Wednesday, March 30, 2011


First Set

First Set

First Set by whitb featuring leather sandals

I am slowly learning how to work Polyvore. If anyone has any helpful hints I would really appreciate it! Like why it doesn't say the product info/price when I publish a set, and how I add photos, writing etc. I haven't played around with it too much yet.

Alliteration Wednesdays

Today's Alliteration Wednesday is brought to you by the letter C.
 I hope everyone is enjoying the week, I'm starting to get a little freaked out about the upcoming exam season! Almost time for Italy!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Waiting Game

So I'm sitting overlooking the morning traffic of people milling around City Square, waiting for my new glasses to be ready (!), and I started wondering, where's the sunshine Vancouver?? Okay maybe it wasn't a direct train of thought but somehow after coming inside, sniffling and my hair sufficiently humidity ruined, I really wished it was summer. Despite the fact that my birthday is smack in the middle, summer happens to be one of my favourite seasons. I say one because there are times when I could live every day in a Vancity autumn. The trees, the colours, the comfort food! I digress.
Back to summer. One of my favourite things to do is pack up my selection of beads, hemp and girlfriends and trek down to Wreck Beach. (No, we don't go fully nude). The atmosphere is far more tranquil and beach-like there, rather than enduring the surplus of body oil and trance-blasting-muscle-morons at Kits. If only there were starbucks/sushi/gelato at Wreck too, then I might never leave!
Another favourite summer haunt of mine is my top deck. When the vines are in full foliage, they create a secluded oasis perfect for tanning or curling up in our hammock with a good book.
Sigh, can't wait for summer!
Fellow Vancouverites, what are your favourite things to do when we finally get some warm weather?
And Global amigos, I'd love to hear what's great to do in the summer months in your home towns!
Happy summer lusting everyone!

Monday, March 28, 2011

La Passion

Monday morning, here we go! I've made the conscious decision to be as positive and productive as possible for the next few weeks and crack down on studying and my final papers. I've been dragging myself along these last weeks, ok months, and although I don't believe in regrets, I do wish I'd pushed myself a little more.
My motivation is finding passion. La Passion is something I take in very high regard. I believe if you find your passion, your love of life, of self and maybe of someone else too, you can do no wrong. 
We live in a Romanticesque world. We are not beings driven by our intellect, we lead with our hearts.
What the heart wants can never be wrong. (I know it's easy to go into a debate on that, but it's entirely personal and anything loved with good intentions cannot be wrong. Better?)

My passion is yet unrealized. I can feel it, like when your foot falls asleep and you have to hobble around because it hurts? Well, it's kind of like that. For now. I think once you find what you're truly passionate about, the tingle will disappear but remain a memory of feeling. You'll be realized. 

So, to spice up this dreary Monday, what's your Passion? 
Love? Sex? Money? Fashion? Animal Rights? Politics? 
Passions are not limited to the fabrics of reality, only to what we limit in our imaginations.Tumblr_lglai4f9ie1qc71zdo1_500_large
Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion. 
Georg Wilhelm

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award!

A big thanks to Kim at Crafty Kim for tagging me with a Stylish Blogger Award! Her blog is adorable and I'm touched that we can connect from across the country! She just did a great post on a new Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips Mascara that I'm now very tempted to try for myself! Check her out, it's always great to see fellow young bloggers!

Here are the rules of the Award!: 
*Link back & thank the person who gave you the award
*Share 7 things about yourself
*Award 5 recently discovered blogs
*Contact them and tell them about their award!

1. I'm addicted to Svpply. I swear if I didn't have a limit on my credit card I'd be in big trouble!
2. My little dog Cinnamon is my baby. When I travel I miss her more than the rest of my family, (sorry!), and she sleeps with me every night. 
3. I aspire to own a wide collection of original art someday. I love to pick up pieces when I travel! So far, Paris and Thailand. Italian and New York pieces to be added this year!
4. I'm a big believer in karma. And that positive thinking promotes positive actions. If there is no second chance, why not be your best and enjoy life.
5. I love my freckles. I used to hate them when I was growing up, but I know they're unique and It saves me trying to use makeup to even my skin tone, I just let them show!
6. I can be pretty sour about bad weather. But nothing puts me in a good mood like being prepared. Wearing rain boots and staying dry in the rain is something I find very satisfying.
7. This blog means a lot to me. I feel like it's something that can grow and learn with me, and I love being able to connect with people locally and around the world.

