monday muse. ashley madekwe.
Images from Ring My Bell
I have no shame in expressing my devotion to television dramas, especially when they're concerned with the lives of the filthy rich. Today's Monday muse (and the first one in a long time) is someone you may not be familiar with (hopefully you will be the end of this post!), but someone I've had a girl crush on for a long time. Long before she became Ashley Davenport, party planner and best friend to Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) on ABC's Revenge, Ashley was a fashion blogger, whom you may have spotted gracing the homepage of Lookbook.nu on multiple occasions.
While of course her on screen is something to be desired (after all she does live in the Hamptons), personally I'm more envious of her off screen style and perfect hair. Ashley's blog, Ring My Bell, which I believe she started around the same time as she was on Secret Diary of a Call Girl back in 2009, showcases her actress off duty style and red carpet looks. Although a Brit (she's hard to miss on screen with her accent), Ashley lives and works in LA - as if you couldn't tell by her unmistakable downtown girl style. I love the way she combines affordable labels, even despite her Hollywood pay check, like Topshop, American Apparel, ASOS and JCrew, with the odd designer piece (her to die for Prada heels and purple Chanel Bag). Her blog makes me say to myself, 'why didn't I think of that?' The more and more I look at it, the more I think I could pull off coloured denim and a striped tee (wait until I try...). Her looks are uncomplicated, essentially pulled together with basics and yet they still look incredibly effective - give me whatever she's having! I'm yet to decide whether I like Ashley more as a fashion blogger or actress (I'll admit she was the main reason I started watching Revenge), but when the time comes for her to be crowned the next 'it' girl, remember you saw her here first!