Friday, February 27, 2009

To dos

Ever have that feeling that you just can't get on top of ANYTHING? I'm there right now... I have so many various to do lists on the go and I'm not making headway on any of them... Sigh...

  • Do taxes
  • Figure out shower outfits for Sunday and in two weeks {and go shopping if need be}
  • Plan meals and groceries for next week
  • Clean my house!!!!
  • Thank yous organized
  • Reschedule all plans that had to be cancelled due to accident
  • Car seat research
  • Schedule hair appointment
  • Get imac keyboard fixed
  • Clean out my files
  • Figure out what we're doing with dining room
  • Get a doctor for my baby
  • Catch up on correspondance
  • Decide on basement flooring, do final measurements and order it
  • Wash and hem bedroom curtains
  • Change play tickets that conflict with schedule
  • Frame pitcures with broken glass
  • Order FLOR tiles for bebe's room
  • Get bathroom plumbing fixed
  • Get organized for next weekend's trip to Mt Tremblant
  • Put away all bebe gear from shower
  • Find Tintin poster for nursery
  • Organise back entrance to house
  • Find good recyclable batteries {anyone know of any?}

And on and on and on... I'm having one of those "I'm so overwhelmed I can't even move forward" moments, but hopefully I can power through these and more this weekend. Think happy thoughts...Here's a contented picture of Margot Tenenbaum hanging out in what is now the nursery window...

Mea Culpa

Sorry, dear and lovely readers, I haven't posted once this week and I apologize. While I have many good reasons, they are none of them an excuse for my bad manners...
  • I was in Quebec city for work from Sat-Tues
  • I have been working what seems like 24/7
  • LB was in a bike accident on Wednesday night {he's okay, but it wasn't pretty}
  • I'm taking care of him; and
  • I'm working some more

This weekend should be nice and quiet though. I need to spend some more time nursing my LB dearest, but it's also my first bebe shower so I'm super excited about that and need to get my outfit together ASAP!!!

have a lovely weekend, see you back on Monday. kisses, Kaili

Friday, February 20, 2009

Marc usual

I make no apologies for my love of Marc Jacobs, even when he does weird things, like pose naked in his ads. He's still my favourite clothing designer and I think that craziness makes for better designs! I'm in lust with these shots from his Marc by Marc Fall '09 collection that I spotted over at Black Eiffel.

i love the colours, the shapes, the proportions, the boots {!!!} and in particular the middle outfit - I want that skirt and those tights NOW!!!! Such great prints, and great use of texture in building an outfit - these are totally wearable pieces that you could take from the runway and wear in everyday life, unlike many designers...
That red dress? The purple dress? Take my visa from me now Marc Jacobs, and just call me when everything's ready...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fowl Play

I decided to buy myself a bit of a mid-winter treat as part of my efforts to feather the whole nest before the bebe's arrival. I have coveted a Michael Sowa print since I first saw Amélie, so I sprang at the chance when I saw this one in the window of Heavens to Betsy. She looks so regal in our living room, hanging next to the fireplace...

Fowl With Pearls Framed Art Print by Michael Sowa

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ideas for Family Pics

I love this photo essay over at cjane - it's got great light, shades, colours, the whole package. Plus, the last photo just jumped out at me as exactly the tone I hope to invoke when we take our first family pics. I don't want anything super posed or staged, I want it to feel like us. Since we never remembered to take an official wedding portrait, I really want to make sure that we get a great first family shot done. Now to find a photographer who will do such a shoot for cheap - oh right - Liam!!! That's what lil' bros are for...

The other look I love is the one that Jordan did with her family and photogapher Jonathan Canlas - dressy but without any stuffiness to them, and clearly in beautiful surroundings...


Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekend Post-Mortem

We made sure to spend lots of quality time together this weekend, but it never feels like enough. LB works every Sunday so I sometimes end up feeling ripped off that I can't have a whole weekend with him. But then I stop feeling sorry for myself and it's all good... but I do sometimes get sad that he spends his Sundays making brunch for what feels like half the city and I can't have brunch with my husband...

