Summer shopping trip

When it’s hot out, I like to visit air conditioned places. Yesterday we thought the mall would be fitting. After a quick puppy dip with Eli in the fountain, we indulged in a little retail therapy. Summer essentials were at the top of my list, such as plain tanks for the days when you are sweating despite the fact that you are doing nothing.

I also managed to find some sweet deals on some really awesome pieces!

Find number one was a sheer gold tank at Banana Republic. I’m really feeling these colours.

Banana Republic

I then stumbled upon an awesome wallet. Now Erin and I have matching ones, but hers is purple. The only downside is when you open the change purse is spills a tiny bit. Cuteness factor overrides this.

Danier Leather

Danier Leather

My last two finds were surprising. I love maxi skirts and I saw this at Forever 21. I thought it had an odd look to it, but I ended up having that moment where I just had to have it. It has the cutest buttons all the way up the front.

Forever 21

Forever 21

And finally we entered the store that seems to suck us in every time. We hate it but we love it. Sirens. I always find something there, no matter how much we hate to admit it. I was really into this lower-back baring top. I never buy pink things, but I guess it was my day.

Sirens

Care to share any of your own sweet summer finds? The sale racks are on fire!

M

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Summer reading

My lack of posting can be blamed on several things.

1. It is summer. It is warm outside and I like to bask in that.

2. Family events…wedding, graduation, gatherings, etc.

3. Working full time.

4. BOOKS!

This last reason is key, mainly because for the last few years I have only read what I was assigned. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read some amazing stuff throughout university…but now I have the time to sit and read at my leisure for hours. Oh, and I don’t have to feel guilty about not writing that essay.

So, now I give you my summer reading list!

Currently I am making my way through the  Game of Thrones series. I always love to read the book first, leaving the tv show/movie for later, as I enjoy comparing and contrasting.  And although I’m not usually one for this genre, I have been turned. It’s amazing. The books are long, I’m talking 800 plus pages, but it’s just so good that it seems to go by a lot faster.

Another book I’ve been waiting to read has already been read by most of my friends. I guess I’m a bit behind, but that’s okay. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I’ve heard so much about them, I figured it was time! I like a little action, which is pretty obvious with my first selection.

And of course, the book we’ve all been talking about. You’ve probably been told to read Fifty Shades of Grey…I know I have. By my hair dresser, my friends’ mothers, and even strangers. It’s described as being porn for women, so I have to admit, I’m a bit excited to find out what all the buzz is about.

If I enjoy the first one, then I’m sure I’ll continue with the rest of the books.

As for a few other books I have found here and there…I was intrigued by a book called A Short History of Women, by Kate Walbert. It is the story of five generations of women and the world in which they live, starting in 1914. Me, being a feminist in life and in my studies, found this book hard to set aside. I’m really considering breaking my reading list order to get into this sooner rather than later.

And then there is Little Bee by Chris Cleave. I’ve heard good things, but the description doesn’t even give a slight clue as to what the book is about. The mystery is what got me the most.

However, I am expecting to cry at least a little when reading this.

That’s what I’ve lined up so far.

What’s on your reading list this summer? Share some titles with me!

M

Summer? Is that you?

What’s with all the drab weather?

Of course the day of my exam is gorgeous, but the next day is asking me to wear my rain boots. Mother nature, what have we done to make you so angry? But I guess it’s only April…except last year at this time…well, I’d rather not discuss. It might make me upset…

So I’m just waiting for the sun to gather enough courage to come out. In the meantime, I am not in school, unemployed, and somewhat bored during daylight hours. Let the summer job hunt begin. I’m also taking summer class for the first time in my life. Should be interesting…

I’m just excited to go for bike rides and read on the canal.

Speaking of bicycles…

I really do love my St. Tropez, but this model makes me mouth water. I really need to stop tempting myself…

Yum.

-M

Resurrection

Smell that? It’s the scent of winter being washed away. Handed in my final paper, and time to do a little spring cleaning. Also, it’s the season for spring dresses and denim jackets. And scarves that look pretty but were not warm enough to rock during the winter months! Why yes, I am excited!

Image via urbanoutfitters.com

Obsession with denim will never end. I don’t even want to count the number of denim items in my closet because it would be kind of ridiculous. But I will never part with the denim lovin’. True story.

I’m bringing everything I missed back into the light! Animal Collective is fueling my longing for summer.

Brings me back to Summer ’09. Such goooooodness.

