The 1975 live in Toronto

Twenty saw The 1975 in Toronto on May 6. After spending the day in Toronto, shopping and eating and whatnot, my twenty-something friend and I went to our hotel to drink a little and get silly enough to apply temporary tattoos before marching over to the show.

The crowd was absolutely awesome.  We stood at stage left, up front.  Thankfully everyone around us was singing and dancing and having as incredible of a time as we were.  After the first song or so, Matty spoke into the mic directing everyone to take two steps back because he could see people being crushed at the front of the stage.  We all waited a few moments before he spoke again: “Fuck it, do what you want.” Nobody moved. I guess nobody really minded being crushed when they knew they were in for an awesome show.

It was bloody brilliant.  Bought a tshirt, and rocked some fake tats like a boss; people actually asked what our knuckle tattoos (from Tattly) said, and my pal what was on her back.  It was hilariously fun.

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Fitness: Twenty’s way

Let me start by saying that I am very impressed by and proud of Thirty’s discipline; I truly wish I could be as healthy and clean of an eater as she is..  Not to say that I’m completely terrible when it comes to eating.  I find that I eat much better when I am regularly (or semi-regularly) exercising, so I’ve been trying to get back into working out as of late.

I do not have a gym membership, so my workouts take place in my living room.  I love Tracy Anderson because her clients have amazing bodies, and, although people are quick to call her ways crazy and dumb, I do think she knows what she’s doing.  Sure, the workouts are a little boring.. but all I need to do is look at pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow, or Shakira or someone and my motivation is renewed.  Some of the moves/exercises seem wacky, but the soreness I experience is the same sort of muscle pain I recall from when I took ballet classes.  Tracy targets your individual muscles and muscle groups by her inventive movements in order to get the results I would have gotten from weeks/months of repeated ballet exercises that didn’t specifically target those muscles.  It’s like she’s taking the “dance” out of ballet and just messing with the muscles you want to work for a dancer’s body.

 

I know people say she’s not a real trainer, and that her meal plans and exercises aren’t legitimate; but I think she knows what she’s doing when it comes to body transformations.

Another favourite of mine is Jillian Michaels.  Lately, I’ve been doing the 3o Day Shred (though, not daily).  You don’t need a lot of space to do this workout video, and honestly I feel brutal after doing it.  I’m generally a sweaty exerciser, and Jillian makes me s-w-e-a-t.  I did the 30 Day Shred probably 2 years ago, straight through for 30 days and had awesome results, so I know it works for me.  A bonus is that it’s only 20-30 minutes, and I don’t get bored with it because Jillian really pushes you; unlike Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis that has 30 minutes of exercises with another hour or so of cardio, and you’re sort of on your own for most of it.

Project Mermaid Hair

My favourite purchase of the year thus far has been my hair extensions.  I had mixed responses from my friends when I told them that I had ordered extensions, mostly because I already have lots of long hair; some people thought I was being silly, and other people were just as excited as I was to see the result.

I love love love them.  I brought the extensions into the salon with me so that my hair stylist would dye my hair to match the dark brown colour I had ordered.  Her and her assistant were both really impressed by the quality of the hair.  She dyed my hair to perfectly match the extensions, and she even trimmed them so that they appeared natural when attached.

I ordered from Luxy Hair (the photo above is from their website, and is not me.  Alas, I do not own my own diva fan for selfies).  I chose the 160 gram set in Dark Brown.  They’re ahh-mazing.  I don’t ever wear them to work (I don’t want them to smell of coffee, and I don’t want an elastic crease in them); but I do wear them to go out and what not.. so at least a couple times each week.  I’ve never had hair extensions, so I don’t know if there is a better brand out there but I must say that I am very happy and have only had compliments on my Luxies (which people can’t tell from my real hair).

If you’re toying with the idea of getting yourself some Mermaid hair, I say go for it!

Chez Moi

My roommate and I (mainly) are still working on making our apartment more attractive and fabulous.  I assembled and painted the Ikea “Tarva” dresser that I bought once upon a time, and it turned out absolutely marvellously.

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I also put up some prints that I had bought years ago, and some that I had printed at staples not too recently; I’m very proud with my picture-hanging abilities.  The roommate and I bought a tapestry (from urban outfitters) to hang on a big blank wall in the living room and though some people think we’re weird for suddenly being Yankees, we think it looks pretty rad.

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Next on my to-do list is fix up the bathroom, buy some plants/accessories for the living room, potentially a little plate DIY for the kitchen, and figure out what to hang in my bedroom.  Stay posted!

Live at Sound Academy..

