Monday, June 28, 2010

Blog Anniversary: 1 Year of Pandaphilia!

365 days and 122 supporters later, here I am! I can't thank you enough - from my first 5 followers (my boyfriend and college friends) reading the daily blab of my meandering life, to the awesome friends I've made in the beauty/fashion blogger community, to those brave boys who have made me happy to know that even guys can sit through what I'm rambling about (you know who you are!). There were so many times when I just wanted to delete my blog, because I had trouble becoming a girly girl. Sure, I've become hella more materialistic since I started blogging (I blame everyone's gorgeous photos and reviews), but I've also developed an interest in photography, braved new styles, stopped dressing like a hobo (for the most part). I have an exploding closet and too much makeup, but isn't that every American girl's dream? I think awareness of oneself in public is the first step to becoming a classy lady. In case my college friends are reading this, I still reserve the right to dress like a bum during exam week :3 fu fu fu

 (photo cred to Zhang Photography)
I am absolutely drained from taking my first real AAMC MCAT exam and it was 4 hours of pure torture (I finished a lot of sections early because I didn't know a lot of the material yet xD). However, I am motivated because now I know my baseline. There is so much more to improve. I think as a reward I'm going to open that Forever21 box that has been waiting for me for 2+ days. I KNOW, super long time to not open mail, but I'm trying to work on my self-control here!

Sometimes I feel inhibited from talking about my personal life and all my thoughts here, which is what I set out to do when I made this blog. I think that's because with this many followers and people stumbling across my blog, no one wants to read about what I think so much. I just include a tidbit about my day in whichever outfit or makeup post I'm doing and am satisfied. Ranting can be done some other place. (Though if you want me to write some of my old stuff more, please tell me!)

For fun, I will tell you a bit more about me:
1) I have a panda obsession. Okay, you guys ALL know that. Silly thing is I haven't ever posted a picture of me wearing my panda hats. Well there you go. This was my 19th birthday (the card my boyfriend made for me - he is so talented!) at St. Louis Bubble Tea. I should really blog about pandas more xD And I am not a person of subtlety. Note the size of that smile that could probably break my jaw. Hahaha :3
2) I used to swordfight. No, not with real swords, silly! That would hurt and I would have lost my head and a few limbs by now. I fought with a group called Dagorhir, and we duke it out with weapons made out of foam and PVC pipe. What's that, you say? Lame? I daresay not! That foam was pretty compact .. I think one person went blind for a few weeks when he got hit in the eye, another person got a concussion, another person a giant welt to the face - believe me, it hurts. I even ranked up to Knight. Fancy that. Here are some pics - I was so nerdy I even took my high school pictures with a sword (borrowed from my dear friend). These were from the preview book and I scanned them anyway, hence the grainy quality. Screw monopolizers! Senior pictures can be soooo over-the-top expensive T__T

Yup! I used to not have bangs, had super long dark brown hair (with natural highlights), and ran around beating my friends with foam weaponry all day.
3) I like to sketch. I think colour ruins any piece, so I'm a mechanical pencil and paper kind of gal. I think I started drawing/painting when I was 2. I might have gone to art class for a bit in China but I was never really trained properly. I just like to draw. Most of the time I have to look at something to draw it xD I'm not that pro. I need to learn how to shade properly without looking at a model. Another lifetime goal is to finally be able to draw hands nicely. They are so hard to portray accurately!
Whew I'm tired already. What would be fun is if you guys do the asking and I do the telling. Curious about something? What my favourite colour is, my height, worst fear, etc? Write it up in a comment and I'll answer it in a "Piece of Me" kind of post ^__^

Have a great week, lovelies!

53 comments:

nikki June 28, 2010 at 2:15 AM   said...

Congratulations my beautiful, smart, talented chica!

May you get more and more followers to come! You're blog is awesome! I love the OOTD most especially! <3333

Good luck with everything

xoxo
Nikki

Ping June 28, 2010 at 2:20 AM   said...

Angie you are so funny with your panda obsession. Have you seen pictures of where people dye their dog's hair to look like a panda and other animals? It's hilarious!

I saw Escondido...you must live in Socal! I miss Socal weather. Sunny & warm weather makes me happy.

I'm in SF and the seasons we have are fall part 1, fall part 2, fall part 3 & fall part 4. lol

Ken June 28, 2010 at 2:38 AM   said...

wow one year for me too! keke

u are a good artist!

anyways, that swordfighting thing, is it like in Role Models, where you form kingdoms and clans and have castle sieges?!

Ken June 28, 2010 at 2:47 AM   said...

omg go watch the movie Role Models and it is exactly wat u were talking about! the kid was playing something called LAIR and it has the same rules!!!

keke i am totally gonna write about u in my next post!!!

Carla June 28, 2010 at 2:51 AM   said...

congrats girl!!!

Serenie S. June 28, 2010 at 3:18 AM   said...

