November 3, 2013

Hello redhead my old friend + Movember!



Yup, I did it again. I guess I'll never settle down! Since trading my signature black locks for a ginger mane back in march/april, I've been trying various shades of brown, auburn, deep red and briefly went back to black after a fling with ombré hair (back then, it was down to my ribcage and I felt like a mermaid!). I even thought of dying it pastel pink around the end of summer, but I got hired at a boutique where I am not allowed to have an "unnatural" hair color. Bummer. I would have loved to style it in a cotton-candy beehive. I hope I will someday get a job that allows me to have more fun with hair color.

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In another note. happy Movember! For starters, Movember is about growing a moustache to raise funds and awareness to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. The Mo Bros (ha!) must start the month clean-shaven, then grow and groom their moustache all through November, asking friends and family to donate to their efforts. My best guy friend is participating in this year's edition - you can donate through his team's page right here. Feel free to spread the word among your male friends so they can participate, too!



My friend (and ex-creative director) Emilie made the logo, you can read her blog here.
She's travelling Europe while freelancing. Dreamy!

October 30, 2013

Lately

 Lately, I've been enjoying wandering around town...



 Visiting the Old Port's Market...



Long walks in Limoilou...


Shiny shoes...


Awesome latte art...


... and visiting antiques shops!


August 23, 2013

Strange Magic

 


You guys. I had been searching for the perfect mint-colored dress for such a long time! The folks at Sway Chic were super nice to send me this skater dress to style on the blog. Isn't it lovely? I had never seen this find of fabric before: it's embossed - kind of like paper towels - and so soft! I wanted to pair the dress with a pastel green or yellow cardigan like this outfit from New Girl, but it was way too hot outside to wear extra layers. Instead, I wore it with my newest thrift store finds and added my good old flower crown and a tiny deer necklace for a touch of fun. I already have a bunch of remixing ideas involving the dress! Next time, I think I'll try to wear it as a jumper on top of a peter pan collar blouse. 




In other news: I got a job! Yay! I needed a "safe" job to combine with my freelancing and I got hired as a full-time stylist in a nearby boutique. I'm starting in September. It's a bit stressful, since I've never worked in retail before. I'm glad to have a fashion-related job, but I hope everything will be fine. Fingers crossed!








OUTFIT DETAILS
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Dress: c/o Sway Chic • Crown: DIY • Necklace: Bizou • Ring: XXI • Sunglasses + shoes: thrifted





Electric Light Orchestra • Strange Magic


August 19, 2013

Mixtape Mondays • Volume 1

Public announcement: I declare that Mondays suck.



But wait, I also declare that from now on, Mondays will rhyme with "weekly mixtape"! This week's edition of Mixtape Mondays includes 21 tracks of psychedelic, rock, garage and general awesomeness. I even made some rad original full-color cover art, just because. 




That's right, Jules. Scroll down, hit play and get to work already ;-)








August 18, 2013

A Switcheroo

SWITCHEROO


This is Pascal. We like each other. A while ago, we stumbled upon Canadian photographer Hana Pesut's ongoing series Switcheroo (see it here). As photographers, fashion enthusiasts and overall odd duo, we really liked the concept and thought it would be fun to give it a try. 

After shooting the pictures, we roamed around the most touristic part of Québec City in our newly exchanged outfits to gauge people's reactions. While most people smiled, others were visibly uncomfortable and avoided eye contact. A bunch of people thought it was some kind of bachelor's dare and congratulated us on our wedding (what?!) and an opera singer stopped her thing to chat with us. We even met my landlord, who looked quite puzzled by the concept. Ha!

I went deceptively unnoticed, but Pascal had nearly 2 hours of street fame. He was very popular with the older ladies and little children. Someone even took his picture, which made me super jealous. This town ain't big enough for the two of us, ya hear?


SWITCHEROO


Here's a collage for comparison:


SWITCHEROO


MY CLOTHES
Dress + top: Vero Moda • Headpiece + boots: H&M
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PASCAL'S CLOTHES
Shirt: Frank & Oak • Shorts: Urban Outfitters • Shoes: Toms
Bowtie: eBay • Hat: vintage • Sunglasses: Ray Ban 




Serge Gainsbourg + Brigitte Bardot • Comic Strip




August 2, 2013

Scary Monsters + Super Creeps



Yay, Friday! Well, right now I don't really have a reason to be particularly fond of Fridays, since I'm currently self-employed and working whenever I want to. I spent most of today in my pajamas, doodling on my freshly painted chalkboard door and cabinets. My landlord may or may not kill me when I move out  of this apartment (someday!), but for now, my giant chalkboards are making me the happiest girl in the world.

