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My Beauty Must-Haves


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?


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

Insta-Weekend in Pictures


My weekend was delightful. A Donavon Frankereiter concert with my guy and his brother, taking in the cherry blossoms blooming on the University of Washington campus, shopping for new shoes with my mom and older brother (my first pair of Chanel shoes!), a Saturday night girls’ night in with one of my besties, chocolate, champagne, magazines, and an at home facial from Jessica Alba’s new book, and Easter with the family and a cocktail competition. Deeeeelightful.

P.S. — the facial made my skin feel super soft and it glowed for the next few days. The best part? All the ingredients were in the kitchen! Try it out :)

1/2 cup full fat Greek yogurt

1 tbs ground coffee

A dash lemon juice

Let it dry before rinsing it off with a warm washcloth.


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Posted: 2nd April 2013 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty, My Life, Retail Therapy | 2 Comments

Daydreaming of Olive and Cypress Trees…


I may or may not peruse the Sotheby’s International Realty site from time to time to do a little real estate dreaming. Recently, I stumbled on this Italian villa in Lucca. The gardens have been photographed for multiple magazines, there is an olive grove, a swimming pool, and I am basically in love. And it can all be mine for the low low price of about 12 million. Womp, womp. For now, I will just keep daydreaming about Italian villas, lemon tress, cypress tress, olive groves, rolling green hills, pasta, gelato, and that beautiful beautiful language that just rolls off the tongue. Sigh.

Ciao, bella.


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Posted: 31st March 2013 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | Leave a comment

Kate Spade Saturday


The Kate Spade Saturday collection came out recently, and it’s all bright colors, bold patterns, graphic prints, and full of fun, carefree spirit—much like Kate Spade, but with a more casual, laid-back, weekend vibe. Unless you live in Japan, it’s only available online, but knowing the quality of Kate Spade, that doesn’t bother me. Plus, there are so many cute options—these are just a few of my favorites. Especially: the calendar that focuses on weekends. It’s a beautiful thing!

I love you, Kate. You’ve done it again!


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Posted: 25th March 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

Net-a-Porter Designer Beauty


As if I wasn’t already a big whore for Net-a-Porter, they’ve now launched a Designer Beauty section of their website. I literally visit this site multiple times a week just to ogle the eye candy and pick out all the things I would buy if I had unlimited resources. I love everything about it—the simple layout and design, the clean clear way things are photographed, and all the amazing picks. Plus, when you order something from them, it comes so beautifully packaged. And we all know I am a sucker for good packaging.

Anyway, they now have a beauty portion to the site and its small, but mighty. Dreamy lines like Chantecaille, Le Metier de Beaute, Philip B. and Aesop, plus lines I am dying to try because…yep, the packaging looks amaze-balls. First up, the Ilia lipsticks and James Read self tanners.

Just when I thought I couldn’t love you anymore, Net-a-porter, you go and do this!


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Posted: 25th March 2013 | by: ashley | in: Hair & Beauty | Leave a comment

3 Things I’m Reading, Listening To, and Coveting…


Three books I am reading right now. Yes, three. I have three teetering stacks of books on my nightstand right now and I am reading all of them. I get so excited that I can’t just wait and have to read a couple at a time. One I will read on my lunch break, one before bed…you get the idea. Currently, I am reading a book of short stories on love, Other People We Married, a book on a family on the weekend of the eldest daughter’s wedding, Seating Arrangements, and like every other fashion lover and blogger out there right now, I’m reading Grace: A Memoir. I just adore her. After she stole the show in the September Issue a couple years ago and didn’t take any sass from Anna Wintour, I’ve been head over heels for her.


Three albums I am playing on repeat right now. The 20/20 Experience from Justin Timberlake—DUH. I’ve loved him since he was an N’Sync-er and I was a teeny bopper, and nothing has changed. My favorite song on the album is Mirrors—even though I am pretty sure he wrote it for Jessica Biel and that makes me jealous. When I’m working or trying to relax and reboot, I play the Malady of Elegance by Goldmund. Its so beautiful and soothing. The piano soundscapes are so moving to me—on In A Notebook, especially.. Finally, when I need something poppy and upbeat to sing along to, it’s In Our Heads by Hot Chip. Always Been Your Love is my favorite track off this album.


