i’ve been waiting over 7 months for this moment

…for this moment that i’m finally done with business school applications; for this moment that i know i will definitely be going to business school next year; for this moment when i’ll finally have spare time to enjoy life again.  over 7 months ago, i started making a list of what i want to do when i’m done.  i’ll publish it eventually and at the top is traveling but also, i’ve been waiting…for this…

OH YEA.

wishful thinking

some of my personal favorite holiday gift ideas.  these will go over well if the recipient is anything like me, or specifically–me.

coach poppy ostrich feather clutch, $398

kicking myself for not snatching this up when i had the chance (with a $100 off coupon no less!).  how was i supposed to know they’re limited edition??

 

marc by marc jacobs velvet sleeping mouse slippers, $195

these are so cute!  one of my favorite shoes and probably my favorite flats are the famous mbmj mouse flats…mine are spotted calf-hair.  these little guys are sleeping…cuties.

 

maria sharapova by cole haan air bacara ballet flat, $178

already on my wish list!

 

olympus pen e-p3, $900

this one’s been sitting in my wish list forever…some day, some day…

 

fuji instax 210, $92

i’m not picky, any instax will do for instant fun!

 

cambridge satchel for bloomingdale's, $155

cambridge satchels are hot, hot, hot…they’re everywhere now, and with imitators to boot!  this electric blue version is a bloomingdale’s exclusive.  i’ll be getting mine in yellow from my special someone this season.

 

j. crew darby glitter loafer, on sale: $175

because you can’t have too many sparkly shoes for the holidays and i’m obsessed with smoking slippers these days (they’re the new ballet flats!).  not only are the glitter ones on sale down from $215, j. crew’s also offering 30% off with code “JINGLE”.

 

christian louboutin coffee table book, $150

wow, sold out??  also been sitting in my wish list for a while…because the ladies love louboutin (at least this one does).

adult books

business of fashion came out with their list of this season’s top 10 fashion films.  it’s no surprise that lanvin’s made #1.  but i really enjoyed this one from olympia le-tan as directed by spike jonze called “mourir aupres de toi”:

i think i need me one of these book cover clutches.  it reminds me of jillian tamaki’s covers for penguin that i posted about before.

that’s some naughty thread!

to watch the others, see bof’s original post.

want

 

sketchtravel  is a unique international charity art project.  this red sketchbook was passed from one artist’s hand to another like an olympic torch in an artistic relay through 12 countries over 4 and half years.

well, i certainly can’t afford to bid on the original sketchbook (but i wish i could!).  thankfully they’re publishing it for some regular folks like me…too bad it’s only on amazon france.

ETA: well, the auction ended at $96,200!  gyea, too rich for my blood.  owls productions is making a documentary about the project; the site www.sketchtravel.tv already has some videos of the contributing artists.

giveaway | kaplan gmat 800 book

i posted that i’d do my first giveaway, so here it goes.  a couple years ago, a former colleague lent me a gmat prep book since he had already taken it and knew i was thinking of applying to business school.  i never actually even opened the book and i’m done with the gmat now so my friend told me to pass it on and share it with someone else since he has no use for it anymore.  i can’t attest to how good the material is and i’m afraid that since i never really looked at the book, i didn’t realize how old it was so i am sorry that the giveaway isn’t something more current.

up for grabs!

kaplan gmat 800: advanced prep for advanced students (2004-2005 edition)

so it is used and kind of old but i think it could still be helpful.  the reviews (for this edition and the current) are pretty favorable on amazon–it seems to be a good advanced set of practice problems for those targeting a high score.  i will cover the postage though (for us residents)!  it’s in very good condition though–no writing on the inside.  there are post-its on some pages that i’m keeping in because i figure they’re probably important things to learn/remember.

the rules:

  1. the first person to comment on this post with the answer to this question: “what are all the business schools i’ve gone to campus to visit so far?” wins.  hints: there are 5 and the answers can all be found in one older post.
  2. you must live in the us, or have it shipped to somewhere in the us, to play!

