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Monday mindfulness

Mantra.Intentions.Affirm.Gratitude. Mantra of the week: "Relax, nothing is under control". Although this might not be the positive mantra that you were seeking, it's the reality. We live in a world, where everything is always under control, but in all truth, nothing was, well... predictable and was a little too controlled. We now have learned that nothing is under control, and this applies to us as well, not just "situations". You are not controlled. Let that sink in. We have all been "under control" and have conformed to the social norms of the world, but being in quarantine has forced us to face ourselves and dig deep into who we really are. When the control (job titles, followers, money, etc.) has taken a back seat to this thing called life, it has forced us to hone in on our true selves, which, we can control. We can't control what happens, but we can control how we perceive things, how we respond, and how we chose to live. That is a major key. Take advantage that nothing is under control. live your best life, be the best version of yourself, you owe yourself at least that much. Intentions Set your intentions for the week. Intentions are similar to goals. Goals typically aim for the desired result. period. An intention is something that you plan and are mindful of each entity of the process, its something you mean to do. An easy way to set your intentions for the day is to write down your goals and then come up with an action plan of how you will complete that goal. That action plan is your intention. I typically start my list with: Today, I commit myself to (goal). Example intention: Today, I commit myself to focus on things that I can do for the betterment of myself. Affirm: These days are not predictable, they are not routine. It can very well start off normal, and then we get one ping from our social media accounts regarding what's really going on in the world, and it shifts our focus. Make it a habit to focus on the good. Could it be something tragic? what can you do to make it better? Do good: donate, use your voice, and do whatever you can do in your capacity to help the world and protect your mental. Gratitude: Start your day jotting down at least 10 things that you are grateful for. Can't think of anything? I like to start simple, "thank you for my vision, for my breath, for waking me up this morning, for the roof over my head, waking me up in my right mind, etc. There a million things to be thankful for, we just sometimes lose sight of it because it has become a norm for us. Want to share some of your favorite Mantras/Intentions/Affirmations? We'd love to hear about them. Please be sure to add them in the comments below! Aspire to Inspire!

Mindful Monday: My mantra, goals, and affirmation this week

Happy Monday Loves! To start the week off proper, I’m sharing my Mantra, goals, and affirmation of the week. I’ve also provided a downloadable Daily Productivity Checklist to help jumpstart your productive & satisfying week! M a n t r a of the week: “Change Is Good“ Change is inevitable and can sometimes even be a challenge. It is a break in the routine, an opportunity to take risks, a chance to learn something new. Change moves life forward and keeps things interesting. Even though you can’t avoid it, you can make the most of it! G o a l of the week: My goal this week is to get things done. I have so many ideas that come my way and sometimes they can get placed on the back burner due to the level of importance. This week, I will be honing in on my time management skills in order to get things done! A f f i r m a t i o n of the week: “Accept what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” One of the reasons I love lists and planning is because they give me a sense of control over my circumstances, even though I’m obviously never fully in control. Use this mantra from Sonia Ricotti to remind yourself to be in the moment and have faith in the divine timing. Daily Productivity Planner Download What are some of your favorite Mantras, affirmations and goals for this week? I’d love to hear all about them and what they mean to you! Leave a comment below!

Tuesday Ten: Things I’m obsessing over!

More than anything, I love scrolling through IG amongst other platforms and exploring new things to obsess over. Since Spring is finally here, my mood has changed completely and I am here for it honey! Keep scrolling and find the 10 things that I am currently into. P R I M P Did someone say 24 Karat ? Cru Day Spa in Houston Texas drips their clients in gold! No need to wait for golden hour to snap up a selfie, when you have a golden facial done by the experts at Cru! W E A R This TOPSHOP Fringed Headpiece is everything ! You can totally pair it with pastels for an extra pop or even just wear it on a yacht with a banging bikini! P O L I S H Im totally falling back in love with an oldie nail trend. Now that nudes are completely in for the spring this trend is the perfect subtle color pop on your nails. Check out @LAURENLEWISS_ on IG for the nail deets! Here is my favorite nude polish “Fashion” by Deborah Lippmann that I will be using to accomplish this look! M A K E Thanks to finding the recipe on Cosmopolitan.com, I’ve decided to share one of my favorite drinks. Its super simple to make: –“Fill a large wine glass with ice. –Add 1 ½ oz. Chambord liqueur and 4 oz. dry white wine, -Top with soda water.” How cute is this drink! F O L L O W View this post on Instagram Happy #firstdayofspring 🗣. Bring on the sun, fun and alllll the colorful clothes!!! 📸 @simplyala_ A post shared by The Yusufs (@theyusufs) on Mar 20, 2019 at 3:11pm PDT MESS These women are so amazing and exude fashion so well. They give me so much Inso with their looks! L I S T E N I’m currently listening to and loving R&B song writer Rayana Jay’s Morning After Album // LISTEN TO THE MORNING AFTER ALBUM HERE B R O W S E Lately I have been browsing inexpensive on-trend items, and BooHoo is listed as my most visited site of the week. Currently they have 80% off everything which makes it so easy to shop! R E A D Since we have just entered Aries season and are currently in a Mercury Retrograde, I thought it’d be wise to read my horoscope to keep up with the universe! Read yours HERE! WATCH Watch it HERE! V I B E Tom Ford F* Fabulous is exactly what it says. This is my go to anytime I want to vibe it out!

