Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bramblewood Fashion's 6th Birthday!

Hello everyone! Today, to the day of the week, marks the sixth birthday of Bramblewood Fashion! It is hard to believe that I've been blogging for so long. I've met so many people over the years, some of which have become good friends of mine. I've joined many fandoms over the years too [Doctor Who, Sherlock, Marvel, etc...]. My taste in music, films, television, and fashion has changed too over the years -- which is a good thing since I was nineteen and fresh out of high-school when I started BF.

When I first started blogging I wasn't that into fashion, and BF was more focused on me sharing my sewing projects. Eventually at the encouraging of one of my friends, Rebecca, Gaby & I started sharing our outfits with y'all! Eventually this blog space evolved over the years into more of a fashion/beauty and sometimes lifestyle blog.

Week In Feminine Dress - Day 5
 - Went to London, UK on a historical costuming tour with my Mum hosted by Jennie Chancey of Sense & Sensibility Patterns.
- Met my best friend through the blogging world at a conference [Achaia from Marie-Madeline Studio].

What I'm Wearing Today - Ashley Nicole
- Joined my first blog events: Week in Feminine Dress and Maid Marian's Wardrobe.
- Graduated from High-School in May of that year.
- Created my first DIY post for BF on how to turn your jeans into a skirt.
- We attended the Reformation 500 in Boston, MA that July. [Of course, I made costumes for the occasion]

What I'm Wearing - Ashley Nicole
- Started the Who Inspires Me [Fashion Wise] series.
- Hosted my first blog event.
What I'm Wearing - Memorial Day Inspired
- Went to Costume College in LA for the first time!
- Visited Charleston, SC for the first time!
- Interviewed by Sullivan Entertainment for my AOGG Fashion Event!
What I'm Wearing - 1950s/60s College Girl Inspired [Wool Plaid Skirt]
- Joined in the Sew Through the Decades Challenge.
- Shared my first YouTube video: How I Draped My "Young Victoria" Bodice

What I Wore | Graphic Tee + Blazer + Oxford Heels
- Hosted My First Modest Fashion Week.
- One wintery weekend I had a very vintage themed creative three days.
What I Wore | Plaid + Jean + Red Nails = ♥
- Started painting my nails all the time.
- I sewed a lot of 1950s clothing this year.
- Hosted Feelin' Feminine's Spring Challenge.
What I Wore | 1950s Poodle Skirt
- Hosted a Nancy Drew themed Blog Event.
- We had the Royal Wedding in April of 2011. Of course, I shared my thoughts on Kate's dress. My other blog: A Girls Guide to Home Life went viral that day, because of a post I had wrote on Grace Kelly's wedding dress in 2009. #saywhat I also received a bunch of new readers that day!
- Did my first 30 for 30 Remix!
- Had my 21st Birthday [I also did a HUGE giveaway of 21 prizes from various shops, websites, and designers for my birthday celebration].
- Joined Casey's Cherished Collections Blog Tour.

What I Wore | Vintage With a Country Twist
- Received my first BirchBox!
- Went to the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Academy & Film Festival.
- Hosted the Going Through the Era's Blog Event [it went from the 1930s-1970s].

What I Wore | Pencil Skirt + Lace Blouse + Blazer
- Started watching Downton Abbey and created a post on capturing the style for today.
- Refashioned my first sewing project ever featured on BF into my most favorite skirt!
- Did a product review for eShakti.

- I started watching Doctor Who in the winter of 2012. The signs popped up from time to time in my outfit posts.
- I co-hosted the: One Skirt | Three Days | Three Bloggers event with Olivia of Fresh Modesty [we are blogging friends BEFORE either of us started our blogs, we go wayyyy back] & Natasha of Natasha Atkerson: A Modest Fashion Blog.
- Did the 15 for 15 remix in June.

15 for 15 Remix | Day 1

- Received my first GlossyBox when it landed in the United States.
- Joined Instagram.
- Shared my 22nd birthday party & outfit with y'all.
- I started wearing simple makeup & tinted lip balms and lip glosses.

Sunday Style
- Co-hosted a Doctor Who blog party with Tasha of Day by Day. It was lots of fun and we fan girled over the Tenth Doctor quite a bit during that event.
- I recreated my own versions of DW themed outfit. post one. post two. [BBC America would later comment on my pins for these outfits, and share them on their DW board.]

What I Wore | Fly Me to the Moon
- Became a fan of Captain America.
- Joined Ipsy.
- Did a styled review for: Better Dresses Vintage.

What I Wore | A Foxtrot Above My Head
- Wore red lipstick for the first time.
- Did my first makeup tutorial: Achieving Peggy Carter's look from Captain America: The First Avenger.
- Reviewed one of Hannah Everly skirts.
- I did my first beauty review type post filled with my favorite products.

