Colour Us Creative

On Saturday night, Shannon rounded up a group of her favourite ladies and hosted a Painting Party to celebrate her birthday. We all brought different colours and types of paint plus a few brushes and supplies to share and the hostess provided us each with our own blank canvas to work with.

We spent the evening eating, drinking, socializing and creating art. Despite coming in with what I deemed a pretty serious case of “painter’s block,” it didn’t take long for me to put some paint on my brush and go for it…and I couldn’t believe how much fun it was!

Once done, we were so proud! We all had little artists inside that we didn’t know existed. It was cool to look around at everybody’s work afterwards too- we had all come up with such different ideas. I can’t wait to get out the brushes and paint something again soon! Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!


Happy Birthday, Melissa!

Today is my dear friend Melissa’s birthday. Mel is a constant inspiration, a smart, beautiful, fashionable, ambitious, creative, imaginative, funny, kind hearted, warm, loyal friend.

I used to look forward to catching up with her when I travelled to Saskatoon and when she’d come home to visit her family and friends in BC…but now that she lives here, I can’t imagine my Vancouver life (or my life in general) without her. In between shopping sprees, brunches, afternoon high tea and fab nights out with tasty eats and cocktails, we text, e-mail, Facebook message, tweet and comment on each other’s blogs sometimes multiple times a day. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am ridiculously lucky to call her my friend. And I truly, truly hope that this year brings more to her life than she could have imagined.

I can’t wait to pop some bubbly with you when I get back, Mel!

A Tribute To The Knifefighter

Mark Regimbal.

Some time praying mantis.

Part time bully. Full time friend.

Always one to keep people guessing, Mark also has a serious knack for finding shocking material which he then uses to post frequent cringe-worthy entries on his blog. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Click that link at your own risk.

There’s a hell of a lot I could say about my friend Mark Regimbal, but I think it can really all be summed up in just three words:

He is rad.

Wishing you a very happy birthday today, Mark.

Louie, Louie

Today is my lovely friend Leah’s birthday. What can I say about Leah? She’s truly one of a kind. She is hands down one of the funniest people I’ve never known and she has this really contagious, positive energy about her that I can’t even describe with words. I laugh until my face hurts every single time we hang out. There’s no doubt in my mind that Leah could be a famous stand-up comedienne, but she chooses instead to take her talent and ability to create smiles to her very important work as the Community Relations Coordinator for Union Gospel Mission. She’s changing the world, she really is.

Leah is also a brilliant photographer (check out her work here) not to mention, an awesome basketball teammate, fantastic tennis partner (“give it to me!”) and someone who I share over 15 years of hilarious inside jokes and fun memories with. Happy Birthday, Louie! I hope that all of your wishes come true!

Skatepark Saturday

The DC King Of Series will be landing in Vancouver this summer on August 22 – 23, 2009. DC’s King Of Series is a global grassroots skateboarding contest which tours to new skate spots all over the world, welcoming the city’s best unsponsored skateboarders to compete in a jam format contest. A win at these contests gives undiscovered street skaters more than just their local city’s respect.

“We are super excited to combine the DC Nationals final contest with the DC King Of series this year,” says Trevn Sharp, DC’s Canadian Skate Team Manager. “I have already seen tons of sick skating and I am sure the level of skating at the Finals will be even higher. I’m really looking forward to seeing who will be crowned the King Of Vancouver this August.”

The DC Nationals City Qualifiers will send the top 5 skateboarders from each contest to attend the King Of Vancouver, acting as the final stage for this summer’s series. In order to skate in the King Of Vancouver, skateboarders must qualify at a City Qualifier. The winner of the King Of Vancouver will walk away with instant global exposure throughout the skate world, a piece of the $10,000 cash purse and a spot on DC’s newly formed DC Kings Team, DC’s latest skate squad based completely off DC King Of contest winners. They will also be eligible to receive an article in Color Magazine, where they will be partnered with some of the best photographers and writers in the industry.

Yesterday I rounded up the troops and headed out to Port Coquitlam to check out the Vancouver City Qualifier, which was happening at the Railside Skatepark. It was the perfect Saturday afternoon: sunshine, friends, fun and incredible skating.

There are 4 City Qualifiers still to take place, the next being this coming weekend in Regina.

For more information and full contest details visit DC Nationals. Videos from all of the City Qualifiers will be available at You can also follow @DCNationals on Twitter for regular updates.

You can read Trevn Sharp’s blog about the Poco event, which is included in his series about the national contest here.