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Favorite Pins of the Week

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Just a few of my favorite pins from the week…

1. I was fighting a nasty cold last week, and thought this would be such a cute gift to take a friend when they are under the weather. Note to self next time someone I love gets sick!

2. It’s officially fall and that means one thing: all pumpkin everything. Pumpkin spice lattes, trips to the pumpkin patch, and pumpkin flavored desserts! Can’t wait to try these oatmeal pumpkin creme sandwich cookies.

3. I love Cuyana bags. I have this tote in brown, but now I am wishing I had one that was mongrammed! Must be time to get another tote in a different color and get this one monogrammed.

4. It’s time to start thinking about how I can take some of my spring and winter pieces into fall. Especially skirts. I’ve been wearing skirts and dresses all summer and am not feeling like wearing pants again quite yet. Tights and oversized sweaters with skirts it is!

5. When I saw this mug I laughed out loud. Must add to my kitchen cupboard.

See you on Pinterest, lovelies!

xoxo

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Posted: 19th September 2013 | by: ashley | in: Uncategorized | 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
 

Favorite Posts from 2012

New Years Eve 2012

It’s hard to believe that 2o13 is only a few days away. I say it every year, but truly, each year seems to go by faster than the last. It’s been a good year for me and for The Style Umbrella and I have to thank you, lovely readers, for making it so. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for sharing, for sending emails and queries for style advice—I wouldn’t be doing this without you and you all make it so worth it.

For now, I will leave you with a few of my favorite posts from 2012—if you missed them, it’s like a new treat, and if you loved them, you get to relive the joy of reading it the first time. Wink, wink. Enjoy!

We took a roadtrip and learned the art of packing from an adorable Louis Vuitton video….

 We fell head over heels in love with the look of vintage-style pajama sets

We delighted in the whimsical art of Chloe Fleury and Hopscotch Design

We gathered a little style inspiration from the classic movie, Dazed and Confused

We learned how to perfect the bun and make it fun and playful with cute accessories…

We admired the style of one Miss Brigitte Bardot and discovered what tools and tricks we needed to get her look:

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And, we shopped one of my favorite boutiques—Watson Kennedy in Seattle—a treasure trove of unique, pretty accoutrements for the home…

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 And that was just a sprinkling of the past year…check out the archives for more!

Lots of love and best wishes in the New Year!

xoxo

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Posted: 26th December 2012 | by: ashley | in: Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 

Winter White and Gold

White and Gold

One of my favorite color combinations for the winter months is white and gold. I definitely don’t subscribe to the “No White After Labor Day” rule—in fact, I think it’s a romantic, super chic color for the winter months. Paired with gold, it makes the look totally luxe and high-end. It’s a glamorous combination and I plan on sporting it all through the holidays.

Winter White and Gold

The Row|Kendra Scott|Rebecca Minkoff|Dogeared|Kate Spade

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Posted: 7th November 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
 

How to Style Suede Booties

Sam Edelman Petty Bootie

I recently had a reader send me an email with a styling question, and let me tell you, I was deeee-lighted. Helping people with their styling conundrums is one of my favorite things to do. I encourage you all to send me an email with any and all of your style questions and I will do my best to respond and highlight an answer in a blog post.

So, the lovely Rachel purchased this pair of Sam Edelman Petty Booties at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this summer. These low-profile suede booties with a slight Western flair to them and a stacked heel are super popular this fall, and she wanted some advice on how to wear them. So, I knew off the top of my head that these boots look great with cute little flippy skirts, but being that its not exactly skirt weather, I had to dig a little deeper.

Not that you can’t still wear these with skirts during the fall—just add a great pair of tights, or even layer the tights with a pair of heavier weight scrunched socks for a great layered look. Or, be daring at night and pair them with bare legs and an attitude for a cool evening wear look.

But, for something more fall and winter appropriate, let’s talk pants…

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Now, I suppose you could wear these boots with a pair of boot cut or flare jeans, but then no one would get to see their full glory. I think the best pants to pair with these booties are skinny jeans—especially those of the ankle length variety. They allow you to see the whole shoe and showcase them as an integral part of the outfit. Plus, the skinny leg helps balance out the heavier shoe and the stacked heel gives some height to your casual wear. If your skinny pants are longer, you could roll them up above the ankle or tuck them into the boots, but I love the cropped skinny jeans look with them best of all.

