So we had a tornado watch after the foreign language final last week, and then, to escape the rain, my dad took me to the mall. Needless to say...I bought things. Things, things, some pretty things~

A hat from Wet Seal. I am obsessed! It's also easy to customize - the black thing on it is a hair net I was given as a birthday present a while back. (A rather useful gift, if your hair is almost waist length...) I also have TONS of ribbons to play around on this with. I don't think summer's going to be boring. ;)



Flats - Wet Seal | Flip Flops - Forever 21 | Rose clips - Forever 21 | Necklace - Bui Yah Kah

The flats are to replace my now sadly deceased flats from Payless that I wore into the ground last year. I really need to acquire some other flats so that I don't do that to these. Fun fact - these are my first non-black pair of flats. I also now own six things that include pink on them. That necklace was also customized by moi. It used to have three of those square things showing, but I used some jewelry clasps to make it go up to one (three annoyed me but it was pretty and a dollar so I did not resist). And I'm going back to that mall very soon to buy an epic purse I spotted there - among other things.

Anything other people are hoping to buy, right now?

Gosh, I'm slow

Urgh, this is late! May I make my excuse be finals week, a tornado, and a few baseball games? Yeah; saying last week was exciting is like saying a blizzard is mildly chilly - understatement. Let's review, shall we? My last post was on the nineteenth, and the day after was robing, the day following was graduation. Had I not been distracted by my quasi-little brother's baseball game, I would have had the time to pose for a few pictures in my graduation outfit. As it was...I never had time to do a graduation photoshoot. On the other hand, I can so vouch that it's a look that will show up again. The dress and heels are fabulous together (even if prolonged wear of the heels leaves me with feet that are in pure agony!) and I love them together. However, I do have pictures of my robing outfit, and my baseball-going outfit (with green to support his team, of course!).



For Robing, I wore: Dress - Forever 21 | Shoes - Payless | Necklace - Gift | Rings - Class Rings | Bracelets - Forever 21



To the baseball game, I wore: Shirt - La Luna Loca (some boutique in Portland, OR) | Tank (beneath) - DEB (I think...) | Jeans - so old I've forgotten | Sandals - Payless | Top necklace - Forever 21 | Bottom necklace - thrifted

I'm considering slapping back on my graduation outfit, now that I have some time, and doing a shoot with that. We'll see what I do, now that I have limitless* free time!
* - impinged upon only by need to sleep and eat and go shopping and lasting until Cali trip in July

Things I Like

Sitting in my English classroom a few days ago (we got out for APs, and no one else came, including the teacher, even though we're supposed to be there!) I realized that the room inspires me. I love the decorations she chose to put up - ceramic signs, a select few paintings, everything but the "movie" posters for books. So I figured I might as well share a little bit.


I love the artwork so much. It's fairly calming and also there's a back-story. Which she told us at the start of the year, and I've mostly forgotten. I love wall-word things, and the little ceramic signs that she (and the rest of my teachers) have everywhere are fun. I don't know HOW she did the hanging things from the ceiling (our ceiling tiles are not sturdy, nor are the things holding them - I can vouch for this, having gotten into the ceiling once) but I adore them. And the way she organizes her things is even impressive. It looks disorganized, but she can find everything, and it looks good.

Yes, I do have a ridiculous mild interest in decorating.

Playing Around

A few nights ago, I messed around with one of BDIB's earlier challenges, "Color Blocking", and invented this outfit for a night out to dinner. It's something I can see myself wearing around an awful lot.

Black shirt - La Luna Loca (a tiny store in Seattle that may/may not still be around) | Purple tank - I forget | Skirt - Charlotte Russe | Belt - Forever 21 | Shoes - Payless | Bracelet - Forever 21 | Necklace - King Tut Exhibit



I love how the almost-nighttime light came out. It really worked out.

Prep School!

Okay, so BDIB time! (Button in sidebar!) The theme's Prep School. I spent too much time agonizing, rather than PreCal homework (yeah...) I finally came to a weird compromise of what I had and what I needed. I like the way the short-sleeved jacket worked with the longer-sleeved oxford. The last time I liked that jacket was when I got it for Confirmation at fourteen. After that, I started hating it. I think I may just like it again now. And the shoes - they hurt like hell, but I love them to death.

Skirt + Jacket - Antonio Melani from Nordstrom's | Shirt - gift from Mom | Shoes - Forever 21 | Watch - Christmas Market at school | Rings - Class rings | Belt - Forever 21 | Tie - Salvage | Pin - present





I would now like to register that I hate trying to post and arrange pictures on Blogger. In the meantime, yay, this worked! It was fun to play with, though I doubt I'll wear something like this as a normal every-day kinda thing, but it was fun.


