Sunday, March 9, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Are you seeing signs of spring where you live?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
If I haven't said so already I will now; college is not the place to read for fun. I honestly have no time during my day anymore to just sit down, put my feet up and read for a good stretch. Lately I have been waking up earlier to give myself a less rushed morning routine. I now wake up an hour earlier than I did before to have some water before I drink my coffee (a tip I picked up from my last book club read!) and in that hour I also catch up on some reading. This past weekend I was able to finish the latest, "Where'd You Go Bernadette?" by Maria Semple.
The book takes place in Seattle for the most part. A good bulk of the content is not so much narrative as is typical but is meant to be a compilation of important documents like e-mails, letters and reports to give the reader a little insight to a variety of characters and what they are thinking about Bernadette before and after she goes missing.
All the documents are compiled by Bernadette's daughter, Bee who is concerned with finding her mother while it seems like everyone else around her does not seem to be putting up much of an effort. Overall, I loved this book! I had heard A LOT about it; it seemed to be really popular around the holidays if I remember correctly. I admit the references to Seattle were kind of lost on me since I'm not familiar with it but that is in no mean detrimental to what I thought of the book. I definitely recommend it!
Have you read "Where'd You Go Bernadette?" What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you think you will?
Monday, March 3, 2014
I will be completely honest...I didn't watch the Oscars. Don't get me wrong! I definitely would have watched it if I had a TV. Alas, my roommate and I no longer have one. But I did manage to keep semi-updated on the night's festivities--red carpet fashion in particular. I stayed up really just to see if Leo would finally get his long overdue Oscar...foiled again! However, from what I understand Matthew McConaughey was very deserving of this award this year as well. I don't know...I didn't actually see any of the nominated films. I will try to make it a point to see a bunch of them though! Hey, I do have a spring break coming up.
Fashion wise, I don't think I've seen enough of the dresses to give you my official best/worst dressed choices. However, from the pictures I did see through the night I definitely have two favorites!
I loved Jennifer Garner's Oscar de la Renta fringe gown. She looked so glamorous! I also adored the color and look of the Prada dress that Lupita Nyong'o wore to the ceremony; it was very reminiscent of Cinderella for me!
What did you like about the 2014 Oscars? Best/worst dressed in your opinion?
**All images linked to their sources
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I think we can all agree that the sun has been fairly M.I.A. through this winter (at least it has been in Pittsburgh!) We did get a little glimpse of it thought this weekend with some nice temperatures as well. Alas, yesterday I woke up and saw snowflakes falling--curse you, Father Winter! But I did get a little sunshine in my day; however, it wasn't the natural sun that we are all craving.
ATG and I were nominated for the Sunshine Award by the lovely ladies over at The Attic! I love awards like these because they are given to bloggers by their blogging peers. I am beyond thrilled that they considered my blog when they were coming up with their nominee list.
So here are the specifics of the Sunshine Award:
1) Display the award on your ever deserving blog
2) Say "thank you" to the wonderful person to have nominated you
3) Give us 10 interesting things about yourself
4) Nominate some of your favorite blogs
5) Link to those blogs in your post and let them know that you've nominated them!
10 Things about Ashley (you may or may not find them interesting...)
- I'm an ISFJ (that's Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging) as determined by the Myers-Briggs personality test. I actually find this to be super accurate for me personally.
- I still harbor dreams of being a princess at Disney World. Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty are my personal preferences.
- I'm super interested in history. It is currently my minor and I'm considering making it my second major.
- My favorite color is gold. I didn't really think this was interesting before, but my friends pointed out to me that I am the only person they know that has named gold as a favorite.
- I'm not a huge Beyonce fan. Are you still breathing? Haha! My friends can't even deal with me when I say this...but it's true.
- My favorite Girl Scout cookie is the Samoa (or if you're like me you still refer to them as Caramel DeLights)
- I thoroughly enjoy watching black and white movies. There's just something glamorous and simple about them compared to today's movies.
- I'm still holding my breath for an NSYNC reunion tour. It's gonna happen right?
- I used to play baseball and that was the only team sport I have ever played. I'm not a hugely athletic person but sometimes I still like to grab a glove and go outside to toss the ball around.
- I love to cook! We are all thrilled because next year we are getting an apartment style dorm with a kitchen. We even have a Pinterest board devoted to recipes we want to try!
Next step, nominate some blogs! There are so many out there that I read daily, but I will only list a few because let's be honest, this list could go on for days!
My nominees (check them out!):
Momentary Lapse of Reality
Pretty. Random. Things.
Monday, February 24, 2014
The view of downtown from the Monongahela Incline this weekend.
Peek-a-boo! I really do apologize that I have so many of these silent periods anymore. For some reason it has been so difficult for me to get organized and get my thoughts together. But I'm working on it, I promise! It is not entirely a bad thing though. Through the past week I have been generally inactive on most of my social media. I mean, it helps that I have had reading and assignments galore for classes. What I'm saying is, it's been a nice little period of disconnect for me. I've been trying to look at my phone less and enjoy my quiet, down time and take some more time to experience the world around me. This past weekend I got the chance to get off campus and spend an evening (dinner included!) downtown. It was definitely well-deserved, I think, after all of the stress I have experienced lately. I didn't get the position on campus that I interviewed for; however, I'm over that now...there are other opportunities to get involved! I have also been blazing through my most recent read, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" so expect a new Book Club post soon! Hopefully, I can back on the blogging horse again. But please be patient with me. :)
How have you been lately?
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The show opened with the collection, Cocoon designed by Miriam Buchwald
I was thrilled when I received an invitation a few weeks ago to Carnegie Mellon's student run event, the Lunar Gala fashion show. There wasn't a chance that I was going to miss out on a fun Saturday night of fashion and music so I grabbed a friend, dressed to the nines and happily (read: finally!) ventured out of my dorm for a night of fun.
I was very impressed by the overall setup and organization of the show. I don't think I really understood how skilled the night's featured designers would be! The show was made up of two acts, each featuring a handful of designers and their collections. Each collection was unique and had a little something that made it stand out from each of the others, guaranteeing quite a degree of originality in one room! While I did love each and every collection I would be lying if I said I didn't have some favorites. From time to time my friend and I would lean over to each other and communicate our thoughts over the music.
The first collection to really capture my attention was Heteroptera. Designed by junior Liana Kong, the collection features beautiful garments that would appear to have some sort of flaw. She says that she wanted to create pieces that did have slight mutations "to evoke a sense of human destruction on other living creatures as well as themselves." (quote from here)
The dress on the left above is from Senhua designed by Chloe Chia, Alex Kane and Jessica Shen. The piece on the right is from Dilate by Gina Huang, Irene Joung and Angelina Namkung.
Pictured on the left is a piece from the Lumi collection designed by Christin Bongiorni and Mia Skinner. The one on the right was featured in the collection, Mureaux designed by Jacqueline Yeung and Shivani Jain.
I had a great time and it was very easy to see why the show was SOLD OUT! There is definitely some talent here in Pittsburgh in terms of designers, models and dancers (who featured between various collections!) Great job to everyone involved with the Lunar Gala!
If you were there, what was your favorite collection? If you weren't what do you think of the ones pictured here?
All photos in this post are my own.