Jun 20, 2017

Black on Black







top: Target (sold out) // jeans: Kancan // shoes: Steve Madden // necklace: Kendra Scott via RocksBox (get your first month free with code dariasmithxoxo) // watch: Daniel Wellington // bracelets: Alex + Ani

I've recently gotten into the color black. I'm not sure why, but I have been loving it lately!! I recently purchased these black jeans and black slip-ons from Steve Madden. The jeans are from Kancan, and I have become obsessed with this brand of jeans; they fit so well and have a great stretch. The slip-ons are very cute, but a pain to break in, and you have to wear socks.

I rented my Kendra Scott necklace from RocksBoxRocksBox is a monthly subscription service where you are sent 3 pieces of designer jewelry each month. You can make a wishlist and add pieces you would like to receive. Often times, your stylist will only send you pieces from your wishlist. Personally, I always opt for Kendra Scott jewelry. However, there are tons of brands available including Kate Spade. You can get your first month free with code "dariasmithxoxo". Every month after is only $21 a month. Also, you get a free $21 credit each month to purchase jewelry you loved, and the jewelry is already at a discounted price. Thus, the monthly fee is basically covered. You can send the jewelry back to receive new pieces whenever you would like. I have been using RocksBox for a few years now and highly recommend the service.

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Daria

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Jun 17, 2017

Comparison


Comparison. 

One word: STOP. Stop comparing your life to everyone else's. Comparison is the thief of all joy. God created us all to do different things and for a different purpose. Comparing your size, relationships, wealth, beauty, status, or anything in that matter will only hurt you. There is a fine line between admiring someone else's life and tearing apart your own becuase you can't help from wanting more. I know girls who will scroll through social media and tear apart their own relationship becuase it's not the same as someone else's. With social media and technology, you have to realize that you are only seeing the highs of a relationship and best features of a person. If someone breaks up with their significant other or they get in a fight, do you see it all over social media? No. Your Instagram profile shows the best features of you, and only things that you are proud of. Those bikini photos you see all over the popular page result from girls taking tons of photos of themselves on the beach at the best angles, and sharing the 1 good one out of the 50 they took. God created each of us to have different relationships with different people and gave us each a different body type!! There is beauty is being different from everyone else and honoring that God handcrafted you perfectly with your very own unique purpose.

I could go around sulking about my grades and my test anxiety, but instead I have chosen to emphasize my talents and the things I was made to do. God has a different plan for me and it looks like a 4.0 and being good at school isn't in the equation. However, I am a very motivated person and always find the best in everything!! I stopped comparing and started using my love for writing and socializing, and here I am. This is all part of his plan for me.

What ever happened to being grateful for what you do have and highlighting your positive features? Why is it that we as humans fail to forget that God gave us this amazing gift of eternal life for free? He died for our sins!! Why is the world so caught up in comparing their gift to the gifts of others? Stop comparing your gift and live authentically in the moment. When we stop comparing, we recognize wonderful things in our lives that we didn't see before. Take what you have and maximize it to its full potential. Set your soul on fire for the lord and never turn back. The more you lean on Jesus, the less you will feel the need to compare your life to others, and the more you will appreciate every moment. You are beautiful and your life is exactly how it was meant to be. Remember that.

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Daria

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Jun 13, 2017

Blue + White






top: UOI Boutique (Use code DARIA-UOI for 15% off) // skirt: Abercrombie (similar) // sandals: Birkenstock via Country Club Prep (email me at xcgal98@gmail.com for 20% off) // watch: Kate Spade // necklace: Kendra Scott via RocksBox // bracelets: Alex & Ani and Kendra Scott // planner: Erin Condren

Blue and white is one of my favorite color combinations for summer. I love how simple the skirt and top in this outfit are, along with the jewelry and sandals. I got the top from one of my favorite boutique, UOI- use code DARIA-UOI fro 15% off. If you don't have a white denim skirt for summer, I recommend getting one becuase they are very versatile.

The planner shown above is from Erin Condren, and I am obsessed! It's organized so nicely and you can personalize it down to the tee. I picked the time layout in my weekly spread, so I can schedule my days out to the hour. If you have a busy schedule and a lot going on in your life, this is an awesome planner. If you don't have birks, get them from Country Club Prep becuase you can email me for 20% off.


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Daria

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Jun 6, 2017

Hydrangeas + Kendra Scott











top: Country Club Prep // skirt: Gap {similar} // sandals: Jack Rogers via CCP // watch: Kate Spade // bracelets: Alex & Ani // cuff bracelet: Kendra Scott // earrings: Kendra Scott via RocksBox (get your first month free with code dariasmithxoxo)

If you don't have a denim skirt, seriously get yourself one!! This particular one is forever old from Gap. I have a few, but this is a good one. You can get one for really cheap from Forever 21. My top and sandals are from Country Club Prep- email me for a 21% off discount code. These sandals are so cute, and I am really impressed with Jack Rogers! It's nice to see something different than the classic navajo sandal. 

