Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Complete and Honest Review of SheIn.Com


Okay so if you follow me on instagram (go follow if you don't ;), you would know I posted on my instastories yesterday asking if you wanted a post about allll things Shein. It's probably my most frequently asked question among my friends and blog readers - "is it worth it?" 

I'm going to answer all the things I can think of, but if I missed anything feel free to comment on this post or DM me on insta. I just looked on my account history on the website and saw I've placed 10 orders which equals 31 items and a little over $400 so I know a thing or two about what's good on the site. 

What is it?
SheIn (formerly SheInside) is one of those sites you've 100% gotten ads for that claims to have a trendy dress on sale for $7, and it looks a little too good to be true... One of my favorite things about the site is that they get new arrivals every day. (YASSSS) I placed my first order in 2015 on a whim. The best piece of advice I can give as far as what to expect is to keep your expectations low. 

Quality?
As I look back on my previous orders, I would say that I was pleased with the quality of 80% of the items I purchased - which is pretty good when we're talking $12 skirts. The 20% of unsatisfaction is for two reasons: a couple of items were just straight up cheap - I ordered this dress, and it literally looked like a trash bag when I opened it. Which now that I look at the picture, you can tell that the material is super thin and plastic-y. The other reason I have been disappointed in the past is simply because I ordered the wrong size. 

Size? 
I cannot stress this next point enough: READ THE REVIEWS. If you scroll to the bottom of the page when you're viewing an item, there will be customer reviews. People who have ordered the item rate the item by sizing and their thoughts and all of that, but the best part is the customer gallery. If the item isn't brand new to the site, people will post pictures of them wearing it. This honestly is the deciding factor for me most of the time.. It is so helpful seeing on pieces on people in real life. If there aren't any helpful reviews, bring out the tape measure! Go to the size & fit tab on the side of the item and measure yo self. It helped me so much when I ordered this skirt (I got a L). Don't be afraid to go against your normal size (this is a chinese website after all).

Best things to order?
Surprisingly, one of my favorite things to order are swimsuits. I think I have seven suits from shein and the best part is that most of the two pieces are less than $15 for the top and bottom. UNHEARD of! I will say a quick little disclaimer that I usually don't like the bottoms that come with them - they are typically super skimpy (that's apparently the trend now-a-days). But I don't mind because the price is so cheap, it's worth taking a gamble on the bottoms. For reference, I have been ordering most of my suits in a M. (I ordered a few in a L based on reviews that said they ran small). I also like ordering shirts and dresses - things that can be a little forgiving in the size department, as opposed to jeans or shoes.

Shipping time?
Okay so when I first started ordering from this website, my clothes wouldn't show up until about two weeks after my shipping confirmation email - because they were coming from China. Now that the website is getting bigger, they recently opened up a warehouse in California that makes shipping a LOT faster - if your items are in stock in the Cal location. The last order I placed did come from China, but it only took about a week after my order had been shipped (processing typically takes 2 days, from my experience), but they actually ended up giving me points on my account as a way to say "sorry" for the shipping taking a while. So if you're worried about shipping taking f o r e v e r... don't be. Also, opt in at checkout for text updates. They will text you when your package is out for delivery and when it's been delivered which is super helpful. Oh btw - shipping is FREE!

Points System?
If the prices still aren't cheap enough for you, I have good news. They do a points system, like I mentioned above. You get points just for purchasing and then also confirming delivery, reviewing products, adding pictures to the customer gallery... I'm sure there are other ways too. Every 100 points you earn is $1 off. 
Above is a screenshot of my current points, so as you can see I could get $9.83 off of my next purchase if I wanted to!

More money off?
If you want more deals, they almost always have some type of coupon code offer, so make sure to sign up for their emails so that you have access to those codes. I usually ignore them until I'm ready to order, and then I just search my inbox for a code. They also do student discounts, which you can get an extra 20% off. Does it get any better?

My favorites?
Here are my top six favorites I've ordered and loved that are still in stock on the site 
(the sizes I ordered are below each item):


What's in my cart currently?


Okay, that wraps up all I can think of! Like I said above, please let me know if you have any other wonderings, I'd be happy to help! Also, as I spend more time with my blog, it would really mean a lot to me if you take the time to pin my posts on pinterest or send this post's link to anyone you think may benefit from it. 

Thanks for reading! 

