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


Tuesday, February 9, 2016


Hello lovelies!! So, after years of me making fun of LA girls (including my friends) who had extravagant bikini collections, I have finally succumbed to the trend. I mean, it's not like it's impractical; the weather is nice here 90% of the time, and we all live close to the beach, so it makes sense. I just didn't really understand forking out $200 for a matching top and bottom. Anyways, I recently bought myself a Triangl bikini - they're the neoprene brand - and I couldn't be happier. I got the Chloe style in Malibu Blue. My friends and I took advantage of the hot weather this past weekend  (um, where did winter go?) and had a silly photo shoot on the beach.

Since you can only buy Triangl swimsuits online, the sizing can get a little tricky. I got a medium for the bottoms; I could've probably gone with a small, but I don't like my bottoms to be too tight, so I'm happy with my choice. There's not much stretch in the bottoms which is why people recommend sizing up. I'm normally a 4 in pant sizing. I got a small top and it fits me perfectly. The Chloe style has a halter/back tie, so it's relatively adjustable. Some styles have a clasp back, so I would be careful with the sizing on those. I love my choice so much, and I'm so excited to wear it to the beach every day I can this summer!

xx Alyssa

Monday, February 8, 2016


I must say, I'm quite proud of my Instagram feed. I finally got VSCOcam (I know I'm late to the party), and my eyes have been opened to the wonderful world of filters! Normally, I just mess with the brightness/highlights/saturation, but now I'm hooked on a few VSCO filters. Here are some of the photos I had on my Instagram this past week.

I finally got some time to sit down and answer some pen pal letters. 

It rained last weekend, so I put on one of my favorite rainy day records, Suck It And See.

I wore my new Nikes to school for the first time.

This YSL jacket I found in an ad in DAZED Magazine is to die for.

I finished off the week with a sunset pic from Santa Monica.

Anyone have good Instagram tips?

xx Alyssa

Sunday, February 7, 2016

UGH, AS IF (Outfit Of The Day)

I always feel like I'm in Clueless when I wear this skirt. Honestly, I feel that way in any plaid skirt. Plaid skirts have been a staple for me since 9th grade, and I'll never give them up. I used to have a school uniform, so I understand the painful memories they can bring back, but honestly, I think I rock the schoolgirl look.

Top: American Apparel
Socks: somewhere in Tokyo 
Shoes: Nike AF1s
Jacket: Urban Outfitters

xx Alyssa

Friday, February 5, 2016


Yesterday, I shuffled through some of my old notebooks to find doodles I've done over the past couple of years. Now, I'm not the best at journaling, and my current habit is buying cute new notebooks before I fill my current ones... but nevertheless, I have done some quick work that I'm proud of. Here are a few pictures.

This is a drawing of model Arvida Byström and some Jake Bugg lyrics. I remember drawing this one when I was particularly angsty. 

This one was inspired by movies like God Help The Girl and Submarine.

I drew this based off of a picture I saw on Tumblr, and then wrote a little poetic caption. 

This massive doodle page was drawn on the flight home from my 2014 trip to England. I basically just copied all the photos I had taken on my phone, but I love the way it turned out! Gets me super nostalgic.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Ok, admit it: we all have a few things in our closet that we never wear. I've read so much in the past year about cleaning out my closet, and I've really stuck to the whole "get rid of anything that doesn't spark joy" method. I've even read the book. Still, there are some things that I've kept that I never seem to wear. It's not that I don't love them; I mean, that's why I kept them in my closet in the first place! Half of the problem is the fact that I have a pretty strict dress code at school, but the other half is my laziness when picking outfits and finding what pieces work with what. Therefore, in an effort to get myself out of this styling funk, I'm going to make a bunch of posts with each one focusing on four different ways to wear a neglected item in my closet. Okay, let's get to it!

My mom bought me this adorable Wildfox baggy beach jumper with a rainbow heart on it a few years ago. It's perfect for Southern California weather, as it's super soft and not too heavy. Problem is, I literally can't remember the last time I wore it. I think it was for a Spirit Day when my grade had to wear all white at school? Anyways, it was definitely time to get down to business and figure out how to style this super cute sweater with other pieces I already have.

