Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and belated Thanksgivukkah (and everything else I am forgetting) to all!
I hope everyone enjoys their day off spent with family and friends in pajamas and fuzzy socks.

Monday, December 23, 2013


{BCBGeneration "Bonjour" bracelet, Kate Spade bow bangle (new version), Liz Claiborne watch (similar)}

I am officially obsessed with bracelet stacks, especially those of the rose gold variety! They add the perfect amount of sparkle to an everyday outfit.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

'Tis the Season

{St. Johns Bay coat (similar) and sweater (love this one!), DKNY jeans, Coach bag, Levity wedges (similar), Target gloves}

Earlier this week my boyfriend and I took a little trip to St. Augustine to check out their Night of Lights downtown. It was magnificent and the perfect thing to put us in the holiday spirit! We even got blessed with cold weather- a Christmas miracle in these parts! (Also, I don't wear jeans very often, but the two pairs I own and love are DKNY petites. They are perfect for shorties like me and keep their shape for years!)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Bows

{NY Collection sweater (old, but you can shop them at Macy's), Forever 21 skirt, Sofft wedges (patent leather version), Coach bag}

Without veering into tacky sweater territory, holiday dressing can sometimes be a little tricky.  I think the best way to get it right is to add a pop of a festive color, like this green Coach bag (a Cyber Monday steal at $130!). A dash of red or green or sparkle really brings your look into December!

What are you wearing this season?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Black & Blue

{Lily White dress (very old, but you can shop them at Nordstrom), Liz Claiborne bag (this season's version), M by Marinelli heels (on sale!)}

If I told you the last time I wore this dress was when I was 13 at my best friend's bat mitzvah, would you believe me? Yeah I can't believe I'm that much of a hoarder either. But I'm glad I rediscovered this gem! It's really fun wearing old (or in this case, really old) pieces in clever, unexpected ways and teaming them with new accessories, like these booties that I scored for over 50% off at DSW! And they are so, so comfy.

Cheers to that!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Links: The Best Gift Guides

{Kate Spade New York bracelet, a Hanukkah present from Sean 
and Liz Claiborne watch, a gift from my parents from last year.}

Time is ticking as we approach Christmas (and finish Hanukkah tonight!). I can't believe the holidays are already here. Luckily, there is much help available in order to find that perfect present.
Gift guides seem so prevalent this year. I guess with so many pretty goodies to choose from, it's hard not to share! So I thought I'd round up my favorite guides of the season.

In true GG fashion, their collaboration with Kate Spade is chocked full of shiny goodness! Perfect for the girly-girl stationary lover in your life.

Julia has rounded up the best pink accessories on the market. This is probably the gift guide where you'll pick up a little present for yourself!

And finally for the men in your life, pick up a few of Liz's picks.  I personally am eyeing that buttery leather briefcase and lumberjack scarf.

Let me know what you're lusting over!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber [Cynic] Monday

{Kate Spade New York bag snagged for 70% off this past Friday}

I don't know about you, but I am absolutely exhausted from Black Friday, this past weekend, and today's Cyber Monday. Leandra has expressed my sentiments exactly. I woke up to 160(!) emails this morning all from retailers. I. Am. Tired.  (Not to mention the dent all of this perusing online has put in my studying for finals schedule.) The only sale I have given into today is the Coach Factory sale.  I am now three (unnecessary/totally impulsive/oh so cheap/shameless) purses richer. I am lucky to have a mother with a love of luxury handbags as insatiable as my own. 

Merry [crazy shopping season] to all!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Hot Pink

{Jessica Simpson dress, Mix No. 6 heels (similar), Kate Spade New York purse}

This is an outfit chocked full of impulse buys (which are always the best, right?) I got this dress over the summer and was so happy to finally get to wear it to dinner with friends. And in honor of Black Friday, my favorite bargain purchase of all time, this KSNY bag bought one year ago today! Have a happy and safe shopping day, everyone!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Red Leopard

{Collective Concepts dress and the most beautiful earrings, a gift from my boyfriend}

I wore this amazing dress for my 20th(!) birthday a few weeks ago.  I found it on an impromptu trip to Nordstrom Rack (by the way, best store ever?) while vacationing in Philly over the summer and was saving it for a very special occasion! I can't wait to wear it with tights and belts as the weather cools down.

Monday, November 25, 2013

I Want to Believe

{T-shirt c/o Fest 12, JCREW skirt (this season's version), Kate Spade wallet (similar), vintage necklace and cashmere sweater, Sofft wedges (love them in patent too)}

Apparently I am obsessed with "The X Files" enough for people to gift me adorable t-shirts...and I am totally okay with this. (By the way, thanks Billy!) Anyway, this new addition to my graphic tee collection is going to be in heavy rotation if this 70 degree weather persists.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cream Eyeshadow

