Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fruit Loops Are Amazing

Hello my lovelies! How has your week been going? Mine's been going pretty great, been relaxing alot, and really expanding my horizons as far as blogs go. I never knew there were so many amazing blogs out there. Sometimes it makes me feel insignificant, like I'm just one lonely little blog in a gigantic universe of bloggers. But other times it makes me feel really awesome, like I'm part of this huge blogging family, all striving for creativity and other awesomeness.
Psh, yeah, I know, weird face in this picture. Who knows what I was thinking about just then?
You might also be noticing that I tend to wear skinny jeans alot. Well, I'm kind of making up for all the lost time, because before the beginning of this year I NEVER wore skinny jeans. I was adamant in my opinion that they were uncomfortable, too tight, and made my legs look fat.
I have since then, been converted. I have realized a) that my legs aren't fat, simply muscular, and I have to deal with it, b) That skinny jeans are extremely comfortable once you break them in, and c) that skinny jeans go with almost anything, and therefore, are a style must-have.
I used to associate skinny jeans with preppiness. I would look in disgust upon my arch-nemisi (plural of nemesis?), with their fried straight hair, loads of eyeliner, skinny jeans, converse, and hollister\aero\abercrombie shirts. They represented everything I didn't like about modern American culture. They didn't choose those clothes because they liked them, they chose them because everyone else did. They seemed so fake to me. I avoided skinny jeans because I didn't want to succomb to the fakeness like they did, wallowing in their lake of fake.
But now, I wear skinny jeans proudly, knowing that the jeans don't make me, I make the jeans! They are only as fake and cliche as the person who is wearing them, and since I refuse to be that person, they are unique, stylish, and awesome.
I love them

Oh. And the shirt is from TJ Maxx and the jeans are from Kohls.
Yeah, I get carried away sometimes. But I feel strongly about them jeans!
And the fakeness of some parts of modern society. What can I say?
It's a defense mechanism that comes from growing up in the deep south, wear fake is almost as common as fried chicken and sweet tea. Everywhere you look there are fake tans, fake blondes, fake botoxed faces, fake teeth, fake smiles.
My dream is to find a little town somewhere where some people are actually naturally pale an don't care, where people smile with crooked teeth, and everybody is just cool with the hair color God gave them. A little gem of genuineness among faux diamonds, a fruit loop among cheerios.
(picture courtesy of Sweet Little Chickadee)
I just love that. Isn't it amazing how much fruit loops can teach you about life? Like don't be afraid to stand out, be different from the norm, to throw away the world's little rule book of what you should and shouldn't be.
I have braces.
I sometimes snort when I laugh.
I say things in singsong voices.
I love dorky little shows like Avatar and Pushing Daises.
I wish I lived in the 1940's.
I treat my dog like a human.
I love to swing dance.
I think bearded dragons are really cute.

I choke up when I play the piano in public.
I pretty much can only do a high harmony when singing.
I tend to have mood swings, really high, then really low.
I am obsessed with Forever 21.
I love christian rap with every molecule in my body.
I have to dance when music plays.
My hair sometimes decided to blow up with frizz.
I am covered in freckles.
My hair is a combination of brown, red, and blonde.
I suck at video games.
I beat my family all the time in the cardgame Egyptian Ratslap.
I have a really sarcastic sense of humor.
I hate Justin Beiber.
Pictures of celebrities without makeup make me so glad I am not one.
This is my favorite rap song ever:
I think Dave Matthews is a genius and Jack Johnson makes my feel like taking a roadtrip.
I'm homeschooled.
I love mud and wide open spaces.
Jesus is the best ever.

There's nothing cheerio about that is there?

Ari <3

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lazy Summer Crawling By...

Look who was crawling around in our backyard? Isn't he adorable?
He's adorable. And he looks like a Stanley. Or a Spencer. Something with an S :)
Yep...he's super cute :) I love baby animals.
But now, onto the outfit part of the post!

