Friday, August 29, 2008

pitter patter goes my heart

Can we talk about the fact that NYU's free mystery concert this year is supposed to be BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE?

That is all for now. Regular blogging probably to resume once classes start, which is happening next Tuesday. For now, it's a cliche but a good one. I love New York.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Well, I've officially and finally made it.

NYU--it's such a change from the past week or so, which consisted exclusively of time spent with my family and mostly sitting on buses (or being faintly annoyed at having to take pictures at every tourist spot.) There is everything here--and so much that I've yet to discover. For now, though, it's rather quiet. I've mostly finished unpacking (except for my winter clothes, which looked so dreary in its grays and blacks and browns that I couldn't bring myself to hang them up). My parents are off to Flushing and their friend in new york and whatnot, and although they'll be in New York until tomorrow evening, I have a feeling I won't be seeing much of them for a good long time.

It all never really hit me, except perhaps last night, when our bus inched forward in the impossible traffic of the streets and I realized that finally, I'd be home. Or perhaps on the drive here this morning, I think we drove on the Brooklyn bridge, looking at the skyline and the streets of New York and feeling--anticipation, excitement, nervousness? Anything and everything, a tingling in my stomach that was so very real. Of course, the actual checking and moving in, multiple trips to Kmart to buy dorm supplies and carrying it up eleven stories in the stifling heat was slightly less fun...

I think maybe the time for sentimentalism has escaped. It was never a major moment of revelation but little moments, unexpected flashes of what I'll miss or what I'll have in the future. And for now I have only the highest hopes and expectations for the future.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

eye candy, changes and something more?

I've switched up the design for the blog a bit, just because, well, although this is still writing centric, the narrow column made it a bit difficult to post photos and videos and other highly visual delightful things. Hopefully this offers a bit more versatility and is a bit easier to read and digest and find other diversions from, as well!

And so I figured I'd test out the layout with a few delicious images and thoughts. First, in case you are not familiar with the delights of Fifi Lapin, I insist on a visit, right now. Fifi is a bunny. A highly fashionable bunny who wears coutoure on the daily (although she's been on a vintage kick lately. Still ever so stylish and adorable), her life and wardrobe is certainly one worth lusting over...Fifi in vintage:

And here she is, in off the runway Proenza Schouler. Collective sigh of admiration and jealousy.

And speaking of couture, did you know fashion's God, Mr. Karl Lagerfeld is actually a blogger. One who is sharing his advice and taste of things that are demode to the general public, because, well, Karl is great like that. Karl Lagerfeld's Guide to Life is kind of essentially reading for anyone who desires to look a fraction of the chicness Karl exhibits. Possibly without even spending millions on Chanel! Okay, well, that's probably a lie. But trust me on this--your life is going to be much improved after reading Karl's thoughts. Who would have ever thought he could be such a funny man. Hmm?

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

a letter to the future

Oh dear. How is it that I've waited, restless, convinced that the day when I would finally fly off to the other side of the country (and possibly the Rest of My Life) would never arrive, trying to do anything to make the days pass, the days that dragged on and on and seemed such a waste, and finally, to get here. Now. With five days to go...and absolutely nothing done, and everything that needs to be done!

It's a little frightening to think of it: dorm shopping, room cleaning, packing, seeing friends before the Big Departure. It's so unreal--five days is such a short time, especially with so much to accomplish and so much to look forward to! (My packet of Welcome Week activities came and it is a little bit mindblowing.)

So of course, I'm beyond excited. I love my life. I love my friends. I love everything that has happened to me and even those unhappy little moments, I love those for making the better moments seem just that much more magical. And most of all I love, love, love my future. Dear future: we've been destined to be together for so long--too long. But now, I'm a little bit, just the tinest bit worried that you're moving a bit too fast. I want to take some time off, step away, get those little tidbits that I need to accomplish accomplished so that we won't rush into this. So that we can take it slow and cherish every moment. But I guess that's not how real life works--I should have savored the lethargic moments of summer more. Well, well, no fears, no worries. I'll get it all done and do it brilliantly too!

And future? You and I are going to have an incredible time together. I can feel it in my bones, my blood, my racing brain causing sleepless nights of a billion possibilities. Future, you are happening, you are now, you are beautiful. And if there's one time in my life where I won't mind the cliches and silliness, it is now. If there's one time where I'm not afraid of grand ambitions and glorious occassions it is now. So let's celebrate.

PS--the lovely Stephanie at the Fashion Robot was sweet enough to interview me as part of her style profiles. It's rather short and sweet so give it a look if you're a bit interested in what I actually have to say about what I wear!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

august: last days, dreaming of fall, and falling in love

Today was my last day of work at Bookstar. And I could write a deep reflective essay about my times there and how I've made friends with some surprising people and had interesting experiences and whatnot, but I think this is one of those things I'll just let pass. It was certainly not a bad first paid job, and I think I will miss some of my favorite coworkers, but life goes on and a future not in retail awaits.

I've been thinking a lot. (This is not news.) I've been making lists of things I'll need for my dorm and New York, and thinking about fall/winter fashion. Yes really. Not so much runwaywise but just the things I'll be wearing personally. As in: things I already have but haven't worn in forever or never really got an occassion to wear because, well, thick wool coats and cashmere don't really do so well in San Diego weather. Even in the so called winters. And I've been doing much online window shopping. And maybe someday I'll be brave enough to bring those wardrobe photos to blog/life...I just feel so very shallow and self obsessed sometimes when I do things like that. But I guess it's nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to be scared of.

And on Friday, our computer systems at bookstar all went down. So it was a nice morning of old fashioned writing down sales on notepads and using an old fashioned knuckle breaker credit card imprinter to ring people up! It was quite something to use well, required the proper angle and leverage and a bit of wrist strength I really didn't have. It did make each transaction a little more personal though, which was nice.

Since I seem to be alternating points of interest today, this is one of my very favorite editorials and something like my dream romance summed up in photos. It makes me smile. And maybe it will do the same for you..

(via foto decadent)