When it comes to jewelry I like very dainty, delicate, unique gold pieces that tell a story. I would say about 90% of my jewelry collection has come from flea markets, street fairs and boutiques from all over the world. I’ve spent many weekends sifting through markets all around Los Angeles and Orange County and I have a few favorites.

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Melrose Trading Post

One of my favorite flea markets in Los Angeles is Melrose Trading Post because you can find anything from jewelry to unique furniture pieces. There are all types of vendors ranging from vintage to modern and everyone is pretty easy going when it comes to bargaining. The last time I went I was able to buy a bundle of earrings for pretty cheap because I grabbed so many and the vendor knew I was a returning customer. You might even see a celeb if you look hard enough.

Every Sunday 9AM-5PM

7850 Melrose Avenue,
Los Angeles CA 90046

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Long Beach Antique Market

I always go to Long Beach Antique Market when I’m looking for vintage decor pieces for my home. The best purchase I ever got from there was my gold-rimmed mirror that I used to create a homemade vanity. I was able to bargain with the vendor and he wouldn’t let me leave until I left with that mirror, hello discount! The used decor pieces can be re-purposed into something really beautiful, not to mention they won’t break the bank.

On the 3rd Sunday Monthly

Long Beach Veterans Stadium
4901 E. Conant St
Long Beach CA 90808

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Patchwork Show

The Patchwork Show is always fun because it’s a ‘Modern Makers Festival’ meaning it’s a bunch of emerging artists selling their one-of-a-kind hand-made pieces. I come here for jewelry, clothing and artwork because it’s so different than anything I see in the stores. It’s always exciting to support emerging artists and watch their careers blossom. Also, they usually sell their items for cheaper at these shows than they do on their online boutiques.

SPRING: May 27, 2018 –Downtown – East 4th @ Spurgeon St. – Santa Ana, California – 11-5pm

FALL: November 25, 2018 – Downtown – East 4th @ Spurgeon St. – Santa Ana, California – 11-5pm

SPRING: June 10, 2018  – Marine Stadium – Appian Way @ Bayshore – Long Beach, California 

FALL: November 18, 2018 – Marine Stadium – Appian Way @ Bayshore – Long Beach, California

 

 

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I’m really lucky that I have such a stylish boyfriend (one of the many reasons I love him) and I get to borrow his clothes on the reg. The day he bought this Levi’s jacket I knew I would be making it into an over-sized denim look for me. The point of a relationship is to share, right? (hehe) I’m super into the over-sized silhouette right now because it adds a bit of casual to any look, not to mention it’s soooo comfy. I don’t know about you, but skin tight clothing is just not appealing to me anymore. All of my bandage dresses can stay in the past with my college days. Also, I FINALLY got my cartilage pierced and I’m obsessed. The piercing process itself didn’t hurt at all, but trying to not accidentally snag it on my hair has been difficult. In all, totally worth it and I love how cute the gold hoop looks on my ear. Dare I say I might want more? Eeeek.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Mini Natasha Leather Crossbody Bag • Marc by Marc Jacobs • $149.97

BP. Lance Block Heel Bootie • BP • $89.95

BDG Seamed High-Rise Jean – Black • BDG • $58

Levi’s Baggy Trucker Denim Jacket • Levi’s • $98

 

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I absolutely love bodysuits in all colors, silhouettes and fabrics. I’m a huge fan because they always suck everything in and make me feel super sexy. One of my favorite ‘going out’ outfits is a black bodysuit with high waisted jeans and strappy heels. I used to think bodysuits were just for going out at night, but then I started wearing them with classic pieces like midi skirts and I realized how elegant they can make any outfit look. This off-the-shoulder bodysuit could even be worn to work or out for a nice dinner when paired with the correct accessories.

Outfit by JustFab

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I literally can’t leave my house until I’ve spritzed myself with one of the below fragrances. I wear perfume every single day and I usually stick to my signature scents until I feel like trying something new. I’ve always been drawn to the smokier scents like Jo Malone’s ‘Wood Sage and Sea Salt’ and I usually stay away from florals. As for candles, I can’t live without my Diptyque and Voluspa. My two favorites are ‘Baies’ and ‘Baltic Amber’ which I burn regularly at my house. I love that something as simple as a fancy perfume or candle can make me feel so luxurious. Not to mention they are great decor pieces!

