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Monday, November 30, 2015

Monthly Music Mailbag: November 2015

Disclaimer: I'm writing this on November 29th, and as today is November 30th, that means the new Animal Collective single, "FloriDada," has been released. This will inevitably effect my November list; even though I haven't even heard the song yet, I'm sure it's amazing, and you should all go search for it and give it a listen. Now, without further ado, my five favorite songs from the month of November!

UPDATE: "FloriDada" has, in fact, been released as of this morning. Animal Collective's new album Painting With will be released February 19th... the countdown begins. Also, "FloriDada" is now my honorary #1 for this month.



I'm loving London collective PC Music right now. This isn't the first Sophie song I heard - you might recognize his track "Lemonade" from a recent McDonald's commercial. His sound is unique, his image is very mysterious, and his aesthetic makes me extremely happy.

4. Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games - Of Montreal

I heard this song on Sirius XMU at the beginning of the month, and the bass line instantly got me hooked. I put it on my "starred" Spotify playlist, and I've been jamming out to it ever since.

3. Hey QT - QT

Sophie produced this song, so it's a little similar to his own work - most noticeably, the pitched-up female vocals. I'm loving high female vocals right now (think the rest of PC Music, Grimes, Chvrches, Purity Ring). This song is such a banger, too.

2. California - Grimes

Speaking of Grimes, although some fans cite this song as one of her worst on Art Angels, I love it. I love the pop sound, and it really bugs me when people can't get past that - pop music doesn't have to be bad by default. Also, it's about California, so I'm a little biased. Very catchy.

1. Sick Beat - Kero Kero Bonito

One of the guys in Kero Kero Bonito also goes by Kane West, who (surprise surprise) is part of PC Music. This song does really have a sick beat, which distracts me from the fact I cannot understand a word of Japanese. Just give at a try... it's great, I promise.

xx Alyssa

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Bay Area

My lack of posts this past week is due to my Thanksgiving holiday here in the US - every year, my family travels up the 101 to spend time with family in the Bay Area. We spend hours cooking for our Thanksgiving feast, and I must say, my pumpkin pie this year was the best it's ever been. I visited friends from the Bay Area, did a little shopping, a lot of eating, and had a great quick break before December sets in. Three weeks until winter break!

It's a little sad how fascinated I am with the fact that things are actually green and alive in Northern California. 

I visited Hayes Valley for the first time, and was not disappointed. This car parked on one of the streets around Hayes just made my day. Look how adorable it is!

We always make our way to the Ferry Building after eating dim sum at the Rincon Center. I thought this sign was cute (and kind of funny - really, NO! DOGS!).

My friend took me to this cute little ice cream counter somewhere around Haight-Ashbury (I think?). I got Honey Lavender and Pumpkin flavors, and it was fantastic.

I hope everyone in the US had a lovely Thanksgiving break! 

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Beat USC

I don't want to offend anyone reading this, so apologies if you're a Trojan fan. That being said, USC sucks. I'm sorry. Both of my parents went to UCLA, so it's basically my religion; it's a sin to support USC! I definitely would not consider myself a football fan in any way, shape, or form, but I get really into the UCLA vs USC game every year. Most of the kids at my school are USC fans, so I get substantial hate for it. I don't care, it's worth it.

Sweater: vintage
Jeans: Acne Denim
Socks: UCLA store
Shoes: Nike AF1
Pins: UCLA Store, vintage BEAT USC button (from my mom's days at UCLA!!)

xx Alyssa

Monday, November 23, 2015

Throwback Monday???: Providence, R.I.

This may be a sad attempt at trying to find something to post because it was too dark this morning to take photos of today's outfit, but you can't blame me. Thanksgiving Break starts on Tuesday afternoon for me, and I'm trying to balance schoolwork, college applications, and packing for San Francisco these next two days. 

I don't know if many other people do this, but I actually frequently look through the Photos app on my Macbook - I love looking at old photos. These, although not so old (they were taken this past summer while I was studying at Brown University), still made me a little bit nostalgic... I might've shed a tear. I haven't shared them yet, so I thought today's lack of post material was the perfect opportunity. 

Cool reflections off of the top of a building at Brown.

"Lonely As I've Ever Been," walking to Downtown Providence.

A drain pipe on a RISD building.

Brunch at Duck & Bunny, the perfect break from college cafeteria food.

The wall inside a record store on Thayer St. I Love You, Honeybear and In Colour make an appearance, two of my favorite albums of 2015.

I really do miss Providence. The city was a perfect  mix of business and creativity, with little areas to explore, and a towny feel. It's walkable, there's good food, and it was lovely during July. 

xx Alyssa

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Best New Music: Fall 2015

As Fall ends and Winter creeps up on us (just kidding... it's 80 degrees here), I thought I'd share some of my favorite new albums of the past few months. These are all artists I have listened to before, and I was so excited to get some new material from them! Definitely give at least one of these albums a listen on your lazy Sunday afternoon.

source: Rolling Stone

I'm a huge fan of The Strokes, and after seeing Albert Hammond Jr. open for Jake Bugg a couple of years ago in Los Angeles, I fell in love. Last year, while binge-watching every season of Gossip Girl, I was elated to hear "Hard To Live In The City" and "In Transit" in two different episodes. Now, Albert Hammond Jr. is back, and I couldn't be happier. My favorite songs are "Losing Touch" and "Razors Edge." Check out Rogue Magazine's interview with Albert Hammond Jr., and if you want to read more, buy our debut issue!

