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Musings, Personal, Writing

Girl Gangs: Who are they for, and do I need one?

My usual laid-back Sundays are now days of work, not rest. That means I have to do a whole day’s worthy of relaxing after I clock out. At this time of year, that means the sky is a sort of sleepy blue that makes me strain my eyes in my refusal to turn on the light.

How to Be Parisian | Girl Gangs | I Think It's Ashley

Tonight is the night of the SAG awards, so instead of digging into something too deep, I’m going for a short passage from “How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits.”

I turned to something randomly, then turned again because I had already read that section. What did I land on? Girl Gangs. Actually, Girls Gang (but I like Girl Gangs).


The final lines goes, “Without her girls gang, the Parisienne is incomplete.”

It got me thinking, what is a Girl Gang, and do I need one?

How to Be Parisian | Girl Gangs | I Think It's Ashley

And after participating in the Women’s March: Do I really need a special gang of girls? Can all women be for all women, all the time?



Let me know in the comments!


Instagram, Personal

Who’s on Instagram & Twitter?

I’m feeling like discovering new feeds & people today. I’d love to connect with you all on Instagram & Twitter! You can find me at @imashleykim on both!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve added me at either place so I can follow you back! 


Food, Review

First Graze Box! (& How You Can Try it Free!)

Snack subscription boxes are like beauty subscription boxes’ less popular but more relatable friend. (Psst! If you’re here for the goods, AKA FREE STUFF, you can find the code at the bottom of this post!)

Graze Box | I Think It's Ashley

I’m not subscribed to any beauty boxes (yet!) but when I heard Blogilates talk about the Graze box on her YouTube channel, I knew I had to use her code for a free first box and give it a try!

The first free box arrived in my mailbox at the beginning of December, as pictured above, with two plastic strips slid on to hold the box shut. Isn’t the box so festive?! Extra points for the reindeer 🙂

When I opened the Graze Box, the lid had a cute holiday print. On the top was a slip of paper. That slip of paper has the Nutrition Facts for all four snacks inside the box.

Graze Box Nutrition Information | I Think It's Ashley

You can go ahead and make your own decisions about how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ these snacks are for you. Of course, the free box only came with four snacks and there are dozens more possibilities, like soups and flavored popcorn.

Now onto the goodies!

Graze Box | I Think It's Ashley

This box was free and comes with 4 snacks. I went online and rated each snack before they were sent to me. You can mark them as Trash, Try, Like, or Love. If you Trash the snack, they won’t ever send it to you. If you mark it Love, they’ll make it first priority to go into your next box. Mark it Try if you want to try it and Like if you liked it but don’t need to prioritize it to go into your next package.

I received four snacks: three I marked as Try, one I marked as Love because I wanted to make sure I could try it!

Clockwise from top left: Peach Cobbler (peach fruit drops, almonds, yogurt seeds & amaretti drops), Thai Sweet Chili Bites (sweet chili sauce with baked soy bites), Apple & Cinnamon Flapjack (rustic rolled oat flapjack with apple and cinnamon), and Zesty Chili Lime Cashews.

For a size comparison of the snack containers, I put it side-by-side with a pack of Trident gum. You can see that they’re pretty small portions and they’re not filled to the brim either. When I turned the cashews on the side, they were only 2/3 of the way full. The Peach Cobbler was only half full. But keep in mind that they’re meant to be portion-controlled snacks to help you make better choices!

Graze Box Flapjacks| I Think It's Ashley

The Apple Cinnamon Flapjacks are quite tasty, but there are 12 grams of fat in the one container, so maybe they taste good because of the margarine and sugar?

Graze Box | I Think It's Ashley

I haven’t tried the other three snacks because I’m going to give a couple of them to other family members to try, but I will be ordering at least one more normal size box (8 snacks for $11.99). After that, I’ll make up my mind to continue or discontinue my Graze Box!

