Thursday, February 28, 2008

Outfit borne of necessity.

I think that the outfits you have to wear are often more fun than the outfits you choose to wear, because you get to bend rules. You see, I have a Reach game today and I have to wear school colours (green and gold) and this 'CSS REACH' t-shirt.

I never wear this shirt unless we have a game because its not particularly attractive and the colour sucks. Sucky but necessary - so I layered a grey cardigan overtop and wore green leggings for school spirit.

It's definitely not the best outfit ever, but pretty good considering it was a necessity.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Happy Birthday, Shelby!

I adore this Sartorialist picture. The first thing you notice is her blue hair and how wonderful it is, so you expect her to be a total punk, but she's not. That's the beauty of it all. The tuxedo jacket and the blue bob just hysterically screams 'original'. I love it.

Then there is this picture. You see her hair and know she's a punk. Punk music and fashion is a true inspiration for me. Which probably seems strange, and I suppose it is. Strange but true. I seriously love her jacket. I don't really know about finnish punk, but this Hel-looks photo speaks volumes. To me, at least.

Ah yes, and a shout out to my wonderful best friend who turns 19 today! I love you!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Oscars in review.

I didn't actually watch the Oscars. My parents were too busy watching this three-part series about the Queen. But that's okay, because according to my observations it was a pretty tame and boring night, fashion-wise. The only dress of the night that really struck me was Amy Adams. Who is she? She looks wonderfully glamourous and the dress really contrasts with her hair.

The running theme of the night seemed to be 'garbage bags'. Didn't Chanel do that last season? Oscar the Grouch makes a wonderful muse.

A message to Diablo Cody: you write wonderful screenplays, but nobody's going to forget that you're a stripper when you're wearing a dress like that.

Lastly, why the hell is Miley Cyrus at the Oscars?

If Hannah Montana comes out with a movie, I'll be ready to throw down.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


There are some real creeps lurking the internet. Here is a shout out to whoever found this blog by google searching "mom's who love to wear latex". Speak now or forever hold your peace.

On a much more positive note, I saw a seriously fashionable girl at a coffee shop today. Though I didn't get a picture, she has long blonde hair and was wearing a vibrant green coat, skinny jeans and black Sorel boots. She was rocking the hell out of the boots too. I always considered Sorels a necessary evil in combatting the Canadian winter, but she made them seem like a hip accessory. Can you say jealous?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Prada la-dee-da.

Stop the presses, I actually liked this season's Prada! I am used to seeing Prada churn out crap that is either trendoid as hell, way too mature or I would just never wear. In short, I never expect great things from Miuccia, despite her godhead status in the fashion world. I mean, I just really don't like this...

Those footless socks bugged the hell out of me too. They are just glamourized legwarmers, nothing more!

The F/W 2008 collection is still a bit too mature, but I'm a sucker for lacy pretty things. Plus, this dress has a flying saucer around the hips. Everybody loves UFO's! (Okay, not really).

If you are of a sad minority that cannot appreciate flying saucers, I have gratuitously included a picture without one. The cool factor is only slightly diminished, because that lace is hot damn.

If I had an office job, I wouldn't object to wearing anything from this collection. But even though Prada is starting to win me over with this collection, I don't think I'll wholly appreciate the label until I'm middle-aged.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Rodin should make a sculpture of me.

Thanks so much to Soul Tangg, for awarding me the 'Thinking Blogger Award'. Gosh golly gee, that's awesome! I'm supposed to answer three questions, but I'm not going to because I vaguely remember answering these same questions in a previous survey I was tagged to complete.

What is the story behind the name of your blog and nickname??
What has been your best, and worst, blogging experience??
What do you think/want to happen to your blog in 2008???

A better question might be, "Does anyone actually read surveys anyways??"

Here are the bloggers I choose to tag:

Liebemarlene makes me think about the possibility of physical perfection. If it can be achieved then she’s damn near.

The Iron Chic makes me think about being awesome, funny and blogging about things un-related to fashion. Read her post on Canadian money. Or spiders. Currency and arachnids aren’t something I usually pay attention to, but the posts were hella good anyways!

