12/28/2010

there's a shadow creeping slowly over everything, and one more shadow won't help anything so go away

I went through all the blogs I frequent today and got rid of some links to ones I never look at anymore. I did however narrow down my favourites and have come to the conclusion that regardless of how much I hate most people and things and how cynical I can be about everything, all the time; there are people that I don't even know and have never met that somehow never fail to intrigue me, inspire me, and give me some confidence to strive for more in life.

My favourite blogs of all-time, (at this point in my life, at least) are:

http://the-bobbin.blogspot.com/


http://www.seaofshoes.typepad.com/


http://www.vividyouths.blogspot.com/


P.S. Serious about this last one, I'm not just saying it because it happens to be the blog of someone very near and dear to me. The girl has a serious talent for scoping out great photographs and preparing series of compatible inspirations that I haven't seen articulated with many other bloggers. Shout outz to ya homegirl.

12/27/2010

the white city she is so beautiful, upon the black soot icicled roofs

Stuff I got for Christmas:



Stuff I did not get for Christmas but would still like:
Tarot cards
Film for my Polaroid
A silkscreen
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath and Karen V. Kukil
White Oleander (2002)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Factory Girl (2006)
The Tracey Fragments (2007)
Brick (2005)
Igby Goes Down (2002)
Every Christina Ricci movie there is

and lots of crystals and rings and jewellery.

Now I am going to shop online and buy myself some more things I do not really need!

11/21/2010

watch her move in elliptical patterns, think it's not what you say, what you say is way too complicated

An American award-winning screen-writer, film director, actress, and producer: Sofia Coppola.

She comes from a large family of famous movie stars but throughout the mass of talent she has found a way to stand out on her own and prove that her work is pure talent and imagination, not just a slew of good connections and a wealthy background.

For those of you unfamiliar with her work, her three directorial masterpieces include: The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, and Marie Antoinette.


She has also directed various music videos, worked on ads for Christian Dior,

and acted in many films including all of the Godfathers, as well as a few music videos. She is a very powerful and very ambitious woman, and has also become somewhat of a style icon in the fashion world.

She did a lot of modeling in the early 1990’s and in 2002 was hand-picked by Marc Jacobs to be the face of the house’s fragrance.
On top of mastering the world of film and the world of fashion, she also knows her stuff when it comes to music; the soundtracks to her movies are fabulous, and she is currently romantically involved with Thomas Mars, the lead singer of French rock band Phoenix. They also have two daughters together.

What I love about Sofia Coppola and her movies, is that she is able to perfectly mix fashion film and music into pop cultural phenomenas; beautiful eye candy that are not only entertaining but very inspiring to designers and writers, and people like myself.

If you haven’t seen The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, or Marie Antoinette, I strongly suggest you do. The Virgin Suicides has become somewhat of a cult classic and is an often referenced film for designers and fashion bloggers. Marie Antoinette has often been critiqued as inaccurate and modernized into a Hollywood depiction rather than a historically correct vision. However, all of her films have affected fashion trends as well as other parts of culture and so it was very exciting news when we finally found out that her latest piece since Marie Antoinette in 2006, was soon to be released.

The film is called Somewhere and although it is not to be released until December 22nd, 2010, there is a lot of expectation weighing on it as well as a media frenzy because of some of the big name actors, the musical score and the setting. Stephen Dorff (Backbeat, Blade, etc.) will play Johnny Marco, a “Hollywood bad-boy stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont when he receives an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, played by Elle Fanning.”
Elle Fanning; Dakota’s younger sister, is a smart young girl who is destined to be a style icon at the age of 12. Along with Erin Wasson; model and designer, the cast is sure to deliver a stellar performance. The French band Phoenix who obviously have strong ties to Sofia Coppola (since they first collaborated in 1999) are going to be largely involved with the soundtrack of the film and will bring a great mix of French and American culture. However, I think one of the smartest decisions made about this film is that it is to be set at the famous and legendary Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

This is the very same hotel that has seen many famous faces over the years. Greta Garbo stayed here, Led Zeppelin rode motorcycles through the lobby, Britney Spears is banned from, and above all the famous song Hotel California by The Eagles is rumoured to have been written about the Hotel.

