Thursday, July 28, 2011

My New Bedroom!

Ok, it's not exactly, my bedroom, yet!  But... I finally picked out how I am going to decorate my room in my new apartment in Philly!  I am ordering everything today and Mom & Dad will be in town next weekend to help me paint (same color as below) and put it all together with my things (so it will have a little bit of a different feel... no owls or rabbit figurines ;)!  I am so excited! Can't wait to show you photos!  PS. The curtains are my favorite!!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Guest Post: {Luella & June}

Hi friends! I am so excited to have one of my favorite bloggers, Bradley from {Luella & June}, share her July obsessions with you! If you aren't already a daily reader of her blog, you are missing out on some of the best inspiration boards and fashion finds out there!! Heads up though... after visiting her blog you are going to want to shop, shop, shop - her favorite items are just that fab! Check out Bradley's obsessions below and then hop on over to her {blog} for more! xxoo.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Beach Time

I am off to the beach!  See you next week with photos of my trip, a guest post and more everyday inspiration!  Have a great weekend... and stay cool (it's brutal out there)! 

Friday's Fancies: {Little White Dress}

Happy Friday!! I am extra happy that it is finally the end of the week since I am going on vacation tomorrow!!  Do you guys have any fun plans this weekend?  For this week's fancies... {av} chose the little white dress theme!  Instead of pairing my white dress with some exotic brights or classic black, I chose a more sophisticated and "pretty" palette!  How beautiful would this be for a summer party?  I have a bridal shower next weekend, maybe this should be my inspiration!?!  If you know me well... you might think - this is a little 'matchy, matchy' for my taste - but I'm still loving it!  What do you think?  Oh... and wait until you see my inspiration for this outfit ;)  Just scroll down....

polyvore created by {ashley gale}

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Family Reunion at the Beach!

In two days I am heading to the beach in South Carolina for our family reunion! 22.5 of the most crazy, FABULOUS people will reunite in one beach house! We will be the clan sitting around in [22] beach chairs, soaking up sun, reading books, drinking beers, listening to music, watching the kiddos play and reminiscing about all of our summers growing up on the beach! My Aunt has even organized a “trip down memory lane” where I am sure we will walk to the lagoon and sit and tell our favorite beach stories!  My favorite story will definitely involve countless hours of floating (or wave jumping, depending on time of day) while gossiping with my cousin Terra who was just a year older than me! I am not sure what we talked about back then (I guess whatever 10 years old girls talk about), but those days were my favorite! Other favorite memories always include when I was at the beach with my mom, sister, cousins or mama! Oh, and definitely the first time I took my friends or a boyfriend to our place at the beach… It was always great to introduce them to what will forever be a tradition in the summers for my family!! 

I am only going for a few days since I just started my new job and decided that taking a week off just after starting was not the best decision… but still looking forward to every minute of it! Since it is low key family time, I am not packing much! All I need is a couple bathing suits, a couple dresses and my camera! Not even bringing a hair dryer or shoes (ok, well the flips I wear down there, but that is all!)  Can't wait to see my family and watch all of the little ones enjoy their cousins like I did!!! :)

Before our gossip sessions in the ocean waves was Miss Mary Mack in the ocean puddles!

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Just wanted to give a shout out to two amazing people on their anniversary!  Hope your day is just perfect and that you have many more years of happiness!! Lots of love {always}!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I ♥ Bar Carts!

I have been looking everywhere for a cute, vintage, affordable bar cart for my new apartment! And… by affordable I mean, anything less than $1000!!! Who knew these beauties were so expensive! I was absolutely sticker shocked! Of course there are knock-off’s, but I want a beautiful gold one with glass and… well, you know, expensive looking – just not the crazy price tag for something that is only going to sit there looking pretty! But since that is impossible to find… I think I am going to go with this {one} and get cute gold accents instead! Here are some bar cart looks that I am loving! 

all images found {via}

Monday, July 18, 2011

Jackie Valentine Giveaway Winners and a Discount Code

I want to send a big congratulations to the three winners of the Jackie Valentine Shoe Jewels!