Stararah makes me think about colour and experimenting with fashion. That sweater is nuts, and I would assume it should be worn with jeans or black pants. But Stararah wears is with teal skinnies, which make the outfit that much more unpredictable and fun!

Yonctopus makes me think about youth and adolescence. I think that a lot of youth in their early teens (myself included, when I was in my early teens) tend to be miserable buggers, but Yonctopus just seems to be having a lot of fun. Even if she likes My Chemical Romance…

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Stalking the Face Hunter

As the post title suggests, I was stalking Face Hunter today when I came across this guy. His pompadour hair style reminds me of Little Richard.

Little Richard is awesome. I dare you to listen to Tutti Frutti or Long Tall Sally and not have the urge to dance. I used to underestimate the power of classic 1950s R&B/Rock 'n' Roll so much, but my mind has really opened up now that I've started to learn about rock's history.

Also from the Face Hunter, I am making it my life's work to look like this girl. Her style is just a perfectly well co-ordinated mess. I love it.

...but I'd also add the badass factor of this girl to complete my ultimate 'look'. Gosh, she's pretty.

I'm actually very happy with my overall 'look', but it never hurts to shop around!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Colloidal Silver

What is cool? I think I'll let Adbusters tackle the philosophical implications of that question...

BUT, I think that Cheap Monday Jeans are pretty cool. I know they've been around for a while now, but I've only started hankering for a pair recently, since there's nowhere you can buy them where I live. Actually, scratch that. If there's any Torontonians who knows where to buy a pair then please let me know, I just haven't been looking hard enough.

I adore the skinny high-waisted style that they sell, and I need a new pair of skinny jeans BADLY. Unfortunately, I feel that 'Cheap Monday' is a misnomer though, because $60 for a pair of jeans is way more than I'd usually pay for anything.

Luckily, I'm going to New York City for the first time ever in a few months so I'm planning on picking up a pair of Cheap Mondays as a souvenir splurge. Just waiting is the hard part...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Science Fiction/Double Feature

It's no secret that my two favourite designers EVER are Luella and Vivienne Westwood, and since they both showed at London Fashion Week it feels natural that I should compress both of my runway observations into one super special blog post.

Luella delivered a super wearable collection. Almost too wearable. Though I quite like the elegant goth influences, I was hoping to see something a little more ridiculous and fun. I like my designer clothes to be precious, dangnabbit! Okay, I'll shut up, seeing as I did like the clothes.

I would totally wear this dress to, um, a tea party.

This flapper-esque dress also caught my attention. It's lovely, no?

Okay, Vivienne Westwood Red Label. The real meat-and-potatos (or if you're like me, soy protein and potatos). Dame Viv is always cheeky and subversive, and she certainly did not disappoint me in any respect. Love how she opened the show with a "Fair trial my arse! Justice for the prisoners in Guatanamo Bay" placard.

On to the clothing. The dramatic asymmetrical skirt hemline was done in true Westwood fashion. I love it, especially with the glamourous coat.

Wait, is that my favourite half-shaved, rich-bitch Alice Dellal? Why yes, it is! I have no idea what is printed on the dress, but Alice is rocking it hardcore.

Okay, last look. I love the sweater with the pins and the 'newspaper' tucked into the elastic garter. But I have the nagging suspicion that I'd be able to thrift a similar sweater without much skin off my ass...

There we go, the two wonderful collections met my ridiculously high expectations. But I wouldn't accept anything less from Luella or Vivienne. Now the only thing I have left to look forward to is Vivienne's Gold Label collection, which (to my knowledge) she is still showing in Paris.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Nomad for Love (Cannibal)

How come all the hip chicks (and guys) are international? Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen anyone this fashionable in Canada. I'm sure they're out there. I'm either not looking hard enough or live in a town where none exist. Most likely the latter...

The Moderniteter is Swedish.

Only Shallow is Finnish.

This girl is from Reykjavik.

Finally, a boy! A French boy, to be exact.

These people inspire me to dress my best.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Ups and Downs of London Fashion Darlings

Just as the title of the posts suggests, Henry Holland and Christopher Kane are no doubt the darlings of London fashion.

