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Ashro Woman: Simone B.

Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Simone B. from Gates, NC

This stylish, longtime Ashro Woman knows the secret to a great marriage: dedication, nurturing and prayer.

“You have to strive every day to make it work—and pray. You have to give it more than 50/50 always.”

Simone and her husband enjoy date nights and travel, cooking and concerts, picking up their great granddaughter from preschool…and sitting down to Simone’s best dish: linguini with mushrooms, long-stem onions, and shrimp. Yum.

Thanks for being authentic and inspiring us in the process, Simone!

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Simone B.
Which city do you live?
Which state do you live?
North Carolina
How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her?
Confident, a trend setter wearing stylish outfits and celebrating life.
How long have you been an Ashro customer?
At least 15 years
What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?
I am a retired claims rep from social security, where I worked for 34 years, loved working with people.
How do you spend your free time?
Me and my spouse travel, go to concerts, cook and take our great granddaughter to and from pre-school.
What small thing makes you happy?
Date night with my husband.
What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?
Linguine with mushrooms, long stem onions and shrimp I cook for my husband at home.
What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?
My marriage because you have to strive to make it work everyday of your life and pray, you have to give more than 50/50 always.
Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?
My mother has influenced me the most by example of how you should act not just words.
Do you volunteer or do charity work? Tell us about it!
I volunteered to take my great granddaughter to school and pick her up from school.
Are you in a sorority? Or is anyone in your family in a sorority? If so, which one and what does it mean to you?
What do you love about fashion and style?
I love unique clothing, sometimes I’ll purchase something and add my own style to it.
Has anyone in particular influenced your style?
I would say my mother and sister who also add their own flair to something they purchased and can sew very well.
What occasions/events do you dress up for? (for example-do you often dress up for church, cultural events, charity events, going out, etc.) And how often do you typically get dressed up?
I wear something Afrocentric the whole month of February for black history month and some people at work and church have started to do the same.
How has your style evolved over time?
I usually purchase timeless outfits that you can wear now or 20 years and it still looks good not outdated.
Do you wear hats? How often and what type of hat? Do you wear them to church? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a hat with us!
Yes I used to wear hats to church or with my out fits.
Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!
Now I wear turbans or wide headbands since I am retired. I wear my hair braided so the turbans or head bands makes the outfit pop because they match the outfit.
Do you wear wigs? How often and what length or style? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a wig with us!
I wear headband wigs or turban wigs so I can add the headband or turban on top of the turban or head band that matches my outfit
Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.
Yes, I have always since I was little been a person of faith which lets me believe everything happens for a reason be patient.
Do you attend church? What church do you go to and what do you love most about it?
Yes a Baptist church although I have tried other religions. I love that it’s a small church with a great pastor, choir and assistant minister who speak the word of God and from their own experience
How are you passing along your faith traditions onto your children/grandchildren?
I try to lead by example as my mother did and don’t force it on them. I say what I have to say and move on because everyone has to go through their own thing but they will have the tools.
Are you a First Lady or a Pastor?
Your best advice?
Don’t be a follower, listen to yourself, do your research, listen to opinions/advice and do what’s best for you cause only you know what pleases you. Surround yourself with people with similar ideas, you don’t always have to agree but be a good listener.
What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?
It’s taught me sometimes you have to do tough love which means even if they cry about it and you think it’s best, say no. If they accidentally break something, warn first don’t always punish, accidents happen.
Are you an Ashro Credit customer? If so, how has our credit helped you?
Yes I am an Ashro customer and your credit has allowed me to purchase clothes I want or need especially if they are on sale and not miss out on the lower price. Because I am on a budget I can purchase now and pay each month. I have paid the card off 2 years ago and just started buying again.
Do you have a memory to share of when you first heard about Ashro or when you received your first catalog?
I don’t remember what year but I thought these are great looking outfits and the price is not bad, great shoes and men’s clothes. I was hooked then and now cause you can go online and read the reviews and see the pictures of other customer. I rarely had to return anything, I even purchased wigs from Ashro.
woman standing on porch steps in khaki outfit
Closeup of a woman in a hat and white outfit.
woman standing on porch steps in dress with a printed design.

Thanks for inspiring us, Simone!

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