• Fashion

    Fall Fashion Essential- The White Sweater

    I can’t be the only one who almost exclusively wears a sweater paired with leggings and boots all of Fall, right? The minute the weather drops below 70 degrees I am breaking out the warm knit sweaters and this year I found the ultimate fall fashion essential. This white cable knit sweater is from Charlotte Russe and was only $20 which is a MAJOR steal in the good sweater department. I don’t have a lot of requirements for a good fall sweater, but one is that it has to be baggy enough to feel cozy. If I could bring my blanket to work and be bundled up all day I…

  • Beauty

    How to wear white after Labor Day

    It’s an ongoing controversy in my family on when its officially the “fall season”. Is it September 1st? September 21st? When the weather gets cold? While my mom insists that fall decorations need to wait until at least October, I am putting up leaves and packing away my bikini by September 1st. (What can I say I am a TOTAL sucker for this season. So, while I am swapping out my wardrobe for the new season the inevitable happened where I have to cross a line between out of season clothes and ones that can be swapped in with a sweater even during the cold months. While I have never…

  • Lifestyle

    Recap: New York City

    It feels a little strange being back in my own bed even if I was only gone for a week. I’ve spent so long planning for The Big Apple that it seems surreal that I finally got to experience it for all that it’s worth. While I realistically could have spent an entire month in New York and still not have seen and done all that I wanted; I did get the highlights and had the time of my life. So how did I condense all the thrills of the city in 2 days? With a really busy itinerary and really early wake up calls. Times Square Our first step…

  • Beauty,  Nuggets of wisdom

    Why you should just get the haircut

    Ya know those girls who consistently get trims and maintain the same hair length? I don’t think I will ever be one of those girls. I am 0-100 in most things in life and my hair is no exception. It’s either long and flowy or short and choppy with no in between. Every. Single. Time I get a haircut and chop of 6+ inches the hair stylist says some variation of “are you sure? But are you sure???” and it really made me realize how much value is placed on hair. Of course, I think hair is important and all, but one bad haircut is not the end of the…

  • Beauty

    How I changed my life through fashion

    Fun Fact: 90% of the times I walk out of Dollar Tree I have a book in my hand. Something about getting an originally retailed $29.99 book for a dollar THRILLS me. My recent Dollar Tree score was Design your Life by Rachel Roy. In it she tells all about her journey through style that ultimately led to her fashion career. If you aren’t lucky enough to snag it for a dollar I still recommend buying it because it has changed my life. You can get it for cheap here One of the most empowering quotes from the book, and my new mantra, is “I made the conscious decision not…

  • Lifestyle

    The ultimate guide to your Girl’s Night In

    Every weekend I become more of an old woman who just wants to sit at home and watch Netflix. (There is mild shame in this but also, I am a woman who values vegging out) That being said I just moved into my new apartment and am already planning to break it in with a girl’s night in to celebrate. So, I pooled together my must have sleepover essentials for a stress-free night with my best friends!   Movie List: Clueless 13 Going on 30 Legally Blonde How to lose a guy in 10 days John Tucker must Die The movies I picked for my girl’s night in are classic…

  • Beauty

    The Boujee girls guide to Drugstore products

    Raise of hands who literally cringes when checking out at Sephora because you know the total is absurd? Second raise of hands who keeps going anyway because they have a problem? I could not tell you the point in my life I decided it was totally necessary to spend $54 on an eyeshadow pallet (looking at you Naked2) But yet here I am spending way too much money on products that I could get at the drugstore. You may be asking yourself “why don’t you do that then? Well that’s because I have a flair for the fabulous and like to spend money like I’m Beyonce. So for my other…

  • Beauty

    My must have beauty products of March

    Disclaimer: This blog uses affiliate links. You can read our full disclosure here: http://awordwithari.com/privacy-policy/ Raise of hands who felt like March was 2 weeks long? I know I was just complaining about how long January was and now I’m complaining about how short March was but clearly I can never be pleased. Anyway, even though March feels like it just started I somehow managed to discover and fall in love with a few beauty products I have been telling everyone about. Family, coworkers, people in the makeup aisle of Walmart; Sephora should hire me as a spokesgirl. Self Tanner: There was once a time in my life where I tried like 5…

  • Lifestyle

    Date night: Museum

    The long wait for spring is finally over! March 20th could not have come any faster because I am ready to ditch my winter hats and gloves and trade them in for sandals and maxi dresses! I got to kick off the start of my spring by getting undeniable proof that I am a Disney Princess. Not only did I adopt a butterfly sidekick at the Milwaukee Public Museum I also got those little candy buttons (You know, the long strips of wax paper with dots of pure sugar on them? AKA the best candy ever) So in my book this was a date worth remembering. Now I know museums…

  • Lifestyle

    The busy girls guide to working out

    Do you ever think back to a time in your life where you said, “Honestly though how bad could it really be?” then six months down the road you’re kicking yourself because IT TURNS OUT PRETTY BAD? This vague-post is courtesy of me convincing myself that working a 40-hour week, doing 16 credit hours a semester, and maintaining a blog would be easy-peasy lemon squeezy. To pile on the workload (because I’m mildly insane and also thrive in chaos) I have decided to add exercise to my life! Now I won’t pretend for one second that I like working out. I hate it. I run for more than a minute…