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The 100th Annual Picnic Day
Tuesday April 22, 2014

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Saturday, April 12, 2014. I think you can tell when midterms start rolling around by how late and infrequent my blog posts become, haha. Picnic Day happened almost two weeks ago and I’ve been meaning to blog about it but I’m literally busy from morning to night every day now (writing this post at 2 AM at the moment). To be honest, I didn’t do much on Picnic Day, but I feel a necessity to talk about it because it’s basically a passage to being a UC Davis student.

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First let’s get a selfie out of the way. I actually bothered to look nice for once so just let me have my gratuitous self-shots dammit! Anyway, fun fact: I used to be an assistant director for Picnic Day last year. So about a year ago, I was required to wake up at 5 AM and work for the majority of the day. This year is different since I’m more of a spectator, so it was interesting to see how Picnic Day is like from an audience’s point of view.

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A major difference for me this year is that I woke up in the afternoon and arrived to campus past 2 PM, so most of the events were over anyway whoops. Sorry, sleep is more important. I got to hang out with my two sidebitches (Sidebitch #1 pictured above) and we walked around holding hands like a weird threesome thing. It was cool.

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The only event I got to visit was in the etymology department, so that will be the majority of my photos for this post. The booth outside the etymology building was called The Bug Doctor, where the workers allowed us to touch big spiders. I don’t think I would be frightened as much as I would be extremely ticklish.

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At another station, we made maggot art! Not often you get to say that, eh? This activity required us to dip maggots in paint, drop them on a blank card, and watch their bodies squirm around to make “art”. The maggots don’t suffocate from the paint or anything because I think they’re used to wet environments and breathe through their butthole anyway (don’t quote me on the last part that’s just what I overheard).

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Inside the etymology building were various rooms showcasing bugs and insects. Who needs to visit a museum when you can just get this shit for free at Davis amirite? I think I caught the kissing bugs though. ;)

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Here are various bee species nailed down with very very tiny pins. It’s a good thing they put these species under a glass case because I’m always paranoid of crushing something so small and delicate.

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More glass cases of other insects, including butterflies. Some of these butterflies are bigger than the size of my palm, it’s amazing (and would also freak me the fuck out if they were alive).

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This blue butterfly is my favorite out of the bunch, simply because it made me do a double take to confirm if it was a drawing or not. It also reminds me of a book I’ve been writing.

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Having had an overwhelming share of bugs and insects, we walked to the arboretum to take a peek at the marching band. The crowd was enormous so we couldn’t see very much, but there were a couple of overly energetic band players dancing around the back of the crowd.

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To end my Picnic Day, I posed on top of the egghead statue in front of Shields library. How I have not done this sooner, I don’t know. Posing with the egghead statues is practically another passage to being a UC Davis student.

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I ended the very long day with sushi at Moshi Moshi with Sidebitch #2. I ordered the Zero Hour roll which was obviously a mouthful of yums.

Picnic Day is very much a touristy attraction, but as long as I’m in good company then I’m good to go. I realize that I prefer creating the “show” rather than being a spectator of the show, though. But then again, I wouldn’t have as many nice pictures as this year!

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"Utopia" Fashion Show, Part 2: Runway
Monday April 14, 2014

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Saturday, April 5, 2014. The fashion show pretty much took my entire day away. Though the doors opened at 6:30 PM, I had to arrive to the location at 2 PM just to do make-up, hair, clothes, and practice walking on the runway. Given the fact that all of the other models had to do the same thing, 4.5 hours is not that much time to practice. I somehow managed to pull it off though, despite feeling bloated from eating a big bowl of ramen beforehand. I didn’t know when I would be able to eat during the show, so pigging out on a big meal beforehand was super important. I even packed 2 sandwiches, 3 grand-sized rice krispie bars, and a bag of Kit Kats. I WILL GET MY NOM NOMS DONE DESPITE THE ODDS.

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I wish I was able to take more behind-the-scenes pictures of the make-up room, because it made the whole modeling experience seem so legit. My hair stylist was from Paul Mitchell and she gave me awesome curls that stayed intact the whole day. My make-up artist gave me a pin-up doll look. I asked her to make me look as dramatic as possible so that when I fall on the runway no one would recognize me.  *thumbs up*

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Here are the other ladies I modeled with. Of course my outfit would be the craziest of the bunch. We were part of the Heart Boutique clothing line, which would be the third group to walk the runway first, so yeah no pressure or anything amirite?

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My group and I constantly practiced walking the runway because we wanted to get this shit right! I was kind of nervous because I had to trade in my heels for taller ones (I have never worn any heels taller than 1 inch) and also walk without my glasses (WHICH MEANS I AM LITERALLY HANDICAPPED LOL). I don’t know how good my walk actually was, but I think it should be a miracle in and of itself that I did not fall or trip.

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I was SOOOO HUNGRY by the time my first walk was done! Had to go to the changing room to switch into my second outfit, since I was modeling for two clothing lines, but I did not hesitate to tackle the pizza box that someone brought and get my NOMS on. Pizza has never tasted so delicious until now. Sadly I couldn’t even finish my ONE slice before they pulled me out again to go out on stage. I’m now convinced that the “starving model” stereotype is only true in the sense that we have no time to eat if we’re walking more than once.

