WWSJD (?)

I have the iPhone4S—which, frankly, I love—the last iPhone supposedly Steve Jobs (the stern taskmaster whose favorite line at the office was some variation on: “That’s shit.” So really, how can any future phone be any better? (So what if they’re getting (hardware-wise) thinner, longer, bigger—
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[How long do u think I can resist?]

Jiwa Jiwa /RECOMMEND #2

IMG_9626.JPGRemember this? ⬆️ ⬆️ ♥️⬆️
It’s even ☆awesomer☆ in person. I just got them 💗≪stationery from JIWAJIWAPRESS≫ in the mail—MERRY XMAS TO ME!— and everything is glorious in the world!!
I had to share w/ you guys〜!

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☆jiwa 〜 jiwa☆

IMG_9628.JPGSelf-explanatory —pride and all that (too late for stylish self-effacement/modesty, come on – – we’re all friends here!) + Very cute trees ♡ — Unrelated: they look kinda Asian. . . Don’t they?

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IMG_9625.JPG No, no! Arigato to YOU! [I'm bowing right now.] あリがどうございます。
Btw, I taught my bf how to bow [Asian-style] before he presented to a group of Japanese businessmen visiting from Tokyo — he must’ve done really well, cuz they actually *applauded* (well, while giggling uncontrollably—I think, out of shock, cuz he was so good). !!!

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IMG_9631.JPG You can find your own bliss — get/OWN/send your own amazing stationery— here:JIWA JIWA.✔️

WHAT is bananamap ??

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT EXACTLY YOU ARE FOLLOWING . . . (CUZ THAT’S IMPORTANT) . . .
I wrote this post about a month ago and stuffed it in the “about” page area up top ⬆︎⬆︎ (where it says “WHAT IS BANANAMAP?” [it used to say "CLICK FOR YOUR ♡'s DESIRE" and the more direct, "CLICK for CASH $$$"]).

But I don’t think anyone is clicking, because the font is like ELFIN.
So I’ll just copy/paste it here. And you know, this is valuable [reduce/use/cycle] content!

♡ ♡ ♡
N U T S H E L L V E R S I O N :

IT’S L I F E〜C O M F O R T.
+ S O M E S I N C E R E R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S.
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・B I O・

FINALLY, updated my photo.**Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

*Remember my old photo? → (-_^)
**this is actually diff from the one I posted in the About section. (this is in front of my grandma’s plumeria, in Gardena, Ca).

Me.

Hi. I’m Lisa 〜
Today is Sat Aug 16, 2014, and updating this page just seems like a good idea. And I’m a bit bored.

I grew up in pre-hipster Portland, OR, a suburb, + our high school mascot was the beaver. Industrious, big teeth. Nature’s engineer.But I digress...

Which reminds me!

** I have heard from some [too-critical but well-meaning] ppl that my top ten traits do not include being brief, so now I will attempt to ⇒ GO TURBO ⇒⇒

I got my bachelor’s degree in English at Stanford (so you’d think I’d be able to write. . . ) Mostly what I remember from college is a lot of cram-reading, and some panicked cram-writing, both happening at often around 4am . .

But I did manage to graduate.

I had no delusions of further English study, though—I am somewhat of a fantasist (sometimes spelled escapist), but there are limits, even to my stretching of reality. I went back to violin.

I became an orchestral violinist, which is basically the only thing I know how to do {what I’ve done since I was 10}, after three years at Yale grad school [School of Music—which was very fun; I recommend it.] +NOT academically rigorous at all; ► e.g., the foreign language requirement/exam: to “pass” — + be excused from classes— you can bring and use a DICTIONARY. ≪Yes. During the test.≫

bananamap

✭bananamap✭ 「the blog 」is me basically trying to piece together bits of everything, have a little [more] childhood, —as in occasionally juvenile-style [silly, some may say] **exploration** and figure out -again, before it really is too late - what I’m going to do in this life. 【Which really gets higher +higher priority as one rises in age!】→ While also
***REACHING OUT *〜TO YOU*〜for that very-best feeling — of kinship — and humanness — of . . . of . . .

