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    Graduation Celebration: Time To Party!

    It is crazy how fast time goes by! Seems like it was only a few years ago that I was “politely” telling my peers where to place their lunchbox in the classroom cubbies and now I am a graduated high school student. However, I cannot express how happy I am to be moving on to some bigger and better things. But I made sure to go out with a bang and have a graduation party that had “Alessia” written all over it, literally. With the help of my mom (the craftiest woman alive watch out Martha Stewart) we put together a fun little graduation party for me and our closest family and friends.

    The day came and went and thankfully with no showers! The food was good and let me tell you so was my grad party playlist. But of course, my favorite part was getting to rock this little yellow number. It was the talk of the party (god my eyes are up here not at the bow people) and was the perfect party choice. I fell in love with it the second I found it on the ASOS website (where I get 90% of my dresses from) and immediately bought it. The bright yellow was just right for the summer time and nothing quite says a party like a large bow. I was truly a present. Since the dress had so much flair to it, I stuck with some small diamond studs and paired the dress with some white heeled sandals from Aldo. I had to let the dress do the talking!

    Overall, the party was rather fabulous in my eyes and was a very pleasant way to celebrate the ending of an important chapter in my life. Now I get to sit back and see what comes next for me and spoiler alert: the future looks bright.

     

    Here are more pics of me enjoying a party thrown in my honor and being extra of course!

    Did you really think I would get a cake that DIDN’T have my name on it?

     

    Dress: ASOS Petite

     

    P.S. Disclaimer: I am no Kanye West, I just have a decent amount of confidence and really enjoy parties (in my honor is always more fun)!

     

    xoxo

    Alessia

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    Designer Profile: Olivier Rousteing

    Most creative directors in the fashion industry obtain the distinguished roll after decades of work in the industry with a brand and the exchange of power usually occurs after the death or retirement of the previous director. This is not the case for Olivier Rousteing, who became the sole creative director of the traditional French fashion house, Balmain, at the tender age of twenty-five. Acquiring such a position occurred after Christophe Decarnin suffered a mental breakdown that permanently removed him from the industry. This opened the door for Olivier, one that would be filled with patronizing, criticism and prejudice from both the upper echelon of the illustrious industry and others worldwide.

    Olivier Rousteing was born in Bordeaux, France where he was then abandoned and placed into an orphanage. He would not be adopted for several more months, until a French white couple adopted the mixed baby and gave him a permanent home and a chance to make something of himself.

    In Bordeaux Rousteing experienced harsh prejudice and was mocked a bastard. Being a child of the early nineties and in an area where traditionalism thrived, Olivier faced racial prejudice heavily and especially throughout his schooling. This led Olivier to find an outlet as an escapism tactic. The outlet that he found comfort in was fashion. It allowed him to not be a boy who was abandoned by his birth mother, adopted by white parents and who didn’t quite seem to fit in, he could transform into a “Prince of Egypt”, enabling him to find himself along the way.

    The sense of identity that fashion gave Olivier caused him to continue to pursue his love of fashion. This passion added more adversity to his life, causing him to be mocked for his passion and to be labeled as “gay” for simply liking it. Although Olivier was gay, his love for fashion did not make him gay. He struggled throughout school due to insensitive peers who saw him as someone with so much identity and someone who was different. Olivier attributes the adversity that he has experienced to his success. His pride as a black male, open sexuality, desire to thrive within fashion, incredible work ethic and ability to overcome adversity have made him rather resistant to present day criticism of him and his work.

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    A Golden Night: The 89th Annual Academy Awards

    Another day another red carpet, right? Well that may be the case for some celebrities, but if you’re a celebrity/fashion/wannabe like yours truly, then the red carpets seem to be much more meaningful. Last night at the annual Academy Awards the actors and actresses of the world came together to celebrate the importance of film and to celebrate members of the academy, and let me tell you they were dressed to the nines. Many neutral color schemes hit the carpet and for the most part, most of the actresses played it safe (Janelle Monae never EVER plays it safe). However, the carpet was still interesting and gave me the same feeling of envy and joy that it always does. So naturally I opened up my notes app and started formulating my list of best and worst dressed (filled with honorable mentions for both sides as well). Let’s get down to business.

    And the winner for best dressed is…Scarlett Johansson!! Oh wait I apologize I was reading the card for worst dressed. Jokes aside, Taraji P Henson in Alberta Ferretti stole the show with a stunning and old-Hollywood-like crushed blue velvet gown. She captured the essence of the Oscars and her look made her entirely deserving while she accepted her award for Best Supporting Actress. On the other end of the spectrum, Scarlett Johansson looked like a mess in a printed light pink Alaïa with a dark studded belt. Okay fine. She wasn’t a total mess but I hated this look in its entirety. The awkward colored snake print mixed with the whimsical feel of the dress made me kinda queasy. I got punk rock princess featuring side boob and let me tell you I was not here for it. Definitely not Oscars worthy.

