Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Raw Onions and Sweets

I normally try to avoid raw onions. I find them overpowering, like an over sized patterned sofa in a small room. They also leave you with bad breath and a poor aftertaste. But today I had some at lunch. And following lunch, I had the strongest craving for something sweet... like candy sweet. My theory is that in order to mask the horrible bitter aftertaste of raw onion, my body craved something sweet. Something with strong enough flavour to allow me to speak freely in close proximity to others, to be able to yawn without worry, and laugh without turning away.........
Have you noticed the same thing? Do you regularly crave sweets after a meal with raw onions?

I would like to postulate that raw onions are making me fat!
Both via Flickr: Here and here

Katie's Pad Part 2

A long while ago, my dear friend Katie was looking for a coffee table, while I was back at home we went out and scoured all day and didn't find anything! Later I hit the Internet and did some research - found several options and posted them. While searching I came across some other great items for her wonderful new apartment. So as I start to prepare for my Easter trip back home, I reminded my self of these wonderful pieces I have saved to show my dear Katie! Here ya go hun!

If you still want a desk in front of your window, these ones are great and could be used as dinning room tables too!

These ones are small and would be great in the corner where the bookshelf are! And look at all of the storage!!

This table might be a hall/sofa table but it reminds me of the one that we saw at Sojourn. It would look awesome in front of the window and can double function as a buffet...

...as well as be narrow enough to allow for another sitting chair, such as the lovely one below this table! (this might not be the ideal colour, but the shape is awesome! It would be a great height to pull up to the coffee table too!)

If you don't think you have enough room for the chair above, these ones would be good options, they could double function as desk chairs, dinning chairs or a family room chair for extra guests!

If you are leaning towards the bench with storage option for the window, here are some of my favourites!

Don't forget some storage! I love those square ottomans, although I also really like the ones we saw in leather!

And last but not least, side tables! I love this one, I think it is a night stand, but I love the simple design and all the storage.

And to add some texture and keep it casual and welcoming, these versatile floor cushions! They would be great to pull out when sitting around the coffee table eating or playing games! Scrabble battle! (you can also use them as foot rests!)

Here is the one catch: To achieve this look, we are going to have to go on a road trip to the States and visit a West Elm, since everything is from there (yes I am a bit obsessed!). So what do you think Katie? Anything that you like? What about everyone else? Any items that you love or could see in your place?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Spell it out

I love the random display of letters. I don't especially love when words are written out, but random letters mixed in with a wall collage are great, slightly unexpected, and have the ability to be very clever and just plain old fun.

Via Design*Sponge

Via Creature Comforts

Via Apartment #34

Until now I haven't found many As... but this one is perfect, a glimmering light of hope... and so cute!
Via Perch Design Via Design*Sponge

Easy Eco Mondays - Take Out

The best thing about living in Vancouver is that around every corner is a great restaurant! I love exploring different places and finding some good 'regulars'. My main vice is sushi, I could eat it morning, noon and night, and after a good swim, it is almost impossible to resist!
The other weekend, on the way home from skiing we all had a sushi craving, and before I could think twice, the food was ordered and we were making a detour to go pick it up! We picked up food for 5, took it home, divided it up and devoured the tasty bites! But when it was all said and done, there was a large mound of plastic sitting on the table. I felt gross, which might have been compounded from eating way too quickly, but the sight of all the containers was not that pleasing either!

Via Flickr

So what to do? I love my take out and I don't know what life would be like without it, but the waste (i.e. Styrofoam) that goes into every meal, is making me feel guilty. Are there any options? Can I have my take out and be green too?

I don't have much to offer in terms of solutions, maybe someone else has some insight?

The only solutions I can ponder up are:

1) Eat less take out, or eat in the restaurant.

2) See if you can bring Tupperware to the restaurant and transfer the food from a plate to your container. I believe there are some health issues with this, and many restaurants are not okay with this, but if you know the employees really well, there might be a way that this method could work.

3) Re-use the containers. My sushi container is usually (licked) clean when I am done with it, so why not pack my lunch sandwich in it? Or make it into a planter, as seen here...

4) Encourage your favourite restaurant to use biodegradable take out containers. Its been done here, here and here, however they have their limitations

Do you eat take out? Have you found a solution for the packaging? Any suggestions for my sushi take out dilemma?

Friday, March 27, 2009

Keep it going....

I have what feels like a million obligations and plans this weekend, and I am crossing my fingers that my timing works out so that I can get them all done and not disappoint anyone! (Which rarely happens! I am notoriously late, and always foul up best laid plans!)

