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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

 

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.

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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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