- Hosted the Inspired by Film Fashion Event.
- Completed the Sew for Victory! 1940s Sewing Challenge. inspiration post. finished product post.
- Did the 30 for 30 Remix Challenge again.
- Created a video tutorial on how to make a 1940s inspired skirt.

What I Wore | On the Preppy Side of Life
- Discovered the wonderful show, The Great British Sewing Bee on the BBC.
- Sewed my popular 1950s red gingham sundress.
- The Boyer Family Singers guest posted on BF.

What I Wore | 90s Floral Dress + Swell Caroline Review
- The year Google Reader left, and the blogging world freaked out! #rememberthosecrazydays
- My 23rd birthday party + outfit post.
- Us three sisters did a "We Wore" outfit post when the Long girls came to visit.
- Worked with more brands the Summer-Winter of 2013.
What I Wore | Comfy Knits for the Office
- Gaby's photography really improved greatly this year, and has continued to improve. Yep, Gaby has been taking my pictures since day one. Occasionally one of my other siblings would take pictures for me too, but 95% of the pictures are Gaby's.
What I Wore | Peplum Top & Pencil Skirt
- The summer & autumn of 2013 featured some of my favorite outfits and posts of all time.
- I hosted my Avonlea Fashion Week with Sullivan Entertainment.
- I struggled with the stress of keeping up with the "idea" that people had of my blogging & beliefs this year [and this carried into 2014 too]. [some of that came because I promised a series of posts, then I came down some serious health issues. Like I was in the hospital serious.]
What I Wore | Modern Ballerina
- I learned somewhat what my new style of BF would be as there were less sewing posts & vintaged themed post as past years featured.
- I dabbled more with the BoHo look.
- I started babysitting on Tuesdays & some weekends.
What I Wore | A Pinterest Inspired Outfit
- I started wearing pants/jeans more often on the blog.
- I did a year in review of my favorite outfits of 2013.
- Me & Gaby both worked with Alice Hannah our first company based in the UK.

What I Wore | Parisian Chic
- I shared my favorite lip products for the vintage beauty lover.
- Me & Charlotte of the Boyer Sisters discovered that we had similar vintage kilts. We both did outfits posts to document this great moment.
- Series three of Sherlock BBC aired, to document this great moment in television history I did an outfit video inspired by Sherlock Holmes.
What I Wore | Sherlock Tee + Floral Skirt
- Me & Gaby created a Valentines Day fashion lookbook.
- Created a DIY tutorial on how to make your own graphic tees.
- Shared my room + closet tour.
What I Wore | Coral + Navy for Spring 
- Went to the grand opening of our local Clothes Mentor + posted a haul video.
-  Create a thredUP haul & review video.
- Co-hosted the 1 Button Down | 3 Days | 3 Ways blog event with: Fresh Modesty, Creations by Callie, and the Boyer Family Singers.
What I Wore | Let's Twist Again, Like We Did Last Summer
- Nothing like getting free roses in exchange for a review, and featuring them in an outfit post.
- I shared what my favorite hair products were.
- I did a live-in nanny job for eleven days while the parents were in Europe.
What I Wore | Lily Collins Inspired Outfit for Work
- Shared how to style one black skirt four ways.
- Hosted the 1 Maxi Skirt | 3 Days | 3 Ways blog event.
- Did a product review for Lime Ricki.
- Shared my 24th birthday adventures with y'all.
What I Wore | Stripes + Herringbone
- Started working at Ulta Beauty
- Created a Parisian Chic Lookbook for OASAP
- Went to my first meet-up, it was for the Delight group.
- Gaby shares her skincare picks.
Ulta Chic | 1940s-sh Inspired [Makeup Wise]
- I stared a new blogging series called, Ulta Chic -- which features outfits that I wear to work at Ulta Beauty. Sadly, this series has slowed down on my blog, but I still occasionally feature pictures of my work outfits on Instagram.
- I cleaned out & reorganized my lip product drawer.
- Created a new series: How to first post featured the 1960s.
- Gave out my tips on how to build a wardrobe.
- Shared my top 12 favorite fiction books.
- Worked with my first beauty brand: Borghese.
Sunday Style | 1930s Inspired
What I Wore | Pastels for Winter
- Found the perfect vintage styled sweater dress.
- Wore a very Audrey Hepburn inspired outfit.
- Created an Agent Carter themed makeup tutorial based on what Peggy Carter wears in the ABC television show.
What I Wore | BoHo Parisian
- Became obsessed with two amazing ABC television shows: Forever & Agent Carter. I was so sad when Forever was cancelled after only one season. I feel like ABC cancels all the great shows, except the Marvel related ones.
- Discovered a love for nude colored lipsticks.
- I shared my favorites for skincare.
- Gaby & I created a baking video for Valentines Day.
Styling Heeled Booties Two Ways | #MYDUO
- Me & Gaby worked with DUOBoots in creating two outfit posts each featuring the booties they sent us. Gaby's post. My post.
- Shared my favorite everyday makeup products for the Spring.
- Did my first vlogs.
- Shared the ways I've cosplayed the Marvel fandom.
Cinderella Spring Style | Fashion LookBook
- Created a Cinderella inspired fashion lookbook for the new live-action Disney movie that came out this Spring.
- Did several collabs with blogging friends: Southern Belle in Training, Someone Like You, and That Katie Girl.
- Lisa Eldridge liked & shared the post I wrote on how she inspired me!
- Started working with many more beauty brands like: Butter London, Cover Girl, NKD SKN, Pacifica Beauty....
#1outfit3ways | Day 2
- Worked with Lime Ricki again with another swimsuit review.
- Created a list of my money saving tips for shopping at Ulta Beauty.
- Hosted the #1outfit3ways blog event.
What I Wore | Casual Everyday
- Met the Boyer girls this summer. We had a blast hanging out together: the three BF gals [me, Gaby, and Hanne] and the three Boyer gals [Jessica, Brigid, and Charlotte].
- Met Katie from That Katie Girl when I visited Chicago this summer.
- I learned how to finally spell Chicago this summer. Yeah, spelling is not my strongest subject. Neither is grammar or math.
- Went on first trip road trip with friends to Chicago & the Indiana Dunes.
What I Wore | Stripes + Boyfriend Shorts + Wood Watch
- Hosted a fun 1940s themed movie night at our house with a friend.
- Was asked to be a bridesmaid by a good friend. Of course, I said yes!!! This is going to be my first time being a bridesmaid. I've only ever been a flower girl, and that was back in 1999. To say the least, I'm excited to be in the bridal party especially since the last couple years I've been working behind the scenes for most weddings that I've attended.

