hotel gypsy


Once upon a time there was a traveling, sparkling, makeup loving gypsy named Ashley.  She never stayed in one place too long; always moving from one hotel to the next.  One might say she called each one her home.  Her journeys took her all around the globe, racking up many a frequent flyer mile along the way. She loved to see what the world had to offer, but oftentimes found it hard to sit still.  Her life was a whirlwind, usually leaving her dizzy when it finally slowed for a moment.  One night in a far away hotel in a far away place called Seoul, she was struck by the evil villian of boredom.  Not one to go down without a fight, Ashley was determined to be entertained.  After hours of watching an America’s Next Top Model marathon…she sat down in front of her mirror mirror on the hotel wall.  Her makeup brushes became her weapon against the villian, who was no match for creativity’s powers.  She painted up her face, teased her hair to the tallest mountains, and adorned it with a tiny top hat she purchased in the hotel gift shop earlier that day.  She decided to turn her hotel room into a one woman photo shoot.  Not having a model would not stand in her way.  She would be her own model, photographer, lighting tech and creative director.  With a little help from the furry blanket from her bed as a backdrop, and a self timer on her camera, the evil boredom was dead, and all was right in the faraway hotel room in the faraway place.  Ashley was one crazy gypsy…she even decided to stick her head into the lampshade as a lighting technique. ( do not try this at home kids)  She was content.  After a couple hours of entertaining herself, Ashley washed her face, ordered roomservice, and crawled into bed.  Here is the beauty story of a bored hotel gypsy.

again…please don’t take my pictures 🙂

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22 Responses to “hotel gypsy”


  1. 1 danielle1414 May 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Best.Story.EVER! hahaha that really made me laugh. That’s a bedtime story for kids for sure haha.

    Seriously awesome photos! Maybe evil boredom purposely made you bored because it wanted you to blog again. Maybe its not as evil as you think huh?! 😛

  2. 2 cookbooklady May 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    …and she lived happily ever after.

    YAY! Great story! I LOVE pics 3, 10,11, and 12. I was wondering where you got that hat. Seemed like an odd thing to pack for a world tour.

    Can’t wait until you all are home safe and sound, but still loving the road reports.

  3. 3 nataliana3 May 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Great blog Ashley!

  4. 4 crystal May 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    that was great! i love your story :]
    and your pictures are gorgeous!

  5. 5 Selena May 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Entertaining story! You must be quite talented to do every aspect of the photo shoot by yourself! Nice session, Ashley! 🙂

  6. 7 ashes2lashes May 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    thanks guys! I feel somewhat vain posting all these pics of myself, but it’s not about me..promise 🙂 it’s about the makeup, hair, and fun accessories!

  7. 8 Linda May 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    aww Ash, you’re beautiful. I’d post pics of myself too if I looked like that 🙂 Are you growling in the pic with the hair in your mouth? grrr.

    and I hope I don’t offend, but if you painted a white/black funky star on one eye in the second to last one with the net on your face….you might’ve looked a little like Gaga, hehe.

    Thanks for the blog. At least you know it’s not long before y’all get to go HOME!! 😀 Hopefully some of the band still have dry homes *prays*

  8. 9 Louise May 3, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Hahaha! This blog put a HUGE smile on my face. I love it! You just made my day with this. Cool blog and cool pictures. Not only a fab makeup artist but a dang talented photographer and sexy model too. Take that boredom!

    Nice one 🙂 Enjoy the last couple of days on tour.

  9. 10 Mary b May 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Awesome Ashley!!! You get a Double AA for this one!!! Amazing pics!! Ok triple AAA !! Your makeup creativity is phenomenal!! And btw Americas next top model ain’t got nothing on you!!! Girl you got IT!! Glad you looked boredom in the face and painted and posed it lol!!! Thanks for the blog!!! Always inspiring!!!

