Coming Soon…

Hello everyone. (Everyone meaning, the two or three people that run across this blog…plus our beloved family)

As Jen and I start making plans toward our ultimate goals, we’re taking an initial step with a new form of online expression for us.

Starting hopefully sometime soon, maybe, we hope…perhaps in the not too distant future, we will be launching a new blog!

www.freshmontrealonline.com!

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favorite fashion blogs

I have lots of inspiration for new entries, but for now, I’m fulfilling a request from friends Faith and Kerry who wanted to know if I had a list of favorite fashion blogs. Never one to give up an opportunity to go over board and design something when a design isn’t really needed, I created these lists and thought the blog was the best way to share. The first half of the list is below, and the second half, plus the links, can be found after the jump.

The ones marked with a flower/asterisk are blogs I’ve been following for awhile, and the others are new finds. Enjoy!

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St. Michael and St. Anthony of Mile End

St. Michael & St. Anthony's exterior

Exterior of St. Michael & St. Anthony church in Mile End. Photo credit: photohp on Flickr (links to photo credits at the bottom of entry)

We’re back! I’ve got a bunch of blog entries floating in my mind (and pictures for them floating–so to speak–in the memory card of my cell phone), so expect more entries soon! We apologize for the delay in entries again, but I really want to get back on track with posting. Thanks to everyone who still stops by to see us!

We are getting ready to move again, so I thought I’d do a post about something in Mile End, where we’re moving. We’re very sad to leave our amazing apartment in Villeray, and our amazing landlord, Thomas, who is, without a doubt, the best landlord in Montreal, and possibly the world. Anyway, we needed to downsize so that we can save more money for me to go back to school to study fashion design. We found a great little apartment in Mile End, which we’re very excited about. The location is amazing, especially since we had our hearts set on Mile End.

We spend a lot of time in Mile End, and I’m sure we’ll have more posts about the neighborhood in the future. This past weekend, we finally ventured inside the amazing Byzantine style church, St. Michel and St. Anthony (originally St. Michael, but nearby St. Anthony parish merged with it in 1964). Since its construction in 1914, it’s been a Mile End architectural treasure and landmark.

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No age limit for bar-hopping in Montreal

Ladies of Fulford residence go out for a drink.

Jon sent me this article, and I couldn’t resist posting it, particularly since I’ve been meaning to post for forever it seems. I’m constantly being inspired to write entries, but it’s the writing them and posting them part that seems to be the trouble.

Anyway, Jon and I are looking into options to have a subscription list so that our regular readers can be notified when new entries are posted, so you don’t have to constantly keep checking back. We’ll let you know the developments as they happen.

So, without further ado, I’ll let the Montreal Gazette tell the rest of the story; it’s definitely a must-read.

More to come.

Side note: I’m working on writing quicker, more concise entries instead of the mammoth epic entries I like to write–because I think it will help me post more often if I make it less of a daunting and time-consuming undertaking. That’s all for now!

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Who bicycles in the winter?!?

We’re back! We do apologize for the lapse in entries. It’s been a whirlwind of activity, and other things ended up taking precedence over updating the blog. We’re still here, though, with renewed enthusiasm to keep this blog updated.

So, what’s new? Well, in early November I had a bad fall while running Beau with Jon. I sprained my ankle and was rather banged up for a bit (black eye and the works), but I’m doing much better now. Luckily, it happened several weeks before the snow fell, so I am in a good stage of healing now that snow is on the ground. I have spikes that flip down on my crutches, so that I don’t fall on the snow and ice, and spikes for my shoes as well. Overall, I’m doing well and should be off the crutches within a couple weeks I think.

We’re preparing for Christmas and our return to Columbus, Ohio in just a week and a day (yikes!), which I’m sure will turn into more of a scramble as we get closer to time. Why the holidays always must begin with such a flurry of stress and activity, I’m not sure, but I know that once the holidays actually arrive it will be wonderful to relax with our families and friends.

So, I will be doing the next few entries, and will try to keep the blog updated more regularly, and then in January once I’m more healed, you’ll hear from Jon again. So, onward to the entry!

In Montreal in winter time, you are very likely to see plenty of bikes peeking out from a blanket of snow, a reminder of the wonderful summer heat that surrounded us only a few months earlier. Not enough snow has fallen yet to really bury any bikes in snow drifts, but they are definitely topped with a few inches of snow.

Thanks to flickr user oui-ennui

Thanks to flickr user oui-ennui

I love the bikes in the snow; they’re so photographic and it’s tempting not to just tote my camera about and take pictures of them. Not sure why I would need an album filled with dramatic pictures of snow-buried bikes, but I still get the urge to take a picture of them when I see them. The picture above is definitely not from this year, but I’m sure we’ll see plenty upon the arrival of January and February.

Thanks to Flickr user lui

Thanks to Flickr user lui

More rare to see, but even more impressive, are the bikes that are NOT covered in snow, but in use by some brave bicyclist who refuses to relinquish use of a perfectly good bicycle for half of the year. We both admire and marvel at these creatures that certainly must have far better survival skills and hardiness than Jon or myself. I think the numbers of bicyclists dwindle as the weather gets colder and colder into January and then bitter February, but even in their rarity, it an amazing sight to behold.

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Jazz Fest and festivals galore!

Apologies all! I thought this was posted mid-July, but it wasn’t. Here it is now, without further ado!

Summer is festival season in Montreal, as many of you many know, and so we’ve been trying to hit as many as we can. I mentioned a couple entries ago that Jon’s sister, Ashley, fresh from high school graduation, has come to stay with us for a few months. She’ll be taking classes in Ohio for a couple years before transferring up here to get a degree in photography. While she’s here, Jon has set her up internships with photographers so she can get her feet wet while learning the city.

Yesterday, she watched the set-up of the International Jazz Festival while shadowing a photographer from the Montréal Gazette. It’s huge (the largest jazz festival in the world),  attended by 2 million people each year according to Wikipedia. I also learned from the Wikipedia entry that there are more than 500 concerts typically offered, with 350 of those outside and free to the public. The festival started June 30 and ends July 12.

The festival opened with the legendary Stevie Wonder on June 30, which we definitely had to check out. He was actually one of the outdoor, free-to-the-public concerts. Can you believe it?

Stevie Wonder... picture from the Montreal International Jazz Festival website.

Stevie Wonder (photo thanks to the Montreal Jazz Fest website, linked here.)

The concert was packed by the time we got there, so we ended up on a spill-over stage with a giant screen showing the concert. It was awesome, even if we had to watch on a screen. We left mid-way through after it started to rain, but still enjoyed the show. He made a beautiful tribute to Michael Jackson, and even played a few Michael Jackson songs.

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LABoratoire Créatif

Since there was a long hiatus in our posts, I’m going to try to catch up on what we’ve missed. First, we went to a Marché du LABoratoire Créatif, a fashion sale featuring designers from Quebec at Ailes de la Mode, held by LABoratoire Créatif. Check out their website for a listing of designers, future fashion shows, events, clothing and products to buy, and more. The sale was awesome, though not nearly as big of an event as we were expecting. Without knowing what to expect, though, we definitely enjoyed it and I’ve become a fan of LAB Créatif. At least several of the designers featured were actually at the show, and I did end up buying a really cute dress/tunic. The designers featured included:

Meg Couture | Cluc Couture | Ève Gravel | Grob | Judy Design | Lilidom | Station 8 | Ysol | Annie 50 | J’bouj | NKI | Mir Handbags | Mode Cherry Bobin | Valérie Dumaine | Véronique Miljkovitch | KSL | Atelier B | WillBe Design | Dita & Bella | Extenso 14 + | Ruelle | Oöm Ethikwear | Atelier Héricher | Ressac

All of the above are links to each designer or company’s website, so check them out! Click “more” for a sneak-peak of the designs.

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