Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nug Porn Star: Hash Plant

After enjoying a hash bash last night, I knew Mernagh's Hash Plant would conjure up a smokey charcoal-gold style.
Mernagh's Hash Plant

How to recreate Hash Plant:
-Smudge charcoal shadow only on eyelid
-Cover top lashes in thick black liner, smudge into shadow
-On inner conner of eye, add pale silver shadow to brighten up with reflection
-Add green glitter liner on only half of lower lashes
-Complete look with mascara and blush

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Many Uses of the Bobby Pin

College Humor Provides Entertainment

The female version of Jackass

Jersey Shore as a video game

Mind Control Through Fashion Trends: Industry Expert Describes “Fashion Zeitgeist”

The very best aspect of fashion is how creative and innovative a living necessity can become. We must wear clothing everyday, and fashion transforms to wearable art for the industry geniuses.

People always ask why the garments on a runway are so “out-there” and unusual, it seems like not a single person would actually wear any of it. In fashion school, professors taught me that it’s all as simple as repeated cycles of different trends. A runway acts as a showcase for all these new trends, which will be popular in that season.

Colours, patterns,  and textures can style a runway to retail transition
Every designer will focus on a few main trends to make their collection cohesive. The real money in fashion industry comes from the adaptation of couture to ready-to-wear. The trends on the runway are dramatically watered down in order for everyday people to wear the looks.

Today in Metro Times style section, an article titled, “Where do fashion trends come from?” explains the redundancy of fashion and that every season fashion collections are looking too similar to one another. The reason behind the copy-cat styles is textile mills hold bi-yearly fairs in Paris and Italy displaying the different materials available.

Very little variance between runway shows these days.
Kevin Carrigan, Global Creative Director of Calvin Klein describes the process for designers, 

“From these fabric fairs, designers begin to decipher the major global trends of the season with each house interpreting the inspiration in it’s own way and putting their spin on the fashion zeitgeist.”

The article goes on to describe the trickle-down theory of runway to retail, “Once a collection is shown, a whole copy-cat cycle begins where designers mimic what they see being done by fashion leaders such as Miccuia Prada, Marc Jacobs, Alber Elbaz and Pheobe Philo among others." 

Fashion leaders and textile mills are in complete control of what trends, symbols, and messages we receive from the fashion industry. Clothing is a necessity for us to survive, and yet the industry remains regressive rather than progressive. Are fashion designers actually addressing the real issues within their job? Not if they are only capable of showcasing a handful of trends two times a year on the world’s most beautiful supermodels. 

If runway is in fact just a showcase of different optical illusions achieved with the model’s body plus silhouettes, patterns, colours, textures, and line, then why are the guidelines for a model’s appearance so strict? Easily a designer could think outside of the box and design entire runway collections for individuals with fit issues.

Each and everyone of us is beautiful.
Adapting the trends from runway to retail would be the exact same process, even if non-conventional models, like little people or people in wheelchairs were on the runway. This idea would inspire and draw a lot of positive attention to women who are used to being neglected by fashion. As a perfect example, the only runway show I have ever seen was Cheri Milaney for Fall 2009 at Toronto Fashion Week, where her and model agent, Ben Barry teamed up to inspire the courageous souls of not models, but real women including breast cancer survivors. These women looked more beautiful than models, because they’re beauty was from within.

Cheri Milaney Fall 2009
When textile mills and fashion leaders decide fashion trends, then there is absolutely no excuse as to why hemp cannot be one of the majour materials showcased on the runway. Being a miracle fiber, it’s achieved varied appearance makes hemp the most valuable fabric, for the amount of different trends hemp can produce. Using inferior fabrics solely for “cost” reasons stunts the growth on hemp fashion and makes for a regressive industry. The proof of lack of thinking behind fashion trends makes it obvious that hemp can be a successful trend, a fashion leader just actually needs to use it.

Mountains of the Moon hemp fashion
When these “fashion leaders” for decades put an ultra-thin, emotionless robotic beauty measuring at least 5’7” in height on a conveyor belt runway, adorned in synthetics, I question that maybe fashion industry actually acts as mind-control against our own selves rather than a creative outlet.

