Wine Renaissance Aesthetic

I have two #moods: shimmery and saturated. We can talk about saturated in March or something. Shimmery is the most important one at this time of year because the holiday time slowly intensifies it.

Shimmer \ˈshi-mə-riŋ, ˈshim-riŋ\

Intransative verb

  1. to shine with a soft tremulous or fitful light (glimmer)
  2. to reflect a wavering sometimes distorted visual image

At Thanksgiving, I usually stray away from shimmer. I wear brown eyeshadow and muted tones, MAYBE a forest green somewhere. Anything shiny comes from a Free People necklace or a polyester light-reflecting picture effect. But now it’s December 1st! And I can jump right back in.

Also I NEVER drink wine in the spring, summer, or fall. That is a very rare occurrence, only if I am somehow enticed by my cousin owning an expensive brand or something. I drink copious, copious amounts of wine in this month. I have finished two and a half bottles of Pinot Grigio since Thanksgiving. Which I also have decided is my favorite. And I think I’m actually going to buy champagne that does not cost thirteen dollars this year; let’s see how this goes.

Here’s a moodboard, completely taken from my tumblr:

I know, I know, there are very heavy Gossip Girl overtones; Blake Lively in particular. But she knows how to be shimmery! What can I say. Also, yes, there are about 4987203 pictures of Manhattan, but WHERE ELSE IN THE UNITED STATES IS THE HOLIDAY SEASON SO MAGICAL?! Maybe in a small New England suburb, but that’s a whole other aesthetic. You can’t really wear a shimmery dress to a suburban holiday party (unless it’s the coastal/metropolitan elite) and not get a few looks. I will do it anyways as I do every year.

And, of course, no curated aesthetic goes without a playlist:

doses and mimosas ~ cherub // warm water – snakehips remix ~ banks // memories feat. kid cudi ~ david guetta // it’s strange – whethan remix ~ louis the child feat. k flay // weight in gold – louis futon remix ~ gallant // what you need ~ bank & nika // my type – saint wknd remix ~ saint motel // bloom – lane 8 remix ~ odesza // automatic ~ zhu & alunageorge // you know you like it – tchami remix ~ alunageorge // never be like you feat. kai ~ flume // falling – whethan redo ~ opia // wasted on you feat. rozes ~ louis futon // help me lose my mind ~ disclosure & london grammar // january – kaytranada edition ~ disclosure // gemini feat. george maple ~ what so not // smoke & retribution feat. vince staples & kucka ~ flume

That playlist is pretty high energy and very Soundcloud, so I’d recommend listening to it when you’re getting ready alone because no one can judge you for being really extra. If I ever have a winter rooftop rager with a bunch of rich influencers in Manhattan or Los Angeles, I’d play this and require everyone to wear a fur coat.

I’ll close off this post with a note in my phone I’ve been filling for a few months. These are words that remind me of this whole #mood; enjoy!

fragmented shimmery silver and gold starburst whizzing frothy deep sparkling crystalline pearls champagne flutes sweet liquid honey dry luminous eye shadow big silk scarves middle part cat eye west village view from the whitney gray white brown metropolitan lucent fine art auroral tiny cities glossy lips sanguine roses lustrous waxy refined rich agleam sequined structured flowing glitter

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My November is ~right now~

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November is the pre-game to cold winter months. You experience snow, rain, sunshine, gray days, blue days, extreme wind, and humidity all in one. It’s the one month that is guaranteed to be a toss up besides the entirety of spring (fuck spring). Since I like this month and am feeling particularly cultured, here are some things that fucked me up in a good way. (LMK if you know the song the title references, so #trendy)

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  • Man Repeller is amazing. I had heard of Leandra Medine from Teen Vogue back in the day and even more so on Wanelo, back when I was a real ~social influencer~ (I want to write about that sometime soon; to be honest, that was my golden period). I’ve really been investing time in finding new blogs to read and Man Repeller is exactly what I needed. It celebrates the weird and the basic, which is something I try to accomplish in my daily life. It also has great advice for the future, because most of the writers are in their late 20’s. Best enjoyed with a hot bowl of soup and a bag of kettle chips.
  • I am really late to the pale pink and rose gold game. It’s recently been the only color I will wear besides denim and black. I also got a rose gold phone. But more importantly I got a rose gold faux fur jacket with faux suede.
  • Cooper Hewitt is a very swag museum (watch out for a research-based article about the “swag” renaissance) that I went to over Thanksgiving break. I have been delving more into my fashion side, as we saw a few posts ago, and figuring out what I like and do not like. It was a little bit of a spiritual journey and a very cool place to be.
  • Animal Crossing is back in the form of a very addicting app. My one quirky fact about myself is the fact I was a 12-year-old admin of the Animal Crossing Wikia.
  • A company on Amazon makes plus-size tube topsFuck the fashion industry because I am not plus-size yet I am buying plus-size items because the fashion industry HATES BIG BOOBS (POST ABOUT THAT COMING SOON) BUT IT’S REALLY COOL BECAUSE NOW I CAN WEAR THOSE KIND OF SHIRTS.
  • Filter I love: D1 on VSCO. It’s the one that makes everything purply and pink. That is my aesthetic for November and also for life.
  • I have started a sunglasses collection, and I have not looked back.

