5.22.2017

Homemade Acai/Smoothie Bowls!


I have been wanting to put together this post for such a long time! I've always been a huge fan of the smoothie bowl idea - I mean c'mon an insta-worthy meal has never been something I've been known to turn down. But, when I went away to college and experienced the lack of wholesome, organic food that was readily available, I went from huge fan to die hard. Not only is this a healthy meal, it's something you can have fun with, especially if you make it on your own. Me, my sister, and my best friend got together and each created our own design on top of our smoothie bowl - it was like our own little food art, and it was SO fun!

Now - there is a little bit of work that happened leading up to the fun decorating part.

And heres how it went: 

First, we had to decide what we wanted our base to taste like. In every base I used a packet of Acai Puree from Trader Joes. I let them thaw out, put them in the blender, and threw some frozen fruit in (also from Trader Joes) and added a little bit of almond milk and vanilla yogurt if necessary. It was one of those things where I just kept blending until I liked the consistency. 


Tip No. 1 - one packet of puree per person - you don't need more than that!

Base Ingredients I Used:

Tip No. 3 - You can make all sorts of different bases, I used a tropical fruit blend but I've heard of mango, dragon fruit, strawberry banana, and pretty much any type of smoothie you can get at your local smoothie shop!

Second, once it's all blended, pour it into your bowl of choice and smooth it out with a spoon.


Tip No. 3 - you can store your Acai bowl in the freezer for 20-30 minutes before you start topping if its a little bit runny!

Third, decorating! This part is definitely the most fun - so get creative with it!
In the picture at the top we all three did different designs - and they all turned out so fun. If you do a quick Pinterest search of Acai Bowls, even more inspo comes up. 

A few of my favorites: 1 || 2 || 3


Topping Ingredients I Used:
- Bananas
- Strawberries
- Blueberries
- Coconut Flakes
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Walnuts
- Chia Seeds
- Kiwi
- Granola
- Honey
- Yogurt
- Peanut Butter (microwave before you drizzle)

If you have any questions feel free to comment on this post, shoot me an email, or DM me on Instagram (@adash_ofclass)! I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you try this at home send me your pictures I would love to see how you make these!!

Thanks For Reading!
xx, Adrienne

5.10.2017

Wallflower in Asheville

If you saw my excessive amount of Insta stories, you must have known I was recently traveling... On my way home from Clemson my mom and I stopped for a day trip to Asheville, North Carolina. Honestly, probably one of the coolest cities I've been to - it had so much character! Almost all the pictures in this post I snapped in the River Arts District, a place full of working art galleries, fun graffiti, and lots of cool things to explore. I took some pictures at the very cool graffiti next to White Duck Taco shop (where we also had to stop for chips and queso), and some at a few random walls I spotted while driving around. 
It was a little rainy when we went, so I decided to do the skirt and rain boots look, with my favorite jean skirt from Top Shop (similar like below) and a shirt that Wallflower sent me! I looove graphic tees, and this one is so adorable and comfy! It says 'take a hike' which I thought was a little ironic since I definitely was not doing any hiking but oh well I wore it anyways! Exploring = hiking... right? You can shop this tee for only $11.99 below from Wallflower!





 Top//Jean Skirt(similar)//Boots

Thanks For Reading!
xx, Adrienne

4.26.2017

I'm Not A Freshman Anymore.. & A Few More Shocking College Revelations


Wow - I am officially ending my first year as a college student. I've been waiting for this kind of freedom since the idea of organized schooling popped into my head. 

Okay, let me backtrack. 

I wasn't raised in a traditional school setting. I dropped out of first grade to be homeschooled - a fact very few of you probably know about me. Since then I have been aching and craving the autonomy that naturally comes hand in hand with an adult life. Lets just say I always held a parental position while playing house when I was a kid. The next step in life has always seemed more beautiful than the one I was currently living. In middle school I craved late nights and to cut myself free of my parents leash. When I began high school all I could do was daydream about my future university - what would the campus look like?! I wonder what I'm going to study - and who I'm going to meet?? Clearly I love a good mystery. 

