Sunday, October 18, 2015

Autumnal Photo Shoot

And just like that, my blog is back from the dead! Hi friends, followers, acquaintances. I haven’t truly used this blog as I originally intended since May, unless you count my post about meeting Taylor, which I don’t. Mostly because it was copied directly from my fangirl tumblr. Anyway! I spent the entire summer working on my portfolio for my FIT application. Well, not entirely. I mean, I also spent a great deal of time working on sewing techniques, working on personal projects.. and I got a cat. My little Daisy Maire, my siamese baby cat. I’m actually still not done with my portfolio, but I’m almost done. Like I could probably finish in a week if I really wanted to, but then I'd have to lock myself in my room and be productive ALL DAY. and I'd have to stop showing up to school and work, and we can't have that.
I also started my first class of the Fashion Industry Studies certificate program that Teen Vogue is doing in partnership with Parsons School of Design!! I started on the 15th of October and it’s an 8 week program, I believe. I’ve been having so much fun with it! For one of my assignments, I had to make a mood board on Pinterest and then style an outfit and photo shoot based on the mood board. That’s actually what this post is about! I chose pictures that were laden with plaids and simple solids, simple center compositions, short dresses, brick walls, etc. My mood board is very seasonal and classy, hence the name Upscale Autumnal. I love the look of a plaid dress with simple black tights. 
It’s incredibly classy. So yesterday, when Hannah and I went to Salt Lake City in search of the book mural, which we did find.. I also took some quick pictures of her against the wall next to it, which was actually better for the outfit pictures. The simplicity of the brick wall helps the outfit stand out even more, I think! And of course, Hannah has gorgeous red hair which, contrasted against the red of the dress, gives the outfit even more dimension. Honestly, red heads can wear just about anything and look sophisticated.
Alright, so I’ve been fascinated by the Fashion Industry Studies program, and I absolutely loved taking pictures yesterday! I’ll need to take more soon, so if any of you locals are willing, I’d be so happy to have you model for my assignments!
Have a lovely Sunday!
Worn: ME - Plaid Shirt (Madewell) // Skirt (Zara - similar ) // HANNAH - Dress (Urban Outfitters) // Tights (Target) // Black Booties (Urban Outfitters) // Bag (Kate Spade - similar)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

That time I met Taylor Swift in Denver

 I wrote this post and put it on tumblr a few days ago, and I wanted to share it with everyone here in case you didn't see it on tumblr. and here we gooooo...


I met Taylor for the third time on Sunday, as some of you may already know. That night was so chaotic and wild, both in real life and on here, and I was so overwhelmed by all the asks and dm’s and texts I had waiting for me when I left the arena that I really didn’t feel like posting the whole conversation until I had digested it all. I did, however, tell two of my closest friends exactly what I said and what Taylor said in detail and then I just saved that in a document until I was ready. I feel like there were some assumptions that night and a couple things I would like to clear up as well. Honestly, I have never had a more perfect encounter with Taylor and I don’t think I would change a thing about how it went down.

After Erica and that one guy from Taylor Nation took me backstage, they put me in the catering room. It was just me and three little girls with their mom and dad. I think they said they had something to do with the arena, but I don’t quite remember the details of my conversation with them. I couldn’t stop crying and shaking and I had honestly never felt such bad anxiety in probably my entire life. I was trying to compose myself though because I mean I needed to remember this, it could very well be my last time with Taylor and there was so much I needed to say and I needed to highlight the fact that I’m so grateful for everything she has done for me. So then, they took us out into the hallway and the guy who had brought me backstage told me to stay back with him because I would be last and then another guy came up and told me to stand against the wall so she wouldn’t see me til the end. It was soon after that that I saw Taylor and her mom and Erica coming out, and she was in her WTNY outfit and I started crying again and then while Taylor was saying hi to the little kids, her mom came over and started talking to me. And she said she remembered me from the other day and that she saw me in the Swiftmas video and that her and Taylor cried watching it and I told her about how I spent the morning waiting for my mom and then we cried and I felt so happy and loved. And she told me to come sit with her in the soundbooth when Taylor was singing at the bstage area, and I asked her in Hannah could come too and she said “Of course!”

And then I looked over at Taylor and I saw that family was leaving and next thing you know, she’s approaching me with her arms outstretched, all like “CECIIIIII!!!! I’m so glad you made it!!” And she gave me this huge hug and at that point I had still been crying, so it was especially perfect and I needed it so bad. Side note, SHE IS SO TALL and beautiful and her makeup is on point and HER EYES HDJSHDJSHDJ ANYWAY, I was like “TAYLOR!!!!” when I first saw her and then as I was hugging her I said “Thank you for the presents thank you for everything thank you for making me feel loved,” and I was still crying and she looked at me and said, “aw, you ARE loved!” and I’ll never forget her saying those words to me. She said, “my mom and I watched the video together and we both cried” and Andrea said something about it being cute and I said, “I cried that whole day!” and she was like aw in her cute little way. And then she said, “I really didn’t know you were in salt lake I’m sorry we missed you!” and I said, “OH don’t be! It was more fun like this!”, and she said, “That’s good!” and I said, “I got to go on a road trip with HANNAH!” And without missing a beat taylor goes, “I love her!” and then I started talking fast and I went on my little rant of nervousness lmao. I said “I was crying after the show for like two hours cause I thought you forgot me and Hannah was so selfless. She sat there with me outside making me feel better and we decided to randomly try this” And then I kept going, I told her about how when Taylor Nation called we thought we heard one thing but we didn’t because I was screaming and freaking out and we didn’t make out what they said right so we got our hopes up for her, but then it was a mistake and I felt bad that I couldn’t make it better for Hannah after all she had done for me and I ended it with, “I am just so sorry” and I can’t believe I didn’t stop crying that entire time. And It’s amazing because when you talk Taylor, it’s just so evident that she cares so much about everyone. Just the way she paid attention to everything I had to say, and after I was done she looked at me and she said, “Ceci, it’ll be okay, I see her all the time!” and she talked about Hannah for a little bit and then she said, “I just wanted to meet you!” and I hugged her and she said, “Tell Hannah that I see how much hate she gets and I don’t want her to get more hate and it would get worse because people would be mad and it’s just not worth it. Don’t worry about it!” and I said, “I’ve never had a friend in real life that would do so much for me without asking for anything in return like her” and I don’t know what Taylor told her mom, but I took the moment to pick up all the presents I had brought in for her from friends and random people that I had set on the floor before she got there and I said, “I brought presents! They’re not mine though! We drove forever and got here at like 4am and we stayed with this random girl from tumblr, LAURA!” and taylor was like “WHAT NO WAY!” laughing and I was like “AND THEN SHE MADE YOU COOKIES!” and taylor was like “You guys are crazy!” still laughing and I was like “HONESTLY we almost died like ten times on the highway just trying to make it over here and one time at a gas station we left the key in a I ALMOST exploded Hannah” and Taylor started looking through the pile of presents and the first thing she saw was the drawing of Scott Borchetta with nothing but a “music has value shirt on him” and a sticker of Hannah’s polaroid as his loin cloth lmao and she bursts out laughing and goes “OH MY GOD MOM LOOK AT THIS!” and Andrea goes and looks at it and she was all like WHO MADE THIS ONE and taylor pointed at the sticker and she’s standing there laughing and I was like “HANNAH AND CAILIN MADE IT” and I was like “TAYLOR wouldn’t it be funny if I got a picture of you with it for them” and Taylor goes, “OH NOOOO he’ll be so mad!” and then we just laughed and Andrea was like “I was telling Ceci she could come with me when you’re on the bstage. During what song do you think it would be the best view?” and they argued about the setlist for a while and then they decided on a song and I forgot it right then and there lmao I was still in shock that TAYLOR was right there in front of me.