{One} Comment #21: Ashlyn from {my unrehearsed life}

{Two} Comment #26: valentina.tara

{Three} Comment #15: AJ from {cashmere & candy}

These were all chosen by a random number generator!  Usually I would include the screen shot, however, I am having crazy internet problems and ambitiously doing all of this from my iPhone!  I apologize!  Winners... please email me and I will get your info for Jackie! :)

For those of you who did not win a pair of Shoe Jewels, you can buy your own (or gifts for others) with a special 25% off discount and free shipping this week (until Friday).  Head on over to {Jackie Valentine}, pick your jewels of choice, and then enter ASH as the discount code when checking out!  Thank you Jackie!!!

I just want to give a heads up that I might not be able to blog everyday this week!  I'm in the process of moving into my new place in Philly (while still sleeping at my short term housing) also I am going to my family reunion at the BEACH at the end of the week!!  But, check back soon... AND stay tuned for August, I will have a little blog update!  Lots of love and thank you for reading!!!! xxoo

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fridays Fancies: {Summer Chic}

Happy Friday!! I am so happy it is finally the weekend - I need a little time to relax (moving is too much work)!  Actually, I am going to spend my weekend unpacking and shopping for cute new things for my apartment!!  Oh, and I have brunch plans tomorrow morning at this place with bottomless bloody mary's (I would never turn down that invite ;) I am not going out tonight... but if I were, this outfit below would be my inspiration!  I actually just bought some green jeans from {anthropologie} this week and everyone who reads my blog knows how I feel about cream lace, so I am pretty sure I might just wear this outfit next week to work :)  I need to find a gorgeous neutral blazer like the one below!! For more Friday's fancies inspirations hop on over to {av}'s blog {here}!  Also, did you know you only have one more day to enter my giveaway from {Jackie Valentine}?  Don't miss out!  Xo.

polyvore created by ashley gale

Thursday, July 14, 2011

For the Love of Stripes

I am actually surprised this is my first entire post about stripes!  I love them so much that I feel like all of inspiration photos have had them featured in one way or another!!  I'm not sure if I will ever get sick of those little lines!  Thank you Prada for single handedly making stripes so popular again....  here are some of my favorite ways to wear them!!! :) PS. Have you checked out my {giveaway} from Jackie Valentine?  She has some super cute striped shoe jewels a lucky reader will win!  xxoo

all images {via}

Monday, July 11, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Jackie Valentine Shoe Jewels

Hi Friends!  I am excited to share another giveaway with you! :)  Let me introduce you to {Jackie Valentine}, a 28 year old fashionista who understands the need for a constant wardrobe update and believes that shoe jewels are the perfect accessory to re-invent your look!  Shoe Jewels are clip on shoe adornments that can be worn on pretty much any shoe type.  From flats to heels, sandals to wedges, you can make shoe jewels work for you! 

Shoe Jewels are versatile, affordable and totally unique and Jackie is giving away 3 pairs to 3 lucky readers of a {little} dash of ash!  Check out these 3 styles she has made for us...  

Here's how you can enter to be one of the three winners:
**Leave a comment for each entry (2 comments for tweeting)!!! 

{1} Be a follower of a {little} dash of ash... [to your right]
{2} Become a follower of Jackie's blog (fun shoe jewel inspiration)! {Click here}
{3} Follow Ashley on her blog's facebook page {Click here}
{4} Follow Jackie Valentine on her new facebook page {Click here}
{5} Follow Ashley on twitter {Click here}
{6} Follow Jackie Valentine on twitter {Click here}

{7&8} Tweet about this giveaway.... 
enter to win shoe jewels, the perfect fashion accessory
at via @ashleyrgale and @shopvalentine

The giveaway will end on Saturday, July 16th at 8 pm and will be announced on Monday, July 18th. 
Three winners will be chosen at random - open to all readers of a {little} dash of ash... near and far!
Good luck and thank you for reading my blog - xoxo!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kyle & Amanda Huff {Wedding Photos}