Friday night I rushed home after work and we made a quick dinner of steak and caesar salad, then we headed over to our friends Mia and Arne's house for some poker and catching up. I am not a fan, so I spent the night dealing, and wow did I manage to deal the worst mixes ever - sorry about the bad flops guys!

Saturday morning was spent gorging on french toast with peanut butter and maple syrup - seriously people, you have to try putting pb on your french toast, it's amazing! We then curled up on the couch and read the paper and watched more episodes of Rescue Me before heading out. We walked through the market, did some shopping at Trustfund, ate some delicious dinner and then hit the canal for skating and a beavertail. My first beavertail of the season - what a success! Then home for a good night's sleep.

Sunday morning was spent cleaning frantically to make up for Saturday's r&r, followed by brunch with my parents after which we attempted to go x-country skiing. After all of the melting and freezing we had last week, the trails were better suited for skating than skiing, so this 29-week pregnant gal decided not to take a chance. My mom and I spent most of the day fighting with the curtains for the nursery- the fabric is not being our friend, and then Laurin came over for some girly time and catching up. Sunday night we celebrated my great-uncle's birthday with family and came home just in time to curl up and start another week!

Friday, February 13, 2009

valentine's our way

As mentioned, LB and I don't get any extra lovey on valentine's day, we try to do things for each other every day of the year, but I've been meaning to get him a few things anyways, so I decided to package them up and give him a little care package tomorrow morning. Our valentine's plans are low-key - sleep in as late as humanly possible since we're 11 weeks away from never sleeping again, spend some time reading, go skating, get me some new glasses, and grab burgers at our favourite local watering hole - Chez Lucien, a place with a decidedly unromantic vibe, but that is just our style.

LB's goodie bag includes:

1- The Watchmen graphic novel {I married a man who reads Nietzsche and comic books - sometimes at the same time!}

2- Since he cycles all year and really wants to learn how to work on his bike, the Bicycle Repair Manual

3- And since he worships the Black Keys, the new Dan Auerbach record, Keep it Hid. {That one's kind of a present for me too!}

Keep It Hid / Dan Auerbach - CD

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I love tulip skirts, I have a few in my box of clothes that I will wear again in a few long months' time {I'm not complaining, I'm over the moon about becoming a mama but I've been wearing the same mat clothes for a while now} and this outfit from BR is just a perfect way to wear a fabulous tulip skirt- those shoes are great too, like an affordable version of a Miu Miu or Dries Van Norten platform.

sucker for birds

I'm a sucker for anything with birds on it, and bird decor in general. Deer too, but that's a whole other story...I'm loving this sweater over at Old Navy, and it's super cute in person too. I'm thinking of going back and getting a smaller size for when my belly no longer obscures my feet...

Monday, February 09, 2009

Weekend Post-Mortem

Friday was the last day sans buses in Ottawa, so my carpool dropped me off on Wellington and I ran a zillion errands and got some groceries on the way home. Then home where LB and I had a pick up dinner of cheese and olives and bread while watching Rescue Me - we are so addicted!

Saturday was the first of two days of prenatal classes. I admit it, I was completely dreading the classes and had no desire to participate, but was doing it because I felt that I had to. Wow - was I ever wrong. We took our class through Mothercraft, and it was incredible. I can't recommend it enough - I feel so much better prepared as a result of it, and so well-informed about decisions that I might have to make in the next few months. It is a completely non-judgemental environment, where all options are given equal airtime.

Saturday night we headed to the Works for dinner and the caught the bus {YAY!!!} downtown to see Coraline - what an incredible movie. It's not too scary for children, it's a fantastic tale of whimsy that we both felt had a lot in common with Pan's Labyrinth.

Sunday morning was more prenatal class, and then I came home and cleaned the house, organised all of those shoes and bags I told you about on Friday, got my post-baby wardrobe organised, did laundry and got sorted out for the week ahead - it promises to be a busy one...

i heart kate spade

Although I admitted to my problem, this tote from kate spade is so cute - luckily for me they don't ship to Canada... but what a fabulous gift from your honey or to yourself!

