It Is Well With My Soul

"...sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction."

I have reflected a lot on the past, present and future since turning 31 in September; and it is with the happiest of hearts that I have decided to take a sabbatical from blogging. I am truly passionate about my little corner of the world here, and I love sharing my style and travel tips with all of you, so this isn't goodbye. I've just come full-circle and need to focus on the things that are most important to me at this time...like family, friends, love, the sea, flowers and sunshine.

I wish each and every one of you joy and love.

See you in 2017!

"When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul."



Light, Love and Liberty With Alex + Ani

I'm excited to share the new Liberty Copper Collection from Alex + Ani, which features original copper preserved from the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty. This monumental collection is a true celebration of light, love and liberty.

A few of my favorite pieces include:

Small LIBERTY COPPER CARRY LIGHT™ 14kt Gold Center Charm Bangle
Small LIBERTY COPPER CARRY LIGHT™ 14kt Gold Center Charm Bangle
LIBERTY COPPER CARRY LIGHT™ 14kt Gold Center Spoon Ring
LIBERTY COPPER CARRY LIGHT™ 14kt Gold Center Spoon Ring
Not only is Liberty Copper a new collection; it's a movement! Join Alex + Ani in creating one light indivisible by sharing and answering one question: What do you #CARRYLIGHT for?

To share your own #CARRYLIGHT message, download Alex and Ani's mobile app or visit Alex and Ani's website to take advantage of their custom photo filters. Don't forget to tag @alexandani in your social media post!

I personally #CARRYLIGHT for love, joy + sunshine.



Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas + Ashley's Cruise Style

Words cannot express just how much I love Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas. Considered one of the "classic" ships within the fleet, she lives up to her regal title {and you can trust me on this one, as we all know my nickname is "The Duchess!} In today's world, so many cruisers have a "bigger is better" mentality--and although there is nothing wrong with larger ships in the Oasis, or even Freedom, class-- I still prefer, and really appreciate, the small + intimate environment that ships like the Majesty {as well as the Enchantment + the Jewel} provide. I feel that the quality of service, the quality of cuisine and the ability to establish a better crew/guest rapport is something only a smaller ship can truly master. 

The Majesty of the Seas recently began sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida. She was also newly refurbished to create an even better adventure at sea, with the inclusion of a water park for kids, updated staterooms + lounges, as well as several new culinary experiences {not to mention VOOM!--the best wi-fi you'll find sailing the Atlantic...even faster than what I have in my own home--maybe I should live on the ship!?!}

One of my favorite things to do whilst at sea is dress up at night. I feel that this is a "lost art." Believe me, you can enjoy yourself MORE feeling fabulous in a nice dress and heels. Vacation may be a time to let your "hair down," but don't lose your fun + flair in the process {I've witnessed guests wear the same thing, every day, for almost two weeks--shameful!}

I hope you enjoy this little tour of my new favorite ship, as well as my style at sea!

Day One: Port Canaveral 

dress: Lilly Pulitzer {similar style here} || clutch: Lilly Pulitzer
shoes: Tory Burch {retired color of Hudson Blue}
bracelet: Hermes || earrings: Lilly Pulitzer

Day Two: Coco Cay, Bahamas {+ Formal Night}
cover-up: Angie {similar style here} || wristlet: kate spade || shoes: Tory Burch
sunglasses: Tom Ford

A fun hangout on Royal Caribbean's private island, Coco Cay. Here you can grab a "Coco Loco" and relax in a hammock under a palm tree listening to the sounds of reggae.

dress: J. McLaughlin {similar style here} || clutch: Vintage Prada {similar style here} || shoes: Vintage Manolo Blahnik {shop the Carolyne--my favorite!--here}
earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane {similar style here} || bracelet: Vintage Romanov Faberge

Day Three: Nassau, Bahamas 

 My favorite lounge! This is a must on any Royal Caribbean ship. Nautical ambience, great music {from piano to classical guitar}, trivia {I'm tops at 80s music--I even surprise myself with my Jeopardy-inspired skills!}, and the best "people-watching" around.

