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Thursday, November 24, 2016

RED FOR THE HOLIDAYS (outfit of the day)

Helloooo lovelies! Happy Thanksgiving to all who are in the United States. This holiday, for me, is just about being with family and eating good food. Pumpkin pie is probably my favorite dessert ever. I'm currently in New Jersey at my uncle's house since it wouldn't really make sense for me to fly all the way back to California for only a couple of days. I took these photos while I was out running some errands around the city yesterday; I think red is the best color for the holidays. It's so festive!!!

Top: Alexa Chung for AG
Coat: Topshop
Jeans: Acne Studios
Sneakers: Acne Studios

I also found this really cool kaleidescope in the Whitney Museum's gift shop, so I had to take a couple of photos of the colors inside.

One of my errands was dropping off some clothes at an apartment in Chelsea, and I snapped this photo of the beautiful fall sky from the elevator. 

xx Alyssa

Saturday, November 19, 2016


I recently got an old Polaroid 660 Land Camera from my aunt - she found it when cleaning out her apartment - so I splurged on some film from The Impossible Project to take some cool shots of my friends and the city. Each film cartriage only has eight photos and I messed up on one of them so there's only seven here, but I'm so happy with how they turned out!

I shared this photo in my last post about protests in NYC, but this is a better version since I actually got around to a real scanner. The following photo is another scene from the same protest.

Thank you to my beautiful friends and this beautiful city!!!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, November 17, 2016


It's been a wild past 10 days here in New York. I've been attending various protests around the city, and I thought I'd share some photographs with you. I recently got an old Polaroid 600 camera from my aunt, and I used it to snap this photo of the Sanctuary Campus rally at Columbia yesterday: 

I marched from Union Square to Trump Tower the day after the election with a bunch of friends. I got a couple of videos, but only one photo; nevertheless, I think it's powerful.

A bunch of wonderful girls started a mobilization group on campus, and we sat out for hours on end holding signs in front of the statue of Alma Mater last week.

I saw these Post-It notes in the Union Square subway station coming home from a concert at Webster Hall last Sunday night.

Finally, I have this poster (that I made for the first protest on November 9th) taped up on my dorm wall now.

To my fellow Americans, I hope you're holding in there. If you have anything on your mind, leave me a comment - I'd love to chat. It's really important in trying times to express your feelings!!

xx Alyssa

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


What's up!! Clearly, I've been less active on this blog since I've moved to NYC and started studying at Columbia, but for good reason. Other than my classes, I've been getting involved in a ton of extracurriculars that I want to share with you.

If you want to read some more of my work that's not on this blog, check out Written Citizen and Hoot Magazine. Hear my thoughts on Being Blonde, check out my guide on How To Cry In New York City, and discover the awesome musician Princess Nokia. I've been writing for Written Citizen for the past couple of months, and I just joined the team at Hoot Magazine (Columbia University's only fashion mag) as the Blog Editor. Also, my art and music was recently featured on Ratrock Magazine. Here's an awesome photo they took of me for the website:

Other than all of the student organizations I'm a part of here on campus, I'm also in a band!!! I'm singing and doing our drum loops live. Here's a rad photo my friend and fellow band member, Seb, took of one of our practices:

We're going to start playing shows at the end of the month, which I'm really excited about. More photos (and audio) from that project coming soon.

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

CONFESSION: I Miss Los Angeles

Okay... so it probably has to do with my over-romanticization of New York City, but god dammit, I miss Los Angeles.

Don't get me wrong, I do love living in NYC. There are a number of clear advantages over LA. I never have an excuse to not go somewhere because it's "too far away," there's "too much traffic," or I'm "too tired to drive." Honestly, much more is happening here, so I never really get bored like I did back home. The city is much more compact, and a quick walk will take you from Chelsea to NYU territory to Soho. It's very convenient. Nevertheless, I kinda miss my car. I miss sitting in traffic on the 405, blasting The Vaccines and singing to my heart's delight. I miss the pristine suburban streets, the beautiful sunsets, and the palm tree silhouettes that dot them. Above all, I miss the open space.

