What I Bought: December 2018

One of my New Years resolutions is to buy clothes more strategically. The constant Instagram posts and email ads from retailers sucked me further and further into the fast fashion world and it was honestly exhausting. I woke up every morning with a need to snag all the fashionable pieces. This is 1) bad for my wallet and 2) terrible for the environment. The more my closet filled up with pieces, the more sad I became - always feeling like I’m missing the next trendy item. Plus, Jordan can barely walk into my walk-in closet now :P.

I’m starting a new series on my blog called “What I bought” which will help me document what I buy every month. (Disclaimer: I do receive some sponsored clothing items, but I purchase majority of my clothes. These blog posts will feature only non-sponsored content and all opinions will be authentic.) I still love fashion trends and putting together new outfits, but I want to purchase my fashionable items more strategically. Do they pair well with my existing items? Will I wear them for more than one season? The goal of these blog posts is to think through all the items I buy before purchasing and hopefully these monthly blog posts will end up becoming… empty! Hopefully this will inspire you to also shop less and focus more on what you already have.

1. Everlane Underwear

Everlane sent a $20 coupon for the holiday season and I had to take the opportunity to try out the Everlane underwear collection I’ve been hearing so much about. Each piece is 92% supima cotton and 8% elastane. Supima cotton is a specific type of cotton made in the US that has extra-long lasting fibers that will ensure your underwear will last a while. Plus, Everlane uses ethical factories and promotes sustainability. Good quality and a company that values the environment. Win WIn.

I purchased the hipster and high waisted. When I initially opened the underwear from their cardboard packaging (yay no plastic), I was slightly disappointed. They are not as soft and seamless as underwear from companies such as True&Co and Victoria Secret’s seamless line. But I was very surprised after trying them out for a few days. They are light weight and extremely breathable. I practically never noticed them there. The high waisted ones in particular were ultra comfortable! They feel like a pleasant hug. I’ve been gravitating towards them non-stop.

2. Mango Pieces

Mango is my favorite online retailer, but they are a fast fashion brand. Fortunately, they have created the Take Action and Committed collections that are focused on using sustainable fabrics (recycled polyester, etc.). I have been trying to refrain from shopping at Mango as much, but when I saw the white skirt I’ve been eyeing all season on sale during the Winter Sale, I had to make a purchase. Usually Mango has 30% off sales all throughout the year, so I look for pieces that are >30% during seasonal sales. The white skirt is a perfect addition to the closet because midi skirts have lasted a few seasons now and I predict they will be in for at least another year. Plus, white is versatile for both all seasons. You will definitely be seeing me wearing this all throughout the year. The sweater and T-shirt are from the Take Action collection. I only own one grey turtleneck and wanted a beige turtleneck as a basic in my wardrobe to create more outfits with. For the shirt, I loved the button detail - it’s a fun twist to the basic t-shirts I wear all year long. As for the sweater, I didn’t need it, but I wanted to try out the Committed collection.

Edit: I returned the button shirt and the Committed collection sweater. The shirt material felt stiff and some threading was already coming out. The sweater from the Committed collection did not fit me right and sat awkwardly on my shoulders.

3. Uniqlo

I decided to visit the Uniqlo store in the Kansai airport during my layover and check out the latest heat tech pieces. There was a huge clear out sale going on and a nice fluffy jacket was screaming my name (plus no tax on airport goods!). It was an unnecessary purchase, but the jacket looked and is insanely warm - perfect for the upcoming winter season. I justified the purchase as a little present to myself before I begin 2019 as a conscious shopper. There was also a black merino wool turtle neck on sale. I picked it up because (as mentioned earlier) I don’t own that many turtle necks and it will be a great basic in my wardrobe.

Overall, I am really happy with the Everlane and Uniqlo purchase, but the Mango purchase was a little unnecessary. Share down below what you think and what you bought this month!


It's currently that awkward time between seasons where the weather is starting to cool down, but it's not cold enough to whip out the sweaters yet. Summer clothing covers all the sale racks even though we're still technically in summer and fall clothing fills all the front pages of websites and windows of stores. 

However one great perk about this is that you can now start browsing what you want for fall! I always like to save some favorites before buying and seeing what pieces start trending on IG, what stores are bringing out cheaper versions of certain items I want, and more importantly how can I DIY some items or style current clothes to fit my fall fashion and A/W 2018 outfit theme.

I've done a whole lot of perusing and and wanted to share my top picks currently. I hope this gives you a glimpse of the amazing pieces that are coming out and inspires your fall A/W 2018 wardrobe. Don't forget, you don't always need the trendiest pieces to be in fashion. I will be releasing blog posts on top fall fashion trends and how to thrift/DIY them.

xx alice

How I Personalized my Shampoo and Conditioner

Everytime I go on Instagram, I see a new product that personalizes your routine. Vitamins, meals, etc. So when I saw the that Prose was now making personalized shampoo and conditioners I knew I had to try it out!

One area of my life that I know needs improvement is my shower hair products. I struggle with very dry and damaged hair from constant bleaching. To maintain my hair until I can book another hair appointment, I try to apply as many hydrating products as I can. I opt for hair oils, shampoos, and conditioners that claim to "hydrate" and hope for the best. However, some products leave my hair extra oily or clean my hair, but don't offer enough volume. These products may work for some women, but they certainly don't work for me. I also gym every day and wash it afterwards instead of dry shampooing every other day because the germaphobe inside of me can't stand the thought of gym germs on my scalps culminating for a few days. I need something that will not dry out my hair post wash. Therefore, I gave Prose a try for two months and here is what I thought about it:

First, you take a quiz on the website, which asks you about your daliy routine (ie do you gym a lot, work outside or inside, etc.). It also asks you whether you want volume, dandruff control, damaged/dry hair fixes, and how sensitive you are to hair products. After taking the quiz, it shows you what oils will be used for your product and how you want your product to smell. My shampoo was made for my everyday gym routine. My conditioner protects my hair from the sun (I walk outside a lot), and my hair treatment was made for heat repair to fix my damaged hair. This already sounded more fitting to my own lifestyle compared to other brands I have tried.

