Unwind, relax, and throw a comfy tee on.

This has been such a stressful week. Okay, nothing compared to finals week, but pretty dang busy. I feel like that has been this way all summer. I get done with one task just to pick up and run to the next. I love my major and all, but I can’t wait to be done with classes. I never feel that I can truly relax when I know there is always something I could possibly be doing. To top it all off this week, I had to begin moving back into my apartment. I have included some tips on apartment renting and the day you go to pick up your keys so that you don’t end up in a mess like meeee. When it finally rolls around to the weekend there is nothing I love more than to take some quality time with myself getting ready in the morning and to throw on an oversized comfy shirt. Tailgate is my go to when it comes to comfy tees and plus they are super cute for tailgating.

Hope y’all are having a great summer! And remember if you are ever feeling like you’re about ready to lose it, take some quality TLC time for yourself and put on the most relaxing thing you own. You will feel rejuvenated and yourself again after a day spent to yourself. According to one of my future professors today we have exactly 4 and 3/7 weeks left of summer so you should soak it all up while you still can!

xoxo ariel

Tips for Renting:

  1. READ THE WELCOME LETTER. I can’t emphasize this one enough. My apartment sent one out and my move in process was much more difficult and full of a lot more frustration because I was not prepared from reading the welcome letter.
  2. Bring proof of setting up utilities. I was again not prepared because I did not have a printed copy with me, but they will want to have proof of utilities.
  3. Ask to see the apartment you will actually be renting. I have learned from previous mistakes that not every apartment, even if it has the same layout looks the same, they are not the same!
  4. Have patience. There are hundreds of people trying to move in at the same time as you so it is extremely important to stay calm and take your time.

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My go to comfy outfit.

Shirt: Tailgate is full of cute comfy shirts just like this one. They are super flattering and so soft to wear. Plus you can never represent the Hawkeyes too much.

Shorts: These shorts are OLD haha. But they are super comfy. I have had them for a couple years, but I have always loved the studded detail on the pockets.

Shoes: My go to Adidas. The basic white Adidas go with any outfit and are the perfect weekend on the go shoe.

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My favorite accessories.

Head band: This is a bandana I found laying around the house. I love the summer trend of wearing them as a head band as I did above, or tying it around your neck. Either way this is my favorite accessory this summer.

Earrings: I recently bought these. I love how blingy they are and they can go with nearly every outfit.

Relaxation:

Here are some of my go to relaxation supplies that make me feel a little better when I am overwhelmed!

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I love bath bombs. There is nothing better than just soaking in a good ole bath and letting all the worries go away. This bath bomb is from The Basin in Florida, but you can still order them online. This is my go to favorite place to buy bath bombs, since I think they are cost effective and quality as well.

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My face never feels better than after I was and moisturize it. This moisturizer i recently started trying from Sephora and loveeee it. It is for oily with some dry spots and my skin has never felt better. You can always go to Sephora to find the one that is best for your skin type.

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This hair mask has been my life saver. Over the past year I have developed extremely damaged hair. This hair mask has saved my life and my hair and made it feel soft even when it is damaged! You can’t beat putting on a hair mask then watching a great movie.

I hope my tips for a stress free summer have helped!

Stripes can be edgy too.

Happy Wednesday! It’s officially Hump Day! This has been a super long week already. Having to move out of my apartment at the beginning of the week has been so stressful, but is so relieving now. It’s like turning a new page in a book and starting fresh. Getting ready to start my senior year in a little over a month is amazing and terrifying at the same time. It seems like just yesterday my parents were dropping me off at the dorm leaving me to fend for myself in this crazy world we call college life. Boy have I grown up a lot and learned a lot throughout these last 3 years of college. My tips for future freshmen are as follows:

  1. Boys suck. Do not worry about them. It’s an unnecessary stress that you don’t need when you’re dealing with so much. I am a firm believer that it will happen when the time is right so don’t worry about it until then.
  2. Don’t sweat the small stuff. And I mean this on every aspect of life. From roommate troubles, which there are bound to be unless you found your long lost soulmate and in that case good for you, to school work. If you are trying your hardest then that is all you can ask for, but if you feel that you could’ve given that test more effort then perhaps try that for the next one.
  3. Find a passion. This may be hard when you are trying to get good grades, discover who you really are, and balance a social life, but it helps. I have discovered a couple that keep me grounded such as running and my love for clothes as you see here. Once you find it hold on to it and have that be a part of your foundation as a person.
  4. Don’t forget who you are. Okay I may be getting all Rafiki on you here, but for real. College is a wonderful time to discover who you really want to be, but don’t forget where you came from and the ones that love you. So often I see people become a completely different person than I knew them to be. You are a beautiful person and don’t have to change for anyone.

okay, now that I have that rant over, back to clothes. This outfit is my go to cute, but casual. Stripes are always a must as they are extremely slimming. I have a ton of stripes in my closet, and I mean a ton. But I simply “can’t get enough of them”. Read on for the outfit deets and some of my favorite makeup pieces. Enjoy!

xoxo ariel

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Top: bodysuit from Express. I bought it this spring and I love the quarter sleeves with the scoop neck. Anytime I wear this I feel really chic and slim (which I need to work on at the moment) haha.

