So far in New York I've enjoyed myself but I couldn't shake my fear that maybe this was a mistake.
I had been waking up with knots in my stomach feeling anxious anytime my mind was free to wander. Today was different. My internship has been going really well- I even got to go to Vogue today to run errands which is just fun lets face it. Later I started my new job as a hostess in Greenwich Village. After a long day and night of work my feet were killing me, I was beyond exhausted, but on my way home I was filled with overwhelming happiness and excitement. I realized that I'm doing what I came here to do I'M FINALLY DOING IT. Not just that I am doing it but I can do it. I think something else I feared was that maybe I wasn't capable of handling the reality of fulfilling my goals. What if I moved here and the city ate me alive and I just couldn't do it? That would be soul crushing. Realizing that I can handle it is a huge relief.
I don't know what going to happen tomorrow, but I know it's all worth it for those few minutes when I can literally FEEL my dreams becoming a reality.
So if you take anything away from this cheese fest- do what makes you happy, even if it scares you. Or something...
10 days ago I packed my life into 4 suitcases and moved from Bloomington Indiana to Midtown Manhattan. Living in NYC has been a dream of mine since I first visited the city when I was 13. Now that it's finally a reality it's just as exciting as I'd imagined it to be but it's also extremely overwhelming and kind of scary. Overall though I feel beyond lucky to have this experience!
(this is a very terrible iphone picture of my apartment building! Ole!)
Seeing as it is the summer and I have a bit of down time- and a friend who works at the library- I have found myself checking out an abundance of books about fashion, textiles, art, etc. One book that looked intriguing to me was called "Icons" by Dodie Kazanjian. The author worked for Vogue while she wrote this book about fashions most iconic pieces (the little black dress, the Chanel suit, Manolos...and so on) one chapter that caught my eye was about PEARLS! Such an interesting shiny little expensive object!
I myself am not very cultured (haha get it?) when it comes to pearls so I was intrigued by everything I learned, and now I am going to pass it down to you! My faithful and loyal reader(s?).
A natural pearl occurs when an irritant lodges itself into the body of an oyster, the oyster then protects itself by wrapping said irritant in layer after layer of nacre- nacre is that pretty iridescent substance that we have come to know as "pearl"
Cultured pearls have a man made irritant but other than that the pearl making process is exactly the same! Apparently pearl snobs call this "artificial insemination" however even pearl experts have a hard time distinguishing between natural and cultured pearls.
Since the highest trained eye can barely tell the difference between the two it's natural to wonder why some are more pricey than others. Well now I can tell you why! Pearls that have a heftier price tag have been in the oyster for years, inexpensive pearls have only been in the process for a couple of months and will not last long. The nacre in expensive pearls is a lot thicker, and will last a lot longer with the proper care.
Unlike diamonds pearls do not last forever- and to date no pearl has held its luster for more than 500 years. Just like diamonds though- pearls will never ever go out of style!
Some fun little facts:
In some countries pearls are ground up and sold as medicine such as anti-wrinkle cream and nacre (pearls) are 90% calcium carbonate which is the main ingredient in Tums and Rolaids. Basically- pearls aint' gonna help you get rid of wrinkles
Wash your pearls with soap and water and dry them without rubbing them
A pearl necklace should be restrung at least once a year because the silk thread gets dirty and disturbs the pearls "equilibrium" (which is tres tres delicate)
Each years crop of pearls is different- like wine!
Pearls have their own grading system from A to AAA
So I'm watching Almost Famous right now and I want nothing more than to transport back in time so I could dress like Penny Lane, or any of the other Band Aides. Fashion at that time was just so killer- QUICK I need a vintage shop ASAP ahhhh