Not naked 2.27.10

I’ve been a bad blogger, but I’m still learning. I’m really good at collecting content every day, but I’m not so great at posting that content every day. It really makes no sense why I don’t just put in the hour of work or so to compose a blog post. It must stem with my Writer’s Block-inducing fears of taking words out of my head and putting them on a page! (Maybe that’s why I am most productive late at night … I’m too tired to feel inhibited.)

This was Wednesday’s outfit. Wednesday was a beautiful day. No work AND no classes! All morning UT classes were pre-emptively canceled due to ice fears. HA! Wednesday was a beautiful, sunny, spring day. Oh Texas …

I spent my free day down around 2nd street with Michelle as she applied for jobs. I visited the Cafe de Crepe (more on that later) while I waited.

Top: Savers — $5
Belt: Birdville High School Costume Closet!
Shorts: Wal-Mart — $12
Necklace: Hand me down?
Tights: Target — $3 on sale!
Boots: Forever 21 — $21.80


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Found in Austin – Second Street

I’m no photographer, but I appreciate pretty things. I want to share these pretty things with you. Here are some pretty buildings I saw on Second Street on Wednesday.

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Not naked on 2.25.10

She wore a raspberry beret
Kind that you find in the secondhand store
Raspberry beret
And when it was warm, she didn’t wear much more

I’ve come to realize that The Universe will not excuse my procrastination. I took an outfit photo in winter wear about 48 hours ago and now it’s spring (again?) in Austin. It looks kinda silly posting a picture of my snow outfit when I wore a sundress today!

Beret: Scarborough Faire! – $25
Jumper: Wet Seal – $12
Shirt: Target – $5
Tights: Forever 21 – $4.80
Rainboots: Forever 21 – $27.80
Necklace: Forever 21 – $7.80
Belt: Savers – $4

Tuesday was free pancake day at IHOP. Becky and I took the children (Travis, Debo, and Michael) to get pancakes down at the Cesar Chavez location. I gotta say — free pancake day is probably the only time I’d ever go to an IHOP in Austin. There’s just too many better breakfast establishments around here to visit instead! Although free pancakes aren’t actually free after tip, and a donation to the children’s hospital — it’s still fun to know that your dollars are going to a good cause instead of lining some pancake president’s pocket. (huzzah, hows THAT for alliteration??)

Oh and the host at IHOP? Totally greeted me by singing “Raspberry Beret.”


I was sort of hoping all day that someone would think of the song when they saw me. And when they called my party? “Raspberry — table of five.”


And when we returned back to MHD after the flapjacks?

This little tiny snowman was all that remained of the spontaneous snowstorm.

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Not naked on 2.22.10

Hmm. It’s going to be a busy week. Lots of assignments, applications, and essays to do. I need to come up with something fun to do this weekend to reward myself for surviving. We’ll see.

I went to Savers for the first time yesterday with Kelly and Ariel! So great. I found some pretty amazing finds that you’ll see over the next few weeks. I got: a groovy silverware set, this mustard sweater, two ugly-pretty tunic shirts, two belts (including the best freakin’ belt ever!), a purple courduroy skirt with buttons down the front, a weird sort of 50’s shirt with cute buttons, and red pants. For $45. Huzzah huzzah.

We should have taken a picture of the pile of our loot. Thought about it. Forgot about it.

Sweater – Savers $5
Dress – Target $25
Flats – Target $17 (I wore these shoes to prom!)
Belt – Target $14
Necklace – Hand me down from Grandma

I’ve been going sans-makeup lately to appease the nagging of my friend, Travis. He says that girls look better without it. I’m not sure. But, I like the exercise in becoming more comfortable with my appearance without a painted face, and it’s nice to believe that maybe there’s a breed of man out there who prefers this look? Hmm. Any thoughts on this?

Savers is located at 5222 Burnet Road

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“I like this one. It’s colored … accurately.”

It’s been the inspiration for chairs, necklaces, and plethora of paintings of “flowers”. But today while walking across the West Mall of the UT campus, I found the vulva immortalized in sweet cream and cocoa beans in such a way I couldn’t help but entertain images of Han Solo cast in carbonite.

Han could use some serotonin pick-me-up right around now.

Oh, the vulva pop. Taboo treat for only two bucks.

It’s all part of the publicity agenda of the UT Women’s Resource Center’s Production of “The Vagina Monlogues”.
Here’s a video made about the WRO’s annual project to give you an idea of what it’s all about.

It’ll be a sensational show! (har har).

“The Vagina Monologues” runs tonight, tomorrow and Saturday night at the UT Rec Sports center. Curtain is at 7 pm and tickets are $10 at the door. Come a little early to ensure seating.

UT Rec Sports is located at the intersection of San Jacinto and 20th Streets.

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Lovers of live music, It’s pop quiz time!

What do a random Corona-drinking Spanish singer named Oscar, a convulsing fiddle player/Boerne schoolteacher with a tattoo of an octopus tentacle, and a slightly intoxicated young ingénue engaging in a public crash course in harmonica all have in common?

These were all just a few of the colorful characters that took the stage during Frank Turner’s performance on Monday night at Emo’s.

Turner’s music can best be described as what would happen if a mix of Bob Dylan, Flogging Molly, and The Clash was brewed on tap and served to a crowd of roughly 70 rowdy Austinites. With lyrics exploring existentialism, revolution, disillusionment, and loss, his music far transcends the immature styling one would expect from an artist leading a hybrid genre labeled “British Punk Folk”.

Turner carefully toed the line between hope and cynicism as he sang of the idealism of youth and consequential disillusionment. There’s nothing quite like shouting lyrics of rebellion while drunken Limeys drizzle Lonestar on your shoulder to bring you back to your teenage punk phase and a feeling of infinite invincibility.

Image courtesy of AV Club Austin
By confronting the audience like friends, not fans, Turner created the feeling of an intimate weekend house party. Part of this rapport included giving a harmonica solo to a fan, telling the story behind his tattoo of Texas, accepting shots from the audience, and admitting outright that he wasn’t found of “ the whole pretend to walk off thing and wait for an encore”.

Instead, Turner ended his set with three rousing numbers while gracefully thanking every member in his band, including his charismatic drummer, Nigel Powell, (a Michael Stipe doppelganger indeed!).

Also featured in the encore was a fan named Oscar, invited to take the stage and translate the final song in Spanish, and opening act Conrad White (stage name “Possessed by Paul James”) who returned to contribute his manic fiddling skills.

However, as much as a humble pop culture blogger may try to capture the magic of Turner’s performance tonight at Emo’s, no one can quite express the evening like Turner himself. As stated in his final song of the night, “Photosynthesize”:

“Now I’ll play, and you sing- the perfect way for the evening to begin. I won’t sit down, and I won’t shut up, and most of all I won’t “grow up”.”

Emo’s is located at 603 Red River St

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Overheard in Austin

“You can be anyone you want to be in Austin.”

So. True.

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