Saturday, October 31, 2009

1991

Halloween in Yellowknife. People complain about it raining on Halloween? Welcome to my childhood, where mum needed to make costumes that would fit over our parkas.


PS: Clearly I am Sleeping Beauty. And apparently I was down with the pink dress over the blue.


ALSO!! This little boy just became my new best friend:

Sociology of Sexuality

I miss it. Here I am doing my sociology minor backwards, and I do not recommend it. Somehow going from really interesting material to the dry and must learn material just doesn't cut it. At least I get to finish up with a couple of good ones in the summer.

Anyway, as far as sexuality goes, this was probably one of the best memories I have from that class (from "The Death of the Stork: Sex Education Books for Children" by Wendy Simonds):
...Andry, Schepp, and Hampton's How Babies are Made (1979) and Baker's The Birds and the Bees" (1990) are more lackluster than the others in their descriptions of procreative sex:
The sperm, which come from the father's testicles, are sent into the mother through his penis. To do this, the father and mother lie down facing each other and the father places his penis in the mother's vagina. Unlike plants and animals, when human mothers and fathers create a new baby they are sharing a very personal and special relationship. (Andry, Schepp and Hampton, 1979).

When men and women mate, the penis becomes stiff and is inserted into the vagina, which has become larger and moist, ready to receive it. (Baker, 1990).


These authors make heterosex sound like a cross between directions for putting together a bookcase and a recipe for baking a cake. (I can't help but imagine the seductive dialogue, "Hey baby, I have some sperm I'd like to send you through my penis! May I insert it?" "Oh yeah, my vagina is large and moist, ready to receive!")
Seriously...this is what I studied.

Friday, October 30, 2009

wandering thoughts

I want to dye my hair again; except that I have never liked the up keep. I started dyeing my hair in grade 9, starting off with lovely shades of mahogany/auburn, progressing to black, and then eventually to strawberry blond. After a year of growing it out and allowing my hair to become healthy again I went back to red, which eventually led to me once again trying to grow it out and having it dyed a chestnut brown in order to do so. And now I'm back to plain ol' dirty blond/light brown.

There is a beautiful ginger in my class, with gorgeous curls and pretty freckles. Every time I see her, I am tempted to go back to colouring my hair red. I'm quite frustrated with the fact that my mother passed on her ginger gene to my middle sister and not to me (although this fact probably helped me pass it off). To have a complete set of the various typical hair colours in my family, all we really need is someone with black hair.

Anyway, especially right before Halloween I am tempted to take the step and start colouring my hair again...bother.

Par exemple:


ou:



I just don't know what to think. I do know that I have always really liked the look of blue or green eyes with dark and vibrant colours, but that in itself is not reason enough to go out and start paying money to have my hair dyed.

Perhaps I should buy a wig?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

It's stuff like this:

That reminds me, if I really wanted...I probably could have been a model.


And then I think, nah, I like having a normal diet and the couple extra inches it gives me.

Don't get me wrong, she's beautiful, and I have a weird obsession with certain models, but I don't think I could ever do it. I'd rather just be a painters model. And be naked all the time.
Hmmmm....

Hey Daria

I love you.



Definite girl crush; alongside Milla Jovovich, Mariacarla Boscono, and Jessica Stam of course.

Frill thrills

Went dress shopping for my costume at my favourite little vintage thrift store, Hunter Gatherer. It has lots of pretty little dresses with frills like these:


sea of shoes

Not only do I want to buy a pretty frilly dress, but I want to have a place to wear it. I think maybe I should start having tea parties.

It has been decided

I am going as a black widow for Halloween.


Not the spider per se, I'd rather go as a grieving wife of the deceased....with blood on her hands and a knife or bottle of arsenic (or some such thing) in her bag.

Halloween is about the dead and fitting amongst them when they go walking, so rather than dress up like a tart I think this costume idea fits quite a bit better.

Now I just need to get a wee pill box hat and some crinoline for a face cover.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tutu Edition

I like tutu's. In fact, I've always wanted to wear a tutu with combat boots a la Spinelli from the after school cartoon Recess. There is something about crinoline that is so playful and romantic...

found somewhere...

via malloreigh

And finally, just because I want it...

Pugs

I like big dogs. I've grown up around them and because of this I have always sort of disliked little dogs, thinking of them as toys and not real dogs. I want one that could pull me on sleigh damn it.

But for some reason, I'm starting to really like pugs. I think it has something to do with their little squishy faces and their breathing problems. Weird.

Also, artwork like this makes me laugh and therefore allows me to hold a little place in my heart for those little creatures known as Pugs:

via dar

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Resident Evil

How am I supposed to get ready for school and then go to school when Resident Evil is on TV?


Curse you Spike TV for playing movies I like occasionally; especially those with Milla Jovovich.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Erika Moen

Makes me laugh pretty much every time I read her comic blog.


