During our holiday, we went for a day to Portsmouth. Although I am certain that there are other musts and stops you should make while being in this charming city, I thought I’d share with you my favorite spots. Downtown Portsmouth is this cute area near the water with red brick buildings. It made me think of Boston a lot.

Scallops Mineral and Shell Emporium
This place is incredible. It has everything. I was particularly interested in a ring but they didn’t have my size anymore. Otherwise, the Open Road spray really intrigued me and I would’ve bought every single mineral if possible.

   

Birchrose + Co
Ok. Where to even begin. We stumbled upon this place really by accident and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m still dreaming of their products. They create and make all of their products, they have the PRETTIEST packaging, if you think that the exterior is cute well the interior is a hundred times better. I bought the Botanical Facial Steam and the Canabliss candle (hello patchouli lovers). I want e-ve-ry-sin-gle products. They also have curated products for Moon Juice, Kosas and others. I STRONGLY recommand paying them a visit. Now, I am dddyyyinnnggg for the eye serum.

  

Deadwick’s Ethereal Emporium

Not much to say about this place except that is is a-ma-zing! You can buy herbs, crystals,you can have a reading in there. We bought patchouli incense and it is litteraly THE best we ever bought. It smells like patchouli but in the best way possible, it is sweet and subtle and the perfect dose. We truly are in awe and we still talk about this shop. The guy working there was SO nice and sweet and he had the best energy. Like incredible. I suggest you stop by for witchcraft and magical stuff or for one of their classes such as Herbal Alchemy.

Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Aaawwwwww. I want, once again, everything in that store. This boutique has the most amazing card and wrapping paper selection. How creative and beautiful are their window displays, right? They have tons of stationery and other cute things and they now have a store in Portland,ME also. YAY!

 

As for the food, we really wanted to try The Fresh Press, but unfortunately it was closed. Still, I can’t wait to go back and hopefully have one of their smoothie bowls. Another fun store was Off Piste! Portsmouth, you really charmed us.

Alie, love this typo.

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Cleary I have a thing for water. Maybe it’s because I’m a water sign (cancers are the best), who knows. We were off for two weeks and did a few things. As you can see we went to the beach in New Hampshire, stopped by Ogunquit and Portsmouth (stay tune for my musts), headed to the Bas Saint-Laurent to see my family, went to a farm (hello tiny rabbits that hold in my hand). I really wanted to add videos but for some reason it doesn’t work. There were tiny sheeps, tiny rabbits and loads of other animals. I ended my vacay in Montreal, shopping, enjoying the city but mostly attending a wedding. It was a great 14 days.

  

On our way back from Ogunquit, we saw tons of Inukshuks and stopped to make ours. We picked up shells and are keeping them in our house so when winter hits, we can look back on great memories.

Same picture, different filter. I can’t believe we are already in August. I love summer!

All photos by me

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Yes, you have read correctly, I met one of my biggest idol : Kevin Richardson from the Backstreet Boys.

I have been a Backstreet Boys fan since day one. I have never stopped following them, buying their albums and listening to their music even when Kevin left the band (he’s my fave just so you know), and that even when we were 1500 people attending shows. I strongly believe that they are amazing singers, great entertainers and that if I were to play a new BSB song without people knowing it, they would love it as much as they enjoy a Justin Bieber hit let say. I have never cared about the fact that people think it’s stupid for me to be a true BSB fan. What can I say, they are one of my favorite bands and they are part of the reason why I decided to sing. I have to tell you for the sake of this story that I’ve met the BSB back in 2008 but at that time, Kevin wasn’t part of the band anymore. We had waited many hours in front of their hotel in order to meet them. It was a great moment where we quickly took pictures and took 1 minute. It was also the night Obama got elected for the first time and that made it even more special.

  
(2008, bad pictures because the excitement level was way too high)

This year, the BSB were in town for a show.  My friend & I thought about waiting outside the hotel for a picture but as there was a ‘meet & greet’ and an after party planned, we decided to go for the more ”legit” way and pay 300$ to meet them. For the past 10 years, every single tour, we had been hesitating on purchasing or not a VIP package. It usually costs about 500$ which is believe me way too expensive for me, so we always ended up not buying it. This time, as it was cheaper, we decided to just do it, go crazy and pay ourselves a treat! Also, just so you have all the facts, the after-party (without the meet and greet was 30$).

I was SO nervous! Hang in there because this post is going to be long and just a heads up, I have rarely been that disappointed in something. I was so dumbfounded by how much this night made me feel ridicule that I felt like crying. I am a normal person that is pretty much broke and that has decided ONCE in her life, to pay for something big and I basically paid 270$ more for nothing.

Here’s how the night went :

300$.VIP.Package
1. We waited 2h for them to arrive. I totally understand that the people from the organization didn’t have the control over that and to a certain extend I was ok with waiting until 1am on a Sunday night to meet my idol. I was ready for this really important moment of my life.

The ‘meet & greet’ 
2.If you look at what usually is included in a BSB VIP packages, well it consists of, yes an official picture ( which now I know, I will never own a copy of), 1 minute to express your admiration and bonuses such as having access to the soundcheck and things like that. On this particular night, no one in the organization took the time to let us know what the night would be consisting of. No one ever told us that we wouldn’t have time to even take 1 minute to speak with them, no one indicated us that it would only consist of an official picture (no cellphone allowed for that portion of the night) and where and when this photo would be available. It was such a surprise to see that nothing except a 300$ picture was what ‘VIP’ meant. How difficult would it’ve been to explain us, while we were waiting, what was expected of us, what we would be able to experience and where to find this ***!* picture.

  
(”VIP” pictures, good right?)

3.Once our expeditious picture was taken (like I mean give a hug, take a picture and move on), we were send in a small section, that separated us from the people having paid 30$ with a cord, and that was supposedly the VIP section. Way to feel like a Very Important Person. This section was along a row of tables and on the other side of those tables was the section where the BSB would eventually end up in. Security was constantly asking us to move back in this tiny section, but for us that were among the first in line, it felt kind of absurd. We had just paid this great amount to be near them and were constantly asked to move further back. The guards were rude and were not helping with our questions. And to be fair I’d say that most of the crowd, if not the entire crowd was calm and polite, so why the rudeness,

VIP you said?
4. Once the photo part ended, the VIP section (meaning the cord that were separating us from the rest and that was supposedly giving us a vip access) disappeared. The cords were taken down and within a second, the VIP section vanished. We were simply not given a VIP access and were among the people who paid the 10th of the price. I was squished between the tables and people that were not VIP’s trying to get closer. If I would’ve know that paying 300$ would only be giving me the opportunity to have a picture, I would not have participated. I understand that business is business and money needs to be made, but this really felt like exploiting fans. I felt so humiliated the moment I realized that I could’ve paid 30$ and would have seen Kevin and would’ve been able to take a selfie with him.

 

Let it be clear that I wasn’t expecting to spend 10 minutes with them, to share a meal with them, I wasn’t expecting to be seated with them, but I was expecting a minimum of time with them, clear indications, a VIP access and my picture. How come I got almost the same thing as the 30$ ticket? I have written to both companies that have organized that evening but nothing came out of it.The main company is there to make money and have told me that as nothing is specified on the ticket as to what the VIP/Meet and greet consists of, well I shouldn’t have expected anything in particular. HELLO! I paid 300 bucks for crying out loud! Way to ruin a special moment.

On a positive note though I did hug Kevin, I did look him right in the eyes. I had prepared a little letter with what I needed to say to him and was SO glad I had brought it with me. I gave him the letter and the rest is history. I felt like he had the best energy ever. His energy was calm, it felt,sane and balanced. He was very polite with all the fans and he looked like he cared. I know this is crazy, but I truly hope that he reads my note. What are the chances right?

So there you have it. I did ‘meet’ my idol. But I can guarantee you that when we met the rest of the band we had wayyy more time and lattitude and it was free. I have learned my lesson. Now that it is over, I will continue to cherish the dream that one day, oh yes, one day, I will sing with the BSB, as silly as it sounds.


(sorry for the quality, this is a screen capture)

 

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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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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

2015-07-17 16.20.55 string ec 1 strings ec 2 2015-07-17 20.32.29 2015-07-17 21.18.50 2015-07-17 21.02.46 2015-07-18 22.58.31 pictures by me (Flying, Eaux Claires, Art installation, Chippewa River, The Towers, Owen Park Bandshell, Me  dying)

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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Oh hello! I thought I’d do a little post to introduce what the blog is about, why I started it and the type of posts you’ll find in here. I’ve started this blog because I really needed a creative outlet! I kind of put aside singing in the past few years and sharing with people and letting my creativity go wild was something that was missing in my life. This blog will mainly consists of lifestyles, interior design, food, fashion, music and so many other subjects posts. I really want this blog to feel and be communal, to have tons of collaborators and to share ideas with you.

