March 30, 2012

I am excited to announce that this little blog of mine now has its very own domain name: Please update your bookmarks/blogrolls/links and excuse the little bugs that might occur in the next 24 hours (the time it takes to associate a Blogspot account with a new domain). This whole fail whale thing is out of my control and very annoying, but everything should be back to normal by tomorrow. I hope! :)

we were born with sun in our teeth and in our hair

Just a quick post! I have to catch the bus very soon to go into town. I'm going to my friend Max's storytelling show to photography the event. From my home, it's at least an one-hour ride... duh.

This is my shortest, tightest and most badass dress. Its neckline is like a built-in necklace, which is very useful when you don't have time to pick jewelry. You can just grab the dress, put it on and leave, looking super-polished without much sartorial effort. Today, I paired it with a bright cardigan and polka-dot tights to make it more appropriate for school. The shoes were a happy accident: this pair was the only one I had in my locker. My only other option was wearing my snow boots... The oxford-inspired flats won over the calcium-covered boots!

Dress: Twik by Simons (old, 2009) // Cardigan: H&M (17 $)
Tights: H&M (15 $ for pack of two) // Shoes: Wal-Mart (15 $)

Best Coast - The Only Place

Best Coast are offering the title track from their new album (out May 15th on Mexican Summer) for free! Grab it below and start daydreaming about summer :)

March 29, 2012

in the last of the melting snow

The warm days are already gone... The cold temperature came back and it snowed two days in a row! Let's stay positive and say that sweater weather is better weather. Haha! Today, I wore one of my favourite sweaters on top of my Vero Moda blouse with the pearl collar and threw my signature yellow tights into the mix. I love pairing red and yellow together. This colour duo makes me happy, even though it sometimes looks a bit "Barbie goes to McDonald's in a conceptual outfit". The funny thing is that I had lunch at McDonald's today... My friend Cath and I were very amused by the coincidence!

See this little black thing in my hand? Yup, I got a camera remote! After one year of relying on a built-in self-timer, I got tired of running back and forth to get the right focus/pose/non-blurry jumping shot and invested in a cheap remote. Using this gadget felt very awkward at first, but I quickly got used to it. Next time I'll take outfit photos, I'll quickly hide it in my pocket so it doesn't show in pictures!

Sweater: Pink Martini (30 $) // Blouse (underneath): Vero Moda (30 $) // Shorts: H&M (15 $)
Tights: Secret (3 $) // Shoes: Deena & Ozzy (10 $)

The Leasure Society - The Last Of The Melting Snow

Great for talking a hand-in-hand walk while light snow slowly falls on your shoulders...
Sounds romantic, right?

March 26, 2012

I hope that the last page of you 800-page novel is missing

I wore an awesome outfit today, but when I came home, it was way too cold to take pictures outside and the lighting inside the house was very bad. Therefore, Mission Outfit Pictures was aborted. I dug through my unposted looks folder and found this one from spring break. That night, Gab and I went out for a few beers and I picked a dress that looks stolen from an old lady's closet. Most of the other girls at the bar were dressed in tight clothes, heels and low-cut tops, but I felt super cute in my a-line dress and brogues. Back when I was in high school, I used to feel a bit of pressure to dress a specific way when going out, but now I just wear whatever I want. I respect other people's personal style and embrace mine. Dressing up is meant to be fun and help you express your unique personality, no? :)

Do you sometimes feel the pressure to dress accordingly to the ''scene'' when you go out?

Dress: H&M (15 $) // Tights: old from mom
Brogues: Deena & Ozzy (10 $) // Bag: Old Navy (20 $)

Random picture of the dog :

 Darwin Deez - Bad Day

The kind of song that makes me smile!

March 24, 2012

Window Shopping: it's shoe-palooza!

1. Office Whipstaff // 2. See by Chloe // 3. ASOS // 4. Modcloth
5. Dollhouse // 6. Call It Spring // 7. Matiko // 8. Melissa
9. Modcloth // 10. ASOS // 11. River Island // 12. Lipsy

Polyvore shopping sprees are so much more economic than real-life ones! I can put very expensive items into my digital shopping cart (read: my blank canvas) and not even feel guilty for picking them. Here's a little collection of shoes that caught my eye. As you can see, I really want to add a cool pair of wedges or platforms to my spring/summer wardrobe! My absolute favourite picks are #6, #8 and #10. I might get #6 - I tried them on at Spring the other day and they're very easy to walk with. Plus, they're not too expensive (40 $) and I suspect they might get marked down in a near future... They're also available in black, so now I must decide which colour I'll choose. Pink is more eye-catching and original, but black is wayyy more versatile! I am trying to brainstorm outfit ideas with both options to decide which colour would fit better into my wardrobe... Hmm. To be continued!

March 23, 2012

T'es un rappeur chic, hanhan-hanhan

Today's pictures are pretty goofy because... my sister was behind the lens! I couldn't stay serious! We had tons of fun making dumb faces, jumping and making human totem poles. Haha. That was our way to welcome the weekend!

I picked a bright outfit since I'll spend the whole weekend dressed head to toe in black for my job. I really don't feel like myself when I'm working at the restaurant. Pinned up bangs, monochrome clothes, tight bun, a thick layer of Erase Paste under my eyes... It makes me feel (and look) so severe! I may or may not have some kind of Peter Pan syndrome when it comes to picking clothes. I like quirky prints, bright colours, little dresses, collars... I don't feel my best when I'm dressed like an 'adult' or a 'professional'. Hopefully I won't have to trade my girly clothes for suits and neutrals the day I'll enter the job market. We designers can wear whatever tickles our fancy. Okay, not whatever. Let's just say that the creative industry's dress code is not as strict as it is in the financial industry. Hehe

Dress: Sans Souci via Simons (30 $) // Cardigan: H&M (17 $)
Tights: UK2LA (3 $) // Shoes: Deena & Ozzy (10 $)

Here's my sister wearing her newest hand-me-downs: a tee and a pair of boots. I really wish I was the younger sister. Ariane is always shopping in my closet and it would be so fun to have an older sister and steal borrow her stuff!

Bonus sister style picture!

Le Boyfriend - Rapper Chic

In Quebec, we call this kind of music ''quétaine''.
Cheesy in the most ridiculous and unforgivable way.
But hey, it was 1990!

Notice the weird woman at 1:22... Creepy!

March 22, 2012

jelly bean bandits

One more warm day! Unfortunately, it rained a little right when I was taking my outfit pictures. I will not complain, though. I remember walking through a huge snowstorm around St-Pat's day last year... much worse than the little bit of rain we had this afternoon ;)

I spent most of the day chugging avocado-banana milkshakes while doing homework. I'm a notorious procrastinator, so I try not to worsen the problem with pyjamas and sloppy clothes. Sweatpants and baggy shirts make me want to crawl back under the covers and never get up again so I avoid them like the pest! A dress and a cardigan are just as comfy, but so much cuter. When I feel put-together, I'm instantly more motivated to get stuff done. Thanks to my motivational outfit (haha!), I managed to complete a ton of boring English reading activities, plus I found a few ideas for my new Design & Production assignment. It was a productive afternoon! These days, I'm very careful not to let my homework pile up. My man and I are taking a little weekend trip to Montreal in two weeks and I don't want to catch up of a ton of undone work during our mini-vacation. I have to admit that it is quite hard not to procrastinate when it's warm and sunny all the time, but I know my efforts will pay off :)

Dress: Peppermint via Simons (25 $) // Collar: DIY // Cardigan: thrifted via Value Village (3 $)
Tights: L.A. Express (3 $) // Shoes: Deena & Ozzy (10 $) // Tote: DIY

Anyone up for some garage psychedelia? Let's go back to 1967 with the The Jelly Bean Bandits!

DIY // triangle tote bag

This post is a bit late, but... here's my customized tote bag! I stole the idea from A Beautiful Mess, one of my favourite DIY blogs. I thought the cross hatched triangle would look super cute on a tote, so I bought a basic canvas bag (available at DeSerres) and drew my design on it with a Pébéo fabric marker. For a fun twist, I chose to reverse the shape on the other side of the tote. In less than 10 minutes, I had a totally rad accessory!

I have another blank tote in stock and I plan to draw something more personal on it. Maybe this bizarre doodle of mine :

Yup, a curly monster with mittens! It would look pretty awesome! Or perhaps I'll just make a typographic bag with one of my favourite quotes. The possibilities are really endless! :)

March 21, 2012

Blogger how-to: add a 'Pin it' button to your posts

Pinterest is gaining so much popularity these days! It's a fun way to create online pinboards to classify all the lovely things you see on the Internet, but it's also a great way to promote your blog. Wordpress already offers the possibility to add a 'Pin it' button to posts, but Blogger is not offering it yet. However, I've got a quick and easy way to add this button to your template. I found the button's code on Spice Up Your Blog, but the following trick is all mine. Since SUYB only shows you how to insert it at the bottom of the post, I spent a whole hour messing with HTML to find a way to make the button appear next to the other social media icons. To simplify your life, here's how I did it ;)

1. Go to Blogger > Design > Edit HTML

2. Click the Expand widget templates box

3. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE BACKUP YOUR TEMPLATE. And I mean it. I am not responsible for any damage you might do to your blog while attempting this, so keep a backup just in case you mess up. I always backup my template before playing with HTML and every blogger should make it an habit, too.

