Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing. - Harriet Braiker

Sunday, January 31, 2010
First off, I totally adore the awkwardness of this video. The hesitant facial expressions, the dorky dance moves.. all of it. It makes them so human. And it was shot at Jean Paul Gaultier's house. He looks like a sly cheshire cat at the beginning. Oh sorry, did I mention Dragonette was Canadian? Yea, she is kick ass.

I am totally impressed with a few etsy shops I have come across. I saw a thread on the TFS and decided to waste some time clicking links. This shop is pretty amazing: reddoll. I can post more of my favourite shops if you would like. I have 6 saved on my bookmark bar.

I have taken my new minimalist obsession and applied it to my macbook and iphone. I've deleted most of my apps, and kept only the 20 songs I listen to constantly (this month). As for my macbook, there are no folder/icons on the screen, and I cleaned up my dock. This makes me feel so relaxed...

And I'm aware this is tres late, but here are a few of my favourite shots of the Chanel Couture Collection. My friend H told me to take a look at it, so I actually spent a couple days getting back into my girly side in order to appreciate it to my full capacity. The collection makes me think of Harajuku girls sent to study in France, during the early 1900's. I totally dig that.

images taken from absolutely oblivious

Tis all for now my lovelies! Thank you for all the sweet comments. TTYS

Pity the man who inherits a million and isn't a millionaire. -Jim Rohn

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Hey guys, this is going to be a discombobulated post because I have a lot of things I want to mention.

First off, here are the doc marten-esque shoes I mentioned last post- they would be the only ones I'd slip my feet into. Keep in mind, I'm not a fan of dm's. I'm far too skinny for them, leading me to resemble a wannabe BAMF clown. However, these seem remarkably workable if bought in half a size too small. -source unknown

Next order of business.. My hair is not growing fast enough. I know, I'm so narcissistic. Why is it always about you Chantelle? Phooey. Look at these filles. Especially the one with disturbingly long, beautiful wavy (golden..hence angelic?) hair. That bastard. -source unknown

Can I get a 'hell ya' from my former and current ballerinas? I'm telling you.. It would be completely impractical to dance in these [V&R creations], but the fun factor would hit 11 on a 10.0 scale. 'Oh moi? I'm just pirouette-ing through life, swinging tutus over shoulders, and partaking in laser wars.'
- source: tobaccoandleather

I've been obsessing over the minimalist life lately. Maybe for the wrong reasons. I'll never give up consumption, or reduce my dietary repertoire to tasteless meals and a box of bananas. [I may have exaggerated a tad, but you get my gist]. However, a minimalist's ability to reduce his or her material needs to the core basics is fascinating. There is no clutter anywhere. Not in their make-up bags, not inside their closets, not in their cars, not even under their bathroom sinks. Voilà, that is what I would like to achieve. I have taken my wardrobe clean up to a whole new level; I've been chucking sweaters, and jackets and jeans out nearly every day.... and lets not get started on the beauty products- 80% are in the poubelle. Anywho, my point was: getting rid of all this crap is goddamn liberating! Here's one blog on the minimalist lifestyle: mnmlist.
- image source: google

Lastly, and most importantly, is the .Free Clothing Haiti Benefit Tee - 100% of the proceeds from these shirts will go to the relief effort in Haiti. The company is donating to lifeline missions. I sincerely urge you to check out the website and buy one of these tops (gray or blue). I'll be purchasing mine after I pay my visa bill tomorrow afternoon. The shirts are wearable, and even if they're not your style, you can slip yours on to clean/exercise/sleep/buy groceries. Don't think of this as money wasted! A big thank you to lauren for sending me an e-mail about .Free Clothing, and snapping some sexy-mofo pics for my blog post!


I'd like to know what you guys think about the new layout- I told you I became obsessed with the minimalist look! I'll be getting around to posting up links on my sidebar for those who requested. You probably noticed my "reactions" buttons are gone. I don't think they blend well with the layout, however, they were a great of gauging lazy people's thoughts. And yes, I do realize they made it easier to get negative feedback, but it was I who provided that option on purpose. Constructive criticism! Now you must write it! Adieu, the small font hides the vastness of this post.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010
  I can't stop thinking about Tisci's Pre-Fall 2010 for Givenchy. I think I could wear these pieces for the next ten years. I really admire that, because it motivates one to invest!

These following two are my absolute faves! I actually have the one on the right saved as my desktop background. I feel like dumping out my closet and replacing it with a clean cut and sophisticated, black white and grey wardrobe.

My next post will be on the only pair of Doc Marten-esque boots I'd ever wear, and how you can help with Haiti relief. I also joined formspring, so you guys can ask me questions anonymously here. See you on the other side!
image source: TFS

NOTE: Tell me if you want an invite to TFS, or if you want to be linked on my sidebar. I like doing things in one shot. I'm unique like that. And thank you damsel for the html links!

Now Pretend I'm Not Here *poof*

Monday, January 25, 2010
Alright this is the last flickr account I have saved: Anna Inghardt
Does anyone have more suggestions for other flickr accounts I may like? I love the quality of photos you can load off the site. And since half these girls have a thing for photography the pictures are usually unique with great lighting.

