Sunday, May 28, 2006

Guess who's coming to dinner?

It was hardly considered appropriate dinner conversation, but I was fully prepared to educate MJ and his lady friend on the benefits of a hardwood over carpet...

Remembering the first time Jesee and I rode with MJ as our JH Pedals & Pints ride leader, we joked about his then preconception of me - a couple of stitches, a broken finger and a concussion later, he didn't think this fashionista would have it in her to tough it out.

Ahem, please do not call me princess or pay close attention to my wounded legs during riding season, thank you.

Long life for the crazy people...

With slick salesman style, MJ cashed in on a year old dinner invite, but we were very glad to see him nevertheless. Seemingly, he has recovered from a laceration to his liver after an endo on Upper Oil Can AND has found his mojo again. So much, that he's looking to buy a duckadee Ducati.

Our tummies were already full with an appy of phyllo pastries stuffed with an ice shrimp, grilled jalapeño, carmelized onion and asiago concoction before taking on a hearty paella and finishing with a strawberry mousse. Attention people: ALL DIETS ARE OFF.

There was the inevitable biking babble - i.e. the über fun ride last week at Galbraith Mountain with Chris and Karli, the need for speed or the itch to up our forks and shocks because everyone wants six inches in the rear, right?

The icing on the cake this night was MJ's friend wanting to shop. She couldn't help but pick out a few crackerjack pieces for herself when she laid eyes on our Swarovski treasures. MJ, we like those kinds of friends - you can invite yourself to dinner anytime!

Friday, May 26, 2006


The world is our catwalk - stand up straight, shoulders back and strut with attitude.

Got new shoes?

Well, bring on the plaster love, 'cause I feel a mother of a blister coming on.

The world is our catwalk - now grit your teeth, smile and sashay.


On the subject of issues with footwear...

While at the office one day, Lady X noticed that her stay-ups were not cooperating, so she bought a new pair of stockings at the drugstore.

Desperate to keep them up without looking conspicuous, she carefully shuffled her way to the ladies room.

Evidently, it was too late. The look on the face of a passerby staring down at her ankles gave it away.

Unlike her stay-ups, this anecdote will stick with me forever. How terribly embarrassing!

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of the mortified.

Thursday, May 25, 2006


Last week, after a visit with Nick, we enjoyed a most flavourful and inexpensive roast lamb dinner at Minerva's at 3207 West Broadway. The unusually warm evening warranted dinner on the patio, where we sat next to the owner, Mike Georgiopoulos and his buddy Nick. It wasn't long before Jesee and the guys were exchanging dirty sheep jokes over a cup of Greek coffee (the kind that put hairs on your chest) and baklava. I guess some Mediterranean traditions never die?

Be sure to stop by their booth during
Greek Day on June 25th and sample the traditions for yourself!

Pancho and Sal joined us for a quick bite before we ventured next door together to the Chai Gallery for an evening of flamenco. They introduced us to their friends
Juan de Marias and Luis Gutierrez, the guitarists/vocals. It was impressive watching them jam together as we sat back and allowed our souls to feel the sol emitting from their inspiring sounds.

One would never have known that bailadora
Edie Orenstein is not a native of Spain, as she has captured the essence of flamenco and expressed it with such heartfelt passion that it left us in complete awe. We could feel Edie's every emotion as her feet stomped along with the rhythmic beats of the cajón, the palmas and guitars. Olé!

Karen Pitkethly is the face plastered around town on the
España Living billboards. While watching Karen perform her art, do not let her lily-white ballerina body fool you. This talented and professionally trained bailadora can seduce and hypnotize you with the castañetas all in one go!

Get your dose of flamenco at the
Chai Gallery or the Kino Cafe located at 3456 Cambie Street. For more information about flamenco in Vancouver, visit Centro Flamenco for details.

Current Music: Mimbre - Juan de Marias

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Precious Metals Soar to Record Peak

LONDON, May 11 (Reuters) - Heavy speculative buying fuelled by inflation fears and geopolitical tensions propelled gold to its highest for 26 years and silver to a level not seen in 25 years, while platinum soared to a record peak.

We shake our heads in disbelief, as the price of silver reaches nearly CAD$16.00 per ounce. What are we going to do? As the creators behind Izzy and Buds, we pride ourselves in being able to offer exceptionally elegant jewelry at irresistibly affordable prices. Being a precious metal, silver prices are notoriously volatile and have been fluctuating much like gold has. Unless we experience another Silver Thursday, it appears it has now hit a point of no return.

Yesterday, we had a blooming day at the VGH Spring Craft Show but in secret, we felt turmoil regarding our future as artists and entrepreneurs. So as we sip our cups of java and ponder life, we ask ourselves, "Can we afford to continue?", we agree that we can't afford NOT to. Along with cooking and music, designing jewelry is a creative outlet that provides inner balance to Jesee and tames the beast within him. The self-satisfaction he feels each time he sees a woman wearing one of his original pieces is worth its weight in gold silver.

"You know the Greeks didn't write obituaries. They only asked one question after a man died: "Did he have passion?".
- from the movie Serendipity

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Happy Feet @ Paul Lake in Kamloops, BC

As I bask in the beautiful westcoast sunshine...I reflect and smile at life's little things that we often take for granted.

Shame on us for never being satisfied, whining like children and always hungry for more.

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to wake up and smell the coffee because at the end of the day - it's all good.