Leather Fear, #PD13 is Here

Whose superstitious out there? Today must be your lucky day!

Well, obviously today holds a bit of bad luck as it has finally decided to snow in Norfolk County. Guess I spoke too soon…

Anyone who has heard of Port Dover has probably heard of Friday the 13th. If not, let me enlighten you:

On all Friday the 13th’s, it has been a tradition since 1981 for bikers from allll over to gather in the beachy town and show off their rides. (This includes Hells Angels). In summer months, this becomes a celebration of thousands and thousands of people. Today, however, I’m not quite sure how many bikers will fair out in the snow. Check out this website if you want to learn more about PD13.

Snow or no snow, I foresee busy bars tonight despite the lack of motorcycles, and I foresee it as a leather-filled dodgy-denim rocker-hair affair.

Just for some fun – it is FRIDAY after all – I’ve picked out some runway looks that could be totally biker-chic.

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2012

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2012

Alice & Olivia Pre-Fall 2012

Alice & Olivia Pre-Fall 2012

Alexander McQueen - Spring RTW

Now I don’t just foresee, but I absolutely guarantee high fashion does not come into play in Dover. If you are heading out tonight, you can expect to see something that looks much more like this:

Image via Nasty Gal

Plus, tights, a few more layers, mittens, hats and tall boots…

As for me, there’s a good chance I’ll be busting out my leather shorts… So watch out!

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What would you wear to a biker-fest extraordinaire?

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An Obituary originally printed in the London Times.

The Death of Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.   No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

–  Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

–  Why the early bird gets the worm;

–  Life isn’t always fair;

–  and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.

Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;

– I Know My Rights

– I Want It Now

– Someone Else Is To Blame

– I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.   If you still remember him, pass this on.   If not, join the majority and do nothing.

Oh, Canada? Are You There?

Ummmm? Hello?  Canada?  It’s me, Hannah.  I know I’ve been away for a while, but, you do know it’s January, right?

Dear people, am I crazy, or is this global warming at its finest? 

It’s the beginning of January, and if I didn’t know any better, I’d say it’s an awfully chilly October we’re having.  Wherever winter is, it’s sure not in Southern Ontario… yet.  Although I do miss the beauty of snow-covered lawns, I do not miss driving down snow-covered streets.  So let’s celebrate with some Spring fashion, and pretend like we are going to skip right over winter, as if snow squalls aren’t lurking, waiting to un-spring us anytime now.

I think the New Year is a time for lots of new beginnings, so let’s source out some fresh fashion.

Here’s a great option from ASOS for anyone seeking a new job or has applied to college/university and requires an interview, this is a bang-on outfit for youse peoples:

I love the way they have the “Scenic Print” suit styled here (pastel being a key element moving into this Spring).  It’s so much more fun than the average black suit, but to keep it more traditional, you can always pair the blazer with a great black or grey (or black and grey) trouser or skirt, and same goes for the skirt with the blouse of your choice.  I think this delicate print will make you a memorable candidate in any interview.

The blazer is $120 and the puff-ball mini skirt is $65.  You have to spend money to make money, folks, and for a suit, this is quite affordable since it can be used for work and play.

Next up is for those of you who have decided 2012 is the year you are going to get back into shape.  At least for the first two weeks of January, right?  Right…

Well if you stick with it or not, why not hit the gym (or your Wii fit… which, quite sadly, kicked my ass the other day) with some kick-ass workout wear:

This is the “No Limit Tank” from Lululemon for $65.  I love how it has a built in sports bra, lets air flow in and out through the back, and also, leaves a mystery about what’s behind the ruching.  Because, let’s be honest, who wants to show off their entire belly at the gym… unless you are a total pro with rock solid abs like me like whoever’s body that is down there…

I chose these Lulu’s mostly because of the name, the “Back On Track Tight” (how fitting!).  They come in 4 different colours…  I chose “deep coal and heathered pig pink” for an added feminine touch.  They cost $98, but are truly an investment piece if you are serious about working out.  But hey, maybe spending more on your gear will give you the added guilt trip to push you into actually keeping your resolution this year.

And now that you rocked your interview to make the big bucks, and have a rockin’ body from all your hard work at the gym, treat yourself to a relaxing all-inclusive vaycay on some tropical island, and continue to rock with designer resort wear – you deserve it!

You can buy this online for $248 at Wasteland, it’s by Naven, and really, who doesn’t need a Neon Cut Out Dress?

Okay, let’s get real.  It takes time to get a job, and it takes time to get rock solid abs, so until then, let’s enjoy what Canada is offering weather-wise, embrace our feeble budgets, and go to the ultimate go-to:

First, state the obvious for $14.95…

Next, class it up for $24.95…

Then, splash some pastel for $7.95…

Complete with your fav-o skinny’s and tall boots to boot, and VIOLA!

H&M has done it again.

Get a fresh start with some fresh fashion and enjoy the sunshine and mild weather while you can Canada.

SC: 2012 – Harbour Town & Savannah

Hey ya’ll!

Sorry for the back tracking, but we have been busy little bees.

On January 1st, the golfers went out to the Harbour Town Golf Club. This course is the creme-de-la-creme of courses on the island.

