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Thursday, January 28, 2016

I'M GOING BACK TO 505 (outfit of the day)

The post title may seem irrelevant, but I couldn't help but fangirl about my 505th post. "505" is one of my favorite songs ever... I was blasting Arctic Monkeys this whole morning in my room while I got ready before school! Recently, I've been listening to a lot of albums I loved in 9th and 10th grade, getting super nostalgic and rediscovering my obsessions. Today was Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys. On Tuesday, I listened to Vampire Weekend and Contra by Vampire Weekend after reading Rostam Batmanglij's tweet stating he was no longer in the band. Not gonna lie, a tear was shed. 

Top: T by Alexander Wang
Pants: Uniqlo
Sweater: Cheap Monday
Shoes: Nike AF1s

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


In the second installment of "Alyssa Does Fun Things Because She's A Second Semester Senior," my whole AP Art History class took a field trip to LACMA yesterday. The last time I visited the museum was in 4th grade, so you could say I was excited. We made a pact to take artsy, candid pictures of each other throughout our trip... here are some of them!

I finally got to see this Matisse piece, which is one of my favorite pieces ever. I even wrote about it in one of my college application essays! Also, if you're wondering:

Sweatshirt: Opening Ceremony
Skirt: Vintage
Bag: Opening Ceremony

There was a wicked awesome exhibition full of lights and projections which my friends and I were all over.

Hannah was really observing the planet videos deeply. 

The bees really got us. Very cool.

Are we in the set of Hotline Bling yet?

We were so excited about the projections that we just danced around among the bees and looked like complete weirdos.

Me, dancing, with bees!

Me, Lichtenstein, and Wohnseifer.

And finally, the hypest of all exhibitions, James Turrell's Breathing Light. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, so I snuck one as we were putting our shoes back on. It was a ridiculous experience. For about eight minutes, me and six other friends were standing in a curved room, wearing hospital booties, staring into what seemed to be an abyss of light. It changed our perception of the outside completely, and I'm so glad I finally got to see it!

xx Alyssa

Monday, January 25, 2016


This year, my high school finally had a retreat for the whole senior class. A lot of schools around me do this, but our class retreats stopped after freshman year; this year, a few of my classmates campaigned for a weekend retreat after first semester finals, and it happened! We went up to the mountains on Friday afternoon and spent Friday and Saturday night in cabins. It was so much fun, and definitely made me nostalgic for both summer camp and the end of high school. Pre-nostalgic, I guess. You know that feeling when you know you're going to miss what you're presently doing in the future? That was a little confusing, but that's how I felt.

Hat: Fjallraven
Top: Comme des Garcons
Jeans: Acne Studios
Shoes: Dr. Martens
Jacket: Levi's (vintage)

Top: Alexa Chung for AG

My best friend Abby getting ready to trek up the sledding hill.

I had the best time this weekend, and it made me realize how much I'm going to miss my grade. We bonded so much and made the best memories (including a huge dance party to 2009 pop songs), and I will never forget this trip.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


I'm making a personal goal to go on more adventures around the Los Angeles area lately since I'm a second semester senior (and like 95% gonna move somewhere else for college). After our last final exam this past Friday, we went out to eat Vietnamese pho and explored a little around the canyon area that leads to Malibu.

Look how beautiful that view is! It's so nice to see everything actually green. While it's not much, the rain we've been steadily getting is such a blessing.

We stopped at this plant shop on PCH; it's one of those places that you drive past all your life, but never actually visit. It had the cutest little succulent displays.

Here's my outfit, in case you were wondering:

Sweater: Free People
Leggings: Lululemon
Shoes: Dr. Martens
Backpack: Opening Ceremony
Puffy Keychain: Topshop

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Hello everyone! I'm so excited to say that I'm finally a second semester senior in high school - I had my last final exam on Friday, and now I'm starting the last eights of my high school experience! It's exciting, scary, and a crazy feeling. I didn't have any homework on tests to prepare for over the weekend, so I spent a lot of it exploring Los Angeles. On Sunday, I headed over to the Melrose Trading Post, stopping by the LA Farmer's Market and Amoeba Records afterwards.

The flea market always makes me happy. I picked up this super cute top from Purrr Melrose, one of my favorite brands (which uses vintage/deadstock fabric!) for Coachella. Only 90 days until Coachella... Ahhhh! Anyways, I love this top and the tie-up detail, and it goes perfectly with my denim skort from Purrr. 

After hitting the flea market, I always love to go down to the LA Farmer's Market for lunch. It's right next to Space 15 Twenty, which has Urban Outfitters, Free People, and sometimes even some cool vintage booths - but my favorite place in the area is Amoeba Records. It was a madhouse in there on Sunday for some reason, and there was a lot of Bowie record buying going on. I picked up Animal Collective's Honeycomb / Gotham EP in preparation for their upcoming album, Painting With

All in all, I had a great morning out, and bought some super cool things. Perfect start to being a second semester senior!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Hello hello hello! It's currently Thursday morning, I have an AP Physics final exam in a few hours, and I just realized that I've posted 500 times on Visions of New York City. How ridiculous is that? I've been blogging since the 6th grade, and now I'm about to graduate in just under five months. College??? Moving out??? What??

