I Blog Here Now

If you’re my friend* and you’re reading this right now because you’re bored, wondering, “Does Genny blog anymore?” I do but not here.

Here!

http://jeunevieve.tumblr.com/

*Which you most likely are because it’s usually my friends who have kept up with this thing and for that I say thank you for reading my brain poops. You know I love you. If you are not my friend and came across my blog because you Googled “butt burns poop hot,” “laguna ‘party enthusiast,'” or “tres jeune fuck-baby movies,” I hope you found what you were looking for. Especially that last one. Er, nope. I’m re-reading that now.  I take that back. Definitely take that back. The fuck, Person on the Internet? I know enough French to know what that means, sicko. Get off my lawn.

Built By Wendy

Hullo Interworld!(<—Does that make sense? Interworld? Is this a futile attempt at combining the words “Internet” and “world” for cool and quirky effect, i.e. “Interwebz?”)

I am not sure who still updates themselves with this blog as I myself haven’t blogged in ages. *Cough cough* Argh, are those moth balls in my mouth? Ewww, I think I just ran into a months old spider web. I HATE the musty smell of attic. Time to clean up!

Every time I come back to blog, I always promise my 1.5 readership that I’ll be better at updating. However, as my blogging patterns suggest, my promises are rather empty and soulless. So, I will refrain from making any “I promise to update weekly” remarks and stick to simply “I’ll update when I feel like it.” Although…I am trying to be more disciplined about my writing so perhaps making promises to update weekly will help me…? Ugh, too much thinking. This is a BLOG.

Anyway, the reason why I’m blogging now is because I discovered the neatest thing and I have some time on my hands to share the neat thing I found! While I’d update my Twitter or Facebook status to say something like, “OMG, check this out! <insert web link here>,” or “I THINK I’VE FOUND MY NEW HOBBY <insert web link here>”, those features do not have the word capacity to ramble on about why I love this neat thing and how it’s “inspired” me to try to go DIY (I know, please don’t barf. I can’t believe I said that either but it’s recession times SO!).

Several months back I found out about a clothing line called Built By Wendy. The clothes are super cute in a girly but tomboyish way which I’ve realized is totally my style when it comes to everyday wear. They also have a 1950s feel, as if Wendy the designer used patterns from grandma’s sewing kit and, of course, “updated with a modern twist.” Ladies fashion magazines sure do love those phrases, huh?

I’m totally digging the look below, specifically that shirt. Effortlessly casual but a touch dressy. It’s a look that can be dressed up or down, a look that is gold for someone as practical and protective of her pocket as me.

While I love the clothes, my concern is how they would look on my short and roly body. I am not lithe and do not have a willowy frame and yet it seems these kind of clothes look best on that body type. Zut. You can imagine then how ecstatic I was when I found out Wendy has a sewing book and sewing patterns, perfect for customizing and tailoring her style of clothing to suit many body types.

Check it:

“[Wendy] gives readers everything they need to know to begin sewing and provides step-by-step instructions and patterns directly from her studio. She explains how to customize everything from the fit to the pockets so readers can create a thousand different looks using the same three basic patterns. These ideas will inspire readers to rethink and revamp their old clothes to make unique, custom fashions.”
The sewing patterns sell for $14.95 on the site but you can buy them at nearly half off at Simplicity Patterns. There are patterns for coats and jackets, tunics, pants, dresses, skirts, EVERYTHING.
I’m no fashionista and am not ahead of the fashion curve by any means but I have yet to hear of any designer doing something like this. That’s awesome. I can’t wait to start buying patterns and fabric. This may turn into summer project 2009. Will post results as they come!

Mixtape

I love mixtapes. Although I think they are now obsolete because radios no longer have tape decks attached. That’s messed up. I used to make mixtapes all the time as a kid. I’d sit in my room and wait for that one song on the radio to come on, poise my finger over the record/play button, and then push the buttons simultaneously after the DJ introduced the song. At the time, that was the only way I’d get new music because my parents would only allow me to buy an album once every three months or so. They thought spending 10 dollars on a cassette was a waste of money. Unless, of course, I was buying something they liked. Like Elvis or Earth, Wind, and Fire, artists I appreciate now but when you’re twelve and are DYING for that new No Doubt album with Spiderwebs, Elvis and Earth, Wind, and Fire have zero relevance.

My favorite part about making mixtapes was coming up with the theme and revolving all the songs around that one theme. Isn’t that everybody’s? I made one mixtape with the theme, “Cuban Dance Party,” which consisted solely of songs from Gloria Estefan’s Gloria! album. I know, I should’ve just called it Gloria! but “Cuban Dance Party” sounded so much better. Besides, I still had enough tape to include other Gloria-esque songs.

Lately I’ve been on this empowerment trip, listening to all my favorite divas and Lilith Fair ladies. Don’t judge. Listening to the new Beyonce album, Liz Phair, and Aretha Franklin on rotation has been very therapeutic for me. These women tell it like it is.

That said, where my girls at?

MIXTAPE: “Ladies is Pimps Too

Ladies Night – Lil’ Kim, Angie Martinez, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Missy Elliot

Fuck and Run – Liz Phair

Superwoman – Alicia Keys

Ego – Beyonce

Do Right Woman, Do Right Man – Aretha Franklin

Pussycat – Missy Elliot

I Think I’m Paranoid – Garbage

Strong Enough – Sheryl Crow

My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) – En Vogue

Tyrone – Erykah Badu

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

Right Through You – Alanis Morissette

The Next Messiah – Jenny Lewis

Objection (Tango) – Shakira

Who’s That Girl? – Eve

Independent Woman– Destiny’s Child

Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyonce

I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan

Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani

The Greatest – Cat Power

Ring the Alarm – Beyonce

Criminal – Fiona Apple

After the Gold Rush – Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt

Volcano Girls – Veruca Salt

Shoop – Salt n Peppa

No Scrubs – TLC

No More Drama – Mary J. Blige

It’s Not Right But It’s Okay – Whitney Houston

More Than a Woman – Aaliyah

Zion – Lauryn Hill

Puppies Helping Puppies

Driving in L.A. isn’t the safest for dogs. Cars going at speeds of 80, sometimes up to 60 on the sidestreets. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to drive past road kill, especially in my area with squirrels jumping out of nowhere, sometimes opossums, and neighborhood dogs jumping fences. It always makes me sad. Like I want to poor some kibble in honor of the little guy.

Today I saw the sweetest thing that made me go, Aww, puppies. I was driving down a busy street when I saw one dog on the opposite side of the middle of the road. I kept my eye on the dog, thinking that by keeping my eye on the dog that would magically protect him from any oncoming traffic and unaware drivers, when I saw a second dog on the side of the road go over to the dog trapped in the middle. A car had slowed down for them, thank God, and the second dog accompanied the other dog to safety back to the sidewalk. It’s like those scenes you see of young gentleman helping the little old lady cross the street before the big rig runs over her in a fast-paced comedy/action movie. Only…it was dogs.

I wish I had taken a photo but, alas, impatient L.A. drivers are the worst and if I had slowed down I would have definitely been stared down, maybe even given the finger.

Here’s a photo of a tattooed man with a dog.

Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Photo courtesy of the New York Times

Oh, I’m a sucker for that stuff. Thanks to CuteOverload for the Times’ story, “Tough Guys and Puppies.” Your heart will melt.