Monday, October 20, 2008

She looked like she was not even there

Well, I am becoming a terrible blogger again. Sorry y'all! I've been keeping very busy lately.

Overall, things here are still going great. My classes are a real challenge. Grad school is a bit more different than I was prepared for, but luckily, my courses are very self-study based. So, it's really how much work you put into it is how much you will get out of it.

Here are my current courses:
Discipline of Fashion - This is a course that basically has different speakers each week discuss the different disciplines within the study of fashion.
Research Methods - So far, useless. But, I am going anyway, just to keep up being a good student.
Approaches to Contemporary Fashion - This course is really difficult. It's a cultural theory class, which is difficult because all of the readings we are working with are written in this "I'm an intellectual so I have to write in a very pompous and pretentious manner so normal muggles get confused in all out my explanations"-style of writing.
Contextual Studies - This course does not meet very often, but when it does, we learn about the other facets of the fashion industry, for example Fashion Photography or Journalism. Just to give us an overview of fashion as a whole, which should help us be more well-rounded fashionistas?

Anyway, I only have class 2 days each week, but it's still pretty intense. I have to read about 600 pages per week (I told you it was all self-study stuff!) and am working on two papers at the moment. Grad school. Busy.

But, I am still having fun! Kirsli and I hang out basically all the time, which is awesome. I am really lucky to have found someone so awesome so fast! And I am slowly making other friends. It is slow-going. I guess I haven't found my outgoing side here yet. I hope it comes back and I can return to my crazy self!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Locked down inside a view

A list of my courses for this term:
Project Proposal
Contextual Studies - Each week is a different seminar on various aspects of fashion, ranging from fashion in film to fashion technology to design to marketing.
Cultural Studies: Approaches to Contemporary Fashion
The Discipline of Fashion

4 courses. It doesn't sound too hard, right? Well, each course has a 20 page paper due at the end, at least. Geebus! I am gonna have to seriously organize my life!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

She's a runner, rebel and a stunner

This has been a good week. Really, in general, I am enjoying myself so much here, I am pretty surprised. I mean, I knew I would like it... but I am bordering on loving it! I feel like I have a great balance of going out and staying in. And I am happy doing both!

Here is a day-to-day remembrance on what I have been up to in the past few days:

*Went to a seminar on the fashion archives at London College of Fashion. Saw some pretty amazing pieces, including one specific spectacular pair of shoes. I will put photos on Flickr.

*Went with Kirsli to a really interesting seminar on screen printing. The guy who was in charge of it was a rockabilly guy with an awesome accent. He was really nice and patient with everyone. He shows the process from putting the image on the screen all the way to the end. And then we got to try our hand at it. I think Kirsli and I are gonna take the screen printing short course next term (it's already full for this term!).
*Then we ate lunch and chatted to a girl from Slovakia named Luba. She was really nice.
*And then we went to seminar on banking for international students...where they told me that I should cancel my bank account because it's ridiculous that they charge for an account. So I did. Ha! But now I gotta figure out where to open my account...
*In the evening, Kirsli, Juby, Chloe, Catherine, and I all went out to a pub and hung out. I think Kirsli and I decided that our favorite local pub is one called The Barley Mow. It has a great atmosphere and a great jukebox.
*Stayed up late chatting to my dino

*Woke up late-ish (11:30am). Got dressed and went out in search of bread, superglue, and tape. Did not find tape, but stumbled upon a street market and a bargain shop! Got lots of stuff for the room, like some tack-y stuff to hang pictures up in my room. So now, my room is much more homey and decorated!
*Came home and chatted to the dinosaur <3
*Made a DELICIOUS and deliciously simple dinner. I had chicken thighs and veggies. I baked the chicken and it was super yummy. I am quite proud! Normally, I just make a bowl of cereal for dinner. I rarely actually cook something!
*Went to Fud's birthday party, which was a blast! chatted to tons of people, danced, chatted some more. I took the bus up to Highgate, which was a bit farther away than I thought. The club/bar we went to was called The Boogaloo. The venue was really awesome, and the music was really cool! I am going to have to tell Kirsli about it. I think she'd really love it! Hopefully pictures will emerge from last night. ^_^

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Where will you see the galaxy?

So, the past few days have been exciting! Here is a list of some things that I've done:

-Chatted to the dino almost the entire day!
-Sent email and resume to the senior curator of fashion at the V&A
-Went to a talk about the fashion archives at London College of Fashion

-Joined the Ballroom Dance Club
-Ate delicious Indian food on Brick Lane
-Drank delicious, Galaxy, hot chocolate with Kirsli and watched silly YouTube videos
-Chatted to the dino, Melo, and the wonderful and fabulous Emmerina! ^_~