Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Somewhere Only We Know..

All of the days have blended into one. Today is October 6th, which means I have officially missed 25 days of school. Technically, since I've graduated, I haven't missed any school at all but with all my friends there every day, it sort of feels like I'm skipping school. Thats the price I pay for graduating early I guess.

Don't get me wrong, being out of school is a blast! Wow did I really just say 'blast?' I'm losing it I tell you. All this isolation is getting to me. ***WILSON! WWWIIIILLLSSSOOOONNN!!!!***
Sorry, that was my pathetic attempt at a Castaway reference... Note to self: Don't try to be funny. Despite my lack of activities, I have actually accomplished one major thing. I finallyr re-decorated that building I was telling you about.
The before pictures:

Pretty vanilla, yes? Here are the after pictures:

As you can tell, I've turned it into my space. That picture wall is my favorite part... Theres pictures of Audrey Hepburn, Lady Gaga outfits, Vogue shoots (Marion Cotillard in particular... she kind of makes me want to die of jealousy. Just saying.), and tons of other random clippings.

On a more serious note, at the top of the picture wall is a picture of Alexander McQueen and the word, 'Artist.' Honestly though, the simple title of 'artist' doesn't even begin to describe what he did. I felt that in my designing space, I absolutley, totally, 100% needed to pay homage to Alexander McQueen. I miss him all the time and will never forget the contributions he made to my world.

xoxo Alexandra

Monday, September 6, 2010

I'm Addicted Its A Crisis.

Oh god. Just as I hit 'Publish Post' I lost my internet connection and now have to re-type everything!! **shakes angrily fist at sky** Why me?!?!

Anyways, here it all is. Again. I'm so sorry for not posting in such a long while, things have been crazy. My new project that I'm working on is turning a small building on our property into my new sewing/work space. I'm painting it and everything; you'd be so proud... Before and after photos will be posted as soon as I finish (if I ever finish that is...).

I recently went on a shopping trip (what else is new, right?) and got some things I know a lot of you will like (you'll actually love them due to their extreme cuteness). Thought I'd post what I bought with some things I already had.


  • Bought this lovely lace dress on sale at a small store near my home for $20. I later found it on delias.com for $44.50 so hooray for secret discounts!!
  • I already owned these (translucent, lavender rims with lavender lenses)... They were in-expensive and if you like them I'm sure you could find them almost anywhere.
  • This vintage tortoise-shell butterfly comb was my Grandmothers. I love it and wear it every chance I get. If you like it, I'm sure you could pull a DIY and hot-glue any butterfly or flower piece to an old comb. It would still have the desired effect, don't worry :)

Alrighty then, hope these all gave you some ideas! Tomorrow I'm going to review a new mascara I bought so get ready for some awesome-ness.

As always,

xoxo Alexandra

Monday, August 23, 2010

Dear Anonymous...

All day I've been trying to figure out what to write about... I had all these ideas and I even made a list (I know, I'm a dork) but when I sat down and signed on, I noticed that I had a new comment on my most recent post. Someone who wished to remain anonymous asked me, "what inspires ur fashion sense?" Well Miss Anonymous (or Mr. Anonymous) heres all the things that influence my sense of style....

Audrey Hepburn, Italy, Ghost World, the 1920s, flappers, Lady Gaga, Arabian horses, black and white films, Broadway, Cary Grant, Adam (the movie), gerbera daisies, Paris, trench coats, clocks, macaroons, empty notebooks, The Smiths, James Bond, big floppy beach hats, Pretty Woman, GiGi (the movie), the list goes on and on and on....

Hahah I just realized that was more or less a list of my most favorite things... I guess that doesn't really matter though because all of them definetley influenced who I am today and therefore influenced the way I dress... Hope that helps Anonymous :)

xoxo Alexandra

(from one of my favorite books: "My Wonderful World of Fashion" by Nina Chakrabarti)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New School-bags, New Pencils, NEW STYLE.

Spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Four different seasons with four very different styles of dress... This current cycle of the seasons brought lace and patterned textiles to spring and stripes and the warrior look to summer. Now, with back-to-school upon us, all we can do is prepare our wardrobes for the impending change of style that comes with the return of autumn.

In order to help you prepare your own dressers and closets for this 'changing of the clothes,' I've compiled a list of things to look out for during your next trip to the mall. I found this list on style.com but all of their examples were from Marc Jacobs, Prada, Louis Vuitton etc. I don't know about you, but I cannot yet afford to shop from all of those designers... I can however provide a less expensive alternative to each piece style.com suggested...

Alexandra's Super Awesome List of Fall 2010 Trends:
  • College Sweatshirts- Forever 21, $19.80

  • Pleated Skirts- Forever 21, $19.80

  • Nautical Themed Anything- Forever 21, $19.80

  • Peacoats- Fred Flare, $68
  • Loafers- J.Crew, $120

  • Military Styled Anything- Forever 21, $19.80

  • Schoolboy Blazers- Fred Flare, $64
  • Jackets with Fur (sorry PETA) **Fur is very popular on the runways right now** - Fred Flare, $108

  • Shoulder Bags- Forever 21, $25.80

I just would like to take a sec here and credit my sources- Thank you ever so much style.com for the info, Forever 21, Fred Flare, and J.Crew for the pics.

And there you have it. Hope that all helps...

xoxo Alexandra

Friday, August 20, 2010

Out with the old and in with The New.

If anyone reading this is familiar with Christian Dior, you more than likely have heard of his 'New Look.' For those of you who have not, 'The New Look' was a revolutionary silhouette (or shape) that came from Dior's 1947 Sping/Summer collection. The 'New Look' entailed a large bust, very thin waist, and full mid-calf skirt.

(this picture is from mariabuskez.com. it is not mine. i do not take any credit for it.)

This new style was extremley popular and influenced most designeres all over the world. Aside from bringing fame to Dior himself, the strong silhouette also brought Paris to the highest heights of the fashion world.

In the above paragraph I said that The New Look was extremley popular but I should have said that it currently is popular. The Fall 2010 runway shows have had many themes in common however, one in particular is the return of the ever-amazing New Look. And let me say, thank God. I love the fifties and I love Dior so the rebirth of this style (which never really went away if you ask me...) makes me feel like Christmas came early.

(i do not take credit for any of these pictures. as much as i wish i could have been there to take them, they are from style.com. in order from top to bottom the designers are as follows: Catcheral, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi)

Even though I'm very anti-trend and wish that people would simply wear something because they adore it rather than because they want others to adore it, I am in love with the fities influence in these designers fall collections. If you really want to be "trendy" (or as my aunt likes to say "with It") then I suggest you go out and buy yourself some kind of full skirt, a new loooong coat, and for you men, a polo shirt or two. Hello Mr. Fities-Decade, welcome to 2010.

xoxo alexandra

Trucks and Myself

Alrighty heres my little story for today: When I was four my preschool put on some little show or something. When I was on stage my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I 'grew up.' According to my parents and our nineties camcorder, my response was as follows, word-for-word, "I want to be a truck so that I can turn on my lights and drive." At the time I probably seemed like some weird child nutcase. Even though we still laugh about it today, I think this quote perfectly symbolizes how I am now going to deal with this blog.

For the past few weeks I've been posting what I think Tavi would post, I've been writing what I think others would write, and I've been treating my blog as if it deserves to be read. I now realize that if I want anyone to actually read this blog, than I need to write for myself. I need to be the random kid who wants to be a truck instead of a nurse or lawyer.

I know I've said this before, but now I actually am changing this blog up. Don't worry, its still going to be about fashion but instead of trying to focus on one thing in particular, I am going to make this blog as scattered and as random as actual life. I write because it helps me understand myself. If others enjoy what I write, that would just be an added bonus. If you read all this, youre very paitent and also pretty awesome :)

xoxo alexandra

Thursday, August 19, 2010

I Hate Having to Think of a Title for My Entries.

