a los angeles girl in new york city

A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Thursday, December 31, 2015

SAYING GOODBYE TO 2015

2015. I like the number "2015"... "two thousand fifteen." It just sounds right, doesn't it? I think it's because I like fives - nice numbers that can always add up to zeroes: 10, 20, 100, etc. Here's a little recap of my 2015.

JANUARY


It was the start of 2015. I was finally actually good at (and my mom was comfortable with me) driving, so I started going to places around LA alone with friends. We took a trip to the beach after our last first semester final, climbed up on the rocks, and got some cool pics. I cut my hair pretty short in January. 

FEBRUARY


My school had its first Winter Formal in January; I wore a suit (seen in the photo). You can kinda see my short haircut in this photo. I liked it a lot, but it really only looked cute when it was nice and smooth (not frizzy), like it was here. I spent a lot of time with my Senior friends this month.

MARCH


In March, my family and I went on the grand East Coast college tour. We drove through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. It was really cool road tripping, since I've never really had a good look at the East Coast. Seeing snow on the ground was also nice, too - I came at the back end of the freezing Winter. We squeezed in a few days in NYC; this is photo of me at the MOMA looking at some Lichtenstein. I was getting really nervous around March since I realized I actually had to start figuring out college.

APRIL


Since 2013, I've known April as "Coachella Month." Spring Break ends at the beginning of April, I have one week of school, and then Coachella Weekend 1 happens and everything is awesome. This was the third year I've gone to Coachella, and I had such a fantastic time - this is a photo of Panda Bear, one of my favorite artists, under one of the tents on the Empire Polo Field. There's something so magical and cathartic about sweating in the desert for three days (and hearing ringing for the next three). 

MAY


I got to go to my first Prom in May (my school only has a Junior/Senior Prom). I made the last-minute decision to stick a bunch of star confetti around my eyes, which I don't regret one bit. It looked a little silly in pictures, but I only get to go to two Proms my whole life, so I thought I might as well do it! I felt like a fairy princess. The dance itself wasn't so fun considering all of my friends had dates and I was ridin' solo, but it was nice dressing up and taking photos beforehand. 

JUNE


I was in Chicago at SAIC taking a class in portfolio development for most of June. It was the first time I'd been to Chicago, and I had a lot of fun exploring the city with the friends I made there (all of which happened to be from LA). We ate great food, found cute places to shop, and did a whole lot of art. 

JULY


I took a class at Brown University during July. I made some amazing friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with almost every day. The class was called "Music & Politics," and it was so cool - I learned so much about music and history, wrote essays about The Beatles and MGMT, and got the feel of a real college class. Independence is a little scary, but I think I've got the hang of it now. 

AUGUST


In August, I went on my first road trip without parents to Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco. I went with some friends who had just graduated in June, so it was basically a going-away party filled with ramen burgers, avocado fries, Mumford & Sons, Caribou, and a bunch of other great artists (and food). 

SEPTEMBER


September brought the beginning of my Senior year of high school. It was scary, but a lot of fun. We don't have a ton of school spirit, but my grade really stepped it up and went all-out on the first day. We all dressed in camo (our class color), asserted our authority, and got pumped for the end of our high school lives.

OCTOBER


October is my birthday month, and also the Best Month Ever Always. I got to go to a Wolf Alice concert to cover it for Rogue Magazine (I saw Alex Turner in the audience and cried), my friends surprised me for my birthday with a Father John Misty concert (photo), I turned 17, and I went to a Rookie Yearbook 4 signing on Halloween.

NOVEMBER


November is Thanksgiving Month. We always go up north to the Bay Area for Thanksgiving, which I never get tired of. It was refreshing to see some green landscape (thanks, drought), and I actually got to wear my winter clothes for a few days. I also made the best pumpkin pie ever.

DECEMBER


I saw Purity Ring, CHVRCHES, and Baio in concert. I went skiing at Mammoth Mountain for a weekend. I finished my first semester of Senior Year. I turned in (most of) my college applications. I got bangs. I went to New York City. I'm currently in New Jersey with family. December has been a whirlwind end to a crazy year that I will never forget. 

Here's a master playlist of all of the songs that meant something to me this year:


xx Alyssa

NYC: WINTER 2015 (day 3)

It's my last day in NYC, and the second-to-last day of the year. Where did time go? Here are a few photos I took walking around the city.


I looked up this hashtag, and so far, all I could find out was it's just a handle for a photography/fashion Instagram account. Does anyone know what else it means (if anything)? I saw these little stenciled graffitis all over the city!


