Adventure Time | Raymond, CO

What a lovely week to spend in nature! But, then again, when isn’t it a good time to spend time in nature?
Summer is my time to shine and absorb as much Vitamin D as possible.

This past week, I maximized my time in nature, camping out in a no cell-service region that was practically completely unpopulated. It was incredible.

My friends and I wandered off the map to an area around Lyons, Colorado and Raymond, Colorado. It was beautiful.

Here are snapshots of my beautiful time spent outside ♥

Who else LOVES camping?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

#CONGRATSGRAD | Inside Look & OOTD

Graduation in Boulder, Colorado was nothing short of spectacular. The University of Colorado Boulder congratulated tens of thousands of now-alumini from completing their undergraduate collegiate career this year.
This years round of graduates included a handful of individuals that I am so proud of and I am so blessed to call my peers, friends, supporters, and personal cheerleaders. I am even proud of those individuals that I do not even know, as graduating from college is an EXCEPTIONAL accomplishment.

Finding somewhere to where to the graduation was semi-difficult, but I knew the weather was warm and something airy would be wise. In addition, since graduation attire is generally formal, I figured that a dress of some sort would be appropriate for the occassion. I wanted to make sure that the dress was somewhat formal, meaning that the dress was something of a neutral color.
Black dresses are essential for everyone’s wardrobe, as they are versatile, slimming, timeless, flattering, ageless, and are great for any occasion of anything formality. Black dresses are great for more than funerals!

Taking account the weather and my desire to wear a black flowy dress, I narrowed my options down to a few options. I wanted to be comfortable, but I also wanted my black dress to correlate with Summer attire. Summer inspires me to begin wearing pieces of clothing that are more girly, feminine and flirty. The only girly, flirty, black dress that I had NEVER worn before was a black slip dress, with lace detailing.
I love, love, love this dress and have been looking for an occassion to finally show her off in public.
While the lace detailing may have been considered too informal, or maybe too flirty, the feminine detailing of the lace did not make the dress any less appropriate for the graduation ceremony. However, the lace detailing allowed for the dress to have a personality. The lace detailing is a valueable feature of the dress, preventing the dress from being just another basic slip dress and allowed the dress to exude a playful vibe.
Slip dresses are one of my favorite trends, especially for the summer. They are very effortless, chic, and great for the summer.
To complete my look, while jewelry was not included in the outfit, I styled my hair in a half-up pony, which is one of my favorite hairstyles to date. The half-up pony not only kept my hair out of my face, but added another element to an otherwise simplistic outfit.
My shoes, which are not pictured, are a pair of ballet, pointed-toe, lace up sandals. These sandals are of course black, as well.
Black was the theme of the outfit – what is new?

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Shop My Look

  1. Lace Black Slip Dress (SOLD OUT) – Free PeopleAlternative: Girl Like You Plunging Lace-Trim Slip Dress ($98.00) – Free People
  2. Journee Collection Fiona Ballet Flat ($34.99) – DSW | (Not Pictured)ajksjflkj

Another amazing part of graduation weekend was reuniting with some of my best friends that I had moved away from Boulder, who I have not seen in a few years. While we were miles apart, our friendships stayed strong and nothing feels better than reuniting with some of your best friends that you have not seen in a while.
In addition, my graduating pals had their families in town, which I LOVED. I love my friends families, as I often consider their families a second, or third, family to me.
Gathering such a wonderful group of supportive individuals into one town, in order to celebrate and commemorate an important event is always very exciting and a very joyous moment.

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Jordan “JPro,” Bria Schlossmann (graduate), Mariah Schlossmann (twin sister of graduate), and myself (left to right)
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Bria Schlossmann, the graduate, & Myself
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Jordan “JPro,” Bria Schlossmann (graduate), Mariah Schlossmann (twin sister of graduate), and myself (left to right)
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Jordan “JPro” – My San Francisco Radiologist Superstar

My best friend Leslie (the graduate) and I finally got to reunite with one of my BESTEST friends and biggest inspirations. He is the definition of resident badass and we love him so much! We finally reunited after five years of being apart – and, nothing changed. Our love for each other is undying and will never be anything less than pure.

