Sunday, January 27, 2013

La Gymnopédie

What do Elle Fanning and Lana Del Rey have in common?

They are two girl crushes I've had for a little while now. Not only are they beautiful, but they are interesting and clever. Elle Fanning is only fourteen and has a wonderful acting career. She played in many Hollywood movies, but she has also played in a few short underground films like the one by Sigur Ros that just came out and the another one I posted the link to in my post about body image. Her acting is flawless and leaves me in awe everytime. Elle's intelligence and maturity shines through when she is on screen. It is incredible to see a girl almost my age make an authentic reenactment of feelings and situations. I truly admire Elle's confidents and everything else about her.

Lana Del Rey is also an inspiration to me. When she was Elle Fanning's age she started having drinking problems and she had to leave all her friends to go to a boarding school until she was 18. When she got out she moved into a trailer park and slowly started making music. Lana has recorded many albums, but her latest ones are the first ones under her new pseudonym. In her songs she talks about her troubled life and how she felt at the time. I admire the fact that she was able to come through her addiction and actually sing about it. It takes guts. Also, unlike other Hollywood singers who sing songs they have no emotional connection to, Lana actually writes about her own life. Therefore, I admire Lana Del Rey's effort and honesty.

I decided to inspire myself from these two people to create an outfit that could partly represent them both. The flower crown and long pointy nails like Lana and the fairy like outfit for Elle.

Blouse: Zara
Skirt: Forever21
Wedges: Forever21
Nails: Value Village
Crown: DIY
Watch: Vintage

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Moi Je Joue

I always had a hard time knowing the difference between sarcasm and irony, but slowly I started learning how to distinguish them. Soon, I will master the art or irony.

Indeed, this post is somewhat ironic. I'm showing you pictures of a bright and colorful teenager and adding a playful soundtrack to it. This may make people believe us teenagers are bright and carefree when in fact it is absolutely the contrary. A lot of people I know seem to use that stereotype as a cover to hide what they are truly feeling. Your acquaintances in your everyday life may seem very happy, so you'll make jokes saying stupid things like "You're ugly!" in a sarcastic manner. You may think they don't care. I'm sure a lot of them don't, but a few do. And it's sad to know that sometimes we might not even know what is hiding underneath your close friends appearances. On that note, I shall try to cheer you up again with the picture... of a kitten!

Sweater: Vintage
Dress: H&M
Tights: Pharmacy
Ring: Mamz'elle Swing (A. brought it back for me from Paris) Merci!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Critique on The Body Norms

I love fashion and the way it creates different forms of aestheticism. I always like figuring out how to shape my body according to models. The trouble is that our society uses the wrong definition of model.

What I mean by a model is a design, a pattern of some sort. It shouldn't be confused with models who pause as mannequins. Designers want women and men who are skinny, almost androgynous so that the audience will look at the clothing and not the person wearing it. Therefore, they want us to see how to created new ways of shaping your body with, for example, puffy sleeves on a shirt and not   necessarily by imitating the shapes of the top model's body.

People have a misconception of what beauty is too. Nowadays, we notice the norm of what's beautiful is different than it was a few centuries back and we automatically say that that norm was better then. Saying that it was "better then" is unfair. It is unfair not only to women who don't fit the norm but also to the ones who do.

In the 21st century, we think it's politically incorrect to bash a curvy woman because we know her body type is outside of the norm, whereas when you see a naturally skinny girl we assume she's anorexic or has some other kind of eating disorder. Some might even say she looks gross, but that's not fair to her. I'm not saying curvy woman aren't criticized by society. On the contrary they are but people will "feel bad" for saying that a person is presumably "fat". To get back to my point, we don't realize that skinnier woman are also put down sometimes and we don't think it's a problem because they are part of the fashion norm.

A girl who looks like a runway model but who isn't one might feel like she has to gain weight to look like she is "healthy" whereas a heavier weighing person will want to loose weight because they wish they were a runway model. It just depends on the point of view.

Fashion designers would like a good model to not be noticed underneath the clothing because people aren't paying to see pretty faces and bodies in a show, they are there for the outfits.

So, if they are supposed to be unnoticeable why are girls trying to look like them anyways? That is a mystery to me. It just saddens me to know that the fashion industry which is supposed to exhibit clothing is also exhibiting a new norm of body structures that are not always healthy. Because of it, lots of girls suffer of low self esteem and eating disorders.

