Morning Grind & Poetry Rhymes

It has been a while since I worked a morning shift, but it feels nice to have a trek in peace and quiet, despite the frosty chill and slippery slopes.DSC03862 DSC03864 What better way to start the morning than to listen to Daughter and have myself a bite and coffee?DSC03866 DSC03879 DSC03882

I am currently obsessing over thick, long socks, scrunched to peek out of booties. I went to Roots yesterday and am in the state of regret for not getting myself a couple of cabin socks. They’re so comfy, warm and Canadian!

For an hour, the café was terribly quiet so I went ahead and recited my poems… not that there is reason to practise.
DSC03872 DSC038851) Plaid Coat: ZARA (similar here) | 2) Sweater: Garage (similar here) | 3) Jeans: Makers of True Originals (similar here) | 4) Socks: Walmart (similar here) | 5) Rain Boots: Mel | 6) Toque: Club Monaco (similar here)

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

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Making a Statement

Bright & whites during the winter, why not? And if that’s not asking for enough attention, why not a statement piece? Literally.

This $10, thrifted sweater has got people staring. I’m usually not one for clothes with writing, but can you blame me for picking this awesome one out? To make sweaters a little less casual, try layering it with a button down.DSC03593

DSC03589DSC035921) Statement Sweater: Thrifted (similar here) | 2) Button Down: Club Monaco | 3) Jeans w/side zippers: BCBG MaxAzria | 4) Sneakers: Ralph Lauren


On a side note, I’m currently obsessing over Hey Rosetta!’s new album, Second Sight! You know what’s a steal? Obtaining this gem for $7.00 at HMV!DSC03628

I have been listening non-stop to this catchy tune!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Music Recommendation: Tegan and Sara

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Tegan and Sara is an indie rock duo, most specifically twin sisters, hailing from Calgary! They have such distinct voices that it’s hard to miss. My ‘brother’ introduced them to me and they are one of the first artists that has got me falling for Canadian music! What I love about their music is their tunes are catchy though the lyrics are quite the opposite. I’m all about juxtaposition! I find that I like their live, acoustic sessions best. I have yet to see them in person and it’s a pity I missed them just this summer. One day….


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Call It Off: “I won’t regret saying this
This thing
That I’m saying
Is it better than
Keeping my mouth shut.”

2) The Con: “I am moving past this giving notice
I have to go
Yes I know the feeling,
Know you’re leaving.”

3) Fix You Up: “Well there’s not a lot for you to give if you’re giving in
And there’s not a lot for you to feel if you’re not feeling it.”

4) Where Does the Good Go: “It’s love that leaves and breaks the seal of always thinking you would be
Real, happy and healthy, strong and calm, where does the good go
Where does the good go.”

5) I’m Not Your Hero: “Hanging on to parts of me, hanging on at all
I was used to seeing no future in my sight line.”

Website: http://www.teganandsara.com/

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Music Recommendation of the Week: Coeur de Pirate

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Coeur de Pirate is the Amélie of French music, at least in Canada. Béatrice Martin is the Canadian singer-songwriter behind Coeur de Pirate, hailing from Québec. The first song I heard from her was Comme Des Enfants (“Like Children”), a sweet composition that plays with the listener’s youthful feelings about love.

As a fan of all things French and a learner of its language, I appreciate Martin’s music because of her clear enunciation, making it easier to understand for a beginner such as I. But more importantly, her songs are full of emotions and is almost all narrative. She has a charming voice and is best accompanied with piano as instrumentation. Rarely does she tour outside the East Coast so I’m hoping that one day, I’ll be able to see her when I have the chance to go to Québec!


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Comme des Enfants: Et on se prend la main, comme des enfants
Le bonheur aux lèvres, un peu naïvement
Et on marche ensemble, d’un pas décidé
Alors que nos têtes nous crient de tout arrêter.

2) Adieu:Je t’ai aimé, mais je t’assure que c’est la fin. 

3) Place de la République: Je sais, ton cœur est habité
Par une ou d’autres filles qui t’ont marqué
Moi je suis moins forte que les autres
Mais j’espère tant te manquer, tant me démarquer.

