24 December 2010

I've been very lazy...

It's almost a week later and I still haven't followed through with what I said I would do! I want to start posting photos of my daily outfits, which should be easy enough because I get dressed everyday. So, what's my deal?

Unfortunately, the Christmas break has made me really lazy. All I"ve been doing is watching TV and movies and drinking a lot. I haven't even been reading, like I planned to do non-stop during the break. I've only wanted to do things that require absolutely zero brain power, which I'm allowing (for now) because I had such a demanding fall semester. And ever since my boyfriend moved back to Austin, he's pretty much been taking up all my time. So, even though I've been wearing clothes each day, I didn't feel like they were good enough outfits to post. Then, I realized that was a stupid excuse because any outfit I wear showcases my style, which is really what's important and what I want people to see.

So, now that I'm back home in Harlingen for a few days, I don't have my photographer boyfriend to take pictures of me. And apparently I've been living outside of the Valley for too long because I was actually surprised that it was a humid 80° today and will probably be the same tomorrow. Most of the clothes I brought were meant for Austin weather, which was my silly mistake. At least I have a reason to stop by Harlingen's massive department-store-sized Forever 21 tomorrow.

If I don't take or post any outfit photos soon, I'll definitely have plenty after I get back from Vegas. But fingers crossed that I'll have some before! This whole me-not-owning-a-camera thing is getting old.

17 December 2010

New shoes!

DV by Dolce Vita Pascal Wedge Booties

I am in love with my new shoes! I bought them at Nordstrom on Wednesday after helping my roommate shop for new clothes. I did such a great job helping her that I figured a little reward for my hard work was in order. I really wanted some cute new heels to wear in Las Vegas (in two weeks!) but my feet always hurt after wearing them for longer than a few hours. I don't know how some girls do it, wearing heels everyday, all day. I'm always impressed by it.

Anyway, these suede booties are only about three inches high and have a hidden 1/2 inch platform that makes them even more comfortable. And they're wedges, which are the only heels I can actually stand wearing for long periods of time. And I hope to wear these every day in Vegas! We'll see if my feet can hold up. I've already started training...I wore them yesterday and will probably wear them today. They seem to go with everything, which is exactly the kind of new shoe I wanted.

I'm going to post some photos of my outfits with these shoes as soon as I get a new camera, i.e., borrow my boyfriend's camera when he moves in to my apartment complex tomorrow!

14 December 2010

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Christmas reading has begun!

So, I just whizzed through The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. For one, I read ridiculously fast and another, it's a young adult book so the font is super huge. Most importantly, it was actually a really good story! I've realized this is my favorite type of book, not young adult, but the kind that takes me to another world and sucks me in for hours. These books definitely did that and I haven't been able to stop thinking about them since I finished the third book this afternoon.

I first read about The Hunger Games in The Daily Texan earlier this semester but of course, there was no time for pleasure reading until Christmas. Now that the break has officially begun, I've already devoured this series and a few other randoms like Night in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks (which wasn't that good because I kept picturing Diane Lane, who I dislike for no particular reason).

The Hunger Games revolves around 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen who lives in District 12 of Panem, which is what North America has become. The author never really hints at how far in the future the story takes place but it's been 74 years since the Capitol, the harsh central government, took back control of all 12 districts from the rebels. The Hunger Games is an annual televised event that requires each district to send one boy and one girl between 12 and 18 to fight to the death in a Capitol-built arena until only one is left alive: the victor. The Games serves as a way for the Capitol to continue punishing the districts for rebelling in the past, sort of keeping them in line and afraid.

Before I actually read the book, I was reminded of the Japanese movie Battle Royale. I wonder if Suzanne Collins has ever seen it. In the movie, one class is chosen to participate in the annual Battle but unlike the Hunger Games, where the participants know ahead of time they will be going in to fight and even undergo training, the students in Battle Royale have no idea until they wake up with explosive collars attached to their neck. Similar to the books, they must kill each other until only one is left. If after three days, there still isn't a winner, those left will all be killed with the collars.

I don't really want to get into how the books and that movie compare because I'm more interested, fascinated really, in the idea that our world could ever turn into something like the one Collins created in her book. I'm getting chills just thinking about it. And now I can't stop thinking about it!

I decided to start another book as soon as I finished the third Hunger Games book because I wanted to distract myself. It's called Shopgirl by Steve Martin, who I had no idea had written anything (but strangely did know that he plays the banjo). At the rate I've been reading so far this break, it looks like a trip to Half-Price Books is in order. I need to stock up for the winter!

The End and the Beginning

I'm done with the worst semester of my college career. I took 17 hours, worked at the counseling center on campus and interned at Texas Monthly. I thought I was going to strangle someone halfway through the semester but somehow, I got four A's and one A-! Not too shabby! It's the first time I've seen all A's on my grade report since high school. It feels good...but seriously, why couldn't I just have that last A without the minus? I really wanted my first 4.0! And it's probably not going to happen in my last two semesters at UT because I have a feeling I'm going to lose motivation as graduation nears. Senioritis, here I come!