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A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Friday, June 27, 2014

WALL CLIPPINGS (from Ireland, England, & misc)

Helloooo lovelies! Yesterday, I finally added a mass of magazine/newspaper/etc clippings on to my wall.



The new stuff is as follows:

"What Do You Think?" card from the Tate Modern in London
Dimensions Festival, Touch The Wood, Rokit Beach, Rokit Card, Field Day poster from Rokit Vintage in Covent Garden and Camden
London Tube Ticket
Domino card from my Arctic Monkeys vinyl
Constellation clipping from Pratt newsletter

Yaaaaay for happy walls!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ENGLAND: Disposable Camera Photos

Hello lovelies!!! Here's a few photos I just got developed from my disposable camera that I brought to England. 


Me at a little farm where we had afternoon tea.



Somewhere in Bath, England from the top of a double decker bus.



The lovely seaside of West Bay, Dorset.


My amazing British host in Glastonbury, Somerset.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NOSTALGIA

Here's a little piece on nostalgia:

Everyone says "time flies when you're having fun," but time flies no matter what you're doing. You know? Like, you may be sitting in math class, wondering whether or not it's been fifty minutes yet. It seems like it has, but it's only been twenty five. Yeah, time seems to slow down. But then that class ends, and you have five other classes, and before you know it school's out for the day, week, month, year, and then you've grown up and you're going to college and life stares you right in the eyes. 

Life seems to pass by so quickly. I'm not sure if I'd say I'm nostalgic about fifth grade, but it just hit me that fifth grade is over. It was over six years ago, but it just hit me. 

I think that's the key to being nostalgic. Let it hit, but let it hit much later. You don't want to end up unable to do anything else because you miss that one day in the forest, the time on the lake, the feeling you felt ten months, seven days, two hours, and forty-three minutes ago. 

There's always a time for nostalgia; nostalgia in moderation. Like food. Because if you let nostalgia hit you as a giant tidal wave, you'll be stuck in the past and unable to be adventurous and daring and exciting and do the things that will probably make you more nostalgic in the future. I mean, be nostalgic. Everyone needs to splash in the waves of the past - ooooh, metaphors. Just don't drown, because before you know it, the sun is setting and everything starts over again.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NEW ITEM ALERT: Pressed Flower Wooden Pin

Helloooo lovelies!! My Etsy store has been up and running for about 4 days now, and I though it was time to add another item on there. I made 5 of these super cute flower pins, and I think they're perfect for my shop!







Yaaay!! I love flowers; I have a huge stash of pressed flowers (including a few clovers), and I thought I'd make a few goodies out of them considering I can't use them all for my artwork.

Let me know what you think!

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 23, 2014

ENGLAND: Clothing Haul

Helloooo lovelies! It's been almost a week since I came back from England, so I thought I'd do a little clothing haul to show you all what I picked up on my (shopping) trip. 


I got this awesome shirt at Topshop. It matches the skirt below, and at first I was unsure about it (and almost thought of returning it) because the fit is slightly awkward, but then I remembered how cute it was.


Also from topshop were a pack of two tattoo choker bracelets/anklets and black ruffle socks. I love all the different colors of ruffle socks I have because they make any outfit cuter, but I really needed black ones. 

I got the top right shirt at Jack Wills, and I love it so much because it has the little daisies on it that you see everywhere in England (and sadly, nowhere near where I live). It's a baggy tee, and really soft.

I got the repurposed velvet crop top (top left) from Rokit in Camden. The picture quality really sucks, but it's a lovely top with the nicest material. I am recently loving everything forest green, so I had to have it.

xx Alyssa

Saturday, June 21, 2014

VISIONS OF NYC x ETSY

Hello lovelies!!! Wow, am I excited... My Etsy store is now open! You can get to it using this link: 


Isn't this cool? I'm really exited about it. I have updated my shop with three different types of products, each either with different options or ~customizable~. As of now, I can only ship to the US, but I'm trying to figure out how I can eventually ship internationally.

UPDATE: I can ship both the sticker sheets and patches to select European countries, working on more countries!

Custom Hanging Word/Phrase Banner




I really hope this works out, because I want to keep adding different kinds of products in the future such as pins, custom word bracelets, vintage clothing, and even some of my own art.

