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Monday, 19 September 2011

The Ultimate in Bathroom Graffiti

I've mentioned before how much I like bathroom graffiti.  People bare their souls while they bare their bums.  Good times.  I think it's really sweet that someone wants to give you something to read while you pee.  I was in one (uber hipster) bar that had stalls covered in "WU TANG CLAN FOREVER!".  So funny.  Last Friday when I went to go watch my friend Doobyis rap, I totally met my bathroom match.

Pardon the blur, I was drunk and really excited.

It's going to be a challenge finding a bathroom that tops this one.  Challenge totally accepted! Also, listen to Doobyis. He's awesome.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Real Life Disney Princesses

Like most girls I am obsessed with Disney, especially the princesses.  What's even more amazing is that they're real people!  What you don't believe me?  Think no normal human being can have such perfect hair, amazing make up and be so beautiful?  Well, thanks to photographer Ryan Astamendi, you better believe it!

Ok, I know she's not a princess, but this is spot-on!

If you're interested in seeing more of his work and other artist's interpretations, check out The Art of the Disney Princess
 It looks so cool!  It's amazing to see how many people have been inspired by these iconic characters.

I know what you're thinking now.  Sure, they look like the princesses but can they sing?

This amazing lady is Traci Hines and she is a princess.  She's got the voice down perfect, her hair is always flawless and she styles it all herself!  Really inspiring stuff.  What's even more amazing....she likes my nails on Etsy and wants me to design some for her upcoming photoshoots!  I am SO excited to be working with such a talented individual.  She doesn't just sing the little mermaid, so head over to her youtube channel and get ready to be amazed!

What's that weird feeling in the back of my head?  Oh yeah, it's my brain forming ideas for a Halloween costume!

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Style Inspiration: Zooey Deschanel

This fall I am all about channeling Zooey.  She manages to look adorable and chic without flashing a lot of skin, which is important to me because I hate being cold.  Why do you think I'm fleeing Canada in three weeks?  In her new show. The New Girl, she even rocks some massive glasses, so she's basically me.  Only with shinier hair, bright blue eyes, less 20 pounds and plus a strange similarity to Katy Perry.

I should probably start chasing boys around shouting "Hey Sailor!  Wait...come back!  It's cute when she says it!"

What I admire about her, (aside from her hair...did I mention how nice her hair is?) is that she's well put together when she's just out and about which is really the true measure of style.  If you look good on the red carpet, it means you pay someone cool to dress you.  If you look good in the queue at Starbucks, it means you're cool.  I don't even go to Starbucks, so I'm extra uncool.  But if I did, I would rock this little outfit:
Ahhh, I'm so excited for it to get colder so I can live in shorts and tights.  It's my version of being a never nude.

I need to get me some shirts with cute little collars and cute heart pins.  Etsy, here I come!

If I'm going to properly steal her style, my curling iron is going to be getting some major action.  And I am totally fine with that.  

Seriously, this girl probably sleeps in her tights.  I fucking love it.

I'll probably pass on the dungarees, but how cute are those braids with dainty, curled ends!?

So here's the plan.  Lots and lots of black tights, cute collared shirts, cute cardigans, poufy high-waisted skirts, and curls with loads of volume and bangs.  It's gonna be awesome.

Then we'll be bestest friends forever.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Books That Will Change Your Life: Weetzie Bat

photos by wildfox, of course!
Francesca Lia Block is easily my favorite author of all time.  In her first book Weetzie Bat she uses her prose to create vivid, magical imagry of a "jasmine-scented, jacaranda-purple, neon sparked city" where "you can buy tomahawks and plastic palm tree wallets at Farmer's Market, and the wildest, cheapest cheese and bean and hot dog and pastrami burritos at Oki Dogs".  Her characters are strong, exciting women who see the magic in everyday life and the wonderful, weird people they meet along the way.  It's a story that manages to be magical and glittery, but edgy and punk rock at the same time.  It also doesn't hurt that they all have an amazing sense of fashion.  The girl pictured above is Wildfox's interpretation of what they think Weetzie would look like, eating one of her beloved Oki Dogs.  That's one of the things I love most about novels is you can make the characters out to be anything you want in your head!  I've spent hours scouring deviantart for people's different interpretations of the characters to see how their ideas vary from mine.  

It's a book that teaches you to dream, to look beyond the ordinary to "Wish on everything. Pink cars are good, especially old ones. And stars of course, first stars and shooting stars. Planes will do if they are the first light in the sky and look like stars. Wish in tunnels, holding your breath and lifting your feet off the ground. Birthday candles. Baby teeth."   To see the magic in the world.  Weetzie has a life we all dream of filled with delicious food: "a picnic of salsa, home baked bread still steaming in it's crust, hibiscus lemonade and cake decorated with fresh flowers", amazing clothes: "sometimes she wore Levi's with white fringe sewn down the legs and a feathered headdress, sometimes old fifties taffeta dresses covered with poetry written in glitter" and the kind of love that all teenage girls (and maybe some of us older ones!) dream about: "He kissed her.  A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs."

How could you not want to read it?!  Oh did I mention it's only 70 pages?  Fret not, Weetzie Bat is the first book of five in the Dangerous Angels series and they are all just as good as the first.  They tell the stories of her daughters Witch Baby and Cherokee as they grow and struggle with love, music and personal identity.  The fifth book, Baby Be-Bop, gives more insight into Dirk, Weetzie's mohawked, gay best friend.  FLB was never afraid to tackle serious issues such as homosexuality "Any love that is love is right", suicide "Grief is not something you know if you grow up wearing feathers with a Charlie Chaplin boyfriend" and having children "There are way too many babies.  And diseases.  And nuclear accidents.  And crazy psychos.  We can't have a baby."  But no matter what trials and tribulations befall this adorable, luminescent family everything always seems to turn out happily ever after, or at least...happily.  Which is really what we all want, isn't it?

Her books can be kind of hard to find in bookshops, so online is your best bet for purchase.  
Weetzie Bat is just the first book, Dangerous Angels is a collection of all five books and Necklace of Kisses catches up with Weetzie when she's older and having a midlife crisis.

You can find Francesca Lia Block online on her twitter or on her blog

Read it.  It will change your life.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

A Guide To Underwater Cameras

I finally got my waterproof camera developed!  Taking underwater photos isn't as easy as I thought.  Posing for them and snapping both have some significant challenges.  For example, it's kind of hard to keep your eyes open underwater and not make this face:

Another worry is the dreaded bubble moustache:
Actually, on second thought, I kind of love my bubble moustache.

No, your best bet for cool underwater photos (assuming you don't have a flowing Alexander McQueen maxi dress) is stupid faces...

Yoga poses...



Or just leave your face out of it!

They're definitely worth buying if you're going somewhere wet and wild.  We had so much fun splashing around taking all these pictures.  Which reminds me of my last tip...if you want to see what you're taking a picture of, make sure you put on some goggles!
That's kind of what the Caesar's pool looked like after a couple Cranberry Mojitos.
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