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February 2015

Fancy Things Friday

February 27, 2015

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1. This Sue Navy Striped Jumpsuit from Pixie Market takes the traditional pinstriped suit and makes it hip by adding an unexpected mesh lining. Watch out now! (pixiemarket.com)

2. Olive + Piper’s Melia Stud Earrings have a certain vintage quality that you can’t find everywhere. The subdued sparkle has just enough pizzazz to spice up a basic outfit, but has just enough shimmer to work for a nighttime look. Seriously, run, don’t walk, over to the website and get familiar with this brand’s stunning accessories. You’re welcome. (oliveandpiper.com)

3. Pretty in pink? More like pretty in peplum. Amirite?! This Peplum Mini Dress, courtesy of Oh My Love, also features pleats on the back, presenting me with an offer I could not refuse. (revolveclothing.com)

4. Two words: peaked hem. Yaaaas! This Blaque Label Striped Crop Top is a definite head-turner but leaves just enough to the imagination. Pairing it with a high-waisted skirt is genius, by the way. (shopbop.com)

5. The Classic Rose Gold & Grey Watch by The Horse is a classic beauty. It’s so clean and simple that this could work well for everyday wear. (needsupply.com)

Wednesday Word

February 25, 2015

As we draw close to the end of Black History Month, this Wednesday Word No. 3 comes from Harriet Tubman, a pioneering abolitionist, civil rights activist and Underground Railroad “conductor.” May this beautifully hand-lettered image, courtesy of the Cardstore Studio, inspire you to keep dreaming big. You never know who your vision will touch or how much of an impact your ideas can make.

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Fancy Things Friday

February 20, 2015

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1. File these Swift Flats under “cute and unusual.” These Free People exclusive sling-backs include elastic detailing woven with leather, and are the epitome of a beach bummy/beach bunny sandal. (freepeople.com)

2. Tassel up, girls! This Leather Zip Round Cross Body Bag is just what we need to contain all that we need to face the day. (warehouse.andotherbrands.com)

3. Legend has it that & Other Stories designers couldn’t reach a consensus on the color options for the Wrap-Design Dress, so they chose both blue and black. … I kid! I kid! The two tones found in this wrap dress make for an elegant but eccentric look, appropriate for a day-to-night transition. Get ready for a healthy dose of double-takes with this one, sisters! (stories.com)

4. I have to hand it to Forever 21. This new batch of apparel, including this Tulip-Front Maxi Skirt, is everything! (forever21.com)

5. Now, I normally don’t list prices in these posts. But let’s just say that this super cute, super fancy Lace Dress With Waist Seam has been reduced to the dollar amount that Macklemore purports to having in his pocket. The blueish hue and lace overlay just scream, “I am royalty. Curtsey when you enter into my presence.” (zara.com)

Wednesday Word

February 18, 2015

This Wednesday Word No. 2 is a quote from the late great Maya Angelou, who reminds us that nothing can stop the greatness that’s inside of you. And it’s presented beautifully by Marilyn Nimz of Brewed Together. Now go forth and let your let shine!

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Out and About: San Diego by Train

February 17, 2015

Last weekend was filled with multiple occasions that called for celebration: my guy’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day weekend (and, thus, a four-day weekend for me). Being that Dash and I share a love of train rides, we decided to set off on an adventure to San Diego, where we both grew up, via Amtrak’s Surfliner, which hugs the coastline and offers some amazing views. You can see a few of the sights we observed on Friday afternoon in the slideshow above: the Pacific Ocean, the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the Solana Beach and Old Town train stops, Downtown San Diego and more.

But what’s even more incredible are the myriad scenes that I couldn’t quite capture on camera. The picturesque views conjured up daydreams, made me thank God for His creation and gave me a sense of peace.

The majestic, three-story Craftsman with two wooden chairs set outside, surrounded by flower beds and a babbling brook. In an instant, I pictured in my head a privileged, idyllic lifestyle with my love, where money is no object and our biggest concern is, “Do we prepare the filet mignon or the salmon at our dinner party tonight?”

The lone egret resting in the marshland, seemingly with not a care in the world.

The iconic red schoolhouse in San Clemente that, if done right, houses the creative imaginations of dozens of brilliant, precocious children.

The amused elderly couples and awestruck toddlers waving vigorously at the passing train in Del Mar, as if it were a part of their weekly routines and that a very important person was on the receiving end of said gesture.