For $25, I received a customized shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment mask that arrived in five days. Some ingredients used included argan, sacha, yushi, coconut oils, collagene, lilac, oat lipid, sunflower seed extract, fruit vinegars and acids.  I love how transparent the company is with what goes into your product because most hair products have damaging chemicals that are overlooked because of their fancy chemical names. Prose only uses vegan, gluten, and silicone free products. A+ for your body and the earth. All the ingredients together smells SO good. It turns your shower into instant spa-vibes. The products also come in super cute packaging that even has your name and zip code (blurred out of photos for privacy). Each bottle comes with a pump, so you can use the pump in the shower and store the bottles with the cap for later use (if needed).  

I've used the product for over two months now and can see a definite difference. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of my hair before and IG photos don't show the difference as well as I hoped. But believe me, my hair does feel smoother post-shower and it has been drying out less after my daily showers. 

I highly recommend giving it a try at least once. Although $25 is a little pricier than drugstore products, it is not a hefty price to pay for using clean ingredients on your head. There is enough product in the bottle to last me another (maybe) four months. Plus, if you are unhappy with how the products turned out, you can always request for another round of customization. 

Let me know down below if you try out Prose products. I would love to hear your opinions!

xx Alice

Chicago Travel Guide

I had the opportunity to visit Chicago for a week and I crowdsourced from my friends and online blogs a list of things to do in Chicago. Since I still had to work, I primarily ate a lot. I really should rename this blog post to A Chicago Food Guide. Although I was only here for a bit, I really enjoyed the city. It has taken its place as my favorite city in the US (probably because I have not experienced its winters). It reminds me of a clean New York without the stressful hustle and bustle and I love how a river flows through the city. I'm a Cali girl and need to be near water.

I’ve categorized the blog post by Places, Food, and Things To Do. Unfortunately, I did not take as many photos as I wanted to, but I've added some HUJI Cam and instastory photos I took in the post. Hope this helps you plan your trip to Chicago or inspires you to make the trip out there!


I mainly stayed in two regions: Wicker Park and Downtown Chicago (right next to Millenium Park).

Wicker Park was a very hip place to be. Imagine insta-worthy coffee shops, thrift stores, and great bars (and a kava bar). It was a great place to work and hang out with friends.

Downtown Chicago is very touristy, as most downtown areas are. Around the area is all the classic tourist attractions: Cloud Gate (The Bean), Magnificent Mile, and Willis Tower. I recommend going to Cindy's Rooftop bar ($$$) for a drink. You get a great view of Millenium Park. Also, if you don't want to pay the $20 entrance for Willis Tower, you can go to the 96th floor bar in the John Hancock building. The view is incredible and we ended up watching the Fourth of July fireworks there.


Main Dishes

Purple Pig ($$$)
Purple Pig is amazing! They serve large size tapas that are all very well made.  I loved it so much I came here twice during my trip. They change their menus every season, but I recommend getting the bone marrow, crispy pig ears, asparagus rissotto, and pork dishes if they are available. The wine is pretty pricey but they have nice cheese plates that pair well with the drinks. The tapas are pretty salty, so drink lots of water and stay hydrated. There is also usually a line here so I recommend coming at odd hours.

Small Cheval ($$)
This restaurant serves the burgers from the famous Au Cheval, without the fried egg on the burger. It’s great if you want to taste the burger without waiting hours for a spot at the main restaurant. 

Nando’s Peri Peri ($)
This place serves great chicken dishes with varying spice levels. It was a great fast meal that was ultra-filling. I had enough left over for another meal.

Wildberry Pancakes and Café ($)
This is a very popular pancake place that usually has a 2hr + wait time. I recommend putting your name down and wandering around. It is located near the Bean, so this is the perfect opportunity to check out the big tourist spots. I ordered an omelet and their fruit pancake (what they are known for)

Beatrix ($$$)
Great for a nice healthy lunch. I got their mushroom quinoa burger and blueberry basil refresher. They serve coffee and also have wifi. I ended up coming back to just work at the restaurant's coffee bar. 

Lou Malnati's ($)
Deep dish pizza is a must! This place is one of the most famous pizza joints in Chicago. They serve great deep dish pizza with standard toppings. Some joints are take-out only, so make sure to check on Yelp before going!

Eataly ($$)
I loved Eataly in NY and was so happy there was a location in Chicago. This place is essentially a super market that also sells amazing food. Lots of great pasta, food finds. I ended up coming home with bundles of squid ink rissotto, pasta, red chilli pasta, truffle salt, and much more. 

Other restaurant's I was recommended but didn't have time to try: Portillo's for Chicago Hot Dogs, Girl & The Goat


Wormhole Coffee ($$)
This is a great place to work if you are in Wicker Park area. The interior of the shop is filled with 80s video game references, along with interesting drinks (Peanut Butter Koopa Troopa, Honey Bear Latte, etc.)

Ipsento 606 ($$)
This was another great work spot with nice lighting and delicious lattes. They had plenty of outlets and free sparkling cold water. The only downside was that they don't serve food (although it said coming soon on the blackboard). This place is located near Small Cheval.

There was also Intelligentsia (any LA Intelligentsia fans??). Two Zero Three was another coffee shop to work at in the downtown area. I was unsuccessful in finding much near the tourist places aside from Starbucks and Peet's Coffee.


Jeni’s Ice Cream
I believe this place is a chain, but it was definitely a great stop in Wicker Park.

Stan's Donuts
Amazing old fashioned pistachio donuts here. This place is a chain, so there are plenty around Chicago!

Do-rite Donuts
Another donut place in Chicago with similar donuts but much fluffier. 


Apologies for having less content available for this travel guide compared to my other ones. I hope it still helps and let me know down below if you visited any of these places!

x Alice

5 Outfits I Wore In Chicago

This blog post is the same as my usual Instagram outfit recaps (1, 2), but the Chicago version! I was there for a week and wrote a travel guide talking about what I did (here). Below is a description of what I wore to wander the city and ... everything as always is linked.

