Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Thinking happens the most when nothing is happening. Thank goodness that the free time I spend staring at the wall (cause there's barely anything else to do) actually results in something forward and ambitious. I have a goal set for the next summer that is going to be hard to reach, but is going to be a rewarding accomplishment. The details to my next summer's journey are still up in the air, and the game plan is still unclear but this goal is manageable! I have my sights set to move for the whole summer out of the country and finding a seasonal job at a magazine hopefully somewhere in Latin America. I have a huge scope and variety to pick from and I know exactly where I am starting...

But now I'm in Arizona and it's gotten to that extremely unfortunate hot time of year. But weather's starting to change here! I left Arizona to the humidity (Panama), came back to the dry (Arizona), and two weeks later I'm in humidity again (Arizona). But this time it's much better because it's not just daily boring humid hot weather, it's monsoon season! Time to sit on the porch and watch the rain, lighting, and hear the thunder. Basically it's the only time I find enjoyment in Arizona's summer weather climate. The rest of the time though, it's just a very unmerciful oven.

And in other news, I found out today that after my convention in Philadelphia, I'm going to get to go to New York for a few days! I'm so excited, it's now been over three years since the first weekend that I went there. I'm going to be so much fun. 

Now, I have to run off to my important business. And by that I mean, should I play playstation, or watch netflix?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Panama Canal

Just knocking off another wonder of the world from my list. These photos are from two weeks ago when I was in Panama, and this day we did the whole touristy thing. The Panama Canal was pretty cool, I've never been much of a sailor (except for Spring 2009) but I really thought that this huge water bridge was just surreal. It's so neat that a boat can just make a short cut right through a piece of the continent. I feel that this is the symbol for Panama as a country just like how France has the Eiffel Tower.

But, not unusual for me, and especially in this country, I stood out quite a bit. In the crowd of all the tourists and workers you could definitely tell the flamer of the bunch. Plus I was complaining about my hair that day about 70% of the time. Actually, so much so that our next destination was the barber shop! Haha! 

In the end, as a traveler I had a great time seeing what thrives the country of Panama, but as Jo I was dying to give those curls some locks again! Thank god the mall was 15 minutes away! :)

Jo du Jour

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Brown A-Line

Summer's been all about work and play. Today was honestly probably just another summer day. Wake up, get ready, then off to work for about half the day. Come back and hang out all day, watch movies, discover obsessions (most recently Ugly Betty on Netflix), and online shop your heart out. Sounds like SO MUCH fun though right? Eh, it's not bad - it's just vacation.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Burberry Prorsum SS 2012

Seeing as though I'm not a math wiz, I'm glad to say that I understood this geometric collection. Immediately, the patterns that walk down the runway reminded me of math. And then, the shirt with the applied plastic-looking designs around the neck only further enhanced the volume of the geometric theme. The Santa Fe themed colors like the cranberry on the moccasin/creepers and clothing gave the collection a taste of tribal also, which when done by Burberry, is done right. But the heavy looking sweater, and some of the looks really look like they are meant to be an outfit for the fall.

Although, Burberry is known for it's warmth and weather ready clothing, I just can't grasp how the colors that we saw for the spring shows in 2011 no longer exist in the new spring's vocabulary. Fashion moves quickly, but dang! Time to put away the bright sky blue pants I own. Rewinding back to the winter looking clothing for spring, I think that these clothes were designed to be geared for versatility all year round. Pieces from the show that I want to openly ridicule are the large canvas totes that look Jack Spade-eqsue with a very large stamp on them saying "Burberry." I love the brand, but really, exploding a company's name on a piece of clothing stopped being sexy years ago... Ask Abercrombie and Fitch. I just have a pet peeve where if I'm buying something designer, finding out where it's from is only a away. 

Lastly though, I do have to say that I want to buy about 70% of this collection. My favorites are the patterned short-shorts, the showy striped trench, the trench coats with bright neon lining, the moccasin/creeper shoes and the shirts that have the triangles, squares, rectangles around the collar. 

<3 Jo du Jour


One of the world's biggest  names, Dolce and Gabbana, has managed to again serve menswear  the timeless sophistication gentlemen want. But the Italian's are always a step ahead in the fashion world, and the trends that come from Milan take over not just in the boot-looking country, but internationally. The fishnet look with the ribbed fabrics was a definite focal point for head designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce. Dolce and Gabbana's menswear cohesive line brought slate colored clothing back into spring. The rich reddish/ purple color seen throughout the show definitely changes the trend from this year drastically. Apparently color blocking is so 2011. And, while we're talking about something new, probably there most avant-garde look(s) had to have been those jumpsuits. I couldn't tell if they were going for mechanic meets menswear or inspired by Dickies, but even so, I wouldn't be opposed to trying it on. Us fashionista/os have those days when we're feeling extra confident and decide to wear something a little out there. But I can tell you the absolute hit of this show, for me, aside from the fish nets had to have been the sunglasses. Oversized wayfarer pointy lenses of perfection in several different colors. By the time they are released, it will probably be the time of year when new expensive sunglasses are in order. As of now, these are at the top of my list, sunny-side. Other items that should be taken into account are the saddleback shoes, the oversized tote, the shorts, and if you are like me and plan on re-watching certain parts over again, then quite obviously the men of Dolce and Gabbana. Impeccable casting for the show... It's because gays know how to do it right ;)

<3 Jo du Jour