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!



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