The Runaway Muse


A personal blog

Please, remember me

Since I got back to Illinois, the weather has been anything but cheery.  This afternoon, the rain let up long enough for me to snap a few pictures in the tangle of bushes tucked away in our suburban yard.

I have never posted a picture of myself sans makeup before.  This past week I have been battling a tonsil infection, which is anything but glamorous, so pardon my deadpan expression.


Filed under: Photography

DIY Fringe Tank Top

Sometimes when I have nothing better to do, I like to pretend that I have loads of money to spend on clothes and browse fancy online boutiques.  Even if I never end up buying anything (read: 99.5% of the time), I love looking at the pretty pictures and getting fashion inspiration.  One of my favorite websites is  Their look is very bohemian–earthy, flowy, and hippie-esque.  Every time I visit I end up drooling over the photos and wishing I was married to a wealthy Italian prosthodontist so I could afford to buy every single item in the shop.  That, and build a massive treehouse mansion with my own personal library.  But that’s going a bit too far, isn’t it?

The point is that yesterday I was browsing Free People’s new arrivals when I happened upon this tank top:

Now, I love fringe.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’ve just always been afraid to wear it in public, fearful that I will be a) mistaken as a biker chick or b) worse, a cowherd escaped from ancient Mesopotamia.  When I saw this tank top, however, I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could pull it off.  The problem, as always, was the price tag.  No way was I paying $78 plus shipping costs for a flimsy tank top.  But what if I could make something similar myself?

I’ve had this oversized Radiohead t-shirt since Christmas break, when I bought it from Urban Outfitters thinking that it would drape on me with the graceful carelessness with which it draped on the stick-thin model.  As you can see from the above picture, it ended up making me look like I was wearing a pillowcase.  Because of this, I never wore it, which was a pity because it’s such an awesome design.  So it was the perfect candidate for my experiment to replicate the tank top by Free People.

After quite a bit of scissor work, this was the finished result:

Behold the fringe!

I’m quite proud of myself for how well it turned out, especially since I didn’t follow a tutorial and was acting completely on impulse.  Absolutely no sewing was involved, and the entire project only took about an hour to complete.  I only wish I had taken pictures during the transformation process so I could post step-by-step directions on this blog.  Let me know what you guys think!

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Photography

Goodbye, sun.

Sometimes I wonder

Why it is that

Some of us grow up

While others

Simply come of age.

Filed under: Photography, Poetry

Everyone gets hurt, in the end.

One of these days I am going to show everyone that scars are beautiful.

Filed under: Photography

December in the blink of an eye

I need to go back to school. Being with my family is nice and all, but the lack of structure is driving me insane.  I am constantly reminded of why I decided to move so far away in the first place.  And you know what?  That’s OK.  Once Christmas has come and gone, I will make my goodbyes and turn my back on my home once again…at least until summer break.

This might sound crazy, but I am actually looking forward to next semester at school.  I want to test my limits and challenge myself academically and perhaps move forward in areas I never imagined myself exploring in the first place.  I’m excited, and it feels good.

This post is rather image-heavy, as I have compiled a bunch of photos spanning from early December to the present.  Sometimes it seems as though December has only just begun, and yet I have to remind myself that in just a matter of days it will be replaced by January 2011.  How quickly time passes us by.

Filed under: Everyday Ramblings, Photography

I love you, but I’m afraid to love you

Please watch.


Filed under: Music, Photography

A photoshoot with myself

I got a new haircut.

Being a girl, naturally I am going to want to show it off.

Being a photographer, naturally I am going to take a load of random pictures and edit the snot out of them until they no longer look like they were shot with flash against my white bedroom door.

Being a closet narcissist (shhhh), naturally I am going to post them on my blog with the hope that this will somehow make up for the fact that I haven’t been posting during Christmas break.



Filed under: Everyday Ramblings, Photography

Christina tackles arts and crafts

My cousin is getting married on Saturday, and while I’m here in Texas I get to help out.  Last night my uncle and I went shopping at the one and only Hobby Lobby to find decorations for the wedding rehearsal dinner, which will be held at a Mexican restaurant tomorrow night.

Can you guess what these materials are for?

Close-up of the charms.  They are too adorable.

We also bought these lovely glass candle holders.

Add some ribbon and the charms and voila! Four ordinary candle-holders become four wedding-themed candle holders.

I’m quite proud of them.

I fly home to Chicago on the 13th.  “Excited” is too feeble a word to express the anticipation I feel.

Filed under: Arts and Crafts, Photography, Special Occasions

So this is what the finish line looks like.

Finals are over and my Christmas break has officially begun.  I could be out celebrating raucously as college kids are wont to do, but all I feel like doing is curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and my poetry journal.  If only there were a roaring fire to complete the picture, I’d be happy as a bug in a rug.

Filed under: Everyday Ramblings, Photography

I could possibly be fading



I’m tired of this.

Filed under: Photography

About the girl

Christina. 18. College student. Lover of words, sublime images, fat books and skinny jeans. Dislikes melting snow, the color pink, and procrastination.

This blog is an outlet for my jumbled thoughts. Thank you for stopping by.

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