Monday Mantra

Happy Monday Loves! To start the week off proper, I’m sharing my Mantra of the week as well as Daily Productivity Printables to help jumpstart your productive & satisfying week! M a n t r a : “Don’t Wish for It, Work for It” I’m totally loving this weeks mantra because it has the ability to get you out of your head anytime you drift off into the world of what could be. You know what you want, so there is no time for daydreaming about it. Instead, get to work. The difference between success and failure is the action that you take today. Daily Productivity Planner Download Image is a preview only.
Click link above Download button for complete download. What are some of your favorite Mantras that help you through your work weeks? I’d love to hear all about them and what they mean to you! Leave a comment below! #pencilitin #Productivity #monday #motivation #coffee #Mantra #goals

9 Reasons Why You Should Indulge in Crú Day Spa’s Organic Beauty Line

Happy Thursday loves! So we all know summer is over but that doesn’t mean our glow has to be over!  I’ve received so many questions lately about the products that I use on my skin and trust me, if I could take my favorite Houston spa with me to Europe , I would ! With traveling, it’s so hard to keep my skin in tip-top shape and finding a regimen that actually works! Allowing my skin to get proper treatment and rebuild itself was the best thing I’ve done for myself in a while and now I can  finally utilize my fav products from Cru Day Spa during my travels !! Below, I’ve listed my Crú Day Spa obsessions that I know you will absolutely love! The best part? You get 10% off when you use code Aarin10 at checkout !! Happy Shopping Babes! Wash⋅Tone⋅Moisture Click Images to Shop Masks & Exfoliants Golden Glo Collection If you are in the Houston area, you should totally indulge in Cru Day Spa’s Luxury Services and take FULL advantage  of your experience by joining the Crú Club where you can receive membership pricing Interested? Sign up HERE (Under $50). It’s cost effective and you will love literally all services offered, as I have !!

Monday Memo No. 2

Happy Monday Loves! To start the week off proper, I’m sharing my cute daily printables for the week to help jumpstart your productive & satisfying week I hope you enjoy! Click HERE to Download and Print! (Image above is Preview only; Click link above image for Download)

Currently Coveting : Wrap Dresses

Happy Thursday lovies ! I am all about transitional pieces this fall and wrap dresses definitely made the cut! When shopping, I like the idea that the pieces selected are pieces that I can wear for any occasion, during any season. In turn, I get more bang for my buck. Wrap dresses are essential to my wardrobe, and I love how easy wrap dresses can transition from day time casual to night time chic. Below, I have listed a few of my favorite wrap dresses that are great for the Fall transition! !function(doc,s,id){ var e, p, cb; if(!doc.getElementById(id)) { e = doc.createElement(s); e.id = id; cb = new Date().getTime().toString(); p = ‘//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/widget-script.js?cb=1540233047089?cb=’ + cb; e.src = p; doc.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.ss_shopsense === ‘object’){ if(doc.readyState === ‘complete’){ window.ss_shopsense.init(); } } }(document, ‘script’, ‘shopsensewidget-script’); Are we friends yet? Subscribe to A.List By A.Lest using the form below! [wpforms id=”1674″ title=”true” description=”true”]

Monday Memo #2: MINDFULNESS . . .

