a los angeles girl in new york city

A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Friday, March 28, 2014

KNEE SOCKS (actually thigh-high socks but I like the Arctic Monkeys reference)

Hello lovelies! To all of you lovely people who started singing "when you walked around your house/wearing my sky blue lacoste/and your knee socks" when you saw this post, thank you. Great song.

Anyway, I really love knee socks. I wear skirts and shorts a lot, so knee socks are a great way to stay semi-warm and cover up a bit more; or, they can just add to an outfit. I own two pairs of American Apparel knee socks (which I love) but they do ride down as I walk.

I've found a great alternative - well, I didn't invent them - but thigh high socks make me very happy.


Normally, I just wear them and scrunch the tops down so they look like knee socks, and don't fall down. I got a maroon pair from Urban Outfitters that I cannot wait to wear! All I need now is a boyfriend with a sky blue lacoste...


xx Alyssa 

Monday, March 24, 2014

LIEBSTER AWARD (still not sure what it is completely)

Hello lovelies! Recently, I've been nominated by two lovely girls, Matilda and Victory, to answer a few questions that are part of the "Liebster Award." I'm still not quite sure exactly what the award is, but I'm just gonna go ahead and do what I can.

First, I'm supposed to tell you 11 facts about meeeee!

1. My name is Alyssa and I am 15 years old.
2. I'm a Sophomore (10th grade) in high school, and I'm sorta young for my grade.
3. I have naturally dark brown hair, but I've dyed/modified it four times: purple extensions, red Kool-Aid dye, bleached ombre, purple semi-permanent dip dye. Now the purple has almost completely faded.
4. My favorite cities are San Francisco, New York, Dublin, and London.
5. If I could travel anywhere in the world, I'd like to go to Iceland (and see the northern lights).
6. I have two cats named Bella and Rico *shoutout to ma cats*
7. I write, play, and listen to lots of different types of music.
8. The most times I've seen someone in concert is 4; Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran tie for the spot.
9. I've taken art classes in school since I was little, and I've done multiple summer programs for different types of art.
10. I prefer rainy/cloudy weather to sunny weather - we get too much of it LA! 
11. I'm very impatient and I always try to get things done quickly.

Now, I answer the questions given to me by the nominators:

Matilda's questions:

1. If you had to live on five foods for the rest of your life (nutrition doesn't matter!) what would they be? 
Pasta, EGGO waffles, really good grilled chicken, pearled couscous, and Nutella sandwiches. 
2. What's your all time favourite lyric?
Oh, this is a rough one. I have a few favorites: "we all got old a breakneck speed" (Wetsuit - The Vaccines), "because the sky is blue/it makes me cry" (Because - The Beatles), "she makes the sound the sea makes/knee  deep in the north sea" (Dissolve Me - Alt-J).
3. Who/what inspires you?
I'm mainly inspired by people that I'm close to/connect with, and nature!
4. In ten years time, where do you see yourself?
I'll be 25, graduated from University, and hopefully living in a nice apartment in one of my favorite cities... I'd love to be working at a magazine or radio station too, that'd be nice!
5. What are your favourite names?
Girls: Della, Rosie, Bryn, Stella, Rhiannon, Tate 
Boys: Finn, Forrest, Oliver, Walcott (I would be that person to name their child after a Vampire Weekend song... maybe as a middle name?)
6. If you had to pick a favourite thing about yourself, what would it be? (NO MODEST ANSWERS HERE PLEASE!)
I like how I have common sense and that I'm different from many of the people in my school/community.
7. Who knows you like no one else? 
My family, my cats (yeah I tell them secrets???) and my best friends.
8. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
Iceland!!! I'd really love to visit Greece and Scotland too. 
9. Cats or dogs?
Cats!
10. Where are you happiest?
This might sound weird, but either on the floor of a forest looking up at the trees or on an airplane watching the sun rise through the window.
11. Why did you start blogging?
Well, I was twelve and didn't have many friends; that might explain it. 

