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In honor of Bershka opening in the U.S. this year, I thought I'd share a Wardrobe Wants list from them today!

  1. I don't know where I'd be going in this, but I love this faux fur coat!
  2. These long pearl bead earrings are a minimalist's dream. These would be so cute with a super sleek low pony tail!
  3. A cool take on the classic striped shirt.
  4. I love that they transformed a basic sweater into something super cool - I'm digging this pink faux fur sleeve sweater.
  5. I've been really into sweatshirts lately, and this yellow sweatshirt is extra cool with the balloon sleeves.
  6. You all probably know this by now, but I love a good black dress.
  7. These side snap pants are a cool take on tracksuit pants.
  8. A pair of red boots have been on my hot list all year long! 
  9. A cool printed t-shirt goes perfectly with a pair of jeans and a leather jacket.  
  10. I have no idea what this green sweatshirt says, but it's dreamy. 
  11. So, this is totally not in season right now, but it's always nice to have a striped dress on hand!
  12. Clearly I'm into the whole pink sweater vibe right now.
  13. Another trend in this wardrobe wants is my love for stripes. This striped top has a cool ring detail in the center front.
  14. This isn't a color combo I'd usually go for, but the model wearing this striped bodysuit sold me!
  15. I have yet to find a pair of wide leg pants that suit me, but these might be the ones!

What are you loving from Bershka currently?
x Alicia

So, it's time to get a little personal. This is a super unglamorous post, so this is your heads up. 
Over the past few years my digestive health hasn't been the greatest, and this past year definitely hasn't been any better. As you all know I'm a fairly slim lady so when I would become bloated after every meal, it was super noticeable. After a simple breakfast my stomach would expand so much I would end up looking about 3 months pregnant! My body was definitely not looking like the one I recognized, and honestly it sucked. Besides it affecting how I looked, it was mainly having an effect on how I felt physically. I was in constant discomfort everyday and after every meal. I was also getting stomach pains on top of the discomfort. So, all around - not pleasant. 
A little over a month ago the lovely people at HUM Nutrition reached out to me asking if I'd like to try out some of their vitamins, and of course said I yes! I'd totally been slacking on taking my vitamins so I thought maybe trying out a cool new company might get me back into the swing of things. I took their consultation that recommends which vitamins are best for you, and little did I know I was recommended a few for digestive health. A little while later I received my package with Flatter Me, OMG! Omega the Great, and Daily Cleanse. 
Flatter Me is a digestive enzyme for bloating.
Daily Cleanse cleanses the skin, liver, bowel, kidneys, and lungs.
OMG! Omega the Great supports and even skin tone, a healthy heart, brain, and body. 
I've been taking these pills for 30 days now, and they have been working great. I barely get bloated anymore, and I've been way more regular (if you know what I mean). But, these vitamins are not the only thing I attribute to my newfound improved digestive health. Let's chat about my diet change.
Around the same time I began taking the HUM vitamins, I saw my doctor for my stomach issues. She told me to try out a low FODMAP diet to see what exactly is causing all of my problems. It's a six-week diet where you basically stop eating all of the foods in the FODMAP list, and after six weeks slowly reintroduce the foods back into your diet to see exactly what is causing the problems. I started this diet on November 12th and I'll be finished with it December 23rd. After December 23rd, I'll slowly begin reintroducing the foods on the list back into my diet. 
When I tell you this diet has been hard, it has been a whole entire struggle! Most of the foods on the list of "no-no's" are things I would eat on the daily. The toughest ones in the list to give up were definitely garlic, onions, wheat, and bananas. Also on the list that I was sad to give up were mangoes, asparagus, legumes, artificially sweetened chewing gum, and high fructose corn syrup (I like an occasional soda). Before this diet change, I would eat onions, garlic, and wheat every single day. Bread is literally my life (okay, not literally but I would eat at least 2 slices everyday!). I had to carefully read every label while grocery shopping to make sure I wasn't eating anything that was on the list. You'd be surprised at how many things I can't eat. This diet is very restricted and pretty challenging to follow, but I've been good so far. I've only got one week left! The thing I'm most excited about is being able to eat Christmas dinner. Thankgiving was difficult because there was not much I could eat because nearly every item was made with an ingredient on my "no-no" list! Even garlic powder was off limits - so not cool!
The low FODMAP diet in combination with the HUM Nutrition vitamins have totally been a match made in heaven for my stomach. After the diet is over, I will stick to taking the HUM vitamins because they've definitely been working! 
x Alicia

*I was sent these products to try from Hum Nutrition, but all opinions are my own!