SO then I was like “TAYLOR HOLD ON I have this close friend on tumblr Arlette and she loves you so much” and idk how but we had like slowly migrated closer to where it was darker and I was like “She loves you so much you have no idea but you always used to like her posts AND-“ and I remembered I brought my favorite polaroid from the ones that came with 1989 and I took it out and I was like, “would you sign something for her please!” and Taylor said, “Of course!” and she was like, “You gotta help me out with this one” and she wrote “arle” and then she didn’t know if there were two t’s or just one, and then she wrote the “I *heart*” and her name and while she was doing that part I said, “SHE CALLS YOU TDAWG ON TUMBLR!” and Taylor laughed lmao  and then we almost took our picture in the dark area but Andrea was like no, you guys need to take it by the white wall, so we moved over there again and they took one without flash and then another one with flash because he said the first one looked bad, but I actually like that one best lmao and then I was like “Taylor, I love you!” because I wanted to make sure I remembered to tell her and she said, “Itt was so nice meeting you! Love you!” and I said, “I love you so much!” and she said something about how she hoped we both have the best time and I was shaking  and then I went out with that guy from Taylor Nation and I ran back cause Taylor was about to go on stage.


 Okay, so, I need you all to know that I didn’t spend my time with Taylor “whining” about Hannah, as some anons kindly put it. And I didn’t beg Taylor or Andrea and neither did Hannah. In fact, I would go as far as to say this was my best experience with Taylor because I got to spend it telling her about these beautiful people that mean a lot to me and I got to surprise Arlette with her autograph later and I was able to give her Cailin’s letter and Laura’s cookies. And I got to see how much Taylor really, truly cares about us. She’s a beautiful soul. And yes, I didn’t get to tell her everything I had originally wanted to tell her, but those were all unimportant things. I wouldn’t change this conversation for the world. A little while after I met Taylor, when she was on stage, she pointed out and sang to Hannah and I think that was her way of trying to make things better and I mean, she didn’t have to do that. It was just so genuine and kind of her. And then of course Hannah met her after the show and that was even better (see picture below) !


So that's the story of how it all went down! Have a lovely Monday morning :)

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Thursday Thoughts


It has been a whole month, but the Thursday Thoughts are finally back! This week has been a busy one. I've been working extra hours, like I said. It was also the pan sale at the hospital gift shop, where I volunteer, so I ended up buying a ton of nice things for my cooking endeavors. Also, I'm finally done putting together my Mother's Day gift basket for my mom. I got her a couple things she was talking about needing, some pretty things she wanted, and something she has never seen but will absolutely love. And this weekend is going to be so exciting! I'm going to the James Bay concert at The Depot tomorrow with my sister. Before that, we're gonna go to a friend's party. On Saturday, I'm having a cheat day and I'm grabbing dinner with my family for Mother's Day. And finally, I'm just very excited to see my mom's reaction when I give her her presents. I absolutely adore putting together gift packages for loved ones, as you know. I mean honestly, one of my close friend's birthday is coming up in July and I've been collecting presents to send her since January. Anyway, here are your links for the week:

   - "‘There is not enough time for hating yourself. Too many things to make. Go.’" - Tavi Gevinson
   - One of things I'd most like to sew is lingerie, because since it's transparent, more effort has to be put into making it look beautiful from both sides.. similarly, these sheer wedding dresses look like a dream.
   - A 32-year-old woke up feeling 17. It's so cool I texted this to all my close friends.
   - The Sedentary Death Machine (of doom).
   - Do you ever celebrate May Day? I never do, but after reading this article, I want to.. and I think I'll save this for next year.
   - Why aren't women having children? Because they don't want them.
   - The Humans of New York guy photographed the Met Gala and added a new level of depth to the event.

Have a lovely Thursday!

picture credit goes to the ever so talented, Leigh Kendell.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Met Gala 2015

Hi, so right now, as I'm typing this, I'll probably fall asleep. It's not because I don't care, I mean I really do. I love the Met Gala. I look forward to it every year. The thing is.. I came down with a cold, I have two jobs, I'm spending like three hours a day cooking for the sake of eating healthy, and then I'm also trying to be productive and work on projects. Plus Taylor Swift just started her world tour and you know I had to be aware of all the details. It's exhausting. And guess what? I got another job. But don't worry, that doesn't start until the end of June. I'm actually going to have a whole three weeks of no work except on Tuesdays in June. It's gonna be exciting. I'm gonna spend it making art. As for right now, I'm going to have to make do with late-night blogging. Onto the actual topic.

The Met Gala was yesterday. The theme was China: Through the Looking Glass, which was actually a really interesting theme. Last year's theme was pretty bold too. It's always exciting to see who will follow the theme and who won't, and if they do, what they'll wear and how they'll incorporate it. I got home from work at 3:45pm yesterday and the first thing I did was get online to see the beautiful pictures and decide which looks I liked best. I'm just going to talk about a few of my favorites right now!

from top left: Diane Kruger in Chanel, Poppy Delevigne in Marchesa, Anna Ewers in Balenciaga, Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier

Of those four, my absolute favorite has to be Diane Kruger's two-piece ensemble. I mean... those pants. They're flawless with the sheer lacy fabric, and it's just nice to see someone in pants at the Met Gala. Her look is just so effortlessly beautiful. My second favorite would have to be Anna Ewers in Balenciaga. I love the skirt of her dress, and how that's sheer too. She looks like a dancer in that dress. Her crown is very delicate and feminine too.

from top left: Wendi Murdoch in Oscar De La Renta, Kate Hudson in Michael Kors, Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy Haute Couture, and Gabrielle Union in Kimberly McDonald

Of these lovely looks, Kate Hudson's was my favorite. I just love the simplicity of a sparkly, gold dress.