Victory's questions: 



1. If you could only shop in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Eeeeep that's nerve-wracking. I'd say Topshop, probably.
2. What are your top 3 worst foods?
Raw fish (and fish in general), runny/watery eggs, sausage with casing. 
3. What do you do to relax?
I either play my guitars, draw, or sleep!
4. Beauty or fashion?
Fashion, I'm not really good at the whole "beauty" thing.
5. What's the most descriptive way you would describe yourself?
Wow, um - well, I'm like 5'5, I have dark brown, wavy hair, I have the build of a scrawny teenage boy, light brown eyes, prominent eyebrows, and my nose has two little points on its tip. I'm independent, curious, and really weird.
6. If you could be reincarnated as any animal, what would you be and why?
I'd like to be a domestic cat cause they have great lives, or a bird so I could fly!
7. If you could have dinner with any well-known person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Well John Lennon because he's John Lennon, but I also think dinner with Alexa Chung or Taylor Swift would be awesome so I could trick them into being my best friends.
8. What do you miss the most?
Not having to worry about grades. Also, I have lots of summer memories that I think about all of the time.
9. How do you choose to express yourself?
Through music, art, writing, and fashion.
10. Top 5 favourite bands/artists?
Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend, Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, The Kooks, The Wombats, The Vaccines. I couldn't pick 5, whoops?
11. What are 3 things on your bucket list?
I'd like to see the northern lights, be at the barrier for one of my favorite bands in a huge festival, and go on a European trip with a friend.

Now I'm supposed to nominate 11 people and give them 11 questions, but I don't know 11 blogs!!! Uh oh... well, goes to show that I need some more blogging friends!

xx Alyssa

Friday, March 21, 2014

COACHELLA 2014: Music Festival Tips (Clothes, Getting Around, Etc.)

Hello lovelies! Wow, it's that time again... time for me to start incessantly posting about Coachella! This year is my second time going to this awesome music festival in Southern California, and I thought I'd post about some things I've learned that I can pass on.

Let's start with the basics: what to wear to the festival.

Honestly, although you may see celebrities wearing flowy pants and military jackets, I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU THINK OF THE WEATHER. Please, Coachella can get as hot as 100+ degrees, and looking like some bohemian model is not worth the pants. It's really freaking hot, I promise. That's why it seems like everyone wears minimal clothing at Coachella: you will not be judged, you will only be comfortable and not having a heat stroke.

Based on this attitude, I always opt for denim shorts (the classic) or a light skirt. For tops, stick with flowy short sleeves or sleeveless. Crop tops that are tight are perfectly fine as long as they don't have too much fabric/are thick/have long sleeves. For your own good, do not wear fleece or a thermal top. No one does. Don't worry about being cold at night; if you're dancing at a set, you won't get chilly. My plan is to always keep a (VERY) light sweater in my bag just incase I find myself standing cold when the sun goes down. If you don't want to carry a bag/sweater all day, get a locker or make someone with a bag carry it for you. Hey, they were the one who chose to bring a backpack!

Shoes are a whole other category. I know, I know - "everyone wears gladiator sandals to Coachella, I saw it on celebrity street style!" I, on the other hand, am a big advocate of sneakers or boots. Yes, this is a little contradicting; wearing my Dr. Martens all day makes my feet a little hot, but it's all worth it. Closed-toed shoes will save you from dirt, sunburn, and possibly even blood. Now, don't go wearing your nice heeled suede boots either... they will get dirty. My go-tos are old Dr. Martens or Converse high tops. Make sure whatever shoe you wear, you're fine with them getting dirty or you can throw them in the washing machine.

What's next to cover? Making sure you see all your favorite artists!

I can't imagine a Coachella where I just walk into the festival and float from stage to stage all day, without a plan. I'd go insane. To ensure I didn't miss any bands I wanted to see last year, I made myself a schedule. This is super easy if you know how to type (or write - you old schoolers!) and have internet connection. Coachella's website releases the set times for the festival a few days before each weekend. All you have to do is go through each day, pick out the artists you want to see, work out any conflicts with your group, and record each name/set time/stage on a piece of paper. This was extremely helpful; my friends and I could plan exactly where we would be at what time, when we'd have time for lunch and dinner breaks, and how we'd get to the front of our favorite acts. It was super successful and I recommend it to everyone. Make a nerdy set time plan! Do it! Print out multiple copies and be that person!

Side note - I've heard stories of the mythical Glastonbury festival where you apparently have to walk up to a mile between stages... Coachella is not like that. If you know where you're going and you aren't a slow walker (you know who you are), getting from one side of the festival to the other won't take more than 10 minutes. I think.

Alright, so what should you eat? 

I'll keep this short and sweet: I'm not vegetarian, and all I ate at Coachella was a slice of pepperoni Spicy Pie (4 times) and a Caeser Salad (once). They were both delicious and I could probably live off of them for a year.

What about drinks? 

I'm picky, so I basically only drink water. If you're carrying a bag, definitely bring a small-ish plastic water bottle. They have refillable water stations for free and it was super convenient. 

How can I get front row for a set? 

