MOH…383 days…

I’m kind of freaking out… I’m that friend… the friend you wish you didn’t have sometimes but love when other circumstances comes along… Let me explain…You can call me to bail you out of jail, if I have the $$ I’m there…but if you need a babysitter…oufff…go to the next person in the phone book! Sorry, I don’t do kids unless they’re related to me my blood… awful, you say?!? Yup, I know but it’s just the way that I feel and I can’t help it. I’m not into kids, christening, communions, bachelorettes, baby showers etc… I HATE ALL OF THOSE WITH A PASSION.. I cannot stand them! But now I’ve found myself in a bizarre position…

I’ve been asked to be a maid of honor to my friend’s wedding. You need to understand, this is a difficult position to be in..WHY, you might say? Maybe because the year before, I refused to be a bridesmaids in one of my old friend (Known her for 20 years) wedding party.. I still feel guilty, because I love that friend… I think she’s one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met (and will ever meet) in my life. She has a good heart, she’s reliable, she has great values..she’s that girl…the one you can count on. She’s always been that way… But I also know that our lives have changed and it isn’t the way it was 10-15 or 20 years ago… To me, being over 30 in a wedding party – not happening for me – I don’t want to be that girl…forever bridesmaids never the bride, I’m so not interested.  There comes a time when you have to let go and I have… I’m truly beyond that.. I declined to be a bridesmaid to my friend’s wedding because I felt our friendship was not as close as it once was and I would not be sincere walking down that isle on her special day…. I have tremendous love for her but I know our relationship is (and will never be the same).. other people, that have been there for her should be walking her down that isle and supporting her through that event..but I love her! She has a special place in my heart. And then, comes that person you never thought you’d meet.

A funny, eclectic, sarcastic girl that you just so happen to mesh with. From the get go, we’re super different: she’s slim and hates fat people – I’m kinda of chubby and not a fan of those model like gals (which she is); she’s vegetarian and I’m a carnivore, she’s very fashion-forward – she insulted the mom’s jeans I was wearing during the game night I was hosting (what a douche – yet, she was my backbone when it came to keep my cool and keep food coming out). Regardless of all this, we still manage to always have a GREAT time whenever we saw each other; we went away for a week in TNT and never had an issue and ’til today, we may not agree on certain things we’re still super cool with each other..and most importantly….we always laugh…and laugh! And as superficial as she may appear she still cares about people and I love that about her!! I love her heart!! The heart that loves grandma and grandpa and tells you all about their stories….. grandma holding that man by the collar at the flea market, or her having two yearly birthday parties – yearly ( double birthday party!! Who the fuck has that!?! lol): my friend CJ does!!

Needless to say I’m excited, overwhelmed, terrified while being so happy for her! It truly is a privilege to witness the meeting of two souls, that were meant to found each other. Since I have not met MY soul mate yet, her story reinforces my belief that there’s a special someone out there for me too…awwwww…so corny (I know, embarrassing :S). I’ve made a promise to myself to enjoy every single step of this journey and I cannot wait to share the big day with you, my 2 faithful readers! Besides, I already know the wedding pictures are going to be SICK – the outfits, the theme everything will be HOT, at that celebration of Afrocentric love 🙂 This adventure is going to be exceptionally phenomenal… to be continued

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Paris, Tokyo…

I went away last weekend to a cottage in the Eastern townships, Roxton Pond to be precise, and I had to opportunity to do some serious chill-axing…LOL… Saturday was gloriously sunny, while Sunday was the perfect rainy-jazzy day. Incredible! Great food, good company, stimulating conversations, an inviting pool, a BBQ ready to be use AND abuse, PLUS a freaking hammock in the backyard!?! What else could a girl asked for?? Maybe a sympathetic dog (called Maggie), two cats (Sookie and Yoko a.k.a Hitler/ Charlie Chaplin since she’s all white and has a tiny black mustache under her nose) and a banned on killing any insects besides mosquitoes. Listen, I almost killed an ant and was scolded for a good half-hour for that mischief…. Geez…Do not worry, the ant survived – I only broke her two back-legs 😛

I  also discovered this amazing Lupe Fiasco song during those 50 blissful hours: Paris, Tokyo  which is the perfect musical backdrop for a week-end get away (like I had); or a week long vacations to an exotic overseas location or just the track you play when you’ve buried yourself under your comforter in your well-used PJs,  turned off your Blackberry, laptop, emails etc… and just want to disconnect for a few hours…Enjoy!

