Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sibling Jealousy

this is how I spent my mini-holiday: hanging out at hillside, staying at a lovely B&B, spending time with dear friends, and trying to stay dry. {rain plan will be better next year, I swear!}

Then there is Liam and Shannon's vacay to Romania...darn you Euros and the no time it takes to get anywhere! sigh...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Flirty and Floral

I'm back from our short weekend away, still processing everything and will post more soon. However, this skirt from la vielle marine really caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Road Trip!

I'm so excited...I'm finally off for a holiday, and not a moment too soon. Everyone has conspired to make my last day at the office the most stressful one... We are headed to the Hillside festival in Guelph with the fabulous Tara and Marc and Kelly. A weekend of fabulous music, food and company.

However, no car ride would be complete without a great mix. We made this one for our dear friend Lori's 30th birthday last weekend, and I think that it is one of our best mixes yet. It's eclectic enough that there's something for everyone!

  • Vampire - Antsy Pants
  • Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
  • Dear Confessor - Immaculate Machine
  • Walking With a Ghost - Tegan and Sara
  • The Laws Have Changed - New Pornographers
  • Dancing Shoes - The Arctic Monkeys
  • I Got Mine - The Black Keys
  • Take My Money and Run - Cuff the Duke
  • Oh Yoko - John Lennon
  • This is Not a Test - She & Him
  • I Feel it All - Feist
  • The Boogie Monster - Gnarls Barkley
  • Black Hand - Cadence Weapon
  • Old School Rules - Dangerdoom Feat. Talib Kweli
  • Think I'm in Love - Beck
  • Let's Call It Off (Single Version) - Peter, Bjorn and John
  • Dynamo - The Golden Dogs
  • Banquet - The Deadly Snakes
  • Legal Man - Belle and Sebastien
  • People of the Sky - Sloan
  • In State - Kathleen Edwards
  • Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
  • Reunion Tour - The Weakerthans
  • (Antichrist Television Blues) - Arcade Fire
  • Time is on My Side - The Rolling Stones
Although I will miss you all, lovelies, I'll be back to posting on Tuesday - I'm taking a little staycation at home next week!

LB's Music Pick of the Week

My music pick this week is The Tigers Have Spoken by Neko Case. This live record was released between two fantastic studio albums, Blacklisted and Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, and seemed a bit of a filler recording at the time. I am not normally terribly fond of live records but she pulls it off with aplomb partly because she accompanies her almost mystical voice with the formidable talents of her frequent collaborators the Sadies. An album that ends with two traditional numbers in addition to other cover songs initially seems disappointing from this team. But the performances they give of songs by such luminaries as Loretta Lynn and Buffy St. Marie prove them to be interpreters of the first order as well.

While this record can’t properly be considered her best, it is an excellent introduction to Neko because it captures the vitality of her live performances and the incredible texture and character of her voice. It is that combination of texture and talent that she shares with the Sadies and that shines through both the covers and the new songs. For all the excellent performances of songs you may recognize, the albums standout is the title track. A bittersweet lament to the killing of a tiger whose chorus intones “they shot that tiger on his chain,” the song slowly haunts you with observations about the relationship between humanity and this animal. Giving us hints of the poetry to come on her excellent studio album that followed, this album shows us a singer in command of her voice over three nights in a club in Toronto and the excellent musicians who join her on stage and songwriter blossoming into her talent.

Before and After

There's nothing I love better than a great DIY transformation. I was particularly drawn to these chairs on Design Sponge this week - they really caught my eye and are fun and simple to make, with a high impact once completed...


Jack Spade

I've decided that I am style thristy from a lack of kate spade in my life, and am going to pick up this fabulous jack spade dip-dyed tote at trustfund. I've decided to go with the black and white. It's roomy enough for shoes, a lunch and yoga gear, but doesn't look like it's bursting at the seams, therefore maintaining its inherent chicness and clean lines.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Flowers everywhere!

