Distractathon

It’s really hard to get work done when a) your apartment is a bit of a disaster zone cause you’re packing for subletting your place at the end of the month and b) it’s really effing hot. I’ve been combatting this here Vancouver heatwave with my new best friend, cheap Home Depot fan, and by building a mini-credenza. Because nothing says “I’m moving” like starting a woodworking project.

The only thing I’ve worn everyday for the last 2 weeks is my crummy summer pajamas aka as little as possible. (I’d walk around naked if I didn’t need to keep the blinds/windows open slash not traumatize the neighbourhood with so much paleness.) I’ll be in Toronto starting August 1st, and I must say I’m really looking forward to taking this look multi-city!

Also, should I end this post with a question to act as comment bait? Let me know in the comments!

Wearing glasses: thrifted; thank top: H&M circa 2007; boxers: xmas present circa 1997; sweat: unrelenting; chair: wet; cabinet: solid laminated pine project panels w/3 cuts, annoyingly-retro legs, Everbilt hardware and Varathane clearcoat, Home Depot; honestly: I needed some closed-door storage, ok?

Powerlunching with Khan Lee
Khan is an artist, artist assistant, my alley neighbour, and all-around lovely person. (More importantly, he’s also done some modelling.) He and I planned to powerlunch together a few weeks ago after discovering we were both home a lot. We decided it was easier to get chicken wings at Phnom Penh than to get takeout. So we did.
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What do you do? Part time artist.
Why are you able to meet me for lunch?Because I spend lots of time at my home studio these days.
What have you been doing at home with your time off?Being a part time artist, and weed killer.
You said you haven’t eaten lunch in weeks. I don’t believe that. Were you serious?Seriously, I am never serious. I have been skipping eating regularly lately but forgot why.
Now this is a fashion blog, and I know you’ve done some modelling. Is this why you’re not eating lunch? Because you’re anorexic?Haha, eating is just overrated sometimes.
If we had to order a second meal at Phnom Penh without repeating dishes, what would it be? [We ordered chicken wings, pea tips, butter beef and rice.]Green papaya salad.
Also, you are Korean and I love Korean food. What are the best Korean restaurants in the city? Can we go?!We should go have Korean Chinese, it will be an experience. My favourite Korean Restaurant has closed down some time ago. They only served bacon barbecue and had crazy owner. 
You were telling me a lot about weeds, because you have been spending much time in your backyard. What are your favourite/least favourite plants and why?All pretty weeds are basically evil, Morning Glory being the worst. I actually love them all but I kill them any way.
Do you grow food in your garden?My housemates grow food. I am a slow learner and only interested in understanding weeds this season.
Tell me about your experience as a model.I think it was my stupid moustache… I think I am retired already.
Can I be a model? How do I get modelling gigs?Grow moustache.
Do you wear fancy men’s clothes?Only when I get them for free. 
What’s your favourite outfit for working at home in?Greasy coveralls.
Transitional lenses. Did they change your life?Yes, totally. I am a different person.
Who is your favourite style icon in Strathcona?Mr. Tinfoil Man. I have not seen him for years by now but he was so ahead of his time. You’ll understand what I mean after 2017.
What do you love or hate about this neighbourhood?I like my alley way, and its people. I think there should be more public drinking in the alley way though.
What kind of art work do you make? Where was your last show?I make video and sculpture and there is Instant Coffee. My show was at Centre A last year. I heard it was popular. I hope my work shows more than my handsomeness. 
What would your dream art project be if you had an unlimited budget?I want make a musical composition for cars, which involves miles of pavement.
One last thing: I noticed we both have gold teeth. Do you think this makes us more valuable as collateral to pirates?That is why I paint it white with whiteout when swimming in ocean. But you could also use it as collateral to get out of tough situations if you are smart.
Wearing black short sleeve button up shirt; black pants; modified black dayton boots; Khan wisdom: “everything looks black anyway when you wear transitional lenses”

Powerlunching with Khan Lee

Khan is an artist, artist assistant, my alley neighbour, and all-around lovely person. (More importantly, he’s also done some modelling.) He and I planned to powerlunch together a few weeks ago after discovering we were both home a lot. We decided it was easier to get chicken wings at Phnom Penh than to get takeout. So we did.

What do you do? 
Part time artist.

Why are you able to meet me for lunch?
Because I spend lots of time at my home studio these days.

What have you been doing at home with your time off?
Being a part time artist, and weed killer.

