30 March 2009

"This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you"

Today is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh(1853). So in honor, I have included a picture of Starry Night, which is one of my favorite paintings, as well as one of my current favorite songs(by Don McLean, as quoted in the post title).

"Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. "

First day back to classes after spending a week on Spring Break. It was a nice break, but I do feel somewhat good and relaxed to go back to school. Hope everyone who already went on spring break had a good one.

29 March 2009


Finally made it on a short day trip over my Spring Break. I went to Mobile, Alabama for the first time in my life and visited the Mobile Museum of Art. It was really nice inside. They had a Norman Rockwell exhibit that was pretty neat to see. As well as a St. John's Bible rendition. This group of people are re-writing the St. John's Bible. It's hand-written and filled with pictures, all done in calligraphy. We only got to see sections though because the whole thing will not be done until 2011! It was all pretty amazing. There was even an Andy Warhol painting. He is one of my favorite artists (...along with Rene Magritte).
The only sad two things was that 1) By the time we got done going through the museum, the gift shop was closed. 2) Cameras were not allowed in the building, so I cannot share these pictures with you. Although they did have a few cool sculptures outside of the museum.

Mobile Museum of Art:

The museum building:

A sculpture of the Holy Bible:

Not exactly what this sculpture is supposed to represent:

A girl sculpture knelt down:

A painted trash can:

A bridge outside of the museum, leading from the museum to a playground.

27 March 2009

Edward Steichen

Happy Birthday to Edward Steichen. Born today in 1879 (and died in 1973), he has been made famous for his amazing photography. In 1923 Vanity Fair named him "the greatest of living portrait photographers."

"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera."

"When that shutter clicks, anything else that can be done afterward is not worth consideration."

"The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth."

Charlie Chaplin was a favorite subject of Steichen's:

"You know... that a blank wall is an apalling thing to look at. The wall of a museum - a canvas - a piece of film - or a guy sitting in front of a typewriter. Then, you start out to do something - that vague thing called creation. The beginning strikes awe within you."

"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man."

"Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things."

"Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product."

His portrait- The Pond Moonlight sold for $2.9 million, which became the highest price ever paid for a photograph at auction.

26 March 2009

Birthdays and Spring Break

Today seems to be a good day for the birthday's of writers...

My favorite playwright, Tennessee Williams was born in 1911:

My favorite poet, Robert Frost, was born in 1874:

I wanted to show everyone what I've been doing on my spring break. Yesterday I went down to FWB...again. Not much of a vacation since I seem to go there every week. Nevertheless here are some pictures..

Me modeling against the Floyd's Shrimp House sign:

These 'Howl at the Moon' signs were all over the place:

I'm definitely a Coca-Cola fan:

They had the Black Pearl sign and it reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean:

Me walking down to the beach:

24 March 2009

Time for the Remix

For my post today, I thought I'd dedicate it to remixes. Not necessarily by me, but from Rachel Bilson. Of course I must remix my clothes because I don't have the budget to constantly buy new clothes. But it is nice to see a celebrity who can afford more clothes than I can, but still remix her clothes. Here are a few of Bilson's remixed looks that I have discovered.

Do these boots look familiar...

Have you seen this hat...

Or this blue dress...

And, is it just me, or do these two outfits look very similar...

23 March 2009

Movie Day

This day has been pretty tiresome. I've napped and have just been watching movies. Particularly The Darjeeling Limited. I get very starstruck over watching Adrien Brody. He's been my favorite actor since I was 12(and I'll be 20 in a couple of months).

Also watching Almost Famous. I know we all remember the Cameron Crowe film about the fictional band, Stillwater...

Photos courtesy of Google

21 March 2009

Hippies and Chalk

Today I've discovered the wonderful world of street chalk. I got this Easter bunny shaped chalk set a few years ago and I have never used it. That is until today. I drew blue hearts on the walkway in my backyard. It was surprisingly fun. And I might continue to draw in chalk on my driveway...

Today I discovered a few interesting facts about my mother. Apparently she was quite the hippie in her day. I was talking about 60's inspired fashions, such as the hair bands, etc., and she really wore all of them in her youth. She was a vegetarian in high school, and still currently is. She had that loose, wavy hair, and even used to drive one of those VW van/bus things--how hilarious. Also, I learned that one of her sisters was present at the original woodstock. I seem to have quite the family history.

20 March 2009

Happy Spring!

Today is the birthday of the late Fred Rogers. Better known to most as Mister Rogers(You know: "Won't you be my neighbor." I grew up watching him, so I must join in remembering this amazing man. I don't know if any of you are aware, but he is an interesting character in his own right.
*He was an ordained Presbyterian minister.
*Most of the cardigans he wore on Mister Rogers were hand knitted by his own mother.
*One day, he and a friend were on a bus, and the passengers were so excited to see him that they all broke out into song of "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood."

Happy 40th birthday to The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The beloved children's book by Eric Carle celebrated its anniversary today. And Google has taken notice when it has dedicated its title to this caterpillar...

This random bird was found randomly hanging in my backyard. I decided to snap a picture of it to show it off to you guys. It looks like a toucan to me, but my mom suspects it to be a parrot...

Went to play tennis today at my college. It's my favorite sport. I'm not perfect at it, but I do enjoy getting out there and whacking a few balls. And playing tennis reminded me of all the tennis greats that came before me...

Roger Federer:

Venus and Serena Williams:

Anna Kournikova:

Maria Sharpova:

19 March 2009

Head Cases

So, I am officially on spring break today. Apparently I was since 10:45 am. I thought it wouldn't start until tomorrow, but my Friday class is not demanding my attendance. So, that is how I arrived to this holiday, but I regret to inform that it will seem to be a little dull. I don't really have anything planned for my week ahead.

I didn't wear my scarf like this today. I actually did wear a light blue embroidered beanie hat, but I was trying to discover other ways to wear this scarf. I got the scarf from Wet Seal almost a year ago and I've only worn it about once.
I do like the headscarf trend, even though it is a little bit old. But I guess good fashions never really go out of style. They have been around for so long--worn in the 1960s and still in the Muslim community. Unfortunately, though, I could not find any recent pictures of headscarves, so these are a little old as well...

On the runway (Paul Smith):

Nicely enough, they have been used for cancer patients who have lost their hair through chemo:

Of course it has trickled down to celebrity style:

Jennifer Lopez:

Katie Holmes:

Eva Longoria, Nicole Ritchie, Lindsay Lohan:

all pictures are courtesy of google images.