22 December 2009

fashion blog blues

currently listening to: annual mixtape for clay (as i work on it)
currently reading: the pearl [john steinbeck, ie my boyfriend]
currently obsessed with: mad men & julie and julia - mom made julia's meatloaf for dinner tonight!

so last night as i was doing the usual web-surfing and looking for cute things on the internet, i finally visited tavi the new girl in town's blog. you know, tavi, the 13 year old pseudo-famous fashion blogger who has more style in one pinky nail than most of the people on our lovely little planet combined. i'll be honest, i've been tiptoe-ing around her blog, trying not to get too overexcited about it - but last night she worked me into a frenzy! at first i found myself experiencing a whole flurry of feelings ranging from jealousy to inspiration. and i have come to this conclusion: she is fa

anyways, i realized though i have lots of clothing i NEVER wear, and though i complain about my body and the way clothes fit on it regularly - i might as well work with what i've got. you know, shake what my mama gave me? anyways, in light of being inspired by little tavi, as well as the regulars i like to look at littleboat, darlingdarling, and the clothes horse, and also in response to my wonderful trip to southeast asia - i am making a fashion blog post of some of my recent acquisitions from my fantastic journey.

p.s. don't you just love the word acquisition? i'll be using it a lot as a curator, i can only hope...

dress and phonograph ring: chatuchak market (bangkok, thailand), sweater and paisley bangle: consignment shop (rancho santa fe, ca), tights and shoes: merona target, [fake] coco changel earrings: the ladies market (hong kong), jade bangle: shops at victoria peak (hong kong), bugs bangle: the museum of science and industry, baby rose necklace: gift from mari, mari and me necklace: my own, cursive s necklace: nordstrom rack

in case you haven't noticed - i'm a total accessory girl. i love trinkets. i hold the firm belief that anything can be worn as an accessory.
k, time to clean up the mess of my room, make lunch, and go to the dentist! eeps!

happy cram-gift-shopping!

20 December 2009

southeast asia update

currently listening to: the beach boys [endless summer] on vinyl!

thing i liked: the floating market [thailand]

this floating market is one of several around the world - and though the shopping wasn't that great, it sure beat the hell out of the heat, confusion, and sheer mess of the chatuchak market in bangkok, because what's better than shopping while reclining in a boat and having the stores float past you? nothing. if only we could implement this sort of shopping for the holiday season in the united states - and the deals would simply float to and from us as we take it easy, sip hot cocoa, and cross gifts off of our holiday list with sheer ease.

oh you know, just a typical day floating along canals in thailand 

a floating hot food stand next to a store selling trinkets, basically every stand sold trinkets!

we did happen to float upon a spice stand where we purchased large bags of saffron and cardamon for next to nothing - i'm thinking we'll be making some paella in the near future!

i have no idea what this is other than a wooden pole covered in ribbon and flowers - gorgeous either way.

there was color in everything. i couldn't get enough of this place!

hats! everyone here had a hustle, there was a lady selling hats that could be folded into fans. they also had these huge canes where they could just pull your boat over to their boat/stand whether you wanted them to or not. apparently your cabbie/rower gets a small percentage of whatever you buy at the stands, so basically your best bet is to pretend you don't speak any languages, that you have no money, and that you just aren't interested!

more fruit and food stands. behind this boat was a the heart of the market - you could park your boat and climb up to the shops in this shopping center. animal tee-shirts, buddhist sculptures, trinkets, kitsch, they had it all (none of which we really wanted).

a rower rowing across an intersection in the canals 

our rower, taking us all over the place. when she dropped us off, she spoke the only words in english we heard from her all morning "excuse me maam, something for me?".

mari and mom posing for the camera, lovely models on this trip!

me, hamming it up for the camera aboard the boat.

stateside, things are getting back to normal. i'm still recovering from mean jetlag - hence the early morning posting. mom gave me a copy of the joy of cooking and a copy of julia child's mastering the art of french cooking - so my life is going to be very delicious and busy when i get back to school!

i'm currently working on applying for internships anywhere and everywhere in the museum world - and i've narrowed my list down to: the kimbell art museum (fortworth, tx), the norton simon museum (pasadena, ca), the art institute (chicago, il), and the shelburne museum of americana (shelburne, vm). needless to say, it's going to be a busy few weeks when i get back to school with applying for all of these wonderful opportunities! wish me luck.

okay, time to shower and head over to the milwaukee art museum for the warhol exhibition! then buying pies, then kentucky, then nyc for new years!

