why i stopped following your blog

 

I follow a LOT of blogs. I love reading blogs! On a regular basis, I have about 40 posts to read on bloglovin’ at any given time. (And if I miss a day, that number goes wayy up!) However, I’m not going to keep reading blogs that bother me, or do the things I’m about to say.  Some are just disappointing, but others seem like it should be common sense not to do it, so it usually is pretty confusing when a blog I follow suddenly STARTS doing it.

1. Music that starts playing automatically
When I’m reading through my blogs, I either already have music playing, or I have something on the TV. OR, I don’t have anything on, and then suddenly a page I didn’t know was music starts blaring a song really loud and it scares the crap out of me.  Thanks for that!  There is NO reason to need your music to just start playing when the page loads.  If you are really excited about a song, I get that, and most likely I will pause what I’ve got going on and listen to it.  But you’ve GOT to give people that option. Don’t make your music mandatory to listen to. That’s a quick unfollow from me.  Also if your ADS start playing automatically!! THE WORST!!

2. You regularly use terrible language
No, that celeb/friend/fictional character is not a “slut”. Quit using the R-word. And while you’re at it, gay is not a synonym for bad.  But I’ve unfollowed blogs for calling people sluts/whores (in a serious way..not in a quoting-Mean-Girls “boo, you whore” way) more often than for using any other word.  Mostly because I feel that the blogs I follow do know better than to use the r-word, or gay as an insult… but the occasional slut shaming keeps coming out. It’s really disappointing.

3. Too many Ads/sponsored posts
While I don’t currently do sponsored posts, it’s not something that I would be 100% against… in moderation. If ALL someones posts are sponsored, it becomes a little annoying. I want to read about the bloggers real life, not just about what brands they’re working with these days.  I think that a really good example of doing both is Dearest Lou. She does sponsored posts, but it’s not most of what she does. I love her blog.

And that’s about it. I’d say the major one is number 2 though.

What turns you away from reading a blog?

xoxo,
Alysa

Spring Fling

Last week, my husband and I went to a Mean Girls 10th anniversary party! They showed the movie, it was super fun.  We got pretty into it, with costumes and stuff, and were a little disappointed that there weren’t many other ultra-fans there.

spring fling

sweater: JC Penney // skirt: thrifted // shoes: thrifted // purse: clothing swap

spring fling spring fling

 

And here is what Andrew wore to be Coach Carr:

 

spring fling

complete with condoms to hand out for kids to NOT have sex (because they will get pregnant, and die).  There wasn’t really a time when people were hanging out, and not very many people there who were as into it as we were, so he didn’t even end up giving any out.  Oh well! It was really fun!

I gotta say though, I am NOT used to wearing a skirt that short anymore.

xoxo,
Alysa

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope your weekend was great!

Mine had parts that were great, and parts that were not so great.  It turns out, I can’t do the eat junk food and stay up all night thing anymore, not without needing a couple of days after to recover.  I don’t know if it was a direct result of Friday night, but I was pretty sick all weekend. No good :( Hopefully this week is better!

Here are some great things I found this week:

This great post about body hair.  It bothers me a lot how much flack women STILL get for having body hair.  There was recently a confession on the U of M confessions page on facebook which was all about how women NEED to shave their arms. Their ARMS??? WHY!!!!!!  How about you do you, and let other people be themselves?? kthxbye

I can’t remember if I shared this already, but here are 13 Reasons 30 is Better than 20!  Love this list :)

This interesting post on how difficult it can be to make friends as an adult.   So true!

THIS AWESOME VIDEO WILL HELP PUPPIES!! Watch it lots and share it EVERYWHERE!!

Have a great week!

xoxo,
Alysa

alysagram: spring??

based on the fact that it’s snowing now, and it has been snowing for about 4 hours.. no, it is not spring.  I am not impressed with this.

Here are some instagram pictures I’ve been taking lately:

my little nerd // all the Veronica Mars I could ever need!! That was a great day :)

Watching the Veronica Mars movie whilst writing a paper // spring nails :)

Two of my happy things from the 100 Happy Days challenge I’m doing :)  I got the chicken fingers/poutine as my “GOODBYE SCHOOL” treat! And the flowers because … well.. TREAT YOSELF

Follow me on Instagram @Alysalovely for more photos!

xoxo,
Alysa

apparently April

dress: gift // hoodie: Bootlegger // jean jacket: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // boots: Modcloth Stylish Surprise

 

 

So even though I am done with winter, winter is not done with me … at least when it comes to a lot of the sidewalks around here.  While my route is mostly snow free, this is what our front street looks like.  It should also tell you why I haven’t exactly been doing a ton of outside photos.  WAY too much snow. It’s almost not fair at this point.

I’ve pretty much given up on tights, too.  I feel like since it’s April, I shouldn’t have to be totally covered up all the time.  I would absolutely LOVE to go bare legs, but it’s still not quite warm enough for that, so my way of easing into it is with the high socks instead.

Hope your Friday is amazing!

xoxo,
Alysa

no more winter jackets

dress: Modcloth Stylish Surprise // tights: Target // shoes: Walmart // jacket: second hand (Target)
// clutch: Modcloth Stylish Surprise

  

 

It’s officially warm enough to not have to wear winter jackets all the time! Bye parka! See you never (or in like November).  It’s so refreshing to be able to switch to a small coat like this one.  I’m still warm in it, but it’s not hugely bulky! I love that :)  Plus, I can stop wearing only winter boots everywhere I go because there’s WAY less snow on the ground now! In fact, most of my walk to the bus stop is actual cement.  So great!

It’s just too bad that this so nicely lines up with the end of term and exam period.  Can’t really spend that much time outside when I get to study instead ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

what’s in my (school) bag?

Maybe I’m nosy, but I love the posts where people share what kinds of things they’re lugging around with them in their bags.  I’ve been thinking of doing something like this for a while, and I decided that since school is over for the term (woo hoo!), I’ll take pictures before my bags contents change and I no longer have anything to do with school in there ;)

what's in my (school) bag

This is the bag I’ve been using all term for school. It’s got three separate pockets, and I love how much I’m able to carry with me.

what's in my (school) bag

 

In no particular order:

1. Notebooks and folders (each class gets it’s own special folder and notebook)
2. Glasses cleaner
3. Coin purse
4. Wallet
5. Sunnies
6. Mirror
7. Water bottle
8. Tissues
9. Bandaids
10. Mints!

 

what's in my (school) bag

1. Pens/pencil case
2. Notepad
3. Halls
4. Bobbie pins
5. Various lip products (cos you can never have too many)
6. Hand sanitizer
7. Hand lotion (I LOVE this peppermint kind!)

Jeez! No wonder my bag is so heavy all the time ;)

xoxo,
Alysa

high socks

sweater: Old Navy // skirt: thrifted // socks: American Apparel // boots: ModCloth Stylish Surprise

  

 

This last week has been absolutely nuts!  First of all, we bought a house.

I just need to pause and repeat.

We bought a house!

It’s so weird. We are actual official grownups now, I guess?  This is definitely one of the most grown up feeling things I’ve ever done haha. We celebrated by buying our favourite candy and enjoyed that while not enjoying the finale of How I Met Your Mother (ugh), since I am off liquor for Lent right now.  My husband was kind enough to join me in candy celebrations, instead of having a beer or something.  He was also kind enough to go pick up the candy for me.  He’s the best ;)

Today is the last day of school for the term and I am SO happy!  Almost done! It felt like this term went on FOREVER.  I just finished my last major assignment last night (woot!) and then all I have left is a take home exam and a final exam and I’m DONE!  Then I can start packing and getting ready to move into a house. OUR house.

So weird. ;)

xoxo,
Alysa