Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Sisterhood of the Plaid Pants

Lennie started it.

She was wearing THE most fabulous Blackwatch plaid pants the other week, and I really, really loved them. I was mentioning my lustful wishes to Jill at the ballet, so, after the performance, we decided to walk down to The Bay to see if we could spot any. No luck in The Bay, but I have to congratulate Bonnie Brooks on stellar Christmas windows :) I'd post them, but I can't figure out how to get the video from my iPhone...Lennie????

We carried on to Talbot's where Jill went directly to the main wall exclaiming all the way....They've GOT THEM!!! So now I am "samers" with Lennie ~ although hers have cuffs and mine do not.

This isn't even what any of the pants look like, but they are Blackwatch. Off I go to Washington, DC for Thanksgiving and a baby shower and Dana falls in love with the plaid pants! You can guess the rest.

So now it has to be the sisterhood of the Plaid pants. They can travel too:) Thanks Lennie!!

Photo Credit http://laurasstyle.onsugar.com/search/anthropologie

Monday, November 29, 2010

The season is really REAL now!

Upon my return from Thanksgiving in the US...this little video over the wire from Belgium. Zoë wasn't worried about Black Peter, but St. Nicholas was a bit fuzzier than she expected! Those little babies were all born around the same time, and seem to really love each other!

Thanks Jane, Michael and the star of the show little Zoë ....first Christmas party!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

To have experienced and survived Black Friday in the USA is quite an accomplishment. For some, who made out as bandits...no names here [LJF],-it was a joyous occasion.

After the mid-day Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, there was some talk about going to the shops as early as 4 or 5 a.m. when they were schedule to open for the biggest shopping event of the year. The conversation escalated to hysterical fun when it was discovered that some outlet malls were going to open at midnight. It didn't seem to matter that said malls were located an hour or so away, it only made the burgeoning adventure even more madcap.

Sooooo-guess who ventured out at 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving night to make a run to Leesburg Outlets! PRIME Outlets...read: Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Cole Hahn, Le Creuset, Carter's, Burberry, Coach, Talbots.....yes, the best of the best. Harry and David didn't have chocolate Grahams.

Upon our highway approach, there was a bit of a discussion as to whether or not this was going to be a good decision or not. Let me just interject and explain that there is NO GPS system known to anyone that could possibly keep up with the road construction surrounding Washington DC. It didn't make any difference how much we castigated "Lola", she just couldn't cope with the restructuring, which made for some fairly dicey manoeuvres on the very crowded roadway. Picture the car with two grey haired "older" type women, one hugely pregnant younger woman and one curly topped navigator who was trying her best to keep the car on the road:)

The mall surrounds said it all. People were parked on the grassy outskirts, in ditches - well, that was because they were "Youtes" who thought they might be smart and park in a swamp!:). There was double, triple and quadruple parking everywhere and swarms of people. It is MIDNIGHT. The crowds keep coming and we decide that we're already here, we may as well just try commando tactics. We parked in a dicey area and hoped that our pregnant passenger might engender some sympathy at towing time.

I tell you, it's a phenomenon that I've never seen the likes of. We were glad we had done it, and there was even a little talk about it becoming a yearly tradition, but I think that fizzled out a bit as we tried to navigate our way home around 5 a.m. The rule has to be that if you can get there, you also have to get home as the excitement quiets, and the body clock finally realizes what is going on. It helps to sing and be elated at all the good deals you get!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Finally you can purchase Beatles songs on iTunes! I'm going through all the albums loading up my favourites. This one was one of the first...still great to this day.

The excitement that was generated over this group (in the day) still has me in it's grip.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Another Random Act of Culture

Another one of these spontaneous choral events that I wish I had been involved in.

This is so fantastic !

Macy's Hallelujah

Thanks Dev!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Guess where we were tonight.....

If you ever get a chance to see "Pink Martini"


We had such a fun evening with this tremendously talented musical group from Portland, Oregon. They have a new Christmas album out. If you like a lyrical 'vintagey' tone...iTunes!

They sing in many different languages and tonight they took a long shot and wondered if there was anyone from Turkey in the audience, because they were going to sing a Turkish folk song that everyone in Turkey knows. Lo and behold "Emri" pops up in the back row balcony and joins China on stage. Only in Toronto! The ensuing antics were possibly the funniest audience participation we have ever seen. Needless to say, the show ended up in a bit of a jam session, carrying on much longer than anyone expected. "We Three Kings" ended up being a jazzy dance like something in a sultans tent, and the entire audience sang "Auld Lang Syne" with the new band member "Emri" on the maracas! ...it was a wonderful show and the band said it was the craziest concert they have ever given. Thanks to "Emri", and Pink Martini for an uplifting evening out.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Like a band of gypsies...makin' music with my friends

The annual road trip with Susy and Elliot always turns into a rock concert. As the van slips south toward Pittsburgh, the "dulcet?" oldies will be wafting along the Pennsylvania highways.

This is where my Warholizer App will come in handy :)

Gotta run! I just can't wait to get on the road again.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Ina does it again

Thanks for the tip Jill! I got my copy at Costco today. The Red Velvet cupcake recipe does look great! :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

On the way to Broadway

Last week, Helen and I went to see "Priscilla Queen of the Desert", at the Princess of Wales theater in Toronto. The musical adapted from the movie. Prior to the performance, we treated ourselves to a delicious dinner at "Aroma", an Indian food restaurant. We suggest the butter chicken, lamb biryani, aloo gobi and naan bread. A cosmopolitan to start is also highly recommended :)

The music is delightful, the sets and costumes over the top, and the energy electrifying. The story is one of a search for acceptance and love. What could be nicer? THE MUSIC!!!

It's on it's way to Broadway, as do so many shows that pass through the Big Smoke. If you get a chance to see this one, do so.

Photo credit: http://www.theaustralian.com

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Know this face?

This is a really popular face if you are a rubber stamper. I always wonder where these fabulous images come from. She is called “Lina Cavalieri”.

In The New York Times today Piero Fornasetti

Now I'll have to start a plate collection!:)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Researching Pittsburgh

The heat is on to find out all things Pittsburgh. We are off on a road trip soon, and of course the main focus will be on the museums and eateries. The Professor and I are regular viewers of "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives".....This may be one contender.

We shall visit the Frick Museum

"For my best beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron"

The Warhol, The Warhol

"Marilyn Monroe"

and Penzeys Spices

Any other recommendations??? Perhaps a little off-roading to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater??