Wednesday, January 30, 2008

High Powered Women

I'm into my 2nd semester of living in New York and there is one thing that has become apparent to me that I did notice in my 1st semester but its perpetuating as I spend more time in school and I suppose around and about in this city. This emergence/presence of the High Powered Woman.

And I'm not simply referring to the women of SATC or recently, Cashmere Mafia, the UES mothers in Gossip Girl or the upcoming Lipstick Jungle. The High Powered Woman has become more of a reality to me than any of these sitcom characters. Take my professors for example, now, one would never imagine college professors to be society people or women who hold high powered jobs but not at Parsons. It seems the school prides itself in having one of the best reputations in the business along with some of the most notable fashion industry veterans who see great value in enriching the young minds of the industry's future. I've had a couple of professors who hold extensive resumes. Entrepreneurs of companies, Vice Presidents of large corporations, CEOs and Presidents of mega brand names, Creative Directors for fashion houses and department stores...the list could go on.

These women have done everything and anything there is to be done in the industry and not all of them have MBAs, but some of them do have PhDs and others law degrees. Many of them have families, husbands and ex-husbands and kids too. Some live in Manhattan, others live in NJ or the Hamptons. My professors are all extremely well-dressed with Hermes bangles, Cartier watches, insanely large diamonds and designer clothing and bags to match. Nevertheless, they are all extremely talented, successful, powerful women - who love what they do enough to teach it to students like me.

And with this perpetuation of this High Powered Women executive in the media, it seems, being one in New York isn't too far fetched and perhaps becoming more of a reality for me than just a tv sitcom. I'm wondering, could I actually be one of these women someday? I haven't gone to business school, I don't know if I will ever be an entrepreneur, but I am in New York, I know I will love what I do and I will be immensely good at it - but is that enough? I guess, we'll just have to wait and see...and let opportunity knock at my door, either that or I'll bang on it with great enthusiasm and persistence and surely, someone will answer...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Today I got bobbed. Yes, on a whim, I decided to chop off all my hair - not that there was very much of it to begin with. I was long overdue for a haircut. About 2 months overdue. My usual hair salon was booked solid for the next 2 weeks so I ventured out to try someone new and out of pure boredom with my boring, in between length hair. I told Eddie I wanted some new, something different, something fresh. And so, he recommended going short, real short (in his thick Japanese accent). I was hesistant but agreed and told myself to trust him whilst trying not to regret straying from my usual stylist.

The result? I love it! It was very well-cut, he was merticulous and detailed, even though I practically paid 40% more than what I usually do at my usual. But in this instance, the result was tres chic and absolutely worth it! And to my surprise, it is easy to maintain! All I need is a blowdry, a little wax and I'm good to go! Its been a while since I've worn my hair this short, maybe since Secondary school days but its a new look for the new year, very now ala Katie Holmes new do, its no fuss, totally perfect for the company I'm interning at this Spring and of course, J thinks its cute ;D What more could a girl ask for?

DONE! at last...

Let's Knit, Shall We?
Originally uploaded by knit_purr
As I finally cast off my 1st knitted baby Alpaca scarf in years, I came across this amazing photo of this woman who does miniature knitting. It's friggin' fantastic!

I'm not nearly as talented as she but I can safely say that my grey to black block scarf is a success and will be worn proudly by me or my man (depending on whether i wanna keep it more than he wants it :P)

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Year's Resolutions

We're back from vacationing in South East Asia and i'm missing the food, the shopping, the elephants, sun, sand and sea already. Not to mention my significant other who has flown back to stone-cold Boston. So while I'm in the comforts of home and in the company of family, in front of the tv watching Criminal Minds, I've decided to make up my New Year's Resolutions list:

1. Lose weight, to be more specific, 3-8lbs. (its a big gap i realise, but i'm leaving myself some lee-way here...the bulk of it is probably gonna be lost when I do return to New York and live on my seaweed, rice, kimchi and vitamin water diet..hahahaha!)

2. Exercise regularly, via way of going to the new gym in my apartment complex.

3. Start walking more to and from school and take the bus less. (unless of course its frigid cold)

4. All As this coming semester! None of this one B crap.

It's 2008. How time flies. It's going to be another awesome year.