Category Archives: Life

Continental Drift

Hey there.
So, needless to say, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted anything. To update in as few words as possible, I spent the summer between my Junior and Senior years of undergrad taking a biochemistry class and struggling finding a good guy. As per every good story’s start, I thought I found one, and then I had the rug ripped out from under me haha. No hard feelings whatsoever though, it took me maybe half a day to get over him and realize I liked him because I wanted to like someone. Shortly afterward I met a guy from Scotland, and we only knew each other for a few days, but he really opened my eyes to the fact that it’s almost innate when you like a person, and they like you back… He and I are still in almost constant contact, even being half a world away, and while I’m nearly positive nothing else will happen between us, he marked an important time in my life in terms of men. It’ll be right when it’s right, and I’ll just know, no questions, doubt in the equation at all.

Back in school for the fall now, and things are changing even more. As I have Fly by Ludovico Einaudi playing on my iTunes, I’m thinking through some things… I have this rare feeling that things are changing. Much like Continental Drift, I can’t see it happening but I know it’s there.

I feel like things are falling into their right places after all this time of being a frustrated teenager with slightly troubled past (parents, divorce, only child, the normal…) School is almost over and I’m feeling happy, despite the coming hardships with classes this term.

I was just accepted to go on a study abroad this winter from December 16th – January 9th to New Zealand! My grades always have made me worry, and this has seriously boosted my confidence not to mention made me the happiest girl in the world. I’m so grateful for everything.

 

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I really need to get some physics homework done, but I promise I’ll be back soon.

xx

Cupid, Can You Hand me The Merlot? Or Leave. Either Way.

that day is around the corner. I’m less than pleased, every year it rolls around, I re-decide that I’m the grouchy singleton. I’d like to think this year will be different though. I’m really happy where I am in my life, and with my friends. This year we’re going to a nice restaurant in Lansing called Troppo. Their food is amazing and I’ve heard their wine is even better. If I don’t have a looming exam I’ve already decided I’m dragging my butt with whoever wants to come with me to see the new movie “This Means War” with Reese Witherspoon, Chelsea Handler, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy (If you don’t remember, he was in Inception).

Then, we shall come home and I’m going to take a relaxing bath with a bath bomb, from Level Naturals, my new favorite brand for bath bombs and soaps, I should point out. And read a book. Always with a book in hand.

Level Naturals “Forest” Bath Bomb 6-Pack – $15

 

If I could, I’d be shopping too. For these lovely items I’ve been crushing on (get it, V-day joke?)

Eagle Talon Necklace in White Bronze – $50 from mdr74 (Moon Raven Designs)

Three Tone Pleated Skirt – $30 from Mikkat Market

Midler Platform Pumps from Jeffery Campbell – $165 at ShopNastyGal

 

No matter what you do, I hope your V-day is great, whether it be bonding with friends and a good book, or your man.

xx

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Failed Spring Rolls and Shopping Lockdown Gone Awry

Dear Readers,

I think I’m slowly dying for inability to go shopping. Really, seriously, I think it’s happening. On a side note, I don’t think my attempt at making fried spring rolls the other night helped me. They looked good, and tasted like mush. I am forever buying my spring rolls from now on 😦

I know I’m on shopping lockdown until spring break (3 weeks, WOO), but I may or may not have cheated this weekend when I went to Target to buy Valentine’s Day cards for my mom, dad and hair stylist…. I saw a hat. The most magical hat in the world, and I don’t do hats. I just don’t. I think I do now… It was only $15? Does that make it any better?

I’m trying to be responsible I swear, but I think I’m losing my mind a little bit. Once again, I blame the sad, crunchy on the outside, and soggy on the inside spring rolls. Really, this weekend/week has been quite full of fails and good things. I got my hair cut on Friday, see Ms. Witherspoon below. And then went to Ann Arbor to see a friend (he had the chance to be more than a friend)…. It was not so good. Nice guy, but he wouldn’t know how to make a move if it hit him over the head. and he’s a model/actor!!! You’d think he had an ego of some size to work with. No. And I just wasn’t that interested, he seemed to be lacking something… Oh, yes, a personality.

 

Sadly, my hair isn’t as naturally wavy, and my face is rounder and I can’t help but worry it makes my face look fat. But my roommate said it’s “edgy” (which is not a word in her vocabulary. She’s quite the little prepster you see, so I take it as quite a compliment).

More to come soon, I promise 🙂

xx

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Proud to Be A Woman… Right?

