Monday, July 16, 2012

The Lonley Hearts Club ♡

I am still reeling after the absolutely amazing performance last night by the UK's Marina and The Diamonds. After a month of anticipation I finally saw her with my good friend Alice and it turned out to be a perfect evening of great music & dancing. It also gave me a great opportunity to wear out an old Wilfred shirt-dress that I've had hanging in my closet for ages.

I wish I had combed my fringe before taking these photos... whoops!

 Dress // Aritzia // Necklace // USED House of Vintage // Bag // Vintage (borrowed)

Here's what my super stylish art-school friend Alice wore, her blog is here

 Dress // Gentle Fawn // Bag, Shoes & Scarf // Spank

Unfortunately, my camera battery died early on in the show, right before the second costume change. However, I did get few good photos. The show was held at the Commodore Ballroom on granville with a surprisingly small turn out so we managed to sneak in incredibly close to the stage. My camera dying may have been a bit of a blessing as it allowed me to really enjoy the rest of the performance and not focus on getting a good shot. The the second half of the show will for ever be in the camera of my mind...

Marina & The Diamonds is an incredible performer, especially live, with great personal style. I truly hope she comes back to Vancouver soon. If you haven't already checked out her music and new album 'Electra Heart' do so immediately, she's delightful!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Detachable collar: Also called a false-collar. A collar made as a separate accessory to be worn with a band-collared shirt (currently worn styles are turndown, tab, and dog collars; as well as historical styles such as Imperial or Gladstone).

This is one of my favourite new trends. They're absolutely delightful, whether worn as necklace center piece or used to change up a crew-neck sweater or shirt. A false-collar is the perfect interchangeable accessory.

Whether your style is soft and delicate...

I'm obsessed with the vintage 1960s flair of the peter pan collar.

or a little more edgy...

There's one to compliment any style and elevate any outfit. Can't find a style you like? It's the most fabulously easy DIY project. Recently, I volunteered for the JennyFleur Loves… & Hive Mind Millinery Fashion Show here in Vancouver which showcased Jennyfleur Loves… an amazing local boutique which collects unique & fashion forward pieces from all over and featured Hive Mind Millinery hats. Dressing the models I couldn't help but notice some beautiful detached collars which combined my love of them with my current obsession of metal in fashion.

It didn't take me long to decide I needed one in my own wardrobe. Having been a little strapped for cash lately I decided to make my own. I found some great cream colored lace weight yarn in my stash, this super cute knitting pattern and voila! I added a vintage button from my collection to complete the piece.

It hasn't exactly been sweater weather here in Vancouver but I'm too impatient to wait for fall so I've been pairing it with a button down shirt...

This is my awkward some-one-else-is-taking-my-photo face

Now I'm off to draft 1/4 scale patterns & do design homework. I'm going to try and train myself to do a weekly post every Saturday. We'll see if I can stick to it!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tea, Knitting & a History Lesson

Well, it's taking a lot of effort not to turn this blog into a knitting one but I can't help it when some of the most interesting happenings just so happen to be knitting related. Every Friday evening my friend Alice and I attend a weekly knitting group at Bird on a Wire Creations, an amazing local gift & craft store where we enjoy tea, snacks, and great conversation from some of the most interesting women we've ever met. This past week we got a special treat when another member brought in one the very first mechanical sock knitting machines circa 1904! She acquired it from an Irish woman who had the machine past down through her family for generations and it was still in full working order...

 The machine was in phenomenal shape, its apparently very rare to find one in such condition with all the pieces still intact.
  I apologize for the terrible picture quality, I didn't think to bring a proper camera with me. However, this is the machine's owner Zoe threading it for us. Her stories were absolutely enthralling, she actually spent years restoring an old brothel in a ghost town called Kaslo right here in British Columbia.

 It's clear how excited & thrilled we are for such a awesome opportunity!

I promise more fashion related posts are soon to come, for the moment my class is in the middle of sewing sample and quarter scale madness. Once all the technical stuff has slowed down a bit I'll be able to focus on some more inspiring industry related posts but for now you'll have to settle for a whimsical picture of a tea cup.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Knitting Vintage: Sneak Peak

Hello everyone, I apologize for going MIA yet again. Life has been kind of hectic with moving back to Vancouver, starting school & finding a job. However, things have started to settle down and I'm really getting into a creative groove.
I promise more detailed posts are to come but for now here's a sneak peak of what I've been working on...

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Monday, January 02, 2012

Style Icon: Francoise Hardy

I've recently become enthralled with vintage fashion and style. I would give anything to have taken part in the turbulent style of the 60s or the classic elegance of the New Look 40s. One of my favourite vintage vixens is French singer Francoise Hardy. Francoise Hardy became an iconic figure in music, fashion and style through out the 1960s and 70s after making a cameo appearance in a scene from Jean-Luc Godard's film Masculin, féminin.


She married singer/songwriter/actor Jacques Dutronc in 1981 and they share a son the very dreamy Thomas Dutronc.
The adorable couple

On top of being amazingly beautiful her music is also very enjoyable regardless if you speak french or not.

Anyone else looking to revamp their wardrobe for 2012? Who is your style inspiration?


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