The film has all the right ingredients to become a masterpiece and I among many others, anxiously anticipate its release.


Who wants to come see it with me?

11/10/2010

so when I trip on my feet, look at the beat, it was all written in the sand

H&M; one of the most influential and current retailers of fashion around the world. A common retailer that can be found in most cities and malls, that has price points comparable to much less fashion forward retailers- but yet is featured on such websites as www.style.com, in fashion magazines like Flare, and has an extensive celebrity consumer base such as Mischa Barton, Rihanna, etc. It's a company I have always appreciated and had much respect for, so I was extremely pleased when I got hired there in September. I've gotten to know the company and clothes pretty well over the past few weeks and my admiration hasn't faltered; new stock and collections never fails to please me. Then of course, there's the fabulous collaborations. I've had a few people ask me recently if we are going to have "What's that designers name, I can't pronounce it, Lan-vin?" at our store. Unfortunately, London, Ontario isn't a place swarming with high-fashion lovers, so anyone from the area will have to go to Toronto to get their hands on the merch. I'd like to take a weekend off to go to the city and take advantage of my discount on the products, but we'll have to see.
H&M is the one company that never fails to please me with their collaboration choices, and they always leave me wanting more. In the past, H&M has worked with such legendary names as Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Madonna, Roberto Cavalli, Kylie Minogue, Comme des Gar├žons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel etc. This year they kept us guessing for a while as to who was going to be next in line, and although most were quite sure it was Lanvin, no one wanted to verify; there was some confusion due to the widespread knowledge that Alber Elbaz, artistic director at Lanvin since 2001, has previously stated that he would never do a mass-market collection. But once sure of it, information started pouring out about where this sudden change of heart came from.

Alber Elbaz had some very insightful words as to why he finally agreed to work with H&M; his main point being to look at this newfound partnership as a step up for H&M, not a step down for Lanvin. Elbaz has stated that “we share the same philosophy [as H&M] of bringing joy and beauty to men and women around the world". Whereas Margareta Van Den Bosch, creative director at H&M, has said "Lanvin will bring to H&M luxurious French tradition that is also modern and playful."
Speaking of modern and playful, what are some of the key fashion trends you think of in relation to H&M? How about ribbons, pearls, raw edges, metallic embellishments, and bows, for starters. These timeless accents that are synonymous to H&M, are the same concepts that some have said are credited to Alber Elbaz and Lanvin- he has really focused the attention of his designs on these specific styles over the past nine years, leading me to believe that this collaboration really is a perfect match.

The final products will go on sale November 23rd, in around 200 stores worldwide. The collection was released November 2nd, three weeks before the clothes hit the stores. Price points are still higher than most H&M pieces, but they are fabulous. Almost everything is available to view online, I already have my list picked out! Very exciting stuff, only 13 days left.....

11/02/2010

I can't believe that I could be happy, summer will come again, I could be happy

Say hello to the WORST blogger ever... It's been forever! I'm so awful at keeping up with this thing lately, and it's because school and work have been kicking my ass! On top of going to class, I've been working a lot at my new job (H&M) and writing every week for my college newspaper. Life has been a blur lately, of homework and last minute procrastinations, I've hardly even been home and I don't even remember the last time I ate a real meal or went grocery shopping.

Another reason I've been neglecting my blog, is because I've started using Tumblr. And I'm obsessed. Seriously, I find myself wasting so many hours just looking at some of the most beautiful and inspirational images I have ever seen. That, shopping, reading, and sleeping have been my guilty pleasures lately. Autumn is my very favourite time of year, especially Novemeber which is my favourite month, so I've been trying really hard to make the most of it and have some amazing times. It freaks me out sometimes that I won't be in school much longer and I will be off starting my real working life.

