Dear NYU

Opening my Into to Marketing course pack, I found enclosed a red slip that reads (and yes, this is ALL in caps…): 

“WARNING

ANY REPRODUCTION OF THIS COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED 

AND IS

BREAKING THE LAW…

….PLEASE RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF THIS COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL AND YOUR ETHICS AS A STUDENT.”

Well, I say:

Dear NYU, 

I understand that this material is copyrighted and should be paid for, but charging us $50 for  a set of low quality paper photocopies you call “coursepacks” is too much (you actually charged $168 for my MOA coursepack, but I’m not going to get too into that because at least you didn’t put a “warning” slip in it). Even though $50 is a trivial amount compared to the over $50K tuition that we pay every year to attend this school, we still shouldn’t have to pay anything more for a course than the required text-books.

These photocopies should come with the course, free of charge. Or, at the very least, you can charge less for them. So please, uphold your ethics as a self-proclaimed non-profit academic institution, and don’t overcharge students. We are already on a very tight budget (you made us this way in the first place, by the way). 

Thank you, 

M.C.

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obsessing over Decoden.

Back in San Francisco I got a pack of gem stickers from Japan Town . I’ve been sticking them on my cellphone and it looks so friggen cute. I was aware that in Asia this is a pretty common thing, and there they go over the top with the pimp-age. 

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I’m going to order myself the decoden kit for the first picture, ugh I can’t help it. This whole thing is so glamorously tacky and asian…I fucking love it. 

 

Oh, on I suppose a more serious note…school started. Major soul searching to ensue. Whatever. 

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i’ll update this as i remember.

Things to do before school starts (Sept. 8th): 

– Get hair done. Meaning re-dyed, permed, and cut. 

– Buy new furniture for my bedroom.

– Visit to eye doctor. 

– New glasses? New schoolbag? hmm.

– Visit the herbologist. 

– Buy American Apparel shirts/hoodie from Trendy Blanks.

– Mail Stacey her birthday present (long overdue) and return her Sam Soon DVD.

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All Saints – Spitafields

Just got back from a bit of weekend shopping with my mom and aunt in Bloomingdales.

Being that this weekend is the last of the 50% off sale items, I expected to spend most of my day rummaging through racks of last season’s crap, and to come away with mediocre things that I only decided to buy because it would be a pity not to take advantage of the sale in some way. But it’s funny how things usually turn out contrary to how you expect them to.

Today, in one of the least likely places, I discovered my new favorite clothing brand – All Saints.

Some of my favorite pieces. The pictures speak for themselves:


the back…ugh so good.

Their section stood out from all the others – with its rugged and eerie decor reminiscent of a set from Pirates of the Caribbean (not saying that I’ve actually seen the movie). I was immediately drawn to the interestings shapes and cuts of their clothing. This one amazing layered geometrical dress resembled a parachute skirt I bought in Osaka years back.

I would describe their clothes as very Rick Owens/Comme des Garcons-esque. I seriously would’ve worn EVERYTHING, and that never happens. I’m so glad that this brand is actually very reasonably priced. I bought the first dress in the pictures for $190. That isn’t exactly budget-friendly, but it’s certainly cheaper than what Juicy dresses cost. And for what I’m getting in return, it is worth every dollar.

Apparently that Bloomingdales started to sell the British brand only three days ago on Wednesday. And only in the 3rd Ave Bloomies can you buy their clothes in the US. But given their all around awesomeness, I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot of them in the near future.

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redecorating the bedroom.

Since I’ll be living back home for now on, I figured I might as well make the best of it. So! this summer I really want redecorate my room. I couldn’t start until August because I had guests staying in my room all of July.

I don’t have anything specific in mind, at first I was thinking of doing something really dramatic like repainting my walls and throwing out all that old furniture I’ve had since the 5th grade. Maybe I’d do a wall mural while I’m at it, too. But, it’s mid-August already and I haven’t done shit. NOTHING.

At this point, I have at most two and a half weeks until school starts and I really won’t have time to do anything. What am I to do?

Add dramatic lighting

Yesterday I was at Lee’s Art Shop on 57th between Broadway and 7th and saw an AMAZING rainbow chandelier. And then I pictured that piece of beauty hanging in my room and thought a simple thing like that can really make a HUGE difference. It was $120 which I thought was kind of much for a plastic chandelier but I did some more research online and it turned out to be the best price out there.

Wall De-Cals

I definitely won’t have the time to do a wall mural, but the next best thing are wall-decals, basically stickers for your walls. There are some really pretty floral and nature-ish designs out there and all I have to do is peel and stick (but knowing me there even might be some trouble with that…)

New Curtains

The curtains in my room are SO ugly. so ugly. My mom picked them out when we first moved in and they are fit for old ladies. Actually, my grandma wouldn’t even approve of them. Those curtains bothered me for the longest time, and it is time to make a move and buy new curtains of my choice.

New Knobs

Anthropologie sells some really beautiful door/drawer knobs. They aren’t that expensive either, ranging from $6-$14 most of it. Instead of buying a new drawer I could just change the knobs of the white one I have right now. Ta-da.

This is kind of a haphazard post. But I need to be at work soon! And today, I am giving them my two weeks notice.

And for those who are wondering, despite my overly excited post from last time, I didn’t get the Angel Chang shirtdress. My paycheck at Gap for two weeks wasn’t even enough to cover the cost, and knowing me I probably wouldn’t ever get the chance to wear it. So, I decided to pass it up and spend my hard earned money on American Apparel. haha.

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the fashion show: angel chang

An hour ago I finished watching the finale of The Fashion Show tonight. Congrats to Anna even though though I was personally rooting for James-Paul.

As I was watching, I saw that Angel was wearing the most amazing shirt dress. And then I fell completely and utterly in love.

It turns out that Angel made this during a challenge, and because she got so many messages to remake it, she did! Now it’s for sale on her website shop for $295.

 

I love the details at the waist and the splash of blue. There is also a kick-ass avant-garde spirit behind this piece, officially called the “Siamese Twin Shirt Dress” because it is actually two shirt dresses sewed together! It turns into three different garments: a shirtdress, another dress worn upside down, and a layered jacket.

I remember Angel got eliminated relatively early during the show, but it turns out that she is actually a pretty successful designer, with Kirna Zabete stocking things from her past collections. I was looking through her work and I was really, really impressed. I will definitely follow what she’ll be doing in the future. 

Back to the “Siamese Shirt Dress.” I haven’t felt this way about any particular piece of clothing in a long, long time…or perhaps ever. Despite shopping so much the past month and promising myself that I will not buy anything for a while, I think I will splurge on this when I get my paycheck next week. I can’t help it. This is instinct.

But with the extra few pounds that I’ve gained over the past month or so, how will this look on me?

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Rainy Thursday

Sorry for the lack of updates! I’ve been pretty occupied the last month with my two jobs and showing my guests from China around New York.

Even though they were really nice people, the good news is that they are GONE and I finally get my room back (I’ve been sleeping on an air mattress for a month while they were here…). This also means I can finally start redecorating my room.

Also, I’m ending my time with Cynthia Rowley on August 4th and I’m unbelievably excited. All I have left is the Gap and it’s good that I work 3 times a week, for about 4 hours a day. And that I am only doing until the beginning of September.

It hasn’t really felt like summer namely because of the lack of sunshine, good free outdoor concerts ,and traveling. It feels like so long since being in San Francisco. Also I haven’t gone to the beach and all I have is a lousy sandal tan line on my feet. But! yesterday while Irene, Catherine and I were eating at Butter for Restaurant Week, we discussed a potential mini-vacation in August. We’re thinking Cape Cod? We’ll see!

Also in regards to Restaurant Week, which is running through July 31st, my mom and I were thinking of going to Smith & Wollensky’s sometime next week. The menu looks so good. 10 oz filet mignon? I’m so there.

Today is one of those rare days off and I decided to cook up something. Greg made Ina Garten’s Orzo with Roasted Vegetables dish towards the end of the school year and it was really yummy. I’ve been meaning to make it for a long time and I finally did today! Here were the results.

I used zucchini instead of eggplant just because I remember not liking eggplant and green peppers instead of yellow. The feta is the star in this dish and ties all the flavors together. Next time I would definitely put less olive oil in the vinaigrette. My mom is not a big fan because she hates feta, but for those like me who love feta…this dish won’t disappoint.

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