Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Unfinished

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

Charlotte



"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.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Black-out

From: f21


My newest discovery this summer is the sports bra.  The Forever 21 sports bra in particular (sometimes called a layering bra on the website).  It is the perfect companion to dresses with atypical straps or dresses that are slightly ill-fitting on top due to lack of bust on purchaser.  The checkout person at TJ Maxx suggested it to me. I know. I'm very upset I didn't think of this simple but brilliant idea myself.  This black one is my third one now and I actually wouldn't mind one or two more in yellow &/or lavender.  Addicted!  I love being addicted to things that are really good and totally cheap.

They only cost $4.80 and I think they deserve their own post.

I am delighted to say that my newly begun off-time from school has resulted in a slew of sketches being finished.  I am very reluctant to photograph them though because I always feel like they are not quite finished and could use a little more shading/outlining/detail ... Well the plan is to post those, write a little more about sports bras, and do an outfit post incorporating the above accessories.

side note: frequently using Instagram has caused me to square-crop my photos even when it's not necessary. I read an article about this; the square frame is harmonious and balanced and helps with focus. All things I need.  

also, I am trying to toughen up my 'look' starting (and probably ending) at the accessories level.  Namely, bracelets.  Helloo studs, leather, and chains. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lovely me:ex - Peach Cushion Blusher

Lovely me:ex blushes
Recently, I got two more 'Lovely me:ex' blushes from the Face Shop because I loved the first one so much.  The location in Koreatown, when I went at least, did not have any more of the ones with the girls on them!  The newest addition is the peach color (No. 5) because this summer I want to get as much coral-orange on my face as possible.  I love warm-hued blushes.  They instantly make me feel cheerful and it always feels like the finishing touch, along with some lip gloss.  I think they also subtly direct attention to the eyes.  This is the original one that I first tried - a very pale matte pink with zero shimmer.  Loved it!  After I hit pan, I decided to pick out the vivid pink with shimmer particles, which I've found requires a much lighter hand.

Lovely me:ex blushes







Lovely me:ex blushes



The bright pink on the far right is way more pigmented compared to the other two.  I can't even use the included powder puff with it - must use a brush, or else it's too vivid.  The newest addition for spring/summer is this matte peachy-coral.  Again, zero shimmer.  It's a little more subtle than I had hoped, but it does add a very natural flush to the face, and similar to the light pink, creates a soft, downy look:

Lovely me:ex blushes




Whenever I sit down to try and write something after a long period away, I either do a series of rapid mental edits that reduces everything I wanted to say to 2 sentences or develop a emotional narrative in my head that has a "wisdom of the ages" feel to it and which I know will not translate well from my brain to the screen.  I have been on the lookout for signs that I am becoming more 'adult-like'.  For instance, I recently took up reading a Zen book in the genuine hope that it would bring inner peace and a better understanding of life and myself.  Another sign might be referring to certain experiences as "humbling".  I've finished with the first year of grad school!  This past semester was a bit of a shock and not what I imagined at all.  It is very hard to be the best at something, or anything.  I don't think that is a good goal for certain personality types.  Instead of that, it might be more fitting to have as a goal - doing something right away --- or being completely okay with not being busy and not doing things because you've done those other things right away.  The worst feeling and the best way to ruin a day is when there's something that I ignore or just cannot mentally accept and therefore don't deal with.  This is different from procrastination I think.

Blogging is so calming.  These past few days, due to the sudden absence of the extreme structure and busy-ness needed in balancing school and work, I've been feeling adrift and unsure of what to focus on.  Writing and organizing my thoughts here is the most calm I have felt in days.  More so than journaling, because (for me) that is such a stream of consciousness activity.  At times that just makes things worse.  Here I try to slow down and think more, to be structured, cohesive, & clear.  It's comforting because so often when I feel stressed about something, reading someone else's writing about it helps.  A recent example is this interview with Emma Watson, and similarly in terms of figuring things out, here where someone talks about why she left the acting profession.  I really liked her piece on the freedom to have a big zit.  The thing I am never sure about is how much I should share.  I mean, when I read others' writings, I love the details.  But then again, those things I am reading are usually from people who are famous in some degree for being 'entertainers' so it makes sense that it's all so interesting.  I've been watching a lot of the original Star Trek episodes (with Shatner and Nimoy) and the Mindy Project.

BEFORE & AFTER

1. No blush, just a little bit of foundation and concealer (Laura Mercier, L'oreal True Match) and setting powder (L'oreal True Match).

2. Addition of peach blush (Lovely me:ex #5) and lip gloss (L'oreal in Coral Tattoo).  

3. Added glasses, which I wear all the time, and another layer of blush.  






Haha, had a bit of fun with this last photo.  I slipped on something more colorful to see if the pinks and yellows would bring out the makeup colors more since they are in the same color family.  It seems to have just made the makeup pale in comparison.  The little bag came with the dress - it held a spare button and some thread.  If you are interested, here is the last time I posted about one of these blushes, the pale pink one, which is the first one I tried.


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