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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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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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