Fashion from a highschooler's perspective. That is all.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boxing Day

So Christmas is over, and Boxing Day is almost over. Hope both days were wonderful for all. I spent my Christmas watching Miracle on 34th St and reading old Jane magazines.

As to Boxing Day, no, I did not go out and shop. As I still (unfortunately) work retail, I worked today. Honestly, I'd love to quit, but I'm flat out broke and unable (or lazy.. shh) to find another job.

But job woes aside, I might venture out tomorrow and grab a few things. And on my list:

-silk tie-neck blouse
-simple black dress
-black mary-jane heels

And yes, the list is short. But I really don't feel like participating in the biggest consumer orgy of the year, not after selling sellling selling selling product today for 9 hours. I'll most likely hit up my favourite vintage store of all time, TrueValue Vintage.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Buck the Trend

I've always been typecast as the nice, quiet girl, straight-A student. You know, the one who always follows instructions and spends all hours of the day studying.. or something.

Well, my dear friends, it is time that I shed that title. A revelation came to me today. Midway through writing my Socials exam, I realized that.. I didn't really give half a shit what mark I got, or whether I bomb it or if I even knew the stuff. (Okay, I admit, given that the test was on Canada's economy in the 20s, it might that be that big of a revelation. But I digress.)

But- the rebelling (on the inside.. it's what counts right??) didn't start there. It actually started this morning. I had bought a beautiful black eyelet dress from H&M early September, and never had a chance to wear it for a fashion show and tell. Every morning I'd look at it in my closet, all sad and forlorn, looking like a beautiful princess trapped in a tower. So this morning I decided, what the heck, I'll give it a whirl.



Eyelet in winter is totally acceptable.
Also, on the rainboots- I haven't worn those rain boots since every freaking single girl started wearing them. But they're so damn useful. So don't call me a hypocrite please.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cold Questions

Freezing here. Global warming is true, I don't think Vancouver's been this cold since, forever. It's only November too..
I've resorted to layering hoodies over as many shirts I can. Sacrificing style for warmth, and so it'll have to stay until my brain starts thinking of creative and warm ways to dress. As of right now, it's been occupied with the Medieval Ages and writing.

On that note, I'm stumped on some articles I've been asked to write. None of them seriously interest me, but a job is a job is a job. It would be fantastic if you can give me some quotes or comments. No philosophical insights needed.

1.How do criminal activities ruin our economy? and how do they benefit the economy?
2. Does a three person relationship (marriage not sex) work better then a conventional one?
3. How is the Canadian dollar affecting the drug trade?

But until I can get my mind warm enough, these look awfully warm.

If only they weren't made in a sweatshop.

Monday, November 05, 2007

I Approve

I'm never afraid to voice my opinion on various articles of clothing. For example, today my friend gleely told me about her recent legging purchase. "WHAT did you just do?" And I proceeded to pick leggings apart (not literally, but I totally would, but, oh nevermind), and I admit, a bit maliciously. No matter, they're used to it and she still remains a leggings lover (and LL of the highest order. You need two hands to make an L on your forehead).
However, there are some items that I highly approve of. And lately my approval has been stuck to these shoes:
Silver hightops make any outfit 95% more sensationelle! to use a French vocabulary word. (Little sidenote here: French has got to be the most useless class I have ever taken. We are now learning about describing food in words such as spectacular! baked to perfection! and drizzled with four kinds of cheese! As if I ever need to know. Honestly.) Ratty tshirts and jeans are suddenly 'best dressed list' worthy. LBDs and tights are make effortlessly low-key. And sneakers are much more comfortable than any pair of flats you can throw at me.

Good old moccasins. There were moccasin booties at the Museum of Civilation's giftshop in Ottawa, and I'm seriously regretting not getting any. Especially since they were $50 and these ones are $80+. There was also a pair of knitted boots at the Byward Market, that I also didn't get. Heaven frown on whatever being that prevented me from these footwear!

Hightops from Urban Outfitters, Moccasins from Aldo.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Covet is the Wrong Word

Lovely friends, I apologize for my prolonged, much more than 2 weeks absence. Not unlike the cute guy who does everything to get you and then dumps you (like that JoJo song.. but not as lame).

