Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 outfits in review

January—What to Wear: karaoke // February—What to Wear: shades of blue // March—What to Wear: floral

April—What to Wear: to work // May—What to Wear: power outfit // June: What We Wore: Ian's birthday

July—What to Wear: wine tasting // August—What to Wear: to a festival // September—What to Wear: to a bookstore

October—What to Wear: to the movies // November—What to Wear: thrifting // December—What to Wear: Christmas dinner

This year was all about glasses! I'm up to six pairs now and I love each and every pair. It's so fun to not only choose an outfit and accessories, but to also choose a pair of glasses to go with each outfit and hairstyle. In the near future, I'll pull together a post showing off each pair. But for now, know that my latest pair—the cateye ones in my December photo—are my absolute favourites. I feel like a sexy librarian when I put them on, especially with a high bun!

Is there one accessory or piece of clothing that sums up 2013 for you? I think if you look closely, you'll notice that as well as glasses, my bright orange cardigan was a staple in my wardrobe this year. You'll catch it in four of my 12 outfits!

I wonder what 2014 will hold for my wardrobe!!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Flying drunk

Jasper has these three trees that attract hundreds of cedar waxwings at a time. They fly together from tree to tree, creating a roaring sound of flapping wings as they go by. It's truly a sight to see and earlier this week, as I walked past, I couldn't help but take out my camera and capture a few of these crazy birds as they feasted on fermented berries. It turns out its the fermentation that makes them all crazy like. These birds be drunk, yo!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

What to Wear: Christmas dinner

Merry day-after-Christmas, folks. I hope everyone overindulged and had an amazing food baby at the end of the day yesterday. I know for a fact that I did!!

Ian and I spent the day in a blanket fort, as has become tradition around these parts. Said tradition started last year and is now something we intend to keep around. Ian's not much for holidays, especially Christmas, so a blanket fort is a nice compromise: we get to have a cozy day, tucked away in our own little cave, while day drinking, eating delicious treats and watching Mystery Science Theatre 3000. With such a chill celebration, my Christmas dinner outfit consists of the coziest of cozy outfits.

From top to bottom: 
Glasses: Firmoo (they arrived on Christmas eve!!)
Scarf: Old Navy
Sweater: Walmart
Tights: Ardenes
Socks: Ardenes
Slippers: Gift from Ian's talented sister 

What did you wear for Christmas dinner? Show us your festive outfit by linking up below, or join us next time, on Jan. 9, when we show off our best layered outfits. Happy holidays, friends.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Choo choo! Make room for the gingerbread train

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Lisa and I spent last Saturday afternoon cooped up inside, plastering gingerbread with copious amounts of icing and candy. And as you can see from the above photos, we excelled at both tasks. This wouldn't have been quite so easy had Lisa not brought along an entire candy aisle worth of goodies to put on this bad boy... oh! and did I mention it's a train? Yeah, that's right, a gingerbread train! Who needs a house when you can have a train!!?

By the end, once there wasn't another surface to cover, we were pretty pleased with our creation. So pleased, in fact, that we let him stay in pristine condition for a few good hours before we started tearing him apart.

I finished the last piece a couple of nights ago and now I'm dying to construct another one. How about you make a return trip, Lisa? Goodness knows I couldn't make something this spectacular alone!

Have you ever made a gingerbread house or train? What's your favourite topping?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Life in pictures: the holidays

1. We had a week of between -30C and -40C weather, so my Canada Goose parka made an a few appearances. I had forgotten just how warm that beast of a coat actually is, and I was so grateful to have it for my cold walks to work. If you've never experienced -40C, let me give you some context...
When you walk outside, your nose hair immediately freezes, giving you a weird tingling sensation. In about five minutes, if you have watery eyes like me, your eye lashes will also be frozen and the longer you spend in the cold, the thicker the frost will get. It's definitely the kind of weather you need long johns and goose down for.

