Week In Review

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SoSis Tie Dye Top ($28, wearing small) | Abercrombie Jeans (seen here, TTS, wearing 26) | Hand Painted Earrings by Leah Morace + Annie Claire Designs

TGIF! I hope you had a good week or at least more good days than not so good ones in this, what seems to be, new normal. Texas started opening back up last Friday, but I haven’t noticed any difference from before when everything was shut down. A lot of restaurants remain carry-out only and not much else has opened back up yet. Today, hair salons and a few other businesses are allowed to start opening, with restrictions in place of course.

The highlight of my week was venturing out to the grocery store – Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods! I haven’t physically been to the grocery store since the middle of March! Grocery delivery has been pretty reliable through Amazon Fresh and Amazon Whole Foods here in Houston, so we’ve been using those services. But this week we were out of almost everything. I have to shout out Trader Joe’s – they have an awesome system in place to ensure everyone is staying as safe as possible. Sanitized carts as you walk in, limiting the number of people allowed inside, markings on the floor to indicate 6-feet distancing, and plexiglass up for the cashiers. Whole Foods also was very easy. If you’re in Houston, I went to the one on Waugh and hardly anyone was there. It was a breeze to get in and out. I know this is likely not the case in some cities, but that was my experience here in Houston this week.

Let’s jump into this week’s Week In Review!

This Week’s Blog Posts

Simple Spicy Margarita Recipe // I’ll definitely be making one of these over the weekend! So easy and so delicious!

My 2 Favorite White Tees! // My two tried and true white tees! Both are under $20!

Best Work from Home Jeans // The 4 pairs of jeans that have been my go-tos during quarantine to feel put together during the week but still comfy at home!

Weekly Workouts

This week’s workouts …

Since we’ve moved to strictly at-home workouts, I’ve been sharing my workouts daily on Instagram Stories. I saved them all to a highlight on my Instagram page if you need some inspiration! Most are short 30 minute workouts, easy to squeeze in!

This week, Michael and I did Orangetheory workouts Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. They’re free and viewable on YouTube! We’ve been doing Orangetheory almost every weekday. We finish each workout with a quick run around the block!

Today (Friday), Michael and I are streaming a yoga class from the studio we attend here in Houston, Yoga Works. You can check out the schedule here: https://www.yogaworks.com/classes/live/

I really look forward to our 1 hour walks each Saturday and Sunday! Something that I plan on sticking to even when all of this is over.

Podcast Recs

Here are the episodes I listened to this week:

Bad on Paper Podcast: A grab bag of listener questions… a little bit of everything!

Berning In Hell: Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter Life Crisis & Comedy Crushes

Slow Your Scroll: @ohsoglamblog | Trying to Have a Normal Conversation During a Pandemic with Christina Tarabishy

A Drink with James: Inspire, entertain, educate

Discount Codes

Aerosoles // I’m working on an upcoming partnership with Aerosoles, but before I even agreed to the collaboration, I obviously wanted to check out their shoes. They are SO CUTE! I’ve been wearing this pair non-stop! And these leopard sandals too! I also LOVE these heeled mules and these cork heels! Use code ASHLEE30 for 30% off sitewide!

Territory Food Delivery // Territory meals are prepared locally and delivered straight to your doorstep! They’re healthy and already cooked, all you have to do is warm them up! We had Territory meals for dinner three nights this week! It was so nice not having to cook or clean up afterwards! Use my code – COBALT – for $50 off across your first two orders ($25 off each order).

Whisk Dessert Bar // Ship sweet treats straight to your doorstep or send to a friend to brighten their day! My friends at Whisk started Pinpals as a way to spread a little joy with delicious baked goods! Get half off your first month subscription (brining it to $10!) with code COBALT50! They also have a Mother’s Day box that you can ship anywhere in the US!

Winc Wine // Wine delivered straight to your door! You can use my link to get $22 off your first order, which equals out to $39 for 4 bottles of wine! Click here to place your order: winc.mivh.net/cobalt

Branch Basics // My FAVORITE non-toxic cleaning products! Get 10% off a Starter Kit with code COBALT – The best non-toxic household cleaning supplies! Check out my review here!

Equilibria CBD // I really like the relief cream! Drops and gel caplets available too! I love that you are connected with a dosage specialist to help you along the way! Use code cobaltchronicles for 15% off your first order!

Daily Harvest // Use code COBALT for $25 off your first order!

Beautycounter // Get 20% off your first order by signing up for Beautycounter’s email list! We’ll send a discount code straight to your inbox! You can always shop with me at Beautycounter here: www.beautycounter.com/ashleehightower

Weekend Plans

Michael and I are planning on picking up crawfish tonight for dinner! We love Boil House for crawfish here in Houston.

I ordered Clue on Amazon this week! LOL I’m hoping it arrives today so that we have it to play over the weekend. Quarantine things y’all.

My Favorite Things this Week

A few of my favorite things this week …

SoSis Collab Pieces! // I collaborated with SoSis to share a few of their new arrivals this week! Chelsey and Annie Claire, the two owners of SoSis, are the sweetest! I’ve been so impressed with all of the ways they’ve pivoted to keep their business running while their brick and mortar shop is temporarily closed due to Covid. Check out the collection here! Everything is super reasonably priced and so cute! An easy and fun way to support a women owned small business!

Have a nice weekend!


  1. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    I can’t believe things are starting to open up! I mean I’m happy about it (obviously), but it feels weird to me (clearly been in quarantine too long;)) Our go to Starbucks reopened here in the city because they wanted “people to feel normal again”, and that was the highlight of my week!

    Also I LOVE Aerosoles SO much. I’ve been wearing them for years (I have like 2 pairs of the same booties that I can’t seem to part ways with…even though they’re on their last leg lol). Can’t wait to see your collab!

    Dana | The Champagne Edit 

    Posted 5.8.20
    • Ashlee wrote:

      I know, it feels weird to me too. Like cases here in Texas are rising, but hey, let’s have people dine in a restaurant together. I don’t know .. I mean, I’m happy for the businesses but just nervous.

      And I can’t believe I’ve been sleeping on Aerosoles! I’m definitely going to need some boots come fall!

      Posted 5.8.20

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