However, there are a lot of great things in the works right now for me. Looking forward to becoming busier at work with the Christmas season looming upon us, I've got quite a few important birthdays this month including mine on the 25th, as well as the annual Re-Vamp Fashion Show on the 25th at the Music Hall. I've got an important project for school where we have to make Wigs for different time periods (I got Rococo), and midterm marks just came out. But I did exceptionally well. Also, I finally got my bass guitar back, sort of; it's at my parents house in Oshawa so once I can get it to London I can start taking lessons and possibly make further movements with starting a band. More to come on that later. And finally, me and my friend Amanda are currently venturing into a new project... a re-vamp vintage clothing idea where we may start making our own stuff and attempting to sell it at a store called Mesh which is downtown London and sells vintage and vintage inspired pieces; local and very chic. They take on entrepreneurs and sell the clothes while we take 40% profit. Again, more to come on that later but it's all very exciting!

Look forward to more posts from me soon, I promise. More home time this week means more time to write down my thoughts and inspirations right away instead of saving it for later and having it all build up! The internet is a fabulous thing.. such a great way for me to document all that I'm thinking for a bunch of uninterested strangers to read! Haha, just kidding.... sort of.

Xo

9/19/2010

slight hunch, without the vaguest clue, to keep the blood balanced, now we're coming around again

"Feltmaking is defined as the formation of cloth by the irreversible tangling of wool fibers using moisture, heat and friction. Wool has microscopic scales along its length that grab irreversibly on to one another when subjected to moisture (warm, soapy water) and friction (rubbing)."

In textiles class two years ago we did some felting projects, and I thought they were pretty lame because honestly, who wants to wear felt accessories? It's a material that little kids use for arts and crafts. But some of the girls in my class did some pretty cool stuff with it, and over the summer I got together with my friend Charlotte and her mom Cathy and we made our own felted scarves!
It was a lot of fun and the scarves actually turned out to be really cute. Charlotte's mom had previously made two gorgeous ones.. I can't say ours turned out as professional but I suppose it's a learning process.

It's super easy to do, and inexpensive depending on how much colour and fiber you want to use. We really lucked out because Cathy has bags upon bags of fibers and wools so we had unlimited amounts of colours and textures to use from, some of which were just gorgeous and made me wish I was a half decent knitter so I could make some more stuff!!

It's a long process, took us a whole afternoon to do it.. but it was a lot of fun and if you're a crafty person I'd reccomend trying it because they actually turn out quite fashionable. And of course they're totally DIY and one of a kind, which is a bonus when people ask where you got it :) I really want to have some more arts & crafts nights. If only my friends were as nerdy as me!


I think this is the first picture I've ever posted of myself on here. Oh god... haha


Char laying out her base colours (or lack of colour I suppose)


So.. we decided to go for a sort of 80's art deco space theme; blacks blues- really galaxy colours and splashes of white and some purples in mine. Soo beautiful! I love space.


All wrapped up in a neat little package.


Silk, wool, screening.


Rolling to fuse the fibers together. So messy but so fun.


Hi Penn-Penn!


Char taking out her agression on the scarf.


Now my turn.. I'm such a dork.


Finished products drying! And a dead thyme plant.

Once I find a perfect outfit to wear the scarf with, I'll post some pics of it!

9/13/2010

my mind's made up, i'm so fed up, 'cause i'm too much in love with you

I've been so terrible at keeping up with my blog lately!!! I've literally been making notes and lists of things to blog about as they come to me, but haven't put the time and effort in, to actually write it down for real.

I started school again, Fashion Merchandising, so I suppose I could lie and say I've been busy with that, but it's actually been a true bore so far. Basically I've just been living life. Which feels good.

I'm currently listening to a wicked mix-tape and burning incense, to spark some creativity and inspire me to write.