I'm a sucker for neon lighting. This piece, from the Kate Spade store, was so cute - I wish I could have something like this in my bedroom! I feel like neon lights might take a lot of energy, though. Also, I think they're really expensive - they're so cool though!


The store window for International Playground, a collective shop showcasing a bunch of small labels, was so enticing. The art on the front, the typography, the marquee-like lights around it... too bad I didn't have time to pop in, as I just realized they sell Lazy Oaf, one of my favorite brands from England that (sadly) isn't sold anywhere else in the US to my knowledge.

In honor of the end of 2015, there will be another post later today with a bunch of photos, music, and memories from my year. Follow me on Instagram @alyszsa. Until then!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

NYC: WINTER 2015 (day 2)

My second day in NYC was fantastic. I met up with a bunch of friends from all over the world - we were so impressed with our internationality: California, New York, Ecuador, and England were all represented! We spent the day eating and walking around Soho. 

In the morning, I ate at Egg Shop in Nolita. My friend from Brooklyn recommended it to me last time I was in New York, so I new I had to give it a go. I had the "custom" option: scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese and hot sauce in between two pieces of bread like a hamburger. It was awesome. Egg Shop is across the street from The Butcher's Daughter, another brunch spot I love, so I snapped a pic of its cute exterior.


Reformation is one of my favorite stores, and their Soho location always has the cutest sign outside:


Storefronts in New York never stop amazing me. I don't know what the difference is from LA, but they've really got it down. This Rag & Bone store's visuals were perfect.


I also found this rad street art in Soho of Grimes' recently-released album Art Angels. Needless to say, I got excited and took a few pictures.


Yet another perfect day in New York City!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

NYC: WINTER 2015 (day 1)

I love flying. I don't get nervous about it, and even if I did, the views are worth it.



I'm back in New York City for the third time this year, and having the time of my life. Here's today's outfit in front of the Opening Ceremony store in Soho:


Top: Alexa Chung for AG
Jeans: Acne
Flannel: Oak + Fort
Coat: Urban Outfitters

xx Alyssa


Sunday, December 27, 2015

LEIBSTER AWARD 2015

Hello lovelies! So the weirdest thing just happened to me - I fell asleep around 10 PM in my hotel room here in NYC, had a full dream, woke up feeling refreshed and thinking it was like, 5 AM, checked my phone, and realized it was only 10:42 PM. WHAT???? I'm so confused. Anyways, I'm having trouble going back to sleep now, so what better to do than blog! 


just a fun little drawing that's in my art portfolio I thought I'd share

The lovely Serena from The Royal Introvert nominated me for the Liebster Award this year, and I couldn't be more excited! I did this last year, and it was so much fun. I guess I'm just a narcissist, but I love answering questions and writing up little facts about my self. 


I already thanked Serena, and I'm really terrible with #2 - I can't pick who to nominate, I'm sorry I'm sorry! Consider yourself nominated if you are reading this right now. 

11 Questions From "The Royal Introvert"

  1. What is your New Years resolution? I'm going to try to journal more, and I want to clean out my closet/room/home in general before I head off to college next Fall!
  2. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? Iceland, or maybe somewhere in Scandinavia like Stockholm or Copenhagen. 
  3. What is your favorite memory of 2015? I took a class at Brown this summer, and made some great friends there. We pulled a few all-nighters, which were hilarious. I also had an amazing 4th of July!
  4. What is your favorite book? Submarine by Joe Dunthorne.
  5. Why? It's the perfect mix of humor and teenage angst, and it also has an amazing film adaptation.
  6. Sum up your personality in one word: Eclectic (thx to college applications, I've gotten good at this)
  7. What is your favorite song? Probably "Wetsuit" by The Vaccines.
  8. What is your favorite blog to follow? I can't choose!
  9. Why did you begin blogging? I loved fashion (especially DIY projects), and I thought "Tavi Gevinson can do it, so why can't I?"
  10. What was your favorite Christmas gift? I got this suede coat from the Alexa Chung AG collection that I've been lusting over for EVER!
  11. Did it snow where you live? Not at my house (it never does), but it snowed in Mammoth Mountain, where I was skiing a few days before Christmas!