Via Sfgirlbybay

Do you ever have weekends where you have these commitments, and you would normally want to do them, but since they are all occurring at the same time, you kind of feel like just blowing them all off? I wish my plans would plan to spread themselves out so that each weekend would be scattered with a few fun events, instead of having one weekend being chalker block full of things and the next be empty!

Via Apartment #34 and La Mia Vita

I wonder if I will ever find the balance (or the will to say no) so that I don't feel rushed and stressed over seeing people. This hurried state doesn't lend itself to a relaxing weekend, or very good conversations! I always feel like I am looking at the clock and my mind is planning how to get to the future events (or what is happening at the ones I am missing) instead of being in the moment. How do you find balance? Do you say no to events, and do you feel guilty?

So this weekend I am going to try and not over think things, or worry that my plan is flawed and that there are oversights! I am going to try and just stay calm, not worry about the future and enjoy myself... I'll let you know how it goes on Monday!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Buenos Aires street style

The sun is trying to peek through the clouds today, I have been aching for when the wet weather is gone and I can start to wear outfits like these! Buenos Aires women have such great style! I remember traveling through there and feeling so frumpy! My khaki pants, MEC pull overs, and hiking boots just weren't cutting it!

I wish I lived in the southern hemisphere in the winter months....

Images via Elle

The last two are by far my favourite! I love the beach feel of the yellow dress! So would you follow the summer around the world if you could?
(My friend is currently doing so - he went down to Australia during this winter, and is thinking of coming back just in time for summer to start here! Ahh the life!)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Ada Lovelace Day

Tuesday was Ada Lovelace Day, a day for bloggers everywhere to draw attention to women in technology... Well I am one day late, but I have been dying to post about this wonderful little lady for a while and it just seems fitting!

You may not have heard of Emily Cummins, but she's famous, seriously, check it out here here here here and here... She is an inventor, or as she likes to call herself a sustainable designer. She has been winning awards for her inventions and designs since before she was 16! Since then she has won awards such as Future 100 Award (2008), Female Innovator of the Year (2007), Technology Women Of The Future (2006) and she is only 22 years old!
The invention that caught my eye is her solar powered fridge, which actually uses no electricity. This isn't your everyday refrigerator with solar panels on it... This invention is completely different. My explanation won't be able to do it justice so read about it from the inventor herself here, or from writers here and here. Inspirational isn't it?

I wonder what Emily will invent next!

Monday, March 23, 2009

C'est la fin.

Last week I had to run out early without a wrap up of French week! Not to worry, I will wrap it up here today.

So, other than my blog posts, what did I do to make last week so french? Well, I spoke french with myself as well as with a high school friend, listened to the CBC french music radio station on 90.9 (although I only understood 1 out of 3 words), and I tried to add some flair to my outfits! Very small steps... But I have been inspired to wear more heals, and dust off a french book I have on my shelves!
So for my final post, I want to be able imagining myself living in France. In a cute apartment with Parisian flare but with modern touches too.... Where to the French really live?...well, I think I have found the perfect place.... come on in!

This lovely Parisian apartment is that of Marieke Berghuis as it was featured on Design*Sponge

So I would like to send you off with some profound, life altering thought on French Design and Style, however with my Monday mind I can only relate it back to what first inspired me to go on this week long look at France... The language... ready? Here is is my huge insight...

French Style is a lot the French language, its all about the accents!

Don't you agree?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

La Mode du Rue

There is an underlying sense of sophistication in french style. I believe it is an inherent skill that all french women possess. When they sport a piece that is funky, bright, or different, they always manage to ground it and keep the look cohesive, sophisticated, and finished. More often than not they use black as their anchor, and in just the right amounts.

French women have also mastered the use of textures. Layering keeps the ensembles interesting and adds a supple, luxurious element.

Via The Sartorialist

I try to avoid wearing all black for fear of the drab factor, but these lovely ladies layer it on and come out looking fresh, not like a goth in training!

Via French Elle

Via Garance Dore

Most importantly, french women have a confidence about them - like they know some funny secret and are always ready to flirt!

Via Facehunter

I mustn't forget...Shoes!! They are never an afterthought... and heals are always welcome!

Via Garance Dore

Sigh, if I only was taught how to dress french instead of the pass tense conjugation of an irregular verb....

What do you think french style is?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Paris avec mon appareil photographique

What a better place to walk around aimlessly with a camera? These ones are stunning!

Via Flickr

Via IgoUgo

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If you don't want to get lost in the beautiful city, check out these guides!