April 30, 2012

Lana del wonderful life

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Lana D. 

...This could also be titled "Why I am so incredibly jealous of Lana D."
Lana is my other big sister (remember my big sis Hatley?) Lana travels all around the world... There's nothing I want to do more. I love traveling. I love going through her pictures, because they're amazing, amazing, amazing!  She came to Paris last spring, and we had the best time! I love when people come visit me in Paris. 

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Lana's family has a place in Australia. To be honest, I'd love to go visit her there. She did invite me! And, I love traveling! Plus, her pictures of Australia are awesome. But but buuuuut... I am deathly afraid of spiders and sharks... and I know that there are millions of them there. I'm so serious... I have nightmares about sharks and spiders. Nightmares! Sometimes, I think of them and start shaking. If someone makes sure that there are no spiders in my room, in my bed, in my food, in my seat.... all the time... I'll consider it.

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As you can see, she is friends with my 'big sis' Hatley:

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She came to visit me in Paris last year: 

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And, I have a tooon of pictures... care to guess where each picture was taken? All around the freakin' world. That I can tell you! Some pictures aren't of her, they're pictures she herself has taken. Lana is also an outstanding photographer! I think she took a class once back at home in California... 
It would be super fun to do a photo shoot with her, I'm sure! I wish I could this summer, but she's going back home, I believe! Come visit me at Smith, Lana! God, she makes me want to travel like crazy. 

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Lana, you're a wonderful person! I miss you. 
Everyone else: Don't you wish you could just take off and discover the world?

Love, Freedom & Truth

V.

April 18, 2012

Turquoise in the Sun

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I did it! I have turquoise highlights instead of purple ones. When I bought Manic Panic purple dye, it only really worked when I left it on all night. Still, it wasn't THIS bright! This brand is "Punky Colour". Also left it overnight and look how awesome!

Tonight I'm seeing The Lumineers in concert with Kady! Yay! so fun. Unfortunately, can't take the camera, so there won't be pictures.

Here are some fun pictures from today! So sunny and nice.

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Like my turquoise highlights? I love them so much! 
Have a wonderful Wednesday! xx

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Love, Freedom & Truth

V.

April 6, 2012

:: Interview with Delightfully Tacky ::

Hello folks! 
It is FRIDAY. Good God, this week was so long - and yet so short... Every week I feel like music becomes even more important to me, and I try to do even more to make it all happen. It's an incredible feeling. I'm trying to make plans for Ireland this summer but the biggest problem is finding a place to stay in Dublin... for free, would be ideal. Know anyone!? I'm a poor college student with dreams!


I really hope you all got to read this post I wrote with love for all. It IS long, yes.. But I'm sure you can get something out of it! And did you see this post on my future step-mom? haha, Kidding. Maybe.


Here is a wonderful interview with lovely Elizabeth from the great blog Delightfully Tacky.




Where did you grow up? What did you love most about it?

I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.  I loved so many things about growing up there.  There was very little fashion influence, so I grew up without getting preconceived notions of what goes with what & fashion "rules" and all that.  I feel like that allowed me to explore my own style more organically and genuinely.  I also love the adventurousness that growing up in a place like Alaska instilled in me.  I was always running around outside, playing in the woods, flying around with my Dad in his plane, etc. etc.  To a certain degree, I feel like growing up in Alaska gave me part of my sense of fearlessness.


What are the most important things (values) in your life?
Family, independence, adventure...


What's your favorite...
movie?  I kind of like shows more than movies, come to think of it. I love Mad Men and Walking Dead a lot.
book? The Road Less Traveled, Irresistible Revolution, and The Fountainhead.
band?  Radiohead.
City?  Anchorage, Alaska.
mode of transportation?  Bike... or horseback.  Or Winnebago.
cocktail?  There's a bar here in town that makes the most amazing cocktail. It has lavender, lemon and coconut.  SO good!
beer?  Depends on my mood.  Sometimes I like a heavy IPA and sometimes I want a lighter wheat beer.  But I'll say Alaskan Amber, for nostalgia's sake.
Season?  Summer.
Quote? To be nobody but yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. -e.e. Cummings


If you had to choose a last meal...? *entrĂ©e,  main course,  salad,  dessert and  drink!
I would have my favorite brown sugar salmon, king crab legs with drawn butter, a ceasar salad from Glacier Brewhouse, that drink I mentioned above (lavender,lemon, coconut, etc), and chocolate chip cookie dough.

Describe your typical day!
Wake up.  Check the blog, twitter, email, etc.  Eat breakfast.  Do more checking of internet stuff and/or go through my Bloglovin'.  Go to a coffee shop with Dan & work.  Eat lunch.  Work more/do outfit photos.  Go climbing.  Work more. Eat dinner.  Go out to get a drink with Dan or stay in and watch a show.  Sleep.

How is married life treating you? And can you tell us a little bit about your wedding day? 
Married life is great.  I don't really know what to say about my wedding day other than it went by really fast. To a certain degree I'm of the opinion that the wedding day doesn't matter all that much.  People expect you to put on this huge party and stuff, but that doesn't really matter.  What matters is the commitment made in the presence of people committed to helping you honor that commitment.

Where do you like to shop? Do you have a favorite item in your closet? 
I like to shop at Modcloth for more fancy stuff, but I like thrifting a lot for finding inexpensive, unique items.  I also go to forever 21 when I have something in mind that I want, but can't seem to find it at a thrift store.
I have a few dresses that I like, mostly just because they're super easy to wear and I just feel great in them.  I'm also wearing a certain plaid buttondown all the time lately.  And my new cropped denim jacket.

Can you give busy/tired college students quick tips for dressing well every (other) day?
Pick out something to wear the night before so you can sleep in as long as possible.  I hate waking up early and I literally cannot convince myself to get up earlier than I need to just to pick out an outfit.

You seem to have changed your hair a lot... When did you start dyeing your hair and how does it feel to change it?
I'm actually not one to change my hair a lot.  Up until I dyed it red, it had been the same for ... like ever.  When I was 23 I became a redhead and It was red for about a year and then I just decided to have fun and dye it pink and teal.  I went back to red after the summer for my wedding, and now I'm back to my natural dark brown.  It's not really scary or anything.  It's just hair and you can usually fix any terrible mistakes you make.  Plus, it grows back.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
Working for myself and encouraging others.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now... where would you go? 
Maui!

Do you follow politics? If there's one thing you could change about the problems in the US, what would you want to change? 
I used to, but it's to full of hate for me to feel like it's an effective way to change the world.  I think if I could change one thing about problems in the US it would be for people to be more responsible - with their money, with how they treat others, with how they converse with people of other ideologies and in other parts of the world.  I don't know... I feel like it's too complicated to change just one thing.

If you had three wishes, what would they be?
That my winnebago would run on hopes and dreams, that the summer would be as long as winter and winter as short as summer, and that polaroid film would be less expensive.


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Or FOLLOW her. 
Or Read her blog!

I hope you enjoyed this interview with this delightful person! 



Love, Freedom & Truth

V.


April 5, 2012

Life is short & the world is small

I haaaaad to share this wonderful picture that was taken today by some random stranger of my dad and Lisa Hannigan!

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I kind of hate that she is living in Paris, my home, while I'm here in Northampton, MA... not that I don't love this little town. But, we could hang out and play songs together if I were in Paris! (dreams, dreams) And eat delicious goat cheese... Man, I love Paris. I miss Paris! 
Is this not amazing though? I'm so happy. I know I wasn't there, but I love that my dad met Lisa! He loves her music!

Go to her YouTube page to listen to her music.

Man, this is just amazing... Can't get over it. Vx

April 4, 2012

Instant Gratification


Hey everyone,

I probably won't have much time to write many posts this week. I'm quite busy... Well, I could find the time, but I have other priorities. Which is a perfect segue for what I want to talk about.


I went to this really interesting lecture the other day called Getting more done by slowing downIt was incredibly interesting. 
She said something sooo true.. People say "I don't have time" all the time, but it just means something else is more important. I've actually always been aware of that. You make time for what's important. 
I love to be there for people. When someone invites me to their concert, I will be there for them. If someone tells me to listen to their show at 5am, I will get up. If my best friend wants to Skype even though there's a 6 hour time difference between Paris and Massachusetts, I will find time. The problem is that we procrastinate soooooooo much... How much time do you spend on Facebook? Twitter? Tumblr? Pinterest? YouTube? StumbleUpon?
So the lecturer just proved my point. There's always time. Unfortunately, priorities are sometimes screwed up. That reminds me of when I would ask my ex (who I doubt will be reading this, so it's okay) if he wanted to hang out during the weekend, and he used to say "I'll see if there are any parties/if my friends are doing anything, and then I'll let you know." At the time, I didn't really realize how unbelievably unacceptable that is. And it makes me so so so sad because I should've been stronger and I should've broken up with him but I just waited and waited and waited, getting hurt all the time. I tried to be nice to him, thinking that my good behavior would rub off on him or something. But the truth is "Sometimes we expect more from others because we’d be willing to do that much for them." And I hate it sooo much, because... it's not fair. It wasn't fair back then and it isn't fair now. And I guess that scarred me, because I don't like letting people get away with it. Putting me last on their list of priorities, I mean. I don't know if I'm too harsh about it now, but I really don't think anyone should feel unwanted or unimportant. My feeling is... I'm not an option


At the lecture, she also talked about cellphones and iphones and ipads and ipods and laptops and computers and aaaaaaaaah all of that! We're constantly talking to people, searching for something, listening to something. People expect us to be available 24/7. It's all about instant gratification. Personally, I hardly ever take my phone with me... When I'm hanging out with someone, I think it's incredibly rude for them to be on their phone the whole time. Multi-tasking... is a myth. You cannot CANNOT text and listen to someone talking to you at the same time. You cannot work and watch a TV show at the same time. What you're doing is switching tasks every few seconds or minutes, but you work WAY slower and you're just not as good. And it's not nice for the person you're with. 
Another piece of advice? Turn off your phone when you go to bed... You're not supposed to be available 24/7. I know a lot of people who pretty much live with their friends. They can't spend a minute alone... I need my alone time. Lots of it, really... And I think it's perfectly fine to like to spend time with yourself. Not that I don't like other people! I certainly do! But... I need alone time. You're reading this long-ass thing, thinking I must be super talkative... but that's only 1/2 the time. My favorite feeling is having a great friend I can just be silent with. There's nothing wrong with silence. 


