friday, i’m in love


  • when you’re not quite ready to deal with real life does your bestie send you great things from internet? mine does: “quit acting like he wrote you every damn day, girl” 22 things couples need to stop instagramming. And #15….pretty much the thing I hate the most. And of course, 10 pictures of Prince Harry in a tux…which is misleading, because it’s all from the same event. While I’m not fond of bow ties, I do love gingers.
  • after seeing/hearing pretty much every single person I know refer to their “love language” I finally looked it up. Have you done it? (it’s free) Without knowing what the 5 “languages” were, I had an idea what mine would be. Well hot damn, if I wasn’t dead RIGHT! I tied in my top 2 (quality time and physical touch). That’s probably only because winking and being awkward aren’t love languages…..which is weird. They should be.
  • thoughts on Halloween? Who’s in the “that shit cray” boat with me? I hate being scared. HATE. I don’t particularly love dressing up; slutty nurse? No thank you. Just give me some half price mini chocolate and Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • I created this recipe exactly 52 weeks away and have been stalking the brussels sprouts at the grocery store and plan on buying a huge bunch when they either a) look good, or b) aren’t $8.99/lb (momma ain’t broke but that is way too expensive)
  • I’m leaving for Christmas (winter?) vacation in 7 (SEVEN!) weeks! That seems soon doesn’t it? I’ve also fully committed to a 29 day famjam (guess who only has 30 day out-of-country insurance?) I’m crazy right? Do you know how much my dad talks?
  • confession: I really don’t like Coldplay and I really really really hate their song yellow. But…do you watch The Voice? The version Matt and Ethan sang in the battle round was amazing. I mean the song itself still sucks, but their performance (the guitars, swoon) was so good.
  • tv things. Scandal: how am I supposed to feel bad for Huck when no one will believe Jake? Did you have that moment of hope when Fitz began singing and you were all YES! YES it was a plan to frame Rowan…..and then, oh no. NO! Loving Chicago PD. And am pretty please that New Girl and Mindy Project are better than last season. Oh why yes I did snuggle on the couch with sweatpants, coffee, a blanket, and 10 hours of OnDemand last Saturday catching up on everything I missed while I was away.
  • did you see my and Laura’s “sister things” on Wednesday? I’ve been looking forward to posting for so long. We may just have to do another one while we’re in Georgia… “guess who bought all this stuff on clearance at Target?!” and “who bought these cutie new shoes at TJ Maxx?” But seriously. I got my Sperry’s there last year and sis her (non-thuglife) Timberland’s.

Best part of your week? Was it the glorious (Southern Ontario) fall day on Thursday? Oh my gosh, it was so beautiful! Plans for the weekend? I’m cleaning (maybe there is still a suitcase in my bedroom) and doing my laundry and a little bit of work. So fun. 


[photo via explorecanada's instagram]

sister things

Ever since seeing “sister stuff” on A Beautiful Mess in June I have been wanting to replicate something similar with my sister. We (Laur and I; as if I knew the ABM gals) tossed around items and ideas in September and took the photos in Calgary and Vancouver earlier this month.

So…which are my favourite things and which are Laura’s? (do you know us even a little bit? this is quite possibly the easiest guessing game ever…)

nailpolish1 nailpolish2doughnut1 doughnut2 phonecase1 phonecase2 scarf1 scarf2 coffee makeup1 makeup2shoes1 shoes2 jewelry1 jewelry2reading1 reading2 icecream1 icecream2 laura allison

Did you guess correctly? Laura on the left – I’m on the right!


the great canadian west coast roadtrip


Last week I got back from my 5th trip to the West Coast (4 Canada, 1 US/Canada) in the last 3 years. And let me tell you, the West redeemed herself (I’m looking at you 2012…rain in Vancouver, snow in Calgary).

