Friday, April 24, 2009

To The Top

So let's just say that I'm sick. I've been on a treatment(which will end in a month) that has terrible side effects, and although I haven't suffered from the worst ones, I still have been victim of two occasions where I just "collapsed." Not quite literally, but it feels as if someone beat me up for three hours, and every muscle and joint in my body hurts. I've missed several days of work and school, and today I am back! Still sick, but better.

However, since I had all that time on my bed unable to move but a couple of inches, I finally finished reading the Anna Wintour's first biography "Front Row." I read of Anna's constant need to prove the pretties girl in her teens, of her independence from family, her indifference to the world, her lack of proper education - not even finishing high school, the fact that almost every job she's had was earned with the help of a male friend, and how despite earning the hate of almost every one she worked with, she still managed to wrapped around her finger the most important ones.

Her life is inspirational, despite the fact that she continually made other peoples' lives hell, and she always stepped on someone else if it worked to her advantange. Still the kind of success she's had in her life really make me wish I was her lol but I don't think I can be as ruthless, so probably not. Anyway, I propose to Anna's motto: Do whatever it takes to get to the top! --at least that's what the book said.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Music to Feel

There is a part of my brain that is always inclined to follow the spontaneous ways of the heart. It is quite often when I make decisions based solely from the snaps of excitment only felt when doing something truly desired by the heart. Highly unrelated to this process is how my heart remembers those times when I've done something I can always rejoice in when I listen to certain songs. There are other songs that bring other types of memories, but regardless of whether they were good or bad memories, songs - or music - can always transform me to a different state of being. And for the last week, I've been listening to the CDs that are just full of these songs that as soon as the melody reaches my ears, I am completely in a different place. The lyrics refer to feelings I've felt or things I wished I felt. Things I wish I had been told, a better explanation of my life at a particular crisis, feelings I've been blamed upon, or simply the question of why life goes the way it goes. Why is it impossible to ask oneself, what if? I wonder too much on what ifs, but I've tried to do as many things as possible to avoid having to answer the pertinent what if? someday. So as to honor the songs that have captured all my attention in the past two weeks, here's a list and pics of the ones that made the cut.

In no particular order:

1. Boston by Augustana
2. Home by Michael Buble
3. Songs about Rain by Gary Allan
4. Best I ever had by Gary Allan
5. Wonderwall by Oasis
6. Stars and Boulevards by Augustana
7. Lincoln Avenue by Train
8. Better Man by James Morrison
9. Sunday Morning by Maroon 5
10. Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word by Elton John
11. She's Got a Way About Her by Billy Joel
12. Diary of Jane by Breaking Benjamin
13. Brighter than Sunshine by Aqualung
14. The Scientist by Coldplay
15. The Brillian Dance by Dashboard Confessional
16. Just Friends by Gavin Degraw
17. Who Knew? by Pink
18. Over my Head by The Fray
19. Broken by Seether
20. No by Shakira

**Pictures not necessarily associated with the Album pictured**

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bow Ties

I have to admit, that ever since I was a child, I've had an small infatuation for bow ties. The real ones, not the pasta ones. They can be so magical when they come in quirky colors and patterns. Given that I can tie a regular tie - a trait I learned when I was 11 yrs old, I was thrilled when I found out this video that teaches you how to tie a bow tie! Now all I need is to find a bow tie and try it myself. OH and I included a picture too, just in case it gets too confusing.

And the guy in it, a designer I'll admit I've never heard of, is totally adorable. The long lose curls and the bow tie make him a perfect match for me!

Below Bow Ties by David Hart & Co.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Dress Code

I was reading The Wall Street Journal, and came across an article that made me realize why someday I might put my passion into use. I love fashion. Anything about it makes me look and appreciate the beauty in the world. I firmly believe that I do not belong among people that think I'm crazy, which many of them do, and I should be able to at least have one friend that understand my obsession with Chanel. So I hope that someday I do more with my life than just look at pretty clothes, I want to use them to help people - if you can believe it. But nevertheless, this article shows just how tricky it can be deciding just which Hermes scarf to buy.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Lost in Translation

It truly is a shame that it took me so long to really see fashion beyond dresses and shoes. I used to be a follower of the crowd, but never understood the creativity and innovation behind the revolving world of fashion. It has only been in the past couple of years that I can look at an item and appraise it not only according to the present, but what it could have been in the past and what it could be in the future.
When I was browsing the LizClaiborne website, I came across a couple of handbags that produced nothing but nostalgia. A reaction I'd like to fully blame Isaac Mizrahi for. The casual madras plaid bags, below, hold an acute resemblance(fabric wise)to a sleeveless blouse my mother handed down to me years ago. Although, I kept the blouse for a long time, I gave it up thinking it was done and over with - until now. I really wish I still had it, and coincidentally enough, I have the perfect LizClaiborne belt for it. Maybe I should snap my fingers and work my magic.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Grey Gardens

When I first read the story of Little Edie Beale, it seemed too surreal to be true. But it was. And it is an extraordinary story. I cannot wait until I watch the movie. The first video contains pictures from the actual couple, while the second one is the official trailer from HBO.