Confidence is Beauty

Spring Maxi Dress

Spring Maxi Dress

Spring Maxi DressHello loves,

I apologize for the lack of posts lately! This week has been one of those off weeks for me where everything just seems to go wrong. Does anyone ever have those? My first reaction is to relate it to astrology – like something MUST be off in the Sag world… I’m kind of obsessed with the whole Zodiac thing. Although this week has been a little rough, I really thought about the purpose of this blog. I created this fashion lifestyle blog to not only express my love for style and beauty, but for something more than that which I feel is extremely important. My intentions have always been to inspire women, give them confidence, and help them feel their best, and that is what I intend to do here through every single post.

A friend of mine told me recently that I was good at being honest in all aspects of life. She said she wished she was able to say “I really like my hair today,” or legs, butt, whatever (you get the picture). This shocked me because she was basically telling me she couldn’t give herself a compliment! Some of you may be thinking that it’s conceited or narcissistic to say out loud that you look good… and that is what is so wrong. Women should not feel like they can’t say they feel beautiful, sexy, or pretty. Confidence is so incredibly important and our generation of young women needs more of it.

I chose to wear this dress for this specific post because well, for one I think it’s a gorgeous Spring item, but more importantly because there are parts of my body I don’t like in it. I bet you don’t even know what they are because truthfully, nobody cares! Confidence is key. OWN IT. Without confidence I’m sure you would be able to find my insecurities within an instant. What I’m trying to say is that women need to be more confident. When you feel beautiful or sexy (as you should!!!) you should be able to say it without having some kind of stigma or judgement made upon you. I believe you should always feel your best in love, life, and YOUR style. Those who love you will always make you feel beautiful, and when you invest your time in the things you love, it shows. Happiness + confidence = beauty. Wear something that accentuates what you love about yourself today! Whether that’s a certain color that brings out your eyes, or a pair of shorts that shows off your legs. Help yourself feel beautiful, know you are beautiful, and do not apologize for it.

Maxi Dress // MADE Fashion Week – Macy’s

xoxo AP

Books Worth Reading

I absolutely love reading, but rarely make time for it. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more… I’m making some progress. I am currently reading two books, but one doesn’t really count because it’s literally a scratch and sniff book… ALL ABOUT WINE. It’s amazing. I am a wino and have always wanted to learn more about wine, but never wanted to put in the time. I wasn’t about to add another class on top of my full schedule! I was fine sticking to my boxed wine.

– Side note: Black Box has a great Cabernet and Merlot; especially when you only want a glass or two and don’t want to waste a bottle (which I consider a wine sin!!!).

Since I wasn’t going to put in the time and effort to learn through a wine course, I was given THIS:

Books on Wine

First off, how great is that quote?! ^^ “Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.” I tend to remember this every time I’m debating in the store if I realllly need that bottle of wine… ummm, YES! I’ve been putting this book to test and you could say that I’m a wine expert these days, no big deal. You can get it here!

Books on Wine

Books on Wine

I am BEYOND excited to tell y’all about the other book I’m reading, The Woman I Wanted to be, by Diane Von Furtsenberg. For any woman looking for inspiration, I HIGHLY recommend this book. DVF beautifully tells her story of success in the fashion industry and as a highly looked up to individual, discussing the trials and tribulations she went through, men, friendships, and much more. I haven’t come across a book I cannot put down in the longest time, until this one. Get this one here!

Books on Fashion & Inspiration

Books on Fashion and Inspiration

Now, go and pencil in some time to read! 🙂

P.s. Always go with Amazon when buying books, which is what I have linked. They’re the best priced!

Ashton Paige

 

L-O-V-E

Young Love
Donnie
In Love
Paige
Donnie and Me!
Best Friend Love
Valentine's Day Sunset

 

 

“I am someone who is looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-eachother love.”

-Carrie Bradshaw Sex and The City 

Yes. I just quoted SATC, but who can blame me!? We all know how great this quote is. Whenever this episode came on (I’ve watched it a million times because I am a SATC addict) I always felt a little sad inside. I wanted that SO bad. I am very passionate. I am someone who is passionate in everything I do and feel, and sometimes that can come off a little crazy, but what can I say… I am half Latina and half Italian – that should explain it all. Anyways, I never thought I’d find someone who was just as passionate as me – scratch that… even MORE passionate than me – but I did. I adore the person Donnie is and admire his dedication in everything he puts his heart and soul into. I have never met a man who dreams as big as he does and actually strives to achieve those goals. Growing up I always had dreams, big dreams, but was always held back by so so much fear and I didn’t feel I had the support I needed. Somehow, someway, Donnie has given me the courage to go for it, to truly shoot for my dreams, and I know he always has my back. That is all I have ever wanted… to be with someone who makes me a better person and supports every dream I have ever had. I know that if I would to say tomorrow, “Donnie, I need to move to Thailand because I feel I need to be there for (fill in the blank),” he would support me in a heart beat if it was something that I felt the complete need to do. I am so thankful to be with someone who understands my ins and outs, never judges me, and truly makes me feel like I’m the greatest person on this planet.

