Sunday, December 27, 2009

Quirky Flares

While closing in 2009, I'm making an effort to have variety of posts on my blog. Just like being a magazine editor, being a good blogger means that you must be able to keep your audience interested (well at least to me it is). I did some blog giveaways, did some vlogs (both DIY tutorial and a music performance), and I've also managed to sit down and write a quality all word post. So what am I missing now? Of course, it's the blogger interview. And on this last Sunday of 2009, I'd like to introduce to one blogger I've loved ever since I started blogging. Hope you enjoy this first interiew :D

Tell me what do you see the most in this winter weather. I can quite guarantee that everyone is looking at BLACK (yes the color black). Not that I hate dark colored neutral outfits (i actually love them), but isn't it great to see blues yellows and pinks every once in a while? Well, I always go to this girl's blogs whenever I need a color pick-me-up. Let's welcome Lexy from Quirky Explosion! The Chinese-born-Canadian girl who has just celebrated her 16th birthday, never fails to impress me with her color mixing skills. No wonder she counts Blair Waldorf and Ugly Betty as her inspirations. Like Blair, she can pull off hot pink tights and a red coat at the same time without a single effort. Want to know more about this witty young lady? Read on the interview peeps!

*ps* the writing in the square brackets are my thoughts!
How old are you? What is your nationality and race?
Firstly, I’m so excited and honoured to be featured! When I got your email, I literally jumped up and exclaimed about it to my sister (she also said “hi” to you all - "hellow too!"). So thanks! I just turned 16 years old in mid-December. Both my parents are Chinese, but I’ve been living in Canada all my life, so I’m actually Canadian, ehh (har-har, I’m funny). I’m from a small town in Ontario.

How and why did you start blogging? How long have you been blogging?
I’d been reading blogs for about six months, but I never had the time or guts to start my own blog – especially as I was wearing my uniform five days a week. But it was always something in my back of my mind as a fun project. Finally, summer rolled along so I thought it’d be a great time to start a blog. I’m relatively new to the blogosphere, blogging since the end of June.

What impression do you want people to leave when they visit your blog?

Have fun with fashion! Wear what you want, be who you are, and don’t care about what others say! [..i agree that myself]

the lovely parade of bright tights!
When I first discovered your blog, it was called "The Girl with the
Bow Tie" and now it's "Quirky Explosion". Why did you change it ? I
see that you still wear bows often!

At first, I thought “Girl with the Bow Tie” was theeee perfect name. But after a few months, I kind of felt that it wasn’t the greatest; not too memorable, a tad too long. “Quirky Explosion” randomly came to my mind whilst dozing off in French class, and so it came to be! I think it reflects my blog pretty well… though I still love bow ties!

I see that you can withstand the snow without wearing anything on your
hand. How is this possible?

Some people call a machine, others say I’m made of steel. Really, I’m just a beast. Hehe, just kidding. I’m actually pretty good with the cold, but my sister and I are pretty strategic; on cold days we stay inside and look out our windows until we find a place to take the pictures. When we do, we rush outside and get the job done!

What inspires your day-to-day outfit?
Clothes, colours, energy… life! I’m mostly inspired by the clothes themselves and their textures, colours, and patterns. I just love mixing things together and seeing what works out. Of course, I love the style of many fashion bloggers and pop culture figures (currently: Blair Waldorf and Ugly Betty), so I think that they may have an indirect influence in what I wear. But my outfit usually derives from just the clothes that are laying in my closet and what I’m feeling/want to express that day. I like to portray uniqueness and stepping away from conformity.

How long does it take for you to put together an outfit?
Anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. It mostly depends on how much time I have or if I have an outfit somewhat mentally planned (though it rarely works out). I seriously love just drowning in my clothes and just taking time to put together an outfit (I have a life, I swear!) [..this girl is kinda like me as well]

What is your to-go outfit when you don't have time to choose?
Oooh, this is a tough one. I’m actually so terrible with “go-to” outfits, because my outfit really depends on my mood. I guess I usually just throw on a pair of bright tights, one of my DIY tights and a blazer. Something quick, but put together. But as I said, I’m so bad with go-to outfits! I definitely try to avoid them as much as possible.

