Tuesday, December 31, 2013

NEW BALANCE M990 'MADE IN USA' -I-

New Balance M990 Made In USA. With the carbon fiber to prevent the ENCAP midsole for excellent to fit legs to wrap around the stability and cushioning, torsion. Available in Grey, Black and Navy.

Available now at CROSSOVER

2014 Color Trends for the Home - lush purple, blues and oranges.... -I-

The word is out! (Okay- it's been out) 2014's color is Radiant Orchid.  You can go all out with it, or use it as an accent color.  If you are a lover of bright and bold colors, I've provided some inspiration for creating color palettes with Radiant Orchid...


If your not sure how to use these colors for your home, let me show you some great options:

RADIANT ORCHID
 High Fashion Home

High Fashion Home
It makes a gorgeous accent color


via aparaledabode

Go bold...
via Found Market

Porter House Designs

Porter House Designs


So what other colors look good with Radiant Orchid for those of you who love your bold brights?  Cayenne or another similar orange looks good with purple and really makes a statement.


via Live Like You

Cobalt and Radiant Orchid creates a really lush look...


Monday, December 30, 2013

SANDQVIST SWEDEN -I-

The Swedish bag brand Sandqvist was founded in 2004 by Anton Sandqvist when he made the first bag on an old industrial sewing mashine. Soon his brother Daniel and their childhood friend Sebastian also joined the company. It's clear to see that the nordic nature, with its mountains, lakes and vast unpopulated areas has given a vast amount of inspiration to its creators.
Sandqvist's bags are uncomplicated and beautiful, with a clear Swedish heritage. Features such as carefully selected and durable materials, minutely worked details and an everyday functionality are all close to their hearts. These qualities make a bag great for both urban city life and a day trip into the wild. Sandqvist available now at CROSSOVER Flagship store.
Sandqvist
Hans Backpack in Army Green & Black
Sandqvist
Stig Grey/Blue Backpack and Erik in Denier Cordura
Sandqvist
Erik in Denier Cordura


Exclusively available now at CROSSOVER Flagship store

Inspiration for my wedding table settings... -I-

I hope everyone had an amazing, wonderful holiday.  I also want to send out a big thanks to all the lovely and supportive comments I received after my post about my horse's death.

Time flies and my wedding is less than 5 months away.  We have most of the "big" things squared away.  Now it is time to focus on the fun part - the details.  Below is the inspiration I've gathered for my table settings.


As some of you may know, my wedding will be at the Mathwig Estate Barn.  The look will be rustic, but I want it to be very "clean" rustic.  Not too shabby chic or vintage.


 The table above is probably my favorite.  I found a similar fabric which I'll use for the tables.


In the woods behind my parent's farm there are piles of old glass bottles left from previous tenants.  I have been collecting and cleaning them over time, and I plan on clustering between 8 and 10 of them in various sizes on each table, then fill them peonies (or a peony look-alike)...

Our china is basic white.


Candles are no longer allowed in the barn, so I will be buying A LOT of flameless votives.






1. Pinterest via Caught The Bouquet 2. Pinterest via Style Me Pretty 3. Pinterest 4. Pinterest  via Allyson Magda  5. Pinterest via Ruffled Blog 6. via Pinterest via Style Me Pretty   7. Pinterest via Sanders Estate  8. via Pinterest via styleunvieled.com  9. via Pinterest via Green Wedding Shoes

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Carré Royal Paris -I-


The origins of the Carré Royal brand go back to the 1950s with the founding of their first workshop. Their creations are made for lovers of fine goods who appreciate the unique quality of leather and the elegant sobriety of their different lines.
The leather used develops a particularly fine patina over time and comes from the very best European tanneries, mainly French tanneries. Carré Royal collection is now available at CROSSOVER Flagship store.

Friday, December 27, 2013

SAINT ALFRED x NEW BALANCE 1500 -I-

New collaboration between Chicago-based Saint Alfred and New Balance. Utilizing the New Balance 1500 as a canvas, the release sees a predominately red makeup on ballistic nylon mesh and long-grain suede while a contrasting white midsole and gum rubber outsole appear below. Capping off the look are 3M accents and a subtle hit of gold to the ENCAP branding – a hue echoed by the accompanying hang tags. The collection will be release on 28 Dec 2013 (Saturday) 11a.m at CROSSOVER Sunway store. First come first basis. 


