Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Hi ladies!

    The lovely Amber- from Signorelli- contacted me last week to set up a reader giveaway. I chose the 'LIV GRN' tee worn by Halle Berry in the picture below. The contest rules are simple: just leave comment, 'enter me' will suffice, and I'll pick the winner using a random number generator. There's ONE restriction: US RESIDENTS only. I know, pain in the bum since many of you are from Canada, Australia, Spain...and UK & Germany (thank you Google Analytics!), but c'est la vie. Anyway, the contest will end on Sept 6, 2010. I'll create a link in the sidebar in case you want to come back and enter a second time. Cheers!

Signorelli is clearly associated with the environmental movement, but it also works in conjunction with SEVERAL other charities; the most notable ones are dedicated to African aid (clean water, schools, etc) & Breast Cancer research. For a full list click here.

Just to reiterate..
Contest deadline: Sept 6, 2010
Rules: Leave a comment to enter
Restrictions: US Residents only


Fashion Tries on Zero Waste Design -

Saturday, August 14, 2010
This article on 'zero-waste' fashion design got me so excited! Oh, how the past comes back to mock us! But first, a few excerpts that I found particularly interesting:

     Zero-waste design strives to create clothing patterns that leave not so much as a scrap of fabric on the cutting room floor. This is not some wacky avant-garde exercise; it’s a way to eliminate millions of tons of garbage a year. Apparel industry professionals say that about 15 to 20 percent of the fabric used to produce clothing winds up in the nation’s landfills because it’s cheaper to dump the scraps than to recycle them.
      One way to eliminate waste is to create a garment pattern — with gussets, pockets, collars and trims — that fits together like a puzzle. Such designers favor certain cutting techniques with names like the “jigsaw cut” (from Mr. Liu) and “subtraction cutting” (from Mr. Roberts). Mr. Rissanen put his on a blog, Another method is to simply not cut the fabric at all, but drape it directly onto a mannequin, then tuck, layer and sew.
       But these techniques have not made much headway with large manufacturers... That’s partly because of the costs and existing infrastructure. For example, the standard fabric width for commercial denim production is 60 inches wide. Using a different width might change how much waste is generated, but it would also require re-engineering a supply line. And while sustainable design does not necessarily cost more, overhauling a factory is obviously expensive. 
       Jeans are one of the most wasteful and polluting garments that are made,” said Mr. Collins of Parsons, citing not only the unused fabric, but also the dyes added only to be washed out again, the energy used to transport the denim all over the world, the packaging, and the gallons of water used by consumers to clean the jeans. “And of course it’s one of the staples of everyone’s wardrobe.”
       In some ways, zero waste is not new. Throughout history, consumers have had to adopt similar practices, such as rationing during wars, when women fashioned new outfits from old ones. Also, classic hobbies, like knitting and quilting, can be zero-waste endeavors.
       “We’re offended by 15 percent waste in fabric,” Mr. Collins [of Parsons] said. “We believe in great design. But we don’t believe in wasting clothes.”
                                                              ----->  link

   I found this article to be quite insightful. I also wanted to point out a quick fact: 17th-18th garments (which I studied at university) were all cut out like 'jigsaw' puzzles to eliminate waste. Since the fabrics were all handmade, the richer the material and the more persnickity the brocading or embroidery, the more expensive (and rare!) a piece became- waste was NOT an option. In our lab at the museum, we saw a man's vest, pockets, collar, and cuffs all designed and arranged neatly on a few yards of yellow silk (avec silk-embroidered floral patterns - c'est tellement of French origin). I would have loved to have take a photo, but it was prohibited. However, I have compiled a couple examples of what I'm referring to: 

For more patterns click here.
  Now, the nytimes article did not mention this reference to historical fashion design, but I was able to find a list of Mr. Rissanen's essential resources, and one of them was Dorothy Burnham's 'Cut My Cote'. No surprise there- it was also required reading for my course (which I consequently dropped after nearly escaping death with a 6-course load). With the above information in mind, I must reiterate, 'Oh, how the past comes back to mock us!'. 15-20% waste!? Dear me. 

Current example of 'zero-waste' patterns.


Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. -Samuel Johnson

Friday, August 13, 2010
Notice how I start posting frequently when I've got shit to do? I should be engrossed in more meaningful tasks *cough* exam prep *cough*, but studying this in advance means I've got less drive. You can never win..argghh. I wore this outfit today with a pair of black wedges (I'm always barefoot in pictures, sorry!), and suncreen ;). I completely overdressed for school, but I was inspired by Keiko Lynn last night- yes, I lay out my clothes the evening before.

Nobody punched me in the mouth- my lips are always swollen after I wake up, and after I eat a meal (especially meaty tomato pasta dishes). 

mariann ftw

Thursday, August 12, 2010
My new favourite online haunt: mariannan

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. - Sydney Smith, 1771-1845

Monday, August 09, 2010
Hey guys,
Since I'm going to be living in my study or the library until next Wednesday (45% final exam, yikes!), I decided that a few posts were in order to help fill my friendless void. [To my friends: If you see me in the flesh doing anything besides studying, throw a hot dog at me. Or a brick. Whatever's closer.] Anyway, today's post is a haphazard collection of photos taken from my hard drive. Some are mine, others are not.

sources:, loveology, 07 magazine spread, mine (golden gates of Versailles '08), deviantart, mine (Municipal building in Montpellier, France), dancer at Brazilian Carnival (don't have a source).


A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably. - William Penn

Monday, August 02, 2010
Hey everyone,
 I'm alive. Yes, I was just out enjoying the weather like a sane person. The fall brings out my terrible tendency to become a permanent homebody. Boo. Anywho, I uploaded 5 photos for this post, then got ├╝ber self-concious over whether they would coincide aesthetically. Not enough complimentary colors (did you see that? I wrote it the American way. What a rebel.) Look, my hair is growing. Woohoo! Moving on....

  If I only buy one item in Europe this month, it's going to be another Longchamp bag. This fairly large pilage has come in handy lately, especially when I have to deal with school notes, lab clothes, and a female's everyday necessities (ie. phone, make-up, wallet, sunglasses, prescription glasses, deodorant, etc). Yes, I do carry an extra deodorant- sometimes I'm in such a rush to leave the house that I forget to put it on! It has happened one too many times; at one point I amounted 6 deodorants in my washroom since I had to keep buying them. Lesson learned, amigos.
 New product rave: Maybelline lipstains. I bought myself one in Wink of Pink #15, and it gave my lips a lovely pinkish-red colour. This is the closest I'll get to wearing red lipstick in public (outside of dance competitions). And.. it smells like freezies. Freezies! How summer is that?!
That's all for today! Have a good one. :)