Friday, October 4, 2013

Peach Galette

Homemade and sugary baked goods are my favorite. However, sometimes the thought of slaving three hours in a kitchen just to satisfy my sweet tooth just doesn't appeal to me. For those times, I introduce to you the galette.

According the my favorite internet encyclopedia, the word galette is a term used in french cuisine to designate various types of flat, round or freeform crust cake. I interpret this definition to mean that taking a frozen, leftover, pie crust and stuffing it with butter, sugar and fruit is not only acceptable, but tres french and classy.

Making a galette is the easiest dessert to make. Simply roll out a pie crust, add your fruit of choice, a couple pads of butter, a sprinkling of sugar and rollup the ends. Voila! You have the classiest, easiest, frenchy-est dessert ever. And remember, I am not a lazy baker, I am a french galette pastry master.

Peach Galette 


1 single pie crust
3-5 fresh peaches, sliced with skin
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp flour
3 pads of butter
sliced almonds for sprinkling
1 egg


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Roll out the pie crust on a floured surface and then transfer to a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, add sliced peaches, sugar and flour and toss the coat. Evenly fan the coated peaches onto the pie crust. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the peaches. Fold the pie crust edges up and over the peach filling. 

In a small bowl, whisk the egg. Use a brush and coat the dough with an egg wash. Sprinkle the entire top of the galette with sugar. 

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until dough is golden and crisp. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Jacket of My Dreams

I know, I know. I haven't been on here for weeks. And now, here I am, preaching about the jacket I cannot live without. It's pathetic. It' annoying. It's the most perfect jacket I have ever seen!

Last Fall, it was all about two toned leather. Canvas bodice and leather sleeves. This season, it's all about plaid, plaid and more plaid. Thank god for that. Plaid might be my favorite, ever. If you counted all of my plaid button-downs, you might be sick. But cereal, Madewell has stolen my heart with this perfection that is called the All-Weather Plaid Coat. I want it. Now someone buy it for me. 

P.S. How good is this plaid?? And this plaid? Mommy want.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thrifted Thursday: Work Wear

You all know I love thrifting. There is something so satisfying about buying something old and wearing it in your own style to make it new again. Thrifting is about taking risks and being creative. I find it easy to incorporate thrifted pieces into my casual wardrobe. Throwing a "retro" jacket (and by retro I mean Gap-from two years ago) over a trendy top and skinny jeans is easy and fun. I also find that most people usually appreciate the creativity and dichotomy of these combos. Experimenting with fashion on your own accord is fun and doesn't hurt anybody.

However, getting thrifty at work place can be a whole other ball game. There is a fine line between creative and over-the-top. This line has been on my mind often due to my new, mandatory, business dress code. Thus, I have taken it on as a personal challenge to incorporate thrifted items into my work wear, bearing in mind that taking fashion risks at work may not be the best environment to test the limits.

I obviously don't work at an office that requires a dark suit every day. Nor do I work in the fashion industry though where mini skirts are acceptable when paired with a blazer. My office falls somewhere in the middle, where color is acceptable as long as it's below the knee.

My thrifted work wear look below is something I feel proud of. You may have noticed the thrifted heels from this post, and yes, they are happy that they have finally come out to play. The sweater was thrifted from the ARC, which was thrifted by my mom, which was then thrifted by me from her closet. Makes perfect sense, right? The yellow top is Victoria's Secret and may as well be thrifted for as old as it is and as many times as I've seen it at thrift stores (and might I add, in better condition than mine shown here). The skirt is new this summer from J. Crew and really has proven to be a work staple. It goes with everything, fo real. Minus it's questionable quality (some of the threads are falling out), I wear it at least once a week. Score.

So what do you think? Work appropriate? Or do you want to politely tell me I should never step foot into my office dressed like this again? You tell me.

Thrifted "crochet" sweater. Too casj for work wear? Maybe regretting it in retrospect....

A close up of my money maker. I knew it was important to you to see every angle of the outfit.
It's not blurry. You just need glasses.

