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Palm Springs Style

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One of my dear friends took a trip to Palm Springs a couple weeks ago, and I must say, I wish I could have gone with her. I am ready for some sun and heat and Seattle is just not quite there yet. Maybe in a few months. I am just feeling so inspired by the Palm Springs style right now – bright colors, wedges, palm trees, fresh manicures and pedicures that actually get seen…it all sounds so delightful. Here’s hoping I can visit soon! Until then, I’ll keep painting my nails bright colors and waiting for the sun to come out long enough that I can slip into my Chanel sandals.

xoxo

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Posted: 26th March 2014 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces, Pretty Things | 1 Comment
 

Take Me Away: A Hotel Life

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Have you guys heard about A Hotel Life? It’s my new favorite website to peruse for dream vacation ideas and travel eye-candy. It’s an editorial site that focuses on hotel reviews that are presented with an insider’s view. It’s like looking at your friend’s shots of their luxury vacation and getting their first hand tips and recommendations—except the people are famous and oh-so-stylish. Case in point: the latest addition is the Chateau Marmont reviewed by Yigal Azrouel. They give you all the “important bits” – best way to book, price, number of rooms, vibe, whether you should bring kids or not, whether there is a bar or restaurant or not. With it, they also include the Must Dos in the area – for example: Waris Ahluwalia  and his favorite boutique hotel in Paris. He recommends where to go while you’re there, like Cafe Flore or Jardin du Luxembourg, and the Must Haves are there too: what to wear and take with you for that city, that lifestyle, that hotel.

I adore it. You also get a little bit of an inside peek into these glamorous jet-setters lives. They tell you who they went with and why there were there. Love that kind of US Weekly information. Some day, I will take one of those recommendations and see one of these glorious hotels and cities for myself!

hotel-raleigh-miami-beach The Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach

Where have you traveled lately?

xoxo

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Posted: 1st May 2013 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | 3 Comments
 

Daydreaming of Olive and Cypress Trees…

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I may or may not peruse the Sotheby’s International Realty site from time to time to do a little real estate dreaming. Recently, I stumbled on this Italian villa in Lucca. The gardens have been photographed for multiple magazines, there is an olive grove, a swimming pool, and I am basically in love. And it can all be mine for the low low price of about 12 million. Womp, womp. For now, I will just keep daydreaming about Italian villas, lemon tress, cypress tress, olive groves, rolling green hills, pasta, gelato, and that beautiful beautiful language that just rolls off the tongue. Sigh.

Ciao, bella.

xoxo

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Posted: 31st March 2013 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | Leave a comment
 

Decorate with an Accent Wall

Accent-Wall-Home-Decor Hygge and West wallpaper designed by Oh, Joy, Jess Lively’s Home

Last spring, I started redecorating my bedroom, but got stalled a few weeks into the process. Stupid checkbook wasn’t cooperating with my ideas. Anyway, since I live in a rental apartment, there isn’t too much I can do to renovate and redecorate, like painting or knocking down walls. But, I’ve recently gotten hooked on the idea of an accent wall. Just one wall in a room that sets the whole thing off and makes it dynamic and interesting. It’s a great option instead of painting all the walls and taking the chance of going too far overboard. Plus, if you use wallpaper, there are so many bold, over the top prints available these days, it would almost be too much on all the walls.

Accent-Wall-Home-Decor Southern Hospitality|Apartment Therapy|Houzz|Camilla Molders|Decor Pad|

Even using a subtly patterned wallpaper on one wall makes an amazing difference. Big, bold prints can be fun but you can make a stylish, chic impact with a calmer print on one wall. I like to think I’ll have to guts to go big and bold when I have my own home someday, but I might just choose one of these neutral subtly patterned ones instead. Aren’t these prints gorgeous? They didn’t have wallpaper like this when my mom was decorating our house when I was a kid. Mark my words lovelies, wallpaper is making a comeback!

