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Welcome to my blog!

Whenever I meet someone new and they ask what I do, they are inevitably a bit dumbfounded by my response.

I am a historian.

Men especially have all sorts of funny reactions to this statement. I am not what you might expect a historian to be. I wear a lot of pink, prefer feminine dresses to elbow patches, and I don’t spend my life shut up in a library.

Being a historian is actually pretty amazing. I spend my summers (and sometimes a full year) in Italy researching. I get to handle centuries-old documents and search for information, people, and places that time forgot. I get to think critically about the past and present while crafting my own historical narratives. I get to teach, think, and write everyday!

If you are new to History in High Heels, you can read more about what I do here, and if you love history, here is a little glimpse of my research. The number one question I receive is how I travel so much. In addition to teaching abroad, I am fortunate that my research takes me to Italy often, and from there, I try to take full advantage of how much easier and cheaper it is to travel once in Europe. You can find all of my posts about Italy here and my wider travels here.

I started this blog a couple years ago in the middle of my graduate studies. I was exhausted and frustrated by the stereotypes of the discipline and society’s gendered perceptions of intellectual authority. I wanted a space where I could be myself and prove that I could be both feminine and intelligent.

This space has become a refuge for me, a place to express and share my creativity and my love of fashion, traveling, and history.


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  1. I love your blog so much! I can't wait to start following along :)

    Hunter
    www.preponabudget.com

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    1. Thank you Hunter! I really enjoyed your blog as well and look forward to following!

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  2. Just found your blog via The College Prepster. I love it! I'm also applying for PhD programs in history for next fall, so I guess I could say I'm your target audience!

    Rachel
    www.quebecstyle.com

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    1. Hi Rachel, so glad you found my blog (also love the College Prepster!)! How exciting that you are applying, if you have any questions about the application process or what to expect just let me know. I would be happy to correspond via email. Good luck, you will love it!

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  3. Love your blog so far! I'm also a PhD student (Business with a marketing emphasis) and also recently re-started blogging. I have a lot to do on mine (It's dated, since I started it about five years ago for a Masters class and then never touched it again), but I'm excited to get going on it.

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    1. Thanks Stacy and good luck with the blog! I find that having a fun and creative outlet is necessary for grad school success!

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  4. I am so happy I found your blog! I'm currently in Bologna for a year abroad, and I am loving Italy so far! I definitely understand why you chose Italy as your focus of study :) I blog with my best friend from prep school as a way to lessen the distance between us, so it's been cool to see posts from Italy and NYC side-by-side. Can't wait to follow this!

    xx MER

    www.friendswithdistance.com

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    1. Hi MER, that is amazing that you are studying in Bologna. Bologna is one of my favorite places!

      I too am losing my best friend next month. She won a Fullbright to research in Barbados for 10 months. She says that I am not allowed to be upset since I leave her every summer. I love that you two are blogging to lessen the distance, we might have to try something like that.

      Make the best of every moment in Italy, it truly is an amazing experience. And travel as much as possible! If you want to maximize your Italian and European travel while abroad, I recommend a student travel agency in Florence that my friend owns (and all of my student use while abroad). It is called FlorenceForFun (www.florenceforfun.com). Tell Anna, Ashley referred you and she will take good care of you!

      Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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  5. Hello, I stumbled upon your blog via The College Prepster, too!

    I already am in love with your blog, and I do agree that a woman can be studious and fashionable; there's no need to sacrifice one or the other. (Although, on a somewhat not related note, I ALWAYS give up fashion when it comes to final exam time. I don't know, maybe it's the lack of sleep or just stress, but I just where whatever I'm studying in (one time, I took a final exam in pajamas; I will never forget that day) and go, go, go.)

    I wish you success in blogging and will definitely be adding this to my list of daily blogs I check out! PS I love your blog name; it's what attracted me here in the first place. :)

    http://anintrotocooking.wordpress.com

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    1. I am so glad you stumbled on to my blog and thank you for the kind words and support! I also checked out your cooking blog and it is fantastic! I look froward to following along.

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  6. I found your blog when I was commenting on CollegePrepster and I got to say that you have one of the most interesting background stories. History and Fashion it sounds so amazing! Well im totally hooked so im following :)
    -Monica

    www.theregoesmonica.com

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    1. Thanks Monica and welcome! I look forward to checking out your blog as well!

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  7. Just stumbled on your blog - added to my reading list :)

    Pink Champagne Problems

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    1. Hi Dana, thanks so much for stopping by. Can't wait to check out your blog!

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  8. It is so good to see a beauty blogger who is also passionate about history! I'm in the final year of my undergraduate degree and seriously considering going into academia, and I am totally with you on breaking the stereotype of academic women. Plus, I'm actually spending three months in Venice at the moment studying Renaissance history and absolutely loving it. Definitely going to be following your blog from now on :)

    kasiasbeautydiary.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Just found your blog from Prep on a Budget. I am absolutely in love! One of my Professors this past semester was Italian and I've recently fallen in love with anything and everything Italian. I totally agree that you shouldn't have to sacrifice your style or your academic legitimacy. I'm looking forward to following along on your journey!

