We just got back from our first ever Family Vacay, and it was awesome! It was my family and Greg’s family…. 12 of us in a house on the beach for 7 days! I’m happy to be home, but sad it’s over. It was such a great time of unplugging, and just relaxing with our families. Continue reading
Years ago I was attending church and heard the voice of an angel coming from up on the stage. I was blown away by this chick and was mesmerized by her vocals. Year after year I listened to her sing, and always looked forward to it. Then one day I met her and was like, whoa, she’s cool. THEN I found out she has the COOLEST style, and is one bad A** Vintage Shopper. Continue reading
A few months back I was at a networking mixer and I spotted these cute little mini cheesecakes across the room. It was love at first sight. And second, and third…let’s just say I had a few. Then I met the baker behind the cheesecake, Niki! Continue reading
I grew up in an amazing home with an amazing family. My mom + dad taught us values, all the values:) But something that I have carried with me every day of my life, is how to live generously. Continue reading
(Photo by: Catherine Truman)
I love being inspired by fellow blogger gals. When I stumbled across Paula’s Instagram, I instantly followed her because I loved everything I saw! She’s super cute, fashionable, and any fellow coffee lover is a friend of mine. I knew I wanted to feature her and share her cuteness with all my friends! I love following along with her adventures and get super inspired by her style. Meet Paula!! Continue reading
I met Lauren about a year ago and instantly just thought she was so gorgeous. Then as I got to know her even more, I realized she was gorgeous on the inside too! We instantly connected, as we are both Makeup artists, and of course love fashion…so I knew we’d have no problem being friends! Speaking of fashion, I love her style! Every time I see her, I want to go buy everything she’s wearing. She’s about to be a married lady, and her and her fiancé are THE CUTEST. They are both just such genuine people, I knew I wanted to feature her and share her talents with the world! So I want you to get to know this beautiful, talented woman…. Lauren!!
A little about Miss Lauren Ashley:
Lauren Ashley is a professional makeup artist currently serving the Nashville area. Lauren, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, remembers being fascinated with makeup from a young age. At the age of 12, Lauren attended a local fashion and modeling school, where she first learned how to apply makeup to herself for fashion and photography from professionals in the industry.
After Lauren graduated from high school, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Spelman College where she decided to initially focus her studies and post graduate career on politics, education, and management, however, the passion for makeup artistry only grew stronger. Lauren began doing beauty product reviews for Memphis’ local Fox affiliate news station, which lead her to opportunities to do makeup for local fashion shows, special events, and weddings.
Lauren ultimately decided to take her passion for doing makeup to the next level, and she moved to Nashville to fully focus on makeup as her career. Lauren received her professional training from the Academy of Makeup Arts in Nashville, TN, where she graduated with nearly 200 hours of technical training in beauty, bridal, airbrush, print and TV makeup. In addition to her freelance work, Lauren currently works as a makeup artist for the number one cosmetic brand in the world -Chanel Cosmetics. Lauren is also busy planning her wedding which is coming up this summer! Her hobbies include photography and cooking!
what’s your fave song right now?
I don’t usually have a favorite song. I like to look & listen to an artist based off of their entire piece of work (their album or LP) at a given time, not just their singles. So with that being said, my favorite album right now is The Life of Pablo- by Kanye West.
what’s your favorite style to wear?
I have a more casual style with a heavy influence from the color black. Black is so chic and you can dress it up or down so easily!
What’s your guilty pleasure snack-go-to?
Talenti Gelato! Oh my gosh, Carmel Cookie Crunch and Fudge Brownie are my two favorites!
What’s your MUST-HAVE beauty item you can’t live with out?
As a makeup artist that is such a tough question, but I would have to say Chanel’s Le Volume Mascara. For me, adding mascara even when I don’t have on any makeup adds instant glam!
Who’s the most influential person in your life and why?
The most influential person in my life right now would be my fiancé Jarrett King. He is such a great partner and my best friend. He pushes me each day to be my best self and not to let anything hold me back, especially when it comes to my business. I have gotten so much support and advice from him. And as a new small business owner, I needed that. I am so blessed that I get to share and spend my life with my biggest cheerleader.
What’s the 1 thing you want to accomplish that you haven’t yet?
I want my makeup business to have a physical location, so my goal is to one day have a makeup studio where people can come to get their makeup done. I want this studio to be a place dedicated to your face for makeup application, lash application, and other skincare needs.
(Makeup by Lauren Ashley)
What’s your favorite thing in your closet?
My Celine bag. I got the bag almost 4 years ago while traveling overseas before coming back to America and realizing how big of a deal it was. It is still such a prized bag, but I fell in love with it for the way it looks- it still takes my breath away.
What’s your fave inspirational quote?
“Nothing Is Impossible, The Word Itself Says I’m Possible” – Audrey Hepburn
A few months ago we met another couple at a Superbowl party where we live. They had just moved here a few days before all the way from Australia. We ended up chatting the whole night and I really felt like not only did I already know this cool chick, but I knew I had made a friend. She and her hubby are both not only sweet and kind, but 2 of the most talented peeps I know. She’s a singer, food blogger, and she has killer curls. Her hubby is also an amazing pianist. True God Given talent. I am super inspired by her and her eye for tasty food. Her pictures make you drool for sure. Plus if you follow her on Instagram, Continue reading