30 April 2010

Enthusiasm (ESPRIT)

Flipping through the Esprit catalogues ranging from 1984 through 1989 that I found in my basement I kept wishing I could call up and order things! It reminds me of American Apparel or United Colors of Benneton with the beautiful or exotic models, color schemes, and foray into accessories, shoes, and even bedding. Based in Hong Kong and Germany the company was originally founded in San Francisco by two hitchhikers who met, married, and sold their first line out of a VW Bus. In recent years I haven't seen much of the brand and when I do see a store I go in, but never find anything I absolutely love. I wish their newer designs had the same appeal as those in the catalogues. Like beautiful magazines filled with editorials, I want to pull them out and hang on my wall and dress up in color coordinated outfits and wild sunglasses.
"Modern Worker" 1987
Summer 1984
Esprit Mini 1987
Esprit Kids 1989

27 April 2010

A year and a day

My blog is now 1 year and 1 day old. Here are some things you may not know about this blog:
1)It stemmed originally from Really Rosy that was loosely tied to my college radio show and focused on music. My favorite post was "What Not to Wear to a Show." Half the time my inspiration for posts stemmed from things we talked about on and off the air in the studio.
2)The name of my blog is from a Francesca Lia Block story called "The Canyon". Happy, Honey, and Lark are the names of three streets in the canyon where the main character dreams of raising a family, and those are the names she wants to give her daughters.
3)I started this blog in part as an outlet to keep myself optimistic after graduating college, being unemployed, and taking Accutane. Its turned into something of a life scrapbook at this point and I love looking back to see how its evolved through reader input and been inspired by all of the amazing blogs I've gotten to read and follow this year.
Here are a few of the highlights from Year One of Happy, Honey, and Lark.
I passed all of my finals and graduated from Penn State University thanks to a healthy diet of tater tots.
A trip to Bangkok and Manila in June.
All Points West music festival in New Jersey, August 2009.
I spent whole days wandering around the Met alone while listening to Sigur Ros hoping to find some direction in life.
Roadtripped to Boston with my best friend.
I cut off all my hair and decided to make "outfit posts" more regularly.

Nearly broke my ankle in my hand me down Chloe heels.
Kicked off 2010 with white lace, champagne, and friends.
Read excellent books like "Boy Detective Fails" by Joe Meno
Lost electricity at my birthday party and celebrated by candlelight.
Started enjoying spring by riding my mom's new bike.
Thank you for reading my blog this past year. I hope that it will get better and better.

26 April 2010

In The Flowers

On Saturday afternoon I went to Old Westbury Botanical Gardens with my mom. Its the most amazing mansion with extensive flower gardens and wooded paths. Its a tiny Versaille on Long Island. I can't wait to go back and have picnics on the lawn next to the house when the roses are blooming.

24 April 2010

Twenties Girl

I recently pulled an all-nighter and with my college days (and nights) behind me, what could possibly seduce me into the eyeball crushing exhaustion of staying up all night reading?
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella.
What can I say? Her books do that to me. Every time I pick one up I need to finish it all at once even though I know the formula: Young woman in a rut- Life changing event- new man- EPIC FAIL -Discovery and revelation- Public triumph!
Though Undomestic Goddess, Can You Keep a Secret (I haven't read the Shopaholic series), and Twenties Girl are true to this the characters and stories are incredibly captivating.
Lara Lington thinks she might have lost her mind and with good reason. Her business partner has left her her to run a business she hardly knows anything about and the love of her life up dumped her, and now she's being bossed around by her recently deceased great-aunt.
Sadie Lancaster returns to haunt Lara, not as the 105 year old woman she was when she died, but as the spitfire flapper she was in 1927 with a stunning wardrobe, and shining bobbed hair. The only thing she is missing is her precious dragonfly necklace, and she can't rest in peace until she finds it.
As I said before, it follows the formula, but what I loved most about it was Sadie. She forces Lara to buy 20's clothes in vintage shops, ask handsome strangers on dates, and of course look for the necklace.
While I was reading I pictured her looking something like twenties film star Louise Brooks.

23 April 2010

Regularly scheduled blogging to resume tonight.
(I promise my pretties, I will make a post tonight! I have had the most hectic two weeks!)

19 April 2010

oodles of doodles 2.0

These are my planner doodles from 11th and 12th grade of high school. It was such an exciting time in my life, seeing bands, driving my first car, hanging out with my friends in diners all night long. Its interesting to look back and remember how I felt as I finished high school and moved on to the next chapter of my life.The scribbles are autographs of the guys from Taking Back Sunday. I went through this phase as a little kid where I was terrified of nuclear armageddon, so later when I was much older I drew an underground city for the survivors.
I have absolutely no idea what this means, it is definitely something that I drew and its on the back of a music test.
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