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Today marks the 1 year anniversary of us moving back to our hometown, Québec City. A year of big adjustments and changes. I would also like to add  ‘2016 you were honestly the worst’. #bye2016

Anyways, moving back here has been as hard as it has been fun. Sometimes, it totally feels like I never left. Things feel so familiar but at the same time they make me feel like I don’t totally belong here. It’s weird. One thing for sure, is that I dearly miss my friends from Montreal. It took quite some time for me to make new friends in Mtl, so now that I have them I miss them even more I guess. I miss their open mindedness, I miss laughing with them and having common interests with people on an everyday basis. I have met nice people here, but as you know making friends does not happen overnight. I’m also super lucky to have a few amazing friends here and I cherish those relationships.

Even after a year, I still question myself as to where I want to settle down. Being back here has allowed me to have different perspectives on things, on what I want and need. One of the really positive things of being back, is that I’m finally making music again! Yay!

It is funny how what I love about one city is what annoys me about the other;

I MISS the Metro and the public transportation here, I can’t even ..

I feel more relax and less anxious in Qc. The pace is way slower and I feel less pressure in all kinds of areas in my life. That is definitively a plus.

I miss speaking English on an everyday basis. I feel like I am loosing all my English skills and that I certainly don’t want. Quebec is a frenchie fo’ sure.

I miss the easy access to shows and culture in general. Quebec is working hard on that I know, but still I miss not having to take 2 days off only to see an artist I like.

I enjoy quite a lot how much people are polite here in Qc. But they have NO clue as to how to make a line while waiting for something though.

I enjoy how in Quebec most of things happen in houses and how people will invite you to their home instead of going out most of the times.

What I think is the hardest is how much I encounter people who are racist, homophobe, who have no interest in the environment, in culture, in design, who do not vote on election day. I am sorry to say that but  sat least once a week I witness a behavior or comments of some sort that keeps the Quebec clichés alive. THAT I profoundly dislike.

Finally, thank you for spending 2016 with me here on the blog. It has been a joy and a great creative outlet for me. In 2017 I’d like to post more often, more regularly, write more portraits and post more of my music 🙂

Cheers to 2017 and see you NEVER 2016!

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I love old people and I wish I had more time to spend more time with them. I really do. This video made me tear up. Evelyn fought for herself and proved people wrong #badasswomen

 

I have been looking from time to time to Laura Miller’s video. I was inspired by her recipes even though I don’t eat raw. She has started this new series ”Talking in circles” which I enjoy A LOT. This is the kind of content I want to watch on the internet, the kind of conversations I wish I had around me. Go check it out + how pretty is she?

 

How can we do more to help the ones that were here before us and that basically save our ancestor’s lives? I don’t know the answer yet but I am so grateful to see that people in their own community are keeping their traditions, languages etc. alive. Keep on fighting.

 

This is for my french speaking readers. Who doesn’t love Koriass? I enjoy his music, his texts, his opinions. I admire his honesty, how he speaks his truth, how involved he is in his community and his creativity. This documentary is brilliant and in French. Click HERE to watch the video.

 

You MUST watch this documentary. The content of this is crucial, informative. It serves its purpose very well. Let’s all take actions to keep our planet, our home and mother earth healthy.

 

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I have met Steven where I use to work in Montreal. We have spend 4 years, 5 days a week together and boy did we have fun! Steven is full out, very funny, creative and endearing. I has taught me a lot (like walking in heels and many more) and inspired me quite a bit. I have a lot of admiration for him as to how he’s following his dreams and staying true to who he is.He is the Snapchat king fo sure. Favorite activity together : definitively singing. We owned karaoke night and sang for hours in our office. I miss his presence and am found of our memories together. Check out his work on his Facebook or Instagram !

Name/ Steven Cabeleira
City of residence/ Montreal
Astrological sign/ Taurus
I’m often perceived as \ people tell me I’m/ Steven wanted me to answer this question. I’d say true to himself
Job/ Makeup Artist

What is your dream job and what have you been doing career wise in the past few years?
My dream job is to work on movie sets and create different makeup looks inspired by the movie. Before being into makeup I was an accountant and I also danced.

What is the question you wish people asked you and what is the answer?
Why do I love makeup so much.

Some might think that makeup is superficial and that people shouldn’t hide their imperfections and shouldn’t be hiding behind cosmetics. I don’t.

I will say that: In my opinion makeup can be really useful. Yes if I have a pimple I will cover it up. Yes if I feel that my bags under my eyes are too deep I will cover them but why? Because I love to look flawless. I like to look in the mirror and be like YASSS my skin looks flawless. When I remove my makeup do I feel ugly?! No, because I love myself before anything. Makeup boosts self-confidence for some and I don’t think it’s a bad thing.

