New Layout.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on July 30, 2008

I got tired of the larger font size associated with the other one. Since the column for entries on this one is a fair bit narrower, some of my older images might now be a bit cramped, though I edited all the entries on the front page.

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A Touch of Stepford…

Posted in things i love by bluewellesleyblue on July 30, 2008

… As in the Stepford Wives. Or rather, that’s the feeling I get when I put on this dress. It’s Forever 21 and doesn’t look like much online, but it fits surprisingly well and looks incredible for being an under thirty dollars dress. Not to say sticker price means much, but I’ve definitely tried on far pricier things that did not fit quite so well.

If I were going full out for the 1950s housewife look – the style is something I find vaguely appealing – I’d wear it with heels, a cropped cardigan, and pearls.

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We Now Interrupt our Regularly Scheduled Programming…

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on July 30, 2008

… To bring you all a question so important it is almost a matter of life and death… Except that it isn’t at all. Alright, excuse the extreme self-indulgence, but while I avoided the vast majority of body image issues from high school through early college because I cared so much more about being a debater universally feared (that never happened, by the way), my hair has always been a major sticking point. I have very thick and kind of frizzy hair, which is fairly unusual in an Asian. and I have never quite been able to figure out what to do with it especially as my chemically straightened hair is growing out and I don’t plan on getting it done that way again (it was months before it looked normal).

Right now, the question is: generic side-swept long bangs or none at all? I can’t decide. The pictures offer glimpses of my life, both recent and not so much and also offer a direct comparison.

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In my Bag.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on July 29, 2008

My version of an “In my Bag,” post. This summer especially, I’ve tended towards using larger bags since I usually bring some of my research with me and then I also need a notebook to take notes in. I also have a kind of fatty wallet as opposed to a small one, which you can also see. Moleskine notebooks are awesome and worth every penny, as someone who has gone through a bajillion and a half other notebooks, never using any for as long as I’ve been using my Moleskine. At any given time, I usually have more than just old Commuter Rail receipts hanging out as litter in the bottom of my bag – movie ticket stubs, receipts, and hastily scrawled notes about this or that, are usually in there as well. That is, indeed, my cell phone. Our family plan contract expires later this summer, and this time I’m opting for a newer and shinier choice from the ones that come free with the contract. At the time I got the phone two years ago, it was already old, egads. Music on my commute or on my walks is something I can’t live without.

My choice of bag also marks me as one of those horrible, terrible, no-good purveyors of counterfeit goods. In my defense, the differences between my bag – a gift from my beloved Papa from a business trip to China – and the one it is ripping off are fairly vast and easily recognized by anyone familiar with the real Miu Miu Coffer. The leather on the authentic Miu Miu is far, far nicer-looking from ten, twenty, and probably even fifty paces away. This color was never used on any authentic Miu Miu bag that I know of. Additionally, there is not a single ill-gotten and fake logo anywhere on this bag. Even so, the people familiar with the designer prototype that I pass while using this bag on Newbury Street are probably judging me anyway, but I find that I don’t care. This bag looks nice with most of my winter and summer wardrobes both, and I’ll likely keep carrying it until it falls apart.

Research Assistant by Day, Fashion Blogger by Night.

Posted in fashion and society by bluewellesleyblue on July 29, 2008

So, it has been about a month since I launched Styleaholica. Fashion blogging was something I had wanted to do for a while, and I had a couple of abortive attempts – two tries on Livejournal, and an earlier version of my current more personal life-centric blog was half a fashion blog and half a blog about everything else, which just didn’t work out – before this one. So far, at least, I’ve done an alright job keeping on top of it, though I think I still have to figure out what sort of things to focus on when I blog here. This summer has been a bit more hectic than I thought it would be and my posting as of late has, admittedly, been a bit half-hearted.

