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Friday, October 29, 2010

Talents I Do Not Possess.

Even with the constant threat of my eyeballs becoming permanently crossed looming over my head, I just can't get off the computer. Seriously, I hope I am not straining my eyes squinting at the screen in my window-less home. This would be the perfect residence for someone allergic to sunlight or in need of a bomb shelter. I've loved my quaint, humble abode...but now we're getting over it.

Still, I had to get on here to inform the public of two very talented friends.

Sarah is now a certified personal trainer. Obviously, she has a bomb body…let’s all try to look like her. She recently posted a question about motives. What motivates me to exercise and eat well, you ask? Uh, thinking of the multitude of bad things I’ve eaten. Going to a school that shared a parking lot with Krispy Kreme. The daily Victoria’s Secret ads in my e-mail. Discovering McDonald’s drinks are only $1 right now and I can pay for it with car change and pocket lint.

Well, that’s what SHOULD motivate me, but it’s making me hungry. It’s never the exercise that’s the problem. It’s the impossibility of passing up wonderfully horrible foods.

So, if you’re like me and lack self control, maybe Sarah can motivate us both. Check her out. If you’re in the Salt Lake/ Holladay area, she will hook. You. Up.

OR, I’ll try to convince her to continue her education somewhere in the um…cosmetic surgery field. Then, if she just can’t waste anymore time struggling to train those of us who insist on shoving fries into our mouths, she can simply offer lip. Win-win situation, and a round of brownie sundaes on me.

Alisha is a favorite ex. As an ex-roommate, I know she has great taste because of the sprinkling of her belongings from her room to the garage (belongings consisting of everything from pants to cans of tuna). Until she moved to Paris, I’d occasionally stop to admire these little golden nuggets (STOP. SIDENOTE: The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has $1 shrimp cocktails! SO GOOD! Sarah, I need an intervention!). Truly…impeccable style. And impeccable personality. Meet this girl just once, please.

Anyway, luckily for the rest of the world, she’s gone into DESIGNING! She’s got the FIDM connection and started her own wedding dress company specializing in creating one of a kind, custom dresses. It’s online. Not even sketchy. I’ve seen the dresses with my own, uncrossed eyes. BEAUTIFUL! I would’ve insisted she memorized Ines di Santo photos, then slaved away sweatshop style in our basement making my wedding dress HAD I KNOWN SHE POSSESSED THIS TALENT. I mean, I’ve always admired her style…but wow.

Blown away by both girls. World, give them your business.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bow Chika Bow Wow

Excuse our absence from the blog world as I felt I should undergo a mental health rehabilitation after I finished hair school in September. It was in the best interest of us all. Taylor Andrews was great, but when being surrounded 60+ younger girls’ escapades 48 hours a week tried my sanity, I pretended to be a reality show contestant. I read magazine headlines now with great empathy for Heidi Montag and Kourtney Kardashian (it’s not their fault they’re lives are jacked). Truly though, I learned the most I felt I could from our instructors and am glad I continued my post-graduate education at cosmetology school. It's definitely no substitute for college or a college social life, but there are few things in this world more gratifying than making someone feel beautiful. Even if it is only for 4-6 weeks.

I’m thrilled to announce I’m back to not so anxious, happy, sane Ashton, so I can initiate communication with the outside world again. Ok, so I wasn't THAT bad, but still. I needed a break from life.

In my absence from cyber world, my old friends kept me entertained in REAL life and we did so many fun things! AND…I finally took pictures!


Backstreet Boys concert with my friends and sweet husband.


Favorite part of the night: eating popcorn we found under someone's chair.


Loved this car we parked next to!




I seriously have the FUNNEST HUSBAND EVER!! I don't care that it's not a word!!!




Dave Matthews...maybe one of Brian's favorite events of the year. I think Dave is boring, but there were 5483780297348502 other people there who thought otherwise. His guitar player bore a strange resemblance to Lil Wayne. If I didn't know he was in jail, I would have paid more attention. Anyway, I loved that Brian loved it, so we enjoyed it.




Cooper’s Run…not really a run, but a little joggy-walk benefitting a preschool. This little guy Cooper had the most disturbingly tragic death, but in memoriam his family just wanted to give back to the community. They did an incredible job and it was truly a touching celebration. Still, my friends and I were teary most of the run.




Even some of Cooper's little preschool classmates participated.




Also, Jackie, Natalie and I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon! INCREDIBLE. Disney was so organized, even with over 12,000 participants. We ran through Disneyland (ALL the characters were there!!), California Adventure, and Angel Stadium. Thanks for letting me steal your pics Natty.





Early enough to not have realized how far down my shirt have fallen. Sorry.
PS Jackie ran this after having a baby...she'd been up since like 2:30 AM, then stayed up til 4:30, ran 13.1 miles, and then went to Disneyland. Yeah...I know.





I'm sure I was in the Port-O-Potty behind them. Truly, running is a total cleanse.

Before I graduated, I was able to assist NAHA nominee Chad Seale at a live photo shoot in Trolley Square. This is 100% his work, of course, but a couple of friends and I loved being able to help make hairpieces and observe the whole makeup, wardrobe, and photography process. I adore the last picture.







The girl overseeing wardrobe had such fun pieces.








Awesome. So happy to be a part of that shoot!

I love love love (um, obsess over?) photo shoots and shows now, whether it’s being involved or part of the audience. It’s a complete fantasy world where extreme is good. High fashion lets your creativity go unreserved, and overindulgence in texture, color, and height is appreciated. Unless you’re into some certain drugs, nowhere else does this magical realm exist.

Oh, not to be overlooked, I beheld with mine own eyes the ugliest dog I have ever seen in my life. Luckily, I had my camera so I could snap a picture and then gawk at it later. Unfortunately, you can’t see much from the picture. Imagine this: Great Dane+Poodle+Pug eyes. Trust me, it was hideous.




Not hideous = Zoe.
My family finally got a puppy after I left the house. I guess the ever-growing hamster/fish graveyard in the backyard got to my Dad after rodent funeral services for both Beyonce (my sister's hamster) and Beyonce 2 (Beyonce's successor). RIP Beyonces.

This little puppy is the baby of our family now. Zoe is a Maltese Shih Tzu mix, and gets to have lots of pictures on my blog considering she's undoubtedly the cutest thing to grace my blog page.













So anyway, now that I'm done with school, I'm spending some time at home and am plotting to take over the world. Brian is done with school in December! Woooooooooo. After visiting Las Vegas and Phoenix the last couple weeks to look for jobs and places to live, I’ve decided Plan A, Plan B, and Plan B2 will all likely fail. I’m continuing with my life’s blueprint on a blank page so that when Brian is graduated, we can hit the ground running. Or at least on our feet.

And hopefully in cute shoes.