Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BON LOOK



((I've had a super long hiatus from this blog, and moved back and forth a lot...but I'm happy to announce I'm back in a location where I'll be able to take photos for Faltering Bird!))

As the first day of spring is right around the corner (which I am counting the days until!), the weather is warming up. Which means sunglasses season is just around the corner!

And I have something pretty unfortunate to admit--I look awful in most sunglasses. While most of my friends sport attractive, well fitting sunglasses, I succumb to squinting in the sunlight all spring and summer long. Why? Because I can NEVER find a pair that fits my face! And I know I can't be the only one--there must be others out there who trade looking lame in sunglasses for an eye straining headache! (Raise your hand, I know you're out there!)

This probably wouldn't be as much of an issue if I liked shopping in person, but frankly, shopping at real stores is hella nerve-wracking for a lot of people, myself included. Why brave the mall when you can shop from the comfort of your own home in your PJ's?!

And then, I came upon BON LOOK. They sell glasses/ sunglasses, and have this nifty option of uploading a photo of yourself to try glasses on with--finally, I can buy sunglasses that look nice on me without having to step out the front door! It's a pretty neat way to see about what something is going to look like on you, before you buy it! When I first saw this I thought "Oh no, it's going to be lame!" but nope--the Virtual Try On works super well!

The best part is that they also have a section where you can shop for glasses based upon your face shape, rather than just browsing the whole website. What shape of face do you have? I didn't even realize there WERE different shapes like this until now...probably why I've been buying the wrong glasses my whole life.

Anyway, this website is super rad and I'm excited to finally get a nice pair of sunnies that don't look like crap on me! Hope you all can find something that suits you, too! <3


xoxo, ashlei


Saturday, January 4, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR // MERRY CHRISTMAS // HAPPY HOLIDAYS



HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Here's the song that inspired this post, "Sleepwalking" by Chain Gang of 1974.







I feel like a lot of people make New Year's resolutions, but I'm never really honestly sure what to make mine. To eat more vegetables and be healthier? To be a nicer person and less angry? To appreciate things before you're already at the finish line and it's too late? I don't think I could ever pick just one. Because really, we're all works of art in the making, and we're far from our final brushstroke. There's so many things to work on, for all of us, and I don't want to rope myself into thinking I should just focus on one thing. I think I'm just going to take things as they come.

On New Years day I had a strange dream. I'm not sure what it meant, or if it meant anything at all. But I was surrounded by all my friends and family, and I guess the world  was coming to an end, and for some reason everyone had to jump through portals to escape to another world. (lol). In the end, there wasn't enough energy for everyone to pass through, so me and my boyfriend Josh stayed behind because he was injured. We sat out in the yard of my childhood home with one of my cats, Saber, and waited for it to all end. We heard a low but loud rumble, and all the earth started falling away into nothing. For one short moment, there was nothing, and everything was one and the same, everything was pure and white. Then everything snapped back to normality--just the same as it had always been. And all across the earth, everyone who had been left behind heard a voice that said:

"Every ending is a beginning."

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I look gross in this one but everyone else looks cute so oh well! :P




Sky & Mitchell the kitties make their cameo appearances!! (As does Ariel's butt)




Me & Ariel!





Some of these are kind of blurry, sorry! Although I feel like that's how a good portion of the party remembers this night anyway, so it's probably more accurate, haha.








All swagged out! Let's go to sleep, now...




...and close the door to 2013....




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But before I forget, I still wanted to share a few photos from the gift exchange Christmas party that was at my best friend Jenna's house!!



The tree, with most of the presents under it!





Schoolgirl Matt!




Oh Mileeeeey! Christmas time Miley!





Maniacally flippant :P





Concerned Anna!





Jenna, Matt, and Yaz all hangin' out




Miley & Rylee kisses!


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Goodbye, 2013. Hello, 2014. 

...Hope you're as excited for this year as I am...





All photos in this post by Josh & Ariel


[[Post dedicated to Miley the dog, 1/6/14, R.I.P.]]




Wednesday, December 25, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! (+ $100 JollyChic Giveaway, details at bottom of post!)


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!! (Or, if you don't celebrate anything, Happy Winter to you nonetheless!)

Personally, I celebrate Christmas, so in the spirit of giving, please stay tuned to the end of this blog post for a very special $100 giveaway to JollyChic!!




(Top is from Vesst, skirt is from Wizards of the West, and necklace is by Oasap)




I think I have been wearing this warm fuzzy coat from Banggood all winter. With like every outfit. I can't stop, help! It's just so fuzzy!






Necklace by Oasap




Isn't this tree cool looking?! I feel sorry for it though--vines like this strangle trees until they are dead.
















BONUS PHOTO!! Lol, my cat kicked me in the face today. I don't think she's in the Christmas spirit!!


--I'M WEARING--
necklace- Oasap
top- Vesst
coat- Banggood
skirt & gold bracelet- Wizards of the West
shoes- Can't remember :(










Anyway, finally, on to the giveaway!! I haven't a giveaway in a long time, so I hope you'll all enter this one!!




PRIZE: 1 winner will receive $100 to spend on JollyChic's website!

--RULES--
1. You must register at JollyChic.com, and also follow this blog via Google Friend Connect, on the right side of the blog.
2. You must click "like" on both JollyChic, and Faltering Bird's Facebook pages.
3. You must comment on this post, with a link to an item you love on JollyChic.com, along with your e-mail address. (This will count as your entry, and will help me contact you when you win!)

A few short steps, and the winner could be you!!
(Contest starts on Christmas Day, and will end on Jannuary 8th, 2014)

GOOD LUCK TO YOU ALL!! I wish I could give you all $100 coupons!


Thank you so much as always for reading my blog, and I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day!!


xoxo, ashlei




Saturday, December 21, 2013

Snow Flower // Ankit headphones


Hung out this day and took photos with my friend Michelle! Surprisingly, it wasn't cold like...at all! It was so sunny even though the ground was blanketed with snow! We walked a few miles to downtown and got pizza and went shopping. Along the way we came across a creek that was totally frozen, so we all decided to throw huge rocks at it...and it didn't even break the ice! 

(Coat is by Banggood, and skirt is by Oasap)

Here's the song that inspired this look! It's a Japanese song by Suneohair called "Akai Coat"







Even in winter, I think florals are really great! My headphones from Ankit totally match the backpack, too!!




Backpack by Banggood.






Ankit headphones.





Gold bracelet by Wizards of the West, and heart ring by Rings & Tings.






--I'M WEARING--
Headphones- Ankit
Coat & Backpack- Banggood
Top- Jovonna London
Skirt- Oasap
Socks- EXPRESS
Shoes- Deandri
Heart Ring- Rings & Tings
Gold Bracelet- Wizards of the West


As always, thanks so much for looking at my blog, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!


xoxo, ashlei



Saturday, December 14, 2013

Side Effects


Took this look a few days ago, and was really sad cause I thought all the files got corrupted! Thankfully they didn't, so here's today's look! It doesn't look it, but it seriously was like 20 degrees or something when these were taken. And the wind was blowing so hard! I can deal with rain and snow, but the second the wind starts blowing, I do not stop complaining!!






Beanie by Pacsun. (You cannot believe how much I have been wearing this. The answer is baaaasically everyday, haha!)







Aren't these tights from Banggood cute?! I found them hiding in my closet--I had forgotten I even had them! I felt like adding a bit of a "cartooney" element to this otherwise kind of dark look would make it so much more fun!











And these AWESOME shoes are by SwayChic!! I relly love the detail of the buckle and how it's not quite a full boot. Good for winter, even though a bit of skin is showing!!


--I'M WEARING--
Shoes- SwayChic
Beanie- Pacsun
Dress- Can't remember :(
Outer shall- Mom got it for me second hand
Leggings- Banggood
Necklace- Crafted from a christmas tree ornament


Again, thank you as always for checking out my blog--and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!!


xoxo, ashlei