Monday, August 26, 2013

Almost Primary


______Do you ever have mornings where you wake up hungrier than a hungry hippo, all because the week was just that exhausting? Because I do.

______Last Saturday morning was like that for me.  The sun blazed through my eyelids like headlights through fog, and as soon as I was conscious, I felt a hollowness in my stomach that churned and pleaded to be fed.  I eagerly sprung from my covers, wasting no time to dash into the dorm kitchenette. After scarfing down a flawlessly cored apple enveloped in peanut butter, I swaggered coolly out of my dorm building for my daily morning bike ride.

______The entire campus was eerily quiet, even though the morning sun was well rested and already creeping toward the pinnacle of the sky. Half a dozen or so dedicated runners were sprinkled about the sidewalks of the main quad, and a few tired students paced the sidewalks like feeble weeble-wobbles that just wouldn't fall down. A sparse few cars wormed their way through the usually congested streets in silent strides. The usual stress of avoiding crashing my bike into 8am class-goers was wiped from my mind, as was worrying over making double and tripletakes before crossing intersections.

______Saturday mornings are the best for bike rides because everyone is hungover from Friday night frat parties, lolling about in their bedcovers like drugged sloths, resulting in streets that are wider, emptier, freer. I've learned the earlier you wake in college, the better.


______Later in the day, I wandered into a locally-owned clothing store to browse a delectable-looking sales rack that shouldered the entire left wall of the store. As I was checking out, the stylish little lady running the register asked me sweetly, "Have you ever done any modeling?" I laughed uneasily and replied that I kind of had before as a faux bride for a vintage limousine service, and also informed her of this here blog. She said that they were looking for ladies to model their clothes for adverts and promos and such and that I looked apt for the job, and so I jumped at the opportunity, eagerly barfing my numbers on her person.

______She texted me later in the day saying she'd let me know when the time came to do the actual photo shootI was delighted to find that she wasn't offended by my word barfage, but even more relieved that I remember my own phone number in the heat of the conversation; I have this odd tendency to give out my mother's phone number instead of my own, and that has caused much confusion in the past.


______That encounter was awesome for two reasons. One, because derp modeling duhrp supa-rad resume stuff yeah son yeaaah, and two, because I've been feeling rather unconfident about my appearance and weight lately for the very same reasons I did a few months ago here. It was nice to know that yeah, even though I've gained a little bit of weight, I'm still "looking decent enough" to maybe model. As pathetic and shallow as it sounds, a strange form of comfort bubbled in my mind as a result of this potential opportunity. A strange kind of reassurance. A pat on the shoulder coupled with a voice that echoed inside of me that said, "Yeah, you're okay," even though I weigh a little more, even though I'm not an ultra-twig that disappears when she turns to the side.


______That being said, I do hope I don't have to pass any ridiculous skinny aptitude tests, such as being able to hula hoop a Cheerio. If that was the case I'd definitely fail because a) I am unable to hula hoop a Cheerio and b) I would probably sniff out and eat the Cheerio before the test even began.


Collared top, ankle socks: Forever 21
Skirt: Moon Collection
Oxford heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Earrings: Betsey Johnson, via Nordstrom Rack
Snogging zebras bracelet: Charming Charlie (geez, get a room)
Hairpins: via World Market
Hair: styled by momma dearest


ChocolateFashionCoffee said...

such a cute skirt! :)

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Londyn said...

How awesome is that!?!? Gorgeous girl!

Also, is it bad if I have one of those mornings every morning...? LOL

Samantha said...

Congrats lady on that awesome opportunity, I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job :) This outfit is amazing, I love that skirt of yours!

Vett Vandiver said...

glad you're feeling better about your appearance - you look awesome!

LyddieGal said...

Congrats Ali! That is so amazing, like the kind of thing that happens on TV shows but not in real life. I hope the job goes well and becomes jobs, and I hope you share the photos here as well!

(also, I have sometimes given out my mothers phone number instead of my own as well, because it really is hard to remember your own number. it's not like you ever dial it.)

Chic on the Cheap

Julia said...

Ohh you look so pretty!

Kisses, Julia

Frannie Pantz said...

Gained a little weight??? I'd never be able to tell--you're so tiny! I am so happy for you for your opportunity! That sounds like a lot of fun indeed! I love that you always wear cute socks with your shoes (well not always, but often). I'm a big sock fan. And I love your skirt too!

Alyssa Marie said...

You look amazing Ali! I think our weight number plays way more on us in our heads than it does outwardly. You're such a sweet lil' thing anyway :) So happy to hear of this modeling opportunity girl, that's exciting! You are absolutely the perfect model! So pretty, beautiful smile, and you've got all the poses down. I love this skirt, you style it so well, and that necklace is gorgeous!

xo, Alyssa

Giulia Mattei said...