Now, let me tell you, things did not start out this great. When Donnie and I met we were on completely different pages. I was trying to find out who I was, and so was he. We met a year and a half before we eventually started dating. It’s so funny to look back on because I would tell my friends how “not my type” he was, as “my type” was nerdy quiet guys. I was so wrong… nerdy quiet guys were so not my type. Donnie is the complete opposite – great with people, outgoing, smart – but not nerdy (well, maybe a little…hehe). Things started out rocky, and because of our passion we butted heads a little bit. When things were not going smoothly we both went our separate ways and dated other people.

Even though I dated other people I couldn’t get Donnie out of my mind. I was always so frustrated because I would think, “You guys are not meant to be! There is too much conflict, so just stop.” I didn’t care. There was always something that drew me to him. I always thought that things were supposed to be bliss at first with the one you’re meant to be with… so I thought, “We just aren’t meant to be.” My heart felt differently. I remember him calling me one night after seeing him randomly downtown to tell me, “When you break up with your boyfriend, give me another chance.” Oh my God! I was so frustrated and so happy all at the same time. What the hell was going on?!

A year later we were both single and went on another date. We grew up as people and were both more in tune with ourselves. From then on we have been together and he is my best friend. I wanted to tell this story because I think it’s important to show that things don’t always happen perfectly. Love doesn’t always happen like a fairytale – especially those relationships that are passionate. I was always told that when you find the person you’re meant to be with, you’ll know, and you’ll know because it will be bliss. False. I call bullshit. Real, passionate, and deep relationships do not always go smoothly. There are bumps along the way and they do not start out perfectly. Being in love has no boundaries or rules. Don’t get me wrong – don’t let anyone walk all over you, cheat, or demean you, but finding each other out isn’t always going to be all sunshine and roses. BUT, with that being said, finding each other out should be a beautiful journey with abundant love and respect.

 

xo Ashton Paige

Yoga Mishaps

Well, I had a post all planned out for today, but that one is just going to have to wait for now. My boyfriend, Donnie, decided to practice some damn Ashtanga yoga (naked, might I add) solo, and it ended with a trip to the Emergency room. Needless to say, he should not be practicing yoga without an instructor’s supervision… Please don’t try it at home, kids.

Now we’re waiting to see the Doctor to get a diagnosis… and in the meantime, my yogi and I had a small Hospital photoshoot. Send us good vibes in hopes of a speedy recovery – I’ll keep y’all updated!

Yoga

Yoga

Namaste,

Ashton

HELLO & WELCOME

Blog

Wow. I am FINALLY starting a blog. If any of you know me, you know that I have been wanting to do this for a very, very long time. I’m sure you’re probably wondering what stopped me… or maybe not, but I’m going to tell you anyways. Well, a lot of things – isn’t that how it always is? Making excuses as to why we shouldn’t do something all because truly, we’re a little afraid of failure. Okay, a lot afraid. WHO ISN’T!? I decided to get over it, and if you’re holding back from something for the same reason, you should too! Some scary thoughts I had while contemplating creating a blog were (seriously, word for word):

  • “Oh my gosh, I have so much to write about and I NEED to make a blog! But wait, that’s so embarrassing to just put myself out there – especially in front of people I know!”
  • “I’ll start tomorrow.” (You have used this – don’t lie)
  • “What if I have no readers and make a complete idiot out of myself!?”
  • “Um, get over it ^ you have nothing to lose.”

There you go. Only some of my scattered thoughts that honestly just wasted time and energy which could have been used for writing! I’m not exactly sure where this blog is headed, but I do know that I have A LOT to say and many questions, thoughts, and ideas about life that I’m sure you all have too. This blog is going to be far from perfect, but that’s what I think we all need. There are some blogs I come across and think, “holy shit, their life is in order, they know what they’re doing, and how the fuck do I get there…” As inspiring as those are to read, I am not like that; and chances are if I’m not, there are many others out there like me. Don’t get me wrong – I live for fashion, love products, and want to look my best, but I want to talk about the real shit too. Welcome to my lively, sporadic, and sometimes chaotic life… stay tuned.

 

Ashton