Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday To Meeeee!!!

Hello lovelies!!! Yesterday (the 19th of October) was my 16th birthday, and it couldn't have been better. My whole weekend was filled with loads of friends, family, and food. It was great. 

On Saturday, I had a little lunch with some friends and family. We got succulents for everyone's placeholder, which were adorable.

Glitter and smiles woohooooo!!!

Some things I got for my birthday... sunglasses, a new iPhone case, Palo Alto, a book about the Beetle (as that's the car I got for my birthday!!), and lots of rings.

It was such a nice weekend, and a great way to start off 16 years old!!!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

drawing and painting hands

Hello lovelies!!!

A few days ago, my brother walked into my room to show me that he'd covered his hand in purple acrylic paint because he was bored. Naturally, I took some photos. 

I love the way hands look. My brother and I have huge hands (my hands are literally the size of 6+ foot tall boys) with long fingers, and I think they're really nice. I know that sounds weird, but it's from an artist perspective.

I find it lovely to draw, paint, and take photographs of hands. 

Yesterday, I accidentally left my hand on top of a poem that I had printed out, and it ended up transferring the ink onto my skin: 

Isn't it cool?

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Homecoming Dance, etc.

Hellooooo lovelies! It's now Tuesday and I'm finally recovered enough to write about my school's Homecoming. This weekend was such a blur, it felt like it went straight from Friday afternoon to Monday morning!

Friday night, I was cheerleading at our Homecoming football game. My team put on an awesome performance at half time, and I really had so much fun - the Homecoming game is always the best.

Saturday was the dance, which is even more exciting. I slept in from cheering for like, three hours straight the night before. Then I got my hair done and did everything else to get ready for the dance.

Me and my friends being pretty srs. 

My dress was vintage, from the Santa Monica Antique Market. My shoes were from Steve Madden.
My vintage baseball jacket from Kyoto, Japan also made an appearance (but not in this photo)!! 

I decided to through in this hilarious picture as a representation of my posing capabilities. I'm known throughout my school for throwin up the peace sign at any opportunity... so of course, at the after party when there were pictures taken after we changed, it was all peace signs. If you wanted to know what I wore to the party:

grey crop top from american apparel
levi's high waisted denim shorts from melrose trading post
"goddess" socks from socks with attitude
black dr. martens from melrose trading post
gold chain necklace (from my grandma!)

All in all, I had loads of fun! Still, I only got three hours of sleep Saturday night because I have such a hard time sleeping in, so I've been trying to make up for that. What a great weekend, nevertheless :) 

xx Alyssa

Monday, October 13, 2014

Analog Sunrises

Helloooo lovelies! I went out shooting the sunrise at the beach last weekend, and just got my film back on friday. I really love how the photos turned out, so I wanted to share them with you!! 

view from the lifeguard house

long exposure of the waves

using a split lens to capture two different images

sunrise #1

sunrise #2

another long exposure: sunrise/waves

These last two photos are a diptych. I love the color of the horizon, and the contrast between the dark hues of the plaid and the white, fluffy ocean waves.

xx Alyssa

Friday, October 10, 2014

Meeting Drowners x Dr. Martens

Hello lovelies!!! Sooooo.... yesterday I met Drowners. They are an amazing band from New York/Wales, and I had the best time ever.

I got asked to the Homecoming dance earlier in the day, so here are some of the petals that fell off of my flowers.

Took this while waiting in line to meet the band!

And yes, I died. They were so sweet and friendly and funny and cool and I just sat down in a chair next to the band and hung out there the whole time.

Matt Hitt (the frontman) took a selfy with me. It was great.

I'm the new member of Drowners. Jack said he liked my pins, Matt and I had matching sunglasses, and I talked to the band about Coachella, LA, etc. What a night!!!! :):):)

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

"Country Club Tuesday"

Helloooo lovelies! So, at my school, we have one spirit week (the week of the Homecoming game and dance) where every day is a themed dress day. My grade is doing "Country Club Tuesday" today, which basically means the preppiest you can be.

Top: Lacoste polo that I got from a vintage store in Tokyo and cut to make it a crop top!
Skirt: American Apparel Tennis Skirt
Cardigan: JCrew
Pins: The Brokedown Palace, Brick Lane
Shoes: Dr. Martens

xx Alyssa

Monday, October 6, 2014

Intercontinental Friends, Food, and Analog Sunrises

Hello lovelies!!! Time to tell you a lil about my weekend :)

On Saturday morning I opened this lovely letter I received from a penpal. It was so adorable and literally made my morning(/weekend). Bonus points because I'm an anglophile and the letter came from England.

Saturday afternoon I went with my mom to this new restaurant near us that only sells hotdogs. It was awesome. I haven't had a good, solid hotdog for a while (sorry Costco). Also the fries were awesome.

Sunday morning I woke up really early and went to the beach with my friend so we could take photos of the sunrise. I brought my Diana F + (from Lomography), which shoots on 120mm. I'm getting the photos developed today because I'm so excited to see them.

I went to sleep last night around 9:30, so I'm actually not tired for once this lovely Monday morning! 

xx Alyssa