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It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to our friends Alyssa, Clare and Lily—but at the same time, we’re really excited to introduce you to this year’s bloggers. We were blown away by the quality and quantity of this year’s applicants. You guys really took it to the next level, which made it crazy difficult to pick just three.

It was so difficult, in fact, that this year we have FOUR bloggers. One of them is named James. That’s right. We have a guy blogger!

So without further ado, here are our four new friends: Amber, Bella, Caroline and James. You’re gonna love them. (We hope you love them.)

P.S. Thanks a ton to all the Fashion Board members who applied to blog this year. We hope you all keep taking amazing pictures, writing and sharing your passion for fashion with the world. If you were going into your sophomore or junior years when you applied, we strongly encourage you to apply again next year.

Hi, all. So this is my final post as a BP. blogger. I have had an absolutely amazing time this past year, seriously. Styling and writing new material every week was often challenging, but through the almost daily analysis of my taste I was able to soldidly construct my personal style, leaving me confident in both myself and my wardrobe.

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I made this collage highlighting some of my favorite moments as a blogger, from Homecoming to Halloween to San Francisco and Milan. There were too many fab moments to fit onto a single poster!

Clare and Alyssa: Thank you so much for being so generally wonderful! I’ve loved reading all of your posts and getting to know you as friends. You’re brilliant.

To our new batch of bloggers and bloggettes Amber, Bella, Caroline and James: I wish you all the best! I can’t wait to see what you have to share. :) (Don’t procrastinate on Sunday if you need a post in on Monday,  just FYI.) [Editor's Note: Seriously. This is really good advice.]

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I hope I’ve been able to introduce all of you readers to part of my personal style world, full of TSwift inspiration and Heathers references, DIY accessories and pleated skirts.

If I could leave you with one more piece of style advice, it’s this: Wear what makes you happy. It doesn’t matter if it isn’t on the cover of a magazine or lookbook. Translate yourself into your style and you’ll feel infinitely more confident and content. Allow your style to grow and change along with yourself. And always carry a scrunchie.

I love you all!

Stay golden!!
Lily

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August 29, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Have you seen the new Grimes video yet? It dropped on Wednesday, and while the song is a departure from the sounds we fell in love with on her last album, we like it. This new single was originally written for Rihanna, so it’s necessarily got a more commercial vibe, but, again—we like it. The video is classic Grimes all the way, epic and mystical. And the ethereal, edgy vocals add an authenticity and purity to something that could easily run off the rails into cheesetown.

ANYWAY. Enough talking. Let’s dance.

August 29, 2014

Farewell from Clare

It is with great sadness that I type this post. This past year has been a whirlwind of fun memories, great experiences, and fabulous fashion. I’ve not only learned tons about myself and my style, but also about the fashion industry—for which I’m so grateful.

Some highlights of my year:

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Going to the Levi’s headquarters last October was a great memory. It was my first time really getting to know a brand, and I can’t tell you how excited I was that I got to feature Levi’s here on the blog.

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Going to Los Angeles for the first time and being able to spend the day with Mimi Chica was incredible. I’m still kind of in shock that it all even happened. It was honor to be able to tour the showroom, get lunch with my chic fashion friends and even meet one of the creators of the brand.

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I. Love. My. Dream. Team. So. Much. I could not have made it through this past year without them.

To Will: Thank you for being the most incredible photographer that I have the privilege to know and work with. You inspire me to no end.

To Bella: You always keep me on my toes. I’m so proud of how you’ve grown this past year and I can’t wait to see you grow even more as a blogger this coming year. I have so much gratitude and love in my heart for both of you.

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I saved the best for last of course. ;) When I became a BP. Blogger, I had no idea that these two ladies would become some of the most lovely friends I’ve ever had. I’m extremely lucky to have Alyssa and Lily by my side, blogging with me, shopping with me, eating too much gelato with me… Best of luck in college, my loves. Stay fab.

I’d also like to say a huge thank you to all of you lovely readers. Thank you for reading my blog, thank you for leaving sweet comments, thank you for supporting me for the past year. I appreciate everything so much.

Now that my tearful goodbyes are out of the way…let’s talk about my next steps. I love blogging so much that I started my own blog. I’ll post similar content on my new blog, so if you liked my posts this year, you’ll love my new blog.

