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On my recent trip to Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to spend the day with Mimi Chica. I’ve always been curious about what it’s ACTUALLY like to work in the fashion industry. Thanks to Mimi Chica, I got to meet so many cool people and hear their stories about how they started working in fashion, not to mention spend my day surrounded by beautiful clothes.

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 I took my photographer friend Bella along for the fun. Also pictured: my lovely “tour guides” Julie and Tara. Both of them are Mimi Chica experts and taught me everything I needed to know about the company.

 

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This is one of the many clothing racks that filled the Mimi Chica showroom space. I think I was in heaven being surrounded by all these beautiful clothes! Julie explained to me that there were so many racks because she had just returned from New York market, which means that tons of clothing brands from all over the country come to New York so that buyers from different companies such as Nordstrom can look at everyone’s clothes and order what they want for their store.

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Mimi Chica is known for having eclectic and quirky prints. I had the privilege of meeting the printmakers themselves! When I asked them “Is that all you do, just make cool prints all day?” they looked at each other, laughed, and responded, “Yes!”

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Lucky for me, the co-owner of Mimi Chica was in his office when I visited. It was so interesting to hear his story of how he broke into the fashion industry and started Mimi Chica with his wife, Michelle.

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After a delicious lunch at the Ace Hotel in LA (and after snapping this quick shot of Bella at the rooftop lounge), we headed toward the production offices for the brand.

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The group watched the end of a fitting (when clothes are tried on by a fit model and adjustments are made so that the garment can be as comfortable and easy to wear as it can be), and I wandered around the space taking photos. I noticed some tie-dye fabric hanging by a window (along with some adorable potted cacti, I might add) and decided to take a picture of it because of how the vibrant colors cheered up the office.

I had such an incredible day with Mimi Chica to say the least. Huge, huge, HUGE thank you to Tara and Julie for having Bella and I, and for showing us the basics of the brand. And another huge thank you to everyone that I met at the offices, you all are wonderful and have the best jobs ever.

xoxo,
Clare

P.S. Check out the latest from Mimi Chica’s spring line!

What better way to spend your spring break than organizing your room?! Haha, just kidding, I can think of about a million things that would be more fun. However, if you have to engage in a little spring cleaning, at least do it right! Check out Bethany Mota’s adorable DIY organizers:

Don’t have enough time to do it yourself? Here are a few of my favorite cute and functional decor pieces that you can find at Nordstrom:

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SHOP: Folding Trunk Mirror | Jewelry Organizer | Glass Magnets

Happy cleaning!

XOXO,
Alyssa

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Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors, so naturally I cannot wait to see his new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, which just came out this month. Anderson has created dozens of wonderful characters, like two of my favorite female style icons, Suzy Bishop and Margot Tenenbaum. I love them not only for their impeccable style, but also for their depth, independence and deadpan expressions.

Before falling in love with his new batch of characters in The Grand Budapest Hotel, I thought I’d spend an afternoon rewatching Anderson’s films—but watching them “Anderson Style.” This is the only way to have a Wes Anderson marathon, so I suggest you collect your sheets and blankets and take solid notes.

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To imitate the cozy and adventurous fancifulness of Anderson’s movies, I used my 8-year-old self’s fort-making skills to build a sheet fort in my bedroom. There is a scene in Moonrise Kingdom where Suzy is shown reading in a tent in her living room, and watching that tent scene while in my own tent sanctuary was lovely.

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My friend Leah and I filled the fort with pictures, tea, fake flowers and Goldfish crackers to keep us aesthetically satisfied through the evening and into the night.

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I have this book called “The Wes Anderson Collection” which is not only an amazing fashion inspiration, but also works to prop up pillows and blankets to prevent a catastrophic fort-collapsing incident.

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The next rainy Saturday you have, grab tape and thumbtacks and set up your own Wes Anderson fort. By the end of your movie marathon, you’ll be bursting with the desire for red beanies, fur coats and personalized luggage.

[WARNING: There is one mild swear word in this video clip.]

Stay golden,
Lily

P.S. Did you know that Prada designed the luggage for the film? Swoon.

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The other day my friends and I got to go up to the Nordstrom Customer Experience test lab to try out a new photobooth that’s going to be in some Nordstrom stores soon! The photobooths are from Japan, and they are crazy fun and over the top. You get to chose your photo backgrounds, edit your pics and have your eyes turn awesome and anime-esque.

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The photos come out so cute!

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We were all being a bit ridiculous. It was probably induced by the Japanese pop music playing and the cat ears we were adding to the pictures.

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Christina was the best at editing her pics, adding necessary things like hair bows and hearts and writing “Bangerz” and “Miley” across her photos…

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All the photos turned out so hilarious and perf!

