Friday, August 28, 2009

wrote our names in capital letters

Summer is so close to ending, it's sad. For me, summer ends on the last day of August - even though classes aren't until the 8th. Summer isn't even my favourite season - Autumn is - so it's weird that I'm so sad. I'll miss the shorts and the skirts, the free time & being alone, riding my bike down empty streets, laughing away the days with my friends.

This outfit was sort of my "farewell to the summer sun" outfit. I skipped the shoes and instead danced around barefoot in my alley. The skirt is from Urban Outfitters, I love that colour (the indigo) and I'm sort of a plaid junkie (if it's done correctly, in a non-dirty-hipster type of fashion). The top has tiny little stars on it. I don't think they really show in the photos.

I'm in the awkward stages of growing my hair out. It's such a huge, huge pain. I really want my bob back, to keep my head warm in the brisk autumn air that's bound to come soon. If anyone has tips, styles, etc. to growing a pixie out, please please please send them my way!

Well, as a continuation from the last post, I'll be doing a Q&A post soon, so if you have any questions (as many as you like & about absolutely anything!) leave them in the comments. Also, if you want to exchange blog links leave that in the comments - I'm looking for some new blogs to read as well as some new readers :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

cause I like blue eyes & august skies

This is just an outfit post, the first one for a long time! It will be image heavy - I was having way way way too much fun. I felt like a princess in the puffy dress and sparkly/gemstone-y headband! And yes, I still have the sheet up. I've been using it as a backdrop for my photos - laziness is the mother of invention!

I bought that dress in the Urban Outfitters' online sale section - only $5! The top part is totally unflattering, but I love the figure-skater cut. And the material is weird as heck. It's this stretchy, python-y stuff. Kind of like those wet look leggings (I've still not decided whether or not I like those). The back is cut super, super low and it has racerback straps. I was trying to put it on at the beach the other day and some how got tangled among the straps. It took myself & two friends to get everything sorted. Oh how embarrassing.
Those heels are grey & black oxfords are divine & so comfortable. I've worn them for hours without the slightest bit of discomfort. Unfortunately they're a size too big for me, so I must wear socks with them. But they're fairly stable & I would've felt perfectly comfortable jumping in them, had the table not been super slippery. Ah, that was mildly frightening. I fell off it, actually.
Let's see, to finish this up here...the headband was my sister's. I think she got it for prom. Terribly uncomfortable, the metal was slowly working it's way through the sides of my head into my brain. The belt is from my great-aunt. When she got too...uh...large for all of her belts, she brought them for my sister & I to play dress up with. This was when I was like 4. I found them in my dress up box under my bed a year ago and they all fit perfectly around me waist. Hurrah! And those socks...I bought them a while ago but then bought different grey over-the-knee ones & never ended up wearing these. That was the first time. I think I love them.
So, right. I'm going to go each lunch. I have only been eating dinner & ice cream at night lately because I simply haven't been hungry. Ah, I'm so hungry today though. I must eat. Oh, and I was thinking of doing a Q&A post soon, if anyone had questions. I always get asked things in the comments & then I forget to answer them. Anyways, I was thinking if anyone had questions (about anything - fashion, life, Minnesota, my camera, myself) I could answer them in some creative way (photos, video?).

Friday, August 21, 2009

la vie ne vaut rien

Last night my friends and I had an Audrey Hepburn movie marathon/ice cream fiesta. It was ridiculous. Everyone got dressed up like leading men/ladies from the studio era and everyone brought ice cream or some sort of ice cream topping. I was so full, I cannot eat ice cream for a week. Or at least another hour or two. Anyways, there's Nora & I looking like dorks with Audrey & Gregory in Roman Holiday. We hung up sheets and screened the movies from a projector. Classy. We only made it through Roman Holiday, Funny Face, and most of How To Steal a Million, however. We'll have to do it again sometime. I attempted to do my hair like Audrey's in How to Steal a Million and then I dressed like her (navy skirt, navy blazer, black flats, white blouse, white hat). It was ever so chic.
Anyways, since I was all classy & skirt-y yesterday, I decided to dress down in a pair of cut offs today. I'm so excited for autumn that I put on a blazer & over the knee socks, too. The screen/sheets were still up, so I stood on the coffee table & took some photos. I didn't wear this outfit for long enough, though. I made lunch & then decided to go on a bike ride. Anyone who bikes while wearing 4.5" heels is PSYCHO, so I put on some chucks, a navy blue shirt, and some white suspenders. Oh well.
Also, here's the song that this look was named after. It means something along the lines of "A Worthless Life" in English. I usually listen to a version by the rock band D├ęportivo, but this is the original.
Right, well my mum is stomping around being all pissy because one of our stupid cats vomitted on her bed (I really do not like cats). Note to self: check bed before sleeping tonight. And she's bugging me to put away some of my clothes that are lying on my bedroom floor. So I suppose I should go make myself useful and watch a movie. Not sure which one yet, though. Bringing Up Baby? It Happened One Night? War & Peace? By the way, has anyone bought The Sartorialist's new book? It's brilliant! Really great photos, I just wish there was a bit more text because what he has in there is really great to read.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

take me away

I haven't been sleeping very much lately. I go to bed and lay awake till 4 in the morning, even though I'm tired. It's definitely annoying, but I love the night time and just laying awake, staring up at the glow-in-the-dark stars on my ceiling. I've always had an extreme fascination with the stars and outer space. I'd never want to go up there, but I love to gaze up at it all from the ground. The planets, the constellations, the shooting stars, the moon. It's one thing you can depend on - all of that will always be there, every single night. And even though those stars on my ceiling fade away after an hour, outside my window is another world.

I hope you like the photo. It took three days of experimenting with different lighting. In the end, I took 3 photos (the window, myself, and the stars) all with different shutter speeds & f-stops, and then merged them into one. I am happy though, even if I'm not a fan of digital photography. I've been spending my nights sitting at the end of my bed staring up into the night sky.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Vicodin is my best friend

If your dentist ever suggests that you get your wisdom teeth out, just politely say "no" and then scurry on out of there. That is the best advice I could ever give you. I've become a shut-in, unrecognizable to the outside world. My face has swelled up to the size of a cantaloupe. Who knew that the simple extraction of 4 teeth would cause your eyes to swell up and your nose to flatten out? It's one thing that my neck is fat and my cheeks round and puffy, but my eyes and my nose? Why? Why? However, the pain is doable. I was told by many sources that this would be the worst day of my life. That the pain is equivalent to childbirth. But seriously, it's not that bad. Pop a Vicodin in, eat a bowl of ice cream, and then manage a 5 hour nap thanks to the medication. Somehow I've managed to sleep away...what day is it today? Has it been 4 days? I really don't know.

Either way, I've finally made it on the computer! The medication has made me so sleepy that even surfing the internet or playing The Sims would put me to sleep. I finally got around to editing some photos I took last July though. Below is one of them.

The boy is Alexandre, my exchange student. I've nearly forgotten that he was ever here - it seems like some far off dream, something that never actually occurred. The lake is Lake Superior. It's a very impressive lake because you cannot see anything but water beyond the horizon - much like the ocean. When I was little I used to wonder what was beyond. Turns out, it's just Wisconsin. The water is freezing cold, so swimming is not an option. However, it's very rocky along the shores so you can skip stones and watch the waves crash in. It's very scenic along the Duluth shoreline, which is from where this photo was taken. I loved how these photos went together, even though the subjects are very different.
Anyways, I'm off to take a nap and maybe watch a movie. I'll be updating soon, when I'm back in my proper health, with some recent purchases and some photos of inspiration for fall!
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

good enough for me & my bobby mcgee

These jeans are pretty much my favourite jeans right now. After having my legs strangled by skinnys for the past few years, it's nice to be able to kick back in some loose, soft jeans. Plus, they cost me 50 cents at a garage sale down the alley. They're a size 0 long, so besides falling down my butt if I don't have something holding them up, I have to roll them up a foot and a half to avoid them dragging on the ground.

