Create-A-Day: Big Ol’ Flop

March 21, 2012 § 1 Comment

The closing reception was today for the show that was a total nightmare to produce. No one came to the reception. Well, that’s not totally true. Three of the artists came. Two other MA students came (only one from my year and she’s my closest friend in the program). My boyfriend came. Two Art History professors came (one of them is my favorite professor, though, so I am really glad he came!). Two fine arts professors came. And I think two random students I don’t know came.

The end.

Pitiful faculty turnout. Pitiful graduate student turnout. And the cherry on top is that the gallery’s faculty advisor didn’t even bother to show up. Seriously?!

So I’m pissed as hell. Obviously. I work so fucking hard for this stupid gallery and no one gives a shit about it, not even the faculty. The worst part is I shouldn’t even care because I’m leaving! But I can’t help but care, just like I can’t help but do a good job at everything I commit myself to (or obligate myself to). No one from work came either, but I guess I shouldn’t have expected them to.

At least I looked cute. I wore my favorite oxford pumps (and my only pair of brown heels that aren’t boots), a Forever 21 lacy top, my grey H&M blazer, and a pink Forever 21 skirt. My god I’m cheap. Anyway, had anyone showed up, they would have seen that I looked cute.

Honestly, I just don’t know why I even bother. OR WHY I CARE when NO ONE ELSE DOES. Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Sigh. GW is such a fucking joke sometimes. I can’t wait to get to PhD where the students and faculty will actually care. Someday.

Create-A-Day: Blue Monday

March 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

Whew, lordy! It’s been quite the week and it’s only Monday. Also, I just want to say that those new oxfords I’m in love with are *not* nice. That’s not totally true… they’re really nice to one foot and really mean to another. My poor left foot has lost quite a bit of skin in the most unfortunate place — right on top of my second toe, where basically every shoe I own hits including flip flops, ballet flats, and tennis shoes. So I had wear these old sandals to work today (Chinese Laundry). They were super cute back in their golden years (hah, they’re silver, but you know what I mean) but now they’re very worn and a lot of the silver has come off so they’re just white in places. But they didn’t rub that spot on my foot, so I’m glad I didn’t throw them away months and months ago like I told myself I would. Hopefully my foot will heal soon so I can get back to regular shoes.

I wasn’t actually blue today emotionally, just kind of blase. Work has slowed down a lot so I’m doing odds and ends tasks now. Pretty soon things will be back to normal, though, I think. A few weeks maybe.

I like this dress a lot although it’s kind of weird. It’s sort of babydollish with its ruffles, empire waist, and poofy sleeves, and it has weird colors in it. I never know what color shoes to wear with navy, which is surprising because I have so much blue in my closet! I need more metallic sandals, I think. I bought it during one of Modcloth’s supercheap major sales, so it was worth the $15 I paid for it! And I do wear it at least twice a month. I really love this navy linen trench as well, although I can’t remember where I bought it. I think it’s a Modcloth sale purchase from a few years ago, but the details elude me. I didn’t wear it for a while because I was wearing it as a top and since it’s linen, it wrinkles easily and never lets go. Then I think I was going to wear it in the springtime, but spring last year was about a week. We basically went straight from winter to summer, so it didn’t get worn much. Happily, this year’s spring is easing in an inch or two at a time, so I should get to wear it more often.

Sorry these photos are so noisy! It looked like rain when I got home, so the photos were somewhat dark originally. I tried to lighten them, but alas, noise results!

Also, I wanted to point out my turquoise crackle ring! Today is the first time I wore it out of the house and I’d say it did pretty well. It’s clunky, so I took it off periodically throughout the day if it was getting in my way typing, but otherwise I got used to its size and weight fairly quickly. No one commented on it, but I think it’s cute, so it’s okay. And it brings out the turquoise in the dress, a detail in the pattern that is often overlooked.

I’m thinking I should go a bit more vamp on my nail polish next time. Coral blends into my skin tone so easily! Bah, goofy photos today, but you can’t win ’em all, I suppose! I’ll try to look less goofy tomorrow… And hopefully less tense. Jeesh.

Create-A-Day: Casual Sunday

March 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

Had kind of a rough night last night and am still dealing with a back ache I’ve had for almost three days now, so today I’m more about easy and comfortable than stylish. We walked down to Eastern Market for lunch, but the weather still isn’t quite sure what it’s doing so I did wear a coat over this incredibly casual outfit. Loose boxy shirt (Forever21), loose boyfriend jeans (H&M), and the most ADORABLE crochet oxfords (Delia’s) made for the perfect lazy Sunday open. Paired the outfit with an older purse, I think it was from Lulu’s, that has navy stripes. I’m pretty much obsessed with my new oxfords. They do rub on one toe, but for walking about an hour today, they were really comfortable otherwise. They had them in white and bright coral, but I figured white was just silly and coral was a bit too bright, so I bought my first pair of taupe flats. So far I like them. Subtle, but adorable.

I need to start saving my money for the move this summer. The moving van alone will be over $700 and I’d like to buy furniture for the cottage since I’m letting Alec take most of the sitting/sleeping furniture we have now. I’ll need to buy a new bed (thinking about a day bed) and I would like to buy some sitting furniture, either a club/reading chair and ottoman with a loveseat or an armchair and a chaise lounge. I always thought chaise lounges are silly, but I’ve realized they’re kind of practical because they’re like a chair and a couch combined. I will be very short on space in the cottage, so I want to make sure I’m not overcrowding the place. That would lead to claustrophobia. I also want to pay off my credit card by the time I move home, but thus far I’ve done a terrible job. I know once I go back to full-time at work (May 1st!), I’ll be able to pay it off fairly quickly. I need to make a new monthly plan list for my wall to make sure I’m keeping everything in mind that I need to. There’s a lot to do before I move home!

I really need to get a new lens for my camera. The one I have is pretty old (5 years?) and worn out. You can really tell the difference between the photos I take with my camera and the photos I take with Alec’s. I have a D40 and he has a D40x, so I know it’s not so much a difference in the camera, but he has a fancy (ish) lens that’s much newer than my lens. Maybe if I get birthday money? Meh. It’s hard to justify a new lens when I don’t really do anything with my camera.

I don’t even want to talk about my birthday. I’m not ready to accept that I’m 24 and have done pretty much nothing with my life. I also don’t want to admit to myself that I’ve failed hugely in my teenage fantasies of what my life would be like by age 24. Sigh. Ah well. And now I’m starting over again, so who knows how I will feel when I turn 25 next year! Terrifying.

Obsessed.with.these.shoes.!!!

Create-A-Day: Face It

March 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

This was supposed to be a shoot exhibiting my current favorite rings. One is an heirloom piece my grandmother gave me for my graduation from college. The center diamond is from my great grandmother’s engagement ring. It’s easily one of my most precious possessions. The other hand has three gold rings that I adore. I jonesed for them for about a year on etsy then finally bought them. I really like them, but I haven’t gotten any compliments on them so I guess no one else likes them! Whatevs.

Turns out jewelry is really hard to photograph with it on someone. (Kind of like how I tried to photograph my heirloom earrings from my grandmother a few days ago and it didn’t really work with them on…) So these photos just ended up being of my face. Ah well.

I actually did wake up early this morning (well, not *early* but I did wake up at 8:30am in an effort to get things done) but I haven’t managed to do any schoolwork. I just really resent teachers for making weekly assignments due on the weekend! Because it means I spend Saturday and Sunday doing schoolwork, after a week of working, interning, going to class, and oh yeah, DOING HOMEWORK. It robs me of my “me” time. So I procrastinate all day and then try to do all the readings and my assignment in the three hours before my paper is due. I basically do this every week, even when I say “this time will be different, dammit!” I can be incredibly consistent sometimes, even in my procrastination.

I’m only wearing foundation, mascara, and a little blush, but I think it makes a *huge* difference. Especially when you compare these photos to the ones yesterday. Lordy…. I should always wear foundation! I really like this mascara, though I don’t wear it everyday because it’s not waterproof. It’s Lancome and very dark and dramatic.

I tried to balance out the coy photo above with this photo, which is a bit more confrontational. I feel like women can be subjects of visual art (painting, photography, etc.) without necessarily being submissive to the viewer. Sometimes it’s good to confront the viewer, especially if the viewer is male or if the image is constructed with a male gaze in mind. I like making viewers self-conscious sometimes. Like the other day I was on the train and this older guy kept staring at me, like looking at me head to toe and not in just a cursory glance kind of way. So I basically gave him the expression you see in the photo above, but a bit more stern, and I waited to look at him until he was looking at my legs and started back on his way up to my face, so when he finally got to my face he realized I was glaring right at him. Damn right he looked away. Merely confronting the male gaze can help prevent women from being objectified, I don’t know why women don’t do it more often. Ignoring being objectified just makes the male viewer think it’s okay and sometimes verbally responding just pisses everyone off or can lead to a more violent confrontation. Use your eyes, ladies, to combat their eyes! And you can add a head shake if you’re feeling particularly annoyed about being objectified. It works well.

Last photo isn’t confrontational, but I thought it was an okay photo so I wanted to post it. I processed the color balance slightly differently in this one as compared to the others, so I think it has a slightly different feel to it.

Thanks for looking and not objectifying! ::glares::

 

Create-A-Day: Foiled By Weather… Again

March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Weather forecast for DC today: 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms and a high of 78 degrees.

Reality: 57 degrees and drizzly all day.

Luckily for me, I’ve been screwed enough times by terrible forecasts that I tried to dress in a way that would keep me comfortable if in fact it did not get up to the 70s. Thank the lord for blazers! They really are fantastic. I’m sooooo glad I didn’t wear my new chinese laundry wedges today because I don’t think the rain would have been good for them and I ended up walking a lot more than I was expecting. I went with an old pair of sandals that are half a size too big. I really love their style because they are on the more professional side to sandals so I don’t feel weird wearing them to work, but because they’re just a bit too big, I trip on them a lot and the front edges of the sole by my toes are all torn up from me catching them on things so often. ah well. I ordered new sandals but there seems to be a problem with my order, so they haven’t shipped out yet. Thanks, Delia’s.

I didn’t wear a lot of make-up today either because I had a really terrible sleep and had trouble getting out the door. I woke up around 4:30am upset about work and my boss and couldn’t go back to sleep until 6:30am, then I woke up after alec left for work around 8:30am and I tried to get out the door by 9am because I had to go by school before heading to my internship at 11. ANYWAY, make-up didn’t rate high on the list of priorities so I’m a bit zombie in these photos. Apologies. I had to go by school to pick up the posters for the show I curated in the student gallery (see below!). I wanted to hang the posters today so that they would be readily available as students trickle back onto campus from spring break. I got it done and I have a few extra posters to take to work (and send home to my family… god, I’m a dork).

