Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Jean Paul Gaultier in Montreal...

One sunny Sunday, my good friend Julie (of popchampagne) and I decided to take a little trip to Montreal...aside from the fact that Montreal is an amazing city and it's only two hours away from Ottawa, there was a very specific purpose to our travels on this particular Sunday: The Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts...the exhibit, entitled, "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk" was well worth the travel (and well worth the amount we got lost!) It is the first exhibition dedicated entirely to the French couturier and showcases many of his designs, costumes, gowns and creations from various decades, including Madonna's famous cone-breasted bra...the exhibit marks the designer brand's 35th anniversary and is also the first stop on it's international rotation...as the museum's courier so aptly describes it:
"I wanted to create an exhibition on Jean Paul Gaultier more than any other couturier because of his great humanity," explained Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. "Beyond the technical virtuosity resulting from exceptional expertise in the various skills involved in haute couture, an unbridled imagination and ground-breaking artistic collaborations, he offers an open-minded vision of society, a crazy, sensitive, funny, sassy world in which everyone can assert his or her own identity, a world without discrimination, a unique 'fusion couture.' Beneath Jean Paul Gaultier's wit and irreverence lie a true generosity of spirit and a very powerful message for society. His humanist aesthetic touches me deeply." 
Her vision was realized, I can attest to that...the exhibit is amazing...just to be in the same space as some of these creations is enough to leave you feeling in awe, but to actually see the interactive mannequins and be able to hear the creative genius speak through them makes the experience so much more intense, not to mention breathtaking! What's especially great about this particular show, is that unlike most museum installations where visitors are not allowed to take photos, at this exhibit it is completely fine to do so...as a result I was able to capture some of Mr. Gaultier's amazing creations on film (well digitally anyway)...here are some of the highlights from the day...enjoy...
Grand entrance to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit...it was impressive all around...
 My ticket and some of the stunning dresses and gowns and creations byJPG...
 This was one of my favourite rooms...it was designed like an actual fashion runway, with various fashions from his collections...it was brilliant!
 Inspired by punks, among other things...
 The detailing in all of Gaultier's work leaves the viewer speechless, it's no wonder one gown can take up to 2000 hours to complete...you can't see it here in full form, but up close the detail is seriously impressive...
 More details and some of the amazing head-pieces throughout his collection...what can i say, the man is a genius a la mode...
 It's also obvious that he is inspired by more than just what he sees around him, but also the various and different cultures he has visited or had exposure to...
Hanging out in front of the museum, at the gift shop and throughout the city...
{Two bottom left photos by Julie}
Some street photography, our lunch (it was yummy!!!) and a photo of me taking a photo by Ms. Julie...

More Montreal Street Scenes...

The exhibit runs until October 2nd, so if you are near Montreal and an avid fan of Jean Paul Gaultier, fashion or just want to see something absolutely amazing and creative, go check it out...the next stop on its international tour will be the Dallas Museum of Art, in November...
Love K

Monday, August 29, 2011

Little things...

I have been nursing a nasty cold for the past few days, which essentially involves me feeling both miserable and sorry for myself...it's that horrible cycle of feeling sick, feeling miserable abut feeling sick, feeling miserable abut not being able to anything about being sick, etc. etc., you know what I mean...so by Friday, after spending two solid days in my PJs, grumbling about the state of myself and my health (in my man voice at that) I started thinking about all the little things that actually made me happy that week, instead of miserable...(I guess at this point I should warn you all that this is a bit of a sappy post...so you have now been warned)...to continue, I sat down and took an inventory of all the little, itty-bitty things that make me feel better, comfort me or just plain make me smile while I am feeling uber crappy (family and friends notwithstanding...they go without saying after all...) But you know what? The act of doing this actually made me feel better as well...so I included a list here...it's dedicated to all of you sickies out there, who feel as miserable as I do right now...hope this makes you feel a little better as well...enjoy...
Enjoying some Lady Grey Tea in my vintage Rococo-style cup, gifted to me by my late (and loved) Grandfather...tea always tastes better when served in a pretty tea cup...
My rapidly growing September Issues magazine collection, which frankly I only seem to have time to read when I am sick...still (im)patiently waiting for my Vogue and W Magazine to come...
Going through my lovely new Sephora goodies which I bought during the pre-opening party of the store here in the city...(Yes, I managed to drag my tired and sick butt out for this event!)...
{Lash-defining mascara; Sephora, Lipstick; Sephora Collection LipAttitude-Star, Eye shadow; Tokidoki Polpettina}
Finally finding the perfect containers to store my Nail Polish collection, which has been hiding in random cupboards and drawers around the house...may seem ridiculous to some, but when you are sick it's really the little things that make you happy...
My life saver: Yogi Triple Echinacea Green Tea...not only does this stuff taste amazing, but it soothes your sore throat while boosting the ol' immune system...plus every tea bag comes with it's own inspirational message...this morning's lesson: "Compassion has no limit. Kindness has no enemy"...(sweet, n'est pas?)
Writing little messages on my newly-made blackboard (it used to be a broken mirror)...it's kind of like playing 'teacher' everyday, but without the screaming back-to-school kids...

