Friday, December 27, 2013

Meet Kevin!

During Christmas vacation my little brother, Jimmi adopted a 5 year old Nebelung cat for Paul and I. Technically your really not supposed to adopt cats and give them away lol but my brother has a big big heart and he knew that Paul and I were devastated over the loss of Nemo. I had no idea what he was doing until he showed up at my apartment with a big box that had breathing holes in it (typical behavior in my family). Paul and I decided to keep the cat, and despite all of my efforts to come up with a pretty, fancy name for him we just kept coming back to Kevin. I know, I know, what kind of a name is Kevin for a cat? but the reason we settled for this is because of the movie UP and Kevin’s playful personality. You can watch the clip below which inspired his name.

Kevin is fitting into our family perfectly! He slept on our bed the first night like he had known us for years. I am so excited for our new addition to the Miller family. Above are some pictures of our beautiful new cat. Stay tuned for more photos and stories of Kevin as he has quite the personality.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Pink ombré

So there is this dress that I purchased at LUCKY DRY GOODS >>> a thrift store in Ballard, and well I still have some ideas for it's transformation, but I really wanted a chance to slip it on. SO, I styled it as a skirt for a quick shoot. I was trying to come up with a catchy name for it but all I could think of was Clara ate the Sugar Plum Fairy?!?!?!? and that just isn't so nice. Anyways, basically I just wanted to start being fearless again in my own personal fashion, and that usually means throwing things together. So here is my first concoction, do you have any fashion ideas? You should try them! 

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Art Is Important!

I am working on research for my Adult Learning class and I came across this video. I wanted to share it as this is how I feel about the arts. I can say that if it wasn't for the arts I do not think I would have made it as far into my education as I have. It is so important to support the arts in our communities and schools and here are some reasons why...

Thursday, December 5, 2013


There is this band that Paul introduced me to, because he is obsessed lol, That I am really starting to like/love! they have a nice sound and simple way about them. >>> here is a music videos from the band Gungor.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Black friday steals

Even though I spent Thanksgiving on the beautiful Washington Coast, I still could not resist Black Friday, although, this time I did my crazy shopping online. This year I decided to find a dress for the holidays and thanks to Ruche I was able to purchase this powder blue cuteness. I am thinking it can be an easy holiday dress by accenting with red. 

Then I came upon this super cute purse on Nordstrom's site which to me looks like something you would purchase from Anthropology but way less expensive. I am in desperate need of a bag since Grad School’s books destroyed my last one...

Anyways, Paul and I plan to have a romantic night out in Seattle soon so stay tuned for pretty styled pics of this pale blue gown!

P.S. Normal purchase total $200.00 Black Friday total $49.00 >>> gotta love good deals!!!

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Fashion kickoff

There are only a handful of outfits that I have actually planned in the last few years, and pretty much all of them were for special occasions. When I was in Junior High School I remember thinking and believeing that I was going to be a fashion designer living in Paris by the time I was... well now actually. I have decided that I want to push myself to start putting a little more effort into my outfit designs again and so to kick that off here are a few of my favorite compilations from the Paul and Ashley era. Looking at them I can see I need to start actually putting a little more thought into this lol but here you go.

Stay tuned for more...

2013 Emmy's
2010 Silversun Pickups
2012 Our last free weekend Port Townsend.
Leavenworth 2012
Christmas Pictures 2012
annd of course June 2011
So lets see what I can come up with...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Yes, I call this art!

Last Summer Paul and I traveled to L.A. for a couple of days, I was lucky enough to be able to drag Paul into a museum for a few hours to see work by Rauschenberg, Pollock, Rothko and more. When I was looking at the art I was filled with excitement and almost a sense of home, as if I knew these people, these artists. I have not had a feeling like that since >>> THIS <<< not even when I visited the Picasso or Gauguin exhibitions at SAM, though I saw some of the same pieces in France. And so, I feel the need to gush about why I love these pieces of art. I understand not everyone feels the same, I understand that I am not an art historian, and I understand that my opionin may be skued, tainted, or bias but I have a strong, strong opionin filled with emotion and that is exactly what these paintings are... Artists Opionions filled with Emotion. 