So, I was just over at a friend’s place taking a study break. He’s really quite attractive, and I had this realization that, Yes, I am attracted to him (I already knew that though), but I also get the biggest kick out of even just knowing I can seduce a guy. Don’t even need to actually go through with anything, but the knowledge that I hold that power in my hands is enough to put a little extra swing in my step.

So my question to the interwebs is, obviously while we women like to have power in some form, why is it that holding that particular power is so appealing? Because we know it’s the threshold to getting what we want (potentially)? Or is it less then that, just a more primal need to control who you’re with and knowing you can get who you want?

This guy friend and I are weirdly close, we have this relationship that isn’t anything like one I’ve had with a guy before. We are just friends but we’ve got this really open dialogue and everything else in between. In a healthy way, not a dirty one – jeez people, minds out of the gutter. But we also both know we’d never date each other. And yet, know when I walk into a room he’s looking at me. Such a surge of power. *cue my egomaniacal laugh* I should explain that I have a bit of self-esteem issues, so is this my way of re-compensating what I feel like I’m lacking?

Well, either way. He’s attractive and confusing but he’s a good guy, so I’m proud to say he’s my friend, no matter how confusing things may get with us.

xx

 

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What Higher Education Does to Us:

This is by no means a post slamming college education, I’m in the middle of mine and A. loving it, and B. really quite excited to be here in general. But, there are some things I see people do, or hear stories of from my friends, that makes me want to stereotype them all. Not in a bad way, but in a funny way. Sorry, there’s no other way to put that.

1. The Professor with No Degree – This guy is honestly quite scary. Luckily, there’s only usually ever one of these guys in a lecture hall at a time, but that’s all the professor or the rest of us students can take. He sits up perfectly straight, answers every single question that the professor asks, even if it’s “Oh, where did I set my whiteboard marker?” If he doesn’t yell it out, it’s because he’s creepily whispering the answer under his breath. This particular character sounds like something from a bad 80’s high school movie, but I swear they’re out there. For example, freshman year, my friends had a kid in their chemistry class that would have arguments with the professor in class (and always be wrong). He also happened to be obsessed with the American TV show NCIS… So that was his new secret nickname. By the end of the year my friends were grumbling how “if NCIS says one more thing in class today, I WILL throw my calculator at his head!”)

2. The Jitterbug – This girl ends up getting glares from the whole class by then end of the lecture. She needs something else every single moment of class. First she comes in late, has to take out her papers, and pen and cell phone, and laptop. You think after a few minutes she’s done rustling. Nope. No such luck, now she needs gum, and has to rustle around for that for another three minutes, and in her frenzy to find gum she drops a very loud notebook off her desk. This girl is usually done removing and finding her life in her oversized tote bag about 5 minutes before class is over.

3. The Prom Queen – There’s generally not too much wrong with this girl, but none the less she disgusts me. On an average day, she flounces into class just on time in black leggings, Ugg boots, and a Northface jacket with some generic white v-neck tee shirt underneath carrying her sorority’s customized greek letter tote bag… wearing way too much makeup. Dark makeup, in the middle of the day. She then spends the whole class texting her ‘friends’ with wayyyyy tooo many vowellsss in herr wordss. In her defense, most of the time she’s really a nice person. I just need to get her to agree to let me give her a makeover, that’s all.

4. The Reader – This one I’ll never understand. I honestly saw her more in high school than now in college but, this girl comes to class and honestly looks like she’s ready to learn. She comes on time, sets out all her various materials and then…. cracks open a book? Not even a school book, a fun reading book that, in most cases, I’d like to get my paws on as well. But you’re in class! You cannot multitask that way my dear, I’m very sorry. In the case of college, why come to class when you’re going to read anyhow?! This girl only bothers me because I love to read, and on a given day if I had a choice that’s what I’d be doing. She makes me jealous and re-think my priorities basically haha.

5. The Sleeper – More often than not, an average guy that likes video games way too much. The new COD (Call of Duty) came out so how is he not supposed to play it? He can be seen slowly falling asleep throughout class, though occasionally waking up to glance around the room, as if afraid he teleported somehow in his sleep. I actually witnessed one of these guys today! He woke up just in time to answer the questions each student gets points for. In his defense, he was cute, I like video games (a lot), and he held open the door for me on the way in and the way out of the hall.

xx

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Do Dating Rules Apply to Shopping Too?

Okay, obviously not all of them. I was thinking specifically of that one where supposedly (I’ve never tried it myself) if you hold off on sex for a few months, it’s even better when you do have it. I’m a fairly poor college student… My dad has informed me I get to go to Chicago, (oh the magical windy city, I love you) for my spring break. I’m going to not do ANY shopping until I go. I just decided this a few days ago, and to be totally honest, I’m dying inside already. So does shopping after an extended hiatus make it better? I’d like to think it will haha 🙂

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a shopaholic.

