I have always been a firm believer that you can be whoever you want to be.
However there's always the question how? Is it just not in you?
Let's say you¡ve always wanted to be an athletic wake-up-at-6-to-go-running person, but you¡ve never really been an exercise person and let's face it: you don't really enjoy running. I bet if you really want it then you will be able to achieve it.
Is it brain-washing yourself into liking something you didn't use to?
Do we just like the image of being like "that"?
Are we fated to be the way we were born, or can we transform ourselves into someone else? And until what point do we become poseurs?
I am certain that during our lives we grow, we make mistakes, we adapt, so therefor we change, we do change, but how much does our "inner essence" change?
This should really be the preamble for a long article called "How to become who you want to be". But I'm not there yet.
I can't help but keep wondering if "getting there", being who you want to be, implies that much change.
I can't write that guide, and I think that it'd be rather hard for anybody to do so.
But hey, I'm just 18, there's a lot of road to be paved ahead, so we will write it, we will write that guide as we go. Each one of us will.
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- Today - Joshua Radin My sister, who's getting married next April is looking for a song to dance to at her wedding. A friend of hers suggested this one, and I loved it. It makes me smile, even when I doubt she uses it.
- Steady as she goes - The Raconteurs Never heard nothing from them until last week when I was wandering around You Tube searching for Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol vids and there was one with this song, luckily for me, the author posted the song name.
- Electric Feel - MGMT I'm going to their concert in about two weeks!!!
- Champagne Supernova - Oasis One of my all-time favorite songs. I love, love, love it so much.
- Any Other World - Mika Very inspiring!
- Lights Out - Santogold I had never really payed attention to this song until the other day and it's awesome. It makes me wanna dance.
- Breathe me - Sia A little sad, but it's a good song to listen to when needed.
- La Vie en Rose - Edith Piaff Classic. I got obssesed with it since I saw Sabrina (starring Audrey Hepburn, not Melissa Joan Hart, thank you.) I like the Tony Benett version a lot too.
- Monarch - Feist It just fills my heart with glee!
- They can't take that away from me - Tony Bennett/Diana Krall This song has been sung by too many artists. I absolutely love this song. It makes me feel like a child again, having breakfast in my pijamas on a Sunday with my family.
- Pink - Aerosmith Can you believe I just discovered this song? Shame on me! I heard it on the radio on my way to school a few weeks ago and as soon as I arrived school I downloaded it
- Hotel Roosevelt - Augustana Another all time favorite. This song's far too great.
- Cry, cry , cry until you fall asleep or you burst up laughing.
- Watch an old hollywood film. (Right now I'm loving Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn, who else?)
- Create a mood/inspirational board, which is just a cork board or whatever full of things that inspire you make you happy, and little treasure you find around.
- Grab a pen and let your hand roam freely. Don't stop, don't read, just write.
- Call a friend and talk about silly things, just goofy, silly stuff that make you both laugh.
- If you have money to spare go buy yourself a leather jacket. ( I did yesterday)
- Go for a run with a Happy Place Playlist.
- If you live by the sea, go take a dip. Close your eyes and feel the sun and the salt. Let the water swing you gently.
- Sing out loud & rather out of tune "La Vie en Rose" by Edith Piaff.
- Doze off to Friends or Sex and the City, the ultimate lift-me-up sitcoms.
- A leather jacket. I spotted one the other day at the mall, and I'm so going back for it.
- I come from a place that is horribly hot, so winter for us is so light. But now I'm living in a another, way colder city, so I need coats and peacotas. I want colorful ones. Making-a-statement ones.
- Cardigans for everyday.
- Tights. Patterened tights and colorful tights.
- Skirts, lots of skirts to wear with tights.
- Black dresses and pink dresses.
- A pair of black boots, a pair of b&w oxfords and a pair of color-shocking heels, like those hot pink ones.
- Gloves! I love gloves. Scarves and lots os brooches to pin them on scarves. Also, very thin belts.
- Lousy Shirts/blouses. Extra points if they have a tie/ribbon, a la Salvador Dalí.
- An oversized clutch and a very classic handbag.
- Lots of headwear, a red or fuscia knitted beret, and feathered headbands.
It's almost 4 AM in the morning and I'm sitting here in my pajamas eating my late night sandwich after a "small" farewell party downstairs. My house is a MESS. But I kinda cleaned up a bit.
I had a great, great time. Oh and I cut my hair! Not as short as I wanted, but I did cut it a little bit, and I got a few bangs. I had been growing it out for so long! I needed something easier, something more...pressto? I mean, with my long hair I was most of the time using bobby pins and I don't know, the weather here doesn't help, but now with a more defined, new haircut it's easier.
One of my resolutions this semester is to pay more attention to my hair cut and my hair do. I always ended up with a messy bun or something. With a defined hair style it's just easier.
And I loved my outfit today. I wore a killer dress and killer shoes, loved it. I'll post photos!
Well, my sandwich's gone! I sort of made a point of writing as long as my sandwich lasted and now it's over, it's late and I have to finish packing tomorrow!
Have a nice Sunday everyone!
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Just a quick Things I Love Thursday, we all know what it's about....
- Packing up my room. I know, it should be a sad thing but it just feels too cinematographic, I mean, boxes, raining outside, music...
- I love The Killers and Maria Mena. I hadn't listened to her music in a WHILE. I really loved her a couple of years ago.
- Très Lola I found this blog through iCiNG today and I LOVE it. Go check it out ASAP.
- I'm starting college on Wednesday. Eek!
- My room's wooden floor which I'm gonna miss so much. While laying on my belly over it with my laptop I'm realizing I never really payed that much attention to it. If you know what I mean. But I'm loving being on the floor instead of the bed.
- Audre Hepburn's Style Tips:
1) For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
2) For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
3) For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
4) For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
5) For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
6) People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
7) Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
8) The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
9) The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.
10) The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
Found them in The Glam Guide another blog I found today. Aren't I supposed to be packing?
I have to go running some errands now.
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Today I've got the news that my solicitude for a scholarship/financial aid for college has been turned down. And well, I had always counted on it because it was highly likely that I'd get at least a 10% off my tuition fee every month. They said the graphic work and the essays I was requested to send were outstanding but that that my grades weren't that high, and I have a fairly good grade. I graduated with a 9.2 from High school, which I calculate would be something between a B+ and A-.
Yes, I'm quite sad indeed. I'm not pretty sure what's going to happen, my parents were always counting on it because almost always, students from other cities and who have to pay for rent etc., get at least a few percentages of financial aid. The expenses are big. And oh-how I hate this country some times.
But oh, well, just yesterday I said that if life gives you lemons make lemonade, I don't know exactly how in this situation, but I've been focusing on being positive all day long.
But I really am sad. I was and still am very excited about my career.
4. TEMPUS FUGIT III, 5. TEMPUS FUGIT IV, 6. THE MAN IN THE MOON, 7. CHIM CHIM CHEREE,
8. THREE WISHES, 9. HIGH-PITCHED BLACK, 10. DSC00490
Now, these are a few shots of a the two collages I had to do for my scholarship. Some pictures are a little blurry, sorry about that.
(And yes the title is from Fix you by Coldplay)
I hope everything gets solved. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
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P.S. My Flickr account has been updated.
After over a month of absence I'm back to announce... a whole new period of absence.
I was leaving town for college tomorrow but then everything changed and I'm leaving on Monday. I start school on Wednesday.
I'm pretty excited about leaving so I was kinda upset, but hey, if life gives you lemons make lemonade, so I have more time to work on un-arranged matters.
So I have a busy week, plus, another busy, internet-less week ahead of me, alas, I don't think I'll be around here a lot. My intentions are, though, to dedicate a lot more time to blogging. I have many plans for this blog.
By now, I think it's time for you to know me...I think just a nomme de plume doesn't make a great connection with the readers.
Just so you know...
My real name is Emilia Igartua Vellatti, but you can call me Emy, Emily or Em... or by my nomme de plume.
I am mexican though my last names are the first spanish and the latter italian.
I am as you know, 18 years old an my birthday is on January the 12th.
I have just one sister, who's 9 years older than me. She's getting married to a French guy next April and moving to Paris. Lucky her, right?
Taking advantage of that I'm planning to go to Parsons Paris for 6 months during my career, and given that there's also Parsons New York, I want to go another 6 months there. And so, start my New York dream plans.
What is it with us bloggers with New York?
I have also mentioned before that I'm starting next week (gasp!) college, and I'm going into visual arts. I love art, I draw, I started painting again recently even though I don't do it much.
But my real knack, is doing collages. It sounds lame, but I'm really, really good at it. I'll post some pics later.
That's why my dream is to become a fashion magazine's creative director.
While art has been my passion during my whole life, there's another passion I discovered a few years ago while working on a homework. I love writing. And well, maybe this blog doesn't show it...but I'm not bad at it. Someday, I'm gonna write a fantasy novel, a non-fantasy novel, and write & illustrate several children's books.
I lost quite some weight due to an illness last month, and I'm not planning on regaining it anytime soon; I sometimes believe quite firmly that I was born in the wrong epoque. One of my all-time favorite movies is The Beauty and the Beast which I watched every single day when I was a child. My mom says it's my story because I read way too much when I was little and I have always dreamt of "something more than this provincial life". I wear contact lenses because I'm quite very blind. I have an obsession for fashion magazines, and I love music, so if you love music too that's a very good way to start a conversation with me. Also, recommendations are very, very welcome.
The name M.B. Whimsical stands for something. It was not picked up randomly. While I'm not giving out why M.B., I will tell you that Whimsical is one of my favorite English words because it represents a lot to me, a lot of my childhood and a lot of what I'm still am. It remembers me of how funny the world is and how some times life can be a fairytale (yes I'm cheesy, I know that).
I also think I grew up a lot this last year, and I think I will continue to this next one.
Oh and I love watching the same movies over and over again.
And did I ever mention my father looks like John Lennon? Especially when he was young and wore his hair longer.
Oh and this is me...
Nice to meet you all.
I'll try to keep this thing updated, but if not wish me luck!
Until next time.
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Em / M.B. Whimsical.
On happy news, I'm glad to announce that M.B. Whimsical has officially graduated from High School.
Yes, I'm excited about this new kind of freedom I'm about to begin. I'm excited about what's next, about making it happen, my dreams. I'm excited about college and everything I'll learn.
But honestly, I'm kinda nostalgic. And scared.
Allright, I'm terrified. And when I say nostalgic I mean at the verge of tears.
I guess I can't believe it's actually over. I mean, it's something we have always known would be over, but it is over...it's that kind of things you think you understand but when they happen you realize you don't. This is about your whole life changing, it's not about just leaving for the summer and then coming back for another school year, this is about real life.
It's about no more hanging out with your friends because you'll be miles apart. And yes we'll see each other on holidays and whatever, but it's hard to grasp that it will never ever be the same.
It's about leaving home and everything it implies. A safety net. If anything happened to us, we knew back home it would all be all right. Nothing will ever replace the warmth of our beds and home made meal, and lazy late Sunday brunches.
