trend i dig : star power

File this under: trend that started a few years ago, is still here and isn’t going away anytime soon. I sure do love me some stars; be it a cut out leather choker, star studs on my purse or printed onto a romper. I’m about em so I’ve compiled a list of my favorite on-trend pieces to make your spring astronomically brighter. Pun intended. Click through the slide show (& shop if you so desire) and let me know what you’d rock!

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golden

I’ve recently become extremely uninspired by the carbon copies bloggers seem to have become. I feel like everyone I follow on instagram posts exactly the same. Fucking. Things. So I’m trying something new. One studio shoot per month with a kick ass team. Fully styled looks and an editorial feel. Posting with purpose and steering clear of my former super minimal aesthetic that has since consumed the internet. I mean…I have been doing the whole white wall thing for 4 years now, just sayin. I still love basics, denim, black and white and will for sure stick to those…just elevating my content and giving it my own twist. Quality over quantity. No posting just to post. As someone who calls themselves a creative director…it’s time to give my content vision. Annnnnd action. Look one for this month: tackling how to repurpose that skinny neck tie you bought from zara and ended up wearing once for an instagram selfie.  (Shhhh wasn’t me.) Violá, use it as a belt to add just a hint of girly flair to an otherwise tomboy look. I love this pullover from Aritzia as it has that super soft fleece on the inside. I will literally wear this for a week straight (doubles as a pj top) not kidding. Although I’m not the biggest fan of the mom jean trend (weird saggy butt and camel toe action…no thanks) these fit like a glove if you buy them a size down.  What do you think of this look and new style of photos? What would YOU like to see me shoot??

Rima Vaidila wearing
Zara Skinny Dot Neck Tie (worn as belt)
Freda Salvador Strapy Sandals  (50% off here!!)
Photos by Nicholas Maggio with help from Seth Gudmunson & Andy J Scott
Hair/Makeup by Crystal Liz

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wrist game – how to rock your boos watch

As I said before, I’m not one for delicate women’s watches and prefer to wear my boos. Here are some guidelines to wearing your boyfriends watch like you DGAF. First, don’t resize. It’s oversized because it’s mens. Run with it. It should hang off your …

flick o da wrist

Although from my previous posts you can tell I rarely wear watches. Sometimes you just want to take your boos wrist bling and play. AMIRITE?? In the first of 3 posts where I borrow steal & style my bfs watches, I played with his custom pvd coated Omega speedmaster professional. (Because of course he’d have it custom coated.) Yes, I don’t wear a lot of watches but I especially hate girls watches. Why are they so small??? Do I need to be a fairy princess grandma to wear one??? Why are there always f*cking diamonds on them?? I’m all about oversized so obviously if I’m going to wear a watch…it’ll be mens. Automatic gangster swag when there’s hella expensive steel hanging on your wrist. Add a chain bracelet in the same finish? Extra points. Also, can we talk about this silk shirt & pant set???? They seriously feel like a sexy hug, double as sleep wear or you can mix and match them separately.  Also, FYI I took the belt off the pants to make a trendy little neck scarf bc Y NO. Win win.

Rima Vaidila wearing
None the Richer Silk set (similar here)
Custom PVD Coated Omega Speedmaster Professional
Photos by Nicholas Maggio


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2015 send off

Tonight’s the night!!! Bring on the sparky get ups, metallic make up and champagne showers (ok, maybe hold the showers.) For my last #ramaholiday post I wanted to end with a bang. Literally…a confetti push pop! I bought this little Club Monaco set a few months ago thinking I’ll wear a few times but have surprised myself with it’s versatility. I’ve been wearing it as separates instead of together but what better time than NYE for fun, sparkles on sparkles??? The more, the better tonight. Same goes for makeup! Take full advantage of being able to do whatever the hell you want tonight. Click through to learn how to get my silverly eye look and messy side swept hair! Thank you for reading and happy new year!!!

Q: Silvery lids are perfect for NYE. What are your favorite products to get this look?

A: I love this look for a NYE party. I used Colourpop eye shadow in Glitterati. I love their shadows because the best way to use them is to just apply with your finger. It’s like white gold on your eyes. 


Q: The slight pink pop on my lips is the perfect amount of somethin somethin to avoid looking washed out with the silver. What did you use??

A: Just dab on some Cargo Cosmetics Essential Lip Color in Bombay with your fingers. Then use a highlighter on the cupids bow to make your lips really pop. 


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Q: I love the side swept hair action for a different way to style my bangs while they grow out. How can I recreate this without looking too neat and school-girly?

A: Don’t worry about a perfect part. Just messily part the hair to the side and wet it with R and Co One Prep Spray and blow dry them to the side with a flat brush. Finish with a little Outerspace Hairspray if they’re being stubborn. 