So, school's winding down! I do realize most bloggers seem to be out of school (which, considering no school = at least 100 times more convenient, well, I can understand). I have one more week left, during which we have finals and I will be studying like a madwoman. Well...trying to study and not be distracted by the much more interesting internet. I know, good luck with that.

Updates on graduation and BDIB: I'm wearing the pink/black dress from JUDay, and pairing it with black wedges I got in Spain, and a simple gray jacket. Undecided on other accessories, though. As for BDIB, I have a working outfit. I'll shoot it today after school, and update it tonight.

In the meantime, I figure I might as well share a short story with y'all. It was written for a creative writing contest at school. The theme was 'colors', and my color was yellow. The color had to be in the name - mine actually was almost eliminated, but the word 'lemon' saved it, and repeat a motif of the color throughout the story. Traditionally, yellow means cowardice, but then people also think of it as a "happy" color, so...I played with that. This is what I came up with:

The Color of Lemons

Did it matter? She couldn't recall how it happened, just that it had. She'd failed. She'd been a betrayer, a coward, the worst kind of existance. Now she was a sick gold, not a piece of the old existence. Everything had changed when she hesitated. Who would have thought a fraction of a second could cause so much pain? She hadn't, not till it happened. So she sat on the rock in this strange place, and stared at the sun. How long she'd been here, she didn't know. It seemed endless as the sun.

Sometimes, she didn't quite remember her name. Maybe it had started with M? She didn't know anymore, really. There was a sound, but not anything concrete. Maybe it was that she didn't deserve it anymore. She wasn't the girl in gold now, was she? She was just yellow, sickly sweet. She matched the flowers around the rock. Why was she sitting there, hating herself? There was more to do among the flowers, anyhow, and the sun hurt to look at. She liked the flowers. And sometimes, she remembered their names. So the girl with maybe an M for her name and a sound became Daisy, because the daisies matched her, and whatever cowardice she had displayed. She displayed them in flaxen hair, and sat in the wind, now noticed. Why had she been here for so long?

It could have been a century or a minute before she realized there was more then the sun and the wind and the rock and the grass and daisies around the rock. There were strange trees nearby, and so, heedless of all else, she made her way towards them. There was hardly any yellow among these growing things, until she saw a bird. A pure yellow, bright as the sun, gleaming in the trees and watching her. The bird became her sight, and it was all she saw. Everything became lemons once more, till it had consumed her. But she saw other things again, eventually. She left the bird behind, unsure. Daisy had been who she was moments or eons ago, but now she was something else. Bird. She found water, and buttery fish. Something remembered for something lost, an exchange of equivalent value. Butter for cowardice. What was the shame she carried for? So she sat and stared and did not see yellow.

She wandered to other places, exchanging words for meaning, names for other names, and one breath for another. She still saw yellow, and she would pause to savor it, because yellow was different. Shame had been replaced by happiness, fear by laughter, and she was gloriously yellow, forever changing.

Hope you liked it. I'll get back to more fashion-y stuff tonight.

Teh Plotzorz

So, as you might have noticed, I'm a member in the Bloggers Do It Better movement. And right now, as I sit in an off period when I should be doing homework I'm working out what I want to do for this current challenge, Prep School. I have a tie to use, without having to swipe one from my father. It has a life story; I found it in our school's theater, where it had apparently been for a few weeks, while Film Club was making stuff that I was in (along with a cardboard cutout of Austin Powers - I'll show you a picture at the end of this, for sure!), and so, appropriated it. It's on my head in the picture I'll show you, though it's kinda hard to see the pattern. Anyhow, so I've got the tie. And I've got several oxfords (white, cap-puffy-sleeved, fitted; yellow, three-quarter-sleeves, fitted; white, long-sleeved, over-sized). The first, I usually use for my Eucharist uniform (Episcopal school; we wear an ugly plaid jumper over an oxford), the second I sometimes use for sleeping because it's so comfy, and the third I tend to use as a jacket. Obviously, oxfords are what you generally wear a tie with. I'm probably going to be ruling the first one out, as it doesn't button up to the neck, and that's kind of awkward with a tie. I will definitely be going with a skirt, too, as I'm kind of lacking in the slacks department. I did mention my old idea of nice clothing was jeans and a plain shirt, right? Yeah. My idea for this is to wear a thrift store find of mine. I wore it for the APLang exam, but never got around to taking pictures, thanks to a tornado watch and a wreck. (I wasn't in the car. My dad was driving our house guest to her job, and all the power was out, so no lights. So, four way stop rule kicks in at intersection. They've just about cleared the intersection, car comes out of nowhere at 50 mph, crashes into the back side of the car, where my mother had been sitting a few minutes before, when they dropped her off at work. Lady's in a stolen car with stolen things in the back, flips out, drives off, end result: totaled car, dad's fine, house guest has a broken arm, and had a reaction mimicking a stroke to the pain meds they put her on. MY WEEKEND WAS AWESOME GUYS.)

