About Me

Hi, my name is Ashley, a full-time Registered Nurse (R.N.).  I worked four years as an Emergency Department nurse and have been in the Operating Room for almost two years now. I adore all things shabby-chic, gravitate towards objects with vintage flair and have an obsession for owls. I have two serious addictions: shopping and Biggby coffee. I am a do-it-yourself kind of person with a passion for crafting. Fall is my favorite season, although you can’t beat a West Michigan summer! When it comes to fashion I love to be cute yet comfy with just the right pop of flair! Stripes and leopard are considered closet staples as well as the perfect statement necklace. I love to be spontaneous and random. I don’t mind making a fool of myself and think it is important that we are able to laugh at ourselves. 

My husband (Tyler) and I met in college where at first we became good friends. The two of us went to nursing school together and towards graduation we started to date. We had a destination wedding in February 2013 on a beautiful beach in Tulum, Mexico. He is my best friend, keeps me balanced, and I don't know what I would do without him!

We have two dogs, Luna and Maya, and right now they capture our full attention. They are like our children and are very spoiled pooches!

I grew up in a small farm town and don’t regret it one bit, but find myself loving the “city” life more. We have growing families on either side with nephews and nieces that we love spoiling! Given the choice I wouldn’t trade my chaotic family in for another; no one is perfect and the grass is not always greener on the other side.

My husband and family gifted me a sewing machine back in January for my birthday and it has been fun learning to sew-- I especially love making headbands! (You can check out my shop on Instagram: @opal.elm) 

In September 2014 our family began a new adventure as my husband started Nurse Anesthesia school. This was a big adjustment for us all and was initially the inspiration for my blog. I wanted an outlet to share my story, fashion and creativity! December 2016 Tyler graduated Nurse Anesthesia school and shortly there after we moved to Holland, MI. We are enjoying our new journey by the lake shore!

I hope that you loved your visit to my page! My wish is to provide some inspiration and a reason to want to visit another time! I LOVE fashion & I LOVE helping other woman look & feel great! :) 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from you! romzeka@gmail.com or shopopalandelm@gmail.com.


  1. Just became your newest follower :) Your wedding pics are gorgeous! I'm from West Michigan too!! Are you as sick of the snow as I am right now? I'm beyond ready for summer.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Ericka! Yes-- the snow can stop ANY time now! Can't wait to piece together some summer outfits! :) Stay warm and hope you're enjoying your weekend!

  2. Hey stopping by from the Dateless in Dallas link up. I'm a fellow RN who's contemplated CRNA school as well. Hope to hear updates as to how its going. Seems intimidating!! Tell him good luck!! Everyone I've talked to on the other side says its so worth it!

  3. Where in West Michigan do you live? I live there too! Also a dog mom, also named Ashley. Haha! I'm working on going back to school to become a medical assistant. I'd love to pick your brain about the health care field sometime.

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  4. Just started following you! Love your style! I am a labor and delivery nurse in Cleveland Tn, and I can't imagine my life with out my nurse family! Look forward to more posts from you :)