Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Live Wild, Flower Child

It's so crazy to me how another year is finishing up just like that. I want to finish this year with some of my favorite things, simple things. Flowers are probably one of my favorite things. They never ask for attention but get loads of it, and I love that. They come in all shapes and sizes, all different colors and we love them despite that; because they bring joy to our lives. I have a special handmade bracelet that reads DXDWANDER because it's a symbol of my best friend Cathie and I. We came up with our youtube name DXDWANDER because of our instagram names since hers is @darkmintdaisy and mine is @dancingwithflyingcolors it only made sense we combine the D's and we're huge wanderers! I'll have it engraved now and overtime I wear it, it reminds me of our friendship our goals and what we hope to achieve. So thank you officialhautmonde for the bracelet.

I believe in living life to the fullest. That could mean many things. It doesn't have to mean recklessly or traveling to the most extravagant places, to me it means the simple in everyday things. Doing something everyday that means something to someone else. Smiling at a stranger, helping a stranger, inspiring even if it's one person, and doing things that will lift other's spirits up. Wither it's trying something you've always been afraid of or wearing that accessory that makes you stick out, I believe in being different and sharing those differences for the better. So do something today that will make not only your soul smile but someone else's. Because, I believe in the simplicity of random acts of kindness, our society needs it. We all need it. So live wild, love wild and open a door for a stranger today! 

Live wild, Flower Child 
xoxo Ashley

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Spirit's Blooming

With the Holidays coming to an end and the beginning of a New Year just at the horizon I definitely feel so thankful. Thankful to have met so many incredible people. I want to give Sheila a HUGE shoutout for being one of those people.
 This shoot will be one for the blogging books and one I'll always remember. Cathie and I have a habit of going out of our way to find backdrops for our outfits when we shoot. We stumbled upon this pink house in Melrose, which instantly made us pull the car over. We don't over step our boundaries and we're pretty quick when we shoot anywhere, so doing as we always do; we starting shooting in front of this amazing house. When all of a sudden a woman walked out of the house. After some introductions and wondering what we were doing we told her. She was a godsend and her name was Sheila the owner of this beautiful Los Angeles home. Sheila then let us shoot in her backyard, front yard and all over. It was one we'll always remember because of her kindness and willingness to let us in and use her beautiful yard as a backdrop. She made both of our days and we couldn't stop thinking of this incredible stranger who touched our lives for the better. You just never know who you'll meet doing the things you're passionate about. Never over step your boundaries but always think outside your comfort zone, because you'll never who will touch your soul the way strangers do. 
So thank you Sheila, for being you. 

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Say it Out Loud

Today's post is all about the coolest jewels and probably the most awesome dress ever!
I know we all know words are powerful but when those powerful meaningful words become jewelry it's a whole other thing. It's thoughtful, it's saying everything without having to speak. It's wearing your passion or something your passionate about. I've been very found of the word 'Meraki' it's "the result of putting your soul, passion and love into a project thereby leaving a piece of yourself in the work." I think i've been so found of this word because that's hands down me with everything I do. With photoshoots or projects I try to think outside of the box. Which location would work with this outfit? Which piece of jewelry would make the outfit complete... and so on. I think of the details, the overall picture right on down to how it'll look when it's done...and in an instant my vision becomes reality. So I really believe in putting your soul and passion into whatever it is that sets your soul on fire. That's why I wear this necklace because it reminds me of why I do what I do and why I continue to do what I do. The dress hands down speaks for itself don't you think? 

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