Over Christmas holidays last year, not quite ready to go back into the condo after seeing American Hustle (I’m sure we were the only 2 people that thought it sucked) sister and I leaned on the 3rd floor railing over looking the dark ocean talking about when she decided to move home we would first fly down to San Francisco, drive north up the coast then back to Calgary then pack up and come back to Ontario. Which morphed into let’s not wait and just go to San Fran and drive the coast this summer/fall. Which turned into let’s reach out to Ford Canada again and see if we can Canadian road trip in October.

Y’all remember Henry from last year, right?


Last summer, Henry chauffeured us to Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, and Bow Lake. A true gentleman.

Ford said yes, I booked my plane ticket in less than 20 minutes (thank you WestJet seat sale) and counted down the days. For this road trip I had but one request: fuel efficient. Without further ado, meet Clara:


Yes, Clara Ford; a sleek 2014 Hybrid Fusion. Henry Ford’s wife. Get it? Get it! (all sis; she’s the true brains behind our car naming game). Clara, such a pretty girl, escorted us on the Trans Canada Highway through Alberta,

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through BC,


and to beaches and an olympic village and islands and wine country and then back home.




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Girl was tricked out: told us where to go (I know you all love that trait in a good woman), played our favourite tunes, let us make calls and brag about our sweet ride. She has a heated steering wheel and hot buns. I mean I have hot buns. I mean Clara has SEAT WARMERS…that also warm your back. She’s magnificent. And the one thing I wanted, she delivered. This baby is mega fuel efficient!

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Thanks Ford Canada! And thank you Miss Clara (this is where you pet her and tell her she’s pretty…)


ps: more vacation things coming weekly – big long posts with lots and lots of pictures. cool? COOL! 

pps: yes, I wrote all those signs. 


friday, i’m in love


  • Giants – Royals in the World Series!!! I can’t even tell you how pumped this makes me (and sis. and dad). SF Giants are my National League team (we don’t have to talk about my American League Jays, it’s cool); 3rd World Series in 5 years – every.other.year! And the Royals! They admitted they weren’t that great in August and then…..everything just clicked. And ah, they’re undefeated so far in the post-season. Oh-wee this is gonna be a great series!
  • “you’re either ready to reap this freaky-assed harvest or you’re not” it’s decorative gourd season (warning: some offensive language but too funny not to read….and let’s be serious, if you’re here, you’re not offended by an f-bomb)
  • my grandma picked me a bouquet of snapdragons from her garden on Wednesday night when I stopped in for dinner on my way home from the airport. Dinner and dessert and 2 cups of coffee and sending me home with leftovers, meat sauce, apples, and flowers: that’s love!
  • I had to pop into Chapters yesterday and do you know what Chapters has prominently displayed? Christmas decorations! Yo Chapters, no. It’s mid October (and who knows when it hit stores…). Just no. I love Christmas, I do; in December.
  • Do you have Nexus? I do and I have one major complaint. I have attempted to use the Nexus lanes travelling domestically 3 times since June; they’ve been closed each time. I did not pay $10/year and double that parking at Pearson for the lamest “you’re totes an upstanding citizen, right? super, let me scan your retinas” interview for the lanes to be closed. I want swift security checkpoints where people KNOW they have to take off their belts and YES, you need to take your computer out of your bag and WHY the hell did you put your boarding pass in your purse which is cruising through the scanner? Whhhhhhyyyyy? Why are there still coins in your pocket, sir? And that watch? OFF! Love airports, hate security checkpoints; thus, Nexus. Fail.
  • tv things: Scandal was the only thing I watched this week. And, ummmm, OH.EM.GEE! Fitz, you can’t have it both ways. Sure it blows your wife hates you and it’s hard being the president, but you can’t get all cranky pants when your mistress doesn’t want to makeyouty in the Oval. And the end? THE END?! Do you think Fitz is pissy and is out to kill Jake or it’s totally a bigger scheme and they’re playing mind games Rowan? The second option, right? RIGHT? #teamjake. But probably Fitz’s loins are burning and Jake’s getting permanent residency beside Mamma Pope at the bottom of a hole. AHHHH.
  • the doughnut and gourmet ice cream detox is real. Real awful. Vacation life > real life. (lots of vacation things coming your way next week and once a week till I run out of fun photos – all without bears, sigh – to show you)
  • oh, and can someone make me these cider caramels? I’d say cider doughnuts (cause, yum) but supposedly I’m on a doughnut detox and #lifeishard

