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A couple of weeks ago I thought it’d be a lot of fun to do a little photo shoot. I’ve got some crafty entrepreneurial friends and I’ve always had a lot of fun modelling their jewelry and clothing and accessories (Headband by Up and Up Creations; Jewelry by Fierce Deer). It’s really empowering and affirmative. But it’s also challenging when you see the photos after — some are great and some, well, not so great. It’s hard to push through those moments when you feel upset with how you look in the photo; maybe you wonder, as I’ve done, “why did they choose this photo?” It’s like you’re reliving your high school graduation photo shoot all over again. I try to have some real talk with myself in those moments,... View Article


At some point in the last couple of years, the phrase “all the feelings” became one of my new favourite things to say. I’m not sure where it came from. As someone who feels overwhelmed by the proliferation of online platforms (is that even the right phrase?) I’ve never had a tumblr page and I haven’t spent much time on the site. So when “all the feels” burst onto the scene and out of the mouths of those on tumblr, I was oblivious. But I get the sentiment: sometimes you just feel all the things all at the same time; sometimes it’s all the good things, sometimes it’s all the bad, and sometimes it’s an hot mess of both. I’ve always had a lot of... View Article


“Performativity has to do with repetition, very often with the repetition of oppressive and painful gender norms to force them to resignify. This is not freedom, but a question of how to work in the trap that one is inevitably in.” – Judith Butler, Gender Trouble (1990) “Perhaps it’s the word radical that needs rethinking. But what could we angle ourselves toward instead, or in addition? Openness? Is that good enough, strong enough?” – Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts (2014) I stumbled across this quotation from Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble when reading Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, the morning after I asked some of my female friends to come over and talk with me about body hair. Butler’s quotation resonates with the conclusion that we came to at the end of... View Article


Apparently 2015 is the Year of the Armpit Hair and 2014 was the Year of Pubes, so says Fashion Magazine (to be fair, they pose this as a question, rather than a proclamation, but by the end of the article, it’s clear that the question “Is ENTER YEAR the year of ENTER BODY HAIR?” has been answered, and the answer is YES!). Miley Cyrus has been posting photos of her armpit hair on Instagram, with more recent photos of her waxing it off; everyone is dying their armpit hair every colour of the rainbow (kinda want to join that bandwagon), and American Apparel added pubic hair to their mannequins for Valentine’s day. A love affair with body hair is blooming. Or is it….? While body hair is... View Article


Turning 30: Little Kid Style

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So about 1 month ago to the day, I exited my 20s and entered my 30s. I didn’t experience any of the waves of panic that other people in my life said they did upon entering this new decade. I’ve actually been really stoked to turn 30. The way I see it, all of the things that I want are still in the future – finishing my PhD, getting a job, getting married, having babies – so getting older only means that I’m getting closer to the things that I want. But there is definitely something about the 30s that evokes feelings of anxiety and dread in others. I can’t count the amount of times in the weeks leading up to my birthday that I told... View Article


Styling Party at the Kind Exchange

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About a year and a half ago, I remember walking down Bloor St in the Annex and seeing a new second-hand store: Kind Exchange. I fell in love. I’ve tried hunting for second-hand gems at Value Village, Salvation Army, or Goodwill and I usually come up empty-handed (my BFF Natalie has some sort of divine gift bestowed upon her from the thrift-store gods because that girl always wins. But apparently only one mortal human in your life gets that skill and it’s non-transferrable). When Kind Exchange basically exploded all over Toronto (beginning with 2 stores on Queen St, the KX now has 14 locations with stores in Hamilton, Burlington, and Port Credit), I was pretty happy. Here’s why: Well, the first reason was that they... View Article


When I first started to ride a bike in Toronto, I didn’t wear a helmet. I went from dropping off my first and last month’s rent for my first ever Toronto apartment and popped into a cute vintage shop on Queen West that also sold second-hand bikes. I bought one, hopped on it, and didn’t think twice about protecting my head from the super crazy drivers on Queen West. For over a year and a half, I rode without a bike helmet. The major reason, I’m embarrassed to admit, is because I didn’t want to ruin my hair. At that point, my hair was pretty short and I was still straightening it every day; wearing a bike helmet would clearly screw up all of the... View Article


Today I experienced some body policing/shaming and was verbally harassed by a stranger in the Annex (a hip downtown neighbourhood where tattoos are pretty much the norm). This is the second time in less than a month where I’ve had a stranger — and a woman at that — come up to me and comment on my tattoos. Today, I was standing outside of Harbord Fish and Chips, waiting for my friend Nicole to show up so that I could take her photos for my upcoming blog post on bike helmets and bike fashion (which I’m super pumped about, FYI). As I stood there beside my bike, an old woman approached me. At first she seemed innocent enough, commenting on how I should be careful... View Article


Well, I wasn’t planning on posting again so soon. But then I went and saw Magic Mike XXL this evening. Right now I am having so many feelings that I kind of can’t believe that I’m attempting to right a blog post right now. I feel like all I can muster is “ugh. so. good.” But I’m a verbal processor, so I’m going to try to express my love for this movie and for Jada Pinkett Smith’s character, Rome. Rome is a badass lady who is in touch with her desires, and helps other women feel okay about having desires too. Because, you know, women want things, and some of those things are sexy. But some of them are a lot more simple than that:... View Article