When I finally started Styleaholica, I was having a bit of a moment. I’ve never been absolutely certain about what I want to do immediately post-graduation or even a bit further into the future. I know for a fact that I’m going to school again. Whether I’m going to law school first or if I’m prepared to take the plunge and commit to studying for a Ph.D in History or Political Science, I don’t actually know. This lack of uncertainty has been debilitating. I interviewed badly for a program at my school that would have placed me in a paid position with a think tank in Hong Kong – still close to my dream summer job – and while I made alternate as a sophomore, I can’t help but think that if I’d been more confident in knowing my goals, I would be in Hong Kong right now. I am very, very thankful for my research position with a History professor at my school. It has inspired me to commit myself right now to picking up Chinese again, with the hope of becoming fully literate (I’m currently fluent in colloquial Chinese). I love my work, but at the same time, I worry about my employability after college if this is all I’ve done. Earlier this summer, I wasn’t feeling quite so confident, and realizing that the high-flash, high-power lifestyle associated with New York City finance (or fashion, perhaps) had some appeal to me, I wondered if I might want to try for an internship at a fashion magazine next year.

Yes, it doesn’t seem like a particularly logical leap on paper, but fashion is something that has held a certain allure to me since my freshman year. I can’t quite explain why it holds my attention so – throughout high school and even now, I’m a bit of a pseudo-intellectual snob and fashion is not the first thing most people like that look towards – but it’s about self-expression and even art as much as it is a bit about consumerism and acquisition. Anyway, Styleaholica was mostly intended for personal enjoyment, but there was a bit of an ulterior motive under it as well.

Now, though, I think I’ve recommitted myself to going for the gold in my original field. No, I still haven’t decided for sure between law school or graduate school as the closest eventuality, but I know that those things are both strong enough possibilities to exclude all others. Fashion is still something I’m going to love, sometimes a little more and sometimes a little less, for the foreseeable future, but it is probably not where my future lies. I’ll still blog on it, of course, but even trying to post about something at least half-interesting every day or too is harder than I thought it’d be! I don’t know that I have the energy to devote myself whole-heartedly to fashion as a workday sort of thing.

So this has been a bit of a confused and muddled post, but it’s all things that have been on my mind lately.

Richard Chai for Target.

Posted in shopping advice by bluewellesleyblue on July 28, 2008

Via Fashionista: Some Target stores have started selling the Richard Chai for Target collection early. It officially comes out on August 3rd. Some of the pieces look to be pretty cute, though I probably won’t get a chance to go to a Target anytime soon to check it out. I know well that Target offers many very reasonably priced and cute clothes, both from the Go International designer collaborations and even just in general, but it isn’t a resource that I’ve looked into that much as of late.

A full set of preview pictures for this collection is posted at Racked LA. Picture here is from there also.

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Perfume Review: Masaki/Masaki

Posted in perfume review by bluewellesleyblue on July 27, 2008

No week in review post for this week. There isn’t too much I have to say on the fashion front for the moment, I went shopping yesterday and found that I had no energy or patience for trying anything on or really taking the time to look for things I liked – very rare for me – hopefully next week I’ll be more in the mood. I’ve been picking up some perfume samples at Sephora since I’m kind of in the market for a new scent, and so I thought now would be a good time to start redoing the perfume reviews I used to post on my personal blog. The first scent I’m reviewing is a pretty new one for me. I tried it for the first time yesterday.

The opening of Masaki/Masaki reminded me of some of the candy and other little sweets I used to get from the Chinese grocery store back home: something fruity and jelly-like. Especially in its riot of fruity and rather pink opening notes, it establishes itself as a definite “fruity floral,” which seems to be the most common and generic category for new perfume releases as of late. It is fairly sweet, though less so than say, Vera Wang Princess. I know a lot of perfume connoisseurs are not fond of perfumes like Princess and probably would find this one boring, at best, but I do have a soft spot for such scents even if I’m not going to go off and buy them. The nostalgia alone that Masaki/Masaki brings back for me with its opening notes made me want to get a sample.

Looking up the notes later on Sephora’s website quickly explained why it reminded me of childhood – the litchi note in Masaki/Masaki is quite obvious. That note fades fairly quickly, however. Within ten minutes, Masaki/Masaki has faded into something light and a bit green. As usual, I’m not too good at picking out most notes, but I smell some apple and something floral as it fades. This is definitely not a very strong scent, and would be suitable for the summer. There’s nothing musky or heavy about it. From yesterday, its life on the skin is probably not longer than three or four hours.

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