Thursday, January 29, 2009

Yum!

I love candy - crappy cheap candy in particular. Licorice, jujubes, swedish berries, Nibs, you name it - I have trouble resisting it. Don't give me expensive dark chocolate, I'll take a Fruit and Nut bar everyday of the week. So imagine my delight when my coworker showed up at my desk with a bag of Hershey's Cherry Cordial Kisses - they're fabulous! They're super sweet, but that just means that I will be able to restrain myself from eating more than a few at once...right?

RIP Domino

I know that everyone knows by now, but I just wanted to chime in with my two cents' worth. I can't believe that it's going the way of the dodo, while magazines without an ounce of creativity continue to thrive and be published {Anna Wintour, I'm looking in your scary direction}. First Blueprint, now Domino, and I just gave them a cheque for my renewal to boot!

I can only hope that the rumours about Real Simple relocation to North Carolina in order to avoid closing are true, rather than have another publication close down. And I'm terrified about what might happen to my newly-minted Cookie subscription and my perennial fave magazine, BUST. Go and buy an interesting and different magazine ASAP and leave that copy of O right where you found it.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Classic French with a Twist

I ate at a fabulous new restaurant in Ottawa last Friday night, the Black Cat Bistro. Well, new insofar that it's in a new location, with a new menu and a new chef, but not so new since it was in the market for years. But Julie and I had an incredible meal there, the butternut squash bisque with porcini mushroom chips was perfect, the steak cooked just rare enough that this pregnant lady who abhors well-done meat could still appreciate it, the frites were crisp and hot, and the lemon tart was a perfect taste of Paris - simply lemon, dusted in confectioners' sugar. However there was a bit of a twist, they torched the top of the tart so that it had the same crunch as a crème brûlée.

The look is great and the chairs are among some of the comfiest I've ever sat on - it made it a pleasure to sit for a leisurely meal... {Photo via}

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Confession

All of this talk about recessions and saving and scrimping and tightening our belts has made me really be careful about money. We switched to a cash-only system about a year ago, and it has been going really well, but for some reason the more people talk about the bad stuff going on out there, the more I just want to buy something really extravagant. I don't know why, and you can call me a bad person, but I am all of a sudden lusting for luxury. The Sprouse Speedy 30 seems to be catching my eye a lot lately, even though I sold my own Speedy 30 two years ago...


I'm not about to go crazy and buy it, but every once in a while it just tempts me oh so very much... do any of you notice the same temptation?

Friday, January 23, 2009

Other Options

I did really like this blue danube boxy backpack from Petunia Picklebottom, but the price is quite high, and it is really and clearly a diaper bag, so that caused a lot of uncertainty on my part. I do like the bottle pockets and the roll out diaper pad, but I am just going to get a change pad that folds out instead, that way any bag can become a diaper bag.


And of course, there is always the classic, my first and truest bag love, kate spade, whose classic noel henry baby bag is enough to make me take a trip to NYC to get it right now, but the price is a bit high and I wouldn't want the baby to ruin that gorgeous bag. But don't get any ideas that I have switched allegiances because I'm on a bit of an Orla kick these days, kate is still my first and best design love.

Awesome Family

I love my family, for so many reasons, I have an awesome family filled with great people who do really cool things in life and for each other. My little brother Liam lives in London with his girlfriend Shannon {and my friend - I would like her even if they weren't dating!} and they got me a great early shower gift that I won't get for a while but it's totally worth the wait. They bought me an Orla Kiely tote to use as my diaper bag - it's lightweight, it wipes clean, and it matches my wallet and bebe notebook! I've looked at many many diaper bages over the past few years, and while I still enjoy the thought of a kate spade diaper bag, the orla tote is just so much more me and my style these days.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Mona Moore

I could spend days drooling and daydreaming over the site from my favourite shoe store in Canada and most likely ever, Mona Moore. {Cute, ain't it?} A carefully curated selection of shoes that are hard to find and interesting to look at, it is a girl's dream come true...

LalalaLanvin...

And these fabulous Dries Van Norten booties are on for half price - that's sensible footwear for someone who's 6 1/2 months pregnant, right?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inspired Sleep

I love this bedroom. It's a little brighter than I am normally drawn to, but I love the built-in bookcases in the eaves, it's something that LB and I have often discussed as a way to get some of the books out of our living and dining rooms and it fills up that often wasted space in rooms like ours with sloped ceilings.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Muscial Obsession: Library Voices

I can't stop listening to this band from Regina, Saskatchewan, the Library Voices. They are catchy and smart, with great song titles like "Kundera on the Dance Floor." They are poppy and sing-along fun, with keyboards and great guy-girl alternating vocals, and Belle and Sebastien-esque hooks and melodies. If you're feeling the winter blahs, check them out for sure!

Animal Crackers

I'm spending a lot of time looking for artwork for the nursery walls. I am torn between something cute and kid-like, or something that is more adult yet child appropriate. Compound that with the fact that I want it to be in French, because French is my first language and I want it to be his as well. English stuff is plentiful on etsy, but French stuff is hard to find - or conversely, easy to find but has to be shipped from France and paid for in Euros...

Animal Alphabet Print
I like this alphabet, and a lot of the animals have names that start with the same first letter in both languages, but some are too hard to explain - like whale and baleine...

Animal Alphabet Silkscreen Poster
I prefer this one, mostly because it matches the nursery scheme and it has a cool graphic look to it.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Alternatives? Remember, it's a boy - if it were a girl, I'd throw up some vintage Vogue posters and be done with it.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Fresh from the Oven

I have often kicked myself over the years for not ordering one of the Amy Sedaris fake cakes that she made for Fred Flare. I loved them, but I thought that $100 was a bit steep. What was I thinking - the very fact that I still think about them all of these years later should say enough about that!!!
However, thanks to the magic of the interwebs, I was able to find this great tutorial on Freshly Baked so that I can make my very own fake cakes for my collection of cake stands...

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

OMG!!!

For those of you who have been following this blog for awhile now, you will know that I have developed an obsession with all things Orla. My purse, wallet, notebook are currently all Orla pieces. I love the clean graphic prints and the granny chic feel. Well thanks to Rachel, I now see that Orla's doing a line for Target - I feel a road trip coming on!!!!

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Seriously? I want the apron, the canisters, anything that I can get my hands on - I saw the pear prints in person in the London shop and they're just fabulous!

UPDATE: Fabulous reader Sunny emailed Target head office and found out that the collection will be available on Sunday Feb 15th and will be in stores until Mid-May. In theory, but I have a feeling things will sell out far before that...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Reading IS Sexy

Thanks to the incredibly sexy reader La Belette Rouge and her campaign to bring sexy back to reading, I remembered my all-time favourite t-shirt, which I loved so much and then managed to ruin it with a pre-stain treatment {damn you dual action Spray 'n' Wash!}. I think that I need another one of these to rock while on mat leave.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Weekend Post-Mortem

Well, it was a bit of a hairy weekend, but that's how we like 'em around here!

Friday night was kicked off by a rousing stint of traffic - damn you bus strike! - followed by an awesome steak dinner at mom and dad's, complete with roasted potatoes and veggies!

Saturday morning we got up early and hit our favourite breakfast spot, where we ended up sitting next to a really nice couple also expecting their first bebe so we ended up chatting the whole meal. Then we hit the Rideau Canal for our first skate of the season and then did some shopping in our neighbourhood, thrifting and baby registry stuff. We then spent the afternoon cleaning the house and making pizza dough just in time for Laurin and Casey to come over for dinner and hockey and knitting and chatting.

Sunday morning was a bit of a rude awakening - the phone ringing to get LB to come in early, so we dashed out of bed {luckily we had my parents' car!} and I somehow managed to get LB to work in 10 minutes flat! Home to read the Times and have breakfast, organise all of my stuff for the week, then out for lunch with Daphna at Thyme & Again, then x-country skiing with my parents followed by cappuccinos at the Pasticceria Gelateria, and then home with LB where I basically crashed for the evening - I was asleep on the couch at about 6:30!

Sign of the Times

I enjoyed this article from last Thursday's Times Style section. Saks has kicked off a stylized ad campaign and redesigned its bags to give them a Soviet-style propaganda look and feel. Buy it! Want it! We say slouchy bags are in, you say how many should I buy?

Friday, January 09, 2009

Buga-blergh

I've been trying pretty hard to keep the bebe stuff on this blog to a minimum, but this week I've been doing nothing but bebe stuff so it's been hard to find time to write about other lovely things. The dilemma this week {and last} has been what to do about the stroller situation. I bought a Bugaboo Bee when I first was pregnant {clearance sale, right place, right time} because I loved the shape, size, set up, and have heard nothing but great things about it. However, Ottawa is a very snowy town, and if you are car-less such as we are, then you need to invest in a companion stroller for pushing through the mountains of snow, so we decided that we would invest in a bike trailer/jogger stroller for when things got hairier and the little guy was bigger - no prob, right?

Bee canopy off
Fast forward about three months and it's chrismukkah and I'm still riding the high of all of the candy and good times, and I walk into red chair kids - the most dangerous place in my neighbourhood - and they are having a clearance on the Bugaboo Frog. That was always my first choice stroller, but when I found the Bee I decided to pounce, and then I pounced again. So here we are, on New Year's Day, and I'm panicking about which to keep and which to sell on craigslist, and I'm upset that this is the biggest decision I've had to make as a pre-parent thus far, and so for awhile I'm keeping both, which is ridiculous, I know, but what's a girl to do?

Frog Folded
Long story short, now you know why my mind is in a million places this week - I sold the Bee, I'm keeping the Frog, and I'm going to learn to make it the best stroller possible - anyone had any great experiences or tips for using the Frog?

{I pledge to continue to keep the bebe posts to a minimum, this is an exception, I swear!}

Zooey!

I cannot wait for the new issue of Domino to arrive - excited about seeing more of Zooey Deschanel's place, decorated by the one and only Ruthie Sommers. {For the record, if I could afford to have Ruthie Sommers decorate my home it would look as great as this too...} hopefully there's a shot of her fabulous closet filled with all of her incredible dresses. Man that girl's got style!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Brief Escape

It's snowing here today, a lot. LB and I toyed briefly with the idea of a hot winter getaway before the bebe and I get too big to enjoy it, but we decided against spending the money at this time. However, if we were going, I would have totally loved to get this dress- it's so crisp palm beach without being all annoying and pucci / Lily Pulitzer. Thanks kate.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Life of Leisure

Although I can never aspire to being a woman of leisure, I can get a little bit closer to enjoying my leisure time, thanks to Jordan's incredibly fabulous idea of the Leisure book. The entire concept is based on the idea that when we actually get some good free time, we never know what to do {LB and I had one of those maddening evenings last night} so this book is full of great ideas of how to spend that time! I can't get enough of this idea, I want to spend my whole day working on one now, but I should probably get some work done so that I still have money to do fun and lovely things...

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Friday, January 02, 2009

21 Weeks

I've been promising belly shots to some of your for a while, so here you have it. Here I am on December 23, at 21 weeks, 2 days. I have since grown some more, but am wearing sweats, so you're not getting a picture of that...