a los angeles girl in new york city

A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Monday, February 29, 2016

CHEVRON AND PAISLEY

Whenever it gets warm, my style takes a 180ยบ. I go from geometric/minimal prints and dark colors to basically looking like I just woke up in 1970. I used to really hate how hot it can get here in Southern California, but with the possibility of heading off to the East Coast for the next four years of my life, I'm enjoying the heat. Because of the couple of rainy days we had earlier this year, the landscape is finally green, so everything looks amazingly beautiful and alive. 




Top: vintage
Skirt: ASOS
Shoes: Birkenstocks
Necklace: Boutique

xx Alyssa

Friday, February 26, 2016

STEAL HER STYLE: Alexa Chung

Ok, ok, you caught me - it's another Alexa Chung post. I just cannot get over her. She is so effortlessly cool, and in my opinion, the epitome of the London Girl. Here's a few of her outfits I stumbled upon and how to copy them with basic items:



alexa (again)

LOOK ONE
- a light grey sweater or sweatshirt (mine is from American Apparel)
- medium wash jeans ripped at the knee (mine are vintage)
- a long black blazer (mine is from J. Crew)
 - Vans skate high-tops 
alexa !!!



LOOK TWO
- light/pastel yellow sweater
- denim high waisted shorts (mine are vintage)
- worn tan leather bag

the goddess herself



LOOK THREE
- button-up denim skirt (mine is actually from Alexa's AG collection, but cheaper versions are sold at Topshop, American Apparel, and Urban Outfitters)
- ruffle lace off-the-shoulder top (mine is vintage)

I'm always infatuated with Alexa. Which is your favorite look out of these three? Who is your style inspiration at the moment? 

xx Alyssa

Thursday, February 25, 2016

ROCK AND ROLL, BABY

These are the kind of days I'm going to miss when I'm in college. At my high school, we have two Spirit Weeks every year; basically a week-long celebration for some upcoming game or dance. We have a strict dress code, so these Spirit Weeks give us a fun excuse to dress up based on daily themes. Past themes have included Western Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Tacky Tourist Day, and Class Color Day... but my favorite, of course, is Music Genre Day. The Senior class was Rock & Roll, and you could say I was excited.






Top: Arctic Monkeys t-shirt from their show at the Staples Center in LA
Skirt: D&G (given to my cousin as a sample from when he interned at Dolce & Gabbana) 
Boots: Dr. Martens
Jacket: Vintage
Sunnies: Vintage

I drove to school playing one of my favorite rock albums, The Kook's debut Inside In / Inside Out


xx Alyssa

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

MINIMALISM and the KONMARI METHOD: WHAT IS IT? HOW DO I START?

For the past couple of weeks, I've been reading about and watching a lot of videos on Minimalism. When I say "Minimalism," a few things probably go through your mind: black and white, the minimal aesthetic, maybe even a nomadic hippie lifestyle. While these can all be part of minimalism, they don't have to be. From what I've discovered over my last few weeks of research, minimalism is really whatever you want it to be. It's not about a magic number of items you are allowed to have. It's not about never buying another piece of clothing ever again. For me, minimalism simply means living without excess. Again, you can define excess for yourself.


I also recently read Marie Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, and I must admit, it has been a bit life-changing. Basically, the book explains the KonMari method of decluttering: if something you own doesn't "spark joy" when you touch it, let it go.


(an old photo I thought embodied the minimal aesthetic) 

What I'm currently trying to adopt is a hybrid of the KonMari method and the Minimalist lifestyle. I'm getting rid of everything that doesn't "spark joy" in my life, as well as anything that I really don't need. For example, on the KonMari side, I recently gave away a bunch of clothes that had sentimental meaning, because those sentiments (I realized) weren't really positive. On the Minimalist side, I threw out items in the "memory box" in my closet that I don't care about/will never look at again. By combining these two methods, I'm clearing my life of both negative feelings and excess, and it's been quite a freeing experience.

