Darianne Marie Grimball

SUMMER LOVIN', HAD ME A BLAST

This summer has flown by faster than I can blink. I spent the summer with an open mind. Whatever happens will happen. I started the summer ready to take on the world. It feels like this summer, just like every summer before it, was better than the last. Every new experience and every first is a new memory that I'll cherish forever.

This summer has been about first times and living it up. I got on a plane and went back home to Puerto Rico for the first time since I was only a year old. I spent time with family I hadn't seen in years and I met a lot of family members. I kissed my crush and asked him on a date. I've never done those things before. I began to see the city lights differently. They began to twinkle instead of blind me. I spent more nights twirling with joy than I ever have before. This summer was a dream.

I still don't have any regrets. I've learned some lesson and I giggle about them now. This summer was the most interesting and freeing summer I've ever had. Summer '19 is one for the history book. Technically summer isn't over yet and even though the leaves are falling, there's still a few memories to fit in. I'm going to miss this summer, the people I've met, and every expierence I've had. Sadly, summer is on its way out, but that's okay because autumn is on its way. Autumn is my favorite season and I'm already looking forward to the holidays already.

I hope you had an incredible summer. What's your favorite memory from this summer? x
Top: H&M / Skirt: Fashion Nova / Shoes: Fashion Nova

I'M OBSESSED WITH NEUTRAL TONES

In a matter of few months span, I've managed to turn my wardrobe into neutral heaven. It's no secret that I'm obsessed with shopping, but even with my shopping obsession, I've become very selective. I prefer when clothing speaks to me. Do you know what I mean? It's that moment when you're browsing or just walking by and the piece of clothing catches your eye. Maybe your eyes turn into the stars in Hollywood instantly. Maybe you need a closer look. Either way, when that moment happens, you and that piece of clothing click like soul mates. Or maybe I've soon far too many Sex & The City episodes. I know I've had more Carrie Bradshaw moments than I'll ever admit. 

What I love most is how I feel when I wear neutral colors. I found that neutral colors make me feel airy and lighter. Neutral tones bring about a better mood when my days aren't going well. It's something about these shades of colors, like yellow for some, that brings a smile to my face. These tones are cozy, warm, cool, autumnal ready, and summer proof. In a city like New York, where black is always the color to wear, wearing neutral tones, especially in the winter, makes the gloom disappear. It's clear that my obsession with neutral tones is more sentimental. However, I do feel more put together most days.

What are your favorite colors to wear? How do they make you feel? x
Spring has finally arrived! It feels so good to say that. I'm excited for jackets and sweater weather (again). I'm excited about longer days and the moment my semester comes to an end. It's been an interesting few months already. Not just with school but other things. I've been planning. I've been putting those plans into action. Life is always about moving forward and that's what I've been doing. I'm getting ready to do and try new things. 

Spring is definitely about new things. It's the rebirth of nature after the cold months. It's when we declutter our spaces and clean like we never have before. Essentially we rejuvenate our lives. To be real with you, Spring started early for me. New York never got much of a winter. Since I fell off on certain things I told myself I would do come the new year, I started over. It's better to restart than to quit and never try again, right?

THE UPDATE

Since we've last spoken, many things have happened. I joined a gym and have been going regularly. I decided to join the gym for many reasons. The most important reason is for my health and lack of energy. I was a student-athlete. Before being a student-athlete, I was a kid who loved being in shape and would work out at home. I was always in shape, energized, and active. When I graduated high school, I didn't play any more sports and I didn't go to the gym to keep up with the lifestyle I love. Adulting made me lazy. I was okay with that for the longest time, but not anymore. I'm currently sore and tired, but I feel my body getting strong. I'm loving the feeling.

I also really wanted to talk about blogging. I wanted to be able to post once a week because I love blogging. I love sharing my ideas, outfits, inspiration, and hearing from you. Unfortunately, all of the assignments my professors assign have been a massive pain in the butt. I've written more papers than ever. I've read and reread the same books for the umpteenth time. I just want to enjoy my spring break already. Some of my professors can tell that we're worn out and they've been trying to go easy on us, but they still have to do their jobs. I still need to learn and be challenged or there's no point. I'll just lose interest.

 SUMMER VIBES

Tranquility is in the air. Summer is flying by and no one can stop her. I wake up most mornings feeling like I'm heading to the beach for a Piña Colada. The feeling of being beachside with a Piña Colada has been wonderful in itself. Summer vibes have everyone feeling free. Toes are in the sand. Ice cream is melting in the hands of children. Adults are occasionally running through hydrants to stay cool.

This summer has been about spending time with the people who matter most. There have been plenty of late nights and early mornings. Voices blare through the speaker of my cell phone shouting with excitement. They wake me up. Can I have one more minute? No. Summer waits for no one. It's time for another thrill.

IT'S ALMOST TIME


Tomorrow I will be on a plane going to a place I haven't been since I was a baby. I will be drifting in the clouds and watching the prairies and ocean from up high. When I land, I'll be embraced with love. Unfamiliar voices will tell me that it's summer vacation and there isn't any time to sleep. Hugs and kisses will fill the airport. My favorite book will be in my hand. A smile will be plastered on my face. The scariest part is over. I've landed. People will be talking over each other and I'll just be amazed by the moment.

"Bienvenida" they'll say.  "Estás en casa." 

SPRING MAY BE HERE BUT SUMMER IS NEAR

Primavera is in the air. Yes, I'm talking about spring. She dances around and changes her mind constantly. One moment it is cold and rainy. The next moment it's warm and sunny. Most of the time I ignore the weather and wear what I wish. These days the warmth of spring has made me feel like summer arrived early. New Yorkers can honestly say that we've been living our best summery lives this spring.

I Remember how I used to dread about the summer heat and summer itself. I still do, but I am actually excited about summer this year. Summer is only a month away, but that hasn't influenced my choice of clothing. I've taken the vibes of summer holiday and ran with it. Just like on Easter, I'm usually wearing something light and comfortable. It's been about feeling like I'm on vacation even though I am not. This spring has been the best staycation thus far.

THE OUTFIT

When I saw this Fashion Nova dress, in particular, I thought about how it made me look summer ready but made me feel like October with its autumnal color. We all know autumn is my favorite. The fashion and aesthetics of autumn are what I live for. So, any time I can wear something inspired my autumn, I do. It's also fair to say that I've been wearing only whites and neutral tones. It's clear that the vacation, summer vibes of this dress jumped out to me.

The dress itself is form-fitting and very comfortable. It is lightweight. I checked a few times to make sure I was still wearing clothes because the dress made me feel like I walked out in a bra (in a good way). The dress doesn't make me feel confined when I'm wearing it. In fact, it was a very freeing experience.

Of course, I had to pair this dress with my favorite FILA sneakers. I've been asked a lot about the FILA Women's Disruptor II Premium Sneakers. Most questions are about whether they are worth it or not and their comfort level. The Disruptors are ten out of ten for me. It's comfort levels are out of this world. Unlike some sneakers that are meant to bed worn on occasions, these sneakers can be worn daily. Besides my undying love for my Vans, I wear the Disruptors when I'm not in heels. That says a lot.

I'M ONLY DREAMING

I'm counting down to the moments where I see fireflies at sunset and hear the birds by sunrise. I'm waiting for the days where the coolness of the inside meets the warmth of the outside and brings me chills. I can already feel the sleepy eyes of the longer nights. I can imagine the energy that rises with the sun and rocks me like the lullaby as the day turns to night.

I may not like summer, but I am ready. I'm ready for the memories that will turn in to Kodak moments. I can smell the pages of old books being resting between my fingers as I turn them. A tall glass of lemonade is by my side as condensation works its magic in the summer heat. The smell of the ocean will tickle my nose as the salty liquid surrounds me. From the clothes that I wear to the adventures ahead, summer, I am ready for you. Que venga lo que venga (come what may). x
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