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Author: Aarin Lester

25 Oct

Currently Coveting : Wrap Dresses

Happy Thursday lovies ! I am all about transitional pieces this fall and wrap dresses definitely made the cut! When shopping, I like the idea that the pieces selected are pieces that I can wear for any occasion, during any season. In turn, I get more bang for my buck.  Wrap dresses are essential to my wardrobe, and I love how easy wrap dresses can transition from day time casual to night time chic.

8 Oct

Monday Memo #2: MINDFULNESS . . .

Over the weekend, my cousin and I met for martinis and caught up on much needed girl chat. During our conversation, we spoke about all things life and after stating my piece, she informed me that I may be just lacking a little bit of MINDFULNESS. This was a complete shocker because, I’m usually one that lives completely in the moment, but in this case she was right! I seemed to have gotten so wrapped up into the busyness of everything that I haven’t really stopped and paid attention to the beauty of it all.

What is Mindfulness?

If you’re new to mindfulness, you may be wondering what this ever-so popular word means.  Mindfulness is simply awareness.  It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. At times, we allow ourselves to get caught in our own pool of thoughts which sometimes results in potentially losing awareness.

How to Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is something we could all use more of in our daily lives. During our busy schedules, it’s easy to forget that we need to come back and check in with ourselves. I’ve listed a few reminders and ways to practice mindfulness during those busy times:

 1. Focus on the present moment

Try not to focus on things that went on in the past or that might be coming up in future.

2. Purposefully concentrate on what’s happening around you

A good exercise that will allow you to focus on what is happening around you, is just to pause and take everything in.  Whether it is the drive to work, a walk or even simply looking up at the sky for a few seconds to soak it all in.  Its easy, and free.

3. Take the time to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you.

Being fully present without passing judgment and labeling things around you as good or bad is a great way to settle the overwhelming vibes. When I take a few moments to accept the world around me for what it is, I feel less like the world is passing me by and more like I’m immersed in its beauty. I feel more connected.

Mindfulness Apps you may want to Download:

My go to apps that help me to promote mindfulness are:

Headspace , Aura and Mindfulness Daily.

Although its good to sometime practice mindfulness in silence, it’s also fun to  follow along with insights offered through the apps listed above.

I hope that everyone has an amazing week and takes time to practice mindfulness! Have ways or tips of how you achieve Mindfulness?  I’d love to hear it in the comments below!!

15 Sep

Ask me Anything | September Q+A

Happy Saturday loves! I always get a ton of questions about blogging, fashion, where I shop and what I am loving. I decided that now would be the perfect opportunity, to do a little blog Q & A post for all of the questions previously submitted last week. So here goes.

What trends are you currently following ?

I am currently still loving the fanny pack trend. I thought it was over, until I moved to Europe and now I find myself searching for all types of fanny packs. I might have bitten off more than I can chew. Also, Im so loving mules and slide-ons, there are so many different styles and its perfect for a chic and trendy look.  Ive listed a few of my favorite styles below:

Designer

 Contemporary

Where do you get your style inspiration from?

I get the majority of my inspiration from street style, magazines and style/fashion books; Outlets like FashionBombDaily, Vogue and People StyleWatch to name a few.  I am obsessed with  Editorial Photography books from different designers and powerhouses. I especially love Vogue: The Covers.

What are your go-to places to shop?

Im a little biased because I worked in retail for  years, so BCBGMAXAZRIA and Saks Fifth Avenue will always be my favorites especially for classic staple pieces. Also, if I want cutesy trendy looks and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, I also love BCBGenerationNordstrom, Zara and Topshop.

What are your favorite skin care products?

I love Drunk Elephant, its super addictive. My best friend introduced me to the products, and my skin adores it.

You post a lot about vibes and mood, how do you keep the "happy go lucky" vibe up on a day to day basis?

Sometimes the happy go lucky vibe is effortless and there are times in which it can also be challenging. When it is challenging, affirmations and meditation  is key. I have to dedicate quality time and silence for myself every morning, even if it is for 5 minutes. Here are some meditation apps that I love.

(Select to download app)

 Simple Habit // Think up // Headspace Meditation

What do you feel the most confident in?

I feel the most confident in  shift dresses, statement jackets and cutesy shoes. Effortlessly chic looks are the my absolute fav.

What foundation would you recommend for darker skin complexions?

In the past, I have used Nars, MAC and Makeup Forever.  These brands have it down to a science as it relates to a variety of skin tones. I’ve listed below the types/tones I’ve personally used.

Are you currently reading any books, or do you have any suggestions on books to read?

I am currently re-reading Rachel Roy , Design your life. I love re-reading books every couple of years. So much change and growth happens within that time frame, its almost like I am reading a new book,  the interpretation is always different and I discover something new each time. I would also recommend the Alchemist. Its a classic and its always inspiring.

I hope you enjoyed Ask me Anything : September Q+A !  Feel free to comment below or on my IG for the next Q+A! Anything fashion, dating, life, work, you name it! I will answer it!
10 Sep

Monday Memo No.1 : How to make the Best of your Week

Monday’s don’t always have the best reputation! Fortunately, the Monday blues don’t necessarily have to take over your entire week.   Feeling in a funk?  Here are a few things you can do to shake it off? Not in a funk, per se? These steps could potentially make your week even better !

BEFORE WORK 

MEDITATE

Meditation is the best thing to do when you need to really tune into yourself, meditate on positive affirmations, bibe verses, thoughts of the week etc.  There are no rules to it, only you, your thoughts and deep breathing.

