Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Paris Fashion Week: Early Pick

Marlies Dekkers 'lingerie' Ready to Wear Spring 2009

I got no words for this one except: loving it! And did you notice the knitted/crocheted chain link accessory? Amazing!

Quirky is Normal

Girl Meets NYC just started a new post about quirkiness, and the things that are 'special' about you. I think it's great to think about yourself and the things that make you YOU. Quite often we don't inquire into ourselves what makes us tick or annoyed or really happy, mostly people just float from day to day doing their business without ever looking inside. In fact I think a lot of people shun the quirks that they have in order to fit in, to be liked, to be 'normal'. I have been blessed with a great group of friends who all seem to embrace their quirks and oddities. Personally I think being normal is not being true to yourself, I think if more people really dove into themselves and found what makes them tick, what makes them have passion, what makes them creative, then we would have a lot more interesting non greedy and over satiated people in this world.

So here are my 6 quirks:
1. i talk to the computer when i work, blog, or doing anything else for that matter
2. when i find something i like, i have to have a collection of it such as bone china tea cups or 1950's books about housekeeping
3. i can't walk on cracks, i avoid them quite obsessively
4. i only sleep on the right side of the bed
5. when i eat food i mix it all up into a pile (hence i love things like burritos and sandwiches where all ingredients are already mixed up) however interestingly enough i can't stand chicken or meat pies
6. i only wash my hair at night

and now i have to figure out how to tag others!
what are your quirks?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Fab Finds

This weekend I went on a flea market and thrift sale mission. I have to say I came home with one giant bag of great finds, and a lot of dust on my hands. My highlight purchases have to be:

1. Bone China Collectible Tea Cup Sets one in Mint Green and one in Pink

2. 1985 Book 'The World of Robots'

3. Webster Collector Tin

4. Jewelery

5. Holt Scarf

6. Tonic Spritzer Bottle with actual cartridges

And guess what I bought everything for $25! I love thrift shopping!

Fifi Lapin

Fifi Lapin, a very stylish rabbit. Amazing outfits and adorable prints! I want me a Fifi!

You can find Fifi Lapin here, here or here!

The Women's Vote

The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often
mistaken for

This morning, I received an email from a friend that spoke of the importance of every women's right and need to vote in the upcoming elections both in Canada and the USA. In retrospect, we as women have not had the privilege of the vote for very long particularly when we look at how many presidents there were prior to the first election where women were allowed to vote. Now a days we seem to be taking that privilege for granted, the privilege which so many women fought for in hardship, pain and loss. This October (Canada) and November (US) every woman young or old should take to the polls in pride knowing that every single vote DOES count, and that it is not a frivolous action because the future is in our hands, more so now then ever before.

This is the story of our Mothers and Grandmothers who lived only 90
years ago. Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote. The women were innocent and defenceless, but they were jailed
nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking
for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.
Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing
went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of
'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

(Lucy Burns)
They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above
her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping
for air.

(Dora Lewis)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her
head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate,
Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack.
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging,
beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his
guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because
they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right
to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their
food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

(Alice Paul)
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they
tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid
into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks
until word was smuggled out to the press."

So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because-
-why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work?
Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

So what are you going to do to encourage others to vote?

{photo source: memory government}

Sunday, September 28, 2008

No No of the Week

Sorry Sarah Palin, it wouldn't really matter who was in this photo, mother, sister, husband or kid, it's just plainly just bad style, taste and some more bad taste. Please, is there really a need to have a real life size semi stuffed bear/pelt on your couch, and a stuffed crab (who knew they stuffed crabs?) in your office. Do you not have enough living wildlife at your door step in Alaska? Is it to intimidate people coming into your office? Imagine if it was a stuffed dog or cat, then everyone would be in an uproar but no it's a bear one of the animals becoming close to being on the world's animal endangered list. Do we really need to capture these animals and kill them, for no other reason than to display them to others to show our superiority in the animal kingdom. I think not. At the same time, taste is taste and it can not be bought or contrived. So please whoever reads this post, please do not ever condone such animal cruelty, and bad taste.

Thank you and have a great Sunday everybody!

Miss Jo

Saturday, September 27, 2008


A girl from Vancouver named Aigin Larki, a friend of a friend of a friend, started a blog recently. It's a serene blog about her poetry and photographs, and it is a colourful adventure into her talented mind. She is a emotionally filled poet and a very talented photographer. Some of my favorite images of her work are included with this post. Please enjoy.

