Wednesday, April 29, 2009

policy of truth

So it's been quite awhile since I've posted, but I've not been feeling well, or been busy, or just out enjoying the intermittent gorgeous weather for the last few weeks. I've mainly been pretty lazy about clothes, especially on school days, and the few freezing, wintery days, but I have been wearing different shoes! Switching up the chucks and vans for some cute flats.

(I know a few people were concerned about my friend Alex, and I mentioned in my last post, I think, that she was doing better. Unfortunately, her progress has turned back around and she's in the ICU. Her vocal cords are partially paralyzed and she may need a tracheotomy. So if you could, send your good thoughts her way again.)

This outfit I wore on Easter. I wanted to wear something cute and Eastery, but I was late getting ready to go over to my aunt's and just threw something on. I've worn this shirt several times on the blog, but I just found this track jacket I bought last year (it was on sale!) and like how bright it is. It's kinda 80's looking too, I think. And yay for cute hair.

track jacket - macy's, shirt - urban outfitters, pants - pacsun

Tuesday was another beautiful day, and while I didn't do anything especially exciting, I did go for a walk by the river with Justina and her mom. Later, I sunbathed in my yard and did some gardening. It was awesome to wear shorts and these cute pink moccasins. This shirt is one of my favorite band shirts, it's super comfortable and the graphic is cute. I got it when I saw Modest Mouse back in like, freshman year or something. And yes, those shorts have paint on them. I thought watercolor would wash out, so I was wiping my brush on my pants, but it turns out it doesn't.

shorts - diy, tshirt - concert, shoes - target

This I wore one of the really awful days we had. It was a school day and I was feeling pretty crappy. Layers kept me warm and the dark colors went well with my mood. I used to wear a lot more black, like almost all the time (I was NOT goth though), but at some point that changed.

sweatshirt - volcom, tshirt - forgot, long sleeve - pacsun, jeans - pacsun, shoes - converse

I have some pictures from my stepdad's birthday celebration (and a few other family members, his family is so big we combine birthdays) on Saturday, but I think I'll save those for another post. Also, I'll try to get some of the pictures my friend took today (it was nice! we had a picnic! in the park!) and post those soon too.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

cutoffs and cocktails

I know it's been a long time since I've written. First, I'd like to mention for those of you who've been reading and have heard about my friend Alex, who is in the hospital, that she is doing much better. She is either going into rehab for 50 days or going home in the next week. I visited a few days ago and she has a lot more use of her arms and legs and her spirits are much better. It was really happy.

Anyways, on Friday my friend Aly and her roommates had a party with a required dresscode of cutoff jean shorts. Justina and I went into Seattle earlier in the afternoon because we wanted to catch this band playing at Cafe Vita, but unfortunately we missed them. We met up with Amanda and hung out in the park for hours. The weather was gorgeous.

shirt - thrifted, shorts - diy, shoes - converse, sunglasses - target

Our weather has been beautiful for the past few days. Today I even put on my bathing suit and laid out in the sun for awhile. I also went for a lovely walk with Justina and her mom down by the river and did some gardening. I'm trying to grow more herbs this year. And my mom is growing lots of veggies. Tomatoes, leeks, lettuce, cabbage, and I don't know what else. God, I love gardens. I love in the summer going out right before dinner is ready to pick some lettuce and tomatoes for a quick salad.

The park was great people watching on Friday. I'm not sure what this park is called, but it's the one on Capitol Hill with the fountain. I took some pictures there for Beginning Photo. (Which reminds me, I still haven't picked up my work from last quarter. I'll post that once I get it.) There was a girl teaching a hula hoop class, a group of little kids rolling down the hill, some people flying kites, and a group of hipsters with a boombox getting high. Among others. Those were just the people immediately surrounding us.

Once we got sick of the park (after several hours) we headed to the U District to meet up with Shane. He still didn't have his cutoffs for that night, so we walked to Goodwill and helped him pick out some jeans. (He so doesn't know how to shop in a thrift store. It was really funny to see him slowly going through the rack, not even in his size. I had to take over for him, and we basically picked out the jeans for him. They had a pretty hilarious Aztec looking tag on the waistband.) Then we got some food at Memo's (a Mexican fast food place on the Ave, it's cheap and usually good but don't get the enchiladas) and went back to Shane's dorm to eat and help him make his cutoffs.