Friday, May 25, 2018

12 Things To Do This Summer : Summer 2018 Bucket List


I am back with another "Summer Bucket List". Last year, I posted a list of 11 things to do during the summer, so I thought I would one-up myself this year and bring you 12 *new* things to do this summer! That's 23 things to do this summer so there's no room for complaining about being bored people!!! 

So without further a-doooo...
How many of these have you done? Leave me a comment below along with the number one thing you're excited to do this summer! It can be anything!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Graduation 2018 Gift Ideas



I don't know about you, but I love gift-giving. I find so much joy in thinking of a perfect, personable gift for someone, no occasion necessary. I hear people say often that they never know what to buy someone when it comes time to pick out a gift. Whether that's you or not, I'm rounding up some great gifts today that your favorite grad - high school or college - will actually want. Gone are the days of Starbucks gift cards in a generic Hallmark card, people!


Price Points:
($) - $20 and under
($$) - $21-50
($$$) - $51+

| top row |
BOSE HEADPHONES ($$$) : Headphones are crucial for a long night of studying, and noise-cancelling + bluetooth are great bonuses. These are also perfect for traveling if your grad is planning a fun summer trip.

MANTRA BAND ($$) : These are so fun, and come in many different quotes so you can find the one that best fits! I like the "she believed she could, so she did" quote, however, because it's perfect for someone who just graduated - a huge accomplishment!

KEURIG ($$$) : An essential for any dorm room or post-grad living space! Everyone loves keurigs, but how chic is this all white one!? It makes me want to upgrade my crusty old black one asap.

| second row |
BEACH BAG ($) : Someone gave me a cute woven beach bag like this one for my high school graduation, and I use it to this day! I love it so much, and this particular one with the cherry on it is SO cute! (They also make a lemon version!) This bag is currently on sale and comes in at $20 when you use the code "FRIEND". Pick one up for you, and the grad at that price ;)

THANK YOU CARDS ($) : Obviously your grad will need these to write on after she gets all of these fabulous gifts, right!? This is a gift you may not think of giving a recent graduate, but I wish someone would have gifted me stationary when I graduated high school so I didn't have to spend my grad money on expensive thank you notes. And these are Kate Spade, so 'nuff said there.

POLKA DOT TUMBLER CUP ($) : Another great gift from Kate Spade. Cups like this are perfect for a grad you may not know that well because who doesn't love a good cup!? I have a Kate Spade straw cup like this that has held up for a few years now, and I love this gold one! Perfect for iced lattes on the go :)

| third row |
SWIM SUIT POUCH ($$) : This little pouch is designed for a wet swimsuit (and sunglasses!) Perfect for travel and pool days this summer. How cute would this be in the cherry beach bag!?

MADEWELL TRANSPORTER TOTE ($$$) : I have and love this bag. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you've heard me rave about this bag way too many times. It will always be relevant!! It's expensive, but well worth the price. It's so high quality, and a gift that anyone would appreciate! If you want something similar at a lower price point, this faux leather tote is reversible, under $50, and comes with a matching clutch!

AIRPODS ($$$) : I personally do not own AirPods, but I am very interested in them. I have read a lot of great reviews about them (check this one and this one out), and because they're still semi-new, I think this would be a very unique, personable gift for a tech-grad.

| fourth row |
LAPTOP CASE ($) : I've had a marble case on my MacBook for three years now! It's a pattern that will fit a lot of people's style and the price on this one is A+.

PORTABLE CHARGER ($$) : If I had a dollar for every time I wished I had a portable charger with me during my time in college, I would have enough money to buy five of these bad boys!! This one fits on your keys and is super cute! Any grad would "heart" this ;)

GRADUATION ALEX AND ANI BANGLE ($$) : These bangles always make great gifts, and this 2018 graduation cap charm is so personable! Something your grad will cherish forevaaaaa.

| last row |
KATE SPADE "PLACES TO GO" COFFEE TABLE BOOK ($$) : Have and love this book, and the title is so appropriate for a grad! It's like the cuter version of giving someone the "Oh! The Places You'll Go" Dr. Suess book. Sidenote: On the Kate Spade website this book is $40, so click on the book above to get a great deal! 

CHUNKY GOLD HOOPS ($$) : I'm ordering these babies asap! So cute and such a good price! Gold hoops are an essential to any college or young adult's wardrobe.