I plan on going all over the city when I’m there: to Akira in Bucktown, to Topshop, and basically the whole miracle mile… My bank account is going to take a major hit, even if I pay off my credit card now, and my dad gives me a little helping out money. I’m mentally preparing. And I already am missing it.

So if you happen to know any way to sooth my shopping deprived soul, or any good places to go to in Chicago *wink wink* I’d really appreciate it.

xx

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So It’s the New Year, The World Hasn’t Ended, What Now?

Predictions for the new year (and believe me, I’ve got a bunch of them):

Music: I should start by saying, a few of these artists I’m just waiting to blow up here in America, honestly not sure when they will, but I promise they will. I’d normally have put Lana Del Rey on this list, but after her absolutely awful SNL performance this past Saturday night, there’s no way in hell I’d ever pay money to see her live. And I give mad props to whoever fixes her voice on her recordings. They’re getting paid their money’s worth.

1. Sky Ferreira – Love this girl. She was originally a model, and I believe she still is modeling, but she’s quite young (20, if that) and can belt it. I recommend 17, Obsession, One, and 108, and for your viewing pleasure, I give you Obsession.

2. SHINee -These next two are going to sound weird, and I still tend to agree except I’ve read on multiple music-related trend forcasting websites that Korean pop music is going to be huge in 2012. Even though I can’t understand a word of these guys except ‘lucifer, love-a-tronic, and love-a-holic,’ I find myself singing in Korean (really), loving their beat and their dancing skills are killer. So, give the boys of SHINee a shot, and watch Lucifer:

3. Girls’ Generation – This is the 2nd Korean pop band, and these girls are even cooler to me than SHINee. There are 9, yes, nine of them. They remind me of the Pussycat Dolls but with a real fashion sense, and much better singing, though their whole ‘thing’ is refined, classy sexiness. I’m a fan of Run Devil Run, and The Boys. Here is The Boys in English (they also have the video in Korean). Honestly, I could see these ladies blowing up and the fast tempo is something I could definitely see being played in clubs in the near future:

Color Trends/ Fashion Trends: Some of these I’m jumping out of my seat for, and others I think I’ll try to avoid completely. According to Pantone (the people who decide all the hot colors for everyone – interior designs and on the runway), “Tangerine Tango” is the color for 2012, though some other ‘in’ colors are black (naturally), teal, sulfur yellow, nudes, pale pinks, and pale blues and grays. Other trends that are going to be in for 2012 include pastels, neutrals in layers, leather (thank god) is still in, color blocking, as well as patterns and lace, plus menswear with a twist seems to be staying for a while too.  I’ve also noticed quite a bit of Indian influence, in both patterns, style, and length of garments. Here’s a little taste of what was seen on the runway:

[SS2012 Eli Tahari; Style.com]

[SS2012 Proenza Schouler; Style.com]

[SS2012 Chanel; Style.com]

[SS2012 Valentino; Style.com]

[SS2012 Valentio; Style.com]

Nail Trends: I really  hope that that sharp claw-like nail thing never translates over to the real-world, there’s no way I could do it, sorry. But, I do love the polish trends that are already sweeping in this year. As a nail polish fiend, I’ve found there to be a few that are outstanding: Ready? Good.

1. New Neons – Pretty much anything goes, as long as it’s bright and gives your hands a bit of pop! I’m a fan of a bright teal-y green, magenta, royal purple, and if you’re going really crazy I approve orange, or even green. If you want to try out this trend but don’t want to spend a ton of money initially, I recommend American Apparel‘s nail polish. At $6 a bottle, you know you’re getting something good but if you don’t like it you’re not going to feel guilty tossing it (which by the way is a terrible thing to do. Don’t do it. Forget I even said it.)

2. Pastels – Anything really – from gray to blue to pink to buff to honey, it’s all in, and they all look good with everyone’s skin tones. Zoya has this promo video for a new line they have (I’m not a huge fan of the video, but it gives a good idea of color range for pastels)

3. Blue/greens – So far, I’ve fallen in love with the clean colors Nails, Inc. has to offer in the blue-green department, but obviously, as with everything else, this is just a jumping off point. The one shown below is Haymarket by Nails, Inc.

4. Glitters Gone Wild – Nicki Minaj and The Muppet’s collections from OPI have seemed to start this craze. I did a Weekly Shade on the Muppets’ “Rainbow Connection” earlier in the month, and I stand firmly by this one. I do think there are the right and wrong times to be wearing a full on glitter manicure, but the other trends of the year can be subtle enough that this one works. Also, Bloomsbury Square (a Nails, Inc. polish) is AMAZING. We bought it for my roommate for her birthday.

xx

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So I’m a Failure, Did You Know?

I’ve been quite the slacker the past weeks, and I’m truly truly sorry. Let me explain: I found out I have mono this past Wednesday and have been attempting to sleep it off while starting classes (they started last week also). Since then, I’ve had a quiz and 3 homework assignments due. And on top of that I’ve been figuring out the application to graduate school and what classes I need to take in the next year to graduate on time. Ugh. It’s all boring, I’m very aware. But I figured I owe you an explanation.

To make up for my lack of presence I give you a few predictions for the coming year, and I’m giggling to myself already about a few of them… And a DIY from FujiFiles, it’s a bit old in the fashion and blogging world, but I’m in love. It’s a perfect iPad case/ purse-y type clutch for my insane multitasking. Later today, I’ll post my weekly shade of nail polish (this one is really brightening up my crappy winter mood), and then depending on how quickly my physics homework and animal science homework gets done tonight, I’ll post a new outfit post (welcome to the redundancy department of redundancy, sorry) either tonight or tomorrow.

xx

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[Enter Your New Obession] Welcome to the World of Leggings

Now I know leggings are sometimes the bitch of fashion; everyone makes fun of them at some point or another, but you know you own at least 3 pairs and love them, especially when no-ones looking. Am I right?

Well. This guy is an ingenious designer out of Australia (gotta love that country)! He’s been at it making creative leggings (and now dresses and skirts as well) for a few years, and finally starting to get a decent amount of recognition. Fair warning, they’re not cheap, but the quality of the fabric, and the patterns are top quality.

Please welcome Black Milk Clothing: I personally have 3 pairs of leggings and a dress. One of my friends got into this designer, and in literally two months she bought 2 skirts, 4 pairs of leggings, and a dress. OBSESSION.

The Clouds Dress – I own this one 🙂 The dress and skirt fabric is the same as the legging fabric, so let me tell you, it sucks in all the right places and just looks amazing overall! My one complaint is it tends to ride up (I’ve heard this can be solved with a cotton/jersey slip-type dress underneath).

Shattered Glass Grapes Leggings – They have these in a few colors, but the bright purple makes me happy; just the boost you need in the winter.

Ribs Black Swimsuit: Did I forget to mention they make swimsuits too? Welll, great news!  They do. People also wear these as body suits, with a skirt or jeans etc etc. I believe Ke$ha wore this exact one in a photoshoot actually…

Galaxy Green Leggings: I have these, LOVE them. The first time I wore them out, a drunk girl yelled after me saying “You’ve got a great ass! I love those! I want to touch your butt and I’m not even lesbian!!!” Her guy (friend? boyfriend?) holding her up says “Yeah, I wanna touch it too!”More Fair Warning: You WILL get hit on/called funny nicknames/get asked where you got these when wearing this brand. Not that it’s a bad thing, just feel like you should know. (In case you’re wondering, I was called ‘Space Pants Girl’ one night I wore these out).

Now fly! Zip that mouse over, at least go check it out, there’s some amazing stuff! (And I promise I’m not getting paid for showing off/ talking about Black Milk’s clothes). I also probably won’t be able to post anything until the weekend since I’ll be in Iowa doing research. So have a good week!!

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Happy Pre-NYE!

I’m actually getting ready as I type this (talk about putting things off ’til the last possible minute)…

Lets get to it!

First of all I hope that everyone has an amazingly awesome new years eve, and 1st, since I’m probably going to be M.I.A. for a few days after this (going back to State and whatnot).

Dress: Milena Jodi Sequin Backless dress from Caruso Caruso in Birmingham,MI

Blazer: BCBG Maxazria Carmela Blazer

Shoes: Charles Jourdan Black Pumps

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Makeup: Nars Duo in Kalahari, Nars limited edition trio in Arabian Nights, and Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV

My foundation is Benefit cream foundation in Spin the Bottle…. I’m not wearing any base-type makeup yet in these pictures though, only my eyes are done, and even my eyes don’t have mascara yet (which by the way, I use Benefit Bad Girl Lash).

This is the final product: There’s something to be said for hearing someone else’s opinion sometimes, there really is: this jewelry combo is courtesy of my mom, who rummaged through my jewelry for a good 5 minutes before nodding complacently, and smiling. I love her with all my heart. Thank you mom. i also apologize for the weird quality and color cast of this picture… Thank Blackberry for that…

 

Hppy Pre-New Years!!!

xx

 

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