Sense Appeal XII

12.16.2012

for the eyes:
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HOLY CHIC! How cute is she? This zebra princess graces the background of my phone and every time I get a text message, Instagram alert, or Snapchat shot, I can't help but but be tickled by this guy with equal amounts of stripe-age and sass.

for the mind:
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There are a select few movies that I could watch over and over again. The Holiday makes the cut for me as I make it a tradition to watch once during the month of December. This year, it made for a lovely studying break for my whole room; one of my roomie's was a first-timer! The scene where Arthur walks into the crowded auditorium never fails to make me cry. The three-way phone call exchange between Iris, Graham and Amanda never fails to make me cringe. And Jude Law never fails to be sinfully sexy. This year, I took particular note of Iris's opening monologue:
I've found almost everything ever written about love to be true. Shakespeare said "Journeys end in lovers meeting." What an extraordinary thought. Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had. I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives. It was Shakespeare who also said "love is blind". Now that is something I know to be true. For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others love is simply lost. But then of course love can also be found, even if just for the night. And then, there's another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims. Its called unrequited love. Of that I am an expert. Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us? What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone? We are the victims of the one sided affair. We are the cursed of the loved ones. We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded. The handicapped without the advantage of a great parking space! Yes, you are looking at one such individual. And I have willingly loved that man for over three miserable years! The absolute worst years of my life! The worst Christmas', the worst Birthday's, New Years Eve's brought in by tears and valium. These years that I have been in love have been the darkest days of my life. All because I've been cursed by being in love with a man who does not and will not love me back. Oh god, just the sight of him! Heart pounding! Throat thickening! Absolutely can't swallow! All the usual symptoms. 
What she says is simple, but often goes unnoticed--the gravity to which love alters and defines our lives.   And then she wit-fully, mournfully, yet at the same time, beautifully goes about describing love whose course is set on a one-way street.

for the ears:

{you know you've made it when Taylor Swift asks you to do a duet, which happened to this guy.}
Now, now, speaking of British boys like Jude Law, let's take a moment to give Mr. Ed Sheeran a warm welcome to the music world. The boy (yes, he's only got two years on me) has got the voice of an angel, putting the talent of all the One Directioners combined to shame. And this is coming from a girl who's played "One Thing" more than just a few times. If I had to pick a top five I'd go with "U.N.I.", "Drunk", "Give Me Love", "Lego House", and the above "Kiss Me." With Prince Harry and William, Harry Styles and now Ed, the girl to guy ratio in England has got to be increasing at a scarily rapid rate.

fashion for feel:
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'Tis the season of giving and I got treated a little early this year! A girl from my high school and BOD enthusiast made this tribal cuff bracelet and thought it fit my taste to a tee, so she kindly sent it to me! The giftess is quite the fashionista herself and I predict her future holds very bright things! Many, many thanks, Evan!

for taste:
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{the special--a pork and kale pot pie}
For Peyton's birthday, I was put on restaurant duty. After some trial and error, we ended up at Max's Wine Dive downtown.

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{birthday dessert--the half & half--pb&j brownie and apple pie bread pudding}
Max's started in Houston and I had been once, recalling its young vibe and friendly-to-all menu with comfort food favorites like Southern fried chicken, "max'n'cheese" and sliders...

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the latter of which Kate thoroughly enjoyed!

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We were extremely impressed with the service and tasty food to match. I had the best salad from their seasonal fall menu--maple-roasted squash garnished with frisee, smoky bleu cheese and warm bacon dressing.

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The best news of all from the week? Finals are over and I am ho, ho home for the holidays!

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