Finally, I decided to narrow it down to my top four favorites and that was a huge struggle because I actually have at least a dozen top favorites. Some of the ones I absolutely adore but didn't include in this post (because I mean I don't want you to feel like this is ginormous novel of a post) are Lorde, Anna Wintour, Vanessa Hudgens, Allison Williams, and Alison Brie.

In my opinion, the most gorgeous look of the night had to be Rihanna in her stunning yellow gown. I mean if you haven't see that train, you have to scroll down right now. She was wearing Guo Pei.


Amal Clooney was wearing an equally beautiful gown, although less extravagant. She was wearing Maison Margiela. I love the ruffles on her dress and the different textures between the bodice of her dress and the skirt layers. Also, the deep red hue was a favorite of mine. And can we talk about her hair for a second? Oh my god, those perfect waves.


I was actually looking forward to seeing what Kendal Jenner would be wearing. I saw the sneak peek on instagram and I got really excited because green is my favorite color, as you know, and I wasn't sure what the strings would look like on the dress. When I think of strings, I tend to imagine an outfit with a very boho, beachy vibe so it was quite the plot twist to see what the dress actually looked like. It's definitely a favorite of mine from this year's Met Gala. It's Calvin Klein Collection, by the way.


Finally, I love the very regal look that Brie Larson, Courtney Eaton, and Annabelle Wallis were sporting. One of the things I love most about fashion is when designers go all out, very heavy with gold and jewels as well as with references to art history in their work. I feel like these Dolce and Gabbana looks exemplify this sort of style. The classic cuts of the dresses are also stunning, along with those headpieces. These ladies look like a dream. They look like what I think of when I think of the Met Gala.


Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope it's okay that I'll be posting so late! Have a lovely Wednesday tomorrow. :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mipsy.


HELLO FRIENDS!!!
I'm done with finals, which means.... I'm officially back! I have accumulated a list of post ideas and I'm thinking I'll be posting three times a week but you'll never know exactly what days cause sometimes I feel like posting on weekends or whatever, and sometimes I don't want to. You know how it is. I have news to tell you. I got a second job! I'm excited because that means I'm one step closer to New York and I'm also excited because I went earlier and they're such great people. I'm going to be the early morning nanny for another lovely family, by the way. Also, I'm still doing the Tone It Up Bikini Series and it's going fantastic. It just feels good to eat clean, even though I occasionally wish I could eat cake or something. You know how I love sweets. Whatever. It's been great. I like the recipes. I love that I get to to cook all the time, and I love that I've started losing weight again, and quickly. In other news, I'm now one of the co-leaders in another Girl Scouts troop and I know that's a little bit crazy of me, but I feel like if I have the time I should do as much as I can to help. It's something I'm passionate about. And finally, I plan on starting on my fashion school application portfolio next week or the week after so that's also exciting!

Onto Mipsy, or Meredith Grey, or just Mere.


I was so excited to finish this painting. A while ago, I painted the background and then I just sort of left the canvas sitting there for a month until I remembered that I needed to finish it because this is actually an end of semester project I needed to present in front of the class. So, with that in mind, I started painting the cat a couple days ago, and then I finished it yesterday. It must have taken me a total of eight or nine hours. I'm getting faster at painting. It's still just as relaxing though, especially with good music in the background. I'm actually intending this work to be a part of a series of four pieces, two of which are already done, counting this one.


I'm not sure if you guys remember the painting on the left. It's one I made in September of Taylor's other cat, the younger one, Olivia, or Dibbles. I'd like to have another Olivia and another Meredith so that I can put those two under these and then it can cover a whole wall, hypothetically speaking. I don't actually hang my own art up. I would feel a bit weird about that, not that it is, I just don't know why. Anyway, it's been so fun making these. By the way, it's acrylic on a 6"x8" canvas. I used my tiniest brushes mostly an 18/0 spotter and liner, but I also used my 0 and 1.


Thanks for reading! Have a lovely week!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Term Papers + Happenings


I swear I think about updating you guys at least a couple times every day, and I always say tomorrow will be the day I'm back on, but then things happen, as you know. For one, on Sunday I was thinking I had only two papers left to write for the semester, only to later discover that I had five more in total. To make matters, worse I procrastinated with one paper because it's the longest and most daunting one, so instead I wound up spending all day today writing it. I'm not even done yet. I'm down to two more pages, which is a huge accomplishment considering the length requirements. I also discovered I'm more productive when I don't sit down. See, I have a good friend who keeps her laptop not on a desk, but rather on top of a tall dresser, so that then she always has to stand when she uses it, because it's better that way. I didn't want to believe her, but it is. I know now. The downside is now I'm exhausted, because it's literally been all day.

But in all honesty, it has been such a busy week. I only have one true final exam, and then just tedious papers, so if I'm not on it's because of that. And also partially because I have a job again. I'm a sweet little girl's nanny. It's been lovely and crazy, but mostly lovely. I also got a new volunteer position at the hospital again and third of all, I've been insanely busy planning things for the Girl Scouts. I should tell you guys more about that. I mean I care about it enough that it should be a part of this blog, but then I also don't want to bore everyone if you guys don't really care. But why does that even matter. The point is, being a Girl Scouts leader is as time consuming as everyone said it would be last summer, but it's so fantastic and hilarious and worthwhile. I'd do anything for those girls. Anyway, so I just wanted to stop by and say hi and let you know that I'll probably stay on this weird sort of hiatus until halfway through next week. And then I'll be back to at least three posts a week.

Have a lovely rest of the week!

picture credit goes to Roma.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

we'll just go til the road ends


 "just hold tight to my hand, there's no need for any big plans, we'll just go til the road ends." - Holley Maher

I'm inconsistent, I knooow. I tend to have legitimate excuses though, or at least I try. You know. If you wanted to know where I've been the last four days, I was holed up in my room blaring indie love songs and making art, obsessively. I mean it all started on Saturday night, when I was sitting downstairs listening to music, loudly, and thinking, mostly about the lyrics in said music. I came across the line, "I don't wanna talk about it, I just wanna hold your hand" by Rhodes, in the song Your Soul. It just sounded so nonchalant and intense at the same time, which is the nice thing about the subtleties of loving someone. I'm not in love with anyone right now. In fact, I don't think I've ever quite been in love with anyone, but I do know that I've loved people before, so intensely. It's something comfortable and beautiful and also terrifying, but at the end of the day that's not love, that's something crazy, but it's not quite it. I don't think it's supposed to be terrifying. Whatever. I'm nineteen. I'm not supposed to be in love. I'm fine. That was all besides the point.

