Thursday, November 20, 2014

To build a home… Kitchen Inspiration

If you haven't heard, my husband and I are building a new home! It's so exciting to look out my window and see each step of the process (they are working on framing the walls this week… yay!). I've already shared our inspiration for the exterior, our bedroom and some of the colours we will be going with, but today I thought I would share some of my inspiration for our new kitchen!

Our current kitchen is very glamorous with dark cabinets and lighting draped with crystals. But for our new kitchen, I'm dreaming of something bright and cheery. I want to step away from adding too much glitz and stick with a softer, layered feel. I'm loving the juxtaposition of natural textures like marble and aged wood paired with crisp white cupboards and industrial fixtures.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday Morning Inspiration

Happy Monday!  I just wanted to leave you with a quick quote this morning: "How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you!"  Now go and make someone feel special today!

Light and bright photo of a styled, modern pointed pen calligraphy quote - "How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you"

Friday, November 14, 2014

Casual fringe

On my last vacation, I found the most adorable store, Bohme, and I literally wanted to buy half the store!  For my bank account's sake, I decided not to, but I still left with a few favourites!  Seeing how many things I left behind, my husband snuck back to the store without me knowing and picked out this top for my birthday.  It's so soft and cozy and it is definitely the perfect casual top to throw on for a relaxing day!
I also have to say… I'm loving my mani in these photos.  I chose a dark emerald colour then painted the tips with an ombre effect using gold glitter!  Unique but still sophisticated ;)

Jennifer Ashley wearing a casual fall outfit featuring a grey fringed top from Bohme, dark denim jeans from Forever 21 and  burgundy ankle booties from Forever 21.

Fringed shirt - Bohme.  Booties - Forever 21 (out of stock, but almost identical booties at H&M).  Nails - The Body Shop Green & Butter London gold glitter.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November Favourites (and a GIVEAWAY!)

1. The holiday season is almost upon us, meaning it's time to find the perfect dress for celebrating, and this dress from BCBG is what I want to be wearing to all my Christmas parties! $865
2. I'm loving this amazing phone case from Rifle Paper Co.  I'm a fan of how the pretty floral detail is printed on a clear case so you can still see the gold iPhone peeking through! $36
3. Last month, while I was in Vegas, I stepped into a Ted Baker store for the first time (and I loved absolutely everything!)  I'm particularly fond of this blush handbag with rose gold hardware. $285
4. I've also been looking for a new fragrance, and I think I've finally found one I'm smitten for!  Juicy Couture "Couture La La" has a lightly sweet scent, plus a beautiful bottle! $84
5. I couldn't decide which Ted Baker purse I liked more, so I featured two!  This clutch is perfect for both day and evening. $160
6. Pink and gold statement ring? Yes please! $10
7. This week I set my eyes on this new palette from Urban Decay.  The matte colours and small size would make this eyeshadow palette great for traveling, but sadly this perfect set of taupe shadows was sold out in both of our local Sephora stores!  The good news is it is still available online! $34
8. I love statement jewelry, and this gold tassel bracelet is definitely a conversation starter! $34

So, Christmas is only 6 weeks away (I know crazy right?) and I'm getting a head start on my shopping list this Saturday at St. Vital Centre's Behind Closed Doors event!  I have never been to the event before, but I am super excited! Not only is there going to be mall wide savings, there is also entertainment and fun in-store events!  Best of all, the whole event is created to support local charities like Habitat for Humanity & the Winnipeg Humane Society!

But I have some even better news… I'm giving away two tickets to the event to one lucky reader!  Just leave a comment letting me know what is on your Christmas wish list, or follow St. Vital Centre or myself on Instagram for your chance to win!

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Behind Closed Doors 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Floppy Hat

I have been wanting to buy a wool hat for a while and I finally found one that seems to fit the bill! I really wanted a wide brimmed fedora style one, but I could not find one that worked on me (anyone else ever have this problem with hats?!?).  Luckily, I found this floppy hat at a great price from Target and I'm totally loving it's easygoing style!

Green utility coat - Forever 21.  Black floppy hat - Target.  Metal skinny belt - Express.  Saffiano leather clutch - DKNY (no longer on their website, but I found it on Ebay)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall inspired makeup

Sometimes I get asked about the makeup I wear in my photos, so I thought I would begin sharing what I wear on my face in a separate blog post.  Be sure to let me know if you find this helpful (or if you think I should just stick to fashion haha!).  I'm curious though, do you all like to experiment with your makeup?  Or do you stick to your tried and true favourites?

Fall makeup inspiration.

Fall Makeup Inspiration.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday Morning Inspiration

Hello lovelies!  I have decided to bring back my "Monday morning inspiration" feature, because lets admit it… Mondays can be tough ;)  Anyways, I will once again be uploading some inspiring quotes and thoughts to start off your week on a high note!

This quote definitely hits home for me because it is so easy to let fear stop you from doing things you want to (or should do!).  But, everything that is worthwhile in life involves a risk.  It's easier to sit back and take the easy route, but if there is something you really want, you must face your fears and take a leap of faith!

What fear do you need to conquer this week?