Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Watch those hands!

(Photos from
Disturbing, yet awesome.

By one of my constant favorites, Hussein Chalayan Spring 2010.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ecofest 2009

This past Sunday in Central Park was Ecofest, NY's largest gathering of vendors and educators all committed to our environment. Two of my friends and I went together and enjoyed the free samples, new information, and innovative ideas.

This man was repping the Science Barge which is currently docked in Yonkers. It is a "sustainable urban farm and environmental education center" that is the only one of its kind around here. With zero net carbon emissions, zero chemicals {ladybugs are released to eat the aphids}, and zero runoff, it is a complete cycle. I believe it is free to visit as well!

We also checked out the Organic Essence table whose products drew me in with their biodegradable paper packaging. As soon as I saw organic lip balm in a tube where no plastic was used, I was sold. {More pictures later on in this post} The shea butter is also packaged in these biodegradable containers.

This creature was promoting the new movie "The Yes Men Fix the World." I'm not sure how I feel about the trailer, but it has received praise from the Times, USA Today, and Newsweek.

And look at this precious adoptable boxer D: If I only I had an apartment...

Here is the lip balm which cost $4, and a free sample of the shea cream which was just what my dry skin needed, both in a grapefruit scent. We were told these are available at Whole Foods but obviously for a little more...

I also bought this bracelet from Yachay Wasi's table for $2, and each dollar went to plant a tree in Peru! Other highlights included: vegan acai-infused dark chocolate, a gift certificate for CO2 dry cleaning, trying Cell-nique which was gross at first but grew on me, and learning about the Catskill Animal Sanctuary which I will be visiting sometime soon!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Oh hey, did you guys know that I'm secretly Stephenie Meyer?

October is so close. My favorite month. My favorite time of the year. Halloween! Lollipoptober & Rocktober.

I have never been apple picking before. {I know Abbie is going to see that and faint!} Isn't that sort of sacrilege since I lived near a bazillion orchards? Anyways, I plan on going this fall for serious since I loveeee all apples besides Macs & Grannies.

Wearing: Gap brown shirt, blue dress from Paris, H&M scarf, Laile Rowe obi belt, American Apparel leggings, random boots.

I hope you all enjoy your first day of October tomorrow!

{My mom sent me that pumpkin that's hanging in the mail a few weeks ago; I made him in 1st grade!}

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Sounds scientific? Don't worry, this ION refers to It's Only Natural, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant located in Middletown, CT. Aaron spoiled me today while I was visiting him and brought me here for a second time. Once again, my expectations were fulfilled!

Some background information from their brochure:
"Everything is vegan except cheddar & mozzarella. We use filtered water, stainless steel cookware & all natural organic ingredients. We have never & never would use trans-fat or microwaves! Bread is baked here daily."

Sounds like the type of place only a veg would want to eat at? Nope! My boyfriend, a meat-lover, swears by their southern fried "chicken" a.k.a. triangular fried tofu bites. Even his family couldn't tell the difference. And let's not forget their focus on not only organic, but local ingredients.

Today I ordered a soy iced chai and a tomato and potato tart served over salad with goat cheese {a special of the day}. Aaron ordered the tempeh "crab" cakes with sweet potato fries, and the southern fried "chicken" to share. While our entrees came out a bit late due to a mix-up, the wait was worth it.
Aaron's tempeh "crab" cakes

My tomato & potato tart over salad with goat cheese

I kid you not, the sweet potato fries are the BEST I have ever tried, and I have tried many. Everything else was quite tasty as well. I am glad our waitress recommended the tart and chai!

Sweet potato fries -- The best.

Even if you were not a veg, give ION a try if you are in the area. You will never miss the meat!

386 Main Street
Middletown, CT

Monday, September 28, 2009


As previously mentioned, the IFB Dress Up Soiree inspired some major directional changes for My Polychrome Life!

I really am unaware as to why I have previously not chosen to focus more on what I truly care about: sustainable clothing and good food. Of course there are times I will not be able to contain the posting of a an amazing new pair of leather shoes I saw online, or my new favorite musical artist, but I want the focus of My Polychrome Life to really center around the direction I want my actual life to take. My dream is not to be the next Voguette; it is to work at a small company whose values and goals match up with mine when it comes to our environment as a whole.

My goal is to really start seeking out the greatest up and coming eco-friendly & socially responsible clothing and beauty products and sharing them with you. Part two of this goal involves my passion for great food. I am in New York City, the home of some really awesome food, so HELLO I want to start doing more reviews on what I find here!

I also will continue to share my city explorations, any other traveling I am lucky enough to do, and other random snipppets I feel important.