Two months ago today, my sister married her best friend :)  It was the most perfect wedding ever and I finally get to share some of the wedding photos with you!  Here are just a few of the detail shots!  To view more photos of the most fabulous day click {Ceremony} or {Reception}!! :)  

all photos taken by lotz studios

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Painted 'To-Pack' List

I saw this on {pinterest} and fell in love!  This is Adolf Konrad's packing list in December 1973.  Who needs a scribbled post-it when you can just paint yourself a list!  I kind of want to get out a paintbrush for my beach trip I have coming up... but I would only need to paint one thing - a bathing suit! :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

First Day of Work {Recap}

After a pretty tough weekend - I was so excited to start my first day of work!  Oh... and by tough, I mean lots of sadness that I wasn't with all of my friends over the holiday weekend!  Tears just poured down my cheeks when my sister text me and said, "I started to say to Kyle today that we should have Ash over for a cookout, but then I remembered that you were gone :("  Ok... that just made me sad again!  Anyway, I woke up extra early today and was in the best mood - even made myself breakfast (which I don't think I have done... ever?!), then headed to the Navy Yard where the corporate offices are!  As I drove into the Yard (as they call it) I literally said out loud... "this is so cool"!  I seriously work at the most beautiful and unique place ever!  The morning was spent at orientation and filling out paper work, but at lunch time I got to meet my team!  I couldn't be more thrilled with the people I get to work with and everything with the job so far! :)  It was an excellent first day!!  For my A&F friends (that I miss dearly) - I saw two girls today wearing the same {gilly bra} as a layering piece and I secretly got really, really excited ;)  Also, I never thought I would say this, but it is going to be a huge adjustment to not have the music playing loudly as I work!  I was sitting there today thinking, "there is something missing" and I realized it was just too quiet!  Haha! :) I'll keep you guys updated occasionally... but in the mean time I will be back with new blog posts on the many things I love!  xxoo  **PS. There are two blog posts below that are "new" because I forgot to have them scheduled and was having internet issues the past couple days! Enjoy!

Free People

Today is my first day of work at  the {Free People} home office... so I thought I would share some of my favorite looks by my new company! Ok, I may or may not have a slight obsession with anything cream or lace right now! There is totally a difference between the four cream tops I have shown below ;) - maybe! I am so anxious to start work - my two week "unemployment" break was absolutely amazing (and very much needed), but I'm ready to get back to reality!  Wish me luck... I hope I love it!

{1} {2} {3} {4} {5} {6}

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Happy, Happy 4th!  One of my favorite holidays ever.... there is nothing like getting together with family and friends in the middle of summer to bbq, drink and watch fireworks!  Since this is moving weekend for me... I kind of celebrated my 4th of July on Friday with Columbus' annual Red, White and Boom!  But... since I have been to Philly there has already been all kinds of holiday festivities!  It is kind of neat to be in one of the original cities with so much history during this holiday!  Hope you have a safe and wonderful day! Below is a little red, white and blue inspiration! 

all images found {via}

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Goodbye, Columbus!

Yesterday was moving day... and it was a lot harder to leave Columbus than I thought!  But.. I am all settled into my short term housing in Philly and I already found a super cute apartment that I will move into in a few weeks!  It is an older apartment in {Old City} but has a lot of character including exposed brick walls (which I have always loved)!  Oh, and I lucked out with the closet space as well... aka I can go shopping, everyday, to fill the closets! :)  After finding an apartment, I headed over to the {Jonathan Adler} store (just a block away from my new place) and bought myself a housewarming present - just the perfect orange chevron rug for my new kitchen!  So excited :)  Well... back to my last week in Columbus - it was great to have time off, to go to happy hours at normal happy hour times and to get together with all my friends before I left :)  A big thank you to my sister who helped me pack up a lot of things... and to my "super MOM" who always goes above and beyond everytime I move.  ex. She drove with me to Philly this weekend... moved me into my short term apt, she is meeting my movers at my place in OH next week, then she is coming back to Philly to help me move into my "real" apartment... REALLY, how did I get so lucky?! :)  Anyway - I miss you already Columbus and I will see you in just a few short months!  Lots of love to everyone back in Ohio :)  Muah!

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