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Monday, March 28, 2016

HOW TO PACK LIGHT FOR A 5-DAY TRIP

If you've been reading my blog lately, you've probably seen some stuff relating to minimalism. I've gotten rid of a lot of my clothes and other possessions within the past month or so, and I feel awesome! I'm going away for Spring Break on a short trip up north, and while I was getting ready this morning, I realized it was the perfect opportunity to show how I pack minimally.


STEP ONE: CLOTHING


I'll be gone for five nights, and here's what I packed:
- blue jeans, black jeans, black/white pants
- long sleeved shirt, two short sleeve shirts
- sweatpants, sweater (while these are loungewear items, they can definitely be dressed up to wear in public, I promise!!)
- one pair of pyjamas
- one pair of fashionable walking shoes, one pair of black boots (not pictured)

STEP TWO: ACCESSORIES


I normally pack super light when it comes to accessories. Other than my wallet, small bag, and sunglasses, I stick to one pair of earrings (that I wear the whole time) and maybe one necklace or a couple of rings.

STEP THREE: WEATHER-WEAR


Depending on where you're heading, you'll need some weather-specific items. It's going to be a little chilly for my standards, so I'm bringing my big furry Levi's jacket and my leather jacket. With weather-wear, I like to stick to one nighttime piece (leather jacket) and one daytime (denim). If it's hot where you're headed, considering a casual beach slip for daytime and a nice, light scarf for nighttime.

STEP FOUR: PACKING IT IN



First of all, it's all about the bag. I have this one from Kipling that I've used forever.


You have to start with the lightest things like sweaters and t-shirts. This way, when you put the heavier stuff on top, it'll all squish down and save you some space. 

And by heavier stuff, I mean jeans, outerwear, shoes, etc. Here's my final bag for my 5-night, 6-day trip! I had lots of room to spare, even after I added my toiletries and boring stuff like socks and underwear.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, March 24, 2016

ALYSSA IN WONDERLAND

The rain that El Niño brought to Los Angeles this "winter" made everything green and beautiful, so my best friend took some photos of me near Mulholland Highway on her dad's old film camera.










LOOK ONE
Top: Swim Like A Mermaid
Jeans: vintage Levi's from Melrose Trading Post

LOOK TWO
Top: Purrr Melrose
Pants: vintage Valentino (I dyed them and put the flower patches on)
Sunnies: Ray-Ban
Choker: DIY
Hat: Topshop

LOOK THREE
Dress: Christy Dawn
Top (worn underneath): Purrr Melrose

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

RECENT INSTAGRAM POSTS

Let's have a look at a few of my recent Instagram photos, shall we?



I'm getting major New York nostalgia (as always), so here's a little throwback to NYFW last September - and an homage to my favorite Soho store, Acne Studios.

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My best friend Honour took some photos of me on her dad's old film camera in the canyon, and although we tried to capture the magic of an actually green landscape (THANK YOU EL NIÑO) on her iPhone, it really didn't have the full effect.

A photo posted by ALYSSA G (@alyszsa) on

I bought myself a pair of those reflective lens Ray-Bans, so an selfy was obligatory.

A photo posted by ALYSSA G (@alyszsa) on

I also posted a photo of the pins on my overalls from an old OOTD.

A photo posted by ALYSSA G (@alyszsa) on

xx Alyssa

Monday, March 21, 2016

GIRL CRUSH: CAMILLE ROWE (STEAL HER STYLE)

As you may know, I have an eternal girl crush on Alexa Chung. She was the first model that I ever looked up to style-wise, but recently, I've been really inspired by another effortlessly cool it-girl: Camille Rowe. 