all my friends say: (meet Chrissy! A Buffalo native who lives in Chicago I “met” on the interwebz; we were both ambassadors for (the now defunct) I’m Fit Possible. She was there to share adventures hiking in Nepal and scrumptious recipes while I thought it was a support group for people who ate ice cream after workouts. We became fast (internet) friends when we realized we had a ton in common, mostly our love for Jersey Boys and both being firmly planted on #teamjake. Chrissy is super, super pumped to share some of the things she’s loving this week….unfortunately “shirtless Scott Foley” isn’t one of them, damn Jake kept all his clothes on last night…)

  • Fall clothes. I realized after all summer of wearing all dresses and not a single pair of pants that pants are the worst and that I needed fall and winter dresses because even dresses with tights are better than pants. Am I alone on this? Combine my lack of season-appropriate dresses with the fact that I JUST discovered the website 6 pm to mean that bad things happened to my credit card around 12:30 Saturday night but I look forward to the good things happening to my closet in 5-7 days., scarfs, cute jackets. Love them all. I almost want to wear them all at the same time but then I’d look like Joey from Friends…could I BE wearin’ any more clothes?
  • Food.  Baked goods. I want to eat all the baked goods.  Didn’t help that I went on a baking spree for various events this week, so my Red Wine Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cake, the Brown Eyed Bakers’ Salted Caramel Apple Cake, Red Velvet Cupcakes, and oatmeal chocolate Chip cookies all came forth from my kitchen in the past week. I see no sign or reason that the impulse to bake will subside anytime soon. Plus, keeping the oven on keeps my apartment warm.


So, my other cutie-pie internet friends (and a few real friends – gah it makes me all sorts of excited when I find out my real life friends read my craziness – HI DANIELLE!) what are you loving this week? 

Also, do you want to come by for some snuggles? I had constant entertainment for 10 days – thanks sister! – and now everything is quiet and lonely. 


(photo from topknotgoods instagram

friday, i’m in love


  • at dinner on Tuesday I got to see the end of the Giants-Nationals game; see ya in the NLCS Giants! (ps: the Giants played the Cardinals in the NLCS 2 years ago…then went on to win the World Series. Let’s do that again, fellas!)
  • talking sports: it’s NFL and NHL season again I see. Sigh. Snore.
  • I said something hopeful about love and relationships yesterday. Obviously I can’t remember today. It was fun while it lasted…
  • and and, maybe I have a crush on a boy who I know in real life. Not on tv. Not in my imagination. Real effing life! (and I’m 90% sure he isn’t married)
  • so, tv things? I watched Chicago Fire with sis on Tuesday; she’s not pleased Casey isn’t Australian Chase (House fans will get that). So we’re pretty pumped Halstead didn’t get shot Wednesday, right? That he’s still living another day so his blue eyes can pierce my soul through the screen. Yah, about that crush on real people thing…
  • I’ve eaten all my favourite things in the last few days (vacation FTW) and I really don’t know how non-vacation life will ever compare.
  • vacation things: you guuuuuys! the west coast is freaking amazing! mountains and fresh air and so many trees and lakes and harbours and sail boats and dreamy fog and no rain and singing in the car and sitting on the beach and walking everywhere and every other thing that makes life perfect (like doughnuts and coffee and ice cream).
  • if you’re wondering, no, I have not seen any bears (actually, just one). ZERO BEARS. I want to see allthebears.
  • I picked up the most amazing necklace in Calgary on Sunday. (very similar to the one second from the right) The colours, the style, it’s so perfect.


  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY!!  tacos next week? xox


So, being disconnected is kind of the greatest, BUT, did I miss any good kitten videos on the internets? How was the Tonight Show this week? What is everyone talking about?