I wanted to spend most of tonight working on getting my Tumblr up and going; I can't tell you how many times I either come across something great on someone else's blog and want to re-post it, or randomly want to say something that isn't necessariliy fashion related so I feel strange posting it here... Plus I know way more people that have Tumblr! I love reading other people's, so if you have one message me it, I'd love to check it out!

Also, does anyone have any good fashion movie reccomendations for me? I recently watched the September Issue, and am itching for some more documentary type pieces. I once came across a film on the life and times of Issaac Mizrahi on TV at like 3 in the morning, it was really good...

Anyway look forward to some more posts recently, about..... Scarves? Glasses? NYFW? Boots? Local Vintage Shops? Local fashion events? There's actually a lot going on fashion-wise in my city/program right now.

Ciao!

8/29/2010

under the city lies a heart made of ground, but the humans will give no love

Have you seen or at least heard of the show Breaking Bad?? It's one of those shows that not a lot of people know of, but the ones that do absolutely love it. It's so well written and has some of the most believable characters I've seen on a TV show. I'm obsessing over it lately and can't wait 'til it comes back for the fourth season!

Anyways this will be irrevalent if you haven't seen the show, but then if you haven't, you probably should. Remember the cousins from season two and a little bit of three?


I loved the decor of this place. Day of the dead esque complete with sugar skulls, dead flowers and candles.

Well, I found a pair of Alexander McQueen shoes that reminded me an awful lot of the boots the cousins wear! Unfortunately couldn't find a picture of the ones from the show but here's the McQueen heels that reminded me...


So bad-ass.

8/27/2010

support the power of women, use the power of man, support the flower of women


Kim Althea Gordon; musician, vocalist, artist, record producer, video director, actress. I have a soft spot for female bassists. Strangely enough I don't think too many people really know about her! Or maybe it's just the people I hang out with. I mean, I did just start getting interested in her work recently..


Sonic Youth was just one of those bands for me growing up. I knew the name, 'cause of course they were a vital part of the music industry in the 90's, (and 80's) but I never really knew much about them. Couldn't name a song, or even tell you what type of genre they were. I assumed Alternative Rock but then again what did I know. But you've gotta assume they're half-decent, what with them being on the Simpsons and all... Anyways, I've been downloading a lot of their stuff lately and did some reading on the bandmates that I was less familiar with, mainly everyone but Thurston Moore. His name is always getting thrown around in Rolling Stone. And call me sexist, but I just love female musicians. Decent ones of course. Maybe it's just an affinity due to a feeling of understanding and awareness.. The raw power and indifferent confidence I see in these various "role models" of mine. Such as Kim Gordon. The whole persona to me is just so admirable.

She's a visual artist. It took up most of her time before she joined/formed Sonic Youth. I'm really interested in her stuff, too. I don't really know how to describe it. You can make your own mind up:


Aside from directing music videos with Spike Jonze, appearing on Gossip Girl, producing Hole records, and playing benefit concerts with Cat Power for her daughter's school in Massachussets, Kim Gordon has dabbled into the world of fashion. This is where I started to really crush on her.

Her clothing company X-Girl was founded in '89. Grunge, alternative and sorts of anti-fashion were featured. But as of right now the product is going to remain a mystery. Not only can I not find a website mentioning the brand other than Wikipedia, I can't find a single picture of merchandise, or even a hint as to where to buy it. I'll have to do some more digging, other than on the Internet.. BUT I did learn that X-Girl is a sister company to a little brand called X-Large, YEAH THAT SAME X-LARGE THAT MIKE D IS INVOLVED WITH. I'm beginining to think that both brands would be easily accessible in Japan, not so much over here. That's the word on the street, at least.

But back to KG; she more recently launched a limited edition line called Mirror/Dash (September '08). Originally inspired by fashion icon Fran├žoise Hardy, it is Kim Gordon's solution to the apparent need for "clothes for cool moms" which I can dig. It does have a website but all it features is this f*cking Hardy Jacket that was actually all she had released up until February 16th, 2009, when her collaboration with Urban Outfitters was released. The jacket was originally sold in retail for $415, and was a limited edition item in which only 50 were made. As far as Ebay goes, it's probably as hard to find one of these gems as it is to find an X-Girl tee.


