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Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

I don’t know about you, but most of the men in my life are some of the hardest people to shop for – literally, the most difficult of all time. Either they just want practical presents like socks and underwear (ugh) or have everything they want and can’t come up with anything. However, after a long and exhaustive search, I think I may have finally put together a gift guide that has some fantastic ideas for the toughest men on all of our lists!

Men's Holiday Christmas Gift Guide For Him

Watch – Michael Kors, Bow Tie – Forage, Whiskey After Shave – Portland General Store, Laptop Sleeve – Kolo Bags, Whiskey Stones – Z Gallerie, Razor – Baxter of California, Duffel Bag – Filson, Bear Bottle Opener – Mod Cloth, “The Wave” Book – Barnes and Noble

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Posted: 30th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Glamorous Girly-Girl

For the glamorous ultra-girly girl on your holiday shopping list, consider presents that are done up with pretty packaging, designed for pampering, or come with plenty of frills, a high cute-factor and of course, never underestimate the power of pink. Trust me, this girl knows the glamorous girly-girl.

Girly Glamorous Holiday Gift Guide

Soap – Mor, Romper – Aubin and Wills, Snow Globe – Maison Martin Margiela by L’Atelier d’Exercises, Book – Vintage, Perfume – Miss Dior Cherie, Nail Polish – Deborah Lippmann in Bad Romance, Champagne Truffles – Chocolate Trading Co, Datebook – Barbara Wiggins, Stationary – Kate Spade


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Posted: 29th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Twelve Days of Holiday Gift Guides: My Wishlist

With Thanksgiving behind us, its official: the holiday season is in full-swing.  I for one, couldn’t be more delighted – Christmas and the holidays are my favorite time of year. I love the hustle and bustle of it all, the Christmas carols, the lights on the houses and trees, the time spent with family, and yes, I even love shopping for that perfect gift for the loved ones in my life. I like to take my time to pick things for each person that truly fit them and their personalities and have some meaning for them personally.

In that spirit, I’ve planned twelve days of fabulous, inspirational gift guides to share with you right here on the blog over the next couple weeks. Hopefully they’ll give you some brilliant ideas – there is something for everyone. Today, I am kicking it off with my own personal gift guide – my dream (emphasis on the dream) wishlist for the holidays. Check back tomorrow for the next one!

Gift Guide Holiday and Christmas Wishlist

Necklace – Spike the Punch, Ring – Jamie Joseph, Underwear – Hanky Panky, Shoes – Christian Louboutin, Ipad – Apple, Train Case – Louis Vuitton, Watch – Nixon, Hair Ties – Cyndi Bands, Earrings – Alexis Bittar, Notebook – Smythson, Chair – Jonathan Adler, Purse – Chanel, Bracelet – Cartier, Votives – Glassybaby

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Posted: 28th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Fashion Inspiration: Sequin Shorts

Black and White, Sequin Shorts

Source: Fashion Gone Rogue

It may be because the holidays are coming up and that always seems to mean shimmer, glimmer and glitter to me, but I have developed an obsession with sequin shorts. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ve loved anything sequined since I was about five years old and these shorts are no exception. They would make such a fun way to dress up for a night out on the town – with tights and heels. Or even to wear for a brunch with the girls with a blazer and denim button down shirt. Its girly, fashion forward and fun. What’s not to love?

Sequin Shorts

Blue Eyes and Auburn Hair, Jenny Tea, The Glitter Guide, Sincerely Jules

I think I would go with a black pair, but gold would be fabulous as well. The first pair here, from Halston Heritage, are just about perfect, I think. Short, sassy and not shy about the amount of sequins. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! I think I may have my New Year’s Eve outfit all picked out…

Sequin Shorts

Halston Heritage, Tibi, Ella Moss

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Posted: 22nd November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | Leave a comment

Well Said: Walt Whitman

Well Said Walt Whitman

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Posted: 18th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Well Said | Leave a comment

Three Cheers For: Monograms

So, I have to admit, the classic, preppy-loving side of me is absolutely crazy for monograms. Anything monogrammed really – from sheets to jewelry, I secretly love having my initials on it. Especially if you are able to personalize something that is an every day, common object to make it more special or meaningful, or when you can take something that everyone else has and make it your own by putting your name or initials on it. Monogramming something can turn an ordinary object into a meaningful gift or a keepsake to be kept for a lifetime. Plus, its just pretty!

