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.

ashley ♥ adores

Wednesday Word

February 8, 2017

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This Wednesday Word No. 88, courtesy of Year 27, is a word straight from God. If these last few months have taught me anything, it’s that I can’t place confidence in anyone, except for my Heavenly Father. Look, this isn’t anything that I haven’t already known. Sometimes I just need to cloak myself in the honest truth. It’s easy to fall into the trap of fear and be overcome with feelings of defeat when you read the headlines (by the way, I just learned that “headline stress disorder” is a very real thing) or watch 45 and his cabinet shipwreck this country with their ill-advised actions. It can take a toll. Thankfully, we don’t have to stay in that dark place when we feel down. I can rest easy knowing that God is in control. You can, too. Joshua 1:9 is a command from God himself for us to “be strong and courageous.” We, as believers, have the luxury of choosing to stand tall because we serve a God who cares tremendously for us. He fights our battles and will never leave nor forsake us. He’s always there right alongside us. This also brings to mind Romans 8:31, which says “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Spoiler alert: The answer to this rhetorical question is “nobody.” Not a one. Long story short: Fear not, y’all!

To get inspired by previous Wednesday Word posts, click here.

ashley ♥ adores

Fancy Things Friday

February 3, 2017

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Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow yesterday, but I’m already prepping for six weeks of spring. Warm it up with these Fancy Things Friday finds:

1. When I say “Coa,” you say “Chella”! That’s right. This darling Best of the Fest Black and Cream Fringe Clutch has Coachella written all over it. Heck, it’s even alluded to in the product title. This dynamic little clutch is giving me all kinds of life with its bold Southwestern print and frisky fringe! (lulus.com)

2. So nice, I had to share Lulus twice! If this doesn’t scream “take me down to the paradise city,” I don’t know what will get you to see the beachy vibe woven all over this Adventure in Costa Rica Grey Straw Hat. I picture myself lounging on a white-sand beach with this number topping my crown, and a piña colada in my hand, of course. (lulus.com)

3. I’m transfixed by this brazen Amuse Society Spellbound Woven Top. This almost-tribal print is a sight to behold. (revolve.com)

4. This Blue Yoke Ruffle Pin Stripe Shirt Dress is giving me “home on the range” meets a feminine “Risky Business,” with a dash of Sunday’s best circa 1987, and I’m here for all of it! I’d pair this dainty, frilly frock with some tan or light brown cowgirl boots and a simple tote. Done and done! (missguidedus.com)

5. Now, before you run and get the red paint, you must know that this edgy De Vil Coat is shown here in all its faux-fur glory. Channel your inner (not-so) Cruella as you set out for a night of mayhem in this piece, which makes quite a statement. (nastygal.com)

To see past Fancy Things Friday posts, click here.

ashley ♥ adores

Wednesday Word

February 1, 2017

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This Wednesday Word No. 87, found here, basically sums up the essence of what I observed these past two weekends. Amid the protests (the Women’s March and those incited because of Trump’s immigration order) — and, yes, contagious chants and witty picket signs — all across America, people of all colors and creeds united around a universal goal. This past weekend I was moved to tears watching footage of green-card holders that were detained at airports across the country being able to come home. The massive crowds erupted with cheers as if it were their own loved one who was released. The swift action to overturn the unjust action, and the lawyers who wasted no time in coming to the aid of the detainees, reminded me that there are people in their designated arenas who won’t back down under the pressure. Rather, they thrive off of it. It’s so hard to remain hopeful during these times (2017 really did come in hot!), yet when I pause and see that I’m not in the minority — a majority of Americans hold the same belief that every human being is worthy of respect — my heart is glad. These words, from Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro, speak volumes: Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. We’re stronger together, friends.

To get inspired by previous Wednesday Word posts, click here.

ashley ♥ adores

Found Objects: Street Art in Venice

January 30, 2017

Since starting work in Venice this past October, I must say that it is chock full of visual treats. Click through the slideshow to see some of the pieces that caught my eye while strolling through the zany beachside town. For starters, this brown-and-white pitbull puppy that adorns the wall of this apartment building is the absolute cutest. Doesn’t he look like an Oscar or a Brutus? I can just hear him panting and see his tail wagging. That big ol’ boy! The Monarch butterflies bring an element of surprise and delight to this quintessentially Californian mural. Another iconic piece is this striking mural that pays tribute to the late Teena Marie, who is gone far too soon but forever in our hearts. Here, Lady T stands tall with her psychedelic-colored guitar and showy purple, velvet thigh-high boots. This mural is extra epic because the neck of the guitar actually hangs off the building. Way to break down walls, just like the Ivory Queen of Soul did! I wonder if the artist had the same thing in mind as I did. Lastly, these chubby, grey gorillas, created by artist Isabelle Alford-Lago, are almost a trademark of Venice, as the lovable animals, often seen in pairs or solo throughout the city, are like Easter eggs. Their faces reveal so much personality. I predict finding more of these gorillas and documenting them as Found Objects here soon.

