OOTD | Yellow Toned

•••Yellow Toned•••

Today’s outfit consisted of mixing warmer, brighter summer tones and colors, with various basic, black pieces.
With Summer right at our finger tips, every aspect of our lives seems to be figuratively warmer, as well as more fun.

While my favorite outfits often consist of a absence of color, every once in a while, I find myself needing that extra light, extra warmth, and extra brightness that can be found in the depths of my closet, which also lacks much color.

A simple, casual outfit for a warmer day can be summed up for me in a few different words, “crop top” and “high-waisted shorts.” Both crop tops and high-waisted shorts are essentials for me, especially during the Summer.
A pastel yellow tie-hem blouse was my choice of “fun” for the day. The top is airy, which is perfect for the hot Summer days and yellow is currently on-trend. While I do not have any problems with the color yellow, I do find the color to be very bright and vibrant, and as a result, I do not find myself wearing, or shopping, for many yellow pieces of clothing. The color of this particular top was a very light, almost pastel yellow, which is why I was so drawn to buy it. I figured I would give this yellow trend a chance. I also just happen to be a sucker for pastel colors.
The pair of black high-waisted Mom shorts are one of my favorite shorts that I own. The “Mom” style denim, both shorts and jeans, offers a comfortable, more vintage alternative to your average pair of high-waisted denim shorts. I also love them because they are black – no surprise there. Every pair of black high-waisted shorts that I own is my favorite pair of high-waisted shorts that I own, if that is any indication of what my favorite style of short is and what my favorite color is.
The shorts paired perfectly with the yellow top, but then again, what color doesn’t black go well with?
The tie-hem blouse and the high-waisted “Mom” shorts are of totally different styles, but the buttons in both the tie-top and shorts allowed me to successfully create a look incorporating two items of opposite styles.
In addition, both the tie-top blouse and the high-waisted shorts, while vastly different in style, are both subtle, simplistic pieces, not statement pieces, and as a result, do a great job complimenting eachother, or coexisting, rather than clashing with each other. Clashing outfits, or loud outfits, are often a result of pairing two busy statement pieces together. While sometimes, collision outfits can be successful, the success rate is rather low. For the most part, these outfits are either a major hit or a major miss.
To finish off my casual summer-day look, I paired the outfit with some more black, including a black crossbody bag and black slip-on sandals. Jewelry was minimal, as per usual, however, I did incorporate a blue stone choker necklace to lay by itself on my neck.

 

Shop My Look

  1. Linen Tie-Hem Blouse | Macy’s | ($47.40)
  2. BDG Denim High-Rise Mom Short – Black | Urban Outfitters ($49.00)
  3. Fossil Crossbody Purse | Poshmark | ($45)
  4. Em Down Leather Slide Sandal | Nordstrom Rack | ($39.97)
  5. Choker – THRIFTED

This is a fairly simplistic, casual outfit that can very easily be dressed up and down, with a few small tweeks to the outfit itself.

Generally throughout the Summer, I wear variations of this outfit, incorporating and pairing different cropped tops with different high-waisted shorts.
This is a great example of an outfit that I essentially reuse and recycle ALL SUMMER LONG.

What is your favorite trend this Summer?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

OOTD | Platform For Success

Today’s outfit has indefinitely become one of my most favorite ensembles that I have compiled. This outfit ironically was directly inspired by a very fashion-forward sales associate, who was sporting a very similar look.
Finding direct outfit inspiration and outfit inspiration from a single individual’s outfit is a very exciting experience, as we rummage through our wardrobes, or even clothing racks at your nearest retailers, to compile an outfit that personifies their style, all while illustrating a similar outfit that resembles the original outfit that did more than catch your eye.
The greatest part about taking inspiration from an outfit, or somewhat mimicking an outfit exactly, is that one is able to put their own twist to the inspiring ensemble, creating a very unique variation of the outfit, trend, etc. that you may be mimicing.
My outfit was a very accurate imitation of the trendy sales associate’s outfit, and the resemblance between the two outfits is few. An outsider most certainly would not associate my variation of this trendy sales associate’s outfit, especially upon first glance.
I was careful to incorporate my own style and stay true to my style, however, I did make sure to incorporate specific trends and aspects of the outfit into my own ensemble.
While I cannot take full credit for the originality of this outfit, I will give that sales associate all the credit in the world for all the compliments I received in this outfit.

