smile for the camera, baby

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Hey friends, it’s been a minute since my last blog! I wrapped up my summer 1 class with an ‘A’ and started my summer internship at KFDX 3 news station in Wichita Falls, TX this past week. Between summer 1 and 2 I took a much needed school break and went down to South Padre Island with Konner and some of his best friends! We had so much fun down there, I didn’t wanna leave the beautiful house at the end of the week!! I really enjoyed myself and tried to stay off my phone. I took in moments instead of photographing them and abstained from sharing all my moments on social media for the week. South Padre was a nice break from the busy world and Instagram algorithms!

Buuuuutttt then I got back home and to reality and to work and realized I had barely  captured any real memories of my week long vacation! I had one good photo of Konner and I and one good photo of an outfit to post on Instagram. I came to a realization. You know what my problem and so many other’s problem is? I don’t take photographs that aren’t Insta worthy. And WHY? ?? ??? I don’t know. I don’t understand why I feel that if no one sees something besides me that it’s not just as beautiful, wonderful, or amazing. Is it my generation? The way we grew up with developing social media telling us to share, share, share? Is it the beauty standards of the world telling me anything but a pretty picture won’t do? I don’t know why I feel the need when I snap a good photo to immediately update my Snapchat story or upload it to Facebook/Instagram or when I don’t take a photo at all just because I don’t feel fresh-faced. I don’t know why some moments can’t just be my own.

Whatever is going on with us, I want to make it a goal to capture more – for me. For my own memories later on (Lord knows I already forget too much) and my children and their children. I challenge you to do the same. Capture your friends as they are when y’all are doing absolutely nothing. Capture how your dog sits at your backdoor, or how your kitty is perched on the recliner’s hand rest. Capture the biggest burger at the diner you stop at, capture your concert – the whole damn thing. Capture your car or who you’re riding with, capture where you’re going and the journey it takes to get there. Capture what the inside of your home is like on a summer day and what it feels like to you on the first day of school this year – it’s a big one! Capture yourself in a bathing suit at the lake, your parents – even if they tell you not to, and the blazing-red sunset behind your house. Just capture things for you.

“Take a picture, it’ll last longer.” – truth

It doesn’t matter if you’re not wearing makeup, if your top doesn’t match your shorts, or if you’re not smiling and posed. Being Insta worthy all the time isn’t real, for anyone. Today you are the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be. You’ve got a lot of life to live and one day you’re gonna look back and remember – or maybe not – the moments you captured through it. Wouldn’t you like to have your life captured the way you saw it?

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” – Aaron Siskind

As Always,

Ara

‘SMILE FOR THE CAMERA, BABY’ Tee: Vintage Ray-Ban Gear (similar on Etsy and Etsy again) | White Envelope Skort: Forever 21 sold out (similar from Missguided) | White Sneakers: Nike sold out (similar from Asos, Asos, and Asos again) | Ponytail/bracelet: Teleties (small) | Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera: Amazon
Entire outfit linked on LIKEtoKNOW.it!

cool for the summer

Just wondering how it’s already like a week into June? I’m not okay with how fast summer is already flying by! With the beginning of June came the beginning of my online summer class and while I currently have no idea what I’ve gotten myself into, there seems to be a good chance I’ll figure it out before too late. All I know is online classes are cool because I can bring my laptop with me to the pool which is currently the only way to coax me outside the house and into this weather! I hope you’ve been keeping cool in these high summer temps, over the weekend my lil’ Texas neighborhood reached the triple digits, getting all the way up to 106 degrees Saturday! Honestly, that’s just rude. I may get used to the scorching heat each summer, but I’d rather be somewhere 80 degrees with palm trees.

If I can’t have the sunshine, sand, and beach waves, I’ll take this skirt and crop combo! I need to schedule a vacation ASAP because this look gave me all the tropical vibes. I found this Gianni Bini floral patterned crop from Dillards last week along with this Living Doll mini skirt, totally didn’t anticipate to buy this outfit but after I tried it on I couldn’t leave the store without it! Since I’ll be staying right here in North Texas most of the summer, I’ve shared tips below on how to stay cool while looking cute this summer:

  • Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothing. This includes dresses, tanks, tees, wide-leg pants, ect. It’s hot outside, you don’t want anything that will stick to you/reveal sweat. Loose-fitting clothes allow the wind to blow through the fabric preventing sweat!
  • Cut out the extra. I’m referring to accessories mainly – don’t stack your arm deep in bangles, layer on necklaces, or put a ring on every finger like you can get away with in other seasons. Any extra jewelry you have on your body will most likely just cause more sweat.
  • Bralettes >>> bras. Some padding is necessary but normal bras have too much fabric, padding and underwire – AKA everything about them is uncomfortable in the summer!! Bralettes are so light and have minimal fabric, they are great to throw on under tanks and tees!
  • Less is more. Not only is natural makeup in style for the summer, but wearing lighter makeup will allow your skin to breath, LESS SWEAT! Some easy tips for a natural: start with an SPF lotion for sun protection and ease of applying makeup, then apply a light foundation. Use blush on the eyelids for an ‘awake’ look! Put bronzer on the cheek bones and around the frame of your face, and put highlighter on top of the cheek bones, brow bone, tip of nose, and cupid’s bow. Next, just apply mascara and lipstick/gloss/chapstick (protect the lips, glossier is better in the summer)!
  • Hair goes up^^. Ponytails, messy buns, braids –  give me all the summer styles!! Dress your hair up with cute accessories like a head wrap or wear a hair scarf tied to your pony/braid, even weave it into your braid! Scrunchies are back and I’m also loving the newest trendy hair-holder, the telephone cord hair ties!
  • Two-piece means double the fun! I’m loving two-piece sets because that cute little inch of revealing stomach skin between the top and bottoms is also pretty breezy lol (crop tops included). But really, they’re super trendy right now and sets are the best when you can’t seem to find anything to wear in the summer, the outfit is already done. (remember we are interested in loose-fitting, two-piece sets!!)
  • Wear a hat, block the rays. Baseball, floppy, straw, cowboy, fedora! Whatever your style, you’ll look cute and keep cool when wearing a hat!
  • Sunglasses…always. This one is obvious, yes. But there are actually people who don’t carry sunglasses and they are wrong. Sunglasses + lipstick + tanned skin is an easy look. Protect your eyes and get cool tan lines, wear sunglasses. 😉

Let me know the ways you keep cool and look cute in the summer and if there’s anything I missed, leave a comment below!

As always,

Ara

Crop-top: Gianni Bini (sold out, similar Forever 21, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing) | Mini skirt: Living Doll | Round crossbody purse: Michael Kors | Wedge shoes: Target