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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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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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IMG_0217I tried to organize my little compartments (above)….but by the end they looked like picture (below) which was very reminiscent of back when Chloe and I had an apartment together. Girls have a lot of stuff.

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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.

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

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

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]

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! —-

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 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!

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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.

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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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The Top 20 Things About My Trip to Paris

There’s no real way to describe my time in Paris other than truly magical. As corny as it sounds, experiencing Paris really does fulfill every part of a girl’s wishes and dreams in some crazy otherworldly fantastical way. Although there are so many memories, here are my Top 20.

  1. The train ride from London to Paris interestingly enough proved to be one of the MOST memorable parts of the whole trip. We were so delirious we were cracking up the WHOLE WAY THERE for no apparent reason, much to the annoyance of our cabin partners.

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2.  Train selfies

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3. This hilarious plate of train food. The most random plate of of food I’ve ever eaten. Coleslaw with shredded beef. Fruit compote and beets not one….but TWO ways! In block form and shredded. Because beets one way is never enough.

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4. You can drink espresso and eat madeleines at literally anytime of the day without feeling judged.

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5. The fact that there’s Chanel stores on nearly every other block like they’re Starbucks or something. NBD.

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6.When this epic moment happened and I tried on my first pair of Louboutins. I’m pretty sure I was sweating and couldn’t really breathe. #BGM

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7. Steak & Frites. The ultimate combination.

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8. Scary messages like this:

 

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9. Small restaurants tucked away on cobblestone streets.

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10. Midnight in Paris

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11. Madeleines.

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12. Crazy Horse. This EPIC burlesque show originated in Paris in 1951. The girls were so insanely talented and their bodies were bangin’. I left with such a changed view on the beauty of women’s bodies and sexuality as a whole. Such a revelation. P.S. Beyonce’s “Partition” video was taken move for move from one of their routines.

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12 1/2: Our forced upon glamour shots taken at the Crazy Horse and framed in 8X10 paper souvenir frames. SCORE!

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13. This spontaneously hilarious moment when a Chinese couple was taking wedding photos in the middle of the street next to us. We’re probably going to pop up in their wedding album somewhere in Asia, and I’m honestly ok with that. Chinese wedding in Paris

14. Room service galore at the Ambassador Hotel. The fresh squeezed orange juice was a highlight.

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15. Receiving room service like this.

 

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Colton as my waiter. Yes dreams do come true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. The gardens surrounding the outside of the Louvre.

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17. Our pseudo picnic lunch we set up in the gardens. A must! There’s all kinds of carts that sell wine bottles and different sandwiches which you can just purchase and set up shop on blankets in the grass.

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Picnic selfie!

Nutella crepe

There’s nothing more satisfying then a Nutella crepe.

PIcnic food!

A meal fit for kings and queens!

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18. The Pyramid at the Louvre

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19. When this happened.

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20. And last but not least these sweet most amazing girls and anyone else we met there! Thanks for all the treats and recommendations!! xx.ally

Sweet girls!

You truly made the trip such a fun experience!

 

 

 

 

Victoria + albert museum

There’s just something about a day at the museum in a new country that really makes you feel like you’ve soaked up some of its true history and glory. You leave feeling more connected to the people, with a better understanding of who they are and how we can relate on one universally beautiful thing: art. Art comes in all cultures and is such a window into the soul of the people. Here’s some pics from our few hours at the Victoria and Albert Museum (or called the V&A for short) .

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Natural History Museum

Took this pic as we walked by the Natural History Museum. Must go inside next time!

Mr. Dinosaur

Mr. Dinosaur in the grand foyer

sweet buns

Always down for some sweet buns.

Museum lunch

The best kind of lunch. Take and go! Mozzarella, basil, and salami baguette with fresh pressed apple juice from the museum cafe.

Haphazard tourist

A good tip for haphazard tourists like me.

Ed and Colt

We had the best tour guide and new friend, Mr. Ed H! Thanks Ed for the lovely day.

Candlestick

The Gloucester Candlestick

Stained glass

The stained glass is an absolute must see in person. The coloring is impeccable.

Christ Riding on the Ass

Work titled: “Christ Riding on the Ass”…no literally.

Photobomber

Love the photobomber dude is rockin’ the same pose as C. Made me laugh.

Gothic architecture.

Love the ornate gothic look.

Rodin

Rodin’s first large sculpture – 1876

Gym motivation

What I now look at every day before I head begrudgingly to the gym. Sigh.

Royal beanie

The original beanie for royal hipsters.

Not sure..

I’m just gonna be honest here. I have no idea what this is.

Royal flower crowns

Where Coachella kids got their style.

Modern art

Laptops are considered relics now? Shit, I feel old.

Ring circle

One of each, please.

More tea

More tea, because….well, it’s LONDON, DUH!

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