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.