Please, please stick with me as I try to make this all happen! And of course, if you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Natural Fresh Face

A few days ago, I saw a tweet by Teen Vogue saying they were coming to Union Square Plaza on September 22nd for the TV/Clinique Fresh Faces tour. No classes, the chance to get my make-up done and pictures taken, and free samples? Naturally I was there.

After waiting in line with my friend for just a little over a half hour and signing our lives away on a waiver form, we were whisked into the trailer for a quick makeover and photo sesh. We even scored a mini lipgloss {which, I'll admit, is too sticky for my liking} and mascara {which I love!}.

I was not happy with my close-up face shot since it made me look like a complete chubster. But since I wasn't there seriously looking to become the next "Fresh Face," I had fun!

Is anyone going to this event in their area? If so, I want to see pictures!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fashion's Night Out, NYFW, IFB Dress Up Soiree

Hello hello! So it's sort of been forever, I know. Last week was NYFW and I was busy trying to balance school work and fashion week volunteering! I also was able to attend the amazing IFB Dress Up Soiree, but more about that later...

My week began with Fashion's Night out. Unfortunately things did not go as planned. I had class until 9 and by then most of the activities I wanted to go to had died down. I even waited at Barney's with some friends next to The Row hoping MK&A would go up there, but alas they did not. Then we tried finding the Opening Ceremony & Teen Vogue block parties but failed miserably. We did get to see Isabel Toledo though!

Sunday night I volunteered at the Malene Grotrian show at the Metropolitan Pavilion. It was a great opportunity for a fashion week newbie like myself since it was a small show. We even got to sit down and watch, and take home a goodie bag filled with this new self-tanning mitt, lip balm, and Luna bars!

Monday morning came the Carolina Herrera show at the Tent at Bryant Park. All the volunteers, including myself, began at 7 AM by putting together the programs and straightening out the chairs. Before the show began, I was positioned as an usher a row away from Katie Grand and across from Anna Wintour and the Vogue crew. Rachel Zoe was also there...needless to say, I was a little star-struck even though I only saw them from afar. During clean-up, I swiped my first ever Daily, WWD, and a found Prabal Gurung Sharpie. No longer was I a newbie!

That night, I headed over to the Dress Up Soiree with Lizz. I cannot even begin to describe what an experience that was...getting to see and meet some of the bloggers that inspired me to start blogging in the first place! It was especially great hearing the panel; as each blogger went on, I finally decided what I wanted My Polychrome Life to be about. Stay tuned for some changes :)

Wednesday evening I headed back to Bryant Park to help out backstage at Doo.Ri. Let me just say that was one of the best experiences I have had thus far in this industry. Everyone was so patient and friendly, the models were the cutest ever!, and the clothes were just incredible. I have never once wanted to own everything in a single collection; I need everything from Doo.Ri Spring 2010.

My week of craziness ended with a short trip to CT and then coming back and being a goof with Lizz. Now it's off to the Teen Vogue/Clinique Fresh Faces event...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

In Between

The weather was beautiful outside today -- but the classrooms were freezing from the AC. Finally got to wear these flesh colored tights again...I love them to death. Also: can't believe fashion week begins on Friday.

Wearing Old Navy shirt, Zara vest, Levis cut offs, UO tights, vintage boots.

Look at my pretty linoleum floor color. NOT.
Off to watch my guilty pleasure that is 90210 {I heart Adrianna} and start on some reading!

Georgie Girl

Had the pleasure of meeting Georgie {aka George} yesterday. I can't wait for her and Pootie to be best friends.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


Mint green earrings, crystal pendant, wolf necklace

Wow look at that super-awesome photo quality. Still trying to decide if I want to ask Santa for a new iPod or camera.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Paying Less

The other night, I was browsing online and found these Alice + Olivia for Payless shoes on a few blogs. These also happened to be the first pair of A + O for Payless shoes that I actually liked. Scratch that, loved.

They were no longer on the Payless website which worried me, but I made the trip to the Payless on 34th and found them in my size! The new Christian Siriano collection was already out as well--I fell in cheap-shoe lust with these in particular.

This is my last purchase for a while now because although they are Payless shoes, they were not exactly in my budget.

Also, classes started yesterday! But I will update on all of them later on XD

Good luck to everyone else starting school this week!

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Absolutely dreadful quality, but you get the idea.

I have been wanting thigh high boots since the fall shows, but being a college student, couldn't spend the right amount of money for a decent pair. Also, it's not like I'll be wearing them for years to come. So I found these on GoJane, and am in love. I can't wait for it to get cooler out so I can wear them.