Wallpaper American Blinds|Schumachers|Urban Outfitters|Unknown|Unknown

Which one of these pretty wallpapers would you choose? Would you do a whole wall, or just one fabulous accent wall?

xoxo

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Posted: 7th February 2013 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | 4 Comments
 

The Louis Vuitton Express

The Selby and The Louis Vuitton Express

The latest collection from Louis Vuitton was all about taking a voyage by train—they even ended the most recent runway show with an old fashioned locomotive. As part of the concept Louis Vuitton: The Art of Travel, not long ago, they sent The Selby on a journey by train from Paris to Shanghai, aboard the Orient Express and had him document the entire journey—which he did through photos, videos, sketches, and journal entries. It’s a completely charming and brilliant project (and marketing tool) and I just fell so hard for it.

The Selby and Louis Vuitton

I really miss traveling by train. When I lived in Italy, I took the train everywhere and it was magical. I loved to put my headphones on and just watch the countryside and cities roll by to a soundtrack of James Taylor and Norah Jones. Something about traveling by train is so romantic and old-fashioned. I always found the train station to be an exciting place—perhaps because I was usually sprinting to make my train—but it really is. They always seemed straight out of an old movie to me – the big clocks, the noises, the reader board with the destinations on it. At least, this was my experience in Europe.

I had the privilege of taking the train from the northern-most part of Italy to the south. Through the Alps, and along the coast. Through rolling golden and green hills in Tuscany. At dawn through the mist outside of Milan, and in the dead of night through Umbria. On one journey, a dear friend even lent me his Louis Vuitton Speedy duffel bag to travel with. That was where the love affair with Louis began.

Plus, traveling by train is so stylish—just watch an old movie with the girl waving goodbye on the platform. She’s always wearing a fabulous outfit, an amazing coat, a chic hat—and let’s not forget the trolleys of matching trunks, cases and bags. See? I am getting carried away because I have such a soft spot in my heart for travel by train.

The Selby and Louis Vuitton

I love to travel. I love airports and train stations because they hold the promise of exotic locales and new adventures just waiting for you. Still, there is nothing quite so romantic and nostalgic as traveling by train. Especially when it involves an array of matching LV luggage.

What is your favorite journey to make?

xoxo

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Posted: 13th August 2012 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | Leave a comment
 

Three Cheers For: Studiopatro

All images via Studiopatro

Hello, lovelies. Meet my latest obsession. Studiopatro. I love love love their home goods – I love that they are taking an ordinary, every day item and making it not just useful, but also beautiful and well designed. Their hand-printed towels, aprons and tote bags are sustainable and, correct me if I am wrong, would make kick-ass gifts. I actually stumbled on Studiopatro by accident when I popped into the lovely Fluert shop in West Seattle a few weeks ago. I fell head over heels for a dishtowel – sounds strange, I know – it said DEVOUR at the top and underneath it read: old films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. The sentiment grabbed me and charmed me, and I took the dishtowel home, framed it and hung it on my wall as a “print” and piece of artwork. It makes me happy every time I look at it. And then I met the rest of the line…

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Each of these towels would make a fabulous bridal shower gift, house warming gift, birthday gift, take your pick. I adore the sentiments on each one – the striped towel that says at one end, All You Need Is Love, and on the other end, Love Is All You Need. The towel that has the beautifully designed heart-shaped leaves that list what each anniversary is – wood, paper, diamonds, etc. And if you wrapped other coordinating gifts up in the towel? Its almost too precious.

The pink and orange set has to be my favorite after the Devour one that I own. The bright punchy colors are perfect for a kitchen and they’re basically, just insane eye candy if you ask me. Piece of Cake and Easy as Pie. Stop. With. The. Cuteness. I am going to die.

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Who would have ever thought I would be swooning over dishtowels like this?

Which one is your favorite?

xoxo

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Posted: 23rd July 2012 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces, Retail Therapy, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 
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