• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Beauty

    My favorite lazy day outfit

    Hey guys! Remember in my last post when I talked about my favorite Charlotte Russe pants? Well what do ya know here they are making another feature (because I wasn’t joking when I said they are the only pair I want to wear). As someone who works in a setting that requires business casual clothing 5 days a week I live for dressing lazy. A girl can only wear slacks and sweaters so much before her coworkers politely ask her to stop dressing like a 42-year-old cat lady. This past weekend me and my best friend Kierstyn had a girl’s day complete with nails, Baskin Robins, shopping, and chick flicks;…

  • Beauty

    Dressing for Spring when it’s still cold

    Spring Fever is here! I know its not even March yet and it snowed here in the Midwest 3 days ago; but we have also been getting an insane amount of rain and with that all the snow is gone and (hopefully!) so is winter. Today I want to share with you my favorite outfit to wear when I want to feel like spring when the weather is still cold. Light colors, guys I am the queen of black. I’m talking my entire hamper is sometimes all black clothing I have a problem with only buying clothes in black. But lately I have been trading in the dark clothing for…

  • Beauty

    Bronze and brows

      Has anyone else felt like January has been 4 months long all on its own? I seriously feel like I have been in this month forever! Maybe I’m crazy y’all. With the cold months dragging on and summer feeling even further away I have been seeking out the perfect look without spending tons of money on spray tans and Sephora. I dread the winter months for many reasons but one of the top ones is that my skin turns pasty and pale (No offense to other people who share this lovely trait) I just feel like I look tired and sick all season. This year for the first time…

  • Beauty

    7 weekend travel essentials

    Whether you’re having a girl’s weekend with your besties or going out of town with your significant other the absolute worst thing is realizing you forgot something important at home. As someone who goes out of town frequently to visit my boyfriend these are the essentials I am always sure to pack when I go out of town to ensure a great weekend away from home! Contact case/glasses Nothing matches the small moment of horror when you realize you forgot your contact case when you’re out of town. You are faced with the option to A. Wear them all night (Which is really really bad for you!) B. Throw them out…

  • Beauty

    The late girls guide to looking fabulous

    There are two things about myself I have come to conclude as absolute truth over the years; 1. I value sleep over most things and 2. Looking anything less than fabulous is simply not an option for me. Thus, I give you: THE LATE GIRLS GUIDE TO LOOKING FABULOUS. First and foremost, I want to be clear that this guide will not require you to wake up early nor will it require you to acquire the skills to get a perfect full face of makeup in 10 minutes before you need to be out the door. The only thing you need is a little bit of prepping time the night…