A Los Angeles Teen's Style, Music, and Art Journal

A Los Angeles Teen's Style, Music, and Art Journal

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day Tripping in Boston

We've been discussing The Beatles a lot in my Music & Politics class, hence the title of this post. I've been to Boston twice before, but I loved it the most this time around. My friends and I took a day trip to the city from Providence, and had the best time.

Coffee at Nespresso Cafe

The true history nerds that we are...

In the Boston Common

I'm endlessly fascinated with how green the East Coast is, mainly because everything in my neighborhood back in California is brown and dead. Boston was lovely, and I'm definitely going to miss the beautiful scenery, parks, and shops when I finish my Music & Politics course on Friday and fly back to the West Coast.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Painting on Vinyl

Painting on vinyl is my new favorite. Acrylic and watercolor (because I can't stand oil) on vinyl just gives the coolest effect. I thought I'd share a piece I did this past year that I showed to RISD during a portfolio review a couple of weeks ago:

I love the cool textures that I got by mixing the two mediums together on top of vinyl. I also feel like Keith Haring, who painted on vinyl tarpaulin... shoutout to Haring!!!

xx Alyssa

Friday, July 24, 2015

Alexa Chung x AG (round 2)

If there's one combination that could make me shriek with excitement, it's Alexa Chung and awesome denim/corduroy pieces with vintage silhouettes. A bit nerdy, I admit, but I just can't get enough. The second AC for AG collaboration was just released this week, and I'm dying for every piece.

Isn't this just the most magnificent coat you've ever seen? The embroidery is so beautiful. Too bad it's $1,200. A girl can dream.

I'm actually thinking of buying this one. It's a modest (for the collection) $178, and I already own The Kety in denim, so I know how much I love the silhouette (and how versatile it is). I've wanted a corduroy skirt for a while now, so I may just have to splurge on this piece. Hopefully I can hold myself back.

Tell me that you don't love this. Maroon, corduroy, flared ankles? Too bad they probably only look good on super-tall, Alexa Chung types. Is it too much to ask for a few more inches? I'm almost five foot five... I'd love to grow maybe three more inches overnight. Then I could finally fulfill my dream of becoming Alexa Chung.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Suede Obsession (again...)

Another week, another trend obsession. This time, it's suede. I really can't get enough! I have a tan suede button-down skirt from ASOS, I bought a vintage grey suede skirt in Chicago last month, and now I'm dying for a fringe bag and a tan top. This mint-colored skirt from Topshop has me all heart-eye-emoji, too.

My recent obsession for this trend definitely has to do with the fact that I'm studying the whole 1960s music & politics scene at Brown University right now; think Summer of Love, Joan Baez, Haight Ashbury, and lots of suede. I just really want to make my experience at Outside Lands in two weeks as similar to the Summer of Love as humanly possible. 

I know the whole 60s/70s trend is huge this summer, but will it last? Personally, I have a feeling I won't be getting over it that quickly... I'll be the girl wearing suede fringe at Coachella 2016. Sorry, but I'm not sorry. Do you all like this trend, or think it's a little tacky? Let me know!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Seen at Brown

If you haven't been keeping up with me on my Instagram (alyssac4t) or my last blog post, I'm currently having an amazing time learning and making friends from around the globe at Brown University's Summer@Brown program. My class is titled Music & Politics: From Mozart to Arcade Fire, and right now, we're about to study Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and the 1960s... so you can say I'm getting excited. Next week, we're going to get as far as Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. It's going to be great. Here are some photos I've taken around campus!

I'm fascinated with the East Coast. It's just so different from California, and although I've spent quite a bit of time in New York City, I've never really gotten to live in the quintessential East Coast town. Walking around Providence, Rhode Island and taking the bus through the little towns to Newport was just an exciting, new experience for me. But still... the West Coast is the best coast. Sorry, Brown. I still love you.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Art at Brown University

I love Brown University. Hello Brown!! If you're reading this, please accept me!

I'm doing a program called Summer@Brown right now, and my class is titled Music & Politics: From Mozart to Arcade Fire. I'm almost halfway through the program, and I'm loving it. My class is so interesting, and I've met the most amazing people! The benefit of doing a college summer program like this is it attracts students from all over the world; my friends are from England, Italy, Turkey, France, New York, and California (among many other places). It's such a wonderful opportunity to learn so much in class and the same amount during my free time by simply making international friends. 

One of my favorite aspects of Brown is that it has a great art program, as well as the fact that it's situated right next to the Rhode Island School of Design. Here's some photos I took in Brown's List Art Building, as well as one in the RISD museum!

xx Alyssa

Friday, July 17, 2015

ROGUE Magazine

Hello lovely people! I'm so excited to be part of the ROGUE Mag team, so I thought I'd share:

ROGUE is a brand new (literally, we launched two weeks ago) magazine that publishes in digital and print. Taken straight from our website, theroguemag.com:

 In an age where style has overtaken substance, listicles run rampant, and likes supersede quality, Rogue is raising its flag to give a voice to creatives the world over. We want to discover the journey behind the artists we admire and give them the platform to tell their story unfiltered. The objective is to shy away from commercially stylized photoshoots & instead lean towards imagery that conveys the subject's personality, without drowning them behind brand names.

We aim to push boundaries both in content and visuals, without sensationalizing our subject matter. We want to build real relationships with our viewers and talent to create relevant cultural content. Rogue will not be a shopping guide or a walking advertisement. We are dedicated to creating an atmosphere of art, not commerce. 

As a high schooler, I couldn't feel more fortunate to be working with such an amazing, experienced team. Our website (again, theroguemag.com) already has some fantastic features on Marina Diamandis (of Marina & The Diamonds), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Death Cab For Cutie, Shiloh Fernandez, and many more. ROGUE really aims to show the honest, unaltered side of artists; this is what distinguishes us from other lifestyle publications. 
xx Alyssa