a los angeles girl in new york city

A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

METAPHORS



In love with this song. "Dodge the sharks as we swim to the pontoon."


Metaphors

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

TIE DYEING TIPS

Hello lovelies! If you haven't been reading my blog lately, I jut returned from a week at the best camp ever. Camp has taught me many things, from life lessons to how to be crazy good at playing Mafia. One of the most important, though, is how to execute the perfect Tie Dye garment. Here are some tips for making the best tie dye possible:

1. Make sure you saturate your fabric with as much dye and possible.
Once your shirt/whatever you're dyeing is all tied up, soak it with dye. Every little crack of fabric that you can possibly see should be dyed. If you're not sure that you've soaked it completely, add more dye. You'll be able to tell when you're done when the dye starts dripping out of the fabric.

2. The type of dye you use makes a difference.
If you use a cheap tie dye kit, the results aren't gonna be as good. I always use Rit Dye because it's super saturated and you have a huge range of colors to choose from. 

3. Wear gloves when you tie dye.
This goes for all types of dyeing, but I learned this the hard way. At camp, we tie dyed shirts and bags, and all of our hands were purpley-red for the next three days. It kinda sucked. Just make sure to wear gloves, and if you don't have gloves, cover your hands in plastic shopping bags.

4. Don't be too meticulous with your dyeing.
I've found that dyeing random sections of your bundled-up fabric with weird colors and hoping for the best always makes the coolest tie dyes. It's like shooting with a film camera; you never know what you're gonna get until it's done.

5. Recycle your dye.
When you have 15 + teenagers tie dyeing together, there's gonna be pools of random colored dyes everywhere. One of my counselors showed us the coolest tie dyeing technique where you bundle up your fabric in random sections and dip it in all of the extra dye pools. With us, we got a cool greenish brown with red and blue patches. It was crazy cool and every dye job turns out different.


xx Alyssa

Thursday, August 15, 2013

BACK TO SCHOOL: Plaid Skirts

Hello lovelies! Up until last year, I had to wear a uniform for school. I've had my fair share of plaid, khaki, and polo shirts over the years. Nevertheless, I still love plaid skirts reminiscent of school uniforms, and I think they're adorable to wear with a normal outfit.

plaid skirts

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

PASTELS (ft. my new Kanken)

pastel


I am obsessed with my new Kanken classic violet backpack. Ahhhh. So pastel. So cute.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

5 MAGICAL RULES OF SUMMER CAMP

Hello lovelies! The title says it all. I have been going to camps since I was tiny, and I have so many amazing memories, lessons learned, and friends made. Summer Camp is a magical place (that I am at right now) where the real world doesn't really exist. It has it's own rules.

Rule #1:
You can be way more cooler at camp than you actually are in real life.
By this, I mean that camp friends aren't going to look at you the same way your school friends would. Maybe you're really into playing guitar (like me!!!), but none of your school friends have really seen you do it. At camp, though, you're like the world's coolest musician ever and everyone loves you. It's awesome.

Rule #2: 
Camp friends will not judge you.
Okay, disclaimer: (good) real life friends won't judge you either. But I've found from my many years of attending summer camps that due to the fact camp friends don't really know who you're like with your real life friends, you can be crazy and weird and they don't care at all. They'll be crazy and weird with you.

Rule #3: 
Camp is the perfect place to try new things.
This one is kinda obvious. Because no one's judging you, camp is an awesome opportunity to do things you've always wanted to do. Jump in the lake before the sun rises! Show a hidden talent! Make a dish out of clay! 


Rule #4:
Camp and real life are two different worlds.
Even though I keep in touch with a lot of my friends from various camps, it would be so weird to hang out with them with my school friends as well. Alternatively, the thought of one of my real life friends coming to my camp is hard to comprehend. You have a camp life, and a real life. If you're one of the people that's succeeded in merging those two, I commend you.

Rule #5:


The magic of camp is only understood by the campers (and counselors).
If you've never been to summer camp (or a sleepaway summer camp, for that matter), most likely, you just won't get it. Here, RookieMag has a wonderful article trying to explain. But it's something that has to be experienced first-hand, no matter how many times you've seen The Parent Trap.

Oh, Summer Camp. How I love you.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, August 8, 2013

DRESSING UP

Hello lovelies!!!! Wow, school is coming fast. I only have 6 days left at home until the first day of my Sophomore year in high school. It's crazy how fast summer goes. One good thing that the new school does bring is back to school shopping. I needed a new pair of shoes for assembly day (once every 6 days, everyone has to dress up nicely), and I found these adorable ones on ASOS! They're perfect because the heel is under 3 inches (my school's rule) but still cute.

dressing up


Hey, I enjoy dressing up for school. Sometimes.

xx Alyssa