Between the Lines

Blazer, Marshall's | Top, Chicnova | Skirt, LC Lauren Conrad | Tights, Vera Wang | Shoes, Kohl's
Bank parking only. Violators will be towed.

"Augh, are you kidding me?" Inching my way into the cramped parking lot, I groaned upon reading the harsh words on the black and white sign. I glanced at the time on the dashboard. Good. I still had fifteen minutes before call time, plenty to scrounge about for a decent parking space.

"Wait, we should be allowed to park here. Banks are closed on Sundays," My mother reasoned from the passenger seat, accompanying me to watch my orchestra concert.

"Yeah, that's true. Does it say anything about exclusions?" I peered over the steering wheel, scrutinizing the sign.

My mother squinted. "No," She answered after a moment.

"Well, we'd better be safe and find another space," I sighed.
Little did we know that the fine print beneath the bold letters allowed parking on Sundays. 

We could've saved ourselves plenty of trouble if only we had read the sign carefully. We eventually turned into a parking garage, where the poor car got a scuff on the paint.

Lesson number one: read the fine print.

If only I had remembered that while completing my AP Chem lab yesterday. My lab table, fittingly self-named the "Asian Disasters," plowed through several timed trials completely wrong. None of us had read the lab instructions carefully enough, so we tested the temperature change of chemicals while the thermometer was still in the sample. We were supposed to have removed the thermometer to measure the cooling effect of evaporation. 

Lesson number two: read the instructions.
The lessons are so simple, but so easily overlooked. Luckily, we were able to run all necessary trials again correctly in Chem, and the scuff on the car can easily be fixed with a small paint job. These will remain as reminders to be more astute, to carefully read all signs and instructions. 

After all, "Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens..." (Anonymous). Ideally, we would learn from our mistakes the first time we make them, but that doesn't always happen. We are only human.
Just a little public service announcement for you all I suppose. I know I'll definitely be paying closer attention everything from now on.

As for the concert, it was fun but mildly uneventful--in the warmup room, I finished some AP Lit reading, helped some people with calculus, got some help in calculus, was introduced to Flappy Bird, chatted with friends, and tinkered around on some tricky violin passages. For all you music geeks, we performed three movements from Prokofiev's Cinderella Suite, though I wished we had also played Respighi's Pines of Rome. If you'd like to read more about my passion for orchestra, read this post. I actually have a much nicer, revised version, but it was a college supplement, so I'll wait to share that until summer.

And this outfit was something I wore to a recital in December, so it seemed only fitting to shoot it with my violin. While snow stops no fashion blogger, it does stop century-old violins, so we retreated indoors for this one. Other than school and college prep, violin, running, and blogging basically sum up recent happenings.

I've been feeling a little funny lately. Too much time on social media leads to existential crises. I've recently gotten a Tumblr and Twitter, and boy, do they suck the life out of ya (mostly tumblr). It boggles my mind to think of how many blogs there are out there and how mine is a drop of water in the vast ocean. It's even crazier when translated to people--I'm just one out of billions. That's why I love Humans of New York. You encounter people whose stories make you smile or perhaps even strongly resonate with yours--and these are all souls you may have never encountered otherwise. It's made me consider starting my own Humans blog in my tame ol' Midwest hometown--there are so many interesting people I would've loved to talk to, but in this day and age, you don't walk up to random strangers and talk to them without a valid excuse. This blog would be my excuse.

Anyways, I'm trying to practice this all in moderation--the occasional breaks social media can do you much good. Check my new platforms out if you like and tell me what you think of my Humans idea. I'll just be here--studying for tests, writing essays, practicing violin, conditioning for track, surfing the web, arranging outfits, shooting photos, pondering the meaning of life.

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32 comments

  1. I've never played the Cendrillon!!! Wish I had!!! I darent go anywhere near twitter, tumblr. Instagram etc as I would get NOTHING done!!!

    Such a pretty outfit!!! Those sandals look comfy AND stylish!!

    What's your violin? I used to work for a restoration workshop as thrifted admin so interested in the make!

    Thanks your kind comment earlier x

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  2. If we could all learn from mistakes the first time around, we'd all be a lot smarter! But somehow I don't think that'll happen soon! :P

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  3. Nice look :)

    The Cutielicious
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    Federica

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  4. Yup, the violin was a great prop! Love your cute recital outfit - the pleated skirt, striped blazer, and crochet top are perfect together.
    Also, I know, it's insane to think how many other platforms there are!
    Social media can be real time sucking...

