April 28, 2012

Fantastic Four: fun stuff that happened today

1. I woke up early for work and saw those duckies swimming in my pool! It instantly put a huge smile on my face :-)

2. I gave myself a CMYK manicure. So fun!

3. I dyed my sister's hair red and now I miss my own red hair. The colour looks so pretty on Ariane! We did a quick photoshoot outside... She kinda looks like Amy Adams, don't you think? She recently started a blog with a friend, check it out :-)

4. I almost done with my illustration project. I messed up the first version by dropping ink on it! I had to redo everything. The new version looks better, anyway. Better contrast and cleaner lines.

April 27, 2012

Inspiration Boost // Packaging

It's (finally) Friday! Here's a new collection of rad packaging to help you get through this last weekday. I hope these cool designs will inspire you as much as they inspire me. Feel free to show me your weekly packaging discoveries by leaving a comment below. Great design must be shared! :-)



April 26, 2012

my body's a zombie for you

Today, I felt like wearing something chic (and using my remote to take self-portraits)! After dressing in rainbow colours for the last two weeks or so, it was time to wear a black and white outfit. To keep it from looking plain, I built this pinup-inspired look around clashing textures. I picked my classic Peter Pan collar tee and layered a lacy one on top. It was like getting a sweet new blouse for free! I paired the tee(s) with my high waist disco shorts, which I hadn't worn in a very long time (I missed those!).

This combo has a very awesome glitzy-glam-meets-retro-gamine vibe and it was fun to wear! It's super simple, but totally stylish. With such shiny shorts, you don't even need accessories to complete the look! Such a time saver...

Peter Pan collar tee: H&M (20 $) / Lace tee: UK2LA (5 $)
Shorts: French Connexion (mega sale, 30 $) / Tights: Dollarama / Shoes: Deena & Ozzy (10 $)

Now, I'm showing you a grand premiere: I teased my hair to make a teeny-tiny pouf. Teased hair scares the hell out of me! I may or may not have this uncontrollable fear of morphing into a Snooki lookalike... And I must say that the first and last time I (reticently) teased my hair, it was for a play and it looked like that. Ugh!

The teased crown hairstyle looked very pretty today, though. I think I'll make peace with the comb and wear my hair like this more often! I even got a few compliments and I was all "Oh, stop it you!". Hehe. Yay for good hair days! What's your favourite way to wear your hair?

Here's a random snob/melancholic portrait in front of branches and moss. Very deep, I know! I can't help it, I just really like how my hair looks on the picture :)

Dead Man's Bones - My Body's a Zombie for You

Ryan Gosling, the man of all talents.

April 25, 2012


This really looks like a "first day of elementary school" outfit. Primary colours, white tights, red cardigan... I think red is the ultimate back-to-school colour! When I was a little one, my mom used to dress me almost exclusively in red and navy-blue clothes. I assume that's where the "red plus navy equals school" connection came from! I'll do a compilation of my best (and worst!) childhood outfits someday. I wore some pretty ridiculous stuff in the 1990's... like a fluorescent orange full-body jumpsuit. Oh gosh, I must find a picture of that! Do you remember some outfits you wore as a child?

Dress: Fun & Flirt via Winners / Cardigan: Pure Alfred Sung via Zellers
Tights: H&M / Shoes: Deena & Ozzy via Urban Outfitters / Brooch + belt: thrifted via Value Village

Speaking of childhood... Look what I found in my wardrobe! It's a kid-size guitar! It used to be my brother's. I've always wanted to play the guitar, but I was too poor to take lessons and too lazy to learn by myself. The only thing I can play on it is the intro of Sonic Youth's cover of The Carpenter's Superstar. I think I'll try to learn how to play at least a tune this summer (on a kiddie instrument) !

Sonic Youth - Superstar

One of my favorite covers of all time.

