September in pictures

Minus the pics from my wonderful ten-day Northern European vacation, which ended a few hours ago when the plane touched down in Toronto. I’m so so sad, but I don’t have to go back to work just yet (taking tomorrow off as my recovery day), and I’ll always have the memories! Which I’ll post about (with many, many pictures) in the coming days/weeks.

So this is the first three weeks of September, which involved much less food, more dogs, and a whole lot of biding my time until vacation.

Obi Wan Kenobi // last dumpling hurrah // last salted caramel hurrah // at Anthro in Yorkville // outside Free People in Yorkville // Club Monaco fall dresses // from the Moves app, I burned devil calories walking! // stubbornly sticking to flip flops // 8-year-old basset hound named Bosco

Abby my sister basset hound can’t wait to go for a walk // she’s happy // very happy // really happy // I walked a lot the week of September 1 // Essie Turquoise and Caicos, last gasp of the summer // after the summer storm, the humidity limited // Essie Smokin’ Hot, back to fall // Anne of Green Gables quote


Goodbye, lovers and friends

I should hastily add, just temporarily. No plans to shut down this blog. Just taking a much-needed and much-deserved vacation.

Also, it’s the name of my favourite song off Franz Ferdinand’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action album.

Radio silence for ten days, but I’m sure my Instagram will be busy while I’m away. And there will be lots to report when I get back on September 30.

Until then, cheerio!


Early mornings, long days, ready for vacation


First Reykjavík, Iceland, then London, then Copenhagen. The blank may be filled in by a number of things: work, everyday life, work, routine, work, etc. Did I mention work? My brain is already on vacation but I’m so busy that I’ll probably be working right up to the time I have to go to the airport on Friday night.

So excited though. I’ve always wanted to visit Scandinavia (bucket list), and there’s so much to London to see it would take many trips to see everything.

In the meantime, I’ve been planning what I’ll do (where to eat, where to shop, what to see), not sleeping very well (eff you, ragweed), and wearing black. With a big-ass necklace.

J.Crew tee // stella & dot Marchesa necklace // Gap knit a-line skirt // Tory Burch Reva flats


It’s almost too much, but it’s pretty awesome.

The only upside to waking up too early in the morning is seeing a sunrise like this:

Almost makes waking up at 4 a.m. worth it.


little wrinkly white dress

Hot humid summer is having its last gasp in the past few days, so I’m taking the opportunity to wear all my little summer slip dresses before I pack them away.

Gap dress // bubble necklace // J.Crew flip flops

I love turquoise and white (and a natural tan) for summer.

Even after steaming, the dress does wrinkle something crazy. I may have to go old-fashioned and starch it next summer.


Very casual wear

I’m one of those people that Tim Gunn hates, I wear yoga gear as casual wear on weekends (and I would probably wear it all the time if I could get away with it). I can’t help it, it’s easy and it’s comfortable.

I blame lululemon, with all their cute, flattering workout wear.

Cool Racerback // Wunder Under crop

I’ve been wearing lululemon for almost 10 years since my sister got me into them, back when they only had stores in Canada and their clothes were still made in Vancouver (I have a pair of Groove pants from 2004 that are still holding up). As a poseur. The clothes rarely saw the inside of a gym or a yoga class, they were just for lounging around or running errands (in the car). Like I’ve said before, fitness doesn’t come naturally to me.

But this summer I’ve been more active than I’ve ever been in my life, I walk a lot (a LOT) and thanks to my sister (again) I’m hooked on barre (a combination of yoga, pilates, and ballet), which is very trendy, very expensive, and demands a lululemon wardrobe.

I occasionally go to barre classes at a studio in my neighbourhood, but for the most part I work out at home with barre3 online (which is cheap and genius, and created by Madonna’s trainer Sadie Lincoln), so I guess I don’t really need the expensive clothes? I could barre at home in my $8 see-through Target leggings and no one except Will would make fun of me (and I have done, and he has done).

Dance Studio Jacket

Just call me Darth Lulu, the most terrifying Darth of all.

As for barre itself, I really enjoy it and it definitely delivers results. Proof: I’ve been adhering to a strict dumpling/banh mi/ice cream diet all summer (see my instagram for proof) and my clothes still fit.


Still summer

4-day work weeks 3-day weekends are awesome. That was my second in a row and I think I’m now going to petition for one every week. Very relaxing, lots of cooking done, and nine episodes of Scandal season 2 on Netflix (I get started on a show and I whip through it, also trying to get it watched before season 3 starts so I can watch it like a normal person).

Anthro Boreal Blear Tee (Weston Wear) // knockoff bubble necklace // Banana Republic pencil skirt // Miss Sixty Tracy heels

Today is back to school and the unofficial end to summer, but it’s still warm out, so I’m going to act like it’s still summer.

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