May Challenge + Interior Design

Friday, April 29, 2011
Hey ladies and gents,

    I am 2 days away from my May challenge, and have been stuffing my face with chocolates and non-whole-weat pasta. For those of you who don't know, I'm going on the Feed Your Face Diet created by Dr. Jessica Wu (below). No it is not a weight-loss diet, I'm underweight so I don't need it (although it would probably help most of the population slim down since the food is so healthy). I'll be documenting my progress as the weeks progress; Dr. Wu's book has gotten me really excited about seeing changes in my skin (and hair and nails!). It's a fantastic read, and I recommend it to you all. She even provides great insight into the beauty industry, and it's sneaky manipulation through advertisements. [Basically, you wash off all the products you put on your skin, and creams just sit on the surface. They're not going to elicit the change you're looking for. The problem lies layers and layers deep- only your diet and injections can reach it. I was pretty devastated about all the money I spent on expensive products over the years. What a waste.]
     Anywho, below I've posted some interior design images that have inspired me as of late. I can't wait to have my own place one day!

Have a great weekend everyone! If you're interested in my new skin bible, you can follow the link below. I'm going to be reading a bunch of books all summer, so I'll keep ya'll posted on my favourites. :D

images: tumblr

Don't wait for anyone to deputize you or authorize you or empower you. You have to just start out with yourself...and put one foot in front of the other. - Hazel Henderson

Saturday, April 23, 2011
Hey everyone,

[ This was written a week ago- I'm coming to you via library computers..whoo foreign virtual territory. I just finished my last art history exam of my undergrad degree, and I'm totally pooped. Must not sleep. Must not sleep. Anyway, I decided to be productive and write a post; also, it helps keep me awake. First off, I've gotten some really exciting e-mails about projects incorporating charity and sustainability, which you know I'm all for! Especially the charity part. I don't recall every mentioning it, but I donate every month to CBM - they help children in third world countries receive surgery for cataracts and cleft palates, amongst other things. Their facts sheet is pretty remarkable.]

Below is an eye-gasmic video for the IOU Project. I'm looking forward to their launch because I would like to purchase a piece (shirt, shorts, anything) to help contribute to their final goal! They're hoping to launch May 3rd, and you can follow them on their twitter. I just snooped their facebook account, and found out they photograph EACH PIECE because every garment is different. Hard work...but originality ftw.

Followed swiftly by the Fresh Air Fund. Sara contacted me to help spread the word, and I'm pretty bewildered by the vast amount of projects and organizations out there. This one also receives 5 stars for originality. "Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has been giving inner-city children the joy of a summer vacation with volunteer host families and at Fund camps, creating unforgettable memories and fresh possibilities." Now, the Fresh Air Fund is in need of host families for this summer. Here's a snippet of Sara's message: "Host families are volunteers who open their hearts and homes to children from the city to give them a Fresh Air experience that can change lives. If you could help to get the word out, it would help us place these wonderful children into a loving host family for an unforgettable experience." So if any of you can help out, that would be brilliant. I don't qualify because I live in a big city, but those of you who are out in the suburbs and countryside... give in, please. The kids on their site look like they're having a great time, and many of these tykes are from tough areas in NYC. They'd never have the opportunity to enjoy a real summer vacation, while learning about the planet, if it weren't for programs like this.

And lastly, the EVER Manifesto, which promotes sustainable activities and green production methods within the fashion industry, while revealing the wasteful practices that continue in today's garment factories. I just stumbled upon it while wiki-ing Charlotte Casiraghi, equestrian and 4th in line to the throne of Monaco, who headed this initiative after meeting the likes of Stella McCartney for her 'editor-at-large' position at Above magazine (which she subsequently quit to undertake this project). Here's a great article  (written by Derek Blasberg) about the power of fashion in the economy; it makes a good introductory piece for the manifesto. I'm in the midst of reading the rest, so comment/tweet/e-mail me what you think. I'm really intrigued.

"The future of design has to move beyond the traditional characteristics of luxury – beauty, desire and exclusivity. Luxury, in essence, has to respect a wider sphere of impact that includes the environment and the people involved through the journey of its creation. Advances in cutting-edge design, science and material research and development are all key to generating new methods and processes to assist in defining the future of craft and manufacturing. Only this kind of innovation can help ensure that the luxury industry takes into account ecological concerns and climate change." 
- Burak Cakmak [his article can be found here]
That is all! Cheers, and have a great Easter weekend. I will be studying for my final exam, and soaking in the sun... oh, and dancing again!

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. -St. Augustine

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Sometimes I feel like spotlighting blogs I've been loving lately. As of the past two months, I have been addicted to Living Doll and, now, Finally Hatachi. The latter is more accessible because it's written in English, while the former is Norweigan- I open it with Google Translate in order to read her posts. I will mention her again in another entry! Anywho, here are some of my favourite shots from Naomi's blog Finally Hatachi.
I figured a picture of Naomi was in order.
The Státní Opera Praha
Prada in Tokyo

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. -Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker

Monday, April 18, 2011
The weather has been so moody as of late, and I've become triste as a consequence. I figured a burst of color was in order.

Photographs by Erik Madigan Heck
Designer Mary Katrantzou
Fall Winter 2011 collection
Images from dustjacket attic

Shoe Lessons: My life at 5'8".

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What I learnt during my 31-days of wedges & heels:
[+] High shoes = better posture.
[+] After 8-15 hours, the backs of your legs get a real good work-out. During my first week I was sore just from walking my normal routes.
[+] I really missed my flat shoes. :(
[+] I felt/looked older. Which means I finally looked 20-something, instead of a teenager.
[+] Great practice for walking in heels. After 6 hours it gets challenging, especially with blisters, so a lesson in perseverance was learnt on my end.
[+] I always knew I loved wedges... But now it's official.

[+] Being taller than most females on campus is awesome.
[+] Your legs look loooooooonger. 
[+] Every outfit you wear will look exponentially more dressed-up.
[+] I discovered the ideal "everyday-walking" heel (for me) is 3.5 inches. For wedges, I found it best to spend the day in a 5 inch back to 1 inch platform.
[+] None of the rules above applied to my "going out" shoes, since I only spent a few hours in them.
[+] I got more compliments on my inexpensive shoes than my expensive shoes. Strangers & friends were attracted to fun details, not soft leather and neat stitching. Lesson: Buy interesting shoes in different price brackets.
[+] I don't have enough comfortable heels or wedges in my wardrobe. True story. By the last week, I was repeating two pairs over and over. 
[+] When dancing in 6-inch heels at a wedding, take off your shoes before you hurt somebody.
[+] My most important lesson was the following: I'm a size 7 in boots, and a size 6 in sandals. The open-toes give me more room to slip forward in, while the boots don't. Also, size 6 straps fit snuggly across my narrow foot, while size 6.5/7 straps are too loose (causing my feet to slip out when I walk). I honestly recommend that you wear each pair of your wedges & heel for a day to see which sizing works for you. After my challenge I donated a pair of boots that were too tall for everyday wear, and another pair that were too tight (It took an hour for my toes to regain their normal position. Those shoes were serious bunion makers).
...and finally
[+] Instant sex-appeal. You have been warned.

all images from jak&jil
UPDATE: I just coincided my domain with blogger, so I lost all my "love it" feedback [boooooo] BUT now all my of links work! WOO-HOO!

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. - Jimmy Dean

Monday, April 04, 2011
Hey everyone,

Oui, I'm alive. I've just been MIA due to school. All will be back in order within two weeks *crosses fingers*. I must tell you all what I learned during my flats-free challenge. Below is just a quick post I threw together from images I've bookmarked. Not my best moment, but it will do for now.

photographed by Steven Chee

Shrimp with Kale & Shiitakes