So preppy and lovely!

mochaccinoland said...

congrats on the modelling job!! love the pop of colour from your socks!!! u look great dear, i seriously can't tell u have put on a bit of weight ;)


Sammi said...

Love this skirt on you, and I admire your dedication to waking up so early!!! And ALSO, AHHHHHH!!! You'll make a gorgeous model -- clothes hang on you so beautifully!! Can't wait to hear more about this!!

xox Sammi

Boheme.Fille said...

Love the way you've arranged your hair! Gorgeous skirt as well!

Marlen said...

hahaha "drugged sloths" and "hoolahoop a cheerio" were my favorite lines of this post. and how stinking cute do you look in these photos?! i love the skirt and how your yellow socks strangely made the whole outfit come together.

and how exciting you got asked to model!! that's going to be such a fun experience, and hopefully you'll share the photos on here. And even though you're still very skinny and hawt, it's always weird when you see your body changing, even if just a little. so it's great the universe tossed you a reminder you're still very much beautiful and perfect :D

xo marlen
Messages on a Napkin

Jodie said...

Eeepp the modelling job sounds amazing and I can totally relate to waking up hungry after a stressful week. It happened Thursday. I love your skirt :)
Thank you for the kind comment on my urban look :) I really tried something new and in so glad it paid off :)

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Lily Fang said...

Ali, Ali, Ali! Can I just say that you're a ravishing beauty all the time? I had no idea that it was possible to wear a necklace with a peter pan collar top and have it look good, but you've pulled it off flawlessly! Love the balance of the outfit--the baubles, your skirt, and your bright socks--all simply perfect together. Your hair is so exquisitely gorgeous as well!

As for the modeling offer, EEEEEEEEEEEEE. Internet jumping up and down and celebrating with you! I loved your term "word barfage." I totally chuckled out loud. Aw, I think we all are overly self-critical of ourselves. I saw this video that totally opened my eyes to self-image:

I totally feel you though--I get so self-conscious of my legs since they're so muscular. But I say that if they help me run faster, so be it! And I could never tell that you gained weight--you're such a twig girl! I mean that in the best light possible, of course. Like you told me--you're beautiful, and you better believe it or I'll pound it into your head haha. Good luck with the modeling--you're such a natural in front of the camera from what I can see with all your cool poses. Go get em Ali!

Nicole said...

What a cute outfit!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that skirt! And your hair is so cute! You're gorgeous!

Ashley said...

Oh college days. I am insanely jealous! I miss being in college and mornings spent on campus. Sighhhh.

I am so excited for you and your future modeling career:) You are gorgeous and it's about time you flaunt what you got (outside of the blog of course). I can't wait for the day I'm flipping through vogue and spot's totally coming.

You look stunning. That little skirt fits you like a dream and I love that you represent the primary colors. Ali, you are perfect!

xo Ashley

Rachel Sullivan said...

Not gonna lie, that shoe/sock combo is pretty fabulous.


Linda B said...

Ahh, that's so awesome Ali! Congrats on the modeling opportunity :D I've always thought you had a modely look to you, you pretty lady!
I'm just glad I know you're beautiful self inside as well ;) Haha
And no kidding, waking up early, especially on weekends can easily eliminate over half the student body.
Heeeyyy, there are your trademark bright socks! Seeing those bright yellow colors on your feet makes me happy, haha. And your red necklace ties in so wonderfully with your skirt.

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Elsey Whisperingstyle said...

OMG Ali! this look is amazing! I love how you paired everything. The details on the colors and accessories like the hair pin, everything together looks beautiful. Very inspirational look :)
Hope you enjoy my second Marshalls look.
kisses dear :) !

Anonymous said...

Wooo, congrats on your new modeling gig! That is so exciting! I've done quite a bit of modeling, and although it's a super shallow profession, I've met a lot of inspiring photographers and assistants and stylists... it's a great way to get connections! And there is absolutely no reason for you to feel unconfident- you are drop-dead gorgeous and have a great bod!!

Xo, Hannah

Keit said...

"Everyone is hungover from Friday night frat parties, lolling about in their bedcovers like drugged sloths"- I was like that :D

Yay for modeling Ali! I don't see where those extra pounds are, maybe the boobs? :D You're still a lot skinny and pretty and even if you gained pounds you'd still look stunning.

As always, this outfit is so unique and creative, adore the skirt ^_^

OrigamiGirl said...

