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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lazy hazy day





Yesterday was so productive.
Today = not so much.
But that's okay, because I am kind of on vacation.
I am hanging out with my dogs today. May end up doing research work. May not.

And yes -- I bought new UGGs in Florida. They're cheaper in the States, they keep my feet warm (poor circulation), and they last one hell of a long time. If it's any consolation, I also bought myself a fresh pair of Rainbow sandals. Life isn't life without Rainbow sandals.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vacation and lomo-friendly programs










I downloaded this program and I highly recommend it.

Florida is experiencing a "cold front" -- more about that tomorrow.

P.S. Went to bed at 10:30 last night. Ohhhhh yeah.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Vacation!

Cut-off shorts, bike rides, sunrise on the beach, my sister (yeah, I guess she's okay), and my dogs. Scheduled for this Saturday in Jupiter, FL.



I. Can't. Wait.

P.S. I am going to be Alexa Chung next year for Halloween. And none of my immediate circle, square, or triangle will have any clue who I am...again.

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Playlist

I have a long drive ahead of me in a few hours.
But at least the front of my car is fixed.

Text message conversation from yesterday:
H: Your car has the snow tires. They had to do a bit more work -- the front of your car almost fell off when they took the wheels off.

Me: Define 'the front of my car almost fell off'. And how much will it cost?

H: They took the wheels off and the balls were out of balance. One good bump and you would have hit the ground.

Me: :l

--> conclusion: make sure the service guys always check the balls on your car.
(Possible entry #1 for the Girl's Guide to Owning a Car.)

In celebration of my car being practically new (seriously: every part has been fixed in some way), I created a new playlist for the drive up to Windsor in my demonic vehicle tonight. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2: TALES FROM THE FORD ESCAPE. The playlist has a good mix of guilty pleasures (though we all know that I have no shame) and street-cred-ready mixes.






Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Memorari

This is the most amazing application I have come across in the last month. I already sent a reminder-in-the-future to myself for when I get home later tonight to put a few things in a pile for tomorrow.

Memorari

American Apparel, new music, and wearing heels on bikes

Two or three years ago, I sat in a Starbucks, writing a paper on American Apparel's advertising methods (visit http://americanapparel.net/presscenter/ads/index.aspx for an example, although my favourites were the older ones with the porn-stache-styled owner/photographer). My TA happened to look like he worked in American Apparel, so when I got an A+, I wasn't too surprised.

But as I sat in Starbucks, part of me started thinking: "What is the point of this?" That could have been the influence of my parents, who kept asking me, "What are you going to DO with Communications and English? TALK TO PEOPLE?" (Sidenote: In addition to all my media-oriented Communications courses, I took a mandatory Communications in Everyday Life course, and it was probably the most useful course of life.)

Two years later, I work in marketing (which I kind of fell into, accidentally but thankfully). I'm also sitting in Starbucks, planning out a lesson that will pull in my A+ American Apparel knowledge in a room full of teenagers. I'm pumped, needless to say.

My hero of the day:


Also, after an incredibly long musical lapse in my life (Fiona Apple, anyone?), my sixteen-year old brother and I recorded a few cover songs last night because apparently he kicks major butt at singing and playing music, and I posted them on my Myspace. Yes, Myspace still exists. We recorded HEY YA by Outkast and LUA by Bright Eyes. I think this will become a sibling bonding experience from now on!

P.S. Imogen Heap's new stuff is beautiful.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

I am alive





I feel like it's the beginning of the end of the never-ending ending of a cold that has stuck with me for two months, now that I'm armed with my brand new non-asthmatic puffer and codeine cough syrup.

I saw Precious last night. I highly recommend it.

That, and the French Toast from Sadie's Diner followed by a caramel-flavoured latte served by a Brazilian man who came to Canada to learn more about coffee at La Merceria.

Of course, this should all be done before 10 a.m. when the streets start to fill up. I'd forgotten how much I love Toronto on weekend mornings when everyone is still hibernating.

In solidarity, Chiara! :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

I just discovered iTunes U...I am in HUGE trouble.

Also: the entire population of Antarctica uses Mozilla Firefox. I think that deserves a Triple W (www.) Five (been watching way too much HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER).

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cars are horrible necessities

I think I'm going to start YET ANOTHER blog (but Ainsley Reagan will live on -- come on, now, this is my place to put all things vapid and superficial in my life): The Girl's Guide to Owning a Car.

I love my car. It is my second closet. I have more shoes in my car than in my house. I could start an out-of-car library or book-lending service. I have enough blankets to comfortably sleep in the back (not planning on it, though). It has four wheel drive and I have yet to get stuck in the winter.

But I also hate my car. It is from 2002, for starters. I drive it 700 km roundtrip most weekends, and higher mileage = more problems, which also = more money. (My fault entirely.) I have probably spent around $2500 above and beyond insurance, gas, and lease payments since I got it two years ago. Repairs are a beotch (excuse my slang). The engine light has a bad sensor, so when it goes on, I can't be sure if it's a REAL problem or just the sensor.

But back to the blog. Seriously. An easy-to-use online manual, with downloadable podcasts that girls (or guys) can use when their tires are flat, or their oil is low, or their tires are deflating a little bit. And every time something horrible happens to me -- which happens every other week -- I will update the blog with the hopes that someone will avoid misfortune at my expense.

I really wish I'd taken shop in high school.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

REFUELED! Check it out NOW!



I need an afternoon (or two) to sit down and enjoy Refueled magazine. The layers upon transparent layers, the images, the content itself -- I really, REALLY relish it. It rivals my love for Nylon, and Nylon is a massive team of people.

Friday, October 30, 2009

This Halloween's Costume: Garance Dore



I can't get enough of Garance Dore. Really now. Her illustrations. Her photos. Her witty blog entries. Every time I log into my RSS feed, I head straight to her newest entries. Then I reread them in French. So I have decided to be Garance for Halloween, because if I get to be anyone else for one day of the year, it's going to be someone that I would die to meet. (It was either Garance or Alexa Chung).

My inspiration comes from here.
What are your five key wardrobe pieces, things you wear constantly?
1. "High heels. When I can, I will always go for a pair of high heels. Instant chic."
2. "Gloves. The perfect finishing touch for me, and they help me to keep my hands warm when I'm in the cold shooting."
3. "Men's pieces. From pants to shirts to jackets, I love to shop in my boyfriend's wardrobe."
4. "A white V-neck T-shirt. I usually buy them from the Gap. My most sexy item, and I love them even more when they get very old."
5. "My watch. An old Rolex my mother gave me for my 18th birthday. What a good idea she had! I love it and have been wearing it every single day since then. Without it, I feel naked!"

Budget-wise, I'll be skipping out on the Rolex.

I have also decided that I will have to disown all people who have no idea who Garance Dore is. An advance apology for my blogging elitism.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Best shot of the night (arguably)



The members of Metric were THIS CLOSE to me at Massey Hall for 90 straight minutes. They are as good as I remember (I have seen them both as a band and as Emily Haines solo project a total of five times).

Tuesday's review here (I was at the Wednesday show).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ClockLink.com

Oh my word. I may infiltrate all of the multiple websites that I have designed and maintain and pick a great clock for each of them.



(Click here to head to the site.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

VideoJug

http://www.videojug.com

Their slogan: get good at life.

As if I don't have enough hobbies.

Currently loving the informational videos on cameras.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Upcoming

Wednesday: METRIC. (P.S. Front row centre. No big deal.)


Friday: ARKELLS. (P.S. Probably partying with them, before or after, c/o my hermano. Again. No big deal.)


It's going to be a tres bonne week.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bob Marley

A great idea

I read a LOT of blogs.