Still, becoming a Minimalist can be a tough process. It's not something that happens overnight. Also, it's not something that should make you more anxious than you already were; obsessing over having less and less is the exact opposite goal of Minimalism. Minimalism, in my eyes, is a way to let go of emotions tied to physical possession, freeing up space to just live. I might sound a little cheesy right now, but that's truly how I feel. 

If you're intrigued by Minimalism, here are some great Youtube videos/channels I've watched over the last couple of weeks that have been very informative:




My goal is not to end up with a wardrobe of fifteen items. My goal is, before I head off to university in about six months, to pare down my possessions so that I never feel guilty about owning something ever again. Guilt comes in many forms. When I see a sweater shoved in the back of my closet that I never wear (but spent a lot of money on), I feel guilty. When I find a "memory box" that I never look at, I realize it's just wasting space. When things aren't organized and in their places, I feel guilty. If any of these statements resonate with you, please do a little research on the KonMari method and/or Minimalism; I guarantee they will improve your life. Even after these past couple of weeks, I feel lighter, happier, and more at peace. Trust me, it's worth a shot.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

MELROSE AVE HAUL

I feel like I go to Melrose every other week. Oh well! It's one of my favorite areas in Los Angeles - amazing food and shopping - and I really can't get enough of it. On Sunday, I went to the Melrose Trading Post and a few other stores in the area. Here's what I bought!



Purrr Melrose set (shorts and top) from Melrose Trading Post
Purrr is definitely one of my favorite booths at the Trading Post. It's sustainable fashion made from vintage/deadstock fabric, which makes me feel better about myself without sacrificing my style. Definitely gonna wear this set to Coachella in April!


After a long period of deliberation between the little pins and zodiac patches Opening Ceremony had, I finally chose this simple logo one. This is gonna have a permanent home on my denim jacket. 


Finally, I bought this awesome poster from the Kii Arens booth at the Melrose Trading Post. I've been looking for cool art for my future dorm room, and this one caught my attention instantly. I'm an Australian citizen, so I thought this would be a fun way to display my national pride when I head off to college!

xx Alyssa

Monday, February 22, 2016

THE GATES OF HEAVEN, A.K.A. OPENING CEREMONY (ootd)

This past Sunday, I spent the day with my little brother on Melrose Avenue. We went to the flea market at Fairfax High School (where we shopped at ate lunch), then walked along the avenue while I forced him to go into stores like Reformation and Opening Ceremony with me.



Reformation (in LA and NYC) is one of my favorite stores, and they always have the best decor. I love their sustainable ethos, and this "FUTURE" neon sign is such a pretty representation of that. 


Of course, I had to take some photos at the legendary pink wall at Paul Smith. 


...and at the gates of Opening Ceremony, a.k.a. the gates of Heaven.



I really want a tapestry for my future college dorm room, but I'm scared I would be judged for having a mandala one like this.


This little mobile vintage shop is one of the cutest booths at the Melrose Trading Post!


Top: Purrr Melrose (from Melrose Trading Post)
Skirt: Reformation
Bag: Opening Ceremony
Sunnies: Thrifted
Shoes: Birkenstocks
Hat: Nordstrom

xx Alyssa

Friday, February 19, 2016

HOW TO WEAR SOMETHING YOU NEVER WEAR: Nike Printed Slides

Ok, admit it: we all have a few things in our closet that we never wear. I've read so much in the past year about cleaning out my closet, and I've really stuck to the whole "get rid of anything that doesn't spark joy" method. I've even read the book. Still, there are some things that I've kept that I never seem to wear. It's not that I don't love them; I mean, that's why I kept them in my closet in the first place! Half of the problem is the fact that I have a pretty strict dress code at school, but the other half is my laziness when picking outfits and finding what pieces work with what. In an effort to get myself out of this styling funk, I'm writing the series "How To Wear Something You Never Wear." Today's task? Nike printed slides. 



