Q&A with Always Alexa

I am super excited to feature Alexa Bain of Always Alexa on the blog today! She’s such a sweetheart and when I first met her I could not get over her outfit! (I told her at least five times!) We met through the LA blogger meet up in my last Q&A and our outfits matched so well we were able to shoot together. I dabble into being edgy every once in a while and I was not super sure about this look but she is the one that convinced me to shoot it instead of my other look and I am so glad I did! Check out my short Q&A below and let me know any other bloggers you would like me to feature!

1. What’s your blogging motivation?
I get motivated by anything that inspires me. Whenever I see or hear something that sparks an idea in my head, the creative wheels start turning and then it’s who I am to just share it with everyone!
2. What do you hope your audience takes away from your blog?
I hope my audience takes away inspiration to be their true selves. Wear what you want, eat what makes you feel good, travel with who you love, basically live the life you’ve always dreamed of! I try to portray that in my blog posts so even if I have inspired just one person through that, I have done my job!
3. What’s something you would never leave your house without?
I would never leave the house without my phone! I know that sounds cliche but it’s crucial for a blogger to have their phone with them. Besides my phone, I’d have to say my Swell bottle filled with water lol, gotta stay hydrated!
4. What would you say is the best part about being a blogger?
My favorite part about being a blogger… definitely the people I get to meet along the way. I just launched my blog this year in June and I have already met so many awesome and genuine boss babes! Creating relationships with like-minded people that share the same vision as you is something I will forever be grateful for!

Follow Alexa

Website : AlwaysAlexa.com

Instagram : @alexaabain

Alexa

Top : Naked Zebra

Me

Tee : (similar) // Skirt : JD Luxe (similar) // Shoes : Charlotte Russe // Sunglasses : Quay Australia 

 

Vestique Wish List

Every Christmas the number one gift on my list is clothes! This year is no exception (just look at my wishlist). This year I am using my discount codes and doing some shopping for my friends and family. I picked out a few of these pieces for my followers in mind. These are pieces I would actually wear and show on the blog and I wanted to share them with you another way.

I never wanted to be a brand ambassador for any brand, but when I saw Vestique was having an opening for new brand ambassadors I had to apply! I am so happy I was accepted and I have a special discount code for you to shop some of my favorite boutique looks!

Use code : BriTrev10 for 10% off your purchase!

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you purchase!

Click on the picture below to be directed straight to the page to purchase! Also, have you checked out my vestique highlights on Instagram? Keep track of all of the sales and my favorite pieces in one place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q&A with LA Bloggers

I met up with some awesome blogger babes from LA and I had the idea to start a Q&A series to get to know more of your favorite bloggers! I asked them all the same four questions and below are their unique responses! Also, follow them on Instagram if you haven’t already! (and me of course which you definitely should be!)

Debby : @trynfinddebby https://www.trynfinddebby.com/

Alexa : @alexaabain http://alwaysalexa.com/

Ericka : @erickabernabe https://bernabella.com/

Alexis : @lexialcala http://alexisalcala.com/

Julia : @juliaroga

Anna : @annasweeney

Genie : @gallivantingbean https://gallivantingbean.blog/


1. What made you want to start blogging?

Ericka : I started my self titled blog Bernabella in January 2018 because I felt I needed a space to combine my two loves: photography + writing. Since I have a degree in Journalism and PR/Advertising, I felt that it was the right time to start my blog and showcase my work 🙂

Debby : I was getting over a break up and it was a creative outlet for me. It honestly helped so much because it led me to meet some amazing girls even if it was only through the internet! Crazy but thankful we live in a world that can connect you with complete strangers in a way you would normally not connect with even your neighbors!

Anna :  I honestly started creating “daily outfits” putting together a different outfit every day and posting its details it’s become a hobby of mine and has been fun to mix and match new and recycled pieces. It’s inspired me to take it further. I’ve noticed family and friends become so supportive and actually love what I do. I also love the fire that lights within me when I do what I do. I also just love the community, I love everything about fashion, I want to make it a full-time job someday. “If you love your job you won’t work a day in your life”.

Julia : I had a really analytical job coding and needed a creative outlet

Genie : I actually started blogging because my best friend was fashion blogging and she suggested that I start a travel blog. So it wasn’t at all my idea! I’ve traveled a lot and so many people ask me for travel tips. Consolidating them inside a website makes it easier to share haha.

2. What is your favorite trend of the moment?

Ericka : PLAID. I’m obsessed with plaid at the moment. It’s such a versatile pattern that’s wearable year-round

Debby : Fringe and Snakeskin!!! I’ve been eyeing some snakeskin booties! And also mustard yellow for some reason!!! Haha, I’ve always disliked the color yellow and all of a sudden, I can’t stop buying it now!

Anna : I’m obsessed with blazers, oversized shirts, biker shorts and bright colored heels. Easy go tos for me. Also two piece sets.

