December 8, 2012

A Flying Teapot

As a graphic design/ illustration/photography student, I sometimes get to work on bizarre assignments. This time, the goal of the project was to create some greeting cards. We had to pick either a tool, a box, a teapot or a glove and photography it in a funny/clever context. We could choose between making a huge setup in the studio or just photography the object and manipulate the photos. I was too lazy to rent the studio and too clumsy to create a miniature setting, so I photographed a thrifted teapot near a window and proceeded to (digitally) turn it into a hot air balloon. 

Drumroll...


I'm not quite sure how I feel about it... It's kind of semi-cute and surrealistic, but also a bit cheesy/embarrassing. Clearly this is something my great-aunts would love to hang on their walls!

October 12, 2012

Downtime

I just can't believe that fall break is almost over! College graduation is coming so fast... This was my last fall break, so I enjoyed every single minute of it. The past week was really fun and relaxing despite the bunch of schoolwork I had to do. I did a lot of freelance graphic design work for clients and spent 90% of my free time with my friend Guillaume. We did a lot of hiking, ate bizarre food (like bacon sugar pie!), thrifted a lot, spent time downtown and discovered new kinds of beer (he's a beer connoisseur so it's me who discovered some). I wish I could have one more free week to enjoy the last days of fall... In my hometown, it only lasts a few weeks. And it snowed last night, eek! I'm so glad I captured a tiny bit of my favourite season with my camera. Fall is the season I like best. The nature gets so beautiful... And it's the perfect weather to go on adventures in the woods!

A semi-illegal campfire.
Because it was a "private forest property".
We were not even aware of it and did not even get caught.
And breaking the law is fun.

My explorer's boots and trusty old Levi's jeans

Fire making 101
Twigs, branches and dry leaves

Collecting wood for the fire.
Birch burns better, so that's mostly what we used.

Adding rocks and more wood

Fallen leaves

The trees above us

Yay! It worked!
And did you know that moss is very effective to extinguish a campfire?
Mind. Blown.

The fire artist, ha! :)

How do you like to spend your breaks and days off?

October 7, 2012

Amélie


Yay! An outfit post! This one almost never happened: it was pouring outside, but I went out anyway and it stopped raining. Looks like Mother Nature missed my blog and approved the idea of me doing an outfit post. Ha!

The dress and shoes are both new. My friend's workplace is located close to Urban Outfitters, so I wandered into the store a few times in the past two weeks. I kept seeing the shoes and the dress and liking them a lot, but I just kept calm and carried on... until they announced an extra -30% on sales items, so I finally cheated on my shopping ban and bought both. I'd been on this shopping ban for quite a long time and the last piece I remember buying (before this week) was this peplum top. Zero guilt hehe



Look, tiny squirrels all over the place! They're adorable...



Dress: Coincidence & Chance / Tights: Simons / Shoes: Cooperative / Headpiece: DIY

I titled this post "Amélie" because the colours of my outfit remind me of the movie, which is one of my all-time favourites. The music, the story, the unique characters, the pretty tones of the picture... Every time I feel down, I just sit down, watch Amélie and start feeling better. Perhaps it's because I'm a bit of an Amélie myself. What is your favourite feel-good movie?

(source)

Yann Tiersen - Les Jours tristes


September 22, 2012

Donne moi la main que je ne la prenne pas


August and September were all a blur. Good stuff, bad stuff (mostly)... so much happened in so little time. A lot was going on in my personal life and I was not comfortable with the idea of sharing personal stuff in public. I was mourning the loss of my Mamie, who passed away from cancer. I was accepting too much work and stupidly seeing my overbooked agenda as a badge of honor. I was overwhelmed and unhappy, until I decided it was time for me to eliminate things that were bringing me down. Pressure, stress, boredom, sadness... I couldn't deal with everything anymore. Sometimes, you have to think about what you really want and stop worrying about what other people want or expect from you. And this is exactly what I did. I refused some work offers. I reconnected with old friends, made some new ones, tried to focus on the positive aspects of my life. I am slowly healing.


Whoa, this was pretty personal... I hope I didn't bore you! Let's talk about clothes now, okay? I missed doing outfit posts. My outfits were getting a bit boring without the challenge of presenting different ones everyday. When you have a style blog, you feel a little pressure to dress awesome on a daily basis and remix all your clothes into fun new combos, which is not a bad thing at all ;) Los Angeles-based clothing brand Sugarlips kindly sent me this lovely strapless dress to style, but I'll have to wait until next summer to bare my shoulders. It's so cold right now in Quebec that I must layer sweaters and coats to stay warm. Luckily, summer dresses are a breeze to style year-round. Today I wore my gift with my green parka and polka-dot tights for a classy explorer-of-the-world-meets-Minnie-Mouse kind of look. I was still cold with all those layers, so I put a sweater around my neck and disguised it as a circle scarf. Pretty and soooo cozy ♥ 




Royal Inclinations dress: courtesy of Sugarlips / Parka + tights: H&M / 
Sweater (worn as scarf): Pink Martini / Mocs: Wal-Mart



Tryo - Serre-moi

Today's discovery. I thought Tryo made some bad french rap music but they're actually super good. And not rappers at all. Ha! I'm glad a friend properly introduced me to their music... I'm addicted!



