Christmas Time Is Here...

With Christmas readily approaching, I thought i'd share some of my favourite Christmas songs that get me feelin' festive this time of year.
To be totally honnest I kind of hate a lot of Christmas songs. The one I hate most, being Santa Baby. Who's perverted idea was it to make Santa into a sex fetish? It's creepy and beyond disturbing.
So here's what I listen to, as a pop culture junkie that doesn't really care for most carols...

I grew up on Charlie Brown. Every morning growing up I read my select favourite comic strips from the daily paper, and Charlie Brown was always first. I inherited several Charlie Brown books from the 60's, courtesy of my comic-geek of a father.  I love Charlie. His dejected viewpoint is one I empathized with early on. Charlie & co. really epitomize the reality of sadness of life, while somehow remaining light and hopeful. Which is what Christmas always is, at least for me and my family. Sad, while at the same time, light, and a bit hopeful.
I also have a soft spot for Charlie since his Christmas special is one of the very few that actually mentions what Christmas is really all about.
So "Christmas Time is Here" is one of my go-to favorites go get me feeling nostalgic for Christmas.
While I've featured the instrumental version here, the singing version sure is nothing to frown at.
It also serves as not just an idyllic Christmas song, but serves rather well in both film and television. ( I guess it makes sense then, that The Royal Tenenbaums is my favourite movie and Arrested Development is my favourite tv show.)
*Note that this A Fine Frenzy cover is also very, very, lovely.

This is by far, my favourite version of this holiday classic. Connor Oberst's quivering vocals are just so touching and sincere. The melodic piano is the perfect accompaniment. I love myself a good ballad, especially during the holidays. All my friends and family I show this song to say it's "creepy" or "depressing" but I love it.
*Note that She & Him's version also deserves a shout out. 

Another melancholic holiday favorite is River. It's a recent favourite, only added in the last year or so- but it's quickly become a favorite. Nothing beats Joni on this one. I love the hint of Jingle Bells at the beginning and the sad hopefulness Joni exudes. 

This just may be one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. I love the piano melody paired with Sufjan's beautiful, beautiful, voice.

Despite my seemingly morose musical taste (that i'm not denying I have), I do like some pep here and there.
Such as this lil' number from El Perro del Mar: Oh! What a Christmas.

Speaking of pep, this is one of my favourites from Sufjan. It just perfectly encapsulates the Christmas chaos of the gathered family experience. Yes, I know this makes two Sufjan songs on this list. What can I say. That Christmas album is just plain genius.

The Killers have put out a few Christmas singles, but this one will always be my favorite. It's just so strange and silly. Two of my favourite things in life. And this video is just plain fantastic.

Speaking of silliness, nothing makes me smile like this 80's classic. Perhaps because my sister and I sing it to one another with really silly sing-songy voices, accompanied with dance moves that are just as silly. Plus, I just can't take this George Michael seriously at all.

Speaking of silly Christmas songs, I just love this farce from Love Actually. It's one of my favourite Christmas movies and I thought this bit was hilarious.

And last, but very much not least, I can't forget to mention my ultimate all time favourite Christmas movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. I just can't get into the season without seeing Jack discover Christmas for the first time.

And I can't forget about the SNL classic, I Wish It Was Christmas Today. Last night's reincarnation on SNL was the epitome of Christmas happiness. However, I can't watch the new one again and again like I want to, because I live in Canada and we can't watch anything on the internet in Canada!!! So if you are lucky and in the states, enjoy.

This one is a new favorite. While it's not exactly celebratory of Christmas, it's hilarious and I freaking love Community. (Though I wasn't a fan of Annie's "christmas" number. After all, ironic sexism is still sexism.)
Excuse me while I go cry at this great shows very unfortunate current predicament.

What gets you in the Christmas spirit?
If you celebrate it, that is.
If Christmas isn't your thing, what to you celebrate?


Back home.

I'm back in Edmonton! It's so nice to finally be on Christmas break. I forgot my camera cord though, so iPhone to the rescue!
This outfit was born out of the fact that I packed all dirty laundry to come home. Why pay to clean clothes when you can go home and wash them for free?! Luckily I had this shirt stashed here from who knows when. Then i got the skirt from my mom, and The necklace is stolen from the lil'sis. it was a better outfit alternative to wearing my dad's pajamas all day, as I didn't bother bringing those either, since we always get a pair for Christmas. I may seem like a disorganized mess from the outside, but really it's all intentional!
Some of the time...