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Selfies from the changing room while we’re eating pizza. Multi-tasking with the 2 deadly sins, gluttony and vanity~

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The second clothing line I modeled for was Sugar Shack, and we had a much smaller group of models this time (only 4 girls). Which means we had to walk eeeeextra slow. I’m glad I could walk with these ladies because they are awesome. ^_^

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Some snippets of me walking on the runway that I stole from Facebook. There are actually more pictures of me on the runway that are floating around somewhere but I am too embarrassed to post them on my blog. K THANX BYE.

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Me dressed up at the show vs. me dressed down at home! I arrived back at my apartment around 11 PM. Couldn’t tell if I was exhausted or still excited from the show. I procrastinated on taking off my make-up because I knew I would never look this good again *sobs*. I slept with my curls still intact so when I had to wake up at 7 AM the next morning for AggieTV, my hair still looked cool!! Unfortunately, there are societal norms I had to do such as “showering” so I couldn’t keep the curls for very long.

Thus concludes my noob adventures with modeling and fashion. I’m glad I agreed to model for this show because it was a really unique experience for me. I got to wear make-up and style my hair and wear expensive outfits that I would never be able to pull off otherwise. This is probably going to be the peak of my prettiness before I go back to being plain again, so I gotta enjoy it while it lasts haha!

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"Utopia" Fashion Show, Part 1: Fittings
Wednesday April 9, 2014

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Who would’ve thought that in the first week of spring quarter I would jump headfirst into a fashion show? This quarter is already geting crazy busy with extracurriculars: I’m making sure to maintain straight A’s, while juggling my IET job and my internship at a biotech company, while also training for the dragon boat team and filming a movie series for AggieTV. Yet SOMEHOW I thought it would be a good idea to agree to model for SFA’s fashion show on top of everything else.

And a good idea it was!! I had an amazing time throughout the whole process. It was a great experience that I know won’t come very often (cuz lesbehonest, I ain’t gonna be picked as a model anywhere else LOL). For this reason, I’m very excited to blog about my first time ever participating in a fashion show! I’m going to split this into 2 parts just to savor it longer hehe.

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Friday, April 4. On this day, three other models and I carpooled to Sacramento to visit two boutique stores that were offering their clothes for the show. (I’m so lucky I got to showcase two outfits instead of one!) The first store we visited was Heart Clothing Boutique, which was a cute little shop that is very close to an internship I used to work for last summer, and now I’m here… geez it’s crazy how much I have progressed in less than a year. @_@ 

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I thought this rug was cute. The girls and I squeezed together on the couch as we waited for the store owner to give us the outfits that she had picked out for us. Dude she is AMAAAAZING at coordinating outfits because she picked awesome romper pants for me! The other models were like “GURL DEM LEGS” and I was like da fuck when did I even have legs??

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Here’s what the inside of their store looks like. Lots of bright, popping colors and trendy jewelry. The store owner gave me a really bright statement necklace too and my povo ass has never been able to afford statement necklaces so LIKE I SAID SHE IS AMAZING.

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More pictures from inside her store. Heart Clothing is a great place to go if you fancy bold colors and popping out in the crowd. CHECK THEM OUT @ 1903 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814. No I’m not being sponsored by them. Bitch I wish.

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Next is Sugar Shack, which is also relatively close to Heart Clothing! One of the models and I were very apprehensive of all the PINKNESS at first because she’s more of a tomboy and I prefer dark/edgy stuff. But the store owner here was very accommodating as well and also chose a good look for me. Seriously these owners know what they’re doing when they coordinate outfits. *bows down*

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I like the painting that they have on the side of their building. Gives them a nice personal touch! Plus they stood out instantly when we were trying to look for them.

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Their store is much bigger and easier to browse through. A lot of their items are very loose and flowy, and they have lots of tribal prints. In fact, our group ended up matching with our prints when we decided on the final outfits. And again, this owner gave me a beautiful statement necklace that tied my outfit all together.

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SELFIE GROUP PIC because we are such girls!! No really, you put a bunch of Asian girls together, you know it’s gonna happen. Sugar Shack’s flowy, tribal print clothes are great for the summer season and they’re all suuuper comfortable too. CHECK THEM OUT @ 2425 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816.

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Here are my outfits that I’m showcasing!! These are not the type of clothes I wear at all but I have received positive feedback on them so I will trust that judgment! It seems like these shop owners (and the other models too tbh lol) favor loose, long pants on me because it helps accentuate long legs. Hey, got no complaints about that.

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To cap the night, these ladies and I went to Thai Basil for dinner! I’m so glad I ended up with a group of chill and tomboyish girls. It felt like a typical girls’ hangout because we were basically shopping in the afternoon and eating out in the evening. Except our shopping was FREE HAHAHAHAHA (sadly these clothes are only borrowed).

The car ride back to Davis was spent talking about random stuff like our pooping habits. What can I say, we are very classy models. ^_~

Part 2 will discuss the day of the fashion show in my next post! More behind the scenes stuff yay!!

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