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Greek Fest 08

I won’t say who, but look what I’ve created. Think less fraternal Greek and more flaming ouzo, garlic breath and hopefully, a lot of fun.  Etsy (my favourite party resource) was rather weak on the Greek front. If you are an Etsy artist, you should really consider this vastly untapped market. Since I’ve been to Greece (thanks to my 30-year old!), I know there’s far more to that lovely land than the iconic blue and white pictured above. My favourite memories of Greece include: the crouching groups of Japanese painting tours with their little square canvasses, the time I was dragged out of my seat to solo-dance in the middle of a taverna while Ash was in the washroom, the massive bricks of feta that adorned every Greek Salad, our long walk to Paradise beach, which we found deserted and after a near-death experience by wild horse.

PS: I made the invite on Polyvore. Its free and fun, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Here’s a little Greece for the road:


Greek Salad

Where shall we go?

Lulu with Ammo Books

Good morning. I found this piece of collage inspiration on Elements of Style – and I thought it was the perfect way to begin this week’s Champagne Wednesday (well, actually a mimosa is the perfect way, but we’ll just pretend). Perfect, especially today, as Ash and I pour over travel sites trying to decide where we should go on our honeymoon. It will be November. Too chilly for our love of Europe, where we shivered through the last two early springs. Too late for the mindlessness of Cancun, where we’re sure to face Hurricane season. Travel is a privilege. Neither of us take the decision or the weight of such a gift very lightly. I see many more nights in bed with dueling laptops until we decide.

PS: this collage, as shared by Erin, is from an artist named Lulu de Kwiatkowsk. Lulu’s hand-crafted collages are a trip in themselves. You could go on a mini vacaton now if you’d like to take a look. I love the one with the juicy green grapes.

PPS: The joys and pathways of blogging never end. Erin has an etsy shop where she sells the most beautiful vintage wallpapers. I like her idea for framing them above a bed. Brilliant.

San Francisco Collage Journal

San Francisco Collage Journal


My fiance (boyfriend back then) knows me so well! He booked us in at the Fairmont San Francisco on Nob Hill. I’ll admit I felt a bit Julia-Roberts-in-a-red-polka dot-dress walking into that vast lobby of tiger coloured marble. Being whisked away for the weekend is a lot of fun. The room itself was fairly standard. The robes were a bit on the crunchy side. But waking up every morning and heading down to the Gone-with-the-Wind lobby was worth the trade. Of course, we had to celebrate with two flutes of champagne in the lobby lounge:

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To be continued with tips on where to eat, what to do and other great SF finds…

Little things I’ve learned…

Mail from Lovely Design

since I started blogging. Taking the time to admire a package…

Lovely Design order

before ripping it open. Taking long sips of cold champagne…

and photos so I can keep tasting it.

This is the bottle of champagne that was waiting for me behind the concierge desk of the Hotel Vancouver. Part of my champagne-infused race around town before I found Ash, crystal flutes in hand, in the middle of a UBC field (talk about flavour-infused).

Champagne, real champagne, has a lightness that makes even the best sparkling wine taste cloudy. And after last week’s rendezvous with Veuve Cliqout, and this week’s affair with Pol Roger, I am really starting to think I should get engaged every month.

This particular French champagne is the Pol Roger Extra Cuvee de Reserve. Right away, you’ll take on an air of elegance, which is only proper since it comes in its own silver box (doesn’t champagne feel like a gift anyway?) and has one of those irresitable “by appointment of the Queen” stamps. I think it’s what you’d call “dry.” Definitely not sweet, teetering on the verge of tart, but overall resting on crisp and airy and a royal pain when you find the bottle is done all too quickly.

For us, it will always be special though. The cork went into my drawer full of other special corks. Looking back, I wish I’d thought to save labels instead.

PS: the package is from my current focus of crafting-envy , Lovely Design. I saw her address files on Apartment Therapy and then in the one-and-only Martha Stewart Wedding magazine. I seized the moment to indulge in my e-commerce addiction, and found these card packs to be one of her only items in stock. Can you believe my surprise (and smile) when I got the package and the return address was Surrey, BC??? I was so excited for her! Let me introduce you…

Alright, off to work!


Collage Journal #3

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A collage journal from the archives today.

A page from my book. And one from Anais Ninn’s.

Last night, over barbequed Italian Sausages in  pillowy portugeuse buns, we met Champagne Wednesday with our Mini Blanc de Blancs and an episode of America’s Next Top Model. Is it any wonder my creativity was sapped?

And yet, we were content. So, instead of creating a new collage, I decided to revisit one from the past. Reading through my old journals is one of my favourite things to do. For instance, from reading my journal, I know what a good thing it is that my Anais Ninn books are no longer beside my bed or in my purse. Finally, they’ve come to rest, and let me rest too. Somewhere on a bookshelf, and I am happy to say, I don’t even know exactly which one.

I want to live only for ecstacy. Small doses, moderate loves, all half-shades leave me cold. I like extravangance. Letters which give the postman a stiff back to carry, books which overflow from their covers… 

That’s it for now. I am thinking of adding a new category to cover some rants that have been burning in me for some time. Work is such a huge part of my day, and the source of so much tortured comedy in my life. So, keep a look out. I already know what my first rant will be.


Collage Journal #2

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Some Wednesdays, usually around our second glass of champagne, we like to play maps. World maps on our laptops, city maps in the back of travel books, printed maps used as placemats for dinner. By the third glass, we’ve posted everything we own on craigslist. That’s how we lost the coffee table for $20. Spontaneous fundraising for our first glass of champagne at the Ritz in Paris.

Some of our map games, however, have had very different results. Two weeks on a caldera in Santorini. Two hours in the caves of Veuve Cliqout. Late night walks in Deep Cove. That’s what makes the game so fun. Once in while, it’s not a game.  

But it’s dangerous for me to see the world as just “a field full of exits,” instead of looking for entrances. It’s dangerous to go shopping when what I really want is a Joni Mitchell song and an adventure. 

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Codorniu Reserva Raventos Cava Brut ($19.95, 750 mL)
Fruity, fresh and a little bitter from the herbal tea and floral touches. But most refreshing is the price. Especially if the night moves you to pour over maps and toast to the real Spain. You will need to save.

– Anthrolpologie Jeans

– A book that makes the perfect champagne tray

– “A field full of exits,” from Ondaatje’s Divisadero

Collage Journal #1

Photo Collage

A bound book of Champagne Wednesdays. Each week, a collage telling the story of where the night took us – what I wore, what he said, what we drank, how we ate and why we’ll keep raising a glass to Wednesday again and again.

Here’s how we marked Champagne Wednesday on March 19th…

  • Helianthus Goblets, Anthropologie – here.
  • Lorina French Pink Lemonade – here. (Available at Whole Foods)
  • Francais Beauregard, Montreal – Now in Toronto and blogged here.
  • Champagne, or close enough: Henkell Trocken
  • Perfume: Purple Fantasy, Guerlian (only in Paris).
  • Tiffany necklace here.
  • Everything else: Joe Fresh