Tuesday, May 31, 2011


just a few things inspiring a design project I'm working on...

In other news...



Monday, May 30, 2011

special request

Hi lovelies,

If you have a spare moment during your thoughts/prayers/meditations, please send some positive energy to my dad.  Thank you so much ♥

♥ Julie

happy birthday mom!

It's my mom's birthday today!  She's coming home today, and I'm so excited to see her, I haven't seen her since spring break.  Happy birthday, mom!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

aw, yay!

Denise, over at A Room To Write, gave me the stylish blogger award!  Thank you, Denise!  From what I gather, after receiving this award we're supposed to post seven random facts about ourselves.  So here are mine!

1. I don't drink coffee.  I don't even like coffee-flavored things.  Since I drink mostly decaf tea, too, and avoid soda, this means that a little bit of caffeine makes me verrrrrrry energetic (by which I mean that my voice goes into excited-chipmunk range and I can knit at lightning speed.)

2. I use the escalators at my school to practice running down stairs like a Disney princess.  I couldn't find any videos or gifs of it, but they all make their various dramatic exits very gracefully down the stairs, so it looks like they're gliding rather than running.  Someday I will perfect it, too.

3. My google reader page currently has 536 unread posts from all the blogs that I read (there are over 100).  I really need to catch up.

4. Certain books stay interesting no matter how many times I read them.  I'm currently re-reading The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke.  (Yes, I know that's a kids' book.  I still love it.)

5.  I am really big on routines.  This doesn't mean that I can't be coaxed into doing unexpected things, but I am generally happiest when I've planned out a schedule for my day and have a few days notice if it needs to be changed.

6.  I am so happy to be home.  Even with how weird things are right now, there is nothing more comforting than going back to the place where I grew up.

7.  I'm so thankful for my friends and family who have been so incredibly supportive, helpful, and warm lately.  I don't understand how I got this lucky, but thank you so, so, so much.

And now for passing the award on!  Recipients are supposed to pass the award on to 5 bloggers whose style they admire.  So here's who I chose!

Abby at An American Girl Doll

Claire at Clearly Brightly

Cassy at Living A Girl's Adventure Tale

Katherine at Thrifted Things

Rachel Elizabeth at We Are All Magpies

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!

Friday, May 27, 2011

fill-in-the-blank friday ♥

via the little things we do

1.   If I could get away somewhere for the weekend I would go: ...I don't think I'd go anywhere, actually.  I'm glad to be home, and as much as I love the city, it takes a few days to unwind from having been there for so long.  I've been at my grandmother's house since last night because the weather was supposed to be scary (which it sort of was), and now the power is out at my house.  I guess if I could go anywhere it would be to Philly to see my dad.  Hopefully that'll be happening in the next few days.

2.  Something I often rant about is: Do I rant?  Jeez, I hope not.  I probably do occasionally rant about how much I dislike television.

3.  One item I need to have in my fridge at all time is: pink lady apples.  They're just the most delicious thing ever.

4.  My "life-saving" product is: my Miss Dior Cherie perfume.  It's not too strong (because in a dorm, nobody wants to smell the person who was in the elevator before them), but it's feminine and pretty and soft and playful all at once.  It makes me feel a little more put-together no matter what else is going on.  ...And it looks really pretty on my dresser.

5.  A friend is someone who: is honest, but doesn't enjoy your mistakes.  And who doesn't mind when they're finally almost asleep and then you say "By the way...." and then proceed to coerce them into another half-hour conversation.  Also, probably someone who has seen you wear something you would never, ever wear out in public.

6.  If I could write my own blank it would be: 'Is your life now what you thought it would be five years ago? Three years ago?  One year ago?'

7.  My favorite kind of art is:  oh, I could never pick just one art form... Obviously, fashion is really important to me, but a lot of my inspiration comes from other art forms-- paintings and sculpture and music and photography.  They all seem so intertwined and inseparable.

Psssst.... there's going to be a giveaway here soon.  Just sayin'.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


I came home today.  ♥

It's so lovely to be home.

