“100 Things To Do Instead of Procrastinating on the Internet” Challenge Accepted! (1/100)

Gala Darling just posted this lovely list of “100 Things To Do Instead of Procrastinating on the Internet.” Because I like lists, checking off lists, and the exciting things that she suggests about life in general, I am taking on the challenge. I haven’t read all the way through, but that will be part of the fun. I will try to do the tasks in order, but might delay some depending on location, etc.

Today I have sort of done the first task:

1. Go through your entire closet & cull what isn’t working for you. This includes anything that is the wrong colour, shape or size. It also includes anything that you TRULY KNOW you will never wear. Throw them in a suitcase & trundle it to your nearest consignment boutique. I just did this on Tuesday, & I cannot tell you how peaceful it felt!

The truth is, because of my minimalism, I am constantly doing this, so it didn’t take long. I did put a few wearing out items in my charity pile, though, and set aside some that I won’t be wearing for the rest of the summer to pack away.

The finished product (everything except a drawer with some running/climbing clothes, and three more pairs of shoes in the back of the closet):


A great benefit of paring down a bit is that I no longer rely on the extra wire hangers that were in my closet when I arrived. I would like to replace the hangers with extra pink plastic ones from my closet at home, but that will have to wait until Michaelmas.



the kids are all right

tonight i went to a screening of the kids alright, a new dramatic film about family and love. i’d recommend you see it if you have the opportunity (it’s limited screening). it’s thought-provoking and quite funny.

additionally, i got this tasty little cookie.

my outfit for the evening, photographed via iphone, so don’t mind the quality:

bow, darjuli sparkles | necklace, plasticland | dress, forever 21 | belt, my mom’s | tights, urban outfitters | shoes, primark

do you dream? in bright colours!

Well today was the opposite of yesterday.  It was raining profusely.  So I started out wearing my t-strap flats but they became soaked, so I opted from the yellow Docs.

Photo 16

shirt, Delias | skirt, socks, Urban | flats, Forever 21

Photo 21This is my new Cat in the Hat shirt.  Once again the photos were taken on Photo Booth, so the writing is backwards :)

Also, I forgot to upload these pictures from about a month ago.  I had to choose three books from English class per essay I had to prepare for my final exam.  I was amused by how I happened to choose books with covers of the same colour temperature.


Books2The Laramie Project, Moises Kaufman | The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald | Our Town, Thornton Wilder


The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas | Beloved, Toni Morrison | The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

wake up wake the sun

Yes, I’m still alive…

I’ve been a bit lazy about outfit posts, especially now because I’m at Brown and don’t have any means of connecting my camera to my computer except through my printer, which is not with me.  So the following photo was taken with…Photo Booth.

Photo 15shirt, shorts, Urban Outfitters | leggings, Korean market

It’s summer and it’s warm.  This is unusual for me, because I’m used to dreary rainy summers in Oxford.  It was also raining a lot this past week at Brown and everyone was freaking out, but I had to remind myself that (unfortunately) such weather is not normal for summer.

There’s a trip to the beach this weekend, but I’m only going if I can find this outfit:

Off to finish Chamber of Secrets before some dinner!

knock the heels together three times and command the shoes to carry you wherever you wish to go

I’m seeking some advice…I do a lot of walking, so I need some comfortable, yet stylish shoes.  I have flat feet, so it is preferable to have a bit of a heel, but not too much (no more than 4-5 inches), preferably $100 or cheaper.  Here are some pictures of shoes from some of my favourite stores that meet my qualifications (although I have no idea how comfortable they are for walking).