Does your other family members dress like you?
My mum and my sister are both pretty well dressed, but their style is completely different from mine. They’re both more classic dressers with muted colours, simple articles of clothing. You know? I’m definitely more “out there.” As for my dad, he’s the kind of person that wears sweatpants tucked into work shirts whilst lounging at home. But I’m happy to announce that my sister and mum took on the initiative of giving him a “make-over” and he now owns his first pair of jeans! But, I’m definitely the most eccentric dresser of my entire family.

lexy on the left . Sister on the right :D
Does your other family members dress like you?
Do your friends/family comment your unique and outspoken style? Do you
care about their comments?

Yes! Some days my mum and my sister think they’re hilarious and they’re all, “you’re wearing… that?” My sister is sometimes so embarrassed; on dress-down days for school, she’s all like, “um, can you please wear something, you know, normal?” But, I think they secretly like it. My mum always forces me to tell people where I got my clothing (cough, Value Village, cough) with this weird gleam of pride, so I find it all rather humorous. As for my friends, they definitely note my style and a lot are actually super in favor of it. But I’m also used to a lot of weird looks and snickers. But, I really don’t take fashion too seriously, so I’m not affected by peoples’ comments. [I'm glad to hear girls who aren't afraid to be different!]

what are your hobbies/interests outside fashion?
I love art (which kind of falls into the same category as fashion) and I love to sew; I usually post what I’ve sewn onto my blog [she makes ammmazzzing DIY skirts by the way], and I’ve occasionally posted some of my “art” (I find quotes rather necessary, because I’m not really a real “artist” creating real “art”.) I also love to travel and I’d love to see the entire world. I love to volunteer and work with kids. I also play varsity field hockey and badminton, though I wouldn’t associate the word “love” with them; sports are definitely not a passion of mine! (Point: I dropped gym –arguably the easiest subject – as soon as I could!) Other than that, I like to bike around my lame town, people-watch whilst pretending to be studying at a local coffee shop, obsess over Gossip Girl and Project Runway, giggle hysterically at the Office and SNL, flip through old magazines, re-watch Little Miss Sunshine and daydream during, well, all the time… Wow, I really think I need to be more normal and say things like, “hang out with my friends, go to the movies, chill at the mall,” – I’m not anti-social and weird, I swear! (Well, okay, maybe a little…)

lexy wearing her DIY slashed tights in which i love sooo much .
what type of food are your favorite?
I used to be the pickiest eater ever, but now I’m pretty open! But my absolute favourite would probably have to be Italian. I love pasta and pizza and ice cream so much! And my second choice would probably be Japanese, solely for sushi. (Not to be unsupportive of my dear race and nationality of Chinese and Canada – you guys rock, too, in your own way!)

What do you see yourself doing in the next 10 years ?
In my fantasy world, I would have my face and clothes plastered all over magazines, being that I’m the freshest, newest designer of New York City. Or maybe I’ll be a huge stylist, associated with the likes of NYLON. Pretty much just workin’ hard, stompin’ down the city, and livin’ the dream. But, in reality, I’ll probably be slaying away at work, dying from lack of sleep and money, and hoping to find a way up the fashion ladder. But I definitely envision myself in a career in fashion; I picture my future everyday. I think it’s time that we add a little more youth, spunk, and quirk to the fashion world! It’s okay to dream big! :) [yes it's totally okay to dream big! the bigger the better!]
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Lexy in 10 years ? Who knowss..

all photos courtesy of Lexy @ Quirky Explosions. Nylon magazine background is courtesy of NYLON MAGS.

Have a great Sunday peeps ! Let's make the most out of 2009 !


F i K a said...'re always succeded in making me amazed while reading your post!!

Honestly,I didn't know this cute girl until I read your blog&I think I'll visit her blog!! She's so cute and really great on mixing bright color!what an inspirations!!

Thankss for sharing it michelle!! :) happy holiday yaaa :)

F i K a said...'re always succeded in making me amazed while reading your post!!

Honestly,I didn't know this cute girl until I read your blog&I think I'll visit her blog!! She's so cute and really great on mixing bright color!what an inspirations!!

