alice789: (Default)
So I'm often walking through the casino on the way to work, and tourists/random people are looking at my uniform with the Cirque du Soleil crest, and my badge.
One of the most common questions I get:
"What do you do for Cirque?"
And my most common answer (with a very serious expression):
"I'm a Snake Charmer."

Or earlier today, "So, what do you do in the uhh.. Circus de.. Soil?"
"Hmm? I'm the Bearded Lady."

No, I don't do flips, the splits, climb walls, or fly.
You won't see me in the performance (I wear black so that I DON'T show up). But I work, very very hard.
Sometimes when I get home, I fall asleep sitting up on the couch, and I drool all over myself.

And you know what? I couldn't be happier.
alice789: (bitch)
What the hells that 'sposed to mean?

I finally finished that fox collar.

I finally finished the FOX COLLAR OF AWESOMENESS!

I love my puppy.

Katie approves of it.
alice789: (windy)
I've gotten surprisingly vicious on this dating website.
I've deleted all but 4 messages in my inbox. (I had a few hundred)
One from someone I really really like, but I imagine we have reached an impasse and are unable to focus on a relationship. Despite this, I daresay I'm smitten.
One from a childhood friend, who messaged me when I showed up on his matches - He wrote "LOL, What's up?" To which I replied, "Shut up."
And two from local artists and photographers that sound like decent connections to keep.
UPDATE - I simply shut down my profile, there was no use for it anymore.

I've been sewing beads on to collars for several hours straight every day, all this week. The first collar, being the trial-and-error piece, caused me some grief. I misplaced one of the eyes, by about 3mm. I realized my mistake after I had finished beading the entire face, and after careful deliberation of whether or not I wanted this fox to look exceptionally derpy, I decided to fix it.
Then I was faced with the dilemma. I didn't want to tear out the surrounding beads, as the string would have undone a great deal of work I didn't want to remove and redo. So I broke them away instead, leaving the string beneath. Glass beads are easy to shatter with pliers or sturdy scissors.
I moved the eye, and only lost a few beads in the process.
I really really love this piece, and can't wait for it to be finished. I contacted a few photographers about taking some pictures for my portfolio and for my store, next week.

January is coming to a close, and I feel like this has been one of the best starts to a new year I could have asked for.
alice789: (Default)
Fabric Shopping *** What I'm working on today.

This has been my life for the last few weeks. I have a pretty vicious TO DO list to finish this month if I want to be on schedule for world domination in 2 years.
alice789: (that was uncalled for)
Haha, so on the discussion of "Why do rich people dress like bums?"
We came to the conclusion that the behavior of throwing money away on depreciating assets such as cars and clothes is what seperates the millionaires from the rest of society.

"People with money who are not the asshole noveau riche, i.e., who are comfortable in their own skins, don't give one good goddamn what twerps like you or other shallow wannabes think.

They wear what they want when they want, and the old line rich do not generally ever put their money into cars -- they consider this vulgar -- but rather spend what money they spend on their estates, although also never in a showy, vulgar way.

Now, yacht salesman have LONG known this, and would never turn away a no socks wearing, courduroy pants guy, as they KNOW how the old line rich habitually dress.

Many, many noveau riche (I can't help but think of large swatches of New Jersey when I think of same) have more newly acquired money than taste, are still the same vulgar and insecure assholes they were before acquiring some money by being relentless assholes, and so NEED to impress other shallow asswipes with their bling -- which, apparently, is the only metric of supposed personal worth that these twerps understand."
alice789: (artistic)
The difference between crap and quality. A good point is made, that quality is determined in the eye of the beholder. It is entirely subjective to our own purpose.
Beyond the basic standards of what we deem to be appropriate clothing, (utility/function, identity/decency, and durability) a lot of people don't give a damn.
"Personally, I don’t care about wearing clothes; my driver is making them. My wardrobe planning is defined by not embarrassing who ever I happen to be with." I wish I could be half as cool as this woman. By the way, if you are interested in fashion design, go buy her book.

I think entirely too many people associate quality with popular brands and nothing else. I'll admit there are some brands that adhere to higher quality standards than others, and I do harbour a few brand loyalties/preferences - though never blindly so.
I'm also disturbed by the elitist mindset of single-serving clothes, the concept of "I'll never wear anything twice."