    Argyle Girl | thegirlintheargylesweater.blogspot.com

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    1. Welcome! So glad to find a fellow Italiaphile (not sure that's an actual word lol).

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  10. Hi! I'm just dropping you a line to say you remind me of me :) Although, I only have my Master's in history and I focused on England! Good for you going for the PhD AND keeping the high heels :)

    -- Alex at Brainy Girls Beauty

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  11. I really love your blog and I have nominated you for the Shine on Award and the Versatile Blogger Award , hope you will do it!

    http://dressesandcapes.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/ive-been-nominated/

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  12. Hi! I've only recently discovered your blog, and it's so great to know that there is someone else out there willing to blog about history as well as lifestyle and fashion! That's what I'm also striving to do, as I'm off to study History at Uni in september and really want to reach PHD level myself!

    Beth at www.thoroughlymodernhistory.blogspot.com

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    1. Best of luck! And thanks for following along. I can't wait to check out your blog!

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  13. Just found your blog through Pinterest and I'm absolutely in love! Gotta like it when someone combines the humanities, travel and fashion with a beautiful bow!

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    1. Thank you so much! Who doesn't love a good bow!

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  15. Hello!
    I am an undergrad student right now. I am a double major in history and communications and minor in German Language. I am absolutely obsessed with German history and the world wars. I have a pretty set plan to get my masters in higher education and my PhD in History. However, I have no idea where the best German history focus is. I was wondering if you had any tips on how to find programs? I know I am a little ahead of myself, but that is just what I do. I have tried researching and I have yet to find the perfect program. Also, does your program have a language requirement? All the ones I found in my research requires two languages. I was just wondering if this was common? Thank you so much! Your blog is amazing. I will definitely be following it!
    http://kennedysmith25.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Kennedy, always nice to meet a fellow historian! Don't stress over selecting a specific time period just yet, especially since you haven't decided where you want to study. Since you don't have a preference yet, try researching historians whose work you have read and really enjoyed. See where they teach/research and look into those programs. Lots of grad students adjust their time period or specific research focus even after completing a masters. So you have plenty of time to figure out specifically what you want to study. All good programs will have a language requirement, typically one major language of research (German in your case) and a secondary reading language (this might be Latin if you select to study Medieval history or maybe French if you want to research a later period). This second language is often just for reading, meaning you aren't required to have speaking proficiency. Start your second language now!!!! I wish I had started sooner! If you have any more questions or just want to chat about grad school, feel free to email!

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  16. I just rediscovered your blog! My friend Kate told me about it 6 months ago (about...) but I recently rediscovered it! I've been reading through your posts and absolutely love, well, everything!!!!!!! I have officially added your blog to my reading list!!!!

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  17. I love your blog! I was recommended by a friend and now I'm kind of addicted!

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    1. Welcome Abbie, thanks for reading and I am glad to hear you like it!

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  18. Just found your blog through a Buzzfeed article (on your Ikea bar cart hack) - love it! I'm working on my PhD in British history, and I absolutely agree with you about ideas on women and fashion in academia. I have a lifestyle blog as well (historynpearls.blogspot.com) and you're a great inspiration! Hope the writing/teaching is going well!

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    1. Hi and welcome! My bestie is also doing her PhD in British History! Thanks for following along and I can't wait to check out your blog.

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  19. Hello!
    I just found your blog, and I absolutely love it! I did my MA in Early Irish History in Dublin, and can't decide if I will go onto a PhD. Will certainly be spending hours catching up!!
    Cheers!

    anhistorianabouttown.wordpress.com

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  20. Hei, Ashley, I discovered you on Instagram and I absolutely love what you've got going on in your life, you are really inspiring for women everywhere. Keep up the great and colourful work ^_^

    Hugs,
    Ana

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  21. Love the idea and inspiration behind your blog! I am new to the blog world and would love it if you checked it out and gave me some feedback :)

    http://blissfulwanderings05.blogspot.com

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  22. New followers here. I heard about your blog on a forum and had to check it out. Love you IG feed.

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    1. Welcome and thanks for following along, hope you enjoy it!

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  23. I am so glad I found your blog! I have about a year left in undergrad (major in history, minor in social science) and I'm actually going to Italy to study abroad this summer and chose Italian as my foreign language! I'm currently one of five women history majors at my school and I absolutely love how you're redefining the stereotype of woman in the field. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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    1. Welcome Taylor! So glad you found my blog. You are going to love Italy. I also have grown to love the Italian language. It is not the easiest, but it sure is beautiful! Keep pursuing what you love and paving the way fore future female historians! Bacio!

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