Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GIVEAWAY - Win Our Favorite Things!

Happy hump day everyone! I don't know about anyone else, but this week is going by so slowly for me. My 40 hour work weeks and lack of sleep are starting to catch up with me BIG time! Is this what the real world is like!? Either way, I'm in desperate need of a vacay...

Today I have a short (but exciting!) post allll about all the things you see above and how you can win them! That's right I'm doing another giveaway!!!!!

I have teamed up with my friend Michaela to host a giveaway of all of our fav things! This box includes:
-My favorite blue mirrored sunglasses 
-"Do what you love" journal
-2 "yes to" face masks
-Starbucks giftcard
-The Happy Planner agenda stickers
-Lip Butter
-Lash Paradise mascara

This giveaway started Monday 7/17 and ends this Friday 7/21.
Check my instagram for all of the official rules and how you can enter! I'm so excited to be doing another giveaway, and I'm so thankful for everyone that takes the time to read my ramblings on here!

Also - Michaela's blog is linked here, so go check it out! I love all of her makeup and college advice posts!!

Go to my instagram NOW to enter! Good luck :)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tips for a Girl's Weekend in Charleston

Girls trips are always fun, and what better way to celebrate my 20th birthday than a weekend in Charleston!? Today I thought it would be fun to share some do's and don'ts on planning your next weekend get-a-way with your gals! 

1. Don't make a set schedule | Maybe this is because of my "go with the flow" mentality on life in general, but I never have as much fun on trips where every second of the day is scheduled. For me, all this causes is stress (especially in groups) because there's just no way everything will work out exactly as planned. It will rain when you want to go to the beach, the restaurant will have a long wait,  the movie will be sold out, you get the picture... 

2. Be stubborn | With a big group, you're bound to have many different opinions, so be flexible and willing to compromise when it comes to decisions that ultimately won't matter in the bigger picture. We did a good job of this this past weekend, especially when it came to deciding where to eat :)

1. Find a good location | I knew we wanted to spend our time mainly at Isle of Palms beach as well as downtown Charleston, so I picked a hotel in Mount Pleasant, which is right in between IOP and downtown. This ended up being perfect because our hotel was pretty much exactly 15 min from each!

2. Think of some fun activities beforehand | This may sound contradictory to my above "no schedule" tip, but if you have a general idea of things you want to do (without nailing down exactly when to do them), you will save your group a lot of "idk whatever y'all want to do"'s. (I'm sure you know exactly what I'm talking about!!) For example, you can plan to see a movie or play mini golf one night of the trip or bring board/card games or movies with you!

3. Going to dinner? Call ahead | Chances are if you're on a girl's trip, you have a semi-big group. Any decent restaurant in a 50 mile radius of Charleston on a weekend is probably going to have some sort of wait especially for a group of 6! This weekend, while were getting ready, we would look up a couple of different restaurants and either make a last minute reservation, or call ahead once we were on the way, and it worked out great!

4. Pack big | This is probably just a "me" thing as well, but I like overpacking so that my friends and I can share clothes, shoes, etc. In the last pic above, 4 of the pairs of shoes are mine, and the last day we were there, I think everything I wore wasn't mine ;) And I, being the last minute packer that I am, ended up forgetting a lot of stuff that I ended up being able to borrow too.

That's all I got! Comment down below if you have any tips/tricks to a weekend get-a-way! 

Also: For specifics on restaurants/things to do in Charleston etc. check back on Monday! I am working on a HUGE Charleston Guide of alllll of my favorite spots in the area! 

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Favorites

Can I start off by saying June was a very interesting month!? So many good things happened, and a couple of "that's life" situations happened as well. I'm starting to realize this is the age where we (meaning me and my peers) are starting to realize we're growing up and we have to start thinking about the future and get our priorities in check! Scary stuff, people!!! Speaking of growing up.... I'm coming at you live one year older! June was also a great month because I turned 20! My birthday was filled with all things girly and pink and I loved it! 

I haven't done a favorites post in a while, but I actually have a lot of stuff to share (and it's 11:30 at night and I've had three cups of coffee!!) so here I go:

FOOD & DRINK | Two words. coconut la croix. (or is that three words!?) I talked about my obsession with la croix (sparkling water) in the past, but if you haven't tried the coconut flavor you are missing out big time. My starbucks order this month has been an iced coffee with 2 pumps of skinny mocha and coconut milk. Love. I have also been loving chocolate covered espresso beans! My roommate gave me a huge pack for my bday and I've been jacked up on them all week! I've also been making greek yogurt bowls with fruit for breakfast and lunch on the reg. Next week I plan to do a post with some of my favorite yogurt combos so stay tuned.

MUSIC | I find so many great new songs through Spotify's weekly "New Music Friday" playlists. This month's current jams/oldies but goodies include:
- I'm The One by DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne
- Strip that Down by Liam Payne
- Shinin' by DJ Khaled ft. Beyonce, Jay-Z
- Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled ft. Rihanna
- Slow Hands by Niall Horan
- 2U by David Guetta ft. Justin Bieber
- On and On by Brett Eldredge
- Lights Down Low (Not Your Dope Remix) by MAX ft. Not Your Dope
- Symphony by Clean Bandit, Zara Larson
- Malibu by Miley Cyrus

OTHER MEDIA | Bachelorette is obviously a favorite this month. It's kind of hard to keep up with all of the men on the show because Rachel is sending them home SO fast! #teamPeter #teamDeanforBachelor #nospoilerspls!! Big Brother also just started back up and this will be my second season watching it, so I'm so pumped! I also spent this month getting caught up on the new season of Jane the Virgin and wooo! I won't give anything away for those of you who still haven't taken my advice and watched this show (#fakefriends) but JTV season 3 left me feeling allll types of ways. I love listening to podcasts at work when I run out of music, and I found a good one y'all! The "I Do Declare"podcast in the podcast iPhone app is so. good. The hosts are two sisters that live in Florida and just spend the episodes talking about their lives, pop culture, etc. Their tag line is "southern sisters talk news, netflix, and other nonsense", and that sums it up pretty well! Every episode I listen to feels like I'm just hanging out with my friends hearing their latest problems/gossip, and they're so funny! I look forward to the new episodes every week! I also got the Echo Dot this month as a bday gift from my parents, and I'm not kidding when I say that I get an unhealthy sense of power from bossing Alexa around. There's just something so satisfying about yelling "Alexa, turn up the music" from the next room over and her obeying your every command. 

BEAUTY FAVS | I was sent two Maybelline Super Stay Matte Lip Inks for free from Influenster to test out and they quickly became my favs! (here's the post that I explain what Influenster is.) They really do stay on all day. I'm a fan! I've also been trying out this new Clinique moisturizer with SPF from this kit and it's so good at being hydrating without being greasy. Also, this mascara is like $4 and works wonders, ladies!

LIFE ACTIVITIES | I went to Hilton Head Island for a whole week this month, as well as Isle of Palms for a weekend this month so I've been beachin big time and there's no complaints here! I've also been loving baseball games (Tim Tebow just left our beloved Columbia Fireflies) and going to our weekly farmer's market! I have been spending some time shopping for my new house as well, which I will share here once I'm all moved in!

I think that wraps up this month! This post was super chatty and long, but I like to switch it up every now and then with these types of unfiltered posts if you will. If you enjoy monthly favorites posts, be sure to let me know so I can continue them! Thanks for reading, and be sure to check back Wednesday for a new post!

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!!