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A STYLE, MUSIC, ART, AND TRAVEL JOURNAL

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

MONTHLY MUSIC MAILBAG: June 2016

June has been an incredible rollercoaster of a month. The first week brought a large wildfire that threatened the school I spent 12 years of my life at - it basically burned everywhere around it, but firefighters kept my school untouched. I went to Disneyland with my whole senior class, graduated a few days later, and attended a lot of celebratory brunches/lunches/pool parties. Birthdays, beach trips, Father's Day, Netflix marathons... it all happened. Here's the soundtrack of my past month.



5. "Someone Else Is Getting In" - Drowners



Drowners' second album On Desire came out this month, and after the first listen, I was very happy. It's a great successor to their 2014 s/t. This song was an instant standout: catchy and poppy, with the coolness that Drowners does best. They've stepped it up from 1-and-2-minute songs to 3-and 4-minute songs, and I think it's definitely an improvement.

4. "Be Above It" - Tame Impala


I was listening to Lonerism a couple of weeks ago, rediscovered this song, and proceeded to listen to it probably 10 more times that day. Kevin Parker's vocals are so cathartic here. To be honest, I just really miss Australia, and I think listening to Tame Impala helps eases that feeling for me.

3. "Vanessa" - Grimes



Grimes and d'Eon's Darkbloom EP was an addition to my vinyl collection this month, and mostly due to my unwillingness to change the record on my turntable (see: laziness), I ended up listening to this song a lot. It's a great one - I know I say this all the time, but Grimes is such a cool girl.

2. "I Can Change" - LCD Soundsystem


Summer means sitting around on the couch watching Netflix, and since that entails rewatching Gossip Girl, that show's soundtrack has been running through my head. They featured a couple of LCD Soundsystem songs, and while this one wasn't actually on the show, it's been on repeat in my head these past few weeks.

1. "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales" - Car Seat Headrest


Last month's mailbag had "Fill In The Blank" from Car Seat Headrest's Teens of Denial, but this month, I listened to "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales" a ton more. I spent a lot of nights in June out with high school friends (I graduated at the beginning of the month), and I discovered that this song is the perfect soundtrack for driving home on Los Angeles freeways at night. My favorite lyric, "it left you feeling empty as a car coasting downhill/I have become such a negative person," reminds me a little bit of "On The Other Side" by The Strokes, which probably has to do with the fact that Will Toledo's cadence is similar to that of Julian Casablancas. Anyway, it's a great song. Give it a listen.

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 27, 2016

HEAT WAVE HEARTBREAK

Last week, Los Angeles hit temperatures north of 110°, so me and my best friend Honour escaped to the beach. She brought her old film camera that we shot with a couple of months ago, and here's what turned out: 









My bikini top is from Swim Like A Mermaid, and my bottoms are from American Apparel. I'm also wearing my Ray-ban sunnies.

Bonus photo: I got behind the camera - this is Honour!!!


Aaaaand here's a song that I think is quite fitting.


xx Alyssa

Sunday, June 26, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: New Friends in Malibu (day 37)

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 37/100th day, I met some new friends for lunch in Malibu. That's one thing about college I'm really excited for: I've basically had the same group of 100-ish people in my social circle since I was 5, so it's going to be great to make so many new friends from all over the world. Anyway, enough rambling - I wasn't very adventurous on day 37, sticking to my favorite, Malibu Farm Cafe.


My top is from American Apparel and my overalls are vintage. My buttons are from all over - vintage stores, museum gift shops, pen pals, etc.


I got the kale salad at Malibu Farm Cafe, which I've never actually tried before. I'm a tried-and-true fan of their Swedish Mini Pancakes, but I have to say, this salad was pretty good. I promise I'll get up to more interesting activities around LA in the next coming weeks.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

OFF THE SHOULDER (ootd)

Hello lovelies! Ok, so I used to really really hate any kind of strapless/off the shoulder dress or top. I have a pretty boyish, straight up-and-down frame, and so I never really thought they hung well on me. Recently, I decided to try out the huge off-the-shoulder trend with this cute dress from Zara, and I loved it! 





