Show & Tell: Aug 05/11

Today’s Show & Tell is inspired by a post I read this morning on Raymi’s blog.  I have been fortunate enough to jump into the world of blogging & social media and made some really great connections and friends.  Today I want to highlight the blogs of the amazing women I have met IRL and those that inspire me on a daily basis.

  • First off, if you haven’t read any Raymi you really need to start.  Hers is the first blog I ever read and she inspired me from the beginning to start my own.  I went from fangirl to friend after I semi-stalked her at a “How To Be Famous On The Internet” speaking engagment.  Girl you are a pioneer and I think you are an amazing woman.  Thanks for being there to talk to me when my shit hit the fan last Oct.
  • You’ve all seen this little blondie mentioned in my posts and out at events.  Casie Stewart writes a daily lifestyle blog and it is a very sunny and positive site.  We met when I invited her to be media for IndieWeek 2009 and have been BFF ever since.  I <3 you tons and thanks for putting some sunshine into my day 🙂
  • Oh Miss Currybomb – what can I say about her?  We have been friends since we were quite young and reconnected in the city a few years ago.  Your blog is always interesting and I love how you write.  Thank you for listening to my crazyness and for bbm’ing me to check out the latest “WTF is she doing now”
  • KeriBlog aka The Canadian Explorer aka #Olympics correspondent for 2010 – a girl who loves Canada, tech & security.  Your videos entertain me and make me smile, the safety and security tips you’ve posted are always added to my “To Try” and I think you are an amazing woman.  Thanks for being you 🙂
  • Lauren O’Nizzle – friendly, blonde internet kid.  I freakin’ love reading your blog and you make me lulz on the daily.  Your internet slang is ridiculous and your photoshopped pics and gifs make me want to learn how to do it.  You also have the best About Me page I think I’ve ever read

Ok – maybe I should have called this the blonde girl brigade post instead…

  • My pink hair inspiration came from Gala Darling – I had always wanted pink hair but never enough guts to do it.  And then I came across her blog and her self-love attitude was beyond inspiring.  I totally purchased her e-book/podcast series “Love and Sequins” and I thoroughly enjoyed her ideas and advice.  Read her blog for a dose of self-love, awesome fashion sense and thoughtful articles.
  • Zoetic Ebb is my latest girl crush.  Not only is she ethereally gorgeous, she is an amazing artist and photographer.  I love her style and design asthetic and her most recent project D4RTa mobile art class that aims to bring workshops and public art projects to impoverished communities all over the world, with its first installment to take place in September of 2011 in Yantaló, Peru – is currently in need of funding and you should donate if you can.
  • love Maegan is a California girl who is gorgeous and crafty.  She makes the most amazing DIY crafts, outfits and accessories called Maeg-It yourself and I love her daily outfit posts.  Maegan has great style in both her clothing and home and I love seeing her inspirations and finished projects.  She is inspiring me to be more crafty and to try and make things myself.
  • And last, but certainly not least, is Ree from The Pioneer Woman – this might not be the kind of thing you’d expect me to read looking at the other bloggers her, but this is one of my all time favourite blogs I’ve come across.  Ree is a city girl turned ranch mom & wife and I kind of want her life.  I love reading about her family and life on a ranch in the midwest.  I hope one day to make it out there to see for myself.  I love reading about her brother Mike and the impact he has on the community around him.  It is the blog I go to when I’m in need of some relaxtion or peace and I just LOVE IT

 

I read many more blogs and my Google Reader list has about 60 on it but these are my daily must-reads.  I love that some of you have become friends IRL and everyone inspires me and makes me want to continue to create and write my own site.

Thank you ladies for being my inspiration 🙂

Carly

 

Beer Boutique in Liberty Village

On Monday night I went to the preview of the new Beer Store in Liberty Village, the Beer Boutique.  I think it’s a great idea for a beer store to be set up like this.  I love to walk around a self-serve store to check out what’s new and different.  I always feel rushed when I go to The Beer Store and have to choose what I want from a list on the wall.

I loved the layout of the store, open concept with exposed brick walls, heavy wooden tables, old beer barrels and a modern, rustic feel.  Casie commented on how straight and lined up everything was (photo by her)

 

I went with Casie, Sabrina and Alex and ended up seeing a whole bunch of awesome people that I hadn’t seen in a while.   We had a pretty fun time and got there early, before all the politicians (seriously!) and crowd arrived.
So good to see all you guys April, Raymi, Brock, Keri, Christine & Julie and Erin and we ate, drank and danced till 9pm.  I love short events like this 6-9, in and out.

I also got to try Stella Artois Legere for the first time and I think it’s going to be my new summer beer.

Speaking of Stella Artois Légère, have you voted for your neighbourhood’s chance to host the Ultimate Block Party?  go to facebook.com/STELLAARTOISCANADA, scroll down til you see VOTE and then vote for your neighbourhood (East End!!)

Thanks to the team at The Beer Store for the invite and I hope you bring a Beer Boutique to the Beach!

And thanks to CASIE for the photos.  I forgot my camera so I stole them off her site 🙂

Wake Up And Get Real

I’ve been up since 6:30am because I couldn’t sleep anymore and just found Kelly Cutrone & Justine Bateman’s online show called Wake Up And Get Real.  I can’t believe I haven’t seen or heard of this before and I’m hooked.  The latest episode talks about the ridiculous new Hollywood fad diet the “Baby Food Diet”.  I can’t believe people are really that ridiculous that they would eat baby food.  Justine makes a great point that babies eat when they’re hungry, stop when they’re full and are active all day long – maybe more people should try that.