Friday, February 06, 2009

This Weekend

We have prenatal classes all weekend, so it won't be a very exciting one for us. {Unless you find said classes extremely interesting} However, to celebrate the end of the bus strike we are planning on going for a skate on the canal and seeing Coraline. We're both huge Tim Burton fans and I can't wait to see what magic is in store in this alternate universe where everyone has buttons for eyes...

I have a problem

As part of my nesting efforts, I decided to get all of my clothes in order, and figure out which clothes I would be wearing during my year of maternity leave {yay Canada!}, and which I plan on keeping stored away {suits, etc...} As part of this, I brought home all of the shoes that I had stored at the office and brought together all of my bags and shoes scattered all over the house.

Then I stood back and got a little freaked out by my level of consumption. While it was nice to take inventory of all of of my stuff, it also reminded me of all of the lovely things that I have and how little I use them. For example, there are 7 kate spade bags, 2 Chanels, 3 Marc Jacobs, among others, on the bed. That should keep me going for the foreseeable future...

Then I took a complete shoe inventory and discovered 46 pairs {some not pictured here, could not shoot them all without a panoramic lens, which I don't have}, many of which are similar or serve the same purpose. Again, I don't think that I'll need to buy any shoes in the immediate days ahead.

After seeing this I am resolving to make better use of what I already own, severely limit my purchases in the coming months, and really enjoy the pieces that I have - I bought them for a reason, didn't I?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Valentine's Day

I'm not super into Valentine's Day, though I do love getting prezzies any time of year... LB hates anytime that he is forced to buy a gift that expresses his love - he has very strong feelings against valentine's day, and since he's a chef he never wants to eat out on that day either. Over the past 10 years we've done a lot of different things - handmade gifts, no gifts, dinner with friends, romantic dinner at home, nothing at all, and we've never really settled on a tradition.

One thing that we always enjoy doing is walking around the crystal palace in Confederation park and having a nighttime skate on the canal, though this year nighttime skating is a bit dangerous for me- I need to be able to see the cracks on the ice in order to avoid falling.

{image via}

Another suggestion is to order from Thyme and Again's delicious take out menu for the day. I've never ordered a full meal from them, but I've had foods in all of the categories and have never been disappointed. Last year we had crème brulée in a heart-shaped ramekin from there.

This year, I'm not sure what's going on. I told LB that I want a bit of special treatment since I am having his bebe, but other than that I don't have anything specific in mind. I am in love with this ring from Anthro, and I've done my part in hinting, but that's way more than our usual budget of zero, so we'll see.

Graphically Cute

My fabulous friend Laurin just sent me this link to the Alexander Girard line of toys by House Industries. This is why I'm having a baby people, to justify these kinds of purchases. I'm a big fan of Alexander Girard's designs, I have one of the kate spade bags she designed with his prints, and we want to order the Girard FLOR tiles for the nursery.

I've been very restrained in my pruchases so far, maybe a little splurge wouldn't be so bad?

Monday, February 02, 2009

Working for the Weekend...

...or weekend for the working, depending on how you look at it. I apologize for the sporadic posts lately, or the lack of consistency, work has been a nightmare. I came in at 6:30 on Friday morning and did not leave my desk other than meetings... Friday evening I did a bit of shopping and then headed to Laurin and Casey's where we had a delicious low-key Friday dinner and catch-up. LB and I had a gorgeous walk home in the snow, it was magical outside.

Saturday morning, LB woke up sick, so I baked some scones {take out from Thyme and Again, not scratch...} and got him some medicine and then spent the morning cleaning and getting caught up around the house. Then my parents came over for some nursery/kitchen talk, and Daphna and Adam came over to measure for the custom bench that Adam is going to build for our kitchen, and we came up with a somewhat coherent plan for the kitchen renos that will likely happen this spring/summer, once the bathroom and basement are completed. We then watched Pineapple Express {such a terrible movie that I refuse to link} and LB headed out for some UFC while I hung out at home and went to bed early.

Sunday, I worked. I spent all day at the office, leaving just in time to make it to Bob and Nicole's for their fabulously delicious superbowl party. The girls left at halftime though, another early night to bed since I had to be back at the office at 6:30am today...