Scenes from the Weekend

27 Jul

I don’t know if it’s in anticipation of the coming week and Colleen and Amber’s arrival from New York which will lead to hundreds (if not thousands) of pictures being snapped – but this past week, I really didn’t take that many pictures.

I know. Shocker, right?

It wasn’t until I sat down to look at my iPhone photo stream (as one does ahead of writing these posts) that I realized – wow. What have I been doing with my life the past week?

Let’s face it. The Fifty Shades of Grey trailer is probably the answer. Can’t Stop. Won’t Stop. 

That said, this weekend was nothing short of wonderful as I celebrated one friend’s ridiculously adorable son Noah turning 1 and partied with the most amazing couple as they celebrated their new beautiful home. There was champagne and a lot of vodka. Laughs and a lot of smiles. And of course – no party is complete with a new little black dress. 

Here’s just a sneak peek of the above and more…

photo 3 photo 4 Renee throws the classiest birthday parties…

photo 5 new little black dress from Banana Republic, Vera Wang nude pumps …

photo 2dinner on the shore… how we do…

photo 1cottage life is so hard….

So – how was YOUR weekend?

x C x

The C List – 50 Shades of Grey Edition

25 Jul

theCList_summer2014Want to know a secret?

Sometimes, I write the C List days before Friday.

I mean, on most weeks I write it on Thursdays. When I’m on vacation in Vancouver with best friends, I make a failed attempt at writing it over wine and include no links at all because I’m drunk with my best friend I never get to see. Valid excuse is valid.

This week, knowing fully well that I would be flailing all over the place about the 50 Shades of Grey trailer on Thursday night and hanging with friends – I took the liberty of writing this on Wednesday night.

Organized little blogger I am, folks. And let’s face it. Right now, when you’re reading this, I’m still freaking out about the 50 Shades of Grey trailer.

SO without further ado – the C List.

1. 10 Reasons Why You Should Blog (via MeredithBullock.com) I spotted this on Cupcakes & Cashmere’s Links I Love post and clicked immediately. Working in PR and Marketing by day, so much of this post rang true. It also reminded me of why I love blogging, even years after starting. If you’re looking to get motivated to blog and need some reasons why – this post is a must!

2. 21 Quotes That Perfectly Capture The Thrill Of Traveling (via Buzzfeed) A must for those with wanderlust like myself. My personal favourite? “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

3.The Unimpressed Lizard Meme (via Mashable) Because it’s a tiny freaking lizard, that’s why.

And because I am so not done talking about it….

4. The 50 Shades of Grey Trailer: NAILED IT (via my blog)  #shamelessplug

What links are you crushing on this week?

Happy Friday!

x C x

Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer: Nailed It

24 Jul

Today the 50 Shades of Grey trailer happened.

And it was even better than I could have ever imagined.

Adios. Dead. Gone. Bye. Nice knowing you all.

As you can all imagine formulating sentences is hard, because holy shit I loved this trailer even more than I expected to. And I was really really expecting it to be awesome but then awesome turned into epic and then …. fuck.

I don’t swear on here a lot. But fuck…. 

Here are thirteen times the 50 Shades of Grey trailer absolutely NAILED IT.

1. When we first see Christian. Because THOSE EYES.

tumblr_n98m1kIL671s9qyxio1_500Did they CGI his eyes to look even bluer? Don’t care.

And those lines? “Look at me….” “I am….” ???

#NailedIt

2. The elevator scene. Let’s talk about the elevator scene.

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tumblr_n984y33cpV1s9qyxio3_500And by talk, I mean just stare at these gifs for an hour.

Also I’ve been in that elevator. That did not, in fact, happen when I was in that elevator.

#NailedIt

3. Let’s talk about the Grey Enterprises helicopter.

tumblr_n98m1kIL671s9qyxio3_500 The helicopter was everything I imagined and then him in front of it?

Cherry in a suit on top.

#NailedIt

4. Christian twirling Ana on the dance floor.

tumblr_n984y33cpV1s9qyxio4_500 I don’t remember this from the book but I’m LOVING this shot in the trailer and the wrist grab.

#NailedIt

5. When Christian saves her from the biker.

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tumblr_n98kodrY4T1s9qyxio5_500First of all. I also stood there. So I win.

