I’m Made of 92% Coffee and 8% Dry Shampoo

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Hello Bloggerverse!

I really want to come up with a catchphrase to start my blogs off with. Like how Sprinkle of Glitter says “Aloha Sprinklerinos” or how Mitchell Davis says “Hi, hello, this is Mitchell Davis.” Do I watch too many Youtubers? Probably. Let’s see… All I can think of right now is “I’m like hey. What’s up? Hello!” from Fetty Wap… If you have any ideas, leave a comment below, I’m welcome to anything right about now! whatsuphello_1024x1024.png

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July Favorites

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Hello Lovlies!

I’m back at it again (with the white vans)… (only cool people will get that)… (but you’re all cool, who am I to tell you you’re not).

Anyways, now that I’m (semi) out of my funk, I’m back writing again. With all this anniversary merchandise we’re getting into the store, it really is sparking my inspiration again and I decided a great way to ease back into it is to make a favorites post.

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One Way.

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Hola Bloggerverse!

Life has been… well let’s just say it’s been.

I’ve been busy with work and being an adult (which really means a lot of naps and Netflix). Currently working at Nordy’s and I’m not loving life, but a job is a job right? At least, that’s what they say.

I’m not sure what this blog post is going to be about. Like me, it’s a little lost, a little confused. I think I just need a space where I need to talk about life and that’s where I turn to my blog, because it’s full of words that I don’t know how to say out loud. Continue reading

Let’s Party!

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Spring is in the air and it’s finally falling on one of my favorite times of the year: formals. . A sorority formal is like prom, it’s a time where you can dress up and have the night of your life with your sisters. Formals was always one of my favorite events that we held because we were celebrating the end of the year by getting together with all of our sisters and finally get to relax after a busy semester. Formals isn’t all about the party to me, it’s about rewarding our sisters on a job well done and celebrating new members as well as old members. It’s bringing the new and the old together that’s what really inspires me.

I’ve had many great stories come from formals. One of my favorite formals pastimes is when we get to congratulate a new member class and finally give them their line jackets, the look on their faces is priceless, they are so excited to finally see their name and bond number on the back of their jacket. On the night of my first formal, I feel like I was on a high the entire night, it was all so surreal, I was finally apart of an organization that I care so deeply about and finally sisters with women who have seen me grow into the person I am now.

Honestly, I could go on forever on why I love our formals so much. But, this blog post isn’t all about expressing my love for this event. I wanted to write a post about different outfit ideas you can wear to formals. Sometimes it takes me a while to find the perfect outfit for the special occasion, which is why it is like prom in that aspect. I love dressing up, so I think that’s why formals is my favorite event, because I can dress up and feel like a queen for a night. Here are just some outfits I wore to formals over the years. Continue reading

Music Is What Makes My World Go Round

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If you know me, you know that I’m obsessed with music. I am constantly going to concerts, I constantly have my headphones in and I am always plugging my phone into my car so I don’t have to listen to the same songs on the radio. I can’t live without music, it’s what helped me get through some of the hardest times in my life, music has always been there for me, it hasn’t let me down yet. So, I found it fitting to write a post every month, spotlighting the artists I’m infatuated with at the moment.

  • Of course, I will always be obsessed with The Maine. They will always be #BAE. But, I am starting to outgrow the crowds that are attending their concerts, I’m not in high school anymore, and I don’t have the patience to rough the crowds full of annoying, high schoolers to see my favorite band. I hate it, but I will never outgrow The Maine, I’m just outgrowing the people that listen to them. Anyways, what brought about this rant was that they are currently on tour. BUT, it’s not just any tour, they’re touring the U.S. with their FREE tour, yes that’s right, I said FREE. This is why they are my absolute favorite band, because they do things like this, they are constantly thinking about their fans. Here is a link to Pat’s statement on why they are making this tour free. So, if they have a concert in your area, I highly recommend going to go see them, I mean what do you have to lose, its free! Also, if you want to donate money for gas, food, etc. check out their website and there will be a link for you to donate!Article-9016318-TheMaine2015
  • Another person I’ve been obsessed with this month is Halsey. This woman is fucking incredible (excuse my french). She is a woman who has an engaging voice that is unique. She’s the “new kid” on the pop block and she acts like she’s been there for years. She’s an independent woman who knows what she wants, does what she wants and stays true to herself. Her video for “Ghost” tells the story of being in love in an unconventional way. She’s beautiful, she has a beautiful soul and she is unapologetic for what she does. She has guts and she’s setting the standards high for other pop singers out there. She’s a true artist. halsey
  • James Bay. James Fucking Bay (his middle name really isn’t fucking, I just needed to add drama). This beautiful creature (yes, he is of his own species) is one of a kind, although his voice does remind me of if Paolo Nutini and Eric Hutchinson had a baby, it would sound something like James Bay. He’s a master on the guitar and he has a nice scuff in his voice that makes the sound sexy and clean. When it’s just his voice and his guitar, it’s haunting. He is incredible live and the perfect human being. I love James Bay. James Bay looking relaxed and happy with his guitar
  • The Bleachers. Jack Antonoff, the “Fun” guitarist, and Lena Dunham’s boyfriend is the mastermind behind Bleachers. Their music is very retro-futuristic. Their upbeat and 80’s nostalgia sound is what makes their album Strange Desire a new wave of pop. “Antonoff’s songs gaze outwards toward the listener as often as they peer into his own soul.” He might be the voice of our generation. article-2591181-1CA1BB8C00000578-68_634x467
  • Last, but not least: One Direction’s “Drag Me Down.” I know, I know, I had to throw some 1D in there, it wouldn’t be my blog if I didn’t. This is just perfect. It shows that they are in fact maturing and making music that shows who they really are. And Harry’s high notes and falsetto at the end, I mean, COME ON. They’re perfect human beings. One-Direction-Drag-Me-Down

Once again thank you for reading my blog!

Catch you on the flipslide Fashionistas!

❤ Alyssa, Styleologie

I Think I Found Home

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Hello Fashionistas!

Sorry it’s been over a month since my last blog post, I’ve been traveling the world (ok only the country, and it’s really only Seattle and Vegas). I like to exaggerate ok. So here I am, back at it again! I was going to do July favorites, but I’ll do that next week. This week I really wanted to talk about my experiences and adventures in Seattle. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

To start, this was my first time in Seattle. I was really excited to visit the city because everyone keeps telling me that this is my city, that I would absolutely love it.

And guess what? They were right.

The city is full of coffee, parks, hipsters and awesome people. It’s everything I love all rolled into one city. Every corner is full of surprises and excitement. I think the reason why I love it so much is because it’s a lot like home, but bigger and better. Have you ever been to a city that immediately feels like home and you know you could live there forever? There has only been two cities that have done that to me and Seattle is one of them, along with San Francisco.

So in the past month, I’ve been to Seattle twice. The first time was to visit my sister, brother-in-law and little precious niece, Stella. The first time was spent doing many “tourist-y” things. When I went back, it was the sole purpose to see One Direction. Don’t judge me, you all know that at one point of your life you have sang along to a 1D song, don’t lie. Their tunes are so damn catchy and they’re not bad to look at, AT ALL.

The first time was spent a lot in Port Orchard, where my family lives, but we did go into the city quite a few times. We visited Pikes Market, which is something everyone should experience once in their life, and while you’re there, order the crab legs and jumbo shrimp, it’s worth the $30. It’s crazy how much is packed into that market, vendors literally crammed into every corner. It’s a lot to take in at once, but it’s exciting to experience. While you’re there, you should also visit the original, the OG, Starbucks, which is right across the street from the market. Don’t stand in the ridiculously long line, but do take a selfie in front of it. If you really want Starbucks, there is one down the street where you don’t have to wait in line for 40 minutes for. FullSizeRender 7

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We also went to many ramen shops while in the city, but that will all be posted on the ramen blog!

For father’s day, we went to a Mariners game. I love baseball, but I realized I only like when the Rockies are playing. I’m only excited when my team is playing, so I just mainly walked around the stadium. Let me tell you, there is so much food at the stadium. Clam chowder, garlic fries, Chinese food, sushi. It makes Coors Field look like a little sad gas station compared to SafeCo. Oh and a little warning, if you don’t like chunks of garlic in your fries, don’t get the infamous garlic fries served at almost every stand.

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While there we also visited the Chihuly Museum. If you are not familiar with Chihuly’s work, he is a glass sculptor that calls Washington home. We wanted to take my grandma to see the museum because we knew she would enjoy it. If you’re ever in Seattle, I highly recommend going, I’m not a huge fan of glass sculptures, but this museum and his work is actually pretty mind blowing. I’ll let the pictures explain for themselves.

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When I went back to see 1D, I stayed with one of my good friends, Taylor (Ashton). She took me all over the city, places she knew I would enjoy. We went to the Starbucks Reserve which was so pretty. Literally one of the prettiest coffee places I’ve ever been to. Granted it was about $6 for a cup of coffee, but it’s totally worth it. She took me to Gasworks park and the Fremont Troll, which if you don’t know are both in ’10 Things I Hate About You.’ It was a lot of fun, because it was a different part of the city that actually made me want to move to, badly.