Oh boy. Everyone, I am troubled... I know I sound dramtaic, and lets face it- I am, but I really do have somewhat of an issue. As you may or may not have noticed, I have been struggling with this fledgling of a blog. Should I write about my day? Shoul I write about good outfits? Who knows...? Certainly not me... I keep switching and it is so pull-your-hair-out-while-biting-your-nails-at-the-same-time frusturating. Honestly, I have no idea what to dedicate this blog to.

As much as I hate to admit it, I think I'm a bit of a follower. I've always thought of myself as different and somewhat unique. However, I am starting to see that I'm more a sheep than a shepherd. Woah, that was a killer analogy. I guess what I mean is that I've been trying to make this blog as amazing as all of the most popular ones. In doing so, I've lost track of what I want to write about and have started to mimic what I see around me...

I am definetley nothing special right now. For these past few weeks I've somehow convinced myself that I am the next Tavi Gevinson. I've been so blinded by her extreme and amazing success that I've failed to realize that she not only has a strong and clear purpose but that she also has been building her blog for multiple years. I guess I just thought that I would be the one exception to the 'Rome was not built in a day' rule. Woe is me.

If you have any ideas or comments please help me out. I feel like I'm writing with no purpose, to no one in particular, and without any idea what to do. I know I just complained a lot but it needed to be done.

xoxo alexandra blahhhhhh

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Great Looks for Less!!"

God my post title is disgusting, isn't it? Hahahah I feel like its an ad for a bargain basement or something... Don't get me wrong, I love bargain basements; I just hate their ads ;) Anyways despite how annoying the title is I really like the idea I just had. I don't know about you guys but I'm always looking to wear clothes that look like they're from Vogue but pay reasonable prices at the same time... To solve this problem I always think about everything before I buy it. And as much as I love clothes, this whole thinking thing becomes a real pain.

Since I love you all so much, I'm going to save you that pain by posting pictures of pieces I buy and outfits I wear (and where theyre from) so that you can go shopping with a specific image already in mind. Brilliant, I know... Hahahah I'm so modest :P

Anyways, sorry about all the wordy-ness but here is todays outfit!!

Dress: Floral pattern with slightly padded shoulders (don't worry theyre not as distracting as you'd think)- Forever 21, $17.80 "Colorful Flora Dress"
Bag: Vintage from my Grandmother... Black beaded, can be turned into a clutch, small sized (beaded part measures 5.5 by 6 inches)
Headband: Black Flower from J-Crew Outlet... Since I got it at an outlet I dont know the original price but it cost me $7.50
Shoes: Old Navy sneakers on-sale for $10
I hope this gives you some ideas for the next time you go shopping... Leave me comments if you have any questions, suggestions, or just for 'overall friendliness' :)
xoxo alexandra

New Leaf

Hey everyone! So I posted a question on yahoo answers asking how I could improve this here blog... These were the overall responses: proper grammar, more pictures, better background, more mature, do's and dont's of fashion... I totally agree. I read through some of my past posts and thought to myself, 'Ohmygosh you sound like a 13 year old dweeb. Self, its time to change.'
So here I am. I'm changing. From now on its going to be a lot less wordy and a whole lot more awesome :P Dont worry though, I won't lose my 'sparkling personality' (as someone said and you know who you are), it will still be the same old me but I'll just be more appealing to all you readers out there (I have sooooo many, I know)...

xoxo alexandra

Sunday, August 15, 2010

the end

haaay guys!! sorry its been a few days since i last was on here but ive needed time to recover from friday hahaha jk. not really though, friday was crazy. heres the day:

it started off when i woke up at six to load all my stuff into the car. oh joy. i then rushed off to breakfast and then to my final class. hahah i call it class but it was to crazy to count as that... the fashion show was at one so basically from nine until twelve thirty all we did was rush around fitting models and doing hair and make up. i know it doesnt sound like much but we had twenty four models so multiply everything we had to do by 24 and it becomes a real miracle that we were ready by one...

