Thursday, November 24, 2011

hey well sup there.

Happy Thanksgiving! I have nothing to do this break except for fun things like chores (running out for errands, cleaning my room, doing laundry), and homework. You know the stuff.

black lace tank from thrift shop, H&M dress, Sam's Petticoat long petticoat from flea market
This was my outfit two days ago when I went to meet Mother Monster. The waiting was pretty miserable. We had to pre order the book to get in, and I waited in line for that for about ten hours. It wasn't so bad that time, really, because the weather was considerably good and I brought some homework to do along the way to kill time.

But when she released her book, it was raining outside and we all had clashing umbrellas so water was falling off everyone's umbrellas and I got pretty wet anyway, which made it feel so much colder outside. Gaga was an hour late to the event, which isn't really all that bad. It;s more the waiting and anticipation when everyone was starting to be let in. Everyone got there really early. Pat, who I met last week, was at the very front of the line, and had been waiting since 6am. We weren't let in until at least 7pm. That's dedication.

Gaga bought us Crumbs cupcakes to eat while we waited. They were huge and I could only eat half. I wanted to try and finish, but then it dropped on the rainy ground. 5 second rule doesn't apply in rainy weather.
I had made stickers for her, but security took them so that I couldn't give it to her directly. Most other monsters were aware that security is tight, so they knew to hide things they wanted to get to her. You live and you learn.

Mother Monster is a beautiful woman.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

cozy in silk chiffon shorts.

This was a post from last month that I never got around to posting. I'd been planning on working on homework all day today, but due to lack of motivation, I'm spending the day in my room, editing photos instead.
I bought those Jeffrey Campbell shoes that I wanted so much a one of the many David Z stores on Broadway. There is one person who does most of the running around for try-ons, who is a total jerk. He gets noticeably annoyed when you ask for a different size, and keeps asking "are you going to buy them?" Once it becomes apparent that you don't want something, he makes a face and starts ignoring you. Terrible customer service is one thing I can't stand. Fire the bad employees!
I wore this outfit exactly the day before it started snowing in the city. I had checked up the weather that morning and saw that it would rain the next day (snow wasn't in the forecast yet). I wanted to wear them before it started raining or snowing.
The temperature was pretty low that day, but somehow I didn't feel that it was very cold at all. I've been wearing this hat all the time since I got it. I remember learning in elementary school that a lot of heat is lost through the head, but I never got in the habit of wearing hats. I like this hat a lot because it keeps my head and neck and ears warm. Hats really do help keep warm.
shirt from H&M, cardigan from flea market, hat from Sweety Shop Brooklyn, Vena Cava silk culottes from Aritzia, Jeffrey Campbell 99 Ties.
A picture of just my black suede 99 Ties. I'm kind of glad I got them in stores as opposed to online. I tried on several different pair of different sizes and the same sizes, and was deciding between the 7.5 and 8. One of the pairs of 7.5 that I tried was less comfortable than the one I bought. One of the 8s that I tried was tighter than the 7.5s. One pair that the shop guy brought out for me had a big ugly mark in the front of it.

Maybe I'll take a nap, and rest for once. Then go off to do homework. Rest vs homework is always the dilemma. Another week and a half before Thanksgiving! I can just imagine all the homework that needs to be done during that time...

I've noticed a trend recently. It's kind of funny how new followers find me when I haven't posted in a while, and as soon as I make new posts I lose followers. Anyway, a friendly hello for those of you who are new to my blog!

Love, Kaia

Saturday, November 12, 2011

thrift shopping in the upper east side.

Today I had to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a field trip, so I decided to make a round to the Upper East Side Goodwill, because I've been wanting to visit for months. Before moving to New York, I had always wondered if the clothes would be any different in thrift shops if they were donated in the Upper east and west side.
Just the front of the shop gave me a pretty good first impression. It looked a little bit different than all the other Goodwills I've been to.
The inside isn't really much different than most other Goodwills. There are still some parts that are kind of grimy, especially the fitting room.

The difference is that it's true. That the price for clothes are a little bit more expensive. And big brands are everywhere. Really. There are still the Target items, of course. A pair of shoes from Target were $15. They would have been half that price at the Goodwill back at home. Brands like Steve Madden and Nine West and Stuart Weitzman and BCBG are $25.

