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A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day Tripping in Boston

We've been discussing The Beatles a lot in my Music & Politics class, hence the title of this post. I've been to Boston twice before, but I loved it the most this time around. My friends and I took a day trip to the city from Providence, and had the best time.

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Coffee at Nespresso Cafe


The true history nerds that we are...


I'm endlessly fascinated with how green the East Coast is, mainly because everything in my neighborhood back in California is brown and dead. Boston was lovely, and I'm definitely going to miss the beautiful scenery, parks, and shops when I finish my Music & Politics course on Friday and fly back to the West Coast.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Painting on Vinyl

Painting on vinyl is my new favorite. Acrylic and watercolor (because I can't stand oil) on vinyl just gives the coolest effect. I thought I'd share a piece I did this past year that I showed to RISD during a portfolio review a couple of weeks ago:

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I love the cool textures that I got by mixing the two mediums together on top of vinyl. I also feel like Keith Haring, who painted on vinyl tarpaulin... shoutout to Haring!!!

xx Alyssa

Friday, July 24, 2015

Alexa Chung x AG (round 2)

If there's one combination that could make me shriek with excitement, it's Alexa Chung and awesome denim/corduroy pieces with vintage silhouettes. A bit nerdy, I admit, but I just can't get enough. The second AC for AG collaboration was just released this week, and I'm dying for every piece.

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Isn't this just the most magnificent coat you've ever seen? The embroidery is so beautiful. Too bad it's $1,200. A girl can dream.




I'm actually thinking of buying this one. It's a modest (for the collection) $178, and I already own The Kety in denim, so I know how much I love the silhouette (and how versatile it is). I've wanted a corduroy skirt for a while now, so I may just have to splurge on this piece. Hopefully I can hold myself back.



Tell me that you don't love this. Maroon, corduroy, flared ankles? Too bad they probably only look good on super-tall, Alexa Chung types. Is it too much to ask for a few more inches? I'm almost five foot five... I'd love to grow maybe three more inches overnight. Then I could finally fulfill my dream of becoming Alexa Chung.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Suede Obsession (again...)

Another week, another trend obsession. This time, it's suede. I really can't get enough! I have a tan suede button-down skirt from ASOS, I bought a vintage grey suede skirt in Chicago last month, and now I'm dying for a fringe bag and a tan top. This mint-colored skirt from Topshop has me all heart-eye-emoji, too.

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My recent obsession for this trend definitely has to do with the fact that I'm studying the whole 1960s music & politics scene at Brown University right now; think Summer of Love, Joan Baez, Haight Ashbury, and lots of suede. I just really want to make my experience at Outside Lands in two weeks as similar to the Summer of Love as humanly possible. 

I know the whole 60s/70s trend is huge this summer, but will it last? Personally, I have a feeling I won't be getting over it that quickly... I'll be the girl wearing suede fringe at Coachella 2016. Sorry, but I'm not sorry. Do you all like this trend, or think it's a little tacky? Let me know!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Seen at Brown

If you haven't been keeping up with me on my Instagram (alyszsa) or my last blog post, I'm currently having an amazing time learning and making friends from around the globe at Brown University's Summer@Brown program. My class is titled Music & Politics: From Mozart to Arcade Fire, and right now, we're about to study Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and the 1960s... so you can say I'm getting excited. Next week, we're going to get as far as Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. It's going to be great. Here are some photos I've taken around campus!




I'm fascinated with the East Coast. It's just so different from California, and although I've spent quite a bit of time in New York City, I've never really gotten to live in the quintessential East Coast town. Walking around Providence, Rhode Island and taking the bus through the little towns to Newport was just an exciting, new experience for me. But still... the West Coast is the best coast. Sorry, Brown. I still love you.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Art at Brown University

I love Brown University. Hello Brown!! If you're reading this, please accept me!

