Sunday, July 31, 2011

A smattering of colours, patterns and textures

Some of my favourites from the Fall 2011 runways.

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel

Sonia Rykiel

Anna Sui

Anna Sui

Anna Sui

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Blue Moon Revisited

bluemoon

Finally! I was hoping to have the shop open earlier, but whatever, it's open now!

Blue Moon Revisited on etsy

I have the slips I've been working on all listed, and should get some of the pillowcases up today or tomorrow.

Part of the delay was just getting the pictures done - and having space to do it. I was aiming for natural light, but since that wasn't happening and I was getting restless I decided to give it a go using some of Adam's lighting equipment.
I ended up using this neat little LED light he has for his 5D - it's rather stark but I think it goes well with these pieces.

It's been a pretty fun process, learning how the dyes work with different fabrics. I had planned to have some discharge dyed black pieces as well, but haven't had any luck at finding black pieces in natural fabrics.
I'm already thinking of what I could do next - I'd like to move towards completely hand made pieces - sleep shorts and camisoles - dyed in similar ways.
But in the meantime I'm really happy with how these came out, and honestly would like to keep them for myself....but that wouldn't help my joblessness at all :P

pile o' underthings

Sometimes you gotta feed your soul.

Fryday
Photo by Adam - he's a big Devo fan ;)

Yesterday was my first foray into the world of fried chicken, and boy oh boy was it deliciously successful.
The store I used to work at had loads of cookbooks I would constantly leaf through, and one of my favourites was The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook (even if they do look like they barely eat any of their food). They have two recipes for chicken: Tuesday and Sunday, with the Sunday being a little more complicated. I found a recipe online for their Tuesday Fried Chicken which I used as a guide. I couldn't find the other one, but knew that the main difference was that you brined the chicken, and so I began.

Seriously - best chicken EVER. I brined it overnight in a pretty basic brine of salt, sugar, peppercorns, and I added a bay leaf and some fresh thyme. Then I dredged the chicken pieces (thighs and drumsticks) in flour with a little salt and pepper added, dipped it in buttermilk, and dredged it again in a flour,cornmeal, salt and pepper mix.

I let the chicken come to room temperature before I started and then after all the pieces had been dipped I let them sit on a rack for about 30 minutes as well - I can't remember where, but I read about this step somewhere.

Then, I fried it all up in lard. I'm not going to make this everyday, so why not eh? ;)

It is the juiciest, crispiest, TASTIEST chicken I've ever had - there are some happy tummies around here.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Film Friday - Cat's Eye

caitlin by girl and tonic
caitlin, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

My lovely friend Caitlin, during a get together at her lovely apartment on Canada Day.

(This whole not having a scanner thing is starting to get on my nerves, think I'll have to remedy that.)


This morning I finished Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood, which Caitlin recommended. I loved it. And then she linked me to this awesome article on The Hairpin about it. In short - Caitlin rules.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wanna be my friend? + GIVEAWAY!

friends

I'm a woman possessed - on Monday I taught myself how to make friendship bracelets (as is all the rage these days) and I've made at least one each day since then. I never learned to do them when I was young, though I'm sure I wanted to. I was probably intimidated, figured I couldn't do it. Oh, the fun I've been missing!

It's been a great way to use up those oddball colours of embroidery floss I seem to have loads of. And since the whole point of the bracelets is to give them away - give away!

Leave a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win a bracelet lovingly hand crafted by yours truly. I'll pick a commenter at random next Thursday - hooray!


Lookit me go!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What kind of man reads Playboy?

Finally! by girl and tonic
Finally!, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

This kind!

Downtown Vancouver has a wide variety of neon-festooned adult stores advertising 25 cent peepshows. They're your standard places - cheesy lingerie, toys, videos - with one exception: loads of vintage Playboys. Adam has gotten into the habit of picking up a few every so often and we now have a pretty impressive collection. He usually sticks to the 60s and 70s, and along with having some obviously awesome photos the articles and advertisements are something else.

I figured I'd take pictures of some of my faves to share.
Here we have an ad that made me laugh out loud - the denim boot is here!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Film Friday - Nanny's

summer summer summer by girl and tonic
summer summer summer, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

Late post. Internet issues and general slacktitude have made it quieter around here than I would like.

