Friday, August 28, 2009

Gee London, I Just LOVE Everything You Do To The World...

A view of the London Eye from underneath it!

I was supposed to go to Southampton today to see the Betsey Johnson Exhibit at Guild Hall, make a trek to the Le Sportsac store to see their latest collections and see the sales, and go out to lunch. But thanks to the weather gods, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. Instead I sat at home and did nothing productive but watch Spongebob, and take random pictures.

And so, I thought it would be a good day to dig out some pictures I took from my trip to London, and look at the street fashion from one of my favorite cities in the world. When I visited London, I noticed a lot of awesome clothing and accessories, mixed in with the awesome history of the city.

Look at her shoes! I just love them. This was taken right by the London Eye on a weekday evening. She looked so put together but I had to be discreet with my camera...

The woman on the right with the dreadlocks?! Amazing! I love her cut-off tights and the boots. She and her friend both look great here. Taken by the London Eye.

HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE HER LESPORTSAC BAG!?!? She was standing right up against a beautiful background and it would have made a much better picture... But she wasn't aware of me taking her picture. Bahaha.

After eating some Souvlaki at a nice Greek restaurant near the Millenium Bridge, I spotted these two walking past me. The blonde is rockin' her white flat oxfords, and I absolutely love the floral dress.

AWE! Saw these cute little kids touring the Tower Of London, I'm assuming with their school teacher. I'm a sucker for a baby with a British accent!

Now, yesterday I went to the mall with my longtime friend Cayde, who I see a few times a year for random shopping sprees, concerts, and fun activities (: I bought a few cute things including some floral leggings, a Free People necklace, eyeshadow, and some body products (pictured tomorrow)- and while we were there, we noticed a new store...
Radley! For those who don't know, it's a luxury handbag and accessories store. The ONLY USA store is here, in New York! So as a Grand Opening party, they had little tea tables set up outside the store.

The sign outside, explaining why they were there.

A few people having nice, cute little tea parties without me :(

To learn more about this store, check out their website!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nerdy Glasses

I was planning to go to my school today and help out the chorus teacher set up his room- I'm a novelty to the choir because I'm not really friends with their group (they stay to themselves a lot) and I'm one of those girls that sort of is friends with everyone. And I'm also apparently a singing legend because they were all pleased when I got into the select chorus... go figure xD But I didn't end up going because I would have had to walk there, and I didn't want to shower and everyhing. Meh. So I stayed home and tried on a few outfits because the dreaded FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL is almost upon me. Which is also not very good because for my AP Euro class, we were supposed to read a very lengthy packet... which I haven't finished annotating yet.

I made another lookbook, PLEASE HYPE IT

The stuff:
-Lacy knit dress from F21: the first time I wore it, I intended to wear it in London... I didn't even bring it with me, bahaha.
-Nerd Necklace from Fred Flare
-Wallet from Anthropologie, like YEARS ago. I use it as a clutch...
-Shoes from Baker's: Are these really that ugly? I was with a friend when I bought them and she said they were hideous. But I sort of like them, you know? What do you think?

my feet are so gross, I hate them...

Wallet on my favorite granite in the kitchen.

I also took a few pictures of tentative first-day-of-school outfits, which will be raping the next few posts I'm afraid. Look at these two and tell me what you think of both!

Sort of a short skirt, yes I know. But it's going to be HOT still, in such early times of September! I love these shoes even though my camera didn't get them in the shot :( but HERE THEY ARE!

I bought this at the beginning of summer with the intention of wearing it for the first day, but is it too summery?

BTW, If anybody wants an invite to the site Lockerz, please let me know! Lockerz is a website that lets you earn PTZ, or points, and you can redeem them for awesome prizes like a Marc Jacobs bag, concert tickets, designer shoes, and tons more. The website isn't open to the public yet, so if you want and invit, just comment me with your email address and you'll recieve one.

Monday, August 24, 2009

I love my Dweeb tote.

Ciao friends (: I'm blogging a lot lately, since my boyfriend is on vacation for a bit and this week is going to be busy of fun things to write about: What's to look foreward to? Another mall excursion, Italian lessons, the Hamptons, a trip to the SoHo Topshop, and more stuff! But until then I'll be burying your feeds with news of cute clothes and such.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I attended Warped Tour and got tons of stuff. In this outfit is one of my purchases from there. I plan to wear this outfit to school in the fall, but I needed to model it to see how it looked and everything. Don't forget to hype it on lookbook!

