March 30, 2016

Novelty Pillows That are Too Cute for Words




Pinterest and Etsy have consumed too much of my free time browsing for cute items I don't need. Nonetheless I wanted to share all the adorable pillows I found and would love to have (why you ask, I don't know myself). Check them out below!















Which one is your favorite?



Have a wonderful day!

March 28, 2016

Five Things You Should Never Do At An Interview




To this day I get nervous going to interviews and yet it's a must for getting the job of my dreams or at least something close to it. I get anxious, lose sleep the night before from staying up late and struggling to find the perfect outfit. On top of that stress, preparing for potential interview questions is time consuming, but essential. Most of us know the basics of how to prepare for an interview (even if we don't always follow through), but what should we not do? Here are a few things you should never do at any interview!

1. Not preparing questions for the interviewer- I've unfortunately done this. After a long and nerve wracking interview all anyone wants to do is leave. By not asking questions it makes you seem uninterested so remember to prepare at least three questions. Here are a few examples.

What do you enjoy most about working here?
What does a typical day look like in this position?
Are there any formal training programs for this position?

2. Speaking badly of your former employers/employees- Ok maybe your last job sucked, but keep that to yourself. If you start bashing your last job they may get the impression that you'll do the same to them. Also remember, a lot of employers call your previous jobs for a reference check. For this reason, leave on good terms and speak kindly of your previous employers.


3. Arriving late- I think this is a no brainer, but I wanted to mention it anyway. First impressions are everything so don't start off with a bad impression before you even walk through the door. He/she may think you're being inconsiderate of their time and not taking the interview seriously. Set five alarms if you have to and grab two cups of coffee to get you going. Check the weather, have your outfit ready and your resume printed the night before.


4. Slouching- Confidence is key. Stand up nice and tall with your back straight. Even if you're not feeling confident, look the part. Look as though you're ready to accept a job offer. Body language says a lot and slouching looks unprofessional even though it may just be a bad habit.


5. Looking at your phone- We live in a world where having a cell phone is a must. How many times have you forgotten your phone at home and felt lost? *raises both hands.* Social media, texts and phone calls can wait and are only going to be a distraction anyway. Give your undivided attention to the person interviewing you. This will show how much you sincerely want the job.


Share your tips below and happy interviewing!


Have a wonderful day!

March 23, 2016

Studio Apartment Design Ideas





                       

Searching for an apartment can be a daunting task and even more so if you're moving into a studio apartment for the first time.  I love the idea of an open space, but preventing clutter and still wanting the privacy of a bedroom can be difficult to figure out. Another advantage is it can take the fear out of being in a large space by yourself. 

I recently contemplated living in a studio sized space and needed some inspiration. Luckily the internet is a vast and wonderful place where I can find all the inspiration I need. There are some great examples below as to how you can create a partition for a bedroom or office. A curtain, screen and a large bookshelf are easy to set up and can be inexpensive if you do some searching. Ikea would be my go-to for this project. This shelving unit is a popular choice to use as a partition. If you're really trying to be creative, grab some paint and stencils to make it your own. 

Storing items is something I struggle with, but I found a few ideas that will make it easier to handle. If you're a bookworm like I am, floating shelves are a great way to prevent your books from being scattered everywhere. Multipurpose furniture not only creates more space, but it also cuts down on spending money on multiple pieces. This bed has 4 large drawers that pull out from underneath it. Clothes, old magazines and handbags can take up a considerable amount of space and this could solve that problem. I had my TV mounted onto my wall at my last apartment and this also saves a lot of space. 

Living in a studio apartment doesn't necessarily mean limiting what you have, but it means getting creative with the space you do have. It's still something I would love to try in the near future. If you have any ideas, recommendations or suggestions, feel free to comment below and share your thoughts!







Have a wonderful day! 

March 16, 2016

What's in a Name




The moment we meet someone we typically start out by stating our names. Then we may give a few not too personal details that give just enough insight into who we are and what we do. The things we do, where we live or career path may change, but our names stay the same (unless you change it of course, but most don't). It's one of the few things we have from the day we were born until the day we pass away. Beyond just being a way of identifying who we are, it's often worn like a badge of honor. My middle name comes from my grandmother and her mother. I feel honored that I'm carrying the name of two amazing women in our family tree and I want to pass it down to my future daughter to continue their legacy. Many of you probably share a similar story behind your name. Some inherit names of iconic figures in history. Names also have interesting meanings. My name (Ariona, pronounced like Ariana Grande) means "bringer of life." I used to dislike my name, not because of the name itself but because people would always mispronounce it. Unfortunately that hasn't changed, but oh well!

I have a board on Pinterest of names I love and hope to name my future children (that's normal right?). I want them to be proud of their name and it's really cool to look up all the name meanings. Here are few that I adore!

Isabella: Origin- Hebrew

Name meaning: Devoted to God

Anastasia: Origin- Greek

Name meaning: Resurrection

Chloe: Origin- Greek

Name meaning: "blooming" and "young green shoot"

Zane: Origin- Hebrew

Name meaning: God's gracious gift

Kai: Origin- Hawaii

Name meaning: Sea


Share the story behind your name. I would love to read and comment on it!


Have a wonderful day!

March 14, 2016

Music Mondaze



Here we are again with another "Music Mondaze" post! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and Daylight savings didn't mess up your daily routine too much! I know I was definitely struggling. Even though losing that hour of sleep was rough, I'm looking forward to early sunrises and late sunsets. It's a sign that summer is one step closer.

