Feeling Inspired <3

A little somethin’ for your Sunday evening. I miss my grandma…hope she’s looking down on me from some star in the highest galaxy with that fabulousness in her step. xx
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10 Things About Me Thursday (◕‿◕✿)

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Wassup my pretty little ninjas. Another day, another dolla right?? RIGHT? Trying to keep motivated on this Thursday…. did a really great workout this morning in a bootcamp style class that was half on the treadmill and half on the floor doing stuff with weights and bands. Thought I’d make a list of some stuff that I’m feelin’ right now so you can get to know me better or something like that….

My Favorite Movie

I really thought Trainwreck with Amy Schumer was pure hilarity. Colton and I actually saw it twice…two days in a row. Cause we’re weirdo freaks like that. One of my hobbies is studying comedy….the setup, jokes, etc. It’s pretty fascinating but stupidly nerdy once you get into it. Trav is also a total comedy nerd! He knows literally every episode and storyline of “How I Met Your Mother”.

Favorite TV Show:

AHS!!!!!!!!!!!

HOTEL

AND

COVEN

Was too weaksauce to watch this before….but now that I’m into it I can’t stop!!! Currently binge watching the Coven season.

Favorite game

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer

You guys…..I just bought it for my DS. I haven’t opened yet. I’m waiting for one of those rainy day kinda PMS kinda do nothing but sit on my ass kind of days to binge play it.

I was so obsessed with Animal Crossing New Leaf for awhile!!! My friends thought I was crazy because I would keep having to cancel plans on them because I had already promised my hippo neighbor that I would meet up with him at his house at 6:30 pm tonight or something of that nature and CAN’T just not show UP! That would be so rude and I didn’t want any of my neighbors to move away or be disappointed in me as mayor. Or we would be in the middle of sushi and I’d have to turn my DS on and show up to do something for one of the animals and everyone in the REAL world literally thought I was nuts. I will say though, my cyber friends thought I was DOPEEEE.

Roommates or Live Alone:

ROOMMATES!

Something You Struggle With:

Insecurity – it’s an ongoing battle people! But that’s for another time…

3 Apps I Love

ClassPass – If you are like me and love trying new types of workouts and constantly being challenged I recommend this!

Postmates- Humans delivering other humans anything humanely possible. It makes me even lazier as a human, but that’s fine by me.

Audible – I’ve been really getting into audiobooks lately. Again, it makes me lazier, as I don’t physically have to read with my eyes, BUT it does give me the ability to do multiple things at once. This week, I’ve been taking Jesse on super long walks around my neighborhood whilst listening to Mindy Kaling’s new book, Why Not Me.

Also, I’ve been snappin’ more lately. If you wanna see stupid stuff follow me: almakixo

What I do for workouts

Reformer pilates

Hot yoga

Bootcamp style classes mixing cardio with strength training

Dance in my living room.

Eat food really fast. So it’s like I’m burning calories. Yep. Cool.

Something embarrassing that happened to me recently:

I tweeted about this but I sprayed room spray directly into my eyes burning and blinding my eyes in the middle of Kitson yesterday.

What I do when I’m sad:

Eat Sourpatch kids, Cherry garcia ice cream and watch lots and lots of Korean dramas. (FYI, Boys Over Flowers is seriously the best) Also, going to Target and buying myself something fun to take my mind off of stuff helps. I’ll get a new book, a couple of yummy candles, or a pair of fun leggings!

Something I’m looking forward to for 2016:

Traveling. A lot of it is happening.

Fav food

Sushi 4 lyfe.

Now I have a question for you…..what is something that you are LOVING right now?? It could be anything…

Love yall

Ally

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Nothin’ To Sweat About ✌

giphy (8)There is a woman in my workout class who told everyone today that she doesn’t sweat. Not a bit. Like ever. She did a triathlon and didn’t have one bead of sweat. She birthed 4 children without even shedding a drop.

