Note from Kelley: Guys! Are you like me? You love food, you may even call yourself a foodie...but you order takeout more than you'd like? Well, meet Ashton. Not only does she have a knack for whipping up delicious food, her first cookbook Lemon & Salt teaches even the laziest cooks how to become masters of their culinary domain. PLUS she has a great outlook on life! So what are you waiting for? Read on, dear Wonderfilled friends - Ashton's like the perfect dinner party guest who keeps the conversation interesting (and brings dessert!)
How do you spend your days?
Each day is different - and I love it! Generally I wake up super early, I'm one of those obnoxious morning people that doesn't need coffee. From there I answer emails and head to work. Sometimes it's teaching a class, a photo shoot or styling for a client. On days when I'm in a kitchen I try to get most of my "paperwork" done the day before because I can be sans phone for up to 12 hours!
If I can, I try to either cook dinner and/or run, these are my mental releases. Nights end with reading, I'm such a nerd.
Where do you live?
I grew up in New Jersey. I'm a completely Jersey girl ... some of the stereotypes apply, and I'm proud of it. I have been in New York about 6 years and pretty much knew from day one that this was the city that I wanted to be and work in.
What's your perfect day?
A perfect day involves the beach. Good friends, libations and of course ... food. That's it. I mean, what else do you need?
What's your daily wonder?
It is without question, travel. I am always looking for the next place to explore. The people and places I have traveled with and to, in my mind, can be pinpointed to the greatest moments of change within myself. When you see and experience things that are bigger than yourself it not only makes your grateful, it makes you want to help. And then, travel more.
Words to live by:
Work hard. Be honest, authentic and grateful. Give back. Pause. Appreciate your moments.
This is my mother's but it applies to me as well ... if you ever leave a party of mine hungry or thirsty, it's your own fault. Just saying.