Two Double Oh Nine

12.23.2009

2009 is soon to be a year in the past. Just another date in the history books (don't miss that class during the break..). But 365 days are soon to come with the year 2010. Two thousand and ten? Twenty ten? However you say it, it's comin' quick. And while I usually don't like to dwell on the past, I'd like to dedicate this post to the best and worst of 2009. So here we go...



Why I loved 2009:
NYC
Young Life Ski Trip
Turning Sixteen.. FINALLY
Carolyn's Wedding
Chris's Wedding
Amy's Woodlands Birthday Trip
Frontier Ranch
The OC with Makenna this summer
Discovering Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester, and GG music
The Snow Day
Making JV Cheer again
Both Cotillions
Memorial's Varsity Football team long run
The JV Cheer girls
Saying goodbye to my brownish blonde hair
Life in Graz
Yearbook/Lana Baumgartner
Fashion
Being confirmed


What I hope to never see in 2010:

Cheer Camp (hope to see, but i dread those 4 days)
APUSH
The Sock Hop
The delayed discovery of music by mainstream music people
Yearbook Camp (love to hate)
Farmville on Facebook
So little of my sister Carolyn
The stress of junior year
Twitter craze
Twilight nonsense
Movies like "Love Happens"

So let's ring in the New Year and hope that when I make this list this time next year the good outweighs the bad again. Merry Christmas to you and yours during this blessed season and have a wonderful new year filled with lots of fulfilled resolutions and blog posts by Bridget :)

xo.
mb

Merry Music

12.16.2009



For starters, I'd like to discuss how overjoyed I am that I have two half days remaining for the first semester of junior year. That means five semesters down, and only two to go. And the years just keep on speeding by more and more quickly. So, since I got out of school early today, I decided some blogging was necessary after a long break. What's on my mind you ask? Christmas, Makenna leaving me for 4 days for NYC ("boo you whore"), and of course- music. Please, don't let this list of my current favorite tunes discourage you from jamming out to Sunny 99.1 and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You", but be sure to consider these when the sound of Jingle Bell Rock makes you want to cringe; we all know that day's coming soon.

More Chill Songs:

The Only Exception -Paramore
Saeglópur -Sigur Rós
All This Time -OneRepublic
Breathe Me -Sia

Upbeat/Car Songs:
Morning After Dark -Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado
Good Life -OneRepublic
What I Do -Chris Brown feat. Plies
Aha! -Imogen Heap
Going Away -Meg & Dia
Speechless -Lady GaGa
If We Ever Meet Again -Timbaland feat. Katy Perry

Happy listening!

xo.
mb

"This isn't like your wedding night; Cotillion only happens once."

11.27.2009


A few weeks ago, Gossip Girl aired a new episode revolving around the night of Cotillion. This time, it was Jenny's time to shine. And on the UES, this is a young girl's big night to present herself. Cotillion is known as a formal ball often the venue for presenting debutantes. I wish I could say that I became a woman in society on November, 20th when I had my Cotillion, but I wouldn't go that far.

However, Cotillion is a formal dance where the girls get to sport floor-length gowns and their escorts transform into little penguins. This was my second and final Cotillion. It was held at Houston's Intercontinental Hotel in a large ballroom decked out with anything and everything Parisian...hence the theme of the night "Une Soirée å Paris." Several high schools including Memorial were invited to attend.
Unlike the usual formal affairs, Cotillion was on a Friday evening this year. This means when the bell rings at 3 o'clock all the girls are flooring it to Neimans to get their makeup done or their hairdresser to put in the perfect curls. I nixed the hair getting done this year, but I couldn't help myself with makeup. They just do it so much better! And this time around, my lady did an especially good job. Next stop was Mom's Hair Salon. She and my bff Makenna whipped out a Serena Style pony tail in no time. It was perfect to highlight the neckline of my dress. And thus the night began..
My night started at a friend Sarah's house. The usual routine consisting of the parent paparazzi and small talk came before the party bus arrived (after much hectic chaos!). My date this year was another good friend- Marshall Laguarta. We got to the dance, visited all our friends from other groups, and then the girls had to present themselves by walking across a stage (a completely pointless 30 minutes of my life..). Dinner was served, and finally- the dancing began. Overall, the night exceeded my expectations. I'd have to say it goes in the top three all time dances in the running with Sophomore Cotillion and Holiday Traditions.
Here are several pics from the night. What kind of blogger would I be to describe such a night sans pics?!



