Monday, March 30, 2009

Hat for the times.

"The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize" -Clairee Belcher Steel Magnolias.
I'm not usually one for hats, but this spring seasons' have a nineteen-twenties inspired touch. A revolutionary time for fashion, it was a superb era! I love this straw bow cloche from Urban Outfitters.

With love,

Kristen Ashlyn

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The poetic side.

Inspired with a paper and pen, you now are seeing the poetic side of Kristen. (Oooooo). Sometimes I write poems. Up until now I've never posted any...but there is a time and a place for everything I guess. Enjoy.

I'm scared to fall.
I'm scared of small creatures.
I'm scared of that call.
I'm scared of some people.
I'm scared of a snake.
I'm scared of not knowing.
I'm scared of heart break.
I'm scared of small places.
I'm scared of months from now.
I'm scared of no time.
I'm scared I won't know how.
Most of all I'm scared...
Scared of losing, what isn't fair.
Scared to lose,
What may not be mine.
Scared you will go too...
I am scared you will never know
the beautiful in you.

Ta da! A poem by Kristen.

With love,

Kristen Ashlyn

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

teva diva

After downing two soft tacos, a tostada and a dark chocolate Milky Way, I sat at the library this evening feeling pretty content with my life. It might of been the Taco Bell tostada (or maybe the Milky Way) but no....I'm pretty sure it was my new shoes...

My teva's. Now, as Jesse pointed out to me, you all probably had a pair very similar to these when you were ten, but I never did. And they're in the top best things that have ever happened to me! I had a goal to get some for the summer. We are planning on doing a bunch of outdoor things, including hiking and river trips, and I felt that they would definitely be worth the investment. What makes these blessed shoes even cooler, is that I got them at the REI 'members only' garage sale for...get this....$10! Seriously people, the only reason I've found to take them off is to sleep and even that is a personal decision. Call me a nerd, call me a newbie, call me a granola poser, but my summer is going to spent with my tevas.

Does anyone else love their teva's/chaco's this much?

With love,


Monday, March 23, 2009

Up at the capitol.

I went up for one of the final days of Jesse's internship. We flew kites....

Just thought I'd share the pictures.

With love,


Sunday, March 22, 2009

in these hard times

Outfit for the times..."The Couch Dress". Some say that the economic recession is going to put a harsh dent in the fashion industry, but this fashionista way!!!...not with brilliant ideas like these on the loose! Not only is this a dress with a charming, vintage-quilted-patch-like look, but also serves the economical purpose of covering your couch. When you have company over, it no longer matters how ugly your couch may be, just slip on your couch dress and ta da! It's practical. Economical. Affordable (considering it is a multi-purpose dress). And all around, quite intuitive. Take that economic recession.
With love,


Thursday, March 19, 2009

where in the world will sister aubry ann go?

Well, now we know. Last night Aubry opened her mission call....
Most people had guessed somwhere within the states. The top guess was Texas...

But, as our Bishop said when we told him the news of her call, "the Lord works in mysterious ways..." :)

Aubry was called to the Mongolia Ulaanbaatar mission!

Aubry's face right after she opened it; it was completely opposite from what she had wanted!

Aubry will head out to the MTC on July 8th! We love you Aubs, congrats!

With love,


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Outfit for the times.

I'm absolutely head-over-heals about the styles for this year's spring/summer season. Here is an outfit that I picked out from the Urban Outfitters website. It's so lovely....
The floral prints are wonderful. I love this spring dress.
The "strappy" these!
There are some very feminine delicate hair accessories, so pretty!
I usually wouldn't like a piece like this, but I really like this one. What do you think?

Check all this stuff out at

With love,


Tuesday, March 17, 2009


If you're like me you probably need control even when there is really nothing more you can do. You worry, even when it doesn't really matter. You are probably inconsistent, yet steadfast, exhausted but full of enthusiasm, independent and also needy, unable to predict the future, but constantly making plans for tomorrow. You may cry your eyes out when faced with a road block, and simply laugh at other hardships. It's basically a whole lot of sometimes and never really knowing what you're going to be able to handle, or how you will handle it.

"Large fingers pushing paint, you're God and you've got big hands..." are the words Eddie Vedder, lead singer/guitarist for Pearl Jam, sang in "Sometimes"--the opening song to their 1996 album No Code. The song is ingenious. It describes human nature, and the struggle that we face when accepting that God is the one that knows what is best. The whole album focuses on lyrical themes that have to do with self-examination, morality, and spirituality. The song "Sometimes" really hit home. Without even knowing it, his words prompted me to zero in on the truth of human nature. Of course this interpretation is my own, but isn’t that what music is for...speaking to the individual soul?

