Sunday, 20 November 2011

Page Fifty Nine The Dalston Darlings

It's been a very very long time since my last post. I am excited to say, this is my first post as a resident of London England and there are sooo many exciting things I see every day that I want to blog about. In the beginning... The blog was my way of showing that Vancouver has fashionable people and that I happen to know some very stylish girls and guys and I wanted to prove we're not all TNA pants and Ugg boots... dear god. Anyways, recently Vancouver was voted in the top ten least fashionable cities in the world by GQ Magazine. I tried.

Now I'm in London, and with no doubt there is fashion and style being created in every corner of the city. My first day at my job at the hair salon and I found myself three stores down for Stephen Jones' Millinery Shop...I was stunned to say the least. Beautiful creations only to be seen by appointment accept for a few displayed in the window.

So, if you haven't heard of WI (Women's Institute,) it's a British, community-based organisation for women originally formed in 1915 for women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. It is now the largest women’s voluntary organisation in the UK and includes learning about all kinds of things like martini making, hoola hooping and scrap-booking which is what we learned about in my first meeting. Getting to the good part... the girls involved are amazing! They have so much personal style and are adorable London girls with head scarves and hands loaded with rings and lace dresses and long skirts and boots that have been perfectly worn in and red lips and vintage bags. They're magnificent. The meetings take place at a little cafe in East London. They do a wonderful job of having delicious (seriously delicious) cake and tea. Each tea cup is different and mis-matched to saucers and real silver tea spoons make the whole evening feel special. As the cafe is not too far from Christopher Kane's studio, and one of the girl's who leads the group is friends with him (of course) he may be guest speaking at one of the meetings! I'll be sure to have pictures of that, however in the mean time.. please enjoy.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Page Fifty-eight Vancouver Represent

Today my brother gave me this. Leah Gregg, a local Vancouver photographer, was showing a few weeks ago, and he picked up this cloth bag for me with some of her images on them. These ones are shot in Vancouver's China town and apparently some or even all of her photos are taken on her iphone! I do love photography, I think, if you love fashion, you must love photography. It is particularly pleasing to see my own city portrayed so artistically. Check out her flickr page here .

Friday, 29 April 2011

Page Fifty-seven Obakki

Myself and Nikole

There was an episode on Sex and the City where Carrie caught Big coming out of church with his mom and then later expressed how she loved it and the idea of Church fashion and elegance. Last night me and the girls (Nikole, Nikki and Robyn) went to the Obakki Fall 2011 show at St. Andrews Church in Vancouver We waited for the doors to open, in high heels and flowing dresses, skirts, bows and sparkles, satin, coats and sunglasses and every other accessory,and then the doors opened and we all took our seats in the pews. The smell of incense and candles burning (clusters of them glowing up the corners of the stage) were somewhat nostalgic and magical. The show itself was nothing short of spectacular. Completely wearable, elegant, sexy, feminine and flattering, and the audience admired each piece, keeping a mental shopping list. Proceeds of the event, and the brands primary focus, goes to the Obakki Foundation, an organization supporting many humanitarian causes. A film at the end of the show was beautifully presented, showing people in Africa and our connection to them,further emphasizing their role in the fashion industry and reminding the audience that Obakki the brand, is more than just a fashion label. Visit the website here and watch the show and view the collection for yourself.

Page Fifty-six S & M

Fall 2011/2012 Paris Fashion Shows have been presented and today I spent over an hour flipping through the magazines reading about inspirations and absorbing all the fabrics and details. The colour palettes were deep jewel tones like plum (almost maroon) and jade green, as well as earthy browns and golds, and black not suprising for fall. What was suprising however, were the bondage details and fetish inspired pieces. Leather panels and strips were intricately constructed and bound. Layers of either tulle or feathers softened the hard edge of fabric and metal fasteners. Here, Viktor & Rolf, Ann Demeulemeester, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton.

Realistically, Fall is going to arrive, and I doubt I will have a Givenchy dress in my closet... but a well constructed leather jacket is always a staple... I did buy leggings from H&M last year, black with black leather panels on the thigh. Sometimes when you rework these things you can reinvent them... I think this will be one of those pieces. I also thought the heavy boot would be a one season thing... as I thought we beat to death the Kate Moss roadie-chic look this past winter, but it looks like the Doc Martin boots will still be in! I can't say I'm not excited about that. Anything with edge or attitude or a bit of "I don't care," I like. However, while we're on the subject, I almost always revert back to a London girl, more 60's A-line with big round buttons and what-not.

Monday, 18 April 2011

Page Fifty-three Vintage Sex

Peter Dundas presented his Fall 2011 collection for Emilio Pucci recently and to no suprise,it was stunning! A combination of riding, regal and robust the show emanated sophistication and sex. Curves and cut outs reminded me of what once was considered shocking and sensual. Somehow music videos and the urge to push the boundaries created a new type of barely there sexy that went from mini skirts just below the croch to only wearing a bathing suit, to simply...bras and bootie shorts.

What about toe cleavage? The symbolic touches of almost revealing something... My personal opinion is to pick top or bottom... you show breasts? you go conservative on the leges, and vice versa. Peter Dundas completely understands. The proportions and fit make each outfit flattering, feminine and powerful! As always, his prints were incredible and were also uniquely translated through burn out dresses and lace. Beading and luxuriousness, I'm certain, can only truly be experienced and understood up close so I encourage you to at least take a further look at the collection on

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

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Page fifty-two Universal Change

I've decided to rework my blog and essentially my objective in social media. The new name.... "stellar outfit." I thought for weeks about a new name, going back and forth, getting excited and getting sick of it again. I have a major connection to the Universe and it's energy. For some reason I have always been interested in horoscopes, spells, constellations and magic! The minute I looked at Vogue's (UK) December 2010 issue, I immediately became inspired. The new direction for this blog is a bit more thought provoking. I will be spending more time analyzing runway shows and style trends as well as showing interior design loves and any other creative visual candy! Thank you so much to those of you who follow me and for continuing to follow me under a little construction! Also, if it's bookmarked, please remember to change the site to

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Page fifty-one I prefer "inexpensive"

New!! Spring/Summer 2011 ads from Cheap Monday, posted by one of my favorite stores, Vincent Park. Next paycheck I'm going. I will report back to you what I couldn't afford to buy but did anyways. Also, if you haven't been, you definitely should. At the very least they have a photo booth for goodness sakes!
Here is one of the photos I see more, visit ....they're no longer on wordpress, this is their lovely website!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Page fourty-nine Chelsie again

She thinks she bought this off of E-bay...vintage I's almost art deco, the stitching in the front, and the design of the tights. I love how the fabric of vintage clothes looks like upholstery you might see on a couch. Those little balls that make the texture seem less mass produced. The earrings are pheasant or something, but with the same brown and earthy neutral tones as in the dress. God I love her!! how can you not look at the full picture of her laughing and not want to be friends??? or at least stare at her outfits in class...hahah!

Page fourty-eight Chelsie Lately

I love the girls who stand out amongst all the valley girls and top 40 lovers and even the ones who, although they look put together, bought their entire outfit from Aritzia... Chelsie just began the fashion merchandising program this term. I like her dark hair, her glasses and her almost "Thelma" from Scooby Doo-like qualities...I always thought she was the hotter one anyways.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Page fourty-five Rue Amelie

She left a little confused and tired from all her Interior Design homework, but she came back looking completely confident, self aware and sexy pretty Euro-beautiful!! Amelie D'anjou went to Paris. She brought back with her...a cape, a soft pink quilted Chanel-ish purse and this beautiful black lace and off white chiffon dress! And on her feet, black boots. Edgy but with a victorian style detail stitched on them...laces loosely done up...perfect. The thing with going to Europe, is that you dress up! It's almost hard to explain unless you've been. When you're there, everyone dresses up...and I don't mean decked out to the nines...I mean, they put thought, they express themselves and even their dressed down is dressed up, with a scarf or accessories or their hair is done or whatever. It's so nice. So so nice. Then you come back home and for a while, you still have this ingrained mentality of putting on a dress, and adding some sort of fashionable or stylish edge to yourself...could be bangs, lipstick, paint your nails....the thing is, you dress for style, not for sexy...that's what it is! Anyways, I love love love this outfit! and I'm excited to see the other outfits she brought back for herself!

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Page fourty-four school casual

Page fourty-three all the way from...

All the way from Scottland! My dear friend Jess. I don't know one person who doesn't love to receive a parcel or a package with little pressies inside! All the stamps and handwritten addresses...the more clutter on the package, the better it is! Inside...wrapped in vintage floral fabric with a rusty orange bow and polite little greeting tags were the most delightful treats! a paneled necklace with jewels! a magnet that says "love love love," and a luggage tag with a cute little winking face like betty boop or something! is that a hint?? the luggage tag?? It doesn't take much to lure me back to the United Kingdom...Anyways...Thank you! thank you! it's so nice to have so many friends who "get me."

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Page fourty-two love in your eyes

I'm still loving my red hair! every time I pull a strand in front of my face I can't believe it's my own...but it's fun! for me it's good cause I usually don't wear a lot of colour, so it brightens things up and actually provokes me to consider wearing more colour. My sunglasses are one of those pieces I feel Main Street cool in. They're vintage and have iridescent hearts on them. You could say they're pretty rad...cause they are.