so maddy and i had the privilege of seeing the amazing MEC MAC a couple of weekends ago. she was pretty darn amazing and i wanted to just share my experience, and also enlighten those of you not aware of her talent.
i knew meg back in my waapa days (wasn’t that long ago really), and actually saw/heard some of these songs developing. it was really cool to see how much the songs had changed – and all for the better. the melodies are all so smooth. like they’re unpredictable but they sound right – not over done. i really appreciate it when a singer knows when to hold out a long note, or cut it short, and then use trills and runs for a little extra colour rather than flipping their way through the whole song. musically i was pretty impressed with what was done with only a keys player, bass player, and drummer. there were lot’s of electronic sounds giving it a sort of pop and r’n’b blend, with meg’s soulful vocals over the top. i’d say the highlight for me was hearing them perform ‘grandma’s hands.’ it was literally flawless. everyone around me was completely in awe of her and the band, and all so thrilled to be there with her. it was a serious honour and i was proud! aaaanyway, just wanted to share my lil experience witchyall.
please check out her EP and buy it on itunes here, or visit her store here for the real life thing !!
recently i had the privilege of capturing some shots of this beautiful pregnant woman, Mardi. she is gorgeous and it was a lot of fun chasing the sun and trying to find appropriate fields without animals. davo came along to help me out with some shots and assist me with reflectors, that kinda stuff. we didn’t want this shoot to be your typical maternity shoot. i feel like this is one of the most exciting times of your life and you want to look beautiful and radiant, so a sunset seemed pretty appropriate. essentially we just wanted them to look really pretty and girly and to reflect that pregnancy glow. and in true caboodle style, we did everything. hair, makeup, styling and photography of course. i dono. i think she looks pretty darn beauteous! let a sista know ya thoughts.
blouse: Seed Herritage
jacket: From a Boutique in Brooklyn
jeans: Nobody Denim
so here we have it. what i call fool-proof dressing. a comfortable pair of jeans, and a leather jacket. for me the shoes and top are changeable. the options there are endless. i love the brown jacket here instead of black. i think that black is slightly more predictable (though still amazing and something that i always wear) and gives a slightly less ‘matchy’ feel to the outfit. when the basis of your outfit is black and white, you really can add whatever colour you want. this blouse is actually sleevless. i kind of love the shape because it’s essentially a sack. it allows you to manipulate the shape a little. it still looks flowing when you tuck it in to your jeans. it’s actually 3 sizes too big for me, but because of the style the size is far less important. (it was also on sale for $30, which played in persuading me!) also on sale were these boots! I have been wanting a pair of lace-up boots for a while now, but for some reason i found it hard to spend the money on them. you know there are some things in life that you just buy without reason! you don’t care about price you just want it! (me on so many occasions) but then there are those things that no matter how much you wish it was in your wardrobe every time you’re getting changed, you just don’t quite want to pay for it. this could just be me, or the nature of a woman??? i just want what i want, not always what i need! (like all i really needed was a pair of lace-up boots.)
anyway, enough babble. perhaps one day i will get better at controlling my thoughts. maybe i will even collect them in such a way that they could be understood. i do wonder if i used correct grammar whether it would make my random thought processes slightly easier to follow? and here i go again. jotting down my continual train of thought in a series of short and unrelated sentences. so, in true reflection of what this post is about, i would like to set a challenge to all readers. find a pair of jeans and a leather jacket that you love, and see just how many outfits (casual and smart) you can create with this as your shell. you might be surprised just how quickly you can pull together a great outfit under pressure!
dinner parties. dinner parties. dinner parties.
dinner. dinner. dinner.
parties. parties. parties.
it’s all so exciting. for me, a good dinner party beats any night out on the town. there’s something that goes in to the preparation and being in the comfort of your own home that is just so lovely. don’t get me wrong, i love to go out for a great meal with great service and great company, but when you’re planning and preparing it all yourself, there’s a certain level of expectation. if you go a restaurant and they disappoint, you just don’t go back. but when it’s your home, you want people to return again and again. i don’t know, maybe i’ve put more thought in to this than the average person (probably.) i think i’ll put it down to my italian background, love for all things cute and weirdly obsessive compulsive tendencies? yeah. that pretty much sums it up.
so, i thought i would share my number one favourite aspect of these dinner parties (i really don’t have that many despite my overly positive vernacular.) i just love to set the dining table. create a whole atmosphere in the room. there is something about entering a space that you have been in before, but seeing it in a new light. the dim light and music playing, with oodles of candles and most likely a floral arrangement. it’s not just your ordinary dining room or backyard, it’s whatever you want it to be! yay! if the table that usually sits there doesn’t look quite right – move it! if you need to bring your couches outside – do it! it will honestly create a great atmosphere. so let’s say you can’t fit all the food on the table, a common occurrence in this household, why not lay it all out on another little table rather than cram everything in between your table setting?
i also think it’s nice to mesh the theme of the food with the theme of the room! the whole package usually gets people pretty excited! i like to come up with a name (don’t judge me), but something like ‘mediterranean nights’ or ‘the cabin’ or something else even more ridiculous. it generally helps to set a vibe for the night and gets people excited! it’s so nice to be excited about dinner! (the main source of my excitement probably) so, without confessing much more of my pedantic ways, let me share with you a few pictures of some fun food sharing moments that i have had in my life, and how i have loved to prepare every detail with my family!
and many photos to come!
hope this inspires you to do a little extra next dinner party!