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Ashley 🖤 Adores Is 9!

February 5, 2021

Yes, time has just flown by!

Hey, friends! Today marks a very important milestone for Ashley 🖤 Adores — it’s my ninth anniversary. A quick little trip down memory lane for ya: On this day (February 5) in 2012, the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLVI. “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele was the No. 1 song in the US. And just six days later, our beloved songbird Whitney Houston passed away. President Obama was campaigning for his second term (which, spoiler alert, he won). Peplum dresses and wedge sneakers were all the rage. What a time to be alive!

While this occasion calls for celebration, I’m using this moment as a recalibration of sorts. As you may have noticed, a lot has happened since I started this blog nine years ago. Life. That’s the main thing that happened. Admittedly, I lost the passion to pursue this blog wholeheartedly after playing the comparison game and not ascending to highly flawed, self-imposed levels of success. Those things truly are the thief of joy.

Most notably, I got sick in the fall of 2017 and ultimately was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March 2018, prompting many things to be placed on the back burner, including this very blog. Just finding stability and coming to terms with the fact that I am living with a disease for which there is no cure was a process that completely upended my life. I write about my journey in my newly released book, Jesus Year, which is currently available at ashleytheauthor.com, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, by the way. I took it one day at a time. One weakened, dropped foot in front of the other strong one. I’m proud of how far I’ve come.



And just like I slowly got my life back on track, so will I put one foot in front of the other to regain the momentum with Ashley 🖤 Adores. That’s right. It’s time to get back in the game! No longer will I put more energy into my day job than I do for my own endeavors. As I’ve gone through this trying health journey, I’ve come to realize that I’m my best investment.

I’ve gotta start doing the things that bring me joy, and that includes stunting in Outfits of the Day, capturing photos of the beauty I come across on the daily, encouraging my readers with Wednesday Words, chronicling my thrift store finds, and so much more. I mean, let’s be realistic. I will be taking baby steps to start. To hold myself accountable, I’m setting a goal of posting at least once a week. Boom! It’s written on this blog on the world wide web so it’s now a thing.

If you’ve made it this far, you’re a real one. Thanks so much for supporting your girl! There is so much more in store for Ashley 🖤 Adores. I appreciate you coming along for the ride. XO.

Heading image and book cover credits:
Photographer: Brian Freeman
Makeup: Kim Freeman
Hair: Marlisha Lofton
Nails: Redondo 7 Nails

Ashley Adores in the Press: DressLikeMe — July 2019

July 11, 2019

I love a good surprise, and thankfully DressLikeMe, an online store and magazine, is in the business of giving them out! (Well, that and being an awesome one-stop-shop for all things fashion.) The editorial team recently reached out to see if I’d be up for a feature on their website. And, of course, I was grateful for the opportunity and consideration. The Fashion Feature that DressLikeMe wrote about me was super thorough and truly encapsulates what I aim to do on this here blog. They really know how to make a gal feel special. Take a look at the post and let me know what you think!

Thanks again to DressLikeMe for the feature 🙂

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Photo of the Week No. 28: “Words of Art”

July 10, 2018

I’m a huge fan of typography and handwritten words in general, and that’s why it’s on display in this Photo of the Week. This particular image was taken at the Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre in the Langa Township, when I visited Cape Town, South Africa, in April. The handwriting (I believe it’s in Afrikaans) on the sign has so much personality. Heck, I’d even choose it if it were a font available in Word or Photoshop. What struck me about this scene is there’s something about the way the sign — colorful chalk and quirky handwriting and all — is positioned at the threshold of an arts center with the artistic elements of the building in the background. It’s a work of art in and of itself.

To see previous Photos of the Week, click here.

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Photo of the Week No. 26: “First She’s Sour, Then She’s Sweet”

June 26, 2018

This Photo of the Week stars my own little Sour Patch Kid, my 16-month-old niece Azalea. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Zae and my family for a little while this weekend. I captured many precious moments of her and her cousins, but this flat out made me guffaw! This is the face she makes when she’s up to no good. LOL. The scrunched nose and wide grin are indicators that Zae is about to run wild. One second, she’s causing mischief. The next, she’s putting her head on your shoulder or at your feet with both arms raised gently asking to be picked up. I love her sassy, sweet personality, and I hope she never grows out of it!

