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About 4 years ago, we decided to walk to a restaurant a few blocks away from where we live. Everyone we knew was ranting and raving about how amazing the food was, but also mentioned you HAD to have a reservation to get in. So one night on a whim, we decided to walk there and see if we could get in… Continue reading

The Artist, Lauren Ashley

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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

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Fringe Benefits.



If you ask me my style, i’m super eclectic. I kinda take bits and pieces of all genres of style, and make them my own. Some people say that doesn’t work…I say go for it! If fringe can be involved, I’m for sure in.

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L-O-V-E Style


DSC04131I love my hub. That’s no secret. We are 2 peas in a pod. We like dressing fun, sometimes we match, not on purpose. But I think Life is too short not to love! Whether that’s your significant other, or an animal, or people in general. We are called to Love.  Continue reading

Dating is in the Details.



We love to “date”. We’ve been married 11 years, and together 13 total, but we still think it’s super important to go on dates and make specific time for each other. I also think dating is in the details. Here’s what I mean… Continue reading

Keep it cool on the weekends.


DSC_0917I love the weekends. LOVE THEM. We are either traveling and playing shows, or we are running around town having fun. Either way-I like to be comfy. Whether I’m dressed up a bit more, or way casual, I still want to be comfortable.  Continue reading