Flashin’ Fashion: Where’s the Sunshine?

Sheer shirt, jeans, and your classic leather jacket….guess I was soaking up the last few rays of sunlight while I could.

Shirt: unsure

Jeans: Express

Jacket: Steve Madden

Boots: Minnetonka

“Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” -John Wesley

Peace and Love,

P

Thanksgiving Break in Pictures!

Turkey Trot!

 

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I have the cutest family in the entire world.

 

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And of course the cutest friends:

 

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C, P, and JM!

 

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My friends H (http://hafsaherazade.tumblr.com) and M!

 

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And J (of http://shakesparrow.tumblr.com)!

I loved seeing you P! I hope your transition back to Boston was smooth and that your biology test goes well this week. I very much enjoy sending you unflattering pictures of myself via snap chat and knowing you can look at them for a maximum of 10 seconds.

Hugs and kisses,

E

Flashin’ Fashion: Caged Heart

Photos taken by E

Vest: Buffalo

Jeans: Miss Me

Boots: Buckle

Cuff: Kohls

These boots make me feel like a badass. I ask myself EVERYDAY why I didn’t bring em to Boston. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE knee high boots–because I’m really tall they make me look a lot more proportionate and they make my legs look super long. The only problem with knee-high boots is that when some people imagine them, they think of strippers and prostitutes and things like that. The way I class up my knee high boots: buy them in classic colors like this cream color or a light brown. Wear them while the rest of you is generally covered up. And…yupp, those are two fool-proof ways to class up knee-highs! Anyway, this is one of my favoritest outfits EVER…not that it would actually fly in Cambridge, because I would freeze with such a skimpy top, but it’s nice to reminisce about the warm ole days back in Texas…

Hope you guys are finding a way to keep warm in this cold November weather.

Peace and Love,

P

On Performance and Seeking Attention

Dear P,

Today I watched the music video for Lana Del Ray’s “Video Games” for the first time. This catalyst to the cultural phenomenon that is Lana Del Ray sparked an epiphany in me. My first response to this video was “Dadgum. What an attention seeker.”

And then reality struck. That was what made the video awesome.

We live in a society that generally condemns attention seekers. Have you noticed that cool people don’t post on Facebook anymore? The only people who update their Facebook statuses are:

  1. Promoting a charitable/political cause
  2. Selling something
  3. 30+ years old
  4. All of the above

I have one friend who posts real Facebook statuses. They are reflections of her doings and whereabouts, which is what Facebook statuses were designed to be, except that they just happen to also be beautiful. She’s not here right now, so I can’t ask her to use them, but just trust me on this one. They are vaguely reminiscent of David Foster Wallace or the best of Jeffrey Eugenides (and by the best of Eugenides I mean “Middlesex”). Imagine the best prose that I’ve written and multiply the greatness by about thirty and you have the level of these statuses.

If my friend had listened to the masses of cool people of our generation say, in a superior tone, “Oh, I haven’t posted a Facebook status in over a year”, and decided to hide her brilliance under the dull veil of conformity, the world would be a less majestic place.

The same is true for the bright girl who always whispers interesting questions in my ear during biology class. “Ask the professor!” I urge. Alas, I am the only person who usually benefits from her musings. I mostly blame this on the fact that we regularly make fun of the kids who ask the most questions in class i.e. THE ATTENTION SEEKERS.

My best friends who are called “attention seekers” the most often are also the most enthusiastic, outgoing, and people-pleasing. One of my friends (who shall remain anonymous) was stressing the other day about this. She admits she loves attention, and so seeks it by being generally charming and beautiful. I don’t see anything wrong with this.

Art was meant to be noticed. Talent was meant to be given to the public. I personally hate to be looked at by more than one person at a time, so I am unlikely to seek attention in the usual sense, but I am quite vain about my writing and pictures. I therefore post pictures on Facebook and words to you on this blog, so I can show them off.

(A picture I uploaded onto Facebook a couple of minutes ago)

So, if you excel, as you, P, do at many things, I urge you to parade your arts to the world. Charm, converse, express, excel and create, then revel in the praise and attention that spawns from doing the things you love. It’s what the best people have always done:

(Just a brief sampling of awesome people who weren’t afraid to attract attention from their greatness.)

Love, Kisses and Courage,

E

Flashin’ Fashion: Velvet Visionary

I love all things velvet! You don’t see many people rocking the velvet anymore. But I love it. It always makes me feel kinda old school. And very decadent. It’s such a rich fabric. I love the dark colors in this velvet. The flower patterns show up when the light hits it just right. I paired it with tannish lace up/buckle/construction worker-esque wedges, but I’ve also worn this dress with black tights and black pumps when it gets colder. It’s all about the vibe you’re feelin.

Photos taken by E

Much Love,

P

Lessons I Am In the Process of Learning

Dear P,

I was kind of proud of this journal page and thus decided to share it with you today. The date says “Nov. 5, 2012” (today), the little bird is saying, “Lemme breath!”, and the book is “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Marukami.

Congratulations on winning your crew race this week and generally being awesome!

Hugs and Kisses,

E

P.S.- You know I love boys with beards 😉 Happy November!

Novembaaaaa

Dear E,

You probably know of most of these songs but here’s my November playlist (:

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison

Piano Man by Billy Joel

American Pie by Don McLean

I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons

22 by Taylor Swift

I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift

Stay Stay Stay by Taylor Swift

Home by Phillip Phillips

Feels Good at First by Train

How You Remind Me by Nickelback

Two Birds by Regina Spektor

Superman (It’s Not Easy) by Five for Fighting

Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson

One of Those Days by Joy Williams–It’s just been one of those weeks, sigh.

I’ve talked to you a little bit this week but not much. I had a pretty rough/stressful week but the good thing is that my week is over and I’m determined to make next week a super fun and productive week! (:

On that note, I won my first collegiate D1 race for crew today! Our boat didn’t do that great but it was really really fun. I had a good time talking to all my teammates and suffering through the unbelievable cold weather up at Dartmouth. We played catch phrase on the bus on our way home and it was super duper fun. I’ll post you some pictures soon!

I hope you get some snow this November and you rock your scarves and boots. I hope you drink pumpkin spice lattes and eat pumpkin pie (which is the best pie ever) and I hope you get to snuggle up with a good book at some point. And I hope you do well on your exams and stay happy even if it gets cold (: I LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Love, P

P.S. I hope you like boys with beards because it’s no-shave November, KILL MEEEEE.

E’s November Playlist

I’m a day late on my November playlist! This is a good one. I’ve been listening to it for the last two weeks and I’m happy to listen to it for another month.

“Shake it out” by Florence +the Machine
“Free life” by Dan Wilson
“Take our turn” by the J band
“To travels & Trunks” by Hey Marseilles
“Chasing Pirates” Norah Jones
“Gold on the Ceiling” by the Black Keys
“If there was no you” by Brandi Carlile
“I’m into something good” by the Bird and the Bee
“Cold December” by Matt Costa
“Over it over again” by She and Him
“Hey Mama” by Mat Kearney
“It’s time” by Imagine Dragons
“Buoy” by Carrie Blanton

I hope November brings you hot chocolate, warm sweater, cuddles, and a giant turkey! I can’t wait for Thanksgiving, when I might get to see you!

Hugs and kisses,
E