I've been following her artwork probably since I was 15 and at this point, I feel like I know her.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

What was wrong with us?

Old school advertising at it's best:






Halloween

It's just 6 days away and I'm still unsure of what I'll be doing with my evening. I would go to Gnarloween if it weren't for the fact that I stopped going to all age gigs when I was 17.

I feel like last Halloween was just too good to beat, and thus I am floundering in the midst of ideas and plans of what to do. Do I go downtown and brave the notoriously long lines that I've dealt with in the past or do I find a crazy house party to go to?

I think maybe before I start freaking out over what I'm going to do, I should probably figure out what I am going to be. I had thought about going as a Day of the Dead Mexican Candy Skull Skeleton thing...


But then I decided that was too much face paint and while it would be fun, I feel like it's a short period of time type costume. Not an all nighter...

So now I'm thinking going back to my Tiger lovin' roots and doing something along the lines of this:

found through Colin's FB

Which would certainly mean a lot less potential smudging.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

goal:

For my hair to look similar to this by December/January. Perhaps minus the bangs, because it's definitely time for a break from them.


This is an approximation of how long my hair is right now:


Maybe February is a more realistic goal?

Audrey Kawasaki

Has pretty art, and it super talented:

Of course she has to go and play to my morbid side...

I should be sleeping. Instead I'm sitting up listening to A Tribe Called Quest and reliving the old Eaton's complimentary CD my grandma gave me when I was 12. Yah, she's pretty rad...and clearly had no idea what to do with the CD. Whatever, 12 year old me thought it was super cool.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Children's stories

Last night I went out to dinner with my mum and sister and while discussing needing to go see Where the Wild Things Are, we continued discussing Maurice Sendak and the brilliant man that he is, and that topic eventually led to what our favourite children's books were.

Other than Wild Things, I vividly remember one book's illustrations and smell (I never owned it, but always took it out from the library, and library books always have a distinct smell). It was about a little girl and her baby sister, who had been captured by goblins and replaced by a changeling, and followed the little girl on her quest to rescue her sister.

I could not remember the author or the name of the book for the life of me, but thanks to my curious and internet-savvy mum who just sent me an email with the name and author, I can now tell all of you that you should all go out and buy/rent/borrow Outside Over There also by Sendak so that you can either read it for the first time or sit back and enjoy while childhood memories flood over your senses.


Sometimes I question the interests I had as a child (particularly the fascination with monsters, scary things and anything morbid), but I guess that just adds to my personality?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

found

Things I do best when I should be writing a comparative essay on sociological theorists: surf blogs and find pretty pictures.





all found at etc

One day...

I would like to live in a flat that has the possibilities to be decorated thusly:

Monday, October 19, 2009

FYI

I like Tigers.

Everything about them.

I did a report on them in grade 8 and I made sure to include the fact that they will mate in water when it is too hot. It seems so logical. I'm not sure what my teacher thought about my feeling it necessary to include this factoid, and as far as I am concerned, that is neither here nor there.

found at mememolly

These Siberian beauts were captured on film by Michael Nichols in 1995 for National Geographic.

Last Christmas my mum 'adopted' a tiger on my behalf from WWF, and it sits on my desk, and I sit there looking at it, wishing it were real (and not mauling me).

Maybe I'll be a tiger for Halloween instead of a Mexican candy skull. 1990 memories...

Oh Daria


Je t'aime.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Emma Hack

dornob

Stunning. I would enjoy being one of those models.

girls only


BARF.

These are the types of toys I'm glad I never had. Seriously, who buys this stuff for their daughters? So much for be whatever you want to be; instead imma make my kid be a dainty housewife one day by providing her with these suggestive gender-targeted toys!

Curvy

Reasons why I love the online web-comic Curvy,
a) it has scenes like this:
b) one of the main characters, Fauna, lives in Candy World,
c) it's a super random tale of seduction and the adventures that seduction brings along with it (while in various different worlds).

On that note, back I go to the books.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Lazy hangover day

Which means I did not get much done today, and considering I have a big midterm Monday I really should have been more on top of my shit rather than sleeping off this hangover.

So instead I put up a new post...and then I will eat and study.

le flassh via tfs

I'm loving the shoes with the pants. Overall this is a great look.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Polish Folk Dancer

This just in: Screw the Panda or Peter Pan costume idea. I am going to dress up as a Polish Folk Dance Puppet. BAM! Two P's in the name; I feel so accomplished.

My sister still has her Polish dancing costume from when she is little, and since we both still wear the skirt, all I need is a sequined vest, bows, beads, and flowers. I wish I had little red boots, but I guess we'll wait and see what my hunting amongst second hand stores will come up with.

Photo Reference:

And for over the top puppet makeup (with marionette mouth):
Found at Clever Nettle from Numero Korea

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Curing the Lolita Complex

Who would disagree that the “baby-faced nymphet” — perhaps embodied most explicitly by a school-uniformed Britney Spears in the Baby One More Time video — is a regular fixture on the media landscape? What we might disagree on though is how to counteract it. Some believe that shielding girls from sex for as long as possible — preaching the abstinence message and the pregnancy/STD/victimhood perils of sex — is the only way.

Durham disagrees. Girls do not need “rescuing” from sex, she says. Merely the media’s one-dimensional, profit-driven version of it, which is based purely on male fantasies without a nod to female needs or desires.

Rather, girls should be encouraged that it is their right to enjoy it, thus reclaiming their sexuality from a culture that increasingly positions them as passive, objectified sex kittens who are not encouraged to actually want sex or get any pleasure from it yet are mandated to be desirable to males — to look up for it but not, of course, act on it, for that would be sluttish.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Found

Discovered Anna Wegelin's designs today through Urban Outfitters blog, and I'm definitely a fan. Not just her knotted necklaces from her fokahontas collection (holy man, look at the lookbook for it):
But her forbidden colours collection too:
Her blog lachsbroetchen has given me new reason to continue learning German.

Reading habits

Found at Veronica's blog:

I'd like to think that those who read other books outside of HP and the Twilight series are not going extinct, but apparently this graph proves otherwise?

Perhaps a comparison across age groups is in order.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Costume Ideas?

So next Friday I am going on a pubcrawl with the EPHE faculty and need to come up with a costume that starts with an E, a P or an H. So far I'm drawing a blank; I mean, I can certainly come up with plenty of things to be but none that are getting me super excited. Perhaps it's because I don't really want to spend that much money on a costume (spending it on alcohol seems so much more logical).

I do have the makings of a Peter Pan costume, and a Power Puff girl costume would be easy (but so much more fun if I could get other people in on it). I'm not a huge fan of the over sexualized trashy costume ideas (Pimp's and Ho's), so I feel like that seems to cut short a lot.

I've thrown 'The Letter P" parties before and have thus thought of being a puppet or pepto-bismal, pterodactyl, but seriously, nothing is making me excited to put together a costume.

I think maybe I want to be a panda:

Bandi-Panda Fashion by Zhao Bandi

At least, the blond wig and ears, plus pandaid style makeup and panda styled clothing.

Input?

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Alexander McQueen ss 2010

I would love to get into his head when he is coming up with his designs. And also to understand how hard it must be to walk in those shoes...Booth Moore describes it best:
The creatures that came out onto the runway were otherworldly nymphs with hair like cobra hoods, and staggering platform shoes with armor-like shells. One look morphed into the next, with dresses wrapping, twisting and folding in on each other. Moth, praying mantis and manta ray prints evocative of Damien Hirst’s nature-themed works were engineered specifically for each garment, and embroideries brought to mind underwater wreckage. Dresses also were covered in a print taken from an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef, and when the evolutionary process was complete, a new being emerged in the final model, dressed in sequins and opalescent beads that conjured underwater bio-luminescence.
There are pieces that remind me a lot of Alien, and just as many others that remind me of nature and the different ecosystems. As fashiontoast puts it: "I love it when fashion reminds me of things that have nothing to do with fashion".



Hockey


For anyone who has not heard of this band and enjoys upbeat music with a hectic feel to it, you should really check them out. It's the type of music I put on when I'm getting ready to go out, or play when I am having a dance party in my room. Totally infectious.

I first came across these lads while at Sasquatch while waiting for...St. Vincent I think...and was blown away by their raditude. It was nothing short of a pleasure to watch them, they ended up being one of my favourite performances. I thoroughly enjoy watching a lead singer who has charisma and gets the rest of the band and audience revved up; these boys know how to perform, how many lead singers do you know that will join in on drums and wail away on them alongside the drummer? I think it was pretty much that situation that sold me on them.

Since Sasquatch they have played Glastonbury, T in the Park, Bonnaroo, and the Hove Festival. Follow that with the release of the first album, Mind Chaos, and it's been a good year for them.

So seriously now, go check them out.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

mid-week wall

Last post was celebrating October; this post is frustrated with October's seemingly 'in the middle of it all' feel.

Perhaps it's just the fact that I am frustrated with upcoming midterms, projects and lack of general clarity on the parts of professors or perhaps it's because I am in the middle of trying to find worthwhile jobs for my spring co-op. It's quite disheartening.

So in the meantime I will focus on the pubcrawl I'm doing next Friday, the British boys' goodbye party this Friday and...the feeling I will get once projects and midterms are dealt with?

I wish I had something more interesting to post...

Until next time I will leave you with another fabulous photo of Mariacarla: