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Dawson’s Creek and J.Crew Collaboration

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Okay, I am about to go all high-school on you guys. I was on Pinterest today and saw a pin that immediately caught my eye. I hadn’t seen the image in more than ten years, but I would have known it anywhere. Back in 1998, Dawson’s Creek did a special collaboration with J.Crew—the whole magazine was Joey Potter, Pacey Witter, Dawson Leary and Jen Lindley, modeling J.Crew clothes and looking like they were having the time of their lives.

So, in high-school I was known for my J.Crew obsession. And my friends and I met every week to watch Dawson’s Creek. The combination of the two was like a dream come true for me. I kept my copy of the magazine for a long time, and it was so well-worn and tattered after awhile. It was like total Americana—beautiful young people playing touch football in chinos and button downs, and I ate it right up. I wanted to be the kids in that magazine. I think that makes it a successful collaboration, don’t you?

Now, I look back on the images and I am amazed that I thought these outfits were so stylish and cute. I guess that is par for the course when talking about your adolescent fashions. I mean, I used to rock flannel shirts that I never wore—only tied them around my waist, with jeans that were four sizes too big and Adidas Samba shoes. This vintage J.Crew magazine is full of the same baggy jeans and oversized sweaters—all in muted colors and masculine styles. J.Crew has come a long way since 1998 (thanks, Jenna Lyons!). Now it’s an abundance of pretty picks, bright colors, and cute costume jewelry.

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There is a copy of this old issue of J.Crew that was on Ebay a couple weeks ago for over $100. I would be lying if I said I didn’t briefly entertain the idea of buying it. It’s like a tiny piece of my younger self. I mean, come on,  is it any wonder I was obsessed with this show as a teenager? Pacey Witter? Dream. Boat. He still is—if you ask me.

Were you a Dawson-Joey fan or a Pacey-Joey fan?

xoxo

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Posted: 29th January 2013 | by: ashley | in: My Life | 6 Comments
 

Alt Summit 2013 – Part Two

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Hello, lovelies! I am home for Alt Summit 2013, and wanted to share the rest of my trip with you. I know I don’t look like I was having any fun from the picture above, but I swear, that is just my look of total concentration and focus. It was a panel on Up and Coming Blogs, so you know I had to be taking careful notes—I am always, always looking for a new blog to add to my ever-expanding bookmarks list.

It was a whirlwind four days—let me tell you! I was exhausted at the end of every day from the amount of information that my brain was trying to process. This trip and conference challenged me in so many ways. It challenged my notions of what blogging should be like and look like, my ideas, my processes, literally—everything. I came home with a long to-do list and some real soul searching to do. I want this blog to be a true representation of me and I want to give you all consistent, amazing content that always blows you away. Thankfully, there were plenty of speakers and panels that gave me ideas on just how to accomplish those goals.

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Not that it was all work and no play. There was plenty of play. I stood a three feet from Jessica Alba while she fielded questions about her business, The Honest Company (love love love it – right down to the packaging), chilled in the lounge sponsored by Bing, ate tasty meals while listening to inspiring keynote speakers like Stefan Sagmeister, and met tons of wonderful sponsors like Land of Nod, Serena and Lily, Minted and more.

One of my favorite speakers was Jasmine Star, who gave a talk on personal branding. She was amazing! She was funny, real and so inspiring. Girlfriend taught herself photography as an adult after leaving law school, never having even used a fancy camera, and is now one of the top wedding photographers out there. She is her brand, and left me with a ton to think about and aspire to.

And of course, let’s not forget the big Thursday night party. The theme was Clue, and it was a super colorful shindig to say the least. I wore a very Mad Men-esque dress by Rachel Zoe in a bluish green and was Miss Peacock. We even managed to get a bunch of peacocks into the photo booth for one shot—see if you can spot me.

