5/28/09

SHIRK was also featured in Carte Blanche's blog today!

CARTE BLANCHE
yours truly, c/o SHIRK, was just interviewed by russ martin! check it out.

RUSSLESS

5/27/09

STYLE ICON

russ has been a much loved friend for a few years now. he dated a friend of mine, and every time i would see him at parties or random hang-outs i would just gaze deeply into his eyes and think, why can't you like women? not only is he a person of awesomeness, but his stylishness is just as great. running his own blog, RUSSLESS, he comments on every day things from popular news gossip, to fashion, to literature, to music to... well, everything. and that's why i love it! not to mention he's a successful free-lance writer, and even quite the poet; i published a few of his short poems in the very first print issue of SHIRK. being a style icon is not easy. it takes work. but, russ has achieved status of being an official shirk magazine style icon.

RUSS MARTIN

photos by david pike


russ is the cutie without the spacers. that is his gorgeous beau, alex



Where are your top 5 favorite places to shop?

1. Goodwill, and it’s a secret which. But here’s a tip: the best vintage is always in either low income or rural second-hand shops.
2. Carte Blanche on Queen. Since Holt’s stopped carrying Cheap Mondays, this is my spot to pick them up. I can’t afford the Gareth Pugh it carries, but I love to look.
3. Uniqlo in New York is the best for basics. A cardigan that goes from day-to-night and summer-to-winter, then back again, for only $40? I can’t afford not to.
4. Diffusion, anywhere. I’ve picked up Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli and Matthew Williamson for H&M, and will jump at menswear diffusion lines for Target, TopShop, or any other retailer.
5. American Apparel (if you don’t shop there now, you used to, too). I swear by the flex-fleece. If I can, I’ll wear the ultra-basic unbranded hood through my thirties, like Generation X, still in Chuck Taylor.’s.

Love Carte Blanche. What is a key item you think everyone should have in their wardrobe?

Plain white tee. preferably from a Hanes three-pack. Regardless of gender, the white tee is the classic base-builder.


If you could have any designer create a custom made outfit for you, who would it be?

Alexander McQueen, and I’d ask him to spend thirty minutes going through my bedroom, then design whatever comes to mind.

What's your music of choice as you get ready for going out?

A mix-cd made for me two birthdays ago by my friend Abi. It’s a mesh-up of dance music I’m not D.J. savvy enough to know by name (she gave me a blank without track listings). It’s always a crowd pleaser. If I’m by myself, there’s a lot of The Smiths and dancing in the mirror.

Do you follow any style blogs? And if so, what are they?

I read New York magazine’s The Cut religiously. Its fashion news round-ups keep me up-to-date with the rest of the fashion press, and its editorial air makes me blush with trust and admiration.

Aside from being a fashionista, you're also involved with running for your own blog, russless, and are a free-lance writer. What about music, fashion and life in Toronto that inspires you?

Tolerance. Torontonians may not like each other, but they’ve learned to live together. The mixed income neighbourhoods, constant re-gentrification, and global culture create a city that is always shifting to offer something new. I get bored, but things are never boring.

Moving to Toronto from Winnipeg, what's the number one thing you hate the most about toronto?

The lack of un-marketed space. I write a lot about advertising and consider the medium an art, but Toronto’s billboard culture is overtly invasive. At first Dundas Square seemed surreal, now it gives me a bit of a stomachache.

I love all of your personal photographs showing parties with your friends and random adventures. What's your favorite party/adventure moment of the last year?

The Cool Kids. The show was during fashion week at the island airport. The band was to play in a bunker, but before they even went on I’d had too many drinks. Knowing I’d crossed a line, I grabbed a ferry back to the city. Drunk, I tripped towards a cab and onto my nose. One cop, one cab, and lots of blood later I was stitched up and sent back onto the street, still sloppy. The outfit was ruined.

(*nb: This was not my favourite night, but it is the most memorable)

Your poor face! Only you could still look cute with stiches. If you could live in any country for it's style what would it be?

Denmark. The Danish are passively unafraid of the avant-garde. Though I have yet to go, a quick scroll through Copenhagenstreetstyle.dk shows what I imagine the Danish style aesthetic to be: chic and simple, with a pretty, awkward edge. Of cities I’ve been, I’d say Paris, but the perfection there is too intimidating to take full-time.