For today's artist, I am featuring Rebecca Pitchon from Los Angeles. Her original song "Here" has been on repeat for awhile now! Her music has a smooth RnB feel to it and reminds me of what I would listen to during a late night drive on the weekends. Check out her song "Here" below and stop by her SoundCloud page to listen to her covers and other original songs.







If you're an artist or have any recommendations, feel free to comment below and let me know!


Have a wonderful day!

March 9, 2016

The Power of Words





"Words aren't just encoded meaning, they're brush strokes. Apply them artfully." 

Words are powerful. The things we say each and everyday can have a significant impact on those around us whether we realize it or not. Although I was never someone to always say the first thing that came to my mind, there have been instances where I said something and wished I would have thought it through first. A single statement can make or break someone even if it wasn't your intention. This is why we have to make a conscious decision to be mindful of the words that come out of our mouths. This doesn't mean tip toeing around everything, but rather determining if it's necessary or if something positive or constructive will come out of it.

 I'm completely aware that you just never know what makes people upset. I have upset people before and saw no harm in the words I shared. I can be pretty sarcastic and I love making jokes, but the last thing I want to do is hurt someone, intentional or not. At the end of the day, if someone shares that they're upset or you can visibly see they're upset, apologize and move on. It's not worth debating over, and if you care about that person it makes sense to apologize.

According to many, it takes seven compliments to turn around one insult. I find this to be very true and unfortunate. For example, someone could make an amazing blog post that's filled with lovely comments and one person leaves a nasty comment that brings no value. The author may dwell on this for hours in spite of everything else that was said. I have been that person. It was hard to get over because it caught me off guard. I sat their just wondering, "why would someone say that to me?" I try to always create positive and uplifting content, not to avoid negativity, but simply because that's how I try to approach life and there's already enough negativity in the world.

The media is a great example of how impactful words really are. To spark certain emotions, trigger words are used. Many commercials use this tactic to get you to buy a product and an even better example this year would be campaign ads. Expect to hear words like hope, freedom and change. These words are what every person wants to hear and desires in a president. To describe their opponent you may hear words like lie and betray.

At the end of the day I'm typing this as a reminder to myself and anyone else that there is power in our words. Use them for good.



Have a wonderful day!

March 7, 2016

Music Mondaze



Here is the start of another series titled, "Music Mondaze." I'm always on the hunt for artists that aren't mainstream or less known if they are. I tend to find these amazing artists on SoundCloud which has to be my favorite place to discover music.

My first artist I want to share for Music Mondaze is Rukhsana Merrise, an alternative/acoustic singer from West London. As soon as I began listening to her songs I knew I would become an avid fan. Her music is soothing featuring acoustics and some african inspired instrumentals.  I am extremely jealous of everyone that has or will be seeing her perform live. This has now become one of the many reasons I want to visit Europe including One Direction of course!

Check out her music below





Have a wonderful day!

March 2, 2016

Etsy Home Decor Finds




Having a small room is challenging. Having a small room and a lot of stuff is even worse. While spring isn't here yet, I really want to start clearing out my room of all the items that have accumulated and are just taking up space. The problem is, I just think about it and don't actually do it.  I'll see a shirt that hasn't been worn in ages, but make up some reason to justify keeping it. It's funny how you don't think about an item until it's time to give it up! One of my others problems is storage space. My dresser has just three drawers and my closet is overflowing with old clothes from years ago and new items. I really want to revamp my room, not only so I'll have more space, but I want my style to be captured in my room as well. It has looked the same for the past couple years now and like most people, I've changed since then. I want to have a more sophisticated room while still embracing my inner flower child.

Browsing for functional and pretty pieces to add can be fun and overwhelming. There's the usual places to look such a Target and Hobby Lobby, but I tend to find some real gems on Etsy. I love that most of their items are handmade so you're not going to find as many people with the same things in their home. Also it's nice to know where exactly you are getting your product from. When I began searching I knew I wanted items that could grow with me at any age.

The shoe rack is simple in design and very convenient. Shoes are one of my weaknesses despite the fact that I have them thrown carelessly under a chair. This piece is great because it gets the shoes off the ground to avoid damaging them and acts as a nice display for your favorite shoes. You could probably paint the wood if you wanted to add a personal touch. A clothing rack has been on my wish list for awhile. I never thought about having one until I saw them in room tours and in blog posts. It can look like another decor item while elegantly displaying lookbooks and outfits for the week. Not to mention, it is a much better place than the floor! The box shelf wall organizer seems like a lifesaver. I can't tell you the amount of times I misplaced the remote or lost my keys. Smaller items are easy to lose so having one place where it can be stored is a must. You can store office supplies, toys or even use it for small plants. When I stumbled across the teardrop bottle wall decoration I knew I had to include it. Flowers are always a nice touch to any home and this is a great way to display a variety. Lastly, I choose these rustic crates. It may seem like an odd choice, but there are so may possibilities that can come from using them. I have countless magazines and books without an established place and this would be perfect.

CHECK OUT THE LINKS:

Long Shoe Rack in Wood: Avelere Design

U-Rack Wall Mount Clothing Rack- Samichi Design

Box Shelf Wall Organizer- Emily Another Cup

Teardrop Bottles Trio 3 Wall Decor- Pineknobs and Crickets

Vintage Wooden Berry Crate Rustic Industrial- Aurora Mills


I hope you found some items that may find their way to your home!


Have a wonderful day!