I'm 13 and I have no idea what to do with my life! Help?
When I was thirteen, I was the biggest nerd in middle school and I wanted nothing more than to know that ten years from then, I would be everything I ever dreamed of. I'm now eighteen and I'm still nerdy -- but you know what? These issues and worries you have will be in the back of your mind for many years to come. Bake some cupcakes and have a picnic in the park with your friends and family; high school isn't getting any easier, and I'm quite sure college isn't either. I myself don't know where I'll end up in life, but I would be less motivated to take risks if I did. Email me if you want to talk personally! Being thirteen isn't easy.
If you had a porcupine, what would you name it?
Rodarte -- in homage to these epic Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear shoes.
What time period from the past would you most like to live in?
I'm not so keen on real corsets, so maybe the late 1950s to the early 1960s because I really love the direction that the Christian Dior couture house took under Yves Saint Laurent. Also, Grace Kelly was Princess of Monaco at the time. Corruption existed in the form of McCarthyism, but the world was fundamentally changing and class still existed.
What do you think makes you so appealing to teenage girls?
Aw, you're too kind! I'm a teenage girl and most of my friends are teenage girls and all I can say is, teenage girls have more in common than we may think.
What boutiques do you like in the San Jose or San Francisco area?
In San Francisco, I love Ooma, Candystore Collective, and Dema. I also love the consignment and thrift shops on Haight Street -- but I've recently experienced firsthand the fun of thrift shopping across the bridge in Berkeley. In Milpitas, I'm a frequent purveyor of the Fornarina outlet -- but unfortunately, I've yet to find some favorite boutiques in the city of San Jose. Anne Fontaine is a favorite blouse shop in Santana Row though. Hands down though, bargain shopping is best at the Gilroy Premium Outlets. I almost think boutiques are overrated unless they really have a special niche for what you want -- such as indie designers.
What's your first choice college? What are your top three colleges? What colleges are you applying to?
Oh, the college questions. I'll end up where I belong.
What are your pet peeves?
Public bathrooms (I'm going to have some problems in college) and feeling forced to tell someone I like what they're wearing even when I don't.
What are your fashion basics?
I've played with the idea of having "basics" for years, but I've discovered that it's better to just buy statement (or fun) pieces instead. I guess, I have a huge collection of J. Crew tank tops and a giant variety of tights and stockings and socks though.
Who is your favorite designer?
She's dead. Coco Chanel rose above her restrictions in what was a male-dominated industry at the time (think Paul Poiret). Madeleine Vionnet inspires me too. I'm really all for the women who preceded the powerhouse and innovative designers of our era.
Crediting one of my best friends, Coco Chanel would say, "That's right, bitch."
What are your three favorite places to shop?
There are more than three, but I can't get enough of the sample sales in New York City. My life changed last summer.
Who is your current celebrity girl crush?
Korean pop star Hyori Lee. I like bubblegum pop and she's Asian.
What is the new job that you have?
I'm a receptionist and it has nothing to do with writing or fashion. Sorry, I wish I was writing for Vogue too.
What is the story behind the date you just got asked to?
I'm reluctant to turn this into a dating blog for obvious reasons. I'm happy that someone actually follows me on Twitter though!
If you had to choose: $1000 to Nanette Lepore, $2000 to James Perse, or $3000 to The Gap... which one?!
$1000 to Nanette Lepore. I'm such a labelwhore, hm?
What's your favorite food? Favorite restaurant?
I could eat sashimi (yes, raw fish) all day. As for my favorite restaurant, I recently went with my friends to Alexander's Steakhouse in Cupertino, California. I had Kobe beef and realized that I could never be a vegetarian. They also served lemonade cotton candy on a stick after the meal.
Can you please add me to your blogroll?
Send me an email, please! I rarely add blogs unless I obsessively peruse them every week, nothing personal.
What do you do in your spare time besides blogging and all your extracurriculars?
Spend time with friends and family, of course. I'm busy, but that's because I need to make time for both work and play.
I would love to know more about the details of your internship this summer.
Hehe, that's not a question. Just kidding; you can probably look through my archives for last summer and find some interesting information. I can't share anything specific though, because that's confidential.
Let's say I'm a Seventeen reader and want some general dating advice. What's your best tip?
You're dating a real person, so don't play games, be honest, and be open to surprises.
And now, my questions for you:
- What is something I need to know about you?
- If you could wake up anywhere tomorrow morning, where would you be?
- What's your favorite piece in your wardrobe?