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Ashley Aspinwall Amara Cay Resort Review-6

A Midweek Retreat at Amara Cay Resort

I know, I know. I’ve been living in Miami for almost two years and I’m just now visiting the Florida Keys. This past week I had the pleasure of being hosted at the newly renovated Amara Cay Resort in Islamorada, Fl. From the gorgeous decor (upscale beachy, not the usual kitsch) to the super friendly staff, this hotel was the perfect little getaway only an hour and forty minutes outside of Miami.

Day One

Francesca and I headed down Monday (after getting our spray tans of course) and arrived in the early afternoon. We took a quick tour around the property to get the lay of the land which includes most notably a fire pit,  pool, tiki bar, and gym. Fran and I were tired from the drive and decided to stay on site for dinner at ReelBurger – which included some pretty bomb bbq sliders and zucchini fries. We called it an early night and turned in early with some wine to watch Khloe finally reveal her pregnancy on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I know we are pretty cool haha.

Day Two

The next day we headed down for breakfast in the lobby, and then straight out to the beach area for some sun. Fran’s sister Luccia arrived from Miami around lunch so we headed up  for some poolside cocktails and lunch from Sparrows Rum Bar. After a long day in the sun we headed back to the room for a quick tiger snooze, then headed down the street to Lazy Days for dinner. The restaurant had a chill local vibe and I really enjoyed my Key West Chicken!

Day Three

For our last day we got up early to catch the sunrise on the beach which was so pretty. And just like that it was time to pack up and hit the road. But not before stopping by Midway Cafe & Coffee Bar for breakfast and one last slice of Manny & Isa’s famous Key Lime Pie. PS. the staff was SO friendly and I will definitely be going back on my next trip.

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Lipault Paris Giveaway

If your New Years Resolution was to travel more, then you are in luck! I am so excited to announce my next New Year, New You Giveaway is with Lipault Paris! One lucky reader will win one of their new Dazzling Plume Spinners. I’ve been a longtime fan of Lipault and am loving their new hardside luggage. Plus y’all know I can’t resist anything rose gold! Find directions to enter below – good luck and get ready to cross a destination off your bucket list!

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MAJORELLE green tropical print top and skirt (also love the blouse and dress versions) | ELLEN & JAMES white round rattan bag | MELANIE AULD hoop earring

LPA wrap skirt in rust (matching top was too small on me – order up a size) | BP cami | & OTHER STORIES sandals | HUDSON denim jacket | ELLEN & JAMES bali woven bag | MONICA VINADER bracelets

  • January 18, 2018 - 1:57 am

    Noel Stark - I love your outfits! And the luggage looks so cute!!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 2:26 am

    Samantha Tedesco - Maldives and Caraibi.. But I’d also love to go to Lisbona and New York!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 5:12 am

    Lauren Hamilton - I would love to go to bora bora.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 6:08 am

    Gladys - Gorgeous pictures! I would love to go to Japan at some point in the future.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 7:39 am

    Liz N. - The Galapagos Islands, Iceland (again but with hubby this time), Jamaica! But I’m happy to go almost anywhere!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 8:38 am

    Rosalind Gutierrez - You look like a movie star in the Island beach wear.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:21 am

    Ella Elston - I’d love love love to go to Paris!!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:25 am

    Alina - On my list I have Spain, Greece and London.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:40 am

    Brix Staff - Love the photos and outfits! I have Turks and Caicos, Ireland, Portugal and Germany.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:42 am

    Sean - Seeing as it’s freezing here in Michigan (high of 10), I’d love any li’l place with a some sunshine. However, I’ve had Positano and Mykonos on my list now for a couple of years.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:43 am

    Elle - I have always wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand.ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 10:02 am

    Jone - 2weeks left until Spain! Where to next?? 🤔ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 10:03 am

    Sam - Hoping to make it to Italy this year!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 10:59 am

    Kim Pincombe-Cole - The first thing I think of when talking Islamorada is Bloodline! {have you watched it on Netflix? so good!}
    Paris is currently #1 on my bucket list. I’m craving some museums, art & French culture. And macarons!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 1:08 pm

    Andrea Darst - I’m dying to go to the Virgin Islands!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 4:27 pm

    Meghan - I would love to go to Bora bora!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 5:35 pm

    bn100 - RioReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 7:48 pm

    Kayley - I would love to someday visit New York!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 8:37 pm

    Giselle - Love seeing the keys bounce back!ReplyCancel

  • January 18, 2018 - 9:29 pm

    Sandy Pincombe - Looks like this was a great place to vacation. And that suitcase is definitely top of the lineReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2018 - 12:50 am

    Rebecca I. - I would love (and am trying to plan) to go to Hawaii!ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2018 - 10:52 am

    Ashley Perez - I want to go to Paris, France :)ReplyCancel

  • January 19, 2018 - 10:54 am

    Linda - The south of France and New Zealand are two locations on my bucket list.ReplyCancel

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APL Sneakers Rose GoldStick to Your Resolutions with Help of APL Sneakers

Happy Monday Y’all! How was everyones first week of 2018 – did you stick to your New Years Resolutions? Today I am so excited to kick off a giveaway series entitled New Year, New You! I have partnered with my favorite Health and Fitness brands this January to giveaway some bomb prizes that will help you guys stay motivated and keep your resolutions this year. The first item I’m giving away is a pair of APL Sneakers in the color of your choice! Celebs from the Kardashians to Jessica Alba to Jennifer Garner are all fans, and it’s not hard to figure out why. Being more active was at the top of my list for 2018, so what better way to get inspired than a new pair of chic AF APL Sneakers.

Follow the instructions below to enter – Good Luck!

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APL sneakers in rose gold | ROXY yoga pants | FILA sweatshirt | QUAY sunglasses

  • January 8, 2018 - 4:53 pm

    Andrea Darst - My resolution was to be more organized this year!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2018 - 5:00 pm

    Caitlyn - One of my health resolutions is to eat more veggies!!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2018 - 5:41 pm

    Adrienne - Two of my resolutions are to have a more consistent bed time/ wake up time and to cook healthier meals at home!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2018 - 5:44 pm

    Jenna - OMG I HAVE BEEN WANTING THESE SO BAD! I have been looking into these or Nike LunarEpics and I think these would work the best!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2018 - 5:44 pm

      Jenna - Also my health resolution is to start running again with my dog. Hence the need for sneakers.ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2018 - 7:18 pm

    Kim Henrichs - To lose weight and be more patient and focused at work!ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2018 - 10:03 pm

    Jess - Love this giveaway and love these sneakers! My New Years resolution is to start cooking healthier meals and to being more active! I also want to be more organized at home and take the necessary, but scary, steps to a new career that I will enjoy.ReplyCancel

  • January 8, 2018 - 11:10 pm

    bn100 - exercise moreReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 1:57 am

    Samantha Tedesco - First of all: to find a new job!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 2:07 am

    Alanie - Drink more water!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 2:30 am

    dez - those shoes are so prettyReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 2:31 am

    des - I love your outfit
    my my resolution is to start working out again. I have been stuck in a rut for the past yr so I need to force myself to be more activeReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 2:32 am

    dez - My my resolution is to slow down and focus more on my relationships with the people who truly matterReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 7:09 am

    Cassandra - To think more positive!!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 8:29 am

    Rosalind Gutierrez - Making a UFO quilt list and sticking to it.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 8:33 am

    Jessica Richert - This is probably the best giveaway I have seen! Plus it’s a good place where we have to write down our resolutions. Writing things down sometimes makes me feel I like I have to stick with it.
    My New Years resolution is to become a healthier me inside and out. Exercise more, Eat more lean, clean, and green food. Do daily flossing and mouthwash. Better skincare routine. Watch the products I use and start using from friendly and organic options.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 10:46 am

    Kayleigh Williams - Need these in rose gold! Want every color they make… I’m obsessed.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 11:54 am

    Melody Pelton - I am trying to get in my 10,000 steps daily and I could really use new shoes to make this possible. Comfort is the secret to success.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 12:22 pm

    Kate - My new years resolution is to cook more! Doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but just cook, no matter how lazy I am feeling and how much I’d rather just grab Subway!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 1:34 pm

    Nancy W. - Those sneakers are sooo cute! I love them!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 1:35 pm

    Nancy W. - My resolution is to work out more and read more!!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 1:56 pm

    Sarah - This year I tried to set more measurable goals as well as goals that don’t go from zero to 100. So instead of “working out more” or even “workout 5 days a week”, I’m just trying to start with one dedicated workout a week.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 2:34 pm

    Noel - These pics are insanely gorgeous…and I love the color of the APLs you have!!! I’m gonna try to read more books and drink more water this year. Simple, but both very important!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 4:09 pm

    Elle - Make sleep a bigger priority.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 5:54 pm

    Kim Pincombe-Cole - My 2018 resolutions are to be more present, spend less time on my phone, be consistent, read more books, and to do my best when I feel my worst.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 7:58 pm

    Giselle - Love the bright colored sweater!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 8:05 pm

    Cynthia Gaarder - No resolution – just a promise to myself to be more calmReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 9:47 pm

    Calvin - Mine is to keep active, exercise at least 1-3 times a week.ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 9:53 pm

    Kayley - My #1 resolution is to start strength training after I move back to LA!ReplyCancel

  • January 9, 2018 - 10:16 pm

    ashley perez - I want to start eating healthy.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2018 - 12:01 am

    Rebecca I. - First, I have to say how ADORABLE these sneakers are! Oh my goodness!

    As for New Year’s resolutions, I didn’t really make any, but I’m trying to do things that usually intimidate or scare me. So far, that includes trying a new class at the gym and signing up for online dating.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2018 - 12:39 am

    Kimberly C - I’d really like to focus on and accomplish my fitness goals this year and get into a better sleeping pattern.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2018 - 2:55 am

    Michelle Taylor - My resolution is to either lose 10 lbs, or 2 dress sizes on 2018.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2018 - 9:39 am

    Anna - Start every morning with stretching exercises.ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2018 - 3:10 pm

    Gladys - My New Year’s resolution is to be present in the moment!ReplyCancel

  • January 11, 2018 - 6:24 pm

    Liz N. - My resolution is to cook something new to us at least once a fortnight – ie. every 2 weeks – but fortnight sounds cooler. Trying to get hubby to eat more veggies and me to try new ones!ReplyCancel

  • January 12, 2018 - 1:47 pm

    Cynthia Richardson - My New Year’s resolution is to maintain my recent 50-pound weight loss.ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2018 - 4:36 pm

    Claire Foehrkolb - My resolution is to travel more with my husband! We want to start a family soon so the time to travel is now!!ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2018 - 5:20 pm

    Illy Junus - My new resolution is to walk more and trying to eat more healthy and spend more time with my sonReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2018 - 6:25 pm

    Lauren - Amazing photos! Inspires me to be more fit this year!ReplyCancel

  • January 13, 2018 - 8:43 pm

    Ashley - Save more money!!ReplyCancel

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Last month I had the opportunity to take over the Instagram channel and it was so much fun! I wanted to repost all of the pictures with links to the products as they are my most commonly asked questions and DMs. I can’t wait to post more Home content in 2018.

Hey y’all! Ashley of @sidesmilestyle here. I am thrilled to take over today and give y’all a tour of my Miami bachelorette pad. I’ve kept my decor fun and functional with a lot of girly pink details. Since I work from home I have an unconventional apartment layout, with my bedroom in the living room and my office in the bedroom. Intrigued? Head over to to see how I make working from home work!

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Good Morning y’all! Ashley of @sidesmilestyle here. I am so excited to take over today and give y’all a tour of my Miami bachelorette pad. One of my favorite spots in my condo is my desk. I love that I look directly out onto Palm Trees all day!

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Hey guys! @sidesmilestyle here again. Since I work from home, my office is one of the most important spaces in my apartment. This room actually is meant to by my bedroom, but I needed a dedicated work space so I moved my office in here. I love that I can come in here shut the door and truly feel like I’m at the office. That does mean that I sleep in my living room, but I promise it’s not as crazy as it sounds. It’s a bit like a studio apartment with an extra room attached. Check back later today to see how I make it all work.

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@sidesmilestyle here again! Sometimes I can get a little stir crazy working from home, so it was important to me to have a great outdoor space to escape to. I am completely obsessed with this patio set from @mackenzie-childs. I love popping out here for lunch or a little snack.

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@sidesmilestyle back again to share my living room! The first piece I bought for this space was the pink area rug. It is such a bold statement, I tried to keep the rest of the decor more subdued. I also invested in some great barstools since I don’t have a proper dining table. Sometimes your have to get creative!

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Hi Friends – @sidesmilestyle here, and I am ready for happy hour! When I was styling my bart cart, I wanted it to be fun and functional. I made sure to include a lucite wine rack to organize all of my favorites. I think that the pineapple shaker and shot glasses really give the cart a festive touch.

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Good evening everyone, @sidesmilestyle here to wrap up my takeover with a snap of my bedroom. See I told y’all sleeping my living room doesn’t look as crazy as it sounds! I tried to keep the my bedding pretty and simple, with a white linen comforter and moroccan accent pillow. My favorite piece has to be the pink bench at the foot of the bed, I feel like it really ties the whole area together.

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HM houndstooth dress (similar here, here, here, here) | SAM EDELMAN boots | CHANEL wallet on a chain | KAREN WALKER sunglasses

Photography by Mary Summers Hafner

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