Thursday, April 24, 2014

GNI {girls night in}


Hi ladies! Ashley here, bringing you some GNI entertainment! My husband often travels with his job, and as much as I wish he were at home with me, I get a little feeling inside that screams “You can do whatever you want tonight!” This typically involves me not cooking, cleaning or doing any wifely duties…which is always a plus! 

Trashy TV

Since my husband is traveling today, I thought this would be perfect because I will actually be enjoying this tonight! I usually begin my GNI evening with going straight home from work, stripping my uncomfortable heels and clothes (and bra) off and getting in my pajamas! I don’t know about you, but I am the most comfortable in leggings and an oversized tshirt. After that, I open up a bottle of red wine and pour way too much away. When it's just me at home, I usually don't cook because cooking for one is not easy. So, instead I make a big bowl of cereal or heat up a Trader Joes microwaveable dinner.  Classy, I know. While I’m enjoying my dinner, I usually find myself turning on the TV and flipping straight to Bravo…or E! There is nothing better than coming home and watching trashy tv. I know this makes me sound dumb, but the last thing I want to do after work 10 hours is to think. I think ALL day long and that can truly be exhausting. Cue The Real Housewives of whatever city you like, Southern Charm or Million Dollar Listing. I’m not biased; I’ll pretty much watch whatever is on! I may also have a bowl of Talenti Gelato….hey, no one's judging here!! 

Bubble Bath

Typically, I fill my tub with hot water and bubbles and enjoy sipping on my glass of wine while reading my trashy book. I’m currently reading Drinking and Dating by Brandi Glanville. Y’all, if you haven’t read any of her books, go and buy one!! They are hysterical. It’s the type of book that will make you feel embarrassed if someone were to look over your shoulder and see what you were reading…love it! Notice my love for The Real Housewives continuation? This is always a great time to apply your favorite face mask! I’ll be the first one to admit that I may or may have not scared my husband to death a time or two with these. I don’t usually tell him when I’m going to be putting one on, so it’s always fun to watch his reaction when he sees a green looking monster!  Anyway, I think the number one most important beauty tip is to take care of your skin. You always need a clean canvas for your makeup….plus, I don’t know about you but I’d like to try to prevent as many wrinkles as possible! I typically go for this face mask, but again, any one will do! 

After I get out of the bath, I like to moisturize my body with Hempz. I grab my blanket and laptop and plop myself on the couch.  I go to one of my favorite websites, which is actually how I know/love so much about beauty. YouTube. I truly got into watching some of my favorite beauty gurus about three years ago. I can relate to a lot of them out there (minus all of the years of their experience), but what I enjoy the most about them is their honesty and vulnerability. It is so refreshing to learn tips from girls who are giving their view and thoughts on products. Some of these videos include tutorials, favorites and hauls. I really enjoy watching Beauty Favorites of the Month because this gives me an idea of what products to look for the next time I’m in Target, Ulta, Sephora, etc. to try out. Some of my favorite gurus include cult favorites such as MakeupbyTiffanyD,  Jaclyn Hill, Glamlifeguru, Missglamorazzi, TalkBeckyTalk, ShadesofKassie, Amelia Liana, and Essie Button.  If you are into beauty products, you should definitely check them out! 

Pamper yo’self 

Manicured and polished nails are a must! After shutting down my computer (still watching trashy tv), I pull out my nail polish collection. Whether it be pulling out my LED gel kit or just OPI/Essie, I enjoy taking the time to pamper myself. After my nails and toes are done, I slip into my cozy warm bed, and shut the lights off to catch some zzz’s. 

Y’all, I know there is nothing fancy about my girls night in, but sometimes those lazy nights in, where nothing is planned, are the best! I hope y’all take time for yourselves because you deserve it!



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