This has to be one of the best blogging outfits I've seen in ages. Your styling is just amazing. Everything looks perfect. I especially love your hair and the little clips in it that match your necklace. I actually have a top just like that and you've totally inspired me to want to wear it with some really bright colours. I have no idea how to do my hair like that though.


You look so beautiful dear. I must say, this may be one of my favourite outfits from you, and also the cutest! I love the brogues with this as well. A massive congrats to you! xx/Madison

Sam said...

Hi Ali, so excited to hear about your modeling gig!! You have the perfect pretty look and physique to be one professionally. Wishing you all the best with it, i already know its going to be a great success. As always I love your witty writing. This look is going to be on the top of favourites of yours, I love that printed skirt and the way you photographed it is beautiful. The styling is suburb with your signature socks! Thanks for sharing your VMA style perspective with me.

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Congratulations on being offered that great opportunity!!! You are STUNNING just the way you are Ali. And I love this outfit on you!! Even your braided updo is exceptional.

Rakel said...

great post! followed you on gfc, follow me back? :)

Rebecca said...

This outfit is truly outstanding! Your skirt is just the most amazing piece and those shoes and socks are so perfect! Congrats on your upcoming modelling job! You will be wonderful!


Jessi said...

Ali, seriously, you are TINY!! If I looked like you I'd never worry over the things I do now.. You're totally the perfect person to model, so tall and thin! Congrats on the modeling offer! I just checked out the wedding pics and you're looking gorgeous in those!!
And this outfit is too cute! I love that skirt, SO fun! And it looks perfect with that darling peter pan collar <3

jess said...

Modeling sounds like a great opportunity. You have to show us the photos.

Jackie said...

Wow, sounds like such an incredible opportunity! Congratulations!!!

As far as your outfit goes, I love the skirt, but I especially love the way you styled it. I don't think I would have ever put those pieces together, but you totally rock this one.

I too wake up hungry like that on some mornings. It makes my homemade granola taste even better though :)

xoxo Jackie

Marina said...

Beautful outfit !:)

Katie Aman said...

Oh my darling, where to begin. First I'll start off my complementing your loveliness in every way. I'm so glad that woman asked you to model because it should say to you how radiant you are in both personality and in beauty! I must say that I don't see at all where you've gained weight. Did your brain just grow you smarty pants? Brain matter is heavy you know. You look absolutely perfect to me :) I hope you have fun and you certainly know how to work the camera!
Haha, I used to give out my mom's home phone number all the time too. I think when you're used to living at home it just becomes a habit until you're on your own for a bit!
Uh lastly I finally need to comment on your gorgeous ensemble! That skirt has the most amazing, flowy, bombshell shape to it, that shot where it is blowing in the wind is amazing! And yes, socks :) Love 'em :)

honestly, b. said...

Love this outfit! The pop of yellow in your socks is so unexpected and fun!

xo honestly, b.

Ashley said...

Love that skirt!

Sincerely Miss Ash

Marsya Aulia Rizkita said...

love your skirt!
so cute!

The Braided Bandit said...

I am in LOV with this outfit and think you look stunning! I unfortunately fell more into the late rising hungover crowd in college, but have luckily changed my ways since then! How cool to be maybe doing some modeling, I think that would seriously be a confidence booster for anyone I hope it works out!
Hope you're having a wonderful day!
xo Hannah

Imogen said...

That's so exciting, wow what a fabulous opportunity. Wishing you all the best, you will be amazing! Yay for remembering your phone number. My husband doesn't know his own phone number and just yesterday my sister gave someone my number instead of hers. Your outfit is absolutely stunning, such talent with all your colour coordination.

Paola Lauretano said...

Amazing look, I love your style!!!

Celia Aranda said...

OMG! You look great! I really really love the outfit :)

Adora Mehitabel said...

Omg your shoes & your hair! Loveeee

Anonymous said...

First off, I must mention how jealous I am that you're in college. I wish I could do college all over again!

Ok, that's awesome that you got a modeling gig! Congrats!

I read your post about weight and stuff. Since I graduated from college, I've gained 20 pounds or so and I can't stand it!!! I wish I could just not care about it, but it rules my life and it's so stupid! I feel like I have a "post baby body" and I've never had a baby. Anyway, you're gorgeous. Relax :)

Life of Mabel

Telma said...

Amazing :)

ftashion said...

This is such an interesting outfit, love how you are always so daring with mixing up these interesting pieces and the result is amazing babe! Hey those photos of the flowers in your latest post are so beautiful too.

Fang Ting

mochaccinoland said...

this is such a cute & fun look!!! love how u pick all these seemingly very different items and make them work!! <3


Anat Koren said...

You are super stylish... I love every detail of this look!!!