Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Susie Bubble posted about Calla's A/W 10-11, and I fell in love with pretty much ever piece. Then I checked out her current spring collection, and I really can't decide which I like better.
These are two of my favorites:

(images from fashion magazine and wolf eyebrows)

Monday, March 29, 2010

weekend finds

I kind of went on a bit of a shopping spree this weekend, because there was just so many things I couldn't pass up.
I mean... a coat for forty bucks. It's not ridiculously cheap, but it's exactly what I wanted.
And I have a critical need for jewelry, so these were easily justifiable.
The earrings are rehabilitated vintage by Bueno Style, you can check out some of their other pieces here.

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Today I discovered all sorts of cool things. I thought I'd share.

1) The Wallflower on Main Street. Peach Waffles says it all. But the menu has a whole bunch of other intriguing stuff, like Blackened Halibut and Jalapeno Mac and Cheese. Plus, every month an artist is exhibited there. This month was some woodburning by Sara Stoness with ostriches and owls and people sitting in shopping carts. Sadly, I didn't have my camera, and I can't find any of her work online.

2) A red wool coat. You can never have enough wool coats.

3) Yarn Bombing. A crafty take on graffiti that seems to be pretty popular in Vancouver, though I've never seen any. Here's a few pictures from, based in Vancouver.

(Apparently done by Howie who has his own blog 'Woowork')

It's a cheeky take on 'raining cats an dogs'. How cute is that?

Friday, March 26, 2010


Tiger: meh.

Me: Snuggle attack!
Tiger: you're crushing my face. leggo.

Me: you so cute :)
Tiger: meh.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

yeah, well... yeah.

(It seems all I do is post about my opening ceremony lusts)

yeah, this is more of a fall look. but i love it. this girl shot by the face hunter has only convinced me further that if these go on sale...
my bank account will be sad.
but my feet will be happy.

a camel coat is another thing on my to-get list. but... one thing at a time.
I calculated about half of the things I want for spring: fifty bucks here, two hundred there, and the total was already reaching a grand. i wish i was more lucky / more skilled at thrifting.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dinner Tonight.

I just finished eating these lovely sauteed parsnips and carrots. Definitely on the sweet side, but that's the way I like it. Why make eating veggies a chore?

Monday, March 22, 2010


I don't neeeed more shoes. But I want these. Can you blame me?
Things I do need: skirts. I currently have one (one!) good skirt, and lately pleats are on my mind. Despite spending 13 years in a private school with hideous kilts, I still want pleats.
Pastel! Pretty! Floral! That's what's on my mind, but I really have difficulty styling these things. I'm not a girly girl. I love my combat boots and skinny jeans. Anyone have tips for making the transition easier?

(opening ceremony pics)

Peanut butter on toast.

A visual essay: I suck at video games. But I have peanut butter toast. Things balance out.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Camilla Skovgaard

There are shoes, and then there are shoes.

(Find them on opening ceremony)

Monday, March 15, 2010

you got your ball you got your chain

Mondays are my favorite day of the week. The one day where I can grab a coffee after class, talk to a friend about whatever the hell is on my mind, read a graphic novel on the bus, spend a couple hours cooking / baking... and still have time to get a bit of homeworking done.

The graphic novel of this week: Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie. Originally in french, but it was hard enough to find in english... so I can't pretend I'm practicing french while I simultaneously get my bande-dessineé fix.

I love it. From my limited experience, it seems typical of modern french comics. Not the solid lines of Tintin, but a looser, flowing style that is nonetheless very controlled and full of detail. Any recommendations on what I should read next? Most of my success with graphic novels have been things I've stumbled on by chance, but I'd love to hear what other people enjoy reading.

Other Monday amusements include mini walnut soda breads, as Saint Patty's day isn't so far away. I have ambitious plans for a guinness stout ginger cake as well. Pretty excited.

Here's the soda breads:

I think if I do make them again, I'm going to load them with dried fruit. I have a terrible sweet tooth that cannot be ignored.

Does anyone else have Saint Patrick's day plans?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

i'd leave this blank but then the first sentence becomes the title... well... looks like it's just as long

I always have shoes on my mind... no matter how many I have in my closet.
Sadly, I haven't really been able to wear my newest ones much. Silly March weather decides to snow - only after tempting us with a week of glorious sunshine.

Question: does anyone else have an unbalanced closet like me? I love fall clothes - peacoats, wool sweaters, tall leather boots, chunky scarves, layering. So when it comes to spring, I find I have nothing to wear, and end up walking around it the most hideous american eagle and h&m combos known to man.
This year, I resolve to be different! And the first step towards that is buying pretty spring shoes. Because once you have nice shoes, half of the work is done. At least, that's my theory.

Some lovely options tempting me via modcloth:

Does anyone else have spring shoes they are lusting after?

Monday, March 1, 2010


I recently discovered Epicurious, thanks to a certain talented photographer we know. Since then, I've been making absolutely every meal from it... I will never need to spend a cent on cookbooks.
(More for shoes!)
My favorite so far was these corn muffins, accompanied by vegetarian chili. Seriously some of the best comfort food around, and pretty cheap to make.
The great thing about this website is how people post feedback on the original recipe, substitutions and modifications. That way, you don't have to learn everything the hard way... and no one has to munch through ten servings of bland chili.


this collection really speaks to the part of me that would just like to spend all day swaddled in a mound of wool and crocheted blankets. And if you saw me at all during the last few weeks, you would know that I give in to that compulsion a little too much.
But the genius is how she made blankets sexy. Although I guess its not really that surprising, but just impeccably executed - a slouched shoulder here, an exposed back there - imitating a kind of unintentional, luxurious exposure.

I'm tempted to thrift some blankets and attempt a DIY imitation of the first look. Totally my favorite single outfit for fall so far.


the pantless ones are coming....

I'm having a few issues with this collection. I appreciate the daring in the relentless pursuit of sexiness. And I was fully willing to believe in pantlessness and blazers - but the collection as a whole just didn't pull through for me. Just too many unflattering silhouettes, and lots of icky textured crocheting.

She looks like she wants to hit someone. It makes me laugh.

this is the kind of shape I was hoping to have seen more of: it works.

But this trend does seem to have dug in its pointy little heels. So I'm sure someone will pull it off eventually.