Wednesday, 29 October 2014


You've Cat to Be Kitten Me! Seeing as it is National Cat Day I felt it appropriate to share photos from my visit to the Edmonton Cat Show last weekend. Oh, what a purrrfect fun. 
First place winner! How could this pretty lady not win? Her owner was SO happy. 

Maine Coon... 

Scottish fold. 

Hairless cats...


Bengal kittens. 

Boy George, king of all Persians! 

Dress by Mrs. Pomeranz via sample sale, heels by Fluevog at the Gravity Pope sale last winter. 

Here's a photo of my fur ball, Gus! Gosh, I love that little guy:

Black cat lady fur-ever!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Yesterday evening marked the annual occurrence of a favourite October event: the Metro Cinema midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Eight friends and I dressed up, danced to the time warp, sang along with the film, and took way too many pictures. If you remember this post from a few years ago, you'll remember I am a massive RHPS fan, and have attended the live action role playing version more times than I can count. There were costume contests, prop throwing, and hilarious call outs. I had so much fun and am so happy it all worked out! I usually dress up as Magenta or Janet, but this year opted for a Transylvanian so I could keep it casual and comfortable, knowing from past experiences it's usually cold outside, and there is lots of standing around outside the theatre waiting to be let inside. Here are some shots from last night's debauchery. I took my point and shoot Olympus with me since I didn't want to lose or damage my DSLR, so apologies for the over exposure of most of these. As a Rocky Horror veteran, I took it as my duty to splatter 'V's on the foreheads of first time movie goers. 

Nicole and Megan pre-drinking at Garneau Pub, the shittiest of shitty dive bars and U of A watering hole. 
Chantel sporting some epic hair heights. Two hair pieces here! 

Janet and Dr. Frank-N-Furter. 

Chelsea as a fellow Transylvanian. Follow her blog! 

Fun times as usual! Super pumped for this week of Halloween-filled fun. I have TWO more costumes coming your way... 
Charmaine x 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Summer in Fall

Oh me, oh my, the weather this weekend was glorious. GLORIOUS. I realize it is completely dull to post about weather, but on Saturday we had +25C. +25 a week before Halloween! Unheard of. So balmy I walked around comfortably without a cardigan. Props to my mother for these photos! I take of my own photos most of the time, even in embarrassing public spaces. Hats off to Mrs. Lowe for the portraits (all other photos my moi). We went on a long walk together in the river valley and it was perfect.  
The dress is actually one of the few pieces of high fashion I own. I've coveted this Carven dress since seeing The Cherry Blossom Girl wear it years ago. The print is a map of paris, and the fabric is so light and delicate and perfect. I scoured the internet for one a) in my price range and b) my size, for over a year! And then, on ebay in August a seller based right here in Edmonton was selling it for a price so reasonable it felt like train theft. We met up, it fit, and it was mine. Fate! Sometimes, you just have to splurge! 

On our walk we saw these all over trees. Anyone know what they are? Larve? Cocoons? Do share! 

Stay cool, cucumbers. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

This is Edmonton

Hey y'all, 
The Huffington Post recently shared this little video made by a local Edmontonian showcasing some Edmonton icons, festivals, local restaurants and cafes, and scenic shots of the river valley. Bearing in mind this is was not made by a professional, and just some guy who really likes Edmonton, I think it does a nice job of capturing my prairie hometown at its best. Set to the music of local band Scenic Route to Alaska, if you've ever been curious about the random, northern Canadian city I am from, here's a little peak for you. 

A few of my favourite highlights are Three Boars for cocktails, 104th Street Saturday Market, The Edmonton Queen river boat, the Highlevel Bridge streetcar, the legislature, Elk Island National Park, Dadeo's, The Junque Cellar, Kashmiri chai at Remedy, and my favourite food truck Atillla The Hungry.

