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Traveling In Style – Silver Trailer Design

Photo Credit: Alison Turner
Meet Kristiana Spaulding. And one of her vintage Airstream trailers. Yes, ONE of them – she has an entire fleet. This California designer took her childhood love of Airstream trailers and turned it into an amazing business – Silver Trailers. She redesigns the interiors, and then rents them out – for personal use, for weddings, for TV, film and photo shoots. I love how she finds these shiny silver vintage trailers and makes over the interior into fabulously swanky, chic and stylish traveling abodes. 
Take the Bambi trailer for example. Made in 1962, Kristiana used plywood and aluminum to create an interior that was inspired by the foothills, native grasses and the flowing south fork of the American river. After all, what is more American than an Airstream trailer? It’s classic Americana at its best.
Photo Credit: Wendy Nordeck
I’ve never seen so much style fit into just 16 feet of trailer. I love how she kept the retro feel and made it seem like such a calming space with the neutral palette.
Now, meet the Tradewind trailer – a little bit bigger…but not much.
Photo credit: Michelle McCarron
Kristiana built a custom lounge, desk and benches for this trailer, using curves inside the trailer that matched the curves on the outside of the trailer. There are maple wood cabinets, and the desk can be folded up or down – because sometimes, in a trailer, you need some extra room.
Finally, my favorite – the Caravel trailer, made in 1960, and just 17′ sweet little feet.
I love how chic and swanky it is inside! I am of course, a big fan of the chandelier, the built in bed and Naugahyde cushions.
Wouldn’t you love to get away with one of these little silver bullets behind your car? It would be ridiculously fun to take a road trip with one of these stylish trailers – we may have to put it on our list of things to do “someday”.
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Posted: 17th May 2011 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | 1 Comment
 

Fabric Wraps from Chewing the Cud


I am a sucker for pretty packaging – if it looks pretty, I will probably be tempted to buy it – doesn’t matter what’s inside. So naturally, I am also a huge fan of beautifully wrapped gifts with creative tags and ribbon. One of the most creative and adorable ways I have seen to wrap up a gift recently, are with fabric wraps – like these from Chewing the Cud.

This one that looks like a piece of notebook paper is my favorite – completely charming. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that wrapping your gift up in these pretty fabric squares is also environmentally friendly…and its like a second gift – you get the one inside and out! Who can say that about wrapping paper?



I guarantee if you bring a present wrapped in one of these little darlings to the next party you attend, everyone will be admiring your unique choice, creativity and pretty packaging.
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Posted: 16th May 2011 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

Fashion Inspiration: Stacks of Bracelets and Over-sized Clutches

Source: www.cupcakesandcashmere.com

 In the past few weeks, I have noticed two trends popping up all over the place – everywhere I look – and I am, naturally, all about both of them. The first is over-sized clutches, which appeal to me largely because I like to carry my life around in my purses and that is never quite possible with a dainty little clutch. Some of these over-sized beauties could fit an entire change of clothes in them – another idea that greatly appeals to me.

The second trend is stacks of bracelets, worn all together, working their way up to the elbows! I like the idea of pairing jewelry of all different styles – leather cuffs, chunky watches, matching bangles and delicate chains – all together. Mixing silver with gold, adding splashes of color – its a wonderful way to spice up your jewelry collection and look, and even the most refined and elegant pieces can look fabulously bohemian and hip when stacked together on an arm.

The funniest part of researching this trend was that when I started pulling together all of the inspiring images and looks – I realized almost all the photographs include the two trends – together. Girls carrying giant clutches with loads of bracelets on their arms. This just let me know I was on the right track with this trend! Check it out…

Top to Bottom: MiuMiu Fall 2011 Runway Show, Blue Celine Clutch, Envelope Clutches from Asos

The gold frame Miu Miu clutch is so charming – like a blown up version of its smaller self, I would carry this any day of the year. I also like the simple, clean lines of the blue Celine clutch – just a pouch, really, with no frills. But what a great color! And of course, who doesn’t love an envelope clutch? This ladylike choice, re-imagined by Asos, comes in some fabulously eye-popping shades and would make a perfect choice for toting to work in place of a briefcase!

