Friday, February 26, 2010

Pull Quotes

I felt a little kooky wearing this today. Kooky or perhaps "erotic grandma", as was described by a friend? I dunno, but it ended up being wholly inappropriate for the weather. I seriously had to go inside and put on my snow boots after taking this picture because I realized that Doc Marten mary janes were probably not the best footwear for trudging around snowbanks. Winter appropriate clothing is totally overrated, no? I'd much rather be a chilly rainbow snowman...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mesmerizing to you.

As I embarked upon a long day of studying wearing nothing but layers of grey jersey, I thought "hey, how about NOT looking like shit today?" and quickly changed into this. I thought the Pucci print was relevant because Milan Fashion Week is starting soon!

The living room table in my apartment has been turned into a temporary study war zone. Paper everywhere, but the peppermint tea and computer make it all okay.

So this book company sent me a book called 'The Lumby Lines' about a town in the Pacific Northwest, which is cool because I plan to move to British Columbia when I graduate and then the OLYMPICS are happening there (GO TEAM CANADA!! Who watched the hockey game last night. We dominated Russia, it was awesome!) and then it is all close to Seattle and Olympia which is awesome because of grunge/riot grrrl etc. Anyways, no idea why this company keeps sending me books (I can barely keep up with the required readings for school!) but I guess its okay with me.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


For this super funky hippy art class I'm taking, I had to create something based on what animal I believe that I resemble the most. I chose to create an outfit based on a peacock, 'cause we're both vain/appearance oriented (hey, isn't admitting it the first step to recovery?). The plaid shirt and Navajo-print skirt fit in with the blue-green peacock-y colour scheme, and I added the sequins for a little extra flash. It's clearly the best class ever when I can take a creative outfit picture and I'll get marked on it.

Seriously, this class is insane. For part of the final project, I'm creating doll clothes that will belong to characters in a short story I have to write. One of the outfits I made is a dress covered entirely in fake flowers.

Education is the best.

Monday, February 22, 2010

From the Back of the Film

Every time I go home, I always make the effort to go thrifting. Usually I am greatly rewarded, but last week this vintage cardigan was my only good find. The sweater conjures up images of fishermen, Ireland, woolly sheep and musty books. So of course I wanted to amp up the sexy librarian vibe of it all with a pencil skirt, argyle tights and brogues. Please excuse me, I have books o file and people to shush.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

6 feet 1

Hey all you crazy kids, I've kinda been taking a holiday this week. Mainly, my daily activities have consisted of; drinkin' tea, eatin' candy, watchin' the Olympics (but only the figure skating, and only for the sequin costumes), knittin' a sweater and doin' some homework.

So here is a story. When I was in high school, I would obsessively cut up magazines, take out my favourite pages and create these huge 'inspiration' books. I managed to fill up four of these composition books with amazing photographs, and they are so much fun to look back on. I can see just how much my tastes have changed and grown, as well as remember some of my favourite stories and editorials as a teenager. Sometimes reflecting on these things makes me feel old, but most of the time it just makes me nostalgic and happy. Here are some of my absolute favourite inspiration pages.

Sequins and Elizabethan ruffs in Teen Vogue

Meghan Collison for i-D magazine

My favourite editorial from i-D of all time.

Frances Bean Cobain in Teen Vogue

I had a brief yet strange obsession with jet packs in Grade 11.

Part of an ELLE Canada Valentine's spread and Iekeliene for Marc Jacobs.

Eisley, Kate Bush, Death from Above 1979

I was in looooove with this guy from the Marc Jacobs ads.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

You are shining some glory on me.

You know those disgusting t-shirts dudes wear with an arrow pointing up that says ‘The Man’ and then an arrow pointing in the opposite direction that says ‘The Legend’? Well, in my own mind I am ‘the man’ and my phoenix sweater is ‘the legend’. Seriously, I’ve worn it 38745 times on this blog and it never gets old (at least to me).

Further proof that the phoenix is a legend? I watched Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (which tried to be a lot more clever than it actually was, in my opinion) and guess who else is wearing a phoenix? DEVENDRA BANHART. His cameo part featuring a phoenix sweater was actually the most memorable part of the movie. Seriously dude, I know you’re famous, but you’re stepping onto my territory! Not cool, Devendra.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

In order to commemorate this fine day, I present to you a list of my favourite couples (past and present).

