Sunday, 25 August 2013

My Afternoon Affair With Christian Louboutin


A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be in Toronto while the Christian Louboutin exhibit was on display at the Design Exchange. At first I wasn't sure it was worth the trip to Bay Street.

I love beautiful things, but I'll admit, I wear the same Fit Flops all summer long—they're brown and very boring.

The only thing I knew about the painfully high heeled shoes was the famous red sole. But since the hubs and the youngest were off to the Blue Jays game, I thought an afternoon of girly time was essential, and there's nothing more girly than shoes.

Oh my!

After five minutes of wandering around the black walled exhibit, I was hooked. Each shoe had a name and was on its own pedestal with special lighting. There were several quotes from the shoemaker himself, and a videography of his life.


Cinderella's slippers.

"What I love about the story of Cinderella is that it shows that the shoe can be an important vector of communication between a man and a woman. I've often witnessed this myself in my boutique."  C. Louboutin

                                                A pair especially made for Miss Piggy!


                                                                       "Dita Cabaret"

                                                                      "India Jane"




                             Because we all need a pair of stiletto boots made with goat hair.


                                      These were actually flats. I totally "LOVE" them.

The main display was framed by a movie screen where a hologram of a showgirl came out to dance for us every twenty minutes.

There was also a curtained off area with 'Fetish' written above the archway. Did I go in?

Of course I did!

There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn’t exist for men…a woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes.” C. Louboutin

I didn't take any pictures, to be quite honest I thought most of the other shoes were far more sexier than the 'barbed wire thigh high boots' and the 'deadly spiked heels'. But, hey, I wear Fit Flops so...yeah.


I totally loved seeing all the different styles and learning how he draws inspiration from everything around him. If I ever see a pair on sale, like really, really on sale, I might buy them. Because even though I wear Fit Flops, I still like to dress up like a girl now and then.


Monday, 19 August 2013

Top Five Symptoms of A Bookaholic

Bookaholic: a lover of all things bookish

Do you dream about living in the bookstore? Do you wish the Yankee Candle Company came out with scents named, 'yard sale paperback' and 'secret library'?

First of all, it's okay. There's nothing wrong with you wanting to spend all of your money at the bookstore. Welcome to the club, however before you can be an official bookaholic, you need to take this test.

1. When someone asks you to name a favorite book you reply with, "By genre, author, or era?"

2. When a popular book is made into a movie you buy tickets with your friends, but are secretly cringing inside because you know Hollywood is going to get it ALL WRONG.

3. When a favorite character dies you wear black for a week.

4. Sleeping is only for people who don't have anything good to read.

5. When the publishers change the cover mid-series you throw a tantrum in the YA aisle.


You gasp loudly and point when you see someone dogear a page.

If you answered yes to any of these, congratulations! You're a bookaholic. Welcome to the club, your badge is in the mail.

Are there any more symptoms you'd like to share?

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

The Bachelorette, Season 9, The Finale Part Two "Twenty Minutes of Content In Two Hours"

*Hits fast forward and skips first five minutes of show*

The host talks to a live studio audience and we watch Des deal with the fallout from the Brookster skipping out on the love train.

What will Des do?

Cry, actually.

She has an interview with the host in her tropical location. It goes basically like this for the next ten minutes.

The host: Asks a question.

Des: cries

The host: asks another questioned

Des: cries


The host points out to Des that there are two guys who signed up for the show and have told Des they love her. So...?

Des says, “My heart is broken, but my spirit isn't.”

Translation: I'm ready to keep this free tropical vacation going.

Chris and Drew arrive for the rose ceremony and the host makes the obvious observation that Brooks is not part of their trio anymore. Des comes out and tells them Brooks went home on his own. The guys fight the instinct to high five each other.

Des weeps and begs them to tell her if they have any feelings about going home.

Are you kidding? Chris and Drew are so in love, they'd probably marry each other at this point.

Drew tells us, “I'll never leave Desiree.”

Well, if she chooses Chris that could be awkward.

The host goes through the live studio audience asking all the ladies their opinions. At least that's what I think he was saying, I fast forwarded through that part too.

Des has her last date with Drew before he meets her parents. She tells us, “I hope to fall in love with Drew as much as I love Brooks.”

I have a feeling this will be Des' answer for everything.

The host: Say, Des, how are your nachos?

Des: They're good, but I wish I loved them as much as I love Brooks.

She and Drew go horseback riding to the beach, but she's just not feeling the love. What she is feeling is weepy. In a scene straight from last week's episode, Des begins to cry as she tells Drew that she can't see them having a future together.

Translation: I don't love you as much as Brooks...or nachos.

Drew: “Um...I don't know....I didn't see this coming...”

Des: “I'm so sorry.”

Drew: “Don't be sorry. You can't control who you fall in love with. This hurts, and I don't know when it will really sink in, but...I guess this is good-bye.” Then he hugs her and says, “I hope you find your happiness.”

Way to go Brooks, you selfish bastard. How many hearts does Brooks have to be responsible for breaking?!

Des has narrowed it down to Chris. When they meet for their last date, there's a totally different vibe. She's smiling and kissing him, so yeah, already better than Drew's date. Then Chris mentions he has a BIG shoulder for her to cry on.

There's more kissing, more sailing, more little giggles, and of course more drinking.

Brooks who?

Des tells us, “I'm just going to trust my heart, and let my heart decide what it needs.”

I have the same theory about potato chips, except it's my stomach that I let decide.

Des asks Chris to meet her family. He has a gift for her. It's a journal. And Surprise! There's a poem written in the back. Des starts to cry because she feels so lucky.

*hits fast forward*

FYI: I've watched approximately twenty minutes of this two hour show.

In the live audience are past players, sorry I mean contestants of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. I was still fast forwarding at this point. I couldn't tell you what they said, but it was probably something like this, “I wish people still cared about who I was kissing.”

Chris meets Des' family...including her awesome brother who I totally dig for his straight up logic in this whole silly mess.

He doesn't pull any punches, but Chris answers his questions as honestly as he can. Chris then meets with Des' dad and he asks for her hand in know, just in case.

Des sits down with her brother, ready for his brutally honest critique. He asks if she wants this guy FOREVER. She says yes, and he tells her he likes Chris.

Then he asks her about Brooks. Amazingly, Des doesn't cry. However it plants a seed of doubt.

*Cue the sad piano music*

Chris picks out a diamond ring, unaware that Drew has been kicked off the island. Des gets dressed up and she begins to cry...again. “I don't have a clue what I'm going to do. I have to tell Chris the truth about Brooks, I have no idea what he's going to do.”

Write a poem?

                                                  Henry Cavill looking like Chris' older brother

Des waits on the proposal platform. Chris enters looking like Henry Cavill's little brother. He gives her a long practiced speech about all the fun they've had together and something about a future...blah, blah, blah.

He's about to get down on his knee when she stops him. Des drops the bombshell that she let Drew go home, and that Brooks leaving tore apart her heart.

Then she says, “I was so blindsided by my feelings for Brooks, that I couldn't see that the one thing I needed was right in front of me.”

The birds sing, the violins start, then they both sniff and cry.

Chris finally gets down on his knee and proposes.

Hooray! It's over!!!

P.S. Des joined the host on stage for the live show, but I turned off the TV. I hope you understand.

Monday, 5 August 2013

The Secret To Getting Published

A Wrinkle In Time was turned down by at least twenty-six different publishers.

Agatha Christie had to wait four years before her first book was published.

The Help was rejected by sixty agents.

But what does this mean for you and your writing?

*Drum roll*

There is no scientific equation for evaluating literature, so persevere beyond what others consider a lost cause and keep writing.

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