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.
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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!