Thursday, October 28, 2010


images found at: smut to-go

Was feeling like a bit of a vintage change today, wore my new vintage camel coat out to dinner with the 'rents and family. Came back to find this ^ blog and my penchant for things of the past was further quenched.


The above blog is wonderful, and I would definitely recommend checking it out!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Trend Report


I'm really enjoying the neutrals this season, and of course, the layering.

vintage coat

Last week while shopping in VV Boutique for halloween things I came across a jacket like this^ and I sort of kind of wanted to give in and buy it. It was marked at over $100 though, so I decided to second guess the purchase and later that week ended up buying a beautiful golden/camel Hudson Bay 3/4 length sleeve, knee length jacket instead. Pictures soon to follow!

I just want to lay with you

Saturday, October 23, 2010


I'm really starting to like her. To be honest I think it was the hilarious movie, Jennifer's Body, that did it for me.



The second one is winking at the photographer!! Man I want a kitty so bad.

Friday, October 22, 2010


hanneli mustaparta

This is an adorable combination: past the knee length skirt, cable knit sweater, shoes...I need to start wearing my longer skirts asap!

ways to wear a scarf

I actually quite dig this look: simple white shirt dress with scarf wrapped as skirt.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010



Corey and I watched the Sword and the Stone the other night as a part of our recent decision to watch all of our favourite childhood movies, and I think that I need to watch Bambi again...soon! I feel like it was one of the movies I watched only once or twice, because I never owned it...whereas I have probably watched the Lion King and the Little Mermaid at least a thousand times.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Ieva Laguna by Greg Kadel for Vogue Germany November 2010


These amazing necklaces and rings are made by a local jewelery designer here in Victoria (I wish I knew by who, I'll update once I have leads). I think I know where my next ring purchase will be made!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


If you are from Vancouver and you read the news, you probably know that there have been two sexual assaults on the UBC campus recently. Two women in seperate instances were approached by a man who groped them, then fled. It’s not known yet whether or not it was the same man, but the police are doing the standard routine: urging women to be careful, and asking anyone who sees someone matching the description in the article or a similar event to report it.

On Facebook I’m friends with a lot of very cool, intelligent, articulate feminists. That’s awesome, because I love feminists; I love feminism and everything to do with it, even Sarah Palin Feminism, because we can all use a laugh sometimes. And generally I agree with what they have to say on current events, but I’m diverging this week. The general response among my friends to the articles that caution women to walk in groups, carry cell phones, and be aware of their surroundings is to declare that they are victim blaming. And to give the often used and often correct response that society should focus less on telling women what to do and more on educating men not to commit sexual assault.**

For those of you who don’t spend your free time reading up on feminism and gender politics, “victim blaming” is a term that refers to the problematic and common response to sexual assault that implies it was the fault of the victim somehow. Usual instances in the case of rape, especially acquantance or date rape, was to suggest the victim was “asking for it” through her clothing, make-up, alcohol or drug use, personality, sexual history, or behaviour. So, it goes, if you are wearing a short skirt and drunk and this man here rapes you, what did you think would happen? This is very, very bad for two reasons: first, it further victimizes the person who has just been brutally victimized by implying that she got herself raped and shifts the blame from the rapist, who is wholly responsible for the crime; second, it reinforces “rape culture,” the culture that for a long time and in many ways has implicitly educated men to think of some women as deserving of sexual assault because they are whores or sluts and therefore they don’t get to say no. This is transparently awful to everyone, but it’s the reason that very few rapists that are charged for their crime (which is a very small number of the total rapes committed) actually get punished. Society likes black-and-white crimes: virginal schoolgirls abducted on their way home from church by an evil, toothless, sadistic rapists. We’re much less likely to feel sympathy for a drunken sorority girl with a checkered sexual past who went to a frat party in stilettos and got drunk, even though they have the same crime committed against them. This is why I hate the word “slut” so much: every time someone uses it they’re saying that a female’s sexuality is a bad thing when it’s too expressive, too open, too intimidating, whatever. And that makes it easy for us to stop caring about some women, and for rapists to get away with raping them.

The point of explaining all that is to make it clear that “rape culture” and the social dialogues that reinforce it are a massive problem, and gradually we’re realising that and turning towards not telling women to avoid getting raped by conforming to a certain, arbitrary code of behaviour, but instead teaching men why those ideas they’ve internalized about female sexuality and sexual mores are harmful. There’s good work going on around that: Men Can Stop Rape is a great project.

So I’m all for dismantling rape culture, and all for calling bullshit on victim blaming, but in this case I think that you, friendly feminists, are wrong. Some advice is just good advice. Telling women not to walk alone at night is not a rebuke, it’s a warning, and a damn good warning when they’re in danger. And yelling, “TEACH MEN NOT TO RAPE” is not going to help in this case, because we’re not talking about an entrenched social value system from which some men learn to believe that you can force sex on a woman because she is slutty or vulnerable. We’re talking about a pathologically criminally behaviour that the perpetrator already knows is pathological and a crime. And the police are condemning it; they’re condemning it by looking for the criminal. It’s not a case where they’ll be sympathetic because the groper says, well, that woman was wearing a short skirt, what could I do? And the policeman won’t nod and say, Good point, she’s probably a slut.

Walking alone at night always makes you vulnerable to assaults, because you’re alone in the dark, and in this circumstance it’s women who are being targeted and they’re doing their fucking job by warning you about it. I would love to live in a world where women can walk alone at night and not be raped or assaulted or robbed, but I’m not there yet, and in the meantime I do appreciate concern for my safety. It would take the focus off the vital message at this point in time to say “POLICE TELL MEN NOT TO ASSAULT WOMEN” because DUH, the criminalization of sexual assault and the ongoing search for the assailant makes that self-evident. They could include it in the article as well, but come on, it’s a news article, not an academic paper. It has to be direct and singularly focused or people won’t actually read it. And the vital message is if you can make yourself safer, make yourself safer; you shouldn’t have to, maybe, but it’s not a perfect world yet. So please, friends, lay off the police. They aren’t pointing the finger at you. They’re probably just legally bound to tell you not to be an idiot.

** I do need to point out that not all sexual offenders are men, but most are, especially in cases of so-called date rape (aka rape-rape) and overwhelmingly in stuff like flashings and gropings. Society should educate everybody not to rape, etc, but there are longer treaties on this particular gender topic that I don’t have the energy to reiterate.

Reblogged from ponymalta, because I like what she has to say and agree that we have a long way to go in educating individuals on victim blaming, educating and working with men to stop rape, and recognizing when good advice is good advice.

Halloween 2010

Corey and I started our morning today by going to VV looking for costume ideas and when that failed we continued on to the malls. Hillside had a few good ideas, but I don't really feel like spending $90 on a costume that I have a good chance of making or piecing together from my own wardrobe and maybe a few other items from a second hand store. So far, here are my DIY ideas:

The Black Canary (I'd probably style it after the older costumes rather than the newest versions):

Can-can dancer:

A Robin. There is a running joke at Corey's house that because my name is Robyn, I make nests, eat birdseed and lay I had thought of dressing up as my namesake. This should be easy, as all I would need would be a red dress (check) with brown cardigan or something over top, brown leggings (check) and then a mask or fun makeup with feathers in my hair:

Or perhaps, another comic book hero, the female version of Robin? Corey and I joked it would be funny if he dressed up as Batman and I as his sidekick...A less DIY idea but it could work:


'Babe Lincoln', which would involve buying a beard, top hat, tie and then dressing up in a miniskirt with a vest and long coat....easy enough and kinda funny:

Artemis or Athena. Easy enough, I already have the below AA dress in blue and would only need a bow and arrow and perhaps a stuffed animal as my companion for Artemis and a shield or an owl to accompany me for Athena:

Input or any other great ideas that people would want to suggest?

Thursday, October 7, 2010

asos for fall/winter 2010

I'm digging the fall lookbook. Why has it taken me this long to realize that I can actually order from Asos and have it sent to Canada? Good thing I'm not making much money, because if I were making any more I think I have an idea of where some of it would go: