English Rose

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— Ben Hogan
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Dress – c/o Shoshanna via Rent the Runway (to rent, to buy: 1 / 2) || Mules – Miu Miu (as pumps, as flats) || Clutch – Kate Spade || Sunglasses – Forever 21 || Cuff – Forever 21 || Lips – YSL ‘Volupté’ Tint-in-Oil No. 7 ‘Crush Me Orange’ || Nails – Nails Inc. x Victoria, Victoria Beckham in Bamboo White || Hair – DreamDry

Photos courtesy of beautiful blogger Anna

These days I’ve been making a sincere effort to just enjoy life.

To stop and smell the roses a bit.

Life is so short.

Too short, in many cases.

It can be easy to lose focus. To get distracted. To think that having thousands of Instagram followers matters in the long-term. To think that answering that next email is gravely important.

But, after losing my father at 22, I’ve learned a lot about HOW people remember you when you’re gone. And I promise they won’t remember your Instagram following, they won’t remember your perfect email response.

They’ll remember the little things. They’ll remember your voice, your kindness, the warmth you made them feel. The way you made them smile.

People remember HOW you make them feel longer than anything. And lately I’ve been seeing so much cruelty and selfishness here in the “influencer” community of Chicago that I’ve just stopped. I’ve stopped going to most events (unless they’re run by close friends), I’ve stopped interacting with poisonous personalities (deep down I suspect they’re such cruel people because of serious insecurities anyways), and I’ve started focusing all my energy on the people and work I love.

I’m even escaping the city to get away into nature more. To return to the things that lift me up instead of bring me down. As Eleanor Roosevelt so eloquently puts it, “great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

We have so little time here on Earth — don’t waste it with small minds. Spend it with great ones.

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  • Sophie

    In a word: BREATHTAKING !!! Xxx

  • Wow! It takes some guts to do that! Good for you! Life is too short enjoy it amndget everything out of it. Btw, you look gorgious!

  • Good for you Ashley! It’s truly the wild, wild west out there which is why you should surround yourself with people who make you feel good and are genuine! xoxo

  • Deepti Karulkar

    This is a great post, really honest! And you do look like an English rose! I love the dress, the clutch, the shoes, the hair… I love it all!

    Deepti | http://www.mademoisellemeetsmaquillageandmacaroons.com

  • Wow, you inspire me so much! You are definitely right that people will remember the little things when they think about your impact. Thank you for such a transparent post. As always, you look stunning!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

  • I see a lot of bloggers try to head that way. I think at one point you just lose your head in all of this and you need this withdrawal from virtual reality to get back into reality. I’m sorry about your father. I’m glad you are taking time to smell and wear the roses 🙂

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  • I so wish people would think less about being an “influencer” and more on actually doing something of substance. I have been doing the same—making a concerted effort to connect with what’s important. I think a lot of people are. So happy I can share ideas with you. Love what Eleanor Roosevelt says.

    Anna || Noir Friday

  • The dress, shoes, and sweet hairdo are all so dreamy and romantic. Perfectly lovely!
    –G
    http://gingerwroot.com

  • Loved this post! You are so right about life! xx