Upcoming Goals: Space Fashion & Daydreaming about Living in Outer space!

20 Nov

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The snowstorms of winter are imminent on the horizon, and the days are getting shorter and now by 5 pm it is dark in Toronto. There are black holes looming overheard, spinning planets and galaxies, and that moon that never shows its dark side. It is all so distant, yet seemingly so close…

And so, having watch Ender’s Game, I will dedicate this week to space. Like absorbing everything that is SPACE inspired, and spending my free time imagining what it would be like living on a space ship — I encourage you to do the same…
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Would I listen to a lot of Pink Floyd up there, or Muse? Would my voice vibrate all weird, as I practice singing with my band DADA RICH in my oxygen helmet. Will the astronaut meal of chocolate taste as good as a SNICKERS bar…and why is it that you can’t bring EARTH food? Also will I still be able to read Toronto’s WORN Fashion journal or TEEN Vogue issue…or will they both float away.

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In high school, my best friend and I, were going to shell out a bunch of money on MOON BOOTS. They were expensive and kind of a big deal back then. I am sort of glad we didn’t though. I don’t think they would quite match with my wardrobe. However, it is always nice to channel a little SPACE AGE!

Iddi
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Ender’s Game Film Review, Book & More!

20 Nov

After a long journey to Europe, I returned to Canada in the Fall. Right away, before the leaves had started changing color — I had gone up with my bandmate to his family cottage. There, when I was bored one night, I stumbled upon an interesting-looking book by Orson Scott Card ‘Ender’s Game’. It is a science fiction novel that is extremely well-known. I don’t normally like the fantasy genre, but I loved what I saw from the Star Wars & Star Trek series…so I decided to give it a shot.

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The book was gripping, a real page turner. It was set in the future. A young boy was getting unchipped from his neck. Unfortunately, I only read the first chapter, and when it was time to return to the REALITY of WORK in the city, I had to leave the novel behind. After all, I sometimes have the tendency to misplace things…and that wasn’t my book. I made a vow to read it on my upcoming visits.

But last night I did watch the movie — and my boyfriend insisted that we’d watch it in a big theater…after all it is a SPACE movie!

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The film was very distopian, with its visuals reminiscent of Stanley Kubrik’s ‘Space Odyssey‘. It centered around Ender, who was selected into the prestigious battle program, to defeat the alien Formica, who invaded preciously and almost destroyed everything. It was a DEFEAT them BEFORE they get us kind of ordeal…which was extremely thought provoking. Because this made you question things in the REAL world — like the use of young soldiers in the war, the craziness triggered by making fear-based decisions, and of course, whether diplomatic solutions can be used instead of violence. It showed you different points of views, and their effect.

The settings and costumes were phenomenal. There were beautiful CGI scenes that entrapped the audience in Ender’s recreational videogames. And as they went floating in their suits in the micro-gravity, getting into formations and shooting at each other with zap guns in their daily fight simulations, you were kept on the EDGE. Always anticipating.
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The young icy-eyed Asa Butterfield as Ender (actor in Hugo’s Cabinet) was brilliant and balanced stern performances with emotional ones. He had amazing chemistry with the head of the battle school played by Harrison Ford, as well as his fellow classmate played by Hailee Steinfeld (with her luscious long hair), and his sister on Earth, Valentine played by the amazing Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). All of the young child actors, who portrayed Ender’s team mates did a BRILLIANT acting job as well. In particular, the actor Moises Arias who played Bonzo, trading in his Hannah Montana funny-boy image, for a real aggressive performance.
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This MOVIE was definitely worthwhile, and I liked that it was both touching and entertaining, but also really relatable. At the root of it are multiple stories that you will most likely go through, or have ALREADY gone through. It addresses obligation; the first instances of love, sibling relationships, bullying and violence, war and life in general. It goes through all these questions, but in an interesting and visually-interesting way.

I think I may like it even more than Star Wars. You may enjoy it if you’re into 1984, Gladiator, The Hunger Games…It was really not a waste of time.

Let me know what you think of it,
Iddi F.

(Photos official movie posters & premiere)

Growing Up 90s!!

15 Nov

image Growing up in the 90s was so hard yet beautiful. And I am probably under some kind of nostalgia spell or something — because I am still drawn to the grunge plaid shirts & the velvet hair scrunchies at American Apparel.

I was extremely little in the 90s, but I lived out teenage fantasies via my sister, the rulers of the playground, and our musically-oriented neighbor. And while the cartoon mouse named Arthur, told me how EASY everything is when you have a library card, THEY were
listening to Alanis Morisette, Kurt Cobain, Nine Inch Nails (all the cool stuff I am now into) Tupac, real hip hop, the Electric Circus, Marilyn Manson and of course, gushing about how they wanted to be runaways just so they can attend the Lollapalooza festival!

