Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Get ready to be totally Magoo-ed this Christmas!

I could not resist this one. Here is my gift to you for Christmas...and there are six parts to it. Start it and you will not be able to stop!
Hope you like it ;O)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Il est temps de prendre votre Sublime Revanche!

Si, comme moi, vous les avez manqués lors de leurs débuts à Lyon, réjouissez-vous! Camille Germser et ses Girls sont de retour dans La Sublime Revanche, et avec quel panache!
Photo Cédric Roulliat- Photos presse libres de droit

C'est le spectacle à ne pas manquer, celui qui "buzze" (pardon my French!) à Paris actuellement.

Mon petit trio familial aura la chance de les voir le 30 décembre prochain au Vingtième Théâtre à Paris.
Il semblerait bien que les places partent comme des petits pains chauds, alors réservez vite! N'attendez pas la dernière minute.

Oulala! J'ai hâte d'être abasourdie par l'extraordinaire fracas de plumes et de paillettes qui, d'apparence légère, semblent se charger soudain d'une toute autre dimension. Une pièce de théâtre musicale à l'américaine (au style détourné), teintée d'une certaine gravité bien ancrée pour mieux faire décoler notre imaginaire.

Si certains d'entre vous l'ont déjà prise, cette Sublime Revanche, n'hésitez pas à partager vos impressions ci-dessous.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Sing along - Sing a song

I hope you will be moved by the following two performances as much as I was.
Gently striking. Like butterflies landing on your shoulders.

Sing along. Sing a song...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The haze of time

Photo de Miguel Jacob.
Reflections on/of the past.  
Happy recollection.
Photo d'archives retrouvée ce matin...
Tiens! J'étais drôlement amusée, le regard un peu espiègle.
Marco, adossé contre un miroir, après avoir essayé son smoking de futur marié....juin 2009.

Monday, October 3, 2011

YSL at the Bata Shoe Museum

"YSL – Classicism and Transgression "
An Illustrated Talk by Laurent Cotta

@ the Bata Shoe Museum
Wednesday, October 12 2011,  6:30pm

'Towards the end of his life, Yves Saint Laurent defined himself as “the last great couturier”. Before the end of his career in 2002, he was certainly the last active couturier to have lived through the glorious period of Parisian design in the 1950s. Recognized by Chanel as her heir, and taking after classic French tradition, Saint Laurent offered an understated fashion which glorified women and gave them the assurance needed to assert themselves in this transitional period. Join art and fashion historian Laurent Cotta from the Musee Galliera in Paris, as he discusses how through his classic designs Yves Saint Laurent accompanied women in their emancipation and fashioned a clothes-closet that is contemporary even to this day. ' (Alliance française de Toronto)

For more info, go to: http://www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/cultural-calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2011/10/12/24/-/-

Monday, September 26, 2011

Falling for Edwards Gardens in the Fall

The light in September is my favourite! Less crude, more gentle - it seems to adorn and enliven everything it caresses with a golden touch.
 Now, suffice it to say that I basked in this lovely September sun yesterday, how I rejoiced! I spent my Sunday afternoon strolling the picturesque lanes of Edwards Gardens and humming like a butterfly in the adjoining Botanical Gardens.

Fountain Grass
Purple Beautyberry
 Believe it or not, it had been a year since I first wanted to discover the Gardens, but without a car, it is quite a hassle to go all the way up there, all the more so with a baby... My father-in-law wanted to spend some quality time with us so I suggested we go to the Gardens to celebrate the glorious sun and Lola's 12 weeks. He was clearly happy with the idea and drove the three of us there, reminiscing all the while the last time he had visited the gardens in 1985.

À bientôt, Edwards Gardens! We spent a blissful time taking in the surrounding beauty of these gardens in the fall.

PS: Don't be surprised if while you are sitting at the Gardens Café, you sea a furry silhouette passing by you...There is a very special guest at the café...Apparently this raccoon is family there. I thought he really behaved like a "begging" dog... Smart little masked scoundrel!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Déjà! 2 years already!

Last night, Marco and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary. Already!
He invited me to join him in a cafe with our baby Lola well tucked in the stroller, and there... SURPRISE! He offered me 2 big bouquets of flowers. I love being offered flowers in a public space, it is so beautiful to be spoilt in front of total strangers who for a second share an ounce of your joy!

Once back home, there was another surprise; a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne cooling down in the fridge waiting for us to pop the cork, which we did! Our gift to each other was to spend some quality time and cook a meal together. We had watched a Jamie Oliver show that had inspired us and had decided on the menu for the night: a tray of fish with a spinach salad, salsa verde and the best potato salad in the world! We prepared the whole menu by the book, except for the Banofee pie that will have to be experimented and savoured for another special occasion. For dessert, I had already made some lemon and poppy seeds madeleines to match our vanilla ice cream.
To see the video of the Meals in Minutes show in question, go to this link.
Jamie Oliver making a salsa with extra virgin olive oil - gorgeous!

Marco and I cannot get enough of Jamie Oliver's culinary verve, he is so colourful and genuinely enthusiastic about food that you feel like cooking as soon as the show is over. And oh boy, does he love his extra virgin olive oil, Marco and I have this private joke about him, we call him Jamie Olive Oil- we love him soooo much!

Well, needless to say that we had a glorious night, cooking, eating, drinking, and celebrating our newly born trio with Lola. Yes, we sure paid a fair tribute to the Veuve's golden bubbles and finished the whole bottle that very night...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, J-P Gaultier in Montreal

I want to go...badly!

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts:

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk

From June 17 to October 2, 2011
A stunning 'in-the-navy style' gown.
Image from the exhibit, courtesy of Cristina Austin.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Kooks, our song for Lolita

As we were listening to our favourite David Bowie's album this morning, Hunky Dory, Marco and I realized that the song Kooks was addressed to a child. So I researched and found that the song had been written for his son, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones, born on 30 May 1971. We voted it our song for Lola, Lolita de nuestro corazon!

For a more robust version of the song, listen to this one.

KOOKS, Hunky Dory - David Bowie (1971)
[CHORUS (x2)]
Will you stay in our Lovers' Story
If you stay you won't be sorry
'Cause we believe in you
Soon you'll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

We bought a lot of things
to keep you warm and dry
And a funny old crib on which the paint won't dry
I bought you a pair of shoes
A trumpet you can blow
And a book of rules
On what to say to people
when they pick on you
'Cause if you stay with us you're gonna be pretty Kookie too


And if you ever have to go to school
Remember how they messed up
this old fool
Don't pick fights with the bullies
or the cads
'Cause I'm not much cop at punching other people's Dads
And if the homework brings you down
Then we'll throw it on the fire
And take the car downtown

[CHORUS (repeat ad inf.)]

Friday, September 9, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Where to find quality farm products in Leslieville?

At Rowe Farms, of course!
Marco and I stopped by at their Leslieville location last Saturday and found it hard to refrain ourselves...We ended up with a basket full of goodies: a scrumptious baguette, 2 marvelous buns to match the incredibly yummy burgers that we got, maple ham for a quiche, zucchinis and a bag of fresh yellow beans, a cream of mushroom soup, some chicken breasts, and the cherry on the cake...a delicious eye of round roast beef (for less than $22 /kg).
The very same night we made the burgers: to die for! The next day, Sunday we had our baguette toasted for breakfast (yes, I am French!), and for lunch, we cooked our Sunday roast - medium rare ;) to perfection- with a side of beans and finger potatoes. What a Sunday!
To this day, we are still enjoying the leftovers of cold meat with a bit of mayo and a fresh salad.
Ça, c'est la belle vie!

Friday, September 2, 2011


 A day in Lola's life: late-morning nap in the backyard, twist and shout on the rocking chair and then enjoying a little impromptu dance-photo shoot with "maman & papa"... C'est le 'fun'!


"Lo-lee-ta; the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta" (Nabokov)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Oh, Lola! by Marc Jacobs and by Marco Jacob...

M'enfin, il ne va pas bientôt s'arrêter de nous copier celui-là!
But when will Marc Jacobs stop copying us???

Oh, Lola!, by Marco Jacob

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A-Goo at the AGO or Art and Leisure according to Lola!

Last Saturday, we took Lola to her first museum exhibit at the AGO at age 4 weeks and 6 days. An early age to be exposed to art, I know. She was carried by her daddy in a front carrier and enjoyed the atmosphere so much that she slept through most of it ;o) Thanks to her grand-mother's talent, she uttered her first a-goo, which sounded serendipitous in a place called the AGO... Food for thought. Amusing.
On at the AGO until September 4th.
“I'm interested in expressing the big emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom." – Mark Rothko
Before the AGO excursion. Getting ready for modern shapes and colours.
After the AGO - Agoo exhibit, Lola diva relaxing at the Beaches.
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