Second, this was exactly what I wanted after I saw the set pictures of when they filmed here.

In Vancouver. In Gastown. I miss it.

#NailedIt

6. That apartment view though….

tumblr_inline_n98jmntLjL1ribbkq #NailedIt

7. Jealous Christian, which is basically the best non-sex scene in the book for me because protective Christian is HOT.

tumblr_n97vac3dff1tgv7igo1_500No way Jose.

#NailedIt

8. Under the table funzies. Let’s face it. This killed me in Beyonce’s teaser.

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Perfect leg graze is perfect.

#NailedIt

9. Christian’s jeans. When it comes to wardrobe – there were only two necessary requirements: good suits and playroom jeans.

tumblr_n98m1kIL671s9qyxio7_r1_500 Those sex lines though.

#NailedIt

10. I don’t even know what this scene is – BUT I LIKE IT.

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#NailedIt

11. Dakota Johnson’s acting chops that allowed her to deliver the perfect reaction when she first sees the playroom.

tumblr_n980s72eqY1rks8zxo4_500Guess what Dakota!

You #NailedIt

12. Christian carrying Ana to bed. In the jeans.

tumblr_n97vu2psyN1sj5x62o5_500I’m guessing he just whipped her.

And I don’t even care.

Because yet again - #NailedIt

13. And lastly – Beyonce’s haunting remix of “Crazy in Love” and Ana throwing her head back in pleasure?

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Chains, whips, blindfolds.

#NailedIt

Is it February yet?

If you’re still breathing, what was YOUR favourite part of the Fifty Shades trailer?

I’m just going to get back to my vodka and flailing.

x C x

The Book Pile: Clipped Wings

23 Jul

This past weekend, I finished the first book in my Books in my Beach Bag post (other than Sweet Filthy Boy, already read and reviewed here) : Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting.

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And I’m pretty sure I need to haul ass to the bookstore and pick up the sequel Inked Armor stat.

I mentioned earlier in the summer that Clipped Wings and Inked Armor were originally fanfic (as all amazing books I read these days once were.) It had been a long time since I first read the fic, so while much of the story line was still fresh in my memory, reading Clipped Wings had me experiencing much of it for the first time all over again.

As with most great fic to published novels, they’re adapted, they’re tweaked, perfected and polished – Clipped Wings is no exception.

And I loved every second of it.

tumblr_n1qj0qr6rZ1re8vgjo1_500 Basically me reading this entire book

Both Tenley and Hayden (can we talk about how much I love their names?) have demons. Dark pasts, unsettling nightmares, every reason in the world to not let themselves get too close to anyone else. Tenley, desperate to heal from her past in the form of an exquisite and detailed back tattoo, finds herself at Inked Armor, the tattoo parlor owned by Hayden and co.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

From their first meeting, the sexual tension and attraction is palpable. And if you’re into guys with tattoos and piercings – you will absolutely love Hayden.

And even if you’re not (like myself), you’re shit out of luck because he’s so great and perfect, you’re still going to be into Hayden, this is win-win. And his hair? A hot tousled mess. You’re welcome.

Though Tenley is like a scared kitten around Hayden, she slowly finds herself drawn to him and unable to think of anything but him. Refusing to let anyone else tattoo her, Hayden insists on being the one to bring her art work to life on her skin, there’s only one small problem: his long standing rule not to get involved with clients.

Five solid reasons why you will love this book:

1. Breaking rules is hot. What? Should I have said spoiler alert? This is a romance novel — OF COURSE they break that rule.

2. TK. Remember I said Hayden is perfect? Just imagine perfect AND a kitten. Enter TK “the kitten” a small kitten they rescue together that goes to live with Tenley but ultimately grows attached to them both. Bonus: she’s a polydactyl cat like my cat. I legit called mine “TK” as a nickname for a solid 6 months after I first read the fic.

3. Cupcakes. Much of the storyline in Clipped Wings revolves around cupcakes. Tenley is a baking pro. And there’s nothing funner than a good sex scene in the kitchen and with frosting. And nothing hotter than a hot man + kittens + that loves cupcakes. The end.

4. The Perfect Angst. If you tend to stay away from heavy angst/drama, but do love some degree of angst – this is the book for you. It’s hard to believe both of these characters are still standing given what they’re gone through. Tenley, especially and literally. But it’s their relationship and ability to calm the other that really gives you the feels when reading.

5. The Perfect Smut. I swear, I really do read some books that aren’t so heavy on the sex. But this isn’t the time or place to talk about those. Clipped Wings delivers the perfect dose of sex and romance. While many romance novels these days can’t go a chapter without some moans, groans, and let’s just be real here - mention of an erection – Clipped Wings delivers the absolute perfect dose. Enough to leave you hot and bothered for the rest of your day, but not enough to cause you to forget about the characters feelings outside of the bedroom all together.

Trust me: you will be thinking about this book long after you’re done.

Have I convinced you? Order your copy today: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indigo. Are we practically neighbours? Our local Chapters have copies in store!

And then come back and tell me how much you loved it and give the author some love @helenahunting!

Have you already read Clipped Wings? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments below!

x C x

Author’s Note: Want some more book recommendations? Check out my Books in my Beach Bag this Summer post and come back this Saturday when I review A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams. Spoiler Alert: I DEVOURED it in one sitting. 

Fangirl’s Note: Tomorrow morning we get the 50 Shades of Grey Trailer on the Today Show. Expect serious, uncontrollable fingerling on here tomorrow night. 

Scenes from the Weekend

22 Jul

I’m starting to notice a trend… A Monday night scenes from the weekend post, usually symbolizes a rather awesome weekend.

This one in particular, no exception.

And I mean, I know the weekend is technically Friday through Sunday, but can we take a second to appreciate last Thursday’s sunset? Because it’s sunset porn at its finest.

10410814_10100419943347909_4775889807463558842_nReal life, folks. Right there.

When asked what the original plan for my weekend was on Friday morning, I would have said pool party with friends and two days of R&R. 

Well, what fun is a predictable weekend?

Following a wonderful pool party and BBQ with friends on Friday night, I did get my day of solid R&R on Saturday, spending the morning at the local Farmer’s Market (buying local of course) and the afternoon on the beach curled up with a book, which I finished (Clipped Wings). I then curled up with another book, A Hundred Summers, which I read in my favourite chair, from start to finish viewing both the sunset and the starlight of midnight.

It was pure bliss. 

On Sunday, my parents threw a last minute birthday bash for my uncle, because this summer we party. It’s how we do. My parents retired and became the Jay Gatsby of St. Thomas by the Sea. Come by anytime, glitter, champagne and adultery optional.

And now, here’s your own personal look at summer time on the East Coast, when the living is easy.

afterlight-10 got pool?

afterlight-11 beach side, saturday market attire selfies

afterlight-15nautical best

afterlight-13 buy local, you won’t regret it

afterlight-12 strawberry season, the very best season

10556403_10100420662112499_7067151098302077906_n saturday afternoon views with Clipped Wings

10429441_10100420740036339_3967253619221633699_n so many books, so little summer with A Hundred Summers

10455256_10100422047815539_4732645283924762020_n did Gatsby like oysters? because we sure do

As always, how was your weekend?

And what great books did you read this weekend?

x C x

The C List

18 Jul

the-c-listLast week on the C List, I was really excited for The Killers.

Which I basically haven’t shut up about – if you haven’t already, you can check out some of my favourites pics and videos and let’s face it — flails — over here.

This week, I’m very excited for a weekend of mostly R&R but not excluding a pool party with friends tonight and another sure to be epic family party on Sunday.

Because it’s summer and that’s how we do.

In the meantime, here is this week’s The C List. 

1. Iceland Wedding Photos (via Huffington Post) Couple elopes to Iceland. Brings their photographer along for the ride. Incredible wedding photo shoot ensues.

2. Diver saves sea turtle, sea turtle says thanks in the most adorable way (via Huffington Post) I cried. I mean I’m a sap, so that’s to be expected but in all seriousness — having swam with many sea turtles in their natural habitat in Hawaii, these animals are unreal and so trusting. I love this story.

3. New Gone Girl image (via The Hollywood Reporter) Ben Affleck should always wear blue. Have you read this book yet? If not, you should go buy it and read it. So we can talk about it.

4. Ok, cheating – not exactly a link BUT we’re getting the 50 Shades of Grey trailer on the Today Show next Thursday, July 24th followed by a behind the scenes look on Friday, July 25th. We also get to see Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in studio. So once I start breathing again next Thursday – you can expect a very flaily recap on here Thursday night.

