2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012
• 5:58 PM •

Shooting in the Rain

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Usual weekend activities of mine include drinking excessive amounts of coffee, chatting and laughing in the comfort of my home.  I was doing just that yesterday night with my good friends Melissa and Yannick, when we noticed that a massive storm hit our city out of the blue. Buckets of rain, lightning, more buckets of rain, strong winds and dark skies filled the view from my Mile End apartment window.

We had just gotten back from the restaurant and considered ourselves lucky to have arrived home before this mayhem began.  I thought back on Yannick’s hilarious video in the rain and laughed.  I don’t know why, but I watched the entire video and was completely intrigued the whole way through.  There’s something about Yannick’s “WOOO!” cries, heavy breathing and the unsteadiness of his camera as he runs through the streets that is highly entertaining to me.

“You should totally run out now and make another rain video!” I told him.

”Really? Well…I guess I could.  Umm alright, yeah sure.”

“Nahhhh, I was just kidding, we’re about to watch 21 Jump Street and you’ll be soaking wet and super uncomfortable while you’re shitting your pants laughing.  Korean Jesus wouldn’t approve.”

Okay, so I didn’t actually say that, but it would have been cool.

I then remembered some of his amazing city shots in the rain (This kid must really like rain, eh?). I suddenly had the urge to create something awesome, and what better person to ask than Yannick, a happy, talented and spontaneous guy with a camera for a right hand, who is able to find beauty in absolutely anything that crosses his path?

“Do you wanna do a quick shoot?”

“You wanna? Okay, LET’S DO IT.”

“Are we doing this? Okay, let’s go!”

“Okay hurry up guys, it’s gonna stop raining!” Melissa squealed in her cute high-pitched voice (Haha sorry Mel, I couldn’t help but use the verb squeal).  Mel stayed behind to play with her iPhone as Yannick and I proceeded to get ready as fast as possible so as to not miss the storm.

I grabbed my super bullet-embellished fishnet cut-out leggings by Rehab and my Urban Outfitters navy and gold branches tank that I wore to the bar the night before.  In the accessories department, I knew that the only option I had in order to complete this seriously edgy look was my pair of Costume National Lace up Combat Booties and my favourite necklace, a chunky gunmetal-coloured chain  from Loft Couture.

Out we go, and 15 seconds later we are already SOAKING WET, and I`m FREEZING COLD.  Yannick is protected by his anorak and he’s got a grocery bag over my Olympus PEN1.  People are running every which way with umbrellas and coats, looking for shelter.  We start shooting.

Stares of passers-by add to my discomfort as I attempt to pose in this crappy weather.  “Okay, so pose like you’re cool.  You’re a bad girl in tights and you are the shit.  Yeahhhhh,” I tell myself.  LAME, right?

“You look like a zombie in these pics,” Yannick reluctantly states.

“No, I look like a prostitute…”

“Yeah…you do.  You do look like a prostitute.” Ugh.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
• 2:57 AM •

10 Facts About Being A Fashion Blogger At Montreal Fashion Week

Dorothy and I were really excited to attend Montreal Fashion Week as official media. It was definitely a stressful week! So much planning and having posts ready by the end of the night and planning what to wear for fashion week and interviews with designers; the list goes on! By Day 4, we were pooped!

It was great that our event photographer Dru, Daura, and I were a threesome so we had each other to keep us company. But it’s so nerve-wracking because everyone wants to impress and we are no exception. Putting yourself out there and being the first to initiate contact includes being vulnerable and susceptible to rejection. No one really wants to be the first to approach, but everyone is happy to be approached. It’s a rough cycle!

As bloggers, I think we should help each other and support each other in some ways! It kind of sounds ridiculous because at the same time everyone’s in competition with each other, but think of how lonely it would be to just keep to yourself! When you’re a fashion blogger, or any kind of blogger for that matter, it can go from a fun hobby to a business, fast! When that happens, it’s hard to stop wearing your business hat by seeing every person you meet as “contact,”  rather than just another potential friend. I think I’ll stick to “friending people,” even in cases when this may not be a mutual agreement. Call me naive, but I believe that if you initially treat a someone like a friend, you have the potential to grow your relationship with that person. Treat them like a contact, and that’s just what they’ll be.

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It’s needless to say that being a blogger at Montreal Fashion Week is quite the experience. We’ve learned many things, including how to deal with certain situations. We’ve thus compiled a list of things that perhaps any other blogger attendees can relate to. These observations are not sugar coated –  we just call it as we see it!

1. Checking everyone’s outfit out (and giving it your personal stamp of approval or just ..judging!)

Lovely and stylish ladies of The Warehouse Magazine

2. People are either wearing black and playing it safe or going all out with ridiculous (albeit still cool!) outfits. You wonder if people are just trying too hard.

3. Bloggers spot other bloggers that they recognize from online but are too shy to approach them.
We managed to suck it up and met top bloggers Patrick from Je Suis…L’Aristocrate and Anik from Montreal In Style.

4. You spot a hot guy every which way and wonder if he’s straight.

5. The media room is like heaven, especially when you have an awesome guy named Tito giving out free cappuccinos.

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6. There’s like…NO food. Free alcohol – totally. Food? Not so much. Fashion diet anyone?!
We were starving the whole way through.

7. Some bloggers may look like they are tweeting during a 15-minute runway show but are just texting their friends.

8. Everyone talks about everyone’s seating arrangements and what this says about their success as a blogger in the (Montreal) fashion industry.

9. Blogger cliques travel in a packs. There are few lone wolves!
Bloggers try to look important at all times when alone. They look composed when sitting alone between shows and playing with their phone, not really socializing with anyone.

10. But when you stay cool and put yourself out there, you can meet some great and super hilarious people!
Louis from De Laine et De Satin, Nelly from Fashionaccro and Christopher of blackguyfrommontreal, you made our experience much more awesome!


Did we miss a fact about blogging at MFW? Let us know!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
• 9:10 PM •

Montreal Fashion Week Day 4: Fast Favourites

I guess this isn’t really considered “fast” favourites anymore, because MFW23 ended last Friday and we’re a bit late on the posts.  Susan and I still have to write up our interviews with Philippe Dubuc and Denis Gagnon, as well as our full critical review of the 23rd edition of Montreal Fashion Week. We definitely don’t want to sacrifice quality in order to get these posts online so they will be up later rather than sooner!

Day 4 consisted of Anomal Couture, Hinda A and Rachel Sin.  Below are our picks based on originality, beauty and elegance.  The Anomal jumpsuit shown first is definitely on my wishlist.

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Rachel Sin

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