Amazon

Saturday, January 31, 2009 | | 8 comments
Have any of you ever ordered used books from sellers off Amazon.com? I ordered a book from Kelly Ann on December 31, 2008 and I'm still waiting for my book. I contacted her three times and she still hasn't responded. I've never written a bad review for anyone, but unless the girl contacts me soon I'm going to give her the worst review possible.

This is my first experience with amazon.com, I've heard nothing but good things so I had a very positive outlook. Why is it that my first experience had to be a flop? I'm a bit disappointed! Hopefully you have all had better experiences!

Favorite Photo Friday

Friday, January 30, 2009 | | 2 comments
My Friend, Nevada, had this fantastic idea about posting your favorite photos on Friday. If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you should. She is living in NYC and her experiences and posts are great entertainment!

So for my first Favorite Photo Friday, I chose this picture of my friend, Stephanie, and me next to this gigantic turtle. She and I drove up to Kansas City, MO earlier this year to visit our other good friend, Beth...the three of us have been inseparable since middle school (Can you two believe it has been that long??) . Anyway, on this trip to Kansas City, we stop at this shopping center and Steph suggests we get a picture next to the turtle. I'm looking around and I don't see a turtle, so I ask, "Where is the turtle?" Beth and Steph found it hilarious because it is a gargantuan turtle. To my defense, there was a huge pillar blocking my view, but they still laugh at me.

TAM Target Tigers Leadership Conference

Thursday, January 29, 2009 | | 1 comments
Day 1
This first day of the leadership conference was held at the Reynolds Alumni Center in the Great Room. The fifty students who were selected to participate were seated at various round tables scattered throughout the room. Tables were decorated with Target logo dogs, mints, pens, and numerous other chotchkeys. We were served dinner towards the beginning of the evening: grilled chicken smothered in mozzarella cheese and a dollop of tomato topanad; served with a healthy portion of cauliflower and potatoes.

The presentation for the evening was given by four women climbing the ranks in Target stores. I believe they were all graduates of Mizzou, two from the TAM department and the others from the business school. The presentation began well with them giving pointers on how to be assertive and not unassertive or aggressive. They talked about the importance of being assertive to stay true to yourself and not step on anyone else's toes or get walked all over. In a self-assessment on assertiveness, I scored a 30 which meant I can be assertive but I could use some guidance to be assertive in some everyday activities.

Soon the presentation turned to two hours of interviewing tips and I lost interest. I didn't come to the conference to learn how to do well at an interview with Target, I came to learn how to be a leader. I was a bit disappointed with this section of the evening.

When we were dismissed for the evening, we all went home and completed the StrengthsQuest Survey. I'll post about my results another day.

Day 2
The second day was spent exploring our Strengths identified on StrengthsQuest. We also had a presenter on Time Management (think Stephen Covey genius): We learned about Covey's four quandrants of time management: Quadrant One-Highly important and time sensitive, Quadrant Two- Highly important, pleanty of time, Quadrant Three-Not important, time sensitive, Quadrant Four-Not important, not time sensitive (time wasters). The best part of this section was the nerdy presenter saying that he and his roommate would sit around and make comments like, "Dude, we are totally in quadrant four right now."

Conflict Resolution (this was just boring and I didn't agree with the concept): They basically said "compromising" was a lose-lose situation and said "collaborating" was the answer (everyone agreeing). They then they had us do an activity where the only way would could make a decision and move on to the next topic was to have everyone in the group agree. Needless to say, everyone in the group didn't agree, ever, so their activity failed.

In the end, we did "team-building" activities. Everyone was confused why this came at the end of day two, but they got us away from the non-stop lecture format of the conference so we were happy.

Day 3
The last day was pretty much a wrap up day. We spent some time filling out a questionaire and recaping on what we learned the previous two days.

Overall, not a bad weekend. The best thing to take away from this post:

When you find yourself saying to your roommate, "Dude, we are totally in quadrant four right now," reevaluate your time management.

Magazine Appearance

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | | 6 comments

My apartment was featured in the 2009 edition of Off-Campus Living!

My first blogging recipe

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 | | 4 comments
Crock Pot Jamaican Chicken-yum!

Eric and I tried a new recipe last week from the Crock Pot cookbook that my parents bought for us this Christmas. We gathered all of the ingredients the night before so all I would have to do is throw the ingredients in the crock pot before we left for work in the morning.

When we returned at 7pm that evening, our dinner (and a wonderful aroma) welcomed us home. There is nothing like returning from a long day at work to a sweet aroma and dinner ready to eat.

The recipe that we made was Jamaican Chicken:
(I'm writing this out from memory...so it isn't a professional recipe)

1 Medium Sweet Potato
1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 can pineapple tidbits
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 teaspoons Jamaican/ Caribbean Jerk Seasoning
1/4 cup dried onion flakes
3 tablespoons ginger
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
Zest from one small lime
1 teaspoon cumin

Take one sweet potato and peel it and chop it into small pieces (about 2 inches.) Place them at the bottom of the Crock Pot.

