This spring and summer has been all about the BOLD statement earring! From tassels, beads, balls and hoops I've noticed gorgeous pieces in all the stores and hanging from the ears of the stylish! In today's post I wanted to not only share some of the hottest trends out now and to expect in the coming months but show you guys how you can make some of your own pieces for less. I'm a huge fan of Bauble Bar jewels but I can never quite get over the fact that they're $30+ for earrings and not only is making your own cost efficient, but you can put a unique spin on them, that will have everyone complimenting and asking where did you get them? I always feel a little sense of pride when I tell people I made something myself and that they can too!

So here are some of the cutest trends and below we'll be making one of my favorites: the Ball Drop Earring!

Spring/Summer Earring Trends



  • 6 Mini Styrofoam Balls
  • 2 spoolsEmbrodiery String/Thread
  • Hodge Podge Craft Glue
  • 2 Ear Wire Hooks
  • 6  Wires
  • Wire Cutters 
  • Round Nose Pliers
STEP 1: ROLL one styrofoam ball at a time in Hodge Podge Craft Glue

I put down paper so not make mess!

STEP 2: WRAP the embrodiery thread in concentric (circular motion) at a starting point of your choice (this will be the top of the ball). Continue wrapping down the ball!

Excuse my gross fingers! Working with Hodge Podge can get a little messy!

STEP 3: Once you're FINISHED wrapping, let the ball dry for 5 minutes! While waiting for the ball to dry, wrap your others!

STEP 4: 3 WRAPPED BALLS can make an earring! Once all three balls are dry, insert a wire into each one, cut to size and loop the ends using the round nose pliers!

STEP 5: CONNECT each loop before closing, and LOOP the ear wire hooks on the last ball to become the top of the earring! Do it again to complete the pair and Voila! 

Love this SnapChat Filter!

Hope you enjoyed this post!


Hey Guys,
I hope your having an awesome Memorial Day weekend and enjoying the extra day off! It was raining terribly the past few days,but the sun finally came back out, just in time for the 3-day weekend. And not only did the sun come back out, but it came out blazing, it has been a HOT weekend and I took advantage to wear my shorts! 

I know they aren't everyone's cup of tea, but I love overalls! Sometimes I think they make me look childish, but if dressed up in the right way, I think they look really stylish and they're so easy to throw on! I've been looking for a white pair because I love to wear white in summer, and I happen to spot these in Charlotte Russe and had to buy them before they sold out of my size!

I have many plans for these overalls for this summer, so expect to see them again, but in today's post I chose to keep my look cool casual with a black tee and added an extra edge by creating a choker out of my red bandana and adding my fringe black booties!

White Overall Shorts- Charlotte Russe

Sunglasses- Charming Charlie
Bandana Choker- Walmart


I love a printed pant, and in the spring, I love my floral printed pants! Printed pants add a little pop and fun spice to any outfit, but I know they can seem intimidating. My tips for wearing printed pants is to keep the rest of your outfit simple. You don't want anything too extra flashy distracting from your main piece or clashing. Now that's not to say that you can't mix prints, because experimenting in print mixing can lead to amazing surprises.

For today's post, the floral jeans I'm wearing have a lot going on, so I did want to keep most of my outfit simple, but I couldn't resist adding a little pop of silver with my metallic oxfords! I also added a hint of neon pink with one of my favorite belts!

I purchased my pants a few years ago from Kohl's!
They and Old Navy have a great selection of  fun printed pants!

Shoes- Just Fab


Mind Blown that I'm officially in my mid-twenties!
(BTW I love this shirt of a bull skull with flowers, because I am a True Taurus)

I can't believe I'm officially in my mid-twenties. I swear I just turned 21 yesterday and it seems as if my twenties are flying by. It hit me one day last week,that if you had asked 18 year old me, six years ago what my life would look like, I would have told you I'd finishing my second or third year of medical school, probably met my future hubby, and on the way to financial stability. Not still living at home, just now applying to medical school, still single, and deep and continuing to dig deep into a debt hole that I can imagine crawling out of. BUT I truly feel like I'm exactly where I''m supposed to be.

I have a saying that I wholeheartedly believe in: Amor Fati. I believe in it so much, I wore it on my graduation cap from college!

My UNC 2015 Graduation Cap!

