Spring Break Road Trip 2014

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to go on the Spring Break trip of a lifetime with 3 other girls! They go to school in Oklahoma and my long-time friend Jessica engineered the idea that we go on a road trip through all the southern states for this year’s spring break. I flew from Los Angeles and met them in Dallas, Texas where we started our trip. After that we traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana; Biloxi, Mississippi; Mobile (and Troy) Alabama; Destin, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston (and Myrtle Beach), South Carolina; Nashville (and Memphis) Tennessee; and finally Oklahoma. We also traveled through North Carolina and Arkansas. I touched three oceans in one week, which I thought was pretty cool (Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic). In total we drove for about 60 hours over the course of about 3500 miles! I will never complain about a long car ride again! haha

Although we were in each place for a fairly brief amount of time, we had just enough time to sample everywhere and figure out where we want to return to in the future. For me  would have to say my favorites were New Orleans and Charleston. Here are some photos I took on the trip with my iPhone 5c and Canon rebel T5i.

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Like an American

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These past couple of weeks I have been crazy busy with school and I’m starting to reach my breaking point. Luckily, blogging outfits, spending time with friends and attempting to channel creative energy in what I am doing at the moment have helped me to stay focused.

I’ve had this denim American flag print vest from Forever 21 hanging in the back of my closet for probably over a year now but have worn it only maybe once or twice. I decided to give it a fair chance after feeling inspired by Lana Del Rey’s song “American.”

 What I’m wearing: Black crop top (under vest) Zara // Velvet circle skirt Urban Outfitters // Target booties // Bite lip color.

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Take Another Little Piece of My Heart

IMG_6585 IMG_6592 IMG_6594IMG_6605Lately, I’ve been channeling my classic rock roots by letting my crazy hair go natural, wearing small amounts of makeup and choosing less tailored clothing I wouldn’t normally go for. I think it’s partially due to the fact that I rediscovered one of my favorite films Almost Famousand have been listening to Janis Joplin and a couple other members of the 27 club a little TOO much lately.

Earlier this weekend, my friend Nicole and I chose to shoot some photos (and do some shopping) in the Silverlake neighborhood where there’s endless amounts of creative inspiration as well as bountiful sunshine!

What I’m wearing: BCBGeneration Sunnies // Topshop Silk Kimono // American Apparel bodysuit // American Apparel shorts // Steve Madden Schoolz platforms.

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I’m on a Highway to…

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Since coming back from Vegas, I’ve been feeling a little off and have a bit of a cold. I don’t know if it was the lack of sleep, amount of alcohol I consumed while there or just plain exhaustion. Anyway, I still haven’t really unpacked so I’ve had to be kind of resourceful with my outfits lately. Here’s what I came up with yesterday.

AC/DC T-shirt Urban Outfitters (old) // H&M Jeans // Urban Outfitters Platform Oxfords (now on sale) // Forever 21 sunglasses // Lancome Lipstick.

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Photos: Nicole Loftus 

WWDMagic in Vegas

This past week, I got the opportunity to work with a research team collecting data and raising awareness at WWDMagic. I got to speak with people from all over the world, and learned more about textiles than I ever thought I needed to know! I also got to see previews of many well-known international brand’s Fall 2014 collections (not yet in in stores). Getting buyers and manufacturers input on the show, as well as hearing stories of their experiences was so incredibly inspiring. I was able to attend WWDMagic (the main show), Sourcing, and Project. Here are some photos from the trip.

**All photos by me unless otherwise stated**

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Above: Panel talking about “Marketing Made in America” featuring an Anthropologie designer and buyer.

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Above: The group I worked with (from L to R): Nicole, Me, Janelle and Mckenna.

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Above: Panel of costume designers and stylist from Mad Men, American Idol, Revenge and True Blood.

