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Pretty Things: Sugar Paper


Sugar Paper Los Angeles



All images via Sugar Paper

I am a total paper nerd. Seriously, a total whore for pretty paper and stationary. Notecards, thank you cards, lovely notebooks, little gift cards and cool prints, I love it all – love how traditional it is. Having pretty stationary and sending snail mail just feels so luxurious and old-timey. Sugar Paper in Los Angeles is one of my absolute faves. Their work is charming, playful, stylish – and more than anything its just so dang pretty.  Isn’t the font gorge? Their design aesthetic is just spot on in everything they create.


Sugar Paper Los Angeles


Pretty sure the mint green and gold confetti need to be my new correspondence cards.


Sugar Paper Los Angeles


A “You’re My Lobster” card? Are you kidding me?! A Friends reference and a cute card? Win-win! And the Father’s Day card with the tie that says “Happy Father’s Day, Handsome” – I think the BF may need that in a few weeks. Because he is – handsome. And a father. Finally, the hot pink calendar with gold lettering? Going on my new desk at work!


Sugar Paper Los Angeles


These are my favorite prints from Sugar Paper. I have a budding gallery wall at home and any of these would be perfect there. Wouldn’t the recipe cards and box make an adorable bridal shower or house warming gift?

Admit it, you’re as charmed by Sugar Paper and their endless pretty paper options as I am!

xoxo

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Posted: 16th May 2012 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

The Style Umbrella is a Guest on the Stephanie Johnson Blog Today!

The Style Umbrella, guest post, Stephanie Johnson Bags Blog

The Style Umbrella is honored to be a guest blogger over on the Stephanie Johnson blog today. I am a huge fan of her line of bags and pouches, and was thrilled when they asked me to write a post about my favorite products and what I keep in my makeup bag – which is, of course, made by Stephanie Johnson. Please do head over there and check it out today – get my makeup must haves and learn what I can’t live without when it comes to my daily beauty routine. Then, check back here soon – I’ll be doing a giveaway of a Stephanie Johnson bag for one lucky winner!

Enjoy!

xoxo

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Posted: 16th May 2012 | by: ashley | in: Giveaway, My Life, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | 5 Comments
 

Fashion Inspiration: Gingham


Gingham



Via We Heart It

I have a new obsession: gingham. Really, I shouldn’t be surprised I love this retro vintage print – I am, at heart, a classic All-American preppy kind of girl. Last week at J.Crew, I bought my first piece of gingham for my closet – hot pink! And now, I can’t get enough. I love the classic navy blue check as well – its so perfectly prep. Layered under a v-neck sweater just adds to the preppiness. Pairing it with unexpected elements and details, like sequins or a getting the pattern in a bright color, can make it more modern and fun, as well as give it a more retro-glam feel.


Gingham



Bud and Leo, Wit and Delight, I am Khatu, Atlantic Pacific, Atlantic Pacific   

Isn’t that teal gingham dress with the camel Celine bag and gold jewelry, fabulous? It reminds me of Betty Draper on Mad Men! I think its such a great print for summer – maybe because it evokes the idea of picnics, but with all the bright fun colors its coming in now, its even more summery. Summery, ladylike, a little retro, classic Americana…just what I am going for with my style this summer.






Trench Coat – Marc Jacobs, Ring – Tory Burch, Button Down: J.Crew, Sleeveless Button Down: Moschino, Teal Button Down: Antik Batik, Shoes: Miu Miu, Underwear: Hanky Panky

Is anyone else dying over the tan and white Marc Jacobs trench coat?! Love!

xoxo

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Posted: 15th May 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | Leave a comment
 

Pretty Things: Fleabags


Fleabags Bags


All Images via Fleabags

I know I am a little late to the game here, but I just discovered the amazing-ness that is Fleabags and I am totally charmed. The ladies who designed this line of bags describe them as the solution to wanting to carry their lives around with them in their purses. This is something I can relate to well. I like to tote around giant bags filled to the brim with anything I might need at any point during the day. Case in point – my bag currently contains: a pair of black leggings, two juice boxes, a protein bar, 11 lipglosses, two pairs of sunglasses, my phone, my keys, my wallet, my change purse, headphones, a water bottle, three packs of gum, a tin of mints, a beauty emergency kit, and much – much – more.

So, when I read that these bags are large, lightweight and sturdy, I had to look into it further. The materials are organic and vintage, and they are made in limited edition, hand-made, small production batches. I love that the edition number is hand numbered onto each bag, as well – what a lovely detail!