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
(THAT feeling.)

Let me tell you, though, cuz I’ve mostly just shown you the MESSY parts so far while writing this blog — when I’m working things out in my head [and GORILY ALL OVER THE SCREEN] — and never anything else, like the revelations afterward!!, which is a major mark of selfishness (sorry about that!) . . .
*SO I really gotta tell you, about blogging vs. writing, like in a journal, privately (w/o even pretend audience): Writing has almost literally saved my life *s-e-v-e-r-a-l* times —I’m not kidding at all.

♡・W・R・I・T・I・N・G・♡・♡・
・H・E・L・P・S ・♡・♡・♡・♡
・♡・S・O ・♡・♡・♡・♡・♡・
♡・M・U・C・H ・♡♥︎♡♡♥︎♡♥︎〜

► Writing is not just for writers, or readers, or nerds, redheads, whatever – – -
► WRITING IS FOR [all] PEOPLE‼
► WRITING is a HUMAN TOOL.
● So . . Pick up a pen/cil (✎)
● Go to a computer → + start a blog !

It’s fun + therapeutic.

⇔ Communicate with yourself—your innermost self (i know, spray- cheez)—through the page.

FOR INSTANCE :When I can put aside the shame (or when self-consciousness is paralyzing) at how ✘befuddledly✘↔crazy I’m sure my writing must be—I tell myself repeatedly that ppl skip over most passages, you know, w/words—A N D . . . I just take a second to JUST REMEMBER how great + how RICHLY valuable, + {ALSO} often how ridiculously specific the insight[s] gained. . . and in short order as well. (Express service is same-day⁓ ! )

∴ the value reaped is enormous, worth the faint shadow{s} of shame—even the tiny bit that I do, +as erratically as I do it. BENEFITS GALORE〜
Esp. the posts when the writing makes no sense, extra rambly〜you know the style. They usually turn out (I realize much later) to be the preamble (or mid-amble) to some major revelation—usu. self-revelation. And often it takes many (MANY) goes around until I get it.

Of course, as always, insight is gained post-confusion, post- messy-complicated-emotional-fog and in that fleeting, elusive ✧ clear-as-a-bell✧ lovely spot o’ time that is the → Human Learning-Window, or what is known as . . .
⇄ ⇔ R E T R O S P E C T ⇔ The only time you ever learn. Anything. ⇄ ↑→ Is in ☆retrospect☆— which is →never← going to be ↓NOW. ↓ ⇔ Get it? ⇔
⇔ R・E・T・R・O・S・P・E・C・T ⇔ ⇔ { respect.} ⇔

Meh.

✭These days I’m recuperating from the accident, and the summer seems slow, like when you’re a kid. (The kid-feeling probably is a result of staying at my parents for so long, no doubt.) Often I stare at the COS website. I was so excited when, in May, they started delivering to the US !!〜 〜 However I have yet to order anything, for some reason. . . (People w/hematomas don’t wear COS! It’s just WRONG!!!) Luckily the COS website is endless —or seemingly endless.

draped back top, dark grey, from COS.

draped back top, dark grey, from COS.

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Comments.

✔︎ KINDLY LEAVE A COMMENT. Any wisdom you might have . . or non-wisdom, or observations/ GUFFAWS/jokes. Just . . .please no jerky/mean stuff. [Seriously—kid gloves. You know I just got hit by a car. I’m at the threshold ++. [And when I was six, the teacher suggested I try three bites of chili and I burst into tears and almost had to go home.] Please no negativity. Arigato.