Sweater: Thrifted (similar, but sold out)
Top: Old Vicky's Secret (similar)
Skirt: J. Crew Factory
Heels: Vintage (similarcute cream version)

P.S. Please excuse my face. This photo sesh occurred before I had time to apply my face. Rarrr.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

5:00 A.M. Hiking

Because I have a nasty habit of saying I'm going to do something and then not following through see here), I wanted to wait awhile before I shared my new routine with you. But it's officially bloaggable folks. I have been waking up at 5:00 a.m. for the last month to go hiking before work. Brown chicken, brown cow.

As many of you know, I have moved back home...into my parents house. Yes, this 26 year old chick is sleeping in the same room that she spend the first 17 years of her life. Besides obvious perks of living at home, like free rent and endless snack options, my favorite and least expected perk is hiking with my mom and dogs every morning at 5:00 am. I know what you're thinking. 5:00 am? That's ungodly, that's too early, that's practically a sin. And I used to agree with you.

I'm not what you would call "a morning person." Although I'm not the kind of girl who sleeps until noon, I'm  certainly don't look or feel like my typical perky self until after 8:00 am. My favorite way to wake up is leisurely around 8:30am, lounging in bed and watching Girls until the urge to pee gets so bad I must get out of bed.

But now, Monday through Friday, this grumpy morning girl wakes up at 5am and goes hiking with her mom and pups. Not only do I like it, but I love it. I love the cool temps in the morning, as outside activity becomes unbearable to me past 10am during Colorado summers. I love being awake to watch the sunrise over the mountains. I love the quiet. I love feeling like a rockstar when I get home and have my workout behind me and it's only 6:45am. Hiking at 5:00 am rocks, and I highly encourage you all to try it.

 July 3rd was light when I would wake up, which made it easier to get out of ma bed.

 July 8th...this is my morning face. Get used to it. Also my mom is also gorgeous.

July 9th...I love 5:00 am hiking!

 July 10th...5:00 am hiking sucks.

 July 15th-ish...the super moon! That was cool!

 July least I'm awake for some gawgeous sunrises.

July fell asleep.

 July 25th...Stella and Zig love 5am hiking.

July 28th...can't get Nora Jones outta ma head.

July 30th...Why am I doing this? What has my life come to???

August 5th...a foggy 5am hike. Eerily spooky, but beautiful.

August 5th...more 5am hiking, and my maja's smexy leggies.

August 7th...officially dark until we get to the trailhead.

August 12th...still looking good, but can't wait for the day it's too dark to continue...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pattern Party

These days, it's all about mixing prints. Polka dots on plaid, leopard on lace, floral on camo. The possibilities are endless. Today I'm bringing you something special, something you have never seen before. An Ashley original. Just kidding. You have definitely seen it before. Probably like a 100 times on Pinterest. But I still like it, so I'm going with it.

Today I present to you a stripes and paisley party in the same blue-ish color scheme. I know, I am so trendy and monochromatic. I thrifted this boys Target Boutique button down at the FIRC Thrift and Treasure (oh how I miss Breck thrifting...). I bought the skirt on clearance at J. Crew factory during one of their cray cray 50% off sales for like $15, which means I practically stole it. And these pumps, well they just don't quit. They are the pumps every working woman should have in her closet and they are from Payless. Yes Payless, I know, who would have thought. Truth tho, they are the MOST comfortable heels I have ever worn. They are padded on the inside with a three inch heel, which is the perfect height. Not so low they're considered a kitten heel, not so high that your feet are screaming at you by 3pm, but juuuust right.

So what do you think? Are you wowed by my original pattern combination? I thought so.

Hand on the hip. Homie don't play.
Blue Stripes and blue paisley are the new PB&J.
Backside shot, because I know you were all wondering.