In this location, they have their boutique items and regular items. Boutique items are more expensive, but it's not hard for me to find something I really love. I found a beautiful printed silk dress from Tracy Reese, which would have retailed for over $400, for just $25. Definitely a markdown. It looked really new too. I would have leaped to buy it, but it was three sizes too big, and chances are I would just have it hanging in my closet if it's not my size.

I was in the shop for a pretty long time; definitely past an hour. And I hadn't even looked through everything. The shop is pretty small, but I found several things that I wanted to try on. After trying on piles and piles of clothes, I narrowed down to three pieces.
The left one is the expensive one; a $60 Coach coat. The middle one is $20 Esprit, and the right is $8 J. Jill. I'm not kidding when I say brands everywhere. There is the occasional designer piece, too. I'm still a little sad about the Tracy Reese dress. It would have been smart to take a picture.
That's the end of my thrifting trip. There were a few other instances where I've gone thrift shopping since I got here, but I haven't written about them. I was in the 23rd street area where a lot of the thrift stores are, and went to the Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Housing Works there. Because of limited time, I was only in Housing Works for five minutes. My friend went to check prices, though and it's not very cheap, it seems. I'll have to go back to see. The interiors are very nice, though. It's not the usual grimy thrift shop feel. In the five minutes I was there, I bought a tea pot that was missing a lid which I decided to use as a vase for my newly dried flowers.
I've been getting a lot of acne since school started. It's not going away until I get enough sleep and stop stressing, which wont happen until winter break. I an so looking forward to breaks.

Back to the museum, I was supposed to meet my class there at 10am this morning, but because of slight miscalculation on my part, and all the trains that were under construction today (everything, pretty much), I arrived at the museum past 11. I don't think I found my class until around 11:30. Just being able to find them was pretty lucky.
I didn't want to stay around to long when there were so many people and the Costume Institute doesn't have an exhibit, so I'd only been around for an hour.

I did visit the gift shop, though. There are some nice things, but nothing is cheap. I found a bookmark that I wanted to buy as a present to my friend, but for the bookmark alone was $17.

There was also a shirt that I was digging. It's a cityscape photo style shirt, made of cotton and spandex. This t-shirt is $55 if I remember correctly.

Their selection of handkerchiefs are so nice. There are two sides of handkerchiefs. My friend bought me one for my birthday last month, and I've been wearing it pretty frequently recently. It's the one that I'm wearing on my head in the picture with my vase.
While leaving the Met, I dropped a piece of paper, and a guard was trying to call me, and he seemed pretty confused. He called, "lady...sir!" like he couldn't decide if I were male or female. I don't know how many times this has happened. I don't find myself to be all that masculine.

I'm in the workroom tonight, working on homework. Hopefully I can get something done, at least.

Love, Kaia

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

happy halloweentimes, you guys.

I hadn't been planning to dress up for Halloween, but then I ordered a kigurumi and planned on wearing it if it got sent in on time. In the morning, I wore my Rilakkuma kigurumi to class.
There weren't that many people who dressed up to class today, actually. It seems that most people save it for the parties. Danielle on the left is over a foot taller than me.
This is the kigurumi that I bought from Comic Con. I had a few people ask me where it was from today, and a few people who asked me what animal it is, and a lot of d'awwww.
uguu blurry photo. I don't know how to focus on my digital SLR. It just doesn't cooperate with me.

At noon when I checked my mail, there was nothing there waiting for me. When I went back at 4 in the afternoon, I got a slip to claim a package. What good timing.
It was my Gachapin kigu. This thing sheds like crazy. It's very soft and warm, though. I'd always wanted to get a dslr so that I could get legit jumping shots. But somehow I'd never gotten to taking any. The studio was empty when I was working today so I took the opportunity to take some pictures. This one was the only decent jumping shot.

I've been up for a while doing homework. Starting to finally get sleepy. I noticed that the sun rises a lot later now. It's already 6:37 and it's still completely dark outside. Sunrise used to be at 6:15 not that long ago.
The big things I was working on were the felting project, sewing pants, and my essay. Yaaay pants. Sewing isn't something I'm that good at. Some places aren't lining up nicely.

And sleepiness hits!
I spent my Halloween doing homework.

Love, Kaia