Tanktop: $8.00 Target
Belt: Wet Seal
Skirt: $19.99 TJ Maxx

I know, a bit of a picture overload today, but the turtle was so cute I couldn't help myself :)
How have you guys been? Last week was great for me, the first time this summer I've actually been able to relax and really enjoy summer. I babysat some kids last night and had alot of fun. There's something about kids that is so refreshing. Their happy as long as someone's around to love on them. It's amazing how much they need people to hug them and hold them and tickle them. Really, I'm the same way, but not as much. These kids just respond to touch like crazy. It's kind of amazing how absorbant they are,like sponges. I have to be super careful to watch what I say and what I do, because those kids watch everything and absorb it all.
But beyond that little insight, not too much has been going on, and really, I'm glad of it. It's what summer is all about right? NOT having a schedule full of things to blog about :P
Have a great rest of the week!
Love and much hugs,

Friday, June 24, 2011

Elegance is Understated

Tanktop: JC Penney's
Shirt: Given to me
Jeans: Kohl's
Sorry the lighting was so poor...I didn't feel like going outside, and the light is so orange-y I figured it would be better not to turn it on :)

Hey girls! How has your week been? Mine's been great, the last two days especially. Last night I spent like all evening talking with my amazing friends via skype and the phone, and today I went to TJ Maxx and shopped for a couple of hours with my bestie Shannon :) We had a really great time and I got some cute stuff...I'll have another outfit post of what I bought later :) But the store was just chock full of clothes I love..I wish I could have bought alot more! This type of thang:

Basically: lacy, nude and pastel colors...and LOTS of it :) It was so much fun--I love when my style is in style! I'm kinda tired so I don't really have anything profound to write, but I hope you guys like the outfit pics, and have an awesome weekend!
Love and kisses,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"This is the most tragical thing that has ever happened to me!!"

You know what I thought of when I first tried on this outfit? The first thing that popped into my mind? Anne of green gables. You know how she has that fixation with puffed sleeves? I imagine she would approve of these sleeves :)

I apologize for the conspicious bare feet...all I can say is I'm a Florida girl, and its summer. I wouldn't be caught dead wearing shoes inside, and most of the time, not outside either.
I always have felt a kinship to Anne of Green Gables, having shared so many of her hardships and joys. I too was afflicted with freckles and red hair (though not as red as hers), I also have a vivid imagination, love to read, and love my friends and family with all my heart. I can also be forgetful and tend to make silly mistakes sometimes, though I've never dyed my hair green, or flavored a cake with anodyne liniment! And you can be sure that if Gilbert Blythe had called me carrots, the LAST thing I would have done is break a slate over his head. That boy is adorable, and every time I watch that movie I think Anne is crazy for disliking him as long as she did. What is there not to like?
I mean look at that face! And that adorable curly hair! Anne is crazy I tell you :P

There's not much happening in the world of Ari this week, its summer vacation, I have a pretty bad cold, and I am just relaxing and really enjoying the time I have to focus on my story, this blog and my friends :) Summer truly is a wonderful time...if only it wasn't so darn hot!
But I am thankful.
In fact, I'm thankful for alot of things, but one specifially popped out to me today as I was editing these photos. A long time ago, around four or five years ago, one of my biggest wishes was to have dimples. I thought they were completely adorable. Well now, I don't know how it happened, but when I smile, the faintest of dimples appears in both my cheeks. Isn't God great? That he would listen to something as silly as my wishing for dimples and actually giving it to me...that just blows my mind. What little wishes has God granted you?
Have a great rest of the week!

PS...I wanted to send a shoutout to Gabriella from Breathing In...I'm so sorry I havent commented on your blog..I have tried several times but every time I try there is some kind of error, and it won't let don't think I haven't been reading--I have! Commenting has just been difficult for some reason...maybe you could install a cbox, those are usually easier to comment and chat on :)Love you girl!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Ever Solid Cornerstones

Sorry about the extreme frizziness of my gets like that sometimes :P

(Outfit: Tank top: Target, Dress: it was given to me, so I don't know where it comes from, Tights: Kohls, Owl necklace: Wet Seal)

Hey girls! How has y'alls summer been going? Mine has been great, VBS is over, and I'm finally able to relax and sleep in! Despite having to wake up early, VBS was really fun, and I'm super glad I participated. On Friday I was able to go to swing dancing with my friends, it was so much fun. I seriously pity all those who don't have a swing dancing "club" to go to...its just that much fun. There are classes for the first hour, then general dancing where anyone can do pretty much whatever they want. It's almost like a youth nightclub, only alot classier. Anyway, it was a total blast.
And today is Father's Day!! Just wanted to send a shout out to my wonderful Daddy, he's  great father, husband, and pastor of our little church, and I'm uber proud of him :)
We kiddos got him a Burberry cologne and some chocolate and canoli,  and then let him relax and do whatever he wanted all day long, and I think he really enjoyed it :)

Another thing that I wanted to talk to you guys about was that, yesterday, as I was cleaning out my dresser and organizing some of my old papers, I found this sheet of notebook paper, and was written on it really surprised me. On the front of the paper was written a long list of things I didn't like about myself, everything from having crooked teeth and being a procrastinator, to not having a boyfriend and perfectly skinny legs. Then on the back is written a list of truths, first put in my words, then backed up with scripture. Truths like :
I am a work in progress, not yet finished--(He has made perfect all those who are being made holy, Hebrews 10:14)
He created me to look the way I am, that was his desire--(You knit me together in my mother's womb, for I know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Psalm 139:14)
What I look like on the outside is not of real importance--(You should be known by the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a quiet and gentle spirit, 1 Peter 3:4)
So work hard and trust the Lord--(Those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied, Proverbs 13:4, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path, Proverbs, 3:5)

I read this, and it was like the spirit preached me a little sermon right there, telling me that even though alot of things have changed since I wrote that paper, those truths have and always will stand firm, and they should be the very cornerstones of my life. Even though I may not have crooked teeth anymore, or my skin is alot better, and Ive just grown up in general doesn't mean that I don't have other things that I don't like about myself that still get me down. My problems may be slightly different by the core issue is still the same, if I forget those truths, and don't remind myself of them daily, its so easy to get caught up in pride, lies, and self disgust again.The same problem, just in a slightly different guise, and I don't want that to happen. I want to stay close to the God who loves me and saved me, and has given me these truths that will never change, no matter what happens in my life, or the world, I can always hold onto them. That's something worth remembering, don't you think? I wanted to share those with you, maybe they'll be as much of an encouragement to you as they were to me.
Have an amazing week!
Love you guys!
Ari <3


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Antique Dreams

Heyoooo my peeps!! (haha sorry, I'm running out of creative and somewhat unique greetings!!) So this week has been VBS at my church...and thus my mornings have been incredible busy...spent in a worthwhile way of course, but still busy! I have six children in my little crew, most of them younger kids, like kindergarten age, and I just love them to death. There is something so innocent and simple about kids that age, their worlds are so much smaller, and they don't think about things like adults do. If they want to do something, they do it, without wondering what anyone else thinks of them. They don't care if their hair is messed up, or if their teeth are crooked, or if their covered in dirt. They just accept themselves and expect everyone else to do so as well. Makes me miss those days...I can hardly remember what they were like.
Anyways, so even though my mornings have been eaten up by VBS, my afternoons have mostly been lazy, I'll admit. Spending all morning with rambunctious children really takes it out of you, but I have managed to make time to amass a whole new selection of amazing vintage fashion blogs, such as Vintage Vixen, Bobby Pin Blog, Esme and the Laneway, and Gatsby and Me---all totally amazing vintage fashion blogs (you guys should totally check them out!!)
And meanwhile...I've been trying to scrounge up some vintage-esque outfits, unfortunately I don't have any actual vintage pieces yet but those will be coming!
Here's the outfit I wore yesterday while I made spaghetti for my family, feeling mightily like a prim little housewife...I think it's super cute :)

The outfit consists of:
A short orange-y red shirt
A stretchy and oh so comfortable high waisted pencil skirt
A cute little green, white and yellow headscarf ( me!)
And a locket from my grandmother on a teal ribbon.

Excuse the horribly orange lighting, it was night at the time, and the overhead light was totally terrible orange.

Cute, I know :)
So that's my outfit, I'll have alot more to come once I get to ordering my vintage lovelies.
70s vtg casual summer earthy plaid day dress -  medium to xlarge

70s vtg indie sage abstract floral dress - medium to large



70s vtg wool sage green plaid skirt - small WAS 22 NOW 15


So yeah...I have officially decided that my ideal place to live someday would be Portland Oregon...not only is it beautiful and West-Coast-ish, but it also has one of the largest groupings of vintage shops I've ever heard of! Going to college there would be such a dream. Anyways, hope you guys enjoyed the photos, I promise I'll post more promptly next time, VBS has just made me super busy :)
Have a great rest of the summer!
Love and kisses,