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Well Said

Sometimes that is hard to remember.
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Posted: 28th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: Well Said | 1 Comment

Wills and Kate Tie the Knot!

So,  I don’t have the crazy Royal Wedding fever that seems to be going around the media this week, but I am a little interested, I’m not going to lie. Mostly, I think I want to see Kate’s dress, but there’s a little more to it than that.

When I was in middle school, my best friend and I were craaaaazy in love with Prince William. We fought over who would get to marry him and signed our notes and letters to each other as “Her Royal Highness Princess Ashley of Wales”. Pictures of William, cut out of magazines, covered my walls and I was always daydreaming of how he would one day sweep me off my feet and give everything to marry a commoner like myself.

Once his boyish charm and good looks wore off, though, I have to admit, I forgot all about the boy who would be King someday. And truthfully, if I had to pick a prince these days, it would probably be Harry. But, in honor of our childhood crushes, my BFF and I have decided we’re going to stay up all night on Thursday, watching the Royal Wedding, wearing tiaras and sipping champagne.

And just in case you’re planning something along those same lines, there are plenty of Royal Wedding-inspired finds out there right now…

Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Gloves from, Ring from, Lip Gloss from, T-shirt from, Tiara from

How cute are these camel colored gloves – they even have Kate’s ring sewn into the right finger on the gloves – and the t-shirt? High-larious! I might have to get two of those for our Royal Wedding viewing event. Not to mention – the tiara. How amazing is that tiara? I am afraid if I got it, I would never take it off, though….

Also, while dressing for your Royal Wedding event, one cannot forget to wear a fabulous hat, every British woman knows how important that is!

Kate Middleton wearing Philip Treacy

Now, there is a lot of crazy wedding memorabilia out there right now, but here are a few cute prints that made me giggle.

Left to Right: Pink print from, Prince Harry Print from, and Royal Wedding Procession Print from

This illustrated print of the course of the wedding procession is pretty adorable, I have to say. And finally, because any good party has amazing cupcakes, here are some that would fit a Royal Wedding viewing party theme perfectly.

Left to Right: Cupcake Printables from, Cupcake Decor from
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Posted: 25th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: Now Trending, Retail Therapy, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fashion Inspiration: Warm Weather Style

Ok, so truly, spring hasn’t even arrived in Seattle quite yet. However, I’ve (naturally) already started planning what I would like to wear this summer – what my style and look will be once it finally warms up. With the inspiration of Coachella looks from last weekend all over the web, I’ve really been feeling a boho, slightly messy, partially distressed, hippie style and cannot wait for it to be hot so I can start putting together my outfits!

The first look I am all about right now is slouchy tanks with distressed, ripped, comfortable jeans. I just love the ease of this and the casual, beachy, Southern-California vibe to it.


Racerback tanks from Splendid and Kane are perfect – lightweight and with just the right amount of loose flowing slouch.


Tank tops from Kain and Splendid,


I also love the idea of putting a brightly colored or patterned bra under one of these tanks, letting just a little pop of color or print peek out for a little fun. These bright mesh ones from Cosabella are just right!


 Rachel Bilson has the right idea here – a little boho, a little rocker. Loves it!
From Left to Right: True Religion, J Brand and Resin
These True Religion jeans on the left are some of my favorites. I bought this same pair years ago and there were insanely comfortable and they make your behind look fabulous! Sadly, mine ripped beyond repair last spring, so they are going to need replacing!
I plan on pair my look with a classic fedora or Panama hat – to add just a little extra cool to the ensemble.
 I adore this classic black and white Eugenia Kim option…
Or this unique lace version from Nordstrom for a little bit more of a bohemian feel…
And finally, this straw one from DSquared just feels like summer to me…
Another great accessory to add to the panama hat and simple racer back tanks during summer is a bright and colorful lightweight scarf.
Lauren Conrad always manages to get it right – how much would I love to have access to her closet?! Here are some of my favorite summery scarves…
Left to Right: Theodora and Callum and Antik Batik, from

Also at the top of my list for summer, the little white dresses! A white dress just screams summer to me, and this one from Emersonmade is just lovely!

And naturally, Blake Lively does the white dress right – I love it casual with flats and a bright scarf. Easy, breezy!

Besides, white looks so good with bronzed and tan summer skin. Here are a few options I have my eye on…

Left to Right: Vanessa Bruno and Day Birger Mikkelsen, from
Alice by Temperley, from

Summer also means incorporating a beachy, seaside feel to everyday outfits. I would do this with a fabulous French 70’s inspired head scarf – from none other than Pucci, of course! With the right hair products and sunglasses, it would go a little something like this…


Here are the Pucci prints I am drooling over this season…




Ok, so perhaps the biggest thing I am into this season is shirts that are off the shoulder. I am not kidding you guys, I am obsessed. I have bought at least 3-4 shirts recently that slouch off the shoulder. It may seem 80’s style to you, but I am all about it.

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Exposing a bare, tanned shoulder is so sexy – but you can be comfortable at the same time in a shirt that’s soft and slouchy.


This option from Wildfox Couture is my current favorite. I may need to add it to my growing collection of off-shoulder shirts!


