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

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

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Streetlight Glow

Hello lovelies!! It rained very hard (for our standards) in California over the weekend, and as I was driving home on Sunday night, I found myself stopped at a traffic light with nobody around. I decided to quickly snap a photo of the way the light hit the water on the street... and the light turned green the instant after, so I got both red and green light. I thought I'd share the photos!

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I think light is such a cool form of art (James Turrell, I'm looking at you) and these photos are no different. Don't worry, I put the camera down and drove once the light turned green. I promise, I'm a great driver!!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: Tulle, Leather, and Louis Vuitton

Hello lovelies!!! I went to this lovely birthday party in Brentwood on Sunday, and I had so much fun dressing up to convince everyone in Brentwood that I live in Brentwood. It's such a nice little city, I wish I lived there! Aaaaand they have great food, not to mention the Alfred Coffee that just opened there. Anyway, here's what I wore:

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Dress: Topshop
Jacket: Boutique 
Shoes: Vagabond 
Bag: Louis Vuitton (vintage)

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DIY (real) Flower Crowns

Hello lovelies! For a birthday party this past sunday, I went to Fleurish in Brentwood, this awesome little do-it-yourself flower shop. Everyone at the party made they own flower crows with real flowers... I mean, I've made fake flower crowns before for Coachella music festival, photoshoots, and special events, but I've never made one with real flowers! Everything was so beautiful and ethereal and I had so much fun.

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We got to pick pretty roses and baby's breath to make our crowns.

In order to fasten the flowers to the base (a piece of ivy), we needed these little corsage pins and wire.

Here's some roses all wrapped up and ready to be fastened to the crown!

And the finished crown, full of flowers and ivy; we tied it together with two pieces of green ribbon at the back of our heads.

Here's a photo of me and the birthday girl on the right with our crowns!! So cute. We are adorable. I felt like a fairy.

Shoutout to Sarah for having me, and happy birthday!!! You made it on my blog!!
xx Alyssa

Monday, March 2, 2015

What's In My Bag? (Vintage Louis Vuitton)

Hello lovelies!! I decided I should do a little "what's in my bag" post, as I've never done one of these before and they always interest me. It's like looking into another person's life!

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The bag I've been using is a vintage Louis Vuitton "Cannes" that I bought with my own money. It feels so awesome to save up and purchase something completely by myself... it's mine!! It's all mine!!

The bag looks like a very pretty basket or lunchbox. It's adorable.

Here's the inside... I'm not much of a hoarder when it comes to carrying around stuff. I like to keep it simple.

Kodak film for my new 35mm camera, stickers from my local IN-N-Out, my waller, swiss army knife, phone battery charger, a mix CD, and my car keys.

xx Alyssa

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