Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dezeen Magazine: Victoria Spruce's Amazing Footwear

I recently came across this precious gem while looking/shopping for beautiful shoes.  Victoria Spruce, a footwear designer, showcased her structural footwear at the Royal College of Art graduate show earlier this month.  According to the Dezeen magazine, which had a feature on her:

"The collection combines shiny plastic shells with traditional leather soles and matte-leather linings that are revealed as the uppers twist and fold."
So often, structural shoes with architectural-like designs are such a flop, but not so this time.  Really, these designs are inspired, and I see Victoria Spruce becoming the next huge shoe mogul akin to Christian Louboutin or Yves Saint Laurent, but with more daring and modernity.
Check out her stuff below.

For more, check out Dezeen Magazine's story:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Playlist: What You Should be Listening to this Summer

Haven't posted any music playlists for ages, and since my summers are times for me to explore new music, I think it's time for you guys to explore what I'm exploring (because I'm that awesome). Ok, here goes.

  • Bon Iver - Skinny Love
  • Bon Iver - Flume 
  • Björk - Who Am I
  • Mads Langer - The River Has Run Wild
  • Editors - An End Has A Start
  • Florence and the Machine - Cosmic Love
  • Free Energy - Free Energy
  • Foster the People - Waste
  • Foster the People - Houdini
  • Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
  • Girl Named Toby - Holding a Heart
  • Joshua Radin - Sundrenched World
  • Black Eyed Peas - Just Can't Get Enough (I know, I know, but it's on the radio all the time and it's just so catchy)
  • Nicky Minaj - Superbass (Boom ba doom boom boom ba doom boom yeah it's that superbass! I haven't listened to this song for 2 weeks and it's still stuck in my head. Damn you pop songs.)
  • The Naked and Famous - Punching In A Dream

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Skating Nightmares

Today, to celebrate my Canadianhood (see? we even make up words), I participated in one of Canada's favorite pastimes: ice skating.  As I was skating around listening to bad 80's music blaring on the speakers, I came to a sudden realization.  Skaters wear the freaking UGLIEST costumes/uniforms imaginable.  If you think about it, figure skating costumes are just weird, tacky outfits that look like a kid went crazy with the scissors and sequins.  And hockey uniforms are just huge shirts and shorts, and with all that gear underneath, just aid in making a person look really really fat.  Below I've compiled some photos of amazing skaters that need a costume change.

All those stripes are really hurting my eyes.

OH MY GOSH. These costumes speak VERY bad taste.

These Canadian women decided to go crazy after they won the gold
medal at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, drinking and smoking on
the ice in front of the whole world.  As if they didn't already look ridiculous
enough! We Canadians are so classy. 

This screams, "I've been attacked by a rapid animal!"

All I have to say is don't be sponsored by McD's.  What in the
hell is this???

Ponchos are always best left at home.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ralph Lauren Big Pony Fragrence Ads

I'm very preppy at heart.

Fashion. Love, Africa

 "Fashion. love, Africa designs and purchases hand knitted bags constructed from post consumer plastic bags gathered and woven by female residents living in the garbage slum of Nakuru, Kenya.  Each bag is purchased directly from the woman who constructed it, allowing her a consistent source of income."

The idea behind this project is gold, the name is great, and their website is beautiful. But why do so many great projects like this fail to produce products I would actually buy? I don't mean to be cruel, indeed the way this project is helping the women in Kenya is inspiring, but the bags look at best only okay. I mean, c'mon. About the only thing I would use these bags for are the beach. The colours of the bags are vibrant and bold, but the bag in itself just looks out of place and fails to deliver.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

How I Got Inspired By LuluLemon

"Creativity is maximized when you're living in the moment."

This is so true though isn't it?  We find our full potential not when we're stressing or worrying or OCDing, but when we are embracing life and living in the present.  Great ways to do this?  Go outside: dance in the rain, climb a mountain, swim in the ocean,...enjoy life.  Or as lululemon puts it:
Lululemon Athletica is sssssoooooooooooooooo inspiring. 
Whenever I'm down and out, or just plain lacking motivation, I read this manifesto.  It's so cool, because it is printed on all the reusable bags they give you after you buy merchandise from their stores.  Rejuvination, here I come.

Found this great list of ways to stay creative, courtesy of la flâneuse

Monday, July 4, 2011

Catherine Middleton: Fashion Diplomat

Duchess Catherine is in Canada with Prince William for their first official oversees tour.  And the crowd loves them, Will for his frankness, charm, and jokes about his French accent; Catherine though, for her amazing ability to be always beautiful and choose the right clothing choices for the right moments.  She is a fashion diplomat, her clothing choices reflecting not only her own style but her awareness of the people around her.  The Guardian has said of her:
"During this, her first foreign tour, she has shown an impressive ability to use her wardrobe as a tool for doing what royals are supposed to do on foreign tours. Her clothes show respect, bring an emotional warmth that strengthens historic and strategic bonds, and send a positive message about the country and family she represents."
Below are several photos of her that serve to show just what an impact clothes can have, especially when worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate wearing a maple leaf hat in a respectful nod to the nation of Canada.
Shown here with Prince William at a tree planting at Rideau Hall, Catherine is wearing a grey
Kensington dress by Catherine Walker, one of the late Princess Diana's favourite designers.
That was definitely a move of pure class.