Sunday, January 31, 2010

shoes for haiti!


photo from

the husband and i finished collecting the shoes today and i couldn't help myself...
i had to count them. you should have seen my car has never been so packed!

250 pairs!!!

thank you to everyone who donated!

thank you so much! they will be on their way to haiti in no time through soles4souls.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

vintage beauties

when i was about 20 i worked at a vintage store in downtown fullerton and we had great prices. so great that we went out of business :(
but i got first pick at the clothes!
and it was so fun styling the mannequins. good times.
do any of you remember those days?

check out timeless vixen. a bit overpriced but so fun to look at!
i like to imagine dancing around in these fun dresses...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

old & new roundup

i want to make my own bean bag chair! from made of course.

we went to a pajama party for new years eve. here are the kings. sorry, i didn't think about wearing my skurvy nightie until it was too late. thank you alisa for sharing the pic!

i am hoping to bake tomorrow.

i want to do a cover version of this song with my husband. it's been stuck in my head for weeks.

i loved getting to see all the personal handiwork of the creative artists at yo gabba gabba last night. look how artsy we were at the art party...

we are going to big bear this weekend to play in the snow!

also...i am still collecting gently worn shoes to send to haiti up until sunday...please let me know if you have some i can pick up!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

one respe. photographers helping haiti.

Issue 1:
A Photographic Benefit for the Survivors of the Haiti Earthquake
All proceeds go to the American Red Cross International Response Fund for Haiti relief.

Several photographers, including the iconic photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark, have donated photographs to help create this special fund-raising collection of captivating images to benefit the people of Haiti. The title Haiti: Onè Respe comes from a traditional Haitian greeting meaning "honor and respect."

Since MagCloud has generously offered to pay for the printing costs, your purchase price will be donated in full to the American Red Cross
International Response Fund for Haiti relief.

Photographs by: Chet Gordon, Kari Hartmann, Mary Ellen Mark, Peter Pereira, Lindsay Stark. Edited by Lane Hartwell and Michael Biven.

above text copied from click HERE to buy the issue for only $12.00. an easy way to help!

crafters helping haiti.
purchase awesome items or donate your own handmade items, and all proceeds will be donated to doctors without borders in haiti. also check out to find out about other projects. the hope for haiti shop has already raised over $27,000 in less than 2 weeks!!

here are some samples of cute crafty stuff that you can buy, and feel awesome about, knowing your money is going to help the people in haiti!

if you have some time to make stuff...
for those of you who are crafty and want to donate items to the people in haiti. they are looking for donations of blankets, crocheted washcloths, and handmade toys.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

how many pairs of shoes do you have?

soles4souls is accepting gently worn shoes to donate to the people in haiti.

i am organizing a shoe drive among my work, church, and friends.
please look in your closets at all your shoes.
i'm embarassed at how many pairs of shoes i have when so many of these people have none.
please text or email me if you have any gently worn shoes you can part with, 
and i'll pick them up from you. and please, ask around.

they are accepting men's, women's, and children's.
even 1 pair will mean so much.
i will be collecting them for the next 10 days and turning them in on sunday, january 31st.
such a small and easy way to help. to find out more, go here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

modeling for the lyon shop!

we were so lucky to be asked by amelia of amelia lyon photography to model for her lyon shop this month! look at these amazing images we got!!! they are blowing my mind!!!

and some behind the scenes shots from paco+betty and rocktheimage

you can see more at

you can also check out some old posts with our engagement photos and our wedding photos by amelia lyon. she is seriously the best.


i am loving tatsuro kiuchi's prints.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


why today is perfect...

1. slept in til past 10 with husband.

2. made breakfast and ate with husband while listening to records.

3. worked on photos alongside husband working on websites.

4. napped together.

5. put some leftover lucille's in the oven...and had a feast together.

6. got ready for the day together.

7. ordered two lenses with full approval of husband.

8. worked on more photos alongside husband.

9. we are going out on a date tonight to the candyshop and movies!

10. tomorrow is sunday, another relaxing day to spend together! and my family is coming over for dinner!

i have not had a saturday like this in a LONG time so is nice to reflect on why i feel so happy today.

also, sorry if i post too many music videos. but you really need to hear this song. this song could make any day perfect.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010

have you seen this?

we laughed, we cried, but mostly,

we were reminded how easily we take for granted so much in our lives...

the basics: food, water, shelter...

even the right to live,

as well as the luxuries we have:

freedom & peace,

a bed to sleep on,

as much food as we want,


running water,

the opportunity to make a living.

make sure to see this if you haven't.

"god grew tired of us" 2006 sundance award winner

Thursday, January 7, 2010

DIY cupcake/cookie stand! so sweet.

i want to make this so bad! i almost bought the pieces at the thrift store the other day but i chickened out. i don't want it to be another project that i have instructions and materials for but it sits in my closet because i'm too busy. i want to buy the stuff when i'm ready. also i'm kind of scared of the 16 hours between paint coats part. this will take a few days to finish. who will commit to making this with me? what color do you think would be best? i love the bold red. but there are so many possibilities.

turn this:

into this:

get the tutorial here.

from cutout + keep.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

black magic.

can't believe i haven't posted this video yet. this song is amazing.


while i'm at it, let me share a recipe. this is what i made for dinner tonight. i am having horrible jaw problems lately and i can't chew. so, i thought fried rice would be good. all day i've had to swallow chunks of food that aren't chewed all the way. let me tell you, it leaves you with a tummy ache. it sucks.

found this recipe from eat me delicious.

Fried Rice with Scallions, Edamame and Tofu
The Food You Crave

Ashley note: Make sure you have all your ingredients prepared before you start as things will go quickly! Also, it's much better to use day old rice for fried rice because fresh rice will be too sticky/wet. You can easily make this vegan by omitting the eggs and adding extra tofu.

"my note": i never steam my rice a day ahead. i just don't plan ahead that way. it still works okay with fresh rice. just let it sit in the cooker for 5 min after it's done, then open it up and let it sit a few more minutes before putting it in the wok. also i use carrots instead of bell peppers, and i put them in the wok at the beginning so they can cook a bit. if you are like me and don't happen to have fresh ginger sitting around, you can use 1/8 tsp of ground ginger in this recipe.

1 tbsp plus 1 tsp canola oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)
4 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
1 tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
4 cups cooked brown rice
3/4 cup seeded and finely diced red bell pepper
3/4 cup frozen shelled edamame, cooked according to package directions and drained
1/2 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels
6 ounces firm tofu, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
2 large eggs, beaten
3 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add the garlic, scallions, and ginger and cook, stirring, until softened and aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the rice, red pepper, edamame, corn and tofu and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 5 minutes.

make a 3 inch well in the center of the rice mixture. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, then add the eggs and cook until nearly fully scrambled. Stir the eggs into the rice mixture, then add the soy sauce and incorporate thoroughly. Serve hot.

Monday, January 4, 2010


i hardly watch any tv, but i am a huge lost nerd.

countdown to the final season:

awhile back i took the "which lost character are you?" quiz. i was kate. and only 25% sun. i just love sun. i miss charlie and claire that's for sure. i am also loving penny and desmond together.

who are your favorite lost characters and why?

Friday, January 1, 2010