Monday, October 22, 2012

not completely M.I.A.

array of gold rings @ the chelsea market flea
in case you're wondering what I've been up to...

school, school, & more school // I can't complain about student life, let alone being one in a masters program. I continue to learn everyday through the people I meet, the discussions & debates held in class, the compelling environment around me. so far, so good. I'm experimenting with photography in my visual storytelling class and dabbling with heresy in media & magic (ok, maybe just reading about heresy..), and developing a prototype for my first hybrid media test site! so much work but can't wait til this semester is finished despite how much I'm enjoying it.

playing tour guide // literally 3 of my college friends visited the city in the past 2 weeks, and within the next few days my cousins & another friend will arrive to play/party with me on my birthday! and not to mention, one of my best friends is moving to town tomorrow from california - what better bday present than that? 24 doesn't seem so bad...

working hard, playing harder // well, sort of. my version of "play hard" means dancing for an hour straight then going to bed at 3am, unlike the usual 7am sunrise sleepy time most new yorkers indulge in over the weekends. on friday night, my friend DJ-ed at Santos Party Haus for his Dream But Don't Sleep event & it was quite epic. the music was great & if it weren't for my aching feet I would've danced/head-banged much longer.

though I said I'm not a fan of sleeping past sunrise, I have to admit I've committed such acts in the past couple days - but not because of of obvious reasons! quite opposite, in fact. I had the opportunity to be a production assistant for a Tisch short film called, HYPEBEASTS - about the 'sneakerhead' subculture. the crew shot scenes from 6:30pm-am, so my days have been a little reversed. it was hard work but it was such a learning experience and couldn't be grateful for the cast & crew that welcomed me with open arms. check out their website & if it's a topic of interest to you, please donate! Spike Lee is the advisor for this student film, and it features SF 49er Aldon Smith & Grizz from '30 Rock'! not only is the cast amazing, but the film also tackles racial/societal tensions, sheds light on a culture that continues to grow, yet not many know about it, and also features fantastic wardrobe. really proud of and inspired by the work put into making this film.

around 7am, on my walk home from the 'hypebeasts' set

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

bewitching 'Beautiful Creatures'

all comic geeks, sci-fi lovers, & toy nerds alike attended the New York Comic Con over the weekend, the biggest pop culutre convention in the east coast. I was lucky enough to go on Saturday to experience the spectacle of everyone, young and old, dressed in their favorite comic/anime/cartoon/fiction characters, parading through the aisles of video game & fantasy film glory. (if you need halloween costume inspiration, I suggest checking out the comic con steez from the weekend here or here)

the upcoming fantasy film, Beautiful Creatures held a press conference that I got to attend. the film is based on the young adult novel, which is in fact part of a series (may this be the next "Twilight"?) written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. in short, the plot centers on this supernatural love story between Ethan & Lena, a mysterious new girl who happens to be some type of witch. they uncover dark, hidden secrets about her family & future as a "caster" while also trying to survive this "Romeo & Juliet" type relationship in their small, southern town.

the conference featured the director, Richard LaGravenese (an Oscar nom) and some cast members: Emmy Rossum who plays Ridley, a badass (as she described) "dark caster", Alden Ehrenreich who is the film's leading male protagonist (Ethan Asher), his best friend played by Thomas Mann, and Zoey Deutch who plays Ethan's angry ex-girlfriend - quite the 'spell' for a love triangle!

Thomas Mann, Richard LaGravenese, Alden Ehrenreich, Zoey Deutch, Emmy Rossum

during the intimate gathering, the cast talked about how they prepared for their roles (developing the southern twang & such), the process of adapting a mythological novel to the big screen, etc. (the entire panel can be seen & heard via youtube, part 1 & 2)
what I found interesting was Emmy's character, Ridley which she calls a "vicious goddess" but in the best way possible - Rossum described her character as a "badass, dark, heroin, witch," who also embodies elegance, class, and chicness. the film took this character to a whole new level with the costumes.

with LaGravenese's inspiration from 1930s-70s films and culture, Ridley was given multiple personas that reflect each time period just by her wardrobe; from Rita Hayworth to Doris Day, Ridley can embody practically any look of a film icon (perhaps even becoming one herself?)

below are some screenshots I took of the Beautiful Creatures "casters," all dressed intricately and seemingly from a completely different era:


My Fair Lady meets The Fifth Element? kind of loving it.

to see more bewitching costumes and learn more about "Beautiful Creatures," watch the featurette here and the official trailer here

'beautiful creatures' opens february 13, 2013

Thursday, October 11, 2012

eye for an eye

today is World Sight Day and TOMS created a new eyewear line that gives sight to those that need it; same idea as the "one for one" shoes, but this new program gives in exchange either a pair of prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery, or medical treatment with the purchase of TOMS sunglasses.

each of the sunnies have a unique TOMS feel to them, with markings of stripes along the stems (each represent something about giving - one stripe represents you, the middle TOMS, and the edge is the person in need), and not to mention are very chic. here are some of my favorite pairs from their collection:

the Maverick in gold . the Marisol in tortoise . the Lobama (can't help but think of Barack and Michelle with this pair haha!) . the Deoria in crystal sea foam

the TOMS website for World Sight Day is educational and interactive, giving us a 'look' at what it's like to see through different sight illnesses & the chance to print out and design our own eye charts. below is a chart made by DJ SoSuperSam, via her tumblr:

to design your own, click here and share your work of art with the hashtag #GIVEsight
to learn more about TOMS eyewear and World Sight day, visit this website