Top to Bottom: Black and Brown Rebecca Minkoff clutches from ShopBop, Jil Sander floral clutch.

Loving the classic options from Rebecca Minkoff – I am already picturing carrying them around wearing little white gloves. Jil Sander’s floral clutch is so bold and bright, its practically the only accessory you would need for any outfit.

Left to Right: MiuMiu Fall 2011 Runway and Atlantic Pacific

There is that Miu Miu bag again, in black. It’s okay that I have both, right? On the right, great style and inspiration from the lovely lady behind the Atlantic Pacific blog – and a peek at the trend combination I mentioned before – notice the shiny set of gold bracelets on her arm?!

Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Marni clutch from Net-a-Porter, American Apparel clutch, Miu Miu clutch from Net-a-Porter, and Clare Vivier clutch.

 More enchanting options – my personal favorites are the simplest ones from American Apparel (hooray for an affordable option!) and Clare Vivier. Although that very chic Marni one is also calling my name…

And now, the bracelets…I can’t even tell you how much I adore this look. And the fact that there are more over-sized clutches to ogle in each image!

Top to Bottom: TheGlitterGuide and SterlingStyle

I have been thinking about getting a big, round-faced, chunky, men’s gold watch for some time now. I really like the way it looks to combine the watch between bracelets and bangles.

Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet from Net-a-Porter, Amrita Singh bangles from Pink Mascara, Philippe Audibert cuff from Net-a-Porter, Nixon Small Player watch from Net-a-Porter, Nixon watch from Wink NYC, Archer bracelet from Giles and Brother
Loving these Nixon wathces – I feel like the black one has a great 80’s vibe to it – I would rock that timepiece all day long! Wouldn’t all of these together look dynamite?
Top to Bottom: Sara White and The Vault Files
I think mixing and matching gold and silver can totally be done – old style rules be damned! Adding in a few leather pieces give it a rocker-chic feel too.
Top to bottom, Left to right: Kate Spade from Nordstrom, Lee Angel from Net-a-Porter, Giles and Brother from Net-a-Porter, Isharya bangles from Net-a-Porter, Dannijo Harlow bracelet from Net-a-Porter, Hive and Honey leather cuff from Piper Lime
More fun bracelet choices – it was hard to just pick one image from Kate Spade – I am in love with her entire candy colored collection.
Top to Bottom: Lilie Blog and The Vault Files
What do you think? Do you love this over-sized clutch trend as much as I do? What about wearing stacks of bracelets all at once? I plan on adding both to my fashion repertoire as soon as possible.
xoxo
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Posted: 9th May 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 3 Comments
 

Luly Yang Couture

This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure of visiting the jewel-box of a wedding boutique, Luly Yang Couture, here in Seattle, for a little peek at the new collections and tour of the studio. If you haven’t heard of Luly Yang, allow me to introduce you to this amazingly talented and charming designer. Luly is one of the Northwest’s most sought after wedding dress designers, creating phenomenal gowns that are romantic, feminine and beautifully detailed.

And let me just tell you – her shop windows? The most amazing you will ever see. They are a breath of fresh air and beauty – I swoon every time I walk by.

Luly recently created two new ready-to-wear bridal lines (a perfect and more affordable addition to her couture line), Luly Blue and Luly Yang Diamond – all inspired by the palace of Versailles – created with hand made flowers, freshwater pearls and silk organza. Check out some of my favorite pieces from the collection…

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Audrey’s Tea is one of my top picks from the Diamond collection. The tea-length, the lace, the cap sleeves – so lovely! I love the idea of a short wedding dress, and this one is so classic and old-fashioned – it reminds me of something you would see on Mad Men.

Alavekio’s Photographic Essays

The Blossom dress, also from the Diamond collection, is such a fun combination of different looks. There is embroidery, there is lace, there is ruching, there are ruffles – and it all flows together seamlessly.

 

Alavekio’s Photographic Essays

The chiffon strapless Fur Elise dress reminds me of a Disney princess gown – romantic and fairytale-worthy. This Diamond collection gown has a beaded ruched bodice and draped skirt over tulle, with an organza sash on the bodice and the skirt. Siiiigh.

 

Alavekio’s Photographic Essays

The La Grandeur dress (Diamond Collection) is simplicity and elegance at its best. A strapless A-Line gown in silk satin organza is pure class!

