Thursday, November 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shoes

It's been a while. School work and laziness overwhelms my schedule. When it's been a long day and I feel like I've been trampled by a herd of elephants on stilettos, these shoes make my day.


The painting tells the story of a lonely Martian who dreams of going to Earth, only to be disappointed when it discovers that Earth is covered with buildings.


Great shoes take you to great places.



My oldest biffle painted them and gave it to me for my sixteenth birthday. Isn't she awesome? Yes, yes she is.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The First Person to Live

I recently found out that my little sister has a very limited knowledge of bible stories. So I quizzed her.

Me: Who was the first person to live?

Rachel: Tarzan!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dirty School


Our school is absolutely filthy and I have proof.


Exhibit A:
Yes, that is a tampon on that tree. There's nothing funny about feminine hygene products as decoration.


Exhibit B:
Was this the result of pre-making out clumsy eagerness? Or a poor soul whose orthodontic device was knocked out of his or her mouth by the rough jostling of the student traffic? Either way it's gross.




Exhibit C:
This looks like a scene from a horror movie.


Be grateful that I spared you from pictures of the bathroom.

Kurt Hummel in Glee


I won't even try to lie. I am obsessed with Glee. One tiny thing out of the many reasons why I love Glee is Kurt Hummel(played by Chris Colfer, who I admire very much as well) and his ridiculously fabulous wardrobe. I promise I won't go into a long-winded essay about why this show is amazing. I know the essay on why iCarly is terrible was more than you could handle. Still, expect a brief post on Glee by the end of the season.








In case you don't know, you can watch all episodes of Glee online on Hulu or Fox.
The show is Wednesdays 9/8 c.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Backpack




My newest obsession is making Aranzi Aronzo accesories. I'll show you my cute hairbands and hairclip as soon as I finish making all of them.

Anyway, I was swept away in this frenzy of making incredible cuteness when I got an idea.




I put eyes on my plain and boring book bag! Now no one can steal from it without the eyes baring down on the thief. I named it Zip.



My dad doesn't like it though. He says it looks like something a kindergartener would wear. Dora the Explorer has a similar backpack, so I wouldn't be suprised.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Um...

I was desperately flipping through my biology text book today, when I found a question written in the margin:

Are you regretting taking AP Bio yet?

...not a good sign

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Daytona Beach

Do you like my new layout?

Is it super cute? Is it too much pizzazz? Do all the bright colors make you feel like throwing up? Is it so cute that you don't want to be caught reading it and accused of not being manly enough? How about the moose, what's up with that? Please give me some feedback or I'll keep asking questions.

So here are some pics from my vacation.


How awesome is this octopus sculpture? I'm sorry I couldn't get a closer shot. I didn't feel like being an obnoxious tourist, so I became a stalker and shot the picture from my balcony instead.



The Lighthouse

The stairs steeply spiraled endlessly and it was so hot in there. One of the lighthouse keepers died of a heart attack. No, not while we were there.



This was taken while I was in the lighthouse.



uniforms









They don't make contraptions so cool anymore.









Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My Funny Little Sister

I went on a trip to Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. It was alright, but you don't care about that. So I'll go straight to the topic du jour.




I have this little sister Rachel. She is small and very funny.
___

My brother and sister were teaming up to bother me.

Me: I hate you!

Rachel: [sobbing with her face buried on my brother's arm]

Me: What's wrong?
David: Why are you crying?

Rachel: [crying] Onni says she hates us.

Me: [comforting her] I didn't mean it. Don't cry.

Rachel: [sits up abruptly and smiles] That's what I call fake crying!

____

One day she was looking at a picture of herself dressed up as a mermaid in Halloween. This is a picture taken when she was five years old and in Kidergarten. She is six now and will be going into the first grade.

Rachel: [sighing] My life, my school... I miss it so much. I'm an old lady.

____
Me: Hey Rachel, do you want to be an actress?

Rachel: No I want to be rich.

____

Thanks to Radical Em in South Korea for giving me the idea for this post.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Old School Cartoons!

I'm scrambling to get ready for school. This year is my junior year so I'm going to suffer. I'm apologizing ahead of time for all the writing I won't be able to do. Sorry.
So what have I done to make this summer worthwhile? I'm no Phineas or Ferb, but I read as many books as I could and I watched as many movies as I could get my hands on. I had to start studying for the SATs. I volunteered at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. (That's a mouthful.) I also started working on my community service project. It's really neat and I can't wait until it finally happens. My friend and I are making a children's picture book. All profits wil go to charity. I'll give you the scoop as soon as I finish it.

And what summer would be complete without hours of mindless searching on the internet? For quite some time now, I've been attracted to old school cartoons. Do you remember these?

