11.16.2010

Fashion of Science...

Soo...

I am currently blogging from the San Diego Airport. I was blessed with the opportunity to attend the Society For Neuroscience conference or affectionately called SFN!!!
Scientists come from all over the world to share and learn anything under the umbrella of Neuroscience. It's quite interesting…
As I was boarding the shuttle to the airport, I thought to myself..."What am I going to Blog when I get home?!"
A few possibilities included:

1. The symposiums

2. The hotel/food (Which I loved) or

3. Just keep things general...

At the peak of my ponderings, a lady wearing a mini dress and cropped jacket walked by. The telltale color of her conference badge told me she was a grad student...I frowned, instantly. The moment she was out of view it hit me...WHY NOT BLOG ABOUT IT!!

Sooo from the top....

{Insert 1st paragraph of entry here…} <<<- if you don't, the blog won't flow....lol Before I begin I just want to say that I am by no means a fashion expert/blogger/designer or what have you....BUT...I do know a thing or two about what you should, shouldn't or might want to wear in the scientific community... At the start of my research career, I was taught to wear covered shoes in the lab, avoid dangling jewelry and ALWAYS bring a sweater because it gets quite cold…

What to wear outside of the lab is a different story.

You can pretty much wear what you want but when it came to school representation, the only way to go was professional. Morgan State University taught me that.

getting on...
On day one of the conference I decided to go with a light sweater, slacks and flats...this was pretty acceptable seeing how it was the first day and I didn't know what to expect from the venue. Everyone was in pretty much the same gear although I saw a sprinkling of jeans and sneakers around the room. Day two was another story. I planned my outfit carefully. Cropped slacks, chiffon top and black pumps. I walked out the door feeling good. Got on the shuttle and was off to the convention center. Upon arrival my heel was caught in a metal grate twice, and the carpet dragged every stride.. Then I got on the escalator... there were two men on before me. Both were wearing khaki's (though one opted for shorts) and simple T-shirts. As we rode higher, I started to take in my surroundings... and it hit me...everyone was dressed casually. I looked, again at the two men in front of me. I looked down at their feet and lo and behold they were both wearing FLIP FLOPS....
FIILIIIPP-FLLOOPSSS!!!
By this time I was at the top of the escalator. I was kinda speechless. Everything that I had been taught when it came to "Conferencing" slowly crumbled.. and to tell what I did... I made a 180 turn ....climbed the nearest downward heading escalator, hopped on the next shuttle and headed back to my hotel room where I revisited my wardrobe. The heels and pants were replaced with dark skinny jeans and flats. I kept the shirt but opted for a a layering sweater in case it got chilly. Once again, walking to the shuttle, I felt GREAT!

And now, I am not even close to addressing the topic I started out with so I'll just ramble a little about my findings... Thoughts in random order:
1.Ok, so remember the girl I mentioned early?!..That is a big fashion don't...How does she expect anyone to take her seriously when her butt is on the brink of exposure (unfortunately I was unable to get a picture).
2. although majority of the conference attendees dressed in a casual manner...
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...there were quite a few who still opted for the business look...

3. Another astonishing trend among the seasoned scientists:
Navy Blue Blazer with Khaki Pants...(iWANT!!!!)
I saw this way more than a few times and was lucky enough to get two people wearing the same in ONE shot...What are the odds of that?! lol

4. After an eventful weekend, it was time for poster presentation number two...My look for the morning...
A Blazer and skinny jeans of course... with the accessory of choice..an adorable ring I bought while sight seeing....
AN thats what I did in San Diego..at least 1/3 of it..lol

Im gonna close this out with a few more pics from the trip...Enjoy!


This is what you see after a 2min walk from the Hotel...SHELTER ISLAND!!!

A 40min train ride took me to Old Town Where the influence was mainly Mexican and Native American.


11.11.2010

Off To Sunny Skies...

soo...
Im off to San Diego for SFN (Society for Neuroscience). This Conference is huge..soo huge they had to make an app for it...lol
The shuttle will be here to take me to the airport in about 20mins and I just wanted to have a quickie [post]. ;-)

A few things...I have fallen in love with a new song....
Dancing On My Own by ROBYN...
omg this song is amazing... It mad me tear up..why...idk..maybe the passion in her voice...?
Oh crap...the super shuttle just called...there outside....well..

just listen and enjoy...

11.06.2010

Late is the New Punctual!!

I'm not the type to rant on and on about things... *lies*
But in this case, I feel I must... but I won't...
ok maybe I will, a little.

For those that do not know, when it comes to attending an event, I am a stickler for time. I can't stand late arrivals. If the invite says 7pm, I'm pulling in the parking lot at 6:57pm, at the latest.
My reasoning: If I arrive on time, I don't have to worry about parking, seating, eating or any of the other -ing's of socializing. I just don't like the trouble...

Brief History:
In my younger years, I was quite the busy bee. I participated in almost everything...glee club, dance ensemble, drama group, step team... you name it and I was in it. I always had a practice to attend and as most children are, I was dependent on my parents for transportation. Dad, was always working so that left mom...
Don't get me wrong..I love my mother something serious but there were times when... (Hope she's not reading lol)
Back then, Mom had a knack for being late...her lateness wasn't a random occurrence either ...she was CONSISTENT!!! she was late in 30min intervals..If you say 7pm, she will arrive 7:30 on the nose. If she says she will only be in the store for 10mins...you better believe she will be out 40mins later. After waiting in the sun, rain and freezing cold countless times it was safe to say I was traumatized...

All this brings me to my weekend...
soo...

Last weekend, was the first I had off from my numerous commitments.. I didn't have to wake up early or go out for anything....I slept in. Ate some food. Did some homework. Twas a beautiful saturday morning/afternoon and I was looking forward to the evenings festivities. A friend of mine recently turned 26 and to mark the occasion he held a cocktail party.

Now the invitation said 4pm but seeing as how the party was an african event, I needed to know the real time... She said 5:30pm. From past experiences and to be on the safe side I planned to get there at 6pm but my brother wanted to go so I ended up leaving at a later time.. we got there around 6:45pm. I was mortified when I saw that the only people there were those that had some type of involvement with the party i.e DJ, MC, Video/Photo.
The party didn't kick off until about 7:30pm and I was highly upset. Eventually I got over it but that kind of stuff lingers....
My question is...
What is it with people and african time?
...I recently heard of a couple who printed two different invites for their wedding. The correct invite had the ceremony start time at 2pm, while the others read 12 noon. The invites with the earlier time were given to AFRICAN friends and family while the others were given to their american friends. The saddest part about the story is that majority of the people who had the earlier time arrived between 1:30 and 2pm. It's shocking to know that if the couple had given them the original invites these people would have missed the ceremony altogether. Africans know themselves so well that They already make account for this...They believe that whatever time you give them is the "AFrican Time" and therefore make it a point of duty to arrive at least 2hrs later. Planners have actually begun implementing this system in their work...the question now is...
Why is it even acceptable?

It is sad to say that from this point on I will be very selective in the events I attend on time...
I don't mind arriving early...but not when I have important things to do with my time than to WAIT for an event to start...
All jokes aside...
Consider Me a Punctual Girl Gone Rogue *sigh*
If only it didn't have to be this way!!

P.S. Enjoy some of the pics from the event courtesy of Paosin.com...

What else could I do but Wait..and Tweet....
Then Lady Dee Arrived...My Homie!
...and so did the celebrant...who had a Grand entrance..lol
my adorable Younger Brother who surprised me on the dance floor..
...can you say Haute..She looked great too..lol