I am also obsessing over these Kendra Scott earrings; I have worn them so much!! Sadly, this style is sold out, but you can rent them via RocksBox (which is what I did). RocksBox is a monthly subscription service where you are sent 3 pieces of designer jewelry each month. You can make a wishlist and add pieces you really want to receive. Often times, your stylist will only send you pieces from your wishlist. Personally, I always opt for Kendra Scott jewelry. However, there are tons of brands available including Kate Spade and Gorjana. You can get your first month free with code "dariasmithxoxo". Every month after is only $21 a month. Also, you get a free $21 credit each month to purchase jewelry you loved, and the jewelry is already at a discounted price. Thus, the monthly fee is basically covered. You can send the jewelry back to receive new pieces whenever you would like. I have been using RocksBox for a few years now. You can check out some of my older posts with them here and here


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Daria

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Jun 4, 2017

Saturday Shopping: Free People Sale + New Finds




I often get asked about how I have so much Free People, and the answer is I always get it on super sale! I love to use Gilt, Macy's, eBay, Poshmark, 6pm.com, and Lord & Taylor. Any site that carries Free People tends to do mark-downs on their FP items every time the season changes. I have linked some FP sale items in the first widget.

In the second widget, you will find some awesome items from Old Navy and Kimichi Blue by Urban Outfitters. I am obsessed with these sandals from Urban and they are on sale for $29 right now. Old Navy has some awesome sales going on right now including 30% off and free shipping on $25. You can also use your supercash if you have any from last month. Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

xx,
Daria

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Statesboro Travel Guide


I completed my freshman year of college at Georgia Southern here in Statesboro (2016-2017), so I have definitely learned a lot about this small town. People often complain about the lack of things to do, so here's a guide of some of the many things Statesboro has to offer.

Dining

Daylight Donuts
I am obsessed with this place, awesome donuts! I never find myself going to Dunkin and Krispy Kreme, becuase this place is so much better. The sausage rolls are also great. 




I love Gnat's. This is my friend group's go-to spot for dinner. Everyone in Statesboro loves Gnat's; it can't be beat. If you come here, you have to go to Gnat's. I can't stress enough that everything on the menu looks great. I recommend the salmon bac (bacon avocado tomato), chicken club, and fried pickles as an appetizer. 


This is the only health food shop for miles and miles. The Juice Cafe has a wide array of smoothies, smoothie bowls, juices, wraps, salads, sandwiches, avocado toast, and fruit toast. This shop just opened in 2017, so they are constantly adding new items to the menu. You can also customize your the menu (smoothies etc.) to get exactly what you want. I am a health nut, so I am a big fan of this place! I recommend any of their smoothies and/or bowls along with the toasts.. or everything on their menu.


Three Tree Coffee
This is my favorite coffee shop in all of Statesboro!! They have great coffee, smoothies, and food. Also if you're involved in any kind of bible study with an on-campus ministry at Georgia Southern, you will probably meet here at some point. Also, it's right by Daylight Donuts, so you can stop and get a coffee in the morning.

The Daily Grind
This is another coffee shop that I'm obsessed with! They have better smoothies than Three Tree.

Loco's
This is a place with bar/pub kind of food, but it's awesome!! I always get a burger with avocado on it, they also have great chick fingers and phenomenal wings. 



Dingus Magee's
In case you didn't know, Luke Bryan went to Georgia Southern and met his wife here. He is a Sigma Chi and she's an Adpi. I don't drink, but this is a well-loved bar at night. I am obsessed with their chicken fingers, and Dingus is a Statesboro classic. Dingus also has a lot of local artists (mainly country singers) play here at night.


Tokyo
Best sushi in all of Statesboro!!! My friends and I are obsessed with Tokyo, and probably eat here once a week or every other week. Seriously, all of the rolls are great, and so is all of their other food.

Sugar Magnolia Cafe
This is another one of my brunch spots, I've only been a few times. However, they have a great menu. Try to go on a Saturday or Sunday morning when they are serving brunch. The pizza is also pretty good.

Insomnia Cookies
Insomnia is a chain found in a lot of college towns, open until 3am most nights. If Insomnia is in your town, it's not a big deal. However, I would go if you're in the Boro and you've never been. I am here more than I should be. 

Uncle Shug's Chicken Barn
I come here for Chicken biscuits all the time!! This is probably the only gas station where I would also buy their food. 

Orchid
I will occasionally eat sushi here instead of Tokyo. It is a fancier restaurant.


Fordham's Farmhouse
This is an awesome local brunch spot, I love it! I like this better than IHOP and other chains, plus it's cheaper. Fordham's offers a student discount.