ok, go!

harry-potter-inspired

with harry potter & the deathly hallows part 2 opening in just a week and some change (squeal!), college fashion put together a beauty post inspired by the 4 different hogwarts houses.

gryffindor

ravenclaw

slytherin

hufflepuff

and a couple from the characters:

hermione granger

luna lovegood

bellatrix lestrange

for explanations of how to effectively capture “the look”, check out their post.  they’ve also done some harry potter-inspired fashion posts before:

GRYFFINDOR

RAVENCLAW

SLYTHERIN

HUFFLEPUFF

this will help me think of what to wear when i go to that harry potter tribute art exhibition (yes, i’m going!  i don’t care!).  i won’t be wearing a costume although it will probably be relatively easy for me to pass as cho chang.  especially since i like blue, ravenclaw, and those shoes in the formal look are a knock-off of the christian louboutin canon 140’s i’ve been lusting after.

i think i would’ve liked to be in ravenclaw out of all the houses even though our heroes are all in gryffindor.  my favorite characters were sirius black (gryffindor) and severus snape (slytherin).  i can’t wait until i’m done with all this bschool nonsense so i can get down to what really matters–reading harry potter again.

yet another reason i hate the gmat

i want to go to this harry potter tribute exhibition!!!  unfortunately, it’s the weekend before i take the stupid gmat.  so…if you like harry potter, you’re in the area, and you’re not taking a stupid exam…go!

nucleus art gallery & store
210 east main st.
alhambra, ca 91801
saturday, 7.09.11 – monday, 8.01.11

The Harry Potter Tribute Art Exhibition is a collection of work gathered through private invitations, open submissions and the common love for all things Harry Potter.

Opening in our gallery July 9 2011, a week before the final Harry Potter film, the exhibition will feature over 50 artists and nearly 100 tribute works in paintings, sculptures and installations.

ADMISSION:
$2 per person at the door,

  • FREE to those who come in costume
  • FREE entrance prize of exclusive exhibition buttons (available while supplies last)
  • FREE admission when you Facebook, Twitter, or Blog about the event before July 2

EVENT FEATURES:

  • Complimentary Butterbeer (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
  • Harry Potter Trivia Contest (sign in at gallery entrance, contestants picked at random)
  • Snitch Seeking Competition
  • Raffle prizes and giveaways (hourly)
  • Mystery flavored Jelly Bellies tasting station
  • Hogwarts Themed Photo Booth
  • Costume Contest (contestants sign in at gallery entrance)(3 staff judges. Winner based on: Presentation, Likeness, Craftsmanship)
  • Pop up shop by Whimsic Alley


EVENT SCHEDULE:
7pm – Exhibition Opens
7:15pm – Photo Booth Opens
8pm – 1st Raffle Giveaway (Gryffindor Scarf & Beanie Set)
8:15pm – Trivia Contest Begins (Magic Wand)
8:15pm – Snitch Seeking Contests Begin ($20 gift certificate & more)
9pm – 2nd Raffle Giveaway (Warner Bros Studio Harry Potter Exhibit Tour)
9:15pm – Costume Contest (The Sorting Hat)
10pm – Grand Prize Raffle Giveaway (Exclusive print by Mary Grandpré)

*all attendees will be sorted into houses via FREE door prize.