You said you haven’t eaten lunch in weeks. I don’t believe that. Were you serious?
Seriously, I am never serious. I have been skipping eating regularly lately but forgot why.

Now this is a fashion blog, and I know you’ve done some modelling. Is this why you’re not eating lunch? Because you’re anorexic?
Haha, eating is just overrated sometimes.

If we had to order a second meal at Phnom Penh without repeating dishes, what would it be? [We ordered chicken wings, pea tips, butter beef and rice.]
Green papaya salad.

Also, you are Korean and I love Korean food. What are the best Korean restaurants in the city? Can we go?!
We should go have Korean Chinese, it will be an experience. My favourite Korean Restaurant has closed down some time ago. They only served bacon barbecue and had crazy owner. 

You were telling me a lot about weeds, because you have been spending much time in your backyard. What are your favourite/least favourite plants and why?
All pretty weeds are basically evil, Morning Glory being the worst. I actually love them all but I kill them any way.

Do you grow food in your garden?
My housemates grow food. I am a slow learner and only interested in understanding weeds this season.

Tell me about your experience as a model.
I think it was my stupid moustache… I think I am retired already.

Can I be a model? How do I get modelling gigs?
Grow moustache.

Do you wear fancy men’s clothes?
Only when I get them for free. 

What’s your favourite outfit for working at home in?
Greasy coveralls.

Transitional lenses. Did they change your life?
Yes, totally. I am a different person.

Who is your favourite style icon in Strathcona?
Mr. Tinfoil Man. I have not seen him for years by now but he was so ahead of his time. You’ll understand what I mean after 2017.

What do you love or hate about this neighbourhood?
I like my alley way, and its people. I think there should be more public drinking in the alley way though.

What kind of art work do you make? Where was your last show?
I make video and sculpture and there is Instant Coffee. My show was at Centre A last year. I heard it was popular. I hope my work shows more than my handsomeness. 

What would your dream art project be if you had an unlimited budget?
I want make a musical composition for cars, which involves miles of pavement.

One last thing: I noticed we both have gold teeth. Do you think this makes us more valuable as collateral to pirates?
That is why I paint it white with whiteout when swimming in ocean. But you could also use it as collateral to get out of tough situations if you are smart.

Wearing black short sleeve button up shirt; black pants; modified black dayton boots; Khan wisdom: “everything looks black anyway when you wear transitional lenses”

Life is Really Hard

I’ve been hanging out the last eight mornings on a patio in LA eating fruit & yogurt and drinking tea. SIGH!

Wearing: glasses: thrifted; tank top: Army & Navy; cat print boxer shorts: Christmas present from my aunt; fruit: grapefruit, nectarine and banana, Trader Joe’s; yogurt: honey Greek, Trader Joe’s; patio: AirBnB off Lemoyne Street; emergency mouse: Walgreens; period: of course; emergency Diva Cup: Whole Foods; Diva Cup size: large and in charge; bloating: tacos/PMS/constipation; sunburn: Joshua Tree; silky baby’s ass-smooth skin: Korean Wi Spa 1/2 hour body scrub

Foliage

Have you guys ever seen my fucking plants?! Let me pose with them!!

Wearing leggings: American Apparel; sweatshirt: thrifted; cardigan: thrifted; baseball-tee: CKFS x American Apparel; glasses: thrifted; haircut: Moustache & Darling; second spider plant & doorway ivy: not shown; art (in order of appearance): thrifted needlework, Julia Feyrer, Neil Wedman, Hungarian needlework, Kara Uzelman; gerbera daisies: courtesy Rachel L; wildflowers: courtesy Colleen H; plants I’ve been meaning to re-pot: many; macrame: accepting donations

Homeward Bundled

After mostly fucking off for 17 days out east, I’m back and hitting the grind hard to catch up on SO. MUCH. WERK. I somehow missed the spell of early summer Vancouver was witness to and now I’m enjoying my favourite activity, getting layered. (As in, “I totally got layered last night today.”) Got me some “new” sweats, added a couple oatmeal wool cardigans, and my pashmina, which I can pull over my face if I need to take a quick nap or get the urge to feel more exotic. You might also notice I am really getting into buying yellow stuff, and I can’t wait to blow the internet away when I completely turn into a banana.

Also, check out the super legit label on these sweats; they are as luxurious as eff.

