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Tuesday Tunes

Music is a big part of who I am. So, I love finding new bands and artists that help cultivate my music collections. But I also love past artists too. These two can come hand-in-hand when it comes to vinyl.

My father had so many records and I think that is where my obsession really began. When I was young, I remember wanting to play these “big CD disks.” As I got older, I appreciated his vintage 60s/70s vinyl so much more (and I actually knew to call them vinyl and not big CD disks).

I have been creating somewhat of my own record collection for a while now. I have close to 50 records that I picked out and purchased all on my own. Today, for Tuesday’s Tunes, I’m focusing on three of my favorite newer artists.

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Wet’s “Don’t You”

Don’t You is Wet’s most recently released album. I bought this record during a recent trip to San Francisco. I usually stick to buying old records when I go to a thrift store, but I could not resist this album. Wet is a pretty new group from Brooklyn, NY. Their sound is very melodic, and a little hypnotic. If you’re into sounds from Chairlift, Banks, or Blood Orange, I suggest Wet. They have been absolutely killing the music scene since the release of their debut self-titled EP.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Multi Love”

I first came across Unknown Mortal Orchestra after coming off a two week long Kurt Vile binge. The first song I ever heard from UMO was “So Good At Being In Trouble.” That song has some serious soul, and an amazing lyrical sentiment that craves to be felt. “So Good At Being In Trouble” came off UMO’s second album II. This album gave UMO the classification of “psychedelic rock,” and rightfully so. Their third studio album is titled after their most popular song on the album “Multi Love.” I purchased Multi Love second hand from a used vinyl shop. I recommend this album, and the album before, if you’re into artists like Tame Impala, and Animal Collective.

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Father John Misty’s “I Love You, Honeybear”

The last record I am going to mention is one that I am incredibly sentimental about. I had begun to really delve into the uniqueness of Father John Misty about two years ago. I had quite an obsession with the Fleet Foxes in high school, and through them, I found Josh Tillman/Father John Misty/J. Tillman (all the same guy. I know. So complicated). I Love You, Honeybear is the second album released by Josh Tillman under his satirical pseudonym Father John Misty. It also happens to be the first album I ever bought my boyfriend, Ramiro. It was the first in depth conversation about music that we had, which was really important to me. In return, Ramiro bought me the I Love You, Honeybear vinyl. When school began last year, I noticed FJM was preforming at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and he and I went there for our first concert date. So, yeah, I am very sentimental (borderline overly obsessed) when it comes to this record. If you’re into Vampire Weekend or Sufjan Stevens, give Josh Tillman a listen. I promise any of his music, spanning from his acoustic albums to his indie rock albums, is sure not to disappoint.

Xo,

Alicia

 

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Teeny Little Beauty Buys

I have never been one to cave in and splurge on beauty products. Clothing and shoes? Yeah, I cave all the time. I have always bought drugstore makeup and drugstore skincare. But I have begun to cave… on a lot of products.

I am going to be explicitly honest right now. I have had awful acne since I was 11. I knew it was not strictly hormonal, considering it was a constant. They were red, they were deep, and they never went away. I tried so many different remedies, from antibiotics to natural homeopathic acne treatments. And to no avail. Nothing that I was doing really worked. However, just within the last year, my doctor recommended going on the pill for my acne. At this point, I wanted my acne gone. I was 19 and in college. So, I went on the pill. I was amazed. It cleared up my skin almost immediately. So, even though I do not struggle with cystic acne like I once did, I still get those pesky breakouts! My growth from drugstore skincare to splurging was very gradual. I used to buy Neutrogena skin care products religiously, and I still have a few favorites. Then I started solely purchasing skincare from Burt’s Bees. Both brands are available at most drugstores, and range anywhere from $6 to $16.

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Mario Badescu Skincare

I often heard about Mario Badescu products from beauty blogs. A few months ago, I saw it at Ulta. I splurged. I really splurged. I have become so addicted to this brand that I have every single product. I wish I was kidding about how obsessed I am. Mario Badescu skincare products are not the destroyers of cystic acne, but they truly do help in subsiding the amount of new acne coming in. If you struggle with cystic acne like I did, the one product I really recommend is the drying lotion. It is honestly a life saver. Whenever I had a really big under-the-skin pimple (which was all the time), the drying lotion helped it disappear the next day. These products range from $7 to $30, but it is so worth it. Your skin feels so clean and refreshed after using each product.

