SEASHELL TWILIGHT

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It’s strange and exciting to think that the new things that happen to us everyday, we’ll someday be nostalgic for. Days like these -- soaking up sunshine, tangled salty knots in our hair, capturing each passing moment in the back of our minds wishing it wouldn't end. The slow and beautiful collapse of summer always brings out the most nostalgic side in me -- craving memories themselves. 

I love the dreamy and whimsical nostalgia of these Victoria Emerson bracelets. This Varadero one totally makes me feel like a mermaid with all the seashell-twilight colored beads and charms: crystals, turquoise, and howlite gems. Throughout the coming autumn and winter, this bracelet will always remind me of the nostalgia of those late-summer nights on the California Coast.

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#BUS2EVERYWHERE | Study Abroad

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This past semester, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy and had the amazing opportunity to travel around Europe with Bus2alps! Truly had the most magical adventures thanks to their incredible student travel program. They took me to visit 6 new countries and over 10 different cities! Here's a little recap of my trips with them last semester.

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My first trip with Bus2alps was to Budapest, Hungary back in March. We enjoyed warm apple fritters and fresh coffee in the cutest coffee shops like Konyha, and spent the day soaking up the sun on the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, and exploring Fisherman's Bastion, which overlooks the whole city.

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Next, we took the scenic route through the mountains and drove from Budapest to Salzburg, Austria. We had a tour of where they filmed the Sound of Music, and explored St. Blaise's Church: the dreamiest little steeple at the end of a small village street.

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Our last stop of the weekend was VIenna, Austria! In the morning we had a tour of the city, and enjoyed tasty pastries from DEMEL. At night we checked out the Prater Amusement Park and took a ride on the ferris wheel to catch a dreamy nighttime view.

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Checking country #3 off the list, our next weekend trip was to Croatia! We stayed in Split, right on the coast. We even made it to Bosnia and Herzegovina on one of the days! From going zip-lining in the mountains of Croatia, to visiting coastal islands like Brač, and watching a rainbow light up a sunset sky, this place was full of wonder and adventure.

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Next, we headed for the French Riviera. We stayed in Nice, and explored the nearby towns of Eze, Antibes, and Monaco. From stopping to smell the flower markets and perfumeries, to visiting the Matisse museum, and watching the sunset by the coast, this place was pure magic.

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My last weekend trip with Bus2Alps was back in Italy, on the Amalfi Coast. Our stops included day trips to Capri and Positano, complete with plenty of lemon granitas, boat tours, and Mediterranean swims.

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The last, and quite possibly my favorite, trip of my semester with Bus2alps was to Cinque Terre: an incredible stretch of colorful cities on the Italian coast. This trip was just 1 day, but we had the chance to swim, explore, and try fish cones at Manarola, Vernazza, and Monterosso!

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Thanks so much for following along on my European adventures this semester! If you are planning on studying abroad, be sure to check out Bus2alps for an array of amazing trips throughout your semester abroad. Go out, go everywhere

For more info on trips and itineraries, click this link!

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SUMMER SOULSTICE | ATHLETA

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In collaboration with Athleta, last week we ventured out into the desert for a little getaway -- to celebrate the coming of the season of warm days and wild adventures. Our dreamy cabin in Joshua Tree had the perfect view to watch the sunrise, and to take a morning dip in our outdoor cooling cowboy tub. Of course, I was so excited to wear my Athleta suit to kick off a day of exploring JT.  This suit is amazing because you can wear it with the coordinating bikini top underneath, or opt to go without for another fun summer look. Hoping to soak up every bit of all that is summer in this sweet suit! :) 

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Happy summer dreamers!

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STAR GAZERS, DREAM CHASERS

A few weeks ago, my brother and I took a road trip from Bologna to Bolzano to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Dolomites. There's something about mountain drives that fill your heart -- I think being surrounded by such awe-inspiring nature will always move something in my soul. 

I usually find myself endlessly aware of the light -- especially when golden hour comes to roll around in the hills. I've decided that I want to spend my days endlessly chasing the sunset. So, you can find me with the wild souls whose hearts beat twice as fast when the sun breaks and sweet warm rays dance among rocky ranges. 

I'm running for the hills with the star-gazers & dream chasers, in my favorite Inkkas Tan Suede Camping Boot. These cool kicks are so comfortable + perfect for days spent adventuring, inspired by patterns from all around the world! So whether you're hiking among the trees in your backyard, exploring rocky seaside cliffs, or setting out on a spontaneous road trip, pick up some of these rad boots with my code Allegra20 to receive 20% off your order! Also, Inkkas plants 1 tree for every purchase, so let's keep the Earth glowing and growing!