[eltd_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]O[/eltd_dropcaps]ver the weekend, my cousin and I met for martinis and caught up on much needed girl chat. During our conversation, we spoke about all things life and after stating my piece, she informed me that I may be just lacking a little bit of MINDFULNESS. This was a complete shocker because, I’m usually one that lives completely in the moment, but in this case she was right! I seemed to have gotten so wrapped up into the busyness of everything that I haven’t really stopped and paid attention to the beauty of it all. What is Mindfulness? If you’re new to mindfulness, you may be wondering what this ever-so popular word means.  Mindfulness is simply awareness.  It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. At times, we allow ourselves to get caught in our own pool of thoughts which sometimes results in potentially losing awareness. How to Practice Mindfulness Mindfulness is something we could all use more of in our daily lives. During our busy schedules, it’s easy to forget that we need to come back and check in with ourselves. I’ve listed a few reminders and ways to practice mindfulness during those busy times: 1. Focus on the present moment Try not to focus on things that went on in the past or that might be coming up in future. 2. Purposefully concentrate on what’s happening around you A good exercise that will allow you to focus on what is happening around you, is just to pause and take everything in.  Whether it is the drive to work, a walk or even simply looking up at the sky for a few seconds to soak it all in.  Its easy, and free. 3. Take the time to be fully present, aware of where you are and what you are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. Being fully present without passing judgment and labeling things around you as good or bad is a great way to settle the overwhelming vibes. When I take a few moments to accept the world around me for what it is, I feel less like the world is passing me by and more like I’m immersed in its beauty. I feel more connected. Mindfulness Apps you may want to Download: My go to apps that help me to promote mindfulness are: Headspace , Aura and Mindfulness Daily. Although its good to sometime practice mindfulness in silence, it’s also fun to  follow along with insights offered through the apps listed above. I hope that everyone has an amazing week and takes time to practice mindfulness! Have ways or tips of how you achieve Mindfulness?  I’d love to hear it in the comments below!!

Ask me Anything | September Q+A

[eltd_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]H[/eltd_dropcaps]appy Saturday loves! I always get a ton of questions about blogging, fashion, where I shop and what I am loving. I decided that now would be the perfect opportunity, to do a little blog Q & A post for all of the questions previously submitted last week. So here goes. What trends are you currently following ? I am currently still loving the fanny pack trend. I thought it was over, until I moved to Europe and now I find myself searching for all types of fanny packs. I might have bitten off more than I can chew. Also, Im so loving mules and slide-ons, there are so many different styles and its perfect for a chic and trendy look.  Ive listed a few of my favorite styles below: Designer !function(doc,s,id){ var e, p, cb; if(!doc.getElementById(id)) { e = doc.createElement(s); e.id = id; cb = new Date().getTime().toString(); p = ‘//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/widget-script.js?cb=1537011543409?cb=’ + cb; e.src = p; doc.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.ss_shopsense === ‘object’){ if(doc.readyState === ‘complete’){ window.ss_shopsense.init(); } } }(document, ‘script’, ‘shopsensewidget-script’);
Contemporary !function(doc,s,id){ var e, p, cb; if(!doc.getElementById(id)) { e = doc.createElement(s); e.id = id; cb = new Date().getTime().toString(); p = ‘//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/widget-script.js?cb=1537011543409?cb=’ + cb; e.src = p; doc.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.ss_shopsense === ‘object’){ if(doc.readyState === ‘complete’){ window.ss_shopsense.init(); } } }(document, ‘script’, ‘shopsensewidget-script’); Where do you get your style inspiration from? I get the majority of my inspiration from street style, magazines and style/fashion books; Outlets like FashionBombDaily, Vogue and People StyleWatch to name a few.  I am obsessed with  Editorial Photography books from different designers and powerhouses. I especially love Vogue: The Covers. !function(doc,s,id){ var e, p, cb; if(!doc.getElementById(id)) { e = doc.createElement(s); e.id = id; cb = new Date().getTime().toString(); p = ‘//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/widget-script.js?cb=1537017022074?cb=’ + cb; e.src = p; doc.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.ss_shopsense === ‘object’){ if(doc.readyState === ‘complete’){ window.ss_shopsense.init(); } } }(document, ‘script’, ‘shopsensewidget-script’); What are your go-to places to shop? Im a little biased because I worked in retail for  years, so BCBGMAXAZRIA and Saks Fifth Avenue will always be my favorites especially for classic staple pieces. Also, if I want cutesy trendy looks and don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, I also love BCBGeneration, Nordstrom, Zara and Topshop. What are your favorite skin care products? I love Drunk Elephant, its super addictive. My best friend introduced me to the products, and my skin adores it. !function(doc,s,id){ var e, p, cb; if(!doc.getElementById(id)) { e = doc.createElement(s); e.id = id; cb = new Date().getTime().toString(); p = ‘//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/widget-script.js?cb=1537017022074?cb=’ + cb; e.src = p; doc.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.ss_shopsense === ‘object’){ if(doc.readyState === ‘complete’){ window.ss_shopsense.init(); } } }(document, ‘script’, ‘shopsensewidget-script’); You post a lot about vibes and mood, how do you keep the "happy go lucky" vibe up on a day to day basis? Sometimes the happy go lucky vibe is effortless and there are times in which it can also be challenging. When it is challenging, affirmations and meditation  is key. I have to dedicate quality time and silence for myself every morning, even if it is for 5 minutes. Here are some meditation apps that I love. (Select to download app) Simple Habit // Think up // Headspace Meditation What do you feel the most confident in? I feel the most confident in  shift dresses, statement jackets and cutesy shoes. Effortlessly chic looks are the my absolute fav. !function(doc,s,id){ var e, p, cb; if(!doc.getElementById(id)) { e = doc.createElement(s); e.id = id; cb = new Date().getTime().toString(); p = ‘//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/widget-script.js?cb=1537017022074?cb=’ + cb; e.src = p; doc.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.ss_shopsense === ‘object’){ if(doc.readyState === ‘complete’){ window.ss_shopsense.init(); } } }(document, ‘script’, ‘shopsensewidget-script’); What foundation would you recommend for darker skin complexions? In the past, I have used Nars, MAC and Makeup Forever.  These brands have it down to a science as it relates to a variety of skin tones. I’ve listed below the types/tones I’ve personally used. !function(doc,s,id){ var e, p, cb; if(!doc.getElementById(id)) { e = doc.createElement(s); e.id = id; cb = new Date().getTime().toString(); p = ‘//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/widget-script.js?cb=1537017022074?cb=’ + cb; e.src = p; doc.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.ss_shopsense === ‘object’){ if(doc.readyState === ‘complete’){ window.ss_shopsense.init(); } } }(document, ‘script’, ‘shopsensewidget-script’); Are you currently reading any books, or do you have any suggestions on books to read? I am currently re-reading Rachel Roy , Design your life. I love re-reading books every couple of years. So much change and growth happens within that time frame, its almost like I am reading a new book,  the interpretation is always different and I discover something new each time. I would also recommend the Alchemist. Its a classic and its always inspiring. I hope you enjoyed Ask me Anything : September Q+A ! Feel free to comment below or on my IG for the next Q+A! Anything fashion, dating, life, work, you name it! I will answer it!

