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Dress: F21 | Blazer: Thrifted | Bag: Aldo [similar] | Shades: Vintage [similar] | Boots: Dolce Vita [love these] | Necklace: Madewell [similar]


[purse diaries] let it be beautiful

Hi Bloggettess, I'm Ashlyn, the writer behind {let it be beautiful blog} + designer from {let it be beautiful designs} & I am super excited to participating in Meaghan's Purse Diaries series! Meaghan is one sweet girl & I am beyond blessed to have met her. & it doesn't hurt that we both have the same l o v e for hockey! #gocaps! ha but this lady keeps me on my toes & has the BEST advice every girl needs from what to wear to work, where to shop for vintage clothes to where to go eat a falafel waffle, which I have been craving ever since we went to get one! :] Anywho, you ladies ready to see what's in my bag? I have everything from blister band-aids to mini tweezers. So, here we go!

Thanks for having me Meaghan & you ladies be sure to stop by my blog & say hi :]

Missed the first [purse diaries] bag of the series? Check it out here.


rainbow ikat

Top: Forever 21 | Skirt: Madewell dress worn as skirt | Jacket: Tulle [love this one] | Shoes: Zara | Bag: Aldo [similar] | Watch: Michael Kors | Arm Candy: Stella&Dot, Lou Lou | Necklaces: Stella&Dot, Bauble Bar, Violet Boutique | Nails: Essie Fiji

Photos by Heidi


monday must-haves: gorjana jewels

Three. Day. Weekend.
Grilling. Out. Poolside.
Fresh. Mani. Pedi.
Memorial. Day. Sales.
Fun. With. Friends.
DC. Rooftop. Pools.
Not. Enough. Aloe...In. The. World.

That's right, friends. Our favorite delicate & classic pieces are on sale [plus free shipping until midnight]. & who doesn't love a good Memorial Day sale? You're all over 'em. So get to it! Below are just a few of my most favorite pieces from the Gorjana collection. Check it out for yourself. I dare you to find something you don't adore.

I hope everyone is having an amazingly fun & safe Memorial Day weekend with an abundance of good times & friends. Let's make sure we remember to thank our nation's heros who make this weekend possible for us. Thank you for everything that you do!


I got 99 problems but visiting Paris ain't one

Let's take a different route this Friday in anticipation of the long weekend ahead. We'll call it [friday favorites: Memorial Day style]. Yep. I like it. 
As much as I enjoy reminiscing about past experiences let's utilize today for looking into the future as well, for inspiration's sake! This list has recently been making its way across the interwebs & I was fortunate enough to stumble upon it. Not only is it one heck of a fun game, it's a great way to reflect on amazing things you've done in your life & plan for more amazing things to come! There are 99 experiences listed. Bold those that you have been brave/lucky/crazy enough to do & post on your blog! [Or leave a note in the comments below!]

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band [RockBand counts, right?]
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland 
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo [Spice Girls in a talent show. Yep.]
11. Bungee jumped [Unsure I'll be crossing this off my list. Ever.]
12. Visited Paris [Hoping for many more trips to come!]
13. Watched a lightening storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child [All in due time.]
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick personal day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort [My brother is the snow fort master]

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors [MAJOR bucket list.]
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language [Catching up on French & learning Spanish myself c/o Rosetta Stone!]

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa [Bucket list.]
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight [This summer perhaps?]
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing [Shark Week is a bit of a deterrent.]
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person [This December!]
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie [Just an extra, but it counts!]

56. Visited the Great Wall of China [Bucket list.]
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold [& eaten] Girl Scout Cookies :)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving [No, thank you.]
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book [8th grade poetry project. Completely legit.]
81. Visited the Vatican [This December!]
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox 
89. Saved someone’s life [Does being a lifeguard count?]
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club

93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

So, tell me. What's on your bucket list?


summer inspo//

Lately, between skimming over fashion blogs & flipping through Vogue, most of my fashion inspiration has come from the magic that can be found on Pintrest. What in the world did we do before this gem of a site? For tons of summer inspiration, hefty motivational quotes, & divine seasonal recipes follow me on Pintrest!

All images c/o Pintrest


pretty in pink

Photos by Heidi

Top: Violet Boutique [similar| similar], Jeans: Ralph Lauren [similar | similar], Shoes: Sam Edelman via TJMaxx [similar], Bag, Necklace, Ring: Aldo, Watch: MK, Jewels: Violet Boutique, LouLou, iPhone case: Kate Spade [also loving this case], Shades: Urban Outfitters [similar]

Head over to let it be beautiful today where I kick off my new series "purse diaries"!


a day in the life

My latest read | Adorable sips at Madewell's Style Sessions | DC's "Before I Die..." board | New Revlon lip color | Brunch threads | DC sunset on the Mall | Gorgeous finds at Eastern Market | My lil' buddy's first day trip in DC

Even though it's relatively close to my apartment, I frequently stop to read the "Before I die" chalkboard on 14th St. To say that it provides inspiration is an understatement. & every so often I add a little something I'd like to accomplish to the list. If given the opportunity, what dreams would you chalk on the board?


friday favorites

Fresh mani [& a little Audrey]

Braids. Nuff said.

QT with the little man. & hangin' with his parents in Georgetown

Rooftops. Sunshine. Friends.

Shopping with Sydney Poulton
FINALLY getting to meet @sydneyliann instead of instagram-stalking her for the chance that she'll post a new snapshot of her precious new bebe. Don't even begin to judge me - you know you do it too.

Happy Friday! I hope you all have one heck of a lovely weekend planned for yourselves xx


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VBeckham via Pintrest

My take on Posh's effortlessly chic style with a few gold accents - naturally. Dusted off these platform bad boys & had forgotten how much I love them. More appearances are most definitely in order.

 Tee: Express | Blazer: Allen Schwartz Luxury Collection [similar | similar] | Pants: Club Monaco [similar] | Shoes: Aldo [similar] | Necklace: Eastern Market | Shades: RayBan

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