lifestyle

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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entertainment

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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style

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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lifestyle

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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