Monthly Archives: August 2011

we’ve driven past vera’s burger shack on denman for years, but have never tried this vancouver institution!  only living blocks away from vera’s (and having a craving for freshly made burgers) we had no excuse!  i tried the BBQ burger (provolone, bacon, fried onions and bbq sauce) and ryan had the Baja burger (salsa, guacamole, cheese and hot peppers)!  Everything one could hope for in a burger – fresh, juicy and flavourful!  Definitely the perfect way to satisfy a burger craving!


editorial image: “taking hold” – ruby aldridge photographed by norman jean roy for vogue us, july 2011. product photos from their respective linked websites: 1. haider ackermann reverse in silk satin wool cloth jacket, 2. eugenia kim maxine rabbit fedora, 3. vintage earrings, 4. giuseppe zanotti buttoned leather ankle boots, 5. reed krakoff boxer leather envelope clutch, 6. mac lipstick in lady danger.

inspired by this divine haider ackermann silk wool jacket, i tried to piece together what a dapper, sharply-dressed woman would wear with it’s sharp shoulders… i pictured a screen siren with lady danger red lips, art deco earrings and a tilted fedora making her way through the dark, foggy streets of the big city…

screenshot from the video, video source gotyemusic on youtube.  i’m looooving this new gotye, it reminds me of another one of my favourite groups – ok don’t laugh – chicago! oldies, but goodies! my cousins and i have a tape of songs from the 70s and 80s that my uncle made and we listened to the whole drive across canada!  the commodores, pat benatar, men at work, asia, heck yeah!? don’t you think it has similarities to “you’re the inspiration” in the chorus? no, ok it might be a bit of a stretch, but i’m loving it! hope you all have a great weekend!

we headed up to my parents place and our family cabin in roberts creek for our anniversary weekend, and it coincided with the community’s annual “creek daze” festival, parade and local library book sale! i love the super cute parade with the local businesses, kids and community members! my favourite member is “ghost poo“. he leaves philosophical messages toothpicked in piles of dog poop, that irresponsible locals leave behind after their dogs, so that instead of just having to look at doodoo, you can ponder the meaning of life or gain a little inspiration from a hopeful message… sort of like a fortune from a cookie…i actually have photos of these messages… though i feel it would be rather gross to post them… my favourite is “expectations are resentments waiting to happen”. rock on, ghost poo, your work is appreciated! (he was tossing out rocks painted gold – gold nuggets – and we caught one this year!!)

 (top photo by dad and bottom 3 by mom)  mom and dad bought new kayaks to kick around roberts creek, and ryan and i finally took them out for a spin! we had a seal follow us for a while, but no bounty (logs or floating treasure) to bring back!for our anniversary dinner, ryan and i got some crab from the local gibsons marina (we are going to set our own traps next year), boiled them up at the cottage and had a feast on the front lawn! corn + crab + beer = heaven!

screenshot from the video, LØV from Vanessa Bruno on Vimeo.

kate bosworth stars in LØV, a film by stephanie di gusto for vanessa bruno’s FW 2011-2012 collection. refreshingly beautiful – yes, rather awkwardly strange – definitely. all i know is that it makes we want every piece of clothing in this line, and wander around in the rockies picking wildflowers and sitting by glassy, cold, blue-green lakes wearing it…

song used in the video – “keep the dog quiet” by owen pallett (album: heartland)

my bridesmaid pam powering through making seed bombs and program decorations… (all photos by my dad except #4, 5,6 by jamie delaine photography)my bestie erin and my sister-in-law michelle and arranging flowers for the reception…photos 4, 5, 6 by jamie delaine photography

ian taking our “thank you” card photos a few days after the wedding

it’s hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by! i guess a 4 month exchange to scotland for ryan and finishing up a thesis takes a good chunk of time away rather quickly! thanks again to our families and all of our amazing friends for all of your help, we could not have done it w/out you! happy anniversary to my ryan!

1. alexa chung for madewell aimee fisherman knit sweater (no longer available), 2. tom ford nikita cat-eye sunglasses, 3. marc jacobs polka-dot cashmere and silk-blend scarf, 4. bloch luxury two-tone patent-leather ballerina flats, 5. alexander wang leather-cuffed twill pants, 6. alexander wang diego rhodium-studded leather bucket bag. (product images from their respective linked websites.)editorial images: “be my baby” photographed by steven meisel for vogue italia, december 2004.1. jennifer behr lace violette headband (no longer available, but similar styles on site), 2. bally wool-piquet skirt suit, 3. patricia field 5-finger half glove, 4. alaïa peau soir lace-up leather ankle boots (on sale!), 5. fendi pouche zucca bag, 6. l’oréal paris lineur intense felt tip liquid eyeliner in black mica. (product images from their respective linked websites, composites by me.)