I hope that this entry finds everyone doing well and that your Christmases were splendid. This Christmas, my family and I went to Branson, Missouri. If you’ve never been to Branson, think of it like Vegas...minus the casinos and add more country. Okay, so not like Vegas at all, but Branson has a lot of hokey entertainment and a lot of corny lights. Basically, it’s just a great place for a family vacation. My fam and I go almost every summer. Unfortunately on Christmas, there weren’t very many shows showing...I really wanted to see the new Neil Sedaka musical, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, a musical based on all of his songs, but alas, they were on break for the holidays. I thought that at least Andy Williams would be there, but his last Christmas show was on the 13th. Christmas was nice. We attended midnight mass in Branson and the entertainment was pretty good (I mean, I would expect so since we were in BRANSON).
In argyle news, I got two argyle vests for Christmas. I saw a lot of argyle at midnight mass. On Christmas day, we watched Adam Sandler's new movie, Bedtime Stories at the IMAX theatre. I always enjoy watching movies at the IMAX theatre. Also...I saw a lot of argyle sweaters. It was a nice surprise when my own sister, Jill, came out sporting an argyle sweater she purchased from Macy’s. Now Jill has always made me proud, but a tear came to my eye when I saw her wearing this sweater :
Again, this was taken at the IMAX theatre. I am not wearing argyle, but I do endorse other patterns, especially plaid. And ESPECIALLY purple (anything). I hear that purple is very “in” this season. It is also a vest, for which I am also a fan.
Last entry, I promised a picture of my fam and I wearing blue, so here you go. I wanted to wear my new argyle vest, but I forgot it in Blue Springs (aw).
In order from L to R : Ness, Jilly, Me, Jessamine, Mom & Dad.
So here you have it, folks. Consider yourself updated.
Lesson learned : do not put off Christmas shopping for your family. I had to do ALL of my shopping today because we are leaving for Branson (!) tomorrow. Sunday started off like every Sunday in Blue Springs...we went to church. It was pretty crowded, I'm not all that surprised, being Advent season and all. After that, the fam had breakfast together and then Ness and I headed out to shop. We went to the plaza, Barnes & Noble, the mall, Target, the mall again...totaling almost seven hours of shopping.
I. Am. Exhausted.
Went home, wrapped everything and now the gifts are peacefully under the tree. Whew.
I bought two things for myself while shopping. I got a striped vest from Wet Seal ($10!) and an argyle vest from New York & Company (NY&C is having a 50% of store wide sale. Check it out!) My new vest looks like this :
Every year, my family picks a color and we all wear variations of outfits in that color for Christmas. Last year, we wore purple and this year we are wearing royal blue. (Past colors include : red, green, gold, pink) I would like to wear this sweater vest, but I don't think it will match very well. I will post pictures of Christmas with the Endayas next time, so get excited!
If I don't update before then, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
Hey, the semester is over! Last week was finals week and I was finished by Tuesday, so since then, I've just been sitting around doing nothing. I have plans, though. Like, I want to do a big watercolor piece, some collage-ing, work on Professor Pauls' website and just chillax. I'm going to be in Kirksville until Friday...I may leave on Friday eve or Saturday morning, depends on how much packing I get done. On Monday, the fam and I are headed down under (Branson). I'm pretty stoked! We've never been down there for Christmas because it's hard to get something booked. Andy Williams, here we come!
Let's see, what else... I'm almost through with Season 4 of LOST. I mean, I've already seen it, but I need a refresher before January 21st. Season Premier, man! Joyce and Ashley are leaving today, so that's a bummer. But maybe some of my other friends will stick around awhile longer (HINT HINT). I miss Anthony, I can't wait for our weekly dinners in the new year. Sitting at the Help Desk is bor-ing, but at least I'm with Ben.
Before Greg has a mild freak-out, I'll talk about argyle for a bit. I mean, this IS supposed to be "All Argyle, All the Time." So as the holidays approach us and you are looking for something to wear for Christmas Day, or Midnight Mass, or that hot New Year's Eve party, consider argyle! It's fun, yet trendy, it can come in sweater OR sweatervest form and everyone looks pretty cute in it! There are a variety of colors to choose from and you can wear it with almost anything! However, here is something you should steer away from :
Almost as bad as pirate argyle! Okay, maybe they're tied.
