Happy x-mas for Freaks!

Yay Halloween, it's my favourite holiday. New Year's Eve comes in a close second with its promise of new beginnings, but Halloween wins on the strength of its extravagant strangeness. I've always loved dressing up. I remember my first day in kindergarten; many kids were upset, crying, and wanting their mommy. But I was positively joyful! My teachers were my mom's friends (she is a kindergarten teacher to this day) so they weren't frightening. And I got to spend the entire half-day in the dress-up centre. When my parents arrived, I didn't want to leave! I want to stay with the costumes, please. … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Lady Gaga is Extra Lovable

1) Ra-ra-ra ah-ah-ah, roma-ah-ah-ah, Gaga oolala... Dang those songs are catchy. I just wanna dance! 2) She’s been playing the piano since forever and came up playing gigs. You know, like a real musician that hasn't been plucked from obscurity, groomed by record execs, then unleashed on the world ready-made? And the Lady does not lip sync, yo. 3) Gaga is hyper aware of the celebrity machine. She plays the game, but she makes the rules; the media has no choice but to play along. … [Read more...]

Pretty in Pin-up

Pin-up girl tattoos, pin-up girl cosmetics packaging, pin-up girl postcards, pin-up pins on Pinterest... where does it end? And, are you sick of it? While I admit that it’s a bit much sometimes, deep down, I’ve always found the retro pin-up aesthetic very appealing. What is it about the 1940s and 50s American pin-up girl that captures the imagination today? I have some theories: … [Read more...]

Bjütie will save the world! [maybe]

The gloomy Russian author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is credited with floating the idea that beauty will save the world in his story, The Idiot. Full disclosure: I've never read Dostoyevsky (bad librarian, bad!). But I love this idea that beauty can perhaps conceivably change the world for the better. … [Read more...]