(photography by Brooke Helstrom)
It seems as though Los Angeles has skipped Winter and Spring and headed right into Summer. The temps have been in the high 80’s, even 90’s, and the mad dash for air conditioned spots on campus has started up again. I’m not going to lie, the farmers
tan burn I got earlier this week walking to class made me a bit annoyed with the sunshine, but being able to wear a muscle tank and shorts in February makes up for it. Summer clothes > winter clothes. Always.
There’s also something about wearing white converse. I was a hardcore low-top black converse girl in middle school, and enthusiastically switched to black vans in high school. This fall my new vans were two sizes too small and I got blisters just looking at them; I was ready to give the white kicks another shot. You can’t go wrong with classics.
(mini) Sustainability & Style
I won’t bore you again and gush over the American Apparel Factory Flea Market, so read about its cool ~sustainability~ and ~coolness~ here and here and here and here. I went into the factory flea market (again) this past weekend hunting for red and light pink dresses for sorority functions and I came out with this here dark grey muscle tank. It never would have sold in a store, seeing that a huge rip was sewn up along the shoulder blades, but American Apparel didn’t let it end up in a pile of textile waste!!! I’ve worn it three times since I got it, which has been a grand total of six days. I needed a plain shirt that wasn’t short sleeved (farmers tans are becoming a real problem for me) and that also wasn’t spaghetti strapped, and this shirt fit the requirements to the tee.
Also, enjoy this photo of my roommate/photographer extraordinaire, Brooke, who came with me to the American Apparel Factory Flea Market early Sunday Morning. She also likes sustainability. She rocks.
I stumbled upon “Girl” by Jukebox the Ghost from my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. I went on a rampage and before I knew it my February playlist was approximately 96% Jukebox the Ghost. oops. In other words, I discovered lots of incredible music for every time of day, every emotion and every occasion. I had a realization this week, amidst the stresses of midterms and papers, that I will not go home for another 13 weeks. AKA I will be away from home, again, for an entire semester.
The song “Postcard” by Jukebox the Ghost is one I haven’t been able to get out of my head. Especially the lines “Well good idea, good idea, you keep me waiting round / I’ll just wait here until you decide to come back to town / You don’t call, that’s alright, you send me a postcard” remind me of the little touches I get of home: Instagrams from the local park, snow reports on the news, a package of cookies from the dining hall of my High School, the polaroids on the wall of my dorm room. Most of the time these little reminders fill the void; they’re enough to get me through the semester, but not overwhelming in that they make me miss home more than I already do. Don’t get me wrong; I love it here in sunny Los Angeles and I’m so ecstatic to be going to China with one of my classes for Spring Break, but just being at home, having snacks at my disposal and not having to wear shower shoes is something you can’t get at many other places.
On a different note, I’ll be crossing things of my USC bucket list (and maybe my T&T bucket list?!?) this long weekend, and all of it will be to the tune of my February Spotify playlist. I promise it’s now only about 75% Jukebox the Ghost. It has some Dropout, some Kodaline, some Vampire Weekend, and ZAYN of course. You can listen to my tunes for this month here fo’ free, and my tunes from other months if you want, too.
And because this post was talking about lots of not so super happy things, I’m going to leave this video here for you all to watch. “Worry less about what you want to be, and think more about what you want to do” – Obama. It was just the pick me up I needed in my fifth hour of microeconomics studying. Here’s to a four day, midterm-free week with lots of Jukebox the Ghost, sunshine and doing what we want to do!
Peace n Blessings