Monday, August 31, 2009

10 things: i lust

Ready for a self-centered, greedy post? Ok!

So to try to better control spending (I'm a student for one more year yall!), I've decided to set aside anything more than $50 that i like. Then I think about it, get the money together and buy it, IF, a week later I still want it as much as i did at first. So, here are this week's things...I will let you know if I end up buying any of them after I let the week long time limit pass ;)

10 things I am lusting after right now.

They are all over the place. A little bit of everything..

Tory Burch. Saks. $235

Silence & Noise. Urban Outfitters. $58

Steven Alan. $495

Anthropologie. $78

Steve Madden. Lulus. $99.50 sale!!

Anthropologie. $88

Shabby Apple. $108
Not the greatest pic. You have to look at the details of this dress-- fab!

Badgley Mischka. Saks. $338.
You can get a better idea of the bag by looking at the other pics on the saks website. I'm a little bit in love with it.

Nanette Lepore. Neiman Marcus. $348

Modcloth. $89.99
This is such a steal! And I know for a fact that these boots are well made and do NOT look friend has a pair and they are great. Plus, she wears them all the time because she's not afraid of messing them up because they were such a great price.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Literary Body Art

For the millionth time, I love reading. I love books. I love words. The other day I happened to stumble across (literally, i was using stumble upon) a tattoo that quoted my favorite ee cummings poem. I thought it was beautiful and it got me started looking around for litarary tattoos. Below are some of my favorites.

I'm not really one to have tattoos all over, but I do think these are beautiful and fun and speak loudly. All of them are from books or poems that I love and have read and reread.

A quote (paraphrase from the 11th book of The Illiad.

A picture of Harriet, from the book Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. I loved this book so much..I used to play "town" and carry around a notebook just like Harriet.

EE Cumming's entire poem, I Carry Your Heart In My Heart.

The drawing from Shel Silverstein's poem Invitation.

“If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer…
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire
For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!”

Harry Potter- A quote from Dumbledore to Harry in The Sorcerer's Stone about a mirror who shows whomever looks into it their greatest desire.

Emily Dickenson's poem Not In Vain.

"IF I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again,
I Shall not live in vain."

Max, from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

From The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Sam tapped her hand on the steering wheel. Patrick held his hand outside the car and made air waves. And I just sat between them. After the song finished, I said something.

“I feel infinite.”

And Sam and Patrick looked at me like I said the greatest thing they ever heard. Because the song was that great and because we all really paid attention to it. Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spend, and we felt young in a good way.

From Emily Dickenson's poem Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches on the soul,
And sings the tune- without the words,

And never stops-at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,It asked a crumb of me."

Charles Bukowski, For Jane

225 days under grass
and you know more than I.
they have long taken your blood,
you are a dry stick in a basket.
is this how it works?
in this room
the hours of love
still make shadows.

when you left
you took almost
I kneel in the nights
before tigers
that will not let me be.

what you were
will not happen again.
the tigers have found me
and I do not care.

Excerpt From Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's

“But you can’t give your heart to a wild thing; the more you do, the stronger they get. Until they’re strong enough to run into the woods. Or fly into a tree. Then a taller tree. Then the sky. That’s how you’ll end up if you love a wild thing. You’ll end up looking at the sky. But believe me- it’s better to look at the sky than to live there. Such an empty place; so vague. just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear…”

Molly Bloom's soliloquy from Ulysses by James Joyce.

“…I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”

Harry Potter "Mischief Managed" tattoo.

from The Lorax by Shel Silverstein

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. "

What do you think about tattoos? Do you have any?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

10 things: 10 fun, time wasting websites.

I know I missed last weeks 10 things sorry! Wont happen again (soon).

Also, I am still working on the 10 things: breakup songs series. We've got the angry songs coming up soon, which are always fun! Hopefully next week!

When I need to just relax and zone out,
sometimes you can find me on one or more of these sites. They are all great for wasting time, relaxing, waking up with your coffee and for when you need a smile.
Im not even going to mentioon Facebook, the ultimate time
waster(/stalker's aid) or youtube because I am sure you all already spend enough time on those!

