I'm a 20-something redhead living in Portland, OR.  I'm originally from Reno, NV however moved to Portland in February 2012 to be with the boyfriend.  What a great gal, right?? 
  • I love country music, and I'm a total cowgirl-wannabe.  I'm positive real cowpeople hate posers like me, but a girl can dream
  • I'm technically allergic to alcohol - it makes my hands and feet itch and my face gets the asian-glow.  My best friends don't seem to care though :-)  Which is why I love them
  • I was in the sorority (KAPPA ALPHA THETA) and miss living in that house every day
  • I'm the opposite of spontaneous.  "Playing it by ear" totally stresses me out.  I like plans.  And schedules. 
  • I'm never late.  Ever.  In fact, I tend to be about 30minutes - 1hour early everywhere.  No joke.
I work in IT as a Products Analyst - I get to use SQL daily and work with great people.  I love the job and I love how the IT industry is constantly changing.  I wouldn't peg myself as someone who works in IT, which can be an obstacle in trying to prove my worth in this male-dominated industry.  But I think I've come along just fine :-)

I have a wonderful boyfriend HUSBAND I've been dating since September 2008.  He's my other half who takes care of me, but also needs a little taking-care-of himself ;-) 

We got married September 13, 2014 and can't wait to start our future together as Mr. and Mrs. Sieczkowski (good luck pronouncing that gem).

We have two pups - Ibo and Polly.  Ibo is a Frenchie, and Polly is a Boston Terrier.  They have more personality and gas than most people I know - I adore them :-)

I chose to call my bloggy "The Darling Redhead" for a variety of reasons.  I'd like to think the redhead part is obvious.  I love my red (it's actually "auburn" if we get picky) hair and love that it's a unique physical quality of mine.  The "Darling" part comes from my Grammy.  My brother used to call her "Grandmother Darling" which I think is absolutely classy and beautiful.  While I'm not typically classy, mature, or elegant, I like to pretend to be and I like to live up to my Grammy's standards. 


  1. My roommate who just moved out after he got married was also allergic to alcohol and got the Asian glow, too! He's half-Asian though, so it's probably more normal to him.

    Goes without saying, but I'm a big fan of the blog!

  2. Hey thanks, Sean! It's nice knowing that there's someone out there reading my bloggy :-)

    And did you know I'm part asian too? Only about 1/8th... but still! <-- Asian.

  3. I did not know that! An exotic redhead...

  4. Your pups are adorable! New follower :)

  5. Just saw your comment on This Valley Life and popped over to check out your blog, I love finding other PDX bloggers. Hope to meet you on Saturday!

  6. you certainly are darling! and your hair color is magnificent! i loved reading all this information about you. and i totally laughed about your dogs. because mine has more gas than any 3 people i know combined. :)

  7. Your blog is too cute! I'm so glad I came across it. I think we have a lot in common and I'm so excited to blog stalk some more! :)

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  9. Hi Ashley,

    I hope this finds you well! I think your blog is adorable and love your energy. I found your blog through the Portland Bloggers website which noted that you like to cook!

    I happen to work for a social media marketing agency in Atlanta. We do a lot of blogger outreach around the country for in store events for our client, Macy's. Macy's actually has what they call their Culinary Council which is a collection of some of the country's most esteemed chefs - from Wolfgang Puck to Michelle Bernstein, Todd English, Ming Tsai and more - who host in store cooking demonstrations.

    It is my responsibility to find local bloggers in the area who I think are credible and appropriate bloggers. At that point, I reach out to see if they'd be interested in attending as a type of social media representative.

    We offer $75 compensation for your attendance and social coverage of the event (tweets, facebook posts, instagram posts, and a post event blog write up).

    I'd love to tell you more about it if you're interested! Please feel free to email me at lexi@beeverywhere.tv.

    Look forward to hearing from you!

  10. Hey girl, I just found your blog and as a fellow Portland area blogger I can't wait to follow along!!

  11. Hi!

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