Alyssa Lau is the 23-year-old face and voice behind the Edmonton-based style blog, Ordinary People. A creative director, public relations coordinator, content developer, photographer, and entrepreneur, Alyssa is currently involved with various fashion-related projects after deciding against a postgraduate degree in Biochemistry. Since then, Alyssa has launched a women's sustainable and fair trade fashion e-commerce store that goes by the name of New Classics Studios, which is proudly based in Edmonton.
It was 2001 when my family last gathered. My grandpa was turning 70 and a bunch of us decided to drive down to Vancouver, 4 cars intotal to celebrate his birthday. This year we renewed that tradition by driving down to Seattle to go on an Alaskan cruise on Sunday. He is turning 80 this year and I just turned 18. Its been a good year for my family and there have been many celebrations. One thing that I really enjoy is visiting the aunts and uncles you haven't seen forever and their children who grow up so fast. I leave you tonight with this outfit, a Gant Rugger button up, Paul Smith pants, and Cole Hann wingtips. Enjoy!
My family and I, as long as Kurtis and his family, have made it to Kamloops, B.C. We left Edmonton at 10 AM, only to get into Kamloops by approximately 6-7 PM. And as soon as we did, we had a wonderful dinner at the Keg. Kurtis, his sister, Andrea, and my brother, Trevor, and I, even did some exercise after (what a rare occasion for me). This is also a good time to tell you that I will be treating this blog very much like a journal this trip. Last summer, my family and I went to China. I tried document every day via word document, which is what I'll try to do on this blog (unless I don't have wifi, which is very probable). Nevertheless, here is my rundown of the day. Not much happened, but I did manage to take a few pictures here and there. I also came up with an idea. At the end of this trip, I plan to compile videos taken from my Nikon D5100 and put them together in a sort of video collage. Anyway, tomorrow, we drive straight to Seattle (so excited for the shopping!). Then on Sunday, we depart from Seattle and head to Alaska! I don't even know what to expect. Nevertheless, I'm quite excited for the adventures to come (apparently this includes zip-lining and kayaking).
Here are some photos from today!
I also forgot to say this, but Kurtis and I are headed to Seattle tomorrow with our families! It's our Grandfather's 80th birthday, so we've decided to celebrate it with a cruise to Alaska (we're departing from Seattle). It'll be a rather long drive tomorrow, considering we live all the way in Edmonton, Alberta, but it should be a good time! Hopefully we'll have wifi and will be able to share some outfits/scenic photos while we're there!
One thing I love doing around my house is looking for old clothing. My mom is a pretty tiny lady (around 5') and my dad is a decent height for an asian man (5'10). Meanwhile, I'm 5'5 (almost 5'6). So that means I'm right in the middle. Usually, if I look hard enough, I'll find a few skirts or dresses that will fit me. Rarely will my mom's old shirts ever fit though, considering I'm a head taller than her. However, as of recently, I've been using my mom's old shirts as either crop tops, or I've tied them up at the waist and paired them with skirts. I've even taken a few of my dad's old sweaters to wear! They'll be fantastic for winter time!
YELLOW ROMWE BAG, NINEWEST FLATS, VINTAGE GAP POLKA-DOT BLOUSE, FINAL TOUCH LACE SKIRT
One thing that I will never have enough of is plaid button up shirts. Every time I go shopping, I always seem to think I need more plaid in my wardrobe but that is definitely not the case. I have a lot of clothing for a male, even I am admitting to that but I give things away usually when my draws and closet gets too full. As I was saying, this plaid shirt is a RRL Ralph Lauren shirt which I bought in vegas. The fabric is thicker, making it a good shirt for layering in the cold winters here. The pants are Levis 510, a pair I bought from Urban Outfitters. It is a great pair of pants that I wear frequently. The shoes are a pair of Vans that I love to wear daily. Enjoy!
When my grandpa gave me his Olympus E-510 SLR camera for my 17th birthday, I was thrilled. I never owned a camera before because photography never really caught my attention. However, once I started using my new toy, photography started to grow on me. This year, I went on a school trip which took us to France and Italy. We spent 3 days in Paris, 5 days in Florence, and 4 days in Rome. It was one of the best experiences I have had so far in my short life and I am glad that I could share it with my family and friends through the photographs I took. I edited all the photos in iPhoto which doesn't have as many options as Photoshop but is great for casual use. Here are a few pictures I took and I hope you enjoy!
