Archive | August 2013

Fall 2013 Fashion Wishlist

Going through Arielle Toulotte’s, a Pinterest follower of mine, “Clothes” board I came across these beautiful, brown Tory Burch riding boots, which obviously I had to repin. When it came to the pin description Arielle wrote “wanting these for the fall, they are soo preppy and perfect”, and that pretty much inspired me to write about my fall fashion wishlist.

Without further ado, here is my fall fashion wishlist:

  • Tall riding boots — What I think are a staple in everybody’s wardrobe to dress up and bring a look together. This pair from Steve Madden are totally killer.
  • Short heeled booties — Like riding boots, a nice basic which would work for most outfits
  • Basic tees — I am one of those girls who has only a few basic t-shirts, and I really am in dire need of some more
  • Statement jewellery (particularly earrings) — I was not an avid watcher of Gossip Girl, but I have recently become inspired by Sereena van der Woodsen that I am now very much into big, chunky jewellery.
  • Well fitted blazers — I am the proud owner of three great blazers, and I think my very first one had sparked an addiction because I am yearning for more.
  • Jackie-O sunglasses — True, summer is almost over, but a classic like Jackie-Os can be worn for many seasons to come.
  • Pink Pants — So if you read The Fashion Medley’s post on pink pants, you are most probably just as in love with them as I am! I probably won’t get a wide leg trouser, but I recently spotted these pink coated pants in American Eagle that I fell in love with.
  • Rebecca Minkoff Mini M.A.C. in port — I am a sucker for small crossbodies, and I love deep, dark reds, so of course I would want this bag. If only I can find a store that sells the Mini M.A.C. in this colour.

So that is my fall fashion wishlist. I can probably only hope to find and buy just the right one (or two) of these, but it never hurts to years for something. Let me know what you guys are dying for in the comments, and you’ll hear from me soon.

Be An Angel

According to the punchbowl.com emails I get, today is Be An Angel Day. This day’s purpose is to “encourage people to perform random acts of kindness and to help those in need.” I think that is sweet, motivating people to think of others, but I think Be An Angel Day shouldn’t just happen once a year. It should be every day that people are yearning to be kind to everyone. Basically what I’m trying to say is maybe if you’re kind but not as kind as you know you could be, this day is a great reminder of all those lessons our elementary school teachers taught us about kindness.

Acts of kindness you can never go wrong with:

  • Holding the door open
  • Giving people a friendly smile
  • Tell someone if their shoes are untied
  • Listen to buskers playing to let them know their talents are appreciated
  • Surprise family/friends you haven’t seen in a while

Have a wonderful, kind, glorious day everyone.

Back To School Playlist

With just a short time until the start of the school year, I figured, “Hey, why not talk about going back to school?” And what better way to talk about the back-to-school season than to talk about music?

Music is like a little safe haven for so many people I know and I (and no, not like that movie with Julianne Hough, which I have not actually seen but have heard some exciting things about). From the moment I finish my shower to the time my first class begins, I am listening to music; so I thought that the perfect way to motivate oneself through the beginning of school would be a fun and inspiring little playlist. My friends and I pretty much just bus and/or walk to school, so I made my playlist approximately 50 minutes long to accommodate those who have longer journeys as well as those with shorter ones. Here’s my playlist:

  1. It’s Time by Imagine Dragons — This song is just so darn awesome! Especially at the beginning of the day. “It’s time to begin isn’t it?”
  2. Greased Lightning from Grease — I love how upbeat it is; it really wakes me up in the morning.
  3. Brick by Boring Brick by Paramore — Again, upbeat, really wakes you up.
  4. Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas — Ever since I’ve started watching Supernatural, this song just reminds me of some grand finale, because obviously they use it for all of the season finales, and the beginning of something just as glorious, because I usually always had the DVDs for the season after. I put it in this playlist because it is the perfect transitional song to signify the ending of the summertime and the newness of going back to school.
  5. When I Get You Alone by Robin Thicke — So if you’ve seen this song’s music video, you saw Robin Thicke biking around the streets of New York. Now when I listen to it, I juts kind of speed up what I’m doing because the image of Robin Thicke as a bike courier just really inspires me for some reason.
  6. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves — I feel like this song is just perfect for all but the most solemn occasions. It’s really upbeat and positive and I just want to have some sort of dance montage when I hear it.
  7. Walk This Way by Aerosmith — Okay this is probably no surprise, but I mean Steven Tyler scream/singing “Walk this way” over and over just makes me want to get to my destination as fast as possible. I just instantly find my groove, and I feel cool, like how James Potter and Sirius Black must have felt during their time in school, so I feel like this is essential for back to school.
  8. Someday We’ll Know by New Radicals — So this is a new favourite song of mine, and I don’t know. Maybe if you study hard enough you could answer one of Gregg’s questions.
  9. Battle Born by The Killers — This song is just really inspiring and makes me want to continue to do as well as I can.
  10. Grow by Wake Owl — This song just makes me think of trees and how they never stop growing.
  11. Back in Black by AC/DC — Obvi, one of the greatest songs of the last century, it just rocks. That is the simplest way to describe it. It’s awesome and who doesn’t like AC/DC?!

So that is my back-to-school playlist. I put it in that order ’cause I think it would go well like that, but it would also be cool shuffled. Feel free to tell me what you think of my playlist and also offer any suggestions.

An Introduction: Poetry in My Life

Where I’m from I’m the Queen of Impromptu Poetry. That doesn’t mean I have any actual talent in the art, but I do love to dabble. An example: For one very special friend of mine, I have made a tradition of writing her a poem for her birthday for the past few years. Most of them were pretty awful, but I have been proud of a couple poems written for her. Besides the on-the-spot poetry that I do, I also work hard on less silly writings, too. Like every undiscovered bard I, too, have my collection of long forgotten poems and suffer from the same infuriating blocks. Heck, the last time I had writer’s block it lasted nearly a year!

With every poem that I write, I poke fun at myself, whether it be at my form, the subject, or how it fits into my life. Some might classify my actions as modesty; typical teenage angst; or atypical teenage angst. Whatever the diagnosis, my reactions don’t vary. I still cringe at the sight of what I write, my heart rate still picks up whenever I catch someone reading my work, and I still deny how much work I put into poetry. But how do I not? At the risk that someone should laugh at what part of myself I’ve left on the page? Thanks, but no thanks. That’s why I fashion limericks from the oddest moments in life, threading them together in my jester-like ways. It fits so perfectly with the persona that I’ve created for myself that it is completely believable that I make only crude, clowny poems. That’s fine. But I only hope with what people read in my silly little creations, they might be able to take what else I write seriously, should I ever share with them.

Every “serious” poem I still have has very little in the depth department when compared to the Greats. I’m not saying they’re not enjoyable, or good, just not great. With that said I hope you can appreciate the poems I am leaving below:

A poem for a dear friend:

Dear friend, you are a cat

A fierce yet lovely brat

Though you may hiss spray

And cause much dismay

Everybody loves you, twat.

One for a loved one’s birthday:

For you, my dear,

Are a true cherished friend.

So today I say we have beer,

A friendship with no end,

And may we have many a cheer.

And a sonnet that took me the longest time to write:

Separation at its best serves disdain,

Abandonment, contempt, and betrayal.

Feeling as though we will somehow uncoil

Others attempt to unlink us in vain

But we’ll overcome that, for they’re insane!

The negativity does leave me stale

For it leaves me sensitive, but not frail.

So I shall fight ’til their feelings are slain

But have them understand our affection.

We shall siphon off the dread that was brought

For our hearts will prove utter devotion.

Unweaved the threads be, unpulling lips taut,

Gently eyes be less sharp and so soften

As dream’s merriment no longer be naught.