source: pitchfork

Like Albert Hammond Jr., I've been a fan of Vampire Weekend for a looooong time, and so I've been following the solo project of Baio (who plays bass) for a while now. Previous releases have been great, and this album didn't disappoint. "Sister of Pearl" plays on the radio all the time, and it always gets me in a good mood.

source: stereogum

I saw Grimes at New York Fashion Week back in September, and freaked out. We were staying at the same hotel, and she was waiting outside for an Uber when I was doing the same. It was great. After hearing "SCREAM" before Art Angels was released, I was kinda scared for this album... I really hate that song, it's too abrasive for my little ears. But, in all honesty, the rest of the album is awesome. A lot of people are complaining that it's "too poppy" and too much unlike Grimes' past work, but I love it. My favorites include "California" and "Pin."

Source: altmusicbox

Swim Deep's first album Where The Heaven Are We holds a special place in my heart. I've been following them every since that release, and their sophomore album did not disappoint. It's psychedelic, noisey, and fun. My favorite songs are "Green Conduit" and "Fueiho Boogie."

xx Alyssa

Friday, November 20, 2015

DIY Tie-Around Choker

Hello lovelies! Recently, I've seen a lot of tie-around choker necklaces on bloggers, shopping websites, and random girls from Tumblr. After stumbling across this image today, I decided to DIY one really quickly - it's a simple piece that adds to any outfit!

Here's what you'll need:
1) leather or suede cord
2) two metal end clips/clamps (not sure what they're called)
3) one metal jump ring
4) one metal clasp
5) scissors
6) tiny pliers
7) measuring tape 

Step 1: Measure around your neck where you want the choker to hit, then add 10 inches to that measurement. Cut a piece of your cord to that length.

Step 2: Tie this piece of cord around your neck like you want the necklace to be. Now cut (or have a friend to it) the back of the necklace in the middle back, at the nape of your neck. Make sure to remember which ends are the necklace, and which ends are the ends of the tie.

Step 3: Clamp the ends of your necklace and attach the jump ring and clasp to the ends. Now you don't have to tie the necklace every time you want to wear it! Super easy.

Step 4 (optional): If you're afraid the knot is going to come undone, put a dab of superglue at the back of it. Viola, you're now super chic!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A Visit To The Broad Museum

On Sunday morning, my mom and I got up early to make the trek to Downtown LA to try and get into the Broad Museum. You have to reserve (free) tickets in advance, and they were all booked up for days, so we tried our luck in the standby line. We waited nearly two hours, but eventually made it in, and it was so worth it.

Takashi Murakami

Jeff Koons

Andy Warhol

Mike Kelley

John Baldessari 

Keith Haring

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jenny Holzer

Roy Lichtenstein 

The collection was fantastic, and the wait was so worth it. I might go as far to say that I liked it even more than my visit to the new Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC) in September. My favorite artists (Kelley, Haring, Lichtenstein, Holzer) were all represented. I'm so glad Los Angeles has this amazing museum now! I definitely recommend it to everyone who lives here, and if you're visiting LA, it's right next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Grand Central Market (a cool food place), so it's a must-visit. 

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Fall with Brandy Melville

Hello lovelies! The suburb of Los Angeles that I live in is currently getting an awesome makeover - we've had a huge influx of great new stores and restaurants (WE FINALLY GOT IN-N-OUT) this year, and I'm so glad I'm still around to see it! Everyone that comes back from college to see all of the new additions is shocked. Not only did we just get a MAC and Sephora, but we're getting a Brandy Melville! Normally, I'd have to drive around 30 minutes to get to any of these places (including In-N-Out), so you can imagine my excitement. In celebration, I made a little Fall lookbook with some of my Brandy Melville pieces, plus a few of my favorite vintage finds.

Dress: Brandy Melville
Overalls: Vintage (Melrose Trading Post)
Shoes: Birkenstock

Top: Brandy Melville
Pants: Brandy Melville
Shoes: Dr. Martens
Choker: Vintage (Etsy)

Sweater: Brandy Melville
Skirt: Vintage (Haight Ashbury in San Francisco)
Shoes: Nike AF1s

What are your favorite Brandy pieces? Right now, I'm loving their Cammy TopViolet Top, and Olivier Turtleneck Top

 Look at that little tie! So cute.

The mock neck top is so in style right now, and the little rips on the Violet Top give me serious Yeezy vibes. Loving it.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Swim Deep, Baby

Today's outfit of the day is brought to you in a series of selfies, as my mom wasn't available to be my photographer today. It's one of the coldest days we've had in Southern California this season (60 degrees!!! wow!), so I'm bundling up in pants, a sweater, and an actual coat.


My Converse have some DIY embroidery; a few months ago, after realizing that I literally never wear my Converse anymore, I decided I needed to spice them up a little bit so I would actually put them on. Thus, the Swim Deep logo was born.

photo from Amazon

Sweater: from a boutique in Los Angeles
Coat: Levi's
Shoes: Converse

xx Alyssa