Saturday, December 13

Yule Log Ceremony

Traditions are just another reason the holidays are so special to me.  The traditions at The College are no different.  The Yule Log Ceremony has come and gone, as has my first semester in graduate school.  Only a few more days until I'm home for the holidays, but there's always time to throw away the year's problems and listen to President Reveley recite "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

The Gentlemen of the College performing at the annual Yule Log Ceremony, flashback from 2011.

Monday, December 8

Music Monday: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

I've always been a big Andrew McMahon fan; from Jack's Mannequin to Something Corporate, even the brief songwriting stint he had on Smash (granted, I loved everything Smash).  McMahon's latest project is nothing less than amazing, creative, and unique.  They're the songs of someone who's fully experienced the widest range of human emotions and those experiences have been perfectly put to music and lyrics.

The songs are poignant and the lyrics are clever.  Please give the album a listen if you're going through a music slump, need studying music, or just find yourself surfing the web in silence.  Here are a few of my favorites.

"Cecilia and the Satellite"

"Synesthesia"

"Maps for the Getaway"

"All Our Lives"

Thursday, December 4

Holiday Fashion Inspiration

The semester is winding down quickly, but sometimes not quickly enough.  I'm ready to head home and spend time with my family, with no worries about classes or lab work.  This post is about brilliant December outfits.  These outfits below range from lounging around the house Christmas morning to New Year's Eve outfits to everything in between.

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Currently watching listening to: Peter Pan Live!

Monday, November 17

Something Wicked This Way Comes

I don't usually watch spin-off Project Runway series, and there are many, but there was one recent episode that I just couldn't miss.  Last week on Project Runway: All Stars, the designers had to made couture garments inspired by the two sides of Broadway's Wicked; "wicked" and "good."

Christine Dwyer and Jenni Barber, Wicked's current Elphaba and Glinda, even made a guest appearance in the episode.  And the best news, the winner of the challenge would have their design showcased at the Gershwin Theatre, the home of Wicked.

Here were some of my favorites from the episode.

Season 10's Fabio Costa designed his version of a dress, a strappy top with printed pants.  While the judges voted this one of the lower looks, I loved it.
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Another Season 10 veteran, Dmitry Sholokhov's feathered dress was maybe not as wicked as he would've liked, but I appreciated his craftsmanship and his overall beautiful gown.
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Season 10 must have been a good season, because Sonjia Williams won this challenge.  I loved the different fabrics she used and the structured dress underneath.
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Jenni Barber (Glinda), Sonjia, and Christine Dwyer (Elphaba)
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Currently listening to: "Lullaby" Kyle Dean Massey (Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen)

Sunday, November 9

Holiday Party Wishlist

Let's be honest with ourselves.  Once Halloween passes, the holiday season is on.  Thanksgiving and Christmas is the wonderful time of year where you see extended relatives and are allowed to eat way too much food at all of those holiday parties.  Of course you can't wear the same thing to every party, right?

Here are some items on my wishlist for the holiday season.  The more forgiving pieces, I'll wear to the all-you-can-eat family gatherings.  The short and edgy, for the parties with friends.

Easy red dresses.
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I guess you've gotta have a little sparkle at some point.
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Rompers dressed up with some statement accessories.
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Beautiful mixed media dress in blue.
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Currently listening to: "I Stand Corrected" Vampire Weekend
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