My youngest sister Cordelia turned 21 this week, which is pretty crazy. A summer birthday meant a lot of celebrating happened at my Nanny's house, where we would be frequently taking advantage of the pool.

Calypso, Cor, me and my nanny - all us girls in the sun porch enjoying some homemade cake - can't get much better.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Book quotes: Generation X

Generation X by girl and tonic
Generation X, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

By Douglas Coupland

Balloon surprise!

waiting

I was cleaning stuff out of my computer and came across some pictures from a few months back of a friend's birthday.
Lovely Devon was born in April, and at the time a lot our friends were out of town at Coachella, so her lovely fella planned a surprise party which consisted of filling her living room with as many balloons as we could. I took a few pictures on my little point and shoot camera, and a few on Adam's 5D. Can you tell the difference? ;P

octohat
The guest of honour, complete with octopus chapeau.

the balloon artiste
The man behind the hats.

pop!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Book quotes: The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin by girl and tonic
The Blind Assassin, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

For the last few years I've gotten into the habit of writing down bits from books that I especially like.
I was going through my things yesterday and found a journal that contained a whole bunch, so I figured I'd share some.

This is from a book I just recently read (and LOVED), The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Film Friday - new camera!

self by girl and tonic
self, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

The always-popular bathroom self portrait.
Canada Day, 2011.

Got my first roll developed the other day, and everything works - hooray!

I got the camera body and lens separately, both on ebay and both for pretty cheap (all together I think the camera cost me $40) so I was a little worried.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Will Barnet

Growing up, my house was always pretty jam packed with art. One print that has stuck in my memory quite firmly is Will Barnet's 'Woman Reading'

woman-reading-will-barnet-1970

I actually saw a framed print of this in a shop a while back, and had one of those stop you in your tracks/deja vu/nostalgia/bring you almost to tears moments. It was like my childhood in a flash.

It's such a simple, beautiful and cozy image. I think I liked it especially because it reminded my of my mum a bit, as she was always reading.
A friend mentioned Will Barnet recently, which lead me to look up more of his stuff. I love it! It's definitely very 70s, but in the best way possible and certainly doesn't limit it in any way. I'm a particular fan of his Silent Seasons series:

willbarnet1

will_barnet_silent_seasons

will-barnet-artwork-large-21865

seventh-season

I also love the combination of people and animals - quite often cats. Lately I've been feeling a lot of guilt around my own lovely cat, Bella, as she's been a little neglected attention-wise since the arrival of Minnie. She doesn't seem to hold it against us though, she's more affectionate than ever. And so these next two pictures are dedicated to her ;)

will-barnet-artwork-large-42556

will-barnet-artwork-large-12805

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer non-cooking

Summer has finally made its way to Vancouver! And with its arrival, my drive to cook has somewhat vanished. Today was the hottest day we've had so far, and I figured a nice, cool meal was in order.

summer supper
No summer meal is complete without a gin&tonic, am I right?

The fruit salad is cantaloupe, mint and lime juice and was super tasty (and took all of 5 minutes to make).

Honestly, if you're looking for a low maintenance, lazy meal to make, gazpacho ain't it. But I had never made it, and once I get an idea in my head for a meal I gotta do it - and I'm glad I did! It was delicious.

I used this recipe as a guideline. Today was the Main St farmer's market so I picked up some heirloom tomatoes, red pepper and cucumber and used up some green onions and garlic I had in my csa produce box. Throw in some basil from my windowsill, and it was quite the local soup ;)

Gazpacho
5-6 medium to large sized tomatoes
1 long English cucumber, peeled seeded and chopped
1 red sweet red pepper, peeled and chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, minced
Two handfuls good bread (I used baguette), torn into pieces
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Olive oil
Red wine or sherry vinegar
Pinch of cumin

1. Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze the seeds and as much liquid as you can out, into a bowl.
2. Strain the tomato liquid to get rid of the seeds and reserve.
3. Chop up your tomatoes and put into a glass bowl along with the reserved tomato liquid and all the rest of your ingredients - except one tablespoon of basil.
*For the olive oil and vinegar I didn't measure, just but in enough to coat everything. If I had to guess I'd say 3-4 tablespoons of oil and 1-2 tablespoons on vinegar.
**I added a little water to the bread before mixing it in, probably 2 tablespoons or so
4. Let mixture sit at room temperature for an hour
5. Puree mixture in batches in a food processor or blender. Add a little water each time to get to a nice, soupy consistency. I used about one cup of water in total. Strain puree through a sieve - really push down on the solids to get out as much liquid as possible.
6.Add the remaining basil, and then season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

