino Bar,” one nicer restaurant “The Casino Cafe“, the Harbor Store (where you can purchase everything you forgot), and a beach shack with fried food and ice cream – America’s faves!

USA sneakers on the 4th of July <3
USA sneakers on the 4th of July <3 (from American Apparel) 

DPFI is a hidden gem on the Long Island beach scene. It has that “everybody knows everybody” vibe. It’s raging on the weekends. But it’s extremely peaceful and quiet (the Tuesday after a holiday weekend, after everyone leaves). Overall a great place to visit, check it out!

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