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NEW MUSIC RIGHT NOW: Turning up the heat

27 Jul

I can’t stop listening to R&B.

Or music that is R&B-inspired.

This way, I can pretend I’m hot and sweaty when really it’s 12 degrees at the end of July. The weather is so damn crappy this month I’ve been resembling the leather-jacket-clad Nicki Minaj a la her most recent visit to Vancouver back in April, when I’d rather look like this Nicki:

I love the ruffled booty shorts and matching jacket by Jean Paul Gaultier. That outfit makes me wanna leave the shower on to increase the humidity in my living space. If you need some steamy inspirations, check out these awesome mixtapes for free download:

NGUZUNGUZU – The Perfect Lullaby

The Weeknd – House of Balloons

And these too:

Jai Paul – BTSTU

How to Dress Well – Just Once EP

PLEASE WATCH:

How to Dress Well on Pitchfork TV

I can’t figure out how to embed this video in WordPress so you’ll have to click. Amazing performance with live strings and percussion.

Love,

your leather jacket Nicki

First four photos courtesy of fashionfame.com; last photo courtesy of glamourvixen.net.

AMAZING PHOTOS: Celebrities hangin’ with their vinyl

29 Jun

I stumbled upon a blog post entitled “Famous people hanging out with their vinyl” on Boing Boing and I just had to share its awesomeness with you all.

Here’s a selection of my favourites, but you should click the links above to see all of the photos.

Each one is brilliant.

Audrey Hepburn

Adorable. I want to be this picture.

Bjork

My lady love. Lovelovelove. And Jazzmatazz!

Sophia Loren

Stunning.

Marilyn Monroe

God that’s sexy.

John Lennon

I love John Lennon and everything he left behind.

Marlon Brando

Great photo. AND he was born on my birthday!

Jack Nicholson

What a perv! Not that I expected anything less.

Erykah Badu

Epically cool.

Madlib

Massive chaos; a true artist’s lair.

Chewbacca

Rofl!

LCat

I know, I know, I’m not a celebrity, but I couldn’t resist. Also, ’twas a good opportunity to promote The Black Keys’ latest album Brothers. It is an excellent, excellent album. Buy it — for the love of music!

All photos courtesy of www.dangerousminds.net, except the last photo by me.

ZZZ: Just me and my nighttime reverie

8 Jun

I’ve had many nights where I’ve just collapsed into bed this past week, so I’ll be tucking myself in early tonight. This video has me excited to go to sleep because I’d like to imagine that if someone had a stop-motion camera, they would capture me sleeping like this:

I like the idea that we are still living our lives as we sleep.

But if it were me in that video, I’d be wearing pretty lingere by NYC’s The Lake & Stars. I’m loving their Spring 2011 collection as it reminds me of a creepy yet stylish cult I might dream about joining.

I like how the models’ creepy ritualistic behaviour is softened by the femininity of the lingere. The concept is very facetious, actually, as one definition of “ritual” holds that it is an outsider’s category for a set of actions that seem irrational or illogical. Conversely, the term can also be used by the insider, or person performing the ritual, as an acknowledgement that this activity can be seen as illogical by the uninitiated onlooker.

And isn’t this type of cognitive dissonance exactly that which drives the fashion machine?

When something is fresh and new, we don’t quite understand why we want it but we believe it must be worth wanting. But what is this belief based on? Is it based on reducing the tension between wanting something and possessing it? I find that shopping can be both therapeutic and tense. It can also be somewhat ritualistic, at least for me, as in I can justify shopping when I want either a reward or a consolation prize.

In fact, it is the concept of ritual that inspired designers Nikki Dekker and Maayan Zilberman to create this collection:

For Spring 2011, the designers took last season’s idea of “fetish” and explored it as a means of “ritual”. Inspired by the ‘80s New Age approach to spirituality and well-being, and today’s resurgence of communal living and cult practices, the team created their own “family” environment to stage various rituals. Playing with the notion that lingerie can be a key player in the ritual of romance, the new slideshow album, photographed by Tom Hines, offers tongue-in cheek advice on how to stay grounded and how not to take it all too seriously.

Speaking of not taking things seriously, this girl looks like a zombie who eats flowers, not brains:

Mmmmm! Love that garter belt.

You can purchase The Lake & Stars at the following locations:

One of a Few
354 Water Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1E6
604.605.0685

The Lake & Stars Shop-in-Room @ The Waldorf Hotel
1489 East Hastings
Vancouver, BC
604.253.7141
*by appointment only

Charlie & Lee
223 Union Street
Victoria BC V6A 2B2
604.588.3030

All photos courtesy of http://www.thelakeandstars.com. The video is for Oren Lavie’s Her Morning Elegance; it won a 2010 Grammy Award nomination for Best Short Form Music Video.

NEW LINK IN MY LIFE: Design Scene

10 Apr

I’ve added a new link to a blog I found called Design Scene. I like it cus it’s possible to flit across many fashion photo spreads with the greatest of ease.

I like that it gives a point-form breakdown of the stats, and also links to to other spreads you might like at the bottom.

Here’s one that I’ve been drooling over repeatedly: Prada Womenswear Spring Summer 2010 photographed by renowned fashion photographer Steven Meisel. It is all so gorgeous I can barely stand it.

(But somehow I find a way.)

I absolutely love the sleek retro-California beach vibe mixed with a whole lotta 1940s glamour. The photgraphic patterns are am-a-zing!I love the way the sheer fabric appears so structured and futuristic. Almost like it’s partially invisible.