Wearing t-shirt: Stanfield’s; cardigans 1 & 2: thrifted; sweatpants: thrifted, because you can’t buy sweatpants with cuffs for under $200 anymore?!; socks: The Bay; slippers: from neighbour; glasses: thrifted; pashmina: thrifted; terrible puns: getting worse; fabric label: pure magic

Cinco de Malady

Or, Sisterhood of the Travelling Sweatpants

I’ve always wanted to travel for work; who doesn’t?! I got pretty close yesterday when I happened to land in New York and realised I was supposed to have a site finished three days ago, wherps!

It kind of all works out, because I just spent the last week in Toronto and managed to pick up some cold-y/flu-y ailment, so a little downtime is more than welcome. Especially since my hosts have HBO GO. With a tablet at hand, I can rock a lap office any old where.

While I wait for the cPanel logins and creative assets I managed to not inquire about months go, I’m wearing a blinding yellow sweatshirt paired with some grey polar fleece Nike sweatpants I borrowed from my friend C (whose couch I am also crashing on for the 6 days). No need to shower today; this sweater disguises all the filth on your body with an acrylic blanket of sunshine!

Wearing sweatshirt: Honest Ed’s; sportsbra: Honest Ed’s; sweatpants: Nike; socks: Aritzia warehouse sale; glasses: thrifted; window: view to the free world; plants: alive, though there is a weird jar of something gross and forgotten up there

Co-working with Lindsay Lorraine

I met Lindsay back in 2010 when she was working at an animation studio, but we’ve since become Homeworkers™, tag-team babysitters, and actual friends (fingers crossed!). She invited herself over recently to hang out at my kitchen table with her laptop and use my wireless. It was cool ‘cause she brought cookies.

What do you do?
I work from home… on a few different media related projects. The projects are small so within running the projects I get to do a bit of video, web & design.

How long have you been working from home?
1.5 yrs.

How did you get into this line of work?
Craigslist + recommendations + friends projects = me working

You brought over homemade cookies that were super delicious! Why, where on earth did you get that recipe?!
Everyday Food YouTube Channel - it’s a good thing

What is your favourite way to procrastinate?
Please see above YouTube channel

What is your best quick lunch?
Leftovers. 

What is the grossest meal you’ve repeatedly shame eaten?
Leftovers. 

I love curly hair, but most people with curly hair do not love it. What is your relationship to your hair?
Terrible, always has been. It won’t just get it’s own life and be a fro so what’s the point. Air drying is a luxury of the homeworker. 

Also, you might be the best babysitter I know. What is your secret? Can you babysit ME?
My secret - let em do whatever they want except argue. 

What’s it like having 2 first names? Can anyone trust you?
Haha, yes!!! Well… no. 

What are you wearing?
The man I live with shrinks his shirts about every 6 months… when this happens I get new shirts. These shirts become: tank tops, under shirts and my shirts. I am also wearing fancy jeans and brought with me a thrifted coat.

Me wearing sweatshirt: clothing swap; mom jeans: Topshop; double portrait: priceless

Somebody’s Working on the Weekend

I kind of fucked off all of yesterday (Friday), so I’m getting my work grind on this weekend. A great thing about freelancing is ALL hours can be work hours, so you never have to feel unguilty enough to relax.

I’m pairing a pathetic brunch with some painting I need to do for a poster, topping with a generous helping of sweatpants, and sealed with a kiss of menstruation. Here’s to a productive Saturday!

Wearing sweatpants: clothing swap; t-shirt: thrifted; socks: H&M; sweater: thrifted; shoes: thrifted; haircut: Moustache & Darling; eye bags: author’s own; slum cheese: delicious; mason jar contents: urine tea

About Moi
I get an insanely overwhelming amount of fan mail asking who I am and what I do all day in such amazing ensembles. I am not one to down a fictional invitation to talk about myself, so here you go!
Me:
I’m a full-time freelancer named Christy Nyiri who lives in Vancouver, BC. I like sugar and whiskey and karaoke. I am not in my twenties. I also have a sushi craving right now.
What I do for monies:
designing & front-end developing web stuff
branding & communication design
occasional illustration, video editing & compositing
"putting out" (jk mom!)
What I did before that:
Prior to freelancing full-time, I worked an illustrious 2.5 years as an Interactive Art Director at BC’s largest independent ad agency. Before that, I spent 3 years cutting my teeth at a small design studio where I did a lot of work for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Before that, I was shluffing blueprints at a reprographics shop. And before that, I was in art school realizing I didn’t want to be an artist.
How I learned what I do:
The Internet! And by making lots of things for fun or for free.
Turn ons: Left handedness, jokes, driver’s licenses
Turn offs: Taking self seriouslyness, hoodies, dogs that aren’t my intern
Person whom I admire: As of late it has been my mom, who went back to school and became an accredited music therapist at 62. Super proud of her for pursuing her passion!
What else I do:
Volunteer as a mentor with Ladies Learning Code
DJ karaoke on Mondays with Weekend Leisure
Make this awesome web series, Pantsuits
Make fancy wedding cakes
Troll Craigslist
Procrastinate
This garbage:
My work portfolio, Twitter, my other blog, Facebook, Dribbble
Can I work on your project?
Possibly. Shoot your project details over to christy [@] nyiri.ca *Note that I don’t wear sweatpants to meetings, unfortunately. :(
Wearing toque: Army & Navy; sweater: thrifted somewhere in California; leggings: American Apparel; glasses (new!): thrifted; hand gestures: mad cultural/behavioral knowledge, translating to “maybe you were expecting the Proust questionnaire?”; application letter on my monitor: applying to be a teacher, cause why not I guess?

About Moi

I get an insanely overwhelming amount of fan mail asking who I am and what I do all day in such amazing ensembles. I am not one to down a fictional invitation to talk about myself, so here you go!

Me:

I’m a full-time freelancer named Christy Nyiri who lives in Vancouver, BC. I like sugar and whiskey and karaoke. I am not in my twenties. I also have a sushi craving right now.

What I do for monies:

  • designing & front-end developing web stuff
  • branding & communication design
  • occasional illustration, video editing & compositing
  • "putting out" (jk mom!)

What I did before that:

Prior to freelancing full-time, I worked an illustrious 2.5 years as an Interactive Art Director at BC’s largest independent ad agency. Before that, I spent 3 years cutting my teeth at a small design studio where I did a lot of work for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Before that, I was shluffing blueprints at a reprographics shop. And before that, I was in art school realizing I didn’t want to be an artist.

How I learned what I do:

The Internet! And by making lots of things for fun or for free.

Turn ons: Left handedness, jokes, driver’s licenses

Turn offs: Taking self seriouslyness, hoodies, dogs that aren’t my intern

Person whom I admire: As of late it has been my mom, who went back to school and became an accredited music therapist at 62. Super proud of her for pursuing her passion!

What else I do:

This garbage:

My work portfolioTwitter, my other blog, Facebook, Dribbble

Can I work on your project?

Possibly. Shoot your project details over to christy [@] nyiri.ca 
*Note that I don’t wear sweatpants to meetings, unfortunately. :(

Wearing toque: Army & Navy; sweater: thrifted somewhere in California; leggings: American Apparel; glasses (new!): thrifted; hand gestures: mad cultural/behavioral knowledge, translating to “maybe you were expecting the Proust questionnaire?”; application letter on my monitor: applying to be a teacher, cause why not I guess?