If you’re having a bit of trouble figuring out what to get your most stylish friend for the holidays, I’ve got you covered! These are my top 8 picks for the girl who is obsessed with fashion.
Holiday Gift Guide 
  1. TEDDY COAT is all the rage this season. 
  2. SILK SCARF is a super versatile accessory to jazz up any outfit.
  3. Statement shoes like these SILVER BOOTIES can really spice up a trendsetter’s wardrobe.
  4. On the days it’s not too cold, a PRINTED BERET is the perfect hat to rock.
  5. An updated EVERYDAY BAG is always an essential.
  6. Everyone needs a piece of jewelry to wear daily. My favorite is a NECKLACE. Your bestie will love this one!
  7. Everyone needs a knitted sweater in their closet. This SWEATER will definitely turn heads.
  8. The STATEMENT RED COAT is one of the hottest trends for IT girls this season. Your friend will appreciate this find!
x Alicia

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If you've got dry winter skin, this one is for you. Today I'm teaming up with Olay to share the #WinterSkinChallenge! This challenge is all about keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized during the cold winter months with Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus body wash. After just one use of this body wash, you'll find that your skin is softer and more moisturized!

I've found that the key to maintaining moisturized skin is to start in the shower. Let's be honest - sometimes you're in a rush and don't have time to apply moisturizer after your shower (or you're like me and can just be too lazy to!). With Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus, you'll be able to hydrate your skin without even giving it a second thought.

Chicago winters can be rough and as someone who suffers from eczema, I definitely have to pay a little extra attention to my skin during the colder months. Dry itchy skin is no fun especially when it's cold out, so starting my moisturizing process in the shower is key! I squeeze a quarter size amount onto my body sponge and work it in until it forms into a rich lather, then apply and rinse. After showering, my skin looks and feels fantastic even before applying my daily moisturizer – that is, if I'm not too lazy to apply it!

Besides its amazing lather, the thing I love most about this body wash is that it's made with shea butter. Shea butter not only helps to provide intense moisture, but it also turns the shower experience into a more luxurious one. Shea butter is my go-to after shower moisturizer during the winter, and to have it as one of the main ingredients in my body wash is such a game changer for my body care routine! My skin is definitely thanking me for it.

The Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus body wash comes in two luxurious scents: Manuka Honey, and Lavender Oil. Choose one and join the #WinterSkinChallenge with me to make sure your skin stays hydrated all season long!

x Alicia

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.


Top - Zara | Bralette - UO | Jeans - ASOS | Belt - ASOS | Necklace - Twelve Oh Six | Shoes - Zara | Glasses - Firmoo

This is one of my favorite outfit posts I've done in a while. I've been loving the mesh top trend lately and I finally caved an picked up my own top to style. I opted for something super basic that can be worn as is, or under a slip dress (y'all know how much I love slip dresses!). 

This time, I took a more lax approach to the outfit and styled the top pretty casually. This is something I'd wear on a quick shopping trip, or a lunch outing. Surprisingly it's still nice enough in Chicago to wear this top outside without getting frostbite! I don't know what's up with the weather (it literally snowed multiple times last month) but hey, I'm not complaining. 

How do you feel about the mesh/sheer top trend? Are you into it? Let me know!

x Alicia 

Today, we're picking up where we left off from this post and talking about the starter tools to have in your first makeup collection. Let's begin, shall we?

Here is our lovely little overview of the starter tools. As you can see we've got tools for complexion products, eyes, and the extras (like, blush and bronzer). 