If only I knew about this WHILE IT WAS HAPPENING.


The infamous Hardy Jacket.


And finally, an adorable little circle skirt that I have found on Ebay and am very, very tempted to purchase.

Most info taken from the NY Times online.

8/18/2010

i've been misunderstood for all of my life, but what they're sayin' girl just cuts like a knife

Found this article via WORN Fashion Journal's Twitter.
It's too fabulous.
Yes, young girls are easily influenced, and there are a lot of innapropriate role models out there for them.
I don't think it's right for young girls to be dressing too provocative/revealing, I've seen way too many Law & Order SVU episodes that just creep me right out when it comes to that subject matter. As well as episodes of Toddlers & Tiaras. It's kind of sick. There's a line that needs to be drawn and for the most part it's the parents that need to be enforcing some sort of guidlines with their daughters. I don't think this article falls into that category at all though.

I think it is extremely unfair to say that teen girls should be "dressing for their age". What does that even mean? Who made rules for how girls should be dressing at certain ages? I don't think young girls should be focused on looking sexy because there is so many other things in their life at that time that should be embraced. Looking hot should be the very last on the list of priorities. (Um, how about focusing on school, family, friends, sports, hobbies, etc?) But, if a ten year old girl shows an interest in fashion and wants to push the boundaries, why can't she? It should be nurtured! I think it's fabulous to have an interest in fashion that young. If it makes you happy. And it is one of the best forms of self-expression. I love that there are young girls that have so much fun picking out outfits, and then in return so much confidence in wearing said ensembles! I can specifically remember being severly insecure about what I wore and where I wore it when I was in grade school, and so I applaud any young girls who feel comfortable dressing themselves in wacky outfits and not caring what the other kids at school might think.

One of the girls in the article who is also featured in the slideshow is Chloe Blackshire. I'm not sure exactly what the basis of the article is. I mean they aren't exactly calling out these girls for being innapropriate, but moreso commenting on the influence they are under and the strangeness of their choices. (And making underhanded remarks about Taylor Momsen) But what is so strange about it at all!? Basically, this article is a pathetic example of a girl who is "confused and looming down the wrong path". I would be so pleased if this was my daughter. Not only does she have killer style, she's quirky, confident and smart. I think this is a story that should have gone in a totally different direction, like maybe.. praising the girl for having so much spunk? I sure do. I'm constantly amazed by the people that can inspire me, young and old.

Chloe, I'd love to go shopping with you.







All photos taken from NY Mag.

white lines on your mind, keep it steady, you were never ready for the lies

I don't know about any of you, but I have been absolutely bored to tears with most of the shoes this season! I'm not a huge shoe fan to begin with, but I know what I like, and everything I've been seeing is just so plain. To be fair, the shoes are hardly the first piece of the collection. I understand that the clothes come first following a certain theme and the hair, make-up, jewellery and shoes must follow that trend therefore having them fall into a less funky category.

However, there were a few designers who seemed to embrace the shoe as a key element in the collection and the concepts they worked with seemed to live vivaciously throughout the look, head to toe.

So here's some picture of my favourite shoes for Fall 2010, see if you can find a common trend between them...


Balenciaga


Chanel


DSquared


McQueen


YSL

Okay so what I'm getting at here, is heels. And proportions. And the fact that there are countless trends that are repeated over and over again and yet limitless ideas when it comes to fashion! With shoes especially I think there are so many concepts that have yet to be explored and what I'm loving right now is unconventional heels. I've said it a million times before, fashion is art, it shouldn't have limits. Trends are fun to stay on top of but shouldn't become an obsession like they do for so many people. Same with labels. Personal style shouldn't be used to please anyone but yourself! It's just ridiculous not to, let's say, wear your favourite combat boots just because thigh-highs are currently in style? I'm learning to never say I hate any trend because 9 times out of 10 you will change your mind about it. And the chances are it's going to come back "into style" sooner than later.