Outfit #1

I wasn’t technically in Chicago wearing this outfit, but I have Chicago in my caption so I think it counts ;). I mentioned both of these items in my IGTV Summer Haul Part 2 (link). I mentioned that the pants were itchy, but they became much more tolerable after washing. I am in love with the color rust for the summer and fall season and I also can’t say no to adding another pair of flowy pants to my closet. I paired the pants with the white Mango shirt from my haul. I love how this top pairs well with all outfits and the high cut makes any outfit look instantly chic. The bag is from A&F and the hat is from UO. Both are currently sold out, so I linked some alternatives below.

Pants: Zara

Outfit #2

When I got to Chicago, I spent the first few days eating and exploring and I didn’t take many photos (except for my stories. Follow me on IG @aysdiary to see what I'm up to on the daily). After a few days, I decided to relax in my Airbnb and have a self-pamper day. A pamper day means a super comfy outfit, so I opted for my PJ set from AdoreMe.

PJ Set: AdoreMe

Outfit #3

After a very relaxing day, I was ready to go back out to eat. I wore my new favorite crop top from UO. I love the dainty flower prints and the square neck. I paired it with a denim skirt, which became my go-to pretty much every night of the trip. I love how the skirt has a slight give, so I can still eat quite a lot and wear the skirt. I also wore my Hurricane XL Tevas (that are made for hiking) to walk around the city because they’re very comfortable and breezy.

Outfit #4

The summer heat wave hit Chicago and I had to swap out my long-sleeved shirts for something cooler. Luckily, I brought with me my Mango scarf. It acted as the perfect tube top. Light, airy, trendy, and double-sided. One side had purple polka dots and the other side had a floral print. Because the scarf is thinner than a tube top, I paired it with a very high-waisted pair of linen shorts from Mango.

Outfit #5

When the weather dropped down (~75 F), I was able to wear my long pants and shirt. I opted for linen pants and a breezy long top. The top is an old find from Uniqlo, but I linked a more recent button-down shirt from the brand down below. The pants are from Mango and I am loving how cooling linen is for the summer. It is the perfect item of clothing to wear if you want to protect your skin from the sun, but also not overheat.

Hope you liked the Chicago outfit round up. Let me know down below which one was your favorite outfit!

xx Alice

Instagram Outfits of the Week: 6.17. - 6.27.18

Another week, another Instagram outfit update. This blog post extends to Wednesday because I posted less last week and I wanted to share a weeks worth of #ootds. As usual, all the links of the outfits will be down below. 


I wore this lovely dress to the graduation ceremony (not mine). The small floral print on a breezy max styled dress is the perfect summer occasion event dress. Unfortunately, this dress was from a small boutique and sold out. I linked some other summer floral dresses below. 


I wore this outfit on a grocery run. The net bag has proven to be surprisingly handy for grocery shopping and I love looking on trend while picking up food. The birkenstock sandals are my favorite new go-to slip on shoes. They are so incredibly comfortable and I highly recommend. The skirt is thrifted, but I also included some alternatives.


This was the perfect lounging outfit. These pants are super comfy, almost like PJ pants and the bodysuit was fitting for the warm summer day. I threw on the hat mainly because it matched the bodysuit and added my go-to accessories.

P.S. can you spot @jordanjoz? 



I am so obsessed with linen dresses (if you haven't noticed already), so of course when I saw this "mellow yellow" wrap dress I had to pick it up. Yellow and purple are the it colors of this summer season and wearing the color yellow as a dress is the perfect way to incorporate this color into your wardrobe.


You all loved this photo on IG and I'm not gonna lie... I am starting to like the rainbow trend. I love seeing a rainbow in the sky, so why not see it on my outfit for an entire day. I started with just a top, but I may be purchasing full on dresses during this summer season. Have you tried this trend yet?



Although I'm showcasing my beautiful new necklace from Aurate, I am also so so obsessed with this top. I bought it on a whim after seeing it on the website and have no regrets. You will definitely be seeing me wearing this a lot this summer. 


Hope you enjoyed another round up of IG outfits. I also posted a Summer Haul Part 1 on my IGTV channel (@aysdiary). Check it out for more new-in summer clothes before I post them on IG!


Instagram Outfits of the Week: 6.09 - 6.16.18

With my new blog rebrand (The Alice Diary, formerly wonderlostxx), I am starting a new series called Instagram Outfits of the Week. Like most bloggers, I use #ootd apps, such as LikeItToKnow.It and ShopStyleCollective. But I know not all of you use these apps and I wanted to help you out by linking all weekly featured Instagram items in a blog post. Plus, shopping on a computer versus a phone is way easier, am I right or am I right?

Every week, I will be posting my outfits on a new blog post along with additional photos not seen on Instagram of the same outfits. All outfit details will be linked and a small description of my thoughts on the pieces. 


The TopShop top and Mango bag is currently sold out, but I have linked some alternatives below. There is an even sturdier version of this bag on Mango currently. You won't have to deal with "sharper" items, like boxes and bananas, sticking out.


I highly highly recommend Birkenstock shoes! I had a black leather double strapped pair before that I wore for 4+ years. It was the only shoe I wore when I travelled through Europe for 5 weeks and twice in Asia for 3 weeks. I knew I had to get more when I stumbled upon these suede double strapped soft bed Birkenstock sandals at the REI garage sale (also HIGHLY recommend going). They were only $60 (originally $135). Plus with the REI credit card, there was an additional 5% off ($3 off!). I also scored a nice backpacking backpack not pictured for $60 (originally $220). Note: blog post on the REI garage sale coming soon once I attend more of them. 



I love a good linen blazer for the summer because it instantly makes an outfit look chic. The high neckline top paired with a blazer makes this look perfect for both office wear and casual wear. 


I wore a light and breezy jumpsuit with a denim jacket (because SF is always cold) for my photoshoot with the talented @dfvbio


You all seem to love this outfit - I honestly wear t-shirts and jeans pretty much everyday and did not post as much because I thought it would be repetitive. Now that I know you all love it, I'll post more of my less "dressy" looks! The t-shirt was an old Madewell sale item, but I linked other Madewell alternatives below. Their basics qualities are always well-made and last for a long time. 