1. FML

site where people can write, in a line or two, something that happened to them. These can be sad sometimes, others are hard to believe and many of them have made me laugh out loud. Great time waster! The format is always the same.. Today_____something happeneds___. FML. Fml= f my life. Im sure you can figure that out.

An example from this site:
Today, I went on a date with a guy for the first
time. We went to Starbucks and got coffee. We talked for awhile, and we weere joking and having a good time. Suddenly, he put his hand on my stomach and said, "soon, this will be plump with my seed." FML

2. Stuff white people like

A blog format site listing stuff white people like, obviously. It pokes fun at middle/upper middle class white society and it is very funny. Examples of stuff white people like: vegan/vegitarianism, david sedaris, awarness, gifted children, yoga.

3. Texts from last night

Ever woken up from a crazy, alcohol filled night to find a
weird text on your phone that you dont remember? Maybe from someone you dont know? Or maybe you sent one that made no sense? Or, you may have sent one to your friend when you were a little out of it..hopefully they dont know about this site yet. If they do, you might want to check and see if its on there! This is the site for you. Each text shows the are codes of the phones they were sent from. If the texts are between two people in one are code, the 2nd number will have a 1 before the area code.
I once laughed so hard while (time wasting) on this site that diet coke came out my nose..ouch. Be careful!

Examples from the site:

(201): I'm smoking weed out of a trumpet

(908): I just did a slip and slide down the hall way of my apartment building
(201): Tie

(570): why did i make a hit list last night containing only McDonalds?
(1-570): you tried to order a magarita mcflurry and when
they said they didnt make those you tried to call 911

(818): I can only speak casual parseltoungue, im not bad though. just the general, "wheres the bathroom?" "open the chamber of secrets" that type of stuff

4. Stumble Upon

Click here for details. This is a great site. It can also be added to firefox as part of your web browser. Basically, you fill out information on things you like (fashion, design, movies, cooking, politics etc) and you click the "stumble" button and it stumbled you around the internet taking you to pages it thinks you will like. You can then give feedback on wether of not you liked this site which helps to further specialize what the program finds for you. I've found great recipes, fun blogs, design ideas, music and more unsing stumble!

5. Psychotic Letters From Men

A hilarious blog guessed it...psychotic letters from men! T
he one posted right now is about blogging, read it! This site is run by a man actually, and he only picks the best crazy-men stories. Also, he varifies them so they are definitely real! If you have any crazy letters from men..send them in to him!

6. Free Rice

Free Rice is a vocabulary game site. It will show you a word and you will have to choose (from a list) the one word that describes the meaning of the word you were given. For every word you get right, the site sponseers will pay for 10 grains of rice to be given to help end h
unger. 10 grains of rice is not much, but if you play a few minutes each day while tons of others are doing the same, it could make a difference. Through this site, 43,942,622,700 grains of rice were donated in 2008.

The Best of Craigslist

Craigslist is great for apartment hunting, buying pets, buying, um not so much. It's actually pretty creepy to look through the personals and I wouldnt recommend it. The "best of craigslist" are pretty funny though. Careful, you will want to stop and then you will see another heading that looks to god to pass up..this trend can go on for hours!

Found Magazine

A site full of letters, notes, lists, signs etc that people found on the street, in library books, grocery carts (all over really). Some of these random things from random people can convey such emotion. I have laughed and been deeply touched when looking around this site. Also, sometimes its just weird..which can be fun too! I find it so interesting to get a glimpse into some anonymous persons life.
To see something of theirs that they thought no one else would see. It can be funny, but sometimes its heartbreaking. Even the most simple ones, like this:

I picture a soon to be divorced woman tearfully putting this post it on a pot of chili and leaving it for her husband. Maybe he threw it away and thats how it was found. I hope not.

Im not sure who I picture writing this one...any ideas?

9. Fail Blog

A blog showing fails. Epic fails. This site will make you laugh and will probably make you lose faith in humanity a little..but whatev. It's funny ya'll!

Post Secret Im sure mose people know about post secret by now. There are books full of post secrets. All started by a man who had people anonomously mail in a secret on a post card. Some of them are published on the site. I would totally recommend getting one of the books..i can look through them for hours! I sent my own post secret in once. So far, I havent seen it on the website or the book! Here is one from the site.

