Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy New Year!

After two false starts in terms of New Year's Eve plans during the day, I finally settled down with renting movies to watch with the cat while waiting for 2012 to arrive. The sparkling wine is waiting in the fridge, and all there is left to do before the year ends is to wish you a Happy New Year, and twelve months of new interesting encounters and discoveries! Thank you for your presence, and see you tomorrow!


Saturday, 24 December 2011


I have two pretty fantastic Christmassy things I needed to show you before heading off for the holidays. I'm in the middle of packing for the weekend, and while my personal belongings cause no problem watsoever, packing this year's amount of presents (plus presents I've bought for other people to offer them, because I live in the 'big city' and have access to more variety) still needs to be figured out before I leave early this (!) morning.


All screencaps by me, from La vie heureuse de Léopold Z.

Yesterday I watched a film which went straight to my favourites list, Gilles Carle's La Vie Heureuse de Léopold Z (1965). You can watch it online legally, since it was put on youtube by the NFB/ONF, the Canadian national film board. Unfortunately, it is in French only (perhaps with three sentences in English) and I couldn't find it with subtitles, but it's still worth a look just for the ambiance and the beautiful black and white images of the Montréal Winter. Above are some stills from one of my favourite scenes visually speaking, about 58 minutes in. Even if you don't watch the whole thing, this scene is very much worth it, it's beautiful and it reminds me of being driven around half-asleep when I was little, after the Christmas réveillon.
You can watch it below:

A second Christmassy thing I wanted to share with you is A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector, which I discovered through Cheapskate Chic (I must agree the title sounds a tad threatening). I'm pretty tired of listening to Christmas music since I've heard so much of it over the past few weeks at work, but this 3-sided album just feels like fresh, awesome 60's girl-group music (which it is). Listen to the first side below:


Have a happy, safe, and relaxing Christmas and holiday season, and thanks to all of you for still hanging out with me here.

P.S. I will respond to comments when I'll be back!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Catching up/At the moment

Well, dear readers, it has certainly been a while. Since last post, I have finished my exams, written about 40 pages in less than three weeks, and decided it was the very last time I was putting off doing everything until the last minute. We'll see how that goes, oh dear!
In the meantime, I have also accumulated many images that should hopefully help me go through the winter (sartorially speaking), found new enticing tunes, watched enough episodes of comedy show Kids In The Hall to annoyingly quote them (I'll spare you), started taking care of a stray cat in my neighbourhood, and had my hair cut even shorter than last time (now that I have had my short fix, I just want it to be a little longer--should be perfect in a month).

Without further ado, here's the first part of the long list of things I like at the moment:

Interesting outerwear, because it's getting pretty cold outside.
I very much like how sleek and undistracting her hair is. Her outfit is composed of almost exclusively black, yet the textures of the different materials and the trench coat keep it from the "Vogue editor" look, and bring it nearer to what I associate with well-dressed artists and spies from old movies.
by Stil In Berlin
Although I just praised a good use of black, I also very much like a combination of different darker colours.  I'm not too big on bright colours, but I find that many darker colours can be mixed with a harmonious but subdued effect. And the turban! You know I'm mad about turbans!
by Hel-Looks
This look combines two of my favourite winter wears: the colourful wool scarf to keep both ear and neck warm (something I've taken up doing last winter), and simple black riding boots. My riding boots are tan and my winter coat is black, so I walk around like a reversed version of this, but I'm tempted to get a second pair of boots, in black, similar to these which are not unlike Ukrainian cossack boots.
photo by Vanessa Jackman
Talking about turbans... I bought this Good Night, Day simcoe headband earlier this fall when the amazing Tara-Lynn visited the Puces Pop fair in my town. It is incredibly soft, and makes going out in the cold much easier. It most certainly is one of my best purchases this season, as I wear it very often.
photos via Good Night, Day

It's been such a long time, how have you been? Any new winter looks you've been into?
I'm on a short break from school, so I'll post again very soon (I'm on a good blog-related idea roll)! x