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

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Playlist: Let's Sit In A Field And Listen To Music

Hello lovelies! So I've been posting about this zine I made with my friend, and I've shared her playlist she made for it, so this post will be my playlist. These are songs for sitting in a pretty, green field with lots of flowers and a person you really like hanging out with.

xx Alyssa

Monday, July 14, 2014

Spotted Street Art

Hello lovelies! I love street art. I think it's the best. I've done it, actually, in a permitted zone in Zurich, Switzerland. Cool.

Here's some photos I've taken of super cool street art in different places I've visited: 

In Lake Arrowhead, California.

Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles, California.

Leake Street Tunnel, London, England.

Bristol, England.

xx Alyssa