Monday, December 28, 2015
______Honestly, I'm terrible at making holiday-themed posts. You all look so darling in your Santa hats, exquisite glimmering diamond necklaces, and thick glittering sweaters, and all with festive trees and twinkling lights as holiday backdrops. Then you've got me, this dork who forgets to take pictures more and more each year because she's too busy shoving chocolate chips and Rolos in her mouth and calling it "holiday baking."
______There's a reason the recipe promises four dozen cookies when a mere two dozen of them emerge from the oven. I know: that darn dog, sneaking dough like that.
______I digress. Thanks to the seventy-degree weather we faced this holiday season, as well as the impending threat of tornados and floods, winter fashion was sort of out of the question. Thus, I shall stick to words to describe our holiday season...
______I'm sure you all remember the elusive Northern Lights, the shouting bike man whose local dad cycling squad I joined a few months ago; well, his wife is actually quite the artist herself with quilting and baking, and I met her one day and she later invited me to a cookie decorating party! They're a young couple and likely some of the most genuinely kind people I've met. Gushing aside, she used to decorate cookies for money, and had the most impressive arrangement of cookie making supplies in the world: a massive drawer full of cookie cutters, from letters to states to various animals; a cupboard with a ROYGBIV-worthy selection of sprinkles and sparkles; and all sorts of decorating tools.
______So that day I brought home even more delicious baked goods for our household that is, even now, still brimming with sweets.
______He was very excited to tell everyone at the cookie party that I had given him the nickname of Northern Lights. He has yet to know he has a whole segment of stories about him on my blog, as well as a slew of followers who eagerly await hearing tales of his existence.
______He does not need to know.
Skirt: Urban Outfitters (exact)
Shrit: white shirt yo c'mon
Heels: Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Earrings: Charming Charlie
Ring: from the father unit
Monday, December 21, 2015
______This week, the temperatures in the Land of Alabama (that's our official state name, don't you know) finally dunked below seventy degrees. I even had goosebumps on my legs, and was very thankful to remember to shave. I usually don't bother as much in the winter because one, legs are usually covered and two, it's not like anybody's feeling up on me anyway. Except my dog when he rubs his food-ridden dog-beard across them, using them as something akin to a scratching post for his smelly face.
______But I love him.
______He's been a good snuggle buddy this winter. Every time he plops down, I plop down beside him like a suckerfish on a shark for warmth and cuddles. Except it's much less symbiotic and more like he's struggling for his release while I put him in a chokehold. A loving chokehold. Full of kisses, adoration, and death-grip squeezes.
______But he loves me.
Jacket: Forever 21 (similar)
Dress: UrbanOG (similar)
Earrings: c/o BornPretty (10% off: ALT10)
Heels: ASOS (similar styles)
Monday, December 14, 2015
______"GOATS FOR SALE," blared a sign from the distance. The sign was plastered to a tree, crooked from months or years of wind, and written in hastily painted red letters. A tuft of leaves fell over a part of the word "GOATS" like a punk rock singer's hair over one of his eyes, but it was still legible._Something within me stirred. Anticipation, perhaps. A hopeful taste of what was to come._
______I was biking up a hill and my eyes darted left and right, eagerly awaiting an awe-inspiring vision of goats with every downward push of the pedals. An angelic choir sung in my head. There were many farms around the back roads I biked, but they were always filled with horses or cows. Never before had I seen goats. The morning fog misted over my glasses as if a hoard of those winged babies that appear in Renaissance paintings was spitting on them, and it was quiet, quiet as could be.
______And that was when I saw them: beyond a wirey fence tamed only by the weeds curling around its gridded structure, there they were, all staring eyes and furry bodies that resembled something gone wrong in a synthetic fiber making plant.
______I slowed my bike to a leisurely pace and hopped off it, maintaining eye contact with the goats. The goats and I neared each other like two awestruck hipsters in a Starbucks who were about to compare beard lengths.
______They were huddled against the fence, each squirming to get in front of the other, stepping on each other's hooves and shuffling about the grass. Their hooves stomped the dewy grass and some of them snorted and shook their gnarly little beards. A few "baaaa-ed" at me, their slitted eyes blinking, their heads undulating like fishing bobbers in water.
______"My dad doesn't believe in your existence," I whispered to the goats. They licked their furry goat-lips eagerly as if I was formulated from the finest rubber boots and day-old newspapers (I hear they prefer The Wall Street Journal over The New York Times). Alas, I was not made of such goat-enticing materials. I was only made of Ali, which is only rich in ingredients like local drugstore lipstick, fabric clippings, and cinnamon. I suppose the tennis shoes I was wearing at the time could have called out to them, but it was not likely.
______I carried on with my message to the goats.
______"He thinks you're not real. He doesn't believe me when I say I saw all of you." The goats listened intently, or perhaps they just wanted to gnaw at my tasty-looking bike tires. Rubber is a siren to goats, or so I've heard. You should fact check that. I definitely did not fact check that. In fact, I rarely fact check anything and the words I blog should never be cited in an academic paper.
______I continued, "I've seen you before and now I'm seeing you again."
______A goat with eyebrows fuzzier than the fuzziest caterpillar in all of fuzzy caterpillar land came forth.
______"He is not a believer," the goat said. Did that goat just speak? A car whizzed by rather closely and I increased my distance toward the fence. I whipped around to see a man in a red Ford giving me an odd look as he zoomed by.
______Did I hear that? I turned back toward the fence.
______And as if they were never there, the goats were gone.
Dress: KnowStyle (similar)
Kimono: Alter'd State (similar)
Earrings: Charming Charlie
Bunny ring: Claire's
Hair: styled by momma, as always :)
Monday, December 7, 2015
______Hello, butterbeans! I feel like I haven't posted in such a long while. Lately, I feel that everything I'm doing is in that awkward in-between stage, i.e. grad school applications, art projects, and attempting to clean out my closet. Just imagine that all those things are in middle school, confused, experimental, and wearing too much Hot Topic, and I'm trying to push them to high school. We're talking jelly bracelets, knee-high striped socks, and a streak of pink hair.
______On the bright side, if I'm in the middle that means I'm already halfway there! I'm going to make like Salt n' Pepa and Push It. Was that lame?
______So yeah, everything feels like its in limbo, sort of like this curious sweater thing that doesn't know if it wants to be a turtleneck or a crop top. Because when you live in the South in December, you can wear these sorts of things. A high of sixty-four degrees today, folks. I'm not gonna lie that I love it.
Skirt: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Boots: Lucky Brand (similar)
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Lilac Muscles / Smoke Stars
various fabrics, puffy stars, beads, fiber fill, piping, ribbon
9' x 4'
______Last week, I took a week and a half off to take a beading workshop in a tiny town in North Carolina. I lived Thoreau-style in a cabin in the woods that possessed absolutely no Internet or cell service, and it was quiet, quiet as could be. The only thing I heard at night was the occasional hoot of an owl and the rushing stream just yards from the cabin. And also this cracking noise the heat made whenever it cranked on that sounded like someone was trying to break in through the glass front doors. But that's just a detail.
______Though there wasn't much around the cabin itself, there was a Walmart some 20 miles off, fully furnished with all a human needs to survive. Even better, there was a creepy man loitering around the drink isles. Upon seeing me place a six-pack of diet root beer in my cart, he floated over to me like a bee to a flower, his yellow mustache wiggling as he spoke. He proceeded to tell me about how he makes the best alcoholic root beer floats ("not your daddy's root beer float" as he said... thanks for that, bro). I kept trying to slowly pull away but he kept following and managing to make eye contact. Strange men, y u gotta be like that?
______Upon signing up for these classes, I was afraid it was going to be super hokey, but it was the most relaxing, fun, and immersive experience I had. I don't care how cheesy that sounds. Immersive! Relaxing! Fun! I sound like an advertisement.
______At night, the school always had some kind of event going on in the common area, whether that be story telling from students, local legends with their banjo music plucking up a musical storm, or square-dancing for the more socially-inclined. I'd usually just sit with my laptop in a cozy rocking chair at night in front of the coffee machine, greedily sucking up their wifi and their decaf. Because that's the kind of terrible person I am.
