Baby, It's REALLY Cold Outside

12.28.2010

The headline on the front page of the Chronicle was "WINTER ASSAULTS NORTHEAST" which was followed by an article reporting the stopped up airports, snowed in passengers, and miserable weather conditions all over New England. And here I am about to enter this mess! Lexi has already arrived and reported that the weather is not as treacherous as she expected, but the taxi line took two hours. Hopefully by morning the traffic will have slowed down. My just under 50 pound suitcase and I will be heading to Liz's in a mere five hours. So, next time you hear from me I'll be reporting from NYC. Au revoir; wish me bon vacances!

So Make A Wish & Hold On Tights

{click on "Ringing in the New Year" for a look at all the items and descriptions on one page via Polyvore}

For awhile now I've had a feature on my sidebar listing "What's Newly Hung In My Closet." As I sit here packing for my NYC trip, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share what will be in my suitcase. I also just felt the need to return back to my fashion writing roots. It's been oh so long...too long. The temperatures scream go for comfort and not style, but I'm determined to dress with both in mind. So scroll through my little collection above if you want a sneak peak of my Big Apple winter wardrobe. Below are some comments on my selections.

one) Fur & Capes.
My mom busted out her mink fur vest as soon as her four daughters told her it was "so in" this season.

two) Booties.
Tried these on with Julianne the other day at Steve Madden. My style doesn't usually include such a grunge look, but I kinda dig 'em. Not gonna lie.

three) Animal Prints.
They're everywhere, leopard in particular. Combine this with the fur trend and you'll be the hippest girl on the block.

four) Soft Pinks.
For whatever reason, I've found myself drawn to this soft pink shade recently. It's a good neutral that isn't the usual tans, browns, blacks, and whites.

five) Tribal Prints.
I've been spotting tribal prints everywhere. Ever since my Colorado-bound friend Natalie wore her Urban tribal sweater to school, I've wanted one for myself. Still have yet to find the perfect one.

six) Bold Tights.
Black patterned tights are one thing. Bold colors like this fire engine red are another. But I'm going for it.

seven) Plaid Button Downs.
This may go in that "borderline grunge" category I just mentioned. Regardless of what vibe it gives off, the plaid button down I bought today is super comfy and is gonna look adorbs with some Hunters and jeggings on a rainy afternoon.

eight) Sequin Jackets & Pullovers.
My eyes light up when I see sequins. And now they're plastered on far more than a cocktail dress or headband.

nine) Lace.
If anybody knows how to do lace, it's ModCloth. They're the creators of this gorgeous lace blouse that embodies such elegance.

ten) White Boots.
I've been DYING to find white boots. If I just inspired you to find some too, restrain from the urge. It's completely disappointing and exhausting.

eleven) Cross-over Bags.
Chain straps. Ruffles. And my new favorite shade of pink. I'll be hunting down all of these things in a bag when we hit up Canal Street. Harwin on steroids--any girl's haven.

twelve) Sequin Fitted Dresses.
I've had a gold dress for almost a year now that I have yet to wear. It's about time Goldylocks got its big debut. And what better occasion than New Years Eve?

thirteen) Turtlenecks.
Turtlenecks will keep me warm on top when I'm sporting jeans or cords and also go well under a dress with tights.

fourteen) Winter Hats.
I own a couple summer hats, but I still need to invest in some winter head gear like this adorable camel hat.

fifteen) Earmuffs.
My friend Kristin ventured to the big city this past week and told me earmuffs are "a must."

sixteen) Gloves.
Rarely do I need to whip out gloves in hellaciously hot H-town, but NYC is a whole 'nother story. After all, holding my morning cup of jo will only heat one hand at a time!

seventeen) Snake Skins.
I bought a snake skin skirt in Vienna this summer and am having visions of it paired with black tights and a grey sweater as I explore the meatpacking district. And no, it ain't real people. Relax.

eighteen) Boyfriend Watches.
I'm still debating whether or not I would sport a watch daily, but if I find a good buy on Canal street, I just may have to get one and find out for myself.

nineteen) Corduroys.
I'm always looking for a good denim substitute, and for the winter cords are perfect. Urban has a wide array of colors for a killer price.

twenty) Bright Scarves.
After sorting through my scarves, I've noticed most of them are in highlighter shades or feature bright bold prints. I guess I'm drawn to any pop of color for dreary winter days.

I've got quite an agenda before I leave. I've got yearbook proofs to edit and one last application I need to make some finishing touches to! And coincidentally, it's NYU. My mom will just be proud I did my packing before 10 the night before. That's either an indication of my growing responsibility as I age or just my sheer excitement for this trip. Probably the latter. Oh well!

Cheers!

