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


Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Hello wonderful people! I'm having so much fun with this new (well, not really) Polaroid. Check out my first couple of photos using this camera here! Here's another round of shots from my adventures with my friends in New York City.

Nancy and Clara at the tea party.

Henry and I wearing matching hoodies.

Kea on the L Train.

Eugene at the Tea Party.

Ashby cooking ramen.

Noah falling asleep at the social gathering.

xx Alyssa

Monday, December 5, 2016


It's weird to think that right now is the time of greatest exposure to new people I'll ever experience. It's kinda weird, being thrown into a big university when you've spent all 13 years of your education so far in a grade no larger than 130 people. As my high school friends went home for Thanksgiving break and I stayed in New York, I thought a lot about my two worlds of "home" and "away." 

This photo of me was taken by a New Friend, Nancy, at the beginning of the school year when it was still nice and hot out. We walked down to Riverside Park and found a nice tennis court where our other friend skated and Nancy took some photos.

I snapped this blurry iPhone shot while waiting at the subway station for my friend from high school to arrive. He goes to school in Maine now, but he was spending Thanksgiving Break with family in New Jersey, and decided to take the train in for the day to explore the city.

I took this selfie as I was getting ready to go out with a friend I met at a summer program in 2015 that now goes to school in Connecticut but is from Manhattan. She was in town for Thanksgiving break, so we went to a part in Bushwick that my friends were DJing at. If you were wondering, my necklaces are from Topshop and my bodysuit is from Urban Outfitters.

One of my best friends from high school decided to make a spontaneous trip up from DC (where he's at college) to NYC with a couple of his friends. We met up at one of my favorite brunch spots, Bluestone Lane, and I had to take a photo of our drinks. Sorry to be basic - Bluestone Lane has some of the best coffee I've had in the city so far.

I watched the sunrise over the weekend with a New Friend, Henry, who might as well be an Old Friend - he's also from LA, and not only do we have a ton of mutual friends, but we've been in the same room multiple times and just never met until now.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, November 24, 2016

RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS (outfit of the day)

Helloooo lovelies! Happy Thanksgiving to all who are in the United States. This holiday, for me, is just about being with family and eating good food. Pumpkin pie is probably my favorite dessert ever. I'm currently in New Jersey at my uncle's house since it wouldn't really make sense for me to fly all the way back to California for only a couple of days. I took these photos while I was out running some errands around the city yesterday; I think red is the best color for the holidays. It's so festive!!!

Top: Alexa Chung for AG
Coat: Topshop
Jeans: Acne Studios
Sneakers: Acne Studios

I also found this really cool kaleidescope in the Whitney Museum's gift shop, so I had to take a couple of photos of the colors inside.

One of my errands was dropping off some clothes at an apartment in Chelsea, and I snapped this photo of the beautiful fall sky from the elevator. 

xx Alyssa

Saturday, November 19, 2016


I recently got an old Polaroid 660 Land Camera from my aunt - she found it when cleaning out her apartment - so I splurged on some film from The Impossible Project to take some cool shots of my friends and the city. Each film cartriage only has eight photos and I messed up on one of them so there's only seven here, but I'm so happy with how they turned out!

I shared this photo in my last post about protests in NYC, but this is a better version since I actually got around to a real scanner. The following photo is another scene from the same protest.

Thank you to my beautiful friends and this beautiful city!!!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, November 17, 2016


It's been a wild past 10 days here in New York. I've been attending various protests around the city, and I thought I'd share some photographs with you. I recently got an old Polaroid 600 camera from my aunt, and I used it to snap this photo of the Sanctuary Campus rally at Columbia yesterday: 

I marched from Union Square to Trump Tower the day after the election with a bunch of friends. I got a couple of videos, but only one photo; nevertheless, I think it's powerful.

A bunch of wonderful girls started a mobilization group on campus, and we sat out for hours on end holding signs in front of the statue of Alma Mater last week.

I saw these Post-It notes in the Union Square subway station coming home from a concert at Webster Hall last Sunday night.

Finally, I have this poster (that I made for the first protest on November 9th) taped up on my dorm wall now.

To my fellow Americans, I hope you're holding in there. If you have anything on your mind, leave me a comment - I'd love to chat. It's really important in trying times to express your feelings!!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


What's up!! Clearly, I've been less active on this blog since I've moved to NYC and started studying at Columbia, but for good reason. Other than my classes, I've been getting involved in a ton of extracurriculars that I want to share with you.

If you want to read some more of my work that's not on this blog, check out Written Citizen and Hoot Magazine. Hear my thoughts on Being Blonde, check out my guide on How To Cry In New York City, and discover the awesome musician Princess Nokia. I've been writing for Written Citizen for the past couple of months, and I just joined the team at Hoot Magazine (Columbia University's only fashion mag) as the Blog Editor. Also, my art and music was recently featured on Ratrock Magazine. Here's an awesome photo they took of me for the website:

Other than all of the student organizations I'm a part of here on campus, I'm also in a band!!! I'm singing and doing our drum loops live. Here's a rad photo my friend and fellow band member, Seb, took of one of our practices:

We're going to start playing shows at the end of the month, which I'm really excited about. More photos (and audio) from that project coming soon.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

CONFESSION: I Miss Los Angeles

Okay... so it probably has to do with my over-romanticization of New York City, but god dammit, I miss Los Angeles.

Don't get me wrong, I do love living in NYC. There are a number of clear advantages over LA. I never have an excuse to not go somewhere because it's "too far away," there's "too much traffic," or I'm "too tired to drive." Honestly, much more is happening here, so I never really get bored like I did back home. The city is much more compact, and a quick walk will take you from Chelsea to NYU territory to Soho. It's very convenient. Nevertheless, I kinda miss my car. I miss sitting in traffic on the 405, blasting The Vaccines and singing to my heart's delight. I miss the pristine suburban streets, the beautiful sunsets, and the palm tree silhouettes that dot them. Above all, I miss the open space.

I miss the way I felt when it finally rained and the grass was green for a short couple of weeks. Driving among the mountains, pulling off to take photos in the meadow... it all seems so far away now. I hate to get dramatic, but these are the things you really do not get in a city like New York. Even though my dorm room is large (probably larger than any studio apartment I'd be able to afford here), I still feel cramped. There's not really enough room to dance around to loud music or do sun salutations in the morning. 

Also, where the HELL are the nice beaches? Yesterday, someone suggested I take a trip to Coney Island or the Rockaways since I was missing the ocean. Excuse me? I prefer my beaches large, warm, and empty, thank you very much. I know I'm being snobby about it, but you really cannot beat the Malibu coastline. All I want to do is take a drive down PCH and bask in the sun. Hopefully we'll have a warm December and I can catch up on my tan when I come home for Winter Break.

I miss going to the farmer's market with my mom on the weekends. I know, I know - "but there are farmer's markets in New York too!" Yeah, I get it. There's just something so special about chucking on my Birkenstocks and an easy dress in the morning and heading down to the market in my little beetle with the warm sun shining down through the windows.

Also, I feel like the quality of my Instagram photos has gotten worse since I moved to New York. I don't know if its the lack of sunlight (IT GETS DARK AT 4:40 HERE, PEOPLE) or the concrete landscape, but it's really not working for me. That's my bad, though - I need to get better at urban photography I guess. While I always say I want to be in NYC when I'm back home, right now, I really want to be in Los Angeles. I know that I'll probably start missing New York the second I get off the plane at LAX, but I can't help it. Something about this rainy day is making me homesick. Even if it hits 110 at home, at least it's not humid there!

xx Alyssa