Monday, June 12, 2017

Getting Organized With Bustle + Bee

BUSTLE AND BEE "THE BASIC BOX" save with code "SUMMER17" at checkout (c/o) | LEATHER TOTE BAG (one of my closet staples!) | GRAPHIC TANK | AGENDA (2018 version here) (notebook version here) 

In case you missed it, I love my agenda. I love all things stationary, stickers, planning, and office supplies. This is truly one of the only areas of my life that is consistently organized. The "notes" app on my iPhone is convenient on the go, but nothing gets me hype more than planning out my to-do lists on good old fashion pen and paper. All of this being said, when Bustle and Bee contacted me about their brand new stationary monthly subscription box, I was so excited! Y'all know I live for this stuff. Such a good idea, I'm confused why there aren't thousands of these on the market already? 

Anywhoo, once I received the box, I was extremely impressed. This is the the company's first box and it comes with five items! 

Here are my thoughts:

1. METALLIC PAPERCLIPS | the box comes with five paperclips that I have been using to bookmark places in my agenda. the shape of them reminds me of ice cream cones so you know that's a win in my book!

2.  WEEKLY LIST | this will be good for jotting down quick thoughts for the week, though I do wish it was a bit bigger, (see the size on my computer in the first pic) as I usually have a lot to write down at once. I do really like how they are sticky, however!

3. HEART STICKERS | stickers are my jam. I put them on my laptop. I put them on my water bottles. I used to have them all over the back of my car. And I put them all up in my agenda! These heart stickers are the perfect size to mark a day in my agenda, while still having room to write as well. I'm keeping these in the front pocket of my agenda for easy access.

4. WASHI TAPE | if you've never used washi tape, it's basically a thin, papery decorative tape that you can put anywhere. The one that comes in this box has a cute banner design, and I've already use it to outline my birthday in my agenda. Keep in mind that the washi tape in this box is just a sample... I might have to go buy more at the store!

5. GEL PEN | in elementary school, I was obsessed with gel pens. Like, so obsessed I would beg my parents for the 50 pack of every color you could ever need in life while back to school shopping, which is sort of unfortunate for my left-handed-ink-smearing self. The gel pen in this box brought me back to my elementary school glory days, and it comes in GOLD, no less. What more could I possibly ask for? Ha! But I was actually extremely impressed with how thick and smooth this pen wrote! I'm trying to save it for when I go back to school to use, but I have the urge to write everything in this pen, it's THAT good.


I definitely recommend this box! Every item that came in it was cute, and matched my style. Also, the two girls that started the company go to Wofford College, so I love being able to support local people trying to grow their business! I put a coupon code above that the girls at Bustle + Bee offered to you all! I am so excited to see their future boxes, as each box will include something different! 

Thanks so much for reading! If you order this box, let me know your thoughts! I'm hooked on this concept.

thanks to Bustle + Bee for sending me this box to review. all opinions, as always, are my own. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The $10 Graphic Tee I'm Loving

It is currently pouring rain on Hilton Head, and I'm having a slow morning writing this in Starbucks while sipping a coconut milk latte macchiato. It really doesn't get much better than this, people!! (here are my favorite Starbucks drinks, if you're interested)

Is it just be or has it become super trendy to wear fruit this summer? Everywhere I look there are clothing/swimsuits covered in watermelons, pineapples, lemons etc. so naturally I had to hop on the bandwagon.. I got this shirt and it is so soft and feels very J-Crew to me, but it was only $10. Don't be surprised if you see me wearing this shirt everyday for the rest of the summer... Sidenote: That website also has this watermelon shirt which is a $30 cheaper version of this shirt from Urban Outfitters!

These are my third pair of these mirrored sunglasses.. oops.. but I like to have options anddd they're like $10 andddd come in 2 days with Amazon Prime. I'm honestly surprised I don't have them in every color by now.

These pictures are from the first day we got to Hilton Head (saturday) and the sun was starting to set so it was I was cheesin so hard because everything around me was so beautiful!

