A New Chapter

WOW! What a crazy past few months it has been! Unfortunately, when I was in Spain I was too busy truly living the adventure to keep up my blog. (I apologize) but, I can certainly now share the wonderful photos and moments I was able to capture while on my life-chaning experience abroad.

While there I stayed mostly in Madrid, España where I attended Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. I also had the chance to explore Valencia, Granada, Toledo, Segovia, Barcelona, Cadaqués and Girona (all cities in Spain). I also visited Porto, Portugal and of course, Paris, France!

In the last two weeks of my trip I had the INCREDIBLE opportunity to stay with my dear friend Laura Roca of ROCAVENEN (who I met through blogging) and her extremely gracious and welcoming family in Barcelona. Learning to live like a true Spaniard and feel like I was part of the family was an invaluable experience and easily the best part of my trip!

I got back from my trip a month ago today just in time to start school at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. I am studying Fashion Marketing and Communications and couldn’t be happier. I see starting back in LA again is a new experience and adventure (it’s not a bad place to call home). Although, I do miss España TERRIBLY. I love LA (my first home) but my heart is back in España.

Aquí están fotos de mi viaje a Europa! Gracias para visitas mi blog!

(Here are photos from my trip to Europe! Thank you for visiting my blog!)

*Please note all these photos were taken by me unless otherwise specified

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Madrid, outside the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia where the amazing

Salvador Dalí exhibit was on display.

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My friends walking in Retiro Park, one of our favorite places in Madrid.

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 Banco de España, one of the busiest places in Madrid.

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The incredible ancient city of Toledo (one hour outside of Madrid).

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Me enjoying a sweet sip in Barcelona by la playa.

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Amigas enjoying the beautiful Mediterranean Sea in Valencia.

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And for the finale… The Eiffel Tower…

Until we meet again… Besos

XOXO Aly

 

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Holiday Shop Hop Preview

Holiday Shop Hop Evite

 

This evening I have the opportunity to attend the Holiday Shop Hop hosted my my friend and mentor Damsel in Dior (who I intern for) at The Grove in LA. It should be a festive evening filled with friends, drinks, and of course shopping!

Be looking for a post tomorrow, I will have pics up on the blog (and possibly some of my purchases!)

Happy Holidays everyone!

XX Aly

In luv with Heidi Merrick

This summer I am interning for the blog Damsel in Dior, and last week, I was lucky enough to accompany her on a tour at the Heidi Merrick showroom in downtown L.A. We arrived in the somewhat dodgy area and had a bit of trouble at first finding the correct address. After a few minutes of wondering around, we were able to find the large building that Heidi Merrick’s showroom along with many other labels hold creative spaces. Entering the space was like opening the door to a fashion fantasy. There were several different collections hanging on racks as well as people hand creating the glamorous pieces right in front of out eyes. Everyone there was incredibly kind and ready to answer any (and all) of my numerous inquiries about the incredible garments. One of my favorite parts of the experience was not only being able to see and touch the clothes (before they’re even in stores) but also seeing the large inspiration board that was a compilation of magazine and runway photos as well as sketches. This is similar to what I have been doing since I was roughly ten years old and it was reassuring to know that the pros do the exact same thing! I am so grateful for this experience and hopeful I get more in the future!

Merrick’s pieces are easy to wear and versatile. She uses smart, unexpected fabrics and colors to put a twist on items like a classic blazer and leather pants.

 

Here are some of my picks from Heidi Merrick’s Spring 2012 Collection:

 

* All items available at Heidimerrick.com.