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Flares for Fall


Marina Larroude

I pulled some old favorites out of my closet last weekend, lovelies. Jeans—ones I probably haven’t worn in a couple years. Ever since the skinny jeans trend hit, my flared jeans have been relegated to the back of the closet and forgotten except for the rare occasion. But this fall, I started noticing a “new trend” popping up across the blogs and street style websites. Flare jeans are back! Not that I don’t love my skinnies, but I have to admit I’ve missed the way you can put on a stacked wedge or heel with a pair of flare jeans and have legs that look like they go on for days. I love the long lean look you can achieve with flared jeans. It’s just a nice change of pace and feels fresh after so many years where the skinny jean ruled. Here’s to a more balanced jean life.



Are you breaking out the flared jeans this fall?


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Posted: 12th October 2014 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Now Trending | Leave a comment

Weekend Getaway


Lo and Sons

I got bitten by the travel bug a long time ago, and suffer from the effects almost daily. Symptoms: a constant desire to pack my bags and travel to the next unvisited locale. I’m in love with places I’ve never been to and dream of vacations almost hourly. Perhaps I missed my calling as a travel writer from Travel + Leisure. Recently, I’ve been craving even just a weekend getaway. A cabin in the woods somewhere with cozy blankets and hot chocolate. Or a staycation in a downtown Seattle hotel with my husband. A train trip to Vancouver, B.C. or Victoria, B.C.—I could go on and on. But I won’t. Instead let’s talk about the cute bags I would need to get to any of these destinations. I am all about the weekender bag right now. The perfect size for a night or two away, it keeps me from overpacking, which is quite the feat.


There are so many options. From classic to fun and sporty. I love the canvas options from the new line Lo and Sons, but I could just as easily go for a classic Louis Vuitton Speedy. Each has it’s own charms. Here are my top picks for your next mini vacation!


Cuyana|Kate Spade Saturday|Balenciaga|Gucci| J.Crew|Clare Viver|Marc by Marc Jacobs


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Posted: 25th September 2014 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

Our Wedding Invitations


Courtesy of Molly Magee, Chelsea Nelson, Karen Meyer, and Josh Sapien

I hope you can forgive my long absence, lovelies. I was busy wedding planning, getting hitched, honeymooning, and moving into and unpacking our new home. Life is now returning to normal and I am excited to get back to sharing all things style related with you. But first, a few more wedding related posts. Because it’s style related, after all. I promise to keep it short and sweet—I just had to share with you what gorgeous invitations my groom designed for us.


The top card in the envelope had stunning rose gold foil on it – I love rose gold everything. The background was one of our engagement photos with the palest pink washing over it.


The details for the reception were printed on another card, this one charcoal gray. I was going for stylish and sophisticated but with a fun, playful, Kate Spade-esque feel to it. Hence, the ‘cue the confetti’ and the ‘tearing it up on the dance floor’. To see the amazing site he designed to go with the invites, visit – the interactive map on the site is one of my favorite features.


The RSVP cards with a grayish taupe color and again, played with those cheeky Kate Spade inspirations. My favorite part of the entire invitation suite may have been the phrase in parentheses under “regretfully declines”—”and will forever regret the descision”.


Finally, on the reverse of the RSVP card, we added a silly and fun element where guests could check off what they were most excited about. The space left blank for them to fill in was so much fun to read when we started getting the cards back. People came up with both hilarious and heartfelt write-ins. This may have been one of my favorite things we did for the weddings and I will keep them forever, they are such a great memento.


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Posted: 22nd September 2014 | by: ashley | in: My Life | 2 Comments

Signet Rings



With my impending nuptials just 37 days away, my monogram has been on my mind a lot. That may seem weird, but I am one of those closet prepsters that loves to have her monogram on bags, trays, jewelry, you name it. With my initials changing shortly, I have been contemplating dropping my middle name and making my current last name my new middle name, or maybe not. One thing is for sure, I never expected to be sad about losing my last name. I am excited to take my husband’s name, but there is some sadness saying goodbye to the one I’ve had for 32 years too. Anyway, all this monogram talk got me thinking about signet rings. I have been wanting one forever. A gold one or rose gold one only. Maybe now is the time to get it and it can me a reminder of my old name?