Hope you enjoyed reading the first Instagram weekly recap on The Alice Diary. If you subscribe to my newsletter, I will also send out weekly updates on my Instagram outfits so you can view them from your email. Subscription box available on the home page.


It is finally spring/summer season, which means the coats are going away and fun tops, bottoms, and dresses are coming out! I've compiled ten of the top summer trends for 2018 that I have seen most on Instagram, Pinterest, and online stores.  There are still so many more, but ten trends are already so much to think about when shopping. Don't forget to have fun this season and see how you can incorporate some of these trends into your wardrobe!

1. Straw Bags

We started to see these last season, but they are really here to stay. Adding a straw bag to your outfit instantly adds summer vibes to it. There are so many different variations coming out lately ranging from circle to bucket bags. There will definitely be one that will fit your style. The straw bag with a handle (shown below) was from Free People. Unfortunately, it is sold out, so I linked the green version below. 

2. Button down dresses

We also saw these types of dresses last year from Urban Outfitters. This year, most stores are carrying them and I am loving all the variations. You can find one in almost any color and any style. The most popular ones are solid white, denim, and stripes. My favorite are the thin strap dresses, but I have been eyeing more t-shirt style button down dresses and dresses with diagonal buttons going down.
I've found a few of these dresses in varying price ranges (also reflecting their quality). I highly recommend making sure the dress is linen for the warmer days and thick enough to not show your undergarments and allow you to go bra-less (such a game changer!)

3. Blazers

Blazers are everywhere this season, especially striped and pastel blazers. I am such a huge fan of this trend because blazers instantly make you look like a girl boss! Many stores are selling mathcing blazer and trouser looks together which is such a chic twist to the classic black blazer and skirt/trouser outfit.

4. Wide leg pants

This trend is my absolute favorite this season. Half of my wishlist includes various types of wide leg pants. They are so comfortable because there isn't fabric hugging your skin. I also find them very flattering because it hugs your butt and allows it to be the main focus. There are many types, including denim, elastic waist bands, trouser-like waistband, and many more. I highly recommend trying out a pair!

5. Co-ord sets

Co-ords are sets that have the same patterned top/jacket and bottoms. It is such a huge trend this year, commonly seen in matching blazer and trousers. There are tons of fun co-ords available. They are also the best bang for your buck because a co-ord set is really three different outfits! You can wear the top or bottom by itself and pair it together for another look. I always make sure to look for co-ords that I know can mix well with my other outfits. 

6. Puff sleeves

We saw puffs towards the bottom of sleeves last year. This year the puff is moving up. Many shirts now feature puffs on the shoulder to the wide shoulder look. It instantly makes you look powerful, yet feminine. 

7. Western

This trend is a little bit more understated, but when you start noticing it you will see it incorporated in many items of clothing available in stores. Western style boots are very in with the heel slanting inwards towards the front of the show. White western boots in particular I have seen on many retailer sites, such as Zara, Free People, etc. Fringe on the breast area of the shirts and microfloral prints are  also inspired from Western fashion. My favorite adaption of this trend is microfloral prints, heavily seen in TopShop.  

8. Microsunglasses

If you have seen the Le Specs Lolita sunglasses on Instagram, then you have seen the microsunglass trend. No more large oversized frames, make room for little frames that sit on the edge of your nose. Honestly, it does a terrible job blocking out the sun and is only great for Instagram. I predict this trend will die by next year, but it is a fun one to try out. Time to get that selfie camera out and snapping.

9. Ugly Sneakers

I honestly do not understand this trend, but dad sneakers are back in. They are your ugly chunky thick soled sneakers. One outfit I see a lot on Instagram is pairing large chunky sneakers with a blazer/trouser co-ord set. This look screams street style meets office wear.  

10. Rainbow Stripes

Beautiful rainbow stripes are now seen on so many outfits, especially on the Reformation website. This is such a fun way to wear lots of colors and there are a wide variations of these stripes in different retailers. I have not personally tried this trend yet because the colors scare me, but I see it on so many other girls and they look amazing!

I hope you found this trend compilation useful. Let me know down below in the comments what trend you are most excited to try, or are trying already! #aysdiarystyle to show me your looks. I will be featuring my favorite on Instagram Stories

xx Alice

Travel Diary: CABO SAN LUCAS

I have wanted to vacation in Cabo San Lucas ever since I received a Cabo Spring Break shirt in undergrad. This March, I finally went on a Cabo weekend trip to celebrate a friend’s birthday and I had such a blast! Cabo is the perfect place to go for your ultimate beach getaway. It was roughly 80 degrees every day with slight cool breezes at night. Having been to Tijuana and Enseñada, I would say this place is definitely a lot more touristy. I personally did not mind - the beaches and activities were still amazing and I like how I could speak English everywhere I went. There is also news online about the safety in Cabo, but I felt reasonably safe.   


To get around Cabo, we depended on private taxis that the resort offered and felt very safe. I would say the taxis were the most expensive part about the whole trip. It cost us around $20 to get into downtown Cabo San Lucas and several trips downtown really added up. Likewise, it cost $75 for two people to get from the airport to the resort. We paid only in cash for the taxis (and the rest of the trip). I highly recommend bringing a lot of cash. Most places accept American dollars, but you do have to double check the conversion rate. Some places purposely hike up the price when you're paying in dollars (more than the actual peso to dollar conversion). Paying in pesos is the best way to resolve this issue.


We stayed in the private resort area called Montecristo and found our villa through Airbnb. Upon arrival, we were stunned by how beautiful this place was. Our Airbnb was two stories and it had an infinity pool plus a Jacuzzi. The rooms were spacious with beautiful bathrooms. In addition, the resort itself had lots of security along with maid service. Honestly, I didn’t want to leave the villa at all during my stay.






For our excursions, we took a snorkeling cruise that left from the Marina. It was roughly four hours long and the all-you-can-drink cruise took you to another snorkeling destination an hour away. On the way, they stopped by the famous Arches and provided us with lots of photo opportunities. I had so much fun just lying on the boat and sun-tanning. At the snorkeling location, there were tons of blue fish. The best part about snorkeling next to the boat is that you can go up when you’re tired and re-enter the water when you feel ready again.  




