Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cities in Dust


This is what I mean by my new Spring style direction: "Lolita Goes to Church". The pink shirt and striped miniskirt are both really cute and feminine, but also kinda wrinkly which suggests everything is not as it initially seems. The dark hidden reality underneath a candy shell exterior, CAN YOU HANDLE IT? Wow, I really need to translate that into a theme song.
Anyways, some of you may have seen this already but I wrote an article for Shameless Magazine entitled "Batman, Pass Me My Man Repellent Spray!" It's my take on the inherent internalized misogyny of constantly referring to your clothing in the context of male sexual attraction. I'm not trying to be a "hater", just providing a critical analysis of some inherent feminist problems with the blog. Also, its kind of funny so go read it now!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

These Days

 Sunday's outfit: super duper grandpa pants, hand-knit sweater and brown oxford brogues. Come to think of it, it's almost identical to this outfit I wore way back in November 2009 except with less awkward hair and classier shoes. It seems there is something about this sweater that really makes me want to break out the weird jewelery combinations. These necklaces are like Carrie Bradshaw if she were a superstitious grunge fan?
Also, I've been wearing the same outfit for two days now but the ruffled peter pan collar is definitely worth a mention. My style direction for Spring is moving from "Goth Jams" to "Lolita goes to Church."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Got yr boyfriend feelin' like a groupie.

For what can only be explained as biological reasons, I've been feeling the urge to dress up like its Spring even though the presence of snow suggests that it is clearly still WINTER for all intents and purposes. (Blame Canada!) I just want to bum around in colourful tie-dye and too-tight jeans in the most perfect shade of sugar Peeps yellow. The delightful presence of pastel colours has even coaxed my bellybutton out of hiding!
Speaking of sugar Peeps and candy in general, I just realized that the Hershey's Kisses I've been eating match this outfit perfectly.
Oh! And a friendly reminder to all the Earth-conscious out there to participate in Earth Hour by turning off your lights and appliances at 8:30pm, regardless of time zone. I'll be celebrating Earth Hour by participating in candlelight yoga. If you can't think of anything to do then just take a nap! Or start drinking, it is Saturday night after all.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Give 'Em Whiplash

 So after a week of lovely Spring weather, Mother Nature Satan Beast has cursed the Waterloo region once again with subzero temperatures and snowy blizzards that don't come from Dairy Queen. Of course, I had completely forgotten how to dress for winter in that intermittent period of sun. I put on my oversize forest green cocoon sweater and was unhappy with how it looked until I had the genius idea of pairing it with... leopard print! There is just something about shirts with collars and jazzy prints that turn gross slobby outfits into things of beauty.
Also, I got a new pair of frames courtesy of American Apparel. What do you think? I'm not sure they'll replace my Burberry frames as everyday glasses but they sure are awesome for 1960s dress-up parties, and whenever I want to feel like a vintage postcard.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Holding Me Up

Brushed out my curls, feelin' like a free-flowing hippie in an orange paisley minidress. I was originally going to pair it with nude tights, but then decided to jungle-fy the outfit with leopard tights. The tights are already awesome because they are leopard print, but the fact that they are SPARKLY is just too good to be true. Worn with omnipresent black ankle boots. Usually I wear my Blundstones, but I'm fancy today because these ones have heels and are made of nice suede.
Also, the Dandy Warhols are the greatest. That is all.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Snakes + Ireland

Happy carousing to everyone on this marvelous St. Patrick's Day! The weather is unbelievably warm/sunny and I don't have a million assignments due (that's in two weeks) so I am celebrating the crap out of it. I figured this t-shirt was perfect to wear because it is green and beer-themed, and couldn't help but pair it with offensively matching tights.

My neighbours are having a porch kegger and definitely have been celebrating since noon. Eating green cupcakes like its my job, natch.

Who knows where today will lead? Maybe over the rainbow to a pot of gold! Hee hee!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pumped Up Kicks

Bought this cheap dress during a retail therapy session at H&M yesterday. I probably have three similar ones already but I guess you can't help what you're drawn to. Simple cotton black dresses are perfect for pairing with the wacky tights I so adore, like these Black Milk nebula numbers - definitely a staple in my wardrobe.

Wore both of my evil eye necklaces today, because I could really use the extra protection.
Also, I saw there was a 'Mendhi Fundraiser' in the student commons on campus today so I thought; "why the hell not?"

