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A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Friday, June 26, 2015

Advanced Projects @ SAIC: Final Show

It's the final day of a two-week portfolio development course I've been taking at SAIC, and we finally get to show our work in a gallery today! We made a few posters (mainly so out parents knew where to go), and I'm really excited to be able to see my work in a gallery setting. Basically, I can't wait to not see a pile of fabric cuttings, dust, fur, etc. on the ground from working on my project.


Here's my little poster I made with ink and brown paper for the show.


My two pieces are meant to be shown next to each other, so I tried to convey that with these low-resolution Snapchat photos. They're both self-portraits, covered with materials such as plastic, foil, tape, cut-up CDs, lace, fur, and more. I'm really proud of these, as they're both quite large and took me two weeks; I also made a video that goes along with them, which I might post on Youtube soon. Let me know what you think!

xx Alyssa



Thursday, June 25, 2015

Art Textures

Well, I've reached the final two days of my art program in Chicago, where I've been working on my portfolio for the past two weeks. It's been non-stop (as in 9-4 every day, plus extra studio hours), and I've produced pieces that I'm really proud of. Hopefully, the board of admissions at all of the colleges I'm applying to in Fall will feel the same way! I'm probably only applying to one art school, but I'm going to submit a portfolio to every other college/university I apply to, as I plan to study art whether it be a second major or a minor.

At my high school, I take a class that's basically just titled "Art," although it is primarily a painting/drawing class. We don't do any 3D work, so I thought I'd take advantage of my time this summer and do some cool 3D pieces for my portfolio. I'm working on two large tapestries, and I took a few photos of the different textures to share with you all:



foil and vinyl


faux fur, felt


cut up ant-static film


fur and batting


safety pins


video and audio cassette tape


feathers from my Tanzanian safari last year, faux fur, faux hair


coat lining, ink

I can't wait to finish these pieces, and will definitely post photos of the final project within the next few days. Hope everyone is having a lovely summer!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bucktown: Vintage, Tacos, and Donuts

Hello lovelies! I've been in Chicago for a little over a week now, and on last Friday night when I finally had a bit of a break of non-stop artmaking all week, my friends and I took a trip to an area of the city called Bucktown where we indulged in a little shopping and a lot of food.

We stopped in a wig store where you could try on all the wigs if you payed $1 for a wig cap. It was hilarious seeing me with long blonde hair and bangs! I almost bought a blue wig, but I decided I could've spent the $29.99 in a better way. 

We had dinner at the takeout window of Bigstar Tacos, which was delicious. I got the chicken tacos and a horchata... man, it was good. I definitely recommend it. But be warned, Bigstar is the "hip taco joint," so if you want to sit in the main restaurant, you're going to have 30 people with mustaches, beards, and lots of flannel in line in front of you. Yes, that's what happened to us.



We also went to this adorable vintage store called Kokorokoko Vintage that had the best selection I've seen in a long time. It was a tad on the pricey side, but still great. I actually squealed in delight when I found this Keith Haring pin. They had Haring everywhere - even in the dressing rooms! I got the cutest 60s style dress.





Before heading back to out dorm, we ate dessert at Glazed & Infused; there were five of us, so we ordered five different donuts and sampled them all. My favorite were the vanilla glazed and peanut butter ones. Delicious.

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 22, 2015

Moldmaking (my face)

Hello lovelies! I'm doing an art program right now so I can get a good start on my portfolio for college applications over the summer... scary. Anyways, one of my friends/fellow classmates is making a bunch of masks for her project, and so she made an alginate mold of my face. It was one of the weirdest experiences I've ever had; fun, but not so fun when I got alginate in my mouth and wasn't able to move for 45 minutes.


Me, pre-moldmaking, in my art clothes (top and jeans both vintage, pin from MCA in Chicago).


After the alginate was done. I had straws sticking out my mouth so that I could breathe, but one fell to the side and it was an uncomfortable situation. Not scary, just kinda gross.


Here's me with all of the plaster around the alginate mold so we could actually take it off my face and not ruin it. I looked like an alien. Someone came around while the plaster was drawing and drew a smiley face on me!

The final product was actually pretty cool, and looked exactly like me (obviously). Ah, what we do in the name of art. 

xx Alyssa

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Scenes Of Chicago

Hello lovelies!! Let me set the scene for you. As I write this at 7:48 AM in Chicago, I can hear car horns and lots of people screaming their lungs out. This has been going on since around 6:30. No, there's no danger - it's only the Stanley Cup parade for the Blackhawks, who won earlier this week. Ah, Chicago. Here's some photos I've taken around the city as I've been here for nearly a week.


An embroidery piece from the Museum of Contemporary Art.


A scanned image of me looking at a Tracey Emin book.


The cutest backyard of a house next to the L station.


A car from an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago.


A still from "Submarine," (dir. Richard Ayoade) which I watched by myself in the library two days ago.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Windy City

Hello lovelies!! Chicago is pretty cool. This is the first time I've visited, so I thought I'd share some photos.


