The Return to School is Such a Hassle

7 01 2010

My life is going back into the pointlessly-stressful, frequently-boring, and 100%-money-eating type of life an university student life is bound to lead at one point of their nerdy, studious career. While I’m not quite sure what I just wrote in the previous sentence, I can promise a more coherent report for the remainder of this post. Maybe.

During the break I bought a book for making bread. It’s a simple recipe book without all the interesting but useless narratives ‘real’ cookbooks have and was on sale at Chapters. Unfortunately, the lack of narratives should have been my warning sign instead of the factor that influenced my purchase. Something was horrifyingly wrong with this book:

I realized now that maybe it would have been a good idea to take a picture of what was wrong with this book but it’s too late, I’ve already returned it. Anyways. Can anyone guess what could be so crucially wrong with this book that I’m writing such an elaborate, round-about hate-review for a book that you will never ever purchase even without this review?

It was missing ingredients.

Yeah. A recipe book missing ingredients in the ingredients list, but the missing items show up in the NAME of the bread and the instructions… The sales clerk who did the returns for me was speechless too.

On the other hand, I bought Vogue Collections Winter/Fall 09/10 when I returned the bread book. It had no price tag on it since it was an import so I nearly cried when I went through the checkout:

It came out to be $50. Quite the sob story.

I think the reason it was so expensive was that it had no ads, which I rather enjoyed. The magazine had a pretty nice overview of a large number of designers and was close to the comprehensive type of thing I’ve been looking for.

Chanel got 4 pages, which was heavenly in my opinion. I love Chanel and what Karl Lagerfeld does for it. My only gripe? Oscar de la Renta, my god of evening gowns, only got one page. I spent an entire evening ranting to everyone I saw.

I recently subscribed to a new load of… blogs and stuff. Amongst which, The Business of Fashion is a really nice thinger majiger to follow. It really pertains to my interests since I’m a business student who likes fashion so it’s always nice to read about the business side of Fashion. I highly recommend people who want to look beyond the glamour to follow this site.

PS. I just downloaded a daily resolution record thing from The Small Object to keep track of which dates I’ve kept up my 2010 resolution. It’s a simple little thing but will be a great help in keeping you motivated and on track. My 2010 resolution is to run a marathon by September so I’m doing a lot of cardio training on top of my dragonboat practices. You can get the calendar here.


Making Circle Scarves

30 12 2009

Being on winter break makes me really lazy and unobservant of the passing of days. It’s December 30th already and I did like, NOTHING with my life this break. I have a circle scarf run-through to share from many days ago and if I knew I was gonna procrastinate, I would’ve sewn on a sunnier day for better pictures. Although my picture-taking skills are next to nonexistent.


To sew a circle scarf similar to American Apparel, I went out and bought some cotton jersey. I actually bought cotton-bamboo jersey at $8/yrd from a guy I refer to as the Italian Fabric Mafia. Story in another post maybe. Anyways, go and pick some nice soft fabric that you wouldn’t mind having wrapped around your neck all day. AA uses some kind of really thick stretchy cotton thinger that I don’t know the name of but you can really use anything you want. You might not end up with a winter scarf if you use holey fabrics though. Buy one yard of THE CHOSEN fabric. Buy more if you want a really really really long scarf, or a really thick scarf, instructions at the end.

Lay it on the floor with the RIGHT side facing up like so:

STOP. If you’re super lazy like me, you can just scrunch the fabric along the long sides and wrap it around your neck. That’s how I wear my scarf. ;D

Now fold the fabric in half so the right side gets hidden by the wrong side. Match the selvages:

Hilariously, sew along the selvages to make a tube:

Hem your scarf if you need to. Or actually, maybe you should’ve hemmed it before you did the selvage-sewing and tube-making. I skipped it because jersey does not fray and as you probably have noticed by now, I’m rather lazy.

In the final step I like to scrunch because it’s easy but you can fold as well. But really, just turn it over and fold/scrunch/command the ends inward until you have something that ACTUALLY looks like a circle scarf instead of a mysterious tube:

Now circle it around your neck and there it is, your circle scarf:

If you need it loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonger, I’d buy maybe 1 1/2yrd to 2yrd of fabric and cut that in half length-wise and then connect the selvages together. If you need a thicker scarf, buy more and sew it as usual. Combine the two to make a longer and thicker scarf.

How Original is Original?

18 12 2009

Today’s fantabulous post is about the store Original in downtown Toronto. It opened not too long ago and is a two-part store.

On the first floor there’s a good selection of shoes and boots that are cute, conservative, and versatile. There are those Victorian-esque boots with the decorative buttons on the side. There are classy heels from Bordello and there are some other… generic cute shoes. Also some very weird ones off to the side that are kinda… retro. I don’t know, but one pair looked pretty darn close to a non-bouncy pair of moon boots.

Amazingly enough to say, I also found some extraordinarily bling’d out office calculators.

