Tuesday, 30 April 2013

I'm Back!

Blogosphere, don't you worry. I haven't disappeared or forgotten to post new blogs. Rather it has been the busiest month I have had in a very, very long time. I am a last semester senior in college, so that alone calls for constantly being on-the-go to accomplish everything off that college bucket list! I had finals this past week, as well as my 22nd birthday! I am officially done with classes and have said far too many goodbyes and see you laters. I graduate this weekend and am so excited to be reunited with my family and then move back home to South Florida. I am also approaching the next chapter of my life, which will be in New York City, where I have always dreamt of starting my career.

Traditional pre-graduation pictures around campus!

As for what types of posts you can look forward to in the upcoming month...


  • Sephora VIB 15% off haul
  • Amazon haul (why did I not realize until now how many products are cheaper on Amazon?!)
  • Birchbox and Ipsy Hits & Misses (since I have been trying out the products all month)
  • April Favorites 
  • My Top Tips for Interns (Eight internships later, I've learned a thing or two)
  • My experience in the city apartment hunting (can't wait!)
I am open to any requests of posts you would like to see or products you would like my thorough opinion on :)

xx, Ariana

Thursday, 25 April 2013

day tripping #1

I've decided to make a list of places we'd like to visit on a day trip.... sometimes though.. you miss the best bits of a city because you don't know it very well. so here is a little post about some cool places to visit if you are ever in Manchester... first stop is always the Northern Quarter...

as the name suggests it's in the northern part of the city...not far from trains..trams,bus stations and a good multi-story car park...the shops are mostly independents and the streets are filled with bars...tea shops and restaurant's.... it's worth a trip for this shop alone

 it reminds me of the fab shops they have in Amsterdam..

 not far away is the Manchester Craft Centre which is a lovely building housing units for crafts people to work and sell their designs from...

also around the same area there are shops..of the comic and book kind..vintage...galleries...fabrics...art supplies and clothes...there is a bit of an odd part where you might think you've taken a wrong turn (just warning you) but otherwise its a fab part of the city that makes me hop on a tram and visit more often than I probably should :) 
 I'd love to know if you have any favourite places so I can add them to my list :)

x x x x x

Friday, 19 April 2013

Thursday, 18 April 2013

April Birchbox Unboxing!

My favorite item this month is definitely the Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On! Great for de-puffing and soothing the under eye area.

What was in YOUR April Birchbox?

xx, Ariana

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

rainy day how to...

rain clouds are everywhere at the moment.. so I thought I would make a colourful version to cheer me up when the sky's are grey... all you need to make these are -
paper...card..scissors..pencil...tape...string...felt...sewing machine

- cut out two cloud shapes in your chosen paper...and then another in card (all same shape)
sandwich the card inside and put a loop of string in the top - centre to hang it with...
sew all three layers together..make sure to over sew the bit where your loop is so it is nice and secure..leave the bottom edge open..

cut out raindrops in felt - 2 of each colour and sew them together adding a length of string at the top...trim the edges so they are nice and neat and when you have made 5 lay your rain drops  underneath your cloud and arrange them at different lengths..washi tape them in place to make sure they don't move..

sew along the bottom edge attaching all 5 strings and raindrops...

and hang up :) ...these could be made from fabric and padded for a cuter look...

or if you are making with children they could be made from papers and glued or taped together...

and they would be super quick so you could make lots :)

hope the clouds are rainbow coloured where ever you are today... if not make some ;) x x x x

Monday, 15 April 2013

Favorite Campaign: Dove Real Beauty

I am an advertising/public relations major, so I can't help but give recognition to a fabulous campaign. If you follow me on Twitter @arianavoyer especially, you will see I frequently post about campaigns, TED talks and Mashable articles.

Just published hours ago is the newest addition to the Dove "Real Beauty" campaign. They only seem to get better and better over time, digging deeper into the internal emotions of personal beauty.

I strongly encourage each and every one of you to watch this video HERE and realize that the flaws you put upon yourself often go unrecognized by your peers. The fact of the matter is everyone is beautiful in their own way and no one is perfect.

If you want to see the Mashable article on this campaign, THIS will bring you directly to that!

xx, Ariana

P.S. New beauty and fashion posts coming soon! I sincerely apologize for the delay. It has been incredibly hectic as I am finishing up classes and preparing for finals week.

a cheery post about colours :)

the house is quiet again...school is back and this morning was strange, waving the boys off and realising how fast they are growing up...so I got busy with the camera and snapped a few pics of this to cheer me up :)

before Easter I had chopped into my 'very very extra special' stash  for this quilt and stitched it all together... then we went away...

when we returned I started quilting it and then spent a few nights hand stitching and binding....

I think this is my favourite quilt so far.. (I realise I say that every time I finish a new one)...the others have been a bit experimental but this one knew exactly where it was going...simple squares with full on pops of colour and pattern and it makes me smile :)

of course I got carried away and cut too many squares so I made some more cushions inspired by my  swappy ones from before....

then I made a few more owl cushions...

available here

beci orpin inspired mobile :)

I am planning a bit of a change in the workshed...and I need to make some room, so I will be saying goodbye to most of my vintage fabric stash...collecting them for so many years has taken its toll on my storage and I need some space...so keep a look out in my shop in the next few weeks :)

have a lovely week

x x x x x x x

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Lip Products Galore

The past couple months I have been altering my makeup look to accomodate a fun lip color, instead of focusing on my eyes like I used to. I got some at the drugstore and the rest on Amazon! They have all been on my wish list for such a long time and have all proved to have amazing pigmentation and formulation. Read after the jump to find out more and see some swatches!

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five go mad in Dorset ...again....

Arnie :)
a little catch up post about our Easter...spent in my favourite place..Dorset :) oh what a happy bunnies we were to return there...

West Bay Bridport (Broadchurch beach for those who watch)
last year we fell in love with this place and have been dreaming of it ever since... truth be told we are hoping to move down there when the time is right :)....

Cove at Durdle Door
the weather was dry and sunny...cold, but it didn't matter to us... the sea was wild and the snow fell a couple of times...

Durdle Door
the boys had the best time... chasing the tide...seeking fossils..running up and down the beaches...I love how they change and become themselves again without all the peer pressures and school routines...

Chesil Beach

then in turn we start to relax and leave all our troubles and stresses behind...

Ladram Bay
when it's too cold to sit on a beach you get to see much more...

Ruby Rockcake Lyme Regis
or you can pop in to a fab shop and treat your self to some nice things...I may have treated myself several times over in this amazing shop 

how did I miss that Golden Gnome??? after a lovely coffee and chat with Caroline the owner... I came away with a bag full of gorgeous things and a lovely new friend :) x

...on the last night I made these from found pebbles...and then I hid them in the cottage where we stayed so a little bit of us stayed down there... :)

and before I'd even unpacked or started on the giant heap of washing...I made my first project from my Beci Orpin book ...

Now it's back to normal here.. but after some lovely family time and some space away from screens...I am ready :) x x x x well almost x x x x

Monday, 8 April 2013

I Love Spring Tag

It's spring time when flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and fashion/makeup become brighter! I have seen this tag going around YouTube quite a bit lately, so I thought it would be fun since I like to do occasional tags on this blog. 

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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Where To Use Your Student Discount

As I quickly approach graduation from college in one month, I have begun imagining what it will be like to no longer be a student for the first time in 16 years. While I am definitely excited to be done with tedious homework, tricky tests and buying textbooks, I am somewhat dreading the fact that I will no longer be able to use my student ID to receive discounts at some of my favorite stores. This led me to the idea to share with all of you the places who do offer student discounts, some of which you probably didn't realize!

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Monday, 1 April 2013

50 Random Facts About Me

After seeing this tag go around the YouTube world and blogosphere, I thought it would be fun and have finally jumped on the bandwagon. Here it goes...

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