This was halfway through the class mind you and I’m literally dripping buckets. My feet are sweating, my eyelids are wet, my hair is sticking to the back of my neck in a nasty spiderweb type of configuration. It’s the worst. I look over to my left and this hot mama is doing her burpee sets without one drop of perspiration. The girl ISN’T EVEN balmy.  The rest of us ordinary girls just look like melting popsicles on a hot day with stretchy clothes on. In between exercises we keep looking over to see if she’s lying. I thought I saw a slight glisten but maybe I’m mistaken. Why do I have to sweat????? And if I must, then why create people who don’t that make the rest of us look bad?

And then I thought about it. And I asked Trav about it. My favorite thing about Trav is he makes everything I stress about seem really insignificant and not stressful. He’s the best. He said back to me, “Honestly, if you never sweat ever then you would be really unhealthy…”

He’s right. And it made me think about when the times are that I do sweat.

When I workout. Which means I am living an active lifestyle and burning mad calories.

When I get nervous or excited about something. Which means I’m still getting FUCKING NERVOUS OR EXCITED ABOUT SHIT. This is good. It means I’m not completely jaded.

When it’s hot out. Which means I live in Los Angeles: one of the best places in the world that stays sunny all year round.

When you’re doin’ the nasty. NUTHIN TO BE ASHAMED ABOUT PEOPLE. I’d rather be sweatin’ my way through a good sex life then being all cold and dry in my bed alone.

So now thinking about it. I’m glad I sweat. It shows I’ve accomplished something, it is my body telling me, Bitch! you are uncomfortable right now, you’re in a new situation that is challenging you and making you stronger. You got this.

So remember:

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Plus, people that sweat are known to have good metabolism.

Stay sweaty kids,

Ally

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Trendy Tuesday ☮

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Hi bootyfulssssss!!!!

Thought I’d share with you a few things I’m feelin’ on this lovely Tuesday afternoon.

HATS!!!!!!

I love wearing hats. It’s my excuse to not wear makeup or shower and still feel like I’m not disgusting. It also can be that last addition to an outfit to make it feel complete. I seriously think hats are an underrated accessory…I love the shit out of them.

MY PICK TO WORKOUT IN:

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When I workout in a baseball cap it keeps me more focused and thinking about myself and my own body rather than staring at the girl in the room with the best bod. Basically, it’s like blinders for me. Stay in your lane girl! Brandy Melville has a bunch of great baseball caps that I use to work out in that have fun slogans on them. They’re lightweight and floppy which makes it easy to throw them in the wash. Click here for the Uh Huh Honey hat I’m wearing!

MY PICK TO GO SHOPPING IN: GENTS Baseball Cap

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GENTS makes the best hats! They’ve really mastered the perfect shape of a baseball style cap without making it look too boxy or floppy. It’s literally right in between! I ordered a few in a couple different colors to pop on my head when I need to run into the mall or meet up for a quick lunch with friends.

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♬ NEW MUSIC

Alessia Cara

This girl has really captured my attention as of late with her song “Here” which describes how I feel at every party I ever go to.

I’m sorry if I seem uninterested
Oh I’m not listenin’, oh I’m indifferent
Truly I ain’t got no business here
But since my friends are here, I just came to kick it
But really I would rather be at home all by myself
Not in this room with people who don’t even care about my well being

Yay for all the homebody antisocials out there!!! She just posted this awesome cover of Nick Jonas’ song “Levels” and she slaysssss it.

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Also, this song I found on a Spotify playlist and it’s so good. Makes me think about past relationships or people in my life that I don’t see anymore….

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Finally, if you haven’t heard Trav’s cover of “What Do You Mean” you besta check it out. Although I’m a little biased, I honestly think Trav is seriously so talented. He has a way of bringing so much emotion to any song that really makes me hear the heart and story of the song. I always listen to his playlists when I’m on the plane, studying, or going through something stressful. Subscribe to his channel if you haven’t already!