Monograms, Mongrammed

Pillow – Luxury Monograms, Necklace – Sarah Chloe, Ring – Jennifer Zeuner, Cup – Williams Sonoma, Napkins – Houzz, iPhone Case – Whimsical Paper, Satchel – Cheap Chicas, Bracelet – Dannijo, Stationary – Kate Spade, Tote Bag – IoMoi, Candles – Archipelago, Tray – Fontaine Maury

Personalized jewelry (hello, Dannijo bracelet!) is my fave. What’s yours?


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Posted: 15th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Retail Therapy, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Fashion Inspiration: Leather Jackets

Jennifer Aniston, Lauren Conrad in Leather Jackets

Jennifer Aniston and Lauren Conrad via People Magazine

I believe a nice leather jacket is a staple in any woman’s complete wardrobe. That said, I will readily admit – I don’t have one. What?! I know. Mainly because I have never been able to make up my mind or find that perfect one that I just cannot live without. Or maybe because the perfect leather jackets come from Rick Owens and I am still saving up for one of those bad boys. Or maybe because I know I will need at least a few different styles and colors.

In any case, I better get to shopping, because now that cold weather is upon us, I can’t stop thinking about all of the chic outfits I would put together with the right leather jacket. I love them with jeans and a chunky oversized scarf, with a slouchy tee underneath and lots of jewelry, on top of a girly dress – let me count the ways!

Leather Jacket, Fashion, Street Style

Source Unknown, Small Shop Studio, Caroline’s Mode, Source Unknown, Chicismo, Wendy’s Look Book

Another reason I love the look of a leather jacket is that it can be so versatile. It doesn’t always have to look hard or edgy. It can look rocker chic, it can be tailored and fit like a classic blazer – and one of my favorite reasons to buy one now – it looks so amazing with lots of different layers. I am super into the layered look this fall and winter, and a leather jacket could be a beautiful part of that!

These are just a few of my current favorites – the first two are Rick Owens – obvi. I love the gray weathered look of the first one and the unique cut on the bottom hem. The side zipper on the second one is a perfect punky detail, and the last one by Maje is such a classic biker-bomber jacket.

Leather Jacket

Rick Owens Paneled Leather Jacket and Washed Leather Jacket, Maje Biker Jacket 

But, I think these two jackets from Rick Owens would probably have to be my top two contenders to come home with me and live in my closet. I love the cut and drape of the first jacket. It’s perfectly slouchy, edgy but still sophisticated and most importantly, perhaps, butter-soft. The second one is that fabulous shade of gray again – plus I adore the shearling detail and huge fold down collar. Dreamy.

Rick Owens Leather Jacket

Rick Owens Biker Jacket and Classic Shearling Coat

Do you have a leather jacket? How do you wear it?


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Posted: 15th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | Leave a comment

Places and Spaces: A Gallery Wall at Home

art gallery wall

Source: Natty by Design

I’ve always had a thing for displaying tons of photographs of friends and family all around my home – on tables, on walls, on bulletin boards – anywhere I can fit them, really. Once in college, I even decided it would be a good idea to take my favorite 5×7 photographs and frame every window, the door frame and even the closet doors with a parade of friends and family immortalized on film. I thought it looked awesome back then, and no, you cannot see the pictures of this decorating disaster.

These days, since I became a Pinterest addict, I’ve been finding dozens and dozens of prints that I would love to buy and frame to hang on my walls someday. There are so many beautiful fashion sketches, witty sayings, and perfectly designed works of art out there to be had and it got me thinking – someday, I would love to have a wall – or walls, plural – in my home that are entirely dedicated to prints and photographs – a gallery wall, if you will. My grandparents had two when I was growing up – with photographs, prints and paintings and I always loved the way it looked.

