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February 29, 2012

the hot-dog's getting cold and you'll never be as good as the rolling stones


Here's what I wore last night. New tights alert! Gab and I have been debating whether they're the colour of vomit or not. I strongly believe men have trouble identifying colours properly. Salmon is not ''cat vomit'' and ochre is not ''straight-up vomit''. Okay, enough with undigested stuff. If I don't stop right now, I'll start making plenty of vomit-related jokes. I really don't want to disgust my readers and myself with such things. Dressing like a 5-year-old doesn't allow me to behave like one! Haha!

I bought the dress about two years ago, but it was only my third time wearing it. Two years ago, the only styling options I had in mind were black tight and a black cardigan. Cute, but pretty boring after a few times wearing the exact same combination! This time, I opted for pops of colour: red and yellow go so well together! I picked the ochre (ochre! ochre!) tights for a muted alternative to good ol' black legwear. I felt a little like an all-dressed hot-dog in this particular colour palette... The only thing missing was the mayo! Oh, wait - the earrings! I could have added a camel coat as a tribute to hot-dog buns! Hmm, I'm considering styling a series of food-inspired outfits right now... Foodie Fridays, anyone? :)


 Dress: H&M (?? $) // Cardigan: H&M (17 $) // Tights: Simons (3 $)
Rain boots: thrifted (3 $) // Earrings: Aldo (6 $)


MGMT - Flash Delirium

( want a piece of Ben cake? )

February 28, 2012

1920's


Hey hey! Don't froget to check out today's outfit on Ton Petit Look! It's inspired by the 1920's and it features items I thrifted yesterday: the cutest rainboots ever and a Sonia Rykiel sweater (3 $ !!!!!). I have a ton of outfit posts planned out plus a few design projects that are almost done (I'll show them on the blog!), so make sure you come back in the next few days :)

Oh, and I had my driving exam today. I got 100%, therefore I now have my learner's permit and I'll be allowed to do my practical classes and drive with an instructor. Yay!

February 25, 2012

Me fantasizing about unattainable curly-haired guitarists


Here's a little preview of my first-ever illustration class project. We have to draw ourselves and make a model sheet of three different views, plus an ''all done up'' version of the 3/4 view. My character is still unfinished: I forgot a few elements and my shoes are still in their quick sketch version. After working on it for a few hours, my brain went a little cuckoo crazy and I ended up adding sexy old men floating in heart shapes all around the place. Je suis incorrigible. Procrastination and musical delirium are signs that it's time for me to hop in the shower, get in my Mickey Mouse pj's and call it a day. Haha!

Oh, and for the shoes... Do you think I should keep working on the brown boots or illustrate my white slipper flats with the bow instead? Hum, hum...

February 23, 2012

FRESH HOT BREEZE OF SUMMER


Sorry for neglecting my blog these days! I really wish I could post more often, but it's pretty difficult to find time to take outfit pictures... I'm overloaded with all kinds of school work and I even have to refuse offers from real-life clients. Woah! Haha! I am currently blogging from my Design & Production class. I've been working nonstop on a restaurant logo project since 8AM and it's needless to say I really need a break from drawing cactus and sheriff stars. Why can't we work on a girly project once in a while? Doing a fashion blog design would be so much fun! ;) Oh, I really want to give my blog a little makeover soon... A lovely one, with citrus colours to match my green wall!



Here's an outfit I wore last Saturday. I had to take a day off from my job at the restaurant to get stuff done, so I picked comfy clothes: soft sweater and loose pants. I added the hat and the clutch for the picture since I thought they looked great with the outfit. Pink and yellow go so well together. Both colours remind me of sipping lemonade in the summer! I can't wait to wear this outfit out of the house. Well, I already wore it to the grocery store, but I was all bundled up in my winter coat... It doesn't count! Ha!