There you have it...all the little things that made me sane and happy last week...perhaps this week I will compile a new list...hopefully this week I will feel better...sigh...fingers crossed...happy Monday everyone, hope you are all staying healthy and happy...
Love K

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Maison a la Vogue...

Have you seen the latest APT Vogue? Well I sure have and am I ever glad I did, because the latest fabulous abode features designer Minnie Mortimer...her Malibu home is both charming and eclectic~my favourite combination, not to mention homey and completely unpretentious! In a word: I LOVE! (okay that's 2 words but who's counting...) I am especially in love with the colour Mortimer chose for her closet-love the bright blue and the study/dinning area-love the deep purple-gray...anyway, I think I will let the photos do the talking...feel free to drool along with me folks, ain't no shame in it...enjoy...
Really digging the book organization and the wall colour...
 So simple, but so effective...
 I am a sucker for old wooden pieces, wicker and random art...
 2 words: I LOVE...
 The colour is so lovely and bright...love the black skirt peaking out from the closet as well...
And that's all for today folks...stay tuned for a re-cap post of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit I went to in Montreal, which was in a word: AMAZING!!! Until then, have a great evening everyone...
Love K

Friday, August 19, 2011

OIFF Premier Launch...

This past Thursday I was invited to attend a truly great event indeed...The Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) had their official premiere party at the Gordon Harrison Art Gallery here in the city...besides the fact that the gallery is a gorgeous space (and was packed!) the atmosphere of the entire event was friendly and warm...film and movie folk mingled together with arts people, bloggers, writers and special guests, including the mayor of the city! I was attending as press for Ottawa Life Magazine, so with my arm candy, Julie Lan of popchampagne, in tow we mingled along with the rest of the crowd, enjoyed some of the goodies and I was even able to snap a few pictures in the process...although I do admit most of the pictures I included in this post were taken by more seasoned shutter-bugs...either way it was a great way to spend any evening and an amazing event to support the arts in the city and beyond...OIFF, although not yet a household name in the movie industry, is sure to be one quite soon...little sister to TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), it is putting the Ottawa film scene on the map, one movie at a time...so for those of you in the city, who love a good flick, the event runs until late Sunday night...this Saturday will feature Aaron Ryder, the brilliant executive producer behind the cult-hit, and one of my favourite movies, Donnie Darko, so if you are an avid fan of either film or Mr.Ryder's work check it out! To read more about OIFF events or some of the behind the scenes coverage, see here...
 Myself, Vera Grbic (writer for OLM) and Julie Lan (of Popchampagne)
{photo by Ming Wu of Blurasis}
Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson with Nina Bains, founder and executive director of OIFF...
{photo by LoveK}
 Samantha (of Starfish Events), me, Vera, Julie and Aaron Deanne (of Starfish Events)
{photo by Bryan Jones of Jones Digital Solutions}
Mingling crowd at the gallery...
{photo by Bryan Jones of Jones Digital Solutions}
 Details...
{photo by Bryan Jones of Jones Digital Solutions}
 Somme yummy beverages...
{photo by Bryan Jones of Jones Digital Solutions}
 More of those delicious blue concoctions...
{photo by LoveK}
 Veggie rolls...they may be small but they were fantastic!
{photo by LoveK}

 One of the amazing goodies bags, filled with hair products, magazines and other such lovely things...

