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Friday, April 28, 2017


I went skateboarding the other day in a sundress. Turns out, it's not as hard as it looks.

dress from Christy Dawn
shoes from Converse

xx Alyssa

Thursday, April 27, 2017


As you all probably know at this point, I'm in college now (actually only two weeks away from finishing my first year) and that means I no longer have my mom and brother to take outfit photos of me. Time to get creative. Here are some low-quality shots of my outfits from the past two days.

t-shirt from havana, cuba
skirt is vintage

tank top from reformation
pants from american apparel (r.i.p)
jacket from acne studios
pins are vintage, from penpals, and from the whitney museum

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


I'm wearing...

bodysuit from wrangler x urban outfitters
vintage levi's 501 jeans
vintage houndstooth cropped blazer

background photo is from leo carillo beach in 2014

xx Alyssa

Monday, April 17, 2017


I took a couple of (bad) photos of my outfits over the past week, and I thought I'd share. I went to an LA-themed party on Thursday night, so I brought out my "Los Angeles" nameplate necklace and the most streetwear top I had. Necklace from Topshop, shirt from Gosha Rubchinsky, jacket from Levi's.

On Friday night I went to the Whitney Biennial. I wore a Drowners t-shirt, a jacket from Reformation, some vintage pins, my Mansur Gavriel bag, vintage Levi's, and Gucci loafers.

Over the weekend, I went to see family in New Jersey for Easter. I wore this dress from Motel Rocks that's the perfect a-line cute.

xx Alyssa

Sunday, April 9, 2017

DENIM ON DENIM FOR BACCHANAL (outfit of the day)

Yesterday was Columbia University's spring concert, also knows as Bacchanal, and I decided to wear denim on denim for the unusually sunny day.

Top from Purrr Melrose
Vintage 501 Jeans from Levi's
Vintage Jacket from Levi's
Shoes from Vagabond

Didn't take the best photos, but I did have a great day. There were festival vibes all around - it made me miss Coachella just a tiny bit,

xx Alyssa


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xx Alyssa 

Saturday, April 8, 2017


We're finally emerging out of winter her in New York City, and I couldn't be happier. Here are some photos I've taken on the intermittent sunny days we've been blessed with. Coming from Los Angeles, you really do not know what you've got until it's gone.

xx Alyssa

Friday, April 7, 2017

HAVANA, CUBA in polaroids

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Havana, Cuba with my college friends for spring break. Here's some polaroids I took (and one digital photo for good measure).

xx Alyssa

Thursday, April 6, 2017

NYC IN PHOTOS: What I've Been Up To

I haven't been regularly updating for the past couple of months, so I thought I owed you all a little run-through of how I've been spending my time in New York City. 

The first sunny day in February called for a massive chill sesh on Low Steps at Columbia University. My friend Seb caught me in action. I'm wearing a t-shirt from The Vaccines, pants from Reformation, and shoes from Vagabond.

The band I'm in, Gold Medal, played Columbia's Battle of the Bands. I wore my old high school cheerleading uniform for the fun of it.

I went to Havana, Cuba for Spring Break with some of my closest friends - including my band members! It was the most amazing trip. Zoe, one of the friends I went with, captured me writing on the balcony of our airbnb apartment. I'm wearing a vintage DVF Hawaiian top.

Alright, this one is from a while ago, but my friend Nick just got his film developed and I had to share. My friends and I went as the cast of Trainspotting for Halloween last year - we all went to see T2: Trainspotting when it came out a couple of weeks ago, and loved it! It was the first movie I've seen in theaters in NYC, too.

I spent a full day exploring New York City with this amazing group of people - I walked from Manhattan to Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time ever. I also ate 10 soup dumplings.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"LAST THING" by Gold Medal (premier)

Hey hey hey!! Sorry I've been absent for so long... I have no excuses, just a busy college student. I thought I'd update you all by sharing my band Gold Medal's new single, "Last Thing."

We put a lot of effort into this one and it would mean the world if you could listen and share. Our EP will be finished in the next couple of months - stay updated by following @goldmedal.us on Instagram.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


Happy Valentine's Day! Love yourself!

xx Alyssa

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Best Day Ever

On Wednesday, it was 60 degrees, the sun was shining, and everyone was happy. I spent an hour and a half sitting on the steps in front of Low Library talking to my friends when I should have been getting some work done. It was the best day ever.

Seb and Cameron playing a skate game.

Jacq, Tim, and Alma Mater enjoying the sunshine.

Sam and Tim chilling on the steps.

Craig in front of Butler Library.

Me, shot by Tim.

Cameron reading The Decameron.

xx Alyssa

Friday, February 10, 2017

"PERFECT PICTURE" by Gold Medal (premier)

Helloooooo! Gold Medal, the band I've been a part of since the beginning of my time here at Columbia, just released our first single today. It's called "Perfect Picture" and you can listen to it on our Bandcamp page. Artwork by our very own Seb Choe.

Follow us on Instagram @goldmedal.us to stay up to date with more releases.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, February 9, 2017

NYFW AW2017: Roumel6 Presentation

Yesterday I got to check out the Roumel6 presentation for NYFW Autumn/Winter 2017 - some nicer photos will be up on Hoot Mag's website, but I thought I'd upload some iPhone shots to show you all the clothes! I really loved their use of velvet and the color palette.

I can't wait to start going to more fashion week events so that I can take advantage of studying in New York City. It's hard to fit it all into my schedule, but it's worth it - and I don't mind getting snapped for street style either!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

@FEMCOLLECTIVE (lower east side video)

I know it's been a while since I posted photos from my lil hangout with the girls of Fem Collective (@femcollective on Instagram), but I finally got around to combining some of the footage into a short video! Hang out w us :)

xx Alyssa

Sunday, February 5, 2017


This is just an announcement that Gold Medal, the band I have been playing with since starting at Columbia in September, is releasing our very first single this Friday, February 11th. Follow us on Instagram to stay updated.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Now that I have a nice, compact camera that I bring nearly everywhere, I've been able to capture a ton of moments of my friends just looking so unbelievably cool. People also seem to grab the camera away and take photos of me, which I'm always grateful for. 

This is me with my friend Cassidy inside of CU Records, the student-run recording studio on Columbia's campus. It was opening night (even though a select few, including the band that I play with, have been using the space for the past semester), so Jazz House came and played around while people checked out the studio. Cassidy always has the best color schemes going on, and this picture gives me seriously Cassie and Effy vibes. 

We went to Seb's apartment afterwards to chill and play some music. Seb plays bass in Gold Medal, but had his guitar out that night instead.

The next night, we went over to Tim's place to work on mixing songs for our EP. I think they're getting a little annoyed at all of my picture taking, but if this one isn't the epitome of cool, I don't know what is.

Tim took a photo of me getting sleepy during the 5th hour of the mixing session. I was wearing my vintage dark wash 501s, a tank top from brandy melville, and a jacket from asos. My band members labeled me as "western girl" ..... must be the fringe.

xx Alyssa