My final must-try look for summer? Any outfit that combines white bottoms with a denim or chambray button-down top. Whether with white jeans…one of my summer staples, already…


Or with a boho short little white skirt…or a long white maxi skirt for that matter!


Those are some of the looks I am going for this summer – once the warm weather finally decides to grace us with its presence here in Seattle, that is – what are you planning for your summer wardrobe?

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Posted: 24th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 4 Comments

Well Said – Take Chances

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Photo(s) of the Day

I wish I could choose just one, but there are too many amazing photographs out there that make me speechless, make my jaw hit the floor, make my mind come alive, and make me wish I had better photography skills. Here are this week’s favorites…

Matteo Colombo Photography
This photo is so beautiful, it looks like a painting to me. This was taken in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, Italy and this right here, this is my heart and soul. I’ve been to this place before and I can’t count the number of times I have returned to this picturesque valley in my mind. I could spend my life in this photograph.
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 I know at first glance, this picture appears creepy, but I think there is something so romantic and tragic about this as well. I don’t know where its from or where it was taken, I imagine some place of ruin – mainly because it reminds me of what I saw in Pompeii when I visited, but they are together forever.
Source: National Geographic
This photo makes me giggle every time I see it. Its an amazing shot, yes, but it also makes me want to save the little guy and tell him, no, no, don’t eat that!
Source: Corinne Vionnet
This picture blows my mind for its creativity. Its an image of hundreds of tourist photographs of the Eiffel Tower, all layered over one another. This is a piece of artwork I would die to hang on my wall! She has an entire series of famous landmarks done this way. Makes you wonder if we all see it the same…
Source: Clark Little
This shot makes me wish I was a surfer, because seeing this, I want to experience being inside of a wave. Does anyone else wonder how he got such an amazing shot?
Source: Unknown,
Someday, I hope to experience seeing the moon like this. Maybe its not real, but even if its not, I want to see the moon on a night where it feels that big.
Source: Unknown,
Funny how the Eiffel Tower seems to inspire so many different angles in photography. I love the unique perspective of seeing it in the lense. Brilliant!
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Posted: 17th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Latest Cool and Clever Finds…

With all of the hours I spend tweeting, facebooking, blogging and researching articles on the internet, I have to keep a little file with all of the fantastic finds and clever things that I find online. Here’s some of the latest… Ok, so first up, when I saw this, I nearly died. I have got to find out where this is and if it truly exists, because if it does, I am so there!

From, photo by Louis Psyosos
Tree camping, people! How incredible does this look? I am starting to get the feeling its not for real, but oh, if it were!
Next up, an amazing calendar from designer and artist Oscar Diaz
I am not sure how well this would really work, time-wise, but its a really cool concept. Using the capillary action of ink on the paper, the calendar uses the timed pace of the ink spreading on the paper, to indicate time. The ink is absorbed slowly and apparently, the numbers on the calendar are “printed” daily. I love how inventive and different this idea is.
Another amazing piece of art I stumbled on recently, is a giant installation at the 21st Century Museum of Art, in Japan, from artist Leandro Erlich.
It’s a fake pool!
The top surface is filled with 4-5 inches of water, so it appears from the top, to look like a realistic pool. The people underneath the swimming pool, can look up and see a realistic water effect above them, but the water layer is only about 10 centimeters deep and is suspended over transparent glass. Viewers enter the empty pool space beneath to experience the effect. I gotta say, I kinda love it.
Finally, this last find makes me wish I worked for National Geographic, because its just such a cool thing to try. Just last month, they tried to create a real-life version of Pixar’s animated film, “Up”.
The whole thing was apparently filmed for a series on the National Geographic Channel, called “How Hard Could it Be?” – set to premiere this coming fall. National Geographic got a team of scientists, engineers and two balloon pilots together and they successfully launched a 16×16 foot house that was 18 feet tall. Using 300 eight foot weather balloons, they sent the house up from a private airfield outside of Los Angeles.
Wouldn’t that have been fun to see in person?
All images from
And off it goes…it was up in the air for about an hour. I have to remember to watch the actual episode when it premieres this fall!
All very clever and cool, no?
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Posted: 14th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fashion Inspiration: Take Notice Necklaces

My grandmother was one of the first fashionistas that I ever laid eyes on. Looking back at old photos, I always find myself marveling at her sleek, chic outfits and perfectly chosen accessories. She had a particular thing for jewelry – big cocktail rings, a long pearl necklace and pieces that always made a statement. I like to think that I inherited her love of fashion and jewelry, as well as her knack for choosing fabulous pieces – especially when it comes to big rings and bold necklaces.

With that in mind, I think that she would have loved this post on the big, bold necklaces that scream “notice me!” for spring and summer. Here are some of my favorites…

Amrita Singh necklace from

Talk about a “pop” of color – I am all about this amazing necklace from Amrita Singh. Can’t you just imagine it paired with a white collared dress shirt, undone a few buttons and dark denim skinny ankle length jeans? Clearly, I need to have this necklace because I have the outfit for it all picked out already.

