Welcome to Stressville

Population: Me, and maybe you too?

Fry is STRESSED too.
I know it’s not easy for anyone to deal with stress but I find I particularly tend to turn little things into much bigger things when I’m already stressed out.
I have been having issues with internet, with my family, and with work so my apologies to anyone who has been expecting a new post from me.  
I’d like to report that things are beginning to clear up, although I have a pretty busy week ahead: trainings, work, and errands galore, not to mention popping into a few places to inquire about jobs! Oh joy!
There are plenty of ideas for new projects up ahead and I think I’m finally going to make my way into **Smartphone Land** and buy myself a Samsung Galaxy III, which will ALSO allow for some snazzy photos to make their way into this blog! (which I have been waiting to do FOREVER!)
A Slow Loris just CAUSE okay.
So once again PLEASE bear with me, I hope to be back at it in no time!
Here’s a Slow Loris playing with a mini umbrella to thank you for your time:

I can’t.

Tattoo Love+

So how about an alternative take on an art post? ‘Kay ready?
Amanda Wachob Tattoos
More entertaining than bunny-vision?


I am in love with tattoo culture, especially when it has a meaning to it, and it is really well done.
Actually, unless it’s done well I can get kinda snobby about the whole thing because I value it so much as an art.  I decided to do a post on a couple of awesome artists that I discovered recently as I’ve been looking the right artists to do some ideas I have planned.  
Really bad or really awesome?
Backstory: For those who know me, I have one tattoo on my left rib cage, going from my underarm to the top of my hip, it says my mantra from a few years back “While I breathe, I hope” in Latin (“Dum Spiro, Spero).  I’m a big nerd when it comes to meaningful script and I love when tattoos are super feminine and full of whimsy.  I tend to fall for the artists who have a more surrealist approach to tattooing. 

I’ve been wanting to add butterflies coming out of my current tattoo but I have had a hard time visualizing whether I wanted colours, black and grey or what.  

So I discovered THIS picture of a monarch, only to find out it’s by the brilliant Kelly Doty from Easthampton, Massachusetts:

The detail is brilliant, including the shading under the butterfly, the colouring on the body, and the accuracy to an actual butterfly (I’m particularly impressed by the feelers!). Seeing this tattoo made me think of getting colour work since I have an affinity for blue butterflies:
These are also similar in style (not by Doty):
I must say that I would travel from this little town in Southern Ontario to Massachusetts just to get  Kelly to tattoo me because I love her stuff so much. 
Here are a few more of her signature tattoos:
The second tattoo artist I discovered is Amanda Wachob from New York City, who is known for her tattoos created in a painterly style where it appears as if actual brush strokes have been used to create the work. 
I find her work so appealing because it’s art before it’s a tattoo, and she relies very little on outlines and traditional tattoo shading.  I find this approach much softer and the end result much more subtle.  I would love for her to do the cherry blossom branches I would like tattooed on my feet, sort of in vein with what she did here:
Here’s a couple more incredible pieces:
Imitated ink splatter
Inspired by Magritte
I would be honoured to have one or both of these lovely tattoo artists tattoo me in the future!
Kelly tattoos out of Off The Map in Massachusetts and Amanda out of her studio in New York City and can be contacted here
I’d like to leave you all with some awesome tattoos and some ideas I have for future tattoos of mine:
And lastly,
Hot men with tattoos, who could ask for more?

Update+

Hey guys!

Sorry this week has been so dull, it’s been a rather busy week. I had an interview with a company that I’ve wanted to get into for quite some time now, so my brain has been caught up in that mess.  I owe you guys a Wedding Wednesday post, so that will be doubled up next week so you can count on seeing TWO designers featured.
Join me after the cut for some inspiration!

As inspiration for this week [I am apparently late on discovering things] but I discovered this lovely twelve-year-old little girl Talia Joy, who’s a brilliant little makeup artist-in-training who is battling cancer.  Here is her YouTube Channel and here is her personal website.
Miss Talia Joy
Her personality is absolutely infectious and she is massively talented. Grown up make up artists should really take a cue from her because she is truly an inspiration to us all.  Now before everyone comes down my throat for her being too young to wear makeup, I find her case to be a bit unique because she uses makeup to feel beautiful over wearing a wig (i.e. “makeup is my wig”).  I completely encourage this way of therapy because it is a way for her to be creative and feel that she is making a difference to the world around her regardless of her hardships.  
Update on her condition:
If you were like me and had not yet heard of her, please go check out her videos on YouTube and go read or listen to her story as well! To the brilliant Talia Joy, all my thoughts and prayers are with you, keep doing what you’re doing because you’re making a difference!
Here’s the first video of hers I saw:
Also, before I forget to mention it, her dream is to be a guest on Ellen, so I’d love to support that by encouraging everyone to write in to the show!
I’m currently working on a Fashion Friday post featuring my lovely September issues which I just got TODAY!!!! yeaaaaah!
Talk to you all soon!
P.S. Does anybody have a good site for collage making? PicMonkey is great in theory but Flash always crashes when I go to save my collage.  If anyone knows how to remedy this, please let me know! 🙂 