i just want to give a big shot out to all our models- they were absolutley amazing and im so happy that i could to meet all of them and spend those few days with them :) :) :)

the show itself actually went pretty smoothly... i think one girl tripped a little and another forgot to pose at the end but other than that it went great! we left right after the show and had a looooong five or six hour drive home. luckily i didnt even notice the length because i slept the whole way :P we got home kinda late and had dinner, then i went to bed and slept for like thirteen hours hahaha

great story, huh? the summer started out a little rocky, not gonna lie, but in the end it was def a greaaaat experience. way awesome, loved it.

the next night after i got back was also awesome. i saw a few of my friends, kristen and lindsay, and we went to see 'eat pray love.' AMAZIIIING MOVIE. really was great. yall know how im takin this year off? well i mentioned to my parents that i may want to do a cultural immersion program in indonesia and now after seein that movie (where the main character goes to indonesia) i now want to even more!!!!! she went to italy, india, and indonesia (whoa all those begin with 'i,' just realized hahaha) and even though i wanted to go to all those places before, i have made a pact with myself to take the year off when im 26 (random i know but thats my plan) and go to those three countries. its going to be sick.

alright well i realize how completley scattered this post was and how crazy i must sound but sorry, i guess thoese 13 hours of sleep werent enough cus im still pretty tired. tomorrow im hanging out with shirley and jen so expect a post about that tomorroww

xoxo alexandra

Thursday, August 12, 2010

day 39

i cannot believe that i thought yesterday was crazy busy because if yesterday was chaotic than today was simply unbelievable. honestly i dont think i've ever been so frazzled...

today was the day where we finished fitting our models, decided on hair and make-up, and practiced walking the runway... to top off our busy schedule there was a huge amount of people... with teachers, models, designers, and extras we had more than 35 people running around.

just imagine a small room filled to the brim with people, each one yelling to another, carrying things around, pushing mannequins every-which direction, pinning up dresses, looking for lost shoes, and practicing their runway walk. that description doesn't even cover half of what went on today....

i am so tired i can barely write any more... im sure that this writing is really bland and that when i read what i wrote tommorrow i'll be annoyed with myself, but whatever. stay tuned for tommorrows FASHION SHOW POST.

night night yall
xoxo alexandra

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

day 38: chaos ahhh

haay everyone. so as the post title suggests, today was totally hectic and chaotic and crazy. it was madness MADNESS I TELL YOU. hhahah but seriously it really was insane. our fashion show is on friday and we still have tons to do... there wasn't one minute today where i had nothing to do... if i wasnt sewing i was putting together a look for the show, if i wasn't doing that i was picking music for the runway, if i wasn't doing that i was arguing over the order of the pieces for the runway... there was always something to do and i really didn't stop to think about it till the day was over. at first i was like 'oh geez, that was stressful' but then about three minutes into doing nothing and resting i thought 'what can i do now to get ahead? what can i work on?' it kind of gave me this awesome high where all i wanted was to keep working... it was a great feeling, kind of hard to explain, but great all the same.

aside from all the design and sewing techniques, im learning one major thing; there will always be someone who is against what you do. it feels like no matter what i made someone always had something negative to say about it. at, not gonna lie, it was insulting. i took the criticism personally and for the first few days i was kind of angry. then one day i realized, 'these are my designs and i'm happy with them.' yes, my teacher is always saying, 'you aren't dsigning for yourself; youre designing for your boss and client' but honestly, i disagree.

of course if my boss asks me to design something in keeping with a certain trend, i will totally follow his or her orders. i will not, however, abandon my own personal style. no matter what trend or technique my 'boss' asks me to use, i will always include some ideas of my own. if my 'boss' doesn't like it, than i guess i'd have to find a new job. this is how i will always be, im stubborn, deal with it :P

anyways, i'm exxxxxhausted so im gonna go catch some serious zzzs... i'll catch up with you tomorrow, byeeee <3
xoxo alexandra