    The night wouldn’t be complete either without some honorable mentions for best dressed. Brie Larson looked daring in a velvet number with exotic dimensions. Leslie Mann added some color to the carpet in a chartreuse ballgown while Janelle Monae dazzled in a dark ballgown with a plethora of embellishments. Her look added a whole new element to the traditional carpet and was truly exquisite. An angelic look was served by none other than up and comer on the best dressed list Hailee Steinfeld in Elle Saab.

     

    P.S. If you can’t quite seem to find me check under Janelle’s dress. It’s quite spacious.

     

    xoxo

    Alessia

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    Hillary Clinton: Her Most Iconic Looks

    Tomorrow is the big day! The final battle of Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump will occur and one will be the official presidential nominee (don’t fret it is a fashion post my friends). Although there are many mixed feelings about the election tomorrow, I wanted to touch base on the event. Political views aside I decided to gather all of my favorite looks from Hillary Clinton (Trump’s suits weren’t as fun) to create my own set list of her most iconic looks. Whether you like her or not, Hillary Clinton has served some fabulous looks throughout her time spent in the public eye. From presidential galas to walking the streets to get Starbucks, she knows how to put herself together. Hillary was the first presidential candidate to ever be backed by Vogue, therefore it is fair to say that HRC at least has some serious fashion influence. Before I slip up and express any of my own views I will leave you with my top eight looks from Hillary. Enjoy the rest of today and get out and vote tomorrow!

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    Happy Halloween: Courtesy of Blair Waldorf

    Halloween truly has no age and since Blair Waldorf is a timeless character and a role model of mine, it was only fitting that I transformed into her for the holiday. It is crazy to think that Gossip Girl will celebrate their ten year anniversaryin 2017 since the show aired, but I intend to keep their spirit alive. Although I do not attend the illustrious Constance Billard School for Girls on the Upper East Side, I made sure to slay the steps of my public school. So I rose from my king sized bed in my silk robe with the help of Dorota…okay fine to be fair I groggily slumped out of bed in my unflattering plaid pajama set and frantically looked for items that Blair would indeed approve of. Out came my mustard headband and of course some houndstooth tights, the two most important pieces of the Queen Bee’s style. To recreate her preppy feel I added my white button up with the black tie (a staple in my own wardrobe) and paired it with a burgundy flare skirt I had. Although some snazzy flats right off of fifth avenue would have been ideal, I opted for my inexpensive black flats to finish off the look. I did my normal makeup look except I added a pink lip to cement my status as a wannabe Blair Waldorf. The look was really easy to recreate (I did build my wardrobe around her for a while) and the results were pretty darn fabulous. Not everyone knew exactly who I was (a modern day tragedy) but those who did said I nailed it. What are your thoughts? Was it Upper East Side perfection or soooo last season? I guess we will have to let Gossip Girl be the judge.

    Upper East Side Outfit Details:

    Headband: DSW (who would’ve thought and a steal at $3!)

    Blouse with Bow: Forever 21

    Skirt: Aritizia

    Tights: Express

    Flats: Steve Madden

     

    P.S. Gossip Girl may or may not have had a significant impact on my life. I mean c’mon now it just shaped how I viewed myself and the non fabulous world around me along with providing the name of my future daughter.

    xoxo

     

    Alessia

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    Television’s Big Night: The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards

    The Emmy’s are a great awards season pregame. They are an appetizer for what is to come, red carpet looks included. Plus I get to feature my own little version of the Fashion Police, which is great (I really do love sharing my opinion)! So let’s just hop right into it. There was a common theme of light pastels, embellishments, pops of colors and shapeless silhouettes. As a whole I moderately liked most of the dresses, however a select few really stood out to me, and of course, a handful stood out for all the wrong reasons. Sarah Hyland opted for pants, which payed off in when paired with a peplum-tube-top-train-hybrid. I went wild upon seeing Laura Carmicheal who wore an innovative tulle Delpozo gown. I have been a fan of the up and coming brand for a while now, and it was exciting to see their work hit the red carpet. Kristen Bell stunned in a floral gown featuring a plunging neckline. Her hair and makeup complimented the look beautifully, well done K Bell! Emilia Clarke radiated in a simple slimming long gown with subtle shimmer. Although I am usually not a fan of safe fashion choices, I thought she pulled off the simplistic look very well.