The trend of layering a crop top, bustier, or bralette over a plain white crop top, was the primary source of inspiration for my outfit. The anonymous sales associate’s outfit and successful utilization of this trend created a surge of pure excitement and pure inspiration within me, as I desperately craved to create my “layered ensemble” to show off in public. My mind immediately began drifting, while simultaneously reminiscing on the years of 2016 and 2017, when this trend reigned a front-running trend for fashion icons and street-walkers to display as part of their outfits. I will admit that I was a victim of using and abusing this trend of layering bralettes, crop tops, etc. over a cropped t-shirt. This trend gives an otherwise one-dimensional piece of clothing another dimension, and just like that a second dimension is created.
And, as we all know, two is ALWAYS better than one.

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This outfit quickly became one of my favorite outfits that I have put together this Summer, and while I am no outfit repeater like Lizzie McGuire, I would not be opposed to being seen wearing this exact outfit again. And, I do not say this very often.
Crop tops are an essential for me year-round, especially during the summer.
The majority of my Summer outfits, or ensembles, consists of a fairly basic crop top, sometimes a patterned, or statement crop top, paired with a various shade of high-waisted denim shorts.
This is my “go-to” outfit(s), as you can create many variations of effortless, yet cute outfits, just simply by mixing and matching different crop tops with different high-waisted shorts. While the options are endless, layering crop tops over t-shirts is one of the best and the most effective ways to elevate the look of a crop top, which is not a task very easily achieved.
The white cropped t-shirt works together with the black deep plunging crop top, a night-time top, or a going out top that normally does not see daylight, to create a great, fashion-forward daytime look. The union of the white cropped t-shirt, a daytime piece, and the black deep plunging crop top, a night-time, is successful. This is a great example of situation when opposites attract and have the ability to work cordially, or rather exceptionally well, together. The balancing act creates a fashion-forward look that is neither too casual and bland, or too over-the-top and carniveslque for the daytime.

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“Lemme grab the nearest black crop top,” my mind instinctively thinks.
I did exactly that.
This black crop top was made of a very unique material. The deep v-neck black crop top that mimics the silhouette of a bralette and the white t-shirt crop top are created with two totally different fabrics, which gives the crop top duo dimensions and allows for the otherwise (fairly) basic (but, cute) black crop to standout, or pop. While the fabrics practically contrast one another, when paired together, the contrasting fabrics are almost so uncomplimentary that it works. You know the saying, “two wrongs make a right.” Or, maybe you know that “two negatives make a positive.” This is one case where a contradiction works and manages to compliment each other.
The white cotton cropped t-shirt is made of a very light, airy material, which was perfect for the Summer heat. The cropped white t-shirt serves as a backdrop for the main event – the black, edgier crop top. The purpose of the white cropped t-shirt is not to out-do, distract, or underplay the black deep v-neck crop top. Instead, the white cropped shirt’s purpose is to do everything to mold into something that allows for the black crop top to speak for itself. I would even say that the white t-shirt’s role is to compliment the foreground, by blending into a background and working with the main event, or the black crop top.

Yes, I did grab the nearest pair of high-waisted shorts, which just happened to be a vintage style light-wash pair of high-waisted shorts.
I just was going along with the theme of flattery, or complimentary, and the pair of high-waisted shorts play a role similar to that of the white cropped t-shirt, as the goal of the shorts is not to distract eyeballs from the main event, which is still the black deep v-neck crop top that resembles a bralette silhouette. The silhouette of the crop top is rather edgy and makes a statement, and it is incredibly important that the focus stays on the edgy crop top, or the statement piece.

