Sunday, June 28, 2009

Verses of comfort, assurance and salvation

Musique: Carla Bruni- L'amour

"The power of imagination makes us infinite. "-John Muir

Hello loves!

Took that picture above at like 7 in the morning... i just had to capture that image- knowing i may not even wake up at that time ever again was all the more reason to, haha.
Okay well it seems like i have not updated in ages so here goes!

Firstly on the previous Friday, I had a post-birthday celebration with good company up at the patio of Jack Astors on Dundas towards the evening... had interesting drinks and food to go around... chats and laughter was evidential throughout the fun evening.

Tried and tested: Loving the look for this dress...very '20's inspired look i would feel, the colour is a lovely champagne cream... i felt very chic, knowing that I would wear this on any given day if i could -to the shops, to the lounge, etc.

Moi, je joue...

Furthermore, I decided that with so much events that have been taking place this summer- I call them "dramatic spectacular spectaculars"- amongst me and my friend, that we should start writing a memoir.
Indeed this summer has turned out to be quite a moulin rouge in terms of the inspirations, the loves, the craziness, the lively and glamorous evenings to the lounges which me and my friend would always find ourselves in good company in. Ah, to be young and carefree....
We should, seeing as these are our golden ages. ;)

Loving this: Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte... I found it to be such a unique and interesting piece..great blending of colours and the look of the dress is very interesting-not to mention her shoes are something I would wear around the city, even in dark skinny jeans.

An oldie but a goodie: Been listening to this as I came across it amongst my cozy pile of Cd's... I actually purchased this a couple of years ago at Club Monaco- snatched it up right away.

I also recall that they used to sell Hotel Costes music as well.. wonder why they don't sell rare Cd's like these anymore... really glad i purchased this on the spot.
J'adore Karl Lagerfeld! Long live the Lagerfeld.

Music and fashion really do blend with one another... I love how there was two discs for these, one was music that he would listen "at home" and the music he used for "work"- on the runway for Chanel.
Must watch Coco Avant Chanel...if it ever premieres here, which seems to take forever to get here to Toronto- grr...

Towards the end of the evening, I found myself at the bookstore, picking up a favourite novel to glance through, a Paris Vogue, and some Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade- my must for this summer.
Through it all, it was a relaxing atmosphere, and that's what I like to find at the end of the day-a time to reflect, a time to dream...
And that's all for now! Ciao!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

We live again...

Musique: Beirut- Un Dernier Verre (Pour La Route)

"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them." Henry David Thoreau

Hello loves!
These next words is something I made up along the way the past days...


In your eyes, I see the whole world.
Nothing in my life I would want to give back.
Summer's a sacred keeper of all things promising and deep impacts.
Wish I can hear you say my name.

In my thoughts, dreams become intensified.
Where all my words seem to drown out all my sorrow.
The things which I cannot seem to hold, they just all seem to drift away
Won't you hold me before I fly away.

In my words, I can feel the bittersweet melancholy of music
Underlying all my source of tension and mistakes
Taking in the humble grace of art through my eyes
Breathing in the beautiful execution of Jasmine in the air.

We all end up swirling in the same floor
Everything is coming up and pulling you closer to me every minute.
When you least expected it,there it comes, sailing through your door.
Wishing, wanting a different life, a different hope, a different imagery
And so, I lock inside my hope, and my world.
That's all for now!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summertime, and the living is easy...

"The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague.Who shall say where one ends,and the other begins?" Edgar Alan Poe

Hello loves!
Today is a Saturday and boy do I love that sinking feeling of joy that Saturday brings which not only involves potential relaxation, but fun and a release, which weekdays have got you bottling.

I can't wait to see this film! The very second I finished watching the trailer for it, it was instant summer love. I loved how they put Hall and Oates, Temper Trap, and Regina Spektor for the trailer music- too awesome for words.

Zooey Deschanel is hands down, one of my favourite actresses at the moment and it was such a perfect pairing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt ...watching clips of this, probably the main reason why it drives me nuts with love is that I see life in that sort of free-spirited, artistic eye point and have been through awesome relationships like that and with friends that are like that too and strive for that sense of things-that-can-happen-in-a-magical-sort of way. Still living life that way!

Oh, did I forget to mention that this film drives me nuts with love? I'll add that emphasis just in case.

Yesterday I had a wacky awesome of a time with Geoffrey my awesome french friend in which we explored a bit of the city and was off in our little world.
The day before that, we were up until almost 4 in the morning at my place watching Transformers, to refresh our minds a bit as we can't WAIT to see the second transformers.... I'm so pumped to see it! I'm such a Transformers fan, its ridiculous.

I decided to show him the courtyard of Trinity College, and the maze-like landscape for some reason reminded me of Alice in Wonderland for some oddball reason.
"Off with your head!" we would cry to on another in a jokingly manner.
The best part was we went on opposite ends of this "maze" and what we decided to do was that we would walk on the concrete lines and without jumping over grass, find some way to meet each other in the middle.
Thought it was going to be complex, but we managed to meet in the middle in less than two minutes, and gave each other a high five in satisfaction. There were other people looking at us doing this attempt, but as usual, we couldn't care less- stuck in our little magical world.

Well last night, I had a gathering of friends and we decided to go to the lounge called Pravda which is down at St. Lawrence... walking in it was really interesting the decor and how it looks like a Russian parlour- with noir and rouge a big pattern throughout, with burgundy curtains and gold pillars and period posters of Lenin or Stalin- quite interesting.

See this cute hugable person? It was a total genuine surprise from my french friend when we were meeting at an intersection a few evenings ago. Its a ninja which I always saw on display in one of my fave stores in the city called Propaganda- and now I own one!
I love what the tags says about it: "Wee Ninja- Although Wee Ninjas make up the general population of Ninjatown, that hardly means they lack complexity. In fact, Wee Ninjas train constantly to refine many of the techniques all Ninjas use today, including but not limited to the Stealth Hug, Sneak Snuggles and Nubs of Tickle Fury. Favourite snack: Wasabi Peas"
-The fact that his favourite snack is wasabi peas- a keeper without a doubt.

And that's not all!
For my birthday (Yes , I am turning 21 on June 21st- my champagne birthday!) I received from my french friend Stella by Stella McCartney perfume- which is one of my favourites as it smells like roses (my favourite flowers)
I was too stunned for words!
The best part this weekend is the cake...its not just any cake, but a tiramisu cake that a specific bakery makes which is incredible.
Will bring back a huge slice for Geoffrey on Monday so that we can share- cause sharing is caring!! :)
And that's all for now!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

They're like photographs captured in the air....

"Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead." Louisa May Alcott

Bonjour loves!
So Luminato has come to an end, but I'm really glad I've been able to attend some of the great feats that they had. With the help of great friends, I've been kept busy- which I like because that's what summer's all about!

I have a deep fondness for train stations, and of course with my friend and I when we have deep conversations, we would sit at Union and discuss the course of events, and our fascinating world, haha. I've also been picking up more french with my friend from France, and to be honest, I'm a perfectionist, and as we were sitting outside the French Cafe near the Art Gallery, I've probably said "Musee des Beaux-Arts de L'Ontario" like fifteen times to perfect without an English accent. In return I'm attempting to teach him English without the french accent.

Also on that day, we stopped by the Royal Ontario Museum- also known as The Crystal... checked out the Museum Store there and it has all these interesting things, from Japan to Africa, as we looked around... then sat in the Spirit Room... but too bad we didn't' hear voices this time around.

So on Saturday at the Harbourfront... Cirque Du Soleil was performing- to be honest it was my first time seeing their act... I knew what they were all about and just never thought otherwise...but after their performance, I'm stunned to pieces.
The fact that with I've been to Harbourfront twice in a row is really not bad, the atmosphere's very carefree and its near the lake and the people are lovely, not to mention the things that are going on there. Perfect for that summertime feel.

I love walking on the boardwalk...especially when you look over your shoulder, the CN Tower's looming above, where at night, it lights up in colours so splendid.

Also the boats that were drifting along were stunning at night when their lights stood out from the dark surrounding.

So for the last day of Luminato on Sunday, there was another spectacular performance of Cirque du Soleil, which lasted an hour, but the things they do! Incredible and really proves that if we put our minds to it, we can literally do anything- heart, mind and soul.

And that's all for now, bisous!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Glittering. Elegant. Intrigue. Seamless.

Musique: Muse- Endlessly

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. " - Mohandas K. Gandhi

Bonjour loves!

Had a magical afternoon, which consisted of a wonderful trip down to St. Lawrence....
I was with my friend from France who has never been down there so without a doubt, we had to go. To be honest, as we were walking there, I was still a bit groggy from waking up early.. but as the conversations flowed and laughter ebbed through, it brightened up my spirit- there's nothing like friends being there to lift your heart up.
Once we got there, I just had to show him my favourite bookstore in the entire city- Nicholas Hoare.

We searched through their lovely selection of books.. I swear, I can completely be broke in purchasing all those books they display.. I want them all to my private collection! One of the must haves I ended up getting was "Left Bank" which I thought would be a lovely leisure read... and it truly is.. read this during work and I'm a quarter of the way through.

As we scanned through all the shelves, a particular book caught my eye.
Without hesitation, we grabbed and sat on the couches near the fireplace.
My friend, he lives in Lille, which is one of the featured towns .. as we began turning the pages, I pronounced the places in french, with sometimes the reassurance and clarification from my friend... whenever he speaks french, I swear, he can be saying the most dirtiest words and it would still sound sexy... the french languages is like that! I did let that comment be known and he laughed. But that wasn't the BEST PART.