Shirt: Thrifted Target Boys Section (similar)

*Photos taken by my maja
*Cameo by Duncan

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Do you ever just have those weekends you don't want to end? I do. It's called every weekend. This weekend was particularly nice and relaxing though. It started with takeout and a movie on Friday night. The takeout was Crystal Mountain Cantina (try it, it's good!) and the movie was Guilt Trip which made me both laugh and cry (did it have this affect on anyone else?). Saturday morning, my new friend Autumn drove over to my house and we hiked the Inteman Trail to Section 16 and my booty is still sore. After I got home from my hike, the bf surprised me by driving down to Manitou Springs. This made me so happy because a) I love surprises and b) I didn't have to drive anywhere! Because the bf was hangry (angry because you're hungry) we went straight to grab some lunch. We tried La Coquette Creperie in downtown Manitou Springs and it was delicious. It is a completely gluten free restaurant, and for those of you who aren't gluten free, nor want to be (like me), you couldn't even tell. Everything was fresh and all the "breads" tasted normal and fanstatic. Thumbs wayyy up to this restaurant. After eating lunch, we walked around Manitou for a bit until it started raining, then we went home. About 4 hours later, we found ourselves hungry again, and because the bf made the trip down, he got to pick dinner. Little did I know he would pick the chain restaurant, Texas Roadhouse, but he did, so we went, we ate tons of beef, the end. The next morning, we were hungry again (have you picked up on this weekend's theme yet...), so we drive to Mountains Shadows restaurant for some delicious eggs and green chili. If you are a green chili fan, I will throw this out there that Mountain Shadow's has the best green chili I have eve had. Period. After breakfast, we needed a rest, so we went home and played with the pups. Then the bf had to go back to Denver which made me sad, so I went shopping and bought new shoes, and tht made me feel better.

In other news, starting tomorrow, this little guy has new blog posts lined up all.week.long. You are so excited you just peed your pants? It's okay, I won't tell. See you tomorrow!

A Weekend in Salida

Salida IS my new favorite. Fo real, it's the jam. Have you ever been? It's the quaintest, most charming little river town in all of Colorado. I'll even go as far as saying, at the risk of sounding trite, I will have a third fourth home there one day. I can see it now. A charming farmhouse, along the edge of the Arkansas river, just outside of Salida, Colorado. You can totally visit if you want.

Seriously though, we stayed in Salida for my madre's birthday and had the best time. I loved the weather, the people, the river, the landscape, the food and the vibe.

We started our adventure on Saturday rafting Brown's Canyon. We took a guided tour and really enjoyed the small and "friendly" rapids along with our knowledgeable guide. After rafting, we drove down to Salida where we stayed at the cutest Days Inn motel I have ever seen, seriously, I was impressed. We showered, changed and headed downtown for some food and fun. We ate at the Boatyard Cantina and loved it! We sat at a table next to the river and enjoyed delicious food and great service. After dinner, we surprised my mom with her (our) favorite cake and champagne in the park. She was completely surprised and it really made her night. Sunday, we drove back downtown for breakfast. We ate at a River's Edge and enjoyed it even more than our dinner the night before. The ambiance of this restaurant was even better and we had the most delicious breakfast, not to mention their "juicy pour" mimosas were only $3! After breakfast, we walked by the river and let Zig swim for a while, then shopped all the boutiques. One thing that is on my agenda for next time is to float the Arkansas via intertube. Floating is apparently what all the locals do, and if there's one thing I love to be, it's local!

Overall, our weekend was fabulous and I don't know if our destination could have been any more perfect. Next weekend you want to get away, check out Salida (and make sure to call me because I'll want to go too).

Monday, July 22, 2013

Kate Spade 'Padme Wedge' Perfection

I'm obsessed. Kate Spade has done it again. Have you seen her new Padme Wedges? Perfection. They look like the kind of shoes that I could a) wear to work and be a badass, business biatch, and b) wear to happy hour and throw a couple back without getting all wobbly like on other pumps.  I love their thick heel that keeps them stable. I love their wide wedge that makes 'em comfy. I love that they look like these Celines, but for like, 1/5 the price. I love them in white and I looooooove them silver. Stable, classy, profesh and sexy. Mommy like.

The only thing I don't like? The $328 price tag. Whyyyyyy???

Have you seen any Kate Spade Padme Wedge looks for less? Do you love them like I do? 

