It’s been a while since my last post and I feel like it is time to wrap things up and move forward into 2014. So, this is the end of my blog for now and the beginning of new ventures. I want to create my own content and I’ll never be satisfied until I am able to do so. It’s time to pick up a camera and put my paintbrush to paper. Time to stop putting things on hold and put them in motion. I wish you all a happy, healthy and successful New Year!
Okay, I’ve been a bad blogger lately. Very bad. No posts since the New Year. S’up? I kind of felt overwhelmed by the materialism at the Holidays. Now don’t get me wrong. I love material things. I’m not proud of it, but hey, at least I’m contributing to the economy.
Which brings us to why I’m writing this post. I’m currently unhappy with my brand name purse. I hate the way it hangs. The zipper sticks. It’s patent leather (faux, I mean come on, what was I thinking?) It was probably mass produced in another country, in some dimly lit workshop by an underpaid person.
So, me thinks I will put my money into my own economy here at home. In Toronto. A city bursting with talented artists.
So, I’m reading Covet Garden, one of my fave Toronto magazines/blogs when I come across the cutest tote bag. The beautifully crafted Bookhou Triangle Zip Tote. Me likey. It’s sold out. But the Triangle Day Bag is even better because it’s not as big.
I think this could be a cute everyday schlep my crap around kind of bag. I’d be supporting the lovely bookhou shop in downtown T.O. It’s in my price range. It’s stylish and functional and not mass produced. Dare I buy a bag/tote made of fabric? I think it’s time!
This is how I plan to shop this year. I am going to try to become more conscious of what and where I purchase things. I AM going to repurpose and recycle. And hopefully in the process, my bloggers block will disappear and I can get back into the swing of things! More on that later. Still looking for the perfect camera. What do you shoot with?
It’s hard to believe that 2012 is coming to an end. I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions but I hope to make more time for the things that count next year. Visiting friends. Time for a vacation – away from Toronto this time! The purchase of an excellent DSLR camera and a photography course. I’d like to post some original content on this blog. I have to stop saying “I’ll do it tomorrow” and just do it already! AND… throw a party next year! I’m so inspired by this fabulous “bubbly bar”. More of these party photos at 100 Layer Cake.
It’s only Wednesday and I had to catch up on so much at work – after being on vacation for a week! I feel burned out again.
Do you find work stressful? Do you balance work life and blogging, exercise and trying to make healthy meals – all during the summer? How do you cope?
Right now, my life looks like this…
When I first started this blog, it was my intention to share photos of interior decor. As the blog evolved I discovered that I have many different passions but they all stem from one thing – excellent photography.
So, I hope to share some diverse photos in the future, some recipes, a bit of fashion, a lot of luxe and some DIY projects. I will get a camera and share some of my own photos and stories to personalize this blog. I feel like I am growing and changing everyday and I hope you will continue to visit for some inspiration, a few words of wisdom or to view some whimsical images.
Beautiful surreal photo manipulations by Irene Z
British Columbia Backcountry at tumblr
Horses photographed by Shelli Breidenbach
I have been riding bikes ever since I can remember. In the summer, I ride my bike to work everyday. Yes, it’s free and it’s green but I ride because I love it. I don’t get bored of cycling the way I get bored of other activities like walking, lifting weights and sit-ups. I live in Toronto so it’s kind of difficult to get outdoors in the winter months for a bike ride.
Enter the LIVESTRONG spinning bike. I just purchased it. It is awesome.
My fitness schedule has slipped off the radar over the last few months. But now that I’ve finished off the last of the Christmas chocolates, it’s time to settle down and think seriously about the consequences of hauling around the extra pounds. This is going to be a year of transformation for me and I will be happy to blog about my progress along the way.
Look at the hangers – all lined up in the same direction. I do this. I know its a little bit OCD-ish but I love organization! I admire the tidy shelving and his cool display of nostalgic memorabilia, bags and cologne. I don’t think I’ve been jealous of a man’s closet until now!
I want this “PLEASE SHUT UP” sign – Love it! Very clever. Brian states that “There’s no substitute for cleanliness and organization when living in a small home. It teaches you to purge what you don’t use.” I couldn’t agree more. Check out the rest of his cool abode in this issue of rue.
When the November issue of O (Oprah Magazine) was released, a supposedly “plus-sized model” posed nude for this photo while holding a Barbie Doll. Dotted lines, of the kind that might be made by a cosmetic surgeon, covered her, indicating what would have to be cut away in order for her to have Barbie’s body. Shocking. This model looks healthy and gorgeous.
This year, I am not going to set myself up for another failed “diet”. I will not step onto a scale and obsess over a number. I will accept the fact that I am not 25 anymore and neither is my body. Whew. Now that the pressure is off, I am going to eat healthier, exercise more and try to look the best that I can for my age. No crazy New Years resolutions to starve myself by eating lettuce with vinegar – yuck!
I plan to get rid of all of my ill-fitting, wanna-look-younger-than-my-age clothing and I will pare down my wardrobe to basics and classics. Never the less, I refuse to discard my animal print and faux fur because, well, that’s just me. I’m a glam girl. Stay tuned for the transformation.
The beginning of this new year is different for me because I am setting realistic goals. I will continue to eat carbs, I’ll just have reduced portions. And if I’m really good and a little lucky, maybe a scientist on a remote island somewhere will discover that ice cream burns excess calories.