Sweater: Stitches Entrepôt (3 $) // Pants: Qed London (5 $) // Shoes: Deena & Ozzy (10 $)
Hat: Dollarama (1 $) // Clutch: H&M (5 $)



The Samurai - Fresh Hot Breeze of Summer (late 60's - early 70's)

« Fresh hot breeze of summer blowin' through your golden hair as we walk on the sand »

Can summer come any faster? Pleaaase! :)

February 19, 2012

Trucs chouettes de la semaine, 12th edition

After rushing through a ton of homework and papers, I finally found time to make my weekly list of amazing stuff. This week's edition includes good home decor, underwater dogs, mouth-watering veggie burgers and cake batter milkshakes! Read on!


Adorable illustrated ceramic items by Donna Wilson 

Amusing photos of underwater dogs by Seth Casteel 

Font lust: Solomon Font. I'm really digging the fancy spirals + minimalist type combo! 
(via FontFabric)

An awesome cake batter milkshakes (!!!!!!) recipe. I made the chocolate-flavoured one last week! I added a banana and some raspberry yougurt  to the mix and it was delicious!

Veggie sweet potato burgers with avocado. Too bad I don't have the ingredients in my fridge, otherwise I would be happily cooking despite being close to midnight. Ha!

I've always been a home decor geek, but now that Gab & I are considering moving into our own apartment next year (maybe, maybe!), I'm even more inspired by well-designed spaces and places! Our first home will be small, but I want it to be functional and pleasing to the eye. Automotive photographer Webb Bland's appartment is pure eye candy to me. I like the classic black and white elements, the yellow accents and the wooden floors and table.
(via Design*Sponge)


PS - Thanks for all the comments :) I'll find time to respond very soon and visit your blogs as well. My Bloglovin feed has about 500 unread entries...  I'm still trying to catch up! ;)

February 18, 2012

DIY: DOILY COLLAR


While browsing for DIY ideas, I came across a few collar projects, but they all involved sewing doilies to your shirt/dress, cutting the collar from old shirts or crocheting your own neck candy. Therefore, I decided to make my own DIY tutorial on how to make a detachable collar out of old doilies I found at a thrift store for 1$ apiece. Since it's detachable, this kind of collar doesn't involve commitment: you can wear it with any of your dresses or tops. Plus, you don't need mad sewing skills (unless you're particularly rough with your lace/crochet accessories! In this case, I would recommend sewing the edges so they won't fray!).

Approx. cost: 1$
Total time: about 10 minutes
Cleaning & caring: hand-wash with gentle soap (and you do it by hand! not in the machine! ;))

Gather your stuff. You will need a doily, needle & thread, some sharp scissors, a piece of embroidery thread and a pearl (or tiny, cute button). Doilies are super easy to find at thrift stores, but you could beg your grandma to give you one of hers or get one from a dollar store (I'm pretty sure they sell some!). The size of your doily depends on the type of shirt you want to wear it with. I picked a small one, since I will mostly wear it with round-collared shirts with a high neckline. Larger doilies work best with lower necklines. It's up to you! Since the finished piece is very delicate, I strongly recommend washing your chosen doily first so you won't have to do it once it's cut and more fragile.

Make an incision (just a straight line) on the side of the doily and carefully cut out the center. If you want to make some kind of alteration to the edges (you could sew a velvet band or add some ribbon), this would me the moment to do it. I usually leave the doily as-is and it doesn't fray. Unless you're always pulling and touching your collar, it won't destroy itself. Just be careful when handling it! Haha

Sew the pearl on one side. This will be the collar's button!

Cut a small piece of embroidery thread, make a loop and twist the ends. Sew it on the other side.

Now you have a pearl on one side and a loop on the other. Put the collar around your neck, attach it and admire your creation :)

 You can wear it as a Peter Pan collar, with the little pearl showing...

... or turn it around and wear it as a circle collar, my favourite way to wear it!


If you make your own, be sure to drop me a line.
I'd love to see your creation! :)

Have a good weekend!

