Monday, July 13, 2009

The Uniform Project

I just came across The Uniform Project (well, not really, since everyone is blogging about it), and I think that it's an awesome idea.

Well done, and I hope you get many, many more readers.

Here it is:

Starting May 2009, I have pledged to wear one dress for one year as an exercise in sustainable fashion. Here’s how it works: There are 7 identical dresses, one for each day of the week. Every day I will reinvent the dress with layers, accessories and all kinds of accouterments, the majority of which will be vintage, hand-made, or hand-me-down goodies. Think of it as wearing a daily uniform with enough creative license to make it look like I just crawled out of the Marquis de Sade's boudoir.

The Uniform Project is also a year-long fundraiser for the Akanksha Foundation, a grassroots movement that is revolutionizing education in India. At the end of the year, all contributions will go toward Akanksha’s School Project to fund uniforms and other educational expenses for children living in Indian slums.

~The Uniform Project

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

On the subject of love (and marriage)

{All images culled from Le Love}

I've been thinking a lot about love and marriage recently. As I begin the planning process for my own wedding, I realize that not only am I excited to get married, I am ready.

Did I think back in March that I was ready to be married? No. To be honest, though I had found the love of my life (and yes, I know I'm incredibly lucky), the prospect of marriage scared me. What would happen if our love changed, or worse, if our love died?

But when the proposal happened, I accepted immediately with no hesitation. I had no doubt that my fiance was my soul mate. We fit together so perfectly, that I can't imagine my life without him. Not only do we love eachother but we're friends-- you know, the hangout kind.

Things will change in our relationship, but we've been through some big changes together already, and managed just fine. We're moving along the same path at the same speed. Maybe my life won't turn out exactly how I imagined it to be, but when does life ever do that?

I haven't given up my dreams. I have someone who encourages me to reach for them. We're growing up together.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Future plans

Soo...remember all of those posts about taking the LSATs 8 million times and feeling totally inadequate? Now I can look forward to feeling inadequate in law school!

In March 2009, I was accepted at Northeastern University School of Law. I spent a very long and emotionally greuling time trying to decide whether or not I wanted to go back to school, to go back to school to be a lawyer, whether it was worth it to take the same test over and over again, if I was willing to put myself through 3 years of hell, and then take another exam that literally determines your fate in the legal world.

Why, do you ask, did I decide to continue through with my law school plans despite my apparent apathy? Because I knew that there had to be people out there just like me- intelligent, socially and morally responsible people who want to effect change in the world. And I knew that these people believed that the law should be practiced with passion and a deep understanding of its impact on every citizen.

No, not all lawyers think like this, not all lawyers want to change the world. But I do, and I believe that I can. Do I expect to have a deep social impact on our society? No, but a girl can dream. What I can do is provide a unique point of view and the passion to dedicate my work to what I believe in- in whatever way I can.

And I know I belong here:

At Northeastern University School of Law, our mission is to fuse theory and practice with ethical and social justice ideals so that students understand what it is lawyers do, how they should do it and the difference they can make in the lives of others. We strive to produce lawyers who see the practice of law as a way to realize their goals, to find meaning and purpose in life, and to be of service to others in ways that are intellectually satisfying and personally rewarding. We are committed to engaging with the world outside the university, to harnessing our individual and institutional energy to address societal challenges, and to expanding knowledge that advances our ideals through research and scholarship.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Weekend Recap

There's nothing better than blended families and warm, sunny weekends.

I saw no fireworks and wore no patriotic colors, but it didn't rain, I made fried chicken, and managed to get a nice tan.

And I got to spend the weekend with a certain person, one who still gives me butterflies every time he looks at me.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy birthday beauty!

This is my darling friend Erin. I've known her since I was 12 years old. It's her 25th birthday today. Join me in wishing her a happy birthday!

I luff you Erin!