Story Time! Share in the comments any of the following: how you discovered BF, how we became friends, favorite BF memory/post, etc.... I can't wait to read y'alls comments!

~Ashley, xx


  1. It's so cool and inspiring to see how far you've come! I started reading your blog several years ago but stopped because I just wasn't on blogger or reading blogs that much. I started reading again about a year ago and I love it now more than ever! You're a great writer with awesome fashion sense. Keep up the good work, lovely! Happy 6th blog birthday!

  2. Woohoo for six years! :D Congrats girl! Ok, so how I found out about you and your blog: looking over my sister Brigid's shoulder one day as she was reading one of your blog posts back in 2010 or 11 I believe... yeah your blog and we girls go way back ;)


    1. Thanks, Charlotte! You girls really do go far back! I kept seeing y'alls names pop up in the comments when I browsing through my old posts to create this post. :)

  3. This post was FABULOUS Ashley!!! I loved seeing the progression of your blog over the years. I have actually been planning on doing a post similar to this when my blog has its 1st Birthday this fall!!
    I must say that I was soooo inspired simply by reading through your post about all that you have accomplished and been able to participate in because of your blog. The blogging world is quite exciting:) I just had to comment and say how exciting that you have traveled to the London, it is my goal to go to the UK when I graduate from college (fingers crossed I can go). Also, so awesome that you have attended Costume College! I just discovered them this year and boy does that look exciting....maybe one of these days I will be able to go.
    I could say so much more, but I will close with Congratulation on Bramblewood Fashions 6th Birthday!!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Madison for your kind words!

      The UK is awesome, someday I want to go back and visit again [or even live there for a bit]. Costume College is *so* much fun! I was able to attended two or three times [can't remember] with Gaby and we learned so much!

  4. How fun to see how your sense of style has changed and adjusted over the years! Happy Birthday to your blog :)

  5. I don't know how I found your blog but I'm so grateful that I did. I love to see how your style has changed over the years. Keep up the good work, I adore your blog!

    1. Thanks, Emily! I hope to keep blogging for as long as I can.

  6. Oh my goodness Ashley! It is amazing to see how your blog has changed and developed over the years. You just keep getting better and better! I think I discovered your blog either in 2010 or 2011, and I cannot for the life of me remember how I found it. It may have been through Casey's old blog, Elegant Musings, but I am not sure. :)


    the Middle Sister and Singer

    1. Thanks, Brigid! You could have very well discovered me though Casey's old blog, as I was on her favorite blogs list and mentioned on her blog several times.

  7. This is really great so happy, i have been watching your blog since late 2012 and then recently started my own and now following you.

    It's great seeing how your style has developed, Mine has two really in the past 2 years so now i finally have a wardrobe for all types of weather and occasions and it now fits who i am and my issues with clothing.

  8. That Doctor Who party was so much fun!! I've enjoyed your blog so much, Ashley. I can't even remember how I found it or when I first reading it, but you've been inspiring me for many years. :)

  9. I've been following your blog since around 2013, I think. I just fell in love with your classic style, being a fangirl myself I love your Sherlock and Marvel themed posts. You definitely give me a lot of fashion inspiration. Congratulations on 6 years!!!


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