The two pieces of artwork below are by Mark Rothko, these peices of art are huge! that in itself is striking to me... why? because to the individual not familure with painting techniques this looks like someone cheated the process by rolling on a few slabs of paint and calling it good. I however, know that this must have been quite the ordeal to haul this canvas in maybe even build it and stretch it, then prime it, let alone to actually paint over the entire surface multiple times. Painting somthing like this... think about it, actually consider the process, to have to stand back and look at the whole image, to engage your entire body making large strokes across the canvas. These final works are a map of the experience the artist created for himself. To be able to walk into a museum and stand infront of this map and imagine the experience that it is a result of it incredible to me.

Below is a painting by Jackson Pollock, another favorite artist of mine. I think this idea of a map of an experience is incredibly true of his paintings. My interpretation of these paintings is really the same as the above - I love to stand infront of them and imagine the thoughts racing through the artists mind, the decisions they made in color, shape, strokes, and why?

"I realize that historically the function of painting large pictures is painting something very grandiose and pompous. The reason I paint them, however . . . is precisely because I want to be very intimate and human. To paint a small picture is to place yourself outside your experience, to look upon an experience as a stereopticon view or with a reducing glass. However you paint the larger picture, you are in it. It isn’t something you command!" ~ Mark Rothko

This is a painting that is near and dear to me (BELOW) ... I did this painting in 2010 as my senior project. The background of this painting is black because there was another painting underneath originally. I was so frustrated with the result of my work that one night while I was working on it I just painted black over the entire thing and started over. To me I wanted to create an image that felt like it could lift off the page like you were standing in the field with three horses. I wanted to create a sense of carelessness like it didn't matter that this was not a photo realistic painting it still looked very much like horses. The image on the far right is actually my favorite because I can see where I was working (the map idea) and I almost can feel the paint strokes used to make that image. The feelings inside while painting this was a compilation of frustration and a struggle with my personal identity. I will always remember this process and I have the image to recall all of the decisions I made in the making.

Night Mares
So to sum up my rantings on art YES!!! I believe all of this is art.... ;)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nemo "Mountain Lion" Miller

Yesterday was national cat day so in honor of that here is a story about my tough little kitty...

His name is Nemo he was a stray that my Dad spotted on the side of a back country road called "Rice Candle" (notorious for animal dumps) when I was in eighth grade. Nemo along with two other kittens were abandoned in a ditch. At the time we were living on the farm in Spanaway, which was thirty acres, so three more barn cats was no problem for us. Out of the three kittens Nemo was the only one who survived the other two were sick and passed away. Eventually when Nemo was old enough we let him out of the grain room where we raised the kittens and let him roam the farm to keep mice out of our barn. Nemo lived on the farm for about eleven years. He is a tough cat! I am pretty sure he has had some run-ins with wild animals whether that is other stray cats, raccoons, or coyotes. He has a little nick on his ear and well he looks a little scruffy in his old age of twelve. 

When my parents moved from the farm to their new home, they were not able to catch Nemo. So one night Paul and I drove out to Spanaway and I walked into the abandoned barn which was pretty traumatizing it really hurt to walk through the barn empty, cold, and dark. Out of the darkness though as I called his name I heard a little meow and then saw Nemo’s little white face as he trotted up to me. He let me pick him up and sat on my lap as Paul and I drove back to Tacoma wondering what the heck we were going to do with this raggedy little animal. 

Well it has been two years now and Nemo is doing great!!! We had a few fiascos with him, where he had to have all of his teeth removed because of a disease called stomatitis. Now he is happy, healthy, and a little ray of sunshine, he is a reminder of my home, which I desperately needed.

I always thought that when I left the farm, I would adopt some “stylish” pet and stop ending up with strays but I guess that’s just who I am. I love my old tabby cat and I am so glad that God put him in my life. Nemo never has to go outside unless he wants to, sleeps pretty much all day, and has very expensive organic cat food, and well his little life I'd say has improved tremendously. I know Nemo has been through a lot in his little kitty life, therefore Paul and I have given him the full name of Nemo Mountain Lion Miller. 

P.S. not everyone is lucky enough to just stumble upon an amazing cat on the side of the road. Here is a link to the Seattle Humane Society where there are tons of cute kittys waiting to be loved like Nemo... adopt a kitty

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

On our way

Just some old pictures that I think are significant to our everyday navigation through life...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Savvy Organizing 101

Somthing that I have always been pretty good at, and I credit to my mom, is being organized. Ever since I was in elementary school I have been cleaning and organizing my room and now apartment. I have to say as time goes on and I accumulate more things and my schedule gets busier it's harder and harder to stay organized. So to help get me back on track I have decided to write a blog post on cleaning and organizing Ashley style. What you have to remember is these 4 tips which are as follows...
1. Dare to dump
The first rule of cleaning is to sort out the things that are garbage, and purge old items that can be donated to goodwill, two tips here...

One: if you have not used it in over a year you probably won't and if you are not attached to the item for other reasons it can go.

Two: packaging takes up ALOT of space so for items that are still in their store bought container unwrap and recycle, recycle, recycle.
2. Visualize
What do you want your space to look like when it's done. Think about it, maybe you can move some furniture, restack things, hang items that are on the floor or taking up space in a drawer. Consistancy is key for instance if you have a closet full of wire hangers... trash them! buy matching hangers color and all your closet will imediatly appear more organized because all of your clothes will hang at the same leghth.

3. Sanitize
The trick to "sanitizing" is to do it while you are organizing. When you pick up an item clean underneath and behind it example: books on a shelf. When you clean out your fridge take all the items out and then clean. It is much more effiecient this way. Also wash everything! hats, pillowcases, shoes, blankets... these are items we forget about but can be put through the washer and hung to dry in most cases.

4. Include a project
And last but not least add a fun project to your work. This makes cleaning fun and when your all done you have somthing new to add and enjoy in your home. 

A LITTLE FREE BEE... printable grocery list

Below is my fist apartment and eventually "our" first apartment, we had a limited budget and not a lot of furniture, but I think the space turned out pretty awsome! we loved it so much... 

Not all clutter is bad!

Actually making the bed helps your room to look so much better!

p.s. husbands do come in handy for vaccuming! 
Happy Organizing!!!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


I first saw my wedding cake design on Maisie Fantaisie and I was in love, it was so pretty! I didn't think I would be able to have a cake just like it for our wedding because it was a design based in London and when I calculated the servings it cost well a crazy amount of £'s. I printed a picture and took it to a meeting with Diane Fairfield a family friend who said she could make it. I had no idea that she could actually make the exact cake and I was thrilled when I saw her bring it in the Steilicoom Town Hall on our wedding day... Thank You Diane for one of the greatest highlights at our wedding >>> the cake.

Peeking out of the drawing room to see our cake... my grandpa looks pretty excited ;)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pretty Coconut Macaroons

Lately I have been obsessed with a cute little patisserie on Old Main Street in Bellevue, called Belle Pastry. When I go there it is just to get one of their coconut macaroons. I didn’t know I liked coconut until I tried one of these! So I thought I would make my own... and since I was making such an adorable little item I thought I would dress it up with a pretty display of pink and glitter. The recipe for these amazing things is below... enjoy!


  • 3 large egg whites 
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 14-ounce package sweetened shredded coconut (about 5 cups)


  1. Heat oven to 325° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Vigorously whisk together the egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a medium bowl until glossy, foamy, and the sugar is mostly almost dissolved. Fold in the coconut, stirring until evenly combined.
  3. Using a small ice cream scoop, drop the batter in mounds (about 2 tablespoons each) 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake, rotating the sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes; let cool completely. The macaroons will keep for up to 5 days at room temperature in an airtight container.