Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Melodies: Lulu and the Lampshades.

For me, a clear indication of a band's awesomeness is by their name.
I know, I know, don't judge a book by it's cover and all that- but seriously.
Here's my formula:

NAME + and the + RANDOM [PLURAL] NOUN = WIN.

You know, Matthew and the Atlas, Vincent Vincent and the Villains, and all that jazz.

Anyways, this Monday Melodies has been brought to you by my new quirky favorite, Lulu and the Lampshades. Their two main singers are not afraid to have their pure, clear voices heard- and for good reason- they have no need for autotune or any of that technology junk!

This picture is totally reminiscent of their style- they're a little strange, a lot gorgeous, and so REAL.


They recorded themselves using only a webcam and two cups and it seriously shows their funky vibe and AMAZING voices. They took that cup rhythm pattern that we have all learned at some point in our elementary school careers, an old folk/campfire chorus, and added their lyrics- Voila!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

It's SO Dreamy!

Okay, that's literally something I say on a daily basis.
Like, when I see pictures of Flynn Rider's smolder face, when I hear "Rhythm of Love", when I see every single dress at Modcloth... yup. I do the whole "hands clasped together, head tilted dramatically to the side, foot popped Princess Diaries style" deal. It's awesome.
Seeing these pictures was like me on a broken record. "It's so dreamy, it's so dreamy, it's SOO dreamy!"
And you'll see why.
Okay, picture this little run-down shack in the middle of nowhere. It's like, the size of one tall room. Put into the mix one Sandra Foster, crazy carpenter amazing woman, and this is what you get:

Okay, it's TEENY, right? So quaint. So cute. SO DREAMY.

It is a mini-Victorian house. Complete with front porch, gorgeously styled columns and all.
But wait- there's more.

Cue the jaw drop. This looks like it belongs on the pages of Anthropologie's catalogue or something, not an actual HOUSE. I couldn't even imagine the minuscule house being this big!

Seriously, the white/cream/rose scheme is to DIE for. Not literally, but you know what I mean. The sandpapered cabinets, the flowy curtains, the plants and plates....

And this.
A loft with an amazingly fluffy bed, vintage chandelier, flowers, and books.

Um... can I live here, too?

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Where I Realized I Will Never Get Bangs.

I always sort of imagined myself one day looking like Zooey Deschanel- I mean, she's so timeless, so lovely, so VINTAGE. Yes, I do realize that I don't have blue eyes, and that I'm half-Chinese, and that I don't have that beautiful voice, but a girl can pretend!
I came to realize the sad, sad truth a few days ago in Drama when I was assigned the job of taking pictures of myself in wigs for inventory. Hello, that is like, the best job known to man.
Well, to woman.

Here's a quick intro on "how to put a wig on" if you didn't know already.

Braid your hair.

Put the wig cap on, and take a picture looking like a crazed lunch lady.

Attempt to put the first wig on, and realize that there's too much hair gathered in one area.

So french braid into two sections, and pin those up. And wig cap it.

It's wig time!
DISCLAIMER: I had a cough, sore throat, and runny AND stuffy nose at the same time while taking these pictures. How does that even happen? Shouldn't the nose either completely stuff up and stay stuck, or be runny and free? (Ignore that imagery.) Anyways, I look kind of strange. Forgive me, I'm sick.

The thing that I like about these wigs is that they're so pretty. I mean, it's like you don't even have to do anything with your hair!

Kind of tangly, but long and the closest thing to Rapunzel I'll ever get!

And now, the voice of reason. It is this picture that makes me realize that I will never, EVER, look like Zooey. I cannot pull off bangs. Maybe from the profile/side view... but I feel like I look absolutely ridiculous from the front.
Woe is me, never to have the hair of my dreams!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

And They Say, "She's So Lucky."

So apparently I'm a very lucky girl, because this (what I'm about to talk about in a second...) has definitely occurred more than once in my life.
What can I say? I guess the stars are just aligned perfectly for me.

The stars... or the birds.
Yeah. I got pooped on today, on my head. It was a very lovely experience- I was just relaxing with my friends at lunch, enjoying my food, and I felt a little splat on my head.
Freezing, I asked my friends, "Was that what I thought it was?" and sadly, they nodded their heads.

The top view (or bird's eye view, haha, get it?) of the feces.
I guess the bird really was letting it go while he was flying, because it dropped in a perfect line on my hair. And yes, I posed for this picture before I ran to the bathroom to wash it out- is that a little crazy-blogger of me?

And if you wanted to see a picture of my lovely face after this happened, here you go.
Aren't I just attractive?

Note: The poop that also landed on my shoulder. A speck, yes, but scat all the same.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Melodies: Lover's Carvings



We can all admit that commercials are a pain in the behind- especially when they show up RIGHT at the crucial moment in the show you're watching.
(Which, at the moment for us, was "Winter Wipeout" but hey, no judging.)
The awesome thing about commercials, though, is that they're trying to attract you- so obviously they have the funniest lines, the most attractive people, the things that stick... for me, that means the best music.
This song (or rather the latter half of it) was featured on the new Kindle commercial and I literally ran from the couch to the computer and typed in "new kindle commercial song". After a bit of searching and listening, I came across this gem.