Julia :  Teddy bear coats

Genie : My favorite trend would have to be sneakers haha. I feel like that’s getting a bit overrated now. But I love comfortable shoes and I only ever wear boots or sneakers. So the sneaker trend is definitely working in my favor.

3. Who are a few bloggers you look up to?

Ericka : @taramilktea for travel inspiration and @xoxotsumi for her timeless sense of style

Debby : I love love love the content the following babes produce:
@howdoyouwearthat, @stephweizman, @jenkvieira, @thestyledseed, @claudiagraziano, @thefashionfraction
Anna : 100% @cassdimicco is my favorite fashion influencer/ blogger her style nails my style or what I wish it would be to the T I would literally trade my closet for hers and wear every single one of her outfits. She kills it every time. Also @desiperkins and @morganstewart I look to for a lot of my fashion and beauty inspo I absolutely love them and all their fits. A local blogger I’ve really been vibing with is @jessthrowiton she absolutely nails my style may be better than I do. Combo of all these women. My absolute favorite posts to see every day!
Julia :  Kyleecampbell and tezza
Genie : Aside from the big ones, Aimee Song, Chiara Ferragani. I look up to one of my blogger besties Julia from @juliaroga. Her editing skills are amazing! I also love following @andreeabirsan. Her photos always have this pop of red that’s to die for and she produces some interesting more abstract photo concepts too.

4. What’s your go-to beauty product?

Ericka : My go-to beauty product is the Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum. It’s a little pricey, but IT WORKS.

Debby : Oh my goodness!!! So hard to pick one but I would say SPF facial moisturizer and  mascara is my most favorite thing ever!

Anna : Go to beauty product has got to be my @maccosemetics lipsticks !! To be precise the shade viva la glam ii is my everyday wear and I wear it like chapstick on a frequent occurrence I will leave the house with my hair up and no makeup on but you better believe I’m wearing my lipstick lol. They’re also a great way to change up your makeup when you use different shades especially for someone like me who doesn’t really change up my makeup routine too much

Julia :  Not really a beauty product but nail grow by opi is my favorite product

Genie : Well first my go-to beauty brand is Kiehl’s. I use their ultra facial cleanser and sunscreen everyday. However, I’ve recently discovered green clean by farmacy and I’m totally hooked. It’s a balm makeup remover that’s super gentle. I love it because when I’m using it i don’t feel like I’m rubbing sandpaper on my face trying to get all my makeup off. It leaves my face clean and soft.

Bodysuit : Free People // Jeans : Levi’s // Boots : Forever 21 // Cardigan : Nasty Gal

    

Coffee Talk : Let’s Talk Trends

Not going to lie. I am a sucker for a good trend! I am usually one of the first to see it coming (I’d like to think) and love when it hits its fullest potential! When it dies out is usually the worst part because that is when more knockoffs and fewer quality items emerge. Then its pretty dead to me, unfortunately, and on to the next one!

Some trends last a while, obviously. And my favorite kinds are the ones that come back around. Espadrilles Summer of 2017 and 2018, am I right? The ones that are the more exclusive are the ones that hit hard but fade out and you probably won’t see again for a while. One example of these I would imagine would be chunky white sneakers. I really wanted a pair of Filas but I just wasn’t convinced I would wear them often. While I could have made 2-3 blog posts with them, I am sure I would not have worn them much other than that. That is where I draw the line at trends.

What you have to keep in mind is the quality. You should only pay for quality and you should splurge when you feel like you will really enjoy the piece, especially after the trend dies.

For example

I went to Target recently and saw a cool cheetah print top. Obviously, animal prints are huge right now. So I got my size but wasn’t too convinced. I thought of two outfits I could pair it with, and even though it was only about $12 I still wasn’t sold. I walked around the whole store with it, contemplating my purchase. I finally decided against it because if it were not for the animal print, I would not wear it. TREND ALERT. I ended up buying a $9 faux snakeskin belt from Tobi instead that I totally love! I will wear it even after the trend dies because I love a fun belt, the colors are neutral so I can wear it with almost anything, and I can get lots of use out of it while animal print is a hit.

Moral of the story, think before you buy. Every piece has a price other than the number that is marked on it. Trends come and go and sometimes they are so worth it. Even if you know its a trend but still want to participate, go for a cheaper option. Just make sure that it looks quality and will last you until the trend dies out.

Top : Brandy Melville (similar) // Jeans : Lucky Brand // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar) // Hat : Target

Actual Things I do to Stay Small

I’m a typical girl and I get frustrated when I feel like I’ve gained a pound or two.. or three. I want to starve myself but as soon as I get hungry I give in and totally eat whatever is in front of me. I snack way more often then I have meals some days just because I get full off of veggie chips/popcorn/granola. But I have tried to find things that help me stay fit and here is a few things I have come up with. Honestly, I’m not sure if this is dietition approved but these are just a few things I have heard and actually tried!

