Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My Dr. Martens Collection (July 2014)

Hello lovelies! Ah, I've added another pair of Dr. Martens to my collection... Looks like it's time for an update :) I have loads of sentimental value infuuuuused in these shoes, and so I thought I'd write little anecdotes about each one, in chronological order:

1. Union Jack 1460s 
This was my first pair of Dr. Martens that I got as a graduation gift one summer (well, I payed for half). They're my favorite, mainly because they were my first babies and I am such an Anglophile it's insane. I've worn these to countless concerts, but only ones that have a band/artist from the UK performing: basically every concert I go to. Some notable moments: I met Ed Sheeran, talked to Luke Pritchard from The Kooks while I was front row at their Troubadour show earlier this year. and touched Chris Martin of Coldplay in these.

2. Brown Made in England 1460s
I got these at the Rose Bowl Flea Market for like, 30$. They're my dirty boots, and I wear them on hikes and explorations and stuff. My main love for these is because I wore them to my first-ever music festival, Coachella 2013.

3. Portland Rose 1461s
These are my only other store bought, full price docs... I got them as a birthday present two years ago. I imagine walking down Brighton Pier in England wearing these, listening to The Kooks and holding someone's hand.

4. Black Made In England 1460s
I got this pair (the one without laces) at the Melrose Trading Post about a year ago. They were pretty beaten up when I got them, and still are - but that's what gives them character. They're really old (ha). I love them, though. These were the boots I brought to Ireland last summer and England this summer, my two favorite trips/adventures ever. I also wore them the last night of my last time at real summer camp last summer, which is ~emotional~ for me. 

5. Black 101 (6-hole)
These are basically the classic Dr Martens boot, but with 6 holes instead of 8. My newest addition, I bought these for 40 bucks at the Melrose Flea Market like two weeks ago. They look brand new, and are Made In England, so that's super cool considering I payed like 30% of the original price. My black 1460s are going to be retired now (unless I decide to wear them for arting or something), so these are my new black boots. Can't wait to make more memories with them!!!

As you can probably tell, I'm emotionally attached to my Dr. Martens. Is that a bad thing?

xx Alyssa

Art Camp #1: Cardboard, Elephant Pants, and Gareth Bale

Hellooooo lovelies! Woooooo I love art camp. Everyone here is so so nice, and I'm learning lots of new things about sculpture (as I know basically nothing about sculpture). Here's some photos of our first day at work:

Cutting out egg/amoeba shapes in cardboard for our first project.

Yay cardboard!!!

Elephant pants in the studio.

Real Madrid is practicing at UCLA right now, and so I went to see Gareth Bale, one of my favorite footballers (I support Tottenham, his old club). I died.

Still working!!!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Outfit Of The Day: Elephant Pants

Hellooooo lovelies!!! It's my second day at art camp at UCLA, and I'm loving it. I've made lots of friends, and it's really cool to see how art is in a collegiate setting (aka dorms, meals, activities around campus)!

I have no one to take photos of my outfit so here's some photo booth selfies of me in my dorm.

Today I'm wearing a black crop top from Forever 21, elephant pants my grandma got me in Cambodia, and black Dr. Martens that I got from the Melrose Trading Post.

xx Alyssa

Monday, July 21, 2014

Photos from Istanbul & Tanzania

Hello lovelies!!! I've just returned from a trip to Turkey and Tanzania, and so I wanted to share a few photos I took during the trip.

My brother and I saw this adorable cat lounging in a store near the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey.

Our first sighting of the safari was this lil giraffe.

And later, elephants came right up to our vehicle. 

Here's a photo of the sunrise in front of one camp we stayed at in Tarangire National Park.

And one of me with some moonrise kingdom vibes looking at all of the pretty animals (these ones were lions, to be specific).

xx Alyssa

Friday, July 18, 2014

My Record Collection: Favorites

Hello lovelies! I love records. There's just something about vinyl... When there's an album I really love, I feel the need to get it on vinyl just so I can spin in it my room and feel classy and sophisticated. Here are my favorites:

"Abbey Road" was the first record I got, and this is an old copy that I got from a flea market a few years ago. It's such a beautiful album, and I couldn't imagine not owning it in vinyl. *insert the Drake & Josh "I love this album more than I love myself" still here*

Next I got The Kooks' "Junk Of The Heart," which is my favorite album of theirs. It was the soundtrack of last year's summer for me, and I love it to pieces. 

After seeing "Submarine" and falling in love with Alex Turner's soundtrack for it, I knew I had to get the record. It's one of those it's-October-and-it's-dark-at-5-and-I'm-emotional albums.

My love for Alex Turner stretches to Arctic Monkeys too, of course; and I'm pretty positive that I've decided "Suck It And See" is my favorite album of theirs. When it rains, I put it on straight away to listen to the opening track, She's Thunderstorms.

Finally, I have "What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?," which is one of my favorite albums ever. I mean, these all are... But I really do love this one. I play it from start to finish on my mini turntable when I'm getting ready for a party, when I'm mad, when I'm nostalgic, etc. Like "Junk Of The Heart", it has a bunch of anthems of last year's summer for me, and so it has a special place in my heart.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Photos Of The Sea

Hello lovelies! I take loads of photos of the sea. It's sorta my addiction. No matter where I am, no matter what coast, what country - I always will have pictures of it on my phone. Here's a compilation of a bunch I've taken throughout the past few years: 

This is from 3 years ago, when we went on a school trip to Santa Barbara. West Coast of California.

I took this in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

One of my favorite photos I've ever taken, this is from the coast of Inis Mor, one of the Irish Aran Islands.

Another 120mm film print, this was of my friends this past October in Malibu (West Coast).

I took this blurry picture driving north along the West Coast over Thanksgiving.

This lovely sea picture was taken in Cabo San Lucas during Christmastime 2013. 

The light here looks heavenly. West Bay, Dorset, England.

Another photo from West Bay.

I think I like taking photos of the ocean so much because it's so fickle; the color, the current, the temperature - yet it's basically one giant body of water. Interesting. I've also been listening to Swim Deep a lot lately, so here's "The Sea," as I thought it was appropriate.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Concert Nostalgia

Hello lovelies! I'm a nostalgic person, we've gone over that already. I'm especially nostalgic about concerts. Therefore, I always try to get something of the artist(s) from the stage after the show to remember it. Here's my little collection of special things from concerts.

I met Ed Sheeran when he opened for Snow Patrol at the Hollywood Palladium, and he signed my guitar capo (which I brought in hopes I'd meet him). I died.

I also got Ed's guitar pick that concert. When I saw him at The Wiltern, we got little wristbands for being in the front section.

Left: Ed Sheeran's pick
Middle: Jake Bugg's pick from his show at The Wiltern
Right: Luke Pritchard's (from The Kooks) pick from their Troubadour show

I'm getting sad looking at these pictures??? Help me??

xx Alyssa