Fumes of Romance

We never needed a holiday to remind us how our love lifts one another to a higher being. Although we would have had this enchanted weekend anyways, Valentine’s Day made it that more special, and not because I got realllyyyyy great gifts, but because we’re both so appreciative for one another. The whole night was filled with “thank you for this beautiful evening,” and “we’re so blessed to have found each other” Here, let me paint the bigger picture for you.unnamed-12

The weekend started off with a romantic dinner at The Clocktower located on Madison Avenue in NYC. I wore a LBD (little back dress) that was classy, yet sexy and paired it with red strapy heels and a red necklace to match.

He couldn’t stop telling me how beautiful I looked the whole night, as if it was the first time he laid eyes on me. The food, drinks and service were outstanding. We were so engaged with each other’s presence that there wasn’t much need for in-depth conversation. Just gentle smiles and fierce eye contact. Our body language spoke more than words could that night and before I knew it, our evening was winding down. We headed back to his place a few blocks away but didn’t let the party end there. We poured some more wine, put on some basketball and cuddled in each others arms as if it was the last night we were going to see each other.

As the sun began to rise, I found myself wrapped so tightly in his arms, he hadn’t let go of me the whole night. We play fought in bed until it was time for our next adventure. We put on our best Sunday outfits and headed off to brunch. The day was wet and gloomy but for us it felt like the most beautiful spring day one could ask for. We created our own sunshine as we headed downtown to Lupulo’s restaurant for eggs and mimosas! Yet today, the vibe was different between us. Our best friend relationship kicked in and we giggled the afternoon away. We didn’t focus on serious matters like family or politics, we simply indulged in laughter over fashion, sports and our future together. Little did I know the best was yet to come.

After our tummies were full, we hitched a cab to the Samuel L. Friedman theater where we saw August Wilson’s play, Jitney. It was first written in 1979, rewritten in 1996,  opened off-Broadway in April of 2000, played throughout the country and even in London from 2002 to about 2008 and recently reopened on Broadway in 2016. If you’re interested, read more about the play here.  http://jitneybroadway.com/about/

He was the one who introduced me to the theater. He had been going to plays his whole life and I had never been to one before I met him. Presently, I’ve been to at least ten plays and visited some of the most famous theaters in the country! It takes my breath away each time from the way the stage is set up, to watching the actors I once saw in movies right in front of my face having mesmerized each line and portraying such emotion… it’s quite the experience!

Once the actors took a bow, I knew our dazzling weekend was coming to an end. We drove home to New Jersey, got some tacos and curled up on the couch to watch a movie. Even in my pajamas with no makeup on, he still couldn’t take his eyes off of me.

I thought I may have been dreaming but realized this is my reality. Sometimes, I feel bad expressing my extreme happiness to others, especially if their situation is different, but screw that! I deserve this. I wasn’t always this happy, especially in a relationship! It took months, even years of escaping the wrong person and being fully dedicated to working on my inner self to not allow my dark past effect my bright future, especially with the love of my life.

So if you’re sick of seeing our photos on social media, I’m really not sorry. In a world full of so much hate why not embrace this beautiful love? At the end of the day, it’s all we have.

On that note, Happy Valentine’s Day to all and I truly hope everyone gets to experience a true, honest love like the one I have found.

– Ash Xoxo


One comment

  1. Ashley, that was absolutely amazing. Your words brought me into your lives. I could see every moment as I read your your beautiful words. Thank you for sharing your wonderfully romantic weekend. You & Seth have such a beautiful relationship. God bless you both & keep you happy for always….xoxoxo


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