Rowe is a French American model that basically has found the perfect balance between New York and Parisian style. Plus, she literally always looks cool. Here are a few outfits inspired by Camille that I put together. You're welcome for introducing you to your next girl crush.

camille rowe #4

LOOK ONE: vintage tee, light wash jeans

camille rowe #3

LOOK TWO: navy baggy sweater, white adidas, medium wash boyfriend jeans

camille rowe #2

LOOK THREE: "oui/non" tee, cuffed high waisted shorts, converse

camille rowe #1

LOOK FOUR: vintage cateye sunnies, white faux fur coat, medium wash jeans, black bow ballet flats

Not sold yet? Watch these videos:




xx Alyssa

Thursday, March 17, 2016

HOW TO DEAL WITH COLLEGE DECISIONS

Hello everyone! So, I know this is not normally a college admissions advice blog, but I know a lot of my readers are around the age of applying to college/university, and I just wanted to give a few words of wisdom. Let me set the stage.


I didn't really understand what applying to college meant until around 11th grade. I'm the oldest child in my family, so my parents were kind of clueless. They had both only applied to one or two schools, and the application process was clearly very different back in the stone age (jokes). Basically, we were pretty lost on what the process entailed. Thankfully, my school has a wonderful, comprehensive college counseling department, so by springtime in 11th grade, I had a preliminary list of schools I wanted to apply to. That spring break, my parents took my younger brother and I on a roadtrip around New England/New York to see all of these schools on my list and get a feel for what I was really getting into. 

Most of my assumptions about college surrounded Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut album; see "Campus"

My preliminary list was mainly small, private liberal arts schools, and it remained fairly constant throughout the next couple of months while I was completing my Common Application and sending everything in. As of now, I've heard back from four of the school's I've applied to: one deferral, three acceptances. While I can't speak on how to deal with rejection because I haven't experienced it yet (yet, because I have many more highly selective schools to hear back from), I feel like offering a little advice to anyone about to hear back from colleges. Whether it's your dream school or your safety school, I swear by these tips, and you should too.

1. Open your decision ALONE. 
I'm sure you've heard this one before, and there's a multitude of reasons why it's better to be the first and only person to see your college decision results before you're ready to tell anyone else. You don't want to check it in front of a big group of friends - what if you get rejected and feel embarrassed? What if one of your friends got rejected from said school and you get in... how do you think they feel? This tip goes for family members, too. Even if your mother/father/sibling insists they are with you when you check your admissions portal on the computer or rip open your letter, make sure they give you some space. Face the other direction so they don't know what the result is until you tell them (whether it's through body language, facial expressions, or words). 

2. Open your decision AT HOME.
Like the first one, this is a matter of privacy, and in some cases, safety. If you open a decision at school and end up getting rejected, you could be a crying mess - and if you drove to school that day, it's probably going to be too dangerous for you to drive home. Remember in Driver's Ed when they said "don't drive if you're too emotional?" Listen to them. Wait until you get home to check your decision. If it's good, you can celebrate with your friends after, and if it's not so good, you can curl up in your bed and cry for the next few hours. 

3. Keep decisions PRIVATE until you feel like it's unnecessary. 
If your best friend knows you're finding out about your top school and she asks you "what's the verdict?," it's totally up to you whether or not you tell her. I've decided to keep all of my decisions private until I actually decide where I'm going to matriculate in the fall. It's especially important to consider the feelings of others during college decision time. While you may want to tell your close friends, these results aren't something you should share with the whole entire high school. Be respectful of others and try not to brag/mope/talk about it 24/7. 

4. Don't feel guilty for being disappointed
Hey, if you don't get into your top choice, cry it out. Be emotional. Don't tell yourself you're not good enough, don't compare yourself to a peer that got into said institution. Don't beat yourself up about feeling so attached to one school. While it's not an ideal situation, it happens to almost everyone, and you will get over it. 

5. Whatever happens, know that it's not set in stone
This is probably the most forgotten part of the college admissions process. Didn't get into your top school? Still in love with it? Go to another school and transfer after a year or two! Really not happy with anywhere you were admitted? Take a gap year and work! Nervous about the school you chose? Try to make a campus visit and do as much research as you can about dorm life, choosing your classes, the dynamic of the school in generally - knowing more will put you at ease. 

While these might have been generic or obvious bits of advice, I think it's really important that everyone going through the college admissions process now or in the future know them. If all else fails, just remember: we're all in this together!


source: tumblr

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

OUTFIT OF THE DAY // MODEL OFF-DUTY

Any time I wear boyfriend/ripped jeans, a white t-shirt, and trendy shoes, I feel like a model off-duty. This is what I wore to Venice for brunch this past weekend.





