Wednesday Word

February 21, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 102, courtesy of GREER Chicago, is for all those who refuse to let hurdles stand in the way of their progress. Shirley Chisholm, who made history as the first African-American woman elected to the US Congress and first African-American to run for President on a major party ticket, faced many challenges in her political career. But she persisted in the face of many a closed door, numerous naysayers and severely stacked odds. The famous quote stems from a word of encouragement that she gave to Democratic party activist and her longtime friend, Donna Brazile: “If you wait for a man to give you a seat, you’ll never have one! If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring in a folding chair.” Also, shout out to the women who speak life into their friends’ hopes and dreams. (As you may know, Brazile continues to make major moves in the political arena and is currently chair of the Democratic National Committee.) There’s something to be said about someone who’s so sure of herself and her mission that she chooses to see opposition as opportunity. Chisholm is a beacon of confidence, resilience and determination. She knew that there was great work to be done, and it couldn’t stop with the noes of men. Aren’t you glad that there are powerful women like Chisholm who came before us to set an example of the potential we have inside? I know I am.

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Photo of the Week No. 8: “Shrieks Startle Sweet Cheeks”

February 19, 2018

You’re in for a treat in more ways than one for this Photo of the Week! My adorable niece Azalea turned 1 this past weekend, and we had a low-key family party at my mom’s house to celebrate the occasion. Of course, the birthday girl had her very own cake. And the moment we were all waiting for was when she dove head first into the sugary confection. When she lifted the cake with both hands and took a gargantuan bite, my siblings, parents and I all let out shrieks of delight and amazement that ended up spooking her. Fun times!

It was hard choosing just one photo from the party to share, but I especially love this image, which I call “Shrieks Startle Sweet Cheeks,” taken seconds after the aforementioned moment. Zae, with her big, beautiful brown eyes and kissable chubby cheeks, looks terrified and tired. One might even say frosted cake wasted! Also, the juxtaposition of the tiny crown and other regal flair against the mess of frosting all over her face, hands and clothes is just down-right hilarious. Alternate titles: “Let Her Eat Cake,” “Frosted Cake Wasted,” “Tastes Like Trouble,” “Never Too Much of a Good Thing,” “Having Her Cake and Eating It, Too.” It was Zae’s first time having cake, and I can’t wait to bear witness to countless other firsts that are ahead for her precious little life. Happy birthday, baby girl!

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Wednesday Word

February 14, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 101, a tweet from California Senator Kamala Harris posted on Feb. 2, has been at the forefront of my mind since it was sent into the universe. It was a poignant reminder that there is an army of well-wishing, encouraging, uplifting, caring sisters behind me. They may not be in the building physically, but I know their thoughts, prayers and hopes are with me.

What a reassuring feeling, especially as I got about my work day, oftentimes the only Black woman in the room. The more I engage and build relationships with my Black colleagues, the more supported I feel. I thank them for their hugs, smiles, laughs and “You’re gonna be OKs.” They mean more to me than they’ll ever know. It’s a beautiful thing to feel that encouragement 365, but it feels especially good during Black History Month. Now that’s a special kind of love.

And by the way, Kamala Harris is Black History herself, and her future is so bright. I stand with her as one of those cheerleaders she mentioned in her tweet. Get ’em, Kam!

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Photo of the Week No. 7: “Field of Little League Dreams”

February 12, 2018

While out at the park with my guy and Jacc a few weeks back, I observed what looked like a Little League scrimmage underway at an adjacent field. I was playing with different techniques to bring the background to the foreground. As you’ll see, the subjects that are the farthest away appear more clearly, though at a distance, than the chainlink fence that is the closest to the camera. I call this, my seventh Photo of the Week, “Field of Little League Dreams” because of the enthusiasm the kids practicing displayed for the love of the game. It reminded me of my brother Robert’s days playing Little League baseball and the moments of triumph he experienced out on the field. Alternate titles: “Little League of Their Own,” “Diamonds in the Rough,” “Off the Chainlink Fence.”


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Photo of the Week No. 6: “Nephew Gets a New Toy”

February 5, 2018

This little angelic creature is my nephew Jordan, and this photo was captured on Christmas Day in the midst of him ripping through wrapping paper and boxes to get to the goods. As you might be able to tell by the smirk on his face, he’s in to “Star Wars.” I just knew that the BB-8 candy dispenser I bought Jordan would be a hit. I call this image, my sixth Photo of the Week, “Nephew Gets a New Toy.” There’s so much to love about Jordan, my favorite (and only) nephew, but I’m especially fond of his inquisitive nature, spot-on observations, gentle spirit and killer dance moves. And he’s the spitting image of his mother, my sister Ayesha. He’ll be 9 years old in May, and I hope he never changes.

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Found Objects: Street Art in Montréal

January 30, 2018

You may recall seeing my previous Travel Log for Montréal, Canada, and how I fell in love with the city. Well, this street art is a big part of why it stole my heart. I wish I had more time to explore more of these gems, but I’m glad that I happened upon so many beautiful pieces while walking through the neighborhood on our last full day in Montréal. I was particularly impressed by the “Love” piece, which was in a doorway on the backside of some building. To me, it speaks of the way love comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. Love is strong. Love is also subtle. Above all, love is everywhere you look. The piece metaphorically shows all of the aforementioned. Click through the slide show to see some of the street art I discovered.

