Posts Written On April 08, 2009

Doritos Guru

This is a great example of why you will always lose by waiting. I seen this bag a few weeks ago in stores and thought of a great concept for it. But I snoozed so I lose? By the time I decided to go to (today) the contest submissions have already closed. Boo. But I will tell you my idea anyway. The prize is $25,000 and 1% of all the sales for a year. And bragging rights and probably a lot of Doritos X.

But before I start this is my favorite out of the Top 5.

I would name this the Dorito Piqué! (Spicy in spanish)
I’m all about the word play!
It opens with a person at a white board that says ‘Productivity Improvement and Quality Enhancement’ as an acronym.
Then a group of Chinese teenagers messing around after drinking, laughing, goofing around someone trips and another person yells out PK! (In Cantonese swearing, means “pouk gai” which is tripping on a street)
Then it cuts of a ballet studio where the class is doing piques (pick up pick up)
Then it goes to a kid crunching the chip, saying Pique! and then the mom correcting him saying Picante!

LOL… anyway. That’s what I would have done ūüôā


Daddy, what’s up?

There is a reason men are stronger than women, less emotionally driven and more logical. There is a reason for this. There are certain decisions and things that come easily to men that are much more challenging for women. Women are strong because they have to be. Women have to be self sufficient because they are forced to be, not because they want to be. Never in my life have I felt not growing up with my dad around mattered, until now. I am going to talk about this ‘take-charge’ guy who, maybe, should have been in my life all long.

Protect. Men are suppose to defend women in situations and especially from themselves. As a girl growing up, I would never care about the boys bullying me or teasing me, because to my ‘take-charge’ guy, I would always be the most beautiful and precious girl. With such an affirmation, any childish words or playground banters would roll off me like rain on latex. Instead, I learned to defend myself, establish the right way to see myself, my body image, my everything. I knew who I was because I had to. When it came to dating, my ‘take-charge’ man would make sure the boy who wanted to date me was ‘good enough’. He would make sure he had me home on time, respected me and didn’t talk to me the way music taught them, or expect me to act like girls in movies they have seen. Instead, I learned through experience and had to sift the trash from the treasure through heartbreak, tears and that ‘i just got kicked in the stomach feeling’. My take-charge guy was the difference between “butterflies in my stomach” before a date and “razor blades if you f*$% with me” attitude. My ‘take-charge’ guy protects me from other men. And now I do, probably so much so that the ‘good’ guys find me complicated.

Balance. Men are suppose to use their logical sense to make great decisions for us both. My ‘take-charge’ man knows that I am steered by my emotions and therefore balances me out by making logical decisions for us. Instead, men use this ability to take advantage – take what they need and then leave. Or manipulate the situation where I am not even sure what I am entitled to when bargaining. My ‘take-charge’ man would know this about me and let me know what’s up, think about and know what motivates and affects me. Growing up without this, I am skewed. I make decisions based on 3/4 emotions and 1/4 logic. My ‘take-charge’ man not being around sort of has me off kilter – but how would I know that, when it has always been like this? I asked this guy advice about auto insurance and he told me to stop acting helpless. He is right, how dare I expect anything when I am clearly self sufficient.

What does it to feel like to know that no one has your back except yourself? No one is going to stick up for you even if you are right, never mind when you are wrong. What does it feel like when it’s you against the world and trust and mistrust is emotional currency of the day? One day, maybe a day just like today you run out, look back and wonder: Daddy, what’s up? How am I suppose to recognize a ‘take-charge’ man when I never had one around? I wonder if you looked at me and thought, she’ll figure it out, and let me do just that. Damn right I will, but only because I have to.


Ryerson – Mass Exodus

I attended the Ryerson University Fashion Week that showcased the collections of their grads. There were over 30 sets shown and a few really stood out to me based on wear-ability, colors and movement. To me, some designers design clothing for their own self expression while others truly want to create a lucrative business by offering beautiful pieces that are ready-to-wear.

#1 Favorite

Iva Sopiqoti
Her collection: Mykonos Extravaganza
“Inspired by the beautiful islands of Greece, the designer has created a sophisticated collection. Through her innovative luxury brand with a sense of daring and provocation that resonates with celebrity and accomplished elite, Iva has offered her target customers chic and sleep outfits appropriate for a celebrity lifestyle.”
My favourite piece on the left

The movement of the dress on the left was incredible!

#2 Favorite
Jennifer Allison
Walking Tall
“Walking Tall tells a story of a daydreamer named Aurora, a girl seeking adventure. Throughoutu 5 pieces you will be taken on a journey and witness piece by piece. Aurora’s self-discovery. You will be introduced to the Bird, the Bear, the Deer and the Rabbit.”
The Bird, The Bear (love it!)

The Deer (LOVE!), the Rabbit

#3 Favorite
Aimee Tobolka:
She describes her style as luxury streetwear”, the collection is a creative exploration mainly inspired by portable shelter. Exaggerated shapes with a controlled distribution of volume.

On the right, this jumpsuit/playsuit is backless. So SUPER hot, definitely one of the strongest pieces of the entire show.

More photos from Chiaroscuro HERE