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A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

MONTHLY MUSIC MAILBAG: May 2016

Happy almost June 1st! I'm graduating high school in 10 days, what???? I decided to take a break from my "100 Days in LA" series today to share my most-listened songs of May.



5. "Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)" - Grimes
Ok, Grimes is my idol. She recorded Visions on Garageband in only a couple of weeks. She inspires me to create music and art, and this song is one of my favorite tracks from Visions... I've been listening to it a lot lately in order to motivate myself to make music as good as hers.


4. "Another Sunny Day" - Belle & Sebastian
I listened to The Life Pursuit in full recently, and this song stuck out to me. I heard it on the radio a couple of days later, and took it as a sign.


3. "I Need A Forest Fire" - James Blake, Bon Iver
James Blake's new album is fantastic, and any sign that Bon Iver is still making music is a very good thing.



2. "Fill in the Blank" - Car Seat Headrest
Car Seat Headrest's new album Teens of Denial has been so hyped up by music publications, and I must admit, I was very impressed. This song is a great opener, and got me really excited to listen to the rest of the LP.



1. "Threat of Joy" - The Strokes
Ok, ok... NEW STROKES!!!!!!!!!! I got a text Thursday morning that Julian Casablancas had dropped a new song, "OBLIVIUS," on Sirius XMU, and I actually let out a scream. I was so excited. I listened to the whole EP as soon as it was available on Spotify, loved it, and preordered a vinyl  copy. This is my favorite song.



What have you been listening to this month?

xx Alyssa

Monday, May 30, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Beverly Hills and Opening Ceremony (day 14)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


On day 14, I went out to brunch at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. I was too intimidated by all of the crazy rich hotel guests and the signs in the spa that said "NO CELL PHONES," so, unfortunately, there are no photos. You're just going to have to take my word on this one. I got the tortilla soup, and it was delicious.

Before heading home, I had to stop at Opening Ceremony's sale. I picked up two awesome pieces that I can't wait to wear:


This was in the Men's section, but to be honest, I don't really give a shit. I needed this Raf Simons tee. 



If you've been reading my blog for the past couple of months, you've probably heard I'm trying to become (at least more of) a minimalist. This means sticking to mainly black, white, and neutral-colored clothing. This asymmetrical black dress from Acne Studios looked good on me in the dressing room, so I bought it - "but black isn't a spring color!" says my mother in the distance. Sorry, mom!

xx Alyssa

Sunday, May 29, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Venice For Breakfast (day 13)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


On Saturday morning, my brother woke me up and demanded I take him somewhere fun for breakfast. The combination of his hunger and knowing how much we're going to miss each other when I move to New York inevitably led me to say "ok," so we hopped in the car and visited one of Venice Beach's food trucks.


We both got these delicious sandwiches with egg, cheese, and bacon. I also had them put "kill sauce" on it, which was definitely spicy, but I do not regret my choice.


Aaaaaand here's a stereotypical picture of the VENICE street sign.


The following photo is from the previous night in Santa Monica, but it goes with the beachy theme, so I needed to share.


Another wonderful day in Los Angeles!

xx Alyssa

Saturday, May 28, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Arts District (day 12)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


On my 12th out of 100 days, my mom and I went to downtown Los Angeles to check out the arts district. We ate brunch at the Pie Hole, which was soooooo delicious.


We also checked out Matteo for some super fancy (and aesthetically pleasing) bedsheets.



The best part of the arts district was all of the art, obviously.





Top: American Apparel
Dress: Purrr Melrose
Bag: Opening Ceremony
Sunnies: Ray Ban

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Nostalgia (day 10)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


I used to be a very nostalgic person. Well, I probably still am - but it used to be worse. The simple resurgence of a good memory would make me hide under the covers of my bed and cry. Over the course of the past four years in high school, I've gotten better at controlling these emotions. I've deleted saved text conversations, I've thrown out movie ticket stubs that I thought I would keep forever, and I've learned to let go. Still, there are some things I refuse to part with, as it's always nice to take a little nostalgic trip back in time... especially through my journals. 

I hand-bounded a couple of journals during my time at Cow House Studios in Ireland during the summer of 2013, and they lasted me the majority of the next two years. Here's a couple of pages from these journals that I thought were worth sharing.


My favorite thing to draw used to be hands. I've since fallen out of that, but this sketch was of my own hand with this cool vintage gear ring I had on.


"A Real Conversation" and "An Imaginary Conversation" from January 2014.


"I will be one with everything that is in my past," I wrote on the left. Don't be alarmed by the right side - "Im a bonfire of human bones" is a lyric from Parquet Courts' "Content Nausea," a song I was listening to a lot at the time. 


One of my favorite things to do when journalling is make a full-spread collage out of all of my school note doodles.


Finally, this is one of my favorite notebook drawings.

I only have two days of school left after today, so expect a couple more of these nostalgia post. Next up will probably be a long playlist of throwback songs, ha!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Senior Prom (day 6)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.