Image from Wildfox/Google Images


4 WAYS TO WEAR by visionsofnyc 

NUMBER ONE: high waisted denim shorts, ray-ban clubmaster sunnies, nike AF1s

NUMBER TWO: white pleated tennis skirt, black chunky sandals, celine audrey sunglasses

NUMBER THREE: alexa chung x ag denim kety skirt, tan arizona birkenstocks, gold circle sunnies

NUMBER FOUR: white converse high-tops, ray-ban clubmaster sunnies, acne boyfriend jeans

Next time I wear this sweater, there will definitely be a little outfit of the day post! I'll keep you all updated.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Trendsetter Of The Month: VICTORIA MORONTA

I'm so excited to bring you the second installment of my series "Trendsetter Of The Month." Each month, I'll be diving into the wonderful world of fashion through the lens of one of the coolest young girls out there. 

Victoria Moronta. The Girl With The Hair. "A girl who feels most alive on the open road or on the edge of the world, where land meets sea." A model, blogger, student, and overall badass gal. After stumbling upon Victoria's beautiful photos on Instagram, I instantly knew she was going to be my next Trendsetter. I got the awesome opportunity to discuss fashion, Almost Famous, and of course, her hair - and I'm so excited to share a tiny peek into Victoria's world of style with you all. All photos are from her Instagram, @_victoriamoronta.

What’s a trend/style that you’ve picked up during your travels? Anything from a different culture that’s inspired you?

I can't say I've picked up a trend from any cultures, however, I do envy the Balinese culture and how well they wear colors and patterns. 

What’s your favorite piece of clothing that you own?

 Anything I don't have to wear a bra with. 

What’s one of your favorite brands right now? 

I actually picked up quite a few turtle neck crop tops from Forever 21 last week. I've been pairing them with literally everything.

Do you ever get pieces from thrift stores? If so, what’s your favorite spot to go thrifting and why?

Yes! My favorite spots are the run down ones tucked away in a small town. That's where you find the prettiest gems. 

Who are your style icons?

Penny Lane in Almost Famous

What was the last piece of clothing you bought?

An oversized olive green jacket from Forever 21 - I've been trying to get away with wearing it every day. I swear, I will spend my last penny on anything olive green <3

People know you as “the girl with the hair,” but do you ever like wearing head accessories like headbands, hats, etc. (if so, what’s your favorite)? Or do you just leave it up to your awesome locks?

I have a Brixton hat that I fancy, or I'll sometimes wrap a thrifted scarf around my noggin' to create a bohemian, turban-esque look, but usually I let my locks do their thang.

Overrated or Underrated?

BIRKENSTOCKS (bonus: with socks):Underrated. I wear mine with socks sometimes too!
ONE PIECE SWIMSUITS: Underrated - they are so cute and can be easily paired with baggy style boyfriend jeans. Effortless look!
KALE: Underrated. 

It's easy to see how Victoria is quite literally #goals. I guess all we can do is follow her on Instagram and hope some of her coolness rubs off onto the rest of us. Thanks so much to Victoria for chatting with me! 

 xx Alyssa

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Well, the first month of 2016 has passed in the blink of an eye, and of course, I have a list of my five favorite musical discoveries of this past month to share.

5. "I Got The Moves" by Habibi

I discovered this song on one of the last days of 2015. I must admit, I'm that girl that uses Siri for everything, and the cool "Hey Siri" feature that's on my 6+ is just like, the best thing that's ever happened to me. Anyway, I said "Hey Siri, what song is playing right now?" while eating brunch at Eggshop in Nolita, NYC, and this song popped up. I've been hooked ever since.

4. "Never Be Like You" (feat. Kai) by Flume

I've been going through a huge Flume phase lately since I'll be seeing him for the second time at Coachella in April. This is the single from his new album Skin, and I love it. His synths always get me.


I've been obsessing over London-based producer SOPHIE for the past few months, and since I'll also be catching his set at Coachella, the hype has increased. I'm such a fan of the pitch shifted vocals.

2. "Kill V. Maim" by Grimes

When my brother and I actually agree on listening to a certain artist/album, it's magic. I drive him to school every day, and since our commute is about 30 minutes long, we have to bump some jams that we both enjoy. "Kill V. Maim" is such an awesome song, and always starts off my day right.

1. "Infinity +1" by Sunbeam Sound Machine

When I was waiting in the crowd for Tame Impala at Outside Lands Music Festival this past summer, I made a "festival friend" who told me to listen to Sunbeam Sound Machine. While studying for finals earlier this month, I played his album Wanderer on loop. It's dreamy, psychedelic pop, perfect for focusing and chilling out. This song is probably my favorite on the album - "the world's such a beautiful place."

What were your favorite songs this month, and what do you think of these?
xx Alyssa