The pristine bluff tops sprinkled with native plants of plentiful hues. The sitting ducks wandering about the lagoons. The eerie, solemn pet cemetery in Sorrento Valley that always weirded me out in my youth.

The passing snapshots worth far more than these words of mine can convey. So I sit back and vow to enjoy the scenery on our ride home.

Fancy Things Friday

February 13, 2015

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1. Guys, I’m pretty sure a future-seeing Madonna was singing about this Oversized Scarf in Grid Check when she said, “Gonna dress you up in my love … all over your body … from your head down to your toes.” This scarf is guaranteed to keep you warm and stylin’, and so my love of excessively large accessories continues. (asos.com)

2. This Organic Foldover Clutch is large enough to keep all your essentials, only in a portable, on-the-go-friendly container. It’s hand-dyed and “with use, age and adventures, this bag will only get better.” (meusshop.com)

3. Bugs Bunny, pink and polka dots sounds outrageous, but this Lazy Oaf x Looney Tunes Tuxedo Bugs Dress just works. It doesn’t hurt that our favorite cartoon rabbit looks dapper as all get-out, might I add. (lazyoaf.com)

4. This sleek, deep V-neck Back at It Again Navy Blue Romper disguises as a dress to the untrained eye. What you can’t see from the front is that this playsuit it backless. Throw this saucy number on for Valentine’s Day and have him in the palm of your hand. (lulus.com)

5. As a thriftanista, I’m always looking for the rarest of finds. Look no further than this Vintage 1980s Trippy Floral Colorful Abstract Southwestern Medium Knit Sweater from Brooklyn Voyager (where Brooklyn at?!). Like with most authentic vintage pieces, there’s only one available, but you’re in good hands with this online shop, which has ample awesomeness to be discovered. (brooklynvoyager.com)

Take the Ashley ♥ Adores 2015 Reader Survey

February 12, 2015

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Dearest Friends,

With the shiny, new look and recent three-year anniversary of this blog, I feel that there is no better time than the present to stop and assess Ashley ♥ Adores. What do you — the readers — enjoy most about this blog? Where can I improve? If you’ve had lingering ideas for ways that I can improve this website, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

I have created a brief survey that I hope will answer those aforementioned questions and more, and point me in the right direction going forward. My goal is to expand my readership and be the best blogger that I can be. Would you please take my 2015 reader survey?

I value your input, and taking the time to fill out this simple — and quick — survey not only helps me, but it benefits you, too, because you will be helping me make my content even more interesting and relevant to you. I’ll share the results of this survey with you all at the end of this month.

A million thanks in advance for your help!

XO,
Ashley

Wednesday Word

February 11, 2015

This week I’m launching a new feature called Wednesday Word, as in word of encouragement, words of wisdom. You catch my drift. I think it’s a good place smack dab in the middle of the week to get a refreshing reminder that will give you hope, make you reflect, and bring a smile to your face. With that, I now present to you Wednesday Word No. 1, courtesy of the lovely women from She Reads Truth. Enjoy!

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Three Years Strong! Happy Anniversary!

February 6, 2015

It was three years ago that I decided to start Ashley ♥ Adores, a place where I set out to share pieces of my little world with the rest of the universe. And I must admit, I’ve had my share of hiccups (including this redesign coming a day short of my actually anni — woops!), but I’m proud of myself for continued forward progress. It’s the most work I’ve ever put into something consistently, and it’s been rewarding.

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To commemorate this special occasion, I decided it was about time to ditch the old look (Balloons theme, you served me well) and go with a cleaner, polished, more mature look. Plus, I made for a more user-friendly experience by moving my categories and social media icons to the forefront. I’m also toying around with the idea of adding a new weekly feature. New year, new me, right? Here it is in all its glory, friends! Please take a look around and let me know what you think in the comments section below!

With this redesign comes a renewed zeal for all things Ashley ♥ Adores! Stay tuned for a survey next week. I would love to hear from you about what you like about this blog, what you’d like to see more (and/or less) of, and where you think I can improve.

Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to extend a huge “thank you” to every one of you who have followed this blog, commented, entered a giveaway, liked a post, passed through, et cetera, et cetera. You guys are the best! I hope that my content helps brighten your day in its own way, and that you’ll continue reading Ashley ♥ Adores.

P.S. I’m so grateful for my guy, Dash, who spent so much of his time and energy, and experienced loss of sleep, to ensure that this redesign came to fruition! I couldn’t have done it without you!