Sunday, September 28, 2008

Appreciating The Cupcake

Sprinkles Cupcakes opened up in Palo Alto last week, so in order to recapture my moments of cupcake binging in New York City, I begged my friends to make a Friday afternoon stop there after we had visited the Cantor Art Center.

A couple Picassos, Gauguins, and Rodins later, I decided that my favorite piece in the museum was a gaudy still-life painting of a picnic table with slices of cake. I really wanted that Sprinkles cupcake.

So we waited in line at Sprinkles amongst pretty girls and their equally pretty boyfriends -- until my friends decided that the delectable and overpriced $3.25 cupcake wasn't worth the wait. The sun was excruciatingly bright that day, and they were craving some "cold, sweet" Red Mango frozen yogurt, with an emphasis on the "cold." I acquiesced since I cannot say no to mochi ball toppings.

I am still determined to get my sweet Sprinkles cupcake in the near future -- with a friend who I shared my first Magnolia Bakery cupcake (eck) with. I do believe that in order to appreciate The Cupcake, one must spend some time in New York City.

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Miss Couturable

Saturday, September 27, 2008

From New York Magazine: Sexism

‘‘These five [team members] are obliged to practice daily; to walk every afternoon; to drink milk or cocoa, and eat only toast for breakfast, and—greatest and most trying ordeal of all—are solemnly pledged to abjure the thing dearest to the schoolgirl palate. For under no circumstances may the varsity team eat fudge."
What, was this written in the team contract? Did fudge brownies count? Did fudge brownies even exist back then? What about ice cream sundaes? Was the junior varsity team allowed to eat fudge then?

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I love my mastheads

I know, I skipped The Sunday Six last week. I was thinking about taking another hiatus, but I did not want to spam your Google Reader feeds with my halfhearted attempts at taking a blogging break -- only to come back four days later. I'm really sorry.

But maybe I should call this a kindasortamaybe hiatus because I haven't been blogging on a daily basis like I used to (you know, before college applications and my choice to take five AP courses). I'd like to get back to my regular blogging routine as soon as I can, but you know, I have my typical high-school student top priorities: Family, God, friends, schoolwork, extracurricular, and college applications. Connie of Pretty Legit wrote as one of her new resolutions: To always opt for “leaving the house” when I have the choice between the two options. I suppose, subconciously, this has been one of my resolutions too -- after coming back from New York City and realizing how beautiful every insignificant moment of life is.

That said, I just checked out the latest issue of Seventeen with America Ferrera (wow, isn't she glowingly gorgeous?) on the cover and I flipped to the masthead page and I'm listed as an intern on the masthead! My name in print in a national magazine. I'm going to be the magazine geek I always am and frame the masthead page in my room.

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Miss Couturable

Saturday, September 20, 2008

E. Jean love

When the latest issue of Elle arrives, I always immediately flip to E. Jean's column first.

Here is the introduction for this month's column:
Dolls, here's your Annual Ask Eeee Guide to Personal Style, a Dilemma Manual spotlighting: social correspondence (how to compose a condolence note to that socialite whose husband was the boss with whom you accidentally had the throbbing affair); gifts (what to do when a man presents you with an erection); status climbing (when you are looking up at your chihuahua, you may be lying on the sidewalk); and more...
This may seem somewhat out of character, but I think it'd be phenomenal to be listed as one of the Top Campus Sex Columnists on her website someday when I'm in college. If I was writing a relationship column for the school newspaper.

Chanel 2.55? Booty calls? Don't worry Daddy (or any teachers potentially reading this, ahem), I'm still more interested in the purse.

I mean, in reality, I just want to be acknowledged by the fabulous E. Jean.

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Miss Couturable

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Yellow fever

I demand hugs, kisses, and giant red velvet cupcakes for the ladies at The Daily Obsession for writing a much-needed post about Asian-American designers.

Alexander Wang, Thakoon, Peter Som, Jason Wu, and Hanii Y. remind me that it is very possible to be Asian-American and make it in the fashion industry.

Plus, I like to walk in the Quad at school and wonder if Alexander Wang, who once attended my school, walked the same path to class.

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Miss Couturable

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Sunday Six: September 14th, 2008

I think the most exhausting weeks are the most fulfilling weeks too -- as long as you end them with a good laugh with your friends. Refresh and repeat.
  1. The homecoming theme for my school this year is Disney. I'm looking forward to picking out my princess-inspired attire for the dance. Expect an extensive post soon.
  2. Orange roses are my favorite flowers. The sight of them makes me feel so warm inside -- the key to my heart is through a bouquet of orange roses and a chocolate croissant. Or so I say.
  3. I'm Yours by Jason Mraz. New favorite feel-good song. How can I not love a song with the line, "The sky is yours!"
  4. Why can't I be as fashionable as these girls in the Teen Vogue best-dressed contest?
  5. Speaking of Teen Vogue, I'm determined to DIY my old grey sweater from an ex-boyfriend with Swarovski crystals, as Peter Som demonstrates.
  6. I know a girl who always borrows the most adorable clothes from her mommy. Nothing in my mommy's closet fits me, unfortunately. Do you borrow clothes from your mommy?
I truly wish I was one of those students who finished homework on Friday nights.

