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Slip On Sneakers

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I am totally obsessed with the new spring trend of slip on sneakers. As much as I love fashion and style, I love to be comfortable just as much. When the two worlds collide, I’m a happy camper. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this idea sooner, really. My fiance is the world’s BIGGEST Van’s fan. Literally, he doesn’t own any shoes that aren’t Vans—except flip flops and one pair of dress shoes. Vans are like the original slip on sneaker — I should have taken a cue from his closet earlier and stolen the look. The fact that I am now interested in having a few pairs of slip on Vans sneakers, is probably his proudest moment.

They are such perfect weekend casual shoes. I pair my leopard print ones with skinny distressed jeans or cropped black skinny jeans usually. Last week for a party, I paired them with a blush silk button down from Everlane, and my torn up J Brand skinnies and a statement necklace – if I do say so myself, it was a perfect dressed-up and dressed-down look.

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Check out a few of my favorite pairs — I think I may need to add the gold Vans to my closet soon. Or maybe the dark denim ones. Or maybe ALL OF THEM.

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xoxo

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Posted: 15th March 2014 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

My New Emily Ley Simplified Planner

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Happy New Year, lovelies! I am so excited for 2014 – I’m getting married to the man of my dreams this year, and I cannot wait. With every new year, I get to shop for one of my favorite things – a new planner. Yes, I know I could keep all my meetings, dates and other important info on my iPhone, but I am old-school. I like a paper calendar that I can flip the pages in and write in with a real pen – somehow, having something tangible that I can hold, feels more organized to me. We’re a dying breed those of us that love the paper calendars. This year, I found my new favorite yearly planner OF ALL TIME. Before this Emily Ley planner came along, I was a Moleskine calendar devotee, but Emily Ley just blew all of that out of the water with her colorful, cheerful, oh-so-pretty, beautifully organized calendar.

It’s big, and spiral bound, and there is room for To-Do Lists and notes, a pocket in the front for stray papers, verses and inspirational quotes on most pages, even a spot for meal planning – something I am determined to get better about this year. And there are tabs – non flimsy, bright ones that make flipping to future months super easy. Truth be told, I also ordered her wedding planner. I couldn’t help myself – her planners are just too pretty.

I am in love with just everything about them. You should get one if you’re one of those non-digital calendar keepers, too.

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So, how many of you keep written paper calendars these days?

xoxo

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Posted: 6th January 2014 | by: ashley | in: My Life, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | 3 Comments
 

Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Junkies

holiday-beauty-gift-guide Perfume Sampler|Shimmer Powder|Nail Polish|Lipgloss|Eyeshadow|Travel Case|Illuminating Pearls|Palette

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Posted: 17th December 2013 | by: ashley | in: Gift Guides, Retail Therapy | 1 Comment
 

Calypso St. Barth in Seattle

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Calypso St. Barth came to Seattle this past month and I for one, could not have been more excited. I’ve loved the ultra-luxe brand for awhile now, so this was big news for me. I was so honored to be asked by them to host a special event at the new store for their Calypso Cares project benefitting Covenant House last weekend. All my friends and family and plenty of fashionable ladies stopped by to shop for super soft cashmere, cozy winter ensembles, glittering sequins, and deals on sweaters if they brought in a gently used one of their own for the teens of Covenant House. And you guys — if you haven’t been to the store yet, get thee to University Village stat. This store is gorgeous. Oh, and we had cookies and hot cocoa.

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Everything is so beautifully merchandised at Calypso — makes shopping even easier (like it’s ever difficult). They even have a little home section with agate coasters I am seriously coveting, pillows with amazing textures, and little gifts.

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I was all about the rabbit fur vest and went home with the cozy knit beanie with the pom on the top. Friends of mine went home with sweaters and even an incredible fur neck warmer that we decided could also be used as a turban – a furban if you will. Everyone had a blast trying on something – including the glam gold sequined evening gown. That was on the top of every wish list. As was a place to wear it to.

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Thanks for having me Calypso St. Barth! It was so fun helping so many lovely ladies pick out winter fashions and lending a helping hand to Covenant House.

xoxo

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Posted: 25th November 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, My Life, Retail Therapy, Shopping in Seattle | Leave a comment
 

Midi Rings

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Have you guys noticed the recent midi ring trend? I’ve been seeing it everywhere recently and it’s such a pretty way to dress up your digits beyond nail art and cocktail rings. I love dainty jewelry, so it’s high on my list of trends to try. Except that I am one, afraid it won’t stay on—don’t they look like they could just slide right off?—and two, I think my fingers may not be long, graceful, and elegant enough. They tend more toward the sausage side of things. Regardless, I am going to slip one on to see how it looks next time I run across one.