2. Ian's work was about to throw out an old Scrabble set because it was missing some letters, but he couldn't have such waste of a perfectly good craft supply, so he brought the letters home and made this little poem(?) that now hangs in our bathroom. I've read it so many times now that I have it memorized.

3. LISA CAME TO VISIT! Guys, I love this girl. She's the best. And she was here for three whole days. We had the best visit, and part of that visit included attending a wine and cheese party at a cute little shop in town. While we were there, Lisa picked up this fierce blazer that makes her look totally amazeballs.

4. If you're not Canadian, these tickets mean NOTHING to you. But if you are Canadian you're probably peeing your pants with jealousy right now. Well, that is if you grew up listening to CBC radio, anyway. That's right! I'm going to see the one and only Stuart McLean, the greatest storyteller on the planet. I'm seriously losing it with excitement!

5. Ian's work Christmas party was on Sunday and there was a photobooth, but no props... so, we snagged this statue out of the coatroom and got a little silly.

6. Fancy that, there was a photobooth (the same one, in fact) at the Christmas party on Friday, as well, so Lisa, Mishelle and I went nuts.. and this time there were plenty of props to choose from.

7. I pulled out my Christmas ornaments and decorations on Sunday, but I don't yet have a tree, so they've been taunting me ever since. Tree hunting will commence this weekend!

8. While out for a walk at Jasper Park Lodge on Sunday, we came across a broken wasps nest. It was pretty neat to feel just how light nests are and to look inside.

9. Lisa and I made an amazing gingerbread train on Saturday. I'll show you more photos of our masterpiece tomorrow. Stay tuned, folks.

So, that's life lately. What's up with all of you?

To follow what's happening in my day to day life, find me on Instagram @GypsyinJasper.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What to Wear: holiday spirit

What says holiday spirit more than an awkward family photo at an awkward town Christmas party?

Truth be told, this is not my family. I do spend enough time with these folks, though, that you might consider them an extended family. These three gems are my work family and this is how we dress for a holiday shindig. I'd like to note that I am the ONLY one wearing colour and I am obviously the only one with any holiday spirit. Although I love my work family, they are far from festive. Mishelle wears black, black and more black.... and Matt and Trevor are boys with limited dress-up wardrobes, so of course they ended up wearing black, as well. I will give Trevor some credit, though, for that green tie. At least it's something, right?

When I'm dressing up for a holiday party or outing, I always try to throw in a festive colour. In this case it's a thrifted bright green cardigan. I love this cardigan. I don't wear it often because it has a bit of a weird shape, with buttons that go way up to your neck, but when I do wear it, I feel bright and cheerful.

From top to bottom:
Necklace: gift from Ian
Dress: Ardenes
Sweater: thrifted
Belt: Reitmans
Tights: Ardenes

What outfit makes you feel festive? Post it. We'd love to see it. Link up with us today, so we can check out how you show your holiday spirit.

If you have another holiday outfit you want to share, we'll be linking up again on Dec. 26 with our Christmas dinner outfits. Hope to see you then!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

What to Wear: thrifting

No butt photos for you this week, friends. No siree. (It just dawned on me that if you didn't pop in for What to Wear: mixing patterns, you have no idea what I'm talking about.... oh well.)

For me, the perfect thrifting outfit requires five things:
  1. Hair up and out of the way. 
  2. Jeans that can be paired with any top. 
  3. A tank top that can be worn under anything.
  4. Layers! You never know what the temperature will be in a thrift shop, nor do you know how hard you'll be thrifting. 
  5. And comfort, yo! 
This outfit has all of the above and it also includes a raccoon print, which in my book is pretty freaking rad.

Seriously, folks, are you seeing this pattern!? So awesome.

