On Wednesday night I had the extreme pleasure of going to the Louis Vuitton Maison store opening party. This makes it the 1st Louis Vuitton Maison store in Canada, the 4th store in North America and the 11th store in the world. Just an FYI to all you fashionistas out there, the cheapest thing in the store is a cool $250 coin purse. The newly renovated 10,000 square foot, two floor Louis Vuitton store located at 730 Burrard was the location of the start of the party. As guests we were treated to tasty h’orderves and constantly flowing champaign as we all awaited to be transported by black SUV to the secret location of the actual party. The new LV store is gorgeous from top to bottom and outfitted with the full ready-to-wear line, designed by Marc Jacobs.
While awaiting for our trip to begin I ran into a few familiar faces in the crowed. Fashion blogger Rebecca Rawlinson, former Homorazzi member Dave, fashion designer extraordinaire Jason Matlo (Who actually dressed a few of the attendees), and Vancouver recording artist Rosette Luve. There was also a few who’s who at the party including Executive Vice President of Louis Vuitton Philippe Schaus, Gabriel Aubry (Halle Berry’s ex) and Trevor and Cristina Linden just to name a few.
I have found my new daily “makes me laugh out loud” site, and all iPhone users can relate. I was at my friends this past weekend enjoying some fun talk when we decided to have an impromptu party at about 11pm. Before we knew it there was 7 of us hanging out playing Mario Kart 64 (for old school sake) and having a grand time. Some of us may have been heavily drinking and others, like myself, we’re just enjoying the antics. I thought this would be the perfect time to tell my story from earlier in the day.
I had been at the gym with a friend of mine taking her through my abs routine when she texted a friend, “Hey I’m at the gym right now with a buddy and he’s totally licking my ass!” WHAT!? Her friend was seriously confused and immediately my friend responded “KICKING! KICKING MY ASS!” We laughed so hard we gave our abs a double workout. After this story another friend at the impromptu party introduced us to what I like to think is going to become the new FML.com, Damnyouautocorrect.com.
This Pop-Tart Pick is another former member of Girls Aloud. Nadine Coyle is trying out solo for herself an I have to say I kind of dig it. My last pick was her ex-band mate Cheryl Cole who is still currently UK pop royalty and I’m still listening to her album. I’ve got Nadine’s album now and gave it a full listen through and I have t say it’s not half bad. I really enjoyed quite a few of the tunes on her “Insatiable” record, my top favourite being the first single “Insatiable.” I also like “Chained” and “Put Your Hands Up.” I’m not sure if Nadine is going to make it quite as big as Cheryl has. For starters Cheryl has the X-Factor behind her which the whole of the UK watches religiously, also Nadine just doesn’t seem to have that extra something special about her. She’s a beautiful girl and has a great talent but I’m just not 100% sold on her. I had the good fortune of being able to see her live when I was on vacation in London in November.
I’ll hand it to her that she did put on quite the good show. She sang live and really does have a nice power behind her vocals. I was a bit frightened though when she first came on because she seems to have drastically dropped weight. I remember her from the Girl Aloud days when I was living in London and she had a healthy look to her. When she came on stage though all I could see was how skinny she was now. Her dress was gorgeous and she had hot man dancers but I wanted to shout “EAT A HAMBURGER!”
Disney’s TRON: LEGACY (another 3D movie) is set to be one of this years biggest releases. With some estimating a budget upwards of $300 million after promotions and branding, you can see why people are gearing up for the December 17th release date. Since I had the incredible pleasure of being part of this movie I’m going to share some behind the scenes with you folks while we all hold out breath for the big day.
It was the summer of 2009, filming was going on at the Canadian Motion Picture Park Studio in south Burnaby and I had been picked to be background as a cyber program. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. I was on the TRON set for 4 glorious days with some of the coolest people I have had the pleasure to meet. I actually gained one of my very best friends from that set, Jade. I arrived on set my first day to a closed sound stage. Hair and make-up on average took 3-4 hours a day to do everyone because there was roughly 80 background people in our scenes. Most days ran very long, between 14-16 hours for all 4 days I was on set. We were all kept behind big tarp tents and made to wear robes if we were leaving the building to make sure no one saw our costumes. Everyone had a different outfit specially made for them with customized state of the art lights to make us look more digital. I had black box eyes and two blue stripes going across my chest from my left shoulder. Here is a photo of me on set, I wish I wasn’t hiding behind the guy who’s face I blacked out but you can still see my black box eyes and 2 glow stripes!
So this weeks Pop-Tart-tastic tune comes to us from the current country I am in, the United Kingdom! Miss Cheryl Cole came to fame when she hit it big winning a spot on ITV’s reality television programme, Popstars – The Rivals, in late 2002 to join Girls Aloud. As all you gays should know Girls Aloud did quite well for themselves having a solid 8 year run as a girl group. But now Cheryl has branched off on her own and using the X-Factor stage has launched a massive career for herself. She was first featured in Will.I.Am’s “Heartbreaker” in 2008 and then went on to record her first solo album “3 Words” that was released on October 23, 2009 containing mega-hits like “Fight For This Love,” “Parachute” and “3 Words.”
Now the beautiful girl from Newcastle is at it again with her second album “Messy Little Raindrops” that came out on November 1st here in the UK. Her first single off the album is “Promise This” and I have been OBSESSED with it since I herd it the 2nd night I was here dancing my tush off at G-A-Y Late. It’s a super catchy tune with an amazingly fun video to back it up. I really love the unique dance styles Cheryl has constantly used in her videos and I hope she keeps it up. I have to admit, I have been in love with Cheryl for about 3 years now and every time I see her perform I fall a little more in love. I hope one day that the UK’s sweetheart can make it big in the North American market, I guess we just have to wait and see.
Let me start off my saying, I’M IN LOVE! This book series is by far the most exciting and entertaining I have ever read. I literally could read Cassandra Clare for days on end without getting sick of her. Since reading all three of The Mortal Instruments books I have gotten many friends addicted to their flashy covers and Cassandra Clare’s amazing imagination world. I became obsessed with The Mortal Instruments when one day while shopping at
Stupidstore Superstore I saw the first book, City Of Bones, on sale and it sparked my interest. The covers have an eye-catching shine to them that just beg to be read. I bought the book and read it in a matter of a few days and then immediately after finishing it I went out and bought the next two instalments, City Of Ashes and City Of Glass.
The Mortal Instruments is (so far) a three part book series based in rural New York. Clary Fray has no idea that her life is about to take a drastic change when she heads out for the night to the Pandemonium Club with her best friend Simon Lewis. From this night on Clary discovers the world of Shadowhunters filled with demons, werewolves, vampires and fairies. Little did Clary know that her mother had played a huge roll in this world but had escaped to New York where she hoped Clary would never find out about any of it. Clary’s mother Jocelyn is soon kidnapped by Downworlders and the epic adventure to save her mother and unravel who Clary really is unfolds page by page. We meet lot’s of interesting characters along the way but our main crew consists of Clary Fray – our main damsel in distress, Jace Wayland – a headstrong and fearless Shadowhunter, Simon Lewis – Clary’s BFF who is secretly in love with her, Luke Garroway – Clary’s mother’s BFF of all time who knows all of her secrets, Isabelle Lightwood – a fiercely attractive Shadowhunter and adoptive sister of Jace, and Alec Lightwood – a shadowhunter and the oldest sibling, also secretly in love with Jace making him the GAY of the bunch! There are other characters but I’ll let you discover them on your own.
Holy boy band batman! The Wanted is set to be the next big thing over in the UK. I guess they will kind of be like the boy equivalent of The Saturdays. Their debut CD “The Wanted – The Album” is set for release on October 25th, which is perfect because I plan to buy it when I land in London on the 26th for a two week holiday!
The band is made up of five dreamy members, each different in look for sure. I’m assuming while assembling the band the creators did this on purpose so that everyone would like at least one guy in the band and thus upping sales and fan base.
Oh boy, WHAT have I gotten myself into. I don’t know about you but I feel like there is a lot of talking going on in the gay world right now, especially here in Vancouver. With the recent string of teen suicides down in the states and the “It Gets Better” project sweeping across North America and the world I felt like I had to do my part. Now I feel like I may have bitten off more than I can chew!
I made my own “It Gets Better” video and in it I promised to go back to my old high school (Centennial Secondary School in Coquitlam) to start up a GSA. For those who don’t know what this is it’s a Gay-Straight Alliance club. I felt like I was done talking about doing something and wanted to put my money where my mouth is. So I sent an e-mail to my old teacher and got the ball rolling. We set a meeting for this past Monday for me to come in and chat with my old teacher and the head of the counseling department. NOW comes the part where I say to myself “Oh boy, what did you get yourself into this time Calan.”