There was no Lady Gaga although I am certain she existed just not as we know her — and who the heck was Katy Perry?! Of course, Madonna was around back then…this was before she was getting groovy for the Austin Powers soundtrack. I remember her having black hair…and a sort of wild wild west influence going on.
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The older kids worshipped super models..they would spend hours and hours cutting out pictures of the super waif Kate Moss. I remember them going nuts for the black and white guess ads with Anna Nicole Smith on them, and those rock ‘n’ roll inspired CK campaigns. I don’t know how any of them ever got their homework done, or how they had time for LONG make out sessions in the park.
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Meanwhile I was just trying to keep up with them. And discovering my fair share of cheesiness, as every pre-teen on earth often does. I remember telling my dad that “I just have to have a Tomagochi”…This pixelated electronic game where you had to take care of a creature. We didn’t have a lot of money back then, but he spent a whooping 50 dollars on it. I got the chicken one, even though what I really craved was the green dinosaur one. But it was SOLD OUT. I remember the annoying beeping sound that it made…every time you neglected to feed it, play with it or take it to the hospital. I remember getting completely OBSESSED with it, to the point that I revolved my whole elementary schedule around it..what else had I to do? I remember crying really really badly when my virtual chicken died and turned into a ghost. It taught me about DEATH. That there is suffering and that everything is short lived. That was a tough lesson to swallow.
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After school, as my sister and her friend spent hours depressing grunge lyrics into their diaries. I discovered the Spice Girls, followed by the Mars Alien queen Britney Spears. Spice Girls became my world. They were my first concert. The tickets for the show were completely sold out, but my dad didn’t give up. We climbed on top of a GIANT billboard to catch a glimpse overlooking Ontario Place. Spice specks loomed in the close distance, as a screen flashed footage from the LIVE show. Our rebellion was BAD ASS, but I admired that my dad was innovative enough to come up with a solution to prevent childhood tears.
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After the concert I was in for another treat…the mainstream media was interviewing the super fans and I made the cut! And so later that evening my awkward-prepubescent-face was zoomed BIG enough for the television screen (which frankly, was quite small at the time).

I had everything Spice Girls. Board game check. Dolls check. T-shirts check check. And I remember eating so much bubblegum just to get all their stickers, that I was practically sick to my stomach. So when Geri aka Sexy Spice left the band I was so heart broken that tears rolled off my cheeks like waterfalls, as I ranted to my friend on the phone! That was my first heart break.
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The Spice Girls were my first love too. I wrote THEM or was it their manager a letter too. I typed out on an ancient computer that looked like a GIANT box. They never answered of course! And a year before…I had convinced my gymnastics coach to have ‘Wannabe’ as the soundtrack to our beam routine. I bossed everyone around & convinced them dress up as one of the girls. I wore pigtails matched with high heel platforms on the beam. All of the parents FREAKED. It was so fun…and luckily, I didn’t break my nose!

I had a crush on Kurt Cobain, even though his lyrics seemed strange at the time. I liked Josh Hartnett of course, and Freddy Prince Jr. And as I advanced in elementary school my tastes changed…and slowly I transitioned from the Arthur cartoon to Buffy the Vampire slayer, starring the all-American beauty Sarah Michelle Gellar. Sarah (or Buffy) wore awesome knee highs and amazing pleated skirts..all while she was defeating vampires and kicking butt! She looked POPULAR — I wanted to be her when I grew up. I watched every single cheesy movie that she was in. I loved her in the horror film ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ — even though it was so scary that I couldn’t sleep for DAYS.
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I loved TWINS in the 90s too (and still do)…they were so creepy and cool. I used to wish I had a twin and wondered what it was like. I used to lay at the community pool drinking Pepsi (I know so bad for you) out of a straw in a sparkly one piece bathing suit…I always had the Sweet Valley High books with me as twins were the protagonists. And so Sweet Valley High became immortalized in all my book reports. I got hooked on Sister Sister’s goofy Tia and Tamara too, and of course, those highly addictive Olsen twin movies where they always traveled to cool luxurious places, and most importantly ALWAYS fell in love!
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And so the 90s will always be in my heart. There was something special about them…a sort of rebellious nature, anti-conformity and experimentation which you don’t get nowadays..sort of like Woodstock. People weren’t afraid of pleather or frilly velvet shirts. And girls wore BLUE lipstick for crying out loud!

But what is really neat is I can revisit a picture or a song, and trigger some WICKED memories of childhood. Memories of growth and evolution that made me who I am today. In Berlin this past summer, our neighbors upstairs where blasting music at 3 A.M…they were from my generation & I know because of the music they were playing. On one hand I wanted to sleep and for them to SHUT up…on the other hand, I love having that awesome reference in common. Sometime, I too want to host a throwback party…where I can dress like Courtney Love with her smudged red lips…and not give a DAMN.

