I Hope You Dance

1.31.2011

Just wrote a whole bunch of commentary for every picture and it all got lost. So rough. Too tired to re-do it all, so I'll let you fill in the blanks for all these pictures.

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The gist- Senior Girls formal, dress from ASOS, Brent was my date, had a blasty-blast. K night!


Let's Hear It For New York, New York

1.24.2011

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Now that's two very happy girls right there. That delicious concoction is Serendipity's famous Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate. It's been featured on Oprah, so one of us had to get it. I graciously volunteered myself for that tough job. But let's rewind to the beginning of our fabulous girls' night to ring in the first night of 2011!

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Our friend Mary moved to New York City this school year because of her dad's job. As much as I'd love to make my home in New York one day, I can't say I'd want to do so smack dab in the middle of my high school career. She's adjusted well from what I've heard and is living the ultimate UES private school as-close-as-it-gets-to-Gossip-Girl life. She gave us a lot of hints and tips as we were exploring the city. When we asked her for a fun, trendy spot for dinner, she pointed us to Lavo.

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Trendy it was. There was a DJ, a night club attached on the other side, and everyone was in their twenties.

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We all split several dishes, which we found to be the right route to go for many of our meals. It usually costs less and then you get to try a little bit of everything. Just a little travel tip for ya; call me Rick Steves.

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We didn't want the night to end there, so we decided to experience the ultimate dessert gallery in New York: Serendipity. It was tucked under a little brownstone...not flashy at all like I expected. The wait was another surprise. It was nearly midnight and the wait was an hour and a half! We decided to stick it out and low and behold we were sat in two minutes. We decided they test their customers to see who is actually serious about their sweet tooth.
Don't test these lettuce with food, k? We don't mess around.

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The menus give you a small taste of the grandeur of the rest of the restaurant. For a lack of better words, there's crap everywhere. It has that thrown together whatever vibe, but that's what gives it its trademark fun atmosphere.

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Although my Frrrrrozen Hot Chocolate was more than delightful, I'll admit that Liz and Lexi's sundae was to die for. And by the looks of Lexi's spoon digging in and Liz's grin, I think they would agree.

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We made the biggest dents into our dishes as we could, but there's only so much you can do before overdosing on chocolate. Note Liz's hands holding her stomach. We were so full that we insisted upon taking a late night stroll to burn some of it off. So, where else do the four of us end up but the ever so classic...

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Forever 21 of course! They opened this new XXI last summer in the heart of Times Square. It's open 'til 1 in the morning which is perfect for late night visitors like us. It's four stories, has high ceilings, and has just about every faux fur coat, bejeweled headband, or sequined top you could ever want. I'm a big XXI fan. Especially being my age, we are always trying to keep up with quickly changing trends, it's nice to know that something you might not like in a year only set you back $17.99.

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Outside of the Forever storefront is a huge TV display that shows the people walking through Times Square to fulfill all those who have the dream of being displayed in Times Square. Can you spot us?

So that capped off our New Years Day. Can you believe we did all that plus my previous post with Columbia?! And in case you didn't notice, yes, we spent a whole day sans shopping. I think a round of applause for the lettuce is in order.

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Our last day was spent rather lazily without making too many plans. We did, however, make reservations for tea at the Plaza. And while the atmosphere was beautiful, I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. Especially if you're seventeen and don't have wads of cash to dish out for tea.

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Let's just say our bill at The Plaza was more than our dinner at Lavo. One word- rough. But, of course, we grinned and beared it for the sake of the pictures. And we did laugh at the sheer absurdity of the situation.

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We spent our last night in the apartment devouring food we bought from the local grocery store Cafe Duke. One thing we couldn't live without: the digestive cookies Liz is holding. Lexi and Natalie had them on a previous trip and were so happy to be reunited with them in New York. That's when you know you have a problem. When you're eating cookies to help you digest all your other food. Again--rough.

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And this is me attempting to be artsy with the new shoes I got at Topshop. My other notable purchases included three new handbags, a camel leather dress, jewelry, and a navy equestrian blazer.

So there you have it. We came home with lots of memories, probably too many pictures, and definitely bigger bellies. But, we like to think that our walking and laughing burned off all those calories. Love you lettuce! 'Twas the trip of a lifetime!
{signing off on my 100th post!}

All Dolled Up

1.21.2011

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{this silver gown worn by the beauty Camilla Belle was one of my favorite looks from the Golden Globes}

During the height of awards season, Golden Globes and Academy Awards aren't the only awards being given out. As soon as actors and actresses hit the red carpet, the fashion police is commenting on their looks via their twitters and blogs. I'm here to give you my critiques and comments. And a nod to The Social Network for earning four GGs! I told ya it was a winner.

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I've decided to start with the best and go down from there. Emma Stone and Camilla Belle are tied for first, though Stone gets extra points for taking a little more risk with this peach color and the short sleeve silhouette. It's a risk I would be scared to pull off, but she did so perfectly with her golden locks simply pulled back and no distracting accessories to interfere with the simple lines of the dress. Well done, Miss Stone.

