Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Accept no imitation

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself rather than a second-rate version of somebody else "

- Judy Garland

Lathered up

What's your favourite shop to buy bubble bath at? Do you know of any lovely brands for fizzes, salts, and suds? I think Philosophy may be my best bet. Love a glamourous bath after a long day at the office. A girl has got to unwind! Vanilla or coconut scents are ideal. All I need is a clawfoot tub and a glass of bubbly.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton world

... Apparently Miss Hilton thinks by wearing pearls and opera length gloves she is suddenly graceful. Does anyone else find this funny? I wonder which came first, the book or this photo of Paris. Knowing Paris it was probably the book, and this was her attempt at laughing it off. Kind of sad. Silly, silly girl.

Girl about town

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story

Last week I was invited to a special CFC screening of The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story - a wonderful documentary about the legendary work of Disney songwriters Robert and Richard Sherman. It was absolutely incredible! Not only did I very much enjoy the film, but I also got the chance to meet Richard Sherman himself. He treated us to a friendly Q+A which was followed by a once-in-a-lifetime performance of some of the two's most noteworthy songs including numbers from The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
Today I received an amazing e-mail from the directors of the film, Gregg and Jeff Sherman, sons of original duo. I'd like to share it with you:

Dear Ashley:

We truly appreciate your joining us last week for the sneak preview of our Walt Disney Pictures feature documentary, "the boys: the sherman brothers' story." As you saw, it's a loving tribute to our dads -- Richard and Robert Sherman -- the Oscar and Grammy-winning team who wrote world-famous songs such as "You're Sixteen," and "It's a Small World" and song scores for more than 50 movies including "Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book," "Winnie the Pooh," "The Aristocats" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

We're thrilled to say our film garnered glowing reviews from several major U.S. critics and we’re hopeful you’ll be seeing similar reactions from the Canadian press and media later this week. (www.rottentomatoes.com/m/boys_the_sherman_brothers_story/)

Unlike big budget films, we’ve learned the most effective means of getting the word out on documentaries like “the boys: the sherman brothers’ story” is through word-of-mouth. You’re one of only a select few who have actually seen our film, so we’re asking for your help. “the boys: the sherman brothers’ story” opens exclusively for a limited time at Toronto's AMC Yonge and Dundas on Friday, August 21st. The success at your theater -- the only place in the world where “the boys” is playing -- will determine the studio’s theatrical release of our film. We hope you enjoyed our documentary and will help us spread the word.

Please feel free to forward this email to any of your contacts who might enjoy our movie or, if you would, please take a moment to compose your own email or facebook posting telling your friends, family and neighbors about “the boys: the sherman brothers’ story.” For anyone who would like to learn more about our film, please log on to: www.theboysdoc.com.

Thank you again Ashley for your touching, heartfelt reaction to our film and, especially, our dads' legacy. We are all very grateful.


Gregg & Jeff Sherman


Story of a charmed life

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I spy silver & sapphire

I spy with my little eye...

Burberry on Bloor

There's nothing sexier than a classic trench and pair of red soles. Lose the trousers and show off those gams. A lovely little frock underneath, with the lacy hem peeking out.

Burberry is set to launch on Bloor Street this October. Actually they've just opened at Yorkdale Mall, but you won't catch me there.

Stairway to heaven

Imagine a mirrored staircase leading up to your boudoir? Very ooh la la. How glamourous it would be!

Photograph by Polly Wreford

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Bat for lashes

Photographer: Jamie Nelson
Make-up: Lottie
Art Direction: Danielle von Braun

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Half-moon manicure

The half-moon manicure - such an elegant look. I've been wanting to get my nails done like this for a long time now but am unsure of where to go.

If you've had any success in Toronto, won'tcha help a girl out? Which nail salon does it best?