To see previous Photos of the Week, click here.

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Thrifted Thursday: Window Shopping on Retro Row, Long Beach

February 9, 2017

This Thrifted Thursday is a snapshot of a recent stroll through my old stomping grounds: Retro Row in Long Beach. It had been a minute since I stopped by my personal haven of secondhand scores. The first five snapshots in this slideshow were taken at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, perhaps the most under-rated store on the block, but by far my favorite. I saw a couple of pieces that channeled my inner working woman circa 1980 and said “What up tho?!” to my girl, Liz Claiborne. The contrasting brown and cream leathers made it hard to pass up, but I’ve gotta slow down on buying duplicates of items I already own or that are too similar in style. Another find that was extra hard to turn away from was the vintage wicker picnic basket. I’m a collector, but the $20 price tag was a little steep, considering the handle was slightly warped. It was a sight to behold no less, as was its mini counterpart that I spied resting in the shelf underneath. My friend Fifi bought the tiny basket, which would make a super cute lunch bag or an even edgier handbag, for her sweet little niece. Inside were these itty-bitty ceramic tea cups and saucers. So darling! As my trek down the block continued, I saw some exquisite framed tapestries, the most adorable vintage typewriters, an ultra authentic Western blouse and the pièce de résistance … a VHS copy of Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker.” You have no idea how many Saturday mornings were spent dancing and singing along to this gem of modern cinema in the Ratcliff household during the early ’90s.

You’ll see the great finds that I purchased that day in next week’s Thrifted Thursday. Until then, to see previous Thrifted Thursday rarities and good finds, click here.

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It’s Ashley Adores’ Fourth Anni: Get Ready for a Giveaway!

February 5, 2016

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Friends! It’s a glorious day! It’s the four-year anniversary of this here blog. Yes, FOUR big ones. (*Cues Coolio’s “1-2-3-4 (Sumpin’ New)“). Can’t believe that I started Ashley ♥ Adores in 2012. Time flies when you’re having fun. To get the party started, I’m hosting … (wait for it) … a giveaway!

I’ve been on a cooking kick lately, as you can tell from my recent posts and if you’ve been following me on the Snap (*Find me on Snapchat! Username “ashleyadores”). That’s why I’m delighted to give away the most darling, lovely, quaint and stylish yet functional apron, courtesy of the up-and-coming Smiles and Styles boutique. I mean, look at it! Doesn’t it make you just wanna unleash the inner domestic goddess inside of you? Also, polka dots make everything better.

This pretty little, vintage-inspired thing can be yours. Read on to see how!

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Hanging It Up: Saying Goodbye to Some of My Favorite Pieces

February 1, 2016

As you know, I’m an avid thrifter, which means that my closet is constantly expanding. Plus, I never throw anything away because why? Surely it’ll be back in style again and/or it’s a timeless classic that has no expiration date. I love all my pieces, but things were getting out of hand. I mean, clothes were everywhere in my room, bringing clutter to a space that should be serene and clean. So something had to give. I knew what I needed to do but it took my bestie stopping short of throwing all my clothes into garbage bags for me to finally start purging my closet. Even still it’s hard to process. This past weekend I donated several pieces to my local Salvation Army. Because parting is such sweet sorrow, I had to pause to remember some of my favorite items that I had to let go. See what they are after the jump!

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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

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!

A Little Help, Please (and Thank You)!

January 3, 2015

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Hey, friends! I’m in a thrift style challenge from the lovely Britt of reiNnvinty.fresh clothing! Would you help a sister out and like this picture of me on @vinty_fresh’s Instagram page? Here’s the direct link: http://instagram.com/p/xYCkviDby-/?modal=true

If I win, I’ll get a free thrifted outfit and a discount code for the new website.

The contest ends tomorrow — Sunday, January 4 at 12 p.m. Central/ 10 a.m. Pacific — so please vote today. And spread the word. Thanks so much for you support!