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

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

Friday, May 1, 2015

DIY AF1s

Hello lovelies!! It's finally Friday, and I can't wait to spend the whole weekend taking SAT II subject tests and then studying for APs. So fun! 

To lighten the mood, I stuck some stickers all over my AF1s. Now you know they're mine. 




As I write this blog post on my school's computers, I've already gotten a compliment on my DIY'd babies. Have a lovely Friday, and a relaxing weekend!
xx Alyssa

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: Keith Haring & Alexa Chung

I feel like I should be in some high school movie from 1994. Is that the right time period placement? It's honestly all blurry for me... not like I was alive then anyway.

We aren't allowed to wear blue denim at my school (it's not part of the dress code), but my grade won a spirit game last week, so we got to wear jeans today. It's 90 degrees, so I ditched the pants for my favorite skirt, Alexa Chung x AG style. 



Top: Keith Haring
Skirt: Alexa Chung x AG
Shoes: Nike AF1
Socks: some random place in Tokyo

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Vaccines - English Graffiti (so far) Review

Hello lovelies! If you didn't know already, The Vaccines are my favorite band of all time. I've only seen them live once in 2013 at a Gentleman of the Road show in Dublin, Ireland, and my love has grown for them exponentially since then. I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on the three (er, actually five) new songs from English Graffiti, The Vaccines' upcoming 3rd album; and if you haven't checked them out yet, please give them a listen!

The three songs that they have officially released, with videos, are as follows:

HANDSOME


This is a great one. Bringing back the feelings of early-Vaccines (think "Norgaard" and "If You Wanna"), Handsome was a hit the second I heard it. I have always admired the way that Justin can write lyrics which sound super lazy, yet meaningful and relatable at the same time. It's fast-paced and fun... everything I could ever want in a Vaccines song.

DREAM LOVER


For me, "Dream Lover" is to English Graffiti as "Do I Wanna Know" is to AM. It's slow, intense, and full of some kind of deep emotion that you can hear in the guitars, synths, and Justin's voice. 

MINIMAL AFFECTION


"Minimal Affection" was only released yesterday, but I love it already. It reminds me so much of The Strokes, and I'm not the only one; comments on the official Youtube video show that lots of people thought the same thing. It actually makes me so happy, and it's not too copy-cat; The Vaccines use carefully-placed synths and again, Justin's lyrics just get me. 

20/20


If you were getting nervous that The Vaccines had abandoned their old sound completely aside from "Handsome," have no fear. "20/20" is another classic pop-rock Vaccines song. It's full of life and excitement and haste and I can't wait to blast this through my car speakers (once I get the actually studio version, of course). 

ENGLISH GRAFFITI


Justin posted a video of him playing "English Graffiti," the namesake of the album and a bonus-track, on The Vaccines' Facebook page. From this video, this song reminds me a lot of Jay Jay Pistolet - Justin Young's original folky persona before The Vaccines were a thing. 

All in all, I'm extremely excited to receive my double vinyl (with all the bonus tracks!!!) of English Graffiti in May. I preordered it, I'm set for everything! I know some fans were worried about the direction The Vaccines were going after they released the Melody Calling EP back in 2013, as it was way more acoustic/slow-paced than their sound on 2012's Come of Age. But any of those worries are gone with the new material from English Graffiti... this album is going to be fantastic, I can tell. 


xx Alyssa

Monday, April 27, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: All Holographic Everything (sort of)

Hello lovelies!! I'm not gonna lie, I'm still in love with the holographic trend. Who doesn't want to feel like a space babe?! I recently bought a holo skirt from Glitters For Dinner, aka GFD, which is a brand that makes super cool matching sets (tops and skirts mainly). I only got the skirt, but I love it and I want to wear it constantly. I also had these shoes from Vagabond that I got a while ago from Urban Outfitters... so why not wear them together?

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And here's some flowers to brighten up your Springtime...



