If you’re reading this, then you were curious about the author of this little blog in this even smaller corner of the internet, or you just clicked the “About” link by mistake (which is probably what happened, but that’s okay.) Either way, you’re here!
My name is Ashley Elizabeth, and as of Spring 2019 I’ve been living in the beautiful, picturesque and often quirky Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts. I’m a full-time paralegal and a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.
I’m also the host of a weekend show at Boston’s independent music source, Indie617. You can catch me on Saturdays from 12-4 PM by streaming the station online or by downloading our free app!
Additionally, I’m the Marketing & Publicity Director for Paintbox Theatre– a wonderful family theater company based out of Northampton, Massachusetts who do amazing things for children and the various communities around Western Massachusetts!
When I’m not working, I’m a self-proclaimed horror fanatic (horror movies, television, books, video games- you name it. If it’s scary/gory/supernatural/just plain creepy, I love it.) who loves to travel, spend time outdoors, cook and take pictures. I love urban exploration (the researching, exploration and photographing of abandoned man-made structures, i.e.- abandoned houses, schools, hospitals, etc.) and spending time with my unbelievably amazing friends, my equally amazing family, and spoiling my miniature schnauzer (and pride & joy)– Oliver.
I also enjoy comic-conventions, and often cosplay different characters from my favorite fandoms when I attend- particularly “The Walking Dead”, the Marvel universe, and the “Resident Evil” video game franchise. If you ever see me at a convention- do come say hello!
I love meeting new people, going to new places, and trying new things. I’m drawn to those who have substance, a passion for life, and who enjoy spontaneous adventures as much as I do.
Ever since my early teens, I was an avid blogger- chronicling my days at school and weekends riding bikes and watching movies with friends on sites like AOL Hometown and LiveJournal. What started off as a hobby to jot down my memories turned into a fun, part-time way to connect with people around the world with similar interests, or with people who were going through similar experiences. As I grew older, my writing, often embarrassing in the typical late teens and very early twenties sort of way- as I divulged my crushes on boys and shared my then-terrible fashion sense- took up residence on MySpace and an old, now purged Blogspot address, before I finally found a home courtesy of BlogSpot, “The Girl with the Curls,” named for my naturally unruly, curly hair.
During the four years I spent blogging on TGwtC, I shared my travels, concert highlights, my nights out at clubs and at local comedy shows, my innermost thoughts as I grew up, movie reviews, fashion and cosmetics commentary, commentary on the world around me in general, and random stuff from the internet that I thought was funny. The blog was therapeutic in a way, as writing as always been a catharsis for me. When I first started it in 2009, I was a full-time consultant for Clinique Cosmetics. I was usually broke, and therefore usually miserable because of that reason. By the time I wrapped up writing for the blog at the end of 2012, I had blossomed into the self-sufficient, (sometimes) professional I am today- with a career I love and am thankful for every single day I go to work, and with a college degree I had motivated myself to return to university to obtain.
In 2013, I moved my blogging to my previous website- Legally Redhead– in the months following the death of my father. For over four years I shared my life- the good and the bad times- as well as recipes, fashion, makeup/skin care reviews and travel recaps.
So why the change to “Blondie Birdie?” Well, in the Summer of 2017- having advanced in my career and starting a new chapter in my life- I decided it was time for a fresh start. I wanted to take a new direction with my blogging to better reflect the person I’ve become in recent months/years.
This blog is a little bit of everything: Fashion, food, fitness, beauty, travel, music, movies, and random junk- and I hope you’re all as excited to read it as I am to write it!