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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THRIFT SHOPPING WITH FRIENDS (in bushwick, of all places)

Bushwick has become a sort of joke - almost a meme - in my greater friend group. Why a large amount of Columbia Students, nearly all of them living on-campus in Morningside Heights, would congregate in a Brooklyn neighborhood two subway transfers away is beyond me. Ok, I guess you could only transfer once, but who wants to take the 1 Train all the way to 14th Street? Not me. 

I got back to campus a couple of days before classes started, so I met up with my friends that were also back early, and we took a little trip out to the 'shwick (kill me for saying that) to do some thrift shopping. I documented the adventure, of course.

Here are some photos that I managed to capture along the way:

navigating the 14th Street subway tunnel

WILLIAMSBURG DOESN'T EXIST, says Bushwick graffiti

Seth and Cassidy on some coordinating shit

Let me know what you think of this new camera! I'm really happy about the quality, and making videos with it has been so fun.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


I hauled my huge Polaroid 660 Land Camera (you know, the big, boxy one that preceded the cameras that Urban Outfitters sells by a couple of decades) all the way to the Caribbean, and got a few shots out of it.

Me in the island's foliage; I'm wearing a top by Pacific + Driftwood and bottoms by Ripcurl.

Nick, Emmett, and Genevieve enjoying the sunny day. It was Emmett's birthday so we all celebrated by relaxing at the pool.

Me at Cinnamon Bay Beach wearing Frankie's Bikinis and Ray-bans.

Genevieve and Nick relaxing at the beach.

That's all for my St. John photos - get ready for some shots of New York to start appearing again! I can't wait to use my new Olympus camera (and of course the Polaroid, but film is expensive, ya know) to get some really cool shots of my adventures here.

xx Alyssa

Monday, January 16, 2017

ST. JOHN (photos and video from the caribbean islands)

As mentioned in my previous post, I spent about a week over winter break in St. John, one of the US Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. I brought along my new camera (the Olympus Pen E-PL8) to get a hang of how it works by taking pictures of my friends exploring the island.

My bikini top is from Pacific + Driftwood and my shorts are vintage Levi's.

Nick always has the best style, even while hiking.

The views were spectacular - especially when we hiked up the island. We even got a huge rainbow on our last night, which was awesome.

Check out a collection of my footage from our trip on my new Youtube channel:

xx Alyssa

Sunday, January 15, 2017

CARIBBEAN COOL (frankie's bikinis)

I'm BAAAAACK! Sorry for my little hiatus there. I got the Frankie's Bikinis Camilla One Piece for Christmas, but since the weather in LA while I was there for winter break was so dismal, I didn't get a chance to wear it until my trip to St. John in the Caribbean. Not complaining - that trip was the perfect opportunity. Here are some photos my friends took of me soaking up the sun at Cinnamon Bay Beach:

The island was so beautiful and picturesque. I had a lovely time with my friends from college, and definitely got my fair share of heat, humidity, and sun before returning to snowy New York City. At least the sun's out today! Yesterday, for fun, I walked from Canal St. to 114th, about 6.5 miles, just for a little bit of fun and exercise... unfortunately, it started snowing halfway through my journey, and by the time I got back to my building on Columbia's campus, I was frozen to the core. Ah, to be in the Caribbean again. Stay tuned for more photos.

xx Alyssa 

Monday, January 2, 2017

THE FIRST SUNRISE OF 2017: malibu, california

Well... hello 2017! After a fun night of ringing in the New Year, my friends and I woke up at 6 AM to make it down to the beach in Malibu in time for the first sunrise of 2017. I brought my new camera to capture the moment.

The beach was completely empty and quiet.

We watched the sky turn from black to dark blue to purple to pink to orange to yellow to bright blue.

The ocean was too cold for us to jump in, but we took our shoes off and ran around the shore, savoring every opportunity to get the sand in between our toes before we all head back to college in different states.

It was one of the most beautiful sunrises I had ever seen, and it felt so great to be there on the first day of this new chapter with some of my closest friends.

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Eve and Day... here's a little reminder to stick to your resolutions!!!

xx Alyssa

Saturday, December 31, 2016


I'm really enjoying making these short videos of my daily outings. I can't wait to start taking photos and filming more of my friends and our shenanigans back in New York City. One of my friends from the city was in town the other day, so I met her in Venice Beach and we walked along the boardwalk, taking in all of the strange sights.

I always love checking out the waterfront skate park when I'm down in Venice. Even though I can't skateboard for my life, it's a skill I've always wanted to learn, and I admire it ridiculously. It makes me so happy to see people (especially boys half my age) doing amazing tricks and just having a great time out there.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DTLA: lunch at LA Chapter and a lil OOTD

Today I headed into Downtown Los Angeles to have lunch with my cousin who recently moved from NYC... and of course, a little shopping. We went to LA Chapter, a restaurant inside of The Ace Hotel, which was delicious. The restaurant is filled with gold and mirrors; it really feels like Old Hollywood. I got a cappuccino (just as good as the ones I get in NYC) and the falafel veggie burger - the best one I've had since becoming a vegetarian a couple of months ago! My mom got a salad, which of course, I had to photograph too.

I coincidentally painted my nails with this shimmery gold color from OPI and wore my gold angel aura quartz ring.

After lunch, I walked around the area near The Ace Hotel and took some snaps of my outfit.

I'm wearing:

vintage slip cami
bralet from urban outfitters
vintage cow-print skirt
boots from acne studios
lady bag from mansur gavriel
vintage leather jacket

necklaces from topshop and xiv karats

Here's a lil youtube video with some outfit shots and tiny glimpses of Downtown LA:

xx Alyssa