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My favorite part of the whole look are the white platform sandals that are just the right amount of “wow,” without creating a very busy look.
My white platform sandals are one of my favorite statement pieces of the Summer, so it was incredibly important that I paired my clothes right, in order to avoid a busy, messy and distracting look. The last thing anyone wants is for their outfit to lack focus, or at least follow some sort of theme, because outfits that include too many “busy,” or statement, pieces can cause a mess worse than the messes I make in the kitchen.
In order to avoid resembling a “hot mess,” literally and figureatively, I made sure that the platform sandals did not overpower the rest of my outfit.
This outfit utilizes the theme of black and white colors, which are not even colors technically. These hues are found all over my outfit, and as a result, the white statement, platform sandals had the ability to elevate the look of this casual, fairly outfit.
The platforms not only give me height, but they also bring an  element of fun and playful vibes, which Summer fashion is all about.
POWER TO THE PLATFORM. PLATFORM PERSONALITY IS ALWAYS IN.

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In continuation of the black-and-white theme present within my outfit, a black wide brim hat made its’ way onto my head, as it sat dutifully protecting me from the sun part-time. The hat’s full-time job is to elevate my look, by adding a trendy, Summer-y element to the outfit. This hat plays much larger role than many would imagine. The hat plays a vital role, and without the hat the outfit would be rather bland, and completely different.
Without the wide brim hat, the outfit would be far from memorable. In fact, I would find the outfit quite bland and quite confusing, just like Baked Lays. The hat adds another level of personality to the outfit, all while maintaining a mature, trendy, and simplistic look that I was hoping to channel.
The wide brim hat is exciting in a much more different way than the platform sandals are. The platform sandals are just as exciting, spontaneous, and eye-catching as a Summer fling. The wide-brim hat is a much more tamed, domesticated, and silent excitement that one feels when one finds a $1 bill on the ground on accident. Finding the $1 bill may seem underwhelming, however, it still manages to captivate your eyes, steal your attention, and create excitement.
Excitement, or personalities, can be either loud or subtle. Whether you choose a louder or more subtle form of excitement, or personality, to spruce up your life, realize that your levels of excitement, from subtle to loud, do not create any less, or any more of a reaction than one another.
Sometimes, personality and excitement speaks silently, as it unknowingly catches our eyes and holds our attention, without our knowledge or consciousness. In this way, excitement can be sneaky and hard to identify.
Strong statements and strong personalities can be made with even the most silent and muted colors, if only one keeps their mouth shut. Silence can sometimes produce louder and more profound, or more trendy and fashion-forward, statements than loud statement pieces that sound like they are yelling, and perhaps violating your personal bubble space.

Accessories, which includes shoes, play a vital role in the creation of the “statement,” vibe, and personality of an outfit. Pairing an outfit with controversial accessories that just do not work well in complimenting one another can completely destroy the look, or the style, that you were attempting to channel. So, it is incredibly important that you weigh out all your options carefully and remember that sometimes more is less.
As I said before, sometimes less is more than more is more.

An outfit without accessories, or outfits with very minimalistic accessories, can feel muted, boring, and invisible. One could even feel naked without a sufficient amount of accessories.
Accessories, whether you use them in excess or in minute amounts, are incredibly important and can be your biggest asset in creating that compelling and noteworthy look that we all attempting to manifest.
The key to utilizing accessories successfully is learning how to socialize pieces together that ultimately can easily adapt and mold to different styles, occasions, formality, etc., without so much as a fight, or premeditated intentions to make you look bad.
The more difficult pieces, including both clothing, accessories, shoes, etc. require more time, attention, and care, when accessorizing, as learning to balance the different power struggles of statement pieces can be an incredibly difficult task that every one has fallen victim to at least ten times in their life.

