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  • It's our Anniversary

    Well, it has been 6 years since we opened our digital doors and this week we step back and pat ourselves on the back.  Yesterday I chatted with a customer on the phone who cheered us on and commented that many small businesses have not survived the retail earthquake that has disrupted  our industry for past few years.   We know this well and think that when you are unique and don't copy others, you have a chance to grow into something very special. This is what we try our best to do on a day-to-day basis over here. Add in a lot of hard work, and some old fashion, don't-give-up spirit, that Yvette and I were both born with and here we are 6 years later.  This week we were inspired by the red balloon.  It seemed fitting to connect with this simple symbol of goodness and hope. In honor of our Anniversary, we are offering a rare 15% off the site. Thanks for coming along for the ride. Use Code: Celebrate

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    Banksy - Girl with a Balloon




  • Foot Candy : Ashbury Skies / The Candy Store

    Most of you probably know that we call San Francisco home. Yvette and I founded our on-line shoe store here in 2011. Sure, there are a lot of bragging rights, living in this famous city.  Our famous painted ladies, The crookedest street in world, some of the most creative food in the universe, the charm of our old world architecture and of course we’re home to THE most innovative tech companies. All this is great but locals know that there’s a lot more to discover. Recently Yvette and I took to the streets with our May collection to get some shots for social media. When looking at the shoes, we both thought: modern candy store.  Of course, being in San Francisco, we had options! The Candy Store on Vallejo near Polk opened their sweet doors to us.  In a true local-small-business, supports local-small business way, our favorite May arrivals found homes nestled between The Candy Store’s retro sweets. Take a look at some of our favorite shots and when in San Francisco, a stop at The Candy Store is a must. My recommendation: Sour Skulls and the Gummy Grapefruits, although I understand their licorice selection would sent one into the stratosphere.

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    Modern Candy Store, San Francisco
  • Meet Caitlin

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    We have a new intern here at Ashbury Skies!  We tapped Caitlin, fresh from Colorado State, to help us out this Fall.  She is full of innovative ideas and entrepreneurial spirit and she is the perfect compliment to our Ashbury Skies team.  She will be posting about her job, discovering San Francisco and her personal style. We sat down and talked with her about her journey to San Francisco, her favorite shoes on Ashbury Skies and what she can’t live with out. Take a read:




    Why did you journey West?

    I stayed close to home for college, so I knew I would have to get out of Colorado eventually. I was deciding between LA, NYC, or SF. San Francisco stood out to me in so many ways. I love how the many different neighborhoods evolve with every step you take. There is so much character and culture on every street that you can find something new and inspiring every day.


    What did you study in college?

    I majored in Fashion Merchandising and minored with a Business Management degree at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. CSU's Design and Merchandising program was incredible.


    What do you want to do when you grow up?

    I'd like to be apart of something big, something that has a lot of meaning to it. I won't allow myself to do anything I'm not passionate about so I have a feeling everything will fall into place with time.


    Favorite shoe at Ashbury Skies

    I'm torn between the Leopard Stella by the brilliant Ivy Lee Copenhagen and YRU's Jealousa black jellies. 



    In life I am most inspired by:

    Music, the outdoors, and album covers.


    At the moment, I am obsessed with:

    Almond butter with everything. It's so dangerous.


    I can’t go a day without:

    Listening to good music. Or coffee.


    The best advice I have ever received:

    To always be respectful, accountable, and to never forget the power of positive thinking.


    I can’t live without:

    My family, my best friends and music


    Fav on my play list right now is:

    It's Not Over by Panama


    If I could go back in time and bring back one trend it would be:

    I think we're in luck because not only are high waisted shorts in style, but  full on mom flare jeans are making a major come back. Thank god for jellies, overalls, and high waisted everything. I love the 90's.


    On Friday nights I:

    You can find me out (attempting to) dance with friends, trying new restaurants, or at a show.


    What is your form of caffeine?

    Coffee in the morning, green tea in the afternoon.


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  • Snow in San Francisco?

    A lot of other blogs are uploading exceptional imagery of wintery scenes around the world, but here in our hometown of San Francisco, not so much.  Originally a mid westerner, I know a thing or two about the magic of a fresh snow fall around the holidays, the thrill of a snow day, and the amusement of  sliding down an icy driveway. One thing I also know for sure, however, is how uninhabitable this town would be with snow. If fact, we would probably go from one of them most enchanting places to live to one of the most injurous places to live. I get queasy at the thought of San Francisco under a sheet of ice! I ran across these wondrous images from graphic artist Chris Rutherford. He depicted what snow might look like in San Francisco. Thank God it is just art!



  • I am ready for fall in San Francisco

    Bonfire season.

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