Sunday, July 31, 2011

Art Nouveau

I bought this skirt at Target yesterday while doing a little back to school shopping. It was on sale for $6. I don't have a ton of seperates and I feel I need to get a few more basic pieces like this one. I paired it with my oversized, athletic shirt (that's what they're called right?) because I just LOVE the contrast between tight and loose. Usually I create the effect with a dress that is tight on top and has a full skirt on bottom but it's kind of fun to switch it around sometimes and have a tight skirt with a loose top!
Bow: Forever21
Earings: Homemade from buttons
Shirt: Forever21
Watch: Anais
Skirt: Target
Belt: Forever21
Shoes: Rocket Dog
On a side note, I'm very dissappointed with myself that within a week of the commencement of school, my room already looks like crap!

I also thought this question in my agenda (all the high school-age ones were taken so now I have a little kid's) was rather hilarious!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Drawing Extravaganzas

For years, one of my good friends and I have been making time lapse videos where we just draw an extensive picture of something. We just made our first one in years last weekend and I just thought they were cool enough to share!

This is the first one we made on July 3, 2009, during the summer between our freshman and sophmore years of high school.

This next one was kind of a fail since we spent hours trying to figure out where to put the camera and the sun started setting in the middle of it! This was October 2009.

This one has quite the story. Ok. So, during our sophmore year of high school, my friend and I were completely obsessed with Ok Go (the treadmil and Rube Goldburg guys) and they were having some video contests at the time. We had spent all day trying to make a video where you remixed the WTF music video and failed horribly. At the same time, they were also having a France competition where the prize was tickets to their concert in Paris and the opportunity to meet the band. It had a specific disclaimer not to enter unless you could be in Paris on that date (and of course my friend and I couldn't. I didn't even have a passport let alone the money). We entered, histantly, anyway, knowing we wouldn't win, especially since our video is impossible to see in the dark. Unfortunately, we won and had to turn down the amazing prize. This video will forever haunt me as both a reminder of what could have been as well as the fact that Ok Go probably hates me now.

And this is the one we did last weekend!

Mixing Patterns

Lately, with the season premier of Project Runway approaching, Lifetime has been having extensive Project Runway marathons. Last Thurseday and this Thurseday, they showed Season 8, my favorite, with Mondo Guerra who (and I know this might be a little juvenile since he's famous for a TV show) is my favorite designer today. With somewhat of a Project Runway/Mondo Guerra overload, I've been trying to experiment with his signature genius: mixing patterns and colors. Personally, I have a lot of trouble with this and oh how I would like to be able to do it well. Today I think I did an ok job with a striped shirt, multi-polka dotted skirt, and geometrical tights. Now I just need to work on adding color into the mix rather than just a dash of turquoise eyeliner and turquoise watch.
Shirt: Forever21
Skirt: Delia*s
Tights: Target
Watch: Anais
Shoes: Converse

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Hard Edges of Baby Blue

Today my mother very indignantly commented that she preferred this dress without the belt and flowy and whimsical. Personally, I like both. I think flowy and whimsical is all nice and good but I also love the idea of mixing hard and soft. A rough black with a baby blue. A flowery bow with a chainy necklace (of Abraham Licoln of course).
Bow: Forever21
Necklace: Etsy
Dress: D. Dikate
Belt: Forever21
Tights: Target
Shoes: Euro Step
By the way, Project Runway starts Thurseday and I'm kind of bursting out of my skin to see it!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Senior Citizen

Today was my first day of school (Chandler School District starts really early since it's so rediculously hot outside) and I am a senior! I've actually been planning this outfit for a few days now. Of course, I wanted to wear the frenchiest of souvenirs I got and then I just built off of them. I think few things compliment the fun of these pants more than the king of fun himself: Mickey Mouse! I recognize that my hair and makeup aren't fantastic but I got up at 5 this morning so it's kind of expected!
Bow: Forever21
Shirt: Delia*s
Ring: Forever21
Watch (still on French time; I can't bring myself to change it): Anais
Pants: Scarlet Roos
Shoes: Converse

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ma Petite Vie en France- Part 4

This is probably the closest I came to an outfit picture in France (mostly because my outfits were simply not good, as you can probably tell from above). Anyway, it was taken in my favorite shop we visited. It was this strange antique store made of, like, a tent or something on top of a wooden foundation. It was filled to the ceiling with my favorite piece of vintage clothing: hats! There were some vintage dresses in the back room too but my host family left before I could go back there.
Probably my second closest thing to an outift picture. I was such a bad little blogger!
There was a lot of random American stuff on the clothes in France. I tried to take pictures of the majority of them that I found.
This is the last of Ma Petite Vie en France. I have more pictures from my trip on my flickr if you'd like. I start school tomorrow, by the way, so there will more likely than not be less posting than I've been having. I'll try to keep it up as much as possible though!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Self-Inflicted Heat Stroke

Here I go again, less than a week back in Arizona, and I'm already wearing rediculously warm clothes in the height of summer. That is actually a dress (with a crinoline underneath) with sweater over it. I think I almost died of a heat stroke when I took these pictures, but, thankfully, I spend the majority of my time inside so it isn't a problem. 
Headband: Forever21
Sweater: Delia*s
Belt: Forever21
Dress: Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Madden Girl

Friday, July 22, 2011

My Favorite Things: Tights

Goodness I love tights. They have enabled me to live probably two years now without a single pair of jeans. With tights, one can be just as cute and fashionable in the cold as in the heat. In my opinion, they provide equally as much warmth as jeans but allow so much more creative licence in an outfit than any jeans ever could. Dresses, skirts, shorts....everything is possible! Not only do they act as one great enabler, but they also have the magical ability to bring any outfit up to the next level. By adding a pair of tights to an outfit, it shows individuality both in the style of tights chosen as well as the way they either match or contrast the rest of the outfit. All in all, tights are absolutely amazing for really just being two little tubes of spandex!
Black tights: Target, Tye Dye: WeLoveColors, Lace: Target, Blocks: Target, Yellow: WeLoveColors, Leggings: Target

Is Minimalism a Euphemism for Laziness?

Today, I must admit, I was rather lazy with my outfit. I was thinking about simply describing it as "minimalist" or "concentrating on the little details" but I knew they were lies. 
 Bow: Forever21
Shirt: Hand Me Down
Pin: Prescott Outdoor Market
Shorts: Forever21
Shoes: Converse

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ma Petite Vie en France-Part 3

I took quite a fair amount of pictures of food in France, probably since there so famous for it, and here are a few of my favorites. I'l like to say the croque monsieur above was my first meal in France since it was so delicious but I think the first thing I ate was some kind of chicken or something (I don't quite remember I was a little overwhelmed by all the French being spoken at the dinner table), and then I had some kind of bread called brioche that morning too. BUT, that croque monsieur was the first memorable thing I ate in France so it will always have a special place in my heart!
This was a surprisingly delicious thing that the woman in my host family showed me how to make. You take a little piece of bread, put a big piece of butter on it, some salt, and then a soy bean. It had a specific name but I've kinda forgotten!
Le Fromage. We ate cheese after dinner just about every day. My favorite was the one in the middle on the left called coulommier (although I accidentally thought it was "camombear" the whole time I was there).
A couple of times, we had hot dogs and chips. They don't have hot dog bread over there so they just use baquettes and, personally, I think it's a little horrible. It's ALL bread! I ended up just eating the hot dogs by themselves!
These are either French churros or Spanish churros. I'm not quite sure, but they're definitely not the Mexican ones I was used to (or expecting!). Really, though, I thought these were better!
The baguettes we ate on Bastille Day