Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Phnom Penh, Travel

Meowloween.

anna cat

Tomorrow the ghosts, spooks, and trickery come out for Halloween in Cambodia.

Since roughly mid October my Facebook, Instagram, and tumblr have been overwrought with photos of “sexy Cookie Monster”, plenty of hot skeletons, “The Joker” (really? that’s still en mode?), the cats of the year (Grumpy, Nyan, et al) and Wes Anderson characters along with a spattering of stories on news pages about celebrities or this dolt (who- GREAT, JUST GREAT– is apparently coming to Cambodia soon) who think black face is a delightful and jaunty costume, perfect for a 21st century birthday soiree.

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Fashion, Travel

Project Pietà.

Courtesy of Project Pietà Facebook

Courtesy of Project Pietà Facebook

There are countless fashion projects, concepts, brands, organizations, teams, and designers that I look at basically every single work day. Call it…research.

Sure, I’d love that cashmere skull cap or that set of rose gold chevron print bracelets- but rarely never enough to enter my bank account info and make a purchase, especially from overseas.

Project Pietà, however, was shown to me by a friend today and immediately, I was blown away. As the site boldly and simply states: “AN IMPERTINENT AND IRREVERENT PROJECT, INDEPENDENT AND SPONTANEOUS.”

There is a difference between some designers or brands seeking out a problem to support themselves, lifting their name and product into the sky, saying it will save lives while focusing in on a crisis and not letting it go. I guess you learn a little bit about this the more and more time you spend here.

Then there are groups that take a hard look at the reality of genuine lives and stories that exist and what can be done with them in the state they’re in, move forward, and instill something great; of creation, aptitude, and accomplishment while producing incredible items in the process.

Look & learn.

Alejandra, Establecimiento Penitenciario Mujeres "Santa Monica", Chorillos, Lima.

Alejandra, Establecimiento Penitenciario Mujeres “Santa Monica”, Chorillos, Lima.

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Art, Expat, Fashion, Personal

Repost: Leather. Wool. And Snark.

Photo from texasstyleandsubstance.blogspot.com

Photo from texasstyleandsubstance.blogspot.com

I’ve just been introduced to the Melanie.io site from my mom, who continues to surprise me (why am I surprised still?) with her wit, ability, and natural instinct of when I need a boost and some instruction.

I initially read the piece about startups (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) then moved onto this delightful morsel: Leather. Wool. And Snark.  about Cintra Wilson (delightfully scathing writer and cultural critic who up until recently, published columns in the New York Times)

 

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Music, Personal, Travel, United States

Jesse & Death Cab.

Jesse

Today began as any other Tuesday: wake up after three separately set alarms- spaced an hour apart, think about the tasks that are to come throughout the next eight hours of work-who will I need to speak with? What articles need to be written?- and drowsily make my way to the office on the back of the moto, sunglasses deflecting the sun’s bright, unrelenting glare- thin cigarette hanging despondently between my fingers. I arrived at my place of work; I turned on, clicked around, and logged in to all of my accounts and pages- awaiting the e-mails I would respond to, the edits I would need to make; but first snuck onto my Facebook only to be reminded unsubtly that “I HAVE AN EVENT TODAY”.

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Personal

Bubullima dhe Vetëtima.

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I was having a difficult evening last night, to say the least.

Even my usually methodical and soothing time pounding treadmill at the gym wasn’t enough to alleviate the heaviness I’d been carrying for the past week- if not longer. To add to the fact that I was already feeling down and out, I felt like I needed to order an extra case of sports bras for the amount of support I felt I wasn’t receiving. While untrue, in the moment I felt like I was standing alone.

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Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Personal, Phnom Penh, Travel

The History of Things to Come.

Vintage Pinup

Amanda Bloom is a triple threat. She’s known in Phnom Penh particularly for her music, composition, and stage presence along with her authentic, dress-up fabulous vintage pop-up sales she has been hosting for the past three years since she has lived in Cambodia, gorgeously titled “The History of Things to Come”, along with a compelling mind rich with knowledge on the projects she’s involved in. Amanda is passionate when the topic of vintage arises, as it truly is her lifeblood, an integral part of her personal history, and has been in a way methodically soothing to her in many ways which is apparent as she softly says in one part of our discussion, “I love the little details of vintage, the things that surprise you. The details in the buttons…the pleating… the garment…”

I had a chance to sit down with Amanda over a glass of white wine, raw almonds, and kittens to discuss why she conducts The History of Things to Come and what sparked her initial interest in vintage. One of my dear friends back home, Brooke Casanova, is a vintage connoisseur of sorts and loves a great find- so it was of particular interest to me in how Ms. Bloom runs her business, why she does it, and how she manages her product and client base with an increasing, sometimes fraudulent, vintage market growing in The Charming City.

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Music, Personal

Relevant.

The Von Bondies- No Regrets

You feel buried, you feel bored 
No one takes you seriously when you’re 24 
So shut off your days 
And turn on your nights 
‘Cause the chance is for the taking 
And the taking’s right 

No you really haven’t lived life yet 
No you really haven’t lived life 
If you ain’t got no regrets 

What I did last night 
Is none of your concern 
You know I feel right 
But that’s none of your concern 

No you really haven’t lived life yet 
No you really haven’t lived life yet 
If you ain’t got no regrets 
If you ain’t got no regrets 

Don’t be mistaken 
For someone who cares 
Oh no, 
Oh no you wouldn’t dare 
Your’e the path here, 
The pawn I took, 
The sacrificial lamb, 
The spineless book 

Oh no you really haven’t lived life yet 
Oh no you really haven’t lived life yet 
If you ain’t got no regrets 
If you ain’t got no regrets

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Repost: Sex Slave Story Revealed to be Fabricated

Meas Ratha stands outside her home near Phnom Penh last month. (Simon Marks/The Cambodia Daily)

Meas Ratha stands outside her home near Phnom Penh last month. (Simon Marks/The Cambodia Daily)

I read this article today from The Cambodia Daily, a well-known and highly recognized foreign run news source in Cambodia.

Heavy hitting, disappointing, disgusting, and disconcerting to say the least.

We’ll see how this unravels; either way, it’s not going to be pretty and my heart hurts for anyone who has been damaged or negatively affected throughout this insidious industry, campaign, and dark part of this world.

Discuss.

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Cambodia, Expat, Food, Travel

Kep.

Kep polaroid

Go, go, go! That’s how I’ve felt since I last posted my travel essentials entry before our departure to Kep for the Khmer holiday, Pchum Ben. It’s not a feeling one usually has before departing for a vacation full of naps, snacks, and lounging- yet somehow it feels like October is quickly disappearing and with that time, so do opportunities.

Our time at Raingsey Bungalows was peaceful, relaxing, and exactly what a vacation should be; we never left the resort once, imbibed in a few bottles of delicious pinot, and soaked up the bouts of sun that would make their way through the constant showers while reading books of our choices.

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