February 13, 2012

Inspiration: Gourd Garden Dress


I've been in love with Modcloth's Gourd Garden Dress for months. Everything in this dress is pure perfection: the mustard yellow shade (my favourite!), the simple yet retro cut and the dainty crochet collar. Plus, it looks so versatile. I could wear it as a top, as a skirt or, yup, as a dress. However, 80 $ is a bit expensive for a dress... I'm very frugal, so I'm still waiting for its price to get marked down (sigh).

However, I found a pretty cheap way to recreate the vibe of the dress.


See? I made myself a lovely detachable collar and wore it with my yellow sweater! Total cost of this pairing: 6 $. Tomorrow's outfit = sorted! Be sure to come back later this week for a quick & easy DIY collar tutorial. It's ridiculously easy to make, I promise!

But for now, I'm going to bed. I had a very big day and I'm exhausted... I decided to drop my Personal Finances class (most stressful course ever!) and sign up for (distance training? not sure of the English term!) Analog Photography later this year. It will be way more motivating for me if I'm actually interested in the class' subject! Plus, I have this dusty Pentax camera who's dying to go out more often :)

February 10, 2012

Anywhere You Looked


Over the Christmas break, I got used to blogging on a daily basis. Now that I'm back to my old college routine, my blogging schedule is a little (ok, a lot) off. When I was still on vacation, my daily routine consisted of waking up, taking a shower and getting dressed, then taking a few outfit pictures and putting them on the blog immediately after. During the semester, I wake up at 5:30AM, so it's needless to say that I skip the whole ''outfit pictures'' thing ;) But I'm sure I'll find a way to post more frequently! I'm just not used to it yet. I really enjoy blogging and I wish I could post a ton of DIY projects and design tutorials and music reviews and mixtapes, but I just lack time. I need some sleep, sometimes! Haha!

So this was Monday's outfit (see? no time...). I bought those blue tights at the same time I got my favourite mustard yellow ones, but I was unsure how I could wear them without being mistaken for a Smurfette. I finally opted for an all-pastel look, since spring is coming soon. This look is super matchy-matchy, but in a cute way. The baby-soft colours of the dress make my heart melt! If only they could do the very same thing to the snow... I want to wear more of my summer clothes! I have this pretty rad strapless romper with a fun boats & anchors print, but it's not very winter-appropriate... My challenge for the next week is to include it in an outfit. Maybe I'll turn it into a romperdress for a day ;)


Dress: Billabong (20 $) // Blazer: Stitches (15 $) // Tights: Wal-Mart (3 $)
Boots: Streetwear Society (10 $) // Necklace: Urban Outfitters (30 $)

My necklace is worth my boots plus my dress. Pretty odd, uh? It was a bit of a splurge.


Now playing: Au Revoir Simone - Anywhere You Looked



Have a good weekend! What are your plans?

February 9, 2012

Trucs chouettes de la semaine, 11th edition

College is keeping me incredibly busy these days, but I (finally!) found a little time to make my weekly list of trucs chouettes. Yay! Here we go!

A quote from Nick Wooster, men's fashion director for Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman: ''I am my own harshest critic. As much as I love to wear something that’s a bit off, I’m terrified that I will be made fun of. It’s a frightening conundrum''.

 Marie-Claude Marquis, the crafty woman behind jewelry line Isola, scours flea markets and bazaars to hand-pick the very best vintage pieces and turn them into lovely earrings and necklaces. Plus, each design is unique and exclusive!
(via Isola)

Should you go freelance? Graphic/web designer Breanna Rose's new series of posts for Studio Sweet Studio focuses on the big question. I'm strongly considering a freelance career (in a few years), so I'm super interested by those posts and looking for more advice from Bre. Start reading here :)

A great mix of different flower patterns and layers from lookbooker Nadia Esra. Lovely palette!

An adorable DIY Valentine Popcorn invatation for a cozy night in. Cheesy things like this usually make me roll my eyes, but this kit is too cute for words! I secretly want to make my own... haha!
Needle felting a.k.a. the most stylish (and productive!) way to relieve stress.
(via Honestly WTF)

A bit late, but... Awesome nail art at Lollapalooza 2011
(via Vogue)

I will rarely annoy you with ''do me a favor'' stuff, but if you have a few seconds, could you please vote for my photos? There's this nature photography contest at my college. Right now, people can vote for the ''public's choice'' prize. Your votes could help me win (or be among the runner-ups) :)
(here and here)


What caught your attention online this week ? :)

February 7, 2012

Lady Bird


If you're not into reading my ranting about town buses, you can skip to the next paragraph! haha! Today, I figured out it would be a good idea to meet my mom at her new job so we could grab lunch together. Therefore, I joined her at the mall and we ate burgers and fries at A&W. After that, I was going to leave when I remembered that I really needed to get a new hard drive, since my old one broke after I stupidly dropped it on the floor. When I got out of the electronics store, I realized it was now way too late to catch the last ''express'' bus to go back home, so I ended up taking the metrobus, which is a double-length engine that takes about a hour and a half to go from the mall to my bus stop. When I arrived at the terminus, there was no one to pick me up, so I had to wait 30 minutes for Gab to give me a lift home (aww!). ARGHH. I was supposed to clear up some homework, but I really feel like I've wasted my whole afternoon because of that stupid bus... By car, the ride takes about 20 minutes or so, so I was super mad for not having my license (and awesome avocado green car) already. Grrrr.

Thankfully I was wearing comfy stuff. Corduroy pants are like pyjamas, so I tried to relax myself while admiring the gorgeous scenery (buildings, brick and brownish snow) that presented itself through the bus' window and listening to Nancy & Lee (Lee Hazlewood's 1968 album with Nancy Sinatra). It made me a little (ok, a lot) happier to have their great duets on my iPod. I was still mad, but at least I was enjoying some lovely music. Good songs have the power to calm my nerves :)


Sweater: thrifted (5$) // Blouse w/ pearly collar (worn underneath): Vero Moda (30$)
Pants: Pure Alfred Sung (15$) // Boots: Zeria // Earrings: gift from Gab

Just a side note - If you like the collar of my blouse, I found a very interesting tutorial from Virginie's Cinema. She shows you how to make a very similar one! Mine came with the pearls already sewn to it, but if you're feeling crafty, it's an easy way to spruce up a shirt you already own. Take a look!


Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood - Lady Bird

February 4, 2012

Evil Ways


The other day, my collection of tights welcomed a brand new pair, the brightest of all. When I bought these, I was convinced they were avocado green. On Wednesday, I put them on (see outfit) and when I sat in my French class, I discovered that they were actually BRIGHT, FLUORESCENT SNOT GREEN. Oh my. I guess these tights were part of some overstock Halloween batch... Haha! I'll put them among our costume items.... I don't think I'll wear them again, except as a part of some evil witch costume. I just don't like their non-opaque snot colour. It looks prettier on the photos, though ;)


Blouse: Zara (15$) // Cardigan: Wal-Mart (12$) // Skirt: thrifted (5$)
Boots: Zeria // Earrings: thrifted (1$) // Tights: Mondor (2$)


I've been listening to Saturday Night Fever's soundtrack a lot. I really enjoy those classic disco songs. For the last few weeks, I've been crushing on Andy Gibb, the Bee Gee's younger brother, so when I found this album for 0,50$ in a thrift store, I just had to get it. My favourite song on it is not sung by the Bee Gees, though. They wrote it and sang a very good version of it, but I really prefer Yvonne Elliman's take on this tune.

Yvonne Elliman - If I can't have you


Now I'm going to hop in the shower, put on some sweatpants and a big shirt and do homework. Tonight, I'm staying in to enjoy some downtime with Gab before the weeks starts. Max called me to invite us to this birthday, but I'm super exhausted from the past week and I've been looking forward to this lazy evening all week. I just want to chill in my PJs, watch a movie and go to bed early since I'm working tomorrow at 7AM. Plus, my Mom is making a super good dinner tonight because it rarely happens that Gab has a Saturday off and can eat with my family. It's just bad timing to go to a party... 

Have a good weekend :)
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