Weekend Adventures: Shopping at Small Businesses

Hey y’all! I know it’s been awhile, but life keeps getting in the way. I plan to try to be a little more on top of things again now that the semester is nearing it’s end and summer is just around the corner. It seems like just yesterday I was starting freshman year at Iowa, now I am nearing my final year at Iowa. Time sure does fly. I cherish every moment I can and that includes spending most weekends with my mama! As most of you probably know, she is my number one best friend. I know that I wouldn’t be who I am in life if it wasn’t for her. She is my biggest cheerleader. Most weekends I come home from college to work on projects at my house (which I hope to be sharing with you all soon!) and to go on adventures with her. Last weekend our adventure took us to one of our favorite little towns near us Centerville. I told people I was going shopping in Centerville and they were pretty confused, but honest to God  Centerville is full of cute little stores that sell quality antiques or junk that can be used in a special DIY project. I will list some of my favorite stores below! Centerville is also home to our favorite restaurant in South East Iowa, George and Nick’s. It has the BEST pizza and never fails to disappoint. My mom and I have become somewhat regulars there on the weekend. I highly recommend their pizza along with the 5 cheese pasta, so yummy! Any ways I have decided to share our little adventure last weekend with you all hope you enjoy!

Favorite Shops:

-Gypsy Quarter: have cute clothes to sort through a long with many different rooms full of home decor

-Claudia’s: used furniture store that sells quality furniture at a low price. I purchased my dresser and a mirror there for my apartment and they are some of my favorite pieces!

-Bonnie’s Needful Things: are full of many different antiques and junk that can be used for a special DIY project. I had my eyes on a couple of things when we walked in there the last time that I hope to get my hands on in the future


-Black Bird Primitives: one of my absolute favorite stores for rustic home decor. They recently just had their spring open house. I got some amazing pieces for the finishing touch on my bedroom. I just love looking at their windows whenever my mom and I walk by.

Outfit of the Day:

This outfit is one of my favorite casual outfits that can be worn almost anywhere. Blush pink is so popular and pretty this spring. I can’t get enough of it! Here are all the details for my outfit!


This is my favorite casual weekend outfit. Blush is such a popular color this spring and I am obsessed. I can’t get enough of it and plan to wear more of it this spring and summer.


Shirt. This shirt is super comfy and adorable with the collar at the top. Blush pink is so popular right now, and I scored this tee on sale for a buy one get one half off at American Eagle, which is one of my favorite stores. I also love wearing this shirt with burgundy, such as my burgundy tassel earrings. It gives it just the right pop of color.


Grey. These grey pants I bought at American Eagle this fall are sooo comfy. They are stretchy and soft making it feel like you’re almost not wearing jeans. These can be dressed up with a sweater or worn with a tee for a more casual look. Such a good buy!


Sunnies. These shades are my new babies since my Ray Bans bit the dust this winter, thanks to my Dad’s cat! No offense to the Ray Bans but I almost like these better. They are Quay sunglasses and I purchased them at Urban Outfitters. They were less expensive than Ray Bans and are soooo cute, so happy that I switched cause I’m a believer now!


Denim. This denim jacket I purchased a few years ago. It is a staple for any wardrobe and can be worn with many different things. With summer right around the corner it can be worn with so many different summer dresses.

Shoes. Sorry that I forgot to take a picture of them before I came home for the weekend, but these slip on sneakers I recently bought from Target. The blush pink caught my eye and they are so comfy when walking all over campus! 3:31:17

My Dad being a small business owner, I firmly believe in this quote. Take the time to enjoy the small businesses some of them are full of the most unique treasures that you can not find in a department store.


Black Bird Primitives on the square in Albia is one of my favorite small businesses. It is full of so many unique pieces that you can not find anywhere else. If you are into rustic decor I highly suggest stopping by. Also, absolutely adore Chip and Joanna Gaines; so sad that season 4 ended Tuesday!

Hope you have all enjoyed my recap on one of our weekend adventures! Remember to shop at small businesses, the business owners will thank you.

xoxo ariel

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