Give me a few of your very own DO'S and DON'TS

Do: follow trends you believe in
Don’t: follow your friends’ fashion advice

Do: worry about what you say
Don’t: worry about what they say about you on the Internet

What do you see being the future of cutting edge trends in fashion?

Predicting fashion trends is like predicting the weather: you never know what Anna Wintour will make fall from the sky.

What's your least favorite fashion trend?

Gaucho pants. Enough said.

Thanks Russ! Check out his blog at http://russless.blogspot.com

5/26/09

STYLE ICON

shannyn sossamon

in rules of attraction


have you ever seen rules of attraction? fuck. i love this movie. it's just about a bunch of univercity students all dealing with their fucked up lives that all for some reason seem to be connected to each other in some form. it's an extremely blunt look at american university life, which you could say seems to be seen a lot more in modern film, but this was my first real taste; rape, drug use, suicide, homophobia etc. not to mention, it has an amazing soundtrack; the cure, the rapture, etc. but MOST importantly, this film introduced me to the i'm-so-very-infatuated-with shannyn sossamon. she may not be the best actress in the world, but this role was made for her. not to mention i thought she was about the fucking coolest person i've ever seen in my life.









and the following images are my personal favorite costume change of the film...





as you can see, i've based somewhat a few of my clothing purchases based on my obsession with this film. eeessspecially considering i'm rocking sossamon-esque hair these days.

5/25/09

BRITNEY'S GUIDE TO A HOT SUMMER DAY




STEP ONE


short hair cut. check. brightly coloured high-wasited skirt. check. a tube top/bra of some type (yes i know it's that tacky american apparel africa print)... check. warm hot weather and sunshine. DOUBLE CHECK



STEP TWO


a cold beer. i could go on and on about beer for hours; serge knows that i'm the best female beer connoisseur he's ever met. on an average afternoon, such as this, i'm often not one to have gone out to the beer store so that i may have my beverage of choice. my dad bbq'ed us some chicken burgers, and threw me a tall boy of budweiser. that'll do.



STEP THREE


drink. make sure it's been refrigerated; there's nothing more disgusting than a warm beer. unless it's a warm beer with a cigarette butt in it. ever done that? anyways. here you are. a beautiful summer day, looking fabulous and getting lightly buzzed. enjoy!

5/24/09

SHIRK MAGAZINE'S OFFICIAL MAY 2009 PLAYLIST


the month of may has been all about great times, new beginnings and a feeling of a sort of re-birth with the welcomed warm wearther, sunny days and growing flowers. my emotional undertone has been very nostalgic and i have found myself in constant day dream mode. because of that, here are the following songs i have been listening to non stop the entire month of may so that i can share the gift of good tunes; from me to you.

1. NO CARS GO - ARCADE FIRE
number one, arcade fire is a band that, unlike any other band, can actually attain deep emotional reactions from me. by far, whenever i'm in that "i'm sad and listening to only sad music will do" mind frame, i always go for my FUNERAL vinyl. what an amazing album. and it's unfortunate that their second full-length release, NEON BIBLE, didn't do as well. to be honest, it's not as good as FUNERAL. but... this one song makes the album for me.



2. 1963 - NEW ORDER
again, new order is a band that writes really amazing songs and whether it's their link to ian curtis, or the fact that they used to be joy division, or maybe even as simple as their choice of chord progressions, their songs really touch me. this song in particular reminds me of certain situations or amazing things that have happened to me in the last three years, despite the lyrics being about a man named johnny pulling a gun on his best friend. i don't know, this is just new order at their best.



3. LITTLE SECRETS - PASSION PIT
passion pit is a band that literally popped out of now where recently, and i'm one of those people who's not one to jump on the band wagon of dj/electronic/featured in an ipod commercial type of bands, but these guys are actually REALLY. GOOD. maybe it's the fact that they can actually write good songs, and that they have little kids sing on a lot of their songs chorus's. could it get any better? this song is very danceable, yet one of those songs that would be playing in the background in a short film about my life. bella.




