look what i found!

I just about died when I found this booth at one of my favorite antique stores.  Remind you of anything?  I even matched!

i love you, man

Confession:  I have watched one too many chick flicks this winter break, as a side effect of being sick.  Now I am going a little more boy crazy than usual.  Here are a few current loves of mine:

Jude Law in The Holiday- yes please.
Oh. My. Gracious.  I fall in love with him so much in this movie.  Everything about him is so great- He even occasionally wears glasses (a major plus) and is super cute with his two little girls.  I WANT BRITISH CHILDREN.  I am reconsidering my dream of studying abroad in France... Perhaps I should go for England instead?

Jason Schwartzman.  Anytime.  Anywhere.
I love his sweetness and boyish charm.  Bonus:  He's a shortie, like me!

Daniel Radcliffe is magical.  And a hottie.  What's not to love?
He's smart and witty, and freaking Harry Potter, for goodness sake.  I've loved him since the third grade! He is also pretty short. Heh.

Ryan Reynolds...of course.
No, not even I can resist the "Sexiest Man Alive." This man is so attractive, it shouldn't be allowed.  Now I want to watch Definitely Maybe...  Oh brother.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, especially as Tom in 500 Days of Summer.
Forget Summer- I'd listen to The Smiths with you anytime AND let you call me your girlfriend!

Jason Segel...more and more each day.
He is just too cute and funny.  Can I just hug him and never let go?

I wish Matthew Morrison were my Spanish teacher...and I don't even take Spanish- I take French.  Only for you, Mr. Shue.  We can take road trips and listen to all the Journey you want.  I don't mind.

The list goes on... 
Paul Rudd
Zach Galifinakis
Robert Downey Jr.
Rupert Grint
Jermain Clement

I love you.

the "i'm not sick anymore" post

After a week of literally taking five hour naps and watching way too many chick flicks, now I can finally do important things, like buying a black sequin pencil skirt for five dollars (five dollars!!!), seeing Harry Potter for the third time in theatres, taking a spontaneous bike ride with my bestie...and having a Freaks & Geeks marathon and blogging, like I am doing now (and let me tell me, this is very important).  Life is wonderful!  

P.S. I'd take Jason Segel over James Franco any day.

things to bake this winter break

1. Festive macarons
photo via tumblr

2. Peppermint and/or chocolate-dipped marshmallows 
found via tumblr

3. Some kind of soufflé
found via tumblr

Ugh, why is it that most of the baking recipes I lust over and want to dominate are French and tres difficil?  I am still waiting for the day my macarons put up no fight and say, "Touch√©, Kaylie.  You win. We are very beautiful and also quite delicious.  Enjoy our perfect pieds (feet)!  Congrats on your hard work and diligence." Well, until then...

Happy Holidays

hamlet throwdown

Today in English we had a "Hamlet Throwdown" in which we fought to the death...with our "To be, or not to be" parodies.  In spite of the fact I started mine at eleven o'clock last night, I got second place!  Considering I almost forgot to do it, until I saw someone post something on Facebook about it, it was a lovely surprise.  Here it is (based on a true story/my life/right now):

To blog, or not to blog: That is the question
Whether it’s nobler in the mind to suffer
The focus and boredom of uninterrupted homework
Or to ignore a sea of Followers
And by neglecting lose them? To reblog: to post;
No more; and by a post to say we end
The overload of the thousand pictures
That Tumblr is heir to, 'tis a dream
Devoutly to be wish'd. To reblog, to post;
To post: perchance to inspire: ay, there's the rub;
For in that post what comments may come
When we have published this edited draft,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That gives tolerance to so long a homework assignment;
For who would bear the cofactors and determinants of Trigonometry,
The pain of French conjugations
The task of memorizing court cases and their decisions
When he himself might log into Blogger or Tumblr
To share his thoughts? who would want,
To grunt and sweat under a blogless life,
But that the dread of procrastination,
The undiscover'd blogs from which
No reader returns, weakens the will to stop
And makes us rather blog and blog and blog
Than actually accomplish something productive?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of creativity
Is overcome with the pale cast of responsibility
And enterprises of imagination and wily
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.—Log in now!
My fair blog! Procastination, in thy actions
Be all my posts remember'd.

my favorite christmas songs

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Such a sweet song. This version is covered by She & Him.  Side note: As if my love for Zooey wasn't embarressingly huge already, watch this (boy, can she really sing!) and read this (score-she really is as cool as I think she is!).  Love her!

Baby, It's Cold Outside
Your quintessential fun, romantic Christmas song. I loved seeing Blaine and Kurt sing it together--too precious!

Last Christmas
What can get better than 80’s music and Christmastime? Not much, that’s what. Rachel and Finn’s version was so fun! (Uh oh, my Gleek is showing.)