Three things I am currently coveting. First, a brightly colored spring and summer dress from Shoshanna. Too bad it isn’t ever warm enough on Easter in Seattle to wear a dress like this. Doesn’t it kind of look like Easter egg colors? Second, I am dying for one of the beautiful duffel bags from Clare Vivier—monogrammed, of course. I never pass up the chance to monogram something. Third, a pretty pen from Lanvin—totally ridiculous and unnecessary, but I am a sucker for a lovely writing instrument sitting on my desk just looking pretty.

What are you reading right now? What are you listening to? I would love to hear your suggestions!


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Posted: 20th March 2013 | by: ashley | in: My Life, Retail Therapy | 4 Comments

Diane von Furstenberg Loves Roxy


There is another great collabor-YAY-tion that is hitting stores. Diane von Furstenberg Loves Roxy launched last week and I am supes excited. I am a huge fan of DVF and her colorful clothes, great prints and incredible wrap dresses, and Roxy suits my casual wanna-be-surfer-girl vibe once summer finally arrives in Seattle, perfectly. There are board shorts, rash guards, bikinis, cover ups—and all in DVF’s signature bold prints. The look-book is to-die-for as well—between the cute suits and the gorgeous scenery, I am beyond ready for a tropical getaway. I need a beach, palms trees, clear blue water and a drink with an umbrella in it ASAP.


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Posted: 9th March 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight, Retail Therapy | Leave a comment

A Trenchcoat for Spring


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The first piece of clothing I am adding to my closet once spring arrives? A trenchcoat! It’s the perfect spring jacket – lightweight and stylish, and if you’re lucky, rain proof for those April showers! I’m a huge fan of the classic tan trench perfected by Burberry, because it is so effortlessly chic and makes any outfit look pulled together. Skinny jeans and heels are just the thing to complement it too.


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However, a trench with a little something extra has a certain charm to it too—no? A little leopard print, leather sleeves or some ruffles. Burberry proved that the classic trench with a twist—like their metallic colored trenches—is just as good as the classic. Oh if I could ever get my hands on one of those…


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Pop your collar and pick a trench for spring!


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Posted: 8th March 2013 | by: ashley | in: Fashion Inspiration | 3 Comments

Chanel Spring 2013


I know, I know, I have been gone for a really long time. I’d like to just skip right over that, but here’s the long and short of it. I haven’t figured out how to balance my work, personal and blogging life yet and it’s been a little (okay, a lot) out of control. Something had to be put on the back burner for awhile, and I am so truly sorry that it was this. I have missed this. And I have missed you! This is me, recommitting. Balance in life is a funny thing. I feel like we are always searching for it, trying to attain it. I guess its one of those times where you have to find the joy in the journey and be in the moment. Neither of those things are strengths of mine. I know I will find my balance soon, but its going to take some work, some lifestyle changes, some sacrifices and some time.

Good, now that that is out of the way, can we please talk about these amazing looks from Chanel for spring 2013? Simple black and white palette, but the textures and patterns are so intense, these looks are anything but boring. I just adore everything about how this shoot was styled—from the Clockwork Orane-style makeup to the partially hidden faces. If anything ever made me want to wear tweed, Chanel was it.


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Posted: 7th March 2013 | by: ashley | in: Designer Spotlight | Leave a comment

Decorate with an Accent Wall


Hygge and West wallpaper designed by Oh, Joy, Jess Lively’s Home

Last spring, I started redecorating my bedroom, but got stalled a few weeks into the process. Stupid checkbook wasn’t cooperating with my ideas. Anyway, since I live in a rental apartment, there isn’t too much I can do to renovate and redecorate, like painting or knocking down walls. But, I’ve recently gotten hooked on the idea of an accent wall. Just one wall in a room that sets the whole thing off and makes it dynamic and interesting. It’s a great option instead of painting all the walls and taking the chance of going too far overboard. Plus, if you use wallpaper, there are so many bold, over the top prints available these days, it would almost be too much on all the walls.


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Even using a subtly patterned wallpaper on one wall makes an amazing difference. Big, bold prints can be fun but you can make a stylish, chic impact with a calmer print on one wall. I like to think I’ll have to guts to go big and bold when I have my own home someday, but I might just choose one of these neutral subtly patterned ones instead. Aren’t these prints gorgeous? They didn’t have wallpaper like this when my mom was decorating our house when I was a kid. Mark my words lovelies, wallpaper is making a comeback!


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Which one of these pretty wallpapers would you choose? Would you do a whole wall, or just one fabulous accent wall?


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Posted: 7th February 2013 | by: ashley | in: Places & Spaces | 4 Comments
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