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

A LOS ANGELES TEEN'S STYLE, MUSIC, AND ART JOURNAL

Sunday, June 26, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: New Friends in Malibu (day 37)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


On my 37/100th day, I met some new friends for lunch in Malibu. That's one thing about college I'm really excited for: I've basically had the same group of 100-ish people in my social circle since I was 5, so it's going to be great to make so many new friends from all over the world. Anyway, enough rambling - I wasn't very adventurous on day 37, sticking to my favorite, Malibu Farm Cafe.


My top is from American Apparel and my overalls are vintage. My buttons are from all over - vintage stores, museum gift shops, pen pals, etc.


I got the kale salad at Malibu Farm Cafe, which I've never actually tried before. I'm a tried-and-true fan of their Swedish Mini Pancakes, but I have to say, this salad was pretty good. I promise I'll get up to more interesting activities around LA in the next coming weeks.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

OFF THE SHOULDER (ootd)

Hello lovelies! Ok, so I used to really really hate any kind of strapless/off the shoulder dress or top. I have a pretty boyish, straight up-and-down frame, and so I never really thought they hung well on me. Recently, I decided to try out the huge off-the-shoulder trend with this cute dress from Zara, and I loved it! 





Sorry for the quality of these photos - the light wasn't so great, but I tried my best.


I actually really ending up loving this neckline. My necklace is from XIV Karats in Beverly Hills. These photos were from a big family dinner we had for my grandmother's birthday, so I had to take a few photos of what I ordered: 


black quinoa risotto


dark chocolate and caramel peanut butter cup

xx Alyssa

Monday, June 20, 2016

FATHER'S DAY (ootd)

This past Sunday, my brother, mom, and I took my dad out to brunch in Malibu to celebrate Father's Day. Here's what I wore:






Dress: local boutique
Bag: Mansur Gavriel
Shoes: somewhere in Italy (my mom bought them for me)
Sunnies: Ray-ban

After brunch, we had to stop by Grom for some gelato. I got dark chocolate and hazelnut - makeshift Nutella!


xx Alyssa

Friday, June 17, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Breakfast in Venice (day 31)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


On day 31/100, I had brunch in Venice with my friend who just came back from her first year of college on the east coast. We ate at The Butcher's Daughter, and I started off with a coconut milk chai latte... pretty good, if you ask me!


In terms of food, I chose the vegan brioche french toast, which I get whenever I go to Butcher's Daughter in New York City. 


After breakfast, we walked around, did a little shopping, and took a lot of photos. 


Top: Vintage
Skirt: Vintage
Sweater: 360 Cashmere
Shoes: Adidas
Bag: Mansur Gavriel 
Sunnies: Ray-ban



xx Alyssa

Sunday, June 12, 2016

THOUGHTS ON GRADUATION

Well, I graduated high school yesterday. It's a strange feeling. It still hasn't hit me that I will never be in the same place as my whole graduating class ever again; we were a group of only 126 people, and I can think of a funny, emotional, or unique moment with probably every single classmate that I'll never forget. 




This is me and one of my best friends, Honour. I still remember the first time she came over to my house in 6th grade; I had organized a big bin of craft supplies for us to decorate backpacks with, and let me tell you, those backpacks were ugly. So funny. We've been best friends ever since. She's staying on the west coast for college - so weird to think we'll be on opposite sides of the country.


No one at my school has ever decorated caps before (as we don't get to keep them), and even though we asked and were advised not to, my friend Gabby and I did it anyway. I'm going to Columbia and Gabby is going to Barnard, so we're going to be incredibly close next year. I can't wait! My cap decoration was inspired by the Columbia mascot, Roar-ee the Lion, and the song "Young Lion" by Vampire Weekend, a band that started at Columbia University.

Graduation feels like that one moment in "Hannah Hunt" (also by Vampire Weekend) right before the drum hits and the piano plays while Ezra Koenig goes wild. Tavi Gevinson talked about this specific moment and feeling in one of her Editor's Letters for Rookie Mag. Everything is about to change. All I can say is that I'm nervous, excited, and ready. 

xx Alyssa

Thursday, June 9, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: The Broad Museum (day 24)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


On Wednesday, I scored tickets to The Broad, so me and my friends made the trip downtown (and got some food at Grand Central Market before).


I got delicious homemade pasta, and one of my friends got paella (which he loved).


I wanted to get Eggslut, but breakfast time had already passed, and I felt I needed breakfast for the full experience.


(John Baldessari)


(Lichtenstein)


(Also Lichtenstein)


(I forgot this artist - if you know, please comment!)


(Koons)


(El Anatsui)


(Jean Michel Basquiat)

Two of the friends that I went with were in my Art History this year, and since our last day of school is today (Thursday), it was a nice little end to our year - it was so fun recognizing and explaining the works!

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

100 DAYS IN LA: Malibu Farm Cafe (day 22)

I'm moving to New York City at the end of August 2016 to begin my freshman year at Columbia University. As a born and bred Californian girl, I have mixed feelings about leaving for the East Coast. For my 'goodbye' to the city I've called home for the past 13 years of my life, I'll be chronicling my last 100 days on this blog before the big move.


It's hard to resist the urge to be a basic LA girl. Malibu Farm Cafe is probably one of the most-Instagrammed spots in the LA area, and it's sooooo damn good. My mom and I went out for a cute lunch at the cafe; she got a breakfast burrito, and I got the Swedish Mini Pancakes, aka heaven on earth.





Top: Reformation
Skirt: American Apparel
Bag: Opening Ceremony
Sunnies: Ray-ban 

xx Alyssa