Disclaimer: I have never been a fan of cream eyeshadow.  This dislike/fear/hatred stems from a 7th grade incident in which I wore white cream eyeshadow to school, thinking I looked every bit as fashionable as Lizzy McGuire, only to get to lunch and have my friend say I had tiger stripes on my lids and that I should get to the bathroom stat. Well, I have clearly come a long way. So when Flower Beauty sent me their latest Color Play Creme Eyeshadow to try out I was quite eager to erase the years of pain. "Orchid-ing Around" is the loveliest shade of purple-gray that looks great with my green eyes.  I was also very happy to see that it lasted throughout the entire day with no tiger stripes or leopard spots of note! It definitely makes a great addition to my makeup routine.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Eye See You

{GAP sweater (old), H&M skirt, Sofft wedges}

Is anyone as obsessed with the Kenzo Eye Print as I am?  It is pretty rad.  Luckily H&M is here to save the wallets of many a broke college student.  I seriously have to stop myself from wearing this skirt everyday.  It's just so adorable and unique! (Also, can we talk about roots? Mine are tragic. But since these pictures were taken, I have chopped off quite of bit of hair and can't wait to share!) (Apologies for the rhyming.)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Manicure Monday: Aqua

This is probably my favorite color of all time, so I will wear it regardless of season, but judging by my nails, you'd think I was trying to savor the last bits of summer. Unfortunately, it's still 85 degrees here in Florida. I can't wait for sweater weather.

More beauty inspiration this way:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Girls' Night

{Wet Seal tee, H&M pants (similar), BCBG heels (similar), Kate Spade New York purse}

{Flatbread at Vellos}

{Pumpkin cupcake at Sakara Sweets}

I had an amazing Friday night out with my girlfriends yesterday evening. It's so nice to get dressed up and head downtown on the weekends. And speaking of getting dressed, I said earlier how obsessed I am with graphic tees and this tank especially- I have to stop myself from wearing it everyday!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Snaps from Home

I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of moving into my first apartment.  My roommates and I have really tried to make our little place a comfortable and well-decorated home. And I personally tried to stick to my true style, black and white with pops of color.

More home inspiration here:

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Wish List: Graphic Tees

If you've ever spent any time in Florida, you know it's hot for 10/12 months and only slightly less hot for the remaining two. Therefore I'm planning to live in graphic tees with sweaters and skirts all throughout Fall. These here are playful, yet simple and I can't wait to get my hands on them!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Touch of Lace

{Pinky Top, Forever 21 shorts, Kate Spade Bag, Anne Taylor flats, Nordstrom sunnies}

I love this outfit. It's bright and summery and casual. I have definitely repeated it a few times this season!

Instagram @ariellaphillips

Thursday, August 29, 2013

New Beginnings

{Franco Sarto wedges, Target Mat}

Well it has been a tough couple of weeks, but I am so very grateful for my family, close friends, and new friends. Each day really is a gift. And I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of blogging.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Purple + Orange

Upon flipping through my camera roll looking to delete some of the many photos of my adorable puggles, I noticed that July brought a lot of purple and orange. I love the two colors together. Definitely need to start incorporating them into my wardrobe.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Face Routine

Mint Julep Masque- Once or twice a month, before I hop in the shower, I layer this on and voila! Amazing skin emerges. I am convinced that I will never ever need a face lift if I use this lovely product!

Simple Face Wipes- I discovered these last Bonnaroo and have been enamored ever since. They're gentle enough to rub all over your eyes (and really do take off waterproof mascara!) I use them about every other day and my skin has never looked better. (And they're so good for late nights!)

Apricot Scrub- I am a huge advocate of exfoliating.  I love the way my skin looks and feels after sloughing off all of that dead skin.  Generic versions rock too.

Acne Foaming Face Wash- My adorable, awesome pharmacist turned me onto this product after I found out that my dermatologist had prescribed an $80 face wash(!) Turns out all I needed was a cleanser with 10% benzoyl peroxide to do the trick.  This version is less than $10, works miracles, and lasts forever. I use this every other morning in my attempt to use less harsh chemicals on my skin and that really is the perfect amount.

Friday, July 12, 2013


{Kate Spade bag, Cynthia Rowley dress, Banana Republic heels} 

{GAP dress, Franco Sarto heels, BCBG bracelet, Liz Claiborne watch, vintage ring}

A little peek into what a wore this week. 
I've been loving printed dresses lately- I think today is the first day I've worn shorts in a while. Oh well, it is casual Friday! 
Have a great weekend!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Heart Shaped

My latest impulse buy arrived this morning. And thankfully, I love them! These sweet sunnies add the perfect amount of whimsy to any outfit.  

P.S. Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Flower Beauty

This morning, I came across this video in which Drew Barrymore solidifies her complete and total adorableness (making me really wish she was my big sister)! Turns out that Drew has a new beauty line called Flower Beauty (yes, film geeks, her production company is called Flower Films as well.) 

So of course I had to run out and try it! After ogling the sweet, streamlined packages of every makeup item you can imagine, I finally settled on this lipgloss.  And it's wonderful.  It's super pigmented and has the perfect amount of shine.  I am definitely going back for more!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Manicure Monday

It's been a crazy couple of weeks.  The one surefire cure to calm the madness? Doing my nails.  It's definitely the ultimate relaxer.  So here's a little bit of inspiration for your fingers.

Even more nail-spiration here: