IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE

September 15, 2011

{It's a Jungle Out There by Randy Newman}
Target lace sleeve top, swapped denim vest, H&M pink jeans, 
thrifted "old man" loafers, thrifted granny floral purse
{photo credit: the creepy one of the top of my head was taken by Joshua)

After linguistics lecture one day, I found this quote in one of the bathroom stalls of Barrow Hall:

"You have to stop waiting for the next thing to magically 'make you happy' 
and just make your own happiness. We are surrounded by beauty. Wake up!"

I wholeheartedly agree with this sentiment but it definitely is much easier said than done. Between my classes, work schedule, internship and activities, it's extremely easy to simply lose myself amongst my constant complaining. I can't help it, I have always been and will always be a grade-A complainer. Because of this, no one, not even I, will ever realize how happy I am. I am truly the happiest when I'm busiest, rushing from place to place, constantly on-the-go, which in return, is when I complain the most. Confused? Yeah, So am I. I'm a complicated mess of nonsensical gibberish. Especially after reading Chanda's Wisdom Wednesday post about having your cake and eating it too, I realize how I'm never fully happy with what I have in the moment, I'm always looking ahead at the future. Only when I look back do I really see what I had. I realize that, 20 years from now, I'll cringe at the very thought. It has definitely been a year of change and growing up, let's hope this productive activeness and feeling will stay with me, if only for a little longer.

This was my little slice of heaven. Last Saturday I spent a whole day, 12 full hours, with one of my favorite people ever, Joshua! I've known him for what seems like forever and he is seriously one of the only people who will tell me how it is, no sugar coating, just the plain simple truth. Since he's leaving the Bay for UCSD in a matter of days, we spent the day at the SF Zoo, galavanting from animal to animal, making weird, loud noises, staring at cute kids, getting lost, not seeing elephants (my favorite animals!) and just being our awkward selves. It's always nice to act like silly little kids again, especially with the high stress lifestyle we've become so accustomed to, it reminds us that life isn't always a big pile of smelly shit. Afterwards, we dined...okay, feasted at a little Chinese restaurant somewhere on Mission, which was good but not 4 1/2 star good like Yelp claimed. Chinese food is Chinese food though and it always makes me miss home. After the self-induced food coma, we decided to head back to Berkeley and watch Contaigon. With two hours to kill before the movie, we made our way over to Berkeley Marina. Beautiful it was. Windy as hell it also was. It really is going to suck not having one of my closest friend close by but, whenever we get the chance to hang out, it's as if nothing has changed and no time has even gone by. These are the friendships I cherish.

After seeing pink jeans in the Urban Outfitters fall catalogue and on the legs of Alexa Chung, I just HAD to find my own. After searching high and low, I finally found an affordable and comfortable pair at H&M, and it's integrating itself into my wardrobe quite well. To tone down the cuteness of the pink and lace, I paired it with my tassel loafers and denim vest. I fell in love with the grannyesque floral print of the purse but was hesitating against it, knowing that I have a dozen other purses at home. But, thinking ahead, I knew that if I didn't get it, 80 year old me would be purseless and sad. It's an investment, both fashion-wise and for my future happiness.

45 comments:

Taryn said...

Great collection of pictures--helped to make me happy =)

maggie said...

your trip sounded so fun! and those pink skinnies are adorable -- great outfit!

xx maggie
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Closet Hound said...

Your pink pants are super cute - but I can never wear those as adorably as you do. Those are probably super apropro for the zoo as well, especially the flamingo exhibit... because you're both pink!!

And can't we just have a blog in which we just record all the inspiring quotes we find in bathroom stalls on campus? I usually don't find ones that inspirational and motivational, but I'll be looking for it next time I'm peeing in Barrows Hall.

Also, I agree - I'm also the happiest when I'm busy and with a packed schedule. I hate being idle. Having said that, you should stop rushing - I would do anything to be a sophomore right now. CHERISH COLLEGE, ANISA! It'll be done faster than you think :(

xo Old Crony aka Sherrie
xo Sherrie
Closet Hound

Coco Draws said...

i love your pink pants! :)

Junaluska said...