I picked up these lovely flats from nine west yesterday. They were on super sale, and the orange colour will transition well into fall. Plus, they will be a perfect match for my orange Cole Haan bag that I will feature soon. I've got fall on the brain...

Roses are Red...

I am dying to have this belt. I have almost ordered it about 60 times in the past 2 days. The other part of me thinks that I could make it in 10 minutes. The final part of me knows that I never finish my projects.

Good Junk Food for Kids

I saw these yesterday and almost bought one, except that I'm on a tshirt sabbatical right now. Junk Food and Gap Kids have collaborated to make some of the best ts I've seen in a while, whether for kids or adults! If you're on the petite side, these will fit you no prob.


If you don't live in Canada you might have missed all of the crazy front-page hype from Feist's appearance on Sesame Street. Front page of our national newspaper, I kid you not. However, it's super cute, and I've been singing about counting to four all week. It's making LB kind of nuts, I assure you. The crew at Trustfund found the youtube link - check it out! And she sings with Kermit, not Elmo, but this picture was really funny.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

kid-friendly decor

I love what Pamela Bell {one of the kate spade principals} did with her family's apartment. Part of me almost fainted when I realized that the couch was graffitied, but then I thought of how cool that was and what a living monument to fun and family and friends it was.

I am in lust with this wallpaper - anyone know where it's from?

{Originally found via Cup of Jo - thanks!}


Fall is upon the lovely gang at kate spade. Doesn't this picture just make you yearn for fall? But only the fall that's not too cold...the kind that's sunny and allwos you to sit out on terraces sipping wine and watching the world go by, wearing clothes like this:

And the classic noel line? I have to figure out a way to get to a kate spade store and stock up. LB and I were talking about spending New Year's in Chicago in order to see the big outdoor hockey game, that would give me a perfect opportunity to get a new take on a classic.

Bag of the Week: Vintage

This week's bag does not have a fancy deisgner name on it, it is a simple vintage bag that I got at this great new vintage store in Ottawa, Young Jane's. I like navy as an alternative to black, and the gold chain is a nice touch to a jeans and t-shirt outfit.

According to the label, it is a "Keybags, made in Scotland" and is Real Leather. Phew!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Weekend Post Mortem

This weekend started out early due to a "run-in" with a city truck. An avowed cyclist, I was headed to work Thursday morning when a truck decided to swipe me while stopped at an intersection. I'm okay, just bruised, swollen and cranky... So I made it through the day, hit the clinic, got a lovely sling, and then my in-laws brought me some comfort food from the Royal Treasure.

Friday was spent at home, being more sore and even crankier. I got Margot Tenembaum used to her surroundings, watched some 90210 {thanks Tara!}, did a bit of stuff around the house. At night we ordered pizza and watched Be Kind, Rewind. I LOVED that movie. So much fun.

Saturday morning, we went for breakfast at The Diner, hit the Parkdale Market, hung out at home for a while and then headed over to Lori and Marco's for her 30th Birthday Party extravaganza. It was awesome, their new house is fabulous, and we even busted out the old dance routine we did at their wedding two years ago. It was a little painful for the arm, but a total blast.

Sunday morning we got up early and went to watch the demolition of the South Side stands at Frank Clair Stadium. These stands are an Ottawa institution, and their demolition forever resolves the question of which side sucks: North or South? We couldn't get close enough to see the demo itself, but it was pretty cool. We got to hear it all and then see the aftermath:

I then spent the day puttering at home, which was lovely, although slightly restricted due to good ol' slingy. Margot Tenenbaum made herself at home, and seems to like yelling at us alot. Sunday night we got gussied up and headed over to the Fraser Café with Jeff for dinner. It was incredible - if you are in Ottawa, GO THERE! With only 27 seats and a teeny patio, this place serves fresh, creative, local and seasonal food at a rather reasonable price. The rice pudding was to die for. As I was eating with two chefs we spent a lot of time poring over the details of the food and the design of the place, which was actually a lot of fun.

Am I crazy?

I really like these crocs. And they're super comfy and looked pretty darned cute when I tried them on this weekend. But have I lost my mind? They're CROCS people!!!