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"in the lavender morning -

gazing into the subtlety of the sunrays

as her gentle glow warms the morning sky,

as with us —

starry eyed and sleepless,

trying to fathom the

magnificence 

of a Creator 

with the ability

to move mountains in my 

s o u l,

for just a moment,

as we round the sky

sailing into the sunrise."

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Happy springtime dreamers,

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BLOOMING INSPIRATION

Inspiration is blooming all around with L’Occitane and Rifle Paper Co.

Finding creativity everywhere this February - - cozying up in the studio with some fresh paints & some sweet shea butter lotion. 

I am thrilled to be sharing this stunning collaboration between one of my favorite artists and skincare line! Whimsical flowers & leaves dance across the packaging. The Rifle Paper Co. Manicure Set comes with a tiny shea hand cream, hand scrub, and cuticle oil, perfect for staying happy and hydrated on cold winter days!

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There’s also a free gift with any L’Occitane purchase using code RIFLEPAPER18

http://bit.ly/LocciRiflePaper

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DAYS SPENT DREAMING

we were born for the light -- 

born of the sunset, 

breathing her rays, 

inhaling beams, 

exhaling dreams. 

kin of the dawn, we’re reborn every day: 

chasing an infinite hour of gold, 

wishing this young, 

we would forever stay.

 

On these cold winter days, I love sitting in my studio in the sunlight, lighting a few birch candles, and spending hours painting and drifting off in my own world. It’s so enchanting to find the magic in staying cozy on January days, staying in pajamas & my favorite b tempt'd lingerie all day: reading, drawing, and soaking up the winter sun. Some of my favorite pieces include this dreamy royal blue set:

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Check out their site to treat yourself to some winter loungewear ☾

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GLIMMER + BEAM | 2018

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The most magical time of year is upon us: a time to reflect, rejuvenate & celebrate. Whether cozying up in the woods in turtlenecks & corduroy, or dressing up for a night in the city in velvet + glitter, Urban Outfitters has made it delightful to dress for any occasion this winter. I've been absolutely loving all the sherpa jackets, tie-front tops, & glittering accessories! Wishing all you beautiful dreamers a sparkly & joyful holiday season. 

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CUSTOMIZE + ACCESSORIZE | CASE STATION

Hey dreamers! With the holidays right around the corner, I'm excited to announce my partnership with Case Station! A few weeks ago, I designed my very own customizable iPhone case, and absolutely loved adding my own personal touch to my device! In addition to phone cases, they also have incredible customizable leather Apple Watch bands. I loved customizing mine with a photograph from this summer in the wildflowers in Colorado.

We are currently hosting a giveaway to gift an Apple Watch Series 3 & two customizable bands! You can enter at https://us.casestation.com/apple-watch-giveaway/ until December 6! Good luck!

 Create you own custom phone case at  https://us.casestation.com  !

Create you own custom phone case at https://us.casestation.com !

Happy customizing, dreamers!

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VELVET HOLIDAZE

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November is for setting out on winter adventures, embracing the shimmer & sparkle of the season. Staying cozy this month with pink knit turtleneck & velvet galore with some of my current favorite pieces from Urban Outfitters. I’ve been loving layering their soft sweaters over purple velvet dresses, and pairing glitter tees with velvet jumpers. This time of year is always so magical for going on winter hikes, capturing memories, & decorating with fairy lights.

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Wishing all you beautiful dreamers a cozy November! 

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TRINKETS + TREATS | TRAVEL MANITOBA

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Winnipeg was filled with the most adorable local stores + boutiques! One of my favorites was Tiny Feast, where I purchased a unique map of Manitoba. This shop also had locally designed stationary, as well as rad papers, cards and accessories.

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I also fell in love with all the locally designed fashion I found in the Design Quarter. dconstruct was one of my favorites. They had the most incredible bags & recycled concrete jewelry!

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Boutique Anya also had a delightful, fresh + modern atmosphere.

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Aside from all the incredible local spots in downtown Winnipeg, we also had the chance to check out CF Polo Park and Outlet Collection Winnipeg, two amazing indoor spots to shop. CF Polo Park had amazing stores such as Anthropologie Arand itzia! I particularly enjoyed checking out Portia Ella at the Outlet Collection. Portia Ella is an ethical and sustainable Canadian-based skincare curator, focused on bringing together locally made organic skincare and makeup products!