That’s it! Love you bootyfuls. 🙂

xo Ally

My Moody Monday Story ❤

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I just want to present this little GIF for you guys just in case you needed that little extra umph of INNER STRONG WOMAN SHIT today. Cause I sure do.

Soooo….I basically got bullied today in CVS for no apparent reason by this older man who felt the need to cut a bitch in line. I repeat CUT A BITCH IN LINE. Who would do that to a tiny little Asian girl who is literally buying one tube of Crest breathstrips toothpaste. It’s not like I was buying 80 boxes of Maybelline people. The cashier kindly told him that I was in line waiting and he straight up pretended like he didn’t hear her and continued to insert himself in between me and the register. Part of me thinks this dude thought to himself oh! this….small…woman… won’t say anything to me…strong…man (grumphhhdi caveman noise!) !

The cashier proceeded to remind him again that “sir, she’s waiting in line.” He pretended to not hear again. After a few moments of utter silence, the man faked a big old fake sigh and a big old fake eyeroll. What’s with the DRAMA DUDE? He kind of waffled back and forth on both feet trying to decide whether he was going to continue this injustice and then out of nowhere pulled this little random nugget out…”Well, she was doodling on her phone.” and mocked me “doodling on my phone” tapping imaginary air buttons. Say what now? When is scrolling through Insta in the CVS line a crime people? Is it bad? Is it a social no no? If it is, then I will seek this man out and apologize and it will absolutely go something like this…”Dir sir, Sorry that I want to look at pics of funny animals while I buy my tooth products. I will never inconvenience you like that again. From, Lowly sorrowful woman

Well my girls were on my side. The cashier was like oh hell no, he didn’t. The woman in front of me with her newborn baby (who was probably but most likely a girl) were both like Oh HELL no he didn’t.  The baby even woke up from a nap and was like “Sista please.”

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In that moment, I decided I had to stick up for myself and say something to shut this shit down. And I did guys. Oh did I. It came out a little awkward and certainly wasn’t speech of the year but I felt like a strong woman on the inside and out and that’s all that counts. Plus the woman with the overly involved baby gave me her scroll of coupons for $2 off my toothpaste so karma does count people. It can get you inner strength and discounts on fresh breath products.

xo, Ally

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SNAPSHOTS: Flying to Guangzhou

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We officially made it to Guangzhou, China after almost 24 full hours of travel. The flight to Tokyo was almost 12 hours + 3 hour layover in Tokyo + 4 hour flight from Tokyo — Guangzhou + 1 hr drive from the airport to our hotel = 20 hours! Close enough.

Flying United was awesome. We were delirious from the start but watched a ton of movies and ate so much food I can’t even tell you. The eating officially began as soon as we stepped on the plane.

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There’s a lot of snackage going on here. And yes, it’s a weird tradition of mine to always bring cherry tomatoes on board. The dry air always makes me crave veggies.
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Our first selfie of the trip. I need to buy a selfie stick stat.
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This seemed like a great idea at the time.

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Starting it off with some bubbles!

Fun not so fun story. Employee at the LAX airport does not get a gold star by making fully sexist remark to Clo and I as we were checking in.

Sucky male employee: So where are you headed to?

Me: Tokyo, Japan and then to Guangzhou.

Sucky male employee: Oh, you two girls must be headed there to go shopping for rich husbands! (winks grossly)

Moment of silence for that.

Chloe: Yeah, why else would two Asian girls ever travel to Asia right?

Sucky male employee gives confused look.

I’m glad that some people really have open minds to the world.

Here’s our reaction to above story.

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Touch down. Landed in Tokyo, Japan!!!!! This is me taking pictures in the bathroom. I was pretty excited about everything as soon as we landed including the public restrooms. Is that weird?
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis moment happened almost immediately out of the gate and I freaked out. I think I accidentally pushed some sweet looking Japanese girls out of the way just to capture this. Sumimasen!