Take one can of Pineapple Tidbits (yes, that is really what they are called!) and drain them...BUT KEEP THE JUICE!! Also take one can of water chestnuts, drain and discard juice. Pour the pineapple tidbits and water chestbuts on top of the sweet potatoes. Mix around.

Sprinkle Jamaican or Caribbean Jerk Seasoning on top of two boneless, skinless chicken breasts and place the chicken breasts on top of the sweet potato mixture.

Combine the following and pour on top of chicken breasts:
Worcestershire Sauce
Pineapple Juice from the tidbits
Onion Flakes
Ginger
Lime Zest
Cumin

Pour mixture on top of chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

ENJOY

Personality Test

Monday, January 26, 2009 | | 1 comments
As part of my consumer behavior class, we had to take two personality tests:

Keirsey Temperament Sorter- II
VALS Psychology of Markets

According the Keirsey test, I am an Idealist:
Idealists are enthusiastic, they trust their intuition, yearn for romance, seek their true self, prize meaningful relationships, and dream of attaining wisdom. Idealists pride themselves on being loving, kindhearted, and authentic. They tend to be giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on personal journeys and human potentials. Idealists make intense mates, nurturing parents, and inspirational leaders.

Idealists are divided into four groups: Champion, Healer, Teacher, Counselor. You have to pay to find out which one you are....I'll take my chances.

According to the VALS test, I am an Innovator/Experiencer:
Innovators are successful, sophisticated, take-charge people with high self-esteem. Because they have such abundant resources, they exhibit all three primary motivations in varying degrees. They are change leaders and are the most receptive to new ideas and technologies. Innovators are very active consumers, and their purchases reflect cultivated tastes for upscale, niche products and services. (See Dad! I couldn't help but have expensive taste!)

Image is important to Innovators, not as evidence of status or power but as an expression of their taste, independence, and personality. Innovators are among the established and emerging leaders in business and government, yet they continue to seek challenges. Their lives are characterized by variety. Their possessions and recreation reflect a cultivated taste for the finer things in life. (I'll say!)

Experiencers are motivated by self-expression. As young, enthusiastic, and impulsive consumers, Experiencers quickly become enthusiastic about new possibilities but are equally quick to cool. They seek variety and excitement, savoring the new, the offbeat, and the risky. (I'll attribute this aspect of my personality to the year that I enjoyed Catatonia). Their energy finds an outlet in exercise, sports, outdoor recreation, (huh?!) and social activities (okay!).

Experiencers are avid consumers and send a comparatively high proportion of their income on fashion, entertainment, and socializing. Their purchases reflect the emphasis they place on looking good and having "cool" stuff.

Reserve the Date

Sunday, January 25, 2009 | | 2 comments
The time has come, I'll be creating my first exhibit for the Textile and Apparel Department on March 7, 2009. The event is open to the public and intended as a fundraiser for the historical costume collection here at the University of Missouri. It will take place at Old Hawthorne Country Club here in Columbia. There will be 14 exhibits on display, mine will be the largest and consist of about 8 wedding gowns from various time periods. One gown you will get to see is a fantastic wedding gown from the 80s (which unfortunately survived the marriage, but fortunately made its way to our collection.)

So Reserve the Date! March 7, 2009!

Meet Emily

Saturday, January 24, 2009 | | 2 comments
I want to introduce you to a new blog. My friend, Emily, is spending 8 weeks in Cuernavaca, Mexico studying Spanish and conducting research on cotton and the textile/apparel industry. She has really interesting posts about her time in Mexico and beautiful pictures to accompany them, so you should check her out! One of the highlights of her trip is hearing about the 75 degree weather.

http://emilygoestomexico.blogspot.com/

A week in the life of an amateur designer- Day 5

Friday, January 23, 2009 | | 3 comments
Day 5 and last day!

This is my last day and my last post of "A Week in the Life of an Amateur Designer." I hope you enjoyed this slice of life piece, maybe I'll do another one later this year. I've completed my assignments for the week, so I'm just doing some extra work to complete my Design Portfolio.

I wasn't satisfied with my vertical motif, so I made this sports themed pattern:
I also wasn't too proud of my horizontal pattern so I played around with this musical pattern:

Remember the Lewis and Clark Brutal Bots Crew I posted about the other day? I created these designs for them! Who knows, maybe the group will think I'm way cool and want to use my designs for their t-shirts next year! haha Something tells me I'm not cool to a middle schooler anymore. I did the design with three different effects. Which one is your favorite?

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That's it! That is the end of my design portfolio. I hope you enjoyed my week as an amateur designer. Tomorrow we're back to regular posts.

A week in the life of an amateur designer- Day 4

Thursday, January 22, 2009 | | 1 comments
Day 4

Day four was spent putting the final touches on all of my projects. I redesigned a few of the plaids, wrote paragraphs on some of the designs about what inspired them, who the target market would be, and how I imagine the pattern being used.