Thankss for sharing it michelle!! :) happy holiday yaaa :)

Imogen said...

She is amazing. I enjoyed this post and thank you for sharing. I adore the colour in all the outfits and I would love to dress like that and be as inspiring as she is. Truly beautiful!

Leah said...

I love Lexy's style... her outfits are fun but not over-the-top. She puts a lot of thought in her ensemble which is good. She knows what's best for her. That's what I call style.

Great interview Michelle. Can't wait to see more of your featured bloggers.

FashionJazz said...

This is a stunning interview hun, its always great getting to know other bloggers : ) xx

Talita said...

Michelle ! thanks for your comment ! really made me happy ! :D
and thank you sooo much for posting this post. you post it in the right time, I really need something to read (or at least do) right now. haha

Happy Holiday Michelle ! :D

Melz said...

really enjoy ur post beb :) i follow u beb.. don't forget to follow me back :) mwach have a nice holiday beb :)

Diane said...

Lexy's outfits are really great! I knew her blog and it was nice to read some more facts about her ;)


janet said...

owh. wow.! I like the interview. I enjoyed to read this post.. ! :D

janet said...

owh. wow.! I like the interview. I enjoyed to read this post.. ! :D

Eva Silviana said...

I do love this post so much. And wow i'm quite surprised that she's 16 too same with me haha. She's really great, and fashionable, just like you chelle hehe :))

Eva Silviana said...

and chelle, just wanna say the correct one, i think you did a mistake on her link. It is not HTTP://QUIRKYEXPLOSIONS.BLOGSPOT.COM but

Without the word 'S'. Okay? :))

Muhammad. Ersa Adiprsetya said...

michelle thx for the comment in my blog, nice posting,btw lexy soo amazing isn't it? i love her style too..

Bella said...

great post, Lexy is adorable and youre a great interviewer :] xxx

Silmi Sabila said...

Wow she has a really great style. Thank you for sharing it to us!

J for Joyce said...

enjoyed this post a lot!

chaoskontrolowany said...

Lovely blue tights! <3

LumpexoHoliczka said...

cool post!
Lexy's outfits are really great! and very inspiring:)


djhanq said...

cool, like her style,
will this be ur last post this year?

tegan said...

oh she seems amazing! Just stumbled upon your blog and am loving it! About to press that 'follow' button hehe. xo

Aimee said...

i love lexy's outfits, fasntastic blog :)

im following you...

Panda said...

Hi there! :)
I Love her outfits! Shes gorgeous, and this interview is so cool. Must check her out.. Hope you had a brilliant christmas, and thank yew so so much for your comment on my last post.
Panda xx
*follows your blog*

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...


Okay sorry for the excessive Cap Locks, I'm a little excited. Great post and that NYLON cover is SO amazing. I LOVE IT. I love everything haha!

THANKS AGAIN. You're amazing!

Jen said...

ahh i love her blog, glad you did an interview about her :) and i'm loving that nylon magazine cover :P
jealous of her ability to wear so much color!

Jacqueline said...

Great interview Michelle. I love all the bright colors Lexy wears! xoxo

tealovecoffee said...

thanks for sharing ^^
I guess some of the links don't work..
i was a little bit dizzy reading the article (the contrast is too high between background & text color-->black and white), but that's a nice article

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous interview and pics!
Love her style and the fact that she makes her own skirts!
Fave quote: "Have fun with fashion"!!


Shop T.O. Live said...

Wow. i am so happy i discovered your blog (def going to follow) - that was a great interview! you did a great job showcasing her style, and letting us get to know her.

my wardrobe feels v boring now - and i'm really inspired to inject some more color and energy into it.

Nathalie said...

All these outfits are so great! Hope you've had a great Christmas, have missed your blog!

..::ramonies said...

You are sooo colourful and well-dressed! That is awesome! I will follow your blog, I hope you will like mine!!

betz said...

Great interview Michelle. I love her style too. She can play colors really well! there's no boring outfits with her. and with one glance, you know she's a sweet girl.


LF said...

