Creative Spaces: Stella Rose Saint Clair

If you don’t know who Stella Rose Saint Clair is, you must not be in the know. Stella is a socialite, hat making, blogging, party girl who is too kawaii for you. I have known her for years since she was the hottest lolita in the Seattle scene, but now she’s a creative force in NYC.
Here in this video, Stella’s room is explored and she gives some insight into her inspirations and creative life!

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CREATIVE SPACES EP 3: Stella Rose Saint Clair from Victoria Ng on Vimeo.

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Red Valentino Autumn/Winter 2013 Pret a Porter

Valentino is known the world over for his stunning and elegant dresses, most often seen on the bodies of the rich and celebrities alike. But unless you have the ability to spend several thousand clams on a size 2 dress you will never own Valentino. You may never even see Valentino in real life. You may never even be in the room as an authentic Valentino. Who the hell do you think you are anyway??? 
Anyway Valentino released a new line called RED, and its a more contemporary (read: young) , slightly less expensive collection than it’s namesake. It’s full of what I personally love, HARD FEMME, yeah you heard me. I’m making this a thing people. Hold onto your butts! A-line skirts, baby doll dresses, ankle socks with kitten heels, lace, statement necklaces, silk blouses oh yeah you know whats up. Hard Femme is going to be the new thing, combining the hardness of past seasons with spikes, leather jackets, and metallics with the soft femininity of flirty knee length dresses, bouffant hair dos and pearl earrings. Feast your eyes on the fairytale fantasy of this years Red collection. 

 

Forever 21 Bats & Cats Collection

Now regardless of your feelings about the clothing company Forever21, “Bats & Cats”, the latest collection from the fast fashion brand is kinda exciting.
Now lets do the math. Comic books = good. Cheap fashionable clothes = good. Comic + cheap fashionable clothes = good. Got it? Good!
I’m going to be honest. I am so poor right now. I’ve been out of a job for 5 months and I’m at the point that I have to ask my family for help, I’ve been looking for work and I’m starting to get desperate especially now that I see this awesome shit.

I love Batman, but more than anything, I love Catwoman. I love the way that she does her own thing and if that involves being morally ambiguous than so be it. She loves jewelry and being inappropriately sexual towards Batman. She is representative of a woman who exist in a societal structure that is set against her so she, in turn, makes her own rules. When I was 9, I had to write an essay about who I wanted to be and I wrote that I wanted to be Catwoman, I was given an F and told to write it again. True story.
Back to the clothes. This collection is predominately themed after Catwoman but with the recognizable bat symbols sprinkled in there, to be polite but we know it’s all about the Cat. 
My favorite pieces are:

Standout Bat Baseball Cap – $10.80USD

Batty Babe Faux Leather Backpack – $32.80

Spot-On Batman Snapback – $11.80

Batman Leggings – $15.80USD

Spotlight Nail Set – $7.80 USD

Glam Girl Batman Ring – $6.80 USD

Shredded Bat Sweater – $22.80 USD

Bold Cat-eye Sunglasses – $5.80 USD

Catty Cropped Sweater – $22.80 USD

Standout Meow Baseball Cap – $10.80 USD

Street Chic Faux Leather Baseball Cap – $9.80 USD
Round Wings Sunglasses – $5.80 USD 
That being said, I really just want everything in this line. No shame. I love it and resent the fact that I have no money. Hopefully this will be motivation for me to search even harder! Wish me luck! 

When Your Vagina is Sick

Georgia O’ Keeffe – “Flower of Life II”