As for the cool kids, they’ve gone corporate now…

Hugs & Kisses, Iddi

Movies, More DARIA, My Week so Far & More…

14 Nov

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Humm, hey everyone. This week there was barely any time for MTV’s DARIA. I was helping my mother with administrative stuff, & I was hired to do some BLOGGING tutoring & editing, so that ate up all my time. However, I did get to watch one more DARIA episode to keep my spirits up (talk about obsession, eh)!
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Other than that I went to see this movie DON JON with two of my friends. It featured that actress that’s not Jodi Foster but is really pretty…you know the red head from the original Hannibal; the cool blonde from Ghost World and Joseph Gordon Levitt. It was pretty interesting, and I thought about it a lot, so maybe I will write a little piece either for here or Acid+Tone (or even both).

I am also finishing a ballet conditioning challenge at Barreworks this week, YEY…which means I will have done like 24 classes this months (and completely have to take a break from being HARDCORE).
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Besides that, I have have been singing a lot — because probably after next week my band DADA RICH is heading to SERIOUSLY get some recording done up North. I have also been applying to some jobs for post-holidays to add to the art modeling. Job hunting is kind of hard, but I will feature some postgraduate experiences here soon…

Love, Iddi

**PS: Please note that I actually do know of Juliane Moore & Scarlet Johannson…just omitted to be melodramatic!

(Don Jon pictures courtesy of liveforfilm.com & hollywood reporter.com)

How to Deal with Negative Judgments

11 Nov

wpid-IMG_20131111_120104.JPGI have been INITIATED into adulthood for a few years now. But in many ways — sometimes IT IS SO MUCH LIKE HIGH SCHOOL, people can be mean and people can judgmental. But you know what there are MANY, MANY wonderful and inspiring humans. At other times, people do judge you just because you have PINK hair, or that you’re queer or whatever else…even ADULTS. Even though when we are little we are given this idea that ADULTS have everything figured out, and that they are oracles of wisdom. You know what, sometimes adults can be mess ups. They have their OWN ISSUES just like everybody else. So you know, next time someone says NEGATIVE things to you…whether young or older, don’t take it PERSONALLY. Also know that just because somebody says IT IS TRUES, does not automatically make this an ABSOLUTE truth.

wpid-creative-inspirational-quotes-thoughts-part11-81.jpgwpid-Quote_AudreH-1.jpgAnd although it is hard to realize, most of the time the NEGATIVITY it doesn’t have to do with you, but with that PERSONS’ OWN ISSUES that they have with themselves. Sometimes the CRITIC has gone through abuse as a child, at other times they have poor self esteem, anger issues or whatever. Brush it off, and DON’T GIVE THEM ENOUGH power to debase you or eat at you mentally. See if there is a possible solution — can you avoid them? Can you not engage with them? Is there a way to lower your exposure to them?

I hate to see teens commit suicide because they have been bullied, called fat or made fun for being too skinny, too flat, too gay…etc. At the end of the day, you have to understand that sometimes THEY have the ISSUE and NOT YOU! Go to your room, try to forgive them and talk to someone (who is positive) or try to turn it into something positive. Make some cool art, give yourself a hair makeover, jump around dancing to the latest Taylor Swift song (even if you’re not a teen) throw some paint around into a Jackson Pollock masterpiece.

wpid-inspirational-quote2.jpgwpid-il_570xN.404320162_pvkb.jpgBe good to yourself. Once a writer told me something very significant…the lion doesn’t care for the opinions of the sheep. Now constructive feedback (why is it usually referred to as constructive criticism…that is so messed up) that is alright, but THERE is a difference. And here are some AMAZING helpful YouTube videos with some good tips:

Hope you’re inspired by these AWESOME videos by this super dreamy and such a cool cat Infinite Waters (Diving Deep). And some inspiration quotes from cool websites. You can overcome whatever hardship it is you are going through…

Peace. Iddi Fourka.

(Photo credits: John Lennon via stylopics.com; Judging a Person via designurge.com, Audrey Hepburn quote on Make-up via makeupdemon.blogspot.com, Audrey Hepburn quote via Stick It There on Etsy)

It’s Official…Birds in Berlin Blog Has Launched!

11 Nov

Drum roll please..last night, when Cinderella’s carriage turned into a pumpkin at midnight, I officially launched my OTHER, OTHER blog birdsinberlin.tumblr.com!
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It is complementary to Tallulah doll, BUT completely different. It focuses more on lifestyle, like travel adventures, haute couture, street fashion and even books! It is very GENUINE. I only write about personal experience, things that I have taken the time to explore. :)

Birds in Berlin will have new posts on the weekend. So I hope you will enjoy it. Meanwhile, I am still trying to figure out how to incorporate DARIA into it…

(Screenshots of birdsinberlin by me! Sneak preview of future posts)

Peace & Love,
Iddi F.