Eddie is acknowledging that God has control over all things. He is the ultimate artist of this world and of every one of our lives. As humans, we often feel that we can’t make sense of things, even though we’d like to. “Seek my part, devote myself, my small self. Like a book amongst the many on a shelf.” Isn’t that really all we can do anyways? Just do what we can, looking to God to know what our detailed, and crucial part in this world is. He then goes on to sing…Sometimes I know. Sometimes I rise. Sometimes I fall. Sometimes I don't. Sometimes I cringe. Sometimes I live. Sometimes I walk. Sometimes I kneel. Sometimes I speak of nothing at all Sometimes I reach to myself, dear God.”

That’s how it is. Sometimes we’ve got our lives in control. Sometimes we don’t. Other times we have got the world in our hands, and then at other times it’s rolling away… There are days when no stick or stone, word, or deed can hurt me, and other days when I am fragile and broken. So to you and you and you...just keep it up; it's okay if it doesn't work out sometimes! And to Eddie Vedder, thanks for the awesome song.

Click HERE to listen.

Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don't.

With love,

Kristen Ashlyn

Friday, March 13, 2009

Run Forrest, Run.

Sometimes my mind runs a million miles per second, attempting to comprehend the complexity behind every issue, object, idea, opinion, etc... I'll be at Taco Bell, and I'll start thinking about how they calculate and predict how much food they will need each day, how many tortillas they'll need, how many beans they'll cook, and whatever else. I'll think about who takes care of the payroll, and what kind of computer program they have that takes care of that, and who designed that particular program, and how intelligent that person must be. (Because anyone who works with numbers or computers is automatically a genious in my mind). Then I think about computers, and how I have not even the vaguest idea of how a computer actually works or what a gigabyte really is. It goes on, an endless list of complexity. How something was created by someone, somewhere because of some reason I don't know.

I know that the complexity game is also innate within each of us females. There is most often a reason why that boy said that particular thing at the moment he chose to say it.
When really, the boy was just trying to say that he liked your shirt-no hidden agenda, no alternative motive. In fact, I can recall many specific times that my friends and I would sit around analyzing what a boy said, or texted, or facebooked. Sad but all too true. And I'm not crazy, it's just the way I am. Thankfully, over the course of time I have learned that most of the time when it comes to boys, things can just be taken the way they are said. Simple.

This past Tuesday night I watched Forrest Gump-a really great movie. And as I was watching it I realized how attracted I am to how simple Forrest views the world. Actually I was envious, because if you really lay it isn't all that simple. As a matter of fact, it is complex. The real change comes in how we decide to look at a problem, a word, a situation...whatever. We can look at it complex or we can look at it simple. I'd like to think from this moment on I'll look at it simply, through the eyes of a child....or through rose colored glasses, or whatever they say...but I probably won't. :)

With love,


Monday, March 9, 2009

the beautiful.

The beautiful things in the world: a lilac, a child's laughter, a good pair of jeans, a spontaneous moment, a clean kitchen, a first crush, a red Popsicle, the burn of ocean water, Pink lemonade, a long hug, a new mother's gaze, an unopened package of socks, a goodbye, a strangers smile, a very best friend, a twenty dollar bill found in a back pocket....though these are most definitely not all the beautiful things in the world, they are a good few. I admit that sometimes I get lost in the repetitive heartbeat of my daily routine. I easily forget to see 'the beautiful' around me, which is profoundly pathetic considering that the beautiful things in life are literally all around me. 'The beautiful' is in everyone and everything God has created.

To that other person I may just be another face on the street, another body in the hallway...they may not even notice me there. But we share the beautiful. The beautiful is in the sadness of a lonesome tear. It is in the joy of a bride-to-be. It is in the summer afternoon spent having a lemonade stand and running through the sprinklers. A moment that must be captured then, and only then, or you'll miss it. It is part of the process of changing from a child to an adult. And part of the child that will always be within us. It is the thread in the fabric of life; a good long talk with an old friend or a decent cry when one feels lost. 'The beautiful' holds us together even when we could easily fall apart.

To the ones I love so dearly- you are beautiful. To the ones I don't are too. So here is to the beautiful. The beautiful in me. And the beautiful in you.

With love,


Sunday, March 8, 2009

the gLeNHoOd.

Aubry let me borrow her computer a couple days ago, and I couldn't help but reminisce through her IPhoto gallery. The following are some gems from our Glenwood years....

Yeah, I used to have blond hair and bangs! I know, right?

Aubry has gone through a lot of hair phases as well. She used to have long hair with thick bangs. They were really cute, but look how different she looks!

