Monday, December 28, 2009

The Chills

Happy Early New Year!
This is just in case I don't get to post beforehand! Hope you attempt to follow your New Year's Resolutions(I know I won't ;) )

My Christmas was pretty simple with very little gifts involved but hey it's all about the giving right? How was everyone's holidays? I know that I haven't been taking outfit posts lately and that's mostly because it's vacation and it makes me very lazy indeed. I will update this week though, I hope.

I just went to Target yesterday and convinced my mom to love Target as much as I do(it went successfully). I roamed around the tiny section for Rodarte for Target and tried on a couple pieces. I found a liking for the baby blue dress(which I want to exchange for a size smaller if there are any left, well anywhere) and bought that one. I also tried the yellow slip dress but my mom said it looked funny on me..perhaps I'm not meant for yellow? For now, I'm going to have to belt it to make it more fitting. I'll take more pictures and talk about the collection later.

(H&M scarf

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Billion Pictures Speaks a Billion Words

There's been too much going on, I can't really put it all into words but I will attempt to. So here it is: photo vomit and food porn all for you to see :)
My regular winter sledding outfit: ski jacket from middle school my mom bought for me two sizes too big, sweatpants with leggings underneath, hat, and too many hoods it makes it seem like I have no hair. If you haven't sled before, do it. It's a blast and it's wicked funny when your friend slips and falls and goes all the way down the hill by accident. hahaha.
A painting I did yesterday when I was bored after sledding.
And now...behold! Food porn!
No worries, I wasn't drinking. But the glass was pretty :)
Yes, there is a reason for the food porn. My mom's childhood friend from Australia came to visit today, so we all went out to a Malaysian restaurant to celebrate(for me, it's more like just eat a hell of a lot). The place is called Penang and it's located in Chinatown in Boston. It's had some rave reviews so whenever you're in town I highly recommend it! The pad thai is wicked good. The manager is apparently old friends with my mom and he gave us (the adults) a round of wine, a seafood dish, and some Indian pancake appetizers on the house. Talk about a good host! The service is superb and I felt like some kind of celebrity sitting there and eating food that never seemed to disappear. If you compare this one night to my regular everyday life, this is as glitzy as it gets! If I could eat like this once every..week...two weeks...err...month...I'd be set. Seriously.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

An Ode to Comfy Sweaters

vintage sweater, refuge jeans, walmart socks, lela rose for payless flats, h&m flats, h&m tee(inside)

Today was surprisingly warm(I'm talking like 40sF or so?). Yes, that's considered warm I'm embracing it! I've taken out the puffy jackets and down stuffed marshmellow coats already and I'm sad to see my leather jacket get tucked away. Until Spring my love!
Pretty simple outfit for today. Comfy sweater, favorite worn and torn scarf, and jeans. Which reminds me.. I need a new pair. I saw a pair at H&M for 40 bucks but I think I've been spending way too much money this holiday season. Which is weird considering I've only bought a present for my mom and one secret santa project.. Wait, I did get a Kate Spade bag(via consignment, I'm so proud) and some other clothes.. And a hat.. Okay, I need to go on a shopping break..after this weekend. :)
I've been working on this secret santa present that consists of multiple parts and I'm pretty excited about it. I can't tell you what it is because I bet my friend will find out some how!
So does anyone else ever just wander around stores and look at beautiful things but can't afford anything? It's so sad whenever i go into Anthropologie. I'm not the wealthy type and all of the things and home decor(lust,lust,lust) makes my heart swoon and then I walk out with only memories and no actual object. But! I did get some cute notebooks on sale the other day for a couple bucks. I've lately started to have a crave for stationery even though no one writes to me. So, I'm just using them as my artist journals and pages of random ramblings.
Happy Tuesday? (not really..Friday please come!)

And..concluding with:
Please please please Santa, I've been good.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Autumn don't leave me

How can Winter not be here but Autumn seems so far behind? I've been having a wicked lazy weekend including staying at home and sorts..
On Friday, I went to this consignment shop and I found a bunch of items I wanted to buy.. It's good I had a 50% off coupon by taking a survey. I eventually got a Kate Spade tote and a red cardigan from Banana Republic for about 50 dollars. I still think the cashier messed up the total because no matter how I tried to calculate it, it wouldn't come out to be that amount. With these shops though, they don't have standard receipts so I think I got cheaped out of 10 bucks(which is a lot since I'm broke). Well, hope you have a good rest of the weekend!

