Sunday, December 28, 2008

Jump Rope

Waffles and fruit, to scrambled eggs and seasoned potatoes.

Novel idea, to pervasive abundance.

Simplicity in theory, to complexity in practice.

Non-existence, to ample occupation.

Fervent reflection, to fickle response.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Programmed Blog Death

For in this rapture I shall surely speak...

[I miss the joy of dirty feet in Summer]

I am feeling uninspired; few things are worse than forced writing. I will return at some point, when my grey existence becomes coloured again.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


What: Ambition.
When: Somewhere between the ages of 10 and 17.
Reward: Fulfillment of moral agency.

If found, please return to Miss Laura J. McLeod.

Friday, November 28, 2008


Stable personality trait/constricted imaginal processes/concrete, realistic, logical thinking often to the exclusion of emotional responses to problems/lacks empathy in general/superadjusted to reality/cold or distant.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Libertarian Paternalism and Choice Architecture

The Atlantic (Monthly). Although it has been around for over 150 years, I'm fairly certain it is my new favourite magazine. The article on The Neuroscience of Identity was particularly fetching and touched briefly on Thaler and Sunstein's concept of "libertarian paternalism". They have co-written a book called Nudge that centers on this kind of thinking, which essentially asserts that based on the design of a decision (choice architecture), we can be "nudged" towards making better choices for ourselves with the unobtrusive help and guidance of a positive default decision or context. This principle may just seem like a synonym for common sense, but let's face it, not all of us are privy to common sense these days, and a "nudge" sure might help. Not only can libertarian paternalism be used in our daily personal lives, but also in government policy making, work environments, administration, and just about any situation that involves choice. Read more here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sweat and Bruises at Girl Talk

The show last night was fabulous. The "concert" (I use this term loosely as it felt like more of a dance party) was reminiscent of something from the film It's All Gone Pete Tong. I haven't the faintest clue how Gregg Gillis does it almost every night; I have a feeling it may involve copious amounts of cocaine. Regardless, I loved every sweaty, hair-pulling, elbow-in-the-face, smelly moment of it. Here is a brief video, photos should follow shortly. Sorry about the shakiness of the video but in that crowd, it was near impossible to do much better.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I tried to sweep it under the rug

Autumn warmth brought about this unearthly idealized sense of the world where intricate idiosyncrasies were forgotten or embraced, and in those fleeting moments, clarity stared me straight in the eyes, then smiled.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Parable of the Celestial Teapot

"Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatics to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time."

-Bertrand Russell

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Free Blood

Free Blood: Perhaps the most intriguing duo I have heard in a while. Below are a couple of their performances I just saw at the "From the Basement" show (which also featured a one hour Radiohead performance- no complaints!).

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some things you should watch...

The Take Away Shows featured on La Blogothèque always seem to deliver this eerie calmness, and complete sense of immersion that ultimately leaves me in a disoriented stupor. See for yourself. The Department of Eagles are featured below (their new album came out earlier this month, but I recommend listening to the song No One Does it Like You if you visit their site).

Secondly, the ladies of First Aid Kit have covered The Fleet Foxes' Tiger Mountain Peasant Song, and I must say, they have outdone their predecessor.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Live at the Crystal Ballroom

The Black Keys new live DVD will be out November 18, and will include footage from their sold-out show earlier this year in Portland, Oregon. If you wish to have your mind blown, watch the teasing preview here. For me, watching it is comparable to giving an alcoholic a single drink and then cutting them off. I want more.

(On a side note, tomorrow the new Of Montreal album, Skeletal Lamping, will be released, as will the new Final Fantasy record. My fingers are crossed that they will both be better than the new Deerhoof album released a couple weeks back; It was a disappointment to say the least).

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Joy of Not Being Sold Anything

When I was a kid I used to
pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised God doesn’t work
that way, so I stole one and
prayed for forgiveness.
-Emo Philips

Banksy's new exhibit entitled The Village Petstore and Charcoal Grill, solidifies that this "concept artist" is a virtuoso in the art of good humour and satire. The pet shop opened earlier this week and exposes Banksy's take on the ironic love/eat relationship humans have with animals, as well as the ethics and reality of factory farming. The BBC has a short but fairly comprehensive video covering the exhibit.