I bought these slides at SIX:02 in Santa Monica this past summer. They're super cute and comfortable, but I always seem to style them too casually. I think they work best with the normcore trend, as they're printed, so I can't wear anything else too busy with them. Here's four different ways I think they'd work with pieces I already have in my wardrobe:

HOW TO WEAR SOMETHING YOU NEVER WEAR #2

HOW TO WEAR SOMETHING YOU NEVER WEAR #2 by visionsofnyc

1) skirt: vintage, top: american apparel
2) top: brandy melville, jeans: acne studios
3) top: brandy melville, shorts: vintage
4) skirt: american apparel, top: brandy melville

xx Alyssa

Thursday, February 18, 2016

90° IN WINTER (ootd)

Ahh, welcome to "winter" in Southern California. Today was a ridiculous 90° F, but I guess I sorta enjoyed wearing my summer clothing. Here's my outfit of the day:







Overalls: vintage (Melrose Trading Post)
Top: Drowners t-shirt from their concert
Shoes: Converse
Bag: Parsons The New School
Pins: from pen pals, MCA Chicago, booth at SF Ferry Building

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WEEKEND TRIP TO SAN FRANCISCO & BERKELEY

Hello lovelies! I recently had a four day weekend due to Presidents Day, so I decided to take a quick flight up to the Bay Area to see some friends and do a little exploring. I used to live in the East Bay and I go to the city every year for Thanksgiving to see family, but I really haven't gotten to see many parts of the area. I visited Berkeley, which was amazing, and spent Sunday in the city doing some shopping and eating.


My friend at UC Berkeley took me to the new art museum in downtown, which I loved. I even saw a few pieces from artists that I'm studying in AP Art History - I nerded out a little bit. 


We also checked out the UC's Botanical Gardens up in the hills. My favorite of the little greenhouses was the "Tropical House" (shoutout to Kygo) and the house full of succulents. So cute!



Sunday was spent in the city. We ate at this hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant that turned out to be delicious. I also took some selfies in the mirrors at Barneys, of course.




Top: American Apparel
Skirt: Purrr Melrose
Boots: Dr. Martens
Bag: Opening Ceremony
Sweater: Cheap Monday
Sunnies: Celine

xx Alyssa

Thursday, February 11, 2016

ROGUE MAGAZINE Issue #2 RELEASE

Hello lovelies! As some of you may know from past posts or my social media accounts, I work as the Editorial Assistant for Rogue Magazine. We recently released our second issue, and I had to brag a little bit! I'm so proud of it; we have amazing interviews, profile pieces, fashion editorials, and more. Actors Matthew Gray Gubler and Kat Graham grace our two covers, as seen below.






 Other than my duties as Editorial Assistant, I've written a few pieces for online at theroguemag.com. It's been a great experience so far, and I can't wait to see what else is in store.



Read my concert review and interview with Sheffield-based band Drenge here.


Read my interview with Jenny Churchill and Funmi Akinyode, the two LA women behind the podcast All Of The Things, here.

And of course, buy a physical copy of Issue 2 or get a digital one if you wanna get in on the action!

All photos from Rogue Magazine's website.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DAY TO NIGHT SPRINGTIME LOOK

Hello lovely people! So it's getting warm here in Los Angeles (hello, where did winter go?) but I'm not complaining. I mean, it's possible I'll be living on the East Coast for college the next four years, so I wanna get all the sun I can while I'm still here. Also, I need to wear my summer wardrobe while I still can without freezing. Here's a day-to-night look I made for this Spring weather featuring items I have in my closet - specifically, this super cute lace bralette I got from a local boutique.


valentine's day - DAYTIME


Cardigan: Cheap Monday
Jeans: Acne Studios
Shoes: Nike AF1s
Bag: Opening Ceremony

valentine's day - NIGHTIME


Jacket: Acne Studios
Skirt: Reformation
Sandals: ASOS
Bag: Opening Ceremony

xx Alyssa