When I finally made the decision to go to Clemson, I momentarily halted. I spent a brief period of time 'living in the moment' as they say. I shed a few bricks off my back and did a little bit more of what I wanted. This is what I've worked for right?! And then, as if it was only a nanosecond in the big scheme of things, my next obsession had begun. I was running myself ragged thinking about the future; medical school, a new city to live in, finding permanence in friends and a steady relationship. I almost felt as if it was happening tomorrow. I'm pretty convincing like that (especially when stress is involved). 

Well, it turns out that this obsession got me nowhere but distracted. I couldn't see what I was doing to myself - I left all of the moments behind to build something that was years away. I wanted so badly to fulfill a vision in my head that I never once stopped and asked myself if this process was something I enjoyed. I never stopped until I was forced to, it had become too much. I spent all my time memorizing scientific terms and calculating problems that I lost the spark. And alright ladies and (probably not my prominent readers but maybe) gentleman, let me tell you a little bit about the spark. The spark is like a sixth sense. I feel it when I get so elated about a project, an idea, or a concept that it feels like I'm soaring through the atmosphere at top speed collecting thoughts and inspiration. Basically, I can do anything in that moment and if the idea comes into my head you bet your ass I will do it, or at least map out an intense plan to get it done. I realized something about the spark, right on time. It came to me when I wrote. It came when I got the perfect picture, when I tasted the culture of a new country or city through their coffee, when I followed an idea through all the way to its full creation. It wasn't like any of these things could become my major, or any of these things could make me money through a career. But these things meant that I did in fact love something, and it was not what I was currently doing. 

So I followed the spark. 

I followed it all the way to a new major, and honestly to a new lifestyle. I realized that the spark came from things that happened to me, not things I planned out ahead of time. I wondered why I was creatively stifled - I had put myself out of every situation in which I could feel raw emotions, because I wanted to plan and predict when I was going to feel what. I think that the most inspiring thing in the world comes from not knowing what is going to happen next. From the most random, sporadic moments hitting you at the worst, but also the best times. Think about what that can create? Anything. If you're going to live an inspired life you need to understand that planning only goes so far. I'm ready to live in the moment (finally) and am honest when I say that is not one of the college revelations I thought I would be sharing with you all. I never thought the day would come when the queen of control decided she might loosen her grip, or even let go. But I'm tired of missing out of the inspiring moments that come with taking a chance. Here's to not being a freshman anymore - and honestly not knowing my next steps, but being totally okay with that. 

Thanks For Reading,
xx, Adrienne

P.S. I know this wasn't my normal outfit post, but I loved writing it, I hope ya'll enjoyed :)

4.24.2017

Blues on The Beach


No surprise that I'm wearing yet another item from Goodnight Macaroon! I'm obsessed with this romper - I ordered it awhile back but saved it because I thought it would look so pretty on the beach. I absolutely love shooting on the beach because of the colors and the beautiful scenery, but the wind... Oh the wind got me. My hair was everywhere and the loose legs of the romper were flapping all around! I ended up liking the pictures I took but there were definitely some laughable options. Another thing about shooting on the beach is shoes - do you wear them? Do you like - go barefoot? I decided I wanted my shoes in the shoot (love these Jacks!) so i just held them by my side! It ended up looking cute and I'll definitely do the same thing next time I shoot. 

Definitely having post-beach blues from this post, but hang in there everyone its almost summer! 

Shop my look below.

XO!




Thanks For Reading!
xx, Adrienne

4.19.2017

Preppy in Purple For Easter


Happy Late Easter Ya'll! I was lucky enough to be back in my happy place (Kiawah!) for this wonderful holiday. I was also lucky enough to have a mom who sent me my favorite Lilly piece ever designed for my birthday back in March! I'm absolutely in love with this coloring and pattern. The flared shorts are super flattering, and so is the hight waist. Lilly has a few new sets out as well and i absolutely can't wait to try them on! Highly recommend if you're looking for something both comfortable and cute.
Sorry for how short the writing is in this post, I'm currently working from bed with the flu. Safe to say its been a day full of binge watching Netflix shows and napping. If you have any Netflix recommendations for me comment them below! :)