The shirt was my sister's. It has Janis Joplin on it, who is one of my biggest heroes (yeah, I know that she OD'd, but really...who didn't?). I'm still waiting for someone to make a biopic on her. Anyways, my sister does not like Janis, so I stole the shirt (okay, she left it behind when she unofficially moved out). The shirt is totally creepy, but whatever. My father bought me a Janis Joplin CD for my birthday, but I never listen to it because she sounds so much better on vinyl.

My aunt gave me the bag for free. She was selling it in a garage sale, I told her I liked it, and so she let me have it. I bought the Greek fisherman's hat at a vintage store a few weeks ago. It was on Alexandre's & mine third trip. It brings out the Greek in me (it's only like 1/8, but it's there!). I'm also wearing the ever-trustworthy suspenders & a car necklace that I made. I still remember buying that car at a garage sale for 1 cent when I was really little. This seems to be a garage sale outfit, hmmm......

So that's the low-down on the outfit. This will be my last outfit post for a while. I get my wisdom teeth removed on Monday and I'm freaking out. I'll be doing some updates on a few things I recently bought for back to school....which reminds me, John Hughes died.

If you know anything about me, then you'll know that '80s movies are some of my favourite. I love Molly Ringwald, John Cusack, & Anthony Michael Hall. So obviously, it's quite a tragedy for the man behind Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Breakfast Club, National Lampoon's Vacation, and many others to die. In addition, he was the mastermind behind some childhood favourites such as Home Alone and Flubber. I'm still totally bummed out. Anyways, it's given me time to reflect, and I've decided that Sixteen Candles is my favourite John Hughes flick. The fashion, the love story, the comedy, the I'd-shit-twice-and-die line and clean-close-shave line hidden in the choir singing.
The runner-up would have to be Pretty in Pink. I still find her prom dress ridiculously ugly, but Duckie is a style inspiration.
Anyways, this has turned out to be pretty long. I guess I've had a lot to say. I spent the day at the beach and came home to stuff my face with nachos, so I really have nothing to say about that. The tornado sirens have been going off like crazy tonight which is sort of exciting. No tornado, though. Anyways, I'm going to go eat ice cream and watch Audrey Hepburn movies.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Don't Trust Me

I've been wanting to try out these shorts for a long time now. I broke down & bought them on UO online clearance a few months ago. I was so excited! But when I got them & put them on, the shorts were way way way too big for me, particularly around the waist. I was a bit shocked, considering that they're Cheap Monday (notorious for being cut small) and an XS. So, sadly, I stuffed them away in my closet figuring that I could either get them tailored or wait a few years when I might have slowly grown a bit wider (& hopefully taller!).

Of course I got tired of waiting, so I experimented with different forms of holding them up (belts, suspenders, tucking in extremely thick shirts) and eventually ended up with this combination. I love the blue/gold belt with the denim shirt. And denim shirts with black ties are probably one of the best combinations. Ah, I love menswear. Guys do not realize how lucky they are.
I'm already getting into the mood to go back to school shopping. This year I'll actually be able to look for things other than pants....and for pants made out of things other than khaki or black fabric. Hoorah for no more school uniform! Some of the things I'm currently looking at or for are a white BB Dakota band jacket, a dark green utility jacket, high waisted pants (not jeans!), oxfords, harem pants, and ankle boots. Minnesota gets cold pretty quickly so everything needs to be heavy duty (and nothing is, of course) for strutting around campus in.

Lately I've been ridiculously obsessed with that song "Don't Trust Me" by 3OH!3. My sister loved it when it first came out and would come over to the house and blast it. Of course I never found it appealing when she played it (who would?) but now I'm listening to it 5 or more times each day. I'm pretty sure I'm driving my mother crazy.

Anyways, I better get on with my life. I'm currently waiting for a package to come (via UPS) and for my hair to dry so I can go take an outfit photo outside before my crazy neighbour gets home & finds me further ridiculous for standing outside with a tripod taking photos of myself. I'm also supposed to go thrifting with my friend, but if she doesn't call me back I'll probably sit inside playing Sims 2 & listening to a mixture of 3OH!3/MGMT/Lissy Trullie/Coeur de Pirate/The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Nightmare of You/La Roux. What a horrid combination.