The flamingos match your pants! Sort of. I love the zoo.

Lexy @ QUIRKY EXPLOSION said...

WAH YOU ARE THE CUTEST AND IT LOOKS AND SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD AN AMAZING TIME!

And eek. I'm loving that quote. It's so true. I find that we're very conditional about our happiness: Once this happen, as soon as I do this, etc... We are totally in control of our happiness! I'm glad you're embarking on muchos adventures, yiiipppeee.

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mwan said...

thanks for the comment, hope to hear from u again
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x

Peiyinn said...

You have a great and fun day. Beautiful photos. The wall-painting is fantastic! :D

t said...

Nice pics! Those pants are a great colour!

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Katie said...

That quote is so beyond fantastic! A day at the zoo sounds great and I love your pants! xo

The PvdH Journal said...

Oh I love the first two photographs (I love flamingos!).

Can I also call your trousers flamingo pants?! hehe they look really cute.

Silvertigo said...

So cute outfit! :) Lol for the "butterfly" pic, got a big smile on my face ;)

Cylia said...

hey girl! how are you?? you look so cute!

Bree said...

You're so right. I also forget to be happy in the moment instead I look back at it and be happy then, realising I should be happy when it happened.
Thank you for this post.

Love the picture with Joshua and the butterfly!

xx
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Moda said...

Bellissime foto e blog. Ti seguo spero che ricambierai. Baci Marcella

Kasia M said...

Amazing photos! I love your pants - cool color :)

olivias-pizzaz said...

That quote is awwesome! seems like you had a wonderful time! also looove your pants!!

India said...

nice pics!

Paola said...

fantastic!!!;D

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Paola said...

fantastic!!!;D

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Jazzy E (hivenn) said...

Beautiful. x hivenn

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

aww, these photos are adorable & I absolutely love the vintage look of them!! It looks like you had such a nice & fun day. Also your pants are fab, I'm on the hunt for a cute pair of jeans & I loveee the pink! Hope your weekend is a fab one. xo veronika

Agora tô pronta said...

Great collection of pictures!
I loved ♥

Kimberly Capeto said...

Hey !
I love your pics, especially the first one.
I want pants like yours !

xoxo

Sofie said...

gorgeous pics! ♥

Oh to Be a Muse said...

i love your pink pants and how they match those flamingos.

Antonia said...

Ohh...woww!!Loving these pics!! You look adorable!! ;)


xoxo
Antonia

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Kat said...

you look so cute!!! i love your pants!! theyre such a pretty color :)

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The Annachrist said...

Astonishing photography!

yiqin; said...

what do you use to edit our photos :)

Preziosa said...

Love your pictures!

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yuma said...

Beautiful photos!I love your outfit:) and thank you for your comment.

Ninja said...

how cool! I want your jeans :) I should get a pair from H&M...I am once again inspired by blogs. Whatever would I do without them?

xxx irinja (1milliondresses.blogspot.com)

Bad Joan said...

What a great way to spend time in your "old man" loafers, which are a killer find btw.

GTBB,
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cryskay said...

so many gorgeous photos! you make the zoo look so exotic! & i adore your bubblegum pink pants! xx

Kel said...

You are the awesomest (not a word, work with me here) granny around, even if that involves a healthy splash of complaining.

I need pink pants in my life too.

Lots of love from Sydney,

x Kel

making a marque

Florence said...

gorgeous post!

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Taj Acosta said...

Love the pics, looks so fun! And love your pink pants! xo

herecomesthesun said...

I love your pink jeans! I'd been wanting some after seeing them on Erin from Cali Vintage.

Sue Lyn said...

woot! pink pants?! kudos to you for pulling it off well(;

Julia said...

I love your jeans :)

Rosa Pel said...

very nice photos

Michaela Scalisi said...

Awesome photos :)


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xoxo Michaela

Sofie said...

great pics! and I love the outfit you're wearing, the lace shirt is gorgeous! the colour of the pants is amazing ;) ♥