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Your living room is about to get a whole lot cooler. One of The Anthology’s favourite photographers, Braden Paul is selling prints of his photographs for a very limited time (only until January 20th) and these are just a few of my favourites. You’ll find plenty more on his website, like this one and this one, which would also make rad wall art.

I’m thinking of getting a big, glossy version of the second one above. You know, so sitting in my living room will feel like being at a concert. Also, I have to admit I’m inspired by the funky oversized photos in the van der Woodsen penthouse on Gossip Girl, but don’t tell anyone because that’s the most embarrassing inspiration ever.

8×12 prints start at $100. You can order directly from the photographer at

Linked | ALIFE’s Coats & Cans Drive, Braden Paul’s NME Triumph, K-Os and More…

The Anthology’s list of what’s new, what’s now and what’s next…

1. Coats and cans. Until December 23rd, the Vancouver chapter of New York’s ALIFE will be collecting coats for the Salvation Army and cans for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Donate one coat or two cans and you’ll get 30% off your purchase.

2. How this didn’t win, I don’t know. But Braden Paul’s shot of Sleigh Bells (which he took when he covered Sasquatch for The Anthology last summer) is the runner-up in NME’s music photography awards.

3. Getting k-otic. Two of Canada’s favourite hip-hop artists K-Os and Shad play the Commodore on Friday, Nov. 25th.

4. Electrifying. This week, Vancouver DJ Pat Lok released his first EP No Shame and he’ll be celebrating at his EP release party Thursday, Nov. 24th at the Electric Owl.

It’s clutch. Vancouver-based handbag designers Davie & Chiyo will be hosting a Winter Trunk Show on Thursday, Nov. 24th in their Gastown studio. Complimentary cocktails and canapes, plus their clutches will be 25% off.

Forget Oprah. You’ve been wondering about my favourite things, haven’t you? Well, you’ll find them right here.

Opening Pandora. Coquitlam Centre’s fashion hub, the Pandora Style Lounge (in the northeast entrance by H&M), will be offering holiday fashion, makeup and décor seminars this Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:00 pm .

Linked | Versace for H&M, Braden Paul in NME Magazine and more…

The Anthology’s list of links to what’s new, what’s now and what’s next…

Line ’em up! Versace’s collection for H&M will launch in Canada on Saturday, November 19th at Pacific Centre in Vancouver, Toronto Eaton Centre, Bloor Street, Yorkdale Mall, and Downtown Montreal. Studded leather jacket, anyone?

Shooting star. Braden Paul, photographer extraordinaire and contributor to The Anthology, is one of only ten finalists in NME Magazine’s music photography awards. (You might recognize that shot from his trip to Sasquatch earlier this summer.)

Expert opinion. I’ll be attending tonight’s Tuesday Night Music Club as an industry expert (their words, not mine). Shockingly, they didn’t ask me to sing…

Be a rainmaker. The Obakki Foundation will be hosting Rainmaker, a charity auction on eBay featuring goodies from the likes of Katy Perry, Beyonce and Coldplay. All money raised will go towards drilling much-needed water wells in Sudan.

Say what? Stanford design student Jess Lam has created the site StyleSays so you can shop with your ladyfriends at the virtual mall while you’re actually at home in your bunny slippers.

Paint the town pink. Get your nails painted (pink?) at Queens Boutique before the end of October and proceeds will go to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

[Photo courtesy H&M]

Art | Barbara Cole’s Underworld

My walls are covered with massive photos. One that Vancouver-based photographer Braden Paul took at Sasquatch Music Festival, another Barry Gnyp took for the Freedman Shoes SS/12 campaign I directed, and some I took travelling.

If I were to add to my collection, Barbara Cole’s ethereal underwater prints would be a (wet) dream.

The Toronto-based photographer’s Underworld series will be showing at Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver, May 16th – June 1st.

[Images by Barbara Cole]

Playlist | Ben Howard at the Commodore Ballroom

Until Ben Howard played Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom last week, music photographer Braden Paul had “Never seen a ‘small’ venue go that crazy.”

The folksy London-based singer-songwriter just won a Mercury Prize, which honours the UK’s best albums of the year, for Every Kingdom.

Still, he remains as low-key as ever. “Real nice guy,” says Braden, who met him before the show when the artist was cruising around on his skateboard outside the venue. Not quite surfing, which he’s reluctantly known for, but it’s one way to work off pre-show energy.

So add Ben Howard to your playlist already, and include this remix of The Wolves by Little Dragon. It’s a pretty one.

[Photos by Braden Paul]

P.S. You’ll find all the concerts and festivals Braden has photographed for The Anthology riiiiiiiiiiight here.

Playlist | Sasquatch Music and Arts Festival

Though their lineups often overlap (Bon Iver, The Shins, Beirut, Childish Gambino, tUnE-yArDs, etc.), Coachella and Sasquatch are very different festivals. They both take place on the west coast, yes. They both take place in deserts during the spring, sure. But Coachella is where celebrities are photographed in tabloid-friendly outfits.

