Category Archives: Style

Making Room

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The documentary Minimalism (watched it) has been trending on Netflix and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (skimmed it) has become a phenomenon. It appears a few of us have worked ourselves up to a fever pitch of enthusiasm regarding living more simply, having less, and ensuring what we surround ourselves with is useful, beautiful, and/or both.

Being stressed out by stuff is not new to me. I’m kind of terrible at organizing things like closets and drawers. I laugh at my inability to properly deal with socks and think George Carlin mocked me directly when he said, “That’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it? Trying to find a place for your stuff.” Adding two new little humans to my life has made my struggle with stuff even more apparent.

In all seriousness, I have been feeling overwhelmed by the barrage of things I have acquired in my life, including my very long hair that’s constantly in knots. This has me interested in being a tad more of a minimalist (if that statement even makes sense).

Is my interest in minimalism partnered with privilege? Yes, absolutely. I am lucky enough to not only have everything I need, but also many of the things I want. The tendency for those interested in this trend to also have the luxury of choice is at the crux of fair criticisms of the minimalist “movement” (read some of these criticisms here and here).

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New Year’s Resolutions…

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This year, as in past years, I came up with a few New Year’s Resolutions for myself. But, I’ve since scratched my list and gathered some inspiration to guide me in 2017 instead.

On parenting…

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin

“One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.” Jane Goodall

On decluttering and becoming more of a minimalist (yes, I just watched this)…

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci 

On showing love …

“Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever.’ But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.” Marian Keyes

On being a good global citizen…

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

On taking care of my physical self…

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto)

 

What about you? Did you decide to make resolutions this year?

Thrifty Halloween Decorating

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Halloween and thrift-store shopping are two of my favourite things. So, this year, I was excited to decorate my mantel for Halloween with the help of Value Village.

While shopping I found a variety of housewares that I thought would add a spooky feel including a candleholder, dessert stand, vintage books, and old glass bottles.

Halloween Mantel

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Snapshots

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This past week has really just felt like a waiting game. Being so close to my due date and likely passing it (which I will do tomorrow) has felt a bit anticlimactic. I was over a week overdue with Frankie, so I’ve been expecting an overdue baby again. By this point the anticipation feels so great that I’ve found myself twiddling my thumbs a little bit. I don’t want to go on any adventures too far from the hospital and I don’t think I can handle doing any more baby preparations. So, here’s to spicy food and long walks!

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Baby Number Two’s Nursery

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The Calm Before the Storm

For me, preparing for our next baby has been both exciting and calming. I’ve followed a predictable course in my preparations: pack a hospital bag, gather supplies, and put together a nursery. All of this organizing has been a soothing preamble to the chaos I know is coming in the form of a tiny human.

Arranging the nursery has been my favourite part of preparations so far. Here’s a little bit about how it turned out, if you’d like to see…

Surfer Photograph

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Mix-Tape of Weekend Reads

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A few fun reads for the weekend…

Would you get an engagement ring finger tattoo? Apparently, they’re all the rage.

Hillary Clinton on acting natural and appearing cold.

This review makes me want to read Amy Schumer’s book even more.

I never grow tired of taking one of the quick personality tests (I’m always E/INFP).

This sweet potato hash looks delicious for breakfast this weekend.

Reasons Arianna Huffington left The Huffington Post.

A green argument for bar soap.

The Prime Minister of England is leaving, but his cat is staying.

I’d love these shoes in my life.

 

Happy Weekending!

 

Preloved Fall Fashion

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I’m pretty excited that I’ll be making my way out of maternity clothes soon. It will take some time for me to make it back into regular clothes, but it’s nice that it will be fall and most of what I wear around this time of year tends to be cozy and loose.

This season, I’m planning on treating myself to some new-to-me clothes from Front and Company and The Main Exchange. Both of these stores offer beautiful consignment clothes that are much easier on the wallet and planet than buying firsthand (it’s also rather handy that they are basically next-door to each other on Main Street in Vancouver). Another place I’m excited to shop is the online store My Modern Closet, which allows you to click though and purchase a great selection of consignment clothes.

What are some of your favourite places to buy preloved fashion in Vancouver and online?