 

Alavekio’s Photographic Essays

Isn’t the La Vie En Rose dress (Diamond Collection) breath taking? With pleated taffeta and big fabric flowers on the skirt, it is truly feminine and unique.

 

Alavekio’s Photographic Essays

The Marie dress (Diamond Collection) is so fun! Definitely a must for the fashion-forward bride – short in front and long in back, this silk taffeta scoop neck gown makes me want to twirl around the dance floor – carefree and fun, for sure.

 

Alavekio’s Photographic Essays

The Regal Duchess (Diamond Collection) is the perfect name for this gown. I adore the way the skirt trumpets out at the bottom, and the unique fold of the sash at the empire waist line. Stunning!

 

Alavekio’s Photographic Essays

The Water Fall (Diamond Collection) is so simple and classic on top, and I love the surprise of the vertical ruffles at the bottom of the skirt.

Aren’t these dresses just so ladylike and elegant – each and every one! For more from the Diamond and Blue collections, and fun behind-the-scenes details and secrets, check out the Luly Yang blog and stay tuned – I won’t be able to resist showing more later, I am sure!

xoxo
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Posted: 6th May 2011 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight | Leave a comment
 

wWell Said

Source: www.designcrushblog.com
I love everything about this quote. It invokes such a strong, almost visceral feeling in me – and the words are so beautifully strung together. Pure poetry!
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Posted: 4th May 2011 | by: ashley | in: Well Said | Leave a comment
 

Fashion Inspiration: 2011 Costume Institute Gala Red Carpet

Last night was the annual Met Ball in New York City – otherwise known as the Costume Institute Gala. Every year there is a theme, and this year, it understandably was a dedication (and accompanying exhibit at the Met) to the late Alexander McQueen. Everyone in the glitterati attends the Costume Institute Gala – from top models and designers to movie stars, sports figures, singers, rappers, celebrities and high society. It’s also one of the only events during the year where you can expect to see some truly over-the-top outfits on most of the attendees.

Well, not this year. With a dedication to McQueen (the King of over-the-top fashion), I expected to see a lot of McQueen and a lot of drama on the red carpet. Instead, I saw a lot of nude, beige, and muted pastel colors. I saw a lot of simple, strapless column dresses. And I saw a lot of attendees playing it safe. Overall, I was a little underwhelmed with the fashion choices at this year’s Gala, but it was still one of the best nights in fashion!

The Queen of Fashion was naturally, in attendance, but I have to say, I don’t think I have ever seen her make a worse style choice…and it pains me to say that because she is wearing Chanel. Still, this is not good, people. Not. Good.


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All image from Dimitrios Kambouris or Getty Images, via www.nymag.com

Chanel’s head designer, Karl Lagerfeld was also in attendance, with his current muse, Blake Lively on his arm (she’s also starring in his current print campaign). And for the first time since she arrived on the scene, I have to say, I don’t like her ensemble. It appears to be some kind of strange cross between a sari and a mermaid costume…fabulous hair though! Fail number two, Chanel.

Here are three ladies that went all out in over-the-top Alexander McQueen – although there were a few other guys in his designs as well. Aren’t his creations stunning? They are anything but typical, and sometimes not even entirely wearable, but they are definitely works of art and costuming.

Naomi Campbell, Anna Dello Russo and Daphne Guinness

Stella McCartney outfitted a few ladies for the event, and I love each one. Gwyneth’s dress especially took my breath away – gilded loveliness, and even Kate Hudson, pregnant as can be, looked radiant in her Stella gown. Rihanna’s dress manages to be both sexy and still classy – but I could do without the long red braid.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Rihanna, Kate Hudson

Micahel Kors dressed a few of the young Hollywood starlets, and these two were my favorite. Emma Roberts looks all grown up but still age appropriate in this simple cut-out gown, but Brooklyn Decker’s dress is my favorite of the night. Hot pink with long sleeves and simple lines? Yes, please! Its such a bright, bold color but it looks so elegant. Michael Kors always does simple elegance perfectly.