Things to Do



Gentilly Trail
This is also known as the S&S Greenway. I frequent my morning runs here, the main trail is 2 miles long. If you go off the trail, there are some great spots to eno. 

Kayaking at Black Water Preserve
For some reason, I have never taken a picture here, but it's awesome! Kayaking for students is $15 for 4 hours or $20 per day. You can also camp, hunt, and fish here. If you go camping, a kayak or canoe is included for your entire stay. Also, you can rent camping gear including a tent from the Georgia Southern RAC if you're a student. 

Clubhouse
The Clubhouse has mini golf, bowling, go-carts, laser tag, and a ton of arcade games. I'm not normally a huge fan of this kinda thing, but my friends love this place.

Georgia Southern Golf Course
I've only been golfing here once, but my boyfriend plays all the time and loves it. The course is only 15 minutes from campus and offers discounts to students.

Ride a Dirt Road
This is one of my favorite things to do!! I love riding dirt roads to see where they go. It's also a great way to relieve stress. I am a big fan of long drives, and have found some of my best sunset spots from taking a random dirt road. If you like to go mudding, there ya go. I'm from Atlanta, so this is not an everyday thing I got to do before living in Statesboro.

Pick Cotton
This is kind of a joke, but also not really. My friends and I have gone to a random field and picked cotton around midnight. This started as a joke, but it was funny and we've done it a few times. One of my friends ended up getting enough cotton to stuff a pillow, and it'd be a fun thing to do to remember freshman year.

Abandoned Places: 
Harville HouseMeat Packing Factory 
You can find lots of abandoned places from just driving along random roads in Statesboro. I really do love living out in the country. There's a ton, but the Harville House and meat packing factory are among some of the most popular. I do believe they are said to be haunted.

Go to a Petting Zoo at a Gas Station
There is a Chevron off of exit 98 on I-16 that has a ton of animals. There's lots of goats and various animals. In May, there was a baby goat, and they even have an emu. The animals are very friendly and love people. I recommend bringing food to feed them. This is on the way to Savannah and mostly any other beach, so you might as well stop by.


Pet Dogs at the RAC Field
I came to college and left my golden retriever at home (that dog would be at college with me in a heartbeat if my parents would let me bring her). Seeing a dog makes my day, and the RAC field is the best place to find them on campus. Pro tip: college students love to buy puppies!


Boutique Shopping
Statesboro has a ton of great boutiques, as most college towns do. Some of my favorites are Cheeky Bliss, Entourage, Dish, Walker's, Sole, and Maddie Bea.


Connection Church
This is the non-denominational church that I go to most Sunday's. How cute is this wall they have outside the main room?! I love Connection and 10/10 recommend. I've also heard great things about Stockbridge, which is a smaller church.

Statesboro Farmers Market
The Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning, and it's so cute! There's tons of great, fresh produce, and I really enjoy it.

Go See Baby Chicks
Ducks are one of my favorite animals and I am obsessed with baby chicks; they just bring me so much joy. Anderson's General Store often has baby chicks. I also just enjoy going in this store. It's right across form Fordham's Farmhouse.

Day Trips

Savannah
go to this waffle place

Tybee

Jekyll

Hilton Head

Charleston

St. Simmons 

I have posts up about my day trips to most of the locations above if you click the link.

Seasonal

TMT Farms Christmas Light Display
This place is awesome. If you're here during the holidays, you must go! This is the biggest display of drive-through Christmas lights that I've ever seen, and it's absolutely phenomenal. The best part is that it's absolutely free, but I do encourage you to bring cans of food to donate. I really appreciate the kindness of people to set this up for the community each year.

The fair comes around every fall, and it's oh so fun. Statesboro does a great job, and it's one of the many things I'll miss when I transfer. I just go for the camels, ferris wheel, and fried oreos.


Game Day
If you go to Georgia Southern or live in Statesboro, you've GATA be an eagles fan and rep blue and white. Game Day is one of the only occasions when you'll come across bad traffic in this town, and people take game day very seriously. If you're a student, you get in free with your student ID, and receive free guest passes.

xx,
Daria

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May 16, 2017

Denim Mini Skirt in ATL











top: american eagle {similar} // skirt: forever 21 // bralette: victoria's secret {similar} // sandals: american eagle // necklace: kendra scott // watch: daniel wellington // bracelets: alex + ani, boutique // shades: forever 21 // bag: kate spade {similar}

This is my best friend Stella from Chapel Hill!! She came to stay with me in Atlanta for a week as she has the past 3 summers. Funny story, Stella and I became friends when she used to make YouTube videos and are so similar that we've stayed pals. 

