September 16, 2016

HOW AM I DOING THIS?

how the hell am I doing all this? really, I have no idea.

i love what I do. there’s no doubt about it. it’s what keeps me going and always wanting to be moving forward. it also helps when those closest people around you are rooting for you and pushing you to give everything you’ve got. i hope one day i can show Axel everything we did for him and how his kicks to my ribs surprisingly got me through.

a lot of you guys come into the store and we joke how I’ll probably be at the shop until my water breaks…well, you joke. it seems pretty accurate and real to me.

if you didn’t know: my work life schedule entails running a store front, an online store, an etsy shop, all marketing plans and all visual content you see for Spin. Also, accounting. shipping. (the works) full time (i like to consider it, 25/8 instead of 24/7). and pregnant.

running a business is no easy task.
running a business pregnant is even harder.
but i do it. i love it. and i think i do it pretty damn well.

my days usually start with me literally rolling out of bed without falling and making my way to the kitchen for a good ‘ole hot brew. i really cant start my day without a cafe con leche. its either that cuban girl in me or the constant tossing and turning all night trying to find a comfy spot for my bump and I to rest that gives me the total urge for coffee in the morning.

side note: all this is before 7:30am

you can then find me glued to my laptop: reconciling online orders, running numbers, pulling inspiration and creating mood boards or buying the next wave of inventory for Spin Gallery. or I’m literally drawing out a map of whats in my head.

my work doesn’t stop there. i don’t think it ever stops really. not even on my “days off” when the shop is closed on mondays. i still find myself on the grind and creating a new project or concept for Spin. i’m not even kidding. i’ll tell myself monday mornings “ok, today….today, I’m going to stay home and relax.” Adrian´s days off are also mondays and as much as we want to stay in and relax, its not in us. We always find some project to take up our whole day. Redesigning the store, the website, planning the next campaign, creating a new good for the store or drawing inspiration for our next shoot. Our appetite is insatiable, both literally and work related.

OH…

and i forgot to mention that all this hard work, with the ever so quickly decreasing energy levels of my third trimester….i’ve had to do it in long sleeves, jeans and closed shoes with the *gorgeous* scent of mosquito repellant. why you ask? oh, because Zika.

enough excuses. you know what they say about excuses. this topic in itself deserves it’s own post – but i have been really hesitant to talk about it because it hits so close to home for me. it’s where I live and work (Spin Gallery is in Wynwood and we live on Miami Beach) and the effects of the scare tactics and over abundance of misleading and exaggerated news has really affected Wynwood…and my business. BUT, God has a bigger plan waiting for us on the other side and we’re pushing through. business is finally starting to pick back up again (slowly) and we’re finally starting to see some life walking through Wynwood.

NOW BACK TO THE GRIND…

once i’m at the shop, i can’t sit still. I’m merchandising. Working with Becca on what plans we have for the store this week. Putting together flat lays for instagram or running a MEGA iPhone photoshoot at the door with Elisa. now this, I’m super proud of. especially when girls come in asking who shoots our instagram and with what camera.

Hi, my name is Ashley. I’m an professional instagram photographer and I shoot all content for Spin Gallery’s social media….with my iPhone.

I’m actually really excited (also very nervous) to see how things play out with my work once Axel is here…so bare with me my people. i’ve got my solly baby wrapping skills underway so I can be back in the shop with him all snugged up and wrapped around me and continue growing Spin.

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call me psycho, whatever. i think I’m a pretty awesome person doing pretty awesome things.

people are going to say i’m patting myself on the back. guess what, everyone should do that every once in a while. if you aren’t encouraging yourself, where are you going?

this is my story. share yours with us. we love to hear other peoples stories and support others as so many people support us.

maternity photos

i know i say this all the time, but I don’t like to do things the normal way. maternity pics in a park? no. maternity pics at the beach? no.

number 1: let’s be real. it’s the summer and I think the hottest summer ever. (but that could also be my hormones causing me to constantly overheat) no one wants to be all dressed up with their hair and makeup done…to sweat and look like a wet afghan hound in their photos.

number 2: the previous is my only rationalization for not taking traditional maternity pics.

so I opted insisted on taking these photos at home with the AC ON, my favorite spotify radio playing and just the comfort of knowing I was going to be comfortable.

but really,  I wanted to be able to document our home where we would begin to grow our family and create *more* beautiful memories in.

so last monday morning, our friend Karla came over. we kicked off our shoes, opened up the window blinds, made some cafecito and chatted about life before we got things started. Karla really made sure to create an even more comfortable and relaxed vibe for Adrian and I before shooting. It didn’t even feel like we were part of a shoot. We got to be ourselves, eat pizza in bed and just laugh at life.

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…and she literally blew my mind with the shots she took. she exceeded my expectations and wants for these photos and I can’t wait to print them out! thank you again Karla, you’re amazing.

you can catch more shots on my instagram x karla’s instagram - i promise to post more photos of the nursery decor soon! (i know you guys want to see that)

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July 22, 2016

FULL NESTING MODE (Sorta)

Growing up, I always pictured my dream home filled with my dream family. Thanks to Pinterest, I have recreated this dream about 5 million times and it never gets old. But once I heard the news that I was expecting, my brain did this weird thing and kicked into what we like to call “nesting mode”. Now is my chance to build this dream home with my real life *growing* dream family.

