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Sunday, August 28, 2016

IRRESISTIBLE ME // hair extensions before & after

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you guys my new real hair extensions that Irresistible Me kindly sent me to try out. My first impressions were great, and I wore them on my little adventure to DTLA with my friend Morgan who took a ton of cool photos of me with them on. Irresistible Me carries a wide range of 100% human hair extensions; I picked the color Medium Brown in their Silky Touch line. Mine are the 20" inch and 200g option. Every since I first tried them out I've been dying to wear them again, so I had my wonderful mother (thanks mom!) take some before and after photos of me, plus a couple of cute styling ideas. 

Here's the before: 

I actually got a Brazilian Blowout a couple of days ago and I haven't washed my hair, so it's very straight and smooth right now. This was nice because the extensions are the same texture, so it was really easy to blend them into my hair. 

Here's the after:


I think the best way to blend the extensions well is to make sure they are the same color and texture as your real hair. If your hair is straight, make sure the extensions are straight. If you have a blunt cut, I would suggest curling both your real hair and the extensions to blend out the ends of your real hair.

I was getting some 70s vibes with my parted (overgrown) bangs and long hair, so I went for braids:

One of my favorite styles is the milkmaid/crowd braid, and it's sooooo easy with hair this long! Normally, I have to stick a ton of bobby pins in my hair and braid/pull it super tight to hide the ends and make sure it stays up, but with extensions it, it's just a couple of bobby pins and then I'm done.

I can't wait to try out more styles with these extensions in. Until next time! 

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: goodbyes (day 100)

When I started this blog in sixth grade, I was only ten years old - nevertheless, I still had "visions of New York City." I was enthralled by it. I don't think I had even visited the state of New York at the time of this blog's creation. The two following summers, I took courses at FIT and Parsons, and finally got a taste of city life. I always new that I would live in NYC at some point. Once I started high school and actually had to think about my future (aka college), my plan was set: I'd go to school, then move to New York where I'd find a job in some kind of creative industry, live in a beautiful white-walled apartment, and dance around to The Strokes' 2001 debut, Is This It, while celebrating my entrance into true adulthood.

In March of this year, I found out that I got into Columbia University. I quickly decided that was the school I was meant to attend; everything about it seemed to perfect. It wasn't until a couple of days later that I realized the significance of the title of this blog in relation to my college choice. New York City, to me, was always a "vision," and not really a plan in the near future. Well, the near future is here. 

On my 100th and last day in the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I didn't do much. I went to Soulcycle with my mom, went to the bank to make sure my ATM card worked, got lunch with my mom and brother, got my nails painted, walked around my neighborhood listening to songs that remind me of California suburbia, ate dinner at home, and then frantically repacked after I realized one of my suitcases was pushing 90 pounds. I guess that sounds like a lot, but I was distracted the whole day with the thought of moving across the country. I'm writing this at 11:45 PM in my bed on my iPhone (side note: Google really needs to get to work on that blogger app) and I just don't think I can articulate what I'm feeling right now. It's a mix of nostalgia, excitement, and nerves. I don't really know what's in store for me.

I've had this little tradition since 2013 where I listen to "Family Friend," "That Summer Feeling," and "Wetsuit" by The Vaccines (in that order) in my bed on the last night of summer. I'm actually taking a break between the latter two to write this. 

