Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What the heck is a snow day?

On principle I do not agree with the snooze button. If I wanted to sleep an extra 10 minutes why don't I just do that?   

But in winter? When it's -bajillion (or just -36C or -32F)? When it's dark dark dark? When the wind whistles against the living room window, through the towel I have rolled up against it? When the radiators creak but don't produce quite enough heat? When there is frost on both the inside and the outside of the car?

On those days (which is everyday) I can't help but snuggle under the covers for just a few minutes longer and contemplate how I could possibly work from home, from bed.

This winter is bringing me down...


And also, what is a snow day? I hear talk of them of instagram and other blogs but I've never, not once had one. That might be nice so spend an unexpected day with my love and a cup of tea and a giant fluffy blanket.

Today I'm thankful for power and heat. With storms and accidents there has been many people this winter who have been without both on bitterly cold weeks.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Many times over

I try to stay away from malls.

Because they sell things there. Things that I want. Things that I can't especially afford.

jan 16, 2014

Then I went to Ricki's where pretty much everything was on sale. This tunic was 40% off! How could I resist???
hat: RW & Co
top & pants: Ricki's
shoes: Jessica Simpson

Today I'm thankful for willpower. And I wish I could find more of it. 


Monday, January 27, 2014

Blazer Tag

I know some girls who don't love blazers. This shocks me.

I love a good blazer. It makes a less-than-fab dress into something professional.

It gives structure and has myriad layering possibilities.

dress & blazer: Ricki's
leggings: Lulu Lemon
boots: Steve Madden

Today I'm thankful for the colour pink. When I was little everything for girls was pink and I rebelled against it. Now? I like anything that brings brightness and joy!


Sunday, January 26, 2014

I need to be more like a dog.

I need to remember that exercise is a joy not a punishment. 

Just like a puppy gets excited to go out for a walk, we should be excited to move our bodies with joy. 


Friday, January 24, 2014

The threads in our clothes

Two small stories.

1) In 2006 I had never owned a pencil skirt. I'd never even thought about it. But then I saw a photo of myself wearing long shorts and for a minute I thought it was a skirt. So then I tentatively bought this skirt, still afraid that my thighs were too shapely for a skirt. Turns out that I loved it! But after wearing it travelling for a few months and wearing it for a few years, I was getting bored. It was still a lovely skirt so I embroidered a blossoming tree. Now it's something special again.

jan 13, 2014

2) My mom and dad were married in 1974 when she was 19 and he was 21. They were young, goofy looking and in love. My dad wore this vest to their wedding. I decided that, even though it's not made for ladyhips I would wear it and make it mine by changing out the buttons.

cardi: hand-me-down from my mom
vest: hand-me-down from my dad
top: Joe Fresh
skirt: Next
tights: Target
shoes: Maxa Red or Dead

Today I'm thankful for things that have meaning, history. 


Thursday, January 23, 2014

A sad story about a dress

WARNING: There are some seriously unfortunate photos today...

Ok so I received a generous gift card from eShakti.  I ordered a dress and I was hoping that it would fit like a dream and flow like... another dream. 

I ordered the dress on November 23. I was emailed a notification that the dress of dreams had been shipped and was due around December 2. So I checked my mailbox all the time. Every day. No joy. 

I emailed customer service to find out what was going on and tried the DHL tracking number that I was given. No return email and no valid tracking number.

Finally on New Years Eve I got ahold of eShakti and according to their records the dress had been languishing in my city since DECEMBER 9! WHAT!!!! Sadly no notification was left which made me pretty ragey. 
Never mind the socks. Never mind the makeup-less face. 
Never mind the helmet hair - ringette tournament

When I finally drove all the way across the city during the middle of my workday there were $115 of charges on a $25 dress. Oh Hell NO! Turns out someone, somewhere accidentally wrote that the dress was worth $300 and that it would take another 4 days to sort out.

When I picked it up there were still $25 of charges. If I wanted a $50 dress I would have bought one. Mercy. I hate when companies use DHL. They always tack on extra charges and their office is in the middle of nowhere with stupid hours. Anyway... not the point. I still thought that it would be great.

But then I tried it on. Too small in the waist. Too big above the boobalas (How? Why?). The cotton was crunchy not soft. And the white bits of the chevron are see through. UGH. I'm so so so disappointed. 

Buying online is tricky. Le sigh.

EDIT: January 27, 2014: Today I got an email from eShakti refunding the money that I spent on the dress. I didn't bother to link the to this post in Twitter or mentioned anything after my first angry email. I guess they read this blog. So thanks, eShakti, for taking responsibility for your items. I really, really appreciate that. I still really wish you wouldn't use DHL though... 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Juicing for Life!

For Christmas I got a juicer. I know, how fabulous!
I'm super super excited about it.

Spinach, carrot, orange, lemon apple!

And it just whirls about and extracts juicy goodness. I've been freezing the pulp and popping it into soups and chilli. Extra fiber and no waste!

This Christmas season was good to me!

I drank my delicious juice with fake eggs benedict (just toasted bread, spinach and a poached egg) and I tried to make pulp pancakes but really? The texture was terrifying. 

