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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
• 7:06 PM •

Do It Like A Dude- Androgynous Style

Do It Like A Dude- Androgynous Style

I would rather be handsome for an hour than pretty for a week“. Those are the words of Tilda Swinton, the British actress famous for her penchant for androgynous fashion. Swinton is seemingly handsome for a lot more than an hour a week and her striking attire has me pondering on my own venture with gender-bending style.

When I first got my short haircut, I immediately loved it. It was different (for me), simple, and (relatively) easy to maintain. However, despite my fondness for my new hairstyle, I was a newbie to the ‘boy-style’ hair club. My immediate instincts misled me into overly ‘feminizing’ the rest of my look to compensate for the very short hair. I bought countless ‘girly’ headbands, replenished my makeup supply, and stuck mostly to wearing skirts and dresses. All I was missing was a huge cardboard sign held above my head reading ‘I am a girl!’.

Luckily, after getting used to my hair I grew out of that mindset (I will spare you the social gender construction manifesto) and I realized I was limiting myself immensely by sticking to just one ‘look’. So, I dusted off my pants, got rid of some floral- and admittedly unflattering- hair accessories, and embraced my cropped do to it’s fullest potential. Over a year later and it would appear i’ve done a 180 as I find myself obsessing over masculine and androgynous looks. There’s something about the balancing act between femininity and masculinity that often creates a perfect harmony.

 

Keeping jewelry basic and minimal, polished suits, shapeless and boxy silhouettes, key accessories like suspenders, ties, and wingtip shoes are some of the characteristics that make up an androgynous look. However, there aren’t any strict rules since androgyny implies a look that is partially male and female. So basically any look that incorporates hints of both sexes will work.

 

Actresses such as Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn mastered the androgynous look in the early 20th century. Both women sported this look after the fashion industry’s dramatic change in the 1920s that had women experimenting with new forms of freedom and assertion of self.

 

I’m still a big fan of so called ‘girly’ clothing, but when my clean laundry is running out, my dad and bro better watch out. No one’s closet is safe. 😉

 

 

Thursday, April 19, 2012
• 10:33 PM •

Let Us Play Pretend with Dreamy Living Spaces

Let Us Play Pretend with Dreamy Living Spaces

I like day dreaming.  Do you like day dreaming? Let’s play a series of pretend games – different life scenarios in which we would be found living in these amazing settings, wearing the most amazing clothes and eating the most amazing food.  When life is dull, becoming delusional is always an option.

Scenario 1: You’re on a business trip in Hong Kong.  You go there often and have good rapport with many people there.  You decide that you go there SO often that you’re going to have to buy yourself a pad.  Not just any pad – a sick wooden apartment that can accommodate a few colleagues as well as provide you with ample work space, a cozy entertainment area and a sleek-looking kitchen.

Wooden apartment hong kong

Not that you’ll ever be cooking in your kitchen – you’re too busy eating yummy food at restaurants.

Wooden apartment hong kong_Kitchen

Scenario 2: You’re a hard worker.  You deserve a break! It’s your time off, so to get away from the hectic atmosphere of the city, you head over to your home in the countryside.  Waking up in the morning has never been easier – the sun invites you to go for a swim and play some tennis.Roche Bobois bedroom

Scenario 3: You’ve got a damn nice bachelor pad in the city (I mean, that’s expected of someone who’s in their twenties or thirties, right?).

Bachelorpad

wardrobe

Your friend calls you up and wants to go have sushi. What are you going to wear? It’s a good thing you have a cozy couch in front of your immense wardrobe, because it’s going to take awhile for you to decide (Hmmm…classy with DVF or edgy with Balmain?)

Scenario 4: You’re still living with your parents.  They’ve gone out of town for a week and you decided to turn your backyard into the cutest mini cinema you’ve ever seen.  Your only worry is that the bugs will creep up on you during the movie.

Outdoor Movie

It’s time for bed! Let’s dump all those useless decorative pillows on your unrealistically clean floor!Cute Brick wall bedroom

Scenario 5: You live in Montreal.  It’s freezing and the winds are so harsh.  Look on the bright side.  It’s time to go to the ski resort with a few of your closest friends! When you’re not on the hills, you’re cozying up with some hot chocolate or indulging in a warm and extremely cheesy poutineSki Resort

It was fun playing pretend with you.  See you next time!

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Monday, April 16, 2012
• 11:40 PM •

8 Fashion Memes for the Snob in You

Despite our strong love/obsession for this industry,  we recognize how ridiculous things can get.  I present you with my all-time favourite memes that poke fun at haute couture, unknowledgable fashionistas and bloggers like ourselves.
BusinessCasual

amishOrHipster

itsCalledFashion

Travels back in time

…but what sort of wizardry is this?!

BallSack

I think she’s a little freaked out about it.  Who knew that the “long hair turned into a bob” trend could go so wrong?! Sad smile

menswearAnnaWinter

I don’t know what makes me LOL more – this meme or that “Chanel” bag! Am I a snob to say that it is repulsive?

Vneckception

His “totem” is his pair of Salvation Army shades – if they manage to block UV rays then he is dreaming.

Check this SNL sketch out for more V-neck-based humor.

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