SantaCon

I moved to San Francisco around this time last year and it was then, that I first experienced SantaCon. For those of you who don’t know what it is, SantaCon is pretty much one huge costume party, with people dressed in santa costumes or any other christmas character and parade around the city! There’s music, food, drinks and overall, happy, energetic and friendly people all around! It was a lot of fun and different from anything i’d experienced. My friends and I walked from neighborhood to neighborhood, taking it all in. We stopped to talk to people, take pictures, and just enjoyed the energy of the city. The hustle and bustle of it all and everyone in their christmas spirit was wonderful! I didn’t really have an outfit in mind except for the hat, which I had from the year before, so I was really happy with the way it turned out. It’s always nice being able to pull different pieces from your closet to create an outfit. The best part of SantaCon for me tho, is people watching. Seeing all the different variations of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Rudolphs and Elves. They even had fake snow that looked like it was falling from the sky! It was definitely an overall, enjoyable day!

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Santas, Mrs. Clause, Frosty the Snow Woman and lil ole’ Elf me!

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Gigi – The beautiful Frosty the Snow Woman.

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Hat: Amazon
Top: Target
Skirt: LeTote Sample Sale
Suspenders: Gift Shop (Union Square)
Tights: Kohls
Suade Boots: Nordstrom
Bag: Nine West
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Fierce

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So I finally dyed my hair black!! I’ve been contemplating dyeing it for a couple of months now, with all the changes that’s been gong on in my life.  Plus change is always good! I love the way it turned out and looks against my winter-time, light complexion. I haven’t had it this dark in ages! I think the last time it was jet black was around three years ago. Anyways, I got in the car to go to the gym one evening last week and instead of driving towards the gym, I found myself at the drugstore, in the hair dye section reaching for the black. Yes. I know that box dye is the worst! But, I just felt this urge to do it immediately, and before I could stop myself, went for it! I’m really glad I did tho! (Please don’t tell my hairdresser I said that.)

One of the reasons I love it so much is because it makes me feel really strong and Fierce, like Christina Aguilera in her song “Fighter” . Plus, we can all use that extra strength now and then right? Some days when you’re not feeling it, you just have to look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you’re the shit, you know?! Haha, “fake it till you make it” they say right? And it’s been working great for sure! Although, I still have days where I feel the complete opposite of strong and fierce. Hmm, maybe the only thing missing now to go with the black hair, is a full sleeve tattoo! But — who am I kidding? I’m too much of a girly girl to do that. Plus, the Libra in me is way too indecisive to get that done! I just don’t know if I would be able to live with something that permanent. Of course, unless it’s something really meaningful and close to my heart. But then again, what if I woke up one day and changed my mind? I don’t have any tattoos as of yet, but love the way they look on people. Maybe I’ll stop being so indecisive and come up with something I know I’d love forever. I could start small, on my ankle maybe? Yea. That I think I can do! What do you think? XO

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Sweater: Nordstrom Rack
Jeans: Macy’s
Beanie: Charming Charlie
Shoes: Cathy Jean Shoes
Bag: Nine West
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Grateful. Thankful. Humbled.

Being from a different country with no family close by, the holidays can be a little hard and lonely at times. Let me explain. I grew up with an extremely large, close knit family with so many aunts and uncles and too many cousins to count! My dad has three brothers and three sisters and my mom has four brothers and one sister. Each of them having three to four kids, so you can only imagine how big our family gatherings would get — with unlimited food, fun and laughs galore! That being said, none of them are close by with everyone spread out in all the different countries and cities in different parts of the world. I miss them all tremendously and even more so during the holidays. But even with them all so far away, I cannot begin to describe in words how blessed I feel!

I have friends who, over the years have been there for me more than I could have ever asked for. They have been the ones who have stood with me through thick and thin, laughter and joy, happiness and sadness. With me when I have had days where i have not wanted to get out of bed, looking like a bum, they’ve pulled me out and not only helped motivate me but they chose to be there with me to share the most precious moments of my little boy’s beautiful life. People go through their entire lives not having anyone to depend on and I, not only have experienced the love of my own amazing family, but also a wonderful extended family from these dear souls I’m proud to call my friends. Thank you for a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for being there for me and always including me in your lives.  I am not only grateful and thankful, but also extremely humbled by all the love you have shown me over the years. I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with your loved ones, friends and family!  XO Alisa

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Dress: H&M
Jacket: Old Navy
Scarf: India
Boots: Marciano 
Bag: Prada 
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