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Fashion Inspiration: Chevron Stripes

Source: Made By Rae
 Alright lovelies, let’s talk chevron. Full disclosure, I am fully obsessed with chevron prints and stripes at the moment. On clothes, in decorating, on stationary – if it has chevron stripes on it, I probably want it. And I’m not alone in my love for this little print – its been popping up everywhere these days – the signature style for anyone that is design-conscious, with a love for clean, modern and chic prints. Check it out…there are so many ways to use chevron stripes in your life!
Lamp Shade: Shades of Light, Vase: Emilia Ceramics, Bag: Source Unknown, iPhone Cover: Etsy, Tray: One Kings Lane, Coin Purse: Hawthorne Treads, Pot: Etsy
I would wear it as a dress…(it’s actually a very slimming print)
Source: Atlantic-Pacific
I am considering using it for my new business cards….
Source: Etsy
I would definitely decorate with it – I think it works especially well as rug…
Source: Flor
It even looks good on a wedding cake!
Source: Sweet and Saucy Shop
So, tell me, are you a fan of chevron stripes too?
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Posted: 28th June 2011 | by: ashley | in: Now Trending, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Well Said

Source: The Art of Non-Conformity
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Posted: 27th June 2011 | by: ashley | in: Well Said | Leave a comment

Fashion Inspiration: Pink and Orange

Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Zara, The Glitter Guide, Note to Sarah, Pink Lemonade Design

 Something about the combination of pink and orange feels so summery and cheerful. I have been seeing it everywhere lately- most recently, I attended a fashion show where the woman sitting across the runway from me was wearing a phenomenal dress that was eye-popping pink on the top and orange on the bottom – even her shoes were hot pink – with studs up the back of the heel, no less! I know it sounds a little over the top, but girlfriend worked it and pulled it off quite well.

I’m not sure how I am going to incorporate this bold choice into my wardrobe quite yet, but I am definitely liking the idea of adding it to a room’s decor for a pop of bright color. These are some great options for adding the popular color combination into your daily life…

Endless Summer Poster: All Posters, Marimekko Notebook: Crate and Barrel, Calender: Paper Source, Pillow: Jonathan Adler, Blanket: Hermes, Patterned Rug: Madeline Weinrib
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Posted: 26th June 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | Leave a comment

Time for a Picnic

 I’ve been day dreaming about having an old-school picnic in the park with friends lately. I can’t remember the last time I had a picnic – complete with the blanket and basket. Once the summer weather decides to catch up with the fact that its June here in Seattle, I am going to plan a picnic outing – and this will be my inspiration…

First, the outfit. Choosing the perfect attire for your event always comes first in my book. Now, considering this is my day dream, I might have chosen a few items that aren’t all that “park appropriate”. In real life, I would of course, add a pair of jeans and some tennis shoes to this collection…

Gingam dress – Dolce and Gabbana, Floppy Sun Hat – Tilly’s, Gingham sunglasses – Mosley Tribes, Red Wedges – Kate Spade, Swimsuit – Betsey Johnson
Next, we are going to need supplies for this picnic – all of the essentials like blankets, a nifty basket, a few chairs, and my personal favorite, a personal-size portable grill.
Deck chair- Hive Modern, Colorful Picnic Blankets- Basic French, Picnic Plate- Terrain, Bento Box- Plastico, Picnic Blanket Roll- Mulberry Hall, BBQ Bucket- Terrain, Wine Bottle Lantern- Jaimie Oliver, Blanket- Cath Kidston    
Last, but certainly not least, let’s not forget the eats. After all, good food is the main ingredient of a picnic – is it not? And these Mason Jar meal ideas from The Decorated Cookie are perfect – adorable and smart. Also smart? The wine in a bag with a spigot…brilliant.
Wine in a Bag- Finnish Design Shop, Wine Picnic Pack- Yellow Tail, Red Picnic Box- Picnic Fun, Polka Dot Picnic Set – Cath Kidston, Pink Made-to-Order Picnic Basket- Loewe
Now, if I could only pick a picnic basket from all the cute options out there, I would be ready to go. Are you feeling inspired to pack a picnic and get away too?


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Posted: 21st June 2011 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Daddy’s Girl

Source: Etsy
I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day – I spent the day with my dad, doing just exactly what he wanted to do. I may be biased, but to me, there is no Dad out there more supportive, compassionate, smart and loving than mine – I love you, Daddy!
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Posted: 19th June 2011 | by: ashley | in: My Life, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Sweet and Sparkly Treat

Friday afternoon, I received this sweet little package in the mail from none other than the lovely ladies behind Elva Fields – one of my favorite jewelry designers.

