Lately, Spring-ING and Controversy

My dear friend(& roommate)Matt has a habit of leaving me the loveliest of gifts.

Looking like a character from Willy Wonka is so in this season (too funny).

I can often be found at parties taking pictures of John’s shoes.

Such a beautiful, and tasty plate by Ms. Lisa.

View of Regina from the passport office.

The best hours sign I’ve ever seen for an independent business, at Grassroots Antiques, cause it’s so true.

Spent an afternoon frolicking in the sun with friends merging like geese, all of us gathering together and then splitting off and collecting other people and then coming together again at the end. Days like this make me want to live in their bubble forever. Wandering without watches and escaping everything.

My so beautiful and incredible friend Jera, you should read her blog!

City skyline at Broad St. and College Ave.

I was interviewed by CBC news this morning on my walk to work about how optimistic I feel about living in Saskatchewan. I said I felt pretty good about it until the latest funding cuts, most notably to the Film tax credit and the CBC itself. I had yet to finish my first coffee of the day and they caught me off guard but I hope to have articulated that support for the arts is essential in my mind to the quality of life here (or anywhere) and said something like,

“what makes a great city isn’t how many tall buildings you have but the community, culture and diversity within it.”

Truthfully the city feels really depressing today, between our classic gray wind, hearing of so many friends loosing their jobs and knowing how many independent businesses have been struggling lately, it’s getting kind of scary.

So for Christ’s sake can we please all shop local and support the arts?

AND on that note, so happy to be leaving the country in aprox 60 hours for a whole two weeks! ROADTRIP! AROUND THE STATES! ADVENTURE! ACK!

View from the Roof

A couple of weeks ago, after the Vintage Darlings sale at the Creative City Center, Marian let Neil, Colby, Katherine and I up onto the roof. The only way up is by a step ladder, and through the ceilings trap door, which is terrifying if you’re me and scared of anything higher than your kitchen counter. But once you’re up, it’s so worth it.

Colby was also taking pictures and snapped these ones of me, I love our contrast in styles.

You can see the rest of his gorgeous dreamy focus photos here.

Take Back the City – Glide

The past couple of weeks have been pretty:
hectic, emotional, serendipitous, messy, hilarious, incredible.

I’ve been busy busy busy:

– SEED put on a fashion show for ‘Glide, A runway event for our oceans’ an incredible night organized by Avril Biggin, with proceeds going to Shark Truth (sharktruth.com) to stop shark fining (seriously, google it, awful).

Between modeling, working at the store, doing fittings, three days of rehearsals, helping Lisa get aprox 45 outfits by 16 different designers from across Canada and 12 models organized, making new friends, writing program inserts, intensive hair and makeup, the show itself and necessary ‘end of the day’ drinks; sleep was scarce that week but the exhaustion was well worth it. To be a part of an actual real live runway show of that caliber, conceptually and esthetically, was exhilarating. I felt for a moment like this is a city where things like that happen all of the time, and why shouldn’t they? Here are some photos I snapped in the chaos:

Robin Poitras rehearsing her silk dance (performed on the runway as a part of the show) at the New Dance Horizons Studio. This is also where we had model boot camp, aka practicing our runway walks all monday afternoon.

Models in waiting.

View of the city from Envy, the night club (on Dewdney) hosting the event.

Side note, while I was taking this photo a toothless man approached me saying, “Hey sweetheart, want some candy?” I’ve never actually heard that line in real life before.

The gorgeous Alyx!

Matching my booty shorts to the runway makeup… or was it the other way around?

Practicing my model face, ha!
You can see a video of the event, made by Preston Kanak, here.

…and my ‘Take Back the City’ post is to be continued…