Wednesday, March 31, 2010

coats

Yes, I know it's spring and in some places pretty much summer, but I am talking about coats. I need a mid-thigh coat next fall for warmth (no more cold legs) and this is what I'm talking about:

Black Coat - Trendy Crew

Camel Coat - Sarty

Olive Coat

Camel Coat - Jak+Jil

I like to think that that last image is of a long coat too. I like the fur peeking out like a furry chest. I'm hoping I'll find a black one to buy and I can sew my own camel version. I love sewing wool. That second images is yet another reason to get white jeans, but knowing me I'll probably chicken-out. I swear that the olive coat up there is Prada and I've seen it for sale online, but for the life of me I can't find it again, so I think maybe I made that up to torture myself.

It's actually been kind of chilly here lately (snow on the local mountains!) and I could probably even get away with wearing a coat like this right now.

Monday, March 29, 2010

werrrk

I've been busy the last few days helping my friend Carlie on a couple of shoots for her new collection. On Saturday it was an editorial at a crazy house belonging to one of her friends. Her line is very much about black, and this season it was very "tough" with studs, leather, spikes, sequins, with a futuristic/MJ influence. It was an interesting contrast with the opulence of the interior of this house. It's been quite a while since I've been on a shoot. It was really fun for me, as styling is one of my favourite things I like doing in fashion. These are some of the behind the scenes pictures I took while I was helping style, change models, organize clothes, move furniture, smooth carpet, clip clothes, etc!

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Yesterday was the catalog shoot, but I didn't bring my camera. There were some funny outtakes, as the models were getting goofy by the end!

I'll post the final images once they're ready and link up all the credits for models, photographer, hair/makeup.

On a side note, the other night I stayed up late watching Lord of the Rings. Bad idea! I had some very strange dreams that night!

Friday, March 26, 2010

I am a Golden God!!



Tonight, I made pizza from scratch. All of it. Crust included. Gluten-free, wheat-free crust! And it was GOOD. Actually any time I make bread I am always amazed when it turns out edible. But truthfully, this recipe almost kicked my ass, but not because it was difficult. I was set to make it on three different occasions this week, but it kept screwing me. I thought I had all the ingredients, but then I realize that "brown rice flour MIX" is actually something, and not just brown rice flour. So I'm missing 2 ingredients to make this so-called mix. Then on another occasion I forget to defrost a chicken breast. F****!!! But tonight was the night. I was not going to let this pizza win.

I copied the toppings from my favourite pizza, "Pesto Chicken" from Flying Wedge, which is where we usually order pizza from. But the last two times we ordered from them the crust has been really soggy, so I decided to take matters into my own hands. We don't have pizza very often, and I used to hate it actually, but I do like pizza with lots of veggies on it, and I loaded up on this pizza.

I'm going to go all food-blog on you and tell you how I made it, just in case you want to feel as victorious as I do right now.

Crust:
I used this recipe from Epicurious. I don't have a pizza tray, so I used a rimless cookie tray and it worked fine. Just follow the directions. I didn't really do anything different than it asked and it turned out great.

Once your crust is done...

Pesto Chicken Toppings:

-Little bit of tomato sauce. Ok, this was the only thing that wasn't "home made"
-Green Pepper
-Tomato (I used grape tomatoes I had left over from something else)
-Pine Nuts
-Zucchini
-1 boneless chicken breast
-Cheese (I used a mix of Gruyere, Mozzarella and Orange Cheddar)
-Artichoke hearts
-Pesto sauce (I used Italia In Tavola Pesto Seasoning)
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-1 Garlic clove

1. Cut all cut-ables thin and bite-sized (Green Peppers, Tomatoes, Zucchini)

2. Grate and mix up your cheese.

3. Drain artichoke hearts and dab with paper towel so the oil doesn't turn your pizza into a soggy mess.

4. Cut up chicken into bite-size chunks, heat oil in a skillet/pan and brown garlic. Put in chicken and cook until it's done. Toss with some squirts of pesto sauce until it looks right.

5. Spread a bit of tomato sauce on your crust. I hate lots of tomato sauce so I do it really thin.

6. Layer your toppings- I don't think it matters what order they go. Sprinkle cheese over top of everything.

7. Stick the pizza in the oven (still on from baking your crust) and stare in the oven's window for about 6-8 minutes until the cheese gets all bubbly.

Then cut it and revel in your greatness! I couldn't believe how well it turned out. You could actually pick up a piece and the crust wasn't all bendy, and it tasted even better than I could hope.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

roll + hill

I've been drooling over this lighting for the past few days. I recognized a few on this AT post but I didn't realize the manufacturer of them was the same. I was actually thinking about them in the shower this morning. Beautiful lighting is like a killer pair of shoes, don't you think? They're functional as well as being beautiful, and like shoes, the ones you really want are always expensive!

For some reason when the picture is resized it goes all crazy, but I think I like it! If you want to see normal pictures please visit roll + hill.

