Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I will sing a new song

This outfit is nothing special. I didn't feel particularly good or even comfortable. I felt cold mostly, and gloomy. It's been rainy and overcast and that makes me tired...
Even though our winters are bitterly cold at least there is sun. I think I would rather have -40 and sunny than -15 and cloudy for 6 months....
may 31, 2011

But more importantly today I'm on way to drive to a city about 8ish hours away to go to a U2 concert!! I sort of forgot about it because this was rescheduled from a year ago when something happen to Bono. We'll be driving all day today, the concert is tonight and then driving back tomorrow just in time for a busy weekend!

I saw U2 in Montreal in 2004. I got a scalped ticket and sat away from my friends. The scalper was late so we missed the beginning of the opening act which was Arcade Fire so super disappointing! The show was fantastic though and the best bit was as everyone was walking down the stairs to leave people started singing "40". It was so beautiful because everyone from different places and background were together for one reason and were happy just to be where they were!

hat: H&M
necklace: arts fair
cardigan, top, jacket: Ricki's
jeans: Joe Fresh
scarf: Book & Brier where I used to work
shoes: Aldo
purple carpet: yoga mat c/o laziness

Today I am so so so thankful for music! Most of my memories are associated with a song, music can tie you to a person, place or feeling. How lucky we are to be able to know and love so many different kinds of music! OH! And also thankful for NEW CAMERA!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The sound of water

Today was the annual street fair for the Cathedral Village Arts Festival. The weather was uncooperative but that's, statistically, not unusual for this weekend. They block off a bunch of streets in a cool little neighbourhood for performances, artists and community booths. They also have interesting food vendors. My fam and I shared some African food, Filipino noodles and spring rolls, a Mediterranean hotdog, and mini donuts. I love going to see all the interesting arts and crafts but also to watch the people going by. If it were nicer out I would have been happy to sit on the sidewalk all afternoon taking it all in.
may 28 2011

I purchased this awesome octopus necklace that reminds me of Katie (especially as she was just talking about dressing like Ursula).

jacket & cardigan: Ricki's
scarf: University Book Store
necklace & earrings: street fair
dress: Smart Set
tights: H&M
boots: Spring

I felt so powerful and partially badass in this outfit. I think it was the short skirt, sassy leggings and combat boots. Maybe my wild mop helped as well.

Today I'm thankful for the tiny rays of sunshine that struggled valiantly to peek through the gloomy clouds today. I appreciate you all the more when you're unexpected! Also I'm thankful for the use of the Gentleman Caller's nicey nice camera until I source out a new one. I just have to learn how to use it...

Friday, May 27, 2011

FBFF: Les Cheveux

So today's FBFF is all about our precious hairs. Go to Katy's page to see more!
Growing out after about 4 months in England without a cut

1. How often do you get your hair cut?
Not as often as I should. I love getting it cut. I love the whole experience from the washing and drying to walking out with a new look and smoothy smooth hair! But because it is expensive and I am trying to save money for The Big Trip I only go when I look at myself in the mirror and realize that it's become a lion's mane! (then I just try to make it bigger and fluffier to pretend that it's on purpose). Then I make an appointment as soon as I can. I'm going in about a week and I can't wait. My last cut was on Valentine's day!

2. Do you go to the same stylist each time, try someone new, go to the cheap hair cutting chains or live it up in a salon?
Oh mercy. So for years I had this amazing stylist. I trusted her completely. I would go to her and say "I want to be flirty and fun" and she would cut and colour my hair to give me the feeling that I was after. I went there for so long with such amazing results that I forgot that not all stylists would be the same. I was living in England and was quite poor. I met a dude in a bar who said that he was in hair school and that I could have a free haircut! FREE! Just what a broke girl in a different country needs to hear! I went there and told him that I just wanted a trim because I was growing it out. He looked at me and said "Darling, long hair is boring". The last thing that I want to be is boring! So I let him cut a little. At first it seemed to be going really well. It was all swoopy and longer in the front and kinda sexy. Then he snipped off the long bits and shaved my neck!
Oh God! It's the worst!

 I was devastated! I couldn't even say thank you or tip him or anything. I ran out of the salon and cried in the bathroom. Do you know how dogs are all ashamed when you shave them? Yeah, that was me for a few months until it became a horrible mushroom-shaped mop on my head. I was too afraid to go to anyone I didn't know.
Now that I'm back home I go to the salon owned by my former stylist. I don't go to see her anymore though because after she got back from maternity leave she was too busy for me to get in. My stylist now has cotton candy pink hair. So that makes me trust her!
In the growing out stages, in Berlin
Home and trying to be Rapunzel

3. Do you color your hair? How often? What¹s your natural color?
No way! Pink is totally natural!! My real hair is brownish... sort of. I've been blonde for a couple of years now. I kind of want to go back to dark but to make it blonde it took 5 hours, 250 foils and a boatload of money. I can afford the upkeep but if I go dark I'll never be able to afford to go blonde again. Again I only colour it when it gets noticeably rooty.
Going blonde

4. The one thing you always do to keep your hair looking great is:
Loads of conditioner, rinse in cold water, rarely ever use heat (I don't even own a hair dryer, but that could be laziness), and a leave in smoother.