4) C’était Salement Romantique: Et au sud de mes peines, j’ai volé loin de toi
pour couvrir mon cœur d’une cire un peu noire
Que tous les regards lancés à mon égard
j’ai tenté de voler loin de toi
J’ai tenté de voler loin de toi.

Website: http://www.coeurdepirate.com/en/

Come back for next week’s recommendation!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

 

Music Recommendation of the Week: Lucy Rose

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Lucy Rose is an English, indie folk singer-songwriter who released her first album in September 2012. I came across her music when searching for new artists through YouTube. I was captivated (with a hint of jealousy) by her crystal clear voice and mostly acoustic songs. 

British artists differ immensely from American artists. I find that they have more intimate lyrics and attempt to showcase their voices, rather than be overshadowed by the instrumental background. As much as I can appreciate the technicality in Adele’s big voice, I was never a fan of that sort of style. I find better appreciation in soft, unique voices such as that of Lucy Rose. Her enunciation and style in singing is definitely inspiring and something I strive to achieve. If she were a male artist, she would be comparable to Dallas Green!

It’s a pity that I’ve not seen her live yet, although I’m positive that I would be on the look out for her next tour schedule. 


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Shiver: And I loved the way you looked at me
And I miss the way you made me feel
When we were alone
When we were alone

2) Be Alright: It’s taken me a while to tell you
Exactly how I feel inside
The words, they seem so simple right now
But they took a while to find

3) Night Bus: She takes the night bus home
She’s not faced by the darkness in her soul

4) Gamble: And you said to me
Can’t we work it out?
Won’t you talk to me?
What’s this all about?

5) First: You’ve got that way of making me feel
Oh so scared and safe at once
I didn’t know that this was real

Website: http://www.lucyrosemusic.com/

Come back for next week’s recommendation! Sorry I missed last week’s. I was very busy.

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Music Recommendation of the Week: Hey Rosetta!

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Hey Rosetta! is a six-member indie rock band from St. Johns Newfoundland and Labrador, led by Tim Baker. I first heard Hey Rosetta! when searching for new music in the internet. What captivated my attention was the unique transitions and eventual blending of various instruments: from electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, piano, drums, cello, the violin and to the unexpected tinkling of the xylophone.

Tim Baker, who is (ehmm) such a beau, is the lead singer. His voice is charmingly masculine with an incredible range and dynamics, switching effortlessly from low to high notes. But on certain songs where some of the members harmonize or play backing vocals, it becomes pure eargasm.

Their songs are mostly danceable but ironically, contrasts with the usual melancholy and poetically inclined lyrics. Thus, it’s no surprise that I’m such a fan.

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Hey Rosetta! at Calgary Folk Fest 2014

Just last week, I was able to see them for the first time at Calgary Folk Festival. I was in awe, jaw dropped (figuratively) at their incredible, lively stage presence. The balance of sounds resonating from their instruments, perfect in volume from each, was music to my ears (well duh…). On occasion, Tim encouraged the crowd to sing along and guess who poured their heart out? Who cared about the embarrassment I must’ve received from doing so? The sing along was well worth the confused looks, especially when they played my favourite, Bandages! I cannot wait to see them again!


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Carry Me Home: “But I’d give my food and drink
To see my home again
To see my mother’s hand
Against her apron edge.”

2) Yer Spring: “Am I rising up?”

3) Young Glass: “Even though – I thought I was – all alone – I was wrong
Even though – I thought I was – all alone – I am not.”

4) Red Heart: “Were you born a closed book,
full of secret lines? (and bound so tight)
or did you learn to lock it,
as not to break your spine? (oh! you were bound so tight)
Cause you shut up
and you’re all shut inside.”

5) A Thousand Suns: “These are twisted times when trust and truth collide
When a stranger’s love could make your heart explode
I want to give it all back!”

6) Bandages: “That half of the bed
Empty like a page
All the cursive claims you’ve yet to make.”