I moved into FIT last weekend and am in love with everything here at school and around it. I didn't take a single picture during move in, but my room is on the fifth floor overlooking the street {AND I got the window side of the room!}. There are even trees right outside my window which I'm sure will be beautiful during fall.

Tomorrow I'll be making my first trip to Brooklyn to the botanical gardens, so I hope the rain that is supposed to fall doesn't.

Friday, August 21, 2009

{Plastic} Waste, Day 3

I apologize for the lack of photos today...I got a bit lazy, and fortunately there was not as much to photograph.

Day 3:

Breakfast at Starbucks: A plastic "Naked" drink cup {but the smallest one!}, paper food wrapper
Lunch at Quiznos: Sandwich wrapped in paper, paper/plastic drink cup

Snack: Glass Starbucks Frappaciuno container
Dinner: Paper Napkin

I move in to school tomorrow and could not be more excited/nervous. I feel like such a tourist right now, as we are staying in Newark, NJ for the night -- but I can see the Empire State building all lit up!

What I have learned from this experience: planning really does pay off. If we all took more reusable bottles, and filled them up with water at each rest stop, we could have decreased our extraneous drink consumption {and calorie intake!}. We also could have opted out of using straws {what's the need?}, carried around a cloth napkin, and made more food ourselves to bring on the road or in our hotel rooms. I also would have preferred to eat at more family-owned restaurants, but I was not the one paying for the food...

Also, making more of a point to find recycling destinations is key. As I have learned, hotels don't care. 99 % of the time, they are clueless.

I encourage you to take the time to plan before your next road trip, even one thing like remembering your reusable bottles. Water is water, and free water at a clean rest stop is much better than $1.99 water at a gross gas station.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

{Plastic} Waste, Day 2

Today was spent driving through the rest of TN, Kentucky, and finally Ohio. And my waste generated seems just as bad, if not worse, than yesterday. Blast you Styrofoam!

Day 2:
Breakfast at the hotel: I ruined my first waffle {the mixture for it came in a Styrofoam cup with plastic lid} and burned a plastic fork trying to get it off the griddle. So this is my second plastic fork, a Styrofoam plate, and a Styrofoam cup for my juice.

Lunch at Subway: I opted for a salad in a big plastic bowl, but did tell the woman working I did not need the plastic lid. I also used a plastic fork {which came in plastic wrapper} and plastic water cup, for which I used no straw or plastic top. Also, note the plastic chip bag.

Coffee at Starbucks: Plastic lid, cardboard cup.

Dinner at Chipotle: I did not take a picture of it, but my burrito came in a foil & paper wrapper and paper bag -- no plastic used. I got a Nantucket Nectar to drink, which comes in a glass bottle. Yay no plastic with dinner!

I am sure there are other odds and ends I used, but forgot about. This is turning out to be a very depressing realization...I know the alternative to all of this would take a lot of prior preparation, but it might just be worth it for future road trips.

As for a previous comment from Chelsea, as long as you look at see what number is in the little recycling triangle symbol on the bottom of a container and it says #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7, it is usually recyclable. It differs town to my town in Texas, for example, the city did not recycle #6, you just have to check the town's website to see what they do accept. And make sure you wash it out!

Also, Beth was kind enough to let me write a guest post on her blog, Fake Plastic Fish! Please check it out :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

{Plastic} Waste, Day 1

Well, my parents and I left for New York City this morning and made it to Tennessee, passing through Arkansas along the way. We also made a quick stop at Graceland...which is not as big as I remembered.

Anyways, I have to decided to blog about my waste consumption {primarily plastic} throughout this whole trip. The idea started with when I called each of the hotels we would be staying at and asked them if they recycled -- I figured that for a 3 day car ride, no doubt some glass, plastic, and paper waste would occur. Turns out, none of them do. One of the managers I spoke to {the hotel I'm in right now}, didn't even know what recycling was.

This is more of just an eye-opening experience for me than anything else. This is not including my parents' waste, just mine, but that will be more than enough as I can already tell from today. Hopefully I can use this experience when I write to these hotels, asking them to consider offering recycling, and why they don't already.

Day 1:Breakfast at Sonic: Plastic maple syrup cup, plastic-coated french toast stick holder, 1 paper napkin, Styrofoam cup, straw. Why I got a medium drink, I have no idea -- I never get more than a small, and a medium means more waste anyways.

We brought sandwiches from home for lunch, but they were wrapped in plastic wrap. I started to drink an iced tea in a glass container, and ate a plastic cup of pineapple chunks.

For dinner, we ate at a restaurant, but I used a straw in my water, 2 tea bag wrappers, and a paper napkin. I used this plastic-coated cup the hotel provides to take some medicine with including 2 Benedryl chews that come in individual plastic wrappers.

And this is just day one.