Meet Ashley Spence, who is clad in her new favorite pair of workout pants, our Medallion Leaves Yoga Leggings. She is the owner of the happening downtown Austin yoga studio, Wanderlust. In her own words, Ashley shares how she found yoga and how it changed her life.
When did you start doing yoga?
I found yoga during a very difficult and dark time in my life. After enduring a traumatic sexual assault in college, the practice of yoga gave me the courage, peace, clarity and strength to begin my lifelong journey of healing. Yoga has empowered me to tap into the inner warrior within me, and shown me the resiliency that I have to not only survive, but to thrive. It has taught me to use meditation and pranayama (breath work) to cope with anxiety and fear. Yoga can not change what has happened, but I believe it gives us the strength and inner peace to endure what we can not change, and in a safe space allows us to feel what we have suppressed so that we can begin to heal.
How did you start Wanderlust Yoga in Austin?
In 2010 attended my very first Wanderlust Yoga Festival in beautiful Lake Tahoe. I left this four-day yoga, music and community event so incredibly inspired and determined to make yoga my path forward in life. I went through yoga teacher training, and with persistence and hard work, I linked up with the creators of this life changing Festival to become the founder of Wanderlust Yoga Austin, the first and flagship yoga studio under the Festival brand. Being a business owner is incredibly hard and humbling work.
Has being a small business owner been hard on you?
There were times when I really didn’t think that the Studio would make it. But with a village of amazing employees, teachers and students that pour their heart and soul into Wanderlust and the determination to never give up, our downtown location has been open almost six years and this spring we are thrilled to open our second location at the Domain in north Austin.
That is amazing congrats! So what is next for you?
I am honored and humbled to share this ancient practice that has truly saved my life with the Austin community. And for my fellow survivors (or warriors as I like to call you), I am in the process of launching Rising Voices, a platform for you to share your stories and courageously find your voice, and also to offer a pathway of healing and resiliency through yoga. You have an important story to be told and a voice that needs to be heard. Together, we will all rise up!
Our Medallion Leaves Yoga Leggings
WANDERLUST YOGA AUSTIN
206 East 4th Street Austin, TX 78701 | 512.502.5183
As a maven of all things baking and hosting, Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm is our go to when we need an entertaining recommendation. Delicious cocktail? Check! Summer pool party inspo? Yes, please! Quite possibly the best cake recipe ever? Where do we sign up?! The California native now calls Los Angeles home and her modern country aesthetic is always fresh and inviting. Naturally, when we need to phone a friend for a gift suggestion, she’s always ready with just the right idea, so we were dying to know which Katie Kime pieces were on her holiday shopping list this year. Keep reading for all of the details…
- Saharan Sunset Napkin– I adore these napkins with most beautiful design that can be used all year.
- Saharan Sunset Plate– I love these Saharan sunset plates too. I can envision many dinner parties with these!
- Watermarks Ice Bucket– We used an ice bucket all year for our cocktails and even for a bottle of white wine. The patterns are beautiful on these and you can get them monogrammed, which I love!
- Lucite Tray– Add some fun and texture to a space with a beautiful, colorful tray. You can organize candles, books and jewelry or keep it by a bedside table for water and aroma sprays.
- Banana Leaves Round Beach Towel – If you’ve never used a round beach towel, you’re missing out! They add a lot of fun and charm to the beach and there is nothing we love more than a relaxing day at the beach!
- Tumbler– My coffee goes wherever I go and we use tumblers on a daily basis! The patterns make these stainless steel tumblers even more charming and they’re such a charming gift!
- It’s Gin O’clock Somewhere Canvas– There are several people I think of when I see this art! What a fun gift for someone who loves a good gin + tonic as much as I do!
There is no one better to launch our new “Around Town” series with than the vibrant Austin resident Jordan Fronk
because, well, it seems that she is always literally around town—riding front row (and on beat) at a LOVE Cycling class, dancing at an Austin City Limits taping, hanging at the Hotel St. Cecilia, hanging with her beautiful kiddos on the Greenbelt, or dropping off fresh glass bottles of her beloved nut milk, Fronks, to one of our favorite Austin coffee shops.