I'll update more this week :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chocolates and Colored Pens

I think I've been wasting too much time at Target looking at random things that I don't need and ever will need.. except for that chocolate. I remember whenever I crossed the border to Canada, there would be these "duty-free" stores full with wine, makeup, cigarettes, and expensive-looking chocolates and my dad would always get a couple boxes of these Guylian chocolates. So, since then, I've always looked for them and the only place I could find them was in the boxed chocolate aisle at Target. I think I'll be picking some more up on December 20th, when Rodarte for Target is open for business.

After browsing in Target on a lazy Sunday, I saw a stack of plain, grided, and lined notebooks I spent a good ten minutes or so wondering which size I should get. The idea came to me to make a small "artist journal" for random doo-dads and doodling and thoughts after I saw a book about artist pages. I don't really consider myself an artist but I do like to draw randomly and let my ideas freeflow. So, here's a little snippet of what I've been doing.
Expect a lazy week and boring outfits :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Perhaps Too Pink

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Wearing H&M mens sweater, Gap tee, F21 skirt, Aldo convertible clutch, H&M scarf, Sam Edelman flats

So, I use to be strangely proud of not enjoying the color pink so much. I think it was one of my friend's opinions that changed mine. I remember her saying: "pink is such an artifical color..that's why I don't like it!" And so, I was influenced by what she said. We all don't like to admit that we are easily influenced and affected by these small opinions but where would we be without our friends' opinions? And so, I've avoided pink for some time. You can look into my wardrobe and the closest to pink you would find is gray(no I'm not kidding). It was not until one day I was going around in Forever21 and spotted this skirt. I was the kind of vibrant pink I would deliberately shun..but for some reason it I was drawn to it. It was like a bowl of curry in front of my face with an empty stomach. Terribly difficult to not overindulge. And even one of my close friends noticed and said, "Franny! You're wearing pink!"
I hope you enjoyed my lame story.
Anyways, moving on.. How were your Thanksgivings? I normally didn't have turkey but a simple dinner then a gathering of my relatives to hotpot. We spent the entire night being fascinated with my cousin's WiiFit game, especially when my cousin(a he), did the super hula hoop game with unnecessary spazzing dance moves. My dad was so amused that the next day we got the game ourselves! Other than that I just stayed at home and randomly painted on some new canvases I bought at Michael's on Black Friday. Yes, I buy art supplies on the biggest sale day of the year instead of electronics.
Besides playing video games and painting, I probably spent the rest of my short vacation watching all the Sex and the City episodes. I've seen the movie a good twenty times but I never watched the seasons, so I decided to start now. I'm already at the third season so I consider that an accomplishment. Anyways, I've got to go finish my mission(watching more tv).

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Bits and Bobs and Turkey

A couple of my favorite pictures of the moment that I just wanted to share.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Turquoise Skies

Gray shorts
Wearing NewYorkandCompany sweater, F21 trousers I cut into shorts, American Apparel thigh high socks

Super simple outfit for a day of shopping. Nothing's better than an almost all-day shopping spree with a best friend. Honestly, I spent too much time at the local mall burning calories as I wander and having mango chicken samples from the thai mall food. Those combos they offer are impossibly too much for even two people..but who's going to complain? Besides that, we ran across stacks of turquoise-y bracelets that would look great with a simple tee on my lazy days. Maybe I'll add that to my mental Christmas wishlist..
I'm trying to find a perfect pair of flat, short ankle boots that I can wear all winter. I was thinking maybe these from Nine West..what do you think?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Big Wheels Keep on Turnin;

Wearing H&M shirt, Forever21 dress as skirt, vintage wide belt, H&M scarf, random tights, weird facial expressions

Hi there. How's life? Pretty good, thanks.