Me and Marshall before departing for Sarah's house


The whole group


Me and bestie Sterett with our dates


My favorite boys


This is why it's called a "party bus"


Me and Meredith


Lauren (VARSITY CHEER 2010-2011!)


This night (and my Thanksgiving break for that matter) in a nutshell..

So that marks the halfway point. Two down. Two to go. The next two will take place early in 2010. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving! There's lots to be thankful for this year, one of which is all of you!
Thanks for reading. Off to the stores on Black Friday. Wish me luck!

xo.
mb

One Down, Three To Go...

11.11.2009

My previous post was dedicated to the stress of college searching and testing that comes along with junior year. But, this negative is balanced out by the excessive amount of social events that make up junior year. Homecoming kicks off every school year at MHS. The whole high school is invited to attend, unlike the more exclusive formals like Cotillion (which is next weekend!). So, on the third time around the excitement has definitely died down compared to freshmen year. However, it's still a dance and fun is inevitable amid all the festivites. Unlike any other formal event, homecoming is a two night event. (That's right.. if you don't like your date.. total bummer. 48 hours of awkwardness). Anyways, Friday night initiates the weekend with the homecoming game where the boy gives you a gargantuan mum that he wasted $60 on. A total Southern tradition. In exchange, the girls give the boys a smaller version called a garter. My friends and I attended a pre-game party at my good friend Harrison's house. My date this year was Chase- a good friend of mine since freshman year. Night two is the dance. And for the girls the prep process is just about the funnest part. At Memorial, we do the whole bit: nails, hair, makeup. The dance this year had a neon theme (I included pictures of the epic neon pep rally that JV performed in that Friday!) and it was located at the JW Marriott hotel. Girls are decked in cocktail dresses; the gentlemen usually sport khakis and a dress shirt. Being on StuCo, I know all the hard work that goes into the dance. This year, sadly, the parade, burger bash, and battle of the bands were cancelled due to weather.
Congrats to Katherine Christie for Homecoming Queen!

Madison, Me, Kendall, and Meg


Me with my nieces and Isabella after what many students claimed as "the best pep rally ever"


Molls & Harry (Harrison- the party hoster)


Mom & Dad


Tater Tot & Molls Balls (Cheer Besties)


Little Chaser


Jules and I reenacting the epic Gossip Girl scene



Does the dress look simmy?


B&C


"You guys ride in limos?!" Um, we go to Memorial.


Dinner at Maggiano's before the dance


It's not hot or sweaty AT ALL on the dance floor.



I know you've missed me :)
I'll be back in two short weeks to report on formal number two.

xo.
mb

YEAR OF THE TESTS/STRESS

10.23.2009

I will start by gravely apologizing for my extended absence during these chaotic past few weeks. What with trigonometry tests, the task of finding both a Homecoming and Cotillion date, my new tutoring duties, and cheer in between, blogging just didn't make the cut on the priorities list. But, seeing as a Friday night in is here, I decided to devote a little time to satisfying my several readers who have asked for an update. I'm flattered I'm missed!
To a junior in high school, the word "college" brings out a deep feeling of anxiety and fear. It's constantly referred to. School's go so far as devoting entire assemblies concerning the issue handing out packets the thickness of a novelette with the words "JUNIOR YEAR: YEAR OF THE TESTS" placed on the front in bold, underline typeface. So I guess college is kind of a big deal? Ha, anyways, it's on my mind along with the 450 students I go to school with. So here's my very lengthy list of colleges I'm looking into (in no particular order). Comment and help me narrow it down to about 8 or so if you so desire.


1. Emory- Georgia's not too far, but not too close. A prestigious school conveniently located in the south.

2. Northwestern- The campus looks gorgeous; Chicago seems like a hip and happenin' place to be.
3. UNC- One of my few public school options. North Carolina seems like an ideal location which leads me to..

4. Duke- Another very acclaimed NC University.

5. Vanderbilt- Well, of course, my sis went here! Nashville looks like quite a city and people always tell me they "can see me going to Vandy."