The published Lookbook result

They're drawn-on oxfords from Delia's

Closeup of the Muji shirt and necklace

The Dweeb Tote

Product Information:
- Wrinkled Cotton T-Shirt from Muji- They're packaged in cute little squares so that they're perfectly wrinkled for the right texture.
-Floral heart pendant from Forever 21, gifted by a friend.
-High-Waisted Denim Shorts from H&M
-Dweeb Tote Bag from Glamour Kills, which I got at Warped!
-Oxford-drawn ballet flats from Delia's... I think they're my own version of the Oxfords trend, and they're about as close as I'm going to get, thanks to the publicity.

Also, look at this awesome jacket from Anthropologie! I wanted it but it's $300 so I wasn't really feeling its price tag. But I HAD to try it on, you know?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Lookbook!

-Made the shirt by cutting a deep V-neck and drawing with a fabric marker, long vertical lines to elongate the V. Michael's sells t-shirts dirt cheap!
-Owl Necklace from Charlotte Russe, because I love owls.
-I got a new gold braided belt from AA, because I lost my much cooler, metallic one :(
-Ruffled skirt from Lester's
-These awesome gold, paisley sneakers from H&M for $15. Come on, how do you expect me to resist?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

American Apparel Screenings

Recently, American Apparel has been facing a lot of questions concerning their practices in hiring employees. Particularly this brief post by NYMag's blog, AA has been beating down a lot of rumors about its suspected prejudices against those that are less... aesthetically appealing. Check out the article and tell me what you think.

If you do a bit of research, you'll see that AA provides a lot of information about its policies, requirements, goals, and everything else you could possibly want to know. But I mean, you can't really trust a coorperation, anyway. If you check out their official Youtube channel, ou can see interviews with their CEOs and all sorts of other things. Go figure what their actual policies are.

But back to the original article: I think it's an interesting point where they said, "The line consists of a tremendous number of colors that are more like art supplies than fashion, so when we're hiring, one of the things we look for is an ability to take our products, make them exciting, and show how cool they can look, which doesn't have much to do with just being pretty." I think there's something to be said for that- I don't go to AA looking for a potential outfit, I go looking for a particular piece I'd like, or something I think would match another item nicely. What's so wrong with that?

Tell me your thoughts. next post, I'll have lot's of fun things to display!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Day In The Life With An Upscale Party Coordinator

Centerpieces Closeup

I'm actually an incredibly lucky person, sometimes. My next-door neighbor, Sheila, is a party designer. So this means that her job includes the interior design of extravagant parties; think Platinum Weddings, since one of her parties was featured on it! She works for the floral company, Atlas, which is based in New York City. To make this a slightly easier day to follow, here it is, broken down in sections:
6 A.M.: Wake up, shower, 3 sips of shitty, homemade iced coffee. Throw on jeans and a teeshirt. First time wearing jeans in 3 months due to the weather.
7 A.M.: Meet Sheila outside my house in her BMW, and we make our way into the city over the 59th street bridge easily. Casual conversation including her recent trip to France on a wine tour with her darling celebrity friend who I shan't discuss here, fascination with foreign languages (Japanese, primarily), and warnings about the people we would soon encounter.
8:15 A.M.: Park the car in a garage near her office, get $5 worth of breakfast gas for the two of us. Rush to the Taj Pierre, incredibly ritzy hotel on the Upper East Side (i.e., not my stomping grounds...) where the wedding reception is taking place.
9 A.M.: After eating breakfast, Sheila introduces me to the rest of the crew: Joe, a spanish guy who has a cute, potato-shaped head; Buddy, a coca-cola addict who never shuts his russian guts up; Urico, this absolutely precious Japanese woman who has worked for Atlas 15 years; Amy, an angry Chinese woman, and Barry, the boss's son who got stuck being an Atlas manager after graduating college.
9:10 A.M: Meeting the bride's neurotic father, who had 12 separate coordinators meticulously every second of the entire wedding procession from up to three days before. I saw the master schedule; it was harmful to my health. Had to talk to the happy trillionaire.
9:20 A.M.: Shadowed Shiela, who basically walks around and makes sure everyone is doing as she designed. Centerpieces begin to assemble, and I get stuck with meeting random people, etc. Eventually fall into the rhythm of alternating between stalking Shiela around the space and building flower arrangements. I also realized that the family was Jewish and that they would be married under a giant canopy made of live birch trees that had been cut THIS MORNING.

