Sunday, May 31, 2009
This is my 300th post! It's incredible looking back at the many thoughts I've poured into this blog -- little and big, serious and frivolous, fun and heartfelt. I love sharing with you my passions, inspirations, and (many) opinions. Thank you, my dears, for reading and being a part of this piece of my life. :)
Trees can only grow so tall
in a graveyard of saps because
learning how to love
the snow and cherish
hail is a lonely thing.
Many never make it through stormy
weather; survivors always lose
in the wisdom of living
another year of growing
solitude. The most beautiful sight
is a sap in Spring, birthed in
old soil. Later, they join
the other trees who shed
their leaves in remembrance.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Honestly, guys have it so easy sometimes. We ladies have to worry about things like panty lines, stretchy fabrics, and strangely placed slits. (See above: what the heck?) While women have been crushing that corporate glass ceiling for decades now, we still have to keep our femininity in check at work. But we've come a long way since the days our moms donned boxy blazers and baggy pants to blend in a male-dominated office! Nowadays, thank goodness, we have options!
Friday, May 29, 2009
I love driving to/from work because I get to listen to awesome, feel-good music. This Five for Fighting song came up, and gosh, it's a heart-tugger! (And the video is lovely.) I may have gotten a little teary eyed in the car... Okay, so I'm a sap. Give me any cheesy song on love and life, and I will totally dig it. ("Love Story," anyone?)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
staring at me in the shower,
asking to be the mint
to my chocolate chip
while I stomp in slingbacks
on wrings of generic brand
paper towels shaped in
the wings of dragonflies
that do not move ever.
Eight billion invisible
spider eyes scare me to
blinding or drowning.
I wish I were not so green
with paranoia, or shy about
the seasick in my own hair...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
like eyelashes entwined
like string cheese unraveling
like a bloom of black eyes
or tulle skirts in a likable breeze,
likely free and translucent
like my first white hair:
open like a blank canvas
and bare like a newborn
to an unlikely mother
with an artist’s eye like
an outstretched hand, likely
holding a doll.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
These are the freaking black leather wedge boots that I've been looking for!!! And talking about for the longest time! (See here and here.) Where can I find you, pretty boots?
PS: Will you be hitting up the Memorial Day sales tomorrow?
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
My new laptop wallpaper -- isn't it colorful? I've had this artist's desk as my background for so long, I thought it was time for a change. (My wake-up technique is looking at bright things... always works!) If only I could remember where I found it to give the photographer credit... But it's very lovely, don't you think?
Edit: Found it! It was taken by Abby.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
First of all, I want those shoes. (I've been looking for nude satin pumps for ages!) Secondly, how hilarious is Brad Pitt's expression? I can just imagine him saying, "Yea, I know -- my Baby Mama's on fire!" Oh Brangelina... I wish I were at the film festival too!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
What a pretty yellow dress! Isn't it super unique, with its one-shoulder detail, ruffles, and banded waist? I know for a fact this would make me look taller. (Sorry, blame a short girl's intuition...) Also, I am silk obsessed -- silk dresses are too awesome for words. They make me feel like I'm wearing nothing!
PS: Check out this cool closet layout. It's probably a hotel closet, but I think I would prefer hanging my clothes this way...
PPS: Awesome portrait. And more flowers (I am becoming my garden-obsessed mother, oh God)!
unfeeling our feelings from pills
at night we put our eyes in a case
as often as a girl sleeps with man
like stale words fed by machine
mistakenly lips collide with needle
while you grow your hair from a can
our babies arrived not by stork
but the personalization of science.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Next up, I'm hoping to finish White Teeth by Zadie Smith and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver. What are you guys reading these days? Do you like to read before going to bed like me? :)
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Cute couple and sweet balloons! I think both color and black & white work so well, but my favorite's the first... I like seeing the different-colored balloons, the blue sky, and the groom's tan suit. Dreamy!
Monday, May 11, 2009
This is one helluva stunning picture! I love everything about each of these ladies' outfits, from Kate's silky blouse to Stella's and Liv's delicate lace. Talk about modern day bombshells! Stylish friends are the best -- meet two of mine!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
My family is planning on painting our kitchen and living room this summer. Some homes have color themes, but we're pretty eccentric in our tastes. Right now, our dining room is magenta, my sister's room is bubblegum pink, our other living room is yellow, and my parents' room is a distinguished gray-green. Only my room is white. (I know, so boring.) But since I'm home, I think I'm going to paint it this summer! Right now, I'm liking blue -- but there are so many shades! Any recommendations? Do you have a colorful room?
- She works out every day (I know, she's a superwoman!)
- She is gracefully, naturally stylish
- She drives better than my Dad (defying stereotypes!)
- She's the best cook ever
- She introduced me to high heels in middle school (and I've been rockin' them ever since!)
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Also, a personal observation: luggage is a priority investment! I had only two suitcases, so when those were filled, I was forced to dump the rest of my stuff in huge trash/laundry bags. Not very chic. I need to go luggage shopping pronto (for Europe in the Fall)! Some inspiration: this Samsonite McQueen traveler bag for my business suits. Classy!
PS: A summer back home in the 'burbs of Philly means trying new things. My friend Amy and I are planning to try Bikram yoga -- a major step up from my sporadic yoga trips. I'm excited! (And kinda scared...)
Friday, May 8, 2009
For the two and a half weeks I was a disabled person (well, healing from a sprained ankle), I couldn't wear heels. So I trudged on (bravely) with my cast and a pair of bright pink PF Flyers, borrowed from my roommate. I thought I looked like a little kid, but you will not believe how many compliments I'd received, how many whistles from strange men! I'm a heels woman through and through -- I wear them pretty much every day. But now I find myself borrowing those PF Flyers again and again. Maybe I look like a nicer, more down to earth person? Or maybe guys just like girls who seem vulnerable (and clearly clumsy)? I'll never know... but I'm looking for my own pair now! :)
Pros are, it's compact and light with a long life expectancy, and I would look really cool toting around a cute little Macbook (I know, so vain). Also, the aluminum design is so sleek, though I probably won't chalk up $300 extra for the newest style. Cons: I'm not at all Mac savvy (repeat: not at all) and need almost every PC function for schoolwork. Also, would it be wise to take a new laptop abroad? But then again... it wouldn't be smart to bring my old one and have it fizzle out in the middle of the term, right? What should I do? Help!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
(photos via gilt)
Want to check out Gilt's sample sales? Here's an invite!