Fill in the _____ Friday

19 Aug

  1. My idea of pure perfection would be… having perfect health my whole life and getting to spend it doing something I love.
  2. Laughter… is the second best feeling in the world. 😉
  3. If it weren’t for… not having any money…I’d… travel and become a photographer/writer.
  4. Bloggers are… the new creative community.
  5. If I had… a million dollars… I’d buy you… a loooooong vacation.
  6. I’m glad it’s Friday because… really, you have to ask??
  7. Something I’m excited about is… sleeping in! Of course!

Thanks, as always, to Lauren at The Little Things We Do for the blanks!

Fill in the _____ Friday

12 Aug

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  1. My most favourite birthday was… my 25th. Overall one of the best years of my life – I was at my most social, had that temporary lull between figuring out what to study in school and what to do with the rest of your life when you just have to do the work and had stumbled into about three really great groups of friends. Also my first birthday with current boyfriend (I know, “awwwww….”). Had a big party at a restaurant with lots of people. Felt like a rock star.
  2. My worst birthday was… warning: this could get depressing. It was the one after my parents split up. My mom rented out a hall and made a surprise party for me, all the people we knew were there, there was cake and a pile of presents… but it all just seemed really hollow, and all I could think was, “why isn’t my Dad here?” Yeah. It sucked.
  3. My favourite birthday memory is… see #1 above. 
  4. The best birthday present I’ve ever received was… I’m pretty sure I got my first cat for my birthday. I was like 13 or 14, this was also the year after my parents split. She was such a comfort to me and, despite suffering through being named Scheherazade (Schezy for short) still seemed to like me. 
  5. Birthdays are… honestly? A lot of pressure. The more of them I have, the less I like them. I always feel like I should be excited and they should be special, but really it’s just another day in the end. 
  6. My favourite age so far has been… see #1 above. But I’m really hoping that at some point in the next couple of years things will come together and I’ll have a few that are even better!

Thanks, as always, to Lauren at The Little Things We Do for the blanks…and wishing her a very happy birthday! Clearly she likes them much more than I do 😉 xo

Wicked Wednesday – “How to Properly Examine a Tattoo Portfolio”

11 Aug

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Getting a tattoo is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make about your appearance. (I’m ranking it right after that terrible koolaid dye-job your friend did for you in high school, apparently right before every single photo that ended up in the yearbook was taken.) So you want to be sure that you’ve not only picked an image that you will not get sick of or come to regret (like your boyfriend’s name on your ass) but also that you’ve found the right tattoo artist for you.

Tattoo artists aren’t like house painters. You can’t just pick any one that works for a reputable company or looks fit and able to climb a ladder. They’re artists. This means that not only their skill and experience, but also their style will vary. You don’t necessarily want the same one who did your best friend’s tattoo if yours is a multi-coloured life-like portrait and hers was Hello Kitty. No matter how happy she claims to be with the final result.

A tweet by Tattoo Artist Magazine showed up today with a link to an article called: “Guen Douglas: How to Properly Examine a Tattoo Portfolio.” I was so impressed with how informative, thorough and bullshit-free it was that I decided to share it with you in the hopes that it will help you to avoid costly tattoo removal or living with “Paco” scrawled on your butt in a two-year-old’s handwriting for the rest of your life. You’re welcome.

Fill in the _____ Friday

5 Aug
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  1. My go-to outfit for a dress-up occasion like a wedding is… I don’t do weddings. Or places I need to dress up.
  2. This week has been… long, for a short week.
  3. When it’s dinnertime and I’m feeling lazy, I’ll usually eat… salad or one of Amy’s organic frozen dinners
  4. My favourite pair of shoes is… a pair of Blowfish ballet-slipper-style black shoes. They’re like my feet, but a bit less vulnerable, and they go with everything.
  5. A random item that I own that is completely unnecessary but that I couldn’t live without is… are books necessary? If not, then my books. Though I guess technically my computer isn’t necessary. I mean, it’s not like food or shelter. But I definitely couldn’t live without that.
  6. My favourite person is… not my boyfriend, obviously. 😉
  7. If I were going to write my own blank, it would say… a book that made me literally laugh out loud is… (and I’d answer with Good Omens.)

Thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do for the blanks!

Wicked Wednesday – Refinery 29

4 Aug

Clearly I’m not a fashionista. I don’t like shopping, I definitely don’t replace my outfits every season (or even every year), and I will never learn to walk in high heels properly. But every once in awhile, I like to check in on what’s going on in the world of fashion/style/trends etc. and vicariously enjoy what other people come up with. You know, the ones who actually care enough to shop more than once every six months.

I came across Refinery 29 by accident when I found a link to a slideshow of stylish 70-year-olds. This impressed me right away. One of the things that turns me off about the fashion world is its preoccupation with youth and idealized beauty. Rarely will you see women much over 30, and when you do it’s someone like Oprah or Michelle Obama or Anna Wintour – clearly amazing women whose accomplishments are the focus rather than any appreciation for their beauty (which is considerable, in my opinion).

Don’t get me wrong. I’m certainly not saying it’s a bad thing to value women for their skills, hard work and lifelong experience. It’s very important, and provides great role models for young girls. I’m just saying that it’s important to acknowledge them as beautiful, vibrant and sexy, too. So this article really got my attention. It made me smile and think, “finally, I’m looking at women who are what I want to be like when I grow up.” The site won me over immediately for this one slideshow, and I’ve really enjoyed reading some of the other stuff they have to offer.

Here are a few links to demonstrate the range of the topics covered (I love that they cover women of all ages, plus-size fashion that actually looks good, DIY, socially conscious shopping, do-able makeup tips – even something for Harry Potter fans!):

And the post that started it all for me:

If you like style and fashion-centric sites that cover it all, this is a great one to waste some serious time on!

