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

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Favorite Spring Trends: 2015

Helloooo lovelies! Lucky Shops is having a contest on Polyvore to win a $500 gift card towards their store, and the prompt was to create an outfit that embodies the spring trends. I made three, and I though I'd share them with you all:


Normally androgyny is saved for suits and other warm-weather occasions, but who says we can't take one from the boys once it starts getting hot? These shorts look like a feminized version of J.Crew or Vineyard Vines pair, but the crop top balances it out to make it flirty and fun. The red graphic on the shorts ties into the red-accented varsity-type sweater (because it'll probably get chilly out on the sea), as well as the simple, yet eye-catching sunglasses. And what androgynous outfit would be complete without a pair of loafers? These silver ones go with the whole ensemble, while still making a statement.

60s/70s

60s/70s by makennaa featuring black shoes


For this outfit, I was thinking late 60s (woodstock-era) and early 70s. I'm a strong supporter for double denim. DENIM IS ALWAYS IN STYLE!!!! This structured pop-art crop top is the perfect pair to the relaxed, high-waisted shorts, and the sunglasses match perfectly with a bit of red. If you're going to a music festival, you're not gonna want to wear any shoes other than sneakers. Take this from a Coachella veteran; I have worn my pair of Chuck Taylors every single time I've gone to a festival.


I'm not gonna lie, I'm a sucker for florals. This crop top is just the perfect mix of flirty flower print and structured lines. The white skirt brings class and simplicity to the outfit, while the denim jacket makes it a little more casual and perfect for a day shopping, walking in the park, or going to lunch with friends on a beautiful spring day in Los Angeles. Also - I'm a sucker for a chunky sandal. The blue tassels on these tie the whole outfit together, but the lines are still simple enough to not be too overwhelming. The sunnies are the same; they add another layer to the outfit, but aren't too matchy-matchy. What I would do with $500 to buy this outfit!

xx Alyssa

Monday, April 20, 2015

Things That Make Me Smile: Opening Ceremony, Magazines, Vinyl, and Doodles

Hello lovelies! I spent my whole entire Sunday lazing around, doing homework, studying, and appreciating a day of rest after a hectic past week... it requires a week to recover after Coachella!!! Here's some of the things that made me smile yesterday:

A few pins on my bedside table (next to my gemstones, of course) that I had taken off of my denim jacket the night before. The Japanese one is from Kyoto, Humbug is from a penpal, VAMS one is DIY, and Adidas is from another penpal. I love my penpals!!!


I got Panda Bear's Tomboy on vinyl at the record tent at Coachella, and it's been the only thing on my turntable the whole week. I played the whole thing through as I worked on sewing a kimono from Batik fabric my grandma got me during her trip to Bali - photos coming soon!

I also got to catch up on some magazine reading, hence the glasses because I am blind/too lazy to wear contacts on the weekends.


I read a bit of the free Vice magazine from Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles, as well as flipped through the Chloe Sevingy x Opening Ceremony lookbook. I got a pair of Acne jeans at OC on Saturday, so I'm basically ecstatic and nothing can bring me down for a very, very long time. This is my first pair of real, nice jeans, and I can't wait to wear them for a month straight and not wash them until I spill ramen on them or something. Everyone tells me you're not supposed to wash black jeans until you actually need to because they really don't get dirty, and that way, I won't stretch them out.


I also just admired my little wall set-up that's above my desk. Different sections of my room have different wall decorations, but this might be my favorite bit because it has drawings from two of my penpals from Wales and Norway, as well as some embroidery I did a while ago, and cut-outs from The Vaccines' ad for Levi's. 


I hope everyone had a lovely, relaxing weekend! 

xx Alyssa

Friday, April 17, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: Panda Bear T-Shirt

Hello lovelies!!! I'm so happy about this Panda Bear t-shirt that I got at Coachella from the merch stand last weekend. On that note, Coachella Weekend 2 starts in 2 hours, I miss it :'(

I feel like my American Apparel tennis skirt is my go-to skirt when I wear any band t-shirt. It matches with everything, and makes all those dude-length t-shirts look good when they're tucked in.

These shoes are one of my favorite purchases. They're adorable, super comfy, and also black/white so they go with everything. I'm lazy about painting my toenails, so whenever they're actually nice-looking, I break out these sandals (and my birkenstocks, of course).





shirt: Panda Bear vs Grim Reaper
Skirt: American Apparel
Shoes: Dr. Martens

I have a feeling this is gonna be my new favorite band shirt. 

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Alt-J @ the Santa Barbara Bowl (concert review etc.)

Helloooo lovelies! I drove a bit out to Santa Barbara last night to see Alt-J for the second time in two days, because seeing them at Coachella was just not enough for me. That was sarcasm. I just really love Alt-J. I'd never been to the Santa Barbara Bowl before, and it was such a nice surprise! The venue is beautiful, in a great area, and just the right size. My friend and I were standing in the GA section, and even though we got there 10 minutes before the opening band (Jungle) went on, we were super close to the front and had a perfect view.

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Jungle was super groovy and entertaining. All of the band members were extremely into their music, and they had great personality and stage presence. I'd never heard of them before, but I definitely did enough their music.


