Thursday, October 30, 2008

venus in furs

I didn't think that I would ever resort this... but I did. I took a couple of super blurry photos in the bathroom at Shindig the other night, but they didn't turn out, so, I, um, put the outfit on again just to photograph it for wardrobe remix! Is that wrong? I wasn't really feeling it today, and I think it shows. Tuesday night however, I was the belle of the ball! Shaner won Shindig, I loaded gear in a dirty alley in a prom dress and a fur coat, and we went out for celebratory pho at a very well lit Vietnamese restaurant at 4 in the morning. Life was good.


I'm taking inspiration from both the Ancients and the Egyptian revival of the turn of the last century. In the late 1700s Europeans had "rediscovered" Egypt's treasures which inspired a century of design and literature. In the early twenties King Tutankhamun's tomb had been unearthed and the whole world went crazy for it again! Egyptomania reigned and the Art Deco and Nouveau styles incorporated elements from the Egyptian treasures that were unearthed.

Below is a title slide from the lost 1917Theda Bara film, Cleopatra. Apparently all but 11 minutes were destroyed by fire... but those 11 minutes are illusive! Housed in some museum somewhere never to see the light of day. And below that is the Gustav Klimt portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Klimt used gold leaf and Egyptian symbolism in many of his works. These are just two of the obvious influences that have inspired me lately.

I made up a little mini-collection of earrings for the shop and I decided to throw a little pop culture into the mix for good measure. Not only was Egyptomania all the rage, but absinthe too, was also de rigueur at the time.

An Egyptian theme with an art nouveau sensibility as interpreted through an absinthe fueled fever dream.

All earrings are available in the shop right now! I have some more goodies in the works for this theme so stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

get down

So, about a month ago Shane decided that he was going to enter the CiTR Shindig! competition. At that time, all he had was the best band name ever: Shane Turner Overdrive!, and "an abundance of god given talent"... he did not, however, have any songs! Shane spent the rest of the month working out a set of some pretty great songs. So great, in fact, that he WON the round one competition last night! Congratulations Shaner!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

omg! d'you know who else is hot?

So I got all distracted by Christopher Walken and his pointy teeth and I forgot to tell you about my crazy dream that I had last night! I dreamt that it was 1964 and I was making out with Paul McCartney (hot, young Paul McCartney as pictured above and below in these David Bailey photographs) and everything was black and white, because it's the 60s and everything was black and white. Obvs.

And then it was the late 60s all of a sudden and I was Paul McCartney! And I was on a train with John Lennon and I was reeeeaally high, and John was giving me a lecture about how I'm such a deadbeat because I'm high all the time, and I was trying to argue back but I'm obviously way to high to even form words so I just sort of grunt and roll over on the floor!

The next thing you know I'm having an out of body experience! So I'm now Paul McCartney's spirit and I'm watching Paul McCartney's body being taunted by John who's trying to get me to try and stand up. So I'm trying but my legs are all jello-y so I'm basically dancing around like a drunk marionette! Then I finally stand up and fall out of the side of the train because the whole side is open like a boxcar even though it's fully furnished inside, and I catch my watch on the side of the train! I'm totally passed out and dangling there while the rest of the Beatles look on in horror! They all have to run to get the train conductor to stop the train, and meanwhile I've fallen off somewhere in the night.

And then I woke up.

The End.

christopher walken is so hot!

Tis' the season, after all. I think that people are either fans of Tim Burton or they just can't stand him. I am a fan. I will forgive him for The Corpse Bride because he gave us so many other great and dark confections! AND he is working on an adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND!!!! He gave us Christopher Walken with filed and pointy teeth! The scariest headless horseman with a head ever! I just adore this film because I have a thing for theatre lighting and effects, and Sleepy Hollow was filmed ENTIRELY indoors! In an immaculately outfitted soundstage in England! I love the look that this film has and it's perfect inspiration for the season.

Monday, October 27, 2008

remember when everyone wore flannel?

I am jonesing HARD for some Twin Peaks! The only place I can find it online is on youtube clips and that, my friends, is no way to watch Mr. Lynch's small screen masterpiece! If you live in the good ole U S of A, you can watch it on Lucky you! I am going to scour every pawnshop until I find me a box-set.


