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Key Maxi

Thursday, May 9th, 2019
Dress – Lights Of All
Jacket – Le Chateau
Boots – Doc Martens
Sunglasses – AmeVie

Post-visit to Toronto for Made Inland, I have worn these sunglasses daily and stared at this dress wondering how to style it. For the moment, it’s a bit too long so I thought propping myself up on heels would help. It does, of course. I feel like a tall goddess!

Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about this dress (and really, all of the LOA pieces that I’ve touched – the fabric selections are unparalleled, I’m talking soft, thick, drapey, beautiful goodness). When I was planning this outfit in my head (and I have thought of a few more) I wished for a leather jacket, but I realized that a cotton one was more in keeping with the LOA core values, so in the end, I’m glad I don’t have a leather jacket :).

Anything that makes me feel this good is a winner.

Made InLand

Monday, May 6th, 2019
Made InLand

This weekend Julien and I headed out to Toronto to visit Made Inland. I had such a grand time! Discovered a bunch of new Canadian brands, and bought the most beautiful items:

Sunglasses from AmeVie

Key Maxi from Lights of All (I also have the MA top)

Ines Shirt from Ethereal

These sunnies are so great!

We spent the weekend with Julien’s sister and her boyfriend, and we had a lovely time. I also got to try an Uncle Tetsu cheesecake! Full review: I didn’t like it, it was too eggy? Like an omelet cake more than a cheesecake. I’d eat it again, but I wouldn’t stand in line.

Toronto just has everything, though. Food, shopping, sunshine, it was a great weekend! We ordered in and watched Letterkenny until all hours (midnight), and on the way home, grabbed some Denny’s.

In unrelated news I am trying a new app, MindShift, for my (crippling) anxiety. I don’t know if it is helping. Mostly it tells me stuff like this:

MindShift

and I get angry at it like – “you think I don’t know that?” Which is maybe not the most helpful reaction, but sometimes it shakes me out of it. Other times, it’s actually pretty soothing.

Building a Better Wardrobe ~and haircut~

Thursday, April 4th, 2019
Blouse: Rightful Owner
Weather: Spring! Brown Grass! Yes!

Slowly, slowly I am working on a completely sustainable wardrobe. It’s been a number of years I’ve been on this path, but I’m really feeling like I’ve found designers who work for my style in the past year or so, and it’s been a lot more fun than it has been in a long while.

This blouse is by Rightful Owner, and it is so beautiful! I love how it looks at once modern and vintage, and the perfect puff sleeve makes me so happy.

Look at the sleeve!

I’m learning to sew (again, slowly), and that I think will be a big help in keeping my wardrobe exciting to me, well-fitting, and fun. No more pestering my mom and MIL to make me dresses, I’m a strong independent woman who don’t need no help. (I do, though). So far I have hemmed pants and taken in the jeans from the top image. You just sew up the seam on the outside! It worked like a dream. Now, I don’t need new jeans 😀

haircut!
By Lou at Unlistd.

My hair is growing! I now have kind-of a bob! I have 0 regrets on keeping it short for these years, but man growing it out is tough. It’s true what they say, that the key to keeping it nice is regular cuts. Counterintuitive if you’re growing it out to get it cut, but it really keeps everything looking Intentional instead of messy.

Later, gators.

xx

Spring! But, Canadian, so still snowy.

Monday, March 18th, 2019

We had a little weekend getaway in the Eastern Townships, and it was lovely.

First stop was the Alpaca Farm Norli in Bromont, where we met some alpacas, bought some of their yarn to make Julien a hat, and some of their meat. It wasn’t my favourite animal protein, but we had to try it!

Every time we go out to the Eastern Townships we think we should spend more time there. It’s a really nice area, with loads to do. When it warms up some, I’d like to spend some time in the wineries and at the lavender farm: see how it stacks up to the fields in Provence!

Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook

We went snowshoeing in the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook. As usual, it seems, we chose a trail that looked manageable but about halfway I became convinced I was going to die: This is it – do they even know we’re up here? Often when we are hiking or snowshoeing I get overwhelmed at the midpoint. I suppose I have to become fitter so that I can make it to the 3/4 mark before I start panicking.