18 December 2009

back from southest asia

currently listening to: amalia's 2009 mix (thx grl)
currently reading: as i lay dying  [faulkner]

my trip to southeast asia was lights out, absolutely fantastic. i'm currently recovering from serious jetlag, hence the late night blogging but i thought why not get started on updating. i'm thinking the best way to do this is just to do small day-by-day posts about some of my favorite things (in no particular order), so let's get started.

liked: eating at a michelin star rated dim sum restaurant in hong kong

mari got a tip from her friend willy that when in hong kong - check out this sweet little dim sum place that has practically no seating, and all day wait, and some of the best dim sum in the world. we decided we'd give it a shot with excitement and a bit of hunger - and found ourselves with a four hour wait and a chance to explore hong kong.
we arrived at the restaurant around 11 am - mind you it opened at 10 am, and starts assigning numbers. we were  #116. let me reiterate: within an hour of the place being open were were #116. they said come back in two hours. so we went to get cupcakes.

cupcake shop in hong kong - pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, hazelnut and double chocolate

after cupcakes we wondered around the area, stopped in a sweet all cotton store called cottonon where i proceeded to purchase a new pair of black flats AND a fantastic light blue cotton denimy button of WITH shirt pockets. after - i think we were looking for a particular store, but we got totally turned around and wound up at the ladies market - a fantastic assortment of bootleg purses and jewelry, souveniers, and lots of people with a hustle. needless to say we got carried away and did quite a bit of shopping. the ladies market was absurd - not quite as crazy as the chatuchak market in bangkok - but the shopping was amazing. i managed to purchase a darling pair of chanel bow earrings and a black longchamp (both of which are bootleg and fantastic!).

 the ladies market it wasn't up and running fully until around 2 pm, but what there was was good.

we also stumbled upon a wonderful little food market that had exotic fresh produce, fresh fish - some of which was so fresh that it was alive or half alive and skinned with the heart still beating. talk about gourmet.

a couple of produce stands

we returned to the restaurant after two hours - they were only in the high 60's - and we were told come back in another hour. ugh. i'm happy i brought a book. so we took to wandering - again.

here's us just goofing around and taking vanity pictures.

and then as if by some consequence of magic or good timing, after shopping, killing time, getting tired, hunger pains - they called our number - it was all happening - we were eating at a michelin star restaurant - the cheapest one in the world actually. with the help of some locals who could read the menu, which was primarily in cantonese, we were able to pick out some winners which arrived in rapid fashion steaming hot and ready to be consumed!

bbq pork buns - flaky and cripsy on the outside, hot, sweet and bbqed on the inside. mom and i were obsessed.

hunger satisfied dish by dish.

shrimp dumplings of many varieties, steamed, stacked and ready to go!

by this point in time, we have no idea what we're eating, but we're loving every second of it.

my fave - pork chow fun and also some fried egg rolls!!

this is a steamed gluttonous chicken bun wrapped in a banana (?) leaf. everything there is gluttonous and fantastic!

and with that, we downed our bottomless cups of greentea, settled up the bill - which came out to i think less than 20 dollars - tipped (a rare treasure in hong kong), and hit the streets for more wandering and photo-safaris.

19 November 2009

putting off my warhol outline

well hello hello there,

it's been on heckuva november/end of october.
i got my dress from darlingvintage and it was just darling! i have made an oath not to wear it to the painting studio because getting oil paint or gesso on it would be a total bummer. but here's a pic of me in it!

halloween was pretty fantastic. i made a bjork costume out of plastic bags, tulle, tights, cardboard, and feathers, and it was a total hit! i even had bscott draw her tat on my arm in sharpee!

i've been working at the galesburg civic art center four to five hours a week cataloging their permanent collection (388 art objects), and so far i've done just over 100!! woohoo! in the process i've seen a salvador dali, a dorthea tanning, and have rummaged through lots of art in storage. it's super fun and weird there, and i kind of absolutely love it. also, i visited the farnsworth house last weekend and i'm thinking i should be ready to give my first tour once i finish reading the book they gave me!!! i'm pretty stoked. i'm also going to be applying for an internship at the figge art museum in davenport, iowa as a curatorial assistant, i'm just waiting for the position to be posted online!

senior research has been going really great. i am working on my final outline today and tomorrow before i head home for the holidays, and then i'm off to macau/hongkong/bangkok to see mari dearest!

i'm officially done with film class c:! and all i have left for painting is a final crit of my last painting. check it out. oh and mom and ben met jonathon safron foer last night and i'm super duper jealous. they got books signed and everything. totz jealous!

kay that's all i can think of right now. carry on. oh proj run finale is on tonight. who do we think is gonna win???