Sister Winter
This is actually an original song by Sufjan Stevens--beautiful.  Definitely worth a listen.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Because when it is, I am so thrilled to sing along.

winter formal

Kavita, me, Erin, Tori
Tori, Kavita, me, Erin, Britanee, Rachel
Erin, Domenico, me, Dylan, Tori, Connor

Winter Formal turned out swell! I put in more dancing than the past dances I've attended all put together, probably because thanks to Melanie, I actually knew a considerable amount of the songs they played! So hooray for not being a complete failure at being a teenager.

Now, homework...Yuck.

wait a second

Did I really just go to a bridal shower for one of my own friends? 
Are two of my best friends really celebrating their 4 year anniversary next week?
(I feel so old...and single.  I thought that wasn't supposed to happen yet?!)
Am I actually graduating this May?
And don't tell me I am going to be living on my own in less than a year....?!

What?  Wait-- No.  This can't be happening to me, Kaylie.

...Yet, it is. 

Oh Life. You are so crazy, but oh so lovable. 

just for the record

This photo is the epitome of my high school existence.

 (found here)

modern family

My mom has been joking about how our family is a total "Modern Family."  I can't really argue with that, for more reasons than one!  Example:  Today we celebrated our third Thanksgiving this week.  I feel so spoiled, like I stole the three--technically four, actually--coolest pairs of grandparents ever.  Sorry folks!

i ♥ black friday

The lovely Melanie and I were crazy enough to set out at around 11:30 PM (after fueling up on coffee drinks from ampm) for Chandler Mall.  Yep, it opened at 12 AM and we were there.  I may or may not have yelled at a group of teenage boys to get out of our way when we were trying to find a parking spot...
After hitting up Forever 21 (2 long sleeved shirts, pretty barrettes, cute socks), Charlotte Russe (no luck), and Gap (scored some super cute socks I've been eyeing--I have a thing for quirky socks), we headed to Scottsdale.
We took our time, getting lost and talking about serious--and not so serious--stuff.  Upon our arrival, we decided to have an impromptu photo-shoot in Old Town when we couldn't find anywhere to get food (hence all the pictures).  It was great fun.
When we finally got to Urban, we had a ton of time to kill (it opened at 5; it was 3:30), so we back-tracked and went to Target, which opened at 4.  There were so many people there!  We waited in the car  until the line started disappearing into the store.  Our main objectives fulfilled (bathroom break and food!!!), we bypassed the deals and long lines and headed back to Urban with 15 minutes to spare.
Urban was A MAD HOUSE.  I swear, I haven't seen that many hipsters in one place since the Sufjan Stevens concert.  It was insane.  Thankfully we found some friends, so we certainly weren't the last ones in line.  When the doors opened, Melanie and I locked arms and ran for it.  Everyone swarmed to the sale corner--this is when the spirit of Black Friday (and the wrath of broke hipsters) kicked in.  There was no room to move--I am still amazed I ever got out of that mass of shoppers...  I ended up with a button-up horse tunic, red dress, navy cardigan, and blue fedora, all for under $50--really awesome considering the tunic and dress were originally $48 each and the cardigan originally $58.  SCORE!  The two hour line (not exaggerating much) was definitely worth it, especially because we found another group of friends to hang out with in line.  Of course, at 7 AM, Urban was like, Hey, let's have a DJ come in and blast music!  That was pretty funny.

...And then I got home at 8 AM (after witnessing no less than the rapping stylings of Melanie).

Nine hours of craziness!  Life is so fun.

today i am thankful for...holidays that remind you what you're thankful for

Life is fantastic!  And yes, I have officially started listening to Christmas music...and started decorating my room. Also, in less than four hours, I will be experiencing MY FIRST BLACK FRIDAY EVER.  I am so excited (and a little terrified).  Time to try to sleep...  Wish me luck--I'm usually going TO SLEEP at midnight.

Oh well, because guess what?
It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends.

today i am thankful for...this

When I turned on my calculator today in French to study for my trig midterm, I found this message staring back at me.  I just about died.  It took me until well into lunch to find the culprit--clever Stephanie  A. did it during fifth hour yearbook yesterday.  (Proof that yearbook editors are the coolest cats.)  

P.S. Just got home from seeing Harry Potter again....better believe it.

my sister the hipster

Okay, so my sister and her friend just came out of the playroom and said, "LOOK, WE'RE NERDS!"  I took one look at my nine year old sister and said, "Geez, Kendal, you are such a hipster!"  She kills me.  Reminds of when I was at Kate's and threw on her HP glasses, Diana camera, and multiple headbands and proclaimed, "LOOK, I'M A HIPSTER!"

