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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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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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A Visit to the City I Missed…

My mother grew up in San Francisco. My grandma, aunt/uncle, and cousins still live in San Francisco. Growing up, my mother always took us into the city for family visits, and all around shopping feats! I used to stay with my grandma for weeks at her vintage house on 41st avenue. As I got older, visits became more frequent because my eldest sister went to school- and lived- in San Francisco. She lived near Union Square (near all the shopping) for the first few years, then moved to the historic (and somewhat posh) neighborhood of Russian Hill.

Being away from the Bay Area, I really missed San Francisco. I have been itching to get back there since summer began. Just this week, I went with my best friend. Of course, we shopped. But honestly, I just wanted to take pictures.

One thing that I love the most about San Francisco is its unique history. Both my grandma and my mother have shared stories about San Francisco, and it is definitely a city that grows on you. Part of its charm is its different architectural styles. There are so many different style buildings that all come together to make San Francisco as eclectic as it is.

I’ve always told my mother that once I have established somewhat of a solid career path, I would love to own an apartment in San Francisco, either in the Marina District or Russian Hill. I have always loved San Francisco… Well, I just love cities in general. I have made it one of my little goals to live in the three cities I love the most: New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. So stay tuned for those adventures!

Xo,

Alicia

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Adventures in Inglewood

This week, I was in Los Angeles for two (short) days. I was mostly in the Santa Monica/Marina Del Rey area. But when driving in LA, you can be in one part of town and in the matter of 5 minutes, you can be in a different one. After landing in LAX, which is in Inglewood, I stopped to get a bite to eat.

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The Wood is a new American style restaurant. I wish I could tell you how amazing this food was. The staff was nice, and the prices were really good (and they had ginger beer!)

Our hotel was in Marina del Rey, near my university. The next morning we stopped for a quick bite at Le Pain Quotidian at the the outdoor shopping center called Villa Marina.

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My short visit to LA was actually very busy. I wish I could have taken more photos, and documented my mini vacation a little bit more. This trip made me really excited for this school year. I was exploring my new stomping ground, and I’m finally happy with my choice of university. I couldn’t be more excited!

Xo,

Alicia

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Hidden Venice

Coming home from my first year away at college, I decided to take a wee bit of a detour. I spent my first year at the University of La Verne, which is about 30 minutes (on a good LA traffic day, which is rare) outside of Downtown Los Angeles. I spent a handful of weekends downtown, as my boyfriend goes to USC. We made it a mission to find good food spots and to explore the city around us. We both enjoy spending hours just walking around with no plan. We like to wander around and see where we end up (and pray that our shoes are comfortable enough for the journey).

I didn’t get to see every inch of LA as much as I would have liked to. So on my way home, I spent some time in Venice, and Santa Monica.

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Espresso Bar that transports you to West Village, New York.

This café was a hidden gem, truly. It was right on the corner, directly in front of the infamous Venice sign that floats above the main street. I loved this café because it reminds me of the many charming cafés in New York. It transports you to West Village, maybe even the classic Brooklyn.

I stopped (in the middle of the road) to take these shots of the infamous, and often photographed, Venice sign. It is as cute and charming as I had imagined. Venice is the typical beach neighborhood. The sandy streets and salted air adds tradition to the otherwise eclectic neighborhood.

I plan on adventuring out in Los Angeles much more this year. My new university, LMU is just minutes from Venice and downtown. My new location will inspire me to explore the city.

Xo,

Alicia

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