Having grown up with a lot of relatives in California, I have a weakness for patterns with palm trees, sunset themes, beach scenes and tropical flowers. Classic California prints are so blissful, but with a hint of dirty seediness.

The blissful aspect reminds me of my gramma.

I need to explore the seediness more.

And I really dig the hard lines on the leather jacket/pants set in the second-to-last photo. Brilliant counterpoint to the other designs, which are very sexy and feminine.

It is only a matter of time until I own those sunglasses.

Happy flitting!

Photos courtesy of http://www.designscene.net/.

PROM PARTY: A night of memories and possible heavy petting

20 Mar

Whatchoo doin’ tonight?

Me? I am attending a super awesome party of Vancouver Island — at which the theme is “The Prom.”

The Prom! Dare to dream?

This prom theme can be anything you want it to be, whether it’s nasty 80’s horror prom, passive futuristic cyber prom, African bongo drum prom, or floaty romantic 1800s prom (yes, they did have prom back then).

I am styling myself after this beautiful photo from a book called “Rooms” that my roomie owns. This book is amazing. It contains photos of all these decaying aristocratic rooms from across the globe. This photo is from wealthy Russian dancer Rudolph Nureyev’s bathroom:

Apparently he was a renowned antique and textile collector who died of AIDS. Very sad. But I’m grateful he left us with images of this gorgeous bathroom.

And here’s my prom ensemble:

The hat is from Mintage on 4th ave, and if you’ve read my “About Me” page you’ll know your girl likes a fur hat. BTW everything at Mintage on 4th is $20! The store is going out of business, but the Commercial drive one is staying open. It’s really too bad as there are not many stores I like on 4th anymore. Ah vell, might as well reap the benefits I suppose.

I found the dress at Value Village, and I think it’s a grad dress from the early ’90s. It is at once green, blue and a bit of purple.

Iridescent, as though I’m from under the sea! And the colours are perfectly matching; just right for me to step into that bathtub.

Reminds me of the song “Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin.

“Splish splish, I was takin’ a bath
Long about a Saturday night
A rub-a-dub, just relaxin’ in the tub
Thinkin’ everything was alright
Well, I stepped out the tub, put my feet on the floor
I wrapped the towel around me and I
Opened the door, and then I
Splish, splash… I jumped back in the bath.
Well how was I to know there was a party going on?”

Should be a pretty fun night! Anyone out there wanna tell me what YOU wore to prom?

Promise I won’t publish it on the Internet.

XMAS PRESENT (TENSE): A handbag fit for a digital queen

21 Dec

This dorkus-malorkus computer key bag is so up my alley.

Made by Joao Sabino, an industrial designer in Portugal, “The Keybag” is made from exactly 393 keys from computer keyboards.

Lined with black nylon and available in four colours (see photo below), The Keybag is the perfect accessory with which to ring in the new year.

It also reminds me of Super Mario Bros. with all its blockiness.

Since I have a typing impediment — I type with left hand on 1/3 of the keyboard and right hand on 2/3, and I never use the pinkies: for decoration ONLY — this bag would be the perfect training apparatus.

And just think of the jokes I could throw down!“Oh, sorry, you’re just not my… type.”

“Learning is… key!”

“I’m really… board of your instant messages.”

“#$@^%&!”

“Print screen!”

:>

So, mom, dad, stepdad, if you’re reading this, The Keybag will set you back €130.00, or $253.00 CAD including shipping. Don’t worry that it won’t arrive in time for Christmas. I can wait.

Buy it here. And check out Joao Sabino’s blog here.

(And this is how it would look before my stuff got put inside…)

I first caught wind of The Keybag through a mention on Kingdom of Style (my fave fashion blog), and I’ve since been reading up on it.

Unfortunately, I haven’t found any evidence to suggest it’s made from recycled keyboards, which would make it ever the more awesome.

The Keybag reminds me of the 2006 documentary Manufactured Landscapes about Edward Burtynsky, an incredible Canadian photographer who travels the world shooting breathtaking landscapes changed from manufacturing and industry.

Directed by Jennifer Baichwal, part of the film follows people in China that live among piles and piles of “e-waste” (or computer waste). They pick through bits and chunks of broken computer parts, chemicals and wires searching for valuable pieces they can sell to avoid starving.

Apparently 50 per-cent of the world’s computer waste ends up in China. It would be incredibly remarkable for The Keybag to be made of keys from China’s e-wastelands.

Manufactured Landscapes is tragic and berating and stunningly filmed. If you’ve never seen it, you really should. It’s pretty unforgettable. At the very least, watch Edward Burtynsky’s TED talk on the subject.

In the meantime, anyone seen my… keys?

Ahhh!

Photos courtesy of kingdomofstyle.typepad.co.uk, designboom.com and workshop.iyms.info.

CHEEKY CHIC: Paper bag Chanel

3 Dec

This reminds me of how I tried to hide my McDonalds under my purse the other day when I saw my boss walking towards me on the street.

If I’d just had one of these on hand, she would have been none the wiser.

She was all, “Ewwwww….” and I hung my head in shame.

I shouldn’t have been so discreet. I should’ve simply not entered into the devil’s lair in the first place. Honestly, never again.

(…I say that every time. It’s the fries, I tell you, the fries!)

Photo courtesy of http://www.thefrisky.com