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Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Since it has been a while, I will give you a few more things than usual which are currently tickling my fancy:

1. Soft, summery pictorials. This photo makes want to frolic through a field, pick dandelions, and make wishes. It invokes that epitome-of-summer feeling, and embodies something that I have always held very dearly to my heart. Though the season is in full swing, I haven't taken part in many summery activities. I think it is time to take full advantage of the beautiful weather before it falls away. Excuse me as I proceed to paint a heart across my cheek....

2. Colorful, winged eyeliner, especially shimmery purple cat-eyes such as the one shown above. Purple is currently my go-to color for everything lately. It is a little bit rock star, and much more fun than basic black. Greens and blues have also been prevalent in my make-up routine lately. I always love pops of color used in unexpected ways.

3. Moon River. Undoubtedly a classic, this song -- composed by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini -- has been playing in my head for the past few weeks. If you have seen Breakfast at Tiffany's, you will know what I am talking about; if not, you need to familiarize yourself immediately. I heard Moon River most recently in an episode of Sex and the City, and for some reason it has caused a strange feeling to well up inside of me. I grow teary eyed, a little sad, and inexplicably nostalgic for something I can't quite place my finger upon...

4. The anticipation of Autumn. Yes, this is completely contradictory to number 1, but as I have mentioned before, Autumn is my favorite season. I want fiery foliage dancing in the cool breeze. I need luxe fabrics to swathe myself in when that first chill hits. I crave the indulgence of the seasonal cuisine, like squash soup, pumpkin sweets, and turkey with cranberry sauce. And more than any other facet of this season, I am most looking forward to Halloween. Always my favorite holiday, it is the ultimate game of dress-up -- and honestly, what aspiring fashionista doesn't love that? I'm sad to say that last year did not turn out so well -- with my failed attempt at channeling Marie Antoinette -- so this time I am planning ahead to make cetain that everything works out perfectly. I know it is strange to start thinking about a holiday which takes place at the end of October when it is still only July, but I am a bit obessive and I seem to enjoy torturing myself with aticipation. What is my costume of choice, you ask? I suppose we will just have to wait and see ;D

5. While we are on the topic of Autumn, I can hardly wait for all of the fabulous clothes to come. You can bet that I will be sporting lacy dresses and thick patterned tights, big boots and long sweaters, and I will be looking out for the perfect long peacoat to top off my cozy ensembles. I think my Fall style will be very dark and a bit more moody than usual this year, with an array of black and deep jewel toned pieces. Slightly gothic and victorian styles have found a place in my heart, which is odd considering my usually bright and pastel hued uniform -- and the fact that there is nary a black piece in my wardrobe. I do suppose I have always harbored an admiration towards the romance of eerie things, only I have only expressed the romantic side of this. Self-reinvention is not something that I partake in, well, ever, so this might explain the inticement toward a style that may be just a tiny bit contradictory to my own.

I'm sure that there are many more things with which I am in love, but that will have to do it for now. I can't use everything up in one post, right?


Monday, July 7, 2008

Breaking the Hiatus

I promise that there is a very good reason as to why I have not posted in a very long while. About a month ago, the internet at my current residence was turned off, therefore severely interfering with my blogging and browsing abilities. Other than that, I have had quite the busy summer thus far.

I made a trip to Portland, Oregon from the 3rd of July to the 7th for my cousin's wedding. It was an incredible trip, to say the least. I got the chance to visit with some of my most awesome relatives, all while falling in love with the gorgeous city that is Portland.

Back at home, I awaited my 19th birthday. It was a joint celebration with a friend whose birthday occurs two days before mine. The majority of people in attendance I had only met for the first time that night. It was a rather interesting time. We all met at a cool little beach with the intention of putting up a bonfire and dancing the night away. It turned out that there were no available pits, and the beach apparently had a closing time. So, with a caravan of about five full cars, we made our way to another beach. It had all of the makings of a horror flick: partying teenagers, warehouses, and railroad tracks across in a moonlit field. Yet as we crested over the hill, a giant hidden cove came into site; dotted with flames and people, it felt like I was venturing into some sort of top-secret cult meeting. The sudden urge to do a tribal dance around one of the bonfires washed over me like the gentle waves which caressed the shore. It was a perfect time, laughter mingling with the blaring music, the heat of the flames dancing in the cool, salty breeze, and the plastered smiles fixed to everyone's faces. The -- not ten minutes after our arrival --a friendly security officer kicked us out. Wonderful. The night was capped off by crashing a house party, and all ended well.

I am now currently in something of a pickle: I may soon be needing to move out of my grandfather's home. I don't know when, and I don't know how, but it is something that has been looming over my head for the past several days. Next week I am going down to Anaheim for a youth gathering with my church and friends, so it is something to look forward to. Fashion has been the last thing on my mind, but I am going to attempt to get back into the swing of things.

That's all for now, and hopefully there will be plenty of lovely stylishness to come =)