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Myself, Leslie Fox (graduate of everything), Michael “Miggle” (our soul, our heart, our best friend, my hero, biggest badass, my inspiration)
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Myself, Leslie Fox (graduate of everything), Michael “Miggle” (our soul, our heart, our best friend, my hero, biggest badass, my inspiration)

The main graduation event, or the graduation party, took place at a beautiful Air B&B very close to the mountains, as well as close to the landmark, Pearl Street Mall.
The decorations, the food, the beer, and the air b&b was nothing less than exceptional.
In particular, the food was displayed in such an aesthetically pleasing way, and the taste of the food was just as pleasing as the aesthetically pleasing display.

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The desert was beyond delicious and so beautiful to look at. There was no shortage of sweets, mostly cupcakes and cake.

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How can you not include just a little bit of CU Boulder decor to remind and honor the university that you are graduating from? SKO BUFFS.
The CU Buff decore, as well as the “congrats grad” decor, was quite subtle and there was minimal CU Buff logo kitchen supplies, such as cups, plates, and napkins.
The theme of the decor, or interior decoration, for the party focused much more on other elements and was much more sophisticated and modern. However, to engage in graduation spirit, it was important to incorporate even the slightest bit of cheesy graduation decor to place strategically within the house.

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The design of the outdoor space of the Air B&B was very aesthetically pleasing and so beautiful! The outdoor lounging furniture was not only functional for multiple individuals to utilize, but was decorated very nicely.
My favorite part about the outdoor space was the beers, which were carefully placed in buckets and held a variety of our favorite brews.
Our ice buckets held Coronas, Blue Moons, and Coors Banquets, which all satisfied my taste buds.

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Graduation weekend and the festivities that followed as a result of graduation were some of my best, proudest, and happiest moments of my entire year thus far.

I had so many things to be so happy, grateful, proud of, leaving me feeling very emotional, as I experienced so many emotions realizing that my best friends had finally achieved a goal that not many individuals get to experience.

It was a great day to be a CU Buff.
Because, I got to celebrate good times, c’mon.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Tea Time Reflections

My tea habits have still been in tact and I have been drinking lots of Yogi teas and Celestial Seasonings tea. I recently gave a new flavor of Yogi tea a try and I am a big fan of it! The new flavor is Yogi Kava-Stress Relief, which they advertise eases tension and promotes relaxation. Sarsaparilla and cinnamon are other ingredients in their kava tea that they blend together. The cinnamon and the sarsaparilla give the kava blend a warm feeling, so the tea has a fairly rich and unique flavor.

Kava is originally a root used forgot its calming nature on the mind and body, which assists in promoting sleep.

I still am obsessed with Yogi’s ginger tea. Their ginger tea blend is my favorite and a staple in my tea collection.

In regards to Celestial Seasonings tea, I am still drinking Country Peach Passion, Sleepytime, Chamomile, and their Peppermint tea.

Today, I tried a new Celestial Seasonings tea flavor that I had never tried before. The flavor was their Half & Half tea blend, which includes lemonade and iced black tea. It is a cold brew and was very delicious! I would definitely recommend for this to anyone, especially with the Summer days approaching. It was very refreshing!

This rounds of tea bag quotes were all encompassing, covering topics such as love, energy, kindness, communication and people.

I don’t find these cliché at all, in fact, they make making my cup of tea extremely exciting. Tearing my Yogi tea bag open and finding my tea bag quote is just as exciting as breaking up a fortune cookie to find your fortune. Honestly, reading the quote on the end of my tea bag is much more exciting than finding my fortune from a fortune cookie. I always look forward to the uncovering the quote from my Yogi tea bag.

There’s something even more calming to drink some warm Yogi tea, while simultaneously reflecting on the piece of wisdom at the end of the tea bag.