I went back to several of my designs and replaced solid colors with patterns I created. Take my man's casual outfit for example, again the colors are all distorted, the ugly salmon color should be a blue twill, the red pants should be a dark navy denim twill, but the herringbone pants turned out nicely:
I also added my stripes and nightwear motif to the toddler's one-piece pajamas:

This man's suit coat shows my herringbone pattern better than the pants:
I also made several more patterns:

A week in the life of an amateur designer- Day 3

Wednesday, January 21, 2009 | | 2 comments
Day 3

The first part of day three was making logos, hangtags, and labels for our designs. The assignment asked for our inspiration, our hangtag design, and our label design. The difference between labels and hangtags being what is sewn into the garment and what hangs on the outside of the garment. Here are the logo ideas I came up with. Which one is your favorite?
After the logos were created I did a little more work on a few of the logos. Again, my colors didn't transfer correctly so I am only posting a few here that uploaded somewhat true to design. You can tell how off my colors are by the famous painting directly below. The first two objects in each set are my inspiration. The second two objects are my labels and the third set of objects is my hangtag. Not all the objects showed up so I hope you can get a good idea of my designs.

We also created a few more plaids and twills.

Polka Dot Plaid:
Candy Cane Plaid
Nautical Plaid
The second part of the day we created our own fabric prints. We had to create patterns with horizontal repeats, vertical repeats, curvilinear patterns, motifs with space between the pattern (known as diaper patterns), and a nightwear pattern. I'm not really into patterns, I like to wear solids or have one single print on my garment so this was the most difficult piece to design.

Curvilinear pattern:

Not sure what section this would fall under:
This could be curvilinear too:
Horizontal repeat:
Another curvilinear? I guess I'm partial to those:
My least favorite type of pattern, diaper pattern:
For my teacher friends, a vertical repeat:
And finally, a nightwear pattern. I'm not entirely sure what she meant by it, so I made it very obviously nightwear for a child:

A week in the life of an amateur designer- Day 2

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | | 2 comments
Day 2

I spent the first part of day two designing more men's wear. I really enjoy creating clothes for guys, I'm not sure why. I also enjoy picking out Eric's clothes more than my own every morning. I also like that guy's clothes don't go out of style as quickly as women's so they can spend a lot on a good suit and wear it for many years.
I also did this outfit in three color ways:
Also during the first part of the day I created a fur stoll and a pearl necklace to add to one of my designs. I'm not as pleased with this design as I'd hoped to be. It started out as a little black dress but I wanted it to make a bigger statement so I made it red. What do you think?

I spent the second part of the day creating patterns, mostly plaids and stripes:

Christmas Plaid
Mizzou Plaid:
Stephens Plaid:
Eric's Plaid:
Baby Boy stripe:
Baby Girl Stripe:

Making plaids and stripes is not nearly as much fun as actual designs. But I'm really excited to use my fabric designs in actual garments. Hopefully I'll be able to post those in the next couple of days.

A week in the life of an amateur designer- Day 1

Monday, January 19, 2009 | | 3 comments
From January 12 through January 16th I took a one-week intensive Computer Aided Design class worth three whole credits of grad school! Isn't that crazy? One week and three credits! I'd be a fool not to take up the opportunity. Anyway, the next five posts will be a slice-of-life of my week of design. First, let me introduce you to the figures that helped create my designs.

Meet the Croquis Family:
On far left is Average Man. In the middle is Average Woman. And on far right is Toddler.Day One:
Although we were schedule to learn Adobe Photoshop first, due to technical errors we leaped ahead to learning Adobe Illustrator and jumping right into designing our very own garments. We had to design at least one outfit for a child, a woman, and a man. I chose the above three figures to help with my designs.

First I started with a pair child's pajamas. These were my very first attempt at designing and they are a child's pajamas so creativity is at a minimum, so those of you who are designers out there, please don't judge.


My next attempt at designing was a woman's dress: Somehow, when transferring the file from Adobe Illustrator to a JPEG, the colors changed. What you see in blue is actually red and what you see in white is actually black. There is also a thick black collar that doesn't appear.


Finally, I designed a woman's suit. I love this suit, it is definitely something I would wear.

Last but not least, a man's pants and polo shirt (3 color ways): My colors are really out of whack on this transfer. The green polo shirt should be a kelly green with light blue denim pants, the blue shirt should be red with dark blue denim pants, and the far right shirt should be white with black pants.


So not too bad for my first day as amateur designer, right? If you have any kind and helpful suggestions, I'm open! But be easy on me, I debated even posting my actual designs because they are so rough and I have many friends who graduated from Stephens with design degrees. Anyway, hope you all enjoy!

The Robot Team

Sunday, January 18, 2009 | | 2 comments
I'm calling this a discovery because it is nothing like I've ever seen. My Dad took me to St. Louis for a Lego Robot competition. Yes, his school has a robot team that competes throughout the nation. They even qualified for the national high school competition in Arkansas (these are middle school students!)
They are the group on the floor in light blue t-shirts. They did pretty well and ended up leaving with a trophy! This is only the second year the team has existed and both years they came home with trophies. This year they got "The Most Innovative Solution" award because they wired their robot wrong and rather than taking the time to fix it they decided to write all of their programs backwards.
We had some down time, so what does the robot team do? Play with their iPhones. Again, these are middle school students.
In addition to the actual Robot Competition, they had to do a research project on the climate. This was their poster.
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