Friday, November 30, 2012

5th Day of Christmas: {Gifts for Mr. Impossible aka DAD}

Happy 5th Day of Christmas!! I don't know if it is just me, but my Dad is always the hardest person on my shopping list! What do you get the man who already has everything he needs and wants! I finally begged my dad to send me a list of a few items I could choose from... the list was pretty short, but I was able to get him something he will at least enjoy! Oh, and if all else fails, a bottle of his favorite wine is an easy, but nice, present (and you can enjoy a glass of wine with him)! What are you getting your Dad this year?


Starting top left: a handsome leather {belt}, coach {key chain}, a {tie case} for when he travels, remote control {electric boat} as a collectors gift or for when he feels like being a "kid", cooper double old-fashion {whiskey glasses} from CB2, super cozy man {ugg slippers}, dad will never lose his ball with a {golf ball monogrammer set}, who pays, who goes, who stays? find out with these {tie breaker coins} - so cool, {humidor} and {cigar ashtray}, his favorite wine - my dad's is {PlumpJack}, the perfect holiday {sweater}.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

4th Day of Christmas: {Gifts for the Girl with Resolutions}

Happy 4th Day of Christmas! Every girl has resolutions beginning on January 1st, so I thought I would put together a little gift guide for those who love to workout [or those who need a little extra motivation to workout]! These items are perfect for beginners and seasoned pros! My {nike free run shoes} are my favorite running shoes [ever] and I personally have a few Lululemon items on my wishlist because I am doing a 30-day yoga challenge in January! Hope these items can bring a little motivation to someone on your list! Cute new apparel motivates! ;) PS. the {tie-dye tank} below is 30% off!


Starting top left: a new {yoga mat}, a gold {yoga monkey} as a reminder to workout, {yoga strap}, the perfect running shoe {nike free run} and {nike+ chip} for inside your shoe, {towel} for hot yoga, {hair ties}, tie-dye workout {tank}, jersey {leggings} for working out or everyday, a {self magazine} subscription, grip yoga {socks}, anything from {lululemon} - definitely on my personal wishlist as a girl can never have enough {wunder under crops}, SIGG {water bottle}, longchamp {tote} for all of her gear, and a {yoga block}, perfect accessory to throw in her tote.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

3rd Day of Christmas: {Gifts for the Paris-Obsessed}

Happy 3rd Day of Christmas! Today's list was inspired by, well, ME! :) Since all I think about is my Paris trip in a couple of months, I thought I would put together a few "Paris" or "French" items that inspire me! It just so happens I am in desperate need for some new perfume and a cheese knife set, so a couple of these items are actually on my real wishlist! Oh, and a big hint to anyone who might be getting me a present this year... you can get Ladurée Macarons in NYC! Just sayin'... xxoo.

Starting top left: a playful take on the classic french sailor shirt, {comme des garcons striped tee} // pretty {macarons} from ladurée // macaron {trinket box} // chloé {perfume} // paris vs. new york {book} // laguiole {cheese knife set} // kate spade paris {charm bracelet} // my fav {diptyque candle} // city pendant {necklace} // french inspired {fromage dish} // la mer {moisturizing cream} // le creuset signature round {french oven}.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2nd Day of Christmas: {Stocking Stuffers for Him}

Happy 2nd Day of Christmas! Today I am sharing one of my favorite lists I created, Stocking Stuffers for Him! I secretly love guy things and I love shopping for my guy more than I do for myself (which is a lot)... so putting this list together was pretty easy! Alejandro ended up loving everything on the list! He also gave me a few ideas that are not included below: a subscription to {ESPN insider} or a subscription to {Spotify} would be fun additions to any man's stocking. Happy Shopping!


Starting top left: a {ticket stub diary} for all of his special games or concerts // happy feet {catch all} for his change or anything else from his pockets // {whiskey cubes} for his drinks {similar} // ESPN {30 for 30 DVDs} // super cute wall mounted {bottle opener} // preppy jack spade {key chain} // portable {wooden speaker} for his phone // every man loves bacon {balm} // warm {gloves} that he can still text in // juniper ridge {soap} // cozy j.crew {fairisle hat} // bottoms up! {leather flask} // water or soup {thermos} because it's getting cold outside // mustache {ornament} // timex {watch straps} - one for everyday // man can {candles} (camp fire scent is a fav) // striped {backup battery} for his iPhone 4/4s.

Previous Gift Guides: Stocking Stuffers for Her

Monday, November 26, 2012

1st Day of Christmas: {Stocking Stuffers for Her}

Happy Cyber Monday! I am so excited to launch my second annual {12 Days of Christmas Series}! For twelve days, you are going to get enough gift ideas to fill all of your shopping lists, plus more! I seriously had the best time ever putting these together, I wish I could share all 12 with you right now... but I'll be patient! :) Since stockings are pretty much my favorite thing ever, I am starting the series off with Stocking Stuffers for Her. Check back tomorrow for the counterpart - Stocking Stuffers for Him! xo.


Starting top left: colorful {lipstick crayons} // a diamond {ring usb} // festive {hair ties} - more colors {here} // super cute heart {chalk card} set // dotted {backup battery} for her iPhone 4 or 4s // love, love, love the {madewell rings} for only $10 // my favorite 'get it done' {rifle paper notepad} // the best indulgence - {hand cream} // essie 'snap happy red' {nail polish} // colorful {straws} for a grande starbucks tumbler // kate spade {thermos} for warm soup // {bow keychain} for her keys // seize the day {paperweight} // travel {jewelry case} *obsessed! // fun {headphones} for her music.

Psst... a few of the items above can be purchased at {Kate Spade}... head on over there today for the surprise {Cyber Monday Sale}... it's a good one, up to 75% off!

Cyber Monday Deals

It's my favorite day of the year! Cyber Monday!! And... I've officially just finished my holiday shopping! Good thing... since my {christmas tree} is in desperate need of some gifts underneath it! ;) Since I spent the majority of the morning (before heading off to work) scoping out the best Cyber Monday Deals (for the stores I shop at), I thought I would compile a list for you! Happy, Happy Shopping!! xo.
 
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{Anthropologie} is offering free shipping on all orders // {ASOS} has 30% off everything using code CYBERMONDAYSPECIAL // {Banana Republic} is offering 30% off everything using code CYBER // {Bauble Bar} is offering a free gift for every $40 purchase // {Bloomingdales} $50 off when you spend $250 // {C.Wonder} 50% off sale, 30% off full price and free shipping // {Free People} is offering 20% off sale items and free shipping on all orders // {Forever 21} up to 70% off and free shipping using code CYBERMON // {Gap} is offering 30% off everything using code CYBER // {J.Crew} is offering 25% off everything and free shipping using code MONDAY // {Kate Spade} has a surprise cyber sale up to 75% // {Madewell} has 25% off everything and free shipping using code TREAT // {Net-A-Porter} save up to 50% off on the best designers // {Nordstrom} up to 50% off sale as well as a variety of cyber monday deals for women and men // {Old Navy} is offering 30% off everything using code CYBER // {Piperlime} has 20% off everything using code CYBER // {Saks 5th Avenue} save up to 40% off on select designers // {Sephora} is offering a mystery gift with any purchase // {Shopbop} has up to 35% off your order using code BIGEVENT12 // {Target}'s deals are some of the best // {Top Shop} free shipping on all orders // {Tory Burch} up to 30% off with code GIFTFORYOU

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday's Fancies: {Black Friday}

It's officially Black Friday... and you know what that means - cra-cray shoppers everywhere! :) And... I am absolutely not one of them!! I like my shopping to be a little more relaxed and low key... like in my pajamas, in front of my computer! :) But, in honor of this kind of official shopping holiday, I have put together some black + cream inspiration -

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...that first outfit is so simple, yet, so chic and polkadots + leopard? A match made in heaven! :) Here is my version of black + cream for this week's {friday's fancies} - a little bit fancier than my usual, casual looks:



Almost everything in my dreamy outfit above can be purchased at {Shopbop} who is currently having their Big Event through Monday, November 26th! Check it out:


Fun fact: Did you know that the term 'Black Friday' originated in Philadelphia! Pretty cool.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday! Enjoy all of the delicious food, company, football, dessert, leftovers and early Black Friday shopping... but please, don't forget to take a moment and remember a couple of things you are thankful for! I will too.


but really, there is always, always, always something to be thankful for! 

Enjoy! xxoo. 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday Tablescape: {Thanksgiving Edition}

Happy almost Thanksgiving!! While I have never been a lover of "fall decorations" or Thanksgiving decor... I fell in love with the table below! Seriously, this image makes me want to host a dinner party, maybe a Friendsgiving party, next year!

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From afar, the table looks pretty simple. But close up you can see that it has {oreo turkey pops} - ahh-mazing, {no-bake salted caramel cheesecake} - ahh-mazing, and {candy corn cones} - amazing! ;)

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Just a little shout-out that all of these images are from one of my most favorite blogs, {brit+co}. For the most creative DIY, check out her blog {here}... but please don't blame me if you are lost on her site for hours! Have a happy turkey day!! xo.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Giveaway: {Monogrammed Throw Pillow}

Since it is the week of Thanksgiving, I thought it was most appropriate to say thank you to YOU! It means so much to me that you stop by daily to catch up with me! Your comments, tweets, personal emails make me smile and I'm so happy to have connected with each of you! To show my appreciation, I have partnered with Sue from {The Zhush} to offer one reader of a {little} dash of ash the opportunity to win a monogrammed throw pillow! These adorable pillows caught my attention when browsing her shop months ago and I am so excited that one of you will be able to add it to your home. Check out the details below... there are even more ways than normal to win this one! :)


The giveaway will begin on Monday, November 19th and end on Saturday, November 24th. The winner will be announced via twitter on Sunday, November 25th.  Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter.  And, again, thank you for stopping by! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!! xo.

To see other items from Zhush, check out the shop {here}! It's a favorite!

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this giveaway is a $75 value. available colors for giveaway include: cobalt, grey, white, grey chevron & yellow chevron. navy linen is not available for giveaway, but can be purchased here. higher value monograms or threads are not available for giveaway. thank you for entering!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pretty in Pink

We were all about fall colors (hey, burgundy) and now we are all about the Holidays, so it was a little refreshing to come across some bright pink! I can't get enough of those perfect pink bar stools... and that gigantic bow, omg, love. Cameron Diaz can do no wrong, even in all pink. And, creativity DOES rule. Here's a little pink to brighten your day! xo.

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And... for a lovely lady in your life, why not surprise her with a little pink this year?! I definitely wouldn't mind opening something this fun and bright! How about you?


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nail Polish Advent Calendar

A nail polish countdown until Christmas? Umm... YES, Please! I'm really, really crossing my fingers that this shows up underneath my tree before December 1st so I can have a fun little countdown AND pretty nails every day until Christmas! ;) Santa... I believe!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Getting Cozy with Cream + Grey

Tis the season for gift guides galore! And... {J.Crew} just launched their 101 Gift Ideas -- all of which are absolutely fabulous! I seriously glanced at all 101 items and then went to the store this weekend to see how fabulous they really are in real life! :) The cozy cream + grey gifts really caught my attention...


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Are you guys ready for the holidays yet? I am so ready!! I've actually already started [almost finished] my holiday shopping... and I have been busy making holiday gift guides to share with you! Last year some of my favorite bloggers participated in my {12 Days of Christmas} series. Their lists were a hit and I had so much fun putting together my own wishlist, so I have decided to do 12 Day's again!! But, this time I'll be putting together all 12 lists for the many different people on your shopping list! Save the Date for Monday, November 26th... 12 Day's of Christmas starts a week early this year! :)


PS. If you are shopping before the 26th, check out my many {wishlists} to help give you ideas! xo.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Secret Boards on Pinterest - Finally!

