Archive | September, 2011

The Missoni for Target Debacle

25 Sep

By now, I’m sure you all have heard the woes of countless fashion bloggers berating Target for how ill-prepared they were for “Missonigeddon.” My daily reads Carrie and Danielle were the first I heard of Target craziness, aside from my best friend Cassie who told me about weathering the crowds the morning-of in Dallas. Additionally, my good friend Jordan (who is also a very talented music blogger, btw) works at the Target store in Austin and told me everything was sold out that morning and the store did record-level business that day. With the Target website crashed for almost 24 hours and store racks empty nationwide, clearly this takes the cake for fashion crisis of the year.

Organizer trays, out of stock (duh)

However, I, being naive apparently, did not experience any of these issues… because silly old me thought I would be able to go to Target the next week, after midterms, and get the pieces I wanted. No need to wake up early. Good one Rachel. After reading this first batch of horror stories, you best believe I hopped in my trusty convertible and booked it to the giant Target, a whopping 2 minutes from my house. My worst fears were realized- shelves had been cleared, nary a lone king-sized comforter stood- as if the fashionistas of southern Arizona had descended on this poor Target with their sharpest talons, hoarding every item in sight for the impending couture apocalypse.

This throw reminds me of an old afghan my aunt used to have from the 60s or 70s that I loved wrapping myself up in when I was little.

Too much? Okay maybe. In all honesty there actually were a few clothing pieces left, granted they were of the XL/XXL variety, and a few assorted home goods were scattered in random places throughout the store… I sought them out like the sharp-eyed scavenger that I am and managed to walk out of Target with a couple of cute folders for back-to-school and a sleep mask. (I collect them/people give me strange ones as joke gifts/it’s my thing don’t ask.) That still leaves me in the market for a pair of stockings, jewelry trays, and possibly the fantastic throw blanket which doesn’t match any room in my house or anything else I own for that matter…. And I do really like the black and white laptop case, even though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the case I already own. Hopefully Target can get their shiznit together and re-stock the website or I will be one very unhappy camper.

Okay, I may have to get this too... but at least this one does actually match my decorating scheme!

Did you get your hands on any Missoni for Target? What was your experience like? What are your favorite pieces from the collection? Continue reading

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2011

20 Sep

The gates of heaven.

Well after a 5 day whirlwind trip home, I’m back at school… blogging, when I should be finishing my project and studying for my test that are both later this afternoon. Whoopsies. After a very unfortunate 2 year gap, returning to Austin City Limits Music Festival for the 10th anniversary did not disappoint. It was great to spend time with the fam, see several old friends from high school, and of course, eat my way through my favorite Austin restaurants. By far my favorite artists were Kanye West (awesome production value, complete with 20 ballerinas for the whole set,) Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, and best dance party was definitely Skrillex. Here’s a little breakdown of how the weekend went.

Dressed for the fest. On day 1 we caught James Blake, Ray La Montagne, Cold War Kids (got to hear them play my fave song!), Nas and Damian Marley, Santigold, Pretty Lights, and KANYE WEST

High school friends reunited :)

Kanye West rising from the center of the crowd to take the stage. He performed 3 acts with a "fallen angel" theme that featured 20 ballerinas intensely dancing for almost 2 hours.

Second day was marked by pouring rain. But we still had a blast at Skrillex, Iron & Wine and Allison Krauss weren't fantastic, neither was Cee Lo (although he did a Pussycat Dolls cover...weird...), TV on the Radio rocked, and Stevie Wonder was a fun classic that I'm glad I went to although the sound mixer seriously needed to be fired.

Day 3 was a more relaxed chill day. Hearing Jack Ingram sing the National Anthemn was awesome, Fleet Foxes were great, we heard a bit of Empire of the Sun from afar, and ended the fest strong with Arcade Fire, who had a brilliant media show backing their set.

How was your weekend?? Continue reading

Express Yo-self

15 Sep

As I mentioned, I’m currently home in Austin, Texas, to celebrate my mom’s birthday and play around Zilker Park for Austin City Limits Musical Festival 2011!! In case you’re interested in broadening your musical horizons, here are some artists I’ll be seeing this weekend whom you might enjoy!

(PS, if you’re attending the festival this weekend, you absolutely must must MUST download the official ACL 2011 app for iphone and droid… it has maps, schedules, and even a group texting feature!!)

Technically that video is a remix of an artist I’ll be seeing (Skrillex) but the stop  motion is absolutely incredible…

No official music video was released by Santogold (now Santigold due to an ongoing legal battle) for her best known track, but this is an unofficial, behind the scenes cut of it.