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

oh i forgot something!!

rats, i forgot to tell you guys about something really awesome. i've made a little bet with myself that by this time next year, my blog will have become almost as popular as The Style Rookie, by Tavi (READ HER BLOG, google it cus it is soooooo flippin frickin amazing. and yes, i did just say flippin frickin.) i plan on doing this by creating a sort of web of advertising... while i've been here at school i've showed my blog to several people and asked each of them to show it to their friends... hopefully this will create a domino effect with each person telling another person.

one person in particular, my-awesome-possum-fashion-designer-bff Kiera, will really be helpin me out... we have a sort of agreement where i advertise her blog, she advertises mine and in the end we all win...

fingers crossed people, this blog WILL become successful
xxoo alexandra

day 37 blaah blaah boring

hey there!! okay so this is my last week here at school and although i'm excited to go home, i'm really going to miss it here :( this last week doesn't really give me much time for sadness though, it is craaazy busy! friday is our fashion show and between now and then i have to finish a cocktail hat, a jewelry set (necklace, bracelet, earrings), a pair of skinny jeans, and organize my portfolio for display. on top of all that i also have to help organize the show (plan hair and makeup, styling etc.). luckily we've already figured out the model situation so i can cross that off the list... ill keep yall updated on how this week goes and then expect a majorly long post on friday because i have a five hour drive home hahah plennnnnty of writing time ;)

so despite the amount of work i have had to do, today was a super slow day... i think its just the class that i've been taking. this design program was organized by weeks and topics.
week 1: figure drawing and actual clothing design (sketching techniques)
week 2: graphic design (photoshop)
week 3: garment construction
week 4: garment construction (continued)
week 5: accessories
week 6: accessories/fashion show production
last week and half of this week has been accessories... dont get me wrong, i love most of what we've made and i adore accessories in general however, our teacher's teaching style is not to my liking (to put it nicely). i just don't really agree with her on a lot and that makes it very difficult for me to work... everyday has felt very long and very monotonous in this accessories section... blaaahhhhhh :/ my favorite part of today was tonight when i went to the gym (<3),>great workout, had a fantastic time.

well anyways, sorry this post was kind of boring, ill try to spice it up tomorrow ;)
xxoo alexandra

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

day ___: i dont know, i lost track lol, maybs 30???

wow so i just read my most recent post and i would like to apologize on behalf of myself for all the weirdddd things i said... "i love those jimmy dean commercials" was i out of my mind? i know that it says i posted that at 8:04 but the times must be off cus it was really like 3:30 in the morning and i guess i was more tired than i thought i was lol :P

movie review section:
soo anyways, like i said in that post i was going to see 'dinner with schmucks' the next day but instead i saw 'salt.' if i had to describe it in one word it would be this: "eh." dont get me wrong it was entertaining and totally action-packed but it seemed like it was all 'is she a spy for America or is she a spy for Russia?!?!' and i feel like that was the only thing going on the entire time... def go see it, but dont get your hopes up :/

haha howd you like that little review i just did? pretty cute huh? haha so yeah that was my weekend.

ill be back on later but for now, ill see yaaaa

xoxo alexandra

also: PROJECT RUNWAY TOMORROW <333333333333 be there or be square.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

day 2666666666. jk only day 26.

alright so today was officially the most boring, bite-your-nails-just-so-you-have-something-to-do day ever. ever.

