Looking Forward To

Hat – Zellers; Shirt – Jacob; Dress – thrifted; Undertunic – Ruche; Shoes – Payless.

We’re enjoying the last days of summer here.  Who knows how long they’ll stick around.  It could be a week or another few months.   We’ll see.  I love summer.  I really do.  And I’m going to be very sad to see it go.  But I know that it must go at some point, so I’m trying to reconcile myself to that by thinking about the good things ahead.  I’m really looking forward to chunky knit sweaters, and warm scarves.  I’m also looking forward to a potty trained baby.  That happens at 15 months right?


3 years?!?!


True Story:
Baby insists on walking Drake herself.

Thunder And Lightning

We had a huge thunderstorm in Toronto receently.  It was crazy!  Crazy and awesome!  
It was pitch black outside, but the lightning made it feel like the middle of the day.

 Can you believe it?   
Pitch black and yet this is what my camera captured when the lightning was going full force.

The Boot Fairy

Jacket – Old Navy; Dress – Dear Creatures from Ruche; Belt – AE: Socks – Hue; Wellies – Petite Pieds.

Okay, I’ll fully admit that these aren’t the bets pics.  But if you read about me, you’ll see that I preface this whole blog by saying I’ll make plenty of mistakes.  First, the humidity in the air completely ruined my hair, so by the time I took the pics I had to throw it up in a ponytail and even then it looked just plain baaad.   Second, why does it always stop raining when I put on my wellies???  Is it some cruel joke being played on me?  Make Joanna look silly by making it sunny when she gets her rain boots on?  *sigh*  Well, the jokes on you, ’cause I wore them anyway.

Speaking of rain boots, I want a pair of hunter wellies, but I know I won’t find the room in my budget.  So hopefully one day someone will give me a pair as a gift.  The magic boot fairy perhaps?  What, she exists doesn’t she?

True Story:
Baby is sitting under my desk, sucking her thumb and cuddling with her blanket.  So cute!!

Forget Bachelor Pad, Splash Pad’s Where It’s At!

The great thing about having kids is that you get to see everything fresh – through their eyes.  You get to go back and experience a lot of pleasures that have been forgotten along the way.  One such experience came along for me when we took Baby to the splash pad.  The squeals and screams of excitement coming from her were so joyous!  When the water would disappear she would stop, look at it very seriously, look at us, then back down and wait.  And wait.  And then the water would suddenly start up again, and she would wriggle and wave her arms and squeal in excitement!  Of course, when she put her face right up to it and got a nose full of water she was less than impressed, to say the least.  She reached for me, and after being safely secured away in my arms, gave that sprinkler a stern scolding.  I could tell.  I’ve heard that tone of voice before.  That sprinkler was given a strict talking to.

But neither she, nor it, learned their lesson because the whole event was repeated less than five minutes later.

Honestly, I think this is one of my favorite memories from the summer!

True Story:
I recently had about 500 business cards printed.  
How do I know there’s that many? 
‘Cause they’re all on my living room floor currently.  
Quality control via Baby.

When ‘Naked’ Or ‘Bathrobe’ Won’t Do

Blazer – Ezra; Scarf – Old Navy; Jeans – Guess; Shirt – Lucca Couture; Shoes – Payless.

Okay, so sometimes I don’t actually want to get dressed.  Not that I want to walk around naked, more that I don’t want to actually think about what I’m wearing.  I was having one of those days, but I had no choice as I had to go to work…on tv…in front of the nation…so I had no choice.  Even if I don’t feel like getting dressed.  I just start one thing at a time and build up from there. And thank goodness my dress code is super casual though because here’s how my brain works:

I don’t want to get dressed. I don’t want a cute outfit or dress.  I want to stay in my bathrobe.  But I can’t.  Okay, I’ll wear jeans.  And what else?   I want to be cozy and covered up today.  Nerdy t-shirt.  No.  Plain gray t-shirt  because it’s soooooft.  I want a cozy scarf.  Can I deal with some color?  Maaaaaybe.  Oh bright orange!  Okay that works.  Maybe I should try to look good. Meh.  Ruched sleeve blazer…in black.  Nice!  Easy. No fuss, no muss. *looks down* Crap!  No shoes.  Okaay.  Comfy broken in ballerina flats.  Done.

p.s. Check out some pics from the Posthuman shoot here.  Oh, and I read a great article over here on Bethany’s blog. 

