Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Dreaming of pink

I've not yet done too much to change the house since we moved in in December, but will get some more work done this spring and share it with you...I am however thinking of a project for the weekend - painting the bathroom pink! I've always wanted a girly boudoir, and this would be the perfect place to have it. The tile is already with with a pinkish-taupe grain in it, and the pink paint would accent the girly sconce that I have hanging over the sink. I love this shade, although my bathroom is much smaller and less romantic, so I shall sigh and keep dreaming in shades of pink...

And since our furniture and style already looks like a Wes Anderson movie, I've always been drawn to the pink of the Tenenbaums' home {my all-time favourite movie!} for inspiration whenever I'm feeling blah or need to remind myself to stay on track and not settle for a piece of furniture that "does the job" rather than one that I lalalalove...

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ps- one time, a friend of LB's told me that it said a lot about me that my favourite movie was The Royal Tenenbaums...I took it as a compliment, but I always wondered if it was meant as one.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I LOVED this article from the NY Times. It's not an exceptionally well-written article, but it raises that ultimate taboo- discussing salary. I find it fascinating, as I work in a huge field where we are all covered by collective agreements and the salaries are publicly available in our contracts. So you kind of always know what your friends are making, so we never really have to talk about it. But to be in the private sector - that must be such a hot-button issue! Think of the dinner parties and potential social faux-pas and awkwardness!

Crops, Cars and Climate

If you, like me, live in Ottawa and are concerned about high quality aerable land and top quality food being diverted into an inefficient biofuel such as ethanol {for every one calorie of ethanol energy created, it takes 10 calories of energy to make it, and it is a highly polluting production process}, then check out this event tomorrow night at the Bronson Centre. This event is one in a series of six events across the country featuring speakers from Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico, Colombia, the Philippines, the UK and Canada.

Thanks for the heads up Daphna, we'll see you there!

Monday, April 28, 2008

To do this week: Babymama!

Dying to see this movie, I hope that it's good. But of course it will be, it's the brainchild of the one and only Tina Fey. And starring Amy Poehler. So many girl crushes all in one place!

PS - just read that it was #1 at the box office. Also, rumours that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are expecting a little baby of their own...

Weekend Post-Mortem

My oh my, what I wouldn't give for a quiet weekend next week to get caught up simple things like sweeping and dusting, and raking the yard...

Friday night I worked until a ridiculously late hour, then sped over to mom and dad's for a quiet dinner with my family prior to Liam's move to London tomorrow {EEK!} We gave Liam his graduation gift, and he was pretty shocked when he opened the Tiffany's box and found an actual gift from Tiffany inside.

Saturday was spent in errand hell - Costco, Loblaws, Farm Boy, etc... was in such a foul mood after dealing with the masses. We came home and set up our "patio furniture" {a pine table with a gingham cover and a set of bertoia chairs} and I tried to learn to love the fact that I have a big backyard. Luckily, Liam and Tanya rescued me for a trip downtown where we hit Trustfund and Liam bought some stuff for his trip, and I bought a super cute necklace and hemmed and hawed on this shirt...Update - I love it, so I bought it. The last thing I need is more cute ts, but there you have it.

Saturday night was Liam's going away party - bocce ball, drinking, eating, general merriment - what more can you ask for? My dad made the worst speech EVER.

Sunday morning we hit Stoneface Dolly's for brunch {where else?} with the whole family and had a ball - a lovely walk home in the sunshine and an afternoon of housework later, and Laurin and Casey and Daphna and Adam came over for our first BBQ in the new house. Although it was windy, I persisted. What's the point of moving away from downtown if I can't eat in my backyard? And puppy Kiji found every possible piece of garbage/thing she shouldn't have buried away in our yard...So tired this morning I snoozed the alarm for an hour and a half!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Painful but will be worth it

Last night, Laurin and I spent about 2 hours going through my ridiculously over-full spring/summer wardrobe on paper. We didn't even look at the closet, and it was sooooo hard. I'm starting to implement the changes though, and hope to have a great little capsule wardrobe within a few weeks.

Items to acquire:
  1. Dark denim jacket
  2. A "love love love" sweater - I don't have any sweaters that I love, only black ones...

More details to follow as the efforts continue - my goal is to fit it all in one closet before long!

