Sense Appeal XIII


for the eyes:
{the costumes were a fantasy in the 2012 rendition of Anna Karenina}
It's on the verge of exiting the theaters for good, so my parents and I caught one of the last showings of Anna Karenina last night. I'm obsessed! The cinematic elements were particularly compelling--the film reverted back and forth from countryside scenes to a stage setting and incorporated a curious door motif throughout. Keira Knightley was right in her element with this role; Jude law played a more serious, robotic character than I'm used to, and Vronsky, the aristocratic playboy, was excellently portrayed by Aaron Taylor Johnson.

for the mind:
I'd say my friends are just as different as they are similar to me. They're a motley crew, they are. But, all of these contrasts keep me on my toes and challenge me.  I'm so very thankful to have Tatum and Willa, twin sisters from Austin, in Kappa with me as well as on the Plan II track. Willa sent me this from a tumblr site, and I found it very fitting for this time of year.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. 
You see yourself as someone who can't write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that's really not you. It's not ingrained. It's not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface. 
You can change anytime you like. It is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it's the only way. 
Set fire to your old self. It's not needed here. It's too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven't gotten as far as you'd like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family and replaced by someone who makes a difference.  
Your new self is not like that. Your new self if the Great Chicago Fire--overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn't necessary. 
for the ears:

I set aside time the other day to deal with the drought my music library has been under. One of my favorite finds is "Orion" by Elizaveta, a Russian pianist and opera singer, now an up-and-coming American songwriter and artist. I swear the lyric video is a hundred times cheesier than the song itself.

fashion for touch:
Step foot on the UT campus and I'll bet you a good sum of money you'll see a gaggle of girls wearing t-shirts that could be mistaken for mini-dresses. It has become the go-to uniform for the UT sorority girl, and believe me, the Daily Texan (our campus newspaper) had a field day making fun of this by claiming that purchasing such T-shirts and athletic shorts grants one an "in" to an "elite group made up of the coolest girls on campus." OH, GAG ME. It's comfy, our drawers are practically infested with the things and it's typically your best bet for the 100-degree Texas weather. Can you blame us?


Anyway, I've developed a fondness for a more dressed-up look for the classic tee. Many feature some fashion-related icon, phrase or brand and can be a year-round asset to your wardrobe. Whether tucked into distressed denim shorts in the summer or with a maxi and fur vest in the chillier months, it's the comfiest means of making a high-impact fashion statement.

for taste:
Houston opened its very first Trader Joe's this weekend and since it's not far from home, my mom and I went to see what all the hype was about. Our grocery cart indicated it was a hit! We came home with some three-buck chuck, decadent dark chocolate treats and my favorite breakfast bars.

On the top of the radar this week: hoping the luck o' the Irish is on Notre Dame's side tomorrow as they try to stop the 'Bama tide from rolling at the BCS Championship Bowl!


Cathy McConn said...

Love this post and wish I was young enough to wear that cute Celine t with some distressed shorts. And does Keira Knightly ever have a bad day? Too gorgeous, I think.