8.24.2011

Alphabet Town

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Outfit details:
Forest green semi sheet striped top: thrifted
Linen striped full skirt: thrifted
Brown tasseled leather loafers: thrifted
cat eyes sunglasses: borrowed from Grant

Total Outfit cost: $16
All photos by Grant!


I thought I'd give everyone a (welcomed?) respite from my New York posts by posting a set of outfit photos. I like how the stripes sort of clash in this outfit, albeit subtly. Let's see, what else...

I feel like I have a lot of plans and goals for this blog, but sometimes I am just too busy to make them happen. Alternately, sometimes I fantasize about deleting all of my internet accounts just to unplug from the world. I feel like in this day and age, if you really want to live off the grid it's as easy as pressing the "deactivate" button.

In college, I studied communication with a mass media emphasis and because of this, I feel like I spend much more time than the average blogger mulling over the implications of having such wide internet network and being so plugged into every social media platform ever made. Of course, there are positives. You can interact with people all over the world, share ideas, share experiences that normally would not be possible, etc. That's cool. There is also a dark side, however. Utilizing this technology often means typing away at a keyboard (computer or cellular), by yourself, while time passes by. I can't tell you how many times I see people, who rather than be subject to (God forbid) sitting alone in public with nothing to do, have their noses pressed up against their cell phones, eyes downcast, brows furrowed, mouth agape while real world happenings rush on by. All I'm saying is that I think people should take their eyes off the screen and look around once in a while. But then of course, when this does happen, people quickly revert back to the internet in order to validate their experiences (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook Updates, etc. etc. etc.) and the cycle continues.

Not saying that I'm above all this because (clearly) I'm not, but these are the thoughts that run rampant through my brain and make me sigh.

What do you guys think?

34 comments:

  1. love the outfit, the clashing stripes are perfect.

    and i fully get and agree with what you're saying. i know i do it too though. i think i definitely need to reserve a day for leaving all electronics alone. that's a start, at least.
    xx

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  2. I agree! When I travel I try to focus on living life & enjoying myself, than being in that headspace of "must take photos of this to blog about" ... but at the same time, blogging about these everyday experiences makes me appreciate them more.

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  3. I deactivated my personal facebook account 2 years ago for the reason you mentioned-- I'm wary of sharing TOO much information on the Internet despite the fact that I run a personal style blog and am also on twitter. I've drawn the line at 4square as I'd rather not have people know where I am all the time.

    I'm enjoying this silhouette on you and personally like the stripes, they work well together. I hope you're having fun in NYC, I'm envious!

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  4. First of all, you look wonderful! And I know what you mean about the merits and the disadvantages of the internet or technology. I think blogging feels alienating to me at times when I feel like I'm speaking to an invisible or a superficial audience. But not having access to these online communities and platforms can also feel unbearably isolating. Especially when I was in Shanghai, internet was so slow that it was hard to keep in touch with my family/friends and check blogs/facebook. I spent very little time on my computer. So whenever Taurin and I would take a trip outside of China, we'd just be glued our laptops because we'd just be so ecstatic about how many youtube videos we can load (not really productive, either!!). I think it's good to find a good middle ground. I like to think of the internet as just an extension of my daily life, but not an overwhelming part of it. I try to be as personable as I can be to strangers, because in any relationship, someone has to open up first, right? <3

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  5. That's why I would like to leave the city and live on a farm, impossible as that is/sounds. I used to be so media-crazy (music, movies, social networking, you name it; I've done it) and to some extent, I've recovered and found it isn't worthwhile. I think technology drives us away from nature and the farther you get from nature, the farther you get from God, and the farther you get from God, the farther you get from being (a decent) human being.

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  6. Love this outfit! And I totally agree, sometimes I wish I could just turn off my computer forever, but it's sorta impossible since I'm a web designer (and fan site owner, and blogger, haha) I can live without my phone though :)
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com

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  7. We have screen-free Saturdays in my house. And most of our vacations are technology-free. It's good to reconnect with the physical world on my time off. :)

    Jenn

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  8. well i kinda understand your frustration on too much social media. i can frankly say i can live without it. people need to take a break from it once a while. i just work on a few sites (primarily my shop, blog, and twitter), i dont comment on every blog, i'm not active on facebook.

    but yes, sometimes i feel that life is sort of passing you a little sometimes. but i see it as just like reading a book. being stuck on it too much can be no fun alt all.