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Miss Couturable

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Mochi craving

My dear cutefaces, as I've stated before, I am working as Fashion Features Editor for Mochi Magazine, a new magazine for Asian-American girls. Fellow blogger Teresa (and Features Director) introduced me to the non-profit publication, in fact.

However, because we are a non-profit publication (trust me, I don't earn a cent for this) -- we need to amp up our subscriptions before our first issue comes out in a short few weeks.

Now, if you're avid readers of Miss Couturable or Teresa's blog and you're Asian-American, I deeply encourage you to subscribe to the magazine; $21 for four issues (one year) or $35 for eight issues (two years). Or, you can just buy one issue to try it out for only $5.50. Please click here to subscribe.

To say the very least, I've never met so many Asian-American girls in high school, college, and beyond who are so devoted to publishing -- and who are so passionate about empowering Asian-American girls. There is extremely high-quality content in this magazine -- from pretty clothes to interesting tidbits about Asian-American figures you might not know about yet.

The bottom line is, if you're Asian-American and you enjoy my blog, you will love Mochi -- so please subscribe. I don't make a cent from my involvement with this publication, but I'm so proud to be working with it.

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Miss Couturable

P.S. Please make a note to Mochi if you do subscribe with "Noel Duan" as your referrer -- I'd really like to keep track of how many subscribers I can get.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Call me

Note to self: Order calling cards before I go to college next fall. Chic and Charming did a fantastic post on old-fashioned calling cards today -- a much classier form of social networking than "Look me up on Facebook," no? Although, I still love my internet.

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Miss Couturable

Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Sunday Six: September 7th, 2008

I'm definitely struggling between finding a balance between schoolwork and Fashion Week -- are you?
  1. Some of you, my dears, have asked me for opportunities to blog on Miss Couturable. Because Miss Couturable is a somewhat personal blog, that is not possible. However, I've recently received ownership of does this look stupid (quite the addicting website), and I'm looking for some fashion writers for the does this look stupid blog. I'm looking for high-quality writing -- I'm not particularly interested in "copying" a celebrity's style or achieving the Gossip Girl look for this blog, but I'm open to anything so give it a shot!. I'm looking for youthful voices interested in promoting fashion discussion and even helpful personal anecdotes related to style -- related to the younger audience! AP Style should be loosely observed and decent grammar, spelling, and typing should be utilized (I know I abuse these rules, but I have my pet peeves). Email me with related writing samples (or two sample blog posts!), a resume (if applicable), and a charming note. Please note that if you're great at making graphics, I would love to see samples (blogging isn't just about writing, after all!). Oh and yes -- I will pay you. But really, I have a lot to work on for this website so it probably won't be enough to cover the latest Marc Jacobs bag.
  2. I'm working on a charity fashion show for next spring -- along with a battle of the bands and international food booths, all to support the March of Dimes. I already have a tentative yes from one phenomenal young up-and-coming designer (I'm so excited because I will most likely be ordering my senior prom dress from her too!), but I am inquiring if anyone knows of any other up-and-coming designers that I could try to contact (when I say up-and-coming, I truly mean unknown and not Vena Cava). The designer's collection would have to appeal to the high-school audience. I don't want to produce another department store fashion show -- I'm definitely looking to find as many young designers as possible!
  3. Oh dear, I forgot to ask about Gossip Girl Season 2 so far! What a scandalous season premiere, no? I had to tell my little sister (who is a huge fan of Gossip Girl too) to leave the room and watch Wizards of Waverly Place instead.
  4. Speaking of which, did your male friends watch Gossip Girl too? Joshua Alston of Newsweek speculates as to why some men enjoy watching the show. One of my best guy friends, in fact, offered his commentary to me as he watched the season premiere episode.
  5. The poor bloggers from Fashionista got locked out of the Alexander Wang show this morning, but the collection is quite enticing! I need to save up for this sweater.
  6. I'm working for a new magazine for Asian-American girls called Mochi. Teresa introduced me to it, since she's Features Director. If you're Asian-American, I definitely think you should check the website/magazine out. It's really nice to know that there's other Asian-American girls out there who are passionate about writing, fashion, photography, design, and so much more.
Now, please excuse me as I try to finish reading three chapters of my psychology textbook while simulataneously saving my favorite photos from Fashion Week.

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Miss Couturable

P.S. If you have any friends who can help me with the does this look stupid blog or the charity fashion show, please forward this to them! Thanks so much!

Friday, September 5, 2008

A delicious start for Fashion Week

I'm sorry, my dears. I've been absent for a week because I've been getting ready for New York Fashion Week.

Just kidding.

I've actually been swamped in psychology presentations and statistics quizzes -- but it was sensational to pretend I was at Fashion Week for a moment.

The Lorick Spring 2009 Presentation is adorable -- the epitome of what couturable stands for, actually. It's innocent (-looking), playful, and whimsically sweet.

I mean, I just like the idea of pretty girls in tea party dresses eating pastel cakes. It's a not-quite grown-up slumber party. Check out Fashionista, Sassybella, and New York Magazine's The Cut for delicious photos and commentary.

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Miss Couturable