This is MY table! Just add Pinot Grigio {and a "reserved" sign.}

dress: Karen Millen {another "closet raid"--this time courtesy of Y&R's Victoria Newman--thanks, Amelia Heinle!} || shoes: Manolo Blahnik || clutch: kate spade {summer 2014}
bracelet: Hermes

Day Four: At Sea

A view of the new children's water park + pool deck {as seen from the beautiful Viking Crown Lounge.} The best views of Nassau and the rock climbing wall can also be found here.
 top: Feratelli {boutique} || leggings: a.n.a. || shoes: Charles David {similar style here}
watch: Citizen {similar style in silver here} || bracelets: Tory Burch {similar style here} || clutch: Chico's {similar style here}

 My sinfully delicious Cafe Latte-tudes treat {yes, this croissant was SO divine that I was seriously considering creating a separate post just to rave about its loveliness.} It's glazed and even better than a cronut {prepare to get your hands dirty with this one--but it's so well-worth it!} On the bright side, The Majesty of The Seas offers you a wonderful gym + top-of-the-line spa treatments to work off this beauty.} ; )

#majestyoftheseas #loyaltoroyal



The Royal Petunia: Happy Birthday Prince George

 Quite possibly my favorite day of the year! I so love these photos of three year old Prince George, taken by photographer Matt Porteous at The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's country home in Norfolk, Amner Hall. 

Happy, Happy Birthday to the coolest kid ever!

{Love the look? Most of George and Charlotte's clothes originate from this chic boutique.}


Petunia Picks: Lilly Lately

With summer in full-swing, here are some of my absolute favorites this season from Lilly Pulitzer. As always, I'm in love with the bright colors + whimsical prints. {...and I'm having to practice meditation + yoga more and more now, with the grand opening of a Lilly store right in my own backyard at Disney Springs! We've had two in the area for several years--Orlando + Winter Park--but ten minutes from my front door?!--I need to remain calmer than ever--and freeze my credit cards!}

Happy Thursday!


Petunia Picks: Summer Travel Essentials

Live in luxury with the very best beach towels. Colorful and fun, these beautiful prints are bound to bring life to your Caribbean cabana!

We are in the heart {and heat!} of summer, and with that, comes vacation {hopefully to somewhere tropical, historical and/or fantastical!}Whether you are relaxing on a beach with your family, heading off on a romantic getaway {maybe a honeymoon?!,} cheering on Team USA in Rio, or know someone who is, here are some of my favorite ways to bring some extra flair and fun to your travels. 

Make the trip a little sweeter with a yummy treat, simply ship to the desired destination on the desired day. How easy is that?!

Schlep all of your vacation goodies {jewelry shopping is a must!} around in style with a printed tote.

Be reminded of your epic adventure {apr├Ęs-vacation} with a unique bottle opener.
Last but not least, pack your perfect picnic {the Kensington Gardens in London= brilliant idea!} and keep food and fun flowing. Pro tip: add a celebratory bottle of bubbly! 

How are you celebrating summer?


Art Appreciation: Minted x West Elm


Being an Art History major, I've always had a very unique appreciation for art and artists, which is why I'm thrilled to announce that Minted and West Elm have come together to bring you an exclusive new art collection. West Elm shares Minted's passion for supporting independent artists. This collaboration gave Minted's community artists the unique chance to have their work sold in West Elm stores nationwide. More than 6,000 works were submitted to the design challenge! West Elm has sourced 50 pieces to sell in their stores and online, while Minted has exclusively launched 135 unique pieces from 95 artists. I love all of the statement pieces this collection has to offer. There's something for everyone!

{...and speaking of art, don't forget your kitchen! I recently partnered with Williams-Sonoma and they are having a MAJOR sale, so make sure to use the code SUMMER at checkout for 20% off and FREE shipping!}