I think my friends and I were playing American Idol too long on my playstation 2. We spent a good one or two hours shouting and harmonizing(more shouting actually) to classic songs like Alone, Build me a Buttercup, and Saving all my Love for You. When Proud Mary came on, we did some crazy dance where we have to do the wheel motion and bob our heads violently to the music. Fun? Yes. Necessary? No, not really.
This was a randomly thrown together outfit the other day. Sometimes waking up half an hour late doesn't give me much time to apply lotion and just put my folders in my backpack. I've been starting to consider animal prints lately.. I don't own much, except for this dress, maybe one top, and a scarf. What do you think about mixing prints? Have you noticed the similarity between the last post and this one? It's got to be the brenton stripes.. They are too versatile and it's particularly difficult for me to let go of them. I'm still stopping myself from wearing that Gap sweater tomorrow. Must..resist...
Afterschool, I went to my eye doctor's. Lately, my right eye(yes, just the right) has been awkwardly blurry. I detest straining to see pre-calculus problems on the board so I thought it was about time to go. I have these special contact lens that I wear overnight. They fix my vision and somehow reshape my eyeball(yes, I know this sounds weird). I always try to explain this to my friends..but maybe this will do the job: click
Other than being partly blurry-eyed, I've been doing some painting. Nothing like studio art, it's more like leisure time on the coffee table staring at a screen for a good five hours watching reruns of Rush Hour 3, Marley and Me, and whatever is on HBO. The best days are spent doing things that are pointless and completely a waste of time.

Have a great weekend :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

An Early Christmas List: Books Worthy of the Coffee Table

The more I browse Amazon, the more unhealthy it is for me, seriously. Here's a little shorty list of my lust list of books(so I can keep tabs for myself mostly):

A Year of Mornings: 3191 Miles Apart- A photography collaboration book between two friends who are separated by thousands of miles. Each day they take a photograph. They are simple, pretty, and peaceful, but the most surprising thing about it is that on some days there are similarities--showing that no matter how far friends are apart, they are still close in heart.

The Sartorialist - 512 pages of Streetstyle by Scott Schuman. Need I say more?

The Teen Vogue Handbook- Looks interesting and useful for a girl like me. I'm ready to enter the Fashion World and maybe this book will be of help. Does anyone know if it is any good?

My Wonderful World of Fashion: A Book for Drawing, Creating, and Dreaming - Sure, this isn't a coffee table book but it's cute and I miss that little girl in me who used to color. Why not unleash my inner child?

I Love Your Style: How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style - I've never owned any style how-to books, but I've read a few. I've read the Nina Garcia series, but I haven't taken a look at the WhoWhatWear one. Does anyone have a review of that one? Well, this one just seems like a good starter to my soon expanding collection.

Insults and Comebacks for All Occasions - This one just seems like a hoot. It looks hilarious and there really is no point of owning it.. but that's never really stopped me from buying a book anyways.

Keel's Simple Diary - Okay, I know I have completely shifted from Coffee table books to books I just want. Or a diary in this case. But I love how simple this diary is. I never remember or feel as though I have to write too much to fill my diary that I stop doing it. Maybe this little thing will pick me up where I started.

Tell me if you've personally enjoyed any of these books or if you are interested in any of them. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

PS. I've decided to start anew with the labels. Do you think this is a good idea?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Winter's Calling, but I don't want to Answer






Gap sweater, beads from my friend, H&M scarf, Aldo accessories bag, navy tights from Walmart, Payless oxfords

I was browsing around the mall when I saw this XL Gap sweater. I've seen it once before and on Veteran's Day there were discounts. I couldn't help myself. It's versatile and I just want to wear it all the time(I'll refrain myself). Well, I already wore it twice in one week and made them into two little variations. They aren't that different, but when I have to wake at 6:30am and also working with my extreme laziness on a Sunday, this is as close as it gets.
If you were wondering who that woman is in the picture, it's actually my mom making a little appearance. If she ever sees this, she'll probably kill me. My mom is very picky about pictures and it has to look perfect before it is displayed. Sometimes my mom and I are so different but we do share a love for Italian pastries. Although most of the time she can't really remember the difference between the words "cannoli" and "bologna".
So, who is already starting Holiday shopping? I'm thinking about starting before Thanksgiving. I love the holiday rush, but sometimes it is just too stressful and overwhelming. Those flashbacks of lining up for 20 minutes in a crowded, stuffy store is a little too much for me this year. I think I should just shop on etsy and save myself some time and effort. :)

Time to finally start my homework!