Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Camp Trends

By the time you read this, I'll more than likely be at camp! Jealous?
Last week I was camp shopping with my step-sister and we found the most ridiculous duct tape I think I've ever seen - Hello Kitty printed duct tape. Pretty ridiculous. And awesome. This made me think about some of the past camp trends I've seen in my 12 years at camp.

Why duct tape, you ask? Well, I'm not sure why, but my last year as a camper (aka aide year), duct tape fashions were ALL the rage. Literally everyone at camp (counselors, campers, office staff, probably kitchen staff too) had at least on duct tape bracelet. What's appealing about boring old silver duct tape? Nothing. These were the ridiculous hot pink, neon orange, teal, lime green, etc colors. Girls even started making duct tape bows! I think the next year girls had duct tape shoes! It was absolutely crazy.

Another trend from my aide year was our half aprons! At our reunion in Dallas a few months before camp, we were shopping and saw some really cute aprons at Anthropologie. Of course, they were expensive for camp use, so we decided we'd get fabric and one of our cabin-mate's grandmothers made little half aprons for us to wear everyday. My apron was bright blue with little dots of other bright colors - very cute and summery. Since then several other aide groups have done the same.

Long before everyone was wearing Nike running shorts and before we all wore Soffees, everyone wore wind shorts. The plastic shorts that stick to EV-ER-Y-THING-uh when sweaty, which is 97% of camp. Back in the late '90's wen I started going to camp, that's what everyone wore. Slowly, Soffees were introduced and by 2001, they were the new standard. In the past few years, Nike running shorts have been the THING. Everyone wears Nikes and hardly anyone has any Soffees any more except for dance and War Canoe. In face, I cleaned out my Soffees this morning and was shocked at how many I had! I giving away about 15 pair, at least, and keeping a few in basic colors like black, grey, red, etc. Fun fact: I found 5 pair of red in this drawer which made me question how many red pair of shorts I owned in my 8 years as a camper.

Another transition I've seen at camp: Walkmen and CDs to iPods. Seriously made packing for camp so much easier!You don't have to go through your mounds of soundtracks and mix CDs to make sure you're only taking the essentials (and then get to camp and have forgotten something) and taking up a ridiculous amount of room in your backpack/trunk in the process. Now you just make sure you've got everything on your little iPod. So much easier!

Some trends, like Nike shorts, are seen elsewhere in the world, outside the camp gates. One of these, one that I have never and will never understand is Crocs. Thank goodness, this was short-lived because they're the summer version of Uggs - UGLY. At least Uggs serve a purpose when worn at the right time of year. Crocs serve no purpose but to be ugly.
Another trend I followed from camp to the real world was Twilight. When I had girls entering their freshman year of high school who were all obsessed with the same book series, I knew this just had to be a camp trend. Short-lived, everyone at home would be clueless. Oh, was I wrong. While I'll never understand why crazy people get Twilight tattoos that take up their entire backs or sides, I do understand some of the obsession with the books.

Somethings go in and out of popularity at camp. Bead bracelets are about an every other year trend. Sometimes you see girls with 27 bracelets going up their arms. Sometimes just one or two. Another is lanyards. I guess that more depends on who is head of arts and crafts. If they're relaxed, girls make all these crazy shapes and colors with their lanyards. If they're not as relaxed, lanyards are few and far between, as well as boring colors and just the typical square shaped lanyard.

Some recent trends include: fishing shirts, bows, chacos/tivas, and last years' obsession with silly bandz.

That's my step-sister with the big red bow. She's awesome.

Stay tuned for this year's camp trends.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Home Away from Home

Tomorrow I drive southwest for 7 hours to get to my home away from home. I get to see the sun set every night. I get to see just about every star in the sky every night. I get to live without air conditioning. I get to wake up thirteen 16-year-old girls every morning (still need some music suggestions). I get to make sure the 16-year-olds put the flag up after breakfast and take it down after dinner every day. But more importantly, I get to recharge for a month. Get away from real life for the most part (I will have small amount of internet and iphone access while there - very small).

The view from the archery range where I'll spend most of my days telling small campers not to shoot each other and small animals.

My camera doesn't do the sunsets justice.

Jealous yet?

Friday, May 27, 2011

Favorite Friday

So You Think You Can Dance started last night and I might already have a favorite. She's super adorable and SO talented. She's one of those artsy people that eats, breathes, lives any type of art. Just watch for yourself.