Margot Tenenbaum

We'd like to introduce you to our new 3 year old 7 pound bundle of meows, Margot Tenenbaum (ID#A088373). Her adopted name was Violet, and while we love it and think it's a superb name, it doesn't really suit her. She's a little more angsty than a Violet should be, so we turned to our favourite angsty movie character and went with Margot Tenenbaum {Our other option was Olive}. Here's LB's take on it: "Margot Tenenbaum is more angst ridden than any Olive that I can think of. It is also appropriate given her adoptive status. This is our adopted cat Margot Tenenbaum. Plus, I don’t like what she’s doing to Raleigh."

Here's her super posed picture from the Humane Society, which makes her look all cute and nice:

Her favourite activities include: sleeping, being pet, meowing a conversation with you, and looking out the window. All day.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


This is a perfect handbag. And a great colour that you could wear year-round. And a perfect price. I would buy it in a heartbeat, but my lovely husband reads this blog, so why don't one of you lovelies buy it and I will live vicariously through you?

Summer of the Belt

I've been obsessed with belts this summer. Everything I wear suddenly looks better with a cute belt cinching the waist. It's a great antidote to a lot of the overly blousy looks that have been "floating" around for the past few summers. I am loving these butterfly belts on etsy right now - got to kick it old school! Maybe your mom still has one from the last time around?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fall Colours

I'm still very happy in my flip flops and sundresses, but any stylish girl worth her salt has to start planning early. I'm loving these shoes and these boots from Jcrew right now, they are that great caramel colour with a bit of pizazz to them.

LB's Music Pick of the Week

Good morning fabulous readers! I'm starting another new weekly feature to go with the "Bag of the Week", which has gotten positive feedback so far. Every week, LB, my wonderful and talented writer of a husband with the best music taste of anyone I know {with possible exceptions to Mike and Tara} will share with us his pick of the week. I turn it over to him now.

In thinking about a music recommendation for my beautiful and talented bride’s blog, I thought the most appropriate place to begin with was the record that best represents the confluence of our tastes. We chose a song off of the Weakerthans’ 2000 record Left and Leaving to be the first song we danced to at our wedding. That fact probably says all that needs to be said about the place this band holds in our heart. Left and Leaving was their second record and remains probably their best. John K. Samson, the singer/songwriter at the front of the band, has a gift with words. He can create characters and settings with short, simple phrases and his lyrics have always been the strength of the band. What this record does amazingly well is pair the sparse, spare poetry with fittingly intricate and engaging music.

Not without its rockers, the record starts with the slow, delicate “Everything Must Go” that lists the motley assortment of a personal garage sale and proceeds at the pace of a garage sale shopper. From there it jumps right into "Aside" and rushes through both it and another three minute rocker "Watermark". Even these up tempo songs are punctuated by sharp turns of phrase like "rely a bit too heavily on alcohol and irony, get clobbered on by courtesy." Instead of guitar solos, guitarist Stephen Carroll is heard in little flourishes that seem to come in and out like harmonies. The rhythm section get their chance as well, with John Sutton's prominent bass line marching "Pamphleteer" as if pushing back against a Winnipeg winter wind and Jason Tait's rolling percussion pulling Samson's lyrics like the tide on "Without Mythologies". But as with so many of its characters, the album holds something back and refuses to reveal perhaps its two best songs until the end. "Exiles Among You" builds through two verses before coming to a near halt to inform us that "She shoplifts, some Christmas gifts, and a bracelet for herself. And considers phoning home, has some quarters in her hand. But she sits down on the sidewalk and bites her bottom lip, and spends the afternoon willing traffic lights to change." It then erupts, jumping past where it left off and careening onward. "My Favourite Chords" follows it with a simple, strummed guitar and almost spoken lyrics. It adds to layers as it progresses but remains simple and clear where "Exiles" layers and crowds. The story of lovers who meet at a construction site with things like a "swiss army knife and a bottle of something" seemed too good to pass up when selecting our wedding song.

