(artwork by Luna Simic)
When I was 9, my oldest and math-obsessed brother taught me how to figure out the square root of any whole number between 100 and 10,000 (try me). We “played” the square root game all throughout my childhood, between him bench-pressing me as part of his workouts and me beating him at 1-on-1 on the basketball court.
We had some pretty high square-root-game standards: if it took any longer than 4 seconds to solve, it was considered a failure. Uttering an incorrect answer caused pure shame.
It’s a fairly good party trick that I’ve used time and time again. If not to impress people, then at least to demonstrate my odd love of numbers and calculations. My brother made me promise never to tell a soul. And because I have been sworn to secrecy, I challenge inquirers to figure it out for themselves. Some have impressively managed to do so, while some have threatened to stop talking to me out of frustration.
To commemorate my weird definition of “fun” and Simon’s tolerance of said fun when I’m on a roll, the beautiful genius that is Luna made the above artwork as part of our vacation-themed photo book wedding gift.
Happy Saturday, readers! May your quirks be immortalized by your friends too one day.
Today, I’m super excited to share with Superfora readers a photo shoot that I styled back in July! Now this isn’t just any styling gig. It’s my photo concept come to life. And I’m hella proud of the way it turned out.
The idea came to me while working at Topshop, when it occurred to me that TOPMAN’s clothes, which had an abundance of traditional feminine prints like florals and animal prints, would look incredible on glam females. With a concept in mind, I scouted the location on one of my bike rides home from work. The famous uphill ride from the seawall to Broadway, although borderline gruelling, offered colourful residential and industrial backdrops.
So I teamed up with a talented photographer and together we engaged amazing models as well as hair and makeup artists. I feel so lucky and so grateful that the day went off without a hitch. We worked hard, had fun (see behind the scenes photo above) and in my biased opinion, did amazingly well.
Allow yourself to be transported back to a hazy Summer and let me know what you think!
Special thanks to the models, Avery and Ripley, the photographer, Rachelle Simoneau, hairstylist, Alicia Rollins, and makeup artist, Marlayna Pincott. xo
(All clothes are TOPMAN, accessories are Topshop and my own, green shorts c/o Simon)
Last month, I was approached by a great (and big hearted!) friend, Sarah, to participate in the Shoebox Project. The Shoebox project “is a non-profit initiative that asks people to fill a shoebox with little luxuries (valued at $50) and deliver it to a drop off location in their community. Local volunteers deliver these gift boxes to women living in shelters during the holidays and throughout the year.”
Sarah enlisted approximately 30 of her friends to put together a shoebox each. It was fun! We compared shoeboxes at our office to see what each of us was giving and went shopping for items on our lunch break together. And, as friends told friends and family about the initiative, the beautiful Sarah managed to collect no less than 70 boxes for women in shelters!! What a feat!
Thank you Sarah for sharing and leading this amazing gift giving opportunity. We are all better off because of your gesture.
I leave you with Simon’s latest hilarious dream. Potential novelist?
So today I’m going to try something I haven’t done in a while…talk about someone other than myself on here. When I started Superfora, part of what I loved about it was that it gave me a platform to talk about my super talented friends (for example, here, here annnnd here) and I need to do more of that.
Today I’m featuring my friends Tarah Ferguson and Tony Vu. Each have their own YouTube channel, which I want to share with you because their shows are hilarious and addictive. Not to mention, I’m super proud of them. So, I interviewed them to find out what pushed them to start their YouTube channels and how it’s going so far. I also included my favourite videos at the end of each interview.
(Superfora) Why did you decide to start Tarah TV?
(TF) I have always been amazed by all the incredible people I meet. Through my day job, I created Tarah Talking Tech as a platform for entrepreneurs to share their start-up stories, to essentially inspire others to believe in themselves & their ideas as well. Tarah Talking At U was created more for women and provides easy DIY tips and tricks for women to look and feel their best.
(S) I love your DIY tips! Who are you trying to target with your videos?
(TF) My 25 year old self:)
(S) I take it you don’t want to elaborate:) What is the biggest challenge in making your videos? What have you learned about yourself?