April 23, 2012

That's What's Up

Sorry for the week-long absence! I put myself on some kind of computer desintox. I think it's important to step away from the computer once in a while, especially when your job or field of study requires the almost-constant use of technology. I got some extra hours of sleep instead of roaming around the internet 'til 1AM! Also, I seriously considered deleting my Facebook account... but then I remembered how useful it is to be in the known about upcoming indie music shows at Le Cercle and to communicate with Ton Petit Look's ladies. Therefore, I finally decided to keep my account. I don't visit Facebook very often, anyway. It's such a poisonous procrastination tool, really! Spending hours a week scrolling trough drunken party pics, weather ranting, tons and tons of inside jokes... No, thanks. It's just empty, uninspiring content. When I feel like browsing just for the sake of it, I gravitate towards design inspiration websites. Here are some of my favourites:

I also have a Tumblr account where I follow various tags like vintage, 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, packaging, DIY, Ryan Gosling (haha!), psychedelia, glo-fi, web design and screen printing. Plus, I keep a few virtual mood boards on Pinterest. This way, I'm always surrounded by totally awesome stuff that strike my fancy. Hey, seeking inspiration is the healthiest form of procrastination! What are your favourite websites? :)

Sweater: SWS (3 $) / Collar: DIY / Brooch: Value Village (1 $)
Skirt: Simons (10 $) / Tights: H&M (6 $) / Shoes: Request via Zellers (15 $)

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - That's What's Up

A bit reminiscent of Baris Louis Polisar's Me And You, lyric-wise. Totally adorable and catchy!


April 19, 2012

Project: Fiat newsletter for iPad

Date: April 2012
Client: Fiat
Type of project: fictive / college project
Class: Design & Production 2

Last week, my newsletter was almost done, but a better concept suddenly popped up in my mind! This new idea felt way better to me, so I decided to remake the whole thing at the very last minute. It was stressful, but completely worth it. This is the final project I gave to my professor.

Intro visual

I went for a clean, sleek look. I wanted the car to look nice and light, like it's floating on a surface! The blue/silver/green palette feels modern and classy, but eco-friendly as well.

First page

 I went for a clean, sleek look. I wanted the car to look nice and light.

Second page
The eco:Drive video had rounded corners like the photo on the first page, I don't really know why they're gone... Must be some exportation bug. I just noticed it, I might lose some points for coherence and continuity because of this. Eh. Always double-check your stuff, folks!
Text preview

I made little icons to match the newsletter's sections. It's a fun detail and it add subtle pops of colour! The blue text is for clickable external links.

April 14, 2012

Legwear crush + a long-ish review

Today, I went for a soft, candy-coloured look. Think Sweet Tarts! I built this outfit around the baby-blue tights. OH, THESE TIGHTS! They're the most adorable/quirky/unique piece of clothing I've ever owned. They're covered in narwhals, ships, anchors, octopuses and all kinds of awesome sea stuff. In a word: I'm obsessed. Really obsessed. This totally rad design was created by Teja Jamila, an indie designer from the UK who screen prints her own vintage-inspired designs on tights and purses. Scroll down to read my own personal review of her shop and products.

Dress: H&M // Cardigan: thrifted (3 $) // Belt: thrifted
Tights: Teja Jamilla (23,50 $) // Shoes: thrifted (10 $)

Pssst! Just in case... This is not a sponsored review. I paid full-price for the tights and I'm just writing honest feedback. All opinions are my own!

TEJA JAMILLA TIGHTS REVIEW: I hesitated a little before buying these sea-inspired tights. I'm always paranoid when buying stuff online, so I was a bit worried about the quality of the the fabric. Last time I bought a fancy pair of tights online (not from Teja), I was pretty disappointed at the poor quality of the material. Since Teja's shop had very positive reviews, I bit the bullet and ordered a pair despite my usual concerns. The shipping was super-fast: less than a week after placing my order, the tights were already in my mailbox. They came in a little pink and golden package, which was wrapped in strong transparent tape (very secure!). When I put on my new tights, I was really impressed by their high quality. The fabric is on the thicker side, which makes the tights very opaque and resistant. The print is very detailed and just plain amazing! With proper care (hand-wash inside out in cold water), I have zero worries about the design chipping off. I ordered a Small pair and it fits very well, but if you're taller than 5'5", I recommend getting Medium instead so you don't stretch the print too much. That's just a little piece of advice! I really can't find anything negative about my shopping experience... Customer service was impeccable! As soon as my ordered was confirmed, Teja sent me a message telling me she would ship the tights in the morning. She really cares about her business and I'll surely treat myself to another pair of Teja Jamilla tights in the future! It's like wearing a piece of art on your legs! :3

The Bristols - Little Baby

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