Hola, comme estas? Mi nombre es Cayley James… and that is the extent of my conversational Spanish. I’m a recent graduate from University of Guelph with a degree in English and Theatre Studies. Since leaving the Royal City for the T.Dot, clutching a BA in my sweaty palm, I’ve been repeatedly faced with the terrifying question: “So what are you going to do now?” The truth is, I haven’t the faintest idea.
I’ve spent the past twenty-two years on this planet consuming culture at an insatiable rate — anything I could glue my eyes to or get my hands on — I devoured it. My first introduction to fashion was probably Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Audrey and Fred were swell in their sweet little romance, but it was Kay Thompson as a Diana Vreeland-esque editor that made the movie soar. Spouting names like Dior, the New-Look and couture, it was like mid-century fashion Cliff Notes to 9-year- old me. My risky sartorial choices at that point had only really gone as far as OshKosh and Land’s End jeans with an elastic band in the waist. Funny Face led to the opening of many a Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. It’s films that have always been a touch-stone for my sense of style. The meticulous, character-conscious costumes that populated Hollywood’s Golden Age continue to inspire and educate.
Les Garcons de Glasgow
A friend of mine moved to Glasgow in January and had been raving about this site. A classic street-style blog, it celebrates the civic pride of Glaswegians and their irreverent fashion flair.
Green Wedding Shoes
Weddings are fun. So why not revel in other peoples’ hope and enthusiasm? Especially when those people have impeccable taste. Green Wedding Shoes covers everything from invitations to engagement pictures to the big day. Everything is “aww” inducing and most of the ideas can be parlayed to any old dinner party or birthday celebration. It’s totally worth checking out.
I Am Donald
I am a comedy nerd. I love me some Thursday Night TV and Community is one my current 22-minute obsessions. One of the show’s stars, Donald Glover, happens to have a kick-ass Tumblr. He’s a jack of all trades; film-maker, writer, actor, stand-up, rapper etc, and his site is a fantastic testament to that. Full of mix-tapes, fashion and music videos — it’s a very entertaining collection to say the least.
Mad Men Unbuttoned
This site combines two of my favourite things: Mad Men and intertextuality. When the show is in session, this site not only engages in criticism but plumbs the show for its inspirations; compiling real ads and LIFE photo essays and providing even more context for the show. More then a fan-site, it’s a self-described “cultural catalogue.”
Hark A Vagrant
I can’t draw to save my life, but I admire people who can conjure something on a piece of paper that actually resembles a human form. Kate Beaton’s web-comic is a combination of scathing humour injected into historical and literary moments through time. It’s so funny and so smart that it makes you wonder why there haven’t been more comics made about Diefenbaker.
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