June 2012 | Chantilly


doing a diy moccasin was a cool idea that came to my attention after i saw this tutorial on just love.ly things. of course, it's not a true "diy," since it's just a kit you buy at michaels.

still, i was intrigued enough to try it...

ez leathercraft moccasins diy

(of course, thenonious always gets into whatever it is i'm doing.)

ez leathercraft moccasins diy

the instructions seemed complicated, but with some effort, could be followed alright.

a half-completed moccasin-

ez leathercraft moccasins diy

i also got a little strip of leather and made a heart cutout for embellishment!

ez leathercraft moccasins diy

the leather of the embellishment and the moc ended up being too similar. so i just painted around the edges with some acrylic paint. i then sealed the deal with some tacky glue, and connected the heart cutout and moc for lyfe.

look how pretty!

ez leathercraft moccasins diy

ez leathercraft moccasins diy

if you're wondering how these moccasins hold up as actual footwear, here's my review-

i wore them out to the lower east side one night. first of all, i was afraid that since they are soft soles, they'd rip like a piece of paper... not the case! i could walk in them just fine.

as for comfort, they rival my minnetonkas... with the slight lead going to the kit moccasins! only problem was the inside laces rubbing up against my toes after awhile, which was totally bearable. i think it might've been because i picked a size too small.

but don't get too excited.... at the end of the night, one of the heels started coming undone. i'll have to re-tie it with another cord, and i think i'll probably glue it this time too, just to be sure.

also, after a night on the town, these definitely looked much more worn than when i first put them on. i'm afraid i'll only be able to wear them on short errands and around the house. sadly, these just aren't made for the wear and tear of everyday city life... which is basically what i require out of all my shoes.

i'm still glad i made them. they are so cute, and i feel like you can make a dozen variations with different embellishments. i had fun, and i'd say they're worth a try! i'd pick up this kit again and do another embellishment fer shure (if it were on sale...)

ez leathercraft moccasins diy


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CD release outfit

this post is being written as i'm checking the internet for the first time since i've been at camp... three days. that feels like an eternity in internet time. things are VERY busy, and i feel so disconnected from it. i miss being able to read all my favorite blogs and check all my feeds frequently.

at the same time, we're doing so many activities. i'm constantly around people, pushing my mind and body to it's limits. it feels so wonderfully amazing to be connected with life in this way.

anyway! i haven't written about my cd release party yet, which i will probably do at some point. i know there wasn't a live stream as i had suggested at one point, but there is some video! i don't know when i'll be able to get that to you, since i'm so busy. in the meantime, here's a quick peek at what i wore :)

forever 21 dress

chan outfit 3

chan outfit 5

hope everyone had a beautiful weekend :) xoxo


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self check-in days

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kave cafe, brooklyn

i don't know what it is about coffee and cafes... but ever since i was a tween, they've seemed like an oasis in the desert of life. a place you can go to be yourself and meditate on important things. i got my first few glimpses of real independence in local coffee shops.

my first experience was at a little place in my hometown called "coffee, tea, and thee." i'd passed by it a thousand times, and it always intrigued me. the barista/ owner was a nice mom-type. and in a town where i always felt like a wierdo, i felt perfectly welcome there. that day, i realized that i wouldn't mind spending the rest of my life lounging at that counter, reading magazines, and writing in my journal. centering myself.

a few years later, woody's cafe opened downtown... i was now old enough to walk around town by myself. this is the place that caused me to realize the delicious reality of hazelnut iced coffee.

i still go out to cafes whenever i can- nearly daily. when i bring my laptop (most of the time), i'm working. but sometimes all i need is a journal, a book, maybe my to-do list. i like to solidify plans for the future, and get excited about ideas again. or just write about my girl-emotions, and doodle the name of my crush all over my notebook.

i need these days. they keep my emotions in check, and keep me excited about the future, rather than fearful of it.

in what ways do you take care of yourself? what are some important rituals for you?


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hey gang! right now i'm off at my first week of camp training, and it's been wonderful so far! i've got a little treat for you if you're interested...

in light of the fact that i won't be "all there" in onlineland this summer, and am anticipating a lighter blogging schedule in these next few months, i wanted to make it up to those interested in sponsoring me. therefore, if you purchase a july sponsorship, you get august for free. that's two months for the price of one!

