Tuesday, March 31, 2009
-- Radiohead (In Rainbows)
melting coffee & cig crooner
huffing he & she healing
long-limbs, lusty loose-backed
struggle, libidokempt denial
and living in your last straw: one man
down (to staying misterpreted).
Monday, March 30, 2009
My dears, how are you? The past few days for me have been consumed by textbooks, highlighters, and scratchy eyes -- yep, it's exam time. I'm always sad and grumpy when I'm cooped inside studying, especially when the weather is so nice!
A big phobia of mine is feeling chained down and not free to do what I want to do. So to de-stress and regain my personal freedom during busy times, I rely on the little things that keep me sane, like taking lots of fun study breaks (which usually involve food: Indian dinners and 2 a.m. ice cream snacks), thinking of exciting future events, and making spontaneous phone calls to my friends, just to catch up and hear about the good things that are going on in their lives. And soon enough, I feel invigorated again to hit the books.
What makes you feel "free" in stressful times? Reading interesting books? Watching cute videos on youtube?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
PS: If you're a fan of these fun illustrations, check out Daily Candy. You will love Ruben Toledo's wonderful sketches. I know I do!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Last week, I bought the perfect red lipstick. It's bold, bright, and ... kind of a big deal to wear! I usually never put much on my lips other than chapstick (which I'm addicted to) and sometimes a light gloss, so lipstick made me feel like a billion bucks: put-together, grown-up, and glamorous. My lips looked fuller and poutier than usual too (aka, awesome news!). I'm curious, my dears -- do you wear lipstick? I can't believe I just started!
Today was one of those days that drags on with work, class, and group projects... but it just made me appreciate even more, after last week's Spring Break respite, the city's wonderful energy! Even being productive and busy is enjoyable when I'm constantly surrounded by this infectious and inviting pull, despite today's non-stop rainy weather. Maybe that's why this week has been so glorious, like that first bite of chocolate or steak (yep, clearly I'm a woman and a carnivore)! Being back has skyrocketed my optimism and happiness as of late, and I feel so grateful to be where I am. Right here.
Anyway, ending the tangent -- after I finished all of my work around 9pm, I had dinner at Friend House (one of my favorite places to eat Japanese food) and devoured a delicious combination of sushi, seaweed salad, and miso soup (stealing a few morsels from my dinner companions Perry and Dan -- I was so hungry!). Later, we caught up with more of our friends, and continued to hang out until midnight, listening to music, sipping a delicious combination of gin and pomegranate juice (so yum!) and reading poetry -- yes, I'm serious, poetry reading! Such a relaxing, fun night!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
in the tub, you are
a sea star dozing sweetly
in sudsy waves of aqua and,
lavender; a mermaid strangely,
liberated; a strand of coral swaying to
beats of soft jazz, your chin bobbing up
like a buoy among the bubbles, & down
with the flicker of one big red candle;
hair drifting like lilypads and empty
thoughts, you dwell like rain in the
warmth of water, sinking
ever so slowly…
Because I go to business school, I own a couple suits -- a few blazers, pencil skirts, and slacks in sets of navy, cream, and lots of black. The thing is, I hate dressing so conservatively and try to avoid wearing suits as much as possible. But what I've recently realized is that men love the look of a woman in a business suit. They think it's powerful and sexy -- frankly, they go nuts!
Well! What an interesting concept, right?! You dress in your cutest, girliest outfits, but it's the boring black suit that they go crazy for. Go figure. But now that I know this, I find myself standing straighter and feeling more confident and comfortable in a suit. I'm definitely learning how to work it, how to own the look. It's a win-win!
My dolls, do you feel sexy in a business suit? (A pair of high heels definitely helps.) And guys, do you agree with my friends and love a woman in a suit?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
What an awesome day! Sometimes, you just wake up with the best attitude and good things happen. I debuted my quirky blue wedges with black tights (because even though it's officially Spring, it was cold!), accepted a summer internship offer for marketing at Johnson & Johnson and met up with Perry and friends at Cafe Reggio for a delicious dinner of icecream, yogurt, strawberries, and cappuccinos -- a silly mix, right? You could say I have a sweet tooth. How was your Tuesday? Did you indulge in anything yummy like me?
Other sweet news: Topshop is opening April 2nd! Will you go check it out? My friends from Philly have already planned their weekends up to visit me, but mostly shop! (And I don't blame them.)
Monday, March 23, 2009
On a sidenote:
- NYMag article on Little Boots! As you know, I love her!
- Lauren Conrad's fashion line is dissolved. Thoughts?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
How adorably Parisian Suri looks! Stripes, polka-dots, patent shoes, and leggings! Mother and daughter complement each other quite nicely in their blues and whites. They're a striking pair, don't you think? So pretty.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
This art student's beautiful desk. Love the flowers.
A more natural look at the Eiffel tower. I like this less-glamorized version better.
To remind us to dress for our own happiness.
... and to love fully and wholly.
I love neat, cute little trinkets: tiny notebooks, postcards, boxes to hold secret things... artsy clutter!
And this combination: wide door-like windows, delicate little gates (what are those things called?) and that egg-shell blue... just perfect.
Proof that there can be a classy, lovely picture of the morning after. So sweet.
Also sweet: hot chocolate, with a snowflake and an etching of a crown! Fabulous!
(first and last photo by krisatomic, the rest are various)
Thursday, March 19, 2009
And some eccentric pieces in turquoise:
(Photos via Bag, Borrow, and Steal, and Shop Style)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Cleaning pineapple remains
is a solemn task on such a day,
though its prickly crown retains
its usual, timeless grandeur
even in an unnatural habitat.
My hands on the kitchen sink,
I am filled with discomforting
awareness. There, it sits silently
resplendent under the lamp's dull
glow, like a true Queen Mab
of dreams, more terrifying and
beautiful than any other conceivable
headdress; the graceful owner,
one whom I hardly knew.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
But (and here it gets uncomfortably personal) -- after consumption, I never feel quite so good. Don't get me wrong, the preparing, mixing, and eating parts are great! Lots of finger-licking deliciousness. It's just afterwards, my skin feels a little itchy and I get a bit queasy and... (ahem) gasy. So yes, I get sick -- could I be allergic? I can't imagine giving up my one true culinary talent and favorite food! So there, I said it. Out in the open. Just like any other relationship, my guacamole and I have its ups and downs. But, no big deal -- it's love!
And of course, Lady Gaga always helps set the tone. Girl is fierce!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Yet Spring Break will inevitably be about pleasure too. And it should be! I love indulging in the little things that make me feel good, like taking bubble baths (with the best playlist ever: classical and dance-pop) and purchasing (at 30% off!) this gorgeous pair of Nine West wedges I've been obsessing over for awhile. Early birthday present? I'm excited to wear these sandals when the weather is warmer (or just pair it with some black tights for a winter-chic look).
My friends, what do you love to do in your downtime? Have you indulged in some retail therapy lately?
(photos via piperlime)
Friday, March 13, 2009
(photo via style.com, by Mark Borthwick)