Around the Marina, there were plenty of places to eat and shop. There’s even a Forever 21 in case you need to shop for a last minute outfit. We explored the local shops and many people bought fun hats.

On our last day, we stopped by the beach that was connected to the Pueblo Bonita resort. Make sure to go to the beach early to reserve chairs. The best part about being on a beach owned by a resort is that we could order food and drinks from the hotel. Next to Pueblo Bonita was Pueblo Bonita Rose. The resort had the prettiest pink walls and cacti that made for the best photos (for all you Instagrammers out there!).


Overall, I highly recommend coming to Cabo. It was the perfect place to sit back and relax. I do recommend staying at a nice resort for safety reasons. Some hotels have been reported online to have (not as safe) alcohol. Make sure you read reviews on the resort online before booking. Aside from that, have fun! If you have also been to Cabo, please comment down below with what your favorite part was. I would love to have more recommendations for the next time I go.


Kauai Travel Guide!

Hey everyone!
I was in Kauai for 5 days and 4 nights and wanted to share what I did, ate, and where I stayed to hopefully help you plan your trip.


For the first two nights, I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Resort (click for an in-depth review). It is the perfect place to sit back and relax because its located right next to the beach and there are tons of food and drink options. 

Grand Hyatt Resort in Kauai

Grand Hyatt Resort in Kauai

For the next two nights, I ended up camping in Anini and Haena Beach. I HIGHLY recommend camping in Kauai! The campground is pretty much anywhere with grass near the beach. At both beaches, I camped pretty much right next to the water and fell asleep to the waves crashing. In the morning, I watched the sunrise with rainbows appearing in the sky. It was one of the most magical experiences I have had. HOWEVER, there are a LOT of roosters on this island and they are very loud. At Anini beach, roosters were crowing at 11pm, 2am, 4am, and 6am. Do bring ear plugs. You also need a permit to camp at these beaches. They are roughly $3 a night per person (so cheap!) and you can buy one by mailing in a cashier check. You can also get it the day of, but I have heard that the beaches get full pretty fast. At Haena beach, there is also a cave across the street that is fun to explore. Haena beach is also very close to the famous Kalalau Trail, so it is convenient to camp within close proximity to the hike to avoid the morning rush.


View from Kalalua Lookout (there are so many rainbows on this island)

View from Kalalua Lookout (there are so many rainbows on this island)

If you are renting a car, I recommend listening to the Shaka Guide for fun historical stories at each of the main tourist attractions in Kauai (#notsponsored). 

There are so many great snorkelling places on this island. During the winter, snorkelling occurs on the South Side of the island due to the extra high currents on the North Shore. In the summer (you guessed it), snorkelling happens on the North Shore. I snorkelled in Poipu Beach, right next to the Grand Hyatt, and there was a convenient shop right next to the beach to rent gear (for only $8). You can also buy fish food, but the fish get aggressive when they're fed. Just by walking in and dipping my head in, I already saw so many different coloured fishes. It was incredible. 

I would say Kauai is probably one of the Hawaiian islands with the most hikes. First, the West side of the island has Waimea Canyon and Koke'e State Park. The most popular hike in the Waimea Canyon is the Canyon Trail, which is roughly a 2.9 mile trail. If you are going during December, the paths are extremely muddy, but worth it. Don't forget to grab one of the sticks at the entrance of the trail. It will help a lot. 
On the East side, there are many hiking trails by Wailua and Opaeka'a Falls. I personally opted out because I was there during my last day, but I saw people swimming in the falls below and it looked fantastic.
On the North side, we have the famous Kalalau Trail. This 11-mile one-way trail is one of the hardest trails in the world because of one cliff edge where people literally crawl to get across. At the very end, you reach a remote beach that can be only accessed by the trail. It is also the only trail along the famous Na Pali coastline, which is something so beautiful that most cameras can't capture it. You must see it in person. But, don't fret if you're not ready for the 22-mile round trip hike. The first 2 miles actually takes you to the remote Hanakapiai Beach. In December, the trail was extremely muddy, so make sure you add an extra 30 or more minutes to your estimated time because its hard to walk fast on this trail. There is also a stream you have to cross. Do read up on the warnings of this trail because the stream has killed people before when there flash floods. Beyond Hanakapiai Beach, you can hike another 2 miles to reach the beautiful 120 feet tall Hanakapiai Falls. 

You must see the Na Pali Coast from either boat or helicopter. It is the prettiest part of the island for sure. I opted for the helicopter tour and took a helicopter with no doors. I don't recommend this if you do not like wind. Otherwise, this is definitely worth it even if you get airsick. The views were absolutely stunning and the helicopter gets really close to the canyon walls. You get to see Waimea Canyon, most of the waterfalls, Hanalei Bay, and Na Pali Coast. The pilot also tells you where all the movies were filmed. 
On the other side of the North Shore, there was the Kilauea Lighthouse. It is a $5 entrance fee to get in, but there is also a lookout point before the gate. You can see so many different types of birds flying around and nesting. You can also spot a Nene, which is the endangered Hawaiian goose. Be careful, they can be mean if you get in their way. 
In Koke'e State Park, there are many lookout points as well if you are not interested in hiking. Each of the points gives you a view of the canyon or part of the Na Pali Coast (and of course many rainbows!). 
In the East Side, all the waterfalls have a lookout point and there are many stop points to see Heiaus. 

Just relax on a beach! There are seriously so many beaches on every side of the island. In the East, there is Polihale. In the South, there is the Shipwreck Beach in front of the Grand Hyatt and Poipu for snorkelling. In the North, there were many including Anini, Haena, Tunnels, Ke'e, Secret Beach, and more! My personal favourite was Moloa'a because there was no one there. 

Although I did not personally do this, I saw many people kayaking and stand-up paddle boating in the Wailua River. It looked very fun. If you have done it, leave a comment down below and share with us your experience!


JoJo's Shaved Ice

JoJo's Shaved Ice

I am a huge foodie, so of course the first thing I do at a new place is eat all the traditional local foods. Here's a list of Hawaiin food you must try and where to find the best ones:

1) Loco Moco
Loco Moco is my all time favorite Hawaiian dish. It features rice, beef, egg, and a thick sauce. It is so filling and will fuel you up after a long day of hiking. Mark's Place had amazing Beef Stew and Loco Moco. 