One thing I have not tried is the apple cider vinegar every morning! Have you tried it? Does it work? Let me know!

  1. Drink lots of water : I do this almost as a detox. I will do at least three days a week where I chug water all day and make sure I finish at least six bottles. It’s not too hard now actually! And I get thirsty quicker on the days I do not do it! I try to do these every few days as a small detox.
  2. Juice Cleanses : I do not do these often and I wouldn’t recommend to. If that is your thing then go for it! But aside from the fact that you are not feeding your body the same way as it is used to, you want to save a juice cleanse for when you are really noticing you gained weight, not just on a day where you feel fatter. You don’t want your body used to a cleanse, you want it to be your secret weapon!
  3. One big workout a week : I work out almost daily. But I focus on for sure working out 3-4 times a week. What I just realized though is if I do regular/moderate workouts and then one really hard workout a week where I will be sore the next day it will keep me in shape!
  4. Walk everywhere : I sit so much for work and sometimes I honestly get frustrated and want to bust out a few squats! What I like to do to combat that is park a little farther, walk to the mall nearby (it’s literally the next street over) or to a CVS and I feel like I combatted that effect a little bit.
  5. Count my calories : I am always counting my calories. I can honestly feel it when I go over them a lot too! But there are days also where you just need to have a cheat meal and enjoy it. Balance yes, but favoring the healthy side of the scale!

Jean Jacket : Abercrombie  // Crop Top : Forever 21 // Biker Shorts : Forever 21 // Sunglasses : Quay Australia

Frisky Britches x Briana Nicole

At the end of every Summer, right before I would go to school, my mom would take me to go get new clothes. I always went to private, Catholic school so I wore uniforms. The one thing I did get to pick out though was my underwear. I would always get to buy new underwear from wherever I wanted before I began school. I guess it was because she thought I outgrew them? But it was great! I thought about it the other day because now I no longer attend school, but I feel underwear is one of those items you still need to be buying to treat yourself (and out of necessity) every once in a while.

Bring in Frisky Britches. If you’re like me and do not always have time to be going to the store to treat yourself to a cute new pair, this subscription service will help! Honestly, I love subscription services because every month it is a gift from you, to you! The best part is it cost only $14! Super cheap for two pairs of some much-needed undergarments!

There are three different packages to choose from : The Kitten that has two cheekies, The Kitty with one thong and one cheeky, and The Kougar with two thongs. I went for The Kitty to try out both products. I am wearing the cheeky in the pictures and I love how it fits! I am wearing a size small and they were so comfortable I wore them all day, even after the shoot!

In all honesty, this is what I wear when I am home 90% of the time anyway, a big shirt and some cute panties! So I might as well feel good about what I am wearing whether I am home or not!

Are you one of those girls that hate the word panties? I actually am the total opposite! I love that word, I think its super feminine and fun, just like the garment itself!

For some super fun inspo and a look at older/newer styles follow @friskybritches on Instagram!

Use code ‘Briana’ for 15% off of your order!

Minimalistic

Being a minimalist doesn’t mean you own one pair of shoes, a pair of jeans, or only take pictures in front of plain white walls! I really like to mix up my style so you could see me on a Monday in a leopard skirt and big fluffy sweaters, and then Tuesday with a pair of jeans and a white tee. I love playing around with what I wear and for my days off you will always see me in denim and a simple top because it’s my go-to!

One of my roommates and I recently joked about how we try to save our money and every once in a while we splurge and buy some flashy new accessories, but still like to be considered a minimalist! So it got me thinking… what is a minimalist and can do dress as one without being one?

So first thing I thought of with this outfit was the beach because when I go to the beach I really like to keep it simple. I take a towel, sunscreen, and a hat/sunglasses. Minimalist. This outfit is simple and easy, but what makes a minimalist outfit? Does it depend on the simplicity of the outfit, or maybe even the make of the pieces itself?

Would you consider a look minimalist if it costs an insane amount of money?

A few definitions of minimalist included : reduced to its necessary elements ; it is based on a need instead of want.

So I guess the answer to the above question depends on you and the piece itself. When it comes down to it though, did you need the piece? And what is the level of need? I think my answer would be no, but it also does not depend on the cost at all.

I think it is important to be minimalist in one area, with waste. Okay total turn for the post, not gonna lie! But I thought it was important to spread the awareness! (If you’ve made it this far in the post.) Being aware of your effect on others and the environment is so important. It can be so simple to reduce your carbon footprint. From using reusable bags and recycling, to selling and rebuying clothes. Support organizations that do their part as well and buy from sustainable brands first. This will encourage other brands and ultimately people to take part in this movement! Don’t forget to stress the little things, it will go a long way!

Hat : Lack of Colors (Show Me Your Mumu) // Jeans : Levi’s // Bodysuit : Free People