06 November 2008

very eighties vinyl.

goodmorning sunshine,
why dont you all participate in my new mag?
if you like acid wash, vinyl bras and chocolate tea- or not, send your cool stuff to chris_petres@hotmail.com.

02 November 2008

fred has moved.

Hey everyone! Check out my new blog at 




06 September 2008

01 September 2008

let's waste time chasing cars

Project Runway! Woooooot. This week the designers had to create pieces using car materials (i.e. seatbelts) and *drum roll* ..... KEITH IS GONE! Oh, judges, you have finally seen the light. Keith was so tiresome with his generic designs and "There's no style in Utah" aesthetic. My favourite design was created by Leanne, and is seen below.

25 August 2008

originality is the spice of life

I just finished writing an article for the school newspaper about a festival that I go to every summer. The festival is called Ingenuity, and it takes place in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, every July. I thought I would share this article with you, readers, and beg and plead for your feedback :D


ingenuity (n.): the quality of being cleverly inventive or resourceful; inventiveness. This is certainly an apt description of the Ingenuity Festival, held for four days each July in Playhouse Square, a neighborhood in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The Ingenuity Festival’s goal is to combine art and technology in a meaningful way, while encouraging the ingenuity of technology in our society. This is done through all sorts of artistic outlets: dance, visual art, music, theatre, etc.
Conceived in 2005 by James Levin, the idea was to showcase Cleveland’s strength as a centre of technological commerce and an art-loving community by combining the two. The various venues throughout the festival take place on the street, in alleys, in parking lots, and in old, empty buildings. These spaces are ideal environments for the innovative work that inspires festival-goers, as they are sparse and allow for the utmost creativity.
In 2006, MorrisonDance, a contemporary dance company based in Cleveland, collaborated with NASA and performed a piece with minimal music and live photographs of space projected on the wall of an empty warehouse. In 2007, Grandmaster Flash was the main event of the festival. He performed at the festival to celebrate his induction to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, and the peformance was certainly one to be remembered. This year, Lisa K. Lock, a pioneer of contemporary ballet, performed a duet in an alley. This came as a surprise as she typically performs solos, so seeing her dance with a partner was quite a treat. (Last year, she performed a piece on some old-school playground monkey bars entitled “Suspended Vision.”)
This year, though it was shorter in time than past years, was certainly one to be remembered. The performances were incredible, the art exhibits were touching and thought-provoking, and there was certainly no shortage of interesting people to watch. Ingenuity Fest has become an exciting adventure which I look forward to each summer. For more information, visit

Easels were set up in the streets with canvas and paint for festival-goers to create art.

22 August 2008


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just posting some Friday night inspiration.

currently listening to: You Only Live Once - The Strokes

currently doing: sharing my thoughts, with my lovely readers.

current nail varnish: Covergirl glitter topcoat, in Pink Twinkle

ciao lambs.


oh, olympics

What are people's thoughts on the Olympics? How do you feel about them being in Beijing? Are you watching them? Comment on this post with your thoughts; I'm curious to hear your opinions on this rather controversial sporting event!

America's favourite athlete, Mr. Michael Phelps

Nastia Liukin

18 August 2008

an essay on nancy drew.

Growing up, every child has their own personal idols, ranging everywhere from Superman to Barbie to the mighty Power Rangers. The iconic teenage girl sleuth Nancy Drew is one of these prominent figures in the eyes of many young girls. Her stories tell of adventure and mystery, yet they also seem to find a place in there somewhere to reflect the lady-like and proper nature of Miss Drew. Nancy is a paradox, but a paradox that often gets unnoticed. The Nancy Drew stories satisfy two standards, adventure and domesticity, and present them from both sides without once betraying the suspicion that they might contradict each other.

The first thing that we can notice about Nancy is her preference in the colour of everything around her, as Bobbie Ann Mason points out. Mason notes that Nancy owns a blue car, wears blue clothes, and even the cover of the original novels of her stories were bright royal blue. Our society has tagged the colour blue with a strong masculine undertone. A baby boy is given blue rattles, blue toy trucks, and blue blankets. This tells us something about Nancy’s personality; she has an incredibly adventurous attitude, fearlessly encountering life-threatening situations. In The Clue of the Broken Locket, we see an example of this:

“Bess was concerned. ‘Why, Nancy, you might have slipped off that roof and been killed!’ Nancy grinned. ‘I guess I’m a tough old sleuth,’ she answerd.”