12.26.2010

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{image courtesy of Gingerella}


Happy New Year to you and yours!
{reporting from NYC}

Made A Mark

Tonight I sorted through over a thousand photos to organize them into a single album to take with me to college. It starts with a few pictures from my younger years then quickly transitions into the past four years of high school. Of course, I left a little room at the end for this next semester where I'm sure I'll have plenty of pictures from grad parties, formals, the senior trip to Ixtapa, my upcoming trip to New York (in 2 days!), and graduation itself. It made me a bit nostalgic, looking back at the past few years. It's lasted so long, but the end came so soon. So much has changed, yet it all still feels the exact same. And despite a few rough patches, I really don't think I would change anything. I've learned so much, gained so much perspective, and grown a lot. Anyway, I want to dedicate my next few posts to the year 2010 since it is quickly coming to a close. So, in honor of the past 360 or so days and my love for lists, here's my list highlighting my top 10 most memorable events of 2010.

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1. Surviving through Varsity cheer tryouts in front of the whole school

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2. The journalism New York City trip last spring

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3. Exploring Europe with my parents and sister

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4. Senior year and all of its many perks

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5. Getting into college

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6. Anything and everything having to do with cheer and our unforgettable football season

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7. Seeing Carolyn twice in one year

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8. My renewed dedication for my blog and finding myself through fashion

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9. Finally finishing all the stress of high school

10. And finally, the tenth thing that made 2010 memorable was all the people that were with me through all of this. And that, my friends, deserves a whole 'nother post. 'Til then...


Welcome to the Circus

12.25.2010

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I wore my Homecoming dress for the Christmas Eve festivities last night, and my sister-in-law Lindsay informed me that she had never seen the dress. I then realized that that was because I never did a post dedicated to this crucial high school event called Homecoming. So better late than never! In fact, it's fun to look back because this was certainly one of the most fun weekends of my senior year to date. I'll let the photos do most of the telling...

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The theme for this year's Homecoming was Circus (hence the clown noses). We couldn't exactly take them seriously, but Liz and I decided to make the most of our Rudolph noses and take some pics before we got on our float for the annual parade Thursday afternoon.

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We had this bunch of balloons for our float to pass out to the kids. Sadly, the firefighters attempt to get the balloons was not successful and they ended up high in the sky.

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Not exactly my shining moment. It was especially embarrassing to get arrested in front all of the students at the parade. But Ethan, Brent, and I put on a smile and made the best of it. Mom and dad paid my bail. Senior year....

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Ceci and Ana made it to this pep rally. This was our big blow out pep rally with the lights off, a magician performer, and a dance to Miley Cyrus's Can't Be Tamed. I was hoping we could ride in on elephants and the boys could be on stilts, but the principal's and I had different visions in mind I guess.

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The men in their tuxes with the ladies in their sequin get ups. We even had top hats and canes to complete the Britney circus look.

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My date, Del, and I at the tailgate before the game.

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Okay, so this was definitely the highlight of the weekend. One of my best friends in the whole entire world, Caroline Hickey, was crowned Homecoming queen! If there's anyone that deserves this, it's this blondie right here. She is always wearing a smile, has such a big heart, and is nice to anybody and everybody. All of the cheer girls were on the sideline right in front of Caroline as she was crowned and swarmed her right after. I almost cried I was so happy. Oh wait, I did!

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Del, me, Lexi, and Marshall at the field house after the game. We were pretty much a foursome date group. Lexi and I joked that we might as well have been dates considering we were attached at the hip the whole weekend.

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See...wasn't kidding!

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Del and I with Rachel and her boyfriend Michael. Michael is the cheer squad's biggest fan. He's at every game early, always helps clean up after pep rallies, and stays to the very end of games even after the whole student section has cleared out. We'd like to think that he is just obsessed with the varsity cheerleaders, but I think all of us girls know (and are jealous) that he's just pretty much the best boyfriend ever to Rach.

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My precious, beautiful bestie and queen Caroline! Love you SO much! She could also possibly be my future roomie at Texas!

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I had no idea that these boys would soon become some of my best friends. They're crazy, but that's why we (Lexi and I) love 'em. From left to right it's Nathan, Marshall, Tyler, and Del. Travis completes the group of five besties, but he didn't make it in time for this pic.

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Lexi, me, Rachel, Caro and her boyfriend Brad

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Just to make sure we were fully prepared for a good two hours on the dance floor, we stopped by a gas station to get 5-hour energy drinks. So here we are toasting to our final homecoming.

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Lexi and I spotted our girl Liz on the dance floor and snapped a pic that ended up on my wall of photos. A post on my room is soon to come!

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A bunch of us gathered at Kyle's house after the dance which has an indoor basketball court. But, my personal favorite part was the assortment of snacks from cinnabons and pigs in a blanket to fruit kabobs and breakfast tacos.

