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Outfit of the Day Roundup: World MS Day 2020

May 30, 2020

Today is World MS Day, and I’ve decided to do something different — something very Ashley Adores — to commemorate the occasion.


“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” Proverbs 17:17

Jumpsuit: Missguided Orange Bow Front Bandeau Jumpsuit
Earrings: Francesca’s
Sandals: Amazon
Photographer: Dash


I’ve enlisted the help of a few friends who are showing their solidarity and support for World MS Day, while also helping to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis. As some of you may know, I am one of the nearly 1 million people in the United States living with MS (2.3 million worldwide).

Orange is the official color of MS. This theme of this year’s World MS Day is “Connections,” so I wanted to show some of my connections (a.k.a. friends) wearing orange in support of someone with MS (me). At times, living with a chronic illness can be an isolating feeling — not to mention the stressors that come with being immunocompromised during a pandemic — but I’m blessed to have a tribe full of real ones who have my back.

Support from people who truly love and care for you can feel better than medicine when you’re chronically ill. The women pictured in the gallery below have served as inspiration and lifted me up when I needed it most.


Here’s a little about each of the women rocking their best orange ensembles in style in this roundup:

• My sister Ayesha is a superwoman who is an awesome mother to my nephews, Jordan and Marquis. She is also an honor roller as she pursues her degree, and is a craftmaker extraordinaire. She has always been ahead of her time. As a kid with sarcastic humor, I was convinced that there was a 45-year-old trapped inside her young body. Ayesha’s favorite color is (you guessed it) orange, and she wears it gracefully with a yellow (my favorite color) accent necklace.

Yvette is my bestie, who I’ve known since the fifth grade. She is a lover of birds and also is my favorite songbird. Not only is she blessed with the vocals, but she has the distinct ability to make me laugh like a lunatic with her antics. Some of my best adventures traveling the word have been with Yvette, and I can’t wait to explore new places with her once this pandemic subsides.

• Unbridled creativity is what comes to mind when I think of Lola. She always turns heads with her bold outfits and daring accessories, and she has a heart of gold. Far from the ordinary, Lola exudes rare beauty inside and out. You can shop her creations at Wusu & 4th. (Photo by RSee)

Jená, another entrepreneur-fashionista, is a mother, stylist and owner of the Jená Monique boutique (shop this Sheer Perfection Maxi Dress and other orange ensembles!). We met at church as we ministered through dance together. She loves the Lord and has a heart for serving her community. In all aspects of her life, Jená is the epitome of style and grace.

• My homegirl, Linda, has become family throughout the years. I can count on her for anything. Literally! One of the best things about Linda is her transparency. She doesn’t shy away from sharing what’s on her heart and her faith is so strong. I know that I can keep it 100 with her at all times, and that she would go to war for me.

Stefany is a colleague who has been a great friend to me. She is a true inspiration, a supportive mother of two, and is as real as they come. Her effortless style is enviable. I mean, she has lewks for days! Stefany’s most valuable asset is how genuine she can be — she means what she says and says what she means. Love her!

• This curly cutie is Octavia, a quirky, funny, radiant spirit who is a joy to be around. I leave every encounter with her uplifted. I can always count on Tae for a timely word, and she has the voice of an angel. You better sang, Tae! As someone who also is enduring her own health challenges, seeing her thrive is encouraging, to say the least.

Whitney has become a full-on woman right before my eyes. I remember fondly the days when she had just moved to California and we connected at church. These days she’s back in Arizona with a successful career in commercial property management, the cutest babies, a dope hubby, and a bomb house. Whit’s still got the baby face, but she’s got the wisdom and hilarity to match. Catching up with her on our weekly Zooms has definitely been one of the highlights of this quarantine!

• Simply put, Olamide is goals. She is one of the smartest and driven people I know. Where there is a will, Olamide will find a way, from teaching herself to code and launching a grassroots match-making service during the pandemic, to becoming a homeowner before 30 and affecting real change with leadership at our company! I stan. Not to mention, her singing voice touches people deep in their souls. I’m glad our work friendship has become a real friendship.