Great interview! I love seeing people who take risks with fashion/just wear what they want to!


indigotangerine said...

she's completely adorable, I love her usage of color. i'll be sure to check her out.

Elaine said...

Such a great interview! I love all the colors she incorporates into her outfits and she seems like such a sweet girl!

Missy said...

fab interview. i love your blog sweetie x

For all things fashion:

Natalie said...

that nylon cover looks soo cool and very authentic! me lovee! :)))


Style Bird said...

I love the interview..great outfits and pics!! xoxo ava

Nathalie said...

Love the outfits. They are just so diversified.

Melissa said...

love the interview! Thanks for the comment :)


Chicago City Girl said...

Great interview, and thanks for keeping the variety of posts going! (I also strive to liven up the blog with variety and topics)

Well done!

cara @ City Girl Chicago

FASHIONconfectionairy said...

I love her blog, I was delighted to see you interviewed her!

The Owl's Closet said...

thanks for doing this interview with her! i'll have to check out her blog:) she has such a fun style. love all the color but at the same time, it's not too over the top! thx for sharing:D

Clochette said...

I'm discovering your blog , and I really love all those Cutie - Kawaii - colorful outfits ! Go on like that!!

Best wishes for 2010. ;)

Gizelle said...

hey! nice blog you have going on here! and it's really good to see another asian rockin' great fashion!

i'll definitely add you on my blog roll! hope you could addd me too..hehe.

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Christina Love said...

Love the blog!!

John Malvin said...

Great use of color. You never cease to amaze me!

Nadia Kamballa said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing her blog, just added a new inspiration..

Ashley. said...

Small town Ontario Chinese girl, yay for that, me too. You've definitely been keeping my attention with your blog, your outfits are always amazing and I think I've become a regular here. Keep the NYC dream in mind and live it one day, too many people forget about their fantasies.

The Owl Diary said...

omigoodness, I am in LOVE with her style!
definitely checking out her blog.
wonderful interview.

Mara said...

omg, lexy is my soul sister. really you can ask her :DD

yay you should do more features!

lancelonie said...

I can see you're having so much fun. Lovely photos. Cute outfit! :)

Dea said...

wa wa wwaaaa! i llloove your style. It´s original and it works. I like that you have your own style and that you wear lots of colours :)))))

novita irene said...

what a great interview. really love it, her style definitely an inspiration, like you. :DD
anyway, you once asked me what camera i use, so i'll answer it now, that i use nikon d40x. ordinary camera, but still love it.
will comment later.

do more interview, please. you give others inspiration, really thank you.

beckyxoxo said...

Ohh I love Lexy's blog too , love her colorful outfits ! Love to read this interview . You did a great job dear ! :D

Juliet said...

I love her look! she always looks gorgeous!
I'm fROM spain, and It's the first time I'll be here in your blog, but I feel in love with it!
I like your style and your amazing comments!
so can I add you to my favourites?

xoxo from spain!;)

Jasmine said...

Great pictures & interview Michelle!
She looks amazing in every picture, such a sense of originality in style!

Happy holidays xxx

cameraholic said...

Hi michelle.
I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now, I heard about you through Mads from pop your fashion pill. I really do find you interesting and you have a great and cute style. And yeah, I never heard of quirky explosion up until you featured her. And she too has one amazing style.


Indy said...

What a great interview, and I love the photos you added of her! The first one is so colorful and awesome!

MissNeira said...

Lovely interview, she sounds fun!

Valencia Lia said...

Yeahhh for a blogger interview!!!

I love love her blog so much,she always uses colors in her outfit so well:)

And I love that she isn't afraid to wear what she wants too<3

Awwwww,thanks so much for your well wishes too Michelle!! Heeeee
Ohhhh did you see my tweet that I've gotten your package already??

Thanks SO MUCH,I loved everything!

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

Love that pic in the snow; I've done it too and yeah, it has to be a quick job. Like pulling off a band-aid. :)

Ramona said...

Great interview!you put very good questions and this way we managed to find out more about this amazing bloguette!Love your blog doll!!!Have a very happy New Year!

Phyllis said...

Love lexy and her blog!! She has such great style. Great interview hun