Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Columbia 2013


New York City, I hope you're not sick of me (actually, I was the one who got sick when we were together last summer).

Because I'm coming back this fall and I'll be staying for at least the next four years, as a member of Columbia University's Class of 2013! Go Lions!

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P.S. I know, I'm sacrificing my love for Duke basketball -- but I'm trading it in for Manhattan. It's been a long journey, but I think I'm going where I belong.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Show your heart in...

♥ one picture


one poem
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
Walt Whitman

When I heard the learn'd astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me;
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and
measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much
applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.

one song
Manic Monday -- the Bangles

one item of clothing

(Photo Credit -- New York Magazine)
Marchesa gown

one place

Palace of Versailles

one Disney princess

(Photo Credit -- Disney)
Ariel, The Little Mermaid

one quote
I still​ find each day too short​ for all the thoug​hts I want to think​,​ all the walks​ I want to take,​ all the books​ I want to read,​ and all the frien​ds I want to see." -- John Burroughs

Thank you to Casey of Teen Fashionista Grows Up for tagging me in this adorable little meme! I usually never do these, but this was too cute to pass up! I invite everyone to fill this out on your blogs -- I can't wait!

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Miss Couturable

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Dear parents or future parents,

Someday your son or daughter will receive a big envelope in the mail and start jumping up and down: "Daddy, Daddy! I got into XYZ College/University!"

Please don't roll your eyes and say, "Whatever." And then walk away. And then two days later, wonder why your son or daughter doesn't tell you every single tidbit of his or her life.

'Cause you know, I didn't expect any hugs or kisses. But I did walk back up to my room wondering what I did wrong.

We can't all be Harvard scholars, but that doesn't mean we don't try our best. A little bit of encouragement goes a long way.

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Miss Couturable

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Teen Vogue's Blogger of the Moment

Thank you to Miss Naomi Nevitt of Teen Vogue for featuring me as Blogger of the Moment on Teen Vogue's Talking Fashion blog! You can read the full interview here.

There have been some wonderful blogs such as Style Rookie, Fashion Toast, Style Bubble, and bunny BISOUS that have been featured as previous Bloggers of the Moment, so I don't know what I'm doing there.

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Miss Couturable

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bye bye, Blair

Is it weird that I don't like Blair Waldorf anymore? Actually, not even Gossip Girl, the show itself, has the same appeal for me anymore.

Briefly stated, I'm sick of how manipulative Blair is. I used to admire her ambition but now I am horrified by her actions. If anything, I've learned through this teenage soap opera that I don't want ambition to guide me in life. I want to be led by purpose.

I am watching a train wreck that I can't tear my eyes away from. Like in real life, there is only so much drama that I can stand before I walk away.

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Miss Couturable

P.S. Well, I still like the clothes.

Guide to college applications

I know that a large bulk of college decisions are coming out within a week, but I'm more excited about going to Disneyland next week than checking my decisions. Ironically, getting into college has been something I've been looking forward to for a long time, but I would rather stop time and frolic around in my Minnie Mouse ears for now.

But you know, I've learned a lot about the college application process in the past twelve months. I've also learned a lot about myself. I also learned to take the college admissions process with a grain of salt, as none of us can possibly fit everything we want to say and be within a few sheets of paper.

I really want to help my younger readers with the college application process. I mean, I'm obviously not a college counselor but the past year has been a crazy year of discovery for me and that's what the college application process should be.

So, please leave me your suggestions as I begin to compile my guide to college applications! 'Cause I'll be honest with you -- this process is as much about finding yourself as it is about finding your perfect school.

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Miss Couturable

Monday, March 23, 2009

Fashion writing is biting

I have a lot of respect for fashion journalists who write for newspapers instead of magazines. I mean, don't get me wrong, I have equal respect for fashion magazine journalists too -- but in all honesty, newspaper journalists can't rely on glossy photos and flashy design to attract their readers. They use words -- hard-hitting words. They write to inform, not to please.

I'm sure everyone knows of Cathy Horyn of The New York Times. Robin Givhan of The Washington Post (where Horyn used to work, in fact) might be mentioned less -- but she is the first fashion journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize for criticism -- "witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism." She graduated valedictorian from her high school and attended Princeton University before getting her master's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. And you know, she's worked for magazines too -- Vogue, to be exact.

I adore reading her blog. You can argue that fashion is shallow with me (and I will both agree and disagree), but you can't deny that fashion is smart. Just read between the lines and seams.

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Miss Couturable

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Just keep swimming

"Are you seriously contemplating buying a one-piece?" asked a schoolmate incredulously. I sheepishly smiled back at her.

