Meet the wildly creative pair Ashley Sargent Price and Sarah Clary who came together weaving their fashion and home focusses with our Two Dawson linens. Ashley has held Creative Director roles at brands like J.Crew, Madewell, Abercrombie and Fitch, Goop and Beautycounter. She is the founder of Siteligne, Siteligne draws on the endless world of interior inspiration, to create shopping shortlists, otherwise known as “cheat sheets” as Ashley candidly refers to them, with a focused point of view. Sarah is an established stylist, working with a slew of notable brands as well as closely with friend Jenna Lyons with the HBO max show “Stylish with Jenna Lyons”. She also created the wildly refreshing blog “Laundry Day” in which she shares witty snippets into her life as well as styling tips and tricks of the trade. Needless to say we were over the moon to see what these talented and stylish women would do with Two Dawson!
What was the inspiration for this shoot?
Sarah: Any chance to snuggle with Ashley. But also a great way to get us together and kick off our collaboration.
Ashley: Yes, it's true... any opportunity to snuggle. We've always collaborated closely, and more recently, have been thinking about how to bring our projects, Siteligne and Laundryday, together in a more formal way... the Two Dawson project was perfect for weaving together our fashion and home focusses.
Lucille Dress, Desert Rose Short Sleeve PJ Top, Boxer Shorts, Black
How and when did you meet?
Ashley: We met working at J.Crew and it was kind of love at first sight... Sarah is that kind of person, she charms you immediately and effortlessly. We went with many brands together, including Goop, Loveseen, the Gap and Beautycounter.
Sarah: Ashley made everything happen at J Crew and I as a stylist there. She helped me see my looks come to life visually in a way I had never seen before. I have been inspired by and in awe of her talents for years. Grateful my forcing her into a friendship worked.
You are both multi-disciplinary creatives, can you elaborate, and how one creative area feeds the other?
Ashley: I think it all comes down to telling a story... and we both approach the the creative through the lens of the narrative... and we basically do whatever it takes to bring it to life, from concept to final execution, whether that is a national campaign layered with thousands of consumer touch points, or a smaller creative project that is less "strategic" and more personal. We both have different experience, and different skill sets, so when we come to a project together, we come with more to offer.
Sarah: Wow, I have never been described that way but honestly I think how Ashley described storytelling is true for me too. As a stylist you are always looking for new ways to express the same thing. The longer I am in this business the more I feel confident that I don’t have to actually reinvent the wheel. I just have to tell an authentic story and with that authenticity you find clever ways to show new ideas. Nothing is being forced and your ideas easily feed other ideas and soon you have a story you never thought you would visually tell.
What are you most passionate about?
Ashley: Doing creative work with good people who challenge my way of thinking and make me better.
Sarah: Being creative with good people, not just on my own. As a freelancer you often live on an island. Building with brands here and there but mostly you only have yourself to check in with. I don't want to be on an island. I want to explore different ideas with a partner. I want to have others challenge me and therefore be a better creative partner to not just myself. It is way more fun with others.
What does your creative process look like?
Ashley: It's a lot of throwing spaghetti on the wall, and then painstakingly peeling off the "bad" noodles. but the good ones stick!
Sarah: I usually start with a million bad ideas but because I am stubborn I will figure out how to make at least one of them work ;)
You are both avid travelers, have you traveled together, what's your favorite trip/place together and what's the trip each of you are dreaming of now?
Ashley: Sarah what do you think? Mexico? Ireland? I'm currently dreaming of Stockholm.
Sarah: I loved my trip to Ireland many moons ago with Ashley. It was a magical place to be there with her. I am now game for any spot. Ashley is an easy and fun travel buddy. Mexico City? Paris? Stockholm? Nashville? I’ll go anywhere.
What are your comforts when you are away from home?
Ashley: Facetime with the kids, Mind/Body/Green podcast and Melatonin.
Sarah: My photo memories that come up on my phone. So many great shots of my kids it helps me not miss them as much when I am away. My notebook. I try and write ideas or thoughts down in real time.
Where is home for you?
Ashley: Columbus OH where I live with my family, and while we currently don't have a residence in NYC, I will always consider it home too.
Sarah: NYC, Brooklyn. I have been a Brooklyn girl for almost 14 years now and I love it.
What do you do to unwind?
Ashley: Yoga, Ted Lasso and tequila.
Sarah: I listen to music. Music helps me get out of a funk, relax or transport me to another time or place. I try and mediate but have recently been slacking on my practice.
Three words to describe yourself.
Sarah: Scrappy, diligent and thoughtful.
Ashley: Sarah, true you are all those things!! Hmmmm my three words? Work. In. Progress. Or... Figuring. It. Out. Or... I. Know. Sometimes.
What advice would you give your younger self? And what is the best piece of advice you’ve received and would like to impart with us?
Ashley: First, be gentle to yourself and to others. Second, don't be afraid to fuck up. I'm not a sports fan, but Wayne Gretsky famously said, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take".
Best advice received was something I wrote about in a recent Sitelign edit. For every action you judge critically, pivot and tell yourself two positive things about the situation. For example -- Fuuuuuu*k! Well done, I shattered my glass -- it's hand blown, one of a kind and irreplaceable! Pause. Breath... no stitches required, and I dropped it because my husband made me laugh so hard I literally lost control of my body.
Sarah: To my younger self. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Fail, fail again and fail again. You don’t have to be all of what you want to be at once. Part of the ride is just being on the ride.
Best advice I have received recently is the reminder that how you do anything is how you do everything. It helps me set boundaries with those that maybe in the past would hurt me and it also motivates me to think about all my actions, big or small.