It's like we've been on rehearsals and we're about to start performing. And we are. We've spent the past 18 years get prepared for life, theoretically, but in reality, what is real life? Do these 18 years count as real life? Or does it begin the moment we start taking care of ourselves? (and I mean real care)
Our decisions will be now be ours and no one else's. No more mom and dad cleaning up messes our decisions caused. No more excuses, ever.
And I guess that will be one of the hardest parts of breaking out into real life.
Everything we've lived has been like virtual.
We can't help but as ourselves "Are we ready for this?" "Will we make it out there? Will we survive?"
And I can answer myself this: Will I survive? Yes, I will survive (Please don't start singing!) But I don't wanna just survive. It's not enough. Not for me.
And it's a scary thought. But everything in this life(real or virtual) is scary at first isn't it?
You just have to close your eyes and count 1,2,3 and jump.
But of course, it's always easier to say it than to do it.
It's really hard to think that we're never coming back.
All graduated, please listen to "The Graduation Song" by Vitamin C. I've been told it's really iconic up in the U.S., but I had never listened to it before a month ago.
It describes perfectly and exactly how I feel.
For now all I can really say is I'll never forget that night in June.
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Hello, hello sunshines!
Summer's less than a week away, how exciting is that?
I love summer, it's just too full of surprises. Summer's a time for dreamers.
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Either if you are in NYC, having the time of your life interning at some fashion magazine ( like Casey), or just living your dream like Gala; sunbathing in Santorini, Ibiza, ou Bourdeux; traveling around Europe with nothing more than a backpack, a guitar and a camera; like me, moving away from home and starting a whole new different phase of your life, or working your buts off the whole summer, there a few things you should not forget.
So I give you... M.B. Whimsical's Summer 2008 Essentials.
- Summer's a time for celebration. Dress up and go out dancing. Black in the summer (as weird as it may sound) can't go wrong.
Now, SHOES! This summer make a statement. Hot prints, brights, or just go classy, that never, ever goes out.
- Carry an over sized clutch during the day, a small, elegant one during the night.
Don't forget a practical, but cute tote or messenger bag to carry around your trinkets.
A hot pink is perfect.
- Inside your previously - selected bag carry everything you think is indispensable for your day. Take a trip to the park or the beach and greet the sun rays. Throw in your towel, your ipod, sunglasses, and some suncreen. Take your all-time favorite book and re-read it. Again. Take a cute notebook and a pretty coloured pen and write all your dreams and life plans. Or just a random notebook. Feel the breeze in your face, the sun in your skin, squeeze the sand between your toes and let your hand roam freely.
- Make a point on not forgetting your sunglasses and sunscreen.
"Wrinkles and creases are for "it" bags and old love letters." - Gala Darling.
- Cute accesories.
- Rosy cheeks are very summer-like. Tarte's cheekstain is beyond perfect.
- Hats. Headbands. Headscarves. Turbans. Go head over heels.
Wear some huge sunglasses and pretend your a star hiding from the paparazzis.
A coy smile would be your best accesory.
- If your going away, pretty and feminine luggage is key. It makes you feel like a real jetsetter. A cute passport holder wouldn't hurt.
And I have the perfect soundtrack for you: Jetsetter by Morningwood.
And the perfect outfit.
Have a safe flight!
- A bottle of water.
- A dreamy and happy disposition for everything summer has in store for you.
- And most important of all, a camera so you can document all your adventures.
While you're at it, you can use a Moleskine or some cute notebook too, so you keep track of your summer lovin' days.
Have an outrageous summer my sweets. Make the most of it! Have fun. Smile. Blow kisses. Make bubbles. Swim. Make a cocktail night with your friends. Eat lots of sushi. Download lots of good music. Dance like crazy. Watch lots of movies. Make something artistic. Buy balloons, and give away flowers.
Whatever you do make a statement. You are doing it anyway, and because of that it's already wonderful. (Someone has been reading too many Notes from the Universe hehe!)
And please remeber: Carpe diem sunshines! Summer goes by pretty fast!
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Headband = Blair Waldorf.
And with good reason...today while googling around my google reader, I found Jennifer Behr's site.
Jennifer Behr's headbands have been displayed by Blair in several occasions.
Watch and drool...
Luckily, if you own a nice vintage brooch, the first two look quite DIY.
Inspired? I think so.
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Time flies. It really does. And some of us are facing something we thought would never come - we know it would, but it's hard to seize the fact that the time is here.
Remember when in kindergarten you'd see high schoolers passed by and wonder about the time when it would be your turn to be in high school? It seemed pretty far away, didn't it?
And now, we look back try to understand how life went by so fast. Some of us are facing graduation, and while it's the beginning of an exciting, new phase, full of opportunities, it is also the end to life as we know it, everything we're used to, and everything we've ever known. Everything that's safe.
We're about to change routes. Start a new journey, and all those we've been traveling with? They will go down different roads. So will we.
Graduates, this is a time of joy, of embracing what lies ahead of us, and the millions of new possibilities. Let's get excited about life, and celebrate the end of an era.
This is a time of many "lasts" but also many "firsts". During this week, we've found ourselves saying "This is the last math test I'll do", or "This is the last social service report I'll ever fill", "Tomorrow's our last day", or "Nothing will ever be the same."
And it won't.
It's really hard for me to think about my class, my friends, and to understand that it just won't be no more. No more laughing in between classes, no more organizing events with the student's council, no more of everything I've ever known.
I'm leaving home. I have about a month and a few days left here, and then I'm leaving for college to a different, bigger, and unknown city. And when I say bigger I mean bigger. I'm trading it all for art school, for a career in visual arts in the university I wanted. And that's where beginnings come in.
