Happy Monday y’all! I hope your week is off to an amazing start! Today I wanted to share a topic that I am extremely passionate about- Aging! How it affects us, our skin, our appearance, our energy levels, and how we can age as well as possible! Intrinsic Aging Intrinsic Aging is a term used to describe cutaneous (skin) aging due to internal factors such as genetics, internal physiological factors (such as disease, allergies, medications) and is also often described as aging due to chronological age. There are a lot of opinions and theories on intrinsic aging, some of which stating that there’s nothing you canRead More →

Dear Ashli, I’ve read that exfoliating is very good for the skin- how often should I exfoliate? I’m afraid to overdo it! Also, what should I use? Sincerely, “Girl who wants that glow” Hey girl! I know just what you need to get your glow on! For most normal skin types, you should exfoliate no more than twice per week. (Mark it in your calendar so that you don’t over-do!) Side note: I actually keep a paper calendar in my bathroom of all of my beauty treatments and when I am due for the next (e.g. Botox, Microneedling, Dermaplaning, Peels, Brow Waxing/Tinting, Hair appointments, etc.)  IRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! Today is my first day back to work from my maternity leave with Adaline! It’s perfect timing that for today’s post, I’m interviewing Dr. Stewart Collins, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Synergy Face & Body in Raleigh, NC (My workplace!) Ashli: “Dr. Collins, you are obviously very passionate about your work. I have been fortunate enough to attend trainings with you, and I know that you love helping to restore patients’ self confidence. When you were becoming a surgeon, what made you decide to go into plastics? Dr. Collins: “I decided to go into plastics because I love seeing the transformation that my patients make. Seeing patients come inRead More →

Happy Saturday!!! In today’s post, I am sharing the beauty secrets of Italian women from my most favorite Italian woman, Daniela. Daniela and I met working together at Bella Santé back in 2008. When I met her I was star struck! I had never known anyone so glamorous with such a fantastic fashion sense. I later found out that she was born to parents who immigrated here from Italy- it was no surprise to me that her aesthetic was influenced by a country with some of the most beautiful women in the world! Today she is sharing her point of view!  Ashli: “So, having been born Italian and raised inRead More →

Hey y’all! TGIF and happy Memorial Day weekend! If you are headed to the beach or are going to some backyard BBQ’s please don’t forget your SPF! Re-apply every two hours! Today I am talking about a really hot trend in skincare, rollers! Some are made from Jade and some are made from Rose Quartz. Are they worth the hype? How do you use them? I’m giving you the full scoop here! Benefits: Assists in lymphatic drainage, which in turn de-puffs the face When rolled over the skin after being placed in the freezer, it helps to calm the skin after peels and other deeply exfoliating treatments Improves skinRead More →

I ran this post last year for Mother’s Day and the response I got was overwhelming so I’ve decided to share it again this year. Wishing you a Mother’s Day filled with love.  ‘If you knew how great is a mother’s love’, Wendy told them triumphantly, ‘you would have no fear’”. -From Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie   Every mother has a story, and every mother has her own journey. My journey to becoming a Mother starts at my own two mother’s journeys. When I was almost one, I was given up for adoption by my Biological Mother. She realized, at 21 years old, that she wasRead More →

Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start!  In today’s post, I’m going to share with you my favorite products and beauty routines for the summer! 1. Get your brows and lashes tinted No one wants to apply a brow pencil or heavy mascara if you are at the beach or by the pool in the hot sun! See your Aesthetician and get your brows tinted so that you don’t have to fill them in. Lash tinting can also make your eyes pop without makeup! It’s one of my secret weapons for summer beauty! 2. Let your hair air dry AirRead More →

TGIF y’all!!! You’ve asked and I’m answering… this is my list of the Best Eye Creams available today! BEST ANTI-AGING EYE CREAM- It’s a tie: Lumiere Eye Cream by Neocutis- Helps alleviate skin puffiness with caffeine, plumps up the appearance of skin with the hydrating power of Hyaluronic Acid, visibly diminishes the appearance of under eye darkness. This cream treatsthe delicate eye area to help improve the signs of fatigue powered by 30% more1 PSP® to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Other key ingredients include Bisabolol. This is one of my staples on my shelf! This one is tied with the Lumiere- Micro-EyesRead More →

Hi Ashli! What is the best basic regimen for daily skincare? How many steps should I be doing? Also- in what order should I apply products to my skin? Sincerely yours, Lost in a Sea of Products Hi Miss Lost! These are some GREAT questions. A basic, bare bones regimen should consist of your cleansing, toning, hydrating and protecting your skin. A simple AM regimen would be (in order of application): Cleanse- with either a swipe of toner or a gentle, milky cleanser (unless you are sweating at the gym!) Also just cleansing with water in the morning is fine too! Hydrate-Moisturizing with a productRead More →

  Happy Thursday y’all! It feels SO good to start posting with some regularity again! Thank you for your feedback on my Instagram- most everyone wanted to hear about Adaline’s birth and my successful VBAC at Duke University Hospital! My second daughter, Everly’s birth was very difficult and it ended in an emergency C-section due to her size and positioning. When we moved here to Durham I found out I was pregnant with Adaline about one minute later (surprise!!) When I called the OB group at Duke I gave them my birthdate and they automatically put me with Maternal Fetal Medicine or “High Risk” OBRead More →