West coast, best coast

Friday, September 20, 2013

In the last few months I've found myself on the west coast twice. Once on a trip up the coast from LA to San Fransisco and most recently on a trip from Vancouver to Victoria to Tofino (a place I find hard to believe is actually in Canada).

So you can just quickly scan the photos, here's the recap of the adventure: Vancouver was full of new friends. MS had recently moved there and had a bunch of friends over for the long weekend. As you can imagine, there was clothing and product covering all open spaces in the 1 bedroom apartment. It didn't help that on 2 separate occasions we all went to the Aritzia Warehouse sale where I landed some amazing clothes at unreal prices. A $175 dress for $35. J Brand jeans for $30. I was in clothing heaven. I spent a lot of time wandering the city, renting a bicycle to cycle the entire outskirts of Stanley Park (highly recommended), eating delicious food and catching up with The Stunt Man over $5 caesars.

I landed up taking the ferry to Victoria to see DI (great friend and former Uni roommate) and explore Victoria, BC. Truthfully, I knew very little about the city. I walked a lot, ate some pretty good food, drank too much coffee and landed up using my umbrella just about as much as I thought I would. They were not lying when they said it rains a lot in the west.

The last stop of my adventure was a quick roadtrip to Tofino. I'm in love. Tonfio is Canada's heaven on earth. Beachy, adorable, not much to do. The good life. DI and I both purchased books from the local book store. I picked up The Wolf of Wall Street (soon to be a movie). It's wild. We didn't end up surfing, but did manage an afternoon beachside. And we went camping. In a tent.

Then, all the sudden it was an entire week and a few days later and we were driving back to the airport at 5:30am. A wonderful adventure. Now I understand: West coast, best coast. So, without hesitation:


Finds from the Aritzia Warehouse sale
There was about 500 of these racks full of clothing.

Victoria, BC

My dining view from Red Fish, Blue fish. One of the best spots on the trip!

A solo lunch adventure 

Super healthy road trip food!
 This was about 2.5 hours into the drive, also the 14th time listening to Kendrick Lamar's Swimming Pools The "look out" point.

Best coast may just be the west coast.

Art + Beer. Collective Art Brewing.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

I've been lucky this week landing some pretty sweet tickets! First TIFF and then guest list to the Arts Collective Brewery launch.

My workplace had space on the guest list and a few of us jumped at the opportunity to go. Free beer + food + live entertainment. Will that ever get old?

We arrived shortly after 9, had 2 beers (ok, I had a sip of 2 different beers plus 2 glasses of water... beer has never really been my thing) and watched the live band. The room was full of super hip Queen W folk. I opted to rock my new Aritzia dress (see the picture of me below) and a great necklace I picked up last time I was in Kentucky! Wear what you want, I say!

The evening was pretty great-- a showcase of artists and beer. Or, in their words, a "grassroots beer company fusing the craft of brewing with the inspired talents of emerging and seasoned artists, musicians, poets, photographers & filmmakers." Neat, right?

A few snaps into the evening:
Live band!
The Gladstone hotel.
EA found his bottle on the wall
Me + beer
 I wonder what event is next?

#TIFF13 Kill Your Darlings

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The title of this post could easily have been: "The day I met Harry Potter", because I did, sort of. Let me go back a few steps. I entered a few TIFF related contests hoping to score tickets to a movie. I had neglected to purchase tickets in advanced and at this point in the TIFF game (more than half way through) winning/ receiving tickets to the big premieres is the only option.

I entered an RT to win contest through SKYY Vodka, and won! I lucked out completely and got tickets to Kill Your Darlings, starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) & Michael C. Hall (Dexter). The seats ended up being in the mezzanine, beside what I noticed were some prime empty seats. Well, turns out those prime seats were for none other than the ENTIRE cast of the film. Harry Potter and Dexter mere meters away. 

I had gone with A and managed to walk out of the mezzanine seating at the same time as Daniel Radcliffe (DR, for short). A and I both got a few words in and I also gave him the "thumbs up". Ugh. Where did that come from?  He half smile said "thanks" and gave the thumbs up back. Meeting, successful.

We exited, saw the blacked out cars leave, but no more celebrity sightings on the walk home. I missed Joseph Gordon Levitt (sad) as his movie was premiering a few blocks away. Next year! And that was it. Possibly the beginning and ending of my TIFF13 experience all in one night. But wow, what a great night it was.

Thanks, TIFF! See you next year.

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