Remember how hot everyone on that show was!?! I was so in love with Agent Cooper and I so wanted to be Audrey Horne!

Friday, October 24, 2008


Sometimes I know I come off looking a bit too cutesy, and that's why I like to balance the cute with the macabre! All the best fairy tales have an element of the sinister to play against the fantasy. It's that darkness and light that makes things interesting! I was feeling very Marc Ryden as I was dressing this morning. I played it up with a little "acting" for wardrobe remix.

I just received this amazing hunting relic from ladylavona at etsy, and I've been wearing it non stop! Shane thinks I'm a creepy witch, but I just like dead things. I can't help it. I was born in North Western Ontario. AND YES I know it's really not politically correct, and it's kind of confusing because I was a vegetarian for most of my adult life and I cry watching PETA videos (which I won't link to because I don't want to make you cry too), but I am an enigma.

I have to give partial credit to Anja at Clever Nettle because reading this post about the perfect grey dress totally inspired me to wear mine today!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

two birds with one stone

Today for wardrobe remix, I did two looks: before and after. I did a little photo shoot for some new very special items named after my grandmothers that I added to the shop. I was clomping around the house in my old lady shoes with curlers in my hair hammering fabric to the wall. It was too good not to document!

I got such a nice response from the reconstructed sweater from this post that I knew that I should add one to the shop. So the sweater that I had been working on for me, is now for you! I'm secretly hoping that no one will buy it so that I can keep it! I love how it turned out!

I also had a bit of positive response to the hat band that I was wearing here, which is good because I had been making a similar cocktail hat for the shop... it was all part of my plan!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

urushi spoons

Grace at design*sponge posted about this new e-shop Ashes & Milk, and although everything offered is just so beautiful, I was really taken by these gorgeous urushi bamboo spoons by Mori Kowa.

I couldn't find any information about the artist online, but I did learn that the all natural, rare and labor intensive urushi method of lacquering has been in practice for over 6000 years! The lacquer is derived from the antiseptic sap of the male urushi tree! You can click here if you want to learn more about the process.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

are you serious?

Fake leather crop pants with a matching fake leather vest all with chicken hackle trim?! Can this be? Are you serious?

Oh. You are serious...

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Some of you may have recognised the chair that I'm sitting on in yesterday's post as being the "scandinavian granny vomit" chair from this post about upholstery issues... only slightly different.

I just couldn't live with that vintage scandinavian linen! I tried! I thought it was going to be perfect, but in the end it just wasn't. If you recall I gave a huge list of possible printed upholstery that I could cover the chair in. I even bought some of the super cute yet classy bear print fabric.

But in the end I decided that teal velvet was the way to go! I'm definitely a velvet granny as opposed to a scandinavian print granny. I still think the bear stuff is so perfect... just not for my chairs! I'm going to make some pillows a tote bag and out of it, so I can take it with me wherever I go!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

hinterland who's who

This is quite possibly my favourite wardrobe remix submission to date. Not because it is a particularly inventive or stylish photo, but because of the visual joke! If only I could have that haunting Hinterland flute theme playing in the background!

I think that only us Canadians are really going to get that it's even a joke based on the title combined with my portrait where I am successfully camouflaging myself in my natural habitat. I've found a few videos for us to reminisce about our youth and to introduce the rest of the world to hinterland who's who below. Does anyone outside of Canada remember these?

Oh nostalgia!

black swan

I made this custom bracelet for the lovely Franca from falling in swirls vintage over on etsy. I used a couple of really pretty brass chains (I'm so glad I finally found a source with the best selection ever!) and one of those vintage swan charms that I love so dearly and a stack of black agate for inspiration and obsidian for protection. (I dabble in hippiedom) It's a bracelet with meaning. I thought that it turned out as a very pretty tribute to our mutual love of Thom Yorke.

I wanted to share it with you guys and to ask you if you think that these are something that I should offer in my shop. I never, ever wear bracelets or watches because I find that I just end up damaging them! I'm such a hands on kinda gal that I scratch watch faces to the point that I can no longer read the time and I always get dangling bracelets caught on something, so it never occurred to me that perhaps I should offer them in the shop. What do you think?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

hey nonny nonny

I'm not wearing any pants! You know, like Robin Hood (click it. it's worth it). I have a bunch of stuff that I was planning to get done today, but instead I decided to stay home and eat ROCKETS and play around in wardrobe remix.
I can do that other stuff later... when I put some pants on.