Shop my Fav Memorial Day Sales!

[eltd_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]M[/eltd_dropcaps]emorial Day is here, which means its finally summer! There are so many sales this weekend making summer shopping that much easier. This is the time to splurge and get those items you’ve been eyeing ! Below, I’ve curated some of the best memorial day sales to shop!  Enjoy! A.L.C  |Up to 60% Off ASOS | 30% off Bond No. 9 | One Complimentary refill with purchase BNKR |Additional 30% Off ALL sale items – Up to 70% Off BCBGMAXAZRIA | 40% Off BCBGeneration |40% Off Cheap O Air |Save up to $18 off flights & hotels with promo code MEMO18 COS Bar |Complimentary Shipping on orders over $49! GILT |Extra 15% Off with Code CITY15 Neiman Marcus |Men’s & Women’s Designer Sale: Up to 40% Off NORDSTROM | Half Yearly Sale: Up to 40% Off River Island |20% Off with code MEMORIAL18* Saks Fifth Avenue | The Designer Sale: Up to 40% Off Saks Fifth Avenue – Off Fifth |Additional 20% Off with code MEMORIAL Schutz Shoes |Up to 50% Off Sole/Society |Select Styles up to 60% Off Top Shop  | Up to 50% Off Zaful |Buy 4 get 1 Free #Love #SALE #SHOP #LOOKS #MEMORIALDAY

Tropical Bikini Vibes…

[eltd_dropcaps type=”normal” color=”” background_color=””]O[/eltd_dropcaps]ne word, Yaaass! Mexico was well needed, and when in tropical places, why not fully indulge in au courant prints!! I  can honestly say, I am currently into this travel bikini trend.  I’m low-key, high key obsessed with these items which are listed in the round up below.  The best part about it, its super affordable and uber cute! I paired this look with a pair of fab cutesy earrings and my fav Gucci shades ! Hope you Like! !function(doc,s,id){ var e, p, cb; if(!doc.getElementById(id)) { e = doc.createElement(s); e.id = id; cb = new Date().getTime().toString(); p = ‘//shopsensewidget.shopstyle.com/widget-script.js?cb=1526227947714?cb=’ + cb; e.src = p; doc.body.appendChild(e); } if(typeof window.ss_shopsense === ‘object’){ if(doc.readyState === ‘complete’){ window.ss_shopsense.init(); } } }(document, ‘script’, ‘shopsensewidget-script’);

Tassle Bikini with a hint of Gucci

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