Thursday, September 27, 2012

she like to keep her nose runny and her waist skinny

Left to right: J.Crew t-shirt, Zara jeans, Sperrys, Michael Kors watch, Herschel backpack. Polo Ralph Lauren shirt, Zara khakis, Sperrys, MK watch, Herschel. Lost boy and girl. Dolce Vita metal cap loafers, Banana Republic jeans.

It's starting to get cold in Provo. I'm not ready. But I do like not sweating on the walk to campus. That is nice.

Last weekend was a blur. I had to work Friday night until 2 AM. Then I took a practice GRE at 9 AM, didn't take a nap, did homework and ran errands and put together my lost girl costume and partied in Sundance. My roommates threw a bomb birthday party at our friend Kate's cabin on Saturday night. The theme was Peter Pan, The Great Gatsby, Star Wars or The Wizard of Oz. People sure know how to dress up for these things. I was excited because I got to wear my fur vest (J.Crew).

I've officially quit The Awful Waffle and just in time. Midterms are approaching and the real GRE is in October. I really did like working there, but quitting has been such a relief.

I went on a mini-online shopping spree recently and am excited about my new purchases. They will be making appearances soon! (Ugh). The metal cap loafers were an impulse buy, but I'm pleased with them. I was deciding between tasseled velvet loafers and sparkly studded ones and feel like the metal caps were a good compromise. I will be content when I have a trench coat and a Peter Pan collar blouse.

Have you guys listened to the new Mumford & Sons album? It's great. My favorite song is "Ghosts That We Knew." On a less indie and more embarrassing note, I am so into G-Eazy. Lolfest. I know. He's like. Not that new. And he's a white rapper. OK I GET IT. But I listen to "Waspy" and "Mad" 10+ times a day. I just love the songs he samples and I'm a sucker for stupid raps.

Looking forward to my more chic fall wardrobe (Summer turned me into this super casual boring chick so I'm excited to remind everyone that I like clothes), cute fall dates (I don't know what this means but pumpkin spice makes anything cute) and General Conference next week!

On a final note, one of my best friends Jadyn Cherry got engaged to another dear friend, Sean McGrath last week. I'm super excited for them, especially because I feel like I played a part in Jadyn and Sean finally admitting to each other that they like each other. And by that I mean, I literally texted both of them and said, "Um can you both admit to each other that you like each other and start dating? Cool bye!" I'm so thrilled to have these special two engaged to each other and can't wait for their wedding :) :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

catch my eye i'll register a smile

This is what I wore to stake conference on Sunday. The dress is my sister's and Modcloth. The shoes are Calvin Klein. The bag is Marc by Marc Jacobs. (<--Was that annoying??? I just wanna be a fashion blogger y'all.) I love that dress because it's an unexpected color with a traditional dress. Plus dem pleats! (Get this, you don't even have to iron out the pleats. It just looks that good out of the wash. Magic right?)
This is me skateboarding after church on Sunday. This picture is deceiving because it looks like I actually moved. False. I would say I skidded around a foot. I'm not sure if I tell you what I'm wearing in this picture or not. Lying in the park that Sunday afternoon I made the firm decision that I don't want it to get cold. Yeah yeah yeah I know you're like, "BUT TIGHTS N BOOTS?!?" OVER IT. I mean my fall wardrobe is bomb and I love tights n boots too, but I'm over it in a week. Like gimme 7 days of crisp fall weather in which I am required to wear layers including a coat and then I'm done. I want summer all year long. I think I'll probably move somewhere warm.

School is fine. Classes are ok. I'm still weirded out by the fact that I'm graduating college in April. I'm taking a practice GRE this weekend. I'm quitting my job at Awful Waffle because I can't handle the hours + school + other job + fake social life. But honestly, it's a fun place to work. Oh you GUYYYS. Go try the Pumpkin Pie waffle/crepe. It's divine. That is one thing I love about fall. PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING. 
On Monday I partook in 2 of my favorite things. 1) Free yoga class at 3B Yoga with Preston. I sure do miss going to yoga class. I think because I'm surrounded by impressive yogi (hehe) I put forth more effort than if I was just doing it on my own. The only reason it was free is because we have a bunch of these passes that we haven't used. The 3B yoga studio is pritt-ay. And smells like Anthropologie. And makes me want to spend $500 at Lululemon. 2) Boba smoothie after!! There's this place. Green Panda Cafe on the way to Riverwoods. I've never tried the food but I've had 3 bobas from there and just love them. This time the man informed me you can MIX flavors. So coconut milk + mango. I want a boba smoothie all the time. Preston said I should add it to my sidebar under the "I like..." I'm definitely not going to tell you what I'm wearing in the above picture except for I did tie-dye the shirt myself.

Oh last weekend was so fun. Friday night Preston and I went to Cubby's. I could eat their tri-tip steak salad every day and be ok with it. It is better than the pork salad at Cafe Rio. THERE I SAID IT. Everyone go to Cubby's. (Also they are expanding it. Isn't that exciting?) Then Preston and I volunteered at the MTC where the missionaries practice teaching lessons. I think it's called the TRC but I have no idea what that stands for. Let me tell you. I have no connection to the MTC except for I date someone who works there. Never really had a yearning to go except for I've always been curious about where Preston works and what it looks like inside. Now I know y'all. Let me tell you it warmed my heart to walk through the halls and see all the little missionaries. These men and women are taking 1.5-2 years of their life to serve the Lord. Some of them are going to obscure countries and learning even more obscure languages. They're far from home and are just constantly learning and teaching all day long. My parents are converts and joined the church when sister missionaries knocked on my door, so missionary work is very near and dear to me. I was so touched by the pair of sisters and elders that taught us lessons. If you ever get a chance, go volunteer. It's fun and rewarding.  Then there was a great IDP that night. Then on Saturday Preston and I hung out with Alyanna and that football game happened. (BO-RING.) Then Sunday we got to hear from Elder Oaks at stake conference and play in the park and I had dinner with Jadyn and watched Freaks and Geeks at night. The end.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

3.1 phillip lim, alexander wang, tory burch, marc jacobs ss13

GUUUUYYYSSS. When was the last time I reviewed clothes??? I remember trying to in February and none of the images I wanted to use were working, but I think Style fixed it and all I've been doing at work today is Fashion Week-ing. UGH. I love clothes. I LOVE THEM. Sorry for image overload. 