It has been a great trip so far, and I'm only half way through! Since it's going to be a rainy day today, we are headed to the Tanger Outlets! 

PS- I know I mention this frequently, but I still get a lot of questions about the quality from SheIn. If you read my blog/outfit posts a lot, you can see that I order a lot from the website, and have found really great pieces from there! I would compare the quality of their clothes to Forever 21! And they're usually doing some type of promotion like this one: SUMMER WARM UP 

Happy Wednesday & thanks for reading!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer Birthday Gift Guide

Happy Monday to you! If you follow me on instagram, you would know that I am writing to you from beautiful Hilton Head Island. This island has a special place in my heart because my family has been vacationing here since I was seven years old! I am so excited to be able to share more about my trip with my upcoming posts!

Now that it's finally June and I'm at the beach, it officially feels like summer to me. I thought it would be fun to make a summer birthday gift guide, though these gifts would be appreciated year round for sure...

ROSES CANDLE | These Diptque candles are all over Pinterest and insta and I know why... the simplicity of the label combined with the scent is everything! I would never buy one for myself because the price is kinda steep, but that's why they make the perfect gift! If you're looking for a less expensive candle, I love love love these candles and the jar is beautiful.

TORY BURCH SANDALS | You can't go wrong with the classic Miller sandals from Tory. They go with everything and are so easy to slide on! While I own my fair share of Tory Burch, these sandals are ones that I unfortunately do not yet own, but I am considering asking for for my birthday.

INITIAL NECKLACE | I like to think of this dainty initial necklace as the cherry on top of my outfits. It's the perfect simple piece, and it's such good quality! I love my "A" necklace, and the best part is that you can get a discount on anything on the website with my code "ARIANA"

PINEAPPLE FLOAT | Pool floats are so trendy n' fun and what screams summer more than a giant pineapple?! Give this to your friend and her instagram will be poppin.

TACOS DOORMAT | I've never seen a more "me" doormat. Need I say more?

APPLE WATCH | So many of my friends are starting to get apple watches and I'm starting to have slight FOMO. They seem so cool! If you own one, I want to hear your thoughts/ if you think they're worth it/ if they live up to the hype.

FASHION COFFEE TABLE BOOK | I've been hoarding collecting coffee table books since I was in ninth or tenth grade. I love finding a good fashion or beauty book that is also visually appealing to lay out as decor, and this "The Way She Wears It" book fits the bill for sure.

S'WELL BOTTLES | If you know me, you know drinking water is not my strong suit. I sometimes can go a couple of days without drinking it simply because I forget... One of my friends texted me everyday for a week straight reminding me to drink water because she was concerned lol. I'm aware that it's a horrible habit, but maybe if I had one of these cute water bottles, it would encourage me to drink more? 

Any of these would be perfect bday or even "just because" gifts for a friend this summer! Except the apple watch.. if you're giving that out "just because", email me bc we need to be friends asap ;)

Hope you enjoyed this different type of post today, and be sure to follow along on my instagram to see my Hilton Head adventures on my insta story every day this week!

PS- my birthday is on the 23rd this month, and I wouldn't mind a single one of these items.... ;)


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

11 Things To Do This Summer

There comes a time every summer that I get into a lull where I feel like there's nothing fun left for me to do.. Anyone else? Today I'm rounding up my top 11 things to do this summer and putting them in a summer "bucket list". I included some stuff I've already done this summer because I am the type of person that starts "to-do" lists with something I've already accomplished just so I have something to cross off right away ;)

What is on your summer bucket list? Comment below anything you think I should add to my list!

Thanks for reading, talk soon!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

4 Ingredient Green Smoothie to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Happy hump day! As I am writing this, it is currently 11 pm and I just sat down to write tomorrow's post with not a clue what to write about. I was originally planning to do a post on The Bachelorette premier on Wednesday, but I feel like I need one or two more episodes under my belt before I can give my full thoughts and opinions. 