After all this, the party itself was less awesome than the rest of the day. It was fun, but there was some drama with some people that weren't supposed to be there that everyone hated, and some guy kicked a hole in the wall. (I've offered to try to patch it for them, since I have some drywall experience.) Everyone's cutoffs were pretty nice. I was impressed with how short most of the guys were willing to go, but then again, there were several gay dudes there. Even Shane didn't wuss out and make them too long. Mine were pretty long, but whatever. I'm glad I didn't make them gross short like so many girls wear them. Totally not me.

These particular shorts I actually made several years ago, on the way to Eastern Washington to go camping with some friends. I think we were somewhere across the mountains when we stopped at a rest stop. I was way too hot, so I chopped off the legs of my jeans in the parking lot. There were actually two others at the party who were pretty much my exact twins. Cutoffs, duh, but also red flannels. One was Aly's roommate Becky, and the other was our friend Gary. Both were quite drunk, ha, while I was not.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

i think that god's got a sick sense of humor

I know I mentioned the other day that I was heading up to Bellingham on Friday. If you're not from Washington, Bellingham is a few hours north of where I live, and it's the location of Western Washington University, which is where I'll probably be transferring in a year, when I'm done at BCC (Bellevue Community College).

Anyways, I went up there with a couple of friends and we saw a friend's band play at a party. This picture I took at home before leaving. Shows my whole outfit a little better, but my face is more boring and it's kind of a weird angle, making my legs look really short.

jeans and shirt - pacsun, shoes - converse, peacock earrings - christmas present bought on etsy

I love the way these shirts from Pacsun fit all loose. I buy a size too big and they're perfect. I stock up every time they're on sale; if you go at the right time you can get them for around 2-3 dollars. And of course, these earrings are awesome. Justina bought them for me and I love them. When I can't decided what to wear, jeans and a black or white v-neck tee with some bold jewelery always works out.

That's my friend Michael, he dresses like a soc, but wishes he was a greaser. He almost bought this sweet brown vintage letter jacket at a store in Bellingham the next day but it was just a little short on him, both in the body and sleeves. It looked really good though. He's probably my most fashionable and well-dressed male friend.

On the left is Spike, whose band was playing. He's a funny guy; currently he's been wearing cowboy boots a lot and he wouldn't stop talking in this really gross voice most of the night. He dresses to be funny. And Justina is in the middle wearing an awesome vintage Depeche Mode shirt with a flannel on top. Her style switches around a lot, from grunge to preppy to kind of hip, but she always looks adorable. She also rocks some sweet kicks; currently wearing Addidas that look like Chuck Taylors.

This picture was sometime around when Spike's band played, and judging by my disheveled hair, I'm guessing immediately after. We met this kid who happened to live in a town near us for a few years, although he now lives in Olympia. It's always surprising to meet people who are familiar with our area because our town is so tiny. His name was Gantz and he moshed/danced with us, and was generally our buddy all night. That picture shows off my earrings really well.

As the night progressed I got obsessed with stealing Spike's hat, despite the fact that it didn't fit over my hair. I had it for a long time and almost took a punch for it (not from Spike).

There's Amanda looking pretty damn sleepy and me with the stupid hat again. Amanda was kind of going for the preppy style with that jacket (she does preppy (not like hollister/abercrombie type preppy but you look like you go to a prep school type preppy) style really well). I'm totally in love with her hair color right now. The red is really intense and looks amazing on her. This picture really doesn't show how intense it is right now. It's like right on the line between natural and unnatural red.

There's me and Spike again. Spike is super cute. And I did eventually give him back the hat. Neither of us are flipping off the camera, that's someone else.

This is Nicole, a good friend of ours who goes to Western and kindly let us crash in her living room. She has really cute hair right now. A friend of hers cut it and it's actually a pretty dramatic a-line, which you really can't see in this picture.

