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


Tuesday, June 28, 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 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


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


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


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


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