August 20, 2014

Interweb Goodies

Image via Fast Company

Get to know a little more about the woman behind the empire in this great article on Tory Burch from this months issue of Fast Company.

As 90's babies we fully support this establishment and we'll hopefully be raging here soon!

Because we're not all stick straight and super tall, here's some sweet style tips for the curvier and shorter ladies 

If it mildly involves Breaking Bad we want it and we watch it! Enjoy the vid!

Raise your hand if you've ever spilled on yourself, yeah us too. Now put your hand down and use it to check out this great list of stain fighting magic!

-A&K


August 18, 2014

Revisiting Classics

With the new school year upon us I thought I would take us back to high school English and the reading lists that haunted your dreams, weekends, and summer vacations. Now that I am older I have a new appreciation for some of these books that we were supposed to understand at the time (aka when we were 16.. I don't think so)

Here are some of my favorite class reads that I highly recommend that you revisit!



The Color Purple

Fahrenheit 451

Lord of the Flies

The Catcher in the Rye

Romeo and Juliette

Pride and Prejudice

1984

To Kill A Mockingbird

The Great Gatsby

I have re-read some of these recently and it's truly amazing how much your perspective can change in 8 years!

-A


August 17, 2014

12 + 12 = 24

Hello, happy Monday and Happy Birthday to me! Today is my 24th birthday! I had a fabulous weekend, shopping on Saturday with my mom and Aunt. Dancing and laughing on Saturday night with friends, and a fabulous mimosa brunch on Sunday, finished with naps and watching Save The Last Dance and The Great Gatsby.


Since today is the big 2-4 I decided to make a little list of the 12 things that I have learned in the past year and the 12 things that I hope to accomplish in the next year.

12 Things I Learned 

1. Be patient. I had a hard few months trying to find a new job. While it was difficult to keep going on interviews and then waiting to hear back results, I realized that sometimes people are on different schedules and patience is key!

2. Be true to the things that you love. I realized that there are certain things, like this blog, that I really love to do. I think for a while I was afraid to admit that because of what people might think, but I decided that I don't care. I love doing this so it doesn't matter.

3. Concerts are the best. I went to so. many.  effing. concerts. last. year. Kanye, Passion Pit, fun., Gary Clark Jr., The Weeknd, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Drake. So much fun. While they can be expensive they are a blast.

4. Spending some quality time with yourself is very rewarding. I realized that spending an extra 30 mins doing my nails on a Sunday while watching Kardashians or Real Housewives is so worth it.

5. Cooking your first Thanksgiving can be scary, but you can do it.

6. Revisiting old passions is amazing. I started dance lessons when I was 4, I have always loved it. This past October I performed for my favorite dance teacher, as we dedicated a mural to her at my old high school. It was so rewarding to go back to something that I love.

7. It's okay to quit your job. Seriously, if you're unhappy just do it.

8. Happy Hour is the way to go. Drinks and friends, how can you go wrong.

9. Hustle. When I wasn't working I came up with some creative ways to make money. They say "good things come to those who wait", but I like the phrase "good things come to those who hustle"

10. Dancing is the foundation of life. Wise words by my best friend/roommate.

11. Be nice to your body. I have been really listening to by body this past year, everything from working out to drinking more water, eating healthy, to meditating.

12. Don't be afraid to dream about what is to come. I think it is really easy to get caught up in the day-to-day struggles of life. There can be so much going on that it is easy to push your goals and dreams aside. But thinking about the future is exciting and motivating!

Gorgeous flowers that Kira's Mom picked for me from her garden!
12 Goals for 24

1. Go on trips. I have some trips planned for this next year, but I really want to push myself to cross some places off my list.

2. Be honest. In my current job I have a lot of responsibly, and I am realizing that honesty is the best policy when committing to new projects.

3. Spend time with my Grandma. Tea time, dinners, or simply catching up on our days is a great way to spend my time with such an amazing woman.

4. Be bold. In dressing, makeup, decisions, everything.

5. READ. I say this all the time, but I really want to spend more time reading. I have a huge pile of books that I am really trying to get through.

6. Re-do my house. I want to re-decorate a few parts of my house, include thrifty and DIY pieces which can make everything more fun.