The arrangement options are endless…

Gallery Wall with Art and Photographs

The Perfect Wife, Jennifer R. Johner, Simply Seductive, Sweetie Pie Pumpkin Noodle

A gallery wall can be such a wonderful expression and representation of you, your family, what’s important to you, what you love and your tastes. I just can’t decide if I like the more eclectic look of mismatched frames or the pulled-together-matching-frames look…maybe a wall of both!

Gallery Art Wall at Home

Twig and Thistle and Armonia Decor

And naturally, I’ve already started archiving a collection of prints that are going to go on my walls – one by one! The sketches of Louboutins will probably need to go on a gallery wall in my closet, and the gray version of Always Kiss Me Goodnight – in the bedroom, of course!

Samantha Hahn and Type Posters on Etsy

Colorful watercolors…

Samantha Hahn

This Happily Ever After print melts my heart every time I see it.

Nick Agin on Etsy and Caroline Wang

And finally, the prints I will add to my collection someday in the future when I tie the knot.

Bubby and Bean on Etsy and Eighteen Twenty Five

How would you decorate your walls with your favorite prints and photographs?

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Posted: 8th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | Leave a comment

Well Said: Follow Your Heart


Sometimes I forget to take my brain with me. Sometimes I just ignore it.

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Posted: 4th November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Well Said | Leave a comment

Pretty Things: A Tea Party for Two

Tea Party

Image by Rodney Smith

I recently become enamored by all things ladylike and chic – blame it on the new Princess of Wales and the arrival of a Kate Spade store in my hometown of Seattle,  but my guess is you’ve fallen for the revival of ladylike chic recently too.

On a somewhat related note, I recently celebrated my 30th birthday. On my 29th birthday, I had made of list of 30 things I wanted to do in the coming year before I turned the big 3-0. I didn’t quite make it to the entire list, there are a few stragglers left over, but I’ve just amended the list to a 35 Things to Do Before 35 – which works out nicely for me.

One of the stragglers on the list was to host a fancy dinner party for my friends and family. While that is still in the works, it got me thinking. I am all about the ladylike trend these days, so why not add hosting a fancy (and I’ll admit it, totally girly) tea party to the list as well? What is more ladylike than high tea in your pearls? Behold, my inspiration…

As always, the outfit comes first.

Tea Party Style Accessories Fashion

Nail Polish – Essie, Earrings – Lulu Frost, Dress – Tibi, Gloves – Anya Hindmarch, Ring – Kate Spade, Shoes – Valentino, Purse – Valentino

When you think tea party, you can’t help but think of pink (is that just me?), feminine dresses, understated jewelry, demure pumps and a pretty little handbag. To add a little glamour to a tea party look, you might want to add a big cocktail ring for everyone to admire as you lift your pinky up to sip your tea, and a fashionable pair of gloves to arrive in. Its just such a fun touch that takes things back to a more elegant and sophisticated time and place.

Once the outfit is settled, you can focus on setting the table and picking out the array of sweet treats you will need to keep your ladies satisfied and happy. You are going to want French Macarons – trust me on this one. These delicious little bites of heaven are so pretty and colorful.

I just think there is something about a tea party – everything comes in such pretty packaging – something I am truly a sucker for. From delicate cake plates to brightly colored tea canisters. Choosing the tea set can be one of the most entertaining parts of preparing for your tea party – there are so many options – elegant and old-world silver, floral china, even gimmicky and silly sets that can be lighthearted and fun.

Tea Party Accessories

Silver Tea Canister – Bellocq Le Hammeau, Macarons – Laduree, Venetian Lace Tea Pot – Rosanna, Cake Plate – Macy’s, Green Tea Canister – Laduree, Elephant Tea Pot – Target, Lip Print Tea Cup – Reiko Kaneko,  Tea – Ippodo Tea

So, tell me, are you feeling inspired to throw a tea party for your girlfriends? It would make a great setting for a baby or wedding shower even! If not, don’t fret – you can come to mine.


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Posted: 3rd November 2011 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
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