Merry & Bright: The Kendra Scott Gift Guide


One of my favorite places to shop in the whole wide world is Kendra Scott. Her boutiques are such an upbeat, vibrant and colorful place to browse, dream and inspire. Kendra Scott is perfect to not only find jewelry to brighten up your holiday style, but to find unique and lovely gifts for family and friends. I truly LOVE everything they have to offer, but I am particularly inclined to share some of my favorite pieces of new. There is a special kind of magic here--the stand out in a crowd dreams come true vibes that we can all benefit from and appreciate. Which of these beauties captures your heart?

The Esme Drop Statement Earring
The Edie Navy Gunmetal Cuff Bracelet

The Didi Gold Statement Earring

The Elisa Blue Drusy Necklace

The Aria Statement Earring

...and remember, Kendra Scott is more than jewelry. Shop gifts for the home, nail lacquer, and the ultra-fabulous new charm collection.

My absolute favorite?! Still the Astoria Earring in Pink Rhodonite and African Turquoise.
Versatile, on-trend and perfect for every season!


New Beginnings

Hello, we meet again. Welcome to the golden era of The Yellow Petunia--a new beginning full of promise, joy, happiness + sunshine. This time around I'm committed to making "the rest of my life, the best of my life"--mind, body and spirit! 

I have taken a sabbatical from blogging over the past few months, which has given me time to reflect on what matters most in life. I look forward to continuing this journey with you, and slowly but surely, start again to actively inspire all of my beautiful readers {that's YOU!} with my passion for fashion, travel and philanthropy. This time around, it's "quality over quantity." I'm here to be real, genuine, authentic + ultimately true-to-myself. 

I challenge you to do the same. March to the beat of your own drum. Smile. Be loving. Cultivate kindness, humility + grace. No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. Ask yourself what is truly important and then have the wisdom and courage to build your life around the answer. There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self {a lesson learned from Hemingway.} Integrity is everything.

Love + sunshine,


Ashley Sunshine

Welcome to my little blog! If you've been an avid reader for the past four years, or have just randomly come across this page today, I am so happy you are here. The Yellow Petunia, and all it encompasses, is a passion of mine. I absolutely enjoy sharing my travels, style & favorite quotes with you. I love bringing sunshine and happiness into this world--and celebrating the products, places and people who share my vision. 

With that being said, I also lead an extremely busy life outside of my blog, and must take extended breaks from time to time. Between my commitment to The Walt Disney Company, as well as my ever-expanding e-commerce boutique, not to mention cruising and visiting with friends and family the world over, I often remind myself of the words "grace, not perfection."

I want to live in a world where one truly LIVES. Where I can take time to relax by the sea, read an actual book, enjoy a glass of wine with my mom or explore a new culture and country.

I miss Key West. I miss Palm Beach. I miss Williamsburg, Virginia and Washington, DC. I miss Jordan and Italy and every Royal Caribbean ship that ever sailed! I miss learning new languages and working for the foundations and charities I so admire. I want to make the world a better place. And I want to get back to my roots, and not let a single moment of my life pass me by. 

I realize now that not every meal, outfit of the day or random life event has to be documented and shared on social media. I want to re-capture some serenity and privacy, and choose who and what I share the spotlight with. I challenge each and every one of you to do the same. 

This doesn't mean I'm leaving you forever. I'm just re-adjusting my priorities and plan to continue "micro-blogging" here and there. Do feel free to follow me, if you are not already, on Twitter, Instagram and especially Pinterest, where I've started a board called Ashley's A-List of all my favorite things...curated by sunshine. 

I also invite you to visit my pride and joy, my Poshmark closet & boutique. Here I have partnered with like-minded brands to bring you the best in style. I also sell the many, many clothes I have in my own personal collection from my years of cruising, shopping and working in fashion, so be sure to check out the classics from Tory Burch, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Kate Spade New York, Zara and everything in between. My mom {& my lucky charm, Petunia herself!} have closets as well, but we recently merged into one big happy family under the Ashley Sunshine brand, so be on the lookout for their upcoming fashions as well! 

If you haven't downloaded the Poshmark app, or visited Poshmark's website, now is your chance! Use my exclusive code ASHLEYSUNSHINE for $5 off your first Posh purchase.

I also recently launched a sweet little jewelry collection, which you can find on Poshmark, or Etsy. Each beautiful floral earring I create honors something special in my life; and a portion of sales will go to some of my favorite foundations around the world. So make sure to stop by The Yellow Petunia on Etsy!

...and yes, will I be back from time to time? Of course! When the mood hits, you may just visit this site and uncover the most fabulous post you've ever seen about some exotic locale or uplifting experience. So please do stay tuned, for it isn't the end, it's just the beginning.

"...one day it just clicks. You realize what's important and what isn't. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize how far you've come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess that you would never recover. And you smile. You smile because you are truly proud of yourself and the person you've fought to become."

May love & an abundance of sunshine bless all of your days.


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