april skies

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wearing: Square-dancing Blouse - thrifted. Jean shorts - Rodarte for Target. 1960s silver belt - my mums. Pink leather purse - thrifted. Sunglasses - Raybans. Shoes - Ralph Lauren. Lipstick - MAC in Impassioned.
I've made it to the other side of my sickness! Josh coaxed me out of bed yesterday and we enjoyed some time in the sun on a lovely Easter Monday. His theory being that I would sweat out the sickness, not so sure if that has any merit whatsoever but I'm glad I made it out of the flat; I was starting to go stir crazy. 

The Easter bunny, yet again, has skipped my place so Josh and I licked our wounds at the wonderful Albion Café on Boundary Street for a dinner I could actually taste. If you're ever in the neighbourhood I suggest checking it out. (All those funny gingerbread men with the best facial expressions came from there!) Hope everyone celebrated with their loved ones.

Oh and what's this about some Royal Wedding or whatever? 

Miss Sandy

pumping on your stereo

Saturday, April 23, 2011

With illness comes a hefty amount of time to devote to things you might normally only do when procrastinating from school. Since I graduated... a YEAR ago (dear me) procrastination isn't such a huge part of my life anymore. With that said, I have watched a plethora of music videos from the 90s as it is becoming more and more of an inspiring decade for me. 

I wish I would have hung onto all the YM, Teen, Seventeen, and Cosmogirl magazines I had when I was younger; when being a raver and wearing children's jewellery was perfectly acceptable and even coooool. Or maybe that was just in my mind. Perhaps I should post some immensely embarrassing but incredible at the same time style moments in my life.

The last week a couple of old friends were in town and we were discussing what we thought was the pinnacle of cool when we were in Junior High. I recalled showing up first day of grade 7 with baggy (and I mean BAGGY) jeans, an orange plastic wallet chain that almost reached the ground, beige vans, and the most subversive piece of clothing I had owned to date - a 'Canada Kick's Ass' hoodie. What a look indeed.

Anyway, these two videos capture the essence of all things amazing about the 90s. Not to mention they are well thought out and immensely witty. I still don't understand why Supergrass wasn't bigger in North America... I think being on the Clueless soundtrack definitely did help them out though. It's too bad more music videos aren't more humorous like these and less about selling shit like most things on Much Music and Mtv (when they do decide to play music, if at all.)

Bring back the British glad-handing dandy pop star!

x Miss Sandy

your summer dream

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wearing: jean jacket - thrifted. doily dress - handmade by moi. white tank top - target. blush tap panties - thrifted. white sandals - thrifted. canvas tote - amoeba rec store. Jash: socks - duchamp. 

Keeping things brief, with all the lovely weather I have been diligently spending as much time outside as humanly possible. Jash and I went to the infamous London Fields for some interesting people watching. If you want to see what London style is all about go there on a sunny weekend and you will get an eyeful. 

One of the prevalent 'looks' of the moment is the 80s hair metal groupie look. Undercuts abound! These ladies love slashed tights, ripped jeans short shorts, crop tops, anything black and sheer. Each time we arrive we try and categorize the different style factions. It is actually quite a time consuming and usually amusing game. We have yet to write them all down, complete with accompanying sketch, but the good weather is just beginning; I am positive the summer will bring out even more interesting stylistic choices. I cannot wait.

Miss Sandy

p.s. did I mention the beach boys are playing in Epsom in July? I neeeeed to be there.

he get's me high

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dreamy times in London! I went to see the Dum Dum Girls a week ago at Dingwals in Camden Town. I, being naive Canadian girl, assumed that since it said NO CAMERAS ALLOWED... it meant no cameras allowed. So I snuck in a tiny point and shoot, it was Josh's and I am embarrassed to say that I have no idea how to use it! My digital SLR makes so much more sense to me. 

These photos are a result of my novice point and shoot camera work. OH WELL! Live and learn, next time I won't be so foolish. BUT you should check out their new four song EP He Gets Me High with a stunning cover of The Smiths 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" - gives me shivers!

Also, I highly suggest... as I have about ONE MILLION TIMES ALREADY to go see them play. It is UNREAL. It felt like Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable... but without The Velvet Underground of course, and the amphetamines. They really know how to put on a show.

Miss Sandy


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Saw these handsome men, Smith Westerns last night. Swoon swoon swoon. Yet another band that makes me feel that there is hope for rock 'n' roll! I danced the night away (photos to come).

 Last week the Dum Dum Girls exploded back into my life and just in time too, I was starting to get antsy not having seen live music in FAR too long. Anyone go to any AMAZING shows lately? I'm always on the hunt for dreamy tunes.

Miss Sandy

Under Control

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Serious hiatus and I didn't even notice it! I've been so busy 'hustlin' in real life that I forgot about my imaginary online one. Plus birthdays always seem to put me in a "mood" - not necessarily a BAD mood, but a reflective one. 

Here are the week and some overdue photos of my birthday. A "fashionista" (barf) high tea with Jash at the ultra luxe Berkley Hotel where the maître d’ was cracking jokes to lunching ladies about there being enough couture biscuits to go around so there will be no need to fight over them like they do at the spring sales. How presumptuous. 

That was followed by an afternoon of presecco in the park watching rollerbladers cruise around plastic cones. Their leader has been nicknamed "Tony Alva" because he is truly the spitting image of the famed skateboarder. I wish I would have captured his image although Jash tells me they are a regular midday fixture at the park. I love that there is something I can count on in London, even if it's only the knowledge that those rollerbladers are there everyday.

Miss Sandy