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

11 // 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 //  “Slave 4 U” – Britney Spears

2 //  “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 //  “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 //  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.

WOODSTOCK INSPIRED BUYS

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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

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Saturday Inspo

It’s amazing how social media has changed the art and fashion world. From the way artists and designers create to the way we devour their creations, we now live in a world where everything is both aspirational yet accessible. While we used to rely on established corporations and publishing firms to reach the public with our creativity we all now have the privilege of self-publishing. We all now have access to an audience which comes with its benefits and drawbacks. Its never been easier to show our work to others and yet its never been harder to stand out in the crowd. With so much saturation and competition, the pressure to be unique has never been greater and setting out to create with the primary goal of gaining followers and attention doesn’t always lend itself to true creativity or quality work. It may be a total cliche, but those who stay unfailingly true to themselves and write, design, and create solely with the idea of expressing themselves and speaking to those who relate to them are the ones who end up being a breath of fresh air. As someone who is a self-proclaimed addict to social, I never stop being inspired by self-made artists. This week was no exception. Here are five things that have got my wheels turning and my own creative juices flowing.

1 // Floral Photography

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via Kelly

A photographer from Melbourne, Kelly plays with flowers. Her photography subjects are simple: flowers, kids, and lifestyle. With a style that is minimalistic yet whimsical, the shots are centered around a single focus – one flower and a cup of coffee for example, yet they are completely dynamic. Simple yet striking, this self-made photographer inspires me to play with flowers too.

2 // Sew Sketchy

For those who haven’t yet had the pure pleasure of being introduced to this fashion sassafras, allow me to do the honours. The spirit animal of fashionistas all over, Sew Sketchy is a cheeky chain-smoking fashionista with a love for kale, Bergdorfs, Valentino and Vuitton. She is the beloved creation of an anonymous illustrator and she has since become inspiration for major fashion houses. Her philosophy that “more is more and less is a bore” is pretty much my mantra.

3 // Oak + Fort’s Spring Pastels

I’m a quintessential girly girl. I love pink. I love lace. I love frills, flowers and all things pretty. So the influx of spring styles in candy-like hues delights me. I particularly love the spring collection from Oak + Fort. The brand’s characteristically minimalist silhouettes and cuts are given a sweet update with a confection inspired palette of ballet slipper pink, periwinkle blue and pale mint. Don’t get me wrong, I love Oak + Fort, but its a refreshing change from the brand’s usual gravitation towards earthy neutrals.

4 //  MCMC “Maui”

My fragrance wardrobe is huge and I certainly don’t need any new perfume bottles cluttering my dresser, but I won’t be able to resist adding this to my collection. With breezy notes of frangipani, tuberose (this heady flower is one of my favorites) bamboo, young ginger and anise, it is natural, beachy and fresh reminiscent of salty ocean spray and sea-side flowers. Indie perfume house MCMC has made a lot of stunning perfumes – Garden and Hunter are also favorites of mine, but Maui is a true gem.

5 // Julie Thevenot

A perk of my new job is that I have the privilege of coming across a ton of amazing emerging designers and mind is continuously blown by the talent that can be found in hidden little boutiques. Julie Thevenot is a Brooklyn-based jewelry designer who creates colourful, somewhat avante garde pieces out of painted wood and leather. Although I usually gravitate towards more understated, dainty pieces, it was love at first sight when I first came across her designs. Thevenot’s hand-made bold creations will make an instant statement when worn with a pared-down, basic ensemble – think a black turtleneck and high-waisted flares.

xoxo,

Alicia

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March Playlist | Cheesy and Catchy

There’s something about the arrival of spring that naturally makes one feel uplifted. It’s not just the sunny, warm weather, the longer days or the ability to go outside without needing a parka and blanket scarf (although I do love blanket scarfs). There’s something in the air, both figuratively and literally (the smell of dewy grass and budding flowers brings me joy). Spring is my absolute favorite season and I can’t help but feel optimistic this time of year. Seriously, I’m optimistic to the point of being almost cheesy about it. In the spirit of exuberant cheesiness, 80s and 90s music is all I have been listening to as of late. With this in mind I have curated a soundtrack of the most delightfully cheesy, deliciously catchy songs in existence. With a little Aqua, Whitney and Madonna, how can anyone be in a bad mood?

1 // I Wanna Dance With Somebody

2 //  Love is a Battlefield

3 // Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

4 // I Will Survive

5 // Like a Virgin

6 // Girl For All Seasons

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7 // Wishing and Hoping

8 // Heaven (is a place on earth)

9 // Truly, Madly, Deeply

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10 // Barbie Girl

11 //  All That She Wants

xoxo,

Alicia

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November Playlist – High Heels, Lace and Leather

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This month I have been inspired by music that conveys a message of female empowerment and independence. There are a lot of female artists out there who are bold, unapologetic and unabashedly different when it comes to their personal style, music and the way they carry themselves. Many of these artists are changing the landscape of the music industry and are doing so in an incredibly sexy, powerful way. Here are a few tunes to make you feel a little more confident and sassy, in the same way that your favorite pair of heels, lacy lingerie or perfectly worn leather jacket does.

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  1. Beggin’ for Thread – Banks
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2. Royals – Lorde

3. Head Over Heels – Digital Daggers

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4. Brand New Bitch – Anjulie

5. Run This Town – Rhianna Ft. Jay-Z

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6. Bitch Better Have My Money – Rhianna

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7. In For The Kill – La Roux

8. Destroy Everything You Touch – Ladytron

9. Baby One More Time (Cabaret Version) – Britney Spears

10. Summertime Sadness – Lana Del Rey

11. Too Much – The Spice Girls

xoxo,

Alicia