30 August 2010

if you're going to san francisco

Currently reading: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Currently listening to: Alopecia by Why?

So my internship wrapped up quite nicely, and with my first few weeks of free-time since
the dream job ending, I've been keeping myself unbelievably busy! The day after my last
day at work, I jetsetted  to SoCal for my grandpa's 80th bday, my aunt's 50th bday, and my 
cousin's 23rd bday. It was birthday overload, in the best way possible (kind of like how
kathy's birthday is the week before mine and adolfo's is the week after).

I also had the opportunity to make two really great day trips during my California Adventura,
stopping off in LA at the American Apparel Factory and Warehouse Store - which was weird
and awesome, as well as San Francisco to see Abby in her new hood, and dropping by
Chez Panisse for an incredibly gourmet lunch.

Here are some photographs from my visit to SanFran.

Abby and I got coffee, then rode the bus to the Golden Gate Bridge
Kensie Jeans and Tom's Shoes: Hansen's [Encinitas, CA], Tank Top, Tri-Blend Raglan, 
Hoodie: American Apparel [rummage sale, Factory Store, LA], Scarf: Gift [bbbenjamin]

A view of the Bridge 
After splitting up with Abby, I stopped by SFMOMA for a whirlwind hourlong self-guided tour, and stumbled upon remnants of this Matthew Barney performance piece titled Drawing Restraint. SO COOL. I really really really wanna work here. Seriously.

Then I took the BART to Berkeley to meet the family for lunch at Chez Panisse - a beautiful restaurant/cafe that prides itself on cuisine prepared from fresh local produce, situated in the stylized Prairie Style architecture reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

I started off with their signature Green Goddess Salad on a bed of butter lettuces with ripe
sun gold tomatoes, and a glass of red wine - before I ascended to heaven with my main course
of roasted duck on a bed of kale and beans. Juicy, light, crispy, perfect.

Mom and Michelle enjoying their entrees.
For dessert, we ordered one of everything, just to try it all.
Fresh Local Plums, A Peach Tart and Raspberry Sorbet
Creme Anglaise with Fresh Berries, A Mix of Fresh Sorbets and Peaches

Bon Appetite!

18 August 2010

I'm on a boat

currently listening to: alopecia by why
currently reading: in cold blood by truman capote

this entire summer has flown by incredibly quickly! after my whirlwind week in southern
california, i find myself sitting on a bed in lexington, kentucky looking for jobs, listening to
tunes, and smiling to myself over the fact that i have recently renewed by chicago library
card. books books books for life.

these photographs were taken from the midway, a sweet aircraft carrier MUSEUM off the
port of san diego. i had my little brother take tons of pictures of me, but these two really 
capture the feel of the boat.

these pleated pants from american apparel might be my new favorite [i bought them in two
colors!]. i had the opportunity to visit the aa factory/warehouse store in la last week, and
it was totally weird/eye opening to see where my clothing comes from. plus the deals were
lights out. i strongly suggest visiting a factory store of your choice for all of you fashionistas
out there in the blogosphere.

tri-blend tank & pleated chambray pants [american apparel], lace undershirt [mom's], 
cardigan [j.crew], tom's shoes [hanson's], bracelet, necklace, scarf [gifts], sunglasses [jewel osco]

09 August 2010

The Art of The Self Portrait

A famous motif that artists from all times return to over and over again is the self-portrait. Inspired by the many self-portraits I've come into contact with over the years as well as the gallery containing the Thomas Struth photographs of people in museum spaces, I embarked on a project photographing myself in various galleries that I grew to know and love over the course of working here at AIC this summer. Enjoy!

Thomas Struth
Art Institute of Chicago II
Chromogenic Print, Mounted to Acrylic

blouse: f21, denim: target, boots: williams [evanston], necklace: mom's, earrings: cost plus world market