This monday's melody is called "Lover's Carvings" by Biblio, and is seriously the most calming and uplifting song I have ever heard. Which sounds strange, because those are two totally paradoxical terms, but the first half and latter half are so different that it's like two awesome songs in one.

(I LOVE the CD cover design.)


Skip to 1:25 if you're impatient for the fun part!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Greatest Plan Known to Man.

And yes. It's so epic that it even rhymes.
(Insert Keanu Reeves "whoa" here.)

Four words.
Studying with ice cream.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Something About Purple...

Maybe it's that it's purple. Maybe it's that it's a pastel.
Or maybe it's just that it's on my nails.
Whatever the reason may be, I love this nail polish.

(Please excuse the bump on my ring finger. It's one of those calluses that form from a mixture of gripping the pencil too tight and using the ring finger instead of the middle finger to support the pencil. Shh! I guess I never learned properly in Kindergarten.)

This amazing color is made by "Avon" (or should I write AVON) and unfortunately does not even belong to me. I spotted it on the fingernails of my lovely friend, Anne, and literally begged her for a few days to bring it for me to try.... not that I was desperate or anything....

Four Reasons Why Purple Rocks.

1. It's way funner designing dresses when the hand drawing the designs is pretty in purple.
And yes, in case you were wondering, it's a wedding dress... that's not strange, right?

2. Do you have trouble paying attention to the keys while you play? Not anymore!
(And props to you if you can guess what 7th chord I'm playing!)

3. Edamame in itself is awesome. But eating it with purple nails? It's like double-awesomeness. Like a root beer float.

4. Maybe it's just me, but I feel much more sophisticated playing around with my vintage costume jewelry when my nails match my character.

How do painted nails make YOU feel?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wigalicious!

So I've mentioned before that I'm involved with the Drama department at my school. And occasionally I get to be onstage... unfortunately my incredibly busy schedule doesn't lend itself kindly to late night rehearsals every day and thus, I don't really get to act in the mainstage productions.
However, I do make it a point to participate in these shows- I want to be a part of the production and have made the play (whatever it may be) possible!
So, for this season's "Pride and Prejudice", I'm designing/playing with the wigs.

Which first involved cleaning them, using Woolite as a shampoo substitute.... and then letting them dry in the warm sun!

Which obviously led to me arranging the wigs rainbow-style by hair color.

And creeping out half the school with the wig-heads' creepy styrofoam faces.

I think I may have formed an unhealthy obsession with these guys....


Pictures taken by the lovely Stella.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sometimes it's Good to be Melancholy.

Maybe this is kind of a weird thing to do, but I make playlists by moods.
Like, I have a CD called "Pump it up!" (Word for word. Even the exclamation point.) that I listen to in my room and dance around for hours on end.
I also listen to it while I practice driving stick shift (Ask my dad, he's heard it enough times!)

BUT, I figured that most the songs I have here on Monday Melodies are happy pumping-up songs because those are the funnest for me. However, even though this will sound really lame, I also have a sad playlist for when I want to mope.
Because really, when you want to mope, you want to be good and sad and MOPEY.

So, if you're in a good and mopey mood, here are two songs that I guarantee will make you cry (and are actually quite- I mean really- similar in style, now that I think about it). At least, when I listen to them, that's what happens.

This song is called "Porcelain Doll" by Megan McCauley, and even though the singer's appearance really doesn't fit the attitude of the song (at least in my mind), she's got a unique voice and lovely red hair.


As of now, this is my most favorite melancholy song.
It's called "Almost Lover" by A Fine Frenzy and is just the most heart-wrenching thing ever. I even got the sheet music for it so I can tap it out on the piano and sing along.


Do you make organized-themed playlists, too?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Some (Late) Holiday Cheer

The hardware store up by my Grandpa's house got it right:
Who doesn't want a little penny-saving around the holidays?
(And it doesn't hurt that I love a good rhyme & pun!)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Here's to You, 2010.

I'm not really one to write hugely mushy-gushy posts about how much I loved 2010, and how much I'm excited for 2011, but here it is, in my own little way:

2010 was a tough year.
It was the year of SAT's, the second semester of Junior year and the first of Senior year, it was college applications, college applications, and more college applications.

BUT-

It was also my first prom; granted, it was dateless, but an "important high school experience" never the less.

It was the year I got my driver's license.

It was the year I had my ever-so-fun photoshoot with Karina.

And, yes, visited many colleges.

Gosh, it was stressful, and I'm kind of glad it's over, but it had some amazing times.
Also- I'm kind of nervous for 2011. I mean, sure I did all that stuff in 2010 but they were all preparing me for the big C-O-L-L-E-G-E.

So, I guess I can say that 2011 is the next big stepping stone of my life.
Well, here's to hoping it's a good one!