Tuesday, October 27

A Feast for the Eyes: Crimson Peak

This past weekend on campus was William & Mary's Homecoming.  While I'll post some pictures from the festivities of the weekend later, this post is about Crimson Peak.  My friends and I took an early-ish Sunday morning to get together like the good old days and watch a horror movie.  And while it wasn't quite a horror movie, it was a beautifully artistic ghost story...or a "gothic romance" as Tom Hiddleston put it.  I won't lie, I was holding onto every word Tom Hiddleston spoke.

Here are some shots from the film.

The Crimson Peak estate, in all its dilapidated glory.

I thought the movie was interesting; it may have combined one too many horror movie elements, but I appreciated the novelty of the story.  Everything was incredibly intricate, from the costumes to the house itself and I was glad that I was watching it on the big screen so I could take full advantage of it.  Definitely one to see again, if not only for the wonderfully romantic being that is Tom Hiddleston.

Currently listening to: "This is Why We Fight" The Decemberists

Wednesday, October 14

2nd Sundays Craft Fair

Ah, Fall Break.  The well-deserved four day weekend for undergrads, and just another weekend on campus for a grad student trying to graduate by the end of the year.  However, I did get a chance to enjoy the absolutely beautiful weather this weekend by going to the 2nd Sundays Fair.

I also borrowed a DSLR from the library for the long weekend, but unfortunately wasn't able to take any really creative shots.  Sad to admit it, but I did Picasa-edit these photos, mainly for lighting and color modifications

Come on...a book signing about Washington and Hamilton?  I couldn't resist.

Everybody's favorite vintage bookstore in Merchant's Square.

Happy October!

Currently listening to: "Thunder Clatter" Wild Cub

Sunday, October 4

Paris Fashion Week: Elie Saab SS16

I'm not usually one to follow fashion week or particular designers, but I came across a few Paris FW runway shows and I thought it was worth showcasing.  A collection of florals and lace, here are a few of my favorites.

The man of the hour himself, Elie Saab.

Currently listening to: Hamilton Cast Recording (as I have been doing non-stop (see what I did there?) for the past two weeks.

Tuesday, September 22

ETC Festival & Johnnyswim

Trying to maximize the good times in the Hampton Roads area before I graduate (and hopefully relocate back to the DC area), a friend and I went to Town Point Park in Norfolk for the Embrace the Culture music festival.  Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration...we arrived in the evening in time for the last two big acts, Johnnyswim and The Mowgli's.

I was most excited for Johnnyswim, having heard of the LA married couple a few years back.  Folk, soul, blues are all words that could be used to describe this duo.  We didn't get to the festival in time to hear their entire set, so I'm already keeping an eye on their tour for another chance to see them.

Johnnyswim and a beautiful sunset by the water.

I expected nothing other than mermaids at a festival in Norfolk.

And the Mowgli's to end the night.

The park.

Who says grad school isn't fun?  Ughh, and now back to the grind that is thesis-writing and experiments.

Currently listening to: "Diamonds" Johnnyswim

Wednesday, September 9

Project Runway, Season 14: Gunn and Heid

It's that time of year again, when I 

Last week's episode of Project Runway involved the designers creating garments using paintball-inspired colors and materials.  And as all team challenges go, this episode was full of team drama and breakdowns.  The photos below are the garments from the winning team, who took time to carefully create their textile, which made their collection cohesive.

Designer: Edmond Newton
Edmond Newton's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Blake Patterson
Blake Patterson's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Jake Wall
Jake Wall's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Joseph Poli
Joseph Charles Poli's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Merline Labissiere
Merline Labissiere's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

Designer: Swapnil Shinde
Swapnil Shinde's Season 14 Episode 5 Final Look

My personal favorites from this collection were from Edmund and Jake.  Both pieces, I thought, had a bit of edge and modernity to them.

Currently listening to: "Just Around the Riverbend" Arielle Jacobs (from The Broadway Princess Party at 54 Below)