Saturday, March 23, 2013

Get Off My Grass

Let me be the first to tell you that the best person that knows about Kristin, is Kristin. I hate when people make assumptions based off of what they think, what they've seen, or what they've heard; especially when you can ask the person.  I haven't had a full time job in over two months and its definitely a daily stressor at times. Nonetheless, I apply and give my all on each interview I have. This post actually stems from a conversation that an acquaintance had about me. Now I wasn't actually privy to the conversation which is why I haven't approached the person. I am nowhere near passive and just believe in getting all the facts out there so to speak. The acquaintance had the nerve to state that I must like being on unemployment because I'm always out of town (she saw that I was in New York and Atlanta a couple of weeks ago). Now I'm not sure how my being out of town equates to me not wanting a full time job and aside from that she's not my friend nor family so she has no clue what was going on. After I heard, trust and believe I was super pissed, and I wanted to call her out but since I didn't see/hear it for myself; it would have just been hear say. The moral of this story is don't talk about what you don't know about. And if there's something you'd like to know, ask. Other than that, get off my grass!!!

On another note, I was invited to New York a while before I was laid off. I actually didn't plan the trip until after the layoff because when I was working I was super focused on my paper and putting money aside to move this spring. I figured, why not take the New York trip soon rather than later. My thoughts were whenever I get a new position, I know that I won't have any vacation time to do anything so now (or then) timing was perfect, a quick weekend trip.  I ended up having a great time with my number one fan. I won't lie, I had a bit of an attitude in the beginning, but would I be Kristin without being a brat (at least I didn't show it). I can't wait to experience New York in the summer, please let me know of any upcoming festivals. Take a look below to see me in total tourist mode...

Gotta Love a nice hotel!!!

True New Yorker (for that weekend at least)

My dreams of being on Broadway came true lol 

Super excited to stop at the Sanrio store
Had hookah and met new friends, they were super cool!!!
The next trip I took instead of sitting at home on unemployment  was home to Georgia.I finally had two days in a row off from my part time gig and wanted to go home really, really bad. One of my days off was also the day that my grandmother was getting a few test results back from the doctor and I wanted to be there.  I made a pit stop in Atlanta and then headed to C-Town. I really needed a big dose of family, even it was only two days. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

First Print Edition Soiree

Last weekend I had a chance to attend a Luri and Wilma magazine launch at Meeps. Meeps is a vintage boutique located in a popular hipster area of Adams Morgan in DC. I was super excited because it's been a while since I've actually gone out as a blogger attending a fashion event (meaning having my camera with a memory card to blog). But I was a bit hesitant as well because Adams Morgan isn't one of those places you can just park and shop/eat/club. I mean the parking in that area is serious and makes me super anxious. Luckily a car was leaving so I was able to pull into a spot (didn't have to parallel although I'm good at it now). I have learned to be prepared so I threw on my trusty flats and hiked downhill a block away. Yes, I am that girl that stops at the door to put her shoes on.
I loved how open and bright Meeps is. I saw several cute vintage options but I prefer thrifting for vintage myself, a less expensive option. However, I did purchase a cute pair of mini heart studs that will come in handy. Since I RSVP'd and paid for the magazine I was able to get unlimited drinks and spring snacks. Whatever they mixed in the Honest tea was delish, I didn't partake in the snacks because they had nuts. This was a very nice event and believe it or not I arrived super early sooo there weren't many attendees at the time, so I left early as well.

Shirt and Jewelry:F21// Pants:H&M// Shoes:Vintage// Faux Leather Bomber: Target// Headband:Old

Tons of cute vintage jewelry

Cute pair of heart earrings I picked up
And I just LOVE your flashy ways- Notorious B.I.G

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Madness

Usually this is an exciting time of the year for basketball fans around the world (I'm more of a football fan myself). However, I wish that I could say that this time is equally exciting for me. The month of March didn't really start off as I would have liked it too. The madness actually stemmed a bit from February (now would be a perfect time to whoo-sah).

Sometime in February, I came home to a water drenched bedroom. Maybe I would be a tad bit ok if this were the first time that it has happened. but no, this is actually the third time that I have had a leak in the condo I rent. Luckily for me it wasn't in my Master bedroom but in the spare room. The unlucky part of it was having to call the lady I lease from (who happens to live in Ga.) and try to explain what I couldn't explain. I mean, I watch a lot of HGTV (actually watching it as I type) but I'm nowhere equipped to fix anything. The most that I'm good for is changing the light bulbs and at times that too sucks. There has been sooo much going on with this process. The one thing that I have learned, is renting a condo from a person who live out of state and doesn't have a property manager is not for me. I actually don't recommend it for any of you reading as well.  This has been the worse two years of my renting history. I have NEVER had this many issues before nor have dealt with a person who tries to get over on everyone. It has come to a point that for my sanity, I don't answer calls nor respond to the ridiculous e-mails from my landlord. Yes, it is that serious. To date, the problem still hasn't been fixed and I don't have use of my spare bedroom. Just take a look...

                                                        Bedroom furniture in the living room area

Bed broke down and in the spare bathroom
Hole from the outside
Hole from the utility room into the spare bedroom
Closer look from the utility room
Yes, I know what you're thinking... that's some bullsh*t. If you only knew the half of it.  P.S the room was taped up because mold was found due to the water damage.
I wish I could say that that is the end of my March Madness but it continues. I am still not working full time. This has got to be the most stressful thing ever. All I do is apply, apply, apply. I have had my share of interviews and there was actually one position that I just knew I had. Welp, I didn't. Let's just say I was told I didn't get it in Feb. I was blown, total confidence killer. The week before last the staffing agency called to see if I was still interested in the position and of course I was. The account manager also stated that he was out of town and the recruiter shouldn't have told me that I didn't get the position because the client was still interested but also had someone else who was a bit more qualified. Now the way it was  presented to me was that my next move was to sign the paperwork and begin working; or maybe that's just how I took it. Long story short, these mofo's called my references again because in the initial interview the client didn't think I was assertive enough. For those of you reading that know me personally, you know I have no issues in that department. I guess times are really changing, gone are the days of interviewing confidently, you gotta be aggressive, be be aggressive. So instead of signing the paperwork and starting a position, I had to interview again last Wednesday. When that idea was presented and the reason behind it, I was furious. I almost forgot that I don't have anything full-time and said to hell with the position. Fast forward to today and I haven't heard anything. I mean it's been a whole week. So I took my 'assertive' self and called to see if a decision had been made. The account manager stated he was out of town and hadn't heard anything yet, sooo much for delegating responsibility. He promised that the recruiter would contact me by close of business today, you think that happened? No. So tomorrow, if I hear from them and the outcome is not positive, I'm going to ask them to remove my resume from their system because obviously they dropped the ball prior and don't know how to handle business in my opinion.
So as you see we are almost through the month of March and so far it has been nothing but madness for me. The good thing is that the lease is almost over, the bad thing is that I don't actually have that job to get another place. However, I am still trying to remain positive. Today started a new season and I pray that Spring produces some good news for me in all aspects of my life.