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It was an overwhelming, scary, enlightening, crazy, wonderful experience and I am so glad I went. I have a lot of work to do now that I am home, and it honestly, it all seems a bit daunting at the moment, but it’s also a little exciting to think of where I am headed. Thank you, Alt Summit, for a wonderful week and for giving me so much to think about!

xoxo

All images via Alt Summit Flickr, by Brooke Dennis and Justin Hackworth

 

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Posted: 28th January 2013 | by: ashley | in: My Life | Leave a comment
 

Alt Summit 2013

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Hello, lovelies! If you follow me on Twitter, you know I have been busy and overwhelmed getting ready for Alt Summit, a blogging conference in Salt Lake City, for the past few weeks. I am here now, and it is no less overwhelming! There are so many talented artists, creatives, bloggers, brands, and more, I’m meeting someone new every five minutes. It’s kind of like being on a first date continually for days at a time. I’m learning quite a bit though, and finding some much-needed inspiration—all the while attending fabulously decorated parties with fabulously adorned people. I will be back next week with the scoop from the conference and more fresh content, but for now, I wanted to pop in and say hello and leave you with a few pictures of what has happened so far.

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All Images by Brooke Dennis

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Posted: 25th January 2013 | by: ashley | in: Uncategorized | 2 Comments
 

Winter Essentials

Winter-Cold-Weather-EssentialsIt has been clear, sunny and cold-cold-cold here in Seattle the past few weeks, and it’s making my skin super dry and making me want to just stay inside all bundled up and cozy. Not to mention, I am headed to the Alt Summit blogger’s conference next week in Salt Lake City where the temperatures are lower than I have ever experienced. So, needles to say, cold weather and how to deal is on my mind. Cute gloves and a heavy moisturizer are essential as is Kiehl’s lip balm and a good pair of slippers. Don’t forget the water bottle for chilly nights and always, always, have some hot chocolate on hand.

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Posted: 16th January 2013 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, Retail Therapy | 2 Comments
 

Well Said

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Dear friends, I do hope you will forgive me for being a little MIA in the past couple of weeks. I haven’t forgotten about you or all the things I want to share here on the blog. Rather, I have taken on a new role as the editor of DailyCandy Seattle (so super excited, come visit me there), and it is a little bit of an adjustment—as these things often are. I just need a little time to get in the groove with my new job, my old job and this, my passion, and then I will be back with a stylish vengeance. It is always a challenge to find your balance when you add something new and exciting to your life, but it is a wonderful way to continue growing and learning, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

xoxo

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Posted: 10th January 2013 | by: ashley | in: Well Said | Leave a comment
 

New Year, New Notebook

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It’s a new year with new goals, new resolutions and lots of plans to make. Not to mention, ALT Summit is in just a few weeks and I am going to need somewhere to jot down all that knowledge. For that, I am going to need a few cute notebooks for to-do lists, blog planning, writing and doodling. Here are some of my favorites…aside from my go-to notebook pick—Moleskin, of course.

cute-stylish-notebooksThe red notebook from Target is my favorite—it’s sitting next to me on my desk as we speak. Affordable, and the saying is just charming.

xoxo

Smythson|Kate’s Paperie|Moma|Sparrow Nest Script

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Posted: 4th January 2013 | by: ashley | in: Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

Fashion Inspiration: Fancy Necklaces with Plain T-Shirts

Happy New Year, lovelies! Hope you all enjoyed a joyous and safe holiday. I’ve been thinking about some fashion styles and looks that I want to try in 2013 and at the top of my list are fancy statement necklaces paired with relaxed, plain t-shirts. I love the combination of dressed up and dressed down and the juxtaposition between the two pieces. Also, truth be told, at heart I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl and being able to be comfy and also have fun with fashion at the same time is totes appealing.

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I think simple stripes or solid colors work best so you can really let the necklace shine and play up the contrast between the two. The necklines don’t necessarily have to coordinate either. Part of the fun of this look is pairing two things that aren’t “meant” to go together.

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 Striped shirts and sparkling statement necklaces, what more could a girl like me want?

xoxo

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Posted: 2nd January 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 11 Comments