If you follow me on Instagram (@alyszsa), I'm going to be doing an Instagram giveaway/promoter search in about two weeks. All you'll have to do is repost a photo, and I'll randomly draw one winner and choose one promoter who will both receive a little package of lots of different things in the store (and things that I'm not selling yet!). 

If you have any suggestions for products, changes I should make, or general questions, comment on this post!! 

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I'M AN ANGLOPHILE

Surprise surprise! Hello lovelies... my name is alyssa, and I am an anglophile. England is so amazing. I really wish I could stay here all summer. I leave in a week :(


Top from American Apparel
Shorts from Melrose Trading Post
Tights from Target
Bag from Fjallraven

This is a photo of me outside Westminster Abbey, because we had to do the touristy things. The little daisies were so cute.

Please let me stay for longer!!!!!

Xx Alyssa

SUMMER CLOTHING STAPLES

Helloooo lovelies! In the theme of summer happiness, I thought I'd share some of my favorite clothes that I'll be wearing all summer.


I tried to make a collage thingy but it didn't work out so well. Anyways...

I wear my black American Apparel skirt all of the time. It's the perfect way to make an outfit a little more dark/mysterious, and it goes with everything!!

My high waisted denim Levi's also are a must for summer. I can wear them with basically any shirt to make an awesome outfit. Plus, it's so hot in LA that shorts a necessity most of the summer.

Crop tops: my best friend. Since I wear so many high waisted skirts and shorts, crop tops are the best. I have a white one from Topshop that I got a few years back, and I wear it all of the time. It goes well with all of my bottoms, and is a cuter alternative to a plain white t-shirt.

Birkenstock-style sandals have become a huge trend recently, but love them or hate them - I can't get enough of mine. I got these black Birks last summer, and I wear them endlessly... They're so comfortable, and go with everything! 

Finally, I wear my white converse a lot during the summer. It's normally too hot for my usual black Dr. Martens, so they serve as a reliable replacment. I've been wearing converse for as long as I can remember (since I was like, 7), and they have become a classic wardrobe staple for me.

Happy summer!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ENGLAND: First Day

Hello lovely people!!! My first day in England has come and gone, and it couldn't have been more fun.


After what came to be almost a full day of travelling, we starter out by wandering around the leicster (spelling?) Square area, as well as covent garden.



We chilled around in St. James park for a while, watching people and enjoying the not 1 million degree weather. 


I also got this awesome top at Rokit which I've been to before in Camden, but their covent garden store was really cool.

I love England. Please can I stay for the whole summer.

xx Alyssa

Friday, June 6, 2014

DIY Pressed Flower Phone Case

Hello lovelies!!! Story time: A few weeks ago, I accidentally made a giant crack along my iPhone's screen. I didn't even drop it; it just appeared, I promise! So I got my mom to take it the Apple Store, and they were nice enough to give me a new iPhone (5s) for free because my warranty wasn't up yet. 

Over the weekend, I was so excited I got a new phone!! Until I tried to take a picture... both the main camera and the flash were disabled and didn't function. So of course, it was broken (and I didn't even do it this time!). The nice people at the Apple Store gave me another new phone since it was their fault for giving my a faulty one. Once I received the fully-functioning third phone, I vowed to get a protective case for it so I wouldn't break it again.

All the cases I saw were really ugly and bulky, until I had an idea... DIY phone case! I shopped around on Amazon and found the most protective, affordable clear case so I could stick whatever I wanted on the back of my phone and it would show through.


Case: Casemate Naked Tough Case w/ Clear Bumper (two parts: clear rubber bumper and clear plastic back)
Flowers: from my neighborhood walks!