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I was super fascinated and about to cry because EVERYTHING in the airport was my size!!! Even this mannequin was the same height as me which means…..I am officially sample size in Japan. Does that finally make me a model?

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TOTORO DISPLAY. ENOUGH SAID.

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Yes I will take a dozen boxes of mochi.

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Pictured above is my first OFFICIAL meal in Asia ever! The United Club in the Tokyo Airport was awesome with unlimited bowls of soba, sushi and edamame. We completely outdid ourselves by having about 8 bowls of soba collectively. Great job Clo, we really worked as a team there.
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Spores= Soba Filled Pores,

Ally

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I’m Going To Asia with My Girl Chloe Bennet!!!

You guys!!!!

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Taken by Melly Lee

 

So darn tootin’ excited to share with you all that I’m going to be in Asia for the next TWO WEEKS! My girl and former roomie Chloe Bennet, who you probably know as Skye from “Agents of Shield”, officially used her earthquake powers on me a couple weeks ago when she shattered my world by asking if I wanted to go to China with her. I promptly freaked the f out and said YES. DUH YES!!!! We decided to extend our trip and hit up Tokyo after since I am Japanese and have sadly never been to explore my roots. I have actually never been to Asia period. It works out perfect that we both get to see our cultures (Chloe’s half Chinese). It’s going to be crazyyyy.

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This will be us for sure. Courtesy of giphy.com

 

Throughout the next two weeks, I am going to be posting on here our little adventures through Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Tokyo so check back often. I’ll be posting pictures of WonderCon (which Chloe will be at so come meet her!), our idiot like tendencies as our characters Mel and Gina (if you don’t know yet, get ready). and of course LOTS AND LOTS OF FOOOOOOOD. We plan on getting really plump off of ramen and sushi while we’re there so hopefully you recognize me when you get back. It’s not likely. I may have to adopt the nickname MSG-Maki.

Alright guys, I gotta go pack a life’s worth of clothes and shoes into one mid sized luggage, so wish me luck. I am really…really bad at packing. Really.

Peace and see you guys in ASIA!!!!!

It’s Bout to Get Real,

Ally

SNAPSHOTS: Miami Daze

Miami is a must go back to kind of place. I had such a blast experiencing the beautiful beaches with fabulous new friends and of course, Trav and Colt.  What a great way to ring in the New Year.

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Until next time…

Will Smith Said It Best,

Ally

What I Learned Today From a Model

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Today I sat next to a model in hot yoga. She walked in with her perfect top knot, BPA free water bottle and the most gorgeously wonderful Bambi legs in existence and every girl’s face instantly froze like,

“Bitch, please please pleaseee don’t sit next to me. Please. PLEASE!!”

Then they look up to the heavens and apologize for the bagel they had for breakfast. No more carbs after today. Tomorrow’s the day. Officially. I always start diets on Mondays.

Of course the model (let’s call her Top Knot Tammy) lays out her mat right next to mine. All the girls relax. I die inside.

Even her damn mat is skinnier than mine. My mat curdles in shame. Slowly I morph into the downest of dogs (so cheesy, but really this is what I thought. You try being me.)

Excuse me Top Knot-T, hunny, Ms. Independent? GO AWAY. I come here to help my anxiety not give me an additional Bambi leg complex. Trust me, I’ve already got complexes on complexes. I came her to learn the facets of deep breathing, not deep loathing.

Tammy girl, has the Taylor Swift body mixed with the exoticness of one of those brunette VS models. She was Beyonce booty with the effortlessness of Kendall Jenner walking through Coachella in that long jean shorts and vest look. She just sorta waltzes by.

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Let me compare it in another way.

I’m 5’1.

She’s 5’11.

She has Bambi legs.

I have Bambi’s sadness.

She’s a model.

I am not (do selfies count?).