Today I made orange, carrot, ginger, rum popsicles... I know the rum probably takes away the health effects but still, AWESOME!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Take me over

My apartment building was built in 1928. Thus, my closets are pretty small. I've completely filled the bedroom closet and am slowly taking over the Gentleman Caller's closet with scarves and shoes. And the hall closet with blazers. And, uh, more shoes.

jan 2014

Everything is packed so tightly into the closet that I can't really see what I have and get inspiration of what to put together. At times like these I turn to Polyvore to play paper dolls.
jacket: Suzy Shier outlet
dress: Betty Page
belt: H&M
tights: ?
shoes: Fly London

If I have an backlog of outfits planned then I can sleep later. Clever.

Today I'm thankful for technology. I mean, robots are obviously going to rise up and take over but, for now? I'm grateful for the time that we are living in.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Just breathe

When it's cold and dark in the morning getting dressed seems to take more effort.

jan 2 2014

I truly believe that my life would be totally different if I could sleep in just one extra hour. I might wake up dancing instead of oofing.

jacket, scarf, black top, skirt: Ricki's
blue tank: Smart Set
tights: Target
shoes: Red or Dead Maxa, Shuch in London

Today I'm thankful for frothy vanilla coffee in the morning. It makes me feel like I'm awake and actually participating in the day and warms by belly full of coziness! 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

It's all fun and games...

The Gentleman Caller's parents got us Nerf guns for Christmas so that we could play with each other. I think it's so important to have fun with your partner and I'm so grateful that I wake up everyday laughing with him.

The other night before we went out for a dinner date we were having a small shooting match.


Until I caught one of those spongey, soft (but, actually, not that soft) bullets IN THE EYE. 

Today, the left side of my face hurts. 

Still, I wouldn't change playing for the world!

Be careful, friends. But more importantly, have fun! 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cry a river

One of my favourite books is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I read it every year or so and always cry my face off. It's such an interesting, weaving and heartbreaking story about a little boy on a search to understand life after his fathers death in 9-11 and the past family tragedies that have lead to this moment. It gets me every time.

After a long time of wanting to but never being able to make myself, I watched the movie version today. I still have tears in my eyes. We need to take care of each other. The book was better, obviously, and much more intricate. But it's definitely worth watching. And absolutely, absolutely worth reading...

Now to spend the rest of the day recovering.


Monday, January 6, 2014

Living in the speakeasy


Traditionally NYE is a rather a let down. It has to be the best night EVAAARRR! And if it's just a good night then it's not good enough. To which I say bollocks.

This year we had a chilled out New Year's by going to my parent's house for appetizers and then to a 1920s themed Murder Mystery Party. I think we all dressed to the nines. Some even brought accents to the party. It was pretty great. The Gentleman Caller was the murdered one! What a shocker!

Today I'm thankful for creative friends and simple times. 


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday Show & Tell

Happy first Saturday of 2014! This weekend I'm in a ringette tournament so I should be sufficiently sore and tuckered by Monday.

Here's a few links to keep you company for your Saturday morning coffee.

In case you wake up on the wrong side of the bed watch this video!

We are all busy. Too busy. And is it all really necessary? Healthy? How to become unbusy.

The most iconic feminist moments of 2013.

Oh my gosh! Did this video ever make me cry!


Friday, January 3, 2014

A little spice is nice

I like making things.  I like giving things.
So I made Chai Tea mix for some work colleagues. And then I realized that I couldn't make it for some and not others. So then I made 40 of them. Unrelatedly, I've been watching a lot of Chuck on Netflix.


Thursday, January 2, 2014


So do you ever have days when you are literally seconds away from a wardrobe malfunction the entire day? The tension of the near disaster is almost unbearable.

dec 2013

Today I wore this. But turns out that I'm a bit larger than I was last time I wore this and it was a bit shorter. And it looks great standing up. It makes me look like a hussy, however, when I sit. I had my giant winter coat and boots on and was almost out the door when I rethought this look. I threw on a black skirt on top and felt much more confident all day.

all: Ricki's
shoes: Melissa

Today I'm thankful for last minute quick thinking. 


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

One year ago

A year ago I was in the Bangkok airport, changing into long leggings and a cardigan for the first time in months. We were going home. Fifteen months is a long time to be away from family and friends. Two Christmases, two birthdays. I was ready. I wasn't ready. I was afraid to go home to the dead of winter, no job, no car, no home, no money. But it was time. This last year has flown by. I feel like I've accomplished nothing. But in reality I bought a car, found a fabulous apartment to share with my love, got three jobs, made going to the gym a regular occurrence, made new friends and reconnected with old. I look forward to the next year. I hope I can feel settled in my life and moving forward rather than just trying to catch up. I hope I can feel competant at my job, put away my clothes and keep my home clean. I hope that I'll spend more time with family and friends. I hope I'll read more. I hope I can go on a small holiday. I hope there will be laughter and kindness with every struggle. I hope these things for my friends as well.

Here's to a new year. Let's make it magic!