Friday, April 29, 2011

Menno Simons

Its a well-known fact that the Kitchener-Waterloo region has a pretty substantial Mennonite population. Last week I saw a Mennonite woman wearing an awkward-length floral dress with puffy shoulders with heavy work boots and it came across as more riot grrrl than religious minority. Anyways, this outfit is minimally inspired by some of the Mennonites I see around town while running errands. The skirt might be a bit scandalous but everything else looks I just finished up my farm chores. So maybe I dress more like a Mennonite than I care to admit, but that's okay.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 29th: The Royal Wedding Day

 EDIT: I should have known that coming from a fierce line of Royalists, I would be dragged out of bed at 5am by my giddy mother to watch the nuptials of Prince William to Kate Middleton. It was probably good that I had low expectations because when Kate emerged in that frothy Alexander McQueen dress I was completely blown away. Alexander McQueen has a tendency to do that I guess. Anyways, she looked completely amazing and I have nothing but positive vibes for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!

For anyone who has been reading this blog for a long time, you will know that I have a long-standing enthusiasm for the British Royal Family. It has nothing to do with politics, mostly just an aesthetic appreciation for everything ostentatious. Seeing Queen Elizabeth II in the flesh last summer was the single greatest excitement of my adult life (tied with seeing The Pixies live), so it would be safe to assume I’m really excited about this Royal Wedding razzamatazz, right? Wrong.
Why is this? It’s because Kate Middleton is boring! I would never criticize Prince William’s choice of partner and I’m sure she’s a nice girl and all, but that’s exactly the problem. Kate always plays it safe in the wardrobe department, and literally everything she wears is the visual equivalent of Ambien. I don’t care what she wears to the wedding because its going to be ‘pretty’, and ‘classic’ and….yawn. Wait, did I just fall asleep writing that sentence? Oh God.

 Princess Diana was a rad lady with unreal charisma who really pulled out all the stops with that 25 foot train on her wedding dress. They had a horse and carriage, making her the real version Cinderella. And did I mention she was only twenty at the time of he marriage in 1981? I’m pretty sure Princess Diana was entirely responsible for my childhood aspirations of Princess-hood.
  Needless to say, I will not be staying up until 3am to watch this blathering event that will only disappoint me anyways.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Pretty Things

Photos from tumblr, Beckerman Bite Plate, Elena Kanagy-Loux on Stylelikeu, Bryan Lewis Saunders' self-portrait painted while under the influence of crystal meth, screenshot from The Weather Underground, screenshot from There Is No Authority But Yourself

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mirage Son

I was all ready to go out wearing an entirely different outfit, but decided I had to run in and change because this perfect Spring weather is deserving of a perfect Spring coat. It's a vintage Burberry trench that I found in my Grandma's closet years ago, and I pretty much never wear it. The yellow is so vibrant that I almost want to wear it out on Halloween in tribute to the Bluth Banana Stand from Arrested Development, but I've already decided to go as a Juggalo. Also, it would be great if I didn't look so miserable in this picture but I happen to suffer from the affliction of chronic bitchface.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Reply All

Third year University has finally wrapped up and I'm currently nestled at home, recovering from caffeine withdrawal and missing my loved one(s) terribly. But the great thing about coming home (besides free food) is that my mom has started pawning off all of her old clothing on me. This 'popcorn stitch' sweater was something she knit for herself when she was around my age and its been sitting in a drawer for 20+ years. I'm also stoked to add this fancy pants necklace to my evil eye necklace collection, courtesy of China Originality. They must've know about my evil eye obsession when they offered it to me. I got an earring too, because badass haircuts require badass earrings to match.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rad House

 So I went to Toronto last week to do bloggy-blog stuff and stumbled upon the most utterly perfect, life-defining dress at Zara. I couldn't afford it but OOPS had to buy it anyway, because it is literally everything I have ever wanted in a dress.
 You get to look at two picture of me and my silly new haircut just because I love this dress so much. I've been wearing it with my H&M cropped cardigan sweater which I basically wear every day because the cut is great and it has elbow patches. I've always been a huge sucker for elbow patches even though that's never been reflected in my wardrobe before.
Also, a huge thank you to the Houndstooth Bunny for drawing such a cute picture of me wearing this outfit! Its super cute and I love it and I hope you keep drawing!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Act Your Age

 Getting a drastic haircut is something that should be on every alternative college kid's bucket list of things to do before they graduate. No really, it says so right here on Chandler Levack's twitter! So I took the plunge and went for the Alice Dellal-inspired undercut. I think it only qualifies as a semi-drastic haircut because its pretty tame right now but I might get my friend to shave some more off this weekend. Sorry, mom and dad!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Doll Parts

 Today I feel like a schoolmarm in this wide collar dress, smart brogues and hair held tightly in a bun. I bought the dress when Cheapskate Chic was selling a few choice items. Its so proper, and yet naughty at the same time because its so transparent that I have to wear this lacy vintage slip with it.

School is almost finished and I couldn't be more pleased! Also, I will be in British Columbia for five weeks starting in May doing this hippie social justice/ecology-based field school called the Redfish School of Change. Afterwards I'm looking to spend a few days in either Vancouver or Victoria so if your home base is the West Coast I would really appreciate some travel tips on cool things I can see/do in those two cities while I'm there!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Funny Face

 Yowza. There's just something about Spring that inspires me to let my freak flag fly. It might have something to do with being able to wear my granny floral shoes without having to worry about trudging through ankle deep snow! Even though I'm just bumming around writing take-home exams today, I felt the unexplainable urge to wear flounces and florals, so I pulled out my Rodarte for Target cardigan and paired it with my Comme des Garcons shirt to successfully transform from my pyjama-clad self to my fabulous self! The skirt and tights are American Apparel and the granny tapestry shoes are awesome. I mean, thrifted.

Life is good, yeah.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Champs Elysee

I decided to dress like a hip lumberjack today, because looking comfortably decent is the only way I'm going to make it through exams at this rate. Blech! The buffalo plaid shirt is thrifted, worn with American Apparel riding pants and suede ankle boots. It would be nice if the boots didn't look like black garbage bags encircling my feet in this picture, because they're really quite sleek and Margiela-esque in real life. By Margiela-esque, I mean they look like these:

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Gossip Gossip

You learn something new about yourself almost every day. Apparently I am a huge hip hop fan, because I cannot stop listening to Kanye West's new album. After a lifetime loyalty to punk/indie rock, this is kind of weird yet totally refreshing. Monster is my ultimate jam song of the moment, it's so catchy I can't even! I even found this great article called "Is Nicki Minaj a Feminist Icon?" that deconstructs her verse in Monster line by line. Definitely recommended reading.