Words of Inspiration+


As a prelude to what will eventually be Tuesday Tips, I wanted to give you all a life tip:

Listen to words that make a difference in your life. Like, really listen.  

I’m always most inspired by words that encourage you to seek what you want in life, and of course your classic case of of “never give up” positivity. Many people sort of look at you like, “are you for real?” when you find yourself attracted to these types of personal sayings. Society has brought it to our attention that some of these mantras are rather idyllic and considered cliche because of that, but, why should that make them any less important? We spend so much time trying to overcome the obstacles and hardships in our lives so then why is it so bad when we find words that have the power for change.


I’d like to show you something that inspired me the other day.  While I was working for BCBG for a short but sweet time in my life, I met an awesome girl.  She touched me with her story of how she had lost her mother a few years back. She was so strong and really making the best of her life, putting a smile on the faces of those around her, and really truly putting her heart into things that she was doing.  Now she’s seeking the world and kicking some serious tail. 


She recently discovered this poem written in her mother’s journal:

Don’t Quit…

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


So to my dear -, thank you for sharing these beautiful words and being able to inspire me with your story.

Whatever your words may be, find those words that make a difference in your life.  It doesn’t matter whether the words are inspired by a loved one, like the ones above, or whether they’re an age old proverb or biblical passage, don’t be embarrassed to find a mantra that is solace to you.


I found mine years ago when I was at a very low point in my life: Dum Spiro, Spero. It means While I breathe, I hope in Latin. For me it was a matter of never stopping to believe that things will get better.  When you’re in a negative mindset, it’s hard to find that one little sliver of light that keeps you going.  It was important to think: as long as I live, I will hope, and as long as I hope, I will live.  Hope isn’t just a naive sense of being, it exists because it contributes to the wellness of people’s lives. Sometimes it’s all you need.


“By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life.”

– Jean Baptiste Girard 


Share your words, share your life.

Good start to the week+

Hey everyone!

I’ve been a bit busy at work lately so just a short little post for now, including one accessory that I think girls can’t get enough of!
SHOES!!!!
Aren’t these beauties lovely? I always like an embellished shoe, even more so because it allows the wearer to feel elegant, even when wearing a simpler outfit. 
They are called the Nina ‘Neva’ Pump and they come in black, grape satin (purple), tea rose (blush pink), ivory, and steel satin (pictured). The satin ‘half D’Orsay’ pump (when one side of the shoe dips down showing the side sole of your foot) has a flourish on the non-D’Orsay side that’s reminding me of a bunch of grapes! Additionally, the shoes also feature delicate bead detail around that flourish that makes them that little bit more special.
 Wouldn’t they make a great addition to a wedding party? I can picture bridesmaids rocking the same shoe with their dress, especially since it’s at an affordable CDN $103.07 (I don’t know what’s with the random 7 cents).
Happy Monday!

Lily Cole+

Hey people!

So for this week’s Fashion Friday, I thought it might be a nice idea to focus on the work of a model who’s proven herself a real chameleon in her work:
Lily Cole

 
From Wiki:

Lily Luahana Cole is an English model and actress. She is listed by Vogue Paris as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s, and having studied acting since her childhood took to her first lead role as Valentina in Terry Gilliam‘s fantasy film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009.

 

Celestial
Natural
Hippe Chic
Dreamy
Bohemian
Femme Fatale
Seductress
Poetic
Fresh Faced
Elizabethan
Doll-like
Mod
Flamenco Girl
Vogue Covergirl
Casual
Bond Girl











 
 
 
As a makeup artist, I appreciate faces like Lily’s because they are so easily transformed into different personas.  While Lily is known for her big blue eyes, heart-shaped face and auburn hair, she is equally as known for capturing a magical transformative quality in her work. She can convincingly go from Hollywood Starlet to Bohemian Circus Performer, and everything in between; that authenticity is a rare trait amongst many models today. 

