Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Burnt Orange, like a real Longhorn.

I am about to embark on the craziest, most stressful month of my entire life. I am in the process of completing my last ever semester at the University of Texas while also concurrently enrolled in Region XIII's teacher program to become a bilingual elementary school teacher.

What awaits me?
You might be wondering why I would torture myself with all of this stress. The answer to that is simple. I wanted to be hired once I graduated. I did not want to be one of the 50% of college graduates who who are jobless or underemployed. Thankfully, with Region XIII's help, I secured a contract with a local school district a few months ago. I am not sure where I will be working, but I am willing to work anywhere. I'm just really fortunate that I have a job lined up somewhere.

In a few short weeks, I will be graduating with a Bachelor's of Art in Music with a minor in Spanish and a concentration in Latin American music. I am excited, nervous, and a bit overwhelmed, but I am hoping that it will all work out.

During the next month I must:

  • Complete all of my final papers and assignments for my last semester of classes at the University of Texas.
  • Practice for and pass my final piano jury in order to graduate.
  • Survive my student teaching, which takes place DURING final exams at UT.
  • Prepare for interviews with prospective employers.
  • Complete course work for my teacher program.
  • Begin the process of packing for the Big Move, 'cause we bought our dream house!!!
Needless to say, this blog is not on that list of priorities.

Dress: Asos // Tights: WeLoveColors // Flats: Payless

Earrings: C/O InPink // Necklace: Forever 21

I'll return to blogging once this craziness settles.
I'll see you on the other side!

Monday, April 2, 2012

My favorite dress

I have owned this dress for over 4 years and wear it far too often. I love its shape, color, and pockets. You guys! This dress has pockets! 

I realize that when I wear it I look as though I am on my way to star in a Cinco de Mayo parade, but that is mainly why I love it. I found it in a vintage store by complete accident and was so surprised to see that actually fit me! It was meant to be, so I bought it. It is festive, whimsical, and did I mention that it has pockets?

Dress: Cream Vintage // Belt: Thrifted // Necklace: f21 // 
Hair flower: Sam Moon (purchased for my wedding) // Sandals: Avenue 

My mom hates this dress. She thinks that it makes me look like an indigenous person, but I don't see why that would be a bad thing. Half of family comes from an indigenous background. Why should we be ashamed of that? Oh, I remember now. We're only supposed to be proud of the European half. Riiiiiiiight.

Growing up in a mostly all-white school district was not always easy for a dark, Mexican girl with frizzy hair and a funny accent. I didn't always fit in at school, and when I would come home, I would get mixed signals about what I was supposed to be. My parents would scold me for assimilating too much and not being proud enough of our Mexican culture. Yet, my mother would get upset if I spent too much time out in the sun. "Te ves como una india!" she would yell at me and remind me to cover my skin so that it wouldn't get too dark. I played soccer like a good Mexican daughter, but I would also slather myself in as much SPF as I could find. Tan lines were not something to be happy about in my family.

Even though I thought my mother's dark caramel skin was beautiful and flawless, we were taught that we would be better off lighter skinned like my father. My brother and I got my mother's black hair, dark brown eyes and brown skin. My sister was born the guera with honey eyes, peach skin, brown wavy hair and a metabolism to envy. The consensus among my family is that she got the "good" genes. 

As a teenager, I remember seeing my peers spend their allowances on dark tanning oils while I hid in the shade, greasy with sunscreen. As an adult, I eventually embraced the color of my skin and actually enjoy my melanin. I appreciate that I do not burn in the sunlight. I like seeing the drastic contrast of skin color when I hold my husband's hand. 

Pockets! ( I was going to take a jumping photo from this bench but chickened out)

Even though my family hopes that our future children will end up with light skin and light hair like my husband, I hope that our children will get my melanin to protect them from the sun. Either way, we will raise them in an atmosphere where all skin colors will be accepted and valued. And if they have a favorite outfit that I may not like, I'll let them wear it proudly anyway.

Do you have a favorite item of clothing?