Ex Machina

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josh and i have very different taste in film. he likes action and violence. i like romance, quirky and very slow paced obscure films. as a former high school english teacher of science fiction. this film was the perfect balance of our interests. it is a superb film well worth watching. in fact, initially i opted not to watch this with j as i was in and out of the living room doing my hair and then it just pulled me in and i watched the whole film the next day before our time ran out on itunes. so here’s a synopsis from the offical ex machina site:

ALEX GARLAND, WRITER OF 28 DAYS LATER AND SUNSHINE, MAKES HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT WITH THE STYLISH AND CEREBRAL THRILLER, EX MACHINA. CALEB SMITH (DOMHNALL GLEESON), A PROGRAMMER AT AN INTERNET-SEARCH GIANT, WINS A COMPETITION TO SPEND A WEEK AT THE PRIVATE MOUNTAIN ESTATE OF THE COMPANY’S BRILLIANT AND RECLUSIVE CEO, NATHAN BATEMAN (OSCAR ISAAC).UPON HIS ARRIVAL, CALEB LEARNS THAT NATHAN HAS CHOSEN HIM TO BE THE HUMAN COMPONENT IN A TURING TEST-CHARGING HIM WITH EVALUATING THE CAPABILITIES, AND ULTIMATELY THE CONSCIOUSNESS, OF NATHAN’S LATEST EXPERIMENT IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.THAT EXPERIMENT IS AVA (ALICIA VIKANDER), A BREATHTAKING A.I. WHOSE EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE PROVES MORE SOPHISTICATED — AND MORE DECEPTIVE — THAN THE TWO MEN COULD HAVE IMAGINED.

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Vintage Stripes

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it’s been quite a while, but i have a vintage addiction that i just can’t shake. i had this two piece dress and top in my etsy cart for weeks and then just like that it disappeared. i was bugging out trying to figure out what happen. it didn’t indicate that the dress was sold, i couldn’t even track down the shop. thankfully they reinstated their shop and this dress was back in my cart and i immediately committed to actually buying it. this was my mother’s day getup. i had my hair in crochet braids and took them out that morning, i didn’t have time to get a fancy hair style, let alone wash my hair before we went out. but hey such is life, we had a great time at brooklyn bridge park. we road a total of 10 miles and i swear my daughter is a little girl after my own heart. she was singing and chatting about everything she saw along the way. this was her longest ride yet and i’m excited to go on even longer ones with her. IMG_0175
don’t try this one at home folks. biking in wedges is a no no. i should have brought flip flops for the road and then switched them once we got to the park. i have this weird thing about loose flowing outfits. i feel much better in heels. i’d like to get to the point where i can pair something free flowing with flats. i appreciate the look but i’m not there yet. yes, and biking without a helmet is not cool. i need to get different size helmets to suit my hair, when i have crochet braids, my afro and when i have twists. my helmet was so tight and uncomfortable with my hair like this. josh was like, “stop worrying about your hair and worry about your brain.” he’s so right. IMG_0262IMG_0214IMG_0187IMG_0198IMG_0252

Dress: Vintage from Etsy, Earrings: Handmade from Etsy, Wedges: J. Crew (old)

p.s. mother’s day volume 1

A Birthday Present…

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today is my mom’s birthday and it was difficult to come up with an appropriate gift for her. she’s provided me with so much support as i navigate my journey through motherhood. i printed and framed this photo for her. it must be an incredible feeling to immigrate to a new country, set down roots, raise children and then raise grandchildren and get to celebrate their success. her journey to this moment was not an easy one,but she got there, and i have so much respect for how powerful she it. wishing my mom many more years of joy and laughter.

Autumn Uniform…

 

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IMG_0155IMG_0138today was an incredibly cold and rain day in brooklyn. today was the first day that i could not bare to spend even a minute outdoors. i ran to work and ran home. i even waited for the local train, which would take longer, but i’d have a shorter walk home. so since it’s still technically autumn, i thought i’d quickly share my favorite autumn getup. i found that vintage top on a beach trip i took this past summer. i’ve really been into boxy 80′s tops these days. i still love a nice clean pair of pocketless pants. i got these pants when my daughter was just a few weeks old and i was shopping with her and couldn’t try them on, i figured i’d go one size up since i had some lbs to lose, but should have gone up two sizes. these suckers are tight. so while i’m here i may as well confess. i don’t like pumpkin spiced anything. what i look forward to is winter treats and two of my favorites are peppermint hot chocolate and peppermint stick ice cream. i can’t wait to check in and see if they have some at my favorite ice cream shop. i’m talking about my pants being too tight, but making plans to search out this ice cream. whatevz. everything in moderation right?