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Thanks for reading!

xx Aly

Current MOOD 1//31

Screen shot 2014-01-31 at 12.09.56 PMI’m on Pinterest quite often because it’s a great place to get inspired! I decided to take a pointer from many other bloggers and start a board where I showcase my current MOOD.  Above is what I most recently pinned. This seemingly endless summer in LA inspired  me to choose warm colors with rosy and gold hues giving off a sun kissed vibe.

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Happy Friday!

xx Aly

Guess Who’s Back…

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Sunglasses : BCBGeneration ; Necklace (doubled) : Forever 21 ; Flannel : H&M ; Biggie/Tupac Tee : Forever 21 ; Shorts : Forever 21 ; Knee High Socks : Urban Outfitters 2/$22 ; Booties : Old Navy ; Backpack : Urban Outfitters.

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Photos : Megan Weiss

  I’d like to attribute this outfit’s eccentricity to my recent obsession with Bad Gal Riri and of course Yoncé who are some of the biggest influencers in fashion right now. Also, I am currently working on a project in evaluating trends of the 90’s, so I think this is heavily influencing the way I’ve been dressing as of late. Please note, I didn’t realize when I initially put this outfit together, but every brand I am wearing represents the “fast fashion” industry which I don’t normally wear, but affordability and trendiness have been winning me over in recent shopping endeavors.

  I know I’ve been REALLY bad at keeping up with blogging for the past few months. I’ve been in school full time and really haven’t had time to invest in one of the things I really love to do. So, as one of my 2014 resolutions, I decided I need to start blogging more often and document some of my weird (and great) outfits on a daily basis.

Happy New Year! Thanks for reading.

xx Aly

What I Wore: Europe Summer 2013

Here’s a look at some of my favorite outfits  I wore (and re-wore) on my trip to Europe this summer. Keep in mind, while traveling, you have to get crafty with outfit planning and sometimes, can re-invent a tired outfit by simply changing an accessory, shoe, bag or even a hairstyle. I had to use these tricks while on my trip considering I had just one suitcase of clothes to work with for several months (oh, and the bit of shopping I did as well 😉

The trick to simple and effective dressing while you travel, is sticking to a few base colors in your clothing so you can easily mix and match. My default shades were (naturally) black, white/ivory and a medium wash navy. Use minimal prints and choose accessories that pack a punch. Bring one carryall handbag that works with any outfit, and a couple smaller ones that you can use to help change up your look (and lighten your load).

This is a sample of some looks I put together while on my trip:

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Wearing one of my favorite dresses from Urban Outfitters and H&M sandals at Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.

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On a rainy day in June, I wore this to school: Nordstrom hat, Pimkie chambray top, Urban Outfitters tee (old),  Joe’s Jeans knit ponte pant, Vince Camuto bag (my go to for travel) and Clarks booties.

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My favorite LBD from H&M (only €9.99! proved to be the most versatile item I’ve EVER bought) paired with a Sfera necklace and of course my Clark’s booties!

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Here’s the H&M dress again paired with the H&M sandals and a Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. at the Louvre in Paris.

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Here in an American Apparel top and shorts with the best accessory of all (my GORG friend Alexis)!

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Here in a vintage dress and Steve Madden sandals in Granada, Spain.

¡Viva España!

¡Hola! 

Tomorrow I embark on a journey of a lifetime to Madrid, Spain. I will be studying art, spanish and photojournalism for the whole summer! I am also lucky enough to visit my friend Laura en Barcelona after my program is over! Check out her blog here about travel rocavenen.blogspot.com

Follow my blog here as I try to keep it as updated as possible about my endeavors abroad! 

xx Aly 

Mystery Solved: Colored Jeans

Last year, bright and bold colors and patterns began popping up in the bottom half of outfits. Now these stem statement making pieces can be seen in nearly every store around. Above, I shared my secrets to finding the perfect pair (or two) on a budget but still splurging with style. These babies look fab paired with a t-shirt, blazer and cutie booties!

My picks: Old Navy Grape cotton skinnies $34.50// Brown Anthropologie Cords $88// AE Sateen Jegging $45// Rose Print Denim $58// Pink Skinnies $49.50.