Nancy is, like she said, “a tough old sleuth,” and she can do more than hold her own in a society that is dominated by men; she excels in it with her superior intellect and keen observational powers. As Mason writes, “Nancy manages the impossible feat of being wholesomely ‘feminine’ – while also proving herself strong, resourceful, and bold, the most independent of the girl sleuths.” The reader of a Nancy Drew book never gets to forget the sweetness of our lady-like heroine who wears her blue primly and elegantly.

During the 1930s and 1940s, the time period which the original series of Nancy Drew books were written, Nancy's activities were not always the socially accepted activities of sixteen to eighteen year old girls. So when Miss Drew pulled off stunts like the previously mentioned roof incident on page two, it was shocking to read that a girl of her age would go climbing on a roof and endanger her life in such a way. Then she turns around and acts out the wholesomely feminine expectations of the time with ease, as shown in The Clue in the Jewel Box:

"As the girls sipped their tea and ate delicious, frosted cakes, their hostess spoke rather sadly of present daily life in her native land so changed from the past.”

This prim aura that Miss Drew possesses is conveyed to readers many times throughout the series of adventures, and the reader usually doesn't even think twice about excepting this aspect of her character. On the other hand, when Nancy endangers her life almost intentionally, the reader is shocked at first, but then goes on to except the behavior as it is presented and get caught up in the suspense that inevitably follows.

Nancy is also mature well beyond her eighteen years, even for the 1930s. She has only a shred of childishness in her body, and it only shows itself occasionally. Readers respect Nancy's seriousness. She rarely loses her cool, and when it does happen, she regains control quickly and easily. Even if she is locked in a room full of spiders, she still acts calmly, unlike almost any stereotypically frightened girl. Instead of getting the "creeps", she logically proceeds to find an exit, showing that at all times she possesses infinite amounts of courage and calmness.

Not only is Nancy perfect, but she possesses the ideal qualities of each age and sex: child, teenager, adult, girl, and boy. She has made her stride into adulthood, shown by her incredibly high maturity level and ability to handle most situations calmly and effectively. She passes into male territory smoothly with her amazing boldness and fearless attitude, but she never gives up the conveniences that she has because she is female. According to Mason:

“Nancy's adolescent readers may not know whether to shave their legs and giggle to attract boys they are discovering, or to join the boys' games and emulate them to win their approval, but Nancy does both.”

Her child comes out in the occasional giggles that she lets slip every once in a while, usually while she is giddy with relief after a particularly difficult case. Though it is also not often revealed, her teenage side does come forward occasionally, but usually only in the presence of her eternally faithful boyfriend, Ned. In The Secret of the Golden Pavilion, she expresses a rare concern about danger directed toward her boyfriend:

“Ned, down on one knee like a football lineman about to charge his opponents, lunged. His shoulder thudded against the masonry. ‘Oh, Ned,’ Nancy whispered, ‘You'll break a bone.’”

These few occurrences put her in better perspective and contribute a touch of realism to her character by showing her acting her actual age. There are some things in these stories that are subtly more appealing than the car chases, kidnappings and burglaries that tend to take place on in adventurous aspect of the stories. Nancy is constantly at some elegant function, meeting elegant people or hosting a tea party for her friends. In defense of her tea-party scene, Nancy exploits her feminine wiles to the fullest, relying heavily on her instincts, intuition and charm. She knows she has them and therefore uses them to her full advantage. If she didn't, then she wouldn't be utilizing all of her given powers. These powers are displayed well in The Secret in the Old Attic:

"’Are you sick?’ he asked in a coarse, heavy voice. Nancy did not want to answer questions. To avoid them she pretended to faint. The act was well timed, for the man, frightened, immediately rushed into the hall for help. The young detective smiled.”

Nancy is fully aware of the usefulness of her feminine cunning, therefore makes herself an even stronger sleuth by using it properly. She is not a completely "'male-imagined woman' made up of 'man-made layers;'" she is domestic only to serve the needs of herself and those that she cares about. At the beginning of most of the stories, the reader is told of Nancy's domestic responsibilities:

"Since the death of her mother many years before, Nancy had managed the household. On the whole she had engineered everything so skillfully that father little dreamed of the heavy responsibility which rested upon her shoulders.”
This lays out an image of Miss Drew that instantly conveys her as domicile. Then the story begins, and the reader discovers that she can be everything but that if she so desires, and switch back at a moments notice.