Sorry for the quality of these photos - the light wasn't so great, but I tried my best.


I actually really ending up loving this neckline. My necklace is from XIV Karats in Beverly Hills. These photos were from a big family dinner we had for my grandmother's birthday, so I had to take a few photos of what I ordered: 


black quinoa risotto


dark chocolate and caramel peanut butter cup

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 20, 2016

FATHER'S DAY (ootd)

This past Sunday, my brother, mom, and I took my dad out to brunch in Malibu to celebrate Father's Day. Here's what I wore:






Dress: local boutique
Bag: Mansur Gavriel
Shoes: somewhere in Italy (my mom bought them for me)
Sunnies: Ray-ban

After brunch, we had to stop by Grom for some gelato. I got dark chocolate and hazelnut - makeshift Nutella!


xx Alyssa

Friday, June 17, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Breakfast in Venice (day 31)

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 31/100, I had brunch in Venice with my friend who just came back from her first year of college on the east coast. We ate at The Butcher's Daughter, and I started off with a coconut milk chai latte... pretty good, if you ask me!


In terms of food, I chose the vegan brioche french toast, which I get whenever I go to Butcher's Daughter in New York City. 


After breakfast, we walked around, did a little shopping, and took a lot of photos. 


Top: Vintage
Skirt: Vintage
Sweater: 360 Cashmere
Shoes: Adidas
Bag: Mansur Gavriel 
Sunnies: Ray-ban



xx Alyssa

Sunday, June 12, 2016

THOUGHTS ON GRADUATION

Well, I graduated high school yesterday. It's a strange feeling. It still hasn't hit me that I will never be in the same place as my whole graduating class ever again; we were a group of only 126 people, and I can think of a funny, emotional, or unique moment with probably every single classmate that I'll never forget. 




This is me and one of my best friends, Honour. I still remember the first time she came over to my house in 6th grade; I had organized a big bin of craft supplies for us to decorate backpacks with, and let me tell you, those backpacks were ugly. So funny. We've been best friends ever since. She's staying on the west coast for college - so weird to think we'll be on opposite sides of the country.


No one at my school has ever decorated caps before (as we don't get to keep them), and even though we asked and were advised not to, my friend Gabby and I did it anyway. I'm going to Columbia and Gabby is going to Barnard, so we're going to be incredibly close next year. I can't wait! My cap decoration was inspired by the Columbia mascot, Roar-ee the Lion, and the song "Young Lion" by Vampire Weekend, a band that started at Columbia University.

Graduation feels like that one moment in "Hannah Hunt" (also by Vampire Weekend) right before the drum hits and the piano plays while Ezra Koenig goes wild. Tavi Gevinson talked about this specific moment and feeling in one of her Editor's Letters for Rookie Mag. Everything is about to change. All I can say is that I'm nervous, excited, and ready. 

xx Alyssa

Thursday, June 9, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: The Broad Museum (day 24)

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 Wednesday, I scored tickets to The Broad, so me and my friends made the trip downtown (and got some food at Grand Central Market before).


I got delicious homemade pasta, and one of my friends got paella (which he loved).


I wanted to get Eggslut, but breakfast time had already passed, and I felt I needed breakfast for the full experience.


(John Baldessari)


(Lichtenstein)


(Also Lichtenstein)


(I forgot this artist - if you know, please comment!)


(Koons)


(El Anatsui)


(Jean Michel Basquiat)

Two of the friends that I went with were in my Art History this year, and since our last day of school is today (Thursday), it was a nice little end to our year - it was so fun recognizing and explaining the works!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Malibu Farm Cafe (day 22)

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 hard to resist the urge to be a basic LA girl. Malibu Farm Cafe is probably one of the most-Instagrammed spots in the LA area, and it's sooooo damn good. My mom and I went out for a cute lunch at the cafe; she got a breakfast burrito, and I got the Swedish Mini Pancakes, aka heaven on earth.





