Thursday, June 21, 2012

leaving my heart in san francisco


So, I have some rather crazy news.

I'm leaving San Francisco at the end of July and moving to Philadelphia.

Absurd, right? That's what I thought six months ago when I was approached by Anthropologie about a possible position at their headquarters. I've always loved Anthropologie, ever since I first got my hands on one of their impossibly pretty catalogs when I was a yearning teenager, and I was incredibly flattered that they liked Fancy Fine enough to reach out. But it didn't occur to me at first that I could ever leave this city, my beautiful home, and move across the country for a career. Until it did occur to me, and I accepted the position of Web Visual Experience Manager after visiting the headquarters and falling in love and seeing a place for myself there. How could I say no to that kind of adventure?

I have lived in San Francisco for a decade now, after moving here aged eighteen to attend the San Francisco Art Institute and carve a little corner for myself in the city of my dreams. I have met many wonderful, silly, talented and loving people who I am proud to call my friends. My heart breaks a little bit more every time I think about not being here anymore. I will be leaving behind my handsome man, my family, my friends, and my sweet mint green bedroom... an entire life that I have spent years building.

But I think I'm ready. I am beyond excited about the opportunity to work for a company with such a strong identity. I'm excited to actually begin my career and be part of a team, something I have been lacking while being my own boss. I'm excited to explore a city that is entirely new to me. San Francisco had me for ten years, and now it's Philly's turn for a bit of karaoke-singing, vintage-wearing fanciness.

Cross your fingers for me!

xo

52 comments:

A Wild Tonic said...

Whoa, congratulations! That's a big leap. I admire you for it! :)

Kaelyn Choo said...

That's great news :) Wish you all the best and good luck.

Regards,
Kaelyn
http://colourfulbuttons.blogspot.com/

Tabetha said...

I moved from the bay area about 20 years ago now, & it was the best thing ever! You'll do great, I have no doubt~*

karinalane said...

Hi!

I don't think I have commented before, but I have enjoyed your blog for a while.

As a Californian living in Philly I must welcome you! Good luck with your new adventure, and don't forget to bring rain boots, summers are pretty rainy here.

Michal said...

Wow. How excited you must be! It will be a bittersweet experience I'm sure, but I'm sure you'll love Philadelphia.

laura manfre said...

Congratulations! What an amazing news! I wish you all the best for your new life!

(Is Donut following you?)

Orla said...

Well done Ashley! Looking forward to reading more of your adventures. A brave move, but definitely sounds worth snapping up.

Orla.

Gwyneth said...

Wow! This is so exciting for you. Many congratulations! I'm sure you'll carve out a corner of Philadelphia for some fancy fine-ness too! Lots of luck!

Gwyneth xo

mekatsu mekatsu said...

OMG! That is soooo wonderful! What a dream opportunity! The city will miss you!

kater said...

Congratulations! You will love Philly so much! I miss it terribly, I spent a lot of my childhood and adolescence there. They will be so lucky to have you! Good luck pretty lady!

Mallory said...

ahhhh! that's so exciting! good luck!

Ashley said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting - good luck with everything and best wishes on this new adventure!

Nadinoo said...

Huge congrats my lovely! I'm sure the job will be an exciting adventure and one you will be amazing at!

Best of luck with the move and I hope you settle in to your new Philadelphia life. x

Bianca said...

GASP! congrats...good luck! i know it must be hard, but this is such a wonderful opportunity! i wish you all the best!

Becca at Ruby Press said...

Oh my goodness!!! What a dream come true! Good luck in your new adventure :) You deserve every bit of fun coming your way. Xx Becca (Ruby Press)

Kim said...

Best of luck! What an amazing opportunity. I always say 'go for it'; life's too short, and you never want to look back and wonder 'what if?'
Fingers and toes crossed x

xx Kim xx
http://whatpeggysaid.blogspot.co.uk/

Babes in Thriftland said...

How exciting for you! I'm sure you will find lots of ladies in Philly. Congrats on the new job and if you want to stop in the midwest and hang on your way there, let me know! :)

Natasha Fatah said...

Congratulations on your amazing new position and best of luck in this new chapter of your life. Change is good for the soul, I'm sure you'll love your new gig and home!

xoxo
~Natasha Fatah~
~Natasha Fatah~

Liz said...

i know it will be hard to leave that life behind for a little while, but I know you'll fall in love with the East Coast. Not everything is forever, but in the meantime we are gonna hang out! San Frans loss is our gain :)

vintagereflection said...

Good luck! It's such an amazing opportunity and you will love it but it's supper sad you have to leave your family and boyfriend behind. I did a big move to London over a year ago and have adjusted but I was lucky enough to have my boyfriend and dog coco with me. I hope the move goes well. Lots of luck sent your way! x

CarleeJ said...