We had a pretty slow day at the gallery as well. I had some work to do but it was all pretty tedious and I got pretty bored. I had a lot of non-internship work I *really* need to do, but dammit, I’m an honest employee and can’t bring myself to putting my “official” work before my non-official (i.e. school, extracurricular, etc.) work. Sigh. Being a responsible human being can be really inconvenient. I’m too tired from my fucked up sleep to do much work tonight, so I’m planning on going to bed early and waking up early to try and pack in a lot. Basically I have to read enough of three articles and a book to write a response paper by 5pm tomorrow, write an essay for another show’s exhibition catalogue, and do a few drawings for tee-shirts supporting snakes as pets for an old high school friend of mine. All tomorrow. Then on Sunday I have to write another paper on readings I need to re-read since I read them over a week ago (and a lot has happened between now and then). I *really* want to do well on this paper because I’ve made B’s on all three papers I’ve written for her so far, and they were all really different papers so it seems like we’re just missing each other on what she wants and what I’m trying to give her. I met with her (my prof) on Thursday (wow, was it only yesterday?) so I’m hoping this paper will be more what she’s looking for, but I’m disappointed I really only have Sunday to write it. Technically, it’s not due until Monday at 5, but I have work all day Monday until I have class in the evening, so I don’t have time to work on it on Monday. I have to turn it in on Sunday. Bah.

So here’s my daily outfit post. I’m wearing my favorite old jeans that have a rip in the thigh. Normally I *hate* jeans with tears or holes in them, but I love these jeans so much and the rip is mostly tucked away. Maybe I could try to mend it…. but I’m not much of a seamstress. I wish I’d taken a picture of this outfit from the back because my pink shirt is actually longer in the back, even longer than the blazer, so from the back there’s this cute pink strip peeking out from under the gray blazer. I just think it’s a nice little element that adds something to the outfit. Next time!

Oh, and I impulse-bought these colored bobby pins when I was at H&M (did I mention how much I’m going to miss H&M when I move home? </3 ). I got them as a set of baby pink, baby blue, and silver. So cute!

I really need to learn to relax my toes when I’m taking pictures. I’m just so clumsy, my toes are constantly trying to cling to the ground in an effort to prevent me from tripping or falling. Alas.

[jeans: H&M; sandals: GoJane, I think; shirt: Modcloth; blazer: Forever21; earrings: vintage heirloom]

ALSO — shout out to my new followers! Thank you all so much! This blog is kind of a confused mess, but I appreciate you taking the time to read, or at the very least look at my pictures! 🙂

Create-A-Day: Mint Green with a Touch of Pink

March 14, 2012 § 3 Comments

Finally caught some sunshine! Gorgeous weather today. I worked until about 3:30pm then went to the National Gallery to see the new Picasso exhibition and the newly reopened and renovated French galleries. Photos coming your way soon! Unfortunately, I took all the photos on my iphone, so the quality isn’t great, but I’m still excited about doing an art post (or two… or three…). I didn’t get to spend too much time in the Picasso exhibition because the gallery closes at 5pm (I know, unbelievably early! wtf.) but I’ll go back. Also, my Picasso photos aren’t great because we weren’t supposed to be taking photos so I had to be sneaky. ::shrug:: I made it home before the sun went down so I snapped some pictures of what I wore today (I got lots of compliments at work, so I guess I looked cute!) and a pair of pants I got from H&M that I consider a risk, because they’re very pale pink and lightweight.

green blazer: really old, from Forever 21; mint green chiffon top: Modcloth; jeans: H&M (bought them on Monday! so comfortable); sandals….. gojane? maybe? they’re old and too big for me, but the new sandals I ordered haven’t come in yet.

These are the pink pants. They’re *really* pale, almost white as you can see. They’re a bit more pink in person though. SO comfortable, but they make me nervous because they’re thin (some spandex mix fabric, instead of denim or 100% cotton) and light (I spill…. a lot…..). I still have the tags on. Do you think I should keep them? Girls my size probably shouldn’t be wearing pants this thin. :/ At least in the thigh area.

Slightly different photo processing and the best shoes ever! Can’t wait to wear them out on Friday. Oh yesss.

I also thought I would toss up a photo on here of how Alexa looks while lounging around the house. Slightly different story…

So there you have it folks. Also, there you have all three of the pairs of pants I bought at H&M on Monday! Omg can’t wait for my new sandals to come in! They’re from Delia’s because they had a free shipping deal. I’m so cheap sometimes…

Lastly, I’ve started wearing a pair of vintage studs my grandmother gave me. I think I got them for my birthday last year? I can’t remember. Maybe when I turned 21. That sounds right. Anyway, they’re the most GORGEOUS diamond studs, which is why I’ve been afraid to wear them until now. They’re screw posts so I know they will stay on, but I just worry because they’re so beautiful and so special to me because they were hers. For big milestones I usually ask for family members to give me something of theirs instead of buying me something new or giving me money. It makes the gift more special, I think, and kind of roots the milestone in history, both my personal history and my family’s. I cherish these gifts. Actually, I cherish all the jewelry my grandmother that has given me that’s hers. I’ve got some great pieces from her! She has such great taste.

Be sure to look at the picture large so you can see the detail of the studs! So beautiful.

Create-A-Day: The (Bright) Blues

March 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

Okay, so these pictures are pretty much crap because there were really bad train delays when I left work so Alec and I stayed downtown to get dinner, which means the sun was down by the time I got home. BUT I had on a cute outfit today, so I wanted to take some pictures AND my new favorite shoes came in the mail! When you’re excited about taking photos, you might as well do it, despite the crappy overhead lighting. I could have used Alec’s flash, but meh. I’m okay with not great photos tonight.

I am getting on the bright blue bandwagon. Not overwhelmingly, I just bought this bright blue tee and that blue necklace you guys have seen, but I am a big fan of the color. It adds a little pop to my blue, white, and pink wardrobe.

This is what I wore to work today. Comfortable, reasonably-stylish I guess, and I wore heels. These shoes are getting pretty worn out. DC requires so much walking, it’s hard to find shoes that will last very long. I’ve had these about 1.5 years now, so they were certainly worth the money I paid for them. It will be sad to see them go.

Ahhhh terrible lighting. Ah well. Anyway, I also wore my face fringe back in a little twist, which I thought was pretty cute and very easy. No one commented on it, but I figure it matters more how you feel about yourself than what someone says to you.

This is a terrible angle. Just couldn’t get good pictures today! This is such a great blazer, though. I really love it. It’s lightweight, which is nice for the weather we’re having right now — chilly in the morning and after the sun goes down, but I don’t have to wear it while I’m in the office or while it’s warm in the afternoon. It also looks good with jeans! Yay flexibility.

Annnnnnddddd my new favorite shoes! Oh my god, I love them so much. I debated for a while whether or not to get them because Alec isn’t a fan of wedges and I’m not a fan of brown, but I took a chance and it totally paid off. Technically, I took a chance before these on a different pair of shoes, which didn’t work out, so I got these as an exchange. So not all my gambles pay off (yes, I know I could just go to a shoe store and try them on, thereby removing any risk/chance/excitement, but I’m lazy and hate physically shopping), but this one did. I’m obsessed! And they’re really comfortable and a lot lighter than I thought they would be.

The jeans in this photo are from a very long (2 hours) shopping trip I did to H&M yesterday. I got a coupon for buy two pants, get one free, which was good timing because I just ripped my favorite pair of jeans (my thighs are trying to take over the world, basically) so I needed new pants anyway. I tried on pretty much every pair of pants in the entire two floor store and finally ended up with two pairs of jeans and a very risky pair of light pink trousers. I’ll post pictures later this week. I tend to shy away from light pants because of my cellulite and accident-proneness, but these were really cute and really comfortable, so I’m giving them a shot. Plus they were free! Woohoo.

The jeans below are “loose fit boyfriend” pants. Mostly they’re just comfy and casual and loose, so I got them for those reasons. I don’t normally wear jeans this light, but I figure I should get some good lounge-around-the-house jeans. Anyway, here they are with my bright blue top and my fantabulous new shoes!

And the necessary close-up! Sorry my feet are all puffy. We’d just gotten home and I’d been walking a while.

Sorry the lighting is so different. I need to stop apologizing for how bad these photos are. Just enjoy the clothes!

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