How hilarious is it that I totally repeated the last outfit I posted?!? I didn't even realize it until I reviewed this post on the blog. 
I'm just a really big fan of navy stripes, a pencil skirt, and yellow tights! 


Proof that I still put on outfits.

{DIY shirt, Addition Elle Pencil Skirt, We Love Colors tights, Expression shoes}

Gah. Finals. I've pretty much been rolling out of bed past noon, then heading to the library to study until around 10, sometimes midnight, then go home attempt sleep, then wake up and do it all over again. 
I haven't really had the time to take decent photos, or post them when I do, (so expect a roundup post soon!) but I did get a photo in today! What an accomplishment! Haha. 

I don't mean to brag here, but this is maybe one of my favourite tops i've ever owned, and I re-fashioned it. I got it at a thrift store a while back. It had a 3/4 sleeve, so I hemmed those a bit. Then I got rid of the old buttons (little navy ones that did nothing for the sweater) added some new ones, and added some lace. I got the idea from this old anthropologie sweater. I just love the way the lace works with the stripes.
But what I love even more is that instead of costing $60, this only cost $10!  (For all of it, sweater, lace, buttons, and thread.) Boo-yah! 

Here's another snapshot for a better idea of the detail. I've worn this several times since I've completed it, mostly with black skinny jeans, but i've never gotten around to posting about it. My bad! 


Blogger Party at Spank

Wednesday night I had the opportunity to attend a lil' blogger party at Spank, a local clothing boutique. I've been there a few times before, albeit when I was a size 12. It didn't look like there was much to be had for my current size, but I loved looking at all the lovely pieces they had. I even got to meet Sylvia Lee, the designer of their in house brand, Lost and Found. (Which is really so lovely. Some great pieces that I very much want...) 
And the jewellery! If my bank account wasn't currently empty i'd have gone home with a necklace.

{me, (obvs), with my friend James, Alex and Paisley of Kenton Magazine, and Sara.}

I thought it'd be a good opportunity to get more involved in the local blogging community. Get myself out there, and hope to not be such a socially awkward disaster (which to be honest, I totally was! haha.)  I've never really found any Vancouver-based blogs that really spoke to my asthetic, until recently, when I had a women's study class with Zoe, who talked about her blog, Lion Heart Vintage, and then turned me on to Lydia's blog, Style is Style. (Love those two!)
Then I got to attend this event and meet some more lovely bloggers! I just love Alicia's blog, Alicia Fashionista and Felix's at Yuki and Bee.

Thanks so much to Spank and especially to Talya for inviting me! I had a great time, despite my social awkwardness. (There's a reason I'm always on the internet...haha!)


Penningtons - Styled to Surprise

As I've mentioned in the past, I consider blogging to be a form of activism. My aim is in getting another fat body out there in the sphere,  as a way to show others that you can still love yourself at any size. In particular, I focus on fat acceptance, however I believe every sized body should love themselves. I just happen to be in a fat body, so that's my main focus! Call it a manifesto, if you will.

So that's why i'm excited to talk about this project Penningtons let me know about recently.

I'm delighted a national store is bringing attention to self love and body acceptance. Penningtons is one of the few plus size options we Canadians have, and i'm so excited to see they are becoming an active participant in the fat/body acceptance movement.

What's this campaign all about?

 Penningtons turned an ordinary mirror in their Heartland Town Centre location store into something really extraordinary. Upon standing in front of a mirror, shoppers were stunned to see two completely realistic fireman descend from either side of their reflection via incredible, motion-sensored mirror technology. The fun and flirty firemen checked out the shoppers' new Penningtons clothes and performed a charming act for them before disappearing altogether. (from penningtons.com)

While I promote, and firmly believe that body and self acceptance need to come from within, it sure is nice to get a little validation here and there, (which is why I have this blog, of course.) so it's nice to see these women being praised for their looks, when as we know, so much of the world would disparage these women due to their size.
How nice for these women to experience praise rather than hate, that they are finally looked at an appreciated for being as beautiful as they are.

We should never place our self worth on the acceptance of others, but if you get it, it can sure help you in your self acceptance quest.


In rebranding my blog, I decided to go for a more eclectic vibe. Rather than just share what I wear, I wanted to include other things I am passionate about. 
One of those passions, being good food. 
I actually used to have a food blog, but it has become sorely neglected, much like a middle child.
So this "rebranding" is my attempt to fix that!

So here's a tasty recipe I came up with recently.

Vegan Tofu Panini on Naan

This is a simple and tasty sandwich, super quick for when you want something hearty and warm and also, did I mention delicious? 

You will need, for one substantial sandwich...

1/4 brick of extra firm tofu, drained
A few shakes of liquid smoke
bbq sauce to cover the tofu
1/4 each of red, green, and yellow bell pepper
1/2 small yellow onion
cheese (to make it vegan, use delicious Daiya!!)
2 pieces of naan bread

A day (or a morning) in advance, cut the (drained) tofu into rectangles. Shake some liquid smoke on there, and cover with bbq sauce. Allow to sit in the fridge a few hours or overnight. 

To make the sandwich, sauté the onion and peppers in olive oil until soft and browned.
In a separate pan, heat the tofu over medium heat for about a minute or two each side. (Alternately, you can bake the slices in a 350 oven for 15 mins.)

To assemble the panini...
Take one piece of naan, and smother with bbq sauce. Add the tofu slices. Add the saute'd peppers and onions, and the cheese. Take another piece of naan bread, and put it on top. Spread both the outsides of the pieces of naan bread with (vegan) margarine. Grill until nicely toasted and melty. If you don't have a panini press, a George Foreman grill works wonders here. It's what I use! 

As you can see this is a super lax recipe. If you have any questions let me know! 

So, I went a little scissor happy this weekend...

And chopped off half my bangs.
Or, fringe, as the english call it.
Which I really think sounds much better.

Anyways. I've always wanted to try the 50's pin up bangs, but i've never had the guts. 
I've experimented, but never really gone for it.
But I did like the shorter bangs I rocked on Halloween as Lucy...
So I finally decided to get brave.
And so I snipped, and I snipped.
And then I kept snipping.
Finally, I stopped myself. 
And after putting on some time appropriate makeup, 
I felt a lot better about the transformation.

It's been four days now and I think i've decided that I like them.

p.s. I'm going for a redheaded Traci Lords in Cry Baby look.


The F-Word

As some of you may have noticed, I am fat. This blog, after all started out with the name "Plus Sized Pretty". I have been fat, cubby, overweight, obese, big, plus size, whatever you want to call it, since I was a child. I chose to use the term fat to describe myself now because I am just that. I am fat. It is a descriptive physical characteristic and by embracing it I am taking away it's power as an insult.

As a child... that's when all of this started. I never really fit in, starting as young as kindergarden, when I was the "new girl" with that weird religion; but things only got worse once I started gaining weight.
When I was a child and I started becoming noticeably bigger than the other kids my age, my peers let me know this was not acceptable. I was bullied constantly at school. Every day. They let me know I was not accepted. That there was something wrong with me, and that I was unworthy of acceptance.
But it wasn't just at school. It was at church. The kids my age never let me feel the love my religion has to offer, because I felt so hated by those around me. I got it at home. My older brother making fat jokes. My Grandmother bullying me for being fat. My female cousins, close in age and influential, always talking about diets. My Mom, sympathetic and hopeful, telling me that one day, maybe around high school, I would just "thin out", like she did.

Not to mention the countless images from tv shows, movies, magazines, and later, internet, that penetrated my self perception so deeply that I hated myself. Just like everyone else did. When did this self hate start? For me, I remember watching disney movies and noticing my stomach didn't curve inward like the perfect princesses did. But that's just the experience of one individual.
However the problem is so expansive, so ingrained into our everyday society, that my experience is not unique. It is something almost every girl in this society must now go through. The movie Spanglish does an excellent job of portraying this.

Another example of how vindictive and obsessed the generation has become, can be seen in this clip from Weeds. Celia, the mother, is disapproving and downright abusive to her overweight daughter. Now i'm not trying to imply from these clips that it's the mothers that cause daughters to feel terrible about themselves, my own mother has always been loving and supportive of me no matter my size. Rather I am saying that in our society the need to be thin is so ingrained it has found a way into our homes. A perfect example of what I learned in Women's Studies this semester, hegemony. Hegemony is the dominance of one social group over a culture. I think we all know what force it is we face in this culture.
The endless quest for thin. 