I'm doing a program called Summer@Brown right now, and my class is titled Music & Politics: From Mozart to Arcade Fire. I'm almost halfway through the program, and I'm loving it. My class is so interesting, and I've met the most amazing people! The benefit of doing a college summer program like this is it attracts students from all over the world; my friends are from England, Italy, Turkey, France, New York, and California (among many other places). It's such a wonderful opportunity to learn so much in class and the same amount during my free time by simply making international friends. 

One of my favorite aspects of Brown is that it has a great art program, as well as the fact that it's situated right next to the Rhode Island School of Design. Here's some photos I took in Brown's List Art Building, as well as one in the RISD museum!






xx Alyssa

Friday, July 17, 2015

ROGUE Magazine


Hello lovely people! I'm so excited to be part of the ROGUE Mag team, so I thought I'd share:


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ROGUE is a brand new (literally, we launched two weeks ago) magazine that publishes in digital and print. Taken straight from our website, theroguemag.com:

 In an age where style has overtaken substance, listicles run rampant, and likes supersede quality, Rogue is raising its flag to give a voice to creatives the world over. We want to discover the journey behind the artists we admire and give them the platform to tell their story unfiltered. The objective is to shy away from commercially stylized photoshoots & instead lean towards imagery that conveys the subject's personality, without drowning them behind brand names.

We aim to push boundaries both in content and visuals, without sensationalizing our subject matter. We want to build real relationships with our viewers and talent to create relevant cultural content. Rogue will not be a shopping guide or a walking advertisement. We are dedicated to creating an atmosphere of art, not commerce. 

As a high schooler, I couldn't feel more fortunate to be working with such an amazing, experienced team. Our website (again, theroguemag.com) already has some fantastic features on Marina Diamandis (of Marina & The Diamonds), Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Death Cab For Cutie, Shiloh Fernandez, and many more. ROGUE really aims to show the honest, unaltered side of artists; this is what distinguishes us from other lifestyle publications. 
xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Music Fest Outfit Ideas: Outside Lands

If you've been reading this blog lately, you'll have probably noticed my slight obsession with the upcoming Outside Lands festival. I'm so excited!! Right now, I'm sitting in a café in Providence, Rhode Island, waiting for my check-in at Brown for a summer program... so I thought I'd brainstorm some 60s/70s inspired outfits for the festival. Time to get my Summer of Love on!


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Any other ideas for what I should wear? I'm loving suede, neutrals, crochet, and vintage outlines right now... if anyone couldn't notice.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Outside Lands Playlist

It's less than a month until Outside Lands in San Francisco, and I'm getting insanely excited! I've never been, so it'll be a really exciting experience. Here's my playlist, with a selection from the artists I'm most excited to see.

Broods - Mother & Father
Broods - Bridges
Caribou - Can't Do Without You
Caribou - Odessa
Caribou - Our Love
Caribou - Silver
Chet Faker - 1998
Chet Faker - Cigarettes & Loneliness
Chet Faker - Gold
Chet Faker - Cigarettes and Chocolate
Chet Faker - No Diggity
Chet Faker - Talk Is Cheap
The Drums - Money
The Drums - Best Friend
The Drums - Down By The Water
The Drums - Kiss Me Again
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
First Aid Kit - My Silver Lining
First Aid Kit - Stay Gold
First Aid Kit - Cedar Lane 
First Aid Kit - Master Pretender
George Ezra - Blame It On Me
George Ezra - Benjamin Twine
George Ezra - Over The Creek
George Ezra - Cassy O'
George Ezra - Leaving It Up To You 
Hot Chip - Huarache Lights
Basically Everything Ever By Mumford & Sons
ODESZA - Say My Name
ODESZA - Bloom
ODESZA - All We Need
ODESZA - Sun Models
Sky Ferreira - I Blame Myself
Sky Ferreira - You're Not The One
St. Vincent - Teenage Talk
St. Vincent - Birth in Reverse
St. Vincent - Prince Johnny
Tame Impala - Apocalypse Dreams
Tame Impala - Eventually
Twin Peaks - I Found A New Way
Twin Peaks - Making Breakfast



If there are any artists on the lineup that I haven't mentioned/aren't on the playlist that I should really check out, let me know!

xx Alyssa

Monday, July 13, 2015

DIY Stickers

I'm pretty positive I've posted about this machine before, but I have this little contraption (made by the brand Xyron) that makes stickers out of any designs cut out of paper. You just feed it through the machine, and out comes a perfect sticker! They're super strong too, so I use these DIY stickers everywhere; my portable turntable, my headphones, etc. 

