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These images are totaly unrelated to this blog post, but I wanted to share with you my favrouite ever post-Cristobal Balenciaga collection. I tried some of this stuff on in Stockholm in 2005 (this is FW05) and of course I couldn’t afford it but I still dream of owning the duffle coat on the left.
Ever since I was born I could pick up a pencil and draw. The first thing I drew was a high heel I saw in a newspaper. Everyone loved it. All for the rest of my life I have been into fashion and drawing. I feel like I was made for this! When I was in middle school I was made fun of because of my talent and what I want to be. I am now 18 and in college hoping to transfer to Kent State next summer! I feel like I’m nowhere because my family is poor, I live in Michigan, I have no internships, and I have no contacts. The only person I met in the industry was a photographer named Tony from Vogue.
My parents are steering me away from fashion design because they say it’s not good for me. But I feel like they don’t understand. They think I want to be like Russel Simmons or Kimora Lee Simmons but no! I want to be like or surpass McQueen, Pugh, and Margiela. I have these visions and ideas of things people in the fashion business have never done. I want to revive the days of 90′s couture shows like Mugler. It’s just I feel it’s a bit too late. I just want to know is it too late? Or if it isn’t how do I start or where do I go to start? I’d really appreciate the feedback. I’m more determined than anybody!!! Thank you for reading.
This is such a touching letter, and the first thing I will say is that it is ABSOLUTELY NOT TOO LATE! You are only 18! EIGHTEEN! You have barely started! I will also say that you are right to think it is going to be difficult, but so many designers started like you, and made it. It sounds like you have the determination you will need.
I found this shocking article on Friday on USA Today, it is about a man who has lined up in front of Best Buy ten days before their Black Friday sale was scheduled to begin.
What is wrong with people? Can a savings of a few hundred dollars really be worth camping outside a store for over a week? Even more crazy is that some people do this for the social aspect, which is unbelievably sad. And the worst part? One said he wasn’t even sure what he was going to buy!
The concept of Black Friday sales is good in some ways, and bad in others. I like that you can buy stuff on sale before Christmas (unlike Canada and Europe where the sales start after Christmas) but things have gotten totally out of hand in recent years. Last year some stores were opening at midnight on Thanksgiving, and this year, sales are starting at 6pm. Thanksgiving is one of the US’s only four day weekends, and with their pathetic annual holiday entitlement, it is supposed to be time spent with family. I can’t imagine leaving Thanksgiving dinner with family early to head out to the shops to buy a TV. Has consumer culture become so crazy that people are willing to camp outside in winter, during the holidays, to save a few dollars? It is pathetic.
(And in case you are wondering, I will be participating in Black Friday sales, The Sleep Shirt will be offering discounts on most stock, and I will be buying a new computer. But this will all be online, which is a much, much more civilized way to shop.)
Over the past few years I’ve learnt two very important things about shampoo and conditioner. The first is to find the product that works best for you, and the second is not to use that one product exclusively. My scalp problems have meant that I’m best off using a specialty brand of shampoo and conditioner, but I’ve noticed that it completely loses effectiveness if I don’t switch it up occasionally. So my secondary product is Moroccanoil‘s Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. I was given a sample a year back to try out, and I was shocked. It actually did what it said on the bottle.
I noticed extra volume after a wash, which was very exciting for a limp-hair-head like me. I also like that you don’t need a lot of this product, I use a very small amount and with enough water, it lathers up beautifully. I’ve been using it for over a year and am only into my second set. And like most of my favourite products, this is sulphate-free, phosphate-free and paraben-free.
As a blogger and fashion writer, I get a lot of free cosmetics and beauty products. Every year at Christmas I take all of the unopened and unused products and donate them to the Howe Sound Women’s Center, who provides assistance for women in my area. This year I took this a bit further and reached out to some of my favourite beauty brands to donate a small collection of products. Thank you Moroccanoil for sending over a beautiful selection of hair products for my donation to the Howe Sound Women’s Center.
Buy this online for $24 a bottle (and well worth it!)
This is a really interesting quote from an in-depth interview Marc Jacobs did with WWD.
WWD: We all agree that fashion isn’t about need, yet people do clip into need mode when evaluating the runway.
Marc Jacobs: There is no absolute. I might ask Nick, who works with me, “I need three new T-shirts, would you order them from American Apparel?” But I wouldn’t go into Prada or Comme des Garçons like, “Gee, I need a floral coat in fur.” It’s a different conversation if you’re a fashion person. I need to eat, but do I need to eat a five-course meal with edible flowers around the plate? That’s probably not what I need in terms of nourishment, but it’s delicious.
Two very interesting points being made here, the first in the question about how catwalk shows are evaluated based on need. It is very true – many critics and writers (myself included) look at fashion shows and often decide whether the clothes are good based on whether people should have, or need, them. But in reality, most of us looking at these shows don’t need any new clothes, and no one ever NEEDS an $8,000 coat. So it is almost a joke that we go around taking these shows so seriously, because no one needs any of this stuff – the only people who need us to buy clothes are the ones who work for the brands or supply chain and need to get a salary to feed themselves.
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Poo~Pourri actually has a product called Trap-A-Crap. Yikes.
Subject Line: Thought You Might Like This….. (Really? Why did you think I would like this crap – pardon the pun – because it is not really in line with ANYTHING I EVER BLOG ABOUT)
The Product: Poo~Pourri, a toilet bowl spray to get rid of bathroom odours. (Any products with the word “poo” in the title are bad news, as far as I’m concerned.)
The Details: When it’s time to use the loo, there is only one Before-You-Go bathroom spray (Yes, there IS really only one Before-You-Go bathroom spray – because no one else makes one – it’s a ridiculous product) that is specially tailored to put bad odors in their place. Poo~Pourri (didn’t the whole pot pourri trend end about fifteen years ago? It is the kind of thing sixty year olds have sitting around their house in antique dishes.) has what it takes to tame even the mightiest of bathrooms and leave it smelling like roses thanks to its special formula of natural essential oils.
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