Good luck with the move. New adventures are always exciting. Keep us posted with all your adventures.
Carlee

http://almostendearing.blogspot.com/

Kelly said...

Wow, congrats! sounds perfect for you. Anthro/urban are great people to work for.

Taylor said...

Wow, that's awesome! I'm headed to Philly in the fall, as well (currently living just an hour outside of the city), and it is such a fun place! I'm sure your style will make quite an impact.

Sally Jane Vintage said...

Congratulations! That sounds completely amazing. And... we'll practically be neighbors. What's up Eastern PA?! A day trip is definitely something we need to discuss. I can show you all the secret vintage spots and amazing flea markets around these parts. Let's talk soon!

Teddi said...

ashley, best wishes on your new adventure! i hope you share the journey with us. :)

Becky said...

Congratulations and good luck!

Becky
xx

http://www.beckybedbug.com

Mandy Paige said...

Philly has so much charm, I adore it. The transition from San Francisco to Philly won't be too terrible. You will get acquainted with the city in a matter of days (The grid system is so nice). I am sure you will love it! Looking forward to fun vintage Philly posts in the future! Congratulations and good luck to you!

MintJulep said...

I'm crazy excited for you!!! It's gonna be a blast.
http://fashionfauxpas-mintjulep.blogspot.com

Elena said...

Big congrats. Change can be scary, but well done for taking a chance.
All the best with your new adventure!
xx
http://www.randomlyhappytoday.blogspot.co.uk

kristin said...

congratulations! what an amazing opportunity.

Katie said...

Go you! Good luck with the move!xx

Josephine Frances said...

Wow, that is so exciting Ashley! Best of luck to you :)

Sarah K. said...

congratulations! I'm sure you'll come to love your new city in time. :) can't wait to hear about your new adventures.

best of luck!

bedroomocean.blogspot.com

Julia said...

No. Not okay. ;)

Leah said...

How INCREDIBLY exciting! I, along with a million other I'm sure, am so envious!

Mandi said...

How exciting, Ashley! I'm sure all of your friends are devastated. I hope you don't mind the climate change. :) We will be in neighboring states after your move! Just be sure you get an air conditioner. ;)

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

i am so excited for you ashley! and cannot wait to see all your thrifting adventures in pa! make sure to stop in new hope, its the most quaint town! if youre ever in nyc lets meet up!

xo,
Steffy

Beverly Houpt said...

Congratulations! You're going to do so well :)

Natali Puga said...

Whoa!
I think SF will be a little less magical without you documenting it, seriously though.
Best of lucky lovely lady, my fingers are crossed.
xoxo

Eli said...

Sad to hear you're leaving but happy to hear about your new career! Congratulations. I'm glad we got to bump into each other a few times :)

marissa (stylebook) said...

so perfect, ash- congrats! the east coast welcomes you with open arms!

hellopretty said...

best wishes lovely
------>the west coast will miss you
<3<3<3

out of order said...

congratulations girlie! I'm so excited for you <3

Yours Truly, x said...

Congratulations! This sounds like it's going to take a lot of courage, so you should be really proud of yourself for taking the leap! I look forward to you showing us brits the best of Philly! :-D xx

Society Style Page said...

Get it, girl! Beyond happy for you!!

xo,

Griselle

Caitie Schlisserman said...

I am so happy for you, Ashley! such a brave move for you. you are amazing and have such a bright future!

xxx
www.ladyalamode.com

Sarah Dee said...

That is such an incredible leap of faith! I'm so happy for you! Congrats!

♥Sarah♥
theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

kittenhood said...

this is wonderful, congrats! I'm sure it's gonna be a great experience!

Emily Rose said...

i really totally cant wait! i have to say, i am quite surprised you are able to leave san fran, it seems like the perfect place for you with all your lovely friends and adventures. but obviously i am super excited to have you be so close, more ashley in my life, cant think of anything better! i am also going through a lot of changes right now, broke up with the boy, moving to williamsburg at the end of july. as soon as your settled we need to plan trips to our respective cities and love one another unconditionally!

Rebecca Jane said...

Congratulations on the new position - that's amazing! IT is always hard to leave a place you love behind, but I think new adventures are exciting too!

Helga! said...

OMG! A new job AND a new city?!
How fabulously exciting!
And so appropriate for your Saturn Return!
I'm ridiculously excited for you!
I just hope you find an apartment with as perfect a wardrobe set up as you have now! And that Donut travels well and loves her new home! X

Bella Q said...

I'm so late to respond to this- I wondered why you were leaving SF. But Anthropologie is a gorgeous company- like you I saved the catalogs, never done that before- they make dressing look like poetry, as do you so the fit is perfect. Good luck in your next adventure. You are talented, gorgeous with a grand sense of style. I bet my last penny you will rise like cream to the top in all your endeavors.