Tuesday, May 27, 2014

pretty spring things.



#1: i've been loving the nars multiple stick lately. it works as cheek color or lipstick. the colors below from left to right are this one, this one, & this one. & their packaging & type just delight me (i feel like the photo below is a little blurry? sorry about that).


#2: these sugar tinted lip balms from fresh. i've been seeing these little guys around for a while & finally curiosity got the better of me. i found a mini-set of 8, which was good because i couldn't decide on just one. they smell amazing, the colors are subtle enough that you could put this stuff on without a mirror & not worry about it getting all over, & they're just...great. 


despite loving all of them, a few standout favorites so far have been the petal, cherry, & passion.


normally they are about the size of someone's index finger, but since i bought mine in a little set, they're mini & cute, as you can see:


#3: this little sashimi bag. ack it's so darling, & it contains images of one of my all-time favorite foods. it's this one that i bought during shopbop's last sale, although it seems to be sold out there now. it appears to be on amazon? & isn't this one just, SO lovely? who knew embroidered sushi could be so truly fantastic? although, in typing that sentence out, the joy of embroidered sushi now feels obvious. 




mmmmmm. sushi.

Friday, May 23, 2014

pretty columbia campus.


so for a long, long time now i've been wanting to take some pictures around columbia & share them with y'all (sorry, i've been watching a lot of friday night lights lately & that tami taylor is an influential one) because it's really quite a beautiful campus. anyway, a few sundays ago we took these photos (well, i mean, ben was taking them of me :/ ) & then, because it was such a nice day, the benjamino & i decided to walk for a bit...& take photos, of course. anyway. just a few photos of columbia in the springtime:







& now, these beautiful flowers! & such a saucy grecian god lounging so dionysian-like among them:


no but really, get a closer look at this guy:

 






i think i might still love the look of almost-bare trees, or trees not fully bloomed (if that's the right word for it? :/ ) more than i like the look of full, green trees. they're more beautiful, in my opinion, because of what they lack. those scraggly branches jutting out in all directions - it's real good. kind of like how songs in minor keys speak to me, for lack of a better phrase, more than songs in a major key. something about that hint of sadness, i guess. anyway, here a few of those not-fully-bloomed (?) trees:



ben, cool as a cuke (i believe this was the time we had to run by his office so he could pick up this big intense microphone he needed?! it's that white box he's carrying :)



"love cherish defend it." will do, columbia!

Monday, May 19, 2014

"you stole my baby name!"

so, i've got one of those names that never show up anywhere. little name key chains in gas stations always have a "ben," they never have a "shayla." i think every one of my siblings has found their names on one of those key chains, except me. i didn't know anyone in high school named "shayla," & while i'm sure at college there were a few.......i never knowed 'em.

even when ben & i got engaged in park city, we bought little license plate key chains with our names on them as a kitschy way (one of the many that we did) to celebrate the evening. ben was able to buy his little license plate immediately and, well...we had to special order one that said "shayla" on it, that was mailed to us two weeks later. story of my life! anyway, a few weeks ago i had a(n edited) tv show on in the background at work one day, when suddenly...i heard. was that...did they say..."shayla"?!? i sat up straighter. i turned the tv up. yes, there it was! they said my name on a tv show! that has never happened in my life! i was so excited i had to share it here. warning: there's a bit of language at the end! just a bit, but it's there - although it is such a samantha moment: if she finds out one of her friends is being attacked or wronged, she immediately jumps to her defense, absolutely no questions asked.

anyway, here is the awesomeness that is my name actually appearing somewhere other than on my passport.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

a few links around the interweb.



isn't that baby bottom delightful? & those chubby feet? here a few things from around the web i found this week that i've been saving up to include all in one post:

1. how to marry the right girl: a mathematical solution, although my feminist sensibilities bristle at this article a little bit :)

2. speaking of feminism, these famous female authors explain what feminism is (j.k. rowling says, "molly weasley comes out and proves herself the equal of any warrior on that battlefield").

3. a surprisingly thoughtful article on why mean girls is a classic. i brought that movie with us to china & had ben sit down & devote his full attention to watching it with me one night before bed. he hasn't said it in these exact words, but i'm pretty sure that from that moment on his life has changed. :) "she doesn't even go here!"

4. susan sontag on writing, reading, & literature - "no book is worth reading if it isn't worth reading five times, or more . . . that's what i mean by 'literature' - a book that you would want, repeatedly, to read, to be inside you, to be part of your blood stream." so so good.

5. this comedian's response to strong criticism of her red carpet dress? wear it again the next time she's on a red carpet! way to fight for being seen as more than what you're wearing.