Life is funny.

today i am thankful for...music

Some days are just kind of UGH.  Today was one of those days.  So when someone put on their iPod (thank you, Jacob, if you are reading this) during yearbook, their upbeat playlist was just what I needed. It's funny how a good dose of music can do wonders to a disheartened spirit.  After both yearbook classes got out, I put on my Phoenix channel on Pandora to listen to while I worked on homework.  The song above came on.  The universe knows what's up...and does its best to help out.  I am thankful for this.

today i am thankful for...knowing/not knowing

It's senior year.  There's one thing all of us really don't want to talk about, yet at the same time desperately do want to talk about...all the time.  The first thing out of our lips when there's one mention of next year or anything remotely related to higher education is..."Do you know where you're going?"  It's a question you dread, yet at the same time secretly love to hear.  What's more thrilling than the unknown, after all?  Thankfully I do know where I am going, but I'm just as clueless about what I'm going to do with myself as anyone is...  Come on, how exciting is that?

today i am thankful for...procrastination

Why is it that homework makes me think of 32049832409 things other than the thing I'm SUPPOSED to be thinking about?  Take just now, for instance.  For some reason, Kate Nash pops up into my head and I put on "Pumpkin Soup" and I wonder, What the heck happened to Kate Nash?

So I googled her (Blasted Google is like the gateway drug to procrastination, I swear) and realize nothing has happened to her--I have just lost touch.  But, thanks to a little frenemy called Procrastination, we have reunited.  This makes me happy, because her music is so fun and empowering and say things like "I'll just read a book instead."

today i am thankful for...Christmas dress shopping

My grandma and I have a tradition of going shopping for a Christmas dress each year.  Sometimes my grandpa even tags along like a good sport, as he did today.  Today marked our most successful mission yet--I found "the one" at our first stop.  I guess it wasn't so hard, considering our first stop was Anthro, but it was impressive nonetheless! 

I also had an enlightening experience:  I walked into Barneys for the first time in my life (granted, we've only had one here for maybe a year or so).  I wasn't expecting anything but a snobby department store...what I found was heavenly.  It was minimal, but still cozy and creative.  I also saw many designers' clothing for the first time IN PERSON.  Isn't it odd that I felt so "in the know" about fashion when I had never seen or touched a Proenza Schouler or 3.1 Phillip Lim in person?  I don't know what hit me while I was in there, but I was in a daze the rest of the afternoon.  It also didn't help that a man there, dressed in a snazzy suit, stopped me and said, "I love your look; so Barneys!"  Uh, my life is complete?!

And then we went into Kate Spade, which embodies basically everything I believe in:  bright, playful colors, prints, polka dots, sparkles, with a retro sensibility.  Seriously, walk into Kate Spade and this is what I believe my brain consists of:  everything sparkly and colorful and nostalgic.

And don't even get me started about the Christmas decorations!!!!!

I swear I was zoned out into my happy place for at least an hour or two.

And a big thank you to my dear grandparents (and yes, I do know they will read this because they are that hip) for another memorable afternoon and another fantastic Christmas dress.  I love you guys.

just so we're clear

...this is what my future looks like. Okay? Okay.

today i am thankful for...harry potter (yes, again!)

Today my dad picked me up early from school to see Harry Potter, just like we did back when I was in elementary school.  IT. WAS. THE. BEST. ONE. YET.  Probably one of my favorite movies OF ALL TIME.

Let me tell you--I cried my eyes out.  I started crying within the first two minutes!  It was so freaking good, I am beside myself.  Everything--EVERYTHING-was just...just brilliant.

I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I jumped--I cried some more.

And now I wait.  For the end.

Yet, as much as I want to see the second part, I am okay with waiting.  Because for me, this is more than just the end of a series of books or movies.  For the past nine years--half of my entire life--I have invested myself in these characters, these books, these movies, these actors.

When I was in third grade, I wanted desperately to be a part of the magical world of Harry Potter...and to be honest, I have never stopped.  I collected Harry Potter legos, the Time-Turner, Harry's wand.  I wore my pink zip-up sweater with my rainbow belt and jeans, my hair parted in the middle (I would leave my hair in braids at night to achieve Hermione's curly locks--of course now my hair is plenty curly of its own accord) to look like Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban...I also spent a lot of time trying to figure out how time travel worked.  I visited MuggleNet every single day, preying on all that is Harry Potter.  I obsessed over what Emma Watson wore (it's thanks to her I discovered my love of ballet flats in fifth grade) and copied her hairstyles.  I made shirts that said things like "I'd rather be at Hogwarts" and "Weasely is our King."  I waited for the fifth, sixth, and seventh book to come out at midnight (even if I was in Hawaii) and read for days, listening to Hedwig's Theme on repeat.  I went to the midnight premeire last Harry Potter summer (I'm so planning a three day HP festival for this summer...  Kidding.  Sort of.) and dressed up as Mrs. Weasely.