From top to bottom:
Earrings: Thrifted
Glasses: Firmoo
Necklace: Craft Fair 
Top: Ransom (Jasper)
Tank: Ardene
Cardigan: Thrifted
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Thrifted

Well there you have it, my thrifting ensemble. Now be sure to check out what the rest of the What to Wear ladies put together for this week's prompt. And if you'd like to join in the What to Wear fun with your own thrifting outfit, be sure to link up below. We'd love to see what you'd wear while picking up secondhand deals.

What's your go-to thrift shopping outfit? Is there a method to your madness or do you wear anything and everything while you're hunting for deals?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy place

Hey folks, did you notice I was featured on Chestnut Mocha the other day!? Well, I was, and I was chatting about my winter happy place, Maligne Canyon. I just read today that the canyon is almost ready for visitors—yay for freezing temperatures weeks on end—so I might just find myself making a visit this weekend. Eeee! I can't wait. As well as wandering around one of the most spectacular places I've ever seen, a visit will give me a great excuse to bust out my BRAND NEW CAMERA. That's right, friends, after months and months stealing Ian's D300, I finally took the plunge and bought myself a new DSLR. I went for the D7000, mostly because I couldn't bring myself to spend more than $1,000 on a camera. It's also a little bit lighter than Ian's and it has all the things I need for work and for play. So, yay, for new cameras, happy places and winter.

How are you guys doing? Anything fun and exciting going on in your worlds?

Friday, November 22, 2013

What up, winter?

The snow has fallen and Jasper's been transformed into a winter wonderland. Am I ready? Well, no, but I did get to pull out my new-to-me thrifted parka on Wednesday, so that was pretty exciting. I'll call that a win for winter. And now that it's cold and Christmas craft fairs are around the corner (there's one tonight!), I also have an excuse to sit at home crocheting. So that's another solid plus in my books.

Aside from working, which, as you all know, I do too much of, I have been sitting at home with my crochet hook, working away in preparation for tonight's fair. I've made 15 toques and 15 headbands. Fingers crossed I sell each and every one of them. Ian would be ever-so disappointed if I returned home with them because that would mean he would yet again be out of a seat on the couch. Did I mention that's where all of the crafting goes on? And that all of my supplies have taken up the cozy cushions around my bum? Yeah, that's how I roll.

Other winter pluses...
  • the local curling rink held free learn to curl lessons for the past month, so we got our curl on for a few nights. 
  • there was a ornament making workshop for Christmas last weekend! Heck ya for group crafting, especially when it's seasonal.
  • I might finally have time to get back to Project Life. Now, wouldn't that be something!?
  • the ski hill is open and I'm FINALLY going to invest in a new set of skis and boots. Yahoo.
  • chai tea tastes and smells 500-times better because there's snow on the ground.
  • it's back to double scarf weather: one for fashion and one for warmth
What are you excited about this winter season?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Craft it Forward ala Sam Wish

Ages ago, I received this fantastic Craft it Forward package from Sam over at My Latest Obsession. Tucked inside a box of packing peanuts was a beautiful bracelet, a magnet, two homemade lip balms and a bag of luxurious lavender and oatmeal bath soak.

I have to admit, I haven't had a chance to soak in the tub yet, but man am I ever excited to do just that. And now that I think of it, today might actually be the day. It's a brisk -24 C outside, so a nice hot bath might just be the ticket. In the meantime, though, I'm slathering my lips with the Lavender and Bergamot Lip Balm to protect them from the harsh winter weather.

Huge thanks goes out to Sam for the awesome parcel. It was such a joy to open and each item is so lovely. I couldn't be more impressed with your crafty skills.

Have you received any amazing handcrafted mail lately?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Teetotaller's dream

Guys, I have to introduce you to Linen and Leaves. My friend Stacy just started this amazing line of teas and they are seriously so good. I ordered a sample pack from her, so I could try as many flavours as possible and out of all of them I am in mad love with the cinnamon rooibos, mango rooibos and the caramel apple chai. They are so delish and so perfect for the season. It's snowing here, so it's been quite delightful being cooped up in the office, slurping tea.

