Sunday, September 29, 2013

Robertson Blvd.

Playing: Shot at the Night-The Killers
Rereading: Light Boxes by Shane Jones
I kind of got over the cupcake trend just like I got over the frozen yogurt and red velvet trends fairly quickly, but that doesn't mean I'm going to pass up a chance to try Georgetown Cupcakes. I actually stumbled by the Los Angeles location on accident, while I was out shopping. Pictured above are the Double Butterscotch, Strawberry, Chocolate Ganache, and Peanut Butter Chocolate cupcakes. Honestly, all of them were delicious and I usually dislike chocolate cupcakes,but these are worth trying. The Double Butterscotch was my favorite with piece of butterscotch embedded into the bottom.
Along the same road, Robertson Blvd., there's a Kartell store. Unfortunately, since it was Sunday, it was not open, but I enjoyed window shopping just because everything was so fun to look at. Ideally, I would love to fill my house with fun furniture and this store definitely feeds into my lucite obsession. It also relates back to my interest in Jeff Koons' art.
Another store that was closed, but I wished it was open was H. Lorenzo. The window displays had the most perfect outfits that mixed classic styles with modern elements. I like how the sweet dress in the middle is off set by the bright red clutch and the feminine trumpet hem on the skirt to the left is off set by an edgier top and necklace. This store housed a lot of different brands from KTZ to Comme des Garcons to Forme Depression, which are all difficult brands to find.
I have been a part of National Charity League for almost seven years now and at the end of NCL, they give us a chance to be a part of what they call "presents." Presents is actually just a debutante ball, but I will not be doing presents this year because the dress rules are excessively strict. To quote the dress rules, NCL presents "values conformity." I want to be a part of a debutante ball, but not at the price of conformity and having to wear either an ugly or boring dress. Every dress I have ever wanted for presents was vetoed by the dress rules because you're not allowed to do a non A-line dress and it cannot have lace or be backless. For someone like me, I prefer doing straight up and down gowns because A-line dresses with petticoats make me look shorter than I already am. These dresses from Les Habitudes would have been perfect for me, but I know that all of them will be rejected.And with that rant, I leave all you lovely readers to do my Econ homework.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Save Rock and Roll

Playing: House of Gold-Twenty One Pilots
Reading: The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Last night I was at the Honda Center for the Save Rock and Roll Tour with Twenty One Pilots, Panic! at the Disco, and Fall Out Boy. I went with Sarah, Yume, and Brandon and Sarah had heard rumors that people were camping out for this concert, so we went as soon as school ended. The concert started at 7:30 p.m. and we got there by 3:50 p.m. We ended up ordering pizza around 4 o'clock and doors opened at 6 o'clock, but the pizza didn't arrive until 5:55 p.m. Originally, we were all pissed that the pizza was almost two hours late and weren't going to pay for it, but then we inhaled the two large pizzas in less than five minutes and this is all that was left.
Left to Right: Me, Yume, Sarah, and Brandon
Getting there so early really paid off. The four of us were able to get to the third row and for a short period of time to the second row of general admission. It was Yume's birthday that day and she's the smallest of the four us, so we were hoping people would be nice to us and not push us around, but we still got jostled a lot during the concert. Oh and here's a fun fact, Yume is the only one with natural hair.
I typically hate rap with a passion and I have stated that I would probably not marry someone if they're a huge rap fan, so it surprised me that I really liked Twenty One Pilots. Sarah, Brandon, and I all agree that they really know how to make a perfect mixture of melodic rap and rock with lyrics that we can understand as in we know what they're saying unlike most rappers whose lyrics sound like gibberish.
The biggest downside to general admission is that there are jerks, who push themselves forward aggressively, and we had quite a few of those around us. Quite a few of them would put their hands on our waists or shoulders to push us out of the way and during Panic! at the Disco's performance, everyone was trying to get in front of us. I wasn't able to get any good photos of Brendon Urie, which was the main reason I went, but Dallon Weekes was close by and I got some great photos of him. Next time I see P!ATD, I would like to be able to see the whole band and have them be the headlining band instead. With only 40 minutes onstage, I wasn't able to hear all my favorites.
Fall Out Boy's set was pretty good and I liked they're use of the screen to show footage of the band, music videos, photos, and interviews. Their whole show followed the Save Rock and Roll theme very well, since they incorporated old photos of the punk scene and came out with ski masks, dressed as rebels. I loved when Brendon Urie came out to perform with FOB and how he was doing flips across the whole stage like a gymnast. Overall, the show was pretty great and the only things that could have made it better were if we were front row or if we had met the bands.

PS Sorry that I have been missing from the blogosphere, but I will try to start reading all of your blog posts again and replying to comments. Senior year has been very busy and I haven't had as much time or energy as I would like.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Winter, Come Faster

Playing: Shake It Out-Florence + The Machine
Reading: For Fashion Models, Quirk is In by Marisa Meltzer
Despite the intolerable warm weather we've been having in Southern California, my mind has largely been on fall and winter styles. If I can't be at NYFW right now, at least I can buy cool clothes, right? This Zara coat has a silhouette similar to what I would expect from Alexander McQueen and I really like the edgy leather and zipper details on it. The breezy tank top also from Zara is super comfortable and I've been wanting something Rumi Neely-esque this whole summer.
My favorite part about fall is layering up and I can't wait to start pulling sweaters over collared shirts. I like the print of this Cooperative sweater. It reminds me of the scene in Coraline, where the Other Mother's world falls apart into white space. I've been wanting a denim jacket too, since I like the way Eric Halvorsen pulls one off and the easiness of pulling one over a tank top and still looking good. The McQ blouse was an awesome price and I like the contrasting stripes, so I just decided to get it too.
Trying on this D&G dress made it impossible for me to leave the store without it. It made me feel like the most beautiful girl in the universe and any piece of clothing that makes you feel that good about yourself needs to be bought immediately. To justify purchasing this dress, my mum told me I have to go to prom, so my friend, Sophie, should feel pretty excited that I am going this year. (Boys, if you're taller than me in heels and are nice, attractive, and/or funny, you should take me.) The slip is really easy and I'm hoping to style it with some boots and a sweater this fall.
For the most part, I got everything for an amazing price. The major splurge of this post is this Balenciaga purse. Being the huge Alexander Wang fan that I am, I couldn't pass up this purse, when I saw it in the store window. I love the mixed colors of the hardware and how the hardware makes the rather traditional purse look modern. I really like the sleek lines of it, the defined shape, and the modernity of it. The sales lady told me there were only seven shipped out to California total and I bought the store's last one. This is my early birthday present and it's so perfect.

PS I reached 300 followers, so I'll be hosting a giveaway soon! Stay tuned, please!

Friday, September 6, 2013


Playing: Miss America-Something Corporate
Reading: Harper's Bazaar September 2013
In the last few days of summer break, I get into these mad frenzies in which I try to cram in as much exploring as possible. It mostly consists of me running to Los Angeles to see enough to get me through the dreadful school year. MoCA recently had an Urs Fischer exhibit, so I took a trip down there to take a look. I ate at Lemonade, which is located right on the museum's property. The Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade was so refreshing and all of the side dishes I got were excellent. The Israeli Couscous was my favorite, but the Curry Chicken Salad and Tandoori Chicken Salad were also very good.
Unfortunately, the main building for MoCA was in the process of moving in new exhibits, which meant there wasn't much to look at that I had not seen already. At the Geffen Contemporary, another MoCA building, they had some of Urs Fischer's work. MoCA basically let 1,500 people in to sculpt whatever they wanted with Urs Fischer and this is the result.
In the adjoining room, MoCA, along with several other museums, is having a display on architecture throughout the world. They had a lot of models of homes and buildings along with sketches. If I ever become a billionaire, I will help stimulate the economy by building a home as spectacular as these ones.
I love art that you can stand in because it feels like an artist's playground. This particular piece was surreal with it's pastel swirling explosions. I likes how inside it was like an explosion of paint, while the outside has these neon cutouts sticking out like feathers. This was right by the architecture exhibit and there were two other pieces you could walk into. I really would like to go back to MoCA, when they have exhibits other than their permanent ones on display. It's kind of expensive to see only one floor of work, so you have to go to the Geffen Contemporary to get your money's worth.

Monday, September 2, 2013

3 Hours

Playing: Stacy's Mom-Fountains of Wayne
Reading: Countdown to Fashion Week: Model Casting About for Character by Ruth La Ferla
Last Tuesday marked the last day before my brother left to go back to college, so we went to Laguna Beach to enjoy the ocean and to try a place we've been meaning to try. Watermarc is located right on PCH and offers contemporary takes on flat breads, burgers, sandwiches, and salads among other dishes. During the summer, I usually crave mozzarella and fresh Italian food, so this Burrata Mozzarella Flat Bread was perfect for me. The burrata was creamy and helped to offset the richness of the pesto, while the sprouts and balsamic vinegar added a nice acidic element to it.
To give you an idea of what my brother, Ted, is like, here is a photo of him flicking off the camera. It started as a way to stop my dad from taking so many photos during vacations. He would flick off the camera and I would death glare, but now it's just a habit of his. Other than that, I thought I'd let you know I'm wearing a Marc by Marc Jacobs jacket, a Marc Jacobs necklace, an H&M shirt, 7 for All Mankind shorts, and a Kimchi Blue purse.
I'm not necessarily the best Californian. I don't tan well, I never learned how to surf, and I suck at beach volleyball, but California is still a nice place to be. Being close to Los Angeles and Disneyland means that good concerts come my way and being close to Newport Beach means there will never be a shortage of luxurious things to fill my time with. It also means that I can go to the desert, mountains, beach, or city whenever I want. Overall, I don't mind living in California. With college coming up, I think I'll apply to a lot of schools in my home state, but I will apply to some in big cities too. Who knows where I'll end up?