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  9. Love the stripes on stripes!

    I understand what you're saying. I say sometimes, run with all your ideas and networking. And when you need to unplug... just do it. It's so easy to get pulled excessively in either direction. You just need to do what you need to do when you need to do it. hahah say that 10 times!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  10. hey kid! we're pretty much wearing the same shoes! :) i wear them all the time and need to have them polished, though i like the worn look. i totally feel the same way which is why i've never updated as much and thought i couldn't survive in this sort of environment cause i don't post as often. lately i have though, and it's exhausting... i AM glad that i made a real-life friend out of this experience, though, YOU! :) expect your package in the mail, and let's get some susie cakes already?

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  11. I'm definitely a tech-junkie. Even when I'm outside on a nice, summery day, I'm typing away on my cellphone or tweeting or checking my fbook feeds. And I'm usually checking for news that isn't at all important!! I've considered unplugging from the cyberworld, but it's so difficult! Cuz sometimes there are people that I don't interact with outside of fbook, or blogging, etc.

    Love your thrifted skirt! And I love your hair! Do you cut your bangs yourself?

    I also agree, Buff Exchange is a rip-off, especially when I need to empty my closet and they offer me $20 bucks for three pairs of lightly worn, amazing shoes!

    xo Sherrie
    Closet Hound

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  12. I think about this topic all the time and loved this quote by Zadie Smith: "It feels important to remind ourselves, at this point, that Facebook, our new beloved interface with reality, was designed by a Harvard sophomore with a Harvard sophomore's preoccupations. What is your relationship status? (Choose one. There can only be one answer. People need to know). Do you have a "life?" (Prove it. Post pictures). Do you like the right sort of things? (Make a list. things to like will include: movies, music, books and television, but not architecture, ideas, or plants). But here I fear I am becoming nostalgic. I am dreaming of a web that caters to a kind of person who no longer exists. A private person, a person who is a mystery, to the world and - which is more important - to herself. Person as mystery: this idea of personhood is certainly changing, perhaps has already changed." - Zadie Smith

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  13. Wow I'm so glad I chanced upon your blog! I love your outfit (the skirt!) and your pictures!

    As for this preoccupation w/ social media and being plugged into twitter/facebook etc all the time; I've got to say that I'm guilty of that; I find myself checking my emails, twitter when I have nothing to do; and yes, that's something that I'm not proud of.

    I guess we live in a time and age where we are so used to getting information all the time; we have to look it up every spare minute we've got. Also, with the "look at me" generation that we are now; there's always a constant rush to tweet, update your status about where you are, who you're with and if your seafood pasta is "to die for"...

    Technology is definitely good for keeping people connected; (lots of people in Tokyo found out about the earthquake and got to safety asap!) but I guess; with everything; there's got to be a balance. Well, at least people should start having a social media etiquette class (or something); and instead of tweeting about how happy they are that they're hanging out with their mates for a night out; we should in fact; tell that to the people that we're with. It makes much more sense anyway.

    xx

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  14. Thanks for the comment on my blog, you know that i love yours:-)
    love the skirt, your pics are always so beautiful!
    xoxo

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  15. I perfectly understand you.
    Samotimes I think about removing the blog too.
    But then I think about all the people that I met online. With some I meet regularly in real life.

    But lately my posts appear in larger intervals.

    xoxo

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  16. I'm a media student too, so the perils and implications of blogging take up a lot of my thoughts. I've been taking a bit of a break from blogging lately because I'm trying to figure out where I stand with it- I don't want to do things just to think 'I can blog about this!'. After reading some critiques of couple bloggers who supposedly only go on cute dates to take photos and show them to the world I've started thinking... am I any better than them? Am I dressing for myself, or for my readers? Even though I generally only do one or two outfit posts a week, it still worries me.

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  17. Love this outfit! you look so lovely! xo

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  18. I work in media, and think this ALL the time. When I see the statistics about how much time people spend online and on their mobiles watching video I'm blown away. I literally think "IM NOT ONE OF THEM" Then realize...I sit at my computer for 8 hours, then usually another 2ish blogging at night. WHAT!? I mean, its insane. It worries me that I need to do something else with my life...
    On another note, you're looking stylish as always!