Despite being a no-name newbie designer and poor starving artist, I am fairly particular about my wardrobe (and probably equally concerned with what my children wear). But I'm not an unreasonable fashion snob. My definition of quality is fairly basic, and is never limited to brand names, or big numbers on price tags. I shop at thrift shops more often than regular stores, to be honest - it saves the world in little ways.
I look at each article of clothing independently to determine quality. I always take note of the fabric content - and avoid some (curse you, knit rayon). I examine the design and fit, the stitching and seams, the pattern or print, colour, etcetera.
It all weighs in on whether I'll buy it. Because brand names hardly matter as long as the item itself is durable, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing to my eyes. My personal concept of crap versus quality is for most part, pragmatic - will this fall apart tomorrow or in 10 years?
alice789: (for great justice)
Okay, being in fashion - or any artistic industry for that matter - you come to the understanding very early on, that everyone copies everyone else. We could chalk it up to 'deriving inspiration' and 'mimicking that which we find beautiful' - but they really are all the same thing.
I never gave a rat's ass about upstart big-headed designers seeking the lawful protection of patents and copyrights on their designs. There's no such thing. No one person or entity has the right to make claim to a design or piece of art and call it their own specifically.

As a race, we come to a sort of artistic creative resonance. We all start designing similar things, are pulled towards similar colours and silhouettes, without any verbal or physical communication. The psychology of it is amazing, being in the same vein as memetics and semiotics.

All that said, someone has blatantly ripped off my designs. Someone I know. I'd never make such an accusation, unless I was 100% sure. Don't get me wrong, I'm not upset, or angry at them. The thought had never crossed my mind to protect or guard my designs. And I have no intention of doing so, ever. We all steal from each other, its matter of fact. Its how we build an empire. We all look at others for inspiration, and grow.
For now, I'm slightly happy that this person saw something in my ideas worthy of copying. Never in my life have I been so energized, and eager to succeed. I'm flooded with a sudden burning desire to surpass my competition. Its been a long time since I felt the need, and I'm utterly grateful for it.
alice789: (flora)
Hey, I told you I could rip my own jeans.
Check out my star fray:
Constructively Destroyed
alice789: (Johnny Depp's crotch)
So this girl was showing off her brand new ultra-distressed destroyed cut-off denim shorts.
I wont even begin to discuss my views on "designer" blue jeans. I'll simply state that jeans were made to be casual work pants for labourers and construction workers, and I will never see denim as dressy or classy.

Anyhow, I digress, I am well aware of the luxury and prestige one feels from paying someone else to deliberately destroy your clothing for you, but I am able to do this myself.
When I visit my thrift and vintage shops, I always find new jeans in an outdated fit - such as ultra flared legs when the current trend/silhouette is skinny and slim. Now, why not get some of these and cut them in to shorts? Why go buy new ones?
I've hardly ever thrown out a pair of jeans that weren't totally full of holes on the crotch (specifically there, anywhere else is okay), because once the style goes out, I cut them to shorts for the summer. Years ago I had some gaucho capri-length jeans - gross, I know - now they are a fine pair of shorts.
It's such an easy process, and only requires scissors (and if you are incapable of cutting a straight line, grab a ruler/straightedge and a pen). Just cut across the leg, parallel to the hem, and wash them. Cut away any excess frays. If they are slightly long or off, fold them up in a cuff.

I recently found the most amazingly pale washed-out powder blue Guess jeans at the second hand shop (and I kid you not, they only cost me 25 cents). I know the new look is dark wash, but the colour was too cool to pass up. I attacked them with scissors when I got home. I really love them, and intend to wear them, in style or not. Maybe pictures later. Just between you and me, I like my new cut-off shorts better than the other girl's.
Besides, fashion innovation doesn't happen when people only wear what they bought in the mall last week.
alice789: (kicking ass)
Posted 31 July 2011:
"Who is awesome enough to get thrown out of a bar at their highschool reunion for being too drunk? ME!"

Overall, it was a great night (until I got thrown out). I wore school colours, teal and silver - go LVA! Woo! I got free drinks (my friend Tiffany knocked me in to the pool, seriously, who actually does that?). And I got to see lots of old childhood friends and acquaintances.
Dorky Dave drank till he dropped, literally, he totally fell out of his chair.
And the photographers enjoyed taking pictures of me dancing and acting a fool. A miserable wet fool - thanks Tiffany!
Everyone was amazed at how I hadn't changed at all since school. Which I have to admit, was the most perfect reunion I could have imagined.

Today, I'm going to spend the day packing and preparing to leave the city that I have lived in 2/3 of my life. I'm sorting all my belongings in to two piles - TAKE and GIVE AWAY. Its heartbreaking, but at the same time, exulting. I feel relieved and elated to be rid of material belongings, to move on with a chance at a clean slate, and a fresh start.
I have often found myself saying to other people who had cried at me about losing their phone, breaking their computers, ripping their new pants, etcetera, "They are just things."