Feel free to follow me on any of these sites to keep up to date with my latest fashion adventures:

My Blog
My Tumblr
My YouTube Channel
My Pinterest

Best of luck to James, Caroline, Bella and Amber. I have so much faith in you all, you’ll be great. I can’t wait to start reading your posts. :)

For the last time…

xoxo,
Clare

 

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August 28, 2014

Live in Levi’s

Sometimes I forget that jeans are actually just an item of clothing. To me, jeans have an unearthly, magical quality, a belief I can probably attribute to my addiction to Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsBut America has lived in jeans since the dusty 1800s, women have worked and struggled and learned in them for decades. Jeans are full of life, full of stories.

Levi’s was founded in 1853, so imagine the amount of life within each pair of Levi’s worn in the past 161 years. It’s insane to fantasize about all the adventures and scenes that happened in those pairs of jeans! Levi’s recognizes this beautiful, lively spirit of denim, and their new campaign urges customers to treat their jeans as a part of their life, to live fully in jeans.

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My Levi’s have lived mostly in the PNW, walking along the boardwalk accompanied by loafers, occasionally soiled by ice cream or torn by brambles on late-night expeditions.

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I’m a huge fan of denim on denim. Not only does the combination allow you to pay homage to Justin and Britney’s seminal fashion statement of the early 2000s, but it wraps you in a double dose of history and life: you’re wearing an unstoppable force of comfort and style.

Check out this Levi’s video highlighting the lives of people in jeans:

We really are all connected through this mystical, powerful world of denim. Grab some Levi’s, then tell me the craziest SOTTP situations that happen in them. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

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August 28, 2014

Farewell from Alyssa

The time has come to say goodbye. After you read this post, my reign as a BP. blogger will be finished. As sad as it is for this chapter to come to a close, it is time for me to move on. I’ve really enjoyed sharing a little piece of my life with you. I never stopped to think about it before, but we’ve done a lot together: We’ve gone to prom, graduated, visited the Northeast, and every Monday and Thursday we got dressed together. Here are a few of my favorite moments:

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I’m going to miss you like crazy! Fortunately for you, there are some new bloggers to inspire you for the year to come, and I know they will do amazing things. As for me, I will probably face a similar fate to that of a former Disney star. Haha JUST KIDDING, I’m going to college.

As much as I’ve absolutely loved blogging for BP., I’m really looking forward to this next chapter of my life. If you want join me for my college journey (it will probably be filled with many more ridiculous shenanigans), I’ve started my own blog, which will still be filled with plenty of style and beauty inspo, but will also chronicle my life adventures in a little more detail.

Things to look forward to on Alika Leilani: my trip to Maui, a dorm tour, back-to-school looks, and much more! I’m hoping to establish a more personal relationship with my readers via social media, etc. On Alika Leilani, you’ll find links to my Instagram account and my contact info—I’m always looking for new friends, other bloggers to collaborate with, and PHOTOGRAPHERS (if you’re good with a camera and live in my area, I would be ecstatic).

Can’t wait to get started on all my new memories. :)

XOXO,
Alyssa

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BP. has been killin’ it lately in the graphics department, and this amazing sweatshirt is no exception.

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sweatshirt $48

Why we love it:

The graphic, obviously. Back-to-school means another chance at a year with no regrets, and we love that this sweatshirt is encouraging just that. No more longing for what you could have done—you’re the kind of person who actually does it.

The cozy factor. The great thing about this is that it’s a warm, comfortable sweatshirt. We’re picturing this around back-to-school bonfires, football games and late-night milkshake runs—the exact places where you’ll make memories and live it up.

This quote not your groove? Check out some of our other great BP. graphics:

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‘life’s too short’ | ‘shopping is my cardio’ | ‘don’t quit your daydream’
‘prettiest girl’ | ‘wake me up’ | ‘glitter is always an option’

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As the end of summer draws near, many of my friends are parting ways to seek out their own post-HS adventures. One of my friends, Claudia, has the incredible opportunity to go to school in London to pursue a career in fashion design.

Claudia was nice enough to answer some questions about her personal aesthetic, her new life in England and her future in fashion design. Enjoy!

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A few of Claudia’s sketches

Lily: So. Have you always known you wanted to be a designer? When did you first start sketching designs?

