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My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Category: NINESDAY.

Ninesday // things NYC has taught me.

9. Let’s get things started off with this song, which Kelsey and I listened to on my very first visit to NYC, circa 2009.

8. Even when it says it isn’t going to rain, it is going to rain. And when you actually bring a second pair of shoes, an umbrella, your rain jacket, and your waterproof laptop case, it will not rain. And no, hailing a cab will not keep you any drier. Best bet: hide out under an overhang, be a few minutes late for work, and save your $10.

7. Two hours of commuting is normal (30 minutes- 1 hour to go most anywhere–from my house, at least). Reading is mandatory for saving sanity. I have this little problem…I basically only like to buy used books. I will go weeks, months, and occasionally years without buying a book until I find a used copy. It’s weird and not very productive, I know. I gave in and finally picked up the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao for my plane ride to Texas.

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6. If you don’t have your weekend nights planned out, you should probably pack an extra shirt, makeup, and a pair of comfy shoes. Because it seems like it’s only those nights that you’ll wind up sleeping on a friend’s couch, taking an impromptu jog, get rained on a when  the forecast didn’t predict the monsoon, or get an invite to a dinner that is fancier than whatever you’ve been sweating in all day.

5. Rooftops are my new favorite thing. Talk about an under-utilized part of the buildings back home. My favorite moments have been unplanned hours spent on someone’s roof.

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4. You can either pay $7.50+ for a dinner at McDonald’s or $10 for a really good bowl of Pho at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant.

3. It is completely worthwhile to walk an extra six blocks to that coffee shop you actually like. These are the one’s I have been frequenting: Everyman Espresso, O Cafe, Zibetto, Culture Espresso Bar, Stumptown, Kahve, Konditori, and probs a hundred more that I can’t think of right now.

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2. DOING LAUNDRY IS A CHORE. I mean, that’s obvious. But it is nearly impossible to take my laundry downstairs to an open washer and/or dryer. It’s a lot of waiting, a lot of money, and a lot of trouble. Especially if you only have one of some crucial items, like towels. This is nearly my least favorite thing to do, as a close second to grocery shopping. Why can’t I make a functional list??!

1. I’ve learned that you can’t really experience the city if you say “no” too often. You’ll miss out on spontaneous, long nights. You’ll miss out on meeting new people who you have a lot in common with. You’ll miss the dancing, you’ll miss the thrift store finds, you’ll miss the free concerts, you’ll miss the fun.

So here’s to saying “yes” as often as possible. Even when it is dreadfully inconvenient.

// Ninesday.

NOTE: Ninesday will be moving from Thursdays to Fridays from now on.

9. This past Wednesday, I had an impromptu ladies’ night. We had dinner at a great Vietnamese restaurant in Greenwich, then saw Frances Ha at the IFC. The movie was so beautiful and true-to-life. It reminded me of all of my leading ladies–Kelsey, Allison, Alyssa, and of course sister Kelsey…go watch it and think about us. I laughed, I cried, I remembered the good times.

8. So I’ve been doing some reading. Why are we obsessed with these shiny things, again? I mean. Sure, it would be lovely to get a beautiful, glittering rock from a boy. But then again, it would be lovely to get a normal piece of jewelry, too. Why all the fuss? Business Insider explains all of the details here. What do you think–would a plain ring be just as meaningful as a diamond engagement ring?

7. I am taking a portfolio class from the Fashion Portfolio Academy, currently. Maybe one day my sketches will look as effortless and beautiful as this one. And maybe, even further in the future, I’ll be able to use watercolor like this. SWOON.

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6. When I was packing for this summer’s move, I was determined to only bring the “necessities.” Somehow, that definition did not cover full-size toiletries, rain boots (and it has been raining every other day since I got here), or my boyfriend-fit jeans. What was I even thinking?! This style blogger makes me miss the world’s most comfortable pair of denim even more. Every time I am scouring my closet and creating a whirlwind of “this looks so much worse than I thought” cast-offs, I think of my Zara jeans. And cringe at my packing deficiency.

5. This just might be the most perfect pair of summer boots I’ve ever seen. Dear Loeffler Randall, feel free to mail me a pair. I’d wear them every day. Literally, every day. Oh, it’s going to be 95 degrees, but feel like 105? I don’t even care. And while all of you are drooling over the perfect shapes on the Loeffler Randall website, check out this clutch. To die for.

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4. Last time I was in ATL, Alyssa bought me this hat as a going away present, even though I am far from being a Brewer’s fan (or any sports ball fan, really). I wonder if I can pull off this style and wear it to work. I would love to dress it up and wear it on week days. While you’re at it, check out the Accidental Executive’s tumblr. I love the layout & her story.