I miss the way I felt when it finally rained and the grass was green for a short couple of weeks. Driving among the mountains, pulling off to take photos in the meadow... it all seems so far away now. I hate to get dramatic, but these are the things you really do not get in a city like New York. Even though my dorm room is large (probably larger than any studio apartment I'd be able to afford here), I still feel cramped. There's not really enough room to dance around to loud music or do sun salutations in the morning. 

Also, where the HELL are the nice beaches? Yesterday, someone suggested I take a trip to Coney Island or the Rockaways since I was missing the ocean. Excuse me? I prefer my beaches large, warm, and empty, thank you very much. I know I'm being snobby about it, but you really cannot beat the Malibu coastline. All I want to do is take a drive down PCH and bask in the sun. Hopefully we'll have a warm December and I can catch up on my tan when I come home for Winter Break.

I miss going to the farmer's market with my mom on the weekends. I know, I know - "but there are farmer's markets in New York too!" Yeah, I get it. There's just something so special about chucking on my Birkenstocks and an easy dress in the morning and heading down to the market in my little beetle with the warm sun shining down through the windows.

Also, I feel like the quality of my Instagram photos has gotten worse since I moved to New York. I don't know if its the lack of sunlight (IT GETS DARK AT 4:40 HERE, PEOPLE) or the concrete landscape, but it's really not working for me. That's my bad, though - I need to get better at urban photography I guess. While I always say I want to be in NYC when I'm back home, right now, I really want to be in Los Angeles. I know that I'll probably start missing New York the second I get off the plane at LAX, but I can't help it. Something about this rainy day is making me homesick. Even if it hits 110 at home, at least it's not humid there!

xx Alyssa

Thursday, November 10, 2016

MUSEUM DAY: Pipilotti Rist, Alex Da Corte, Dev Hynes, etc.

Taking full advantage of the 5-day weekend I got because of Election Day, I caught the subway downtown and spent a couple of hours exploring the New Museum and the Whitney Museum. I'd been meaning to visit both to see their new exhibitions, and I was not disappointed. I even got into both museums free, which was awesome!

The New Museum is currently showing Pipilotti Rist's immersive exhibition Pixel Forest. I've been a fan of her work since my professors at SAIC's 2015 summer high school program referred me to her as I was starting to experiment with video art. Here are a couple of photos I took:

After viewing the whole exhibition, I climbed the stairs up to the New Museum's Sky Room and took this snapshot of a well-dressed duo.

I did a bit of shopping in Soho before walking all the way up to Chelsea to visit the Whitney Museum. Here's an outfit selfy I took in & Other Stories:

dress: Reformation
shoes: Acne Studios
tights: from the Halloween store!
coat: Reformation
bag: Opening Ceremony
scarf: Rag & Bone

The Whitney Museum is currently showing the Carmen Herrera exhibition Lines of Sight (which I saw the day it opened back in September) and Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905-2016. My favorite piece was Easternsports, an installation including neon signs, video, sound, and smell, and scored by Dev Hynes. There were a lot of other interesting rooms with video/light works that I enjoyed as well.

All in all, it was a wonderful day of shopping and museum hopping. 

xx Alyssa

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

BROOKLYN DAY: Indoor Flea Market, Smorgasburg, Williamsburg

This past weekend is my Fall Break (because of Election Day on Tuesday) and I had my last midterm last week, so I've been using all my free time to explore NYC. On Saturday, my friend and I went to the first indoor flea market of the season near Park Slope in this beautiful cathedral. There were some great stalls there, and I even picked up a pair of perfectly distressed black overalls for $10! I'll try to get them in an outfit post soon.

The basement of the cathedral held Smorgasburg, a collection of awesome street food vendors; I finally got to try the Ramen Burger everyone is raving about!!! I know, I know, stereotypical - it was great, though. 

