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July 2014 – Ally Maki

Month: July 2014

My New Favorite Summer Drink

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Hi my healthy little summer lovelies!!!

Found my new summer drink…..and it’s both non-alcoholic (shockingly) and way too healthy (annoyingly). And before you ask, no one paid me to say this. I just really liked this drink. May I introduce the: Health-Ade Kombucha

…..in BEET flavor.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. I ain’t drinking no beets, bitch!! But seriously if you are a fan of kombucha drinks, you will love this drink! And if you’ve never tried one and are being stubborn little Sally’s then suck it up and try it. This is a great one for first timers. The beet flavor is ever so slight giving the juice an overall sweet flavor, with a hint of earthiness. And the sparkling water makes it nice and bubbly. I swear it tastes like a healthy soda.

All the ingredients are organic, raw, natural, vegan, gluten-free & kosher (okay, we get it this product is basically saving lives, jeeesh!) and the produce used is all from local farmers. To top it off, the packaging is so freaking adorable! The glass bottles are actually UV-protective and made from amber, giving it that pretty color. I’m saving mine to use as a water bottle!

Trust me,  I wouldn’t stray you guys wrong.

xx, ally
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Other flavors include:


 Pink Lady Apple, Plum, Cayenne Cleanse, The Original, Ginger Lemon, and Carrot.

Has anyone else tried these? Let me know!

LOVE YOU!
ally maki

MY MALIBU ESSENTIALS

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I recently spent some time in Malibu staying at my aunt and uncle’s house in the hills overlooking PCH. It was such an incredible time. Malibu has it’s own unique character and way of life that I could seriously get used to living here one day permanently. Here are a few of my favorite things that I packed for my beach filled week!
xx, ally

MALIBU ESSENTIAL GUIDE


one piece swimsuit
I am so into one-pieces right now! They are a great piece to easily transition from the beach straight to a walk on the promenade. Just throw some cute jean shorts on over for an instant outfit!

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smashbox o-glosseasy read
A makeup artist on set recently used Smashbox’s O-GLOSS on my lips before a scene and I fell in love with the product. It makes your lips look clean, fresh, and with just the right amount of gloss to look sun kissed and summer-fied.
Whenever I go to the beach, I tote along a read that is easy and massively entertaining. Such is Emily Giffen’s novel “Something Blue.” SO MUCH FUN DRAMA!!!!! Definitely a great read if you’re looking to fall into a twisted sort of love story told from the POV of a rather unconventional narrator: the self-centered narcissist. Check out page one below and note Giffen’s lovable and fun writing style, mirroring a sort of stream of consciousness straight from the thoughts of a woman — it’s like she’s IN MY BRAIN! —-

Something Blue

bikiniEOS Lipbalm

 Why bring one swimsuit when you can bring two?
So in love with the twisted bandeau tops of this season. Not only can you find them in all sorts of fun fabrics, I also happen to find them inherently flattering on most body types. The top can serve double purpose as a cute bra top under a tank as well!
Moving on to SPF. Although we got our gloss on, SPF is so incredibly important. So, while sunscreen is not featured on the list, I cannot stress enough how important it is. I’ve always been extra cautious ever since a friend told me that her dad- who was a stickler about putting sunscreen on everyday – got diagnosed with skin cancer on his EARS. It was the one place he never thought to protect! (He’s alright now, don’t worry.)
Ladies, skin cancer is never sexy so slather up – and don’t forget those lips and ears!

MAC Prep+Prime

 Great little thing to bring along with you on a hot day. Mac’s Prep + Prime Powder works great over a face of makeup to create a silky finished look and help reduce those pesky pores. If I’m heading to the beach, I’ll usually just moisturize (with an SPF lotion of course) and then throw this on a bare face and head out the door. Helps keep you shine free throughout the day!

makeup bag

This floral makeup bag is the perfect size to serve as a pseudo purse for your day out at the beach. Because of its plastic lining, its safe around the water and sand. So next time, leave the purse at home and bring along a little goodie bag that’s light and no fuss.
You can never go wrong with a pair of Ray-Ban aviators. I have literally had these bad boys for about five years and they are still always in style.

hairbow sandals

I am so in love with this fun find from Aldo. Who says your feet can’t be absolutely adorable even at the beach?

That’s it! Love you guys. Comment below your favorite beach essentials and also if there’s any places in Malibu you’ve hit up that you know and love! (I def want to go back.) 🙂

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Bohemian Summer in Brandy

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 Hey guys!!! It’s most definitely summer, am I right?

There’s nothing I love more than to be comfy and carefree during one of LA’s frequent heat waves. I recently discovered the greatness that is Brandy Melville. They have such great basics that are super cute, affordable, and capture that effortless LA girl style. My best find right now has to be the Alexah Pants – thin, comfy Bohemian style pants that come in different patterned fabrics. They are a steal for $35! Girls, I have no shame….I am a SUCKER for a deal. I should actually be on Extreme Couponing. This is how WE DO!

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brandy melville outfit

Body chains are so rad.

red lips

Rockin’ a red lip in the summertime makes me feel like a BOSS!

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WHAT I’M WEARING:

Undershirt: Chiyo Top, BRANDY MELVILLE, $19

Crochet shirt: Chelsea Top, BRANDY MELVILLE, $16

Pants: Alexah Pants, BRANDY MELVILLE, $35

Bodychain: Gold Bodychain, BRANDY MELVILLE, $8

Shoes: Jeepers Sandals, CHINESE LAUNDRY, $58

Hat: ZARA

Sunglasses: QUAY EYEWEAR

To all my bad girls out there, you are all so beautiful and remember your individual style is what makes you YOU! So own it all year round, but ESPECIALLY during the summer.

Hope ya’ll are having some fun in the sun!

 

xxx, ally

Photos by: CHaynes

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LOCAL BLACK + GOLD

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Zara TRF Top and Zara skirt, Diesel leather jacket by Nicola Formichetti, Givenchy bag, H&M gold plated boots, Westward Leaning glasses, Nordstrom iPhone case, Pet Pigeons Jewelry bracelet, Brandy Melville moon rings

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While on my trip to London, I was so inspired by the bold fashion choices made by the locals. It seemed like nearly everyone walking by was dressed to the nines, whether they were simply on their way to work or en route to the nearest pub for an early drink. I experimented taking on the London “local mentality” by taking this outfit to the extreme of what I would consider a “dressed to the 9’s” outfit. Studs mixed with black + white patterns, neons with gold, logo’ed Tee, ripped stockings. What amazed me was how confident I felt in what would normally seem like an embarrassing outfit. Fashion is a personal choice based on risk and expression of personality. When we let go of our idea of what other people will think, new trends form and society’s standards change on what is acceptable and “cool” to wear out. Hats off to all you fashionistas out there who set trends on a daily basis!

Try this experiment. Put together an outfit that you would normally never think to wear. Mix patterns, old stuff with new, boring with crazy! Own it. Wear it out to Starbucks or lunch with a friend and see if you experience a spike in confidence. I can guarantee you someone will comment on how great you look.

xxx, a

Photos by CHaynes

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