I see a lot of people around me suffering around me because of their image. To be honest, I'm suffering a lot too. It's sad to see how teenagers are easily insecure.

I watched a short film by Rodrigo Prieto called Likeness showing how the fashion industry made top models and teenagers develop eating disorders. It is shocking but beautifully made. It's worth watching.

(By the way, this post is entirely my opinion. You don't have to agree with me.)

In order: Adele, Christina Aguilera, Elle Fanning, Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, Lana Del Rey, Tyra Banks, Coco Rocha (Unknown Sources)

Monday, January 14, 2013

What Would You Do With All Your Power?

The first week back to school after a vacation always seems to be a week for me to show off my newest clothing. Since I entered school, those five first days were sacred because they show people who I am and how versatile I am. For example, I started out with a punk outfit, then I went very feminine and today I am showing you a more boy-ish outfit. With a nice canoeing club shirt, a scout styled scarf and a hunter fur hat I scored a masculine but yet feminine ensemble.

Also by the way, I found the perfect song to wake up to the morning. The link is below. I just love it! I now start my day by saying: YES!

Sweater: Rodier
Scarf: Vintage
Pants: Topshop
Hat: Vintage

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Renegade

I went thrift shopping with A. the other day and I got myself three clothes that surprisingly went well together. I thought it kind of looked like a 70's/80's punk outfit minus the Mohawk. I'm happy I finally have a shorter skirt. Plus it's plaid! I always wanted to look like a Scottish man. Seriously though, it was the first time I experimented this style and I think I like it a lot. Sadly, I don't have any other clothes that can mimic this. So seeing me looking all "punk" is a rare occasion.

Shirt: Thrifted
Sweater: Thrifted
Skirt: Thrifted
Socks: Simons
Wedges: H&M
Earring: DIY

Monday, January 7, 2013

When We Were School Kids

I just noticed a few days ago how much clothing I have accumulated. I was cleaning my room (finally!) when I caught myself shoving my clothes in my drawers. I don't even have any space to hang them! What am I going to do? To be honest, it's not really a problem. I like my clothes. I actually noticed I have many new items to share with you. Yay!

I was also shocked to know I actually have a floor. I hadn't seen it in months because of my mess. This enlightenment of mine made me think that I should make new years resolutions so I can start having good habits again. I'm actually trying to figure out what they're going to be while typing.

So here it goes:
  • Clean my room once a week ('cause never am I ever going to clean my room for 6 hour again!)
  • Drink more water (I don't hydrate myself! ugh!) 
  • Not go on Facebook as often (seriously it's terrible. I log in every few minutes for absolutely no reason. What am I doing with my life?) 
  • Start dancing again (I'm probably going to attend the Contemporary Dance School of Mtl next school year! hehe!)
  • Stop comparing myself to others (this one's hard... I'm going to try though! 'Cause I'm sick of feeling like a constant failure.)
I think that's it! Tadaa! To thank you for your patience here's a brand new outfit and a few of the cool things in my room.

Aren't these roses rad!

My shrine :)

Tassel garlands rock!

Sweater: I don't know, it was my mom's
Skinny: Topshop
Necklace: H&M
Skull Pendant: Made by my daddy
Flower Crown: DIY

Friday, January 4, 2013

Please Don't Go Away

Hello there folks! I'm back for a New Year greeting. I have been thinking a lot about my evolution since I started this blog and I started realizing how hard it is to host this. I've been trying my best I promise, but I just got to a point where I realized that you guys know pretty much my whole wardrobe. I don't seem to have any new things to show which is kind of sad when I think about it. I guess I'll have to work double as hard to innovate new outfits.

To start the new year, here's a new outfit I put together. YAY! (Sorry for the bad resolution) And I also have a few pictures that will probably influence my style for that new year. I hope you guys like it 'cause I really do.

Shirt: DIY
Belt: Vintage
Cardigan: Vintage
Leggings: Garage

In Order: Lana Del Rey, Elle Fanning, Lana Del Rey, Josephine Baker, Ursula Andress, Frida Kahlo, Grimes, Alicia Silverstone. (Unknown Sources)