29 November 2009

walk around this town like we own the streets (brand new 11.28.09)

Patiently waiting, Bethania, LK, me
Saturday night I saw Brand New for the third time with Bethania & LK.
Here's the thing about Brand New, they have this pop-punk-emo stigma from the early 00's that they can't shake. Regardless of the fact that their only "emo" album was their first (Your Favorite Weapon), and since then they have only gotten darker and more experimental.
Let's consider the first two albums, Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu, "old" and the most recent two, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me and Daisy, "new." The old songs have a sing-along (or scream-along) quality whereas the newer stuff is really for listening, considering and appreciating.
Perhaps my hopes were too high. They really focused on promoting Daisy, which I get. But this was a hometown crowd and it would have been nice to sing along to more than two songs. When they closed with "Seventy Times 7" and immediately started tearing down the stage, I was shaking with pent up energy.
What do to with extra energy?
Go to the local bar and play all the Brand New songs you wish you heard, alienating everyone and dancing like a maniac.
Oh, and here's what I wore
Piko1988 dress, Dolce Vita boots and I swear I have other shoes these are just comfy

pale pink pt. 2

Gap princess sleeve shirt, Silence & Noise skirt, H&M tights, Target fleece lined flats

pale pink

27 November 2009

if love actually and pump up the volume had drunken sex on a boat

On Wednesday night my boyfriend and I went to see Pirate Radio (I heard about it through Jayne). We religiously watch Little Britain, the original Office, and Love Actually is one of my favorite movies (which many of Pirate Radio's cast starred in) so we had some pretty high expectations.
This movie was brilliant. The thin sub plots of a boy coming of age and finding his father, an aging DJ realizing he might not be as cool as he thinks, and a sweet dork looking for his true love; come together and reveal that the most important thing is the music.
The sets and costumes were literally enough to make me cry. I wish that I could have been a DJ on a boat in England, in the mid-sixties. It makes the radio show I did at school look pitifully tame.

Oh and P.S., here's what I wore;
Red old navy coat that needs to be ironed, UO tee shirt from 5 or 6 years ago, Express sweater, F21 skirt, Dolce Vita boots

velvet details

This Anna Sui dress was calling to me. The velvet details, delicate pattern, and puffed sleeves. I just didn't have $590 to spend on it. When I went shopping on Sunday in Queens, I picked this dress up at a vintage shop and it completely satiated my need.

24 November 2009


Gap shirt, UO Urban Renewal skirt, oldest tights ever, converse, MbyMJ bag from Manila
When I go shopping I like to be comfortable, so I wear sneakers. Even if I look a little silly.
I don't want to have to be half naked if I want to try on skirts, shirts, or pants, so I don't wear dresses.
Some would say a button down is less convenient than a tee shirt, I disagree. Its easier to yank something over your head a million times in a dressing room if you can loosen the opening as much as you choose.
I got some really nice stuff that I can't wait to wear and show you!

21 November 2009


dear st. nick

Dear St. Nicholas (or do you prefer Santa?),
Would Mrs. Claus mind if the elves made me a pair of boots just like hers? I don't think she will have to worry about us bumping in to each other wearing them, so she might not even need to know. I've been a very good girl this year. Promise. I wear a US 8.
Jefferey Campbell Lillehammer booties from modcloth

how i feel this very moment

20 November 2009

in the backyard

Vintage puffer vest, vintage wool blazer, CK belt, Marc jacobs bag, Urban renewal skirt, Gap shirt, Dolce Vita boots
I've had an epiphany: I don't want to be a journalist.
So good thing I figured that out after I finished college.
I'm going back to school...*insert Adam Sandler as Billy Madison singing*
Also, I'm not sure if its my camera, computer screen, my eyes or what but do my pictures have kind of an un-clear quality to them?
**edit: I think it might be the compression to the photos. does anyone know how to make them less compressed?
***edit: I think I figured out the problem

15 November 2009

sunday sun

Haven't got a lot to learn
And my eyes they stray again
Looking for a satellite
In the rays of heaven again

There's no other ending
Sunday sun
Yesterday is ending
Sunday sun
vintage hat, target shirt, delia*s skirt circa 2001, dolce vita boots
A little hope, a little Beck. Sunday means tomorrow you'll have a mean case of the Monday's. It also means a new week, a fresh start, putting yesterday away. This is what my Sunday looked like.

Baked salmon (college style)

1 1/2 tablespoons of Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard*
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 (6-ounce each) salmon fillets
olive oil
*Whatever is lying around after Saturday's game usually works too. I've done this with a variety of French's and Wal-Mart brand mustards and it tastes just as delicious.

1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350°F (176.6°C--I think)
2. Mix 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons of Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard and 3 Tablespoons of mayonnaise.
3. Season with salt and pepper. ( Jane's Crazy Mixed Up Salt is my all time favorite seasoning for just about every food)
4. Spread mixture on top of each fillet.
5. Pour olive oil on aluminum foil and a little on top of each fillet.
6. Loosely wrap the foil and place on baking tray of the toaster oven.
7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

As a side dish I made Basmati rice with vegetable broth
and mashed turnips

It was delicious!

14 November 2009

Saturday errands

BP sweater, Hurley dress, Blowfish boots

I really need to find a better place to take pictures.
Also, I've been really into patterns lately, but have not yet taken the leap into mixing patterns. Maybe soon. This one in particular reminds me of the heat and sun in Arizona. That's probably why I pulled it out of my closet on this dreary Saturday.

11 November 2009

Interstate 80

There's something peaceful about Interstate 80, as it stretches straight across New Jersey and through Pennsylvania. It runs like a needle and thread through fabric, cutting across the folds of the hills. Mountains gashed into sheer rock faces by human force to create this thoroughfare connecting the small towns and big cities.
During my four years at school I made the drive in every season, but late fall is my favorite. The last leaves clinging to the trees, and muted colors below a swirling grey and blue sky. I especially love to be alone when I make this trip when daydreams turn into plans, and plans give me something to look forward to.
There's no skirting around the subject; I feel completely useless. I'm working two jobs I'm not interested in, living at home, feeling restless. The long hours of solitary driving gave me a chance to sort that out and maybe what I can do to change it.

Little list

I took this quiz from Niotilfem's, Sandra, and translated it the best I could from Swedish to English. The instructions are to fill out the answers with just one word. I'm going to add a picture, because it lends 1,000 words or more.
If you fill it out, let me know so I can read yours.
where in the world would you most like to be right now?
Pattee Library
who would you be if you had to be a completely different person?
Sofia Coppola
what capacity would you like that you possessed?
in which color is your dream house painted?
what is the most beautiful name you know?
what is the best word in existence?
what is the most important thing you want to do before you die? Live.
what is your absolute favorite story?
Pride and Prejudice
if you only had to eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
tater tots
if you only had to dress in a color the rest of your life what would you choose?
pale pink
if you just had to see a single film in the rest of your life what would you choose?
The Wizard of Oz

if you could buy a single thing, what would it be?
Nikon D90
what is the most beautiful language?
what book is on your bedside table right now?
what season do you like best?
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