3.27.2011

Pretend Princess & Her Best Friends.

{LISTEN: ha ha ha.}

I was one of those girls that pretty much swooned when I saw the lovely Kate Middleton announcing her engagement to Prince William....but not because she will soon be living a real-life fairy tale, no. I was simply coveting that fabulous navy blue Issa dress that the future princess was wearing. Women all over the world immediately began falling all over themselves to copy the look. Now, I may not be marrying the heir to the throne, but I sure can try to replicate her effortless glamour. When I saw this little navy blue number staring at me from the lovely rack at my beloved Anthropologie, I had to snatch it up. It's no exact copy of Kate's, but wearing this dress made of a similar jersey material that hangs just perfectly above the knee, I sure felt like a princess.

And what's even better than feeling like royalty? Spending a perfect, sunny, Sunday with my two favorite guys.....because we're the three best friends that anyone could have. 

Oh, and I have to brag about my sweet Will. Through the Red Cross, he gave the life-giving gift of blood, while at the same time honoring the memory of Dean Zickler, a young man from Florence who passed away in 2006 at the young age of twenty-one. 

I may not be anything close to a princess, but my Will? He's a real prince, for sure. 
























33 comments:

Staley Mc said...

I saw that dress in Anthro and considered buying it because it looked similar to Kates! It looks great on you! I just love that blue!

Brooke said...

aww this is so cute! I LOVE that dress. You look so gorgeous in it! You could totally be a princess!

Meri said...

Great pictures! I'm more of a Prince Harry type of gal, so you've got no competition from me hahaha. The blue dress is really chic, nice job of taking "royal inspiration."

Diana Smith said...

First of all, you look gorgeous!! Second your family is soo cute! That is so awesome that he donated blood! I love how you call him your prince! CUTE!

Kristen said...

Love how you're channeling Kate, but you still have an Ashley-esque twist on it!

Good for Will for donating blood (but the needle phobe in me totally winced at those pictures)! And little Hudson...so adorable as always! I love that I can watch this little man grow up.

Ashley said...

Aww Will does sound like a prince! And I love your blue dress!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

GREAT pics! You seriously have a beautiful family :) And good for Will that's awesome!

...now I have "and we're the three best friends that anyone can have..." stuck in my head hehe!

AmyLee said...

these pics are gorgeous! you have a beautiful family.

Alexis Kaye said...

You are such a talented blogger!!! I, on the other hand, am not so good with the technology side of it all! Also, you look HOT. And you just had a baby? Crazy. Teach me your ways before I conceive!

Alessandra said...

You look gorgeous in blue! Stunning, what a pretty dress and fun photos of the family as usual.

maritaBliss said...

Aw, you guys are so cute ♥

maritaBliss said...

Also; following :)

Cindy P said...

I love that dress on you! So pretty! And tell Will that his tie is fantastic! If Collin wore ties I'd get him one just like that. =)

Janette said...

Goodbye Kate Middleton! Helllllooooo Ashley!!! You look fabuloso in that blue number friend!! And you are a princess! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
PS. LOVE LOVE your pictures wish I had cool places to photograph round these parts...

Cole said...

That dress looks gorgeous on you!
And I still love all the rompers you put Hudson in, way too cute!

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

These photos are soooo adorable! The dress looks fantastic on you btw!

www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

Haley K said...

loved this post. EVERY BIT. soon-to-be-Princess Kate is a stunning woman! and YOU Ms Ashley are looking fabulous! That dress is fantastic, I love me some exposed zipper :) And what a lovely afternoon! You do have a prince on your hands for sure..well, 2 actually ;) Happy monday!

Mariel Torres said...

I am obsessed with kate's dress too! i even wrote about it the minute i saw it lol (http://mariel-torres.blogspot.com/2010/11/perfect-blue-dress.html) and i am now in the search for the perfect blue dress... looks like you found your darling! and you look beautiful

Prince Williams said...

Well Thank You my beautiful little princess for all the complements. One thing is for sure though. I could not do any of the things I do with out you standing at my side. You provide me with the strength and courage to do good and great things. You are doing such a wonderful job with our little man. Here is something else I know! "We are the three best friends that anyone could have"

LOVE YOU AND THANK YOU for Everything!

Ashley Slater said...

I love your outfit, royalty for sure! I love Hudson's too... oh man, he just is getting more and more adorable!

Also, I was cracking up at the"three best friends that anyone could have" audio clip you put in there. haha

Shalyn said...

You are so sweet, Ashley- I loved this! You all sure look like royalty to me;-)

Chelsea Lane said...

you, my dear, are the most gorgeous lady ever. thanks so much for being so nice to me all the time...I love your outfit here and your aweeesome writing! and way to go will!

xoxo

ashley.warner said...

that dress is fabulous!
and those eyelashes...can you please share your eyelash secrets?!

Tatiana said...

Such a beautiful dress. And your royal family is gorgeous!

Krystal said...

You always have the best pics of you guys! and your dress..very royal, I love it!

Raven said...

awww ADORABLE pictures! And I love your dress. May not be an exact replica, but it looks just as good if not better! You wear it well. Sweet husband you have there, and your little Hudson? Seriously, where do you get the clothes that you dress him in? TOO TOO precious.

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

I like that you took the inspiration from Kate Middleton without going and getting the exact dress (or an exact copy). THis dress is so flattering on you and the color is GORGEOUS!

xo, Ashley

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

You are a modern day Princess, but I think you are way prettier than Kate.

Write it in Lipstick

CCH said...

ADORABLE!! yall are so stinkin cute.

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

I think this is my favorite outfit of yours yet! adorable.

JAMES O said...

Precious family and beautiful pictures....thank you all again for coming to help us "Celebrate Life." I'm going to plant grass in my shoes and paint the inside of my hat yellow!

Amanda said...

oh that looks like a great day! we have a fountain like that here too (winnipeg) and i love taking pictures by it. always a lot of fun!

Jeannie said...

Ashley great post. First let me say Prince Williams was so brave giving blood and that tie is beautiful, love it. I also love your dress but you know that, I was with you when you bought it. Little Hudson is always adorable. Love the beautiful park. I have pictures of me as a child in that park by the fountain.