Midweek Musings: Mulligan & Moore

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

1. Combat Boots \\ Liv As You Please 

My adorable Chi O friend Olivia recently started a fashion blog and I couldn't be happier to cheer her on. Olivia is someone I always make an effort to see what she is wearing, particularly to our Chapter meetings. She's got this cool downtown vibe imbued in her personal style and is the sweetest, nicest person you will ever meet. I love this outfit post she did about her favorite pair of combat boots. This is the kind of casual cool I can only hope to emulate one day. She's like a young Grace Coddington. Cheers, Liv, and can't wait to follow all your adventures on your new blog!

Image from Liv As You Please

2. Zora Neale Hurston Lunchbox Lecture \\ Moore College

I recently attended a Lunchbox Lecture at the Honors College and the woman who spoke, Valerie Boyd, is a biographer of Zora Neale Hurston! I wrote a research paper (THE junior year Carmen research paper, for those of you who went to my HS) in high school about Hurston and my life was quite changed after studying her philosophy of life. Her vibrant optimism despite her circumstances as a black woman in the South is incredible. Their Eyes Were Watching God was an incredible influence on my young mind, and I still think about Janie's struggles to come to terms with her womanhood and development into a young adult. TEWWG is a sweet little novel that I'll always hold close to my heart. Anyway, Valerie Boyd gave a great lecture telling about her adventures discovering Hurston and about her current project of editing Alice Walker's journals that before her had yet to be read. One key point I got out of the lectures was the importance of keeping a personal record. I've always had a current journal, but am not great at keeping up with it, so Boyd's talk spoke to me. Where will your biographer get all the personal, interior motivations when she's writing your story? I definitely am going to journal more. For my future biographer's sake, you know.

Here is the link to Valerie Boyd's ZNH biography, entitled Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. I can't wait to read it!

My notes from the lecture.

3. How Tibi Transformed Itself to Survive in a Fast Fashion World \\ Fashionista

In addition to being a kick-ass woman in fashion at the moment, Amy Smilovic was also a Mu Beta!!! (see composite shot below...) This article was sent over our listserv and I thought her commentary on how she kept Tibi relevant amongst fast-fashion competitors like Zara and Topshop was so interesting. Particularly inspiring to read about successful women in business!

(1) Image from SCAD \\ (2) Amy Smilovic's composite picture at Chi O! :)

4. Carey Mulligan Knows the Secret to Being a True New Yorker \\ Vogue
"I've been here for three weeks...I pretty much feel at home here now." - Carey Mulligan 
Continuing in the trend of watching/reading/eating/sleeping anything related to The Big Apple, I loved this Vogue short staring Carey Mulligan. This is definitely going to be me in a couple of weeks: pitiful, ridiculously trying to fit in and coming across as an awkward 20-something wanting to make a new name for herself. Pitiful and ridiculous, but loving every minute of it. Isn't that what New York is all about anyway? Finding the beauty in awkward new beginnings.

5. 7 Day Better Skin Challenge \\ Buzzfeed

I've been struggling with my complexion since my senior year of high school. (Skipped the pizza face stage in middle school, and I guess fate karma came back to bite me in the ass. Thanks Karma. You're a real bitch.) I've read about skin issues and visited about a million dermatologists and tried everything from antibiotics to fancy moisturizers to eliminating dairy (besides the occasional late night Papa J of course...) from my diet and nothing cleared it up. However, I signed up for this Buzzfeed email list that delivered a new skin tip for 7 days, called the 7 Day Better Skin Challenge. I'm working on incorporating all of these simple adjustments into my everyday routine and am hoping to see some results. It's funny to think that out of all the multitudes of fancy pants treatments I've tried, I overlooked all of these simple tweaks that just might hold the secret to a clearer complexion. I'll keep you posted on my progress!

Image from Buzzfeed

That wraps up my musings for the week. Anything catch your eye on the interweb recently?

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