3. My hair is getting longer, but I am pretty consistently wanting it to be shorter. Due to haircut prices, maybe I’ll work on styling my hair more like this as it grows out…I wonder if it requires using a straightener. Hm, anyway. I think I want to dye it pink. But more like this or this instead of this.

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2. I have this habit of going into a bookstore, reading the synopsis of several books, then choosing one at random. In doing so, I generally forget what the synopsis was, and delve into the story without any clue as to what is actually happening. I am currently reading Elizabeth Costello by JM Coetzee. So far, an excellent read. I don’t update my Goodreads much, but I decided to add this to it.

1. You guys. I’m seeing The Postal Service tomorrow. The 13-year-old me is dying a little. As well as the 23-year-old me, obviously. I’m also excited because this will be my first solo concert. Concerts are usually things I have done with friends–we would all pile into the car, pack a ton of snacks that could rot your teeth out, and sing purposefully off-key…and here I am, venturing into adulthood at a show I would have died to see in prepubescence. There’s something extra ironic about this. All of that aside, I’ll be searching for freckles in my eyes and dancing horribly, without worrying that I’m embarrassing anyone.

This seemed to appropriately express my excitement, so I thought I’d repost it–

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// Ninesday (a revival).

Finally reviving Ninesday!

9. You guys. This is amazing. Absolutely amazing. Listen & love.

8. I am currently learning how to build my own website in a CSS & HTML class. Well. I sort of am. As of late, I’ve been sleeping in on weekends, rather than working for myself. Fixing that soon! Eeek! I’ve been meaning to do this forever. Thanks, Skillshare!

7. Quiet Luxury has inspired me to get my bake on. I’ll be testing out this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe this Sunday, while drinking wine & watching the new Arrested Development. One edit: I’ll use regular chocolate chips, not the white chocolate. Per her recommendations.

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6. Laura Marling just dropped a new album this week! Thanks to NPR, we get to listen to it here.

5. Words of wisdom about recovery (any type of recovery), via A well traveled woman. One of my favorite Tumblr sites, by far. The photos, the quotes, the music.

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4. How do you feel about one-piece swimsuits? Once upon a time, I bought one at Juicy Couture and was pretty unhappy with the fit (the top would not stay up and I therefore flashed everyone at the pool). So I’m a little nervous about ordering one online. Maybe I’ll venture over to Free People and try this beauty on. I love the cut-outs and ties. Does a black swimsuit look good on everyone, or is it just a tan person thing?

3. I am dying over the Leopard Orchid dress over at Pixie Market. It would be so versatile! Work, drinks, dates…and at $66, quite a steal. And that model’s eyeliner is beyond perfect.

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2. In other news, here are the thrifted finds from Philadelphia: patent loafers ($9), beige sweater ($1), & red t-shirt ($1) found at Philly AIDS thrift + RC Cola t-shirt ($7.50) & vintage necklace ($30) from Wilbur Vintage & Designer Clothes. Grand total of $48.50!

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1. I am so excited to announce that I have gained a second internship (thanks to some of Joe’s friends)! I will now be working for both Gabriela Moya and Isaac Mizrahi part-time (I started this morning and love it!)! And to add to that, I will be helping Stacy Lomman with a photoshoot on Friday. Cannot wait! Being in NYC has been such an adventure and I have had opportunities to network and meet such talented people that I wouldn’t have otherwise bumped into.

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Ninesday / a little early

I know it isn’t Thursday just yet. But I’ve been in a blogging sort of mood. Which is great for my readers, right? Now you get to pour over Ninesday an entire 24 hours early.

9. I got these for my birthday from my Madre. Also, these. And another pair of ankle booties, but I can’t seem to find a link for them. Just know that I now have three new pairs of shoes. And am wearing them in ASAP.

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8. Lately, I’ve been in a daydreaming, blog rolling kind of mood. I just stumbled upon yellowtrace. It’s put together so beautifully.

7. I’m trying to grow my hair out some. Not a lot. Just a little here and there. Maybe, if I’m lucky, it will turn out to be as QT as this–

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6. This image. Oh, to be such a beautiful puff of smoke. Travelling wherever one pleases, dancing over the water.

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5. Spring Break is coming up. And fast. What are my plans? Probably sitting on the couch. Eternally. Studying statistics. Oh, and. Getting my wisdom teeth out. “CONGRATS ON YOUR LAST SPRING BREAK OF COLLEGE. I’MM’A STEAL YOUR TEETH.” Expect puffy face really QT photos.

4. This. This is my life. I might make one of these for my apartment.

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3. Well, this video is kind of creepy. I have to say, however–killer eyeshadow. Though, I truly don’t understand the entire tips of her fingers being painted. It reminds me of chocolate or something.

