Monday, May 13, 2019
I have a new site that is a tabula rasa to be sure, one I'm hoping will free us from the problematic commenting system and massive amounts of spam attacks suffered on the blogger site.
You can find me here.
I'll continue to write about domestic chores, colour stories, outfits, recipes and the occasional book recommendations.
As always it is my personal blog, it will be free of ads and links.
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See you at the new place,
Friday, April 26, 2019
I am, as you know if you've been with me for some time, sort of obsessed with "outfits". What is an outfit? An arrangement of clothes and accessories put forward as a shield: to the day, to others, to work and to travel, to emotion and judgement.
I went through a long period of time when I did not even own anything denim. My goal was to armour myself with a dress of some kind, or a skirt and jacket. Perhaps I would wear a powerful coat ( a trench for example) over really basic pieces like a pair of black slim pants and a top that would never be viewed out of my house: the outfit was the coat, not what lay underneath.
None of this was ever about anybody else, rather it was an indication to my self as to how to approach my day, it was an elevation out of potential anxiety, it was a prompt towards confidence.
For the last several months my daily uniform has slowly evolved into something sort of unexpected: denim on denim, otherwise known as the Canadian tuxedo. It's my most favourite uniform yet, it feels like my authentic self.
Every morning I grab a chambray shirt and throw it on over jeans, so simple. I will layer on a sweater and some boots (I live in Aigle rubber boots for most of the year, wearing them with LLBean wool socks all winter) a coat or jacket, sometimes a bag, sometimes a scarf.
Now that summer is approaching I'll switch out the jeans from a skinny leg (the only option when wearing knee high rubber boots) to more of a straight leg. The chambray shirts will remain the same.
What does it signify to wear such a utilitarian outfit?
The truth is anything can be tackled in this outfit, it is the outfit it of a worker, of production, of walks through any weather, of cleaning, of cooking. It's an outfit that actually gives me energy for tasks both mental and physical.
That might be giving a lot of weight to a simple outfit, but really, think about how your outfit makes you feel. Tell me in the comments what your current uniform is, and why, and how does that indicate to you your own identity and purpose. I would love to know!
I did buy a fancy skirt to wear with those chambray skirts, and I have yet to wear it:
|Wrap skirt, JCrew Collection|
|JCrew sandal in cerise.|
|JCrew suede sandal in a dusty chambray blue.|
That has surprised me, in part due to my own family's history, but that's a topic for another post.
Another topic to mull over is another kind of uniform: the PARTY uniform. Let's get into that another time.
Please fill me in on your uniform choice of late, and perhaps the meaning behind it. Any thoughts on (late) mid-life crisis situations would also be most appreciated.
Saturday, April 20, 2019
I found the giant blue hydrangea at the warehouse store and I could barely carry it in the house it's so heavy. Everything else came from Sweet Violets, my favourite flower store in Guelph.
|Good Friday Dinner|
It was exactly the sort of dinner I like to throw together these days, composed of dishes I can prepare ahead of time.
|Dark turquoise candles in the dining room.|
|Pale blue tapers, tall ones!|
I hope you have a really wonderful Easter weekend. We'll be celebrating on Sunday with The Rascals and Poppa. It's meant to rain all weekend so I'll definitely be lighting lots of candles.
May the sun (or candlelight) shine on you!
Monday, June 25, 2018
I got caught up with some work yesterday so today I have more time for meal-planning and poking around in the garden.
Last week I made this roasted tomato and asparagus salad, you can throw in bocconcini if you are so inclined.
|Roasted tomato and asparagus salad.|
With lots of herbes de Provence.
But why did I put that electrical plug on the first shelf?
With an electrical plug in an odd place.
It's even a bit crooked.
But times change... do they ever. I should have known that a wifi, hands free, robot thing was going to enter my life... sooner rather than later.
"Mm-hmm" (it actually says mm-hmm)
"Can you please play me some Classic Rock?"
The uncomfortable thing is the talking to it. I feel so rude just barking orders at it. It makes no difference, I know it rationally, if I say please to a robot but I feel like a jerk just ordering it around.
Do you feel weird talking to robots?
Happy Monday, may your week be filled with civility.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
My cousin is getting married and this is a really big event in our relatively small family, we've been looking forward to it for a year.
I knew from the get-go that I wanted to wear my green silk dress that is my absolute favourite summer outfit, not least because it was a gift from my dear friend Tabs.
I typically wear this dress with my little gold handbag and some neutral and gold flats with a small heel... but for this wedding that didn't feel quite exuberant enough.
I own some navy patent Repetto dancing heels that are my absolute favourite shoes to wear, I can dance in them and practically run in them, and they are so comfortable despite the three and a half inch heel.
I also like to wear this dress with my Kate Spade necklace in greens and blues with a turtle clasp... so what about a bag in greens and blues?
I decided to go on a search for just such a little bag and I looked everywhere. I searched every online store I could think of, every vintage shop on eBay and Etsy, until finally I decided to try Handmade shops on Etsy.
I found this seller out of the UK who constructs these amazing little silk pouch bags. She dreams up absolutely beautiful colour schemes and lines the bags with a cotton sateen, finishing them with lovely little drawstring cords. I LOVE THEM.
|Bag in green and blue.|
Handmade by TheOccasionalPurl.
|Kate Spade necklace.|
My one Kate Spade item... that I shall treasure forever.
Have a really lovely weekend,
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
This season I really wanted to incorporate fiddleheads into some kind of pizza topping. I tend to like them roasted rather than steamed or sautéed so this was a good method, and the pairing with smoked salmon (lots of it) and plenty of capers was perfect.
I buy our pizza dough now from our favourite bakery, it's just so much better than my homemade stuff, and the purchased dough made this a really easy dinner. This might be my favourite sort of dinner to throw together theses days, because I literally threw the toppings on the rolled dough and shoved it in the oven.
A nice sprinkling of a good olive oil over the top meant the fiddleheads were crispy and not charred.
I'm having one of those phases in the kitchen when I need inspiration... it's time to hit the cookbooks today.
If you have any easy dinner ideas please share them!
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
It's at the very least a mindset shift!
Decorating the garden, the porch and the house has all been an exercise in colour flow this spring. I like to make sure the colours of the flowers, dishes and linens I'm using flow together yet they need to be vibrant and summery. I guess it's a decorative colour story, and it's not dissimilar to the colour story I'm wearing these days.
|Embroidered jacket by Velvet.|
|A surprise urn tucked around a corner.|
|Dress by Velvet.|
It's not black!
|Begonias on the porch.|
|Table for two on the terrace.|
|Plummy blue and white.|
|Coral pink and blue.|