Everyday Glamour

I know that everyone has been blogging about the kate spade soap box derby campaign lately, and you all know what a fan I am of kate's, but what I am more interested in is the concept of everyday glamour. Just looking at this picture, she is wearing a simple dress, a coat, a faaaaabulous headband {anyone know where I can find a headband like that? it's not on the kate site}, and a purse and shoes. That's only 5 pieces {excluding accessories} and it is the same amount of effort as jeans, a hoodie, a tshirt, sneakers and a cap. While I don't usually go to either extreme on the weekends, I'd like to remind myself more often to inject a little bit of everyday glamour into my outfits.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I'm off to spend the day on an Executive retreat. Although I'm not an executive, I will enjoy the complimentary goodies {like croissants and starbucks coffee} and listening to how all of the execs view and strategize things. Maybe I could learn a thing or two?

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008


And yes, I am fully aware that I am trying to munch on some granola and bang my hippie environmentally friendly recycle drum while wearing Manolos. But, for the record, it is much better to buy only one pair of Manolos for $700 than 10 pairs of shoes at Nine West for $70, from a consumption perspective. If only I were the kind of gal who could wear the same pair of shoes every day...I don't even think that I wore the same pair of shoes to work two days last week!

Oh Manolo!

Do you all remember the episode of Sex and the City in Season 6, A Woman's Right to Shoes? After seeing that episode, I went crazy for the shoes that Carrie got, trying to come up with any reason I could to spend that kind of money on a pair of shoes without LB finding out... When I suggested that they would be appropriate shoes for our wedding, LB responded with the suggestion that the wedding might not happen if I went ahead and bought them... Today, walking through Holt Renfrew, I saw them again. In silver. Exactly like that episode, all those years ago...I can't find them in the exact shade, but here they are in a fun leopard print. Oh you, classic Manolo D'Orsay day you will be mine!

UPDATE: Have been asked if I actually caved and bought them. No my friends, I stayed strong!

Happy Earth Day!

Another Earth Day is upon us...And happy Earth Day to each and every one of you, except for all of the drivers who tried to cut me off on my bike ride to work. Look, I'm trying to both get in shape AND make a difference, and while I wish that you would too, this is not a blog that preaches, so at the very least just don't inhibit my ability to accomplish my environmental and fitness goals.

I hope to spend as much time as possible outside this Earth Day, and to not create any waste - including food waste, that's what our crazy composter is for! However, I also hope to remind people that Earth Day is only one day and that you should really try to adopt practices that are achievable all 365 days of the year, rather than one day of restraint.

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Monday, April 21, 2008


I just wanted to take a moment to tell Belette that I am rooting for her. She's one of the funnest people I've never met in person, and I am so glad to have met her. She's had such a hard time lately, and is now taking a break from blogging. Belette, I wish you so much goodness and hope that you're not gone for too long...Here's some lovely peonies to brighten your day.

Since I don't know your favourite flower, I'm sending you hugs with mine, peonies. {Image via}

Weekend Post Mortem

Oh so tired...what to do? Friday night started with a trip to my lil' bro Liam's Design show {hurrah for Liam - he's finally finished the grind of a degree in Industrial Design!} Here's Liam's pic from the promotional material - we couldn't afford motorcycles growing up, so he had to learn without one...His project was the coolest by far, and his poster actually looked like something that would sell you a product...

Then from there I went and met up with Stephanie and the ladies for a lovely evening of rocking out at Barrymore's to Tokyo Police Club. Then I dragged my tired self home, where LB had decided to start watching the Superbad commentary {hilarious by the way!} so we ate Coconut ice cream and stayed up far too late...

Saturday was a day of productivity around the house. Chores, cleaning, organizing, the backyard, we did it all. Then Saturday night LB and I took Liam to dinner at Stoneface Dolly's, where I had the almond-encrusted chicken in brie sauce {YUM!}, and then we went to Laurin's for kir royales and merriment. From Laurin's, it was to the Dominion Tavern, where things got pretty silly. My mouth kept running into shots of Jagermeister. LB confiscated my cell phone due to my out of control texting...

Sunday, I was feeling a little rough, as you might imagine. But I went for a lovely walk with Daphna in the arboretum, followed by a long nap. I then managed to drag myself out of bed in time to make dessert for the evening's seder. It actually worked out really well, it's delish whether you are keeping kosher for pesach or not...The seder was a lot of fun, my mother in law actually had three kinds of meat on offer - tongue, turkey and her world-famous brisket... We had a lot of fun, made our usual jokes during the seder ceremony, and sang some rousing songs that I know by heart but have no idea what they mean...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Owl Umbrella Stand

After posting about my new favourite entranceway the other day, I've had several questions about the owl umbrella stand, so I found it online for you. It's available at burke d├ęcor and is ever so cute! If only I hadn't just gotten a cute little French one this christmas...

