Rainy days are made for the movies.

TGIS. I feel that you always need to be thankful that it is Saturday as you have made it through another brutal week again, and with my summer class, I mean it is BRUTAL. Through much luck and a few Starbucks trips I will hopefully survive this summer. The weekends are my time to relax unwind and focus on me. I cherish this time as I am able to go home, work at one of my favorite places in my hometown, and spend time with my mama. The weather this Saturday didn’t turn out to be especially pleasing as it has been threatening to rain all day. This did turn out to be the perfect opportunity to see one of the movies I have been dying to see since I saw the previews, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I highly recommend this final chapter of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga (I heard it was the final one, I’m not for sure). This movie is so exciting and almost terrifying at points that it had my mama and I jumping out of our seats, the sharks really got us. We both really liked how this one ended, and Captain Barbosa turns out to not be so awful of a guy after all. After the movie we made a Starbucks run to get one of my all time favorite drinks. I had my mom try it and she was pleasantly surprised as she thought Starbucks only had coffee; may make her into a believer after all. Also, sported one of my favorite and extremely colorful summer outfits. It is the perfect amount of comfy when trying to get comfortable at the movie. I have my outfit details listed below along with my favorite drink. I hope y’all have a great Memorial Day weekend and get to celebrate this time off from work and school.

xoxo

ariel

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Shirt. This shirt I bought about a year ago at my all time favorite store American Eagle. Its uber comfy and is easily able to be tied in the front as I did (love this trend btw) or to be tucked in. I have also just let it hang long before if I’m wearing pants. This bralette I bought this spring at Victoria’s Secret. I absolutely loved the colors in it and thought it would go great with spring into summer.

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Shorts. I bought these shorts I couple summers ago at Dry Goods. I love the light color that they are and how soft the denim is. I don’t think there is anything worse than stiff shorts to be honest, but these are extremely soft and comfy.

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Shoes. My strappy Steve Madden sandals are my absolute fav this summer. I can wear them with just about any outfit to give it an earthy casual vibe. They are also easy to walk in a lot without having to worry about getting blisters. I splurged on these last summer, but as you can see they are so worth the price.

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Drink. Surprise, surprise my favorite drink at Starbucks is pink haha. This Strawberry Acai refresher is my favorite thing to order at Starbucks and is perfect for that summer drink.

Happy memorial day and remember to think of those that have fought and died for our country.

Oversized Shirts, my new obsession.

Oh how I love Mondays… not. Literally the only part I dread about Sundays is that the next day is Monday. It’s really a buzz killer. The next buzz killer after Mondays is summer classes; combine the two and you have a pretty depressing start to the week. The only thing to make this Monday worth it is my absolute new favorite shirt (literally wore it out of the store, kinda embarrassing, but whatever.) and knowing that I’m one step closer to the weekend. I always try to focus during the week so that I am able to freely enjoy my weekends, this means cracking down on the books and sticking to my diet, yum.. When I see the weekends come it is like a little reward for working so hard during the week. As a reward for getting straight A’s last semester (still in a mixture of shock that I accomplished it and exhaustion from doing it) my mama took me boutique shopping in Centerville, Iowa on Saturday. As my dad owning his own small business I am a HUGE supporter of buying from local businesses. It’s true what they say, “When you buy from a small business there is actually someone that does a little happy dance,” or however it goes. Needless to say when in Centerville we stopped at my favorite local store, Gypsy Quarter. This store has everything. I mean everything. From unique clothing pieces to home decor, they have it all. I always seem to find something when I step in there. I highly recommend taking a look around the next time you are in that part of the state, also get George and Nick’s pizza, another one of my personal favorites. While shopping I stumbled upon this button up shirt. I love button ups as they have a timeless quality about them and seem flattering on many different body shapes. I’ve listed the details to my outfit below. I hope y’all are having an amazing Monday, and just remember that you are one step closer to the weekend. 🙂 Happy reading!

xoxo

ariel

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Shirt. This tan button up is my new favorite. I wore it out of the store, which was a little embarrassing, but I was in love. It can be worn as a shirt itself or over the top of a tank top or graphic tee. Which ever way you choose this is a very versatile piece to be worn throughout the summer.

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Good ole American Eagle. This fall I was hooked on their colored skinny jeans. This are really flattering when worn as they really show off your leg shape. They are also super comfy and do not feel as if I am wearing jeans. I have been extremely happy that I purchased these. I received this belt as a gift a few years ago, but I love the brown leather with the different colors woven throughout it. I have been able to wear it with so many different outfits and it always gives it an earthy vibe.

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Jewelry. I love this top, but without any sort of necklace or jewelry it seems very plain. I found this gem at Gypsy Quarter as well. I love long pendent necklaces as they dress up any shirt. This wrap leather bracelet came from Magnolia Market (online) last summer. I wear it with so many different outfits, it is a staple to my wardrobe (and a sweet reminder of one thing I love, thanks Chip and Jo) 🙂

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Boots. My faux cowgirl boots went perfect with this outfit as it gave it the earthy vibe that I was going for. These faux boots were able to keep it casual and my feet warm as I made the cold walk to class this morning.

Happy Monday!

Finally Summer!!!… well kinda.

Happy summer y’all! I don’t know about you, but I immediately feel a sense of relief when I make it through a school year. It’s like a weight has been lifted off my back. That was until this year when I have to take the dreaded summer classes. Every college student hates them as they consume you’re entire summer. This is definitely going to be a tough summer, but I am up to the challenge. On a positive note I am happy to share that I got straight A’s this last semester. I set this as my goal and worked hard and achieved it (by the skin of my teeth in some classes!). It just shows that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. I finished my first week of summer classes this week. I have learned that it is a lot of work and reading. I like being in Iowa City when hardly anyone else is there. It makes the town seem a lot less sketchy. Here is one of my favorite outfits this summer with one of my favorite accessories, the tied bandana. I have listed the deets below, enjoy!

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Shirt: I found this shirt at Tailgate in Iowa City. They are located down town and carry an array of vintage clothing which is perfect for game day!

Bandana: I literally swiped this bandana from my dad (shhh!). They are such a cute and fun accessory this season and you can find many different colors to go with many outfits.

Skirt: This skirt was bought at Drygoods last spring. I love denim button up skirts as you can dress them up or wear them casual as I have here.

Shoes: Strappy sandals are so versatile with many different outfits and oh so comfortable. These are Steve Madden. They were kind of pricey when I bought them, but I have worn them so much!

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I hope everyone is having an awesome start to their summer!

xoxo

ariel