Fashionista 514

My Thoughts Exactly… Ownership and other rant worthy topics…

Posted in life, My thoughts exactly..., rant by fashionista514 on October 6, 2009

I want to know something… can someone please enlighten me? What makes people think they have the effing power over you to dictate to you what you can and can’t do with your own life?!? What makes them seem to think that their opinion is any better or more valid than yours? I have noticed this many a time in my little life experiences… so why is it that people try so hard to move into your personal space and grab hold of the controllers?

Being a young woman in this big bad world, people are naturally very protective of me. This is great cause I know how much people really care for me, however it ALWAYS ends up becoming an overly possessive issue where I feel like I am losing my voice 😦 I think it is great that I get feedback from others before I do something – it allows me to weigh it’s worth. Sometimes though, all I really just want to do is fall flat on my face and experience it myself. I would one thousand times prefer to try something and it fail than to have never of took the leap myself and experienced every part of it.

What bothers me, is that what always starts as a concern ends as a fight to defend your own lifestyle choices. To do what you would have done instinctively if another had not interfered (for better or worse).

One thing I have never ever understood is why companies will search for job candidates on facebook. Check them out before they are hired, regardless of their qualifications. How the hell is it any of their business what you do in your private life – be it cross dressing, partying, or family functions??? Please don’t give me the lame ass excuse that they want employees that will represent their company properly… c’mon?!?! So dumb!!! Wether the guy has a foot fetish or not does not change his performance at work… stop trying to invade people’s personal space and turn us all into lifeless autobots! It`s our little preferences and passions that make us who we are.

Another pet peeve… people who say dumb, negative things for absolutely no greater good. People… if you don’t have nothin’ good to say – DON`T SAY NOTHIN`!!! Keep your mouth shut and the universe will reward you with not labelling you as a douche!

All this to say… let me live my golden life the way I WANT to please 🙂 I think I have good enough judgement to understand and evaluate what is good for myself. And if I don`t… well it`s about time I learn for myself.

Merci, thank you!


Fashionista Finds – All Around Lima

Posted in adventure, appreciate, artwork, babe, colorful, details, embroidery, fashionista finds, friends, life, Peru, travel, vlad by fashionista514 on September 29, 2009
So today´s post is a lot of randomness… but I hope you will enjoy my Peruvian loves… above is the posse I have been chillin´with! I never knew that I would make such good friends on a volunteer mission… score!

Visited a much loved Italian restaurant here in Lima… Mama Lola´s! Delicious in-house pizza´s and home made pastas… fresh, tasty and simplistic… hitting all the right spots… they also let you write on the walls, sooooooo… of course I had to represent!!!
Who knows… maybe someone will look it up randomnly from eating here… I will keep you posted! This world works in strange and mysterious ways, I don´t doubt the possibility…
If the walls could speak, this is what they would look like.
Everybody gets to that ¨point¨while on vacation with their significant other where throwing them off the cliff seems like an amicable option… here I demonstrate with the babe :p Hehehehehehehe….

Yes… so that cliff pic was obviously taken before this one…

Incan ruins! They are so meticulously built and beautiful. Positioned towards the sea and the sun… they must have been absolutely gorgeous intact back in the day.

Beautiful alley

How beautiful is this message? Written on the walls of Mama Lola’s Italian Restaurant. Oh romance… {sigh}

Some super cool cactus plants

They look alive don’t they?!?

Our own version of Rum and Coke 😉 Yuuummmmms!

I am SUPER envious that they have Mc Donalds takeout… Montreal!!! Wake up!!! What are you waiting for?!?!

Alright, now I don’t know if this has any association whatsoever to, but if it does (and even if it dosn’t), go directly here now. A site not to be missed *thank you*

Possibly the most beautifully constructed sandwich of our time.

Market finds!

Felted wool purses

Vlad living out his alter ego as Mexican Wrestler “Whacko Paco”

Coolest fruit basket. Ever. Eat it grandma!

I’m off to bed now… catching a flight in a few hours up to Cuzco *Macchu Picchu town* Going to be very tired… but ready for all the shopping and natural beauty of the mountains! This week is all about being a tourist, so get ready for some pic heavy posts full of Peru’s best.


Fashionista Finds – Peruvian Delights!

Posted in adventure, appreciate, beauty, fashionista finds, friends, learning, life, love, Peru, travel, wow by fashionista514 on September 24, 2009
First off, I want to say a big warm thank you to all who left a positive comment on my last post! I was not expecting to get that strong of a response and I am truly flattered with everything everyone had to say! I would like to thank the anonymous hater for writing that comment… it really showed me who my cyber friends are and that I have an awesome support system right here in my own “backyard”. Love you guys… really, I cannot say it enough. You made my day and made me smile to the point of no return. YOU GUYS ROCK!!! Best followers in the WORLD!!!
So… I have to be brief, as the internet cafe is closing soon and the internet is so slow here it took about an hour to upload all these pics… leaving not much time for chit-chat. Also… Vlad is falling asleep right beside me and constantly reminding me that he wants to go to sleep… can someone please tell me what is so different about having kids or a bf?!? I still end up feeling sometimes like a babysitter ;p
Alright! Finally some Peruvian fashion finds! We stumbled upon a complete bridal mall when we were in downtown Lima… these are some of the super cool, super imaginative dresses on display. How effing cool?!!?