If you want to go all out, try pairing this suede Western bootie with a pair of leather leggings – colored or not – for a trendy and bold fall look.

I hope that helps you figure out how to best wear your booties this fall, Rachel!

xoxo

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Posted: 31st October 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 

The Shoes of New York Fashion Week

The Shoes of NYFW from John Jannuzzi on Vimeo.

As I was perusing some of my favorite blogs this evening, I ran across this video from John Jannuzzi on his blog, Textbook. He filmed the shoes of New York Fashion Week for Lucky magazine a few weeks ago, and it’s just a fun little tidbit for your day. There are some fierce, amazing shoes in there!

Enjoy, lovelies!

xoxo

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Posted: 10th October 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 

Hopscotch Design from Chloe Fleury

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You. Guys. I don’t know how it is that I am just finding out about Hopscotch Design and Chloe Fleury, but she and her artwork are amazing. She’s an illustrator but she works with paper and transforms these flat one-dimensional sheets of paper into 3D masterpieces that I am just crazy for. A lot of the designs she eventually brings to life with stop motion animation. Can you believe she makes these works of art from paper? I am in awe of her talent. And, let’s be honest. I would love to step into the little worlds she creates in her pieces—they are utterly enchanting. Tiny bags that look like the ones from Chanel or Proenza Schouler, colorful vespas, Miu Miu booties, Moleskin notebooks and iMacs.

Hopscotch Design by Chloe Fleury

She sells prints of some of her work on her site, but I hope one day I can see one of her works in person. Or better yet, watch her create one. Add it to the bucket list folks. I think it would be such a cool process to witness. I mean, constructing these little worlds out of paper? No easy task, my friend.

Are you as charmed as I am by these stylish, fashionable and unique works of art?

xoxo

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Posted: 9th October 2012 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
 

Color Chalking for Your Hair

Color Chalking Service for Hair

As readers of this blog will know, I am a huge fan of Swink Style Bar –  a styling and blow-dry bar in Seattle. Whenever I need a perfect blowout or cute hair style for a party or event, off I head to Swink. Last Friday Swink was kind enough to treat me to their latest service—color chalking, using Kevin Murphy’s Color Bug. This instant wash out hair color is one of the hottest hair trends out there right now. Just ask Lauren Conrad—she did pink on her hair.

The color bugs are a chalky material that hair can be pulled through to distribute the color. You can use it on random chunks of hair (which I did) or all over for a more ombre look, as well. From the three color, pink, purple and orange, I went with pink and purple. It was such a fun look to try out—great for a party or night out. I loved the wild, rocker-edge it gave my hair. Just make sure to style hair first—applying heat to the color can cause it to bond to your hair a little more permanently. Better yet, just let a professional at Swink handle it. They do such a lovely job. Right now, you can add color chalking onto any dry style for just $15. Here’s how mine turned out…

Just a fun pop of color to change things up for a night out!

xoxo

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Posted: 2nd October 2012 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, My Life, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 

Kate Spade for Paperless Post

Kate Spade for Paperless Post

Have you guys heard that Kate Spade has her own online collection of cards and notes for Paperless Post? I adore Kate Spade—her designs are always so fresh and colorful and fun. I think that is one of the things that makes her so successful—her sense of playfulness, wit and whimsy. There are over 75 designs and they all have her signature bright colors, stripes, polka dots, gold, glitter and witty quips. I love that there is this online version of her stationary now. You can bet my friends will be getting them!

xoxo

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Posted: 24th September 2012 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 

Shopping for Fall

I’m still on vacation at the family lake house this week, but I have been busy brainstorming new post ideas for when I get back as I laze around in the sun every day. Today, we took a day trip to Hood River, Oregon, for a little shopping. One of my favorite boutiques ever is here – Plenty. The pieces are always a little more unique and different and there are always new lines I’ve never heard of before to try out. I had a grand old time playing dress up in the new fall picks from Diane Von Furstenburg, Corso Como, BCBG and more independent designers. As you can see, I found a perfect outfit for the next season. This studded Diane Von Furstenberg leather jacket rocked my world. Its everything I ever wanted. And more.

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Hope you all are enjoying your week! I’ll be back in a few days with more.

xoxo

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Posted: 6th August 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Retail Therapy, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
 
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