July 12, 2013

On the Road: Nashville, Tennessee

Top, Hurley ($1)// Shorts, Macy's ($4)// Belt, Forever 21 ($4)// Shoes, China ($6)// Flower headband, DIY

Ah, yes. These are the infamous, fated shorts. The ones mercilessly tossed into the hungry jaws of our outdated dryer.

Remember my argument about the laundry with my mom? Yep, this is it. I was happy that they still fit...well, kind of. I just have to rescue them from any further encounters with ravenous dryers.

It just hit me yesterday that it's almost mid-July. I saw school supplies at the grocery store a few days ago and part of me died a little inside...and don't get me started on all those back-to-school magazines!

It's not that I don't like school--quite the opposite, actually. It's just that all the things that come with senior year can be quite terrifying at times. But nagging fears in check, my familial Asian entourage packed our bags and headed South for another college visit. Here are some photos of vibrant and lively ol' Nashville.

Surprisingly, I don't have anything to tell you that waxes philosophical today. Instead, I'll entertain you with stories of my family since I did have to bear a straight seventy-two hours with them on this road trip.

I love them to death, but sometimes enough is enough. It's really my younger brother--he enjoys nagging me while I attempt to concentrate on homework in the car. And lately, he's taken to chasing me with a hand vacuum, yelling "suck you!"

And he refused to take photos for me the majority of this trip. I'm still a little bitter.

But he can be quite sweet at times, so I'll cut him some slack. If I can't convince my parents of something, it's nice to have a little sidekick around hehe.

He's definitely a mother's boy though. One of my favorite exchanges with my mom was actually just recently. I had cleaned my room for the first time as few weeks ago in...well, let's just say a really, really, reeeeaaally long time. I was quite proud, and my mom walked in that night.

"Oh, I like your room much better now," She paused thoughtfully, "It looks more like a girl's room."

"What kind of room did it look like before?" I asked suspiciously.

"A monster's," She answered simply.

I had to give her that one.

And then there's my dad. The renaissance man--he's taken to watercolor painting and yoga classes lately, both considered mildly strange for a middle-aged man in today's society, but hey, whatever floats your boat I suppose. He never fails to do or say something entertaining. A few years ago, he asked me all of a sudden what a "dude" was. Then, for a recent cross country meeting, he walked out of the door wearing dress shoes and athletic shorts. After my initial cringe, I tried to get him to change, but he just cheerfully replied, "Oh, no, no, it's okay!"

I really promised I tried.

The funniest though, would one night in the spring. A loud vibrating noise made me jump. I instinctively reached for my phone.

It was quiet. "Hey, whose phone is vibrating? It's not mine," I said.

My parents scrambled for theirs. "It's not mine either," My mom responded.

"Oh, it's mine," Dad checked his.

"Who could be calling so late?" Mom asked.

"An attractive woman," Dad joked, winking.

So there you have it. Welcome to the Fang family circus.

I like Nashville much better than Philly. The city was bustling with country music, happy people, and pretty horse-drawn carriages...and countless Elvis statues.

Did I ever mention that I was Elvis in my sixth grade play?

Oh, yeah. Then there's me in my family. A quirky, daydreaming, persistent idealist.

You know, I've always wanted to do a Q&A post. So if there are any nagging questions you have, just drop em in the comments! In the meantime, I'll give you a brief synopsis.

I like to call myself a renaissance girl--someone with a plethora of interests. I've tried everything from tae kwon do to piano to art to figure skating, but the things that really stuck were running, violin, and fashion. And of course sleeping and eating (hey, distance runners need to keep up with their crazy metabolisms!) Oh, and while in Nashville, I discovered my love for fried zucchini. It was quite a strange combination, but the crispy breaded shell was a perfect complement to the soft, juicy zucchini with a slight crunch. Ahhh...

While I'm not eating, studying intently, running, playing the violin, sleeping, or taking photos, I enjoy popping Sara Bareilles into the CD player and belting out the soulful lyrics (which, of course, would also mean that I like singing in the shower), attending symphonies with my quirky friends, daydreaming of the endless possibilities ahead, and lying in bed at night, thinking deep thoughts. 

I am a non-denominational Christian, which propels me to believe that I have a purpose in this ephemeral life, and that He has a plan, crafted just for me. I don't consider myself especially religious, but I've always been attracted to the idea of living for a reason.

I dream colorful dreams, filled with adventures. I dream of traveling, pursuing a fulfilling career, volunteering in Haiti or Africa, falling in love, skydiving, publishing a book, waltzing at a Renaissance-style ball, running a marathon...being absolutely fearless.

Perhaps my outlook is too idealistic sometimes for this imperfect world.

But hey, it doesn't hurt for a girl to dream.