I’ve got 99 problems and they all deal with my vagina.
I’ve got to keep her happy all the time, wear the right clothes, buy the right undies, use the right soap, or no soap at all, drink so much water, drink enough cranberry juice, eat yogurt, maintain my PH balance, not wear thongs, pantyhose, leggings, jeggings, or anything else that might restrict her access to air. Not wear underwear while sleeping. Use the right lubricant, or the right condoms. Masturbate with the right vibrator made out of the right materials. My pussy is a demanding cunt. 
But eventually no matter how long I maintain this dance I always… ALWAYS get a yeast infection. 
My gynecologist sneers at me with her arrogant med school educated face and says to me “Are you taking showers? Remember to always wipe front to back!”. I want to hop up in her face and ask her if she thinks I just got this thing yesterday. 
“Yes bitch, thank you! I was using used toilet paper, I found on the ground up until today, I’ll rectify that immediately!” 
Georgia O’Keeffe – “Bella Donna”
But the fact is, that most women get or have gotten some sort of vaginal infection. Our pussies are delicate, porous membranes enveloped between juicy thighs and dammit it gets hot in there sometime! What are we supposed to do? Sit on fans all day? 
Actually.
That would probably be pretty awesome. Unless you suffer from vaginal dryness. In that case nevermind. 
A vaginal infection is defined by WebMD as: ” a medical term used to describe various conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina. Vulvovaginitis refers to inflammation of both the vagina and vulva (the external female genitals). These conditions can result from a vaginal infection caused by organisms such as bacteria, yeast, or viruses, as well as by irritations from chemicals in creams, sprays, or even clothing that is in contact with this area. In some cases, vaginitis results from organisms that are passed between sexual partners.”
Which basically means you can get it from anything, infections, virus, sex, antibiotics, clothing, the wrong soap or products being used on it. All beavers have certain levels of bacteria and maintaining those levels are fucking tricky and can be completely thrown off by anything. My mom used to make me drink cranberry juice all the time, when she’d wash my nasty drawers in high school, because it was supposed to maintain a healthy clam. 
Okay so we’ve established you are not gross, dirty, nasty, or a bad person because you occasionally or regularly (I get them around my period) because getting them is completely normal.
Unless.
If you get them so much that you are uncomfortable all the time, it hurts to have sex, it hurts to pee, you have a noticeable smell (and everyone else notices your smell) and you are being affected everyday of your life. In that case you NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR. Girl don’t fuck with your love taco okay??? Get that baby some help!
Georgia O’Keeffe – “Inside Red Canna” 

How do you know you have some sort of infection?
  • Do you notice a thick, white or yellow discharge coming from your vagina? Does it look like cottage cheese?
  • Is your poonannie itchy? Like really itchy, and red or inflammed?
  • Are you experiencing pain? A problem peeing or you feel like there is something stuck up inside of your uretha? Preventing you from peeing?
  • Is it uncomfortable when you have sex? 
If its a yes to all of these, you may have an infection. BUT, sometimes you are infected and you have none of these symptoms (like wtf?? right??) in that case, I don’t know how’d you know, but you should take care of it anyway. 
So there are many types of infections but the most common are: yeast infections, bacterial infections, Trichomoniasis (an STD), Chlamydia, viral infections, and non infectious. For the sake of time we will focus on yeast infections.
Yeast infections are caused by a type of fungus that lives in your coochie, your mouth, and your guts, of both men and women. When the fungus gets out of control you have a yeast infection.
Somethings that could increase the chance of these bastards taking over your downtown, is antibiotic treatmeants, pregancy, diabetes, taking birth control pills, thyroid issues, cortoisteroid treatment, or a disorder that affects your immune system.
They can be treated easily with over-the-counter medications like:
Vagisil
or Monistat
That are available at most grocery stores and pharmacies. They come in creams or weird egg suppository things that make me think I’m hatching an egg in reverse.
Now here’s where things get stupid. I’ve heard this a million times. Here’s what WebMD has to say about how to prevent yeast infections, with my own hilarious thoughts.
To prevent yeast infections, you should: 

  •  Wear loose clothing made from natural fibers (cotton, linen, silk). Um like 90% of the clothes sold in America is some plastic cotton/polyester fabric so I don’t know if thats possible. Plus I live in leggings and tights, aint giving that up.
  • Avoid wearing tight pants. See above. What are we hippies?
  • Don’t douche. (Douching can kill bacteria that control fungus.) Okay done.
  • Limit the use of feminine deodorant. Limit the use of deodorant tampons or pads to the times when you need them. You got it.
  • Change out of wet clothing, especially bathing suits, as soon as you can. Who doesn’t do this? Are people really just lounging around in sticky swimsuits all day? 
  • Avoid frequent hot tub baths. Okay if I had a hot tub I’d be in that asshole all day.
  • Wash underwear in hot water. 99% of my clothes are black, do you know what hot water does to black clothes? Do you know how expensive hot water is?
  • Eat a well-balanced diet. Don’t tell me what to do.
  • Eat yogurt. Who are you Jamie Lee Curtis?
  • If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar level as close to normal as possible. Like duh. 
Georgia O’Keeffe – “Light of Iris”