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ashley ♥ adores

Fancy Things Friday

January 27, 2017

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Sweater weather is in full swing, and this Fancy Things Friday highlights a few you gems you definitely won’t want to miss:

1. I almost forgot we were in the dead of winter when I saw these whimsical Make Great Rides Flats. They make me want to put on some petal pushers or a maxi skirt and ride my bike through the park on a breezy spring day. Who am I kidding? Alright, I do live in SoCal, so that scenario is possible pretty much 365. But these retro flats would be lovely all year long! (modcloth.com)

2. Can’t commit to one color for your next go-to bag? Look no further than this luxurious Reversible Vegan Crossbody Bag in Kelly/Taupe, which dares to be different by giving a girl like you options. Other color vibrant combos include Ivory/Snake, Red/Nude, Brown/Nude, Blush/Taupe, Emerald/Tan and Tan/Grey. (freepeople.com)

3. Way to give the blast from the past “dickey” a new lease on life, Free People. Meet the Mock Shirt With Scallop Collar — the dickey’s much cooler, chicer cousin. Accentuate those curves by layering on a statement necklace that peeks out from beneath the collar. (cosstores.com)

4. Sometimes less is more, and this Ultra Long Zip Hoodie has certainly gotten the memo. It’s basic but bold. The length sets it apart from your run-of-the-mill hoodie, which comes with front pockets and a drawstring hood. This sweater also comes in black, which gives me an indisputable Yeezy vibe. Bring on the rain! I know Monki’s got me covered with this daring and functional piece. (monki.com)

5. Gals, I like big bows and I cannot lie. This you already know, but this NEHU Bow Detail Ribbed Jumper by Ted Baker made me squeal with delight at first glance. I also appreciate the unexpected choice of placing the ostentatious embellishment on the shoulder. (tedbaker.com)

To see past Fancy Things Friday posts, click here.

ashley ♥ adores

Fancy Things Friday

January 6, 2017

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New year, new looks! See some hot commodities for the winter chill in this week’s edition of Fancy Things Friday:

1. How’s this for a statement necklace?! Leave it to Kate Spade to create the perfect blend of style and quirk in a neck piece. This Kiss and Make Up Wink Necklace surely won’t remain in stock for long. It’s on sale, so make haste! (katespade.com)

2. Look and feel regal AF with these luxurious SHINE Velvet Ballet Pumps. The gold embellishment is simply exquisite. Wear these puppies around the house with your silkiest robe, or strut your stuff on the town. Mind the gaps and watch out for puddles. These flats are dry clean only. (topshop.com)

3. This cozy FRS Wool Midi Coat With Tie Belt is just what the doctor ordered to brave the elements this winter. Wrap yourself up tight with the tie belt and keep those fingers toasty in those deep pockets. (frontrowshop.com)

4. Yo! Zara must have been reading my mind when it designed this darling Reversible Anorak Jacket. It has all that a girl could ask for in a jacket and more. You get double the fashion for the price of one coat. Switch between navy blue and mustard yellow, and take or leave the fur hood (I personally would take it). And let’s not forget about the drawstring waist, which you can cinch to give the piece some shape. Show off that hourglass, honey! Seriously, a game changer! (zara.com)

5. Simplicity is key, and this Cotton & Wool Sweater pulls it off with ease. You can never go wrong with black and white. Layer this piece to give it some personality. Or march to the beat of your own drum and wear it as is. Either way, you’ll be stunning. (stories.com)

To see past Fancy Things Friday posts, click here.

ashley ♥ adores

Wednesday Word

January 4, 2017

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This Wednesday Word No. 86, courtesy of Jenny Highsmith, is all about keeping it one hundred, and that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions, but this — be real not perfect — is a goal that’s at the top of my list for 2017. I’m striving to be more authentic in all aspects of my life, and not succumb to pressures (admittedly, self-imposed pressures, nine times out of 10) to be perfect.

My boyfriend asked me if I was going to do a “Happy New Year” post on this here blog, and I flat out said “nah.” Why not? Because I didn’t want to. It just didn’t feel right. This year (and the months leading up to it) feels a little, what’s the word? Ah, “different.” I want to be more honest with how I’m feeling, instead of putting on airs to make myself look like I have it all figured out. You may have noticed that posting on Ashley Adores was kind of sporadic the past few months of 2016. Why, you may have wondered? Life. That’s all it was. I started a new job with a new schedule and that transition left me drained, mentally and physically. I lost count of how many nights I fell asleep on the couch with all the lights and TV on, and my dog running around begging to be walked. And then the nightmare election happened and I lost hope in humanity. It still doesn’t feel “right.” I’m not sure it ever will (#notmypresident). I wanted to be a voice of light and hope through the vehicle of these Wednesday Words but couldn’t find the right words. Heck, even I didn’t believe the encouraging words that I was drafting. So I decided not to post.

If I learned anything, it’s that I can’t let how I’m feeling stop me from accomplishing the things that I really want out of life. I just have to press on and be truthful about where I am. Honestly, just writing this post has made me feel so much better. You should try it! Need to get something off your chest? Feel free to vent or simply let a sister know what’s on your mind in the comments section below. Happy 2017!

To get inspired by previous Wednesday Word posts, click here.

ashley ♥ adores

Outfit of the Day: Holly Jolly Christmas Shirt

January 3, 2017

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This Outfit of the Day is as festive as they come! What you didn’t see is the week of hideously amusing Christmas sweaters that preceded this lovely and equally ugly Christmas button-down shirt.

See more of this kitschy and carefree look after the jump!

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