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A Little YSL Love

Tres charmant! A little YSL lipstick love for your Thursday. I adore these pretty dancing tubes of lipstick.

xoxo

Via Rene Hauser

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Posted: 29th May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, Pretty Things, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 

National Stationery Show


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Parrot Design Studio

This past week the National Stationery Show was held at the Javitts Center in NYC. I’m not a designer or graphic artist, but I know this because as a die-hard paper lover and fiend, I follow a lot of different stationers and paper people on my Instagram feed. All week long, I saw updates with darling cards, beautiful notebooks, charming pads of paper, and creative wrapping supplies. It may sound ridiculous to some, but things like that really get my blood flowing. Pens and paper have been some of my favorite things to shop for since I was a kid and it was time for back-to-school supply shopping at the local OfficeMax. I only wish my desk was big enough to hold a never ending supply of cards and paper supplies – I dream of having a whole closet full of paper goodies in fact – so I always have the just the right thing for any given occasion. I am a firm believer in snail mail and handwritten notes to just say hello or thank you. They have so much more meaning and love infused into them.  In any case, check out some of my favorite Instagram snaps from the week at NSS.


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Kate Spade and Shindig Paperie

Kate Spade is always one of my favorites. She has the snarkiest, most clever and creative sayings on her designs, and they are always bright and colorful. A winning combination in my book! The calendars from Shindig Paperie are darling as well – I find it hard to pass up a good gold polka dot print – don’t you?


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Think and Ink Studio, Sarah J. Champion, Lili Koi, Benchpressed, Egg Press, Grey Moggie

These colorful wrapping papers are anything but boring and work for any occasion, and the card about the peonies? It couldn’t be more true! Of course, I have a special soft spot for the cute bride card!


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Sugar Paper

But, my favorite paper people by far? Sugar Paper. I’ve never seen a design of theirs that I didn’t want to buy and immediately run home to use. Perhaps it’s the ample use of gold polka dots (I told you how I feel about gold polka dots, people), but the products are also so well made with such quality – and the fonts are always spot on. Paper lovers notice these things, you know. I can’t wait for these collections to hit stores. My stash is running a little low….

xoxo

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Posted: 23rd May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things | Leave a comment
 

How to Style a Bookshelf


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Via Chloe Rose Boutique

Have you guys heard about the new “shelfie” trend? Essentially, it involves taking photos of your awesomely arranged shelves. I admit, I have a penchant for beautifully merchandised and organized shelves. I even have a board on my Pinterest page dedicated to stunning displays and it takes me days of arranging and rearranging to get my bookshelves the way I want them when I move. When I get something new like a candle, book, photo frame or piece of artwork, I then rearrange the bookshelf display all over again. And I enjoy it! So, here are some of my tips for putting together the perfectly styled shelves.


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The Coveteur

Don’t worry about making sure all the books are lined up going the same way like on plain old bookshelves of yester-year. Play with stacks of books that are done both horizontally and vertically, and try putting them together in a triangle formation – from biggest to smallest.


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Danielle Oakey Interiors

If you’re on Pinterest, I know you’ve run across those bookshelves that are grouped entirely according to color — dozens of books lined up according to color, like a rainbow. While you don’t have to go all out and colorize each shelf, you can try groupings that are all within one color scheme.


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Julie Leah

Do you collect Precious Moment figurines? Shells from your beach vacations? Pez dispensers? Add them to your bookshelves and proudly fly that freak flag. I personally love the idea of adding a few pairs of shoes to a bookshelf – I mean, many of them are true works of art, and if you have a bookshelf in your boudoir, it will look just right.


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Stylish Bird Blog

Add some artwork to the shelf. A print propped behind a stack of books can provide a fun backdrop that jazzes things up a bit. You can also throw in pieces like bowls, vases, sculptures and more, to add keep things interesting.


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Centsational Girl

Layer things one on top of another in varying heights. It doesn’t look right when things are all the same height, and it gives you a chance to display some of your favorite pieces so that people notice them. Pretty little bowls on top of storage boxes, plants on top of stacks of books — even photo frames in front of a row of books.

Do you have any tips for organizing your bookshelves so they stand out? I would love to hear them!

xoxo

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Posted: 8th May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces, Pretty Things | Leave a comment
 

What’s In My Shopping Bag


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Sometimes I put off purchasing the things I know I really need to update in my closet or I’ll have been wanting for a long time to buy something because I’ll find something that I know may not be around in a few weeks or months, and I will buy that instead. These past few weeks though, I’ve finally picked up a few of the things I’ve had on my  list for awhile.