I am tagging the following blogs for awards as well!
Stephanie Joanna @ Here's Looking at You, Kid
Cassie Lee @ Candidly Cassie

The Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

I found this recipe on the side of a Kraft Peanut Butter container, when I was looking for a little snack at my boyfriend's house last weekend. I probably read it about 10 times, trying to figure out if there was flour in it. These have got to be the easiest cookies to make. I want to play around with the recipe, maybe try it with almond butter, or add some honey? For these I added a bit of banana, but the recipe literally only calls for PB, an egg and sugar.

1 cup crunchy Peanut Butter (I used Adam's)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 mashed banana (optional)

Combine all ingredients until fully mixed.
Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Flatten by pressing cookies with a fork.
Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes (12 min on convection)
Move cookies to cooling rack soon after removing from the oven.
Makes 12 cookies.


Saturday, March 26, 2011


It's another Saturday, and as usual I have a ton of work to do and little motivation to do it. Upon realizing that I'm on something of a plateau in my life, I've started to think more about what I want to do in the future instead of what I want to do right now. The truth is, I haven't a clue what I want to do, in future or present. I feel stumped and confuzzled with what I should be/want to do with my young life. I wrote a post the other day, which was something of a existential rant and a little rambling so I decided not to post it just yet. The first time I've felt apprehensive about a blog entry. And it got me thinking, what am I even doing with this blog? I want something that connects with people, maybe even gives them a feeling of wanting to connect back. I feel like by putting my words out there, foolish and naive as it may feel, I may be a little more optimistic that there's more to what I should be doing than going to French class or writing a term paper.
I think we all like to feel a little bigger sometimes, even in a miniscule way. Even if we only touch one person (metaphorically), it seems to puff us up into a slightly more noticeable speck.

So, to summarize my little episode of self-examination and blog scrutiny, What drives you, readers?
What makes you confess your favourite outfits, delicious recipes and design schemes?

And also,
I made cookies. Flourless Peanut Butter Banana cookies.
Stay tuned for the recipe!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Alliteration Wednesdays

It's been a lazy, busy couple of days but its time again for Alliteration Wednesdays.
Today is brought to you by the letter B.

I love Bridal gowns.
I love Boat neck shirts.
I love Ballet Style Ballerina flats.
I love Boat shoes.
I love Bikinis. (1) (2) (3)
I love Bruno Premi boots.
I love Brass cuffs.
I love Belugas. (1) (2)
I love cozy Welsh balnkets.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Hi ho, Hi ho.

It's off to the island I go! Hope everyone had a great week, I'm sure glad it's over! I'm just getting ready and packing the essentials. How many nail polishes/sunglasses/purses is too many for one weekend? For some reason I have a harder time packing for short trips than I do for long ones. So far, computer, aviators, socks, makeup, iPod, sweater and english paper. I always try to layer clothing for traveling, it saves space in my bag, and helps keep me warm on the ferry which always seems to be a little chilly no matter what corner close to an outlet I tuck into. So here goes, slowly packing enough to entertain myself while my boy works on Sunday. (I'm a little excited, it's been a long 3 weeks apart!)

Have a fabulous weekend everyone! 
Hope you too get to spend it with the one you love <3

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patty's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I wish there was as much of a celebration for Irish holidays as there was for other cultures in Vancouver, however I'm glad to be able to participate today! Would love some soda bread and Guinness for breakfast mmmmm.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Alliteration Wednesdays

I've been trying to think of a themed day for a while and Sesame Street being the marvel of imagination it is, has inspired Alliteration Wednesdays. Once a week, I'm going to make a collection of things that I love that all start with the same letter, working my way down the alphabet. Feel free to comment and add your own letter-themed favourites!

Smoke Stacks - 8 Antique Old Growth Pine Candle Holders with signs of past lifeToday is brought to you by the letter A.
I love Antique old growth pine candles.
I love Amazonite nugget and pewter bracelets.
I love AG Adriano Goldschmied skinny jeans.
I love Adele.
I love Aviator sunglasses.
5 wrap Amazonite nugget and pewter

Rolling In The Deep

Phew I think that's a good start! 
Enjoy the sunshine everyone!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Week-beginning Inspirations

Since it's Monday and I know we could all use a little skip in our step, I'm using my skills of procrastination productively to remind myself of some things that made my day recently:

-the Wen Wei contemporary dance show at the Playhouse on Saturday. Followed by late night sushi with my mom.