I've done a little bit of shopping lately and found some pieces that I love!! I found this top on sale at American Eagle for $13 and love the simple lace detailing. You might be able to find it in store, but I have linked similar ones in the image carousel below. Stop what you're doing and go buy this zipper-front denim skirt, it is so great and versatile. It comes in a bunch of other colors and olive, and it's only $14.90. I also picked up these sandals for under $20 in-store at American Eagle recently, and I've been loving them (I didn't have a pair of black sandals). My old sunglasses stretched out and these were only $5.90. I always find myself wearing this necklace, watch, and these bracelets: daily essentials. 

xx,
Daria

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May 15, 2017

8 Mindlessly Simple Ways to Make Some Extra Money


  1. Sell your old clothes. I clean out my closet at the beginning of every season. I try each item on to make sure it still fits and ask myself if I really wear this piece. I created an Instagram account just for selling old clothes (@dariasmithshop), and I use the app Poshmark. You can sign up with code BONCX on your mobile phone for a benefit. I've seen success through both mediums. If you flip all of your hangers in your closet backwards, then you will face your hangers the right way when you wear an item. This is a simple hack to see what you truly wear in your closet.
  2. Babysit or petsit. Put an ad in your local newspaper or ask your parents to tell their friends. People only need these services occasionally, so it's a great way to make some extra cash when you have downtime. 
  3. Monetize your Pinterest account. I like to pin items from stores that I like in case I want to purchase them later on. It takes little to no time to monetize the links attached to your pins. I use a site called ShopStyle Collective, I think anyone can sign up. 
  4. Shop with eBates. Sign up for eBates through this link and save money every time you make an online purchase. Stores give anywhere from 2-8% back, and some days stores will give double the percentage back. This is a great site if you online shop a lot, why lose extra $ if you don't have to? 
  5. Amazon Prime. Seriously, I use Amazon Prime for everything; sign up here. It is only $50 a year for free 2-day shipping, and there is a free trial available (which means absolutely free for a period of time). I definitely get my $50 use out of this service, and save a ton of money not paying for shipping elsewhere. 
  6. Sell old electronics. I am sure we all have old electronics laying around the house that we're never going to use again. They are most likely just taking up space. USell lets you send in old electronics and make money off of them. 
  7. Answer surveys online. You do not make a ton of money from this, but I like to use Opinion Outpost if I really have nothing to do, then I am making some cash. However, just know that every little bit of money adds up over time. 
  8. Become a mystery shopper. Get paid to shop!!! They also do this for restaurants and you get paid to eat food.  
Thanks for reading friends! I had this post highly requested and thought I would share some of the simple ways I make money to help y'all out. 

xx,
Daria

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May 6, 2017

Trendy Sandals That Won't Break the Bank Under $20!



Target is my favorite place to buy shoes.. well maybe anything!! They get you every time becuase it's a one-stop shop for groceries, home + office supplies, clothes, and anything you may need. You go to Target to buy groceries, but then come out with unnecessary impulse buys (for me clothes and all the great things in the dollar section). On topic, they have the best shoes. I have been buying shoes for at least 8 years, and they hold up very well for the price.

Here's a fun fact: my college town does not have a Target, and I really did not realize how much I (think) I need Target in my life. Every time I go home or to a town with a Target, a purchase is made. Target is known to make affordable dupes for designer shoes such as Steve Madden and Sam Edelman. Look here before you drop a ton of $$ on the latest and greatest anything. Linked in the image carousel below are my top picks for their spring/summer shoes.


I have been wanting a pair of the white VANS canvas slip-on for a while but just don't feel like spending that kind of money, college student balling on a budget here. Target has this great dupe, which are just as cute and half the price. I will most likely be purchasing these wedges next time there is a sale becuase I am obsessed, and for some reason I could not link them in the image carousel. I also love these lace-up heels and have been debating on these sandals since last season. I just feel like I have too many pairs of flat sandals to buy more at the moment. 

xx,
Daria

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May 3, 2017

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island


Driftwood Beach
Driftwood Beach is breathtaking; I've never seen anything like it. If you've never been, I 10/10 recommend going. Driftwood is located on Jekyll Island, right next to St. Simons and the rest of the golden isles. Admission on to Jekyll is $6, but parking is free. On the way to Driftwood, you will pass the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. We did not have time to make it here today, but it looks pretty great. We spent the whole day here and watched the sun set. Driftwood is only a 2 hour drive from Statesboro, and so worth the trip. If you enjoy dogs, you'll see several here on a nice day.












Dining

Sal's is on St. Simons, but we pass the golden isles heading back to Statesboro, and it's about half an hour from Driftwood. No photo can do this pizza justice, it was ah-mazing. This is a very family friendly place, and seriously so good. We got an XL margarita pizza (my fave) to split between 3 very hungry people, and the prices were reasonable. 


This was my first time at Driftwood, and I've only been to the golden isles a handful of times. If you're looking for another spot to grab a bite on St. Simons, check out Brogen's. Any recommendations for places I should go next in this area would be greatly appreciated.

xx,
Daria

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