Travel Mondays: The World’s Most Amazing Street Art

An original Bansky I snapped on Park Street in Bristol

An original Bansky I snapped on Park Street in Bristol

When I was studying in Bristol I had the pleasure of accidentally walking past provocative street art just about everyday.  As the hometown and stomping grounds of world-renowned street artist Bansky, I really couldn’t have chosen a better spot than Bristol for becoming acquainted with ‘sidewalk art.’ Fast forward to my trips to London, Paris and Amsterdam and, once again, I found myself delighted to discover art in the least expected of places.

So, of course, I had to write about this for DPG. See which cities made my list of The World’s Most Amazing Street Art right over here.


Happy Friday

pupLet’s all breathe a great sigh of relief: it’s the weekend. This week was really packed for me and I’m so excited to sleep in tomorrow! What are your big plans?

My bff Lisi Bumba is coming over tonight for wine and dessert and on Sunday we finally get to see our good friends’ new home! Other than that, the laundry is calling my name…

Have a great one everybody and enjoy these fun links…

Can you change your emotional life?

Office perfection.

11 Easy hair tricks.

This tumblr account is so much fun.

A zucchini pizza crust!

Story of my life.

The best navy sofas.

These make-up mistakes age you.

The dreamiest of backyards.

I’m not a big meat eater, but this looks delicious.

X, Em & Ash

Image courtesy of Flickr

Christmas Beauty Guide

The yuletide season is in full swing, so it’s time to put away the tinted moisturiser and break out the glitter and fall lashes.  If (like yours truely) you’re working until Christmas Eve, here are a few party tips for festive makeup that don’t require a last minute MAC dash.  Scroll down for the definitive guide to sparkly smokey eyes and the perfect oxblood lip.

Oxblood Lips

The Oxblood trend is still shining down on all things beauty, and for a strong party look wearing the colour on your lips is perfect.  Although darker than pillarbox red the colour seems less scary than a bright pop.

mac lipsticks

Mac’s dark shades have staying power and come in a variety of darker shades and colours. *TIP* If a colour you’ve chosen is too overpowering for your personality or skin type, mix a little foundation with the colour and apply, you’ll keep the hue the foundation will mute it slightly.


#1 Start by buffing and moisturising your lips; just a quick rub with a face exfoliator or gloves is fine.

#2 When applying a base and foundation I always apply it to my lips too, I like a totally blank canvas.  Lips should be the last portion of your face to make up, s0 do your eyes, brows and cheeks first.  Just don’t put too much power on your lips, it will just go cakey and the lipstick won’t glide on neatly.

#3 Lip liner.  A lot of makeup tutorials will tell you to apply lip liner in the same colour as the lipstick, but I think it’s ridiculous to ask a girl to have a lip liner in every shade, so pick a nudey/pink and use the just one.  Line all your lips not just the central portion; this makes even the thinnest of lips appear fuller and plumper

#4  Using a lip brush is quite a finicky job but it will ensure your lipstick is perfect, do one coat, press your lips between a tissue and then apply another

#5 Dab powder or foundation around your lips to stop the lipstick bleeding….

#6 Tah-dah…!!!!

oxblood lips

Glitter Smokey Eyes

I have a warm but pale skin tone, and dark eyes and hair so a smokey eye is a daytime look year round.  Mixing it up for parties and Christmas is often a challenge when you feel naked day to day without eyeliner and lashings of mascara.  However, if you want to smoulder under the mistletoe there are a multitude of metallic and sparkly shades to keep your party look on trend.

0a9901d7db10a1df06f6acffbeb7a4bbTo achieve the perfect smokey eye, you need quite a few colours and tools, if you invest in a good palette of colours that matches your skin tone, the mixing and matching is a lot easier.  Bobby Brown and Urban Decay do great reels of colours from nude shades through to deep, muddy tones.

Make sure your brows are neat and swept up and your base is perfected before you begin… For this look you need three colours, a glitter shade and some eyeliner.

#1 Start by applying a nude, shimmery colour to the whole eye area, sweep up to your brows and dust under yourlower lashes.

#2 With a smaller brush pat medium to dark colour over your lids, up to your eye socket, as rule dust the colour under your eyes to wear your lower lashes rest, and no lower.

#3 With an angled brush, take a very dark colour and use it like eyeline around your lash line.  Then sweep it up your outer eye in a sideways V shape.

#4 A light or white shade dotted in the inner part of the eye, where the lids meet, will open your eyes up and make them look bigger.

#5 Glitter, I find using my third finger is more precise when applying glitter than using a brush, which make so mess around the rest of your face. Dab a little glitter on your top  lids and around the outer eye.

#6 Eye Liner. Line your eyes however suits you, my eyes are quite big so I tend to line in and out, but if your eyes are smaller or deep-set, then just line the top.  If you’re nervous about such a strong eye look, then leave the eyeliner out.

#6 Dust power around your eyes to clear up any powder that has dropped, apply mascara and false lashes, and your ready to go! Here are my favourite metallic looks for Christmas 2013…

Deep purples and blue shades look great on darker or olive skins. Greens and golds brings out the pink rosey tones of pales skins and blonde hair.

If you want to mix it up a bit, use a lighter nude colour on the top lids; then apply a colourful and darker shade underneath.

Eyeliner Flicks


A modern vintage look, liquid liner never gets old and is perfect if you want to wear a strong lip and still be able to wear eye makeup.  Use a nude browny/gold shade over the lids and sweep a think line of liner from your inner to outer eye.  Pull up from your eyebrows and flick the liner up for a cat’s eye effect.


And finally…

If you really want to match your make-up to your Christmas jumper, try this Christmas themed eye make-up…

Ash x

12 Days of Christmas: #11

flowersIf any of you (like me!) still have Christmas shopping to do, idea number eleven is here to save you! Until the day I have my own garden, fresh flowers are always a welcome treat in my home and it would be such a simple and thoughtful Christmas gift to give toanyone from your BFF to Grandmother. It’s still not too late to have fresh flowers delivered in time for Christmas and Flowers Online, ProFlowers, and  InterFlora are even offering last-minute Christmas specials.

One week till Christmas! Our final (and my personal favorite) gift will be posted this afternoon. X

Lost in Victoria Hannan’s Photography

I suppose I like to blog and enjoy reading other blogs because I’m curious. Mostly snoopy. On an uninteresting Minneapolis day, I can unexpectedly eavesdrop on a painter in Australia. An artist in New York or, in today’s case, a photographer in London.

Victoria Hannan’s pictures of places and people captivated me this afternoon and I admire her ability to capture beauty in the breathtaking and everyday.


A windmill in Mykonos


Seacliff, Adelaide


lost4Seven Sisters to Birling Gap


 Summer in London