Swap swap swap till you drop!

Yesterday, after a busy 11-hour day, I didn’t have the desire to set up my old system of photographing outfits when I got home from work, and as such, didn’t take pictures of my outfit. Also? My hair looked pretty awesome. All big and curly and wild. I’m really, really into big hair right now.

If you’re wondering, I wore this jacket, sweater and blouse, these jeans and these shoes. Oh, and these earrings.

Due to my lack of an outfit today, I leave you with this collection of photos on The Big PIcture, gathered in celebration of the upcoming Earth Day (commemorating it’s 42nd year on April 22nd), and a reminder that an awesome way to celebrate Earth Day (especially in Winnipeg), is to stop by Take Off Your Clothes being held at the Delta on Saturday, April 21st from 11:00am-4:00pm. Not only would it be all environmental and stuff, but all proceeds will be going towards the Kids Help Phone!

Video game stylin’.

I’ve recently started playing Xbox. I’ve never been much of a gamer, but was sucked in by Portal 2, Rayman Origins, Braid, Batman: Arkham Asylum…

When I first started playing, I didn’t realize that customizing my Xbox avatar was going to be as much fun as it was. There’s a limited number of avatar apparel to choose from, but countless ways to put everything together and have a stylish little avatar. The hair my avatar is wearing right now is the cut I’m thinking about getting, the hat inspired by one I already own, as is the jeans jacket. I’ve been wearing my glasses more often of late, largely because my eyes simply do not want contact lenses in them, so I took out avatar’s contacts, and made her wear her glasses, instead. The skirt and boots (real world versions, that is) are on my wish list.

While my Xbox avatar isn’t sartorially important in the grand scheme of things, every time I see her little digital face and outfit on the television screen, I am delighted and enjoy playing my game even more. Dressing well isn’t just for the real world anymore!

Fashion Flirting with returnification!

*dusts off WordPress account*

Oh, hello!

My, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? My little blogging hiatus is coming to an end, because the reason I took a hiatus in the first place is no longer a factor.

IE: I am no longer a graduate student. I am now a graduand (a word my sister-in-law assures me means someone who is between completing all requirements for one’s degree and graduation). Last week I successfully defended my thesis, and today I submitted the final copy to the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Department of Environment and the eTheses database for the University of Manitoba.

I cannot even tell you how good it feels to be finished because at this point, I’m a wee bit numb to it all. I’m not really sure where to go from here, what to do next. My advisor gave me some pretty rad advice after we had lunch this afternoon, and I think I’m going to follow it to the letter: “Rebecca, make sure you take some time to party.” And believe me you, I definitely will.

I’m going to have to reconstruct the various Important Outfits of the last 8 weeks or so, whip out my pink Cybershot and GorillaPod and pose my tush off in the back alley. I’m pretty excited to be getting back to normal again after spending a long period of time hunched over my computer, focusing solely on literature, data and revisions.

I’m also excited because I’m starting a challenge. I’ve never really been a lipstick person, and I’m going to wear red lipstick everyday for the rest of this month. No longer in the thick of thesising, but I still feel the need to keep on researching something. We’ll call this the Case Study of Red Lizard, Nars Lipstick. It will tide me over until I get started on publishing some journal articles. Who knows how a coloured lip will affect my sartorial choices?


Fashion Flirting with YOUR Snowday

So, I hear that there are quite a few folks out there suffering from MASSIVE SNOWDUMP 2011. Also known as snOMG!, snomageddon, Snoprah Winfrey, etc.

The last time I took a snowday (OK, truth, it WAS snowing quite a bit outside, but nothing was closed … Winnipeg doesn’t really do that), I spent part of my day doing three of my favorite things: Dancing, Hula Hooping and Rollerskating. Incidentally, I was also freaking out my cat. If I may suggest, dancing, rollerskating and hula hooping are excellent ways to pass the time indoors.

Don’t believe me? Look at how much fun I was having!


Fashion Flirting with Stylistic Assistance

While I was in Nova Scotia back in September, I stumbled across this blue, beaded, sparkly and sheer vintage fancy top. I adore it, as it is equal part awesome and hilarious. The problem is I have no idea how I should style it.  I have 4 fancy-ish Christmas parties to go to, and I have outfits for almost all of them planned, but today I decided I wanted to wear the blue, beaded, sparkly and sheer vintage fancy top to one of them.

So, I turn to you, Style Nation.  How would YOU style this shirt?

I’ll admit, it is a tiny bit tight in the bewbs, but I am wearing very much the wrong (padded, push-up) bra for this.  I have a minimizer somewhere around here.  Also,  for picture taking purposes, I am wearing it layered over a pink tank top.  And how awesome/hilarious is that beaded scalloped hem?

I am stumped, though.  Help, please!

Fashion Flirting with Witchcraft

Earrings: Estasi (Brasília)
Blazer: Luigi Bertoli (Brasília)
Merino Wool Turtleneck Dress: lululemon athletica
Belt: Gift from brother
Tights: Suzy Sheer
Shooties: Arezzo
Rings: Blue Topaz: gift from Mom, Silver band: Feira do Paraguay (Brasília)
Leather Bat Cuff: Colcci

Day 4 of Hallowe’en Costume Week: WITCH!