Anyhow, I'm thinking I'll pair the yellow oxford with the thrift store find (you'll see it when I post it!) and either tights or skinny jeans underneath. I don't own any blazers or vests, boo. I miiiiiight be able to swipe one from my mother, but it's uncertain. I might try a tank top as a vest though, since I have plenty of those, and that tends to look sort of similar. It all depends on what I think I can do that particular day. But definitely wearing it with skinny jeans. If I do that, I'll also be sure to use my oversized oxford as a jacket. I think that'd look...interesting, at least.

In the meantime, I'm looking at blazers and vests for the future, because this summer, I'll finally be able to manage the money to buy them. (Moolah is difficult when you don't get to work (stupid school hours and homework load) and your mother is like "money lolwhy no".)

Forever 21 Mock Denim Blazer
I loooooooooove this one because a) cheap, and I do like cheap, and b) it's denim, and that's kind of a funny twist with a blazer. It's so serious, but then it's in a fun material like denim. (I admit, I love denim. I've also basically lived my life in close to nothing but denim! Well, denim and broadcloth, because uniform makers suck).

Forever 21 Cropped Tuxedo Blazer
Can I just say I'm obsessed with tuxedo jackets/blazers/whatever? I just love the look and the feel and life would be perfect if I found one in denim. (I'm not joking. I would wear it with my LBD and it would be epic). However, I wouldn't turn this lovely thing down either. It looks comfy, and has a decent price.

I also love Charlotte Russe's Satin-Trimmed Knit Blazer. It's just so pretty and gorgeous and fft. I love the white detailing on it. So adorable! Out of my price range are two lovely Urban Outfitter blazers: BDG Tara Classic Blazer and Sessun Kensington Blazer. So much pretty and way too expensive for me. Maybe I'll trawl  thrift stores once school's out, hunting something lovely down.

Onto the vests, which I've been OBSESSED with for years. And I mean obsessed. I love these things and I keep planning to buy one and then stuff comes up and I don't and am thus sad.

Buckle Street Flower Flyaway Vest
I normally like very sleek, fitted, simple vests, with lots and lots of buttons, but I like this cute little thing. I think it's the contrast of colors (or, according to physics, the absence of color and abundance... Hey, I learned something in there!) and the detailing at the top.

Buckle Daytrip Sequin Back Flyaway Vest
I would've totally passed this by if it didn't say 'sequin back'. Curiosity struck, I clicked, and fell in love with the back. It's just so pretty and squee worthy. Gotta love sequins. (Hey, if it isn't fitted, it should be interesting).

Buckle Daytrip Military Vest
BUTTONS SQUEAL! I love buttons on vests. And buttons in general. And military style. (My mom is a legit retired Navy lieutenant-commander, and I've lost track of the times I've borrowed her hats and jackets and "forgotten" to return them till she threatened to take my books away). I can't help it. It's so cool looking! (And besides, it's fair play; she swipes my books ALL THE TIME and forgets to return them, forgets even borrowing them. I just return the favor...and enjoy awesomeness in the meantime).

The next group (Charlotte Russe and Urban Outfitters) don't get pictures because they only post enormous pictures of these things. :'|

From Charlotte Russe, we have like four vests, which I love. I like really simple designs on vests, and I want them fitted and buttonable. No zippers, no cropped. I love the double breasted style too. (I don't mind the flowy ones too much, so long as they're interesting; and yes, I basically already kinda gave this speech already...) So, these four: Ruched Sateen Vest (shiny, weird back, but right length and fitted, I like it), White Pinstripe Vest (admit it, this is super cute and looks divine; I'd wear it with a black shirt, and go way simple with whatever else so that the attention's on this gorgeous vest), Double-Breasted Linen Vest (I love the shape and the buttons and everything about this thing. But I love anything double-breasted, it just looks good), Pinstripe Button-Front Vest (it looks a little awkward there, but I think it could work). From Urban Outfitters, I have just one (the rest of their vests, tbh, make me go 'eww'), the Lucca Couture Floral Vest, which is fitted, and floral. Which means it was inevitable I would like it.

Now, the promised EPIC win picture of me and cardboard!Austin:
I will admit, this picture was taken primarily to mess with a friend of mine. She didn't notice that it was cardboard until a few hours after it became my profile picture back in December (no, it's not anymore...)

Anyhow, what do you like in your blazers and vests? Any specific 'IT MUST BE THIS' kind of things?