Top: Reformation
Skirt: American Apparel
Bag: Opening Ceremony
Sunnies: Ray-ban 

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 6, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Alfred Tea Room (day 20)

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.


Ok, this has basically turned into a food blog - I'm sorry, it's just that there are so many cute and cool places to grab a bite in LA! Last weekend, I walked around the Melrose Place area and finally tried out Alfred Tea Room, the new offshoot of Alfred Coffee. 


I got an iced Chai Latte, which I was very happy with - it wasn't too sweet like some chais I've tried are. The interior of the Tea Room is this adorable pink, with a neon sign saying "Tea, yes. You, maybe." as the crown jewel. 


I also got a banana muffin, which was super yummy. 


I'd actually never been to the Isabel Marant store, but it's so beautiful! The exterior looks like a bungalow house, and the interior had a mirror installation.


A selfie was required, of course. Thanks to my reflective sunglasses, my mom makes an appearance in this one! If you were wondering, my dress is from American Apparel. 

xx Alyssa

Friday, June 3, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Koreatown (day 18)

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 Thursday night, I went with my friends who are all back from college to Koreatown in Los Angeles. I've driven through it many times, but never stopped for food. We went to this place where everyone writes on the wall and the food is super cheap. It was a great adventure.


Tallulah (on the left) clearly didn't get the smiling memo.


This photo of me is a little frightening. If you're wondering, I was wearing...

T-shirt: Grimes (from Coachella)
Jacket: vintage
Jeans: Acne Studios
Boots: Dr. Martens


We didn't really know what we were ordering, but it was a good. The guessing game was actually pretty entertaining.


 After our meal in Koreatown, we jumped in the car and headed to Japantown across the city to get ice cream at Honeymee. Soooooo yummy.


xx Alyssa

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

CLOSET CLEAN-OUT + ORGANIZATION TIPS

Hello lovelies! As I've made pretty clear in the last couple of weeks, I'm moving to New York at the end of the summer to study at Columbia University. As the weather in Los Angeles is quite different from that of Manhattan, I've seen this move as an opportunity for a total wardrobe overhaul. 

Unfortunately, buying new, more high-quality clothing involves getting rid of a lot of old clothing to make space. I've had a bunch of pieces up for sale on my Poshmark for a while now, and within the next 10 days, I'm going to take whatever hasn't been sold to consignment stores and the Goodwill... so send me some offers! My clothes are cute, I promise!

Here's a few tips I use for cleaning out and organizing my wardrobe:

1. CONSISTENCY IS KEY
This applies to multiple aspects of your wardrobe. First, color scheme: pick a palette and try to stick to it. Most of my clothes are black, white, grey, and pale colors like light blue or tan. Not only is it pleasing to the eye, but it makes putting outfits together so much easier. Next, make the way you present your clothes as consistent as the clothes themselves. I used small pink hangers for all of my pants, and black velvety ones for everything else.



2. DON'T FEEL RESTRICTED BY A NUMBER
So many people will tell you that you only need one pair of black heels... forget that! Needs differ from person to person. In my case, I have five pairs of black heels: one for daily wear, two sandals for spring/summer, and two close-toed for fall/winter. I predominantly wear black, so if you're like me, multiple pairs of black shoes are a must.


3. HAVE MORE OF WHAT YOU NEED AND LESS OF WHAT YOU DON'T
This is probably my most-used tip in transitioning from an LA to a NYC wardrobe. I'm going to need more jackets in NYC, so I have more. I wear less color now, so I only have a couple of bright pieces left in my closet. Since I wear a lot of black, I have two black purses - no need for funky colors.


As for choosing what to get rid of in the first place, I go by three rules: If it doesn't fit, doesn't make you happy, or you never wear it, get rid of it. Other than that, I found this video very straightforward and helpful:


xx Alyssa