5. What hair trend do you love and wish you could rock?
I wish I could go super pixie short! But after the disaster where I looked like a boy I'm too afraid, plus the growing out process lasts forever. I also wish I could learn how to french braid my own hair into something pretty.

Going pink for the first time


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Calling me home

Today I wore 3 pairs of shoes. What? That's normal right?
may 26 2011

One for walkin', one for prancin', one for romancin'. The romancin' part was going for Indian food and Slush Puppies. Cherry with extra Shocker is the way to go, and as an added bonus... lipstick colouring!

jacket: Ricki's
dress: Smart Set
leggings: H&M
scarf: gift
earrings: art fair
belt: made from childhood dance costume
shoes: Aldo
Slush Puppy: Grab Bag Confectionary

Today I'm thankful that even though I worked in the evening it didn't seem like an overly long day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Moving backwards

Today was my first day back at my old job. Well it's a new position but it's in the same building and I acted as backup before so I sort of already know what I'm doing. Not knowing anything or anyone is the worst part of any new job. No one likes to feel like an idiot.

They were really effecient and actually cancelled my accounts. Which means that I have no computer access today.

I don't think that I realized how much I missed the sounds of foreign voices. I love different languages and accents. I love that I am able to interact with people of all cultures from every corner of the earth. And it's also really nice when some of the clients remember me too!
Sadly no outfit picture today due to a be-salted camera

The thing is that we live in a wide, vast world. But at the same time it is very small. Basically we are all the same. We all want our families to be safe and healthy. We all want to belong somewhere and be understood. And we all are working towards being happy. We may have different experiences but we all smile the same way. I think that it is so very important to promote tolerance and appreciation of other cultures. There is so much that we can learn from each other. About the human capacity to survive, to love, to seek God/Allah/Creator. There's even lots to learn about fashion. The women I work with are all utterly beautiful and all completely different. Most people wear Western clothes but sometimes for special occasions we are able to see their traditional clothes. I love hearing about what people wore in their countries, about what is culturally appropriate and what is traditional wedding outfits.

Most especially, I just love to learn about other culture's foods. And I have this delusion that I can make them. This is what I want to make immediately:

Empanadas from Chile
Curry from Burma
Qabuli pilau from Pakistan
Kibbeh and Tabouleh Salad from Syria
Jap Chae from Korea
Mantu from Afghanistan
Chicken Adobo from Philippines

Today I am thankful to be living in Canada, a mosaic of cultures

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

And then I threw it in the lake

Part of this past long weekend was going for walks to enjoy the sun, mosquitoes and views. We also wanted to see what the flood did (washed out a road completely is the answer).
may 22 2011

I, mostly, just wanted to see how cold the water was. So I scrambled down the rocks, felt the water and heard a "Plop!" beside me. I couldn't believe that the Gentleman Caller was throwing rocks in my general direction. He wasn't. It was my camera falling out of my pocket and into the saltiest lake! I managed to save the memory card and the battery but the expensive part is un-useable.

I go through cameras like crazy. I've dropped two multiple times, and I lost one at the end of my travels that had 800 pictures of 8 countries on it. Absolutely devastating. I need to take better care.
These are the pictures a moment before my mishap.

top: Joe Fresh
shorts: Ricki's
sunnies: Gentleman's backup pair
scarf: ?
shoes: Crocs (I stand by them for perfect walking around shoes!)
flooded house: Abandoned (pre-flood)
rocks: the road that was built up to save the village

And the GC throwing rocks...

Today I'm grateful that I was able to laugh at my own misfortune. There was nothing else to do, really!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Just chill out

I wish every weekend could be a long weekend!
may 20 2011

I slept a ridiculous amount. I even fell asleep during a rather intense episode of Battlestar Galactica!! For shame! We played Settlers of Catan, read our books, cooked like mad and tried my imported Four Loko (word to the wise: don't drink this stuff. And whatever you do, don't drink the Watermelon flavour!)

dress: H&M
cardigan: gift
leggings: Ardene
necklace: Paraphernalia 
earrings: craft market
sparkle shoes: Madden Girl at Maurice's 

Today I am thankful for time to do not much of anything. And the ability to let that be ok, at least for one weekend. 