Skirt: GFD
Shoes: Vagabond
Sweater: Cheap Monday
Top: DIY
Socks: Topshop
Sunnies (not pictured): Ray-Ban

xx Alyssa

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Old Family Photos

Hello lovelies! My dad recently brought out a box filled with old photographs of his Australian family (fun fact: I'm an Australian citizen!) and we dug through it as a family. I was so fascinated by the old film prints from when my grandfather was pretty young in Australia. Look at this, it's all so interesting!

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I always love digging through those boxes of old photographs at flea markets, and this is the first time I've gotten to do it with pictures of my own family members. Here's a few of my favorite that I picked out!

My grandfather thinking he's a cowboy:


Him being super cool in an original Jeep:


The classic rugby picture:
(my grandpa is the one on the far right, seemingly unfocused on whatever picture the team was trying to take)


The only color photo:
(I'm guessing this one wasn't taken in Australia)


Some of the girls in the family:


I wish my photos looked as cool as these. I guess I'll just have to stick to film and getting my prints on a CD because it's cheaper than actually printing them out. Curse you, modern technology!


And a song/video that fits the mood pretty perfectly:

Bags of Gold // Jay Jay Pistolet



xx Alyssa

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Art: Watercolor on Vinyl

Hello lovelies!!!! The end of the school year is coming up quickly, and I've already finished loads of projects for my Advanced Studio Art class this year. We have Gallery Night (which is an exhibition of all Art, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Photography students' work) tonight at my school, so I thought I'd share two of my pieces that are on display that I'm really proud of. Both were done on vinyl, a material I've discovered I love.

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For this piece, I was inspired by cave paintings; I'd like to think it's some kind of three-dimensional 'painting' from extraterrestrial beings, sort of like something humans in the distant future would think is ancient. Weird. I used watercolor and acrylic paint on vinyl, as well as a bit of white charcoal.


This piece was inspired by Tracey Emin for an "inspired artist" project we were assigned. I cut out a bunch of different pieces of vinyl, painted letters and backgrounds, and assembled it to create this quilt-like thought map.

Yay for art!!! 

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

My Favorite Spring Trends: 2015

Helloooo lovelies! Lucky Shops is having a contest on Polyvore to win a $500 gift card towards their store, and the prompt was to create an outfit that embodies the spring trends. I made three, and I though I'd share them with you all:

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Normally androgyny is saved for suits and other warm-weather occasions, but who says we can't take one from the boys once it starts getting hot? These shorts look like a feminized version of J.Crew or Vineyard Vines pair, but the crop top balances it out to make it flirty and fun. The red graphic on the shorts ties into the red-accented varsity-type sweater (because it'll probably get chilly out on the sea), as well as the simple, yet eye-catching sunglasses. And what androgynous outfit would be complete without a pair of loafers? These silver ones go with the whole ensemble, while still making a statement.

60s/70s

60s/70s by makennaa featuring black shoes


For this outfit, I was thinking late 60s (woodstock-era) and early 70s. I'm a strong supporter for double denim. DENIM IS ALWAYS IN STYLE!!!! This structured pop-art crop top is the perfect pair to the relaxed, high-waisted shorts, and the sunglasses match perfectly with a bit of red. If you're going to a music festival, you're not gonna want to wear any shoes other than sneakers. Take this from a Coachella veteran; I have worn my pair of Chuck Taylors every single time I've gone to a festival.


I'm not gonna lie, I'm a sucker for florals. This crop top is just the perfect mix of flirty flower print and structured lines. The white skirt brings class and simplicity to the outfit, while the denim jacket makes it a little more casual and perfect for a day shopping, walking in the park, or going to lunch with friends on a beautiful spring day in Los Angeles. Also - I'm a sucker for a chunky sandal. The blue tassels on these tie the whole outfit together, but the lines are still simple enough to not be too overwhelming. The sunnies are the same; they add another layer to the outfit, but aren't too matchy-matchy. What I would do with $500 to buy this outfit!

xx Alyssa