SMALL STEAMER ($$) : This little tool is a life.saver. Who has the time to iron anymore? That's right, no one. This thing takes less than a minute to heat up and leaves your clothes wrinkle-free! A perfect gift for anyone who doesn't have one!!

| other ideas | 

COFFEE MUGS : Love this and this one is a classic
COLLEGE WEAR (if graduating high school)
ARTWORK OF NEW CITY (if moving after college)
EMBROIDERED TOWELS


Hope you enjoyed this post! What do you like to give for graduations? Leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Cool For The Summer : Mood Board



Happy summer everyone!!! 

I just finished my last final project for the semester, so as I am typing this, I am officially on summer break! I am planning on doing a recap of my junior year of college, so stayed tuned for that next week! 

Today I wanted to share a collage I made of my own pictures + pictures I pinned on Pinterest (follow me!). Collages, or mood boards, are a great way to visualize and organize ideas, and this represents my summer "mood" if-you-will. 

I hope you enjoyed this shorter, different style post. I can't wait to share even more content here in the next few weeks! Be sure to follow me on Instagram, as well!



Friday, March 23, 2018

Cheetah Jacket + NYC Travel Diaries Video
















Over spring break I went to New York for the first time, and I have one word for my experience: WOW. I secretly knew that I would love the atmosphere of the city, but I didn't set my standards too high so I wouldn't be let down. (I visited Hollywood this summer and wasn't as amazed with it/L.A. as much as everyone else is... #unpopularopinion) I definitely did not get my hopes up this time because NYC was everything I wanted it to be and more. I'm already trying to find a way to go back ASAP.

These pictures are from the second day we were there. On our way to brunch that morning, we happened upon the Palace Hotel, aka where the Van Der Woodsens lived in Gossip Girl. We walked past and kind of did a double take, and then obviously had to stop to get some pics in the courtyard!

For brunch, we ate at The Smith. This was probably one of my favorite meals of the entire trip. It was so so SO good! I got the apple bourbon waffle with a side of breakfast potatoes, and the potatoes were the best I've ever had in my whole life. I was blown away! It also came with complimentary sparkling water, which I appreciated.

After brunch, we subwayed (is that a word!?) to the Ground Zero memorial and went to the top of the One World Observatory which is over 100 stories high and gives you great views of the city! There was a little restaurant, bar, and gift shop up there as well. I liked doing this as opposed to the Top of the Rock from what I've heard because you can stay up there for as long as you want!

After that, we went into Brooklyn to explore some of the neighborhoods there and walk the Brooklyn Bridge. By the time we were finishing up the walk, the sun started setting so there were gorgeous views! It was really chilly though, especially in just the little cheetah jacket I had on.

My outfit definitely wasn't the warmest, but it was my favorite that I wore during the trip so it was kind of worth freezing for, haha! The black sweater and jeans are staples in my closet, so I want to focus on the main points of this outfit: the hat and jacket. I love love this little jacket! It was a lot shorter than I thought it was going to be when I ordered it, but I'm so glad I decided to keep it and wear it in NYC. My exact one is sold out on Forever21, but here's a very similar one with a hood! (wouldn't that have been useful!?)

I love the cabbie hat trend, and knew that Brixton made nice ones, but I didn't exactly feel like spending over $40 on a hat I would never wear in South Carolina! I searched Amazon high and low and found one that looks almost identical for only $10! It was the perfect addition to the outfit, in my opinion.

Thanks for reading this post, and be sure to check out the little video I made highlighting me and my friends' trip! We had such a great time.

NYC, I'll be back soon ;)



Monday, March 19, 2018

Planning for Spring With Bustle + Bee








 



Bustle + Bee "Minerals Box" (c/o) use code "ARIANA20" for a discount! | Fabrik necklace, similar here | Pink Agenda |

Today marks the first day back to school from spring break (waaaah) BUT the good news is that I am  coming back to school on a very motivated note. This weekend, my roommates and I cleaned off our back deck (our table was covered in pollen!), and I've been enjoying this warm weather outside with an iced latte in hand. Tomorrow is the first official day of spring, so I have also been motivated to eat healthy, work-out, and organize all of my school work so that I can finish the semester strong!

I am back with another Bustle + Bee stationary box today so that I can start planning out the last couple of months of school before summer! I reviewed B+B's first box this past summer, which is still available to purchase on their site. I love this new Minerals Box because I love marble... duh.