Pinky and the Brain




Animaniacs






Rocko's Modern Life

Hey Arnold






Speed Racer




Don't you love how the red car explodes like a nuclear bomb? This was before my generation, so I wasn't much of a Speed Racer fan.


Astro Boy






Astro Boy was before my time too.The differences between the two are stunning. The second one is rather bad-ass.


Doug


I remember the first intro better than the second. I like the song for the first better than the second too.


Dragonball



I don't remember this one so much. I was still in Argentina, so I guess I was watching it in Spanish.


Sailor Moon




I didn't post the English one because that's not the one I remember watching. I don't remember much about Sailor Moon.


Cow and Chicken




I remember watching this show with my brother.

Stimpy and Ren



This show looked gross. The only thing I remember about it is when they danced to the song "Happy Happy Joy Joy".

Thursday, July 23, 2009

My obssession with Yann Tiersen

There's a funny reason why I have neglected this blog. Actually, two.

First reason: no one reads it anyway.
:P

Second reason: My dad accidentally set off the alarm in our house. The alarm was from the previous tenant, so we didn't know the code required to shut off the alarm. My dad thought he heard a speaker on the outside of the house, so he went out and snipped a wire which cut off our phone line and internet. The alarm was stopped eventually.

I watched Amelie a month ago and I fell in love. I love the movie, its characters and the music. Yann Tiersen is the man responsiblefor the music. His sweet accordion melodies make me swoon and his typewriter and toy piano delight me. I play this music all the time and pretend that I'm a cute and quirky French girl at a cafe, wearing a beret with my collection of objet trouve. Okay, that last part isn't true. I just said it because it rhymed.

Yann Tiersen was also the man behind the music of "Goodbye Lenin". According to my European History teacher, it's a great movie. She never commented on the music though. It's probably because she was focusing on the historical plausability of the story instead.

Look, the man is a genius. See for yourself.





Oh my readers, that's not all I have for you today. While looking through Yann Tiersen's stuff online I came a cross another charming man called Dave Thomas. His Yann Tiersen covers are great, but what he's got going for himself is better. You may recognize his music from LORICK. Have a listen.







I know what I want for Christmas and New Years'. I want Yann Tiersen.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Nellie Mckay

Nellie Mckay is one of my favorite people in the world and my role model. Her witty lyrics speak out for feminism, animal rights and so much more.


In this video clip she sings the funny "Mother of Pearl" and the beautiful "If I Had You".





This clip is her powerful performance of "Sari" at the late late show.





I enjoy her attitude and stage presence. I would love to meet her.

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Guitar




Jake Shimabukuro and Tommy Emmanuel are playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."










Rodrigo y Gabriela playing "Diablo Rojo."














Justin King is playing "Phunkdified".


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Five Sisters


I paid a visit to a neat little shop called Five Sisters to find something unique for my friend's birhtday. I hit the jackpot. This store is loaded with all sorts of unique things. It's like a spiritual, ethnic, New Age store. They have books on religion, necklaces made from reused material, statues, incense, instruments, and many more interesting things. I spent nearly an hour finding the gift because there were so many good gifts to choose from.

What a pretty bag!



She gave me this bracelet and some incense after I told her I was looking for a present. She was so nice.




I finally decided to get my friend this instrument. She loved it.

If you're in Miami, the store is definitely worth checking out.
12265 South Dixie Highway
(305)251-9642

Monday, May 25, 2009

Men and Style

The main problem is that guys don't have as many options as girls do. Women can wear pants, skirts, dresses, leggings, purses, high heels, sneakers and strappy sandals but men are limited to a few items. There's only so much one can do with so little options. Still, well-dressed guys exist. They don't have to be gay or flamboyant or a youngster to be well dressed.

Here, Bill Cunningham explores menswear on the streets.

Even though men's style evolves at a very slow pace, I have noticed two trends that are quite popular.

Dandy
Dandy has existed for decades, but it's making a come back with the recent rise in top hats, bowlers, bowties and such. The point is to look as dapper and spiffy as possible. This is the men's version of dressing up but it's updated and given a fresh new twist.





dashing and adorable











Indie/Hipster
This style is a mix of assorted years and styles. In a way it is partly dandy because many hipsters don dandy accessories, such as the bowler hat, the fedora, the bowtie and the skinny tie. This style includes retro items such as the hippie headbands and the wingtip shoes. Many pair ultra skinny pants with big, colorful shirts. Doc Martens and wayfarer glasses have also made a comeback through this trend. This trend redefines the man silhouette, with slim fitting clothes. The resulting form is androgynous. In the wrong hands, this style can look trashy.


Here is an example of the rolled up pants and boat shoes. Others wear combination with oxford shoes.

a mix of dandy and hipster



big shirt, skinny jeans

layers

This outfit is teetering between stylish and trashy. Beware.

One doesn't have to follow these trends to be stylish though. It's best to wear something simple and well fitted. You can throw in a few trendy things into the outfit, but don't forget to throw in something original as well. It's important not to follow trends blindly.


a classy look



Friday, May 22, 2009

Outfits


This outfit's not that complicated. I was a apprehensive about posting this picture. It makes me feel self conscious. :P I really like the picture though.








This is just the outfit from the last photo I put up. I liked how put together and preppy it felt.I was feeling retro that day so the jewelry is all vintage. (By vintage, I mean that I stole it from my mom. :P) Those pink shoes are the Coach shoes I bought from the Recycled Closet for $30. (See  http://searchforawesome.blogspot.com/2009/04/recycled-closet.html . ) 

Sunday, May 17, 2009

iCan't Stand iCarly

Not only is it a mediocre show with poor writing and bad acting, but iCarly sends out a bad message to young kids.

In the show, best friends Carly and the tough and gross Sam (short for Samantha, I assume) do live webshows that are supposed to be funny while their pathetic friend Fred, who is one of the many boys who have a crush on Carly, produces the show. Their brand of humor is totally random and nonsensical. If you're into that kind of stuff, great. But I feel like it's just weirdness for the sake of being weird. They have a segment called "Random Dancing" in which they just dance randomly as the name implies. How is that funny? Maybe if they danced in a funny way it would be entertaining. Maybe if they dance well it would be entertaining. They also have stupid skits. One was about some sort of space cheerleader. Another was about a girl who thinks a guy's mustache is a squirrel.

I would be okay with all the weirdness if my sister weren't copying everything she watches on T.V. She's like a parrot. I caught her repeating lines from a J.G. Wentworth (a company that gives out loans) commercial. "It's my money and I want it now!"

Let's start with the name of the show. Why are they promoting Apple?

What really ticks me off is how these weirdos make fun of people who are just as weird as they are. Spencer's (Carly's older brother and guardian) strange antics include owning a ostrich, owning a collection of crazy socks, swimming in a giant coffee cup and making tacos filled with spaghetti. Sam has bad hygene, violent tendencies and a mother who neglects her. Fred is a mama's boy, a geek with a crazy, overbearing mother. Yet when a chubby kid takes off his shirt and dances around, they all run out of the restaurant because they are weirded out. I feel bad for the kid who plays the chubby kid, Gibby, because the writers make him take off his shirt frequently. I can't believe they would exploit his physique like that. That boy may have self-esteem issues later on in his life.

Another instance is when they have freakshow segments on their show. Once they had a little kid come and drink blended food. I think it was a spaghetti smoothie. The "freaks" are treated with as much respect as those "freaks" exploited in the circus.

In one episode Carly dates a bad boy with a pretty face. The fact that my sister watches this pubescent girl suck face with a delinquent makes me want to bang my head on the keyboard repeatedly. Carly is attracted to bad boys. Then she starts sneaking around to make out with him. Are we still talking about a kids' show here? Then, when she finds out that he is an avid collecter of pee wee babies, she dumps him. I mean, just because he has an unmanly hobby? Just because it's weird? Thanks for teaching my sister how to be shallow and a hypocrite at the same time, Nickelodeon.

The fact that a show about a web show doesn't explore issues with internet safety is unsettling. Wouldn't Carly regret posting videos of herself sticking things up her nose while wearing a coconut bra a few years from now when she needs a job?

What do you think about iCarly and other recent TV shows?

Saturday, May 16, 2009

HATS

I've spent the whole morning being fascinated by hats.  I know. This is very sad. But my morning hasn't all gone to waste! I found this amazing website called Hats in the Belfry. 

Check it out:



I've always wanted a beret, but I never got one. I guess it's just not one of my priorities.



 I want to wear this hat with a loose guayabera shirt. Or with a tight striped shirt, steering a gondola. Ha.



This has to be one of the cutest cloche hats I've ever seen.




Aren't these neat? The black one looks like it belongs in a noir film on the head of the femme fatale.



Bowler hat





Top hat



This is another hat I want. I don't have a yacht and I don't go on boats frequently, but I want to look like I do.




They have an assortment of fun hats too, like this British pith helmet...
and this top hat that looks like it belongs to the Mad Hatter...


and this Turkish fez...
and this beanie.


You can find all these hats at Hats in the Belfry.

It's been fun doing this, but I really should get to work now. I don't want to waste my entire Saturday like this. I hope your Saturday is lovely!