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PC jm – Me speechless and teary eyed watching Bon Iver at Eaux Claires

I’d like to let you know why my blog is called ”Oh Harvest Moon”. It is not a Neil Young reference and even though it might sound abstract to certain people (and I get that), to me the name felt really representative of what I had in mind. Harvest Moon is nature’s way giving signal to farmers that it is time to harvest what has been planted. To me, that felt so right and in tune with my life. It is time for me to put out there what has been growing creatively in my mind. Does that make sense to you?

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You will find monthly posts like Portraits, Playlists, Obsessions, ‘From me to you’ in here. I have created a menu called 365. It, of course, represents every day of the year and you will find loads of posts in there. As for who I am, what I do, etc… Well I think you’ll find out via each of my posts.

As of now you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook and I’ve added to the blog a subscribe button, MailChimp style, so that you guys can receive emails, if you are interested of course, every time I post.

So here we go! I strongly encourage you to comment on posts, suggest new things and subjects. I want you to be a part of this new adventure!

Chloé x

PC scardinal Me riding an helicopter for the first and probably the last time
PC scardinal Me riding an helicopter for the first and probably the last time
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Lot’s of things for 2016. Too much on the agenda? We’ll see. Here are my goals for the year. I prefer not to call them resolutions, because I can’t keep my new year’s resolutions. Do you set yourselves goals for the new year?

  • Be more creative   \   I want to make music again. It is and will always be running through my veins. I miss singing, I miss playing with musicians. I want to cover songs that I love, I want to make videos, I want to prepare a jazz EP. I mostly want to collaborate with people I respect and that I find talented. I would also like to post on the blog once per week. That is a huge commitment for me, but I sincerely want to attain that objective.
  • Do   \   Be proactive in general and stop analyzing so much. Just do things, try and feed life’s energy and movement.
  • Have less migraines   \   I have had migraines for ever, but for the past 2 years I’ve had them everyday. I would like to find something that really helps meaning getting back in shape, getting better at eating habits, following through with physiotherapy exercises and start talking about stuff, to feel that I’m being heard.
  • Start living for myself and embrace 30   \   Worry less about where I’m not and what I don’t have. Stop comparing myself to others. 30 is approaching and without putting to much emphasis on the number, I’d like to be proud of it instead of perceiving it as a failure or a pin point of my objectives that have not been met.

There you go. We will see what will happen, but I’m sending all of that in the universe and will try my best to remembers those 4 points in the next months.

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December 31th, last day of this endless year. What a year! I can’t wait for you 2016! I thought I’d share with you the musical highlights of my 2015. I have listened non-stop to either folk or pop. I usually try to keep myself updated on new releases and music in general, but haven’t achieve that goal this year. The worst thing about being late with new releases and upcoming bands is that I usually discover them 6 months after they’ve been in town for a show, and there is no worst feeling.

From The Staves to Beyoncé to Christine and the Queens, my year was filled with amazing songs, artists and talents that blew my mind. Here are two songs that I would’ve loved to add on the playlist but they have not been released yet in audio (just click on the song title for the video) :

Bon Iver – New song #2
Bonus: Justin Vernon’s speech on his festival. I shed a lot of tears when I heard this new song. What an experience. I’ll do a post on my Eaux Claires trip and festival experience pretty soon.

Britten Newbill – Wildflower
I LOVE this guy’s voice and I can’t wait for his album to come out. In the mean time, he released this single and his EP called Six Strings and a Drum Machine is available. I love love love every single song.

Here’s the playlist ladies and gentlemen. Let me know what you listened to this year :

Damn it all – The Staves
Great Tide – Phil Cook
Lost in the light – Bahamas
Partition – Beyoncé
Sorry – Justin Bieber
Mahogany Dread – Hiss Golden Messenger
A Lone Sound – All Tiny Creatures
Nuit 17 à 52 – Christine and the queens
One last time – Ariana Grande
When love hurts – Jojo
Noyer – Rosie Valland
I Am Not Waiting Anymore – Field Report
On the nights you stayed home – Donovan Woods
When we were young – Adele
Every grain of sand – The Blind Boys of Alabama feat. Justin Vernon
Lost in the sound – Angie Miller
Highspeeds – Elliot Moss
Valentine – Pentatonix
Long way home – The Slow Show
Radiant – S.Carey

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