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Month: May, 2012

Barbie and the FIT

Thanks to my dear friend, Dennis, I was able to visit New York again for a couple of days. I stayed in Long Island most of the time but of course I had to take the train out to Manhattan at least once. And to my surprise, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) was featuring Barbie! Fashion, interior design, photography, jewellery design and merchandising students got their heads in to the pink and put together a “totally awesome” display of Barbie clothes, Barbie houses, Barbie furniture, Barbie photos. It was a dream come true for the Barbie-obsessed kid in me. I was able to snap photos of a couple of the designer’s profiles and I’m sharing them here, but thank you also to the rest of the students of the FIT who worked so hard to put together these displays. It was a dream! I wish I could have met you all to express how delighted I was to get to see your work :)))

I’m sticking in a couple extra photos from the rest of my day expiring Manhattan. I decided to finally visit the Toys R Us in Times Square for the first time in the 5 times I’ve been to NYC. For some reason I’ve never been inside it because it would be closed by the time I made my way to Times Square (Times Square is totally a late night place… everyone agrees.. right?). And just take a guess as to what I was first drawn to when I entered the Toys R Us? The Barbie house of course! It was pretttyyy neat.

I don’t believe that I will ever grow out of Barbie. My obsession began early in my childhood and I remember my first Barbie dolls being the hand-me-downs from my sister. I was a 90’s baby but I got to play with the doll that in my opinion, is the most iconic Barbie Doll ever- the 80’s Superstar Barbie:

The 80’s SuperStar Barbie, complete with tacky blue eyeshadow and tons of luminescent organza

How could you forget a face like this one?

80’s era illustrations

This is pretty much the image I am going to have tattooed:)

And now that I’m on the topic of 80’s Barbies, my post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my favourite jewellery designer of all time, Tarina Tarantino, and how I first discovered her work thanks to her infamous Barbie jewellery collection<3

The launch of the fuschia-tressed Tarina Tarantino Barbie

TT Barbie Collection Ad Campaign

Why can’t I be a real life Barbie?

Meeting my idol at Sephora in Toronto a couple years ago (notice the black hair?) Not going to lie I was a total dork.

Tarina, her darling husband Alfonso and myself

I got my doll signed:)

Some of TT x Barbie pieces that I’ve collected over the years. It’s a dangerous obsession…

Okay and now, finally the photos from my visit to the FIT (sorry for getting sidetracked…) (sorry also for the shitty quality of the photos… All I had was my phone cam this time:( )


Your easy words

“Where is this love? I can’t see it, I can’t touch it. I can’t feel it. I can hear it. I can hear some words, but I can’t do anything with your easy words.”

Runaway Bride

A couple nights ago, my imagination kept me up to the wee hours of the night and this is what I came up with…

It’s the day that she’s been dreaming about since she was a little girl. She’s wearing next season’s Vera Wang and on her feet… crystal encrusted Jan Taminiau’s. She’s been thinking about this day since the first day they met. And as the two of them stand hand in hand at the alter, she notices the nervousness in his eyes. His palms are sweaty… Oh God, he’s got second thoughts. “I… I…” It’s only two words and he’s stuttering…She doesn’t believe this is happening… “I… I…. I’m sorry.” Her cheeks flush red, she doesn’t know whether to feel embarrassed, angry, disappointed, heartbroken, or a combination of all those. So she flees. And as she runs, terrible, dark thoughts take over her mind. She can’t get them out. This is it, there’s no turning back now. She takes her own life. This is the runaway bride. The damsel in distress. Her ending is tragic, but her death is beautiful.

It was a little bit morbid to be thinking about this at 3 in the morning while trying to fall asleep. But I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. The day that was supposed to be the happiest day of her life, the most beautiful she’d ever felt… happened to be her very last day….This is an idea for a photoshoot. I decided that I am going to find an amazing photographer (may already have one in mind) and a wedding gown couturist wild enough to allow me to soak their gown in water… And I guess I’ll have to write Jan Taminiau to borrow some shoes…..At this point it is merely an idea..But if you know me, I have a knack for turning ideas in to reality. It’s just a matter of time…

So the next morning, I used my very limited ability in drawing and put together a couple sketches…

The Noose. This unfortunate bride was wearing a Grace Kelly inspired gown of ivory lace with a fish tail skirt and Swarovski-encrusted Jan Taminiau “Geta’s” from SS 2011

Grace Kelly in her infamous wedding gown

Jan Taminiau Haute Couture SS 2011

Death-defying stilettos. This blushing bride drowned herself wearing a tea-length chiffon bodice and organza pleated gown with 9 inch Noritaka Tatehana-inspired mary-jane stilettos

