Introducing... Love, Arielle Joy

I'd like to welcome you all to follow the links on over to check out my new blog, and also my new social media sites as well, such as Pinterest and Twitter. :)



You can also reach me by emailing: bloglovearielle {at} gmail {dot} com

Looking forward to seeing you soon!


Announcement For All Readers :)

Hi everybody!
First off, I KNOW. It's like I just disappeared. So sorry about that. I've been working on a few projects, and been keeping busy being a mom, taking care of my health, and missing hubs. But I'm not really here today to make excuses about being a bad blogger, I actually have a few rather big announcements to make today. So please take a minute to read my post through, I'd appreciate it so much! Okay, are you ready? I'll give you the bad news first and save the best for last, how is that?

I've decided after much thought, to stop blogging here, at Marie Loves. {insert tearful nostalgic moment here} I published my first post here, in 2010, over 3 years ago. Seems like 10 in a lot of ways. :) When I first started blogging, I was a lonely teen girl, living a kajillion miles away from everything familiar to me, I loved fashion, photography, and writing, so I thought hey! Why not start a fashion blog? What is there to lose? I fell in love with blogging. If you aren't a blogger, you probably don't get it. But really, blogging is my creative outlet! I enjoy writing. I enjoy beauty, makeup, haircare, fashion, shopping and all that fun, girly, stylish, stuff girls do. I like promoting natural beauty, and sharing with girls how to (modestly) celebrate being feminine, the way God made us. I never expected this blog to be anything special, or popular, to be honest I'm still so surprised every time my email dings and I see a new comment or follower! I love each and every one of you a lot. I've made so many amazing friends via Marie Loves, I am so thankful for that opportunity. With that said, I didn't start this blog with the goal of getting lots of followers, and I still feel that way every time I hit publish. I think it's important, with anything creative like this, to always always always do it in a way that is true to yourself. Creativity should always come from the personal uniqueness that makes you up into the special person you are. There is nothing wrong with trying out new things and stepping out of your comfort zone, but I really hope this blog always stay true to me, Arielle, and who I am. Sometimes people ask me, "Why do you blog?" and while I wish I had a really philosophical thing to say, as simple as it sounds, I blog because I enjoy blogging. 

It relaxes me.
It makes me happy.
I enjoy the creative aspect.
It's fun.
It's motivating.
It pushes me to learn new things.
I meet new people, and make new friends.
It has given me new opportunities.
It encourages others.
It gives me a place to express myself.

I have grown and changed as a person in so many ways since 2010, I feel like my heart has moved on from here, and is ready for something fresh and new. Truthfully, I'm not the same girl that I was then, even though I'm still me, it's a more grown up, life-changed, and older me now! For crying out loud, I'm a mother now, that is still hard for me to believe! :-) So with all that said, moving on to my second awesome announcement! I hope you are still reading by this point!

I will be launching a new blog in the very near future. Yay! I hope you are excited because I know that I sure am! My new site will be focused more on daily outfit posts, fashion, beauty, and won't be so side tracked as this blog has become. (Yup. That's me. Rabbit trail girl. It's so hard for me to NOT be random.) I will still be inserting personal posts in the midst of all the fashion & style, of course! My baby girl is WAY to cute to not share with you guys every once in awhile. ;) So there it is! I've been working on my new blog, and have plans to be launching it any day now. I really hope you'll come on over to follow my new site, I can't wait to start it up and see what happens. I will be back soon for one LAST post to share links and info on my new blog. So stay tuned!

Marie Danielle..... or Me! Arielle. :)


First Trip With Maria

(My apologies! I wrote this on Monday and THOUGHT I scheduled it for later on in the day, but apparently, I didn't. So. It's only like, a week late!)

I was SUPER nervous about flying with a 8 month old. Everyone has these awful stories about babies screaming during entire 10 hour flights and everything being chaotic. I read up on tons of articles and prepared as best as I could. But I was still nervous, and figured it was only a matter of time before Maria erupted. Well, surprise surprise, EVERYTHING WAS FINE. I should have just trusted my gut! Maria is a really calm baby, for the most part. She is also extremely stubborn and opinionated for a little girl, but she loves her mommy and as long as she is close to me, she is almost always content. So thankfully, we had a great trip. I overpacked as usual. Our flights were delayed. I went to the wrong terminal. My back hurt for days afterwards. But at least we didn't experience any diaper blow outs or full on scream sessions during the flights. I was super proud of Maria and thankful God got us here safe and sound. I was ever so happy to arrive in Minneapolis just in time for the 4th of July. After about a week of jet lag (yay early mornings!) things got back to normal and we've adjusted quite well. I miss Dan so much, and hope his visa process goes quickly. It's difficult to be so far apart. Thankfully, we have Skype! Alright, lets just go on to the photos. :)

Sleeping on the way to the airport!

Leaving Brasov for the last time. :( Bittersweet.

Getting ready to take off for the first time! Yay!

Pretty skies.

She got her fill of people watching in the airport!

Flight delays in Munich.

But delays don't seem to bother babies as much as it does the adults. :)

Maria was SUPER hyper by the time we arrived in Chicago! I couldn't get her to stand still for a picture!

My first American purchase. Classy, I know.

Getting some much needed R&R the next day!!

Hope you enjoyed the pics and I'll be back soon with MORE POSTS. :)




New Beginnings

I think I'm turning into a professional (absent) blogger these days! I'm truly sorry, and honesty I've missed blogging here so much. Forgive me for being MIA for the past few months, it's been one of the most difficult times I've had to go through. Change is a part of life, but sometimes changes can be painful, unsettling, hard to understand, and slow to get used too. I've had so many of those hard changes happen lately that I'm left feeling physically and emotionally exhausted, it's probably just all the stress and adrenaline leaving my body! Do you ever sit back and have one of those moments where you think to yourself, "I never thought my life would go like this?" That's been running through my mind quite often lately.

 Honestly I don't understand a lot of things. From the outside most people consider me a strog person, but the truth is, I often feel like I'm falling apart. I don't understand why I got sick. It's unfair, I'm to young to feel this old. But it's my life, the one God gave me, the only life I have. And while it can be unbearable at times to stay strong. It's important that I try to not stay down too long. I'm just trying to "hang in there" and push through, hoping for better days ahead. 

I'm still not feeling 100% like myself, but I'm going to try start blogging again! Are any of my followers still here? :)

I'll see you later today with some details and photos of my trip from Romania to Minnesota. :)



Announcement for Followers

Important news!

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