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Net-a-Porter Designer Beauty


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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!

xoxo

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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…


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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.


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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.


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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!

xoxo

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

Diane von Furstenberg Loves Roxy


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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!

xoxo

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

Chanel Spring 2013


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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.

xoxo

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

Decorate with an Accent Wall


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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?

xoxo

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

Loeffler Randall, Be Mine


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Oh my life, I just fell in love. Can these shoes be my Valentine this year? Because I want them to be mine, forever. Loeffler Randall has always made incredible shoes. Remember this collabor-YAY-tion with J.Crew last year? This pair, the Dahlia platform sandal, is a collabor-YAY-tion (like my new word?) too—with Tucker. Hope to see these bad boys dancing on my feet come spring!

 

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Posted: 5th February 2013 | by: ashley | in: Retail Therapy | Leave a comment
 

Of the Moment Mint


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Mint is having a moment—have you noticed? I for one, couldn’t be happier. Mainly because I happen to look quite lovely in mint. I’m always a big fan of the pastel shades—the girly girl in me loves them—but I am happy to pick just one this coming spring. More mint in 2013!


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I love the flats especially! I can just picture them with cropped white or dark denim skinny jeans this spring. The perfect pop of color for when the weather finally turns warm again.

xoxo

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Posted: 1st February 2013 | by: ashley | in: Now Trending, Retail Therapy | 4 Comments
 

Dawson’s Creek and J.Crew Collaboration


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Okay, I am about to go all high-school on you guys. I was on Pinterest today and saw a pin that immediately caught my eye. I hadn’t seen the image in more than ten years, but I would have known it anywhere. Back in 1998, Dawson’s Creek did a special collaboration with J.Crew—the whole magazine was Joey Potter, Pacey Witter, Dawson Leary and Jen Lindley, modeling J.Crew clothes and looking like they were having the time of their lives.

So, in high-school I was known for my J.Crew obsession. And my friends and I met every week to watch Dawson’s Creek. The combination of the two was like a dream come true for me. I kept my copy of the magazine for a long time, and it was so well-worn and tattered after awhile. It was like total Americana—beautiful young people playing touch football in chinos and button downs, and I ate it right up. I wanted to be the kids in that magazine. I think that makes it a successful collaboration, don’t you?

Now, I look back on the images and I am amazed that I thought these outfits were so stylish and cute. I guess that is par for the course when talking about your adolescent fashions. I mean, I used to rock flannel shirts that I never wore—only tied them around my waist, with jeans that were four sizes too big and Adidas Samba shoes. This vintage J.Crew magazine is full of the same baggy jeans and oversized sweaters—all in muted colors and masculine styles. J.Crew has come a long way since 1998 (thanks, Jenna Lyons!). Now it’s an abundance of pretty picks, bright colors, and cute costume jewelry.


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There is a copy of this old issue of J.Crew that was on Ebay a couple weeks ago for over $100. I would be lying if I said I didn’t briefly entertain the idea of buying it. It’s like a tiny piece of my younger self. I mean, come on,  is it any wonder I was obsessed with this show as a teenager? Pacey Witter? Dream. Boat. He still is—if you ask me.

Were you a Dawson-Joey fan or a Pacey-Joey fan?

xoxo

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Posted: 29th January 2013 | by: ashley | in: My Life | 6 Comments
 

Alt Summit 2013 – Part Two


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Hello, lovelies! I am home for Alt Summit 2013, and wanted to share the rest of my trip with you. I know I don’t look like I was having any fun from the picture above, but I swear, that is just my look of total concentration and focus. It was a panel on Up and Coming Blogs, so you know I had to be taking careful notes—I am always, always looking for a new blog to add to my ever-expanding bookmarks list.

It was a whirlwind four days—let me tell you! I was exhausted at the end of every day from the amount of information that my brain was trying to process. This trip and conference challenged me in so many ways. It challenged my notions of what blogging should be like and look like, my ideas, my processes, literally—everything. I came home with a long to-do list and some real soul searching to do. I want this blog to be a true representation of me and I want to give you all consistent, amazing content that always blows you away. Thankfully, there were plenty of speakers and panels that gave me ideas on just how to accomplish those goals.


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Not that it was all work and no play. There was plenty of play. I stood a three feet from Jessica Alba while she fielded questions about her business, The Honest Company (love love love it – right down to the packaging), chilled in the lounge sponsored by Bing, ate tasty meals while listening to inspiring keynote speakers like Stefan Sagmeister, and met tons of wonderful sponsors like Land of Nod, Serena and Lily, Minted and more.

One of my favorite speakers was Jasmine Star, who gave a talk on personal branding. She was amazing! She was funny, real and so inspiring. Girlfriend taught herself photography as an adult after leaving law school, never having even used a fancy camera, and is now one of the top wedding photographers out there. She is her brand, and left me with a ton to think about and aspire to.

And of course, let’s not forget the big Thursday night party. The theme was Clue, and it was a super colorful shindig to say the least. I wore a very Mad Men-esque dress by Rachel Zoe in a bluish green and was Miss Peacock. We even managed to get a bunch of peacocks into the photo booth for one shot—see if you can spot me.


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It was an overwhelming, scary, enlightening, crazy, wonderful experience and I am so glad I went. I have a lot of work to do now that I am home, and it honestly, it all seems a bit daunting at the moment, but it’s also a little exciting to think of where I am headed. Thank you, Alt Summit, for a wonderful week and for giving me so much to think about!

xoxo

All images via Alt Summit Flickr, by Brooke Dennis and Justin Hackworth

 

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Posted: 28th January 2013 | by: ashley | in: My Life | Leave a comment
 
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