Every Monday we bring you a blogger feature on a talented individual who inspires us. This week we are excited to be featuring Ashley Kane of Brunch on Chestnut. Her San Francisco based lifestyle blog caught our eye with her attention to the everyday details that make life beautiful. With everything from interior design to style to entertaining we can’t stop reading Brunch on Chestnut! Did we mention we could spend hours scrolling through her Instagram too? Read more about Ashley here.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I write Brunch on Chestnut, a lifestyle blog where I share/showcase things that inspire me — the gist of my content covers style, interior design, exploring, weekend trips, and SF musings. I used to be a stylist/clothing buyer after college, but decided to veer into the digital space. I currently work in marketing where I manage content campaigns between brands and bloggers. This industry is most certainly where I belong!
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Happy, Creative, Easy-going
What Profession other than yours would you love to attempt?
Graphic Design! It just seems like such a fun and rewarding job to have. Nowadays, most brands are seeking out design professionals to help build their brands/social channels, and I think that’s extremely important.
What is your favorite quote?
“Bye Felicia!” – unknown… Just kidding! The first thing that comes to mind is “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” I love Oscar Wile, and I think it also aligns really well with my blog mission/outlook on life — it’s the little things/details in the day that create happiness.
What inspired your blog?
I’ve had several blogs since I was in high school, but stuck it out when I created Brunch 2 years ago. The names/design on previous blogs just never felt right after awhile — I think Brunch came to me at the right time in my life, when I knew exactly what I wanted to share with the world, and wasn’t afraid to do so. I’ve always used blogging as a creative outlet, but this past year I’ve been able to collaborate with brands I love, so I’m having a blast continuing to share what I love.
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Instagram. I have been on that thing since they launched their first week… semi addicted. I am extremely passionate about taking photos and seeing the beauty in everyday life. I love looking through my feed and seeing how my aesthetic, style, and eye changes over time. To me, it’s one of the most inspiring platforms, so it gives me creative juice/fuel on a daily basis.
Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?
Everywhere… Instagram, Pinterest, Blogs, walking around SF, connecting with other bloggers, a weekend getaway. There’s just so much inspiration at our fingertips these days, you just have to see it and take it in.
What do you think it is about your blog that keeps people coming back for more?
I think my view on effortless/neutral style in terms of fashion, my home photos for interior design ideas, and I get a lot of sweet feedback from readers when I post about things that inspire me. I really like mixing it up, and being unique with my posts, and I feel like it’s received pretty well.
What do you love most about blogging?
I love a lot of things about blogging, but the most rewarding is most definitely the nice emails or blog/Instagram comments – just saying hello or commenting on a post or photo I took that inspired them in some way always makes my day.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Woah, 10 years, this one took me a minute! Ideally, I see myself married, with a couple babes, a golden doodle, and a little business of my own. I have a few ideas for future projects, that I will keep secret for now, but yes, that future sounds pretty wonderful!
In your opinion, what separates a great blog from an unsuccessful blog?
Consistent quality content, beautiful photography (there are so many talented photographers out there, I feel like going forward that’s what brands want to work with), a fun and creative voice, engaging, and hustling makes for a successful blog.
Read more from Ashley at: www.brunchonchestnut.com