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And of course the 1D concert. Getting there was a little chaotic, details I won’t go into. But, they opened the concert with their song ‘Clouds’ with fireworks bursting out and I’m going to be honest with you, I bursted into tears, I was that girl. I mean I was under a lot of emotional stress at the time, but I probably would’ve done the same thing if I wasn’t stressed out. The concert was AMAZING. Of course my phone died the minute it started, but I think it was better that way, because I was unplugged from the rest of the world and got to just focus on my husband(s). I won’t go into detail about the concert because then you would realize how crazy I am about them, but it was definitely an experience I thought I never would be able to enjoy and I had the time of my life.

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Are you still reading? Thank you times 1,000 if you are because this post was a doozy. I had a lot of fun in Seattle and I just wanted to share my adventure. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my life and Seattle confused me even more, but in a good way. I think it opened up my options, and one day I’ll get my ass over there.

Until next time!

❤ Alyssa

Little Miss Sunshine(s)

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Last Sunday, I took a road trip with my friends! One of my good friends, Lilly,is leaving for the Dominican Republic to work with the Peace Corps in two months and she wants to cross things off her Colorado bucket list before she leaves. So, me, her and a couple of our other good friends, Jenn and Allison, took a mini road trip to Cañon City!

We decided to visit the Cañon City Balloon Classic. It is a day full of fun festivities that include kite flying, rocket launching, wine tasting and food, so much food. At the beginning of the festival, in the early morning, they launch the hot air balloons and at the end of the festival, when the sun sets, they light the balloons for a lighting ceremony.

But, before I get into all the fun stuff, let me tell you about our day, starting from the very beginning.

We were supposed to leave bright and early at 8am, but me and Lilly were severely hung over (I blame the Long Islands and the “shot for shot” pact). After a couple (or 10) trips to the bathroom, we were finally out the door and ready to pick up Jenn to start our adventure! We decided ahead of time that we would stop at the Royal Gorge before we stopped at the festival. It took about two hours, but don’t hold my word for the time estimate because I was asleep the entire ride (except when One Direction was played). Once we got to the town, we took a couple of wrong turns, one of which involved a very foul smelling public restroom, but we finally made it! The road up to the Gorge is precious. We all decided that one day, we will move to the town where we will open up a restaurant/roller rink, buy a miniature pony and basically “run the world” (town) (I just really wanted to quote Beoyncé).

Once we got up to Royal Gorge, the view was breathtaking (it seems like such a cliché word to use, but it’s the best word used to describe it). Our first view of the canyon was beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined.

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I’ll let my pictures do the explaining, but it’s definitely something you have to experience for yourself. We took the gondola across the canyon, but I was too preoccupied with Lilly almost dying to fully enjoy the view. We walked across the bridge, which was incredible, only, did you know it sways? Oh it sways alright, and for a girl who isn’t too fond of heights, I wasn’t a big fan of the swaying. But, the view, the view is unbelievable, the view alone is worth the $23.

We were finally on our way to the festival. At the festival we ate good food, green chili fries and cuban cheesesteaks to be exact. Lilly got to fly her tiny kite named butterfly, she likes to think she’s the “kite master.” Disclaimer: she’s not. Once we ate the food, looked at the vendors, we still had about four hours to kill till the lighting ceremony. So, we took a nap, and by we, I mean me (I just realized how much I slept on this trip). We also went to Sonic, even though Lilly tried to convince us for an hour that we should go to the prison museum. We also took a picture with the “Fu-King” Chinese restaurant sign, yes there really is a restaurant named that, don’t worry, I have a picture to prove it.

Once we killed 4 hours by pretty much doing nothing, the lighting ceremony finally started. I had never seen a hot air balloon in person, and they are much bigger than what I expected, they are huge! But, when they are lit up at night, they are stunning. Hot air balloons are an amazing invention, it was exciting to see what goes into setting up one of those bad boys. I was blown away (pun intended) by the massiveness and by the beauty of it all. I can’t exactly put into words how I was feeling, but all I know, is that it was just what I needed at that time.

As I’m writing this, I realized I took that day for granted at the time, mostly because I was hungover for most of the day. I would give anything to go back and experience it all again, with no hangover. But, overall, I had the best time with the best people. I wouldn’t have wanted to experience this all with anyone else. Our adventure makes me want to travel more before I settle down and get a big girl job. I want adventure because this is really the only time I will be able to grab it. I hope you enjoyed this entry, because we all enjoyed experiencing it!

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Thanks for reading!

❤ Alyssa