Monday, May 25, 2015

memorial day weekend 2015

Started off Memorial Day weekend with a dance party aka Purity Ring show in Deep Ellum. It was at a new venue called The Bomb Factory which was very spacious, dark and smelled new. I liked it. Purity Ring was great and sounded just like the babies of their recordings.
Saturday afternoon we left for Jefferson, Texas which is a small town 3 hours east of Dallas. The main attraction of Jefferson was this swamp-y wonderland called Caddo Lake. We rented a canoe and paddled around ooh-ing and aah-ing at the cypress trees and Spanish moss billowing in the wind.

Swamp Boy!
Eerily pretty amirite?
 Here's where we had dinner on Saturday night.
Jefferson is super charming and historical and any small country town that is both charming and historical I equate to Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Jefferson was definitely another Stars Hollow of the south. Here is my enjoying an old fashioned ice cream soda at the general store.
Here's the general store where in addition to my ice cream soda we purchased raspberry licorice, blueberry soda and minty soap.

Here's a pink wall I insisted taking a picture with while we were waiting for Riverport BBQ to open at 11 am Sunday morning. The BBQ was delicious and I was reminded of my favorite aspect of Southern living/culture- Southern cooking/BBQ/french fries as the only vegetable.

Jefferson was fun and Caddo Lake was unlike anywhere I've ever been. I was reminded of my fourth year Girls' Camp canoe trip in which I earned the Pocahontas award. The Spanish moss of the cyprus trees were very Grandmother Willow-y.
Today we slept in and I ran some errands. This afternoon we saw Mad Max which was pretty gnarly but very good. I recommend it if you like action movies. When we got home I made a Memorial Day dinner. It rained all day and we weren't invited to any BBQs or pool parties anyway, but I still wanted to eat Memorial Day picnic food. Above is my homemade barbecue sriracha cheeseburgers with sauteed onions, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg to make it fancy + sweet potato fries and my blueberry soda from Jefferson :)

Cheers to my first three day weekend not confined to the mall!! Hope everyone had a happy and safe Memorial Day.


Monday, May 11, 2015

monthly playlist: may


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

met gala 2015

Last night was probably my favorite night in fashion. The Meropolitan Museum of Art debuted their newest exhibit, "China: Through the Looking Glass," which explored the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion. I love the Met Ball/Gala (what do I call it?) because celebs and designers alike wear the most outrageous, beautiful couture, designers go as dates and it's an all-around feast for the eyes. These were my favorite looks from last night.

I am impressed when a guest is able to capture the theme of the evening and also be a showstopper and Rihanna did that for me in her Guo Pei masterpiece. She was definitely the most regal. Ok haters, I thought Kim and dat @$$ looked great in Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli. I think it was the feathers that did it for me. Kendall Jenner looks ravishing in her Calvin Klein Collection jeweled sheath. Honestly I crush so hard on Kendall. Homegirl is stunning and has my favorite body type in the industry.
Amanda Seyfriend played it safe in Givenchy Haute Couture but I thought she looked lovely. I didn't hate Miley in Alexander Wang. I think it was the jutting hipbones for me. Amal Amal Amal. Like seriously George who?? She blew my mind in that John Galliano for Maison Margiela.
Brie Larson, Courtney Eaton and Annabelle Wallis killed it in Dolce & Gabbana but my favorite look of the night goes to Courtney Eaton in the gold, headpiece in all. There's something about the cut of that dress, the gold disc pattern and her angelic headband that made me want it all. For me, when Anna Wintour entered the scene was when "the queen" entered. This is the Met Gala people, and she's the editor-in-chief of American Vogue. Come on. I thought she slayed in Chanel. And then Lily was too pretty for words. Another one of my favorite faces in the industry, she looked ethereal in this simple Carolina Herrera. You know I'm a sucker for ruffles and the ruffled bottom with the pale icy blue/grey and keyhole neckline was too much. Also it's Lily Aldridge.
And because I worship her and Prabal, I had to include my girl Kristen Wiig. Another really safe, borderline boring choice, I still thought she looked radiant and lovely in this pale yellow Prabal Gurung gown. 

Honorable mentions go to: Beyonce's ponytail, Alexa Chung in Erdem, Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa and Bee Shaffer in Alexander McQueen.