CONTEST DETAILS:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/blog/harrypotter/view/1397

FEATURED ARTISTS:
Abby Boeh
Adam McDaniel
ADi
Adolie Day
Alfred Paredes
Amy Kim Kibuishi
Ana Galvañ
Andrea Rossi
Bannister
Becky Dreistadt
Bill Perkins
Bob Doucette
Britni Brault
Brittney Lee
Cheri Scholten
Chuck Groenink
Corey Godbey
Cory Loftis
Dan Krall
Dan Santat
Ellen Kim
Felicia Cano
Graham Annable
Israel Sanchez
Jaime Zollars
Jake Parker
Jared Andrew Schorr
Jason Caffoe
Johane Matte
John Hendrix
Julianna Brion
Justin Gerard
Kaspian Shore
Kazu Kibuishi
Kei Acedera
Keith Noordzy
Manuel Arenas
Mary Grandpré
Mindy Lee
Nick Iluzada
Nicole Gustafsson
Patrick Moore
Peter Breese
Sebastien Mesnard
Shannon Bonatakis
Sean Chao
So Youn Lee Tran Nguyen
Tang Kheng Heng
Tim Wood
Tony Lombardo
Whitney Mitchell
William Stout
Wilson Swain
and more…

check out the blog:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/blog/harrypotter

submission details:
http://www.gallerynucleus.com/forms/blog/8

here’s what one of my favorite artists, scott c. campbell, submitted:

ok, i didn’t read it too carefully until i started blogging it and now i REALLY want to go…maybe i will…

especially since i get free admission for blogging (purely unintentional)!

well, even though i won’t (shouldn’t be) able to make the opening reception…i’ll at least check out the exhibition since it runs until august 1st.

damn you, penguin!

penguin books strikes again.  now they’re coming out with an embroidered collection called “penguin threads” by jillian tamaki.  what kills me is that they’re pretty much the same titles as what’s offered by their other designer collection i posted about earlier.  in fact, i just got my copy of alice’s adventures in wonderland and through the looking glass from amazon this weekend.

but these look beautifully crafted–makes me wonder about the price point.

i liked black beauty when i was younger, so that’s a possibility.  and the secret garden again.  damn you, penguin!  and damn myself for being such a sucker.

work in progress

to see the full flap designs, check out her sketch blog entry.

book worm

i was in anthropologie at lunch today and found so many interesting looking books.  i definitely want some of these.

these cloth-bound penguin classic books are very appealing.  they’re beautiful…too bad i’m not especially fond of any of these.  i really like the designs for the children’s classics:

these titles are available at anthropologie for $16.99 each: anne of green gables, the secret garden, the adventures of robin hood, peter pan, the adventures of huckleberry finn, and the wind in the willows.  maybe i should get the secret garden…i think i enjoyed that when i was young; i actually already have a copy but this one’s so much nicer.  actually, screw that, i just looked these up on amazon.  as expected, they’re cheaper and have more titles.  i love the fairy tales from hans christian andersen…even if they have sad endings.

there’s also a series with classic literature for the older audience.

anthropologie has sense & sensibility, little women, the sonnets & a lover’s complaint, wuthering heights, and pride & prejudice.  and of course i’m off to see what else is available as none of these titles thrill me either.

my first new york: early adventures in the big city looked interesting too:

it’s a collection of tales recounted by notable figures (actors, artists, etc.) of their experiences in the big apple.

another one that got added to the wish list is a personal style book by amanda brook with a foreword by diane von furstenberg called i love your style: how to define and refine your personal style.

i didn’t actually see these in store but they looked promising:

and since we’re on-topic, i finally got my own collection of the harry potter series.  harry potter is one of my favorite books and i have never had any copies of my own.  i started reading it in early high school and borrowed them from friends.  since i started reading when the series was still new, i had to wait each year for the next sequel and often forgot the details of previous books.  so it’s been a longtime personal goal to reread the series back to back, which i did this past christmas holiday.  and i purchased this box set but haven’t actually read any yet:

these are the british press version so it has the original spelling and text.  this is a special edition that comes with the original illustrations and an embossed signature from j.k. rowling.  it’s interesting to note the subtle differences between the bloombury and scholastic editions.  for example, did you know the original title for the first book is actually harry potter and the philosopher’s stone?  they changed it to the harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone in the us.  apparently they thought that kids wouldn’t be interested in something with philosophy in the title.