The clutches are pretty darling too. I’m already imagining toting one to and from the beach this summer…


Fleabags


Do you carry your life around in your purse too?

xoxo

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Posted: 13th May 2012 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | 1 Comment
 

Fashion Inspiration: My Converse Chucks


Converse Sneakers - Chucks


I’m a girly girl – I love my high heels and my flirty dresses and the color pink. But, truth be told, you know what I love almost more than anything else in my closet? My Converse All Stars – or as I lovingly refer to them, my Chucks. I quite honestly, don’t know how I would survive without them. I wore them when I was in middle school, and I’m wearing them still to this day. They are the perfect sneakers for me – I love the clean, classic, simple, all-American look – they make me feel preppy and sporty, but still cute and stylish. And although I always wore them with shorts and jeans, I’ve been realizing lately how cute they can be with other outfits as well…


Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars



Sincerely Jules, The Fashion Junki, Lookbook, Lookbook, Wildfox Tumblr, What I’d Wear Tumblr     

They look totally adorable with long maxi skirts and little summer dresses. Who knew they would even work so well with tights? Its a little edgy and different, and I’m liking it. I will be rocking these tennis shoes until I’m 95. Count on it.

What is your favorite pair of shoes in your closet?

xoxo

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Posted: 6th May 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, My Life | 3 Comments
 

Three Cheers For: Gold Makeup


Gold Makeup



W Magazine

Let’s be honest – nothing beats the warm summer glow you get during the summer – everyone feels prettier with a little bit of a bronzed, sun-kissed look. And you know what goes well with a sun-kissed summer glow? More glowy-goodness! I’m talking gold. It looks so good against bronzed skin. No big surprise then, that golden bronzed makeup is on trend for the summer months. Metallics in general are big this coming season, but the shimmery gold is what I’ve fallen head over heels for. Its glamorous, its sexy and I can’t wait to bust it out this summer.


Gold Makeup



W Magazine, Butterfly Diary, Holly Arabella  

You can go big and bold (the gold foiled eyes at Fendi, anyone?) or you can do subtle. You can do bright gold eyes, or you can do a smoky gold eye with deep rich browns and bronzes – like the image here on the bottom. If you want to do gold really subtly, try a gold dusting powder or an gold-toned illuminator on your skin. I think my favorite new idea for wearing gold makeup is the eyeliner in the picture above – a line of gold on top of a line of black.

I’m ready to bronzed, glowing and golden – how about you?


Gold Makeup



Nars Shimmering Body Oil, Stila Eyeshadow, Benefit Highlighter, Deborah Lippman, Organic Glam and Nars Nail Polish, Bobbi Brown Powder Gel Bronzer, Chanel Lipstick, Guerlain Pure Gold Makeup Base, Nars Body Illuminator, Giorgio Armani Eye Pencil

xoxo

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Posted: 3rd May 2012 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Hair & Beauty, Now Trending, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 

Pretty Things: Colorful Clutches from k.slademade


Colorful Clutches from k.slademade


I am taken with this colorful eye candy at the moment. I am really into bright colors this spring and these clutches from k.slademade are making my day! I love how punchy and bright they are – they are just made for summer! I would love to pair one with a little white dress and let it do all the talking. I am a little short on clutches – I always gravitate towards the big, carry-your-life-around-in-it kind of bags – these little darlings are changing my mind though! Wouldn’t the pink one look so cute with a nautical navy and white striped dress and gold sandals?


Colorful Clutches from k.slademade



All images via k.slademade

Are you more of a clutch kind of girl or a tote kind of girl?

xoxo

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Posted: 2nd May 2012 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | 2 Comments
 

Etsy Love: High Street Market


Etsy Vintage Shop - High Street Market


As you all know, I have been working on making over my bedroom for the past couple months. Its coming along slowly – right now I am obsessed with finding the right bookcases and tables for the room – to display all my treasured possessions – books, jewelry trays, knick knacks – you know how it goes. I have been collecting ideas on Pinterest on how to create pretty vignettes and displays on your coffee tables and bookcases, and its led to me shopping for more pretty things to put on said bookcases and tables. It was bound to happen, right? I am a shopaholic – we all know this.

Anyway, I stumbled on a new Etsy sight I just love and had to share with you! High Street Market has tons of great, unique vintage finds for the home. Some are so quirky and fun, others are great staples to have – like trays and cake plates. These are the pieces I fell in love with this time around – especially the whale. Are you kidding me?! I have no idea what I would use it for (its an old ashtray), but I don’t care! He just need to come home and live here with me. Also a fabulous must-have? The milk glass ashtray to use as a business card holder! Loves.

Do you have a favorite place for vintage home shopping? I would love to hear!

xoxo

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Posted: 25th April 2012 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

Places and Spaces: L’Andana Grosseto


L'Ananda Grosetto


Can we just talk for a minute about how AHHH-MAYZING this villa in Grosetto, Italy, is? As you all know, I am madly, truly, deeply in love with Italy after having lived there for a short time a few years ago. Ever since, I dream about it – pretty much daily. Sometimes every hour on the hour. Some people may think its a tad obsessive…I just like to think its because they haven’t been yet.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Today I stumbled on L’Andana – an incredible hotel and estate set amidst the fairytale Tuscan landscape. It was once the hunting estate of the Grand Duke Leopold II – complete with golden rolling hills and green vineyards. There is a half-mile driveway up to the estate – lined with cypresses and umbrella pines – feeling the need for a getaway yet?


L'Andana Grosseto


The rooms are spread across the Duke’s old villa and a connected farmhouse, and all designed by the editor of the Italian Architectural Digest. There are hardwood floors, oversized tubs and antique-style furniture. You order your breakfast in the kitchen and can dine al fresco while reading the morning paper (can you tell I am already imagining my stay?). There are over a thousand acres to explore on the grounds, although I am pretty sure I would spend a good deal of my afternoons poolside. Truly, I am so taken with this place and I have only seen it and read about it online. My imagination might be running away with me, but I am already envisioning how terribly romantic it all would be. How I would work on my novel among the gardens, get massages and take long luxurious soaks in a claw-foot tub. Not to mention eating my weight in cheese, bread and pasta, and wandering among the olive groves hand in hand with my lovaaah. But I digress…


L'Ananda Grosseto


 Someday I will take a trip to Italy and while away my days in a grand villa like this one. Until then…I will just dream about it. Probably every hour. On the hour. Oh, and look at it online.

What do you say? Has this post convinced you to run away to Italy with me?

xoxo

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Posted: 23rd April 2012 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | 2 Comments
 

Oscar de la Renta 2013 Bridal Collection


Oscar de la Renta 2013 Bridal Collection



Photo by Nathan Kraxberger

The fashion and style blogosphere was abuzz today with news of the Oscar de la Renta 2013 Bridal collection. In launching his latest bridal collection, Oscar did something fresh, cutting edge, and in my humble opinion, totally brilliant. The runway show (including the backstage prep) was “live pinned” on Pinterest. There is so much momentum with Pinterest right now, this was a really smart decision to get his latest collection out there to the people most interested in seeing it, right away – and ensure its getting shared – A LOT. Live-pinning, take note – you’re going to be seeing a lot more of it, I predict.

Now, back to the fashion – I loved seeing the runway images so quickly – especially since everything was so absolutely breathtaking, but I think my favorite part of the live-pinning was seeing behind-the-scenes and getting up-close shots of the details. I mean, let’s face it – Oscar does stunning details like no one else.

There were a lot of baby blue accents in the collection – an idea I adore. With Oscar’s designs you can take the “something blue” and wear it loud and proud during the wedding. And the perfect little sophisticated buns? I think we know how into this look I am at the moment.


Oscar de la Renta 2013 Bridal Collection



Meagan Cignoli, Megan Cignoli, Rachel Scroggins, Nathan Krazberger

The flower selection was perfection – made me think about what I might want in my bouquet someday – these blooms are so fresh and springy.


Oscar de la Renta 2013 Bridal Collection



Nathan Kraxberger, Meagan Cignoli, Nathan Kraxberger

The detail shots of the dresses are my awesome! I love that I can get a close up look, almost like I was really there – its usually not possible to get a full idea of the dress from just the runway shot – these give me goosebumps! The tulle, the beading, the lace, the feathers…be still my heart!


Oscar de la Renta 2013 Bridal Collection



Nathan Kraxberger, Meagan Cignoli, Rachel Scroggins, Rachel Scroggins, Rachel Scroggins

And let us not forget – the baubles, the sparkly things, the beading and the jewels. Yes, please!


Oscar de la Renta 2013 Bridal Collection



Meagan Cignoli, Meagan Cignoli, Rachel Scroggins, Rachel Scroggins

Thanks to Oscar’s genius social media team, now I am spoiled and am going to want to see boards like this from all my favorite designers – behind the scenes, up close and personal, live-Pinning! For shots of the stunning dresses from the collection, in all their glory, click here!

What do you think about the whole live-Pinning idea?

xoxo

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Posted: 17th April 2012 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Pretty Things | 4 Comments
 
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