When I first saw Maggie Goes on a Diet, I immediately closed my browser. I clicked away. I didn't want to see the latest body hate the world was perpetuating on the next generation of teenage girls.
The cover of this book hit all too close to home for me. There have been hundreds of clothes i've bought,  that my mother bought for me, that were "motivation" pieces. Items that, while too small, would fit "when I lost weight". After I lost weight, after I could wear those clothes, and then everything else would fall in place. I would have friends at school. Boys would like me. My family would love me more. I would be loved. But of course, these motivation pieces didn't work. Nothing did.

You know what else doesn't work? Hate literature aimed at young girls. The concept of this book is so disgusting I cannot believe it's being published. What kind of a world do we live in where it's acceptable,  even encouraged for young girls to be told so blatantly that they can't find friendship and happiness unless they're thin?
This video shows just how explicit this book implies that to be fat is to be unworthy of love, and only when you are thin can you find acceptance.

I mean, the book says it right there. "Playing soccer gave maggie popularity and fame." Not a killer personality or a great attitude, but the fact that she starts to kick a ball around and subsequent weight loss is what she needs to find acceptance.

One of the best parts to this story, is that all of this diet advice to young girls is being told by a fat old white man. Now I am not meaning to disparage him based on the fact that he is fat, rather point out that he really has no place to tell legions of young girls to diet. He doesn't know what it's like to be a girl faced with these pressures. He doesn't know the torment they endure. Rather, as an old white male, he is in the position of power to do the tormenting.

What I propose is that rather than reinforce the hegemonic weight obsession with out society, and allow this to continue on, we instead look to accept rather than assimilate our youth. In turn we can only hope that one day things will finally change.

Change that will garner confident, self respecting girls. Like the ones featured in "Smart Girls at the Party". Of all the girls profiled in this series, there is never any talk of their weight or appearance being what makes them the extraordinary girls they are.

If only we could see a book more like these, found from the blog Red No.3.

One of my goals in this life is to carve out a safe space for girls and women of every kind. To try and put  a stop to this kind of thinking. In finding my own self acceptance, I know it is the most important and valuable commodity to have. It's something we all must be equipped with in order to get through this life.


Today, the sun came out. An extremely rare event here in Vancouver. 
So I decided to celebrate by brining sunshine into my outfit.
Also, the fact that I haven't done laundry in a very long time, and the fact that the two shirts i'm wearing were clean, had a big part in the decision. 


A blog post in which I make a fool of myself...

So I rocked this skirt today. It's one of my favorites. I just got it at Thanksgiving when my mom and I found it on sale. I just love a cute thing on sale. Lucky for me, so does my mom.
Other than being insanely cute, part of why I love wearing this skirt is how it moves.
But that's hard to show in a picture.

So I proceeded to make a video...
...because I have no shame apparently.

Okay so I know you still can't tell how cute it is in the video but let's just pretend we can and laugh with me, okay?

Basically when I wear this skirt I feel like i'm in Finding Nemo.


All Quiet on the Blog Front...

Sorry for the blogging absence! Midterms have been awful this term, I had so much studying to do! One of them was half my grade, while the other, only worth 30% was cumulative. But they are now over! Woo-hoo! Now I only have a few projects before finals in December... oh, student life!

Anyways, on to the clothes! Shall we?
When the lovely Hannah opened up an etsy I just had to take a look. She's got such great style that I knew she would fill her shop with items that were just as cute as what she showcased on her blog. And I was right! As soon as I checked it out I saw the most incredible dress.

So even though as a student I really shouldn't be spending money, I couldn't get this dress out of my mind, and I just had to snatch it up. It was a great deal too, at only $10. I ended up paying closer to $20 since i'm in Canada but that's still a great deal! 

The lovely aqua colour, the polka dots.... it's like this dress was made for me. 
It's a great length, and roomy, and flowy, so it's incredible comfortable, while still being super stylish. I'm  in love with this dress! 

