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


Friday, February 5, 2016


Yesterday, I shuffled through some of my old notebooks to find doodles I've done over the past couple of years. Now, I'm not the best at journaling, and my current habit is buying cute new notebooks before I fill my current ones... but nevertheless, I have done some quick work that I'm proud of. Here are a few pictures.

This is a drawing of model Arvida Bystr├Âm and some Jake Bugg lyrics. I remember drawing this one when I was particularly angsty. 

This one was inspired by movies like God Help The Girl and Submarine.

I drew this based off of a picture I saw on Tumblr, and then wrote a little poetic caption. 

This massive doodle page was drawn on the flight home from my 2014 trip to England. I basically just copied all the photos I had taken on my phone, but I love the way it turned out! Gets me super nostalgic.

xx Alyssa

Thursday, February 4, 2016


Ok, admit it: we all have a few things in our closet that we never wear. I've read so much in the past year about cleaning out my closet, and I've really stuck to the whole "get rid of anything that doesn't spark joy" method. I've even read the book. Still, there are some things that I've kept that I never seem to wear. It's not that I don't love them; I mean, that's why I kept them in my closet in the first place! Half of the problem is the fact that I have a pretty strict dress code at school, but the other half is my laziness when picking outfits and finding what pieces work with what. Therefore, in an effort to get myself out of this styling funk, I'm going to make a bunch of posts with each one focusing on four different ways to wear a neglected item in my closet. Okay, let's get to it!

My mom bought me this adorable Wildfox baggy beach jumper with a rainbow heart on it a few years ago. It's perfect for Southern California weather, as it's super soft and not too heavy. Problem is, I literally can't remember the last time I wore it. I think it was for a Spirit Day when my grade had to wear all white at school? Anyways, it was definitely time to get down to business and figure out how to style this super cute sweater with other pieces I already have.

Image from Wildfox/Google Images


4 WAYS TO WEAR by visionsofnyc 

NUMBER ONE: high waisted denim shorts, ray-ban clubmaster sunnies, nike AF1s

NUMBER TWO: white pleated tennis skirt, black chunky sandals, celine audrey sunglasses

NUMBER THREE: alexa chung x ag denim kety skirt, tan arizona birkenstocks, gold circle sunnies

NUMBER FOUR: white converse high-tops, ray-ban clubmaster sunnies, acne boyfriend jeans

Next time I wear this sweater, there will definitely be a little outfit of the day post! I'll keep you all updated.

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Trendsetter Of The Month: VICTORIA MORONTA

I'm so excited to bring you the second installment of my series "Trendsetter Of The Month." Each month, I'll be diving into the wonderful world of fashion through the lens of one of the coolest young girls out there. 

Victoria Moronta. The Girl With The Hair. "A girl who feels most alive on the open road or on the edge of the world, where land meets sea." A model, blogger, student, and overall badass gal. After stumbling upon Victoria's beautiful photos on Instagram, I instantly knew she was going to be my next Trendsetter. I got the awesome opportunity to discuss fashion, Almost Famous, and of course, her hair - and I'm so excited to share a tiny peek into Victoria's world of style with you all. All photos are from her Instagram, @_victoriamoronta.

What’s a trend/style that you’ve picked up during your travels? Anything from a different culture that’s inspired you?

I can't say I've picked up a trend from any cultures, however, I do envy the Balinese culture and how well they wear colors and patterns. 

What’s your favorite piece of clothing that you own?

 Anything I don't have to wear a bra with. 

What’s one of your favorite brands right now? 

I actually picked up quite a few turtle neck crop tops from Forever 21 last week. I've been pairing them with literally everything.

Do you ever get pieces from thrift stores? If so, what’s your favorite spot to go thrifting and why?

Yes! My favorite spots are the run down ones tucked away in a small town. That's where you find the prettiest gems. 

Who are your style icons?

Penny Lane in Almost Famous

What was the last piece of clothing you bought?

An oversized olive green jacket from Forever 21 - I've been trying to get away with wearing it every day. I swear, I will spend my last penny on anything olive green <3

People know you as “the girl with the hair,” but do you ever like wearing head accessories like headbands, hats, etc. (if so, what’s your favorite)? Or do you just leave it up to your awesome locks?

I have a Brixton hat that I fancy, or I'll sometimes wrap a thrifted scarf around my noggin' to create a bohemian, turban-esque look, but usually I let my locks do their thang.

Overrated or Underrated?

BIRKENSTOCKS (bonus: with socks):Underrated. I wear mine with socks sometimes too!
ONE PIECE SWIMSUITS: Underrated - they are so cute and can be easily paired with baggy style boyfriend jeans. Effortless look!
KALE: Underrated. 

It's easy to see how Victoria is quite literally #goals. I guess all we can do is follow her on Instagram and hope some of her coolness rubs off onto the rest of us. Thanks so much to Victoria for chatting with me! 

 xx Alyssa

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Well, the first month of 2016 has passed in the blink of an eye, and of course, I have a list of my five favorite musical discoveries of this past month to share.

5. "I Got The Moves" by Habibi

I discovered this song on one of the last days of 2015. I must admit, I'm that girl that uses Siri for everything, and the cool "Hey Siri" feature that's on my 6+ is just like, the best thing that's ever happened to me. Anyway, I said "Hey Siri, what song is playing right now?" while eating brunch at Eggshop in Nolita, NYC, and this song popped up. I've been hooked ever since.