The J.Crew “Kiss” t-shirt was just a lucky find. It came out almost a year ago, I think, but it was gone by the time I got to the store to get mine – it sold out fast and I was so bummed. A couple weeks ago, I stopped by the J.Crew Factory store north of Seattle, and there it was. It is so soft and perfectly slouchy – plus, graphic tees are no where near going out of style anytime soon.

Bobbi Brown Beach Shower Gel was just a fun “treat yo-self” purchase I picked up at the Bluemercury store opening in Seattle’s University Village last week. If you haven’t been yet, you have to go! They only carry the best of the best, and the displays are gorgeous – not to mention, tempting. They also have a spa on the premises. I love love love the smell of Bobbi Brown’s Beach scent. It smells like my childhood summers – sunscreen but also a bit floral. I’ve never had the shower gel before, and figured, why not add it to the collection? Clearly, I am CRAVING summer in Seattle.

The Ban.do tote is one of my favorite recent purchases – it is so me. Stripes and a neon pink heart. I use it as my tote bag for work – filled to bursting with my lunch, notebooks and a good book for my lunch break.

The mirrored Ray Ban Aviators have been on my most coveted list for a long time. They went on sale at Nordstrom last week, and I just couldn’t resist any longer. Another example of my yearning for summer around these parts…plus, the mirrored lenses are just too cool for school. I like the added flash they give to this classic style.

The Kendra Scott earrings have also been a highly coveted item for me for awhile. I have just never been able to pick which color. She has so many bright, fun colors I’ve always had a hard time picking which ones I would get. I regularly would visit the Nordstrom counter and try on at least four different colors and hem and haw over which ones were best. (Note: they ALL were the best). I finally picked the turquoise with the help of my fiance.

Lastly, it was high time for me to replace my white Converse All Stars this month. They are my favorite sneaks of all time, and in white, need to be replaced somewhat regularly since they get dingy. This year, the sales guy at Nordstrom pointed out the new slip on version and I was instantly sold. Just when I thought they couldn’t get more comfortable…

Needless to say, I’ve given my credit card a workout at Nordstrom in the past couple months. And my closet is delighted with it. As am I.

What have you picked up on your recently shopping travels? Inquiring minds want to know!

xoxo

 

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Posted: 7th May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, My Life, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

The 2014 Met Ball and Costume Institute Gala


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All photos via The New York Times

My favorite red carpet event of the entire year isn’t the Oscars or the Golden Globes. It’s the Costume Insitute’s Met Ball. The fashion caliber here is unbeatable. The designers are there, the models are there, the actors and stars are there – and everyone always seems to take more of a risk than on the usual red carpet. Not to mention, each Met Ball has it’s own theme and some attendees get very into the theme, making for some prime fashion viewing. This year definitely did NOT disappoint. It was hard to pick a favorite—and there were plenty I didn’t care for (I am looking at you, Maggie Gyllenhaal – I don’t care if it was Valentino)—but I think Reese Witherspoon’s Stella McCartney gown was the one that gave me the most fashion envy and truth be told, total goosebumps. The color is bold and that neckline is unbelievable.

I was also a huge fan of the big ball gowns that seemed to be so popular this year. Massive sweeping skirts reminiscent of the golden age of Hollywood glamour. Karen Elson in the blush pink gown reminded me of an Old Hollywood movie star like Rita Hayworth or Katherine Hepburn. I marveled at the architectural sculpting of Karolina Kurkova’s navy gown, and surprised myself by really loving Hayden Panettiere’s full skirted ball gown. It could easily have gone either way and I am sure it is one of those love it or hate it gowns, but I think the print is gorge.


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Aside from Reese, my top three picks went to Blake Lively (duh, I’ve had a massive girl crush on her since the pilot of Gossip Girl…or maybe it was Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I’m not ready to own up to how many times I’ve seen that particular movie), Emma Stone and Taylor Swift. Emma Stone’s dress was so fresh and different from all the others, and the colors looked so stunning on her. Taylor’s style I am usually so bored with – the same bejeweled frocks time after time, but this pale pink embroidered column with the train was just lovely. Again, it was old Hollywood glamour all the way – same with Blake’s deep golden mauve beaded dress. A throwback silhouette with modern updates. Honestly, that girl would look good in a sheet.


