Category Archives: Classy

Poppy Desk Items

Poppy Desk Items


Steve Jobs always wore black turtlenecks and jeans. The Paul Mitchell guy always wears black. (Read it in an old article this morning.) Anna Wintour has her version, too. So does Caroline Herrera, Vera Wang, Mark Zuckerberg, Barack Obama, and many other High-Powered People. (Maybe one day I can include myself on that list of High Powered People.)

My version of the uniform?

I wear a dress to work, every day (except Jeans Day Fridays, though I see that becoming a rare occasion instead of the norm, and occasional skirt). Why a dress every day?

  1. i have a ridiculous amount of dresses and they need to be worn.
  2. more importantly, I’m lazy

dress3 dress2 dress5  dress1 dress6 dress4

Doesn’t look like it, though, does it? Some people may think that I like to dress up for work, and sure, to an extent that’s true, but really, I don’t want to have to worry is This Shirt works with That Skirt/Those Pants. I’d rather spend those moments enjoying some tea or getting some work for inviting done

My uniform may not be the same hoodie+jeans+sneakers but it’s a uniform just the same. Makes my life easier and I look presentable without trying too hard.

What I’d Wear: First Day of Fall Outfit

For one of my favorite days of the year, I like to have a cute, and seasonally-appropriate, outfit. Haven’t planned this year’s, but I thought something like this would be perfect:
First Day of Fall


Making Life Easier, in the Kitchen

I enjoy cooking.

Really, I do.

But cooking dinner every evening, even with leftovers for lunch the next day, is too much work for me. Working a full-time job, running my stationery company, and now increasing my evening krav classes, there’s not enough time to eat dinner, let alone time cook one!

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Beauty Box Favorites – Summer Edition

I subscribe to Beauty Box 5, Ipsy, and Sephora’s Play Box, and look forward to my goodies every month. Thought you might be curious what the favorites were from the summer’s boxes:

Polyvore of Ashley's beauty box favorites from Summer 2016.


Beverage dispenser set up on a colorful bar for a party.

Summer Cocktail for a Party

If you’re invited to my home during the summer months, and are not a gin drinker, chances are good that I’ll offer you a paloma, especially if you’re part of a crowd! They’re refreshing, summery, and inexpensive- something appreciated by many of us during these hot months when we’re running the A/C extra!

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Before picture - our mid-century, 1969 bathroom with green tiles.

Retro Bathroom Refresh – Before

T and I purchased our (first) house in 2009. It’s a quirky, one-story home built in 1969 with some remodeling done by the previous owners: opening up the front living room with a large archway, closing off the carport into storage, and adding a large extension to the back of the house. It really is perfect for our needs.
But it only has one bathroom.
And I’ve been miserable in that bathroom for too long.

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