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  19. i love this skirt paired with the blouse. AND i feel you on the unplugging. the internet is an addiction of sorts, i cant go without it but i want so badly too. and now, dont you feel like youve worked so hard to come this far.. its like there is no turning back!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  20. I really understand what your saying, i held off for the longest time about getting a smart phone because i didnt want to fall into this. And now, as a new blogger, i really try to balance how much time i spend "plugged in" and i find it's really nice sometimes to soak up a moment and let it pass undocumented....force our memories to do the work, you know?

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  21. I don't know. Banksy moved into audio visuals. It is completely bollocks. I started using mouse in conjunction with my laptop. Try laptops. Fuck Macintosh. Yo

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  22. so cute. i love your faces in this. you look so tough.

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  23. I think about the dark side of blogging and social networking quite often. Especially when my husband is relaxing on the couch watching a film and I have my back to him and I'm sitting on the computer. I have yet to create a twitter, tumblr and facebook for my blog because I spend so much time on the computer now and I can't imagine how much more it would be if I added more. Of course on the same token I'd be able to connect with more people but on a cyber level. I went on a canoe trip and it was such a relief to spend four days not on the computer or phone. It worries me that one day we may lose our ability to effectively communicate. I see what I harshly label zombies walking around glued to their phones, ipods etc....just want to scream at them and myself to look up

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  24. it's crazy how sucked in you can get. My family still have dial up and no cell phones (ahhh Africa) when i'm home it's amazing, so relaxing knowing there is nothing I can do....if the temptation to pop online is there its impossible!!! I'm addicted!!!! and I'm addicted to pleated skirts and this one is awesome
    x

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  25. Yes! I know what you mean about wanting to deactivate from the internet in general. Sometimes it's good to just take a break from the internet (and I'm nodding my head as I type this as I've been online for a while..) Ha.

    We are kind of "battery humans," doing the same thing everyday and staring at a screen.

    Minestrone Soup For the Teenage Soul

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  26. I agree with you, there are some dark sides to blogging and social networking. Sometimes I feel like I'm wasting my time...and sometimes this feels like one of the best things I've ever done in my life.
    I love your outfit :) this mix of stripes looks great on you.

    http://lifeisaromanticpoem.blogspot.com/

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  27. I completely agree with your comments about needing to step away from the screen and being tempted to deactivate everything. The other week I was ill and didn't use the computer/twitter/blog for a week. That has then turned into two weeks as it has been so nice not to feel like I 'need' to update or blog or anything. I've just been enjoying real life haha! For a moment I considered deleting everything but then decided I would probably regret it later if I did as there are a lot of positive things that come out of it too. x

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  28. I love those two pieces together. I know what you mean about taking a step back from screens and actually looking around...

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  29. It's that awesome shirt again!! I love it!

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  30. I absolutely agree with you. I attend UCSD, and honestly, when I'm walking to class/taking the bus people tend to always look down, their eyes glued on some sort of electronic device - they don't make eye contact or smile or interact in the real word at all. Of course, I do that, too! Sometimes it's just nice to have a bubble of solitude, but I do occasionally look up, and if I make eye contact with someone, I try to look as non-threatening as possible (i.e. friendly) instead of quickly averting my gaze as if I just saw the Forbidden Eye from Indiana Jones.

    But I guess that's what we get for developing technology to the point where we can access FB/Twitter/I-net/etc. from anywhere, right?

    And I'm not complaining, either. Sometimes it's really nice being able to, I guess, check up on what my friends/family members are doing from practically anywhere. I guess people just have to remember that staring at a screen 24/7 can really mess up one's eyes, lol.

    And geeze, girl, you totally rock the heck outta that skirt and shirt.

    - Sharon

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  31. Yep, just spent a week at my grandpa's where there's no internet and now here I am procrastinating on blogs again. I really really hate the internet sometimes, and have occasionally ranted on the blog about this. Albs and I have both been saying for about six months that we need to cure our internet addiction. I feel I'm actually fine so long as I'm out and doing something, for me it's just procrastination when I should be doing something else computer-based... ... which is all the f^*&ing time!

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  32. Beautiful, love your blouse :)

    I have quite a low capacity for social networking - facebook is beyond me and my twitter consists mainly of auto posts but I still escape quiet moments by plugging my headphones in and disappearing myself into some music or daydreaming little stories to entertain myself. It's odd to think how old-fashioned my mode of transporting myself away from the right here and right now is ;)

    The whole thing reminds me of this

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