Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Let's Pretend We Don't Exist

I almost made a post about the books and music I brought and bought when going to PEI, but I skipped that because I guessed these outfits would be more interesting. I mean if one of you pleads me to do a post about all the books I read I gladly will, but I'd be surprised if that happened. Anyways to get back to the clothing, if you have followed my blog from the start you might recognize the setting of some of these pictures.

(Fun fact: I first thought about starting a blog in Prince Edward Island three years ago.) Wow! Three years, time goes by quickly. I'm proud to say I was able to create lots of outfits and hardly repeat myself in the last few years. Plus, I have been buying less and less clothes which makes me even prouder. I love what the fashion industry brings to the world in terms of style but for ethical reasons I try to encourage them in the least even though I do purge sometimes.

Let's get back to the original subject. So, I brought a bunch of dresses I wouldn't normally wear in the city (the first outfit being the exception) and I made different outfits. This is only a selection of a few pictures. I'm going to stop rambling now before this becomes incoherent.

Dress: Thrift Store

Dress: Vintage (From my grandma)
Belt: Vintage
Crown: DIY

Dress: Vintage
Crown: DIY

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I Hope You're Not Lonely Without Me

I've been in Prince Edward Island (the land of Anne of Green Gables and potatoes) for the last week or so, and I am enjoying myself quit a bit. I have been spending my days in bed reading, chatting online and staring at the ceiling, partly because of my mono and partly because I'm just so darn lazy. Some may call this a bleak vacation, but I call it a success. I have succeeded at doing nothing! How great is that!

When I'm not in bed, I'm eating or going on a daily escapade to the beach. I've taken many pictures too. I took my boredom and put it into boring pictures. I tried capturing lifeless, yet interesting environments that surrounded me since I left home; a little bit like in Daniel Clowe's Ghost World. Without further ado, here are a few pictures I took in the university dorm I stayed at, on the road and in PEI.

I will be posting outfit pictures very shortly. (Don't you guys worry!)

The two last pictures are a preview of the outfit photos that are coming up!  

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Where Am I Going: Struggling with the State of the World

Today, I'm going to talk about things that are a little bit different from my usual posts. I feel like it's important that I get this out of my system and that I hear about your opinions. To put you in context here are a few things you should know. A few months ago, I stopped reading the news. I felt as if it was too pessimistic and wasn't showing enough of the good things happening in the world, and that was bringing me down. I know it's important to be informed about the state of the world, so I did keep a basic knowledge about what was happening, but I never looked into the different events that were happening. Since the summer arrived, I started looking at the news again thinking I'd been strong enough to face the facts, but the truth is, I don't think I am.

I'm a feminist and that's what's been keeping me in contact with worldly happenings in the last few months. There hasn't been one day where I didn't think about the inequality of the sexes. Everyday, I've been reading articles about losses and gains for women's rights all over the world. It can be very sad and frustrating to deal with all the injustice that's being done towards women. Luckily, there's also good news. And that's what's been my drive every single day of my life. Now that I started reading the news concerning all the other types of injustices around the world, I'm having a hard time following that small percentage of good things that are happening.

To start off, let's start with the fact that it seems like lately the US is telling people that it's OK to kill random teenagers, but it's not OK for a woman to have an abortion. It's doesn't make sense. First, a man kills a 17 year old and manages to leave the courtroom "not guilty". Then, there's the fact that the Texas governor tried passing an anti-abortion bill. Yes, Wendy Davis had a successful filibuster and I look up to her, but I find it outrages that she had to do one in the first place. I don't even understand the point of taking away the rights for abortion. All of this lacks humanity. I know people are reacting to these events and are fighting to have justice and equality. But why do we have to fight in the first place? It is beyond me, why there are people that don't have a sense of justice. I can't believe that we regressed to a state where racism and misogyny are as present in our world as a century ago.