Today I am sharing this PB banana smoothie I have been obsessed with lately. I think I've had some version of it the past three days in a row. It is SO good. I have a huge sweet tooth and find myself always craving chocolate (especially late at night...). There has literally never been a time I have thought to myself, "wow chocolate sounds horrible right now".. I never thought I would say this, but this smoothie satisfies my chocolate cravings. And here's the kicker. It's under 160 calories. 

How do you make it? I'm glad you asked. It's four ingredients and SO easy:

A handful of frozen spinach (~7 calories)
1 frozen banana (~90 calories)
1/2 cup of almond milk (15 calories)
2 tbs PB2 peanut butter powder (45 calories)
**sometimes I put in 1 tbs of cocoa powder to switch it up (10 calories)**

When I drink this smoothie during the day, I don't feel the need for chocolate at night. It's a miracle worker if you're trying to shape up for summer like I am! 

If you're wondering, this is the blender that I have and love! It even comes with a "quiet shield" if you have a habit of making smoothies early in the morning or late at night like I do! It makes smoothie-making so quiet!

Try out this smoothie & let me know what ya think!
Thanks for reading,



Monday, May 22, 2017

Breezy Evening in Charleston

Oh how Charleston, SC has my heart. I don't think I will ever get sick of taking day trips down to this beautiful city. I have been coming to Charleston my whole life, yet every time I come, I seem to discover something that I've never seen before. We actually rode a pedicab to dinner (seen above), and it was so fun! I had never been in one, but it was so breezy, and it really impressed me that someone could bike around three other people on the uneven Charleston streets all day! Talk about a leg workout. Check my insta story today to see a selfie from the pedicab with my dad and Nanna.

Also- if you're visiting Charleston any time soon, I would highly recommend Fleet Landing for lunch or dinner! It's in such a great location and you can sit outside and have views of the water while you're eating! I ate the best grits and hushpuppies of my life there....

I got this dress last weekend, and it was perfect for exploring the city in! So easy and breezy (and beautiful, sorry i had to, lol). It's on sale right now and comes in two other colors also! (as you can tell on the website, the dress is meant to fit bigger, so order a size down if you want it to fit normally. I'm wearing a size S)

Below I'm linking two similar pairs of my lace-up sandals (which are from Old Navy last year). One of the pairs is only $17! 

PS- my pom pom lace up sandals from this post sold out, but I just found them on a different website in a darker color. Is it bad that I'm considering ordering this color as well...? Linking there HERE

 It's Monday which means back to the real world! I hope you all have a great week, and be sure to check back Wednesday for a fun post 🌹

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Embroidered Skirt & Mother's Day Plans


I'm bringing you my new favorite outfit on this hump day! 

If you haven't noticed, embroidery is SO in this season! I've seen embroidered denim, shirts, and even shoes that I am obsessed with lately! I saw this skirt when I was making my spring wishlist, and I knew I needed it. I put it in my cart and ordered it no questions asked. (So much for thinking about my purchases before I buy them like I mentioned Monday..) Embroidered pieces can get pretty expensive, but what I liked about this skirt is that it's only $25! If you are planning on buying this skirt, I would recommend ordering a size up, because their clothes tend to run small sometimes (I'm wearing a size L and it fits perfectly!)

Also, the shoes I'm wearing have quickly become a favorite of mine! The heel is the perfect height, and the way they come up above your ankles lengthens your legs! Always a plus in my book! 

The week has gone by so slowly for me, so I am definitely ready for the weekend! My Nanna is coming to visit this weekend from Indiana, so I am ready to spend some time with her! My oldest sister is also coming into town, so I'm excited to spend Mother's Day with both of my Nanna's, my parents, and all of my sisters! It will be a full house for sure!

If you do check the skirt out, there's also a promotion going on right now on the website I wanted to let you know about:

Pre-summer Lovin' Sale
Get $5 off over $55          CODE: COO5
Get $15 off over $105      CODE: COO15
Get $40 off over $200      CODE: COO40

What are your plans for Mother's day? Leave me a comment down below!

Thanks for reading, I'll see you Monday with another post!