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  • The save feature on Instagram is like creating your own mood board and not as creepy as I thought it was. It’s the digital equivalent to taking a stranger’s photos and hanging them on your wall (which I also do, but I feel like if it was actual people’s Instagrams that would be strange).
  • “If you miss a beat, create another.” – Patti Smith, “Just Kids”
  • Watching people online shop in class is a form of gathering material and inspiration. It’s also aesthetically pleasing and I get inspired just looking at how other people organize their laptop space. Weird.
  • Studying abroad in America is possible! My dreams really did come true. A trip I can fund myself. What a concept.
  • You can hit someone with a backpack by accident walking in Times Square and they will get mad and call you names. Even though it’s Times Square. My inner thought was “I’m sorry that I’m a woman taking up space.”
  • Take Care will always be the best album of all time, and nothing can change that, absolutely nothing.
  • No matter how much you’ll tell yourself you’ll take videos for a montage, you will not. I need to tattoo “PRODUCE CONTENT” on my forehead or something.
  • If you needed another reason to love Playboi CartiSo proud of him.

 

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  • waves – Tame Impala remix by Miguel ~ Literally just so cohesive and smooth. It feels like a burst of color. The people of Tame Impala (it really can’t be just Kevin, can it?) are BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.
  • Yung Gravity by Yung Gravy ~ Whenever I hear the beginning I want to cringe so hard, but it’s really catchy. “Yung gravity, I pull your bitch.” It’s a joke. I totally get it. I overheard this in the New World Tortilla line at like 4:58 p.m. on a Thursday. Also, his voice is really familiar sounding to me, maybe I know him.
  • Powerlines and List of People (To Try and Forget About) by Tame Impala ~ I think I really cemented this calendar year of 2017 as the year I came to accept Tame Impala as my true favorite artist. Their surprise drop of Currents’ B-Sides on Spotify was truly the cherry on top.
  • Sure Thing (Andrey Azizov Remix) by Miguel and I Fall Apart (Andrey Azizov Remix) by Post Malone ~~ Andrey Azizov is arguably one of the best artists on Soundcloud; his remixes are really crisp and glittery and high-energy in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you’re covered in sweat at an EDM festival.
  • Shuggie and San Francisco by Foxygen ~~ There’s a light holiday mood in both of these Foxygen songs, which is why I think I like them so much. But I also like dramatically singing “BUT YOU DON’T LOVE ME, THAT’S NEWS TO ME, THAT’S NEWS TO MEEEEE” in my car alone driving while bitter once again.
  • Dance for You by Dirty Projectors ~ I feel like this song would be at the end of a crucial scene in Gossip Girl, maybe where Blair kisses Dan (which I hated, but loved the song in the scene!). I love finding gems that Rory and Riley introduce me to, because now whenever I listen to it I think about them and how much I adore both of them. This song will pull me through to Christmas break, accompanying late night walks home from the library.
  • Affection by Cigarettes After Sex ~ Two people I work with are in love with each other and conveniently dating and the girl in the relationship plays this at work a lot. It was one of my November songs last year so it’s fitting! It’s depressing, yet warm and all about love.
  • The Weekend by SZA ~ I’m getting into more of CNTRL at the current moment but this song is quite the jam. I love this girl, what a great girl. Empowering. Beautiful voice. Makes me feel like men are interested in me.
  • Prayers Up by Calvin Harris, Travis Scott, and A-Trak ~ I am for some reason just always going to get behind Travis Scott and his high-pitched adlibs. This song is no exception. The wavy and piano-driven beat has been my month’s aesthetic.
  • Blue Cheese by 2 Chainz and Migos ~ The song of the month! The song of the season! The song of the year! (Goldlink should win that Grammy though.) I have been obsessed with this song and Pretty Girls Like Trap Music way much later than cool people who listened to this when it first came out but it’s fine. If there is one song I listen to every day it is THIS ONE! (Honorable mention: 4 AM)

December Favorites

I took some time off from updating the blog to enjoy being home. I didn’t do one of these last month so I figured I would do one this month! Also, happy new year. I didn’t think this would be procrastinated as much as it is. Expect more posts in the next few days.

for your eyes

Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage by Christopher Anderson – I love John F. Kennedy and this book is exactly what the title says. It gives a lot of detail into JFK and Jackie’s lives before their marriage, leading up to it, and during it. I am almost done and it’s been so much fun to read. I don’t know how accurate it is but I don’t even care.

