Saturday, December 12, 2009

Winter is here!

I wish I had a full length shot for you but I left my camera with the timer at home, so there you are. I hope you are having a lovely winter season. Maybe next time I will include a picture of my self in full winter gear, complete with my hat that last year a co-worker accused me of being Russian in. Or at the very least Ukrainian.

White top - Theory
Grey tights - Old Navy
Black Boots - Mossimo
Green Necklace - American Eagle
Plaid Suit - Merona

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Don't Do It Hamlet...

Yesterday, I gave a presentation on Hamlet films. I think that it went pretty well. I gave the class a lovely list of Hamlet versions that I found from the interweb (credit give of course), and I made a powerpoint (exciting) I did work very hard on it and I believe that it went well. I also showed clips from my favorite versions and the most popular ones:

The more I watched the Kenneth Branagh version of to be or not to be, sadly the less I was impressed with it. I found it very hard to say this, because I usually love Branagh in everything:

well, now watching it again I cant decide. I still think he is great, but it may be as my professor said because he speaks the speech in blank verse instead of iambic pentameter. Maybe that is what throws me off.

Speaking of throws, I am in the throes of working on my Hamlet paper. I am trying to motivate myself. I loved the class and it reminded me of why I was in school in the first place, so it really has nothing to do with that why i hesitate. In fact, why some people are in graduate school sometimes had very little to do with why others are in grad school. However, I feel like hamlet I had a shock this semester that causes me to hesitate in my actions toward school. But instead of seeing the Ghost of my father, I saw my academic life flash before my eyes when I didnt pass my comprehensive exam. My first instinct was to be hostile and to just say screw the whole damn thing, however, the more time I had to let it settle, the more I feel that maybe I can try again. This is truly scarring in many ways and if some of you reading this want to judge me on my failure, then there is really nothing that I can do about that. (And screw you, too.)

I feel that the exam is so subjective anyway that if someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed that they could fail somebody if they wanted, but therein lies the rub. And on top of that, some of my credits are going to expire, hence the haste with which I took my comps. Now I have to take more classes. I just feel like i am going to continually be taking classes, which I pass i might add....for those of you reading this that will not let me pass my examination, and will never finish. I am running out of time and loans, I have to finish, or I just want to give up and say screw them all.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Its beginning to look alot like Christmas...or it must be Christmas, you know how I know....?

Christmas came a little early this year in the mid-south, or it really seemed to. Because I was driving to pick my boyfriend up one night before thanksgiving, on November 20th to be exact (sorry for the delay in this post). And what do I see on the lamposts up and down poplar avenue? (Those of you who live or have lived in memphis, will know exactly which street I mean. For those of you who don't just know that it is hard to go anywhere in Memphis without getting on poplar at some point or another, or at least passing it even if you have a vendetta against it as some people seem to, which I really dont know why, I mean it isnt a bad little street, and it has never done me any harm, except slow me down in rush hour.)

I saw our cursory winter solstice Christmas lights in the shape of snowflakes! I was thinking to myself wait, wait, wait, I just figured out what to take to Mama's for thanksgiving dinner, and now they are springing Christmas lights on me! (This 'they' I speak of is a kind of nebulous collective of beings who remain nameless and faceless and make most of the decisions that effect our lives and the decisions that we make. Also referred to as 'them' and sometimes 'those people.')

From the time that I was very young, these lights have always signaled to me be beginning of the holiday season.I have always self-consciously looked forward to seeing them in an im-really-too-old-to-be-looking-forward-to-this kind of way. But this year I guess they just caught me unawares. I apologize for the inferiority of these photographs, but in my disbelief, all I had on me was my camera phone. However, if you really want to see what these little beauties look like, i will be glad to take more pics to post. preferably while I am not driving 35 miles per hour down Poplar Avenue.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A former outfit reinvented

finally I felt a little bit chic and sexy. In fact, this occurred when my boyfriend informed me that I looked chic and sexy in this outfit.

thrifted red rampage boots, silver express scarf, thrifted red and grey structured skirt, black old navy tunic top, grey old navy tights, red and black knock off prada bag from goodwill (sshhhh! dont tell anyone that last bit).