The BENEFITS of POSTING

PREVENTS AGING 〔we’re near a cure!〕 ☆
BREAKS YOU OF ANY/ALL BAD HABITS

MAKES HAIR SHINIER AND MORE MANAGEABLE ☆
MAKES LIFE EASIER,
(〜150-200%)
ELEVATED LEVELS OF JOIE DE VIVRE ☆
MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN STRESS LEVELS ☆
SUPER TONED UPPER ARMS ☆

**〜☆**〜Thank you to all you ♡friends♡ who continue to like, comment, + folllow! I appreciate + smooch you muⅽℎo!!*

*You look AWESOME, btw. ((YOUR ARMS LOOK AMAZING!!!))♡⏎

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Ok, so now it’s all embarrassing — after all this disclosure.  Like I can’t even look at you.  For like 2 weeks probably…
So—-let’s be the true introverts that we are and . . .IMG_4961

SIgned,
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//♥︎ I still keep notebooks btw. Look at this one on Etsy!

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It’s a Moleskine pocket notebook w/a gold foil band〜fancy〜 【From Alfamarama shop—LOTS OF PRETTY |blank| , or “plain” (unlined pages), a.k.a. ♡P E R F E C T♡ Moleskine cahier notebooks there—I’ve never ordered, but I’m so tempted...】

The Social Preparedness Kit.

IMG_9539.JPGNot to be a BRAGGER or anything—cuz I probably could’ve been a much better student if I hadn’t been constantly writing notes in class instead of paying attention (Sorry, Mom!)— but I’ve ALWAYS been a big letter- and note-writer, pen-pal, etc, and I’m sad that both letter-writing (snailmail style) has gone out of vogue, and long emails are so frowned upon (or, usu ignored–out of habit, most likely–in real life).

So I’m happy to see this trend—most visible among the crafty types, and art-journal and “maker”/DIY types—more like an INITIATIVE, to get more people to return to handwritten letter-writing.

Y E S !!

IMG_9540.JPG The letterpress shop based in Portland that has been one of my FAVES for ♡♥︎Y E A R S ♥︎♡, called eggpress*, which is based in Portland, Ore—my hometown (man ! They can do no wrong these days, huh?) —has apparently been on a fervent mission to re-start letterwriting for awhile. *[eggpress makes the tiniest little cute letterpress greeting cards - - I'm sure you've seen them. . . Also their designs have been used for bed linens that are sold in too-cool-for-anyone-but-Portland-hipsters stores like Schoolhouse Electric].

So recently eggpress *amaze-balls* designers have come out with the Social Preparedness Kits. These are actually helpful all-inclusive (no-excuses) and SO SO CUTE / SUPER PRETTY and IRRESISTIBLY ORGANIZMO ≪CORRESPONDENCE KITS≫ that all have that special ★eggpress-designed★ perfection!

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The SPK (I abbreviate cuz I’m like cool) is the best stuff EVER:

● eight-packs of letterpress cards — thank you cards + blank cards — that come in a coordinating tray

● 18 flat letterpress cards (perforated tear-away notes!)

● screen printed “CUBES” canvas pencil case (it’s awesomer than it sounds)

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〜And my FAVORITE:

♥︎♡ Hand sewn zip card cases w/phresh phrases printed on !!

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IMG_9538.JPG! ! ! ★〜☆〜♡〜♥︎・♡
Don’t you LURVE THEM?!?!

《 i♡ eggpress 》
socialpreparesnesskit.com

Shockeroo.

OMG: American Apparel Does Normal!!!
No sh*t. For reals.
This is, like, classy. [I looked for a back- or hidden boob-window and could find neither — I know, c'est bizarre!]
Washed SILK.
MID-LENGTH S-H-I-F-T D-R-E-S-S !
Isn’t it sooo pretty? and so ridiculously normal???

In Pretty in Pink (gasp!) !! Also in turquoise + black (but perhaps sold out (?) because I couldn’t select as options):

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Yes, American Apparel!

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If I Were A Rich [Wo]Man

IN ★ WORLD ★ ISSUES
. . .

I am continuing to hit the heavy topics today with C L O T H I N G.