Let me know if you visit any of these sites and what you think! What are your fav time wasting internet stops?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Style Inspiration- Emma Watson

Emma Watson first captured audiences as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. The world quickly took note of this beauty's fresh, sweet style. She is both unique and classic.

Emma tends to wear elegantly dramatic looks for red carpet events and wears a stylish but more subdued look for her day-to-day. This girl is not just another pretty face with a good stylist. She is fashionable herself, she is smart, articulate and h
umble. A much needed positive role model for younger girls. She just may be a fashion icon for the younger generation of girls..we shall see!

We never want to completely copy someone else's look, but I think it is great to appreciate and take pieces from the styles of those we admire. a lot of dramatic That's what style inspiration is! Below you will see a few pics of some of Emma's great looks and ways you can emulate her style.

Emma mixes ver
y girly pieces with more masculine ones, dramatic with classic, and frilly with structured.
A classic white skirt goes beautifully with this very structured leather top.

Asos. $58.85

This light and very feminine dress is so classic. When paired with a leather studded cuff the look is reinvented and inspired.
F21. $27.80

Betsey Johnson. $365

For the bracelet, i suggest you search for one on Etsy and get something one of a kind. When I searched "leather cuff" there were more than 4,000 results!

This is a great casual look for when the weather starts getting cooler.

Grab a jacket like this one from Urban Outfitters which is a steal at $138. Put it together with some dark wash skinny leg jeans, flats and a scarf.

Here are a few more pics of Emma looking fab. If any of these looks really strikes you, let me know
(email me at and I would be more than happy to take the time find the specific pieces or look alikes for you :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

Thank you Clare (at Clarabelle) for the Kreativ Blogger award! (I put the pic of it on the right side of the page, my 2nd award so far!)

Those of you who do not know this girls blog need to check it out! She is very witty, a great writer, has fab style and comes up with the best posts!

I would like to pass this on to:

Haute World

Under Lock and Key


Always Carried Away

who all really do have lovely and creative blogs.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sweet nostalgia

Okay, school just restarted for me and with that and work I have been so swamped this week. Im so sorry for the lack of posts, but I am working out a system...regular blogging will pick up again very shortly. Please, please, please keep checking back..I dont want to lose any of you wonderful readers and your fab comments!

As I've said before, I'm a big reader. I loved reading when I was youn
g too. I was recently going through some boxes and found a box of books from my childhood book shelf. I have to admit, I got a little misty ya'll...

Looking at those books brought back some o
f my first memories..of being read to by my parents, reading to my younger siblings while laying in our bunk beds, of books that I read over and over. I've already posted about Eloise, so here are some others.

I'm sure some of you have connections to a few of
these books as well. If not, I would love to hear about your favorite childhood books!

The Giving Tree- Shel Silverstein

"Once there was a tree
and she loved a little boy.

And the boy loved the tree
very much.
And the tree was happy."

This book teaches a lesson about selfishness and also about unconditional love. It is sad, but it is honest and true. It is sad in the same way that life is sad yet there is still joy in this story


Make Way For Ducklings by
Robert McCloskey

I loved reading about Mr. & Mrs. Mallard and their children and I really loved the drawings.

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”

My mom used to read this to us and I loved this book.

When I got older I realized it got a little weird and creepy when the drives over to her adult son's house to sneak into his room (through the window, note the latter on the car!) to hold him and sing to him like she did when he was a baby. But..because of the overall sweet message of this book, and the memories, I'm willing to over look that creepy-overbearing thing.

The BFG by Roald Dahl

"The matter with human beans
is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything
unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles."

I was a big Roald Dahl fan and read all of his kids books. This one was one of my favorites. I so badly wanted to believe that there was a BFG who would blow good dreams into my ear at night and take away all the bad ones. Actually, I still want to believe that.

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally worth reading at the age of fifty.”
-CS Lewis

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Longing for fall.

I love autumn. It is my favorite season. I love the crisp smell in the air, leaves crackling beneath my feet, the mountains changing color. I love fall clothes...scarves, jackets, boots, layering. I love Halloween and Thanksgiving, love knowing Christmas is right around the corner.

It has been hot and humid lately and my car AC recently broke. So, as I drive around sweating, I keep reminding myself that autumn will be here soon.

Come soon!