4. "Never Be Like You" (feat. Kai) by Flume

I've been going through a huge Flume phase lately since I'll be seeing him for the second time at Coachella in April. This is the single from his new album Skin, and I love it. His synths always get me.


I've been obsessing over London-based producer SOPHIE for the past few months, and since I'll also be catching his set at Coachella, the hype has increased. I'm such a fan of the pitch shifted vocals.

2. "Kill V. Maim" by Grimes

When my brother and I actually agree on listening to a certain artist/album, it's magic. I drive him to school every day, and since our commute is about 30 minutes long, we have to bump some jams that we both enjoy. "Kill V. Maim" is such an awesome song, and always starts off my day right.

1. "Infinity +1" by Sunbeam Sound Machine

When I was waiting in the crowd for Tame Impala at Outside Lands Music Festival this past summer, I made a "festival friend" who told me to listen to Sunbeam Sound Machine. While studying for finals earlier this month, I played his album Wanderer on loop. It's dreamy, psychedelic pop, perfect for focusing and chilling out. This song is probably my favorite on the album - "the world's such a beautiful place."

What were your favorite songs this month, and what do you think of these?
xx Alyssa

Monday, February 1, 2016

IT'S OUR TURN (Brentwood Young Women's Conference 2016)

Hello lovelies! This past Saturday, I got the amazing opportunity to attend Brentwood School's third-ever Young Women's Conference, It's Our Turn. Teenage girls (and even some boys) from around the Los Angeles area gathered at Brentwood to listen to panel discussions, interviews, speakers, spoken word poets, and more with the goal of empowering young women. I went with my two best friends, and we had such a great time.

Other than the fantastic line-up of speakers, Brentwood had a "Main Street" set up with cute booths full of activities and food. My friends and I took a picture at the photo booth wearing flower crowns that we had made with other girls at the conference.

One of the first panel discussions was about personal style and featured Sophia Amoruso (founder/owner of Nastygal), Peter Kim (founder/owner of Hudson Jeans), and Gabi Gregg (fashion and beauty blogger). They discussed issues like body image, photoshopping in the fashion world, and dealing with criticism. I read Sophia Amoruso's book, #GIRLBOSS, last year, and she instantly became one of my inspirations - you could say I was a little excited when she followed me on Instagram after I commented on her photo from the conference.

I was most starstruck when the legendary Diane von F├╝rstenberg spoke about her life story and journey to the top. She was witty, sassy, and gave one of the best pieces of advice I'd heard all day: "The strength of women always comes out during the worst of times... don't wait until then to show it," she said. 

The conference ended with an interview of Cindy Crawford by Maria Shriver. My favorite part was when Cindy described how it was being the model of the moment: "People treated me like I had no IQ. I was like, 'I was the Valedictorian! I'm smart!'" Not saying I get treated like I have no IQ, but I really connected with that statement.

Overall, I'm so glad I finally got to attend this conference, and I'm excited to continue growing my blog, brand, and experience with the lessons I learned from the countless female role models that spoke. Catch me and my friends at 0:40! 

xx Alyssa

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I'M GOING BACK TO 505 (outfit of the day)

The post title may seem irrelevant, but I couldn't help but fangirl about my 505th post. "505" is one of my favorite songs ever... I was blasting Arctic Monkeys this whole morning in my room while I got ready before school! Recently, I've been listening to a lot of albums I loved in 9th and 10th grade, getting super nostalgic and rediscovering my obsessions. Today was Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys. On Tuesday, I listened to Vampire Weekend and Contra by Vampire Weekend after reading Rostam Batmanglij's tweet stating he was no longer in the band. Not gonna lie, a tear was shed. 

Top: T by Alexander Wang
Pants: Uniqlo
Sweater: Cheap Monday
Shoes: Nike AF1s

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


In the second installment of "Alyssa Does Fun Things Because She's A Second Semester Senior," my whole AP Art History class took a field trip to LACMA yesterday. The last time I visited the museum was in 4th grade, so you could say I was excited. We made a pact to take artsy, candid pictures of each other throughout our trip... here are some of them!

I finally got to see this Matisse piece, which is one of my favorite pieces ever. I even wrote about it in one of my college application essays! Also, if you're wondering:

Sweatshirt: Opening Ceremony
Skirt: Vintage
Bag: Opening Ceremony

There was a wicked awesome exhibition full of lights and projections which my friends and I were all over.

Hannah was really observing the planet videos deeply. 

The bees really got us. Very cool.

Are we in the set of Hotline Bling yet?

We were so excited about the projections that we just danced around among the bees and looked like complete weirdos.

Me, dancing, with bees!

I'm on my phone editing a picture (because when am I not on my phone?).

Me, Lichtenstein, and Wohnseifer.

And finally, the hypest of all exhibitions, James Turrell's Breathing Light. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, so I snuck one as we were putting our shoes back on. It was a ridiculous experience. For about eight minutes, me and six other friends were standing in a curved room, wearing hospital booties, staring into what seemed to be an abyss of light. It changed our perception of the outside completely, and I'm so glad I finally got to see it!

xx Alyssa