So in a way, I feel like I have been initiated into a magical world of sorts; a world that people all over the planet relate to and love just as much as I do.  Harry Potter is a comfort to me, one that I will always hold onto even as I grow old enough to have kids of my own to read the books (and they WILL read them).  Harry Potter is my past, present, and future (I so just stole those words from Tom Riddle, didn't I?).

To this day,
I reread the books over and over, discovering new connections each time.
I listen to Harry & the Potters, every word memorized.
I watch the movies, saying lines out loud (Izzy looks at me like I'm mad).
I frequent Harry Potter tumblrs like my life depends on it.
I make Harry Potter metaphors, allusions, similies, and puns like nobody's business.
I gasp when I see or hear anything relating to Harry Potter.
I can hear someone utter the words Harry Potter from across a room.
I try to knit, in hopes of one day knitting sweaters as lovingly as Mrs. Weasely.
And yes, right now I am watching Potter Puppet Pals.

It all boils down in the cauldron  to this:
I still love Harry Potter as much as I did nine years ago....and yeah, I just cried some more writing this post.

today i am thankful for...harry potter

Today was wicked.  (Yearbookers FTW.)

1st hour AP Gov - We listened to this.  Listen/read.  It sounds awesome!

2nd hour AP English - The scene between Hamlet and Ophelia was really performed by a Slytherin student and Dobby.  It ended with "Bad Ophelia, bad Ophelia!" with Dobby hitting Hamlet's rejected possessions-Harry Potter books of course-against his head.

3rd hour AP French V - We watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in French, what else?

Lunch - I wandered around campus with these guys taking pictures for yearbook.  A lot of people actually dressed up!  It was great. (Oh, and there's Dobby on the left, with the Golden Snitch, a Gryffindor student, and Hedwig.)
Yearbook - We played Harry Potter Clue, listened to Harry & the Potters, and added up House Points. It's a close battle between Gryffindor and Slytherin.  (But isn't it always?)

...and then I went home and watched Half-Blood Prince. Life is bloody brilliant.


today i am thankful for...life

Life is just way too much fun.  Seriously.  My little sister thinks I'm crazy for getting so excited about things such as the newest episode of Gossip Girl or deciding which Hermione hairstyle I should go with for my costume tomorrow...  But really, it's the silly things that make life so fantastic.  Like today in 4th hour yearbook when we played Harry Potter Clue, or last Thursday when I heard a Christmas song slipped in while we were shopping at Old Navy.  Or yesterday, when it finally hit me:  I'm going to college next year. Uh, WHOA.

Life is full of silliness and wonderfulness, and bit of seriousness in between.  But mostly it's a lot of getting extremely excited when your AP government teacher puts on his Harry Potter soundrack station on Pandora.  One thing is for certain:

Yes, I get a little carried away when it's Harry Potter season. 
Yes, I get a little carried away when it's holiday season. 

Yes.  I get a little carried away. 

But can you blame me?

today i am thankful for...lazy days

Today I woke up feeling less than spectacular, so what followed was the laziest of days--it was precisely what I needed.

Today I...
  • tumbled...then tumbled some more
  • snuggled up with a blanket and read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban...for the second time this weekend (I've watched movies 1-4)
  • listened to Sufjan and did a little studying
  • compiled a Harry Potter playlist consisting of the third movie soundtrack, Hedwig's Theme, Harry & the Potters, and random songs/artists that have words such as "magic," "ghost," or "owls" in them (my favorite is when I connect songs such as "I Sing I Swim" by Seabear to HP...  'I Sing I Swim'...MERPEOPLE!  Obviously.  And "Keep the Car Running" by Arcade Fire?  Harry and Ron have to keep the flying Ford Angela running to get to Hogwarts when the platform isn't working. DUH.)
And that's it.  How wonderful is that?

hey leighton, stop making me look bad, will ya?

Dear Leighton Meester,

I have a hat just.like.this. that I wore the other day with my hair just.like.yours., so imagine how I feel when I s(tumble) upon these pictures of you.  I don't know whether to feel flattered or discouraged about my efforts in comparison... So I will let it slide.  But just this once.

Best regards,

(P.S.  I am officially addicted to tumblr.  It started out as a harmless no-strings-attached relationship, but when I began to feel overwhelmed about all the awesome pictures I was finding and how I could blog them all gracefully, I caved.  Welcome to my life as a Marie Wannabe!)

today i am thankful for...nice folks

Today I brought over some treats (cake cookies) and some treasures (old stuff I don't need anymore, plus a life-size Care Bear) up to school to support our New Global Citizens project for the Bocas School Project in Panama.  Unfortunately I couldn't stay long, but I had a legitimate reason--a few fellow yearbookers and I went up to Old Town Scottsdale to cheer on our fantastic yearbook advisor who was participating in the 3 Day Walk.  It was a blast!  Everyone was so energetic and enthusiastic and encouraging... and PINK!  It was great.