A Letter to My Future Self

A letter to my future self.. xx

Dear Future Self,

I hope you really achieve everything that you want in this rollercoaster life of yours. You’ve hustled since you were 14 for this and I hope that you not only get where you want to go, but enjoy every second of it. I hope that you find the peace that you’ve sought after for so long and that the battles you stressed about are no longer your concern. I hope you get to name nail polishes, make a perfume, collaborate with a makeup line, create a song, and do that swimsuit line you’ve been wanting to do. I used to think that our dreams were too big are too outside the box but if Rihanna can do all of it, you definitely can. I hope that your kids come out beautiful and full of passion and that they’re healthy. I hope that your beach wedding is fabulous! And I hope that whatever friends you have at the time aren’t being assholes. I have so much hope and faith in you to live our life to the absolute most so I hope you’re doing me proud. If you’re reading this and you haven’t made it that far, like you just graduated uni, I hope you get the dream industry job you wanted (the net a porter one, you know the one)! And I hope that you managed to keep good connections with the friends I made, because they are so so special (and you could definitely make magic with them later). Lastly, I hope you got to travel and are still traveling. I hope you’re not afraid to be alone and you do whatever the hell you want to do whenever the hell you want to do it and if you’re not, then GET ON THAT. Anyway, I think thats enough from me. Love you girl, we can (AND WILL) make it.

XO- Ally (age 19)

My First Tattoo!

This is one of the most exciting videos I’ve ever made for my channel. I’ve anted a tattoo for as long as I could remember and I’m so glad that I got to document the experience and the excitement I felt right after I got this. In this vide I give advice about pain, price, how to prepare and location for those of you that might not have a tattoo but want one. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe!

XO, Ally

How to Part with Old Clothes

If you’re anything like me, you’re really sentimental. With everything. Sadly, everything includes material things, and this is why it was and still is so hard for me to get rid of clothing. For example, a shirt I wore to my first concert might not fit me anymore and might be old and ratty but will I be willing to keep it? Of course.

It took me a while to realize that how sad this was. That I was clinging on to things I no longer needed or wanted, but kept them for the sake of a memory. So if you’re currently having the same problem that I had, here is a list of a few things I asked myself before I parted with old clothes.

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  1. Do I still wear it? 
  2. Will I ever wear it again?
  3. Why am I holding on to this?
  4. Does it even still fit me? 
  5. Where am I going to put it?

If you answered “No” or “I don’t know” to these questions, simply get rid of it! There’s no reason to hoard, and so many new and fresh pieces are coming out every season that you can’t make space for because you are holding on to things that you have no use for anymore. Letting go of clothing and keeping only your favorite stuff is so refreshing and gives you so much space to play around with new fashion trends, ideas, etc.

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I hope you all found this helpful, see you in my next post!

XO – Ally

The Pros & Cons of Working in Retail

So I’ve been working in retail for the past month and have learned so much in such little times that it’s so overwhelming. As a professional shopper, I am so used to being the shopper and I never knew how much work working behind the scenes was. There are some pros and DEFINITELY some cons so I made a list of the two based on my experience in the industry so far.

PROS 

  • discounted merchandise
  • a growing network
  • being the first to see what’s in season
  • no uniform (depending on where you work; I don’t have one)
  • pay day!

 

CONS

  • a short break
  • rude customers
  • boring days (when there are less customers)
  • only having Sunday off
  • lazy co-workers

Fast Fashion

Everyone loves to save money, especially when it comes to clothing. People would rather purchase the latest trend for half the price, if it is just as good quality as the original designer item. Buying things second hand may seem sketchy or unsanitary, but as of now, that is the safest way to purchase clothes without helping contaminate the environment. According to Shuk- Wah Chung of Greenpeace.com, fast fashion is “drowning the world”, and the sad truth is, her statement isn’t wrong. 

Fashion is a business that has many different chains of production, raw materials, clothing construction, shipping, retail, and eventually, disposal of the garment. Because of this, the fashion carbon footprint is huge. Not only does fast fashion pollute the air and the rest of the environment, but the pesticides used in cotton farming, the toxic dyes used in manufacturing and the amount of waste discarded clothing creates contaminates the environment. There are also many natural resources used in extraction, farming, harvesting, processing, manufacturing and shipping. Many shoppers are of aware this contamination problem, but they think that organic cotton will help the problem. Even though organic cotton, might seem like a smart choice, it can still take more than 5,000 gallons of water to manufacture just a T-shirt or a pair of jeans. 

According to scientific research, cotton is the world’s most commonly used natural fiber and is in nearly 40 percent of our clothing. It is also one of the most chemically dependent crops in the world. Even though only 2.4 percent of the world’s land is planted with cotton, it  still consumes 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals and 25 percent of insecticides. Although cotton is the most commonly used fiber, polyester and nylon have just as an impact because they are not biodegradable. Even though the making of both of them use a lot of energy, nylon releases a large amount of nitrous oxide, which is a greenhouse gas. The impact of one pound of nitrous oxide on global warming is almost 300 times the same amount of carbon dioxide. It takes about 70 million barrels of oil just to produce the virgin polyester used in fabrics each year. Many people are starting to used recycled polyester as a greener option, but that doesn’t completely fix the problem, contrary to what some people may think. Used plastic bottles must still be cleaned, with the labels removed, before made into polyester fabric. This process is mostly done by hand and that means plastic bottles are shipped to countries with low labor rates, using dirty fossil fuels to send them there, and requires more dirty fossil fuels to send them back, making for unnecessary air pollution. 

