Archive for April, 2009

April 30, 2009

Shoe Porn

Courtesy of Jak&Jil blog:

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April 28, 2009

Weekly Inspiration


Credits: Jak&Jil, Lookbook, Heidi Slimane

April 28, 2009

Gang Star

Natasha Poly in Numero June/July 2007, Gang Star

She is oh so totally working that black noir theme. It’s HOT.

Credits: modelcouture

April 28, 2009

L’Hirondelle

Anja Rubik in Numero 103 May 2009, L’Hirondelle
*nipple warning* for the last one


Credits: modelcouture
April 23, 2009

The Return of Daria

Yay! Daria Werbowy is back in the game. Good. I’ve been missing her amazing-ness.

Credits: modelcouture

April 22, 2009

Quote

Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.
Robert Heinlein

LOL

April 22, 2009

Rules of Attraction: Girl Hot vs. Guy Hot

Glommed off of Teen Vogue blog:

This is so terribly interesting as different things attract about people attract me. And there is a huge difference between dressing girl hot and guy hot. Now come to think of it, I think I work harder on an outfit when I see my friends that I do when I go on a date. Girls will notice details and judge you based on how pulled together you are. Guys don’t seem to care as much. But then again, as girls, we tend to overanalyze things. Well I don’t mean to overly simplify it, but there is some truth to it. And as I’ve had more than my share of people looking at me, things I notice when a girl checks you out (I would know since every Asian woman/girl does not like me, especially middle aged Asian women lol) are hair, face, outfit, and then shoes. When a guy checks you out: the key things become face, boobs, exposed skin (perhaps stomach), ass, and legs. lol Greatttt. hahaha Here’s Teen Vogue’s take on it:

“‘Slim, boobs, butt, gorgeous face, and great hair,” lists New York City native Lucie, sixteen, when asked what she thinks guys like in a girl. And what are considered attractive qualities for girls by fellow girls? “Bone structure and body proportion,” notes Kara, 20, of Chevy Chase, Maryland. “And personality,” adds Samantha, a nineteen-year-old college sophomore in Newark, Delaware. When it comes to looks, the battle of the sexes rages on. “Girls and guys have very different standards on what’s attractive,” Lucie explains. “We notice the shape of someone’s face, but boys notice how you look in a bikini!” Now a new study is backing up their point of view. In February, researchers reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that men and women process beautiful images differently–guys with the right side of the brain, and girls with both sides of the brain. Separate medical research in the past has shown that the right side of the brain is associated with fantasy and imagination, and the left side governs logic and communication. While the Proceedings study is far from conclusive, it could in part explain why girls take a more well-rounded point of view when rating beauty. “The study doesn’t surprise me,” says Anthony Youn, M.D., a Michigan-based plastic surgeon. “Generally, men are visual–they tend to find women with that Barbie-doll look, like Heidi Montag, attractive. Most women, though, feel that someone like Lauren Conrad is prettier than Heidi. Lauren is natural.” Samantha agrees: “I think guys base hotness only on body and face, whereas I care about the whole package, including her sense of style.” Indeed, being fashionable ranks highly among girls. “Nicole Richie is attractive because of her overall look,” says Kate, eighteen, from California. “But I’ve never heard my guy friends call her hot.” In the end, Victoria, nineteen, from Toronto, says the opinion of the fairer sex matters more to most females: “Girls dress for other girls. If we think we look good and our friends think we look good, then we’re happy!” And top trainer Brett Hoebel urges teens to celebrate what they have: “Because of pop culture, the waif look is the current standard for girls and is largely achieved through plastic surgery or Photoshop. But the most important part of being attractive comes from within–your opinion of yourself is all that matters.'”

Credit: Teen Vogue Daily

April 21, 2009

Inspiration Chickadees

Wow it seems like it’s been a while, although I just posted some last week. Lookbook is sooooo addictive. And everyone has such nice creative names for their shots. I’ll have to post my own soon!

Courtesy of Lookbook, NAST, NY Times: The Moment blog, altamira,

April 19, 2009

Happy Musings

Well. I’m glad that I’m over my freak out. hahah I guess it wasn’t exactly my fault. But still. Glad to have the wacky moodswings gone as well as the paranoia over the placebo effect. But yet I still have questions. But as he is currently incommunicato I’ll deal by writing it out on the blog. Hmm I hate diary entries. Ironic since I love to write. But I don’t like to write the inspid feeling spillage that is so commonly found in teenage girl diaries. I prefer to angst it all out and bleed it onto the page. That is part of a being a teenager as well I think. The angst. The uncontrollable urge to let your emotions take control. This is why there are so many teenage movies after all. Teenagers feel things like 10x harder than normal people do. Whether irrationally or not. They just do. and feel. Such a nice existence at times; other times, not so nice. I like to think that I’ve matured somewhat. I’ve certainly calmed down since high school. This has been such an interesting year of discovery. And to think it’s not even over yet.