So what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself and warm yourself up with a nice cupp'a brew.

What's your favourite tea?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

What to Wear: mixing patterns

Does the couch count as a second pattern? You could almost call it my accessory, couldn't you?

I'm sorry guys, I totally failed on this post. I have been so busy that I didn't have a chance to take outfit photos, so instead you get an unflattering photo of my butt and an idea of how I feel at the end of each day. I'm worn right out, folks. WORN OUT! I need a vacation more than anything else. I need to sip tea (or fancy beverages with umbrellas and straws) and read books. I need to soak in some sun and runaway from the hustle and bustle of the office. It feels a bit like I live there, and really, it's not cozy enough to call home, so that needs to change ASAP.

I promise to be back in force for the next outfit post Nov. 28 when we show you What to Wear while thifting. Until then, bear with me, guys, and take some time out to enjoy life... oh, and have a drink in my name. It might be awhile before I get to really savour one for myself.

So tell me, how would you mix patterns?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Craft fair prep

For the last week, I have been crocheting like a mad woman, trying to prepare for a little craft fair that is quickly approaching. I participated in the same one last year and sold every one of my headbands, so I'm trying my best to make as many as humanly possible before Nov. 22.
So far I've completed nine headbands and 15 toques. I'd love to get up to 20 headbands, but realistically, I'll probably call it a day at 15.

Having a fair to prepare for is such a good excuse to turn all of my downtime into crochet time. I have been enjoying it so much. I even took Saturday night off from socializing to stay in for some hooking and Project Runway Australia. What better way to relax than bad reality TV, right?

Are you participating in any craft fairs this Christmas season? What are you whipping up?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Our Lonely Hearts Club Band

Every anniversary our paper has, there is a special front page collage made and this year, as our production manager was scrambling for an idea, Ian came into the office and suggested she do a parody of the album art for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. This is the result and, if you ask me, it's amazing. The five people in the front are the staff, including me, and the rest are community members.

What do you think!?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Meet Evander

As I said yesterday, I spent the weekend getting acquainted with my new nephew, Evander. He is my sister's first baby (and likely her last) and he is probably the cutest little man in the world. Well, he is at least on par with my other two nephews, Isaiah and Eligh.

Now, let me just say, I'm not a baby person and I don't want any of my own, like EVER. But it's pretty cool being an aunty. It gives me an excuse to crochet cute little toques and blankets (like the ones pictured above) and I get to learn all about baby things and kid things that I otherwise would know nothing about. Like, for instance, I now know that I need to crochet baby hats larger than you might expect, so that they're easy to pull on without pushing that nasty soft spot on the back of a baby's head. (Ick!) And because of my other nephews who are now six and five, I know about Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman... and I also know that when a kid says, "Look what I can do..." it's exactly like watching Stuart on MADtv. Seriously, that request means, I'm going to flail around a bit and do nothing of any interest, but because I'm a kid it's still cute or at the very least funny.

Ah yes, the life of an aunty. It's pretty grand, I tell you.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Conquering fears and singing songs

I know I've talked about this on the blog before, but I'm feeling way too good not to do it again. You see, this weekend, I hopped in the car (Waldo, as we lovingly call him) and I drove seven hours all by myself. That, my friends, is the longest haul I have ever driven all by my lonesome. That's not to say with no one else in the car. That is to say, that is the longest I have spent behind the wheel in one stretch. And not only did I manage that feat on the way to meet my new nephew (note: he is precious and his name is Evander), on the way back on Sunday, I spent three of those hours driving in the dark on windy mountain roads. For me, this is a huge accomplishment. Here's why: A) I have only ever driven on a highway at night once in my life. B) I had never driven that many hours in one stretch before. C) I have only been driving for three years. D) I prefer to be the stereo master and food-hander-over on all road trips.