I've been job hunting (again). My 6-month stint at a clothing store was fun, but it's time to move on. And to feed my literary side, I've been applying at bookstores. Hopefully everything will turn out well, but in the meantime, it's great to dream about it. Very Audrey in Funny Face, before she turned all supermodel.
Of course I would need a pair of tortoiseshell glasses, but in addition:


Not quite Annie Hall or Katharine Hepburn, but honestly, I could never wear a vest. Or a fedora for that matter. Functionality trumps 'trendiness'.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Disclaimer

As a forewarner, in less than 12 hours, I will be on a plane jetting off to Ottawa. (yes I am packing ridiculous amounts of clothing, but whatever) Ottawa's finest thrift stores, chain stores, parliament buildings will be no match for my camera, and when I return, you guys wont be kept out of the loop. Sadly I'll be away for at least a week, but until then, this picture will keep you at bay.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

State of the World: Desperate Issue

I'm tired of looking through style.com's runway pictures. I'm tired of browsing lookbooks for inspiration. It feels like.. all of my creativity is gone, leaving me with pictures and Spring 08 runways.
So what else to do but make a hot or not list?

IN
Motorcycles. Metal chrome, laceup booties, scruffed leather
Erin Fetherson
Skinny jeans. Who cares about wide legs when you're 5'?
Harry Potter stripes
Bad coffee a la Dan Humphrey
English literature
Bandage skirts. Maybe American Apprel, maybe not
Knit beanies
Purple and dark red
White nails

OUT
Dictations of the Runway
Gap
Sock-less feet (They would freeze here)
Pleather oversize totes
Pumpkin spice lattes
Pleated skirts
Pink nail polish
Caftans

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Of All Places

When I was in the second grade, I was invited over by a boy named Joe. As kids do, we played House (where the girl becomes the mom, the boy the dad, and the Lego truck the minivan). I remember getting sick a few days afterwards, and he and his mom brought over ice cream and my scarf. After that, Joe and I stopped talking.

Childhood connotations aside, I quite like the fall collection of Joe Fresh Style. It's sold in Canada's Superstore, a food/supplies/everything for bulk kind of a place. The mod jackets and skirts are , and the prices are pretty outrageously cheap.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Wearing Today


My best 'supermodel' pose. This is from a few days back (today was a sick day, and my hoodie/ugly jeans combo wouldn't be too photogenic), and I believe I changed into flats later on in the day. Heels take a lot of patience that I don't have

Shopping


As promised, the shopping spoils from my H&M+ shopping trip.
- a black eyelet H&M Kids dress. I had the hardest time choosing between this one and a mid-calf length Breakfast at Tiffany's style dress. Then I realized that cocktail parties are nonexistant in my life. Neither does sateen belong there.
- a plain navy mini. It's a fairly boring purchase, but the 'opportunities' are seriously endless. A basic is all I have to say.
- a cozy sweater from Old Navy. It has little colorful flecks, that kind of remind me of Coldstone's Birthday Cake Remix flavour. Love it, keeps me warm, and cozy enough to be a PMS sweater.
- grey herringbone tights. From the Gap, they were having a 2/$25 deal. I also bought a pair of diamond-patterned black ones, but they're already in the laundry.
I also ended up with an oversized purple beanie hat from H&M. $6! The accessories are so freaking cheap. However it seems to be in my locker, in the car, or somewhere under my desk.

Perfect Girl


The blazer isn't going away anytime soon. Luella showed blazers on the London catwalk (btw, wasn't their collection the most perfect thing ever? Geeky glasses, short shirts, Kate Moss flower prints?) No wonder the stores are pushing, blazers blazers blazers! everywhere. Play it safe like Kirsten Dunst with a blouse/black skinnies, or go crazy and top it over everything.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Blazer- Beyond Balenciaga

Nowadays you can't even say the word blazer without a 'ooh Balenciaga' attatched to it. As brilliant as it was (speaking of which, how disappointed were you by the SS08), I see it everywhere: magazines, blogs, fashion sites... Like Bennifer, overexpose is never a good thing.


I do love them though, and looking through Molly Ringwald film stills helped me see it in a new light. Andie's black jacket in this scene from Pretty in Pink looks like the Urban Outfitters blazer up top.

And if you get tired of that proletarian way, you can also reference YSl's le smoking. Just wave around a pipe (like at the Gaultier show) and your set for any cocktail party to fly your way.
Lux Blazer, $68.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

To My Shame..

I went on a 2 hour bus ride to get to the new H&M store in Vancouver (well, in Coquitlam, which is why it took 2 hours). Things that I learned:
- the accessories are killer, and only about $7 CAN.
- the mens' section is so much better than the womens'
- H&M in New York has a million times more selection than here
I did leave with a beanie hat and a dress, which I'll pictures of at a later date.

