Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
This afternoon, Cassie and I headed over to the Portobello West Fashion & Art Festival at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. This is a new building because I have never been to or seen this station and it's located right behind Home Depot on 1st Avenue in Vancouver. This festival is a local fashion and art market, artists and designers from the lower mainland (and BC) were there to display and sell their unique works of art, fashion, jewellery and photographs. Although it is not a huge market, about 30 tables or so, 2 hours was def. not enough time to stop and talk to everyone who had a display / table. I will be heading back there again next month (this market is open every last Sunday of the month 11-5 and free admission!) because I found so many awesome, unique jewellery stands but today I was focused, knew what I wanted and went looking for it straight away. I spent most of my time browsing through the fashion (i.e. clothing / accessories) because I was looking for a jersey knit (or that sort of material) dress. My new obsessions (besides handbags and shoes!) are dresses! I love them, so easy to wear and a great way to express yourself. With so many designers and so little time, we were watching the clock because Cassie had to leave around 3.00pm for her very first dinner party at her new apartment, I was busy skimming all the displays and tables. With only 2 hours, I managed to look at every table in the market and make second / third stops at the places were I spotted some pretty dresses. There were three places that caught my attention:
At the first table, none of her dresses caught my eye but she did have some really cute Asian inspired kimono tops but sadly, nothing in my size. Blushing Designs had some really girlie girl dresses and I love them all but focused on 2 dresses only. A white one for the upcoming summer and a velvet red one for next winter, the white one was too small, next size up wasn't available except in black (I already own a dozen black dresses so no!) and the red one just didn't look right on me although the dress itself is so pretty! While waiting for the changing corner, I overheard the designer tell another customer about her grand opening (she's opening up a store in the downtown area) and how she started to get all this buzz when one of her dresses was featured in LouLou magazine. From there on, people from all over were requesting her designs which led to opening up her own store to accommodate all her clients. I had a quick chance to speak to her and she passed on a 10% discount card for her grand opening while mentioning that all her designs at the boutique will be new Spring items and all sizes would be available. I can't wait to see her Spring line, her dresses are so fun and so girlie, love it! Crossing my fingers in hope that I will find a cute white summer dress. After Blushing Designs, I headed over to Schaart Clothing, she is a West Vancouver designer, I managed to get a cute pink jacket (for the future white dress) and a pretty brown jersey type dress. Paying cash, I received a discount and no taxes! It was a tough choice between the brown and the black with red bits but I had already decided I have way too many black dresses (but I may end up buying the black one next time cuz I realized it will look great with my new baby janes!) After purchasing the dress, Cheryl (Schaart Clothing Designer) threw in a purse for free!! Wow, what a bonus! I was pretty much cashed out with these purchases so I headed over to find Cassie and found her at UFO Designs, some really cool urban fused original designs, and I ended up buying two very cool unique looking hair clips! She purchased a necklace from UFO and at another designer (forgot to grab a business card!). Lovely pieces, it was such a lovely time and the most fun in shopping I have had in months!! I love hitting local designers and shops, so much to see and so unique! I had so much fun and can't wait to come back!
Oh yes before I forget to mention, one of the main reasons I found out about this market is because I was looking for BYOB, a couple of Vancouver designers designs some really cool and reusable shopping bags. I am on their mailing list and they sent me a coupon for $5 off on a purchase of one of their bags if I went to the market. Now $35 to buy a really pretty, strong and reusable shopping bag is worth it because I hate using plastic bags but with a coupon, even better! But I managed to get one for $15 because it wasn't so perfect! What? $15 that's an awesome price! Plus the coupon is only valid with a purchase on one of their regular bags but they did not have the one I wanted but the $15 is pretty close, I don't care if it's not perfect, it's still pretty :)
Saturday, March 24, 2007
For Canada Line Photos in front of my apartment and Cambie Street ----> Here
For Kay's Choir Festival ----> Here
For Chinese New Year & Warren's Birthday Dinner ----> Here (yes I know this one is really really really late!)
