Tea Bar || Breaks Are Important

Tea Bar, man. It's a gem. Clean walls, light wood table and chairs, modern fixtures and of course greenery. It wouldn't be Portland with out some plants present. This place is such an easy place to set up shop for a couple hours and to get some stuff done!

My gal pal Ellie (she changing the world with her incredible ethical fashion blog) turned me on to this place. We have work/catch up dates whenever we can find a time that works best for both of us, and she recommended we meet at Tea Bar one day. Tea has never really been my thing. I am an avid coffee drinker, like black coffee, no cream, no nothin'! I was pleasantly surprised, even us "coffee only" people can find a beverage here. I am in love with their Sparkling Hibiscus tea. It kinda takes me back to the days I would go with Mom to a coffee shop and order an Italian soda, but without the intense sugary, cough syrupy taste-- it's refreshing!

THE BREAK DOWN:

wifi: Yes

beverages: ALL the tea.. Everything from Matcha to Sparkling teas. They also serve Kombucha.

food: Yes. They have a few pastries daily.

plug ins: Not as many, so charge up before you go!

seating: Plenty.

lighting: The natural light is UNREAL at all their cafes.

Okay, now what am I learning this week (more like the last month)...

Breaks are important! I took last month off from all things creative and it was great. I was figuring out whether this whole styling/content creation thing was actually something I loved to do and if it fed my soul. I have people who are say, "You can't quit!! You're so talented!" Which is incredibly flattering, but just because you do something well, doesn't always mean you should pursue it at that time, especially if it starts feeling like a burden. Listening to podcasts has been my favorite past time activity lately. I was listen to The Lively Show while walking my favorite little neighborhood in Portland, Or. She was talking about sometimes activities/hobbies don't always fit or feel right in different seasons of life, and how it's okay to let that thing go of life go. Whether it is letting go for a short period of time or letting it go for good. It's okay and that is how we grow.

 Long story short, I took a break, prayed about it and well.. here I am! Back at it! I really missed the whole creative process and had an excellent response on Instagram with quite a few features within the first week of jumping back into it. I took that as an encouraging sign from The Lord and I'm ready to start reaching out to those brands again.

Don't be afraid to take a breaks, you'll come back even stronger. (as we say at Barre3)

xo,

ash

The Washburne Cafe || Comparison

Hey there,

I've been brainstorming lately and have been trying to think of ways I can expand my blog beyond the styled shoots, and I have finally come up with it! It includes visiting new cafes, restaurants and bars (one of my favorite hobbies, I'm a total foodie), telling you what I ordered and whether I recommend it, a "BREAK DOWN" of all the important qualities I would like to know as a reader. I will also be writing about what I am currently working on/am learning about my business that I am trying to grow. That way I can interact with more of you, and answer any questions or review places you are curious about! What do you think?!

 We are going to start with my hometown, well almost hometown.. My favorite cafe in the Eugene, Springfield area to get work done right now is The Washburne Cafe. It's on Main St. in Springfield, OR. in a darling yellow building. Springfield can get a bad wrap, but Main Street is up and coming for sure. Exposed brick, white walls, leather couch and and colored metal chairs makes for an excellent, easy going work environment. They have large community tables, bar seating, tables for two, as well as a cozy seating area with chairs and a dreamy leather couch and if that's not enough, a private room that you can reserve for meetings. The baristas are super friendly and knowledge about coffee. Not sure about a drink... it's a safe place to ask! No need to feel out of place or embarrassed.

My go to order is the breakfast sandwich (egg, cheese and tomato on a english muffin) and I add on the house made sausage and a drip coffee-- so tasty! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I'm pretty boring when it come to coffee drinks.. black for me please! Need something sweet after your sandwich? The Sassy Cupcake has three different cupcake flavors every week.

THE BREAK DOWN:

wifi: Yes

beverages: Bespoken Coffee Roasters, Tea, Kombucha, and some other tasty beverages.

food: Yes! Tons of options for breakfast and lunch.

plug ins: Quite a few.

seating: Plenty.

lighting: Excellent natural light in the front half of the cafe, soft lighting and cafe string lights toward the back.

Okay, now what am I learning this week as a new-ish content creator...

I am learning how not to compare my work to others. Creative world can be so saturated and competitive and it's way too easy to compare yourself. This by far has been one of my biggest obstacles. I find myself comparing my work to people who have 10 years of age on me and have been in the industry for almost twice as long as I have. I know-- setting myself up for success on that one. Luckily, I am super blessed and have an amazing affirming group of creatives that surround me and remind me how much I have grown just in the few short years I have been in the industry, and how much more I am going to grow and develop as a stylist.

xo,

ash

The Washburne Cafe || Comparison
The Washburne Cafe || Comparison
The Washburne Cafe || Comparison
The Washburne Cafe || Comparison
The Washburne Cafe || Comparison
The Washburne Cafe || Comparison
The Washburne Cafe || Comparison
The Washburne Cafe || Comparison

deepwood estate

I've been dying to show you these images and I finally can because the Trendy Bride Magazine that featured them has finally hit the shelves at Barnes and Noble, yep that's right. Barnes and Noble. I don't plan on becoming a published writer anytime soon, so this is it.

