On The Boardwalk

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Long days that turn into late nights walking along the boardwalk are some of my most cherished summer memories. I live pretty close to the beach (not to brag), but even if you live smack dab in the middle of the city, you can still capture that carnival by the sea vibe with a few well chosen pieces. The magic formula includes bright colours, stripes, and a general disregard for subtlety or conventions. Accessorize with a head turning pair of shades and a cone full of cotton candy and you’re good to go! With this theme in mind, I’ve chosen 10 pieces that will help you channel your inner carnival girl instantly. Lana Del Rey would approve!

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1 // Bond No. 9 – New York Coney Island Eau De Perfume

2 // RMS Beauty – Lip2Cheek Colour in Beloved

3 // New Directions – Ivory Floppy Sun N Sand Hat

4 // Red Off Shoulder Top & Black/White Striped Highwaisted Bottoms (Swimsuit)

5 // Deborah Lippmann – Walking on Sunshine & Lara’s Theme Set

6 // Lilly Pulitzer – Boho Beach Earrings

7 // Betsey Johnson – Boardwalk Sweets Candy Bracelet

8 // Tory Burch – Castaway Mismatched Espadrilles

9 // Solid & Striped – Cropped Striped Cotton Top

10 // Zimmermann – Roza Striped Cotton Shorts

xoxo,

Alicia

June Playlist | R&R


No matter what mood I’m in, music has the power to alter my state of mind, change my perspective, and make me feel in ways that other art forms can’t. When I’m stressed out (which has been quite a bit lately), I light some candles, put on some music and unwind in a bubble bath, letting the events of the day float on and away with the melody. What I listen to depends on what I need. If I need to be pumped up, I’ll put on some late nineties/early aughts tunes or Britney Spears. If I am irritable, I’ll put on Christina Aguilera’s 2002 album ‘Stripped’ (this was the first album that made me fall in love with music as a kid). When I need to relax and let go of tension, there are a handful of songs that I always turn to. From Enya’s ethereal melodies to Jack Johnson’s gentle strumming, this is my go-to playlist for when I need a little R&R. Enjoy!

1 // Enya – Solace

2 // Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes

3 // The Beatles – Fool On The Hill

4 // Niall Horan – This Town

5 // Tegan and Sara – Call It Off

6 // Jason Mraz – Who Needs Shelter

7 // Chet Faker – Gold

8 // Patrick Park – Life Is A Song

9 // Josh Garrels – Slip Away

10 // Adele – Chasing Pavement

11 // Jack Johnson – Upside Down

xoxo,

Alicia

High Tea at Home


I am someone who truly believes that almost all problems can be made a little better with tea. Happy? Sad? Peeved? Tea is the answer to everything. My love of tea has definitely been passed down by my mom. Ever since I was a little girl she would collect tea cups and teas. Some of my earliest memories as a child are of hosting tea parties with my dolls as the guests and my mom pretending to sip on invisible tea. Flash forward 18 years and I still love tea parties. My mom and I especially love sitting down for high tea, although it has always been a special and infrequent treat because of how expensive it is. I started thinking about ways that I could recreate that luxe high tea experience at home and I came up with these 5 tips and tricks. Here’s how to host an intimate and elevated high tea experience at home and without breaking the bank.

1. Break out the pretty china.

Save your university mugs for another time. High tea is the time to channel your inner Marie Antoinette and bring out dishes, cups and cutlery that look like little works of art. It will just add to the whole experience and impress your guests to boot.

2. Set the mood with scents.

Our sense of smell is deeply entwined with our memories and emotions. Though it may seem simple, lighting a scented candle, burning some incense, or putting out a dish of potpourri can really create a beautiful atmosphere. You can also choose specific scents depending on the season or occasion – for example, I love soft floral scents in the spring and summer, and woody candles in the fall and winter.

3. Prep some salty and sweet appetizers.

You can’t have a high tea without serving some nibbles! It’s always best to serve a variety of different flavours, with savoury and sugary options to please all of your guests’ tastes.


4. Keep a variety of teas.

This may seem obvious, but it’s important to have a few different options on hand to suit your guests’ preferences. Some people only drink green tea, while others prefer classic black. It’s also a good idea to offer a herbal tea as well, just in case someone is sensitive to caffeine. Keep things interesting with a variety of flavours – think floral jasmine, sweet vanilla, and classic earl grey.


5. Leave a lasting impression.

It’s always a sweet touch to have a little takeaway token prepared to give your guests when they leave. They don’t need to be big or expensive, just a small gift to thank your guests for coming and to remind them of your high tea! Handmade gifts have a personal touch that you just can’t get from a store, and I love the idea of centering your gift around, what else? Tea. And how cute are these tea cup planters?!

xoxo,

Alicia

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November Playlist | Love Letter

Usually, when I curate my monthly playlists I try to center them around something that feels relevant that month. Sometimes it’s a global event, sometime’s it’s the season, and sometime’s it’s something as simple as a fashion trend (case in point, my ‘High-Heels, Lace and Leather‘ playlist from last November). This month I decided to share a list of my favorite love songs, for no other reason than my being in a romantic mood. All of these songs remind me of how it feels to be in love and without getting overly personal, remind me of my boyfriend and the relationship I have with him. Love is something that we all can relate to but it means something different to each of us. These are the songs that I keep on my phone and listen to when I am feeling a little swoony. There are so many great love songs out there but these are the ones that I identify with the most and that never fail to give me the warm and fuzzies. So sit back, light some candles, pour yourself a glass of wine and unwind to these 12 sweet songs.

1 // Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

2 // Β My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

3 // All Of Me – John Legend

4 // Bless The Broken Road – Rascall Flats

5 // She’s Everything – Brad Paisley

6 // My Love – Paul McCartney and The Wings

7 // Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley

8 // If You’re Not The One – Daniel Bedingfield

9 // Lucky – Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat

10 // Β It’s Your Love – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill

11 //Β I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

12 // If I’m Not In Love – Faith Hill

xoxo,

Alicia

 

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July Playlist | Bring Back the 00’s

Nostalgia is huge in fashion. What goes around comes around in a big way when it comes to this industry. Styles from past decades and even centuries are consistently being recycled and reinvented. In the past year, the 90s have been incredibly influential, from the runways and pages of fashion magazines, to blogs and streetstyle photography. Chokers, high-waisted mom jeans, grungey makeup and hair, and slip dresses are only a few of the trends from the decade that have made a comeback. Lately, however, there have been plenty of style references paying homage to the 2000s, arguably the weirdest decade of fashion ever. From cringe-worthy trends (hello trucker hats and velour tracksuits) to the cute styles we all miss (shiny lip gloss, crop tops, blue eye shadow, jelly jewelry), there seems to be a resurgence of delightfully cheesy trends from the past decade. As someone who grew up during the era of boy bands, glamorous pop stars (the first concert I ever went to was Britney Spears’ “Dream Within a Dream” tour when I was eight years old), I couldn’t be more excited and am ready to break out my boot-cut jeans and strawberry flavored lip gloss from my early teen years. A big part of 2000’s culture was the music. Bubble gum pop and saccharine dance songs were huge back then. Although I love a lot of today’s music, I’ve always had a soft spot for the songs from my childhood. With that in mind, I have created a playlist filled with my favorite songs from the beginning of the millennium.

1 // Β “Slave 4 U” – Britney Spears

2 // Β “What A Girl Wants” – Christina Aguilera

3 // “It’s Gonna Be Me” – Nsync

4 // “I Want It That Way” – The Backstreet Boys

5 // “Survivor” – Destiny’s Child

6 // “Where The Party At” – Jagged Edge

7 // “Ride Wit Me” – Nelly

8 // “I’m Real” – Jennifer Lopez feat Ja Rule

9 // “Purple Hills” – D12

10 // Β “Underneath Your Clothes” – Shakira

xoxo,

Alicia

 

 

 

 

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Sea, Sand and Sangrias | May Playlist

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With summer just around the corner, I can’t wait for days spent with sand between my toes, the smell of sunscreen and long nights hanging out with friends. With a few more weeks of rainy spring weather ahead of me, I am keeping my eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel with a beachy playlist filled with tropical reggae, nostalgic pop and upbeat songs that instantly make me feel like I’m on vacation. All I need is sand, sea, a sangria and this playlist.

1 // Caribbean Blue – Enya

2 // Me Love – Sean Kingston

3 // Waterfalls – T.L.C

4 // Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow

5 // The Hook Up – Britney Spears

6 // Angel – Shaggy

7 // Sun is Shining – Bob Marley

8 // La Isla Bonita – Madonna

9 // I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff

10 // Jammin’ – Bob Marley

11 // Β If You Like Pina Coladas – Jimmy Buffett

12 // The Tide is High – Blondie

13 // Blue Hawaii – Elvis Presley

xoxo,

Alicia

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An Ode to Woodstock

It seems that references to the 1960s are everywhere in fashion lately. From hippie-esque fringe to distressed suede and patchwork, it’s as if we are all inspired by the effortlessness and free-spirited vibe of this pivotal decade and I am no exception. Here are a collection of photos that pay homage to the iconic festival Woodstock and the hippie culture of this iconic time period.

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1 // Assembly Patchwork Denim Strap Top

2 // Free People Just The Two of Us Printed Tunic

3 // Gamma Folk Tassel Earrings

4 // Vintage Brown Suede Festival Bag

5 // Indiverve Embellished Tunic Top

xoxo,

Alicia