this was my schedule.
1) wake up at ten am
2) fall asleep at ten o'one am
3) re-wake up at elevenish
4) eat breakfast lunch (technically brunch i guess)
5) watch movies on laptop
6) go to library and sit at desk where i proceeded to watch different movies on laptop
7) back to room, clean-up a bit... (clean-up is new code word for nap bt dubs)
8) go to dinner where i ate the same thing i had for brunch (hehe i love saying brunch... i feel so fancaaaay)
9) go back to room where i actually did clean up for real
10) napped again
11) went to second floor lounge to watch The Matrix (hell to the yeah!!)
12) currently still in lounge

i'm now watching one of my most favorite movies ever, Runaway Bride!! it is soooo good! i feel so sappy when i say that but it really is <3 come on, that thing with the eggs? sooo cuute. my actual fav movie is without a doubt Pretty Woman. if you havn't seen it, youre lame. wanna stop being lame? go watch Pretty Woman. there. problem solved.

okaaaay well there ya go. thats my day, pretty boring i know. if you want to liven up my future days, comment!! give me things to write about so i don't just sit here for days on end writing about the bland, vanilla days of my life (hahha like that show, days of our lives). nah my lifes not really that boring, actually kind of exciting but still i want to know that somebody is reading these. so seriously, puh-lease comment and tell your friends about this.

wow i sound so desperate. also, i love those jimmy dean commercials.... just thought i'd share. going to see dinner with schmucks tomorrow with leah and kiera, ill letcha know how it goes!

xoxo alexandra

Friday, July 30, 2010

day 25- denim , fittings, and rangoooooon

hey everyone (and by everyone i mean all one of my readers) whats upppp.... okay so today in class we took a pair of jeans that we didnt use anymore and turned it into something else... im in the process of taking my torn pair of flaired sevens and turning them into skinnies with drawstrings on the outsides. i really like the idea and the sketch i made but im scared that i messed up the actual pants because i cut one leg too thin... hard to explain, but trust me, i have reason to be scared... i hope i didnt ruin them :((((

so today we had the models for the fashion show come in and try on the clothes they will be wearing. apparently its called a 'fitting.' look at me, im so professional ahhhhhh <3. hahah anyways everyone looked 'mad' good... it was so amazing to see someone actually wearing something i made, it felt awesome, kind of like im actually starting to make a dent in this whole fashion design thing. DROID. hahah sorry, love that commercial.

okay so houston, we have a problem. i have run out of ideas.... as you can see ive resorted to writing about my day... not very entertaining, i know and im sorry. give me ideas! if you see something that bothers you in your life, tell me by posting a comment and ill totally write about it... even if its something like narrrrsty crab rangoon or annoying magazines (thestylerooke.com, the seventeen post-- READ IT.) ill write about it. pinky promise.

oh that reminds me, everyone should read thestylerookie.com... the girl who blogs, tavi, only just graduated middle school... she is soooo young!!! even though sometimes i dont agreee with what she says or i wouldnt wear an outfit she is wearing, i lurveeee her posts! she has such a unique opinion and always has something to say about everything. she also has a really interesting fashion sense and these days, when everyone dresses the same, shes like some sort of new icon... im excited to see what she does when shes older. and just a heads up, yall should feel the same about me... IM AN ICON. hahah jk :P

okey doke im gonna go watch criminal minds (its teh bestestttt) but ill definetley be back tomorrow kay? dont forget to go see American Woman (closes the 15th, yikes!!)

xoxo alexandra

Thursday, July 29, 2010

day 24: runway and ruffles

howdy everyone :) its the twenty fourth day here at school and right now im wondering who all watched project runway tonight? CAUSE I SURE DID. and let me just say, it was ah-mazing. god i love this show so much. after all these design classes ive taken, i have a new found respect for the designers... there are so many aspects of design and construction that i never even knew of... these past two weeks have been full of seams, serger machines, broken needles, and tapered darts to name a few. its essentially been a crash course in design and ive feel like its all happened so fast.... our work space (with the sewing machines and dress forms) is soo chaotic. thread is everywhere, there are stray pins all over the ground, and it looks like a muslin machine exploded. someone is always looking for an extra seam ripper or pair of pinking shears and there is always a rush to get a dress mannequin. at first glance, the room is a mess and it definetley took me a while to adjust. tomorrow is our last day of construction however and i now realize how much im going to miss all the disorder. its a really unique atmosphere with something always going on. i know that this blog entry is all scrambled but thats how this experience has been. ive learned that this is really what i want to do and that i love the chaos and the messiness and everything about it.

