greetings from boston,

I am currently in downtown Boston, on a blistering 40 degree summers day. It’s so humid I feel like I can’t breath properly; but I’ll endure the potential asthma attack in order to reach my destination: the Marc by Marc Jacobs store. It has been a long time in the making: countless purchases made online from sparse selections, and over-priced indulgences from larger retailers. I could only dream about reaching the actual home base of the designer I loved so much, and blowing all my money on the “special items”. For those of you who are unfamiliar with these “items”, they are everything from jewellery, to screen printed tees and bags. Why are they so great? Almost all of it is under $100.00 US; but there’s a catch. You can only invest in these great finds in store, no ordering online or buying at a secondary retailer. Oh, and by the way, there are under 10 of these stores in North America.

So what did I pick up? An art deco geometric metallic ring and bracelet, a wish bone and skull necklace, and a snazzy laptop sleeve (not a special item).

Wishbone Necklace, Marc Jacobs special item

Skull Necklace, Marc Jacobs special item

Ring, Marc Jacobs special item

What else did I get up to this week? Purchased some leather over the knee boots, the Michael Kors Bromley to be exact.

Boot, Michael Kors Bromley, $270.00 CAD

Well that’s as interesting as it’s going to get, so au revoir for now my friends,

“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel
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autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower

It is once again that time of year! Back to school, college, whatever.  No matter how much I try to depress myself over the matter, I simply cannot. Rich fabrics, dark and moody makeup, leather boots, and the feeling that anything is possible makes September exciting. Maybe this seems like a random post, consisting of a bipolar mismatch of topics; but to me they all mesh well together. Enjoy…

Sperry Top-Siders

So I know there has been a certain amount of hype surrounding these shoes, however, I grew up in boat shoes and do not find them glamourous whatsoever. That being said, I stumbled across these fabulous boots, and intend on adding them to my closet. I am already planning to wear them to a concert in October.

Sperry Top-Sider Bellport Boot- $98.00 US

FURFURFUR

Next on my wish-list? An effing sick fur vest. Not a huge one, just enough fur to look like Jackie-O on a casual day. I have no idea where to look? I did find ones from Kensie and Loft, but nothing special.

Talula Fur Vest

Grecian Inspired Dream Dress

This dress is the most gorgeous creation since the Armani Camilla Belle wore to the met ball.  I have to have it. PROBLEM. I’m blowing $1200.00 on a pair of thigh high boots and pumps. It is so beautiful though… maybe I’ll just try it on?

Alice+Olivia dress-$368.00 US

How come my blog always seems like a shopping list? Argh, I’ve got clothes on the mind. I have got to cut myself off. New topic.

MAC and MAC

Okay so let’s start with MAC (cosmetics). I bought a pro palette a few years ago, but couldn’t validate buying the special shadows that fit in the palette when I already had them in pots. I could never work my way through all the shadows still in pots, so I gave up hope, and put my pro palette at the back of my makeup drawer… until the other day when youtube helped me out. This video shows how to crack open, and depot shadows so they fit your palette; be warned, it involves hot appliances and melting glue.

Here to demonstrate how great it is to fill a pro palette is my friend Victoria. Props to you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfQMPVtrsvw

Next up are MAC (computers). I am almost positive I am purchasing a Macbook Pro 15.2 tomorrow. What accessories should I get? I am set on a wireless mouse, but is the Mac magic mouse really better? and what about speakers and software? ahhhhhhhhh. Tips? Help? Let me know, pleaseee.

Ta ta for now. I shall be back soon, hopefully on my new laptop…

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Lookbook!

Today I got on lookbook, horay! So check out the site and my profile and hype, hype, hype!

http://lookbook.nu/user/217645-Madison-G

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and the weeds grew taller than the flowers,

Last week my friend and I ventured into the wilderness to capture some whimsical photos. Here are the results (there was no apparent theme or inspiration, just nonsense) :

It is 30 degrees plus at home. Therefore, I have been forced to take refuge in the comforting air-conditioned house. Hence, I have had copious amounts of time to lurk online. These are the items that my soon full coin jar will be contributing to.

1. Christian Louboutin Patent Rolando Pumps -$665.00 US

2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Over-the-Knee Boots- $545.00 US

3. A snazy new backpack (Marc by Marc Jacobs)- $158.00 US

4. Metallic ballet flats, preferably Miu Miu, Lanvin, or Marni

A Diamond in the Rough

And just because I love my readers so much, here is my secret list of amazing Toronto Vintage stores.

Fashionably Yours- http://fashionablyyours.ca/. More of a designer consignment than vintage, but still excellent.

Paper Bag Princess-http://www.thepaperbagprincess.com/boutiques/toronto-boutique/

I Miss You- http://www.torontolife.com/guide/fashion/vintage-clothing/i-miss-you/. Great for vintage coach bags, 60’s and 70’s frocks, and glittery designer wear.

Thrill of the Find- http://www.blogto.com/fashion/thrillofthefind

The Closet Inc. – Ok, so this one isn’t in Toronto, it’s in Boston. However it is truly phenomenal.

When I find more gems I shall let you know.

Beauty Update

The new Diorshow Maximizer Lash Pluming Serum promises to “instantly prime, plump, and lengthen”. Hmm, skeptical? Definitely. Well, the reviewers on Sephora.com aren’t. One woman parrots  “It does everything it claims to. In general, I love Dior’s mascaras, and this is the perfect compliment to them. My lashes look and feel wonderful!” I think I shall give this a try and post my findings on a later date.