Also pretty stoked to whip out the floral print shorts, and the denim cutoffs. It’s been too long.

This is unhealthy

The amount of school work. It weighs a ton.

I keep on reading and writing and phoning and editing, then the cycle starts over again. And to top it all off, I just got a job. So now I have 16 hours less a week to put towards essays/assignments. Hopefully I can pull this off.

I’m just trying to make it to April 6th. That day will be glorious. I know it will…

Anyway, I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Now is the time, even if I should be doing homework. But it’s finally spring and there is snow on the ground. Clearly the world is upside down as of late, so I can break or bend the rules as I see fit…for the moment, anyway.

I would say that about one month ago my life was much better, much easier.

I took my sister to her very first dubstep show and now she’s in love. I also took her to see Bare Noize this month. It was pretty killer. I had an amazing night, except for the part where some dude tried to mug us. Luckily, we escaped unscathed!

Just a taste I found on youtube. I distinctly remember when they played this song too. The crowd was crazy! My nights out at ritual are always the best nights. Can’t help but be happy when you feel the music alllll over!

 

Now I’m just waiting for the snow to melt before my birthday on Saturday! I actually had a large portion of my dress collection out yesterday, and it really brought me into a springy mood! But of course within 12 hours its snowing. Just a little bit longer and I can take half my closet out of hiding!

And what does spring mean? Summer! And what does summer mean?

BORGORE! Yep, I know. I managed to keep my lips sealed very tightly, but the show announcement came out today. Good thing too, I was bursting at the seams. I missed him in Toronto last year so I absolutely will be attending. It’s gonna be a crazy night, too. June 12th, try to remember that.

I know I’m getting really excited really soon, but with so much stuff to worry about, it’s good to have things to look forward to! April will be amazing…well, if I am not struggling to finish my essays. We’ll see how that goes!

Til then, just listen to Die Antwoord


Time to start again

I often fail at blogging. But Multimedia has inspired me to keep going.

I can’t give up yet.

I wanted to update, I swear, I did.

So now, I will. First I’ll start with the things I meant to post months ago, but could not find the time.

Awesome experiences of times I miss now. Summer felt like a long time ago so lets have a flashback, shall we?

It will be like in the movies, when the character is going through terrible times in life ad thinks about the days of freedom. In my case, I am reverting back to summer 2010 to forget about this paper I should be writing, the ideas I should be cooking up for later this week, and the stress levels that will be dissolving within a month’s time.

Okay, so I’ve heard that Arcade Fire was one of the best concerts of the summer here in good old Ottawa. Can I just say I agree? Because being at the front of that show with 15 of your good friends makes for something amazing.

We must have waited for hours. We camped out. We watched everything get set up. And waited some more…

When it happened I think we all screamed. I couldn’t even think about taking proper photos because I could only dance and sing and be happy. And that was probably one of the best nights of my summer. Come to think of it though, I don’t really remember any surrounding events of the day. I think I was with my friends. I think there was commotion. I think something bad happened to someone. I think I was on my bicycle going as fast as I could.

But I know where I was headed. And the destination for the evening was really all that seemed to matter. Work all day and Arcade Fire all night. The End.

 

But not really the end because this is just the first part of the journey into the past.

My sister and dad came down during Bluesfest as well. So obviously I had to take my younger sister to a concert! How could I not? Hilarity ensued, since we were with obviously amazing people who happened to be drinking big gulps. I think their tongues turned purple or red or some other colour not natural to the human mouth.

Anyways, we saw Stars. We missed Blonde Redhead. But I was okay with this.

I really, really like Amy Milan.

But I’m not going to lie. the first time I saw stars at the Bronson Centre about two years ago definitely trumped this show. It was far too tame for my loving. But still enough for my intense liking.

I think I slept really well that night. And my sister happened to meet a boy (man?) who would later turn out to be a big loser (in my books anyway). She learned…

I still remember the intense eyes comment that he made to Zoe. “Bitch eyes” is what he called them.

I laughed a lot. I think we all did.

And then we rolled our eyes. A lot.

My final Bluesfest Adventure was with my dear Julia. I almost sold my Weezer ticket. Almost. Then I didn’t. It was a good decision because I got to see Rivers throw garbage on the crowd and roll around in the garbage can which said garbage was once in. Entertainment at it’s finest. Really.

Unfortunately, due to being so far away, my pictures look like..well, garbage.

