Saturday, October 3, 2015


I really like this description/scrutiny of handwriting.  I was recently talking about this with a friend I write letters to.  I mentioned how I prefer writing in script.  She wrote back saying, "Printing is not my preference as well.  But neither is cursive.  Printing w/o connecting letters seems tedious.  When I do cursive, I feel as if my pen is about to 'run out of breath' and I will mess up."

Well anyways, that is what I want to be - more or less upright, marching gamely at a good clip, not in a hurry, but not dawdling, either.  And I hope I won't be crowding and jostling towards the end.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


Fox and girl drawing

Words from "The Ladder Song", as covered by Lorde.  


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


I think?  Or maybe I just have too set an idea of what "finished" should look like.  Maybe this is finished.

Based on a song by ...

Artist | Emmy the Great

Album | "S"

Title | Social Halo

Monday, April 27, 2015


"But Ginevra had a kind of spirit with her, empowered to give constant strength and comfort, to gladden daylight and embalm darkness...By True Love was Ginevra followed: never could she be alone.  ... I pictured her faithful hero half conscious of her coy fondness, and comforted by that consciousness: I conceived an electric chord of sympathy between them, a fine chain of mutual understanding, sustaining union through a separation of a hundred leagues - carrying, across mound and hollow, communication by prayer and wish.  Ginevra gradually became with me a sort of heroine."

VilletteThe Long Vacation, Charlotte Brontë  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Virtual Journal: The Philharmonic at Lincoln Center

The playbill had interesting reads!  This real life girl looks like how I imagine Nao could look from A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.  In the background there is one of my actual journals, bought in Beijing.

I never thought I'd be one to attend a classical music concert and yet, by accident, that is where I found myself.  L., my boyfriend got us tickets for Swan Lake.  We both assumed for the ballet.  We get to the place - huh, rather shabby plain place to hold a ballet (I'd been to one once before and there had been red velvet curtains, ornate gold trim, plush seats) ... hm the stage is kinda small ... hmmm why is the stage set up with chairs and musicians are sitting in them, practicing?  I hope they pack up soon and leave.

Turns out the tickets were for the Swan Lake suite.

I didn't think I would be able to appreciate it, but I did.  In fact, I walked out of there thinking that out of the classy choices of opera, ballet, or symphony orchestra, the last is probably my new favorite.

All you have to do is make the effort and pay attention.  Very visual, very abstract.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Line Ink drawing

line ink drawing girl sitting on bench

It's been a while since I've written here.  I updated the little section of text on the left side of this blog that was supposed a general 'about me'.  The last thing it had said was that I was starting my 2nd year of grad. school, which was a shade over a year ago.  In the interim, I've still been drawing from time to time.  Mostly just very rough, crude sketches, but occasionally finishing something that I like.  A year or so ago, I began to really appreciate - the Line.  Just the idea of lines, forming the shapes of things - outlines, silhouettes.  Crisp, sharp lines with variations: thin/thick, smooth/rough, fluid/abrupt.  More to be quick, because who has time for painting and coloring, I also started appreciating the sharp contrasts of b&w a lot more.  So these two are examples of what came out of that.  What else...I've become conscious of the fact that I dislike superlatives, so I will be trying to avoid them in writing.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I'm going through this weird phase where every time I look at something I have posted in the past, online, I just *cringe*.

There's nothing objectively wrong with it.  Something about it just feels unreal, inaccurate?

Like, the colors are too bright.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Dress-savers: black and beige sports bras

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are."  - Reflections on the Art of Living : a Joseph Campbell Companion

This black sports bra was purchased specifically for this dress which has X-shaped straps in the back. Forever 21 calls this a 'layering bra' and it has - no padding - which is fine for this dress since it is slightly thicker (98% cotton, 2% spandex) than what you would expect from a summer dress. The layering bra is made of a thin stretchy fabric with lace trim around the upper border and textured dots across the surface. As a reminder, here is what the actual bra looks like.

I love the classic trend of black and white for summer because it is visually cool and crisp and works as a transition piece into fall when paired with olive cardigans and the like. I am looking forward to trying it with a textured woolen cropped cardi by Jil Sander for Uniqlo, also in black.

These are the accessories I chose for the outfit - The neon pink nail polish is by Color Club and has no name but is bubblegum scented (!).  I'd actually prefer a neutral white nail polish - the neon is a little too jarring I think, paired with the black, but it went well with the cassette tape street art I found.

Here's what the beige sports bra looks like (identical to the pale turquoise in design) ---

I don't think I need to go into depth on the merits of the ever practical skin-toned undergarment. They disappear under sheer fabrics and are a good thing to have around. I prefer this simpler style over the lacy ones with the decorative components, especially since most of my dresses are frilly and flowery enough on their own. Unfortunately, a basic black one was no where to be found when I visited the store. Perhaps next time.  

Monday, August 12, 2013

Sports Bras - a surprising summer accessory

Forever 21 turquoise blue sports bra

The one that started it all - This pretty light turquoise one is the first purchased.  All due to the dress I am wearing in the photos below.  I found the dress at TJ Maxx, loved the color combinations (I've been very into mint green since last summer and increasingly this summer) and loved that it buttoned all the way up and down the front.  However, the chest area was a little loose, the straps were kind of weird, they curved inwards in a C shape and when I mildly complained about these factors to the friendly checkout person who complimented my dress choice, she suggested a sports bra underneath.  So I checked first at American Apparel - nothing! Somehow wound up at f21 and discovered this cheap goodness.  : D

The quality, fit, and comfort is just amazing for $4.80 and best of all, for practical purposes, it has these openings in the side where you can remove the pads!  This is honestly my favorite thing because I have never figured out a way to fit hand washing bras into my schedule, and as a result, after one or two machine washes, the pads inside start to get lumpy and misshapen ... which means that before long, I can only wear them underneath fall sweaters.  These pads are easy to remove and easy to put back in.

Forever 21 turquoise blue sports bra

The sports bra shows a little bit at the neckline, which is nice - similar color scheme!  A contrasting color such as yellow or purple would also be nice (addicted).

Forever 21 turquoise blue sports bra

Forever 21 turquoise blue sports bra
Aand in the back, you just see the 2 thin straps which I totally don't mind.  Some people have issues with any straps showing though, even if it's totally coordinating straps.  Can't be helped!  I tried a strapless bra once and it kept sliding south.  Most uncomfortable.

I love these sports bras over regular bras because they create a slimmer silhouette and feel more natural and comfortable, maybe due to the lack of wires and hooks.  I kind of want to just switch over to these completely, even for fall and winter.

Let me know if you have any particular underwear preferences (lol, wink wink) and next up, an outfit with the black one and an outfit with the tan one.

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