Thursday, 18 September 2014

Life is for living


It has been a while in the making, with time spent reflecting and questioning.  I started blogging 2 years ago and a lot has changed for me since then.  I am at a great place in my life and while I love beauty blogging, it just wasn't enough for me anymore. Since I switched to a cruelty free and more natural lifestyle, I found it increasingly difficult to fill my blog with new posts .  I tried to incorporate fashion, but it wasn't getting me 'excited',  I lost my blogger buzz.  

Then, I began reading fitness blogs and following new accounts on instagram and became really inspired again.

So I am incredibly excited to bring you the new and improved Fit for life Ashly London.  My focus will be on being the best you, fitness, nutrition, travel, fashion, some beauty and all round inspiration for living the best and most healthy happy life possible.

I hope that you continue on this journey with me in to the next phase of Ashly London, and my life.  I am so so excited for what the future holds (for us all).  I appreciate you all for following and connecting with me over the past 2 years. You have been a life line at times...

GET READY!

Love Ashly



Monday, 1 September 2014

What I Wore // Here comes Autumn




Tee // Zoe Karssen £60
Jeans // J Brand coated 901 £220
Boots // Zara £40

Love these berry jeans.. have you got your autumn colours out yet?

Lots of Love Ash x
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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Real Technniques Retractable Bronzer Brush

 
When I saw this new Real Techniques retractable bronzer brush (£7.99) in Boots, I had to pick it up. I'm a little obsessed with makeup brushes and this was one I didn't even know about.. How could I have missed it?

And there are more Real Techniques brushes for 2014 in the pipeline. how exciting is that? I let out a little squeal when I saw this pic on Pixiwoos facebook...
Real Techniques brushes - New for Christmas 2014

I will do a full review once I have been using the brush for a little longer, but so far I am really enjoying using it for liquid foundation application.  The bristles are super soft and give an airbrushed finish.


Have you picked up any of the new Real Techniques retractable brushes?

Ashly xxx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

REVIEW | HotHair Brianna 3/4 Wig Glazed Strawberry*

The folks at hot hair very kindly asked if I wanted to try out one of their new hair pieces.  After the success and compliments I received using my clip in fishtail plait (review here) I jumped at the chance.

I was sent the Brianna 3/4 wig* by HotHair in the colour glazed strawberry R29S. It is a 3/4 wig with waves through the ends.  I have to say it did not disappoint. 
It arrived in a lovely box - great for storage. Wrapped in a net, with not a strand out of place.  I was very impressed.  The colour was as close to perfect as possible.  Obviously the texture is different to human hair, as this piece is synthetic.


Easy to apply, with hair grips and clips.  Takes 2 minutes to put in place (perfect if you are in a rush but still want to look fab).  You do need to cover the seam though. I back combed the front of my hair and pulled it straight back, securing in place with Kirby grips (bobby pins), which did the trick.


What I liked most about this hair piece is that it is so versatile.  You can quite easily put your hair up in a pony tail or braid the piece, it blends in really well and looks fab.  It gives your hair up that extra bit of thickness and volume, who doesn't want that?


I would say if you are going to wear this piece straight down, it is probably best worn on a night, just because the texture is slightly different to human hair.  Either that or easily wear it styled up (as mentioned previously) for the day, it looks all the more natural that way.

I have to say I absolutely love my Brianna 3/4 hair piece by Hot Hair...  Hair style tutorials with it coming very soon.


Lots of Love Ash x

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Monday, 4 August 2014

GUEST POST | What Colour of Eyeshadow should I wear?


Hi everyone!! Today I have a guest post for you from one of my absolute favourite people.  We may not have known each other a long time but I know we are life long buds for sure.  Not only is she an amazing person and super gorgeous but she is an extremely talented makeup artsist too.  So listen up and make sure you go and follow her blog ...




Hi guys! Today I wanted to show you a purple look that I created. It is perfect for those of you who have green, brown, or hazel eyes. Following color wheel theory, purple is a complimentary opposite of green, brown, and hazel eyes. If you use, green shadows on green eyes, brown shadows on brown/hazel eyes - your eye color won't "POP" as much as it could.

You may be wondering what color wheel theory is at this point, NO worries! I got you covered! Let's briefly cover the basics...



