I realize it’s been quite some time since my last post, but that’s only because I’ve been so busy MOVING TO ANOTHER COUNTRY! I’ve been here for about a month now, which is how long it took me to settle into my new apartment, get a job, register with a doctor, and get my national insurance number (like social security). It has been a long and hectic journey, but I’m so happy to finally be living in Newcastle, the gem of the north-east, says no one… but I love it. It has all the amenities of a big city like London, but it’s small and can easily be explored over the course of a few days. I’m just happy to be back in a place where you don’t need a car! Public transportation in San Diego is practically non-existent and here it’s just the norm! And it’s not sketchy or full of bums like San Francisco, it’s really clean and respectable! In fact, I think I’ve only ever seen one bum since I moved here and he’s very friendly. A definite improvement from my time in San Francisco…
For two years during college I worked at a fancy greeting card store and ever since then I have been mad about cards! To me, there is no greater feeling in the world than finding a card that equally represents the recipient, your own personality, and your relationship to the recipient. To find a card for a friend’s birthday that secretly reflects an inside joke the two of you share is like finding a piece of gold in a pile of rocks. Don’t get me wrong, I love getting a handmade card as much as the next girl, but finding the perfect card in a shop seems even more impressive sometimes..
In college I was getting cards for everyone and for EVERY occasion. The basic birthday, mother’s day, Valentine’s Day, then even weird ones like St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween. I’ve mellowed out a bit since I no longer get an employee discount on cards, but I still haven’t lost the thrill in a good card search!
Some of the highlights from my old job were the lesbian wedding card (so progressive!), cat wearing a sweater (I LOVE cats), bunny in a leather jacket (and look at the envelope lining!), and the St. Patrick’s Day man butt (because it’s just so random…).
I keep all the cards I get in a special box because I can’t bear to throw them away! Most of the box is filled with pre-made greeting cards, but a lot of it is handmade cards that my creative boyfriend has made me over the years. The first card he ever gave me, however, is the star of the collection with a vintage sewing machine on it that says “You’re sew rad.” It’s clever and funny and perfect because I love to sew!
Fashion student, spotted in Golden Gate Park.
“I think my style is very influenced by the past. I love period films and books by Jane Austen. I was definitely born in the wrong era. I like my clothes to feel like a costume for whatever character I want to be that day.”
“Fashion is knowing what you want to wear and wearing it. Don’t think about other people.”
Tax consultant, spotted in Berkeley.
“I like to wear casual clothes mostly. Floral skirts and dresses are my usual when I visit warm places like California. Simple with a feminine touch.”
“Fashion is looking good and feeling comfortable.”
Graeme and Daniel R.
Band mates & twin brothers, spotted in the Mission Bart station.
On their personal style:
Graeme “Modern, indie, grunge.”
On their definition of fashion:
Graeme “The clothes that I wear are fashion.”