See more of Banksy's work here.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

October 7, 1968

Dear Thom,

I hope you had a tolerable 40th birthday. I figured you wouldn't mind my wishes being a day late, since in my pseudo fantasy world (where I know you better than my best friend), I have the knowledge that you don't give a fuck about birthdays (especially not your own). I read once that you couldn't wait to age disgracefully, but you and I both know that deep down, as the years pass, you are only getting better.

Like the parting of the waves,
Like a house falling in the sea.

Graciously yours,
Laura Jean

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Noweh Yahweh

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ten Seconds to Love 0:71

Take it or leave it, but it sure is an audacious reflection (not to mention hilarious).

"Pam (Anderson) is the contemporary Marilyn Monroe, inadvertently illustrating which aspects of human desire can evolve (and which aspects never will).
She's never been a person, and I'm glad. Pam doesn't just have sex with guys; Pam fucks reality.
Madonna is an unsuccessful sexual icon because she desperately wants to be a sexual icon. Pamela Anderson is the perfect sexual icon because she wants to have sex. You think that makes her dumb? Well, maybe you're right. But how smart are you while you're having sex? What part of sex is "intellectual"? Certainly none of the good parts."

Chuck Klosterman

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Not new News, but...

The downloaded version of Feed The Animals has been out for months, but the actual album or "lawsuit waiting to happen" is due out this October. You've got to give some credit to Mr. Gillis considering his impressive range; the guy is mixing Tom Petty and Of Montreal on one track, and Jay-Z and Radiohead on another. Keep on GirlTalkin', bro.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What's Up, Tiger Lily?

Call me trite, but Christ, I love Woody Allen. I seem to relate to male talent so much more than female. Fitzgerald, Posen, Klosterman...I feel so terribly guilty saying it, but I can't remember the last time I found something genuinely relative in a piece of work done by a woman. Alright, this was not the intended direction of this post so moving on... these excerpts from the Spanish Diary are yet another reason why I love Woody Allen. And, if I needed one more, his next film Whatever Works (out in 2009)stars Larry David. I have a feeling some authentic laughter will result from this comic Jewish duo (really, how could it not?).

In New York a couple of weeks ago, Zac Posen revealed his 2009 Spring collection, and as usual, it was marvelous. It was tough to choose which pieces I was most thrilled with, but the photos below showcase some of the best designs from the collection.

As a side note, I got accepted to the post-grad program I applied to at George Brown for HR Management. Considering the majority of my friends have recently made the move to Toronto, I am looking forward to moving there this January for school (as well as a few other various reasons including partying/shopping/live shows/getting the fuck out of London). Look out, here I come.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Who Knew?

This weekend’s LOLA Festival has a decent lineup, it is right here in London, and it’s FREE! I am particularly looking forward to seeing Do Make Say Think, as well as Holy Fuck; the nightly after parties at Call The Office may also be a good time. Bring on the Canadian Talent.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Eleven Soldiers

Apologies in regards to my recent hiatus, but I have apparently been quite busy doing heaps of useless but entertaining tasks. A few updates:

1) For the first time in a long while, I am single.

2) (Sadly) I have been neglecting to update my blog on

3) (Gladly) I currently value the company of friends more than ever before.

4) The decision to put a Jeff Koons exhibit on display at Versailles has crossed the fine line between "fresh" and distasteful. His work is over-rated at the best of times, and his conceit is nothing if not obvious. Truly offensive.

5) After Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, I am under the presumption that Chuck Klosterman and I may, in fact, share the same cerebral cortex.

6) I wish I could get over the stigma I have associated with attending college for post-grad.

7) I have just started Dawkins' The God Delusion (I know, I know, it's about time). So much for intelligent design...

