Sunday, January 20, 2008

The Sunday Six: January 20th, 2007

I'm taking the SAT I exam in less than a week, and I'm starting to wonder how I can be assessed with only a 25 minute essay and a couple hundred multiple choice questions in math, critical reading, and writing. Yes, I can easily memorize vocabulary words and churn out a two-page essay to refute or support an argument, but the actual classes I'm taking in high school represent my academic aptitude far better than a standardized 3.5 hour exam. Yet, I suppose this is a milestone in every American high schooler's life that is just as important as a first kiss or a first Balenciaga handbag -- the only difference between them is that you don't want more SATs.
  1. The style website I work for, doesthislookstupid.com, is hosting a "best snow bunny outfit" contest -- the winner gets a $50 Burton Snowboards gift card! Unfortunately, I've never been skiing before -- but I'm definitely craving a chic furry coat. If you love skiing or you just like wearing warm aerodynamic clothes, be sure to enter by February 16th!
  2. I'm obsessed with Disney princesses, so I was overjoyed to read Stephanie's Disney-inspired style article! When I was younger, watching Snow White was a nightly routine. I longed to have Belle's gorgeous gold ball gown, and to marry a handsome prince like Cinderella. I still use a Disney princess wall calendar, in fact.
  3. Every weekend I read two books. This weekend, I read The Nanny Diaries by Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus and Horseradish by Lemony Snicket. I used to think chick lit was extremely shallow literature, but many of the books in the chick lit genre are cleverly written social satires -- sometimes I wonder if a century from now, high school and college English classes will be teaching 21st century social satire with excerpts from Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus or Plum Syke's novels. I always balance out my chick lit obsession with something different though; this week, Lemony Snicket's brilliant quote book left me feeling very inspired and somewhat wiser.
  4. Gala wrote an amazing article on being a writer -- it struck me to the core. Two years ago, I would never have considered writing to be a passion. Nowadays, I can't spend more than three hours without the need to scrawl something up.
  5. It's never too early to start thinking about prom. Freshman year, I attended junior prom and wore a satin pink Betsey Johnson dress that I begged my parents to take me to San Francisco to buy. Sophomore year, I attended junior prom again (different boys, as you can tell) -- in a simple black and white dress that I got for only $80 at Macy's -- everyone thought it was from BCBG though! This year, I'm thinking about going vintage, right down to the long dress gloves. Perhaps something from Vintageous will suit me.
  6. As it is Sunday, I think it's the perfect day to discuss spirit and faith. Do you have a religion? What do you think about religious stereotypes? I'm a Christian; I started attending a Baptist church in Corvallis, Oregon when I was just a toddler. When I moved to California, my mom and I switched around a couple churches, but eventually she stopped going and I stopped going as a result too. I haven't found a church in California that I'm comfortable with yet, but hopefully someday I will. In the mean time, I read my Bible a lot and allow time with personal reflection -- I do believe God is proud of me and I intend to live life to the fullest for this reason. I am awfully ticked off when people mention one religion to be better than the rest though -- in my opinion, we all just want to live purposeful lives.
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Miss Couturable
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