Available on 28 Dec 2013 (Saturday) 11a.m at CROSSOVER Sunway store

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

FUCT FALL WINTER 2013 'Due In Time' -I-

FUCT presents “Due In Time”: its latest collection for Fall/Winter 2013. Shot in Bangkok, this season’s lookbook is meant to highlight the perseverance of the human spirit despite the suffocating masses and the somewhat seedy underbelly that lies beneath the glossy exterior of a modern, first-world city. The collection now available at CROSSOVER Flagship & Sunway store.
FUCT
Match Cross tee in Black & White
FUCT
Wolf Logo tee in Black & White
FUCT
Down and Out tee in Black & White
FUCT
Embroidered Union Logo crew in Grey
FUCT
Prisoners tee in White and College snapback
FUCT
Down and Out snapback in Navy & Black

Available now at CROSSOVER

Monday, December 23, 2013

NEW BALANCE MRL996 REVLITE -I-

The New Balance MRL996 incorporates RevLite technology, adding enhanced cushioning and a lighter feel to the iconic NB silhouette. Mixed suede and mesh panels are featured with soft and breathable fabric lining. Available now at CROSSOVER.
New Balance MRL996-AN
New Balance MRL996-AB

Sunday, December 22, 2013

NEW BALANCE M998MB -I-

New Balance M998
For 2013 New Balance have taken inspiration from the styles, materials and colours on show in classic American Movies, translating them on to their iconic footwear. This take on the 998 retains perfectly the modern and classic aspects of NB design that have made them a great, in a bold and contemporary colourway.

Available now at CROSSOVER Sunway store

Thursday, December 19, 2013

LOSERS Japan Uneaker Shark 4 -I-

The Japanese brand’s staple design returns as LOSERS Japan popular Uneaker Shark 4 is released in this pre-Christmas drop.

Continuing to add slight differences to the popular design, this Uneaker (SHARK 4) continues to feature the classic toe box style as featured on the original, although updated slightly in regard to the stitching. A premium red tongue pops as a central focus, as the same red colourway runs through to the model’s inner lining. The same Shark Teeth Motif is the shoe’s defining feature, sitting upon a camouflage print that wraps around the shoe’s medial and heel.

The LOSERS Japan Uneaker Shark 4 is due to release at CROSSOVER Sunway store on Today 20th December 2013. Sizes range from US7 - US10.


Exclusively available at CROSSOVER Sunway store.

My great loss -I-

This past August my childhood dream came true.  I got a horse.  Well, my amazingly sweet fiance got me a horse as a surprise for my 30th birthday.  I've literally dreamed of having a horse since before I could even say the word "horse," and had been seriously looking for a couple of months.  I met Sequoia the week before he became mine, thinking I was trying out a lesson horse for my instructor.  The following week when I went to the barn there he was in the stall, and my fiance announced that he was mine.  Shock and surreal don't begin to cover the overflow of joy I felt.  I cried with joy.  Such a sweet and precious gift.  Sequoia was a 3 year old Appaloosa gelding - cute and goofy and beautiful all in one.  Everyone commented that he was the sweetest horse they'd ever met.  He would follow me around the paddock like a puppy dog, and played with the sheep he lived with.  He was so quiet and level-headed and he trusted me enough to do whatever I asked of him, even though he was just a baby.  Sequoia was my refuge.



A month ago Chris (my fiance) came into my office and told me he had some bad news.  My dad had just called.  He had found Sequoia on the  wrong side of the fence with a very badly broken leg.  There was no sign of struggle or escape - no sign or evidence of anything going wrong.  There was nothing they could do for him. The vet was on his way.  As you can imagine, I was in hysterics.  My father didn't allow me to see him - he thought it would be too traumatizing for me.  I understood, but the feeling of hopelessness was so intense.  To just sit there knowing Sequoia's body was out in the cold and dark.

It has been a very hard past month, and I go through periods of grief and blame and anger.  The weekends are especially hard because that's when I would spend the most time with him.  I enjoyed his company as much on the ground as on his back.  I know it was no one's fault, and horses are a contradiction of strength and fragility.  We had professional pasture management consultants inspect the fence before we brought him home, and after we lost him, and they say the paddock was 100% safe.  It is hard for me to even look at the field now and just see the sheep - not my beautiful boy.


I'm sorry to bring you such a sad story today, but I just wanted to do it for Sequoia's sake.  I hadn't even managed to post about him coming into my life before he died.  He was my first horse and I had him for less than two months.  It's hard not knowing what went wrong and therefore not knowing what to fix.  It's hard because I feel like I failed to keep him safe.  I was looking forward to growing with him and all the years we potentially had together.

Remember during the holiday season (and always), to keep your loved ones (both furry and humans) - close.  To be grateful for their health and happiness, and always remember that our time, while a gift,  is not guaranteed, and that all we can do is live in the moment and try to enjoy every precious second.


Thanks to all of you who read this.

Love,
Ashley