Hi guys! My name is Alyssa and I’m currently a freshman at Oregon State University, studying bio-engineering. While some of you know me in “real life”, many of you probably know me from when I was a 2013-2014 BP. Blogger for Nordstrom (view my old posts here). This blog will be similar to my BP. blog in the sense that I will still be sharing style and beauty inspo on a regular basis. However, it will also include a lot more lifestyle pieces–travel adventures, cooking in the dorms, starving in the dorms, etc.
WHAT ABOUT THE TITLE?
ALIKA is my traditional Hawaiian name, and it means protector or warrior. It is not a feminine name (there are far more males named Alika), but that’s just how Alyssa translates. While Alika is not my legal name nor do I really go by it, the name has been with me since I can remember.
LEILANI is my middle name (also Hawaiian), and literally means “heavenly garland of flowers”. Figuratively, it means “heavenly child”.
I chose Alika Leilani as my blog title because it’s the perfect juxtaposition of hard and soft, which is something I strive for in both my style and life– mixing leather and chiffon, providing a strong front while still maintaining compassion, etc.