P.S.: Happy birthday to one of my favorite W in the whole wide world 🙂

P.P.S.: Have you ever-tried Kettle’s Ranch flavored potato chips!?! Thank you C for this life-changing discovery. “Hi, my name is Tathiana and I’m so addicted to those chips” 🙂

SWAG = Jay-Z

To me, Jay-Z is the definition of SWAG. No matter how old he is he will always be the personification of what it means to be cool: comfortable in your skin, make your own way by any mean necessary, confident, arrogant, charming…everything a man (or woman) aspires to be.

Here is his latest video, featuring Kanye called “Otis”. As hot and current as Kanye may be, in this video he just appears to be a measly Kelly Rowland overpowered by Beyoncé (Jay-Z)’s grandeur.

Minuit à Paris…

It’s impossible for me to be objective when it comes to Woody Allen. This time though, I think it goes beyond my neurotic obsession with everything this man has ever touched. The star of the movie, to me, is the city itself. Every scene was like a timeless postcard: beautiful and inviting. The cast was brilliant. I have to admit that it took me a minute to warm up to Owen Wilson’s anti-social script writer character but ultimately his performance was refreshing and convincing. Marion Cottilard as the stunning Adriana and Adrien Brody as an hilarious Salvatore Dali did a phenomenal job with their respective role. Ultimately, the hour and 40 minutes that I spent at the movie theater flew by and were magical. Whimsical, romantic, nostalgic, eloquent, intelligent – not Woody Allen at is prime but still great. One of my closest friend is Parisian and she’d offered any times to take me around the city of lights and show me “le vrai Paris”. I was always hesitant but after seeing this enchanting piece, I’ve already called her to set a date for my private tour. This movie was a great reminder that it’s important to cherish the past but never forget to live in the moment.. I shall not forget.

Bad teachers.. (my review)

I went to see Bad Teachers tonight, at the Cavendish mall. If ever you want to see a blockbuster at an un-crowded theater, Cavendish mall is the place to be. My cousin and I, LOVED it! No line to buy the water; prime real estate when it come to seats – blissful!

That being said, I got to admit, I was a little bit disappointed. I thought I was going to be dying of laughter the entire time, but truly, this movie only got a few chuckles out of me. Generally speaking, I like Cameron Diaz in comedies; I’m slowly becoming a Justin Timberlake fan – I thought he did a great job in The social network – and I love Jason Segel (I’m a Judd Appatow, Freaks and geeks & affiliates groupie; don’t judge me). Somehow this mixture of great ingredients didn’t seem to mesh very well in this picture.

However, I have to give credit where it’s due and Cameron Diaz’s comedic timing is on point; Justin was good and his performance in the “sex-scene” was priceless. My “coup de coeur” though was Lynn Davies, the awkward 50-something socially crippled colleague. Her scenes, were the ones that truly got me laughing the loudest! Her awkwardness had something endearing to it, that made her very likeable…at least to me 😉

I’d still recommend for people to go see it…on a Tuesday, when you have absolutely nothing to do. It’s a great way to kill 1.5 hour.

This summer has a lot of good movies coming out, this was a lukewarm opener for me but I’m expecting a lot more in the weeks to come.

Hunk of the day…Sexy Gaby!!!

Walking hotness, Gabriel Aubry (Canadian by the way..hey!), with his beautiful daughter, Nahla. What else could I say!?! Not only does he look amazing, he also seems to be a genuine, caring dad! How adorable does he look, carrying her pink book bag in one hand, while lifting her up with the other!?! Too cute!

Enjoy! 🙂

Picture is coutresy of radaronline.com

Milano, Italy… going West!

So… one of my closest friend left for Milan, Italy today. Blame it on the fact that I’m a Cancer but just knowing that he’s so many miles away makes me miss him already… :(… (Awwwwwwwwww!!!  o_O. Yup, I’m a douche..LOL) Since I cannot be there with him, I decided to search the GOOGLE and find the most interesting activities to do in Milan (YESSSIR) for him and I shall send him my recommendations. 😉 Because if I was there too those are the activities I’d love to do!!!