☆☆ I don’t want you to miss this:
Gary Graham Leather Apron Tunic Dress — is on sale (down from $1090.) at HEISTIMG_9503.JPGNow it is a mere *$654.00* BARGAIN BARGAIN BARGAIN
(All kidding aside, it *is* GORGE) …

At ANAÏSE, I am seriously tempted to buy (because my view of numbers/values all warped now—thanks, leather apron dress) these BEAUTS– Dieppa Restrepo nude GORGEOUS little Camilla boots:

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IMG_9505.JPGThey are on sale for $234.00 ($334.)!!!

🍌Bananamap Needs You To Shine

Still stickin’ to light—LITE— topics here, mainly because everything in Reality-reality has been way too heavy lately. So subjects today will include the weighty issues of ...

① HAIR
② SHOES

So, hair-needs. . .
〜HELP ! !
Do ☆you☆ happen to know a good stylist??

Cuz I look like Crystal Gayle at the moment.

IMG_9479.JPGMy dad offered to cut my hair — he has been cutting my mom’s hair for the last year or so, in the garage à la bowl-cut, and it really doesn’t look half-bad really — and I’ve been seriously considering it. . . It’s the very practical price of $0, and his current schedule (he’s retired) is very open. But before I do that (last resort—my last haircut was in SF @Harper Paige, so it’s a bit of a sideways or downwards step (no offense, Dad—just your EE resumé does not serve you well in this case). ☆☆〜★★If you know anyone good (and not so $$$) around Carlsbad (S/San Diego), please leave me their name in the comments!

Second, look at me! When I buy shoes like this↓↓ it directly means a renewed attempt at JOIE.

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IMG_9483.JPG I’ve been wearing flat—completely flat—shoes for like three years straight. This, to me—and maybe others (female, probably, but I don’t want to be close-minded) can understand and translate this similarly—means giving up, or at least complacency. I was [am still] in a lonely place called Pain, which is hard to explain unless you’re actually _in_ it, (even for the person experiencing it, afterwards)—and anyway, no one even *WANTS* to «go back» (it does feel like a “place”) there anyway — so I won’t — so, sufficed to say:I BOUGHT NEW SHOES. THAT HAVE A HEEL. (!!!)[They are also ridiculously LUXE SOFT PONYHAIR... ] And from * all that *〜 I know you will draw the correct conclusion that I am feeling/hoping the opposite of 《giving up / complacent》!! Phew. Am I the opposite of concise or WHAT?!
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Anyway. The SECOND thing that I need is this FURRY SOFT STICKER PAPER that you PUT IN YOUR SHOES TO MAKE THEM MORE COMFORTABLE..Like where they rub against your feet and make them hurt, cause blisters, etc. Know what I mean? JV gave me a generous (LARGE) square of it, but I used it ALL UP already!! And I NEED MORE! (cuz I’m WEARING HIGH SHOES/ BELIEVING IN LIFE + JOIE!!)

Do you happen to know where to get it?
It looks like this:

IMG_9484.JPGIf you know where to get this SOFT FURRY STICKER PAPER (at a shoe/cobbler place? Target?Amazon?) , could you let me know in the comments section of this post?

👡 .. . ・ ° *Someone let me know so I can do my other shoooo!!

SlackerSaysWhat?

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I think the summer-doze schedule got so ingrained it even started preventing me from doing fun effortless stuff like ☆posting☆〜 So I’m trying to ease my way back (and not strain my finger, har) w/o overwhelming myself...Some pics from around Carlsbad and the beach〜

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It’s even affected my wardrobe. (Well, maybe it’s my arm/shoulder sling too—that necessitates simplicity). I’m obsessed w/a sort of in-patient dress dress-code. Like this dress from Revisited Matters♡♥︎♡

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These pics /tubular collar dress are from NESTXGATHER, but they happen to be on sale at their site, revisitedmatters.com (it says they’re moving—from their base in Brooklyn, NY—to ANTWERP!!) 〜 and also at Founders And Followers, ShopBird, and . . maybe it was joinerynyc.com?