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 Autumn! Cheers to my favourite season! New notebooks empty with promise, new pencils waiting to rush words over the page, and oh, all the amazing Fall fashion. This time of year, more than any other, represents a fresh start to me.

In this spirit, I have decided to get my blogging booty back into gear. I have really missed maintaining a personal blog, so I’ve decided to reclaim my little corner of the world wide web. I’m so looking forward to getting back to it. I only hope that I still have a reader or two.

Digital Love

Photo via istock photo

Photo via istock photo

Love in the age of technology is most decidedly a departure from the days of yore and needless to say, it’s shifted more than just the way we do business. It’s changed the way we love – how we seek it, how we find it and above all, how we keep it. Today, courtship has become a flurry of status messages, e-mail flirtation, Twitter updates and not so uncommonly, breakups that play out publicly for all 400 of your not-so-closest friends.

It used to be that courting, flirting, dating and ultimately love was conducted  in public and in real time: in bars, in restaurants, on boardwalks, on moonlit patios at dusk. Lovers once stole kisses and canoodles in plain sight of prying eyes; now, they steal glimpses and glances for hours over cell phones, ichats, text messages and emails. Truth be told, there are people who I communicate with more frequently via BlackBerry Messenger than anything else.

The casualness of e-mail and text messaging has certainly blurred those lines between acceptable and unacceptable.  There is space for just a minimal number of characters on that little cell phone screen- not much room for recounting disastrous misunderstandings, sleepless nights and awful embarrassments. Hasty typing and shorthand can cause further difficulty, as it sometimes has to be decoded. Feelings aren’t always easily expressed in such few words. The backspace key has become an all-around superstar.

Text messages can be either a curse or a blessing- especially when it comes to flirting. The question is not simply whether to send a text message, but what to write and when to send it. And after a message is sent, what if there is no reply? The waiting begins.

This whole idea always makes me think of the film He’s Just Not That Into You, which offers a look at relationships and shows just how technology has made the dating game more complicated. Drew Barrymore’s  character discusses her frustrations:

“I had this guy leave me a voicemail at work, so I called him at home, and then he e-mailed me to my BlackBerry, and so I texted to his cell, and now you just have to go around checking all these different portals just to get rejected by seven different technologies. It’s exhausting.”

Yes, we have a zillion gadgets at our disposal. Overuse and misuse can quickly doom a relationship. Nobody wants to receive hundreds of text messages from someone they just met. A little self-discipline is needed. If used properly and sparingly, technology can be a godsend to someone timidly placing a toe in the dating water.

Thoughts? Experiences? Please share.

Frankette Stagette Etc.

I haven’t had much time to document life as it’s been happening lately, so instead I will briefly bring you up to speed with the Coles Notes version. Some highlights from the last couple weeks:

  • A road trip to Vancouver Island with Alfie. Mission: sell, sell, sell! So many of my favourite faces in the industry are over there. Plus we had sunshiney, beautiful weather the entire time, which was lovely.
  • Canuck playoff action, which included pulling out the brooms to sweep the St. Louis Blues in the first round [fist pump]. I’m crushing on Burrows harder than ever.
  • Two nights of debauchery in Whistler for the beautiful Danio’s stagette. We had an absolute blast: shopping, drinking, dancing, watching hockey, hanging out with firefighters, swimming and jumping fences. So many classic moments. We missed our little Lani lots, but she was there in spirit (and provided us with adorable tees, which we photographed each other in- a lot!) I love my ladies so much and can’t wait for Danielle and Tom’s big day next month. One thing is for sure- it’s going to be a massive party! (Side note: the Moms were totally wild party animals. They even busted out their old wedding dresses and danced around to “Going To The Chapel”… it was beyond adorable!)