New beginnings.

Greetings from the real world! In the past three months, I up and moved to Chicago, got a new job and moved into new apartment with my dear amiga (and fellow blogger) Jessy. Our vintage building, built in the 1920s, comes complete with a courtyard and dogs(!). Thanks to Jessy’s natural eye for decorating, our pad looks pretty damn cool, too. The writer in me wants to explain every bit of the apartment in detail. But, the exhausted corporate employee in me who wants to go to bed soon reaaaalllyy doesn’t. So instead of boring you with words that you probably wouldn’t read anyways, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.















My conclusion after three months in the real world? It might not be so scary after all.

Peace,
Moi

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I’m as free as my hair.

Lady Gaga’s new “Born This Way” album is seriously the most exciting thing that’s happened to me since graduation, and I’m not even embarrassed to say it. I’ve tweeted about @ladygaga at least 10 times in the past week, I take 15 min. longer than usual to get ready due to excessive dancing in front of my bathroom mirror and I’ve even converted my father, a hardcore 60’s and 70’s rock fan, into a “little monster.”

Although Gaga takes a lot of heat for her outlandish performance art (SNL birth on stage, anyone?) and avant garde costumes, she can still teach us all a thing or two about life. Behind the hair bows, the eggs, the cheek implants and the sky high McQueen platform heels, lies a New York City girl promoting simple ideals: equality, freedom and love.
Treat others as you want to be treated, be the best version of yourself, and love who you are.
In my opinion, mother monster has come at the perfect time. Is it a coincidence that just as our country’s laws are being thrown backwards into a time machine, Lady Gaga appears on the scene to drag us forward into the 21st century? I think not. Those who don’t understand Gaga’s message are the ones who never believed in it in the first place. Simple as that.

I will leave you with lyrics from LG’s rockin’ new single, “Hair” ….

Whenever I’m dressed cool,
My parents put up a fight.
And if I’m hot shot,
Mom will cut my hair at night.
And in the morning,
I’m short of my identity.
I scream Mom and Dad,
Why can’t I be who I want to be?
I just wanna be myself,
And I want you to love me for who I am.
I just wanna be myself,
And I want you to know, I am my hair.
I’ve had enough, this is my prayer,
That I’ll die living just as free as my hair.
I’ve had enough, this is my prayer,
That I’ll die living just as free as my hair.
I’ve had enough, I’m not a freak,
I just keep fightin’ to stay cool on these streets
I’ve had enough, enough, enough,
And this is my prayer, I swear,
I’m as free as my hair.

……AND a Gaga-esque quote that Oprah said on her final episode:

“We block our own blessings because we don’t feel inherently good enough, smart enough, pretty enough. You are worthy because you are born and because you are here. You alone are enough.”

born this way,
Christine

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spring awakening

Wooowww long time no blog. I feel like I say that every time I blog now…ah well. I have had the pleasure of spending these last few sunny spring days outside-taking photos, relaxing, eating, etc. Nothing beats Bloomington in the spring. Anyhoo, here are a few of the photos I’ve taken around IU of random things/people/flowers/bushes/safety pins….(yes, safety pins). Hope you are all enjoying the change of seasons as much as I am!












Cheers!
Christine

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portraits (and Bieber)

Just thought I’d post a few portraits and self-portraits I took for my photography class. Some are creepy, in fact I strongly resemble a coked-out lion in one. But they are cool, nonetheless. It’s amazing the little details that a camera can capture. My love affair with photography (and Justin Bieber) grows more and more each day. Speaking of…it’s JB’s 17th b-day today! In honor of it, I will post a little Bieber clip as well. Gotta love him.











And finally…

Happy Bday Biebs, only one more year…
One less lonely girl,
Christine

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how sweet it is

Happy Valentines Day to all the lovers out there.
In the words of Mr. William Shakespeare himself, “If music is the food of love, play on.”
xx,
Christine

A little something to get you in the mood….(how could I not?)

A Valentines Day collage, because I’m bored and have run out of chocolate.

how sweet it is

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you and me

I have been in a complete romantic daze ever since I saw Blue Valentine last night. Yes, the movie is sad. But it is also refreshingly sweet, beautiful and honest. I think Ryan Gosling has put a spell on me. I suddenly have the urge to sing along to love ballads from the 60s and 70s. I find myself belting out Percy Sledge’s (NOT MIchael Bolton’s, thank you) “When a Man Loves a Woman” in my car, at the top of my lungs. I have a problem. Anyways, it would be selfish of me not to share the music with you. So light a candle, grab some chocolate and enjoy, lovers.

“When A Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge
The ultimate love ballad. The lyrics are truly heart-wrenching. And how can you not fall in love with Percy? That hair…those teeth.

“These Arms of Mine” by Otis Redding
His voice is just sooo sultry and passionate. He makes you feel like he’s singing about you. Loooove it.

“You and Me” by Penny and the Quarters
30 years after it was recorded, this gem was discovered in a box at an estate sale in Colombus, OH. It was recorded in the 70s by a relatively unknown band, Penny and the Quarters. Ryan Gosling (man of my dreams) re-introduces “You and Me” in Blue Valentine as the song he wants to be “their song”. It is simple and perfect in every way.

I strongly urge you all to go see Blue Valentine. Just remember to bring Kleenex and prepare yourself for a shirtless Ryan Gosling.
xoxo,
Christine

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Scavenger hunt

I spent this past weekend creeping around Bloomington, new Nikon in hand, taking photos for my photography class. To help us start thinking outside the box, our teacher sent us on a very unique scavenger hunt. Our assignment was to take pictures of 33 different abstract concepts including dichotomy, politics, gender, death, sex, coming of age, old age, America, etc. Despite several strange glances from strangers and store owners, I captured some pretty cool moments. Can you guess what each photo represents?









“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”
– Ansel Adams

xx,
Christine

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