What I learned on my adventure, though, is that there is an upside to driving alone: when Marky Mark comes on the stereo singing about Good Vibrations, you get to sing along as loud as you like without judgement. If that's not reason enough to head out on a solo road trip, I don't know what is.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

What to Wear: for Halloween (costume link-up!)

This, my friends, is what a lumberjack looks like. Handsome, I know. 
(If I'm being honest, which I always am, this outfit makes me feel badass. It could just be the axe, but I was feeling mighty powerful while I was posing for these photos.)

Truth be told, I had no idea what in the world I was going to wear for this post or for Halloween until about 15 minutes before these photos were taken. That was yesterday evening. I'd say I did pretty well for shopping Ian's closet for a costume. The Elmer Fudd hat is something I picked up four years ago while I was checking out Barkerville, this little historic town in British Columbia. It came with a matching scarf and every so often I bust them out as winter adventure wear. The flannel shirt is Ian's, as are the suspenders... and the knife, the axe and the pipe. Let me just say, it's convenient having him around come Halloween time.

Did you post your Halloween costume today? Then why not link up with the What to Wear ladies? We'd love to see what you're sporting tonight. If you can't make it this round, why not join us on Nov. 14 when it's What to Wear: mixing patterns? We'd sure love to have you!

What are you wearing for All Hallows' Eve?

Friday, October 25, 2013

A smoky adventure

There was a prescribed fire in a wilderness area behind my house, Saturday, so out of a desire to take photos, I asked my pal Mishelle to join me for a hike. We took the long way, climbing up and up and up and came across the smoke and small flames on our way home. The sun through the smoke turned out to be absolutely spectacular. Had it not been so thick, I would have stuck around for an hour to take photos.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Spaghetti and meatball pizza

Ian's all about experimenting in the kitchen. If you've been around these parts long, that won't be a surprise. In the past I've shown you our homemade Double Downs, homemade Big Macs, homemade pretzels, feta and spinach stuffed burgers, chicken and waffles, bacon-wrapped stuffed chicken... I could go on and on, but instead I will share with you his latest creation: the spaghetti and meatball pizza.

The idea came from our friend Matt (pictured above while savouring a slice). He was over for dinner—cheeseburger pizza, complete with pickles, lettuce, tomato and a ketchup and mustard sauce—when he shared with us his dream of making a spaghetti and meatball pizza. Ian's immediate reaction was, "Let's do it!" So on Sunday afternoon, Matt came over and the boys spent the entire day in the kitchen, and the result was likely the most amazing pizza ever made.

I mean, listen to these stats: homemade garlic bread crust, homemade tomato sauce, homemade meatballs, spaghetti and mozzarella. That my friends is an amazing meal.

The proud parents of an amazing Italian lovechild... and a creeper at the back.

Do you ever get creative in the kitchen? What's something delicious that you've made lately?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Reliving an amazing adventure

You'll probably recall that in August, my pals and I went on a three-day rafting trip down the Kootenay River. Well, one of those pals, who happens to be a fantastic photographer, just shared his photos from the trip and they are just too good not to share. Huge thanks to Ron Worobec for capturing these fantastic memories.

Looking through these photos for the first time last week, I had the most intense urge to pack up and do it all over again. If I thought the water and nights wouldn't be too cold, I'd be back in the raft as we speak. I guess our third rafting adventure will have to wait until next year.

Until then, I'll be dreaming of the water, cowboy coffee, campfire cologne, delicious food and musical stylings of Ian and Mishelle.

Until next year, Kootenay River.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Gorgeous fall colours

Fall has been good to us here in Jasper. The colours have been spectacular, the air brisk and the sun warm. Although I haven't been outdoors as much as I would have liked, I'm so grateful for the time I have spent taking in the beauty of this season. I have enjoyed my fair share of pumpkin lattes while walking the streets of Jasper during this gorgeous time and I can't ask for much more than that, with all of the nuttiness that is my life right now.

Have you been blessed with stunning autumn leaves this year?