6. UT- Not my 1st choice whatsoever, but a good back plan.

7. Stanford- Not sure if Cali is the place for me, but the campus looks amazing. If I got in, how could I refuse?

8. Princeton- I want to apply to one Ivy, and this one sticks out to me from the rest.

9. Georgetown- Love Washington D.C.
10. Tufts- Boston is supposedly the biggest college city in America. But I decided to opt for a step down from Harvard...

So this list may also help you understand why I spend the majority of my evenings studying rather than blogging.
Wish me luck!

xo. mb

30 Things That Just Shouldn't Exist

9.25.2009


1. People who sharpen their pencils/cut paper slowly.
2. Mean cats.
3. Dirty keyboards.
4. Big scary bugs with lots of legs.
5. Food service employees who assume that when you said, "No pickles," you were lying.
6. Mysterious sticky spots on desks.
7. Blisters on the back of the ankle caused by new shoes.
8. Parody versions of the Happy Birthday Song.
9. Remakes of bad horror movies. Or just horror movies in general.
10. Back-of-the-knee sweat.
11. Televised poker.
12. When your teachers think that there class is the only one in the world.
13. People unable to differentiate between 'their', 'there' and 'they're'.
14. Paper cuts.
15. Heavy textbooks.
16. Kidz Bop CDs, NOW!, or anything of the like.
17. False-alarm sneezes.
18. Vanessa Abrams.
19. Perez Hilton's blog.
20. Applications on Facebook.
21. Spray-on deocorant.
22. Over exposed reality stars. Like Brooke Hogan. Or Speidi. Get a job.
23. People with tattoos written in a language that they cannot speak.
24. Park benches that are still wet from the storm that came through about two hours ago.
25. Bathroom stalls that don't have properly functioning doors.
26. When you have candy and someone asks you for a "red one."
27. Unnecessary movie sequels that ruin a good thing.
28. PeOpLe WhO tYpE LiKe ThIs.
29. Adult braces.
30. The eight subscription forms in magazines.

All of the above...not okay.

"Reversals of Fortune" Review

9.19.2009


The third installment of Gossip Girl premiered Monday night. And despite my busy night working back to school night, I managed to squeeze in a late night viewing of the episode. Overall, I'm satisfied. Some dull moments, but overall I look forward to the Upper East Siders adventure as they head off to college.
The following is what I gave a thumbs up or a thumbs down and what I'm still debating.
Thoughts?

Yes!
Serena and Carter.
The music*
The quote "I'm not Chuck Bass without you."
Anything Chuck and Blair.
Nate's good looks.
The polo match.
Blair's alice + olivia sundress, hat, and witty remarks.

No, thanks.
Vanessa's spaz attacks over Dan.
Anything having to do with Jenny.
Lily's absence. And Dorota's as well for that matter.
V's hair.
Serena still has a flip phone?
That Alexandra girl.
Serena fleeing the party on horse..I'm sure.

Not sure?
More of Nate's family drama.
Scott.
The Humphreys and Van der Woodsens under one household.
Blair and Chuck's waiter role play scene. Ha.


*All the songs featured on the season premiere were great. Download the following:
Oh! Forever -brakesbrakesbrakes
Don't Slow Down -Matt & Kim
Plastic Jungle -Miike Snow
Something We're Becoming -Plastic Jungle
No Sex for Ben -The Raptures (yes, I'm so ahead of the trends..check out this post from a few weeks ago.)

In honor of GG, I guess I'll sign off with her trademark.

XOXO.
MM

A Report Card on the School Year Thus Far

9.11.2009



Three weeks of junior year- complete! Only 30 more to go?
My recent amounts of homework have most definitely foreshadowed the year ahead to be, well, nothing short of.. totally miserable. The only silver lining I can come up with is that at least I'm getting this infamous year of high school over with now. It's not as bad as I've heard..yet anyways..but it's no party either. Unfortunately, a major side effect of this school stress syndrome will be a lot less blog time, total bummer I know. But I'll do my best to keep all of you updated on the latest and greatest.. starting with my courses this year:


Intro to Engineering & Design
: I went/am going through a phase where engineering is a big prospect for my future. Math seems to be a forté of mine and I love design, so it seems to be a good fit. Right now it involves a lot of sketching. Soon we'll be using an online program called Inventor to create 3D objects. We even have a 3D printer in the room. Too bad it doesn't work for online shopping so I could print out some new shoes fo' me!

