Friday, May 27, 2011

college visit.

Today my folks and I went on downtown and visited one of my top choices, Vandy. I've been to the gym down there several times, but I've never visited the dorms and the buildings where classes are held. I'd always fancied that I'd love to visit somewhere that reminds me of Hogwarts: infinitely old, academic, forbidding... there were eight libraries on campus. I thought I'd died and gone home to Jesus.

Something I found really interesting was that Vanderbilt grows every tree native to TN on its campus. The place was absolutely sloppy with trees; beautiful broad leaved magnolias and droopy branched trees and old, angry barked trees, and neat, prim trimmed trees. There were more squirrels there than students, I'm sure.
No cicadas to bother us, though! They only like the sunshine, and today the sky was a bit overcast. They were lying around everywhere on the ground. But I think some elderly couple didn't realize that, because the lady screamed and tripped. FUNNY!

I also enjoyed that although it seems very private and quiet when you're walking around campus, Nashville is really just a couple minutes away. You might turn and suddenly find yourself facing the street--- where you can walk to cafes and bookstores galore.

I could tell than the place was founded in the late 19th century; the whole redone Gothic architecture of the "Gilded Age" was very telling, and overwhelming. I felt a strong sense of academia there, but I wasn't uncomfortable. If anything, I'm probably more comfortable in a place with frowning doors and tudor windows than a geometric box shaped school. It was lovely to look around and try to picture myself there... shuffling to class, napping on the lawn, or doing research in one of their MANY libraries.

We actually ended up getting lost on that massive campus, haha. I didn't really mind, since I was happy just roaming the grassy fields and walking the stone walkways. But my folks were getting hungry (LAME), so we went to get Mellow Mushroom for lunch, YUM!

Later in the day my mom and I finished some shopping for my trip-- I'm leaving Sunday!! I may do a packing post tomorrow :]
Then Pop and I drove down in his new Pontiac Solstice to the local car show. 
Both of my folks are a bit sentimental right now, since I'll be gone so much this summer. How sweet.

All in all, today was lovely. Productive, and the weather was fine. 

adieu, adieu!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

CHOMP! CHOMP! Food for Thought.

"Finishing a book is just like you took a child out back and shot it."
--Truman Capote

  • 20th century American novelist
  • most famous for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958)
  • openly homosexual
  • VERY distinctive voice (nasaly) 
  • alcoholic
  • His last novel, In Cold Blood (1966; true crime), "ruined him"
  • his troubled childhood helped him to relate to one of the murderers in In Cold Blood, Perry Smith
  • he despised Jacqueline Kennedy and publicly ridiculed her
  • his best friend was Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird
  • watch a trailer of the movie Capote here

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

slouchy dress.

dress: thrifted
shoes: ross
headband: icing
clutch: icing

Hello, all! Today I took two of my exams; tomorrow I finish the year with an easy cheesey history exam, and then I'm free free free! Right now, I'm watching Dancing with the Stars finale, woot! Who's your favorite?
This outfit is actually what I wore yesterday. The day started out rainy and dark, so I had this plus some rain boots and my hair down, but when I went out to lunch, it was soo hot that I had to change shoes and pull my hair back. I'm realizing that I tend to gravitate toward dresses with free waists...probably because I like to eat. Oh! One other thing: this fall I'm planning to open my own etsy shop, and this dress will be up for sale, I think :] I think I'll be doing shoots with my models starting in July. So exciting!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

pretty, pretty.

Happy Saturday, all! Today's been lovely; I went out to China Buffet for lunch with my little brother, then spent the rest of it lost in Cleopatra, by Margaret George. I'm thinking later I'll go watch the Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra; maybe I'll run around tomorrow with white robes and too much mascara. :]
BTW-- Haley Reinhart getting booted off American Idol: TOTALLY ABSURD. She was easily the best, and I would totally listen to her listen to her listen to her listen to her listen to her outside of the show, unlike most of the other winners.

Some pretty things, enjoy!

Prettiest ginger bride ever.
Pretty mess.
Undeniably pretty, but it's the absolute wrong season.

This too, ha.
Such a Cinderella shoe!
Prettiest little room.
oh pretty Leonardo, pretty sure I'd be willing to oblige.

adieu, adieu

Friday, May 20, 2011

simple sparkle.

white pants: forever21
blue cardigan: target
glitter tank: ?
gladiators: ross
bag: target

Today's post is short, guys.
IT'S FRIDAY! Ah. Weekend. I feel like crawling under the covers and napping for about four days. It's only 8:00pm, and both my brother and my mom are asleep. Tomorrow, I'm skipping a graduation ceremony to stay home, sleep in, and study until my brain deflates. Next Tuesday, I take a Latin IV exam, which covers Dante's Inferno, and a Trigonometry exam. Wednesday, I take my World History Exam. Daunting!
(Speaking of the Inferno, I highly recommend it.)

adieu, adieu

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Hello, hello, hello! I'm back, and I'm glad. Today was a nice day; the weather was warm, sultry, and the sky opened up. Added bonus: I went out to lunch with the pals, where we thought up senior prank ideas for next year. (And we made fun of an unidentified school whose seniors ruined the gym floor by dumping baby powder and syrup all over it. FAIL!)

cardigan: old navy
skirt: ?
shoes: target
bag: thrifted

Oh my goodness, I am absolutely in LOVE with my new shoes. They're comfortable, unlike my other heels, and I wish I could wear them everyday! My feet felt sexy all day.
I was also inspired by the looks that Nicole Kidman wore in the new Bewitched, especially the sweet little tutu she wore for her date with Will Ferrel. I've hunted all over the place for a tutu like hers, but until I find one, this skirt will do.

In other news, I MAY COME OUT OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR WITH MY 4.0! I thought Trigonometry was going to be the end of me. Just gotta ace this exam next week, and I'm freeee.

"I'd be happy to adore him from a distance
But knowing he adores me from a distance
makes this hard, and it's slow
longing for just one more moment
knowing he has to go"
--"Stolen," Julie Moffitt
this lovely piano song has been in my head for several hours.

adieu, adieu

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A quick update on me.

Sorry I haven't been posting my outfits; it's been weird weather, and not much peace has visited me this week. The year is almost over, but I'm trying to hang on by the skin of my teeth to my motivation.

I hope to get back to doing outfits by the end of the week...hang on guys!

CHOMP! CHOMP! Food for Thought.


"By three methods we may learn wisdom: 
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest."

  • Chinese philosopher who lived between 551 BCE and 479 BCE
  • notoriously ugly, even in his own day
  • may or may not have been the illegitimate child of an ancient warrior
  • NOT the docile old man we think of, but a grumpy fart, like many great men
  • devoted his life to his students; taught in a mountain setting
  • believed in social hierarchy and order and obedience above all
  • sought his whole life for a worthy leader of men to serve, and never found him
  • his ideas are the foundation for Chinese society, as well as many other Asian cultures
adieu, adieu

Sunday, May 15, 2011

book review: the conqueror, georgette heyer

Goodness, this novel was FULL. Full in character analysis, in the history of the period, rich with detail and humor, and clever in its perception of politics in the early medieval period. Georgette Heyer is a giant among historical novelists, and this is the first I have read of her. She is famous for her Regency romances, but this epic is also a masterpiece of literature.
Mind you, this novel is not for someone who cannot read battles and quickly catch the tenor of a period. It is not, by any means, a beach read, an easy read; but it is rewarding in its scale.
I had thought it would center around William and Matilda's romance, but it covers William's rise to the throne of England through several channels. Central to the novel is Raoul, his faithful knight, and the moral epitome of the story. Raoul is the white knight, the Arthurian ideal character, but William is pragmatic, even Machiavellian in his moves. William is not a likeable character in the way that Raoul is, but William commands respect and admiration in his cunning and fortitude.
I am deeply impressed with Heyer's writing, now that I have had a sampling, and I heartily recommend this to a serious reader of history.

pale as a ghost.

People ask me all the time why I'm afraid of tanning. I am half-Asian, so tanning should be easy for me, and it is; I don't burn. But still, I prefer my paleness. Why?


summer does not mean we all have to be orange!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

everything's coming up rosey.