From what I've read, gazpacho really is best to eat as soon as possible, since the tastiness of it comes from the freshness of the ingredients. This seems like a recipe that would be really fun to play around with too - adding different fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, oregano) and a jalapeno or other chili would definitely work. You also could skip the straining part if you wanted a chunkier soup, or reserve some of the chopped veggies and add them in after pureeing.
I can see myself definitely making this again this summer - I think it would be a great thing to bring for a potluck or bbq.

typo

Monday, July 4, 2011

The Skin I Live In

the skin i live in by girl and tonic
the skin i live in, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

How beautiful is this movie poster?

I've been meaning to do a post about the style in Volver for ages. I love Pedro Almodovar's aesthetic, he's wonderful.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Summer Blog Crawl

Today's post is part of Gallery No 8's Summer Blog Crawl. So to any new readers - hello! :)

I love that both the first post, and yesterday's over at Inspire Me Heather both mentioned camps. For my own take on the Summer Lovin' theme I'm going to talk about the present summer, and even though I won't be getting up to my camp (*tear) it's still there to inspire me.

lake penage
lake penage by mattcoopr

My family camp (or "cottage" if you will) on Lake Penage is one of my absolute favourite places on earth, and the main reason for that is how I fell when I'm up there - like anything is possible. I'm usually up there in the summer, and since I can remember it has always been a place where I feel like the upcoming school year (and rest of the year) holds nothing but awesome potential.
So I'm taking that feeling and running with it for this summer. I may not have a job, and am having a lousy time trying to find one, but it's SUMMER! And there are so many things I can do in the meantime, like…

SWIM!
bathing beauties

I love swimming. Again, my camp really is the best spot for it. But here in Vancouver it's hard to beat Wreck Beach (naked swimming rules).

wreck
Wreak Beach by taa2r

Take Pictures!
snap!
Oh hi, overexposed me

I've been doing it more often, and I just got myself a lovely little Canon A-1 to play around with - so hopefully Film Fridays will get a little more current ;)

Make things!

bluemoon
bluemoonrevisted on etsy, opening soon!

This is pretty much an ongoing goal of mine, but with no job at the moment, something I'm really getting on board with. My brain can go a mile a minute when I think about stuff to do, so I've been trying to streamline.

1. Get really good at making pies. My nanny's were the best, and I aspire to one day come damn close to hers.
2. Can stuff! Fingers crossed that my wee garden is productive, and if it is I'm looking forward to dill pickles, pickled beans and…pickled cherry tomatoes? Who knows.
3. The above photo is the name of my little shop I'm getting together. Again, with no work, I figured if I could possibly make a little money while making things - why not? I'll make an announcement here when it's opened (hopefully soon!). I'll be selling pillowcases accented with hand dyeing and embroidery and hand dyed vintage slips.



tangerine
windsor purple
future pillowcases

I'm pretty excited about it, about everything really. Summer and excitement have always seemed to go together perfectly for me, so I feel like this one is going to be a good one :)

Anyone out there excited about anything in particular this summer?

That's all for me, check out 10 Rooms tomorrow for day 4 of the crawl!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Film Friday - Addendum

19 by girl and tonic
19, a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

A slightly-belated post - I realized I had a picture from when I tried Magnolia cupcakes. The vanilla ones were as good as mine (using their recipe) and I believe I got a red velvet but was a little underwhelmed because the icing gave my mouth that gross greasy feel (always use butter only, dudes).

Another gem from my NYC trip in summer 2009.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Canada D'eh

Red velvet, eh. by girl and tonic
Red velvet, eh., a photo by girl and tonic on Flickr.

First ever try at red velvet cupcakes. I used the Magnolia Bakery recipe (their vanilla cupcake is my go to recipe because it is ohmygodsoawesome).

They're cheek-tinglingly sweet, so I'm happy. The other 24 of them are coming with me to a friend's house for some Canada Day bbqing and firework watching.
Hope all my fellow Canadians are having a lovely day, and everyone else too :)

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