Belgravia, London, Monday April 10th, 7:04pm
ME: How deep is your love for baskets
Myself: honestly I have 3 portuguese baskets that are my main purses. I also sometimes just use an old plastic bag bc reduce reuse recycle/ i just like carrying my stuff in a plastic bag from a grocery store. shout out to any other cool wierdos who do the same! back on track here, I had been wanting a portuguese fishermans basket for years and they truly did not exist online. NO ONE SOLD THEM. and i had searched and searched after predictably starting a life-long love affair with neowave french films when i was a teenager. only years later was i able to discover that they were actually from portugal originally. when i found this out literally last year, i had just happened to already have booked a trip to portugal the following month. AWESOME. i would actually be able to go find them myself. (!!!!) famous last words bc it was a lot harder than i thought bc its a dying craft etc. anyway this past october i went for 3 weeks and after 2.5 weeks of dead ends, I found my artisans and lined everything up to start the Beaux Store.
ME: any style tips for yourself ashley?
myself: yes ashley for summer i want to stick to more tshirts and jeans. dont forget ashley. when you want to try trendy things like bows on your sleeves, just walk away bc youre sticking to investing in lifetime treasure pieces that are simple and timeless that work well on your body shape. and also you hate bows unless theyre huge and androgynous looking. also underwear lines w levis are my obsession. i freaking love style that almost cares but then is like lets just be cool and chill guys.
ME: What is a good joke?
myself: this question is giving me heat rash. let me google one. [googling]
myself (cont.): I hated all the jokes on google so how about i just tell you about the one time i ran into colin firth with toilet paper on my foot. thats the whole story.
ME: where do you get the baskets in portugal?
Myself: in the algarve. im really spoiled and get the pleasure of visiting the area around lagos often bc of family :))))) (triple chin smile). The Beaux artisans are spaced around that general area, but are not concentrated in one city. all of them are grandparents and make them out of their home. how cool is that!
ME: if i were to go to portugal what are some 'musts' to do there?
Myself: omg my favorite thing is to go to restaurante o camilo in lagos on a cliff and have fresh sea bass with veggies and chips and a bottle of vinho verde. Its the best. then i would recommend spending a day at burgau beach. be sure to get fresh pastel de nata at 9am at the corner shop on the street leading down to the beach in burgau town. Then make sure you go to the loule sunday market. and the fresh fish market in lagos tues-sat from 9-1pm! so amazing. I like to get sea bass for two there and do a garlic and parsley bake for lunch that day.
ME: ok cool
myself: ok cool
Both Beaux baskets, Baby Blondie & Blondie featured below, are all available at The Beaux Store