Jasmine and I had dinner at Sala Thai and boy was it scrumptious! I love Thai food, we ordered the "tonight special" (Scallops and Prawns in a red curry with spices and coconut milk), Pad Thai (our fave!), 1 cup of coconut rice to go with the special and (another huge fave!) angel wings (chicken wings stuffed with yummy stuff!). Although the restaurant was not super busy, we still had to wait 15 minutes for a table. I'm happy to see that business is still great on the weekends. It was a lovely evening and I'm so glad that Jasmine and I had a chance to catch up. Life is good. Good people and Good food is the way to a Great Life!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I have never owned a pet or been close to an animal but I am quite sure it's the same feeling as if you had lost your child or your best friend. He sounds so devastated and heartbroken, I have never seen or heard him speak with such emotions. Not even when he broke up with his girlfriend.
What does one do for someone who has lost someone they loved? Suggestions anyone?
No he does not want to replace Bea so he will not accept a new pet bunny. He is burying her with his most prized possession which is a stuffed pink (now grey and has no face) bunny he received when he was a baby. He's had this stuffie for 28 years and I am not at all surprised that he is going to bury her with it. He is just as attached to the stuffie as he is with his Bea. Maybe I can buy him a new stuffed bunny? Such a sad day......
After Jacob, we were getting a tad bit hungry and ready for dinner so we headed off to Kitto's on Granville. I had a huge craving for Japanese and Kitto is not the best Japanese in Vancouver but it is close by and pretty reasonable for basic Japanese. The menu is quite limited and there are only a few special rolls but I ordered light, wild sockeyed salmon sashimi, gyoza, and four different variations of handmade sushi (i.e. unagi, chopped scallop and hokkigai). Stuffed and ready to call it a night, I convinced her to make a quick peek over at John Fluevog. Gosh, I am a terrible influence! She ended up buing a really cute pair of pumps and I ended up with a new pair of hot baby janes! Yes, as I have repeated over and over again, I have a terrible shoe addiction! I cannot help it, I looooooove shoes :)
Wanna see my new shoes? Click Trishaopholic!
After purchasing the pretty new shoes, we continued down the path of shoppindestruction (yes that's my new word) and headed across the street into a store called Urban Outfitters. This is a new store on Granville Street and I remember seeing this store in LA. I recall this as one of the first stores we stopped in while shopping (and visiting) the Santa Monica strip. The strip is very similar to our Robson and Granville Street combined; a very nice little shopping district by the beach and waterfront. As I remember then, this store sells mainly beachy outerwear, very casual and hipbumbeach wear (not at all my style). Actually, I think Kay would love this store, lots of cute tops, skirts and accessories. Kay is a real girlie girl. We, of course, didn't stay in the shop for long just a really quick look over the place. We headed out and into Future Shop because I wanted to pick up the newly released DVD "Blood Diamond" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Djimon Hounsou. After that, it was most def. time to head home since it was getting late into the evening and I am usually in bed by 10.00pm! It was nice to head home after 7.00pm as I had no problems getting home because the rush hour traffic was pretty much over with. I managed to get home in 20 minutes! Wow! It's also really nice to be outside when it's not dark, I am liking this new time change, I think we should have done this years ago!
Every work day, I leave my apartment around 7.05 or 7.10 am to be at work by 7.40 - 7.45am because I start work at 8.00am. Before the Canada Line construction, I could leave my apartment at 7.30am to catch the bus right in front of my building with 5-10 minutes to spare, now I have to leave 20 to 25 minutes earlier just in case of a construction/traffic congestion. Today, my regular bus was early which I missed so I had no choice but to catch the next one which ended up being 5 minutes late! On top of that, it took the bus 22 minutes to go 5 blocks and due to the lateness plus the congestion, the following bus stop had a line up of 20 people! The bus driver crammed every single person in! Can you believe that while we were slowing etching our way down to 12th avenue, I noticed all the construction workers doing sh*t all. Standing around, chatting and drinking their dang coffee!! Why was there congestion you ask? Because they decided to make the busy intersection (Cambie / 12th Avenue) one way for both southbound and northbound lanes, allowing 5 to 6 cars a turn and controlling 12th Avenue traffic with the lights. WTF??? There seemed to be no reason why there was only a single lane going north and south bound!!! By the time we reached Broadway stop, there was another group of 20 people!!! The bus was crammed and the traffic from that point on was clear as day! Finally reaching central downtown, I didn't even have time to walk the 6 blocks that I normally walk, I had to run to catch a bus on Georgia to cut the 6 - 10 minutes it would have taken if I walked it. 8.05am is the time I finally arrived at the office. I AM NOT PLEASED AT ALL. I need to figure out another route to work.....
