A ridiculously long and winding... post

I probably should be finishing these Anthropology 209 notes, but I got distracted (story of my life). Every day, I go through a routine and check my favorite blogs (la dee da dee dah). I've definitely mentioned Madeline Pendleton before, but if you haven't already visited her blog Jean Greige before, then you should probably stop reading this blog and go read hers instead. Seriously. 

If I wasn't twenty years old and actually had to pretend that I was kind of grown up, I'd just read her blog forever and laugh at her unbelievably witty and knee-slapping remarks until my abs looked something like this. Okay, that aside, I was watching one of her many fantastic youtube videos, and almost felt compelled to not only share it with my lovely internet friends, but also comment on it. This video touches on fashion blogging (which has apparently been a pretty sensitive issue lately around the blogosphere) and I think many, if not all bloggers/aspiring bloggers can take away a few things from this video. 


Okay, so in case you didn't watch that, here's what the video discusses: fashion blogging is really becoming the stuff in magazines but hiding behind the excuse of personal style. 

I'd give you a summary, but there's no way that I'd be able to say anything better than Madeline has said already. But what I want to touch on is Madeline's comment about blogs that make people feel like they need a hug and ten little puppies to make themselves feel better about themselves. I've definitely been said person, and often find myself wondering what it'd be like to be X person. But like she said, I think it's important to realize that there's no point in wishing such things, because you are you, and you shouldn't be spending your precious brain cells and time sitting, waiting, wishing that you were somebody else. When I catch myself doing it, I tell myself, "Hey, stop being a silly brat and get your head in the game. It's not like this is Hogwarts and I have a Polyjuice potion or anything..". Anyway, the point is, I hope with ALL my heart and soul (this is becoming a tad melodramatic) that this blog doesn't dishearten people-not saying that anybody would want to be me considering the army of blackheads that are currently invading my forehead and the fact that everyone else just seems to be so much more 'tight' (or as T says it, 'tii'). And seriously, don't get me started on T and his stupid phrases. I also have never understand why anything cool is called tight. WHY oh why would you ever call something tight, unless you were talking about a finger trap. I tried to avoid all sexual references, so let's just leave it at that. Back to what I was talking about. Kurtis and I never intended for this blog to do anything other than share groovy ideas and facilitate an I-guess-you-could-call-it a 'conversation' (HYPHEN OVERLOAD) between us and people from all around the world, where we can chat about anything, really (as you can tell, I like to talk. Alot. So chat me up on muh formspring. Subtle, no?).

Anyway, the second thing (I'll keep it much shorter, I promise) I wanted to comment on is the idea that fashion blogging has an obligation to people (and women especially)--this obligation being: (1) make people feel better about themselves and (2) make people feel better about themselves. Madeline perfectly describes (SIGH, this is starting to look like one of those reading reviews I did back in grade 9) the competition between people to look the best, etcetera, etcetera. You probably don't need to hear this from me, but I think it's important to remind ourselves that everyone is beautiful. Let us all hold hands and sing lovely songs while unicorns and rainbows float gently over our heads. Yes, let's. And on a side note, I stumbled upon a Facebook competition called "Facebook's most beautiful teenager" or something completely featherbrained like that. I don't know if it's just me, but it made me so unbelievably uncomfortable. Not only does this facilitate 1) unnecessary competition, and 2) a place for creepy people to comment on photos of young girls, but it has the potential to make other girls insecure, while also giving the notion that there IS a 'most beautiful teenager'. So what happens when that teenager is picked? Do we all wish to be like her and fall to our knees whenever she commands? No. That's ridiculous. 

Okay, so that wasn't much shorter, so I'm just going to stop typing. I apologize. All in all, much like Madeline said (goodness, my originality is just bursting at the seams), I hope you (being the groovy person you are) come to read this blog because you either enjoy reading through the rather silly things that Kurtis and I write, or enjoy laughing at ludicrous photos of two azns dressing up weirdly and freezing their assess off (or something along these lines). Kurtis and I are eternally grateful for all the support and kindess you've shown us blogger noobies (leveling has been slow, but after much evaluation, I'd say we're both level 5's.. 94 more levels until the level cap). Thank you.

Where on earth is spring?!