I apologize for my absence from the interweb; I’m been making friends and have fun out in the real world, but I’m back!  My new year’s resolution is to have fun, so hopefully that means some interesting blog posts for whoever does read this.  I’ve bought a few concert tickets to guarantee that I do in fact have fun sporadically throughout 2014, and my first show was Jake Bugg (give him a listen if you don’t know him), with Albert Hammond Jr (listen) and The Skins (listen) as openers at Sound Academy in Toronto.  I went with my roommate, friend and friend’s boyfriend and we had a fantastic time!

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We arrived in Toronto a couple of hours before the show, saw a line forming at the venue already at 6, but decided to go eat (timeless, magnificent, delicious) samosas, before driving back down to Sound Academy just in time for the doors to open.  The line was quite impressive, but we didn’t wait too long.  We secured standing space probably 1/5 of the way back from the stage, and it was perfect; by the time Jake, or even Albert Hammond Jr, started playing the entire venue was packed full.  I was really impressed by the turn out; honestly, the indie/alternative/rock fans warm my heart.

The Skins are really energetic and fun to see live, they also seem really cool and friendly; offering to take selfies at their merch table after their act was up. We didn’t want to lose our spots so we didn’t go.

Albert Hammond Jr had a cold, so his voice was super groggy; but man, I really want to see him headline a show! I’ve been listening to his solo stuff for years, and him and the band were soooo good last night.  One guitarist had super cool semi-long hair that he whipped around quite expertly; such a babe.

I cannot express how happy I am to have seen Jake Bugg live.  This guy is basically still a kid, but can confidently and smoothly entertain a crowd.  He was so appreciative to the crowd (which, as I mentioned before, was massive).  Having people crowd surfing, dancing on people’s shoulders, waving lighters, etc, to this young guy’s awesome show, singing/screaming back his brilliant lyrics and dancing to his music was thrilling. The highlight of the night was probably when he played Neil Young’s “My my, hey hey”,  To have a crowd that large, sing a song that was older than probably 90% of the audience, about rock and roll; man, it was so awesome!  Rock culture really does live on.

Basically, a great night of music and guitar skills, much beer, and too many laughs.

It was spectacular.

The City

As Thirty previously mentioned, I am confined to my neighbourhood Starbucks for the purpose of blogging (and paying Visa bills, and phone bills, etc etc) until my internet-less situation becomes critical.  As I imagined, my diet has consisted largely of raw fruits and veggies, yogurt cups, canned tuna, protein powder, oatmeal and most importantly Starbucks menu items.  I have yet to venture across the street to the Souvlaki cart that taunts me from my new manor’s window.  One day soon, though…

In addition to my lack of internet, I have no cable.  Thus, DVDs have become my best friends when I come home late from work, or don’t feel like putting on pants and venturing out for entertainment.  In true “city girl” fashion, I’ve been re-watching Whitney Port and her friends live their lives in New York City on The City.  I forgot how much I like Whitney Port.  She really is a good role model, in my books; she’s hard working, smart, determined, witty… not to mention stylish and gorgeous.  I’ve even started regularly curling my hair and dressing up slightly.  Her and her friends are all about my age in the series, and are more or less relatable in someway; though, I don’t have an Olivia Palermo situation.

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A few episodes in to my re-found appreciation of The City series, I remembered that I also owned Whitney Port’s book True Whit, which offers advices and insight into various aspects of Whitney’s life just after filming had wrapped on the series.  I do occasionally find myself checking out her blog as well.. I’ve yet to purchase anything from her clothing line…yet.  I’ll admit, I’m a fan of Lauren Conrad and The Hills, but there’s just something more compelling about Whitney for me; perhaps its her height, or maybe it’s her fabulous hair.

Boots follow-up

I blame Thirty for passing on her shopaholic tendencies to me.  This quarter is quickly becoming a rather expensive one for me as I will be furnishing my first apartment, paying to maintain my own life for the first time ever, and updating my wardrobe.  As previously mentioned, I was on the hunt for new boots and have since purchased a pair of black high-heeled wonders and cognac flat beauties.  Now, now, calm down; birthday money and a cheque from the government funded my footwear.

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I’ve yet the wear the Steve Madden cognac Nackk boots outside of the house; they feel like they need some more breaking in before I hit the streets, but I have worn the Vince Camuto boot, called Hasia, out, and I must say it is very comfortable!  The picture I found on the Bay‘s website does it no justice; it looks suede and fuzzy in the photo, but it really isn’t.  I’ve also recently purchased a quilted black bomber jacket and a warm knitted sweater that I have worn basically every day since I acquired it.