Last Saturday was my senior prom. I'm still having trouble coming to terms with the fact that I'm going to graduate from high school in less than three weeks. What? On my sixth (out of 100) day left in Los Angeles, I spent around 12 hours getting ready for a wonderful night.





My dress is from Reformation and my choker is vintage. You can't see my shoes, but they're from ASOS - just basic black chunky heels. I realized after these photos were taken that I had a hair tie on one of my wrists the whole time.

Prom night was actually pretty fun. The dance wasn't as lame as expected, the food was pretty good, and the after party was great. One more event checked off the list before graduation!

xx Alyssa

Monday, May 23, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: The Getty Museum (day 5)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


Last Friday, day number five of this lovely series (sorry I skipped over you, day four), was so much fun. I went to the Getty Museum, which I haven't visited since 2014. I blame myself for not getting any photographs of the actual art on display - I had taken my last AP exam EVER on Art History the day before, so I was too busy nerding out over all of the pieces I recognized to actually get photos of them. Nevertheless, here's a snap of one of the amazing views you can get when you look out at the city from one of the higher levels:


I've always thought this view of Los Angeles is spectacular. You can see the ocean fog creeping in on the right, the green trees make it seem like we're not actually in a drought, and, to the left (not pictured) is a beautiful view of traffic on the 405. So stereotypical.

The moral of this post is that if you're in Los Angeles, the Getty Museum is definitely worth checking out. The art is so beautiful, and the museum's gardens are a great place to just hang out and enjoy a nice day. Also, admission is free!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: How LA Has Shaped My Style (day 3)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


It's the third day of my 100 days, and today, I thought I'd talk about how living in Los Angeles has shaped my style. Don't get me wrong; a lot of my style is inspired by the internet, and therefore, has an international influence. But since I've grown up in LA, I've picked up certain habits (I think that's what I'd call them) that are, in my opinion, characteristic of the area. Today, I decided to highlight some of those characteristics in my outfit.



THE GRAPHIC TEE

T-shirts are definitely a staple in Los Angeles. Not those oversized, ugly crewneck t-shirts that southerners wear over athletic shorts on a daily basis (why?????), but slouchy, light graphic tees. This one from Wildfox is a perfect example of that LA aesthetic - our palm tree sunsets are iconic!

THE DENIM BOTTOM

Whether it's short shorts or a cute skirt like this one, we're notorious for our denim. We are blessed (and cursed) with almost year-round good weather, so these are definitely the bottoms of choice; they're easy to pull over a swimsuit after a day at the beach, comfortable to walk around and shop in, and just generally super darn cute.

THE WHITE CONVERSE

No shoe, in my opinion, could represent Los Angeles (and Southern California in general) better. Well, maybe a pair of Vans... but I grew up wearing Converse, and it stuck. When I was younger, these were the only shoes I ever had on, and I always got so excited when the wore out completely and I got to buy a new pair.

Until tomorrow!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Reformation Sample Sale (day 2)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


On my second out of 100 days left in Los Angeles, I went to a sample sale of one of my favorite brands, Reformation. I heard about the sale through an Instagram post, and within 20 minutes, my mom and I were out the door on our way to do some shopping. Since New York actually experiences seasons, I've been giving away/selling a lot of my clothes and looking for new pieces that can work through a multitude of different weather conditions. Here's what I picked up at the sale. 

Brinsley Coat



I've been wanting this coat for the longest time, and I'm so happy I found it at the sale! I actually almost bought it on Poshmark a couple of months ago. Since I wear so many high waisted skirts and pants, I'm always looking for cute cropped outerwear to pair with it. Between this new coat and my cropped black Acne Studios denim jacket, I think I'm set!

Mara Coat



This coat was another steal. Originally priced at over $300, I got this for under $60. It has a speckled outer shell and a lovely black lining, and it's the perfect weight for New York chill. Growing up, I never really bought an actual coat (and a cute one at that), so I'm really excited about this piece.  

Rye Top



I've really been loving this tan color that seems to be everywhere now (probably because of Kanye West's usage of it), and I can't wait to wear this top tucked into high waisted skirts and jeans. So cute!

I couldn't find the actual names of these last two pieces online, but I'll describe them to you as best as I can. This super soft t-shirt, stuffed into the corner of one of the $10 boxes, instantly caught my eye. I'm all about obnoxiously displaying feminist sentiments, so I couldn't resist.


Finally, I picked up this simple black jersey dress. It's the same material as the Rye top. I've been looking for a casual black dress for the longest time, and this one is perfect; not too short, not too tight, and super easy to throw on.


