glad in plaid












Coat: H&M
Dress (worn open): c/o Sugarlips (buy here)
Shirt:American Apparel (buy a cooler one here)
Necklace: Margiela with H&M
Skirt: Unif (buy here)
Boots: Chloe
Backpack: via Roots

The last time I wore plaid was probably about half a decade ago.

It was a fitted shirt from Abercrombie & Fitch, and it featured v (not) flattering boob pockets. Though it was soft and flannel and comfortable, it made me feel like a lumberjack or Dallas Green or something else equally Canadian, and because I was a more along the lines of mystical fairy and also a girl, I put it to rest after one wear.

Although I’ve somehow acquired 3 plaid items in the past month, I still don’t think I can really identify a plaid person. Even though I’m no longer a fairy, and am still not Dallas Green, I’ve learned to look past the connotations of arbitrary patterns and *werk* them into my wardrobe.

With that said, I’m unsure if a full-length plaid skirt is exactly comparable to a fitted flannel from A&F, but for the sake of the argument, let’s say it is and move on with our lives.

PS: These Chloe boots circa 2007 are my pride and joy…even though a) I seldom wear them and b) Jeffrey Campbell made them accessible to the entire world. Whatever, I forgive you humans and also the universe.
 

PPS: For one more fun plaid thing to add to my/your growing collection, be sure to check out Quill & Tine for an assortment of luxury leather gloves that are touch-screen sensitive. Lined with a layer of super soft cashmere/lambswool, I may not drive a real human vehicle, but I definitely feel like I can drive many with these gloves. (Though not all at once…because that is unsafe).

If you need clarification: yes, humans, you’ve heard me correctly. About all the aforementioned things. These gloves allow you to peruse various internet websites and fun-filled apps in cold climates without having to sacrifice your precious fingers to frost bite. I’m the owner of these (pictured above), but there are other beautiful styles available for purchase in order to fulfil the needs of you and your touch-screen addicted loved ones (both male and female) as well. Perfect holiday gift, if I do say so myself!!!



root of the problem










Shawl: Mink Pink
Hooded sweater: H&M
Necklace: c/o Vanessa Mooney
Pants: H&M
Shoes: Acne

I guess I’d like to take this time and briefly discuss the disturbing events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday.

I realize that I don’t often write about anything of pressing social relevance on this blog, but yesterday’s events elicited so much global response I felt like it would be appropriate to talk about it a little more…even though it’s probably all you’ve been hearing about for the past 45-odd hours.

Anyway.

Let me start off by saying that I’m a pretty emotional person. I’ll cry when puppies are really cute or if someone tells a really funny joke, or if a really good rerun of the OC comes on, (save for the one where Marissa passes…because then that’s like, really intense sobbing) – but if we’re talking about IRL events that we see on the news, I’m pretty unresponsive. I realize this probably sounds foolish and ignorant, but I’ve come to interpret many recent events as the norm; and I’ve therefore been finding myself increasingly desensitized to them.

For my fellow Canadians and I, gun violence is a constant concern with unshakable stigmas. However, like many other crimes/contemporary life-dangers(?!?), gun violence isn’t something that I personally fear as soon as I gain consciousness every morning. Whether or not this has to do with Canada’s gun laws, the fact of the matter is that gun violence as a means of solving personal issues on behalf of an innocent public is becoming way too common.

I’m not going to be silly and idealistic and say “let’s promote peace and non-violent resolutions!!!”…because I truly don’t believe that will ever happen. I think the most important thing here is to be aware and actively work towards initiatives that will help your country develop a system that may prevent these heartless crimes from happening. Because although being sympathetic and empathizing with the sorrows your fellow citizens are going through right now is great, I don’t think anyone will truly be able to achieve a completely genuine response to the murder of 20 innocent children.

This is cliched, but I am with the many who believe the media’s rapt attention to matters like these is partially to blame for the level of extravagantness in which these unfortunate events occur. I’m not saying the media “glorifies” criminals in any way, but the attention in which these shooters get are no short of celebrity status. Obviously the way in which the media reports will never change, but that’s some *food for thought.*

To cut this short, I’ll leave you with this not-so-wise quip of deepness and thought-provokingness: Don’t falsify emotion just to go along with the rest of the world – do something to encourage a step towards gun control. You can start by clicking here.

I wouldn’t want my first thoughts upon waking up in the morning to be fear or helplessness, nor would I want to live in a country where even the most vulnerable must concern themselves with things even adults don’t understand. I hate the idea of children are killing other children and I hate that families must be hurt as a result of it. During this difficult time, my thoughts are with all of you, completely.

