My new site!

Hi guys! I’m excited to announce that my new website is up and running! Woohoo!! It’s been a long time coming— as you can tell, my focus has been moving more and more toward fashion illustration with less emphasis on personal style and DIY projects. I tried to make a transition towards art here but ultimately felt that I needed a fresh start. I’m so happy with where Sprinkles in Springs led me in my life and all the opportunities that it brought and I’m so excited to see where my new blog takes me! So without further ado, here is my new site: KaraAshley.com and the blog: KaraAshley.com/blog 

Please follow and let me know what you think!kara-ashley-new-website

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Fashionable Fitness (Sweating for the Wedding)

In preparation for our upcoming wedding, I’ve been focusing on getting healthier and in better shape. Finding love and basking in romantic bliss often come with a few extra lbs… calories shouldn’t count when you’re being wined and dined, am I right? So I joined a gym and started working with a personal trainer. It’s so great being this active again (I haven’t worked out consistently since playing volleyball in high school).

Here are a few of my favorite active wear pieces…

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 Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit c/o Kicks USA

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Victoria’s Secret High-Neck Seamless Tank — So comfortable and I love that it comes higher up on the neckline. Bought multiples.

Zella ‘Live-In’ Leggings — Can’t say more good things about these leggings and the entire Zella line. This print brings my watercolors into the gym with me- they’re crazy and I love them.

Victoria’s Secret The Standout Sport Bra — Colorful, supportive, perfect.

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Sneakers — So light you feel like you’re barefoot. Turquoise is so fun for spring!

Zella ‘Double the Fun’ Headband — Keeps hair in place while being cute :)

Zella Fitness Socks — They’re comfortable and don’t slide down. Winners!

PS- Carrie Underwood’s CALIA line at Dicks is also really cute!

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The Romantic Grandeur of a Red Lip

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Aveda sent over some of their products from the Romantic Grandeur collection, which I loved and want to share with you! I’ve only ever used their hair products when I’m at the salon (which are amazing and smell fantastic), so these makeup products were a first. The lipstick glides on so smooth and gives great coverage in this most gorgeous shade of red—I have it in 930 Goji Berry—and the lipliner is so beautiful as well. The ‘mosscara’ is a nice everyday kind of mascara that leaves your lashes lush. So go check them out and tell me what you think!

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The Gift Guide 2014

Click and shop!

 

Click on each item in the image to shop the post, or down below:

Have you heard of Green Monday? It’s like a second Cyber Monday. If you missed out on the sales or are wishing you bought something, this is your chance. Here are my favorite things for myself and to give as gifts. Sales are still going on as well as free shipping at a bunch of stores. If you’re still in the mood to shop:

 

Club Monaco — 30% off with WINTERFAVES

Anthropologie — 30% off with EXTRAMERRY

J Crew — Up to 30% off with MERRYMERRY

C Wonder — 30% off + free shipping (no code necessary)

Madewell — 30% off with MERRIEST

Kate Spade — 25% off with JACKPOT

 

Happy Shopping :)

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DIY Basket Wreath – Rustic Christmas Decoration

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Here’s how I made it:

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Supplies:

I bought baskets at the dollar store and all the fixin’s at Michael’s.

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Plan out the arrangement of the baskets and overall design.

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Using twine, tie the baskets together in a few spots.

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For extra strength, I cut up foam cardboard and backed the baskets, tying it together with fishing line and taping everything down.

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Make a loop to hang it at the top.

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Carefully tie (or glue) everything down so it stays put when you hang it. I chose to tie everything in so if I wanted to change up the design next year I could. (The baskets would stay tied up but the decorations can be removed.)

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