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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

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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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!

And the Winner Is …

February 20, 2014

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Congrats to Mimi! She is the winner of the Two-Year Blogiversary giveaway for the one-of-a-kind Blessings Jar! And thanks to all who entered. ❤

ASHLEY ♥ ADORES Two-Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

February 12, 2014

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As mentioned in my two-year anniversary vlog, I’m hosting a contest to celebrate the joyous occasion! Due to popular demand, I will be giving away a custom-made, one-of-a-kind Blessings Jar (pictured above), like the one seen in my DIY Time post.

The contest begins today, Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. PST and ends Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. PST, and is open to residents of the United States aged 18 or older. To enter, you must click the link to Rafflecopter below. Stipulations include that you must become a fan of the Ashley ♥ Adores Facebook page and follow the official Ashley ♥ Adores Twitter account.

Contestants will receive an additional five entries for leaving a comment on this blog post about your favorite posts on the site and/or some of the things you hope to see here in the future. Ten additional entries will be given to those who subscribe to the Ashley ♥ Adores YouTube channel, and two bonus entries for those who tweet about the giveaway.

Click here to enter this Ashley ♥ Adores giveaway on Rafflecopter.

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Click here to enter this Ashley ♥ Adores giveaway on Rafflecopter.