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The sequins craze has yet to die, and I fully support that. Clearly, so does Anne Hathaway. I think it's hard to do full-on sequins in an evening gown, but I give this my nod of approval. The broad shoulders add a nice touch along with the open back. The muted brown metallic makes the sparkle factor a tad bit more subtle, but this Armani Privé gown look is still sure to turn heads.

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While I may be a little biased towards my celebrity girl crush Leighton Meester, I still think she looked very polished and classy at the Golden Globes in this Burberry gown. Her makeup was fresh and she just looked natural and grown-up. And after her performance in Country Strong, I see a big bright acting future ahead for Miss Meester.

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Olivia Wilde also literally shined on the red carpet--from head to toe. Her Marchesa gown struck me as a bit too pageant-like at first, but I grew to like it. Heck, if I was invited to the Golden Globes, who even knows how much I would glamorize myself. I say props to Olivia for going all out. And I also definitely don't blame her for showing off her fab Louboutin pumps hidden underneath those layers of tulle.

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Now, I hate to hate on people, but I just need to make sure such a crisis never happens again. I actually think this dress could have some potential on somebody else, but something about the lace with the yellow hair (yes, your hair is yellow, Christina, not blonde), red lip color, and magenta nail color. It's just not working. But, I will say congratulations for not getting your dress at the local flower girl shop like Michelle Williams did...

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Yes, Michelle, nude is in. Daisy fabric isn't. And probably never will be unless it's Easter Sunday and you're still young enough to hunt for Easter eggs. Don't let it happen again, MW. You're better than this.

It's funny how fast fashion evolves from the red carpet and Hollywood to the halls of my high school. I thought I'd show you some of my favorite looks from last weekend when we had two formals--Junior Cotillion and Senior Girls.

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Sequins and one shouldered straps were a common trend seen by the juniors at Senior Girls who got to wear short dresses unlike the senior girls. I've always loved the Alice + Olivia gold fitted dress Lamar is wearing (far left). I like the cranberry color in Kimberly's dress (far right). And I like Bryce's patterned olive green dress which cab be seen in more detail here:

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The middle two are my favorites here. Amanda's white dress had an adorable fit and the rosette belted skirt set her apart from the crowd. Macy rocked her sequin dress--nothing that I wouldn't expect from my girl Mace after her gorgeous gown from ASOS the night before at Junior Cotillion.

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Macy is on the far left. I liked the color. I liked the subtle sequin detail at the top of the slit. I liked the pulled back hair to complete the sleek look. I loved it all, Mace!

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I've taken a liking to navy. It's a good alternative to the oh-so-blah black. I was glad to see two of my besties, Josephine and Liz, lookin' beauty in blue.

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I think it's hard to wear a white long dress without looking like you're about to say your vows, but I think Analise pulled it off well.

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By far, my favorite dress of the whole weekend was Jaclyn Poujol's pale pink Greek goddess gown. The color looked perfect with her skin tone. It was different, but not too showy. And good thing we'll both be going to Texas next year. I'll be sure to snag that from your closet, JP :)
More to come on my night at Senior Girls.

The Lights Will Inspire You

1.15.2011

40 blocks. We walked 40 blocks to get to the MET only to find it closed. It's closed three days of the year: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Just our luck. At least we got pictures, right?

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So after our failed attempt to be cultural, we decided to go to Columbia's campus--something I had been hoping to do the whole trip. I felt bad for dragging the other girls along with me to a college campus of a school they didn't even apply to, but it turned out that they thought it was one of the highlights of the trip. And even promised to visit me when I come for grad school. I'm holding you to it, lettuce! (We have proclaimed the new spelling for "ladies" as "lettuce" courtesy of Nat)

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The campus is breathtaking. It was more than I even imagined. Even with the greens covered with the snow and foggy skies outside, it was still absolutely gorgeous. And once you enter the campus gates, you feel as though you've entered another realm far beyond the island of Manhattan--which I find to be a major perk (and something that you won't at NYU). Though it has a reputation of being in a not-so-good neighborhood, I found that Morningside Heights was quite quaint and the perfect atmosphere for a student.

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Austin may have trailer cupcake shops, hills, and a capital building, but there's nothing that compares to this snowy campus that looks right out of a fairytale. Here's a look at what it would look like in summer and spring months. Still equally as gorg.

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We were heading to a subway station to make our way back home (we started calling our hotel home to fool ourselves into believing our fantasy that we actually lived there), but we stumbled upon this precious French patisserie and couldn't pass it up. If you look closely, you'll see that Liz especially was ready for a stop at Le Monde!

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Lexi and I ordered coffees. I didn't realize that my cafe macchiato would be 1/10 of the size of her cafe mocha. Hers was served in a bowl while mine was in a dainty glass that could maybe hold an ice cube. That rocked. Those two sips were good though?

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We also ordered this banana chocolate crepe that was to die for. When our four forks attacked, it was gone in an instant. And so there we were. Late Saturday afternoon. In New York. One more day in the big city, so we dedicated this evening as a girl's night out. And there will be more to come on this GNO on the next (and I'm thinking final) post on NYC.