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Emerson Fry

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I remember when Emerson Fry first started back in 2009 with just a few pieces, and the name was emersonmade. Now it’s a full blown gorgeous, pulled together, chic collection. So elegant and so ladylike. The coats, more than anything, have always been on my highly coveted list of items for my closet. Every season she comes out with different styles and this fall they are so clean with such simple lines. The pale pink knee length version and the leather jackets are my favorite. And that little black dress?? Is it too early to plan a New Year’s Eve outfit?

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I could wear everything in this collection. Truly.

xoxo

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Posted: 1st October 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight | Leave a comment
 

Lulu Frost Spring Summer 2014

Lulu-frost-spring-summer-2014 All images via Lulu Frost

One day I plan on going to New York Fashion Week, but in the meantime, I follow along closely via Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, websites—whatever means necessary to see the collections as they are happening from across the country. One of  my favorites this year was the Lulu Frost Neon Baroque collection. The photos from the presentation are stunning—mixing the old and the new, kind of like Marie Antoinette and Sophia Coppola. There was tulle, stacks of bracelets, beautiful bouquets of flowers, and models with exquisite hair – it was like princess fairytale with a punky twist.

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Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at this showing! I mean, the jewels alone give me heart palpitations. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lulu Frost‘s pieces, but I am particularly drawn to these glamorous, vintage-y looking pieces with such bright, playful, youthful, pops of neon color. Now, if only we didn’t have to wait for February for the collection to hit stores!

Which piece is your favorite?

xoxo

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Posted: 27th September 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Pretty Things | 1 Comment
 

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
 

How I Spent My Summer

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I’ve been totally MIA this summer and I apologize! But, really, I was busy…soaking up the sun, traveling, having drinks on outdoor patios, moving, and most importantly…getting ENGAGED! My boyfriend and the man of my dreams proposed at the end of June, and I will admit it—I spent the summer swept up in the whirlwind and newness of it all and picking out a venue, a photographer, a date, etc. Next, comes the dress! Anyway, now that we have our date – next summer – all picked out, the planning slows down for awhile and I am back with a stylish blogging vengeance.

We had our engagement photos taken last weekend by some dear friends and incredibly talented photographers, Kim and Adam of La Vie Photography. It was such fun – from Molly Moon’s ice cream to Top Pot Donuts and Discovery Park, we had a blast blowing confetti, playing on the beach and eating ice cream. We’re basically big kids.

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That tattoo on my fiance’s arm? It’s a tattoo of the monogram of our initials – A and T – that he created for the website he made for me for our engagement (he is a graphic designer). He sent me the link to the website in the morning while I was at work, and completely surprised me. It was filled with photos and stories about our past two years together. I was reading all the stories about us on the site and bawling in my office when my good friend walked in and told me we had to get going—we had a lot to do that day. What followed was a day of pampering arranged by my incredible man—lunch downtown, getting our hair done, getting our nails done—and finally, she presented me with a dress chosen by my fiance and took me to a park where my family and friends were waiting to watch T. propose. It was nothing short of amazing.

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I love these photos and they are just the sneak peek! We haven’t even seen the rest and there are tons. I can’t wait!

So glad to be back, lovelies!

xoxo

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Posted: 18th September 2013 | by: ashley | in: My Life | 5 Comments
 

Santorini Style

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It’s happening again. I’m getting that restless feeling. Wanderlust. Well, I guess that isn’t an entirely true statement. Really, the wanderlust never goes away. I am forever daydreaming of all the places I want to see and travel to. I would only travel all the time for the rest of my life if I could. Sounds cheesy, but I just want to see the world.

On my mind recently? Santorini in Greece. I came across a shot of Santorini while browsing through Pinterest this week and it just captivated me. Pictures of Santorini always have. Its so blue and so white. The contrast of the bright white against all those shades of blue is so striking. There is the deep blue of the water, the bright blue of the building tops, the cyan blue of the sky—its just heavenly. Such a simple color palette—blue and white—and yet, I am inexplicably drawn to it every single time I see it. In life, and in fashion.

Santorini, I will see you soon. I hope.

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Posted: 21st June 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration, Pretty Things | 1 Comment
 

Well Said

quote-of-the-day Via Grown Up Shoes

I am a bad blogger. I know, you have heard this from me before—many times in the past few months, to be exact. The whole “sorry i’ve been gone and not posting, life has been so crazy, blah, blah, blah” is old news around here. And frankly, I am embarrassed to be here, saying it again. This time, it is unfortunately, more true than ever. I miss my blog and my opportunities to spend time blogging, but a big reason that I have been MIA recently is because my family is going through a really rough time and when I do have spare time, the only thing I truly want to do is spend time with them—soaking them up and soaking them in. So, that is where I have been, and where I will be for awhile. When I can, I will be here—I have lots of new ideas to share, and although my posts may be a little more infrequent for the time being, I am working hard to carve out the time to come back to you! I am still here! Don’t give up on me just yet…I have more in store for you.

xoxo

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Posted: 10th June 2013 | by: ashley | in: My Life, Well Said | Leave a comment
 

Cuyana Accessories

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Last week I went to an event hosted by the adorable Cassandra LaValle from Coco + Kelley, and the hilarious Uncle Beefy from The Bedlam of Beefy, for the accessories company, Cuyana. It was new to me, but they’ve been around awhile. Which begs the question, where have I been? Because their products? ARE. AMAZING.

