Do what you love. Love what you do.

Those are wonderful words, aren’t they? A spectacular idea. A great notion. However, it is harder than it sounds in those two tight sentences, in those eight words to accomplish. As a teenager I always thought I knew what I loved to do and that I would stay on that path with great tenacity until it was done and I did what I loved. But somewhere along the road my idea of what I loved started getting muddled. As I grew up and starting living in the real world things began to change. It’s pretty obvious that things change when you go from fantasizing about a profession to even getting your first minimum wage job. The two are not the same but step by step I began to feel the complexity of doing what you love and making money from it. Little by little I was heading in the direction I had always cared about and the closer and closer I got (not that I got THAT close!) the less and less I enjoyed myself and the less I loved about this particular “career” choice. That threw me for a goddamn loop. Feeling like a door was painfully closing the other awful part was like other windows, doors, vent, you name it, were also opening. It makes one feel rather scattered brained. People keep telling me it’s normal to feel the way I do. At the moment I am in my early twenties (almost mid) and I have a thousand interests. Maybe a thousand is an exaggeration. But even within liking lots of things when you begin to contemplate choosing one as a career all the aspects of why it may suck begin creeping in and you ask yourself, will this truly be what I love?

It’s too much pressure!

My brain explodes almost everyday. Granted, I have a particular obsession with the topic of what am I going to do with my whole life? Combined with some neurosis and worry wart-ism that I think I got genetically, these thoughts exhaust me.

I’m coming to the conclusion that this do what you love thing is more complicated than one sentence. There will never be something that will make me entirely happy and fulfilled. It’s just gotta be as simple as I love more than I don’t. Accepting the aspects that you don’t/won’t love… that’s the ticket. Maybe? I don’t want to commit to any real statement here. Just like I can’t commit to one interest. So fuck it. Do what you love. Love what you do.

Meet The Maker: Steven Alan from Need Supply Co. on Vimeo.

This is my first personal post. It came from a rabbit hole of watching videos and interviews like the one above. They equally excite me, inspire me and stress me out. I love, love, love Steven Alan and his passion for his business. And obviously, like you, like everyone I want to love what I do. It’s hard sometimes to dig deep and understand what is inside your core. So I suppose I have no choice but to let the journey continue.

P.S. This Do What You Love feature on A Pair & A Spare is nice a read. If you’re not pacing the room with your stomach in a knot for no reason.

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Just popping in for a sec to share this cocktail I made yesterday. I’m only sharing it because it was surprisingly good. I normally whip up concoctions that are well, let’s say they get the job done.

Ingredients (Yields Two Servings)

3 oz vodka
1 cup cubed watermelon
5 slices of cucumber
1 lime (juiced)
2 oz basil infused simple syrup (1 part sugar 1 part water, 5-10 basil leaves)
5 fresh basil leaves

soda water

Method
After the simple syrup has cooled add all ingredients to a shaker (except soda water). I didn’t have a shaker so I used a plastic pitcher and covered the spout with my hand and just shook the crap out of it. Pour over ice, add a good splash of soda water and garnish with whatever you’d like (basil leaves, cucumber, lime, watermelon).

Enjoy and watch the sunset.

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This is something I thought I was seeing everywhere. This chunky, beaded, often ceramic accessory trend. However, when I decided to do a post about it I had a rough time finding examples. Maybe that’s because this is one of those trends where I only like a very specific piece of the sort. Does that make sense? Anyway let’s take a sec to explore this. These necklaces remind me of an art teacher. In a good way though. This chunky look that could almost be DIY/Arts & Crafts – y. I looked at few DIYs of the sort and some versions on etsy and none stood out to me like these. I may take the plunge and purchase that Academy piece from Need Supply. I think these necklaces would nicely spruce up a classic striped tee. Then maybe I’ll look like a french art teacher? I’m okay with that.

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I love gin. Typically (or so I am told) it’s a warm weather drink. I don’t buy into that, all year round I drink a good ol’ gin & soda with a lime. The promise of summer is lingering I’m eyeing these colourful cocktails. Go gin!

1. Berry Gin Sparkler

2. Blood Orange Gin & Tonic

3.  Pineapple Gin Kir

4. Grapefruit, Cucumber & Gin Cocktail

5. Elderflower Smash

6. Blackberry Gin & Tonic

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Happy Monday, Internet! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend. Just to start the week off right take 25% off everything and anything in the shop. ALL WEEK LONG!

Coupon code: SPRING14

Even the already reduced items! K. Shop on!

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Lauren Moffatt is one of those designers where I always say if I had unlimited money she is all I would wear. Of course that’s not true because there are several designers I say that about. It is a select few. Each and every collection that comes out from Lauren Moffatt seems almost better than the last. I love her print choices and the subtle details in her garments. This one is definitely no disappointment.