Monday, May 4, 2015

how to shop like a decent human being

As an employee of the retail world for almost 3 years, I have been collecting words of advice for customers and future customers on what to do and mostly what not to do when shopping at your favorite clothing store. These are bits of wisdom and advice that might come off harsh, but trust me, they are only the actions of a decent human being.
1) Someone helped you or greeted you or tried to help you. Do your best to remember who it was and assume he or she is working on commission. If you can't remember a name, describe what they look like or what they were wearing. Nothing is more frustrating than spending 45 minutes with a customer looking for sizes and offering fitting room advice and then having that customer approach the register and say no one helped them. Someone tried. If you truly go into a store and know exactly what you want and pick it up all by yourself, point to someone. Someone said hi to you when you walked in. 9 times out of 10 associates are working on commission or have sales goals they need to reach and only get credit for the sales that customers acknowledge when they get up to the register. Unless you walk in and no one greets you and every sales associate blatantly ignores you or your cries for help, someone helped you or tried. Acknowledge them.
2) If the store closes in 20 minutes or less turn around and go home. I've made it a personal rule to not enter a retail store with an hour left before closing. Why? Because they're trying to fold down the store and get everything looking nice so they can close and go home. I loved when customers came in at 8:45 PM and breathlessly said to me, "I used to work in retail so I know you guys are closing, but I'll be really quick!!!!" You used to work in retail? Then you know how annoying you are and you know how little I care that you used to work in retail. I'm pretty sure you'll be ok if you don't get a new sweater at 8:53 PM. Stop messing up our piles and wait til tomorrow.

3) I want to have the your item. I am floored when I check an item for a customer, we don't have it and then they look at me suspiciously. Like why would I lie to you? I want to sell you as much crap as possible. My job is more difficult if we don't have the item. When we say we don't have it, we actually don't have it.
4) "Can I help you find your size?" is retail code for "do not mess up that effing pile of shirts I just folded." All clothing stores have different organization and appearance standards, but usually when an associate offers to find a size for you, they just folded that pile and don't want you to mess it up. Just let us help you, please. It will save us both time and me silently cursing your existence watching you pull your medium t-shirt from the middle of my beautiful stack.

5) Keep your final sale garbage and last season trash. Don't try to return it if it's a final sale or past the 30 day or whatever policy. You're confused if you think we don't recognize stuff from last season or 4 seasons ago and we talk about you if you're the idiot who's trying to return a sweater from 3 Christmases ago. Just stop. Final sale actually means final sale. I'm sure you have returned something that was supposed to be final and whined about it to the cashier and they let you return it because we don't want to argue, but know that it was annoying and know that you were wrong.
6) We definitely talk about you in the back if you're rude, high maintenance, annoying or all of the above. We have nothing better to do and you make our lives more difficult, so of course we're going to talk about you. And please don't try and tell me you don't do the same thing at your job. Also we will point out your craziness to our co-workers and they will subtly try to avoid you. So don't be annoying because everyone will know.

7) Your 65 year old grandmother is not a student. J.Crew offers a student and teacher discount and I have never seen this more abused. The student discount is this nice thing we try to do for poor college students who can't really afford our clothes but still want to go in debt buying it. My favorite is when I ask to see someone's student ID and they wave it weirdly or cover up their face or give it to me upside down or flash it for 2 seconds. Yeah I'm gonna give it to you, but just know that you're a liar and I know you're a liar.
8) The discounts and promotions are what they are. J.Crew is always running promotions left and right and they're hard to keep track of, but usually they last a few weeks and associates get the gist of it and know what's discounted and what's not. Don't try and tell me you went to another J.Crew and they were offering 50% off sale instead of 40% and you're a student and it's also marked down even more online. Give it up already! I don't know about other clothing retailers, but I think J.Crew offers very generous sales so take what you can get and stop making up your own discounts. If you can't afford it, don't buy it.

9) Please don't make me call multiple stores and check our inventory for you $24.99 50% off final sale tshirt. What we have in the store is what we have. Yeah, we can definitely order stuff online for you, but if it's sold out online, get over it. I also love when customers tell me, "Oh I you had so many a week ago!" or something. Why didn't you buy it then? I have no sympathy for your indecisiveness. You snooze you loose, especially when it comes to J.Crew final sale. On a similar note, I am very happy to check other stores and online for any full price item we currently are out of in the store. 