Closeup view of the Huppah

12 P.M.: Lunch. Barry and I are sent to retrieve the Italian orders of salads and pastas (and his hero...) from downstairs. Not permitted to use the front entrance because we are "staff". After, we continue building. I find myself sprawling moss underneath clusters of hydrangea and roses in the center of tables. I learn to use a clipper without killing myself.
2 P.M.: During a stalking trip with Sheila to visit the room where the Huppah is located, we realize that the idiots who are putting it together cut some of the trees up. After a minor brain hemmorage, Shiela guides the laborers to safer shores.


3 P.M.: Recruit Barry to help me create small clusters of flowers to go around the base of the centerpieces. After he repeatedly insists that his 23-year-old self is not a florist in any way, I continue to talk to him as the only normal laborer in the room, and make him help me finish them anyway. We were one short. But we had a nice bonding session, talking about relationships, being young, going to college. Living?
4:30 P.M.: Flown in from Los Angeles, the set director for the soap opera The Young And The Restless is here at the wedding, another coordinator working among the busy bees. She has a runner monogrammed with the date and names of the bride and groom. She is blonde and middleaged.
5 P.M.: Deliver the bouquets to the bridal party suite. Each bridesmaid wears a different color (turquoise, navy, salmon, silver, pink, burgundy) with a respective bouquet that compliments their color. All the dresses are made of the same fabric and wear the same shoes. Sheila feeds me a very soft, yummy, chocolate chip cookie from the suite before we escape back to chaos. Dadzilla is back, asking me and Barry to show him what the centerpieces will look like when they're finished... because we had a product to show? No...

Wrought-iron gate for the bride's entrance

5:30 P.M.: The bridal table is too small to hold the bridal arrangement! Buddy must now muster his dignity and find a larger table- after much searching, he does. He makes the arrangement smaller. The turmoil is dealt with while Sheila and I visit the wedding cake, which was created by the famous baker Sylvia Weinstock, who is basically a huge cake bigshot who has a lot of awesome choices for her cakes available. All the flowers on the cake were handmade of gum paste, and are completely edible. It smelled so tasty walking by.

The wedding cake!

6:45 P.M.: Finishing touches, adding miscellaneous flowers around the room. Buddy and Joe want me to join them tomorrow for a wedding at the New York Botanical Gardens, but I politely decline. I stalk Sheila, who makes her rounds and lets us see the escort table, and throws more flowers on the gate.

Closeups of the flowers on the gate

7 P.M.: Final checks with the neurotic family before Sheila and I quietly slip out.

Final shot of the centerpieces

7:30 P.M.: We make our way to the Time Warner building, very close by. We decide to eat at the Landmarc, a very chic and non-touristy restaurant that neighbors the #1 most expensive restaurant in New York City, Per Se. However, Landmarc has a great menu (which I stole...) which includes cultured cuisine that everybody can find a meal from. They sell wine by the half-bottle. Sheila has a chicken burger while I have a hamburger; both were absolutely amazing, thick and rich in flavor.
8:40 P.M.: We order dessert after rapid speech about the Hamptons, lifetime philosophy and travel affects on mental health. The menu offers creme brulee, bluberry crumb cake, lemon tart, tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and several yummy other treats, along with a smattering of ice creams and sorbets. We got a tasting tray of coconut, apple, and milk chocolate sorbet/ice cream, and a small slice of lemon tart, a cup of chocolate mousse, and a delicious creme brulee. To my surprise and delight, a "bread basket" of cotton candy came too! It was absolutely divine and it made my day.

Cotton Candy in a bread basket

9:30 P.M. Leave the city for our neighboring homes, smooch goodbyes, and rush inside to write about everything!

Now, be honest: Can you really imagine how much a wedding like that costs? They had a ton of money's worth of flowers, lighting, and sound systems instituted in one of the most expensive hotels in new york. They had girls dress up in kimonos and serve sushi during the cocktail hour. They had two separate teams of photographers; and a painter, all to capture the wedding in every way. It's ridiculous. It's awesome. Designing such parties is a dream job for anyone, no?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

John Lennon Exhibition

I went to the John Lennon Exhibition in Greenwich Village this week. It has been described as "[an exhibition that] explores John Lennon’s passion for music, art, politics and film, with New York City as his backdrop" by the Rock Annex itself. Here's a look inside:

Skip ahead to :40 for the actual exhibit stuff.
One of the most interesting things, for me, was the look at the book illustrated by Yoko Ono, Grapefruit. CHECK OUT THE READING ONLINE!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Warped Tour 2009!

