Fun Fact Friday

For the past 13 years I have been collecting pressed pennies (or squished pennies, as I call them). My first was on a trip to Disneyland when I was 10 and, since my favorite Disney movie was Mulan, I got a squished penny with Mushu the dragon. Since then, I have collected squished pennies from all around the world and have already filled up 2 and a half collection books! I’m often surprised by some of the pressed penny machines I find in very random places like the Gettysburg battlefield, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the 50,000 year old Meteor Crater in Arizona, San Francisco sourdough bread, and even in other countries like Le Sacre Coeur in Paris and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

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Despite the fact that these pennies are worth nothing more that one cent and I have to pay 50 cents every time I make one, it is still cheaper than any other souvenir you could buy. I will never be able to walk passed a squished penny machine and not use it! Currently I have 84 is my collection which means I’ve spent $42 on this addiction. To be honest, I don’t usually have change so most of the money I’ve used to make these has been bummed off my parents, friends, or boyfriend. He knows how much pennies mean to me so last year from Valentine’s day he bought me this beautiful pressed penny bracelet from Etsy that is made from all of the Alice in Wonderland pennies from Disneyland. It is the best gift I have ever been given!

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OMG shoes..

I love shoes, especially in spring when you can get away with bright neon leather with lots of straps and high or low heel doesn’t seem to matter. However, as a college student about to graduate and enter the real world I have to be realistic… I can’t afford designer shoes. As I browsed longingly through Popsugar’s new list of top designer shoes for Spring 2014, I had the bright idea to comb the internet for affordable alternatives! Here are the beautiful shoes that Popsugar has deemed most obsession worthy from top designer brands like Givenchy, Prada, Tom Ford, and Valentino.

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And below is what I found. Similar right? I guess a girl CAN have it all!

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And for all the lovely people who read this and want inexpensive, cute spring shoes of their own, here are links to all the shoes:

Target Tammy Plank Wedge

Target Vivien Strappy Wedge

Target Sanna Block Heel

Forever 21 Chunky Flatform Sandal

Forever 21 Darling Daisy Crocheted Platform

Lulu’s Orange Red Print Heels

Mod Cloth Cape Hatteras Flats

Mod Cloth Anchors Sashay Wedge

Exploring San Diego

Last week my boyfriend arrived from Newcastle, UK after a long 4 months of separation and is staying with me for 3 weeks! This means we get to have fun exploring my town and making up for lost time. Yesterday was a little too gloomy for the beach so we drove down to the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego for some lunch, a walk, and a movie.

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We ended up eating at one of our favorite restaurants, The Blind Burro, a Baja-style Mexican restaurant that has delicious drinks and appetizers. My boyfriend LOVES this thing called the queso crisp, which is basically a pizza made on a huge fried tortilla with spicy sauce and seasonings. We got that and split some chips with quacamole and I splurged on a massive glass of red sangria! Next time we’re going to go during happy hour because even just ordering apps and drinks was pretty expensive!

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After lunch we went to a small, independent theater called the Landmark Hillcrest and saw the new Wes Anderson film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. We both agreed it was better than Life Aquatic, but not as good as Royal Tenebaums. Even so, I still loved it, as I do all Wes Anderson films!

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Annie Abbey is a senior at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and one of my best friends in the world. As a fashion design student, she has a keen eye when it comes to fashion and has developed a personal style that is effortlessly chic and always cool. I’m very grateful she took some time to let me interview her on her future plans, music, and of course, FASHION!

How would you define your personal style?

I sometimes joke that I categorize myself as a grungy twelve year old from the 90’s….Really I guess that means a lot of floral dresses, overalls, denim on denim and crop tops. I just like to wear what I feel comfortable in and what I think still says a little about me before I talk.

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As a clothing designer, where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in some weird places….I did one collection inspired by how I think stacks of ice cream scoops look like vertebrae. Really I gather inspiration from anything that I find visually stimulating or that makes me curious.

If you could design an outfit for anyone in the world who would it be and what would it look like?

It would probably be for Alexa Chung, she is my fashion idol! I would put her in something boyish obviously but try something with a little more tailoring to it, maybe a great tuxedo short set.

Can you tell us a little about your plans after graduation?

I actually just signed my offer letter to work at Abercrombie in Ohio! Very excited about that!

How does the fashion in Ohio compare to that of California?

It is very cold there…like year round, even worse than SF. I think the main difference is that they wear a lot of outdoor activewear on a daily basis and it is more camping-chic than California clothing which tends to lean towards beachy vibes.

What is your favorite season?

For designing, fall. For actually wearing the clothes, summer.

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What is one thing you can’t leave home without?

LIPSTICK in at least two shades in case my mood changes.

Who is your favorite clothing designer or brand?

I love 3.1 Phillip Lim. He has such great cuts and odd fabric compositions.

Do you like to have music playing while you work or work in silence?

I am a music freak! I always listen to a playlist while I work (I am doing it right now!). I pretty much just stick to the same band on repeat for months at a time, boring as that sounds. Since June it has been Cold War Kids, before that it was Cage the Elephant.

What is your ultimate dream job?

I would love to open my own line someday. (What designer wouldn’t!?) I want it to be a more eco-conscious line with a focus on handloomed fabrics and organic dyes and materials.

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