On the second floor is a formal dress shop full of dresses that will probably not match the shoes below. It’s similar to the ones that make you remove your shoes to get into but this one doesn’t have that particular requirement. The floor is luckily, wood. If I didn’t already buy a dress for formal this year I’d have looked around a bit more but at a glance, it has an impressive selection of dresses. The longer dresses aren’t that well suited for the young and picky so if you like short prom dresses, this is a good place to look. The old and picky should be able to also find nice things there. Sequins and beads seem to be an overhanging theme when the owner ordered her stock but it’s not old school or gaudy at all.

Also when you head up the second floor, look up. It may escape your notice if you’re not paying attention but the top rack has a LOT of petticoats. And some of these petticoats are REALLY fluffy. So much so that they don’t look like petticoats when you stand under them, but instead, a bizarre giant ball of fluffy things.

Dresses are at a normal price. I noted some of the short ones are between $100 CAD and $150 CAD. The petticoats start at $60 but the ones with a decent poof in them starts at $100, the $60 one is a joke.

The store I’d say is worth a visit. I’ll definitely go there to buy shoes but maybe not so much the dresses considering I’m a big loner and don’t have too many high school proms, weddings and galas to go to. Bawl.

515 Queen St. West
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 2B4

No ‘poo day 3

15 12 2009

Today I woke up with my hair matted down and tufts of it in all sorts of weird directions. Makes me think I was doing headstands all night while sleeping to have my hair end up like this all around. Well, matted, shaggy dog, hair is better than the grease ball, well ‘oiled’ hair look my hair tends to go for. You really have to wonder how do commercial shampoos strip so much oils from my hair that my body’s going into over drive to produce more, especially compared with BAKING SODA, my favourite pot scrubber.

But yeah, hair today is no different than yesterday. It’s neither improving or deteriorating. I suppose that should count as a success because I transitioned from shampoo to baking soda no problem.

One thing I’d like to point out though, is how slippery my hair and fingers feel after I’ve rubbed the baking soda goo in. I thought it wasn’t working because it kinda felt like oil when I rubbed the strands of my hair or my fingers together. But when I rinsed it out, it was pretty clean. I’d say it was similar to having a non-foaming soap on your hands, really slippery but washes out clean, not dry.

And remember the scalpy smell I mentioned earlier? It’s gone, replaced by wet hair and vinegar. Nice. Especially since wet hair dries and the vinegar smell fades really fast. I’m happy.

EDIT: I stand corrected. My hair is drying fluffier than it did yesterday. I didn’t blow dry it and it looks like I did. I’m VERY happy. I hate it when my hair just wilts against my head. I now look like a fluffy palm tree. Hurray!

I’d also like to say, I bought some fabric yesterday and will make some circle scarves like the ones from American Apparel. While I did bring my camera back, I forgot the upload connector thinger thing. So I’ll post about it when I get back to rez. I’ll actually have to post about a lot of stuff when I get back to rez…

The basic gist of it is to buy at most 1yrd of some kind of soft material you’d like to use for your scarf, then sewing the salvages together to make a tube. Either fold the ends of the tube in or just gather it and then stick your head through. Et Voila! A scarf.

Even easier is to not do anything at all and just fold or gather the scarf (along the long side) and wrap it around to end up with an even easier-to-make scarf. C’est magnifique n’est ce pas?

I bought bamboo jersey so mine doesn’t even require hemming. While doesn’t require hemming does not mean don’t hem it, but I won’t because I’m atrociously lazy. It’s great.

American Apparel is all Rectangles!

17 11 2009

Yesterday I went out with a friend who came back to visit from Trinidad to the American Apparel store downtown. As always, he bought clothes like nobody’s business and was complaining that AA wasn’t shiny or bright enough… Only he would say that. Anyways, I got caught up in the mood and bought a piece of their overpriced fabric myself, the one called Le Sac Dress. It was the cheapest thing I could find in the dress category and I was worried about the upcoming semi-formal on Friday so I bought whatever dresses that caught my eye. When I came home with it and carefully inspected it however, I was both amused and mad at myself that I bought something so simply made that I could make it with under $10 of material AND I got a formal dress for $10 more and 2 minutes of walking.

Now, I normally have no interest in American Apparel unless it’s customized clothing like hoodies for my (residence) floor so I don’t pay much attention to them. But at the store yesterday I had quite a bit of time to wander so I pick at the stuff hanging around. Taking into account of the type of materials AA use and the styles or effects they like to go for, I believe that quite a number of items can be easily replicated using… rectangles. Yup, that’s right, rectangles. Aaaand maybe some other basic shapes we learned in our baby’s first books of shapes if we want to go fancy. Also, those said items can be made at costs that are at LEAST half the price tag, maybe more like a quarter.

I think I’ll doodle out how to make a few AA stuff in the next couple of posts. Although google can usually provide for that.


Nap times I go!