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

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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Da Costanzo Sandals

It's been a crazy exciting summer in my family. I went to SAIC in Chicago for two weeks and Brown University in Rhode Island for three (alone), and while I was away, my mom and brother spent two weeks in Italy. They took cooking classes, visited the legendary museums, and of course, did a good amount of shopping - for me! Well, I got one present from their travels: a pair of Da Costanzo sandals. They're legendary, from Capri, hand-made, and worn by Jackie Kennedy. They're my new favorite sandals (sorry, Birkenstocks). 

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I haven't had a pair of real sandals since I got my Arizona Birkenstocks (in black) in the summer of 2013. I mean, those things are so comfortable and go with everything... but I knew I needed a nice pair of sandals that I could wear to occasions and events where the attendees wouldn't be as open to the Birkenstock-wearing person that I am.

When my mom asked me if I wanted anything from her trip, I remembered a friend that told me her sister had brought her a pair of leather sandals back from Italy that she ended up wearing 24/7. I simply asked for a pair of black leather sandals, and I couldn't be happier. They're comfortable, easier to wear, and go with everything. Shoutout to my mom, and shoutout to the guys on Capri that make the best sandals ever!

xx Alyssa

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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Case for CDs

Don't get me wrong, I love vinyl. I love instant download codes, free EPs dropped online in the middle of the night, finding new music on Soundcloud - but I love CDs. I'm almost 17 years old, and I'm pretty sure everyone my age had CDs when they were younger. My first was either Metamorphosis by Hilary Duff or Let Go by Avril Lavigne. I think my love for this format has something to do with the fact that I live in Los Angeles; I have spent SO much of my life in a car. Every day since I was five years old, I've had a 30-minute drive to and from school. That's at least an hour in the car every day, and when I was younger and Radio Disney wasn't cutting it for me, that translated to an hour of listening to CDs.

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Now, with digital formats (and even vinyl, probably) being more popular than CDs, I'm getting sad. I really don't want the CD to die. Laptops don't have CD drives anymore. People don't listen to CDs unless they're in a car. I find myself listening to them when my phone is dead or my AUX cord isn't available... I can't do FM radio. I would much rather listen to Person Pitch in full.


My friends and I still make mix CDs for each other. I get them in the mail from pen pals, too. I love having artists sign their CDs; the one about is This Modern Glitch by The Wombats, which I got signed when I met them at Coachella in 2013. I love records, I really do... and I think that they are the superior physical format. But there's just something about the little CD that makes me so happy. Carrying them in my purse, stacking them up in the glove compartment of my car, and displaying them on my desk will never get old. Please don't leave, CDs.

xx Alyssa

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Talking Walls

With the end of the summer comes a stack of new postcards, ticket stubs, posters, and more that I mean to put up on the walls of my room. Here's some photos of what I've added recently.

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A postcard from Duck & Bunny, an amazing brunch place my friends and I went while I was taking at class at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.


An ad for an art show in Los Angeles (left) that I got on Sawtelle after eating at my favorite restaurant, Tatsu, and a download card for an Animal Collective album that I bought on vinyl.


A badge from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago that I got from my visit when I was studying art at SAIC.


My favorite addition, a sassy tweet from Ezra Koenig to me (I have since changed my twitter handle) from 2013. 

xx Alyssa

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Outfit Of The Day: Acne Studios

I know boyfriend jeans are insanely popular. I've actually never had a pair... well, until these. I'm not allowed to wear blue jeans at school, so the only ones I own are a pair of vintage high waisted Levi's from the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Not the most flattering, but definitely my style. Nevertheless, these are my new favorite jeans... the real deal: men's jeans!

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I'm not quite sure how I fit into men's jeans, but they work, and I love them. My body shape is pretty straight up and down, like a shorter version of the Michael Cera type, so that's probably why they fit me. They're true boyfriend jeans.

Top: American Apparel
Jeans: Acne
Shoes: Nike AF1
Bag: Vintage Coach


I'm wearing my Outside Lands wristband, as well as the wristband from when I saw Mumford & Sons at The Forum. Pictures from that concert will be posted soon!

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xx Alyssa

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Senior Year Room Decorating

Since I'm starting my senior year in less than a week, I thought it was time my room decor saw a bit of a change - er, addition. I've tried to go by the "do one new thing every day" ethos recently, so this is what I've come up with: slightly adjust my room decor every day. I've found that I focus better when my surroundings are different. Constant is boring. 12th grade, my room is ready.

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Gracetown tour poster, signed by San Cisco.


Gentlemen Of The Road blanket, from Outside Lands music festival (which Mumford & Sons headlined).


My reorganized bookshelf, so I can proudly show my Rookie Yearbooks 1, 2, and 3, as well as all of my copies of Teen Vogue and all the pen pal letters I've ever received.  


I've also redone what's clipped to my British flag bunting... now, it's just the vintage Polaroid photos I bought from the Melrose Trading Post, and some of my own photos.

xx Alyssa

Monday, August 24, 2015

Senior Portaits

Hello hello hello! After nearly a month of being M.I.A., I'm back and better than ever! Well, hopefully. I'm about to start my senior year of high school, so I've been insanely busy the last month doing assigned work, taking a summer course, and getting ready for the scariest/most important few months of my life so far... college application season!!!

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The fun part of becoming a senior is getting to take your senior portraits. I've been excited about this for as long as I can remember. It's typical, but so much fun. I got my hair done at Drybar, and did my own makeup. At my school, seniors get a full page in the yearbook with their portrait, other photos they want to include of friends and family, and a senior dedication. Almost everyone gets their senior portraits taken at a park/other place with lots of oak trees, but since California is in a drought and things are starting to get brown and ugly, I decided to have mine taken at the beach. I haven't received any of the professional photos yet, so these iPhone snaps from my mom will have to do!



My dress was a two-piece crop top and midi skirt combo from Reformation, called The Lorelei:


I'm so glad I chose this outfit because I wear both pieces countless times with so many different tops and bottoms, so it's not like a dress that I'll wear once and then let it waste away in my closet.

Good luck to everyone starting school... let's make this year our best! Class of 2016!!!!!

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xx Alyssa

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day Tripping in Boston

We've been discussing The Beatles a lot in my Music & Politics class, hence the title of this post. I've been to Boston twice before, but I loved it the most this time around. My friends and I took a day trip to the city from Providence, and had the best time.

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Coffee at Nespresso Cafe


The true history nerds that we are...


In the Boston Common


I'm endlessly fascinated with how green the East Coast is, mainly because everything in my neighborhood back in California is brown and dead. Boston was lovely, and I'm definitely going to miss the beautiful scenery, parks, and shops when I finish my Music & Politics course on Friday and fly back to the West Coast.

xx Alyssa