  10. 11 GypsyFan1 May 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Cause she’s a curious cat… that’s what the lamp shade reminds me of. LOL

    I have an eight year-old daughter who would probably die to be your guinea pig (ahem, model) one of these bored times, I am pretty sure. And since I don’t know Adam (or Eve) about make-up, you might consider it a public service. Of course, she is not allowed to wear make-up outside the home until she is at least fifty, but it would still be better than her learning all about make-up from one of her dad’s gay friends, I’m thinking. 🙂

  11. 12 lunaleska May 3, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Hey!!
    I’m a new reader to your blog, and I have to say AMAZING!!

    You are very talented, and completely not vain! That art deserve to be on a blog!

    Keep it up!

  12. 13 Audrey May 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Creativity born of boredom!!!

    My favorite pic is this one:

    When i see it, something attracts my look.
    This pic https://ashes2lashes.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/img_2685.jpg?w=500 makes me think about Katy Perry on her “Thinking Of You” clip. This pic emphasize your lips whereas the first one emphasize your pretty eyes.

    What study did you follow to arrive at this success? How many times do you arrives to succeed to make that? I’m curious. If you don’t want to answered that i’ll understand.

    Sorry for my bad english, i’m french so my first langage is french but i hope one day speak english like i speak french.

    Have a nice day, enjoy your talent. I really like it. Even i prefer draw clothes on a paper, play with different look/appearence, i’m interresting at makeup.
    But it’s not absolutely my priority because right now i’m on training for coming a “éducateur spécialisé” (maybe we could translate by “special-needs worker”.) I’ll work with people who have disadvantage/handicap.

    It’s funny because in France we said “L’habit ne fait pas le moine” (= “Clothes don’t make the man”) although it’s a little wrong because with some clothes and some makeup we could become another person.

    Look, (i don’t judge) Katy Perry (whose i like her music and her eccentricity personality) without make up, she isn’t Katy perry anymore but just Miss Perry.

    Makeup and clothes for a designer is like a paper and a pen for a writers. Sometimes life could bring people some magic.

    I hope don’t bother you. In any case i appreciate watch your job, because it permit me to watch some other work than “fashion make up artist”!! In fact, according to me, you’re not a make up artist, you’re better: You’re a real artist because with nothing you succeed to create some trend. Maybe the best tools to create is precisely don’t have any tools!? I should stop to jabber on this.

    All the best to you in the future,

    Bisous,
    from a french fan who have creativity to spare =)

  13. 14 Deb May 4, 2010 at 1:22 am

    awesome Ashley! don’t worry, we’ve all had our own photoshoots out of boredom before, especially after watching ANTM.

  14. 15 Fernanda Barros May 4, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Love that…your photoshoots are awesome. Thanks for posting and for the gypsy story.

  15. 16 Mel May 4, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Hahahahahahahahaha

  16. 17 downsizezero May 4, 2010 at 1:51 am

    hey ash! just stumbled onto your blog.. you should do some more of those beauty tips! they’re wonderful. keep it up! 🙂

  17. 18 Kristina May 4, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I was thinking thats some bag of tricks she’s got…..To pull a Miniature Top Hat outta nowhere? haha
    And it’s totally not vain….clearly you have two Very different sides…I saw you at a meet and greet looking completly casual (and bored as all hell haha) drinking a soda….never would of believed that behind closed hotel doors you have this epic alter ego…..Fantastic.
    But head in a lamp shade…really? Hey gotta use what ya got.

  18. 19 Khitam May 4, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Anyone else think Alice in Wonderland? You could pass as the mad hatter’s pretty girlfriend. I think the mad hatter is hot. Id date him….(the johnny depp one of course)

  19. 21 amanda May 4, 2010 at 2:41 am

    not even gonna lie. i totally do this when insomnia kicks in. but i have no cool lighting.

  20. 22 ashleyelayne May 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    It’s blogs like these by people like you who make me so proud of my name 😉 I love your pictures and everything in them (: You’ve got major talent!

    -Ashley xoxo


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