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Baby, baby...or I will have a camera soon I promise.

I apologize in advance for what is to follow. There maybe a lot of gushing and showing off. This is a picture of my baby. So not only is he wonderful and treats me like a princess and tells me that he thinks that I am beautiful, but I believe him to be the most beautiful man in the world and the best part is...hes mine all mine :) Yay! what is unfortunate, is that although he still looks gorgeous in these pictures and in my vintage military jacket that one of my sisters' in-law gave me long ago, my poor little camera phone does not even begin to do him justice.

so in these images we find the merging of my two most favorite things: my baby and fashion. yay! I just got paid though, so as you can imagine, I plan to look for a camera as soon as possible so that this will no longer have to be. Good quality pictures, here I come. And there maybe more showing off pictures of my love as well soon, so do be patient with me. Oh, and Lacey I promise that I will try to write you something serious and deep and interesting as soon as possible. I may even put parts of my Shakespeare paper on my blog...well maybe not.

but until next time...stay the course...1000 points of light...and don't take any wooden nickels.

Friday, October 30, 2009

my hair

I do not consider myself a vain person. In fact, i have never been. Quite the reverse is true. I have often thought that I have nothing to be vain about. However, i do try to look my best whenever humanly possible, and I care about fashion, and how my body looks in it. I am also acutely aware when I feel that my body does not measure up to the standard that I believe it should. I have been in this phase for quite a while now, in spite of the protestations of my love to the contrary and little encouragements here and there from my friends. (And of course there is now the added burden that I must needs lose weight for health issues as well.)

But it has come to my attention, that my lovely haircut is growing out, as it tends to do quite quickly, because I guess I am just that way, and due to financially circumstances, it seems most reasonable to wait to cut it again. However, I do wish to avoid those awkward "preteen-ish" months that your hair takes on when you are growing it out. Perhaps I could put it to a vote, and then make a decision based on feed back and what I damn well please. It is always helpful to get input though. All those in favor of getting a new cut as soon as financially possible say Aye! and all those in favor of the wait and see technique, say Nay!

PS here is my outfit for today, or pieces of it that I hope you can put together as I have no full length shot or photographer for that purpose.

H&M top, Jeep Collins neckwire (Noah's ark), skirt: Isaac Mizrahi for target, merona shoes.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


argh, I need a new camera.

white Theory blouse, thrift skirt, old navy scarf, mossimo boots, target fishnet tights, banana republic jacket.

I am just nerdy enough for this to be funny

Someone in the Department emailed this to me. I hope you enjoy it, you know who you are...


…everything reminds you of something in your discipline.

…you have ever discussed academic matters at a sporting event.

…you have ever spent more than $50 on photocopying while researching a single paper.

…there is a microfilm reader in the library that you consider "yours."

…you actually have a preference between microfilm and microfiche.

…you can tell the time of day by looking at the traffic flow at the library.

…you look forward to summers because you can study more productively without the distraction of classes.

…you regard ibuprofen as a vitamin..

…you consider all papers to be works in progress.

…professors don't really care when you turn in work anymore.

…you find the bibliographies of books more interesting than the actual text.

…you have give up trying to keep your books organized and are now just trying to keep them all in the same general area.

…you have accepted guilt as inherent feature of relaxation.

…you find yourself explaining to children that you're "in 20th grade."

…you start referring to things in Latin phrasing, as in "Snow White et al"

…you frequently wonder how long you can live on pasta without getting scurvy.

…you look forward to taking some time off to do laundry.

…you have more photocopy cards than credit cards.

…you can analyze the significance of appliances you cannot operate.

…your carrel is better decorated than your apartment.

…you are startled to meet people who neither need nor want to read.

…you have ever brought a scholarly article to a bar.

…you rate coffee shops by the availability of outlets for your laptop.