Alt-J was even better than when I saw them at Coachella. They played more songs since there was no limited set time, and the crowd was there solely for Alt-J so we were all singing along. I was surrounded by a bunch of dudes that were super into Alt-J, and it made me so happy. At Coachella, I cried during Dissolve Me (as it's one of my favorite songs and I just got super emotional, ok???), and I might've shed a tear when they played it last night too.




It was so nice to hear songs like Bloodflood, Warm Foothills, Leaving Nara, and Interlude 1 & 2 that weren't played at Coachella. So nice.


It was so nice to not have a crazy crowd of LA kids that had waited all day to see the band at the venue. The crowd was super chill, nice, and included a lot of UCSB students. Gus (who plays the keys/vocals) expressed on-stage how much he and the band loved coming to the Santa Barbara Bowl, and I felt the same way. I'll for sure see a show at this venue again. Hopefully, it'll be when Alt-J comes back. 

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What I Wore: Coachella 2015

Hello lovelies!! It's my second day back from Coachella, and although I'm slowly recovering, I have major Post Concert Depression. Post Coachella Depression? Definitely. Here's what I wore all three days of the best weekend of my year:


FRIDAY

(Me on the right)
Top: LF
Shorts: Vintage
Shoes: Converse
Hat: American Apparel 




SATURDAY

Hat: Vintage
Skirt: Vintage
Top: Topshop
Shoes: Converse
Watch: Casio
Bracelet: DIY (it says "Dissolve Me," one of my favorite songs ever by Alt-J who played on Saturday)


SUNDAY

Top: Nordstrom
Shorts: Vintage (Levi's)

My fanny pack was from Eagle Creek, and it's my dads. It was the best decision I ever made to wear a fanny pack.

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xx Alyssa

Monday, April 13, 2015

Coachella 2015 Weekend 1: Sylvan Esso, Alt-J, FKA twigs, Panda Bear, Odesza and more!!

Hello lovelies!!! I'm back from Coachella Weekend 1, and although I'm super tired and have a lot of work to catch up on, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I got to see so many great artists, eat the best food, check out all of Coachella's awesome installations, and have a blast with friends. Here's a list of everyone I saw within the three days of Coachella weekend one, accompanied by some photos and thoughts. Disclaimer: I really wanted to see George Ezra, but he had to cancel his set because he has laryngitis :(

Day 1:
Vic Mensa, Keys N Krates, Sylvan Esso, The War on Drugs, Caribou, Flying Lotus


Sylvan Esso was fantastic. Their stage presence was so awesome, and the crowd got so into all of the songs, dancing and singing along. 


I took this photo as Flying Lotus was setting up. His visuals were amazing, and the set was great,

Day 2:
Coasts, Parquet Courts, Gramatik, Milky Chance, Chet Faker, Hozier, Alt-J, Tyler the Creator, FKA twigs, SBTRKT, Annie Mac


I was so happy to finally get there and hear Coasts, a band which I've listening to/loved for a while now. I got off the shuttle as they had already been playing for 10 minutes, and as they only had a 30 minute set, I basically sprinting a little less than a mile to the second row of the Mojave (maybe Gobi? I can't even remember...) tent to see their last three songs. 

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Parquet Courts was right after Coasts, and it was super fun show. I was at the front row (no moshing for Alyssa...).


I'm not gonna lie or try to be cool here; I know three Hozier songs. I pushed my way to the front section of his set with my friends because Alt-J was playing right after, but I did love seeing him live. He rocks the hair. 


Alt-J was an intense emotional experience. The only other time I have seen them live was Coachella 2013; we had run in at the very end of their set and saw Breezeblocks and Taro, not appreciating them at all. This time around, I was so excited/emotional that I cried during Dissolve Me. It was fantastic. 


This is a terrible picture, but I just wanted to share the fact that Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend came out and sang for his track with SBTRKT. My dreams had come true, and I was in heaven. The rest of SBTRKT's set was crazy awesome, too. 

Day 3: Panda Bear, What So Not, St. Lucia, Vance Joy, Marina & The Diamonds, Jamie xx, Odesza, Drake


I am in love with Panda Bear, and the set was everything I hoped it to be. Also, the visuals were freaky and disturbing but fit perfectly with the music. I think Noah is so talented, and his music/lyrics are so interesting and transformative. 


Odesza's set was the last one I was really into at Coachella (my friends and I sat in the back for three songs of Drake before we left) so I made it a point to have as much fun as possible. They played all of my favorite songs, and everyone around me was dancing and having a great time.

I'm so sad Coachella 2015 is over... next year better come quickly! I will post about all of my outfits tomorrow, so stay tuned.

xx Alyssa

Friday, April 10, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: Kenzo (Eyes All Over)

Hellooooo lovelies! Ok, I'm so excited for this post. I have been wanting a simple black leather miniskirt for so long; almost as long as I've been wanting this Kenzo sweatshirt. I finally got both in New York City, and I'm in love.

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Sweatshirt: Kenzo
Skirt: Reformation
Boots: Dr. Martens

Also - today is the first day of COACHELLA!!! Expect a big outfit/music/everything post when I get back!

xx Alyssa