The Perfect Polish

Sometimes I try to expand my nail polish repertoire, but my preferences when it comes to le vernis are so boring classic that more outlandish or exciting or surprising shades never get much use at all and I find myself back to appreciating my trusty little wardrobe of basics even more.

 

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Words Once More

It’s always interesting to me to take a look at when I’ve opted to take break from posting. During vacations I spend traveling, obviously. And following the election last year.
And then this past week, which ld up to my Dad’s leg amputation surgery yesterday (*Gasp*, I know, but it was planned out, a rational choice, and a long time coming. But that doesn’t make it any less of a big deal, you know what I mean?)

So I’ve been thinking about the best way to ease myself back into posting. Because I miss it an because I have things I want to talk about, but at the same time I’m feeling so completely emotionally blunted and exhausted that I can’t imagine I’d be much fun.

But I realized it’s been a while since I’ve done a words post, and I did have a list accumulating, just in case of the proverbial rainy day like today. Continue reading “Words Once More”

Sleepy Listening

Did anyone else ever listen to books on tape when they were little, as they were lying in bed at night? I did. Almost every night until I was 6 or 7.  Lots of different stories. My parents would just slide a tape in the tape player (I’m dating myself- we may even still have the tape player in the attic).

It occurred to me recently that this history may explain why To sometimes find listening to ASMR at night so relaxing. Continue reading “Sleepy Listening”

Flower Boys

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We give girls flower names all the time but boys are really rarely named after botanical things- particular botanical things as frilly and fecund as flowers.  Even though when you get down to it, flowers have both lady-parts and man-parts.

Not that I’m advocating naming your young boy something like Candytuft. Don’t name a girl Candytuft either.  Or Ranunculus.

Candytuft and Ranunculus aside, I think there are profound unplumbed depths in flower names. Especially for boys and especially in English, because I don’t know about where you are, but America is very annoyingly anti-feminine.
Flower names can be both sensitive and strong, so in the interest of equal opportunity naming, here are some of my favorites that I think would suit little boys (and eventually men and granddads) to a tee. Continue reading “Flower Boys”

YBDT Showpieces

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Hey you! Now that Winter Ball is over and I’ve written my essay on Gender Imitation and Insubordination in Macbeth, I have a little spare time and brain space to come up with another list.

The Yale Ballroom Dance Team has been my main extracurricular and social activity  for the last soon-to-be four years.  I had never done ballroom dance before (unless you count quinceanera salsa, bachata, and merengue).  But most of the team here had never done ballroom before joining. Some of us hadn’t even danced before (Pro tip: we’re the only dance group at Yale that doesn’t have auditions).

We compete and have two big shows a year- Winter Ball and Spring Show, in addition to smaller shows like Icebreaker at the beginning of the year, ‘gigs’ when we go on tour over Spring Break, and Caliente (our pre-freshman recruitment show).

And now I only have one more show left before I’m gone!  Time to take a walk down memory lane and look back at my show pieces over my ‘bright college years’. Continue reading “YBDT Showpieces”

February: Links I Love

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Happy February, the month of amour! But actually screw Valentine’s Day, I’m not into it. But the above is my desktop background because it seemed apropos.  One of my favorite little joys is hunting down graphic images that tile well.  Images with some kind of repetitive pattern or that would look good if repeated.  Graphic designs, illustrations, wallpaper prints, and fabric are all great sources.
Last month I used an illustration of cartoon penguins spelling out the alphabet. My favorite was the super-diva-ish letter R.

In other news, we have a snowy day here, but not a snow day.  The city has declared a snow emergency and the buses and shuttles around campus aren’t running, but we’re still supposed to be trekking around to class.  But my professor canceled my 9 am anyway and I have my fingers crossed for my 2:30.  It’s a good day for staying in the warm indoors, cuddling a cat, and surfing the net. Continue reading “February: Links I Love”

Profiles in Style: Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung is a pretty canonical style role model, and while I enjoy her sense of fashion, I can honestly say that I don’t think I would want to meet her.
In the interviews I’ve seen with her (Yes, I do watch those egregiously back-pat-y fashion industry interviews. I sometimes almost like them 😛 ), she comes off as kind of standoffish and abrasive.  Like maybe she’s low key mocking her interviewer.
And as a sensitive snowflake I can’t imagine a more exhausting or upsetting type of conversation.

So I like my Alexa Chung where she is: on my computer screen, with clothing.

And therein lies the difficulty: Alexa Chung wears clothes a lot. At least as much as most of us. So I’m not cataloguing all of Alexa’s outfits, but here’s a mini-selection that I’ve arranged in a way I find aesthetically pleasing for reasons I can’t and/or won’t explain.

And no, Alexa, I don’t think Uggs are coming back. God forbid. Continue reading “Profiles in Style: Alexa Chung”