Wow!!! I wish I took up sword fighting.
I love using weapons! Hahahaha!
I remember I whacked myself in the face on accident trying to show off my nunchuck skills. So fail.

Vincent June 28, 2010 at 5:30 AM   said...

Congrats! Who are these boys who sit through your rants? :P

enchi June 28, 2010 at 6:30 AM   said...

congratz!! :) I really love the Panda hat!!!! I didn't buy one when I was in Zhu Hai because it really seemed a waste, specially because I live in a pretty warm country.. :(

**wishing that I didn't think too much that time...

Much Love,
enchi:3

PetiteXXS June 28, 2010 at 8:38 AM   said...

Happy one-year! You look super tall in those sword fighting pics! Hmm... come to think of it, I don't actually know how tall you are! I just assume ppl who read my blog are petite hehe. And wow, you're such a talented artist! I wish I could draw stick figures lol.

Dolce♥Bunny June 28, 2010 at 8:47 AM   said...

Wooooot!! Congrats! Love this post!! I love your pictures of swoard fighting, You look different, must be the lack no make-up? :P And wow! You're an artistic person! You totally should draw pandas instead of scary death guy... :(

and my quesion... hmmm....

How long have you and your darling been together? :)

Cheers!

PetiteGorgeous June 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM   said...

Congrat on your one year anniversary in blogging :). I'm your recent follower, and I am looking forward to reading more of your posts!

Pop Champagne June 28, 2010 at 9:56 AM   said...

haha aww pandas are so cute, who doesn't like them?! and lol at you used to sword fight! happy 1 year anniversary :D

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Pop Champagne June 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM   said...

Oh and yeah the Demu shirts are a bit on the pricey side -_- I think it's cuz everything is in limited quantities and only printed once that it's a bit more money for them to print the shirts... haha it pays to be exclusive I guess!

sophia June 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM   said...

Awww Angie I love this post! (deja vu.. I think I've said that about a few of your older posts too haha!)

I think you should make the 1st photo your new blog banner!! I absolutely love it, and I think it'd be appropriate considering the changes you've made in the past year.

Thanh Thao June 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM   said...

Nice to know maore about you, I'm one of your new followers, and I wanna go on following! :-))

Congrats for having your blog for one year! I'll throw something big when mine beceomes a year old! :-))

Oreleona June 28, 2010 at 12:37 PM   said...

congrats! awwn i took my MCAT two weeks ago! and i finished early too! i know how u feel, now i know exactly what to study for after i took it, and i know my weaknesses :)

sugar sugar June 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM   said...

Congratulations dear! ^o^
Nice sketches too! :3

Nicol June 28, 2010 at 3:29 PM   said...

WOOOOOOOOOOT! congratulations!
lets celebrate! :D
great to know a bit more about u and them sketches are sooo good :)

Jenny June 28, 2010 at 3:50 PM   said...

happy 1 year! sword fighting! wow i would've never guessed :p you are so talented at drawing! you should keep up the sketching hobby :)

PetiteLittleGirl June 28, 2010 at 10:41 PM   said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary. I just started my blog but I really am enjoying it. Great work!
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~KawaiiParadise~ June 28, 2010 at 11:18 PM   said...

Hello Angie,
Congrat on your blog anniversary. I am a new follower of you but of course I love your blog ^^. Thank you for the comment on my blog as well. It make me sad lately.
~Anyway you look adorable
~XOXO Charlotte

StuddedLilly June 28, 2010 at 11:38 PM   said...

wow girl! thats one interesting thing that we never knew about-swordfight! and those pictures look really cool!
and of course..happy birthday, Pandaphilia!
xxjess

DSK Steph June 29, 2010 at 1:23 AM   said...

My bf's lashes are super long too! He was mocking me earlier while I was posting my blog. He got a camera and tried to take a picture of his eye. He goes look at my natural eye. Look. Look! I was like OMG stop it! haha

You should try the wet & wild the product is really good and has a great staying power!

hevn June 29, 2010 at 8:59 AM   said...

Woo-hoo, congrats!!!
Anyway, LOL, i actually love the picture of you with a sword. It looks pretty cool. I wouldn't have guess it was you tho, you look much older then *shrugs* but still pretty.
your sketching skills are awesome! Why can't i draw like that T.T

hevn June 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM   said...

Lol, Angie, you didn't. I screw up the post :P

Thankies anyway!:D

Lol, Damn, I don't mind that at all too, but even then, you looked good so yay!

Yea, well kinda, when it starts to dry it just starts cracking

pumkyn June 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM   said...

Congrats!

Could you post a tutorial of how to draw something, anything?

Ping June 29, 2010 at 1:46 PM   said...

