Saturday, May 28, 2011

ESSIE - Braziliant Collection: Smooth Sailing

All I have to say is that I am simply obsessed with the shade "Smooth Sailing" from Essie's Braziliant Summer 2011 collection.

I love pretty much all of Essie's shades, but this colour caught me by a nice surprise!

It reminds me of lilacs in the deep Southern countryside...


Monday, May 23, 2011

Lady Gaga - Born This Way Album Review!

I guess you could say I waited until midnight last night for iTunes to update so I could get my Gaga on. I was pretty excited to get the bonus track version of Lady Gaga's latest  "Born This Way" and after listening to the album a couple of times I can say I have a few favourite tracks. A lot of people are saying she can't beat Fame, but at the same time I feel that was a collection of her greatest work to show the world - and now the Lady is going to give us different vibes and growth with each album.

This album is dark, and 80s fantastic. When I listen to the tracks I sum it up to a Mexican Day of the Dead vibe with that beautiful Catholic art.

Sort of like Romeo + Juliet (Leonardo DiCaprio & Claire Danes styles)

You already know I love the track "JUDAS" and I am also feeling the remix version of the track as well as the remix of Scheiße, both by DJ White Shadow.

I am digging the production of this album - That is really the first thing I notice with Gaga. Always impressed.

The track "Bloody Mary" gets me in the heart and I love that breakdown with the dark voices "Gaga" throughout the track and the chorus is just beautiful - the whole song is just wow to me! Definitely check it out! Americano is very much a neon Mexicano wicked vibe. Love!

When Lady Gaga wrote the track Scheiße I am pretty sure she was watching "Run Lola Run" (or, as it's called in Germany; "Lola Rennt"). As soon as I heard the beginning of this track I thought it sounded EXACTLY like "Believe or Wish (Komm Zu Mir) sung by Franka Potente (Lola in the movie). I am also  sure there is an actual German version of this track but I can't find it at the moment.

How I know this was because my brother bought me the soundtrack for Christmas when it came out, as I loved the movie so much! I wanted to be German and Lola herself.

Such a fantastic movie and soundtrack! I wore it out for sure!

Don't you agree her German track sounds eerily sisterly? Click the links above to hear the difference or shall I say; SUPER similarities :) I LOVE the chorus on this track so much! I felt it was one of her strongest on this album hands down.

I found Fashion of His Love reminds me of Born This Way. I find Fashion for His Love is the Father of Born this way :)

Bad Kid is also a soft spot in my heart. I love the melody in the chorus and how it's written. I feel like spritzing some Exclamation perfume. I think of that big 80's black and white bottle when I hear a lot of these tracks :)  It's a good thing!

There is this breakdown in Highway Unicorn (Road to Love) at about 3:35 when the organ comes in - it's something I would totally write! I need to get Ellemusic out there!

My heart also dug the song Heavy Metal Lover. Always love Lady Gaga's lyrics and the chorus "Ooo's" are just brilliant. Love the production! This is a lovely song to dance to.

Electric Chapel reminds me if Depeche Mode and Billy Idol got together to write a track. I think this is what they would come up with. Love the dark bells in the chorus, for sure!

All in all I wouldn't compare the greatness of Fame and Fame Monster to Born This Way because I think they are both lovely and brilliant in their own right.

Definitely suggest buying this album!

Thank you Lady!

Mackie's and May 24 Weekend!

Thanks Scott and Andrea for the Chloé Sunglasses CL 2188  in Petroleum blue.
Such a lovely early birthday gift!

To be honest -I was quite surprised how well the weather turned out for this May long weekend. Usually it is either cold or super rainy - and just not great weather to do anything fun and outdoorsy.

Visiting Port Stanley was very last minute yesterday, and it was just nice to walk to the beach for 30 minutes and go to Mackie's, my great love (I've wrote about the place before) - since they are celebrating their 100th year in business this year!

Of course - I grabbed an Orangeade and small fry to hold me over until I got to my Ben Thanh's (favourite Vietnamese/Thai cuisine).

The sun was VERY much needed for my soul this weekend. I felt so much better after going for a drive listening to Leonard Cohen and seeing the waves bringing in the Summer. It was a little chilly, but it was nice!

