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Friday, March 29, 2013

COACHELLA 2013: non-clothing essentials

Hello lovely people! These past few weeks, I've been doing a weekly post about Coachella 2013; outfits, bags to carry, even shoes to wear. Since most of the posts in this series have been about fashion, I thought it was time to talk about some more practical, non-obvious items that you should bring to the festival.

coachella essentials

1. Sunscreen
I 100% recommend this sunscreen from Neutrogena. I use it all of the time, and it works so well. I have olivey skin, but places like my shoulders and neck are pretty pale, so I need to make sure I don't get burned. This sunscreen is super light and it doesn't smell bad, either. Make sure to pack sunscreen like this, or you'll regret it.

2.  A watch
My two friends that I'm going to Coachella with and I decided that it would be smart for at least one of us to wear a watch. I don't want to loose my phone (which I totally would) taking it in and out of my bag constantly to check the time. Also, it'll save battery on your phone that you may need to call friends. This watch from ASOS is super cute, and cheap too!

3. A plastic water bottle
Short story: At my school, everyone is obsessed with Camelbak water bottles. They're nice, obviously, but they have this weird double-layer thing so that there's less space for actual water inside of the the water bottle. This, to me, is a reason to get a different water bottle for Coachella. I don't want to take up room in my bag just because I wanted an extra layer of plastic on my water bottle. I have like 3 Contigo water bottles, and they're awesome. You press a little button on the back that lets you drink water, so if the button is not pressed (forcefully - it won't get pressed by something in your bag) water won't come out. Plus, it's got a built-in clip so you can clip it to the outside of your bag if you'd like. 

4. A pencil/pen
Coachella doesn't allow you to bring sharpies or markers into the festival, but a pencil or pen is always a good idea. You can mark set times for bands you want to see (see 5), write your friends' numbers on your arm in case your phone dies, and plot on a map of the festival grounds where to meet if someone gets lost.

5. The full set list, and your CUSTOM set list
You'll want to have the full set list (every single act) with you, as well as a plan of the acts you want to see, times, and stages. When Coachella releases the set times before Weekend 1 (when I'm going), I'm going to make a custom set list of the bands/artists my friends and I want to see so that we can try to see everything possible. If you don't want to have a plan like that, use the full set list to see what's playing or just wander around the festival and discover new acts. Either way, have the setlist/set times so you're not clueless.

6. A hat
Hats are extremely important for the hot sun. I'm not bringing a large bag, so I don't want to take a giant sun hat and have to carry it around when I don't want to wear it. I just got back from vacation on the beach, and my scalp burned after one day (I have dark hair and a really pale scalp), so I knew that I needed to bring a hat to the festival. Opt for one with an adjustable back, so that you can string a ponytail through your hat if you want. Also, try to get a decent hat (terrycloth visor wearers, I'm talking to you).

7. Sunglasses
This is an obvious one, but please bring sunglasses. Make sure that they actually have UV protection, and aren't just cheap, dark plastic lenses. Also, don't bring super expensive glasses unless you are positive you won't accidentally loose them. Sorta hard to be positive of that in advance, but you know what I mean.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Hello lovelies! Spring nights are the perfect time to wear maxi skirts; Winter is too cold, Summer is too hot. Here are my maxi skirt picks for spring:

favorite maxi skirts

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Oh, summer. Oh, camp. Oh, summer camp.
Lately I've been very nostalgic for my summer camp. For the past two years, I get to spend one week with a bunch of amazing people on a lake. I miss tie dyeing, doing henna, and listening to great music. and I miss it all so much, and I cannot wait to go at the end of this coming summer.

summer camp nostalgia

xx Alyssa

Friday, March 22, 2013

COACHELLA 2013: Another Festival Outfit

Hello lovelies! Be sure to read my other Coachella 2013 posts about bags and shoes.

Side note - I got my wristbands in the mail yesterday! The box that they came in is so cool. My favorite part is the lineup posters from every Coachella... totally putting those everywhere in my room.

Here's another cute festival outfit I put together as inspiration. I got a top extremely similar to this Topshop one from Urban Outfitters, and it's the perfect top to wear to Coachella!

Festival Outfit

Can't wait!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, March 21, 2013


favorite spring nail colors

From left to right:

I love the Topshop stark yellow. It reminds me of beach balls, and gets me excited for summer!
The Butter London blue is a spring staple. Light blue, like the sky! It's pretty all year round, but especially this time of the year.
I love all of the flowers in spring, especially the purple ones! This OPI color mimics the lavender color.
I try to go to the beach as much as possible in spring (it's like summer in Southern California), and this Topshop color is as blue as the sea. So pretty!
Neon pink is one of my all-time favorites for spring. I don't paint my toes a lot, but I love to paint them pink as a statement. I'm going to the beach this spring break, so I'll have my shoes off a lot, and the pink looks great on my toes.

What are you favorite nail colors right now?