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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)

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Fancy Things Friday

July 29, 2016

Get into an all-new batch of must-have goods and wares in this week’s edition of Fancy Things Friday:

1. The writer in me did a full-fledged soft shoe upon discovering these Rafaella flats from Loly in the Sky. The quotation marks one the toes spark whimsy and curiosity. Mark my words, these sweet flats will be mine. (lolyinthesky.com)

2. Live on the edge — literally and figuratively — with this Splendid Girl Pleather Mix Jacket. With a blend of ponte knit mixes and sleek faux leather, this moto jacket provided texture and spunk. The asymmetrical zipper and a cowl-neck collar show that you are spontaneous looker who marches to the beat of your own drum. Zig and zag with abandon, lovey! (splendid.com)

3. It’s prime white party season, and you’ll be the belle of the ball with this daring Strapless Popover Jumpsuit. I love that it’s tight in all the right places but offers plenty of movement with the flouncy bodice. Show off those clavicles, cutie! And feel free to go big with the accessories, ’cause this blank canvas is ripe with styling opportunities. (nordstrom.com)

4. It’s Friday! Treat yo self to some fine leather goods. Look no further than this dainty Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Mini Crossbody Bag. Secure the bag, as Khaled advises, with the lock and key feature, which is a pleasant surprise. What a novel concept! (anthropologie.com)

5. I just can’t get enough of bare shoulders lately. I mean, it is summer, after all. If you feel the same way, then you’ll adore this Ribbed 2 Ways To Wear Off The Shoulder Sweater a la Express. You can wear it with the zipper in the front or back. Either way, you’re golden … or Rose Blush, as in another hue this darling top comes in. Or go with Pitch Black for a sophisticated vibe. (express.com)

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Fancy Things Friday 

May 6, 2016

This Fancy Things Friday is all about black-and-white statement pieces with a pop of color:

1. When Madewell’s Tassle Time Earrings come out to play, you know it’s party time. The little bursts of fringe are nothing more than a fun adornment for your ears, but I’m here for all of its whimsy. Be sure to pull your hair up to ensure that these earrings get their due shine. (shopbop.com)

2. Stop the presses! As a matter of fact, these ASOS Publisher High Heels are bright and edgy enough to stop traffic. I can’t put my finger on it, but these open-toed heels put me in a New York state of mind. I picture Carrie Bradshaw strutting down Park Avenue in these faux suede gems hailing a cab. (asos.com)

3. Talk about deep cuts! This Inesa Polka Dot Sheer Black Chiffon and Devore Maxi Dress boasts an unabashed plunging neckline and enough razzle-dazzle to make a best-dressed list for the Met Gala, if properly accessorized. Who knew polka dots could get so sassy? (houseofcb.com)

4. You can’t tell me this Crepe Skirt Overlay Aztec Romper in White isn’t festival-worthy. It’s giving me bohemian chic in a way that makes me want to twirl (that’s where the skirt overlay comes in nicely) and sway barefoot on an open field. Who’s on board? (missguidedus.com)

5. Being bad never looked so good. Ladies, take note. This Lara High Neck Crop Top in Stripe Lace Black by Motel is the epitome of badass with a touch of class. Bonus points because I’ve never met a scalloped hemline that I didn’t like. (motelrocks.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

March 18, 2016

Get into this all-new batch of spring-inspired goods and wares in this week’s edition of Fancy Things Friday:

1. This Mina Envelope Satin Clutch Bag has me all wrapped up. Need it in my life! I love a piece that can be worn multiple ways. Shhh! You can’t tell from this angle, but there’s a shoulder strap tucked inside. Use it at your leisure, ladies. (accessorize.com)

2. Step into spring, when the weather’s warming up and signs of new life are emerging, with these super-cute Dolce Vita Payce Sandals. Seen here in Mint, these sleek slides also come in Honey. They’re also the perfect candidates for dressing up or down. I, for one, can see myself strolling in these to Saturday morning brunch. (urbanoutfitters.com)