Our nasty apartment. We had a roommate who only lived with us for about a week and then moved out. Fortunately, she left us with a huge painting of her face on the wall. So we could always remember her. We liked to think that she was always watching.

Typical Freshman night, no dates, just Henry Weinhards and some friends, lots of excitement.

Aubry's side of the room. We called it "her pile".

Aubry chops off her hair! Another Aubry hair phase. We were all so proud of daring!

Another freshman night. A photo shoot after Aubry's hair was cut.

Halloween! We were headed to our ward's Classic Skate Halloween party...we used to do stuff like that. Awwww, good times :)

With love,


Thursday, March 5, 2009

My claim to fame...

My claim to fame for the week is...(drumroll please)...Jesse's front page appearance on the Salt Lake Tribune! He was out flying some kites yesterday afternoon with other interns and a tribune photographer captured this marvelous shot.Click here to check out the Salt Lake Tribune link, with the caption and the picture. So now that my boyfriend is famous I guess my life is really going to change. You may start seeing my picture in People and InStyle's Hot or Not list...oh the lifestyles of the rich and the famous.

With Love,

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Everything is amazing, nobody's happy...

I saw this a couple days ago. I like it a lot!

With love,

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Create, it's in all of us.

Monday, March 2, 2009

'cause I got a peaceful easy feeling

It is Monday, and for reasons unbeknownst to me, I can't help but think back on this past week. It was a simple but very good week. And no, I wouldn't say that within the last seven days I took the bull by the horns in any way or seized after any new dazzling opportunities, but I did learn several important lessons that I just can't get off my mind. Maybe it was the Relief Society lesson I gave on President Monson's talk Finding Joy in the Journey, teaching us to "relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family," that keeps me clinging to every moment that I don't want to loose. Maybe it is just my fear of change. Maybe there is no reason. I don't know, but I do want to share what I do know:

Here comes the sun.
No matter the stresses, no matter the hurt, no matter how cold the weather may get...the sun is coming. This past week I was not only reminded by The Beatles singing the words "here comes the sun little darling...." but also by the few days of amazingly warm, late February weather that took Provo by storm. The bbq's were lit and the lawn chairs set out, volleyball courts filled with eager, winter deranged cougars, and all was well. And whether we're speaking of the literal sunshine or metaphorically of happiness..."Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting. Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear. Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it's all right."

For what it's worth.
Though I'm not quite sure what the actually meaning of the song is, Buffalo Springfield's For What It's Worth has become a song symbolizing the turmoil that was found in the world during the Vietnam War. This past week I found myself getting worked up and adgitated over certain world and political events. The decreasing, at times nonexistent, acknowledgement and use of values throughout the world is overwhelming. The continous effort of groups challenging the constitution, shaking the foundation upon which this country was is exhausting. It's a fight that isn't going end. I wish the world would just take Springfields words to heart, "I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound. Everybody look what's going down. There's battle lines being drawn. Nobody's right if everybody's wrong".

Me fail english? That's umpossible.
Last week Jesse bought season six of The Simpsons and if there is one thing I've learned from watching them, it's that good humor is a much needed necessity in life. We've all got to be able to sit back and laugh and the all-too-true realities of our day to day routines. "Me fail english? That's umpossible," is a quote from a character named Ralph Wiggum as he is getting called up to the auditorium podium for a notice that he's failing english...that is his response :). Oh those Simpsons...

National Treasure.
When I was growing up my mom would go through, what I will call, "movie phases". She would like one movie a lot and pop it in while she was cleaning or working on one of our school projects or something. This would go on for a week or two...maybe even three, and then the movie would practically vanish into the movie cabinet...never to be heard of again. I very vividly remember her National Treasure movie phase. Now, I'm actually not still sure if my mom still goes through her movie phases, being that I don't live at home anymore and don't get to see what all goes on, but I do know someone else who does...ME! Despite how strange I thought it was, I am truly the daugther of Shelley. I recently went through this phase with the movie "Lars and the Real Girl". I highly recommend it.
When we're will keep us alive.
The Eagles really knew what they were talking about when they sang the blessed words, "Don't you worry. Sometimes you've just gotta let it ride. The world is changing, right before your eyes.
Now I've found you. There's no more emptiness inside. When we're will keep us alive..." When it is all said and done and the week has passed on...I've laughed, screamed, cried, whatever it is I do...I thank my Heavenly Father for the extraordinary amount of love I receive from the people around me every day. It's will keep us alive.

So from the mind of Kristen to the internet...there ya go. The past weeks knowledge in a blog entry. Oh, and I just included the picture of Jesse because he sent it to me last week from work and I LOVE it :)

With Love,