To figure out whether you have warm or cool skin tone, review this checklist to  e n l i g h t e n  you:

1. V E I N S – check your inner wrists; WARM if your veins are more greenish and COOL if they are more on the blue side.

2. J E W E L R YWARM if you suit gold jewelry and COOL if silvers look more fab on you.

3.  S U N  E F F E C TWARM if you have the ability to develop a golden tan and it is typical to have freckled skin too (EXCEPTION would be those on the extreme fair side like pale-warm toned Amy Adams who only burns) .  COOL if you are fair and only burn, or if your medium to dark skinned you either burn, turn pink then develop a dark/bronzed tan.

4. C L O T H I N GWARM if natural earth tones suit you: cream, beige, light peach, orange-reds, olive green, browns.  COOL if white, black, blue based red, blue & purple compliments you best.

5. H A I R  – WARM if your hair has golden/honey undertones.  Think golden blonde, caramel and rich chocolate brown. COOL if you have blue undertones.  Think ash blondes, deep reds, cool browns and jet black.

6. E Y E SWARM if you have hazel, green, greenish-blue, amber or golden brown eyes.  COOL if you have deep brown, black brown, gray blue or dark blue, hazel with gray flecks eyes.

Remember, there are different variations of warm and cool skin tones: you could be pale, fair, olive, medium or dark.

There is also such thing as NEUTRAL meaning you sway both ways (like me!)… If this is the case for you, you probably had mixed answers but one thing that is pretty certain is you will sway stronger to one side than the other.

Here are a some celebrity examples to help put it into context:


Amy Adams has a fair warm skin tone.  She would apply to the warm group who is too fair to tan.


Ashley Olsen is also on the fair warm tone side too but also has the ability to tan.  Her hair is on the lighter blonde side but has golden highlights coming through to compliment her skin tone.


Same applies for Jessica Biel – she has a fair warm tone and honey blonde hair really suits her.


Jennifer Aniston has a medium olive warm skin tone which enables her to achieve a glowing golden tan.


Jessica Alba is also medium olive warm toned and suits those honey blonde-brown locks and gold jewelry and clothes.


Beyonce is dark warm skin toned and gold suits her to the tee!


Moving into cool skin tone girls, Anne Hathaway has a fair cool tone which matches beautifully with blues and dark cool brown hair.

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Rachel McAdams also has a fair cool skin tone with subtle pink undertones and this copper orange hair colour looks gorgeous on her.l


Lea Michele has cool olive skin tone and that white silver dress really makes her features pop.

Lupita Nyong’o is dark cool and that turquoise blue really works wonders on her skin tone.

I hope this post assists you when making your everyday beauty decisions.


Peachy Ash

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Ignite your SENSES through the ocean.  

The FEELING of sea breeze caressing your face and warm fine sand through your toes.

The VISION of endless turquoise water with the reflection of the sun hitting the waters surface.

The SOUND of waves rushing up towards the beach.

The SMELL of the fresh air with a hint of salt.  Ahh, breath in the ocean. 

This is just the experience one needs to FEEL the pulse of life.



combosaladI had my girlfriends over for Sunday lunch this last weekend and I wanted to make a meal that could be finished and ready to serve before they arrived so I wouldn’t be doing the rush around the kitchen like a mad woman while at the same time trying to entertain!

So I decided on 2 yummy cold salads: a Nicoise Salad (my own version) + a fresh Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber & Feta (from

They both could be made up in advance the night before and stored in the fridge ready to be served.  Although these two salads are very different, their flavours complimented each other really well.

Ash’s twisted Nicoise Salad

What I love about a Nicoise salad is the versatility of foods that can be used and it caters to all – vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians and meat eaters.  Also, it’s casual dining experience allows your guests to pick and choose what and how much they want to eat.  It is a composed salad so the ingredients are artfully displayed on a platter which adds to your presentation – I received a few ooo’s and aaaa’s when it was served!