True Story:
Two very tired parents.  One veeeery stinky diaper.  
No one wants to change it.  
While trying to convince the other to change it, the whole house slowly starts to smell like a biological warfare testing ground.  
Parenthood. It doesn’t make sense.

Tuesday in Review: Pure+Simple Calendula Mask

I have sensitive skin.  My skin does not like a lot of products.  It gets all ragged, red, blotchy, splotchy, and breaks out.  It hates a lot of things.  But it loooves this mask: the Pure+Simple Calendula Mask. It’s a soothing, moisturizing, calming mask.  The label says you can wear it for 15 minutes or leave it on all night as a treatment.  I do the later.  I put it on just before bed and then sometimes wait until long after breakfast to wash it off.  You can get away with that because once dry it’s quite clear and most people won’t notice you’re wearing anything. 

I’m a big fan of Pure+Simple *a Toronto brand* because it uses all natural and, when possible, organic products.  Their whole mantra is to be as gentle, natural and unintrusive with their skin care products. 

My skin thanks you.

Wearing My Walkin’ Hat

Hat – Ruche; Skirt as dress – on the beach in Barcelona; Belt – F21; Shoes – Zellers.

Here’s why I love fashion:  You can be endlessly creative with it.  You can nip, tuck, pin, twist, tie, belt, and loop to you hearts content and create an ever varying assortment of outfits.  And one of my fave things is the miraculous ability of maxi skirts to become dresses just by nipping a belt around your waist.

And though you’re probably tired of seeing my summer staples – large sunglasses and a wide brim hat – I’m loving them.  Sun protection hound that I am, I wear both these things and SPF 45 on my face.  What can I say?  I rock the pasty white look.

True Story:
Drake the Dog lying asleep on the couch.  Baby comes over and I expect her to smack him or poke him, but what does she do instead?  She leans in real close and puts her little nose right up against his and just stares at him. 
For a really long time.   
Then she pokes him. 
Still, it’s an improvement.

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few

Scarf – Trove; Dress & Ring – Spotted Moth; Booties – Ruche.

Do you have regrets?  I do.  I used to say I didn’t.  I think I said it because I was prideful, as in “everything is perfect, exactly how I want it and I don’t make mistakes.” And I don’t know if it was true at the time or not, but these days I have them.  Yes, the choices I’ve made have led me to the point I’m at now and there are so many things I’m thankful for.  But the nature of regrets is the ‘could-have-been’ nature to them.  You wonder, “Was that the better choice?”   I think I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, but that doesn’t mean that at 5am in the morning I don’t regret. I regret choices. *I was younger and stupider…hard to believe I know* I regret actions.  I regret things I said, and things I didn’t say.

I think regrets aren’t a bad thing.  It means you’ve grown and if you knew then what you know now, you would behave different.

Sorry, don’t mean to be a downer.  Ice cream anyone?

  True Story:
I come into the living room last night and Drake the Dog is sprawled, spread eagled on his back on Husband’s lap, who’s giving him belly scratches. 
I felt like I was intruding.

Skirts Abound With Boho-Casual

Top – Smart Set; Belt – AE; Skirt – Zara; Booties – Aldo.

I was on the set of Posthuman shooting an awesome episode today!  Seriously, it’s gonna be sooo good.   But that’s why I don’t have an outfit pic for you.  Instead, I’m showcasing an outfit that’s a few days old. Hope you like it!  I certainly do, but that’s because I’m having a love affair with Maxis recently.  Shhh, don’t tell Husband.   He doesn’t suspect anything.

In the meantime, check out this video.  It’s a little behind-the-scenes at the Movieola studio. *and I’ll be posting those outfit pic tomorrow, so it’s also like a sneak peek* 

Happy Sunday!

Quote of Today:
“Show me your shifty eyes.”

Random Sundays: *silence*

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