I'd say this was a good use of a day! What's your favorite out of these pieces? I think the Mara coat is it for me - I cannot wait to wear it come autumn in New York City.

xx Alyssa

Monday, May 16, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Artribe 2016 (day 1)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


Yesterday was the first day of my last 100 days in Los Angeles. Weird to think, right? I was born in Southern California, lived in the Bay Area for a couple of years, and then moved back down to the LA area when I was four. Everything I know is Los Angeles. Don't get me wrong - I've done a lot of  traveling, visiting over 15 countries from Turkey to Australia to Tanzania. Still, I don't think anything has prepared me completely for a big cross-country move. When I was around 13 years old and in the peak of my angsty teen phase, I really hated living in Los Angeles. I mean, really hated it. I wanted to be somewhere that had actual seasons (it'd be nice to wear a cute coat sometimes) and less pretentious celebrities. Once I started to drive, though, I discovered a whole different part of LA that really appealed to me. With freedom came responsibility, but I also learned to love the city that I call home. 

I've made it a point, especially in realizing that I only have 100 days left here, to go out into different parts of Los Angeles as much as possible, whether it's to attend events, explore the streets, try new foods, etc. On my first day of the 100 days, I made the trip out to Santa Monica to check out Artribe 2016, a high school art show benefiting humanitarian aid programs in Vietnam and Nepal.


While this was the only photo of the gallery that I actually took, all of the art was beautiful. I'm so amazed at how talented high schoolers are... it made me feel subpar. 


Speaking of talent, my two friends from school played music from their project Momma. This was the first time I'd seen them perform outside of school events, and I was *so* impressed. They are so cool.



Artribe was held at a gallery space that's basically part of the Santa Monica Airport, and all of the old hangars and warehouses are perfect backdrops for candid photos.

Here's to day 1 of 100! 

xx Alyssa

Sunday, May 15, 2016

SUNDAY LINKS #2




Yesterday, I checked out Artribe 2016, a one-night gallery showing of the artwork of Los Angeles high school students, and had an awesome time. Since 2007, Artribe has been raising funds for humanitarian aid programs in Vietnam and Nepal. Check out their website for more info, and have a look at their Instagram for some photos of last night's event! 

"Resale Sites Prepare for Battle," says The Business of Fashion. Websites like Tradesy, Poshmark, and The RealReal all compete in the re-commerce market. On that topic, buy my clothes on Poshmark!

Animal Collective performed "Floridada" off of their most recent album, Painting With, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Cue the "is this even music," "why is he screaming," "what's so good about Florida" comments from those who are uneducated in the holiness that is Animal Collective.

I published a poem on Written Citizen! We're a contemporary youth arts and culture website. Check us out to read interviews, explore photo diaries, and discover our perspectives on what it's like to be a young person in today's society. 

xx Alyssa

Thursday, May 12, 2016

SUMMER WHITES (ootd)

Hello! Yesterday I went to the mall (not my favorite place ever) to kill some time, and ended up in Brandy Melville. I found the cutest pair of white jeans on my way out, and had to try them on! I've never owned a pair of white pants before, and I've been wanting some for quite a while. These fit perfectly; they're so comfy (elastic waist) and cute, I was ecstatic! Also, my mom dutch braided my hair last night, and I have some funky waves to prove it.






Top: Brandy Melville
Bottoms: Brandy Melville
Shoes: Adidas Originals
Jacket: Acne Studios

xx Alyssa

Monday, May 9, 2016

MOTHER'S DAY

For Mother's Day this year, my little bro and I spent some time with our wonderful mother in Venice Beach. Here are some photos we snapped throughout the day.



This is my favorite little flower truck that always hangs out in Venice - it's so aesthetically pleasing. I hope the guys don't mind the fact that I take photos of it literally every time I walk past. 


The outside of this store is so nice. Look at that text! 


My brother decided to cooperate for some cute sibling pics on a wall that was originally a beautiful mural but is now just white.


ME
sweater: vintage
jeans: Acne Studios
boots: Dr. Martens
coat: Alexa Chung x AG

HIM
shirt: American Apparel
shorts: I have no clue (I'll ask him?)
shoes: Converse
jacket: Uniqlo

xx Alyssa

Friday, May 6, 2016

DIY FRAYED DENIM JACKET

Helloooo lovelies! Sorry for my absence this past week - I've been hard at work taking AP exams. I had English Literature, Calculus, and Physics this week, and I'm so glad to have gotten them over with. I'm closer and closer to graduation! 


Back to today's post: After seeing the Acne Studios Fray denim jacket, I was inspired to do a little project of my own. I cut off the majority of the collar on my beloved denim jacket, and let the washer and dryer do it's fraying magic... here's the final result.






Top: Forever 21
Pants: Uniqlo
Jacket: vintage Levi's 
Glasses: Warby Parker
Shoes: Vagabond
Patches: DIY, vintage, and from penpals!

xx Alyssa

Monday, May 2, 2016

EYE SEE YOU

My mom and I went out for ramen in Santa Monica this past weekend, and it was so delicious! I also found this really great wall for outfit photos, which I was ecstatic about.




Sweatshirt: Kenzo
Leggings: Lululemon
Boots: Dr. Martens
Bag: Opening Ceremony
Sunnies: Ray-ban

xx Alyssa