Sunday, July 3, 2011

Parlez-vous Français? And a GHOSTWORLD COLLAR

I haven't been a very dedicated blogger as of late. But there's a reason behind it...I'm in Quebec for a summer French language program! Luckily, I do have an internet connection in my dorm room (which is a single room and very tiny) so I should have more time to blog now that I'm actually here. I could only bring so much clothing, though. Which is probably a good thing, because it means I'll just have to be more creative with what I have. There are also really good vintage and thrift stores (and an H&M, which we don't have in my home province) close by. Therefore, I am excited to go off campus. It's also very hot and muggy here in Eastern Canada. I think I am doomed to have a sweaty brow and upper lip for the next five weeks. Maybe that will just be my new 'thing'.

On another note, I finished my Ghost World Seymour collar the night before I left for Quebec. I have to say I am pretty proud of the result.
I silk screened an image I put together on Photoshop of Steve Buscemi as Seymour from Ghost World onto the collar of a shirt I bought at Good Will for four dollars. Then I cut the collar off and opened up the bottom seam, removed excess fabric and slip stitched it shut.
Wearing my new collar.
An Enid-inspired outfit. Miu Miu-inspired Ghost World Collar, Bad Taste "Killer" t-shirt, Heritage 1981 skirt, Roots socks and thrifted Bass loafers (or lounge slippers. Whatever you want to call them).
Outfit Inspiration.

Me again.
Bass loafers. I had been dying to get a pair of Rachel Antonoff Bass shoes or a good pair of loafers and then the other day at Value Village, just sitting on the shelf in the size six women's shoes section, were these babies. Bass for just seven dollars.

The view from my dorm room. There are so many trees and the topography is a very hilly. We have nothing like that in the prairies.
I don't know if any of you noticed the increase in my photo quality. Well, they are much better quality, in case you hadn't... That's because I finally got a brand spanking new camera. It is gorgeous and I am guarding it with my life.
These pictures suck because they are taken using my web cam.

 I took Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth with me to read on the plane and in my spare time. I've always felt that the amount of pressure on women to look a certain way and fit into an accepted standard of beauty (one which few women are "lucky" enough to possess ) was unfair, but I had never really considered the extent to which women are oppressed by said standard. To tell the truth, I have never been extremely conscious of women's issues or considered myself a feminist, but reading this book is really opening up my eyes. As I was reading it on the plane, I found myself getting mad. But a good mad. A mad that is productive.
Some lighter reading for the trip. My friend gave me this book last year and I was supposed to read it and pass it on to my other two friends. I never did, but it's never too late.

A wonky and cool-looking mirror in my dorm room.
This song always makes me think of the prairies. It's a good kind of homesick.


  1. I've always wanted to live in Canada (I have no idea where the obsession came from) but I've never visited, sadly. I didn't realize it actually gets hot up there! Incredible! :P Anyway, that collar is badass. Did you steam iron the ink on? That's the only way I've ever done anything similar.

    Castle Fashion

  2. Also I love this line: "As I was reading it on the plane, I found myself getting mad. But a good mad. A mad that is productive."

    :D I feel like that quite often.

  3. Yes, it gets quite hot up here during the summer! I ironed the design after printing it, but I didn't use any steam. :)

  4. Mais oui, je parle un peu de français ahaha my french is a lot better than this but I would never be confident in taking a summer course in it! I'm might even drop it as a subject next year... ANYWAY. This post is amazing. And so you should be pleased with the result, the collar looks amazing. Would love to see a silkscreen tutorial although I'm sure I'll find some on google so don't worry yourself! Great book recommendations, I shall check them out. I feel like reading 'The Feminine Mystique' and 'The Female Eunuch' as well as the new book by Caitlin Moran called 'How To Be a Woman' to scrub on my feminism. Fancy camera too, but webcam's always quite good for quick pics right. LOVE YOUR OUTFIT. It's great - you really managed to pull off Enid at her best and those Bass loafers are lush. I'd love to get some Bass saddle shoes... doubt I'll have any luck here in London. J'espère que ton cours en français est bon et qu'il tu jouis ça :) xxx

  5. i love your skirt and your collar. Slik screening! I've wanted to try that forever :( i hope I get round to it sometime :( thanks for the comment and sorry it took me so long to reply :(

  6. Just searching google for ghost world related stuff,and oh my jeeez I wandered onto your blog!How groovy! I love your ghost world inspired outfit,and the collar is really very good.
    Will be following ^.^

  7. ps the beauty myth book sounds an interesting read

  8. love your collar! the skirt is darling.the loafers are so cute and the the white bobby socks are the perfect and only thing to wear with them