P.S. Since we're on the topic of things I want, this self proclaimed selfie lover needs this Celfie tee by Sincerely Jules stat. Gimme.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Pikes Peak

Hiking 14ers are a right of passage here in Colorado. If you haven't been to the top of one, don't admit it or you're that guy. Seriously, it's slightly ridiculous how obsessed my state is with mountains higher that 14,000 feet. And for what? A hike that you have to start at 4am so you summit before the weather turns? A hike that is often 50% switchbacks, back and forth, back and forth? A hike with only rocks and dirt to stare down at because it's above tree line? 

Alright, alright. They're not as bad as I'm making them sound. 14ers may in fact give you an incredible sense of accomplishment when you get to the top. A high that is only attainable when you're 14,000 feet high. But- I'll take a 10-miler, below tree line, among the wildflowers, next to a babbling brook any day.

I digress. A couple of weekends ago, the topic of 14ers came up and the truth came out. The bf had never hiked one. The bf had never been to one. "Whaaaaat?! And you've lived in Colorado for how long?" But, being the smart chick that I am, I quickly came up with a solution. "Pikes Peak!" I shouted. "We can drive there! Now!" So we did. And it was fun. And gorgeous. And no one found out the bf's secret. Until now. Whoops.

Welcome to Pikes Peak. And I shall formally introduce you to my new love, Pearl the Subaru. Isn't she a beauty?
It was hard work getting up to the summit, but someone's gotta do it.
Smoggy and grey from the fires.
Then we got high. Real high. 14,000 foot high. And Wes broke his cherry.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

4th of July, Blueberry Pie

Wait, what? I missed it? The 4th of July was last week? Damn shit.

Just in case you didn't get your fill of the good 'ol red, white and blue, I have just the ticket for you. Pie. Fresh, beautiful, blueberry pie. It doesn't get more patriotic than that.

The crust is my standard recipe. Its flakey and buttery crust and never fails. Make it sans food processor, you won't regret it. The star of this dessert is obvi the blueberries. This recipe keeps it simple with just a sprinkling of sugar, a few pads of butta and perhaps a dash of nutmeg (per the Pioneer Woman's suggestion). The results are fresh, sweet and natural. Try not to eat the whole thing, I dare you.

4th of July, Blueberry Pie (adopted from the Pioneer Woman)
makes 1 pie


2 pie crusts (use the recipe from this pie)
3 pints of fresh blueberries
1-2 tbsp sugar
dash nutmeg
3 tbsp flour
1 stick butter, sliced into pads


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll our your pie crusts.

In a large bowl, add all the blueberries. Coat the blueberries in the sugar. Mix in the nutmeg and flour (the flour makes the filling thicker, for a juicier pie, leave it out).

Pour the blueberry mixture into the pie crust and cover with the second crust. Pinch the sides closed and cut a few slits into the top of the crust. Bake for 25-40 minutes or until the crust is golden.

Eat warm with ice cream, preferably while watching fireworks.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Business Profesh

So I've been in my new job now for almost two months now, and I think I have exhausted all my clothing options. I wear variations of the exact same, business profeshional outfit every day. Black pencil skirt, colored top. Grey pencil skirt, colored top. Black pants, colored top. BORING. Dressing up for work was fun for like the first five minutes, but now I'm over it.

However, in the spirit of keeping things positive, lets discuss this boring, yet thrifty and thrifted outfit. Yes.

Mom bought me the skirt at the Banana Republic Factory store for $20 and it just doesn't quit. It goes with everything, as a black pencil skirt should, and stretches and bends with every pizza lunch I consume. I bought the top from J. Crew on sale for $12 bucks and I really, weally love it. Its stripes make me feel like the naughty little sailer I am, and the orange and blue colors make me feel like a Broncos cheerleader. It's basically perfect. Now let's talk heels, or should I say wedges. I bought these little babies at the thrift store last summer for $1.50. Ya, you heard it right. $1.50! They are Seychelles brand, comfy and go with e-v-e-r-y boring, business profesh outfit I own. Score.