Website: http://www.heyrosetta.com/

Come back for next week’s recommendation!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

 

Music Recommendation of the Week: Dallas Green (City & Colour)

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I love music and am awfully excited to share my interest in it, more specifically by suggesting some of my favourite artists and bands. For my first post, I had to save it for a very special and talented man, my favourite artist to this day (and most likely forever), Dallas Green of City and Colour.

Dallas is a Canadian Alternative artist who was a former member of Alexisonfire. I was first exposed to City and Colour about 4 years ago by one of my closest friends, someone who I actually consider as a big brother, Carlo (check his music out!). The very first song I heard was The Girl and I instantly fell in love! Then again, who wouldn’t?

What attracted me most about Dallas Green was his crisp acoustics, unique voice that is perfectly balanced between crystal clear diction and ‘roughness’ and his incredible dynamics, singing effortlessly from low to high notes (or vice versa).

In 2012, Dallas won the Juno Award for Songwriter of The Year, a well-deserved title for his exceptional talent in songwriting. His music is very poetic and addresses daily struggles that are relatable to most people. Listening to his interviews, it is obvious that he is quite the man with soul, wit and is a nonconformist, traits that make him even more respectable in my books.

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Seeing Dallas Green for the first time at X-Fest Calgary 2013!

Last year, I was lucky enough to see him live at X-Fest Calgary! It was one of the best days of my life that I could scarcely fathom how I managed to not have a heart attack from all the excitement! Seeing artists perform live is quite a different experience from solely listening to them through audio files. Some sound better live or sadly, worst. If my knowledge does not fail me, I believe Dallas Green aims to record his music to have minimal ‘editing’, which makes him even more admirable as he sounds almost identical in recording and live. I do however, prefer live music for most artists.

I could talk endlessly about Dallas Green but I believe this is more than sufficient for sharing. I hope this convinces you enough to take a listen and eventually fall in love, as I have. Dallas Green has put me in a trance ❤


Favourite songs and lines:

1) Sleeping Sickness – “Like the sea, I’m constantly changing from calm to ill.”

2) Hello, I’m in Delaware – “I will see you again a long time from now.”

3) Of Space and Time – “There’s an elephant in the back of the room,
And it’s standing in plain view,
Everyone can see,
That it looks just like me.”

4) The Girl – “When you cry a piece of my heart dies
Knowing that I may have been the cause.”

5) Little Hell – “There’s a degree of difficulty in dealing with me
From my haunted past comes a daunting task of living through memories.”

6) Like Knives – “And I will blame myself
For holding on to what I hoped would keep you by my side.”

7) Save Your Scissors – “So save your scissors
For someone else’s skin
My surface is so tough
I don’t think the blade will dig in.”

Website: http://cityandcolour.com/

Hope you like this new segment! Come back in a week for the next recommendation!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Folk Festival Ready

Going to my first Folk Festival was quite the excitement, even if I had to go alone! I was unsure of what to bring or carry but as with any outdoor festivities, I made sure to carry the essentials. I wore sunscreen to protect me from UVA/UVB and brought along lotion, lip balm, and face mist & moisturizer to keep myself hydrated. A bottle of water is a must as well! But who can forget to bring a camera?

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1) White Instax Mini | 2) Vintage Esprit Purse | 3) Shiseido Sunscreen SPF 50| 4) Starbucks Peppermints| 5) Carmex Lipbalm| 6) L’Occitane Shea Butter| 7) Breath of Fresh Air Toner by Lush| 7) HK mirror| 8) Cosmetic Lad Face Moisturizer by Lush


I found this dress a week ago when I went shopping in Chinook and I decided that it was perfect to wear to the festival! I absolutely adore the neckline and overall silhouette of this maxi. It is also very rare for me to find the right length as I am a little on the shorter side so this piece is definitely a gem in my closet!

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES1) Dress: Band of Gypsies from Urban Outfitters | 2) Sunglasses: Queen Boutique in Kensington (similar here) | 3) Leather Boots: Nine West (similar here) | 4) Watch: Marc by Marc Jacobs | 5) Backpack: ZARA (similar here)


SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESMy primary reason for going to Folk Fest was to see Hey Rosetta! perform. They were incredible and I will say very little about them in this post as you must stay tuned for they have a special spot in my ‘Music’ page!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!