(TF) The biggest challenge with making the videos is 100% the editing. I pretty much teach myself as I go along and I am always trying to make each one better than the last. It is definitely a labour of LOVE. What I have learned while doing Tarah Talking At U, is that I am not interested in being the expert on the show, but rather interviewing the experts, and I am excited to do more of that in 2014.
(S) You definitely have a knack for getting people to open up. What kind of feedback have you been receiving?
(TF) I was sooooo scared to publish the videos because I was afraid of all the negative comments I would receive. Funny enough, after 18 videos, I have yet to receive one negative comment – knock on wood. The feedback has been really positive. I have people sharing my videos with their friends and family and have also received requests to shoot videos for other organizations, so the opportunities that have arose have been pretty amazing.
(S) That sounds exciting! What type of video requests?
(TF) Last month I was invited to interview some of New York City’s most notable women, for a video series entitled Women of New York, that will be published online next Spring. This is seriously a dream come true and it never would have happened had I not started the videos.
Congrats Tarah on blowing it out of the water in your first season! Watch my favourite Tarah Talking At U video here (yes, it’s clothes related).
(S) You are definitely the individual to deliver some sass. Who are you trying to target with your videos?
(TV) Ideally I’d like to target the mass population and run the world with my videos, but I figured I’d start somewhere small. I mean it took Beyoncé some time, right? My channel currently caters to an audience that ranges from high school students to striving whatevers in their mid to late 20s, with a few exceptions of course. Those who have a love for fashion, being #supakawaii, and getting into trouble with their close circle of friends are most likely to gravitate towards my videos as well.
(S) This is why I am an extremely loyal fan. What is the biggest challenge in making your videos?
(TV) When I first started making videos, the biggest challenge for me was talking in front of the camera. It’s not alive, so who exactly was I talking to? What do I say? Do I look at it? Oh, and don’t forget to blink! Now my biggest challenge is coming up with content to film and things to talk about.
(S) I bet you keep forgetting to blink because you are always trying to smeyes. What kind of feedback have you been receiving?
(TV) So far I’ve been getting A LOT of positive feedback! I LOVE seeing the comments and hearing the things everyone has to say. I also squeal like a little girl when people quote my videos and use my dorky phrases in everyday life. Not only because it strokes my ego a little bit, but because it means I’m achieving my initial goal – to make at least one person laugh. The amount of support I’ve also received has been amazing and that’s one of the main reasons why I continue to put out my weekly vlogs.
Thanks, Tony! And congrats on successfully turning all of us into your precious little vous-ers. Watch my favourite tonyvous video here and make sure to turn the volume up at 1:40min.
This week, I received a belated wedding gift from one of my best friends, Ashly (wifey). She designed and created personalized Zovcock stationary, each one individually hand stamped. To remind you, Zovcock is an amalgamation of my maiden name (Zovko) and my husband’s name (Woodcock). It’s also the #1 name amalgamation ever created (as voted by a very biased person). Immortalizing our name via stationary is even better than Zovcock itself.
If you don’t know me personally, Ashly’s gift is perfect for me. Here’s why:
- I am, and always have been, a big fan of stationary and other paper goods
- The love and thoughtfulness that go into hand-made gifts is very important to me
- Owning anything that is stamped “Zovcock” is simply hilarious
Basically, a gift that is humourous, loving and useful ranks high for me. I’ve included some pictures of Ashly’s process below.
There you have it. If you want to make your loved one feel extra giddy this holiday season, try making them some personalized stationary. You can even add a clever drawing or two.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some Zovcocks to get to…
As some of you may already know, I recently left my gig as a Personal Shopper at Topshop. The most senior Shopper at the Vancouver location, it was time for me to move on and focus on new goals. Although I’m going to miss seeing some of my favourite people every day and the excitement of working in fashion full-time, I’m very much looking forward to using my economics background again. I’m also excited to dedicate time to side projects that have been brewing for quite a while.
Fear not, dear readers! I will continue to embrace my creative side as a freelance stylist and personal shopper (and I promise to continue to post photos of all of my over the top outfits). You can email me at email@example.com if you want to inquire about my rates.
Office suit by day, obnoxious bright hot pants by night. Truly the best of both worlds. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
(Photo by Rich Liang)