As a thank you for featuring their sparkly designs on the blog a time or two – which was entirely MY pleasure, since I adore their work – they treated me to this charming little pair of earrings. I was so touched by their thoughtfulness – especially since I am just a little blogger, new to the world of style blogging. So, a shout out to Elva Fields for their kind business practices!

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Posted: 19th June 2011 | by: ashley | in: Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Fashion Inspiration: Espadrilles for Summer

When the time of year arrives that I can wear my flip flops every day of the week, night or day, I am a happy girl. Don’t get me wrong – I love my tall heels, but flip flops are where its at during the summer – my toes love to be free and at the end of the day, there is nothing more comfortable.

But, if I had to pick a second favorite shoe for the summer months, it would be espadrilles! I have long had a love affair for these Spanish shoes – they are so unique and original with the rope and jute soles. They come in flat styles, wedge styles – and the fabrics and variations used to make them are so wide ranging.

I’ve never actually owned a pair of flat espadrilles (although I have had plenty of wedge versions), but looking at these, I am thinking I need to invest in a pair…

Blue Stripes – Kate Spade, Multi-colored Chevron – Missoni, Green Stripes – Kate Spade, Blue Sandals – Marais, Satin Espadrilles – Lanvin, Colored Print – Missoni, Silver Espadrilles – Delia’s, Print Espadrilles – MiuMiu
I think I have to have the striped pair from Kate Spade – although, I do adore the ballet-slipper look of the pair from Lanvin!
There are plenty of adorable wedge versions out there too…
Braided Espadrilles – Christian Louboutin, Multi-colored Espadrilles – Missoni, Black Ankle Strap – BCBG, Red Stripe – Bettye Muller, Brown Leather – Ralph Lauren, Tan Suede – Unknown, Nude Closed Toe – Asos
Which ones are your favorite?
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Posted: 16th June 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

Well Said

Wise words from an eight-year old.
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Posted: 14th June 2011 | by: ashley | in: Well Said | Leave a comment

Fashion Inspiration: Summer Essentials

Summer is here…well, in most places it’s arrived already- in Seattle, its still on its way. As bitter as it makes me to wake up and see rain or gray skies in June, at least it gives me more time to prepare for summer and shop for all those summer essentials that one just must have for the warmer months. I’ve rounded up some of my summer favorites below, check them out!

Essie Summer Nail Colors, Emilio Pucci Beach Towel, K.Jacques St Tropez Sandals, Smith’s Rose Lip Balm, Nars ‘Cap Ferrat’ Eyeshadow Trio, Beach Star Cover Up, Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair

Summer calls for perfectly pedicured toes, and to that end, I am in love with the summer color palette from Essie – I just bought the Jamaican Me Crazy shade at Target! Also needed for summer –  a stylish beach towel for laying by the pool or the ocean – the graphic prints from Pucci are eye-catching and fun. As pink is my favorite color, I will also need some hot pink sandals – and don’t forget the lip balm to keep lips from getting chapped in the sun. Summer is also a great time to try brighter and bolder colors on your eyes – this palette from Nars would look great against summer skin and kick a date on a warm summer night, up a notch. Finally, since I tend to air dry my slightly frizzy hair more in the summer, I am going to need something to keep it smooth – can’t wait to try the Smooth Sailing option from Federic Fekkai!

Jonathan Adler Totes, Gucci Aviator Sunglasses, Cara Accessories bangles, Rag and Bone Fedora, K Jacques St Tropez Sandals, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Rebecca Minkoff Pouch, Melissa Odabash and Bronzette Swimsuits

These cute totes from Jonathan Adler are brand new and are a colorful and playful way to tote your fashion magazines to and from the beach or pool. I am partial to the Acapulco design! I don’t normally wear jewelry to the beach, but I would definitely stack up these colored stone bangles come evening time with a little white dress. If you can’t get to the ocean, you can at least fake ‘day at the ocean’ hair with the texturizing Surf Spray from Bumble and Bumble. The Rebecca Minkoff pouch is the perfect size to fill with lip balm, sunscreen, and a few other makeup essentials, and toss in your tote for the day. Finally, these two swimsuits are my favorite of the season – I am big into the bandeau tops at the moment – no tan lines on top. Don’t you love that purple color?

