Aug 22, 2016

[Out and About] Seattle Travel Day One: Alki Beach

 This summer I headed to Seattle and portland. We originally only planned for Seattle, but eventually extended the trip and were able to visit two cities by planning to fly in to Seattle, stay for a few days, rent a car, drive down to Portland and fly back home from PDX.  Why not? We were already so close.  I had visited both Seattle and Portland years ago as a child, but it's not the same as exploring the cities as an adult. I will be sharing the highlights of both cities in a series of blog posts.  First up... Seattle!

[Alki Beach where I found the perfect photo opps with complete Seattle skyline in the back, including the space needle]
[beach access off one of the parks on Alki Trail]
When I travel, even though my BF finds it annoying I always, always compose lists of what I want to do, see and eat! First on the list was a visit Alki Beach to catch the Sunset.  Alki Beach is a waterfront beach area, the westernmost part of Seattle located on Elliot Bay.  We took an Uber from our hotel in Downtown Seattle, a fun drive over the West Seattle Bridge.  Having a fun driver that bumped some RiRi helped too.  A fun and fast drive later, let's just say we made it right on time for sunset.

[more amazing views on the waterfront]

As soon as we got dropped off, I was in awe of the views.  As the sun started setting more and more, you could see the reflection of the city lights on the water and as the water moved the lights seemed to flicker to the sound of the water.  SO beautiful, relaxing and special.

[the perfect view from the Marination Mai Kai Patio]
We decided to hop on the ferry (water taxi) at Seacrest Dock in order to get back to Downtown Seattle, but not before grabbing a quick drink at Marination Ma Kai.  We sipped on our drinks in a hurry as we to took in the view from the the perfectly casual patio at Marination and then on to the water taxi we went.

[taking in the view from the water taxi]
Again, we couldn't have timed our water taxi ride back to the city more perfectly,
allowing us to witness one of the most beautiful and magical sunsets.
[trying to capture it all]

[the gorgeous sunset we witnessed]
[view from the Pier 50 terminal, where the water arrived back to downtown]
[arrived back to this view at Pier 50]
If you are like me and live for chasing the best views and the most magical sunsets, then this spot is a must when in Seattle.  The best part of it all is that it's super accessible and affordable.  The ride back on the water taxi was about $5-$6! Yeap. CHEAP!

More Seattle and Portland highlights to follow.

Aug 19, 2016

[Out and About] Seattle

I am back on it! The blogging bug got me once more.  It's been too long, but so happy & excited to be back.  Eager to share some fashion but also a lot more lifestyle & travel content from now on.

Seattle Trip Photo Diary coming Monday [8-22-16]  Stay tuned Xx

Feb 11, 2016

[Out & About] Bluemercury Makeup & Skincare Shop @ Macy's Santa Anita

A few weeks ago I was able to attend an exclusive press event to experience Bluemercury,  Macy's  new "shop-in-shop" concept offering high end luxury makeup and skincare brands and treatments.  This event invitation could not have arrived at a better time!  As you may or may not know, this past year my beauty shopping habits have shifted.  Where before my interest and money went all to makeup and today it's all going to skincare.  It may be the fact that I am older and wiser, but I have realized that beauty starts with skincare.  I can apply all the makeup in the world, but if I don't take care of the skin, all of that makeup will not make a difference. So now, I am eager to spend hours and hours exploring all of the new skincare offerings available.
The Blue mercury shops will feature a great mix of beauty and skincare brands including some of my favorites, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, NARS and new and exclusive to Bluemercury brands M-61 & Lune Aster.

Check out the amazing goody bag I left home with.  Very excited to try the M-61 hand cream and Power Glow Peel!  Thank you Macy's & thank you Bluemercury.

A total of four Bluemercury shops are now open at the following Macy's stores:
Santa Anita, Victoria Gardens, Union Square San Francisco & Memorial City Houston.  I highly recommend you stop by if you have one nearby.



Oct 10, 2015

[Get the Look] Fall Boho Three Ways

 One of my latest styling projects has contributed to me finally updating this baby (the blog) again!  I recently worked on a series of fashion videos for Macy's, showcasing the top three trends this Fall season.  Fall is my favorite season of the year for many reasons, but more importantly the fashion.  Fall is all about transitional layers, so everything goes. The weather is usually pleasant, not too warm, not too cold, it's just right to allow us to have some fun getting dressed.  Bohemian vibes are HUGE this fall, check out the first trend video of the series below.

And here is the breakdown of each look:

Which is your favorite take on Fall Boho? Stay tuned for the rest of the series.


Apr 7, 2015

[What I Wore] Culottes Part 2

Sanctuary Blazer Vest   /     Crop Top     /     Rachel Rachel Roy [at Macy's]  Culottes    /    Shoes      /      Rebecca Minkoff Bag    /     Wildfox Sunglasses

Once you try a trend or style once, it becomes easy to wear it over and over again.  In my case, I figured out that the culottes pant style work for my body type when paired with a slim fitting crop top, so I am sticking to this formula.  I truly believe that any loose fitting top would add too much volume to the look, even when tucked in.  I am not saying I won't try pairing culottes with a loose top, all I am saying is that for now I am sticking to what works for me, even if it turns out to be a bit repetitive.  If it works, it works!  xo aRi

Shop the look here:

Mar 30, 2015

[What I Wore] Culottes

It's been a while since I have allowed myself to be adventurous with my outfits, as I have mentioned in previous posts, basics have been my "go-to" for the last months.  This suddenly changed when I came across the perfect pair of culottes.  I never thought this bold pants style would work for my body, I thought that they would make my hips look huge (not in a cute/sexy way) but I was wrong.  The trick is in finding a pair of culottes that have a high-waist/ rise.  The high waist will allow for a defined waist and will look stunning when paired with a crop top and sky high platforms as I learned with this outfit!

