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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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’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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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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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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