December 30, 2012

take me to that last place

Staring At Stars beanie; vintage choker; H&M jacket; Motel dress; Dr Martens boots

The psychedelic/kaleidoscopic print on this Motel dress gets me kind of excited. A classic, so-tough-they're-ugly pair of boots with a minuscule dress or anything typically feminine always feels right. These shoes are not made to please the male species, I think -- I've been berated for wearing them more times than I can count, which is funny because they're so classic they would be almost cliché if they weren't still so damn cool. Please yourself first, and others will follow. Sincerest apologies for the crazy baby hairage going on. Sometimes the most liberal amounts of hairspray can't put things right when all hell decides to break loose. 

December 29, 2012

the groovy gentlemen collection

Photos by Richie Lubaton

We had the pleasure of collaborating with the Groovy Gentlemen Collection - a collection inspired and based around the street dance culture situated here on the West Coast. The design and apparel collection revolve around one simple notion: "Quality Over Hustle." For the Gentlemen, quality is a direct byproduct of their love and passion for everything they do: whether it be in the world of design or dance. Check out their website and online store here for a selection of awesome crew necks, raglan sleeved shirts, and the comfiest of toques. The collection is also stocked at The Goods Apparel and Exhibit Men's Apparel which are both based in Vancouver.

The street wear/dance apparel is typically not our style, but needless to say we bought the merchandise afterwards because we loved it (we both have become partial to the knit pom toques). Without even realizing it, this post has epitomized the whole (at the risk of sounding overly pompous) "chainsnob concept" of different people coming together, and having a common element of appreciation for style, be it "street", "chic", or any other seemingly categorical adjective.

A thousand thanks to photographer Richie Lubaton for being extremely patient while putting up with our awkwardness on set.

December 25, 2012

i walked into the room dripping in gold

vintage wool scarf and cashmere cardigan; self-designed tank; modified Aldo body chain; American Apparel skirt; Urban Outfitters socks; H&M ankle boots; Forever21 cuff

There is something oddly Christmas-y (doesn't it have a little drummer boy-ish vibe?) about this outfit: mixing winter fabrics with a skirt in full possession of a festive color but decidedly-unwintery hemline might, in some convoluted way, be it. I hereby dub this look "tree-ornament-gone-wrong". So fun. The tank top is a plain American Apparel one that I designed the appliqué for and then proceeded to go nuts on with a pair of scissors. There are many, many stories behind this top: if clothes could talk, I'd probably lock this in a safe. One highlight from this shoot was the worker pleading with us to "please try not to break anything." I immediately pictured us smashing bottles left and right in a frenzy like a rocker onstage with his guitar -- alas, such frenetic (and probably epically photogenic) displays are usually not in my nature. On a side note, this is the first time I've ever braided my hair. Think I might have to start doing this more often as my hair was wondrously and uncharacteristically tangle-free the whole night. 

December 23, 2012

a time for giving

Christmas is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year (the incessant re-wind of Christmas songs blasting throughout the malls never fail to remind us of this). It is a time where friends and family get together to feast, and to exchange pleasantries and gifts. Unfortunately, it is also a time where many families have to endure a whole lot of nothing. As cliché as this is going to sound, the holiday season is also a time of giving. It doesn't have to be something you can easily purchase at the mall, but something as simple as offering a few hours of your time. 

This year Vanessa and I dedicated a few hours to helping out the Greater Vancouver Food Bank accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations with the 12 Bands of Christmas event at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. We didn't want to settle for just any benevolent deed, but wanted to give up our time to something that was worth it. As a child (I was about 6), I remember lining up with my mother, garbage bag/cardboard box in hand at the Vancouver Food Bank hoping that I'd get Chef Boyardee in my package. That shit was my favorite. My family and I came to Vancouver when I was just two. We arrived at the airport with literally two suitcases and not much else - one of which contained only medical books (my dad wanted to be a doctor). Anyways, I'm not going to go into a whole spiel about the trials of my earlier life; however I will say that the Greater Vancouver food bank did help us out at a time when we needed it the most. 

Those of us who have the time and means to do something this year should remember to keep in mind those who are less fortunate. I'm not saying you should go out there and do something glorious with all the attached displays of "Hey, look at me, I'm such an awesome samaritan" - but do something worthwhile and important to you, even if its the most simple of acts. I believe this exemplifies the true "spirit" of Christmas - and as Charles Dickens so eloquently taught us, cold-pinched hearts can be restored, especially during this time of year.

December 17, 2012

ginger & the ghost

If I had a specific soundtrack that followed my curious and rather freakish imagination, this song/video would make the cut. Ginger and the Ghost are a duo from Australia who utilize their visual world and imagination, and create with ease, music that will soon reign in the realm of experimental indie pop. When I first heard their music, Angus and Julia with a dash of Bat for Lashes came to mind. What's exceptionally rad and original about this group however, is that the construction and layering of their percussion and instruments is driven by their desire to create music that is improvised - and organic. Her impalpable yet delicate voice transports me back to a time where I believed faeries were not just a distorted figment of my imagination. Might I also add that the image of the writhing body enveloped by the shredded paper in the video is deliciously creepy. Ginger and the Ghost plan to debut their EP sometime in January. New tunes for a new year - this is one type of dark I'll gladly drown in.

December 13, 2012


Products: NARS Illuminator in Copacabana; BH Cosmetics eyeshadow (neutral brown for contouring); Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash; Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow in Galaxy; MAC Eyeshadow in Forgery; Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner in Black; Tom Ford Lip Color in Scarlet Rouge

One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to pile on all the shiny, sparkly, glittery things on our faces that we never get to wear during warmer months for fear of being mistaken for either a deranged fairy or Stephanie Meyer's version of a "vampire". Christmas parties, New Year's Eve, and all the soirees/get-togethers in between all require face paint that catches the light and the eye just slightly more than usual. I don't put up a Christmas tree at home, so the principle of all things shiny/tinsel-like are henceforth transferred to my face. Generously applied (read: swept on with wild abandon) shimmery silver eyeshadow, winged eyeliner and a lot of red lipstick does it for me. There's no better time to pair metallic eyeshadow with a red lip that's so loud people almost want to tell you to STFU and turn it down. And how demented is that one stray eyebrow hair in the last picture?

December 11, 2012

a review: e.l.f zit zapper

I don't break out often (sure, the occasional zit/blemish here and there), but most of the time my face is pretty clear of all things horrid. However, in the past few months or so, I've been noticing quite a few planet sized pimples appearing on one specific part of my face (left cheek/temple area). Thank god my bangs cover up this monstrosity.  I'm attributing this to my greasy Iphone screen (make sure you wipe/clean your screen everyday - I've turned this seemingly menial task into a daily obsessive ritual). 

I was not expecting much from this product because I tend to have no faith in any roller ball treatments out there that are used specifically to fight acne. However, this was $ can you go wrong?  I've been using it for the past four months or so, and surprisingly enough, it seems to be doing its job quite well. I roll on the clear formula in the morning after I wash my face and before I put on any moisturizer; same deal applies before bedtime. Let me just say though, that it doesn't magically make your zit friends vanish just like that. I do notice however, that it does significantly lessen the swelling a long with the redness, therefore diminishing the appearance of this natural nuisance. One thing I find annoying about this product, is that not a lot of the actual product comes out onto the roller ball. I find that you have to violently shake it, and press down rather hard on your pimple (much to my chagrin because this tends to fucking hurt -- especially the super painful ones) to make sure it is covered. Otherwise, I'd say it's a pretty rad find. You can purchase it here -- check out all the other goodies as well, while you're at it.