Friday, July 30, 2010

Random Question...

Because I want to know what other people's lives are like and their interests and their goals and dreams and aspirations (and because I'm just plain curious!), I think it'd be cool for us to bond over our future.s


What age are you & grade are you in?

Where are you from?

What do you want to major in/what do you want to be when you grow up?

What is the best thing you've done this summer? (just because!)

I'll start!

I am 17 and I am going to be a seniorrrrrr!

From Seattle, WA.

I want to get my Bachelor's in environmental science or creative writing or psychology and get my MFA in film (screenwriting). Yes, I am all over the place. And I want to, ultimately, work in the film industry in some way or another.

Best thing this summer was...getting some sizzlin' summer Seattle sun and going to the beach! And taking my friend out for her surprise 17th birthday!

Okay, time to answer! I mean, come on. Please take 2 minutes to humor me (: ?



Friday, July 16, 2010

An Education in Fashion: Part III...

As you may or may not know (most likely not), I have done two segments of fashion from the movie "An Education".

Part I

Part II
I was very excited to see that Teen Vogue and Bazaar both did editorial pieces with elements of fashion that I wanted to show in this post. Lovely how things work out like that!
As always, my hat is off to the amazingly talented Costume Designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux.

This is a sad story, really. Jenny (Mulligan) starts out as this plain Jane typical teenager in 60's London, and her clothes reflect it. But as the character grows and adapts to the lifestyle of these adults, so do her clothes.

[The above photo is the perfect summation of the whole movie to me for those four characters. Their facial expressions, their just works.]

It's interesting to see how her hair and make up and clothing are a physical reflection of the mental transformation she goes through (as seen as the photo above and the photo below). Don't you love how she sticks out like a sore thumb in this photo above? Ah, the sign of a fashion-wise, creative mind.

She tries so hard to fit into her new world; her updo, her gold clutch, her lipstick. And she still ends up the sad little girl on the foot of the step in her parents' wall papered home.

(Couldn't resist showing you this Betsey Johnson 'Betsey's Soiree' Sequined Crossbody Clutch for $98:)

Ah, look at the lovely jewelry on Miss Rosamund Pike! (But smoking is bad!)

Animal prints are so in right now. Has anyone else noticed? So are the neutral hues for fall. In fact, I was so excited to do this piece because I recently saw these trends in Bazaar and Teen Vogue...See the post here soon!

The asymmetry of her dress in the coloring is really intriguing to me. I'm not sure if I like it or not, but it's a nice tie in to her lipstick color. But the texture of her dress looks so effortlessly draped, I really enjoy it. I need a dress like this for homecoming!

Well, this is the last of the movie photos. However, I am not done ringing this movie out for all it's worth yet, so check back soon for more.


Monday, July 12, 2010

High Maintenance...

It's amazing what a little lipstick and mascara can do for your confidence.

I've never been a heavy user. Mainly because I know that once you start you can't stop. Like, you can't wake up late one day and NOT wear makeup because then you go to school and everyone thinks you look like a troll.

But this summer I decided I wanted to put my best foot forward. Appearance matters significantly. There have been many studies on the relationship between level of attractiveness and the likelihood of being hired, committing crimes, etc. And they consistently show that pretty people are more likely to come out on top.

So I bought my first lipstick, keep my nails painted, wear my best clothes, brush on the mascara and go with blush or eyeshadow. It's fun. It's like dress up. At first I just wanted to do it to...well...have something to do. But now that I'm starting to always LOOK my best I'm also starting to FEEL my best. Confidence rises. Attention increases. Happiness thrives.

But the one downside is the upkeep. Do I want to go into senior year with this new image obsessed attitude and have to add THAT to my daily routine? It's enough for me to just get up in the morning and brush my teeth and wash my face. But to worry about my shoes matching my headband and my belt and my eyeshadow?

Surely, there is a balance in there. I know it exists, but it's hard for me to not take things to the extreme. It's what I like to do. Full out or not at all. Drama, drama, drama.

Turning over a new leaf takes a lot of work ):

Friday, July 9, 2010

This is the Story of a Girl...

"Who cried a river and drowned the whole world..."

There's something about waking up before the rest of the world that is so refreshing. Especially when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping and the air has cooled off after a long hot day.

6 am Seattle sunlight

This morning made me happy. I'm filled with happy sun and cool morning air and the day will be good okay (because no one can go to the zoo with me today. poop.).


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

It's Not My Fault, It's How I'm Programmed to Function...