Top: Brandy Melville
Jeans: vintage (DIY shredding)
Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith
Flannel: Oak + Fort
Bag: Opening Ceremony
Sunnies: vintage

I hope everyone is having a lovely day! Thanks to my wonderful mother for taking these photos.

xx Alyssa

Monday, March 14, 2016

DAY IN VENICE, CA // THE BUTCHER'S DAUGHTER

After eating at The Butcher's Daughter Nolita location in NYC multiple times, my mom and I decided to try out the new Venice Beach location this past weekend. The Butcher's Daughter is a vegetarian restaurant best known for it's breakfast/brunch. The Venice location is much larger than the tiny NYC location, and it seemed like it had a bigger menu. It was definitely a hot spot when I went; I spotted multiple celebrities eating at the bar behind me. Move over, Kreation Kafe and Gjelina - there's a new trendy brunch place on Abbot Kinney!


The decor around the restaurant was adorable. Like the NYC location, little plants inhabited the counters and windowsills. 


The aesthetic was perfect. Crisp, white wood and walls, and mismatched blue (mostly denim) textiles on the benches, booths, and cushions. 


The food was great, of course. I got a vegan sticky bun, and it was delicious. Also perfectly portioned so you don't feel bad about eating a sticky bun!


Other than that, I had a banana peanut butter milkshake for my brunch. I can't remember what it was called, but it was sooooo yummy. A huge portion too, so you really get your $10 worth.


Outside of the restaurant on Abbot Kinney, there were two dudes selling flowers out of an old camper van. Only in Los Angeles.


There was also a mini street festival going on in the play area of the preschool at the end of the street.


I bought the cutest bikini from Swim Like A Mermaid... I'm obsessed!


xx Alyssa

Friday, March 11, 2016

OLD TRAVEL PHOTOS FROM JAPAN

It's been almost two years exactly since my trip to Japan (Tokyo and Kyoto), and I just realized I never really posted any of the photos I took on my trip! Here's a few that I dug up for a little throwback.



This is a koi pond found in a little sanctuary temple place... I actually think this was in Shanghai, where we flew into before heading over to Japan.


We went to a temple in Kyoto where schoolchildren make hundreds of paper cranes and hang them up on garlands in order to wish for good luck on their exams/getting into university. Maybe I should do this before I hear back from the colleges I applied to...


If you follow my blog, I'm sure you'll recognize this jacket. I bought it in a vintage store in Kyoto and have been wearing it all the time ever since.



I also visited a cat cafe, of course. It was the cutest thing ever. 


xx Alyssa

Thursday, March 10, 2016

OH, YOUR COLLEGIATE GREIF HAS LEFT YOU

Today's title is a lyric from Vampire Weekend's song "One (Blake's Got A New Face)." I've been listening to a lot of Vampire Weekend lately, mainly because it makes me feel super academic so I will 1) continue to do well in school and 2) feel better about myself as college decisions are rolling in starting next week. College decisions! Within a few weeks, I will know where I'm going to spend the next four years of my life. Honestly, I'm just happy I made it this far.





Top: Kling (a boutique in Dublin, Ireland)
Pants: Uniqlo
Shoes: Adidas Stan Smith
Jacket: vintage

In other news.. I'm going to visit Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Berlin this summer! How exciting is that? I've never been, and I can't wait to explore. I'll obviously be hitting up Acne Studios in Stockholm.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE @ FONDA THEATRE 3/8/16

This is going to be a quick post, but I had to share. Last night, I saw Animal Collective for the first time ever (I saw Panda Bear at Coachella last year but not the whole band), and it was a life changing experience. I know that sounds stupid/pretentious, but I literally can only imagine a handful of times I was at the same levels of happiness and bliss. I've been a huge fan for a while now, and I went to the show with two friends, one of whom loves them just as much as I do, and one who just came along for the ride. Here's a few photos from the show:






The set was mostly songs off of their new album Painting With, but they played old ones like "Loch Raven," "Bees," "Daily Routine," and "Alvin Row." Yes, ALVIN ROW!!! The crowd was amazing, dancing and moshing and singing along to every song. It was a great night.

xx Alyssa

Friday, March 4, 2016

MONTHLY MUSIC MAILBAG: Februrary 2016

It's time for last month's top tracks!