What are your favorite teas? What is your favorite part about drinking tea?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Squad, Squad, Squad

These days, we are all trying to find a well-rounded group of pals that we can share our time, secrets and money with. This is easier said than done, seeing that not every person you will encounter in your life will have your best interest at heart, which is heartbreaking to say the least.

There is no step-by-step process to find your true genuine friends, so ultimately, it is up to you to find your tribe, or the people that you find click with you. Your tribe should consist of those you can easily trust, as well as those who are willing to push you and be honest with you.

Who you are attracted to and the qualities you are internally searching for within other people is subjective and unique to everyone. Similarly, you will not enjoy every one you will encounter, however, this process of encountering a variety of people will help you identify the qualities and kinds of people you are attracted to. Of course, other elements, such as the environment you grew up in, the people you were around when you grew up, and your experiences will shape your distinctive selection process.

It is not easy to find your squad, to say the least. Sometimes, even the people you think are apart of your squad, may end up not being the people you initially anticipated, making this a heart-breaking and painful process sometimes.

There is no secret to finding your squad, but keeping it real and staying true to who you are and what you believe in are definitely good strategies when you are trying to find your true group of friends. Do not try to change the person or morals that you believe in just to force a friendship, I assure you that this will not lead to a long-lasting, genuine friendship.

A healthy, long-lasting friendship means allowing your friends space to grow and experience, being attentive, being honest, being kind, admitting when you are wrong, and challenging them when you know that they can do better. Also, a healthy relationship consists of stability and consistency, and in order to keep anything, including your car running, you need to upkeep it and make sure you are taking time and care to make sure it does not die out on you. Nothing in your life will ever be perfect, including your friendships, but without any bumps on the road, how do you expect your friendship to grow, mature, and continue blossoming into a stronger bond. With that said, a “forever friend” is willing to stick through even those hard times, when nothing seems to be going your way and you just feel stuck. Despite your bad attitudes, snippy behavior, and sometimes reckless behavior, the members of your squad are willing to set that aside just to spend time with you, take care of you, and continue making memories.

Your tribe does not need to consist of the largest amount of people possible, in fact, a smaller, and tight-knit group is just as desirable. At the end of the day, the number of people you keep in your circle will not matter if you are truly content. The feeling of having a solid support system to be able to lean in trumps all feelings of wanting to have the largest social circle you can possibly acquire. This does not mean that your tribe can not or will not grow, as you continue growing, learning and living. It just means that the void of craving unnecessary attention and acceptance from others will be nonexistence, as you begin to realize that your happiness is simply not based on that.

Always remember that you, yourself are your best friend, and as a result, the company that you keep reflects the kind of person you are. Naturally, I would recommend keeping GREAT company. Ask yourself if you are truly happy with who you are, and who you are surrounding yourself with. Sometimes, as we go through the motions of life, we grow apart or slowly begin to become dissimilar to those who we have kept closely, and that is okay. It just means that you are living and growing, and when we are living and we are growing, we are allowed to grow, change, adapt, and adjust according to what we are currently dealing with and growing from. As a result, as we are growing through the processes of life, it is only natural that not every single individual we spend time with is going to be willing to stick around. Sometimes, this is just because of distance, difficult times, lack of communication or understanding, toxicity, or other simple things. This is something that you should not take personally, as most of the people we encounter will not be permanent placeholds in your life.

The important thing is to take a look around you, and appreciate those who have been supportive and endlessly loving towards you, even those who may not be your “forever” friends. As you continue living, growing, learning, and breathing, you will find your best b****es, and you will love every second of it. Try to exude your true self, engage in activities you enjoy, and value the company that you keep. As you begin your journey to exuding your genuine self and qualities, you will naturally begin attracting, or keeping, those who may share the attractive qualities that you seek in others. Do remember that not everyone in your squad has to be the same, in fact, the differences among each of your closest pals is something that you should cherish. A great squad learns from one another and helps one another grow, learn, and succeed.

If you’re a bird, they’re also birds, if you get what I am saying. Squad, squad, squad.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade