Stuff I Like Today: Home Sweet Verdun

Long day of travel, so here’s a short post about stuff I’m loving today.

  1. Our new apple corer! Awesome stocking stuffer.
  2. Our lovely, large Verdun apartment, home to our beloved bed.
  3. My guitar.
  4. New Years champagne chilling in the frigo, ready to go for low-key celebration with me mum.
  5. Cozying up on the couch with the kitties, hot toddies and an Angelina Jolie action flick.

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La-lovely

I want to share my my friend Lara’s new dresses with you. Lara Kaluza is the designer behind Lalouka, runs a vintage shop called The Crumpet Closet and is part of the Seven Days of Vintage pop-up shop series.

I love the fabric choices Lara has made designing these new dresses, the prints are especially fun and I think that the dresses with zippers up the back are lovely elaborations on her skirts from last winter. The styling looks great too; I love the turbans and the colour palette of the make-up (by Liz) with Tessa’s washed-out blue hair. Martin Reisch‘s flash photography interacts perfectly with the winter night scene and the whole vibe has a sort of desirable sense of drama that makes one want to pluck up one of the frocks to wear to one’s January birthday celebration.

More photos available to browse in the Lalouka on-line shop.

A xo

Wild Wild Horses Mini Dress

Navajo Style Mini Dress

Crop Top Jersey Dress - Graphic Black and White Floral

Crop Top Jersey Dress - Blue Marble Dye

Saskatchewan to Earth

Received one inflatable Riders helmet in a $10 gift exchange.

I haven’t taken as many photos on this trip as I’d originally planned to as we’ve been too busy tobogganing and the like. I also haven’t created a guide to our fave places in Regina as I thought I might a couple of weeks back! But that’s OK, I suppose it’s a sign of the wonderfully busy time we’ve been having. Currently, I’m nursing a small cold complete with a sore throat which I think I may have contracted from my baby nephew. Curses! To all of youse, be well! We’ll be back home in Montreal soon.

Visited an antiques mall!

We spotted some folks doing some paraskiing!
This place is so good! (1805 Winnipeg Street, Regina – (306) 522-3125)
We picked up some pleasantly lean smoked bison sausage, along with other goodies.
A fave cheap movie theatre not far from the home base!

Saw my first earthship in Lumsden, SK located in the Qu'Appelle Valley. So cool!

SO COOL

More about earthships here. I have a dream to build our own earthship home from the remains of an old boat around which I’ll plant a sea of hollyhocks, sunflowers and herb gardens. A visual representation of my intentions can be found below which are followed by other examples of earthships and a short doc about one couples Canadian earthship and another video that’s a bit more descriptive about how they are built.

Bilbo's hobbit hole

Queen City Salute!

We’re in Canada’s Queen City (Regina, SK) spending a lovely holiday season with family. We’re so grateful to be so well taken care of, hanging out with the family, eating huge meals and consuming many sugary confections! I’ll post some photos in the coming days. For now, some lists and a short video about driving on wintery SK highways.

Currently reading: The Watchmen (so excellent!), Christmas letters (a different kind of excellent), The Leader Post newspaper.

Playing: Board games like Cranium, Humdinger, Taboo, filling out the giant crossword puzzle in the newspaper.

Practicing: Driving, basic music theory, patience when attempting to parallel park.

Sipping: Coffee in the morning with a shot of Baileys, red wine, chai lattes, Grand Marnier with ice, Bushwakker beer.

Watched:

  • Movies in the theater: Black Swan, True Grit– loved both of them! We expect to see The King’s Speech and The Fighter before returning to Balconville. I plan to watch all the Oscar-nominated films in preparation for the annual Oscar party that we attend and bet money on which films will win. I’ve found a yellow 80s prom dress here at the Regina (i.e. the best in Canada!) Value Village  that recalls Michelle Williams 2006 Oscar gown to wear to the big event.
  • Movies on TV: Elf, Charlie Brown’s Christmas, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • TV shows: The entire first season of that zombie show Walking Dead. I don’t really do those TV series ever since LOST broke my heart with its lame last season, but this was kinda fun, I must admit, though the show needs stronger female characters.
  • Musical Theater: Honk: A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling

Heard: Almost exclusively second-hand Christmas music. Also attended a chamber music concert at the Government House which featured compositions by Mozart and Hindemith. Was intrigued by a composition named Glass Houses by Ann Southam while listening to CBC Radio 2…gave me some ideas for fingertapping on the guitar.

Consumed: Too many wonderful dishes cooked up by Mike’s mum to recount here!

Thinking about: The songs we’re working on- I’m itching to play on my own guitar when we get back home!

Happy holidays! xo

The unfortunately designed signature buildings in the heart of Regina's downtown form a 'V' shape, here they are decorated Rider Pride style.

Note the building's likeness in the city logo.

 

All done.


The ceiling of Patati-Patata, from a few weeks back.

The song, this ridiculously holidaytastic tune we’ve been working on at home, it is done. The mixtape/on-line comp we created it for will be available soon. Our song may be aired on a CKUT radio show tomorrow, though I’m not sure which one. I’ll update this entry with the info when I get it. For now, just plan to be next to your radio all day with the dial tuned to 90.3FM. It seems that the tune might jingle into your ears between noon and two on the If You Got Ears program. Thanks for the hook up, Jess! The song is called Santa Suit Tattoo (XMAS 4 EVA).

Also: I’m three weeks into the fifty two week video challenge. So far, the videos have been wordless, handheld affairs about looking closely at places, things.

Now: time to watch a movie on TV, sip whiskey, go to bed.

A xo

Holiday Frenzy

Here’s a wee time-lapse video of a house call Miss Janet made to my place yesterday in order to cut hair (Erin’s, Mike’s and mine). The song you hear is ‘Stand Up Straight’ by Cotton Mouth and the room is my messy studio!

Erin spent the most time in the chair due to have so many inches chopped off, I had a trim and then Mike was reeled into the mix to clean up his recent scruffiness.

I’ve been doing some writing and thinking on stuff, jotting down some ideas about music performance, etc, reading The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader: History and Debates. I might try to share some of that somehow, but not here on the blog. I’m still sorting out what to post about and I’m pretty sure that I wanna keep it light and when events, projects and work (such as writing) come to fruition, that I’ll direct y’all to the appropriate interweb/real life avenue to find it.

Busy with:

  • Working with Erin to complete a hot, wintery, Xmas tune. Sound oxymoronic? Nay, naysayer! Just you wait. I’ll be posting more about this glory soon.
  • Taking family (Mike + me + cats) holiday photos– twisted my hair into an elaborate 50’s pinup thing up top and then added a side braid and Frida Kahlo-esque red ribbon. It took several minutes of time plus hair spray and came out pleasantly cartoon-ish. I’ll share the photo when it’s all edited up!
  • Making/gathering/hunting more holiday gifts and eating turkey at my myriad family celebrations. I gorged myself on Saturday evening at my aunt’s house and am sad to say that I only was able to ingest 1.5lbs of food- I know this because they have a scale (we don’t) and I weighed myself just before and just after the supper. Is that too much information?
  • Made amazing “double ginger” cookies ala Jae Steele.
  • Watched that new Harry Potter movie as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Hurt Locker, Wanted, some Stan Brakhage. We like to mix it up.
  • Gonna start practicing for my driver’s test now that I have my appointment booked. Blessings appreciated.
  • Listening to the Best Songs of 2010 as named by Said the Gramophone.
  • Mainly finishing up the hot Xmas jam.

A xo

Window Shopping: A Perfect Green Suit

It is known that I love The Birds and aspire to create an accurate Melanie Daniels costume for myself. To meet this goal, I need a proper green suit. These two are pretty good contenders!

1960's Bobbie Brooks Green Tweed Suit (Etsy)

1960s Wool Suit Pencil Skirt Jacket Mint Green Mod Size S (Etsy)

Celadon (Tumblr)