Sasquatch, on the other hand, is where these folks are photographed by Vancouver-based music photographer Braden Paul. Like last year, he trekked to the Gorge (which, with its edge-of-a-cliff location, is the most beautiful outdoor venue in the world) and scouted some of the biggest characters. Boy, were there many to choose from.

But he didn’t just people-watch, Braden also artist-watched and these are a few of his highlights from this year’s Sasquatch…

The UK’s Ben Howard.

New York’s St. Vincent.

Deer Tick, who Braden also photographed during a recent show in Vancouver.

And…Deer Tick again.

Portland’s Wild Flag.

The UK’s Spiritualized.

Little Dragon, who I just love. Then again, I have a real thing for Swedish indie pop.

[Photos by Braden Paul]

P.S. You’ll find Braden’s highlights from last year’s Sasquatch Festival here, here and here.

P.P.S. You’ll find my photos from this year’s Coachella here.

Playlist | It’s a Sasquatch Kind of Weekend

This weekend, Vancouver-based photographer Braden Paul is at the gorgeous Gorge (sorry! couldn’t resist) shooting Sasquatch. Not, like, a real Sasquatch, but Sasquatch Music Festival. He went last year and his photos are out of this world: take a look here, here and here and stay tuned for this year’s highlights.

I will also be heading to Washington State, though I won’t be heading to the festival (sad face) instead, I’ll be listening to the likes of Santigold, Childish Gambino, tUnE-yArDs and SBTRKT on my iPod with my Urbanears headphones (pictured in Pattan Dark Grey c/o Urbanears).

Linked | CBC, JNBY, Sasquatch Music Festival and more

The Anthology’s list of what’s new, what’s now and what’s next…

Woke up this morning to the sweet sound of my own voice on the radio. In response to this article in the New York Times about breaking up with a clothing brand (more emotionally draining than dumping that douche you used to date? I don’t know), the CBC wanted my take. My expert insight? While I may have broken up with Abercrombie because of its love of younger women (I adored the brand in my tweens) I’m now in a healthy, committed, long-term relationship with J.Crew, thankyouverymuch. It’s about to go from long-distance to local: the American retailer is opening its first location in Vancouver on Wednesday and I’m going to get a sneak peek tomorrow. Stay tuned for photos.

You’re invited! On Thursday I’ll be hosting a party celebrating JNBY’s third anniversary in Vancouver at their South Granville location. See you there!

It’s official. Vancouver-based photographer Braden Paul will be shooting Sasquatch! Music Festival for The Anthology again this year. Above is one of his shots from last year’s festival and you’ll find a few more of my favourites here.

Accessorize for a cause. The Shanti Uganda team is holding a warehouse sale on Saturday, April 28th at Blim Gallery in Vancouver (115 East Pender) from 12-5.

Strike a pose. Vogue’s FNO team has given the go-ahead: Fashion’s Night Out is coming to Vancouver this September.

Spring clean your closet. Together with 150+ nonprofit partners, Donate and Make a Difference is encouraging all you horders to clear out your closets and turn otherwise unused goods into revenue for local nonprofits by donating items. The event takes place this weekend (April 28-29) at all Value Village locations across North America.

End quote. I sat on a panel at the North Shore Writers Festival this weekend. A key takeaway from my talk? Something all fellow bloggers can relate to:

Number 4 | The Anthology’s Ten Most Ridiculous Moments of 2011

As we count down The Anthology’s highlights of the past year we’re seeing a lot of ridiculous randomness (10. an invisible man, 9. the friendly Sasquatch, 8. psychedelic pants, 7. alpine picnic, 6. pompom-shaking, and 5. fashion passion). Which brings us to…

4. The sheer joy on this man’s face. There is one band that I would see every weekend if I could: !!! (Chk Chk Chk). Their dance parties are like nothing else and their short shorts-wearing frontman Nic Offer can hype a crowd like no other. So when I got to meet him I was thrilled. And he, judging by the look on his face, was over the moon at the chance to meet me. I mean, he can barely contain himself, he’s so giddy. That, my friends, is the effect I have on people.

P.S. You’ll really notice that effect when you add The Anthology on Facebook.

P.P.S. Braden Paul shot !!! (Chk Chk Chk) for The Anthology and his photos are ridiculously hilarious/amazing.

Number 9 | The Anthology’s Most Ridiculous Moments of 2011

At The Anthology I eschew the usual “best and worst” of the year in favour of the most ridiculous. We kicked off The Anthology’s ten most ridiculous moments of 2011 with an invisible man in a fur coat so that brings us to…

9. A not-so-invisible man in a fur jumpsuit. When photographer Braden Paul covered Sasquatch Festival for The Anthology this summer, he took some downright spectacular photos (one of which was runner-up in NME’s music photography awards). He also captured some of the ridiculous steeze of festival goers. In terms of fashion etiquette, this fur-clad gentleman’s bang-on, though. It’s only polite to show up to Sasquatch in Sasquatch after all.

Besides, have you ever seen a friendlier-looking Sasquatch? Trick question! I’ll bet you’ve never seen a Sasquatch before at all.

[Photo by Braden Paul]

P.S. Number 9 on last year’s list was remarkably stylish too.

P.P.S. Ridiculous-ize your Facebook page. Add The Anthology.