I know, I know. It’s been awhile. And for that, I extend my apologies to my Blogyle fans (all three of you, give or take a few). Compared to my last post, this post will be more “local.” The last week of school before I left for Thanksgiving break, I saw a TON of argyle-inspired things! But only took a few pictures, yikes. Here they are for your viewing pleasure :
This is my friend and fellow BOB, Courtney King. Not only is she super trendy, but she is also very creative, loves a good crafternoon and has a wonderful spirit about her. Here she is, sporting argyle socks! This picture was taken during a BOB event.
This is Anthony’s lady-friend (and my new friend!), Erin. She’s keeping warm this winter with a wonderful scarf, reminiscent of the diamond-pattern we all know and love. This was taken after Truman’s production of A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. The play was good, I’m not really that into Shakespeare, though. I went with Kenny, and it was a good time per usual. Oh! I guess I should mention there was a mudpit and topless boys.
This last picture is taken in Kirksville own town-square, as I was driving to Hy-Vee. I had my eye on this wall for quite some time, and since I was the only one on the road, I stopped mid-destination and took a quick pic. This is on the side of Hidden Treasures, a second-hand-type store. There are great finds (hence the name) but even greater is side-wall with diamonds, again, like argyle! Thank you, Kirksville.
Great news came to me via telephone call yesterday, during Black Friday. Greg (see posts below for photo reference) bought two, not ONE, TWO argyle sweaters on his shopping-spree. I was beyond thrilled and can not wait to see these in person and to blog about it. Greg makes my argyle world go ‘round.
Last night, I was on the phone with my buddy Kenny, and he mentioned that he was watching sports (Kenny is a jock and LOVES sports) when he noticed that the University of North Carolina's basketball team had argyle running down the sides of their basketball uniforms. After some research today, I've decided to talk about basketball and argyle. Apparently, in 2000 was when argyle first appeared on the UNC basketball uniforms, I don’t think this is accurate information, though, because I found this picture of MJ from awhile ago and the uniform definitely had argyle in it :
I used to watch some b-ball (like that?) back in the day & Michael was definitely my favorite. Others that I enjoyed watching : Reggie Miller, Penny Hardaway and definitely NOT Karl Malone. But this is about argyle, I wouldn’t want to steer away from that otherwise Greg will give me shit about this later on his radio show. So anyway, I researched more pictures of UNC + argyle.
Thanks to MORE research, I found out that Shaw University ALSO has argyle on their uniforms. I still enjoy watching basketball, but this match-up would be extra great for the following reasons :
1. Tall boys running around.
I also found this sweet picture of different argyle. Take a looksie:
This weekend was BOB-filled. & argyle filled! On Friday, BOB hosted “Now That's What I Call Prom 16!” : a benefit dance party for our philanthropic cause, Victim Support Services. The turnout was good, the music was form NOW CDs and this guy wore argyle!
I think his name is Daniel, I don’t know him or anything, I just enjoy argyle.
The next evening was our BOB Formal dinner. Kenny was my date and it was a lot of fun. The dinner was splendid, the awards were funny, and the alumni were pleasant. After dinner, we went to DQ and then the Dukum, where I saw some of my favorite Lambda Chis (pictures posted on FB). Erik and Jeremey wore argyle and they looked very handsome, of course they paled in comparison to my date, but argyle is argyle and I love it all the same.
Here is a really nice picture that Erik took during the cocktail party :
Jeremey, Erik, Kenny and me, amidst great fashion.
Also, on Friday afternoon, I was on the radio! Greg introduced me as the author of Blogyle (duh). I didn’t really say much, but my parting words were “Argyle rules! And so do I!”
So. AIGA went on a mini-vacay to St. Louis this past weekend. We left on Wednesday evening and arrived back to the ‘ville Friday eve. It was fun! And of course I documented it via iPhone, paying special attention to a certain diamond pattern that I am very fond of. There are more details about the trip on my other blog, because this one is “all argyle, all the time!” and you know how I like to keep things organized (not so much).
This picture is from the second day in STL. Here I am with my viscompadres, Josh Cook and Patrick Jones. I am sporting an argyle sweater vest from the GAP. I look like a freak, but these two look really nice, SO PROFESSIONAL!