    Fill in the _____ Friday

    29 Jul

    1. My favourite colour is… black. I know, I know, technically it’s not a colour. But for something that’s not a colour, it sure goes with everything.
    2. My travel destination of choice is… Europe, Mexico or Australia.
    3. My favourite food is… I feel like I’ve answered this about 5 times for FITBF already, so I’m skipping it.
    4. My happy place is… Right now? My bed. When I’m not so tired? London or Paris. I could walk all day in either one, taking in the atmosphere, snapping pictures, people-watching… bliss.
    5. My favourite saying is… I’ll have to think about that. I don’t think I really have a favourite saying, but I do have a few favourite quotes that are sort of like sayings – things like “pray to god but row away from the rocks.” Probably one of the most useful sayings is “shit happens,” because it inevitably does.
    6. My dirty little secret is… I don’t think you guys understand the concept of a “secret.” Let me demonstrate.
    7. Something friends might say about me is that I… am fun when I’m in a good mood, can be really loud-mouthed and opinionated, definitely stubborn, loyal, will always offer to kneecap anyone who is mean to them and can’t stand anything unfair or exploitative. Also I can be really sarcastic. It’s part of my charm.

     Thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do!

    Wicked Wednesday: Avaaz.org

    27 Jul
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    I actually came across Avaaz.org because of my Dad – he forwarded me a link to one of their petitions awhile back, and I have been a member ever since.

    For those of you who haven’t heard of Avaaz, it’s an online campaigning community whose mission statement is:    

    Avaaz—meaning “voice” in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages—launched in 2007 with a simple democratic mission: organize citizens of all nations to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.

    For awhile now I’ve felt like the problems of the world are too big and I’m too small. I think a lot of people feel that way – particularly in my generation. Signing petitions on Avaaz is a good way to start to feel like part of a voice for positive change. The best part is that once you sign up, information about world events comes to you – and there’s something fast and easy you can do about it.

    Some of the current issues featured on Avaaz include Syria’s disappeared, the call to recognize Palestine as a state, and – closer to home – the mining project that would turn thousands of acres of Canadian farmland into a mining pit, poisoning the water source of millions of Canadians in the process.

    If this sounds like your sort of online community, check it out and sign up for their email subscription.

    Fill in the _____ Friday

    22 Jul

    1. One of my happiest moments ever was… lying in my backyard in the summer sun, reading and listening to music. (Until some kids came by and chucked water balloons at me, that is!)
    2. Summer is wedding season and weddings are… not my (very large) cup of vodka.
    3. This summer… has started out really slowly – not that I’m complaining since I’m rather pale and ill-equipped to handle heat waves – but it’s nice to see some sun finally peeking through the clouds in the weather forecast for the weekend!
    4. My summer food of choice has been… lots of salads. And cherries! Cherry season has finally arrived and they are so addictively delicious!
    5. My summer uniform has been… as I said, so far summer has been hit or miss, so I’m mostly in jeans still! 
    6. If I could spend the entire summer in one location, I would choose… France. In the countryside where fresh baked goods are within walking distance, where the wine flows freely and where the shops are closed in the afternoon. 
    7. My summer anthem is… you know me, I never can pick just one song. I’m listening a lot to new albums from some old and new favourites – Incubus, Foo Fighters, Grieves, Atmosphere. I’ve also been listening to some old hip-hop lately – Hip Hop Hooray, anyone?

    Thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do for the blanks! 

    Fill in the _____ Friday

    15 Jul

    1. I am a (morning, evening, middle of the day person)… night owl. If left to my own devices, I’ll stay up til 2 or 3 in the morning. I love the quiet that comes with night time, the feeling that the whole world is asleep and you’re really, truly alone. I feel like my mind relaxes more and I actually get much more creative! On the other hand, though I don’t like getting up in the morning, if I’ve had a good sleep I like how productive I feel if I get up and do a bunch of stuff before lunch time and then have a whole afternoon stretching before me…
    2. My favourite Pandora stations are… we don’t get Pandora in Canada anymore 😦
    3. 3 of my “must have” songs for a road trip playlist are… “Drive” by Incubus, “Breathe Me” by Sia and “San Francisco Knights” by People Under the Stairs. Though if you ask me again tomorrow, I’ll have a totally different answer.
    4. My favourite pattern is…don’t have one. I like geometrical patterns, or funky florals (definitely NOT the sort you’d generally see on teacups or in sundresses). I am more of a solid colour person, though.
    5. My favourite perfume is… don’t have one. I am sensitive to scents, so I find a lot of them give me a headache! I think the last one I wore was either GAP Dream or CK Eternity. Yes, it was that long ago.
    6. Rules are… sometimes helpful, often better treated as suggestions.
    7. My most overused phrase or punctuation is… apparently I use too many commas. I probably use the word “disconcerted” a lot, but as for a phrase… not sure. I used to say “It’s all good” so much in high school that one of my friends got me an “it’s all good” bumper sticker. But I think I’ve outgrown that one now.

    Thanks to Lauren at The Little Things We Do for the blanks!

    Wicked Wednesday – Incubus’ New Album – If Not Now, When?

    13 Jul

    If I absolutely had to pick one favourite song, it just might be the classic Incubus song, “Drive.” Probably the acoustic version. I’m not one who can easily pick favourite songs – I love music and my tastes are constantly changing. So this is high praise.

    Though I never expect Incubus to come out with another song I love that much, it has earned them my loyalty as a listener, and I’m always excited to hear what they’re going to come out with next. Yesterday they released their newest and long-awaited album, If Not Now, When?

    “Adolescents” is my favourite track so far – though probably partly because it was the first single to be released so I’ve listened to it many times already! If you want to check out the rest of the album (and you want to do that old-fashioned buying the CD thing), you can get it here.