-my new manicure has reminded me that I have hands to accessorize.

-school is over in exactly 1 month. (begin premature excitement)

-it's my dog's birthday tomorrow. Cinnamon is no longer in her early twenties.

-I'm going to island this weekend. Only 5 more sleeps!

-it's was supposed to rain today. And it didn't.

-it's only Monday. Breathe.

{Remember to keep Japan and all the tsunami victims in your hearts tonight. We can hardly compare our troubles to their devastation. Take a minute to donate and help humanitarian efforts. If you can afford a coffee a day for a week, you can afford to help. Every little bit counts.}

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What's up weekend?

Sometimes, when I get the urge to write, nothing worthwhile comes out. I 'd love to be able to ramble on about my theories on current events, or my favourite trends for spring (hello 70s retro!), but sometimes words fail me. I wish my photography skills were a little more refined so I could attempt to make a pretty photo blog. Or know how to make scrapbook montages of weekend favs or outfits. Sadly, my dear readers, you will have to suffice (for now) with my daily musings and ramblings that are not necessarily always about the same thing.
Today, i got a much needed manicure (thanks mom!), and had an always uplifting trip to the vet for my little Cinni's annual vaccines. Successful Saturday I'd say. I'm keen to turn my semester around in these last 4 weeks, starting tomorrow. Today just doesn't seem right....My mom's convinced that reading this book on procrastination and the brain will somehow make me do it less? Apparently people are biologically wired to procrastinate. Seems like a justified excuse to me. So if you ever catch yourself cruising blogs or window shopping online, just remember, it's in your genes, and you can't fight with science!

Oh and my brother discovered an amazing snack that I made wheat free: waffles with, wait for it, crunchy peanut butter, nutella, and strawberry jam. Put that in your mouth and tell me it's not the tastiest thing you've had all week. You're welcome, readers' stomachs.

What's on your plate this weekend? Anyone busting out the BBQ yet??
 I'm dying for something hot off the grill (hint hint at my boyfriend, BBQ oysters next weekend??)
Until then, maybe I'll have to make a trip to Memphis Blues BBQ? 

Have a great weekend everyone!
P.s remember it's daylight savings tonight! Spring is almost here!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Say a little prayer.

My heart and thoughts go out to the people of Japan today.


MSN News

CBC- Canadian reports from Tokyo

Send some love to Japan today everyone-xoxo


At last! This week could not end soon enough, let me tell you. School is giving me something of a headache lately, but upon reflecting on previous semesters this seems pretty normal for me at this point. I find it usually takes me until almost the end to finally get it. Not sure why, my lack of good studying habits is probably one if the culprits. I think my ego is likely another factor; I tend to be hardest on myself on things I (according to others) did fairly well on.

Since that's not going away (I've accepted my stubbornness and consequential personal mediocracy) I guess I'm just going to have to buckle down and crawl through the rest of the semester. I think the bright light that is my Italy trip will help light the way. (and for those who think I have the means to vacay in Italy, please don't. This is a wonderful half semester program. Thanks Langara!) Only 6 1/2 weeks until departure!

Hope you all get out to enjoy the weekend! I know me and my rain boots will :)


ps. I realize it's been a while since I did some baking posts; more soon I promise! I'm due to conduct a perogie making session in the near future! Stay tuned! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Southern Cravings

I've never been to the south. But there's something magnetic about the soulful voice of Adele doing a cover of Sam Sparro's Black and Gold that makes me wanna hunker down on a front porch with a bowl of gumbo and some Cajun music in the background.
And Mardi Gras in New Orleans is definitely on my bucket list.

It's a sunset, somewhere.

A lazy Wednesday morning...and some random ramblings.

are you a romantic or a classicist? 
Where's your sense of bad timing, when you're always early?

 You're a ray of dusty light through the knoll in my barn house/ you're a little beam of sun spit/a little bit of somethin' else.

If you let your little light shine/don't forget to let it flicker/let it waver in the musk/let it breathe, not cough and sputter.

Hold your hands tight/you're just a little ray of sunshine/a little beam of dusty light/a little bit of somethin' else. 


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

To Fashion or Not to Fashion?