I'm getting back on track guiz! I still need to catch up on sleep though (zzzZZZ). T also showed me how to make a ninja mask out of a T-shirt last night. The things people come up with nowadays. My creative abilities are limited to drawing, writing in cursive, and thinking of cool things to teach my dog. 

Anyway, the lovely people from the 329 Store, an overly adorable online boutique, were so kind as to send me a geometric pattern sweater the other day! It's one of those sweaters that you can't stop wearing because it's just too cool and comfortable. I may or may not have worn this sweater several times within the past week... just don't tell anyone... 

My poor boots
geometric pattern sweater c/o 329 store [link]
heeled lace-up booties from free people ($60)
mom's brook brothers jacket
mom's boyfriend jeans
purse was a christmas gift
crow's nest knits knit tuque 

Chapter 3, Tumblr-spiration

My midterms are done for the week and the feeling of relief is almost overwhelming. I just want to sit down, wrap myself in a couple blankets, and watch ridiculously heart-melting chick flicks. Also, Mulan got a hair cut and she looks hilarious. I always have a good laugh whenever she goes in for a lil' groomin'. 

Anyway, during one of my countless study breaks yesterday, I decided to do a assemble together a Tumblr-spiration (Tumblr + inspiration?) collage. Things I've been loving lately are: dyed hair (why oh why do I have black hair? You're impossible to dye nicely), braided hair, anything that has to do with hair, really, graphic prints, studs, cool nails, and impossibly high heels (when do I not love these though). All images found somewhere on Tumblr.


Easy Way Out

Last day before classes start again. I'm pretty burnt out right now and I feel like I need more time to recuperate but no such luck. I got to suck it up and get through the next two months if I want to get into business. Now I understand why they give university students a four month summer.

But enough about school. Lets talk about the weather. No I don't want to talk about that either as Edmonton is a winterwonderland once again. I'm already dreading the walk to get to my classes.

On to the next. Ah at last. Clothing. The only thing that can lift my mood. Well, only if I'm buying it. Over the next few weeks, I will be featuring a few of my favourite male fashion blogs that have inspired me over the years. I won't reveal any of them yet but look for the first post next week!

Finally, I have my own outfit to share with all of you today. The red cardigan has been with me for a while. I bought it at American Apparel and I use to wear it all the time until one of the pockets tore. Sad day. I decided to bring it out again, pairing it with this amazing J. Crew tie. One of my favourite with the little red anchor pattern. Uniqlo makes the best shirts for Asian men as they are a Japanese company. The fit is always perfect. To round off the outfit, I wore my famous Cheap Monday jeans with some Kurt Geiger dress boots. Good luck on the next round of midterms my fellow university students.







Lisa Dengler's Just Another Fashion Magazine

I'm just going to squeeze in a quick post here before I get studying. I'll stop procrastinating, I promise. Anyway, I've already posted this on Facebook, and for those of you who have liked the blog's facebook page (thank you for all those who have!), I may be beating a dead horse (after typing that out, I just realized how awful of an expression that is), but this is too cool not to reiterate. 

Anyway, Lisa Dengler, co-author of Just Another Fashion Blog and all-around wonder woman contacted me a while ago about her interactive fashion magazine app available on iTunes for iPads (this goes out to all you iPad holders--so my mom, grandpa, aunts and uncles whom ALL have an iPad). Not going to lie, I've been following Lisa for a while on lookbook and her blog and can say that she has to be one of my favourite Canadian bloggers, so give her some love and support! She deserves it! 

So aside from all that mumble jumble, here's a little sneak peek at what you'll have access to if you download the app (which you should). I'm going to have to steal my mother's iPad from her later on tonight in order to do so. This won't be easy either. She plays games on that thing 24/7. I can't even talk to her unless it's through her iPad.

Thanks Lisa for being great! 


Brat & Suzie

I thoroughly apologize for the fact that I've been a bit M.I.A. Studying has not been blogger-friendly as of recently. But once I'm done my midterm tomorrow, I'll be home-free (or almost). For all my fellow students, bear with me here.

Anyway, this'll be a relatively quick post. I just wanted to share some photos of the Brat & Suzie SS'12 collection with all you lovely people who enjoy being both comfortable and fashionable. I can't say that I haven't sacrificed comfort for fashion a many times, but when you can achieve both, I'm sure you'll agree with me that the feeling is absolute bliss. If you're interested in all this jazz, then check out this cult british label! I love their animal-print tees and tanks. I now want dogs and elephants to prettify ALL my shirts. It'll be like a zoo. 