3. Fun in the sun must be on the horizon, because I just caught a glimpse of this Island Fantasy Floral Romper, which has a definite retro feel to it, like circa 1978. It also reminds me of “Gilligan’s Island,” for some reason. There’s lots to love about this charming piece. The pattern is giving me tropical island feels (need a piña colada STAT!), and the neckline provides options: off the shoulder, scoop neck, one shoulder, et cetera. (gojane.com)

4. Just like the newness of spring, these Vice High Waisted Zipped Super Stretch Skinny Jeans in White provide a clean slate with which to build a stunning outfit. Take cues from the model here, and wear these jeans with a black jacket and open-toed heel, or forge your own path by going a completely different route. A colorful top or heel would be a nice choice. Also, let’s not forget what drew me to these hot-pants to begin with. The gold zippers give me life, as does just about any gold accent! (missguidedus.com)

5. Madewell’s Industry Button-Back Top won’t steer you wrong. This darling top is the quintessential office-to-after thing go-to. Picture this: buttoned all the way down during the day, and undone, as in the picture, come nightfall. It also comes in Bright Berry (red) and True Black, and you’re in luck because it just went on sale! (madewell.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

January 8, 2016

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Get into another batch of must-have goods and wares in this week’s Fancy Things Friday:

1. RVCA has the right idea. Don’t talk about it, be about it! Look like the go-getter or girl-on-the-go that you are in this Be About It Blue Chambray Jumpsuit. Make this look your own by layering necklaces and wearing a bold heel. (lulus.com)

2. Simplicity. Major key, as my life coach, DJ Khaled, would say. This Etched Bar Necklace has it. Take the minimalist feel a step further and wear it solo. (madewell.com)

3. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that this Ivory Floral Cut Out Sweater was a one-of-a-kind thrift store find, and I’d rejoice at the steal of an item I just found. Well, either way, I’m delighted that I found such a unique piece. I love the juxtaposition of the dainty, feminine floral appliqués against the bold ribbing found on the collar, waist and wrists. (pixiemarket.com)

4. Show off those gams with these sassy Vixen Double Strap Platform Heels. Wear it with a flouncy skater dress and brace yourself for all the double takes you’re bound to get. (tobi.com)

5. Leave it to this luxurious Zazula Biker Suedette Jacket in Teal to breathe life into any outfit missing a certain something. This piece is so versatile it’s almost unreal. Day to night. Casual and dressy. Sweet yet edgy. Fire but chill. Need it now! (missguidedus.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

October 30, 2015

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1. If you love smart social commentary, pop culture recaps so on point they’ll have you screaming “YAASSS!” all by yourself, and copious amounts of laughter (who doesn’t?), I’ve got the podcast for you! It’s called The Get., and it was created by my pal Ivy and her good friend Rhiana (Ovary Gang, represent!). I just love how transparent these women are and how inviting the podcast is. The Get just, well, gets me — my delight in shedding light on the most epic shadings of our day and the varying levels of foolishness in need of a good rebuking and all. It’s like these gals are right there with me in my living room. So basically get in on The Get! You won’t be disappointed. New episodes drop biweekly on Wednesdays. (www.wearetheget.com)

2. A tip of the hat to the good people over at J. Crew for bringing this luxurious Wide-Brimmed Felt Hat With Leather Band to the masses. With some over-the knee boots, a bold lip and this hat, you couldn’t tell me nothing! (jcrew.com)

3. Doesn’t this super cozy Maronie Shawl Cardigan look how a warm hug feels? Ah, drink it in. This sweater is rife for opportunities for layering. Make a piece like this one of your staples this season. (hautelook.com)

4. You know by now that I go ga-ga for d’orsay flats. Mix in a variety of patterns and textures and I’ll swoon. These dazzling Elsemma flats had that effect on me. These fun shoes can elevate a plain look to plain dope, and I need them in my life. That is all. (justfab.com)

5. Hey now! Whether you wear these Crepe Cigarette Trousers in Red around the office or out on the town, you’ll be making a bold statement. Pow! (www.missguidedus.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

