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The Power of Pink

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Is this girl really talking about this brand again? And yeah, I’m coming at you with another Glossier post. I am talking about them again.

The first thing that caught my eye was Glossier’s pink packaging, let’s be honest. But what made me fall in love with the brand was how they combine skincare and makeup. Each product is so versatile and easy to use, so there’s something for everyone (and it looks good on the shelf, too!) Each product is gentle and good for your skin.

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Generation G in Like and Leo.

My favorite product (it is really hard to pick just one) are the Generation G matte lippies. These matte lipsticks are super nourishing and are more of a balm than a lipstick. They go on gently and create a sheer color that resembles a popsicle stain. ‘Like’ and ‘Cake’ are my go-to natural everyday colors.

My second favorite product is the Boy Brow. The Boy Brow actually introduced me to Glossier about two years ago when I bought the product for me and my sister. I have been hooked ever since. Today, Glossier announced that the Boy Brow is now available in Clear. So, in addition to Blonde, Brown, and Black, the Boy Brow now comes in Clear! This is exciting news considering I have always debated between whether brown or black fits my natural brow color better. I end up buying both because a girl can never have too many options.

I was recently contacted by Kelly Mittendorf to become part of the Glossier Rep Program. Of course I said yes. I was waiting for the perfect moment to announce this on my blog, and with the launch of the new Boy Brow option, the moment is here. I have linked my Rep page on Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, but in case you don’t follow me on those I have linked it here too.

Peek at my YouTube to see how I use the Boy Brow and other Glossier products! In the meantime, check out my Rep page to shop my favorite products, and get 20% off your first order and free shipping on any order over $30!

Xo,

Alicia

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Self-Exploration Through Aesthetics

Self-exploration is a constant process. Keeping up with blogging on Tumblr has made me discover very intricate parts of my personality. I have been an avid Tumblr blogger since high school. I spent a lot of time on my blog and gained around 10,000 followers. But one day I realized that I just did not like the look of my blog, so I made a new one with a completely different look- one that was better suited to me. I have not logged into my old blog for almost a year now and to be honest, I don’t really remember what my aesthetic even was. It even bothers me to even think about my old blog because it just never matched up with my personality or style. I began my new blog as soon as I stopped updating my old one and it has evolved with me as I further explore my style and taste.

I go on Tumblr at least once a day. I usually take a break from homework and just scroll through Tumblr, looking for the next photo to reblog. I put on good music and attempt to make my blog as visually appealing as possible. Above are some of the photos that I have reblogged in the past. Tumblr, for me, is a constant visual mood board. It helps me gather inspiration, while also distressing me (and distracting me).

Updating my Tumblr blog has given me a lot of inspiration in otherwise uninspired times. It has helped me discover new art, fashion and music. I have only 497 followers on my new Tumblr blog, but honestly the follower count doesn’t matter. I really enjoy updating my blog’s look. My goal is to make the photos begin to complement one another. If you know me, you know I have a love for cohesive content (just look at my Instagram and you can see my obsession with cohesion). And my Tumblr is no different: it is truly my aesthetic.

Xo,

Alicia

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Why I Started YouTube…

I binge watch YouTubers like Arden Rose,  TrueBeutie and Joellen Lu way too often than I should. But watching each of their videos really made me inspired to start making my own videos. I have always had a passion for filmography/photography and video editing, and a YouTube is the perfect chance to film and edit while also being able to talk about products, clothes and my life in general.

I have been talking about starting my own YouTube, and I have bounced this idea off of some of my closest friends for a really long time.. .probably annoying each of them a lot. But I finally decided to do it, with the help of my mom (a new camera was one of my birthday presents).

It was my 20th birthday almost a week ago, and I filmed a quick “Get Ready With Me” before my little birthday dinner my family surprised me with. I posted it two days ago and I have almost 200 views on it, which I did not expect at all. I was thinking more like 50 views for the whole week. So, it is safe to say I’m pretty excited.

It will be time consuming to film because I do have schoolwork, my job at the newspaper and I do write for my blog and MyTrendingStories, but I think it will be both rewarding and exciting to see where this will take me. I am hoping to get out a new video biweekly, if not weekly (we’ll see!)

Click here to go check out my video! No pressure though.

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grwm: 20th birthday (now on Youtube!)

 

Xo,

Alicia

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Glossier Gal

The first time I bought a product from Glossier was about two years ago. I was growing out my naturally bushy brows and I came across the Boy Brow. I wanted a product that kept my big brows in place, but also help them look natural. The Boy Brow did just that. From then on, I was hooked on Glossier. I am the proud owner of almost every Glossier product there is. From the Boy Brow to the Skin Tint to their terry cloth headband, I am addicted.

As I do struggle with acne prone skin and constant break outs, Glossier’s products help my skin, especially the Perfecting Skin Tint (which also improves my constant hyper pigmentation). Glossier is 100% cruelty free. And if that is not enough to sell you on the brand, their products are also great for your skin. They put “skin first,” which really aligns with my own view of beauty. I love Glossier because it really celebrates self-love. The brand’s mission is to help their customers see that their own beauty is the most beautiful thing there is. Their products have really transformed how I see beauty products, and even my own beauty.

Each order comes in a cute Glossier Pink pouch, which would not be complete without their cute little stickers. If you babes want to test some Glossier products, here’s a link that will get you 20% off your first order (at checkout): http://bff.glossier.com/ekJPl

Xo,

Alicia

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The Importance of a Coffee Shop

In order to keep busy and make a little money, I started working for my university’s newspaper. I work during the weekdays and one day on the weekends. About two weeks ago, I picked up the Sunday shift. With the rest of my college obligations, with finding time to hang out with friends and with my boyfriend, I felt a little stressed. Being an English major, I am assigned a heavy load of readings every day. Just last week I read 50 pages a day just to stay on track. I’m not complaining, I swear. I love reading, and I love books. I enjoy my major and could not imagine studying anything other than English. But sometimes, everyone needs a little down time. This is when I realized the importance of coffee shops.

The beautiful thing about working at the newspaper as a copyeditor is that you can edit contributors’ work online. I often go to coffee shops just to sit and obviously drink a coffee (that’s a given). But since I picked up shifts on the weekend, I have been finding little spots all around Los Angeles to do my work. Verve Coffee Roasters and Dinosaur Coffee are the two spots I have hit recently.

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Verve Coffee Roasters in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA)

Verve Coffee Roasters in DTLA doesn’t serve just coffee. They also have a really good choice of teas and juices. My first visit I went with something pretty safe: a vanilla latte with soy milk. It was actually really good. The baristas working were so pleasant and nice, it added to the whole laid back vibe of Verve. It was a very calming place to take out my laptop and edit articles.

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Dinosaur Coffee near Sunset Junction

Dinosaur Coffee is easily my favorite spot. Areas around Sunset like Los Feliz and Silver Lake are my favorite. If you have ever been to West Village in New York, this area is pretty similar. Laid back, and filled with cool thrift spots and vinyl stores, it is the perfect coffee shop spot. Will I live in this neighborhood when I get the chance? Probably. Most likely. But anyways. Dinosaur Coffee had an immense amount of natural light inside. It felt like all the walls were just windows. It had an easy and calm environment that is perfect for getting some work done.

Once I began to get a little more busy, I realized the importance of having a little time to relax. Even though I’m technically still working while sitting at a coffee shop, the fact that I give myself new surroundings to work really helps destress me. I seem to get a little more productive while in coffee shops, which has helped me stay on track during my second year at university.

Xo,

Alicia

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With love, from Santa Monica

Santa Monica is the place you go for a break from Los Angeles. If you get tired of the traffic, or get tired of the smog, or even get tired of the city. Santa Monica is the perfect little escape. It still technically counts as Los Angeles, but it has very few things in common with downtown LA. Like the good shopping and yummy restaurants.