I was reading an old issue of Harper's Bazaar yesterday, (April 2009) where I skimmed over the BUY, KEEP, STORE page. "Store" included arm bands, patchwork satchels, and floral shoes. "Find a spot in the back of your closet for flouncy floral touches." Exactly 30 pages later, I came across a feature of a Roger Vivier shoe:

"What could be better than a convertible shoe? A flowery stiletto morphs into a high-falutin wedge tout de suite."
Okay, so they're focusing more on the versatility of the shoe than the floral arrangement, but still. There are people out there who follow these tips religiously and it honestly just makes me sad. Take a stand on what you like and try not to change your mind on it just because it's currently "in" or "out".

So, the DSquared pumps are really badass, but they aren't my favourite. At first I was really loving the Balenciaga heels because they're so fantasticly futuristic, but yet they aren't my favourites either... Obviously I have a soft spot for anything McQueen, always, forever, I seriously have never seen anything McQueen that I haven't liked. And Sarah Burton is continuing to kick ass in his place.

Honestly, none of the above shoes are my favourite this season.
Instead, Rodarte wins my heart. Didn't even mean to rhyme.
I came across these shoes, which embrace all sorts of concepts and inspiration that I've been digging lately, and smushes it all together into these magical, whimsical little heels.



Now, i'm off to read about... heel-less shoes? Yeah, seriously. Talk about limitless.

8/17/2010

girl, you've been rolled up in colourful carpets, your blood is rushing, look around you

Part Two of Two

The more I prolong blogging, the more it piles up and becomes even more exhausting. I've got a huge list of new blogs to check out as well as my regular favourites to read, not to mention a million magazines to catch up on.. And I just got my September issue of Harper's Bazaar to read.. and it's so fat! Anyways I think when I move back to London and start school I'm going to set aside one day a week for blogging, probably Sunday, where I can read and update and get all caught up! The amount of time I've been spending on Twitter lately just shows how lazy I am, if only everything could be shortened into 140 characters.

I'm finally going to post pictures of a photo shoot I did a few weeks back! After going over many Fall trends and picking out some of my favourites, I made a few trips to Value Village (practically the only vintage store around here) to get some material! Unfortunately they haven't brought out too many Fall/Winter things, so fur was nowhere in sight. However I've been working on hacking up a mink coat I own which is way too big for me. My friend Nicole found some really old fashion books for me and one has a section on how to work with fur. It's really messy but hopefully soon I'll be able to show you all my finished mink stole!

So after putting together the outfits, I got together with my friends/models Nicole and Charlotte and styled them. I took inspiration from the Chanel RTW show for their hair. All clothes and shoes are from Value village, necklaces are mine! All photos taken by me with Charlotte's Canon Rebel.


Nikki is wearing the army green jacket. I love the buttons and think the jacket looks good with layers and bunched up sleeves. Unfortunately it's still to warm to wear outside now!


Here, Nikki is wearing a wicked pair of boots that Charlotte's mom actually was going to use for a gardening project! I love the contrast of combat boots with jean shorts. I was also really pleased with how well my feathered necklace went with Charlotte's outfit.


Isn't this picture fantastic? I love how it looks like it was taken with a fish-eye lense, but wasn't! Just the curve of the building.


Charlotte is wearing the black jacket. I was so lucky to find it. I don't even know how to describe it; sort of batwinged and cropped. The ruching lined down the sleeves fuels a biker feel, but the jacket actually isn't leather or even faux! It's the strangest fabric.. sort of like a heavy duty liner fabric, or even as Charlotte said, sort of like that material that's used in gardens to keep weeds down!


This is my favourite picture. The chemistry between the girls is fantastic. It looks like Charlotte is pushing the tree down while Nikki is holding it up. Accidental. My friends are so beautiful!

