Ashley is a journalist raised in New Jersey, schooled in Boston, and working in New York City. She's an entertainment junkie, an amateur photog, and has a penchant for traveling the world—the more exotic the destination, the better.

9 Newlyweds Reveal The Wedding Gifts They Use Most

A KitchenAid is nice, but have you ever used a Ninja Blender? The idea that a wedding registry is a way for a soon-to-be-married couples to stock up on the goods they need to start their new life together is about as outdated as the idea of…
By Ashley Mateo

9 Wedding Gifts Based On Your Relationship To The Couple

Not all presents are counted equally. You’d think the most emotional part of a wedding would be when the couple ties the knot, but let’s be real — for the guests, it’s choosing the gift that brings with it a rollercoaster of feels. How much do you…
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9 Newlyweds Reveal The Strangest Yet Best Wedding Gifts They Got

Why wouldn’t you want an oil painting of your pet, hmm? It’s not hard to imagine going rogue when it comes to searching through yet another friend’s wedding registry. How many sets of champagne flutes can you really buy? But veering from someone’s…
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9 Newlyweds Reveal The Wedding Gifts They Returned Immediately

Sometimes, it’s really just the thought that counts. Wedding gifts should be no-brainers, right? Most couples spend a serious amount of time choosing the things they want for their wedding registry (whether they’re actually slogging it out with a…
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9 Gifts Every Engaged Couple Wants, Even If They Don't Know It Yet

Everyone knows they want money. Here’s what they’re not thinking about. There’s so much power in creating a wedding registry. You can add anything you want. Like that insanely overpriced copper cookware set everyone keeps Pinning, or the Playstation…
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How To Write *Great* Wedding Thank You Notes — Without Wasting Your Life On Them

You tossed the bouquet, you maintained your champagne buzz for two weeks on the Italian coast, and now the honeymoon is officially over. Except... you still have to thank everyone who spent their time and money on you and your now lawfully wedded…
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10 Classic Wedding Gifts That Literally Every Couple Appreciates

Classics are classic for a reason — you’ll love these as much as your mom and grandma did. These days, engaged couples can register for their wildest desires, from things like swimming with stingrays in Tahiti to a down payment on their first home…
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7 Genius Wedding Gift Strategies If You Don't Want To Register

Registering for wedding gifts sounds like a fun experience—you get to pick out all the shiny new things you want for your new life with your new spouse!—but ask most brides-to-be, and they’ll tell you it feels overwhelming, time-consuming, and maybe…
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11 Influencers Reveal Their Best Wedding Gift Ideas For New Couples

These women are regular trendsetters; it makes sense that they’d have great gift ideas, too. It’s never easy to come up with gift ideas, and engagement party, bridal shower, and wedding gifts are especially tough. How can you give someone who used…
By Ashley Mateo

6 Moves to Do With A Foam Roller

You see it sitting in the corner at the gym, your friends swears by it, but how do you actually use it? Besides rolling over it to work out kinks and sooth sore muscles, you can actually use the foam roller as a great tool to build muscle. To find…
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8 Lower Body Moves That Won't Hurt Your Knees

Sure, the temperatures outside are reaching polar vortex levels — but just because you're more likely to be sporting over-the-knee boots than flashing any thigh doesn't mean you can skip your leg and butt workouts. But, how many squats can one…
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The Best Gym-to-Street Fashion This Season

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10 Must-Know Tips for Working Out in the Morning

The last thing you want to do before bed is set your alarm an hour earlier so you have time to go to the gym, right? I get it. I'd rather hit snooze 100 times before hitting the treadmill pre-7 a.m. But those early bird gym-goers are onto something…
By Ashley Mateo

5 Ways to Improve Your Stamina as a Runner

Whether you've just started running or you already have a few 5Ks under your belt, there's one area runners can always improve on: stamina (that would be your ability to actually go the distance). We're not talking speed here, but rather, endurance…
By Ashley Mateo
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The 21 Best Workout Songs From 2014

No doubt about it, music can make or break a workout. We're not just saying that — science proves the right tunes can enhance your time in the gym. Just this year, studies showed music can make long cardio sessions more enjoyable and help you work…
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All the Cyber Monday Deals You Need to Know

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Learn These Exercises Before You Try Aerial Yoga

An aerial workout sounds scary — hanging upside down in a hammock sash while contorting your body into different positions seems best left to Cirque du Soleil professionals, right? But I'm going to let you in on a little secret: This wacky workout…
By Ashley Mateo

6 Barre-Inspired Moves, No Ballet Bar Required

At some point, most of us probably wanted to be a prima ballerina. Alas, we had to grow up. Now, we're all about the ballerina body — I mean, just look at someone like Misty Copeland. She's the perfect combination of beauty and strength, all long…
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How to Pick Headphones for Your Workout

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10 Ways You're Sabotaging Your Workout

Some days, just getting to the gym takes serious dedication — and on those days (especially on those days!) I want my sweat sesh to count. The last thing my workout needs is to be derailed before I even hit the spin bike/yoga mat/elliptical.…
By Ashley Mateo