That being said:

Thursday, September 4, 2008

An Ending of Sorts

I want to smile and laugh and feel excitement. I want to roll around on the floor and be silly and feel the wetness of happy tears roll down my face. I want adventure and exploration and spontaneity. I want to let go, and play dress up and achieve fundamental happiness based on passion rather than practicality. I want to dance and sing to good music while wearing over-sized shirts and painting walls extraordinary shades of apricot or eggplant. I want to

An Ending
The last 1/5 of my life has brought nothing but great times, self-discovery and unforgettable memories. Thank you for making me feel adequate about being myself and nothing else; I hope I have done the same for you.

V-Fest this weekend. The good company of 10 friends, music, sun and probably some beverages. Cannot wait for the fun to commence.

Friday, August 29, 2008


Very few things have consistently been able to stir up that strong fleeting feeling of chills running through my body stronger than music. But not just music...voices. Zach Condon of Beirut has a voice so eerily good that every single time I listen, it is as though I am being impressed for the first time, over and over and over again.

Colin Meloy of the Decemberists also has a wonderfully nasal voice (no, not an oxymoron!) that never ceases to achieve greatness. In his case, I sometimes wonder if it is his storytelling tone that I enjoy so much or the voice itself. Regardless, pure pleasure should not be tampered with, so I will discontinue my overthinking on that issue for now.

Of course, I could go on about voices that bring chills all night, but right now, specifically, Zach Condon is my fucking hero.

Oh, aaaand, Of Montreal and Deerhoof are both releasing new albums on the same day this year in October. MMMMMMM GOOD!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008



Tuesday, August 26, 2008


There is something so inherently sexy about the sound of raw guitar. Incredibly. Distractingly. Sexy.


Portishead's Glory Box (Mudflap Mix) is killing me; or killing something at least.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Delicate Grunge

Tomorrow everything at Talize (a wonderful charity shop in London) is 50% off once again, and I just cannot wait to put on my game face and dig for buried treasure. Next week everything at Value Village is 50% off too, with some items 70% off! I don't think I am going to wake up at 6 am again and line up with the other go-getters like I did a few months back, but I am positive the shelves won't be bare by the time I arrive.

Below are a few shots of a thrifted plaid shirt I just can't stop wearing lately. It is so versatile, and can be dressed up (as shown), or dressed down to achieve a look of essential minimalist grunge. I've said it before and I'll say it again; androgyny is sexy.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Staples (not in paper)

Here is what can be found in my make-up bag. I am truly useless when it comes to cosmetics, but these are the basics that I use when I wear make-up (from left to right).

1. Bath & Body Works Brown Sugar & Fig body splash (any product in this scent is scrumptious)
2. Revlon Pinking of You blush
3. Physicians Formula Healthy Glow Bronzer
4. Multiple brushes
5. Maybelline Ebony Black eye pencil
6. O.P.I. Red Hot Ayers Rock nail polish
7. MAC Carbon eye shadow
8. MAC Amber Lights eye shadow
9. MAC Shroom eye shadow (this shade is my long time favourite)
10. Nivea Pearl and Shine lip balm
11. Maybelline Great Lash Blackest Black mascara with curved brush
12. Tweezers and nail clippers

In a league of its own is my facial moisturizer. Skyn Iceland's The Antidote is by far the best day moisturizer I have ever come across. It is some serious joy in a bottle. I haven't used many of their other products since the only place I have access to this line in Canada is at Holt's, but I am sure they are just as fabulous.

My beloved Eddie Bauer fragrance Balance, which has recently been discontinued, was and still is the best smelling ladies perfume (as a result, I have loyally used it for the past 9 years). I know what you're thinking, "Eddie Bauer perfume? You probably smell like an old lady or a forest lumberjack." Seriously, it is a very magical scent, and I smell like neither the former or later.

Thanks for reading about a few of my favourite things...what are a few of your favourite things?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Overemphasized Architecture

As I mentioned previously, here are some photos of my new Winter coat;I immediately fell in love with the architectural style collar. It came in a brownish tweed as well, but after much deliberation, the classic black prevailed.

The collar style may not match the gorgeous Martin Grant stunner or the intensity of the Maison Martin Margiela collection, but it will do for me in accordance with my pathetic little budget.

The scary thing is, when I went outside to snap a couple of photos wearing this coat, I figured I would get pretty toasty considering it is Summer. Well, you never have to fear the heat in Canada. I was cold as hell, and I am worried I will need to start actually wearing this coat a lot sooner than later. Brrrrrrrr.