Emma Roberts and Brooklyn Decker

There were a lot of gold dresses on the red carpet, and I fell head over heels in love with almost all of them – here are some of my favorites…

Bar Raefeli’s dress is a stunning combination of gold and blue beading and gems and I love the turquoise earrings that were paired with it – you don’t often see such a bold dress matched with such a bold earring with such a different kind of style to it.

Bar Rafaeli

Elizabeth Banks is one of my other top picks for the night. The whole package is just perfect. The Veronica Lake hair, the bright orange (right on trend) lip, and her gold sequined Tommy Hilfiger dress that makes her look like an Oscar statue. Loves!

And let’s not forget the models – Angela Lindvall and Karlie Kloss are giving some serious face in their golden goddess gowns. I love the darker hues of their gowns – it feels fabulously 70’s glamour-chic to me.

Angela Lindvall and Karlie Kloss

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen and Ashley Greene in Donna Karan also went gilded, but in a softer way, with blushing nude tones and lots of sparkle.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Ashley Greene

Gowns seemed to go one of two ways – blushy nudes and pastels or dark blues, purples and black. Amy Poehler in J.Mendel looked like a different version of her usual red carpet-self, rocking big hair and super dramatic eyes, but she looked great and it was fun to see her take a risk.

Amy Poehler

Evan Rachel Wood also went for a deep hue in eggplant, with her gown from Gucci. She looks flawless and its a great color on her.

Evan Rachel Wood

Christina Ricci also went dark – but for me, it was boderline too dark – her look almost comes off as costume-y over the top gothic, but the impeccable design of the dress and unique lace paneling by Zac Posen, not to mention the gorgeous fluted bottom, make it just dramatic enough.

Zac Posen and Christina Ricci

A few ladies stepped outside the box with their dress choices for Gala,  wearing unique colors, dress designs, prints and even makeup.

Tom Brady and Gisele looked ridiculously H-O-T, as always. It was nice to see a spot of bright red on the carpet, too, and the train on that Alexander McQueen dress is simply amazing. It’s a lot of dress, but she wears it well!

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen

Emma Stone was another favorite of mine, in her unique dress from Alber Elbaz for Lanvin. Big florals can be hard to pull of without looking like a couch, but this dress does it – perhaps because of the muted grays and black and white palette. I love that the only color is the pop of hot pink on her lips.

Emma Stone

I was blown away when I found out that Ginnifer Goodwin’s dress was from Top Shop. I love the draping and the cut outs, and again, the long sleeves. Dresses with long sleeves are on the top of my list right now. Her necklace and eyeshadow, also in shades of green, manage to come off not looking too matchy-matchy either, which is an impressive feat!

Ginnifer Goodwin

And finally, we come to the last dress – Isabel Lucas in Louis Vuitton. I adore the melon color of this dress, the myriad of pleats, and the unique top. Her jewelry – most notably, the headpiece, is perfectly over the top for a Gala honoring Alexander McQueen and yet, it manages to fit the Grecian feel of the gown.

Isabel Lucas
What do you think of some of the fashion choices for the Gala this year? Which one is your favorite? I’m sticking with Michael Kors’ hot pink number. Get in my closet!
xoxo
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Posted: 3rd May 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | Leave a comment
 

Red Valentino Spring 2011 Collection

I am head over heels in love with the REDValentino spring collection and the look-book too, for that matter. The looks are fresh and classic, romantic and feminine. Check out all of the fabulous, playful looks!

Are these not the most beautiful, girly looks you have ever seen? I love how they are matched with super tall wedge espadrilles in patent leather colors. And that coat is an outfit in itself!

There are a lot of dresses in this collection – from floral prints to sequins and lace. I would love to wear the blue floral print dress all summer long, and the gold sequined number? A fabulous version of one of his gowns I’ve seen Cameron Diaz wear on the red carpet.

The blue accents in the collection are heavenly – specifically the ruffled jacket that ties in the middle – its so elegant and slimming. I also love the crochet suit – I imagine wearing it to a high tea or ladies luncheon.

