I finished chemistry camp. After a grueling last week and a couple all-nighters, I’m happy to say that I aced the final exam and have been given credit for Honors Chemistry at my school- I’ll be going into AP in the fall.
Ironically, my art class [reason I took this in the first place] and AP are at the same time. I worked a plan out with the art teacher where I’ll go in during a free period and do the same projects, just not with the rest of the class. Mrgh.
Living away from home for a few weeks made me realize how much little, seemingly inconsequential things contribute to my overall happiness level. For instance, I never realized how much I adore sleeping with the windows open and listening to the 11:30 train go by, or the way that my comforter makes a low, crinkling sound when I turn over, or how I spray the clothes in my armoire with vanilla stuff every once in a while so when I open it, everything smells really good.
So here’s a couple things that are making me happy right now.
1. Sydney by Brett Dennen
Brett Dennen is great for driving around, running in the sun, or getting pumped up about life in general. I love happy songs! Maybe I’ll do a post on upbeat songs soon.
2. House of Versace by Deborah Ball
image from amazon.com
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I picked it up at a little bookstore on 57th street in downtown Chicago on one of our weekends off at camp, expecting a trashy fashion read, but instead got a riveting look into the turbulent lives of the Versace siblings, their love for each other, and their love for fashion. I’m not fully through yet, but I’ve barely been able to put it down. It’s knowledgeable and well-researched, and provides a uniquely lucid perspective on the sometimes corrupt, morally and otherwise, fashion industry.
3. The perfect Christmas party dress by Jason Wu
I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, but that’s what they train you to do in the fashion world anyway- think a season ahead. This dress by Jason Wu would be the cutest thing ever for a party or formal once the holidays roll around–if only I could afford it (or 1/10 of it.) I’d settle for owning the french-dot tights but they’re probably out of my price range as well.
As the situation currently stands, I’ll have to content myself with admiring from afar. I have a horrible habit of making my favorite runway looks my desktop background– it’s like dangling candy in front of a kid with sensitive teeth.
4. Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf
This stuff is the bomb. LOLLZ I made a pun.
image from evacuatewithstyle.org
And it even has a good story attached to it: I went to Paris for the first time last summer and searched the city high and low for a signature scent: on the last day we were there, I found it. It was just one of those moments where I smelled it and I knew, you know?
It smells really good all by itself, but it also reacts really nicely with heat: once it’s been on your skin awhile it turns into something else, a little sweeter and more vanilla-y. So dreamy. The first time I wore it was on the first day of high school and the second was to my first football game: it smells like anticipation of something really good, slightly nervous but mostly excited.
People make good money doing calligraphy, you know. My mom came home from San Diego last week with five books on how to do it that she found at a used bookstore, and I went out and bought a starter kit with a pen and different colored inks. I’m going to start practicing now so I can write custom invitations and envelopes and stuff this year when I don’t have time to babysit.
Check out sparrownestscript’s stuff on Etsy- the writing is not traditional calligraphy but beautiful all the same! And a set of four notecards has 540 admirers.
For some reason the “link” button isn’t working, so just copy and paste: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74341942/hello-love-flat-notecards-in-wheat-set
That’s all for now loves! My mom and I are going to pick her out a new mattress and then to do some grocery shopping (I have a monstrous craving for grilled cheese today, for whatever reason.) I hope this inspires someone to take a moment to appreciate the little things that make them happy.