Friday, August 28, 2009

old and new

after a long hiatus, i've decided to start a new blog. it's going to be a little bit different, but hopefully for the better.

hope to see you there:

stand up straight


Monday, April 27, 2009

missing my blog...

i didn't realize it until now, but my roommate, jackie, tagged me a while ago!

The rules are:
1. Respond and rework: answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag other un-tagged people.

What is your current obsession?
chasing the sun. i want a tan so bad!

What are you wearing today?
a thrift-store sundress

Do you nap a lot?
never. only in a serious lack of sleep situation.

Why was today special?
well it hasn't been special yet, but i'm going to the mall with my bf to get new plugs for my ears, and a smaller labret for my monroe. it'll make it easier to get a job, i think.

What would you like to learn to do?
i'd really like to learn more about nutrition and gardening, as i'm a vegetarian now. (going on 3 weeks!) and of course, i'll never stop learning about cooking!

What's for dinner today?
probably stir-fry. yum.

What's the last thing you bought?
potted herb growing kits from target for $1.00 each! they're so cute! and hopefully yummy.

What are you listening to right now?
deadliest catch on teevee, and the wind gusting against the windows.

What is your favorite weather?
dry and 120 degrees. i'm serious. it happens in california and vegas.

What's your style?
easy, classy, and fabulous.

mary-kate olsen

What is your most challenging goal right now?
finding a job. with the economy the way it is right now, i'm really worried.

Say something about the person who tagged you:
jackie's a great roommate. and i'm hoping now that we're not so busy with school, we'll be able to have some adventures together like we used to.

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
i'd like a fancy apartment in manhattan, please.

carrie bradshaw's new york pad.

Favorite vacation spot?
cocoa beach, florida. it's gorgeous, and you can watch shuttles take off at night. one of the most amazing things i've seen in my whole life.

Favorite meal of the day?
breakfast. it's so easy and delicious to eat healthy at breakfast!

Name a memory from childhood that sticks out in your mind:
when we went to seaworld in texas and i got to talk to and touch the beluga whale!

What person would you like to have in your arms right now?
i think, my mom or my grandma.

What's something you got rid of but wish you hadn't?
probably all of my hello kitty paraphernalia that i had when i was little. apparently, one day i decided i didn't want to be so girly so i had my mom get rid of my hello kitty toothbrush, jewelry box, and other things. i love hello kitty now!

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
paris. i've been wanting to go to europe for a while now, and paris is full of contemporary art. plus it's always seemed beautiful to me.

Which language do you want to learn?
i'd really like to learn french. it's a beautiful language.

Which countries have you visited?
canada. although, it hardly counts when you live in michigan.

go ahead; tag yourself!

Friday, March 27, 2009

feminism: refreshed

i've considered myself a feminist for a while now, but since i haven't had a women's studies class this semester, and haven't been able to attend womyn's equality, i've been a little out of it.

last night, womyn's equality set up an event - jessica valenti, author and founder of, came to speak at our campus. it was so awesome.

these are the books she's written:

i've briefly flipped through my roommate's copy of he's a stud she's a slut, and i was so impressed. it made me critically think about everything.

i would suggest picking up one of her books sometime, and reading
i think you'll be glad you did.

and now, i leave you with some new pantene ads. you can kind of see the product, right?

'nuff said.

Friday, March 20, 2009

spring springing?

i've been slacking, blog. soo much darkroom work!

i've been trying to wear dresses/skirts this week. so far, it's been really awesome. it's so much easier when you just pick one piece of clothing, and then tights or leggings, than pants, teeshirt, and a sweater, etc.
i think so, anyway. plus it's finally warming up outside! spring is technically here today!
how much better of an excuse could one need?

i've mostly got dresses from thrift stores, which are awesome, but i've noticed a few in stores that i wouldn't mind having as well.

victoria's secret has a lot, but they want 40 - 100 bux for all of them! honestly, i think i could sew some of these myself if i had a sewing machine. but i like looking at them anyway.

i love baggy dresses, they look so carefree and comfortable!

i've been looking for a while now for a teeshirt dress - you know, like a teeshirt but long enough to be a dress? i can't believe how hard they are to find. the VS one above is like 40 bux. i found some great ones at urban outfitters, but their stuff is usually for people the size of asparagus.

(the teal one is exactly what i want! ahh!)

i only found a few at forever 21. they're showing mostly maxi dresses, which are very pretty, but i would never want my legs all covered up in the summer! unless it was a chilly night, but still.

who's excited for spring?