Can I tell you something funny? I don't know much about Taylor's life. I know a lot about her career, but even that I don't know completely. I know what her sense of humor is like, I know her cats' nicknames, I know who she has dated, I know she likes wearing outfits that consist only of black clothes sometimes, I know what she would say in most situations, but I don't know much else... and I didn't realize that until last year when this one weirdly plausible article was put out that nobody really talked about. It doesn't even matter though. Okay, so on a more related note, I know she's dating Calvin Harris. That's the sort of thing you can't hide if you're famous. I know he said he wanted to see her in 2012. I know they connected at the Brits Awards two months ago. I know they were first seen together hand-in-hand on a stroll by a lake. But I don't know what exactly is going through her mind, or what she thinks of it all. I mean, I can't just assume she's so in love cause I know it's not like that sometimes. I just don't know. God, I hope so. She's a more rational person now, though. We all are when we grow up and get hurt a little.

Anyway, the whole point is that I drew this very lovey dovey pictures of her and Calvin holding hands and it all sort of just came together, like things tend to do. There's a candid of them holding hands and I drew it and I was going to stop there and quickly write that Rhodes quote on the bottom, but then I was like WHY STOP THERE WHEN THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF SONGS WITH NICE LYRICS and then I stayed up til 2:30am googling and searching and listening to songs until my eyes hurt and my fingers were tired of typing and I felt like an insane person. And then I changed the whole composition of it. The lyrics went on the side instead, and in faux calligraphy but with pencil. And then I was like, why should the hands be freely floating? They need a frame, enter the floral border. It was going to be watercolor, but then I decided to opt for watered down acrylic because it's more pigmented and I love acrylic. My sister walked in halfway through and was all like, "you should make something like this for a real couple you know, so they can hang it up on their wall" and I'm like, "is it that lovey dovey?" I'm not crazy, I swear. I actually love it for it's cutesy nature. And it did take me three days, so it better be worthy of being hung up on a wall, even though it does in fact reside in my sketchbook. Isn't that dumb? I spent three days on a sketchbook piece. What is wrong with me.

But anyway, my friends thought it was cute, and I feel proud of it, so whatever. Let's let it be cutesy. Let's all just gush over the fact that at least someone's in love, somewhere. Which reminds me, one of these days I'm going to post the playlist I listened to when I was working on this. It's my favorite right now.

Have a flawless Wednesday!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday Thoughts


HEY!! so I'm actually in a bit of a hurry right now, cause I'm going to Salt Lake City with Sarah and Clarice and I totally lost track of time looking at articles earlier. And I know, I know it was supposed to be Thursday Thoughts and not Friday, and I totally had plans to do this last night. But 1) I forgot Grey's was on last night so I watched that and then 2) I got caught up fangirling last night. So that was intense. This weekend I have a Girl Scouts meeting and it's Easter so that should be lovely! Anyway, here are your links for the week:

   - Magic is all around us, if we just pay attention.
   - On flaky friends. I'm a three strikes kind of person, but maybe I should try some of the more rational options haha
   - I dare you to look at this gorgeous wreath and tell me you wouldn't want it.
   - This is literally me.
   - Tone It Up is starting their annual bikini series and I want to participate this year, so I probably will.
   - Ariveting article about competition between girls, a problem caused by our internalized misogyny.
   - Honestly, I feel like this is so accurate.
   - These two are heart-eyes emoji.

Have a beautiful Easter weekend!

p.s. the picture is by Chelsea Francis.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Lilly x Target


Lilly Pulitzer doesn't exactly fit with my personal style, well regularly. I mean usually, you'll find me in muted pinks and darker greens, and lots of black and ivory, and cream, and white. It's more simplistic and toned down... BUT I make an exception for Lilly, because lets be honest, how could I not? There's something so wonderful and whimsical about intensely bright florals and the classic A-line shift. It's romantic and old-timey. It makes me want to live in a small town on the east coast. It makes me want to spend a day at the beach, or maybe just sip lemonade or sweet tea on a porch with my favorite people. There's just something so classic in the concept. So when Target announced their collaboration with Lilly Pulitzer, my heart skipped a beat and as I tend to do when things get exciting, I told everyone who talked to me that day.


The interesting thing, though, is that I feel like the majority of the people I know who love Lilly Pulitzer and all things preppy were mad over the fact there would be a Lilly collection at Target. Their arguments were kind of silly, but I mean I do understand why someone would be mad that they saved up for a long time just to get a dress, only to have a similar one end up at Target for a fraction of the price they paid. Still, the pros outweigh the cons. And it's not like this is the first time Target is collaborating with a high-end brand. Frankly, I'm thrilled.


The collection will be out on April 19th, a Sunday! I've heard it's supposed to have 250+ pieces, including women's clothing (obviously), children's clothing, accessories, dinnerware, and cosmetics with L'Oreal and Essie. And the prices are supposed to range from $2-$250.

What do you think? Are you excited about Lilly x Target?

All the pictures are from the Target Look Book, by the way.

Monday, March 30, 2015

On new beginnings...

there's something so amazing about Spring. I mean you could say that about any season, I'm sure. There's always something magical when seasons start, but there's something specifically sweet about Springtime and I don't know about you, but my heart is soaring and I'm so happy. I just feel like everywhere I look, everyone is so radiant and content with their lives. Even my room is brighter and I just want to be outside all the time, you know? And everything good is getting close. I'm thinking of it like a bridge, from the bleakness of winter to the bright, sunny days of summer. I mean think about it, school is almost over, I just have a month left. It's almost white dress season and you know how in love I am with loose, white frocks. I have a stack of books I need to read then, and I have new canvases still in their plastic wrap. And I have all these ideas swimming around in my mind and I feel like I need to start right now, because if I don't I'll never actually get around to making them. So I picked out this lovely quote:

 "And Suddenly you just know... it's time to start something new and trust in the magic of beginnings" - Meister Eckhart