P.S. The explanation for the utter exhaustion plaguing my face in the photos= My addiction to the Olympics + the 12 hour time difference from here to Beijing.
...this combination is really taking its toll on my hours of sleep.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Martha Stewart (minus the handcuffs)

I made a couple of picture frames out of rolled up magazine pages after seeing something similar at UO last weekend. They turned out okay and are kind of fun to make because you never can tell how a single magazine page will look when rolled up into a tube. May attempt to make ones with all the tubes the same solid colour, or out of patterned paper. G...E...E...K.

Also, I really must improve upon my cooking skills. Since I don't eat meat myself and haven't since I was 12, I have had no logical reason to learn how to cook the stuff (fish I am okay with since I started eating it a couple years ago while in Australia). It may be nice if I were able to cook something other than salads, steamed veggies and tilapia, even if it is for someone else other than myself. Not that I am looking to be Suzy Homemaker here, but it would be great to treat my family or boyfriend to a decent meal from time to time. Anyways, I wonder if there are some community cooking classes I can take that are très cheap around here. This item will be on the To Do list for tomorrow.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

"Decent & Successful"

Even as Woody Allen edges into his 70’s, his cynicism is as evident as ever. His thoughts on the reality of love and passion are hauntingly accurate, especially in Vicky Cristina Barcelona. The voiced narration throughout the film is straightforward, unwavering and void of any emotional attachment. We rarely see optimism in Woody Allen’s stories, but the closing line of this film may explain why: he is certain only of what he doesn’t want.

Vicky (Hall) is a detail-oriented, responsible Masters student about to be married; Cristina (Johannson), her best friend, is a free-spirited art type searching for her own interpretation of perfection in love. They go to Barcelona for the summer and meet Juan Antonio (Bardem), a smooth, passionate artist who convincingly assures the girls that there is no such thing as dull or meaningless sex (at least with him). We are then introduced to Maria Elena (Cruz) who is a gorgeous but unstable, fervent but intriguing, Latin artist who is also Juan Antonio’s ex-wife. The plot is simple and revolves around the lives of these characters for the summer while they find love, question their previous misconceptions of love and experience new forms of passion.

First off, I loved the Spanish architecture in the film, which Allen really paid homage to well. I also particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Vicky and her fiance, Doug. The narrator quotes something along the lines of, “Doug was decent, and successful, and Vicky was going to marry him.” Realistically, I think an overwhelming number of people marry partners who are similar and who they get along well with, but the passion is simply missing. Maybe couples think this is the best strategy, since it is inevitable that, over time, the psychological stages of love start off with passion and then slowly turn into companionship. People unconsciously believe that if you’re going to reach the companionship stage eventually, why not skip the passion altogether?

Another related point made in the film, was that “Only unfulfilled love can be romantic.” Again, if love has been fulfilled (whether it be through marriage or long term cohabitation), it seems as though romance and passion disappears, as is evident with Maria Elena (Cruz) and Juan Antonio (Bardem). Cristina (Johannson), who acted as the salt, or “missing ingredient” in their relationship kept the love unfulfilled and thus made the gears of love work together smoothly.

It is clear from films like Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Volver that Cruz’s best acting is done when she is able to speak her native tongue. At least half her dialogue is in Spanish and she does a fabulous job in the role of the crazy but sensual ex-wife of Bardem, who also pulled off the womanizing Latin artist character almost seamlessly. I like Johannson’s character, but she always seems to play the same type of roles in Allen’s films and I must say it is getting a bit old.

