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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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Travel Log: Oahu, Hawaii 4/21 – 4/25

May 3, 2016

I recently crossed one more destination off my travel wish list: Hawaii. Yes, I had never been to that magical island state until about a week and a half ago. Read all that went down on this delightful girls trip to Oahu in my most recent Travel Log.

DAY ONE: Thursday, April 21

We landed safely. After a plane full of what seemed to be 20 screaming babies, I needed to get off of the aircraft. Stat! I got a text from Sierra telling me to meet her and the rest of the gals at Baggage Claim B. A short walk later, I saw them standing there delighted with their leis on. Wait! Where’s my lei greeting? I paid $16 and somebody was gonna greet me with some flowers on a string come hell or high water. I tracked the lei guy down, and after scanning his list found me. “Oh, there you are. Sorry, I didn’t make it to the gate. Welcome to Hawaii.” Not exactly the aloha spirit-filled greeting I envisioned in my head. But, hey, we’re in Hawaii by golly and we’re gonna have the best time ever. Onward to the Budget rental car. We opted for the Ford Escape, by the way. Lots of legroom for all five of us.

We had to kill time since check-in at the Airbnb wasn’t until 4 p.m. We were staying in Hauula, which was about 45 minutes to and hour away from Honolulu and 30 minutes on the other side from the famous North Shore of Oahu. So we ventured to Mike’s Huli Chicken, which Yvette had seen on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” The food truck was busy that afternoon with the locals getting their lunches. I ordered the Huli Stir Fry and it was sa-mackin! Oh, and the peas in the macaroni salad was a pleasant surprise. A curious egret danced around our table, meanwhile some wild cocks squawked in the distance. It was wild. Literally and figuratively. After lunch, we kept driving up toward Hauula and stopped at a liquor store to stock up for the weekend. And then a shopping center for groceries and miscellaneous sundries.

When we arrived at the Airbnb, we were relieved that it was just like the pictures online. It’s a quaint, cozy three-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage with a small yard and nice front deck. We rested a bit and got settled in. A couple hours later, we took a short walk down to the beach and saw the ocean in all its majestic beauty. The beach was secluded and was only tainted by our footprints. The locals whose homes met the sand just enjoyed the view and went on with their lives. I was in awe. And the water was warm. We toasted to our first day in paradise and went back to our home for the next five days to chill. It was great. Later, we took a short drive to Papa Ole’s for dinner. The Teri Chicken was delicious and the girls’ shrimp and Loco Moko plates were also enjoyable, by their accounts. The rest of the evening we spent mourning the loss of Prince and had a nice nightcap on the cozy sectional.

Read more about my amazing Hawaii vacay after the jump!

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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!

Ashley Adores’ Favorite Things: TOMS’ Winter Collection

December 30, 2014

Today, I close my Favorite Things series with TOMS’ Winter Collection, because, honestly, this company is the epitome of a brand that gives back, with its groundbreaking one-for-one business model wherein each pair of shoes purchased means a pair of shoes for a person in need.

“I couldn’t believe that kids needed shoes to go to school and didn’t have them, because that seemed like such an easy thing to provide,” TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie told The Business of Fashion about the genesis of the company. “So I went with these women to this village and saw kids and families who were so excited to get these shoes — and they weren’t even new shoes! They were used shoes. And it just hit me right in the heart. This was what I wanted to be doing. I mean business is great. Making money’s fun, but making people have tears of joy? That’s what life’s about.”

Since its inception in 2006, TOMS has given more than 35 million pairs of new shoes to children in need, and helped restore sight to more than 250,000 people since the 2011 launch of TOMS Eyewear. And this year, the company established TOMS Roasting Co., providing a week of clean water to a person in need with every bag of coffee purchased.

Though it may be an acquired taste for some, TOMS has the reputation of being among the most fashionable charities with its array of stylish footwear, from its classic slip-ons to its platform wedges.

However, these Wine Crackled Leather Women’s Jutti Flats have quickly made it to the top of my wish list. These Indian-inspired gems blend suede and crackled leather for a tantalizing piece of foot candy.

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See what else made the cut after the jump!

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Ashley Adores’ Favorite Things: Philanthropy Fashion’s Springtime Pieces

December 23, 2014

Talk about generous! Philanthropy Fashion gives 100% of all online sales to charity, donating to organizations in Uganda, Southern Sudan, and Haiti. Established in 2007, the locally owned Christian boutique has pledged $500,000 to designated causes, such as Hands and Feet in Haiti, which provides support for orphans and abandoned children. However, the causes Philanthropy endorses range from building quality affordable housing in Franklin, Tennessee, to bridging friendships and building community between homeless and non-homeless in Athens, Georgia.

“Philanthropy opened … with the belief that a business built around charitable works and grounded in Christ could make a difference in the world,” its website reads. “We opened as a platform for our customers to make a difference. By carrying a variety of fashion forward clothes and accessories that are perfect for the modern woman, we strive to keep our customers consciously and compassionately stylish.”

Now that we’ve covered the philanthropy component, let’s get into the fashion! Philanthropy has ample casual dresses, skirts and scarfs, and as such, it was hard choosing which pair of items to feature.

This Carnival Flare Dress already has me dreaming of springtime. I’m digging the pattern made with the coral accent stitch work and neutral base.

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See more after the jump!

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Ashley Adores’ Favorite Things: Light Gives Heat Accessories

December 16, 2014

From its inception, Light Gives Heat has offered incomes for widows affected by the war in the northern part of Uganda, for the goods and wares that they handcraft. In turn, Light Gives Heat curates and produces media, products and, ultimately, movements that create a sense of hope for the future and builds an understanding that people all around the planet are using their creativity to make the world a better place.

“So for the past eight years we’ve offered incomes to over 120 families, week in and week out in Uganda. But … my real passion is to tell those stories through the relationships we build and see how they inspire people to live differently in America,” Dave Hansow, Light Gives Heat founder, told blogger Nathan Salley.

From repurposed bags made from saris in India to hand-painted, beaded headbands from Thailand, Light Gives Heat sells an array of wearables made by artisans in the third world.

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These Rosettes are handcrafted in Haiti by braiding recycled cotton and coiling into delightfully colorful disks. Each Rosette comes with an alligator clip, allowing you to spice up your life by adding it to shoes, hats, belts, bags, headbands and baskets.

Read more after the jump!

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