Claudia: I’ve always had an infatuation with clothing and aesthetics in general. When I was around 14 I started making simple things. If there was a trend I liked but couldn’t afford I’d customize my own interpretation of it, be it a simple modification of an old shirt or something more complex like making a bag. Until this year, actually, I assumed I would be an artist and work in fashion marketing, but when it came time to apply to university I decided I wanted to transition into the actual design aspect of fashion. This is when I started making original sketches and designs.

L: I love that you could make your own stuff. I think more teenagers should do that when they feel overwhelmed by expensive things. What was the actual application process like for your school? Did you have to send examples of your work?

C: Well, being the anxious and nervous person I am, I applied to an extremely wide array of schools. For Central Saint Martins  in particular, though, I needed a full art portfolio as well as two full sketch books. Not to mention the usual essays, references and grades!

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Claudia’s newly dyed, silver hair

L: That’s so much! Are you comfortable sharing your work with strangers?

C: I’m actually a very shy person. I’ve never been the one to “like” photos [on Facebook or Instagram] or start a conversation. With my art and clothing, though, I’m the total opposite. I feel like I’m able to express myself and show my individuality through the way I dress and the things I create. I’m super comfortable showing my work, it’s almost like my version of a conversation, if that makes sense. I love when people comment on my work or style, whether it’s positive or not. I think it’s cool to stand out through the way you dress and the things you make.

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Sketches of Coats

L: Total sense, your attitude about that is very cool. I love that fashion has the ability to enhance who a person is. Where do you find most of your inspirations for designs?

C: Well, my favorite designers at the moment are Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang, The Row, Céline, Rosie Assoulin, Opening Ceremony and Vince. I get most of my inspiration from architecture, nature, bloggers and social network platforms such as Vfiles. The bloggers that I get most of my inspiration from are Ivaana Carpio of Love Aesthetics, Sabrina Meijer of afterdrk , Karley Slutever, Olivia Lopez of Lusttforlife and Clymdraws.  I’m mainly interested in monochromatic, simplistic designs. I love neutral colours, earth tones, black & white with tonal greys. Design-wise I’m a big fan of simple clothing with a twist such as an intricate collar or an oddly shaped piece that fits well.

L: You have such an established aesthetic. Sort of reminds me of Alexander Wang, actually. How do you think being in London (!!) will influence your sense of style/self?

C: Well, I think living in such a large city will allow me to access so many more creative outlets then I can here in Vancouver. London is known for its fashion scene, so I think the latest trends will be available more cheaply, allowing my style to evolve.

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Some of her favorite pieces

L: Yeah, definitely. Topshop and Vivienne Westwood everywhere. Are you nervous at all for your move? Excited to finally start pursuing a real career?

C: I’m not very scared about moving, I’m mainly scared about the course load. My biggest fear is not being able to catch up with others in my course. I’m super excited to finally start taking classes in what I love and work towards a real job.

I’d also say for anyone interested in fashion: I think you should build up your closet with basics. My favorite items are my black and brass Alexander Wang Rocco bag, a vintage grey oversized Jil Sander blazer that I found for 14 bucks and my all-white Nike Air Max ’90s. I love them because they go with essentially every outfit.

L: Thank you so much, Claudia, you’ll be absolutely wonderful and fab in London. :)

For anyone else who has fashion school on the horizon—I wish you all the best!

 Stay golden,
Lily

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You may not know that I’m a huge nail polish junkie. I am! For weeks now I’ve been itching to get to the salon to try out a new fall color, and after ruling out darker emeralds, plums and reds, I went with this subtle military green.

Take a look:

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As much as I love a nice matte black nail polish, I’ll save that for winter. This light green is the perfect transition from summer to fall.

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I can’t help but show off my new phone case a little. My iPhone had been broken for the longest time so in honor of it getting fixed, I treated myself to this new Marc by Marc Jacobs phone case. (Ok, that’s such a bad excuse to get a new phone case, but I had to justify my purchase somehow!) This case is such an interesting item, lots of strangers have stopped me just to tell me how cool they think it is.

xoxo,
Clare

August 25, 2014

Delicate Details

While I would usually consider myself a statement necklace kind of girl, these last few months of summer have brought out my softer side. There’s just something so simple and elegant about a delicate gold chain. As opposed to wearing just one piece, I prefer pairing and layering dainty necklaces for a more casual look. This is one of my favorite combinations:

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SHOP: Delicate Necklaces

Stay lovely!

XOXO,
Alyssa

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