There is something so fun about seeing my work in print, especially in such a gorgeous magazine. (I'm bummed that my last name isn't in there, but THAT IS MEE!!!) 

This is my second shoot at Deepwood Museum + Gardens, and it is dreamy. The shoot took place last spring so everything was in full bloom and so green, allowing the white to really pop. Who knew white could be your pop of color?

I got work with tons of new vendors and they're all crazy talented... I mean look at these images-- #allthehearteyes! It can be a little nerve racking working with new people, not knowing how you will mesh, but we worked together perfectly and I have yet to work with any vendors on a shoot that didn’t go well.

I hope you enjoy the images, we all worked really hard on producing them.

xo, ash

Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
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Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence
Deepwoods Estate - Styling by Ashley Spence

day with your gals

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet, no pun intended. :)

I'm usually not a huge fan of bright, bold colors, but for some reason, Valentine's is the one exception-- red, pink and glitter everything, oh and gold of course! I just love how cutsey it is-- the hearts, all the sweets, the cheesy saying it's just all so good. I also love that galantine's has become a thing and you can celebrate your friendships with your closest gals. Any excuse to get all my friends together and drink some pink bubbly is a good one to me :) I hope you enjoy the images and get some possible inspo for your celebrations.

Cheers to celebrating with your gals and/or your other half!

xo, ash

Galentine's party! Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's party! Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's party! Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's party! Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's party! Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's party! Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's Day- Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's Day- Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's party! Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's Day- Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's Day- Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's Day- Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's Day- Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's Day- Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com
Galentine's Day- Styling by Ashley Spence - ashleyspence.com

Upper Left Roasters || Sunday's

Sunday's are for getting stuff done! My typical Sunday looks like.. church, grocery shopping and then any email or work that I din't get a chance to complete during the week.

Upper Left Roasters is one of my favorite spots to get things done. I personally like to have a clean "less is more" work environment in order to focus and to be most productive. If there is a lot going on with decor, my OCD wants to kick in, and all I can focus on is the organizing, cleaning that could be done. Clean and simple is Upper Left's language. The coffee is tasty (I'm kinda a coffee snob, but at least I'm admitting it, right?) they have gorgeous, modern light wood tables and simple lighting, white walls and huge windows that let in incredible natural light. Although it's modern, there is something about it that makes it comfortable and cozy. I've been to plenty of other cafes that put off a similar aesthetic vibe, but it's uncomfortable and not cozy at all.

Go grab a cup of coffee and maybe a pal if you're lucky and get to work!

xo, ash

Sunday Blog- ashleyspence.com
Sunday Blog- ashleyspence.com
Sunday Blog- ashleyspence.com
Sunday Blog- ashleyspence.com
Sunday Blog- ashleyspence.com
Sunday Blog- ashleyspence.com
Sunday Blog- ashleyspence.com
Sunday Blog- ashleyspence.com

#anthropologie

Anthropologie will always have a special spot in my heart... Their stores are decorated so well and every display has such incredible details. My dream is to one day work on Anthro displays or get involved somehow on staging their catalogs. They are absolutely stunning.

A couple months ago (oops) Anthro sent me a direct message on Instagram saying that they loved my #anthropologie photos and would love to send me a special gift. I WAS PUMPED!!! I know I wasn't the only one, but how flattering is that?! I felt so special! :) They sent me some fun bath products, a scent that they hadn't released yet in stores-- way fun!! It was so sweet to have one of my fav stores that I love, love me back. I can't wait to use the lotion, hand & foot scrub and the bath salt soak. Perfect for this time of year! It was such a great reminder that people do notice you, even in this huge and crazy world we live in.

Happy Monday, folks!

xo, ash

styling by ashley spence
styling by ashley spence
styling by ashley spence
styling by ashley spence
styling by ashley spence

sixteen + seventeen

I know everyone says this, but I cannot believe the holidays have come and gone and it's 2017! I remember when I was younger and people older than I would say stuff like "life goes by quicker and quicker the older you get." I was like "yeah. okay, old man," but I learning that it's true, unfortunately. Let's recap and set some goals, shall we??

2016 had some great highs and of course some lows, but let's focus on those positives :)

  • Launched this bad boy (my website). It was a beast and am so glad it's out in the world (thanks Brianna for the help, xo).
  • 2 page feature in Portland Bride & Groom Magazine!! (coming out soon, can't wait to blog about that one)
  • Styled shoots featured on 100 Layer Cake, Best Friends for Frosting and on the Oregon Bride Magazine's blog-- WOOHOO!!
  • Worked with new + incredibly talented vendors.
  • Made some new friends.. one of them has a ethical fashion blog and the other one is an incredible photographer
  • Seattle trip with my gals-- eating, drinking and exploring. (I wish this could happen more often)
  • Started working at Barre3, such a great + encouraging community of people.

I don't really set resolutions per say, but I do try to set goals for myself going into the new year...

