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

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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DIY-ing my Sailor Jacket: Make a Pullover Into a Coat

Hello lovelies! I took a little trip to the Rose Bowl Swap Meet at the beginning of February, and got this awesome vintage sailor jacket from the US Navy. It was a big pullover-style wool coat, and although it's awesome as-is, I decided it would be a little more flattering if the front was open (like a coat). Here's how I did it:

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(the finished product)

You will need:
Measuring tape/ruler
A pullover jacket you want to cut into a coat!!
Bias tape
(not pictured) a sewing machine
(optional) good tunes!!!!: Junk Of The Heart - The Kooks

#1: Measure the middle point on the collar and on the hem, and connect the line with chalk.

#2: Cut the line you just drew; don't worry if it's not perfectly straight, you're going to cover it with bias tape!

#3: Measure the bias tape (I chose black to match the black of the jacket) so it covers the raw edge, plus a tiny bit more.

#4: Pin the tape around the raw edge.

#5: Sew down the bias tape twice in order to secure it.

#6: Repeat on the other raw edge. Now you have a super cool jacket that shows your super cool shirt/dress/whatever you're wearing underneath!


I love my jacket. It's so cool... it even has the name of the guy that owned it written on the tag! It's my own little piece of US history.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: Taylor Swift, DAWN Dresses & Leather

Hello lovelies! This past summer, I bought a dress at the Abbot Kinney Street Festival in Venice Beach, California with my mom from a brand called DAWN. I've since followed them on Instagram (@shopdawn), and their photos are so dreamy; the dresses are beautiful and their whole aesthetic is so lovely. 

A few days ago, I saw this photo they posted of Taylor Swift in the music video for her song "Style," and looked it up to find out she actually wore the dress backwards... which inspired me to do the same with my DAWN dress.

@shopdawn: @taylorswift wearing our Fitzgerald Dress in her new music video "Style"

The style of dress that I bought has a pretty deep neckline in the front, and I would definitely get in trouble at school for breaking dress code (don't even get me started, I will go on a feminist rant): it's a perfect excuse for me to wear the dress backwards.

Dress: DAWN 
Boots: Dr. Martens
Jacket: Identity
Sunnies: Ray-Ban

I love Taylor Swift, and I love DAWN dresses. I got multiple compliments on my outfit, and I'm so excited I discovered this new way to wear my (too many) dresses - I can't wait to try it out on all of them!

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xx Alyssa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Self Portrait: Watercolor & Ink

Hello lovelies! Today I wanted to share a little painting/drawing I did recently. It's of myself (from a photo my friend took of me in art class), and I used watercolors and sharpie to create it.

This photo isn't the best quality ever, and in real life, the splashes of color are pales blues and purples. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I also need to think of a title for this one!

I've found a bit more time to do art lately, which is great; I need to get in the habit of making more art. Being a prolific artists helps both technical and creative skills, two things I need to work on.

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xx Alyssa

Monday, February 23, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: Purrr Melrose & Nature

Hello lovelies!! Recently, although it's been crazy hot in the afternoon, my mornings have been filled with fog and greenery. I dressed to match.

Dress: Purrr Melrose
Long-sleeve shirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Birkenstocks
Anklet: Not sure...
Backpack: Fjällräven

xx Alyssa

Friday, February 20, 2015

Stripes & Buttons

Hello lovelies! This week, we had Monday off of school as it was President's Day in the U S A. It was one of my friend's birthdays, so we surprised her with a little brunch at a cute restaurant in our town.

I got my adidas pin from a penpal from Norway (!!!) and my other pin is from the Keith Haring exhibit in San Francisco.

Sadly, no one was home to take photos of me today, so this awkward selfy will have to suffice. I was wearing a vintage top from the Melrose Trading Post, and a skirt from Reformation. Not pictured is my black Arizona Birkenstocks (of course, what other shoes do I wear?).

visions of new york city

xx Alyssa

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Malibu Farm Cafe & Urban Outfitters Malibu

Hello lovelies! This past sunday, I met up with a friend who I haven't seen for a while with our moms in Malibu. We went for brunch at Malibu Farm Cafe, an adorable restaurant on the end of the pier that I've never eaten at (but everyone else seems to have).

Here's part of the view from the top of the restaurant, where we ate. The food was great and I will definitely go back soon. For sure a recommendation for anyone that lives in the Los Angeles area... it's worth the trip down to Malibu!

After brunch, we walked down to the Malibu Countrymart and popped into Urban Outfitters for a pop-up event they were having. There was a little raffle as well as a few cool venders, and (surprisingly) my name was picked out of the jar, so I won this adorable silver stone ring!

Here's an in-store selfy to show you what I was wearing:

Shoes: Birkenstock
Dress: Boutique
Sweater: Comme Des Garçons
Bag: Vintage Coach
Sunnies: Ray-Ban

visions of new york city

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Palisades Sunset // American Apparel, Comme Des Garçons

Hello lovelies! This Valentine's Day, my friend and I (who were each other's Valentines) planned out a day of shopping, eating, and watching the sunset. How romantic!!

She showed me this cool swing that overlooks the oceans, so of course we had to take pictures. 

Then we walked down the coastline to a spot where we could watch the sunset.

I was wearing a grey cardigan from Comme Des Garçons, and my friend had her matching CDG converse on. I mean, it was Valentine's Day, we needed to wear the adorable little hearts!!

The sunset was unreal over the California coastline.

Aaaand here's me looking stupid and towering over the Pacific Ocean!
Cardigan: Comme Des Garçon
Dress: American Apparel
Socks: Amazon
Shoes: Dr. Martens
Sunnies Ray-Ban

visions of new york city

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day... I sure did!

xx Alyssa