Ashton May is no stranger to Gritty Luxe. You’ve seen her all over our pages, but now we’re gonna go a step farther and tell you a little bit about who she is.
Ashton May and I randomly decided to get an apartment together in the spring of 2010. It was mainly out of necessity. We were in the same circles of friends, but hadn’t ever gone past the surface friendly place. That didn’t last long. We quickly bonded over The Office, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, costumes, and a strong feeling we were just meant to be besties.
For this shoot, Kaycie and I decided to play dress up with some of our favorite characters, all representing a piece of Ashton’s vivacious personality.
“Friendships don’t magically last 40 years. You have to invest in them. It’s like your savings: You don’t expect to wake up one day when you’re old and find a big bucket of money waiting there.” Carrie Bradshaw
First we have Carrie Bradshaw. Wild blonde curls, a sharp wit, and a fierce and sometimes dangerous love for shoes. It’s easy to spot the similarities. Ashton and I spent many evenings watching Carrie’s fantasy reality play out while we dreamed of our futures, hoping they had a similar closet space.
“For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.” Reba McEntire
When I thrifted this dress, we decided it’s name was obviously “The Reba”. And who better to wear it than a country music connoisseur like Ashton. She’s a country girl with a big heart, just like the musical icon Reba McEntire.
After some particularly rough days, we discovered the best therapy is belting it out karaoke-style with your ladies at your side. If you haven’t road tripped like James Corden does, then you’re not living. Grab your bestie, a power ballad playlist, and hit the road!
“Life’s a garden, dig it” Joe Dirt
Josephine “Jo” Dirt. We’re gonna get real, sometimes you need a redneck friend. This girl can get down and be that friend. I first realized just how southern this gal is when I went into our kitchen to find her making chocolate gravy. Yup, chocolate on a biscuit, for breakfast.
“I want the fairy tale.” Vivian Ward
Ashton’s all time favorite movie is Pretty Woman featuring our idol Julia Roberts playing a prostitute being romanced by classic leading man, Richard Gere. Ashton is a huge cheerleader for love, no matter how impossible the situation may seem. For the romantically challenged like myself, it’s important to have friends like this.
“There’s no better feeling than making somebody smile.” Miley Cyrus
Silly, surprising, and a contagiously happy smile. Some people exude sunshine and happiness, and Ashton’s one of them. Put a little whiskey in her and her dialect takes on a smooth twang that’ll melt the hardest of hearts. Give your besties some extra love and silliness today, babes!