Friday, June 22, 2012

A good egg

  Today was the last day of school, thank goodness. The highlight of my day so far has been when my English teacher called me "a good egg." A) It was really sweet of her. B) For me, that phrase will never not have Wodehousian connotations. I love Wodehouse so. But I digress.

  Yesterday I wore a thrifted mustard shirt and my favorite 1950s grey wool skirt. Oh how I love that skirt! In French class we watched the super sexual tension filled 2006 remake of "Le Silence de la Mer." My pattern came in the mail and I cut out all of the pieces.

(Taken by my mother)

  And now unburdened with schoolwork, soon I am going to watch "The Artist" for the second time with a friend, eat salted caramels, and try not to become over emotional about the life of George Valentin.

This week has been kind to me.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Une Femme est une Femme!

  There are so many things that are more enjoyable on this earth than writing an essay for my English class. One of them happens to be posting the results from a 1950s/1960s, French New Wave cinema inspired photo shoot that Amelia and I had in my front yard. The theme was Amelia's idea, and a jolly good one at that if I do say so. It was a mere lucky coincidence that I own a dress a bit like Anna Karina's in "Une Femme est une Femme.
  Overall, the photo shoot was fun and I'm glad we did it!

  Photography by Amelia!
  The "model": Amanda
  Dress via a stand at the Fremont Sunday Flea Market. ($3!)

Pilfered stills from Godard's "Une Femme est une Femme":

Have a good rest of the week!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Blue sixties dress in the U-District

  Last weekend I took so many pictures on my point-and-shoot I have no idea where to begin. Clothing is always my favorite so I will start there. At the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall I bought a tiffany blue and cream sixties dress for ten dollars. I'm not sure how well it fits, but I still like it.

 While in the University District, Amelia photographed me in the dress and I photographed all of the old buildings. Looking back upon my photographs from the day I realize I went a little overboard! We visited Magus Books, which I have to say is the only used bookstore I can think of. Alas, they are a dying breed here in Seattle. I absolutely adore bookstores esp. Magus, which has tons of tiny cheap editions of my favorites and ivy covering the brick exterior. Then we went to the nearby Trader Joe's and bought far too much food. Just thinking of it makes me hungry.


Friday, June 8, 2012

First European Voyage

  With passage of time I find myself becoming increasingly nostalgic about a trip I took to Europe at the tender age of thirteen. I remember that on this trip I barely ate anything (exempting potatoes, tomato soup, pasta with pesto, and ice cream), I had a cold, and I was in absolute misery, but as time goes by my mind manages to block out those memories. Instead it remembers the sunset in Volostra, the gelato that was shaped like a rose, the view from the Sacre Coeur, fountains, the gramophone in an Amsterdam flea market, wandering around the streets of Paris, all of the parts of the trip that were wonderful and a little cliched. I cannot help but wonder if this rose colored view is how I will remember most of my youth as I age.
  Oh well, I'm too young to be talking about this. Instead I will show you the photographs I have from the best moments of my trip.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Film #1: Bright Star

  Most recently watched what I believe to be one of the most saddest films I will ever watch. Entitled "Bright Star," it is the story of Fanny Brawne and John Keats' love affair, and his subsequent death from tuberculosis at the age of twenty-five. In total, I cried eight times, the hardest at the recital of Keats' poems at the end. For all its sadness, there is much beauty to be found in the both film's cinematography, and English countryside setting.
  Whether or not you personally should watch "Bright Star" is summed up in one simple question: how much do you like doomed love affairs?

Monday, June 4, 2012

It begins.

I'm Amanda and I have no idea why I am returning to this distant method of social networking. Perhaps I missed posts that were more than one sentence and a picture. Clothing, photography, films, books, and old photographs are the types of things I post about. Are you ready?

The game is afoot!