 

Lily has not only proven herself versatile as a model but breaking into acting now it’ll be interesting to see how her acting chops pan out. I saw her on Doctor Who where she played a sea siren, where let’s just say her modelling background definitely helped her out. Check out those facial expressions, albeit digitized in the one below!
Angry Siren
Sympathetic Siren
I would love to be able to work with a model that I can consider a muse, as I’m sure Lily Cole is to the many designers, artists, and directors she works with on a regular basis. The limitless potential of looks that can be depicted through her make it easy to come up with those looks in the first place!
What would you like to see next week for Fashion Friday
 
 

 

Inspiration of the Week+

Hey Y’all! 
(I don’t know how I adopted a southern accent there, it is completely arbitrary)
For this week’s random awesomeness I’d like to present you with a man I encountered via YouTube a few years back.  I’m not sure if it’s the music, the joy behind the dances, the group camaraderie, the epic nature of the destinations (dude dances with crabs! on a beach! full of crabs!), or whether it’s just an amalgamation of all that greatness. 
Here is just ONE of his awesome videos:
Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)
See more of his videos after the cut!

I don’t know if I’m biased to that first one because he dances with children, dances in Poland, AND dances in Canada but his others are also amazing:
Where the Hell is Matt? (2006)

If you liked the first one, you will love this one too (among the cool things: massive turtles, a kangaroo, monks, elephants, seals, and yes PYRAMIDS too Mikayla :p). First and every time I watch it I legitimately get chills. For some reason I missed it, but in one of the videos he is dancing in the ocean near a MASSIVE whale.  The sight is truly astonishing and awe-inspiring. 

Dude has seriously had some amazing experiences making these videos and I commend him for taking the literal “trip around the world” that many of us only dream about. 

Here’s his original video (pre-Stride sponsorship):

Where the Hell is Matt? (2005)

So…
I mean, Matt Harding?
Check out his site here: http://www.wherethehellismatt.com/
Although he’s gotten a bit commercial since he first began, he’s still pretty awesome in my books!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go first?
P.S. Don’t be afraid to dream big.

Fairytale Dress Time TWO+

WELCOME to PART TWO of A+A‘s dedication to some amazing couture bridal designers! If you didn’t have enough to look at last week with St. Pucchi, here’s a special treat for you 🙂

Monique Lhuillier and her designs
The Los Angeles based, Philippines-born couture designer has become a household name in bridal and red carpet gowns. Her lacy and frothy dresses are huge hits amongst celebrities and us regular folk alike. She is known for her ultra-feminine and ultra-flattering body conscious bridal designs (as well as AWESOME bridesmaid designs too!). May I present just some of the many dresses that Lhuillier has crafted for her recent collections!
 
Note: All runway photos are courtesy of www.theringbearer.ca
 
Fall 2012 Collection:
 
Adoration
Adoration Bodice
Aurora
Aurora Back
Aurora Detail
Bouquet
Cecelia
Cecelia Bodice
Cherish
Cherish Bodice
Coquette
Coquette Back
Coquette Bodice
Heidi
Heidi Front
Heidi Back
Mila
Mila Back
Promise
Promise Back
I think Aurora and Coquette are my favourites from this collection, simply because of how much detail is put into each of them. 
 
Aurora has incredible beadwork, but also a very classic fit and flare silhouette.  The neckline is typically very flattering on most body types, but unfortunately the model doesn’t have quite enough in the bust to fill it properly.
 
Coquette just has a beautiful shape with a bustier bodice, cap sleeves, a dropped waist and a ribbon belt. The textured skirt is dramatic but romantic at the same time. 
 
Both dresses also have a great off-white colouring too, which I find to be the easiest for most complexions to wear.  Sometimes a stark white can be too cold and severe on a bride.
 
 Spring 2012:
 
As an extra treat, I’ve included some picks from Lhuillier’s earlier Spring collection, where you’ll see more petal-like fabric accents, floral embroidery and beading, delicate lace edging, textured chiffon layers, her affinity for belts, and rhinestone butterfly embellishments. 
 
Aphrodite
Aphrodite Bodice
Catherine
Catherine Bodice
Orchid
Orchid Bodice
Flutter
Flutter Bodice
Legend
Legend Bodice
Waltz Bodice
Waltz
Join A+A next week for a tribute to yet another fabulous bridal designer: Elie Saab.
See you all soon 🙂
P.S. What other designers would you like to see featured as apart of Fairytale Dress Time?
Let me know in the comments below!

Job Search+

I feel you baby – I feel you

You know what’s sad? When you go to apply for a job only to realize that you’ve already applied to it and you just didn’t remember.

What’s also sad? That the job you applied to a month ago is still posted and it does mean that they just disregarded your application.

//OY VEY

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