  • Blogging + creating once a week
  • Networking (which is the best and the worst. You get to meet some incredible new people, but no one likes rejection)
  • Socializing more + meeting new poeple (oof.) Similar to the one above, but in my personal life. It's so funny how overtime your personality changes a bit, within the last couple years I have become more of an introvert. I don't always like small talk or to have to "turn it on," but I know it's good for me #eyeroll.
  • Writing down three things I am thankful for everyday. I've done this in the past, but not consistently. It's so easy to get caught up in the negativity and hardships. This is one thing that has helped me step back and appreciate what the Lord has blessed me with, both small + big. It's easy just to think about them, but I encourage you to physically write them down. There is something about writing it down and seeing it in front of you that makes your heart soften a bit.

xo, ash

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Holiday Mixology Class

It's the most wonderful time of the year!! (in Frank Sinatra's voice of course, because who doesn't adore him?!) I can't believe December is almost half over, time needs to SLOW DOWN!!

Last year around this time I hosted a holiday mixology class in Eugene at The Barn Light East with some incredible vendors! TBL East has such a darling event space, everything is white, making it the perfect blank canvas for parties and workshops. I decked out the place with gorgeous and festive floral arrangements and Christmas decor from Shamrock Flowers & Gifts.

Mark and Thomas (two of the owners of The Barn Light) taught me, and about twelve others how to make three cocktails, as well as the history behind the spirits we were using for the evening. They were a total hoot, ugly sweaters and all! We made Red Nose Punch, Traditional Irish Coffee and of course, The Rum Manhattan (all the cocktail recipe cards are available below, pair it with the ingredients and a couple custom cocktail stirrers like I did below, and you've got yourself a christmas gift!). Along with our beverages we had cupcakes from The Sassy Cupcake. They are always tasty and the perfect pairing, especially when one is a hot buttered rum cupcake-- umm YUMM!!! 

Enjoy all these fun cocktails, and I highly recommend the Red Nose Punch for any holiday parties coming up (it serves about 12 people)!

ps. freeze the cranberries and a bit of water in a bunt cake mold for a festive way to keep the punch cold-- I gotch you.

xo, ash

Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class - Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class - Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class - Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class - Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class - Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class - Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class- Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class - Styling by Ashley Spence
Holiday Mixology Class - Styling by Ashley Spence

Photography: Dawn Photography

Venue + Cocktails: The Barn Light East

Recipe Cards: Katie Hoffman Ink

Personalized Stir Sticks: Bracket

Cupcakes: The Sassy Cupcake

Florals + Decor: Shamrock Flowers & Gifts

 

 

Bridesmaid Tea Party

This shoot is one of my favs! I love the color palette, the marble escort cards, the blooms, the dresses-- it's just so pretty and girly! I'm so so excited to share more about my inspiration for this shot and to announce that it is being featured on 100 Layer cake! Woohoo #praisehands

Monique (who I'd never worked with before, I love working with new vendors) came to me with the idea of a bridesmaids styled shoot, I LOVED it! Most styled shoots floating around the bridal blogs and social media focus on the bride and groom or just a bride, but rarely the bridesmaids. The initial vision was vintage tea party, with floral patterned cups and antique details, but I wasn't completely thrilled with the idea because I had seen it before. It's really hard to have an absolute original idea anymore with pintrest, but I am always asking myself "how can I make this a little bit different?" I had been dying to use marble in one of my shoots and that's when the idea came to me.. Let's do a modern and more up-to-date tea party, one that still had the dainty details, but that wasn't over taken by the classic tea party floral patterns.

The clear tea cups were my first find. My mind set less is always more, so when I found them I knew they were perfect! They would really let the pink anthropologie plates (my next find) and fresh blooms from Good Seed Floral shine. I also loved that the tea cups had a modern silhouette and played off the marble escort cards well. Clink + Kiss nailed the escort cards, am I right?! I was so thrilled with how the rest of the details came together.

I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I do :)

xo, ash

bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence
bridesmaids tea party- styling by Ashley Spence

photography: monique serra photography

calligraphy: clink + kiss

florals: good seed floral

macarons: noisette pastry kitchen

dresses: the white dress

venue: deepwood museum + gardens

marble stands to rent: the sassy cupcake


First ever styled shoot

I can’t believe it’s been about two years since I executed my first styled shoot, time is going by too quickly! 

I had NO IDEA what I was doing or how to do it correctly in this one. Fall was approaching and I do love all things fall— the flavors, the coziness and the bold colors of the leaves and blooms, so fall it was! I used my some of my close friends for models and contacted some vendors that looked incredible and got to work! It ended up turning out pretty great for my first one and we all had a blast working on it.. 

Enjoy the photos!

xo, ash

Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
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Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
Fall Wedding- Styling by Ashley Spence
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Vendors:

photography: cat dossett / i take photos

cupcakes, cake + dessert bar: the sassy cupcake

florals: good seed floral design

cake topper + table number: bracket

calligraphy: colleen kerns

paper goods: little arrow (she no longer does wedding invitations, but she sells some fun things still worth checking out!)

jewelry: newtwist

dress: sarah seven

bridesmaids skirts: alexandra grecco

rentals: something borrowed portland

venue: grand hollows (no longer a venue)

makeup: jessica hawks

hair: cassie west

pumpkins + gourds: detering orchards