I wasn't the only one sporting an argyle vest that wonderful Friday afternoon! I don’t know who that cute asian guy was, but he was totally reppin’ the argyle and totally making it look go-od. Notice the squared-toe shoes, I dig it.
(edit) Joe posted pictures he took and this one makes it SO obvious I was checking out that guy’s argyle. Haha, I’m a freak.
While in STL, some of the girls and I explored South County Mall (I think) and we went to Forever 21. There were a lot of argyle sweaters, but none that I wanted to splurge on. Instead, I got an orange vest.
It has been brought to my attention that my last post failed to mention that I watched HSM3 with one of my besties, Kenny Keefer. Though, I will throw it out there that I had a pretty amazing time, I’m glad I had already seen it. Let’s just say Kenny is “chatty.”
Also, Ashley. To address your question/comment : I believe that the argyle sweater vests are somewhat similar, and may be the same brand, but it’s hard to tell since Lucas is sitting.
In argyle news, in the new issue of Details magazine, there was a wonderful 3-page spread for the GAP featuring argyle! I’m sure the campaign is shown in other magazines, but it definitely caught my eye. I’ve taken the liberty to search for you so all you have to do is click this link, and it should take you to the results for “argyle” when you search the GAP. Here is an example from the site:
I just wanted to extend an apology, especially to Nathan, for misquoting him on the JT argyle spotting. Nathan was nice enough to refer me to the correct picture of JT's golf argyle picture. And even though it is not 100% argyle, I still am pretty into it. Take a looksie:
Pretty nice, eh?
Also, I saw HSM3 (again) tonight, and I forgot to mention it last time, but there was a great amount of argyle in that movie. They were mostly sweaters and mostly worn by Lucas Grabeel. I could not find a picture on google, so I went to YouTube and took a screen shot from the trailer. The flick is pretty fun, and if you like argyle, there is plenty of eye-candy.
So Sunday evening, I was sitting in the SUB down under (SUB = Student Union Building; down under = bottom floor) and we notice that there are these boxes stacked up next to the student organization mailboxes. Immediately, I observe that the pattern on the boxes were very reminiscent of argyle. Joyce comments that it's just one line of diamonds away from being a credible argyle pattern. I take out my iPhone and take a quick pic and ask Sam and Maddy to join Joyce for this photo op. Maddy looks inside the boxes and we found a bunch of these :
Like. These boxes were FILLED with these.
R I D I C U L O U S .
Argyle boxes = erotic literature? Who would've thought?
My first day of Blogyling was successful. Also, I would like to point out that these past few pictures are all from the same day. So don’t go around saying I’m an outfit repeater, because I will not have any of that. The reason I wore argyle that particular day anyway, was because Greg and I planned on matching for our fake date evening.
This is Greg. I know that he’s sensitive about having his name and picture up on the interwebz. Deal with it, Greg! If you’re friends with me, you have to accept the fact that I am always bloggin’. Here are some fun facts about Greg : he loves Jay-Z, quoting pop culture, hanging out with me and he will be naming his first daughter: America (after the country, not Ugly Betty).
The next order of business will be talking about one of my all-time favorite street names :
I took this picture this summer, when I was living in Los Angeles and working for Leah. I don’t really have anything significant to say about this street, except that the name RULES and that I used it once when I was playing Scattergories and the game called for a street name starting with an “A.” Which, about that particular game, Kenny (bestie) and I pwned.
This is Nathan Jeffords, a new friend of mine. He is a fellow viscomrad and is in my illustration class this semester. We found out about our shared love for argyle a few weeks ago, a Wednesday, I believe. He was wearing that particular argyle sweater and I approached him, very interested in his style choice. He then proceeded to show me his argyle socks (props) and he told me about how Justin Timberlake recently was playing golf while sporting an argyle sweater. Thanks to google, I found the image Nathan was speaking of:
I mean, I've seen better argyle, but it was a nice attempt, JT.
Later today, I saw Ben Sells! And he was definitely sporting the argyle. Don't we look cute?
Oh, and a shout out to my main man, Zach Paule for giving me the idea for the name of this blog, Blogyle.