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You have been in L.A for the past 6 months. Tell us what you were doing there and what did your day or week looked like?
For the past 6 months I was at Cinema’s Makeup School in Los Angeles where I learned about beauty, makeup, hair, airbrush, characters (scars, wounds, blood) and prosthetics application. I had school from Monday to Friday like a full time job. My day at school started by lectures from the teachers of what we were about to learn, then a demo of the makeup and in the afternoon pratice of that specific makeup. We had an exam at the end of each unit. Each day was something different so Ineeded to be really focused and to practice home so my technique was on fleek. It was a nice experience for me and it allowed me to gain so much confidence in my work.

Do you have any tips on makeup for us?
Always use a makeup primer or at least a moisturizer before any makeup application.

What is a personal objectives for you in the coming year?
I really want to work on movie sets and enter this world.

What would be a good reading suggestion?

If you like makeup and you want to know more about trends and history of makeup, there’s a good book called Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez.

What are your favorite beauty products?
Fondations and eyeshadows: Makeup Forever
Lips: Mac or Anastasia Beverlyhills

Do you miss dancing?
I danced for a long time in my life but I think that life sometimes make you choose a different path. I still dance for fun with my friends but I wouldn’t go back to my dancing life like before because makeup takes a lot of my time now.

You come from a close knitted portuguese family : what do you cherish the most in your portuguese heritage?
Family Values : My family and I are so close and its important to always share our experiences and feelings between us. It is something I want to teach my kids too.

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I don’t know where I’d use it but I stumbled upon the Marble Collection from Murals Wallpaper and I am adding it to my wallpaper WishList.

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I love rings and I’ve been looking for quality jewelry lately. One of the answer would be Bing Bang NYC.

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No. is Romy Northover and I have no words. Her work is absolutely stunning and I am DREAMING of those cups. Check out her Instagram.

 

For once, YouTube proposed a video that I actually really liked. I have been watching all of Garance Dore‘s videos and I find them so inspiring. I love the women she is chatting with, the subjects, the visual, bref everything!

 

I’m a little bit late but on September 16th was the Harvest Moon. Because I’ve decided to call my blog after that astronomical phenomenon, why not talk about it here. The Harvest Moon is ” to astronomers, the full moon closest to the September equinox, and full moon comes at the instant when the moon is 180o from the sun in ecliptic – or celestial – longitude.” Here’s a time lapse shared by 12 News

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Forestry Wool  – I want every single product they have.

mineraltherapyrosequartzbyashleyneese1Stumbled upon the Nylon’s Guide to Essential Crystals. Lately, I’ve been really interested in crystals and have been reading on the matter. There is a great blog post over on ashleeyneese / Mineral Therapy

 

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I have gathered for you what I’ve been listening to on repeat since September as begun. Some of those songs, I know I’ll get tired of in the next few days, some are here to stay. You’ll find classics, a multitude of genres and a few jazz songs that I’m obsessed with. I want to release a jazz/folk EP this year, so I’m on the hunt for amazing standards to sing and musicians. I wanted to add Purple Rain on the playlist, as I’ve been listening to this masterpiece on repeat, but it ain’t available. I hope you enjoy!

Treh LaMonte – #onrepeatbigtime
Bon Iver – #unexpected
Gabrielle Shonk – #finallyreleasedthebestsingleever #proudfriend
Celine Dion – #sawherlivethissummer #mindblowing
Les B.B – #trowback #firstlove
Sylvan Esso – #newmusic #yay
Frank Ocean – #lovehisvoice

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Flying to EC

As people are about to return to the river, my heart weeps because I won’t. Having experienced what Eaux Claires is all about, I can’t believe I won’t be one of the beating heart standing in the field.

Last year, my brain exploded and I bough plane tickets, festival passes and waited for July to come. The first edition’s lineup of the Eaux Claires Festival was cray cray and not only was it the best decision e-ver to go to Wisconsin, but I am also extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to live the best festival experience of my life.

Art installations, pop up shops, merchandise and site made the experience incredible. I wanted to see so many artists but due to a combination of heat (we are talking about 2 Quebecers standing in a field with let’s say… a limited amount of available shade spots  at 37C, full on humidity, no wind on the first day, at the bed river level) and social anxiety, we didn’t get to see all of them. We managed to see The Staves, Elliott Moss, Phil Cook, S.Carey and the jazz ensemble, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver. What is there to say : it was perfect. Can you believe that this year’s Bon Iver set will only be new music. UGHHHHH! I’ve been waiting for that for years and people, we won’t be there!

