Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone!! I'm keeping this blog post short and sweet today with the outfit I wore for our Halloween bar crawl in Chicago. Anyway, Nick and I are so excited to get trick-or-treaters for the first time so we bought FULL SIZE candy bars because we want all of the kids to think we are cool - hahah! You can take a look on how to make this costume below, it only took me 2 hours and $40 to make! Let me know what you think of it in the comments below 😃

xoxo Ashley

What I Wore To Work - October Issue

Sweater, similar here // White Pants // Boots // Handbag // Earrings, less expensive here

I hope everyone has had a wonderful October!! Mine was full of new experiences. Including branching out to new ideas like Pure Barre for exercising, and I LOVE it! I've made new foods, such as pumpkin bread - OMG Trader Joe's has the best gluten free pumpkin bread mix, ya gotta try it. I even picked up a new(ish) genre of books, British Literature - I have read British Lit before but I'm actually enjoying it now, haha! You can see all about that post here. And lastly, I made my very first DIY Halloween costume! I was so proud of how it came to look that I'm planning a post about it for Halloween day! Check back on Wednesday to see what I will be when I'm answering the door to cute little trick or treaters this year! 😄

xoxo Ashley

Feature Fridays...

Happy Friday everyone!! I wanted to introduce you to a new segment of mine called "Feature Fridays". I will feature all of this years trends for fashion, beauty, foodies every Friday to keep everyone up to date! I hope you like this weeks feature - its all about this years trends, patterns, and styles! Brown, orange, and neutral Earthy tones and textures have been a hit so far this Autumn, and I can see the upcoming months into Winter the hues will turn more into whites, greys, and creams with touches of earthy patterns!

What I'm Reading Lately...

Happy hump day everyone! I'm so excited to say that I am picking up a few new British literature books to read for the next two weeks. One of my best friends lives in Germany, going to Uni, and has to read the following books for her classes, and if ya'll know me then you know that I looooooove school and so I'm reading them with her! It's kind of like a overseas bookclub! 😃 Well let me know if you guys have read any of these and what you thought about them! 

Paleo & Whole30 Sweet Potato Chili

Hi Ya'll, happy Friday! Todays post is about my famous Paleo Chili Stew - I love chili but it can be so heavy and full of sugar that I had to modify it for my liking. This is actually the first paleo recipes I ever created and is now a staple in my fall/winter diet. Anyone that knows me will say I cook healthy, and affordable meals and this one cost me less than $30, and can be consumed for the whole week! 

Cashmere Wrap for Fall

White Long Sleeve Top // Jeans // Tassel Wrap - mine is sold out EVERYWHERE! As soon as I find it, I'll post it for you all! // Ankle Booties // Name Necklace // Watch // Silver Ring // Rose Gold Ring // Handbag less expensive here

Sweater weather is offically upon us here in Chicago!! I know it's only the beginning but I'm already counting down the days until Chicago starts to see more 50 degree days! You'll catch me in pure glee when I can put on my new city coat from J Crew! Eek! BTW if you're totally interested in seeing more of Poshmark (or any of my outfits for sale!), click here and you can go straight to my closet. I thrift and search outfits I've seen on other bloggers (my originals are also included!) and sell them at a discounted price through my closet! Go check it out :)

Pink Himalayan Salt & Grapefruit Soap

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I have another fun DIY for you guys that I actually made for my mom as a gift for her birthday. This easy 3-ingredient DIY melt and pour soap is made with skin nourishing shea butter and exfoliating Himalayan salt. 

It's always hard to find something for my mom as a gift (she can picky!), but I know she loooves anything pink, shiny, and something useful. So I figured a homemade soap infused with pink crystals would be perfect! The best part, it only cost me $40! I just love finding budget friendly gift ideas ya'll!

Lavender Hues for Autumn

Good morning everyone! Today I wanted to show ya'll one of my favorite outfit combos to wear for a bright sunny Autumn day. This sweater is the perfect lavender hue that's in all stores for this years fall trends! I bought mine from Old Navy for $30!

Saying Goodbye to Summer Styles...

I know I'm a bit late in the "Goodbye Summer" bandwagon but Chicago had it's very last 80 degree day and I wanted to take this chance to say a proper goodbye, with a frilly skirt of course! Everyone who knows me will tell you my favorite time of year is fall, and that's 115% true! However I typically wear summer colors allllllll year long, and this year I have decided that I'm going to try to break that habit. 

Let Me Tell You A Little Something...

I've been out of college for a little over a year, and now I'm in the world of numbers and spreadsheets, accounting that is! I used to be in merchandising/purchasing industry and loved every minute of it! Buying is a lot like being the best gift shopper - you're essentially shopping for what is trendy for your friends to have an amazing product for a small price in happiness and glee!

Although I love my job, I decided to start this blog because I felt like something was missing. I needed an outlet to share all things real!