 Two Piece Set//Shoes(n/a online - check local Nordstrom Rack//Bracelet (Lilly exclusive gift - Poshmark here)


Thanks For Reading!
xx, Adrienne

4.05.2017

Stripes and Denim with Wallflower


And, I'm back with another outfit from Wallflower! These fun jeans are ripped and have a hint of white splatter to make them stand out. I paired them with this striped top (a little late to national stripes day... woops) that is ON SALE and less than $20!! Wallflower has awesome quality clothes that fit so well - I highly recommend if you're looking for some affordable new pieces. 
If you're looking for my earrings (gold AND tassels = my fave) they are originally from Francesca's! I haven't been able to find them online, but I did link some similar products below (one of them only $8) so check that out! I know its a surprise, ha ha, but I'm wearing my favorite Kendra Scott bracelet as well! You might remember it from this post... and this one. I love this bracelet because I'm gold obsessed and because it goes with everything I want to wear!
This bag has to be one of my favorite purchases - I use this to tote my notebooks and school stuff around campus, but its also a cute large purse for running errands and going out to dinner. I've used it all semester and it has NO wear and tear yet! I linked it below, along with my fun lip color!





Top//Jeans//Shoes (n/a online)//Tote//Earrings (similar 1 || 2)//Lip Color//Bracelet

Thanks For Reading!
xx, Adrienne

4.03.2017

On The Bootay Bag Bandwagon


Recently, I was gifted with this adorable little package from Bootay Bag! Before I talk about my full review on Bootay Bags product, I'm going to tell you a little bit about them. They are a monthly subscription service - new (and cute) underwear right to your door for $12 a month. You can also now add a bralette for a total order of $13! Besides having the cutest underwear Bootay Bag is also a philanthropic organization. They support the Melanoma Foundation, and donate $1 to it for every picture posted with the #undermatters. Now if you're still contemplating your subscription let me tell you a little bit about the product you're receiving!

In my package I received two pairs of underwear - one normal pair of cute black lace underwear and another purple lace thong. These are both SO comfortable and I honestly wasn't expecting it to this extent! They have easily become my new favorite pairs of underwear. Side note: if you are considering purchasing I would order a size up, I did that and they fit perfectly!

Thanks For Reading!
xx, Adrienne

3.31.2017

The Best Easter Dresses for Under $30

Hey everyone! Today I'm doing an Easter dress round up - all of my picks for, yes, under $30! I found these dresses on SheInside and Zaful - both website I have shopped before and have never had a problem with. I know there are mixed reviews on the legitimacy of these sites, but the only issue I've had is that the shipping takes a little longer than usual. The dresses I picked are bright, fun, and all have a little bit of a different style to them. Most veer towards the preppy, but trendy side, since thats what I would describe my style as. I picked the first choice for the pretty green coloring and the super fun back! Choice number two is SO cute with its mixed textures and little pom pom fringe! Not to mention - I had to have at least one pink dress in the mix! Choice three holds all my favorite trends - off the shoulder, stripes, and tassels - enough said. Choice four is a more traditional preppy look, scallops, and the sunshine yellow that always reminds me of spring! And choice number five, a fun back with seersucker blue print.

All options are linked below!

1||2||3||4||5

Thanks For Reading!

xx, Adrienne

3.29.2017

Wallflower Look: The Best Jeans EVER!


Hey hey readers! Todays look is a little more back to basics than what I usually post - but I had to share with you guys the awesome stuff I've recently gotten from Wallflower. Wallflower is an adorable site that specializes in denim. They have all different types of jeans as well as adorable tops, dresses, and more! When I got my package in the mail from them I honestly was shocked how well all of my jeans fit! They're made with a comfortable material that isn't rigid like some brands of jeans before. And trust me when I tell you - they are just as cute as they are comfortable. I linked the jeans I'm wearing below, as well as a few of my other faves! This shirt is also from Wallflower (it has the cutest details!) and is linked below :)




Top//Jeans - a few other faves 1 + 2//Boots//Sunglasses(similar)

Thanks For Reading!
xx, Adrienne

3.20.2017

24 Hours in CHARLESTON!


Welcome to my all time favorite post. I am beyond excited to share with you all just a little bit about my all time favorite city. If you follow me on Instagram (@adash_ofclass - or linked in the sidebar) you know that Charleston has always been my obsession. I usually get down there twice a year or more if I'm lucky. I took a recent weekend trip and stayed on Kiawah Island with my roommate at school! We got to go into the city on a beautiful Saturday and let me tell ya - we got the most out of it. Okay, so maybe we just ate a lot of good food... But it was totally worth it! A lot of the places we went were my prior discoveries, but we did try a few new places that I had seen bloggers post about on travel guides, or I've seen on social media. So without further ado, dive into my 24 hour experience in Charleston South Carolina!

Enjoy :)


We started our day at Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. I'm not gonna lie, if I had to do it all over again, I would undoubtedly choose to start my day in a 30 minute line for the best biscuits in Charleston. And look how cute it is inside! I'm obsessed. PS the cheese and chive biscuit is my fave!




And of course, I had to pick up my morning iced coffee! So we took our biscuits to Kudu, a coffee shop off of King Street with the most adorable outdoor patio. We sat outside for a little while and of course - took some pictures!


It would be wrong not to at least see the theater where the iconic dancing in the street scene from The Notebook took place. This gem is on King Street - you're destined to stumble upon it at some point or another while you're shopping or exploring. This guide has all the different filming locations from The Notebook that are in and around the city of Charleston!


Aaand, we're shopping. King Street is said to be the southern Rodeo Drive - and for good reason. The shopping is outstanding. Moon & Lola is my favorite store on King - it's always decorated so cute! The picture above is their latest decor and I have to say I genuinely want to move in. 



And just a short drive away was our lunch stop. We felt like mixing it up and trying something healthy (wow - right?) and opted for the most insta-worthy choice! Acai bowls are super yummy and honestly I didn't even know Charleston had a place that sold them. The place we went to is called Huriyali, and it had the cutest back area with picnic tables and a turquoise aesthetic. Highly recommend - our food was so delicious!



You can find my full outfit post here! :)


Next we decided that we absolutely had to see the iconic Charleston locations - Rainbow Row and the pineapple fountain! Literally the cutest places to take pictures if you're in Charleston for the first time. 


Next stop - Sugar! This bakeshop has the cutest and yummiest cupcakes ever! I got mine to take home and eat and it was still just as good the next day. 



We stopped for dinner (after cupcakes of course...) at Leon's Oyster Shop. Our dinner experience was definitely outstanding - cute atmosphere, killer food, and great service. I found this little gem on the guide by my favorite blogger Julia, over at Gal Meets Glam, and I'm so glad we stopped to try it! Highly recommend as a dinner (or even lunch) place, and its not too pricey either!


We finished up our dinner just in time to catch a gorgeous Charleston sunset! I'm absolutely obsessed with these southern sunsets, especially over the water. We watched at battery park, which is definitely the absolute perfect spot!


Our last stop may have been the second time we had Jeni's during our weekend trip... Oops! We have a few Jeni's locations where I'm from, so naturally I'm a huge fan - and the King Street location is so adorable. They're known for having very unique flavors, so being a pretty plain girl when it comes to food you'd think I wouldn't love it as much as I do! I usually opt for the darker chocolate flavor, but this picture is my new favorite - lemon sorbet! Definitely a perfect last stop and a delicious end to a very foodie friendly day.

If you're headed to Charleston anytime soon and need further recommendations (its such a big city so I definitely didn't have time to discuss all my favorites in this post) shoot me an email at adrienne.adashofclass@gmail.com - or follow the email link in the sidebar. And if you have any recommendations for me, comment them below - I would love to hear from you guys! I attached a few guides that I thought would also be helpful below. 

A few of my favorite Charleston guides:
| A general guide |
| A guide for the Instagrammer |
| A guide to the best coffee shops |

Thank For Reading!
xx, Adrienne