2. Also on birthday topic, Alyssa supplied the midnight drinks, & Donnie planned a trip to ATL to go shopping, eating, and to see Ra Ra Riot. Here are a few snapshots, thanks to Instagram (was anyone else unaware of the new online IG profiles?)–

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1. I am still in the running to win a paid internship in NYC with Vince Camuto. So if you have a few minutes of free time, will you log into Facebook, then follow this link and vote for me? The contest is for “Interview Attire.” Each person can vote once per day! Thank you, thank you, thank you (in advance)!

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Ninesday.

9. Obsessed.

8. I’m still loving the natural facial cleansers (though I haven’t yet purchased one). Refinery29 referred me to this great shop on Etsy, MarbleandMilkweed. Rose & Chamomile Cleansing Nectar, you say? I’m in. The shop also has solid perfume and bath nectar. And just in case you weren’t convinced by their products, look at that packaging. I want all of that on my shelves.

7. I am completely in love with the Minimalliving collection sold at Deco Bazaar. This print, especially: “I may not be perfect, but parts of me are pretty awesome.”

6. I want to dress like this when I’m older. She’s impossibly chic.

5. Comma Workshop. “Each quilt has an original story or poem quilted directly into it, in both white thread and a contrasting color thread.  In this way, the 800+ words are a functional part of the quilt holding three layers of fabric together.  We machine quilt– by hand– thus our ‘comma cursive’ is original and freehanded, making no two quilts exactly alike.” What a beautiful idea. And an inspiring product.

4. I don’t often enjoy busy websites, especially when I am trying to view a store/upcoming collection for a designer. But wow, I have been proven wrong. I am loving SWASH LONDON’s site. Go play with it. And while you’re at it, look at their pattern-mixing prowess. I’m in complete awe.

3. A crocheted iPhone case, you say? I already have a case I’m fond of, but I wonder if it would work as a wallet. You know, one of those little ones that don’t let you carry all of the cards you don’t ever use/need.

2. What a nice fortune, Theyallhateus. And, no. I never wanted pink hair before I spent the last hour pouring over your blog. Thanks for that.

1. It’s reached that point in the semester. You know what point I’m referring to…the one that is constantly exhausted and overly thoughtful. All I want to do is daydream.

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9. The Cranberries. Forever love.

8. Oh, GILT. How do you get your name-brand clothes so cheap?

7. I’m terribly choosy when it comes to boots. And its rare that I will find a pair that I can see myself wearing everyday, for every occasion, without question. Acne’s done it.

6. Madewell. Again. And always.

5. Dying to have this  vu de l’extérieur print. I’m truly running out of wall space. And if I don’t stop gawking over Pinterest ideas, I’ll be sitting on stacks of artwork, rather than chairs.

4. Hahahah. Haaa. Because everyone needs a pop art, Warhol-inspired Frankenstein of their very own.

3. A monthly craft package?? What a fantastic idea, we love citrus! I know several people who would absolutely love to receive these!

2. Did I mention that I cooked with Papa Sean a while back? Fresh corn pancakes with chives, gouda, pepperjack, parmesan, sour cream & tomatoes. Positively divine.

1. Can you believe it is September already?

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9. My Avett Brothers obsession hasn’t weakened in the least. I’ve seen them twice this year, but will probably see them a third time, if I can manage.

8. Now, I don’t have nearly enough hair for one of these. But this is cage for your bun. Yes, ladies. There’s an answer to too weak elastics.

7. Another find from Trendland-Ana Rajcevic, Animal: The Other Side of Evolution. “The possibility of re-shaping the human silhouette and exploring new forms leads me towards questioning our ideas about beauty and normality.”

6. Coming out of the swim season, I still have my sights set on a high-waisted bikini. Either that or a cute one-piece like this Zimmerman suit.

5. Some Etsy loving. This skirt would be cute worn casually or dressed up. The store has other cute things–fitted dresses, galaxy glow in the dark tights, and the like.

4. Refinery 29 has a great tutorial for pattern mixing (without looking crazy!).

3. How am I just now finding Osborne & Little wallpaper?! I want to cover everything–sides of dressers, single walls, my refrigerator (too far?), my bathroom walls, my shelves, my drawers…I think you get my drift. First, Clarendon(photos below); second, Accademia; third, Best in Show.

2. Man Make Home is a new blog I’ve stumbled upon. I was hoping to find a bit more information about the title origin, but regardless, they feature some amazing work related to design of all types.

1. Lately, I’ve been thinking about blogging. There’s a huge difference in blogging personally (like a journal, solely for a place to keep things for yourself) and blogging for readers. It is such a difficult balance…on the one hand, it would be a ton of fun to gossip to the few of you who are reading with things about dates gone awry (er, pie incidents), arguments with those close to us, and more embarrassing things (ripped pants, zipper down at a meeting, something in my teeth all day)…but on the other hand, don’t we read blogs to get away a little bit? To focus on positive things and creative ideas? Or that was my beginning, anyway. What does one do now–how do you keep the personal balanced with the consistently distanced? Marvelous Kiddo & My Favorite and My Best have delved into this topic recently. Blogging is a lot of fun. Bottom line, though–a ton of work. I won’t be taking a hiatus or anything. I’m curious about everyone else’s thoughts on this subject, is all.