I'm excited for this leap to an overbearingly religious city, with a stinking cesspool of a lake (see previous post). No, I really mean it.
I recently read an interview of a SLC fashion designer, "I don’t have to wear couture. I don’t have to have the latest. I’m not superficial about it. What I love is the artistry of it. Clothing is just what people put on their bodies to keep from being naked, to keep their butts from scraping on rocks when they sit down…but fashion is what you have to say about it, expressively and responsively."
Word.
Most fashion falls in to two base categories: utility (cover, modesty, or protection from elements), and for identity (uniforms and corporate apparel). The third is beauty (something with no purpose other than vanity), and sadly, not as popular.
What really tickled me - "I took my mom’s square dancing petticoat, sewed giant sequins all over it, and wore it to school once. I think the kids told me it was the “devil’s clothes”."
Check out her store here: Haus of Mirth or drop by Unhinged, 1121 E. 2100 S in Sugarhouse (free parking in back).
alice789: (windy)
Here's a list of some of the fashion designers I love:
Roberto Cavalli
Alberta Ferretti
Elie Saab
Naeem Khan
Salvatore Ferragamo
Olivier Rousteing @ Balmain
Riccardo Tisci @ Givenchy
Christopher Bailey @ Burberry Prorsum
John Varvatos
Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman @ Marchesa
Joseph Altuzarra
Zuhair Murad
Madeleine Vionnet, of course.
And my favourite designer that was my inspiration through college, Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton.

And of course, there are names everyone knows, Karl Lagerfeld, and John Galliano. (I know there are issues with Galliano, but I'm talking from a design standpoint, not a judgement on character or social status)

Also, I am totally doing NaNoWriMo this year, here is my profile. Add me as a writing buddy!
alice789: (hound)
When I got home today, I mended 12 shirts, 2 skirts, and 3 pairs of pants.
I hate mending and fixing clothing - even though I'm fairly good at it. Its one of those tedious tasks I set aside until the situation becomes dire.
In this case, my irritation at seeing the monstrous mending pile outweighed or overruled my lethargic tendencies.

I live and love by the philosophy that if something is broken, you fix it - you don't throw it away.

I love Alberta Ferretti. I own a gray cardigan by this designer. I altered it today, so I was looking at the care label. It is made of 100% cotton backing and knit wool cables on the front. It says Professional Dry Clean ONLY.
WHY must 100% cotton be dry cleaned??
I'm baffled. I also have tons of designer clothing made of cotton and silk that say "dry clean only". You know what? I throw them in the wash. Cold and gentle all the way - so far no problems.
Silk, especially, is a monofilament that is stronger than most synthetics and manufactured fibres. Its not delicate or fragile.

When I was in college, I did an internship for a designer, whose family owned a garment cleaning (dry cleaners) service. She confessed that in the back, their secret weapon was a regular old washing machine.
alice789: (duchess)
I was so tired, I was putting things in the hamper this morning to wash, and I threw my laundry in the toilet.
In other news, I am on phase 2 of my shoe project.
When I was in highschool, my art teacher said I had an unhealthy preoccupation with glitter. He became so irritated at my obsession with including glitter on my projects, that he often lectured me, stating that glitter would only hold me back as an artist, and could possibly be my downfall. Throughout my years of education, he was far from being the only one who didn't approve.

Well, now I'm producing my most treasured and popular design - a glitter covered shoe - and I have never been so excited over a project. The irony is almost palpable.
What colours would you like to see on a shoe?
alice789: (elle fait sa coquine)
I haven't been posting pictures of "what I'm wearing" lately, I have been packing and preparing to move and most of my nice clothing is in suitcases at the moment. I don't suppose people want to see pictures of easy fit t-shirts and athletic shorts, and/or bikinis & flip flops every week.. but maybe that would work!

I noticed my hairstyle has suddenly become popular. For years now, on my days off, I've braided my hair when I got out of the bath, I'd leave it braided until I washed it again. I would sleep with it, go to the store with it, etc. It'd turn in to a messy sloppy side braid, with my bangs and stray hairs.
I thought it was charming in a country romani bohemian sort of way.

Oh! Here is my first nail swatch. I have mentioned this colour before, its my favourite for summer! Sadly, with all neon colours, its difficult to capture it properly in photography. This was taken in bright natural light.
China Glaze - Flip Flop Fantasy
[Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze]

Fabulous

24 June 2012 03:54 pm
alice789: (Sharon and Break)
Its been almost 4 years since we graduated college together. In school we were the inseparable duo of constant giggling, talking, passing notes, drawing ugly pictures of the teacher, and otherwise generally bad behavior.
One teacher spotted me in the hallway alone one day, and said, "What is this? I've never seen such a thing. Where is the other one?"