______Anywho, here is my most recent project that I'm sure most of you all have seen on Facebook, Instagram, or some other social media that we're acquainted on. Normal blogging shall resume!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
______"Ice Ice Princess" is by far the most unsuitable title for this post, mainly because it is currently sixty-seventy degrees in the land of Alabama as I scribble these words. There is no ice for me to princess in. There may never be any. For all we know, ice is a theory yet to be proven in the state of Alabama during November. Nonexistent. A myth, just like Big Foot and gluten-free bread that doesn't taste like your great grandma's mothball-covered prom dress.
______My mom was quick to note the impossibility of me ever being an ice princess as we hopped into the stuffy, sauna-like interior of the car to drive off and take these photos. She said I would have to settle with being the melting princess instead. I suppose I could be that. I'm not picky as long as I can be princess of some kind of imaginary kingdom. Princess of Various Meltable Things? Sure, I'm game.
______That means I would have power over all sorts of items with a melting point, like ice cream cones, bags of ice, grilled cheeses, and sugary candies like gummy worms and tootsie pops. I would also have power over candle wax and chocolate. So much better than being able to do snowy stuff, right? Elsa has nothing on me. Esla? I never watched Frozen. I'm a terrible person.
______I could also make the argument that I could make hearts melt, but in a literal sense, that seems inhumane. And even in a metaphorical sense, probably not possible. So we're going to stick with the happy, non-twisted mind stuff!
______I feel like being able to melt chocolate would come in handy during the holidays when dessert-based baking is at its prime. Similarly, melting cheeses and a variety of other gooey foods could be convenient on a day-to-day basis. But if we're being completely honest here, and you guys know how I like to be honest, being the melting princess would be completely useless and I'd need a real day job.
______I couldn't even be an evil melting princess--I mean, what would I do? Melt children's candy during Halloween? Melt the plastic on cartons of milk in the grocery store, thus causing an inconvenient spill for employees? I guess I could melt those big metal doors in banks and steal all their money, but I would feel like a big jerk afterwards. And also that's illegal. Committing a crime just wouldn't sit well with me.
______I just couldn't be a meanie jerk head melting princess. I just couldn't.
______All right, kiddos. If you could be princess/prince/ultimate overlord of anything in the world, what would it be?
Top: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Fur vest: Charlotte Russe (similar styles)
Skirt: Urban Outfitters (exact)
Booties: Jeffrey Campbell
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Earrings: Charming Charlie
Bunny ring: Claire's
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
______Realizing I hadn't really socialized all week, I decided to take action. I dressed myself up, actually properly dried my hair with a blowdryer opposed to letting the air leech water droplets from it over the course of the day, and grooved on over to Starbucks. Yes. Grooved. On. Over. Watch out.
______Thus, I am presenting sitting at Starbucks, drinking delectable peach tea, editing photos, and occasionally glancing up from my screen to accidentally lock eyes with another human being. Insert hipster habit commentary here. I've witnessed a twenty minute Tindr date go down, which doesn't seem very long to get to know someone to me, as well as noticed a few men hunched around a table conducting a very specific business endeavor. A group of five bearded men all dressed in old jeans and wrinkled T-shirts kept shuffling from the inside seating to the outside, clearly not sure what to make of this seventy-degree temperature in November. And a couple girls with laptops just like me sat "chilling like villains" (as the cool kids say) with their checkered vans and thick-rimmed glasses.
______I'm sure they're doing the same thing I am: getting out of the house to hear something other than the scraping of their dog's claws against the hardwood floors or the white noise of televised news debates. I can get pretty stir crazy even though I am a humble home-dweller, so even tiny outings like this can ease my brain. Just a new environment to soak in, grumbling Penske truck, antsy humans on their devices, traffic noise, and all.
______And so, two hours later and having spoken to no one, my social meter was brimming with a strange satisfaction. That's how you do it as an introvert, and I suppose that is the way of stuff, the way of things, and the way of stuff and things.
Blazer: Charlotte Russe (similar)
Jelly shoes: BooHoo (exact and they're $10 go go go ladies)
Chain bracelet: Charming Charlie (similar)