a los angeles girl in new york city

A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Saturday, July 15, 2017

ONE DAY IN A VINTAGE MARIMEKKO DRESS

          After years of lusting over a vintage Marimekko dress, I finally got my hands on one the other day. I bought it just before my mom flew into town to visit me, so the next day, I wore it to explore the city and show her some of my favorite places. Here's what we did - thanks to my mother for being my personal photographer!


First, we ate brunch at Jack's Wife Freda and then stopped by Cha Cha Matcha in Nolita to grab iced matchas for the hot day ahead of us.



I tried to teach my mom how to use the subway. It didn't work out so well.



We walked the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to DUMBO. It's only the second time I've ever done it, and it was my mom's first.



We went to Broadway to see Come From Away and then stopped on the way to dinner to get a quick outfit shot. I was also wearing my white Vans SK8-his and my Ray-Ban sunnies, which of course, I lost at dinner.


I posed for a funny picture while eating at ABC Cocina, a delicious, delicious meal.

xx Alyssa

Friday, July 14, 2017

NEW VINTAGE ITEMS AVAILABLE ON MY POSHMARK

          I'm selling more vintage finds on my Poshmark account! I actually have a paying job now (and it's one I'm really passionate about), but to supplement that, support sustainable fashion, and help with the cost of living in New York City, I'm still thrifting for myself and passing it along to you all.









          Again, all of these items are available on my Poshmark. I'm willing to negotiate prices! If you're on the lookout for a specific vintage piece (for example, a white linen dress) let me know and I'll keep my eyes open - you never know when I could add it to my shop.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I'M WORKING AT REFORMATION AND SO EXCITED ABOUT IT

          I started my job at Reformation this past week, and I'm already so happy and proud to be part of their team. My mom has been in town for the past couple of days, and since she loves to be my personal photographer, I had her take a photo of me wearing a set I recently got from Ref on the cutest tile wall we found in Greenwich Village.



          My set is from Reformation, shoes from Vans, tote from Universe, and sunnies from CĂ©line. I look a bit shiny because it's SO FUCKING HOT IN NEW YORK CITY RIGHT NOW AND I HATE IT. Going home in under a month! Thank god!

xx Alyssa

Monday, July 3, 2017

NYC SUMMERTIME POLAROIDS

I've been reading a lot, and I've been taking a lot of photos. My friend, Cassidy, who appears in most of the following, recently said to me that she loves when I take photos of her on my Polaroid because it makes her feel special. "You know, you're spending money on the film, and there's only a couple of shots each time, so the fact that you choose to use one to capture me, and the fact that you keep the physical photograph, is really kind."



making new friends who will sing Fleetwood Mac karaoke with me



Cassidy, looking like an angel, in the cliff jumping pool


friends before they jump


weekend getaway in Connecticut


part of living in New York City is the beauty of getting away from it

xx Alyssa

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WHY ARE TRUCK LOGOS SO NICE

          To break up the constant stream of outfit posts that makes up the content on this blog, I want to talk today about something a little more art-related. I'm 99% sure I'm going to declare my major as Visual Arts and Art History come Sophomore year, so I might as well. What better to discuss than the fantastic graphic design I've been noticing on trucks around Manhattan lately? Probably a lot, but hear me out - this stuff is cool.


          I noticed this one on my walk to my internship in Chelsea. A clean script font with a drop shadow, painted onto the side of the dumpster truck in a metallic silver. Truly beautiful. The slight tilt of the words is also quite nice. I imagine this graphic on a gym tank top... or maybe embroidered onto the back of a denim jacket. It's clean, slightly vintage, and definitely to-the-point. It also instantly reminded me of "Doin' It Right" by Daft Punk (featuring Panda Bear), a great song from 2013.



          Only a couple of days later, I noticed this truck on my block on the Upper West Side. The slogan is essentially the same as the previous truck's - but why the quotation marks? Doing it Right is a self-issued statement - like saying, "you can trust us to do it right," - but "DONE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME" implies that someone outside of the company has promised the job will be done correctly. Is it better to have that promise come from the company themselves, or from a referral of a past customer? I'm not sure I have the answer. While this script font is not a aesthetically pleasing as the previous one, this truck gets extra points for the gradient effect used in the telephone number - reminds me a bit of retro-futurism. 


          I noticed this truck on my walk home from work in Chelsea last week. The font reminded me of that on Traffic's The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys album artwork, which I have been obsessing over lately. Love those clean lines. Love the weird angle. Love that blue color. 10/10.
          Walking around a lot in New York City has definitely allowed me to pay way more attention to truck logos than I ever have before, and honestly, I feel like I'm learning a lot about design. I wonder who designs all of these? And who paints them? Sounds like a question for one of my favorite childhood TV shows, How It's Made.
xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

MY CURATED VINTAGE SHOP

         I've started to sell vintage on Poshmark - pieces that I've curated specifically for my lil online shop! These are sourced from thrift stores around New York City, handpicked by myself on my days off. They're all in great vintage condition and chosen with love. Here's some of the items I put up on my Poshmark closet today:

Floral Swimsuit/Bodysuit


Leopard Print Top


Calvin Klein Jeans T-shirt


White Fur Coat


High School Gymnastics Long Sleeve


          If you see anything you like, head over to my Poshmark closet and grab it before someone else does! I will be adding new items as soon as these sell, so keep your eyes open.

xx Alyssa

Sunday, June 18, 2017

BROOKLYN VINTAGE THRIFT HAUL

          I went thrift shopping in Brooklyn yesterday and got caught in this horrible downpour without an umbrella... thankfully, that was my only bad luck of the day, because I made some seriously great finds. I went to Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Out Of The Closet in Downtown Brooklyn (I think? I got off at the Dekalb Q station) and got all of this stuff for a total of $30.


          This top is actually hanging up in front of my window right now because it was originally light green, and I just used Rit Dye's color remover to make it a light white color instead. I've been wanting a cotton/linen tank like this for such a long time - also, the straps are silk! Even better.


          The second top I bought was a Diane Von Furstenberg reissue of a vintage design. It's my new disco top. It has a chain print and a tie that wraps at the waist.


          I also found these silk pajama shorts that work just as well as normal shorts. My favorite thing to do when I get home from work in the summer is immediately change to a tank top and comfy shorts, and these are my new go-to.


          These boots, though, are probably my best purchase. They were $5 - FIVE DOLLARS!!! - and basically unworn. Disco boots to wear with my disco top. I am completely in love.

xx Alyssa