 The picture is apparently from the Free People blog, this post in particular. I guess you could say I'm feeling inspired, maybe it's because I sat in class thinking about a particular Jackson Pollock work I saw at the MoMA, and what it made me feel, which in turn left me feeling inspired again. That place is magic, by the way. I don't remember if I told you. You go in there and it's like you're not in New York, but yet you still feel like you are. It's an alternate universe of inspiration. I don't even know. I'm rambling. Which reminds me, in one of my classes today the discussion was about Carl Jung's theories, something a good friend of mine insists I need to really know. In particular, we were talking about his idea that we have to bring out our subconscious mind, and everything that pertains to the shadow and then my professor started talking about how some people can reveal that through write, paint, and draw. It's like when you start writing and you just write and write and go on and on and then after a while you realize your hand hurts and there's a whole page of prose, in tiny handwriting, and some of it makes no sense but it was all in you and now it's out. I have sketchbooks full of pages like that. And as for painting, that's the only way I've ever been able to make actual art that I love, which I guess is why deadlines kill me, but anyway, I found the whole lecture so intriguing. See, I was just going to tell you I spent two hours drawing yesterday really early in the morning, and then I went on a tangent. And I also wanted to tell you I found the most beautiful fabric, some dusty rose lace that I haven't stopped thinking about. And I also found fabric that has little green rabbits on it, and I think I'm going to buy it because you know how I love little animals on clothing.

And finally, as per my usual early Spring tradition, I made you a playlist and you can listen to it here. And this is the tracklist:

Tracks:
   1. Safest Place - Echosmith
   2. Quarters in a Pocket - Iron & Wine
   3. The Garden You Planted - Sea Wolf
   4. What Love Looks Like - Rebecca Roubion
   5. Love is All - The Tallest Man On Earth
   6. Like a Light - Amy Stroup
   7. Rescue Song - Mr. Little Jeans
   8. Colour - Wild Cub
   9. Crawl - Bear Lake
   10. Like a Thousand Stars - The Honey Trees
   11. Percy Anderson - Jasmine Kennedy
   12. Digging Shelters - Neil Halstead
   13. Ireland - Liza Anne
   14. Forgiving Myself - Amy Stroup & Trent Dabbs
   15. Another Story - The Head and The Heart
   16. Down River - The Temper Trap

Have a lovely Monday night!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

This week was the long exhale after breathing in for a long while. Do you know what I mean? I took a three hour nap two days ago, on accident. It was supposed to be 20 minutes. And it didn't bother me either, not because I didn't have anything better to do, but because I knew I needed it. And yesterday, I wrote an 8-page essay in two hours, which blew me away because usually those long essays take me 3-4 days. I also got to paint this week, so maybe that's why I'm so mellow. It's been lovely though, it really does feel like Spring. I don't know, I just have this strong desire to really live right now, not just stay in my room. I feel like I need to do something insane. I've been planning. I'm going to spend the last of my money on concerts. I'm going to go hiking too. And I really want to make things.

It's just so funny how mellow this week is. Two weeks ago, at this very moment, I was heading back from the natural history museum and I was in a rush so I took the wrong train and then I took the wrong transfer and when I got out I was in TriBeCa instead of the East Village and there was a lady walking by, yelling at her miniature poodle who was without a leash and peeing on the sidewalk in front of the freaking Papyrus. What is that. And now I'm curled up on my perfectly white, ruffled bed with an episode of Girls on pause, blogging. How leisurely. What a freaking contrast. What is this. And on Saturday, I'm going to spend an hour and a half teaching nine year old about feminism. And then after that I'm going to spend two hours teaching kindergarteners how to make a healthy snack and then ironically, we're going to eat cookies. I don't even know what I'm going to do the rest of the weekend. I'm excited though. Here are your links for today:

   - A beautiful essay about how Christianity and feminism go together for this author.
   - Cats playing patty cake. You need to have the audio on, by the way!
   - a short history of the soft bra, because as you know, I love bralettes.
   - Scientists are making little black holes to try to communicate with another dimension. We might all die.
   - A heartbreaking essay that had me in tears at the airport, of all places.

p.s. if you haven't already, I suggest you try the Caramel Flan latte at Starbucks. I'm on one of my intense coffee kicks in which 4-5 cups becomes the norm for a couple weeks and that's one of my favorites, so.

p.s.s. the picture is from Vadim L.

Monday, March 23, 2015

On my mind

Hello friends, or whoever. So I decided there won't be a Pretty Little Things this week, or maybe there will be. I don't know. I have one half-finished in my folder, so it's not completely ruled out. I just didn't feel like talking about products today and things like that. I feel like rambling, actually. The thing is, I think I'm growing tired of the way I set up this blog. It just bugs me how I made it be so centered on routine. On mondays we do this, on wednesdays that, on Thursdays we think. You know??? That's not how I am. I don't like doing the same things over and over. I don't like deadlines. Actually, I hate deadlines. I avoid them at all costs. That's why I write papers so early on. I'd rather do that then feel like I have a looming deadline over my shoulder. It's also why I procrastinate, but we all do that sooo.

I decided I'm going to do what I want, when I want, because I felt like it. So the blog no longer has a schedule. I think I'll probably still do the Thursday Thoughts though, because I am in fact an article junkie and I don't have friends who appreciate them like I do, so it's not like I want to bug my friends by texting them the links 24/7. It's easier to just tell you all on here, in list form. And I also probably will not post every day, and I'll bring back the Sunday Quote from my old blog, on occasion, because I miss telling you my deepest thoughts. Sometimes its better to tell them out into the world like this, rather than just telling one person or a few. It's more like meditation and less like a cry for help. I don't know, maybe I'm just insane.

Anyway, here's a list of ramblings:
  1.    1. I started a painting last night, but it's not even close to finished yet. Mostly because I couldn't stop sneezing and do you know how hard it is to paint while sneezing? It's an awful idea.
  2.    2. I saw two cows a dog at school today. I'm not kidding.
  3.    3. I'm also currently focusing on sketching several design collections so that then I can pick my favorite one and submit that when I apply to FIT next winter. I'm trying to keep busy and be as productive as possible. Zac Posen told us to make it a point to sew at least one thing a week, and I really can't, cause of school right now, but I want to.. until then, I'm just going to make it a point to make something every week, whether it's painting, drawing, designing, or sewing. or knitting. or baking. whatever. I'm trying.
  4.    4. I keep thinking about how I really want to add more neutral clothes to my spring capsule. cause I feel like it's not exactly what I want it to be just yet, you know?
  5.    5. And yesterday, since the whole painting thing didn't work out, I ended up watching one of my tv shows.. for what was going to be an episode or two, but actually ended up being eight episodes. I have so much self-control. And then I stayed up on tumblr til 1:30am because Taylor was on. that's Taylor Swift, if you didn't already know I've been calling her by her first name for the last eight years.
  6.    6. and I was going to say one more thing, but I got a text from my girl scouts co-leader and now I can't remember. But that reminds me, I need to go buy thin mints.

