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


Saturday, April 30, 2016


It's the last day of April, which means it's time to round up my top 5 most played songs of the past month. Give each a listen, and tell me what you think in the comments! 

#5 "Judy And The Dream of Horses," Belle & Sebastian

I've recently been listening to a lot of Belle & Sebastian older discography, and I instantly fell in love with this song. It's so soft and lovely!

#4 "A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger," Of Montreal

This song played on one of the Spotify radio stations I was listening too, and it quickly caught my ear. It's fun, poppy, and just the right amount of weird.

#3 "Maud Gone," Car Seat Headrest

I've been hearing a lot about Car Seat Headrest lately, so I decided to check out Teens of Style. While I generally liked the album, this song stood out the most to me on the first listen. It's melancholy and quite beautiful.

#2 "Ottowa to Osaka," Chairlift

This song is so groovy... the synths just slide all over the place and it makes me so happy. I tried to run on a treadmill listening to this song, but I ended up just dancing instead.

#1 "Fool," Frankie Cosmos

Last month, I said I'd been listening to Frankie Cosmos' "Young" a lot. I went to New York at the very beginning of April to visit my future college (Columbia University!!!!), and listened to her most recent album, Next Thing, the whole plane ride there and back. Its beauty is definitely in its simplicity.

What have you been listening to this month?

xx Alyssa

Friday, April 29, 2016


Hello lovelies! The Environmental Sustainability Council at my high school hosted "Earthchella" this week, which was a collection of sustainably-themed events held throughout each day. Today, we were invited to wear any vintage clothing or pieces from sustainable brands like Reformation to school. I decided to wear this awesome dress I got in a vintage shop in Chicago last summer - it's only the second time I've worn it, but I'm in love!

Dress: vintage
Shoes: Birkenstocks

xx Alyssa

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, Amsterdam, and Berlin, and I couldn't be more excited. I've never been to Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, 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