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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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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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’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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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 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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