September 2, 2012

Project // Winnebago + Arizona

Here is the final result of my very first Flash project (3 seconds of RV bliss haha). I wanted to draw a 1980s Lesharo, but I was feeling a bit lazy and a 1970s Brave was easier to draw. Drawing on Flash was a bit bizarre and the concept of symbols felt unnatural at first, but thankfully I'm quickly getting used to it. I can't wait to make other animations, this mini project was so fun to work on!

August 26, 2012

Life Lately // Projects Edition!

I just finished my first week of the semester and I'm already overwhelmed with projects and assignments. It's fun, though. I feel quite lucky to have so many opportunities to be creative on a daily basis. Here are some recent and future projects...

1. Learning Flash CS6. My very first animation features canyons, desert and a RV (but it's still in progress!).


2. Taking pictures of my youngest sister dressed as a hippie.


3. Biting the bullet and finally getting my bee tattoo.





























4. Making class money for my friend Marc-André, who's an elementary school teacher.

"Mr Marc-André's class / Great effort at work!"

5. Drafting some quick concepts for speed assignments (here, some pins for professors to wear in order to be recognized by the freshmen).
"Hey! How can I help you"
"Lost? Don't panic, follow the guide!"
"Hello! Welcome to college! Let's visit!"

What have you been working on lately?

August 18, 2012

You've Got A Friend In Me

I wanted to do this with water guns, but I couldn't find our old ones!

Today was my very last day of vacation! I spent it designing stuff and reading books at home, which was very relaxing and pleasant. School starts on Monday. I received my class schedule for this semester and it's the first time I am happy with it. Each week, I have 6 hours of Multimedia, 15 hours of Design and Production, 3 hours of Illustration, 3 hours of Photography and 3 hours of Advanced English. Not bad, uh? I am especially excited for the Multimedia course! My super cool illustration professor from last semester will be teaching this class. Before meeting her, I absolutely loathed illustrating stuff... and now I like it! I am crazy about multimedia and webdesign, so imagine how much I will enjoy her course! :)


Now, let's forget school for a moment... Today (and yesterday, too!), I wore the most perfect dress in the whole universe. I first noticed it on Modcloth about a year ago and but it was 80.00$ minus the shipping and scary duty fees, so I sadly passed on it. However, a lovely blogger recently put it for sale in her closet shop and I immediately snagged it! It was 30.00$, which was way more wallet-friendly. I have a thousand ideas of outfits featuring this dress. I like how it's looks both kitschy and ladylike at the same time. This piece is begging to be remixed again and again! It's a little love story to be continued! ;)


These cowboy boots were gathering dust in my closet and I was planning on donating them to a charity shop, but I might keep them. When I recently attended the Great Lake Swimmers gig, the violinist/female vocalist was wearing some and she looked super cute and not cowboy-y at all. Now I see such boots as a fun style challenge that I want to take.


Oh, and look! I even customized them with a fun surprise scribbling on the right sole...
 
Dress: Modcloth via Delightfully Tacky // Scarf: thrifted // Boots: thrifted + DIY

Randy Newman - You've Got A Friend In Me

Wait, that was 17 years ago? How did I grew up so fast?

DIY // Sheriff Woody Boots

Being a 90's kid, I grew up with Toy Story. My brother and I were crazy-obsessed with this movie. We had Woody and Buzz Lightyear plush toys, some miniature plastic ones, reversible Toy Story comforters, little plastic green aliens, a bunch of tiny toy soldiers, the classic Fisher Price cassette recorder/player just like the one in the movie... O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D. 

A while ago, I was feeling pretty nostalgic and decided to write "Andy" on the soles of all my pairs of boots. Sweet idea, eh?


This quick DIY project is perfect for your kids, costume parties or just to make people smile with a whimsical surprise under your shoes :) Make sure you write Andy's name under your right boot, just like Woody's!


You're never too old for this kind of little things!

Stills from Disney Pixar's Toy Story movies

August 17, 2012

On The Road // Little Homes

Hello hello! I'm back from a little vacation with a ton of pictures. Here is a first series: Little Homes. These pictures were taken at the Wild Zoo of Saint-Félicien. There were some unoccupied log houses and teepees that looked so dreamy that I started building a small collection of them. Growing up, I watched Little House on the Prairie a lot, so it kind of shape my idea of a dream home. I would rather live in a tiny rustic place that's full of love than a big home with luxury velvet curtains, expensive china porcelain and Paris imports (I'm looking at you, Nellie Oleson!). I would decorate my log cabin in a 70's style with plaid stuff in bizarre organic palettes and tacky pillows in autumn-coloured flower patterns. I would become a barbecue master chef and throw garden forest parties for all my reindeer friends and we would live happily ever after in the woods of awesomeness and total freedom. Okay, enough with all the rambling, here are the pictures!

Some reindeer friends nearby the teepees and pioneer tents!

Can I move in, please?
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