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

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

Friday, August 28, 2015

Talking Walls

With the end of the summer comes a stack of new postcards, ticket stubs, posters, and more that I mean to put up on the walls of my room. Here's some photos of what I've added recently.

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A postcard from Duck & Bunny, an amazing brunch place my friends and I went while I was taking at class at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.


An ad for an art show in Los Angeles (left) that I got on Sawtelle after eating at my favorite restaurant, Tatsu, and a download card for an Animal Collective album that I bought on vinyl.


A badge from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago that I got from my visit when I was studying art at SAIC.


My favorite addition, a sassy tweet from Ezra Koenig to me (I have since changed my twitter handle) from 2013. 

xx Alyssa

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: Acne Studios

I know boyfriend jeans are insanely popular. I've actually never had a pair... well, until these. I'm not allowed to wear blue jeans at school, so the only ones I own are a pair of vintage high waisted Levi's from the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Not the most flattering, but definitely my style. Nevertheless, these are my new favorite jeans... the real deal: men's jeans!

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I'm not quite sure how I fit into men's jeans, but they work, and I love them. My body shape is pretty straight up and down, like a shorter version of the Michael Cera type, so that's probably why they fit me. They're true boyfriend jeans.

Top: American Apparel
Jeans: Acne
Shoes: Nike AF1
Bag: Vintage Coach


I'm wearing my Outside Lands wristband, as well as the wristband from when I saw Mumford & Sons at The Forum. Pictures from that concert will be posted soon!

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xx Alyssa

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Senior Year Room Decorating

Since I'm starting my senior year in less than a week, I thought it was time my room decor saw a bit of a change - er, addition. I've tried to go by the "do one new thing every day" ethos recently, so this is what I've come up with: slightly adjust my room decor every day. I've found that I focus better when my surroundings are different. Constant is boring. 12th grade, my room is ready.

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Gracetown tour poster, signed by San Cisco.


Gentlemen Of The Road blanket, from Outside Lands music festival (which Mumford & Sons headlined).


My reorganized bookshelf, so I can proudly show my Rookie Yearbooks 1, 2, and 3, as well as all of my copies of Teen Vogue and all the pen pal letters I've ever received.  


I've also redone what's clipped to my British flag bunting... now, it's just the vintage Polaroid photos I bought from the Melrose Trading Post, and some of my own photos.

xx Alyssa

Monday, August 24, 2015

Senior Portaits

Hello hello hello! After nearly a month of being M.I.A., I'm back and better than ever! Well, hopefully. I'm about to start my senior year of high school, so I've been insanely busy the last month doing assigned work, taking a summer course, and getting ready for the scariest/most important few months of my life so far... college application season!!!

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The fun part of becoming a senior is getting to take your senior portraits. I've been excited about this for as long as I can remember. It's typical, but so much fun. I got my hair done at Drybar, and did my own makeup. At my school, seniors get a full page in the yearbook with their portrait, other photos they want to include of friends and family, and a senior dedication. Almost everyone gets their senior portraits taken at a park/other place with lots of oak trees, but since California is in a drought and things are starting to get brown and ugly, I decided to have mine taken at the beach. I haven't received any of the professional photos yet, so these iPhone snaps from my mom will have to do!



My dress was a two-piece crop top and midi skirt combo from Reformation, called The Lorelei:


I'm so glad I chose this outfit because I wear both pieces countless times with so many different tops and bottoms, so it's not like a dress that I'll wear once and then let it waste away in my closet.

Good luck to everyone starting school... let's make this year our best! Class of 2016!!!!!

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xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day Tripping in Boston

We've been discussing The Beatles a lot in my Music & Politics class, hence the title of this post. I've been to Boston twice before, but I loved it the most this time around. My friends and I took a day trip to the city from Providence, and had the best time.

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Coffee at Nespresso Cafe


The true history nerds that we are...


In the Boston Common


I'm endlessly fascinated with how green the East Coast is, mainly because everything in my neighborhood back in California is brown and dead. Boston was lovely, and I'm definitely going to miss the beautiful scenery, parks, and shops when I finish my Music & Politics course on Friday and fly back to the West Coast.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Painting on Vinyl

Painting on vinyl is my new favorite. Acrylic and watercolor (because I can't stand oil) on vinyl just gives the coolest effect. I thought I'd share a piece I did this past year that I showed to RISD during a portfolio review a couple of weeks ago:

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I love the cool textures that I got by mixing the two mediums together on top of vinyl. I also feel like Keith Haring, who painted on vinyl tarpaulin... shoutout to Haring!!!

xx Alyssa

Friday, July 24, 2015

Alexa Chung x AG (round 2)

If there's one combination that could make me shriek with excitement, it's Alexa Chung and awesome denim/corduroy pieces with vintage silhouettes. A bit nerdy, I admit, but I just can't get enough. The second AC for AG collaboration was just released this week, and I'm dying for every piece.

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Isn't this just the most magnificent coat you've ever seen? The embroidery is so beautiful. Too bad it's $1,200. A girl can dream.




I'm actually thinking of buying this one. It's a modest (for the collection) $178, and I already own The Kety in denim, so I know how much I love the silhouette (and how versatile it is). I've wanted a corduroy skirt for a while now, so I may just have to splurge on this piece. Hopefully I can hold myself back.



Tell me that you don't love this. Maroon, corduroy, flared ankles? Too bad they probably only look good on super-tall, Alexa Chung types. Is it too much to ask for a few more inches? I'm almost five foot five... I'd love to grow maybe three more inches overnight. Then I could finally fulfill my dream of becoming Alexa Chung.

xx Alyssa