 

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s have a discussion about my roots now, shall we? It’s the first time they have seen explicit public scrutiny in about a month.



back on track

Before I proceed with my blawgging life, here are some random outfits from the depths of my external harddrive that you have probably never seen before.













Okay goodbye!



Manic Pixie Dream Girl





As promised, here is one of the projects from this past semester. It’s about the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope in cinema and in real life, and features some kind of written and visual aesthetic that I’ve been trying to pinpoint as somewhere along the lines of a ~quirky girl’s~ journalistic perspective and a semi-intellectual collective of short essays and serious-looking design. In it’s totality, the book is somewhere around 80 pages and is read as about 12 distinctly different sections – two of which include a 4-page sticker section and a “MPDG Mixtape.”

For shits, I’ve documented the book *in motion* and compiled a kind-of-sort-of stop motion viewing thing, as well as a brief excerpt from the book’s introduction. I’ll be uploading more to my portfolio in the near future, maybe.


For a better quality *experience* click through and watch directly on Vimeo

 
 
And here is the excerpt from my 12,000 word manuscript:

Who is the Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

1) A quirky girl who likes “Ghostworld,” old Archie comics and obscure gangster rap that doubles as folk music. May also think that The Shins can/will change the world.

2) A self-proclaimed “weirdo” who proudly houses her dinosaur shaped Nutella sandwiches in a tin Hello Kitty lunchbox and constantly relays how enamored she is with tacos and Joseph Gordon-Levitt…simultaneously.

3) A girl in your interpretive dance class who is notorious for wearing floral crowns; not for the purpose of impersonating Lana Del Rey in un-ironic ways, but to demonstrate her pleasure in looking like a garden.

She could be extremely funny or serious or happy or mad, or she could just be all four at once and write it off as an acute case of multiple personality disorder. The scope of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is varied, without boundaries, and constantly changing with the times. Some may call it unnecessarily arbitrary, but when it comes down to it, “subjectively endearing” may be a better description.

Originally coined by film critic Nathan Rabin as a response to Kirsten Dunst’s character in the 2005 movie Elizabethtown, the term has been applied to characters from both old and contemporary films. Described as “that bubbly, shallow cinematic creature that exists solely in the fevered imaginations of sensitive writer-directors to teach broodingly soulful young men to embrace life and its infinite mysteries and adventures,” the MPDG archetype has received much criticism by those offended by the generalization of ‘quirky girls’ as being anything less than…well, weird.

As a result, the MPDG may be understood as an outdated construction, because the idea that women exist to better the life of men is not necessarily illustrative of the contemporary female. However, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is not necessarily a part of a feminist’s most hated stereotype…that is, a female who exists solely to cook and clean for her man. Quite contrarily, they are some of the most empowered women in cinema, breaking rules and ruthlessly chasing after what they want. Yes, at times they are shallow and impossibly naive, but their sense of self and willingness to “carpe diem” results in a set of endearing characters that are impossible not to love.

She may argue that she’s a contradiction, a fleeting memory, a challenge, a downfall, and a crazy psychopath, but welcome to the world of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl nonetheless. Endlessly poignant, unprecedentedly contradictory, and undeniably captivating, the MPDG is making her mark on cinema and rapidly winning over every writer who has ever wanted to live vicariously through a lady who is both immature and years beyond her age, and every viewer who has been looking for their own opportunity to seize the day.



i’m not shopping / sorry not sorry










Scarf (as headwrap): Vintage
Sweater: H&M
Skirt: Topshop
Necklace: H&M
Boots: c/o Miista

Finally eased myself out of sweatpants and sweatpant-like bottoms, and wore my new *vegan leather* circle skirt from Topshop. I felt like it was an ideal garment for me to frolic around various malls and such because a) it wasn’t/isn’t too restraining and b) it was/is easy enough to take on and off to try on sale items at H&M.

I’ve found myself in a mall pretty much every day since finishing my last assignment, and I’m still kind of impartial as to how I feel about that. Except that’s a lie because I know exactly how I feel about that. Because I have yet to start my Christmas shopping. And ah ah ah all my $$$ and also ah.

Have you guys started your Christmas shopping? Are you avoiding the chaotic malls and embarking on DIY activities? Let me know! I’m very curious / am more than willing to steal all your ideas and claim them as my own because I am kind of desperate.




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