My flight is at 10 AM, and after today, you may not hear from me for a while unless it's a post I've scheduled before I left home. I'm not quite sure what the future has in store for this blog, since I won't have my mom and brother to take outfit photos of me in the morning before school anymore. I won't have internet the first couple of days since I'm going on a camping trip with other new students. I don't have a plan. I don't want this to sound dramatic, but this is a big transition, and my head it kind of everywhere and anywhere at the moment. Thank you for reading, commenting, and caring up until this point - it means the world. Until next time.

xx Alyssa

Monday, August 22, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Straight Hair & Sunsets (day 99)

Day 99... can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday, I was getting ready for senior year, college applications, and all that boring/stressful stuff. Summer went by extremely fast. Some of my friends that are going to colleges on the quarter system don't leave for another month! Honestly, at this point, I'm kinda bored, and I'm happy that summer is over and I can finally start the next chapter in my life. Sorry for the cheesiness. 
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 99/100, I went to the salon and got a Brazilian Blowout in order to prepare myself for NYC humidity. My hair is thick, wavy/curly, and ridiculously frizzy, so this was a must. I've never actually gotten this process done on my hair before, and I just washed it (as I'm writing this), so we'll see how it turns out. I'm expecting it to have less curl and more wave... and hopefully no frizz. Fingers crossed!

My hair is never this straight; I never blow it dry, and I only straighten it fully 2-3 times a year. You can see my natural highlights really well in these photos - it's so strange! It kinda looks like I just have grown-out ginger highlights. 

One of my favorite parts of where I live is the proximity to the beautiful Pacific Ocean. My high school was in the canyon where all of these roads wind their way around the mountains over to the ocean; a couple of school friends (who will all be sophomores in college this coming year) and I drove up Stunt Road to watch the sunset, finishing summer.

Morgan (my photographer friend that I've mentioned before) wanted me to take a basic white girl pic of him. It turned out pretty fantastic.

xx Alyssa

Sunday, August 21, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Rostam and Cindy Sherman at The Broad Museum (day 98)

On my third-to-last day before the big move, I went with my brother and mom to The Broad Museum's Summer Happening event to see Cindy Sherman's Imitation of Life exhibition and a performance by one of my favorite Columbia University alumnus, Rostam Batmanglij (formerly of Vampire Weekend). 

 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.

Before the event, we went to Grand Central Market for dinner. This is always my favorite place to go with friends because you don't have to agree on what kind of food you want - I got homemade spaghetti, while my brother got a German sausage.

When the doors to The Broad opened at 8:30, I went straight for the Cindy Sherman exhibition. I studied a couple of Sherman's work for my AP Art History class last year, so I know quite a lot about her, and really enjoyed the exhibition. Her work is so interesting! 

After taking the above photo, I realized that the art appreciator in the frame was Samuel Long, aka SOPHIE. I freaked out a little bit - this dude is awesome. I saw him at Coachella a couple of months back with a bunch of my friends, so I quickly texted a couple of them out of excitement.

Rostam's performance was everything I'd hoped it would be. After hearing he had left Vampire Weekend earlier this year, I was disappointed; what would this mean for the band? But I still can't help being excited for whatever Rostam's got in store. His music is just as great live as his recordings.

He started out with two unreleased songs before promising to "play some songs you might've actually heard before." These included "It's Not My Fault (It's My Fault)" off of Discovery's album LP, "EOS," "Gravity Don't Pull Me," and "Wood." "I'm going to make a smooth transition now from my gayest song to my most Persian," he said between the latter two. 

Overall, the performance was just as good as I had hoped it would be. Since I now have only less than two full days left before my move, I won't be going into the city again; instead, I'll be finishing my errands and packing in the suburbs. So long, Los Angeles! 

xx Alyssa

Saturday, August 20, 2016

TRIP HAUL: Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, and Stockholm

I know this is somewhere around two weeks late, but I think it's time to show you all what I bought on my big European adventure! All of these things were bought with my own money that I've saved up over the past couple of years, and I cannot wait to wear them all.

Let's start out with Acne Studios, since the bulk of my purchases were from there. I visited the Acne Archive (basically an outlet store) in both Copenhagen and Stockholm, as well as stand-alone stores in Amsterdam and Stockholm. I bought the jeans (style name Pin) in Amsterdam, the denim top at the archive in Copenhagen, and the shoes (Adriana Napla Black) and underwear (Estelle Putty) in Stockholm. The jeans and undies are both high-waisted, which I'm really excited about! I've already worn the denim top in some photos my friend Morgan took of me in DTLA, and I plan to wear it again tonight to see Rostam live at The Broad. The sneakers are super comfy and cute, and I can't wait to wear them in New York! I got them in black so that I can wear them on the streets and not worry about them getting dirty.

At Voo Store in Berlin, I bought a Gosha Rubchinskiy t-shirt which I'm so excited about because they're sold out nearly everywhere (including the Voo Store website). It's super soft and I love the oversized look, considering I bought a men's small. I also wore this in some of the photos Morgan took of me. On the left is a workout top/bra I got at H&M in Stockholm; H&M makes all of the Swedish olympic uniforms, so I thought this was a cool souvenir that I can actually wear all the time. In the middle is a striped shirt by Mads Nørgaard that I bought in Copenhagen. I'm really excited to wear this under overalls and tucked into my denim shorts!

Finally, I bought a Twilly scarf at Hermes in Copenhagen. It's navy blue in a bandana pattern, and looks super cute tied around my neck or around my head as a headband. 

xx Alyssa

Friday, August 19, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Crystals & Coffee in Venice Beach (day 94)

My last week in Los Angeles has been packed with doctors appointments and actual packing - I almost forgot to spend time with my family! My brother wanted to spend the afternoon with me on my 94th day, so we went to Abbot Kinney (again) for food, some crystal shopping, and more food.

 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 time I took my brother to Abbot Kinney, we tried to visit this little crystal shop tucked behind The Piece Collective called H.O.W.L. but failed - but I forgot the location and the name, so Google Maps was of no help. This time, we tried a little harder and found it instantly. You have to go around the back of The Piece Collective into Stone Cold Fox's store; the entrance to a cute little vintage store is inside. Then, around the corner, H.O.W.L. has its shop set up. I got this beautiful piece of angel aura quartz for my collection.

After, we found a food truck called Stickhouse Gelato that serves custom gelato popsicles. You can choose between a ton of gelato flavors, white/milk/dark chocolate, and pistachos/coconut/almonds/hazelnuts.

I got a coffee gelato popsicle with dark chocolate and hazelnuts... so good.

My brother was definitely happy about it. Until tomorrow!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, August 18, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Ikea and Flume x Jonathan Zawada (day 92)

You'd think that by day 92 of my last 100 days in Los Angeles, I'd be ready to leave. Well, I still haven't finished packing (and it's past day 92 now), and I still feel like I haven't done everything I possibly could around the city. 

 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 the morning of my 92nd day, I went to IKEA in Burbank with my brother to stock up on dorm decor. He, of course, bought a couple of things also - how can you resist?

I got a mini ironing board, a cool desk light, cork coasters with a matching mug, and a desktop vanity mirror. I wish my dorm room just looked like IKEA's displays.

After IKEA, I went with my friends to Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood to check out the Flume x Jonathan Zawada installation, Skin. I'd seen in on Instagram and had been dying to go, and was not disappointed. The visuals were unbelievably cool, and the music that Flume made to go along with them was definitely different and interesting. 

I wore...
t-shirt: Gosha Rubchinksiy
shirt: Vintage, from Rose Bowl Flea Market
bag: Mansur Gavriel
sunnies: Ray-ban
shoes (not pictured): Birkenstocks

After checking out the installation, we went into the Urban Outfitters home store, which I've never visited before. The last time I went to Space 15 Twenty, it wasn't open yet. It just made me feel worse about my cinderblock-wall future dorm room.

After a quick stop at Amoeba Records, where I bought Car Seat Headrest's Teens of Denial on vinyl, we went to the Alfred Tea Room on Melrose Place one last time.

One of my best friends leaves for college tomorrow - we already said goodbye, and although I don't really get emotional about goodbyes, it was really sad. It just hit that I'm starting a completely new chapter of my life. Can you believe I leave on Tuesday morning? I only have four more days!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Little Tokyo & Pershing Square (day 90)

A couple of days ago, my friend Morgan and I went downtown to get some cool shots. We explored the neighborhoods of Little Tokyo and the Arts District, and checked out Pershing Square to see an awesome foil installation. I haven't spent much time in DTLA, so I was really excited to get out there and have an adventure.

 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.

Downtown Los Angeles is beautiful during golden hour. 

This installation was a giant foil banner (not really sure how to describe it) that hung over Pershing Square. When wind blows through the square, the foil pulsates in waves - it was ridiculously cool.

There are a ton of hallways and tunnels downtown that make for really cool shooting locations. My personal favorite was in Little Tokyo; it had beams of light that changed colors, and the photos we took there turned out amazing.

We went to shabu shabu for dinner (which Morgan had never had before)... it was sooooo delicious. I haven't had shabu shabu in forever!

Here are some of the photos we took after Morgan edited them:

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Can you believe that I move to NYC in less than a week? I started this post at day 1, my adventures in DTLA happened on day 90, and now it's day 95... AHHHHHH!!!!

xx Alyssa

Monday, August 15, 2016

STOCKHOLM // day two + OOTD

I started off my second day in Stockholm with a boat tour around some of the islands that are part of the city's Archipelago. It was such a beautiful day!

After the boat tour, I walked down to Södermalm, one of the main islands filled with tons of cute stores and cafés. Of course, I stumbled upon another Acne Studios store.

I'm wearing...

dress: Zara
shoes: Stan Smith Adidas
scarf: vintage
backpack: Fjällräven

I also visited the Fotografiska (photography museum) on Södermalm, which I loved but didn't take any photos in because it seemed kind of ridiculous to take photos of photos. Then, I walked to  Moderna Museet, Stockholm's modern museum. To my delight, a huge exhibition of Yayoi Kusama's work was on display.

This last piece, Narcissus Garden, is one of my favorite of all time. I actually studied is as part of my AP Art History curriculum last year, so it was amazing to see it in person. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos on my third and last day in Stockholm, since it was a little hectic with packing and planning for my flight back home. This was one of the best trips I have ever taken; I saw so many beautiful cities, visited some of the world's coolest museums, ate great food, and generally had a great time. Until next time, Europe!

xx Alyssa

Sunday, August 14, 2016

STOCKHOLM // day one

My first day in Stockholm was just a couple of hours of exploration since I had taken a train from Copenhagen in the morning. The train ride was so beautiful - I highly recommend it. The second I dropped off my stuff in the hotel room, I headed out for Stockholm's Acne Archive store.

The Copenhagen location had a little bit better selection (probably because Stockholm is a bigger city I think), but the guy working in this location said they get new stuff in all of the time. Later, I went to Café Pascal for a little bite to eat. Swedes are famous for their cafés (they're obsessed with coffee), and this one did not disapoint.

More pictures from Stockholm will be up tomorrow! 

xx Alyssa

Saturday, August 13, 2016

COPENHAGEN // day three

My third and last day in Copenhagen brought one of my most looked-forward-to activities of my whole European trip... THE ACNE ARCHIVE!!! Acne Archive is a store with locations Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm that's basically the outlet of my favorite store ever, Acne Studios. There, you can find discounted pieces from the last season, samples, and specific classics with great price cuts. It's still expensive, but much less than normal. 

I'll include my Acne Archive purchases in my haul post... which is coming soon, I promise! After, O went back to Strøget (the main shopping street in Copenhagen) to visit Hay House, the home of sleek, modern, Scandinavian design. Sorry, IKEA!

I also checked out the Botanical Gardens, which were beautiful. It was like a whole other world inside!

I ended the day with ice cream at Nyhavn, the cute little touristy stretch of pretty house fronts that I mentioned yesterday.

Tomorrow, I'll be posting photos from Stockholm!

xx Alyssa