Fembot Fashion
Our appointed “fashion leaders” work more like fascist dictators by minimizing opportunities, resisting positive change, and ignoring important design innovations, that would lead to comfort and happiness for many who are ignored from enjoying fashion. If I am incorrect about the fascism in fashion, then designers will change the shallow elements of their shows. Showcasing new collections twice a year, the clothing in runway shows and trends reads more like a fashion police uniform that is so well camouflaged because it’s appearance is changed every six months.  

Fashion industry already has a negative stigma about the cut-throat competition standard. Director of the A.A.S Fashion Design Program at Parsons School of Fashion describes the obvious visual outcome of the competition, which “often leads to redundancy and lack of trust in their own self expression.” 

The only way to break this cycle is to believe in the importance of self-awareness. When young designers are so intimidated by competition, their ideas are more likely suffocated than embraced, then the industry has absolutely no hope for growing. Without believing and trusting personal ideas, it is inevitable that we will be caught in mid mind-war of the zeitgeist movement of fashion. 

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Airing Out the Blog Smog

Almost every fashion blog I have ever seen is just the writer posting photos of their latest “must-haves”, just endless images of the latest trends. This could work, but I doubt anyone actually cares. Sorry “blogistas”, but your contribution to cyber space is just as stale as an unfinished bong toke.

Being said, this is one of the only times I will do this, but I came across two t-shirts from Hemp Hoodlamb from previous seasons. The chances I will ever own either of these shirts barely exists, but the messages of the t-shirts can easily be passed from season-to-season without looking too trendy or out of date.

"All Seeing High"
Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Advice for Gaga: Less Smoking More Edibles

This week on 60 Minutes during an interview, Lady Gaga opens up about drinking whiskey and toking up,

“I drink a lot of whiskey, and I smoke weed when I write. I don’t do it a lot, because it’s not good for my voice.  I don’t want to encourage kids to do drugs, but when you asked me about the sociology of fame and what artists do wrong, what artists do wrong is they lie and I don’t lie, I’m not a liar. I built goodwill with my fans, they know who I am, and I am just like them in so many ways.”
Meat Dress: you are what you eat
Of course Lady Gaga isn’t exactly a liar, but better yet she’s a by-stander bully who is open about using the benefits of marijuana to gain financial growth, yet isn’t willing to actually defend it. Given the chance, she even expressed that she didn’t want to encourage kids to do drugs. 
The Puppet Master is Between Her Legs
Unfortunately “fame monsters” have such an influence on the mass consciousness, where Ansliger’s game of telephone is continued through interviews such as this. Lady Gaga would feel completely different if she met an incredible young person like Hayley Jade Rose, a lovely teenager and youngest licensed medical marijuana patient.

Easily, Lady Gaga is one of the most influential people in fashion, making this a perfect opportunity for her to redeem herself after this interview by impressing us with hemp creations. She also must smoke seldom amounts of weed, or else her music would be good, and her stoner friend would have passed along the message that she could save her voice if she only ate edibles. 

Penny Lane Looks at Fall 2011 Tracy Reese Runway Show

Style.com describes Tracy Reese's fall collection as, "Expanded on the seventies theme that has been working in her favor, sales-wise, the past several seasons, except this time around the "Groovy, Babe" vibe was less overt. While a long, faux shearling coat and "dreamy floral" bell-sleeve dress were very Penny Lane inAlmost Famous, the high-waisted trousers with a subtle flare  would do most girls' gams some serious justice."

There's no doubt that you could meet your favourite musicians while dressing like Penny Lane, but remember you're a Band-Aid and not a groupie. 

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Monday, February 14, 2011

World Traveler Hallucinations for Timo Weiland Fall 2011 Collection

Timo Weiland Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection is more like a hallucination  set in  the vestiges of colonial India. Style.com explains, "They envisioned a fictional trip that Gloria Vanderbilt and Keith Richards took there in the sixties. Imagine the doyenne and the drug-fueled rocker cavorting together in Bombay. Now that's a trip."

Acid watery patterns and bold hues, Timo Weiland Fall 2011 collection is a treat I'd love another hit of.

