Monthly Archives: June 2011

Cult Classic

Inspiration hit over the weekend and I had a bout of creativity. I turned my unattractive purse into a striking convertible shoulder bag/clutch. Lately I’ve been seeing tiny pouches with long straps everywhere. I absolutely adore these petite shoulder bags, daintily draping over the shoulder.

My younger sister owns one with a delicate golden chain-link, but other than that it was clearly preferred for its brand name, Juicy Couture.  My older sister is in possession of one in a reflecting black shade embellished with a silver jeweled brooch. Mostly I am accustomed to seeing these shoulder bags simply did up in leather with tan and earthy tones.  They flatter taller and curvier figures best, bringing out length, adding height to a natural width.

After a few adjustments from a hammer, cutting metal with scissors, and a throbbing bruised elbow my designing was complete. My very own creation doubles as a shoulder bag and clutch. The long strap is made of a sturdy black rope material. My favorite part of the ensemble is the pouch/purse. The body resembles a curved trapezoid. Each side has an exclusive pattern giving definition to the black silk. The main sides include themes of emerald peacock feathers, fiery red dragon scales, and calming blue mist. The silver clasp makes it remarkably easy to pop open and closed and shines edgily against the silk. The shoulder bag can be taken from an everyday, casual atmosphere to a clutch with an elegant evening gown.  The sheer versatility and personality that this accessory conveys makes me proud to be its creator.

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Trevor* on the Dancefloor

Sometimes attractions are inexplicable. I cannot pinpoint exactly why I find this song so infectiously cheerful. Something within the disco beats and smooth voice puts a smile on my face. My recommendation: test out Trevor’s dance moves.

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Relationships

My love life is pathetic. I have my romances, but there are no substantial relationships to date.  The relationships I form mainly consists of stalkers, people who end up hurting me, or people who I end up scaring off. I want to change that.

I was going through my email and deleting my old messages when I came across the starred category. There was only one email between me and a guy, a special guy. Throughout the year we had gotten to know each other and when he moved to Korea our communication did not end. We had emailed each other back and forth twelve times, but I was the one to cut it off. Those emails gave me strength where I was otherwise lacking it, really. I confided in this guy and he reciprocated. Each email might have been a page or two measured in Microsoft word. The contents of each documenting our lives. It was a simple, but heartfelt form of communication. Unfortunately it was also a long-distance relationship and for me that just didn’t work.  Every time I emailed him all I could think of was how I would never see him again. I ended it for my own selfish reasons, but at least now I have one nice relationship to date.

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School’s out for the summer. And what am I doing? I’m stuck at home, sick. My head is pounding, throat parched, and nose congested. I rarely get sick, but this time it was my fault. I’d spent the day crying. I’m a sensitive person, perhaps too emotional.  It all started when I was hanging out with my friend and with her help I realized something. I run, I run away from confrontations. If I do not like something, I’ll walk away. If it came down to a fight or flight situation, I would be the first one on my feet. Anyways that scene culminated in an overdue emotional breakdown and now I’m dealing with the consequences.It’s been so long since I’ve gotten sick I have forgotten what it feels like. In other news our city had it’s second murder in the last 10 years. A women was shot to death near my high school. We live in the supposed safest city in the U.S. That probably was a dead-giveaway as to where I live. If only you could have seen how many officers were on the scene, it was incredible. The cops in our city are bored. Once when someone stole meat from Albertsons, the whole poultry section was closed off with police tape. There were forensic scientists fingerprinting the area. One would think a murder had been committed.

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“Is it not a bitter thing to be pitied and forgiven when, truly, I am in no way guilty? So it has been a hundred times and will be a hundred times more.”

-Tchaikovsky

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Memories

Every once in a while there’s a song that draws up our fondest memories, that inspires us, but most importantly makes us think. We looked Like Giants by Death Cab for Cutie is one of these rare songs. Listening to it makes me remember  the first time I experienced snow. The cold frigid air penetrated through my many protective layers of clothing. Leggings under jeans, sweater upon sweater, gloves under gloves, a singe scarf,  and a pair of obnoxious tweety-bird earmuffs completed my snow gear. Despite all the precautions my lips bled every single time I stepped into a snowfall. My fingers always froze. I always felt the chilly air creeping through to my skin.

With snow days came along the gaurentee that school would be closed. I would rush outside with my two sisters. We would build snowmen, but we were never any good. None of our creations ever resembled an actual snowman. My personal favorite activity was making snow angels. On the other hand my older sister enjoyed sledding down the large hill in our backyard,  sitting atop a trash lid. Times have changed for me, ever so drastically. But to be brought back to that time, just for one moment it makes me reflect. If I once had innocent bliss I can have it again.
I know I’m not the only one whose been touched by this song based on the comments. People seem to enjoy the lyrics picking out “And I held you closer, then anyone could ever get…” with a little heart drawn next to it. I could tell that person was thinking about their love life, probably reminiscing on some great relationship. I think everyone can relate to another lyric that someone else posted  “I’d become what I always hated…”  and he added “man, I’ve been there.” All we can do for ourselves is learn from our mistakes and move on, putting the past behind us. I know we all lead busy lives and it’s easy to overlook small details. If you are reading this, it is my sincere hope that you will listen to this song.

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Switching to Summer Shows

I was thoroughly saddened by the fact that all my favorite shows ended for the season. It is quite evident that teenagers are the main viewers of most of these TV shows.  Why end them when teens have summer vacation? Anyways I thought I would not have any major TV shows to watch this summer, until I discovered Switched at Birth. 

This show focuses on the lives of two adolescents upon discovery that they have been switched at birth. As a skeptic of ABC family I was expecting the themes to be melodramatic and predictable, but I was pleasantly surprised. The characters have depth to them. Bay putting on the facade of a cynic and Daphne maintains the persona of a good-girl, but there are cracks visible and raw. Oh, I forgot to mention I am in love with their names:

Bay Madeline Kennish

Daphne Paloma Vasquez

They are so exquisite, a fitting exotic-touch. Paloma means dove in Spanish and it’s one of those words that I consider mellifluous. The emotions and family turmoil are real and believable. The love interests are quite good-looking and watching these girls you expect them to have quite a few. It’s not a perfect show, but it’s definitely on the better end of dramas. The plot is a bit too predictable to be sheer coincidence, but it works well, never bordering cheesy. I’m two episodes in and I am hooked.

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