In no particular order, here are my top picks:

Bag the latest styles at the Rectangle of Gold

Milan’s boutiques fit into one square, bordered by via della Spiga, via Manzoni, via Sant’Andrea and via Montenapoleone: the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Rectangle of Gold). Designer named stores include Armani, Chanel, Missoni, Prada and Versace. Even if the price tags are out of your budget, you can spend many a happy hour admiring the window displays

Savour the flavours of Milanese cuisine

Here you’ll find creamy pasta, dairy and meat products, alongside international foods such as maki and curry. Our top pick for sampling Milanese food is Antica Trattoria della Pesa

Relax to the max at Milan’s spas

Pulled a muscle in your shopping marathon? No sweat: one of Milan’s spas will have a special treatment for you. Fashionistas should head for the Aveda-based Lepri, a salon and spa owned by the gregarious Fabrizio Lepri, a sought-after hairstylist.

Sample a sandwich of distinction

At Bar della Crocetta the humble sandwich has become an art form, with over 100 panini oozing wonderful ingredients, from wild venison to prosciutto. De Santis doubles that number of sarnies, enticing you with elaborate concoctions, including basil-flavoured goat’s cheese and marinated artichokes, squeezed between thin pieces of their own secret-recipe grilled bread.

View the best art collection in the city

The modest but exquisite collection at the Pinacoteca di Brera art museum covers works by major Italian artists from the 13th to the 20th centuries. Highlights include Mantegna’s Dead Christ, a moving Pietà by Giovanni Bellini, Piero della Francesca’s Virgin and Child with Saints and Caravaggio’s Supper at Emmaus. Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese are all here. There’s also a studio of plaster casts and drawings, and contemporary works, thanks to its wonderful study collection.

Grab a really great coffee (even though you don’t drink coffee..but I LOVE it!!)

Milan is the city in which Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz first formulated the concept of launching US espresso bars, where the public can work, meet and relax. Italy’s cafés already fulfil this role with zeal: local baristas remember your name and usually start preparing your usual beverage the moment you walk in.

Be both cheap and chearful at happy hour

With cocktail prices fixed between €6 and €8 thrown into the aperitivo mix, the city’s hippest bars all attempt to out-chic the others at the daily happy hour: DJs are hired for the early evening slot, seasonal concoctions are chalked up on the wall, and mountainous buffets pull in the punters.Bhangrabar serves Indian specialities, and Radetzky ups the stakes with marinated artichokes and oysters on ice.

Support AC Milan (or maybe FC Internazionale!)

The San Siro Stadium is an essential place of pilgrimage for any football fanatic. This 85,000-seater is home to two rival clubs, AC Milan and FC Internazionale, which are among the most powerful in the world. Even on non-match days, a tour and a visit to the museum gives an insight into the powerhouse of football.

Rummage around the flea markets

So pick a sunny day, leave the heels at home and hit the city’s best markets. TheFiera di Senigallia has long been the city’s top flea market. Its specialities include’70s vintage disco gear, compilation CDs, Peruvian baby clothes and old comic books. Over a canal or two, the popular Papiniano stocks a mix of goods, including plants, shoes, homewares and linens, with the odd food stall thrown in. Expect to use your elbows if you want to get near the cut-price clothes.

Club with the hipsters in Como

If you mix a ‘work hard, party hard’ ethic and the young, upwardly mobile set of Milan, what do you get? An incessant demand for places in which to party like there’s no alarm clock. The city certainly delivers, with pockets of vibrant nightlife in the swanky Corso Como area. At the classic club Hollywood you’ll find a transformation going on: although it was once home to the champagne-swilling pinstriped crowd, the club is now embracing the artsy, hip and gay communities.

Needless to say that I wish I was there with you but in the meantime: have the most amazing time!!

Come back chubby with thousands of pictures!! He he he!

References taken from: http://www.timeout.com/milan/features/49/20-great-things-to-do-in-milan

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I’ll be hostage of my neighborhood because of U2. Dinner plan by my house tomorrow night: postponed to next week. Brunch in Laval Saturday afternoon: cancelled. Decarie highway and all the Jean-Talon area will be a zoo to make room for this unique event. I’m not gonna lie – I. TOTALLY. GET. IT People have been holding on to their tickets for TWO YEARS now, I definitely understand the excitement and anticipation!! I just regret that I did not purchase a pair myself, it would’ve been a nice way to end my “challenging-filled-with-opportunities” week at work to say the least…o_O

Over 160 000 Montrealers are expected to see the Irish band’s sold out shows. Ticket-less and plan-less, my only option is to try to enjoy my favourite U2 song as I drown my sorrow in my mint tea. Wishing you all an amazing show!! 🙂