Saturday, February 1, 2014
Alabama Snow Week! + BornPretty
______This week on campus was a little startling. On Tuesday morning, soft white flurries began to descend from the grey sky, and by noon, everything was primed in a thick layer of pristine white. It was snowing. It snew, you guys. The campus was a fresh canvas ready to be tracked upon by dirt-clodden footsteps and be used for building hasty snowmen. Classes were dismissed at 11am and the citizens in the state of Alabama all had their panties in a twist to get back to their home sweet homes, and of course, roads were immediately clogged up due to the demon snowflakes.
______Thankfully, since I still live on campus and can walk just about anywhere, I didn't have to worry about immediately returning home. Instead, I spent the whole day painting from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon. It was refreshing to have the entire painting studio in my dominion, and one of my friends even visited for some fellow art fun. Later, we shuffled our feet through the slushy snow to inform the art quad that "Ali Hval rocks." That's me. I'm Ali Hval. And I rock more than limestone.
______Thanks for the help on sizing out those letters, Mitchell.
______When I dashed out to get lunch on campus just a few slippery steps away, I saw three of my art professors lined up in front of me, and wondered if they were stuck on campus at all. I knew that two of them were working on teacherly things and their own artwork, and when I left for my dorm around five, they were still moseying around the art quad in high spirits as I said my goodbyes to them. It seemed to me they were just enjoying a day in the studio without those darn, pestering students in their way... though I'm hoping they got back fine!
______My dad left from his place of work as soon as the snow began to stick, but it still took him a lengthy 7.5 hours to return home, where as the drive normally takes him an hour. He said the traffic was so congested and the roads so slick with thick ice that people were literally leaving their cars on the sides of roads and walking to their destinations or shelters for refuge. The drive up to our house is quite twisted and hilly, and my dad tallied a total of one-hundred-something cars parked along the mile-long road to our neighborhood. But my dad, being a North Dakotan man since he was a wee grasshopper, stepped in all four-wheel drive and gutsily shimmied on up and down the hill, waving innocently at cops when they urged him to not continue. He is a brave soul, he is!
______It's not like our state can help it--we don't have the equipment down here to handle snow because, well, we never have snow like that. It's like blaming Montana for not having hurricane evacuation centers, or getting mad at a banana for not tasting like calamari. It wouldn't make sense.
______On to the outfit--BornPretty sent me over this very lovely bejeweled statement necklace. I'm able to wear it all day since it's not entirely made of metal and will thus not make me feel like weights are strung around my neck. Plus, it's clearly snazzy. As usual, you can get 10% off your order at their store using the code ALT10.
______Hope you all stayed safe this weekend. Here's a friendly tip: don't eat yellow snow. Eat pinecones. Much more nutritious. They're loaded with fiber and crunchy, too.
Dress: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Blazer: Forever 21 (similar)
Necklace: c/o BornPretty
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell, via Bloomingdales
Tights: idk, but here's some similar ones
Bracelets: also vintage