Graze Box Coupon | I Think It's Ashley

If you’re interested in getting your 1st and 5th box free, you can use my coupon code above! If you want to copy/paste, the code is:


There is no catch to signing up. You have to put in card information but you will get the first box free and can cancel after the free box if you find it’s not for you. I was planning to just try the first box but when I clicked ‘cancel’, they offered me an 8 snack box for only $5.99, which is half off and only 75¢ per snack (+ free shipping!).

And honestly, I like what I see so far so I might keep going with Graze! They even put a cute little joke inside the box…

Graze Box Joke | I Think It's Ashley

Have you ever tried Graze or any other snack subscription box? What’s your favorite subscription box, food or otherwise? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@imashleykim)!

Happy snacking!


Code for 1st and 5th box free: 2ZYRC9CKB

Musings, Personal

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

Having recently started up this new blog, I’m really excited to have been nominated for two awards this week! I think these awards are a fun way to meet others and build up a community, which is half the fun of blogging, right?

The first award I have been nominated for is the “Sisterhood of the World” Blogger Award, nominated by Roshni. Thanks for the nomination, I encourage you guys to go check out her blog!

Here are the rules of the award:

Thank the blogger who nominated you & link back to their site.

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate seven bloggers who you feel deserve the award.

Here are the questions Roshni posted!

1. Who has inspired you to start blogging?

I started blogging back in high school because I’ve always been  a writer at heart. A girl at my school had a really successful blog and I thought it would be a great way to build up a portfolio/brand for myself. I’ve been through many blogs since then, and I think I’ll always keep blogging!

2. What was your favourite make up trend of 2014?

Nude lips. I’m definitely a bright red lip kind of girl but I like that there is a turn towards fresh, natural looking faces. It can be a bit alien-like at times and, for me, creepy as hell is interesting as hell.

3. Would you ever start your own Youtube channel? If so, what would it be about?

It’s definitely something I’ve considered over the past couple years, although I’ve been hesitant to start one without being 100% in and ready. It would probably be a style channel.

4. If you could give one tip to an aspiring blogger, what would it be?

Be genuine and don’t try to replicate anyone else’s persona–fakery is glaringly obvious and unattractive.

5. Who is your biggest style inspiration?

There isn’t one person who I try to emulate. Rather, I have several sources that I really admire and take bits and pieces of different people at different times. Alexa Chung, American Apparel, aliencreature, Kendall Jenner, Andrea Chong, sunbeamsjess etc.

6. Your most favorite food?

Anything made of potatoes. True story.

7. What would you say is the one thing you want to achieve in the next 5 years?

Finding a career path that I love being on; making a living out of writing.

8. What is your favourite make up product?

At the moment, Lancome’s Hypnose Mascara. It does god’s work on your lashes.

9. What are your top online fashion sites to buy from?

I rarely shop online unless I’m searching for a very specific item. I enjoy the playing field too much.

10. Describe your perfect weekend.

Sleeping until my body wakes up naturally, having a cup of tea, putting on a sun dress, going to the farmer’s market, having wine and making dinner with friends, then turning into a creature of the night and endlessly falling in love.

Here are my ten questions:

1. Why do you blog?

2. If you could only use one for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?: Twitter, Your Blogging Platform, YouTube, or Instagram

3. What’s your favorite movie?

4. What is your dream job/career?

5. What has been the most difficult part of blogging so far?

6. What are your top online fashion sites to buy from? (Since I didn’t have any to suggest!)

7. Use three words to describe yourself.

8. Favorite Instagram or YouTube Account?

9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

10. If you could be any character in any book, play, movie, or show, who would you be and why?

My 7 nominees are…

  1. The Style Coordi
  2. Erin Dot
  3. Vogue Infatuation
  4. Chantal and Shekinah
  5. Styled by Steph 96
  6. Repressing the Crazy
  7. Laura Kasdorf

Sorry if you have already been nominated, I love all your sites and wanted to recognize you 🙂 Link me to your post once it goes live, I’d love to get to know you all better!

Much appreciation, much love, much much much.