Defining Hipsters and Counting Blessings

A couple of weeks ago, I was walking in downtown Philly with my roommates. I think we were grocery shopping at Reading Terminal Market (which is too crowded for effective shopping in my point of view).

Anyway, on this walk, our conversation wandered to the topic of hipster-dom. The central point of this conversation was, "What makes a hipster a hipster?"

The definition of hipster ranged everywhere from "people who do drugs," to "people who wear way-too-skinny skinny jeans." For me, the definition of a hipster is reflected in my drawing above. Strips, thick scarves, cardigans, glasses (fake ones), bangs, cute (but not something I would wear) head adornments. 

Frankly, I'm pretty sure I'll never know the true meaning of hipster, despite going to school surrounded by "hipster-ish" peers. I think I'll settle with my generalized opinion and call it good. 

On a different note, I've decided this week that I need to keep better track of the good things that happen to me. So, here's a quick list of things I'm thankful for that happened this past week:

1. I got to go to H-Mart (a Korean grocery store) and stock up on Korean food! I'd been craving it so badly since I got here, it was getting kind of sad.

2. I had the opportunity to have some really meaningful conversations. This is something that really doesn't happen in a college schedule unless you make time for it. Thankfully, I've had some time.

3. I'm surviving my course load! With 23 hours of class a week, I wasn't sure I'd be able to hold up... but almost a month in, and I'm still kickin'.

4. I started watching Pushing Daisies for the first time, and I'm rather smitten by it.

5. I got to go to a very fun concert with one of my dear friends. I'd never heard of David Wax Museum or The Last Bison before, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it!

6. I got to babysit! And not only did the family have kids (duh), they also had a dog!!! (No lie, the dog might have been more exciting than the kiddos). 

Those are just a few of many good things that happened this week. I'm hoping that by taking time to recognize these things in my life, I'll appreciate them more. Simple concept, right?

What are you thankful for this week? And also... how do you define the ambiguous label of "hipster-dom"?

Illustration Inspiration: Irena Sophia

Look at me go! It's Saturday afternoon, and not only have I already gone grocery shopping–I've also managed to sit myself down to finally publish this blog post. :0)

Today I'd like to introduce you to the work of Irena Sophia. She is a Croatia based artist who creates  really soft and calming pieces. I personally really enjoy taking in all the different textures in her work. 

I had seen a few of her pieces on Pinterest, and every time I saw one, I could tell it was the same artist. I finally found her on Etsy! I think it says a lot about an artist's talent if they have a very recognizable aesthetic, which she definitely does.

To find more of Irena's work, check out her Etsy shop, blog, and of course, her Facebook page

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

In Which There is a Recap of the Week, and Lots of Random Thoughts

Finally finished the second week of classes! It's been a full week. Monday was our first freshman Bible study meeting. This is my first time leading a study, so I'm really glad my friend Melanie is co-leading with me. It'll be an adventure, but I'm excited about it.

I also visited Blick Art Supplies in Center City (Philly) for the first time with a pal of mine. Oh-my-goodness. Talk about the best store I've ever been to. The plan had been to duck into Blick and then go clothes shopping... but we ended up spending two hours there, and I spent way too much money to even think about buying clothes. Oh well. That can wait, I suppose. Who needs clothing when they have art supplies?

Anyway, those were probably the two high points of my week. Class has been good, and I know at least one person in every single one, which is really a blessing. It stinks to have to go to class and not have someone to commiserate with later (this becomes especially important around midterm season). 

One random thing. The word "midterm" has got to be the most misleading word, EVER. Before last year, I assumed the "mid" in "midterm" implied one exam in the middle of the semester. Turns out at Penn, "mid" does not imply "one." Oh no. It implies "two," "three," or if you're really unlucky "four." WHAT'S UP WITH THAT??? This is something that has upset me in the past, and will likely continue to upset me until I the day I hold that diploma in my hands. 

As for the lettering at the top of the post, I made that last night. Yes, that's exactly the kind of thing I do on a Friday night. The fact that Penn is the "social-Ivy" (read "boozey-Ivy") is totally lost on me. While the rest of campus is out hopping the frats, I'm usually in my room either doing homework, or doodling while watching a TV or listening to music. Last night, I was listening to the Civil Wars' new album. It's so good, which is such a tease considering the band is basically on the rocks at this point. 

And that has been my week. With that, I will raise a toast to a happy weekend for all of you. And by "raise a toast," I mean actual toast. Like bread. Because that's just how I roll.