Friday, 11 July 2014

Luxury Shopping Event Aberdeen Chester Hotel

I was kindly invited to attend a ladies luxury shopping evening at the new and fabulous Chester hotel in Aberdeen. Oh I couldn't possibly... Oh ok go on then ;-)

The event was being held by Multrees walk in Edinburgh, bringing their exclusive stores to the ladies of Aberdeen. Oh what a fabulous idea!

There were manicures by Nails inc, jewellery by Links of London. Who, by the way, gave us a FREE bracelet with an engraving of our choice, how nice is that? I chose 'Beautiful' because I think it is important to remind ourselves we are beautiful inside and out.  My cousin chose to have a special date engraved, which I think is a lovely idea :-)  There were also chocolates from the chocolatier to the queen and then there was Harvey Nichols.

Harvey Nic's brought a selection of shoes, garments and bags that you could actually buy on the evening.  Christian Louboutin shoes or Victoria Beckham dresses anyone? I sort of fell in love with a beautiful deep green Celine bag.

Mulberry were there too with the brand new and exclusive Cara Delevingne collection of beautiful bags and clutches.

I believe they will be holding more events like this in the future so ladies of Aberdeen keep your eyes peeled! It is an evening you don't want to miss.

Love Ashly xxx

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

I can't wear that... My man doesn't like it

Over the past few weeks I have started to notice something which I want to discuss.  Over and over again I am hearing things like, oh I need to check with my husband first, my boyfriend doesn't like me in skinny jeans, I can't go there my husband wouldn't like it, I can't do that my husband says it is a bad idea and he says I don't have enough time, my boyfriend says I shouldn't wear pink lipstick.


Maybe this isn't anything new, it is just that I have started to notice it.  Of course when you are in a relationship you share and discuss big decisions, taking each others feelings in to consideration.  But in this instance I am referring to smaller/non life changing things... Do you really need approval over a pair of shoes?

It has left me wondering... are some of us women so concerned about pleasing our other halves that we are ok with loosing our own identities and opinions?

Maybe it is a lack of confidence? Is it that some don't trust our own choices and judgements? For me what I wear is my own decision, sure I would take advice now and again but I would never not buy something because a significant other told me not to... In fact I wouldn't even be with somebody who told me not to do something.

When I hear ladies say such things it makes me uneasy.  Perhaps because I have been in that situation, where I allowed another's opinions to overcome my own... that is somewhere I will never EVER go again.  Because guess what? It didn't make me happy, it might have made the other person happy but why would you want to be with somebody who is happy drowning you out? 

I wish somebody had said to me, Ashly get some balls (excuse the pun)... What the F are you doing?  I suppose I was young (well that's my excuse).

Because if something makes YOU happy that person should support you. Isn't that what relationships are about?  Support and encouraging each other to grow?

So here is me saying to anybody who needs it... Get some balls! Make your own choices, live a little and no matter what,  don't quieten your own inner voice!! It is there for a reason, so use it ;-) (that goes for men as well as women)

I will leave you with words from the amazing late great Nora Ephron...

I would love to hear your thoughts on this? Does this resonate with you or sound like somebody you know?

Lots of love  Ash xxxx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Michael Kors Jet Set Wallet Pink and White

On the way back from California, I treated myself to this gorgeous Michael Kors Jet Set pink and white wallet. I loved the colours and the little wristlet.  Plus it was at duty free so I got the discount!

What do you think?

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Be You

Sometimes things happen to us that make us loose who we are or maybe we never really knew who we were in the first place.

But when you find yourself, never ever ever let that person go. 

Be wacky, be different, be weird, like country music, love boy bands, cuddling up on the couch when everyone else is going out, planting flowers, staying in and doing puzzles. Whatever it is, be you and don't be ashamed of it.

Never change so people will like you, be yourself and the right people will love the real you.

Yes, it is easier said than done, I am not perfect. Sometimes I catch myself agreeing with somebody and I'm like whaaaa? I don't agree with that. Learn from those moments.  I promise it will be worth it. Be YOU... sometimes we just need reminding :-)

Lots of love xxx

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Update LA and VEGAS

Hi all, I know it has been a little while since I posted... But hopefully you will forgive me?

If you follow along with twitter(@AshlyLondon) or Instagram (@AshlyLondon) (if not why the devil not) then you will have see that I've been on my travels. I absolutely love travelling.

First stop was Las Vegas.  I was mainly there for a conference with my skincare company, which was incredible. But I gave myself an extra few days either side to relax.

The weather was perfect and I had an absolute blast. I feel so grateful that I get to go there every year for 'work'!!  I met some wonderful people and I can't wait to go back.

My second trip was to LA.  This was also for work and pleasure.  I had a ton of business meetings to attend and I was fortunate enough to spend a couple days at Newport beach which was absolutely beautiful. So peaceful and dreamy, I was definitely sad to leave.   You know it is funny, never once since I started this blog have I felt that I wanted to hold something back for myself, but this little trip I do (Hope y'all don't mind).

But I will say that if you are travelling to LA or anywhere near by I would say definitely take a trip to Laguna or New Port, it is 100% worth it.

I use to spend a lot of time travelling especially to the states and LA.  I didn't realise how much I missed that until I went back. The travel bug has well and truly returned :-)

I would love to hear where you are going on your summer hols... Go on make us jealous.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

I work out....

Nothing gets me in the mood for working out faster than a fabulous new outfit! So with that in mind,  I trawled the internet for some new goodies and was actually really disappointed.  I couldn't find one place that had all the stylish gym gear I was looking for.

However, I did find some lovely bright pieces, which would get me to the gym in a jiffy!

I would absolutely love to know where you get your gym gear! Am I missing out on somewhere fantastic?