Michelle Obama dresses good, and more fashion stuff

November 18, 2008

I’m not gonna lie to you, I’ve been keeping an eye on Michelle Obama’s clothes. I think she’s a sharp dresser and I like her style. Not that I like every single outfit she’s ever worn, of course- but she’s hit it outta the park often enough (that turquoise dress & brooch she wore to the DNC, oooh, aaaah!) — that I’m definitely gonna take notes from here on in.

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click to enlarge.

Photo source.

Some of the rules in MO’s style bible seem to mirror my clothing preferences, too: bright colours, sharp, straight silhouettes (very rarely will you see her wear anything poofy or drapey), big jewellery (she’s into brooches and pearls, whereas I’m more about the giant earrings, but you take my point), avoidance of long sleeves, and always with the tight-waisted dresses, often with big belts. Anyway, I’ve been periodically Google-image stalking searching her fashion choices, and finally I’ve found a Michelle Obama fashion blog that will do the legwork for me.
Via Metafilter.

While we’re at it, the internet is, as you’d imagine, a rich minefield of fashion sites, and here are a few of my favourites.

I also like to look at photos of clothing at gofugyourself, and there are some great formal-wear ideas to be found in Jezebel’s Good/Bad/Ugly posts. Most of all, I like the Wardrobe Remix flickr pool (I like to let it build up in my RSS reader then scroll through the pics really fast while I’m on the phone).

Two standout wardrobe remixers I’ve found are galadarling, who’s like a tiny pink punk alien Madonna here to kick you with her giant boots, and Johanni, who looks like the 1955 Lolita lovechild of Marilyn Monroe and Bjork. Those two have almost cartoony levels of awesome going on. But really, there are a ton of sharp, inventive dressers on wardrobe remix, and it’s awesome seeing people with regularly/irregularly proportioned bodies wearing interesting outfits. Also, Wardrobe Remix is probably to thank/blame for my dresses-over-pants awesomeness/problem.

I also enjoy FashionUnder$100- which, as the name suggests, shows you how to copy celeb outfits for under $100 per outfit- including shoes (whaaaat?), and I like to look at the modelly-types in their impractical shoes on Sartorialist and Garance Doré (GD has an English version too, but there’s something more romantic about reading it en francais, je pense. Kind of like having black coffee and cynicism for breakfast, you know?)

Sartorialist and Garance Doré are kind of annoying in how skinny all their subjects are, so I also love the Fatshionista flickriver for a little shape-diversity. Who says you gotta weigh 112 pounds to look nice? If that was true, I’d have stopped looking nice around seventh grade. And listen, in seventh grade I hadn’t yet figured out how to pluck my eyebrows, so trust me, it’s much better this way.

Artist's interpretation of me in seventh grade, pre-tweeze.

Artist's interpretation of me in seventh grade, pre-tweeze.

J.Bone makes cute stuff out of ideas and yarn.

November 17, 2008

My friend J.Bone (this is his real name) is an illustrator who makes ridiculously cute little crochet characters. Usually without patterns. This is so the pasttime of a kid from the gifted class I can’t even handle it.

j.bone monkey.

Actual sea monkeys are not even close to this cute. And they smell like fish and when you forget to feed them they die and you feel really awful. Advantage: j.bone monkey.

I can haz croshay uneebrow?

I can haz croshay uneebrow?

He has made many of these little balls of awesome- particularly worth checking out are his crocheted sock monkeys (the irony! they are not made of socks, but rather of crochet! and they are extra-cute!) and the lady-friend of the caveman above, who has very shapely legs and a Flintstone-esque hairdo. I also like his X-ray Barba Papa. These and more can be found on his cleverly-named craft blog, skein and bones- so named because he is a slender man with the surname Bone, and because a skein is a hank of yarn. It works on so many levels.

What else would be excellent made in crochet? Perhaps… um… a crochet Barack Obama? I’m just saying.

Funny video roundup: dainty cat, pretentious robot, camera bird, lobster kid.

November 16, 2008

These have been sitting open in my browser for a bit, and I don’t feel like writing a bunch of posts to dole them out one-by-one, so here they are all at once: a moving-picture goulash of sorts.

A ridiculous cat lady. 2 minutes.


A creepy robot who mimics human facial features really well, and who reminds me of a particularly annoying theatre student I once knew.

David Attenborough’s introduction to the lyre bird, which can imitate any sound, kind of like Larvelle Jones from Police Academy. Both links ~3min, and the robot & lyre bird links came courtesy of delightful writer Hillery Hugg.