Stay Tuned…

9 Nov

Be sure to check in soon because I have some AMAZING things on my mind…

clueless-pics-16-1Coming up, the launch of my complimentary blog on Nov 10@12pm!
See the action on birdsinberlin.tumblr.com

Articles: Naughty or Nice: Why You Can’t Be Miss America All the Time; Don’t Judge Me Cause I’m ______________, Barbie, Barbie & More Barbie, What to Know Before Going to College, Hippest Music of our Time — and some good old spontaneous reviews & musings!

Also there is an edgier (mind you not always PG, so beware) project I am part of, it is caller Acid+Tone, which I am sure you’re aware of by now…but I often put up different content. The official website for AT is www.acidxtone.com! You can also check out the super exciting FB page.

Thanks for reading & Keeping up to speed!
Iddi Fourka

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Being an Artist, Day jobs, Styling, Music & Inspiration

9 Nov

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As an artist, who is still building up, it is important to have some kind of day job (or multiple day jobs, he he). And I hate to break it to you all, but eventually that day will come…you will need those cozy wool socks, or that cool beanie, that new PHOENIX album — but most of all FOOD (because hey…just because there’s a saying the “starving artist”, you don’t really want to starve, do you? Even though, there are times, when yes…you will have to stick to mac ‘n’cheese or cheap crisps). But luckily, after struggling through internships, movie extra work, and just as much pretty DARN job out there (yeah, even sound engineering), I finally found my OTHER LOVE. Because yes, sometimes I do CHEAT ON MY ART…

In the last little while, my day jobs, other than the time I attempted waitressing and quit within 3 months, have consisted of being physically active. FUN. And often full of bruised legs and scars. There were minor video game roles, and body double gig in a zombie feature film — followed by the more consistent job of art modelling.

Art modelling, in case you haven’t heard of it, because it is completely HIGH ON THE RANDOM RADAR (I don’t even know how the HECK I stumbled into that one), is where you stand still or perform movements for artworks. Sometimes, you are used in portrait sessions — or for strange gigs like neck modelling (which frankly, is pretty darn painful if you ask me). When you’re invited to do gestural, you move around for several hours, in very aesthetically pleasing poses/dances, etc — as you get animated, drawn or even painted. Then, there’s nude modelling…that’s part of it too, although it is not my SCHTICK, so I don’t really know much about it.

It is kind of a really hard job, because you often you’re holding challenging poses for up to an hour, while looking inspirational, not-in-pain, and never blinking too too much. I have gotten pretty good at it with LOTS AND LOTS of practice, because the first time I tried it…I remember thinking: “what the heck, what did I do to sign up for this, gosh,” as I was sweating buckets and attempting to look, like “it’s alright man, it’s all good”.

But once you find a class or teacher that RESPECT you (because yes, some will treat you like a body, a pretty face, a mannequin doll that is pose able), it can be extremely rewarding, especially because you are contributing to the creation of very lovely art. Also, I usually get to influence the theme or the costume, which is pretty cool. Translation: I have an excuse to dress up as WONDER WOMAN (major perk!)…

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PART II

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Dear Blog;

Today, I worked at a particularly beautiful environment…it is a country club with the coolest artists, including an art teacher who has taught me many important life lessons (but more on that later).

My boyfriend, bandmate, Jeremy has taken these AWESOME pictures of the costume that I wore for the session. It was both inspired by one of my role models, the Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo — as well, as the myths of the flower goddess FLORA, and the traditional Ukrainian costumes (which is where I am originally from). So there are the pictures with a deconstruction of the costume:

1. Headpiece was made by me. Originally, it was created for the rapper’s MUGZ’ music video. Mai Ismail was in charge of the art direction, so he brought me on board. Our friend, Rebecca Wengle was also there on that day…she was the stylist, so I helped her with some of the work, and in exchange she taught me how to use a steamer!

2. Shirt from American Apparel Youth and lipstick from YSL #7!

3. Flower leggings are sweatshop free! Wooohooo…score. They’re from Emilio Fiorucci, who is really beloved by Madonna. My sister, who also has an awesome blog by the way, was sweet enough to gift them to me.

4. The boots were an unexpected find at the Hudson’s Bay — they were majorly CUTE, and so MAJORLY on sale. What I really liked about them is that they’re coloured like autumn leaves, and they have these amazing bow details on the side. What’s also really interesting is that their designer MEL is brazilian and super into making everything eco-friendly and local, so they’re made entirely out of recycled materials…

Here is the AWESOME MUGZ video and some of these Wicked paintings I was talking about:
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FINAL THOUGHTS –

Oh and remember, there is this stereotype of the STRUGGLING artist. And lastly, that adulthood is supposed to stern and serious. Yes, you have to be responsible and take care of yourself. But I also believe in LIVING WITH PASSION. That means having faith in yourself (yep, just like the Daria Esteemers episode) — and knowing that life doesn’t have to be PAINFUL. Sure it is challenging, but if you’re STUCK in a job you hate…or you can’t stand your LIFE. Know that life can be beautiful (even though there is so much BS around). You can turn it around. Look for positives. Transition. Try things. Experience outside of your comfort zone.

I have been writing almost every day for hours and hours, working on music…finding time for work work (like that Britney Spears song says). Sometimes, the reward looms over you like a carrot, and there is so much unknown just around the corner. Will this work? Am I leading myself to doom? No, worse comes to worse, it doesn’t turn out what you expected. But at least you gave it a go. I for one, am so content to express my inner MOODY FEELINGS, HAPPINESS, EMOTION, etc. So GO FOR IT! Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Be sure to share your rants, day jobs, adventures and philosophies in the comment section below (or in private).

Happy Hugs and Love, Iddi Fourka

Support by Buying my LIMITED EDITION Bird Jewelry <3

9 Nov

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This ring was a prototype for my Birds in Berlin jewelry collection! I gifted it to miss Tavi Gevinson at her Rookie Yearbook Launch Party, because I owe so much of my creativity and writing inspiration due to her insightful and relatable work for rookiemag.com.

You also have a chance to get YOUR very own one-of-a-kind BIRD…just in time for Birthdays, Christmas, Holidays, etc. I am ONLY making a limited edition of 7 Birds for this collection (that’s right lucky #7) — so order yours for only 31 $ (Lucky #13 backwards) +shipping (which won’t be much, due to light weight). Email:tallulah.magazine@gmail.com.

Accepted Payment Methods: Paypal and E-Transfers.
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REASONS TO BUY:
- There will be only  in this edition — so they will make for unique, rare and one-of-a-kind gifts! And one day, if I become FAMOUS and win an MTV Music Award with my band, or a Giller Prize in writing…you will know deep in your heart that my acceptance speech goes out to — and that you supported me through my struggle days.

- Not only will you be supporting local & handmade, but your purchase will be invested towards maintaining this blog and building a WWW, hate-free, supportive and LOVING community.

-It will be made from ethical SWEATSHOP-free materials. Bought locally from GREAT local suppliers in Toronto.

-You will get a chance to have some say in the design, in terms of mood. Is that a Gothic bird you desire –  a hip-hop bird, or fashion bird with a feather for a tail?

-The birds will come with number and signature certificate, for authenticity & collector value.

-You will be entered (with your approval) to exclusive contests; ticket giveaways and free book copy contest for Tallulah Doll/Birds in Berlin print edition.

-These BIRDS are made with 100% LOVE, PRIDE and CREATIVITY. Because I appreciate every single one of you. And that you take the time to read — whether it’s my Tallulah Doll blog, my Birds in Berlin blog or the collaborative project, Acid+Tone (featuring the truly amazing Mai Ismail)!

Have a chirpy day & AWESOME Holiday Season.

Love…
Iddi Fourka

Goals for the Upcoming Week…

6 Nov

I think it is important to set goals — even if they’re not necessarily career-oriented. Life is short and beautiful, so don’t be afraid to take some time for yourself; family, friends, girlhood and SPIRITUALITY.

1. When I have some TIME, I vow to relive DARIA. I have been reliving the DARIA season one, and going back to my Gen Y roots. And now that I am older, I understand it so much more and ENJOY it so much more! Thanks Katy Perry for inspiring me.

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2. Keep sticking to my ballet conditioning goal…even though my legs are killing me. It is so worth the health effects…and the challenge is almost done.

3. Finish listening to Grimes’ most recent downloadable albums. So far, I really enjoy ‘Shadout Mapes’ and ‘Beast Infection’. Planning to buy an ALBUM and SUPPORT.

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4. Work on Acid+Tone and finally finish the Fashion Week coverage and a cool piece about this WICKED art show I attended. Also finish my new blog BirdsinBerlin (mostly photo-editing).

5. Possibly find some beads and beanie hats and make a super RAD D.I.Y, as seen on my favorite gallery’s(Magic Pony) Twitter. My band mate was totally against me putting googly-eyes on it, and snowflakes…saying it is a bit CHILDISH. But sometimes, childish is kinda cool. I think it would make for a cool band photoshoot?! What do you think?!

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6. Think, think, think and research important things that have been on my mind. Other people’s judgments — a status quo society, poverty, richness. What does it mean to be an artist? What does it mean to be a good person? What does it make a charitable person? Be sure to check back…I am sure that I will write some articles on this. Also you can read this interesting article from the New York Times, which discusses the STRUGGLE of BEING AN ARTIST.

7. Admire the beauty of nature with friends and family. Take pictures of the trees and kick some of the FALLING LEAVES. After all, Winter is just around the corner….

8. DARIA, DARIA followed by more DARIA. What’s next…Archie comics, retro J.LO and more Nirvana ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’?!

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Be sure to dream and be playful. Thanks for being YOU. Thanks for READING.

Iddi Fourka

Random Musings, Grimes and Shopping Ethics!

6 Nov

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This weekend was pretty laid-back. I have a few days off from work — so it was basically crunch time with art. I have been singing a lot with my band in development, working on my new blog BirdsinBerlin (which will launch this upcoming weekend –and you may even LOVE it), reading a lot of ROOKIE — and of course, working up a sweat at the ballet barre studio for their 60 day challenge! I have been feeling inspired, but also been a bit depressed as winter is coming…and Toronto is extremely cold (and I am missing a lot of clothes, as I am boycotting a lot of stuff, even cool stuff).

So to keep myself bright and cheery, I have gotten a playful fringe haircut (which is great, because it can be easily clipped with a headband). And I am considering buying a semi-permanent hair dye, without the gross stuff like oxides, from Trade Secrets and coloring my tips PINK for EXTRA FUN. That is one of the perks of being an ARTIST (hey, because it’s not only about being broke) — you are expected to experiment.

I have also noticed that Grimes, a singers songwriter that I hold in high respect has also dabbled with PINK hair in this awesome editorial…making her look as cute as this Blythe doll that I spotted in Berlin, Germany this past summer.

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Other than that, I have been bummed out that I missed the “unicorn-themed” American Apparel warehouse sale. I don’t mean to whine, but it completely sucks. Because in early Fall, my band mate and I watched this really touching documentary called ‘The High Price of  Buying Cheap‘ — and I was so saddened that I BOYCOTTED SWEATSHOPS. But the funny thing is…in Toronto it is so HARD (but I am proud for sticking with it)…So as a result, I have been getting emergency winter items at American Apparel and thrift shops, because once you start paying attention to the labels…you will realize that most of what is sold downtown isn’t even close to being sweatshop free! Stylistically it is also catered to the VERY RICH and mostly business clientele.

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I have also committed a SIN to both my feminism (although, I have read some bloggers disagree and say that sexualization can be empowering) and to my protest(I later discovered that VS isn’t made in the U.S.A). I got these Victoria’s Secret coupons in the mail for my Birthday — and my boyfriend said he would treat me to a undergarments set. Everyone in the store was extremely sweet and helpful, and not judgmental…even though I was dressed very boho-grunge. But that doesn’t deny that the bras were extremely uncomfortable, even though they did PUSH UP, and I just felt like SEXY was pushed a little too much…it was like sexy this and sexy that — and they even had stuffed workout gear. I mean it can be feminist, or not feminist…morally comfortable or uncomfortable, I don’t judge — but it just didn’t feel like ME. So again, I am looking for more practical Canadian alternatives.

Anyways feel free to share what is important to you. Your relationship with beauty, girlhood, musician idols, ethics — whatever. I would love to hear you out (and if you want to communicate just with me, tell me and I will keep your comment private. Pinky-swear!) Thank-you for reading.

Much love! Iddi

(Photos courtesy of WWW. Blythe photo by me/Editing by me)

MISS America Photoshoot @Honest Ed’s

2 Nov

Okay remember all that talk about celebrity Halloween costumes?! Well here is my very own Halloween photo shoot that took place @Honest Ed’s (it was completely improvised and spontaneous mind you)! And in case you’re wondering who’s that hip dude with the sick orange hair…that is Mai Ismail dressed-up as a 90s RnB singer. He is my collaborator for Acid+Tone magazine & you can explore his BRILLIANT work on rmai.me.

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Mai Ismail & Iddi Fourka of Acid+Tone Magazine


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Mai Ismail & Iddi Fourka of Acid+Tone Magazine


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Iddi Fourka @Honest Ed's by Chris Nice


I was dressed as some kind of vintage Miss America. I customized a kids’ crown with the U.S.A colors — and the rest of the costume was from American Apparel (minus the shoes which were SURPRISINGLY a vintage thrift store find)…their disco shorts, American flag shirt and knee socks in sparkly PINK!!
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Vintage Silver Shoes & Pink American Apparel Socks by Iddi


The photos were shot by this AWESOME visual artist who is also my photographer assistant, Chris Nice (of course, I edited the shots to make them look vintage). With the exception of this NOT-SO-GREAT but oh-so-much-fun selfie that I took, featuring my boyfriend/band mate as a washed-up Justin Bieber:
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Jeremy & Iddi of band DADA RICH


So be sure to visit acidxtone.com to see more of this set!