With my busy schedule, its been so easy to put off finalizing the decor in our apartment and exchange that energy towards making the store look better or working on new concepts and ideas. But now, it’s like I can’t stop thinking about it. Little things like a cute entry way (where I can easily store all my hats), some new cushions for our couch and rug – thanks to Didi we’ve had to be on the hunt for a new one anyway. But what gets me most excited is Axel’s space.

We’ve got a one bedroom apartment, so trying to come up with a cool design within our bedroom has been quite a challenge. But i’m ready to take it on and create his perfect little space. Lucky for us, space isn’t an issue – so there’s a lot to play around with. The extra storage is a plus, too.

here are two inspiration boards i’ve put together this week before I start to head out and hunt.

Ashley Sixto_Nursery Inspo

I’ve been really interested in making this space a perfect cozy, neutral and minimal space for our little guy. Something that won’t be overcrowding our space, either. I’ve pinned and pinned and i feel comfortable enough to finally begin the process of hunting down all the items we want (all while keeping within a budget).

main inspiration piece is the painting behind Didi in the photo. it’s an original work by Adrian’s late great uncle. we’re a huge fan of his work and actually have several pieces hanging all around the apartment.

we’ll be DIY’ing a few things like painting our current dresser set to match the art piece. we’ll probably be going with this color by BEHR “green trellis” and adding a few gold drawer pulls. i’m also currently working on a copper + cotton thread macrame piece to hang on the wall behind the crib. we also have a few wood slabs laying around the house – so we will add those to the wall above the dresser for additional decor and storage space.

dresser: ikea (no longer available) // crib: ikea (under $100!) // drawer pulls: martha stewart via home depot // pom pom blanket via Etsy // striped crib sheet: burt’s bees via buy buy baby // baby changer pad for above dresser: keekaroo peanut changer (natural to match the color scheme)

Ashley Sixto_Living Room Inspo

we’ve already got the couch, chair and ottoman. all that’s really left to make our living room “complete” is a new rug + entry way stylized. I currently have a make shift table at the entryway – but I’m looking to change it up for a bench like the one in the photo.

i feel like adding a bit of blue and green into the neutral mix of what we have will already set a premise for a calming and relaxing vibe. just exactly what we need after a long day of work!

bench: ikea // rug: rugs usa (on super, super sale!) // pillows: still on the hunt, but really looking for a some african mud cloth ones. etsy might be my best bet!

 

inspiration photos found within the mood boards are via pinterest

July 6, 2016

HEAD TOPPERS

I’m about to forget what the top of my head looks like, because all I’m wearing lately are hats.

boaters, straw, baseball caps, fedoras…you name it. I’m wearing it. here’s a round up of what’s been toppin my head lately – and they’re all under the $50 price range!

Ashley Sixto Straw Boater Hat

straw boater via spin gallery

Ashley Sixto Blue Lack of Color Boater Hat

this one has been on repeat for events at night, the beach, and just recently at 4th of July! it’s by Lack of Color and I carry it at Spin Gallery too. (adrian’s finessing hat is also available in store too – double win.)

Pom Pom Panama Hat Ashley Sixto

pom pom fever via spin gallery

July 2, 2016

LET’S GET REACQUAINTED…

it’s been a while since I’ve last posted here, but with good reason of course.

it’s been almost 6 months and it has been a whirlwind. but you know me, i seem to love being busy and picking up on new projects and adventures. let’s see… we had the SpinGallery opening in January, pregnancy, we reopened SpinGallery in June and did some refresh to the shop. did I mention, pregnancy?

i know i always come back on here and say I’m really going to commit to starting this up again, and then i don’t. but i really miss catching up with you guys and really documenting my every day life. so, here we go. TAKE: i don’t even know anymore.

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Spin has a new sleek and matured look going on these days. We closed up for about a week, did some renovations and we’re back up and ready for a *hot* summer. We’ve been working so hard at bringing Miami (and the interwebs) fresh and unique content all while staying true to our homegrown roots. Refining our look and style are just some of the few things.

I miss Illiett, she’s in China. can I be in China too? she’s such a big part of our workshops + events side of Spin, she is seriously amazing. you need to come to one of the workshops!

We’ve also brought in Elisa to the team, she’s obviously my Spin muse if you haven’t noticed. because, i KNOW you’re following @SpinGallery on instagram and you’ve seen her. if you’re not………………..you better right now.

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she’s curating our newest RE/SPIN line at the shop and we’re so excited about it. read more about it here.

Alec…is leaving to NY and I’m so sad. what the hell am I going to do without him by my side here? BUT I’m super proud of all his work and growth and I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes at PRATT (hello, that’s major key alert.) ps. he took the picture of Elisa up there, the one in yellow. *time to pick up your drool now*

pregnancy

hi there, remember me? I’m pregnant now and it’s the coolest weirdest thing ever. i’m going to be a mom. it’s awesome.

adrian and i are expecting a little monster, i mean beautiful son and we’re naming him AXEL. that kid needs to be a rock star. or just cool. he’ll definitely be cooler than me. i mean, he isn’t even born yet and he has a *growing* shoe collection. that’s my boy!

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look at that belly bump! it’s poppin’

so yup, i think i’ve covered the biggest things to happen since my last post. now, it’s time to get the party started. until next time! x