PS: I feel the need to say this in caps lock, so:

THANK YOU EVERYONE! WE'VE REACHED 1,000 FOLLOWERS AND I'VE NEVER BEEN SO ECSTATIC. I CANNOT EVEN DESCRIBE HOW GREAT YOU ALL ARE. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. I WISH I COULD GIVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU A CUTE PUPPY TO LOVE FOR ALL ETERNITY (KIND OF LIKE IN BRIDESMAIDS). 

Okay, I'm done. But with all seriousness, Kurtis and I cannot thank you any more for your kindness and support. 

Now, enjoy yourselves some bright and colourful Brat & Suzie photos. 


4 ways to wear pink jeans

Kurtis called me a couple hours ago and told me that our blog got hacked. Being the naturally hysterical person I am, I almost had a heart attack in the middle of Safeway. To say that Kurtis is a troll is a complete understatement. I'm not sure where he learned his squid tactics from, but either way, I fell for it. Gosh darnit. 

Anyway, right now, it's snowing like mad (my dad said there was supposed to be a blizzard tonight). The snow just keeps coming. I would be happy for this IF we had snow days, but I don't think I've had a single 'snow day' for years now. Even when Edmonton was the coldest place on Earth for a day, school still wasn't called off. Mind you, this was back in high school. Oh, and yes, I guess you can say that we Edmontonians are a little proud about that day, y'know. Only in Canada are you ever proud to be in the coldest place on Earth. 

Anyway, someone Formspring'd me and asked me to do a collage with pink jeans. The jeans I used on Polyvore though are more or less peachy, but just bear with me here. 

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Photobucket Problems

Right now our blog is experiencing some problems right now with Photobucket. A lot of our pictures are not showing up but we are figuring something out right now. So just hold tight and thanks for your patience!

UGH. Photobucket is retarded. Time to switch to a new image host. Sorry for the hideousness that was our blog. We're in the process of moving all our images to imgur (thanks Lauren for the suggestion!)
Y'all are great.. just like these cute puppies.


A horse is not a home

I have no idea why I'm a Chemistry major. I'm just going to start off with that because I really have no clue where to start for this post. Now that I've broken the ice, there are so many topics I can touch on. Just kidding, I'll keep this one relatively short.

Also, I feel the need to over-express my love for my Free People boots. I love them as much as I love the movie Up. I only say this because my brother PVR'd it the other day and I've been watching it on repeat. Honestly, thank goodness for Pixar. Where would my childhood be without Nemo and Toy Story? By the way, who else thought that their toys could move after that movie? I treated mine so well and even took turns hugging them when I went to sleep (I had a monthly rotation going on). Mind you, this was when I was probably 7 years old (so I guess that's last year anyways). I just re-read this paragraph, and all I can say is that it's a perfect representation of my thought process. I don't even comprehend half of what I'm thinking and how I got to thinking about that thing in the first place. I'll just leave it at that before I start taking jibberish again. 

I also never showed you the Jeffrey Campbell platform sandals I bought, so there's a photo down there somewhere in the abyss of photos. T won't be very happy about that purchase...

black high-waisted shorts c/o romwe [link]
white crop top from urban outfitters ($10) 
blue velvet loafers from urban outfitters ($20)
gifted vintage belt
gifted kate spade bag (thanks momma bear)
f21 crystal necklace 

Handclaps & Guitars

The reason why I dress so well is because when I was younger, my mom and my sister would drag me along to shop with them. I would HATE it. Yes, in bold capital letters. I absolutely hated shopping. I would bring my gameboy and play Pokemon until they were done. The child version of me would be disgusted with the person I am today because I love shopping. They have brainwashed me and you know what, I kind of like it. Someone asked me what inspires me to dress the way I do and the answer is: My mom and sister. Their taste for clothing has rubbed off on me as well as their taste for shoes... 

Now that you know where my disease originates from, the outfit I have here shows some symptoms. That plaid shirt with the elbow pads was bought last weekend at Urban Outfitters. The giant circle scarf is from Italy, the J. Crew bag was a Christmas present, the jeans are Naked and Famous and the dress boots are Fred Perry's. The weather really fits this look as it was snowing non-stop that day. Hence Alyssa's photos being in the garage... Have a nice day!