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Posted: 30th October 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | 1 Comment
 

Insta-Weekend in Pictures

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My weekend was delightful. A Donavon Frankereiter concert with my guy and his brother, taking in the cherry blossoms blooming on the University of Washington campus, shopping for new shoes with my mom and older brother (my first pair of Chanel shoes!), a Saturday night girls’ night in with one of my besties, chocolate, champagne, magazines, and an at home facial from Jessica Alba’s new book, and Easter with the family and a cocktail competition. Deeeeelightful.

P.S. — the facial made my skin feel super soft and it glowed for the next few days. The best part? All the ingredients were in the kitchen! Try it out :)

1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt

1 tbs ground coffee

A dash lemon juice

Let it dry before rinsing it off with a warm washcloth.

xoxo

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Posted: 2nd April 2013 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, My Life, Retail Therapy | 2 Comments
 

Kate Spade Saturday

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The Kate Spade Saturday collection came out recently, and it’s all bright colors, bold patterns, graphic prints, and full of fun, carefree spirit—much like Kate Spade, but with a more casual, laid-back, weekend vibe. Unless you live in Japan, it’s only available online, but knowing the quality of Kate Spade, that doesn’t bother me. Plus, there are so many cute options—these are just a few of my favorites. Especially: the calendar that focuses on weekends. It’s a beautiful thing!

I love you, Kate. You’ve done it again!

xoxo

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Posted: 25th March 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

3 Things I’m Reading, Listening To, and Coveting…

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Three books I am reading right now. Yes, three. I have three teetering stacks of books on my nightstand right now and I am reading all of them. I get so excited that I can’t just wait and have to read a couple at a time. One I will read on my lunch break, one before bed…you get the idea. Currently, I am reading a book of short stories on love, Other People We Married, a book on a family on the weekend of the eldest daughter’s wedding, Seating Arrangements, and like every other fashion lover and blogger out there right now, I’m reading Grace: A Memoir. I just adore her. After she stole the show in the September Issue a couple years ago and didn’t take any sass from Anna Wintour, I’ve been head over heels for her.

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Three albums I am playing on repeat right now. The 20/20 Experience from Justin Timberlake—DUH. I’ve loved him since he was an N’Sync-er and I was a teeny bopper, and nothing has changed. My favorite song on the album is Mirrors—even though I am pretty sure he wrote it for Jessica Biel and that makes me jealous. When I’m working or trying to relax and reboot, I play the Malady of Elegance by Goldmund. Its so beautiful and soothing. The piano soundscapes are so moving to me—on In A Notebook, especially.. Finally, when I need something poppy and upbeat to sing along to, it’s In Our Heads by Hot Chip. Always Been Your Love is my favorite track off this album.

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Three things I am currently coveting. First, a brightly colored spring and summer dress from Shoshanna. Too bad it isn’t ever warm enough on Easter in Seattle to wear a dress like this. Doesn’t it kind of look like Easter egg colors? Second, I am dying for one of the beautiful duffel bags from Clare Vivier—monogrammed, of course. I never pass up the chance to monogram something. Third, a pretty pen from Lanvin—totally ridiculous and unnecessary, but I am a sucker for a lovely writing instrument sitting on my desk just looking pretty.

What are you reading right now? What are you listening to? I would love to hear your suggestions!

xoxo

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Posted: 20th March 2013 | by: ashley | in: My Life, Retail Therapy | 4 Comments
 

Diane von Furstenberg Loves Roxy

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There is another great collabor-YAY-tion that is hitting stores. Diane von Furstenberg Loves Roxy launched last week and I am supes excited. I am a huge fan of DVF and her colorful clothes, great prints and incredible wrap dresses, and Roxy suits my casual wanna-be-surfer-girl vibe once summer finally arrives in Seattle, perfectly. There are board shorts, rash guards, bikinis, cover ups—and all in DVF’s signature bold prints. The look-book is to-die-for as well—between the cute suits and the gorgeous scenery, I am beyond ready for a tropical getaway. I need a beach, palms trees, clear blue water and a drink with an umbrella in it ASAP.

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Posted: 9th March 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

Loeffler Randall, Be Mine

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Oh my life, I just fell in love. Can these shoes be my Valentine this year? Because I want them to be mine, forever. Loeffler Randall has always made incredible shoes. Remember this collabor-YAY-tion with J.Crew last year? This pair, the Dahlia platform sandal, is a collabor-YAY-tion (like my new word?) too—with Tucker. Hope to see these bad boys dancing on my feet come spring!

 

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Posted: 5th February 2013 | by: ashley | in: Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 
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