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Glamover – It’s like a hangover, but glam by hallaek

No better time than as the holidays approach to relax, spend time with friends, and (if one is of legal age, of course) partake in an alcoholic beverage, or eight. You’re not like all the rest, though. When you go to a holiday party, heads turn. As you weave through the room various people grab your arm, asking where you got that and how you thought to pair velvet with sneakers — you’re just too fabulous, perhaps even for life itself.

So the night ends and you won the eggnog chugging contest, which was easy as you were the sole participant, but what does this tell of the future? Surely the morning after tossing back festive liquor won’t be a nice one, in fact it’ll likely be a naughty one, but either way this is you and you will not partake in this hangover nonsense. There is hope for you, oh breathtakingly cool one, as hangover’s got a new friend: her name is ‘Glamover’ and she is fierce, just like you.

Glam-o-ver (noun):

  1. Ill effects caused by drinking an excess of alcohol whilst being fabulous.
  2. A fabulous thing that has survived from the past.

Google definitions don’t lie.

The curse of glamover sufferers is that outsiders assume our morning-after pain is lesser than theirs, which is not true, it just looks better aesthetically. Underneath the sunnies, fur, and jewelry are the deafening moans of a very hungover person.


Make your hangover fab. Make it a glamover.

Doodles, Dinosaurs & Dixie by hallaek

Way back when (in 2009) I read a post over at Sea of Shoes that featured classically shaped furniture covered in canvas and drawn all over by kids. Alright, drawn all over by children, at a hospital, for charity; there was a cause. Well I found a chair for $50 over at the Elegant Garage Sale and had my own cause: to recreate that awesome Sea of Shoes chair.

It was a year before I actually started working on the project when I eagerly wrote a post about it here on this blog. I quickly ran into a problem. Not knowing any children and not really trusting any of them with my soon-to-be awesome chair I was begging my sister and friends to help me cover all the fabric in doodles. Adults can doodle for a while, but then our imagination runs out and someone threatens to scribble down a curse word and there goes that afternoon activity. Perhaps it’s needless to say that the chair sat with many a bald spot for months on end, but here I am saying (typing) it.

The chair, in all its incomplete glory, came in handy last year when I competed in BAM! – the She Does the City video contest. At the start of each video I wrote the corresponding title on the chair and it probably became the most memorable part because..who draws all over a chair? But after that, after I did not win the aforementioned contest, the chair became untouchable, almost sacred. Maybe I thought the chair was bad luck, maybe I’m just making excuses. The good news is that the chair is finally complete!

If you’re a jewelry connoisseur, comme moi, then you’ve seen the multitude of necklaces covered in rainbow thread, or the sudden over-accessibility of neon-coloured rhinestone collars — Tom Binns would be spinning in his grave, you know, if he were not alive. While I’m not necessarily jumping all over the trend (not shocking with my devotion to black) I like the idea of childhood whimsy behind it.

Rainbow thread brings me back to senior kindergarten when the coolest, most popular girl, Courtney, put rainbow thread in her running shoes and won all the boys’ fancy and clearly some of the girls’. Now my most favourite pieces reflect my childhood from my cat covered Miu Mius to my Cinderella-esque Pradas and most recently my navy and white Isabel Marants that look identical to my first pair of Spice Girls-era platform sneakers. Kitties, Disney, and Girl Power — my life as a little girl in a nutshell, now interpreted in high fashion.

 Embrace your past and wear your inner-child on your neck. And maybe add a dinosaur, or two.

Rainbow thread necklaces: Forever21, rhinestone: vintage, sunglasses: Karen Walker, t-rex: Tatty Devine.

“Social” blogger by hallaek
November 30, 2010, 7:10 pm
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Let’s not beat around the bush here: the blog has been at the back of my mind and I wish I felt more pressure, but alas… I’ve never really been too busy before, fairly busy, but never mandatory class attendance + actually wanting to do well on assignments busy. Who knew how tiring it was to try (even a little bit) at school? Not I. Shows, and dance, and rehearsal are tiring, but school tiring – why did no one ever warn me about it? I probably wouldn’t have listened anyway. Or skipped it. But that was the old me. The new me attends class (on time – mostly), puts a fair amount of effort into homework, takes notes, and even participates. It’s pretty weird.
But I refuse to lose a month on those archives to your left, so here we go.

The Sultan’s Tent. Belly dancing, drapey decor, little hut things which apparently we needed a reservation to sit under, but that was a silly fib. It was pretty cool, but definitely a one-time and done deal. That’s all I really have to say about it, plus some pictures.
My shorts are from Reflections Vintage & Antiques which has a “drag” room in the back covered with sequins. It’s like walking into Galinda’s (or Glinda’s) brain. I know, pretty cool. They came in a set with a matching crop top which I only wear together when I’m a certain alter ego, but we are not going to discuss that right now. You know what, I’ll save you the anticipation, that’s the first and last mention of said alter ego. They’re a weird length and definitely get stares, but what the hey, I usually reach almost 6′ in most of my too-high heels which turns quite a few heads so I might as well give them a Bermuda-short-length of patterned sparkle to stare at.