Homecoming had never my favorite formal. Freshman year is, well, just awkward. All the different middle schools are trying to mesh and nobody really knows their place yet. Sophomore year has completely faded from my memory. And junior year is just one big stress bomb. I think it's something about it being the last time senior year. Whatever it was, almost everyone agreed that this was the best homecoming by far. So, shout out to Maddie Fogel (our student body president) for planning the whole darn thing.

One formal down. Three to go. Hope your Christmas was bright and merry!



Friday Night Lights

12.24.2010

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While most of America may recognize "Friday Night Lights" as an NBC television drama, at Memorial High School we experienced the real Friday night lights. Texas football is truly one of a kind.

I'm getting chills just thinking back on how sensational our football season was this year. And the funny thing is is that we weren't sure we had a secure spot in playoffs during our last regular season game against Strake. I think our saving grace was our tough district. Just this year, we got moved up to 5A with powerhouse schools like Katy and Cinco Ranch. Our average record at the end of our regular season made people doubt our potential in playoffs. But boy did we prove them wrong. Week after week, our defense improved and Wayne (the QB) and Boomer (the RB) just couldn't be stopped.

The most exciting victory was against Cy Woods at our very own Tully Stadium. Each team scored almost every time they had the ball. Some said it was more like a track meet than a football game with all the running on the field. The winner wasn't clear until the very end of the 4th quarter when our safety Brett Strake caught an interception. The whole student section started chanting "SAN-AN-TON-I-O, SAN ANTONIO!" because that was the destination for the State Semi-Finals. After we counted down the clock, the cheer squad had a huge dog pile, there were tears of joy among the football players, and well...just see for yourselves..


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It's weird seeing Wayne become a mini-celebrity after knowing him for so many years. On the next Monday in Econ, I told him to not forget me when he's in the MLB, NFL, or probably both. He'll kill me if he ever sees this but he's Vice President of our student body, the best QB Memorial has seen in years, a valedictorian, and a good kid with a huge heart. Not too shabby, Mr. Taylor.

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The school spirit was contagious. I've never seen the student section get so rallied up, and as a cheerleader, that was such a treat. People from all over Houston came to watch the underdog team as continued to upset teams week after week.

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Senior Kelly Kuni making an incredible interception right before the 2nd half.

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Aubrey giving QB Wayne a congratulatory hug after the big win.

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Marshall "reddy" for the big game against Cibolo Steele after the bus ride to San Antonio

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Shannon and Caroline going crazy for our soon to be victory in the 4th round of playoffs! We were pretty much loving our lives. We didn't even want to cheer at times just because the game was so action packed. We all agreed that being a part of this squad was one of the best things we've ever done in high school.

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Wayne making one of his many touchdowns for his whopping total of 335 rushing yards. Oh, did I mention he's going to Stanford on a sports scholarship? Oh yeah, and it's to play baseball.

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For our first "Jingle All the Way to State" pep rally, we had the three-year letterman do the Mean Girls Jingle Bell Rock dance. To say it was a hit would be an understatement. Thanks to my mom for the great costume designs!

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Our senior principal, Mrs. Cole, giving all her senior girls a high five after our final touchdown that had pretty much sealed a mustang victory.

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Captain Wayne congratulating his teammates on an amazing win in one of the most incredible high school football games most people have ever seen and then leading the boys, coaches, and cheerleaders in a closing prayer.

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Brent and Ethan cheering on the sidelines. The guy cheerleaders loved their front row seats to every game.


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Our running back Boomer White hugging Coach Johnson after his record about 200 rushing yards. And he's only a junior!

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After every game, we sing the Alma Mater. This time around was louder than ever, we jumped higher than ever, and our smiles were bigger than ever. We had just made MHS history. MHS had never been this far in playoffs since 1979 when we went to State.

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The man behind all this madness. It's no wonder he's been doing this for years. This will be the farthest in playoffs we have ever gone under Koch. He will certainly never forget the boys of 2010. (Although my brother Andy would probably argue that his team was just as memorable..)

That victory over Cy Woods brought us to San Antonio to play Cibolo Steele which you could just as easily refer to as Malcolm Brown's team. He is the number one running back in the nation, and after his performance, I don't doubt those statistics. We didn't come out as winners, and in fact, Steele went on to win the state championship. Regardless, we had an incredible season and I can't even fathom a better way to spend my first semester of senior year. I went to 16 football games (only one weekend off during the whole first semester!), but I wouldn't change a thing. I enjoyed every minute.

So, here's to you Memorial football boys of 2010. Thanks for giving us a senior year to remember and a legacy that we'll all be talking about for years to come. Now, Wayne and Boomer, how's that baseball team lookin'?

Merry Christmas Eve!