I was explaining the concept of an RSS feed to one of my teachers last week. I showed him mine, as an example (you know, because that's what teachers do). And he said, "Wow, you follow a lot of blogs." And I said, "Yes. And the ones you see are only the ones that are updated. There are (x) more that are just waiting for updates."

Needless to say, the number is kind of embarrassing.

Blog anecdote aside, I was going through my RSS feed today and found this GREAT picture.



I love this because, even in the fashion and streetstyle blogs I read, everyone always looks flawless. They traipse around in their size-zero get-ups and towering shoes, with half a meal in them (if they're lucky) by day's end, and yet they don't blow over. Then I put on a pair of five inch-ers (or flats), and BOOM, instant blisters, zero grace. So to see a Chanel bag and those hideous-yet-oh-so-awesome lightbulb heels mixed in with some (possibly preventative) bandages = refreshing.

Granted, she's still walking around on lightbulbs.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Blog Loving

I want to send some blog-loving out to two ah-mazing femmes who have taken the initiative to start their own websites:

1. Too Rude Magasin
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The brainchild of Erin Pea, this website is refreshing in every possible way. An avid blogger, photographer, and stylish Suburban, Erin is bringing the edge back to blogging. Erin has her opinions, and she's usually right. Think music, movies, fashion, food, traveling, art & design. She has it all. Can't wait to see where this goes.

2. Life in Pink
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Dreamt up by one of my oldest friends, "A" is going to be networking to the extreme with guest writers, streetstyle, Editor's posts, and fashion and beauty tips for 20-somethings. "A" has worked in the fashion and beauty industry for years, and is tackling Web 2.0 in order to bring her experience to the masses.

Follow Life in Pink on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lifeinpinkezine

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Monster Ransom

1. Want this from here sooo badly.



2. We ran around the office today post-closing, abducted all of our "Team Meeting" monsters, and took pictures of them taped up and frightened before signing up for a fake MONSTERS email account and sending a company-wide email to alert people of their missing monsters (which are now under the G.M.'s desk). Complete with images, of course.

P.A.X. is featured here.

P.S. The general manager caught us and laughed but promised to play along. Yes. I get freaking DENTAL and MASSAGE and various other health benefits for pulling the occasional prank at the coolest job in the world.



3. Cold, cold, go away...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Love



Words cannot express how much I looooove Alexa Chung. I watch her show on YouTube. And the love keeps pouring out of me.

This weekend, when I'm making a fool of myself on some island, posing for pictures (thank god I get paid and they seem to like me, otherwise I feel like I'm making a complete twat out of myself), I am going to work it like Alexa Chung. Which is to say -- I'm going to try hard not to try.

Also loooove Lights' new album. She rocks the side part and W.O.W. tattoos like no other.

(Not loving the tail-end of my cold. Missing backrubs from the homme, who now has said cold.)

Currently working on a book review for EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE. If you haven't read it or its predecessor, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, you should stop everything you're doing because these books will change your life. Jonathan Safran Foer is the most profound contemporary post-modern author that I have ever been exposed to, and I read one hell of a lot. Go. Scamper off. Buy the books. This blog is meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

Creator

Monday, September 21, 2009

Room loving (with accents of Sondre Lerche)

Plaid. Gosh. Please stick around. (Photos soon to be featured on http://lifeinpink.ca)
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Sondre Lerche, who is infinitely better than U2 (whose fans clogged up the highway on the night of their respective concerts). Plus -- has U2 does the score for an entire movie? (This is possible, but I don't care to look it up. Sondre did the music for DAN IN REAL LIFE.)
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My ginormous Ikea desk which makes work seem exciting:
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And what would an Ikea desk (okay, it's a table) be without an Ikea cinnamon bun?
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And what would an Ikea cinnamon bun be without a ridiculously comfy furry pillow that now serves as a backrest when I'm sitting at said Ikea desk? Incidentally -- it's not from Ikea (Home Sense: $16.99!)
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Breaking it up

I have been getting up at 6:15 am, going to school until 2:30 pm, going to the office immediately after school, and then working from home from about 9 until 11:30 pm before a crash into my bed, and I am well on my way to burning out.

I'll be back soon. Taking a coffee break (including lemon cranberry scone) in Starbucks right now. Lunch + third period off = WORK, but at least in the comfort of homogeneous Starbucks.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Simulation versus reality


www.soundsleeping.com --> I have gone here everyday this week. I like to combine creek, bonfire, rain, and thunder.

Today, I didn't have to create thunder or rain (or the creek, for that matter -- flooding!). Bonfire, yes, but the power was out so the bonfire was inconsistent.

It was intense. First it got extremely dark. We're talking 10:00 pm darkness but at 7:00 pm. Then the rain started whipping the windows, with a few power outages for good measure. Lightning, lightning, crash, thunder, rain, whipping rain. Et al. Sky acquired a greenish tint. I opened my computer. Oh, look at that -- the Weather Channel appeared to have issued a tornado warning! And a tornado watch! So I grabbed my new laptop and some toiletries and several iPods, and stashed them in the basement with my purse. I realized I was hungry, so I stuck my phone in my back pocket, put my Nikon around my neck, and made some microwavable pasta while running back and forth between the back of my house (sun shining) and front of my house (angry green sky).

Eventually it passed, and I think I am going to avoid the relaxing sound of simulated thunder for the next few days.

***Tornadoes did hit, but not in my suburb of Toronto. Article here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Three

Nothing and noone is static in anyone's life. If you can accept that everything is temporal, you'll be okay. I think I'm in that place.

The next period in my life has crept up really quickly. Going back to school in three weeks. The boyfriend moving three hours away for the next three years. So many threes.

Life could blow up in my face. It could get really bad. It could get really, really good. And there are so many other things that could or could not happen. Things that will pop out of nowhere beyond what I've set myself up for.

I am excited. I am nervous (but not anxious -- yet). I'm going to write myself a wallet-sized mantra so that I can look at it when I get anxious. (It will happen.)

Gobbledegoop. If this avenue turns into a dead end, I've got my rainboots.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Loving:

1. Other people's playlists (MERRY XMAS DINNER by Chiara is streaming through the earbuds right now. Think Broken Social Scene. Jack Johnson. Tom Waits. El Perro Del Mar. Plants & Animals. Feist. Jason Collett. Nouvelle Vague. old school Metric -- OF COURSE. Etc. Etc. Etc.).



2. Spilled Milk (http://spilledmilkmag.com/) --> online magazine from Norway, pioneered by Marie Lid Aske. CUTE.



3. There's Poladroid, and then there is Rollip (http://www.rollip.com/). Upload your photo and choose the effects/accompanying text. You could do this in Photoshop or another photo editor, for sure, BUT online applications are really rubbing me the right way these days.



4. The thought of finally seeing Lykke Li, this Sunday.



5. The following blogs (there are many more that I love and subscribe to, but these made my eyes and mind happy this week):
A Beautiful Mess
Red Velvet Art (linked to A Beautiful Mess by way of Elsie!)
The Rockstar Diaries
Things Marketing People Love
Igor + Andre
Olivia Bee: not a blog in terms of its URL, but definitely adheres to a certain blog/the-life-of aesthetic. Makes me wish that I was as cool as Olivia Bee at the age of fifteen.

Plus: it's Friday.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Things

Digs font, magazines, and every blog in her RSS.
Doesn't know how to relax. 8 hour work days are for sissies.
Likes a full tank of gas.
Hops fences, collects notebooks, covets cameras.
Has loved once (current).
Thinks that it's easier to get through the low points in life if you treat it like a video game.
Eats peanut butter from the jar and cheese by the handful. (Expects early death.)
Likes people in moderation.
Believes in hard work and putting 200% into the things that matter.
Has friends around the globe.
Loves the smell of bonfires. Dislikes the remnants of bonfire smell in hair, one week later.
Clumsy by nature. Artist by choice.
Writes on graphpaper whenever possible.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009