The ladies behind the brand, Karla and Shilpa, created an online site that allows the rest of the world to discover the hidden treasures from other countries.They travel the world looking for the highest-quality materials in each country, and then, working with local craftsmen, they transform the textiles and metals into gorgeous, limited-edition accessories. For example: they went to Argentina and came back with incredibly soft and supple leather tote bags (they were so dreamy I bought one for myself at the event) and travel cases. Peru meant lush Alpaca wool scarves, and Ecuador meant woven Panama hats. Their latest trip to Turkey issued in amazing Turkish robes of cotton and bamboo that I simply must have. Basically, I love what they do and the awesome products that come at such affordable prices. Is that coming across?

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Check them out, it’s a great find. Special thanks to Cassandra and Uncle Beefy for the invite! You hosted such a lovely and fun event!

xoxo

 

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Posted: 14th May 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Pretty Things | Leave a comment
 

Exposed: Peek-a-boo Bra

exposed-peekaboo-bra Coco Brandolini in Elle Magazine, Fashion Salade, Glamour Magazine, Fashionising

It’s been absolutely stunning in Seattle the past week—sunny skies and temperatures in the 80′s. It all happened so suddenly, I was scrambling to pull all my spring and summer staples out of the depths of my closet. I was reminded of one of my favorite hot weather fashion looks today while I was sweltering in my office-appropriate attire. I love the look of a peek-a-boo bra. I think showing off a little bit of your bra can be sexy and fun. I’m not talking unbuttoning your blouse to your navel so that everyone can see your Wonderbra—I am talking about slightly sheer blouses with a lacy and brightly colored bra underneath, or straps showing in a racerback tank. Remember when Carrie from Sex and the City went through a whole season wearing low-backed tops and dresses with her bra strap showing in the back? I know some people think its totally tacky, but I love it. Maybe its the hidden tiny bit of exhibitionist in me. I think it’s a free spirited way to style summer and spring outfits. Just a little peek of sexy.

Would you try this look?

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Posted: 7th May 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 2 Comments
 

Take Me Away: A Hotel Life

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Have you guys heard about A Hotel Life? It’s my new favorite website to peruse for dream vacation ideas and travel eye-candy. It’s an editorial site that focuses on hotel reviews that are presented with an insider’s view. It’s like looking at your friend’s shots of their luxury vacation and getting their first hand tips and recommendations—except the people are famous and oh-so-stylish. Case in point: the latest addition is the Chateau Marmont reviewed by Yigal Azrouel. They give you all the “important bits” – best way to book, price, number of rooms, vibe, whether you should bring kids or not, whether there is a bar or restaurant or not. With it, they also include the Must Dos in the area – for example: Waris Ahluwalia  and his favorite boutique hotel in Paris. He recommends where to go while you’re there, like Cafe Flore or Jardin du Luxembourg, and the Must Haves are there too: what to wear and take with you for that city, that lifestyle, that hotel.

I adore it. You also get a little bit of an inside peek into these glamorous jet-setters lives. They tell you who they went with and why there were there. Love that kind of US Weekly information. Some day, I will take one of those recommendations and see one of these glorious hotels and cities for myself!

hotel-raleigh-miami-beach The Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach

Where have you traveled lately?

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Posted: 1st May 2013 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | 3 Comments
 

My Beauty Must-Haves

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These are the products in my arsenal that I couldn’t live without—there are a few missing because I am pretty sure I have proclaimed their amazingness to death on this blog before—like Nars Orgasm blush. It’s the only one I’ll wear. And Diorshow mascara because it looks like you’re wearing falsies. But these are the other day-to-day beauty favorites and must-haves that I am devoted to.

1. Kerastase Bain Satin: This shampoo is my hair’s savior. I regularly highlight my hair blonde, and that’s tough on it. I use this to keep it moisturized but not greasy.

2. Kerastase Ciment Thermique: Another savior product for my over-worked strands. Almost every day I run a straightener or curling iron over my increasingly angry ends, and without this, they would be much much worse for the wear. This protects your strands from the heat and seals the cuticle.

3. Korres Moisturizing Cream for Oily and Dehydrated Skin: I have the worst combination skin, which can make it hard to find the right products for all areas of my face. This moisturizer is gentle but effective in keeping me moisturized but not clogging pores.

4. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat: I wouldn’t leave the house without this. It brightens, lightens, corrects and conceals. It’s a miracle worker for my under-eye circles when there has been too much party-party the night before.

5. Bulgari Omnia Crystalline: This fragrance is my go-t0 for a day fragrance. I try to keep my daytime fragrance picks light and airy, saving the stronger scents for evenings and big events.

6. Korres 3 in 1 Cleansing Emulsion: Just like the moisturizer from Korres, this is my ideal facial cleanser. It doesn’t foam and isn’t soapy, so it doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped. It’s gentle but effective and so creamy. It feels like heaven after a long day.

7. Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanning: This is the ONLY self tanner I trust to go on my face. Except for a few times when it was ummm…tipsily applied, I’ve never had problems with making mistakes, getting weird lines around the hairline, or going orange. It’s never orange. It’s subtle and just gives you a nice glow.

8. Biologique Recherche P50W: This has to be the most unique product on my shelf. It’s somewhat like a toner, I guess. I became an addict of this stuff when I got my first French facial years ago. It balances the pH of your skin and is kind of an exfoliant as well. It smells to high heaven and tingles/stings when you first start using it, but it makes my skin so bright and clear and radiant. If you can get past the smell, it’s a magic potion, I swear.

9. Fresh Sugar Berry Lip Balm: This one is a no-brainer. For days when my lips are feeling a little dry or chapped but I still want a pinch of color, this is it.

What beauty products are your must-haves?

xoxo

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Posted: 16th April 2013 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, My Life | 4 Comments
 
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