 Have a lovely Monday!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lets Talk About New York



I have a little green moleskin full of thoughts I wrote down in new york, some complete and other incomplete and frankly, confusing. Yet, that was the best decision I ever made and I’m going to go off of them as I’m writing this blog post. Let me just begin by saying that New York was amazing, but also confusing, and also frantic, and also... magic. Looking back, I had all sorts of expectations for the city, all sorts of fantastical, flawless ideas about how it was and what it should feel like, which was a bit of a mistake on my part, but also not. I wanted it to feel like it felt when I went to Nashville, like home, like a safe haven of sorts. The reality is that they’re right when they talk about its gritty nature, and to be honest, it’s larger than life, which is a bit intimidating at first. At the core of my fantasies, what I wanted the most out of New York, was a sense of purpose and self-worth. I wanted to go to Fashion U, I wanted to go to FIT, I wanted to roam the streets and affirm that being there is what I wanted above all, to just reassure myself that I could be someone if I just try hard enough. I wanted a reality check and not a glance inside a rose-tinted window. In the end, I got just that. The reality check, I mean.


The trip was very hot and cold, up and down to me. It wasn’t like my friends had told me, or like bloggers recalled in their posts. From the very moment I stepped inside that apartment, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, it was going to be stressful and difficult and busy and crowded, but it was also going to be rewarding. I’ll always remember it as the trip that changed my perspective, as romantic as that sounds. I survived the busy streets, I survived the adventure. I got yelled at, badly. I laughed with these wonderful girls at midnight and all other times of the day. I got lost, multiple times. I got locked out, lost something very important, forgot things, waited in line in the pouring rain. Everything. My god, everything happened. I have stories of the wildest sorts, maybe just for me?? But one day, I’ll look back and remember what it felt like to think that I can’t ever belong, to feel so isolated, despite the hoards of people around me, and then compare it to the third day, to my next trip, to the rest of my life? Did you know, I cried twice on my first day there. Once when I arrived and I couldn’t convince myself to walk outside into the land of tall buildings and crowds upon crowds of people. I was scared and alone, literally. The second was at night, upon arriving at the apartment for the evening, my feet sore, my socks damp. I collapsed onto the floor, a mess of tears and confusion and loneliness. But I called my mom, I played the playlist, I talked to old friends. And you know, I lived. I learned. I went two days without getting lost after that.


And the buildings, they’re grandiose and beautiful. They terrified me and then they amazed me. The antique brick, the brightly-colored murals, the advertisements. All of it. It’s sloppy and messy and structured and full of history. And the museums, they’re something. Those are the safe havens within the city, at least for me. I remember when I finally chanced upon the MoMA, after wandering for three hours and I could have sat down, but never in the almost 4 hours I spent there, did I ever rest. And I forgot my feet hurt, because it was everything I had always wanted to know. There’s something about art that makes my heart stir, that makes me feel like I should be fantastic at something, that makes me want to embrace everyone who has ever even uttered a word to me. When I live in New York, I will get a membership there.


 And the Met, I went there with my old friend Hillary. I’ve known her on tumblr since I was 13 -- 6 years ago. And we finally met for the first time and we took a polaroid selfie, my first one ever. But the museum was beautiful. All these pieces that I remember learning about in my art history class were there and I felt... accomplished. I don’t know why. My favorite was the Lamasu. In fact, I went around showing everyone the pictures I took of the Lamasu after that because one of my favorite units in art history was the Assyrian unit and it’s just exciting, you know? And I fell in love with Soho that evening. I fell in love with Lexington avenue first and then Soho, because it felt like what I thought New York would be like and for a moment I felt sure because I knew that even if all of New York wasn’t how I imagined and I never quite figured out which direction I was walking in, I was right about something.


 And I’ll have you know, I’m not as forgetful as everyone decided. Which brings me to the last thing I wanted to talk about. Fashion U. If you were ever on the fence about applying to Fashion U or accepting, just go, I promise it’s a good idea. I swear it. I mean, I know a lot of the friends I met there were saying there was less swag this year, but I still feel like I learned. But more than that, it was inspiring to sit there and listen to these people who tentatively entered the industry only to come out these exemplary leaders. Nobody starts off perfectly, nobody goes in being flawless at everything, but with hard work and practice and years, they made it. I know I can too. i just have to make my way to New York, and I will. I’m working on it. I feel like I should go into detail, but I don’t want to be boring either, in case you don’t really care. I don’t know.


On Friday, there was an event at Express. It was so serendipitous how I ended up in line right before my friend Caitlin from the facebook group. Either way we would have met up at the event, but fatefully so we ended up meeting at the start. The event in itself was exciting. I made it a point to try every kind of food or drink they had even if I thought I would hate it, and I did. The weirdest thing was the creamed apple, which tasted like brie and had the consistency of pudding. The tiny hamburger was a close second. The best was the hibiscus mocktail and the fancy oreos. And we got these lovely little metallic tattoo bracelets, which took three showers to erase and even then, my wrist was still slightly sparkly. The music was the best though! Chelsea Leyland was the dj, which was something I was excited about. She really is that flawless at her job.



On Saturday, we had classes at the Conde Nast building, which is at One World Trade Center. It was also raining like mad when we woke up and it continued throughout the rain. Would it be weird if I tell you I think New York is more beautiful when it’s raining? When we got there, the line was huge and they gave us our credentials and the schedule sticker. We also got our swag bags in the first class. I loved that one of my roommates, Betty, and Caitlin were in Group B Fashion/Styling Major with me, cause things are always better with friends. And it felt easier to go back and grab that amazing Cinderella chocolate over and over again since I wasn’t alone haha. No really, I ate so much of that. And they had a gorgeous black gown by Zac Posen next to it and the glass slippers from the Cinderella movie as well.


As for my favorite speaker, it was Jens Grede from Frame Denim, and there’s no question about that. I feel like he offered the most advice and really went into detail. My second favorite would be Rebecca Minkoff and then the Editors panel. Oh and I got a tour of the Edit floor! That was amazing! It’s so brightly lit and you can just tell that everyone there is a creative genius. They let us go into the fashion closet as well, and you should just see the sea of shoes they have and racks upon racks of beautiful clothing. It’s unreal. And the other girls at the tour were such sweethearts. I loved getting to meet people at Fashion U, that was one of my favorite things. I love that nobody was pretentious or snobby. Everyone was just dedicated and trying to figure out how to get there, it’s nice to feel understood. Also, can I just say how much I love Andrew Bevan. I mean I love his articles in Teen Vogue, but he was so great at interviewing Rebecca Minkoff and Zac Posen and I feel like if it had been anyone else interviewing them it would have been less interesting. All of this took place is the 63rd, 64th, and 34th floors of the building by the way. On Saturday, we came in and listened to Zac Posen, which was so cool because we got to learn a little about dress construction. Then we were given our diplomas and sadly, Teen Vogue Fashion U was over.



I could go on and on about Teen Vogue and New York to be honest, but I feel like this post is a novel already. If you have any questions though, or if you want to know about my application, please email me and I’ll tell you more. Or text me. whatever works. And I’m sorry it took me so long to get back to blogging. I went from freezing New York to warm and sunny Utah and as a result, caught a really bad cold. It’s been a struggle! Thanks for your patience and thank you for reading.

Monday, March 9, 2015

New York + A Playlist


 I accidentally took a two hour nap today, or this would have been up sooner. I swear I'm not lazy, I just stayed up insanely late last night studying for a midterm and the whole day has been a struggle for me. I blame it on daylight savings and the fact that I'm not a morning person and waking up at 5:30 just got so much harder. ANYWAY, onto the actual content of this post. Tomorrow night I'll be sitting on a plane, on my way to New York City. I had a countdown and everything, thinking that it would feel like forever because time tends to go slow when there's something exciting to look forward to. Or maybe that's just me. It all went by so fast and now it's finally time, you know. These last couple of weeks have been crazy as I was trying to get all my schoolwork done before leaving while simultaneously planning it. It's gonna be so exciting, I can't even wait. Before I go on, I have a playlist for you. I've been missing the days when I used to make my friends actual physical playlists, or mixtapes. So now here's one for you, I actually made it for my flight and it's a nice little peaceful mix. You'll love it, I'm sure.


Tracks:
   1. Four Walls - Broods
   2. Gold - Ruby The Rabbitfoot
   3. The National - Hannah Georgas
   4. Love and Some - Iron & Wine
   5. Twigs and Stones - Siskiyou
   6. You'll Still Be Mine - Maggie Eckford
   7. Bette Davis Eyes - Marble Sounds
   8. I Want to Know You - Measure
   9. Bridges (Live) - Broods
   10. Amsterdam - Gregory Alan Isakov
   11. Seagull - Saturday Sun
   12. Wants What It Wants (hushed) - Andrew Belle
   13. Begin Again - Measure
   14. Sleeping Alone - Lykke Li
   15. Far From Yesterday - Amy Stroup

you can listen to it here. I don't know to embed it with Spotify's new changes.

It's one of those things, you know. It's a moment that you imagined and daydreamed about, but didn't actually see happening in the near future. It almost doesn't feel real, but then on the other hand I've already made friends on the TVFU facebook group that it sort of feels familiar, you know? It almost feels like I'm walking down the street to an old friend's house, but not. Maybe I just love people to quickly and easily. It's a curse and blessing. I don't know if I told you, but I'm going to spend the first 1.5 days on my own, completely. And it's both ridiculously exciting and absolutely terrifying. This is gonna be my second trip alone, as you might know. I've always been an introvert, so the fact that I get to be alone just makes me giddy. Granted, one of the things I'm most excited about is getting to meet friends and cool people, but I'm still glad I get be alone at least part of the time. And since my last trip alone was so perfectly blissful, I know that this one should be too. At least I hope. I'm also the most paranoid person, though. So maybe I'm being irrationally carefree. I wouldn't know. Whatever. It'll be fun. Now all I have to do is go to one more class tomorrow morning and finish packing and then I'm off to New York, just like that.

Have a lovely week! I'll be back next Wednesday.

picture credit goes to Jon Ottosson.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thursday Thoughts


Hey there! I've been having an exciting week! I spent it working on creative projects, mostly. I restarted and finished a dress, I went to a planning meeting for a new Girl Scouts program in our council, I made an itinerary for next week, I bought tickets to the Ed Sheeran concert, I spent a lot of time styling outfits for next week, and I still had enough time to sit and read Elle UK, which is my personal favorite magazine. On the disappointing side, I didn't win the dietbet by 0.8lbs. But I'm still proud of myself and I'm going to keep making positive changes in my diet. Everything is still absolutely wonderful, regardless of anything. And I'm going to New York in five days !!! Anyway, here are your links for the week:


 -   I read about this 58-year-old virgin last week and I thought it was quite the interesting story.
 -   $1500 and why its expensive.
 -   A woman's changing perspective on the purpose of keeping a journal.
 -   Seamwork Magazine has some beautiful patterns this month.
 -   The truest thing, to be honest.
 -   An eloquent article on the importance of fashion. P.s. I'm excited she's gonna be at TVFU next week!

picture credit goes to Ana Gabriel.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What I'm Making: Bunny Sleep Mask

So, the last time I was on a red eye flight I remember feeling really annoyed because 1) I didn't have a sleep mask with me and 2) planes are surprisingly brightly lit in the middle of the night, so this time I knew that I'd have to make a sleep mask at some point during the course of the week. Actually, I had been meaning to make one for a while, just to have it ready, but I'm not exactly timely half the time. I could've easily just bought one, I know, but why would I do that when I could make a cuter one. ANYWAY, I made it reversible.


It's very serendipitous that I had everything already in my stash. I mean, if you know me you know I wear a lot of neutrals so I tend to sew things that are neutral as well, which gets boring sometimes but that's a story for a different day. the point is, I really didn't think I'd have black and white quilting cotton. Or the fuchsia elastic. Actually, I had no idea I ever bought elastic in that color so that was a nice surprise! And the fact that the black and white cotton was polka dot just made my day. As for the pink side, I actually had so many options. I considered using the pink cat fabric that Ester Lara designed, which I used for the lining of a coat I made last year. And then, I almost used a scrap of Liberty fabric I've had in my stash for ages, but then I settled on this bunny print by Moda instead, and there's a story for that.


I love that it happens to look girly and pretty on both sides. I still favor the bunny side, of course. That fabric stole my heart from the moment I saw it. It's so darn cute, don't you think? Little animals on fabric is just heart eyes emoji.


There was a day last summer when my friend Angie and I went out to get burgers for lunch, and then we didn't know what to do so we ended up traipsing through town. Like seriously, we went to pet kittens, we ate snow cones at the parking lot in front of a furniture store, and we just sat there talking for ages. And then I had the idea of heading to the local fabric store, and you should know, I don't usually shop for fabric with anyone else. It's sort of my little introvert retreat. Regardless, we went. And I saw the bunny fabric and she asked me what I would make with it, to which I responded with a simple "I didn't know, but I want it," and somehow, I don't remember exactly they way it went,  it all resulted in the conclusion that I would buy a half yard and I'd most likely never use it but I was going to buy it anyway and if in a year or five, I ended up making something with it, I would have to text her a picture of the thing. Well, I guess it didn't take long. It hasn't even been a year yet.