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Model

As subtle as they are, I based today's outfit around the frill ankle socks I am wearing on my feet. But I didn't want to look like I got lost in Candyland (aka Katy Perry's awful video for California Gurls, pardon the repulsive intentional misspelling) so I wore it with my goth jams sequin ribcage dress. Rodarte for Target has got me covered in the 'weird' department, I can clarify that.
I've been obsessively listening to Big Black for the past little while. Steve Albini has done the sound engineering for some of my favourite bands ever (Pixies, Nirvana, PJ Harvey) so its kind of shocking that I hadn't really heard his music before. I like my music to have the intensity of a noise apocalypse and Big Black's drum-machine hardcore sound certainly delivers. Plus, there is no better album title on Earth than 'Songs About Fucking'.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Real Life Dementor

Full disclosure: You know when you're a kid and you have to run up the stairs really fast without looking back because you're afraid monsters are chasing you? When I was younger, I was afraid that Marilyn Manson was chasing me, with his creepy eye make-up and stringy hair. Eventually that primal fear turned to admiration and last night I spent a fair amount of time last night reconnecting with my inner pissed off 15-year-old by watching Marilyn Manson videos. I got to thinking about not only what a cultural icon he is, but also how much of a fly dresser he is.

Wedding dress in the Sweet Dreams video.
 The Beautiful People watches just like a demented Tim Walker fantasy fashion editorial. Manson's use of white make-up, shadowy figures and stilts helps him to appear literally larger than life.
Capes and sparkly lingerie in mObscene.
Literally EVERYTHING about the Dope Show.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Colombian Necktie

I had to work today, so I'm wearing all American Apparel except for the floral cardigan which was thrifted. It took me a really long time to warm up to this "camel" colour, which is generally referred to less fondly as "beige" but I actually quite enjoy it now. I call them my "Tim Hortons pants" because their loose shape and beige colour kind of resembles the awful uniform worn by Canadian coffee purveyors all across this Great Land.
 Also, I am just a wee bit obsessed with the kitschy jewelery over at Eccentric Accessories (an Etsy shop name that I personally identify with). I love that Ruth makes jewelery out of simple, ubiquitous items like keyboard pieces and dominoes but my absolute favourites are the necklaces made out of Monopoly pieces. Too cute! I have wonderfully fond memories of playing Monopoly with my best friend Shelby and laughing so hard I almost peed.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

International Women's Day

Starting to get that burnt out feeling, dudes. I have a recollection of what life was like before endless research/writing, but its pretty vague. That means putting awesome outfits together is becoming increasingly difficult. Bollocks! (Drinking tea and using British slang is a total de-stresser.) The sweater I got at Value Village in Toronto a couple weeks ago and reminds me of the Jeremy Laing bubble-knit jumper photographed by Tommy Ton many moons ago aka my dream sweater. I thought about wearing it with tight pants, but I was way too lazy to manage squeezing my legs into elastic sausages today and wearing tuxedo pants is classy as hell. Currently dealing with it. #Winning.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen.

Golly gee, I've been heavy into the long plaid skirts lately! This one is new from American Apparel and I figured I would continue in the cozy cold-weather grunge vein that I've been drawing from lately. The Michigan sweater is a souvenir from a super weird school field trip we went on to Ohio and Michigan a couple years ago, when the sight of people smoking in restaurants and pancakes the size of a man's face induced a reaction of severe culture shock.

Also, just managed to catch up on this Charlie Sheen celebrity-gate malarky. What do you guys think? I love his nonchalant take on social crack use, it is hysterical. Today I am burning Dragon's Blood incense in homage to the Tiger Blood that sustains his meta-human superiority.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Human Kindness

I love putting together clothes so much, they are like my children. So much that almost every outfit I wear gets its very own name by the end of the day. Today's preppy-weird outfit consisting of American Apparel oatmeal fisherman sweater with tight shiny disco pants and Doc Martens mary janes just screams "Cape Cod Hooker" to me. Didn't get a picture of yesterday's outfit, but it involved ripped mom jeans and a baggy thermal shirt, leading me to dub it "Utilitarian Dyke". I clearly have a fondness for descriptive self-deprecation.

LOOKIN' AT YOU.