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Hello lovelies! Recently, I've been going through my closet to clean it up, and it's got me thinking; I have so many clothes that I bought years back and never wore. That is partly due to my 7th-grade style, but otherwise, it was stupid decisions that lead me to buy these pieces I was never going to wear. Here's 3 tips I used and recommend to help you decide whether or not you should buy those clothes.

1. In your head, think of 3 other pieces of clothing that would look good with it. 
If it's a skirt you're debating about, think of 3 shirts. If you can't think of 3, don't buy it. If it's a pair of shoes, try to imagine at least 3 cute outfits you could wear with them. This goes for accessories, too. If that necklace is really cute but it only goes with that one dress that you're never going to wear, don't get it. 

2. Think: Do you feel comfortable wearing it out?
Some things look really cute in the changing room, but you might not be very comfortable in them. If you're thinking, "oh, I'll wear a jacket with this. And a tank top under it. Then it won't look so see-through and I won't be uncomfortable," then it's probably not the right choice. Chances are, there's not going to be a lot of style choices if you must wear a jacket and tank top with that bright pink, see-through shirt. If you're not comfortable wearing a piece of clothing, it's not going to be as versatile.

3. If you can return it, buy it and stare at it for like, a week.
By this, I mean put it on a place that you look at constantly. When I buy new clothes, I like to leave them on the top of my bookshelf in my room so I see them all of the time. If you get sick of the clothing (or come to think it's not as cute as you thought it was), then simply return it. Getting sick of the clothes you just bought after a week is a sign you're going to get sick of wearing them. 

What do you do to decided whether or not you should buy something? I want to know!

xx Alyssa

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Hello lovelies! So I've been sick since last Friday, which is not fun. I finally went to the doctor and found out I have a sinus infection. My nose is plugged, there's pressure in my head, I have to constantly yawn to un-plug my ears, and my throat is killing me. It sucks. Here's what I've been doing throughout the week to try to get healthy and not be miserable!

I cannot stress this enough. Drinking water is awesome because it flushes out your system! You also may be getting headaches from dehydration, so obviously water will help. I like to keep a water bottle on my desk. I'll drink the whole bottle, then refill it immediately so that I'll continue to drink it. Water always makes me feel better instantly, so please please please drink a lot of water.

2. Tea/Soup has magical properties
I don't know what's in tea and soup that makes it so magical, but it literally helps for every sickness I've contracted. My favorite tea is Camomile, which is always really nice when my throat hurts. When I've got the shivers or my stomach hurts, I eat Lipton Noodle Soup. It's delicious and light so it won't hurt your stomach! Definitely try these magical methods. 

3. If you're not too sick, DO SOMETHING!
You're supposed to lay low when you're sick, but laying in your bed all day and feeling sorry for yourself when you only have a cough is not gonna help you. When you're at that stage where a few things hurt but you can do normal activities, do something! When I'm sick, I like to stay home all day and do DIY projects such as making flower crowns or cookies (for when I feel better!). Doing something easy will take your mind off being sick.

4. Watch a funny movie/Youtube videos
If you are lying in bed because you're really sick, try watching a funny movie or Youtube videos. Watching Titanic will only make you feel worse, trust me. I'd recommend something along the lines of Mean Girls (the classic), or Youtube channels like danisnotonfire. Laughing is the best medicine!

5. If all else fails, SLEEP!
When you're at that point of sickness where you can't watch anything or your head will hurt and you just want to curl up and sleep, do it! Just sleep it off. When I get really sick, sleeping is my favorite thing (well, it is anyways). Even if you can only sleep for 30 minutes at a time, just keep sleeping.

Obviously I'm not a doctor, but this is what works for me when I'm sick. If you have any other tricks that you use when you're sick, let me know!
xx Alyssa

Friday, March 8, 2013

COACHELLA 2013: Shoes

Hello lovelies! This is the second post in a mini post series for Coachella 2013! Here's the last one if you missed it.

No matter how many fashion bloggers and celebrities wear pretty gladiator sandals to Coachella, I would avoid it. Open-toed shoes are just a recipe for filthy, stepped-on feet. Here's a few styles of shoes I would wear to Coachella.

coachella shoes

Boots are fine as long as they're not too hot, and it's fine if they get dirty. I have a pair of (very) worn-in Dr. Martens like these from the Rose Bowl Swap Meet, so I'm going to wear those one day. 

I also have a pair of old Converse High Tops that I'll wear. They're super comfortable, and I don't care if they get dirty.

Finally, there's always those 10$ knock-off vans at stores like H&M and Forever 21. Great for trashing at Coachella! Flat sneakers are definitely your best option.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Here's a little playlist I made called "Travelling". It'd be nice to get out there sometime.


xx Alyssa

Friday, March 1, 2013


Wow, February flew by like a hoard of teenage girls chasing band members. I literally woke up this morning, saw it was March 1st, and thought "wait, really?" This year, March has come a long with a hot day, which is weird considering it's been pretty cold lately. I'll consider this the first day of spring.

Spring - Two Door Cinema Club

xx Alyssa