Jordan officially launched her company in January of last year after getting rave reviews (and more and more requests) from friends and family who wanted refills of the raw nut milk she was making at home. “My ingredients were fresh and simple, no preservatives or other junk, so ittasted better…WAY better!” the Houston native says.
“I couldn’t bear to buy almond milk in the store anymore and wanted to offer a fresh, delicious option to my fellow Austinites.”
Now, Fronks has expanded to Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas (order now through Farmhouse Delivery). Next month, look out for Fronks EggNog (vegan, of course) on shelves and around town and at local coffeeshops. And in 2019, vegan cocktails are in the works. Think creamy White Russians and frozen Pina Coladas for spring. Yum!
We caught up with the high-energy beauty on South Congress Avenue. It’s always been the heartbeat of the city and seems to be evolving by the day with new stores, hotels and restaurants opening monthly. Jordan paired her motorcycle jacket and booties with our Zebra blouse for a look we are loving for fall. “I love the weight of the shirt — it’s light and airy enough to tuck in and layer under a jacket during these cooler days,”she says.“But, it also stands up on its own over a tank with jean shorts.”
Austin interior designer Shannon Eddings’s style feels both vintage and current at the same time. She knows how to put together a perfect gallery wall (we are swooning over the nautical themed masterpiece she created at the historic Carr Mansion in Galveston, Texas), she made us laugh during her appearance on an episode of HGTV House Hunters, and her East Austin home is filled with cleverly styled vignettes and downright good design moments around every corner. It’s where we caught up with her on a recent fall afternoon to find out about her favorite KK Paperie print (Seeing Spots or Xs), where she gathers inspiration for her whimsical work, and how she juggles a busy career (and three even busier kiddos).
How do you keep your life organized?
I use notebooks for taking notes during client meetings, sketching, and general to-do lists. I use spreadsheets for tracking purchases and project management— I do swear by Google shared calendars and sheets. But for the most part, I stay pretty old school when it comes to organization and stick to paper. I have found that getting on my phone for notes and organization can be distracting as so much information is coming in and can be overwhelming. My notebook is easier to keep my lists and thoughts straight.
You were an art history major in college and have a great collections of books around your home. What’s currently inspiring you?
The last book I read was Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honneger. I finished it feeling really inspired to take risks. I recently revisited The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemmingway. His romantic imagery cannot be beat. Magazine wise I have been feeling very inspired by Elle Décor, especially when I can get my hands on the UK edition, and of course, Domino, always. Recently I have been stuck on two art books, one of Matisse’s work one of Cy Twombly’s.
What are your favorite design accounts to follow on Instagram?
I love following Chairish, Pierce and Ward, and I am really into the Accidentally Wes Anderson account.
What were the last great spaces you visited?
Last year we stayed at The Marlton Hotel in New York, and I am still dreaming about that place. I am really into spaces with a sense of history. In Austin, I really enjoy restaurants like Mattie’s and Rosewood, and The Contemporary at Laguna Gloria is an all time favorite. And anything in Santa Fe!
What’s currently happening in design right now that you are loving?
I love rattan and woven textures. I am always into Turkish and Moroccan rugs. Hand-glazed tiles are a new love, murals, and velvet. For colors, I am loving a monochromatic look in a moody color, like green velvet curtains on an olive green wall.
“I TRULY DELIGHT IN STEERING PEOPLE TOWARDS THEIR BEST COLORFUL SELF.”
“I PREFER THE DEFINED STYLE OF “NO DEFINED STYLE” IN A SPACE. RATHER I LEAN TOWARDS A MIXED BREED OF CENTURIES, STYLES, COLORS AND PATTERNS, ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE A COMPELLING AND MEANINGFUL SPACE TO LIVE IN.”
Photos by Molly Winters Photography