Starting out with your base, you need tools for the complexion products you would have chosen since the last post. If you recall, our base products included primer, foundation, concealer, and translucent powder. Primer is easily applied with your fingertips, so that tool is free! To apply foundation, you'll need some kind of tool to make everything blend seamlessly. I prefer to use a beauty sponge - it's super quick and easy to apply most of my preferred foundations with this type of application. My favorites are the beauty blender, and more recently, the Tarte sponge! I love the flat side of the Tarte sponge because it can also blend out under eye concealer like a dream. When it comes to powder, you'll definitely need a brush. Since you're a beginner, you're not ready for baking just yet so a small amount of translucent powder dusted across your face with a fluffy brush will be your best bet.

Next up, we've got the trusty eyebrow brush. I like this one because it's double ended - two tools in one! The brush on this guy is super soft making it easy to control how much product is going onto your brows. Start soft, then build it up. I've got a bunch of eyebrow tutorials on my YouTube channel, so click here to check out that playlist!

Now it's time to add the color back into your face, and these guys are great tools to do that! I like to use a fluffy tapered brush to apply my blush. It's super easy to apply just the right amount of product with this type of brush since the brush hairs aren't super dense. As for bronzer, I usually do more of a focused contour/bronzer application so I use this smaller, more dense brush. This brush gets right into the hollows of my cheeks, and is small enough to add a light nose contour!

Next up, we've got our highlighting brushes. Personally, the tools I use for highlighting changes day to day. Sometimes I prefer to use my beauty blender to apply a highlight, other days a brush, and sometimes I use my fingers instead. If you want to keep your fingers clean and get a more intense highlight, a narrow brush is the way to go. You can apply the highlighter in exactly the spot you want it, and use the same brush to soften it up. I use the smaller brush pictured to apply highlighter to my nose and my brow bone - all of the places that are too small for a large brush to get to.

Finally, we've got our basic shadow brushes. For a beginner's kit, the main ones you'll need are an all-over lid brush, and a blending brush. Usually beginners aren't going to be too experimental with their eyeshadow looks, so these two basic brushes are just enough!

What other tools do you think beginner's might need in their arsenals? Let me know!

x Alicia


Sometimes, all I want to do is scroll through a couple of photos for some outfit inspiration. That's what today's post is all about. Light on the words, heavy on the imagery.

x Alicia 
 Zuri | Braden | Lark | Olivia (Pictured Left to Right)

I feel so naked without jewelry. I've been a jewelry-wearing fiend since early childhood, so when I don't have on my favorite pieces I feel like a part of me is missing. Okay, I'm dramatic but seriously! These are a few of my favorites. 

On my hands I wear my wedding ring and this gorgeous gold band I purchased from Hannah Naomi

On my neck, the only jewelry I wear is my own. If you didn't know, I have my own jewelry line! It's called Twelve Oh Six and I sell handmade quality jewelry at reasonable prices. My line is super minimalist and my pieces are so great for layering. The pieces pictured above are Zuri, Braden, Lark, and Olivia. These four are on constant rotation and I always have at least one of them around my neck at all times (currently rocking Olivia). 

I'm totally on the hunt for more rings, so if you have any suggestions, please let me know where to look!

x Alicia


I use at least one Fenty Beauty product every time I do my makeup. These products have definitely become a staple in my collection and makeup routine. They are super simple to use, and look very natural! 

My favorite product is the foundation. This foundation is a beautiful color match (I'm shade 330), and the finish is amazing. When I get oily throughout the day, I don't mind as much because this foundation makes my oily skin look more dewy. The Priming Moisturizer from Glossier works so well under this foundation which is amazing because that's what I already use on the daily! 

My next favorite product is the gloss bomb. I wear this probably 3 days out of the week because it's just so easy to pop on my lips and go. It was a lovely finish, and doesn't feel sticky on my lips. It also leaves my lips feeling hydrated and lasts for a decent amount of time. I love it!

Another product I use nearly every time I apply makeup is the Match Stix in Truffle. This is a gorgeous natural contour and it's super easy to swipe on. My favorite way of applying this product is to use the technique that Alissa Ashley demoed in her Fenty Beauty video. It's ingenious! If you're having trouble with this product, definitely check out her tips on how to use it.

The Match Stix in Walnut is nice to use because it doesn't crease that much on me since it's a drier product. I've got naturally creased under eyes and even when I set my makeup, concealer always creases and separates on me. I put on the smallest amount I possibly can of this concealer and blend it upwards to minimize creasing, and don't even bother to set it. This is definitely a product that's nice to have, but I could also live without it.

Finally, the Killawatt Highlighter in Trophy Wife. I love this stuff. When I first bought it, I was wearing it every day. It layers really nicely over my other highlighters and provides a little extra "oomph" to my look. I think this highlighter can work on most skin tones as long as a light hand is used! Next, I'm going to try this out on my collar bone so I can glow all over - ha!

If you have yet to purchase the debut collection from Fenty Beauty, I would give it a shot. As I mentioned, the foundation has quickly become my favorite foundation out of all the ones I own, and the products aren't heavy. They are made to be worn everyday, and you can always build them up if you want a little extra coverage on a night out. They just released the Galaxy Holiday Collection, and I'm excited to see what else they have in store!

x Alicia
Okay so I thought I'd get back to basics and make a little kit on my makeup essentials. These are the things I find most important in my makeup routine, and the items that should be in every beauty fan's arsenal. 

An overview of all of the products that you need: primer, foundation, concealer, powder, eyebrow products, blush, bronzer, highlighter, mascara, and lip balm. That's not too much, right? Let's get a bit more in depth with this.

Let's start out with the base. This is basically the most important part of your makeup routine. It's what gives you the look of smooth, perfect skin. We all know by now that I'm not a fan of primers, but I love a priming moisturizer. This offers a nice base for the foundation to stick to while providing your skin with hydration and moisture so that it doesn't dry out (like traditional primers). Next, you want to make sure to have a foundation that is a perfect color match. Skin tones change depending on what season you're in or depending how much or little sun you're getting. Make sure your foundation matches your undertones, and if you're getting shade matched in a store take a step outside into natural lighting to get a better look. The same concept applies for concealer! For a basic kit you'll want to find a concealer that matches your skin tone. Don't try to go for the lighter or darker ones that would be used for contouring because that isn't a beginner concept. Start small. To complete your base you'll want a nice setting powder. I like to use my Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder and I use it to set my t-zone since that's where I usually get oily. A little goes a long way with this powder, and there's no need to "bake" when you're doing a natural look!

So, moving on to my favorite part of a makeup routine - eyebrows. I don't leave my house without brow product on. Eyebrows frame your face, and IMO it's super necessary to fill them in. On chill days I'll opt for using Glossier's Boy Brow on it's own, but on days when I want a strong brow I'll use Makeup For Ever's Aqua Brow. Sometimes when I'm feeling extra fancy I'll use both!

This next part of the makeup routine is where you add some color back into your face. Applying bronzer, blush, and highlighter gives your face some dimension and can make you look super refreshed and alive! I like to apply bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks, along my jawline, forehead, sides of my nose, and as a lid color on my eyes. This gives me a nice sun kissed look and adds depth to my face. Next, I'll apply highlighter on my cheekbones, center of my nose, brow bones, and inner corners of my eyes. I'll finish off this part of the face by applying blush to the apples of my cheeks for a nice rosy look.

The last step in the routine is what I like to call the "finishers". These add the final touch and pull the whole look together. Mascara darkens and lengthens your lashes to make your eyes appear more awake, and lip balm gives you hydrated and plump lips. I like to use a lip balm that has a hint of color in it, like this Balm Dotcom.

Makeup is such a fun part of life and can be super creative. But when you're just starting out, it's good to get to know your basics. Stay tuned for next week where I share with you all the tools to use to make these products work best!
Which products can you not live without?
x Alicia