Monday, October 8, 2012

b-comfort, b-green, b-Burnetie

you must know this feeling: to walk for miles and miles, minutes beyond minutes (even hours), having your legs turn to jello and your feet give up because the shoes binding your feet are just too uncomfortable

walking is something almost unavoidable in New York City and you need to be able to survive on your feet the entire day, tourist or not. if you've never experienced the pain that completely exasperates your feet after a long day of walking, I am envious of you. I can only assume that 1) you have hooves that can mold to any shoe you put on, or 2) you only & always wear Burnetie shoes.

I got my first pair of Burnetie high tops last week and couldn't wait to wear them. with some friends in town visiting from SF, I thought a day playing tourist with them would be perfect to break in my new kicks. to my surprise, they needed no breaking in whatsoever.

just as a disclaimer: my feet are quite delicate. it's not uncommon for me to get blisters and soreness within just a couple hours of wearing shoes (don't even get me started with high heels..."beauty is pain" is an understatement). within a few steps in my new Burnetie's, I already felt like I was walking on clouds. kind of unbelievable, considering the last few pairs of shoes I bought have been a pain to wear - what a relief.

for starters, the fit was perfect. I'm usually a 6½-7 so I ordered the size 7 Burnetie. I had just the right amount of room and was a solid width for my feet. once I slipped on the high tops, it was like a natural feeling that my feet belonged in them. like the "glass slipper" if you may. not to mention, the zipper on the side makes it so easy to slip on & is SO convenient for days when you have to rush out the house! (aka everyday for me)

but in order to pass the comfort test, I had to take these pink high tops (the color btw is uber cute) out on the town. a full day of walking in NYC. now if you've ever walked more than 3 hours straight in the city, just trust me when I say you are guaranteed at least two blisters and an ice bath for your feet once you get home (if you ever make it home). believe it or not, I needed no such pain relief for my feet after a day in Burnetie's.

I made my way around the East Village, to Williamsburg via metro, gallivanting for God knows how long, to the Brooklyn Bridge, walking the entire thing to Manhattan. it was such an easy stroll along the bridge, I could've gone back and forth in my shoes, they were that comfortable. plus the view was incredible.

my day didn't end at the other side of the bridge. while my friends were already feeling exhaustion after the BK mile walk, I was the opposite. I was thoroughly surprised by my feet's stamina. of course, the only difference was that I was wearing Burnetie's.
a brisk walk to City Hall for the train led us to Chelsea for some pizza at Grimaldi's. perfect meal to equal out those calories burned throughout the day, am I right? story short, I literally walked for 3 hours straight in these shoes and I didn't complain, stop to sit down, readjust the lacing, air out, massage, or attempt to cut off my feet once. I'm officially a fan.

as a plus, ALL Burnetie shoes are made with zero waste & it's the only brand that utilizes vulcanized rubber to make completely new shoes [watch a video about it here]
not many manufacturing companies are eco-friendly, so I'm thrilled to have found a sneaker line whose mission is to reduce the amount of chemical products and toxic waste in the environment [read more here]

it most definitely is possible to be stylish, comfortable, and green all at the same time!
there's a ton of styles to choose from, for both men and women; you can find multiple colors, patterns, high tops to slip ons & they're all made with natural or recycled rubber.
I can't forget to add among being a great alternative shoe, Burnetie's are totally budget-friendly. the shoes range from just $20-100 & in this economy? not bad at all! 

here are some looks I created on polyvore, for other ways to wear these chic Burnetie pink high tops:

burnetie - girly

for a girly girl on a casual day
perfect fall day

perfect fall day outfit

Pull&Bear pull bear, $29 / Alice + Olivia leather shorts, $600 / Socks / Cross body handbag / Miso feather earrings, $11 / Triangle ring / 2b fedora hat / Burberry / High Top Vintage

want to see more?

shop the entire Burnetie collection here

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

live blissfully

two things on a tuesday

1. wedding season is officially over for me & though I couldn't be more relieved (imagine flying out of NYC to Austin one weekend, waiting a week and a half and flying to San Francisco for another's exhausting even thinking about it), I'm a bit sad that it's now part of history. just wish I could relive each moment! (minus the gruesome traveling part, of course)

'my best friend's wedding' no, really though! Ashley & Bryan's wedding was at Camp Lucy, about a 45 minute drive from Austin, TX.  it was absolutely gorgeous, just as she was. so honored to have been a bridesmaid for her.

our family waited years for this...and so did my cousin, the bride! Char & Kevin were finally married over the weekend - a time period that will mark such an epic day of love, entertainment, party rocking, and bliss.

2. speaking of bliss, I came across these amazing iPhone 5 cases at the NYC Scoutmob Shoppe (which is just as an amazing app, btw) made by BlissfulCASE. I don't even have the 5 but by the way these cases grab attention and scream sophistication & swag (yes, I'm putting those words together), I'm totally hopping on board to upgrade my phone & style it with one of these cases.