Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kicking winter to the curb

This is an outfit that I wear a lot. I'm pretty sure that some variation of this was the very first outfit that I ever posted. I guess that just means that I'm still wearing those items. Actually, I bought this skirt in 2005!

feb 13 2013

It is my goal only to buy things that I absolutely love and make me want to dance. That way I can get full wear and use out of the money that I'm spending.

top: H&M
skirt: Smart Set
belt: H&M
tights: Ricki's
shoes: Hush Puppies

Today I am thankful that it has warmed up every so slightly. I know that it's not really spring but it feel like it. I must remember not to get too excited about the thaw since it won't last. But it is coming closer every day... 


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hammocks & Muay Thai

We spent Boxing Day trekking across Thailand for 12 hours to get back to Koh Phangan. Our new resort had so many hammocks! 

I spent a lot of time reading on the hammock by the beach and nodding off on the hammock hanging outside the door of our bungalow. Perfect. 

We walked from town back to our hotel along the beach at sunset. How perfectly romantic. 

The Gentleman Caller and I have been talking about taking Muay Thai for years. We were lucky enough that there was a boxing match while we were there. It was so exciting to go to something that clearly not meant  entirely for tourists. There were more locals there than travellers and the only thing the announcer said in English was "Boxing Boxing Boxing!". 

There are small training gyms all over the island so it was nice to see what they are working toward. The boxers keep time by a very strange, almost bagpipe-y music. When watching on TV the music is very annoying but in person it makes sense and is exciting because as the round carries on, the music gets faster to spur on the boxers. 

To see more island paradise photos click on through to Mind the Ramp


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Freedom south of the ankle

The first day back after a long weekend is always a tricky one. Bright pink makes a -38 C day a little bit brighter.

feb 19 2013

I had planned to walk the hour home from work this week but it was far too cold. Luckily I have a father-shaped chauffeur for those frigid days.

cardigan: Ricki's
top: Joe Fresh
skirt: Next, embroidered by me
tights: Ricki's
shoes: Red or Dead from London

The quality of these photos is less than stellar. That's what happens when you're too invested in changing into warm yoga pants upon arrival home.

Today I am thankful for all my shoes! It's so nice to be home and have access to things other than flip flops. 


Monday, February 25, 2013

Chickpea and avocado salad

The other day I posted a link for an amazing salad. The Gentleman Caller and I made it. And yup that is a great salad.

Here's how you do it.

Gather you ingredients and get excited.

1 540ml (19oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups shredded cabbage
2 avocados, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (I used the ones in oil)
2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped

Forget to take a photo of the process of rinsing the chickpeas.

Chop up your cabbage like so.

Chop up your avocados.

And your onions.

And your sundried tomatoes.

And your parsley. Or if you're me, cilantro instead.

Mix it all together with that dressing that you whisked right up.

1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste

(I reckon it needs a bit of lemon juice too)

Eat it all up!

How good is that?


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Saturday Show & Tell


The pretty frosty trees on my Friday morning bus journey. 

How was your week? Even though we had Monday off for Family Day the week felt long! Right? And I spent more time watching Netflix and napping on the couch than I did internetting. In that light, on to the links!

Pink leopard print and stripes? Always!

How amazing is this? I might have liked to have seen this when I was younger. I'm glad I've seen this now. We need to be better to each other. We need to teach our children to take better care of each other. No more bullying, ok?

I love abandoned places and these photos are gorgeous.

Bored with doing the usual on a Friday night? Think your way out of a terrifying situation for funsies!

I'm going to make this salad immediately!

Anything cool going on in your world?

P.S. that photo is from Instagram. You can follow me if you fancy that and we can be friends! My name is daniellabella24.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Christmas in Thailand

Christmas is always a time that I love spending with my family. I love that cold nose and warm heart-iness. I love the lead up with the lights and the carols. 

Last year we spent it with friends and their families. This year the Gentleman Caller and I were on our own. In Thailand. 

Christmas Eve
We had booked our hotel a few weeks before because it seemed like all the hotels in our limited price range were getting full fast. Since we were on Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand we thought we'd cross the mainland and spend some time on the Andaman Sea side, starting with Phuket.  

Christmas Day
Sadly that plan did not pan out. Our proposed next destination, Koh Phi Phi, was outrageously expensive. So we spent 12 hours on various buses and ferries on Christmas Eve to get to Phuket. 

Christmas Day

We spent a lovely Christmas day on the beach, buying some bits and bobs, and getting the best massage ever. 

On the way to Christmas dinner
It wasn't anything like Christmas should be. It was nice but not Christmasy. In fact our Christmas dinner was a bit disappointing. The Gentleman had a ham and cheese sandwich and I had a plate of noodles.  Then on Boxing Day we got back on those various buses and ferries, crossed back the way we came and 13.5 hours later we were back on Koh Phangan and so happy to be there. 

