Thursday, April 28, 2011

For "mom & dads" listening enjoyment: Francis England

It's not often I find myself continuing to listen to my kid's music without the kids. Usually, if they've lost interest, my interest is soooooo out the door that I'm go-go-gadget arm to turn the damn thing off.  But, Francis England's, creative approach to "family" music is about-time refreshing.  

Costello and Dashen can't get enough of Tricycle, and maybe I still have a few post pregmones floating around because You & Me makes me cry every time.  Check out an album, your kids will love it and there's a pretty good chance you will too.      

until next time - ABCD

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

down in size up with cool

Have you had a chance to vote for Apartment Therapy's Small/Cool 2011, the 7th annual smallest coolest home contest?  If not, it's worth a visit.  I'm liking this one.  Or how about this home sweet home all within 78 square feet of house.

until next time - ABCD

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

dressed for april - SPRINGTER

Everything here is under $100 except for one item.  Any guesses?

I always find the transitional seasons both the most exciting and challenging to dress for.  There's usually a handful of elements which make these outfits tricky.  The biggie being weather, which typically is as unpredictable as your daily chosen image.  But, when done right, seasonally-confused outfits are fun to wear, full of layers and cleaver ways of mixing coming trends with past season's tried and true.

In Calgary, it's full on Sprinter.  Sunny with snow.  Making shoes tricky right now.  I'm leaning towards purchasing a pair of ankle highs.  Feet will stay dry and warm and my knee high boots can get a much needed break.  

1.  Vila Pink Vitoria Scarf 
2.  Gold Button Stripe Tee 
3.  Tortoiseshell Sunglasses 
4.  Kate Spade "Take the Plunge" Bangle
5.  Lodis Clutch
6.  Burberry Umbrella
7.  Vintage Boots 
8.  Skinny Jeans
9.  Rainy Day Jacket
until next time - ABCD

Monday, April 18, 2011

and this goes out to the one we love

Happy Birthday Daddy...we love you!

on a sidenote...I don't know why the audio is off, it's my first "vlog"  

0n a sidesidenote...I'm not sure why I sound like I just stepped off a Netherland's boat.  

on a sidesidesidenote...Dashen is wearing a special helmet to help shape his head...I'll post about this later.  

on a sidesidesideside note...I just realized that had I stepped off a Netherland's boat I'd likely be speaking Dutch, and since I'm not...I guess I just stepped off the dork boat.   

until next time - ABCD

Thursday, April 14, 2011

no you can't see my driver's license...

I always told people I was 28 long before I actually was.  It seemed like the perfect age. Old enough to be taken seriously, young enough to still be cool.  I convinced bartenders, employers, older men at the bar, younger girls in Urban Outfitters, that my sophisticated 28-years-of-knowledge had it all going on.  I wanted people to give me the amount of  respect that I considered a 28 year old woman would receive. This age worked well for awhile.  Jumped started my career and landed some very "grown-up" opportunities.

 28-ish  with my Chicago soul sister Jessica  
However, a few times it backfired.  When I met Brian, I sort of slipped a few extra years under my belt to better allure him.  He was older, I felt older, all good.  No harm no foul. Or so I thought.  You can imagine that conversation?

"So um babe, remember oh a few years back when I told you I was 28...yeah....ummmm....well.....let's see"


I faked 28.  And it worked for awhile.  Then one day I actually turned 28 and realized that I didn't feel this highly anticipated life change I expected.  Just another day in a year of a life along my journey of figuring it all out.  And, as cliche as all of that sounds, it was this realization that liberated me from the faked-age crowds I once belonged to.  I no longer wished to be one day older or younger then my current 30 year's.

There are however days like today where I'm reminded that I'm no longer 28, or even in my 20's for that matter.  Take for instance my encounter at starbucks this morning.  I'm feeling good, nails are painted this fun orangy-pink, wearing an outfit which I consider to be quite cute, when another very stylish girl, whom I knew is younger then me but figured she couldn't be THAT much younger, sits down.  I admired her ankle boots thinking I needed a pair for Spring.

"Those are super cute boots," I asked.  "Where did you find them?"

"Oh, know, I'm not sure.  My Mom bought them for me."


Your mom really.  REALLY!?  How old is this girl?  Wait.  How OLD does she think I am?  28.  Unlikely.  Before leaving she comments on how cute Costello is.  Mentioning that he looks just like her little brother.

Mmmmm-hmmmm, your little brother, of course he does.

So two lessons learned today.

1.  Just because I'm comfortable with my age doesn't mean there aren't days where I don't feel momzillion years old.

2.  I will NOT be buying those stupid ankle boots.

until next time - ABCD

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

For Your Listening Enjoyment -Armistice

Everybody needs a mariachi band to kick start their day.

Heard this band a few days ago on the radio, fell in love this song, and I think you will too. Enjoy!

Armistice is the collaboration of real-life couple Beatrice Martin of Coeur de Pirate and Bedouin Soundclash frontman Jay Malinowski.  Cute couple, cute song, win win.

until next time - ABCD

Thursday, April 7, 2011

sneak peak

Our pre-renoed home lacked a main floor closet.  We had hooks.  They sort of worked, sort of failed.  Mainly failed.  Usually it was a simple of case of.

1. one hook
2. abagillion things

Which typically led to...

"Huuuuuney, (the ugh tone) I can't find my jacket...have you seen it?"

my response...

"Did you check on the second hook from the door, under my jacket, behind Costello's sweatshirt, under Dashen's carrier, next to the diaper bag?"

So, in addition to a new front hall closet being added, Rectangle also came up with this back door solution, a built-in perfect for shoes, purses, and stuff.  Which makes me almost as happy as our new kitchen layout.

key word here being "almost".

until next time - ABCD

Monday, April 4, 2011

if april showers bring may flowers...

then what the hell is he doing here?  We are in the month of April.  Which is the month before May...which happens to be the month before June.  Summery June, with pool parties and SPF soaked skin.  Soooo, with summer just two months away, can someone please explain to me why this unwanted "man" is on the back deck?

And...yes....Costello's not wearing gloves.  Shoot me!

Ok, that was a bit harsh.  I'm bitter.  But, really...can you blame me?

until next time - ABCD
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