There’s so much to write about tonight — I feel like I’m playing catch up.

New Blackberry Bold

In preparation for my trip, the video game company I work for upgraded my Blackberry Pearl to the Blackberry Bold, since in Japan and Korea the only cell networks there are 3G (my Pearl wouldn’t work there). I’ll likely only get to use the Bold for the duration of my trip, so I’m determined to make the most of it! It’s got a fabulous large screen, backlit full QWERTY keyboard, GPS, and all the applications you could imagine. The camera on it will come in handy for uploading to my Facebook while I’m away. I’m hoping to get some blog posts in as well. The GPS is AWESOME. It can locate me within a couple metres on Google Maps and show me directions to anywhere I want to go. It can also tell what direction I’m going. And for totally non-work purposes, Facebook and Messenger work on it seamlessly. SO SEXY. Sometimes working in the industry has its perks! :)

With Chris and Erik @ Koi in LA

I also haven’t had a chance to write about my last work trip to LA. After a presentation and some meetings, I headed out with my good friends (and previous business partners) from university Chris and Erik, who are now doing private equity down in LA. That’s the great thing about school… it always seems like there’s someone you know who is working wherever you visit in the world. We hit up Koi in LA, which was an amazing restaurant, and I spent the next evening shopping on Melrose.

Shopping in LA

Burton Supremes
Burton Women’s Supreme Snowboard Boots... so comfy. My boots last year were a half size too small, and I spent my 30 day season snowboarding with my toes curled under :(

Another pair of Burton long underwear that isn’t cotton and wicks moisture which is SO important in the winter, I couldn’t help myself from getting a SIGG Burton bottle, and of course, I had to get some underwear from Agent Provocateur. The designs on the underwear were SO cool. And the bra was really girly. I buckled under pressure.

Most of the stores were way WAY out of my price range, but I did manage to snag a couple goodies along the way.

Rigatoni Pasta

Flashback to the present… tonight I spent a little time cooking up a red pepper cream rigatoni for Allan with hot peppers, mushrooms, shallots, and my favourite food, bacon. Okay, maybe a little too much bacon. Then again, can you ever have too much bacon? I’m sure we’ll die from heart disease one day. We always shop twice a week at, once at Granville Island and once at Capers. That way, we’re always getting fresh local organic ingredients. So hey, maybe it’ll offset some of the bacon fat. ;)

Photo Credit: Canucks.com

Photo Credit: Canucks.com

Also, I can’t end this post without talking a little bit about the Canucks. This is old news, but Luongo’s new mask is fantastic. I love the ‘C’ over the chin piece. Also, I’m really happy with the direction that Mike Gillis is taking the Canucks. I know he’s not everyone’s favourite GM, but he’s obviously had an impact as evidenced in the pre-season. I’m also loving the trade he made for D-man Shane O’Brien and RW Michel Ouellet. Krajicek and Simek go down to the Lightning. And get this — both our new guys are Canadian. I’m loving our increasingly Canadian Canucks team. Keep it up, Gillis!

Photo Credit: Marc Jacobs

Photo Credit: Marc Jacobs

And lastly, man, I REALLY want one of these Marc Jacobs hair bands. They’re around $80-120 which is just ridiculous for a plastic hair accessory. But something about them just keeps me coming back. I’ve got my fabulous Marc Jacobs coat for fall, and these cutie hair bands would look perfect with it. The dilemma — I can’t choose between pink or black. Right now I’m leaning towards black. Any help?

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14 Responses to “IF I MIGHT BE SO BOLD…”

  1. Allan Says:

    *whispers, “bacon”
    did anyone else here that? You can never have too much bacon! Well maybe you can if you were nose deep in it, literally drowning. Nightmare or happy ending? I don’t know…

    The Agent does good work :)

  2. Mike Says:

    Mmm… Bacon. I luvs me some bacon as well. But holy @#$% &*!$@! it’s been, well, since February when I had my braces installed since I last scarfed some. 8U (No hard potentially braces-snapping foods like hard-crusts, chips, bacon, even apples.)