Julien, of course, has no such crises, spotted a fence and needed to know what was on the other side – so he sprinted up the rest of the mountain, be-snowshoed, and reported back.

Afterward, we treated ourselves to well-deserved ice cream at Laiterie de Coaticook. It was so good, Y’all, I can’t even tell you how good it was. Creamy and sweet and just wonderful. Does it feel a bit silly to scarf ice cream while wearing snow pants? Yes. Does it matter? Heck, no.

Le Sentier Glacé

Did you know I used to take figure skating lessons? I did! For many years – I could do crossovers, and wee jumps, and skate backwards.

Now, I can fall spectacularly! It’s not like falling off a bike, at all, this is not a skill you retain. I did get the hang of it eventually, but wings out the whole time. People laughed at me (in a joyful way, no malice), but I had a good time! I really like skating, once I get going 🙂

We have no other trips lined up for the foreseeable future, but winter will be over soon, I can tell. Time to start planning the garden!

bienseance

Monday, March 11th, 2019

I chatted with bienseance for their Fashion Spectrum special.

Everything: vintage

Go check it out.

Sweatsuit

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

I just needed to wear a sweatsuit (comfy) this weekend and not look like I was wearing a sweatsuit (cute), so I broke out my two favourite locally made pieces.

Pants – Odeyalo
Top – Eliza Faulkner
Necklace – Goye
High-Tops – Adidas
“Belt Bag” (Fanny pack) – Zara

They’re both made in Montreal! I’m super in love with the Raffi top, I wear it probably more often than I should, but I feel so good in it! Comfy and stylish and fantastic, no complaints. The finishing work on it is incredible, the seams are covered with ribbon, can you imagine? The inside of my top is as pretty as the outside.

These pants are new and so cozy, but I’m not 100% sold on the quality of them, I’ve worn them twice and already the thighs are pilling – and I haven’t washed them yet! Hopefully this is the extent of the deterioration, but we’ll see. They’re 10/10 for comfort, though.

I love that I can now put together entire outfits of locally made, conscious consumerism stuff that isn’t “crunchy” in style. There’s been a major movement the past few years toward responsible fashion, and I am so for it. Part of me is still super maximalism, and that makes it really hard to not go for fast-fashion, but I am proud to say with very few exceptions, I haven’t bought anything Fast Fashion for going on seven years. I scratch my cheapie deepie itch with thrifted pieces, and really only make a clothing purchase every few months. Far cry from when this started, I was shopping almost daily at F21 or H&M. I’m really pleased I’ve managed to curb that, while staying true to my OTT fashion heart.

No more.

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

So we had to flee after the snowstorm, it was just too much. Luckily, Lauren and Mike were in Cancun and we joined them for a little long weekend!

Sorry for my butt. Swimsuit from Simons.

It was our first time going down south for a holiday, and it was pretty great. We stayed at an all-inclusive, which was not my style but very relaxing. Had some great food and really disconnected.

I brought a few swimsuits with me, to make this a little bit closet-y. One from Asos’ Fuller Bust line, which is SUPER cute but doesn’t really offer as much support as I would like. If you are looking for something sexy or cute and not matronly, I highly recommend them. They size up to G (UK)!

I have a super soft spot for bathing suits, even though I live in a climate where they are not super useful, and the Asos ones make me want hundreds. Yay for inclusive sizing on cute things!

Sunrise! Swimsuit is the Eloise from Rosa Faia.

My favourite is quite matronly but makes me feel like a million bucks so I don’t care. I got it at Lingerie Debra, and it’s the Eloise by Rosa Faia.

I thought for sure because the back is quite low cut it would offer me nothing, but everything feels super great. I would even consider a run along the beach in it. The butt goes see-through on me, not sure if this is a common issue or just the size of my ace.

If you’ve never been to Lingerie Debra, it changed my life. They’re beyond wonderful.

I sat on the pier for so long the birds accepted me as one of their own. I, however, did not accept them.

So, it was our first time in Mexico, first time at an all-inclusive, and first time doing a mini-break in winter, I think. Lots of firsts! We should definitely do it again, I had a wonderful time. Lauren and Mike are spectacular travel companions – so positive and fun.