Yes, these are my last days in my life. But it's hello to the rest of my life.
And it's exciting to think about everything I'll learn, everyone I'll meet and everything I'll live from now on.
And I know you are too.
To you who are just starting high school, I know you are too, because all along, you always know high school is the beginning of the end. But at the same time, college is the beginning of the grand finale.
After college, there's nothing but real life, and that is scary.
To you, who are about to start these bittersweet high school days, carpe diem.
Don't let it drift away. Make it yours. Live it. Hard. Laugh, talk, learn, fall, and rise again. Make huge mistakes; stick around. Never stop smiling. Kiss, a lot. Make friends. Be open, never say never. Really, you never know what can happen. Take chances, it's high school what is there to lose? Be yourself, what's the point on living how other's want? It's yours and yours alone.
Believe in Karma: what goes around comes around. Fail, and fail better. Live it. Responsibly. Make smart choices. Never forget consequences. Be whoever you want to be.
Just because you can.
Hold it tight to your heart, because when you least expect it, it'll be over. Over to give way to something new.
And that's the way it goes. What's new right now, will be old.
A beginning will become an end and an end is always a beginning.
And don't worry, even when everything looks oh-so-dark, later you'll look back and laugh about it.
Time flies. Embrace it. Embrace this bittersweet moments, for they will never come back.
I'm finding that very hard to believe.
I've cried over this song a few times now. And that's all I can say.
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where yo go
So make the best of this test, and don't ask why
It's not a question but a lesson learned in time.
It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life.
So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoos of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it's worth it was worth all the while
It's something unpredictable, but the end it's right.
I hope you had the time of your life."
Dearest fellow students...it's our time to fly.
Have a safe flight.
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You make my days a lot brighter!
I'm currently sick. I have a terrible cold and a sore throat, so I spent my whole afternoon doing absolutely NOTHING. Thank god for darling time-wasting sites like Polyvore, and all the ones in my Google Reader. When I arrived from school I actually intended to sleep, but once you turn the computer on there's no way back.
I'm taking a lot of medicines & antibiotics. The first gulp of the cough mixture sent me back to my childhood summer days when I always caught colds playing in the rain. I really, really felt like a child again, but hey, just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down...
So, I spent my day lounging around my bedroom with my laptop surfing Polyvore, until, UNTIL... I came across this T-shirt. And being the Beatles lover I am, it was love at first sight, so I just had to create a set (above).
It instantly entered my Summer Wishlist, right on top, right next to these Vans Rain Boots, which will be absolutely perfect for the weather of the city I'm moving to in two months (such capricious weather, hence the umbrellas too). The Betsey Johnson watch, I already own. And I want to stack on a huge variety of scarves too. And a pair of Black & White Oxfords for next fall. Please don't come and tell they're so last season, because I won't care (and hope they're not).
Thank you :).
Sargent Pepper...just kidding.
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Bubbly Susie from Style Bubble rebels against her strict uniform rules and plays around with Gossip Girl and it's almost-ridiculously heightened fashion.
I loved this little self-made photoshoot and spread. Very ingenious and uniformly fun!
As for myself, I'm saying au revoir to my strict uniform in about a week, hello college. But I think Gossip Girl's definitely gonna have an influence in my student wardrobe.
Go check it. You know you (will) love her!
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Frida's life wasn't easy. Since very little she suffered from great pain and illnesses. In her whole life she underwent 35 operations in total.
It was this boredom and frustration that led her to paint. Her dad was a painter, so, naturally, he encouraged her to it (she was given by her parents a special easel so she could paint while in bed).
At that's it. Her life wasn't easy, but she always was Frida.
Not for a second she lost that intriguing expression, or her natural colorfulness. As much pain her once-shattered leg would give her, all pictures, all records will always show her as nothing else but Frida. Even the the name's become strong and resounding.
Naturally, as a mexican, I have always been a fan of her work. When I was little my mom took me to "La Casa Azul" in Mexico City, and while, I remember clearly, I was pretty shocked with here crude paintings, her way of showcasing her illnesses, seeing her huge "Las dos Fridas." ("The Two Fridas")
painting was indeed quite shocking for a seven year-old. But it's very impressive to see how her mind reeled.
Few artists have depicted such gloomy themes in a colorful way like she did.
Last sumer, in the Fine Arts Palace Museum in Mexico City as well, they held a huge exposition of her work, and her life. It was something big.
It had from her masterpieces, childhood sketches to scholar text books. But my favorite part was a room where they had letters she wrote (covered in glass/plastic/whatever of course) hanging from the ceiling, so they were all to eye-level, and you could read them all. Her hand writing was just too gorgeous to be true, delicate and feminine. And the way she expressed herself was as colorful as her paintings. You will always picture her with that enigmatic smile on her face, some witty thought across her head.
But why talk about Frida Kahlo right now?
Well, last week I rented the movie. I had never seen it, shame on me, I know. But I don't know why I had the impression it wasn't good at all. But since it's a film by Julie Taymor (who made Across the Univere, which I consider to be perfect in ever possible way) I thought it would be interesting to see Frida and that part of mexican culture through her eyes. And I must say I loved it. The storyline can be a little superflous, yes, but visually, the film is subime. It's like a postcard. Julie Taymor certainly has a knack for finding visual and concept artists.
Something else I loved about Frida, and something I realized while watching the movie (and it's absolutely true) is how she always was so colorful, so polished, such a fashionista, in her way, of course. Even in the most painful moments she was wearing gold filigree earrings, colorful necklaces, embroidered shirts, flowers in her head...She bore Mexico all over her.