COLOR WHEEL THEORY BASICS:
You may have learned about the color wheel at some point in your life. I will assume that most people reading are beginners and will explain it as such. Within the color wheel, there are PRIMARY, SECONDARY, and TERTIARY colors.
  • PRIMARY COLORS: are colors that can’t be made by mixing other colors
    • Blue
    • Yellow
    • Red
  • SECONDARY COLORS: are a mixture of two primary colors
    • Blue + Red = Violet
    • Red + Yellow = Orange
    • Yellow + Blue = Green
  • TERTIARY COLORS: are a mixture of primary and secondary colors
    • Yellow (Primary color) + Orange (Secondary color) = Yellow-orange
    • Red (Primary color) + Orange (Secondary color) = Red-orange

color-wheel

Next let’s discuss the cool and warm sides of the color wheel…
 
COOL:
  • Means the base of the shade is a blue tone
  • Example: there is a blue toned base to cool shades of purple
WARM:
  • Means the base of the shade is a yellow tone
  • Example: there is a yellow toned base to warm shades of purple
If you look at the photo below, you can see the row of purples on your far upper right are cooler shades of purple (with a blue base). Now look two rows over at the lighter purples (to the right of the burgundy shadows) – notice how they are warmer shades of purple? That’s because yellow has been added to them to make them warmer.
Why should you care? Because, knowing which colors are complimentary opposites to your eye color will help you enhance your natural features. In general, just remember, that if you have brown eyes you want to look to the opposite side of the color wheel (notice how blue, green, and purple are on the opposite of brown below). If you have green or hazel eyes, look to the opposite side of the wheel and you find purples, plums, and earth tones.

Color-Wheel

COLOR WHEEL THEORY IN RELATION TO EYESHADOWS:




GREEN EYES OR GREEN EYES WITH GOLD FLECKS:
  • Purple shadows
  • Plum shadows
  • Shimmery taupe colored shadows (with warm undertones)
  • Copper shadows (pull golden flecks forward and make green tones radiant)
  • Silver shadows

BROWN EYES:
  • Medium & light brown eyes:
    • Purple shadows
    • Plum shadows
    • Green-gold shadows
    • Copper shadows
  • Dark brown eyes: vibrant blue and navy blue
  • With brown eyes in general you can really experiment with any color!

HAZEL EYES WITH GOLD/GREEN FLECKS:
  • Purple shadows
  • Eggplant shadows
  • Warm neutral brown shadows
  • Gold shadows (pull golden flecks forward and make green tones radiant)
  • Bronze shadows (pull golden flecks forward and make green tones radiant)
  • Warm green shadows (brings forward green tones)

Many people have a hard time finding the right colors that work for their eyes, but if you can remember which colors go with your specific eye color then it makes life so much easier! This post is Part 1 of 2 posts. Next week I will be covering, Part 2: Eyeshadow Color Theory 101 For Blue & Yellow Eyes. Make sure you subscribe by email to my blog or follow my blog so that you can stay updated on all new postings! Click the video below for a full tutorial on how to create this purple smokey eye (plus a ton of tips and tricks!). Comment me and tell me if you found this helpful! I would love to hear from you :) Xoxo Amber Malei Follow my blog with Bloglovin



 

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Thinking of giving up on your dream?

The other day I randomly started chatting to a younger girl (18ish).  She told me about her hopes to be a fashion designer.  She spoke about the brands she loved, the colours, fabrics, her passion shone through immensly, practically bursting out of her veins.  It was so refreshing.  However, she then went on to tell me sadly all the reasons she wouldn't ever 'make it'.  "It is so competitive", "I live all the way up in Scotland, it all happens down south", "I don't have all the money to invest", "there is always somebody better".  As I sat and listened, I began to realise all these reasons were not actually her own, they had come from others.  And in fact were making her quite sad.

We spoke for about an hour.  I told her about my own experiences in fashion, in the end she promised to never give up and follow her dreams.  I gave her my email address and said "email me when you've made it".

This conversation resonated so much with my own experiences.  It is funny how the most random of meetings between people can mean so much.

I wondered how many of us give up on our dreams because of the thinking of others?  So many times people told me I couldn't.  You can't make it as a model, you can't live in London, you can't be successful on your own...  instead of taking on these thoughts as my own, I used it as amunition to prove them wrong.


You see I belive we all have that small flame inside,  call it passion, your dreams. What ever it is,  it's there for a reason.

Ever since I was small I've had a passion for entrepreneurship, it fascinated me. I would make peppermint icing animals, selling them outside my house. I set up stalls in my lane selling old toys, persuaded my mum to take me to car boot sales. I would often save my lunch money up so that I could buy something I really wanted. 

This passion branched in to the fashion industry and building my own business' through trial an error, mostly error.  When modelling I would question the photographers, the stylists, the owners of the brands... how did their business' work, how did they start? I wanted to be around successful people.  I watched my dad build his own businesses and saw his hard work and dedication.  Whenever I found something I loved there was no stopping me.

You see I think part of the problem, when it comes to SUCCESS, is that we might look at somebody successful like Richard Branson or Steve Jobs and see their huge successes, essentially their results. What we don't see is the journey they took to get there. The ups and downs, the determination, set backs, knock backs and many many failures.  Because when Richard Branson created Virgin, it didn't happen over night.  It took time.



So what I want to share with you are these amazing quotes and 'success principles' shall we call them that inspire me everyday to NEVER GIVE UP ON MY DREAMS!!!!

So never ever ever give up on your dreams!!!  They are there for a reason, and so are you :-)

Lots of love Ashly xxx