The Wombats

Vampire Weekend

Two Door Cinema Club

Depends on the size/popularity/stage of the band. For example, I was second row for The Wombats. I got there for the last song of the set before at the same tent and stuck out my spot. I was front row for Ben Howard, who although had a large audience, was fairly easy; this is due to the fact that I waited through all of Danny Brown's set before him, and since they are completely different artists, not many others were in both the Danny Brown crowd and the Ben Howard crowd. Take another example: My friends and I waited through the last bit of the set before Vampire Weekend (Social Distortion I think) on the Main Stage, and got to about the 10th row of people. We did the same for Two Door Cinema Club, which was on the Outdoor Stage, and got to about 3rd row. It's all relative.

Some other random helpful tips/hints:
- buy merch when you have a large amount of time between two sets you want to see; the lines can either be one person long or 10, so you never know
- bring a hat so you don't get burned to a crisp while waiting for a set out in the sun
- drink water consistently (I almost passed out on the first day - it was dark and I didn't think I'd need water as it was colder... I was wrong)

Local Natives (this was pre-sundown, pre-close encounter to fainting)

- don't be that person that misses all of the music they want to see in order to hunt down celebrities, socialize, or just being forgetful. $400+ for a ticket is not worth that.
- try to get sleep, it'll pay off in the long run
- tip from my friend: if your feet hurt from dancing and standing, when you are resting between sets, lift your feet up in the air (apparently it helps?)
- this is cheesy but HAVE FUN AND FORGET ABOUT SCHOOL/WORK!!!!! Try to remember that you're enjoying yourself and seeing awesome music and you don't have to be stressing out doing work!

Any questions, I will happily answer :)

xx Alyssa

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ANGSTY TEEN HAIR DYE: Adore Purple Rage

Hello lovelies! So, last week I was feeling a little down, and I adventured into a territory I've never been to: angsty teen hair dyeing.

Don't get me wrong, I've dyed my hair many times before. At first I had purple extensions put in, which later transitioned to a strip of hair dyed red with kool aid, a DIY ombre job, an attempt at RIT-dyeing hair, and then...

PURPLE TIPS!!!  Basically, I've had this thing where once I want to dye my hair a certain color, I need to eventually get it out of my system. I've done red and blonde, and purple was on my list. I few months back, I picked up a 99 cent bottle of Adore purple rage hair dye at Urban - come on, it was begging for it!

I had a rough day at school, and I thought: "yeah, today's the day, I'm going to dye my hair purple". Mind you, my school does not allow colored hair. Did I care? No. I was being an angsty teenager.

I left the purple dye on the bottom of my hair wrapped in tin foil for about an hour, then washed it out without shampooing in the shower. It was super vibrant on my light brown hair for one wash, then diluted a little, and now I'm on my third wash. It's still definitely purple, just not as much as it was when I first dyed it.

At first, the color was really purple with blue tones; now, it's more of a reddish purple. I think that's cause the red in the dye sticks better/more to my hair than the blue.

Anyways, my opinions on this dye job have varied: at first, I was like "holy crap, why did I do this?", then "hey, this is pretty cool", and now "I like it but I kinda hope it fades out all of the way". It's still really cool though, so if it does fade completely, I might re-do it come summer. Maybe I'll go for the whole head (which'll only get me a purple tint since my hair gets darker closer to the roots). So yeah, there's my purple hair. I will happily answer any questions :)

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BURY ME IN PLAID

Hello lovelies!!!

I think my obsession with plaid started as a young girl when we had to wear plaid pinafores to school for uniform. As we grew up, those pinafores became skirts, and when I was 10, khaki skirts. I was devastated. I love the look of plaid skirts, and wanted to wear one everyday.

Still, that is the case - I own like 5 plaid skirts that I constantly wear. On top of that, I have flannels, pants, and jackets with plaid/tartan patterns. It's an obsession.

plaid obsessions


I think plaid adds both an innocence and a sense of adventure to an outfit, not sure why...
It's like, I could be going to school in this outfit, or I could be chopping down a tree in the wilderness! You know what I mean? 

My family is part Scottish/Irish, so I believe we have a family tartan; although I'm not quite sure what it looks like, I know I want to own everything with that pattern. I'm obsessed.

xx Alyssa

Monday, March 10, 2014

WEEKEND IN THE MOUNTAINS

Hello lovelies!! This past weekend, I went to the mountains for skiing and snow. Here's a few photos from my little journey:




xx Alyssa

Friday, March 7, 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: Flannel & Boots

Hello lovelies!!! I liked my outfit today.


Flannel: LF
Top: Brandy Melville
Pants: Urban Outfitters
Black Dr. Martens

xx Alyssa