For more Christmas photos pop on by to Mind the Ramp.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Building blocks

Sparkly shoes make every day a bit brighter. 

feb 12, 2013

They are also a good way to see if your coworkers are awesome. 

blazer: Ricki's
belt: Le Chateau
dress: made in Vietnam
tights: Ricki's 
shoes: Nine West, sparklated by me

Today I am thankful for a bit of sunshine I can sit by at lunch time. And go outside for photos. 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Cavalry

My first day of work was a bit stressful as starting a new job always is. I always forget that I'm going to feel stupid for the first little while. And I have to be nice and friendly all day long.

feb 11, 2013

It went pretty well and hopefully, with time, I'll be more comfortable in my role.

thermal top: Walmart
dress: H&M
tights: Ricki's
shoes: Fly London

Today I am thankful for having a reason for getting dressed up nicely in the morning. And re-learning how to walk in heels. 


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fruit juice and beaches

I reckon the best thing about being in a tropical area is the fruit. I mean, fresh fruit is everywhere. At least once a day I would have a watermelon smoothie. So refreshing. 

This little juice shop was on the road outside of our hotel/resort. A delicious, fresh fruit shake for less than $1? YES PLEASE!

Our hotel was called Lime n' Soda and was lovely. It had just been redone and all the bungalows looked beautiful. The pool was perfect and right by the bar. The restaurant had a small but delicious menu. 

The beach was small but lovely. We could see longtail boats passing by as the sun set. 

Koh Phangan is well known for it's wild full moon parties where 20, 000 people dance and drink on a beach. We thought that we might want to go just to have a look. Then the day came around and it seemed like a lot of work. And it was close to Christmas and Michael Buble's special was on and seemed like home (and I don't even like him that much). And then there was Russian hockey on the TV. We are Canadians after all so we were sold on staying in a relaxing. Best choice ever. 

For more photos of beaches, coconuts and stories of ridiculous travel, head over to Mind the Ramp.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Saturday Show & Tell

Did you know that working full time is exhausting?? So grateful for the job and for bed at the end of the day! So that's really all there is this week!

How about you? What's going on?

I know a lot of people, myself included, have tried things from Pinterest that turned out to be way too good to be true. Here's a listing of some misleading things!

Oh my sweet mercy! Did you see this outfit? The colours! The flowers! THE SHOES!!

Love warms my heart!

I love seeing manicure posts but the Nail Olympics is outrageous!

Since it's love week: Long exposure of lovers sleeping

Just in case you forget what to do in the bedroom...

Know of any bizarro stuff? Share!


Friday, February 15, 2013

Cutie beauty

I found this super cute little face palette

And for only $6, why not?

Aside from Paris, there is also London, New York and Hong Kong all with fun and different colours. Now I just have to remember how to do my makeup!


Thursday, February 14, 2013


Happy Valentine's Day all you cute people!!

These kids are the best!! And so well dressed! Did you notice?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Burying bones under the stairs

So I had an interview. I didn't expect much because I felt the testing didn't go that well. I wanted to show them that they were dealing with someone creative and fun as well as competent. I felt that since the position was in government they'd better know straight away that I'm not a corporate drone.

feb 7 2013

A business-like blazer with an unexpected lining and fun tights will do the trick!

blazer: made in Vietnam
dress: Joe
tights: ?
boots: Ayla
bangle: Vietnam

I asked about how the testing went a couple of days ago. They said I did "stellar". Wow, is my self-efficacy totally off. Today I am thankful that sometimes outside feedback can get us back on the right mental track. Be brave, little tomato!



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

For the love of cooking (noodles & rice)

I've always liked to cook. But I get easily intimidated by seemingly complicated recipes and food that uses unusual ingredients. In Chiang Mai, Thailand we participated in a day long cooking course.

The teachers took us to a local market where we purchased the produce and ingredients that we needed to make our chosen dishes.

We made 5 dishes plus a curry paste of our choice from scratch. Thai food is so full of layered flavours that it seems like it's far too hard to cook. It's not! It's easy! The longest thing to prepare was chopping all the vegetables. 

We ate everything that we cooked and, my sweet mercy, it was utterly delicious. Also we saved money on eating out that day! (And the next too, still so full!)

We got certificates and recipe books. Many of the items we can't get here in Canada at a regular grocery store. I did just pop by my local Asian market and found some things dried and some frozen! I'll be making some Thai food in the near future!

My favourite of the day was pad thai that I made. The green curry was a close second. The Gentleman Caller made this delicious cashew chicken as well. 

If you're the kind of bird that likes to see photos of food, scary knives, and veggies piled up just so, click over to Mind the Ramp!

I've made myself so hungry!!