The BEST PART was that as we were going through all those breathtaking photos of places like Corsica, St. Tropez, Cannes, Chartres, Lille and so much more, I think everyone in that bookstore can sense and hear my excitement, with the occasional jab of "Ohhhhh that is soo beautiful!!" "Oh I want to live there!" and "I can SO picture myself there right now... let's go, let's just GO". While doing that, he would just go on telling me about certain facts and saying the towns in french and where he's been.
It was there that we stumbled across a GRAND plan that possibly next summer, if I really set my heart in it- for a a week or two I would go to France, and from there with his car, we would set our sights on several of those stunning small towns I wished to go and do a sort of road trip in France!!!
I jumped at the chance and the fact that realistically this could really happen is just unbelievable... I already want the year to go by so I can go!!!!!

We stuck awhile talking about the Grand plan, until we decided to explore and move on. From there, we went to St. Lawrence Market...

The St. Lawrence Market on the outside looks like one of those old European style sort of town hall with the large clock on the tower... but inside... it was filled with shops with meat, seafood, pizzas and pastas, wines, and cheese. So much cheese, it made me want to do a wine and cheese affair right then and there.. but the urge for some Italian got in the way, haha.

Afterwards, we strolled along the park... and the one thing that stood above all else in my mind, was how as we were walking along- all you can breathe in was the scent of jasmine...
It was intoxicating in such a good way. I paused just to close my eyes and bit and breathe in the scent that was surrounding the park.

I Carry Your Heart With Me by E. E. Cummings
I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart)
I am never without it (Anywhere i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)
I fear no fate (For you are my fate, my sweet)

I want no world (For beautiful you are my world, my true)
And it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you here is the deepest secret nobody knows (Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
And this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

And that's all for now, bisous!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Last Tango In Paris....

Musique: Nitin Sawhney- Nostalgia

"Insist on yourself. Never imitate."- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bonjour loves!

Had a great day today... but first, a few updates on the past couple of days.

Lately, I've been obsessed with skyscrapers and historic buildings, so my friend and I decided to go around the financial district...even (gasp) to enter these financial buildings, enter the elevators and go up on the highest level in the building possible. Of course, it was also beneficial that we knew some people there :)

I first went to the Commerce Court... I really didn't know what to expect but wow...

I shot this when I was at the front and turned around to capture what it looked like upon coming out from this building...

There was definitely an air of clean chicness to this building...and the way it looked in a old-style sort of way definitely made me like this building even more.

I was very impressed... it was quiet, with a low humming of voices going over numbers and other things of the was splendid walking towards the middle of the middle, with the men in suits and posh women going back and forth.

Especially when I looked up, the ceiling was marvellous... I think this is going to be one of my favourite buildings. Very interesting indeed.

Next we went to the Ernst and Young Towers... it wasn't too bad upon entering the building. It was just as nice... then we decided to head back to 1 King West shortly after...

Also, apart from the architecture of those grand buildings looming over which casts such shadows down below where we walk to and fro, another thing I like to observe upon are elevators... the Royal York Hotel's elevators I liked, as it was had an antique look to it... the best ones are the ones with mirrors all over, including the ceiling, how it's furnished inside, and the type of flooring it uses (marble, etc)...

Of course, upon strolling around King, stumbled upon these amazing sort of artworks in the financial district, outside one of their back courtyards.

I was just grateful we even have things like this in the city...where most of the time, I keep wishing it would be a little bit more European influenced... oh well, Paris is next summer so it'll be very soon until I actually go to Europe!

Can't get enough of the view of the skyscrapers....something majestic and protruding and powerful about them that makes the urban landscape what it is... I think the best view to see all this was on the 49th floor at 1 King West.... beautiful.

So.. about today!
Yesterday, I went to sleep at around 6... in the morning and did not get up until 4... in the afternoon.
I think it was the first time that with a group of friends, I literally saw the sun rise in the city-one of the great advantages of living in the city. It was interesting to see that when you faced one direction, you can see the hint of a daylight glow and when you look in the other side, it was pitch black, haha.
On another note, it is a well known fact that I much rather prefer to go to lounges or hotel lounges the most in the evenings. So it was then that I caught up with my friend Tiff around 5:30-6ish and shortly after dinner, we decided to lounge at Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel...

I approved of the atmosphere as it was definitely the type of setting to just have a laugh with Tiff as we went reflecting about our crazy life, not to mention the jazzy french music that played when we were there...

Of course, I had a cosmopolitan, my favourite preference of drink. As the hours went by, and the night got darker, and watching the people go by, there was a deep sense of comfort, not to mention you could really feel like dozing there as it was so relaxing.

Shortly thereafter, we decided to go check out events that were taking place... Luminato.. where creative artistic happenings are taking place.. so we went to Dundas Square to check out some live salsa music..

The great part of all of this is that not only did you enjoy the music- I did sway back and forth a bit- but the couples that were there that were salsa dancing throughout the entire time and let me tell you something- they sure can dance!
And that's all for now, bisous!


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