Last night I went to Flirty Girl Fitness with Raymi to try out Pole Dancing.  I have to admit I was a little scared and slightly intimidated by it, but as soon as we walked in the door I was ready.  The studio is really nice, staff is all very cute and friendly and the pole dancing was actually really fun.  I picked it up right away and I think I’m going to go back and take some more classes.

After our exercise we went over to Marben to have a glass of wine and Raymi’s friend Alex, is the chef there.  He made us an amazing tomato salad and bass.  The food was amazing and the fish was so good I actually ate it!

Then we went to Bier Market on King to meet a new friend of hers.  We walked in the door and the host gave us so much attitude and completely gave me the stink eye when he handed me my menu.  I honestly couldn’t believe how rude he was.  The our waitress copped attitude and everyone was super snotty.  We ordered a dessert that was supposedly made that day and it was old, dry and not very good at all.  I definitely won’t be going back there.  The only good thing about the place was that I got to hear HTV on the satellite radio.

I was on my way up to Queen when Shaun called to see what I was up to and he & some friends were on their way to Hideout so I went to meet them for a drink.  I was there about 5 minutes before and got accosted by some really drunk Netherland-ers.  Made friends with the biggest bartender and then Shaun walked in with his bro & John from Ill Scarlett to save me.  Love seeing and hanging out with Shaun.  FYI – John has a way bigger head and is a way bigger person than me.

Have a lot of work to get done today and then I’m going to go downtown to meet Shaun to re-pierce my nose for the 3rd time.  It’s also Busking for Change all over the city today and you’ll be able to hear some of your favourite Canadian major label & indie artists.  Make sure you bring your change with you because all proceeds go to War Child Canada.  Check out the site to see who’s playing and where.

This week or last week

Wow.  TIFF was madness.  I need a week to recuperate from all the late nights, free drinks and parties.  I stayed in all weekend and barely moved from my couch.  It’s amazing how much piles up when you’re spending all your time working and TIFF-ing.  Have to kick my butt back into gear and get back to my normal routine.  I didn’t even have time to post a show & tell last week because of the festivities/lack of energy to move from my couch :)

Today is a full work day and then I’m heading down to meet Raymi for some Pole Dancing lessons.  Sorry Mom & Dad, I’m actually learning how to exercise pole dance tonight at Flirty Girl Fitness. After our nacho gorging session last week its only fair that we do some exercise.

I also need to get my nose re-pierced for the third time today.  It got knocked out in McDonald’s a 4am last week and closed over right away.  Luckily Shaun is awesome and is rigging up some jewelery that won’t fall out this time.

I’m going to try my hand at daily blogging, starting today.  My challenge is 30 days of blogging and I really hope I can set aside time each day for it.  Got a bunch of giveaways to do this month so it’ll be worth it for you guys to come back and win prizes.  See bribing you to read my blog.  It’s gonna work, I can feel it :)

I’ll leave you with photos of Me, Casie & Brock from the #DietCokeTIFFest party.  Photo booths should be at every event!

Check out my Picasa for more TIFF photos

2010 Wakestock Canada Day 3

Lots of photos in this post.

Got up late the last day and had to pack and get out of our loft by 11:00am.  We said goodbye to Jonathan and headed out to find some breakfast before the bands started.  Ate at the Beaver & Bulldog, which was pretty good and we all drank tons of coffee to try and get our lives back together.

After breakfast we made a pit stop at Zellers to get wellies and ended up staying there for about an hour trying things on.  Casie & Lauren got kids pajamas superhero costumes to wear and they looked hilarious.

Got to Wakecock Wakestock just in time for the shuttle to take us in.  So happy we didn’t have to walk the whole way.  It was pretty far and we were a little hung.  Love the VIP treatment.

First band we saw was called The Katacombs – a rockabilly/punk band out of Barrie and they were pretty good.  The bass player played a stand up bass and he was killing it. I’ve never really listened to much rockabilly music but I think I’m going to check out some more.

After a few songs we went over to check out the Wakeboarding finals.  These guys were crazy!  There were two walls – one higher then the other – and they were doing tricks and jumping on and off them.  I know nothing about Wakeboarding so I can’t tell you what they did, but it looked cool.  I really wanted to try it out this weekend, but maybe next year.

We walked around to check out what else was going on and Virgin Mobile had one of those carnival games where you hit something with a big hammer and see how strong you are.  I think Raymi was the strongest hitter out of all of us.  Apparently I’m a weakling, but I looked good doing it :)

One of my favourite girls, Tiffany was working the Virgin Mobile game so we got to hang with her and get some sunglasses.  She’s such a sweetheart and I really need to see more of her.  We went and checked out the Sprite Splash Mob rope swing into the water.  They wanted us to try it out but there was no way any of us were going to get wet and jump in a cold lake.  Casie’s friends took the plunge and it looked like a lot of fun.  Those boys were brave!

Got back to the stage in time to see our new friends Rebel Emergency play.  There was a smaller crowd on Sunday due to the cold, rainy weather but we danced and took a ton of pics anyway.  The band was all smiles as soon as they recognized us.  We definitely started the party on Sunday.

After Rebel Emergency was Hollerado and then my new favourite artist KO.  I have wanted to see him perform since I heard the Capable single on the radio and he didn’t disappoint.  The drummer & bass player from Rebel Emergency played with him and I was really impressed with his voice and live show.  I’ll hopefully have an interview with him to post up in the next couple of weeks.  Until then check out his Myspace page for videos/music.  I’m lovin Capable & Kurt Cobain (which is below).

I had the best time going to Wakestock with Casie, Raymi & Lauren.  It was a great experience and thank you so much to Jonathan, Zeke, Alison, Lawrence and the rest of the Wakestock team for taking care of us.  I can’t wait to come up next year and hopefully we can bring some of you guys!

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