P.S. Have y’all checked out Google’s amazing new site yet? I’ve only posted it on my wall TWICE. Let’s talk Boutiques.com. If you liked ShopStyle, you’ll love Boutiques. Why? Because they actually found everything! They have scoured the net to find anything your little heart could desire (basically). Sure, sizes are hit and miss and sometimes it’s a tease, but when you find Proenza Schouler booties from Fall ’09 in a size 7.5, you fall in love with the site.

P.P.S. Yo, AWang, still waiting on these. Anytime now.


P.P.P.S. Check her out. But actually. Do you love Toronto? Do you love sparkles? Do you love dresses? You love Cara Cheung.

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“You girls are fun! You’re more fun than them.” by hallaek
June 13, 2010, 10:58 pm
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Yes, the quote above is in reference to Tila and myself. Wherever Tila and I go we collect fans…probably because we’re famous princesses. We went to Zelda’s one Saturday night and had the best time ever. I thought for a while about when the last best time would be, but I think “ever” is right; just had that much fun. Zelda’s is both a restaurant and bar, but we’ve only been upstairs to the bar to join in on the drag fun! The Saturday we went we watched some Lady Gaga and much else…but as most fun nights go, they’re not always the easiest to remember in great detail. There was a competition for a sport (that isn’t really a sport) which I somehow set off due to my “Samantha”-esque vibe…it didn’t end well for me, but in my defense I have a twisted ankle and it was a “very fun” night. Tila and I were back-up dancers…found a fourth for our SATC group (which would be how the whole “Samantha” thang came up)…and there may or may not have been some silly “naturist” moments. I’ll leave it at that. And “that” is probably already too much. Whatevah, whatevah, I do what I want! …Sorry.

Speaking of a twisted ankle… After we went to SATC 2 Tila and I hung up (put away) our high heels. We both have twisted ankles. Both left. Both ankles we potentially made worse when we sacrificed them in order to wear high heels to a movie. I know, this is all makes total sense, you totally get where we were coming from. Well ever since we decided that we were bound to flats until our ankles were truly ready we haven’t been too excited to dress up. It’s just not the same without beautiful shoes, and we both have issues finding flats all that exciting. As a result of wearing flats we’ve rebelled (not really…), but I’m naked and Tila sparkles. Actually ever since we’ve been much more sparkly. Yesterday I wore a full sequined sweater to get breakfast…I need my high heels back. Men buy speedy, shiny cars, we hike up our skirts and cover ourselves in sparkle. (Yesterday I saw two sequins go down the drain in the shower, that’s the point I’m at.)

I was wearing a necklace I love, but don’t often wear which I’ve tried to show without showing too much. You know what I mean. It’s apparently an unknown Québécois designer and there’s a bird in a cage and what I think are “jazzy squiggles”. I don’t know what it means or if it means anything, I just like it. I’d wear it in a smoky bar, with a smokey eye and a big hat. I’m sure that scenario will happen one day… (Oh P.S. Got it at The Bead Goes On!) Also, the last picture is from the following Monday when we went back to Zelda’s to play Bingo. Just a regular Monday night…there were some pretty great winnings, not on my part, but on those of others that I won’t go into detail about because it’s naughty. I wore a vintage black pleated, strapless dress that I got for about $20 on Queen street; it’s long enough not to worry about being a lady, but I never feel too covered up in it. Dress love. And I yanked out the LV from when I was 15. I think it works.

Side note: Watching the Tonys…I was ridiculously happy to see the Crane brothers together again. Biggest highlight for me so far. That and Lea Michelle’s performance, but not in a good way. Not in a good way at all… Oh, and now that it’s over: third highlight being the show ending on an infinite string of “Na Na Na Na Na”s. Love the Tonys.

The Bead Goes On by hallaek
April 17, 2010, 9:15 pm
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(And on, and on…) I’ve praised it in two past posts… It got me interested in vintage… It made me love sparkles even more… Now here it is… Inside… THE BEAD GOES ON! (I was trying to sound like an announcer for wrestling or something along those lines. I hope you got it.) On Wednesday Tila and I decided to go for a walk to McDonald’s (shut up) and we somehow ended up at The Bead Goes On (weird…) where we bought quite a bit (we wouldn’t) and I got to take pictures! So really I went for the blog’s sake, nothing to do with the constant want to acquire jewelry. Mmmm, materialism. The owner, Cyndi, was kind enough to let me take pictures in her store of all the goodies that surround every inch. The store is quite small, but that’s the best part because you’re absolutely surrounded by fabulous (and sparkly) items and it also means that at each visit you’ll find something new! Prices are amazing too, most lie between $15-$60 and of course the more snazzy items around $85-$165. There is a green bib necklace (which you’ll see in one of the pictures) which is so enormous, and so sparkly and so fabulous, and even has a pin on the other side of the bib part to secure it which is $350, but in comparison to the nice bibs out right now and the fact that this one is so unique, that’s a fantastic price. Okay, I could go on to describe what I want to buy next and what I’ve bought, but let’s take you in!