First off is Henry Holland. Young, hip, and best friends with Agyness Deyn. Sounds like a recipe for success to me. Especially if the designs are this cool. I LOVED this style of t-shirt. That is, until everyone and their mother owned one and they were knocked off to the tenth degree.

Then Henry broke my heart with a beyond awful Spring 2008 collection. Are those built-in knee pads??

But Henry has weaseled his way back into my good graces with oversize sweaters and plaid skinny pants. Thought I wouldn't necessarily wear them together like this runway photo suggests, I love them separately and equally.

Oh yes, and and high-waisted, tiered mini-mini skirt. It's a pretty big triumph for a guy who didn't go to fashion school and had only designed graphic t-shirts before.

Then there is Christopher Kane. His first collection was epic. I LOVED it. Neon minidresses paved the way for the nu-rave trend, but managed to not be swallowed up by it (in my eyes, at least).

But my God, what has he done? I'm all for shiny things, but large pailletes are tacky in the worst kind of way. There's crackheads in my town who dress better than this. What's worse is I have actually seen a few low income (maybe not income, but they're low in something...) people carrying purses that look like that dress.

Waaaay too idealistic, Kane. I pray this does not catch on...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A little thing called karma.

Don't believe it when people tell you 'life's a bitch', because the smallest things can cheer you up. You see, it's usually a simple 25 minute walk from my school to the downtown core of the city, a walk I do minimum once a week. What is usually a refreshing stroll turns into a menacing trek when there is five inches of snow on the ground and you're only wearing Converse. The walk was so unpleasant that I actually went to Giant Tiger with the full intention of buying of fake Uggs for the walk back - never fear sweet reader, there was no way I was paying $15 for them. When I got to the consignment store that I was selling stuff to, this pair of lovelies were just staring at me. For $5.25!!! The buckles, the crocodile pattern, the fuzzy warmth enveloping my feet... A match made in heaven, no doubt. The walk back to school was a dream.

Oh, and did I mention I found ANOTHER Lacoste sweater at St. Vincents? I could swear that an old man donates one sweater a week and videotapes the happy reaction of whoever finds it. Creepy, but a small price to pay for $2 vintage Lacoste.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Glory in Itself/Egyptian

Today is my two-year blogaversary! Isn't that exciting? A lot has changed since 2006: fashion-wise and and personality-wise. I'm much less cynical than I used to be, which is probably a good thing. I suggest we all celebrate by eating cupcakes, dressing like harlequins and throwing balloons around while listening to Gang Gang Dance.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

University Fashion Lesson 101

As I just picked out my University today, I thought it would be an appropriate time to divulge one of greatest fears: dressing like a University student. As in, hoodie with school name emblazoned on it and sweatpants with the school named oh-so-subtlely printed on the ass. It'd just a bad, bad look. If you want to be comfortable, then just bloody go to American Apparel. AA clothing is probably cheaper, too.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with school spirits but I just wish that Universities tried a little harder to make their wares more fashionable. After all, I want to be proud of my school!

Ahh, yes. I will be attending the University of Waterloo for Environment and Resources Studies. There is probably no subject further from fashion than Environmental Studies! I always thought I would study in Toronto, just to be in the city but that's just not the way I'm going. There were many factors citing into this decision but I'm confident it is a good one.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The $3 Experience

It was a thrift of epic proportions. The concept? Fill a shopping bag for $3. The results? Astounding. Even more perfect was that this event was held at St. Vincent de Paul's a.k.a. the greatest thrift store on the planet. I picked up a number of things that I had been eyeing for a while, including:

This dress...

This sweater...Obviously the outfit isn't too exciting, but it's just to demonstrate the existence of the sweater.

This blue stripey button down. I never wear button down shirts so I thought this could be a potentially exciting wardrobe addition? The Metric shirt was not thrifted. Also, like my robot pose?

Then there's this massive polo that says 'Nicholson Badminton'. I don't go to Nicholson, nor do I play badminton.

I also got a plain white turtleneck, a plaid skirt that needs shortening, a navy button down shirt, a navy cardigan, a polka dot scarf and a dickie. Yes a dickie. As in, a fake collared shirt. It's pretty nuts. Obviously none of these plain items warrant a sweet photograph.

Thanks for taking the pictures, Ryan!