Monday, February 21, 2011

fierce: on and off screen


The season premiere aired just this past Friday and I'm still raving about it. It's so rare to find a show that is written, acted, and directed so well as Being Human. I truly hope everyone who reads this may have a chance to watch this show. Plus the British accents are quite awesome as well. ;)

Anyways, I've been reading Tim Gunn's book titled, "Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style." Most of you most likely know him as the helpful instructor from Project Runway. One of the sections from his book that really intrigued me was all about fashion mentors. These are people who inspire your style and you can relate to them. I've noticed from friends and such that people tend to copy celebrities styles, rather than create they're own outfits that pay homage to they're style mentor. Note: a mentor does not have to be super  famous.
As I was pondering who my style mentor would be, many people came up, such as Zooey Deschanel, Anna Paquin, Lenora Crichlow, and even Lady Gaga.

Zooey Deschanel has been in some of my fave movies, like Elf, 500 Days of Summer, and Tin Man. I love her 50s style and, of course, her adorable hairstyle. I love that retro look!

Anna Paquin's southern style on True Blood is really cute, but I also love her red carpet looks. She has worn several Alexander McQueen looks, including the one shown above, and always seems to take fashion risks. She's the kind of person who doesn't care what any fashion critic says, because she knows she looks good.

I couldn't help but put Lenora Crichlow from Being Human in here. Like my other fashion mentors, she has taken risks and worn an awesome McQueen dress. Also, she's not super skinny like many actresses tend to be, and she knows how to dress her body well. Gotta love the brits!

Perhaps one of the biggest risk takers ever known, Lady Gaga always influences me greatly. She seriously doesn't care what people think about her style. I personally am always fascinated by her outfits. It's funny how people say they dislike what she wears and blah blah blah blah, but are they fashion risk-takers? I think not. If they really cared so much about what Gaga wears, they would've been her stylist.

And as my rant comes to an end, I urge you to find your fashion mentors. It seems like a great task to complete, but really it's quite fun! I found out quite some about myself and my mentors through my research.
Good Luck! ;)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

time-wasters, fashion philosophy, and true fandom

More about fashion I suppose....

I submitted two more designs to Garmz so please, please, please vote for my designs!
Here's my 50s inspired prom dress:

And here's my Egyptian inspired prom gown:
If my designs get enough votes, they might even be made into actual clothing pieces! Which would be awesome ;)

Anyways, another cool fashion website is Polyvore, where you can create customized outfits for whatever theme you choose. It's really cool and neat, but at times can be kinda a time-waster, like garmz.

On that note, I have been on lookville recently and posted some questions... I swear, some of the people on that site are so serious about fashion. Why not be crazy with your outfits a little? People don't seem to realize that fashion is about taking risks and surprising you with unique and new ideas that have never been seen before. Unfortunately, some people do not understand that and choose to believe that only trends of the moment can be "fashionable." Those people need to save themselves before they start looking like they walked out of Wet Seal. (hint hint)

What to talk about now... hmmm.... I'll think of something eventually...

BEING HUMAN COMES BACK ON THE 19TH IN THE U.S. I am soooo excited :)
If you haven't seen that show you better start now. Like NOW... It is so good.

Oh, and I have been watching the American Being Human on Syfy as well. I like it, but it's not as awesome as the British one. Even though Josh the werewolf is quite funny. ;)

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Haven't talked about music in a while! Here we gooooooo....

I love Pandora. It's a super well-known website that makes customized radio stations based on your favorite artists, songs, etc. I favorite stations are Ok Go, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Ting Tings, Miss Li, and Vampire Weekend. Of course, I have numerous other stations, but those are the main ones I listen to.
I have bought so many of the songs that come up on Pandora, it's awesome! Here are some of my fave artists that I found from listening to Pandora:

I've had their "Oh No" album for quite some years, and a lot of Ok Go's other songs come up constantly on Pandora. Not only is they're music awesome, but they take fashion risks. ;) I love their songs, especially: "This Too Shall Pass," "C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips," and "This Will Be Our Year." Ooooh and "WTF" too.

You might not recognize her name, but you will definately recognize Regina Spektor's music. In fact, her songs "Us" and "Hero" were featured in 500 Days of Summer. I'm pretty sure her music was also on Ugly Betty numerous times, but I'm not sure. I love "Radio" and "Fidelity" by her, also.

The Fratellis have been extremely popular in Europe (esp. the U.K.) but only somewhat in the U.S. You probably know they're song "Chelsea Dagger." I love "Flathead," "Whistle for the Choir," and "Baby Fratelli" too. Also, they are partly named after the villainous famiy from The Goonies! '80s movie reference!

Ok, so Daft Punk is super well-known to pretty much anybody under the age of 30. At first, I didn't really like they're songs all that much, but now I truely understand them. Plus, they're so futuristic. I love "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."

Dan Black is most well-known for his hit single "Symphonies," which fuses the addictive beat from "Umbrella" by Rihanna and Jay-Z, and the clean, crisp voices from a choir. Not only are his songs unique and interesting, but also Black's album covers are quite awesome. "Life Slash Dreams" and "Let Go" and pretty cool too. ;)

Zee Avi uses her Borneo roots to influence her cute songs about love, life, and fun. I love her song, "Kantoi," mostly because I can't really understand what it says, but it sounds really neat. She's like Taylor Swift, but awesomer and unique-er.

Anya Marina is an actress, singer, songwriter, and comic. Her songs constantly come up on Pandora for me (under the Miss Li station), and I especially love her song "Move You." Also, her voice makes her music quite unique.

Lastly, Vermillion Lies is perhaps the least-known group out of this list of performers. They're quirky and crazy songs remind the listener of a Tim Burton movie set under a circus big top. I love "Circus Fish" and "Circus Apocalypse" by the duo. Whenever I hear they're songs I just have to sing along and participate in the awesome kookiness.

There ya go! Please, please listen to these awesome singers and bands.