I do hope that I don’t ever become one of those needy, dependent girlfriends (*gasp* I’m a girlfriend now or at least I hope so!). That would totally suck. Not to mention be very pathetic. I really should diversify my interests in order to not become one. Either that or just keep on track with school. lol Cuz I got some exams to think about here. My life does not revolve around him. Or least it better not!!!!!!! I’d be very pissed that I let myself go to that point. I really should find new interests though. I’m getting a bit bored. And as I can’t really do what I normally do when I’m bored (hunting), I gotta find a new past-time. Cuz with him in the pic, that’s a big no no. hahaha Maybe I’ll go boulder or something. That’s something I haven’t done in a while. Anything to stop thinking/talking about him. Sorry honey, but I gotta stop sometime. This fluff period has gotta go away. Cuz it’s beginning to get even on my nerves. *sigh*

I guess I like to ponder existence, my existence in paricular, as well as question life. That is, after all, why I’m so drawn to philosophy classes. Oh CHID. You simultaneously am I what I need and what I want to run away from. On one hand, you get Rahul who will poke and prod me–in a good way of course–into thinking more critically and re-examining what I actually know. On the other, I get a ton of Greek row people. I must confess my natural bias against them. I can’t help it if the stereotype gets proven true more often than not!!!! It just does. haha Well I’m learning to get over that. There are really some very heavy hitting people in our class. Of course I am one of them :P (oh arrogance how you carry me through). But there’s this one guy (1 of like 2) who brings up such good points. I loved that he brought up the idea of ownership over our individual bodies and how in reality we don’t truly own them. It’s a freaky thought, but a true one nonetheless. The government puts tags and parameters as to what we can do with our bodies. If I wanted to prostitute myself (NOT THAT I EVER WOULD but a hypothetical) I can’t as it is illegal. Although it is my own body which I am selling. Not the government’s, not my parents’, not anyone else but myself. But as it affects more people than myself, the government find it their right to regulate it. Interesting.

Another interesting through as to biopower is one senator rep in Texas asking that all people of Asian decent to change their names so that it’ll be easier for them to pronounce with, of course, them being the white population. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Why should I have to change myself in order to suit societal needs? I’m sorry, but I wasn’t named for you. It is my name and I’d like you to respect that. And if you mispronounce it, I will correct you. I’d like you to give me the same courtesy if I were to mispronounce yours. So, sorry lady, you can go fuck off for all I care. That is one of the most bigoted requests I have ever heard of in my life.

Everything is interconnected. It is nearly impossible to isolate one issue. If it’s a race issue, there are also feminist, class, and sexual issues intertwined within it as well. The women movement is finding that out right now. While I never claimed to be a feminist (most likely due to the radical stereotype), I do understand the concept of male dominance. And one guy (same one actually) brought up a good point. When you compare a white woman of higher class to a black man of lower class for a job, who do you choose? Obviously, the white woman of higher class. However, if you had to compare two people of the same credentials, a white woman and a black man, then who wins out? I would say the male. We live in a man’s world, where a woman will get paid 15% less for the same amount of work as a man. That is part of male privilege. But it’s not just a matter of race or gender. There are class issues at work as well. Beauty, for example, is not just a sign of subjecting women. It is a class issue as well. For the Western world, being tan is not just an aesethic principle, but also a show of class. You are rich if you have the time to lay out in the sun to get that glow. In direct contrast, in the Eastern world, being fair and porcelain is the desired look. It’s not just a reflection of western colonization as to how white is a sign of purity and dominance ,but also class. If you are fair in the Eastern world, you don’t have to work out in the fields. You don’t have to be out in the sun where you can’t protect your skin because you are too busy trying to put food on the table. Fair, in this case, means you have the leisure to lay around inside, away from the scorching heat. Interesting how that works right?

Have I given you food for thought? I hope so. But this is more to appeal my intellectual aspect I think. Sorry, but this blog is all about me currently :P And probably will remain that way. I lie. These weren’t so happy after all. hahah

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April 18, 2009

Ad Campaigns

Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2009: Natasha Vojnovic

Nastia Liukin for MaxAzria Spring/Summer 2009:

Credits: Design Scene