Today after yoga, I went and got the biggest, fattiest, chocolate muffin I’ve ever bought in my life. Like I literally thought of the idea in Chavasana (buying a big and fatty chocolate muffin) and then I did it ($3.50 at Whole Foods). I didn’t give a fuuuuu.

Because sometimes you just have to indulge and not give a crap that there’s a supermodel next to you. You gotta face the facts that there are supermodels in life and they are there to tear you down. Pastry companies actually build them and send them out into the world just so muffin prices will rise. But YOU gotta rise up girl, you gotta RISE UP LIKE PASTRY DOUGH.

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You gotta realize that Bambi probably never eats chocolate muffins after yoga, but then again she probably does. Because only DNA mixed with model girl genes could possibly shape her legs like that.

So watch out Bambi legs, because yes, I am jealous of you and yes you are enough to make me go I kissed a girl and I liked it, and yes you probably live that jet setting Saudi Princes buying you gold watches, exotic puppies, love, affection, 10 ft. yachts and wait….what was I talking about?

Make me a Meowdel,

Ally

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]We can all learn a thing or two from models! – A. Maki[/pullquote]

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A List of Things I Bought When I Was 14!

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Today I saw a girl at the crosswalk with a few of her Lorde type friends. (Is it weird to be in your mid 20s sitting at the crosswalk daydreaming about being part of their teenage crew?) They would’ve been any sort of ordinary teenage girls if I hadn’t noticed one simple little detail. They were carrying multiple shopping bags from Lululemon.

It all seems innocent enough, but it got me to thinking. Tweens these days are fancy as hell. To this day I go into Lululemon acting like I’m going to buy a variety of items and then after turning the price tag on a pair of $120 stretchy pants I instantly fake an important phone call and get the hell out of dodge before I see the disgusted look on the shopgirl’s face. “Ah, darnit sorry they just don’t have the size I need in the style I want, but I’m definitely going to order it online.”

And here these girls half my age are with their iPhones and their bags of Lululemons dropping cash for overpriced workout gear like it’s nothing. When I was their age I felt guilty about buying leggings from Forever 21 for $9.95 plus tax.

Here are some other things I bought when I was 14.

♥ Plastic binders with the different pockets to put pictures (that you would have to actually print out at Kinko’s) to make funky collages displaying your coolest of “friends”. “Um, yeah Penelope and I hang out all the TIME. That’s why she’s on the front of my binder, duh.”

♥ Random things from Claire’s. Mittens with only half the finger covered up to the knuckle. So cool. Blingin’ bellybutton rings. Earrings that gave me nasty infections.

♥ $2 lipglosses that tasted like plastic and had names like “peachy plastic” and “tastes like shit but looks glossy as HELL!

♥ Melon gum

♥ Saving stamps up on my Sanrio card to get some sweet Hello Kitty jewelry case

The most expensive thing I think I ever convinced my mom I “needed” was a Sidekick. It didn’t have service, it was only for games and messaging. SWEET. I blinged that shit out myself for four painstaking hours on my bedroom floor with alternating pink and clear rhinestones.

So in short, I understand that these girls are way more fancy than I am now or probably will ever be. It’s just a fact. As much as I wonder if I would be cooler if I grew up in this tech savvy, Instagram infested culture that is defined by “tweens” these days, I don’t know if realistically I would’ve been able to handle it. I liked looking in the mirror everyday as my 14 year old self, with braces and bad wispy bangs and just see me. That was all I knew. What we don’t know won’t kill us right. Cause trust me, I had no clue how bad it was.

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So thank you to the 15 year olds of 2015 who teach me so much! You guys rock.

Whew I’m lame.

I Don’t Think You’re Ready For This Jelly,

Ally

[pullquote width=”300″ float=”left”]“My definition of a Lululemon: a teenage girl who makes you lose all dignity and instantly humbles you to your very core!”[/pullquote]

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