Angie-- yea the shorts shorts are the hardest for me. I don't work out and never played a sport so I don't get where my thunder thighs and big butt comes from...oh well I learned to excepted. I think I'm going to try A&F kids next. I have a pair from them (it's hella old) and they fit great. Fitted around the butt area, just right on the waist and thigh's part...haha! Maybe I'll hit the jackpot again.

H&M/forever -- maybe I'll go on a weekday when its not so busy!

junghwa by amy stewart June 29, 2010 at 2:58 PM   said...

Ccongrats on 1 year. That's so great! And you are such a talented artist!!

Really Petite June 29, 2010 at 9:36 PM   said...

Happy 1 year! How exciting!!!!!!! :) And congrats on winning my giveaway!!! :)

Anastasia June 30, 2010 at 1:26 AM   said...

Go go fashion gods! =D Haha! Thanks =D

I really loved to read this post!
We all have to dress like bums when going to an exam! haha =D

And I love to sketch too! ^^ Maybe I'll post some of my 'work' later on =p

*X*

MINAKICHU June 30, 2010 at 1:30 AM   said...

Wow you gave me serious goosebumps with your amazing sketch! That's one of my biggest frustrations! And I love your black and white photo with your red dress, coolness! Thanks for dropping by and also for letting me know my correction. Haha! Me and my twisted mind! Many hugs!:-)

Anastasia June 30, 2010 at 3:52 AM   said...

Just remembered I had a sketch at chictopia!
The third picture is a drawing I made once:

http://www.chictopia.com/photo/show/219034-THE+LITTLE+BLACK+DRESS-black-dress-black-purse-black-stockings-brown-jacket-brown-shoes-gold-

=D

Anastasia June 30, 2010 at 5:21 AM   said...

You should sketch a panda! =D

Anastasia June 30, 2010 at 5:29 AM   said...

Ow, my blog header is a painting of mine as well! Haha why didn't I think of that before xD

Sorry for the spam haha =D

Sarah June 30, 2010 at 11:42 AM   said...

happy blog birthday! your blog is just the cutest! I love your panda hat and your sketches are incredible- very talented xxx

reneerx June 30, 2010 at 4:27 PM   said...

just happen to find this nice blog, like it.

Ken June 30, 2010 at 6:30 PM   said...

i always wanted to dress up as tidus but i never have enough money to buy a wig =P

Jade "Purple" Brown June 30, 2010 at 6:59 PM   said...

congrats!

γ•γ‚‰γΎγ‚Š June 30, 2010 at 7:09 PM   said...

Congratulations on your blog's first anniversary! That's so cool you kept going, I will try that too^^

I agree with you, I love black and white drawings the best, and the more contrast the better hehe!

Mara June 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM   said...

congrats on your 1 year! your photos are super cute and your sketches look really good!

join my giveaway!: http://www.styleraiders.com/2010/06/29/hair-talk-for-once-giveaway/

:DD

☆rabbito-bonbon☆ July 1, 2010 at 4:22 AM   said...

I love your panda's hat!!!!!! ♥

Anastasia July 1, 2010 at 4:45 AM   said...

Yes! Everything in my blog header is painted by me even the wind and the lady that changes into an animal haha =D
I got inspired by the font that I also use for my blog post titles ^^

Thanks! =D

Ashley July 1, 2010 at 7:22 AM   said...

Happy anniversary to your blog!!! It is fab!

Lisa Van July 1, 2010 at 3:16 PM   said...

Happy one year! awww your blog is still a baby! thanks for your comment dear ,did you try out the leopard nails? xxx

~KawaiiParadise~ July 1, 2010 at 4:41 PM   said...

I have a blog award for you, check out my blog ^^
~XOXO Charlotte

Elisa Lee July 1, 2010 at 5:25 PM   said...

congratssss !!!

I also have an blog awarddd for you <33

Sarah July 1, 2010 at 6:45 PM   said...

Congrats on your bloggoversary! I really really love reading your blog a lot. It really amazes me how much it's helped you grow, but it's not hard to believe because it's been the same way for me (but I'll save that for my bloggoversary). And can I just say, SWORD FIGHTING? So you are officially the COOLEST person ever! I'm sure you did great on your MCAT too :)

Ahleessa July 2, 2010 at 12:51 AM   said...

Those are such great drawings!!! :)

☆rabbito-bonbon☆ July 2, 2010 at 8:04 AM   said...

Thank you Angie~~! (*^-^)>

Here's a panda for you ♥

`●~~●`
(◔㉨◕) ← panda♡

☆rabbito-bonbon☆ July 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM   said...

You are most welcome~ (^_~) Congrats for your blog first anniversary! \(^-^)/

Mitzi Cocoa July 2, 2010 at 2:03 PM   said...

Super cute and interesting post! That is awesome you are a knight and your drawings are lovely! Here is my question: what is your favourite ice cream?

Nic Nic July 2, 2010 at 8:24 PM   said...

Congrats Angie on your first yr blog anni!

awesome drawing, really!

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