Monday, March 9, 2009

after spring break

my spring break was this past week, and it was much needed.
mostly i caught up on my sleep and shot a few rolls of film, but i scored some new digs from old navy, including a new swim suit!
if only it were warm and sunny enough to wear it. i'm really done with winter, michigan.

i watched a few movies with my family over break, but when my family was busy, i downloaded and watched vicky christina barcelona. as a woody allen fan, it was only a matter of time before i watched it and instantly fell in love. and as soon as i got back to kalamazoo i watched it again!

scarlett johansson is one of my favorite favorite favorite actresses of all time, so of course i enjoyed seeing her in this film. i definitely identified with her character, christina, the most. (and not just because we're both into photography!)

i'd never heard of javier bardem before i saw this, which is unfortunate because he is gorgeous!
dark hair, deep eyes, and a thick spanish accent? yes please. (i think his eyes look a lot like jason's. we just got back together, btw.)

i've only seen penelope cruz in vanilla sky and now this, and she's growing on me. i think she's exotically beautiful and very talented. and i wish my hair would look like that!

so anyway, if you haven't seen this movie yet, you definitely should.
it opened my mind just a little bit more.
p.s. i think it's funny that this happened to take place in spain, when my roommate, jackie has been in spain this past week! i can't wait to see how her trip went!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

my 21st!

i finally have something worth posting! sorry guys...
anyway, this weekend was valentine's day, which would've been awesome except my boyfriend and i broke up. don't worry, it's for the best.
i'm single and fabulous!

anyway, i finally got my navel pierced!
i have a hoop for now, but i want to make something in my jewelry class that can dangle off of it when it heals. (kinda like britney's)

some other celebs with navel piercings:

so anyway, that was valentine's day, and that night at midnight was my birthday!
i was so glad to have great friends with me.
here's a few photos!

before we went to the bar, i got this cute little cake!

the first drink i wanted to try: a dirty martini. they're definitely my favorite now!

and we drank some more and danced pretty much the rest of the night.
i had such a great time!
(btw, my dress and jewelry is from forever 21!)

how was your weekend?

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

25 things

so this has been flying around on facebook and the blogosphere for a while now and my roommate jackie from the pink panda just tagged me, so here goes!

25 things about me

1. i have 5573 songs, 15 days, or 29 gigs of music on my laptop/ipod, and i'm always looking for more.

2. i daydream constantly.

reverie by me

3. i have three younger brothers that are all bigger than me now.

4. i was born in michigan, but i've lived in mississippi, texas, ohio, california, maryland, michigain again, and my family just moved to north carolina this summer.

5. as a result of #4, i never want to "settle down" in my life. ever.

6. i have a lot of ocd tendancies.

7. i am extremely quirky. the toilet paper has to roll over, not under, my boyfriend has to walk next to me to my right, i like to have assigned seats at the dining table, etc.

8. i have an extreme, irrational fear of objects flying at me. thus, i don't play sports, and dodgeball is the. scariest. thing. ever.

9. sushi is probably my favorite food, and i really enjoy trying to eat healthy.

10. i've always thought that fashion was interesting, but as an artist, i always felt guilty about it. however, i attended a lecture by one of my favorite photographers, kelli connell, and she listed fashion as one of her inspirations! so i've come to realize that i shouldn't be ashamed of anything that i like.

carnival by kelli connell, one of my favorite pieces by her

11. i originally came to western michigan university to persue a degree in graphic design, but i learned so much about fine art that i decided i wanted to do that more instead. so at the insistance of one of my professors, i applied to the photography and intermedia program and got in!

12. i currently have 15 credits and two jobs here at school. i am in charge of all of the equipment that the school has for students to check out, and i am a photographer for the western herald.

13. i drink the recommended 8 glasses of water a day, which is 8 cups of water, or four standard water bottles, or two 1 liter bottles a day. i pee a lot.

14. i get motion sickness when i read in moving cars.

15. i absolutely love roller coasters.

cedar point's millenium force is my favorite so far!

16. the more chocolate, the better.

17. i can't function without coffee in the morning.

18. i've only had one pet my whole life, a golden retriever/cocker spaniel mix named sammy. we had him for six months.

19. i'm definitely straight, but i find women extremely attractive.

20. my roommate once asked me if i identify more with the earth or with the sky, and i chose the sky because it's unknown, free, and constantly changing.

21. i've always wanted to be able to fly.

22. i love wes anderson, sofia coppola, and woody allen movies.

short film hotel chevalier, part I of wes anderson's the darjeeling limited

23. i don't usually talk unless i have something usefull or intellegent to say.

24. i like to incorporate hip hop and dated terms into my everyday speech because i think it's funny. i use words like jankity, shady, and rad all the time.

25. i have no tolerance for being fake or for people that are fake.

other randoms:

i don't like sleeping.

i don't like wearing socks so i wear mismatched ones.

i am completely obsessed with hello kitty.

i have a love/hate relationship with teevee.

tell me about you!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

pin-up girl

jessie's shoot went amazingly yesterday, and i loved being a pin-up!
she's doing the seven deadly sins as pin-ups, and i got to be greed. i don't know if i would ever have the skills to be a professional model, but i think i did pretty well.
tell me what you think!

photos by jessie stein