Alas, the weather is warming up (okay well, it rained today but still...) and I need a new bathing suit. I have never worn a bikini before. Three years ago, Mumsies took me to Nordstrom to buy a new bikini, but I swore to never go swimming ever again after glancing at my body in the mirror. Bathing suits reveal the worst of our insecurities and imperfections, both in and out.

But this year, not only am I going to Disneyland with a group of friends for spring break (and you can bet there will be a pool at the hotel), but also I am looking forward to the annual senior trip -- to Laguna Beach.

I need a bathing suit.

I don't like minimal coverage à la Victoria's Secret's string bikinis, but I'm also not keen on shortening my already petite frame with some high-waisted pinup suits à la Diane von Furstenburg Resort 2009. Bandeau tops flatten me. I have never tried on a monokini. I don't like print on my bathing suits. I don't like plain colors either.

For me, buying a bathing suit is harder than buying a prom dress. Next weekend, I am going to scour the shops and find my bathing suit. No excuses.
(Photo Credit -- Agent Provocateur)
My ideal bathing suit would be lingerie inspired but not too skimpy like this. Too bad it's from a past collection.

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Miss Couturable

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Life is a runway

Miss at la Playa made a fascinating post about runway backstage motivation boards for models. These boards, written by the designers themselves, are meant to depict the attitude of the collection. My favorite one is Alexander Wang's -- "Tequila shots for those who don't fall!" When I met Alex, he was amazingly sweet and just as genuine as his designs.

As Miss at la Playa says, "Let your life be a runway." My motivation board would look like this:
What would yours say?

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Miss Couturable

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Girly girls love Marc Jacobs

Y'know, as much as I love the avant-garde à la Junya Watanabe for Comme des Garçons, Marc Jacobs knows how to win a girl's heart (or at least, my heart). Channeling the '80s but not quite Betsey Johnson prom dress-style, the Louis Vuitton Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection is flashy, exaggerated, and frivolous -- but more Parisian than Flashdance.
Oh, and I want these very much. Girly, but not cutesy.

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Miss Couturable

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bare Escentuals essentials

(Photo Credit -- Sephora)
I just ordered $75 worth of Bare Escentuals make-up from Sephora. I ordered in bulk to get the free shipping, so I don't think I'll be buying anymore make-up for the rest of the year. There are many other things I'd rather buy than SPF 15 foundation and translucent powder. Like frozen yogurt. And a pair of Nicholas Kirkwoods.

I promise, there was a time in my life when I couldn't imagine wearing make-up on a daily basis. I revolted at the sight of black eyeliner, I thought blush was archaic and for middle-aged women, and I believed in Bonne Bell Lip Smackers as the ultimate vain indulgence. In fifth grade, I was on a cheerleading squad with a couple high school students who refused to leave the house without make-up. I stared increduously at their heavy eyeliner at practice.

But then, I entered high school. I discovered the miracle that concealer can perform on the dark circles under my eyes (after one too many all-nighters) -- and the magical properties of blush, transforming my sleepy face into a semi-alert countenance. I discovered MAC eyeliner -- and also figured out that I should have taken drawing classes after smearing too much. Heavy eyeliner is not my cup of tea.

So, I still don't like wearing make-up -- but I am certain that I have become one of those high school girls that I never understood at cheerleading practice. And now, I think I get it.

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Miss Couturable

Bad (fashion) boys, whatcha gon' do when they come for you?

"I saw this comic. It reminded me of you. Heh," remarked a classmate.

Actually, I might obsess over Vogue Nippon but I'm barely comfortable with giving fashion advice, much less acting like a "fashion police". Future Halloween costume idea, perhaps?

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Miss Couturable

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Beware the Ides of March

(Photo Credit -- Kate Spade)
"Will you be online?" asked my friend, anxiously counting down the hours until the decisions for Massachusetts Institute of Technology came out (pi day, at 1:59pm -- too cute, I must say).

You see, I didn't even apply to MIT (for obvious reasons) but I was counting down the minutes, refreshing the College Confidential forums, and losing my appetite anyways because so many of my friends applied to this school.

Rejection always sucks. As the minutes ticked by, I learned from some of my most brilliant and hardworking friends that MIT rejected them -- for some of them, MIT was all they dreamed of since freshman year.

The past few weeks have been crazy for second semester seniors -- last-minute interviews, scholarships offers, acceptances and waitlists and rejections, likely letters, and campus visits. All while trying to fight off senioritis.

And I don't know what else to say, except that whether you're rejected, accepted, or waitlisted at your "dream" school, I hope you become neurosurgeons, Nobel Prize-winning scientists, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, bestselling authors, CEOs of multinational corporations, and everything else you've ever dreamed of. I hope you fall in love and dance on tables and eat Nutella straight from the jar. I hope you expect a lot and I hope you give a lot.