10) If you don't know what 50% off an item is, go the eff home. It is astounding to me the number of people who ask me how much something is 50% off. CUT IT IN HALF. It's literally the only discount I can do in my head. Totally ask me how much 25, 30 or 40% is, but know that I'm going to get a calculator to figure it out, so maybe you could use the one on your phone because that's what it's for.
11) You are instantly the most annoying person if you're complaining about our municipal bag charge. A lot of cities in the U.S. have been adopting a bag charge to cut down on paper and plastic waste. Usually it's a 5-10 cent charge WHICH IS LITERALLY NOTHING in comparison to your probably $20 purchase. So when you complain about it I think you're 1) poor 2) hate the earth 3) the most annoying person. It's 5 cents. That's one nickel. I have 8 floating at the bottom of my purse and I want to grab it and throw it between your eyes. Also it is not cute when you say you don't want a bag, realize you're not getting a bag then ask, "oh, can I actually get a bag?" Yeah, it's 5 cents.
12) Please buy your excursion vest when we get them in the store AT THE END OF AUGUST so I don't have to call Manhattan on December 23 cuz your basic daughter needs it for Christmas. If you don't know what I'm talking about, consider yourself blessed. This vest sucks and people ask for it from October-April and we sell out around the first week of December. Oh and the herringbone one is ugly, I don't care that it's on Pinterest and you can only find it on J.Crew Factory, so go home.

13) We are human and we make mistakes. I am so so sorry that I forgot to check for your tank top because I was trying to help 16 other customers, put clothes away and cashier. There is a difference between an associate who genuinely forgets about someone versus an associate who hears a request and chooses to ignore it and I know it's impossible to tell which one, but assume it's the first one. Remember we want to help you and have your item because it makes our life easier.
I know this was long but it was necessary. There are probably 6,000 more things I could say, but these are the biggest pet peeves and annoyances for me. Also I recognize that sometimes a store has genuinely terrible service, you don't get helped and you feel ignored. I have yet to go into that store, but I totally understand that this is how you might feel about your shopping experience and in that case, I'm sorry.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

it's gonna be may

April 30 and you have no idea what I've done this month besides make fake Coachella lineups! What a travesty!

April has been a super exciting, fun, happy month for me. On the 17th Preston and I flew to Phoenix where we parted ways, he to go camping with Kev in the Grand Canyon and me to Scottsdale to celebrate Jenny's soon-to-be-ending bachelorette status. We stayed at a gorgeous Marriott resort and laid by the pool and chatted with almost 30 (?) other girls from all over the country who were connected to Jenny in some way. It was a fun, hot, relaxing time. I'm stoked for Jenny and Tim and know their wedding will be one of the grandest and most beautiful of the summer.
Before we left, Kylie and I wanted to find real, giant cacti to have a photoshoot. Granted, we didn't need to look very far cuz we were in the desert, but it was worth the drive to the middle of nowhere to pose with these majestic beauties. I love the desert!
This past weekend my childhood BFF Maren came to visit Dallas with her boyfriend Ryan. We had a blissful Saturday brunching, biking and BBQing. We also laid by the pool and did not actually BBQ, but ate BBQ, but these details did not go with the B alliteration. Between Preston and me, we have 3 bikes and were luckily able to find a bike rental stand right by our apartment so we could fulfill all of Maren's cycling dreams.
So blessed to have this beauty in my life and spend a fun weekend with her and Ryan. Also fun to reminisce on our childhood and teenage years with our significant others to laugh at us.
On Monday we went to a Texas Rangers game. My second MLB experience was almost rained out, but after a late start, the game went as planned, though much chillier than anticipated. Here's a pic of the stadium and the pretty rainbow that formed just in time for the first inning. Rangers played the Mariners and I am a Mariners fan by marriage and we won! Woo hoo!
Preston tried to surprise me with these tickets but somehow managed to get the confirmation email sent to my gmail so I knew about it weeks before but we still had a lovely time seeing Iron & Wine at the Granada Theater. Iron & Wine is one of our favorite bands and we have both seen them multiple times, but agreed that we had the best spots and time at this show. Sam did his own set but opened it up to the crowd to yell requests. It was obnoxious but cool.
I've cried at two other concerts in my life before this one. He played "16 Maybe Less" and I silently wept because of how beautiful it sounded. Honestly, as cheesy and hippie as it sounds, I live for those moments when you're so overcome with beauty and appreciation for your situation and surroundings that it brings you to tears.

I don't have a picture for it but probably the most exciting part of April was getting a new job!! I will be working as a speech therapist assistant for the Early Childhood Intervention program in Dallas. I'll be working with children aged 0-3 and helping provide speech therapy and evaluating their need for more speech before they enter preschool. I am so, so, so excited to start this job because it's actually what I got my degree in and something I am so passionate about. I start next week!!! 

I'm feeling super blessed and excited for the upcoming months and feeling ready to conquer another blazing Dallas summer I think...!!!