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

 

Thrive-ing!

You guys, the past 7 days I’ve been Thriving!! I’ve been feeling full of energy (no mid-day crash), happy, healthy and less hungry throughout the day! I’ve actually been obtaining the necessary vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, antioxidants, and amino acids that our body needs to function the last 7 days, and as it should, it’s made a HUGE difference in the way I’ve felt throughout the day! No I’m not on some crazy diet, to be honest I didn’t work out a single minute of the last 7 days, and I’m not taking some weird diet pill that’s killing my liver – my secret? Thrive!

  • What is Thrive?

Thrive is an 8-week experience with a 3-step product line from Le-Vel Brands made for anybody and everybody! It’s two Thrive pills designed specifically for men or women, a flavored Thrive mix that you mix with milk or water to drink, and a Thrive patch that you wear on your arm/chest/back up to 24 hours. Do the 3 steps as soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning and thats it, you are done getting your Thrive on for the day! It’s really that simple! Thrive is meant to fill the gap that each of us have in our daily diets where we are missing those necessary vitamins and minerals that keep us healthy and feeling energized throughout the day. Personally, I know I don’t obtain the right amount of nutrients that keep our bodies healthy (I’m sure my body was thanking the crap out of me during this one week trial). Also, #truthtime – I don’t workout. Like ever. Like at all. I promise I’m not just a lazy P.O.S., I just physically can’t at this point in my life (what is wrong with me?) and I haven’t worked out in over a year. *Cringes at self*

So, what I personally loved about Thrive was that it isn’t marketed towards fitness gurus. It’s not promising you’ll lose inches off your waist, and it’s not telling you to workout hard while taking the product or you won’t see results. Thrive was launched for individual lifestyle. This is for you moms, office workers, nurses, college students – any person looking for extra, natural, energy and to better their overall health; me!! Don’t get me wrong, though. Like I said, Thrive is for individual lifestyle. You can choose to take Thrive products that will enhance your workouts and lose weight if you are a person looking to get into shape! I’ve seen countless success stories of people getting in the best shape of their lives by using these products to enhance their performance while working out, I’ll get there one day but for now I’m working on living an overall healthier lifestyle.

  • My one week trial with Thrive:

As I previously mentioned, I tried 1 week of the 8 week Thrive experience but as I and many others will tell you, all you need is 3 days to notice a difference! I wanna say the first day I took the 3-steps to Thrive I noticed that I had energy equivalent to two cups of coffee, but that energy lasted way past the morning and into the late evening – I was almost worried I wouldn’t be able to sleep that night, but I had no problems falling asleep. I tried not to say I noticed a difference since it was only the first day and I didn’t wanna sound like a placebo case, but I really felt good. The second day was the same – I felt energized all day, not feeling tired at work and sitting down like I often do. That second day I also noticed I wasn’t hungry during my shift at work, I’m usually ordering food or snacking at some point in my shift but I didn’t feel like I needed to eat until way later in the evening. With my mind off food I was able to get off work and even get some stuff done before making dinner! (I usually make dinner when I first get home from work.)

I’m a person very much used to my schedule, however now that it’s summertime and school is out my days have been very jumbled and not very tentative to any schedule! I thought it might be hard to wake up at different times each morning to take the thrive products and get ready for the day, but I found it to be the easiest thing I do all day and I get it over and done with as soon as my feet hit the floor! The first day I took the Thrive women’s pills, drank the chocolate mix drink and applied the patch to my forearm I had done it all in 15 minutes of waking up! I learned the first day of taking the drink mix that I would be drinking it with milk the remaining 6 days instead of mixing it with water – if you’re a texture person like me, whole milk is what I recommend to mix it with! With a flavor similar to chocolate milk, it’s easy to drink and I actually looked forward to my morning shakes after the first 2 days! P.S, the strawberry mix has a very close tie to the chocolate mix on deliciousness (add fresh strawberries for added refreshment!)

  • To get your Thrive on:

After 7 days of Thrive, I’m ready for my next week to keep fueling my body with nutrients and to keep up this energy I’ve had! I basically spend almost every moment of my day with my best friend/roommate and she’s noticed a difference in my attitude and energy this week! I’ve been up to do a bunch of stuff this week and with her energy level the same as always she’s been giving me looks, I tell her it’s because “I’m thriving” lol! It’s just amazing how you feel when you’re not tired throughout your day and it’s amazing what you can get done when you’re feeling actually up to it! If you’re looking to Thrive there are two ways you can become apart of the experience! You can sign up as a customer using my exclusive link and purchase the 3-step Thrive process OR you can sign up as a promoter using my exclusive link and either buy for yourself or sell to your customers 100 personal volume (PV) of product per month to keep up the promotor status. As a promoter, when you obtain just two customers that buy from you with their orders on auto-ship each month, your products are free! I love the tiered system Le-Vel Brands came up with because unlike other tiered systems, you don’t need to try to have as many people as you can obtain to become your customer or promoter to receive benefits, you only need 2-3 good customers/promoters under you and 2-3 good customers/promoters under them for you both to receive free products and commissions and build a team that will provide you either free product or monthly income on the side!!

As a promoter you’re able to reach goals through Le-Vel Brands which include hitting bonuses for reaching PV milestones! For the month of May they’re offering a $4,000 bonus for hitting the 4K milestone, $12,000 bonus and a monthly auto-bonus for reaching the 12K milestone (they will send you a check each month to pay your car payment for a car they GIVE you – they offer you a BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Cadillac, Audi, or Tesla) and lastly vacation getaways when you hit the 40K milestone. After the month of May, once you hit 4K your commissions go up. When you hit 12K they go up again and you also still get the auto-bonus towards a dreamy car!! It definitely pays to become a promoter for Thrive if anything but to get your own products free each month, which is why I signed up as a promoter! If you sign up by May 31st as a promotor you will receive $25 as a credit to buy your first monthly product! If you’re interesting in signing up or merely learning more about thrive visit my link by clicking here <—– and be sure to say you were referred by me when signing up so we can build a team together!

For all my local Graham, TX followers, there will be a Le-Vel Local event June 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm at Back Alley Boutique where you can learn about Thrive from members, be apart of giveaways and samples, and sign up as a customer or promoter! Save the date!

As always,

Ara