Every time Kaili and I make our way to the end of the record or can convince them to play it live, we are rewarded with memories of circling the dance floor and singing quietly to one another to the tune of a lovely slow turn. With a little bit of everything and an impeccable sense of when to speed up and when to slow down, Left and Leaving remains our favourite record and there is something to be said for something that can be loved together.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Bag of the Week: gold kate spade

I'm really going back into the bag vault lately, this kate spade is from the fall of 2005. But it's the best gold leather I've ever seen - her dyes are just so spot on! Her whites are also just brilliant...I love this particular bag because it is the perfect combo of slouchy and dressy - I can wear it just as easily with a suit as I can with a pair of jeans. It holds a ton of stuff, and never looks "overstuffed". I also have the coordinating business card case and ipod holder.

Wendy B - does this bag qualify me for membership in the Golden Girls gang?

Bluesfest is OVER

I'm wiped. Another year of Bluesfest under my belt. I went 9 of the 11 days, and saw some fabulous shows, but I'm ready to have a week of chilling at home. Some of the highlights include:

  • Mini donuts
  • fresh lemonade
  • Ray Davies {who was incredible and played a bunch of Kinks songs}
  • Jim Bryson
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • The Weakerthans
  • Bettye Lavette
  • Cutting my toe open {oh wait, not a highlight at all!}
  • Hanging out with family and friends
  • The weather


Well, Saturday was fabulous. At 2:30, LB went and started the line at our favourite independent bookstore, Collected Works, for the David Sedaris reading scheduled at 7pm. It was so exciting to be the first in line, we are never on time for anything! Being first in line meant that we got to sit right in front of David, and we also got to be the first ones to get our books signed. He chatted with us, wrote some lovely notes in our books, and then presented us with a gift of a book of our own.

He was the nicest author I've ever had the chance to meet, chatting with everyone, not minding the heat and insanity of the crowded bookstore. About 300 people came to a reading that could comfortably accommodate 50 people, so the extra 200 were in a tent out back, according to this article from the paper. It was his first time in Ottawa, and totally worth the wait. And LB and I got our picture in the paper!
People wait to hear bestselling author David Sedaris at Collected Works bookstore in Ottawa on Saturday July 12, 2008.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Polka dots make everything more fun, no doubt about that! In honour of its 100th anniversary, Royal Albert is releasing 10 new designs, one for each of the decades it has been around for. I love this Polka Rose set from 1930, it would look as fresh on a table today as back then.

Everything's Bigger in Texas...

I know that everyone in the blogosphere has been loving the Cover Girl Lashblast mascara. I have gone through a whole tube now and the verdict is in: I hate the stupid rubber brush. I have stubby stumpy eyelashes and they need waaaay more love and tender support than the rubber brush can provide. So, off to Sephora I went. I tried a bunch of mascaras over a couple of days and finally settled on Cargo's Texaslash Mascara. It volumizes, lengthens and thickens - exactly what I needed!

TexasLash™ Mascara

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Damn you Apartment Therapy. I was not looking for a sideboard, now I cannot stop dreaming about this one from IKEA. I love it forever and ever and don't care if you think that it's ugly - the yellow is exactly what my living room is missing. I am a little afraid of decorating with colour, and this would bridge that gap really well.

Bag of the Week: Marc Jacobs

I love this bag. It's an oldie, but a goodie. The bag of this week is a lovely black Marc Jacobs, which I was fortunate enough to get at a local consignment shop a few years ago. {Thanks for the tip Laurin!} It's roomy but sleek, and has a ton of pockets for keeping all of your goodies organised. It's so soft too, and very classic - the gorgeous hardware is part of what I love about it.

Monday, July 07, 2008


I treated myself to a new pair of sunglasses this weekend, the Ray-Ban Wayfarer. I got mine in this lovely shade of turquoise and they make me so happy. Plus, they are actually great sunglasses - far more protective than my kate spades.