A few weeks ago, I went to Warped Tour 2009. Warped tour is great because truthfully, people don't go that can't handle it. Sure, you have the average teenybopper who thinks they can handle it, but other than that, it's good about weeding out true fans of the music from those people who just go to be able to say they went. Between the people who walk around with FREE HUGS/KISSES/HOOKUPS (remove as needed) written on their shirts, the girls who were smart enough to wear a bikini top under their shirts knowing the weather (like me, hah), the slip-n-slide which i'm not entirely sure about having everywhere, it's difficult not to have a good time. Sure, you'll get ripped off when you try to buy food, water, or sunblock: but the easy way out is knowing what you'll need to bring, and knowing how much money to bring so you don't pass out. I had a great time this year, even better than Warped Tour 2008.

Another awesome thing about it is all the free stuff you get- there are all sorts of booths set up for your perusal from organizations like Peta2 (new campaign), SocialVibe, and To Write Love On Her Arms. Other booths represent different merchendise for bands (example from the 3OH!3 tent below, which my friend bought), independent bands looking for new fans to sell their CDs to, and places for temporary stamps so that when you walk around the concert, other people go looking for the source of the stamp.

Then there are the companies who sell their own products at warped tour, like New York Couture and Glamour Kills. Among my friends, I am notorious for spending as much time peering through these booths, because quite frankly, I get a beter deal buying their stuff at Warped Tour than online, because there's no shipping cost, and I get to like, actually SEE the garment or accessory in question. You know what I mean? Anyway, I ended up with a NYCouture necklace and a GK bag.


But the iPod men are the best. They're people that walk around with a backpack, an iPod of some sort, and a jack of like, 3 pairs of huge headphones. They walk around and then you get to sample some of their band's music if they're a band member, or if they're a streetteam member, they advocate even stronger about the band they're playing for you. They'll usually ask, "who are you here to see?" and depending on who you say, they'll play a song or two to make you want to buy their CD. I love the iPod men, and my usual bargain with them is that, "I will buy your CD if you take a picture with me." And they usually respond flirtatiously, my friend takes the picture, I get a CD, it's all good. I love the iPod men.

As far as the bands I saw:

1. 3OH!3: Most famous for the song, Don't Trust me. The way to tell the difference between true 3OH!3 fans and the ones that came directly from radio exposure, is which version of Don't Trust Me they sing. If it's with every curse and unedit, they're real. If not, they're new to the craze.
Chokechain (Yeah, I recorded it... lol)

2. Jeffree Star: Come on, everyone's favorite transvestite singing?! Unheard of! His merch line at his tent included Hilarious tee-shirts with varying innapropriate slogans dealing with Cunts and Cupcakes. Most of the best stuff isn't available online, sadly.

3. Ice Nine Kills: I actually heard about them at the last Warped Tour, because their bass player was an iPod man last year. Here's a picture I took with him last year (YOUTUBE THEM IF YOU LIKE A LITTLE ALT-SCREAMO):

4. Sing It Loud: Not quite as well-known as the others. My friend Alex and I actually found Sing It Loud because we're considered Myspace Music Whores; as in, EVERY BAND IN THE WORLD adds me or her on myspace. But they're actually quite good, and I took a picture of them having a small acoustic playing outside their booth:

For a full list of the bands that played, check out the Warped Website's List.

In total, I walked out of warped tour with a pair of these KKBB Shorts, my GK bag, NYC necklace, tons of free stickers, a Warped 09 Program, Free MP3 passes, a free 25-song iTunes playlist, 7 CDs (3 were free) a Peta2 DVD, momento photos emailed to me, KKBB sunglasses, lots of flyers, a vans hat and tank top, a Bhagavad Gita (don't even ask.) and a lot of great pictures, posters, and business cards. I can't wait for next year, already!

Tunes To Try (VIA WAPRED):
1. The Original Mack by Uh Oh! Explosion- A little of this and that. For lovers of 3OH!3 and TV/TV.

2. I'm Not Crying. You're Not Crying, Are You? by Dear and the Headlights- Very throaty, for lovers of Nickelback's vocals and the Rise Against's semi-scream quality that you all know about, even if I can't really describe it.

3. The Brightest Green by Anarbor- Similar to Family Force Five on a non-screamo day, and Envy On The Coast on a not-high pitched day.

4. Every Indecision by Erickson- For lovers of NeverShoutNever and All Time Low.