Fortunately, due to being so far away, I didn’t get anything dumped on me..like, well, garbage.

Basically people hate the new ablum and wanted the good old days back. Kind of like what I’m doing now. Luckily there was a pretty good mix of new and old to keep the crowd happy. Lots of sing alongs too. Could have guessed that though, right?

Bluesfest was amazing, but let me tell you, Folk Fest was a lot more chill, and therefore, at time, sometimes a little better. We laid in the grass for three days and listened to nice music. What more could I ever want? It was a perfect weekend with perfect music. The only thing that got to me was the commute. Once I was in Britannia Park, I was not leaving until the end of the day. But I did get to enjoy Bruce Peninsula several times that weekend. And other awesome bands. I have stories.

Including the best live performance of Crabapples I have EVER seen. Literally. He was on the ground. I wanted to be on the ground. I wanted to jump for joy. It was beautiful.

See?

There was a lot of stomping in that tent. There weren’t too many people though. I was surprised because I love this band, so, so much.

Later we had The Acorn who I will actually be seeing in a few short weeks once my assignments have washed away.

One of the things I liked most about Folk Fest was the collaboration of bands. They would get onstage together and just go for it. Incredible.

It was kinda like this.

Hoots and Hellmouth, the Hidden Cameras, Arrested Development, Bruce Peninsula, and I believe Jill Zmud.

I might be missing something. My memory is foggy due to it being blasted with amazingness all summer long.

I discovered something new and different this summer. It was called Namgar. I can’t quite explain it, but it was amazing.

Before I try to explain it, experience it…

Yeah, I know. It was amazing. I’ve never heard anything like it. and what she was wearing was incredible.

If I ever have the chance to see them again, I will not miss it! Remember the name NAMGAR!

I also saw The Hidden Cameras that weekend, as well as Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Horse Feathers, and Bahamas. I actually saw Bahamas the other night too, which I will get to later. There’s always a good story at his show.

Ramblin’ Jack was getting angry at photographers. It makes him lose his concentration. I refrained from taking photos, but others just could not seem to hold back. There was flashing all around. And Jack was not happy.

I also went and saw a movie about him the week before. It was really interesting. He’s had a strange and bumpy road. But it at least sounds like it was a lot of fun.

That weekend was quite rainy. I remember being in the rain with my umbrella. And I remember the schedule being changed. It was upsetting because it messed up my plans of seeing ALL the bands in their entirety. Jack was cut short, I’m afraid.

Here are some Hidden Cameras photos. I was dancing a lot. Next to the guys from Horse Feathers. Naturally, I don’t even have the guts to tell them how awesome their music is. I love their music so much. I think I might have explained this here before.

After a nice walk along the beach, through the grass, and so on (I also ate plenty of pad thai) I got to enjoy sweet, sweet music. Yes, more music, of course. How can I resist. Horse Feathers was practically a religious experience, and Bahamas melted my heart. You may have heard rumours he can be a bit of a self absorbed prick, but the man has a heart, and a beautiful soul, I’m guessing anyway. His songs make him seem like he does.

Funny story he told us…he wanted to swim. So he took off all of his clothes and ran into the water.

The water was up to his ankles. And he was wearing no clothes. There are PEOPLE around. I laughed a lot.

While I have no photos of either of these lovely bands, I can share this video of awesome via youtube. Thanks, youtube.

After this, I ordered my Sufjan Stevens Ticket. And then I proceeded to wait a few months to get blown away. I still can’t believe it has come and gone. I wish it could have lasted forever. I thought it might at one point, when he played Impossible Soul. I really did think it would never end.

The Opus Magnum of Love songs

The best show of my young adulthood.

I had basically devoted a few months to listening to The Age of Adz and All Delighted People EP. I mean really, I hardly listened to anything else. And I was surprised that no one knew any of the songs. But I guess I shouldn’t have been considering the album came out the day of the show. (I can’t resist, I pre-ordered it anyway so it’s not even stealing…)

All I can say is I’ve never been moved so much by one person. I don’t think anything he makes will ever disappoint me. And I really hope he’s back in this area again so I can re-experience the magic of Sufjan.

oh and…he danced.

And I captured it on video. you can thank me later.

 

Well, I guess that’s enough nostalgia for one night.

I better move on to present times.

I actually saw Bruce P. again last month. I really can’t get enough. Also, when I went home I was lucky enough to have an encounter with Ruby Coast. I seriously adore these boys from Aurora. I was really sad I missed them in Ottawa BOTH times these past few months.