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank every single one of my readers - there may not be many, but it really means a lot to me that there are people out there who care about what I have to say on a day to day basis. In celebration of 500 posts, here's some of my most popular posts over the years:

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016


One of my resolutions for 2016 was to be more sustainable, eco-friendly, and environmentally conscious. In my household, we've already been pushing ourselves to use less water due to the California drought. While these three tips are almost mind-numbingly simple, I'm definitely going to embrace them this year when curating my closet. Since I'll be moving out and going off to college in Fall, I'm starting the (what will be 8-month) process of evaluating my clothes for keeping, selling, donating, and throwing away. The goal is to minimize the amount of clothing thrown out (which contributes to landfills) while still maintaining great style and quality. Here are my three tips to create an awesome wardrobe this year without killing the environment:


In Los Angeles, we have stores like Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading Co., and Wasteland, where you can resell your clothes that are too nice to give away. This is a great way to get some cash when you're in need of it, but since the return for these resell stores isn't so great, I'd recommend reselling online. My favorite app is Poshmark, but some other great ones are Tradesy and Depop. It's super easy: take pictures of your items, list them at a price you think matches the value, and watch the cash roll in as your closet cleans out. Check out my Poshmark account @visionsofnyc.


This one is super easy. Simply bag up all of your clothes that you won't be able to sell and make a trip to your local Goodwill (or any other charity shop nearby). Sustainable clothing brand Reformation actually provides a recycling/donating service; I picked up this free shipping label at the Soho location, and all I have to do is box up the clothes I want to donate and send them off with the label. Sometimes, you can even get a good deal by recycling: my local donation site actually gives me a 10% discount when I drop off a donation bag for the next time I come into the store, a great opportunity for getting thrifty. Which brings me to my third tip...


The whole goal of sustainable shopping is that you don't want to create more textile waste. Stores like Reformation and Purrr Melrose (one of my favorite indie brands that sells online and at the Melrose Trading Post) use deadstock fabric as to not create unnecessary waste. ASOS, another great website, sells a "Reclaimed Vintage" line, which has the same concept of recycling found fabric. These are all great options, but thrifting is the king of them all; I've found some of my favorite pieces in thrift stores and flea markets across the world. They're cheap, fun, and you can really score big. I got a vintage baseball bomber in Japan (left), my favorite pair of overalls at the Melrose Trading Post (right), and a pair of Valentino palazzo pants that I died and patched up from the Santa Monica Flea Market. Try it!

xx Alyssa

Monday, January 11, 2016

Trendsetter Of The Month: AZARA SATIVA

Hello lovelies! I'm so excited to bring you the first installment of my new series, "Trendsetter Of The Month." Each month, I'll be diving into the wonderful world of fashion through the lenses of some of the coolest girls out there. 

The crown for first-ever Trendsetter is Azara Sativa, an LA-native with wicked cool style. I caught up with her to find out about her favorite brands, essential pieces, and more.

Now that it’s finally getting chilly in Los Angeles, what are you wearing to keep warm?

Jackets on jackets on jackets. They are my favorite item of clothing and now that I can wear them without be really uncomfortable and hot, it's a blessing. 

What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own?

You can't go wrong with a good pair of mom jeans, but I just recently purchased this blue satin bomber jacket with a Chinese dragon embroidered on the back and I can't stop wearing it. 

Who are your style icons?

I don't really have a particular person that I get my style from; it's more from different eras, my favorites being the 70s, 90s, and early 2000s. Also from different parts of the world like Asia and Europe. 

What’s one of your favorite brands right now?

I try to shop at thrift stores and flea markets more then name brands, but if I had to choose, I'd say Nasty Gal. 

What’s your favorite spot to go thrifting and why?

I LOVE going to Jet Rag by Melrose Ave (in Los Angeles), because every Sunday they have a 1$ sale where you can score some extra stellar stuff. There's also American Vintage, Slow, and Wasteland on Melrose. But if you're in the mood to spend some $$$, I'd say go to Virgo Downtown. They are super overpriced, but have some really really great items. 

If you had to keep your hair one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?

If I could have platinum hair for the rest of my life without my hair falling out, I would. 

Overrated or Underrated?

MOM JEANS: Underrated!!! EVERYONE wears them but that's only because they are the best thing ever. Cute AND comfortable! 

THE PINK WALL AT PAUL SMITH: Overrated. I'm being a hypocrite because I take pictures there all the time. But a couple years ago, I swear to God, I started going there before anyone else was and it was really exciting because it was like my secret special wall that everyone wanted to find... But now everyone knows where it is so its not special anymore. But it still makes for a super cute pic ;)

THOSE BUTTON-FRONT SKIRTS THAT EVERY STORE SELLS NOW: Overrated. I think they look good on certain people, but not enough to become such a fad.

COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL: All of my friends disagree, but it's totally underrated. 

Thanks so much to Azara for sharing a little bit of her world of style! And don't worry, I agree... no matter how many watermelon-eating-photo girls there are at Coachella, I'll always love it. All photos courtesy of Azara - follow her Instagram @aazara, and stay tuned for next month's Trendsetter!

xx Alyssa

Friday, January 8, 2016


Last Sunday my mom and I met some friends on Abbot Kinney in Venice for brunch and shopping. It was my first time eating at Gjelina; I had the Sourdough Pancake - it was awesome. I took the opportunity to wear a nice outfit since there are so many cool places for photos along the street.

Top: Aritzia
Skirt: American Apparel
Tights: American Apparel
Shoes: Dr. Martens
Jacket: Alexa Chung for AG
Bag: Opening Ceremony
Puffy keychain: Topshop

The stores are all so cool with their decor (like this neon sign in one store) and the murals on the walls outside.

It was a nice little day out before school started again in the new year!

xx Alyssa