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monday mood

off-kilter

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Watching…
Earth 2

Reading…
Ex Libris 
by Anne Fadiman

Check out…
this Vogue article on the artifice of street style / this Washington Post article by Robin Givhan about fashion as art  / another Washington Post article by Robin Givhan about Rodarte and its function as business vs. artistic statement / this Man Repeller article extolling the benefits of solo travel / this Electric Literature advice column on “good” writing and assessing your own work

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A couple of weeks ago, I subtly alluded to the fact that I finally graduated from college. As amazing as that feels, I’m now hunting for a job and am cursing myself for being a spender instead of a saver. I guess you could say I’m at a quarter-life crisis… I mean, what the hell am I going to do with my life!? To combat feelings of aimlessness and despair, I’ve been reading some career-related memoirs and self-improvement books (more on that in the coming weeks). I’ve also taken to lunching at home (if you can call microwaveable meals or chopped romaine, carrots, and Ranch dressing lunch) in order to save money (and as an excuse to remain in my pajamas all day). Ah, summer in the city.

On an unrelated note, I’m loving how bizarre and off-kilter this imagery is. Today I feel like one exquisitely-painted toenail that’s busting through a pair of sheer socks, and I’m okay with that.

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monday mood / june 6th

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Listening to…
Emily King’s The Switch, Santigold’s 99 Cents, Brave Shores’s self-titled album

Reading…
The Blind Assassin 
by Margaret Atwood

Check out…
the NY Times Opinionator for a cultural analysis of the saying “is that even a thing?” / this step-by-step guide to making delicious tea lattes / some great advice from NYLON about post-graduate life (I’m soaking it all in!) / this reminder from Science of Us that we’re all know-it-alls and should be more humble / this conversation between Sophia Amoruso and Emily Weiss for #Girlboss Radio / the newly-released magazine Mary Review

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Well hello, June. I can’t believe how quickly the time goes. You’ve probably noticed that things are happening here on Mode and the Like. I’ve revamped my layout and renewed my commitment to blog here. I want to once again use this space to explore my many interests, from style and beauty products to literature and the art world. Thank you to anyone who’s stuck around to see this blog suffer its dry spells. I’ve got some fresh ideas for future content and am excited to continue my story here. (On another note, even though it’s more of a fall hue, I’m really craving emerald everything, especially when it’s the accent for an otherwise black and white outfit.)

Here’s to starting again, and keeping it classy in the process.

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monday mood / nov. 23rd

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Listening to…
Kali Uchis’s Por Vida, Sage’s In Between, Brigitte’s A bouche que veux-tu

Reading…
Why Not Me? 
by Mindy Kaling

Check out…
the fascinating history of plaidthis NY Times article about concert halls as refuges from technology / this A.V. Club article about feminism in movies / this article about the Native American naming tradition

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Though I’ve been overwhelmed with work lately, I’ve attempted to keep an eye on current fashion-related literature so that I can contribute to the conversation when I find time. Lately, I’ve enjoyed Vanessa Friedman’s “On the Runway” column, archives of Cathy Horyn for “On the Runway,” Cathy Horyn’s work in general, and the odd Pacific Standard article that engages in fashion, costume, or clothing in some way. I also recently purchased the Fall issue of Lapham’s Quarterly (the Fashion issue!), though I have yet to read it. If Lapham’s Quarterly is publishing an entire issue on the subject, that obviously means it’s a topic ripe for discussion and contemplation.

More coming in the winter months—stay tuned.

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monday mood / aug. 17th

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Listening to…
Simon & Garfunkel’s Old Friends, Carole King’s Tapestry, Amy Winehouse’s Frank and Back to Black

Reading…
The Bridge of San Luis Rey 
by Thornton Wilder

Check out…
“Dispatches from the Russian River,” Alexis Coe’s essays on ambition, nature, and techies / an article by Ben Dolnick about the similarities between crossword puzzles and writing fiction / this shapeshifting video of 500 years of female subjects in Western art / this interview I did with Mia Alvar for The Rumpusmy interview with California Wives for SOMA Magazine

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Well, here I am again. It certainly has been awhile, and I obviously can’t be trusted to post on this blog consistently, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try. I want to use this space to talk about literature and other random things that suit my fancy, but I also have plans to examine fashion critically here.

As I peruse fashion magazines and blogs and find little there to stimulate me intellectually, I constantly ask myself, is there an intelligent way to approach, think about, and discuss fashion? Or are we destined only to extremes—mindless articles that seemingly serve to sell clothes and, on the other end of the spectrum, sociological studies on dress? The latter definitely interests me more, and though I’m no sociology scholar, I’d like to put some time into thinking about style, its effects on contemporary culture, and fashion as art. I’ve only come across one—now defunct—blog that does something similar, and I hope to contribute to a new conversation on fashion. Though posting photos of my personal style was fun (and I may still post wish lists and looks), I want to use this blog for words and ideas. I am a writer, after all.

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monday mood / apr. 27th

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Watching…
The Last Man on Earth

Reading…
The Canterbury Tales
 by Geoffrey Chaucer

Check out…
“No Man is an Island” by John Donne“Because I could not stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson / “America” by Allen Ginsberg / “Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg“In Time of Plague” by Thom Gunn / “Mayakovsky” by Frank O’Hara“Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath / “Tears, Idle Tears” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson“Poem in October” by Dylan Thomas / “O Me! O Life!” by Walt Whitman / “Love Calls Us to the Things of this World” by Richard Wilbur

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Well, April is National Poetry Month, and this month I forgot over and over again to post about it. Not much to say about this, except for the fact that I am grateful that such a thing as a month honoring poetry exists. Above, see some of my favorite poems of all time.

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