11 Random Facts About Myself

  1. My favorite TV shows are Gossip Girl, Adventure Time, New Girl, and various shows on the Science Channel (think How It's Made and Mythbusters).
  2. My favorite movies are The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Submarine, (500) Days of Summer, God Help The Girl, Pulp Fiction, and Frances Ha.
  3. I'm in New York City right now on vacation - my Visions of New York City have come true!
  4. It's raining outside my hotel right now, and my brother and I are listening to "Young Lion" by Vampire Weekend.
  5. I'm scared of growing up, but I can't wait to go to college.
  6. My favorite colors are forest green and light blue.
  7. I have two cats named Rico and Bella.
  8. The last concert I went to was CHVRCHES and Baio at the Fonda Theatre a few weeks ago.
  9. If I could have coffee with any famous person right now, it'd probably be Alexa Chung. 
  10. I drive a white Volkswagen Beetle named Sadie (after "Sexy Sadie" by The Beatles).
  11. I'm the youngest of my friends - I'll go to college still being 17!
11 Questions For My Nominees (aka everyone reading this)

  1. What are your favorite TV shows?
  2. Favorite movies?
  3. Did you visit anywhere over the holidays?
  4. What was the last song you listened to?
  5. Where do you think you'll be a year from now?
  6. What are your favorite colors?
  7. Do you have any pets?
  8. Have you been to any concerts/shows/museum exhibits recently?
  9. If you could chat in a cafe with any famous person right now, who would it be and what would you eat? 
  10. What's your dream car?
  11. How old/young are you compared to your friends?

xx Alyssa

Saturday, December 26, 2015

CHRISTMAS HAUL

Ok, so how is it already almost 2016? I graduate high school in 2016??? What??

Anyways, I had a lovely holiday yesterday with friends and family, and I wanted to share the fantastic gifts I received. Disclaimer: it was an awesome Christmas.



I got two pieces from Alexa Chung's AC for AG collaboration that I've been pining after since it was released. On the left is a suede coat with embroidered detail, and on the right is a nice thermal long-sleeve that I will definitely be taking to New York with me today.


My mom got me pins and stickers from one of my favorite bands, CHVRCHES, some pins from the Getty Villa nearby, and these cute little journals. I'm making a resolution to journal more in 2016, so I can't wait to use these.


I also got a faux fur stole (is that what they're called?) and a suede jacket from Monki. I'm so excited; I can finally live out my dreams of living in the 70s! Well, sort of. A girl can pretend.

That's all for today - I hope everyone had a great holiday season, and I can't wait for New Year! I'll be posting photos from NYC this coming week, so check back soon! 

xx Alyssa

Thursday, December 24, 2015

I GOT BANGS!!

First of all, merry Christmas Eve to all who are celebrating! I love Christmas. I can't wait to eat a huge meal tonight! Ok, back on topic - I've been toying with the idea of cutting bangs now for the past six months to a year. I love them on people like Lauren Mayberry (of CHVRCHES), Grimes, Alexa Chung, Emily Browning, and Felicity Jones. Check out this snazzy little graphic I made with pictures found on Google Images:


Anyway, I finally decided to give bangs a shot yesterday. I wanted them to be just above my eyebrows (not too short like Grimes), and they turned out perfectly. My mom didn't want me to get them, saying "when I got bangs I cried," but I'm actually very happy with how they look on me. I feel like Lauren Mayberry now!


And, if you're wondering...

Top: American Apparel
Flannel: Oak + Fort
Skirt: Alexa Chung for AG

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GETTY VILLA

Yesterday was awesome. My mom and I went to the Getty Villa museum in the Pacific Palisades so I could get extra credit on my AP Art History final... don't worry, I would've enjoyed the museum anyways. I'm an art nerd.

It was raining yesterday, so the sea had this gloomy, green glow. One of my favorite drives in the worlds is the stretch of PCH from southern Malibu to Santa Monica. Normally, I can't take pictures, but my mom was driving this time - good thing, because it was one of the prettiest states I've seen the Pacific Ocean in. 



I'd been to the Getty Villa once before, but I was quite young and don't really remember it. I'm pretty sure I just thought it was boring. This time around, I got super excited identifying the differences between Black Figure and Red Figure Greek vases, looking at all the pretty coins and jewelry, and hunting out the Getty Kouros. This sculpture, supposedly from 530 B.C., is regarded by many art historians as a modern forgery - yet, it was bought by the Getty for 9 million dollars. By taking a selfie with the Getty Kouros, I get extra credit of my first semester final. I wasn't about to pass up that opportunity. 

I was inspired by one of my favorite Instagram accounts, @IHaveThisThingWithFloors, to take these photos. The Getty Villa is so beautiful, and it makes no exception with it's tiling. I mean, look at that geometry! 




Follow me on Instagram @alyszsa!

xx Alyssa

Monday, December 21, 2015

TRIP TO MAMMOTH

First of all, I am SO excited to be on Winter Break! The last couple of days, I've been finishing up my college applications, packing for New York, and generally chilling out and catching up on a lot of sleep. My family goes skiing every year over the first weekend of Winter Break, and even if it's only for two days, it's one of my favorite times of the year.




