Saturday, March 27, 2010

Amoebas Love to Haight Cake

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Sorry, it's blurry cuz I have a shitty camera.
I hung out with my friends Mattie and Catherine on the Haight last weekend. Even though thriftin on the haight isn't real thrifting...I love it anyways. I hadn't been to the haight for the longest time before this month. I'm pretty sure i've gone a minimum of once a week. I even went shopping on the haight...on a monday night with a calculus test that tuesday. Wuddup with that?
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Fat piece of cake that I'm stuffing in my face. Attractive. I know.
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Outfit: Top: H&M, Shorts: Zara, Necklaces: H&M, Shoes: Steve Madden, Hat: Aritzia

PS! Lykke Li is a fan of the Haight too! She came this past november and I had way too much first semester homework to see her. But I'm going to try when she comes back in April for my bday!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Cole Garage

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Every morning, I catch my bus in Cole Valley. It's a cute little part of San Francisco that I didn't know exist before I moved up the hill from it. Now, it's a pretty basic part of my life. It managed to maintain this cute, small town America vibe in my opinion. the buildings are all one or two levels on the main street, there's the local cafes, bakery (la boulange), market, post office, video store, hardware store (yes, Cole Hardware was started on Cole street) and a bunch of restaurants. The garage (auto repair) is maybe the most unusual and unexpected part of Cole Valley. It's honestly a row of little restos and cafes and places where young parents go...and a garage right on the main street. But the garage demonstrates the very neigborhood-y vibe in Cole Valley. You see all those dogs painted on the wall? Those are all real, neighborhood dogs! My friend's dog can be found there, the chubster chihuahua Xoxoa. Soooo come out to Cole Valley! I suggest going to Zazie's for some Brunch and try to get some of those Miracle Pancakes.

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Don't mind my face and strange pose. I was just trying to engage with the painting. I won't do it again.

Outfit: Striped Top: H&M, Denim Jacket, Golden Bow on Jacket: H&M, Dress: AA, Shoes: UO (May they RIP)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Hot Cookies Like to Party

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So this semester, I've been hanging a little bit more. You know, going out. Enjoying the city. So one thing I've been doing a lot recently is getting brunch. I've kind of gotten brunch EVERYWHERE EVERY WEEKEND! The Mission, Hayes Valley, Downtown, Marin, Cliff house, Fillmore, the Haight, Cole Valley and THE CASTRO. Wow, that's a lot of brunchin' no wonder I'm getting a little chubster this semester! Yoga here I come!
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One of my favorite places in the Castro is Hot Cookie. Their cookies are just AMAZING! They're perfectly moist. If you especially like the moistness try the chocolate chip and toffee cookie its SCRUMPTIOUS! YUM I WANT ONE KNOW (chubster) and a Quicklys (double chubster)
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In my humble opinion, best picture ever. Yea I wanna Party! HAHA

Outfit-- Sweater: bloomingdales, Denim Shirt: Thrifted, Skirt: London Topshop, Purse: Vintage Gucci, Shoes: UO, Necklace: Thrifted Paris
Photo cred: Mattie

Saturday, March 20, 2010

My Life in Parks

Missed me? I know, I know. How did you survive without your daily dose of Rachel? Well, probably some of you have been getting a pretty regular dose of Rachel and that's the reason I haven't been able to post anything here on "These Colored Shadows." So a little while ago, it was my friend Catherine's Bday (seen in Mattie's bday post) and she had a wonderful sleepover. To get her present, I headed over to ParkLife on clement. It's a pretty cool store/gallery/blog. I'm currently talking to one of the guys working there to get an internship. I'm being pretty lazy about it, but I'll be more rigorous, promise! I will get a job! I will get some experience and/or money.
I bought these pretty sick birthday cards that are super thin wood (you can see the grain and everything) with big ben or some other designs in gold on top. They were my favorite part of the gift. I got my brother this mini-gold lighter to make up for the poor xmas gift I bought him. There was no real occasion; I just saw it and thought I needed to get it for him. That's basically my approach on gift-giving nowadays. Yes, I look slightly douche-ish on the real gift day. But in the end, they get a much better gift. You know?
So you guys should really check ParkLife out. They have a lot of cool and quirky things. Tons of t-shirts and PLENTY of very unique/artsy/hipster/photo/fashion/advertising/ anything books. Plus they have other little trinkets, magazines, artwork etc etc etc. They also have some pretty cool jewelry.

Here's some things I've bought for friends from Park Life...

I got this for my friend Whit for her 'belated' (6 months later) bday.

I really want to get this for my art history teacher from last year. Bad idea? Maybe...

So basically, you can tell that Park LIfe has some pretty cool stuff. It's like this quirky little SF shop/gallery space. Y'all should check it out.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sunflowers on a Sunny Day

Hey Dearies!
Sorry I haven't really posted for awhile. I've been quite sick recently and haven't been in the mood to post. Plus, as usual, I haven't been able to load any new pictures for awhile. I really need to buy one of those things to connect your memory card to your computer, and maybe a new camera...Ok, going back. So recently in San Francisco, we've had some sunny weather. You remember how I'm sick? So i've just been staring at the beautiful sunny, blue skies. It's been horrible. I've been eating a lot of Miette graham crackers with berries to soften my sorrow. So here's a picture of me, enjoying beautiful weather, outside, nice and healthy eating ice cream (oh how i miss you) and holding some sunflowers. Taken in DC visiting my friends Lizzo and Sanam this past summer. I know, forever ago.
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photo cred: Lizzo

Outfit- Skirt: AA, Shirt: Michael Stars, Gladiators: France

And while I was sick (aka right now) I've been watching a lot of movies, That 70s Show, looking for prom dresses (in vain), and watching some YouTube Videos. In case you didn't know, Lookbook and AA collaborated to make a little book. They made a little video:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sorry Tim, I prefer it Old School.

So a while ago, I mentioned that I was super excited to see Alice and Wonderland! I found this wonderful spread that appeared in Vogue awhile back and was inspired to see Tim Burton's film. I saw it. I'm definitely a bigger fan of the original disney classic. I'm definitely a bigger fan of the vogue spread. Basically, I wasn't a huge fan of it. It threw you in to this strange world, but didn't give you much a story. The story it DID give you was, well, the Chronicles of Narnia. During the movie, I actually started thinking of the Chronicles of Narnia, expecting to see a giant Lion. And they could have gotten away with that with the visuals and the crazy world. Problem is...i've already seen this world. I saw this world already when I was a wee child, so, maybe you did make it with a green screen instead of a cartoon this time round, but still nothing really that new. The Queen of hearts was pretty funny, I guess...I understand the bad reviews now.
I received this video from multiple different people, so I decided to post it. It's pretty cool, actually. Tim Burton, this is how you remake the original..Oh, and on a side note. My brother right now is working on the Junior League Fashion Show. Guess what the theme is! Alice and Wonderland. I helped out and told them where to get some cheap straw hats. I basically saved the show. You know. I might go, we'll see if their take on Alice is more successful than this movie.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Young Artists: Rachael Gorai-Ng

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Rachael Gorai-Ng is an old friend of mine from grammar school. She is 18 years old and is a senior at Lowell High School in San Francisco. Two of her pieces of featured above and a self portrait below. I asked her a couple questions about her work...

Why did you start doing ceramics? Your work in 3D?
I have actually never done 3D art before this year. I had always done painting, and it didn't really occur to me to take 3D until I heard we had an AP Studio Art class in 3D at my school.

How do you choose your subjects?
it's hard to choose the subjects for my inspiration. Instead, I like to experiment with different materials and techniques and then choose my subject from the shapes and forms I begin to develop in the process.

What's your favorite piece you've done so far?
My favorite piece so far has been the copper enamel flower jewelry piece. It took me a couple weeks to make and a few extra studio hours, but it was definitely worth it. The extensive process certainly made me appreciate the time and effort that go into jewelry making. I cut the petals of the flower from a copper sheet that I then shaped and enameled separately. [pictured above]

Who is your favorite artist?
I admire Andy Warhol, Yves Klein, and Alexander Calder for their bold colors and bold ideas.

Tell us about a current piece your working on.
Currently I'm working on an abstract piece. Right now, I'm focusing a lot of my pieces on the lives of bees. I made a bee out of wood - a very structured architectural piece - that I'm draping clay over to create another piece out of the outside shape or the negative space inside

Describe your style.
One of my closest friends once described my style as somehwhat preppy boho. haha. I can agree with that though I've always had trouble describing my style exactly. I like earthy colors and patterns, but I also like tucking my shirts in :)

Who are your favorite brands/designers?
I LOVEEEEE free people. My absolute favorite brand. My absolute FAVORITE designer is JMendel. AMAZING SHIT.

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What color would your shadow be?
Yellow. Like Sunshine Yellow.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Young Artists Segment

A photo emailed to me by my Vassar interviewer, Matt Tracey, when I mentioned my blog and my interest in the arts.

When I first started this blog, I was inspired by an article in Teen Vogue. The intention was for it to have a fashion/personal and daily style theme, which for the most part it has. However, other bits of my interests have seeped through such as Art and Music (two other subjects I'm rather passionate about). I started pointed out the connections I saw between Art I had studied and fashion I was noticing. So I decided to bring Art officially into my blog, to give it a place of it's own. So I've decided to start a segment focusing on Young Artists. I'm planning on asking my friends, my friends friends, random artists I find on the street, at the MOMA, you, your friends, etc to show us some of their work and answer a couple simple questions. I'm rather excited to bring in another of my interests to These Colored Shadows and I hope you guys enjoy it too!

These Colored Shadows.