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Shop My Look

  1. Gotta Have It White Crop Top ($20.00) | LuLu’s
  2. Project Social T Tara Surplice Tank Top ($29.00) | Urban Outfitters
  3. Denim High-Waist Cuff Short ($58.00) | American Apparel
  4. Women’s Recovery Flatform Sandals ($89.00) | Steve Madden
  5. Felt Matador Boater Hat ($22.00) | ASOS DESIGN

Sometimes, pairing contrasting clothes and/or accessories more often than not works more in your favor than one would imagine. You would be surprised with what kind of successful results can come of pairing contrasting and controversial pieces and/or accessories. Many are surprised at how compatible and how much success can come from mixing-and-matching clothes and accessories that exhibit contrasting qualities and styles.

How is everyone’s Summer going?
I hope everyone is having a wonderful and playful Summer, and I hope that your wardrobe is equally as wonderful and playful as the season is.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

OOTD | Homage To Tie Dye

Tie dye finally made its debut this Summer, and I took it straight to the Boulder Creek.

Boulder, Colorado loves its’ tie-dye, and it is definitively the most favored print of the city.

The Summer heat was in full-swing, and the cold water of the Boulder Creek seemed like the only cure.
The Boulder Creek is a popular destination for Boulderites, visitors, tourists, etc., especially during the Summer, as it is quite literally the only legitimate body of water in Boulder.

A tie-dye tube top and a black pair of high-waisted shorts, which assisted in helping keep me calm, cool, and collected in this Summer heat.
Not pictured, but worn, was a pair of black Birkenstocks that are perfect for being by bodies of water.
This outfit was fairly simplistic, but was very fitting for the location, the occasion, and the water.

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Shop My Look

  1. Tie-Dye Tube Top | Thrifted
  2. Grunge Black Vintage High-Waisted Levi’s ($35.00) | Etsy
  3. Arizona Oiled Leather Soft Footbed Amalfi Black ($135.00) | Birkenstock

This outfit was perfectly low-maintenance for a day at the creek, as I spent it bouncing around the water. Summer fashion should be fun, colorful, etc., and so I embraced the season by channeling my best tie-dye.

I truly owe it to my tie-dye for giving my outfit life and personality. Hopefully, I did it justice, but I cannot be for sure.

‘Tis the season for tie-dye!

‘Tis the season for tubing, as well. I saw maybe at least 50 people tubing, and I had the best seat in the house. I was right by the wipe-out zone, where I saw at least 90% of the tubers wipe out.

I have included some lovely play-by-play of two tubers failing hardcore, but they were two of at least 40 people who wiped out.

Warning: This could make your day and make you laugh.

Do not say I never warned you, or never gave you anything. And, you are welcome in advance.

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This is one of my favorite ways to beat the heat – tie-dye, high-waisted shorts, and the Boulder Creek.
What are your favorite ways to cool down this Summer?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

OOTD | Sneakin’ Around In Dresses

The first word that comes to mind when I hear the word dress is “girly.”
Ok, it could also be “fancy.”
Or even, not really up my alley.

I found myself sneaking around Boulder, Colorado in a black midi bodycon dress, paired with some baby pink sneakers.
Pairing dresses with sneakers has become a popular trend, as comfort and athleteisure has surfaced into the fashion industry.

Incorporating a pair of sneakers with a dress is normally not everyone’s first reaction, as most individuals chose to dress up their dresses with shoes that complement the dressier look, figuratively and literally.
Recently, however, style icons and members of the fashion industry have decided to go against societal norms, dismissing the notion that people cannot wear sneakers with their dresses.
Some may believe that the sneakers may take away from the dressier vibe of your dress, but in reality, the sneakers, paired with a dress, exudes a very hip, trendy, and sporty look, without having even to try. Not to mention, I would rather wear sneakers with a dress than heels – ANY DAY OF THE WEEK.

