Posts Tagged ‘fashion’

Like I give a frock

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I like pretty things and have wondering eyes, so when I was over at my sister-in-law’s one night, I spied a very nice looking book and naturally, I started flipping through it. I COULDN’T STOP READING IT. I laughed out loud at many parts, my eyes got big at the beautiful pictures, and I kept saying “I’m going to buy this”. This book is so good, it made me almost anti-social. You see, I was over for a games night, and I placed the book conveniently by my side so I could go through it when it wasn’t my turn. I know, right? That’s a bit wrong.

Well, as you can see, since I put the picture first, the book is called “Like I Give a Frock”. The fabulous imaginary friend brought to life by Chloe Quigley and Daniel Pollock and beautifully illustrated  by Kat Macleod. Michi is quite the character, full of helpful little tidbits and opinions. She says some pretty funny stuff, mainly about fashion, sometimes about the weather.  And although I don’t necessarily share all her likes and dislikes, I do see the truth in what she’s offering. She also has a lovely website here.

I think the best thing about Michi is that she appreciates fashion but also questions & pokes fun at it. Which, in my opinion, is what it should be all about!

I just love how this book is laid out into the 4 seasons. And in addition to the amazing drawings, there’s also some crafty collage, mixed media bits that make it so eye-candy-wonderful that as I’m typing this, I’ve paused,  flipped through it, then kind of “ooh’d and aah’d” in my head. This book is really a sexy and pretty piece of art. Back and front is printed onto this cloth-like material that really suits the aesthetic of the book.

There are too many favourite bits for me in this book. But here’s a couple that I enjoy:

“There’s no such thing as the ‘new black'” – Darth Vader

to blouse. verb. The act of trying on clothes that you have absolutely no intention (or means) of purchasing; ‘I’d love to purchase this beautiful Miu Miu top but unfortunately I left my car in my car, which is currently on my boat. So today I’m just blousing thank you.’ “

Word on the street is, you can get this at Anthropologie. But I just got mine on good ol’ Amazon. Please support this wonderful book!

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Everybody’s a winner at WINNERS

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

I was away for awhile. I went to Melbourne, Australia. It was great there. I want to go back again soon, live there for a bit. The shopping was great too, however, just a tad bit expensive for the some of the things I liked! Anyway, I’m rambling…basically I’m trying to say that being away made me avoid this addiction I have. This addiction called WINNERS. WINNERS is the kind of lucky dip that is worth it…you’ll always come out with something that is a) a bargain, b) one of a few or c) both. Granted, WINNERS isn’t for everyone.  It can be too overwhelming with its abundance of things. Housewares, children’s, men’s, women’s, intimates, jewelry. There is something for everyone. And if you don’t look carefully, you might get scooped by someone else or just miss something altogether. Also, you need time. WINNERS isn’t a drive-by shopping excursion. You need ample time to enjoy the experience.

I have my favourite locations. The Laird one is great for bags and shoes. But the College one could make me go into debt forever. I pray that I never end up working around that location. I spent so much time there yesterday that I crossed over lunchtime and the line was INSANE. Yet fast and efficient. Oh yes, the College WINNERS’ crew knows how to work the lunch rush.

Seriously, I’m pinching pennies right now and I had no business being in there. Knowing how little self-control I have, knowing that I have this addiction, I rationalized to myself like a proper addict. “But I’m RIGHT in the area and it’s so rare that I actually go to the College location (knowing how dangerously tempting it is but also that it’s not the most convenient location)”. I convinced myself successfully. But the worst was that it was all premeditated. I KNEW I was going to be in the area the night before & I actually planned it so that I had enough time to look around before my next appointment. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.

Soooo…just wanted to share some pics of things I liked.

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