Tuesday, January 27, 2015

*sobs* okay, I'd like to thank-*music starts playing*

Big shout out and thanks to the incredibly awesome Shay from Forever Bedhead (check out her blog here) who has nominated me for the Liebster Award!

For this award, FUCK THE RULES MAN

Okay here are the rules:

-Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
-Answer the questions given by the nominator
-Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers and link them
-Notify all the bloggers you nominate
-Create 11 new questions for your nominees to answer:

These are Shay's questions and my answers:

- Where would you like to be in 10 years? All logic put aside.

In 10 years I'll be 26 in NYC and hopefully a happy writer for an original, innonvative magazine like i-D, Oyster, LOVE, Vogue, etc. with a great group of pals and a tight family and I want to still be creating art, exploring photography, and traveling to Spain, and skateboarding, and continuing my future annual trips to FYF fest and Coachella and in a happy relationship with a cool guy (maybe married?). In 10 years maybe I'll master the art of being carefree but focused at the same time or maybe I would've found a way by then to get in good w queen campbell (naomi, that is)

- Do you like 80's music? If so, what is your favorite band from that era?
I don't think I can say I like or dislike 80s music--I've never really gotten into it that much. But I can say I'm a fan of The Wake and I can appreciate some Joy Division

- What is your favorite social media site?
Tumblrrr. Or is this too predictable? In which case, I change my answer to myspace.

- Would you rather be apart of the X-men or the Avengers?
X-men! Cyclops! And at the risk of sounding superficial, an all black ensemble goes a long way with me and their  whole aura is dangerous, mysterious, and intimidating which is appealing for some reason

- What is your favorite article of clothing currently in your closet?
I have this long, black and gold lace cardigan, with fringe hanging off the end that makes me sashay and feel powerful with every step I take.

- How has your day been?
My day's been pretty alright! In one of my classes, we had a stimulating debate on race and religion, I really liked my outfit, the sun was shining all day, I met new people today, and the drive to and from school was enjoyable because my car smells like cotton candy. And to top it off we had takeout for dinner and now I'm doing this instead of homework

- If you could marry one celebrity, who would it be?
WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME! Ugh if you could somehow morph Jesse Williams, Kellan Lutz, Jimmy Fallon, Marshawn Lynch, and Leonardo DiCaprio into one person, that's The One

- What is the first thing on your "recently watched" list on Netflix?
Haven't watched anything on Netflix in a while but I'm pretty sure the last thing I watched on there was One Day (which yall should watch if you havent yet)

- Who is the last person you texted and what is your relationship to that person?
Kelcie, she's one of my bestest friends from the croc-wearing days of 2nd grade

- What are some podcasts you frequently listen to?
Can't say I listen to any podcasts

- If your mortal enemy approached you, how would you fight them?
I'd stun them into a stupor with my mean bitch face and I used to run track and cross country so I'd activate my super speed and run away to my house and eat some goldfish probably

The bloggers I'm nominating are:

The questions I'm posing for my nominees are:

-What does your last text say?
-What's your dream pet? (Animal doesn't have to be domesticated)
-What's the most played song on your ipod/iphone?
-How's your week been?
-If you had a time machine, where would go?
-Describe one of your most embarrassing childhood memories
-Tell me about a food/meal that you 'd never get tired of and could eat everyday
-Choose three of your FAVORITE celebrities (actors, musicians, etc.) Now choose, fuck, marry, and kill for each of them and why
-I just served you with the best yo mamma joke of all TIME. What's your response?
-What is/are your ultimate goal(s) for the future?
-Describe your aesthetic/style

Thanks again Shay! This was a lot of fun, and I hope the rest of you lovely nominated bloggers have just as much fun too!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

the water

It was a nautical, rainy day in New Orleans last week on a chilly class field trip.
That same day, I became entranced by the water <3 It was a day you could plainly call "Under the Sea, Above the Sea"




My bus seat window was condensating and we were in bumpy motion, but we passed by a local new orleans store called "A Girl Is A Gun"! I immediately recognized it from this picture on tumblr:

and this phrase instantly resonated with me and became one of my favorite collection of words. Because what really is more powerful than a badass woman?

I'm pretty sure these were penguins!!!! (I'm not entirely sure because they typically live in extremely cold climates) BUT NEVERTHELESS, these critters were too entirely CUTE

see ya later, land creatures

Sunday, January 11, 2015

when nobody’s around that’s when we own this town


My polyvore has been a little dusty and I can't stop thinking about the desert and bonnie and clyde. Inspired by the aforementioned and "Derka Blues".