Overall, the film was entertaining and realistic although rather short. The clear-cut dialogue was typical Woody Allen, which of course I loved, and the acting by Bardem and Cruz was beyond impressive. The movie may not have had an edge of your seat storyline, but it was passionate pessimism at its best. Well done, Mr. Allen.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Premature Arousal

I get excited about senseless things, like chamomile with lemon verbena dryer sheets, and coloured file label letters. I like wandering aimlessly. I have a fondness for men who wear naturally ripped jeans, threadbare t-shirts, decades old brown leather belts, and thick beards that make them look twice their age. I have little faith in the permanence of anything. I take a keen interest in beautiful under priced clothing donated to the Goodwill too soon because the old woman who wore it last had an inopportune stroke or battle with cancer and passed on. I always wonder how some homes smell of fresh laundry from the sidewalk outside, yet other homes never smell like this, no matter how many loads of laundry are done. I admire those women who can wear heels religiously without thinking twice about it, even to do the grocery shopping. I would take brilliance and rationality over strict morals any day. I am often inappropriately dressed for appropriate occasions. I have difficulty with empathy, especially for those who are reckless with money, lazy, or just plain emotional basket-cases. Androgyny is sexy. If nothing else is true, this is: ignorance is bliss.

I am going to a pre-screening of Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona tonight and am extremely excited! The film will not be released in theatres until Friday so I will report back with a preview report to let you know what I think before it opens. Also, I got a fabulous new winter jacket from Zara this weekend while in Toronto, and will be showcasing it here shortly. Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Laughing Yellow Light

Life is so bizarre.
It is so odd how everyday our mindsets have the ability to change so rapidly.
One day we wake up so positive and feel great about life. The next day we wake up negative and without optimism, even though nothing much has changed from one day to the next.
Our minds play such tricks on us.
Or, when we look in the mirror and think we look adequate, and then the next day we look again only to find someone not so attractive staring back. Nothing has truly changed, yet to ourselves, we see an undeniable difference.
One day we feel so sure of something, and then, overnight our minds are morphed and somehow we doubt everything that we thought was so static.
Life is so bizarre.
* * * *

So, in terms of where I have been for the last month or so, Chictopia has been my productive outlet for all things fashion. It is a great online community or People's Fashion Destination full of "chic" individuals who give you honest feedback on outfits and style while at the same time allowing you to showcase your personal fashion ideas with photos, polls, comments, forums and countless other features. It is great for inspiring your inner creative side and getting an idea of what people are wearing all across the world, as seen in the Style Gallery photos. I find Chictopia much more rewarding than Facebook, which of course was entertaining in its own way as well but completely unnecessary (hence my deletion of it!). Anyways, lots of awesome people on Chictopia and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon and get inspired.

I am violently happy.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

No Denying the Obvious

First comes mine, then...

...the flagrant agent follows.

(All apologies for the creepy eyes)

This Gatsby-esque feather fascinator was handmade by me! Arts and crafts are fun, especially when you can wear them.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I listen to bands that don't even exist yet.

Found a couple cool sites that cover the same type of theme, basically daily/weekly t-shirts from designers/artists who send in submissions in hopes their designs will make it to be printed and sold. The t-shirt ideas range from artistic to humourous, political to mildly offensive. Check out Threadless or Shirt.Woot. I think Tony could send in some awesome designs for this (he is supremely talented!), and the reward is pretty decent if the submission is chosen. Must mention this to him when he returns from the rig.

(I would love the irony of wearing this print on a tee considering I don't eat meat)

Moo is also pretty rad, a printing company based out of London, England that makes some interesting products in neat little packaging. I am considering ordering the "MiniCards" and possibly uploading outfit photos or single clothing items on each one so I can always have quick outfit ideas on hand, or reminders of what I actually have in my closet (I often forget, especially if I am under time constraints!). $19.99 seems very cheap for 100 cards, and the big "FROM" before that price really got my suspicions up. However, when poking around on the website, I found that $19.99 was the price for ordering one 100 pack, and that the price goes down if you order more than one. Seems too good to be true; NTS...Must delve into this issue further and upload some photos.

Monday, August 4, 2008


When I found these thrifted boots at a second hand store, my joyful gasp was so loud I disturbed several shoppers browsing close by. I have been looking for perfect witchy ankle boots this style for so long! I will most definitely be wearing these boots daily this fall. I swear these pictures do not fully show how great this set of footwear really is. I especially like how you can wear the top of the boots rolled down or up (as shown in the last picture)...ohh, the versatility! Me gusta!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

If I see a Human...

