7.29.2014

With Friends Like These...

I got both of these pieces before it was even warm. Why haven't I worn them? It all goes back to April and when I had Snapchat. One of my best friends lives in California and we were talking as I was planning outfits. I showed her this outfit and jokingly asked her if we would still be friends if I wore this. I mean, I knew it wasn't my BEST outfit but I mean, it's not atrocious, right? Well, she sent me back a "What the FRICK ARE YOU THINKING ALISSA?!" face and I quickly not the hint and forgot about it. That is, until Kansas became a disgusting wasteland with 85 percent humidity, a burning sun and general hell-like conditions. (Not that I am super familiar with hell conditions but I'm guessing Kansas right now is similar to what they would be like.) 
White crop top with blue scalloped shorts

White crop top with blue scalloped shorts

White crop top with blue scalloped shorts

White crop top with blue scalloped shorts

White crop top with blue scalloped shorts

Target Summer Wedges
Crop Top: TJ Maxx (almost exact) (similar)
Shorts: TJ Maxx (similar) (similar)
Wedges: Target (exact)
Earrings: Hello Cheeseburger 
So sorry best friend, but I wore this outfit and well, I lived. I'm going to be expecting a text from you that states the status of our relationship. Just remember that you get random things in the mail from me. Oh and you get my jewelry collection when I die.   photo Sig-09_zps87ca91c7.png Share

7.28.2014

Fringe With Benefits

There are a lot of benefits to blogging. The relationships, the fun stuff you can do. One of my favorite things that has come out of blogging has been my friendship with Jennifer of Hello Cheeseburger. We started out just working together as a collaboration almost an exact year ago. Now she is one of the first people I text in the morning, share unflattering images of myself and confide in. However, one of the biggest perks is that sometimes I get to weigh in on store purchases and name pieces. I was given the task of naming this necklace and I present to you.........Fringe With Benefits. Yes, I thought I was so cheeky and clever when I came up with that. 
Graphic shirt with blazer and denim shorts

Graphic shirt with blazer and denim shorts

Naturally Curly Hair

Gold Fringe Necklace from Hello Cheeseburger

Graphic shirt with blazer and denim shorts

Gold Fringe Necklace from Hello Cheeseburger
Shirt: Zara (similar) (similar) (similar)
Shorts: Elle (very similar) (similar)
Blazer: H&M (similar)
Shoes: Target (exact)
Necklace: Hello Cheesburger (coming soon!)
Bag: Forever 21 (similar) (similar)

It's technically not a super fringey necklace but whatever, it was 10:30 pm and that is like my bedtime so I just went with it. Oh and I have this necklace in both gold AND silver because that is how much I love it. I love it so much that one of my friends told me I need to go two days without wearing it. It's kind of a problem because I want to wear it with evverryyytthhhiiinng. Plus it's kind of like my baby since I named it.   photo Sig-09_zps87ca91c7.png Share

7.24.2014

Summer Relief

Note: I wrote this post a few days ago. It is now a frigging sauna in Kansas City. 
My favorite thing about this summer is that it hasn't been hot. In fact, Kansas has been in the mid 80's pretty much all summer. A few days ago, I actually got a slight cold chill in the early evening. Gasp! Could it be? Could I actually be in love with summer? Could I not be complaining about the heat, the sunburns (which I could prevent if I would apply sunscreen every hour) and I can actually look decent. No sweaty messes where I walk inside the apartment and immediately want to just wear gym clothes. Those of you who can manage to look put together above 91 degrees are angelic. At that temperature I just give up, hope no one I know sees me and throw myself dramatically onto my bed and hope that Bravo has something good on because I will hide inside until it cools off. 

Crystal Tunic Top With Shorts

Crystal Tunic Top With Shorts


Crystal Tunic Top With Shorts


Crystal Tunic Top With Shorts
Earrings: C/O Hello Cheeseburger (coming soon!)
Shirt: Ann Taylor (sold out)
Shorts: Target (exact)
Shoes: Vince Camuto (similar)
Purse: Jessica Simpson (similar)

Another great benefit of a cooler summer is that I am able to wear items from sales that are going on. This tunic is from Ann Taylor and its early spring collection. I totally got it at a steal of $25 as opposed to the over $100 price that was before. Mother nature is totally telling me that all of my sale shopping is totally worth it and I can justify long sleeve tops because now they are going to be even MORE versatile. That is totally what is happening.   photo Sig-09_zps87ca91c7.png Share

7.23.2014

A New Kind of Happy Hour

Summer of 2014 Alissa is a little weird. I mean, she's great, fun, dances to Beyonce, works and gets to do fun projects. One of these little fun projects is a weekly promotion on the Hello Cheeseburger Facebook page. Every Wednesday night at 7 pm (central time) there will be a special item or collection of items at special prices. They are specifically picked items  that aren't in the store. No sale items, nothing that hasn't been selling. NONE OF THAT Business. Specific items that have been ordered for Happy Hour. This weeks item? This bracelet. TEN FREAKING BUCKS. Yep, only $10! This bracelet which I have already ordered and totally made mine. 

Hello Cheeseburger Bracelet

Hello Cheeseburger Bracelet


Shirt: J. Crew (exact)
Shorts: New York and Co. (similar) (similar)
Shoes: Nine West (exact)

I am super excited about these happy hours. My bank account is not. However, the prices are going to be so low that it can just deal with a couple of inexpensive, blingy purchases. Especially for this bracelet that is only $10 
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7.22.2014

When Life Doesn't Go Your Way

Someday, probably in a few months or next summer, I'm going to be really open and honest about how this summer has been one of the best and worst summers of my life. Life after graduation has not gone at all like I thought it would have. I've tried to have an optimistic and bubbly tone throughout this period. I've tried to laugh at myself despite contradicting feelings. Life can be incredibly beautiful but also very overwhelming, painful and knock you off your game every single time that you feel like you just got it all back together. 

I don't have the dream job that I thought I would. I don't have all the Michael Kors purses that I thought I would because I would spend my big girl paychecks on them. I'm still shopping at TJ Maxx for their clearance purses. I don't have a J. Crew credit card. I barely have a student credit card that I can pay off. I don't have a new/newly used car. I still have a 14 year old car that doesn't like to drive up hills. 
Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.

Polka dot summer dress with a black floppy hat.
Dress: Joe Fresh (Exact and under $15!)
Shoes: Guess (similar) (similar)
Hat: J. Crew Factory (exact and on sale!)
Necklace: C/O Hello Cheeseburger (coming soon)

Things aren't going my way right now. However, out of this, things have come up that I never thought would have. I've made friends that I never thought I would love so much. I've been shown the people who love and care about me are more than I could have imagined. I've started pursing things that I love. They may not pay a lot but they are what I love. I'm making it right now. I don't have it together but I'm getting closer to that. Most likely in a year from now, I will be looking back at this post and understand why all of this is happening. 

So how am I dealing with all of this? I'm wearing gigantic floppy hats and polka dot dresses. No really, that's exactly how I am dealing with all of this. I am dressing up because I know that if I don't I will lose sight that there is a light to the end of this tunnel. I refuse to let myself look shabby while also slightly down about life. So although life isn't exactly going my way, I'm still going to dress my own way.   photo Sig-09_zps87ca91c7.png Share