Yearbook: I already had a good idea of what this class would be like. After yearbook camp this summer, we already got a good theme going. It's one of my favorite classes. Love the girls. Holly is great (our teacher). Graphic design + creativity + writing + a room full of 35 Apple desktop computers = mb's dream class.

Pre-Calculus Pre-AP: Math is one of my favorite subjects and this year it's definitely stepped up a notch. I know my teacher through my sister Carolyn (the Austrian blogger one!), so that sure doesn't hurt. I guess math is math. Gotta love me some functions, trig, and conics.

APUSH: Otherwise known as Advanced Placement United States History. Calling it APUSH is just about the only perk of this class (for some reason you just sound cool when you talk about how hard the "APUSH" test was). Don't ask. My teacher is suffused with anything and everything having to do with the history of America. She's got a PhD. Basically, she's legit. You can tell she loves what she does and it makes it so much easier to learn from a teacher who is passionate about what they teach. So dorky to say, but true. Lots and I mean LOTS of note taking. Needless to say, it's just about a million times better than world history last year. Sorry, China, I just couldn't care less about the order of your dynasties. And Europe please stop naming your monarchs the same thing and then adding different roman numerals at the end. K?

Physics I Pre-AP: Should be my easiest class, but due to the lack of teaching incorporated into this class...it's a tad frusturating at times. Maybe it's just me, but I like to be taught what I'm tested over? Quite a shift from chem last year. Should be an interesting ride...

English III AP/DC:
Another course instructed by a teacher with a PhD. She knows her stuff as well. After taking my first in class analysis essay today over The Scarlet Letter, my bones are a little shaken. I hear she's quite the teacher: tough, critical, and obstinate. But in the end you come out saying Dr. Williams was one of the best teachers you've ever had. And after a little background check I think I landed a spot on her nice list already. She loves purple, hates gum and empty water bottles, and never ever use a cliché. Ever. We do have one thing in common; she's a blogger too! Check it out.

So as a mini report card on my first 3 weeks I give all my classes an A+ for making us work hard. Hopefully they'll return the favor with a semester grade equally as good.

xo. mb

Michael Releases A New Melody

9.02.2009



Two Tuesdays is a row have brought in a wealth of new songs that I'm loving! One in particular is Michael Bublé's new single-"Haven't Met You Yet." His style is so fresh in the midst of all the masses of rap and poppy Britney sounds. His lyrics totally make you want to marry him-ha! And every wedding slideshow has to have his all time best "Everything." Such a classic. So be sure to check this one out.
In the mood for more? Take a peek at these as well.

Strut My Stuff -The Love Willows (fun girly song)
No Sex for Ben -The Rapture (strange title, i know..but catchy beat nonetheless)
She Wolf -Shakira (a popular one right now but Makenna was right, it's simply addicting)
Fight Song -The Republic Tigers (may not be a favorite to everybody, but it did something for me)
No One Does It Like You -Department of Eagles (fun alternative song)
Bad Body Double -Imogen Heap (her new album is a total winner..obviously..but this is one of my favorites, she's so brilliant)
Electric Twist -A Fine Frenzy (great beat, a definite must-have)
Whatcha Say -Jason DeRulo (I know, it's on the iTunes top 10, but i SO discovered this long before it hit the charts)
Hot Mess -Cobra Starship (I'll admit, maybe my Starship fandom came about due to the single with Leighton, but either way this track that their album is named after is sure to be a chart topper)

And if you don't have Shove It by Sanigold or Blue Light by Bloc Party...eh, well nevermind (haha C)

xo.
mb

Move over Taylor & Demi--Makenna's the next big thing.

8.31.2009

Makenna Van Liew on Facebook


Makenna Van Liew, as mention earlier, is my total bffaeae. If you don't speak teenager, that means she's my bestie! And I formally invite all of you to support her music career! She's got an Ingrid Michaelson meets Zooey Deschanel vibe. In other words, she's bursting with talent. Check out her facebook and myspace site on the dubs. Because if not anything, you'll be able to say "Oh I so knew about Makenna Van Liew way before everyone else did because I totes (as MCVL would say) read her bff's blog.."