4. TOO YOUNG - PHOENIX
thus we remember this being the song playing during the scene in LOST IN TRANSLATION when bill murray and scarlet johanson are stuffed inside a little karaoke room with their japanese friends, wearing pink wigs and dancing under a disco ball. that's pretty much what this song makes me want to relive. (unfortunately, their record label won't allow embedding of this video, so just copy and paste this link.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIOL5SSjWdw


5. THINKING OF YOU - KATY PERRY
i know what you're thinking. katy perry? really? REALLY. well, i like this song, so shut up. it's more the less that it's a beautiful acoustic song, and the lyrics... well, i can definitely relate. have you ever been with a boy, and the whole time you're with him, every second you're thinking of someone else? well i've been there. so this song, more the less the lyrics, are dead on. here's just a little acoustic performance, a little less dramatic than the video, that sums it up pretty well.



6. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE - THE BEATLES
does this even need an explanation? that's what i thought.



7. EVERYDAY PEOPLE - ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
with the upcoming of summer, this will always be an epic summer song. it's chills, smooth and sweet. makes me want a beer, sunglasses and a backyard party.



8. 25 MILES - EDWIN STARR
you just try listening to this song without moving. just try.



9. LOVING YOU LONG TIME - MARIAH CAREY
we all need a little mimi in our lives. don't lie and pretend like you weren't in love with mariah carey at one point in your life, because the truth is you probably have a mariah carey song on your ipod. and if you don't, well... i feel bad for you. put me on a beach, with another alcoholic beverage and play this song. 'sall i need.



10. BRAND NEW KEY - MELANIE
i love this song. it's so cute and dainty. makes me feel like i'm back in grade seven, crushing over that boy who at that point in his life still believed touching a girl gave you a life-threatening disease. oh, young love!



11. DRESSED TO KILL - NEW FOUND GLORY
these guys used to be my favorite band when i was 14. this song is good now, was good then, will always be good... not to mention rachel lee cook in this video is so cute. sooo cute!



12. THIS LOVE IS FUCKING RIGHT - THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART
this song is so 90's shoe gaze meets belle and sebastian. drive down an open road with an open roof to this bitch.

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13. TONIGHT I HAVE TO LEAVE IT - SHOUT OUT LOUDS
thank you sweden with gracing us with this phenomenal band. great, fun indie rock with xylophones, string sections and a singer who sounds like a young robert smith. thank you veeery much.



14. LOW C - SUPERGRASS
supergrass, one of the most underrated bands of the 90's, and still are today. among their extensive catalogue of great songs, this one always stands out the most with me. i like playing along to it on the piano with a smoke burning away in an ashtray on the top corner. the video is a little bizarre, and consider it a lot more of a meaningful song than the vid gives credit for, but that's because i have my own special reasons for liking it.



15. ZERO - YEAH YEAH YEAHS
the triumpant return of the yyy's, this is one of the best songs they've put out since FEVER TO TELL. and everyone's talking shit about how nick zinner, the guitarist, is incorporating a lot more synths in to the songs... fuck, I LOVE IT. good song.




new play list end of next month!
it's not very often that i like to show my ugly side (especially considering i run a fashion/style blog) but here's a very RARE situation where i will give you a sneak peek. and considering it's not JUST me involved, enjoy it while it lasts. here's gene and i, no doubt insanely intoxicated, with a brief appearance by lynda. again, enjoy.



































5/21/09



i stumbled across this awe-inspiring photo on coolhunter today; a photograph of an actual bus stop in rotterdam (netherlands). i don't know if you can tell right away, but the advertisement on the bus stop wall, to the right of the girl, simply shows a number. well, the ad is for the netherlands biggest fitness and gym chain, fitness first. when you sit on the seat, innocently awaiting your bus's arrival, the pure shock and horror of peering to the right to see your BLOODY WEIGHT IN BIG RED LETTERS FOR EVERYONE TO READ.

i have to admit, having majored in advertising and being a person with a quick, witty mind that would probably come up with something as awful as this, i can definitely say this is one of the most EFFECTIVE advertisements i've seen. fuck, what the hell would YOU do! i'd be like, shit... guess i'm joining fitness first. am i right? right.

at the same time, i'm equally able to voice whenever i see that advertisements take it too far. and at times they do. it gets the point across, and in that it succeeds, but do we need even more eating disorders and weight insecurities? not saying this ad would trigger such things, but people could equally take it as "Yeeeeah. You're fat."
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