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)
Back when Tomica and I started Superfora, we blogged about our hair crushes at the time. Mine, Freja Beha Erichsen, circa 2011 with her messy beach hair. Hers was Linda Evagelista’s short ‘do in the 90s.
Well readers, I’m happy to announce that I’ve come full circle. After I complained that my straight bangs felt disconnected from my wavy locks to my amazing hair stylist (and close friend) Alicia of Pomp & Proper, she showed me the above photo of Freja, in Zadig & Voltaire‘s Fall 2013 campaign. Just when I thought the supermodel couldn’t be any more stunning. I am still so addicted to her look.
I thought about it for 10 days before taking the plunge. Below is my version of the Freja 2.0.
(Hair and photo by Chad Taylor, Moods Salon)
More cute than sultry but I was never one to ooze sex. Maybe if I grow my bangs out to her same mysterious length…
Ps. I’ve got news coming down the pipeline, so stay tuned readers! xo
Want to get longevity out of your clothes? No, I’m not referring to hemlines, I’m talking about wear. Your best bet for making pieces continuously seem fresh is to make sure you’re not always wearing them in the same way or combining them into the same outfits.
The easiest way to do this is to choose versatile staples, such as a pencil skirt, and then focus on different looks you want to achieve. When I think of a preppy look, I automatically know to add a crew neck sweater, a collared blouse and cute girly socks. Maybe even a side braid.
Below I show you three ways to wear TOPSHOP‘s quilted neoprene lilac pencil skirt. (Ladies, it’s $46. Go get yourselves one!)
The neon PREP - Add neon to keep this schoolgirl look current.
See – that way easy. Now get back to work!
(Image via Wonderland Magazine)
I have a ticket to see London-based Savages at the Biltmore tonight. I admit, I’ve been a huge skeptic. Simon has been obsessed with their post-punk sound for months and when he first had me listen to them, I couldn’t get past the fact that lead singer Jehnny Beth’s voice reminded me of Rush’s Geddy Lee. And that was it, I was completely turned off.
But, Simon persisted (ie. had me sit at his desk and watch a long and intense live performance of theirs) and I decided that I shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to see them live. Especially since I’ve heard from other friends that their live performances kick ass. Maybe in real life, her voice won’t scream Geddy Lee to me. At least that’s what I’m hoping.
According to a Wonderland Magazine post published last October, their performances are intoxicating.
Jehn’s gain-friendly post punk band with musicians Ayse Hassan, Gemma Thompson and Fay Milton – have whipped up a storm of buzz in recent months, grounded almost utterly on word-of-mouth, some guarded press coverage and a clutch of otherworldly, sublime live performances that seem to have intoxicated audiences.
I’ll try my hardest not to feel intimidated. Below are two of their best songs, Shut Up and Husbands.