so far we've made two dresses. ive made a red seersucker dress with a drawstring neckline of white rope and a short, one shouldered muslin dress with a short goldish-colored train. i dont really like either of them that much, especially the first, but the second one is starting to grow on me. my favorite type of clothing to design is definetley evening/formal wear and i love anything with texture. i love ruffles and pleats, anything gathered, beading, intricate stitching.... i love it all...

i know that ive talked about it before but just a reminder, im graduating early. im really excited but im trying to solidify my plans... i know that im going to china for a few months and maybe indonesia/ireland but i dont know what im doing internship-wise. i have a few options but nothing garunteed yet. anyone have any ideas for me your bff???? help me please :)

xoxo alexandra

Sunday, July 25, 2010

andrew bolton is a god.

hayyy everyone :) okay i know, i havent been here for a while and im sorry... its just that there hasnt been a lot of time to write so ill try and fill you in now.

alrighty so you remember that i was taking design classes right? well anyways we all went to nyc to see the American Woman exhibit (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and to visit Barneys (<3). American Woman was incredible. it was so great that i wish i used the word 'incredible' less because that way the fact that im using it now would be special and would fully represent how i feel about this exhibit. yea i thought it was that great.

i went with seven other people and out of the eight of us, only two of us took notes... i was so surprised. like seriously, they claim to be interested in fashion and yet it took them a grand total of 10 minutes to get through the ENTIRE exhibit. hahah it took me and my other note-taking friend and hour and forty-five minutes... ya know how in museums they have those captions with the explanations for whats going on? well there were eight of those and i basically wrote all of them down word-for-word so that i wouldnt forget what they said hahaha... im so neurotic. anyways, i guess ill just summarize the exhibit for ya but if you really want the whole amazing experience, you have to go check it out for yourself ;)

essentially, American Woman was a journey through the fashion trends of the American woman from the 1800s to the present. it was divided into seven different archetypes some of which were the heiress, the Gibson girl, the flapper, and the screen siren. each of these archetypes filled a whole room with clothing from that time period. the clothing was so intricate and beautiful and i can safely say that i would wear almost everything i saw regardless of how long ago it was in style.

this incredible exhibit was put together by curator Andrew Bolton (who i would love to meet--- this man is brilliant!) with wigs designed and styled by Julien D'ys (the wigs he made for the 1920s flapper were out of this world).

anyways, i know i used way too many adjectives to describe this exhibit but they were necessary. if you are at all interested in fashion or design American Woman is a must-see. ya know what? i dont care if youre not interested in fashion, this exhibit is culturally relevent for every American and i really think that everyone should see it. hurry up though, it ends on August 15th!!

alrighty everyone, i have a floor meeting in eight minutes so i have to go but ill be back laytah with a post that will probably disgust you.

on that note ;) xoxo

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

bike man mystery

hello faithful readers... im not much into writing tonight but i will anyways cause i care so much about you all... :)

okay. so you all know that i have to ride the bus every morning... well other than seeing frank every day, i have noticed another man. he is on almost every day and is very distinct.

the first time i saw him was my first day of riding the bus. he loaded his bike onto the bike rack and got on the bus. he stood out because he kept changing seats... back to front, one side to the other.... this happened at least four times in five minutes. he was so fidgetity and look un-comfortable. he also kept muttering to himself with this odd smile on his face.

the next day he got on again, without his bike. other than the missing transportation,something about him looked different. i couldnt figure out what had changed but there was definetley something new...

the next day he got on, same thing; something was different only this time the bike was back.

