I Left My Heart in Toronto

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Half Moon Run- Need It (Cover)

I’ve included a link to my cover of the Half Moon Run song Need it above. I hope you enjoy!

So often I think I build something up in my mind so much that when it actually happens it’s a bit of a let down. Every once in a while though…Usually when I’m least expecting it I just have an all around great night.

Everything about it was perfect. It’s an odd feeling when you realize that a place makes you feel different. You walk a little bit taller and breathe a bit slower. It fits. It’s just that feeling, knowing it’s where you want to be. It’s exciting really. We were in Toronto to see Half Moon Run at The Phoenix the other night. As we drove to Toronto I kept getting flashbacks of while I was in Australia and listening to this band and knowing they were Canadian and feeling so excited to get to see them for the first time.

Even the drive to Toronto just fit. Traffic, music, darkness and lights. The perfect backdrop for a night of music and friends.

Once we got to The Phoenix I could feel it right away. The energy was insane. This dark, maze-like bar with red back lighting and oddly round industrial looking ceiling decorations. There was no band on stage but the atmosphere was enough to get the energy up. It felt like forever waiting to for them to come on stage but once they did…


Half Moon Run – The Phoenix, Toronto

I knew they were going to be good…I had no question. But I didn’t expect that. Incredible. The record is just nothing in comparison. They are incredible. It was also one of those shows that singes your memory so that you can’t forget a thing about it, you stand there and watch while you take everything in.

The show was their first one home in Canada since being away on tour and they were certainly as happy to be there playing as everyone was to be seeing them. They gave absolutely everything they had and it was tangible. Once in a while you go to a show where you don’t feel like you’re there to watch an act, you feel like you are really part of it. As the crowd sang the lyrics and howls echoed through the venue at every spontaneously perfect note it was obvious that this band has something. Something that makes you want to be friends with them and make music with them and then make love afterwards. Just a pure commitment to their music and their talents that made me want to run home, grab my guitar and try to grasp even a little bit of what they may have been feeling.

I have to confess that leaving Toronto I felt simultaneously elated and unfulfilled. I had to go home. It was over. Until next time anyway. I know I’ll get there, maybe not yet but soon enough. To collect the part of me that I left behind and create the next chapter.


When Was the Last Time you Hit Record?


It is entirely possible that I am the last person to discover this amazing idea but with the possibility that I’m not I feel the need to share!

Have any of you heard of Hit RECord? Some of you may have heard of Joseph Gordon-Levitt who got his first big start in ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’ and has recently been making quite the name for himself in Hollywood. Most recently I’ve come across a project he has been working on with other industry professionals which I think is amazing! It may very well change the game for artists around the world in many areas.


So here’s the idea in a nutshell: Create a website where artists of all types can come together collectively to create art. More importantly is that now ‘hitRECordJoe’ (as his Twitter handle refers to him) has created an idea for a television program which will showcase the highlights of artistic products created by the online community of Hit RECord. In addition to showcasing this art, this platform is being treated as an actual online job market where art is produced and anything that is used is paid for. Brilliant right?

The way this idea was formed was clearly with a lot of creativity and tact because it is both inclusive and inspiring. When you make yourself a member you are automatically involved in the community. How much you choose to produce is up to you but it is filled with ‘advertisements’ or ‘creative suggestions’ for you to work from. Joe regularly posts general concepts that he may have for a segment on the TV program and invites all community members to create and collaborate.


This is my favourite part of this idea- The collaboration! An animator can post a video on the dashboard and a musician views the animation, is inspired by it and submits music to accompany it. Or a songwriter may write something but not want their vocals on the track so they may ask the community of musicians to submit  vocals for the track. Additionally, sometimes more specific ideas are required and in this case it operates like a normal job posting. Joe posts what he is looking for and asks for creative input and interpretation. These options give artistic individuals who don’t really know where to begin a starting point which I think is integral to the promotion of creativity.

While this site is definitely not new (as a creative individual I’m quite disappointed that I’ve only just come to realize it exists), I feel that it deserves the mention that I am giving it now. The creative possibilities that it allows are endless and in a world that can always use more art I think this is an amazing thing! So…What are you waiting for? Hit RECord!


Half Moon Run

I am so excited to see this band for the first time this weekend. Half Moon Run is an amazing Canadian band out of Toronto playing this weekend at the Phoenix. The show is sold out so I hope to see you there!

Signe Nordstrom-“50 Shades of Grey” Lingerie Collection by KappAhl

I’ll admit I haven’t read the book, but this collection is just beautiful! I want you ALL 🙂

Beautiful Signe Nordstrom is the protagonist of an underwear collection, result of a collaboration between the “50 Shades of Grey” author and KappAhl.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


This is the perfect Christmas dress in my eyes this year! It has incredibly beautiful detail and lots of surprises. Modest yet edgy.


I Dare you not to love this


Bundle Up!


On days like today I can’t help think about all the scruffy beardy boys out there who must be so toasty warm in this chilly weather!

I Want YOU: My Dream Leather Jacket


To me this is the perfect autumn Leather jacket! I love the detail on the arms and waist that really make it stand out from other jackets. I also think the double breasted collar gives it an edgy vibe but it can clearly be paired with something soft to give it a chic contrast!



Radiant Roses Dress

Radiant Roses Dress

This Bettie Page dress is both classic and modern. The beautiful black and metallic contrast on the soft rose pattern is beautiful.


Lou Doillon for Vogue Turkey November 2013

I would die for this dress. It’s breathtaking.

Star Lou Doillon;

Photographed by Serge Leblon.

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