The boots that I'm wearing are quite possibly the dumbest thing I have ever bought! They're moccasins... with... a kitten heel!!! I know! Ridiculous! I bought them about 4 years ago and decided that what they needed was some intricate beadwork inspired by Cree embellishment. But I never got around to doing it. I wore them out once and slipped around the whole time. These are not the most practical of moccasins, but I thought they were interesting and that they had some potential. I wanted to do something like this floral beadwork found on this Cree Nation beaded Octopus bag below.

I'll probably never get around to fixing these little booties up because I've got other things on my mind and these moccasins sure are slippery!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I want that

Does anyone know what size "unwearable" is...

I know these are "museum" pieces that are not meant to be worn, but, aaaaarggh! This ensemble is killing me! KILLING ME! Is it wrong to waste money on something so frivolous? I would wear them. And quite possibly the dress would rot right off of me! And who knows if I could fit my feet into the mysterious "unwearable" size.

Should I try?

Friday, October 10, 2008

no big whoop

I don't know why I'm posting this wardrobe remix today, because it's kind of lame... but I am too, so I guess that answers that question. I just thought that my expression in some of the photos was just priceless!

So after that ever so charmingly self deprecating post a few days ago about how I'm not very domestic I went and baked a pie! I guess I am kind of domestic after all!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

falling for fall

I woke up early put on my best autumn sweater (reconstructed by me!), and walked on down through China town to pick up some Halloween costume supplies and a few things for the shop this morning. It was such a perfect autumn day! The air was crisp and cool and the sky was the perfect overcast grey with just the faintest hint of sunlight peeking through. It was the kind of light that makes everything just look that little bit more dramatic. I was falling in love with all the architectural details; peeking out from scaffolding and plastic tarps, mind you, but they were there and they were magnificent. I have such a love/hate relationship with this city, but today was pure romance! I was on such a high that I spent waaaaaay too much money and I don't even care!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

snow white syndrome

When I was a child I would raid my mum's closet and play dress up all the time! I practically lived in her closet! She used to have this magical 70s maxi dress with a big bold floral print skirt, a great big white peter pan collar and puffy swiss dot sleeves (!) that I would put on to go pick flowers in the back yard. I had the requisite Dorothy Hamill doo of the 80s and would tie a red ribbon around my head to add to the authenticity of the task at hand of frolicking through fields and singing to birds.

I remember my mum freaking out one day (probably with concern over my mental state) and telling me that I was "NOT SNOW WHITE, YOU KNOW!" She denies this ever happened, but I know it did and I know that she just feels guilty about yelling at a little girl. In retrospect, I suppose she did have cause for concern. I am now in my thirties and doing things like posing in costume with my garden gnome, and naming my business after the apple that did Snow White in...

I made this cotton velveteen skirt a few years ago and it's still one of my favourites! I always wear it when I want to be cozy and a bit theatrical. It reminds me so much of my Snow White days! The embroidery is based on the Glasgow Rose or Mackintosh Rose designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh back at the turn of the century. It's a pretty iconic Arts and Crafts reference that I think still looks modern to this day... and that concludes your history lesson for today.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

la moustache

This is what happens when you put two weirdo artist types together in the same room with an idea... BRILLIANCE!

Since I started posting my self portraits over at wardrobe remix my friend has been telling me that she's been so inspired to "copy me" and start photographing herself in various themed outfits. I didn't invent the self portrait, and I am a huge fan of staged photography so I was all for it! As long as I got to see the finished result... she wouldn't let me see them. Boooooo!

Fortunately for everyone we agreed upon a collaboration of fake couple's portraits! She bought this amazing fake moustache made of real human hair! I was having a very hard time keeping a straight face during our first installment of "la moustache". Being totally unplanned yet somehow costume ready, I think that some of the photos turned out magnificently! I'm going to need a bit of time to get used to looking at her in a surprisingly authentic looking handle bar moustache! But there will be plenty of time for that as we explore all the different possibilities of couplings!