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Who were your favorite picks at the Met Ball this year? Tell me what I missed!

xoxo

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Posted: 6th May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Pretty Things, Style Icon | Leave a comment
 

Spring Trend: Lilac


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One of my all time favorite things about spring is lilacs. I wish they bloomed year round – their fragrance is intoxicating to me. I can’t get enough. I’ve even been known to take long walks around my neighborhood with scissors trimming the ones that happen to encroach over the borders of the sidewalk. Fair game, right?! I hope someday I have a dozen lilac bushes in my yard. Anyway, it clearly delights me that this spring, the shades of lilacs are trending across all areas – from eyeshadow and nail polish to clothing and accessories. And you better believe Lilac Path from Aerin is on my list of fragrances to add to my ever-growing collection.

How are you wearing lilac this season?

xoxo

Scarf|Nail Polish|Clutch|Perfume

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Posted: 5th May 2014 | by: ashley | in: Now Trending, Pretty Things | 4 Comments
 

Wedding Beauty Prep


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With just four months to go before my wedding day, I have started focusing on a few new parts of my beauty routine to ensure that by August I am looking and feeling like the best version of myself. Mostly I am focused on my skin and hair.

I think all the years of abuse are finally starting to get to my fine locks. Between the foil treatments, daily workout ponytails, blow dryer, straightening iron and curling iron, it appears to have had it. Ideally, I want my hair to be  nice and long for the wedding, but it’s been breaking off and refusing to grow this past year. After talking to my stylist and my colorist at Gene Juarez, I decided to try taking Biotin vitamins – they’re supposed to make your hair grow thick and strong –  and started using Kerastase Intialiste every time I wash my hair. I am obsessed with it. First of all, it smells divine. Second, it is actually working. I’ve done a lot of different things to try and revitalize my hair, but this seems to strengthen it at the roots and keep it from breaking off as much as it used to. Plus, it never leaves my hair greasy, which is one of the standards I measure a great hair product by.

Second, I’ve invested in the Hydrating B5 Gel from SkinCeuticals. A gal giving me a facial recently told me there’s a difference between moisturizing skin and hydrating skin. With this gel, I feel like I am actually hydrating it. It seems to plump my skin and moisturize it from within. It’s not like putting lotion on your face. It feels like an actual change in your skin – not just a layer of cream. Plus, the gel isn’t sticky or heavy. It’s super light and dries really fast – making it a cinch to put on under makeup.

Last but definitely not least, sunscreen. I had a few moles removed my face recently, and to keep the scars from darkening or getting worse, I need at least 50 SPF on my face. There is 30 SPF sunscreen in my foundation, but before the wedding, I am amping it up to 50. This one from La Roche Posay is super light and great for sensitive skin. It’s also nice since I hate feeling like there is a thick layer of product on my face. I plan to keep this going long after the wedding. We all know how crucial sunscreen is – to protect scars from getting worse, especially.

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Finally, and possibly my favorite part of this whole beauty routine, the Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial at Willow’s Lodge Spa. I had my first one a couple weeks ago I am absolutely hooked. It’s also known as the red carpet facial – stars are known for getting one right before big red carpet events. They did one half of my face first and when I looked in the mirror, the difference was SO obvious. The side of my face that hadn’t been treated yet looked like I had a lazy eye! That was how much it lifted and plumped my skin. For the next few days, my skin literally glowed and felt super smooth – like a baby’s skin. I hate to say a beauty treatment can be life changing, but it was life changing!! I plan on doing a few of them leading up to the wedding – including the day before.

What did you do to to prepare for your wedding? Any other products I should try before the big day?

xoxo

Sunscreen|Moisturizer|Vitamins|Hair Serum

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Posted: 21st April 2014 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, My Life | Leave a comment
 

Slip on a Shirtdress


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It’s no secret – I am so ready for spring weather and spring clothing. I am itching to ditch the long pants and boots, the sweaters and jackets, in favor of flirty skirts, sandals, dresses, and sunglasses. The dress style that has been catching my eye recently? The shirtdress. It’s such a stylish throwback – back in the 50s, women rocked this style all the time with a full skirt and a sharp collar.


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Glitter and Grace|Atlantic Pacific

With sandals or wedges, I love the cross between a feminine dress and the menswear look of a button down with a collar. Put on a little belt and you’re good to go – a perfect casual spring outfit for cruising around on the weekends. These are some of my favorite options…


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T By Alexander Wang|Equipment|Diane Von Furstenberg|Dagmar Lisen

 

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Posted: 26th March 2014 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 1 Comment
 

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
 

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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Polka Dots|Gold|Camo|Leopard|Chambray Polka Dots|Denim

xoxo

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