Warm hugs,
Iddi Fourka

Tavi Gevinson’s Rookie Yearbook Launch Party!

2 Nov
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Tavi Gevinson captured by Iddi Fourka

I am still daydreaming about sugarplum fairies, after attending the best PARTY OF MY LIFE! It was the book launch of Rookie Yearbook 2 by Tavi Gevinson, the blogger who took the fashion world by storm since a young age! The event was held at the super hip Toronto gallery Magic Pony (the now hotspot known for launching the careers of many contemporary & graphic arts, like Team Macho)! The party included an exclusive talk, an autograph signing and a WICKED dance party that fogged up the entire storefront…Be sure to check out my coverage by clicking HERE!

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Tavi Gevinson & the ROOKIE writing team

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ROOKIE Yearbook Launch at Magic Pony Gallery

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Sabrina @ROOKIE launch party

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Chris Nice: Tallulah Doll Photography Assistant @ROOKIE

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Nika and Alice (blogger of Eclectic-Romantic.blogspot.com

In the meantime, I am posting some cool pictures I took @the celebration! Hope you like them….

Iddi Fourka

Celebrity Halloween Costumes Miley, Katy Perry, Beyonce & More!!

2 Nov

Hope you all had an ultra creepy and lovely Halloween! I had an amazingly relaxed time @Toronto’s Bassline Music Bar, followed by an impromptu photoshoot @the vintage discount store Honest Ed’s (which I will include in upcoming posts) — and did some mingling at an amazingly decorated house party!

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But can you believe I completely PREDICTED Miley Cyrus‘ costume — LOL. She was Lil’ Kim…and of course, Nicki Minaj. Lady Gaga was trying to get some street cred as a marijuana leaf; Beyonce was an angel, and Katy Perry was Jane from the 90s cartoon Daria (my ultimate favorite due to the retro factor). And I have no idea what Jayz dressed up as…maybe he didn’t even bother. What was your favorite costume?!

More soon, Iddi Fourka

(Photos: Multiple Sources. Edited by Iddi)

Halloween Gossip, Costumes & Daydreams!

31 Oct

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So I am totally excited about Halloween. Aren’t you?! I will be attending the Acid+Tone Magazine Party (which is actually a coffee table book project that I started with a cool photographer Mai Ismail. You can scoop out his AWESOME hipster work on rmai.me) at Toronto’s Bassline Music Bar. I am expecting some good DJs, and possibly a surprise performance by our electric violinist friend, Dr.Draw!

I also decided I will gain inspiration from Drop Dead Gorgeous, that cheesy 90s movie with Kristen Dunst and Denise Richard, along with the movie Carrie…and going as a super-smiley-in-a-creepy-sort-of-way American Beauty Queen. And I got this AWESOME crown and American Apparel Flag Tshirt to pull it off. But you will just have to see.
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Other than that I have been envisioning and guessing what some celebrities will be for Halloween. Here are my ghastly predictions…
Lady Gaga will be David Bowie or some kind of alien-queen, Katy Perry will be something VERY VERY VERY Hipster…something like an 80s aerobics queen or something — because that was the direction of her last more MGMT sounding PRISM album. As for Miley just being Miley…she is probably going to come up with something equally as disturbing as her VMAS performance. Slutty Mickey mouse?! Little Kim?! A Playboy bunny –or one of those crazy stuffed animals?! There’s no telling where it will go…but I would be very curious to see if I NAILED IT! Oh I also have a hunch that Beyonce and JayZ will do some kind of couple costume. Guess we will have to see. But what are you going as (feel free to post picture links in the comment section)?!

Also I made this FUN collage of Kate Moss on Halloween. In my head she is a Rolling Stones Mermaid! Hope you like it — and have a CREEPY HALLOWEEN!!

Iddie Fourka

Reflection on Being a Good (_______________) Writer?!

29 Oct

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I was always more of an ideas person, and I usually have multiple concepts bombarding my mind all at once. In the past, it has been quite difficult to express these thoughts, other than through visual mediums like collages and scrapbooks. I remember in kindergarten and in elementary school my drawings were always imaginative and quite colorful. And if I caught on early on, I probably could have been a visual artist (I know, I know it’s never too late)..but then again, I don’t think I have the patience to paint everyday!

