Category: fashion + fun

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

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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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BLACK + WHITE MURAKAMI


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Hi guys!
It’s been a minute but I am so happy to be back blogging. First off, did anyone see that beautiful harvest moon last night? It seriously took my breath away. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the moon that radiant or full in the sky. Definitely a sight to be seen.
On another note, I just started a new novel and wanted to quickly blog about it. For years, people have told me to dive into Murakami’s books and I’ve always had little interest simply because I have a bad habit of being a “back of book synopsis” girl. I read it and if it doesn’t instantly hook me, I move on. Murakami’s synopsis’ were a mess for me; I was always left never having a clue what the book was actually about. I quickly realized upon starting his latest, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, that this is the beauty of Murakami’s writing. You’re not supposed to know, nor are you supposed to feel any sort of resolution by the end. Which, of course, is already frustrating impatient lil’ me!
I’ve barely reached 1/4 in, but I’m already hooked. The premise seems simple: a man on a quest to figure out why his four inseparable best friends of many years one day stop all contact with him without so much as a whisper to a reason why. He spends most of his life forever changed, troubled by haunting dreams and a “journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present” (taken from synopsis).
There’s something about his simple writing style that is so odd, yet at the same time strangely relatable, that I can’t stop turning the page. I’m excited to read more. If anyone’s planning on starting it tweet me or comment below (at the very bottom) and let’s read together!! Also, any suggestions on which of his books to read next?
Love you guys!!!

xx, ally

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What I’m wearing:
Sweater: Free People
Skirt: Forever 21
Watch: Gruen
Shoes: Leila Stone

Photography by: TGraham

 

My August Favorites

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  • LIPS

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect red shade for what seems like an eternity. In love with this product. Makes my lips feel silky smooth and oh so pretty!!!
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  • DIY

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DIY: Lanyard Keychains
Is it totally nerdy to start a lanyard making craft club?? WHO’S IN?? Cause I’m down for any sort of crafty business. #lanyardclub
  • tech stuff

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Fun Creature USB Ports
How could you not love a little creature toy guy that turns into a useful gadget when you pop his adorable head off?
(This one’s made by LINE Friends)
  • WORK IT OUT!

ombre sneakers
Wild Ombrcolored sneaks
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If I can’t have ombre in my hair, then why not have it on my sneakers? One look at these wild brights and I’m all pumped up to go to the gym.
  • bags bags and bags!

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The Walk Bag

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B3My uber talented cousin Brianna Honkawa D’Estries designed this fav……and she’s only 17!!! She’s such a sweetheart and gave me one last time I saw her and I love the crap out of it. The bright funky colors and functional shape and pockets make it the perfect Boho chic bag to rock when you’re on the go. Best part is, every single bag is 100% handmade by craftswomen in Vietnam making each one completely unique. Here’s the link to her Etsy shop to get one of your own: Book River Etsy Shop I’m going to have her guest blog on here in a few weeks so ya’ll can get a taste of her amazing style and talents. So proud of this one!
Miss Bee BeeYou can check out Brianna’s blog full of cute vegan recipes and crafty ideas here- Walkotws Blog
  • #BOOKCLUB

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Rob Lowe’s book: “Stories I Only Tell My Friends”
Without a doubt one of my favorite reads EVER. Whether you are in the industry or not, there is much to be learned from Rob’s incessantly entertaining and autobiographical accounts of his life as an actor. After the last page, I felt like I was BFFS with Mr. Lowe.

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That’s it for August guys! I love you all. Gonna try and make this “favorites” list a monthly thing so keep checking back. And if you have any favs you’d like to share please comment below or tweet/insta me. <3

xx,ally

DARE TO BE BOLD

Having watched the movie Jobs the night before I heard of the passing of Robin Williams, I was left with one very nagging question.
Why are all these greats taken from us too early?
Storytellers, innovators, tech giants….
Robin Williams is an icon. His memory will live on through his work, touching generations for years and years to come….. inspiring new generations to rise up, affected by him and the vast characters he has brought to life.
Maybe this was his final masterpiece. Leaving this earth to allow for new storytellers and creatives to step forward. To be motivated by this loss; perpetuating his greatness.
It’s your move, chief.
If there was one thing Mr. Williams taught me, it’s to be bold. Be fearless. Throw caution to the wind and speak the words you want to say. In any way you want to say them.
So thank you dear sir. And may we never forget you.
xx,ally

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Photography by T.Graham

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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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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