Shop the look here:

Feb 11, 2015

[What I Wore] Business Casual

Just as I mentioned in a previous post, I am currently all about getting back to basics even when it comes to my daily outfits.  As a fashion stylist, my workday varies. I am never just sitting at a desk. If I sit at my desk for more than 2 hours, it's a slow day. I am generally on my feet, out and about all day, usually carrying and loading stuff.  This is why comfortable shoes are a must for me, leading to my new obsession of dressing and styling up sneakers in unexpected "non-boring" ways.   This is why a blazer, sneakers and a statement necklace is all I need to feel pulled together + comfy!

Shop the look:

Feb 6, 2015

[New to the Closet] Fringe Booties

I finally found the perfect tan suede bootie to replace my super old and used up ones.  No lie, I was in search of a replacement tan bootie for months and months.  I was mostly looking at price and comfort in order to make a purchase.  I found these Jessica Simpson Fringe Booties, goodbye old (dirty) boots and hello new boots with fringe.  If there is one boot style you are looking to invest in, it has to be a tan suede bootie because of its versatility.  This boot goes with everything, can be worn (almost) anywhere and works year round.  Check out some more options at all price points below. Your welcome! xx

Jan 29, 2015

[2015] Back to Basics

I am the first one to admit (and I probably do so every time I update a new blog post on here) that I have not been the greatest "blogger" the last two to three years.  As a matter of fact, I don't even consider myself a "fashion blogger" anymore.  Before I started working in the fashion industry as a stylist, "fashion blogging" was the only way I had of feeling included in the industry, so I held on to that label very tightly.   First, because I loved blogging and secondly because I wanted to be identified as someone with some kind of connection to the industry.  Fast forward 2-3 years (or more!) and I now find myself consumed with an array and endless list of time consuming, everyday tasks that make it extremely difficult for me to sit down and focus on my blogging.  At times, it even felt like I had lost the "blogging spark".  Blogging and sharing about my interests in fashion, shopping, or about what I was wearing was no longer a priority.  As I started getting more styling work, I found myself doing a lot more non-fashion related things on my free time instead of blogging about fashion.  Where before, my free time was consumed with fashion and fashion blogging.

Sadly the blog posts have become fewer, but I am ready to change that!  I have started the year off feeling super inspired to share again through this platform.  This may sound a little cliche, I know, but I seriously feel like I have found my "voice" again and rediscovered blogging.  I titled this post "Back to Basics" because this is exactly my theme/ goal/ mission this year.  I want to get back to basics, I want to get rid of all the extra fluff and nonsense that clouds and makes everything so confusing and overly complicated.

The food detox and diet led me to try new things,  I added all of these healthy products to my diet for the very first time.

Back to Basics: My Body, Lifestyle and Health:  I just completed a three week food based detox and let me tell you, it was tough!  I love food, I love to eat food and my whole life up to now, eating healthy food was not a focus for me.  As I mature (in all senses) I have learned that I want to take better care of my health and my body.  This has led me to initiate some pretty drastic changes.  Having a better diet, being active (working out regularly) and educating myself about what is good and healthy for my body is now my focus and my priority.  Last year, my focus was on my career and styling.  While I still love and value my work, this year I want to get back to basics, the first "basic" being health.  My health comes first and in order for me to give 100% to my work, family and friends I need to build a strong foundation.
On a journey to create a better foundation for success.

I am very excited to make small but meaningful changes in my life, not just in regard to diet and fitness, but overall as a whole.  Changing my mindset, completing the detox and adopting a healthy diet and healthy fitness habits has proven to have a trickle effect in other areas of my life.  I find myself de-cluttering in all areas of my life, both emotional and physical.  During the three week detox I simplified my beauty routine.  I kept it simple and easy, with less steps, less makeup and more natural products.  I will never be able to say goodbye to makeup for good, because lets be honest I love my bold red lipstick and my mascara way too much.  However, it felt nice to go makeup free for six out of seven days of the week and wow did my skin thank me for it.  With the detoxing my body went through and  the minimal use of makeup and chemicals my skin was glowing!

Some of the beauty products I used on my face and hair during the three week "detox".

This "back to basics" "less is more" and "keep it simple" mindset has also carried on to my closet and to my personal style.  I did not allow myself to shop (for clothes or accessories) while on the three week detox and I have continued to hold myself back from impulse shopping.  I catch myself asking "do I really need it?" "why do I want to buy it?" and "could I live without it?" all the time, leading me to walk away from unnecessary clothes and accessory purchases.  Aesthetic wise, I am reaching for my basic pieces over and over again, wearing sneakers 95% of the time and even excited to throw on my workout clothes as soon as I get home.  Additionally, I am loving anything and everything that screams "sporty chic".

I can't stop wearing these New Balance sneakers.  From leggings, blazers, jeans, skirts and dresses they go with it all.

I am working on myself and this has inspired me to share on the blog again.  I am eager to share this new phase of my life with you, along with the rest of my adventures. I am happy to let this blog be my own personal space again, with fashion, outfits, behind the scenes from my styling work and a little insight into my journey to a better, stronger and healthier version of myself.  Lets get started!  Happy 2015, lets make it a good one.

xo- Ari