Here's what's in this box:

Gold Pen | I initially thought this pen was going to write gold, but it's actually a fine-tip black pen that writes so smoothly. I wrote with it on the marble sticky notes in the pictures above, and I plan to stick it on the spiral of my agenda for quick notes to self.

Agenda Stickers | My favorite part of the box obviously. If you know me, you know I'm really bad about drinking water, so I love the little "hydrate" sticker that you can color in when you drink water! All of the stickers on this sheet are going to cheer my calendar up in my agenda for sure. 

Marble Sticky Notes | Perfect size and so ~trendy~. Enough said.

Rose Gold Paper Clip | I love this oversized paperclip for grouping important papers together on my desk, but this is also perfect for keeping a page marked in your agenda or even a book you're reading!

White and Gold Washi Tape | This washi tape has gold swirlys on it, and is so cute for adding some flair to your agenda! I like outlining important days in my weekly section of my agenda with washi tape or taping down all sides of a sticky note with it.

All in all, each of the five items in this box are great quality, and you can tell that the girls at Bustle+Bee picked them thoughtfully. I can't say enough good things about these cute boxes, and I love that they are a South Carolina company! They are definitely worth checking out!

If you order this box (or one of their two other ones), send me a pic of how you use these items! I'd love to see them. (And don't forget to use "ARIANA20" for a discount on the box)


Thanks for reading! Happy Monday :)

Thanks to Bustle + Bee for sending me this box. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

How To Throw The Girliest Galentine's Brunch



In the wise words of Leslie Knope, "What's Galentine's day? Only the best day of the year!!" 
I knew a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to throw a galentine's brunch for all of my best gals, and let's just say when I have a vision... I don't stop until it's exactly like I see it in this crazy brain of mine.
Some have referred to this as "extra" but my crazy "party visions" cannot be tamed and it's a problem for my sanity. (and sometimes my wallet....)
Needless to say, the brunch turned out exactly like I wanted it to, and I wanted to share it here. 


| VISION |
So many of the decorations I saw in stores were very hot pink/red and glittery, but I knew that I wanted to have a lighter, pink and white feel. My house is very white with lots of windows, so I thought a lighter color pallet would match better. I also knew that I wanted it to be very feminine (duh) and floral. I ended up using a lot of decor I already had, and purchasing a majority of the rest  from the five dollar front section of Target!





| MENU |
pancakes
bacon
avocado toast
chocolate covered strawberries
heart-shaped cocoa krispie treats
donut strawberry kabobs
macaroons
raspberry lemonade
coffee




| TABLE |
I purchased this pink and white table runner from Target. Our table normally holds six people, and we were expecting to have nine people, so I didn't want the table to be too crowded with decorations. I opted for flowers (which my artsy friend Katharine brought and arranged), candles and a very festive cake from Whole Foods to act as the centerpieces. I completed the table with some XOXO balloons strung over the windows. The little plastic champagne flutes are from Target and say "ooh la la" and "hello love". The heart-trimmed plates are from Michael's craft store.




| WALL |
I love to have a decorated wall for photo ops (again, duh) and I was so excited for an excuse to have a pink wall obviously!!! I'm trying to convince my roommates to have the pink hearts up all year long ;). The heart streamers and galentine banner were both from Target. We also ordered heart shaped foil balloons and white balloons from Party City to add to the decor. 





| CANDY BAR |

I turned our coffee cart set up into a little candy area to top off the brunch. Kisses, macaroons, conversation hearts, you get the idea. I loved the way it turned out, and also want to make that a permanent change to our kitchen decor haha! Couldn't complete the space without a Spice Girls quote...

| PLAYLIST |

The best part of any party... the music. I opted to play my very specially curated "Girl Jams" playlist on Spotify. I am always adding to it, and am very proud of it. Check it out below!


| OUTFIT |

I paired this cute graphic tee with a red leather skirt. I'll link the t-shirt here. It's super affordable and cute year-round), but the skirt was actually made by my roommate's dad. (He owns an upholstery business!) I paired the look with gold hoops and black heeled booties.


Needless to say, it was a fantastic morning full of laughs and girl time. If you've never hosted a Galentine's what are are you waiting for!? 

Thanks for reading!
xoxoxoxo