This wasn’t the dress I’d originally planned on witching out in.  I have another turtleneck dress from Colcci that I’ve had since 2001 and is extremely witchy, but I couldn’t find it.  No idea where it is, but I know I haven’t gotten rid of it.  However, in my search for the Colcci dress (I REALLY need to organize my wardrobe… ie: my bedroom floor) I found my Ananda dress from lululemon.  Merino wooly deliciousness.  I was actually planning on getting it hemmed into a shirt, get rid of the skirt, but as it happens, I really like it as a dress.  Go figure.

I really didn’t want to go over the top with the witch inspiration, but couldn’t resist wearing the leather bat cuff from Colcci.  This came home with me after a summer in Brazil, knowing that I was an orientation week leader (known as Facilitators, or Facils) for Carleton University.  The frosh week theme was C.U. in the Jungle, and our frosh group?  The Bats.  The Colcci winter line in 2002 (remember, Brazil’s seasons are opposite of Canada’s) had a bat theme, much to my glee – both due to the upcoming frosh week, and because I adore Colcci in every single way.

I also love my hairstyle today.  I was playing with my hair last night, and stumbled across this look and LOVE it.  So I did a tutorial for all y’all.  It is silly easy, stupid fast and looks fantastic.

As I am rocking my inner witch, I leave you with a quote from my favorite witches:

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

One final thing: A love-in in NYC to protest the fatties on teevee Marie Claire blog post by Maura Kelly. I love it. I’m so excited that people are responding to hate with love. Big ol’ sloppy kisses of love.

Fashion Flirting with Apples and Orchards

Earring and bracelet: Artisan Fair, Brasília
Denim button up: Sacada (Brasília)
Shorts: Banana Republic
Skull Ring: Out of the Blue (Winnipeg)
Flip Flops: Havaianas

I felt an awful lot like Kendi today.  Do you know Kendi?  From Kendi Everyday?

Every time that I caught sight of myself in the mirror, I thought to myself: “Rebecca, you’re so Kendi right now.”  As I basked in my supposed Kendiness, I also did other Kendi-like things.  I took a picture looking over my shoulder.  I tried to combine my name with other words…  Although “Rebecca” doesn’t really lend itself to fun word bending.

Did you know that Evian spelled backwards is Naive?

I’m on another trip.  In Nova Scotia, for a wedding.  It is going to be a wicked awesome party, but I’m a bit worried.  Everyone keeps talking about this asshole Earl who is apparently coming.  They’re worried that he’s going to ruin the party.  What a jerk!

Fashion Flirting with Waterfalls, Hiking, Sunlight and 862 pictures to sort through

I spent the weekend in a place one might call paradise.

And while I was there, I went hiking, swimming under waterfalls, ziplining and wore some cute clothes.  Nothing I can say can accurately describe how awesome it was, so I’ll just post a whole wack-load of pictures.

Earrings: P’lover
Necklace: Out of the Blue
Wrap: Duty Free in Toronto
Dress: Renner
Flip flops: Havaianas!

See that tiny little head sticking out of the water? MY HEAD! I'm swimming under a waterfall.

Also - it's FREEZING.

Sunnies: Out of the Blue
Cami: Victoria Secret
Hot Yoga Bra, Hot Yoga Shorts and Run: Skirt: lululemon athletica
Shoes: Vibram Five Fingers

Saturday, we hiked to waterfalls, and went swimming in the pools under those waterfalls.  As you can see, I also did yoga at the top of the waterfall.  It was lovely.  I got a bit of a burn.  Whoops.  Hopefully, this will help to even out the rest of my awful tan lines, but the burn isn’t really worth it.  I’m losing at skin protection this trip to Brazil.  Need to bring out my inner sunscreen nazi!

Necklace: Boutique in Montreal
Shrug: Sweater (worn under the dress and tucked under my bust to make it appear to be a shrug) from Gap
Dress: Joe Fresh Style
Shoes: Aldo

On Mom:

Tank and jacket: lululemon athletica
Pants: Somewhere in Newfoundland

On me:

Sweater: Same green sweater from the Gap that I was wearing the night before (I had to keep covered, I have a burn)
Grey Tank: Le Lis Blanc
White Bra (peeking out): Flow Y Bra from lululemon athletica
Shorts: Sacada
Shoes: the wonderful Vibram Five Fingers

Sunday was ecotourism day.  We made our way to an 850 meter long zipline, and soared over the Brazilian Cerrado.  I saw a King Vulture soaring overhead, and what was left of a cow carcass – bones and hide.  Following that, we ventured on a Trilha Ecologico, wherein was a treetop adventure (you can see my father crossing one of the treetop bridges).  It was surprisingly challenging, and oodles of (slightly breathless) fun.

I have to spread the Vibram Five Finger love again.  These shoes MADE my trip.  I’ve been wearing them for years now, so my feet are accustomed to barefooting – I wouldn’t suggest someone who has no experience wearing barefooting shoes wear them out hiking, etc.  I could feel the earth beneath my feet, could adapt to changes in terrain.  I was scaling rock walls in ways that I never have before.  And because of their construction, I was also running through rivers and streams without worrying if my feet got wet.  They were amazing.

This whole weekend was amazing.

As Chapadas dos Veadeiros: The Shit.