It has been featured many times on the PGA tour and, apparently, was extremely nice to play, if just a tich difficult.

As for the rest of us bums, we spent a majority of the day on the couch watching Storage Wars. Later in the afternoon we ventured into Harbour Town, played around a bit, and paid the $3.50 to climb up the famous lighthouse into the famous lighthouse gift shop.

Our timing couldn’t have been better because we were able to watch our golfers finish off the 18th hole of the course from above. It was very cool.

View of the 18th green from the top of the lighthouse - recognize anyone?

Johnny loves the boats & live oak trees 🙂

For dinner, we ate at a Japanese restaurant called Kurama’s, where they cook the food right in front of you.

Our chef did tonnes of cool tricks and the food was juuuust incredible. It was a little bit pricey but well worth it because it’s dinner and a show. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Hilton Head.

Everyone was pretty tired out from the night before so we stayed in and watched a movie, and rested up for the day ahead.

The next day was kind of a write off. It was pretty chilly but the golfers still went out. Johnny and me went for a bike ride and explored a bit more of what we could, did a little shopping, watched a few more episodes of storage wars.

That night, we met up with Jane’s good friends Vic and Lois from New Joisey, ahem, I mean Jersey… They are a riot. We all went to a sports bar called Casey’s and ate lots of fried food. MMmmmMMMmm Good.

Yesterday, was Savannah day. Yesterday was also the coldest day of our entire trip. A lady working in Savannah told us they only get two days of real winter down here, and this was one of them. Hooray for us.

We bundled up and tried not to let it damper our spirits. We began with a hop-on-hop-off tour with the Historic Savannah company. Our tour guide, Jim, was a local, had owned a bed and breakfast, and knew everything about the city. He talked as if he was alive during the Civil War and gave us lots of facts and personal opinions, all delivered with true Southern Charm. He was friends with one of Paul Dean’s sons, and remembers being a regular at her first restaurant. He also remembers when Jim Williams was accused of murder and had lived through Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I got to see the Mercer-Williams house, which I am quite happy about having one of my favourite books truly come to life.

We had lunch at the Goose Fathers Cafe, the original home of the whoopee pie!

Food was fresh, fast, affordable and deeeelicious!!

We stopped at the Telfer Museum and got to see the famous Bird Girl statue. We also went to the famous Savannah honey store, antique stores and of course, River Street. Our only disappointment was the weather and that we didn’t have more time. This is one city I cannot wait to return to.

As for today, we visited Harbour Town again and did some more shopping. The last day of a vacation is always a little sad. I am going to miss the sunshine and sweater/t-shirt weather. Big time.

Next, we played Pirate’s Island Mini Putt Putt!

It was a really neat course made up of two 18 hole courses, either over or under the waterfall.

Soon we are going for our last dinner on Hilton Head Island.  The last day is always the hardest, especially with the Canadian weather forecast in mind.  We are leaving at 4am tomorrow, and nobody’s looking forward to the drive.

We cannot thank Jane enough for inviting us to her sweet little condo and showing us the ropes.  I also want to shout out right now that she rents out this condo – so if you are looking for an amazing location and great rates on HH, please contact me and I will connect you with her!

Hope you have enjoyed my little travel edition on the ol’ blog log.  I sure have.

See you back in the real world.

I can hear the old Southern trees whisperin’ to me, “ya’ll come back now, ya hear!”

Oh, I hear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC: N-Y-E

Welcome back ya’ll.

Hope you’re having a happy 2012. For now, I need to backtrack to the day before the New Year.  Sorry there aren’t more pictures but the good ones were taken on regular cameras and we don’t have the cords to put them on the computer.

Anywhoooo…

The regular golfing foursome golfed Hilton Head National and had a grand ol’ time.

As for the others, they hung out and recovered from the previous night out. As for Johnny and I, we decided to go kayaking. Unofrtunately, I don’t have any pictures from that because I took my waterproof camera and not my iPhone. We did a 2 hour tour that was a loop of some of the canals through Palmetto Dunes. We shared a two person kayak and bickered a lot due to my fear of gators and his dream to see a gator. It’s not that I don’t want to see a gator, it’s that being in a small tipy kayak is not my first choice for an ecounter.

Later that night, Jane made us a delicious spread of orderves and we played, yes again, mexican train. We got all dolled up and headed over to Mrs. Rouses’, an island local whose in her early seventees and just happens to own a multi million dollar estate. When we showed up, she was dressed in a gold sequin dress, and thrilled at the fact that we brought her over Johnny and Brad as “presents.” She was a blast to be with and we had a great time.

At about 10:30 we got back on the road and headed to the Electric Piano. It is one of the most popular bars in Hilton Head, and although had a more “mature” crowd, we all managed to have a bllllasst. There was a band on stage made up two large Southerners who totally rocked out.

And, surprise surprise, some of us decided to get up on stage and rock on.

And on…

It was a party that carried on until the wee hours of the morning, and us Canadian’s closed the bar, welcoming 2012 qith smiles, dancing, songs and lots of laughs.

Welcome 2012 🙂

(PS.  I am now going to be a day behind.  Until next time…)