#5: "Cruel Ways" by Drowners


I've been a Drowners fan since the release of their self titled debut back in 2014, and I'm excited as ever to be getting some new music from them. "Cruel Ways" is a little bit moody, a little bit groovy, and definitely shows the evolution of the band. I can't wait to hear the rest of their new material in June with the release of On Desire.

#4: "Vroom Vroom" by Charli XCX


Produced by PC Music's SOPHIE, Charli XCX's new EP is quite simply fire. I've never really listened to her music before, but these songs are infectious. I put on this track while running yesterday and it was fantastic. I really hope SOPHIE plays this song at Coachella next month!

#3: "Bagels in Kiev" by Animal Collective


"Bagels in Kiev," in my opinion, is one of the best songs on Animal Collective's new album Painting With. It's complex, a little tricky to figure out, and reminiscent of "Bluish" (off of Merriweather Post Pavilion) after the first chorus. Can't wait to see these dudes on Tuesday at The Fonda!!!

#2: "In My Dreams" by Danny L. Harle


Another outfit of PC Music, Danny L. Harle's "In My Dreams" has been on repeat this past month. Again, it's another song that's great for working out (or just having a mini dance party in your room). 

#1: "Golden Gal" by Animal Collective


This is, without a doubt, the best song on Painting With... and maybe one of Animal Collective's best of all time. It's basically a poppy, groovy love song with feminist feels. This is a song I can sing in my car without feeling like I'm offending anyone or going against my morals (cough cough "Hotline Bling"). I'm seeing Animal Collective live for the first time in four days, and I'm gonna dance so hard to this song.

What have you been listening to lately?

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

BIRTHDAY BRUNCH AT MALIBU FARM CAFE

This past weekend was my friend Sarah's 17th birthday, so me and a few other friends (including Jen, who demanded a shoutout) basically spent all of Saturday and Sunday celebrating with her. After an awesome dinner in West Hollywood the night before, we went to Malibu Farm Cafe for brunch on Sunday morning. It's probably my favorite brunch spot in the LA area (sorry Butcher's Daughter, I haven't visited your Abbot Kinney location yet) - the Swedish Mini Pancakes are soooooo good. Definitely recommend.




Look at them! So yummy! They're like mini crepes with the most amazing whipped cream and berry sauce. 


I was wearing a vintage crop top and vintage overalls from Melrose Trading Post, leather sandals my mom brought back from Italy, my Opening Ceremony bag, and Celine sunglasses.


Other than the fantastic food, Malibu Farm has some of the best restaurant real estate EVER. Look how beautiful the ocean is!


My friends are also pretty fashionable, too. Check out Sophia in the yellow jacket, Sarah with the distressed jeans, and Honour in the tie-up bodysuit. 



Here's a closer look at the pins on my overalls (from pen pals and traveling):


And finally, a picture of me and the birthday girl! HAPPY 17th SARAH!!!!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

MY TOP NINE LOOKS

Hello everyone! Recently, I was encouraged by Social Print Studio, an awesome business that prints your Instagram photos so you can display your online feed in real life, to share some of my favorite looks over the years, and I jumped at the chance. This project is something I think some of you (hello fellow bloggers!!) might want to be a part of too!


I've been toying around with the idea of printing my Instagram shots for a while, especially since I'll be moving out within the next six months. I work for a magazine, so my love of print is clear - I'm obsessed with tangible photo albums! I've also checked out a few "street style" books, and I think a little album of my Outfit Of The Day posts like one from Social Print Studio's photo book collection would be such a cool coffee table piece. So, without further ado, here's nine of my favorite looks from my time blogging:

#9


top: Comme des Garçons
skirt: vintage
socks: some random store in Tokyo
shoes: Dr. Martens

I love this outfit because it toes the line perfectly between prep and urban style. Also, the pairing of my Comme des Garçons top and Tokyo socks is a cute little nod to Japan, a country I love. It's perfect for springtime in Southern California when it's too hot to wear a sweater but too cold to wear a t-shirt.