Happy Victoria Day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Penny Blacks: Gold Standards EP!

Photo by Kâté Braydon.
If you're into the Avett Brothers, I would definitely check out Penny Blacks hailing from New Brunswick, Canada!

This fellow Canadian indie group is made up of one amazing songwriter named Jason Ogden and such a fantastic band! They just released a 5-song EP called Gold Standards and I am actually really digging it!

I was listening to "Chop Yourself into Little Pieces" in my car the other day, when it was so warm and sunny - and I was driving with the windows down and making wind waves with my hand, all while driving the country roads to my parents house.

You can grab Penny Blacks EP on iTunes, Rhapsody - or probably the best place is on their website, where you can stream, and buy, the album! :)

I would personally LOVE to see them live! 

I will post the video for "Chop Yourself into Little Pieces". Loving these lyrics!


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Hipp Hipp Hurra for Syttende Mai!

Gratulerer med dagen, Norge :)

Edie's Great Tante Inger made this outfit for her :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

8 Month Update!

(I was supposed to write this blog on my Hunnie Bunnie Babies blog, but Friday 13th made me write it on the wrong blog ... blasted crazy days)

I am a little late on my post, but I will update you all the best I can recall ;)

Edie is growing so fast and laughing up a storm these days :)

She is bigger than most kids her age as she meets older babies and she looks so much bigger!

We had a wonderful visit from my hubby's family who visited from Norway - and we had such a lovely Easter with them!

Little Edie dressed like a little duck (I know you were expecting a little bunny!) and for her first Easter the Easter Bunny brought her an American Girl Bitty Baby doll :)

I've had a huge love for these dolls as I have read this one magazine over and over again from 1986 (I believe their first catalog that was released) and I always wanted Kristen, which was a girl from Sweden.

I must have channeled my inner Scandinavianism from a very young age :)

The magazine is very fragile now - I still hope to keep it for years to come. I thought it would be nice to buy a little doll for Edie on the 25th anniversary year, as it will also my age at the end of July. So I guess it means more to me. Hopefully one day I can own a Kristen doll :)

The little one now has 7 teeth! It's crazy! She also loves all of her food and doesn't fuss about any of that. A truly old soul :)

I even catch her laughing at the right parts when she watches tv alone.

Edie- Reading her own ceremony ;)
While our Norwegian family was visiting, we had the opportunity to have our Edie Marie sort of baptized without a denomination.

The ceremony was called "Celebrating New Life" and was performed in our home by Patti - a licensed minister, who actually married us in 2009 - so it meant even more to us.

We had a little celebration over the Easter weekend followed by a brunch. It was a very intimate gathering, but meant the world to everyone there :)

Edie is so loved, so very loved!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Lonely Island: Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)

This song is effing hilarious! I love this track on so many levels! The video is fantastic as well ;) Bolton is brilliant!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I'd like to think this is my mother with my two brothers and I :)
I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! I got to spend mine with my favourite mothers of them all! My mom of course and my sister-in-law :)

We started off the day have the famous breakfast skillets from Yia Yia's Grille down Longwoods Road in Lambeth.

Mom and I went shopping with my dad as well (he wasn't too thrilled) but it was just so nice to go out and enjoy the sunshine and the coming of Summer! :)

I was spoiled with a very thoughtful gift from my man. I got a bass guitar! I needed one so bad to record with and just play around when I want something different from the guitar or keyboard so it was super nice! I love how it's a semi-acoustic bass.

It was such a lovely day and I am very blessed to have the family and friends that I have :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

My Prediction of William and Kate's VERY Close Future!

I should have written this a couple of days ago while I was on it - but anyways;

I see Kate being pregnant very soon - if she isn't already.

They will have 2 to 3 children (2 for sure because they have to) and the first will be a girl and her name with start with the letter "E".

I see Elisabeth first coming to mind - perhaps Emily or Emma. I just thought I would throw that out there and get it off my chest :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Finished the Backsplash!

Yes! This weekend my hubby finished a DIY project and did our backsplash in our kitchen with polished stone tiles!

I am oh-so-proud of his articulate work - as he paid so much attention to detail. :)

If you are looking into doing something like this in your own home, I can give you book titles that really helped with this job!