Ingredients & Instructions:

Serving of 4

  • a bunch of lemon and garlic marinated Sicilian green olives (these can be found at your local deli/grocery store)
  • a bunch of Kalamata olives
  • a bunch of Boccocini
  • 4 Boiled eggs cut in half
  • 4-6 Fresh cos lettuce hearts
  • 1 can of corn (drained and rinsed)
  • a couple cold meats (I bought some lovely polish sausage and smoked ham)
  • fresh basil leaves to garnish the platter and of course eat!
  • half a pint of cherry or other mini tomatoes
    • cut in half & dossed with pest0 (I used my homemade pesto but store bought is just as good)
  • 2 grilled Atlantic salmon fillets (with 1 tbsp olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon and salt & pepper)
    • salt and pepper your fresh salmon on both sides
    • heat tbsp of olive oil in a pan on med-high
    • fry the salmon a couple minutes on each side (or until crisp on the outside and cooked to your desire on the inside)
  • garlic green beans & spinach – a couple generous handfuls of green beans & the same amount of spinach (with 2 tbsp olive oil and 5 cloves of garlic finely chopped)
    • heat olive oil in a pan on low-med
    • saute your garlic for a few minutes
    • then add your green beans, increase the heat and stir them around for a minute
    • then add your spinach and continue to toss around for another minute
    • I like my beans crisp so a few minutes at most will do

Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with Cucumber and Feta

This salad is quick and simple, and full of fresh flavours.

lemonfetaorzosaladIngredients & Instructions:

Serving of 4

  • 1-1/2 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or just enough to lightly coat the pasta
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large English cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Cook the orzo al dente according to package directions. Drain the pasta, let cool for a couple of minutes, and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, cucumber, herbs and feta. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve chilled or at room-temperature.


Bon appetite!


Peachy Ash




Surfing does a body, mind & spirit good…

A great way to start the day is getting up early and doing an activity you love.

For me, I got to enjoy some morning surfing at a reef break called Point Impossible between Torquay and Ocean Grove this past long weekend.

There is something special about being in the ocean…the serenity, mystery and of course wicked sets of waves coming through is bliss to me (and a great workout too!).

Elaborating from the “Respect the Reef” sign in my photo, also remember to Respect Nature, Respect your Peers and most importantly Respect Yourself.  Get up and do something that does your body, mind and spirit good.

Namaste xo


I’ve posted this quote to help you kick those Monday morning blues.

It makes a significant difference when you can start your work week off with the right attitude in mind.

Watch out world, here we come:-)



I found this fantastic article on and I never knew Ben Franklin could be a master of politics and self-development?! His humility in accepting his flaws is refreshing and better yet his constant effort to improve himself is admirable.  Mr. Franklin has inspired me to try his approach in achieving my own good habit goals.

The article applies Mr. Franklin’s method with time management habits which will definitely be included on my goal list.  Without further ado here is the article…

Twelve Time Management Habits to Master.

Nearly three hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin came up with an approach to changing habits that has yet to be surpassed. A young adult seeking to straighten out his act, Franklin developed a list of thirteen virtues, jotting down a brief definition of each. These were character traits he took to be important, but in which he found himself lacking. He knew that nurturing these habits would bring about positive change in his life.

Starting at the top of the list, Franklin spent one week working on each virtue. In the morning he thought about how he would reinforce the new habit throughout the day. During the day he looked at his notes to remind himself of the new habit. At the end of the day, he counted how many times he fell back into the old habit.

While Franklin was surprised at first to see how “faulty” his behavior was, he was so resolved that he pressed on, working through the entire list in a thirteen-week cycle, and completing four such cycles in a year. As for results, he noted in his autobiography that while perfection was unattainable, he could see big improvements.

Modern psychologists recognize three key elements in Franklin’s three-hundred-year-old procedure for changing habits:

  1. He started out committed to the new behavior.
  2. He worked on only one habit at a time.
  3. He put in place visual reminders.

Applying Benjamin Franklin’s Method

Here are 12 time management habits for the new year. Tailor these as you like, but whatever you do, work on one each week using Benjamin Franklin’s method:

Habit 1: Strive to be authentic. Be as honest with yourself as you can about what you want and why you do what you do.

Habit 2: Favor trusting relationships. Put your efforts into building relationships with people you can trust and count on, and make sure those same people can trust and count on you.

Habit 3: Maintain a lifestyle that will give you maximum energy. Work your way up to doing aerobic exercise at least three times a week, eating a light lunch, and getting enough sleep.

Habit 4: Listen to your biorhythms and organize your day accordingly. Make it a habit to pay attention to regular fluctuations in your physical and mental energy levels throughout the day; and based on what you learn, make adjustments to how you schedule tasks.

Habit 5: Set very few priorities and stick to them. Select a maximum of two things that are your highest priority, and plan time to work on them.