Last night, I went to Self Defense and we ended up talking during the whole class. It was fun, but also funny because lately I've been feeling like I really need to lose some weight and I thought "Perfect, a work-out tonight!" But we sat in a circle and just asked the teacher about her life. Instead of homework, she just said "Love yourself this week." 
But, you know what? That is homework. I bet we all spend a lot of time thinking negative thoughts about ourselves and others. Be positive... I mean, I'm having a hard time staying positive this week. But I'm tired of feeling emotionally exhausted. It's not worth it. 
Hey, you! LOVE YOURSELF THIS WEEK.

One of the (older) students in Self Defense said "Don't plan your whole life out, things change." I almost cried. I have a hard time with that, because I like plans, I like to know where I'm going, I like to know that nothing bad is going to happen to me. The teacher said: "Learn to ride the waves of emotion." Man, that's a hard one. Because when you're down, it's really hard to think "It's okay, I'll be okay soon." But you will. If you're crying now, you'll be smiling soon. Just "keep breathing"!

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I also talked about how my mom always says: If you want to change something about someone, don't go out with them and think you can change them (apparently women do that all the time). A person has to want to change. If you can't accept them the way they are, DON'T. DO. IT. Run the other way. It won't be right. I mean BIG changes. Things you know you won't be able to live with. 


(187 Quote. You don't have to agree with that! I know many don't. It just goes well beside the thing I wrote. I know a lot of people want to "have fun". Personally, I've never had fun dating/in relationships. It's always ended in tears and sadness. So I'm not particularly a fan of the whole 'dating for fun'. I doubt it would be fun if it weren't something true. These things just don't seem to work out for me. If you're like me and you feel that no one will ever love you, snap out of it. Now, I know I should take my own advice, but HA! It's f**king hard now isn't it. All I know is that you have to be yourself. Be the best version of yourself. Just because people don't treat you right, doesn't mean you should give up on the idea of treating people right. Someone out there will appreciate your efforts, your love, and your true self and will want to do the same for you. Until then, I don't know. You're young, free, be happy. Right? Someday someone will love the fuck out of you.)

My teacher also said: Go for your dreams. Don't just take a job for the money. It won't make you happy. Go for what you really want. The money will come. Somehow. Life is hard enough, make it worth it by doing what you love. [ Don't worry, be happy. ]

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Something else I learned this week... 
Learn to let go. It's incredibly hard, I know. But learn to let go of whatever or whomever is making you unhappy. It is/They are not worth it. If people are made to be in your life, they will be. There's a difference between letting go and giving up. Even if they feel the same. 
Also think of this quote though: "Never let go of anything you can't go a day without thinking about." If I take that advice, then I'm pretty much f**ked. 

 (<--I think that's a very interesting quote.) 

I'm aware of how annoying I am sometimes. I like to think that we all have our faults (...) I can be extremely dramatic. But I don't realize it until waaay after I did whatever dramatic thing I did. And when I get mad... man, that can just be hell on earth for everyone involved. Again with my stories, I think it's because I put up with all my ex's crap without ever getting mad at him because I thought we'd break up, and I thought he'd give up on me, and he'd get mad and all.. But now that I think of it... Is that not the most absurd, irrational, STUPID thing ever?!! If someone puts up with all your crap, then don't let them go because they're not giving up on you


On the same note, I also think that a wonderful thing to believe is this: 


It's just... comforting, no? I don't know. It reminds me of The Notebook (Hello, are you telling me "Oh, but The Notebook is just a movie, it's not reality, you're just in love with Ryan Gosling"? I am aware, thank you!) Just because it was "meant to be". And it's easy to let go of stuff when you think "Well, a true love story never ends." Maybe for a while, you'll HOPE that it's going to work out, and then, with time, you just forget about it, and stop caring and... it wasn't meant to be, so there you go! You're fine in the end. Not just in Relationship-type situations. I know it sounds like I'm just talking about that. You'll be fine in everything. Which reminds of this: 


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Love, Freedom & Truth,
V.


PS. See, I found time to write this post.





April 1, 2012

We own the night: Boston

Boston nightlife.

...We had fun!


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I believe this is the end of the Boston posts! Hope you liked them and could see how much fun we had!



Love, Freedom & Truth,

V.
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