 The sunset along the horizon as we drive through the Mojave Desert is beautiful. Normally, I'm not a fan of the brown desert floor, but when you're speeding past it in this kind of orange glow, it's beautiful. The mountains far off in the distance turn purple, and everything seems to slow down. Once it finally gets dark, you can see so many stars that aren't visible in LA due to light pollution. 

  

          
  

This time around, we had the best snow in years due to recent storms - it even snowed on Saturday while I was on the mountain. It was cold,  but beautiful. I snapped these pics on the chairlift. One of my favorite things in the world is skiing down a quiet slope filled with powdery snow, listening to music - the best song for skiing is probably White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes. What can I say, I love my folky winter tunes!



xx Alyssa

Friday, December 18, 2015

WINTER BREAK

I have never been so excited to go on Winter Break. Every year, my family goes skiing, and this year, we're also going to New York City (for the third time this year)!!! I still haven't finished my college applications (whoops), but they'll be done before Christmas, and then I'll be stress-free. Well, except for the fact I have finals in January. 

I forgot to have my mom take photos of my outfit this morning before school, so I had to ask my friend to take one of me at school. Pretty embarrassing, but at least I still got my nice white background. 


Sweater: Brandy Melville
Jacket: Urban Outfitters
Jeans: Acne Studios
Shoes: Dr. Martens

Happy Winter Break to anyone that gets off of school today!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

SELLING MY CLOTHES (new items on Poshmark)

As I've mentioned before, I'm a chronic organizer. I hate being cluttered and crowded by unnecessary items - most of this is just clothing I've accumulated over the years. I'm going off to college in less than a year, so I think this is the prime time for getting rid of my clothes and starting fresh (with less). I'm trying to embrace the "less is more" philosophy.


Brandy Melville Sadie Moon Tank and Urban Outfitters Chambray Button-Down

I've been selling my clothes on Poshmark for over a year now, and I couldn't be happier I found the app. It's the easiest way to buy and sell clothes; I've gotten great steals, including a Comme des Garcon shirt, vintage gems, and one-of-a-kind pieces. I've also made over $1000 through the app, as selling is extremely easy (and I have a ton of stuff to sell between my mom and I). I've added a few new items to my closet on Poshmark, so download the app and check it out! 







Download Poshmark off of the App Store and enter my code to get $10 in Posh Credits:

BYUHV

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CHVRCHES w/ Baio at The Fonda (12/14/15)

Somehow, the universe blessed me and I got a ticket to Alt 98.7's Christmas Series show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles last night. I jumped at the tickets weeks ago since I missed CHVRCHES' last LA show at the Shrine Auditorium, and I was also a huge fan of Chris Baio from Vampire Weekend's solo debut, The Names. The show was everything I hoped it would be.

I got to the venue around 7:20, 40 minutes before doors opened, and there was already a line wrapping around the block. People love Chvrches. These tickets sold out almost instantly, and I'm still shocked that I managed to get one. Once they let us in, my brother and I staked out a spot close to the front of the stage. 


Baio was fantastic live, better than his studio recordings I think. It definitely had to do with the groove that he brought to the stage. Not only do his songs have great beats and catchy guitar riffs, but his signature dance move (check it out in his video for "Sister of Pearl") made everyone want to dance along. Although I was one of the only ones who knew (at least some of) his songs, the crowd seemed to really like the set, and he was a great choice to open for CHVRCHES. I'd describe him as a hybrid between Vampire Weekend and Jamie xx - if you like either of those artists, check out his music!



CHVRCHES was everything I'd hoped them to be. The last time I saw them live was November 2014, so it's been a while, and they did not disappoint. Although they didn't play one of my favorite songs, "Lungs," after a fan screamed a request for it, they went on to joke about how they hadn't rehearsed it and didn't really even remember how to play it. Their setlist had a great mix of songs from their debut, The Bones of What You Believe, and their recent Sophomore album, Every Open Eye. Highlights included "Under The Tide," "Empty Threat," "Tether," and "Clearest Blue." The encore started out with the somber synth ballad "Afterglow" (one of my favorite songs of the year), and the theatre came to a haunting silence as everyone got super emotional - it's a beautiful song, and Lauren's voice gave me chills. CHVRCHES finished up with "The Mother We Share," and I smiled like an idiot, finally getting a relief from the stress of school and college applications.

All I can say is if CHVRCHES (or Baio!!!) is playing a show near you in the future, get tickets. 

xx Alyssa