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    Hello! My name is Ashley. Thanks for stopping by

    Brunch on Chestnut is a space of thoughtful topics in style, travel, food and wine, and life on the west coast. A place where effortless style reigns supreme, and where that Saturday feeling dwells on…

    What started as a giant mood board, has blossomed into a creative platform that allows me to share my vision of stylish living with kindred readers from all over the world. The name { Brunch on Chestnut } emulates a feel-good moment; when you’re in your element and feeling the utmost inspired. It’s the conversations that come up over brunch on the weekend with friends; the parts of life we like to marvel over. BoC is my documentation of lifestyle at its best and the highlights that inspire my day-to-day.

    In early fall of 2009, I packed up a few boxes and moved to San Francisco with my best friend, not knowing where life would take me. I studied merchandise marketing in college and knew I wanted to do something in the fashion space. I took on a styling job as the first stepping stone in my career. I remember that first week in San Francisco so vividly. It was the most surreal and adventurous I had ever felt. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I made that move.

    After a couple of years of acclimating to city life and feeling out jobs and what inspired me, I stumbled upon a position in the digital space. I was offered a job at a marketing agency that managed content campaigns for brands and lifestyle influencers. The infancy of influencer marketing– it was so fascinating to me. Growing up, I cultivated a passion for working on computers/creating online, so going digital was a natural next step for me.

    I had several online creative outlets throughout my life; an AOL Homepage in high school, a LiveJournal in college, and a couple of blogs leading up to BoC. My new position rekindled my love for writing and creating, so I ended up launching Brunch on Chestnut in 2012. A few years of juggling my blog and my 9-5 eventually paid off, as I took a leap of faith and left my desk in the corporate world in 2016. It’s been a labor of love, and I’m very lucky to now call this little corner of the internet my full-time gig.

    A little More About Me…

    I live in the Marina District with my boyfriend, Matt, and our Australian Labradoodle puppy, Scout. We make frequent trips to wine country, it’s become a second home to us. We are members of Scribe and Papapietro Perry { v big pinot fans }. I’m a denim enthusiast, live for spontaneous plans, and am always rearranging our apartment. Before college, I entertained the idea of interior design but decided it was my favorite hobby/personal passion project so I wanted to keep that for myself. Someday I’d love to live in a house with European/French flair and character. I’m a Pisces through and through. I get a thrill from flea market finds and vintage gems. I’m a terrible packer and even worse flyer. I’m inspired by editorial spreads, beautiful writing, exploring a new place for the first time.

    I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. The Great Gatsby is my favorite book, but The Power of Now changed my life. I collect matchbooks and always bring something for our home back from trips. My favorite place we’ve traveled together so far is Paris. I’ve never been to Italy, though– it’s up next on my list. If you want to know a few more fun facts

    Thank you again for taking the time to stop by and get to know BoC a little better!

     
     

    “The world only exists in your eyes.
    You can make it as big or as small as you want.”
    — F. Scott Fitzgerald

     

     

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