Then, farther to the East, an 'Iranian swimmer's time goes unrecorded' after her bathing suit is considered to revealing. She was wearing a full body suit. How is that too revealing? It seems to me that the authoritarian men of our world are suffering of an extreme inferiority complex. I could continue on and on about these kinds of stuff, but it would drive me nuts.

On the bright side though, Malala Yousafzai gave her first speech about the right for education for children at the UN. She is truly amazing. She made me feel like there's hope in the world, but I still struggle to accept the fact that there is so much suffering in this world. Malala is a hero, a peace maker. She was strong enough to dissipate the anger she could of had for the Taliban who shot her. That is genuinely amazing. I admire her strength and determination. She will change the world. Actually, she's already doing it.

In her speech, Yousafzai says that she stands before the world in the name of every kid that doesn't have a voice. This is where my next struggle comes in. She managed to find a voice after she almost died. This attack gave her the courage to speak up about what happened. I would also like to speak up and make a change is this world. I would like to live in a world of equality and fight for my rights like Wendy Davis, Simone de Beauvoir, Edith Margaret Garrud and Tavi Gevinson, but I don't know where to start and that makes me feel like terrible. I know I'm a smart girl but this is simply beyond me.

(From top to bottom: Egen Schiele painting, Senator Davis collage from Unknow source, Edith Margaret Garrud caricature, Tavi Gevinson, Keaton Henson "Lying To You" music video)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Try A Little Tenderness

When I got back home from R.'s cottage, I felt the need to dress in a more sophisticated way and do my hair. I spent a whole week hardly showering and wearing almost always the same clothes, so it was refreshing to feel pretty. I'm probably going to go back to my bad habits of dressing badly in a few days from now, because I am going to Prince Edward Island. For those who have followed my blog from the start, you'll recognize the setting of my pictures. In the meantime though, here's my "classier" outfit. I even did my hair like my grandmother on her wedding day. It's so fetch!

Everything is vintage except:
Sandals: Little Burgundy
Bag: H&M

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I'll Ascend The Sunny Hillpath

As you know, I spent all of last week at R.'s cottage relaxing and learning a bunch of new skills which included eating none stop, watching Avatar (the children's show) and much more. Let's put the situation in context. We started off the week by jumping in the lake and saying goodbye to the parent's that were about to live us all alone most of our stay there. Some people might think that leaving three girls in a cottage for 5 days means "Party!", but for us it meant extreme laziness and eating.

On the other hand, I did learn something new almost everyday. First, I learned to play tennis. It was a failure, but that's ok, I didn't expect to be like Serena Williams (is that her name?). Anyways, I then proceeded to learn how to do a handstand. It was also not very successful, but I managed...with a little help from my friends! In the meantime, S. and R. started playing the ukulele. I later learned how to dive. I wasn't too bad... I think. Also, S. learned how to fish and she actually caught a big one that we later ate. We hadn't planned to eat it, but it was dying anyways, so we killed it. On our last day without the parents, we climbed the mountain nearby. It was lots of fun, but I discovered the limits of my sick body. That's pretty much everything we did. Well, there's more, but I don't want to bore anyone.

Usually, I'd finish my post here, but I absolutely have to talk about where we were. So, the cottage was situated next to an all-girls summer camp that somehow reminded me of Moonrise Kingdom's scout camp. To add to that Wes Anderson vibe, I also spent a lot of time watching the campers with binoculars searching for a girl I knew was working there. Then, if you took a step back and looked at the scenery you could almost perceive Twin Peak's mountains. I especially got the impression of being there when we walked down the highway. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I enjoyed being there.

Monday, July 8, 2013

She Moves In Her Own Way

After being in bed for five days, I finally went out into the world and into R.'s cottage. It was lots of fun! But before I did that, something amazing happened. I cleaned my room! It was quite a shock to see I had so much space. I also realized I wasn't following one of my new years' resolutions. Shame on me! On the positive side, I was able to take pictures of my outfit in my spacious room.

Amazing, isn't it?

Yay! My hair are getting long! 

T-Shirt: American Apparel
Skirt: DIY
Collar: DIY
Belt: Vintage
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters