Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The 90's

Today, I decided to listen to my rarely listened to "Best of the 90's" playlist on project playlist.com. As I was savoring some of my favorite 90's fare, it struck me how the 90's kinda sucked. For all purposes, the 90's should be chock full of my fondest memories. I was a teenager in the 90's. I grew up with babydoll dresses, pacifier necklaces, slap bracelets, N'Sync...NIRVANA, for goodness sakes. Not to mention it was one of America's most financially lucrative decades, thanks to a certain clever politician's administration. (seriously, who doesn't miss Clinton, just a little?)

despite this.

But it was a dour decade, and it shouldn't have been. I've never seen such a moody crowd as the Gen X'ers, devoted to cynical Stand-up comedians, grunge rock, and indie/hipster fashion. And I know it affected me, because I'm forever accused of having a "grunge" style in my Graphic Design courses, and it's the one thing I constantly return to, because it's easy for me. One look at my blog, and you can tell it's true. Grunge is what I know and I've had to work hard to iron it out of my design aesthetic.

Will this ever NOT look totally fierce?

Maybe we're just not far enough away from it to really understand what made the 90's great, but looking at it now, it's like...wtf? What did the 90's give us that we can use today? I don't know, I don't mean to be down on the 90's but for me, it's a historical glitch. But who knows, my parents feel that way about the 70's. Maybe it's just because I lived through it that I can't appreciate it. Anyway,

Here's to the 90's.

Friday, June 26, 2009


I know every blog in the world is going to be reporting on this, in one way or another. I haven't visited any of my blogs yet because I want to do this right. I don't think anyone can fully express the impact Michael Jackson has had in our lives. For me, Michael Jackson's Thriller was my first "pop" album, handed down to me from my sister, and I listened to it and nothing else for weeks. I had no idea what Billie Jean was about. Heck, I didn't even know Billie Jean was a girl...I thought it was some guy claiming to be Jackson's mover. But I didn't care, because even back then, I knew the groove was hot and you just had to dance. That album also contained one of my favorite songs of all time, Human Nature. Human Nature is the ringtone on my phone and has been for the better part of a year now. I fell in love with Weird Al' Yankovich because of his spot on "eat it". As I grew older, I was amazed by little Michael in the Jackson Five. My playlists are littered with Jackson songs. When I was in 5th grade, our choir sang "Heal the World" for an outdoor concert near the playground. And as I contemplate his impact today, I'm sure I'll remember far more details about how much Michael Jackson has meant to me consciously or subconsciously throughout my life.

Jackson was a living legend, and it'd be easy to say "Now, he's just a legend". But he has finally shot through the stratosphere and is in the stars, where he belongs.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Romper Right

From head to toe.
From head to toe. by az@lia featuring Missoni accessories

Rompers are a much maligned item of clothing amongst the practical dressers. When one dresses in the morning, one must consider the fact that one WILL be using the facilities (bathroom) at least twice before returning home. With your average romper, or playsuit, this means practically undressing entirely just to pee. However...I fancy the look of the playsuit. It's effortless and just a little different, and in the case of this particular playsuit, adooorable. Az@lia threw us practical dressers a bone with this set. The playsuit is sleeveless for easy...you know...pulling down...and the cardigan provides a bit of coverage for the super modest. Also, let's be honest, you can never go wrong with a nice burnt tan. All in all, I'd say this set is just superbly styled; playful and feminine, but powerful and a little tom-boyish. Great look!

Saturday, June 20, 2009


Every day I log into Polyvore and see this set, and every time, it catches my eye.

I mean, I love a good neon petticoat...

But there's something so remarkable about how everything matches. It's purple, it's overwhelming in a wonderful way, but the touches of playful multi-color touches brings the set up to a level I can't even stand. I mean, there's a REASON it's got...what was the number, something like 3000 FAVORITES. Obviously, the set it a visual masterpiece because honestly, can you see anybody walking around in it? No, it's artistic vision, and I DIG that. But furthermore, is it halloween? No, it's not. IT's not portraying any particular character, it's just purely individual, and I DIG THAT too.

Friday, June 19, 2009


I did, in fact, manage to get one of my designs working on here. It's a little ... bit of a cheat, I'm sure any professional would tell me. But I'm happy with it, and my art is up there, big and proud, and it looks right, which is, ultimately, all that matters to me thus far. I'm sure with time edits will be made, but for now, I'm supremely satisfied with myself...kind of like the shake-and-bake kid..."and IIIII helped!"

Hi everybody,

First and foremost, if you're reading this, thank you! I know I've been AWOL for awhile. My schooling has finally provided me the oppurtunity to really do something with this blog. The template you're seeing now is, of course, a template designed by somebody else. I decided to download it and use it for now because I'm re-aquainting myself with this site. But, I have a few of my own waiting in the wings that I'd like to get up over the weekend. I know, I'm dreaming...but maybe, just maybe come Monday, one of my own designs will be seen by more than just me and my classmates...and my mom. So I'm THRILLED by this.

Speaking of school, I'm graduating the end of july. I'll be starting my final, (and probably most brutal) course on monday. Portfoooolio...(Dun, dun, duuuuuun). Basically, it means I need to hope some of my work output is good enough on a professional level to be seen by prospective clients and various big wigs in the design and business world. And I need to design a website using just about everything I've learned over the years...AND i need to start hunting for jobs...AND my parents are moving and I happen to live in the house they're moving out of, so ... but if I think about all that too long, I will either go into complete mental and/or emotional breakdown OR my head will literally explode. Blood and brain matter everywhere, in the keyboard, on the monitor, maybe seeping into the hard drive...what a mess.

And to my beloved Polyvore and Polyvorians, I have not forgotten you. The thing is, I used to update this blog at work...that's how I had the time...and then work blocked polyvore for being too much fun, (well, officially they called it a "social networking" site...whatever...the it overlords hate fun and do what they will to obliterate any remnants thereof) so it's been very difficult and in most cases totally impossible to keep up. Also, because of the adjustment in blog style, I've lost a lot of links and stuff, and I'm not going to put those back up until I've got my own design up here...but they're coming back, patience will be rewarded!

I think that's everything for now. See you all on the other side!