Life, because no one has a picturesque life lets be real! For example, I have anxiety that can rise and fall in an instance. What makes me anxious? Graduating college for one - I didn't want to leave my "childhood" to have a life of constant repetition of "eat, sleep, work". My goal in life is to avoid that black hole and figure a way to live a balanced happy and healthy life in this crazy world of ours and I hope this blog will pave the path for me, and you, some day!

Good Food, we all want to jump on that Whole30, Paleo, Keto, or Mediterranean diet but how do we start? I'll be here to help you with some delicious recipes! I'm allllll about the sugar free, all natural, even gluten free foods - with the exception of baked goods, cause you need those sugar sweets once in a while, hah!

A Little Fashion, I was once told by a high school class mate that I always looked so dolled up and dressed so nicely, and I was taken back by her kind words. That's what sparked the start of my college career into fashion. Here on Mon Chat, Cacahuete I express myself through my clothing and I want to show you all how you can do it on a budget, cause this girl has student loan debt that ain't here to party, lol.

And A Lot Of Adventure, my moto in life is "have no what if's" If I want to go on a spontaneous camping trip to Canada I'll do it, or if I want to go to New York City for a weekend to eat some damn good pizza (New York Style is the way to go!), lets hop on the next flight. Because you only do live once, and I want to live my best life possible.

That's where this blog will take you.
xoxo Ashley

The Perfect Transition Sweater for Fall!

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Sweater // Bralette // Jeans // Booties similar here // Earrings (old) but similar here // Handbag (mine is a knockoff Kate Spade) similar here

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte...

Tis the season to be basic! PSA for every pumpkin spice lover out there - you can buy your own Starbucks PSL packs now - pick them up at any Starbucks store! On another note, my goodness guys, if you're a lover of all things pumpkin spice, then keep reading because have you ever tried a pumpkin spice chai latte?! They are delicious! I had it for the first time this season and you can bet that it's what I'll be drinking from now on. Ek! It combines all of my favorite smells, and tastes - cinnamon, pumpkin, chai, MMM!

5 Ways to Get in the Halloween Spirit

Mock Turtleneck Sweater // Vest //  Ripped Jeans // Booties - mine are sold out but from JustFab! // Backpack - mine is old but here is a similar one

Good morning, everyone! I really wanted to talk today about Halloween things and what I have done, worn, watched or read lately that are perfect to get into the spirit. I love preparing for it and the cooler weather, so here are some of my favorite things to do to get ready for Halloween.

1. Home Decor all the way! My biggest weakness aside from clothing is home decor. I have a problem... but dont want to do anything about it haha. I have about 35 mugs that Nick reminds me of every time I see a new cute pumpkin or fall leaf patterned mug at Home Goods or Target, but that doesn't stop me from buying it and adding it to our coffee nook.... hehehe! Look, I'm already getting into the mischievous mood of Halloween, YAS! But seriously, layering some orange and yellow leaves on the television mantle, placing "sweater weather" candles around the house, and even fluffing up pillows with cute sayings such as "Happy Fall Ya'll" or with little pumpkins everywhere get me SO EXCITED GUYS OMG.

2. Dress the part! I loooooove cooler weather because it calls for sweaters, boots, and scarves and layering is my all time fave thing to do. The pictures above are of one of my favorite outfits this season - consisting of layers, layers, and more layering! Also, I'm so excited for this Halloween because I'm creating my costume this year and I'm going to be a Starbucks drink. Isn't that just the cutest idea?! I don't know if I want to be a typical latte or a Pumpkin Spice latte, what do you think #BasicRight??

3. If you didn't already know, Stranger Things is out on Netflix. It's an absolute must-see if you haven't already. It's a Netflix original with two seasons (season 3 coming soon!), which you can binge watch in a couple days (kinda what we did, hah!). The series is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the 1980s and focuses on the investigation into the supernatural disappearance of a young boy. I love this show so much not only because the entire cast are phenomenal actors but they are such kindhearted people in real life. 

4. Watch a classic movie like Halloween, or if you want to get more modern watch IT - that scared the toots out of me! Fun fact (that's also super embarrassing) I had to put earphones in during the movie cause I got so spooked I couldn't even listen to the cinema's music! It's a classic thriller though, I would highly recommend this movie if you're trying for a real good time spook. 

5. Read, read, read! What better way to get in the season of all things spooky than reading a good thriller!? I mentioned IT above for a movie because Stephen King is literal KING of all things scary. His book "The Shining" is the next best (and most well known) book/movie. The Shining is about a man, his son, and wife who become caretakers of an isolated hotel where Danny, the son, sees disturbing visions of the hotel's past using a telepathic gift known as "The Shining". The father, Jack Torrance, is underway in a writing project when he slowly slips into insanity as a result of cabin fever and former guests of the hotel's ghosts. After being convinced by a waiter's ghost to "correct" the family, Jack goes completely insane. The only thing that can save Danny and his mother is "The Shining". If you like to get psychologically thrilled then this is the book for you! 

If you have any favorite books/movies or seasonal home decor feel free to leave them in the comments, I'd love to see what you think!

xoxo ashley