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9. This is what I listen to when I workout. Nearly on repeat. The rest of the album deserves a good listen, also.

8. Have you checked out American Craft Council? They have a great article, “In Defense of the Art History Major,” that focuses on our society’s money-driven discourse, which will eventually die out. “What endures in a civilization is not its spreadsheets and financial instruments but its plays and sculptures, its sonatas and paintings.” I think a balance is essential.

7. Petite Taupe, these are just the prettiest little lockets I ever did see. I’m also fond of your little headphone charms.

6. I have a pretty hefty confession coming: I have not read Wuthering Heights in its entirety. I’ve had two classes that required it, but with everything else I had going on, who wants to read Victorian prose? Well, I’m reading it now. In my leisure time. And admittedly, I love it. The limited edition Penguin Classic cover (illustrated by Ruben Toledo) caught my eye. I realize I, as an English major, should maybe not point that out. But what’s wrong with a great book that also has a great cover? Also of note, I want ALL OF THE PENGUIN CLASSIC INSPIRED MUGS I CAN HAVE.

5. Completely in love with this series by Amy Friend. “In a literal and somewhat playful manner, I aimed to give the photographs back to the light, hence the title of the series, Daré alla Lucé, an Italian phrase used to describe the moment of birth.”

4. I miss using white charcoal on black paper. Or using charcoal at all, really. When I take it back up, this will be at the top of my illustration list.

3. I am a huge fan of Matt Wisniewski’s collage work. The silhouettes combined with nature are lovely.

2. MON POMPADOUR: a blog dedicated to a love of Rococo. Look at this intricate beading! What a bustle. I found it while pinning this absurdly large hair photo.

1. I need some movie recommendations. Not that I have very much free time. But who’s watching what?

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9. Quadron.

8. I WANT ALL OF THE LOST CRATES. FOODIE CRATES. STATIONERY CRATES. BETTER LIVING CRATES. ALL OF THE LOST CRATES. I like mail. Call me old-fashioned.

7.  This is at the top of my “I wish I could afford this” wish list, currently. I can think of at least 718615761571 outfits involving this one dress.

6. Well, isn’t this just the cutest blog you’ve ever seen? Upon a fold, you’ve captured me. Check out this embroidery post dedicated to Yumiko Arimoto. What a find.

5. Am I the only one who hadn’t heard of Julia Frakes until recently? This fashion show enthusiast is a writer/editor, has a degree in psychology, oh, and she models. I can’t decide what I am more impressed with–pulling off those shoes or those socks. Really, I’m probably most impressed with the combination. Let’s be real.

4. Check out this kitty love from The Small Object’s Flickr. My goodness. And while you’re at it, check out their blog. And this quilt. Dying to make one with a similar color palette. Sean thinks I should make some of these cooling neck scarves.

3. Salt Water Cure.

2. Here‘s a lovely Fashion Sketchpad. And a video tutorial to boot.

1. Oh Sully, this just might be one of my favorite photoshoots. Ever. Did I mention that I’m in love with all of your work? And also your horned lion branding?

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9. Birdy.

8. Check out this lovely zigzag, multicolored dress from Dorothy Perkins. I think it could easily transition from summer to fall, from casual to dressy. How versatile. Or if you want something a bit more occasion-specific, this is perfect for a date. And this is sweet for a BBQ. Or in Auburn, this would be cute for a football game. Perhaps this for the office.

7. Andreas Franke’s Underwater Photo Exhibition.“Mystified scenes of the past that play in a fictional space. Dreamworlds, where you can get lost or you can identify with. This makes new and unexpected atmosphere.”

6. Today marks a new day in my life: I have found Trendland. I might never use another website again…okay, who are we kidding? I’m always bouncing around. But, really. If you haven’t browsed, do it now.

5. I’m quite fond of this Pixie market military-inspired jacket. I think I would make it a bit more girly by pairing it with this dress.

4. I promise, there really are things to do online other than shop. But this post has my mind focused on these pants. Dear Topshop, please get some more. And then put them on sale immediately.

3. My ring obsession might never end. Or at least not while designers are creating items like this at great prices on Etsy.

2. I love this industrial light for my studio space. And by studio space, I do mean the large portion of my shared living space that I am taking up with my sewing equipment. Anyway, this lamp would be a great addition. If it wasn’t sold already. Sigh.

1. Mulberry has kicked the whimsy up a notch this fall with their Where the Wild Things Are- inspired photo shoot.