These three dresses are probably my favorite pieces in the collection. I love the empire waists and the gentle ruffles around the arms and neck. They are so soft and girly – I want to wear this collection all summer long.
xoxo
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Posted: 2nd May 2011 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight | Leave a comment
 

Fashion Inspiration: Stylish Accessories

I love accessories – from shoes and scarves to jewelry and bags. I love that just changing accessories can change your entire outfit, or the feel of your outfit. They can make an outfit or break it, and take an old outfit and make it new again. On that note, here are some of the accessories I am currently swooning over…

These Pochettes from Clare Vivier are ah-mayzing. I love the bright neon colors on these little gems. They are natural undyed leather, with a silk screen stripe, and I would please, like to have one in each color.

Chevron stripes are one of my favorite design elements, and putting them on a shiny, pretty bracelet is perfectly genius, in my opinion. I would love to stack this bracelet from Jess LC with a bunch of other mismatched bangles.

For better or worse, I am one of those girls that would like to change my iPhone case regularly. Not to the point where I would match it to my shoes, but I like to keep it interested and change it up once in awhile. These covers from Dani Notes Stationary are a lovely mix preppy design (Muffy!?) and prints. Plus, I kind of love a nice monogram.

I love the Yves Saint Laurent “Arty Ovale” ring simply because it looks like something my grandmother would have had made for her back in the Seventies. I love the artsy, organic and strange shape of the gold.

I am a huge fan of sleep masks – mostly because I am NOT a morning person, and like to prevent the light streaming in my windows for as long as possible. If they have witty sayings like this one from Mary Green, all the better!

Finally, I am loving this new nail polish color, “Big Spender” from Essie. I like wearing dark colors on my (short) nails, but always want them to look a little brighter during the spring and summer. I feel like with this shade of purple, you get the dark and bright. Gorgeous!

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Posted: 1st May 2011 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

Well Said

Source: www.propertopper.com
Sometimes that is hard to remember.
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Posted: 28th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: Well Said | 1 Comment
 

Wills and Kate Tie the Knot!

So,  I don’t have the crazy Royal Wedding fever that seems to be going around the media this week, but I am a little interested, I’m not going to lie. Mostly, I think I want to see Kate’s dress, but there’s a little more to it than that.

When I was in middle school, my best friend and I were craaaaazy in love with Prince William. We fought over who would get to marry him and signed our notes and letters to each other as “Her Royal Highness Princess Ashley of Wales”. Pictures of William, cut out of magazines, covered my walls and I was always daydreaming of how he would one day sweep me off my feet and give everything to marry a commoner like myself.

Once his boyish charm and good looks wore off, though, I have to admit, I forgot all about the boy who would be King someday. And truthfully, if I had to pick a prince these days, it would probably be Harry. But, in honor of our childhood crushes, my BFF and I have decided we’re going to stay up all night on Thursday, watching the Royal Wedding, wearing tiaras and sipping champagne.

And just in case you’re planning something along those same lines, there are plenty of Royal Wedding-inspired finds out there right now…

Top to Bottom, Left to Right: Gloves from www.donnawilson.com, Ring from www.thewarehouseco.nz, Lip Gloss from www.bathandbodyworks.com, T-shirt from www.etsy.com, Tiara from www.net-a-porter.com

How cute are these camel colored gloves – they even have Kate’s ring sewn into the right finger on the gloves – and the t-shirt? High-larious! I might have to get two of those for our Royal Wedding viewing event. Not to mention – the tiara. How amazing is that tiara? I am afraid if I got it, I would never take it off, though….

Also, while dressing for your Royal Wedding event, one cannot forget to wear a fabulous hat, every British woman knows how important that is!

Kate Middleton wearing Philip Treacy

Now, there is a lot of crazy wedding memorabilia out there right now, but here are a few cute prints that made me giggle.

Left to Right: Pink print from www.livejournal.ru, Prince Harry Print from www.allposter.com, and Royal Wedding Procession Print from www.etsy.com/shop/housethatlarsbuilt

This illustrated print of the course of the wedding procession is pretty adorable, I have to say. And finally, because any good party has amazing cupcakes, here are some that would fit a Royal Wedding viewing party theme perfectly.

Left to Right: Cupcake Printables from www.thetomkatstudio.com, Cupcake Decor from www.etsy.com/shop/heyyoyo
Cheerio!
xoxo
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Posted: 25th April 2011 | by: ashley | in: Now Trending, Retail Therapy, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
 
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