So however you  manage to do all those things at all times, good for you, and for the rest of us keep, those things in mind but when you do get an infection, don’t freak. You’re okay and you’re gonna be okay. 

If you want more information check out WebMD page on it or go see your OBGYN. 
And remember: If you smell something, Do something! 

Fashion: Romance Was Born

Anyone who knows me knows I am an alien.
When I was a kid I used to tell people that my parents were not my actual parents, instead I was hatched from alien DNA and given to two Earth parents who resembled me. This originally came out of my natural embarrassment of my home situation more than my actually belief that I was an alien. But the older I get the more I’m not so sure. Certainly everyone has had times in their life where they felt like they didn’t fit in, but I don’t fit in anywhere.
I saw the runways pictures of Romance Was Born last season on tumblr and feel in love immediately. The strange, girl-who-fell-to-earth vibe was right up my alley.
Here is their Fall 2013 RTW Collection, prepare to be beamed up!

More info from their Vogue profile:
“Few people can say they’ve turned down the chance to work with John Galliano, but the lives of Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett seem full of weird and wonderful experiences such as this. 
Since they first met while studying at East Sydney Technical College, the pair have carved their niche in the Australian fashion scene with their outlandish designs and theatrical catwalk shows. 
 Plunkett grew up in Albury, in south-western NSW. Plunkett and Sales became friends while studying at East Sydney Technical College and attended The Fourth International Support Awards in Italy where they turned Galliano down. Instead they pursued their love of kitsch and creativity gaining the attention of the fashion media at Australian Fashion Week in 2008. 
In 2008 they produced a capsule collection for retail giant Sportsgirl. Romance Was Born won the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Designer Award in 2008. “We are bold and innovative in the way we design, so it’s good to know people can appreciate it,” Plunkett says. At Australian Fashion Week in 2009 they held an ocean themed collection at the Sydney Theatre Company’s wharf. 
Myf Shepherd appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia, July 2009 in their designs. They have designed for a number of musicians, including Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Lilly Allen and Architecture in Helsinki. 
Inspiration for their shows have included Captain Planet and Freddie Kruger. The pair are known for their unique catwalk shows, which have been shown at places such as the Sydney Conservatorium, the NSW State Library, the University of Sydney and the Sydney Theatre Company. According to Sales, the sets created witin these places enable them to convey the collection’s story better.”

Film Review: Daisies (Sedmikrásky)

1966 film Daises (Polish title: Sedmikrásky) had come to my town for only 4 days so I had to go out and see it! I had been exposed to it like how I’m exposed to most things these days, through tumblr and knew that it was a feminist, avant garde, experimental film with pretty interesting imagery.

I should have stolen this poster
The film opens with old war footage intercut with the grinding of the gears of a machine. The war footage is bombings from above and set up the feeling of reality versus the fantastical setting of the rest of the film. Made in 1966 by Věra Chytilová, one of the members of the  Czechoslovak New Wave and the first female director in her country. Made during the communist rule of   Czechoslovak and made with government money, this film was immediately banned for its supposed anarchist and feminist message. 
The two main characters both named Marie (Maria?) arrive on the screen like puppets and declare “The world is spoiled! We will be just as spoiled!” and announce that they will only engage in naughty acts. Okay I’m totally on board. They date older men for dinner and then ditch them on a train that leaves town, they get wasted every chance they get, they eat apples and pickles in their bedroom, wear coordinating outfits, hang out in bathrooms, put on tons of black eyeliner and disrupt nearly every environment they are in. They are like nymphs, at one innocently frolicking through a green pasture then rolling around the bed in their nighties.
The film uses color development and collages to an abstract point. Some scenes are red, blue, yellow or all three in a 3-d glasses effect, others are entirely in black and white. There are many scenes with flowers cut together with voice overs of words like “Die! Die! Die!” 
If there is a point to be made from this film it is the question that if a world is so screwed up by men, their lust for women, their desire for war, shouldn’t women in turn just destroy everything and behave badly in a world that treats us so badly? I say yes. Well sort of. 
The film is whimsical and cute at times, the girls are harmless never hurting anything more than feelings. But when they are laying down in a bedroom covered in men’s phone numbers, listening to a man beg for one of the girls love with empty promises over the phone (“I can only think of you”…blahblahblah “I think I’m in love with you” blahblahblah) the girls giggle while eating sausages, bananas and pickles with long shears, snipping at the length like a rough circumcision. 
They are messages all around, men are useless, they lie and use for their own amusement but when you play with them they accuse you of being cold and heartless. Or perhaps its an allegory on war, the endless consuming and destruction and toying with people’s lives as if it were all a game, shows how small acts complete a total picture of cruelty. I don’t know! 
If you are going to watch this film, absorb the beautiful surrealist imagery and the nonsensical acts of the two girls and have an open mind. There is no plot, no character arc, the girls reform their ways at the end and swear to be good (only because they are bored) and are crushed by a chandelier. I’m not ruining anything for you because, well, it doesn’t matter anyway you still have no fucking clue whats going on. They lay on the table in the closing scene wrapped up in newspaper like pieces of chopped meat waiting to be devoured by the society that they have given themselves over to.
 Enjoy the adorable sense of nihilism and the rampant misandry and anti-establishment attitude! It’s really a punk movie after all, for all the girls on the pastel punk movement, they will appreciate the message of the girls and rally for the message of living your life as you want, because everything is fucked anyway.
I felt invigorated afterwards. I felt light and carefree. Who cares what other people think of me? Who cares what people want and expect of me? It is my life and I exist on my own. 
Who cares that people shout things at me? And try to touch me against my will and think that I am not capable of doing the things I want to in life? This is my life! I will do what I want! Who cares? The world is spoiled and so am I! 
If you want to see the movie, check your local art house for a screening near you. If you don’t have a screening, watch the whole thing on Vimeo! Yaow! 

Art: Jaime Warren

What makes art? Is it skill? Being able to replicate something like a landscape or a person’s face so expertly that you believe it to be real? Is it making something so thought provoking that it challenges our beliefs on religion, sexuality, government and our own realities? Or is it anything that makes us stop, look, and pay attention. Reading an article in the June/July 2013 in Bust magazine I found the artist Jaime Warren. Her weird, grotesque and hilarious pop culture references are as ireverent as they are spot on. Using the meme “Totally Looks Like” she combines photos of herself dressed as celebrities and what they… totally look like, also herself. In her “Celebrities as Food & Food’lebrities” series she poses as different celebrities as, you got it, the food they look like. It can’t be described your just gonna have to look at it. Maybe you get it, maybe you don’t, maybe its art or maybe it’s just internet culture gone array but its worth a look, and a maybe a 2nd and 3rd. 
Self-portrait as Tanning booth Mom/Self-portrait as Necronomicon in Tanning Booth Mom Totally Looks like Necronomicon by MDFification

 Self-Portrait as New York/Self-portrait as Janice in New York Totally Looks Like Janice by BuckyKatt


 Self-portrait as Yes, this is Dog/Self-Portrait as Shelley Duvall in Yes, this is Dog Totally Looks Like Shelly Duvall by awsmith2006


Self-portrait as Female Gremlin/Self-portrait as rapper Lil’ Kim in Female Gremlin Totally Looks Like Lil Kim by iworejungleboots





Self-portrait as Lasagna Del Rey by thestrutny
 Self-portrait as Pretzel Rod Stewart by breadpeople



 Self-portrait as Eggs over Easy E by food’lebrities



 Self-portrait as Madonut by breadpeople



 Self-portrait as Stevie Dinner Wonder by food’lebrities



Self-portrait as JonBeignet Ramsey by skitterypigeon and breadpeople

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