And with the addition of my favourite yellow cardigan, it's a match made in heaven.

{don't you just love those polka dots?!?!}

So check out Hanna's store! With her eagle eye for all things cute and great prices you can't go wrong. ;)


*Note that this is not a sponsored post. I am just gushing over my new cute dress from a great shop!*


I Love Lucy

It's time for Halloween!
Since i'm not actually doing anything on Halloween, seeing as I have a midterm at 7pm that day, celebrated last night at the church Halloween dance. I loathe dances but i'll take any excuse to dress up.
I love dressing up for Halloween. I love living in a world of fantasy for a day and emobyding a beloved character, as I tend to always base my costumes off of movie characters. However, this year I branched out and based it off a tv character!  

I'm Lucy! 

I've got the red hair and vintage sensibility, so I figured i'd put them to good use for an amazing costume! I really must say, I am quite proud of myself. I must sound totally conceded but I am so stoked at how close my costume is.  

I based it off of this photo:

And I think I did pretty good!
For the costume I...
  • Thrifted a dress- it was a wrap dress, so I picked apart the top and sewed it together again, then added the white trim to the sleeves. 
  • I cut the sleeves off an old collared white shirt (in fact the very same one I wore last year!), and slipped it under the dress. 
  • I made a crinoline out of tulle to give the dress some volume. 
  • & I also made the apron. 

I used the rag curl method to get her signature curls, and followed this tutorial for the makeup. 
The shoes, necklace and earrings were all things I just had in my wardrobe! 

Sadly, only three people knew what my costume was. I got one guess that I was Julia Child (which I can see), one guess that I was 'a housewife' (Lucy wasn't just any housewife!) and another that I was Mary Poppins! No idea where that came from. One guy told me "You know you're supposed to dress up, right?" which I took as a compliment, as I often dress in vintage 'housewife' dresses. Another guy told me that even though he didn't know who I was supposed to be, he could tell I put a lot of work into it. Which I also take as a compliment, because dang it, I did! I've put my thrift store sewing machine through  the ringer lately. 

Time to give it a rest and get back to studying! I can't believe I have two midterms next week!
Happy Halloween!

I'll leave you with some of my favorite Lucy clips. I had never actually seen any of the show until recently, I just knew about her from hearing of her legacy referenced on tv all the time, (something apparently none of my peers ever got since no one knew who I was!).
I just knew I wanted to be her thanks to her look, her legacy, and the fact that she was such a success and paved the way for women in entertainment, from staring in the show to being the first woman to run a major television studio. I love Lucy!


I still wear clothes.

I just haven't been too good at documenting the fact. Partially because most days are too crazy to get photos and blogging in. Midterm season is upon me, and I am suffering. It'll all be over November 2nd! (My last midterm.) And then before I know it, it'll be finals.... ah the life of a student. I've also been hard at work on my halloween costume, which I can't wait to debut!

And since I'm in my deathly hallows t-shirt and leggings today (until I have to 'actually' get dressed for a meeting at school later...) here is an outfit from last week sometime....I honestly don't remember what day. Haha.

^Those are actually loafers and knee socks, not boots!

So here's a better photo of my lovely loafers. Which are so comfy and cute.



 I wore this outfit yesterday. I felt very cute.
With my new cowboy boots.
Which I am so very pleased to have found at Value Village, for only $20.

In other news...

It was a bit of a letdown. The people I went with were not having it. Which kind of puts a damper on things.

I am really enjoying the season.
Fall is a really, really, beautiful time.
It's on par with cherry blossom season for me.

Tonight as I got in my car I heard a song on the radio. After hearing "I am not a robot." I decided I needed to know what this song was and how to listen to it again and again.
While in the past i'd have to look up the station online, figure out what show was playing at what time, then subtract 10 minutes from the time my car said the song I liked was playing at, as I set it fast in an effort to be on time more.
But tonight I just opened up a lil' app called SoundHound on my shiny new phone and in seconds I had the name and artist at my fingertips.

This song, along with technology has helped turn a rough day around.
Now I'm off to bed in an effort for tomorrow to be better.

Also, the pumpkin pie blizzard from DQ is quite tasty. Much better than pumpkin pie, but still not as good as a pumpkin spice from starbucks.


Today is the first day of the rest of my life.