Picture 2

Frill T Bar Shoe from Top Shop


Picture 3

Studded Vintage Combat Boot from Free People


Picture 4Patchwork Courts by New Look

Picture 5Harbolt by Aldo

Here is a style diary update with one of my favourite pairs of shoes:

Style Diary 31 May 09a

Style Diary 31 May 09b

Style Diary 31 May 09c

Style Diary 31 May 09d

shirt, J Crew | waistcoat, new Look | necklace, Aldo Accessories | shorts, Forever 21 | belt, Gap | shoes, Dr Martens

trip no further, pretty sweeting

the title doesn’t have anything to do with this post, just that it’s from a lovely song that i’ve become obsessed with today (because i love classical music and shakespeare and quilter.  yes, i can drop loads of hints on this one, assuming that you don’t know it, or that if you do, you would know it without the hints.  see title riddles.).

here are some pictures of my ap english language outfit (if any good comes out of aps, it’s the labeling of my outfits.), from about a week – oh wow, actually, it was just wednesday.  it seems forever ago though.






shoes, Nordstrom | paisley black tights, UO | navy skirt, gap (red) | pink shirt, abercrombie & fitch outlet | plaid shirt, lf | belt, 3rd grade dress code… | pocket watch necklace, aldo accessories | pink hairband, Dajuli Sparkles

also, thanks for commenting on my evil theory post!  i was happy to read everyone’s insights :)

and as you may have noticed, we’re back to the olde theme with the cookie header.  it was just cosier and i’m willing to sacrifice the larger pictures for it.

i’ve been tagged…

by pearls in your hair!  thank you :)

What is your current obsession?

yes, the Bard.  and also this book:

SO useful.

What is your weirdest obsession?

‘your love for professor snape’ – my sister, expert judge on my weirdness

(and I probably agree with her choice)

What are you wearing today?

dress, Nordstrom | tights, Hue | clock necklace, gift from shady from UO | headband, TopShop | cardigan, Next

What’s for dinner?

mm wouldn’t that be fabulous?

What’s the last thing you bought?

from ricky (cats & dogs)

What are you listening to right now?

it’s stuck in my head.  i love that song

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
GeorgeAndDanverbaileys & cream :)

What do you think about the person who tagged you?

i love her blog!  she is adorable!  i was quite pleasantly surprised to be tagged :)

(i hope you don’t mind that i’ve used your header here to complete my answering-with-pictures theme…tis lovely!)

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?

it would be this lovely house from hyde park!  (<3)

What’s your must have piece for summer?


my floppy hat.  my aversion to contacts and awful vision make it difficult to wear sunglasses unfortunately, so sun hats are definitely a must. (wow, i’m wearing the same dress today)

If you could go anywhere in the world for next hour, where would you go?

hmmm…just an hour though?

Which language do you want to learn?

Lots.  I’d like to learn Spanish, though, I don’t know any Spanish. (I googled ‘spanish’ and this came up; thought it was pretty)

What’s your favorite quotation?
Ah, too many.  Depends on the mood.  Check out the title riddles for more :)

Who do you want to meet right now?

I’d like a nice chat with Jane Austen.

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?


My New Look waistcoat

What is your dream job?

ah, to work in some vaguely round building (if you could call it work)

What’s your favourite magazine?

teen vogue.  this is the first issue i ever got, because i bought every magazine with a harry potter actor/actress on the cover this one time.  so i blame my interest in fashion on harry potter.  i blame a lot of things on harry potter.  yay :)

Favorite designer?

betsey johnson

What do you consider a fashion faux pas?

ugg boots.  (i made the picture really small).

Do you admire anyone’s style?

jamie campbell bower, actually.

Describe your personal style?

fluffy + edgy = fledgy

(that’s me singing)

What are you going to do after this?


What are your favourite movies?

sweeney sweeney sweeeeeney

ni ni niiiii


mwahaha the most adorable thing ever.

to name a few.

What’s your favourite fruit?


What are your favourite books?

obviously.  (all of them).

gatsby :)

le petit prince


too many others to list.

What inspires you?


The rules : 1. Respond and rework; answer the question on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add more one question of your own. 2. Tag eight other people.

I’m tagging the following people:

thin love ain’t love at all

As I am supposed to be cramming for my last two APs, preparing for my upcoming finals, and writing my major portfolio essay, I am instead updating my blog.  Which is okay, I feel, as I haven’t updated in a while.

It feels like summer outside, which is not fun.  The summerness is mocking my struggling non-summer mentality required for my work.  It’s not fair (and I think you’re really mean/I think you’re really mean….a mini title riddle).

