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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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The first day of school is coming ever closer, like a shark (or a puppy stampede), so why not do something useful with your remaining days of freedom, like learn to do the perfect red lip? Nothing says, “I own you, eleventh grade!” like a bold, red lip.

Lucky for everyone, our friends over at “Teen Vogue” have serious connections, and they got Rihanna’s makeup artist, Mylah Morales, to show us how it’s done.

Ready to try it out? Here’s everything Mylah used to achieve the look:

•  Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
•  Beauty Blender Sponge
•  Kabuki Brush
•  M·A·C  Lip Pencil in ‘Redd’
•  M·A·C Lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’
•  M·A·C Penultimate Beauty Eyeliner
•  M·A·C Mineralize Skin Finish
•  M·A·C False Lashes Mascara

Have fun, divas!

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August 23, 2014

Cara for Topshop

Cara Delevingne has become one of my absolute favorite faces in fashion: she’s talented, hilarious and uniquely herself. And maybe a little crazy, so I feel like we can relate. It’s no wonder, then, that my style icon is the new face of Topshop! I am in love with the most recent Topshop campaign, so polished and quintessentially British.

Get inspired by some of my favorite shots of Cara as Topshop’s muse.

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blazer, ripped skinny jeans and pointed black boots make a perfect rock ‘n’ roll outfit. Also I think I am going to go paint my walls yellow.

 

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Smoky eyes and leopard print? Go for it!

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I adore this picture and outfit, Cara reminds me of Brigitte Bardot with her fur jacket and silver heels.

Not obsessed yet? Watch this video highlighting some of Topshop’s new collection, featuring Cara in all of her madness. Please tell me she wouldn’t be the most fun best friend.

Check out all of Topshop’s new collection and get in touch with your inner British Bombshell. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

August 22, 2014

Friday Dance Party

Happy Friday! Well, we kicked off the week with the new T-Swift video so it’s only right that we wrap it up with something completely different.

Hope you like ’90s music…

Many thanks to thistle & thorn for the recommendation!

During the summer I tend to get a little lazy and neglect working out. But, with the new school year right around the corner, I want to start getting back into a workout routine. I dance after school three (sometimes more) days a week during the school year and like to hike, take walks and run on the weekends. To motivate myself to start stretching and preparing for dance again, I put together a little list of some workout clothes that I love:

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yoga pants | shoes | shorts | tank

What are some of your fitness favorites?

xoxo,
Clare

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