Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
some Urban Outfitters UK boots
Unique markets is one answer. I understand every company should be cognizant of varying international consumer demands and tweak product lines accordingly (for example, McDonald's menus are different in China compared to US counterparts). But why the need to completely differentiate product selections when US and UK style demands are so similar? Who doesn't want quality, variety, and fantastic price? Not Brits and Yankees!
We all know things cost more in Europe. But I don't understand why the exact same wedge boots I bought from UO US cost $48 (its current price now), but are £120, or almost $200, on the UK website! Sorry Urban Outfitters, your on sale We Who See boots are the same product as your Faryl Robins, name change or no. As a Brit might say, "I'm not that daft."
So you slipped up, Urban Outfitters. There are some products in common between the two websites after all! But why are these knit booties £75.00 in the UK and (under pseudonym) $58 in the US? And these oxford wedges a whopping £170.00 in the UK when they're on sale for $99 in America? Why isn't product pricing standard all around?
I just don't get it, Urban Outfitters. Do you double European prices because customers are intimidated by international shipping fees and don't do their research anyway? Do you offer an expensive UK product line in order to conceal a thriftier American alternative? Do you change the names (and prices) of exact same products because we don't pay attention?
Tell me there's another reason. Every relationship -- boyfriend-girlfriend, consumer-corporation -- is built upon a foundation of trust. If I can't trust that you won't cheat me of my hardearned cash (because this name changing thing is bullshit), how can we continue this relationship? I think my British girlfriends would agree: we'd rather buy our shoes elsewhere.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
While packing (3 days left!), I felt the urge to revisit the BCBG Max Azria Spring 2008 collection. What can I say? I love clever draping, feminine silhouettes, and layering dresses with tees. (Because turning something formal into casual is fun!) The latter is my usual seasonal transition plan. Add some opaque tights and smart shoes, and we're ready to roll. Bring on autumn!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
(for Samson, hair really was life. via flickr.)
"I’m always unbearable with my hairdressers the first time. But hear me out: They are all potentially about to ruin my life." -- Garance Dore
Saturday, August 22, 2009
And to my dear Jeffrey McDaniel. I still read Endarkenment, it's my favorite poetic autobiography. I especially love your kiss poem, though the others are just as wonderful and earnest. Thanks for reminding me that I need to look inside myself to write. xo
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I like comfy and vintage-y furnishings, mixing antiques and modern pieces, and the color white. Proof? My night stand, which I love. What's your home decor style?
It probably has nothing to do with hanging shoes on the wall, but this picture makes an abstract art-loving girl smile! :)
photos via etc
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
"'The Honest Scrap' award is not one to hold all to yourself but it must be shared! The recipient has to tell 10 true things about themselves in their blog that no one else knows. The recipient has to pass along this prestigious award to 10 more bloggers."
- I'm spending my next spring break in either Buenos Aires, Budapest, or Singapore (as part of a class trip), and I find out where soon!
- My favorite places to shop are vintage, thrift, and antique stores. Especially this one.
- I am a champion hula-hooper. I've won contests and prizes... yeah, seriously!
- I feel weird if I don't eat fruit every day. I love fruit.
- I also love my three M's: magazines, museums, and mail.
- I am unreasonably flexible. I never took ballet, but I can do a split!
- I adore exotic foods (Ethiopian, Indian, yum!), but I will never refuse a good burger.
- I'm very passionate about entrepreneurship, so I'm very proud of my friends here, here, and here.
- I'm an adrenaline junkie -- rollercoasters, hang-gliding, sky-diving, sign me up!
- I leave for a semester abroad in Prague... in 9 days!!!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
This tiny, but powerful Canon nicely captured my love for color, although I do love a black and white contrast here and there:
As I was learning all the technical knick-knacks, I snapped a few shots of "the girls" -- my mother (who looks stunning at 47), my sister, and me -- just as the sun prepared to set.
Oh, I love my camera!
Saturday, August 15, 2009
You know how some mothers-to-be find themselves "nesting" before their baby arrives? Well, that's me, and my baby's name is
At first, I obediently followed my must-buy list, stocking up on necessities like v-neck white T-shirts, thick winter socks and tights, Havianas flip flops that were half off, and a laptop case + mouse combo for my new Sony Viao.
But then I found the perfect retro one-piece bathing suit at the perfect price. And these very on-sale bowtie canvas wedges. And the Sex & The City movie for only $6. And a stack of pretty cards with birds and flowers on them. And an adorable, teeny yellow saddle bag. And new earphones. And a Liz Claiborne wallet (because I really, really need a new one). And finally some strawberry kiwi tealights, 'cause they smelled so yummy.
Ahhh! I felt so guilty carrying my loot home. My whole plan this summer was to save, save, save so I can travel as much as possible in
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
a view from Machova (my future residence hall!)
The Charles Bridge, one of the most romantic landmarks
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
DKNY, welcome to the ranks of Guess, Calvin Klein, Burberry, and Marc Jacobs (AKA, my picks for campaigns that are always spot on)! Thanks for going back to your roots and understanding that strength comes in numbers (of models in amazing outfits, I mean). I dig all the designs. I'd wear every single one.
Monday, August 10, 2009
via ms. muse
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Wouldn't we all be a little kinder and more empathetic if we asked ourselves this more often? I know I would. :)
(video and photo via the English Muse)