Dress: Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses: Celine


Breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Shirts: Brandy Melville, American Apparel

Hello lovelies! This summer, I'm trying to clean out my closet (basically by selling my clothes on Poshmark or resale stores like Wasteland) of everything that I don't/can't wear anymore. This, then, makes room for new clothes that I can wear; I'm really trying to get a few pieces that are versatile (but not boring). My friend and I took a little trip down to 3rd Street in Santa Monica for a bit of retail therapy, and I got myself two new shirts that I promise I'll actually wear!



Yes, I actually ventured into Brandy Melville for this one. It was rough, but so worth it. I've worn this shirt already and it's super comfy and really cute.


I have this top in a maroon color from American Apparel and I wear it all the time, so I thought I'd get it in grey. Almost all of the skirts and pants I own are high-waisted, so that translates to mainly crop tops in my wardrobe. Whoops!

xx Alyssa

Friday, June 12, 2015

Purple Dip Dye

Hello lovelies!! Is it 2012 again? Because I have purple dip dye hair! Woohoo!!!!

I go through hair slumps where I get really bored of my hair and feel the insane need to dye it. The last time I dyed my hair was last fall; I just went a little darker than my natural color, but it faded out pretty quickly and I was left with boring dark brown hair again. Last weekend, I bought some bleach from CVS, got out my purple hair dye, and got at it. 

I bleached my ends (only about 2 inches) until they were dark blonde/light brown, then dyed them dark purple with some dye that I had from a few years ago. I love the subtle look of it, and plan to dye it blue or forest green when the purple fades out.




Anyone with experience dyeing over faded colors, please help me out. Can I do blue/green when this fades, or will it turn out barf colored? Help!!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Three New Vinyls: ENGLISH GRAFFITI (the vaccines), IN COLOUR (jamie xx), PERSON PITCH (panda bear)

Hello lovely people!!! I'm so happy right now... I finally bought a replacement needle for my turntable, and in the past week, I've gotten three new (fantastic) vinyls. Here's my thoughts on each:





IN COLOUR - Jamie xx

This album is awesome. I've never been really into The xx, but I've loved Jamie xx for a while now - after missing his set at Coachella 2013, I finally got to see him at Coachella 2015 back in April, and have been waiting for this album to come out ever since. I listened to it once the whole way through when it was released on Spotify, and I was hooked. Standout songs (in my opinion) are "Gosh," "Obvs," "Stranger In A Room," and "The Rest Is Noise." The way he uses steel drums in "Obvs" just gets me. This is a definitely an album that I would put on in my car while driving home in the dark. It's introspective, British, and peaceful - anything I could ever want in music.


ENGLISH GRAFFITI - The Vaccines

Another fantastic album from a British act, which came out 2 (I think?) weeks ago now. The Vaccines are my favorite band, and although they took a bit of a new direction with this record, their roots are definitely still visible and what they've created is amazing. My favorite songs are "Minimal Affection" (shoutout to that Strokes influence - we all heard it), "All Afternoon In Love," "20/20" (gives me flashbacks to "Wreckin' Bar"), "Give Me A Sign" (it sounds like a One Direction song, and I love it), and one of the bonus tracks, "English Graffiti." I'm not gonna lie, I actually cried the first time I listened to "All Afternoon In Love." It reminds me of "Family Friend," "Lonely World," and "Somebody Else's Child," from their earlier two albums. Melancholy lyrics, hard-hitting guitar, Justin Young going on about being in love and getting fed up with other people. He is my favorite.


PERSON PITCH - Panda Bear

Not British, not new, and not surprising, it's Panda Bear's critically acclaimed (and I mean 9.4 on Pitchfork) album, Person Pitch. I literally posted last week about getting this in CD format at Amoeba for like, $5... well, let me tell you a story. I love this album with all of my heart. The first Panda Bear song I heard was "Comfy In Nautica," the first track on this album, and I've cherished it ever since. I mean, who doesn't like 12 minutes of non-stop Panda Bear? Yes, I'm talking about one song: "Bros. " Anyways, I've been wanting in on vinyl forever; I looked online, but it's currently out of print and $80 on Amazon was just not going to cut it for me. I went to Amoeba Records in hopes of finding a used copy, but had no success (thus the CD). I'm actually convinced it was by some divine intervention that I spotted this record in the stacks at the Urban Outfitters store in Santa Monica right as I was about to leave... for $13. Thirteen dollars. It's not used, I don't think; there's no scratches on the actual vinyl, and nothing is missing. But it was the only copy, and was banged up around the edges and a little worn on the inside from rubbing together. I'm so perplexed on how this single copy of Person Pitch ended up in the biggest record collection in an Urban Outfitters that I know of. Was it an old warehouse copy?? I don't know, I don't care. I'm ecstatic.

What has everyone else been listening to lately? Anyone have good music/vinyls they recommend?