Friday, May 20, 2011

Your words in my memory

Friday!! Eee! It's May Long and I've been waiting FOREVER!
may 19 2011

The Gentleman Caller and I are heading out to his cottage which on an interesting lake. So interesting, in fact, that today you get a little bit o'trivia: "Fed by underground springs, the shallow saline lake lies deep in a glacial-carved valley. The lake is 91% pure water, but has a specific gravity 10% higher than regular water due to a higher concentration of dissolved salts and minerals." - from the website. It will still be too cold to go swimming (unless I'm brave enough to do a penguin dip) but we might bob around in the spa and go to the drive-in and bbq some steaks! Weekend with a cute boy!!!!!

dress: Bettie Page from Retrovise
earrings: craft fair
shoes: Fly London

Also it's Blog Annoyances for FBFF

So this is what annoys me about blogs:
1) I get a little tired of blogs that look a little too perfect. You know the type. Completely photoshopped pictures and a seemingly perfect life. No one's life or skin is that perfect and, you know what? That's perfectly ok!

2) I read blogs through Bloglovin. And sometimes when I go to comment on certain blogs it takes me out of Bloglovin' entirely and I have to push the back button a zillion times just to get back to where I came from. I have no idea if my blog does this and for that I'm sorry.

3) The word verification... Man, it just takes me out of the moment. I remember taking English classes in University and one of the Professors was talking about how important editors are. Because they allow you to focus on the story and forget that there are actual sentences that have been constructed. When there is an obvious spelling or grammatical error it just pulls you out of that fantasy in your head and you have to work harder to enjoy the story. That's what word verification does for me. I took mine off and I've received a few spammies but they go straight to the spam box where they are promptly deleted with gusto. (Guess what? Just as I was writing this I got another one! Weird!)  

4) Blogs that exist only to shill me stuff I can't afford and don't want. Shockingly, I'm not made of money and, even if I were, my closet space is VERY limited. I'm curbing my shopping habit day by day. And I understand that there are some products that you just believe in and want to share. I'm all for that. But too many products and too many "I just LOOOOOOVE these..." make me tired. And then I have to have a nap. Maybe it's just if it doesn't feel genuine?

5) Ummm that might be it. Really I like blogs. A lot. I spend a fair amount of the time I used to devote to reading cheap mass market fiction literature,  reading and enjoying blogs. I really really like learning about people, about where they live and what they like and what is important to them. Humans are so interesting and I just want to know everything. Plus, y'all got wicked style, yo...

Happy Long Weekend! I wish for you to have many cuddles and cold drinks on patios in the sweet sun! 

Today I'm thankful for spring. I'm a different person in the summer. I have more energy, I'm more positive and I don't feel the need to crawl into my bed immediately after work everyday (only some. What? I'm weaning myself off naps...)

Title: Set Fire to the Third Bar by Snow Patrol featuring Martha Wainwright... Have you heard this song? It's utterly beautiful and one of my favourites of all time. Swoon away...


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

From miles (kilometres) around

Today I was happily going about my mind-numbingly boring data-entry business...

When Access said that I could no longer save anything as I wasn't connected to the Network because the cable wasn't plugged in (even though it was). And I closed the program to see if I could sort of the Network issue and then no one could ever open the database again! GRRRR.

may 18 2011

Luckily I had saved a copy onto the desktop so I only lost 4 1/2 hours of work. Good thing I'm being paid hourly!
dress: Joe Fresh
scarf: ?
leggings from hell: Target
shoes: Camper
earrings: local craft fair
necklace: gift, from Cuba

While these leggings look cool they nearly caused me to murder something as they slid down all day, even when I was sitting still! Perhaps all my leggings annoyance was misdirected towards the database, which caused it's subsequent meltdown? If only I could use my powers for good!

Today I'm thankful for veggies and dip. After eating out all weekend and eating very poorly my veggies have helped me to feel human again...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Chasing you down

My city is always stupidly, painfully, shockingly windy. I have been blown backward or nearly over in my heels...
may 16 2011

Yesterday, though?

I felt like Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. But with considerably more grit in my teeth and eyes.

cardigan and dress: Ricki's 
tights: Target
shoes: Fava Fly London (I have been searching ebay to try to find another pair all to no avail)
necklace: shop in Madrid
earrings: local craft fair

The wind was even coming through the window (or I was turning fast... I don't remember)

And today walking home I fully and completely flashed the dude walking behind me. Note to self full skirts and full on wind do not mix. Or at the very least wear bigger knickers!

Today I am thankful for these amazing leggings! They are super opaque and really comfy!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Please remember me happily by the rosebush laughing

This here belt is a standing belt. It is not a sitting belt as I found out...
may 12 2011

But as far as belts go, it's pretty excellent. Especially as I found $5 in the pouch!

dress: Smart Set
boots: Ayla
necklace: shop in Madrid
belt: vendor at Folk Fest '10

Today I'm thankful for knees. Even though they look funny they are so useful and I'm grateful to have strong legs to take me walking towards adventure!

Title: The Trapeze Swinger by Iron & Wine (who I saw at Folk Fest '09 and he was amazing...)