6. 17 things people born in the late 80's (as in, BOTH BENJAMIN & I) are currently experiencing. 3, 4, 13, & 16 ring especially true :)

good night!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

all things normcore.



this morning i stumbled onto yet another article attempting to identify (or is it "diagnose," as if it were a disease?) the elusive new movement that is "normcore." i can see why so many are still trying to figure it out: it seems like normcore walks that very fine line between being the of-the-moment method of an nouveau edgy, ultra-in-the-know fashion savant & just...one little misstep getting it totally wrong. i don't know. maybe you don't care about this at all.

then again, it seems to me that in just a few days, the meme-ish "normcore" will unavoidably become a sarcastic reference to the past, blasting into the zeitgeist & then falling out of favor (or at least out of popular attention) quicker than the cry of "what does the fox say?!" normcore has grabbed enough attention that it could already be on the trajectory that anne hathaway & sadly, perhaps even jennifer lawrence, is on for many people, going from america's sweetheart to the annoying self-parody that everyone secretly wishes would just stop talking. i'm already envisioning people saying wryly, & with more than a little snark, "i just tossed something on real fast before heading out the door, am i normcore now?" although one article argues it might not be as easy as that, saying, "if you're concerned that these clothes will get you mistaken for a tourist, just, you know, be young & hot. that's pretty much the difference between normcore and just plain normal." oops.

i don't know about you, but i still need some more info on this one. luckily, as always, the internet is here to help. so meh, maybe you're not super interested in all this (is this just another notch on the continual, hunger games-esque trend cycle of fashion, wherein as soon as you adopt it, everyone else has scurried on to the next movement? i wouldn't fault you for thinking this way) but if you want to jump on the normcore train (or at least the normcore-AWARENESS train) before it possibly dies out, here are a few places to help you get started. i don't know, pick & choose, only click on the links your heart tells you to click on:

1. some images for us visual learners
               1a. & a pie chart, too.

2. normcore: know your meme!

3. "divorced dad" is actually the vanguard of fashion (or is it anti-fashion?)" [plus a slideshow differentiating between what is "not norm" & "norm." oh man. too funny.]

4. this gawker article also outlines what "is norm" & what is "not norm" (i keep accidentally typo-ing (a word i just made up) "norm" to "morn" because the actions are so similar on the keyboard. haha.)

5. normcore: a totally predictable, totally depressing fashion trend.



6. this tumbler. ha! asking the tough questions.

7. "it's not about being simple or forfeiting individuality to become a bland, uniform mass" . . . rather, it's about welcoming the possibility of being recognizable, of looking like other people - and "seeing that as an opportunity for connection, instead of as evidence that your identity has dissolved". whoa. how dare this person attempt to ascribe meaning to fashion movements?!


9. "are you normcore - or merely unfashionable?" eek. i've got to come face-to-face with this one.

10. this tote bag is, like, commentary on commentary on commentary



11. a winky tweet from gap (although, surprisingly, no winking emojis were harmed in the making of the tweet - at least, i think). that gap! so sassy.

12. "how do i tell if someone is normcore or just likes fleece a lot?" & other questions you've had about normcore.

13. a brief history of normcore with the closing line, "normcore too shall pass & you'll be left with useless knowledge of a trend that never was - and a bunch of sad clothes."

14. bad news - nobody outside of new york cares about normcore.

15. the cut's original normcore manifesto of sorts, & their glee at everyone's subsequent confusion (an article from which many of these links came).



happy reading! or happy frustration. or both!

Monday, May 12, 2014

spring shoe sunday (monday): the white sneaker.


i first saw these hudson's bay company/converse shoes on the feet of someone in my instagram feed several months ago - it was not the photo of someone i knew personally, but a big-time blogger or someone - & i guess you could say i instantly fell in love with them. unfortunately, i was too late to the party or something, because anywhere & everywhere i looked these beauties were SOLD OUT. i finally found a somewhat decently-priced pair on ebay...they were a half a size too large but i wanted them too badly. & luckily, they fit fine. so here, just a couple of outfits we took on campus yesterday - the weather was amazing!


feeling somewhat indiana jones-y in this hat:


the sweatshirt is j.crew, pants are from forever 21, the hat is from century 21 (but i can't seem to remember the brand? :/ ), watch is michael kors, sunglasses are madewell, lipstick is nars' heatwave, but i can't seem to place or define what exactly is going on with my left foot in this picture:



*cue indiana jones theme music*


complete this analogy: white jeans : summer :: indiana jones : ______.




the second look sees me busting out a piece of clothing that hasn't seen the light of day since the waning days of summer 2013: overalls! overalls just don't seem to fit into a winter outfit aesthetic...but that's just my opinion. i felt a little farmer-y topping everything off with a ball cap, but my hair was not cooperating that day - nor does it seem to cooperate any day, really.



hat: madewell, "1969" sweatshirt: gap, overalls: asos, bag: patagonia, lipstick is this one from nars.



i call this one, "casually leaning against a metal post no. 5"





well that's it from this end. you?

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