Wednesday, August 31, 2011

You hit me with lightning

This weekend went by so fast. Most of it was spent giggling with the Gentleman Caller.
aug 29 2011

Yup, a lot of giggling! Which, by the way, is possibly the best way to spend a weekend.

cardigan & shorts: Ricki's 
top: Joe Fresh
shoes: Camper
bracelets: from a Ukrainian festival
necklace: gift, from Ireland
sheets: I don't like using dryers... 

Today I am thankful for clean sheets. Especially ones that have the smell of the wind and sun on them. Isn't it just the most glorious feeling to sleep on new sheets?? Swoon. 

Title: Starry Eyed by Ellie Goulding


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dinner time

Today I was attacked by a vicious headache and spent most of the day in the dark. Except for the part where I had various bright lights shined directly in my eyes from the eye doctor. Equally awesome.

Basically, the point is that lying in the dark has made me too tired to write a real post. Tough life.

But I did make a delicious dinner last night:

I can assure you that it tasted much better than it looks. 

Place trimmed asparagus on a baking tray. Spray lightly with olive oil. Dust gently with garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until asparagus turns bright and delicious green and is still delightfully crunchy. 

Place beet (with about 1 inch of it's leaf still attached) on a bit of tinfoil. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinke with garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Wrap up like a little bundle and roast in the oven for about an hour until it's tender. Trim and peel the beets, slice and pour the remainder of the goodness from the bundle onto the beets. 

Place sole fillets in a baking dish. Dust with Italian seasoning and some chopped onions for flavour. Splash with lemon juice. Cook until it looks like something you want to eat.

Go to your grandfathers and get cucumbers from his garden. Shred the cucumbers using a cheese grater. Place shredded cucumber into some plain yogurt. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Stir and spoon onto the fish. 

And there you have it! A delicious, healthy, and relatively easy dinner that has lots of colour.
Nicely done. 

Today I'm thankful for the drive to actually make myself something nice for dinner rather then just resorting to cheese and crackers. All the time.

PS I also tried to make some sort of non-sugar, non-gluten, non-anything good for dessert. I had the idea that beets were pretty sweet. I blended up beets, mint leaves, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and mixed it with yogurt topped with almonds. It wasn't good. I mean, the colour was lovely but the texture was much too chunky for my tastes. Also, turns out that beets aren't that sweet.

like snow

I'm behind on posts... Which is kind of a relief because then I always have something in the wings.
The family went to Red Lobster for my sister's birthday dinner. She turned 25 and since she's younger than me, that makes me old... er.
aug 25 2011

The biscuits at that restaurant are something else, aren't they? I mean just fantastic. Especially since I've been off the bread for a while so it was like a gigantic treat!

dress & cardi: Ricki's
shoes: Anne Michelle
bracelet: gift
necklace: art fair

I also wanted to include a photo of my hair. Did you  know that it's difficult to hold a camera and take a picture of the back of ones head? 

Today I'm thankful for small traditions like going out for dinner as a family at the birthday person's restaurant of choice... as long as Dad doesn't pick KFC!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Close as you can get without touching

This weekend I did errands relaxingly. I cycled around to the bank, farmer's market, a Ukrainian festival, and the grocery store.
I made the Gentleman and myself a delish dinner 
And I also washed my hair with baking soda. It seemed like the thing to try. It made my hair HUGE! I felt like a lion!

aug 23 2011

Monday was my day off so I cleaned literally all day. I packed up things I know I won't need in the next month (and I guess the next year). I washed floors and windowsills. Sadly there was another windstorm today so my apartment is again covered in a fine layer of gritty dust.

I only had 3 minutes to pick out this outfit this morning. I woke up to an urgent email from my Aussie friend strongly encouraging me to buy tickets for the Meredith music festival. My mornings are pretty tight on time generally, but I had to buy them immediately because the access code for purchases was only good for a few more hours. The point it we're going to this awesome festival and it's going to be so great!!

dress: Joe Fresh
cardigan & belt: Ricki's
necklace: art fair
shoes: Penny Loves Kenny "Madison"

Today I am thankful that I still have one set of grandparents and that they live in my city. I went to visit them today and came away with garden tomatoes, cucumbers, and a beautiful flower...


Thursday, August 25, 2011

FBFF: Favourites

Today is Visual FBFF sponsored by Ashley Getting Dressed. We're doing an upclose and personal look at a favorite clothing item.

I chose my favourite shoes from Hard Hearted Harlot. I bought these in 2006 in Norwich, England. I had been working as a waitress in a tiny pub where no one had even heard of high heels. It was an isolated village for those of us who didn't drive. We had nothing to spend our money on but chocolate from the tuck shop and dinner from the only other pub. When I left that summer I went to visit a friend in the big city. She promptly convinced me to purchase these shoes. I loved them so much that, when I got back to Canada, I watched ebay for another pair. I finally found them in black but got so excited that I neglected to check the size. The black ones are a bit too small but still amazing!

I love the detail of the little eyeglasses charm and the leather that wraps around the heel:

I also love the stitching on the toe and the overlapping leather:

I also chose this amazing belt that I got in Ireland in 2006. My friends and I were on a train tour and there were Avoca shops all over. In one of them I found the most beautiful teal coat. It was the best and most perfect piece of fabric art I'd ever seen. I didn't buy it and spent the rest of the trip looking in every shop there was. Finally at an Avoca near Bunratty Castle. (holy! While trying to figure out where this was I found that the shop had a huge fire and was destroyed in 2007!) I found the coat in my size! It was fate! But I forgot my wallet on the bus. My friend offered to lend me the money but she didn't have enough. Her boyfriend had cash but he was lost wandering around the castle. I knew that I had to buy something or I would regret it. I bought this amazing sash/belt. (At least I'm pretty sure this is how the story went. Amara, correct me?)
It's made of out the most beautiful collection of materials:

Even the back is pretty:


Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Friday. This week dragged on. I think it was because I had a super busy weekend and then did CPR training for 2 days... I was so happy to wake up to a Friday morning.

aug 19 2011

This weekend the Gentleman Caller and I plan on having a Mission Impossible movie marathon! Seems like the perfect relaxing weekend plan to me!
In the group of photos... really only one was acceptable for public consumption. But I was too tired to take more. So here we are.

Everything: Ricki's
shoes: Melissa from Gravity Pope

Today I am thankful for the ability to have fun in nearly every situation. I'm off the alcohol and sugar and various other things at the moment but I still had an excellent time at 3 drinks with friends this week. All the while enjoying my soda water and limes...


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Right into the heart of it

Today was spent talking with my co-worker who is a naturally good saleswoman about selling my car.
aug 18 2011

We spent the time at work (when we weren't very very busy) making posters and writing internet ads. We did this for my car and the Gentleman's car. Then my boss also wanted to get in on the action, so we made posters for her car as well.
I wanted to be super comfy today and this dress is pretty much like wearing jammies..

dress: Suzy Shier
blazer: Ricki's
belt: from Bettie Page dress
necklace: art fair
shoes: Teva

Today I am thankful for people who want to help others, out of the kindness of their hearts, even when there is nothing in it for them...


Monday, August 22, 2011

Make me a map of where you want to be

In light of an upcoming journey I've been meaning to do this craft for some time.

I traced the path we took in 2007 during 4 months of travelling. I travelled with my Australian friend Ollie, who the Gentleman and I will be staying with when we get to Melbourne.

I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out, as I have few sewing skills. Even if it's just embroidery on paper.

Today I'm thankful for the last little bit of super hot weather before autumn sets in.

Seven ways to sparkle

I was going to do a real post today. Then I realized that my plan was to seriously clean my place and start packing up things that I absolutely won't need in the next month. And when you dust as often as I do... well, let's just say that it's a messy proposition.


So instead here is an inspirational retrospective of how to wear a sparkly mini-dress. When I bought it I thought that I would only be able to wear it to one holiday party and then it would hang in my closet like a piece of forgotten art. To my surprise and excitement I've been able to wear it a few times.

Today I am thankful for EDOs. It's wonderful to have every second Monday off to get things done and have a bit of time to myself. 


Thursday, August 18, 2011

FBFF: Wishing and Hoping

Today we're talking about dreams and hopes. Head over to Modly Chic to see everyone's answers!

1. Fess up - if you could do anything professionally what would it be?
Oh my goodness! I have this beautiful dream of owning my own clothing, accessories and bits and bobs store. This store would be a space that women could come and feel very welcome. I would want to be able to make them a cup of tea, chat, and then help them find something that makes them want to dance and celebrate life. I also really want this amazing store to be somewhere else. Ideally England or Spain because I feel most me there.

2. What draws you to this?
I am not a small girl. Shopping for clothes was horrible in my teenage years. Then I found a store (Ricki's) that had nice things in a variety of sizes. That's why many things that I own are from there. And I learned a way of dressing that I felt better about myself. I did my psychology honours thesis on body image and self esteem and through dressing to please myself I discovered that I'm not hideous or invisible. I'd like to help other women feel good about themselves in an atmosphere that is beautiful and community-minded.


3. When did you first start dreaming about this ideal?
I've always dreamed about this but it's only in the past few years that I actually believe that it can be a possibility some day. I have a lot of work to do but I think that I can do it!


4. What's holding you back from going all in?
Timing: I'm about to move to Australia
Location: I don't know where I want to open this shop
Inventory: I don't know where to find the clothing that I want to sell


5. Sometimes the first step is the hardest... what's one step you can take now on the way to realizing your dream?
While I'm traveling I'm looking into brands and independant designers that I'm interested in. I'm keeping an inspiration folder on Pinterest. I need to look more closely at immigration for Spain or England (if anyone knows anything about this I'd love to know!). I need to learn everything I can from small business owners and entrepreneurs. That's actually a lot of steps. I'd better get started!



This weekend wore me out. I'm still recovering. On Monday and Tuesday I was in CPR training and wore nothing that was photo worthy. Also I was too tired when I got home and promptly fell asleep on the couch.
aug 17 2011

Directly after this photo I vacuumed my car and took it for a car wash. You see, I'm trying to sell it as I cannot take it in my backpack to Australia.

dress: H&M
skirt & cardigan: Ricki's
shoes: Red or Dead "Maxa" from ebay
necklace: art fair
earrings: gift

If you know anyone who lives near the Canadian prairies and who wants a car that is a beautiful colour (oh yeah, and it runs well too!) I'd be most appreciative if you sent them my way!

Today I am thankful that it is almost the weekend and that I have nothing planned. I'd like to have time to read my book and clean my house and dance around my apartment by myself...


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

To love that knows no distance

Here's a piece of advice. And it's a good one. If you go to an outdoor wedding do not wear heels. Unless you are also doing double duty as a lawn aerator...

aug 14 2011

The Gentleman Caller and I raced back (ok I came back earlier cause I wasn't feeling well) from volunteering and went straight to a wedding. It was out in the country, about an hour and a half away so we only made it to the reception. The groom is a friend who the Gentleman went to film school with. It was so good to see all the filmies and make outrageous wedding madlibs with them! We danced and jigged the night away and then sleepily drove home.

You're probably thinking that it appears as though I have 2 beers in my hands.... WAIT! LOOK OVER THERE!

Today I am thankful for the prairie land that I grew up on. To some it may seem like a lot of nothing but to those of us who know about the way the wind moves the wheat and the size of the sky and the magnificence of the sunsets, it feels like home.