Tuesday, December 13, 2011


I have never been in this store but I have admired their store front for years. I don't wear dresses that much but I love seeing these independent services make it.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Diego Rivera

I knew nothing of Diego and very little of Frida Kahlo until I went to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2008 and decided at the ticket counter to pay the extra $10 to see Frida's exhibition. It blew my mind, she is amazing and because of his major influence on her life I can't help but be blown away by him as well. If you ever get the chance to see her work do it. You don't need to know anything about her because you will learn so much through her art. I fell in love with her during the allotted 30-45 minutes that I was given that day. Here are the 3 pieces that stood out the most and one in honour of Diego.
The Two Fridas
Henry Ford Hospital
The Broken Column
Diego and I

I apologise for not displaying his work on his actual birthday, but I have not taken the time to study his paintings as I still love her so much.

Monday, December 5, 2011


French manicure sparkles!!!! In light and dark.

It's surprisingly easy to do this one. But I do promise to clean my edges up and add even more moisturizer to my hands, this camera picks up everything.

Friday, December 2, 2011


It has taken over 30 years, but I have discovered that I too, have healthy strong nails. I was struck with a picking and biting my nails curse from a very very young age but I never went to the point of almost biting them entirely off. I just never left them alone and therefore they were always a bit short, always have a piece that needed to be cut and were weak from me always going after them. Nothing stopped me, even wearing coloured nail polish still had me at them when there was no polish on......until a year ago, when I moved in with a stranger who told me I just had to leave them alone, and in the process she became a great friend who has fabulous nails. She saw my minor habits, spoke up about it and I stopped touching them and I can't believe it but I have strong nails that don't break or split or need to be worried about. They look fantastic and are getting stronger by the day. I'm very proud of myself and my tiny child like hands have never looked more feminine!

In addition, I have been painting my nails for years and have become quite good at it. Going for a manicure would be a waste of money with my quick technique and wholesale deals. So I have started to experiment with all of the cool looks out there. I've already tried the reverse manicure that didn't go so well but thanks to Refinery 29 I was given some tips and now have a nail pen. Here is the Chevron which I liked a lot but I think it still needs work.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Fall is here which means darker colours, more style, SHOES.

First attempt at a reverse french mani. It's a little messy but I'm happy with the results.

Monday, August 1, 2011

It really is the simple things

Pleasures, I have definitely have learned what mine our and how much they mean to me. Well, here are some of my pleasures. I'm so lucky to be living in Vancouver and so fortunate to have highway like roads only a few kilometers away to bike around on. I plan to conquer the real highways next summer and love to have the time for easy rides until then.

Down time, including puppy love, reading, easy access to my parents place and tea. Having a yard and a home has really eased my life. I never realised how much I needed these things in my life, I feel complete.

The back yard has been expanded with the help from a lovely friend. We have discovered the miles and miles of open water and land for us to play on. It just keeps getting better. I can't even imagine how much more enjoyable next summer will be.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Home Bodies

Today is the day that our house becomes a little home again. It's gone through a lot this month and it'll be nice to have the normalcy back. First off there is the new roomie, then I was off to help out my parents for a week (which left Tracy in a bit of a frenzy with the new roomie) and now Tracy's house guest is leaving after 2 weeks of them on a mini-vacation. I love Kara and wish she lived here, but as Tracy said last night it will be wonderful to get back to normal routines. It's really weird how much Tracy and I are so similar in our daily routines, it has really worked in our favour, I've just thought I was the only daily schedule living neurotic out there.

Tonight is going to be tough. Tracy is going to be upset. Fortunately I don't have much going on and I've rarely seen her so it'll be good to sit on the couch and catch up and help her not feel so lonely.

In the meantime I have acquired some new things. A new curtain which is more exciting than it sounds. My room has been too bright and I'm finding myself feeling rather cozy throughout the entire night. It's very comforting and was made from a gifted bed sheet - free comfort! I also have a new African Violet and a mini-tree plant. I'm not sure what they are called but I've wanted one for years and could never justify spending $20+ on an ornamental plant. Plus, my previous homes wouldn't provide sufficient light for it to survive. It is oh so cute and I can't wait to trim it, it may even get a name.

Next on the list of things to do is buy some smaller pins to hang more pictures, learn to cable stitch (finally finished my circle scarf) and learn to crochet as I it looks hella easy.

The sun came out this morning and I had the most lovely ride to work. No middle fingers, no thorns or glass to pop my tires and my ipod chose the best music while on shuffle - loving the new Kills.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Testing, testing

It's the summer of box o wine. This is the second box to test and so far this Shiraz is much better than the "red" wine we had earlier.

Will report as we taste test.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Home sweet home....

Went to the parent's place this past weekend. Enjoyed a great deal of sun which hasn't been out in months along the coast, went on tons of walks in the bush with the puppies and ate bread - lots of bread.

That is Josh above and Miss Tasha-pants below. These two are tough to take pictures of and have no patience and get really nervous when cameras are out. They mean the world to me and I've never had a closer connection to baby puppies before. Oh and they are just oh so soft for big dogs :-)

And Ma's backyard,

And I just couldn't help myself. I've tried to move on from buying one in every colour as it's just boring, but I couldn't resist!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My new laptop travel bag!!!!  Haven't been this excited about bags/luggage/convenience/comfort/transit space in a while - and I get to try the sucker out tomorrow!!!!  The thing also hooks up to my suitcase.  Oh my shoulders and mind will be peaceful at 530am.
Can't upload pictures from iphone.  Such a shame :(

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Here we go.....

Downtown Vancouver :: Garden :: Empty Apartment :: Vertigo :: My Comfy Bed :: Walk Home From The Gym :: Knew I Felt Something On My Leg :: Time