4. Ready? Press CTRL + F or Cmd +F and search for <div class='post-share-buttons goog-inline-block'>

5. Found it? Copy and paste the following code just below it:

<a class='pin-it-button' count-layout='horizontal' expr:href='&quot;; + data:post.url'>Pin It</a>
<a href='javascript:void(run_pinmarklet())' style='margin-left:-93px; width:43px; height:20px; display:inline-block;'/>
<script src='' type='text/javascript'/>
<script type='text/javascript'>
function run_pinmarklet() {
var e=document.createElement(&#39;script&#39;);
e.setAttribute(&#39;src&#39;,&#39;; + Math.random()*99999999);

6. Preview the modifications, scroll down and see if the button is at the right place. The post footer should look like this:

7. Save, enjoy and start pinning! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial!

Here's my Pinterest page. Feel free to leave me a comment below with the link to yours! I'm always on the prowl for awesome new boards to follow :)

dreamin' in the shade

I'm still shocked by the warm weather. Around 5PM, the temperature reached 18°C and there were some ladies taking a stroll in flip-flops! It's weird to think that a week ago, I was still bundled up in a winter coat, freezing while waiting for the bus and risking my life (haha) on icy, slippery pavement. Oh, Quebec! You're full of surprises!
Today, I mixed a minty skirt with a bright lemon-coloured sweater. Pastels and crazy brights are a pretty unusual pairing, but they look very refreshing together. It's a fun take on the colour blocking trend. I picked white add-ons to keep the look light and springy. I wore my new lace tights for the first time and we instantly became best friends! This type of tights are perfect for warmer days - they let your legs breathe a little!

Skirt: Everly via Simons (30 $) // Sweater: SWS (3 $) // Tights: Ardène (3 $)
Shoes: Deena & Ozzy (10 $) // Sunglasses: Simons (12 $) // Earrings: vintage // Belt: vintage

Brewer & Shipley - Dreamin' in the Shade

March 20, 2012

driving in to darlington county

It's spring and the weather is so lovely today! This morning, I took a walk on Rue Saint-Jean and got two used vinyl albums at Sonny Musique: The Beatles' Meet the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA. This is my first Springsteen album. I don't know many of his songs, but I wanted to expand my musical culture so I took it home. I'm listening to the first side of the vinyl right now and I really like it. Instead of working on homework, I would like to take the road, roll down the windows, sing along to Springsteen and enjoy freedom. Oh, how I would like to have my own car... Two weeks ago, there was a green VW bug for sale in the classifieds, but it sold super quickly! Anyway, I'm not allowed to drive alone for a year after getting my learner's license... If I had a car right now, it would just sit in the driveway and sink into the mud. Ha! I still have plenty of time to find my motorized soul mate ;)

As you can see, I took advantage of this unusually warm day and took outfit pictures outdoors. Shooting outside allows me to get the most potential out of my beloved 50mm f1.4 lens. My room is so small that I can't shoot full-body shots with this lens and I have to go outdoors to use it. Now that it's not -30°C anymore, I will go out way more often. But only when the neighbours are not there to observe me twirling and being silly in the driveway! Haha! Maybe I'll just use the ''Oh, I'm just working on a school project'' excuse... it works every time!

Coat: H&M // Dress: UK 2 LA  // Cardigan: thrifted via Value Village // Purse: Old Navy
Tights: Simons // Shoes: Deena & Ozzy // Earrings: vintage // Sunglasses: Simons

March 19, 2012

les héros de mon enfance

Here's my latest Design & Production assignment! The goal was to create recto-verso flyers to promote the consumption of fruits and veggies among children. No D&P project is complete without a little challenge: we had to create a character using fruits and vegetables and photography it. Making a frog prince out of bell peppers, cucumbers and radish was quite difficult, since the frog kept dismembering itself. I ended up stabbing the whole thing with so many toothpicks that there was no way someone could eat it without swallowing small pieces of wood... Haha!

It was the first time I ever used the font That's Font Folks! and I really fell in love with it. I grew a bit tired of using Learning Curve Pro all the time on my blog so I switched to That's Font Folks!

As an eternal perfectionist, there are so many things that I would change in my design if I could rework it (the kerning at some places, or the curve of the text), but I think it looks pretty cool anyway. It's very appropriate/attractive for kids. What I like best about this project is that I stepped out of my comfort zone by adding a few subtle drop shadows and gradients. Both graphic effects remind me of my Moutonking days circa 2003-2004, so I tend to shy away from them. It's sad, because they can add so much dimension to a design when used correctly. I'm slowly trying to make peace with those effects. Subtlety is the key!
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