I went to the Aerosmith concert about two weeks ago at the Rogers Center here in Vancouver. I’ve seen them a few times before and I have to say they are by far one of my favorite rock bands of all time. I even went with the flu, I was not about to give up my ticket. In high school I would replay “Crazy”, “Angel”, “Janie’s Got A Gun” and “Love In An Elevator”, over and over again. I secretly wanted to be in an Aerosmith video……O.k I still do. I’ll admit I have a secret rock crush on Joe Perry who was sporting a damn hot mariachi look and who wouldn’t crush on Steven Tyler’s cookiness, charisma and over all eccentricity? The way he struts down the catwalk flailing around the stage with his staple prop (microphone in stand ala hanker chief in hand) as he flirtatiously moves and talks to the audience. Let’s face it, for me any guy who plays a musical instrument I will crush on. The band never fails to put on a fully energized concert, and at sixty years plus that’s “Amazing”. I love LOVE LOVE Steven Tyler’s voice. He has such a distinct sound unlike other musicians these days. From Tyler’s early seventy’s vocals to his present day vocals the man shows little signs of aging….In the voice that is. He’s still got it! He’s still got that outrageous “YAKAKAKKKAKAKAKAOWWWWWW” and musical range. When he interacted with the crowd he genuinely expressed his love and gratitude for his Vancouver audiences and this beautiful city that’s he had a chance to explore (as well as the ladies I’m sure) He said and I quote, “Vancouver is our favorite Canadian city”. Did you know that Aerosmith recorded their trilogy of comeback albums Permanent Vacation, Pump and the monster seller Get a Grip at Little Mountain Studios? They are quite familiar with Vancouver and I am sure had their fill of party party times here. They also recorded at Mushroom Studios. If you missed the concert (they say it was their last tour) you can catch Steven Tyler as a judge on American Idol. YIKES! I’m going to have to watch it now. Aside from the popular hits that I grew up with, here are a few of my absolute favorites – Christina XO p.s pictures from the concert to follow.
REMEMBER – WALKING IN THE SAND (Originally sung by the 60’s band, “The Shangri-Las“
MILK COW BLUES
YOU SEE ME CRYING
WHAT IT TAKES
I was driving through one of my favorite neighborhoods this afternoon and snapped two pics of the original Coca Cola and 7-UP signs on the corner of buildings. I enjoy seeing the old style signs. They add character and originality to any convenience store or restaurant that hasn’t been refurnished. It’s nice to know that some things don’t have to change. Remember the old Tim Horton sign? Or the Mc Donald arches? I’m not a huge fan of things that are brand spanking new. A little character is always good. You? – Christina XO
If you haven’t browsed through Todd Selby’s vibrant new book, “The Selby is in your place” I highly suggest you do. I first noticed it in a store window a while back (yes bright colors do stop me in my tracks as well as other things) and immediately started browsing through it. I couldn’t put this book down. Todd Selby is a photographer, blogger and fashion celebrity who takes portraits of compelling and creative people including authors, artists, designers, musicians and friends. He goes into their home environment (with their approval of course) and captures their lifestyle in an eclectic, interesting and artful way. Each profile is accompanied by watercolor portraits of his subjects and objects from their homes. It explodes with rich color, vintage pieces, art, mini interviews and a glimpse of people’s personal spaces such as their lofts, apartments, closets, bedrooms, you name it, he captures it. Todd takes us to New York City, Los Angeles, and other amazing places around the globe. I’ve been very inspired by many of the interior designs and accents in these places and admit to being a bit obsessed with redecorating my place with a few of these unique ideas. It never hurts to spruce up your living space with a few antiques and vintage pieces, Non? Check out www.theselby.com for further info on the amazing Todd Selby. And Todd if your reading, you can take my picture anytime. – Christina XO
We all know and love Dr. Seuss. For some reason, he popped in my head today. A few quotes to live by. He does know best, No?
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
The past two days I’ve had the flu. I just said to a friend last week, “I never get the flu”, and BOOM! I spoke to soon. The best part of having the flu aside from the aches, pains, pooping, and nausea is the fact that you are forced to lay in bed, sleep and relax. In my case, I didn’t get out of bed until 3pm. I slept and knocked off 6 episodes of Californication Season 3. I love catching up on my T.V shows via box set. I don’t usually have time to watch television so it’s great to watch them consecutively. Californication is about writer, Hank Moody trying to juggle his career, relationship with his daughter, and his ex girlfriend as well as his appetite for beautiful women. Watch it! You’ll be addicted too. – Christina XO
I’m a complete sucker when it comes to buying footwear and a firm believer that a gal can never own too many pairs of shoes or boots. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, “I will literally be the old woman living in her shoes”. Sadly, I can relate. I’ll admit, I don’t settle for cheap shoes. Certain brands just fall apart or are cheaply made. To me, it doesn’t make sense to have them repaired over and over again. But I do love vintage leather shoes and boots and if they are in good condition that’s even better for me and my bank account. I’m at the point where I’ll pay the money so my poor feet can nestle comfortably in a bed of Italian leather. Lately, I’ve been obsessing over “Fiorentini and Baker”. I’ve scouted out their boots over the past couple of years and promised myself a fabulous pair of leather boots when I book my next HUGE gig. Fiorentini and Baker is a creative collaboration of one Bologna’s most highly regarded interior designers – Gianpaolo Fiorentini – and shoe designer Deborah Baker, one of London’s finest exports. The fusion of these diverse design backgrounds has resulted in a range of classically timeless shoes for both men and women. The philosophy of Fiorentini and Baker is simple – they create beautiful shoes. Supple leather, soft suede and original vintage fabrics reflect the graceful and undeniably romantic influences of cinematic legends such as Betty Davis and Julie Christie. Effortlessly wearable and exceptionally durable, these hand-crafted mens and women’s shoes are created by artisans using traditional techniques that ensure these unique shoes grow old as gracefully as the stars that inspired them. These are the type of boots/shoes that will last you a lifetime. And if I’m going to be an old woman living in her shoes…..well let’s just hope it’s a comfortable pair. – Christina XO
The NIA BOOT was selling at Violet Boutique. (Picture courtesy of Violet Boutique) I tried them on and sat there wishing I won some money from that scratch and win ticket I bought. Sadly I had to leave them there. Sniff.