Did you watch the Academy Awards last Sunday? I always enjoy them. I originally was going to do a little post about it like I did for the Golden Globes. Then, I happened upon this portraits taken by photographer Mark Seliger at the Vanity Fair party. There are so unexpected to me for some reason. The humour and the relief that the show is over really comes through. So lovely.
View them all here.
Hi blog, fancy meeting you here. Long time, no see. I’m terrible at keeping up with this little bugger when things get busy or interesting (ha). If you follow me on Instagram you’ll notice a more prolific side to me. For the past 9 days Marc and I have been on the road. We flew away from our precious little house across the country to Vancouver and proceeded to drive south to Los Angeles. We arrived last night to this unusual rain storm that southern California has been experiencing over the last few days. A bit of a bummer but this part of the world is in need of rain. We’ll be here for a few months and I’m sure there will be plenty of sun.
Dear god there better be!
Yet another snow storm is hitting the east coast. I must admit cabin fever is going to set in soon. There are only so many bowls of soup that one can handle before it’s just not enough. May as well give it a shot though…
This was today’s cozy concoction:
Potato, Kale & Chickpea Soup:
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 Cloves Garlic
1 Yellow Onion
1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro (Chopped)
2 tsp Cumin
5 Cups Vegetable Stock
2 Medium/Large Potatoes (Peeled and Cubed)
1 Can Chickpeas (Drained and Rinsed)
1/3 Cup Cream
2 tbsp Tahini
1 tsp flour
2 Cups Chopped Kale
1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper
Salt & Pepper to taste
Heat the oil in large saucepan and cook the onions and garlic for 5 minutes, until translucent. Stir in the cilantro and cumin, cook for a further minute. Pour in stock and add the potatoes, bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chickpeas and simmer for another 5 or until potatoes are cooked through. Whisk together the tahini, cream and flour. Stir mixture into the soup with the chopped kale. Simmer until kale is cooked. Season with cayenne, salt and black pepper. Serve.
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I want to take a second and talk about turtlenecks, something I have never in my adult life worn. Looking for style inspiration in the winter is hard for me. Especially this time of year, when whatever interest in layers I had wore off the day after new years. January is almost over (thank god!) but there are still cold months in the future and of course next winter. This has got me thinking about the turtleneck. Maybe I don’t wear them because I associate it with the awkward, horridness that was being a young teen… my go to outfit, khaki pants and any version of a turtleneck. A memory that invokes a shudder.
So many street style looks I pour over seem to be including this layering piece. They’re making a comeback? Or maybe they never went away. One of my stylish friends who somehow manages to look good during this chilly months said to be awhile ago, put a turtleneck under it. She sports floral dresses and overalls all year round… with a black turtleneck underneath and it always looks great.
I’m considering a turtleneck purchase in the near future. Still no commitment. But these looks are convincing me.
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I keep alluding to going to California soon like it ain’t no thang. I am so very excited. It’s a big thing. We’re going for two whole months. First, we fly to Vancouver to pick up a borrowed car because you can’t live in LA without a car, sadly. Then we’re going to spend about a week driving from Vancouver to Los Angeles and as much of it as possible along the PCH. A couple days in Portland, a couple in San Francisco, maybe one in Big Sur. It’s ridiculous. I plan to start a new feature for the blog called A Borrowed Life. This will certainly be unusual to normal day to day life. On top of just that we’ve booked tickets to some really rad shows. Halifax has a very vibrant local music scene but we don’t always get the bigger guys I’m aching to see.
This edition of Weekly Music features tunes from the artists we’re going to see over the next while.
Have a good Thursday evening, internet!
1. Zooey Deschanel’s line of spring dresses. Super into this red, white and blue frock.
2. I’m pretty sure Paul Newman is the most handsome man who ever lived.
3. Volcano two piece Minnow Bathers. I’ve got California on the brain.
4. I’m still kinda obsessed with fabric block printing. This tutorial is great.
5. Flourless chocolate cake. Yum! I’ve made one flourless chocolate cake in the past with quinoa, it was very tasty. This one though… this one looks incredible!
6. Beautiful hand sewn shoes.
Marc and I have spent the past six months slowly working away at our little home. Part of why we wanted to move in together, I think, was because we both wanted a home to make a project out of.
This past weekend we took some time to take some photos of the our little space. We were prompted to do this because we are officially heading out of the cold and into the warmth of California for a few months! We’re hoping to rent out our labour of love while we are gone.
Also, I’ve been keen to share photos on the blog so here we go!
A lot of the furniture we retrofitted or Marc and I built. Like our headboard and dining table.
Most of the art has a story behind it that’s special to us as well. One of the most precious is the cat portrait my friend and wonderful artist Rachael Parsons did of my childhood cat.
The first thing is two things. Two videos by Adam Magyar. A simple concept really. Shot on a high speed camera these videos of trains pulling into their stations are so unexpectedly stunning to me. Something I love about visiting bigger cities is people watching. And the comfort of being alone in a sea of people. I like that. These videos bring on similar feelings. Because of the slow motion that feeling is, magnified. I feel curious about every single face.
via This Is Colossal
The second thing is just a fan video for a Jay-Z and Kanye song off the Watch The Throne album. Kind of old news but I stumbled upon it again and was reminded of what a great job these guys did for presumably very little money. Just a share because I enjoyed it so…
Let’s pretend it’s spring. The weather is getting warmer and by what feels like a miracle one can leave the house with bare legs!
1980′s Blue & White Striped Day Dress
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For some reason (probably because I love dumplings!) I’ve had the urge to make these guys. And this weekend I did it. It was surprisingly easy when you you the wonton wrappers. The only other time I’ve made this sort of thing we made the dough from scratch and that added a whole extra headache.
These guys I made based on this recipe here. I would most definitely make them again. Experiment with the filling a little next time.