So British Vogue’s youtube channel has a series where they visit the wardrobe of various fashion people/tastemakers/personalities- and I love it so much.
These are all people who are pretty passionate about style, and hearing someone talk about something that they’re passionate about is always kind of wonderful- especially when you share that interest. Continue reading “Answering Unasked Questions: Inside the Wardrobe”
“Winter Ball comma the Last”
It’s very weird because ballroom dance has been my big extracurricular all throughout college, and yes, I’ve had plenty of previous dance experience, but ballroom was never something I had done before. Now that senior year is drawing to a close (it still feels unlikely, but Lily was just telling me that her last final is two months from today), I can feel my ballroom aspirations and enthusiasms also naturally winding down. I’m grateful, because I don’t want to leave Yale and miss ballroom too desperately- I want the mental space to make new choices and try new things.
Of course I still love spending time with the team. Just as ballroom has been my main/only extracurricular, it’s also been my biggest social outlet at Yale. The people on the team are not just “my team” but some of my best friends, and I hope to stay in touch with them for many years to come. The fact that I’ve stayed in close touch with a few previous graduates bodes well.
Ballroom dance may end up, for me, becoming inextricably linked with my Yale experience- my college self- and being one of the sweetest parts. Just how horses and horseback riding is so much bound up with middle school and high school, and Girl Scouts with elementary.
If we can learn anything from history, it’s that if I leave ballroom behind I’ll still love it and miss it, just as I miss horses (but less so riding, which started to get very stressful when I reached a certain competitive level). And even if I leave ballroom behind chances are that I’ll still be dancing, somehow, somewhere. I’ve been dancing for more than ten years and I can’t imagine life without doing something like that (even if it’s only social or… in the privacy of my room with the music loud 😉 ). Continue reading “Winter Ball, the Last”
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”
^Totally me, am I right?
Tomorrow is Halloween(!) and also Monday (booooo) so I think I’ll do a quick rundown of my favorite getups that I ran into last night. Because I don’t plan on going out again.
Although would it count if I did heavy mascara and liner on one eye, for a Clockwork Orange sort of vibe? You know, something class-appropriate. Continue reading “A Costume Rundown”
Okay, firstly, I promise I’m not obsessed with Halloween. Now that I’ve put that out there, let me completely convince you otherwise. Continue reading “Links for Fun: Halloween Edition”
I don’t write enough posts about music- I think because I cycle through music fairly quickly- songs are short whereas books and movies are rather long, more of a time commitment. And my fashion and perfume debates last a pretty long time.
But there’s this ‘genre’ of music that will never stop being incredibly useful to me (and maybe to many of you too). This is the psych-up song. The one you listen to before a rough final exam. Before going into battle. Before your speech at the Democratic Convention (yes, Obama and Eminem did partially inspire this post). I also have habit of watching a favorite inspirational speech medley before big-deal things. It’s become quite the long-standing tradition. But music still does the trick better than most anything else. For the speeches, the visual component feels necessary. For music, the audio is the complete point. Continue reading “Psych Up Music”
Heyyyy everyone! Guess what?
That’s right, I’m back at Yale. For my senior year. Ah, the inexorable passage of time.
But more exciting- I ordered myself a David Bowie shirt. Finally. It’s been a long time coming. A really long time coming, given that I’ve been a Bowie fan and singing along to Starman since some time in elementary. Continue reading “Bowie Ballads”