Monday, February 28, 2011

not so weekend roundup

So, my weekend wasn't all that eventful. Between lots of snow and bed stricken illnesses (fever and everything!), I barely left the house. I'm still getting used to Vancouver snow. It's not like Ontario, thats for sure. But when it does come, its mayhem! So your best bet is to stay put!

I thought I'd share with you this video. This was my first experience with British Columbia weather. The video is from our drive out to Vancouver all the way from Ontario.
(there is a follow up video, after the snow had stopped, but its being stubborn and doesn't want to upload. I'll try again tomorrow.)

video

Please excuse my lack of enthusiasm, I've been stuck between bed and couch for a couple of days. But, hopefully in another day or 2, I'll be on the mend!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

lovenotes

Whenever I don't feel great, I always get a little down on myself. It gets me thinking about all the shoulda, woulda, coulda's out there and I end up either super depressed or super motivated. I'm hoping super motivated is the outcome this time.
My Bf has officially gotten a job, and today was his first day, so that's very exciting news. I made his lunch for him and even hid a little love note in it. I'm so proud of him. In that sense, our lives are starting to come together. And I'm trying to use this as my motivation. I have so many ideas and don't quite know where to start. I guess you could say I'm having a bit of a quarter life crisis. But don't worry about me, I'll figure it all out in due time. First things first, feel better!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

mid-week laziness

I'm not feeling to hot today :( I've spent most of the day on the couch wrapped up in my favourite quilt. This one is similar in patchwork to mine. I love the bright colours and patterns on the matching pillows in this photo.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

giveaway winner!


Alright lovelies, after a great week of love, its time to announce the winner of a Handmade Mug Cozy!! Made by me, just for you!!

Rachel, from a pretty little space!!!
Congratulations!

Thanks to all those who entered. There will be more giveaways in the future, so stay tuned!!

(Due to comments being on a few different posts, I drew a name out of a hat)

Monday, February 21, 2011

weekend roundup and last day for the giveaway!

Today is the last day to put in any last minute guesses for the love giveaway! From last weeks posts (Mon Feb, 14-Fri Feb 18) tally up the love and write your guess in a comment. For an extra point become a follower and let me know in a separate comment. And you could win a Handmade Mug Cozy!! Made by me, just for you!!

To say things were a little busy this weekend would be a bit of an understatement, and moving was the theme. Between my bf's sister packing to make the move to Toronto, our other roommate packing up to move out too, there has been a lot of sorting, and "do you want these?", and suitcase filling going on.
On Friday night we went to my bf's sister's going away party. Tons of friends came to say their goodbyes and have one last hooray before the east gulps her up. (I'm just kidding, no one is eating anybody, but she will be in the T. for about a year). It was a great time.
Saturday sort of blended in with lots of packing and organizing. I tried to make venture out to the beach to enjoy the sunshine and a good book, but I didn't last too long due to the chill that was the freezing cold wind.
Sunday my bf and I agreed that we'd enjoy the day together. So after having lunch with a friend at Granville Island, we took a little ride on the Skytrain. I had been told that the Millennium line has pretty views and decent sights to see. We got off at Burnaby Lake and walked around for a bit. There are a bunch a trails and pathways that take you around the lake. We hoped back on the train afterwards and headed towards home. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon.
We're still playing tourist now and then for the chance to see and do all the fun things Vancouver has to offer.






Hope you all had an amazing weekend!
and to all my Ontario friends and family, Happy Family Day!

Friday, February 18, 2011

lovely room

There are tons of different types of photo cataloging programs out there and I think I've found one that is my fit.
Pinterest.
I got the referral from my lovely friend over at a pretty little space. You should really check out her blog, she's the cutest thing.
The thing I like about Pinterest is that I can categorize my photos however I want. You can also peruse through other peoples 'Pin Boards' for amazing inspiration.
For an invite or any questions feel free to email me, also a pretty little space is offering invites as well. and you can follow my Pinterest here.
One of my boards is 'Favourite Places and Spaces', so I'd thought going with the theme of love this week, I'd share with you a few of my favourite! Hope you love them too!



So, today is the last day included in the Love count!
You have until Monday Feb 21, 2011 (including the Monday) to put in your guesses as to the total amount of love for the week.
Remember to post your guess in a comment and for an extra point become a follower and let me know in a separate comment.
You have all weekend to make your final tallies, and those eligible will go into the draw to win a Handmade Mug Cozy! Made by me, just for you!
The winner will be announced on Tuesday Feb 22, 2011.

Have a lovely weekend lovelies!!!!

I had to through that one in there for ya ;)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

a few things I love

I thought I'd share a few of my favourite things with you all. A few of them I have in my closet, and a few that I'd love to have in my closet.
Clearly, comfort and style have been on my mind lately. What a lovely combination!



