Auteur Ariel

9/17/14

Stayin' Alive

Kimono: c/o Billie+Betty
Top: c/o SWELL
Pants: American Eagle
Shoes: Forever 21 [similar]
Hat: Cotton On [similar]
Moon Necklace: c/o Le Tote
Feather Necklace: c/o Junghwa
Bracelet: c/o LuLu*s [similar]

I don't know about you but I feel like kimonos are meant for spring and summer. I think it's because they're usually floral patterned and made of chiffon--both of which are worn mostly during the warm seasons. It made me sad that the kimono trend is coming to an end along with summer, so when I saw this feather kimono that had major fall accents, I knew I had to get it! Rather than watching this stylish trend come to an end, I wanted it to stay aliiiiive!

[ cue the Bee Gees ]

This kimono from Billie+Betty has the cutest pattern ever! I love the pops of dark blue and orange mixed in with the feather print, which is a nice break from the bright floral prints we usually see on kimonos! I can't wait to wear this ensemble more throughout the season, all day, errrdayy (just kidding, but I will be wearing this outfit a lot)

What are some trends from Summer that you want to carry over to the Fall?

Also, SURPRISE!
The blog got a spontaneous makeover. The changes aren't too dramatic--I just wanted to clean some things up and change my header since it was very spring/summer-esque.

Hope you guys like it!

Samson hopes you all have a great Wednesday!



Cheers.


9/15/14

#BeTheGood

Top: c/o Cents of Style via Jane
Jeans: c/o Abaday
Boots: thrifted [similar]
Headband: c/o Kelsey's Feathers
Necklace: c/o Le Tote
Bracelet: c/o LuLu*s [similar]
Earrings: c/o Billie+Betty

Hey fraaaaans. 

I have been challenged by Jane.com and Cents of Style to participate in their #BeTheGood campaign! And as Barney Stinson would confidently say, challenge accepted! What sweet opportunity to do something, big or small, for another person. Through this challenge I chose to pick up someone's dinner tab anonymously.

The other night Connor and I went out to eat dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Towards the end of our meal, we saw an old, scruffy-looking man enter the restaurant and sit down at a table. I don't know if he was homeless or not, but I could definitely tell he didn't have the most ideal lifestyle. Right as we were about to pay our bill, I had this feeling that we should pay for his tab as well. Connor agreed that we should (another reason I love the man so dearly) so we asked our waiter to add the old man's dinner tab to our check, paid, and left the restaurant. I'll never know how the old man reacted to hearing that his dinner was paid for, but I'll always remember that feeling Connor and I left with. The feeling that we did something good. Sure, Connor and I have our own financial struggles and stresses, but we have to remember that there is always someone out there that has it worse than us.

 I challenge all of you to take a part in this movement and spread goodness throughout! I also personally challenge Jessica, Lauren, Rachel, Gentri, & Bri! Good luck my friends--you have 24 hrs to complete a service or act of kindness (kind of like the Ice Bucket Challenge, minus the ice water). See below for details: 

1. Choose a good deed. Could be as simple as paying for the coffee or meal after yours.
2. Share your goods. Pick your favorite social channel (Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Twitter, etc.), but first, make sure to take a selfie (or something appropriate to your story), and share your story, big or small. Be sure to use these hashtags to help this campaign spread: #BeTheGood #JaneCares and #CentsofStyle. You’ll see your story featured on Jane.com!
3. Tag 1-5 of your friends to do the same within a 24 hr period.
4. Look stylish while doing it! Jane.com and Cents of Style are selling some super cute #BeTheGood t-shirts on Jane.com. All profits made will be donated to Girls Inc. an organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold.

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Even an awkward hug counts.

 Good Luck!



Cheers.

9/12/14

Put a braid in it.

Top: Free People c/o thredUP
Shorts: Gap c/o thredUP
Cardigan: c/o Aeropostale
Purse: c/o LuLu*s [similar]
Sandals: c/o LuLu*s [similar]
Necklace: similar

If you hate it then you shoulda put a braid in it.
A direct quote from Queen B.
Kind of.

Whenever my hair is feeling flat or greasy or just horrid, putting some braids in usually spruces it up! My friend Jess puts little braids in her hair from time to time and I thought it was so cute, I had to try it out. It definitely gives the look a boho/hippie touch, which I love! This bright, colorful top from Free People needed a fun hairdo to match so it was the perfect time to add some braidage. 

I also realized this is probably my last summer outfit I'm going to post so say au revoir to shorts and sandals on the blog! It's been real but I'm ready to start posting some jackets, boots, and beanies, oh my. Connor and I went to the BYU football game last night and it got CHILLY when the sun went down so Fall is definitely making its presence here!

Mother Nature, I'm all about some chilly weather but let's hold off on the snow for as long as possible, okay?

Here's your celebratory Friday gif:

Go party.



Cheers.