Jungle Consistency

The price of pillows in decor shops is heartbreaking.  A typical pillow can run you $60-$90 per unit. That’s right: the equivalent of a pair of shoes.  Or several bottles of wine.

Lucky for me, I have an incredible friend Jordan, who offered to make custom-made pillows for me. I rode my bike to Dressew on a beautiful, sunny day, chose my favourite fabrics and passed them along to Jordan between her man story and our charming picnic.  A mere days later, the pillows are complete.  My hero!  She made them during her lunch break at Fluff and saved me nearly $200 in the process.

Not only do they look fantastic, but they eerily resemble the way I dress.

pillows

Jungle outfits

Some may call me predictable.  I call it consistency.

In keeping with the Jungle theme…a smooth jam for your Thursday morning commute:

 


The Urban Turban

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(My old Topshop crew: Eve, Daniel and Gabby)

For a couple of years now, I’ve been wearing head scarves when I really want to make a statement with my outfit. It’s such a simple way to make a big impact.

Head scarves have been in and out of style for decades, championed by ladies of the likes of Brigitte Bardot to Nicole Richie.  I learned my preferred style from a cute French girl named Valentine. Based on Valentine’s 1 Foulard, 3 Possibilites (1 scarf, 3 possibilities), follow these easy steps to achieve a standout look:

1. Use a colourful scarf that is at least 30×30 inches.  Fold it diagonally in half so that it is the shape of an isosceles.  The bigger the scarf, the more dramatic the look as the excess will sit at the top of your head.

Dior scarf

2. Wrap the hypotenuse of the scarf around the nape of your head, with tip and ends in front of you (see lower left photo). With the triangle’s tip falling in front of your face, tie the ends tightly around your forehead.  This is what keeps the scarf in place so ensure it is secured tightly.

3. Pulling the triangle tip back over the first tie, tie the ends one more time to create a knot (see lower right photo).

Step 2Knot tied

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Tie a bow to polish it up and ta-da – it looks amazing!  And honest to God, the compliments will start rolling in.    Optional: use hair pins in the back to keep the head scarf in place.

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(Photos by the beautiful Tarah Ferguson)

 


Square Root Game

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(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.


Summer Photo Shoot Pics Are Up!

photo shoot

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

Ripley-dinosaurRipley-houseAvery-yellowStanding-swingsSwingsCandylandBushesRipley-crownRipley-motelAvery-necklace

(All clothes are TOPMAN, accessories are Topshop and my own, green shorts c/o Simon)


The Shoebox Project

My shoebox

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.

Shoebox Project(Photo via Sarah)


Happy Weekend, Guys!

I leave you with Simon’s latest hilarious dream.  Potential novelist?

Dream


Video Stars

Hi Readers!

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.

Tarah

(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).

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(Superfora) Why did you decide to start tonyvousTV? Aside from your initials being TV!
(Tony Vu) A lot of people kept telling me that I needed my own reality TV show; which sparked the idea of something a little more tangible – a YouTube channel!  However, it took me a few years to actually man up and create something where I would open up my life to the world because I never thought I had anything special going on.  I began to follow a bunch of the popular YouTubers and found myself smiling or laughing with all of their videos.  Then I realized that’s all I wanted to do as well, so I started “tonyvous” to try and get at least one person to laugh along with me.  I also not so secretly felt that the world needed a little more sass.

(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.

There you have it – two up and comers that you need to know about!  Check out their youtube channels for many more amazing episodes and to subscribe: Tarah Ferguson & Tony Vous

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