September 30th 2014

You know when you’re alone in your car and you’re listening to a song. Like, really listening to it. Sometimes you listen to it so much that you forget that other people could be watching you from the next car over. Or you are so into the song that tears actually form in your eyes. Anyone? God I hope some of you know what I’m talking about here…


Anyways, my point is that I was having such a moment in my car yesterday listening to a song (that I had to look up because I didn’t know who sang it) entitled Secrets by Mary Lambert. I don’t particularly like the song but I love the message. She was basically listing all of her secrets and the bridge went:

They tell us from the time we’re young
To hide the things that we don’t like about ourselves
Inside ourselves
I know I’m not the only one who spent so long attempting to be someone else
Well I’m over it

Then the chorus:

I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)
I don’t care if the world knows what my secrets are (secrets are)
So what
So what
So what
So what

This got me thinking about secrets. We all have them. I certainly do. Although I try to be as honest as I can on this blog, I am inevitably guarded and aware that there are more than 5 people reading this. How freeing it must be to just put all your secrets out there and genuinely not care what others think. Verse:

I’ve got bi-polar disorder
My shit’s not in order
I’m overweight
I’m always late
I’ve got too many things to say

I am so not there. I know that I care what people think. I tell myself I don’t (particularly when I get negative Anonymous comments) but I do. I think you grow a tougher skin as you get older but insecurities are a hard thing to shake off aren’t they? It’s something that I am really trying to work on because it was almost paralyzing for a good part of my life; trying to be in everyone’s good books. What a waste of energy. The more I’m honest about my quirks, the more I learn to have a sense of humor about them (as opposed to shame). It’s way more productive.

On that note, some of my secrets:

I listen to a lot of Top 40 music. I probably know the lyrics to most of the songs you hate.

My closet is a disaster. Like, balls of clothing piled on other balls of clothing.

People chewing gum loudly around me actually gives me serious anxiety. Sometimes I have to change seats or block my ears.

Since childhood, I’ve had this funny OCD thing where I scramble letters up in words and re-arrange them into 4 letter words. I am very good at Bananagrams and Scrabble.

I dealt with some postpartum stuff after giving birth to Theo and it’s something I still feel guilty about.

I don’t think I’ve missed a single episode of any of the Real Housewives shows. That’s probably hundreds of episodes of very trashy television.

All of my baseboards have dust on them at the moment. All of them.


Well I feel better.

(I invite you to share your secrets in the comments section. I won’t tell anyone.)




Etsy Made in Canada


September 29th 2014

Did you check out the Etsy Made in Canada event this weekend? There were over 23 locations across the country and I went to the Montreal venue on Saturday afternoon.

{Photo credit: Ali Inay via Etsy Made in Canada FB Page}

I had to rush Theo out the door in order to make it there before closing time, so I forgot the stroller. That meant I had to carry my toddler in my arms the entire time and therefore could not take pictures. I also forgot my cell phone in the car so even with the stroller, pictures were not meant to be. I apologize. But I did take a bunch of business cards so that I would remember my favorites and here they are :)

Louise Koo


Noir & Black


Hazel & Hunter

I finally had a chance to meet owner Julie in person and she could not be sweeter. I’ve been a long time fan of her incredible woven art and I was so happy to introduce myself. Turns out she reads this blog – hi Julie!


Les Charlatans

Weekend Links


September 26th 2014

If you are a parent who often feels Pinterest-induced inadequacies, this article will make you feel better. It’s also hysterical.

An inspiring story about choosing life goals over career goals.

Did you know that one of the world’s best restaurants is also one of the cheapest?

This weekend is the Esty Made in Canada event. I will be checking out the Montreal location in hopes of getting an early start on my Holiday shopping (yeah right). Hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend!


48 hours in British-Columbia


September 25th 2014

I just returned from a quick couple of days in Toronto, where I worked on another fun #Whatsyourstyle/Quelestvotrestyle campaign for Home Sense in partnership with House & Home Magazine. I CANNOT wait to share the final shots with you in early November when the Holiday campaign is live (here’s the Fall campaign). In the meantime, here is a quick recap of our 48 hours in British-Columbia.

Last Friday, Mike and I landed in Vancouver at 9pm. We drove to our friends’ place and immediately passed out (it was midnight in Montreal). We woke up to this view:


I know, gross. I can’t believe that our friends have to put up with this view every day. Thank goodness for curtains.

After a quick bite to eat at Café Medina, we drove the 2.5 hours to Pemberton to attend our friends’ wedding. This was the view for the ceremony:


Just, ew.

The weather could have not been more perfect. I actually got a sunburn during the ceremony! My friend Hilary was a breathtaking bride – so relaxed and happy.


Both the bride and groom are chefs so the food was pretty epic. It was warm enough for all of us to eat outdoors, surrounded my mountains. And bears. There was a black bear. He was just hanging out by the parking lot. My initial thought was “let’s just slowly evacuate and re-schedule the wedding” but the locals acted like it was a squirrel and I eventually calmed down. (Until we had to go to our car late at night and I was convinced the bear was just waiting to pounce on us.)

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The next morning, we drove back into Vancouver to kill some time before catching our red-eye flight back to Montreal. We parked our car in Stanley Park, took a nap on the beach by English Bay and then had the BEST Chinese food I’ve ever had in my life at Peaceful Restaurant in Kitsilano (as seen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives). All the chefs at the wedding told us what to order and we listened carefully. Peaceful is known for its Beef Roll, which is essentially a crispy rice flour crêpe filled with hoisin and braised beef. It’s magic in the mouth. The homemade noodles and fresh dumplings also blew my mind and I don’t know if anything else will ever compare.

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With our bellies full of Chinese food, we headed for the airport to catch a long flight back to reality.

Goodbye beautiful British-Columbia. I wish you were closer.


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