Tila got an amazing purple/hot pink necklace which I totally would’ve nabbed if I didn’t have a weird eye clashing issue…I’m not getting into it. Anyway, I’ll have to get some shots of the awesome jewelry, ya know, just in case you need more convincing which I highly, highly doubt. Check it out! Show me your new babies (not real babies, sparkly babies, but if you have an actual sparkly baby I’d look at that too).

P.S. Just started watching 30 Rock and OMG. OMG. WHY DID I JUST START? OMG.

Somewhat [insert whatever] by hallaek
April 13, 2010, 5:57 pm
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My last drama formal. It really hasn’t hit me since I haven’t moved out yet, but I’m sure it will all come flooding in once that day comes. For now, let’s take a look at everyone’s (okay, my) favourite thing: sparkles. We showed up late to the dance, and were very sparkly, and made quite the entrance…it was kind of embarrassing, but apparently “fabulous” so I’ll take it! As you’ll see my dress and shoes aren’t the easiest things to dance in, but we still ripped it up. And by “ripped it up” I mean were completely ridiculous and had partner swapping and a chair and interpretive dance…the rhythm definitely got us. Good one, me. I’m full of great jokes lately, I’m thinking of doing stand-up. Or not. I wore a vintage dress from Starling in Kingston and the fav new YSL heels. Tight and high = totally comfortable, for sure. I’m also throwing in two random photos that I find funny, and if you remember back to that stand-up thing a few words ago… I need to stop. Okay. Pictures.

Our man of the night really wanted to try out his model moves and I think he did a great job, it just had to be showcased. And aren’t the last two photos funny? We had to incorporate song, dance, poetry, mime and speech into a presentation that had an encompassing theme and mine was obviously sparkles. It was really just an excuse to wear that many shiny/glittery things at the same time without anyone questioning it. Mission accomplished. And I just really liked the photo of me dancing because it seems to be happening in my photos more lately, that and I love that dress.

I’ve been on an animal buying kick lately and have bought two Razza pieces in the past 24 hours. I’ve only found sites that showcase the zodiac series since it’s the most popular, but you can find much more of it on ebay. Who doesn’t love that? For the most part the prices are great which makes me think that give it a while and they’ll start to raise so if you like what you see, bid now. These are the two new members of the family (live photos to come when they arrive):

Razza Elephant

I’m very excited to wear this guy, the pendant is huge. There’s a lion that’s similar that seems to be calling my name, or roaring my name.

Razza Hatching Chick

Next is my hatching chick which I don’t think is as pretty, but it’s so darn cute! It also looks a lot better on a gold chain…like mine…will be. I’m pretty excited to name them. (Don’t judge me.) I also got really lucky with the elephant purchase, the woman who sold it to me on ebay is an animal accessory-aholic like me and we’ve been going back and forth about her amazing collection so I’m sure the family is bound to grow quite a bit very soon. I wonder if I still have all those Playmobil cages…I can make a zoo! There are cat ladies, then there’s me…and I’m also a quasi-cat lady. Oh no. I also found some very pretty, very expensive animal jewelry, but that’s another post! So for now, check out Razza! Find your special zodiac pendant!

April 4, 2010, 8:36 pm
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The title says it all…ACTUAL PICTURES!

Tila and I had a little photo shoot today to make up for the fact that due to my fear of losing another camera I tend not to bring it anywhere, which is why a (sober) photo-thon at home is perfect. I’ve been seriously vintage-ing lately because I had such luck with vintage jewelry at The Bead Goes On that I wanted to try my hand with clothing…just as much luck! No more of that mass-produced crap! (That’s a joke PS.) I made a killing at a vintage store in Kingston called Starling where the prices are fantastic; everything tends to be in $25-$55 price range. Also picked up some great stuff from Bungalow, 69 Vintage and the second-floor of 69 Vintage Collective, all in Toronto. Of course Toronto is more expensive, but the blue and black stripped jacket in the photos is vintage YSL which I got for $105, not bad at all. I won’t get into crazy detail about all the stuff…because I’m lazy. But if you have a question or want to know more about a piece or price or store or whatever, just comment and I’ll let ya know! Okay? Okay!

PS. Check her out…I bought the pink bunny. Tsuru Bride. I really want the blue killer whale and the red alligator.

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