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2013/05/09 / Shanan


I learned from the current ABC TV series… or “The Thing Called Love” (River Phoenix sings country music – SEE IT).

That being said, I’m headed there this morning and am pretty damn excited.  I’m meeting up with some of my favourite people ever for a girl’s weekend.  Natalia, Josie, Jen and I did our MFA degree together at Parsons, but now we’re living far-flung and haven’t all been in the same room together in about three years.

We’ll be staying in a house found through Air B’n’B (the other ladies arrived last night and Natalia promptly emailed to tell me that the place was “a Shanan Kurtz wet dream”) and the plan is to gossip shamelessly, eat fried chicken, hit up the Bluebird Cafe, and maybe try out a pair or two of cowboy boots.  The usual.


Photos and stories to come next week!

(Michiel Huisman and Connie Britton gettin’ hot and heavy on Nashville… NZ, you’re welcome)

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2013/05/08 / Shanan


The first Jeff Buckley biopic has just been put into wide release (as in, you can get it on Itunes) after languishing in some kind of distribution limbo since being screened at the Toronto Film Festival last year. “Greetings from Tim Buckley” stars Dan Humphrey Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley before he was famous, grappling with the legacy of his absent father.


I watched the trailer a few months ago and thought the film looked sweet and sad, and despite many doubts, I think P.B. might just be pulling it off.  Do you think the movie will be good, or is my bullshit radar clouded by biased nostalgia?



Here’s a link to the original trailer (sorry, lord knows I have no idea how to embed a video on here).  This version is a little rawer, and more emotionally compelling than the newer edit which was released last month.

xoxo, Gossip Girl (just kidding)

Film stills from “Greetings from Tim Buckley” (Tribeca Film)

ps. Part 1.

pps. Hmm, NYT review here.

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2013/05/08 / Shanan


I bought Jeff Buckley’s album Grace after reading its reviews, but wasn’t really sure what to expect.  I had a subscription to Magnet Magazine and a voracious musical appetite.  Napster didn’t exist.  It was 1994, and I was 15.

Like any good teenager worth their salt in cliches, I fumbled eagerly to unwrap the CD plastic, placed it oh so carefully in the stereo’s tray, and lay down on my bed, clutching the album sleeve.  It was a rainy afternoon but I swear that the voice that burst forth from those speakers could have parted the clouds.  I know – that sounds unbearably cheesy.  But the music was unlike anything that I’d heard, and that first listen was, without a doubt, a revelatory experience for me.

I was fortunate enough to get to see Jeff Buckley perform live in Toronto in 1995.  It was a weird co-headlining tour with Juliana Hatfield, and he went on first.  My friend Jen and I walked out after his set because it seemed impossible to sit through girly indie pop after what we’d just witnessed.  I mean, we were RUINED.

When he drowned in the Mississippi River a couple of years later, I was just finishing my senior year of high school.  It affected me quite a lot and I couldn’t listen to his music the same way for a pretty long time afterwards.

Part 2  (and, I suppose, the reason for all this preamble)

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2013/05/07 / Shanan


Do you know Sweet Paul Magazine?

I will cop to being a little fatigued of the perfectly styled online mags where every event features a bevy of striped straws and a crepe-paper photo-booth.  But – Sweet Paul really raises the bar on the twee-factor in the most delightful way and so I always look forward to reading a new issue, my admittedly ‘too cool for school’ attitude be damned.

The style works especially well for their latest – the just-released Sweet Paul Kid’s Issue.  This might be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.  It’s full of whimsy and possibility, of sprinkly donuts, pretty wallpaper, a Wizard of Oz-themed party, and home science experiments.

Sweet Paul Kids, www.thesymmetric.com

Sweet Paul Kids, www.thesymmetric.com

Sweet Paul Kids, www.thesymmetric.com

All this has inspired me to put together a little summer bucket-list of family activities.  Off the top of my head…

1. Eat ice cream cones (Theo’s never had one)

2. Visit the Toronto Zoo

3. Go berry-picking

4. Throw a mermaid-themed kid’s party, because Theo loves mermaids and she didn’t get a proper birthday celebration this year (#mom guilt)

5. Try out some home tie-dye-ing with natural dyes

6. Have a ‘classic’ outdoor picnic (by ‘classic’ I mean featuring the exact spread as seen in Mickey Mouse’s Picnic (A Little Golden Book))

All images copyright Sweet Paul Magazine.

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2013/05/06 / Shanan


“Please, please, please, let me get what I want…” (Monday warrants Morrissey)

1. Utopia & Utility Brass Stacking Vessel: spun brass, peach blown glass, hand-worked wood.  Available at Beklina.

2. Emily Heath neckpiece (I’d display it as a wall hanging): polymer clay and leather.  Available at Courtesy of the Artist, discovered via this Pinterest board.

3. Lindsey Adelman Knotty Bubbles Chandelier: Glass, rope, marine hardware with antique brass metal finish. From The Future Perfect.

4. Half-weave contrast side trash can: plastic and woven rattan.  From Urban Outfitters.

5. Alma Brass Chair: American walnut, fabric seat, brass front legs.  From Organic Modernism.