I recently came back from a trip to Chicago. When I travel, I love picking up free postcards and newspapers from wherever I go; my class at SAIC was the perfect opportunity to find some art school gems. I found SAIC's student-run paper, and made a bunch of stickers from the little designs I cut out from it. 



How cute are these? I wish I multiple copies of the paper so I could make multiple "barely legal" stickers... it just reminds me of The Strokes.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Steal Her Style: Alexa Chung @ Glastonbury 2015

I always gey major festival envy when Glastonbury rolls around. I've wanted to go since 8th grade, and I might actually go next year with my best friend! I've always loved how different the fashion is from that of Coachella, as "chella" fashion is the only one I'm really familiar with/used to. I'm going to Outside Lands in less than a month now, so I've been searching for festival outfit ideas for cooler weather; and by cooler, I mean less than 90 degrees. Here's some outfit ideas I created, based off of Alexa Chung's Glasto 2015 style. 

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white slogan tee, black leather jacket, neutral patterned scarf

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cropped leather jacket, high waisted denim shorts, black tights

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denim collared dress, grey translucent raincoat, neutral patterned scarf

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high neck and neutral-colored crop top, bright and flowy shorts, wellies

Although I don't think I'll need the rainboots at Outside Lands, I'm really getting excited about planning my outfits. I want to plan my Glasto 2016 outfits now, too!

xx Alyssa

Monday, July 6, 2015

What's In My Bag: July 2015

I only have two-thirds of my summer left, but I'm having a whole lot of fun! 4th of July this year was the best one I've ever celebrated, and I can't wait to go to Brown University and take a class on music and its influence on politics (and vice versa). I've driven all over creation this summer, as it's the first one I've had my license, and so I've collected a few things in my bag lately that I thought would be fun to show!


My everyday bag is a vintage crossbody from Coach that I got at the Melrose Trading Post in Los Angeles. I bought it last summer, and have used it nonstop since then. It's got enough room for all of my crap (although I don't carry around a lot of crap), but it's not big enough for it to get super heavy or in the way. It's the perfect size and great quality!



What's in my bag, from left to right:

My wallet, from Kate Spade; my car keys; a wig cap, from when my friends and I tried on a bunch of wigs in Chicago for fun; my sunglasses, from Celine; a Swiss Army Knife; a tape from a band called Impulsive Hearts, which I can only play in my mom's car's tape deck... but I liked the songs!!!; 35mm film that I've had since January and need to get developed; a coffee cup sleeve from Alfred Coffee; the CD that came with the deluxe version of English Graffiti by The Vaccines on vinyl.

xx Alyssa

Friday, July 3, 2015

Penpal Letters: Summer 2015

Nothing made me happier recently than receiving a few penpal letters upon my return home this past Saturday from Chicago. There's just something so special about opening a physical letter - that, and being part of a sort of cross-cultural and global exchange. 

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Look at this stuff! These three letters are from Denmark, England, and even my home state of California. These girls are so sweet and generous, and I always love receiving music recommendations, little pieces of art, and other goodies from them. I also love having somewhere to actually send my art (and stupid little trinkets). I know penpal-ing might seem a little old-fashioned, but it really is all it's cracked up to be!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 2, 2015

SAIC Advanced Projects Pieces

It's almost been a week since my final show at SAIC for the summer course I took titled "Advanced Projects," and I'm still amazed at all of the incredible work my peers and I created. Here are some photos I took at the final show:



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I had a video projection going with two channels looping footage of me taking off various pieces of clothing/fabric in reverse. I really like the way it turned out, and if you'd like, you can see a differently edited version here (with everything in order and in one channel):


xx Alyssa