And you know, she was right, sometimes we're feeling all down and tired and sick, and the last thing we feel like doing is worrying what to wear and about make-up, wa, wa ,wa...
but sometimes that's what we need to feel better. It's almost impossible to feel crappy while wearing Chanel, Christian Louboutins and an Alexis Mabille's headband, isn't it?
So in honor of one of the greatest artists ever (and please do note she's one of the few widely famous female artists) I made a couple of ensembles a la Frida Kahlo, in Polyvore...
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I absolutely loved the palm umbrella, totally her, and I went crazy searching for headbands and hair accessories for this set.
Don't forget, lots of embroidered, golden filigree, bright colors, pashminas, chunky jewelry and go big on the head: braids, flowers, headbands...
Oh and about the camera, I just thought that's a camera color she would pick.
¡Viva la Vida!
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Happy (Belated) Earth Day!
Sorry I have been a little busy!
But I have something for you:
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I sooo want this:)!
Even though we should take care of our Earth every day, yesterday was a perfect opportunity for doing something big. Or several small things. I made a point on saving water yesterday, not leaving plugged any electronic devices, driving at "considerable" speed (driving too fast produces more CO2 emissions), and not wasting food, paper, and other stuff.
But you know, one day a year isn't enough. Global warming is a fact, and we have to act against it.
Maybe at the moment can't do something huge but if we all do small things we can help!
Happy Bday Earth, we hope you have many, many, many, many more!
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Wish me luck.
It's been a busy week. And there's nothing I love more than a completely lazy Sunday when I'm tired and need to catch up on my sleep.
I spent the entire day in my pj's watching movies and surfing around blogs.
I know tomorrow I'll be complaining about not using my time for productive things. But I enjoyed it.
I am currently burning a CD to listen to while driving. I downloaded several Augustana's songs that I didn't yet had. Augustana is my favorite band ever. It's the perfect driving music. And I love driving.
iTC is starting tomorrow and I'm now ready for it. I have decided my goals:
- Stop biting my nails so much.
- Stick to my diet. Use EFT whenever I have sugar cravings. Eat an apple instead!
- Organize my time/ catch up with school.
- Stop wasting so much time on the web.
- Work out.
- Enjoy every day, every breath, very, very much.
- Work on my art projects.
- Stop complaining, stressing and fretting about silly, little things, and other not so small, or silly things. Use a bracelet to change from hand to hand.
A girl suggested in iCiNG to hang paper cranes around the house to remind us about the iTC. I'm going to do that too!
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Good luck with your goals everyone!
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Very 90's. But I love it.
There's nothing more whimsical than a type writer. It's nostalgic, yet fashionable.
And very useful for the art projects I'm doing. I spent the whole afternoon getting used to it and wrote a little.
I found this the other day in a notebook and I typed it with it.
Ice cream...She just ran after and across the bridge getting soaked of operas and overtures. Photographs and boxes were hanging from the windows, slowly dangling to & fro -
French opera rang through the spaceless universe, high-pitched, black, splattered everywhere. Then everything became fluorescent neon glow-like.
Very, very weird. The thing is, I don't actually remember if I wrote it or I found it somewhere.
I think I did, because it's something I would write, and there are several words I like there, like operas, overtures, and neon.
Goodness, isn't it queer?
I've had a busy week, I'll write about what I've been doing later!
We've been having high school queen elections events and it's had us quite busy, but it's been a lot of fun.
Also, I've been able to catch up with some art.
I have a few things to write here, really, but I have lacked inspiration, I just have random scribbles in a notebook.
I think this Blog's been changing a little even when it's like a month old!
I'm trying to figure out the direction I want to take, but I guess life itself will guide me.
Oh and since it's Wednesday night...
- I love Jackie Onassis (Jackie Kennedy). I've always loved her style, but today I watched a movie about her, and I'm head over heels! Not just for her classy and proper style, but for who she was. So whole and strong in every minute and aspect of her life. Well-mannered, and noble. I'm going to do some research on her...do I hear "role model"?
- Wreck this journal.
I found about this a few minutes ago and I fell in love!
There's a big movement in Flickr, and it's all very inspiring.
This is the "official" site, and while the link will not direct you to their home, you have to read that introduction!
I've got plans for my moleskine.....
- Expose yourself!
This Wreck this journal, and the note. I loved what the user wrote about when you're an artist you peel your skin off completely. It's true. Most of the time, I feel reluctant of showing any of my artwork because I feel so utterly exposed. It's like standing naked in front of a crowd, while they peel your skin off and ask un-answerable questions.
That happened to me today. A guy in my class grabbed my sketchbook, and when he saw my face he said: "Hey, if you're going to be an artist you have to be used to people watching and judging your art."
- My new-old type writer.
- Augustana's new EP (download "Sweet & Low" ASAP!)
- My handwriting lately.
- The following songs:
Sweet & Low - Augustana
Penny & me - Hanson (!!!)
Say - John Mayer
Love Song - Sara Bareilles
Consequence of sounds - Regina Spektor
Wasteland - Augustana
The rain is gonna fall, the sun is gonna shine. The wind is gonna blow, the wind is gonna rise...
Infinite x's & o's... (and lot's of fluorescent, neon stage lights)
But who's responsible for it? (Besides from Blair Waldorf of course.)
I say, Dear Old Alice.
After all, she's one of the oldest images of a black-bow headband. And let's be honest, who doesn't think of her when you see a blond girl with a black headband down the street? (I personally love how a blond looks with black on her hair/head)
And I fell in love with that Betsey Johnson watch. And it's on it's way here!