...wearing THESE, I just don't know what I will do. Probably have some kind of mild cardiac arrest due to shock and dismay. SERIOUSLY people. The original style "crocs" were bad enough, and quite frankly I would just as well wear flip flops in terms of fulfilling the (very) casual comfort factor. This newest croc design MUST be some kind of joke. Fingers crossed.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Au revoir Glasses!

I had my laser eye surgery yesterday and now am free from glasses and contact lenses! Since I am still fairly fresh after surgery, my vision is not quite perfect, but almost (about 20/25, which is not too shabby at all!). I am hoping I heal well and within a week or two my eyes will be up and running like a well-oiled machine!

As for daily outfit posts, I got to thinking, and I am not sure if I quite have time to do such a time consuming task every morning before I leave the house...soooo I will try to post a couple a week.

I decided to wear the vintage high waisted jeans I picked up recently that fit well and surprisingly don’t give me too much of a “flat long mom ass” like this style of denim is notorious for. Paired them with a lilac body suit and some vintage accessories and voila, we’re back in the early 80’s folks!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


[Pre-Script: Going to try to post my outfits daily from now on]

Have you read your peanut butter label recently? Normally I only eat the natural PB; the last time I ate the regular stuff was while in Honduras (hey, when you're on a Central American island and living off soda crackers for a month, anything tastes pretty respectable). Anyways, I used my dad's regular PB by accident today and I must admit the first words that came to mind were "check the expiry date". Mar 2009. Christ, that shit is really just that awful! Upon further inspection, I am pretty sure the ingredient Maltodextrin may have something to do with the vile taste left in my mouth.

Give me some peanuts and a blender.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Dull Sound of Sharp Math

Everyone's afraid of their own life
If you could be anything you want
I bet you'd be disappointed, am I right?
* * *

I have been feeling so alive and happy these days! I don't know quite what it is but the words 'fitter happier' sure do come to mind (not fitter in a literal sense, my untoned body is in terrible shape!). I am having laser eye surgery later this week, and will also be sending out my grad school applications to start school in Toronto this January. The exciting new online fashion community I have discovered has evolved into a wonderful little joy creating machine and never fails to keep me inspired. I watched the film Into the Wild and was incredibly impressed, which rarely happens with movies and me. (Happiness only real when shared.) I have the best relationship with my significant other and even after more than four years we never argue and things are as fresh as when we first met. I love my family (including my brother, so what if he is useless!), and am going to try to tell them this more often. I sometimes forget how much my dad has been through with his brain tumour and am so grateful I have him in my life. There are so many things in life that we need to embrace and appreciate, but so often don't stop to reflect upon. I think about the things I am unhappy about (mainly to do with my appearance) and it makes me feel so stupid and selfish. I have so much in this world and so much to look forward to in the future.

It's hard to remember, it's hard to remember
We're alive for the first time
It's hard to remember were alive for the last time
It's hard to remember, it's hard to remember
To live before you die.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Florals and Tonic

On a sidenote, I have discovered a whole new website of wonderfulness online and have in turn deleted "FB". This may not be permanent, but for now I am feeling great about the decision. Now, back to florals!

I have a fondness for florals right now, more specifically, medium to large print florals. Ok, I know what you're thinking, "Hmm, are you serious? Real creative L.J., considering every magazine from Vogue to Nylon have been raving about florals since February!". But really, they just create an immediate overall softness and scream summer louder than the pitch of the opening voices in the song House of Jealous Lovers by The Rapture. Tangent. Another great thing about florals is that they are timeless, and can give off a feel of style from any decade. The one element to be careful of is that florals have the potential to age the wearer, so be cautious, and wear them well!

Thursday, July 10, 2008


After a wonderful day of poolside solitude, swimming, reading and bbbbicycles, I arrived home to an exciting brown parcel that I had been anticipating for weeks now... My new Black Keys motorcycle tee!

I ordered it online a few weeks ago, and clearly my resulting joy upon its arrival could not be contained.

Another thought that has recently been bringing me joy is my plan to host a fantastic tea party, a really marvelous summer tea party, like something from a whimsical storybook. It will be a grand affair.