A Los Angeles Teen's Style, Music, and Art Journal

A Los Angeles Teen's Style, Music, and Art Journal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Favorite Songs: April/May 2015

Hellooooo lovelies! So I've been neglecting my monthly list of favorite songs, and I decided that now (with summer approaching!) that I would compile a playlist of songs that I've been listening to since Coachella. Yes, I measure time relative to Coachella. Get ready. 

On The Other Side - The Strokes
This song basically sums me up right now. Don't get me wrong; I'm not "tired of everyone I know," but I'm just a little bored with still being in high school. What can I say.

Faces In The Crowd - Panda Bear
My obsession with Panda Bear started around October last year, and it definitely hasn't slowed down. This song is fantastic, and so fun to play in my car whilst driving. I also just love Noah's vocals.

Lion In A Coma - Animal Collective
Going along with the Panda Bear thing, I just recently started getting into Animal Collective (I'm a little late, I know). I'm not really sure what's so great about this song; maybe it's the fact that I couldn't understand what Avey Tare was singing up until a few days ago? Nevertheless, I love it.

Play It Right - Sylvan Esso
Seeing Sylvan Esso at Coachella made me love them even more than I did before, so I've been listening to their self-titled debut album basically nonstop since then. 

Minimal Affection - The Vaccines
If you know me, you know I my everlasting love for The Vaccines. It's safe to say that they are my favorite band of all time. This is a track off their new album, English Graffiti (which comes out next week), and it just fills my heart with happiness. Justin's weird vocals? Check. A Strokes-esque guitar line? Check. Half-assed, lazy lyrics that The Vaccines are notorious for? Check. Literally everything I could ever want in a Vaccines song.

Can't Do Without You - Caribou
I also saw Caribou at Coachella, and this song was definitely my favorite of the set. It was so much fun (and I can't wait to see Caribou again at Outside Lands this August!!!).

Best Friend - The Drums
One of my awesome penpals all the way from Poland sent me a mix CD with this song on it, and I've been listening to it like crazy ever since. I'm so excited to see The Drums at Outside Lands, too!

Vintage Red - Jay Jay Pistolet
Ah, Justin Young. You never fail to amazing me. This one doesn't need an explanation.

Young Love - The Mystery Jets (featuring Laura Marling)
I heard this song on the radio (maybe?) a while back and wrote it down on the notes on my iPhone. I'm pretty sure I never heard it when it came out because I'm not British/I was 10 when it came out and listened primary to Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift. Not that I don't love Taylor Swift. I love Taylor Swift.

I Didn't See It Coming - Belle & Sebastian
I couldn't see Belle & Sebastian at Coachella (same time as Alt-J... let me die), and I recently re-watched God Help The Girl, so I've been in a total Belle & Sebastian phase the past couple of months. I played them on shuffle in my art class, and everyone hated it. WHY?? What are you afraid of??? Scottish people and happiness??

What were your favorite songs this month/recently?
xx Alyssa

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Today's Pins: Arctic Monkeys & The Beatles

Helloooo lovelies! I'd just like to point out the fact that I only have seven days left of my junior year in high school. What the??? Since when did that happen? Yesterday, I attended a ceremony for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Duke of Edinburgh award winners (if you don't know what that is, give this a look), and I was just thinking about how it felt as a Freshman to be receiving the Bronze award and looking at the juniors and seniors getting Gold, thinking "soon I'll be there!" Then, in the blink of an eye, my friends and I were standing on the stage, accepting our Gold medals. It's a bit crazy, honestly. Crazy, but exciting - I can't wait to participate in some awesome programs this summer, meet new people, and continue learning and growing. Oh, and writing some college essays. :)

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Arctic Monkeys)
Abbey Road (The Beatles)
8-bit Herbie Car
Eye pin from Urban Outfitters

Vintage (Gap) dyed darker blue with Rit Dye

xx Alyssa

Monday, May 18, 2015

PROM: Makeup, Hair & Dress

Hello lovelies!!! So my very first Prom was on Saturday, and although it wasn't exactly what I expected, I did have a lot of fun. My school is relatively small, so our prom is for both Juniors and Seniors. Everyone goes, even if you don't have a date. This year, most of the seniors had dates, but most of the juniors just went with friends.

I decided since I will only get to go to prom twice, might as well look like an idiot for one of them. This means that I thought it would be fun to put star confetti all over my eyes. It was... it was a lot of fun. I used eyelash glue and confetti from the sale section at Urban Outfitters. The rest of my makeup I did on my own, too.