Habit 6: Turn down things that are inconsistent with your priorities. Get good at saying no to other people, and do so frequently.

Habit 7: Set aside time for focused effort. Schedule time every day to work on just one thing.

Habit 8: Always look for ways of doing things better and faster. Be on the lookout for tasks you do over and over again, and look for ways of improving how you do them.

Habit 9: Build solid processes. Set up processes that last and that run without your attention.

Habit 10: Spot trouble ahead and solve problems immediately. Set aside time to think about what lies ahead, and face all problems as soon as you can.

Habit 11: Break your goals into small units of work, and think only about one unit at a time. Spend most of your time working on the task in front of you, and avoid dreaming too much about the big goal.

Habit 12: Finish what’s important and stop doing what’s no longer worthwhile. Don’t stop doing what you considered worth starting unless there’s a good reason to give it up.

Article written by Pat Brans – sourced from

What other habits can you guys think of applying Mr. Franklin’s method to?   Look forward to your comments:-)

xo Ash


dressTurquoise is Gorgeous in Many Forms

Turquoise is a colour that exudes positive energy & can make a bold statement.

One of the most timeless gemstones to be worn throughout the ages is Turquoise.  Turquoise is a beautiful sky blue gemstone that is usually opaque in appearance and has wonderful blotches and veins.  It has been a favourite for many people and while extremely popular in the ancient world (especially Ancient Egypt and Persia) continues to be popular for today’s fashion sensibilities as well.

The colour turquoise is associated with meanings of refreshing, feminine, calming, sophisticated, energy, wisdom, serenity, wholeness, creativity, emotional balance, good luck, spiritual grounding, friendship, love, joy, tranquility, patience, intuition, and loyalty.

With Turquoise being a natural tone that reflects the earth’s sky and sea, it is no wonder why it is used in many fabrics, jewelry, furniture & other design pieces…
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xo Ash

Above images were sourced via Pinterest.

IMG_6800[1]Meet little Miss. Olive (top pic)… she is full of beans and lots of love and cuddles.  She is a very LOUD purring machine and with just as little as a glance at her will trigger the peculator in her!


Mr. Taj (bottom pic) is our little lion man… meaning he thinks he rules the house.  Taj loves to catch bugs like moths but tends to run away when the birds come out to play.  I swear he is a cat!

These two gremlins create a whole lot of smiles and laughs in our home and we are so grateful to have them!




Live in the present.

Make the most of the moment.

Be grateful with what you have.

Give our undivided attention to those currently in front of us.

These are all positive actions that will help us become the person we want to be.

When we veer out of a present positive mind state, chances are it’s caused from reminiscing on negative past experiences or it’s from worrying about something in the future. These thoughts can then lead to feelings of resentment, sadness, regret, worry, fear, stress, etc – none of these are good for the present self.  It is all good to reminiscence on happy times and brainstorm hopes and dreams for the future but that is where it should stop.  No negativity.

Rather than dwelling on the past and worrying about the future, it makes a lot of sense to just be present right here right now.  Practicing this way of thinking would bring about a lot more positivity into our minds.  Let’s try to fill our mind with gratefulness, optimism, love, endearment and understanding.

Let go of the past, make the most of the now, be hopeful for the future.

The future that will transpire will be the result of your actions in the present.

I hope you all have a great weekend.


Ash Incomplete

I have been running so sweaty my whole life
Urgent for a finish line
And I have been missing the rapture this whole time of being forever incomplete
Ever unfolding
Ever expanding
Ever adventurous
And torturous
And never done
– Alanis Morisette (lyrics from her song, Incomplete)


I’ve been kicking it old school lately by busting out some old CD’s.  I came across Alanis Morisette’s 2008 album “Flavors of Entanglement”.  I can remember buying this album just before a past boyfriend and I parted ways and this album helped me gain empowerment and strength during that time.  Alanis’ whole album goes through the journey of moving on from a relationship (I believe the album was written about her break up from Ryan Reynolds).

The songs are raw and real – she sings about plenty of heavy negative stuff as well as finding your feet again and new-found happiness.

The final song on the album is called “Incomplete” and it’s full of insightful and optimistic messages. 

You may be getting over a breakup, frustrated at not getting that job promotion you deserved, or in just some sort of rut, and hopefully this song can remind you to look at the bigger picture of the issue at hand.

I’ve found a beautiful acoustic version of Alanis performing it…

xo Ash