7. Have more parties. I mean why not.

8. Be a tourist in my own area. I really want to appreciate all that the Bay Area has to offer. Small day trips will be key this year.

9. Do things 'just because'. Pick up flowers for a friend, make dinner for my brother, treat my Mom to a pedicure, for no other reason than because it's a nice thing to do.

10. Write things down. Memories, events, funny quotes, things that bring me joy.

11. Appreciate the everyday. Whatever I'm doing, work, blogging, relaxing, I want to appreciate it and throughly enjoy it. No half-assing anything.

12. Smile, laugh, and love. 

-A

August 15, 2014

Fashion Fridays : Simple/Feminine/Glam




Fashion Fridays : Simple/Feminie/Glam

Fashion Fridays : Simple/Feminie/Glam by akablog featuring ballerina shoes


It's Friday!!! And, also my birthday weekend! I love a good birthday weekend don't you?! Tonight I'm heading to Happy Hour with my roommate and probably going to have a night in - drinking and movie watching. The rest of the weekend will be spent, shopping, drinking, dancing, and spending time with friends and family before the big 2-4 on Monday!

Anyways...

After Kira's inspiring post last Friday, I went into Polyvore, (um obsessed) and created a little set of my own to showcase where I want my fashion and style to go.  I have decided that my look is simple/feminine/glam. I love the idea of mixing and matching basics with feminine pieces. A good sweater, simple shoes, and good accessories are definitely on the list. I'm also looking for good investment pieces, that I can wear with something I found at a vintage store or Marshall's. I have recently started a new job, figured out some more passions in my life, and really started to have a good vision of who I want to be and how I can showcase that through my fashion.



Ladies and gentleman, if you have not created a Polyvore account - do it! I have found that it is really helpful when figuring out what you like and outfits you want to put together.

Have a fabulous weekend!!! And make sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter for all of the AKA Blog fun!

-A

August 13, 2014

Amazing Apps: Balanced

Your phone is no longer your phone. It is a social media, web browsing, tv, radio, camera, super machine. It is complicated and helpful and distracting all at the same time.




In a world full of apps sometimes its nice to have one that promotes wellness and positivity. So this week I present to you, one of my new favorite apps: Balanced

Balanced provides simplicity and motivation. It is essentially an app that provides you with reminders and goals. In the free version you are able to set 5 reminders or goals for yourself, while in the paid version you can set an unlimited amount. The app provides a variety of examples such as; self improvement, read, see a friend, be present and on an on. You are also able to write in your own goals.



Once you set your goals you can choose how often you wish to complete them and the app will notify you of when you should be working on an activity. Once complete you can open the app and swipe right to mark that your done. You also have the option to skip an activity and the app tracks how often you do the activity and if you do so on time. This way you can keep track of how on task you have been. During the day the app also checks in with you, promoting mindfullness and wellness. It will often ask me: Are you living a balanced life? or What would bring you greater happiness today?






Again I love this app and the positivity it brings to me each day. As of now I have 4 reminders set, (I recently deleted my "Apply to Jobs" reminder as I just got hired!) my reminders are; Play some sport/exercise, Be adventurous, be thankful and watch a foreign film (to practice my Spanish).

What reminders would you set?

-K


Interweb Goodies






Got a end of Summer camping trip? Check out these great campfire recipes!

Loving the new "Waterway" collection of eyewear from Warby Parker

Did you hear, Kim K is coming out with a book of selfies. We can't decide if she is ridiculously self involved or an amazing entrepreneur. Probably both

Looking for some new local yummyness? Check out this list of great restaurants in Oakland!




August 12, 2014

Shark Bait Ooohhh Ha Ha

Happy Shark Week!

Shark Week


It's that time of year again, no not Thanksgiving or winter holidays. The ultimate summer holiday, Shark Week on Animal Planet! This whole week the network is dedicated to shows about this mysterious creature. As I'm writing this I'm watching a show about sharks that are in rivers. Um... scary. But sharks actually aren't scary, more just misunderstood!

With all of this shark-ness going on, I've been inspired by some shark fashion. A shark tooth inspired necklace or earrings is currently on my list, as is the fabulous tank above!

Are you watching Shark Week?

-A