I got my hair done at Drybar, which is like a blow-out only place that I always go to. I told them to make my hair straight, but messy. I was going for a bit of a Cassie Ainsworth (from Skins) look; messy hair, glittery makeup.

Here's a photo of me and my best friends looking really stupid. My dress and shoes were both from ASOS. 

Overall, I did have a fun night. The food at prom was great (which is the most important part), everyone looked awesome, and I got to hang out with my closest senior friends one more time before they graduate. We ended up going to one friend's house after and watched Harry Potter until 3 AM. It was fantastic.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Alyssa Takes Outside Lands

Hello lovelies!!! I'm so excited... I'm going to Outside Lands this year! I've spent a lot of time in San Francisco (I lived there when I was little), and I've wanted to go to this festival since I started going to Coachella in 2013. Don't get me wrong, Coachella - I love you. But there's just something so exciting about a festival not in a desert. And with Mumford & Sons headlining. I've tried to compile a list of artists I'd like to see:

(photo from Outside Lands website)

My List:
angus and julia stone
axwell & ingrosso
chet faker
elton john
first aid kit
george ezra
glass animals
hot chip
james bay 
kendrick lamar
laura marling
mac demarco
milky chance
mumford and sons
porter robinson
rl grime
sam smith
sky ferreira
st. vincent
tame impala
the black keys
toro y moi
twin peaks

George Ezra was booked for Coachella this year, and although he played Weekend 2, he had laryngitis Weekend 1. It was so sad. I was at the front of the barricade and everything, and the tech guy said over the speaker "we think he missed his plane or something. George Ezra isn't playing" so thank GOD I get to see him at Outside Lands. I'm also super excited for Broods, Caribou and Chet Faker. And there's no way I'm missing Elton John, come on! I'm so excited to see First Aid Kit, Laura Marling, and basically everyone on my list (hopefully). And Mumford & Sons... Mumford & Sons is going to be fantastic. I saw them in Dublin with Ben Howard, The Vaccines, and more in 2013, and it was the best gig I have ever been to. I hope the crowd is good, because that's what really makes it. Come on, everyone wants to sing along to Mumford & Sons with tens of thousands of other people, don't lie to yourself.

Is there anyone else on the lineup I should try to see? Has anyone been to Outside Lands before? I don't know what to wear! I don't know what to eat! I have to do a lot of planning.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: 70s Vibes

What's going on?! I got this suede skirt a few weeks ago, and I've been feeling super seventies every time I wear it. I'm loving this trend, and after I've just finished a course in US history, I feel like I can identify with that whole counter-culture thing. Also, my dream is to go back in time and attended UC Berkeley during the heyday of student protests. Social justice! Civil rights! I feel like we need a bit of that in today's society... Visions of NYC tackles the hard stuff. 

Top: Vintage
Skirt: ASOS
Shoes: (vintage) Dr. Martens 1460s

It's really starting to feel like summer, and I cannot wait. Today is my last AP exam; then, I just have two final exams that I can easily tackle, and maybe an SAT subject test. Almost done! Junior year, you will not win!!!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How To Wear DIY Separates

Hey y'all!!! Noticed how I didn't say "hello lovelies" this time? I'm feeling a little southern (south western? western?) today. Overalls get me in that mood. Overalls, you ask? My wonderful friend Sarah (hi Sarah!) recently gave me this overalls-dress thing from a flea market, and I decided to make it more versatile by splitting it up into a crop top and an adorable matching skirt. Turning one piece of clothing into three different outfits is what I do best.

Crop Top: American Apparel
Suede Skirt: ASOS

Thanks so much to Sarah again!!!! I'm in such a DIY mood with summer coming up. As much as I hate the heat, it is really fun to be able to make and wear lots of different skirts and crop tops. I'm doing a program at an art school this summer, so I feel like I have to start working on my artsy wardrobe. I hope there's nice weather wherever you are in the world right now!

xx Alyssa

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ocean & Forest in Black & White (120mm)

Hello lovelies!! So I finally got a roll of film developed that I've had since October (yes, October). I love the way the photos have turned out! This is the last black and white roll I had from my time in Ireland in 2013, so it's kind of emotional for me because I feel like the film is somewhat connected to where I spent my time in Ireland. These photos are from Leo Carrillo beach in Malibu, CA, as well as in a suburb of San Francisco.

These were taken on 120mm Ilford film with a Diana F+. 

xx Alyssa