Brown Eyeliner – My thing all throughout high school was winging my Stila Stay-all-day black eyeliner. I perfected it and it just became part of my image. But now I prefer to wear brown eyeliner, with smaller wings. I feel like it’s less extra and it highlights the color of my eyes better than the black did.

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The Whitney – I went to the Whitney for the first time this week. It’s an American art museum in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan. They have a really interesting exhibit right now, I think until February, that’s all about anime and the future and screen art. There’s this one video game about refugees of communist countries in the early 1900s and I was completely entranced by it for probably an hour. It definitely infiltrated my nightmares.

VSCO – I literally don’t even care how basic this is. I love VSCO. I love how secret it feels. I love how people with private Instagrams still put it in their bio. It’s like a secret girl club where everyone posts a ton of pictures of wine bottles and car rides and photos that didn’t make the cut on their Instagrams.

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133rd Street Subway Station – Michael took me to his favorite subway, which is literally 125 ft below ground. The only way down is through an escalator which when you get on it feels like you are about to fall all the way to the ground and die, it’s so steep. I had vertigo the whole time. It was insane. It takes you to the 7 train.

for your ears

I made two soundcloud playlists this month, Broke bitch and Vanilla. The first is a playlist I like to listen to while showering or driving and the second basically encompasses a lot of the soundcloud songs I’ve liked recently. My favorite is This is a song. It’s amazing.

Wanderer, Wandering

Miracle Mile

Morocco

Sweet n Sour (this one definitely should have been in Gossip Girl)

Bad and Boujee

Cash Machine

Straightjacket

Rap Caviar playlist on Spotify

White Girl- White Girl is a movie on Netflix about a girl who moves off campus of her Manhattan school to the border of Queens and Brooklyn and what happens to her. It’s shot in a captivating and realistic manner and it’s the kind of movie that scares you and makes you uncomfortable.

Animal House- I hadn’t ever seen Animal House, but when I watched it, I fell in love with the portrayal of the school and everyone’s outfits. Especially in the hearing scene. It’s a classic National Lampoon bawdily funny movie that everyone should see.

everything else

American Eagle Holiday Flannels I received one of American Eagle’s new flannels for Christmas this year and it is the softest thing I own. I have a hard time fitting into flannels in both the chest and arms (it usually fits in the arms but not in the chest), but their size XL looks perfect on me. It looks and feels like a nice quality shirt and can be dressed up with a vest or dressed down with leggings.

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Candy Cane Lane This candle from Yankee Candle has been my go-to candle this holiday season, besides my all-time favorite Frosted Cranberry from Bath and Body Works. I usually hate sweet Christmas scents but this is a perfect mix of candy cane peppermint and pine.

G-Zen Over break I went to this restaurant in Branford, Connecticut with my friend Carolyn. The service was great, the ambiance was calming and lively at the same time, and the menu was phenomenal. It’s on the pricier side considering the kinds of restaurants I go to, but it’s still really fair for the price and quality of what you’re getting. It’s a completely vegan menu, which is amazing because I’m not used to being able to eat everything on the menu!!

Moscow Mule Out of the limited scope of mixed drinks I’ve had, this is the most refreshing one. I love the mint leaves and the ginger beer is delicious. Whoever made this up was a genius.

Poshmark- I made a Poshmark a few weeks ago, and I am in love with it. It’s partially the reason I’m broke, but I’ve also been selling items on their app too. My username is @mainaeliz. So far I’ve had a really positive experience with the app and it’s been a great resource for getting rid of my old jeans.

Public Transportation

I had to write a poem as a final project for my art class. It encompasses some of what I post on here so I thought it would be fit to post it.

Staring out of minivan windows overlooking my old exits

The air conditioner blasting into my dry eyes from the front vent

I was turning fifteen as the train reached Harlem.

I bought a new perfume, stumbling from Gramercy Park

To the Upper West Side, joining a line of girls with hearts on their cheeks.

I was going to miss the last train out of Manhattan that night

But we ran and caught it and went back to where we were supposed to be

Overlooking my old exits, the air conditioner turned off

And my thin black sweater wrapped around my shoulders

When the yellow lights in my small town started blinking.

 

Staring out of bus windows overlooking the suspension bridges

The nicked glass melting in the winter sun

Tea tree oil, coconut and cocoa butter lotion

Prepaid Metro-North ticket in my right hand

A winter jacket, scarf, and jar of water in the other.

I was going to miss the last train out of his town that night

But I ran and caught it and went back to where I was supposed to be

Overlooking the suspension bridges, nicked glass

Reminding me of the wall that separated me and the Fox news

Channel watching and car crashing.

 

Staring out onto 16th Street and Corcoran, Gregorian chant

Wakes me up, my Airbnb man opened the windows last night

Sweat and mascara and pear vodka in my toothpaste

I think he smokes, but only the bathroom smells like cigarettes.

Flight itinerary printed out in the library in my laptop case,

Clothes strewn all over the bed and risks permeating my emptying wallet.

I was going to miss my flight out of Dulles early next morning

But I rolled out of bed and threw on a sweatshirt and the uber came

And I could breathe, and I was going back to where I was supposed to be.

When I hung up my new map and circled in the street corner,

It didn’t feel that way at all.

 

Everything was fine when the piano kicked in,

When I missed the last bus out of St. Paul Street

I wasn’t cold, there was no Grand Central to welcome me in,

No big yellow school bus waiting to take me back to my skyline.

Everything was fine when the piano kicked in

And I will continue to hope it will be because

It didn’t feel that way at all.

Songs for Staring Out Metro North Train Windows From A Window Seat Person

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I love trains. I will always talk about them to anyone who will listen. I love claiming my little corner of the world (the window seat) and watching the landscape of the shoreline as it turns into one tumultuous timelapse before me. I love people watching; the mothers who take their kids to the city for the day (especially the ones who loudly Facetime their spouses the entire ride), couples on dates, engaging in quiet conversation and sometimes eating Goldfish, Greenwich dads in tailored suits reading emails on their Macbooks. I have a ritual: I drink a small Dunkin Donuts caramel swirl latte from Union Station if last night’s sleep calls for it and put my North Face backpack between my freshly shaven legs, then set out to make the perfect playlist for my favorite journey of all time. I have curated four playlists based on moods I am usually in on the rides to and from. Get some earbuds, put your hair up, slide right on Snapchat to collect some geotags, eat a bagel or something and enjoy. Also, make sure, at least once in your life, to skip school and go to Manhattan. Rory Gilmore did it, and so can you.

Passive Aggressive

For when it’s raining and you’re angry about all the shitty boys you have kissed/you just saw something you shouldn’t have seen and wish you could unsee/you just did something very wrong you cannot undo and you are hungry and tired/you can feel your life spiraling downward and you want to presage the ruin of your short life in song

  1. The Flowers
  2. Capsized
  3. All These Things That I’ve Done
  4. Helplessness Blues
  5. 1965
  6. Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl
  7. The World at Large
  8. Obsessions
  9. Sweet Disposition
  10. Yes I’m Changing

Hopeful

For when you see the sunlight through all the pretty trees in the pretty towns on-peak/you are going to meet a nice person at a nice cafe in a nice part of Manhattan/you had some nice fruit for breakfast and maybe a grilled cheese with seedy bread/your hair is freshly washed and your skin is evenly lotioned

  1. I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else
  2. East Harlem
  3. My Girls
  4. Two Weeks
  5. Unbelievers
  6. Someday
  7. My Body
  8. Ice Melts
  9. Walking On A Dream
  10. Deadbeat Summer

Reflectively Nostalgic

For the train ride back, when your car is slowly emptying by the time you reach New Haven/you just went and saw some cool art and you realized that people lived thousands of years ago and made their own bread and didn’t have cars/you realize that soon you will be 19 or 29 or 47 and almost dead and this might even be your last train ride to Manhattan/you are a sensitive fern

  1. Us
  2. Feel It All Around
  3. Resonance
  4. Yellow
  5. Angel from Montgomery
  6. Long Way From Home
  7. Swingin’ Party
  8. Sleepyhead (octbr flip)
  9. Closer To Me
  10. Lose It

It Is Early Morning I Want Coffee

For when you don’t even want to think about making a playlist/your jacket is making you sweat and you can tell you will be carrying it around all day/you forgot to put on mascara or deodorant and you are pissed off/you are unwrapping an everything bagel and the parchment paper crinkles

  1. Heart It Races
  2. Sleeping Ute
  3. Folding Chair
  4. Somewhere Only We Know
  5. Young Folks (also pretend you’re Serena Van Der Woodsen, returning from boarding school Labor Day weekend in New York City)
  6. We’re Not Just Friends
  7. Wait Up (Boots of Danger)
  8. Valerie (Mark Ronson Version)
  9. Go Outside
  10. Postcards from Italy