And mostly, I hope this year will be nothing you expected and everything you wanted.

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Miss Couturable

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Perfect match

(Photo Credit -- Garance Doré and Christopher Peterson)
I'm a hopeless romantic and I'm a sucker for good-looking couples. So obviously, I've been obsessing over the blooming romance between Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist and Garance Doré of, er, Garance Doré. I never bothered following Brangelina or other celebrity couples -- but these two?

I wish them a happily ever after -- and lots of wonderful collaborations in the future.

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Miss Couturable

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Coraline and buttons

I finally saw Coraline this past weekend. I lamented over the fact that I couldn't see it in 3-D because of some Jonas Brothers movie that's apparently showing in 3-D right now, but I sat down to outrageously-priced $11.50 buttered popcorn that my friend bought and enjoyed the fantastic visuals directed by Henry Selick and based on the book by Neil Gaiman.

Everyone made fun of me for wanting to see it because it was a "kiddie" movie, but a good movie doesn't require an R rating. Interestingly enough, I stumbled upon an article about Coraline's wardrobe -- she might be made of silicon, but her clothes are custom made. Heck, Nike even created a pair of sneakers with buttons inspired by Coraline.

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Miss Couturable

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Move over, Nylon

I'm constantly amazed at what students my age (and younger) are doing, so when I heard about Bay Magazine, a youth print magazine started by students for students (and practically right in my neighborhood!), I was in awe. Students are behind the writing, funding, photography, design, and concept -- which is all impressively done and makes me feel so proud to be a resident of such a thriving area.

So, Tiffany Mo, a junior that I was acquainted with at a sweet sixteen party, writes for Bay and wanted to spotlight me for the magazine. I'm obsessing over the entire publication because it's the product of a group of creative and innovative high school students. They could all teach me a thing or two. Now, I just need to get a copy of the issue in print.

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Take a deep breath

My belief in God was reaffirmed at this moment. A quick Blackberry snapshot of the sublime.

It's been a hectic few days and my skin clearly reflects the lack of rest I've been getting. Interestingly, my school journalism teacher is mandating that everyone starts a blog. Luckily, I already have one that I need to tend to.

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Miss Couturable

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Christian Dior didn't waste his life

I was looking for text to place on my Christian Dior-inspired poster for Graphic Arts class, when I stumbled upon the song, "Christian Dior" by Morrissey.
Christian Dior
You wasted your life
On aroma and clothes
Fabric and dyes
Christian Dior
You wasted your life
On grandeur and style
And making the poor rich smile

You could have run wild
On the backstreets of Lyon or Marseille
Reckless and legless and stoned
Impregnating women
Or kissing mad street boys from Napoli
Who couldn't even write their own name

Christian Dior
You wasted your life
Sensually stroking the weaves of a sleeve

You could have run wild
On the backstreets of Lyon or Marseille
Reckless and legless and stoned
Impregnating women
Or kissing mad street boys from Napoli
Who couldn't even spell the wrong name

Christian Dior
Christian Dior

When you look at me
Failure is all that you see
I discipline my days just like
Christian Dior

I could've run loudly and proudly
All forcible entry
And morally bankrupt
And never non-violent
And drawn to what scares me
And scared of what bores me
Years alone will never be returned

Christian Dior

Lionise maverick
Design if you can
The way to just be a man
To just be a man

Christian Dior
Christian Dior
Christian Dior
Christian Dior
On another related note, John Galliano is channeling Paul Poiret more than Christian Dior this time.

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Miss Couturable

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Maybe I'll visit you someday

My older cousin has been self-studying French for the past few years. In eight days, he will be moving to France from China in order to be with the girl he loves and to study there. He has never been out of China.

Kudos to you, bro. You just reminded me that life is about taking risks and finding new adventures and believing in love.

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Miss Couturable

Monday, March 2, 2009

Amorphous avant-garde

I found this Style.com video about Hussein Chalayan through Pretty Legit.
To be honest, I didn't truly appreciate his work until now. When I was 12, I learned about his 1993 Central Saint Martins graduate collection, in which he presented clothes that he had buried in his backyard. I didn't get it.

But after watching this video, I do. He pushes and challenges what we think we see and I am completely in awe.

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Miss Couturable

Sunday, March 1, 2009

LOL @ me

I couldn't have been the only geek who made fancy AOL Instant Messenger profiles. I don't use AOL Instant Messenger anymore, but back in freshman and sophomore year, I had some embarrassingly cute-looking profiles:
Then, my computer crashed and I started chatting on Google Talk -- where you can't make fancy profiles (and that might be a good thing).

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Miss Couturable