26 October 2009

schmoozing and falling

art opening was okay, but the art history drinks and schmoozing with the curator at the kimbell was the best. we did the twist, she called me her protege, and gave me her card. i love love love curators, art, art history, business cards, and cher. it was all in all an absolutely fantastic night.
i also started my job cataloging the entire permanent collection at the galesburg civic art center, so i'll let you know how that one goes.

skipped working at the farns-house to go to the curator's talk about her museum and some of her favorite acquisitions (her babies!). also went to coney island with the art history dept. for hot dogs. i'm pretty sure we're all applying for grants to go to the caa (college art association) convention to get our schmooze on. plus it's in chicity, so why not?
had a killer dance party with 'lonesome cowboys' playing on my tv in the background. hit the bars and hit the pavement. didn't clean my boo boo out quick enough and i now have an infected knee. woe is me!

here have some knee pix
day one

day two

 day three
let's hope this zpac nips it in the bud.

ps i watched FIVE i repeat FIVE lifetime movies yesterday, a whole new low.

and my bjork swandress costume is coming along nicely, thanks for asking.

16 October 2009

is it lunch yet?

currently listening to: the flying club cup [beirut]
currently reading: popism: the andy warhol 60's [andy warhol, pat hackett]

so i had a dream that i made out with "hot sam" (lexie...) and then we went to see beirut in concert and i pointed at zac condon and he pointed back at me. and now i can't stop listening to beirut.

i keep telling all the skinny boys in my life to be andy warhol for halloween, but non of them listen to me.

p.s. follow me on tumblr --> http://sandycaribou.tumblr.com/

i've been reading POPism: The Warhol 60's and i think i love andy warhol even more and more. i'm in 1965 and Edie has just entered the picture. i can't wait to get to '67 and read all about Viva and Lonesome Cowboys. i really love and care about my senior research, which is all that i can really ask for.

making things is making zines this afternoon.

and then i get auctioned off at win-a-date!

i'm really into my new haircut

08 October 2009

fall fall fall / +list

currently listening to: reverse migration [au revoir simone]
currently reading: anything about andy warhol and cowboys/indians

+thrift store extravaganza yesterday. got a lot of 80's floral print!
+the art institute's modern wing on tuesday! cy twombly exhibition blew me away!
+going home tonight, hi mom and dad!
+finding lots and lots of good research for my senior thesis!
+new/old friends!
+clay is coming in a week!!!!!
+things with kappa are going so well!
+craft hours are super fun!
+critical mass bikerides in galesburg are lovely!
+making a zine out of the photographs catch rejected (all of them) and the rejection letter they gave me! :c --> :D
+tickets to macau purchased! AND WE HAVE A LAYOVER IN TOKYO! AND A TRIP TO THAILAND!
+letter from bryce!
+letter writing in general!
+d/led new music (au revoir simone, andrew jackson jihad, & the very best)

bbbenjamin at p4k2k9
dev at p4k2k9
mollysoda at p4k2k9

only +'s to report at this point!

04 October 2009

busy as a bee

currently reading: popism: the andy warhol 60's [andy warhol, pat hackett]

this term has been outrageously busy thus far. between kappa, making things, hillel, and three and a half classes, i'm feeling spread pretty thin. i have been finding time to cook though, which is probably my favorite part of the day. i've also been going to the galesburg farmer's market and cooking with the goodies i find each saturday. yesterday i made an apple crisp with a delicious crumble on top, it was a hit. and i've finally figured out how to cook eggplant!

yesterday was simply wonderful. woke up, went for a jog, did laundry, went to the farmer's market, had donuts and tea at ben&evan's, went to dick blick's sale, critical mass bikeride to the new bookstore, baked apple crisp, dinner at evan&ben's, martini's with kappas, adam's birthday party, dance party upstairs in my building, bed. phew. what a day!

i'm taking painting, film, 20th cent. eur. art, and senior thesis, all of which are going fairly well. painting is my favorite, closely followed by my research (sexuality in the themes of the west in art). i'm currently reading a fabulous autobiography by warhol, and i can't help but wish i was friends with him a bit. maybe in another life?

in other news, i started docent training at the farnsworth house in plano, il!! i'm so stoked. it was raining all around the house which was absolutely brilliant. i was completely dry but entirely surrounded by rain. i'm really looking forward to this work. seriously.

i've also submitted a bunch of photographs to the catch literary magazine. I'm thinking of having some enlarged, but we'll see.

molly soda dancing at pitchfork
boys dancing at anamanguchi show in chicago
adam grocery shopping in iceland
mari in the hotel in seattle
the graffiti park our first day in iceland
publicly commissioned art in reykjavik
the bird pond in reyjavik. this was taken at 9 or 10 at night. i'm in love with summer light.

it's getting colder now. the leaves have turned and are falling. i'm feeling good about things. the high holidays were lovely. clay came to town for them. and he's coming to visit in two weeks! things are going really well for us, and i'm just really happy right now. happy fall C:!