Have you noticed that all these girls from the past three posts (inc. this one) are gorgeous?
Anyway, lets turn the tables on you lasses. What are you guys up to? Tell me. I'm interested.

PS. Does anyone know the html code that will put my twitter posts in normal font, instead of the widget? I like how it looks on blushingambition  and fashiontoast. Tips?

I keep forgetting to post TITLES!

Saturday, January 23, 2010
First of all, I want to share a nice video that ashton kutcher tweeted about. Made me smile.
And the colours are so pretty.

I bookmarked a lot of flickr accounts a few days ago; here's a second favourite of mine: bitterlemon

Oh man, I was contemplating on getting a flickr account whilst choosing what pictures to post.. then I realized "Wait. I do have a FLICKR account. Merde." I seriously womp at posting photos. I like looking at pretty things, recreating them on my own is so much pressure. OHHH THE PRESSURE. Haha.. and I tend to be quite the lazy bugger. C'est la vie!

Oh and I'm trying to find this Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask that everyone and their grandmother seems to be using. I hear it's dirt cheap and quite effective [annnd that I may be able to nab one at Sally's in Toronto for a measly 5 bucks]. I've got nothing to lose! Also,I'm thinking about putting together a hair post soon, since I may be one of the very few people that uses the products I do. Anywho, peace punch captain crunch! I'm out homies!

Pretty Pink Pictures =D

Friday, January 22, 2010
Check out Sandra Beijer's flickr account. It's freakin' beautiful!


I want your ugly. I want your disease.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
  I follow a wicked beauty guru on youtube who has the suavest voice in the world - Michelle Phan, for my fellow youtube addicts. Not the point, what I meant to say was 'Michelle has a wicked video on the Bad Romance Goo-Goo eyes make-up.' You should check it out if you're curious as to how they did the look, and graphically enhanced her features. I thought it was the bee's knees. 
[Side note: I checked out Lady Gaga's interview with Oprah, and teared up comme un bébé. *sniff sniff* I love weird people.]

Image source: google, dazed digital, chelseanico
PS. I'm going to change my layout again, so if you happen to load the page and it's kinda funky looking.. then it's just moi fiddling around. Wait a few seconds and I'll most likely have it fixed.

Update: Here's a parody of the michelle phan video I just posted. I thought it was quite drole!

J'aime Topshop -> [now insert broken heart here 'cuz Canada is Topshop-less]

Saturday, January 16, 2010
I'm in love with the spring collection for Topshop. 
I've posted my favourites from, along with a few quirky links I found fun/interesting.

+ Top 9 ways for personal re-invention click here.
+ One seriously bad-ass anesthesiologist.
+ The most delish food blog I've come across:
smitten kitchen. Warning: You may feel the urge to cook, right away
+ What's Victoria's Secret? 3-4 hours of make-up and hair, plus 5 artists to a model. click*
+ Want to brush up on your français? Read french blogs with pretty photos. 
+ Marc and Angel Hack Life. I like their petit post on 'productive positivity'.

+ I had quite a few e-mails from the PR company of Zadig et Voltaire telling me about their sample sales. Unfortunately, I live in the wrong country. I did, however, like a few of their pieces.
TeuxDeux = a really cute online to-do list. Check it out. No pun intended.. oh who am I kidding. INTENDED!
[This is actually my favourite look - the chains around her frilly socks
just kill me. I think she looks so adorable. ^-^]

'Tis all for tonight!

Mae West: "I speak two languages, Body and English."

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

 Alright, I'm de-stressed now that I have completed my first exam of the semester. Thank goodness that is out of the way! While I was studying I did quite a bit of webspace browsing [during my breaks of course], and I inevitably ended up at galadarling. I swear to you, anyone can find at least one interesting piece of information on her website, or a fun link to wander off to- her carousel posts are AMAZING. I always go to Gala for my time busters (she even has her own podcasts.. yeah.. she's the King).
Anywho, one of the links I want to share with you from her latest carousel was Daniel Laporte. She has a self-realization blog called White Hot Truth, and it's packed with information that will affect they way you go about life more than my fascination with pictures will. A little self-deprecation I'm aware, but alas it is the truth. I liked her "list of things to stop doing" idea- I'm going to make one myself this weekend.
The second link is to the the 8 Irresistible Principles of Fun. I wanted to embed the video into this post but it wouldn't allow me. I love #5. I'm saving this video to watch every two weeks. I always find self-help anything loses its effectiveness 14 days after you've read or watched 'it', so I always keep something encouraging and inspiring on my desktop to see everyday.
You guys know I love Youtube and all, so I'm sharing another love: Daniel. He makes me laugh. H and moi spent an hour or so last summer looking at his past vlogs (can you believe it was that long ago already, H? Jeezuss!) I love his rants on nightclubs. And Youtube.. I looove Youtube; it's unhealthy, really.
In case you want to see the coco and stam video, click here
And lastly, some eye-gasms from Jak and Jil.
That's all for now. 

Image source: galadarling, weheartit, jak&jil