Looks 1-3: 3.1 Phillip Lim- This collection? DIE. It's awesome. Reminded me of 90's grunge rock and Nirvana with the graphic tees and baggy jeans. The magenta suede motorcycle jacket? Insane. That ivory parka + her glasses? Fall. Me. Let it her be me. And that mint green frock? So dainty. I'm telling you. These Asian designers are IT.

Looks 4-5: Alexander Wang- You can't review NYFW without talking about Alexander Wang. I am not obsessed with Alexander Wang, but I do think he's impossibly cool and he IS New York fashion right now. I also put his shows in my top 10 because I feel like they're so visually stimulating. This season all I could think of was Avatar and aliens. I think it's that headpiece. There's nothing cooler than model off-duty shots and they still have the show makeup and accessories on. It's like, "You just did the Wang show didn't you?" And they're probably like, "Yeah I'm going to Marc now" and then you fall over dead. The white jacket. I want a giant parka so bad. For the 4 times a year it rains in Utah, you know? But this one would be perf. 5th look I had to include because UM THEY'RE GLOWING IN THE DARK. Bye.

Looks 6-9: Tory Burch- This show was probably the most "me" of all of the ones I'm reviewing. I would have worn everything I think. The models looked like chic pioneers that just got done frolicking through a meadow of daisies. It's that fishtail braid. I really love the polo dress silhouette that she used multiple times in that yellow look and the blue tie-dye. So simple and preppy and totes Morm-friendly! That was another thing I loved about this collection. Everything was very tasteful and lady-like. And that mustard yellow color is one of my favorite colors to wear, any time of the year.

Looks 10-14: Marc Jacobs- Stripes on stripes on stripes. 60's. Mod. Edie Sedgwick. Ruby Jean is the spitting image. I included the first look because she's not wearing pants and it looks so chic. What I've been trying to tell people all these years! All the stripes and ruffles at Marc reminded me of circus tents and clowns. This was a stark contrast from last season's garish hats and... all I can remember are the hats. Lots of crop top dress shirts, which is cool. Wish I could pull one off. Cheetah print coat. I've wanted one since sophomore year. DEM RUFFLES. This was my favorite of the ruffle looks he sent down. And then that last look is an optical illusion and I just thought that Mackenzie Drazan looked/is stunning.
 Let's get the 7 most chic people in the industry together for a cute candid pic! 
 Taylor Tomasi Hill, you are a dream. That vest trench thing? Gimme. Also dem legz. 
 I just want this t-shirt but it's probably Wang and $455. Whatever.
I like that no one actually wears jackets or blazers at Fashion Week, they just sit on their shoulders post-prom style. 

I have been suppressing the fashion bug in me for too long. I JUST LOVE CLOTHES GUYS. Like going through these spring shows makes me giddy. I'm just like INCLUDE ME IN UR WORLD PLZ FASHUN PPL. So who wants to be my photographer and document my outfits so I can break into the blog industry?? I'm not serious but I kind of am. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

labor day came and went and we shed what was left of our summer skin

Look guys, I have friends! A big group went to the Spanish Fork reservoir on Labor Day. There we are. Bye summer.
I loved this summer. Sometimes it was boring, but mostly it was perfect. I don't know if I'll ever have a summer as carefree as the one I just had and that hurts my heart. Growing up is hard to do. One of my favorite parts about summer was the books I got to read without feeling guilty that I wasn't studying. Here they are in order of when I read them:
In Cold Blood- Truman Capote
From Beirut to Jerusalem- Thomas L. Friedman
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
Steve Jobs- Walter Isaacson
Visit From the Goon Squad- Jennifer Egan
Cat's Cradle- Kurt Vonnegut
How to Win Friends and Influence People- Dale Carnegie
The Sunflower- Simon Wisenthal
Norwegian Wood- Haruki Murakami
South of the Border, West of the Sun- Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood and Steve Jobs are tied for my favorite books of the summer. I would very much like to read Murakami's entire works. His writing is beautiful. I know I said I would write reviews but I really want to take a quick nap before my class. I will share my favorite quote from South of the Border:

Because memory and sensations are so uncertain, so biased, we always rely on a certain reality- call it an alternate reality- to prove the reality of events. To what extent facts we recognize as such really are as they seem, and to what extent these are facts merely because we label them as such, is an impossible distinction to draw. Therefore in order to pin down reality as reality, we need another reality to relativize the first. Yet that other reality requires a third reality to serve as its grounding. An endless chain is created within our consciousness, and it is the maintenance of this chain which produces the sensation that we are actually here, that we ourselves exist. But something can happen to sever that chain and we are at a loss. What is real? Is reality on this side of the break in the chain? Or over there, on the other side?
I'm almost ready to transition into fall, but not quite. I think new boots and schoolbag will help ease my descent.