Saturday, January 10, 2015

beach rats reckless days

Hey yall! I don't know if I've mentioned here yet how interested and intrigued I am by the American southwest aesthetic. Deserts, red, orange, and purple hues, cowboys, boots, black horses, sun, bandanas, chips and salsa..the usual! The history and cultural context of the Arizona, New Mexico, and Texan landscape and style that's traditional in a vintage sense but is so capable of being reinvented which is what makes me so darn dang flabbit yeehaw curious about it. 

Eddie O'Keefe

Often I feel like people think desert and think of this vast, dry infinity with scattered reptiles, cacti, and tumbleweed. That is a true factor, but I think the uncoventional, quiet beauty and warmth of the Wild Wild West is what makes it so visually appealing. Like the way the sand stirs, the chameleon-like skies changing colors, the rippling heat waves, and the rustic traditional yet rebellious vibe--it's a hot contradiction.

Chelsea Boots always upgrade my strut level from a solid 8 to a thunderous 12.

Boots: ASOS
Pants: Forever 21
Bolo Tie: Urban Outfitters
Pullover Sweater (It actually has cool little slits on either side of the torso that you cant see from these pictures but are surely worth mentioning): Urban Outfitters

Driving on my way to school a few days back, but it's okay because I was stopped because our red light takes 1000 years, and I was wearing my new bandanna bolo tie and the sun struck my face in a favorable way and I felt like a figure from the West, like all I needed was a Clyde for my Bonnie. I craved a fajita in this moment and felt like watching Holes.

I've always daydreamed about road tripping with friends through the southwest, going to music fests and just immersing myself in the uninhibited, free spirit nature that I feel like comes standard with this region <3 For now, I'll keep making that a goal and teleport myself there as best I can. 

Squadding up with the crew

The Growlers has more of a surf vibe to their music, but nevertheless they're still awesome! "Beach Rats" tells the story of a beach grom who seems to have strayed in the wrong direction somewhere along the way. Lead singer Brooks Nielsen croons with such reminiscence

"So how did we get to be so far away
from the things we love
So sad to see a boy's love for the waves
get replaced by a drug..."

It's blanketed with misty nostalgia, and the springing tambourines and coordinating drum beats kinda makes you want to direct your own western film with yourself starring as the lead cryptic bounty hunter atop your mustang named Rocky.

sources: vice mag//sodapophead.com//google images


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

eddie o'keefe: a dedication

To all my Rookie lovers, or lovers of any kind, don't live with regrets! And I'm saying this because you really don't want to miss out on this cool guy, Eddie O'Keefe who I'm positive you'll fall in love with. (I could probably be a gr8 salesperson one day) He's a talented young photographer, videographer, writer, and overall artist who conveys a message through his art that leaves you feeling a little confused-in a pleasant way- and a little dangerous. In his photography, western, vintage themes are highly prevalent as is '50s-'60s music and themes of violence--think standoffs in the town square in old time barren southwestern towns, Django Unchained, etc. Added themes of innocence and religion heighten this intimidating, almost unsettling feeling, but he blurs these lines so carefully that despite the subtle uneasiness, you can't help but to look on in awe at the raw, brazen and unafraid truth in his photos...

What a combo 
The man of the hour
(source: Always Sunday Photography)

Eddie O'Keefe, also a director, derives his inspiration from films, locations, and genres like Rushmore, Pulp Fiction, Midnight Cowboy, American Graffiti, The Graduate, Band of Outsiders, Bandlands, and Rock n' Roll.The GHOSTS is a film from Eddie O'Keefe as a part of his project The Teenage Head. It's a film about rebellion, love, boredom, and various heartache, and it's just so freaking beautiful to look at.

                          The GHOSTS from Eddie O'KEEFE on Vimeo.

still from American Graffiti

Aptly named, The Teenage Head is like a literal transportation to a new world--new to us, because we didn't exist in the high rolling years of Elvis and cowboy fascination. (Also check out The Teenage Head tumblr because it's fire too) But O'Keefe has brought it back and revived it in a way that will stick with you, if not forever, for a very long time. The Teenage Head has this weird irony because it's a virtual display and collection of photos, themes, and vibes that embody teenagedom, yet it's all taken from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. It makes me think that maybe each previous generation collectively forms a blueprint of sorts for the generation to come--a blueprint of music and culture that embraces the innate counterculture aspect of teen youth. So maybe the next time my parents show me something from their teen years or another Boyz II Men CD they're keeping to remind them of the "good ol days" I should embrace it more and not think of it as completely corny. Everything about The Teenage Head is all still so stunning to me, months after first coming across it. I could never describe something as perfectly or as unconventional as the way Eddie describes his art, so this is The Teenage Head: 


Some highly abstract, highly particular feelings and scenarios that one experiences throughout their life that relate in some ways (or not) to THE TEENAGE HEAD’s voice:
a. When you see an old picture in a text book of ancient art and you realize that nothing you ever do will last that long or be that beautiful and at first you’re kind of sad about it, but then ultimately you’re strangely comforted by this fact.
b. When you’re walking somewhere and the weather is brisk and the sun is low and you feel like you could maybe just walk forever and be alone and then a car passes you and they’re playing one of your favorite songs and you just listen as it drives away and the melody fades.
c. When you can wear a t-shirt at night in the summer and all is still and the crickets are going and all the lights in the houses glow orange and warm.
d. The realization that there is no further west to explore and that all the land on Earth has been uncovered and mapped and that true freedom — the kind you experience only tangentially on long road trips or during the first few months of a new love — does not really exist.
e. The way a neon sign looks against dusk-light when you’re driving down a highway past a small town in the middle of nowhere.

If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a season, it would last from July until October; kicking off with Independence Day (firecrackers, lake houses, sunscreen) and culminating with Halloween (VHS horror movies, sweater weather, burning leaves).
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a sound-bite it would be the first three-seconds of Link Wray’s “Rumble” or the kick drum that ignites “Like A Rolling Stone.” Or perhaps it would be the cry of a home run as heard via a radio broadcast (the crack of the bat; the cheers; the glory).
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a scene from a movie, it would most likely be the pistol whipping scenefrom Goodfellas.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a year, it would be 1965.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a member of the Rat Pack, it would be Dean Martin.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a martini it would be a beer.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were a color it would be yellow. But yellow as represented by an oldPolaroid. A Polaroid sitting in a shoebox in some kid’s closet in a room that hasn’t changed since 1979. A room that hasn’t changed because the boy who lived in it died on prom night when he went too fast around dead man’s curve in his Plymouth and smacked into a tree (and now he and his teen-bride haunt that stretch of road looking for redemption. Or a ride home. And the boy’s parents never bothered to change his room. They just left it like it was and haven’t entered it in thirty years. And now it’s just a closed door that they walk past every day of their lives. His dirty laundry, waiting to be washed; his bed, waiting to be made.) That kind of yellow.
If THE TEENAGE HEAD were to write a traditional mission statement, they might say that...
They hope to impress upon the masses an offbeat, original and lasting point of view.
i. To be electric.
j. To cut through the noise of the Internet.
k. To stick.
They know this will take time. They are hungry. They are young. They will never die."



                      BABY CHUCK - Whatever Is Happening from Eddie O'KEEFE on Vimeo.

A Baby Chuck song that fits the vibes.

see ya later cowboy

Monday, January 5, 2015

quick before we grow too old

a mini photo diary of the last few days before the earth completed another full rotation feat. a warm song by Tea Leigh (fun fact: I emailed her when I was like 11 gushing about this song and she replied back to me and I was so starstruck!! Too bad the e-mail is lost in cyberspace). Oh! Also trigger warning if you're sensitive to minor boo boos

I started a journal, inspired by Tavi and Petra, in the Spring of last year. The pages have been winding down ever since and I reached the final stages a few days before the new year.

 My last selfie of 2014. Dramatic as always and listening to You're Not the One by Sky Fereirra

 Though I'm not through reading Rookie Yearbook One-which I got for christmas!-, this spread as part of the photo entry "The Old Crowd" by Chrissie White is my absolute favorite--especially the photo of the running, presumably angry trio. The styling by Elvia Carreon is fabulous too.

Okay this was actually from a month ago on a school field trip, but it's included here because in 2k14 I met this cool guy and we just had a connection ya know? He's just..different than most guys.


By one of my friends, because we now only have 1 1/2 years left of high school. Did I mention how we're a bit dramatic?

  30 seconds of pretending your life's a music video listening to music will result in the sad walk of shame back to your cul-de-sac and a tiny little penis.

I love this photo of my door (shoutout to rookie for the bomb stickers!) because the intense flash kinda makes it look fake, but it jut sparkles with jewels.