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Voluspa Japonica Baltic Amber Large Glass Jar Candle • Voluspa • $28

Diptyque Baies Scented Candle • Diptyque • $34–64

Gucci Guilty Eau De Toilette • Gucci • $78–99

Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir By Bvlgari For Women. • Bvlgari • $50.99

Jo Malone London(TM) Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne • Jo Malone • $65

I can’t believe it’s already January 2018. So many fun things to look forward to this month such as my 27th birthday! I love January. It always reminds me of new beginnings and fresh starts, yet I’ve never really loved making resolutions. When I did make resolutions in the past I would put so much pressure on myself and would feel like a failure if I didn’t accomplish everything. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized life is more about intentions than resolutions.

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Stop Being Afraid of Saying ‘No’

Why are we so afraid of this word? I think we constantly feel like we have to say ‘yes’ to everything because if we don’t then we are letting people down. At the end of the day, the only person that matters is you and if you’re not taking care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally then there’s going to be a burn out. I’m vowing to say ‘no’ to the things I hate, ‘no’ to my friends when I just need a night in and ‘no’ to life experiences that don’t serve me. 2018 is all about being more selective with what makes me happy.

Celebrate the Small Wins

Sometimes I get so caught up in the big picture that I forget to celebrate small wins in my life. I forget that Rome wasn’t built in a day and it takes a lot to be successful and have everything that you want. This year I really want to create small goals for myself and celebrate when I accomplish them. These can be anything from eating healthy an entire day or writing on my blog once a week. Instead of feeling bad about not having everything at once, I want to be able to be happy with where I’m at.

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Live Simply

I want to clean out the clutter from my life and live simply. I mean this in a literal and metaphorical way. There’s always material items I can be donating and routines I can be making shorter (aka getting ready in the morning.) I believe that life is so beautiful if you stop, relax and take a look around instead of constantly wanting more.

Accept the Things I Cannot Change

There are so many things in my life that I can’t control. It’s taken me many years to realize that I can’t predict the outcome of life and that everything happens the way it’s supposed to happen. I can only control the things I can control and I have to have faith that everything else will work out on it’s own.

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Intentions are so great because they are lifestyle changes we can always implement in our lives. I truly believe 2018 will be an amazing year and I’m so excited for what’s to come.

xx,

Ashley

 

Tory Burch Stacked-T Square Sunglasses • Tory Burch • $210

Marc by Marc Jacobs Leather Crossbody Bag • Marc by Marc Jacobs • $125

dv Women’s dv Cayla Over the Knee Boots • dv • $42.48

Who What Wear Women’s Flowy Maxi Dress – Who What Wear • Who What Wear • $34.99

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I went to 29rooms by Refinery29 and it was SO COOL. Yes, there were literally 29 different rooms decorated with a unique theme and message pertaining to female empowerment, creativity, style and culture. My absolute favorite room was the ‘Silent Disco’ because it was filled with sparkling disco balls and headphones so you can dance and listen to music! I painted paper lanterns, heard stories of gender neutrality and ran around in confetti falling from the ceiling. There was so much to look at I was overwhelmed and wanted to immediately run into every room. I highly recommend going as it felt like a huge adult playground, but with really inspiring messages through each door.

 
Equipment Garner Vest • Equipment • $409
Urban Outfitters Baker Boy Cap • Urban Outfitters • $22

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I am a total sucker for a good watch. For me, a large watch face and fun colors always catch my eye. I believe a watch should be a statement piece that can elevate any outfit no matter what I’m wearing. It’s always the last accessory I put on when I want to feel sleek and sophisticated. I recently found this really special watch company called JORD Watches that makes beautiful wood watches with intricate details. I immediately fell in love with their products and had to get the ‘Frankie Series – Dark Sandalwood & Emerald.’ The most special part about their watches is that they do personal engraving and I was able to have my name engraved on the back of my watch. I can’t wait to get these watches engraved for all of my friends, hello holiday gifting! Also, when I received this watch I was blown away by the packaging! It came in a beautiful wood box that contained cleaning supplies and extra links so I can change the size if needed. This box not only contains everything I need, but it’s also a great décor piece!

I’m currently partnering with JORD Watches for the holidays! These watches are a perfect gift for anyone on your list and they offer both Mens’ and Womens’ watches. I’m offering a 25% discount to all of my followers on any JORD Watch through December 19th. Click the link below for your 25% discount coupon code!

Ashley in Oxfords JORD Watches 25% Coupon

 

xo,

Ashley