July 24, 2015

1. This Fancy Things Friday is decidedly and uncharacteristically neutral. This Camel Floppy Hat from Love Culture is a prime example of the versatility offered by a natural shade. (loveculture.com)

2. I would totally take out this Nasty Gal x Nila Anthony Take Out Vegan Leather Bag for a test drive on any given night on the town. Think of how much stuff you could fit inside this clever container! Not to mention, it’s pretty darn cute. Get ready for the endless barrage of “I love your bag! Where’d you get it?” (nastygal.com)

3. I’m all for the boxy and breezy One and the Same Beige Two-Piece Dress, which really is a misnomer because it’s two separate pieces. Semantics. There’s nothing wrong with a little belly peeking out, and the subdued hue leaves plenty of room for improvisation with the accessories. (lulus.com)

4. Channel your inner flower child with this stunning Motel Yulia Shift Dress in White Sunflower Lace. There’s something undeniably mod/1960s about this dress, which will certainly bring out your classic inner beauty. Simplicity is key here, gals. (motelrocks.com)

5. Turn up the heat on your office wear with this Sleeveless D-Ring Wrap Jumpsuit in Grey, and then turn right around and head to happy hour with friends at the end of your workday. Commit fully to the seriously stylish piece by rocking it with a killer pair of heels. (missguidedus.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

July 10, 2015

1. Steve Madden knew what he was doing when he made these ‘Aintso’ Strappy Leather Toe Ring Sandals. The toe wrap and leather strap allow for comfort and ease (dare I say, easy like Sunday morning), which make them the ideal, go-to summer sandal. (nordstrom.com)

2. Look like you’re in mint condition while wearing this darling Mint Round Shoulder Bag. The chevron detail with the gold chain go together like peanut butter and jelly. (loveculture.com)

3. It’s a jungle out there! Why not look comfy and poised in this bold, unique Leopard Tunic? With varying spots of turquoise and green, this ensemble is ripe for transitioning from day to night. Picture this: turquoise eyeliner, open-toed wedges and a sassy shoulder bag for a winning outfit. (brenda-shop.com)

4. Regal, chic (I’d expect nothing less from Chicnova) and carefree. This Roseous Sexy V-neckline Dress is all of those things. Bonus points for this rare shade of red and the hidden detail with the back, which is a pleasant surprise. Be the belle of the ball or one heck of a head-turner with this elegant ensemble. (chicnova.com)

5. Quaint! Quick, someone give the woman reading this a crop top and a high five for being daring enough to pull off these Floral Print Tie Waist Joggers. And don’t underestimate flower power. The floral print yields a feminine, trendy vibe, which make these joggers a hit for just about any occasion. (missguided.com)

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Fancy Things Friday

May 29, 2015

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1. With the weekend — and most importantly, summer — upon us, it’s time to think about travel. Look no further than this Weekend Bag in Natural Static by Baggu to hold all your essentials. It’s got a unique pattern, which will set it apart on the baggage claim belt. Or if you can’t bear to part ways with this weekender, it’s overhead-bin approved! Now go see the sights, in style. (baggu.com)

2. These Nike Sportswear Air Command Force Sneakers are so ’90s, and I love every part of it! If the 1990s taught us anything, it’s that black, white, pink and teal are a recipe for dopeness. Be great with these on your feet. (jimmyjazz.com)

3. Private Party has all the pop culture and hip-hop references in wearable form, and you’re all invited to partake. Set your summer off right with this Trap Queen Swimsuit, which pays homage to Fetty Wap’s jam. A close second on my list to cop is the “With My Woes” joggers, a nod to that boy Drake. (shopprivateparty.com)

4. Joe Fresh’s Tan Mini Skirt has a mod-meets-art-deco feel, which would be right at home on a day date to an art gallery or museum. (joefresh.com)

5. Live on the edge while wearing this Fringing Panel Faux Suede Mini Skirt in Black. So many styling possibilities: a crop leather jacket or a crop top, ankle booties or a strappy heel. All are welcome on the suede parade! (missguidedus.com)

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