May 31, 2012

Rosie


Yesterday, I mentioned how bored I was with my hair... well, I decided to do a "explore new possibilities with hair accessories" challenge. This morning, I cut a strip of leftover fabric to make a retro scarf and this afternoon, I made a pretty crown with tiny white faux flowers. I also found my old scrunchies and some little bows in my junk drawer. I almost always wear my hair down and never wear any add-ons, so I'm excited to try some new looks!


My polka-dot hair scarf inspired me to dress in a Rosie the Riveter outfit. I couldn't find my favourite jeans (you know, I have two sisters...), so I grabbed the pants I usually wear when I work at the restaurant. I picked a white blouse and I was ready to go, but it was so chilly outside that I really needed a cover-up, so I reached for a classic denim button-down. My cat-eye sunglasses looked like the perfect finishing touch, so I put them on even if if was not that sunny :)

Headband: DIY (fabric scrap from a vintage dress) / Blouse: H&M / Shirt: Divided
Pants: part of my barista uniform / Shoes: Deena & Ozzy

 The Andrews Sisters - Rum and Coca-Cola

Chiquita Madame


I went overboard with conditioner today, which made my hair so unruly that it wouldn't hold a curl. Duh. I think I'll just get a Vidal Sassoon-esque Mary Quant bowl cut and straighten the hell out of it. This one and that one look pretty neat, too! I've been so bored with my hair lately that I just don't know what to do with it anymore. I cut off 8 inches, which provided two weeks of "fuck yeah new hair" excitement, but I'm already sick of it. Perhaps I'll go back to red. Like Florence Welch. I have naturally reddish hair, but the last time I traded black for red, I had some kind of post-makeover shock and immediately tried to cover it with dark brown dye. Ha! Oh, hair, what should I do with you?


This is a dress that I got during my weekend trip to Montreal. Carolane (of Ton Petit Look) made me visit the best vintage stores! Most were crazy-expensive, but there was a sweet little one on St-Viateur Street and its products were more affordable. When I saw this dress on the rack, I went crazy for the bright yellow stripes and ginormous pockets. I usually have bad luck with vintage dresses... I have a tiny rib cage and a mini chest, and older dresses always turn out to be cut too large in the torso area. I end up looking swallowed in fabric! I guess I found this dress during a very lucky day, since it fits me perfectly. I considered shortening the hem, but looking at these pictures, I think it looks great as is.


I tried to date the dress, but the tag says "NALI" and I couldn't find this brand in trademark registries... If anyone has a clue about this brand, your help would me much appreciated. Here's a picture of the tag. I'm not an expert at dating vintage clothing, but so far I haven't had much difficulty doing so... However, this is one tricky dress!

Dress: vintage via some vintage store in Montreal
Earrings: vintage / Wedges: Stitches Méga Entrepôt

 Joséphine Baker - Chiquita Madame


May 30, 2012

Food Porn #1


Because we all like to stare at pictures of yummy foods while procrastinating on actually cooking them, here's five mouth-watering dishes (with recipes!).

Avocado Fries and cilantro lemon dipping sauce via Adventures in Cooking
No-bake Nutella cheesecakes via My Baking Addiction
Panera's turkey artichoke panini via Dashing Dish
Chanterelle mushroom & kale pizza via Savory Sweet Life
Spring pizza via Zen Can Cook

FLYERS

I've been collecting flyers for 8 years or so. My collection is huuuuge and I really should make time to classify everything, but I keep getting new ones anyway. Flyers are a great source of inspiration and they really reflect trends. I like to hang the most visually interesting ones on my bedroom walls. Free wall decor, free inspiration... what's not to like? ;)

Here's all the rad ones I brought back from Montreal!

Histoire de Melody Nelson


I first saw this dress at Jupon Pressé a while ago. However, the price tag was pretty scary (114 $). The dress went on sale last week, but it was still out of my price range (96 $, eek!). When I saw it at Simons last Saturday, it was marked down to...


Yup, forty dollars! It was still a bit of a splurge to me, but it was too much of a good deal, so I bought it. The dress spent the whole weekend in my bag, so it need some serious ironing, but I love it. The details are so adorable: little pleats, bows, lace, a delicate collar and some pockets. Any dress that has pockets has some strong chances to become part of my most worn items! I first wore it on a cloudy day, so I paired it with a bright cardigan (my absolute favourite one). I added black tight-high socks for a bit of warmth. I've been very fond of tight-high socks lately. I can't wear them during Winter since it's way too cold outside, but they're perfect for chill Spring days :)

Dress: Darling (40 $) / Cardigan: H&M (17 $)
Socks: Ardène (3 for 10 $) / Shoes: Deena & Ozzy (10 $)
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - Ballade de Melody Nelson

Elle avait de l'amour  
Pauvre Melody Nelson  
Ouais, elle en avait des tonnes  
Mais ses jours étaient comptés 
Quatorze automnes  
Et quinze étés

This song is part of Gainsbourg's 1971 concept album Histoire de Melody Nelson. If you enjoy it, I strongly recommend you listen to the album as a whole (here). It's a masterpiece! :)
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May 26, 2012

Yay! A weekend trip!