The sneaker and dress combonation works well for those who wish to dress themselves up with a dress, but are looking to “dress down” their dress, all while feeling comfortable. You no longer have to feel the pressure of finding heels, trendy shoes, dressy shoes, uncomfortable shoes, etc., when wearing any dress.
This trend has opened many doors and many barriers, including the notion that dresses cannot be worn daily, without looking over-the-top or too dressy. This trend reaffirms that there is always a cool, trendy, and hip way to dress comfortably, even with a dress on. This trend seriously promotes wearing and incorporating dresses into your daily wardrobe!
The fashion industry has finally accepted that comfortability and trendiness is achievable.

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Shop My Look

  1. Ribbed Bodycon Cami Dress ($14.90) | Forever 21
  2. Twill Sneakers ($14.99) | H&M
  3. Charlie Metal Round Sunglasses ($16.00) | Urban Outfitters
  4. Slinky Gold Choker Necklace (SOLD OUT) | Urban Outfitters

Next time you are wanting to adventure, or even just walk around, in your cutest dress, you can do so comfortably, sporty and casually, by pairing your dress with a cute pair of sneakers.
Sneakers are the absolute best way to dress down a dress, so you never have to feel overdressed, or even uncomfortable for that matter.

It’s a sneaker kind of year, so sneak them into your outfit!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

 

OOTD | Red, White & Blue

The Fourth of July attire consists of a red, white and blue color scheme. It is your job to compile an outfit consisting of these primary colors, in order to show your holiday spirit. It is just the American way!

The weather on the Fourth of July in Boulder, Colorado was quite warm, so I dressed accordingly. While I do not own any American flag printed attire, I had clothes and accessories that involved the colors of red, blue, and white.

Holidays are great opportunities to get a little playful with your outfitts, which takes the stress of feeling morally obligated to look cute. Holidays are meant to dress in spirited attire, and much less about dressing in cute, fashion-forward, and trendy outfits.
My outfit for the Fourth of July consisted of an cream colored off-the-shoulder crop top that was paired with light-wash, high-waisted, floral-printed shorts. The shorts added a playful element to my outfit, and allowed me to show a part of my personality within my outfit. I took advantage of the scarf trend and accessorized my outfit with a red paisley scarf that I tied around my neck. In order to protect my eyes from the intense sun rays, a pair of blue, circular sunglasses was incorporated into my outfit.
My black platform sneakers were the only part of my outfit that did not abide by the dress color, or the color code, of the holiday.

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Shop My Look

  1. Smocked Crop Top ($58.00) |Free People
  2. High-Waisted Floral Print Light Wash Shorts | American Apparel (SOLD OUT)
  3. Red Paisley Print Scarf | Thrifted
  4. Kickstart Flatform Sneakers ($79.00) | Steve Madden
  5. Retro Hippie Large Round Metal Sunglasses ($10.95) | ZeroUV

I had so much fun compiling this outfit together, as it also allowed me to incorporate some of my favorite pieces from my wardrobe into one outfit. My high-waisted shorts and my red, paisley scarf are some of my favorite pieces that I do not find myself wearing enough.

Hope you had a safe and fashionable Fourth of July! I hope you also had just as much fun as your patriotic outfit!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Outfit Of Day | b&w

Today’s outfit consists of a b&w theme, straight to shoes.

Though it is almost June, May has been full of some rainy and colder days. This day just happened to be one of them.

My outfit incorporates one of my favorite trends of the fall and winter, a turtleneck. While I am not usually a fan of white bottoms and prefer dark wash bottoms, I decided to switch things up, pairing the dark turtleneck with a pair of white distressed jeans. To finalize the look, I wore a pair of low-top checkerboard Vans sneakers. I styled my hair into buns, to add a playful element into my outfit. Hairstyles can be one of your best accessories!

Shop My Look

  1. Shaker Stitch turtleneck sweater ($24.97) – GAP
  2. Distressed Ankle Skinny Jeans ($28.00) – Forever 21
  3. Vans Old Skool Checkerboard Sneaker ($60.00) – Urban Outfitters

This outfit is that I was able to pull together in a few minutes, or one of my more casual looks.
I was feeling very black and white this day, so I represented it into my wardrobe.

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