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I think this might be my favorite one. This is the Agnes lamp by Lindsey Adelman.

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The candelabra version is just as stunning.

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This is the Modo lamp by Jason Miller.

himmel_chandelier
This is the Himmeli lamp by Paul Loebauch.

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The Antler lamps (also in large size) by Jason Miller.

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The Excel lamp by RBW

Roll + Hill
843 Meeker Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11222

Monday, March 22, 2010

picturetime

The other night Jon and I went out for a walk with Santos and had a photo contest. He recently got the new Canon T2i camera with a fancy new lens, so we set out for a neighborhood shutter battle. Unfortunately (or fortunately, because I got to try out his new camera) my battery ran out a few pictures into our excursion. We didn't declare a winner, though I like to think I won! Here are some of my pictures using his camera.

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And here's my hair cut. I actually wanted it shorter, but my stylist seemed a bit nervous about going too short. My shoulder is kind of in the way in this picture because my arm was contorted around to push the button on the camera, but you get the idea!

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I'm wearing a new olive-coloured linen t-shirt I got from Zara. I think I'm going to go back and get more (they had white and black too) because they are pretty nice for $40.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

lascivious

I think I just found my newest wallet threat, dying to taking stabs at my credit card. Lascivious is a British lingerie label with unique and forward thinking silhouettes topped with impeccable quality. My two favourite sets are the Gemima, which mixes sheer and opaque (I especially love the body suit) and the Milla. I first saw the Milla bra on Journelle's website and immediately fell in love. I adore the futuristic strap look mixed with satin. I really wish Lascivious would do swimwear!

I wonder if I came across some of their stuff when I was in Europe. I visited a few amazing lingerie stores in Paris and Brussels with really unique and beautiful lines (like Bordelle) that I really don't get to see much here. I just love lingerie for the ability to turn a crappy mood around, at least it does for me!

Gemima
Lascivious Jemima
Lascivious Jemima

Milla
Lascivious Milla

Lila
Lascivious Lila

Friday, March 19, 2010

friday!

I'm not sure why, but I'm so happy it's Friday! You see, since I work from home Friday usually doesn't mean much to me anymore, because my office is my home. But today is sunny + Friday + I really want to buy some ice cream, make milkshakes and listen to boney m.



Thursday, March 18, 2010

rouge

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I made a drastic change- a longish auburn bob. Quite a lot of hair was chopped off, as it reached half way down my back before. I was a bit nervous before hand, but once my stylist started cutting I couldn't wait for the final result. I'm super happy! I noticed that having hair this colour makes wearing black, green/olive and navy more exciting. I find that it also suits my skin colour quite well, so I think I will be keeping it auburn for quite a while. It is exactly what I needed.

Friday, March 12, 2010

a few of my favourite things

I've boiled down my favourite spring looks to these:

Favourite Spring Looks - Dries Van Noten
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Favourite Spring Looks - Dries Van Noten
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Favourite Spring Looks - Celine
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Favourite Spring Looks - Givenchy
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Favourite Spring Looks - Haider Ackermann
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Favourite Spring Looks - Haider Ackermann
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Favourite Spring Looks - Ann Demeulemeester
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As you know, I find dressing in spring/summer to be most annoying, and I'd rather just skip to Autumn, but these looks are making me want to make an effort this spring/summer. The Dries collection surprised me, because I'm not usually interested in patterns, much less tribal Uzbek ikat prints! But I really like it and might try it myself (with low cost versions obviously) I'm also really drawn to that one-sleeved Haider Ackermann dress- so amazing!

Friday, March 5, 2010

phillip lim's apartment

i had a funny feeling i would like phillip lim's apartment when i clicked on the link to the new york times article. i love those bird portraits, and the big red lamp.

Phillip Lim's Apartment - New York Times

Phillip Lim's Apartment - New York Times

i'm currently trying to work out the logistics of painting our tinted concrete floor white without us moving out for a week. can it be done? our apartment is open concept, so i'm not sure if we can paint it in sections and shuffle all the furniture around for each section. i tried to get over the mustard-tinted concrete floors, but i can't. just gotta figure out how to do it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

happy mundane

i can't believe it's march. new floral arrangement even less expensive than the last! i was able to find all three bunches at save-on-foods, which came to about $18. i love the bright green colour- it's like a little ray of sunshine in our dark apartment.

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this plant was getting too tall and gangly, so we chopped off it's top and tried to grow some roots. that didn't work, and i figured the stump was dead (plus being chewed by SOMEBODY!) but lo and behold life comes forth!

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and a happy domestic purchase today. we needed new dish cloths and i don't find a lot of the pretty ones (like skinny laminx and nice linen) very absorbent, and the beautiful turkish ones i wanted are too expensive. i had pretty much given in to the fact that i would just have to settle for some boring stripes in garish colours, when i found these little gems at homesense. i bought two packs of them so when these wear out i won't have to search again. me=1, ugly dish towels=0

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