Monday vibes: Music love

I can’t believe it’s OCTOBER! It’s probably my favorite month of the year, partly because my birthday is in a few weeks. As a birthday present to myself, I bought tickets to a local orchestra performance featuring a violinist I love, Bella Hristova.

Andrew bought me a violin last year for Christmas since I mentioned wanting to learn how to play. I’m coming along slowly… musical instruments have never come very naturally to me, but I absolutely love violin music. I went to the Celtic Festival over the weekend and a band performed with the most incredible violinist; I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone play so fast! And lately I’ve been listening to Lindsey Stirling’s new album, Brave Enough, and dare I say it’s become my favorite of hers?

Violin music reminds me of our nights in Prague last year, where hymns and classical music emanated through the winter streets. I’m convinced there is nothing more magical. (And one of my all-time favorite books series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, captures this perfectly.)

If I could listen to nothing else besides a violin for the rest of my life, I think I’d be OK with that. So that’s what today’s vibes are all about. Have a great week!

Weekend in the City [Playlist]

There are many elements I love about travel, beyond arriving at the target destination; the movement of trains, airplanes, cars, the sites whizzing by outside of the window. I love the anonymity of being alone on a train, cup of coffee in one hand, book in the other, and the perfect soundtrack playing in my ears. This playlist of chill electropop songs is intended to embody that. Enjoy!

Weekend in the City

Listen to the mix below, or on Spotify:

Tuesday vibes: Research!

My weekly vibes are a little different this week, since I thought it would be fun to share a moodboard I made recently while branding my new project, which I’m also announcing here: Ashley Warren Research!

I’ve wanted to start my own research biz for YEARS, and the pieces were starting to fall together, so it made sense to launch it. I’m offering research services to writers, academics, marketers, businesses, and individuals. I even have my first e-course, Genealogy 101, launching soon!

While designing my website and logo, I wanted to create an aesthetic that felt academic but also fresh and modern. These images indirectly inspired my logo and website, which I’m sure will evolve over time.

Have a great week!