Monday, January 6, 2014

Comments in response to my Quora answer and feature on Slate.com

About a month or so ago, I decided to write an answer to a question on Quora;
"What does it feel like to go from physically unattractive to physically attractive?".  At the time, I had little to no followers and wasn't expecting anyone to read my response. Whilst writing, I literally thought this will almost like a diary entry. I did, however, expect to receive negative feedback; if not a little negative feedback, then a lot. This is the internet.
That evening I wrote an answer on a whim and to my surprise people started voting up my answer, and they continued to....at a much faster rate than I expected.  One minute it was at 500 and a few hours later it was at 800 upvotes. People started sending me positive messages and sharing their own personal stories. I was touched,  the only real reasons I wrote my answer was to express myself and share my ideas, but I was not expecting so many people to connect to it.
Some people have expressed that they felt I was not experienced or insightful enough to have been to be featured on Slate. Since then, a Victoria's Secret model and pornographic film star have written answers to the question to share their stories. While I may not be a model or one who seeks to "put my looks to use", I truly appreciate the time that some people have taken to read my story and the messages I have received from men and women about how the article moved them. Despite the fact that creative work interests me, it was not in my intention to attract attention with my answer or use "looks" as the base for my ideas or beliefs.  Being beautiful or being considered beautiful is great, but I wanted to share the perspective of a person who doesn't want their appearance to overshadow their identity. I was well aware writing the answer that I would not please everyone with my perspective,  but I know it takes all types to make a world  and believe our experience in it is only richer because of that.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Crazy Thrist Shop Finds: Part II

Hello, I'm back, and ready share a new list of the latest crazy thrift shop finds! I'm currently bringing you the best selections from thrift shops in Santa Clara, Cupertino, Mountain View, and San Jose, California.


1. Looking to scare the crap out of your loved one? Of course you are! This "Novelty Mug" is the "Newest Fashion" and a hell of a lot scarier in person. With a mug like that, what isn't there to like?
 2. Slicing bananas by hand has always been too cumbersome! That's why we need banana slicers.
 3. My dreams have come true with these furry platform flip-flops. What's even better is that people will always know where you are with that jingle in your every step. The heavenly white lace accents really make the wearer look like they are walking on clouds.
 4. Do you like to have a good time......... in retirement homes?If you can't decide between wearing your favorite flip flop or that sassy pair of heals you usually rock at the casino, these are for you. Fortunately, these heals are here to take care of all your needs.
 5. This pile of plastic neon bags would make any k-pop lover go crazy.
 6. Everything okay there, golfer man? This golfer statue will bring all the uniqueness of  kitsch clown to your home. Let's just hope everyone else who enters has your sense of humor.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Instructables.com has sent me a Halloween card!

Thanks so much Instructables, you've made my day! :)
To check out some of my Instrucables, visit
www.instructables.com/member/lotuslady/ !

Friday, September 20, 2013

Upcycled Fashion Spotted in Florence, Italy

Despite what it may look like, I have not abandoned this blog. :D I'm still here and happy to bring some updates. Over the past month I have been out and about in Europe learning and seeing something new everyday. I've brainstormed a lot of ideas and etched out new perspectives from my travels, so much so that would be difficult to start with a concept of mine about life or design that has been changed; there are simply too many. First, I'd like to share a little discovery I made while in Florence, Italy. Here, I came across a really unique shop that I fell in love with. Down a narrow street sits the store Amo Romeo, which sells upcycled clothes and accessories all though of by the owner. While it was on the pricey side, it was worth it knowing that any piece is a one of a kind. It was one of the few stores in Europe that reminded me of the Bay Area, but had blatantly different influences.
Featured, during the time I went, was Yac's Pocket , a collection of adorable keychains made by an etsy crafter.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Crazy Thrift Shop Finds

I go thrift shopping A LOT, even if I have no plans on buying anything. Sometimes what I see in thrift stores is enough entertainment itself. Almost always, I will find at least one item that is too crazy too believe. Over the past month I have been snapping photos of what I've found. All of the photos have been taken at thrift shops in the Santa Clara County/ San Jose Area and the only thing that has surprised me is how any of the local locos haven't dug up these one-of a kind treasures. I really wish I could have taken more pictures, but I'm sure this will not be the last of what I find.

1. First up are the stylish curlers for the Japanese Chola in your life. Go from adorable to fried looking hair in minutes.
2. Next is the duck peanut pourer. This glass find is sure to make someone in your life feel uneasy at the next white elephant. Just look at those eyes.


3. Does your Grandma like Skrillex? Perfect! This is the perfect basket for your party monster of a granny! The lace accents will remind her of a simpler time while the gold beads will allow her to show off her wild style. 


4. This is my personal favorite. It's a man's Hawaiian crop-top. It speaks for itself.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Recent Sketches!

This summer I've had the joy of taking a figure drawing class! Since I've started, I've seen some major changes in figure drawing abilities! It has always been a weak point for me and despite the fact that I don't need the class to graduate, I believe it is almost necessary for me to take. I was also worried that with two summer jobs and full time online classes that I'd be overloaded, but the drawing class has been a great addition to everything! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tiny Green Tea Garden was recently featured on MAKEzine.com!

Early last month I posted an Instructable how to make this moss garden! I was not expecting it to reach 1,500 + hits in the first 24 hours, let alone a little over 13,000 in over a month. It wasn't until earlier today that I noticed makezine.com featured it as a craft just yesterday on their blog!
I want to thank Andrew Salomone and MAKE for sharing this Instructable!

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