The View from my Phone: Week 25

Posted on June 25, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

Week 25 means that I'm almost half-way through this project! I'm actually pretty proud of myself for sticking with it this whole time. Anyone who's done any kind of 365 project knows that it's really hard to keep it in your head for an entire year. Even though I'm only (not quite) half-way through, I have noticed a few changes:

  • Daily creativity (even just a tiny teensy bit) feels good
  • Taking photos is more of a habit now
  • I'm less camera shy (behind and in front of the camera)
  • My photos are getting better--or at least I think so!

Are any of you working on a 365 project? Would you like to start one? You know, it doesn't have to be January 1st to start!

Blank Pages

Posted on June 22, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

Lately I've feeling that I don't have a lot of creativity. Just this past week or so and it's been very frustrating. So yesterday, even though it was 42C (107F) outside, I decided to go for a walk. I took my camera with me and 2 hours later I came home feeling sweaty but much better. While I was out, I also picked up a much needed new sketchbook and 3 adorable notebooks. Now I have all these blank pages to fill! Does anybody ever get anxious about the first thing they draw in a new sketchbook or write in a new notebook? I do. I remember when I was younger I used to rip out the first few things I drew because I never thought it was good enough to be the first page. If you look at my old sketchbooks, you can see that the first few pages are gone. What a weirdo, right?

I'll work on my first drawing in the new book today. And I'll try my best not to tear it out!

On my walk I also took about 100 photos. Those will be in an upcoming post.

Ruche Summer 2012 Lookbook

Posted on June 20, 2012 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

Last week I showed you one beautiful image the Summer 2012 Ruche lookbook titled The Tuscan Sun, and I know you're dying to see more. I've pulled together a few of my favourite images from the lookbook and let me tell you, it was hard just picking a few. Ruche is one of the those stores where I would literally wear anything and everything they sell. Hint, hint, to any family members who read my blog and need gift ideas!

I would wear this gorgeous pleated dress every day of my life.

Sheer maxi skirt? I need this.

Yes...this is exactly what I look like while cooking. Maybe that apron will help me be more careful with the tomato sauce.

All images via Ruche

The View from my Phone: Week 24

Posted on June 18, 2012 and tagged Art & Photography with comments

You know how we just bought a house, right? Well I was getting a little sick of just counting the days til we move in (we're at 70 now), so this week I tried to pack my schedule with so much crap I would forget what day it was. And... success! It totally worked. I not only forgot about my countdown, I forgot what day of the week it was. I spent Wednesday through Sunday at the Tanenbaum Opera Centre working for Luminato. Spades directed by Robert LePage was showing there. While I wasn't at the theatre, I tried to cram in a couple other events.

Here are my photos from that week:

Top Left: This was basically my uniform for the week. Black top, black scallop skirt, black tights and my flats with the leopard print bow.

Top Right: Friday night we went up to the top floor of the Sherton to see the Luminato Artist Lounge. The view was incredible and Rufus Wainwright was there, or so I'm told. I'm not a good celebrity spotter.

Middle Left: The inside of the Tanenbaum. So much exposed brick, yum.

Middle Right: This is part of the lovely neighbourhood around the theatre, called Old Toronto. Lots to look at.

Bottom Left: For some reason Old Toronto is packed with furniture shops. I walked by these neon orange chairs everyday and now I want want WANT!

Bottom Right: Here's a sneaky photo of the stage. I say sneaky because I'm not sure if I was allowed to take it. The whole stage was more elaborate and complex than I could have imagined. I mean, holy trap doors and moving pieces. If you ever get a chance to see Spades, I highly recommend it. Even if you're not a 'theatre' person, there are several scene changes that will make you think, "How the HECK did that happen?!?"

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