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Photo of the Week No. 5: “Birthday Boy”

January 29, 2018

I can’t believe that my geriatric guy, Berkeley Buster DeVoe, turned 12 years old last week. The birthday boy is my pride and joy, and makes my life so much more rich. He’s my protector, cuddle bunny, smile bringer, mischief maker, cover thief, handsome hound and precious fur baby. The Berkster recently had surgery on his neck to remove a lump, which thankfully wasn’t cancerous. While he heals, he’s been in a donut (a gentler alternative to the cone of shame) to prevent him from scratching his stitches. This photo was captured moments after I took the donut off to let his wounds breathe and treated him to some Beggin’ Strips, one of his all-time favorite snacks. Berkeley may be getting up there in age, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Feast your eyes on “Birthday Boy,” my fifth Photo of the Week, depicting Berkeley lounging in his bed with his party favors at the ready.

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Out and About: Museum of Ice Cream

January 25, 2018

I scream. You scream … We all scream for ice cream, amirite?! That’s why the Museum of Ice Cream is so popular. My guy and I went on a date night there last month, and it was so much fun! Click through the slideshow for a glimpse inside.

From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with sweet treats and merriment. The entire museum is one big photo opp, as I’m sure you’ve discovered via Instagram posts and Snapchat Stories. Each room featured a different installation that was full of whimsy and surprise. My favorite room was the one with the ginormous gummy bears. There were jams playing, lighting that changed by the minute, disco balls hanging from the ceiling and, most importantly, a vat full of gummy bears that you could nibble on while there. Heck, I’d rent that space out for a birthday party if I could. But I also was a fan of the swings by the banana room, the huge popsicles melting down the walls and the enormous ice cream sandwich that doubled as a swing. I did not, however, dive into the pool full of sprinkles. The museum boasts designing close to 100 million of those tiny, plastic suckers. I know they’re fake and antimicrobial, but the thought of people’s toe jam and whatnot being interspersed among the sprinkles made my stomach turn. Also, those sprinkles get in allllll of the crevices. I went to the restroom and there were hella sprinkles on the floor. Yikes!

The museum also gets two thumbs up from the caliber of desserts we got to enjoy during our visit. We sampled Godiva chocolate, ice cream sammiches, mint chocolate chip mochi, soft-serve strawberry ice cream on a cone and more. Unfortunately, the Downtown Los Angeles location has closed until further notice as it relocates. However, the San Francisco and Miami museums are thriving. One of the clerks at the LA gift shop said there were different limited-edition pins for each location, so I’m tempted to visit the other sites. Have you been to any of the Museums of Ice Cream? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments section below.

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Wednesday Word

January 24, 2018

This Wednesday Word No. 100, spotted on Mess in a Bottle’s Instagram, is low key my mantra during this season, as I embark on my own “Year of Yes.”

First of all, this very feature represents something that I stepped out on back in February 2015. I had long wanted to include words of wisdom and encouragement on this blog on a more regular cadence, and “Wednesday Word” was the vehicle that I created for that purpose, after months of wondering in my mind how people would receive it or if it even made sense for my brand. Well, guess what: I’m all about encouraging and bringing joy to others, so I shouldn’t have even questioned if it was a fit for Ashley Adores. Plus, I make the rules here. LOL. I didn’t need approval from anyone to begin with. And here we are, 100 Wednesday Words in!

You’d be surprised how opportunities to live out your dreams and accomplish your goals come seemingly out of nowhere when your mindset shifts from “I should do X” or “It would be cool if Y happened,” to “I’m actually going to do Z and when I do, it will feel amazing.” God is up to something, for sure. For example, one of my goals for 2018 is to get a better grasp on my finances and knock down my debt. Then lo and behold, my church announced that it is offering a financial literacy course starting next month. Boom! A chance to really cross that item off my list.

What have you prolonged? What dream have you deferred? Sometimes a shift in mindset is all you need to accomplish your goals. So, no more shoulda, woulda, coulda. We’re making moves ’round here. To remix queen of the glow-up, Cardi B: I don’t slack now; I make power moves.© Now that’s a dope T-shirt in the making … You heard it here first!

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Photo of the Week No. 4: “Pit Bull in the Park”

January 22, 2018

This past Saturday, I hung out at the park with my guy and his dog, Jacc, the regal pit bull featured in this Photo of the Week. Our outing at the park was threefold: Let Jacc run amok and get some exercise, spend some quality time with him and Dash, and take some photos along the way. Say what you want about pit bulls, but Jacc is as obedient and loving as they come. He even lets me cradle him in my arms like a baby — all 60 pounds of him! He’s a beautiful boy, with his big brown eyes, floppy ears and dreamy grey coat. It’s no wonder why Jacc’s so photogenic. Stay tuned for more images of him in this feature, obvi. I call this one, my fourth Photo of the Week, “Pit Bull in the Park.”

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