Friday, June 18, 2010

in the works

i seem to be one of these people that always has projects in the works, but never seems to finish anything. i am proud to have finally moved overseas (a plan that had been in the works since graduating university almost four years ago), but since my twenty-fifth birthday last month, i keep wondering what else i have actually achieved.

i have a lot of plans and a lot of goals and sometimes i find it too overwhelming to make anything happen, because there is just so much i want to do before i leave this earth. and so for a long time nothing happens. i am working on this though.


Friday, May 14, 2010

the discovery of polyvore

i just discovered polyvore for the first time thanks to this awesome collaborative contest given one of my favourite bloggers gala darling and cosmetics line sugarpill.

this is my first ever polyvore, just for the competition:

while i wouldn't consider this my natural fashion style, there are still a lot of elements that i totally love. i'd wear any of the jewelry in a heartbeat (crazy about the bowie brooch), the juicy couture "don't talk to me" t-shirt is perfectly apt for a monday morning, and of course the sugarpill eyeshadows are completely rad.

i spent hours working on it, and since publishing it i haven't been able to stop thinking about making the next one! it seems like a totally awesome way to figure out how i am going to style my new purchases, and what better way to start that with my sam edelman sandals.

i love these sandals and fortunately it has been warm enough in vancouver to wear them every day:

the sandals are amazing. they are cut low enough around the ankle to be flattering, so they look great with skirts and dresses as well as with jeans. they can be dressed up or down and have already earned me a few compliments! so far they are pretty comfortable - although i find the second toe on my right foot is being cut into by the thong piece. i'm sure this will get better once i wear them in a little more. either way it is not enough to make them unbearable and i managed to walk in them all day yesterday and get home blister-free!

i am completely excited about my new sandals and all the possibilities of polyvore!


just some facts

i am obsessed with typography and formatting. one of my favourite books is hand job: a catalog of type by michael perry. a little piece of me dies every time i see the papyrus font used. i really want to go to type camp one day. i would probably love to work in graphic design or publishing.

i am planning to apply to parsons the new school to study fashion marketing. i have actually been working on my application essay for almost a year.

i love organising in general, and i am not sure if this is the cause of or the result from an unhealthy addiction to tetris. my high score on DS is over five million, and i secretly want to get the world record and have it verified by twin galaxies. i love packing shopping bags (when i was a checkout operator i had regulars who came to me just because they liked the way i packed their bags) and i don't even mind shifting boxes in the shoe store where i currently work. i guess they are both sort of like bigger versions of tetris.

i wish i was better at photography. i love taking photographs but get increasingly frustrated as they never turn out as good as the ones in my mind. i like to take photos of scenery and birds and flowers and my boyfriend. he is so photogenic it is sickening.

even though i don't really have a house, i am obsessed with homewares. i am in love with every house and every item ever featured on designsponge. one day i will own a house with a verandah. it will be close to the beach with dark timber floors and impossibly high ceilings and big windows and doors to let in the sea breeze. it will be a place for all the beautiful and strange things i have acquired, a museum where it is okay to touch!

i know i have hoarding tendencies, and so i watch hoarders to remind me of what could happen if i don't keep check of my things. i obsessively purge useless items whenever i watch that show.

i miss my family and my friends, but i have been lucky to meet such awesome people here in canada.

my sister is my opposite but somehow she is my best friend. my mum and i are so alike it is scary. we have similar tastes and similar tendencies and similar thoughts and similar senses of humour. my dad is so sweet and caring. he is the epitome of masculine style.

i want to volunteer in morocco and work at the summer olympics and sail the pacific and work in far north western australia and have a store where i can sell things i've made and
travel overland from cape town to cairo and climb mount kilimanjaro and drive around australia and live in new york city and wander the silk road and live in a yurt and cross the trans-siberian and own a backpackers and so many other things . . .

i am jasmine, these are just some facts about me, and in time you will learn more.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

a to do list

my to do list is continually growing and i feel myself continually procrastinating. i will never succeed in anything if i continue this way, and i will never start if i do not make a tangible list of things that i actually, need, to, do:

1. write this blog at least twice per week
2. make a budget for the next six months that will reduce some debt and still let me have all the pretty things and exciting adventures i have been planning
3. work hard at selling shoes. even though i hate selling shoes, it will make ^ budgeting easier
4. work on the ultimate encyclopedia to every (useless and useful) thing
5. take up yoga without giggling hysterically

i think this is a good start. it's not too overwhelming. i think i can achieve it with a little perseverance.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

a new day

and a new commitment, inspired by one of my favourite bloggers, gala darling.

i have a new macbook, a day off work, sunshine and rain, what a curious tuesday...

What is the strangest compliment you’ve ever received?

that i am an excellent writer, so much so that at first i come across as more interesting and engaging in writing, than i actually am in person.

What’s your little-known talent?

i am pretty good with directions.

What do you obsessively search for on eBay?

vintage fabric. i have spent so much time and money on beautiful one-of-a-kind fabrics from all over the world. such joy!

When you were a child, who did you worship & want to be like?

i can't think of anyone specific, but i always wished i could have adventures like the characters in enid blyton's stories, like the magic faraway tree and cherry tree farm and malory towers.

What was your palate band?

aka the first band that made me realise the world of music was larger than whatever the Top 20 singles were - oasis. something changed in me the day i listened to definitely maybe.


Saturday, January 30, 2010


in some ways i feel very restricted by blogging. like most creative types, i seem to get inspiration and ideas at the most inconvenient times, and by the time i make it to my laptop to blog and share and explore these ideas further, the moment is lost. i keep a notebook for sudden ideas, and there is something more organic about putting pen to paper and scribbling and sketching it out as it comes to mind. sometimes it seems contrived to put it all into words and share in a blog.

one of the biggest obstacles to blogging though, is fear. i always feel incredibe anxiety about people reading my work. blogging is giving a part of myself away to the world, exposing inner thoughts and making myself vulnerable to criticism and judgement. the fear is that my writing is not good enough, that my ideas are not original enough. blogging can be a self-indulgent pursuit and it somehow feels arrogant on my part to think that anyone would want to read my thoughts and ideas. this blog is for me and if other people find value in my writing, that is an added bonus.


Monday, January 18, 2010

sparkle et fade

i want to be a writer, so best i start writing. i am jasmine, and this is my blog.

sparkle et fade dawns eighteenth of january two thousand and ten.