...but I digress; I eventually got dressed up and went to the Morgan Bridge Gallery. They're currently showing this rad exhibition called La Tempête des Monstres ("Storm of Monsters") by Montreal-based illustrator Tyson Bodnarchuk. With his paintings of monsters in all shapes and colors, Bodnarchuk has found the perfect recipe of cute and creepy. I kept trying to find my favorite monster and felt just like a 5-year-old kid. Ha! I'm still figuring out my style as an illustrator and I'm super impressed by experienced illustrators' work. I hope that someday my illustrations will achieve the same degree of graphic personality. I'd better get back to work! ;)








Blouse: XXI • Skirt: ModCloth • Shoes: Urban Outfitters • Sunglasses: eBay




David Bowie • Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)





PS - This is possibly my absolute favorite outtake ever.



July 29, 2013

Wanderer



So... I'm back in Québec City after a crazy two-months adventure in Montreal. Long story short, back in May, marketing / advertising / design agency Bleublancrouge (eek!) contacted me out of the blue to offer me to freelance for them (eeeeek!) and I found myself quitting my waitress job and moving to Montreal on the spot. Yup, it was pretty cuckoo but absolutely worth it. At first, working for a big agency was quite nerve-racking. Boy, I felt so young and unexperienced! However, I slowly gained more confidence and maturity, both as a designer and as a person. It was a very rewarding experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. That said, I'm glad to be back home. Quebec has this very special village-y feel which I found myself craving in Montreal. I missed my friends, my family, my little apartment and my favourite hangouts (especially the record stores and thrift shops!). 




Speaking of thrift shops, I got this pretty vintage skirt the other day. My favourite charity shop was offering 50% off everything so I only paid 2$ for it. Not bad! I fell even more in love with it when I noticed the pockets while editing my outfit photos. The skirt is a bit too large for me, but I think I'll be able to shrink it easily, since it's made of wool. Since the cut is very retro, I paired it with a graphic top to add a pop of colour and make the whole look more modern (but still timeless!). I must say it was my favourite outfit in a long time. I felt so classy and ladylike in it :)







Shirtdress (worn as top): Simons • Skirt: vintage • Hat: H&M • Belt + shoes: thrifted




Dion • The Wanderer

I recently sang The Wanderer at a karaoke. Ah, my all-time favourite macho song!


July 27, 2013

New In: Jiffy Kodak Six-20 Series II





Last Sunday, my friend Pascal and I spent our day at a flea market. We dug a endless number of crates hoping to find an original copy of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's album Je t'aime... moi non plus, mercilessly fought over the record (my preciouuus!) when I finally found it and laughed at some weird crap people were selling. We also looked for vintage cameras and I ended up getting this Jiffy Kodak Six-20 Series II. It was manufactured between 1937 and 1948, therefore I was amazed by its great condition and by the fact that it came with a spare 620 spool and the original booklet. This camera uses 620 film which has been discontinued for over 30 years, but I found a way to hack 120 film so it fits in the camera. I'm curious about the kind of pictures I will get with this oldie!

Do you collect cameras? Which one is your fave?

May 27, 2013

Montreal Meets 3



I just can't sleep. 

I'm leaving for Montreal in less than 3 hours to attend the most awesome conference ever.

See you there! :)


May 22, 2013

Farewell




Yesterday, I was writing a blog post when I realized that my Daily Jukebox illustration didn't looked like me anymore. Thus, I proceeded to make a new one. However, things escalated quickly and I ended up redesigning my whole layout. 

The new one is more representative of my aesthetic as a designer. Plus, I love the bright pops of red, pink and yellow. What do you think?


May 21, 2013

Funnel Of Love




Three of my current obsessions: red lipstick, daily trips to random thrift shops and dressing like an old lady. I got rid of nearly half of my clothing when I moved into my tiny apartment and I just started rebuilding my wardrobe with secondhand blouses and dresses. I haven't been to the mall since... hum, 3 months? I'm getting quite good at finding pretty vintage pieces among ugly hipster sweaters and tacky rhinestone-adorned tees. Today I thrifted a 60's dress in a neon psychedelic print and a pair of 70's gaucho pants that look very much like a skirt. I can't wait to wear them both. The gauchos are definitely a fun style challenge!




In other news, I am repainting my whole apartment and let me tell you, I'm the absolute worst painter ever. It took me 4 hours to paint two walls and I have two more to do, plus my bathroom. I had the brilliant idea to buy a gallon of black paint along with my baby blue one and I get shivers just thinking how messy things will get when I start painting my other walls black. Ugh ugh ugh. I also have to cover up some neon yellow graffitis I did on bedroom door yesterday. I came across this pin and decided it would be oh-so-lovely to have neon doors in my apartment so I bought a can of yellow spray paint and went cuckoo with patch tests. Shooting from a can was fun and I felt like a total badass doing it, but the chemical odor was so nasty that I had to abandon the idea of spray painting my whole door neon yellow. So much for my Pinterest reverie :(









Skirt + blouse: vintage • Cardigan: Pure Alfred Sung
Shoes: Deena & Ozzy • Sunglasses: Aldo




Wanda Jackson • Funnel Of Love


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