Tuesday, March 31, 2009

blueberry jam crepes rock my world

A lot of things were happening around town this past weekend: Westjet Street Party to celebrate the Junos, craft fairs and of course, the Juno Awards itself, bringing down the house Sunday night.

Saturday: I saw the movie "Watchmen." I've come to realize, time and time again, I don't like bloody gore. I spent part of the movie hiding behind my jacket, cowering like the scaredy-cat that I am. But I did get a free refill on popcorn. Checked out the Juno street party along Granville, laughed out loud at the sumo wrestlers and enjoyed some live music from up-and-coming Canadian talent.

Brandon Paris is the name of the band. It's rock 'n' roll with some reggae. A very cool band.

Juno Sumo! Friggin' hilarious. Especially listening to the two girls bitch each other out: "I hate you!" "Fuck you!" And those suits were heavy. Three people were needed to pick them up when they fell over.
Tamara Taggert. I have a bone to pick with you. What's up with all this bipolar weather we've been getting? You're a weather-girl (weather-person, to be more PC), shouldn't you know what's going on?

Chris Olson from "Olson on Your Side", and somebody else. I can't remember her name, but she was putting on makeup before the cameras started rolling. A lot of makeup.

It was all about the craft fairs on Sunday. Dim sum bright and early, and then grocery shoppnig before hitting up Portabello West and Blim's Community market. The sun was shining and it was warm (gasp!) and there was quite the turnout. Portabello West has expanded into another section of the station and there was a large amount baby stuff being hawked. I guess since it's spring and everyone and their dog is pregnant...

People outside enjoying a rare bit of sunshine and a bite to eat outside Portabello West.
Waiting in line to order buckwheat crepes. Mmm.. blueberry jam...


Check out the dog's pimping ride!

Blim's Community Market was held in a little auditorium that smelled like dusty old people. It was crammed full of craft tables, and they tried to squish a cooking station in the corner. People were practically climbing over each other trying to get around. Next month, it's going to be held outdoors. I say that's a great idea.

The entertainment: Fine Mist. The girl has a great voice. The guy... needs to beef up his vocals. They barely had any room to move. Good on them for not falling off the stage.

See my spoils below from the craft fairs:

The artist painted the little drawings and made glass pendants out of them.

Vintage owl lockets as earrings.

It's a squirrel pin! Also vintage and super cute.
PS: It's holding a nut, not drinking a beer.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

missing my morning perk

Friday was the last day of the Vancouver Sun newspaper promotion. While that might not mean much to people, it means I won't be greeted with a hearty "Good morning!" from the lovely fella who gives out free copies of the newspaper. During the work week as the morning grind sees groggy-eyed commuters rushing to the skytrain station, he's always been there with a ready smile on his face and a happy "Good morning!" handing out the newspaper for those who will accept a free copy. He's always quick with a kind word, and he's happy face perks me up in the morning. I always make sure to match his enthusiastic "Good morning!" with one of my own, to let him know that I appreciate the effort he puts into the job.

It's so easy to not give a damn: keep your head down, just do the job, get through your shift hassle-free and get out of there once it's time. But, he puts that extra sparkle into it, enjoying the social aspect and his positivity is addictive. While many people may just mumble something under their breath, ignore him and rush on by in response (either they're too weak from caffeine withdrawal, tired from lack of sleep or just plain grumpy in the morning), there are still many (like me) who take a bit of time out of their morning rush to slow down, take a free newspaper and say "good morning" back.

Friday was different. After his usual morning greeting, he let me know that it was his last day as it was the end of the newspaper promotion and he just wanted to say that it's been a pleasure to say good morning to me all this time. I made sure to let him know that I enjoyed saying good morning to him as well, and I'm going to miss him. It's a shame because we need more people like him in this world. Hopefully, he won't be gone for too long and maybe I'll see him again, in some other capacity.

I don't know if you can see him in this picture, but he's the one on the far left.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

skinny bitches

is not a term just associated with high fashion supermodels. Those who live, breathe and work in the fashion industry also live by the ideal that skinny is beautiful. Case in point: check out Elle magazine's fashion editor Anne Slowey's diet of vitamins, water and... three olives.

If the name rings a bell, it's because she was one of the judges on the much hyped reality show, Stylista. The show followed a group of 11 desperate fashionistas, all vying for the position of junior assistant editor at Elle magazine. I have to admit, it was kinda addictive and cheesy to watch. I won't spoil the ending for you, in case you want to download the episodes and view it for yourself.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

who is this woman being feted by fashion's finest?

Why, it's Carine Roitfeld, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, of course! CNN has done a profile, for their Revealed segment, a program that offers its viewers a glimpse of the private people behind their public profiles. Carine is one of the most influential fashion editors in the business and she's stalked by fashion photographers everywhere she goes, much like how celebrities are hounded by the paparazzi. I find her more appealing than her fashion nemesis, Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of the American Vogue (which most people may recognize as the inspiration for the character of Miranda Priestly in the movie, Devil Wears Prada). Her style is edgy, rock 'n' roll and she is unabashedly honest and candid in her opinions.

Check out the 3-part videos from CNN:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Thursday, March 19, 2009

today's sighting

Walking through the mall, heading to the bus stop when I spotted a male dressed as a Parisian flight attendant: black beret perched jauntily on his shaved head, navy pencil skirt and sky high stiletto pumps. Tres bizarre.

This definitely beats the time when me and Andi saw the drag-queen-in-training, shopping around for a top to match his micro mini-skirt and 4-inch heel boots.

Monday, March 16, 2009

i have no faith in the weatherman

Predicted weather forecast for Sunday: 6 degrees and rain.

Actual weather forecast for Sunday: large snowflakes, wet snow, hail, rain, sleet, overcast, cloudy, sunshine and torrential winds, all in the span of 24 hours.

And how was your weekend?

Friday, March 13, 2009

good luck

Happy Friday the 13th!

Ugh, it's been a long, exhausting week (I missed Project Runway and America's Next Top Model!) and I'm so glad that Friday is finally here and the weekend is just a skip and a hop away. Totally jealous that my good friend, Andie, is leaving on a jet plane to visit grassy Ireland (is the grass always greener on the other side, or just green?). I would lurve to go on vacation right now. But there's still too much to do. Oh well. Maybe some retail therapy will soothe my nerves...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

it's cold!

Which gives me the perfect reason to view the New York, Paris and Milan's Fall/Winter 2009 collections and start picking out favourites. Here's what I'm coveting so far:

Vivienne Westwood:

Christian Dior:




3.1 Phillip Lim:

Photos courtesy of Style.com