I am currently writing this blog post from the PHX airport waiting for my flight to Seattle for the next few days. If you follow me on Snapchat (ballard_ashley), you know that I am ALWAYS here. Being addicted to globetrotting is the most fulfilling hobby ever. I am always exploring new things and fantasizing about the day that I move out of the desert. I love these photos a lot. They also felt a bit emotionally difficult to shoot, though. I try to avoid full-body mirrors a lot of the time so I don't have negative thoughts about myself, so it was a little bit of a challenge to keep my mind in a positive place while playing with these mirrored windows with photography buff DILLON IVORY. Between the lighthearted conversation and playing with smoke bombs for fun, I ended up feeling great by the end of these shots. I place

Blogging is really fucking hard. Even though anybody could make a website and write about themselves on a regular basis, people don't realize the difficulty that comes with being scrutinized by others and feeling like you're talking to a wall all the time (seriously, are you guys reading this? leave a comment below so I know you exist, please! ♡). Out of all the struggles I find with being a digital creator, the biggest one I have is one that I created for myself, and I know this issue affects other bloggers as well. This is really difficult for me to talk about publicly on the Internet. I hate my body. Okay, so does everybody else. But it has affected my relationship with food, with people, and with my blog. Being in photographs all the time has created this emotional stress for me, and over the past few years, it has downward-spiraled

I am very excited to talk about this outfit with you guys. It poses an opportunity to talk about some personal stuff with you, as well as share my experience visiting my DREAM HOME this week. We're gonna talk about gender. We're gonna to talk about minimalism. Keep reading on! I wore boys' underwear as a kid. I know that this is a really random thing to share, but hear me out. My parents were exponentially cool and let me do what I wanted, which also included having pet worms and wearing OshKosh overalls into eternity. I was a tomboy. Being an adult now, I still feel bits and pieces of that boyish kid inside of me. Sometimes I wonder to myself if I fit in the female gender "box," but I know in my heart that I am cisgender. I am just not the most female person in the world, and

I'm going to be real right now. I have no idea what to write about for you guys today. I don't know if I am having writers' block or exhausted from how many news stories I had to write at school today. So, instead of a conventional blog post about what I am doing right now *blah blah blah*, I am just going to leave these here for your visual enjoyment. Sorry guys, but I gotta rest my eyes. I'll write for you tomorrow! xxx PHOTOGRAPHED BY JORDAN WORTHY

Yesterday was the first day of spring. This outfit is a farewell to winter days. Seeing that I live in a desert and it is already approaching 100 degrees outside, this is a farewell long overdue. I am a bit sad that summertime is nearly upon us; the minute I get this beautiful LAMODA 101 coat, I can't wear it. However, I know that this coat is so authentic to my style that I will be wearing it when we reach cooler temperatures again. The blocking between the stripes and brown in the coat is so eye-catching, and I can't help but be in love. Paired with my LAMODA 101 D'Orsay flats, this is a great outfit to end the season with. I finally found a pair of D'Orsay flats that flatter my wide feet and are high quality, so I am thrilled. I paired this with my high-waisted black

I feel like I always wear my best and most natural outfits to school. I haven't talked about it much, but I am a third-year student at Arizona State University in Phoenix, and I am studying journalism and mass communication with a minor in psychology. When I first started university, I was studying to go into pharmacy school, with little direction on what I genuinely wanted to do. But, after learning what the industry was like, as well as failing the same math class three times, I realized that I didn't want to peddle drugs behind a counter for a living, that I needed a creative job that allowed me to channel the things that I love the most into a career. I thought that I would gradually realize what I wanted to do, but that wasn't the case at all. The last week of my first year of college, just

I would like to preface this by making the disclaimer that I am not a boho blog all of a sudden, hahaha. I am just playing around with some different looks, all in good fun, I promise. I only own a few pieces of jewelry that I rarely wear, and that isn't changing anytime soon. I decided to wear this adorable oversized MADEWELL babydoll dress for this shoot, paired with my DOC MARTENS and an oversized wide-brim hat that I bought from a boutique in Seattle. I really do love white (you'll see soon that my whole apartment is drenched in white), and inching it into my clothing choices lately has been an interesting line to walk. I want to keep authentic to my personal style, but be able to add my pops of "color," meaning grey, white, and taupe. In all honesty, I didn't find this dress to be very

Today's post is a little different. Okay, maybe more than a little. You and I, we are going to talk on another level here. People constantly evolve and change, this is a reality of life. However, I feel that people, at their very core, have a set of traits that, whether you see them or not, remain static throughout their lifetime. I've always felt like I am the same person, despite my outsides growing and changing, and I have always wanted to let that part out. Relative to other people my age, I would say that I do a decent job at letting who I am shine. I don't doubt my sense of self at all, but what I do have doubts in is my self-perception. Do I look the way I think I do? Are my core traits visible to others? I am always hateful towards my body (something that

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a reflective and exciting new year! New Year's is my second favorite holiday (the first is Halloween, duh) because it is the one day a year where we all have the opportunity to review how far we have come and set goals for ourselves to improve and change, all the while being heavily intoxicated and counting backwards to midnight. All jokes aside, however, I was extremely happy to reflect on the goals I had set for myself for 2015 and see the experiences I was able to have. In just one year, I traveled seven times, got tattooed four times, learned how to live alone, fell deeply in love, learned the realities of being in the point in my life that I am now, gained thousands of people just like you who are following my daily escapades in fashion and lifestyle, hosted twenty

As promised, here's another winter outfit for this week! I paired my BDG oversized button-up with my cutout pinstripe-grid dress, with my favorite fuzzy grey socks and boots. I shot with somebody new for this post (@dprimero in IG!), and it was quite a lot of fun walking around downtown and seeing the (otherwise boring) buildings in a new light. I know my outfit seems a little unrealistic for the places where most of you live -- you all get an actual winter! Nevertheless, this is just a little snippet of what I am wearing on a daily basis around here in Phoenix. Life is pretty good this week, also. Finals have met their end, and I am excited to have a restful holiday season with my family and friends. I hope you all do the same! Until next post! xxx shot by daniel primero