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 8, 2015

3rd Street Santa Monica Haul

Hello lovelies!! It's finally summer and I am so happy. I feel so free!!! Senior year, here I come. That's so cliché, but I can't stop saying it. After going to my high school's graduation this past Saturday, it really hit me... I'm going to be on that stage in less than a year, now. Frightening.

Anyway, I met my mom after graduation (with tears in my eyes, of course, because some of my closest friends were seniors) and we took a little trip down to 3rd Street in Santa Monica to do some summer shopping. Okay, I didn't actually buy the golf hat - but I found it in some closet in my house, and I thought it was hilarious, so I had to include it.


Jacket: UNIF x Urban Outfitters
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Nike Benassi Slides

I'm in love with this UNIF coat. It's super thin, windbreaker-like material, so it's a great Los Angeles alternative for that thick camel duffle coat I've been wanting for so long. I tried this dress on (also from Urban Outfitters) and loved the way it fit so much that I had to get it. There was this crazy 6-hour-long workout event going on at 3rd Street, run by a new store called Six:02 that sells a lot of awesome workout clothes from different brands. They had a bunch of these Nike slides in different prints, and at only $30 (plus 20% off just for the day), I couldn't resist. Can't wait to rock socks & sandals with these babies.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, June 4, 2015

SUMMER PLAYLIST 2015

HELLO LOVELIES!!! Today is the first day of summer for me, ow ow ow!!! I'm so excited. I'm going to Chicago next week; I've never been, and I'm going to do an art program at SAIC for portfolio development, which is gonna be fantastic. I thought I'd make a little playlist of all the songs that have defined/made me think of summer the past few years. This one's gonna be a good one.


It's basically just a lot of The Vaccines and other songs that remind of camp/England.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Amoeba Music Haul

Hello lovelies!! I went to Amoeba Music over the weekend, and got some sweet deals on a bunch of great music. I mean, I payed full price for a few things, but it was still totally worth it. Vinyl makes me happy. I apologize for the quality of these pictures... I photograph at weird times of day!!

The Whole Squad:


"Handsome" and "Dream Lover" Singles:
I love The Vaccines, you probably know that by now. These were $10 each, and I have English Graffiti on vinyl coming in the mail, but I had to get them because the feeling of not having singles like "If You Wanna" and "Wreckin' Bar" because they aren't available anymore makes me really sad. Also these ones are pretty colors. 


Person Pitch and Mr. Noah by Panda Bear:
Surprise surprise, I bought more Panda Bear! I was hoping I'd find Person Pitch on vinyl (I have Tomboy and Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper already), but I'm not complaining that I got the CD for $5. It's so pretty, and so nice to have the little booklet. Person Pitch has one of my favorite album artworks. The Mr. Noah CD was a promotional thing, so you can't actually buy it anywhere, which makes me extremely happy to know that I got it for only $2. $2!!!! That's like, free. 


And for the finale of bad quality images of music, Danse Manatee by Animal Collective!!!!


xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Day In Los Angeles: Korean Food, Amoeba Music

Hello lovelies!! This past weekend, as a little break from my preparation for the two final exams I have this week, my mom and I went down to Amoeba and walked around the general area on Sunset Blvd. I'm not actually sure what that part of Los Angeles is called... anyone want to enlighten me? 

I spent nearly 45 minutes in Amoeba, scouring the vinyl, used vinyl, CDs, used CDs, etc. I was hoping to find an old copy of Merriweather Post Pavilion on vinyl because they're super expensive/unavailable everywhere I look... but alas, it was nowhere to be found. I treated myself to a bunch of music though, which I will show in my next post!

When I go down to Amoeba, I always like to walk over to Space 15 Twenty. I try to plan my trips on Sundays so that I can go to the LA Farmer's Market, where my mom always buys vegetables and I get Korean Food. This food is so good, I had to share. It's in one of the stalls by where people are selling clothes and furtinture, and I always find myself coming back to it. 




They also had some vintage vendors in the courtyard at Space 15 Twenty, which were fun to browse through. I found the CUTEST dress at the Free People there, but it was still crazy expensive - even on sale. Luckily, it looks like it's cheaper online. I need more money. (click the picture to go to the Free People website)


Tomorrow I will post what I got from Amoeba. It's almost summer - I only have one more day of school on Thursday!

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 1, 2015

American Apparel Haul: Lulu Pink Grid Set

Helloooo lovelies!!! So American Apparel had a 30% off sale on Memorial Day, which made me unbelievably happy... especially because I finally got that cliché "aesthetic" mini skirt and crop top set, the Lulu. I managed to get both the Lulu skirt and top for a whopping total of $30 (I know right???) when each piece is regularly $42. I am ecstatic. There's nothing better than getting this pretty package in the mail.







Definitely worth the $30. I really like both pieces, and the skirt fits really well. I like the fit better than the American Apparel circle skirt, which gets a little too ruffly and twirly for my liking. I actually made a pattern from the Lulu skirt after I got it, and made three more skirts out of my own fabric that are exactly like it!
xx Alyssa