Fall Fashion Fever

8.28.2009



Bold shoulders are going to be big this fall. Interesting necklines and lots of one shoulder fashions will play part in this trend.

The month of August never ceases to be one of mixed emotions: the days are still radiating heat, although your beach attire has migrated its way from your vacation-destination to your Facebook photo albums. Well, dear readers, I have the perfect pick-me-up to cure those end-of-summer blues. After all, there's no better antidote for the waning days of warm weather like some delightful picks from my freshly stocked closet (well, I wish anyways!)


Herve Leger's (Fall 2009) new shimmer bandage...also taking part in the interesting neckline trend

Everyone's buzzing about blazers. Lots of sequins and/or striped to show off your sophistication and style simultaneously.

Bow details anywhere from the back of this charcoal long-sleeve mini dress (another popular item to be seen this fall) to your violet suede studded gloves.

Lots of fabric details on shoes



Intricate details on tops

So I may not be the next Anna Wintour, but these looks are some of my favorites and I just thought I'd give you all a look at the upcoming season without having to subscribe to Lucky Mag or Elle.

xo. mb

Scanning My Summer Away

8.21.2009


Yesterday was my last day at the office. I spent my summer at my dad's law firm to speed up their goal of becoming permanently paperless. I spent day in and day out scanning papers that might as well been written in Arabic. It was quite a good experience not to mention I got a few extra bucks, freed me from so boredom, and most importantly-- I now know I never ever want to be a lawyer. Props to my pops; I don't know how you do it! Now it's time to trade in all the legal jargon for physics and US history terms. So long for now, Hays McConn. xo. mb

You know You Love...New York City

8.16.2009

For whatever reason, I've stalled filling you all in on my recent trip to the Big Apple (well, through my blog anyways..many of you heard these stories directly from me). But I guess it's time I sit down and take the time to document these stories for when I want to look back on what is now my favorite trip so far. My family tried to convince me that my NYC dreams would not be fulfilled of stepping foot on the concrete island and suddenly transforming into a Blair Waldorf socialite; and no, that did not happen but I loved every second of it. The energy is contagious, there's always something to do, and the sidewalks are constantly a live catwalk being the Fashion Capitol it is. Now that's my kind of place.

Times Square

Rockefeller Plaza where we went to The Today Show

Mom was lovin' it up too

Shopping in the UES

At Bobby Flay's restaurant before West Side Story

The recently opened Topshop (the only one in the US) with sister-in-law Lindsay who is living in NYC for the summer for work

My favey cousin Christiana who is a nurse in NYC

Shopping in Soho and West Village


All of us out for dinner in the Meatpacking District

Steps of the MET with Linds on the Gossip Girl Tour

Breakfast at The Palace

The Palace courtyard- the famous home to Serena Van Der Woodsen

Shopping at Bendel's

The larger than life poodle inside Bergdorf

Me and my fellow Gossip Girl stalkers with Penn Badgley (Dan)
He told his body guards that he promised me a picture as they were trying to rush him off to set. And we even got photogged by the paparazzi and put online.

Ok, ladies, step aside..I'll be the next Blake, Penn!

Rufus and Lily's son who appeared in the Season 2 Finale..Chris Riggi (see below for pics). Two of the girls and I even got to sit down with him at a close by coffee shop and got ALL the dirt on season 3 which I guess I can pass on to all of you (if you care!): 1. Carter and Serena 2. Leighton's the funniest one on set 3. Chace is a classic Texas boy 4. Vanessa and him are together on the show and she's a "great kisser" 5. Chuck and Blair are going strong 5. Blake's super sweet and couldn't be mean if she tried

Jessica Szhor and Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle.. and Leighton (ultimate girl crush..ha)

Ed with his amazing English accent

That Chuck Bass stare.. with the infamous limo in the back

A Chuck and Blair scene (rumor had it amongst all of us watching that they were buying a Brownstone, but it was hard to hear what they were saying)

they had to kiss like 35 times til the director was satisfied with the scene

The fashion. The food. The famous people.
I'd take the big city over the beaches ANY day.

xo. mb