The party was a pretty good one, although Michael can be a little difficult (trying to start fights, throwing bottles in the street) and kind of got us thrown out. I guess. The party was winding down anyways. I had fun meeting lots of random people, and our friend's band was actually really good. The next morning (after retrieving Michael's car) we had breakfast at the Horseshoe Cafe, which is really delicious, cheap (biscuits and gravy for like four dollars! best biscuits and gravy I've ever had!) and apparently open 24 hrs/day. Wandered around downtown B-ham a bit more, stopped in the record store for cds for the drive home and Justina picked up some Depeche Mode on vinyl. Also stopped at this awesome chocolate shop that also sells artwork, and the vintage store I mentioned where Michael tried on the letter jacket. It was a very cute store and all this combined to make me a little less sad about moving up there for school.

jeans - pacsun, shirt - vintage depeche mode, sweater - thrifted

This is what I wore Saturday. It was a total coincidence (and also awesome and hilarious) that Justina wore a Depeche Mode shirt on Friday and I brought one for Saturday. I totally didn't know what she was planning on wearing when I packed.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Cause I am most ill and I'm rhymin' and stealin'

I went to visit my friend in the hospital again today. She's doing worse. It was a really beautiful day though, and I'll post about that tomorrow. Meanwhile, I have a bunch of outfit pictures I haven't posted yet. I don't have a lot to say about them, since I don't really remember anything about them.

jeans - pacsun, shirt - urban outfitters, sweatshirt - american apparel

The scarf is vintage. It was my mom's and the silk is pretty much disintegrating in places but it's my very favorite. I try to wear it less these days, replacing it with a nice one I bought at Urban Outfitters, but nothing is as special as this one. The color is perfect too. (I wore this outfit yesterday, which was much yuckier than the rest of the week has been. I thought our nice weather was over, but then today was gorgeous too.)

jeans - pacsun, tie-dye - diy, jacket - cotton on

I wore this another really nice day, maybe Tuesday? I like wearing tie-dye with military-esque jackets. It's very 60's counterculture to me. The shirt is one of my favorites of the ones I made at my tie-dye party last summer (so fun, I supplied all the dye and people brought shirts, socks, sweatshirts, underwear, fabric, and tons of other stuff to dye) because of the colors. The jacket I bought in Australia at this store called Cotton On. There was one right by my hotel, and I kept seeing the jacket every time I went in and out. Since it was winter there and I had only a thin sweatshirt, I decided it was totally worth buying. Now it's actually my favorite spring/summer evening jacket. Light, comfortable, and goes really well with the hippie-ish style I tend towards in warmer weather.

jeans - pacsun, shirt - forever 21

This is a less than exciting outfit, but whatever. When I wore this, I was sitting outside in the sun at school for two hours and I got a tan line on my right arm from the sleeve. First color of the year! Also, I've been wearing my hair down a lot more and I really like it.

shirt - thrifted gramicci, sweatshirt - old navy

I know this picture doesn't really show my outfit that much, but I was pretty drunk. So was Justina. Ha. I was housesitting actually, and the daugther of the people I was housesitting for came over with her boyfriend and a bunch of alcohol and the just the four of us got pretty trashed. I think this is a surprisingly good drunk picture, usually I have half closed eyes and look really yucky.

I think I shall save today's outfit to post tomorrow, but I have one other thing to show you. I made this card for my friend who is in the hospital (she has Guillian Barre syndrome and it's pretty intense). Along with Justina, we are the Beastie Boys (I am Mike D., Justina is Adrock, and she is MCA) so I had to use a picture of them on the front. We also used our Beastie Boys nicknames to address and sign it. She really liked it.

Also, tomorrow I am going to a party/show in Bellingham and I just CAN'T decide what to wear. Any suggestions?

Saturday, April 4, 2009

housesitting and watching degrassi

And worrying about my friend who is in the hospital. I'm going to visit her tomorrow, but it sounds pretty serious. She's sick, and I really hope she'll be ok.

jeans - pacsun (like always), shirt - urban outfitters, sweater - thrifted uniqlo

Trying a smile here. I really don't like my smile.

Oh, and I know I mentioned the Where the Wild Things Are movie last time I wore this shirt, but there's a trailer out now, and you should totally watch it. It's really amazing. I can't wait for it to come out, but it's not until freaking October. Watch it though. Even the trailer might make you cry.

Arcade Fire, Spike Jonze, Maurice Sendak, Dave Eggers, Jim Henson puppets . . . I can't wait until October. You can't even believe how happy I am that they are not ruining this. So glad it's not animated, so glad they didn't do a reshoot to make it more appealing to kids, so so glad. Oh my god, and how much do I want the poster?