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In 2010 my mother’s close friend emailed her with a banana bread recipe. Her recipe had been adapted from a banana muffin recipe from Angelica’s Kitchen. I’ve created my own version of the banana bread. It’s to die for.
1. Grease & flower pan. Pre-heat oven to 350.
2. In a medium bowl whisk together:
3. In a large bowl beat until creamy:
4. Add 2 eggs that have been lightly beaten.
5. Combine wet mixture with dry mixture.
6. In a separate bowl mash together (recipe calls for 2-3, I put in as many as I can possibly find in the house- usually about 5) bananas.
7. Fold the mashed bananas in with the rest of the mixture. Add chocolate chips.
8. Cook for about 40 minutes.
Anonymous asked: I love these photos - they are so intense and alive. xoxo Marla
Thank you mom! So happy to know you’re always my biggest fan 😊😁❤️
I had the great privilege of attending high school with the very talented Patrick Morales (aka Wiki) of RATKING. In the article, “The 25 Best Rappers 25 And Under” by Brian Josephs & Max Goldberg, Wiki is featured as #16, along with rappers such as Kendrick Lamar and Drake. The photograph that is featured along with Wiki’s bio was taken by yours truly. I never ended up getting in touch with the publication about credit.
The article can be seen here: http://www.complex.com/music/2012/06/the-25-best-rappers-25-and-under/wiki
And below are some of my photographs from that day. The technique I was using is called freelensing with involves removing the lens from the body of the camera while taking pictures.
As a young girl in lower school my friends and I used to sing the very common rhyme, “boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider, girls go to college to get more knowledge”. Looking back on this rhyme I have quite an interest in learning where the origin is from, especially due to the fact that percentages of women in college only exceeded men within my generation.
Despite the vast amounts of women getting degrees today it is still very clear that media being created for us is still run by men. When I was a young teen I was not surprised to learn that the head writers for Sex and the City were men, although I am a huge fan of the show there was always something about the show that felt untreatable for a female. Looking back it’s probably due to the lack of character depth. There’s Carrie- who is the passionate fashionable one; Samantha who is career/sex obsessed and cold hearted when it come to men (or at least having a deep relationship with them); Charlotte the one who will do anything to have a family; and lastly Miranda who is career obsessed and labeled as the rational smart one. While these characters are easy to like they are very one dimensional and only give you insight into a very unspecific type of woman.
I’m writing this all from my iPhone while sitting in Union Square Park before going to work. I got off the subway feeling rather furious. I was reading an article in The New Yorker (apparently the Tumblr app doesn’t allow for italics) titled “From Mars: A young man’s adventures in women’s publishing” by Lizzie Widdicombe. The a article is about Bustle, a very intriguing publication directed specifically at women. Reading about the publication I started getting really excited. I was thinking to myself about how I wanted to check out the publication as soon as I could and how this seems like a genius idea for selling advertising space, because the reader audience is so specific.
As the article goes on Widdicombe starts to change her angle and put most of the attention on the creator of the company: Goldberg. Goldberg makes it very clear that he isn’t interested in things that women his age are. From what I understand from the article, aside from Goldberg the only other men in the company are a part of the web development team. While I commend Goldberg for taking initiative in starting the publication, I honestly am disappointed that it wasn’t a women who created it. The editorial content is controlled solely by women, which is pretty awesome. I can’t really put my finger on what made me so upset that Goldberg is the head of the company. I think the largest reason is that from the quotes in the article it seems as though he 1. Has a very narrow minded view of the interest of women and that 2. It seems as though he views the publication as a pure investment. I hope in the development of their company Bustle will hire a large range of women, women that are interested in things far beyond fashion and current pop culture happenings. I hope the many writers at the site contribute pieces about interest that appeal to both men and women because otherwise we’ll just be contributing to more media that only skims the surface of the complex curiosities that humans possess, men and women alike.
(This critique is purely based on the information from The New Yorker, I have yet to look at Bustle but am excited to do so and hope to be pleasantly surprised)
Moving back to NYC has been difficult to say the least. After living in Ithaca I am well aware of the difference in pace between Ithaca and NYC. New Yorkers never seem to have enough time on their hands, a fact I can certainly attest to.
Maybe it’s because we’re all so caught up in the millions of things going on that we are overwhelmed and don’t have time to appreciate the little things? I guess the reasoning is beside the point… recently I’ve decided to try and take more time that I will enjoy doing, rather then spending the time doing things I “should” be doing.
Here is my list of what I plan on doing for the rest of the semester:
1. Read more: I recently bought 8 novels on amazon (for around $16) and have started reading the New Yorker and paper on a regular basis.
2. Paint more: in my previous post I used stencils to paint on drift wood. I have about 6 more pieces and hope to make some for myself as well. I got the idea for this through
3. Make more jewelry: this summer I collected tons of shells and need to figure out how to drill through them to make them into pendants. I can’t wait to see how they turn out.
4. Bake/cook more! I want to experiment with healthier recipes and eating foods without GMOs. The other day I almost missed my stop on the train (which never happens to me.) because I was so happily distracted by how aware we are, as a society, becoming about healthy foods and how they’re produced.
5. Exercise more: I went through probably a solid 3 weeks without running. Between yesterday and today I’ve run 9 miles.. wooo! Diagrams containing toning exercises soon to come.
6. Photograph more: I FINALLY got an iphone.. and while it’s a blessing in many aspects, I’ve found myself using it instead of my SLR. I don’t think I’ll carry my SLR around constantly but I hope to pick it up a little more than I have been doing.
7. Make more friends: aside from around 4 people everyone I have been around for the majority of this semester have been at least 5+ years older than me. While it’s nice to be involved with my colleagues they obviously feel uncomfortable with me outside of work scenarios. This will probably be the hardest of my goals to accomplish due to the fact that most people my age are doing things completely different from me at the moment, but why not at least try?
8. Critique more ads: if I’m going into the business I might as well put what’s in my head in writing right?
9. Blog more! (and like my previous blogs, make sure they are all original posts, even though it’s much easier to just click a button to reblog posts). Expect to see posts about all of the above. Time to stop watching as much TV and start being productive :)
10. Save as much money as possible. Hard for a shopaholic but I seem to be making a pretty large dent in my savings account for the moment.. that is until I have to write a check for tuition.
11. And lastly… make it to Europe.
Anonymous asked: from one fashion enthusiast to the next, how do you afford all your clothes?? i'm really not tryna start beef, just wondering how you budget. also, where are your favorite places to shop for ze fall?
I always wonder about this question… not for myself but for friends etc… so no worries!
Budgeting is hard. I’ve been working a lot lately. My father would always say only spend 1/4 of what you make.. so I’ve been trying to do so (although with such a love for clothes that can be very tricky).
Most of the things I buy actually are on sale, consignment, or thrift. Recently I’ve decided I’d rather start saving and spend more money on something that will last longer rather then spend a lot of money on many inexpensive things that aren’t made as well. Hope that helps in terms of explaining finances.
Favorite places to shop for the fall:
-Lord & Taylor’s (there is always a large selection on boots and coats)
-Uniqlo (while I was originally really turned off by the store because of how plain I found most of the clothes they tend to have really great layering options as well as scarves)
-Zara (anything really.. boots-bags-coats-pants-shoes)
-Ralph Lauren Jean Company
Hope this helps!! Thanks for the question xx