Bring on the sunshine

Today is the first day in weeks that I’ve sounded less like Tom Waits and Kathleen Turner’s love child and more like myself. Between the wretched head cold and the now infamous Saskatoon food poisoning incident, it’s been a touchy couple of weeks in the health and general “feeling good” department. It rained and rained yesterday, so much so that I couldn’t even see across the street at my North Shore office at times. While I do enjoy the odd day of rain pounding hard on the roof incessantly, it would be lovely if the person who is stepping on spiders could please stop now, because I definitely liked that sunshine we had on the weekend better. That, and I’m ready to break out the flip flops. 

Visions of summer have been dancing in my head for a few weeks now and the more ideas that are discussed and plans that are made, the more excited I become about the upcoming season. I wish that I could start living in sundresses right now. Warm, sunny days at the beach, long walks on the sea wall and the bronze, glowing skin that results from a summer day outside are all things to look forward to.
Chatting with Keira today got my mind wrapped up in fantasies about flowing summer dresses and perfect, pedicure exposing footwear. Being the procrastinating creature that I am (even at deadline time)- I spent a few moments googling shoes this afternoon. You better believe that these babies by Marc Jacobs are going on my wish list (along with several other more affordable pairs).

Photo: Marc Jacobs

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The soles of your shoes are all worn down

There is an urgency; a need for something to really feel like it’s ended, or begun-in these last few weeks.
I’ve spent time bouncing from place to place.
I’ve spent time trying to hold on to something I believe in.

It is now time to let some slack come between me and the boat I’ve been tied to.
Finding a new boat on a new shore.
Or an old boat on a new shore. Both.
Why do I keep thinking of shores, and waves?
I keep thinking of coming home to something.
Or something coming home to me.
My arms are open in front of me.

Pretty Things

Photo: Sass A Frass

Yesterday I mentioned, once again, a band that I’ve been loving since the first listen: Le Rev. The front woman for this band is also the blogger behind Sass A Frass and the face of the new Quiksilver Women’s line. C.C. Sheffield is my latest girl crush and fashion muse. She’s both carefree and totally put together. I adore her willingness to experiment with her style. Punk, hippy, classic, tomboy; she can pull off any style without even trying. Plus, she’s got love for my boy Rob Dyrdek.

I was initially exposed to Le Rev because one of their songs is featured in the Quik Women’s vibe video. I loved the song Je t’aime immediately and was determined to track down more tunes by this Los Angeles band. C.C. Sheffield can downshift from whisper to scream in a drumbeat, alternately channeling personas as varied as a French chanteuse, larger-than-life diva and little girl lost to belt out emotionally-charged stories. Le Rev is the creation of Sheffield and guitarist Nico Chiotellis, who wrote all the songs together and created an incredible and unique sound.

If you haven’t checked out the blog and sound of this young lady, may I please suggest that you do.

Photos: csheffield52 on Flickr and Le Rev on Myspace

Happy Friday!

I feel like I’ve been quite the whiny, little Negative Nelly over the last couple of weeks. So today, I’m going to pull a Meg and shout out some love with my very own Friday love list.

Looking on the bright side (it’s been a while, I know…) here’s what I love right now:

  • that I get to fly home to my own cozy apartment tomorrow
  • my growing OZ dvd collection (and the awesome chica who got me hooked!)
  • giant cups of green tea
  • perfect ballet flats
  • the fact that this hotel has a snack bar that’s open 24/7 with a full fridge of beverages and a neverending supply of Snickers
  • Le Rev
  • good hair days
  • that I still have a sense of humour after a couple of the most stressful weeks of my life
  • that I have the most amazing co-worker to travel with who somehow makes the hardest parts seem easier to handle (and manages to keep me laughing through it all)
  • Habs playoff hockey
  • comfy hoodies
  • big hugs
  • Advil liqui-gels
  • this new Gap ad featuring the divine Ms. Hepburn: (courtesy of YouTube)

Not the best week of my life…

Life on the road has been less than fabulous this time around. I’ll be honest…we’ve been punched in the face with a whole lot of bad luck on this trip. The worst of which, found me huddled beside the toilet for most of yesterday. What I thought was a touch of the flu, turned out to be a gut wrenching case of food poisoning. I was literally vomiting between showings. It was awful. To be honest, it was the most horrible that I can ever remember feeling in my entire life. There’s not much worse than being sick like that when you’re away from home, either. I was writhing around on the bed in my hotel room for hours in pain. Not fun. Thankfully, it seems to have passed through my system now. Despite feeling weak and tired, the worst of it seems to be over. Only two more days to go until I get to go home to my own, comfy bed.

Having the opportunity to lay around last night, I finally got the chance to watch a movie that the lovely Shando has been on my case to see for eons. What better to do when you’re ailing than watch a no brainer flick? She kindly lent me her copy of ‘Because I Said So’. She warned me that Diane Keaton would be pretty irritating and that although it’s a rather cheesy romantic comedy, Mandy Moore plus her hair and wardrobe in the film would be cute enough to make up for it. I have to agree.

I have long loved Mandy Moore and this movie made me smile, even on the grumpiest and ickiest of days; so that’s saying something. In addition to the beautiful clothes, the set designs were also fantastic. Mandy Moore’s character in particular, lives in a gorgeously decorated loft. She has a rich velvet couch and warm coloured walls, lamp shades, lanterns, carpets and furniture. She also has the most amazing set of open-concept kitchen shelves I’ve ever seen! I must admit, I feel inspired to redecorate my apartment, curl my hair, put on a dress and do some baking after watching this movie.

Photos: Universal