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Rima Vaidila wearing
Club Monaco Embellished top & skirt (now on sale + extra 40% off with code “NEWYEAR”)
Photos by Nicholas Maggio
Hair/Makeup by Crystal Liz

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starry eyed and wine stained

Wine mouth seems like it’d be embarrassing and avoided at all costs, amiright?? Alas it’s quickly become a go-to holiday beauty look poppin up all over blahgs, instagram, pinterest, tumblr and the rest of the interwebs. For the second to last #ramaholiday look (ummm I can’t believe December is over what??) Crystal showed me how to embrace wine stained lips and gave me cool girl hair to match. I’m a big believer in keeping things simple when it comes to dressing, so what better NYE dress alternative than a chic little romper?! If you haven’t realized it yet…I’m obsessed with stars printed on everything so this crepe one piece is a winner. Unfortunately I waited to post these photos too long so it’s sold out everywhere :( BUT I included some cute alternatives at the end of the post.  Since it’s actually chilly in LA now, bare legs are an evening no-go unless you want to be THAT girl shivering in the corner of the party. I paired unexpected sheer dot tights with my trusty (and surprisingly comfy) Saint Laurent ankle boots for a NYE party look that’ll keep me dancing and having fun without worrying about any wardrobe malfunctions or high heel discomfort. Click through to see more pics and tips on how to recreate this beauty look on your own!

Q: Wine stained lips..how do you do it??!
A: Start with a balm like Glossier Balm Dotcom then take Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip and apply it to the center of the lip. That’s where the product should be most concentrated and just blend out!
Q: What are your favorite dark lip stains/lipsticks right this second?

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Q: This super messy half up bun is perfect (!!!) and doesn’t look like I’m replicating every chicks summer insta posts. Tips?
A: The key is the placement of the bun. A lot of people place it right on top of the head. I prefer it low, even below the occipital bone. It’s much more effortless that way. 
Rima Vaidila wearing 
Pam & Gela Crepe Star Romper (shop similar here & here)
Photos by Nicholas Maggio
Hair/Makeup by Crystal Liz

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pop fizz clink

With NYE just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your look. I’ve never really been a “party dress” kind of girl (jeans and a sparkly top are typically the extent of my going out-look) but this year I thought I’d try doing the sexy dress route and man am I feelin myself. It’s crazy how unexpectedly  sexy I felt slipping into a slinky little dress. I’m all about doing an unexpected look for evening…there’s nothing worse then seeing four girls in the same exact dress as you. Hair & makeup also make a world of difference. For this look Crystal gave me a pretty rose gold cat eye and the perfect messy low bun I will now attempt to recreate on a weekly basis. Click through to read Crystal’s tips on achieving this beauty look and shop my curated selection of unexpected NYE dresses!

Q: I’m obsessed with this unexpected twist on a cat eye. Do you have any tricks for perfecting a flick on your own?
A: I love a cat eye, especially this metallic rose gold one by Colourpop Cosmetics in Get Paid. My cat eye tip is start with the flick, and do it with your eye open. That way you can see exactly how it’s going to look. The worst is being surprised when you open your eye and see your cat eye is drooping.

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Q: I love this lip color. Any tricks for wearing coral-y colors in the winter?
A: Coral is one of those colors that looks great on pretty much everyone. Dry lips are a problem in the winter, so exfoliating (try this or this) and moisturizing is key. For a look like this use Cargo Cosmetics essential lip color in Sedona and dab on with your finger. 

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Q: Ugh. This low, messy bun is everything. How’d you do it?
A: This low messy bun is so great for holiday parties. Start with a low messy ponytail and then literally tie your hair in a knot (trust me.) If you have long hair, do more knots. Then using two or three bobby pins, pin where desired. The more ends sticking out the better!
Rima Vaidila wearing
Stylestalker Dress (sold out, similar on sale here & here)
Urban Outfitters Tights
Zara Ankle Booties *not pictured* (similar available here & here)
Photos by Nicholas Maggio
Hair/Makeup by Crystal Liz

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windswept af

For the third #ramaholiday look I tried out the lazy girl’s going out look aka the miraculous jumpsuit. Ummmmm how have I not tried this before??! Jumpsuits are a game changer. Seriously. All you have to decide on are shoes and your jewelry game. So basically the perfect holiday party or really ANYday or night outfit. Click through to shop one piece wonders and see more of this look. 