Love the “nipple daisies”

What an awesome theme for a wedding… tacky… yes… but love love love the concept!

Peru has some of the most beautiful architecture I have ever seen. I have never been to Europe aside from London, however I imagine a lot of the style and influence comes from Spain… lots of Baroque styling and pastel colors. The balconey’s here are to die for! All hand carved with handmade glass. Gorgeous!

Beautiful knockers for oversized doors. Makes me wish I owned a door worthy of one!

Chillin’! Vlad and I actually fell asleep here for about an hour the first day in Lima… we were soooo tired and jetlagged! There was a flute player right across the street who played lullaby-like tunes until we dozed off.

Street signs! Love the font!

My own bag, with little peoples on it!!!

I picked up a red pair of these flats… I adore them and they were something like $12.oo USD! Crazy, and handmade in Peru!

Hopefully I will get to see a live llama by the time the trip is over ;p

Syl and Babe

Okay, really… this is not as disgusting as I made it look here. Deserts here are a lot of jello’s, puddings, and flans… really yummy stuff!

Did I mention how much I am ADORING the food here?!?!

Roast beef, rice and potato puree… super yums! Rice and potatoes seem to be a big thing here… I’m all for it!

Uggs… they get me through the day – don’t hate on ’em!

Mini biker taxis

Making friends! Woot Woot!!!

More pictures and adventures to come when the mission part of our journey is done! We will be having more free time soon to play tourists and show you guys a bit more of the beautiful Peru!

Oh… and in case you may have forgotten…



My thoughts exactly…

Posted in fresh, life, My thoughts exactly..., reminder by fashionista514 on July 1, 2009

Fashionista Flashback… Some Amazing Moments in the Life Of

Posted in adventure, life, memories by fashionista514 on June 12, 2009

As I am fairly new to Blogger (you guys have only known me since January), I figured I would fill you in on some of the things you missed before I became a raging blogaholic 😉 Here are some of my fondest memories from over the past few years (at least the ones that were lucky enough to be documented).

ENJOY, and welcome to my Life!

This is the fashion design team (Katrin Leblond) I used to work for (this was my first job out of Fashion School)! The girls I worked with were so unbeleivable beautiful on the inside AND out that going to work everyday was a very cool experience. Here was right after the first fashion show I produced right outside of Marche Bonsecours in the Old Port. We had all just survived a super stressfull day and were just finally catching a breath of relief and satisfaction of a job well done 🙂 Click here to see my Katrin Leblond Photoshoot!
I rocked my DVF silk organza party dress with my teal louboutin peeptoe pumps that day for good luck (and also cause it was Montreal Fashion Week… DUH)!!!

I am an avid horseback rider! I go every week on friday nights. I used to ride competitively back in the day, but school took over and I had to put it on hold… untill now 😉 Thanks to Vlad encouraging me and driving me up there every week I can get back to the riding lessons that I love so much!

Last year I went to South Africa on vacation for a month (Vlad has some family working over there). Well let me just say it was an experience and a half! This shot was taken in Cape Town (the most Southern point of the African Continent). The beach was completely deserted except for me and the locals fishing for shellfish. Bliss!

As soon as I heard you could ride ostriches in Africa, I was IN!!! We found an ostrich farm and I actually got my “Ostrich Riding Licence”… lol, legally valid for one year! So, if ever any of you have an ostrich “situation” do not hesitate to contact me 😉 To see the pic of me RIDING the ostrich in full action, click here!

This waterfall was truly enchanting. Truly. It was in the middle of nowhere and the water was the clearest I have ever seen. On the hills, mountain zebras were very common (sadly, I didn’t get to see any).

Yes, that is me “a la Pocahontas” laying on top of a dramatic drop of a waterfall.
It was a beautiful spot to catch some sun 😉

Alright, this shot is basically me in a nutshell. I looooove greasy spoon type meals! Thank god for my metabolism cause really I should be at least 300 pounds the way I eat 😦

This was taken last year just before the Canadian winter fully set in. Here is my newly purchased “gear”. Yes… you need “gear” not jackets and normal fashion boots to truly enjoy the winter here. I am standing in my first-ever apartment! It’s total size is the same as my now living room!!! I loved that place though, it definately had some real charm 🙂

This was when I was working as a hostess/bartender while putting myself through school. The boss of the restaurant chose one colleague and I (out of about 100 employees) to attend a salon/makeup studio’s opening to do some good old fashioned PR. I was psyched needless to say, and totally flattered!