I finished ‘Letters to a Young Poet.’  I underlined a lot of passages, but it’s really worth reading the whole thing (it’s not even that long).  I am now reading a collection of short stories called ‘Late Victorian Gothic Tales.’  I read the first one, ‘Dionea’ by Vernon Lee.  I have to say.  It’s really weird.  I also have my disagreements with the epistolary format; not my thing.  Vernon Lee herself is kinda weird looking too (yeah, herself, it’s a pen name for Violet Paget).  I think it’s her expression though:

I also have some outfit posts, from several days ago.

Picture 1

Tori helped me finagle these even though it was raining :) I got to use my favourite umbrella though!

umbrella, Top Shop | shirt, Primark | trousers, Gap | high tops, Converse | blazer, Korean wholesale market

Speaking of Tori, this is the dress she stole.


dress, Urban Outfitters | DIY blazer, altered from a thrift shop for my Snape Halloween costume | purple tights, Hue | leg warmers, Primark | hobbit boots, Urban Outfitters | necklace, Aldo Accessories

And finally, my AP Lit oufit (slash self-timer success at last!):



blazer, Korean wholesale market (yeah I wear it a lot) | my new favourite Great Gatsby tee (that NO ONE noticed), Urban Outfitters | striped shirt, J. Crew | skirt, I don’t know, it was a hand-me-down from my younger (but not littler) sister | purpleish tights, Urban Outfitters | yellow boots, Dr Marten | Shakespeare buttons, the Globe Theatre, Oxford Creation Shakespeare Company, and that bookstore in New Haven

You know what I really feel like right now for some reason?

Picture 1

This picture also makes me smile :)

Picture 2

Edit: Yes, a new theme.  The old one kept cutting off my pictures.  It took forever to finally get a picture to fit in the custom header.  Oh well!

ne te quaesiveris extra

I am busy studying for APs and such, but in the midst of this craziness, I am enjoying a new book.  Shady gave it to me for Christmas (and today is her birthday.  Yay!).

Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke.  Sadly this is the largest image I can find.  I have been reading a couple of letters every day and I have so many underlined quotations, which I will eventually type up and share.  (by the way, the title riddle is actually not from this book.  ooh tricky…)

Since I do not have the book with me right now (it’s upstairs), I’ll leave you with some quotations from other authors on writing and reading.

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey:

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

Neil Gaiman, introduction to Smoke and Mirrors:

Stories are, in one way or another, mirrors.  We use them to explain to ourselves how the world works or how it doesn’t work.  Like mirrors, stories prepare us for the day to come.  They distract us from the things in the darkness.

Stephen King, On Writing:

Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.

Let me know if there are some other quotations that you admire; I have a ton more as well.

Style diary for yesterday:


necklace, Delias | white shirt, LF | purple shirt, Anthropologie | skirt, Urban Outfitters | belt, Gap | tights, Hue | boots, Top Shop

over three hundred words for love

Yesterday I took some pictures of my two puppies, Logan and Albert.  Logan is the family dog; she is a cocachon (cocker + bichon).  I got Albert in London at Harrods (I referred to him in a previous post).

Logan is weird.  She is very clever, neurotic, and talented.  I think she is a model because she is skinny and tall (she has strangely long legs).  She also sings and plays soccer.  But actually.

p5010123Logan thinks that she is a person.  She sits on the couch.  But she is always makes sure that someone is in her vision (usually my mom, whom she follows everywhere).

p5010124She is very protective of her toys.  I don’t know what this toy is supposed to be…a monster hedgehog?  Her favourites are her elephants, Yeah-Yeah and Yes-Yes.  I don’t have pictures of them today though…

p50101251Here is Logan hiding out in the dining room.  She always looks straight at the camera.  Hm.

This is my favourite puppy, Albert.  He is wearing a lovely black hat that used to belong to my Thanksgiving turkey stuffed animal before it fell off.  So Albert’s borrowing it.



Here is a style diary update.  I’ll be wearing lotsa blazers this week to submit to to the weardrobe contest :)


hat, Accesorize |  tee, Harry Potter Alliance| skirt, Urban Outfitters | cardigan, Macy’s | wellies, Hootenanny | skirt, Forever 21

The socks and belt are from my 3rd grade school dress code.  And the necklace is made from the zipper on my 3rd grade Harry Potter lunchbox.  I feel little.