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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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.

Blog Spotlight: RiceBunny!

Posted in things i love by bluewellesleyblue on October 21, 2008

It makes me feel absolutely ancient to say this, but my blogging addiction started with Xanga. I’ve long since left for more fertile – and ad-free – grounds, but RiceBunny’s xanga is an old favorite that I rediscovered quite recently. She’s also a current college student, and posts on a wide variety of topics. I’m especially fond of her makeup tutorials and reviews of various products. I’m so envious of her clear skin, though many of her DIY skincare suggestions are a bit too labor-intensive for me to put into practice in the short term. I will, however, attempt the Asiprin mask because I’m in need of a fairly mild exfoliant.

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Decisions, Decisions.

Posted in non-fashion by bluewellesleyblue on October 7, 2008

I’m trying to very slowly transition this blog to being a slightly more personal blog with a continuing emphasis on fashion. Besides the fact that I’ve been getting a little “fashion fatigue,” I have a near insatiable compulsion for talking about myself online. I’ve been blogging since Xanga was popular when I was in late middle school and early high school, and though I’ve switched blog providers and site names several times, I’ve more or less been blogging constantly since then.

Having a single-topic blog, I’m finding, is still very useful since I easily lose focus or fall into the trap of over-sharing. Though I’ve never been involved in real cyber-drama, it is a little awkward to realize that subtle, cryptic post on your current unrequited crush might well not be subtle enough. (True story from an embarrassingly¬† recent point in time, but embellished a little for dramatic effect since there were plenty of little things I was doing in real life that could just as easily have given the game away.)

This post is admittedly more than a little self-indulgent. I just wanted to give a little heads up.

TV Season Premieres are Starting, Nouveau Riche in India, etc.

Posted in fashion and society by bluewellesleyblue on September 2, 2008

Gossip Girl’s new season debuted yesterday, and Fox series are premiering this week as well. Everyone else who’s even vaguely more interested in Gossip Girl has probably already seen it. I haven’t, but I’ll probably catch it online soon. I’ll be watching the Bones season premiere tonight. It became one of my favorite shows over the summer. The title character and most of her co-workers are just so geeky, which is fun, and it’s this quirky blend of comedy and forensics/murder mystery show.

This New York Times article is not so much about Vogue India and a possibly miscalculated editorial as it is about how the incredibly rapid economic growth there has led to a similarly immense rich-poor gap. While the author considers it a misstep, and the response of Vogue India’s editor in chief: “lighten up… you can’t take [fashion] that seriously… we weren’t trying to make a political statement” suggests it might be, I feel like it isn’t. The fact is juxtaposing luxury goods, which some people there can enjoy and are flowing in through luxury malls, with the fact that many of the people there are still very impoverished could be a very potent bit of social commentary.

I was in Taiwan about three or four years ago to visit family, and while it is a very different animal – growing quickly yes, but richer on average than mainland China or India by far as a result of a longer and slower history of growth – I feel like some things are similar about most economically robust parts of Asia. There’s a sort of obsession with luxury among the wealthy in China, Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea among others. It’s not necessarily about being stylish, it’s about monograms and the brand name. At one point my dad commented on how practically every person in Japan even approaching the middle class had some Louis Vuitton piece or another, based on his business trips there.

I wonder if it’s something that will eventually be true in India as well, if it has anything to do with pride in a growing economy (for the movers and shakers contributing to that growth) and the appearance and assertion of new wealth. Anyway, I don’t know this for sure – I’m not a sociologist and I’m not even that familiar with Taiwan – but it’s something to think about.

Edit: Oh, and Jezebel scooped this story less than an hour ago. They absolutely hate it and think it’s indefensible. I say that, to a limited extent, that the point of effective journalism is to make people think? In that light if it were done with better intentions, this might have been a somewhat defensible editorial decisions. As it is, the editor’s comments cement the idea that this editorial was a bad move, what with the well poor people can look good with these things too stance she took. Right, because they can afford it on little more than a dollar a day?

Blog Spotlight: Those Stylish, Sassy Brits.

Posted in london calling by bluewellesleyblue on August 23, 2008

As my semester abroad draws closer, I’ve been on the lookout for good fashion blogs based in the UK that also appeal to my sense of style. I’ll admit to not being very familiar with the foreign blogging scene in general. As of right now, I’ve only been reading a tiny handful of British fashion blogs, one of which is so well-known that I’m certain everyone else interested in fashion blogging has already encountered it! If anyone has any recommendations for British fashion blogs, I would love to hear it.

That ultra-popular, and rightfully so, blog would be the one and only Stylebubble. Susie Bubble always puts together very exciting, original outfits and writes on inspirational though less well-known designers. I adore all of the pictures she posts, and even if her style is a lot more original and edgy than mine, she come up with a lot of things that appeal to my more conventional sense of style. One of my favorite posts of hers is this one, where she has put together some creatively re-imagined school “uniform” ensembles a la Gossip Girl.

One of the only other UK fashion blogs I now frequent is Kirsty’s That’s Just my Vibe, based in London. Her outfits seem deceptively simple at first glance, tending towards a lot of black and gray lately, but hey, those are some of my favorite colors in clothes and they work for everyone. I really like her sense of style, and could easily look to some of her outfits for inspiration. She also writes a lot of very introspective posts on how she views and relates to fashion (as does Susie Bubble and well, most other fashion blogs I count amongst my top favorites), and those are always very interesting to read as well.

I would love to hear if anyone else has any suggestions for UK-based fashion blogs, so I can get an early start on fashion inspiration derived from my study abroad!

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