Oh and it took a grand total of 30 minutes to sew, so if you want a quick project this one's a fun one!

Hope you've been having a lovely day!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pretty Little Things // 05

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Hi guys! It's 10pm, so I know I'm a tiny bit late but in my defense I've had an insanely busy day and I somehow managed to cross a ton of things off my to-do list and it was fun, even though I was busy. I don't know if I can even explain it all. In short, I now have really good tickets to the Ed Sheeran show in May and 90% of the little black dress I'm making is done, so I'm fine and dandy. I also have other things I'm excited about, but those are a secret til further notice. Anyway, the point is I put together this week's graphic during my 8am class and then I forgot about it. And now I know I should comment on everything in detail, but I have a ballet midterm tomorrow at 8am, so I feel like I should be studying for that instead. I'll just say a few remarks. You know I love socks, especially with heels. So that's why I picked those lovely little socks. I also really like green, hence the weekender and the earrings and I like how fancy the earrings look too. The shirt is so simple ad subtly feminine, it feels Parisian to me. And the lip balm, well if that's not the prettiest color of lip balm you've ever seen in the most adorable packaging then you're probably wrong.

Love you!! I might be back tomorrow, but it's another busy day so we shall see!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Agenda Love


I always had a clear idea of what college would be like and how everything would pan out. and for the most part, I was tragically wrong.  I thought I would move out, for one. I thought my style would change drastically. I thought I'd have a large social circle and maybe meet interesting boys. I thought I'd become a "scholar," I thought I wouldn't cry much, I thought I would stick to nursing, and most frivolous of all, I knew I would have a Lilly Pulitzer agenda. I don't even know where that idea stemmed from. I don't know when I first chanced upon a Lilly planner and decided I needed it, but for the last two or three years, it was on the list.  It's funny how out of all the things I thought would happen, the latter is the only one that actually did, and as ceremoniously as I had imagined. Just picture 18-year old me sitting at a computer, ordering my agenda the first day of pre-orders. And you can just imagine my glee when it arrived.

Even though I've heard Erin Condren planners are better,  I think I'll stick with Lilly forever because they're so darn beautiful and they suit my affinity for floral patterns and little animals prints, both of which are very present in the agenda. And the issue with Erin Condren planners is that I can't find a way to justify paying $50 for a 12-month planner (that doesn't even have floral prints and little animals on it). Granted, $28 might be a tiny bit expensive, but you should consider that it's a 15-month agenda. In fact, I think what I'll do is use my Lilly agenda for the 15 months and then fill in that one planner-less period with a little agenda from May Books because I know they always have an agenda sale for New Years and then it would just be about $8, which sounds decent to me. Plus those ones are cute too. Granted, they're tiny and a tiny bit flimsy, but they're cute. You know, I don't think I could ever go back to having a black and white planner after having had a pretty one.


I wanted to make a post about my agenda, because when I was first deciding how I could organize it, I had a hard time finding really good information in one place. It was all scattered and different and frankly, it took me a good month to actually feel like I knew what I was doing. I figured it would be nice to make a post for students to be able to refer to when they first start using a planner.  And I mean if I'm going to touch the subject, I might as well be thorough. So keep in mind, there will be lots of pictures and it's a bit of a lengthy post.

Continue reading after the jump,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday Thoughts


Okay so before I even begin telling you about my weekend plans, I just have to say, wasn't last night's episode of Modern Family so insanely hilarious? Oh god, I never stopped laughing. This week has actually been really stressful for me, so it was so lovely to just sit there and laugh for a good half hour. The next couple days won't be too exciting either, I mean I have a big English paper I need to write, then next week I have midterms and then the week after that I'm off to New York. I did pick up a copy of Vogue yesterday though and I was reading it at 5am today, cause if I want actual free time I have to sacrifice sleep haha. Tonight, though, there's Grey's and the Victoria's Secret Swim Show so I'll definietly make time to watch those shows! Well anyway, I just wanted to let you know why I haven't been blogging too consistently lately, but this should just be an issue until mid-March and then I'll be on as usual. Anyway, here are the links for the week:

 - these couples took on the challenge and stared into each others eyes for four minutes.
 -  Useful tips to navigate life and find yourself.
 -  Speaking of the VS Swim Show, Karlie Kloss has given up her angel wings to attend NYU in the Fall!
 -  When opposites attract, the rich marry the poor.
 -  A brief history of birth control.
 -  Bobbi Brown products are so beautiful, but did you know, she loves wrinkles.
 -  Apparently, just being in the presence of a wax figure establishes an actual human connection, as if you were with the actual person. So weird.

Have a lovely evening!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pretty Little Things // 04


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Happy Monday! It's the start of a way busy week for me since I have exactly two weeks to finish all my homework for the next three and a half weeks. For whatever reason, my humanities teacher decided to assign a movie as homework every single day that I'm gone and I just so happen to have a big midterm paper due the Monday before I leave as well. Life is so hard. Anyway, I made a little masterpost of things I found pretty, as I always do on Mondays.

The journal, I believe would make the cutest little present to a friend who loves to write. I'd love to give it to one of of my songwriter friends. I feel like they'd appreciate it. As for the owl vase, don't tell me you don't want it. It's beautiful and whimsical and adorable with it's little ruffled collar. I think the collar makes it look sophisticated too, plus I mean it's white and gold so it would go nicely in any room. It's on sale, you know. The nail polish, on the other hand, is quite expensive. Dior's Nail Glow. I've been eyeing it for exactly one year. It's all because I saw a blog post about it last year, and she had it on and and it made her nails look such a subtle, perfect pink, so clean and classy. It's the ultimate nail polish for the spring and summer. I just have to convince myself it's worth the $27. And the shirt? It's a turtleneck. I love turtlenecks. I love that you can just tuck your hair into the neck and go on like that, looking like a supermodel. And who doesn't love black and white stripes? If I had that shirt, I'd tuck it into a pretty skirt, like the mustard one featured here, or a lovely pair of high-waisted shorts and wear it around in the spring, when it's not quite warm enough but not quite cold enough either. The lovely little skirt is a favorite of mine, mostly because I've been obsessed with shopping for floral skirts and dresses this past week. I'm just so ready for Spring, and this one caught my eye because of it's bright, bold color.

Have a wonderful day!