I guess that my luck's about to change...

A bird pooped on my Chanel bag this morning! Thankfully, it's the plastic one and not the leather one, so I can wipe it clean. I could use some good luck, so let's hope...

Tokyo Police Club

Have a great weekend all! I'll be spending tonight at Barrymore's, seeing the fine upstanding gentlemen of Tokyo Police Club rock out, thanks to the lovely Stephanie. {and to Stewart, whose absence means that I scored a ticket!} They're not going to save the world anytime soon, but their music is catchy, fun and danceable, so I'm going to put on a cute party dress and some flats and kick up my heels!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Feeling Inspired

I'm in lust with this entranceway that I found via design sponge. I love everything about it, from the red lattice painted on the walls {am I brave enough to try something like that?}, to the yellow table below the mirror, to the owl umbrella stand - I have room for something small like that! I also really like the kate spade bag filled with tulips, but then I would, wouldn't I?

Floral Beds

As mentioned, I visited cousin Tara last weekend, and she had taken advantage of our visit to buy some new bedding for the guest room. Well, as Belette would say, she has inspired a lemming. I've been dying to find some new bedding for spring/summer, and this just might fit the bill -and it's reversible!

Pesach goodies

This weekend marks the first and second nights of pesach, or passover. We make a big fuss over the seders in my husband's family, and for the last four years, I have taken over the dessert {other than Daphna's macaroons!!!} and have learned to make some incredibly rich, delicious desserts without flour... This year, this almond-coconut tart is what I will be springy and fruity!

Almond-Coconut Tart

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wacky Wednesday!

Sorry for the non posts, will be back soon. My real job is running me off my feet today!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Let's all flea to Brooklyn

How jealous am I of the fabulous new Brooklyn flea market? Although I probably wouldn't have done very well, there were a reported 20,000 people there last weekend. Not the ideal treasure hunting conditions... Check out this article from the NY Times for all of the gory details...

30 days of Outfits

I love love love to plan my outfits in advance. Every Sunday, I have a routine where I take a bubble bath, do my nails, and get myself ready for the week. I iron anything that needs ironing, and I lay out all of my outfits for the week, accessories and all. It's my favourite time of the week, a few hours just for me, with the house all to myself. Thanks to Tonia, I came across this Domino outfit planner for 30 days. I like it, although the outfits themselves don't really appeal to me, they're a little too erratic for my taste, my work environment requires that my outfits have a certain consistent level of professionalism...

What I did like was the thought of a 30-day capsule wardrobe, so I've broken it down into its constituent pieces:
  • 3 dresses {1 brown, 1 black, 1 print}
  • printed blazer
  • trenchcoat
  • 2 pairs of pants - khaki and black
  • 9 tops
  • 3 skirts
  • 2 scarves
  • 3 bracelets
  • 4 necklaces
  • 1 pair earrings - dangly
  • 4 belts
  • 3 bags - clutch, tote, shoulder bag
  • 6 pairs shoes - 5 heels, 1 flat

The great thing about this idea is that while it might seem like a small amount of clothes at first glance, if you really think about it, you probably only wear a certain number of your clothes in the first place. The only things missing from this for me are a pair of jeans, a white tshirt, and a black cardigan.

Clothes Swap!

Or should I say "Kaili went to Laurin's and took all of her clothes that she didn't want and gave her a lamp in return"? I can't say enough good things about a clothes swap, as I sit here in a new skirt and earrings...Get your most fashionable friends together, get enough people who are approximate in size, and have fun!

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Weekend Post-Mortem: The Suds!

We hit the Suds for a fun-filled family weekend. I hadn't been up to Sudbury since last summer, and it was long-overdue. We made it up despite some threatening weather, just in time for some lovely wine and cheese {oh the Elgin fromagerie is cheese magic!} and chit chat at Aunt Linda and Uncle Bruce's...We stayed with the fabulous Tara and Marc, enjoying their incredible home, hospitality and freshly roasted coffee beans...mmmmm...

Saturday we lazed, watched bad tv, went out for omelettes, bought some clothes {like I needed any!}, and did some delicious cooking...we "invented" a trifle for dessert - some angel food cake, strawberries, blackberries, whipped cream and some dulce de leche for good measure...

Sunday was spent in the car. I took two gravol and it knocked me out. I did make some headway on organizing and purging my wardrobe in anticipation of the lovely weather coming this week...more on that later.

Oh Anthro!

