During my Junior year of college, I studied abroad in Paris for about 5 months. During my time there I worked for the online magazine at American University Paris called Peacock Plume. It was there that I found my love of writing and where I decided to start my blog, The New Classique. Honestly, I’m so glad that I have found this outlet and a new passion in my life. I hope that through my ramblings and stories that you can also find inspiration to pursue your passions.
So instead of giving you some long drawn out spiel about me and my life and my story and blah blah blah...we're gonna do 30 questions! Woo! SO here we go!
Ariana Elyse Coleman. I was almost named Devin, but literally as soon as I came out of the womb my dad was like “nope her name is Ariana.”
I am from the small(ish) town of Beaumont, Texas (Texas runs through my veins!). I, however, do not sound Texan at all and I blame it on the fact that my mom was born and raised in the bay area of California and my dad has moved around a ton, so I never picked up that Texas twang. I do say y’all a lot though so there’s that.
Currently though, I live in West Covina, California
Thunder storms, not pursuing my passion, the patriarchy (with good reason, we are in scary times)
podcasts, Clothing sales, the food network
My headphones! literally i have to have my headphones with me at all times. If i found out that i’ve gone out and that i didn't bring my headphones, I am not a happy camper.
Highlighter! Specifically my NYX illuminate highlighter. It's super pigmented and shows up really nicely in photos.
My Steve Madden knee high black suede boots. They are fierce af, and I feel like a boss every time I wear them. Although I now have a pair of bright red Steve Madden stiletto booties that may be giving them a run for their money.
J'aime paris! It honestly has my heart! I lived there for five months and honestly fell in love with it. I've traveled to many places, but Paris is still my favorite by far.
Rosé all freaking day! I'm a big wine fanatic in general, but give me a nice glass of Rosé, some candles, and a bubble bath...I am set for a good Saturday night. I also love a good margarita (who doesn’t?).
I am a Marketing Coordinator for Clothing Shop online. It is an ecommerce site to buy great quality clothing blanks at a fair price.
I currently have three piercings, one in my right ear and two in my left, and no tattoos. I've actually been entertaining the idea of getting a nose piercing and also getting a tattoo soooooo maybe that'll happen.
Besides the one time in my senior year high school (and part of my freshman year of college...yeah we don't talk about those times) where I had a streak of blond put in my hair...then no. Again i've thought about making my hair some funky awesome color, but it's kind of so unique on its own that i don't think it needs anything else.
I have shaved the left side of my head though so that was fun. Honestly my hair journey is pretty extensive.
I do actually. I'm very much a give and it will come back to you (that's just the freaking word of God right there.) So I very much believe in getting back what you put out. You just gotta put those good vibes out into the universe.
For those of you who don't know what an OTP is, it's your favorite couple, be it fictional or non-fictional. I have so many...like so many, but i would say that my true otp is betty and jughead from Riverdale (#bughead for life) or it's Barry Allen and Iris West from The Flash (The Cw show) Because interracial couples on television make my heart happy.
"She is mad, but she is magic" hence the reason why it's on my homepage.
I have getting ready down to an art for honestly. My hair doesn’t take much in the morning, and I rarely wear more than some concealer, eyebrows, and my ELF lipgloss or one of the many chapsticks I have. All in all it takes me like 25 minutes max to get ready on a daily basis. sometimes 30 if I decided to put on highlighter or mascara.
People who eat loud or chew with their mouth open. I literally detest it!!!
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be in this small city called Éze. it's right next to nice on the mediterranean coast of France, and it's beautiful. like my goal is to be fabulous old woman living in this little french town, chillin' in the mountains and overlooking the mediterranean.
I defs wanted to be a dancer whenever I grew up. Honestly I love dance, and have done it for a majority of my life (18 years lol), but writing and being a writer is probs my biggest dream now (also there’s less physical pain involved with it lol).
Besides my mom, who is Über inspirational to me, I have like two people that I really look up to for different reasons. Yara shahidi and Misty Copeland. Yara is so inspirational because even though she is like 4 years younger than me, she is so well spoken, and self aware for her age. she carries herself with such poise, and is kind of the definition of black girl magic. I also chose misty because, besides the fact that she is the first black principal dancer and performed as the white swan in swan lake for ABT, her story is amazing. She shows that perseverance is worth it, and that your dream can happen at any time as long s you make it happen.
Also I look up to Chance The Rapper. He as created so much success by y his own will, like didn’t sign to a label, didn’t conform to what people thought he should’ve doe in the music industry. Like I think he’s super inspiring.
I don't really have a party trick lol. I mean I can do a jump split (#drillteamthings) but I rarely break out a jump split. I would say just my dancing in general is a party trick.
2 Dope queens hands down! I'm obsessed with them and they are so freaking hilarious and so black girl magical. they have me rolling every time i'm walking to class or driving somewhere. Also I love Megan Batoon’s podcast “Just A Tip” like it’s so great, and I highly recommend it.
Literally everyone calls me Ari, like since forever. My close friends fondly and jokingly refer to me as queen because an unfortunate incident with a guy at a party sophomore year of college, and my mom calls me lovely.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, although I am currently reading A Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
I use vsco and adobe photoshop to edit my pictures and i use unum to place some of my photos into the ones i already posted to see how it looks.
I mean Instagram hands down.
It's really hard man, like i'm still learning and no doubt I will be forever, but being a blogger is not easy at all and you will want to give up...multiple times. but don't. keep pushing and keep posting content that you genuinely love. If you keep creating content that you love and your proud of then the audience will come. Don’t sell out and try to do what everyone else is doing or create things that are not inspiring to you.
I see myself happy, with whatever I am doing at that moment. I also see myself publishing my first book.
Nope I am single.
If i had a dinner party and could invite anyone i ever wanted, i would invite: Zendaya, Yara Shahidi, my best friend Camille, Beyoncé, Misty Copeland, Lilly Singh, Kerry Washington, Gabriel union, Ava Duvernay, and Shonda Rhimes, oh and Oprah of course! (Is that 10???) And of course my mom and my sister. (That's defs more than ten lol)
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