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:

   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.

   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!