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  5. Recital can be frightening! I remembered going to my piano recital to perform and it was NERVE wrecking!! Maybe I just have a stage fright problem!

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  6. I completely understand they way you've been feeling about social media lately- it really can suck the life out of you! For the past month or so I've becoming a bit less active than usual on social media, and I've found it to be quite cleansing. But now I'm ready to get back into action with my blog! There's a certain feeling of being left out of the crowd when you temporarily distance yourself from your friends online, and it's a bit daunting to think about forming those friendships again and writing blog posts again and networking on other people's blogs, etc. But in the end, I really do love the connections I've made online, and it's much more worthwhile for me to foster these friendships instead of let them crumble and completely ignore my online presence!
    Ps- Love your blazer!

    Xo, Hannah

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  7. I don't even want to think about how many hours of my life have been wasted on tumblr..I find myself opening a new tumblr tab even while I'm browsing through another! However, I do follow HONY on tumblr, so maybe that cancels it out? Your violin is beautiful! I've not seen one with the edges decorated like that. Also, I loved LC's collab with Kohl's and I wish I had gotten my hands on that skirt when it first came out.

    Have a great rest of the week!

    Brittney

    Another Beautiful Thing

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  8. well, tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram... I don't have any of those, yay! I really think it's actually a win because a blog is quite a big deal on its own! I don't even use Facebook very much, I don't post anything there and so on. but that's me and I know many people have all those accounts and they love it.
    now, those photos are really cool. I like the indoors location and the fact you're showing your dear violin. the colour scheme of your outfit is beautiful too. I love the skirt and the blouse and I think those two make a pretty festive look together. gosh and Lily! I just saw a similar pair of sandals in a thrift shop today but didn't buy them because they were slightly big and worn out. but now they haunt me. why oh why. must get over them! I think... :D

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  9. Ohh-- the details are so terribly important!

    It sounds like you are keeping busy in lots of different areas!

    I took a 5 month hiatus when I burned out late last year, I took the time to really live life. Since returning to blogging I find myself so much more inspired and once again, I am blogging for the joy of it! I don't think everyone needs to take that massive of a break, but recharging your batteries every once and awhile is key…


    ~Alexis Grace of North On Harper

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  10. Ok this post provoked several thoughts from me:

    1) I can't get over how cute your style is and you're so much younger than me (jealouss)! I love the colours amd material of that dress; also that blazer is awesome!

    2) Your indoor photos are so nice! You inspire to put more effort into figuring out indoor shooting conditions and how to get rid of the yellow-ish colour (white balance or something?).

    3) I loved how you started off your post exactly like a novel, I felt like I was reading a cool book and then you went into the moral of the story, which was even more awesome!

    4) I totally understand what you mean by being sucked into social media and feeling depressed by it. I heard that the more people scroll through their Facebook accounts, the more likely they are to be depressed because they are looking at the very best aspects of others' lives and it creates jealousy or discontentment with their own lives!

    4) You play the violin? My brothers played for years and I only ever learned the piano from my mom (who is a teacher), up to Grade 9!

    Overall, lovely post, keep it up lovely!

    xx Debbie

    www.whatdoffydoes.com

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  11. I think if everyone read the fine print and followed the rules all the time, life would be dull… ;) I know sometimes it gets us in trouble, but not always. :)
    Have a great weekend! x

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  12. First off, I joined Twitter back in December 2010 or so, mostly feeling that Twitter would be so draining. I then mostly relaxed on there and just go with the flow on Twitter. But really, Twitter is just as much to promote my posts as much as on Facebook... not to mention various other forms of tomfoolery. :) Now on to your outfit and post.

    I love this cozy and sweet outfit. I love the skirt and think the sandals are pretty cool. You're never off-key with your immense sense of style. The points expressed outside of fashion are very nice as well. Great advice, as per usual.