I was never that big of a fan of Leona Lewis-even after her hit "Bleeding Love" started playing everywhere. And now that there's controversy between Avicii and Leona Lewis regarding her new track Collide and Avicii's addictive melody from Penguin/Fade into the Darkness, people have been taking sides (read more about the situation on Dancing Astronaut andFresh New Tracks). Even Afrojack's remix of Leona Lewis' Collide has been looked down upon. What do you think about this controversy?
I would've uploaded the remix onto Sound Cloud for you to listen to, but unfortunately there are copyright issues that will not allow me to do so. Regardless, here's a fantastic beat to listen to.
So here's a quick post before I'm off to soccer! I apologize for the lack of outfit posts (it's been a tad busy lately), but hopefully Kurtis and I will be back to outfit-posting soon! Anyway, turns out that I've been featured on Baker Shoe's Facebook Wall! First things first, I should let you all know about shoeternity.com. It's much like lookbook, in fact, so if you are interested in lookbook or in fact have one, then I'd very much encourage you to sign up! You even get to win a few things here and there, so check it out!
So back to the news. You can find the feature here - if you remember the last outfit I posted (titled Sleeping Lessons), then that'll be the one you're looking at! But remember to like the Baker Shoe's Facebook Wall first!
Interestingly, quite a few people didn't take a liking to my shoes. But I never hoped that everyone would accept my fashion style! Nevertheless, this has been pretty exciting news for me! My first "feature" since starting this blog! But oops, now I'm late for my soccer practice. I'll be writing soon!
I've finally uploaded some photos from my Dear Photograph project and am quite excited to share them with you (mind you, this project may be ongoing for quite a while). Just shuffling through old photos has overcome me with feelings of nostalgia.Nevertheless, I suggest everyone to take on their own little Dear Photograph project.
It's this ability for photographs to capture single moments in time that makes photography so special. And because of this, I hope to never stop taking pictures.
Okay, so I apologize for not posting in a while. As a result, I have a few things to share. First of all, I'm addicted to a MMORPG (a.k.a. a massively multiplayer online role-playing game) calledRose Online. It really is quite awful. All I do is play this game when I should be doing other things. And when I'm not playing, all I want to do is play. Even Kurtis has joined my friends and I are on this game!
Here's my level 86 muse and soon-to-be cleric.
Second of all, pictures of my new ASOS shoes and my Dear Photograph project to come! Also, I may have ordered a pair of flats and a cute pair of shorts from ShopRuche.com. There goes my no-online-shopping-for-6-months goal.
Atlas Genius - Trojans
Oh, and I also changed the banner because I got bored with the old one. Should I change it back?
My English 30 teacher was a wise guy. Mr. McNeil never taught us anything about English 30 and I hated him for that but he did teach us about life. Every class would be a story about his life or about his children. He told us that teaching wouldn't help us in University but doing the opposite would teach us to be independent. One day he wanted us to write a commentary about Shakespeare and lets be honest, I am terrible at English. I asked him after class to teach me how to write a commentary. The first thing he told me was I needed to learn how to interpret people through their clothing. He looked at me once and it was like he knew me since I was born. From then on I was convinced that clothing told more about a person then anything else. What a person choose to wear is a choice based on how they want to be seen in society. Of course some people just want to be known to wear expensive brand names and others for their taste in clothing. It is all based the personality of the person and how they want to be perceived.
I just got home from Las Vegas and I felt the need to post something right away. Alyssa has been holding down the fort and she has done a fantastic job while I was away. Now that I am back, I will be able to get more involved with the blog!
People usually go to Vegas to gamble or club but since I am not even 18 yet, the only thing I can do there is shop. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with shopping but I wish I could experience Vegas like the Hangover. One day. Till then, I will shop till I drop there and eat delicious food. Before I pass out, I would like to say that if you ever go to Las Vegas, make sure you stop by Barneys New York in the Grand Canal Shops. It has the best sales and they carry some of my favourite brands like Paul Smith, Gant, Ralph Lauren RR, and many others. I don't know how I am still awake, I can never sleep on planes. Till next time, good night.