Anya Hindmarch Tote, Tocca Sunscreen Wipes, Bobbi Brown Beach Oil, Clarins ‘After Sun’ Lotion, Marc by Marc Jacobs iPad Case

Couldn’t you just see taking this Anya Hindmarch tote aboard a sailboat for an afternoon of fun in the sun? I can! Let’s not forget the most essential summer item of all – sunscreen. I hate the mess of applying sunscreen, but I am going to give these SPF 30 towelettes from Tocca a try this summer. Luckily, I love the scent of suntan lotion – it reminds of being a kid, of summers at the lake with my family and so many happy memories – I would slather this body oil on in the evenings just to smell like suntan lotion still – after a day in the sun! I am also a huge fan of the After Sun lotion from Clarins – extra moisture and conditioning to make your tan last as long as possible. Last but not least, a pretty purple case for my (imaginary) iPad that I dream of taking to the beach with me…someday!

What are your summer must-haves?
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Posted: 14th June 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 3 Comments

Blog Lovin': The Burning House

Brett Ragowski via The Burning House

I recently stumbled on The Burning House – a blog that has definitely caused me to think. The idea behind it is, “if your house was burning, what would you take with you?” People send in photographs of the things they would rescue from their burning house, all gathered together with a few details about them, and voila – a wonderful way to waste time online!

It’s a great idea because it makes you think about what really matters to you – what you would be devastated to lose and what you could really live without in you life. What’s more, a person’s answers can tell you a lot – what matters to them, their priorities, interests, and even their backgrounds.

As the blog says – its an interview condensed into one question – and a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. Check out a couple of the submissions…

Abbey Gantt via The Burning House

Name: Abbey Gantt
Age: 16
Location: Connecticut
Occupation: Student and camp counselor


  • Harry Potter wand from Harry Potter World at Universal
  • Pink Buddha figurine (he’s always helped me keep my balance)
  • My favorite books: The Harry Potter Series, The Prophet, and All Quiet on the Western Front
  • My purse (car keys, cell phone, and wallet)
  • My blankie (Had it since the day I was born, sleep with it every night, and always will)
  • Dream Catcher handmade by Lakota Sioux Native Americans on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota
  • My parent’s wedding picture
  • My two grandmothers
  • My maternal grandparent’s wedding picture
  • A photo album my best friend gave to me, filled with photos of family and friends
  • My favorite sunglasses, and my regular glasses
  • My sketchbook
  • The watch my father gave me, 3 necklaces from 2 very important people
  • My great grandma’s engagement ring, and a ring my maternal grandmother gave me
  • My camera charger
  • My maternal grandpa’s Polaroid camera
  • My lucky hat


Name: Pier Paolo Passsarelli
Location : ROMA
Occupation: Student


  • first pair of converse i bought
  • moleskine and pencil for sketches architectural
  • dictionary ,because i don t know well the english
  • toothpaste and toothbrush (and condom)
  • flip flops
  • t-skirt and underwear
  • book : “l’eleganza del riccio”
  • cd limited edition “confession on a dancefloor”
  • book “sex” (Madonna)
  • sunglasses H&M;
  • eye mask (because i can ‘t stand the light at night)
  • digital camera
  • straightner and comb
  • leather bracelet
  • iPhone 4

Name: Laura Pritchett (IG: @shepaints)
Location:Southern Delaware

  •  The unglamorous but practical galoshes that I wear most often
  •  A painting I am (almost) satisfied with
  •  An irreplaceable blouse which has no tag and I have no idea who made it, but love
  •  The wooden clothes hanger from my grandfather’s closet
  •  The perfectly weathered belt I am rarely without
  •  Candid shot of grandfather and his car
  • The last remnant of family plaid my grandmother brought back from Ireland
  • Keys from my childhood scavenging
  • 1957 edition of the Fanny Farmer Cookbook with my grandmother’s and mother’s recipe alterations handwritten in the margins
  • The bit I trained two horses with
  • Klein bag with my well broken in sable brushes
  • The hatchet my great grandfather used to build his house
  • The Ball jar that I keep all of my flash drives in
  • Family Bible
  • Moleskine journal I kept while traveling in Uganda
  • First fabric sample produced by with my design for Ugandan tailors
  • iPhone

A lot of people actually list their iPhones, which for some reason surprises me…although it shouldn’t – I would definitely grab mine. What else would I grab?

-My photo albums from when I lived in Italy
-My journals from middle school, high school, and when I lived in Italy
-A framed sketch of our family cabin
-My pug, Luna
-An antique jewelry box that was a gift from my mom
-A vintage compact that was a gift from my dad
-A painting a friend made for me in college
-A vintage camera that belonged to my Grandpa
-And old VHS tape, made for me by an old boyfriend for my high school graduation, with all my friends saying something to me on it
-My external hard drive for my computer
-My Louis Vuitton bag

What would you take with you if your house was on fire? I am interested to hear what you guys say! Please share with me.
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Posted: 7th June 2011 | by: ashley | in: Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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