As for my Saturday night with Bahamas…well, that included Afie taking a girls phone and hanging it up before telling the person on the line she was busy. It also included him doing a final pose for the photographers before they stomped off.

“Now you can ask that pretty little lady to dance and you won’t have that clunky camera between ya.”

Solid gold, Afie. Solid gold.

I also met a pretty cool band this weekend, unfortunately I didn’t get to hear them perform. I just got to drink with them. They’re from Saskatchewan and they’re called Violent Kin. It’s not really what I listen to but I have to admit it’s good. Hopefully they will come back so I can actually see them on stage!

Check it..

 

I think that’s enough.

 

-M

July = Bluesfest = Awesome

Living in Ottawa rocks for so many reasons. The shows are definitely one of them. On Canada day, Jazz Fest was FREE. So I got to enjoy Shad, Elliott Brood, & Owen Pallett at no cost. There is something about a man with a violin. Or a woman. Or just violins in general, really.

This summer is going by way too fast, but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. It is definitely a summer of music, and great music at that. Another highlight of June was definitely Born Ruffians with Young Rival & P.S I Love You.

I was beyond impressed with P.S I Love You.

If you haven’t already, check them out! The duo from Kingston really know how to get a crowd to do a little more than sway!

The past week has been a bit overwhelming. If you live in Ottawa you must have been aware of the hype surrounding Bluesfest. It’s craziness, and just trying to walk into the venue can be difficult with so many people asking for tickets, offering tickets, and so on.

Every night since last Thursday I have found myself enjoying yet another show. Tomorrow night will be by first concertless night in almost a week due to work.

Thursday July8th – – Great Lake Swimmers & Andrew Bird on the Hard Rock Cafe stage

The rain started when Great Lake Swimmers were onstage, but it kind of added to the whole feel. It was very romantic and soft. Everyone was really mellow despite the fact of who was onstage. I am personally a huge fan of  Great Lake Swimmers so it was exciting for me. I was dripping wet, but my backpack is waterproof and I haven’t melted yet.

The violinist is amazing, but really, everyone in the band is amazing. And put together, they make beautiful music.

When they played this song, I thought I could melt, not from the rain but from amazement…

My photos for Thursday are quite crappy, but you get the gist of it!

Andrew Bird, another one of my favourites, hit the stage at 9:00. He hasn’t been in Ottawa since 2000. That’s TEN YEARS! So I’m glad that I didn’t miss it. A lot of the shows at Bluesfest seem to be a chance in a life time. So why not jump on it?

He played a couple new songs, so that was exciting. I can’t seem to remember what they were called, but they were good, I can tell you that much. Once again, those violinists really get me.

The rain had stopped, the crowd was quiet, except when applauding, and the music was incredible. He was shoeless of course. But we all knew to expect that. My start to Bluesfest was a good one, hands down. I was pretty excited and shocked as to how small the crowd was…

The days and nights are long, and the rain continues to pour.

But the shows must go on. and trust me, they always do.

More to come…

Me being uber-pumped for bluesfest pt. one

I know what you’re thinking. It’s April. Bluesfest is in July.

But I really am looking forward to it. I currently have all my tickets sitting right in front of me. They are beautiful.

image by Melissa Schilz

So why am I excited? First of all have you seen the line up? Why aren’t you excited?? [if you’re not already, like myself]

My plans for this summer included Osheaga, and yes, while I would still love to go, work and saving of money compel me not to. And Bluesfest also helped me feel better about most likely missing it. That is…if I do miss it. It’s really all a balancing act.

One of the acts that made me very excited = Bear in Heaven

Image via Lastfm

Very much enjoyable, and I’ve only heard good things about their live performances. So it should be amazing. Basically, July 10th is going to be a day you won’t want to miss:

Basia Bulat @ 1:45 pm

That’s the Spirit @ 5:00 pm

Bear in Heaven @ 5:45 pm

Metric @ 7:00 pm

Passion Pit @ 8:30 pm

The Flaming Lips @ 9:30 pm

I think I may have to ditch some over others, but I will survive. If you were wondering what I would choose as the top to see…..I’d say Bear in Heaven & The Flaming Lips. Fingers crossed that Yeasayer gets thrown in the mix in the near future, seeing as bands have yet to be announced!

Well, enough distractions. I must continue packaging my life so it is fit to travel to Centretown!

More of me being overcome with excitement to come – guaranteed.