2) Spam Masubi
When spam was introduced to Hawaii during WWII, it became incorporated into Hawaiian dishes and became a staple. Spam masubi can be found pretty much anywhere. I found them in local grocery stores and also at the other restaurants that I mentioned. 
3) Kalua Pork
Kalua Pork from Smiley's Local Grinds was hands down one of the best things I ate on the island. The pork was so flavorful and it was wrapped up in seaweed that just fit perfectly. Together with rice, I was so full and happy. They also have amazing oxtail soup. 

4) Shaved Ice
With the warm weather, shaved ice in Kauai will make you instantaneously happy. They have many fun tropical flavors, such as lilikoi and coconut. I went to JoJo's and boy were the servings huge. 

5) Haupia
Haupia is a Hawaiian traditional coconut dessert. It tastes like a mushier, more solid jello and is definitely a fun treat. I found Haupia at the Koloa Fish Market and Village Snack Shop & Bakery.

6) Poke
Poke on the island is nice and simple, no extra ten toppings you can add like the stores here in Cali. Instead, the poke is each flavored differently and you pick and choose. On the south side, Koloa Fish Market was bomb. My favorite was the Kimchi poke. On the East Side, Pono Market had nice fresh poke and other seafood options, such as octopus. I was told that Ishihara Market is the best on the island, but I didn't have a chance to try since it was on the West side. 

7) Local Fruits
Island weather also means amazing tropical fruits. The avocados here are HUGE and the papayas were insanely sweet. Of course, you also have to get a coconut. Moloa'a's Sunrise Juice Bar had amazing tropical smoothies and lots of fruits to choose from. Highly recommend. It is also located across the King Kong Mountain so you have a nice view while eating. The taro on the island is also supposed to be very good, but I did not have a chance to try.

8) Pastries
Of course, every place needs some good breakfast places. My personal favorite was the Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza. There were SO many options to choose from. I was there at 9:10 am (the place opens at 9am) and everything was already selling out. I got a breakfast strombolini, sweet bun, fruit bread (honestly can not tell you what was inside, but it was so good), guava macarons, lilikoi cream puffs, coffee, and fresh OJ. I pretty much stuffed it all down my throat because everything was so good. Another good breakfast option is the Village Snack Shop & Bakery for their fun tropical pancakes (coconut, lilikoi, and macademia nuts).

9) Seafood
As an island, they have great seafood dishes aside from poke! I ate at the Tidepools in the Grand Hyatt and have a review of the food in this blog post. 


I packed three dresses and a whole bunch of workout clothes and bikinis because Kauai is all about the hikes and beaches! For the resort life, I highly recommend a cute maxi dress that can blow in the wind because it makes you feel like an island princess (and who doesn't like that?) and a formal dress for fancy dinners. The two dresses I wore is from ShopSugarSands and I absolutely love them (click on the link to shop Dress #1 and Dress #2). I also brought a shorter dress to use as a cover-up that won't drag in the sand when I went on the beach. For athletic clothes, I recommend long pants if you're going in December because the paths are very muddy. It is rainy, so I also recommend bringing a light rain jacket, waterproof hiking shoes, and waterproof socks. 

I hope all of this was very helpful and would love to hear what you did in Kauai (if you did go) or what you are planning on doing (if you have not) down below!


End of Holiday Sales

It's another round of holiday sales! During the year-end and after Christmas sales, most stores are trying to get rid of their fall/winter items, so they can bring in more spring clothes. That means this is the perfect opportunity to stock up on winter wear. I've rounded some of the best deals going on right now so you can take advantage of all the amazing deals:

1) Madewell

Yup, Madewell is back with 30% with the code "LATEBIRD". Make sure you double check the item to see if its returnable. A lot of them are final sale.


For Christmas, 40% off all sales on the app ONLY. BUT starting on the 26th, you can find it online. Free People has an amazing holiday return policy, so don't worry if you're planning a trip soon. You can still return/exchange when you're back.


Abercrombie&Fitch has become my new obsession ever since I re-discovered them in the beginning of December. Their clothes are still extremely high quality and now they don't have the moose or AF logo everywhere! I stocked up on staples from here and their sweaters are leaving me sweating (its that warm). Right now its 40-60% off! I recommend buying a few pieces and testing them out for yourself. Plus, their henleys and tees are still SO soft. 


For those of you who want to invest in more high-end pieces, Net-A-Porter is having a sale up to 70% off! You can find brands like Chloé, J Brand, JW Anderson, Acne Studio, and more on sale.


Of course, we can't forget Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale. Save up to 50% on a wide range of brands. 


Topshop is having up to 50% this sale season. Many of the fashion pieces we have been seeing all over Instagram are found for a fraction of the price! I know I'm going to be stocking up on some white booties and vinyl pieces.

I hope this gets you shopping because the deals are amazing this year. Happy Holidays!


Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales Deals!

It's already that time of year - Black Friday! We all know the crazy deals that happen, but every year the sales start earlier and earlier. Luckily, a bunch have already popped up! I'll keep compiling the sales as they start (or end :() here on this blog post. For Cyber Monday, I'll keep adding sales that I see. Most of the sales continue all the way until Giving Tuesday. Don't forget to bookmark this and keep checking back here, so you don't have to manually search all the websites yourself! 

1. Madewell

If you're a Madewell Insider, you probably already got the email. The sale this year will be 25% everything! This sale has already started and I've already bought a load of clothes!


30% off EVERYTHING with the code "EPIC30"! This ranges from basics all the way to designer pieces. I'm going to take advantage of this sale and buy some trendier pieces that I wanted to try, but didn't want to spend the money on. They also have a fantastic gift section, so you can start shopping for stocking fillers and gifts. 