We took the subway from Park Slope to Williamsburg, where I saw this awesome mural:

I took my friend to my favorite coffee shop, Sweatshop, on Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburg. Their cappuccinos are perfect, and the atmosphere is so cute - tons of people just sit in their small space for hours doing work or reading magazines!

We stumbled into a Brooklyn Comic Fair going on and discovered some awesome artists.

I ended the day with a beautiful sunset back uptown on campus. I took the elevator to the 13th floor of my dorm building to get this shot..... give me some credit.

xx Alyssa

Sunday, November 6, 2016

NYC CONCERTS (so far): Drowners, Animal Collective, etc.

When I decided I was going to move to NYC for college, one of the first things I thought about what how many concerts I was going to go to - and honestly, I haven't lived up to that promise I made myself. Probably because I'm so busy with schoolwork. Nevertheless, I've made it out to a couple shows so far, and I wanted to share! 

I didn't take photos of the first show I went to, but it was Inga Copeland and Giant Claw at Trans-Pecos. I heard this song their for the first time, which I now love:

One Thursday night when I was feeling particularly bored, I bought a $12 ticket on Stubhub to go see Drowners open for some band I've never listened to. I loved Drowner's first self-titled LP, and spent the subway ride down to the concert listening to their recent second release, On Desire. Their set was great, and I'm so happy I finally got to see them live!

Columbia University's music magazine, Rare Candy, throws shows around campus - this was the first one I went to, and it was spoon themed! I was on the decorating committee, so my friends and I made this awesome spoon chandelier. The headlining band was PRO TEENS.

Another Columbia group called Hi Fi Snock Uptown put on a sinkhole-themed show for Halloween. All of the artists that played were Columbia/Barnard students. Here's a snapshot of my friends setting up beforehand:

The second Rare Candy show I helped plan (and of course, attended) was called Paradise Ranch and was Area 51-themed. BOOSEGUMPS opened, and Canadian pals Harley Alexander and Kurt Inder headlined.

Last Wednesday night, I went with a bunch of friends to see Animal Collective play at Terminal 5. This was the second time I've caught them live supporting their most recent release Painting With, and I'm pretty sure it was better than the first. There was a moment during the show that I just turned to my friends, tears streaming down my face, and I said "this is the happiest moment of my whole entire life." I met Avey Tare and Geologist after the show, which was so rad - didn't get to meet Panda Bear, but as they say, you should never meet your heroes. Here's a cute pic of me and my friend Morgana from the front row.

(Image from Brooklyn Vegan)

xx Alyssa

Saturday, November 5, 2016


It's been a while since I've done an outfit post, so I picked a couple photos of me that I had on my phone and a couple my friends have taken from my past two months in NYC so I could show you what I've been wearing. 

My friend and boss at Hoot Mag, Columbia/Barnard's fashion magazine, snapped this of me studying for my midterm on Low Steps.

top: Opening Ceremony
jeans: Acne Studios
shoes: Acne Studios
bag: Fjällräven Kanken
sunnies: Ray-ban

This outfit was from the first weekend of school when it was actually warm enough to not wear a jacket. Ah, good times.

top: vintage
bralet: Urban Outfitters
skirt: Reformation
bag: Mansur Gavriel (from Opening Ceremony)
sunnies: Celine
scarf (worn on bag): vintage Celine
shoes: Rag & Bone

My friend took this low-quality outfit snap at a concert at Trans-Pecos. 

dress: Vintage
bag: Opening Ceremony
shoes (not pictured): Vagabond

I've joined a band since starting at Columbia, and this is one of my band member's candids during a practice of ours. I'm wearing:

top: Mads Nørgaard
overalls: vintage
shoes (not pictured): Stan Smith Adidas

And, unsurprisingly, here's one of me sitting on my phone.

top: Acne Studios
jeans: vintage Levi's (from What Goes Around Comes Aroung)
shoes: Rag & Bone
jacket: Urban Outfitters

Sadly,  I don't have my mom and brother to help take outfit photos anymore, so these will have to do! I'll try my best to get some better ones soon.

xx Alyssa