Alyssa

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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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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Decorate Your Dorm Room

One of the things I’m looking forward to most  this fall is decorating my dorm room. I think decor should accomplish two things: serve as a creative expression of the decorator (that’s you!) and serve some sort of functional purpose.

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CORK BOARD
For the cork board, you’ll need an old picture frame preferably with matting (the card stock-like material that is used to mount pictures) in the back, and a roll of cork. I found the picture frame at GoodWill and the cork in my basement; however, I’m sure that rolls of cork are available at craft stores. All you do is remove the glass of the picture frame, disassemble the picture frame, cut the cork to fit the frame, and then hot glue the cork to the matting. Once the glue is dry, reassemble the picture frame and you’re ready to decorate. I use mine to hang inspiration, concert tickets, and notes. For push pins, I just use old earrings that I don’t wear very often—repurposing AND more importantly, so much cuter than thumb tacks. I also stick the rest of my earrings in the cork, so that I don’t lose them!

NECKLACE HOOKS
To hang the necklaces, I just used Command hooks. These little guys are especially great for the dorms because they’re extremely strong, but don’t ruin the walls!

Can’t wait to get the rest of my decor figured out and move in!

XOXO,
Alyssa

 

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My BP. Back-to-School Picks

August is here! For many of you, that means the first day of school is just around the corner. I know I’m dreading it and my school year doesn’t even begin until September 29th! However, I’m already trying to figure out my fall wardrobe. Since I’ll be living in the dorms, I won’t have nearly as much spare closet space as I do at home. Taking that into consideration, my style statement will be focused on versatile separates in a neutral palette. This plays nicely with my boho chic aesthetic while also saving space for shoes, shoes, and more shoes! Here are a few of my favorite picks from BP.:

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Happy back to school shopping!

XOXO,
Alyssa

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While scrolling through Instagram and oohing and ahhing over everyone’s festival looks, I stumbled across these wonderful metallic temporary tattoos called Flash Tattoos. They’re the perfect touch of shine to add to any beachy or boho outfit. I personally can’t wait to wear them when I go to an EDM music festival in September! Unfortunately I will no longer be blogging for you girls when that rolls around, so I gave them a little test run!

Take a look:

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 The facial tattoos are probably best left to festivals, concerts, and other fun shenanigans when you want to be a little extra sparkly.

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These on the other hand could be worn every day. I would pair them with a black floral maxi dress and some actual bangles to mix in with the tattoo bracelets.

I honestly just found Flash Tats to be such a fun and unique product that I couldn’t resist sharing!

XOXO,
Alyssa

P.S. You can even apply them to your nails to create tribal nail art. 🙂

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Two-Minute Makeup

This makeup look is extremely easy to achieve, yet still looks incredibly polished. It’s perfect for those days when you’re rushing out the door and literally have two minutes to freshen up your face! Take a look:

 

While this look is simple, it’s also quite versatile; it can easily be transitioned from summer to fall just by switching up the shade of lipstick to a darker hue. I’ll definitely be incorporating the bold lip into my back to school beauty routine (if to do nothing more than distract people from my tired eyes).

XOXO,
Alyssa

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Wedding Bells: A Photo Diary

There’s something about weddings that I absolutely adore. Maybe it’s the beautiful venues, the bridal glow or the smell of fresh flowers—or perhaps it’s a combination of all these small details that make a wedding a wedding. While I like to think of myself as an independent woman who doesn’t need a man, I am secretly quite the romantic. About a month ago, I attended my brother’s wedding. For the first time, I realized that getting married is a BIG deal. In a world full of “Teen Mom” and “Jersey Shore,” I think we tend to diminish the magnitude of commitment and forget the beauty of love. Marriage isn’t about just finding someone you can live with, but finding someone you can’t live without. At the young age of 18, I don’t completely understand it, but I can appreciate it. I just feel so lucky that I got to be a part of this joyous event as a bridesmaid. As promised a few posts ago, here are some pictures from the lovely day:

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My bouquet

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My cousin and I posing by the gazebo.

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The venue, a mansion near the ocean, was absolutely beautiful.

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My baby cousins bouncing towards the water. They look like little popsicles!

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The first dance! *Pulls out a tissue and wipes eye*

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Of course, a beautiful sunset to end the night. That has to be good luck, right?!

Stay lovely!

XOXO,
Alyssa

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While I was in New York, I had the opportunity to go to Studio N in SoHo and watch the shoot for the kate spade new york fall/winter editorial. I’ve been on set for a couple of other photo shoots, but I must say that this one was by far my favorite. The styling team had amazing energy, and the photographer and model were in perfect harmony. Plus I’m a big kate spade new york fan. (I mean, who isn’t?)

Here are a few behind-the-scenes shots:

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Of course the stylists had all the looks picked out prior to the shoot. I love the little red cocktail dress with the bow detail—it will be perfect for the holiday season.

 
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There were oodles of accessories everywhere. So many shiny things!

 
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Oh, and there were acres of shoes, too. Talk about every girl’s idea of heaven.

 
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Hair and makeup time.

 
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After hours of prep, it’s finally time to shoot.

 
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The model totally embodied the kate spade new york attitude: ultra feminine and little spunky.

 
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I loved this look because it’s very winter, but the palette is still light and fresh.

A big thanks to all the beautiful people at Studio N who let me look over their shoulders and took the time to answer all my silly questions. 🙂

XOXO,
Alyssa

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Iconic New York

Ever since I was a little girl, I always dreamt about taking a trip to New York. Now that I’ve actually been, I’ve come to the realization that New York is a completely different place than what my imagination had made it out to be. The billboards, the hustling people, the yellow taxi cabs—they’re all there. However, when I took my first step out of the safety of my hotel room, I was a little disappointed. New York doesn’t sparkle or shine; it’s dirty and the air is oppressive. For every one truly talented person, there are at least ten untalented people looking to scam young wide-eyed girls. All that being said, New York grew on me. It certainly wasn’t love at first sight, but I learned a lot from this trip: how to navigate in a big city, that you shouldn’t trust strangers (my faith in humanity is slightly diminished) and that trees are beautiful.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures of the iconic sites of New York:

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The Empire State Building at sunset. You can barely make out the Statue of Liberty way off in the distance on one of the islands. Looking down on everything, I felt like I could finally breathe.

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Lady Liberty up close and personal. Riding the Staten Island Ferry was probably one of my favorite parts of the trip because there were these amazing musicians playing while we waited for the ferry to arrive.

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Times Square was absolute chaos. Most of my initial dislike of New York was spawned in Times Square. Once we got out of Midtown, and went to SoHo and the Upper Westside (to visit my cousins), I definitely liked New York a lot more.

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Another picture from the Top of the Rock at sunset. It was just so lovely to see everything from a distance; it made such a huge place seem so small.

XOXO,
Alyssa

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OOTD: Shopping in New York

I finally made it to New York! Yay! Of course we had to kick off the trip with a little shopping, so we headed to 5th Avenue. To be completely honest, most of the time was spent window shopping because I’m one of those people that’s like, “Why buy it on vacation when I can buy it online without sales tax?” Oregon has spoiled me. Plus, 5th Avenue is home to a lot of designer flagship stores that are usually out of my price range. So for now, I just ogle at all the things I hope to own when I’m thirty, flirty and thriving (a.k.a., rich).

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I want to preface this with the fact that I was meeting with a friend in the industry who’s about 6′ tall (okay, maybe like 5′ 8″), so I wore these shoes for that and to snap a couple pictures. I did NOT wear these shoes all day, and you should never go to New York thinking that you’re going to wear heels because with the amount of walking you do—at least a few miles per day—that is just unrealistic.

Anyway, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the rest of the outfit! I was going for a trendy-yet-chic look. Whenever I’m getting dressed, I always keep in mind the Yves Saint Laurent quote: Fashion fades, style is eternal. Which to me means that you should always stay true to your personal aesthetic, as opposed to being completely trend driven. I chose to keep my fun piece, the white fringed top, grounded, pairing it with classic pieces: a black track pant, a leather bag with simple detailing and a pair of nude pumps. The balance of fresh and basic gives this look an effortless-yet-pulled-together feel.

Plenty more pictures coming from New York in future posts. 🙂

XOXO,
Alyssa

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