I go to school about five miles from Santa Monica. Okay, so I know that does not seem far at all. But it honestly takes a solid 20 minutes to get there. You may be asking why. Well, because Los Angeles traffic is real. And it sucks. But 20 minutes is completely doable, in my opinion.

Over the weeks, I have been to Santa Monica a few times. Meaning, I have taken a lot of photos. A lot. 

You can probably tell that I love palm trees. If you follow me on Instagram, it is obvious just how much I love palm trees. And Santa Monica has the prettiest palm trees. Actually, Beverly Hills might have the best palm trees. But Santa Monica is a very close second.

The 3rd St. Promenade is where all the shopping is in Santa Monica. Well, almost all of it. You have the Promenade, where brands like Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and Madewell are in a constant state of busy. Then one block up, you have downtown Santa Monica. I prefer this area. That sounds pretentious. I’m sorry. I prefer downtown Santa Monica only because it reminds me of San Francisco. The way the buildings look and how the storefronts switch from chic boutiques to foodie spots… It just really reminds me of home. Also there is Buffalo Exchange and Wasteland, which are two of my favorite thrifting spots.

One block down from the 3rd St. Promenade is the beach. The infamous Santa Monica Pier. I was recently walking around the boardwalk with my boyfriend’s family, and got a snap of the California Coast.

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Santa Monica Beach (from the Pier)

I have never felt so lucky to live in Los Angeles than I do when looking at this photo. From the palisades off in the distance, to the warm sunny beach with that pretty water (by the way, it gets way prettier as you travel down towards Malibu. That water is beautiful). There are so many different parts of Los Angeles. You have the city, the beach, the suburbs, and the little downtowns in each area of town. It is so unique and special. It may be a giant hassle to go from place to place sometimes (most of the time), but I think that just adds to LA’s charm.

Xo,

Alicia

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’90s Ref Babe

’90s fashion is my thing. Actually, a lot of my style inspiration comes from my mom. My mom was a very stylish person in the ’90s. So stylish. There are countless photos of her in high waisted Levi’s, paired with a Ralph Lauren tank, and topped off with those iconic 90’s sunglasses. ’90s mom was so chic. I would see photos of her and automatically want to recreate her outfits. Plenty of the outfits I wear now are ’90s mom-esque.

Recently, ’90s style has become so popular. Affordable brands like Forever21, H&M, Old Navy, and Urban Outfitters have started to style their pieces completely ’90s chic.

I thrift a lot of my fashion essentials, to get a really authentic ’90s look, from my jeans to my knitted bodysuits. But there is one brand I go completely mad over. And that is Reformation. I have talked about this brand once before in a blog post, but I am going to talk about them again because I just love their stuff that much.

Manufactured in Los Angeles (yay), Reformation uses sustainable fabrics- and sustainable practices- to make every single one of their garments. Their impact on the environment is much smaller than brands like Forever21 or H&M. I like to buy thrifted fashion just as much as I like to buy new fashion, don’t get me wrong. I might even prefer to buy pre-loved items, new or old. But I love that Ref exists because it is so easy to incorporate their garments into my wardrobe, without it clashing with any of my vintage pieces!

Although their garments are a little on the expensive side, I really enjoy buying from them because it feels so good to know that something I own was made responsibly and fairly. My new Ref purchase came this week (Yes, I realize that I may have a Ref addiction, but we are just going to pretend I don’t).

I have had my eye on the Linnea dress for almost a month now. But every time I checked, my size was out of stock. I checked again about a week ago. I was in luck. I bought the Linnea dress right when I saw that my size was restocked. I would pair this dress with any type of shoe. With my vintage white leather mules from Naturalizer (pictured), a black chunky heel, or even my all-white Keds. Most of Reformation’s pieces can be dressed either up or down, and that is something I really look for in a piece. Reformation incorporates ’90s style into their garments. Their styles are new, but they give off that ’90s chic that I just love!

Xo,

Alicia

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