…you wonder whether APA style allows you to cite talking to yourself as "personal communication." are constantly looking for a thesis in novels. have difficulty reading anything that doesn't have footnotes. understand jokes about Foucault. consider caffeine to be a major food group.'ve ever brought books with you on vacation and actually studied.

...Saturday nights spent studying no longer seem weird.

...the professor doesn't show up to class and you discuss the readings anyway.'ve ever traveled across two state lines specifically to go to a library. still feel guilty about giving students low grades. can read course books and cook at the same time. schedule events for academic vacations so your friends can come. hope it snows during Spring Break so you can get more studying in. find taking notes in a park relaxing. find yourself citing sources in conversation.'ve ever sent a personal letter with footnotes.

...your glasses prescription is 3x stronger than it was a year ago and you have carple tunnel syndrome because 90% of your time is in front of the computer or reading.

...8% of your time is spent in class.

...2% of your time is divided among eating, sleeping, shopping, TV, laundry, and socializing. use words that only the people in your classes can understand.

...some of those continuing education classes sound interesting.

...the last time you watched TV, Brenda was still on 90210 and McGuiver was making bombs out of duct tape. exciting trip is when you run errands with your roommate. utter the words, "School comes before sex." time is taken up by studying.

...the last fiction book you read, outside of class/rec reading, was "Flowers In the Attic."

...studying keeps you awake.

...a complete dinner might be a bagel with cream cheese and a diet coke.

...your bill for xeroxing exceeds your phone bill.

...a full night of sleep is 4 hours and a 2 hour nap mid afternoon.

...the last time you worked out, women were wearing little rope headbands and legwarmers.

...if you actually do workout, you have mastered the art of studying while on the bike or stairmaster.

...the food groups are ramen, caffeine, Subway, bagels, and the occasional delivery.

...when you tell people your thesis topic, they blink repeatedly and purse their lips while attempting not to burst out laughing. consider Spring Break a time to get some work done on that paper you want to submit. have an academic/professional text that you think is cool because you got the author to sign it. consider cooking and cleaning your apartment leisurely breaks from real work.

...5:00 p.m. Friday means you are now scheduled to work for the next 48 hours. have every minute of the next four months planned out but have no idea what you are going to do for the rest of your life.

...your friends and family become concerned because although you can now recite, word for word, the most popular theories in your field, you have lost all semblance of common sense.


Saturday, October 17, 2009


mossimo/target everything, except for Express black tights.

Fall Work Wear

Xhilliration boots, converse one star scarf, Mossimo pants, Old Navy top

A beautiful day

you know it is really hard to think of things to say sometimes, in between the pictures of my outfits. Hmmm...

I feel like I should be saying something insightful provocative and interesting, but i really dont think anything is coming to mind.

I am really not a fan of most of these pics, especially this full length one. As I feel very unflattered in it.

but I wanted everyone to see the whole thing, as it was a different kind of outfit for me.

and I was brazen enough to wear it to work.

here I am trying to smile for Lacey, because she says I dont smile enough and I just end up looking like a ghoul. oh well.

mossimo black suede shoes, blue old navy tights, vintage Bass skirt, merona jacket, yellow merona top, cato necklace.

well what do you do while your waiting on sushi?

The other day I went to A-tan our local Chinese restaurant/Hibachi Steakhouse I was waiting on sushi, and I was bored so I took pics while I waited. In the first pic I look kind of scroungy but I like the angle of the second and the view of my boots.

Friday, October 16, 2009

In Black and White

Thrifted top-Theory, thrifted skirt, target Mossimo boots, necklace American Eagle

Saturday, October 10, 2009

please dont wear red tonight

well this is another work outfit, unfortunately I couldn't get a good pic of the skirt, but here is the shirt and my socks and shoes. I have had this shirt for a while. It is a kind of a wrap shirt. It was a gift from a coworker a couple of years ago.

I like these shoes as well and the jacket. It is a structured affair that is button down and knee length. Below is the detail on the skirt some day soon I will be able to give you all worthy peeps a gander of my full length of an outfit that is not blur nor makes me appear to have an incredibly tiny head which, as any of you who have been hat shopping with me would know, I do not have.