Monday, March 30, 2015

Print Freak

top: TJ Maxx; dress: Forever 21; shoes: Call It Spring

Whenever I want to wear something more interesting, I mix prints. I've been doing this for a few years now, but sometimes I fear that I have lost all perception of what looks good and what doesn't. It's like I'm so accustomed to loud clashes that I can't tell if they're tasteful or obnoxious, which kind of relates to my fear of losing my sanity.

Occasionally I worry that I'll slip into insanity so slowly that I won't notice it. The fact that I'm going to university in the fall heightens this fear because I won't really have anyone watching me and making sure that I'm not losing my mind. Even when I was young, I struggled to cope with stress. Imagine what I'll be like in college! I'll be on my own and stressed out and could actually go crazy. Once you hop on the crazy train, you can't get off. It's like your sanity dissipates into the atmosphere or is carried off by some supernatural force. It's extremely difficult, and expensive, to recover from that kind of damage.

Just something that came to mind!

<Lucy Cartin

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Lookbook 2015

Happy Spring! Sorry I haven't posted all week, but I've been working on this giant picture-filled post for you! I collaborated with my dear friend Katelin to create a little spring lookbook for the Internet! I have the picture version of down below, but please check out the video on Katelin's YouTube channel . Let me just say that it was super fun to work with someone else on something like this, so thanks for suggesting it Katelin! You are the bomb-diggity, and I love you.

Also, this is my 100th post! So that's pretty cool.

<Lucy Cartin
Flower Child
headband: gift from a friend; dress: Free People;
bag: Coach; socks: Kohl's; shoes: LoveD

Running Free
dress: Ross; shoes: Converse

Spring Break
hat: Papaya; shirt: Old Navy; shorts: hand me downs; shoes: Converse

Pink and Quirky
flower clips: Forever 21; sunglasses: Lauren Conrad; top: TJ Maxx;
overalls: thrifted; bag: BCBGeneration; shoes: Call It Spring

Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring Fever

totally relevant! I took this photo one day while I was in my yard hanging my sheets to dry and feeling feels.

I just wanted to take a second to appreciate nature. Spring is upon us! Well, it is in Southern California, anyway. Especially when the days become incredibly beautiful, my favorite part of the day is when I come home from school, put down all my stuff, and walk outside to feed my turtle. While he eats, I just wander around my yard and appreciate the sun on my shoulders, the breeze through my hair, and the birds chirping away. Something about all this feels so pure and wholesome-- like I'm one with nature. When I'm standing in my yard, just indulging my senses, I literally feel my heart flutter. It sounds so trite and contrived, but I feel light. Wandering around my yard, I imagine I'm walking barefoot through a field of daisies or something Tumblr like that. It's ridiculous in the best possible way. There's something mystical about stopping and letting yourself really feel amazing. Seriously, it feels like I'm one with the universe. Crazy stuff.

To help you understand this sensation, I have a couple of songs to help get the vibe! One is by Clara C, and the other is by Kina Grannis. Hopefully this gets you as excited for spring as I am!

<Lucy Cartin

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Whimsical Creature

bandanna: Michael's; shirt: original by me; 
skirt(top): miscellaneous store in Taiwan; skirt(bottom): Cotton On

When one does not have shoes that match her outfit, one does not wear shoes. If I ever get famous, then that's going to be my most famous quote. This outfit elicited a lot of questions from people wondering how many skirts I was wearing. Two. The answer is two. The amount of times I lifted up my skirt today is slightly inappropriate, but that's okay. 'Cause you will be asking for me one day. Don't wanna wait, in line. The moment is mine believe me! Okay, that's enough Hannah Montana for today.

<Lucy Cartin

Monday, March 9, 2015

Acknowledgement as Justification

not related, but this was taken from the Space Needle in Seattle
I am a girl who not only embarrasses herself on a daily basis, but also cares way too much about strangers' opinions. Completely hypothetical example: If I am in a store and I theoretically manage to knock over like fifty thousand things, then I would probably (pretty loudly) announce how clumsy I am. Now you might be asking yourself Why would you draw even more attention to yourself Kuo? Well, that's a good question. You see, I am so self-centered that I think everyone sees my stupid moments because obviously everyone watches me at all times. Hence, because everyone is watching me anyway, I make these loud announcements to let everyone else know that I know I'm being stupid.

If that didn't make sense, then I have another anecdote for you. One of my dear friends loves to declare that her hair is a "frizzy mess" or a "rat's nest" when she has "bad" hair days (her words, not mine-- I think she's gorgeous every day). She does this for the same reason that I make random proclamations in public. We both agree that, in a weird way, acknowledging your faults seems to justify them or at least make them less embarrassing. Using this example of my friend, it's like people can't judge you as harshly if they know that you know your hair doesn't look good-- almost as if it's better to recognize your mistakes instead of being blind. And that makes sense! But I've been wondering if people take this too far.

Let's take Blair Waldorf (my all-time favorite character as well as my inspiration) as an example. As much as I adore her, she can be a pretty mean person. However, she recognizes herself as a bitch (evidence below). Based on the discussion I had above (with myself), that recognition should slightly justify her actions, but it really doesn't, does it? Being a jerk is wrong-- you can't validate inappropriate behavior by just saying "Yeah, I did that." I guess, like all things in life, there is a limit to this "acknowledgement as justification" phenomenon.

Again, nothing truly educational or helpful here. Just something that's been on my mind!

<Lucy Cartin

Friday, March 6, 2015

Classy AF

coat: Target; blazer: Calvin Klein; shirt: TJMaxx; 
skirt: Banana Republic; shoes: Nine West

Clearly, I was just having a casual evening. Just me and my cheetah print coat-- no big deal. I love this coat. Not only does it keep me really warm, but it also makes me feel wealthy AF. This is my rich person coat, and I love it. That's really all I have to say. Have a nice weekend!

<Lucy Cartin

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fleeting Memories and Captured Moments

Even as a kid I've been afraid of forgetting-- forgetting thoughts, forgetting moments, forgetting feelings. My fear of forgetting forces me to go through sticky notes like a baby through diapers (poor simile, I apologize) because I'm constantly recording ideas, reminders, lists. My fear of forgetting led me to keep a journal for ten years because I wanted to remember individual days. My fear of forgetting is why I love taking photos. I love capturing moments with my little, red, digital camera (which I always carry-- in case something interesting happens). On my computer I have hundreds of pictures from family vacations, nights out with friends, and any random things I deem worthy of a freeze frame. Let me just clarify that I'm not a photographer. I don't have an artistic eye or a big expensive camera (though I want one...), but I would say I have a knack for taking candid photos. Along with loads of poorly taken, awkward photos, I have a plethora of gorgeous, genuine photos of my friends. Over the years I've collected countless organic laughs and great conversations and warm feelings. These are the kind of things I want to remember-- not just touristy photos of my family in Las Vegas or basic pictures of my friends at some restaurant. I want to remember the emotions because when I look back at those photos, I hope to remember not just what I did, but what I felt.

<Lucy Cartin

Monday, March 2, 2015

This is Where the Cool Kids Left Me

hat: Vans; dress: Free People; tights: Kohl's; shoes: Guess

Lately, I've been embracing my inner introvert. I kind of dwell on my own and walk to and from classes alone. With high school ending relatively soon, I'm becoming increasingly aware that most of the people I see every day will soon be out of my life. This kind of discourages me from talking to people all the time because I find myself just asking what's the point? At the same time, I feel like most of my classmates are relishing their last months together whereas I'm choosing to run away from my problems. Consequently, I often feel like an outsider to everyone I know. You know, just the usual Kuo problems.

<Lucy Cartin