Have a beautiful weekend, my lovely friends!

P.S. I've also been messing around with the layout lately, so let me know what you think! I'm not quite satisfied yet, so expect some more changes soon.

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  1. It's such a joyful experience everything I read your blog! You should be a writer for a column! I like your outtake in things! Haha don't worry about mum and dad being the way they are! You will find the older you get, the weirder they'd become lol

  2. College visits... I remember those! I've always wanted to study fashion in New York City, so I spent the spring break of my junior year touring NYU, Columbia, Parsons, Pratt... So many schools that it was tough for me to make an educated decision when I liked so many aspects of each. I ended up accepting my offer to study fashion journalism at Sarah Lawrence College in New York this fall, and I could not be happier. I want you to know that the college stuff seems quite overwhelming, but it will all turn out all right. It's a lot like falling in love... when you know, you know! Also, senior year is the best and you'll feel quite liberated and happy being on top of the food chain at your high school! Your funny stories about your family are so charming! I hope you have fun college visits!

    Xo, Hannah


  3. Great fotos! Kisses.

  4. That's exactly what I like

  5. love your simple outfit and it looks like such a fun day!
    i have just followed your blog via GFC
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  6. Looks like such a nice trip! I really like the colours in your outfit, it looks lovely :)

    Away From Blue

  7. Amazing pics!!! <3


  8. I read this is "infamous, farted shorts" and was wondering for a few seconds why shorts were farted. But I see now. I understand. Hahaha!

    You'll do awesome with your senior year, Joyce, especially with how hard-working you are. If anything, I believe that senior year is the easiest year of all... I took three art classes for my electives, though, so maybe it was just me LOL. You'll survive. It's just that transition that's always hard, isn't it? I find myself not wanting to go back to college with... rommates... when I have a room at home that is big and nice and quiet... sigh. We can suffer together. :)

    hahaha, your dad sounds like quite the jokester--just like mine! I'm sure they'd be best dad friends IRL. ;D

    Those shorts are so so cute and I'm glad they were salvaged from the hungry washing machine!! Have a great week, Lily!

  9. Your little hat is adorable! I didn't really go on college visits- but I certainly went to three different colleges... haha! I finally have my degree now. *whew*!

    following you via gfc and bloglivin! :) I hope we can be friends! XO

    love, polly

  10. you look so lovely and cute, dear!

    maybe we could follow each other? just let me know, xoxo
    love, Yulia

  11. well, I really dig your new header. it's so summery and cool. I like the movement going on there. and those funny stories about your family were interesting to read. I remember when I and my brother were children we used to fight all the time but now that we're big (:D) we get along really well and it's great because for example my mother and her brother don't get along AT ALL.
    anyway, I really enjoyed all the photos from your trip! and when it comes to questions tell about your favourite animals and favourite films/tv shows! ;)

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  12. Great post:-) a trip to Nashville is on my to do list:-)!!!

  13. I love these infamous shorts, haha, the print and color are so fun, especially against your rich green tank :)
    Also, your writing Lily, its always a joy to visit your blog. You make me wish we were friends in real life! Haha, keep up your idealistic views in life, I guarantee you'll forge an unforgettable path in this world :)

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  14. Haha that's funny, my mm thinks I have a monster's room today too. It's in desperate need of being cleaned and sorted.

    Love this look, those shorts are so cute! Also that blouse is adorable and they look really nice together!

    Senior year sounds scary! I'm going to be a junior and I know it will fly by! Best of luck to you!


  15. You look so adorable and your outfits are so cute :) Love your blog!

  16. You look so adorable and your outfits are so cute :) Love your blog!

  17. Oh what an amazing style ! I love it dear :) xoxo

  18. You are rocking those shorts even if they're a little shorter now thanks to the dryer mishap!

    The Tiny Heart

  19. I noticed the new look of "Burst of Color. Very nice, Lily!

    Your top is perhaps my favorite element of this outfit. I do like the shorts, too. Continued best wishes to you in your academic decisions. This was a very entertaining read! :)


  20. Haha! Aw, family is so great, huh? Now that all of us siblings are scattered I miss those long gone car trips together! Although, I had sisters...no brothers so I can't really complain too much :)
    Bah, I hate it when things shrink in the dryer...those shorts are super cute though! I love the pattern of them so much :)
    Sounds like you have so many passions! That's great, trying so many things helps you realize what you really love to do. I just got into running recently, but it definitely won't be long distance...haha I'm going for a 5k and if I can hit that I'll be happy! :)

  21. great shorts honey, i really love them!


  22. Hey girl, hehe lovely family you have. haha I like your dad's sense of humour! That's such a great outfit for summer road trips, comfy and cheerful! Your new header is looking good!

    Fang Ting


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