Left to Right: Oscar de la Renta and Kenneth Jay Lane, from

For a softer look that is still eye-catching, try one of these stunners from Oscar de la Renta and Kenneth Jay Lane. The gold Oscar would look great with a little black dress, don’t you think?


Elva Fields is always a given when it comes to statement necklaces – and if I had the extra cash in my wallet, the first place I would go for a bejeweled bauble or two. I love how she attaches vintage brooches and pieces to her beaded necklaces – it makes them truly unique.

From Left to Right: Lulu Frost and Erickson Beamon from
Silver and crystals always seem to add an edgy vibe to outfits – and the girly statement necklaces in particular. Especially this one from Erickson Beamon – with the spiky cut crystals.
And finally, because we all need a yellow and sparkle in our wardrobe this spring, this beauty from Rodrigo Otazu. It reminds me of a classic necklace fit for a queen, with a colorful twist.
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Posted: 12th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 1 Comment

Well Said

Just feeling a little bit impatient at the moment. Get here faster, destiny! 
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Spring Style from Bellevue Collection and Polyvore

A few weeks ago, I participated in a local blogging contest hosted by The Bellevue Collection, involving Polyvore. If you haven’t yet tried Polyvore, you simply must. If you are a shopping, style, fashion, and blogging nut like I am, you will love this site that gives you the ability to form quick and easy inspiration boards that pull from all the best shopping sites on the web. It’s truly amazing.

The contest asked us bloggers to create a spring style fashion board in Polyvore that represented the Bellevue Collection Woman, with chosen items from within the Collection. While I didn’t win, it was a lot of fun and gave me the chance to play with, and subsequently become addicted to, Polyvore.  Below, you can check out my submission – I went for a focus on the Seventies-style trend for spring with a maxi dress and wedges. Make sure to check out all the other winners here, too!

Seventies Inspired Spring Style

Seventies Inspired Spring Style by ABreckel featuring maxi dresses

Maxi dress
Banana republic
Black platform shoes
Banana Republic knot necklace
Oversized sunglass
Sephora – Yves Saint Laurent Golden Gloss Shimmering Lip Gloss & Fard…

Thanks for sponsoring such a fun contest Bellevue Collection!
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Posted: 7th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: My Life, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fashion Inspiration: April Showers Bring May Flowers

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I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in Seattle, its raining, its pouring. The other day, someone mentioned to me that it was apparently the wettest March we’ve had in a few years. Siiiiiigh. The days of rain and clouds leave me longing for just a glimpse of the sun, but since I’ve probably got a little while to go before that happens here in Seattle, why not focus on the cute rainy weather attire available and of good use, this time of year?

First things first, even if you aren’t properly attired for a downpour, you can stay dry with a cute umbrella. They say true Seattleites don’t use umbrellas, but as a life-long resident, I will attest to this being completely false. But my thought is, if you’re going to carry an umbrella, why not make it fun and interesting instead of boring old black? Here are some of my favorites…

Keep things bright and colorful on a gray day with the rainbow umbrella from Uncommon Goods, or take a whimsical turn with the birdcage umbrella from Lulu Guinness. A Burberry umbrella is always a classic choice and keeps basic black from being boring, and the polka dot option from Barney’s signals a fun-loving kind of gal. My personal favorite is the Rain Rain Go Away clear umbrella from Felix Ray – how adorable is that? And finally, wish away the gray skies with blue skies under your umbrella from Uncommon Goods.

Next up, you’re going to need a good pair of rain boots for stomping in the puddles this spring, so check these out:

Hunter rain boots are my absolute all-time favorite galoshes. These classic Wellie’s, originally designed to be worn by the British Army during World War I, have become all the rage recently. For a fancy rain boot option, try the Jimmy Choo crocodile print Hunter boots – a fabulous combination of style and utility. The classic tall Hunter’s are the ones I have in my closet, but I would love to add another pair in this bright purple color. Finally, go for an embellished look with the Regent Grosvenor pair with gold buttons and embossed black rubber.

How cute are these red and black high heeled rain boots from Kate Spade? Preppy chic! Gray days call for bright clothing and accessory choices to beat the blues, which is one of the reasons I love this Chooka yellow-polka-dot pair. Or, choose something with a little bit of a rocker edge with these studded Burberry rain boots.

But, if I had to choose one pair of rain boots for this spring season, it would be these Festival short Wellington’s from Hunter. The bright color, the rocker feel – they are fabulous!

Finally, lets pick out some must-have trench coats to keep dry when the rain drops begin to fall.

Naturally, the go-to, top of the line trench coat is Burberry. I love the classic choices in black and tan twill. They are so classic, so refined, so elegant and so ladylike. What’s not to love? This pale pink anorak from Emma Cook is another great choice to give you a fashionable forecast on a rainy day.

If you like to keep it interesting, why not opt for a leopard print trench like this one from Alice and Olivia? Or a sleek bright red choice with a flower embellishment from Lanvin – oh, and by the way, I will take one of each, please.

But the ultimate trench for me this spring has got to be this bright pink one from, of course, Burberry. Want it. Need it. Have to have it.

Happy spring showers everyone!
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Posted: 5th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 3 Comments
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