Sort of like this but with a monroe neckline

Sort of like these Jeffrey Campbell’s, but with a curved-in stiletto heel…

The fall from grace. This fallen beauty was wearing a Vera Wang deep-V empire waist Maxi. (Sorry for the lack of detail.. it’s unfinished/I got lazy/too difficult to draw someone falling)

And while browsing wedding gowns (every girl loves to do it), I found this totes-adorb tulle-tiered dress. I don’t think I’d wear it to my wedding, but  I’ll take it in royal blue or peach and it would make the perfect little summer evening dress ❤

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Emily High-Fash in NYC: Day 5

Easter Sunday was the last of my 5 days in New York City. My flight was at 4pm so I had about half the day to explore my beloved city for the last time. I decided to start my day at my favourite place, The Greek Corner and enjoyed some pancakes and a black and white milkshake. While I was there, the chef told me about the annual Easter Bonnet Parade which ran along 5th avenue from 49th to 57th where thousands of people would get dressed up in their Easter best and sporting the most extraordinary hats. “Hats like you’ve never seen before!” he told me. This sounded like a hat connoisseur’s dream! After breakfast, I hurried back to the hotel to figure out my outfit. I honestly didn’t know what to expect but luckily I had the gorgeous black hat that I had bought from P.Luca Couture the other day. If I moved fast I could pull together a quick project so I decided to do a tribute to none other than the late Isabella Blow, muse of Phillip Treacy and the queen of hats extraordinaire. With a handful of stir-sticks from Dunkin’ Donuts and some black electric tape that Dennis had laying around, I put together my interpretation of the infamous “Blow” fascinator that Phillip Treacy had made for his darling friend, Issy.

My tribute to the late Issy Blow… I bet she would have loved the Easter Parade

And yes, for those of you Jimmy Kimmel fans, Treacy had more recently made a custom “Gaga” fascinator for the lovely Lady Gags, which she wore on to an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live  in July 2011.

Lady Gaga wears a custom Phillip Treacy fascinator and Alexander McQueen suit

I was only able to enjoy the parade for about an hour because I had to book it back to catch my flight. Dennis and I grabbed the Air Train from Penn. Station and headed over to the airport. I have to admit, I was totally terrified about flying because I hadn’t been on a plane in over 13 years. The Porter is a smaller plane so I definitely got to feel all the little bumps. I pretty much acted like a 5 year old on the plane and shouted out loud, “OH MY GOD WE’RE OFF THE GROUND”.  The poor girl beside me must have though I was a loon..

…And I guess this is it! Thank you to whomever you are if you’ve been following me on my blog through my New York City Trip, I apologize for rambling so much and also for taking so long to get all these posts up.. considering the fact that my trip was a month ago now…And to my darling Dennis, Thank you again for having me join you in New York ❤ Love you forever!!! xoxo

Shoot Inspiration


WORST THING EVER: Taking a mug out of the dishwasher, finding little food speckles inside it and putting it back in the dishwasher for a second run…

BEST THING EVER: Working 10 hours straight for free and being stoked about doing it again the next day!

Emily High-Fash in NYC: Day 4

Day 4 in Manhattan was again fairly aimless. I wanted to take some time to snap more photos of my beloved city and re-visit some of my favourite places, namely Chelsea Market and SoHo.

I woke up early enough (for once) and was excited to be able to walk Dennis to work! Yay! After a bit of shooting around Chelsea, I stopped by my home away from home again, The Greek Corner, and apologized that I had not been back in 2 days. The manager, Ricardo was so excited to see me, he made me coffee and kept trying to make me stay lol. As you can see in the pictures, he has an admiration for my fashion accessories and makes a pretty good model for them too.

In the afternoon I checked my email and found out that NewMindSpace was having their annual city-wide pillow fight at Washington Square Park so I headed downtown to try to find the park. On my way there, I got chased down by a photographer who ran in front of me and started snapping photos lol… He introduced himself to me as Kamel Lahmadi, from Paris, a street-fashion photographer with a blog called Style and the City and he even has his own iPhone app.! Pretty neat stuff 🙂 After a couple shots he joined me in my search for Washington Square Park to check out the pillow fight also.

I got back to the hotel fairly early as my feet finally gave in to all the walking in my J. Campbell Str8up’s and made myself a bubble bath out of 5 bottles of hotel-sized shampoo which I found by raiding the maid’s supply closet 😮 Dennis finished work early so we headed over to Little Italy for a lovely walk and an even lovelier dinner<3

A Video of the pillow fight: