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Out and About: Vroman’s Bookstore

May 25, 2021

My self-help memoir, “Jesus Year,” became a bestseller on Amazon last month, but the goal-reaching didn’t stop there! I had long desired to see my book on the shelf at a real-life bookstore, so I was elated that Vroman’s Bookstore — Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore — started carrying my book. This past weekend, I ventured out to Pasadena to see it for myself and … WOW. I can’t even put into words how it felt! I still can’t get over the fact that my book is on the shelf at such a staple of the LA community. “Proud” doesn’t even begin to cover it — definitely a dream come true for the kid.

If you know anyone who lives in Pasadena, please let them know that my book is in their neck of the woods. Or if you’re looking to take a drive, stop by Vroman’s (695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101) and pick up your autographed copy of “Jesus Year.” I’d love for it to sell out so they can order more copies! Your help with that would be greatly appreciated.

Special shout out to Natalie, who was a big help, as well as the kind staff at Vroman’s.

See what other adventures I’ve gotten into by clicking here to read more Out and About posts.

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 as often as I have the energy to do so (hopeful once a month). 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