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Golden Kale

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

My college friend Marta came to LA for the first time, so of course I needed to show her Venice Beach. While browsing, we came across a street vendor that made gold/silver/copper plated leaves. I couldn’t choose just one, so I bought three. Below is my favorite item, the gold-plated kale leaf:

I just love the shape. It’s so abstract and asymmetrical.

You can find the vendor yourself here:

Real Leaves Jewelry
1309 Ocean Front Walk, Venice Beach
Located one block north of the Sidewalk Cafe

See more photos in my Golden Kale photoset.

Matchingfreak Reaches 1000 Outfits

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

To commemorate the momentous occasion of reaching 1000 documented outfits on Matchingfreak, I decided to make a short “documentary,” if you will. It cracks me up.

I made it over the course of the week and used iMovie, which is pretty good for a free software. Making it was a lot of fun, and reminded me of the times when I pretended to make television shows as a child!

Matchingfreak Woes

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Rabid fans may have noticed that I didn’t update Matchingfreak for about the past three weeks until a few minutes ago. I had my reasons…

  • We moved to a new place, and I haven’t found a proper well-lit place for me to take my pictures. I usually take my pictures when I come home from work, but now that it’s winter, it’s always dark by the time I’m home. The lighting in my new room is okay, but the new, fluffy carpet is newly washed, and I don’t want to soil it.
  • My camera died. It all started when the button to take the picture fell off earlier this year. For months I used the camera with the button taped back on. A few weeks ago the button fell off and I lost it. I would have to take the pictures by depressing the indented section under the button with a pencil, which was frustrating and weird to say the least. Finally it stopped working altogether a few weeks ago.
  • Ever since my dad bought me a new camera, I’ve been struggling to put together my “routine.” I whipped out a suction-cup “tripod” (it’s really a unipod), because this new camera can’t stand on its side by itself like my old one (barely) did. And, again, struggling with finding a corner of the house with good lighting where I can wear my shoes.

So I spent the past few days taking the pictures in my balcony during the day, because I didn’t go to work. But now that I go to work tomorrow, I’ll have to find some lucky volunteers to take my body shot for me. I’m too shy to ask people, though. I’m also too embarrassed to get my picture taken in public.

Like my mom said, I put the “freak” in Matchingfreak.

I used to draw

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

I was seven years old when we moved from Turkey to the United States. I have only had a few opportunities a year to see our relatives since then. Naturally, they remember the Melike from 18 years ago vividly, and piece their picture of me together with what they’ve observed from our brief encounters since.
One question I get a lot is, “Do you still draw a lot?” It sounds so strange to me now, that I used to draw every day of my life since before I could remember up until the ages of 16-17. The inspiration and number of drawings sharply declined since then, up to the point where I forgot that there was a time when I couldn’t imagine myself not drawing regularly.
I crave playing with shapes and colors from time to time. In the Melike of Now, the thirst for play with colors and forms is mostly quenched by coordinating different outfits every morning. In accordance with the Matchingfreak philosophy, no outfit combination is to be repeated, which raises the bar for coming up with creative color, material, and accessory groupings.
Besides clothing, the only other media where I manipulate colors are the Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations, and monthly process engineering reports I create at work. Making sure not to waste too much time, I enjoy making the spreadsheets and plots readable and pleasant to the eye…

Baby’s First Ad Campaign

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

A few weeks ago, I was blessed with a free $100 Google AdWords gift card sent to me by my website hosting company. I figured I’d try it out, since it’s free (I’m sure this was their intention). I want to milk every last penny out of this opportunity to promote Matchingfreak, so I started an ad campaign for it. When I noticed that my one image ad has an almost five times higher clickthrough rate than to the text ads, I decided to crank out a couple more, almost one of each size available. And here they are!

I quite like the orange one. Which one is your favorite?

Twice in a lifetime

Monday, September 21st, 2009

On Friday I wore a color scheme that reminded me of an outfit I’d worn and documented back in 2003: red, blue, and bright green. Below is a comparison (click to see larger versions):

June 5, 2003

September 18, 2009

I remember that morning in high school well. I had worn a light blue shirt underneath my red v-neck sweater. Just as I was about to head out the door, I had thought, “I need an outer layer. What could it be?” and had pulled out my bright green jacket, which I think I have given away since. It was with the same feelings I’d pulled my bright green cardigan out of my drawer while rushing out the door for work. Those were the only two instances where I was in the mood to wear those colors. Who knows when the next occurrence will be?

P.S. Finding that 2003 outfit would have been a lot more arduous if it weren’t for the Matchingfreak search page.

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

It might not have looked like I was continuing matchingfreak, but I was taking pictures almost every day this whole time. Today, I finally caught up with a month’s worth of daily pictures. Please view April and May!

Update 2009: This entry is obviously outdated, so the links don’t work.

lowered expectations make me seem more productive

Friday, March 21st, 2008

When I restarted matchingfreak, I indicated that I wouldn’t necessarily be updating every day, to take the pressure off of me. However, I’ve been taking pictures almost every day for the past two or so weeks. It has become a compulsion; I can’t not take pictures of my outfits! I usually post updates once a week, though, so that keeps me from having to edit pictures every evening. If you can’t tell, I just uploaded a batch, so go look!

what to wear to the refinery?

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

It’s been a busy week. Sometimes, I’m so tired when I get home that I don’t even check my e-mail! That’s unheard of.
I received my first paycheck in the mail today! This calls for a celebration.
I’ve been struggling to find outfits to wear to work. I work in a refinery, so the dress code is “casual,” or as people call it, “jeans and a t-shirt.” I often have issues with dressing casually, because my idea of casual is wearing dress slacks instead of jeans, frilly lace instead of t-shirts, argyle socks instead of white athletic socks, and ballerina flats instead of sneakers. That sort of outfit does not really fit in considering that I have to wear coveralls and a hard hat when I go out into the field. I think I’m going to have to break down and buy a pair of jeans, just to wear to work. (I’ve been slightly “protesting” jeans for the past few years, because it’s what 99% of the population wears nowadays. I own one pair, but I almost exclusively wear it at home.) This means that I’ll soon be adding new clothes to my wardrobe; I’m excited about that.
Here are two outfits I wore to work in the past week. As you can tell, I was pretty tired when I took these pictures. However, I’ve gotten so used to taking matchingfreak pictures in the past few years that it doesn’t take me as long to take the pictures anymore. I don’t like the yellow light in my room, but I can’t think of any solutions for that at the moment.

The above picture is a dead giveaway of my favorite color scheme.

one day at a time

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Wow, I’ve updated matchingfreak two days in a row now. I wasn’t expecting that. I admit that today’s outfit is a bit ridiculous:

I was out of the house for two hours today; this was what I wore to the Coffee Bean right around the corner. I rather like their Fancy Formosa Oolong tea.
By the way, I started work last week! So I have work tomorrow. I just thought I’d say that.