BP. Fashion Board

The last school days are upon us, and for many this means graduation!

Although I still have a year to go before I finish high school, I will be attending a few ceremonies now. Whether you’re actually graduating this year (@ seniors: congrats!!!) or are just attending a graduation, you’ll need something fun to wear.

Here’s a last-minute look that can work for both graduates and attendees:


What’s so simple is that all you need is a fun dress and some sandals, wedges or heels. I kept it to the bare minimum when it came to accessories and let this printed dress take the spotlight.


Dress (sold out) | Skater DressesEmbellished Sandals

xo ॐ – Amber


The May 1 deadline for the 2015 Nordstrom Scholarship is right around the corner. That means you have just a few more weeks to pull together your application for a $10,000 college scholarship! Making your application stand out from the crowd can be tough, so we decided to get some tips from the experts, previous Nordstrom Scholarship recipients Tiara Jones and Hannah Yoo.


Nordstrom Scholarship Winners Hannah Yoo and Tiara Jones

What made you want to apply to the Nordstrom Scholarship?

Hannah: I learned about the scholarship on the Nordstrom website. I was so happy to see the video of all those deserving people being rewarded for their service and hard work both in and out of school. The Nordstrom scholarship seemed like a great opportunity, but being selected as one of the 80 recipients out of thousands of applicants made me believe my chances were microscopic. But, as quoted in one of my favorite movies, “A Cinderella Story”: Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

Why do you think your application stood out?

Tiara: I think my application stood out because of the details I was able to share about my involvement with community service organizations, the extracurricular activities I’ve participated in, and my academic achievements.

Hannah: Throughout the entire application and interview process, I wanted to be genuine. I wanted to accurately paint the picture of who I am as a person by sharing details about the activities I loved to participate in, as well as being extremely truthful and honest in my personal statement, which described my lowest as well as the highest points in my life.

What was the most memorable part of the application process?

Hannah: The whole journey was unbelievable. The interview was fun—I was eager to answer questions and even made them laugh as I reenacted the celebratory dance I did when I got the finalist notification email. The interview was definitely the most memorable part because I loved that I got an opportunity to show them who I am.

What tips do you have for students who are planning to apply for the Nordstrom scholarship?

Tiara: My first piece of advice would be to apply early so that you have more time to work on your essays, which are important since they’re a reflection of who you are as a student. Have an updated resume close by as you’re working on the application so you can include information about all the things you’ve done in your school and community. Lastly, it’s important to believe in yourself—you can do it!

Hannah: Don’t make excuses. Just apply! Take a chance. You’ll never know how absolutely perfect something could turn out to be. In fact, applying for this scholarship (writing a personal statement, interviewing and asking for recommendations) helped me a lot with my college application process. Even though this may seem a little clichéd, it’s true: be genuine and authentic. Write about something that you are passionate about. Show who you are. Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll be in my shoes, writing for the Nordstrom BP. blog and giving advice to hopeful Nordstrom scholars.

Tell us about your plans for college!

Tiara: I love fashion and design. I’m planning to attend the University of Cincinnati to study Fashion Design and Makeup/Wig Design.

Hannah: I plan on majoring in business and perhaps getting a minor in social entrepreneurship. I’m interested in a lot of subjects and activities, such as mathematics, writing, fashion, and different cultures and perspectives. I would love to pursue social entrepreneurship. No matter which college I end up at, I know I’ll have a lot of fun seizing opportunities, meeting new people and learning so much.

Want $10,000 of your own for college? Applications are due May 1. Learn more and get started!

Win $10,000 for college


Down on the West Coast

Sometimes it’s nice to change your scenery and escape from your day-to-day routine. To do just this (+ relax), my family and I took a li’l trip down to Newport Beach. We got extremely lucky: The temperature was a sunny 80 degrees. It was perfect ocean weather. We also got a chance to spend some time on Balboa Island and the gorgeous Crystal Cove Island. The whole weekend had happy, beachy vibes. :)

Scenes from the weekend include crystal-clear waters, fun on the ferris wheel and munching on balboa bars (ice cream covered in chocolate covered in sprinkles—so good).




What I Wore:
I decided to keep things cool and casual with distressed denim, a relaxed green tank and a lightweight kimono. I added a bit of a boho feel to my look with this heavy silver belt. At first I was intimidated by the thought of styling such an intricate belt, but I found that pairing it with simple and loose pieces works pretty well.



There was lots and lots of walking involved, so I played it safe with some New Balances.


Because there’s already so much detail in the belt, I went real easy on jewelry.




 The sunset was too gorgeous not to include. :)

 xo ॐ – Amber


In this month’s BP. Fashion Board meeting, we learned how to merchandise the clothing line that we are designing. (Designing our own line is our year-long project!) We learned what merchandise tables are (they’re where you display your products), and we learned how to create aesthetically pleasing displays that follow a company-wide calendar of priorities/themes that we got from the Nordstrom head office.

To help us learn, we actually got to design some merchandising tables in our BP. department. My team was given the theme: Relaxed Casual, a.k.a., California Dreamin’. Our top priorities to support this theme were: items from the Sun & Shadow brand, knits, screen tees, and boyfriend and deconstructed denim. First we came up with two outfits that both featured destroyed denim, then we found accessories that went with both outfits.



The coolest part is that our merch tables were on display at the Nordstrom in downtown Portland, so people got to shop our tables all weekend long.



Sneak Peek into the Fashion Board

This year on the Nordstrom BP. Fashion Board we are designing our own clothing line. For our October challenge we created style boards, for our November challenge we sketched our designs. At our December meeting we presented our sketches, so I thought it would be fun to share a few of the great designs from my fellow Fashion Board members.



Since it was the December meeting, people brought Christmas cookies and wore Christmas sweaters.




Christmas in Cali

Throughout the month of December I’ve really been diggin’ the whole bohemian and carefree typa style. It just feels so natural to embrace my inner laid-back hippie and represent my Cali roots. And with Christmas coming up, I simply couldn’t resist bringing a couple of props along (wreath, garland, etc.) to make it a full-blown, haute-hippie-meets-holiday bash.






And there we have it, I hope you all enjoyed yet another holiday-inspired post! Let me know in the comments if you guys like seeing my lookbooks or if you’d prefer something else, because I’d love to know.

Yours truly,


You all know the company Nordstrom, but some of you might not know about the BP. Fashion Board. In fact, I didn’t know about it until last year. If you’re a high school student, the BP. Fashion Board is a way to get involved with fashion and meet other stylish students. And the monthly meetings are the perfect way for you to give your input about latest trends and what you want to see more of in stores.


When I was accepted onto the Fashion Board, I also received an email about applying to become a BP. blogger. I’d read the BP. blog before but didn’t realize I could actually apply for a blogger position.


So I sent in an application, wrote some sample posts and was eventually invited to a phone interview. In late July, I was ecstatic to find out that I’d been accepted as a blogger!


After that, the fun started. I flew up to Nordstrom HQ in Seattle, met the other bloggers (who are super cool) and learned about the world of blogging.


The whole trip was a dream, from the clothes to the people to the glamorous photo shoot.




I feel so blessed to get this amazing opportunity!

xo ॐ – Amber

Cross-posted from The Rose Colored Lense.


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.


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.]


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!!


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:

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.

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.

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.

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…




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:


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. :)