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
No one among the Hoovers quite has it together, but it's not for lack of trying. Father Richard (GREG KINNEAR), a hopelessly optimistic motivational speaker, is desperately attempting to sell his 9-step program for success -- without much success. Meanwhile, the Hoovers' "pro-honesty" mother Sheryl (TONI COLLETTE) is constantly harried by her family's eccentric secrets, especially those of her brother (STEVE CARELL), a suicidal Proust scholar fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his gay lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers with their unlikely dreams -- the four-eyed, slightly plump, seven year-old would-be beauty queen Olive (ABIGAIL BRESLIN) and Dwayne (PAUL DANO), an anger-fueled, Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a staunch vow of silence until he gets into the Air Force Academy. Topping off the family is the grandfather (ALAN ARKIN), a foul-mouthed pleasure-seeker recently kicked out of his retirement home for snorting heroin.
They might not be the picture of perfect mental health, but when a fluke gets Olive invited to compete in the fiercely competitive "Little Miss Sunshine" competition in California, the whole Hoover family rallies behind her. They pile into their rusted-out VW bus and head West on a three-day tragicomic journey filled with madcap surprises and leading up to Olive's big debut -- which will change the entire misfit family in ways they could never imagine.
"Little Miss Sunshine" features the directorial debut of renowned music video directors (and husband-and-wife team) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who direct from a script by Michael Arndt. The film is produced by Big Beach and Bona Fide Productions, with Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly and Peter Saraf serving as producers, and Jeb Brody and Michael Beugg as executive producers. The production team includes director of photography Tim Suhrstedt, production designer Kalina Ivanov, costume designer Nancy Steiner, editor Pamela Martin, composer Mychael Danna and the up-and-coming band DeVotchka. -- © Fox Searchlight Pictures
Friday, March 16, 2007
Work is a whole another post, too much to say about this subject.....
Oh yes, also did a little shopping in our neighborhood boutique.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Here's a photo of one of the many cool tops that she received! Doesn't she look like a teenager? It's totally FREAKING me out!!!! I am not ready for a teenager!!!
Saturday, March 10, 2007
It was pouring out today and Kay and I really didn't do much except head over to Choices to pick up items for our dinner and flowers for our guests. Kay and I found a really nice soy base essential oil massage candle called Pain Relief Tulum and after you light the candle for 30 minutes, you can dip your fingers into the liquid soy and apply to your hands. It smells really nice and makes your hands feel really soft! I think everyone should have one! Kay thought it was a little excessive in price for a candle but it's a multi functional candle! Plus it's just like purchasing a bottle of cream which could cost about the same amount of money.
It was a really nice night and I wish I took a couple of photos but again, I didn't think of it. Oh well, maybe next girls night out.....
Friday, March 09, 2007
After I finally reached my front door, Kay and I waited until about 6 ish to leave the house, hoping the rush hour traffic would have died down. Boy were we wrong! Congestion everywhere and when we hit the freeway (to Coquitlam, IKEA), it was bumper to bumper on 3 lanes! We decided to exit back into Burnaby and head over to Richmond IKEA instead. Gosh, we took the city tour to get to IKEA! When we finally reached our destination, we headed straight to the restaurant to have our dinners, boy we were starving when we go there! Meatball special, yummy!
Tummy full and happy, we headed straight to the warehouse to pick out our POANG, I figured it wouldn't be too hard since I checked the store's stock before heading over to IKEA but once we got there, we could not find the black brown frame I wanted! We settled with a medium brown frame and the Dala natural cotton cushion. Frame priced at $90.00 and chair cushion $99 (I know priced more than the frame? But it's a thicker cushion and a nice material than the cheaper Alme Natural). We grabbed the cushion from a new box and though the tag was a little ripped, I figured hey the cashier can look it up. What luck! She typed in the wrong code and I got a $45 discount! She rang in a footstool cushion instead of chair cushion! I got my cushion for $54.00!! What a deal and so worth the long drive here :)