    The new ‘Board boots look awesome as well; I’m also impressed how artistically you posed them (as well as all the other photos on this post) for the bragging-shot. ;)

    I cast my vote for the black one. Not that I’m biased for all things black or anything, but it’s just classier and not teen-colorful like the other one… Though the lock is cool though – too bad it’s not on the black band.

    *goes back to throwing beggars into the walls in Assassin’s Creed.*

  3. Macleod Says:

    im withholding all opinions on Gillis, i will give him a chance, I still think the Sundin thing was stupid and would have been even more stupid had sundin acepted, yes I like more Canadian and less Euro trash :), I like the the part about underware, when ever ladies want to talk about underwear im always willing to listen :). :)

  4. Urban Dweller Says:

    One question, what colour is the coat? If I were a chick, I’d lean towards black since its classic. However, since you have dark hair will anyone see it? Or does that not matter?

    Shopping in L.A. I’m jealous lol. Oh and I agree Gillis seems to be making the right moves. I was in favour of the Sundin deal as we need a bona fide number one centre.

  5. Christine Says:

    I was going to say get the black hairband, but Urban Dweller had a good point about it maybe not showing up in black hair. I can see why you’re torn! :P

  6. Chris Says:


    I can’t say I’m quite sold on the Gillis forumla yet, but I am definitely intrigued to see how the team pans out as an offensive dynamo (yes, a stretch at best) in front of Luongo. Anywho, back to the shadows.


  7. Ange Says:

    Wow Allie you weren’t kidding about Vancouver, Hockey, Snowboarding etc. plus cool stuff like the Marc Jacob’s hairbands which I totally want too right now! lol Nice blog, keep up the good work :)

  8. Vancity Allie Says:

    Hey Christine and Ange! So glad you guys stopped by :D

    I honestly can’t decide between black and pink. Argh! Ange I’ll let you know which one I get and then you can get the other one ;) LOL.

    Mike, Assassin’s Creed is awesome eh? Totally addictive. So disappointed with the ending though…

    Urban Dweller, the coat is black! I guess it doesn’t matter much, my hair is dark brown in person, so I still think the black would show up :) Thanks for your help!

    Chris! No need to lurk anymore, thanks for your comment. Yeah, Gillis definitely still has something to prove, but fortunately we won’t have to wait too long to see if he’s actually done a good job :) It’s true, we need more offense than last year, but so far what I’ve seen seems to be signs of good things to come.

  9. Moe Says:

    There seriously is no such thing as too much bacon. It’s one of those things that you can add to anything, and it’ll improve the outcome. Rumor has it you can even add bacon bits to chocolate chip cookies, but I can’t say that I have tried it.

    PS: That phone looks awesome. As luck would have it my old phone died a while ago, and I am now eagerly awaiting the replacement – a Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. For some reason it’s not being sold on the other side of the Atlantic, so I figured I better pick it up before I head stateside.


  10. Moe Says:

    Wow. I also fail at blogging. I thought the image thing would be a little avatar dealie. Oops.

  11. Kimberly Says:

    Your GoPro camera chick must tender a vote on the MJ hairband that is OMG GORGEOUS. It must be the pink! Black is so predictable & you don’t strike me as predictable AT ALL. Besides, with your hair color the pink would stand out. If you’re gonna shell out that much for a plastic hair accessory, you want it noticed – otherwise what’s the point??

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  12. Vancity Allie Says:

    Aw Kim you’re a total HOTTIE! Thanks for the feedback, I’ll definitely think about the pink hairband ;)

  13. Vancity Allie Says:

    Hey Moe! Great to hear from you again :) I totally love bacon. By the way, if you want an avatar, just go to http://www.gravatar.com and it’ll stick with you on any blog site you go to :)

    Miss you!!

  14. Moe Says:

    I see you added a note to the image upload thing. Yay!
    Oh and I’ll give the gravatar a try. In fact, it should show up next to my post here… hopefully.

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