June 23, 2017

Summer Ready with dbrie

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there’s something about star prints that get you ready for summer. the instant feeling of being at the beach, late night bbq with your friends. and of course, fourth of july.

shop my summer time look: hat x swimsuit (check out dbrie’s other star print options, here)

towel & sunnies are old school Spin Gallery

June 5, 2017

Cabin Fever

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Being a “work-from-home” kind of mom, you sometimes run in to a Cabin Fever situation. Every so often, especially when the weather is cooperative, Axel and I head out the door to the nearest park for some time away from work and enjoy the fresh air. There are so many different kinds of parks close to where we live, it’s usually a quick power walk or drive away.

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

i’m wearing: Pink Blush Jumpsuit | Thrifted Camo Jacket | Target Sneakers

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

He’s in the stage where he wants to feel everything around him. It’s so fun to watch him run his fingers through the grass and look back at me with the biggest smile.

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was on the hunt for the perfect car seat + stroller duo that would be safe + functional. The Cybex Cloud Q was at the top of our list and honestly has been one of the most used products we own. I’m always on the go, so the Cybex Cloud Q car seat and stroller go with me too. And it won at all of my special requests.

1. SAFETY – It comes with two amazing safety features which keep me sane and concentrated on driving, instead of worrying about the nugget in the back seat. Telescopic Linear Side-impact Protection (L.S.P.) quickly absorbs side-impact forces and channels them through the flexible, EPS energy absorbing foam-lined shell – I never close the door without pulling this bar out. Also, at the base of the car seat in the car, theres a Load Leg that keeps the car seat in place if God forbid we get into a car accident. I’m telling you, this is awesome for peace of mind.

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2. FUNCTIONAL enough where I could easily bring Axel with me anywhere: from a meeting, to the park or even a quiet dinner at our favorite local pasta spot and not lose points in the Cool Mom category. It easily clicks into our stroller base, so I don’t have to worry about the fuss of switching him into a stroller seat – especially when I’m in a hurry.

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3. (Bonus Points) COMFORTABLE – I wish this thing came in my size. His car seat has a full reclining position when outside of the car which is the best thing to take advantage of when out at a restaurant and he’s a bit sleepy. #naptimeisthebesttime Where’s my nap?

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

Ashley Sixto Artidiello Cybex Cloud Q

So when Cybex reached out to me recently to talk about my experience with the Cloud Q, there was no hesitation on my part. If you know me, you know I’m always raving about this car seat and it’s awesome features. Plus, we get stopped all the time to ask where it’s from because of it’s really awesome and sleek armadillo-like canopy. 

Thank you to CYBEX for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

May 23, 2017

my very first mother’s day

this year has been pretty fantastic so far, and summer hasn’t even started. I know it’s been a while since I last updated you guys here on my blog and a lot has happened: my business model has shifted – expanded my creative boundaries – learning everyday on what #MOMLIFE is all about – and just enjoying what’s ahead of me.

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this past month I celebrated my very first mother’s day.

Axel (aka Mookie) is the best sidekick and he made me A MOM. if you follow me on instagram, you can definitely see what a character he is. being a mom is honestly the best thing I’ve ever been (also, the hardest) and I wouldn’t change it for the world. it may sound very cliche, but it’s the truth. it was really exciting to be celebrated this past mother’s day and enjoy my family.

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we hung out by the pool, bbq’d, played dominoes, drank wine and enjoyed plenty of laughs.

a big thanks to ShopPinkBlush.com for sending me this amazing dress. I felt so beautiful, comfortable and soo happy to be wearing my old belt (which I hadn’t been able to wear since pre-pregnancy – score!) I paired it with sneakers, a leather wrap belt and some layered gold jewelry.

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I wish I would’ve heard about this online shop while I was pregnant. They have some of the cutest Maternity clothing options and their prices are totally affordable, too! I also got this striped open shoulder mini dress to add to my summer wardrobe. It’s lightweight, airy and black and white (can’t go wrong with that).

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Check them out at ShopPinkBlush.com

 

January 18, 2017

2017

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a letter from ashley, the spin gal:

2016 was crazy and it was awesome. it was everything I wanted it to be.

What I sought out to do this year, became much more than I could ever imagine it to. I set specific goals for myself personally and for my business and I’m proud to say I kicked all those goals in the butt.

Spin Gallery x Wynwood was opened in January 2016 as a pop-up experiment intended on creating brand awareness, developing a lifestyle surrounding the Spin Gal and presenting new and creative social media + marketing techniques.

I created, The Spin Gal. But really, it was always you. I just pushed you to let go of your boundaries and get creative with your style with the clothing we offered at our shop. And to see how you made Spin Gallery yours was my favorite part of it all.

I was able to ride the crazy train for a year: surpass financial goals, become part of the growing community Wynwood, hire talented people (Becca, thank you!) and work with other creatives and I was absolutely blown away with what these relationships turned out to be. We created our own product, RE/Spin was born….and speaking of births, AXEL was born. In the midst of all of it and that itself, this past year has been an amazingly turbulent and fun whirlwind.

Spin Gallery, as it currently exists, will be changing. We won’t be focused on retail anymore.  Rather focusing on what my true passions are, lifestyle development and branding. Spin Gallery x Wynwood was a case study of sorts… always part of a larger picture. Spin has always been a venue to express myself creatively and I was able to make it a venue to put my passions of styling and marketing together.

This new Spin Gallery will be focused on working with other companies and brands to achieve their branding and lifestyle goals through creative consulting, curating new social media + marketing strategies as well as art direction, calligraphy and more.

I am really excited (and sad at the same time) to share this news with you all. a personal and enormous THANK YOU to all our customers and Spin Gals. WOW. The unending support and love you have shown us this past year has been unbelievable.

we already have a few partnerships lined up and in the works, which we will be sharing with you in the near future. we are really excited for this new venture and where it will take us next.

on that note, let’s get this party started.

Spin Gallery x Wynwood’s last day will be January 29th. Come stop by, give us a goodbye hug and leave with a cool outfit too.

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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.