Today I decided to take it pretty easy. The sweater is a thin little thing that I LOVE: it is so comfortable. I broke out the shorts too, since I don't get to wear them often (shorts are forbidden at my school). My hair went up for a change. So, that's my outfit in a nutshell!

rose sweater: ross?
pleated shorts: target
loafers: walmart
bag: target

whoops! where'd my shorts go?

I spent today out with my mom; it was so sweet! We took photos for the blog first. 

Brandon decided he wanted to get in on the action. But it took a couple tries....

Mom and I went out to eat for lunch (I had soup and a salad), then went to a magical little hole-in-the-wall bookstore called Ms. B's. It was so small and it looked like a tiny little house nestled between two business buildings. It's a used bookstore, where everything is less than $10. We went to Target after that, where I bought an adorable pair of heels.

The guy at the cash register commented, "Pretty deep reading, ladies." My mom told him, "Oh, it's all my daughter," and laughed. He looked at me and tried to talk to me about my choices, but i was a bit flustered because he was older and kind of cute. I'm a nerd like that; I can't even have an attractive male waiter without getting embarrassed.

Mom and I took turns trying to walk in the big tall pair of heels I tripped in the other day. Both of us nearly broke our ankles, haha.
Anyway, I love my new shoes! I can't wait to wear them. I might just have to go out tomorrow and find something to do as an excuse to wear them. I could wear a dress and sip coffee at Starbucks over one of my new books. Mmm....

adieu, adieu

Friday, May 13, 2011


skirt: kohls (sale, $7)
shirt: stolen
sandals: payless
bag: thrifted
headband: ? 

Hey! Sorry this post is belated; it's what I actually wore yesterday. I'll have an outfit post for today up later, maybe tomorrow. I was looking for something easy and maybe even a little dark, considering that it was raining yesterday when I woke up. The shirt is a Metallica band tee that I stole from my brother, whoops. He wasn't happy about that.

You've probably noticed that I don't wear heels very much. It's simply because I feel awkward wearing them to school; I'm only seventeen, you know? But lemme tell you, when I'm in college, while all the other girls are wearing sweats and being lazy, I'm going to be wearing heels every single day! I'm so excited, honestly. 
But yesterday I had to run out and get a pair of nude heels, and I had a bit of a mishap that explains another reason I don't wear heels often. I got on a pair of platform heels and I practiced walking around in them in the store, and next thing I know, I trip and face-plant ungracefully on the ground. I got up real fast and smoothed me skirt back down, and then I realized a little old lady was in the aisle next to me. She didn't notice a thing.

Oh, and another Scooter sighting: she approached me this time and called me "ancient" instead of "antique" or "vintage." She said, "I love your ancient style!" Tanissa still reminds her that the word is "vintage" but the poor adorable thing can't seem to remember. How precious is that? I'll have to get a photo of her for you guys.

adieu, adieu

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

is it only Wednesday?

Mm, today was a mixed kind of nice. First block-- Latin IV--was productive for an hour; I worked on an assignment due Friday, so I'm neatly on time, then I played Dante's Inferno hangman with the boys. The class is predominantly girls, but only two of them (myself and a sweetie named Paige) really talk to the guys, but they're my pals-- Morris, Schneider, McLong-long, Cooper, and Caudill. They tease me endlessly like boys do, but I enjoy them kids. Maybe I'll feature them someday, them cuties.

dress: thrifted
bag: thrifted
shoes: diy (found here)

This piece is one of my favorite vintage treasures. It's sweet, versatile, and I think the color works for spring as well as autumn. It also I think gives me a bit of an edge, at least around here, because I don't see many girls wear something like this, especially with some diy saddle oxfords, haha.

The rest of my day was just as easy. I had a potluck for lunch, and we watched Forrest Gump. I have to say, I have a hard time watching Forrest Gump, because I'm never sure whether to laugh, be disgusted, or cry. As a general rule, I try not to watch movies that make me emotional; there's only so much of that I can take, and I get it mostly in books. I think I watch movies to be entertained, not to be moved.

Psst...are you seeing how green it is outside? I love it.
I'm not a huge fan of rain (it's wet and humid and groggggy) but I love the magic after the rain. I find that I'm most inspired to write when it's really green outside or very, very cold. I spent part of the afternoon writing poetry (then I took a nice healthy nap).
Tomorrow's Thursday...and then...FRIDAY!

adieu, adieu