25% off EVERYTHING including sales! I used this deal as an opportunity to snag some designer deals. I just got the Jumbo Love Crossbody bag for $145 (including tax) when it was originally $355 (not including tax)! $145  is equivalent to a jacket at some high street store, but I decided to save that money for this bag. It's large and practical. An unboxing video will be coming soon :)


Shopbop careries pretty much every designer and high-street type fashion items. From 11/22 - 11/27, you get 20% off if you spend 200+, 25% off if you spend 500+, and 30% off if you spend 800+! That means 30% off a Chloe bag, which saves you up to $300! Get shopping!


All Saints is your go-to if you are all about that minimalistic high quality style. Their clothes are so well made and definitely worth the high price point. This Black Friday, everything is 40% so it is the perfect time to snag those famous sweaters and leather jackets. I know I'm heavily eyeing the Aviator Jacket. 


This year Topshop is giving discounts up to 50%! I've spotted items that I have been wanting all season and now they are heavily discounted. There are so many dresses, vinyl skirts, jackets, and more. 


There is a massive sale with selected items up to 40% off (don't worry there is a LOT. Like over 200 pages). If you missed the big half anniversary sale a few months ago, here's your chance to snag those items on major sale. 



30% everything! Zara does this sale every year, and every year I pick up everything I've had in my bag since August.


Only one time a year, Mejuri is giving you a discount off their extremely high quality, minimalistic, and dainty jewelry. You get 10% off one item, 15% two items, and 20% three or more. I LOVE Mejuri because their jewelry pieces match with every outfit. Also their high quality allows me never take off the necklaces and earrings because they do not rust. This is definitely a worthy investment. 

I will be updating this page as the sales come rolling in! I won't be posting every sale out there. I'll filter for the good ones and write about them here, so don't forget to bookmark this page and keep coming back to it everyday to see the new sales!

Best Sneakers for a Casual Outfit

I'm rarely caught in jeans, but lately I have been investing more time into high quality jeans. Mainly, it's because I noticed they make butts look real good. Anyone else agree? 
As I wear more jeans, I've also been trying out more casual looks. That means I have also been on the hunt for the perfect sneakers to go alongside the looks! Luckily, I stumbled upon Shoes of Prey. They are an amazing brand that allows you to customize your own shoes! I've been wanting white sneakers for a while, but could never find one that was unique and fit my style. With the help of Shoes of Prey, I designed some white sneakers that have different textures on them. I love having a pair of shoes that other people rarely have. On the plus side, Shoes of Prey allows you to add inscription inside the shoes. Can you guess what I wrote?

I paired these shoes with Madewell jeans, t-shirt, and my latest obsession ... cape scarves. I love how warm they are and the fall vibes they give. Paired with these white sneakers, I'm loving my look and feeling extra cozy. And of course, I got you a discount code. Use the code "WONDERLOST" for a free custom inscription in your shoes. Think of it as a little personalized message to yourself every morning as you slip on the shoes. What do you want to tell yourself? 


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Best Hats for This Fall Seasion

My favorite part about the fall season is the drop in weather, which allows me to wear chunky sweaters, hats, and scarves again. Today, I have rounded up some of my favorite hats to wear during fall (and winter!). Hats are the best to change up an outfit and to cover up oily hair. Some hats are from last season, but honestly every hat trend usually comes back every year or every other year. 


Berets are SO big this season! We saw them first last year in the color black. This year, it has come back bigger and better in beige, red, and patent leather. Wearing a beret makes an outfit instantly chic. 

Above is how I styled the black beret from 2016

Above is how I styled the beige beret from 2017


Beanies will be forever in - I've been wearing these since high school and I am still loving them. They are much more practical for the colder weathers because they trap all the heat coming out of your head and keep you warm. Fun fact: to keep warm, just wear a hat and thick shoes because your body releases the most heat from your head and feet.  This year, I found amazing beanies from King & Fifth. I love how thick the beanies are and they fit most head shapes. 


I wore my FORTE beanie when I went to brunch. I sat outside in the breezy SF weather and I was not cold at all. Also I wore the ESSIE beanie when I went glamping (blog post coming soon). The beanie paired with sweatpants made the comfiest combo. Since I love these beanies, I got you a code for 10% off "KF10%WONDER". Enjoy!


We also saw these last season, but they are still here to stay. They are a classier alternative to the classic baseball cap. I love how they have a boxy shape. For people with short foreheads (like me), it adds volume to the top of the head so you can fake a forehead. 

I hope you found this useful and will start adding more hats into your wardrobe. Don't worry I didn't forget straight-brim hats and fedoras. I just personally don't wear them as much, but I am on the hunt for some good ones. Stay tuned for an update on this post when I find one.

If you do style baker boy hats, beanies, and berets into your outfits, don't forget to #wonderlostootd so I can see how you style them. I will be creating a future blog post on my favorite #wonderlostootd ! 

How To Style Plaid Blazer

Gingham was the IT print for summer, but this fall we are starting to see grey men's plaid take over all the stores. There are many derivations of the pattern ranging from checked-like patterns to full on 70's plaid, so there is definitely one out there that you will like. For this post, I've put together a few ways that I styled my Zara plaid blazer and also put together a YouTube lookbook for you. I'm trying to make more videos so please subscribe to my YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/wonderlostxx) if you want to see more content. 

Unfortunately, my specific jacket is no longer available on the Zara website, but I have found some alternatives for you:

Matching Trousers with my jacket: Zara
Alternative Jacket: Zara



Jacket: Zara
Shirt: Banana Republic
Jeans&Shoes&Bag: Nordstrom
Hat: Asos
Earrings: Forever21



Dress: ShopSugarSands
Watch: Kapten&Son
Shoes: Nordstrom
Earrings: Stella&Dot



Belt: ASOS
Shoes: Gifted





PRO TIP: Slouchy boots are so in this fall, but you don't have to break the bank to buy a pair. I was gifted a slightly oversized boot and I just pushed it down to give it the slouchy effect.



Hat&Shirt: Thrifted
Jeans: Cello


Fall is here and this year we are seeing plaid/checked blazers everywhere. I've put together my first YouTube lookbook to show you how to style an oversized plaid blazer. All outfit details are linked in my blog post: Don't forget to subscribe if you liked the video!

