August 2017 Behind the Scenes and News

August 2017 in my mind is full of sunshine and sparkles, in reality I think there was more rain and grey skies. I do know it was for the most part a happy, busy and exciting month for me.

behind the scenes of August 2017


August 2017

August 2017 started with me having an idea for a new hashtag on instagram. read more here #bloomingsleeves 

This was the result when I last checked instagram, how cheery are those flowery pics?


August 2017 blooming sleeves hashtag


Then came my final ‘Five over 50’ challenge the theme was ‘Orange is the new black’  

Did you see the pics?


5 over 50 orange is the new black for august 2017


August 2017 in my mind is full of sunshine and sparkles, in reality I think there was more rain and grey skies…


As a family we went on a little ‘Staycation’ in sunny Devon.


devon august 2017


I know it may be sad to get excited about a supermarket opening but I certainly did when a brand new Lidl opened up the road! I even went comparison shopping


My Lidl Heroes vs Tesco a Comparison Shop


My Exciting News in August 2017.

I promise to tell you much more next week, but briefly I was chosen by JD Williams along with 5 other blogger/influencers and journalists to be part of JD Williams’ re-branding and re-launching campaign.

To say I was excited and very proud would be an understatement. I was beside myself and couldn’t stop smiling all last month.

I travelled up to Manchester for the night, stayed in a lovely hotel where I met the film crew and my fellow bloggers. We then went out for a marvellous meal and the next day we were up bright and early to start videoing and shooting for JD williams Autumn and christmas collection. I returned home exhausted (it must be my age) but feeling uplifted full of inspiration after having met so many wonderful, creative people.

august 2017 behind the scenes

Here are the six of us in our Autumn outfits and our party outfits. You may recognise some of the other bloggers?

From L to R in the first pic: Catherine from Not dressed as Lamb, me, Emily from Fashion Foie Gras, Jenny a journalist who blogs as The treasure Hunter and Busola a magazine and lifestyle editor and Nikki from Mid Life Chic

As you cans see we had lots of fun and I promise to show and tell you more about this very soon after the re-launch has happened.

My favourite blouse of August 2017

This is me wearing my fave blouse of the moment from JD Williams…

You can find it by clicking here and it only costs £24.00

The boots are also from Jd williams  Here and they only cost £35 and come in wide fittings too!


behind the scenes of August 2017


How was your Summer? I would love to know where you went and if you survived 6 weeks with the kids?

Linking up with not dressed as lamb for the #saturdaysharelinkup



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  1. 11/09/2017 / 21:08

    Golly you have had a busy time in August Ashley! A huge “Well done” on the JD Williams collaboration – how very exciting for you. Good luck too with the lovely new link up with Laurie – it’s another great idea. I do hope we can meet up in London in October.

    Anna x

    • 11/09/2017 / 21:36

      Hi Anna and thank you I loved your radio programme you rock!!
      would love to meet up with you
      ashley x

  2. 08/09/2017 / 17:24

    Congrats on the JD Williams venture and the linkup venture. I’m so pleased to see you and Laurie doing this. Great shirt and fab sleeves, of course. Just missing the bloom:)

    • 08/09/2017 / 20:00

      Hi Anne Marie, thank you so much, I am thoroughly enjoying the JD williams campaign! Its great to see you on the link up, so much fun!

  3. 03/09/2017 / 14:52

    I can’t wait to see more about the J D Williams campaign. Well done! You rocked it! xx

    • 03/09/2017 / 22:02

      Thank you Laurie, it was so much fun and there’s more to come!
      best ashley xx

  4. Oldfashionedsus
    03/09/2017 / 00:24

    Can’t wait to see the results of the JD Williams work you’ve done. You’re on fire!

    • 03/09/2017 / 13:08

      Thank you Sue,Im enjoying it so much !
      Ashley xx

  5. 01/09/2017 / 22:13

    Aaah so proud of you Ashley!!! What an amazing month!!! Go go go!!! World domination on the fashion scene next, for you lovely!!!

    Meanwhile I’ve had the slowest month ever – back to back festivals and no childcare has crippled me!! Hopefully things will start to get back to a normal rhythm in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime I’ll love vicariously through you!! Brilliant ??

    • 02/09/2017 / 11:33

      Well thanking you kindly Caro!
      Your festivals look such fun! I know you will be at it once the boys are at school, wishing you well with that too.
      bestest Ash xx

  6. 01/09/2017 / 17:18

    What an amazing month and congratulations on the JD Williams shoot!

    Have a fantastic weekend! x

    • 02/09/2017 / 11:35

      Thank you Natasha, you too!
      Very much looking forward to seeing you soon..
      bestest wishes
      Ashley xx