Amazing right?

Also, this may be the last Favorite Friday for 5 weeks. I have a post for Tuesday that I've been working on for about a week, so don't forget to come back then (I'll be driving and won't be able to facebook/tweet about it)! Don't miss me too much while I'm at camp!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


My favorite show makes its return tonight, just in time for me to go to camp (Tuesday, meaning I'll hopefully only have missed two weeks of competition when I get back). And of course, I'll be missing it tonight to go see the Hangover 2 with a big group of people, but that's what my beloved DVR is for.

Who else is super excited for SYTYCD's return?

Also still looking for music suggestions!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer Playlist

As I get ready for camp, I can't ignore the importance of a good summer playlist. Because I'll have limited internet access on my own computer, I'm asking for new music suggestions in every possible way: facebook, twitter, and now my blog. So readers, here's what I've got and what I'm feeling for the summer. Hit me up if you've got some super music I've missed along the way.

"Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People (one of my great finds as an XM subscriber)

"Edge of Glory" by Lady Gaga (the summer dance anthem, no?)

"My Body" by Young the Giant (another great XM find)

"Light Up the World" by the Glee Cast

"Stare Into the Sun" by Graffiti6

"Fader" by the Temper Trap

What are you listening to this summer, readers?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Shoes for a Cause?

One of my friends has entered a sketch of a shoe into a contest (you can vote for Michelle's shoe HERE). If Michelle wins this contest she is going to donate the money to help stop sex trafficking. This is a win-win deal. It's a really cute shoe and it's going to help an awesome cause. Go vote!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Favorite Friday

One thing I love about the Pirates franchise is the little teasers at the end of the credits. I think the Pirates 4 end teaser might be my favorite as it lacks the dog and means more Penelope Cruz in the future.

If you haven't seen the movie yet and don't want any part of the movie spoiled whatsoever, stop now. If you don't think the end scenes ruin any part of the movies, carry on.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


After seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in the summer of 2003, way back in the day, my mom rediscovered her love for Johnny Depp and then we watched just about ALL of his movies. Literally like 95% of them. One of these includes the 2001 (?) movie, Blow, about George Jung and cocaine in the 70's and early 80's. Depp plays Jung and Penelope Cruz plays his insane wife. Their chemistry is amazing in this movie. They look good together, they play off of each other well, they're a match made in movie-making heaven. So this and my obsession with the Pirates franchise have me excited for Pirates 4 this weekend. My mom and I have our tickets reserved for Friday afternoon and the only reason I'm not seeing it at midnight is because I don't want to go alone and I'm still getting rid of this damn cold.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Favorite Friday

This week's favorite is SURPRISES!

I honestly didn't have a favorite for today until about 3 hours ago when I was at a "dinner" for Chad and Lindsay, the wedding I was supposed to be in in September. Well, the now Mr. and Mrs. pulled one over on us and got married tonight! It was slightly insane, but oh so very cool and totally them! So happy to have been a part of their spontaneous wedding (although not so for them) and can't wait to see where their lives as a married couple takes them!

Times like this are why you should always remember to charge your camera's battery and bring it with you, but be thankful that Steve Jobs created the iPhone...

Also, note to self: Think of something cute and creative for the guests to do for the guestbook! Lindsay and Chad had a sweet painting of love birds in a tree. The guests' thumb prints make the leaves and they're framing it in their apartment. How cute is that?!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

American Girl Dolls

Once upon a time (you know when they did NOT retire dolls, I mean really who does that?), there were these beautiful toys called American Girl Dolls. They were gorgeous. I remember the first time I played with one. My then best friend had all but one and naturally, like all the other girls in love with these dolls, we both gravitated toward Samantha. Each doll was growing up in/represented girls from a historic time in American History. Samantha was from the Victorian era and has beautiful curly brown hair and was very fashionable. Clearly, I needed to have them all. My first American Girl was the "Just Like You," aka "Girl of Today," (or whatever they're calling it these days) doll that you/your parents design to look like you. I got her for my 9th birthday - perfect. However, the "Just Like You" dolls weren't quite as cool as the actual historical dolls and quickly I began a plan to acquire them all.