Asia is the main clothing exporter today, producing more than 32 percent of the world’s supply and providing nearly 13 percent of the world’s exports. Because production prices are rising in China, clothing companies are moving to countries where manufacturing is cheaper, like Bangladesh, Vietnam, Pakistan and the Philippines. These countries might not have the raw materials needed, so they’re usually shipped from countries like China and the U.S.  Once manufactured, the clothes are put in shipping containers and sent by container ships and trucks to the retailer. About 90 percent of garments are transported by container ship each year. There’s an idea of how much fuel is used during the transporting of clothes, and how badly that pollutes the environment in multiple areas.
You may be wondering if it’s possible to eliminate the effects of fast fashion, and if so, how you can help. Shopping at boutiques, getting clothes made or making your own clothes, thrifting, or shopping in stores that produce clothes in one specific area, for example American Apparel, can all help limit the effects of fast fashion. Because of where we live, it’s obviously hard to buy affordable clothes that aren’t fast fashion and we will all at some point have to get new clothes. But we can be responsible with our clothes. When you no longer want them, donate them to a charity or hand them down. Don’t throw them away. Also, be aware of how much you wash your clothes. Putting on a shirt for five minutes doesn’t make it dirty, so try no to do unnecessary washing. Lastly, try to stay away from cotton. Not only does it use too much of our water supply, but it may have poisonous pesticides, according to international work organizations, which can cause cancer or other illnesses. So the next time you buy an article of clothing, think about what it’s made of, and what it went through to get to you.

Serenity

Hey guys! Long time no talk. I’ve been so busy with school and YouTube that I had absolutely no time to stop and take pictures of anything I’ve worn lately, which is a shame because I wore the cutest things! Anyway, I’m going to try my best to post on here, because I really enjoy doing this blog.

So today I went house hunting with my uncle and their house is right across from a peaceful little beach that I’ve never been to before. It had this cove that I absolutely fell in love with. The reef broke the waves, so there were these silent ripples throughout the water. I took a few pictures of the scenery, some featuring my outfit of the day. Enjoy x – Alyssa

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How To Keep Your Closet Organized

Have you ever lost a shirt? Or you thought you put you’re jeans in your drawer but then they turn up in your hamper? We’ve all been through it, and the struggle is real. I’ve managed to keep my closet somewhat organized though, and in this post I’m just gonna give you some tips and tricks that I picked up on, that you may not have tried already.

1. Divide your closet into different sections. One for shirts, one for skirts, one for jeans, etc. Or if you don’t have a closet, do the same thing with your drawers. Put different articles of clothing in separate drawers.  For instance, I have a drawer for my underwear and socks. Then I have one for my bras and swimsuits. I recommend two different articles of clothing (at most) in one drawer just because if you put too much in there, then you would just end up back where you started. This will really help you know for sure where everything is, because all of the same things will be able to be found in one particular spot.

2. Get a shoe rack. You can get a shoe rack from anywhere really. Target, Wal-Mart, The Container Store, or anywhere else that sells home/storage stuff. The shoe rack will keep your shoes from being put into messy pile in the middle of the floor. If you don’t have the space for a shoe rack, you can get the shoe holder things from Bed Bath and Beyond that go under your bed. Those hold about 10 pairs of shoes and it fits flat under your bed, so if someone comes over, they won’t even notice it. I have one myself, but I mostly use it for holding the shoes that aren’t in season, or the shoes that I’m not wearing at the moment.

3. Put some shelves in. Shelves are the perfect thing for taking things off of the floor and out of your way. You can put anything you want to on those shelves. Whether it’s for display, or just for storage. You can put books on there, display souvenirs, I don’t know, anything!

4. Get some Ziploc airtight bags! Ziploc airtight bags are THE PERFECT THING for storing winter coats, spare bed sheets, excess pillows, teddy bears, absolutely anything. When you suck the air out of them (with a vacuum) they become almost completely flat, so you can stack them on top of each other in a corner of your closet, or a shelf! ( #3)

5.  Keep Those Belts Out Of Your Way! Do you have loose belts everywhere? Get a belt hanger from any home store near you! ( I’m sure almost every home store sells belt hangers) If you don’t know what a belt hanger is or what it looks like, its basically a hanger with holes in it. Just gather up all your belts, stick them through the little holes, and place that hanger in the back of your closet and there you go! Out of your way.

 

I hope you guys found these little tips helpful, because they really helped me become more organized. Don’t forget to tweet me and tell me about your new and improved closet! I’d love to hear about it 🙂