But you know what, we had the most talent, most vision of our classmates. So while other groups fought and bickered over who would press the piping or what colors to use, we worked calmly with coordination and cooperation, allocating tasks to whomever had the most skill. We knew what we were doing.
At first, the teachers raised an eyebrow at our concept sketches, always doubtful. By our second year, the teachers didn't bother with approval. They simply knew we could do it.
Our runway pieces were always the most impressive, our designs always opened shows.
Our ambition was what made us incompatible with the current market. We didn't design t-shirts, athletic wear, kicks or jeans. And perhaps that was our downfall.
I've been told, "If you have a good design, something new and innovative, nobody will like it. You'll have to cram it down their throats."

Afterwards we graduated, moved apart. We both had lives, bills to pay, mouths to feed - a creative hiatus of sorts.
But now, we are ready to team back up, and work on a collection for next year, together. He has an artistic disposition and dramatic flair, meaning I'll have to kick his ass. But I'm truly excited. I don't know how many long-distance fashion design teams there are in the world. But we'll manage with Skype and Priority Mail.

Welcome to the DECK design team, Ernest. :D
IADT 02/2007
[IADT campus, February 2007]

:C

18 June 2012 01:21 pm
alice789: (katamari)
Bidu Bidu is still chillin' on the LV.  Yo.

"Hey, what do you think of this purse? Does it match my outfit?" *poses*

".. IT MAKES YOU LOOK FAT."
alice789: (elle fait sa coquine)
Can shorts be too short?
I don't think so.. What do you think? Too short?
[I am wearing: retro Abercrombie athletic shorts, and A&F floral t-shirt.]

I meant to wait a week to post another 'scorn' related entry, but I wanted to wear short shorts for the first day of summer vacation. Don't know what I'm talking about?

Also, I have decided for this summer, I will no longer wear bras. I hate them with passion, so why the hell should I wear them?
I wear bikini tops instead, as they are soft, allow for movement, and provide a more natural silhouette. I also want the support without the sweaty, suffocating underwire and elastic straps digging in to my back and chest.
I love the idea of looking like I just got out of the pool or came in off the beach.
alice789: (hey you over there)
I got this polish a long time ago, and it has been one of my favourites.

Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze

Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze.
This is an ultra fluorescent, loud colour (and I have to warn, like with most neon colours, it doesn't show up well in photos). Its a peachy coral type pink, with a hint of orange. The polish itself is matte, and dries in an instant. Coverage is decent, but I find myself using 4 coats sometimes for an even look. I smother it in a shiny clear topcoat.
It is beachy summer fun in a bottle:

Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze.  Hello Summer!

Lo and behold, Flip Flop Fantasy on my toes. Oh, and Michael Kors straw platform wedges.
Hello Summer!
alice789: (smile)
Remember those ombré glitter shoes I designed?
[Mermaid ombré glitter flats - Want some? Send me a message.]

Remember those ombré glitter shoes I designed in 2008?
Sometime this summer, I think I'll be offering a simplified version in my store - basic flats, customized in any size and in any colour combination.
I personally would love a glittering champagne to mahogany brown shoe, with a subtle golden copper transition. I think they would be elegant and match all the cream coloured clothes I own.
I also would love any pastel to bright ombré shoe.
I secretly dream of owning a full set of the basic rainbow colours. To match anything.

I have also noticed that drool is my often used tag.
Perhaps I should cut back on the drooling. Maybe that's why Abercrombie didn't call me back?
alice789: (for great justice)
I posted this photo, 6 December 2011, of what I was wearing that day.
12/06/2011
[What I was wearing: retro Abercrombie wool track jacket, white lace shorts, navy scrunchy socks. Michael Kors blue tunic, and white Hollister skirt.]

I got a general positive response to it, and figured I'd do it again, when I wore something to merit another photo. I forgot.

Around the day I took this photo, I was told by a manager at Abercrombie & Fitch, that I didn't have the look, and was simply too old to be a model for them, even though I had originally filled out the paperwork to be a candidate for their new 'diversity' campaign. I thought I was diverse enough. Maybe not.
Incidentally, I'm wearing mostly Abercrombie brand clothing in the above picture. :(
Despite the negative interactions with the company, I'm not angry enough to stop wearing the clothes. Ruehl No.925 (RIP), Abercrombie, and Hollister happen to carry 'casual luxury' clothing of decent quality that fit me very well. IE, I own a lot of their clothes.
SO, to get to the point of this long rant - I will try to post a weekly picture of me wearing Abercrombie & Rich brand threads, JUST TO SCORN THE COMPANY THAT THOUGHT I DIDN'T LOOK GOOD ENOUGH IN THEIR CLOTHES.

I CAN BE A MODEL, DAMMIT.

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I grew up in Coronado, California, and the ocean is something I truly miss. I love perfumes, flowers, pastels and muted colours. I love to watch anime, play games, read books, eat sweets, and drink ice cream floats.
Despite liking really girly things, I don't consider myself an exceptionally girly person.
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