    Now to the fun part! Some of the stars (in my humble opinion) really fell flat or well fell and managed to keep falling. Ellie Kemper came up flat in a yellow patterned dress that frankly looked like a hand crafted blanket that your grandmother made for you which you keep hidden deep in a trunk somewhere. Ellie, just unwrap it and put it right back in the trunk to rot. The next look is provided by Anna Chlumsky who looks like she is wearing a fancy potato sack. I am deeply concerned, is it a Boise original?! Let’s hope this isn’t a visual representation of her career. Now on to Amy. Amy, Amy, Amy. This dress was a laughing matter and aged her indefinitely. Comedic relief could possibly be found lurking somewhere in that detailing. Mandy Moore opted for a bright orange tropical number that did not give me that “wow” factor. While I didn’t hate the dress, I did not think it was a wise choice for the Emmy’s. Nor did I agree with the styling of her hair, it did not help the dress out whatsoever. Her hair was like the friend that just stands there and watches all of your books fall and doesn’t move an inch. A true tragedy.

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    My Playlist: Balmain Meets Kanye

    Whether you are a fan of Kanye or not, he has made some serious “waves” in the music industry and has aided in reshaping hip hop. I am no music expert, for this is no music blog. However I am obviously a fan of fashion and along with admiring his past seasons of Yeezy, I now admire his music video Wolves which doubles as a Balmain campaign. Try to put yourself in my shoes. Wolves was my favorite song off of The Life of Pablo and Balmain is slotted at the top of my favorite couture brands. So when my eyes saw the headline, “Kanye West’s New Music Video Features A Balmain Ad”, I about lost my mind. It was like watching my two favorite characters on a series finally get together. Sure Kanye has rocked Balmain before, but an entire music video featuring the fashion house?!? I was taken aback. I squeaked and squealed while watching this and while your reaction will more than likely be entirely different than mine, I nonetheless encourage you to watch it. I find it refreshing to see fashion and technology continue to expand and compliment one another along with seeing how brands manage to stay current and evolve with the times. Watching is highly recommended and if not for both the music and the fashion, do it for the fashion. Always do it for the fashion. Enjoy!

     

    P.S. Can every music video be a Balmain campaign? Asking for a friend.

     

    xoxo

    Alessia

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    Summer Threads: Jumping for Jumpsuits

    Picture this: It is a warm summer day and you are feeling a little saucy, maybe even extra at that, but the basics just won’t cut it. Well here is the solution (at least mine) a jumpsuit! It is an easy fix, especially if you have a steel bladder, that says a lot without trying too hard. As most of my shopping stories go, I saw this festive little number and of course it had to come home with me. What can I say, it was love at first sight. Therefore it was the answer to my own dilemma. For styling purposes I kept it fairly simple with neutral wedges and minimum jewelry. My chunky cuff bracelet added some sparkle to the outfit while still remaining simple. The bright yellow clutch picked up the yellow in the jumpsuit and added the final pop to the look. I was most certainly feeling saucy on this Saturday morning as I waltzed around town and I even managed to find time to pose next to a yellow car, ugh so chic. Just an average Saturday for Alessia (typed in sarcasm)! To conclude, I fully support the jumpsuit movement and I am thoroughly looking forward to adding some more to the collection regardless if my bank account supports the movement or not.

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    Summer Staples: Just Add Water

    If you’re anything like me your summer has consisted of trying to soak up every feasible moment of sunshine while juggling many other hectic aspects of life! This summer in particular has been rather hectic between running, working, summer homework and all of the other surprises that life has to offer. However I am not complaining, for it is rather hard to complain in this gorgeous. I wanted to share with you a few of my summer essentials that guide me through these heat waves, so let’s get right down to it!

     

    A Bright Colored Purse

    My first staple is my Kate Spade handle-bag with bright blue and taupe accents. It is a fun pop of color that creates a fun summer feel without the appearance of trying too hard. It has become a go-to for me lately because it is sensible and adds a little fun to each and every outfit.

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    Summer Threads: Nautical with a Twist

    Summer is in full affect and it can be somewhat of a challenge to remain fashionable while trying to beat the heat. But have no fear my friends, because yours truly has crafted an outfit that is appropriate for this season. I wanted to give my shorts and sandals a day off, so I pulled out my white jeans and paired them with some heels (a decision I somewhat regretted later due to the blisters I received). Since I was feeling a little wild because I was hitting the city (more like a small town) I just HAD to wear my navy vest with gold buttons, which is still one of my favorite purchases to this day because I only paid thirteen dollars for it! The vest is a well crafted product and it has an expensive appearance, which was all achieved at a clearance price, does it really get any better?!? In an effort to break up the outfit, I slipped on a polyester burgundy tank underneath. Leopard heels spiced up the look and made for a nice statement piece that complimented the rest of the look. Although this look had more of a “nautical” feel to it, it is one of my favorite outfits from this summer! It had a very fresh feel to it and it demonstrates how you can still manage to layer even when it is eighty degrees outside, which adds dimensions to any outfit. This look can easily be recreated and reworked by simply changing up the color schemes and swapping out the vest for another layering piece such as a light cardigan or a kimono cardigan. Make sure to stay cool this summer and to stray away from the habit of wearing just shorts and tank tops (I have been known to fall a victim as well)!

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