SheRa Jewelry|Adult Runaway|Junam Jewelry|Ralph Lauren|Pinterest

I like them kind of chunky, not too dainty – a fit that is more like a man’s ring. Choosing what script to use is difficult though. They are just so beautiful and can be personalized which I love – not to mention, they are a great conversation piece and something you can pass down to future generations as an heirloom. These are a few of my favorites – prefer the circle or rounded version best, but the square one is pretty unique and statement-making too.


Moon and Lola|Sarah Chloe|Ginette NY


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Posted: 10th July 2014 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things | 2 Comments

Save the Date


I am sharing something very special with you today — the save the dates for our wedding! Forgive for two wedding related posts in a row, but with ten weeks to go, it’s where all my attention and energy are currently focused. My fiance is a damn fine graphic designer, so I was lucky enough to be able to leave the save the dates, invitations, place cards, menus, programs and all other design/paper related details up to his genius. And guys, I may be biased, but this guy is truly a design genius. He did such an awesome job with our Save the Dates. They were printed on small poster sized glossy paper and then folded so that when you unfolded them, you got the details and a new image on each section.

Here you have the cover of the little booklet, as well as the back – complete with the monogram of our initials that he created for our engagement (and subsequently had tattooed on his forearm—seriously, is there anything hotter than a guy getting tattooed with your initials?), and the address for the engagement website.


Once you opened the booklet, you saw this:


Unfold it again, and you get our date…and him with a mouth full of whip cream courtesy of yours truly…


Unfold it for a third time (this one is my favorite)…


And finally, the paper, when unfolded entirely, shows this gorgeous image…the adventure begins.


Gotta love marrying a fellow typography nerd — he nailed it with these fonts — and the design, obvi.


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Posted: 5th June 2014 | by: ashley | in: My Life | 1 Comment

Love Songs

As we get closer to the wedding (10 weeks!) we are getting into some of the really fun details — like picking your first dance song and your father-daughter dance. As we were sorting through the love songs on our extensive playlists (we’re both huge music lovers), I started compiling my own list of my all time favorite love songs. Those ones I can listen to over and over again and never get sick of, the ones with the lines that capture just how I’ve felt, the ones with the heart-wrenching melodies — I love a good love song, like most girls. The sad ones especially – what is that about? Anyway, today I’m sharing my Spotify playlist with you of my top, all time favorite love songs – some are new, some are old, there are some smaller artists, there are some huge bands, and in the list you can find our first dance song and a couple other songs we’ll definitely be using during the wedding. You will not find: Meatloaf, Lady in Red, Michael Bolton (or as my dad refers to him, Michael Revoltin’ – ba-dum ching), My Heart Will Go On, or Every Rose Has It’s Thorn.

So, can you guess which one is our first dance song?


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Posted: 4th June 2014 | by: ashley | in: My Life | Leave a comment

Grace Ciao Flower Illustrations


I recently stumbled on the fashion illustrations from Grace Ciao, a business student in Singapore who does freelance illustrations in her free time. I love fashion illustrations. I have an entire folder on Pinterest dedicated to the fashion illustrations I want to frame and put on the wall in my fabulous dressing room someday. These ones are special though – Grace uses real flowers to create the most magnificent dresses made of real petals. It is so artistic and so incredibly creative. I am in awe of the pieces she creates with these flowers. They would make truly stunning dresses in real life.


Lillies, irises, carnations—it’s the perfect kind of artwork and imaginative design that every woman who wanted to be a fairy princess as a little girl would delight in. I hope she goes on to be a designer once she finishes business school. The girl clearly has talent.



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Posted: 30th May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Pretty Things | Leave a comment

A Little YSL Love

Tres charmant! A little YSL lipstick love for your Thursday. I adore these pretty dancing tubes of lipstick.


