rss

i was pretty bummed when google announced that they were getting rid of google reader.  i check it almost every day…used to be multiple times a day when i wasn’t in school; and have about 140 rss subscriptions.  it’s such a convenient tool.  now that i’m getting almost daily notifications that google reader will be deactivated in a couple weeks, i started look for an rss subscription/google reader alternative and it led me to feedly.

feedly’s great because it has a much better-looking ui than google reader ever did and best of all, it’s really trying to snatch up people who were abandoned by google reader using its importing feature.  super easy.  i still need to learn my way around but i’m quite happy so far.  and while organizing my subscriptions, i was able to trim it down to 123…mostly deleting mba/gmat subscriptions and dead blogs.

you can tell a lot about a person from what they read huh?

daft fashion

daft punk is quite fashionable now. i don’t just mean in the sense  that everyone’s hopping on the band wagon, but literally fashionable. with their last 2 outfits designed by hedi slimane of saint laurent, actually appearing on the saint laurent site, to these videos below.

the first was created for the 2013 cfda awards to show the nominees for “menswear designer of the year”–thom browne, michael bastian, and duckie brown; thom browne was the winner.  these male models are singing the lyrics to daft punk’s first single off random access memories “get lucky”.

then earlier today, the robotic duo was spotted in manhattan’s midtown (don’t even get me started on how upset i am that i’m not in town for that) shooting a video with someone who looks a lot like famous model karlie kloss.

daft punk, midtown, karlie kloss

daft punk, midtown, manhattan

watch the very brief video of this on vine.

random access memories

as the entire internet is abuzz about, daft punk’s new album “random access memories” is dropping may 21. i’m so excited…my favorite band with a disco sound and their new outfits are fittingly all sequinned out courtesy of hedi slimane of saint laurent.  there’s so much anticipation and i love that they’re going back to disco amidst all this freaking edm hype.  watching the collaborators videos about making the album is pretty inspiring too.

i can already tell i’m going to love this album from what’s been teasingly released so far…i mean it’s disco!  and “get lucky” features one of my celebrity crushes, pharrell.  it’s serendipitous that it’s been released on my birthday.  so of course i already pre-ordered it.

i’ve had some great things coincide with my birthday in the past…sun god festival (the only day that ucsd becomes a party school) and shrek 2 (yes, shrek).

this year is the first time i’ll experience having my birthday with final exams and actually have an operations quiz that day. i’d been wanting to a disco theme, and actually even go to a disco, for my birthday but thought nobody would really be into it. but i think daft punk will make things so much easier and actually get people to start liking disco too i think.

loss

i feel like i’ve lost so many relationships recently…

i’ve been drifting apart from one of my best friends for years now.  i’m really happy for her but i miss hanging out with her and it doesn’t even seem like she misses me.

moving across the country certainly makes things difficult for the rest of my relationships too.  worried about my dad…

then there’s a friend at school who doesn’t feel like a friend anymore.

or…the concrete end of the longest and most significant romantic relationship i’ve ever had.

all my posts are so depressing…

onto more depressing topics!  i have one final left and can say with certainty that i’m not one of those people who go to business school for a “two-year break and to party”.  it’s definitely been challenging for me in accounting and finance.  i knew this going in, but i’m real worried.  everyone says you can’t fail in business school but until i see my final grades, i don’t think i believe it.  sometimes i really question why i’m even in business school…for many, many reasons…

fuck it all.  i can’t wait to go home in 2 days.  i just wonder if there will be anything left for me to come back to as time passes…i certainly don’t have anything here…

i thought i’d feel better writing this (and thinking about what i’m not actually writing)…but i think i feel worse…

surviving sandy

hurricane sandy has come and gone, leaving a path of destruction.

last sunday, after i took my accounting midterm (midterm on halloween weekend? lame!) i popped into duane reade to get a birthday card for my dad and ran into a classmate.  she asked if i was getting supplies for the hurricane…i said i was only getting a birthday card, and she asked where i could find the flashlights and i didn’t know.  then i headed into brooklyn for a friend’s birthday thing where the topic of conversation was about hurricane preparation.  i was starting to wonder if maybe i should’ve been preparing but my friend assured me it’d probably be fine.  hurricane irene had been overblown the previous year and my roommates didn’t seem worried even though we were on the border of mandatory evacuation so i should be fine right?  i made it back home a little bit before the subways closed down, happy that school was canceled the next day because of the storm.