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Thank you to my gal pals and Nordstrom BP. for letting us goof around in these photobooths! Hopefully you will get to hang in one soon. :)

Stay golden,
Lily

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March 15, 2014

My Parisian Afternoon

The other day, it was pouring down rain (as it always is) and I and my friend Leah were looking at pictures from the runways of Paris Fashion Week. We started wishing we ourselves were in Paris (as we always are) and thusly decided to have ourselves a Parisian afternoon. We threw on black dresses and listened to “Si Tu Vois Ma Mere“* and went down to the waterfront to dance in the rain.

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I wore my fringe-collared Free People dress for the occasion.

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Soaking wet from the rain, we headed to the French cafe downtown and ate croissants and tarts and drank espresso.

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I always love discovering new things to do where I live. So we weren’t really in Paris, but we were surrounded by rain and fashion and nostalgia, so what’s really the difference?

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Oh yeah, the Eiffel Tower and crossword puzzle pants are the difference. Check out The Thread blog to find inspiration for your own Parisian anti-vacation.

*Dreamy, non?

Stay golden,
Lily

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February 13, 2014

Happy GALentine’s Day!

What’s Galentine’s Day? Well, I’ll just let everyone’s favorite civil servant, Leslie Knope, explain:

“Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!”

Galentine’s Day is the day to celebrate the overwhelming love you feel for your gal pals. My friends and I celebrated Galentine’s early this year. We got dressed up and went out to brunch, bearing gifts and full hearts.

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I wore my red skirtwhite top and red lipstick—and my pals all looked fab! We all brought little gifts for one another, and although they weren’t as thorough as Leslie’s, they were pretty great.

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I got each of my ladiez a red or pink cactus, equipped with a plant-related pun and heart shaped note. These gifts were super easy and fun to make.

 

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Pink kate spade new york clutches, Snickers bars and charm necklaces were all in attendance. TSwift, Beyonce and other awesome independent and intelligent ladies were spiritually present, as well.

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And of course, even though it was an afternoon to celebrate the ladies and the Galentine’s lurvee, Leo and Harry had to show up.

Leave the lads at home and focus on your lady loves this February 13th!

Stay Golden,
Lily

January 30, 2014

Brighter Days Ahead

Last Saturday, my friend Lily (the sweetest girl in the entire world) and I decided to escape the stress of finals and drive to the coast. It was a perfect day of messy hair, glowing smiles and sandy toes—just what I needed to clear my mind and rid myself of the January blues. Here are a couple of my favorite snapshots from the trip:

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Keep spreading good vibes! <3

XOXO,
Alyssa

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January 25, 2014

Inspired by Kate the Great

One of my biggest style inspirations, Kate Moss, just had her 40th birthday. Kate has been an essential part of the fashion world since the early ’90s, when she modeled for the biggest names in fashion. In honor of the legend’s birthday, I put together two Moss-inspired looks.

 

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One of my favorite pictures of Kate shows her absolute British style: chic but laid back. To echo that, I grabbed my white top, black track pants and the closest thing I had to a black beret.

 
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My friend got me this t-shirt of Kate Moss and Johnny Depp for my birthday. (I adore it!) To bring even more Kate into my look, I grabbed an edgy, sheer cardigan and black skater skirt.

Who are your fashion inspirations? Be truly inspired and channel them into your next look!

Stay golden,
Lily

P.S. Happy birthday, Kate!

Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (better try to find that boyfriend soon), I thought I would share this adorable room decor video with y’all. Bethany has the cutest ideas—I absolutely love the felt-covered block letters!

Happy decorating! <3

XOXO,
Alyssa

P.S. I have a major girl crush on Bethany Mota. (I have literally watched her YouTube channel for hours on end.)

Along with all the genuinely fun holiday soirées that happen in December comes the one event dreaded by children and spouses for months: The Office Party. The late-evening, catered, themed dinner that celebrates the awkwardness of co-workers interacting outside of work. You’re always dragged there by your parents, totally assured that there will be “other kids your age,” but there NEVER are.

So, since I myself have to survive these annual social gatherings, I shall share with you other sulking attendees some essential tips to get through the ordeal:

1. If I can tell you one thing, it is to STAY AWAY from any and all children under age 8. I don’t care if they are as adorable as this girl dressed in her Santa outfit and rocking the dance floor. You MUST stay away. If you are seen with one child, every single parent will dump their kid on you and suddenly you are Octomom times 50.

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 2. In these offices or odd, rentable lodges where the parties are often held, the food is always iffy. If, by some miracle, the food is good, stay by the dishes all night and eat. If it isn’t, eat it anyway. Walk around with the odd stuff on your plate and each time someone asks you what it is, come up with a different answer. “Scandinavian pig soup!” “Iced goat tail!” etc. You are there as a kid, so feel free to make a fool of yourself for entertainment purposes.

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3. I took a lesson out of the Maeby Fünke (of Arrested Development) Office Party Guide Book. Licked candy canes stick nicely to the coats of your parents. But don’t stick them on the guy in the $3,000 suit—come on!

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4. In conclusion, do everything you can to skip the office party and instead go to your Fashion Board meeting to eat delicious waffles.

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Stay golden,
Lily