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. 

6.09.18

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.

6.11.18

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. 

6.12.18

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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. 

6.13.18

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

6.14.18

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.

TOP 10 SUMMER TRENDS 2018

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.   

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

WHERE TO STAY:

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. 

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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.

WHAT TO DO: 

 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). 

1) SNORKEL
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. 

2) HIKE
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. 

3) VIEWPOINTS
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. 

4) BEACHES
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. 

5) KAYAKING
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!

WHAT TO EAT

 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. 

WHAT TO WEAR

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!

xx

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.

2. FREE PEOPLE

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.

3. ABERCROMBIE & FITCH

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. 

4. NET-A-PORTER

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.

5. NORDSTROM

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

6. TOPSHOP

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!

xx 

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!

2. ASOS

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. 

3. REBECCA MINKOFF

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 :)

4. SHOPBOP

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!

5. ALL SAINTS

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. 

6. TOPSHOP

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. 

7. NORDSTROM

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. 

8. COTTON ON

9. ZARA

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

10. MEJURI

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. 

1. BERETS

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

2. BEANIES

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. 

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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!

3. BAKER'S BOY CAPS

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

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OUTFIT #1

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

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OUTFIT #2

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

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OUTFIT #3

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.

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OUTFIT #4

Hat&Shirt: Thrifted
Jeans: Cello

LOOKBOOK:

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:

 

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Summertime Vibes

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

BEST NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 2017 FINDS

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.


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ENDS AUGUST 6TH.

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. 

Jumpsuit Love

I was originally going to put this outfit together in a summer lookbook, but it was TOO good to be combined with others. This outfit screams me and I wanted to dedicate a whole post on it. First, I love jumpsuits and how they can be an outfit by themselves. Such an easy outfit to throw on and still look like you put in 110%. I love the cut of this particular Romwe jumpsuit and how my Lively bralette can peak out. The capri-cut also gives the jumpsuit a summery-vibe. I paired it with my Forever21 belt to cinch in the waist and threw on my ASOS sliders for a more casual feel. The hat was a necessity to block out the sun and my Stella & Dot bag held everything I needed for the day. Let me know what you think of the outfit down below!

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Jumpsuit: Romwe

Polka Dots Are Staying For The Summer

By now, we have probably all seen the summer print, gingham, in practically every store and all over Instagram. But if you are not a fan of gingham, fear not. Polka dots are still here to stay for the season as seen on Vogue. It was seen on the runway for Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera, Gucci, and many more. Today I bring you an affordable polka dot look that is perfect for the summer. I stepped back from my usual edgy outfits, and tried to create a classic French inspired summer look. The main polka dot piece features this maxi-dress from MakeMeChic for only $25. Although a printed maxi-dress is bold, I wanted to add in a fun mix of print by wearing this thrifted silk scarf. Scarves around the neck always make a look instantly chic. I threw on my straw hat from Amazon (experimenting with Amazon Fashion) and added my MiuMiu shades + Stella&Dot earrings for the final chic touch. My shoes from Madeline are also also perfect for the summer and give me the extra height needed for a summer maxi-dress. If you try out this look, don't forget to tag #wonderlostxx. I would love to see it!

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Dress:
MakeMeChic
Shoes: Madeline

Criss Cross Apple Sauce

I value comfort more than anything else in an outfit, so this outfit is my go-to for the pre-night out outfit. This is something I would wear to dinner right before and then I would throw on an edgier top over this ensemble when I'm about to hit the town. This bralette from Lively is so incredibly soft I could live in it. It also has no wire so it is comfortable to wear. This skirt from Romwe has a suede texture and I love the criss cross details. It spices up the usual black skirt. I threw on my favorite leather jacket from Zara and my new go-to ZeroUV sunnies. This outfit screams edgy and comfort which is so me! Let me know what you think down below and #wonderlostxx if you recreate this look.

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Bralette: Lively (discount code: AMB-wonderlostxx for $10 off! *sponsored*)
Skirt: Romwe
Jacket: Zara
Sunglasses: ZeroUV

Feeling Knotty

Today I'm styling this fun skirt from MakeMeChic. I love how there is a knot detail in front to spice up a typical pencil skirt. It looks like I've got a casual sweater tied around my waist, but... I don't. I decided to pair this edgier skirt with a feminine top from Charlotte Russe. This contrast between feminine and edgy is what I love to strive for in outfits. It just screams Girl Boss! I'm definitely going to be rocking this ensemble all of summer.

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Skirt: MakeMeChic
Necklace: ShopSugarSands

Photographer: Wiseley Fong

Outfits: Two Alter Egos

Sometimes I feel like I have two alter egos: I want to look super edgy, but I also want to look incredibly put together. For this blog post, I decided to show you what I wear on an edgy day and what I wear on a more chic classy day.

The first look is what I wear when I want to tell the world I give no f***'s. I wore these statement leggings that have bold white stripes and draws in a lot of attention. I paired it with a lace bralette underneath to tone down the masculinity of the stripes. To show off the bralette, I put on a sheer t-shirt. I finished the outfit with my comfortable black sneakers and my casual sunglasses.

Shop The Look (Outfit #1):
Leggings: SheIn
Bralette: SheIn

The second outfit is for those days when I want to feel put together and girly. I wore this cute trendy off the shoulder blouse and paired it with a simple DIY pair of ripped jeans. The bow shoes add a hint of femininity and my handbag almost says "she's about to go to work". This outfit always makes me feel like a Girl Boss and I wear it on those days when I need to get a lot of work done.

Shop The Look (Outfit #2):
Top: SheIn

How To Wear Lingerie In Public

Lingerie has always been that genre of clothes that I admire online but never buy because I probably wouldn't wear it every night (sometimes I get lazy and just throw on one of those free shirts). However, when AdoreMe offered a selection of lingerie items to choose from along with other items, I decided to challenge myself and style this for an everyday look. I styled this babydoll lingerie top by adding a high-waisted denim skirt from MakeMeChic to hide the more scandalous portions of the top. Then I wanted to add some class to the outfit so I threw on this black coat and my Stella Dot accessories. 

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Lingerie Top: AdoreMe
Skirt: MakeMeChic
 

Photos by Ryan Chua

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