Five Ways To Become A Morning Person

Ever since I entered college, I became the ultimate night owl. Most of my work was accomplished at night and I slept in through the morning. However, I felt like I was missing opportunities because most events happen during the day. If you are also a night owl, I am sharing today five ways to help you become a morning person. As they say, the early bird seizes the worm. 

1. Set An Alarm for Sleep

Sleeping is incredibly important for our help. Studies have shown that getting eight hours of sleep literally improves our brain function and health. One of the hardest parts of getting enough sleep for me was getting into bed on time. Now, I set an alarm at 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm to remind myself to get ready for bed and to go to sleep. iPhones also have a bedtime option that is perfect for this! It sends you reminders. This way, you are conditioning yourself to go to bed at the right time every day and your body will naturally begin to get tired around this time every day.

2.  Plan An Exciting Breakfast

There is nothing better than waking up early and knowing you have amazing food in the fridge waiting to be made or eaten. When an exciting breakfast is planned, you will want to not hit that snooze button and get out of bed ASAP. If you have a tight morning schedule, meal prep for breakfast just as you would lunch and dinner. I swear this works the best. 

3. Plan Your Morning Routine The Night Before

Part of the reason why mornings are hard for me is because I get up and try to think of everything I'm supposed to be doing. I try to plan the night before, so that when I wake up I know exactly what I should be doing to make the most out of my morning. 

4. Sleep with Natural Light

I find waking up to natural light is more relaxing than waking up to the jarring sounds of my phone alarm. Especially with the current summer season, the sun rises around 6AM and you will start getting up with the sun. Of course, you should plan on getting to sleep earlier too if you are going to wake up this early. 

5. Pick An Outfit The Night Before

I like wearing a nice outfit just as much as I like eating food. I find that when I pick out a really cute outfit the night before, I am more incentivised to start the day because I want to wear my outfit. Here is an example of an outfit I have been loving lately:



Summertime Vibes

Top: Romwe
Skirt: Charlotte Russe
Shoes&Earrings: Forever21
Bag: Nordstrom
Sunglasses: MiuMiu


It is finally here. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a.k.a. the best two weeks of shopping of the year. The best part about this sale is that even new arrivals go on sale, so this is the perfect time to stock up on the upcoming fall or back to school looks you are dreaming of. The best items to look for will be boots, coats, handbags, shoes, and winter accessories. 

This year, Nordstrom card holders will be able to begin purchasing sale items on July 13th to the 20th. After that, everyone else can start shopping from July 21st to August 7th. Feeling a little stressed out? No fret. I will be scouring the internet for you and picking out amazing finds. Just bookmark this page so you can keep referencing it as the sale continues. Don't forget to #NSALE to share your purchases.







Happy #NSale Shopping!


xoxo Alice

Five Ways To Stay Motivated

Hello and welcome to wonderlostxx!

In the past, I have written many outfit posts, where I solely talk about outfit details. However,  I want to take my posts to the next level and merge my outfit posts with motivational tips to help YOU succeed. I've read/watched/tried MANY self-help motivational tactics and I want to tell you what I have learned over the years. 

Today's post is about how to stay motivated. I am a creator for both my job and my blog. Therefore, I have to be my own boss and I have to drive my own projects. The hardest part about this is finding the motivation to keep going when projects fail and no one is telling you to keep trying. This post includes five tips that I follow when I need to stay motivated along with some outfits to help you keep grinding. 

1. Keep a Bullet Journal

I know bullet journals have been taking over the internet, but I swear they work so well! You don't have to create beautiful pages and deck out your journal (although please do if you want!). I am personally not an artist and can't make my pages look as good. But, I use my journal to keep track of my monthly, weekly, and daily goals, blog posts, projects, etc. The big difference between my bullet journal and many others is that I write my to-dos for the next day at NIGHT. That way, I know exactly what I need to do in the morning and I can get right to it when I wake up. This prevents me from wasting 30 mins during my peak productivity hours figuring out what to do that day. A specific post for bullet journaling will be coming soon.

2. Dress To Impress

How you feel about yourself plays a huge role in how motivated you will be. If you're feeling confident, it will surely reflect in your work. One way to achieve this is to always get dressed even if you are working at home or just holing up in the library all day. Here are two outfits that are perfect for both working and looking like a confident boss lady.

Outfit #1

Dress: SheIn
Sunglasses: Sunglass.LA

Outfit #2:

Top: SheIn
Shoes: Madeline Girls

3. Exercise Consistently

Exercising is so important for keeping your mind fresh and charged. Every time you work out, your brain releases stimulants that improves your mood. These help you stay happier, relaxed, and even increases your energy levels! I find that exercising is the perfect way to de-stress and to muse over work-related issues without any distraction. It is also the perfect opportunity to listen to lively music that may have been distracting for work. (Workout playlist and my workout routine in future post).

Most motivational websites advise to work out in the mornings, but I personally believe you should work out at the hour that works best for you. I like working out at night because it is my time to pump out the stress and I don't feel the need to go back to work because I already finished my workday. No matter what your schedule is, it is important to work out multiple times a week at a set schedule! Working out once a week will not give you the desired effects.

4. Maintain a Schedule

Along side maintaining consistency in your workout routine, having a set and stone daily schedule is just as important. When you have a schedule that works for you, you will spend less time worrying about how the day is going to go and you can just focus on getting your work done. Don't forget to schedule in some down-time as well. Your mind and body need a break to achieve maximum productivity. Again, a post on scheduling will be out soon.

5. Surround Yourself with Inspiration

Cliché - I know. But I'm serious. Set some time everyday to gain inspiration in the form of in-person communication and through online (or paper) resources. Find people that you can grab coffee with to talk about your work. The best ideas come after being able to bounce them off somebody. You will be able to notice more when you speak verbally about it and gain insight on your project. Also, set aside time everyday to look for inspiration online - whether it be in the form of Pinterest boards, reading articles, newsletters, etc. Whatever it may be that suits your field the best. Do it. Most importantly, set aside some time afterwords to PROCESS the new information. Mindless browsing is equivalent to not browsing at all. 

If you like these types of posts, please let me know down below in the comments! I hope these tips can help you stay motivated in your everyday life.