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Perfume from UO

I generally am not too obsessed with fragrances. I like smelling good, obviously. But I do not usually buy perfume too often. I have had the same perfume for a really long time, and I received it as a gift. I bought this Macaron Rosé Parfum from Urban Outfitters for $20.  Which is not too bad for a perfume. It smells really good. The name allures the idea that it smells really sweet-maybe even sickly so. But it is actually very subtle and warm. I wear it almost everyday!

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Glossier Balm Dotcom and Boy Brow

Alright, I am quite obsessed with Glossier. From the packaging to the products, it is the best beauty brand. I used the Balm Dotcom (12 dollars) for all around moisturizing. Whether that be lips or skin. It is so universal and so skin friendly. The Boy Brow is beyond amazing. And for $16… it should be. It comes in three shades: blond, brown, and black. I bought myself and my sister a Boy Brow because we both have naturally thick brows that do not necessarily need a full brow pomade every single day. The Boy Brow is a customer favorite, and for good reason. It keeps your brows in place throughout the day, and helps you achieve a natural brow. It is also good for your brows! It has collagen that helps thicken and strengthen hair fibers.

I do not splurge on all my beauty products. I think there are drugstore products that are of equal or better quality to high end products. I still shop at Target (way too often), and I still use mostly drugstore brand beauty products. Very rarely do I splurge on high end products because the drugstore equivalent is just as good, plus it is probably cheaper. It is important to try, and experiment, with different products until you find what you really love!

Xo,

Alicia

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Summer of Silk

It is really important to me to have an individual style. One that is unique, but still simple and easily achieved. I have gone through many different versions of the same style, but I always come back to the same central style. I wouldn’t even know what to call it. One day during one of my aesthetic talks that my boyfriend lets me babble on for hours about, I came around to describe my style to him, and I stumbled on the descriptor “90s Parisian.” After a few giggles on both our parts, I decided like that was a very accurate name for it.

I have been into thrifting since I was really young. My mother has kind of passed that onto me over the years. I prefer to buy pre-loved items, with the exception of pieces from Reformation. But, I love incorporating vintage pieces into my ever-evolving style. Recently I have found some beautiful silk pieces while out thrifting around town. I have been obsessed with silk finds lately. I think silk pieces are so universal because you can either dress it up or down.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetIs it acceptable to wear a silk slip in public? Yes, if you ask me. I know one of the trends lately is to wear a tee or turtle neck underneath a silk slip to achieve a layering look. I, on the other hand, prefer to wear the slips without layering. I feel like it is more of a 90s chic rather than a modern street style. This outfit could be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. If paired with sneakers (I would pair it with my all-white Keds), it would work as the perfect day look. Paired with simple heels would be perfect for a dressier occasion.

Above, I styled two separate silk camisoles. The first is a black silk camisole featuring lace detailing. I paired it with my vintage 501 Levi’s shorts (that I cut and distressed!). This is a more casual everyday look, while the second outfit is less casual. I paired a vintage Neiman Marcus silk cream cami with a black corduroy mini skirt. Both outfits are something I would wear daily. I would wear both with my favorite vintage Ferragamo black leather mules.

My “90s Parisian” aesthetic really helps me exude my stylistic passions. Fashion has always been just another way to express myself, and after years of experimenting with different pieces, I have finally fully achieved a true style that feels very me.

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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A Vintage Staple: Leather Sandals

This summer, I decided to clean out my closet. I brought clothes home from college that I knew I didn’t want anymore. I have been selling on Poshmark this summer, and I have actually made quite a bit of money! While selling, I have found a few items on Poshmark that I really fell in love with that I had to have (not surprising!) I recently purchased leather sandals off of Poshmark, and it would be safe to say they are my new favorite pair of shoes.

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Leather sandals paired with a vintage silk blouse.

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Sandals paired with my Reformation Auden Dress.

Above, you can see how I style the sandals with two different looks. The first look features a vintage silk blouse I have had for a little while! The second look pairs my Bandolino leather sandals with my newly purchased Reformation Auden dress. The sunnies in both are my mother’s 1990s vintage Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses.

I usually have at least one vintage staple in whatever outfit I am wearing that day- whether it be my vintage Coach bag, vintage sunnies, or these vintage sandals. My style is never too extensive, and I don’t wear too many pieces at once. I try to keep my outfits simple and understated so they can go from day to night, and these Bandolino sandals are the perfect addition to my simple closet!

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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