Oh, and my hair was longer!!! I miss my hair… I am trying to grow it back again…

Every year, I get a team of makeup/hair artists together to do themed looks for my old high schools “Dance/Fashion” show. This entails making over approximately 50 students over the course of a day. I know it may not seem like too many… but by the end of the day I’m bushed!!! Next year will be the fifth year running, with all proceeds going to charity. This is always a fun way to give back 😉

This was the one Halloween that I dressed up completely all day (downtown) in a Playboy Bunny getup for school… yeah, well… that was great except NO ONE else dressed up and I was stuck like that ALL DAY!!!

Fashion School. As crappy as the program was, I did have some fun times. This is when I was the Choreography Co-ordinator for the final graduating fashion show (with other fellow co-ordinator Paulina). We taught the models how to shake their thang 😉

This is fashion school in a pic. Everyday you are trying on multiple creations to help out your fellow classmates with acheiving the “ultimate” fit. This crazy bodysuit was thrown on me at like 7am… who needs a coffee when you are half naked and totally embarrassed?!?!?

Chillin’ on the Mount Royal with my iPod… this day was grey and miserable, but somehow still eerily beautiful. There were squirrels EVERYWHERE!!!

My aunt lives is the O.C. in Cali… but out in the middle of the desert where she has her horsie ranch!!! This is Spike, one of her sweethearts!

We went to Sea World in San Diego!!! This is Obie the Walrus… it’s crazy… they suck your hands!!!

Getting friendly with the dolphins…

These fishes are SOOOO hyperactive I swear…

My personal fave was the beluga whales (native to Canada – woot woot)… they were very calm and seemed pretty sensitive. Total sweethearts. My aunt scored an amazing hookup through one of her clients to go in the water with the beluga’s and help the trainers. Too cool. Thanks Auntie!!!

Hope you enjoyed some of my flashback moments!

Isn’t it great looking over old pics?

Lesson of the Friday

Posted in funny, life, sillyness by fashionista514 on April 24, 2009

My Mood Exactly…

Posted in life by fashionista514 on April 21, 2009

Have you put your dreams on hold?

Posted in acheive, disappointment, dreams, life by fashionista514 on April 4, 2009
I friend of mine currently residing in Australia, brought a very valid point to the table this morning. She messaged me through facebook and let me in on what she’s been recently thinking about. Her name is Tara. Tara and I have been through thick and thin and somehow have still come out stuck together. She is my dysfunctional marriage version of a best friend ;). Anyways, she was reminiscing on our graduation from elementary school. The teachers had made the whole graduating class rehearse for months so that we could finally sing “Reach” by Gloria Estefan for the graduation ceremony. Corny as hell, but hey – it was elementary school!

Anyways, the song is about achieving your dreams and fulfilling your destiny. About really getting what you want out of life and pushing to be your best self. Tara asked me “Robyn, how many people do we actually know who are still going for their wildest dreams and actually achieving them”? When I thought about it seriously, I realized that there really werent very many! Many people I know have accepted a crappy standard of living, are in horrible jobs, or settled for something a little less than what they originally hoped for. I understand in elementary school you don’t know anything about the dedication it takes to be a doctor or a lawyer, or what it really takes to travel around the world. The part that disturbs me though, is not that people haven’t gotten around to their life’s “to do” list, it’s that they have simply buried it under a pile of crap that is utterly meaningless to them!

We are all still young and most of us haven’t even really started to experience life yet. I get it. I know how hard it is to save money for the things you want to do, and the places you want to explore. Just don’t push it out of your life. Work hard to achieve your dreams, as I truly believe if you don’t they will eventually come back to bite you in the “mid-life crisis” ass. Whatever you suppress now will only come back to haunt you as regret later on. Seize life and make it yours, and never, never, never give up!

A Dolls Life

Posted in envy, life by fashionista514 on March 23, 2009

Barbie has it made my friends. She has recreated herself dozens of times with her profession, her look, her boy toys and all those fabulous mansions, convertibles and pool parties. She always looks pristine and perfectly up to date with all the trends. Her clothing comes in pre-accessorized packages and she has permanent makeup for as long as she wants. She has been sponsored by numerous celebrity fashion designers and is considered an icon. Not to mention that her famous boyfriend Ken has shape shifted into every boy band idol they’ve made into a doll. Soooo, she dates all the celebrities, never gets out of shape (even at fifty – phew!), and leads a pretty glamorous existence. If only reality provided the same!

Love Your Haters – They’re your Biggest Fans!

Posted in life, SHUT UP ALREADY by fashionista514 on March 20, 2009