1. Forever 21 - Tri-Tone Houndstooth Shorts $22.80
2. Anthropologie - Sweetheart Bib Necklace $398.00
3. American Eagle Outfitters - Slouchy Skinnies Military Pant $39.95 (on sale!)
4. H&M - Denim Shirt - $14.99
5. H&M - Leather Strappy Sandals $24.99
6. Elizabeth and James - Sequin Blouse $145.99
7. Forever 21 - Leatherette Matelasse Handbag $30.80

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

my lastest love

My latest love......Vancouver!

Being from Ontario, I've really started to take a shine to life on this side of the country. Especially the winter. Yes, it gets rather grey. Yes, it gets rather rainy. But here and there the sun peaks out and all I need is a sweater in order to take a stroll down by the beach.

Don't get me wrong, snow is a beautiful thing. I love it even. The outdoors can look like its been painted white. Watching the trees be dusted with it, playing in it, building a snowman or a snow angel. A snow filled space is like a white playground.
And temperatures in the minus can be....well, down right cold. I love hibernating away and layering on the blankets, sipping a hot chocolate.
However it can get frustrating driving and trying to get around. Dangerous even if you're not prepared. So the few times that Vancouver gets snow (which might be this weekend!),
considering its not too often, why not take the day off. Curl up on the couch and stay nice and cozy.
As much as winter is lovely, I'm really excited to experience the warmer months. We've had some beautiful sunsets lately, and I can only imagine how much more vibrant they'll be come summer.

What do you love about this city?


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

love

Well, today is finally here! And I finally get to share with you the prize for my first give away!
Do you remember how it all works? Well, just in case, I'm here to remind you.
Count up the total amount of "love" within every post for this week (Mon, Feb 14-Fri, Feb 18).
Leave a comment with your guess.
And for an extra point, become a follower.
(please leave me separate comments for each step)
All comments are to be in by Monday, Feb 21, 2011.
And the winner will be announced on Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011.

A handmade Mug Cozy!! Yes, I made it! Just for you!
The wool is a nice, soft blend of merino, acrylic, alpaca and a touch of polyester.
The button is vintage from my mom's collection. Which I dive into now and again.

I hope you LOVE it!!!

p.s. the mug itself, is not included.

Monday, February 14, 2011

hearts to all

Happy Valentine's Day Everybody!
I'm a bit of a holiday junkie. I love any excuse to share the love with those I love. This holiday in particular, gets a lot of positive and negative reactions. To all those negative-y's (and I'm not calling out single people, there's a whole bunch of other folks too!) out there, Love doesn't always mean being in love. Its all those in your close circle, family and friends. Today is just another lovely excuse to tell how much you care, how much you appreciate their support, and how much you love them.
I made breakfast for my love this morning, Toad in a Hole....I mean Heart!







I'm dedicating this week to all things LOVE!! and a my first giveaway!! Keep track of how many times I say "love" within all posts till the end of the week (mon feb 14-fri feb 18). You will have till Monday, Feb 21, 2011 to enter. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011

1. Leave a comment with your guess.
2. Become a follower for an extra point!

*prize to be announced tomorrow! I gotta try to lead you on a little bit....

Friday, February 11, 2011

jealous much

Guess what? It's friday!! like its actually, finally here!!
I have an event/party type thing to go to tomorrow night, and otherwise I'm going to be trying to stay out of the rain (via my couch). Do you lovelies have any fancy plans? (couch plans can be fancy!)
p.s. I have a gf thats going to NYC this weekend, who wants to jump in her suitcase with me??
and yes, I asked for presents.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

phone photos

I feel like it should be Friday. Anyone else agree? I guess I'm just ready for weekend. Although, its supposed to rain all weekend, oh well, it may give me the chance to catch up on some indoor projects. Who are we kidding, it means I'll spend the whole time on the couch. Which seems to be the latest trend around here. It seems that all I talk about lately is weather, getting ready for the weekend, and couching it. Oh well, do what you're good at, right?! Sidenote, its sunny right now, and its supposed to be raining. don't tell, just enjoy!

p.s. these photos were taken with my phone, not too shabby, eh?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

veggie tales

Alright lovlies, I promised you all an awesome veggie recipe.
My bf makes it and then I eat it.
Gazpacho, is basically a cold soup. It's made up of just veggie's so its super duper good for you. It can be an acquired taste, but you can spice to your liking. We make it usually during this time of year to help get some more energy and revive ourselves during hibernation.
Enjoy! and let me know if you guys try it out!

Chop all of your vegetables and place in a large bowl.
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 english cucumber
4 stalks of celery
1 large onion
4 cloves of garlic
tomatoes (optional)

puree in batches in food processor or blender
place all pureed vegetables in a large pot or bowl

when done add one large can of tomato juice
A few drops of Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco to taste
celery salt
dash of cayenne pepper

Refrigerate, soup will become hotter as it sits in the fridge
good for about 5-7 days






I came home to my man slaving away in the kitchen.*




My bf, so proud of himself.



*I got home near the end of the recipe, so yes ma'am! My bf took the photos!!