Sets I wished we attended : Aero Flynn, Blind Boys of Alabama, Colin Stetson, Hiss Golden Messenger, Lizzo, Phox, Rosenau, Sylvan Esso, The National and The Tallest Man on Earth.

So by now, you’re probably like, Chloe what was so great about that particular festival? Well my friends, probably everything. Water stations, AWESOME shuttle organization with friendly drivers, wind on the second day, the venue which by itself is like out of this world (it is so soothing with the river flowing in the back ground) and the Field Journal which some people made great use out of it. Props to the mist tent (Thank you sweet baby jesus (kanye west writes awesome lines). Also, the crew on site was super friendly. What really made the experience better was the crowd. I have been to a lot a shows and to quite a few outdoors events but I don’t know what happened in Wisconsin, the crowd was awesome. People were respectful, polite, not to extravagant, were loud when needed and quiet when appropriate. Togetherness would be the word. 22 000 people in total silence and communion listening to Bon Iver, that is indescribable. I thought my heart was going to explode.

As to Eau Claire, the city, well we drove around, saw things, saw landmarks (hello Towers) and felt the vibe. There was also this insane thunderstorm in the middle of the night, which made us feel really appreciative of our hotel room (what’s up people in tents). Finally, I hope that one day, this magical happening will be broadcasted live for everyone to experience.

P.S To the girl who was giving a handjob to his boyfriend while we were all tearing up to Bon Iver’s songs, we did see you.
Subtlety : 0. Sexual acts in public (22 000 people): 1.

Sorry for the few pictures and mostly grainy ones but I cherish those moments so much. There is the Visit Eau Claire Instagram account that is pretty neat and of course Eaux Claires’ website if you wish for better ones! x

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One day, I will #returntotheriver

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I turned 30. Yep! On June 22nd (#yayforcancers) I transitioned to an age I never thought would come so fast. I’ve heard so many different things and thoughts on turning 30. There is those who definitively don’t care, those who will kindly try to reassure me by either saying that I’m still young or that it is only a number, and there are a few people that totally get how I feel, meaning lost, stressed out, so unsatisfied and stuck. I know 30 is still young but I’d say that most people around me at 30 (or worst, at like 22) are somewhat where they wished or worked for. Is it me that didn’t work hard enough? Is it me that don’t know how to make connections or friends? How can I finally achieve part of what I want, how can I be headed in the ‘’right’’ direction? I feel so much pressure to BE someone.

I thought I’d be fit, I’m not, I pushed it away. I thought I’d still be a singer, but after my EP things kind of fell apart. I thought I’d be travelling, I’m not. I thought I’d have some financial stability, I don’t. I do have great things in my life, I know, but what strikes me at 30 is what I don’t have.

My wish for this new decade is to realize my dreams. I want to find solutions to my ‘’problems’’ and move foward. I want to make music with awesome musicians. I want to continue my blog and be more creative. I’d love to make new friends. I will care even less about comments on how crazy I am, how too passionate or curious I am, how I rarely hesitate to talk with people and make new connections. Who cares honestly? I’m already 30, what do I have to waist now? Nothing.

I want to be even more in synch with what I truly want. I don’t know if I want kids and I have to come to terms with that. I have anxiety, it’s ok I’ll get through it.

I have been suggested to do a list, a 5 year plan, a 10 year plan, and I will do so, trying to figure out what my next steps are. I’d love to do the Lulu Lemon’s 10 year plan. I’d love also this year to try Bullet journaling .

Happy birthday to everyone who is turning 30 this year! x

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I met Émilie at work a few years ago and we hit it off immediately, at least on my part. She’s super funny, generous, beautiful and a great human being. She’s a big fan of Florence and the machine and Lady Gaga, and she has a kick-ass style just like both of those two women. This has been an extremely interesting portrait and I hope you will enjoy as much as I did. She answered all my questions with honesty and I thank her for that.

Name/ Émilie Lafleur
City of residence/ Québec
Astrological sign/ Aries
I’m often perceived as \ people tell me I’m/ I have “resting-bitch-face”, dead-pan, sarcastic, but the legend has it that I’m funny when you get to know me.
Job/ Barista, visual artist

What does a day in your life look like?
Usually I wake up way too late because I probably stayed up in front of my computer screen or at my drawing table until the wee hours. I forget to have breakfast, then I hop in the shower and straight off to work. If it is a normal day, chances are that I will be one or two minutes late and will be excused by making a good Gandalf joke like “A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to”. After about ten lattes, I get back home with my cat and I play video games or draw till death comes.

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What object you couldn’t live without?
Trick question because most of the objects I couldn’t live without come in pack, like my PS4. It is worthless without my TV and my drawing table is worthless without crayons, but I’d say all objects that allow me to express myself artistically.