#8


top: Opening Ceremony
jeans: Acne Studios
shoes: Dr. Martens
sweater: Acne Studios

This is my NYC outfit... I'm not sure why. The crisp lines and color palette (the sweater is actually dark green) make me think of something from an Opening Ceremony wintertime editorial. I mean, the top is Opening Ceremony, and I did buy the sweater in NYC last year during NYFW. It's the most comfortable piece of clothing I've ever purchased, FYI. 

#7


top: Aritzia
skirt: American Apparel
tights: American Apparel
coat: Alexa Chung x AG
shoes: Dr. Martens
bag: Opening Ceremony
keychain: Topshop

I just realized that I'm wearing these boots in almost every one of these nine looks. Oh well, they go with everything and have lasted me so long already! I would categorize this as more of an LA look - I did wear it out to brunch in Venice. The coat, one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe, gives off a very 70s-California-dreamin' vibe, especially paired with the burnt orange top. 

#6


top: Nordstrom
skort: Purrr Melrose
shoes: mom brought them back from Italy
bag: vintage Coach

I wore this outfit in Balboa Island this past summer, which I think fits perfectly; the little island is a mix of California beach culture and classic prep, and this look is a mix of the two. It's not too surfer girl, not too put together... but a perfect balance. I'm also in love with this skort (I wore it so many times this past summer) because it makes my legs look longer (always good).

#5


dress: vintage
skirt: ASOS

This is one of my favorite outfits because of the 70s vibe. I've been obsessed with 70s style for a few years now, and I'd say this is my best attempt at imitating it: burnt orange suede, and a true vintage dress tucked in. I also wasn't even wearing shoes when this picture was taken. This outfit makes me miss summertime. 

#4


top: American Apparel
pants: UNIQLO
shoes: Dr. Martens
jacket: American Apparel/DIY

This is one of my favorite Outfit Of The Day posts because my jacket was so badass and I had just cut and colored my hair... so in general, I looked pretty sick. The Vaccines are one of my favorite bands, and they have this rad bomber jacket aesthetic (they wear them all the time in live performances and videos), so I decided to DIY my own for their concert in LA. It was a good idea, as you can tell.

#3


dress: Topshop
shoes: Vagabond
bag: vintage Louis Vuitton
jacket: vintage

This is probably my most complimented outfit ever. I wore this to a birthday party and felt very cool. It was the first time I used my vintage Louis Vuitton bag that I bought myself, and I think it worked perfectly. Also, my shiny Vagabond shoes always make me feel like a space princess.

#2


top: Drowners t-shirt from their concert (shoutout to Jen)
overalls: vintage
shoes: Birkenstock
bag: vintage Coach

If this outfit looks familiar, it's because I literally wore the same exact thing a week or so ago. It's one of my most-liked photos on Instagram, and it's so practical and comfy. I'm such a sucker for overalls when I'm doing art because they have so many compartments that are perfect for storing my phone (to listen to music), X-acto knives, scissors, pencils, etc... and you can never go wrong with a pair of comfy Birks. 

#1

 
top: Brandy Melville
skirt: Alexa Chung for AG
socks: Urban Outfitters
shoes: Dr. Martens
sunnies: Celine
backpack: Kanken

I might've chosen this look as my number one because this is one of my favorite photos of myself, but come on... I look pretty damn cool in this outfit. I don't wear knee socks often, but this was taken during NYFW last September and I'd just been in a pretty bad car accident the weekend before, which left a big scratch/cut above my left knee - you can see the big pinkish/brown bruised area in the picture. Anyways, the socks were originally covering the injury. The neck brace came off for this shot, too. Nevertheless, I had to dress well... it was my first Fashion Week! Something about New York City makes me dress impeccably. 

Which is your favorite out of these nine?

xx Alyssa