You can go in a more low-key way of course. This is just some inspiration.
No need to fall into a rabbit hole to enter a Wonderland, right?
You can make your own.
Infinite x's & o's...
Everybody's gonna love today, love today, love today!
And I quote...
"Holly: Is this Thursday?
Paul: I think so.
Holly: Thursday! It can't be! It's too gruesome!
Paul: Well, uh...what's so gruesome about Thursday?
Holly: Nothing. Except I never remember when it's coming up!"
-Breakfast at Tiffany's
Tomorrow's a busy, busy day, so I'm writing this tonight! Even though I really shouldn't I have been sleeping very late these days. Tomorrow I have francais, and then I have to study math, plus, some exercise, because I'm skipping pilates!
I can't believe it's Thursday already! But oh, well, what is we love about Thursdays?
Things I Love Thursday:
I'm obsessed lately. I've been wasting too much time in this site this week but I can't help it. It keeps my shopping demons at bay!
- Don't be afraid. You needn't slay the beast nor scale the entire mountain. That's not how it's done. You only need to move through today, emilia. Think of the distance you've already covered. Focus on your strengths. Let each new step remind you of your freedom. Let every breath you take remind you of your power. Seek out friends and guides; they're anxious to help. You're not alone. You're understood. This road has been walked before. Dance life's dance, just a few steps at a time, and in the wink of an eye you will wonder to yourself, "What beast, what mountain? Was I having a dream?
This Note from the Universe.
Re- decorating my room!
I love my room even more now it's more organized (well sort of) and less crammed with useless papers and stuff. I've put new things too and changed some others. Wanna see?
I hung pictures from magazines and I'm planning to hang some more and some photos. And The photos on the wall...I used to have my bureau full of photo frames, something I never really understood because, oh, how I hated them! So put them away and put the pictures on the wall. You can see my late grandpapa, my big sis when she was little (the cheeky girl in b&w), my other grandparents with the easter bunny, my friends and I in b&w above, my little cousin (who looks a lot like my grandpapa next to him!), my dad when he was young with a camera, my parents' wedding, and some other pics taken by my dad I found here and there.
Oh, and don't you love my director chair? I have two of them and I loooove them. I want to take them when I leave, but I picture myself carrying them in the airport and it makes me laugh. I'll figure it out, don't worry dear chairs!
- I love brand new black pens!
- Today I had a facial at a different place than I usually do. It was the best thing ever. It was so relaxing and way better than the other place. I did an effort not to fall asleep!
When it was over they gave me a face massage (I know!), a scalp massage, and in my neck and shoulders too. I really needed it!
I can't wait to go again!
- Some honourable mentions:
My sister's coming for the weekend! Bravo! ; yogurth, strawberry & apple smoothies for dinner ; a new, different, diet starting tomorrow (I'm sick of this one!!!) ; the prospect of a kinda relaxed weekend ; continuing with two forgotten paintings ; being productive!
What are you loving this week?
Infinite x's & o's...
It looks like I missed quite a few things...Weekly Resolutions on Monday, Things I Love Thursday and now it's Sunday I was meaning to write our regular Treasure Cove...but instead I'm just going to talk about some random things in my week, some highlights of these seven crazy days...
It was sort of a crazy week. Getting up early again, back to our usual routines, yoga, homework, student's council stuff (our busy season is just starting), but it was nice having my life back in order. Sort of.
I'm back with exercise, that's a good thing. But I've had terrible sweet-things craving all week long, help!
School's kinda relaxed for now, since we're starting a new period, so we won't have exams for a while, well for about a week or two, just a quizz or two. But we're going to have quite some student's council work, so I'll still be on my toes.
Friday was a little weird. I had a tiny fit of drama, but nothing that couldn't be fixed. I arrived home from school, ate, and lied down watching Breakfast at Tiffany's. Settles me down right away. At night I was too tired to go out and I stayed in watching Juno and eating sushi with one of my best friends, neighbor, and future room-mate.
Truth: I haven't finished my spring cleaning yet. Shame on me! My room's been an awful mess for over a week, and even though I'm almost over, it's getting on my nerves. But I had never done such a deep-cleaning before, so I'm a little proud of myself.
I gathered everything I was throwing away in black plastic bags, but then realized I had mixed everything, so yesterday morning I spent a couple hours going through everything again to separate paper, plastics, etc., to see what can I take to the Recycling Center.
I had to work double but it's worth it. I'm becoming really, really afraid of Global Warming. I know there's not that much I can do for the moment, but I can help a little.
I finally watched Across the Universe with my dad. Yay!
Seriously, I've watched these movie about 5 times in the last two weeks. I love it way too much.
Thanks to my dad, of course, I've always been a huge Beatles fan, so I was thrilled when I heard about this movie, and I've actually waiting for it since last summer, and got to see in January. Since it isn't a big Hollywood movie, it wasn't displayed in cinemas here, except for one, but just for about 5 days! I went to see it, and it's now available in DVD so I've rented it a couple times.
But I just had to watch it with my dad, and yesterday I made him watch it with me.
I feel like you'll hear more about this movie from me soon.
Our yearbook is going to the printer tomorrow. Can't wait to see it. It's all really happening! High school's ending!
I've been friends with most of my friends for, like, forever, and we've been all like "Do you remember when we were in Kindergarten and we said, do you imagine when we're in High School?" and well, we're al now about to go our separate ways.
Now we have a short time left we've been doing a lot of fun things all together. Today we went to a water park, it's not that a big deal but I had never gone before, God knows why! It actually was pretty decent, clean and a lot of fun!
