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The new Decemberists album, The King is Dead, is really fantastic. It has a much more Americana feel, and I’m particularly smitten with the song “Rox in the Box” because of the fiddle in the background, it sounds kind of folky-celtic. I love folky-celtic.

I’m also pleasantly surprised with James Blunt’s new album, Some Kind of Trouble. It is much more upbeat than his last two albums. “Stay the Night” starts the album off on a very upbeat note. It has me dancing in my seat it’s so catchy.

I also got White Lies new album and the album Cape Dory by Tennis. I haven’t listened to either albums in full yet. I was prompted to get the Tennis album because iTunes had a free single by them called “Marathon” and it reminds me of a 50s pop duwop-esqe song. It’s catchy.

I have been browsing shoes lately….and it’s making me want to buy wedge sandals for summer. It’s also making me wish it was June and not January. I am in denial about winter….my closet shows it all. Tank tops and short sleeve shirts galore.

And I am in love with these ridiculous Versace platform sandals. I’ve never wanted to spend $1000 on pair of shoes…but these changed my mind. Too bad I don’t have $1000 to blow on a pair.

These Viktor and Rolf shoes aren’t exactly summer-y but I still LOVE the dramatic sole.

If there is any pair of sandals/sandal wedges I will be purchasing this summer it will be from Diane von Furstenberg…

love love love LOVE all the DVF items. I want a dress from DVF. Oh hell, I want every item on the website.

I would wear dresses more often if 1) it didn’t rain 300 days a year in Bellingham and 2) if I could have a wardrobe full of Alice + Olivia dresses

This BCBG dress is adorable as well

And this ModCloth dress….omg….way too cute and it’s under $100….

I could keep posting items for hours so I need to stop.

I have an interview tomorrow, I am so ready to get it over with and show them why they should hire me! I am pumped. I just wish I didn’t have such a drive to get down there. Hopefully my congestion is gone by tomorrow. I’m getting tired of only being able to breathe out of one nostril. My allergies were attacking me today too. It has been awful! My eyes itch like crazy.

I’m also trying to figure out what to wear….do I wear a skirt or a dress? I don’t really have any dressy pants. I have two outfits in mind. And what shoes?! Heels or my Tory Burch flats??? I’m leaning toward the flats because I don’t have a nice classy pair of heels.

I might stop in Bellevue square after my interview as well to pop in the Burberry store. I want to see if they have the neon patent belts in the store….but we’ll see, Nordstrom being right there might be too big of a temptation.

Speaking of Burberry, if you haven’t seen their new website, you must. I think it’s beautiful UI design. I love websites that consume the whole screen with imagery. I love their use of rollover video as well.

This week I also started a new self improvement project as a designer. I will learn two new skills a week. This week, while working on the website for one of the fashion designers, I implemented the use of media queries. It is very small and only deals with the padding of the page, but I played around with background color to make it work. I would like to build a page regularly and then make a functional mobile page with media queries so I get the hang of it a little more. Mobile browsing is becoming huge, and shopping on a mobile phone is becoming increasingly popular. Shopstyle.com did a great job of making a their page translate to mobile.

I am really surprised that Nordstrom has not done anything about their web page and making it mobile compatible. That is one of the things that surprised me with their new layout they implemented a few months back…it is not mobile friendly at all. I like to browse through items when I’m watching TV and I love Nordstorm, but navigating their website on my phone is such a pain. I’ve started going to Shopstyle.com just because it is so much easier to browse…and it pulls items from all over the web. I really can’t believe I haven’t been using that website more often.

Anyway…back to my two a week design exercises…I just went off on a mobile tangent there.

The second exercise I did was in Photoshop, making objects look metallic. Nothing terribly exciting but I think it turned out decent.

My ultimate goal is to be able to learn a bunch of new techniques and apply them into a single image sometime in the future. It was a post new years resolution and I think it is a good one to keep. Two design skills/techniques/new html/css code every week to better myself as a designer.

Well, I’m off to bed. I need to be well rested for tomorrow! And I need to get off this computer before I impulsively buy this Marc Jacobs rubix coin purse that is only $18.00 that is taunting me from the email advert that I received.

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It snowed and it hasn’t melted yet. I am almost glad I don’t have to drive to work this week. I love when the world is covered in a blanket of white. The past couple days I have thrown…

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tristan & isolde

Today was madness. Pure madness. With school and then work. Then after work had dinner & had some whiskey with one of my favorite girls, Emily. Now…4 hours later, I’m working on my title sequence for digital video tomorrow.…