Shorts: These edgy shorts came from my favorite, American Eagle. Yay! I got them this summer and I’m sure they are on sale by now. They are called high rise festival shorts. I have been able to wear them with so many different things and I love how edgy they are.

Belt: This belt came from TARGET. Many designer stores are selling them for a whole lot more, but I got this bad boy for pretty cheap. It adds the right touch to any outfit and “helps me keep my drawers up” as my dad would say.

Hat: My go to rain or shine hat. Literally wore this yesterday and got so many compliments just at the mall. It’s super flattering on and I love the cute and simply saying on the front and back “crazy hair” and “don’t care”.

Shoes: As you can see my white ADIDAS have gotten a lot of love. They are plain white and super simple, but they are my go to shoe to add a cool vibe to my outfit.

My go to spring/summer eyeshadow palette. All the colors on here are so gorgeous. Today I focused on using “Summer Yum” and “Caramelized”. They are actually super pretty together and I love this look.

My new highlighter!! Finally committed and got a Becca Highlighter. This adds the perfect summer glow to any face. I can’t get enough of how gorgeous it is. I got mine in Champagne Pop for a bright glow.

The perfect nude lip. I have been looking high and low for the perfect simple, but striking nude lip and I think I have found it. This lip stain in Anastasia is simple but perfect. You can make it more striking by adding a lip liner. This color is “Pure Hollywood”.

Hope you enjoyed!

God Bless America.

Happy 4th of July everyone! …well almost 4th of July. I couldn’t be more excited to be spending my day sleeping, spending time with my family, and attending our annual neighborhood block party. We are very fortunate to live in such a great neighborhood that loves to have fun. The fourth is a time to be grateful that we live in the wonderful country we do. I am very thankful for having been born in such a wonderful country, so happy birthday America! After a weekend of fun with friends I am looking forward to a relaxing Fourth. What better way to celebrate the birthday of America than with fashion? Couldn’t be prouder to wear red, white and blue. God Bless America and have a wonderful Fourth of July with the ones you love.

xoxo ariel

Some of my favorite patriotic outfits:

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What’s more iconic than a read bandana on our nation’s birthday? If Rosie the Riveter can wear it than so can I. Nautical stripes on one of my favorite things to wear on the Fourth. It’s a classy way to dress up the normal red, white, and blue. I paired it with the red bandana and a white button up skirt. This top came from Francesca’s. Adding bright red lip stick adds the final touch to this patriotic outfit.

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As most of you know, I adore my bibs. From tailgate season to celebrating the Fourth this is the perfect piece to an outfit. Here I paired them with my red Keds, and a white crop top for the perfect Fourth outfit last year. What I love most about this outfit is that the red, white and blue flow together rather than be tacky or stand out too much. I purchased these bibs at Nordstrom and they have been my go to favorite since.

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I recently bought this strappy little red dress at Francesca’s. I think it is important to buy pieces that can be worn more than just one time a year. This dress is the perfect way to grab attention this Fourth. Pair a red dress with a denim shirt for when it gets cold watching fireworks and you’re set for the night.

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As you can see we were having plenty of fun this last weekend. This was such a fun flirty outfit for the Fourth of July celebration in SEI. I wore my American flag shorts (or MAGA shorts) that I got at Francesca’s recently. I also paired them with my front tie red crop top that I got at American Eagle. I loved wearing this outfit and got so many compliments that night.

Also pictured is one of my besties, Hanna. Her outfit was uber adorable as well. I couldn’t get enough of her top (it’s even a DIY!). She made it herself and she was kind enough to contribute to my post below with instructions on how to make your own!

Hanna’s DIY:

Here are the directions to make your own patriotic tie-dye!

Supplies:

-white shirt (size up if you want to tie it)

-red tie-dye kit

-blue tie-dye kit

Steps:

You can place the shirt however you want to tie dye it. Hanna chose to make her’s ┬álike a flag. First you tie little dots up at the top, then do the rest of the shirt in stripes that are about 3-4 inches apart. Hanna did the blue dye first then the red. Let your shirt dry for about a day once you have it dyed then wash it out and let it dry. When you wash it make sure it’s by itself since the dyes tend to bleed on the first wash. Once Hanna’s shirt was fully washed and dried she cut about an inch around the neck line then tied the knot at the bottom to get the slouchy look. So grab your girlfriends and plan your Fourth of July DIY party. (Thanks for all the tips Hanna!).

I hope you all have a wonderful Fourth with lots of food and fun. Remember to be safe & Make America Great Again!