As you can see from the classy mirror selfie, I basically just took some flowers that I pressed in an old book for two weeks and stuck them between the case and the phone. They're not bulky, so the case isn't all wonky. I've seen friends do the same sort of thing with mini polaroid pictures... some other cute ideas: stickers, train tickets, fortunes from fortune cookies, anything thin!!!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

LIFE GOES ON

     Hello lovelies!! Today I'm actually going to write a lot and share some stories and we'll see how this goes. I'll start out with explaining my inspiration for writing this. Rookie Mag, a.k.a. my favorite thing ever, has this theme which they stick to for all of the posts throughout the month. This month's is ACTION, which really resonated with me. I read Tavi's Editor's Letter, where she explains how she wants to write about ACTION because she has just graduated from high school; although reminisincing about the past four years has been nice for her, Tavi writes how she understands she can't dwell on the past and she needs to get on with her life. I completely agree.
     I'm a very nostalgic person. One of my friends describes herself as "nostalgic as hell," which I totally understand. I mean, I'm only 15 - I get it, I don't have a lot to look back on. Oh, but I do... I remember 5th grade when all that mattered was how good you were at four-square and the fact I got in trouble in math class for writing with a purple pen. 6th grade brought a bit of bullying towards me, for which I still hold a grudge. 7th grade was not fun at all (at least as I remember it); my brother is in 7th grade now, so hearing about everything he does is really bringing my memories of getting bad grades on tests in classes I hated. 8th grade was alright... we read Catcher in the Rye and To Kill A Mockingbird, so that was my favorite year of English class at least. Looking back on 9th grade, it was extremely easy school-wise and I would really love to be able to say that about this year. Nevertheless, 10th grade has been tough. School is a million times harder (hyperbole intended), and although I found some classes like AP European History and my honors British Lit course really interesting, it was still a whole lot of work and studying and reading and even some crying. Which lead me to come to the conclusion that, hey! I cried more over school this year than I did over people!  That's a first. Although that seems a little weird, I'm kinda proud of it. This year, I haven't let people get to me as much. I shook it off, and tried to focus on school instead. It's stressful, but it's better than being preoccupied by people who don't deserve your time.

      Not everything has gone perfectly, though. I failed a chemistry test I studied really hard for, I got rejected from an arts program I was hopeful about, and I was disappointed by a few people here and there. School and cheerleading frustrated me, and I felt a little alone sometimes (drowning in work ha ha ha). But basically, in retrospect of this past school year, I've understand that life goes on. Next year will most likely be the most frustrating/hardest/stressful year I've encountered, but it will happen, and it will pass. I only have two more years until I'm done with high school. Scary.
      I'll go off on a little tangent (I have a math final exam today, please send your prayers): I'm going on a trip to England with three of closest friends in less than a week with our school. I'm such an anglophile: I have been since like, 5th grade. Yes, I was obsessed with bad British pop music in 7th/8th grade. I am not afraid to admit it. Basically, what I'm trying to get at is that my friends that are going on the trip and I are currently reminiscing about all of the embarrassing music we listened during our crazy UK obsession phase (cough cough One Direction), and therefore, I'm listening to mainly that music while studying for my final exams (cough cough One Direction). Specifically: One Direction's first album, Up All Night. Come on, admit it - you've listened to it before. And if you haven't, you always wanted to see what all the fuss was about. My friends and I are planning to listen to all of their songs on the plane to England in celebration of us finally making the trip across the pond together. 


Up All Night. Source: Wikipedia

    So I'm trying to explain how I've been looking back a lot lately: on my past music taste, decisions, actions, etc. But what I realized is that LIFE GOES ON!!!! I've noticed a lot of people have been feeling a little down lately, wether it has to do with school, other people, or just the future in general. I wanted to talk about this today because I think people should be happy. I think we should all live in the moment and not force a lot of stress upon ourselves. Especially you, teenage girls: you have your whole life in front of you! Don't waste a day! You want to start an online magazine? Do it! You want to write a song? Write it! Hell, write it and recorded it and share it with your friends! Failing that chemistry test will not matter when I'm 40 (Submarine reference). I have a giant stack of papers from this year that I don't need, and I'm planning on using them in the fireplace to roast marshmallows in a few days. This summer will be amazing, and I don't have to keep dwelling on everything that happened in my sophomore year (or any year before). I can get on with my life and just be happy!!! Happy about high school!!!! And everything that comes with growing up: going to concerts, getting my license, thinking about college, making new friends, being adventurous, learning a lot of interesting stuff in school, getting better at whatever I want to do in life. 




     Life goes on! It does, I promise. Let's just be excited for the future.

Sorry if this was a little deep.
xx Alyssa