A nice reminder to appreciate what I got and where I am!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Moustache Cam

Ages ago I was gifted a disposable "Moustache" camera from Urban Outfitters. Here are the results! Not many turned out, but I quite like the lighting and tone of the ones that did. 
Sarah and me at Latitude 53.
Me at a Vietnamese sub place on Whyte. 
Meg and Colin enjoying donair spring rolls. 
Backyard BBQing. 
Steel Wheel hooligans. 
Sweet Gus. 
Sean and Glenda relaxing in the sun.

I was also just gifted an Fuji Instax and a heap of old cameras from my mother. She was an avid photographer for most of her life, and taught me to take photos on her old manual Pentax when I was a young'un. Looking forward to re-visiting film with my new found loot. 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Left Over Toronto, Jumpsuit, and Some Plans

Hello again! Oh man, I feel like I have a lot of little things share. There are many small but exciting things happening in real time for me over the next few months. I am pretty excited about being on the special events committee for a popular and AWESOME gallery here in Edmonton. I am also volunteering for several school related arts events over the fall, and crossing fingers about a job prospect, but more on that later. Really most of my excitement has to do with travels and potential summer plans. First off, guess I never blogged about it, but I am going to be back in London for Christmas! I'll also be going to Hungary for NYE and probably Serbia. My best friend Charlotte is doing a PhD about art movements in the former Yugoslavian countries, so she's got friends all over the Balkans, and Belgrade is her favourite city. I am excited to check it out, FINALLY! I am also just excited to be back in London. See all of my urban family. There are babies being born, engagements to celebrate, and far too many people I can't wait to catch up with. I leave a few days after finals in mid-December, getting back to Edmonton in early January. AirCanada had a ridiculous seat sale in August, and when I saw return holiday airfare to London direct from Edmonton for less than $1000 bucks including taxes, I booked that flight faster than the speed of light. 
I am obsessed with this jumpsuit. It is SO comfortable. It's a bit out of my comfort zone, but I love it! 

Being back in Toronto also left me pretty inspired. But also a feeling of melancholy. I was super sad when I got back to Edmonton. And not because of anything to do with Edmonton. I was so happy in Toronto. I felt like I was home. It was an overwhelming, corny feeling of reunion, like I was back in touch with a part of myself I left behind when I abruptly left last fall. It was definitely the right choice; I got work experience here I would not have out there and saved a lot of money. But people just are as I am in Toronto. Buying locally, voting progressively, caring about the arts, politics and urban issues are the norm and not the exception. Not that there aren't people in Edmonton that feel this way, too. There are lots. But we all live in this tiny bubble that is Old Strathcona, the only non-conservative federal constituency in the entire province (Linda Duncan of the NDP is my Member of Parliament, and she's awesome. Can't wait to volunteer for her re-election next year!). The amount of times I get called a hipster by people because I ride a bike and don't drive a car, or because I don't engage in fast fashion unless I have to, is ridiculous. Conscious consumption is a way of life for me. I try to eat, dress, and shop as ethically and locally as possible. I also have no interest in having a huge house, a fancy car, and a bunch of material things. I crave a truly urban life, living in a tiny apartment in the centre of a big, big city, where I can ride my bike, walk, or take transit most of the year. My experience in Toronto was everything I could ever ask for in a city.
So I am either going to just do the one year option of my course and head back to Toronto as soon as possible. Do my placement out there and start my life. If I decide to do the two year course, I am going to use next summer to hopefully find an internship or job directly in the arts. I will stay in Edmonton if I get such a position, hopefully go back to Toronto for the summer, and will happily go anywhere else in the country. 

I am also contemplating, if I do not get a decent job next summer, using my still-active visa to the UK and go work in Scotland for the summer. It's good until late 2016 before renewal. If I am just going to end up as a receptionist, retail manager or bartender in Edmonton next summer, I'd rather be doing so in Glasgow or Edinburgh for three months. Hang out where my dad was born and where my granny was from. We'll see what happens and where I end up. I am committing to no plans, just keeping an open mind with a few ideas rolling around. 

Here are some random shots of central and west Toronto. Thanks for a stellar time, T.O!
Baldwin street. I used to live on Baldwin and McCaul! 
Sweet Torie at Momofuku! 

Thanks for reading, friends!