You might recognize this as the main soundtrack to the film Where The Wild Things Are, although I’ve been in love with the song since 2008, and even recently did a 3 minute performance art piece to this song for my Theatre 400 class!

This song is probably old news to most of you, but I heard Coldplay perform this (when it was new) last time they headlined at ACL, and it was phenomenal.

Here’s a great example of a band I discovered because of ACL, and I haven’t stopped loving them since.

What music videos brighten your day? Favorite songs? Isn’t it amazing how music can quickly change your mood? Share your best discoveries! Continue reading

Tell the world I’m coming home

14 Sep

Just for the weekend, that is. But it’s going to be a glorious weekend for multiple reasons. One- my amazing mother’s birthday is this week! I won’t tell how old she’s turning, but she still has it going on, obvi!

Mommy Pam and me before senior prom, 2009

Reason number two why Austin is gonna be poppin’ this weekend: AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011!!!! (cue rowdy hippies and three jam packed days of awesome music, food, and art.) I was lucky enough to 3-day-pass it to ACL Fest in 2006, 2007, and 2008, but alas the festivals of 2009 and 2010 were made impossible due to the evil finagling of college professors who apparently want me to remain trapped in their classrooms to learn  or something ridiculous like that… (jokes, obviously.) But this year I’m back with a vengeance and the lineup is not going to disappoint.

Among a few of the acts I’ll be catching are Kanye West, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Stevie Wonder, Alison Krauss, Nas and Damian Marley (sons of Bob), Cee Lo Green, Bright Eyes, Ray LaMontagne, Santigold (formerly known as Santogold), Pretty Lights, Skrillex, Iron & Wine, Foster the People, Cold War Kids, Chiddy Bang, Jack Ingram…. and about one hundred others! My favorite thing about ACL is the mix of people and genres around the festival grounds. There really is something for everyone and I always meet the most interesting Austinites and out-of-town visitors, and leave with a bunch of favorite new bands. Here are some photos from ACLs past:

Sunset over Zilker Park

Masses of people and sardonic flags, so you can find your peeps... cell service is questionable at the park

Me and my best friend Cassie enjoying a show and being goofy

The Flaming Lips.... being the flaming lips.

Stage climbing is highly encouraged for everyone from The Raconteurs to Matisyahu

I’ll be back later with some can’t-miss music vids, concert run-downs, and a guide to getting the most out of crazy, packed, dirty music festivals! Who are your favorite artists? What’s your favorite show you’ve ever been to? Anyone else going to be around ACL? Continue reading

Always remember?

11 Sep

Oy. Almost two weeks without posting… school is literally eating up my entire life these days. My sorority spent the weekend at a resort to welcome all of our 93 new sisters and bond; it wasn’t until driving home this morning when I noticed a flag attached to the back of someone’s bicycle that I remembered today was September 11th. (Awful, I know.) Of course everyone remembers where they were when it happened. I was in 5th grade art class and our teacher came in and turned on the news. At my elementary school they decided that 5th graders would be allowed to watch but none of the younger students were informed.

 

My parents work in the stock market and so their office was closed almost immediately for the day. I remember them coming to eat lunch with me in the school cafeteria. After school I think the three of us watched the news together for hours. As a 10 year old, I understood that what happened was very bad, but didn’t really grasp the full picture of what a terrorist attack would mean for the United States and the greater world as a whole. Almost a year later I remember 6th grade band being cancelled as we gathered in the band hall to watch images of the United States entering Afghanistan on television.

 

Of course the various attacks on that day, and thwarted attacks since, are awful and despicable and we should remember our fellow fallen citizens and the heroes who gave their lives for others. However, as a member of a younger generation who experienced 9/11, there are also some aspects about the aftermath of September 11th which sadden me. Whether you are for or against the wars, the loss of American lives overseas as a direct result of these attacks is saddening. In my opinion, there are also some (obviously ignorant) people who have used these attacks as an excuse to promote hatred of certain people and groups.

 

I believe that if we let terrorists affect our lives in these ways then they are on the path that they want. My hope for the future is that Americans can take the experience of 9/11 and use it to bond together and strengthen our nation. Although in a way we have all become New Yorkers, the recent political struggles between our President, Congress, and the Senate exemplify how divided we still are in many ways. I believe remembering September 11th should be about honoring those who passed away, and promoting positive patriotic spirit in the future. We must never forget so that it never happens again, but we also must focus on how to redirect our energy into something beneficial, rather than using this day to dwell on hatred, blame, and negativity. Continue reading

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