monday was windy and rainy but i still wasn’t worried until i saw this:

and it was already too late at that point.  a friend from school who lives nearby came over with a 6-pack of beer and we played drinking and card games with my roommates until one of them yelled at us to look out her window.  avenue c was flooded and it was creeping onto 14th street.  my friend, who also lives on ave c, decided he better get back to his apt by walking around.

after he left, i quickly made dinner for my roommate and me in case we lost power or something soon.  14th st was flooding fast and conedison had already done it’s planned power shut off for parts of lower manhattan and we figured we’d probably lose ours too.  moments after i said we’d probably lose our power soon, i saw a bright flash out my window and we immediately lost all power.  i thought it was lightning, but discovered later that one of the transformers at the conedison electricity plant literally next door had exploded, plunging all of lower manhattan into darkness.

a flooded 14th st from my window before loss of power; cars are half submerged

the conedison transformer explosion captured on video from  what i think is brooklyn:

i saw people in lighted rafts in the flood waters with ambulances waiting at the water’s edge near ave b and realized they must be evacuating people.  this is when i realized the conedison plant had an explosion and there were workers trapped inside.

flooded and dark 14th st with a lighted empty raft

trapped conedison workers being rescued + evacuated by raft

i suggested that maybe we fill our bathtub with water like you’re supposed to in the event of a hurricane in case we lost water.  fyi, the water’s for flushing the toilet, not drinking.  i poured out water from the brita filter into other cups and filled it up again.  we didn’t fill our tub…and we did lose water.  that night, i slept earlier than i had in years since there was nothing to do.  i turned off my cell to conserve battery and woke up before the sun rose by flashing lights from a line of police cars outside my window.  it looked like they were jump starting and assisting cars that were affected by the storm…i saw one car across the street with a broken window that was patched together by tape and cardboard, it’s still sitting there.  then i went back to sleep and willingly woke up earlier than i had in years to find that water was back intermittently but we had no cell service/reception.

when i had a signal, i texted my good friend who lives in midtown if her offer to let me stay with her still stood.  i took my laptop, little else, and left–going down 9 flights of stairs in the dark because i still didn’t have a flashlight and didn’t want to waste the power on my half-dead cell.  there were a lot of people on the streets observing the debris and damage.  all the nearby shops looked closed except one bodega where people were going in to get supplies.  i knew the buses and subways were down and was fortunate enough to catch a cab close by.  as we drove up, the street lights were out with nobody directing traffic, i saw crowds of people migrating north and the contrast between uptown and downtown felt drastic–they were barely affected.  there were long lines at the atm’s that were open, people hanging outside of closed starbucks to use their wifi, people carrying power strips with them to charge devices.

on wednesday, it became evident that power would not be restored anytime soon and my roommates had also left.  there were some buses running for free while the subways were down and i came back to get more clothes for an extended stay.  the bus didn’t go south of 23rd street, so i transferred to a bus that went cross town and walked down.  my intersection was closed off from the plant and damage and stuyvesant town felt like a ghost town.  i passed by the leasing office on the ground floor of avenue c that was flooded and sand bagged.  the bus ride back uptown was long and frustrating.  there were long lines at all the bus stops going up and long waits.

nyu announced classes were cancelled for the rest of the week since they’d be without power.  and i was excited that i could go out and experience my first halloween in nyc since i didn’t get to over the weekend and wasn’t expecting to that night due to midterms.

the rest of the week, i was relatively productive–holding informationals by phone, doing schoolwork, and sending emails.  i also watched a lot of tv and movies, went to the moma, and went out and drank quite a bit.

power came back to my complex friday night and subways were running on limited service (north of 34th st).  i returned home through a combination of subway and bus saturday afternoon and found that we had power, but no hot water.

as i write this post now, i still don’t have hot water, the traffic light at 14th st and ave c is still out, the l subway line still isn’t running in manhattan, and over 40 people have died from the storm.  many businesses in my neighborhood are still without power and although i have school tomorrow, there are people in other areas who won’t be able to get to class.  i think i may have been the most affected out of those i know, but i’m still very fortunate…i haven’t had to take a cold shower (yet), but really i didn’t have my safety or health compromised.  and i feel for the areas, like staten island, that are still in terrible condition (most of the deaths in ny from the hurricane were in staten island), but i feel guilty for how much attention we received and how quickly we recovered compared to those affected by hurricane katrina…

the famous fallen building facade on 14th st & 8th ave

hello from nyc

so i’ve been in nyc for nearly a month now and i’m still warming up to it.

i was stressed about finding a place;  moving sucks but it sucks even more in nyc.  i actually found a place and am living with 2 other girls; it’s a little farther than i’d like but it’s below my budget (which is ridiculous since ny’s so expensive) and my room’s pretty spacious.  i’m thinking about getting a bike to ride to school/work but i haven’t owned a bike since i was a kid and riding a bike in manhattan’s a little scary, plus i’m really scared of it getting stolen or something.

i was sleeping on a mattress on the floor without even any lights for a while but now i have lamps, a bed frame, and a desk so things are shaping into a real room.  shopping for furniture was its own little issue and even though i’d like to live closer, this whole ordeal’s been such a pain that i don’t want to go through it again and will probably live here for quite a while.

i went to washington dc for the first time during july 4th and i really liked it but it was unbearably hot and humid over there.  it didn’t help that we got around by riding bikes under the sun.  it’s about as hot as in ny but i’m usually indoors since i’m at work and you can manage to find some shade because of all the skyscrapers…not the case in dc.  i think my favorites were the natural history museum and fdr memorial; i’d really like to see the jefferson memorial/city again when the cherry blossoms are blooming.

today, i experienced all sorts of crazy weather.  within a span of a few hours, it went from blazing 90-100 degrees and sunny to a thunderstorm pouring down rain before some pretty good-sized hail started falling.

for some reason, i still don’t really feel like i really live here.  to me, it feels temporary…like i’m visiting.  the tiny orange county suburb i’ve pretty much spent my entire life in is very different in so many ways and i’m still adjusting.  i really miss california though…to be frank, sometimes i just downright hate nyc.

i think a lot of it has to do with the fact that i barely know anyone here.  i’m sure (or at least i hope) i’ll enjoy it more once school starts.

in 2 weeks or so, i’ll be going home to be part of my dear friends’ wedding.  i’m really looking forward to seeing all the people i love again in much better (hopefully) weather.  i’ll even be seeing yug, who i haven’t seen in at least a year and looks drastically different now.  it’ll be a short trip…essentially just the weekend, but it’ll be good to be home.  and at the very least, i need to bring more stuff back to ny because i barely have anything with me.

so if anyone wants my address, feel free to ask…you know, assuming i actually know you and you’re not a weirdo.

#westcoastisthebestcoast

love it!

seriously love christopher bailey.

burberry prorsum finale @ london fashion week (a/w 2012)

wishful thinking?

i’d like to think my last blog post was helpful to this reporter as she wrote this article for the financial times that was published this morning.  afterall, it came out about a week later and is about the exact same topic with some of the same underlying points.

it’s great there’s more information though; i struggled with this as i was researching for business school applications.

i personally find the joint master class between columbia and parsons extremely exciting and it’s an obvious choice for my goals which is why i applied there.  i would like to point out that this is just a class and not a targeted track/specialization/major though.

and i think the article should be more clear that lvmh house is only for lvmh employees; it is not open to applications or anything like that.

and if you need further proof of why hbs is a worthy school for luxury goods, consider the fact that tyra banks not only completed the executive education program there, but now she’ll be doing a speaking engagement there on february 14th for 100 students drawn from a ticket lottery.

my picks from jason wu for target

well done, target…another designer collection i can get excited about.  in other related news, target is getting rid of their go international collection. i’m really loving the ads so far.  jason wu’s inspiration for the collection is this black cat named “milu”…isn’t she so mischievous?

ok, i could’ve sworn i saw a better scan of this yesterday but this is all i can find now…sorry.

here are the pieces i like so far:

navy poplin dress, $39.99

white sheer blouse with ribbon, $34.99; black circle skirt, $29.99

cream flared dress with belt, $59.99

black lace clutch, $29.99

cream front-flap straw bag, $39.99

milu black cat scarf, $19.99

navy wheel scarf, $19.99

to see the rest of the first look of the collection, with pricing, check out new york magazine’s the cut.  and keep your eyes peeled for when the collection hits stores february 5th.

jason wu shot to fame at the young age of 29 when first lady michelle obama wore one of his gowns for her husband’s inauguration ball.