Biz Babes: 5 Cool Graphics You Can Make To Grow Your Following In Under 5 Minutes With PicMonkey (+ video!)

how to make a custom instagram stories template in less than 5 minutes by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Fellow creatives, this is sooooo going to be your jam! Literally, I think I said out loud approximately 578 times while visiting the PicMonkey headquarters in Seattle back in April.

I’m not sure what whole I’ve been living in, but I was very much not familiar with what PicMonkey is currently all about and now I’m very much their number one fan. A self-proclaimed, overly-excited spokesgal actually. ANYWAYS, I’m sure you don’t actually care about my cheerleader tendencies,

how to make a custom instagram stories template in less than 5 minutes by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Biz Babes: 5 Cool Graphics You Can Make To Grow Your Following In Under 5 Minutes With PicMonkey (+ video!)

Fellow creatives, this is sooooo going to be your jam! Literally, I think I said out loud approximately 578 times while visiting the PicMonkey headquarters in Seattle back in April.

I’m not sure what whole I’ve been living in, but I was very much not familiar with what PicMonkey is currently all about and now I’m very much their number one fan. A self-proclaimed, overly-excited spokesgal actually. ANYWAYS, I’m sure you don’t actually care about my cheerleader tendencies,

A Colorful Pom Pom Birthday Party

A Colorful Pom Pom Birthday Party with Shop Leo by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Like many you, I’m a HUGE  lover of parties and party decorating! So after 7 years, I decided to FINALLY throw a big party for my daughter Lucy. I mean, after all, I, Julie, make party garlands for a living!

Since Ashley had recently launched the Sugar & Cloth party products, I reached out to her for some entertaining goodies to include in this colorful celebration.  The S&C line is the perfect blend of refreshing colors and patterns. 

A Colorful Pom Pom Birthday Party with Shop Leo by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

A Colorful Pom Pom Birthday Party

Like many you, I’m a HUGE  lover of parties and party decorating! So after 7 years, I decided to FINALLY throw a big party for my daughter Lucy. I mean, after all, I, Julie, make party garlands for a living!

Since Ashley had recently launched the Sugar & Cloth party products, I reached out to her for some entertaining goodies to include in this colorful celebration.  The S&C line is the perfect blend of refreshing colors and patterns. 

Sugar & Cloth Casa: Our Front Door Makeover Before + After

Sugar & Cloth Casa: Our Front Door Makeover Before + After by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

After almost a year of hardcore house renovations, I’ve grown to REALLY enjoy a quick weekend project. What can I say? I obviously love something with quick satisfaction. We’ve pretty much covered the entire house as far as updates go, but the front entry and back patio have been totally neglected.

Since we have a townhome there aren’t too many options we have as far as entryway updates go thanks to HOA, but our previous front door situation was in dire need of fixing.

Sugar & Cloth Casa: Our Front Door Makeover Before + After by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Sugar & Cloth Casa: Our Front Door Makeover Before + After

After almost a year of hardcore house renovations, I’ve grown to REALLY enjoy a quick weekend project. What can I say? I obviously love something with quick satisfaction. We’ve pretty much covered the entire house as far as updates go, but the front entry and back patio have been totally neglected.

Since we have a townhome there aren’t too many options we have as far as entryway updates go thanks to HOA, but our previous front door situation was in dire need of fixing.

Cutest Swimwear for Summer 2018

Cutest Swimwear for Summer 2018 by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Summer is in full swing now and if your plans include sandy beaches or pool floats, we’ve got you covered with what to wear in the water. Ten one-pieces and ten two pieces round out our list of the cutest swimwear for 2018.

While one piece swimsuits used to be favored by the modest, nowadays we’re seeing them used to make big statements! More fabric doesn’t necessarily mean more covered – we’ve seen some wild cutouts on some unitard suits (some that we’re steering clear of) and in any case,

Cutest Swimwear for Summer 2018 by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Cutest Swimwear for Summer 2018

Summer is in full swing now and if your plans include sandy beaches or pool floats, we’ve got you covered with what to wear in the water. Ten one-pieces and ten two pieces round out our list of the cutest swimwear for 2018.

While one piece swimsuits used to be favored by the modest, nowadays we’re seeing them used to make big statements! More fabric doesn’t necessarily mean more covered – we’ve seen some wild cutouts on some unitard suits (some that we’re steering clear of) and in any case,

What it Feels Like to be a By-Product of Suicide

What it Feels Like to be a By-Product of Suicide by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

Something that very few people know about me is that my grandmother took her own life. While that’s a powerful statement, this story is mostly about my Mom and what it feels like to be a by-product of suicide…

I can’t remember exactly when it was that my Mom told me about my Grandmother. I never even met her because she took her own life using a gun when my Mom was 20 years old.

Instead,

What it Feels Like to be a By-Product of Suicide by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth

What it Feels Like to be a By-Product of Suicide

Something that very few people know about me is that my grandmother took her own life. While that’s a powerful statement, this story is mostly about my Mom and what it feels like to be a by-product of suicide…

I can’t remember exactly when it was that my Mom told me about my Grandmother. I never even met her because she took her own life using a gun when my Mom was 20 years old.

Instead,

I Have Some Mama Questions!

I have some Mama questions for you! by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Okay, so I now owe you guys a birth story, postpartum story, two month, three month, four month, AND a traveling with baby posts!! Shew. Clearly behind on life over here. But in classic Ashley fashion, I’m mooching more advice from ya’ll instead!

Rather than flood your IG stories with all of these q’s, I have some mama questions that I figured would I would just rattle off here:

— When did you start feeding your baby purees?

I have some Mama questions for you! by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

I Have Some Mama Questions!

Okay, so I now owe you guys a birth story, postpartum story, two month, three month, four month, AND a traveling with baby posts!! Shew. Clearly behind on life over here. But in classic Ashley fashion, I’m mooching more advice from ya’ll instead!

Rather than flood your IG stories with all of these q’s, I have some mama questions that I figured would I would just rattle off here:

— When did you start feeding your baby purees?

Modern DIY Sculptural Wind Chime

DIY sculptural wind chime by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of sugar and cloth

Patio season is upon us. Woo!! And that means it’s time to crawl out of Winter hibernation and set up our balconies + backyards for some outdoor R&R.  Just recently I, Erin, was at an outdoor wedding where the couple decorated the altar with a collection of wind chimes, which quietly chirped away in the background during the ceremony.  It was unique and charming, and inspired me to make some wind chimes for my own patio yard this year.

DIY sculptural wind chime by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of sugar and cloth

Modern DIY Sculptural Wind Chime

Patio season is upon us. Woo!! And that means it’s time to crawl out of Winter hibernation and set up our balconies + backyards for some outdoor R&R.  Just recently I, Erin, was at an outdoor wedding where the couple decorated the altar with a collection of wind chimes, which quietly chirped away in the background during the ceremony.  It was unique and charming, and inspired me to make some wind chimes for my own patio yard this year.