Rima Vaidila wearing
Madewell Jumpsuit (similar available here & here)
Nastygal Choker 
Zara Ankle Booties (similar here & here)
Photos by Nicholas Maggio
Makeup/Hair by Crystal Liz

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thankful for sweater weather

It looks like Thanksgiving brought the sweater weather to LA. FINALLY. Best way to wear a chunky oversized knit? Minimal effort: messy topknot, boyfriend jeans & literally the comfiest sneakers. I love how wearing a chic colored turtleneck instantly elevates an otherwise ridiculously casual outfit. The creamy color lends itself perfectly for day to night dressing. I mean…throw it over leather leggings with some ankle booties and you’re ready for a dinner/movie date.  Click through to see more pics and also to shop my favorite under $100 sweaters. Because ain’t nobody got time for expensive sweaters when your flight home for the holidays is pushing a grand. Ayyyyoooo. 

Rima Vaidila wearing
Lulu*s Turtleneck sweater
Photos by Nicholas Maggio


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J Brand leather 4 date night

As you’ve probably seen on my instagram, I recently partnered with J Brand Jeans & Bumble App to show how I rock leather for date night. If you’ve been following me for an extended period of time, you know I’m a leather & denim fiend so this collab was the perfect match. Pun intended. Obviously I styled their awesome leather leggings in bad a**, all black fashion for super boss b*tch vibes because  bumble let’s the GIRL be the boss. Click through to see more pics & shop the look with direct links to every product!

Shot in NYC by Nicholas Maggio

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best dresses for thanksgiving (aka food baby concealing)

With Thanksgiving is seriously only a week away (what??) I’m already dreaming of roast turkey and pumpkin pie…and am already planning my food baby-concealing outfit. The trick to looking cute and not having to give a f*ck about mashed potato bloat is a swing dress with cute details. Pair with sheer black tights, some cute ankle booties and a jacket and you’re ready to go. Here are some of my favorite options available online you can still get in time for Turkey day. Oooo they’re almost all (expect one) under $150! Cause who’s trying to spend more than that with holiday gifts adding up?

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shopbop fall must haves

With fall right around the corner, it’s time to start pick up a few season essentials. Some of my favorites include black ankle booties (obvi,) oversized cashmere sweaters and chain detailed gloves. Although I’m definitely a late adopter when it comes to the fringe-on-everything trend, this jacket is also a perfect wardrobe addition. Click through the slideshow to see what I’m loving and maybe pick up a few thangs for your self ;)

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rama selfie essentials

My pinterest beauty board is dominated by beauties with glowy skin, full brows and little else. I’m no beauty expert by any means, I’d like to think I’ve somewhat mastered the “no-makeup” – makeup look. Although the minimal makeup look seems like a bb cream & go situation…there are lots of products involved. With the focus on natural, luminous skin; prep is the most important. I always cleanse, prim and moisturize with spf. (I’m on a mission to keep my face skin cancer & sun spot free FOREVER.) Click through to shop my favorite products!



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Rama’s spring essentials

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lingerie gift guide

As if you NEED an excuse to buy pretty undies and bras…V-Day is the perfect reason. Whether you forward this to your SO or buy yourself something pretty, here are some of my favorites. Pssst lots of black and lace, obvi.  JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

detox

Annnnd just like that we’re well into 2015. Have you been sticking to your health resolutions? I joined Equinox and have been going almost everyday. I’m also proud to say I’ve been holding up on “drink more water” by always carrying a full water bottle…

seldom seen

With Christmas right around the corner and quite a bit of shopping left to do, my go-to ootd has become as simple and streamlined as possible. Surprise, surprise because that sounds soooooo weird. Kidding. Well I teamed up with online boutique Seldom Seen to create an easy holiday look. I decided to pair this little Wood Wood sweater dress with the Loeffler Randall “work tote.” This bah just happens to be the perfect everyday tote to haul all my usual sh*t, (camera, wallet, sunnies, makeup & other miscellaneous etc etc.) Kept it comfy in the shoe department with my current favorite suede ankle booties. Follow the rest of the SS style series with Alyssa!Rima Vaidila wearingWood Wood “Rosa” Sweater DressDiesel Ankle Booties (previously here)Loeffler Randall Work TotePhotos by Nicholas MaggioJavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

hella cool girl gift guide

Still searching for the perfect present for that one chick who’s just too damn cool for anything at the mall? I GOT YOU. Here’s a list of my holiday favorites to give and receive this year. Get on it & thank me later. JavaScript is currently disabled in this browser. Reactivate it to view this content.

black friday haul

Wildfox Couture TeeFor Love & Lemons “Be Mine” Bralette

fifty shades of saturday

Sweatshirt: Wood Wood Hat: Lack of Color AusClutch: ParabellumRings: Wanderlust+Co 

pew pew

Then…THESE boots happened. Oh, it’s summer you say? Don’t care. Excuse me while I retire my entire shoe collection. Game. Over. Saint Laurent Ranger Ankle Boots