What is your full name? Ashleigh Sue-Marie Powell.
Do you know why you got named this beautiful name? My mum always liked unusual names and boys names for girls. Then when she was watching the Bold & the Beautiful, there was an actress named Ashleigh. I am pretty sure that’s when she decided as she loved the spelling, and my dad is traditional and liks to carry on family names. With his brother’s middle name Ashley, he was happy and agreed. My middle name is after my Dad’s only sister Susan, and his great-aunt, Marie.
What were the first three things you did when you woke up today? Checked my phone, made a green tea and turned on my laptop.
What are you wearing? Blue Levi skinny jeans, brown ankle boots which I just bought from Apex in Paddington, green and white knit I got from Chapel st, Melbourne, black blazer I got in NYC, woolen black scarf also from Melbourne and my black bandit gloves.
What was your dream job as a kid? When I was little I always wanted to be an actress. However, I loved the Teenage Mutant Turtles and Barbies, so I wanted to combine both and be an actress who was pretty and could fight the bad guys.
What are you working as now? I am currently working on my first book Katana, which is based on my grandfather´s time in WWII. I also work as a Financial Planner.
How would you explain that to a child? Ahhh I have never thought or had to do that. Ummm I guess I would open a childrens book, point to the text and say “I put these words on a page but in a different book”. Then I would get a dollar coin, and say I look after this dollar for people and try and make it into two for them.
Explain what Axel & Ash is. To me Axel & Ash is two people who love life who one day shared their individual dreams, and now achieving some of them together by producing beautiful and unique books that capture the wonderful things in life, which hopefully others love as much as we do.
What is your role at Axel & Ash? mmmm I think I have several roles at Axel & Ash, as when your starting a business there is an impeccable amount to do, so I can’t define it to one role. However, overall I think my job is to just be myself and contribute my ideas, thoughts and skills what I have learnt so far and will continue to learn along the way.
Why do you believe it will be successful? Because we are so passionate about what we are doing, and we really love creating this. Also I think which is important, we are not afraid to dream big and just go for it.
What is your dream for the company? To have our books spread in 111 different countries, and hearing from all the different people of the world who have them.
What living person do you most admire? My mum.
You are such a positive and energetic woman! Where do you get your energy from? Wow, that’s a lovely compliment, not sure it’s entirely true. I think there is so much I want to do and achieve in this world, most of the time I feel I don’t have enough hours in the day. I guess I keep occupied on the things that are fullfilling and kind. I try not to be bothered by bad things that occur, as most the time you can’t control what happens and it takes alot of energy to be in a bad mood, and you can’t think correctly. I guess I just know there are so many beautiful things in life that you can be doing and focusing on, then the negative.
What did you have for breakfast today? A green tea, and natural yoghurt with chia seeds, walnuts, cinnamon and LSA.
What makes you laugh til you cry? So many things! whenever I am with my girlfriends. I am constantly crying in laughter at something we say or do. Half the time, I feel like I have just completed a pilates session when I am with them.
Who are the most important people in your life? I have many people in my life that are very important and dear to me. They all have their unique characteristics, and have a huge part of my heart. I just always try and give enough back to them for them to know that they are very important to me.
What do you value most in your friends? Honesty and kindness.
Describe your dress style. I like to wear all different styles. However, I think I am a mix of classic, with a touch of bohemian/indie.
Who is your favorite designer? I have two – Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent.
Why? I love Tom Ford’s classic style, and the fact he is extremely talented not only as a fashion designer but also as a film director. Then when I met him in New York, I completely fell in love with him. His personality was incredibly open and warm. His coral lipstick is one of my essentials. I love Yves Saint Laurent because of the blend of bright colours and creative patterns he used. He always went outside the tradition, yet still having that unique classic style. At age 21 he was the head designer of Dior, then he took the chance to go out on his own. I really admire the risks he took, and I think that alone speaks for itself.
Who is your styleicon? Kirsten Dunst, Alexa Chung, Kate Moss and Marion Cotillard.
What does it takes to start a successful business according to you? Time, energy and passion. I always go by the saying by Deepak Chopra – “Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life. Whatever you take your attention away from will wither, disintegrate and disappear.”
Which word or phrase do you most over-use? Great.
Are you right wing or left wing? Centre.
Do you donate to charity? Yes.
If you could put a bill into parliament to change something – what would you change? Take 1% of the tax we all pay and put it into a third world country to build schools and hospitals. A small difference, makes a huge a change.
Would you half your salary for a more interesting job? Yes most certainly I would if I wasn’t doing a job that wasn’t fulfilling.
Do you believe in love? Yes.
Whats your worst habit? Attacking unwanted blemishes.
Share with me your favorite secret spot in Sydney? There is a monument with a water fountain in the Botanic gardens when you enter via Macquarie street (across from the library). I would sit by this monument on as many lunch breaks as I could – to read, stretch on the soft green grass, listen to the fountain, and admire the view of Sydney harbour. Then one day, I was really down and I went there to clear my head. That day for the first time I actually read the monument and realised the date it was unveiled, 22nd June 1897. It was the same day as my birthday. From then on, I felt I found my spot in the world.
How would you describe yourself in three words? Open, curious and caring.
What makes you angry? Unsafe taxi-drivers, and parking inspectors.
What kind of people do you dislike? People who are inconsiderate and those who are educated enough but choose to be ignorant.
You can invite 5 people for a dinner party – who would you invite? Francoise Sagan, Elvis, Christy Turlington, James Dean and Picasso.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Writing a memoir on my grandfather.
If I say Great tune -Whats the first song that pops up in your mind? Daddy Cool – ‘Eagle Rock’.
What will you do if I give you 10 million dollars right now? Take my immediate family surfing in Hawaii, set up a charity and then look at my bucket list and start ticking each one off.
Which ancient place/era would you like to go? Ancient place – Tibet, Himalaya’s. Era – I would like to go back to Egyptian times and meet Cleopatra.
What person – dead or alive – would you like to meet? Joan of Arc.
What would you like to ask from the god? Please let me live a long healthy life.
Which super power do you like to have and why? Read minds because our thoughts to ourselves are the most interesting.
If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find? The basics and essentials – Natural Yoghurt, water, eggs, milk, carrots, tuna, sprouts.
What do you like to wear when you go to work? Dresses.
Five best trips you’ve been on.. Europe; Road trip to Coober Pedy; Hawai’i & New York; Hong Kong & China and Thailand with my sister.
Do u have a boyfriend? No.
How do u get along with others? Ahhh not sure a bribe with Lindt dark chocolate mint intense I think makes it go much better. Just being myself – I have nothing else to offer but that.
Do you eat your fruits and vegetables? Yes.
Finish these scentences…
My most treasured possession is… my laptop.
I would love to live… in New York.
I am addicted to.. yoghurt and coconuts.
I wish i could… put more hours into the day.
I love to run… from Bondi to Coogee.
I think that gay marrige…should be accepted.
If u try to fail, and succeed, which have u done? You have succeeded, because you tried. You fail when you don’t try at all.