Sunday, August 24, 2008

Back to School?

Maybe I should explain something before I continue with this blogging business.

Have you ever noticed how many people in cities have good style? I was in San Francisco today at the Outside Lands music festival (yes yes!) and I was too busy drooling at everyone's outfits to pay a hint of attention to the music. Although Andrew Bird was quite good. But anyway, yeah, I don't know for sure, but it seems like a lot of fashion bloggers live in or have easy access to some big city. I, on the other hand, do not.

Alright, I do live right near San Francisco. However, I am also very lazy, so when I do deign to go into the city, I have to get a ride from los parentals or take this horrific ferry that is overpriced and filled with chubby tourists snapping pictures of everything with their cameraphones. Needless to say, either way is fantastically unpleasant and inconvenient, and takes a very long time. During the summer, I can usually tolerate it, so I'm in the city maybe twice a week, which isn't too bad.

Uh, but guess what started. Yeah, school. This means no more city trips! AUGH!

My school is very suburban. It's small and tan, like a lot of people who go there. It's also in the middle of nowhere. Well, there are houses, and a mall that is filled to the brim with rapists and dollar stores, if that counts as something. Style-wise, oh what a wasteland. I'd say maybe 75% of the people there spend way too much money on pants and tee-shirts from Abercrombie that all look the same, and the other 25% buy things from Hot Topic and then hack at them with a pair of scissors to look hard-core. And then they go listen to Panic! At The Disco on their iPods.

I really do not mean to sound pretentious (well, ok, I guess I do a little bit), but I honestly think I am the only person at that school of maybe 1200 people who has ever picked up a Nylon or gone thrifting or altered her own clothes (besides the whole scissors-hacky thing). Therefore, it's rather difficult to go find inspiration on a daily basis, especially with all those AP's and SAT's to deal with after school (if I don't get into a good college after those, I might die a little). 

In conclusion, if I don't update my blog all the time, or have rather un-inspirational posts now and then, it's most likely because I am trying to wash the scent of Abercrombie and Fitch 8 from my skin.

P.S. The Clay Aiken shirt is coming along! Pictures next post, I promise. Or the one after that. 

Saturday, August 16, 2008

CSS Suxxx

Well, my camera has decided not to work today, so maybe you will see the Clay Aiken shirt later.

But for now: here is a CD review! Or my attempt at one.

Do you know who CSS is? Their full name is Cansei de Ser Sexy, and in Portuguese that means "Tired of Being Sexy." They're from Brazil. Here they are:

And here is their first full-length CD:

Maybe you've heard of them. Even if you don't think you have, you have almost certainly heard one of their songs. Think back to November, when iPhones were still a huge deal. CSS's song "Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex" was featured on one of Apple's commercials. Remember? It's the one that went "My music is where/ I'd like you to touch".

So, way back in November, I went and bought the entire CD because I had a little extra money to spare. I wasn't expecting anything too extravagant, so when I put the CD in my stereo and pressed play I thought that maybe I was on crack. What I heard was:
"(Long guitar squeal) C... S... S... SUXXX!" 
(According to the track list, there are three x's.)
Then a whole bunch of chords and some more people chanting "CSS suxxx!" It was all very jumpy and loud. Normally I can't stand music like that, but it sounded like the members of the band were having loads of fun, so I kept listening.

If you like bands that all sound the same then I wouldn't invest in a copy of CSS. They certainly have a unique sound, one that they're rather well-known for. It's not exactly Animal Collective, but there aren't a lot of CD's that have song titles like "Fuckoff Is Not The Only Thing You Have to Show", lyrics like "My art is called egocentric soft porno / or maybe it's just narcissism", and sounds like accordions and hand claps and synths. It all sounds like a dance club gone wrong, but that's why it's fun.

Actually, you know how I said you shouldn't get this if you like bands that are all disturbingly similar? I changed my mind. This CD would restore life to your otherwise tired, somewhat bland music collection.

Plus the CD came out on my 14th birthday which makes it extra-special.

CSS recently released a new CD (Donkey) but definitely, definitely listen to this one first. It'll allow you to make a fair comparison between the new and the old. 

Er... and that's it. I suppose it's more of an opinion than a review, but as a final word I'll say: this CD is the shit.

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Um, alright, so I suppose I should introduce myself here. I'm Sophie and I guess this is my "fashion" blog but I really have no idea what I'm doing. 

Well here is my first update: I bought a tee-shirt with a picture of Clay Aiken on it today. I'll probably alter it. Maybe I'll post a picture of it soon.