Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Best Part of The City

I could watch Erin Kaplan scowl, glare and roll her eyes at Olivia Palermo all day long. I'm guessing eventually she'll just start projectile-vomiting whenever Olivia comes within 10 feet of her. 

Anyone else catch last night's season premiere of The City? Thoughts? 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April Obsessions

Few things in life are as satisfying as creating a really, really good list, wouldn't you agree? Well, maybe the "few things in life" part is taking it a bit far, but still, I love a good list. I've even started making all sorts of little lists on my new BlackBerry, which means that if we were back in 2002, I'd be totally high-tech! Imagine. (Okay, now I'm imagining all the things I would do if I did somehow find myself back in 2002. Maybe I would start saving up for the Dries Van Noten distressed silver ballet flats I still regret not buying, so that by the time they came out in 2004 I'd actually be able to afford them. Ditto the Miu Miu oversized clutch of my dreams in 2007.) Anyhoo. Are you ready for the damn list? Here are my April 2010 obsessions:

1. Bicycles. Not serious bikes for serious athletes, but a seriously cute Dutch-style bicycle for me, a seriously lazy girl. I love the idea of a beautiful lilac or mint green bike, and me in a sweet floral dress riding said beautiful lilac or mint green bike on picturesque country roads, fields of tall grass and wildflowers on either side of me, my hair blowing prettily in the breeze, a delicious picnic lunch packed inside the vintage straw basket mounted on the front of my beautiful lilac or mint green bike. 

Sadly, I will probably never own a beautiful lilac or mint green bicycle because a) I find bike-riding incredible uncomfortable. Honestly, how do people do it? When cycling enthusiasts tell me that you get used to it, what does that mean? Are you developing calluses down there???  and b) I don't live in the countryside, where there are picturesque country roads. I live in downtown Toronto, where the cyclists vs. crazy drivers situation scares the crap out of me, and of course c) if I had a beautiful lilac or mint green bicycle, chances are very high that it would get stolen, since that's what happens to bikes in Toronto. So for now the bicycle thing will remain a happy fantasy. 

2. Bloch Giselle roll-up ballet flats in lilac. Well, I call them lilac. Bloch has somewhat pretentiously chosen to call this colour "Delft" cause they're fancy like that. Nevertheless, I ordered these buttery leather lilac beauties from Heel Boy on the weekend and am anxiously awaiting their arrival. Lilac! 

3. Pink grapefruit Perrier. Yes, I know it's a little ridiculous to be blogging about sparkling water, but what can I say? This stuff is addictive. 

4. Banana Republic Spring Edition candle. It's pink, it smells heavenly (with notes of gardenia and water lily) and I think it's now sold out, which makes me wish I had bought more than just one. 

5. This is what came up when I searched for "Banana Republic Spring Edition candle." Oh, Long Duk Dong. Not an April Obsession per se, but hilarious nonetheless. 

6. The entire Essie Resort Collection. I'm currently wearing Lapis of Luxury on my fingers and Splash of Grenadine on my toes, and got tons of compliments when I attempted — fairly successfully, I might add — a DIY manicure with Playa Del Platinum this past weekend. Love. 

7. Season 3 of The City premieres in Canada tomorrow! Will Whitney make absurdly terrible dating decisions? Yes! Will Olivia continue to pretend she works at Elle? Of course! Will [my hero] Kelly Cutrone steal the show with her everlasting wit and wisdom? You know it! So much better than The Hills

8. The Gentlewoman magazine. I finally tracked down a copy and was amazed to discover that it actually lives up to the hype. I'm impressed. 

9. My new blush-coloured leopard print scarf from Zara. There are no images of it online and I'm too lazy to take a picture, so I'll just leave you with this lovely photo of a leopard napping in a tree. Isn't he darling? Trust me, he goes with everything. 

What are your April obsessions? 

Photos via The Cherry Blossom GirlThe Fresh Fiends and a lot of random Google image searching 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Are You Sick Of Cherry Blossoms Yet?

Yes? Well, tough, because I'm not. Vive les cerisiers! 

True to his word, Hubs accompanied me back to High Park the very next day, giving me a second chance to  photograph the lush cherry blossom trees in full bloom. And maybe my camera-battery-related stupidity on Day One was actually a blessing in disguise, because Day Two brought resplendently sunny weather, bright blue skies and trees that had somehow grown even more riotously beautiful and magical-looking overnight. I was in cherry blossom heaven. 

That's a lot of cherry blossoms, I know. We also saw other exciting nature-y things. 

Like ducks.

And geese.

And dogs. 

(Even a flying dog.) 

And a pretty, pretty swan. 

And sunshine-yellow flowers — anyone know what these are called? 

Annnnnd some more cherry blossom trees. I love spring. 

All photos by me 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cherry Blossom Trees in High Park (And Why I'm A Complete Idiot)

Hubs and I trekked all the way out  to High Park today to see the cherry blossom trees in full bloom, and I was literally skipping with excitement as the delicate barely-pink flowers came into view. I whipped out my camera — thrilled to be using it again on such a photogenic subject after months of Nikon-neglect — and managed to take exactly three pictures before the battery died. 

Years from now, Hubs might claim that I threw a little tantrum right there on the hill overlooking Grenadier Pond. Someday, he may even insinuate that I shed a sulky tear, that I stomped my motorcycle-boot-shod feed in a highly immature fashion, and that I hatched a series of morally dubious plots involving battery-theft from the cameras of our fellow park-goers. Heck, he could even imply that the only way he managed to appease me was with a solemn vow that we would return the very next day, all the way back to High Park, with a full battery and plenty of time for me to shoot cherry blossom trees like every other special, totally unique ladyblogger on the planet. 

But it'll be his word against mine. 

All three measly photos by me

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pastel Hair For Spring

Regular readers — all three of you — may remember the little debate I was having with myself a couple of months ago over whether 30 is too old for pink hair. After spotting this photo (via Studded Hearts) of model Anne Sophie Moller rocking pastel-coloured streaks, well... maybe I don't give a f*** if 30 is too old. I need that hair. 

The rest of the Nylon shoot is pretty kick-ass, too: 

What's your policy on beauty and fashion trends that might be a little too Teen Vogue for comfort? Do you take a pass or embrace them anyway? 

Photos via Jamie Nelson 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

Easter has always been one of my favourite chocolate-based holidays. Between the sweet pastel colours, the addictive Cadbury eggs — both creme and mini, if you please — a day off work and the thrill of the hunt, how can you go wrong? Happy Easter! 

photos via So much to tell you and Lolita 

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring 2010 Wish List

Why is it that when the seasons change, all the clothes in my closet suddenly become unwearable? I know that I must have worn something this time last year, but with the weather getting warmer I find it almost impossible to dress myself these days. My wardrobe is filled with pieces that aren't quite right — the wrong colours, the wrong shapes, the wrong hemlines, the wrong prints, the wrong everything. Spring has finally sprung — hallelujah! — and all I want to do is shop. Here's my wish list for the season: 

Every year I hunt for a few perfect, easy dresses that will get me through the hotter months looking effortlessly put-together. The ruffle-hip tank dress and shadow-print smocked dress (both by Thakoon Addition) are top contenders. 

I'd wear this nude sequined silk-georgette top by Chloe  to brunch with rolled-cuff boyfriend jeans and cute flats  — I love an unexpected touch of sparkle for day. 

I don't do shorts — ever — but if I did, these army-green cotton shorts from Juicy Couture would be making their way into my spring/summer wardrobe. 

Hmm, can you tell I'm loving nude and khaki and sequins at the moment? This 3.1 Phillip Lim sequined silk chiffon top is the perfect amalgamation of all three. 

It's definitely not my usual style, but I find myself drawn to the simplicity of this By Malene Birger cotton shirtdress — just add heels and you're done. 

I'm in dire need of some new spring skirts, and this grey and yellow printed Rag & Bone Rose skirt feels sweet and fresh. 

Love the fun, juicy colours on this Marc by Marc Jacobs Jacquetta striped miniskirt.

This Jason Wu fan-pleat silk skirt would be gorgeous for alfresco dinner dates.  

How cool is this Opening Ceremony cape-sleeve trench? Wannnnnnnt. 

I'm really loving teensy tiny bags at the moment, and this 3.1 Phillip Lim Adin purse pretty much epitomizes pint-sized utilitarian perfection. 

Spring means finally getting to wear sandals again, yay! I'm seriously lusting after these Sigerson Morrison asymmetric python sandals. You can never, ever have too many pairs of flat sandals. 

And since sandals require a flawless pedicure, what better excuse to stock up on new nail polish colours? My favourite for spring is Lapis of Luxury, a rich cornflower blue from Essie's new resort collection. Can't wait until this one comes out. 

What's on your spring wish list? 
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