In my younger days, I was also quite good at dance, even though being quite tall and long added to my awkwardness. And although, I wasn’t a prodigy singer, music always seemed to work out well —so there I was belting it out in a GAZILLION choirs, the Ukrainian one, the Canadian one, the Italian one. However, because of having minor stage fright, I ended up in the COLLEGE writing program in —as an avoidance mechanism of nearly always hyperventilating on stage..yippie lol (luckily now I work with the stage fright, and not run from it)

You see, initially I wasn’t a good writer —FAR from it. I actually sucked really badly! I often used my own colloquialisms and trailed off in countless directions — so my writing sounded not only a bit confusing, but also extremely non-linear and winded (the fact that I was raised in three different countries didn’t help my English either). In high school, of course, to avoid getting involved in SO LAME extracuriculars…I joined the school newspaper, because how else would I be able to graduate with enough volunteer hours?! LOL I took charge of the fashion column(because hello, what normal teenage girl doesn’t want to fantasize about shoes all afternoon) and sometimes I would draw comics, as it was the complete slacker way of going about things. Politics went way over my head (what the heck does an MP do again?!) as for sports I only liked playing them…not interpreting them. And so as time passed, somehow, I was labelled “the writer” and after being pressured to go to college and being forced to pick a major, I fell into writing (because I was always only pretty much into art and performing — and writing was the closest to real-job scenario).

In college, I was pretty expressive with poetry though. I was hyper aware and in tune with emotion — and my first ever poem made it into a huge Chapters anthology.I always LIKED my poetry. It was real, vulnerable, legit…honest. Everything else was kind of awful. Really awful. But that’s why we live and learn through it! And as we grow we can have a hardcore laugh about it! And luckily, after countless internships, and gigs here-and-there, I was finally getting better. And although, I am still learning…it is nice to feel like confident, rather than being tempted to hide my head beneath a paper bag.

I have also come to conclude that even with zero talent anyone can learn to be a great writer, novelist and even blogger. Because I think our society places to much emphasis on genetics and RAW talent, that darn “maybe she’s born with it” kinda attitude. But F$%& that!! If you want it, you can get it, as long as your intention is good! One of my ABSOLUTE favorite singers is Bob Dylan..and he is not particularly the best singer in the traditional way —yet there’s no denying that he’s tuned himself into an extremely iconic and transmissive instrument.

And part of TALENT is in fact practice and passion. The other part is just knowing and facing yourself…actually that’s a HUGE part of it. Knowing your brain inside and out…knowing what makes you tick, what you dislike what turns you on. What makes you love, cringe, smile…and THEN taking that on, accepting that, working with that. AUTHENTICITY is key here — and you can only have that if you figure out on what that means to you as an individual, and as a member of the collective,

Another part of developing as an artist, I believe is being around good people that challenge, push and inspire you in positive and constructive ways. As a TRUE artist (a true artist doesn’t necessarily have to create art to be an artist, but have the ability to challenge perception) you always have to be exposed to great art and other perspectives, as to uncover (not discover because I think it always stems from within) your very own take on it!

So yes, part of becoming a great writer or a great anything is accepting that the UNIVERSE doesn’t revolve around you. That your expression is a manifestation of HOPE, and the greater good. So it is so essential to take the time to appreciate those people that first told you about that AWESOME band, or with whom you had a spiritual bond or that party bond — to be grateful for whatever triggered that drive and inspiration.

Lastly, the best advice I can give is FOCUSING the mind. I still ramble and go off tangents in real life, and I am not exactly the most assertive…but after having quit coffee, getting more rested, taking dance classes, eating even healthier and alkaline…I have kind of been more laid-back and mellowed out about all kind of S%&%. This in turn, has made me more grounded and centered (although sometimes I waver slightly as if on a tightrope), and this is starting to reflect in my art as well.

Who knows maybe this whole piece comes out as conceited ?! But its intention is PURE..and I am still figuring stuff out. And there is always something to figure out —and I mean ALWAYS. But that is what makes life fun, special and beautiful.

So get out there. And don’t be scared to work on your passion. At the end of the day that is what will GIVE YOUR BREATH SPIRIT.

Peace. Iddie Fourka

Blog Updates, Articles and More! <3

29 Oct
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Iddi of Tallulah Doll

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. These past months I have been wandering in Europe — exploring Poland, Italy and best of all Berlin! I have been introspective. Taking lots of photographs and working on an electronic record with my band Dada Rich!

Now I have just returned to my hometown of Toronto, with plenty of stories and adventures. Two days ago, I decided to get into Twitter so you can now follow me @Tallulahblog, and on November 10th @midnight (yes because I am wierdly superstitious like that) will be launching my more hip, travel-oriented blog: birdsinberlin.tumblr.com.

But for now you can check out my contributions to Acid Tone magazine. You can also check out my most recent article on the SUPER sweet, stylish and cool actress Katie Boland for PRODUCT magazine! Check it out here!

Thanks for being patient and always very sweet.
Iddi

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