Last night my crappy old phone, a palm pre, committed suicide. Good. Riddance. I hated that thing. Three weeks after I bought it the iPhone was released on my provider. I have been kicking myself for two years for missing out on it.
When the palm suddenly decided to die on me, I went to the nearest Bell store, which just so happened to have iPhones on sale for only $49!!! Only thing is the sale was today, so I had to wait and go with out a phone for a night. It was a harrowing experience. How did we survive before smart phones?!? I've only had one for two years now but I cannot imagine my life without it. Yes, that last statement scares me. 

  But oh wow is this baby is magical!!!!

I've basically had this goofy smile plastered on my face all day. 

I'm already completely and hopelessly OBSESSED with taking photos. 
Especially with instigram. 
Here's a few favorites from my day:

Delicous vegan burger at loving hut food cart
flowers on the walk home

more plants

cowboy boots I thrifted last night!!

a sidewalk downtown

pretty fall leaves, a rare blue sky
and (in my humble opinion...) the best for last...

I cannot believe I took this picture with a phone.

My favorite app so far is definitely instigram. I'm in love. 
What are your favorite apps? 

I'm also looking for a cute (and protective) cover so if you have any suggestions, let me know! 



I am so in love with this skirt! I have been dreaming of a mustard yellow/chartreuse skirt for years, but I've never found one, or the fabric to make one. That is until my mom and I went thrifting! this was actually a dress but the top was ugly, so we cut in half, added an elastic, and presto! A skirt! For only $7! This was my outfit for Sunday Thanksgiving dinner. Then, for the second dinner (have to have a dinner with both sides of the family!) I decided to wear the acorn dress, since I thought the acorns were perfectly fitting for a fall feast. 

This year was the first time i've gone back (to Edmonton) for Thanksgiving since I moved, three years ago. I usually decline the offer to return home for a holiday based around turkey and colonization, but this year I ended up with a 5 day weekend for Thanksgiving so I looked at it more as a simple visit home, with two family dinners to attend. 
I made my presence known by preparing a Tofurkey, and informing the table that 45 million turkeys that get slaughtered every year for Thanksgiving alone. 
I'm basically this little girl. 

Good news is I got three of my family members to try some Tofurkey! (Albeit, only a bite each...) Much better than the usual number, zero! 

So in the 'spirit' of thanksgiving, I will say I'm thankful for my wonderful family, and for getting to spend time with them. It was a nice little vacation. 


Today was a really good outfit day.
(Just not a good picture taking day.)
So of course, I turn to you, dear internets, for validation.
And for procrastination. 
As I have a paper, due in less than 24 hours. 
And a midterm, in less than 48 hours.

On another topic, I look good today. Which presents a certain image. I look like the kind of person that has it together, right? 
WRONG. I am just a trickster. My life is a mess. So much so that today I was faced with a dilemma. I had procrastinated doing laundry a bit too long... which meant one thing....
So in the words of my hero, Liz Lemon, I relate the following...

"If you’re running low on laundry, a bathing suit makes perfectly acceptable underwear."

I wholly endorse this.

I also would advise to put potato chips on a sandwich.


Today, I met Douglas Coupland.


{Douglas Coupland and I. Brilliant (and Canadian!) author and artist.}

There I was, leaving the library when I pass by two men eating at one of the tables in the atrium. I stop, dead in my tracks because one of them looks a little too familiar. I hesitate, and tell myself not to bother him, just let it be. But I can't. This man has greatly impacted my life and I needed to meet him. So I walked up and awkwardly said "Hi, I think I recognize you...?" to which he kindly replied, "Hm. I don't recognize you, what's your name?" So I told him and told him of how much I adore his books and how much they mean to me, and he was so kind and so gracious. He asked which was my favorite and I told him it was between Eleanor Rigby and The Gum Thief. To which he replied: "I like Gum Thief too". We chatted, he asked about me, I told him the impact of The Gum Thief is what made me finally move to Vancouver. Of course, I asked for a photo. My first attempt at a self shot was horrible as I was shaking, so he asked the man he was with "Would you take a picture of Erin and me?" (Having my hero say my name was an incredible feeling.) So we ended up with a decent photo thanks to him! For some reason at the time I thought since I didn't have a book of his on me, I couldn't ask for an autograph. Now I realize I'M AN IDIOT and why didn't I ask for him to sign a piece of paper? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?! Oh well. As he said, "It's a small town, I'm sure we'll meet again."
To which I made things even more awkward and said "I'm just so glad I finally met you, since I moved here i've always hoped i'd run into you! Not that i'm a stalker or anything! Okay, I should go. Sorry to bother you! Thank you! Bye!"
I'm soo smooth.

I'm just so so overjoyed that I actually met my favorite author. His books have had such a huge impact on my life. I connect to all his books but I hold Eleanor Rigby especially dear to my heart. (As I mention here.) It was after reading The Gum Thief that I finally had the gumption to move to Vancouver. Douglas Coupland was raised in Vancouver, and most of his books are set here. In living here i've become even more connected to his stories. For three years, i've always wondered if i'd ever bump into him. If some cosmic force was out there to unite us. And it finally, finally happened! After it happened I went outside and called my house, to tell somebody what happened. My sister answered and I excitedly told her the news while crying tears of joy. This is really one of the best days of my life.

So do yourself a favor and go read one of his books! I highly, highly, recommend Eleanor Rigby (obviously), The Gum Theif, Girlfriend In a Coma, Hey! NostradamusMicroserfs and JPod are among some of my favorites. 


Spinster diary, pt. 1

This week, in my Sociology of the Family class, we talked about dating and marriage. You know, since those two things are kind of required for a family to form. 
So of course, reading chapters on the topic in my textbook, then attending a three hour lecture on the matter, just did wonders for my spinster self-esteem. 
Seeing as most nights of my short life have been spent like this.

Incase you can't tell, I am single. I sometimes refer to myself as somewhat of a "mormon spinster" since I am unmarried at, gasp! 22! (I'm really just being facetious, while it may be an oddity in Utah to be unmarried over the age of 20, I live in Canada where we're a little more forgiving.) 
However, I haven't dated much, and confession - i've never been in a relationship. The guys at church look at me like I have leprosy, or don't look at me at all, and I haven't found any interest at school. I also don't go out to bars or clubs so how in the heck else am I going to meet someone? So in order to remedy the situation, this summer I ventured into the world of online dating. It's been an... interesting experience.

I've gone on a few dates, with a few guys, who were nice enough, but nothing ever came of them. As of late, I'm torn between wanting to throw in the towel and give up because it's just too hard, and wanting to  keep at it, hoping i'll find someone compatible eventually. You see, online dating is very weird. I'll get into this with more detail at some point, but for now, I'm going to showcase just how weird it can be through the use of some ways guys have tried to pick me up. 

Here are some of the best of the worst I have received.
Because if I can't laugh at my situation, i'll cry.

First, we have the just plain awkward ones, that I don't even know how to respond to.

Like..."You look like an teacher lol maybe you are an English teacher? :)" 
And: "For a first date we could rob a bank together!!!!"

And then there are the creepy gross ones.
That I also don't even know how to respond to.

"Just wondering if you'd be up for a little play wrestling..? I could even let you win dear..." 
"seriously we were born to make porn together.....No! what? I must have misread your grin."
"Nice legs. When do they open?"

...and this is why I will forever be single. 



{dress: ASOS, belt: H&M. tights: Old Navy}

I lovingly refer to this adorable ASOS Curve dress as an "LB(D)D", meaning "Little Black (Day) Dress". It's always nice to have a go-to garment for when you can't decide what to wear. This one is a great casual option for the classic LBD, a dress for any occasion. One that lends itself nicely to whatever look you are in the mood for.

Today I wanted some pops of colour, so with some bright tights and a bright belt this dress lent it's self nicely to the cause. You can see how i've worn it plain here, and stay tuned for more looks. I have a gaggle of other avenues to take this dress on, in time.

I'm also thrilled that my hair is finally long enough to do the milkmaid braids!

And that my bangs were very cooperative and behaved nicely today. 


What would you do?

I've always had a bit of an activist streak in me. I remember as a kid one year at Thanksgiving dinner, while  going around sharing what we were thankful for, I shared I was thankful not to be a turkey. Everyone laughed, but really, I felt from a young age that it didn't seem right for our species to eat another living thing. (Which lead to me being a vegetarian for most of my life.)