 It means "Lover of One's Fate" and it means that the good, bad and all in between are apart of one's life and existence and an acceptance of that. Not saying that efforts to improve life are futile or shouldn't be attempted, but instead a sense of contentment with life. I will always try reach for the stars and chase my dreams, but it's important for me to make sure I don't get so wrapped up in achieving future happiness, that I forget to be happy now!

So no, real life, 24 year old Ariel doesn't look like the 24 year old Ariel I imagined before, and I'm sure 30 year old me won't look like how I imagine her now (of course I still plan and dream, I won't ever stop), but that's perfect okay and I'm perfectly okay! I may not be where I want to be now, but I'm sure I will be one day, and all the twist and turns are all of part of this long, and crazy roller-coaster we call life! And I happen to LOVE roller coasters! So "please keep your hands and feet in the ride at all times" and ENJOY!

Recently I read in article from TIME that stated that 23 and 69 were the happiest ages of life. Although I loved "feeling 22" and 23 was awesome, I hoping I only get happier with each increasing year of life!


I love Saturdays because it's the one day of the week with no expectations! You can dress the way YOU want, and be free and relax! This saturday I wanted to dress casual, but still done up a little, so I combined my graphic tee and pencil skirt! T-shirts and graphic tees are perfect for dressing down your pencil skirt (like a mullet outfit... business down below, and chillin' up top!)

To keep the look even more casual, I threw my jean jacket around my waist and tossed on my Adidas Superstars (this shoe seems to scream "effort-full" casual LOL)


Hey Guys,
It's been a while since I posted about my journey to medical school, so I thought I would update and fill you in!

A couple of weeks ago, at the end of April I sat for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) for the very first time and boy was I nervous. I've been planning to take this exam since my freshman year of college and I always put it off because I didn't ever really feel prepared. The MCAT is a major component of your Medical School Application and I always had a fear it would make or break my application. If you know from reading my Pre-Med story, I struggled in my physical sciences in undergrad (biology, chemistry and physics) and the MCAT was basically all physical sciences until 2015 when they added a psychology and sociology section. Many of my peers felt rushed to take the old MCAT before the changes occurred and I did too, but as a double major in psychology and biology, I'm glad I waited. To be honest, the new changes were necessary and I have no idea why psychology and sociology weren't on an exam for future physicians in the first place when psychological and social situations are MAJOR influencers on health!

I originally prepared a MCAT study plan that would consist of 5-6 months of studying, but unfortunately life just gets in the way of our plans sometimes... I did spend 4-5 months studying and was able to take 6 practice Full Length Exams instead of the 10 I was planning. I honestly wish I was able to strictly stick to my study schedule, but I don't think I was ever going to feel completely prepared for it and it was time to put doubt aside and take the test!

Full Length Exams and the Section Bank and Question Packs from the AAMC are the best way to prepare for the exam. Content Review will only take you so far and you'll never know if you're absorbing all that content if you don't test yourself!

Before the test, I took 3/6 Full Lengths under complete testing conditions, in which I woke up at 6:30, ate breakfast, and started my exam at 8:00am like I would be doing on test day! I made sure to find my test center the weekend before my test, and watched the Prometric Test Center video on the AAMC website, so nothing on test day would be a surprise. )They actually fingerprint and wand you each time you leave the test room and for some odd reason the computer always had issues with my fingerprint! I was like "I swear it's me!" LOL)

In the end, I felt like my exam was more difficult than any of my practice material, but that could have been the nerves of test that it's over, it's been the 30 day wait for the results that makes me anxious, so I'm trying to stay busy to keep my mind off it!


Happy First Day of May!
Metallic Shoes are a major trend for spring! They seem to add glam to what was before a simple outfit. I have actually been searching for metallic oxfords for the past 2 springs seasons and could never find exactly what I was looking for or find ones I liked in my price range. Lucky me, I finally discovered these beauties from and amazingly the come in both silver and rose gold! I practiced complete self-control and only bought the silver pair, but my birthday is coming up in two-weeks so...

There are so many ideas I have to style these shoes! In today's post I really wanted to keep the outfit classic and simple to have the shoes stand out (honestly no matter the outfit, they'll always stand out!). I paired my blue and white striped button down from Ann Taylor LOFT with a faux leather skater skirt and made the silver oxfords my center piece!

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