Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day.

We had a pretty epic day at school, in honor of Memorial Day. All of last week, new artwork was being put up as well American flags in every nook and cranny. And at lunch today, we were given quite a presentation that sent goosebumps rippling down my body and tears pop out of my eyes. 

It made me incredibly proud to be an American.

Basically, there's a veteran who's also a past FIDM student who now does involvement with this organization called Freedom's On Me. We had multiple speakers, including a woman who lost her son, and it was just all very touching and inspiring. The fact that we're able to attend a fashion school that's still so heavily involved in things other than strictly fashion is just awesome, especially a subject that deals so much with American patriotism.  

God bless America, and thank you to those who have fought to keep this country safe, and to those who are currently doing so. 

Celebration at school included a full on barbecue, complete with supermodels' favourite food- burgers!

I seriously felt so much like nurse Evelyn Johnson from Pearl Harbor..

What I wore: navy and white PINUP COUTURE 1940's dress (used), and vintage red SALVATORE FERRAGAMO shoes (used).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

If I Could Be a Millionaire for a Day..

We had a very deep self-analysis project go down in Effective Speech class today. The assignment was titled: Blueprint Into Your Soul, and consisted of three important questions.

What do you want to experience in life?

How do you want to grow?

What will you contribute?

It was a pretty emotional class, with a lot learnt. I can't go on to explain how inspiring so many people are. As the teacher so kindly puts it, we are a "destiny class." I couldn't agree more!

So tied in with this project, we had another class in which we had to pick a brand for an in depth analysis and trend prediction. Naturally, we chose Kate Spade. And thinking about Kate Spade, I thought about their quirky sayings: I've never been a millionaire, but I just know I'd be darling at it.

To combine these two classes, I asked myself the question: If I could be a millionaire for one day, what would I do?

Here are some answers I came up with, recently inspired by my Effective Speech class today.

If I could be a millionaire for a day,
 I would treat twenty-five families to a day at Disneyland.
I would buy everyone in a coffee shop coffee.
I would buy Jo Malone perfume for my mom.
I would invest some money!
I would do some splurging at Ted Baker and Kate Spade.
I would buy lunch for one hundred homeless people.
Buy a new outfit for my doll and get her a proper hair comb.
I would hide money in various spots around town for people to stumble across.

And the list goes on and on. Basically, this class has thoroughly inspired me to be more open-minded, to live out a life of acceptance and no judgment, to live life to the fullest, the most happy it could be, to experience love and travel, and to be generous and kind.

Also, I'm thinking I could be a hair model. Whaddya think?

What I wore: vintage flower cream earrings (used), vintage silk floral 1970's vest/dress (used), and black misc. flip flops. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Running Every Morning (for coffee).

For some people, it's biking. Others may fancy yoga, hiking, swimming, or jogging.

For me, however, it's running. But not your typical, throw on the Nike's and run five miles. Oh no, this is far from that. I run every morning, but for coffee.

And yes, that basically means that my two feet carry me to the java source to allow me to consume the heavenly drink, no sweat involved! Unless, your machine goes whack.

Recently, I've had some trouble with my little espresso machine and after many hours of careful examination (I take this stuff seriously), some thrown dishes, and multiple groans of aggravation, I discovered that the gasket (the little rubber circle inside where the water pours out) was broken.

And then the world ended.

Nah, I'm just kidding! I mean, at the time, it felt as if it did but all it required was a simple replacement online and the use of some of those Christmas Starbucks cards as well as multiple trips to my new favourite coffee haunt, Portola Coffee Lab.

But I think that the real reason behind this post was to share that you don't know how much you love something until it's gone. We take a lot of stuff for granted, and for me, coffee is pretty high up there. We go through our everyday lives, our everyday routines, and when something goes awry and we can no longer have that routine part of your day, you miss it.

I missed coffee, oh yes I did. And I would run thousands of miles for a cup of this stuff.

Oh and also, I cannot wait to get back to work this summer at Kaladi Brothers Coffee! 

What I wore: vintage rhinestone and pearl necklace (used), grey AERIE coffee tank (gift from sister), white CACHE leather skirt (used), and very used white KEDS. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Epic. Mind-blowing. 

Basically the two top words I have to use to describe my new favorite film- Interstellar. A little late on that bandwagon, but better late than never!

Now it's weird how this is all going to come together- Interstellar, today's outfit, and then my Throwback Thursday. To catch you up to speed, I was with my dad and grandma this past weekend on a little road trip in the new Tesla. 

Well what does Interstellar and Tesla have in common? A shared fan- Elon Musk.

Is this the doppelganger for me? HA. I wish! No, Elon Musk is actually the CEO and chief architect of Tesla Motors, the chairman of SolarCity, and the CTO of SpaceX. 

What we really need to focus on here is the connection SpaceX and Interstellar.  Already being a fan of Elon thanks to Tesla Motors (and our shared first name), I was even more fascinated when I found out that he was on the special features edition of the film. Now whilst I haven't seen it, my family raves about it and I'm not that terribly surprised to see that he had some involvement with the film, however little it was (ok, like two minutes). So there's the connection between the Throwback and today's Interstellar outfit inspiration.

But let's talk about the film, because truly, when I finished it, I was at a loss for words and I literally felt as if my mind had been blown. I had been encouraged relentlessly by my dad this past weekend to watch it, even listening non-stop to the soundtrack that my dad had promptly purchased (by the way, Hans Zimmer is an absolute genius and the soundtrack is perfection), and so I finally sat down and watched it. 

There's just so much I could say! The special effects, the acting, the music, the suspense, the absolute complexity of space and time relativity and gravity. Christopher Nolan blew me away into the wormholes of space and I can't find my way back! 

So now I've been inspired. The soundtrack is my life, I'm an avid reader of space history now, wanting to know more because truly, we know nothin' *Jon Snow*. Space is just... a mystery. And there's so much more I want to know!

I guess the most obvious space obsession you can see on me is exhibited in my outfits, for that's where I generally express my inspirations. And today, out of all the drought filled days of the year, it rained. Poured, is more accurate. Rain drops pelted the ceiling during school and puddles formed outside. Coincidence? Or is the fifth dimension telling us something?

Here are some photos of the film that kind of inspired me look today..

What I wore: Dad's old UC Davis denim shirt (used), lavender stone necklace, KIMCHI BLUE dress (used), gold BANANA REPUBLIC gold sparkly thin belt (sale), and pink FERGIE ankle booties (used).