...except that we have a tornado watch until 10 p.m. tonight.  Natural disaster stuff makes me intensely uncomfortable.  And I'm by myself.  Eeeeeeek!  So please excuse any excessive blogging tonight, I need to distract myself from being completely terrified a little nervous.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

yay summer!

Things I'm excited about:

  • hearing crickets when I'm falling asleep

  • cuddling my cat

  • seeing the stars

  • how it gets really, really dark at night at home

  • seeing my family!

  • spending next weekend with Marissa

  • sun-warm raspberries

  • trees

  • maybe getting a tattoo of a button if the scar on my ankle fades enough/if I have a sudden burst of bravery

  • walking and walking without any specific destination

might as well face it...

...I'm addicted to mugs.

nearly summer

These are from the same day that I found the Sing Sweetly dress at Anthropologie.  It's been kind of cloudy and rainy ever since, but this was a sunny, misty sort of day.

Congratulations to everyone graduating from FIT today!


Saturday, May 21, 2011


Another one of my final projects... we're almost done, I promise!  For my swimwear construction class, we were assigned to make two swimsuits and a cover-up (plus an accessory for extra credit), and given the theme 'Egyptian Goddess.'

have a wonderful night, lovelies!


little miss sunshine

Final project for my swimwear design class... this was a fun one, I really like designing swimwear.


Friday, May 20, 2011

my rapture playlist

Obviously, the most important part of this supposed judgment day business is the ability to make on-theme musical selections.

...It's not too irreverent to put Jesus in the context of being 'the man,' is it?  Nah, who wouldn't want David Bowie referring to them as 'the man.'  Really.

Get your 'I survived Rapture 2011' t-shirts ready.


fill-in-the-blank friday ♥

via the little things we do

1.   People always tell me I look like: Audrey Tautou, especially since I cut my hair short.  I hope this is true, I love her and I'm always so flattered by the comparison!

one of my favorite photos of her

2.  Friends don't let friends: feel like there's nobody there for them.  Marissa is kind of awesome at this.

3.  A sunny day is perfect for: waking up early, going for a walk with no particular destination, picnicking by the river, and coming home to make stuff with all the windows open.

4.  My favorite accessory is: ooooh, this is a tough one, I'm not really an accessories girl.  Anything on my fingers or wrists get in the way of whatever project I'm working on.  The silver necklaces me dad made for me for birthdays and Christmases growing up will always be my favorites.  But I do love my silver locket from Mexico and my sewing machine earrings from alliteration on etsy.

5.  If I could afford it I would: take an extended vacation in Boston.  I love New York, but Boston is my favorite city.

6.  The cure for boredom is:  ...boredom?  What is this 'boredom' you speak of?  Ha.  There are so many things that I want to do as soon as I have time that I'm sort of dumbfounded trying to answer this question.  But Pinterest and going from link to link on blogs are always great for those random 20-minute breaks that aren't long enough to accomplish much, but too long to just bum around.

7.  I am currently "in like" with: the gorgeous photography by Ashley of butterflyfood.



so very true.  two project presentations today, eeeep!  eep, but also yay. :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

run with it

My second activewear project of this semester was to make an outfit for running.  The mysterious forces of my blackberry have decided to let me email myself the pictures, so here they are!

...oh, and here's this, just because I'm in a Springsteen sort of mood and it vaguely ties in with this post.

Okay, so anyway, my running outfit consists of a black and pale blue top with mesh sleeves and a mesh cutout at the upper back, with picot-edge elastic on the neck and sleeves.  The leggings are black with light blue mesh heart cut-outs at the knees and picot elastic on the ankles.

design sketch-- it's hard to see the seaming in the leggings in the photos, but it looks like how it's drawn.

Only one more project to work on, and it's not due until Monday!  Yay, yay, yay.  Incidentally, this will be the first semester ever where I've slept every single night of finals week.  I'll put up some photos of my swimwear design and swimwear construction projects after the presentations tomorrow.