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

 

Scenes from the Weekend

14 Jul

On Friday’s the C List – I had one goal for the weekend.

Get even remotely close to this:

tumblr_n8h74gYBWZ1rmctrlo2_500I’d call this a win, yeah?

IMG_8215Because I’m pretty sure that happened. Among other things.

Yes, if I was shooting for a 10 out of 10 weekend, the end result was a 12.

It was THAT good. And the Killers was only part of it.

Spent with family, neighbours and friends celebrating my father’s 70th birthday on the shore Friday, the afternoon and evening included sun, fun, good food, great people, an epic moon and Chinese lanterns in the sky. In true East Coast fashion, it ended with the neighbourhood guitarists serenading guests under the moonlight with a little Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.

Then on Saturday, it was off to Prince Edward Island to spend the next 24 hours with some of my best friends for Death Cab and The Killers in concert. Truthfully, I forgot how fun Prince Edward Island can be in the summer and I cannot wait to return when my New Yorkers come visit in just over two weeks – I’m looking at you Colleen and Amber!

From beers on the beach, to Cows ice cream (a must when in PEI), to more drinks, laughs, new friends, and the best damn concert I’ve ever been to — followed by a fantastic night out in Charlottetown – Saturday was easily one of the best days of Summer 2014.

I dare anyone to trump it.

So here’s just a glimpse of the perfection – a day later than usual because someone was a little under the weather on Sunday (with good reason!) 

photo 1 the birthday boy 

afterlight-9 that moon though….

afterlight-7 moon photo shoots followed… 

afterlight-6la familia

IMG_8035 east coast summer nights around the fire

afterlight-5 the perfect night…

IMG_8073 fly like chinese lanterns across the sky…

IMG_8079 fact: confederates don’t smile (Charlottetown, PEI) 

IMG_8089 when in Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown, PEI) 

photo 2 I wanted all the things… (Charlottetown, PEI)

photo 3  I didn’t buy this, but I probably should have.

For a t-shirt of your own, check out their online store @ Cows.ca

IMG_8096 may I recommend the wowie cowie? (Charlottetown, PEI)

IMG_8125 concert bound. vodka in hand. #classy

IMG_8153 my first east coast lifestyle bracelet to compliment my Kiel James Patrick 

Want all the concert pics? Come back Wednesday night.

Homegirl is still in a Brandon Flowers induced haze.

How was your weekend? 

x C x

A/N: Some people have asked if what photo editing apps I use, as I’ll often polish some of my Scenes from the Weekend pictures to switch it up from Facebook or Instagram. I’m absolutely in love with Afterlight, available on the AppStore for a steal at .99cents. 

The C List – Concert Weekend Edition

11 Jul

the-c-list It’s Friday.

And it’s the Friday before the Saturday where I cross the Confederation Bridge headed to Prince Edward Island to see DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE AND THE KILLERS.

anigif_enhanced-25126-1392065552-14 This kid gets it: BRANDON FLOWERS and DEATH CAB.

I’m sorry. I’m a little excited. And by a little, we’re talking really, really, really excited. 

I mean, if I can get anywhere close to the this:

tumblr_n8h74gYBWZ1rmctrlo2_500Well.

So long. It was nice knowing you all.

But really. I’m hitting up Big Red Fest in Charlottetown, PEI with some of my best friends and I’m pumped. I’m a huge fan of the Killers and having been lucky enough to see them play the Saddledome in Calgary back in 2007 – I’m psyched to see them again, because Brandon Flowers.

I’m also a long time fan of Death Cab, so this is basically the greatest night of indie rock and roll.

So if you don’t already, you should follow me on Instagram for all the good stuff.

Until then, here’s this week’s The C List.

1. The Newest Gone Girl Trailer (via Entertainment Weekly) Seriously, between the Trent Reznor undertones and the way this trailer was cut – I cannot wait for this movie.

2.  Alternatively, if you’re a Gone Girl, fan: “Gone Girl Alternate Ending Ideas” (via PopSugar) Fincher said the ending has changed. These are some wicked suggestions on just how f@cked up the ending could get. Because, to be clear, it wasn’t f@cked up enough to begin with (heavy sarcasm alert, my head is still spinning a year and a half later.)

3. This Tiny Hedgehog Had a Birthday (via Mashable) And the result is the greatest, cutest, thing you see today.

4. The Internet Reacts to Eva Mendes Allegedly Having Ryan Gosling’s Baby (via Buzzfeed) Because it’s not Rachel McAdams and that is just not ok. Team Rachel or not. This post is hilarious.

5.  The latest Mockingjay teaser (via Youtube) Full body shivers. Can’t even talk about it.

Have an awesome friday. Have an even awesomer weekend.

x C x

Scenes from the Weekend

6 Jul

Summer is the universal season of busy.

Every weekend, there’s something going on: a party or BBQ to attend, a road trip to a new or old destination, a wedding or concert.

This past weekend started out busy with a birthday bash for my father planned and a potential road trip for river tubing with the bests. Enter Hurricane Arthur, which monopolized all of Saturday for his windy, rainy, good times and squashed all weekend plans.

But, he was escorted in with a beautiful, hot day on Friday and sent off with a hot, sultry day on Sunday. He also left behind an abundance of sand that our beach hasn’t seen since the 80′s.

So hats off to you Arthur.

Getting some down-time this weekend was much needed ahead of next weekend’s concert on Prince Edward Island (The Killers and Death Cab – you’ll hear me screaming from wherever you are.)

Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from this weekend.

photo 2 meet my assistant: LB

IMG_7759 butterfly visit

IMG_7775 just call me snow white. I bring all the critters.

10522610_10100412154167489_6263234415311034517_nyour nautical is showing

photo 3 friday night ice cream trip to Le Petit Cremier

afterlight-2Arthur: rain, wind, waves

IMG_7842 morning coffee in the sand

afterlight-4 again, thank you Arthur

photo 1 swallow in flight at the wharf

afterlight-3local wharf master

IMG_7852 run views

10478561_10100413420709329_5181405896076881202_n be right back – waves are calling

photo 1 did you catch my “Books in my Beach Bag this Summer” post? If you’re a reader, it’s a must.

Tomorrow it’s back to the city and back to reality.

How was your weekend? Tell me all about it or link to your favourite Instagram pics taken this weekend in the comments below!

x C x

Books in my Beach Bag this Summer

5 Jul

Ah, summer.

It’s my absolute favourite time to curl up with a great book. Preferably in the sun, with a cold drink, and sun kissing my skin.

Normally, I would just grab a book as I go, with no real summer reading list in place. But after several friends and fans of the blog reached out to request my “official” summer must-reads, well… I was inspired.

The result?

Books in my Beach Bag this SummerThree hundred and sixty-five days out of the year, I always have a good book tucked in my Kate Spade bag. I’m a big believer in taking advantage of whatever moments you can to lose yourself in a book. In the summer, the same is true for my beach bag. Beach essentials always include:

  • Beach Towel
  • Sunscreen + LipBalm with SPF
  • Sunglasses
  • Bottle of Water
  • iPhone, Summer Playlist & Earbuds
  • A great summer read.

So what books are in my beach bag this summer?

Here are the 6 books I’m reading this summer – complete with a mix of old and new!

photo 21. Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting 

An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts. Read more.

I first read Clipped Wings when it was a fanfic, years ago, and it was always one of my favourites. I just started reading the book this week and it’s even better than the fic. It’s also been slightly re-worked enough to include surprises and twists that make me feel like I’m discovering it for the first time all over again. And if you’re into men with tattoos and tousled hair who enjoy cupcakes and kittens – this one’s for you.

2. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight-for Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesn’t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industry-only to find that there is no place left to go but down-into the Valley of the Dolls. Read more.

This book was a gift from my mom who thought I should read it after I raved about how much I loved Wolf of Wall Street and how I didn’t realize quaaludes were a thing in the 80′s-90′s. It’s also a movie from 1967 staring Sharon Tate before her untimely death in the infamous Manson murders. Needless to say, I’m really excited to read this cult favourite on a lawn chair with my own drug of choice this summer: a Corona or spritzer. Quaaludes optional.

3. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 

In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the ‘war to end all wars’. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experiences came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway’s description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer and the men and women he meets in Italy with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war. In it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion. Read more. 

I like to call myself a Hemingway fan. Perhaps it’s because I have a Hemingway cat. You can even follow her on her own Instagram account – @Bella_Thumbs. Yet I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never actually read a Hemingway book. So I remedied this when I picked up a super old copy of A Farewell to Arms at the cutest used bookstore in Vancouver called Paper Hound. Kate took me there on our 50 Shades of Grey tour because it’s where they filmed the scene of Christian buying Anna her first edition Thomas Hardy book. Why did I decide on this book? It features one of my favourite literary quotes to reblog on Tumblr. I can’t wait to dive into it this summer.

4.  Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him. But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation—and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out—Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume—her sweet, filthy fling—to France for the summer and just…play. When feelings begin to develop behind the provocative roles they take on, and their temporary masquerade adventures begin to feel real, Mia will have to decide if she belongs in the life she left because it was all wrong, or in the strange new one that seems worlds away. Read more.

Ok, so I cheated. I’ve technically already read this book BUT it was my first book of the summer, so it still counts. And what did I say about it on every social media platform in existence? Oh right - the one book you must read this summer. So it belongs on this list. You can read my review here but you should really just go buy it and read it now.

5. The Plan by Qwen Salsbury 

Emma Baker has never spoken a word to Alaric Canon, nor has he to her. But she’s studied him every day across the office tundra for almost a year. Canon is hard and fierce, terrifying and beautiful. He’s also the most stern, unforgiving person Emma has ever seen. He has high standards and low tolerance. Everyone knows it. Everyone stays away. Everyone who can, that is. Except Emma. She can’t look away. Alaric Canon is the single most attractive man she’s ever seen. Bar none. Canon has never noticed her. Not once in almost a year. She’s not even a blip on his radar. But she will be. His radar will be blipless no more. It is a goal. Emma has a plan. Read more.

The Plan originated two years ago and became one of my favourite fanfics of all-time. Updating in real time – yes, sometimes it would update at 3:00am EST and I’d get up for it – I was over the moon when I found out it was not only getting published but would include 30,000+ words. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see what it’s become in print, because it owned my ass two years ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it two years later.

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6. A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak. But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwalks — Lily’s former best friend and former fiancé — have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing. As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever… Read more.

I first spotted this on Lauren Conrad’s Summer Reading List and with reviews like “Will keep the reader so engrossed, multiple applications of sunscreen will be required” and “Perfect for the fans of Gossip Girl series” how could I not add this book to my Indigo shopping cart?

And there you have it folks. I can’t wait to devour every single one of these summer reads and share my thoughts, flails, and feels with you on here in the Book Pile. To follow along in real-time, let’s be friends on GoodReads!

Now, I’m off to curl up with a good book and a hurricane!

Happy Saturday and Happy Summer Reading!

x C x

 

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