Monday, June 30, 2008

Casual Monday

As you will come to see, I wear a lot of black, and I do mean a lot. It is not unusual for me to have a predominately black ensemble from which the only source of colours are my accessories. Often annoying to my friends, but I just love how other colours pop against a black base.

Plus, I love this dress, as it's very airy and loose, perfect for the weather here.

Dress: i.d.s; Shoes: Topshop.

Jumping Onto The Providential Bandwagon

My reasons for doing this are completely different to that of Kaz. For me, this is an opportunity to keep a visual diary of what I wear, and to sound completely pretentious, how my style has evolved over the years. According to certain people, it seems as though every time I return home, my dressing has changed yet again. So maybe doing this will give me a better sense of how I dress, which in turn will help me to keep a better control of what I buy.

Additionally, unlike Kaz, I am very self-depreciating (something which I'm trying to work on). I really don't like how I look in pictures, which is why doing this blog will be a big step for me. Hopefully, I'll get more comfortable in front of the camera as time passes.

So, in the spirit of jumping right in, here's what I wore today. And in true me fashion, here I go, apologizing for the terrible quality of both the subject and the picture.

Shoes: Nine West; Dress: Indigo.

PS> If you guys are wondering why we are dressed so differently, it's because I'm currently back home, visiting the family, where it is extremely hot and humid.

It was all yellow

What I Wore Today #3

As much as I love this skirt, I rarely wear it out because I never really know what to match it with. You can't really go wrong with an all black ensemble but I want to find other ways to wear it. It's got so much detail, I feel like I'm doing it a disservice by not playing it up.

Confused skirt

Pleather jacket from Venom, black tank top - handed down, yellow thrifted belt, skirt from Jay Jays, tights from Miss Shop and shoes from Wittner.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

This is about as preppy as I get.

What I Wore Today #2

Striped long sleeve shirt from MNG, jacket from Dangerfield, shorts from Valley Girl, tights from Miss Shop, patent heels from Scooter and vintage bag.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

I just don't get: Self-deprecation.

I don't understand why people, females particularly, who post pictures of themselves apologize for how they look in pictures. I read a lot of blogs and it's really bugging me to see pretty pictures with the note of an apology for the state of their hair/make up/attire. And what gets my goat is that in most of these pictures, the girl in question looks great! I mean, if you're going to apologize for anything, perhaps the crappy quality of the picture would be a better option?

Is it some kind of safety net device? Like before people can call you out on looking crappy, you somehow preempt that by putting that little blurb? I really hope not. Self-deprecation perhaps? I don't know. I like to think this little thing called self-confidence still exists. I understand that everything on the Internet is open to ridicule and mockery, and as it is, it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there, but there's really no need to slip in the warning label. I wish people would understand that and just rock the hell out of the image they so choose to publish themselves as.

Self-deprecation as a whole, I'm not a big fan of. The humour, if used sparingly or by the Brits, can be quite refreshing but an excess of it leads to a case of the Debbie Downers. It just all seems so damn passive-aggressive, really. Often times people cross the line from humour to bitterness, which is right about when things get awkward and everybody refuses to look each other in the eye. Good, fun times, guys.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Red Album

In honour of the new blog and Weezer's latest album, which I'm pleased to announce is gobsmackingly fantastic and good enough for me to forget about the disaster that was Make Believe, I present:

What I Wore Today #1

Excuse my manners if I make a scene
I ain't gonna wear the clothes that you like
I'm finally dandy with the me inside
-Pork and Beans

Thrifted dress worn as top, white slip from Supre, boombox belt from eBay, skirt from Valley Girl, red tights from Miss Shop and combat boots from eBay.

In before the 'you're so vain' comments

To understand why I started this blog, you need to know that I grew up a total and utter tomboy. Up until I was 12, I wore nothing but shorts and pants, refused any Barbies, and did nothing but play football and run around with the boys. In fact, I was so much like a boy that my parents gave me an honorary male name - which they still bring up today, much to my utter and complete embarrassment.

As lame as this sounds now, I wanted to be a boy because back then kid!Karen thought being a girl meant being prissy and sitting with your legs crossed and ribbons and chewing every morsel of food slowly and carefully. Guys were cool! They rid bikes, wrestled and did whatever they wanted, or so I thought. I basically associated being a girl with living a repressed and therefore, inferior, lifestyle.
I tried so hard to deny any sense of femininity that was prepackaged in my double Xs chromosome buildup; scoffing at girly girls, never ever crying (cause it's weak, you see) and, oh god, embracing the parent-given boy name with glee and complete acceptance.

Thankfully, puberty hit.

And self-awareness kicked in.

I gradually realized that this being-a-girl gig wasn't so bad. In fact, I can tell you right now without hesitation that I love being female. After all those years of struggling with my skewed understanding of what constituted a female, I can look back and laugh at my delusion.

As Pop Culture Geekery is an extension of my interest in the realm of pop culture, The Unbearable Contrast of Being is my outlet for celebrating my accepted femininity. I wasted 12 years (+ change) cursing my gender and what it entailed so it's only fair now that I get to revel in it.