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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Happy Valentine's Day! Love yourself!

xx Alyssa

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Best Day Ever

On Wednesday, it was 60 degrees, the sun was shining, and everyone was happy. I spent an hour and a half sitting on the steps in front of Low Library talking to my friends when I should have been getting some work done. It was the best day ever.

Seb and Cameron playing a skate game.

Jacq, Tim, and Alma Mater enjoying the sunshine.

Sam and Tim chilling on the steps.

Craig in front of Butler Library.

Me, shot by Tim.

Cameron reading The Decameron.

xx Alyssa

Friday, February 10, 2017

"PERFECT PICTURE" by Gold Medal (premier)

Helloooooo! Gold Medal, the band I've been a part of since the beginning of my time here at Columbia, just released our first single today. It's called "Perfect Picture" and you can listen to it on our Bandcamp page. Artwork by our very own Seb Choe.

Follow us on Instagram @goldmedal.us to stay up to date with more releases.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, February 9, 2017

NYFW AW2017: Roumel6 Presentation

Yesterday I got to check out the Roumel6 presentation for NYFW Autumn/Winter 2017 - some nicer photos will be up on Hoot Mag's website, but I thought I'd upload some iPhone shots to show you all the clothes! I really loved their use of velvet and the color palette.

I can't wait to start going to more fashion week events so that I can take advantage of studying in New York City. It's hard to fit it all into my schedule, but it's worth it - and I don't mind getting snapped for street style either!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

@FEMCOLLECTIVE (lower east side video)

I know it's been a while since I posted photos from my lil hangout with the girls of Fem Collective (@femcollective on Instagram), but I finally got around to combining some of the footage into a short video! Hang out w us :)

xx Alyssa

Sunday, February 5, 2017


This is just an announcement that Gold Medal, the band I have been playing with since starting at Columbia in September, is releasing our very first single this Friday, February 11th. Follow us on Instagram to stay updated.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Now that I have a nice, compact camera that I bring nearly everywhere, I've been able to capture a ton of moments of my friends just looking so unbelievably cool. People also seem to grab the camera away and take photos of me, which I'm always grateful for. 

This is me with my friend Cassidy inside of CU Records, the student-run recording studio on Columbia's campus. It was opening night (even though a select few, including the band that I play with, have been using the space for the past semester), so Jazz House came and played around while people checked out the studio. Cassidy always has the best color schemes going on, and this picture gives me seriously Cassie and Effy vibes. 

We went to Seb's apartment afterwards to chill and play some music. Seb plays bass in Gold Medal, but had his guitar out that night instead.

The next night, we went over to Tim's place to work on mixing songs for our EP. I think they're getting a little annoyed at all of my picture taking, but if this one isn't the epitome of cool, I don't know what is.

Tim took a photo of me getting sleepy during the 5th hour of the mixing session. I was wearing my vintage dark wash 501s, a tank top from brandy melville, and a jacket from asos. My band members labeled me as "western girl" ..... must be the fringe.

xx Alyssa