But my empathy doesn't end with animals. I feel for anything/anyone that is being victimized. As a teen, I started making these feelings I had known. Once I became a vegetarian officially, I found it easier to start expressing myself. I started slowly, pointing out the problems I encountered. (My family, the usual targets just love it.) I call out any racist, homophobic, and (sometimes) sexist comments. (I find this happens especially with my dad, we argue over politics constantly!) In pointing out the problem, I hope to create a change, and enlighten others. To help my family "see the light". As they are my family though, it is safe to do so. They still have to love me. (They really do. And I love them.) It is a much harder thing to do with strangers. 

But I digress. What I am getting at is that since taking more Sociology and Women's Studies courses in college, I have become even more vocal about the wrongs of this world. These classes inspire me to do whatever I can to help create change in the world, so I take whatever opportunity I am dealt. 
Weather it be calling out family members, friends, or blogging about experiences I have. Like I am doing today.

The other night, my mom and I were discussing the new Glee premiere. (We are both avid fans of the show.) In discussing the show, my mom asked if I had seen her facebook lately. I hadn't, so she explained to me that one of her 'friends' had commented negatively on my mom's enthusiasm for the premiere. It really upset my mom that this 'friend' was so judgmental and dismissive of my mom because she is a fan of the show. I checked it out, and was appalled and this woman's narrow minded comments. So I told my mom how I felt, and let her know I just couldn't stand by and watch without saying anything. My mom has had 22 years of experience with me, so she gave her blessing, and assured me her and this woman weren't even really that good of friends, so I wouldn't be offending my mom in any way. 

The following ensued. (I've blurred out names and photos other than mine in respect to privacy.)

After my last comment, I quickly added a challenge for the woman to explain what 'social agenda' of the shows it was she was referring to. (I just forgot to take a screen cap after I added that.) As you can see, she tried shifting the blame to me, rather than own up to her own discrimination. 

Sadly, we'll never get to see what becomes of this. My mom deleted the conversation today after listening to the Glee soundtrack and getting even more upset at this woman's remarks, as she was recalling the glee movie and how they shared so many different stories of teens (of all varieties) finding acceptance through the show. (I just love my mom!) But I hope that by challenging this woman's discrimination, I helped her to maybe open up her mind a bit, to tolerate ideas that may differ from her own. 

Like the point this video sets out to make, I am a firm believer that if you see prejudice happening, you should do something about it. It's hard. Im not denying it's a challenge, especially at first. But I can promise you it's so worth it. Because attitudes really can change. I've seen it. 

Don't be afraid to act. Be afraid of standing by. 


Since I am sick and have no outfits to post...

Since everyone is doing it...
(And yes, the argument "If everyone jumped off a cliff would you do that too?" holds because I did in fact, jump off a cliff because everyone else was doing it one year at camp. So there.)

A. Age: 22
B. Bed size: Twin.
C. Chore that you hate: all of them!
D. Dogs: Love 'em! I am currently dreaming of owning a corgi one day.
E. Essential start to your day: Hitting the snooze button at least 4 times.
F. Favorite color: Turquoise
G. Gold or Silver:  Silver.
H. Height: 5’9”
I. Instruments you play: None, really. I have no musical sensibility.  However I have tried to play the piano, the flute, and the guitar.
J. Job title: Student.
K. Kids: would be nice someday.
L. Live: In Vancouver! 
M. Mother’s name: Alaine.
N. Nicknames: One friend calls me 'air'. 
O. Overnight hospital stays:  At least two...
P. Pet peeves: Vancouver drivers, and slow walkers.
Q. Quote from a movie: “I saved Latin, what did you ever do?" -Rushmore
R. Right or left handed: Right handed. Left politically. 
S. Siblings: Older brother, younger sister.
U. Underwear: Should be worn at all times.
V. Vegetable you hate: I can't really think of any...I love my veggies!
W. What makes you run late:  What doesn't make me run late? I am always late.
X. X-Rays you’ve had: Several. Leg, both feet multiple times, arm, back, teeth...i'm sure there's more...
Y. Yummy food that you make: Everything I make is delicious. 
Z. Zoo animal: I love the belugas at the aquarium. 

Hang tight, dear readers, I am working on some more substantial posts! 
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