That's right! Pretty much the moment that almost all Pinterest users have been waiting for is finally here - {Secret Boards}! And... just in time for the holidays! :) Before today, Pinterest has only had public boards that could be seen by all of your friends, family and anyone else who follows you. BUT, what if you were planning a surprise party? Or were pinning potential holiday gifts? Maybe you just aren't ready to share a board with the public yet? I know as a blogger, sometimes I want to keep hush, hush about a future blog post.... Well, starting now, {Pinterest} is allowing users to create up to 3 secret boards. And the boards don’t have to be secret just to you – you can invite friends and family to collaborate on a board as well. Here’s how it works:


So easy!! Awesome, right?! And yes, your secrets can go mobile on both iPhone and Android! :)


Ps. Right now, you can’t make existing boards secret because others people may have already repinned from your board... No worries, you can pin to your new secret board from your other board. Happy Secret Pinning! ;) xo.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Giveaway: {Printed Cashmere Scarf}

It's officially November and it's officially freezing outside! Ok, not freezing, but definitely cold enough to bundle up in a winter jacket and a warm, cozy scarf... so I am extra excited for today's giveaway! :) I have teamed up with {Subtle Luxury} to giveaway one printed cashmere scarf ($225 value) to one lucky reader of a {little} dash of ash! This black and white printed scarf is not only gorgeous and super soft, it's classic and can be worn indoors or out... dressed up or casual! Loving versatile pieces like this lately. Check out the details below:


Please enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form below. If you have any questions at all, feel free to {email me}.  And... as always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog! Lots of love.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Warby Parker Class Trip

Yesterday I stopped by the {Warby Parker} school bus that was visiting Philadelphia on their "Class Trip" roadtrip! Ever since I first heard the Warby Parker story, I loved the brand. Four Wharton MBA students (where Alejandro goes to school) started this company as an alternative to the $300+ designer glasses that were already on the market (all of their glass are only $95)... even better, for every pair sold, they donate a pair to someone in need. Amazing, right? And... even better than that, their glasses are super cute. Love their aesthetic... vintage inspired with a fun contemporary twist!


I brought along my camera and snapped some photos then tried on glasses after glasses until I found the perfect pair! Even Alejandro tried on glasses... but he made me promise those photos would never make its way to the internet! ;) Little does he know, I love him in glasses... and see them in his future! Anyway, after trying on a dozen pairs... I finally found the perfect shape for me!


Meet {The Ainsworth}... The description on the website: Bookish and refined, Ainsworth travels easily from classroom to garden party. The pitch-perfect rounded edges make it ideal for work and play alike. I really, really like garden parties, so confirmed, these glasses are perfect for me! ;)

Guess what!? Philadelphia was only the third stop on their roadtrip, so you might be able to catch them in your own city (schedule below)! But, if not... their online ordering is amazing! They have this awesome home try on program... pick 5 glasses you would like to try, they ship them off to you (for free), try on, send back, and order your favorite pair. That easy! :) Check them out {here}!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday's Fancies: {Sweater Season}

Happy Friday! Today's {Friday's Fancies} theme is 'sweater season' - my favorite! Throwing on an over-sized sweater with skinny jeans and boots is as easy as putting on pajamas... no thought needs to go into it and it will keep you warm and stylish! Below are a couple sweaters I am loving from {Madewell}... two different sweaters, one of everything else. 



Isn't that {chevron sweater} amazing? I might have to pick it up for Thanksgiving... I feel like it will allow me to eat for days! :) Oh, and I have to give a little shout out to my old company, A&F... their sweaters are gorgeous this fall and even better, sans-moose! I'm so lucky one of my good friends just sent me a few of these cozy beauties as a gift! Thank you, Thank you!! :)

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Currently Loving ♥

Happy November!! Since it's a new month... and a month specifically for shopping, I thought I would share some of my current obsessions! Cap toe pumps, cashmere socks and those fun rhinestone rings (in every single color please) are just a few of the items on my wishlist! But, I also had to share my favorite booties that I wear almost every day... they are the best ever! Oh, and Kate... your adorable bow usb is ahh-mazing! :) xo.


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