Monday, November 29, 2010


I'm a big runner. I love the feeling of being accomplished and pushing myself to run harder or faster or farther. Since moving out to Vancouver, I've been running a lot outside.. when the weather allows. As of about 3 weeks ago, the weather had been rainy, or snowy, or just plain slippery (I have bruises on my hip and knee to prove it...yes, I fell.) So I've decided to take up the practice of Yoga (at Y Yoga studios)

Recently I've been really down in the dumps. I've been feeling lonely and left-out, I've been missing everyone like crazy, and I've been in a sad mood. I've only been doing yoga for a short while now, but since taking it back up (I used to do 'at home' videos and go to bikram yoga in Edmonton) I've noticed a huge change in my attitude. I've been happier, feeling healthier and more alive, and I've become more optimistic about everything. It may sounds cheesy or like it's all in my head...but really, it is all in my head, isn't it? I've been able to let all of my worries and bad feelings go away, and just think about now...i love life, so why should I waste my time thinking about the past or the future? Yes, I will continue to think about the future because it's part of life... but I'm going to put a lot more effort into thinking about the present!

"Every bad situation will have something positive. Even a stopped clock will show the correct time twice a day."

Sunday, November 28, 2010

christmas buzz

Last weekend I got to go out with some of my friends from school...we chatted, had fun, drank some bellinis (as you can see! I, however, had wine) and just had a fun night out! I will not tell the details of the evening other than i had a little too much wine... but that's besides the point.

[ This is a fairly haggard picture and I wish you could see my's a cute studded camel leather waist belt ]

Since then (a week) I have been at home finishing projects, doing homework and studying. I've been trying so hard to get into the Christmas spirit...but it's hard without family, friends and loved ones around - that's what this holiday is all about! SO, to try and fill the void of being alone, I went on "Homes for the Holidays" Christmas House Tour (all the proceeds go to Kid's Help Phone) and then came home only to blast even more Christmas music and decorate the apartment. I came up with all of these ideas myself...can you tell?!

[ oyster shell filled with pine scented potpourri, voluspa candle and urban outfitters candle ]

[ my little 4 ft. xmas tree and poinsettias ]

[ these candle sticks and place mats came with the apartment (aka: mum's). I bought this sleigh and decided to fill it with pine cones and glass ornament balls ]

[ on the dining table I got 2 square vases and filled them with more glass ornament balls ]

There's a few more things here and there - garland on the railing and a woven star hung with ribbon in the window - but it's nothing crazy! I found pretty much all of this stuff at michaels for great prices (they were having a sale!). I hope everyone is having luck getting into the Christmas spirit. I know once I go home, I'll be doing lots of baking, wrapping of presents, and spending quality time with quality people.

Monday, November 22, 2010

winter days

[ Madewell Jacket ]

I know I'm in Vancouver and it's mild compared to the weather in Edmonton (which i believe was -38 degrees Celsuis today? Yikes!) But the weather here is getting colder and my homework load is getting heavier. It's really just making me want to curl up in front of the fire and not move until...Christmas. Unfortunately I can't do that, so I'll have to bundle up and get over it! These lovely pieces actually make me want to at least attempt the winter weather

[ Topshop Scarf ]

[ Madewell Booties ]

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

winter is here!

I know that it's barely winter, and it hardly feels like it here in Vancouver - BUT - I'm starting to hear Christmas music play and seeing stores put up Christmas decorations and I can't help but get excited! I was doing a little X-mas online shopping when I came across the J.Crew website and saw all of their great gift ideas and Christmas website set-up. They are also having great sales and other promotions.

Monday, November 15, 2010

diner bliss

Sophie's Cosmic Cafe is a cute little breakfast/lunch diner in Kitsilano (on the corner of W4th and Arbutus) that my boyfriend and I discovered a couple of months ago. While we're not the only ones who have heard of it (apparently it's quite a hotspot - we've waited in line-ups out the door!) it's become a favorite between of mine whenever I'm craving a hearty breakfast! Their eggs benedict is to die for, and they also have lighter options that come with fruit (like the Light Breakfast, my favorite). It's definitely worth going to, they serve the food fast and it's worth every penny you spend. the kitschy decor is reminiscent of my grandparent's old house in Southern Alberta...I love it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

the end

My sister and I both got to enjoy the Saturday night of Vancouver Fashion Week 2010 back at the shows! It was tons of fun...and I can't wait until next year! Here's a couple last pictures from the night

Friday, November 5, 2010

vancouver fashion week

Yesterday my sister, mum and I attended the "New Generation" night at Vancouver Fashion Week - we got to see all of the brand-new and up-and-coming designers in Canada, parts of Asia and even the US (more specifically NYC!). Some of my favorites were Blake Hyland, Sid Neigum, NRT Fashion, Lacey Yorston & Ana Isabel, and the finale; Sarah Runnalls. It was a great afternoon of fashion and fun! After the shows, we went for dinner with my friend Steve (who was a sponsor for the shows, doing the videography and interviews - check out his company: blackout productions based in Vancouver) and visited the after party at a club on Granville for a little while before retiring like an old lady to bed.

[ part of Lacey Yorston & Ana Isabel's show ]

[ Steve & my sister and I ]

[ my sister, my mum and I ]

[ this may be the only picture ever of us where we look related ]

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Today marks the first day of Vancouver Fashion Week 2010! Tonight my Mum and sister are coming out to Vancouver, and tomorrow afternoon we're going to take in a few shows downtown. I'll update with pictures and whatnot soon - until then, have a good weekend! and Happy November! While VFW is nothing like the fashion capital's of the world, it's slowly working it's way up, and the West Coast may one day be a bigger part of this huge industry!