Happy weekend everyone!

x C x

I’ve Got Soul, but I’m Not a Soldier

16 Jul

Disclaimer: All of these videos and images are my own. Thanks to new friends, I was also in the front row and beside the speaker, so while these video clips are awesome (and short for easy viewing) they’re loud, there is screaming, and the sound quality is sometimes shot by the speakers. My point? Keep your volume low people when watching. 

I’ve been to a lot of concerts in my life.

I mean, not to the degree that some hardcore music fans have. I’d argue that I would go to more if the bands I liked frequented Eastern Canada more often, but as the cookie crumbles – you don’t often see the likes of The National, Mumford and Sons, the XX, the Lumineers (all favourites of mine) around this neck of the woods.

Until that time The Killers came to Prince Edward Island for Big Red Fest.

IMG_8161 The Killers, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island July 2014

Yes. That happened. And it was quite honestly the greatest concert of my life.

With Death Cab for Cutie as their opener, no less.

I’ve been a fan of The Killers since they first appeared in season two of The O.C. back in the day (look how emo and cute both Brandon Flowers and Seth Cohen were back then!) I scored the opportunity to see them in Calgary when they played the Saddledome in 2007 – it was amazing and Brandon wore red ruby slippers which were basically the greatest.

1933758_510003372939_9408_nThe Killers, Calgary, Alberta May 2007

I mean, I thought I had a pretty great view in 2007.

Until 2014 happened.

IMG_8215Oh hey there Brandon…

As I’ve already mentioned in my Scenes from the Weekend post, where I pretty much withheld all Killers goodness for this post: this concert was simply epic.

It’s not often that I get to see my favourite bands in concert. Some don’t even tour regularly. Most just don’t come North of Boston or East of Toronto or Montreal. So while I’ve enjoyed some great concerts around here like The Rolling Stones (twice), U2, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and the Black Eyed Peas (a top honour I may add) — none of those bands were ever really a favourite.

Not like The Killers. Because I definitely screamed when I found out the Killers were coming to the East Coast.

For starters, if you’ve ever had the chance to see these guys live, you will know that Brandon Flowers’ unique voice carries those perfect lyrics so insanely well, you’re going to have a full-on out-of-body experience. I swear.

That man can sing.

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From my favourites like “Somebody Told Me” to “A Dustland Fairytale” – every song was perfection. During the encore, hearing “Shot at the Night” live? Incredible. That song and music video (set in Vegas) hold a very dear spot in my heart (I talk about it here), so I’d be lying if I said hearing it in concert didn’t ruin me. It was worth it.

Shot at the Night

Second, their energy output is unreal.

Yes, they don’t typically play a very long set. Both times I’ve seen them, they only played for about an hour and a half, including a 2-3 song encore. But dammit if they don’t give every song all the energy in the world.

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And can we talk about the audience involvement every time they do “All These Things That I’ve Done?” You’re totally singing it for days afterwards.

All These Things That I’ve Done 

Third, can we bring it back to Brandon Flowers?

Brandon was always a cutie in the early years (emo but cute) but then something happened in the last few years and BAM!

Those Arms. That Hair. Those Legs.

Goodbye everything you thought you knew. Hello Brandon Flowers. 

On the drive to PEI, I declared many “goals” for the day to one of my BFFs.

  1. Have an epic night out in Charlottetown.
  2. Unapologetically flirt with cute rocker boys.
  3. Find a way to get as close as physically possible to Brandon Flowers.

Well…

Warning: You may want your volume on low. I was next to the speakers. And screaming.

You can understand why this concert was the very best.

So yes. Greatest concert of my life? Arguably so. Am I starting to think I’d hop a plane or drive to Boston to see them a third time next time around? Absofreakinglutely.

And now, excuse me while I go continue to listen to all of their songs, on repeat, as I’ve been doing since Saturday morning.

If you need me, I’ll be in a Killers / Brandon Flowers induced coma until the weekend.

x C x

Have you seen the Killers live? Love em? Hate em? Let me know in the comments below. Were you lucky enough to be at Saturday’s concert? Tell me just how much you loved it or tweet me @crystalcrichard

 

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