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Also picked up this beautiful Ralph Lauren sweater at Saks Off 5th at the Outlet Collection as well!

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Had an altogether beautiful time shopping around Winnipeg's gorgeous shops! Until next time,

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POLAR ECLIPSE | TRAVEL MANITOBA

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While we were adventuring around Winnipeg, we had the pleasure of checking out the Journey to Churchill Exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.  This Zoo rescues orphaned polar bears from northern Manitoba, and brings them to Winnipeg so they can rehabilitate and to help bridge conversations about conservation, education, & climate change. Assinboine Park Zoo is also dedicated to creating natural environments for the animals that live there, so they can roam as they please. We had the most magical time hanging out with other northern species like arctic fox, wolves, and muskoxen!

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To learn more about the International Polar Bear Conservation Center, click here

RENEW + REJUVENATE | TRAVEL MANITOBA

A few weeks ago, I headed north and the pleasure of exploring Winnipeg with Travel Manitoba. Excited for a weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation, we decided to focus on self-care and wellness by checking out some of Winnipeg's most beautiful spa experiences. 

We started out at Thermëa, a Nordik-inspired spa focused on thermotherapy and thermal cycles of saunas and pools. Upon arriving, we headed straight for the saunas! The eucalyptus sauna was the perfect escape for the cozy winter day. After the saunas, step two is to make your rounds in the heating and cooling pools. The last step in the process is to relax with a cup of tea in one of their beautiful relaxation rooms. I slept for a wonderful, solid hour in their peaceful and quiet chalet.

We ended our treatment with the most delicious seed + sprout bread, warm savory soup, and almond milk chai tea lattes at Restö.

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Next, we made our way back to our hotel, Inn at the Forks, home to the beautiful Riverstone Spa. I had the pleasure of indulging in the Riverstone Signature Indigenous Hot Stone Massage. I absolutely loved being able to learn about the Indigenous practices of massage, and how the chiefs actually had come into the spa before it opened to teach the massage therapists their traditional practices including smudging and setting intentions. The treatment included warm hot stones and dreamy essential oils.

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Our final spa day was spent at TenSpa at the Fort Garry Hotel in downtown Winnipeg, where we had the most unique and beautiful treatments. At TenSpa, they specialize in Hamam treatments, which is a traditional Ottoman practice of massage through water therapy. 

At the beginning of your treatment, you will be greeted with mint tea & turkish delight: something sweet and something bitter. Next, you enter a dim sauna room, complete with twinkly star lights on the ceiling, and the sound of rushing fountains echoing peacefully in the space. The treatment transports you to a state of complete relaxation, as well as spiritual and physical purification. 

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After each day spent at these incredible spas, we were in a state of tranquility, feeling completely rejuvenated, ready to explore more of beautiful Winnipeg!

FALL DENIM DAZE

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Hey dreamers! I'm so excited to partner with Silver Jeans Co. this fall to tell you all about their exciting Denim Drive they are hosting this autumn! Trade in any slightly worn pair of jeans for 25% off a new pair at the Silver Jeans Co. store. All denim donated will go to benefit local charities! 

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Check out some of their rad new arrivals here!

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SEASON OF WONDER

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Spend a weekend wandering around up in Northern Minnesota during the peak fall colors with some of my best friends. We found the cutest little A-Frame cabin, booked it & drove up 5 hours the same day to the Gunflint Pines. We had the most magical time hiking, canoeing, and making cinnamon pancakes.

I've picked up a few of my favorite fall sweaters + maxi dresses from Urban Outfitters, perfect for the transition to chilly mornings up at the lake. Cheers to the season of wonder.

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FTC: This post was sponsored by Urban Outfitters.

AUTUMNAL ENERGY

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With the changing seasons, it's important to take time to be present and be good to your soul. Whether it's spending time outside enjoying the crisp autumn colors and warm sunshine, or cozying up inside with a nostalgic read, October is the perfect time to renew your mental health and physical wellness. 

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I've partnered with NatureWise to tell you all about their amazing natural, non-GMO Vitality Drinks! They have three flavors: Tropical White Tea, Berry Guayusa, and Citrus Matcha! (All SO delicious!) They are each packed with organic ingredients that help enhance your focus and reduce stress, such as , Organic Matcha & Fair Trade Guayusa, Organic Ashwagandha, Organic Whole Food Vitamins, and Organic Holy Basil. 