What is the question you wish people asked you and what is the answer?
Question : Do you love me?
Answer : Yes

What is ‘’home’’ for you?
I’d really like to name a place or moment where I feel at home, that must feel great and reassuring, but I don’t see one. I think that the only moments where I feel at home is when I’m in my head, in my bubble. You know when you listen to a song that makes you feel nostalgic or when a smell brings back memories, that for me is ‘home’. I can go anywhere that I want to when I’m in my head. It’s rarely clean and tidy but it is the ‘place’ where I feel good.

What would be your dream job?
Concept Artist for Bioware which is the person that designs the characters, costumes and places in a video game. Just like in books or movies, the characters and places where they evolve are created by an artist and I dream of being that person.

People might not know but you are a very talented artist. Could you tell us more on your art (what it is called, where you learned it, for how long you have been doing this)?
First, thank you. I have always liked to draw, as far as I can remember. I completed a DEC in visual arts and media and after one year studying History in University (yes, you read correctly), I switched and majored in Visual Arts at Université Laval. I did some video, I painted and drew a LOT. Today, I do illustrations. I don’t feel like opening the debate on ‘’what is considered art’’ but unfortunately, I think there are still too many people that consider comic books and illustration as a job or a hobby rather than an artistic practice or a real form of art. For me, art is not a matter of talent, but rather of intentions and following that concept. I feel that I’m an artist. Drawing is one of the only activities where I never see time go by.

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Émilie’s illustrations

Do you have any tips for us on drawing?
Take the time to look. Look at what is surrounding you at all times. If I were to tell you the word ‘bear’, you’d know what it looks like. Now try drawing it in the most realistic way possible. It is almost impossible if you have never taken the time to truly look at it. People, more often than not, believe that they can’t draw, but I think it’s more a matter of them not knowing how to observe. A drawing done by someone without any experience can be as interesting as one done by a professional. The best examples are drawings done by kids. They draw at the best of their abilities and never think that they are not talented.

What is the personal objective for you in the coming year?
Spend time all by myself. Move. Rediscover what I like and not what I think I like. Nietzsche said that the two things that make the human suffer the most are the past and the future. One brings sorrow and regret, the other brings anxiety and gives the impression to be out of control. I’d like to learn to live in the present, throughout the next year.

As a female gamer, do you ever feel discrimination when you play or discuss this subject? Have you always played video games and what are your favorites?
Aahahah! Ironically, the most discriminating people towards women gamers are other women gamers. People in general are more surprised by a woman gamer then anything else, as if the fact that I wear mascara and that I’m at the 30th level in The Division made absolutely no sense. Video games are a passion of mine and have been since my NES (you know the first Nintendo, where you had to blow in the cartridge). You can find all different art forms in video games such as music, storylines, visual art etc.

Lots of people are mistaken by thinking that games are summed up by Super Mario and racing games but the industry has surpassed the movie industry in the USA. Did you know that? Online gaming is for a lot of people a type of social life and an occasion to create bonds and be social. I have found that I’ve learned English way faster through playing Zelda then in high school. Without being the most popular games, here are a few of my favorites : Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Zelda Ocarina of Time, Red Dead Redemption, The Division, Final Fantasy, Silent Hill, GTA and the list could go on and on.

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You have an amazing sense of style. Has fashion always been a passion of yours and how would you describe the perfect Emilie outfit?
Like drawing, fashion is a way to express ourselves. Forrest Gump was right when he said, “you can know a lot about someone by looking at his shoes”… I must admit though that I don’t over think or analyze when I put an outfit together. It comes to me rather naturally. I wear things that I find comfortable and cute and I really don’t care about it fitting. I often wear oversized shirts or Japanese animation t-shirts with long dresses. I shop in thrift stores and sales only. I find it totally delightful to give back life to a piece that looked like nothing in particular before. If I could have the swag of the Friends characters, I would definitely have put together my dream outfit.

Who or what influences you the most and has been your biggest inspiration and why?
Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan, Morrissey, my mom, my ex… Gilles Miller, David Gaider, Tori Amos… Daddy. Influences are tiny bits that we collect and they end up making who we are. If I had to sum up what influences me the most, I’d have to say music. I can’t live without music. I have what we call a life soundtrack, a song for each moment. I think we can also find inspiration in people that we hate or that make us come to the conclusion of what we want and don’t want in our lives. In this sense, my ex was also an artist and made me realize that I didn’t necessarily like things I thought I liked.

One band/ The Smiths
One book/ Moby Dick
One blog/ Look for la Fabrique Crépue xx

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Émilie’s take on Tarot

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