Oh, and I've been making the math and I'm leaving home in about 4 months. Gulp.
Talking about colleges, a while ago I was catching up with Miss Couturable and reading all about her college visits. It really makes me so jealous how someone is, well, lucky, to have the opportunity and the means to attend an Ivy League College. I'm a firm believer that you can do and achieve anything you want in your life, and that certainly implies working very hard. And I'm by no means implying Noel hasn't worked hard for everything she has, I'm not saying she's plainly lucky, but well, she was born with the opportunity of attending one of these great Universities, and I'm always proud and inspired by the way she never, ever, gives for granted what she has.
Reading through her entries, I fell in love with Yale. And I did some research and while I know I can't afford Yale University, and how complicated it would be since I have everything for my college all ready planned and all, I thought, why not a summer experience?
It's not that in-affordable (does this word even exist?), and If I work next year, sell some paintings or whatever, I could contribute for that! So I'm adding "Summer 2009 Yale Creative Writing" to my dream list. And I have decided that I'm going to work very hard this whole year to make it possible. Well, there's still to be seen what life's got for me this next year...maybe there are some other things in store, but this is something I would really like to do, so let's do it.
Changing the subject completely, one of the most useful things ever, is Google Reader, just type google reader in google search bar and ta-da! The quickest way to keep up with everything you want.
I know this isn't Treasure Cove, but I still have some things for you:
On personal style - Fanatique
Very, very good piece.
Edit, add, appreciate!
Thanks Gala, definitely one of my weekly resolutions too.
Talking about Global Warming...
Please do read Jared's Manifesto, found in The Story section.
I'm inspired, really.
And these are my Weekly Resolutions:
- Drink lots and lots and lots of water.
I drank less than two l. everyday last week, and I'm still a little dehydrated because of spring break. My poor skin!
- Apply the Edit, add, appreciate thing (above)
- Finish with my room...but continue with the bathroom.
No, seriously. I have a few appointments I need to make, including a free massage I have. Can you believe I've never had a massage before? No wonder I'm a stressed person.
Oh, and I'm desperate need for music! I've been listening to the same On-The-Go playlist all week long, and I'm fed-up on the same music. Any suggestions?
Have a wonderful week!
I know you'll all go out of your minds with all the amazing things life has for you this week.
Infinite x's & o's...
PS. Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I'm too tired to search for pictures at the moment.
I know you forgive me! -xo!
Check it out!
I just found this and I think I'm having a heart-attack.
It does seem like they're re-doing the Breakfast at Tiffany's scene. The trenchcoats, B's hair, the rain...I adore Breakfast at Tiffany's. I can't wait to see this episode!
But wait a minute, where's cat?
You know you love me...
Infinite x's & o's...
Is it Sunday already? Well, times goes quite fast.
Holidays are almost over. I start classes on Tuesday. Back to reality, homeworks, students council stuff...as much as I would like to get back to my daily exercise routine, I don't really want to go school for two reasons:
First, because I'm tired of it. I just don't have any subjects I really like, and I think most of my professors have been slacking a little lately. Maybe it's all because I'm so thrilled about going to art school and about studying and learning things I actually like and enjoy. I can't wait to go!
But on the other hand, the other reason I don't want to go back it's because it's gonna be officially the beginning of the end. Clock's ticking...and this semester has passed away so fast, and so will this two months left. And then it's graduation. High school's over and it's time for all of us part away. I've known most of my friends since kindergarten or at least for more than a couple years, and we're a all going to different cities, two of my best friends to Canada for a year, other to travel around Europe, and even when some if us will coincide in the cities we're going, it's not gonna be the same. Still I know I will remain forever close with most of them.
It's going to be weird running the blog in school days, because I started this blog not quite long ago, and I've been working on it during holidays. But it's not going to be hard.
Now, I found some interesting this week...
- Red Leather Diary.
Reclaiming a life through the pages of a lost journal, this journal, rescued by New York Time's young writer, was more than half a century forgotten in a dumpster. It brings back to life the glamorous story of an extraordinary, high-class young woman. For five years, not a day is missed.
Horseback riding around Central Park, trips to Paris, London, Rome; art, dances, tea at Scharfft's and toasts at El Morocco, displaying the old New York's glamour.
I think this book/journal would be an amazing read, and would truly show us how girls were back then.
Talking about Mary Poppins.
I can't wait to get this book.
- Artist's block?
Here's some inspiration, or more like 50 pages of it.
Got it from Gala's Carousel.
- Calling all aspiring Jackson Pollocks!
Now you can create your own masterpiece.
Click here for a good, solid dose of stress relief.
- 8 keys to instant charisma.
Great piece. Something we should all know and learn.
- Chair Couture.
I love chairs. Don't ask why, I simply do.
Go see for yourself.
- What Puma & Adidas have to do with the Nazis.
Quite very interesting.
Now I go to eat some lunch.
Infinite x's & o's...
Someone worthy of imitation.
Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. A perfect role model, isn't she?
She's everything the word "ladylike" describes.
She's proper, and well mannered. She's got a "cheery disposition", she's "kindy & witty", and is "never crossed".
I think there's quite a lot to learn from her.
So I took the features and values that make Mary Poppins so special and practically perfect in every way, things every girl should have and learn, things that remain that have always been and forever will be, but trying to apply them to out contemporary lives.
I took these characteristics out of Jane & Michael's advertisement.
You can read the whole transcript here.
A "cheery" disposition.
A smile can open a thousand doors. Being cheery and kind to people can truly make a difference. People feel the difference. How do you feel when someone makes a grimace to you? And when someone's cheery and smiles?