I mean, $80 for a pretty doll isn't so bad, right? Not from grandparents at Christmas anyway. That Christmas I got Felicity, the American Revolution girl, from my paternal grandmother and Molly, the World War II girl, from my maternal grandparents. Felicity was probably every girls' second favorite doll as it was a time before people's avoidances of gingers. Not to mention, 3rd/4th grade history classes totally teach us everything we need to know about Felicity's era. Each Christmas after, I received two more dolls. Even that one year they randomly added Josefina - who was also really pretty and had a great Christmas dress. My parents were responsible for random outfits here and there at Christmas and birthdays - I think I had almost all of their Christmas outfits because they were the cutest.

Anyway, today I came across this article about which American Girl Doll you got first and what it means about your personality. Since I got Felicity and Molly the same Christmas, I think I'm both (and totally agree with both, almost to a T), but according to this quiz, I'm a Molly (which isn't totally a bad thing despite how the author of the article feels).

Any girls out there remember their first American Girl doll? What did it say about your personality and does it apply?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Google has been so cool lately! On my birthday the other day they had all of the Mr. Man and Little Miss characters in honor of their illustrator's birthday and today is Martha Graham, a MAJOR dance legend's birthday.

Big props to Google for all of the creative and fun things they're doing with their logo the past few weeks and into the future.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Favorite Friday

I was in the funkiest mood about an hour ago. But some good music and good news made up for it! I got my cabin assignment for camp and I'm so pumped. Like, I don't think anyone understands how excited I am. It's going to be a great last year, because this will, for real, be the last one. I HAVE to get a job this summer or I'll go crazy. Anyway, my cabin is amazing and I can't wait to wake them up every morning and get them pumped with music like this...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It Gets Better

Last night during Glee, I managed to miss this commercial, but thanks to Clayton I just saw it. This is bold, but genius. I'm proud of Google for taking the risk and putting this during Glee because Kurt, played by Chris Colfer) has become such an impact on kids' lives through Glee.

Monday, May 2, 2011

May Movies

Last year I did a big long post about all of the summer movies I was looking forward to. I decided this summer to do each month's movies, especially because there are quite a few in May.

May 6:
Something Borrowed - I just finished reading the Darcy and Rachel series(all of two books) by Emily Giffin last week and I'm obsessed. Rachel in the beginning of SoBo is me. I swear. We are one in the same. It's scary. So from the preview (below) I've noticed one major change but I'm glad because it allowed more of John Krasinski, which is never a bad thing.

Thor - I'll admit, I was not excited for this at all. However, the moment I saw my girl crush, Natalie Portman, was in it, I was a little intrigued. The more I see previews for this movie, the more pumped I get for it. Not to mention the Thor dude is like Brad Pitt... on steroids.

May 13:
Bridesmaids - This movie looks like the female version of The Hangover, let's be real. With SNL favorites like Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig, you can't go wrong. Add in the hilarious Melissa McCarthy (Gilmore girls, Mike&Molly) this has to be golden. Not to mention I'll be a bridesmaid in September and I'm dying to go see this with the other bridesmaid and our bride - sure way to bond the six of us a few months before the bachelorette and actual wedding.

May 20:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - Anyone who is remotely close to me knows that I. Love. Pirates of the Caribbean. This movie was a definite yes on my list of summer movies the moment I found out that May 20 was the release date. I don't expect it to be anywhere near the caliber of the first 3, but I do think it will be entertaining nonetheless as Jack and Barbossa will team up to fight Blackbeard. I mean, really, I dare you not to laugh at Jack in this trailer. I'm also pumped for Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz to be working together again because their chemistry was great in Blow.

May 26:
The Hangover, Pt 2 - "Hold on, gay boys!" I don't think I know a single person that didn't love the first movie. If I do, I'm probably not very good friends with them because they probably don't have any sort of sense of humor. While this movie probably won't be quite as funny, I still can't help but laugh at the trailers for this one. It looks like essentially the same movie just in Bangkok, "Thigh-land," instead of Vegas, but I'm not going to dog it because of that. I'll be there for opening night, for sure.

What May movies are y'all looking forward to?


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Sunday, May 1, 2011

God Save the Queen to God Bless America

How the weekend started: Royal Wedding at the crack of dawn (really before).

How the weekend ended: Osama Bin Laden's death.
Justice is served. God bless America and her soldiers overseas.
Happy May!