Styleaholica

A Big Move.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on November 16, 2008

I kind of wanted a change of pace… Also, a lot of fashion blogs I read are hosted there. Update your subscriptions!

http://styleaholica.blogspot.com

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You Have GOT to be Kidding Me…

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on November 15, 2008

wtheckhollister

That’s about $150 for a sweater that’s not even cashmere or cashmere blend…

This has to be some kind of mistake on Hollister’s UK website since their down jackets are priced at that price. Anyway, the Abercrombie Co. family of stores always deserve a little moment of snark right? Even if it begs the question of why I was browsing their site, as if I might find something cute and logo-less there… Which rarely, rarely happens.

I shouldn’t knock Hollister too hard though, as they make my favorite skinny jeans. They’re skinny but not too skinny, and I’ve just worn a hole on the derriere of mine. I’m missing it already, and might even brave the hordes of tweeny-boppers, the darkness, and the pounding music to replace it when I go home.

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Just Sharing: Things You Probably Haven’t Read Yet.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on November 13, 2008

These are just some links that I wanted to share, both fashion-related and not.

1. The Glorious Kenyan Adventures of Mzungu Fleits is a travel and study abroad blog from one of my high school classmates. We didn’t know each other very well and are no longer in touch, but she was publicizing it on her Facebook and I just got a little bit hooked. She doesn’t update very often, but her writing is top-notch. At times it’s humorous and at others it’s heartfelt. I don’t know that many people studying abroad that far off the beaten path – the UK or formal CIEE or other study abroad programs – so I can’t even imagine what it feels like to go to Kenya and muddle through an internship and just living somewhere that new.

2. I really liked Ricebunny’s Target shopping post. Though I’m all for budget fashion, I often forget to look to Target since I had really lousy luck with fit when it came to the Richard Chai Go International stuff and the Target’s own Go International line that came right after. One of my favorite going out tops (which has ripped slightly and lost some of its trim in the last two years though I haven’t yet been able to bear parting from it) is from Target.

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A Couple Little Things.

Posted in miscellaneous, Uncategorized by bluewellesleyblue on November 5, 2008

Alas, with the time difference between the UK and the US and my own exhaustion thanks to days of not enough sleep for no reason, I’m probably going to turn in just as the polls close on the East Coast. I’m looking forward to hopefully good news in the morning, however. Here a couple little things on my mind, both fashion-related and not.

GOSSIP GIRL1. I knew Jenny’s dress from the most recent Gossip Girl episode was familiar! I haven’t been following that show by the way, in favor of Pushing Daisies, Criminal Minds, and Dexter, but I follow a lot of blogs that keep on top of Gossip Girl, so I have a vague idea of what’s going on. So it was H&M! For some reason, I was imagining that it might be Marc by Marc Jacobs or something like that because I just assume such things about the clothes shown on TV. Alas, more well-endowed girls like me cannot wear dresses like that. Believe me, I have tried.

2. Oh my gosh, Alexander McQueen for Target? That sounds like something I’ll want to keep my eye on.

3. Also, due to the indirect influence of By Teresa Wu and Miss Couturable, I’m trying my hand at Twitter. I don’t think I’ll keep on top of it, but well, when I’m procrastinating, I like to sign up for new things online! I really don’t think I quite understand how it’s supposed to be used and how to maximize its utility yet, but oh well, I’m trying. I’m definitely not as knowledgeable about blogging, publishing, social media, and all that sort of thing as those wonderful bloggers, but I live to learn.

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The Obligatory Election Day Post.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on November 4, 2008

election-day

Photo from New York Times.

I sent in my absentee ballot a whiles back. I’m not too worried about whether my home state goes unambiguously blue when it comes to the presidential election. There are a few ballot measures in California that I’m worried about since I’m a little out of the loop on the political situation back home. If I haven’t made it obvious already, my politics are very liberal. I was a Hillary supporter originally, but I gladly voted for Obama. I will, however, admit to initially being very skeptical of Obama’s actual capacity for generating change. This despite less knowledge of Obama as a politician than I should have. Maybe I will be proven wrong. Regardless, I know he is the best candidate in my mind, given my political views, and in general. (You’ll find that I regard the argument that Democrats in general are better for the economy with considerable glee. This is least among my reasons for pretty much always going blue.)

That being said, even if I’m a political science major, my specialty is still comparative and international politics. My knowledge of the intricacies of each candidate and the difference between what they will likely be able to do and what they or my favored news sources say is… not as perfect as it could be. Outside of some very unpleasant verbal gaffes McCain made during the debates on the one hand and a fair amount of knowledge on his political history as a moderate on some issues on the other, I don’t know that much about McCain. One of the main deciding factors in my vote, whenever it applies, is the issue of what is better for the right to choice. It just so happens that the right stance on that also tends to coincide with the right stance on everything else important to me. McCain’s choice of running mate made my choice very easy. Pretty much everything about Palin is anathema to me, given my political views, and I could never vote for a ticket with her on it.

Oh, but enough of my ponderous, cynical, and rather self-indulgent musings on American politics. I’ll be keeping a close eye on election coverage as I work on amassing research for my papers here in central London. Hopefully, a few hours after I wake up (election results will be fully confirmed around 11 AM London time, apparently), I’ll soon find that I have considerable reason to celebrate.

EDIT: Candidate, not client.

Yes, it’s Called the “Fuck Truck.”

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on October 29, 2008

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very fond of Jezebel. I check it several times per day, usually when I should be working. That being said, their blogging team does fumble sometimes, and their commentary on a brief New York Times piece about a small group of Wellesley College republicans campaigning for McCain really annoys me. That part about the “Fuck Truck” is just gratuitous.

Yes, guys, it’s called the “Fuck Truck” and us Wellesley ladies use the term as well with a generous eye-roll or a chuckle. During the week, it runs into Boston primarily for students who are cross-registered at MIT. During the weekend it stops at Harvard Square, the MIT student center, and one end of Newbury St. Admittedly, the latter two stops are in close proximity to MIT’s fraternities, but it’s also the most affordable way to get into centrally located parts of the city. Or do you expect all students to spend nearly ten dollars per round trip into the city via a Commuter Rail that stops running around ten on weekend nights if they don’t have a car?

Maybe I sound like someone who takes themselves and their home institution too seriously, but I just hate the way Wellesley and women’s colleges’ social aspects in general are regarded differently. Other suburban schools have city shuttles too, many of them stopping at similarly central locations. Coed schools actually have frats. They also have parties and students who prefer to spend some weekend nights there or in out in the city generally instead of on campus. Naturally, so does Wellesley. It just shouldn’t have to come up especially in discussion somewhere like Jezebel where people are pretty rage-y liberal feminists, which I’m all in favor of.

I Feel Your Pain Guys…

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on October 28, 2008

To everyone applying early action for college: I am feeling your pain so much. The State Department internship application is due on November 3rd. Only, they will not likely be responding in any way until long after the passing of 2009.

EDIT: Silly me, 2500 characters and not 2500 words, which makes it a fairly conventional sized personal statement. I then had to cut down a fair bit since I was going on 750-800 words rather than the roughly 500 that is then permitted. Haha.

I am writing a personal statement right now, and it is great fun, except that it’s not. It’s also maximum 2500 words, which is odd to me, given that an average personal statement for anything else is one page or roughly 600 words at the absolute most. 2500 words is longer than some of the academic papers you’ll do early in your undergraduate career. Do they actually read every 2500 word opus to an applicant’s qualifications?

Who even knows.

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