Yup! I'm meeting the other girls from Ton Petit Look (for the very first time!) for dinner tonight. It will be so fun! One of the girls called me this morning and my awkward little self had at least five Fuzzy Peach gummies in her mouth. I was trying to talk but I nearly choked on the candy. Warning: dollar store gummies are hard to chew and very dangerous to eat during a conversation. Haha! I'll try not to be so awkward face-to-face ;)

I'll be back this week with a few outfits to show you. Have a good weekend! xo

May 24, 2012

Bang Bang


It was so hot today! At least 30°C outside! Gab and I spent the afternoon in town, enjoying the sun and pigging on gelato. We both got bowls with three different flavours. I picked pistachio, hazelnut and mascarpone cheese, while Gab felt more traditional and chose vanilla, chocolate chips and caramel. My bowl was the best! The flavours were perfect together. Ahhh now I'm craving some more! I think I'll take a bike ride to the grocery store tonight to see if they sell some gelato...


Today I wore a lightweight peter pan collar blouse and high waist denim shorts, which were very comfy and weather-appropriate. I also wore my favourite cat's eye sunglasses. I felt like a 50's pinup :) A man in jeans and a parka randomly stopped us on the street to tell me that my shorts were too short! He told the same thing to every lady who passed in front of him. Ugh. I guess he was the only one not feeling the heat wave. I'm not going to walk around in a conservative pantsuit when it's hot and humid...

Sunnies: Simons (10 $) / Earrings: vintage via Value Village / Blouse: H&M (10 $)
Shorts: H&M (30 $) / Sandals: Kimchi Blue via Urban Outfitters (10 $)

Janis Martin - Bang Bang

May 21, 2012

The Making of Mr. Pepper Lapin

I just finished my very last school assignment of the year! We had to illustrate a book cover. We could illustrate anything we wanted and the book's subject was up to ours. TOTAL FREEDOM! YAY! I though it would be fun to show you how I came up with my final illustration, since my initial concept evolved a lot during the whole creative process. Attending James White's Design Renegade during Montreal Meets II really paid off. He's one of my design heroes, so when he insisted on the importance of pushing yourself out of your design comfort zone, he really inspired me to do so. The illustration below is the result of a open-minded walk in the Woods of Illustration :)


I started with a random drawing from my sketchbook: an obese rabbit roaming through outer space. Too sweet!


I  drew some 4 cm x 4 cm squares in Illustrator, printed two pages of them and drew different compositions. Working on miniature surfaces allows me to really focus on composition, not details.

The moon on my original sketch reminded me of a chocolate chip cookie, so I developed a few propositions around the idea of floating space cookies!


I did a last mini-sketch, then picked my favourite one to try a few tone variations. I did not choose one immediately, since I wanted to experiment with colours first.


I drew a quick sketch in Illustrator and imported it in Photoshop to play with colours. At first, I stayed in my comfort zone of 5 years by building a galaxy with clouds, stars and light effects.


When I had a pretty cool galaxy, I merged all the layers and played with the hue/saturation and selective correction tool. In a moment of pure curiosity, I inverted the colours, which made the rabbit turn brown. Awesome! The yellow/greenish texture looked dumb, so I decreased its saturation and painted it in a pinkish beige colour. Even if my sketch was now far from the initial galaxy, I liked the result and decided to settle for the brown/beige/pink palette.


I drew my final sketch, scanned it and imported it in Illustrator.


Using the pen tool, I retraced my drawing in black lines. After, I scoured COLOURlovers.com for a pretty brown/pink/beige palette and picked this one. It had a fresh shade of pale blue, which kept my illustration from looking too monochrome. I used it for the eyes and background. It adds a nice warm/cool contrast!


I imported my Illustrator illustration in Photoshop and started playing around with textures. I wanted to avoid the "too-sweet" look of clean surfaces, so I picked grungy textures. I also put a few stars, since they create a nice magical atmosphere. I added the title of the book and the editor's logo, then I went to bed. I was close to a final version, but I couldn't figure out some ways to make my illustration better. Sometimes, it's preferable to sleep on it!


When I woke up the morning, I immediately saw what was wrong: my illustration looked flat, empty, dull and dirty. First, I brightened the colours using the saturation tool. Then, I cropped the picture to make a square and reduce the surface. I added a cookie on the bottom right corner to give an impression of depth. I also used the "Bevel & emboss" and "Drop shadow" tools to add a little dimension to the elements. I picked a more playful font for the title and added the author's title (it's me! hehe). 

Despite all my efforts to avoid the "sweet" look, the Woods led me to making something as sweet as cookies.

Noémie Beaulieu presents the adventures of Mr. Pepper Rabbit

May 19, 2012

The Times Are A-Changin'


Perhaps you already saw the numerous pictures I put on Instagram, but I just cut 8 inches off my hair! Unfortunately, I could not donate it, since it was colour-treated and super-damaged. I stayed away from scissors for two years and my hair grew all the way to my waist. As the weather got warmer and warmer, it bothered me more and more to have such long hair! So... I simply cut it. It feels so good to finally feel the wind on my back! Plus, my new haircut looks great with hats :) Do you plan on cutting your hair for summer?


Please excuse the weird location of the pictures. My neighbours were having a backyard barbecue and taking outfit pictures with 20 people watching felt too weird, so I hid on the other side of the house. It's the place where we put our trashcans, compost machine and wood logs... Pretty scenery!



Dress: H&M / Hat: Pins & Needles (5 $) / Cardigan: Streetwear Society (5 $)
Necklace: Urban Outfitters / Socks: old / Brogues: Deena & Ozzy (10 $)

Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'




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