8/05/2010

and I will dig my own grave, I'm miss begotten, I am the last one you save here

This post is really, really, overdue. I've been busy with other stuff lately and although updating my blog keeps landing at the top of my to-do list, it always turns out to be the least important thing to get done. Less important than getting a job maybe..
I'm finally in the mood, and I really need to be in the right mood to talk about certain things, especially things that mean so much to me. Like, Courtney Love.

July 10th, almost a month ago now, I ventured to Toronto with my friend Meghan, to see "Hole" in concert. Meghan is one of my musical soulmates, so I knew she'd be the perfect companion for such an event. It was an experience I'll never forget. The Sound Academy was packed with a huge range of people. Old, young, punk, grunge, whatever. Lots of Courtney look-a-likes. I even spotted some Nirvana tees.

One man in particular really caught my eye.. he was standing in line behind us waiting to get in. 40 or older, Caucasian, well dressed, and by himself. In one hand he held a dozen red roses, in the other a present in a fancy "Happy Birthday" bag complete with card. It made sense, as it was Courtney's 46th birthday the previous day. And I just thought, damn, that's dedication and love.

I'm not going to lie, I didn't rush out to buy the "Nobody's Daughter" cd when it came out. I read a bunch of stuff online prior to it being released and when they finally cleared up the confusion that Melissa Auf Der Mar was in fact NOT going to be a part of the reunion, as well as the fact that Eric Erlandanson wasn't involved and the only founding member was Courtney.. well I figured it wasn't going to be very good. Don't get me wrong, I know that Courtney is the roots of Hole and it wouldn't be anything without her, but I have to give credit to the others because Hole was this unbelievable package and it wasn't the same when she did her solo project. I've come to accept the fact that all the music I love from decades before is never going to be the same; I can go see the Smashing Pumpkins in concert but it will never be as good as if I had gone in 1993, and I didn't think Hole was an exception.. But a few days before the concert, I downloaded the new CD. And it was fucking good.

People tease me about being so in love with Courtney Love. I'm sure you can imagine all the things they say, I don't know a lot of people who appreciate her as much as I do. Going to the concert and being immersed in a crowd of screaming sweaty fans renewed my faith. And that doesn't even take into account the incredible vibe I got off of her. Not only did she look fantastic; she sounded incredible, as good as on CD if not better. The set list was perfect. And anyone who thinks she is a washed out junkie, I seriously urge you to go see her in concert. She's more real than any "rock star" I've ever seen in person. The way she spoke to the crowd in between songs, her mannerisms, everything she did just made me question all of the crazy shit I've heard about her.

I'm not saying she's the perfect role model. I'm not saying she's the perfect person. But, like many other musicians before her, she's been seriously misunderstood. She's been labelled and called all the names in the book and the fact that she still pushes on and makes music and stands up for what she believes in.. it's just phenomenal. And when it comes down to it, it's not hard to understand her. She once said "I might lie a lot but never in my lyrics." And I believe her.

She recently did a fantastic interview with Russh magazine, that you should really check out. Also check out this post, by someone who knows exactly how I feel... http://www.thestylerookie.com/2010/07/love_11.html


Hairclips being sold at the Merch table. They were sold out when we went to go check it out, but this gorgeous girl was lovely enough to let me photograph her wearing it.


Merch table. The biggest seller was the Skinny Little Bitch shirt. Even girls that weren't skinny bought it. I always get embarrassed by the people that buy the shirt and put it on right away... A good 20% of the crowd was wearing the same tee.


The Queen of Grunge.


Miss World.


Celebrity Skin.


Sassy.


Asking For It.

On stage, she mentioned a blog project of hers, or whoevers; a daily chronicle or her outfits to show the world that she can be a classy, fashionable woman. And it delivers... how incredible is it that this woman who seems to outline all of my inner thoughts and feelings perfectly into words I could never articulate along with the most beautiful music I've ever heard... also has fantastic fashion sense?? Decked out in Yohji, and Azzedine, and even McQueen?!?http://whatcourtneyworetoday.com/ It's just fantastic.