Kim and Thurston.

Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo.

Kurt and Courtney.

Kate and Johnny.

Now go eat candy and be merry and try not to think about what Lindsay Lohan said before she turned into a crackmonster.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

In Memoriam

Yesterday was a particularly miserable day, owing greatly in part to the passing of one of my personal favourite designers Lee Alexander McQueen. I tried to isolate myself by holing myself up reading magazines in Chapters and found myself particularly engrossed by the issue of RUSSH with Daul Kim on the cover - a simple yet sad reminder of how fleeting life can be. I really did cry yesterday, because I know what it feels like to want to die, and that some of the most fascinating people I've ever imagined have succumbed to that.

I'm wearing my Rodarte x Target dress today, because its reminiscent of the ribcage suitcase he designed for Samsonite - which is one of the most memorable things he has designed (at least for me).

Whenever I think of Alexander McQueen, the only world that really comes to mind is 'genius'. Every other adjective seems devoid of meaning. He created some of the most memorable moments that fashion has ever seen and was a true trailblazer. I will remember him as a master of leather, lace, schoolboy, royalty and everything that is quintessentially British. Please rest in peace, Lee Alexander McQueen.

Her Jazz

I would like to introduce you all to what is ostensibly my 'new favourite t-shirt'. Yes, it is based on the legendary Sassy magazine cover featuring Kurt and Courtney, and yes, it is the greatest thing ever. I think I'm going to start up my own girl gang and these shirts will be the uniform. Who's with me?

My official girl gang hand signs. Kurtney forever.

Since you're all probably wondering where I got this cotton piece of magic, you can get one at the Heartschallenger online store! It even came with free candy, just in time for Valentine's Day.

PS - As you all are probably aware, I am deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Lee Alexander McQueen. He was undoubtedly one of the most talented designers of my lifetime. I am devastated that he was no longer driven to create, but his body of work stands as a testament to his true creative genius. RIP McQueen.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Pink Panther

Its not Valentine's Day yet, but I felt like dressing up for it anyways. These knee socks are new and I just really wanted an excuse to wear them! For some reason, I've accumulated an obscene amount of buttons that I never wear. I just picked out all the pink ones (boots, vagina, tyrannicide! - what a weird combination) and stuck them on my dress to make the outfit appear more "quirky" and "interesting".

I really like my legs today.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Viva La 90s!

I don't really have time for pleasure reading, but I made an exception for "Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music" by Maris Meltzer. Anyone who reads this blog will know that I love anything and everything from the 90s, so this book was really preaching to the choir! It's probably the most simple and comprehensive book you could ever read on the topic of riot grrrl and how it changed women's roles in music. Its only 145 pages, and I was so engrossed that I read it in one single sitting!

I have loved riot grrrl ever since I was 15. Its kinda cheesy but I'd say bands like Bikini Kill, Hole and Huggy Bear were formative and probably made me the person who I am today (all this was documented in a mega-post discussing "life-defining music"). Though I don't really listen to riot grrrl half as much as I used to, reading this book brought back so many memories of searching the internet and libraries for as much info on riot grrrl as I could possibly read. As a result, I had actually already read most of the articles that Meltzer references in the first chapter!

Growing up in the 90s, it was funny to think about how this music that got me through high school actually influenced the stuff I remember listening to when I was in Grade 1, like the Spice Girls! I always wanted to be Sporty Spice...

After reading it, I was inspired to channel my inner Kathleen Hanna!

In conclusion, Girl Power is an amazing read. Its the perfect primer if you aren't familiar with 90s music and want to know more.

Friday, February 05, 2010


So, in more news involving Targate - I caved in to the eBay pirates and bought the sequin-y ribcage dress. I couldn't resist! I really wanted this dress and my impulses just weren't saying no! Plus, I've always wanted a ribcage shirt but I kinda missed the boat before it turned into one of those exclusively 'cheer up emo kid' trends. Then when you add sequins its pretty much guaranteed to end up in my black hole of a closet someday.

In further news the proves I am a weird person (and possibly suspect of trying to fit in with lame teen subcultures), I have been SERIOUSLY lusting after a pair of coffin heels. They are the weirdest shoes ever, don't match with anything and wouldn't look out of place at a graveyard picnic but I don't care! Its hip to be square? Who knows, but they freak me out and I like it.