...and that is how I spent my lovely Thursday evening...this weekend I am super excited to take my gal Julie (same as above) to Montreal to see the much anticipated The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, which I have been itching to go see since it opened...I am so excited and I can't wait to write all about it, with more of my own photos of course! Until then, have a fabulous weekend everyone...
Love K

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

DIY: White Retro Drawers...

This is my very first attempt at a DIY and I must say it actually turned out really well...apparently I don't believe in starting out small, because I went straight from never doing any kind of furniture restoration to doing the biggest, most heaviest piece of wood you can imagine (seriously this thing weights a TON!)...but I guess it's good to just jump straight into the deep-end sometimes, right? And as I said, this time it seemed to work...so this is the story behind this particular piece: a few months ago before we moved into our new house, I came across this junky drawer set which someone had discarded on the street corner ("one woman's garbage is..." you know all the rest)...anyway, much to my husband's horror, I saw the potential and luckily for me a friend with a truck happened to be staying with us during this time as well...so we heaved the beast onto the truck, and lugged it up 8 floors up to our apartment (okay there may have been an elevator involved but still...) and it sat in our over-cramped living room for a good 4 months completely untouched...but once we moved to our new place, we had a garage where I was able to sand it down, give it a fresh coat (or 5) of paint and now it sits pretty in our kitchen...check it out...
...I saw the potential, and I am sure glad I did...

...volia, after some (intense) elbow-grease, a lot of sanding and even more painting, it looks fresh and new in our kitchen...
Not only did it suit our new place completely, but it also acts as an amazing storage place for all my random stuff that our kitchen didn't have the cupboard space for (tea cups, tea towels, recipe magazines, bill receipts etc.)...can't wait for the next new project...stay tuned...
Love K

Monday, August 15, 2011

Anja Van Herle's Stunning Faces...

"Pictures say a thousand words"...famous saying and extremely true especially in this context...Anja Van Herle's absolutely stunning paintings of fashion faces, definitely speak volumes...the Belgium-born, L.A. based artist has apparently been painting since she was a young girl...as the article on her in trendland states: "her paintings are an attempt to tell these stories by capturing delicate facial expressions and juxtaposing them with vibrant color and the dramatic interplay of shadow and light." I couldn't agree more, the eyes especially provide a certain breath of life and mystery to her work, and the colour vibrancy and soft touch-ups instil a sense of life-like realism...I am definitely not an art-critic nor am I an art scholar, but I sure think these are amazing! For more of Herle's work, check out her website here (her site is incredible~besides her insane paintings it also features really groovy music)...in the mean time, below are a few of my personal favourites...and let me tell you it was extremely hard to choose only a few...enjoy...

...pretty great Monday morning creative inspiration, no? It's so dreary here in the capital so this really brightened up my morning, hope it did the same for you...
Love K

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Office Space...

Got myself a new office this week, which for me is a big deal since for the past 2 years I have been working anywhere from home (too many distractions in the adorable canine persuasion), cafes (people watching tends to take over for working many-a-times), to the school resource centre (which, don't get me wrong, I love but cannot decorate or make my own!) so, yes, I am super excited! Just like with most offices, this one too comes attached to a job, but seeing as I am excited about both it seems like a win-win...but now for the fun part, I was given the green light to do what I will to my new digs (within reason of course) so in true Love K fashion, I have spent the early morning scouring various websites for some office decor and organization inspiration...below are just some of the ideas I found...so to help me on this quest for interior-decor goodness, if any of you have websites, pictures or general advice email me or send me a comment to let me know...I always get excited when someone introduces me to something new, inspirational, funky or otherwise! In the mean time, I will be collecting, researching and pinning over what else I can do to spruce up my new little workspace...photos to come so stay tuned...
This space is absolutely amazing, originally from Domino Magazine and a constant inspiration...
 I love the different picture frames that showcase various art and the shelving with books galore...
 Organization is key...plus the red chaise would match perfectly...
 One of my favourite offices of all time via theglamourai...
 Some more little organization and inspiration ideas...
 Just gorgeous...loving the outdoor/indoor space...

...and that's what I have been able to come up with so far...not too shabby eh? But it's off to work now, hope all of you are enjoying your little work spaces, wherever these may be...
Love K
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