WRITE IT OUT

Write all of the things you wish to accomplish this week, why it means something to you and how you plan to accomplish those things listed, gracefully.

WHILE AT WORK

(SET YOUR WORK COMPUTER TO INCOGNITO MODE FIRST...AND THEN...)

SHOP

Although shopping doesn’t solve everything, it solves enough and also gives you something to look forward to at the end of the week. What do I do? Open up roughly 10 tabs of my favorite retailers, pick the best promos, and go crazy.  There is nothing like ordering a dress to arrive just in time for the weekend. Cant find a sale? This site literally cuts you a check just to shop!

 

CLICK & PLAY MY FAV “AT WORK” SPOTIFY  STATIONS LISTED BELOW:

 

BEST WITH COFFEE : Your Favorite Coffeehouse

FOCUS: Perfect Concentration  OR Deep Focus

MOOD CHANGER : Feelin’ Good

MY FAV: Are & Be

AFTER WORK

PHONE A FRIEND

Don’t be that friend that calls and dumps all of your problems and worry on a person, then hangs up.  Phone a friend to go out for drinks, vent a little and then cheers to getting over it.  Work weeks can be stressful, but thats what Happy Hour and friends are for!

R U N A W A Y

Simply put,  do I like running because of the athletic gain, eh, not so much, even though the glow up is real.  I run because of the feeling thats released during and afterwards. I get in my head for a lot of things and sometimes its best for me to think about those things and just run it out.  Its totally liberating and the adrenaline rush is insane.  As dramatic as it sounds, I even play “RUNAWAY” by Kanye West.  It works.  Try is sometime. lol

CHANGE YOUR PHONE TO SILENCE & DO YOU

When it’s time for “Me Time” it is best to unplug and spend time with self, in a non depressing way. I text the ppl that I know will probably contact me during those moments with a simple “FYO, I’m unplugging in 10 min” and the ones closest understand I’m unavailable for chats, happy hours etc. and then I turn on my Spotify, mood determines channel, and I write, read or  even cuddle on the couch for a Netflix and wine session.  Whatever you need to do to decompress durning the week, do it!

It will so be worth your sanity for the remainder of the week.  

 


If you have any more ways to make the Best of your Week, I’d love to hear it!

Don’t be a stranger, Comment Below!

29 Aug

So, I moved to Europe !

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Yes, EUROPE !  Life has a funny way of mapping things out, literally. I received so many questions and  the most common question, “Why Europe?”  Truth is, Ive always wanted to live in Europe, but never took the leap of faith, until an opportunity presented itself that I simply could not pass up. If someone told me a year ago that I would pause the life I had in Houston, pack my bags and relocate, I would probably think they were out of their mind, yet here I am, lol!  There is something about just taking a chance and fully immersing myself into the idea of it all.  I also received questions asking  how I knew this was the best decision and what steps were taken in finalizing the ultimate decision. Beyond researching Europe, packing and placing my life in storage,  Ive listed 3 key factors + feels   used to make the decision  a little bit easier!


 

 

1.Make a Pro's and Con's list

Although my pro’s and con’s list was short and sweet, it was crucial to the first step!  Its always good to see your thoughts on paper, especially when you have second thoughts and need to review for reassurance.  As I looked at my list I realized that my cons were not major deal breakers, so it was a go for me.

My Pros and Cons List:

  • Pros: Embrace a new Culture // Adopt a fresh mindset // Travel
  • Cons: Language Barrier //  Will miss Friends and Family //Leave my Houston Lifestyle behind

 

2. Evaluate your reality and what initiated the thought of making a change

I kept telling myself  “My life is good as it is”, which could have been the fear of change talking.  But after careful evaluation and digging deeper, I realized that mentally, I was stagnant in my career in the corporate industry, uninspired and had no clue what the next chapter in my life would look like.  I was freaking out and all over the place.  It was time to compartmentalize all of the things that were revealed. In conclusion, I knew I was long overdue for change, and not just something new and fun, but something with substance and purpose.

3. Just do it!

Easier said than done, right?! Truth be told, I’m an over thinker, its just who I am, I over analyze, to the degree that some things get placed on the back burner until I am forced to make a decision.  After revisiting old journal entries, vision boards and re-caping the last 10 years of my life, I noticed that I accomplished so much, but did I do the things I said I would do? Was I living life to the fullest?  Living out my full potential? and if I were to look back at this year and opportunity, would there be regret? There are so many questions and what if’s but, you will never know unless you indulge in the things that are a little scary and unfamiliar.  In conclusion, I had to just do it, whats the best that can happen?!


Need more?  If you are looking for a good read and need a clear guide to shift your mindset, I recommend

The Invisible Chameleon

by Michelle Smith

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I hope you enjoyed reading my latest blog entry! I’d love to hear your stories and the steps you take or have taken when faced with changing areas of your life!  Please  feel free to share your questions and comments below.

19 May

Shop My Fav Metallic Swimsuit

 

15 May

Tropical Bikini Vibes…

 

One word, Yaaass! Mexico was well needed, and when in tropical places, why not fully indulge in au courant prints!! I  can honestly say, I am currently into this travel bikini trend.  I’m low-key, high key obsessed with these items which are listed in the round up below.  The best part about it, its super affordable and uber cute! I paired this look with a pair of fab cutesy earrings and my fav Gucci shades ! Hope you Like!

 

12 May

Tassle Bikini with a hint of Gucci

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