Lauren & Mike – travel buds

If we were to do Mexico again, I’d definitely do it a bit differently : The All-inclusive vibe isn’t for me, I tend to think of my hotel / airbnb as a base for sleeping and nothing else, whereas this time we left the resort only once! For a four-day reset, though, it was perfect.

Snowmageddon 2: The Snowman

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Well,our record-breaking 37cm in one night snowfall is ongoing. This morning our house looked like so:

Shoveling out the house

And the car looked like so:

Car lost forever

Right now I am glad to be in my heated hoodie, in my heated office, drinking my heated tea.

How’s winter treating you?

January 2019 Recap

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Somehow it’s already a) February b) 2019!

I don’t know how either of these things happened but I’m OK with it. So what did I do in January?

We started the year in NB with Mina & Don! We had an awesome time playing Catan, meeting their new (to us) bb Lupin, and staying indoors because Ice Storm!

Made it to Midnight!

Julien got a Vive for Christmas, so we did quite a bit of VR, including showing my nephew the ropes:

Move with the controllers, not with your feet.

I did a konmari cleanup of my closet, but ended up putting everything right back in because it ALL SPARKS JOY. This is okay according to the KonMari philosophy. Those petticoats? Make my tummy do flipflops. Two onesies? Make my heart sing! Keeping. Them.

It was a really useful exercise actually – I found a few outfits I would not have thought of otherwise and I really connected with each item while I was holding it and going “Joy?” I’m also pretty proud that I don’t seem to buy a lot that I don’t genuinely love!

Let’s see. I read ten books – befriend me on GoodReads! My favourite of the month was definitely The Handmaid’s Tale, and least favourite was Game of Scones. Cozy mysteries, they’re not for me.

	
	

We had a big ol’ snowstorm and could barely get the mini out of the alley.

And I did a boatload of cooking! Marmalade from The Preservation Society cookbook, Simple Ribollita from BA, were highlights.

Jar of sunshine. And sugar.

Ladies’ Trip to Paris

Monday, January 28th, 2019

This November, Lauren and I did our first solo-ladies trip together! We decided to go to Paris because neither of our husbands are super keen on Paris. We (I) had an amazing time.

At Point Zero – the point from which all distances in France are measured. Center of Paris 2300 years ago.

There were days we walked more than 30 kilometers, and I think we did a great job of seeing all the major touristy parts. We did Versailles, the Louvre, the Tour Eiffel, Invalides, all the fancy ponts, we went to Shakespeare & Co., Notre Dame, The Bon Marché, Petit and Grand Palaises, Jardins of Luxembourg and Tuileries, and we spent a bunch of time just wandering around stumbling on cool things.

Hall of Mirrors in Verailles

We managed to make it to Versailles while it was open! (Last time I went with Julien, we got there at like 15h and they were like “ah mais non.”) You really do need all-day to see it. It was just OK for me? Like a lot of gold rooms I guess but too samey-same for me.

The Gardens were once again under construction, and part of me hopes I never get to see it in the high season. As far as I know the gardens of Versailles is just a bunch of weird tarps. We did get some fog which made everything look super creepy, and met a Raven who stayed long enough for me to get a (sharp!) photograph of him.

The Louvre was super fantastic. I’m not a big museum person, but it is room after room of incredible things housed in a palace, so even if you’re not a museum person there’s stuff for you.

Louvre pyramid at night! Lauren was super patient while I long-exposured this.

FOR EXAMPLE. In the (19th) century, a bunch of feet were ACCIDENTALLY replaced by dogs during the restoration of these tomb things. This happened more than once:

Then when you’re done with the dogfoot statues, there’s a few cool paintings and stuff.

Long hair, don’t care, she handle the business and don’t ever tell

We took a break midway on Louvre day to get outside and get lunch, walk over to the Invalides, see some town, do some shopping. In the Tuileries, there were goats!

These goats were literally stolen the day we met them.

All in all we (I) had a fantastic time! I really hope Lauren is up for more ladytrips because she is a wonderful travelling companion. Never a complaint, always up to Go! Go! Go! and full of research. We ate, made merry, and saw so much.

End of the week, Lauren finally saw the Tour Eiffel, and was so Parisian she didn’t care.

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