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ditsy floral

chan outfit 1
photos by nicole graf

hello friends! by now, i'm in new jersey, starting my first week of training for camp! i just wanted to share with you these photos that my my dear friend coley took. she came down to visit me last week, and we had a great time :) i thought this building was a nice place to take some photos in front of, and she obliged :)

chan outfit 2

some new clothes for camp were a necessity, and i sort of fell in love with this shirt. i never shop for new clothes, and being a starving artist, it's hard for me to rationalize spending money on them. however, i don't think i'll lose much sleep over this purchase :)

chan outfit 4

chan outfit 6

hat- urban outfitters
sunnies- random shop on block island
necklace- f21
shirt- f21
cardi- thrifted
skirt- american apparel
fishnet knee-highs- c/o we love colors
bag- beacon's closet
mocs- minnetonka

chan outfit 3

hope your week is off to a great start :)



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life moments

some pictures of life lately~

i finally dove into the challenging world of smartphones! after having my old one called "archaic," i was pretty much shamed into it. new phone on the left, old one on the right.

cell phones

been playing ukulele a bunch.


new cozy thermals from the american apparel warehouse.

american apparel thermals

strawberry candles that i dug out while looking for my birth certificate! i forgot i had them.

strawberry candles

i read somewhere that animals who show you their bellies put a lot of trust in you. she lays like this 50% of the time.


an owl dish that i picked up at michael's for only $1.50!! i'm only sad his face is eventually going to be covered in trinkets.

owl trinket dish

thelonious, looking gorgeous.

gorgeous thelonious

arugula salad with goddess dressing. so good. plus i just love "goddess" anything.

goddess salad

birthday flowers from an admirer :)

birthday flowers 2

hope you're having a good day :)


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cd release rehearsals!!


i can't recall if i've ever told the story of owen here- he's a bassist that i met on a midnight bus from nyc to maine on one thanksgiving eve.

we both had our instruments with us, and were standing next to each other in line. i could feel him eyeing me. not in a "i'm checking you out" kinda way... but in a "hey, you're another musician!" kinda way. if you play an instrument and carry it around with you in the city, you probably recognize the situation :)

eventually, he asked me what kind of guitar i played, and we had a friendly chat. after the holiday we miraculously kept in touch, and have been playing together on and off ever since!

we got together last week to practice the songs on the EP, as well as some new ones.

bass owen 2

bass owen

then afterwards, we had the girls rehearsal :)



please excuse this messy, blurry picture... i had been drinking whiskey since 4pm with owen and forgot how to operate a camera :) however, it's the only semi-decent one of the girls.

we practiced on my floor, and by the end, i was laying on it. wish i got THAT picture! (no, that would've been horrible...)


i'm really, really excited for this!! come if you can- it's this saturday, and the facebook invitation is here.

ps, the winner of the barnicles giveaway is sarah of the zoo. yay!
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messy reality

since everyone and their mother has an iphone except me, i've always thought instagrams were pretty rad :)

photos by nicole graf

my friend coley took these when she was visiting the other day. you guys have seen my vanity, my work space, and other parts of my apartment/ life in pristine condition. but normally, my reality is just a bit more messy :)

i like these snaps because it's a little more authentically what my day looks like. mess and all.

bed jpeg


over the years, i've gotten better at being a "clean" person. but sometimes, that urge escapes me, and i've been leaving messes all around lately. oops!

at least scout understands.



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birthday picnic

just a few snaps from saturday, as promised! matt went all out bringing fruits, bread, and five kinds of fancy-schmancy cheeses. and jeff and julia brought a (really delicious) lemon merengue pie!!

bday picnic 2

bday picnic 4

bday picnic 3

bday picnic

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bday picnic 5

bday picnic 6

i want to thank you guys for your overwhelming support of my trip to camp this summer. i don't know what it is... but i'm really stressing out that i can't answer every single comment i receive from you! i've got so much to do before i go, and it's going to be so busy when i'm there.

i'm having a lot of anxiety about getting everything together in time. i keep crossing things off my to-do list, but there are ever-more items being added to it.

i just want to say thank you for reading/ listening/ being my internet pal. please know that you are cherished. even if i can't respond directly right now.



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