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


Thursday, April 28, 2016


AHHHH I'M SO EXCITED!!!! This summer, I'm going on a Eurotrip of sorts with my family. We're visiting Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Berlin, and I couldn't be more excited. I've never been to Sweden, Denmark, or Germany before (with the exception of a minor stopover in Munich years ago), and I can't wait to explore. I definitely already have a few spots on my list to visit: Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh museum, literally every Acne Studios in each city... but other than that, I'm kind of at a loss. I know I can look up "10 Best Tourist Locations in Berlin" and find countless lists of recommendations, but I want to visit where the locals frequent. So, if you've ever lived in one of these cities or have travelled to them yourself, please comment some recommendations! I'm looking for the best shops, restaurants, and areas to explore.

aesthetic: sleek, modern, expensive, and Scandinavian (from Acne Studios)

Meanwhile, I'll just keep obsessively watching travel videos on Youtube to prepare for my trip.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Here's a bit of a throwback for you: I found these photos from a wig shop I visited on one of my adventures in Chicago this past summer. We spent probably an hour in the shop trying on different styles and colors, but sadly, I didn't end up cashing out for any of the wigs. One of my friends bought this pink bob-shaped wig and it looked so unbelievably cool.. I just left with some aesthetically pleasing photos!

Top: somehwere in Tokyo
Jeans: vintage Levi's
Shoes: Nike AF1s
Sunnies: Celine

xx Alyssa

Monday, April 25, 2016


When a store feels like a museum, in my opinion, that store's done it right. Clothes are like masterpieces, and they deserve to be displayed like so. That's part of the reason that stores like Acne Studios in NYC are my favorite ever; just walking around inside is an experience in itself. I was at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica this past weekend and took some photos of my favorite visuals at a couple of stores to show my appreciation for their great aesthetics. 

xx Alyssa

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Ah, Sunday. Every Sunday around 5 PM, I start feeling this strange mix of guilt and motivation. Why? Well, I always feel guilty for procrastinating on whatever work I need to have done for school on Monday, and that sort of translates into a motivation to the best I possibly can in school/be a better person in general. Also, I normally feel guilty about not posting enough the week before. In an attempt to cure myself of this Sunday feeling, I'm going to start posting a roundup of interesting, entertaining, important, etc. links from every corner of the internet I explored during the past week.

Swim Deep, and indie-dream-pop band from the United Kingdom, is holding a crowdfunder to "Help Swim Deep Tour North America." After releasing their second album Mothers in 2015, the band are eager to get across the pond for their first ever US headlining tour - so eager, in fact, that the 20+ purchasable items include an in-house DJ set full of Bieber songs, a personalized mix CD, and if you really want, "Zack will give you a haircut." 

BeyoncĂ© dropped Lemonade, but I was more excited about the writing credits than the music itself. The album includes contributions from Father John Misty, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Jack White, and (best of all), Animal Collective. Noah Lennox, Dave Portner, and Brian Weitz (the lineup during AnCo's Merriweather Post Pavilion era) are all credited in writing "6 Inch," as BeyoncĂ© took inspiration from their song "My Girls" in the melody and lyrics.  

The second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was released, and I only have two more episodes to watch before I finish it.  I don't really have more information about this one... just that I'm kind of a pathetic binge-watching second semester high school senior.

Fitness tracking company Jawbone ranked Columbia University as #1 in its study of the most sleep-deprived schools in the nation.  This doesn't change my excitement about becoming a member of the class of 2020 one bit, but I'm a little frightened. I need my beauty sleep. Roar, lions, roar!

"The Coachella flu is real," says a Reddit user.  I can confirm. Ever since I started attending the festival in 2013, I've been sick after. This year, nearly half of my friends at school came back from Indio with some form of sickness. Today, a week after I braved Weekend 1, finally marks my recovery to top form.

xx Alyssa

Friday, April 22, 2016


Well, today is officially the first day of Coachella Weekend 2 - I'm jealous! The good thing is that I don't have a ton of FOMO because literally everyone I know goes Weekend 1... but I do have a friend that went both weekends in 2014, and I've made it personal goal to pull that off sometime in the future. Here's my outfit and photos from Day 3 of this year's glorious festival.

My best friend was obviously very excited about the bubbles in The Do LaB. I'm wearing:
Top: Purrr Melrose
Skirt: American Apparel
Hat: Columbia University (Roar, Lions, Roar!!!)
Sunnies: Ray-Ban

Hey, kids! Here's how you can wear jewels on your face without appropriating a culture that is not yours! (white girls: please do not wear bindis to Coachella)

I waited at the Outdoor Stage all day, seeing Girlpool > Wolf Alice > Cold War Kids > Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros > Beach House > Flume all from the front row. 

Beach House was so magical.

Although not everyone agreed with me, I thought Flume's closing set was amazing. He played a lot of new stuff off of his upcoming album, Skin. Also, Lorde was in the crowd - I'm so glad he played his remix of "Tennis Court."

I would say "until next year," but I don't think that'll be happened since I'm going to be living across the country!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, April 21, 2016


If you missed it, yesterday I posted about Coachella Day 1... now it's time for Day 2! After getting home Friday night around 2 AM and not going to bed until 3 (late night snacking sorta got in our way....), we were all exhausted but ready to rally. There were some super cool mural paintings at Coachella this year, so my friends and I took some photos before we got all sweaty and disgusting.

Top: Purrr Melrose
Shorts: Brandy Melville
Watch: Casio
Shoes: Nike
Sunnies: Ray-ban

I don't have many pictures from Saturday's sets, but I guess that's a good thing - I've finally learned to put my phone down at concerts!!! I've always been pretty good about just enjoying the show and not watching it through my phone, which I saw plenty of people doing. My favorite sets of the day were definitely SOPHIE in the Yuma Tent (check out his music here... it was probably the hardest I've danced ever) and Grimes at the Mojave Tent. I'd never seen either before, and they both blew me away. Grimes had a super cool Bernie Sanders graphic as part of her visuals, and Taylor Swift was right in front of me watching her set! 

Tune in tomorrow for my Day 3 wrap-up!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


I'm back and finally recovered from my weekend in Indio, and of course, I have the pictures to prove it. This week, I'll be sharing photos of each day's outfit, activities, and musical highlights.

Here's me and my two best friends - this is the fourth year in a row that our squad has gone to Coachella! We're so cute. My hair is also slightly purple, which was an impulse decision on Thursday night. I'm wearing:

Top: Purrr Melrose
Skort: Purrr Melrose
Shoes: Converse
Hat: Columbia University (!!!)

I showed my sick moves at the KROQ tent with this disco duck.

Grimes! CHVRCHES! Flume!

I got to see Years & Years for the first time, which was so much fun. I became obsessed with Olly Alexander through the film God Help The Girl (in which he was the main character), and subsequently fell in love with Years & Years when one of my penpals from Poland sent me a mix CD full of their songs.

Ellie Goulding was really great - way better than expected! She had great energy, and the crowd was pretty into it. I didn't know that I knew so many Ellie Goulding songs, but I found myself singing along to almost every one.

LCD Soundsystem was, of course, ridiculously good. I was there alone (every single person I knew at the festival was at Rae Sremmurd), which was surprisingly a good experience. I danced, I cried. It was cathartic and so much fun.

Day 2 coming tomorrow!

xx Alyssa