From the young girls who first read about her initial adventures to those that started with the newer Nancy Drew Files series, she was the super girl of almost every generation of young readers, extinguishing the competition with ease. Nancy Drew, in her entirety, is the picture of what most women long to be, and what most young girls want to be "when they grow-up." She is both adventure and domesticity. In the role of the girl sleuth, Nancy escapes time and enjoys the best of all worlds. At the youthful age of eighteen, she gets to be an adult without sacrificing her right to an adventure. With all of this, she still maintains her gracious, tactful, charming and wholly unspoiled personality characteristic of the socially excepted women of the time. Nancy is a product of the women's rights movement of the early 1900s, when women were still thought of as in the supportive role of men, but they were beginning to do things by themselves and standing up for what they believe in. Thus developed the popularity of a character like Nancy Drew that is bold, strong, resourceful, independent, and not afraid of anything.

Anyone Remember This?

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One of Gwyneth's loveliest covers...

Gotta run, I'm swamped with things to do, I just wanted to shareee.

Ciao lambs.


15 August 2008

i don't do drugs. i am drugs.

Salvador Dali is awesome. End of story.

11 August 2008

Emmy's Been Gone For A While...

...but I'm baaaaccckkkk.

and I bought Chloe with me, and a list of my current obsessions.

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1. Marie Antoinette's jewels

2. my homemade pasta salad

3. Pucci wellies

4. Rihanna's everchanging nail colors

5. homemade cocktail rings.

So...lately I've been a bit busy to post, I've been working on my independent film, that I am writing, along with my sister, and its super time consuming...so, I'm gonna try and take breaks and do some posts, and come back with some really good things for you guys.

ALSO, I'll be updating MY personal blog: www.voguelover.blogspot.com as much as I can, as well.

Now...I am not using Style Marauders as a stepping stone for my blog, I am simply using my other blog as my normal outlet, and contributing to Style Marauders.

So...I've gotta go.

Hope you all missed me.

Love you like a coldsore.


08 August 2008

Ciao Bella

Em here to bring you all things bright and beautiful. I'm a new contributor to this publication and I will be writing about art and culture. Few things you should know about me:

o1. My name is Emmy, but I'm not THE Style Marauders Emmy. I'm a random other Emmy.
o2. I'm a culture fiend. And not just popular American culture. (Although I am an expert on the 1980s.) I'm into culture of every sort, and am considering anthropology as a college major.
o3. When it comes to art, I'm primarily a surrealist. Huge fan of Salvador Dali.
o4. Neon is my middle name.


03 August 2008

Don't take things for granted. Or you'll soon forget.

I find that I often have a hard time remembering the things I took for granted.

Just a thought. 


02 August 2008

Nothing That You Are...

By Mandy Moore...You MUST listen to it.

That song is amazing...I've been listening to it for a while now...and its beautiful. It's such a good thing to hear Mandy Moore's voice that way.

I just wanted to leave a few words, letting you all know...I haven't vanished. Nor have I run off with my 32 year old boyfriend, to make babies and live a life of hippie-ness...though...that would be lovely.

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Everyone should take pictures like that...


29 July 2008

Decades in Photographs

My favorite thing to do is look through Time Magazines book filled with photographs that have graced the magazine throughout the decades and it makes me smile knowing that even through all these years, Time has been able to create a visual timeline that defined generations.
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All photographs are from http://www.timelifepictures.com/

24 July 2008

Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis, painted by Titan in around 1555

Venus’ nudity shouldn’t be overlooked as it depicts her as a goddess and Adonis’ attire suggests that he is of mortal blood. Her body is draped over Adonis as means to restrain him from going out to hunt (which can be inferred with the dogs) and while Venus is desperate to keep Adonis with her, his face seems reassuring.

This painting speaks out on the power of love and the dedication towards the other person that accompanies such emotion. A moving piece of art allows people to relate to the objects within the context of the canvas. The portrayal of Venus can be connected to the families whose loved ones are fighting overseas in war. This attempt to keep them safe by pleading them to stay is acknowledged, but doesn’t keep them from fulfilling what they believe is an obligation.

-Dara the Dandy

18 July 2008


It's weird, but I'm starting to remind myself of my mum.

We both like navy blue, and these pictures made fall become my new favourite season, just like her.


15 July 2008

i was not creative enough to come up with a post title.

be a loser
its fine
i do it all the time

11 July 2008

studio 203, i miss you.

back in may i went to art all state at the worcester art musuem, where a whole bunch of crazy art students were selected to be part of this two day extravangza. we were divided into studios and told to make huge room-sized installments

needless to say, it was one of the best experiences of my life, and i was so lucky to be a part of it. so here are a few pictures from the most amazing weekend ever.

Miss Mary Match Match Match

To match is to conform.
To mismatch is to transcend.