Via Rene Hauser

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Posted: 29th May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

National Stationery Show


Parrot Design Studio

This past week the National Stationery Show was held at the Javitts Center in NYC. I’m not a designer or graphic artist, but I know this because as a die-hard paper lover and fiend, I follow a lot of different stationers and paper people on my Instagram feed. All week long, I saw updates with darling cards, beautiful notebooks, charming pads of paper, and creative wrapping supplies. It may sound ridiculous to some, but things like that really get my blood flowing. Pens and paper have been some of my favorite things to shop for since I was a kid and it was time for back-to-school supply shopping at the local OfficeMax. I only wish my desk was big enough to hold a never ending supply of cards and paper supplies – I dream of having a whole closet full of paper goodies in fact – so I always have the just the right thing for any given occasion. I am a firm believer in snail mail and handwritten notes to just say hello or thank you. They have so much more meaning and love infused into them.  In any case, check out some of my favorite Instagram snaps from the week at NSS.


Kate Spade and Shindig Paperie

Kate Spade is always one of my favorites. She has the snarkiest, most clever and creative sayings on her designs, and they are always bright and colorful. A winning combination in my book! The calendars from Shindig Paperie are darling as well – I find it hard to pass up a good gold polka dot print – don’t you?


Think and Ink Studio, Sarah J. Champion, Lili Koi, Benchpressed, Egg Press, Grey Moggie

These colorful wrapping papers are anything but boring and work for any occasion, and the card about the peonies? It couldn’t be more true! Of course, I have a special soft spot for the cute bride card!


Sugar Paper

But, my favorite paper people by far? Sugar Paper. I’ve never seen a design of theirs that I didn’t want to buy and immediately run home to use. Perhaps it’s the ample use of gold polka dots (I told you how I feel about gold polka dots, people), but the products are also so well made with such quality – and the fonts are always spot on. Paper lovers notice these things, you know. I can’t wait for these collections to hit stores. My stash is running a little low….


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Posted: 23rd May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things | Leave a comment

How to Style a Bookshelf


Via Chloe Rose Boutique

Have you guys heard about the new “shelfie” trend? Essentially, it involves taking photos of your awesomely arranged shelves. I admit, I have a penchant for beautifully merchandised and organized shelves. I even have a board on my Pinterest page dedicated to stunning displays and it takes me days of arranging and rearranging to get my bookshelves the way I want them when I move. When I get something new like a candle, book, photo frame or piece of artwork, I then rearrange the bookshelf display all over again. And I enjoy it! So, here are some of my tips for putting together the perfectly styled shelves.


The Coveteur

Don’t worry about making sure all the books are lined up going the same way like on plain old bookshelves of yester-year. Play with stacks of books that are done both horizontally and vertically, and try putting them together in a triangle formation – from biggest to smallest.


Danielle Oakey Interiors

If you’re on Pinterest, I know you’ve run across those bookshelves that are grouped entirely according to color — dozens of books lined up according to color, like a rainbow. While you don’t have to go all out and colorize each shelf, you can try groupings that are all within one color scheme.


Julie Leah

Do you collect Precious Moment figurines? Shells from your beach vacations? Pez dispensers? Add them to your bookshelves and proudly fly that freak flag. I personally love the idea of adding a few pairs of shoes to a bookshelf – I mean, many of them are true works of art, and if you have a bookshelf in your boudoir, it will look just right.


Stylish Bird Blog

Add some artwork to the shelf. A print propped behind a stack of books can provide a fun backdrop that jazzes things up a bit. You can also throw in pieces like bowls, vases, sculptures and more, to add keep things interesting.


Centsational Girl

Layer things one on top of another in varying heights. It doesn’t look right when things are all the same height, and it gives you a chance to display some of your favorite pieces so that people notice them. Pretty little bowls on top of storage boxes, plants on top of stacks of books — even photo frames in front of a row of books.

Do you have any tips for organizing your bookshelves so they stand out? I would love to hear them!


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Posted: 8th May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces, Pretty Things | Leave a comment
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