Stopped by Old Navy as well, to check out the Fair Isle collection. All of my size was gone, which isn't the stores fault, but it made me really disappointed anyways. I tried on two sweaters anyways, and left with one; a white one with ice-cream specks (hard to describe, sorry).

Finally, to my complete chagrin. This fille on Face Hunter is wearing the object of my desire: skinny plaid pants. They've been on my fall to-buy list since early August, and I have yet to find a pair. Curses!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Wearing Today


Perfect fall weather. Pictures are courtesy of my little sister; now you can see exactly how short I am.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

La Vie en Gris

Today was one of those days where you just want to cuddle up in your dad's sweater and make homemade popcorn with hot chocolate. I did just that, and read a great book called Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (yeah, I know). It's worth a flip through for sure.

Something else that's caught my mind lately is the Old Navy fair-isle collection. They're the perfect sweaters for school in riding boots, and for some decent cold-weather cheering up as well.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

AI Fashion Show, in Pictures


Party shot and the cheese appetizers.

Stacey King's booth at the party.
At fashion school you don't get teased for wearing braces. Only if you use vintage furniture fabric to make your clothes. I say, who cares when you've got the best dresses?
The show itself... there were 35 designers, and all of them were so good. But my favourites of the bunch:

Annie Wong and Jen Pohland. Jen's clothes had intricate beading and detail work, hence the 'world is my oyster' theme. Annie won Most Outstanding Collection.

This girl took traditional Korean costumes and translated it to modern clothing. The collection turned out too similar to actual Korean streetwear, but the idea was gold (as is my favourite dress in the entire show, above right).
Kids clothing. The kid 'models' were so cute! They were obviously nervous, and one boy even tripped while posing. Cuties for sure.
These two won Most Marketable Collection award. Love the themes and the collections. Leather, corseting and sleek styles for Taron. And bold colours and pretty pretty outfits in Nicole's.
Half the models wore fur wrist-muffs! Also love the top hat on the centre outfit.
Sustainability is kind of a big deal, so I'm glad it came up. And Janna Bishop used the most gold brocade and velvet. And had the best wave at the end.

Lastly, a Starbucks drive thru spotted on the way there. Never knew they existed.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Lipgloss is Poppin


God only knows how many black, patent leather flats I have, but it's time I make an exception (again..). These payless tap shoes are so perfect for everything. Peeking out under wideleg jeans or with a wool dress (Old Navy people!). And there's nothing better than clacking down the hallways to make a "look at me" statement.

Wearing Today


Is it wrong to love a pair of shoes as much as I love these?

Shopping

Some recent acquisitions.

green cableknit sweater
thrifted belts
plaid trouser shorts
tortoiseshell flats
H&M hats

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Gimme Some Love

My darling readers, I apologize for the long wait. Heaps of biology and English literature homework deter me from posting. In the meantime, read up on Style Bytes, Fops and Dandies, Hipster Musings, and Truly, the Aberrant.

One last tidbit: I'll be attending the Arts' Institute fashion show and pre-party next Tuesday. I'll definitely keep you guys posted. Here's a little piece of the press release:


Graduating Designers Prepare for a Fashion Metamorphosis
Vancouver (September 13, 2007)


Watch Vancouver's newest crop of fashiondesigners showcase their stunning collections on the runway at The ArtInstitute of Vancouver's Fashion Show 2007. The show will take place onSeptember 25 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond beginning at8:00 p.m. This fall's Metamorphosis, Return to Innocence Fashion Show explores the collections of graduating students from The Art Institute's Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

Over 35 promising, young designers will launch their creative designcareers in men's and women's ready-to-wear, children's wear, and bridalwear. Inspired by their diverse backgrounds, passionate interests, andeducation at The Art Institute, graduates tell their story through amixture of elegant gowns, funky streetwear, beautiful bridal dresses,and contemporary casual wear among others. A front row seat guaranteesan exciting view of each student's final collection, a feat accomplished through many hours of hard-work and perseverance.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Runway Review: Nicole Miller



Features: high waists, puffy sleeves, structured and intricate dresses
Colour palette: everywhere, but predominantly black and cream, with lots of brights mixed in
Wearability: 9.5/10
For the streets: loose, high-waisted trousers, party dresses with jeweled belts, tucked-in brightly coloured blouses