Images via Calivintage

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Last month, Marc and I drove from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles and we took 8 days to do it. The pacific northwest is rife with amazing things and natural beauty.

Our first day we drove all the way to Portland, OR. We took the scenic route through the olympic peninsula in Washington which was maybe one of the most beautiful parts of the entire trip.

We arrived in Portland late on a Friday night and we stayed at an AirBnB which I loved. It really makes one feel like a local for a couple of days. That’s what I love about it more so than a hotel. I enjoyed Portland a lot. It was very laid back unless you want to go out for brunch. Oh man! What is there to do in Portland? Wait in line for brunch is the answer. We tried to go to a place called Screen Door at 9 am for brunch… Line. We ended up at the Ace Hotel instead which was surprisingly empty. The brunch and the atmosphere were very good. Really, we only had one full day in Portland so we just wandered around did a little shopping. My favourite spot was in the Southeast area called House of Vintage.

The next day we left Portland and headed to Crescent City, CA where we stayed at a roadside motel. Can’t do a road trip without a roadside motel. On the way there we again took the scenic ocean route. Southern Oregon on the coast is quite beautiful as well. A little less built up then the coast in California. We also stumbled upon/stumbled through Dune City, OR. The giant dunes were really something. I’ve heard the dune buggy experience is pretty fun. Maybe if I happen through there again in the sun I would give it a go.

After Crescent City we explored the Redwood parks. They were incredibly beautiful. Saying these things are beautiful feels redundant. Of course they are beautiful! But I can’t not say it.

We spent the next night at an AirBnB in Willits, CA before heading through the Avenue of the Giants and then did the Mendocino coast on our way to San Francisco. I must say if you happen to find yourself in these parts do the Mendocino coast! It’s so fantastical. The beauty of the ocean and the cliffs is so rugged. Maybe more so than Big Sur. I’m sure there’s an argument amongst the locals: Mendocino vs Big Sur.

San Francisco. Our stay in San Francisco ended up extending a bit. Our plan was to stay in this city then take our time on the PCH through Big Sur and down to LA. However we were going to be driving into the crazy rain weather southern California was experiencing. So we decided to hit Big Sur on the way back to Vancouver and extended our stay in SF then just head straight to LA on the main freeway (boring).

We both enjoyed San Francisco a lot. I’d been once before briefly. What I recall most is what we ate. We had a really awesome meal at an Italian Nouveau type restaurant called Baretta. And I had probably the best sashimi of my life at a sushi place called, Tataki. It happens to be a sustainable sushi restaurant. They teamed up with the aquarium in Monterey, CA to create a more sustainable menu. Bonus! If you are in San Francisco for one meal only this is the place I would go. It was so so so good.

Most of what we did in San Francisco was pretty touristy to be honest. It was rainy, so we purchased one of those CityPass deals and went to a bunch of museums and on the one nice day we took a boat ride out and around the Golden Gate Bridge. Normally we don’t do the “tourist” things but we didn’t know a whole lot about San Francisco and what awesome things to do. We had a pretty good time being tourists.

All photos were taken by Marc or myself with the iPhone and processed using VSCO. I took some film photos so hopefully I will get those processed soon.

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Last week I was sent a link to this brand new Etsy shop, Fine Frock. When I clicked it I was so pleasantly surprised. At the moment the styles are few but each piece I can see a woman wearing in so many different ways. The designer at the helm, Emily has done a lovely job. All the upclose photos seem to represent lovely skill. The light blue Boatneck Dress is my favourite. Love. I look forward to seeing more from this little shop.

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It’s been a fair little while since I’ve felt like I’ve had a vast amount of new exciting music to listen to. Not to blame anyone but myself, I’ve been less adventurous when it comes to discovering new music in the last few years. But right now so much great stuff has been hitting the internet waves and whatnot.

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This is one of those songs that is on repeat. I first heard in on SiriusXMU when I had a rental car for a day. Mark Kozelek played in LA the other night and I missed it! I went online to buy tickets then realized it was the previous day. Gah! So ridiculous of me. Oh well… Just gonna listen to this for the 100th time.

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Not particularly new but I’m into this album these days. The car we are driving around at the moment doesn’t have an AUX in cord and those radio transmitters for iphone/ipod things don’t work the best in big cities with sparse dead air space. We have resorted to CDs (hello 2002!) and this is one of the albums in the car. Yep.

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I’m so jazzed for this album. I love love love this band. Lately I’ve been listening to their first LP Wagonwheel Blues alot because I killed Slave Ambient over the last few years. Soon I will have Lost In a Dream to play over and over until it’s no longer possible to listen to it anymore. Listen to a stream here until the 18th when it comes out for real.

 

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