Long Gone

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           summer’s long gone and i can’t help but look back at the memories we made.  i’m grateful for how happy, easygoing, open and friendly this little girl is. don’t get me wrong she can be assertive and stubborn to, but i am fascinated at how she interacts with people and how comfortable she is entering a new environment. a few of my favorites from this summer…

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she loved eating my chin :)

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curious about what the big kids are up to.

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Before It’s Too Late…

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i’ve been doing a much better job at keeping my impulse buys to a minimum and taking time to really think through purchases. now that i can say with full confidence that i am no longer a shopaholic, i want to learn how to make really good coffee so i can treat myself to a latte once or twice a week, but not make it a daily habit. same with sweet treats, i need to make a rule for myself that if i want something sweet like pastries or cookies, i have to bake it myself and not go out to a cafe and buy it. this will likely cut down on my sugar consumption or make me a better baker.
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so back in april, i used my birthday as an excuse to treat myself to something. i was on the hunt for the perfect pair of white, high waisted skinnies. i’ve wanted white skinnies for the last six years. i ended up not finding high-waist ones, but i’m happy with these. i found this top in a vintage shop. at first glance i loved the colors, but was unsure about the fit. it’s on the loose side, but it’s super cozy and it may work over a long sleeved collared shirt this fall.IMG_1249IMG_1266
this little one can give hugs now, and her little hugs are incredibly sweet. sometimes out of no where she’ll just come up to me and give me a slobbery kiss, or if i’m working at the computer, she’ll climb up on the seat and wiggle herself  into the tiny space between me and the back of the chair, and she’ll give me a hug from behind. i love her tiny hugs.  IMG_1213
i think back to my fifteen year old self and how i felt that rules were horribly oppressive; here i am imposing all these rules on myself. does anyone else out there do that? i’ll think, okay if you wash the dishes and clean the kitchen then you can spend sometime researching hair care on youtube. no way you can watch a movie or hang out until all your paperwork is done. fold the laundry and then you can have ice cream and on and on. gah. it works though. work hard, play hard eh?IMG_1248IMG_1274IMG_1238

outfit details: jeans american apparel, top vintage

–how i styled another pair of white pants

Film Fridays: Obvious Child

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              damn, don’t even remember the last time i made a film post, anyways, if you want a good laugh go out and see this one. via

A Judy Jetson Vibe

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this past winter, we visited my inlaws over the holidays and i stopped in one of my favorite vintage shops in atlanta and found this dress. i was trying to figure out what drew me in, it has a slight judy jetson vibe to it, no? IMG_0114IMG_0119IMG_0103

Dog Days

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we’ve been savoring every morsel of this summer. when we aren’t working we’re splashing, napping, cuddling, cycling and soaking in the sunshine.

 

A Year Old…

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so i’ve been thinking so much about this time last year, i had a tiny week old baby and my job was to be as close to her as possible, feed her and help her to feel secure and happy on the outside. i would talk to her jokingly, when she was still in the womb, and tell her to stay in as long as she wants because navigating through life on the outside can be a challenge. i couldn’t be happier with how she’s grown, how social she is and how comfortable and confident she is in her own skin and in a variety of environments. the sweetest thing as of late are the kisses. she doles them out ever so generously. she blows kisses using her pointer finger, she’s smooth. she’s starting to pick up on nonverbal communication. at first it was pointing, but now she shakes her head “no” both in and out of context and she’s been practicing shrugging her shoulders and dramatically throwing the palm of her hand to her face. i’ve learned so much about her and i’m honored and grateful to raise her. i’ve been thinking a lot about my mother, now that i know how much work goes into raising a young child and i’m grateful to her for all she’s done for me and all she continues to do. she’s cared for this wee one every single day since i returned to work and what an amazing support she’s been. there are some family practices i let go of and some i hold on to. ear piercing as a baby is one we decided to hold on to. grandma caring for grandchild is another. i have wonderful memories of the time i spent with my grandmother and i’m excited to hear stories about what she remembers from my mom.
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