Diroshow blahblahblah etc… ($28.00 US)

Another product I am dying to try is MUFE’s Aquarell, a highly pigmented paint that can be used on face or body. It comes in such an array of colours that choosing one will be difficult. I think I will settle for the black or violet.

MUFE Aquarelle $20.00 US

Last up is a fetish worthy set of temporary tattoos by Temptu. It’s a good test run for anyone thinking of making them permanent. Trust me, you’ll want to test first… too many friends have gotten silly stars or hearts tattooed in seemingly discrete places, only for them to be spotted by bosses or parents.

Temptu Adorn Temporary Tattoo Kit. $25.oo.

On that note, what do you think of the tattoo I am considering? It’s a gun. WAIT. Before you judge, let me inform you of it’s meaning. My last name is pronounced like “gun”, and it’s like keeping a part of my family with me at all times. I am the last of the “gun” line, and when I marry, it will disappear forever. It is to be put under my armpit, where a bra or bathing suit covers it up. It’s the same one Rihanna has, although I will modify the gun’s actual design.  Here’s a photo of the general idea:

Bye-bye for now!

“My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist.” -Johnny Depp

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you don’t take a photograph, you ask quietly to borrow it

I was at an easter egg hunt the other day, christening my new SLR, when the idea dawned on me to have my friends model for me. These are the results.Enjoy. Photoshop-free.

hopefully more to come!

“Look I’m not intellectual, I just take pictures”- Helmut Newton

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Spring Awakening

Today I came to the realization that though seasons change, people do not. They always revert back to their tried and trusted looks. Time to break the mold! Along with my spring cleaning I will force myself to try new things; things that don’t involve cardigans, flats, and moccasins. Item number one? A pair of Ray-ban sunglasses (like the ones I got for my prescription glasses). Number two? Brogues. Number 3? Lace. With nothing underneath. Rebel. Four? Some proper pants. As in not jeans or leggings. Good old fashioned pants. Five? A floral print blouse (it doesn’t sound innovative, but trust me, it is for me…). Six? A bright colour. I am so tired of wearing blacks, beiges, grays, and creams! If you can think of any other classy but interesting look, let me know. I am up for anything unless it involves less than 50% clothing, or head to toe leather. Ahem, classy. Just maybe “classy rebel”.

Unknown lady, Ray-bans $159.00 CAN

Brogues, Ports 1961 $395.00 US

Lace tee, American Apparel $45.00 CAN

Trousers on unknown lookbook.nu user. Wilfred.

Blouse, Patterson J. Kincaid $98.00 US

Colourful skirt, Twenty8Twelve $225.00 US

The Selena Dress

So I wore the selena dress to an event dubbed “semi-formal”.  I loved it, and am currently trying to decide where I can wear it next. A wedding perhaps? Any ideas on how I could make it work for a daytime California wedding would be appreciated.

Lists, Lists, Lists

I purchased a very pretty notebook the other day without an intended purpose. When I got home, I decided to be adventurous and attack my spring cleaning. I had a garbage pile, a keep pile, and a list pile. Yes, that’s right, I had a stack of lists. So I decided to create a book of lists. Its strangely satisfying to cross things off once they are accomplished/ bought. I think it will be quite interesting to look back on the lists years from now. Sort of like a twisted, vague diary.

P.S- my photography page is updated

Happy Easter atheists, agnostics, and theologians alike!

“Everything ends.”- Anon

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All that Sparkles…

So it’s that time again! With Christmas comes sparkling lights, decadent desserts, and heaps of snow. But it also brings an abundance of parties for which one needs to dress themselves. Here are a couple stellar outfit choices for Christmas and New Years Parties alike. 

Look Number One

L.A.M.B – Faran Heel $359.00 (US)

BCBG – one-shoulder dress $260.00 (US)

Look Number Two

Beyond Vintage – Zebra Cold-Shoulder Dress $300.00 (US)

Giuseppe Zanotti – Mesh Open Toe Platform Booties $795.00 (US)

Look Three

Alice + Olivia – Wrapped Goddess Dress $264.00 (US)

Alice + Olivia- Sequin Tulle Cascade Cardigan $385.00(US)

L.A.M.B- Zaila Open Toe Booties $325.00 (US)

Look Four

Alice + Olivia- Sequin Leggings $298.00(US)

Kain Label – Triple Strap Tank $88.00(US)

S.W.O.R.D- Novara Leather Jacket $902.00(US)

Jenni Kayne- Open Toe Pleat Booties $495.00(US)

Look Five

Wilfred – Bustier Tank $40.00(CAN)

LaROK- Tulle Skirt $218.00(US)

Pencey- Warrior Blazer $288.00(US)

Stewart Weitzman- Fullup Platform Pumps with Open Toe $345.00(US)

Look Six

American Apparel- Lightweight Sheer Rib Raglan Pullover $40(CAN)

Haute Hippie – Ombre Skirt $395.00(US)

Elizabeth & James – Fiona Haircalf Ankle Booties $475.00(US)

Now what to accessorize these lovely outfits with? You decide:

Necklaces

From left: Landvar Mixed Chain Necklace $98.00(US), Fiona Paxton Lyon Necklace $400.00(US), Sachin + Babi Bowery Necklace $325.00(US)

Clutches

From left: Deepa Gurnani Zipper Clutch $165.00(US), CC Skye Rich Hippie Clutch $250.00(US)

Let 2009 go out in style! Goodbye for now…

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right”- Oprah Winfrey



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