Currently Listening to:

The Fear by Lily Allen

It's AP test score day! We all got our letters in the mail.

4, 4, 5.

Is that tacky to say online? I think so!


I could have done worse so I'm ha-pee (you gotta go when you gotta go)

Lately my song choices have been ones with lyrics like:

"I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don’t care about clever I don’t care about funny
I want loads of clothes and fuck loads of diamonds

-Lily Allen's The Fear


"I wanna be a billionaire so fucking bad

Buy all of the things I never had"

-Travie McCoy's Billionaire
 So there are two themes.

The f-bomb and the theme of greed. My mother absolutely does not approve.

I wonder what song choice says about a person...don't read into it too much! (or do >:)  )



I am. "Sorry". For yelling. At Eclipse.

I am sorry that my two seconds of cheering at the beginning was more annoying than that lady's kid screaming for the last thirty minutes of the film. I am sorry my two seconds of cheering was harder to endure than that woman who cleared her throat every four seconds. I am VERY SORRY, MIDDLE AGED BALDING MAN SIR, that you choose to go to the teen girl movie on your day off of your horrible desk job.

I'm sure you meant to see the A-Team, anyway.



Sunday, July 4, 2010

How to Start Babysitting...

Is this weird that I'm answering your question with a post?

Yes? Good!

I'm in the writing/A.D.D. mood right now (I was going to work on my story, had to check my blog, saw a question, watched some Aziz Ansari, ate a cookie, then decided to answer it).

Question (asked by J. [linked back to her blog!]):

How do you get a babysitting gig?

Here's how I did it:
  1. Become friends with someone who babysits
  2. Tell newly made friend to hook you up
  3. Get hooked up
  4. BAM!
Here is how normal people do it:
  1. As awkward as it may be, you just have to go knock on one of your neighbor's doors and be really friendly and tell them your name (if they don't already know it), tell them what house you live in, tell them your interested in babysitting, give them your phone number, and tell them that if they ever need someone to sit to call you.
  2. Ask around. Once you get your first gig, make sure to say, "If you know of anyone else that needs babysitting, you can give them my number." I personally am happy with just the couple families I babysit for (because I'm looking for a part time job) but my friend A-- got me my job babysitting plus two or three other gigs for herself just by telling that first family to spread the word.
  3. If you have babysat before, TELL THEM. Any experience you've had working with kids is good experience. It's your resume in the babysitting world. It impresses the parents!
  4. If you have not, taking a babysitting class (here in Bellevue it's through the hospital) is a really good idea. That way it shows that you are responsible and it's just nice to be extra prepared.

I know it's super awkward that first time you have to go and knock on the door, but the convenience of having a neighborhood babysitter is really appealing to parents, especially for last minute calls. That two minutes of awkwardness will pay off in the babysitting money you make!

Hope this helps!


Friday, July 2, 2010

Have a Baby by Me, Baby...

Job searching is dismal. It’s almost a job in itself, looking for a job.

I’m a babysitter. Two days a week. It’s nice for some extra pocket cash but not really a significant source of income, especially for those of us who are trying to save up money to pay for college.

But babysitting has some lucrative benefits that you don’t get in a typical job. The snacking, for one. For some reason, little kids always have the best snacks and parents these days seem to buy really healthy, tasty food. When I was younger, I don’t remember eating all organic. I remember happy meals and mac n’ cheese (and I’m not even obese! Yet.). Also, there is always the “THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WATCHING MY KID I WILL NOW GIVE YOU FIVE BUCKS EXTRA BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE ANY CHANGE” situations. Which is nice because it’s that little added bonus that you weren’t expecting. Also, I have never heard of someone losing their job as a babysitter. I think that once parents find someone willing to watch their kid (and if, after the first gig, they come home to their child in one piece) they pretty much stick with them.

Free snacks, surprise bonuses, and job stability. What teenager wouldn’t want this job?

Plus, I always walk away with a funny story. The girl I babysit…let’s call her Olivia…Olivia asks me one day, “Do you have any kids?”

Me: Nope.

Olivia: Why? (She’s in her “why?” phase)

Me: I’m too young. I’m only 17.

Olivia: (she’s five) You’re 17?! That’s old! Why don’t you have any kids yet?!

Then a couple days later…

Olivia: How are your kids doing?

Me: …I don’t have any kids, remember?

Olivia: Oh yeah. (thinks for a few moments) Do you even have any baby milk?

Kids these days.


Be a Millionaire! (Yes, yes I will).