LB hates them, he thinks that they are too 80s. I pointed out that they looked fabulous on me, plus Leslie Feist wore them on stage Friday night and Jason Tait from the Weakerthans was wearing them too. Apparently he doesn't care about that.

Weekend Post Mortem

Oh my, what a weekend! Music, mayhem and a little Dogg thrown in for good measure! Let's see...Fri, Sat and Sun were mostly spent at Bluesfest, and we saw:
  • The Fiftymen
  • José Gonzales
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans {funnest set ever!}
  • Dave Bidini {'twas no Rheostatics, but still a good set}
  • Feist {very disappointing set}
  • Christine Fellowes
  • Justin Rutledge
  • Luke Doucet and the White Falcon
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Zappa Plays Zappa
  • Les Breastfeeders
  • The Acorn
  • Snoop Dogg {weirdest episode ever}
  • Primus
  • The Wailers
  • The Weakerthans

And we're only 4 days in peeps - this is going to be a long week! I'm already tired and it's only Monday...

The rest of the weekend was spent getting a great new haircut, having coffee and errands with Daphna, and trying to clean the house...since we only get a short summer, I've got to make the most of it.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Festival Essentials

In order to survive the many music festivals we will be attending this summer, LB and I worked out a list of festival essentials to take with you to make sure that you aren't caught off guard. You can for sure go without anything, but then it will cost you a lot more in terms of snacks and drinks. We generally just buy a treat to supplement what we've brought.
  • Backpack {unfortunately cute bags just aren't practical when biking to the festival and schlepping stuff around all day}
  • Camera to record all of your fun
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Blanket
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sweater for the chilly evenings
  • Poncho {umbrellas just won't keep you dry enough}
  • Book / magazine for set breaks or slow times
  • Snacks and/or meals depending on the day
  • small clutch with cash, keys, cell, lip gloss

Summer Picnic Menu

Ottawa is currently in the full swing of Bluesfest, 11 days and nights of music mayhem. LB and I have full festival passes, which is great, but it means a lot of rushed dinners and late nights, followed by some pretty rough mornings.

One of my favourite things to do is to pack a picnic for the day and find a great spot to set up camp. My parents and cousins and aunts and uncle and friends all have passes too, so we generally have a little "Team Family" base camp. For tomorrow's festivities I am planning on making this menu from Martha, except for the soup, which I don't want to take a chance with...I love the idea of pressed sandwiches, everything is nice and compactly stored.

Pressed Sandwiches

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Industrial Designs

Today's inspiration comes from the lovely Daphna. She showed up at my house carrying this purse one day, and ever since then I have been completely smitten with the beautiful recycled felt designs of Josh Jakus. I am coveting this handbag - so ladylike and elegant, yet contrasted with the heavy felt and industrial zipper it's got an edge...

Josh Jakus

She also shared this lovely wine rack with me - girl's got taste! The best part about it is that it folds up flat when you don't have any wine in the house, although that's not very likely in my case...

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Let's Do Lunch

Because we were at the cottage all weekend, there are not many groceries lying around casa KLB. Today is a day of takeout - Starbucks for breakfast and exciting, I got to try Lunch for lunch! Lunch is this great little place that opened on Bank street a while ago, and I have been dying to try it. Since I bring my lunch everyday, the opportunities have been few and far between. However, today I had the roasted veggie sandwich, filled with roasted peppers, eggplant, zucchini and goat cheese accompanied by some delish Kettle chips.

The store is super cute too - definetely willing to give them my lunch money!

Bag of the Week: Chanel

Once called Karl Lagerfield's commentary on the new restrictions for carry ons when flying, the bag of the week this week is the clear Chanel 2.55 {For the record, the 2.55 refers to the date that Coco Chanel first released this style - Feb 1955}. I love this purse, as much for its beauty and function as I do for the experience of having bought it at Chanel in Paris. It was perfect, the service was incredible, and I then sat down and had a café noisette and thought about how LB might react to a clear plastic purse from Chanel. To this day he refuses to know what it actually cost.