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Pick up some of this sparkling goodness at NatureWise

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Stay healthy + happy, dreamers!

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COZY SHEA OCTOBER

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Reminiscing on chilly October weekends up at the cabin with cozy shea butter sets! Autumnally blissed with these cozy lotions + creams by L'Occitane and Rifle Paper Co. who have partnered to design these lovely products and whimsical packaging. 

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Visit your nearest L’Occitane boutique for a free gift with no purchase required. http://bit.ly/SheaGift

My favorite way to keep my skin healthy + hydrated is with Shea Butter! I absolutely love the Trio: made with Apricot, Rose, and love.

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Sending good vibes to all you beautiful dreamers! Happy October!

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BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BABBLEBOXX

Packing up for my last year at college seems so surreal. I’ve had the most wild and magical past three years, and I am so excited to see the adventures this year holds: from my senior art exhibition, to studying abroad!

I’ve partnered up with Babbleboxx to share some of my favorite back to school goodies that have inspired me to refocus and reorient my heart and mind to get ready for a new year at school.

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My Casio A168WG-9VT Vintage Watch from the Casio Vintage Collection is the perfect classic piece to help me stay stylish & on time for my classes, yoga, and shoots. The built-in alarm is perfect for making those 8:00am lectures, and the backlight is a great feature for late night study sessions. You can pick up one of these timeless timepieces at Macy’s and ShopCasio.

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Having quick bites in my room between classes has been the best way to fuel up during school. I’ve kept a few Big AZ Sandwiches in my mini-fridge for a quick lunch: in my room or on the go. I always like adding some greens & fruits to my lunch for a healthy boost!

Some of my other favorite on-the-go snacks are a warm cup of organic tea + Non-GMO sugar, a CLIF bar, or a bottle of coconut water! EZneeds is a website that delivers your favorite dorm essentials right to your door (or on-campus mailroom). The fast + free 1-3 day shipping nationwide is perfect for when I know I’m going to have a busy week and might not be able to make it to the store!

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At school, it’s so important to stay healthy. For those mornings that I’m feeling a little sore throat coming on, I’ve loved having cherry & watermelon Luden’s Throat Drops for a soothing lozenge for my throat. You can save $1 off of 2 bags of Ludens at http://www.ludens.com/coupons 

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When I’m not in the art studio or hanging out with friends, I love having a good book in my bag if I have a few extra minutes before class, or need a break from studying. The princess saves herself in this one is a book about resilience and creating your own story. It was also the Winner of the 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Poetry. Pick one up here.

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This year, I’m living with 5 amazing girls on campus in our 3 bedroom apartment. One of our favorite things to do together is movie night! After long days of workouts, classes, and homework, it’s nice to unwind once a week with some popcorn, sweets, cozy blankets, and good company. One of our favorite treats are Sour Punch Share Me!® Mini Bites, the perfect sour candy for sharing with friends. You can pick some of these sweets up at SourPunch.com. If you’re looking for a new way to snuggle up, try a microfiber blanket by Viv & Lou, and use code AllegraRose25 for 25% off anything on the site until September 30th, 2017 at http://www.vivandlou.com/gifts/dorm-gifts.html.

Wishing all you dreamers a lovely fall as you embark on a new school year, or a new adventure. 

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LAKESIDE SUMMER TEA

I took a trip up north last weekend to enjoy a few days out of the cities. We stayed in the cutest little cabin at Silver Rapids Lodge, and enjoyed hours spent canoeing, and basking in the sun. 

I’m not particularly a morning person, but there’s something about northern Minnesota that makes you one. I loved waking up every morning to see the golden sunlight awaking the pines and all the living things, enjoying a cup of Fit Life tea in my favorite green & white tin camping mug.

I was ecstatic to find a Non-GMO organic herbal tea that resonated with my lifestyle of focusing on being fit and healthy. With ingredients of Organic Hibiscus, Organic Rosehips, Organic Apple, and Organic Allspice, Fit Life Tea truly offers strength to your immune system and boosts your metabolism, packed with natural antioxidants, vitamins & minerals. Their natural ingredients also act as a detox to the digestive system.

Try out this magical tea for a boost of radiance every day. You can pick some up here for 15% off using code ALLEGRAROSE15 : https://fitlifetea.com/shop/14-day-organic-teatox/

C H E E R S !