{photo source: aigin larki}

Mark Ryden is my Hero

It is always so titillating to see art that just makes you stop and stare, and just admire work that is so well crafted and thought out. We often go to galleries and see art, lots of art, but it is seldom that you come across work that is just brilliant. I think Mark Ryden is a pretty briliant artist. I came upon the works of Mark Ryden several years ago when I was in California for the first time, and was again delightfully jolted when I saw his works in the Laguna Art Museum this year during the 'In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxrapoz Factor' (A sensory stimulating show that left me speechless, and wanting to buy every single artist book that was part of the exhibition). OK back to Mark Ryden, I find his work so beautiful and challenging, some people find it quite eerie and creepy. I guess it all depends on what kind of art you really like and are drawn to. These are some of my favorite pieces from the Tree Show Collection.

'Yoshi' 2007

'Goodbye Bear' 2006

'California Brown Bear' 2006

And my all time favorite of his work is 'The Creatrix' as seen below. I had the pleasure of seeing this masterpiece in person in Laguna, it is think about 8-9 feet high and 5 feet wide, and it is just majestic. The detail and pieces in the work are amazing. It took my breath away, as I observed it for 30 minutes. If you ever have a chance to see Mark Ryden's work I would strongly urge you to go, and experience it.

'The Creatrix' 2005

{all photos are sourced from website of mark ryden}

Friday, September 26, 2008

Clothing Picks for Friday

{photo source: etsy}
Most amazing 80s jumpsuit I have ever seen found on Etsy.

{photo source: etsy}
Vintage find on Persephone Vintage on Esty.

Designed and made by talented designer LisenLisen from Norway.

Beautiful Images

{photo source: jenny vorwaller}

{photo source: scout holiday}

{photo source: a cup of jo}

{photo source: loveology}

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{photo source: etsy}

Just wanted to share some beautiful images I have found this week while browsing through cyber space. I love them all, they make me very happy!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Yarn, Hooks and a Thimble

I love to crochet, as you may have seen in my previous post. Last year I under took the mission to make little amigurumi toys, and a bunch of slouchy hats. The result was satisfying, with friends asking to make them some too! Well, right now I am making a blanket for the couch, and helping a friend make a reusable grocery bag. I just wanted to share my favorite yarn store in Vancouver. It is on Main and 29th, and its called Three Bags Full.

They have amazing yarns, mostly hand dyed, mostly organic, and so soft to the attach. Twice a year they also have crazy 50% sales on all their yarns and accessories, and although I love me a sale, it was madness in there. I have never seen so many ladies in a small space grabbing for yarns left and right for a great deal, and there was some great deals to be had. If you are ever so incline to buy yarn please go visit this wonderful locally owned shop.

{photo source: three bags full}

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Lost Art of PinUp

I love pin up paintings and drawings from the 40's and 50's, it is one of my obsessions. I had a mural of one of Alberto Vargas pin ups sprayed painted in my old studio by a graffiti artist several years ago, that is how much I love the works. They really transcend time, however it has in some ways become a lost art. Newer attempts at making the pin up have come up short of the greatness that is still evident in these pieces of art. I find new attempts to look trashy, almost pronographic, or even cartoonish in some instances. I have had an obsession with the American pin up since I was about 12 years old, and have researched pretty every pin up artist that has ever existed. In my perspective, or more appropriately in my taste my favorite to date is still Alberto Vargas. There is just something about his work, it mesmerizes me, and perhaps it's cause I am a red head too, and he seems to depict them so well. In any case here are some of my favorite pieces of his, if only one day I could own an original of his, I would be the luckiest girl!

{photo source: the pin up files}

NY Fashion Week Favorites

{zac posen}


{someone from project runway}

{mathew williamson}

{jill stuart}
{photo source: mercedes-benz fashion week}

So this week I flipped through all the designers and their shows at the NY Fashion Week 2009 and disappointingly found most of the shows uninspiring. Not to be unfair, all the clothes are gorgeous, made with amazing tailor ship, and craft. And if someone decided to give me some I wouldn't complain about taking them. However, at the price tags at which most of these pieces go for, I felt a little let down. Most had very similar staple pieces from show to show. It just felt like I had seen this all before in Spring 2008. The key staple piece trend 'the super ass skinny model'. The one's in this post seem to be at least eating something, other photos most models looked like either they never ate or they were malnourished 14 year olds. AHHH Fashion!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A House in the British Countryside

I just came upon these photos of someone's house in the British countryside, it is absolutely divine. The colors, wallpaper,furniture, and chandeliers are amazing. My eyes are having a party. I want to pack my stuff and move into this house, I find it so well decorated and cozy. I must admit I am a sucker for tacky vintage and overuse of wallpaper!

{photo source: interior divine}

Monday, September 22, 2008


I was searching around the blogs today and found this great website called JStory, it has the cutest and eclectic organizing accessories.I especially love the cable managers, what a great idea! Now I have to figure out where to find these guys in Vancouver. Click on the images to get a larger, better view.

{all photos: photo source jstory}