That, is the question. And my answer is, probably not. Every spring, new fashion faux pas and modern takes on retro-inspired trends literally, "spring" forth. I'm not one to shy away from the classics, but mainly I like to stick to what's comfortable. And what I know I can pull off. Argo, I wouldn't attempt a neon shift dress or Twiggy-esque high-waisted flares. So this season, I'm avoiding fashion. I plan to stick to my own intuition and (gasp) re-wear most of my last years warm weather wardrobe. I might invest in a top or two, but overall I don't see much wrong with what I already have. Ok, I'll admit, a lot of the motivation for this post is to put in writing that I sincerely don't need to shop. And yes, this comes after a trip to forever21 and amazon but that's beside the point. My Spring Resolution: I will not shop. (unless I absolutely, can't-wear-anything-else-in-my-closet-without-it need it.)
That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
If you feel the same, do not, and I can't stress this enough, do not visit these sites. The temptation is too great. ;)

asos     forever21     victoria's secret     revolve        erica weiner     bonadrag          urban outfitters     etsy

{On the other hand, if I were allowing myself to shamelessly indulge in a spending frenzy..I would probably start with these}

 Thistle Weave Underwire Bikini - MORE SIZES NOW AVAILABLE              

maybe just a little lot of shopping?...
(if anyone asks, Charlie Sheen made me do it.)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday, and some things I love

It's another lazy Sunday, and I've resigned myself to a little bit of housewifing (not in spite of the upcoming International Women's Day on the 8th.), dog walking and amazon-ing. It's the end of another week, and I've been missing my other half a lot lately. Some weeks fly by, but knowing I'm not seeing him for a few more seems to drag out the days. We rock at Sunday mornings. Pancakes (wheat free of course) have become our homage to How I Met Your Mother ritual, as well as dog walks along Spanish Banks, and often sushi. I know it's totally cliche to say you feel more complete when you're with that special person, but when it comes to matters of the heart, nothing else matters. It's times like this, and they're fairly often, that I feel ready beyond my youth to experience things I have not the financial or educational means to do. In light of that, I know these are the beginnings of The Years, and I intend to enjoy them. On that note, some things that have made me smile and keep my little heart company when my Love cannot. 

I'm loving these terrariums in jars lately. I don't have the slightest inkling of a green thumb but these seem pretty self sustaining. And very cute; almost like having a little bit of another world. 
Medium Recycled Glass Terrarium

Apothecary Jar Moss Terrarium No. 21

I love candles. These ones are so unique! 
FREE SHIPPING -  White Birch Candle Holder with a  Sweet Pea Tealight

Set of 6 Hanging Glass Baubles for Tealights

Egg Candles
3. Egg candles-  so perfect for spring!

I love statement rings. Nothing too big or gaudy, or too sparkly. I'd rather something in metal that's unique than an ostentatious stone. 
Big Knot ring, Gold

Nautical Ship Steering Wheel Statement Ring in Raw Brass, Custom Size

SALE Rabid Fox Bunny Love Ring with onyx eyes

Silver Mood Ring
3. Bunny love ring - so adorable!

Hope you're all enjoying the weekend! 

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Book Lusts

So far, I've complied a short list of books that I'm currently lusting for. I have a dream to have a varied collection of coffee table books, classic novels, poetry and art books. 

  • Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome - Anthony Everitt
  • The Birth of Venus - Sarah Dunant
  • The Essential Rumi - Coleman Barks
  • Notes From The Underground - Dostoyevsky
  • IE: A Million Miles In a Thousand Years - Donald Miller
  • Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby - F. Fitzgerald
  • This Side of Brightness - Colum McCann
  • Paris Secrets: Architecture, Interiors, Quartiers, Corners - Janelle McColloch
  • For The Love of Old - Mary Randolf Cartar
  • 50 Artists You Should Know - Thomas Koester
  • Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

What's on your list? 

all the pretty little boxes

I love antique suitcases and old looking cases, containers, boxes and furniture. There's just something about things with a story to them, or a little wear and tear that I love.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

les livres sont etonnants

It's a late, rainy night and I've decided to prematurely put my tax refund to work. I haven't bought any new books in a long time and I've recently lusting after more from Colum McCann. I just finished Let The Great World Spin. Ironic that I loved it since it was assigned for my english class. Anyway, my Amazon account is getting some lovin' and I'd love some input on some great reads!
I loved Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy (no I won't see the movies.)
And Chuck Palahniuk is also a fantasic, cynically good read.
Gabriel Garcias Marquez is genius.
Margaret Atwood will always be close to my heart.
Yann Martel's Life of Pi is one I have read at least 5 times.

{I'd love to be perched reading here...}