A little eye candy for your Monday morning, if money were no object... the pinwheel cardi is fun enough to wear everywhere, and while $300, the coriander heels have that look that suggests to me that they would quickly become a basic in my wardrobe. Remember what Stacey and Clinton say - you can make anything your neutral...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Road Trip!

Off for a weekend with the family. In the car, for 5 hours, with Mom, Dad and LB. Should be fun. Most exciting part? I get to see Tara! And my whole Northern family!!!! I need a change of pace, and some good quality family time should help. Plus I can't wait to see what's up with the kids, the houses, the puppies {yay Bailey and Meena!} the town, the whole nine yards...

And of course, to have a Deluxe chicken on a bun. Only available in Sudbury, and worth the trip alone. Big Nickel ahoy!

More shoes

Although I did end up caving and buying those Grecian sandals the other day, I'm still craving more shoes. Then, a trip to trustfund suggested that I need look no further. I'm thinking that these Sam Edelman wedges in gold and white would go with pretty much everything, skirts, jeans, walking shorts, trousers, etc... and the mix of gold and white would make it match most of my bags and accessories. Also, trustfund has put out an online album with some of their hottest new items for spring - check it out here. It's an excellent time killer/daydream fodder...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Smoking Lily

I cannot believe that I have never blogged about Smoking Lily before! A fabulous company that began in a teeny shop in Victoria, BC, this store is the living end in incredibly cool silk screened lovelies... They gained some notoriety a few years ago with their tanks and undies screened with the silhouette of one of Canada's most beloved Prime Ministers, Pierre Elliott Trudeau. I have some great unique pieces that I picked up on our trip to Victoria a few years ago, including a hot pink duppioni silk tea cosy screened with helicopters.

I love this dress, such a fun piece for spring/summer. with a lovely pair of flat sandals...And the tea cozies really do keep your tea warm for hours on end. And make your table look lovely...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Favourite Things: KS Monarch Shoe

Although I missed last week, I am continuing with my new series, "Kaili's Favourite Things". This week, I am focusing on an old sentimental favourite, the kate spade monarch shoe. This shoe is the ultimate in elegance and whimsy, and is actually the shoe I wore to my wedding. In fact, I built my entire look around these shoes. kate must have gotten the memo as well, as they have since been discontinued in the colour combo I have them in {pink, green and peacock blue} and are now made as white wedding shoes.

They are comfortable, not too high, give the foot a good line, and manage to have a bow on them without looking fussy. A perfect shoe. They look as good with jeans as they did with my wedding dress...

Ode to a Grecian Sandal

I've never been a big fan of the Grecian sandal look - especially the more Roman-esque ones with the laces all the way up to the knee - I have never found them to be particularly flattering on anyone, even stick-skinny models. They cut you off repeatedly in all the wrong get the idea. And there's nothing that makes you feel great than looking down and seeing that you have a bulge in your calf, even though you know it's not fat...Tirade aside, these sandals from nine west are growing on me. I find something really appealing about their simple elegance, that you could throw them on with a pair of jeans and a flowy black tshirt, or just as easily wear them with a dress for some stylish comfort...

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

je t'aime

I recently got my home sweet home piece that I ordered on etsy, and it's fabulous. However, due to what the seller perceived as a delay in shipping {which it really wasn't!} on her end, she threw in some of her lovely letterpress cards. I thought that they were just lovely and that you might feel the same way as well...

If money were no object, I would have bought this as well. It reminds me of a Miranda July piece...

Run Dress

Now, I love me some lululemon as much as the next Westboro-livin', latte drinkin', runner/yoga-er does. And I also far prefer skirts and dresses over pants. However, this running dress from lululemon has given me pause. And I'm sure that it's ridiculously expensive.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Brief Pause

I'm really sorry for the lack of posts this week. I need to take a bit of a breather from everything right now. It's been a week too terrible to describe. I will be back next week though, and I look forward to seeing you all then. Have a lovely weekend.

In the meantime, I was browsing my pictures and I found this picture of me in the garden of the Rodin museum, one of my favourite places in Paris, a true oasis in the middle of the city. It was amazingly peaceful there, right in the 7th...If I could afford it, I'd be there every chance I got!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Astrid Chair

No matter how many places I see this chair, no matter how trendy it was last year, I am still drawn to the Astrid chair at Anthro. There is just something about the lines, the shape, the slightly imperfect curves that make me love it. It's not a fabric-specific love, although the one featured in this month's Real Simple was dynamite {the picture below changes back and forth, it's the chair I'm really talking about}, but the big prints tend to draw me in...

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