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh I love Humans of New York! It definitely made me appreciate the life around me in the city. I’d love for us to keep in touch via bloglovin’, GFC, or Instagram! Let me know on my blog, I’ll be sure to follow back!

    s a r t o r i a l d i n e r
    Instagram @ sartorialdiner

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  14. ohh the humans of New York! I've seen that blog (I actually think I saw it on instagram) but I thought it was the coolest thing ever! You should totally start your own for the midwest!
    Your recital outfit is adorable! The pleated skirt and blazer go together so well!

    ohh gosh... the time I have spent on social media ... I don't even want to think about it! There was this thing going around facebook recently that would calculate how much time you've spend on FB since it started (mine was over 40 days!) It's so scary to know that I've spent all that time on just FB alone! I really think that we all need to take a step away from the internet and enjoy life a little bit more! I actually might not using technology for a whole day this year!

    http://www.mybrokeneggshells.com

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  15. ohh the humans of New York! I've seen that blog (I actually think I saw it on instagram) but I thought it was the coolest thing ever! You should totally start your own for the midwest!
    Your recital outfit is adorable! The pleated skirt and blazer go together so well!

    ohh gosh... the time I have spent on social media ... I don't even want to think about it! There was this thing going around facebook recently that would calculate how much time you've spend on FB since it started (mine was over 40 days!) It's so scary to know that I've spent all that time on just FB alone! I really think that we all need to take a step away from the internet and enjoy life a little bit more! I actually might not using technology for a whole day this year!

    http://www.mybrokeneggshells.com

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  16. You have such a lovely blog! I really like your pictures and your writing style!

    Also, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!Following you :)

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  17. Hey, love your post and love your blog...following you! (:
    Follow me back if you find my blog interesting!

    Check out my new post Rosegal: Product Review, and leave your comments, if any!
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  18. You look great in this delicate dress!
    I’d love for us to keep in touch via bloglovin’, GFC, or Instagram! Followed you already :)

    xoxo
    LiliS

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  19. You look fab is that striped blazer! x

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  20. you look so cute dear, love your blazer.
    :D

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  21. what a cute style! love the dress/skirt and jacket, and the shoes! that's a lovely contrast. thanks for your nice comment! the location was in germany, schlossgarten schwetzingen. a wonderful rokoko castle. i love it very much.

    have a great weekend!

    x
    dahi

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  22. Lovely style. I like your dress. It's so cute. ^^ I follow your blog.

    itscutebubbles.blogspot.com

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  23. Following you on twitter now!

    I love listening to your high school stories. Makes me miss my senior year!

    7% Solution

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  24. Always so intellectual huh Lily? Thanks for that though, we often forget to look at what is right in front of us. In a lot of situations really it's difficult . I bet your recital went well , probably very well knowing you . Ah high school, how you take me back and make me miss those days!

    Truthfully enough all these sites make you evaluate your life much more . It leaves you feeling funny , sometimes it even clears your mind but puts you in a state between dreaming and being awake.

    Thanks by the way for the birthday wishes! Chicken and waffles as chips? I don't know how that would go but the plate is amazing ! Facebook does wonders !

    XOXO stay safe !

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  25. Nowadays it's just impossible to be represented in singular number, all of us have so many social nets where we are registered. When I was a little child I couldn't even imagine how life will be changed with an invention of the internet for everybody. Nevertheless, the choice is still up to us. If you feel like it's your drug, you always have a chance to quit) As for me, I just can't live without it anymore, but sometimes I can give myself a break, though)))
    I also want to say that you look really harmonious with your violin, music is the best thing ever created to my mind) Those photographs are adorable, you look just charming)
    Wish you a great day ahead!

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  26. You look so beautiful dear, love the pairing of the striped blazer with this feminine dress. Have a great week!

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  27. You look amazing!!Love the way you styled your outfit!Very chic girl!

    You have a great blog here!! I am now following you on GFC! Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you will follow back!!
    Thank you sweetie!!

    Greetings from Fashionbyladym.blogspot.ro

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  28. Lessons learned, right!? That's how it always goes. You look absolutely adorable in this outfit.. one of my faves!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  29. First thanks for stopping by my blog, your comment touches me so much !
    Hope maybe one day you could wear this dress :)

    I love your blog, I can see the happiness on your posts, always smiling!

    Xx
    http://wwwricestyle.blogspot.fr/

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  30. ugh i always hate parking and the bizarre road signs.. gr.


    Check out my valentines giveaway! :)
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  31. Hi dear!
    Nice and girly outfit, love the pleated skirt
    xoxo

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  32. love your skirt and sandals! you look stunning <3

    Letters To Juliet

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