this happened at least four more times until this morning when he was not on the bus at all. i was sad for a few minutes, after all, i had grown used to him being there, however i quickly forgot about him because for class we walked around down-town all day taking pictures. it was sooo much fun! we took pictures of people we thought looked interesting and asked them questions about what they thought 'having fashion' means. most people were helpful and nice but some were really mean. for instance a friend and i walked up to one older man in a bow tie and we both go, 'excuse me sir w-' but before he even heard what we had to say he just goes, 'no.' and walks away. it was really rude. whatever.

anyways, on our way back to the design building we had to walk through this little covered bus-station. as we were walking through i saw a bike that looked familiar. i couldn't place it but it looked like something i should recognize. all of a sudden, i noticed the man from the bus! i was shocked. i was even more shocked however, when i noticed that he was talking to... himself! not literally himself, but a man who i guess was his twin brother! i guess thats why when i saw him on the bus he kept getting fatter and thinner and sometimes had a bike and did not have a bike. it was so funny!

im looking forward to bus-watching them some more but i'm still aa little creeped out by them both because of the whole seat-switching-talking-to-himself thing....

wow, for someone who didnt want to write tonight, this sure was long post.

alright so next week we start garment construction so i promise that next-weeks comments will be more entertaining. stay cool.

xxoo alexandra

Monday, July 12, 2010

bus driver

okay so as i said, im taking design classes at a university this summer. in order to get from my super cool dorm to the design building, i have to take the bus. sounds normal enough, right? wrong. there are soooooooooooooooooo many interesting people who ride the bus seeing as its a public system and all. this makes it a perfect place for people-watchers like me to well, people watch.

i've been riding the bus this whole past week. i've observed the schedule and i've noticed that every monday, tuesday, and wednesday there is this one guy who always drops me off and picks me up. i dont know his name (and i'm too scared to ask) so in my head i just call him 'frank.'

i've only ever seen frank sitting of course, but he looks like, if he stood up, he'd be pretty darn tall. hes also rather thin. his shirt looks like its the smallest size but it still hangs off of him in places. i'm guessing that hes probably in his forties but he looks tired, like maybe he's sick of driving buses, so that adds a few years to his appearance. my favorite feature of frank's are his glasses. yes, you heard me, he has glasses. there not your average frames, their more like harry potters with really thick lenses. they make his eyes look huge and he has a really small head so it kind of makes him look like... a meep? i dont know what that is, but i think the word 'meep' adequatley describes frank.

above i said my favorite feature were his glasses but i change my mind; my favorite is his personality. he is SO nice. most people who get off don't say thank you or anything (how ruude! **uses stephanie tanner's voice**) but for the people who do, he always has a friendly response. for instance, i think he is starting to recognize that a friend and i ride his bus every morning and every afternoon. soooo, when we got on this afternoon he goes 'well hey there, AGAIN.' and then he had a good chuckle. he always says 'have a good day' as people get off and he always has a smile on his face. the funny thing that he does, however, is the voice he uses when he uses the bus announcement microphone. rather than using his normal voice and saying 'now approaching parker street' he goes 'NOWW aproaching paaaarrrrrrrkkkkeeerrrr sssstttrrreeeettt!!' hes a real hoot.

wow alrighty this was quite the long post but ill probably post something else later cus i may or may not have some news about an internship (yayyy!)

oh, one more thing. frank, if you ever read this, i appreciate you. people, appreciate your bus drivers and always be polite. i know im not your mother or something but seriously, no matter who you are, you're not above being courteous and kind.

xxoo alexandra

Sunday, July 11, 2010

alexandra has entered the building (the blog building that is, arent i clever??)

well here i am, a blog at last... whats that? you want to know a little bit about me? of course! thank you for asking :) **smiles sweetley** (is that how you spell sweetley?) hmm... im really into fashion, i think its a great form of self expression and allows you to tell a lot about a person. im taking summer fashion design classes at a college (which is where i am now, in mah awesome possum dorm) but im still techinally supposed to be in highschool (thats a whole other story that ill tell ya laytah). im also desperatley seeking some sort of fashion internship starting this september of 2010.

any internship ideas drop me a comment yo
xxoo alexandra