a los angeles girl in new york city

A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Friday, May 31, 2013

ALT-J



fitzpleasure - alt-j



I'm in love with Alt-J right now. I was feeling creative so I put together an outfit inspired by the cover for An Awesome Wave and its cool hologram effect. I love hologram accessories (bags, shoes, and even dresses), and I thought this clutch was perfect. Happy listening!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

HOW TO WEAR SUMMER DRESSES

Hello lovelies! It's almost summer here in California, and I can't wait. To me, Summer means pretty dresses, sleeping in, and long nights with friends. Here's a few ways I would wear my favorite Summer dresses.

How to: Printed Dress


A printed dress is perfect for summer. To balance out the print, try to wear solid-color shoes and accessories.

How To: Pinafore


I've been dying for a pinafore dress! I would wear it on top of a cute striped shirt and comfy sneakers. No need to carry around a bag - stick your phone in your pocket and you're good to go.

How To: Maxi Dress


I find that maxi dresses look best when your shoes have some kind of platform or heel. Because the cut is basic, get creative with your bag and other accessories!

I can't wait to wear dresses in Summer. Counting down the days!

xx Alyssa

Friday, May 24, 2013

SUMMER TREND: Chunky Black Sandals

Hello lovelies! I've been online shopping a lot recently in preparation for summer. I've been needing a new pair of sandals, and I'm absolutely in love with all of the chunky styles out right now.

Favorite Trend: Chunky Black Sandals


Over $100, top to bottom:
The braiding detail on these Topshop sandals caught my eye.
I'm a huge fan of Dr. Martens, and I screamed in excitement when I found out these existed!
The gold studs and ankle clasp (is that what you call it) on these Topshop sandals add class.

Under $100, top to bottom:
These ASOS sandals remind me of space boots... in sandal form.
I love the double buckle on these sandals from Topshop.
And of course, I love Nasty Gal's take on the jelly sandal. Reminds me of when I was 5. Awesome.

What do you think of this trend? I can't wait to get my hands on a pair of chunky sandals. Although, the word chunky kinda grosses me out now that I think about it.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, May 23, 2013

ASOS HAUL: Perfect Summer Dress

Hello lovelies! I ordered the cutest summer dress yesterday off ASOS, and of course, I got an email from ASOS with a 20% off code this morning... It's alright though, because I love the dress so much.


It's called the ASOS Smock Dress in Tie Dye Print, and it's perfect. Lately I've been trying to find a lightweight dress for summer, but every single one only comes in black! I've realized that black isn't such a great color for me (in the day at least) because I'm pretty tan and it looks weird. This tie dye dress is just the right colors and fabric. I can't wait for it to come! When it does, I'll definitely do a review.

xx Alyssa

Monday, May 20, 2013

CALIFORNIA

California

Love the "West Coast" shirt. Today I'm feeling particularly patriotic for my state.

xx Alyssa

Friday, May 17, 2013

WISH LIST: Jeffrey Campbell Coltrane Boots

grunge



I've been obsessed with these Jeffrey Campbell boots forever. Yesterday, my friend wore hers, and I fangirled really hard. They're unbelievably cute. Definitely on my wishlist.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ROSIE (it's too hot)

I want to stay inside all day. It was 102 degrees yesterday, which was awful. At my school, I can't wear shorts or tank tops, so we were pretty much just a boiling mass of students. To make it worse, the teachers all crank up the AC so it's like a tundra in their rooms. No thanks.

Rosie


I would love to be able to wear a tank top.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MONTHLY MUSIC MAILBAG: April 2013

Here's the tunes I loved this past month.

5. The Rip Tide - Beirut


Beirut is opening for Vampire Weekend at the Hollywood Bowl (which I'm seeing!!!) and I couldn't be more excited. This song is one of my favorites. The first minute is filled with intense music that conveys the emotions of a storm over the ocean. The rest of the song is just pure awesome.

4. Lakehouse - Of Monsters & Men


I saw Of Monsters & Men at Coachella, but was only able to catch Little Talks, Mountain Sound, and this song. I was so happy because I absolutely adore Lakehouse... it reminds me of a lake I spent a week at last summer where I have about a million memories. 

3. Campus - Vampire Weekend


My love for this song has always existed, but it recently exploded into a giant cloud of perfect. Vampire Weekend was also amazing at Coachella, and this song was no exception. There was a dude next to me that new every word to it which, for some reason, made me really happy. I imagine going to a university on the East Coast every time I play this. It's great.

2. Petulia - The Kooks


I guess this counts as a last-minute add, considering I just remembered how good this song was last night right before I went to sleep. This followed by me trying to teach myself the guitar part (and failing). I always loved the slower songs from The Kooks (re: Seaside, Do You Love Me Still?), and this is no exception.

1. Everything - Ben Howard


I cannot put my love for this song in words. Every time I listen to Ben Howard, I close my eyes and picture staring through a window and seeing cloudy skies and rain. I may be one of the few who is ecstatic about rain... it's just so peaceful. Ben Howard is the soundtrack to May's rainy days, and Everything is the theme song.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

SUMMER PLANS

After Christmas (along with the, maybe, 2 days of Winter we got), I was so ready for Summer to come rolling around. I've changed my mind. It's too hot, and I'd really like to wear a sweater without burning to a crisp. I guess I do want Summer though, considering I'm going to the home of coldness/rain/sweater weather: Ireland.


Ireland!



So I've been talking about my trip to Ireland this summer, and I'm finally revealing all of the exciting-to-me-but-probably-not-to-you details!

This summer, I'm going to art camp in Ireland with two of my friends. I'm unbelievably excited; I love art and have been making it forever, and I've always wanted to visit Ireland. At this camp, I'm going to be with 19 other artsy teenagers (who I really hope like the same music as me). We eat together, paint together, hang out together, and more. I literally cannot contain my excitement. I even have a countdown clock on the dashboard of my Macbook until the day when my flight leaves. That's another point... I'm flying alone, eeep! Well, I'm flying with one my friends. It's gonna be so much fun. I've been on lots of flights before, so I'm not really nervous. Expect some posts closer to the date with advice for flying alone, what I'm packing, etc. 

Now when I mention Ireland in a post, you'll get it. Awesome, right? Yeah, totally.

xx Alyssa