Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Funday: May 24/15

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Hi there! I feel like it's been way too long since I last sat down to write one of these. I'm pretty proud 
of myself for managing to keep up with my blogging schedule this week, though. It's been way, way, way too long, way longer than my little Sunday Funday hiatus, since I last blogged properly. Hopefully, this is the start of something good, guys. I'm so excited about this.

This picture is a pretty accurate depiction of how I feel at the moment. Firstly, I'm absolutely exhausted (hence the unmade made), but I'm (kind of) fully rested and am now ready to conquer the day with my cheerful deep mint mug filled with steaming tea and the morning light streaming through the window. There's also a little peek of a keyboard which represents my recent obsession with making calendars and crazy (but old) obsession with making to-do lists. More on that later.

My week has actually been pretty good. While I've been really good at eating healthy, I haven't been working out like I should be, so for the past two weeks, since I've been pretty busy, I've only started to slowly ease myself back into a proper workout routine. Working does make me feel so much better and definitely energizes me, so I'm going to be starting to go hardcore before I head to New York in like 33 days. Honestly, I still can't wrap my head around it.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dear Alexander McQueen...

Hi there! When I was about 12 and started to really get into fashion and stay in the know about the industry, Alexander McQueen's death was a very, very big story, big enough to get an exhibit at the Met. I didn't spend enough time researching him as a designer and was probably too young to understand his impact on the fashion world at the time. However, recently when I decided to enter the Sears Design Competition (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, here's the lowdown) and had to design a garment based on a historical or contemporary designer, I jumped at the chance and designed something inspired by the legendary Alexander McQueen.

To get a better understanding of him as a person and him as a designer, I read bits and pieces of Katherine Gleason's book called Alexander McQueen: Evolution and boy, did I learn a lot. I also got to appreciate his fantastical and regal vision.

Reading into McQueen's life was also a shocking reminder of suicide. I know that I don't usually ever mention topics like this on my blog, but I think that is so, so important to talk about. I won't linger too long on the topic as this is a McQueen appreciation post, but if you know anyone who is or you suspect them of harming themselves and/or are thinking of suicide, please get them help. This is most definitely not one of those problems that you can just ignore and it'll go away.

Anyway, moving on from the heavy bits, here are a few of my favourite pieces that he's ever made.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

VIDEO: Am I Superficial?

Hi there! I made a video two days ago rambling about being superficial. It was definitely a much more personal video for me and it didn't work out so well the first time, so I tried again and I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. I hope that if you've felt the way I felt - really dumb and stupid because of your interest in fashion and/or beauty - that this video was able to help.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How to: Make Your Legs Look Longer

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Hi there! As not only a short girl, but one with legs that are short as heck, I struggle with how to make my legs look long a lot. I've gotten the short jokes and comments all throughout middle school and high school and while they don't necessarily bother me, I still try hard to elongate those short legs of mine. I'm surely not the only one with the problem and I've learned a few tips over the years, so keep reading to find out what they are!

Monday, May 18, 2015

So I Went to See "Dior and I"

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Hi there! Over the weekend, I went downtown to this little theatre that shows indie or lesser-known movies to see a fashion documentary called "Dior and I" with me, myself, and I. (More on that experience in a video to come in June.) While it was a bit stressful because they only took cash (which I didn't have on me), so I had to use an ATM, well two to get cash to pay for my damn movie ticket, it was such a freaking amazing movie. Like oh my GOD, it was absolutely incredible.

Before seeing the documentary, I wasn't that well-versed in the world of Dior and only understood the general gist of his story and not the little details like a devoted Dior fan would. In terms of more modern Dior stories, of course I knew of when Raf Simons replaced Bill Gaytten as the creative director of the house, but that's about where my knowledge ends. 

Over the years, I've kept up with the Dior shows at fashion week and was always particularly fascinated with their couture pieces. This documentary shows us the intense stress, hours upon hours of labour, and distinct, clear-cut vision behind such a beautiful collection. Usually, the seamstresses (who deserve so much more credit for their work) and the whole team has about four to six months to complete an haute couture collection. However, this time around, Raf was given his new role as the head of couture, which he has never done before, and had to complete the collection within eight weeks. EIGHT WEEKS. 

So of course, that would've been just a smitch more stressful than usual.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Current Love: White Crop Tops

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Hi there! I think this whole little obsession started when Taylor Swift wore a white crop top with a long black skirt to the ACM's in 2014.

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But like every obsession (of mine), it always starts small and then progresses to something bigger. Like I started by saying to myself "oh hey, that's nice" every time I saw a white crop top on anyone in real life or online. Then I started checking Topshop's new arrivals every day, patiently waiting for the perfect one to pop up. This practice has continued despite how I already have five "perfect" ones that I've had my eye on.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May's Big Five

Hi there! It's insane how we're already into the 5th month of the year, eh? I certainly can't believe it. The weather's starting to get so much warmer and it's just so darn nice out. There's lots to be excited for this month, but here are five of the top things on my list.