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Y-3 Fall 2011 Collection Reincarnates Spirit of Vietnam Hippie Protestor

 Y-3, designer Yohji Yamamoto ties his latest Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection to the spirit of his past, "Our generation—you can call it the beatnik generation or the Vietnam War generation; we have been called hippies—our generation has been traveling all around the world, by walking. Now the young people don't make this kind of travel. I want to catch this spirit [and give it] back to young people."

Noticeable trends with polka dots, braids, boots, and a positive sustainable "hippie" mindset will definitely be followed in Fall 2011. To achieve this style, all you need is two feet and a heartbeat. 

Always look to the bright side of the sun

Didn't Have a Vase for my Valentine Flowers

Used a bong instead! This is the closest object to a vase that I even own! 

Thanks for the lovely gift! Happy Valentines Day!

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Fashion Under the Influence: Libertine Ready-to-Wear Fall 2011

Style.com describes Libertine's latest collection show in New York yesterday as, "The graphic looked like a drunken check, which made it especially suitable for this punkish riff on ladylike-ness, one of a piece with the Chanel-on-acid collections shown last season by Proenza Schouler and Christopher Kane."

Band of Outsiders Stoner Inspired Fall 2011 Collection

Yesterday in New York, Band of Outsiders designer, Sternberg described the latest ready-to-wear collection's inspiration as The Stonemasters, that "invited a more general contemplation of bygone California, land of stoner princesses and hippie communes, and then those influences pinballed around a little more, dinging Yoko Ono and Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Clubalong the way."

While looking specifically for the latest runway shows which would appeal to a psychedelic crowd, Band of Outsiders totally fits that category. Not only does the designer openly admit to using a "land of stoner princesses" as inspiration, but the royal colour schemes, uniform boot, and fishtail braids make looking this good really effortless. Now bow to your Highness! 

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Potohantas, The Stoner Disney Princess

Just found this video on facebook. Why do I feel like I just watched a song from my life musical? Couldn't help but share to show that I could possibly be the real-life stoner Disney Princess. 

Look to the bright side of the sun, 

Friday, February 11, 2011

If The Government Made Pantsuits Illegal

An explanation of Hilary Clinton's comment using pantsuits and prohibition. The drug war is over if you want it to be!

Always look to the bright side of the sun, 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pot Culture: The Dude

Although The Dude may have been caught in a case of mistaken identity with another Lebowski, there is no mix-up when it comes to The Dude’s style.

By wearing lounge and sleepwear as clothing, he has created a signature style, based entirely on his own comfort level. Perfectly matching monochromatic patterned pajama pants, robes and an old thick knit cardigan somehow makes his inappropriate clothing choices acceptable in public. Anyone chilling with The Dude will want to immediately change into something a little more comfortable.

Take a clue from The Dude and adopt a 
signature style to spend your time 
bowling with the gang and smoking 
joints instead.

Friendly Stranger At Value Village

Yesterday, while trying to find the best deal at Value Village 50% off sale, a complete stranger starts talking to me. He holds up a t-shirt with a weed leaf that reads, “Plant Manager”, and explains that he thinks I could rock the t-shirt better than him, and he wanted me to have it.

These glasses remind me of Hunter S. Thompson,
making them a necessary purchase along with my t-shirt.

What a kind friendly stranger to pass along such a gift! Immediately before our chat, I was getting bratty and impatient with the traffic in VV. Oddly enough, I joked to myself that it was my wish that someone could just show me anything pro-pot being sold so I didn’t have to actually look for it. 

Look to the bright side of the sun, 

Nug Porn Star: Lavender

One of Mernagh’s latest reviews is Lavender. With the glitter “buzz” background and cutesy strain name, I knew this was my nug porn star inspiration.

To recreate my lavender look:
  • Smudge bright magenta eyeliner heavily along crease and lower lash
  • Apply pearl shadow on eye’s inner corners
  • Blend pearl shadow into magenta creases to create soft veil over bright hue
  • Top eyelid with light yellow-green shadow
  • Complete look with soft, light, subtle face make-up to enhance the eyes