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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's 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." 

Beyoncé 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 Beyoncé 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

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016


Well, it's (almost) finally here. My fourth Coachella is right around the corner. Weekend 1 starts tomorrow, and I'm heading out to the desert tonight after school. This is probably my last Coachella in a while, so I really want it to be my best. I've laid out my schedule for the three-day festivals with all of the acts I think shouldn't be missed, and I thought I'd share!

Lapsley 1:40-2:10 PM
Years & Years 4:10-5:00 PM
DJ Mustard 5:05-5:50 PM
A$AP Rocky 7:30-8:20 PM
Sufjan Stevens 8:45-9:35 PM
Jack Ü 10:05 PM
LCD Soundsystem 11:10 PM
Purity Ring 12:00 PM

Mr. Carmack 3:05-3:55 PM
SOPHIE 3:45-4:45 PM
Run the Jewels 4:55-5:45 PM
CHVRCHES 6:10-7:00 PM
Disclosure 7:35-8:30 PM
Zedd 9:30 PM
Grimes 10:45-11:35 PM
RL Grime 12:00 PM

Girlpool 1:00-1:30 PM
Wolf Alice 4:25-5:10 PM
Crystal Fighters 6:05-6:50 PM
Edward Sharpe the Magnetic Zeros 7:00-7:50 PM
Beach House 8:15-9:05 PM
Flume 9:35 PM
Nosaj Thing 11:00 PM

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Ok, so my whole entire sleeping schedule is messed up and it took me nine hours to travel back home, but my last three days in New York City were incredible. I was visiting Columbia University's admitted students program - I met the most amazing perspective students and talked to countless insanely impressive current ones. I'm so glad I made the right decision to spend the next four years of my life at Columbia!!!

I flew in on Saturday and spent the day with some of my friends that live in Manhattan. We caught up, ate Korean food, and celebrated the end of all of our college application processes. The next morning, we ate a delicious brunch at Sarabeth's (I got the scrambled eggs popover) before I took a cab up to Morningside Heights for Columbia's Days on Campus program.

Of course, I had to get some kind of aesthetically pleasing latte, because what else would I do in New York (other than buy stuff at Acne Studios)? This chai latte was probably the best part of my day.

The campus was all decked out with balloons and decorations, and even though it was pretty chilly outside for an LA girl like me, I loved sitting on the steps of Low Library and staring off at my future home. 

Monday was cloudy (but warmer), and when I wasn't listening to different student panels, participating in activities, or consuming copious amounts of food, I walked around the campus listening to "Campus" by Vampire Weekend and just generally loving life. ROAR LION ROAR!!!!!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, April 7, 2016

MOVING TO NEW YORK (my college decision)

Ok, ok, I have some big news. If you follow me on Instagram, you might've seen my posts recently about a big move I'm going to make in the next few months. I'm so unbelievably excited to finally be able to say that in August, I'll be moving to New York City to attend Columbia University!!!!!!

I've literally never been more excited for anything in my life. Ok, maybe I was this excited the first time I went to Coachella. But in all honesty, this is the biggest change I've ever experienced, and I cannot wait. Columbia is such an amazing institution with world-class academics and resources, and after spending some time in my class page on Facebook, I'm positive that my classmates are some of the most interesting and intelligent 17-18 year olds on the planet. Also, now I can really be the next member of Vampire Weekend (someone's gotta fill in for Rostam Batmanglij).

Look how beautiful this is!! I mean!! This is going to be my view every day. I can't believe it. Also, I can finally listen to Vampire Weekend's self titled, specifically "Campus," in the way it was meant to be listened to: walking across Columbia's campus. 

Other than the amazing school I'm about to become a part of, I'm also incredibly psyched to be in New York City. I mean, this blog is called Visions of New York City!!! My visions have come true! Do I have to change my blog title now? 

staring out an almost prison-like window during New York Fashion Week S/S '16

exploring Nolita after brunch at the Butcher's Daughter

checking out the view from the Whitney Museum of American Art

walking around the Highline

watching the sunset just before dinner at ABC Kitchen

bonus photo: the view from an apartment I stayed at in Greenwich Village back in, like, 2009!

I'm still in disbelief that I actually got a letter from Columbia that included the word "congratulations," and living in New York is going to be one of the best experiences ever. 

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Ok, I'm really excited about the alliteration in this post's title. There was a lot of good music that I discovered/became obsessed with this past month, and I'm really feeling the need to share it with you all. I actually made a huge list of albums this month with the goal of listening to them all before I go to college, and it's been a wild ride so far! Now, shall we get to it?

#5: Golden Chords - Deakin

Alright, I can't provide a stream of this one yet since it just leaked today from Deakin's (of Animal Collective) Sleep Cycle, which is rumored to be released this Friday. When it is officially released though, I'm buying it immediately, and you all should to. This is a beautiful song full of natural textures, soft acoustic guitar, and lovely melodies. It feels like a comfy sweater on a rainy day and I can't get enough of it.

edit: it's out! go buy it! https://deakinjams.bandcamp.com/releases

#4: Hounds of Bairro - Animal Collective

I heard this song for the first time at AC's concert at the Fonda last month, and instantly fell in love. It feels like the band took a trip to Hawaii - groovy, poppy, and a little bit tropical - and it's fabulous. You go, lil p bear.

#3: Be Apart - Porches

I heard this on Sirius XMU and couldn't get the groove out of my head for the rest of the day. I feel like a use the word "groove" a lot, but I really mean it. You know when you're listening to a song in the car and you just have to do that little butt wiggle dance? This is one of those songs. I gave the whole Pool album a listen shortly after, and was really impressed! 

#2: Young - Frankie Cosmos

I also discovered this song and the awesomeness that is Frankie Cosmos from Sirius XMU. She actually provides some vocals on Porches' Pool, and her stuff is really rad. This song just reminds me of youth and school and summer and being naive. Frankie Cosmos' super recent release Next Thing is also really fantastic.

#1: Quarter Past The Hour - Jack + Eliza

I've previously expressed how great I think Jack + Eliza are, and this song has been on repeat all month. The music video is so dreamy, and like Frankie Cosmos' "Young," it gives me nostalgia for something I never experienced. I'll be listening to Gentle Warnings all summer long.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


I finally got around to exploring the Mission District of San Francisco with my mom and brother last week. Valencia Street is a 2-mile run of "not a single chain store," and it was awesome. Lots of cute, independent boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. Walk a block or two down a side street and you'll find beautiful murals; these photos were taken in front of the Women's Building.

Pants: Raquel Allegra
Shirt: Kling
Jacket: Vintage
Shoes: Adidas
Bag: Opening Ceremony
Sunnies: Ray-Ban

xx Alyssa

Monday, April 4, 2016


I love Carmel. It's such a cute, quiet little town, and I always leave feeling refreshed. Here's a few photos from my short stay over Spring Break.

Sweater: Acne Studios
Jeans: Acne Studios

xx Alyssa