And finally, the best of the bunch, a four-year old boy getting his mind totally blown by a lobster, Whoa! Whoa! Wow! 2.5 minutes.

Thanks to dziga.

Touching Strangers

November 14, 2008


What if a photographer approached you and asked you to pose for a photo right there on the street- holding hands with a complete stranger? Richard Renaldi did this; here is a neat article about it.

You know, I like to think of myself as the kind of person who would totally be cool and play along if someone asked me to do this. But to be totally honest, it would depend on who the other person was- or more specifically, what the other person smelled like. People who smell like products- even annoying products, like Axe body spray or Opium perfume or something overpowering like that = fine. People who smell like food, or up to a couple days’ worth of sweat = also okay. People who smell like pee = not okay. I’m just being honest here. I do like these photos a lot though.



Pixar short: Burn-E

November 14, 2008


This is a special feature from the Wall-E DVD- a little short film about Burn-E, the robot who got stuck outside the spaceship Axiom around the midpoint of the film. If you’ve already seen Wall-E , you’ll love how this short runs parallel to the feature- but Burn-E is still awesome even if you haven’t seen Wall-E.

Also, go rent Wall-E, it absolutely rocks. ~7 min.

Burn-E is online-E here-E.

Update: the link keeps breaking (thanks for the note, Anonymous). Probably because Pixar would prefer that you watch Burn-E after buying the Wall-E DVD. Which of course you will eventually do, obviously, right? It’s seriously, no guff, one of the best movies of the year and probably one of the best animated features of all time. But if you’re determined to watch it online, there should be some working links somewhere in here, or just do some googling.

Rahm Emanuel, as roasted by Obama

November 13, 2008

This is a good way to get to know the new chief-of-staff: dig up old video of the President-elect making a roomful of people laugh at him. Good fun. Apparently Rahm is short, Jewish, and swears a lot. Frankly, that’s a pretty awesome start in my books. ~8 minutes.

Source: Greg’s mom hits it home again. Totally down with the inter-generational pageslaps, especially when they’re not about the weird bacteria you might eat in deli meats, which is most of what my mom pageslaps at me. Listeria. I’m just saying.

Hiroshima photos, after all these years.

November 11, 2008

One rainy night eight years ago, in Watertown, Massachusetts, a man was taking his dog for a walk. On the curb, in front of a neighbor’s house, he spotted a pile of trash: old mattresses, cardboard boxes, a few broken lamps. Amidst the garbage he caught sight of a battered suitcase. He bent down, turned the case on its side and popped the clasps.

He was surprised to discover that the suitcase was full of black-and-white photographs. He was even more astonished by their subject matter: devastated buildings, twisted girders, broken bridges — snapshots from an annihilated city. He quickly closed the case and made his way back home.

At the kitchen table, he looked through the photographs again and confirmed what he had suspected. He was looking at something he had never seen before: the effects of the first use of the Atomic bomb. The man was looking at Hiroshima.


Wow. Full story & photos here. Source.

Rwandans are pretty pumped about Obama, too.

November 11, 2008

I’m pretty impressed by the chanting in the last few seconds- whereas North American crowds tend to chant relentlessly, these guys are nicely synced up with good long pauses for effect, and I don’t hear that one guy in every crowd who can’t keep the beat.

Thanks to Kelly for the tip. (Also, Kells, quit it with the Canadian essay fraud, hey? We’re on to you.)

UP: new Pixar movie trailer

November 11, 2008


The new Pixar movie is Up. I mean the trailer is up. The Up trailer is up. It’s Up, and it’s up. The movie is Up, but it isn’t up, just the Up trailer is up. So you can look Up up, or you can just call Up up here.

Miriam Makeba, 1932-2008

November 10, 2008

Miriam Makeba‘s Pata Pata is one of my favourite songs of all time. It was the soundtrack to a particularly charming scene in a film I worked on, and I liked it so much (I don’t think it’s possible to hear this and not smile) that I used it as curtain call music in one of my own plays. She’s singing the chorus in Xhosa- you can hear her clicking her tongue if you listen carefully.

In the 1960s, Makeba was exiled from her native South Africa after she testified to the UN about apartheid- and ten countries granted her honourary citizenship. She was quoted as saying, “People think I consciously decided to tell the world what was happening in South Africa. No! I was singing about my life, and in South Africa we always sang about what was happening to us — especially the things that hurt us.” Last night, at the age of 76, Makeba had a heart attack while singing at an Italian benefit concert. She died while the crowd shouted for an encore.


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