Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My First Birchbox! & 2015

One of the things I asked for on Christmas was a one year Birchbox subscription! I have heard many great things about it and want to try it out. The best gifts are those that keep on giving, right!
My first box came in the mail on Christmas Eve! Great timing! The blue package it came in is so cute! Blue is my favorite color!

My first box's products are:
Harvey Prince Ageless
Stainiac by TheBalm
Suki exfoliate foaming cleanser
Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy body wash
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular moisturizer

I also received Hello by Harvey Prince for Christmas! It's a very light scent, but still very warm & classy. Hello is described as welcoming, loving, and refreshing with notes of meyer lemon, white grapefruit, satsuma mandarin, summer forsythia, pink plumeria, wild verbena, Tahitian vanilla, and sensual musk.
Ageless is described as fresh, sensual, and luminous. It has notes of pink grapefruit, pomegranate, mango, jasmine, tuberose, ylangylang,and sandalwood! It reminds me of the beach!
It all sounds very good.. I know.
I think I shall just take a bite. ;)

This year has brought many new experiences. I'm thankful for what they have taught me, and what 2015 will bring. I hope everyone can find something good in this past year, and this coming year is full of wonderful experiences!

With that being said.. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 

there has been so much change over the past year, but i wouldn't change any of the experiences. i'm at a strange and new place but would not trade it for anything #aritziacleanslate

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Leather & Checkers

  I love these earrings! I got them on sale from NY & Company. They are lightweight and simple, yet eye-catching!

This hairstyle is very easy, although it looks so complicated. It looks good on all hair lengths. One of my favorites!

 Tshirt: JCPenneys
Jeans: American Eagle
Jacket: Guess (TJMaxx)
Boots: Nine West
Scarf: Charlotte Russe
Earrings: New York & Company
Lipstick: Lorac
Purse: Belk

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

New York & Company, Charlotte Russe, TJMaxx Haul

I've discovered the secret to finding good deals at TJMaxx- go on the day they stock up! 
Usually the store is picked over & it can be overwhelming digging through racks of clothes, bags, and whatever else may be hidden. On this day, everything was popping out at me! 
The store was full of tons of cute stuff for cheap prices! I got my mom  Caramel Godiva & Chocolate Macaron coffee-the smell so good!! ($6)
Earlier that day I had been at Sephora-Kat Von D lipstick are about $20, at TJMaxx, I found one for $4!!! Although, I wasn't crazy about the color, the price is unbelievable. 
Anyway, I will have to start going when the stock up. 

Caramel Wafers   $2.79
These are so good! The first time one I tried was from Whole Foods-it was huge!

Oliva Olive Oil Lotion  $5
Joico K Pak Shampoo   $6

                                                                   Charlotte Russe
Metallic tattoos
Hats  $5 each
Scarves $5 each
Blazer  ??

Soft Floral shirt    (bogo free)

 New York & Co.
Everything 50% off! 
Sunglasses  $6
Palazzo Pants  $25
Trousers  $23
Skirt $30
Sweater $25
Tights $7
Belt $11
Earrings $6

Perfect for the beach! $17

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Healthy Berry Orange Smoothie

Almond milk
Greek yogurt
Frozen berries
Truvia (optional)
Chia seeds (optional)

Smoothies are a great after-workout snack or if you're feeling fruity... <--- haha.. in more ways than one. ;)
There are so many options.. Kale. Spinach. Chia seeds. Honey. Yogurt. & an endless amount of fruit/vegtables! 
I don't have any specific measurements I go by... just by taste. 

Apples, oranges, and bananas make smoothies sweeter if you have a sweet tooth, like I do. 

What smoothie combinations do you like? 
Send me a picture on twitter if you try this combination! 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Be Thankful

If I looked at my life a year ago and saw what was ahead for me in 2014 I would put a caution sign: WARNING!! 

When they say everyday is a gift.. they're not lying. I've lost loved ones this year, been through emotional heartache, terrible accidents, and life struggles.  As this last month of 2014 comes upon us, it should be months of happiness, joy, unity, and peace. Though, this isn't guaranteed. 
In fact, nothing is guaranteed. Just when things seem to be going right, God hits you with another curve ball... see if you can handle this. 
Our struggles can make us or break us. With so many unexpected events, it can be easy to break. Yes, it would be easier to break....
Sometimes the positive things in life are hidden by the negative things. We must remember the positive to get us through the negative. 
I am blessed to have been able to travel to 3 different countries, have an amazing birthday, and began to transform my way of thinking. 
After each positive event this year, ironic enough, something terrible happens. Life is a rollercoaster, I now understand that. 
As I continue to grow as a person, I'm sure my life will be filled with many more happy and sad times. 
I refuse to let the sad have dominance over me. 
Remember that there is a vast world before you.  Don't get trapped in your own. 

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fashion, Food, & Skincare Haul

      I felt really inspired today to snap a few pictures and write a blog post! I thought about doing a review on the food, face wash, etc.. or some of my other favorite things..
Does anyone like those kind of reviews?

  • The Good Bean- Chocolate chickpeas & Smoky Chili Lime
              TJMaxx has great deals on higher brand food! I got these for $2.50/bag

  • Gourmet Nomadic Blend (cashews, glazed walnuts, peanuts, raisins, & cranberries)
              Also from TJMaxx for $1.50

  • Avocado container for $1
              I never know how to store my cut avocados, this thing will come in handy!

  • Biore Warming Cleanser
             I've used this for I don't know how many years, and bought countless bottles. I use it every                  night! Definitely one of my favorites!

  • Back exfoliater 
             TJMaxx has them for as cheap as $3 This one didn't have a tag on it, so unfortunately they                     rang it up for $7

  • Apara Naturals rayon socks from Bamboo (footies & crew socks)
               Very stretchy & soft. Got these from Famous Footwear!


  •     Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Dominatrix


  • Guess Cognac Leather Jacket
             TJMaxx for $60
  • Cosmopolitan Strappy Nude heels
             JCPenney Clearance for $25
  • Comfort Plus by Predictions Nude Pumps
             Payless for $20

Cafe Del Sol

 Spicy black bean burger with Tzatziki on Naan & Salad with Balsamic Vinagrette