Powerlunching with Naomi MacDougall
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of powerlunching with one of my besties/fellow freelancer Naomi MacDougall, who brought over takeout from Finch’s and a pretty bouquet of roses. #romance
A design grad from ECU, you can find Naomi’s work on her website, on most bookstore shelves, or pulling in Alcuin Awards. I don’t open these real-world-cancelling blinds for just anyone, so thought I’d also use the visit for my own blogging advantage and conduct an interview.
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What do you do?freelance print designer/book designer
How long have you been freelancing full-time?2.5 years
What’s your workstation set-up?MacBook Pro linked to a LaCie 324 monitor and a tablet mouse.
A lot of people find the switch to self employment scary. How did you find it?it was a pretty easy transition for me actually. The panic of not having a regular pay check is a good motivator.
Are you broke? (Seriously you travel more than almost anyone I know.)When you freelance cash flow is tricky. So when I get paid for 5 jobs at once I feel rich and decide to do stuff like go to Mexico for a month… but then there are months where there is no money coming in and it’s terrifying. I’ve almost got it figured out now but yes, I am currently broke, although not starving.
What is your favourite / least fav part about it?Sleeping in! / Never having a day off.
Any projects you’re particularly proud of?I’m one of those people who hates everything I’ve done as soon as it’s done. I can always see a way it could have been better after the fact. But I’m pretty happy with Grant’s book cover, The Lonely End of the Rink.   
You recently started working out of another office with other humans. How has this affected your work flow/productivity/sanity?It has helped to not have the distractions of my house so productivity has increased. It’s also nice to have someone other than my cat to talk to. 
How long have you gone without talking to another human?Probs only one day. I’m far too extroverted to deal with much longer.
Any hot tips/advice for people wanting to enter the field of book design?Become a web/interactive designer instead. There’s more money!
Any tips for cheating on taxes?Yes, but it’s too boring to discuss.
I am pretty sure I don’t drink enough water. How do I know?!pee dark yellow? = not enough water. [Ed: I am now positive I do not drink enough water.]
What’s your power outfit for working at home?Leggings & sweater burrito wrapped with blanket.
Do you flush the toilet EVERY time you pee?You know, I actually do… but I don’t know why. Maybe all those years of living with an outhouse as a child means I never take a flush toilet for granted. [Ed: I hope you have a low-flush model, water waster!]
What’s the most disgusting meal you’ve made multiple times due to work/time constraints after telling yourself you’ll never eat that again?tortilla chips and mayonnaise mixed with hot sauce (don’t judge!)
As well, you’re about to leave full-time freelancing for a sweet new gig at a magazine… any last words?nope! I’m in complete denial.
Lastly… what are you wearing?Striped shirt: Oak & Fort; Cheap Monday jeans: stolen from ex-bf
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Would you also like to bring me lunch and hang out in my beautiful, sun-soaked apartment? Shoot me an email! christy [a] nyiri.ca

Powerlunching with Naomi MacDougall

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of powerlunching with one of my besties/fellow freelancer Naomi MacDougall, who brought over takeout from Finch’s and a pretty bouquet of roses. #romance

A design grad from ECU, you can find Naomi’s work on her website, on most bookstore shelves, or pulling in Alcuin AwardsI don’t open these real-world-cancelling blinds for just anyone, so thought I’d also use the visit for my own blogging advantage and conduct an interview.

What do you do?
freelance print designer/book designer

How long have you been freelancing full-time?
2.5 years

What’s your workstation set-up?
MacBook Pro linked to a LaCie 324 monitor and a tablet mouse.

A lot of people find the switch to self employment scary. How did you find it?
it was a pretty easy transition for me actually. The panic of not having a regular pay check is a good motivator.

Are you broke? (Seriously you travel more than almost anyone I know.)
When you freelance cash flow is tricky. So when I get paid for 5 jobs at once I feel rich and decide to do stuff like go to Mexico for a month… but then there are months where there is no money coming in and it’s terrifying. I’ve almost got it figured out now but yes, I am currently broke, although not starving.

What is your favourite / least fav part about it?
Sleeping in! / Never having a day off.

Any projects you’re particularly proud of?
I’m one of those people who hates everything I’ve done as soon as it’s done. I can always see a way it could have been better after the fact. But I’m pretty happy with Grant’s book cover, The Lonely End of the Rink.   

You recently started working out of another office with other humans. How has this affected your work flow/productivity/sanity?
It has helped to not have the distractions of my house so productivity has increased. It’s also nice to have someone other than my cat to talk to. 

How long have you gone without talking to another human?
Probs only one day. I’m far too extroverted to deal with much longer.

Any hot tips/advice for people wanting to enter the field of book design?
Become a web/interactive designer instead. There’s more money!

Any tips for cheating on taxes?
Yes, but it’s too boring to discuss.

I am pretty sure I don’t drink enough water. How do I know?!
pee dark yellow? = not enough water. [Ed: I am now positive I do not drink enough water.]

What’s your power outfit for working at home?
Leggings & sweater burrito wrapped with blanket.

Do you flush the toilet EVERY time you pee?
You know, I actually do… but I don’t know why. Maybe all those years of living with an outhouse as a child means I never take a flush toilet for granted. [Ed: I hope you have a low-flush model, water waster!]

What’s the most disgusting meal you’ve made multiple times due to work/time constraints after telling yourself you’ll never eat that again?
tortilla chips and mayonnaise mixed with hot sauce (don’t judge!)

As well, you’re about to leave full-time freelancing for a sweet new gig at a magazine… any last words?
nope! I’m in complete denial.

Lastly… what are you wearing?
Striped shirt: Oak & Fort; Cheap Monday jeans: stolen from ex-bf

Would you also like to bring me lunch and hang out in my beautiful, sun-soaked apartment? Shoot me an email! christy [a] nyiri.ca