Even when it's about doing boring and fastidious chores, stuff we don't wanna do, being positive turns the whole situation upside down. Let's say you have to wash the dishes. You have to do it. Stop thinking about what would you do if you didn't have to, and stop wasting time and energy complaining. You could be halfway finished by the time you realize complaining is not going to get you anywhere.
Turn things around. Make it more fun. Put some music on, or challenge yourself on doing something, or how to do it.
Always remember: "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down..."
Be kind and witty.
Yes, be kind a witty.
Take an interest on learning things. Develop your mind. It doesn't have to be maths and physics, but try to enhance your mind by reading or learning interesting things. Whatever you like, fashion, history, famous quotes, gardening, cupcakes, or just random stuff.
And be kind. As great as you might be (and I know you all are), as smart, as beautiful, and talented...always be kind to others. There's nothing worse than snotty people, who make other people less just to feel and appear more. I think that's one of the worst kinds of people. It shows a tremendous lack of self-esteem and security.
But I know none of you are like that. You are all very kind, and share what they know with others, and offer their help when they can.
Never be cross or cruel.
This is a hard one. Never be cross. It's quite challengning! You know, I get stressed and cross easily, and it's one of my purposes to change that. People doesn't forget about you being cross, and by saying cross I mean being ill-humored, snappy, tempered, which usually come from being stress, and you can create a reputation for being grumpy, which I think, is not very ladylike. Nor very nice. There's a difference on being headstrong, and determined and being stubborn to the point of getting angry and cross.
If you are cross, well then, take a deep breath. Be proactive. You can't change the situation, but you can change how you react. If you're all stressed out and grumpy and someone says something to you that just makes you explode, press pause! Don't be snappy or cruel.
Just ignore it. You'll see you feel so much better, and you'll feel good with yourself for controlling your impulse
Be sweet and pretty.
One of a girl's most charming features is being sweet. Girls who swear and act so boyish like are not very nice to see. Unfortunately, we see a lot of this these days. And I'm not gonna lie to you, I swear sometimes, I do. But there's swearing occasionally and there's being a complete potty mouth.
Girls are supposed to be sweet and charming, well-mannered. And this doesn't mean that women shouldn't stand for themselves and be independent, it's a matter of being both, of course!
I mean, what use would it have to be so prepared when you are ill-mannered, absolutely not diplomatic, and are rude and impolite? You wouldn't get very far would you?
Now, about being pretty, if there's something we remember of Mary Poppins is she's always impeccably dressed, with beautiful attires always so classic, proper and elegant.
Her hair always flawless, perfect rosy cheeks and lips. Under-dressed is not a word in Mary's vocabulary.
I even searched for some style ideas and products to dress a la Mary Poppins.
A white blouse or shirt, extra points if it has ruffles and cute buttons. A dark cerulean blue, or a bright navy blue skirt. Above I chose high-waisted skirts because those are the ones I consider would be more appropriate, but feel free to choose!
You can go with white tights, sheer or with patterns, or black too. But I think white would look better...mais oui!
To keep this outfit to being just an outfit and truly transforming it into Mary Poppin's style, the red scarf is essential, next to the black coat.
A pair of oxfords of course...b&w, or just black. And oh, please, don't forget to stand with your feet open, almost like a ballerina, just like she did.
Now, accessories. White gloves or wristlets. If you're going sans gloves, use a pretty ring. I chose a red rose ring because she has a red flower in her hat. Talking about the hat...this is the only part I consider a little complicated, so instead I whose a black headband with a bow. You could get away with it with just a ribbon or something. A red or black ribbon.
Also, in some part of the movie she's wearing a red bow tie, so I put it there too. I think I'd look tres cute.
Mary Poppin's make-up is quite au naturel. But the rosy cheeks are of highly importance! And rosy lips too. They're always cute and elegant.
Besides, just a little dab of color in your lips will help keep you from looking under-dressed.
Finally, two very important things.
Mary's Umbrella, and her "magical" satchel/bag. A girl has to always be prepared.
Pick a bag spacey enough to carry all your trinkets.
I'm famous for always carrying wide bags and lot's of stuff. I always have a pen when needed, my stain remover Tide marker, make-up, a little mirror, and my sketchbook and pencil. You never know when inspiration will strike.
Something extra I want to add about Mary Poppins is that she never, ever gives explanations.
While sometimes we have to, I think this is something very admirable.
Yesterday while reading Miss Couturable, I thought all of this. Miss Couturable has been getting a few comments about her blog and the way she writes about certain stuff.
If there's something I love about Miss Couturable is that she's not afraid to show who she truly is. She is who she is (you can find my comment there). And that's something we all love from Mary Poppins. She was who she was. My mom always tells me that not giving explanations in vain is something she learned from watching Mary Poppins when she was young.
I told Miss Couturable so, and so did other fellow readers.
Don't give explanations you don't have to give. Don't make excuses for yourself. We tend to this a lot, and most of the times we're repeating unnecessary explanations, explanations we didn't have to do in the first time. We are who we are, and we do what we do because we have our own reasons. What third parties have to say about it, we don't care.
Mary Poppins certainly is a figure that represents a lot of things and values from the past. But they are those values that are still right here. Unfortunately, they are getting lost now. The word ladylike is not what is used to be. We don't find most of these things in girls nowadays. And these are things every girl should have, learn, and develop, adapted of course to our contemporary lives.
Call me old-fashioned, but I think the world ladylike is something universal, that should remain forever.
And Mary Poppins is proof of that.
There's only one thing left to say:
Infinite x's & o's...
P.S. Haven't you always loved Bert?