Event in Review: French Laundry Inspired Wedding

Event in Review: French Laundry Inspired Wedding

Every once in a while we get the opportunity to collaborate with a couple to create something truly special. That is exactly what happened last year when we worked with Brynne and Tom to bring their vision to life. Brynne and Tom came to Boom Goes The Drum with a clear sense of what they were looking for in terms of aesthetic. We focused in on Brynne’s impeccable sense of style to create a day that reflected her traditional sensibilities blended with a well-traveled, polished, modern approach. The starting point for the day was the lush late summer garden at Rouge located on the banks of the Bow River in Calgary’s historic Inglewood neighborhood. One of the challenges of an outdoor venue is that it requires a lot of imagination; to stand in a space and picture what it will look like once the snow has melted and mother nature has delivered her own floral arrangements. This is exactly what we did: Working closely  with Brynne, we quickly landed on a creative direction that we dubbed French Laundry, in homage to the three star Michelin restaurant located in Yountville, The French Laundry.  This restaurant design is quaint, yet sophisticated and just happens to be in the midst of  wine country.  Yountville (the heart of Napa Valley) and French Laundry design embodied Brynne’s chic style, old world charm, outdoor living, and delectable food and wine.  With the charm of a century old historic house already built into our design, we went about creating a floor plan which included a tent, food stations and casual seating that invited guests to meander...
How to Host A Brunch

How to Host A Brunch

Brunch is the official meal of Easter and gay men. So it is no wonder that this meal is typically filled with things like interestingly prepared eggs and sweater vests. But more importantly, brunch is an opportunity to eat breakfast in a fancy way. And we all know how much I like fancy. Being a brunch host is a really easy way to impress your guests with the finer things in life without going to too much trouble. It comes down to accessibility. Unlike other traditions, brunch is meant to be inclusive, in just the same way that it has managed to take two words to create one, it has also managed to take two styles and make them one. It’s a casual lunch but fancy breakfast… oh the irony. With Mother’s day and Easter both quickly approaching I felt that it was the perfect time to lay out some simple rules around how to host a successful brunch. Grazing is an important part of brunch, it should always be taken at a leisurely pace. A successful brunch should last a minimum of 2-3 hours. Start it off slow, greet guests with a mimosa and pastry welcome, so they can nibble and get a little tipsy or buzzed on coffee while the rest of the guests trickle in. Linens: We are used to seeing breakfast as a casual affair (sometimes eaten in underwear), so any investment that you make in dressing it up will pay off in big fancy returns. I like to use crisp clean white linens that I have ironed and if you want to really jazz...
Where is the Dewey Decimal System for Digital Music?

Where is the Dewey Decimal System for Digital Music?

Music is my constant companion. A typical day for me musically, would look something like this: – 6:00 AM Power music for my run to the gym – More power music while I work out – News article reader app (Umano) while I make breakfast – Classical music while I work through emails at my desk – Music selection for scripting/fashion show etc. – Soft inspirational music for walking to meeting – Fun dance tunes to celebrate a successful work day – 528Hz music for meditative activity (ex. yoga) – Vintage Vinyl while I make dinner – Mopey Emo before bed In my daily routine I have mentally assigned certain genres of music to tasks, and my day’s playlist is more important than my Moleskin planner, which is REALLY important. So management of my music library needs to be quick, seamless, and perceptive for my day to go smoothly and be productive. Really I am looking for the Dewey Decimal System of music organization, an app that has the aptitude to find and organize my music whims into easily recognized categories and that never makes me wait. To be honest, I am still in search of my own perfect music dewey, but I wanted to share the following music service apps because all have at least one trait that I am looking for: Hype Machine: I don’t even use this app properly and I still love it. Hype Machine is a blog aggregator that measures what music people are talking about the most online and it puts them into handy little lists for you. The best function is the...
Is Casual Friday Killing your Career?

Is Casual Friday Killing your Career?

I come from a city where 10 days out of the year the entire downtown becomes a honky-tonk, merry-go-round of cowboy hats, denim and flannel. In fact, the Calgary Stampede has coined Calgary as an unofficial “denim culture” and as a Stampede enthusiast I love having an excuse to wear a pair of gritty jeans with a worn plaid shirt. Stampede is an excellent example of, a time and a place. So what is happening the other 355 days of the year?   The reality is that unless your office is a barn and your inbox is cleared out with a shovel, you need to dress for your environment and for most of us that means dressing for success. But here is when it gets tricky, Causal Friday. First I had to do some background research on Casual Friday and the following must be fact since I found it on the World Wide Web: Casual Friday (also known as Dress-down Friday, or simply Casual day) is an American and Canadian trend which has spread to other parts of the world, wherein some offices may celebrate a semi-reprieve from the constrictions of a formal dress code. This post is not meant to bemoan the fashion foibles of Casual Friday, rather as someone who occasionally errs on the side of casual, I would like to make a case for why you may be shooting yourself through your white sneakers squarely in the foot every Friday. Here is my list of don’ts: 1. Causal Friday is not Lazy Friday, Hungover Friday, or I did Yoga this am and didn’t change after Friday. It is a...