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  • Interview with "Intentionally Blank" designer Ty McBride

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    One of the great things about working in the business of fashion are the people that you meet. The glamorous stereotype is one of the most off based perceptions out there. Yes, fashion folk dress with a purpose and have a discerning eye. Perhaps to some that is glamor, but in truth that is only a small part of the story.

    Our industry is filled with those that have a flare for the artistic, they surround themselves with interesting people, and they are driven by a good story. All of the people working in our industry are funny, whether they mean to be or not.  They are obsessive-compulsive. They are neurotic.
    We had an opportunity to do breakfast in bed over laptops with Ty McBride, designer & founder of the new line Intentionally _____. Ty fits the bill to a T. We gave Ty some get-to-know-you questions to ponder over #breakfastinbed. He gave us the pleasure of his response in both written and gif answers. Take a look:
    What makes something—a piece of art, a film, a book, a bowl of soup, 
    a song, a pair of shoes—really good, in your view?
     
    I think a point of view and the commitment to stand by that point of view can make even the most hideous thing truly amazing. Without it, for me, you crumble.
    My gif response and muse: Guy Bourdin.
    guy bourdin
    If you were sent to prison, what would be your crime?
    I have two crimes which I commit regularly, both are punishable, both are things I refuse to cease, and both are shameful.
    1. I stalk my lifetime crush. But like, it's been going on a while. I mean like years.
    2. I trick the parking attendant every day at the parking garage I park in into thinking I have paid, by using a very old validation sticker I pretend to remove from the payment machine. I'm going on five months, should I feel bad?
    My GIF response and Netflix go to- OITNB
    broken heart
    What daily ritual that you perform makes you feel complete and why?
    This is an easy one.  A. Iced Grande Americano. B. Because I am monomaniacal.
    My GIF response:
    bucks cat
    You are making a time capsule that you will bury in your backyard and dig up on your 100th birthday. What are the five most important  things you put in it? 
    I have had many psychic readings they all say I die at 91, but I will answer this anyways. But before I do, if you want the hook-up with my amazing phone psychic Denise, you should DM me. She's that good.
    1. My lucky jean jacket.
    2. Polaroid pictures of my favorite people.
    3. A freeze dried grande iced americano.
    4. A picture of me from when I was 23, skinny and fine as hell, so my 100-year old self can feel kind of good for a second.
    5. I have a very special cologne that is my go-to fragrance. You can only buy it at Bonne Marche in Paris and they won't ship it. I would but a bottle of that in there. The smell alone takes me to 1000 amazing memories.
    My Gif response:
    devil wear prada, that's all
    What is your favorite expletive/profane exclamation?
    Sometimes for no reason at all, I will just say BITCH. But not like "bitch", I say it like a giant exhale. like "biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttch." It can be in response to many situations, people scenarios or situations. I am not sure how this started---I am also not sure how to make it stop.
    My GIF response:
    biiiitch
    Name something that other people seem to care about, but that doesn't matter at all to you.
     
    KARDASHIAN MOMENTS. I am 100% not interested, not impressed, and not into it. I do not like it when people get famous who should not be. The entire thing makes me absolutely sad to be American. PS, have you been to their boutique? I rest my case.
    Kim, I don't like it.

    Do you have a question for Ty? Let us know in the comments, we’ll get you the answer. Until then, check out the new collection.

    Follow @iamintentionallyblank and @ashburyskies. One lucky follower will win the flawless “Honcho” from Intentionally _____. Cheers!

  • My belated New Year's Post

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    This is a VERY belated New Year’s post.  We have been SO busy at Ashbury Skies this month. I have been thinking all January about getting this up but due to a lot of craziness (all good) I am just making it happen now.  I have never been a big believer in the idea that we can or should miraculously change ourselves in January.  Historically this has not worked for me. But as founder of this on-line shoe store, I know that having short and long term plans are as important as planning your major shoe purchases for the year. SO, I thought I would take this time to tell you my 2014 resolutions. They are not ground breaking by any means, but they are mine.

    1. More marketing. We are really focusing on spreading the word this year. Our store has grown like mad and it has all been through very humble means like people like you sharing Ashbury Skies on social media, clicking on our Facebook and Google ads and advertising on our favorite blogs. Our growth has been organic and real.  This has worked well but we are becoming more “grown up” and have signed up with an affiliate advertiser this month. So if you are a publisher, look for us, we are headed toward greatness and hope you can come along.  These and other creative marketing ideas will be our focus this year.

     

    1. Site functionality. Some January house cleaning by our tech guys have made our site super fast, our check out effortless and search for products SO much easier.  A little boring, I know, but really important when you are a girl on a mission and looking for just the right shoes. We have more enhancements like better zoom and more interesting content in store too.

     

    1. Shoes, shoes, shoes.  This is really what we are all about. We are going to be adding more indie, hard to find brands from all over the world to our site this year.

     

    1. On the personal side. Anyone who has worked with me knows that I can turn into a stress case pretty darn easily. With so much on my plate, I can never keep up with anything closely related to a marathon workout. But I can find no excuses for a 30-minute brisk walk to clear my mind and stretch my muscles.  So, at minimum, I will get this in every day.  I was pretty good about this last year but need to stay on myself so this is on my list AGAIN.

     

    So there you have it:  Spread the word, killer site, killer shoes, and better me. Onward!

  • How to wear thigh high boots

     

     

     

    This season, thigh-high boots have stepped out from the catwalks straight into the main stream.  Whether you wear them with jeans, a vintage tee and a leather jacket, tucked into skinnies, with a mini or with a chunky over-sized sweater you will be on the fast track to mastering that coveted edgy, casual look. We combed our favorite blogs to show how this look can be surprisingly sophisticated.  Two of our favs on our site right now are the Jeffrey Campbell Daredevil and the Missionary, shown below.

     

     

     

     

  • Win $500 at Ashbury Skies: 5 more days to enter!

    Seriously, $500 worth of indie designer shoes! We know just how life altering winning would be for most women. Make sure you enter in time:  http://bit.ly/X9VL4G

  • Our hologram shoe obsession

    There’s no denying that we’re crushing over everything hologram. We are all about bringing this rainbow-like luster into our wardrobes in every way possible. Here are some of our futuristic favorites:

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