Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School

8/29/12

My first day back to school was Monday..ugh. Waking up at 5 am was not pleasant. My only morning motivation was to eat some Lucky Charms and put on a pretty outfit. I was actually really excited to start school though. At my middle school our classes were 1hr 45 min long! Talk about torture! Well, thankfully now my classes are now 45 min long! That feels so incredibly short! It's so exciting being a freshman and getting to make new friends and meet new people. This year is going to be super busy, so I am making goals for myself. In order to make sure that I make those goals I will post them on here!

Goal number one: Not to repeat an outfit, make sure that every outfit has something different  about it.
Goal number two: Keep nails polished and neat! No Raggedy nails allowed!
Goal number three: Do something special/different with my hair everyday!

Those are my three goals that I will try to make succeed. My only problem is that I have no time to take a photo of my daily outfits! :( So my plan to succeed is to draw out my outfit everday, then do a weekend photoshoot! I'm so excited to dive into this year! The only thing that I am not too thrilled about is my homework. I am a super busy person..sooo even on the third day of school I have to stay up late to get it all done..well! This will be a long year, but I am up to the challenge!

Till Next Time!
-Alexandra :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Pattern Mixology







8/12/12
For a long time I have been trying to figure out how I can put two completely different patterns together in the same outfit. Well, the other morning as I was getting dressed for church I finally did it! I simple love how well the colors and patterns go together in these two pieces. I figured out that the best way to pair up patterns is to use a big print and a small print. The small print in the skirt really set off the big polka dots in the tank top. I added in the blazer to make it a wee bit more sophisticated. 

What I am wearing: H&M skirt, Forever 21 tank, Rainbow flip-flops, Target ring, Liz Claiborne belt, PREVIEW Collection blazer. 

Till Next Time!
-Alexandra :)


Friday, August 10, 2012

Weekend in the Big Apple








8/4/12-8/5/12

Day 1:
Our drive to the big apple was about four hours.We crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, spotted the Statue of Liberty, and finally arrived at our Best Western hotel in Peck-slip. The neighbourhood was under construction, but it was still very cute. We were starving from our long drive, so we began the trek to Lombardi's Pizza. We walked for about 25 min through Chinatown and lots of streets. When we got to Lombardi's we waited for a good half hour. When we finally ordered, we got a margarita pizza with spinach, garlic, and sweet Italian sausage. It was absolutely delicious. After dinner we hiked up to Times Square. The walk was long and tiring, but I saw lots of cute clothes that I desperately want to buy now, and got lots of styling inspiration. I know know what I want to buy for back to school.
Being in Times Square at night is like standing around in broad daylight. There is light everywhere! Along with tons of people. I wanted to go inside the three story Forever 21 soooo badly, but I had to keep on moving. We hailed a cab and went back to the hotel. I forgot that I had left my phone in my lap during the taxi ride, so as I was getting out of the Taxi it flew right out of my lap and straight into the sewer. It was like a little flying black mass. It all happened so fast too! I was devasted! I had lost so many cute photos. Thankfully, the phone was just a simple free phone not an iPhone. I was really hoping to keep it though till I could afford an iPhone. The perfect way to end my day!



Brooklyn Bridge

Standing with my childhood animal hero : Balto



Day 2:
This morning woke up a bit late and almost missed breakfast. We rushed downstairs and thankfully made it in time. After eating and getting ready we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was long and tedious, but worth it. Brooklyn is a nice place, but we didn't stay long. We tried to take the subway back into the city to get my mom to a concert, but we took the wrong one and everything got messed up. So, we hailed another cab. After dropping her off my dad and I took a very long walk through central park, down 5th ave., up Broadway, and finally back to the theater. It took three hours in all! Sadly, I got no shopping done on this trip, but my parents promise that next time we will!!

Till next time!
-Alexandra  :)

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Boho Fall outfit

Boho Fall outfit


River Island knit sweater
$54 - riverisland.com


Skirt
cottonon.com


Loeffler Randall platform boots
loefflerrandall.com


Brown bag
$93 - topman.com



This outfit demonstrates a fall look that I am really looking forward to wearing this fall season. It is very boho styled and relaxed, great for a laid back and comfy day or for tests that you want to be comfy while taking them.



Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The End






Day 7-8/1/12
Our Last Day

Today was my final day in Hawaii. The thought of leaving pains me. We left some things to do on future trips back here, which ensures that we will be returning in the near future.
Today we drove up to pali lookout and saw an amazing view of Hawaii. We stood in the very place where 300 years ago 400 men were forced over the edge of the cliff. Later, I rented a boogie board from Snorkel Bob's. It's a great rental shop about 10 mins from the beach. I spent the whole day riding the waves at Waikiki. The rocks out there are quite large, so it's best to make sure that you have flippers or water shoes. I had water shoes which helped against the rocks, but not against incoming waves. Most people out there wore flippers, and I wish I did. Flippers give you more force against the waves and also help you get speed when you catch one. Swimming back to the point where you catch waves was extremely difficult because the water shoes slow you down. Of course being out in the sun all day means you should reapply sunscreen (my sister even swam out to remind me), but stubbornly I didn't want to. I ended up with a whole sunburnt backside. For lunch we stopped at a yummy froyo place. Delicious. Then I spent the rest of my time boogieing. We finally had to get ready for the airport. We returned our car and arrived at the airport 3 hours early. We had trouble at the check-in and had to wait forever for our dad to get our standby tickets handled. Once everything was settled we headed to our gate. We were the last people to board our plane. I sat in the very back of the plane, while my dad and my sister sat in the emergency exit. I fell asleep watching the three stooges because the kid with the red hair was driving me bananas. The six hour flight to Phoenix felt so short. My bag of course decided to barf all of it's contents all over the floor...so I had to clean all of it up supper fast. Finally after a nice nap in Phoenix airport we boarded our final plane. We finally landed after the longest four hours of my life. In D.C the weather is hot and clamy. There is no relieving breeze. I wish I was in Hawaii.

Till Next Time!
-Alexandra :)

Friday, August 03, 2012

Find the End of a Rainbow

While I was in Hawaii I sat staring at a double rainbow for a very long time. I then decided that I wanted to try to find the end of a rainbow...so now I have one more thing added to my bucket list!


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Answering the Call of Hawaii: Photos

Day 3: Pearl Harbor and the Sunset at Waikiki
Clockwise from top: Sunset at Waikiki, the rainbow, USS Arizona Memorial

Continuing the Hawaiian Adventure




Day 5-7/30/12

This morning I woke up at 6:30 am so that we could hike up Diamond Head volcano.We drove up to the volcano only to be told that the parking lot is full, so we had to drive out of the volcano and find a spot somewhere else. The parking lot is located through a tunnel that goes into the center of the volcano. The closest thing we could find was a 15/20 minute walk away from the trail entrance. When we finally got up to the trail we began the long and perilous journey. At first it wasn't bad at all then the path got steeper and steeper. Finally we got to the last stretch before we were at the top! There was a long flight of stairs, then you went through a very dark and claustrophobic tunnel. Finally up another very steep set of stairs at the top. Once at the top you could see everything on this part of the island. The breezes up there keep you cool while the sun keeps you warm. You can see the entire coastline and the city. There are multiple viewing points, so you get various different angles to look at everything. The walk down the was at an incline and down a lot of steep stairs. When we got to the side walk I was so relieved. I raced my dad down to the bottom and beat him! I don't think a water fountain ever tasted so good! After the hike we did some shopping at a store I had been really wanting to visit. It was a vintage store called ModVintage. I sadly found nothing to my liking that was within my budget. Nest stop: Goodwill. I got two mens shirts that I plan to use for a special DIY project. My dad bought a swanky Hawaiian tee. When I got back to the apartment I was so exhausted and ready to collapse, but we still had more planned for the day. It took us three bus rides to get us to the Punchbowl Memorial. The trees and foliage were very cool. The Punchbowl had an awesome views of the city. In the monument you could see descriptions of the war in the pacific as time progressed. We had to walk 40 minutes to finally arrive at Honolulu Burger Co. The burgers were delicious and fully satisfying. Sadly, we still had lots more walking to do. We walked from that stop all the way to the 19/20 stop that went to the airport. Once we arrived there we had to another 20 minute walk to get to the rental cars. Finally, we plopped inside our Toyota Yaris. I was so thankful to finally have a car! We stopped at Waikiki to watch the sunset on the way back. Finally it was just me and the Olympics! Or just me snoring...

Day 6-7/312

Today was a long wonderful day. We took a drive up the west coast of Oahu. Of course, I left my memory card in the computer, so I was unable to take any pictures. This really bummed me out. There are lots of different scenic points on the drive, but each one was significantly different. We drove by Waimea Bay and the jumping rock. The parking lot was full so we found a different beach down the road. I took a nice nap under a tree, and waded around in the water. The place where we chilled had a bunch of sea turtles. These were about 1 1/2 ft long. The kept poking their heads above the water. Sometimes they would swim into the really shallow sandy area. The beach was soo relaxing. Afterwards we drove to Haleiwa (pronounce Hal-ey-va), a small town in Northern Oahu. Haleiwa is the sufing capitol. We ate at Spaghettini. They served us great pizza and salad. We did some shopping afterwards at the local shops. We had juice at this awesome juice shop right across the street from Spaghettinis. I got Da Green juice. It was amazing. After some shopping we finally began the long drive back home. We used the Hertz/Alamo guides to navigate. We picked them up at the rental place.

Till Next Time!
-Alexandra :)

New Look

I have just made a new look for my blog, but I hope not to confuse any one. I chose this new look because I feel it portrays the feel of a mix of fashion and travel better.
Enjoy!!

Till next time!
-Alexandra :)