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Holiday Gift Guide: For Him


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Shampoo and Conditioner|Travel Bag|Record Player|Notebook|Horseshoes|Flask

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Posted: 9th December 2014 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | Leave a comment
 

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Kids


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Kitchen|Hood|Guitar|Raindrop Pillows|Notebook|Crayons|Blanket|Mouse|Flamingo

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Posted: 8th December 2014 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | Leave a comment
 

Christmas Gift Guide: For Her


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Makeup Bags|Ring|Compact|Pajamas|Lip Gloss|Diamond Dish|Calendar|Earrings|Tray|Clarisonic

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Posted: 7th December 2014 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides | Leave a comment
 

Flares for Fall


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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.


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Are you breaking out the flared jeans this fall?

xoxo

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

Weekend Getaway


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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.


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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!


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

xoxo

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

Our Wedding Invitations


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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.


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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.


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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 ashleyandtravis.com – the interactive map on the site is one of my favorite features.


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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”.


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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.

xoxo

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

Signet Rings


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Vogue

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?


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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.


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Moon and Lola|Sarah Chloe|Ginette NY

xoxo

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

Save the Date


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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.


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Once you opened the booklet, you saw this:


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


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

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

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

xoxo

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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?

xoxo

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

Grace Ciao Flower Illustrations


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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.


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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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xoxo

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