Shirt: Winners

Skirt: Thrifted

Shoes: Spring (maybe?)

 Ah! I am have loving the weather here lately so when I heard it was going to be sunny again today I decided to walk down to this lovely little European nook on Hollis Street to take some outfit photos. I wore this outfit today in the anticipation of attending a board meeting on behalf of the Women’s Centre where I work. I wanted to present our views on an inappropriate article that was published at my university. Hopefully it went well and that the board members will see the light and be inspired to remove hateful and hurtful content in the newspaper.

All of that aside, I decided to post this outfit because of the shoes! I am loving nude shoes right now…they go with everything and they remind me of spring weather. They also make my legs look super long which can never be a bad thing. I’m now on the hunt for  good quality sandles–do you have any suggestions?

Hope you enjoy!

I wanted to do a quick review of Laura’s Cafe on Barrington St, Halifax because I felt that they deserved a tiny bit of publicity. Laura’s Cafe is a little tucked away diner in the South End which features Canadian and Russian cuisine and all-day breakfast for as low as $6.50. When the ‘South End Diner’ burnt down a couple months ago, I began to look for another spot that offered good quality, low priced brunch that would be nice to visit on a Sunday morning with my boyfriend and my poppy.

Well, last Sunday was the first time we popped into Laura’s Cafe and we were not dissappointed! The decor was a cute mix of traditional Russian decor and 70’s mustard yellow + bright orange themed tables and curtains. Somehow it all worked together and I found myself compelled to take photos of everything! The food was cheap and delicious (I ordered a spinach and feta omelette) and it was so good. Also the homefries were seasoned with something seriously awesome though quite salty (so watch out for that).

Our waitress said the cafe has been open since October and I’m convinced that when the word gets out it’s going to be one of those packed brunch-type diners so you better go take advantage while you can!

Cheers!

Coat on:

Detail shot of the button-down back

Shirt: H&M

Skirt: Thrifted

Tights: Sears

Boots: Locale

Two posts in one day? Unheard of.

Oh well, enjoy!

Scarf: Le Chateau (bought at least 5 years ago)

Jacket: Urban Outfitters

Tank-top & Belt: H&M

Skirt: Thrifted

Tights: Sears

Boots: Locale

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve posted an outfit! Yesterday the sun was shining and the birds were chirping so I thought I’d try my hand at some colour. I wore this outfit for a walk around Point Pleasant with my grrl Gab (check out her new layout!) and then a jaunt down to Cheese Curds located in Dartmouth which was a complete fiasco in a good way. It was definitely an experience and it was well worth it (I may do a seperate post on this restaurant soon!). Anyway it’s surprising how good I felt wearing colour yesterday–vibrant and alive! It’s been awhile since we’ve seen sun so I made the best of it.

Hope everyone is enjoying some sun too!

So yesterday I marched my way to the local photo-developers to get my disposable camera developed. I’ve had it with me for about a year or so and kept it in my bag so I could use it when the inspiration struck me. A lot of my pictures didn’t turn out but I’m pleased with the ones that have. These photos are like little snippets of memories from the past year and when I look at them I get this warm tingly feeling at having experienced life and at having captured it in this way.

My goal is to start taking more pictures of everyday life so I can print a book at the end of the year in September and have actual physical copies. Remember when everyone used to make photo albums? My parents have a million of those big books filled with printed photos. The other week I looked through hundreds of pictures at my poppy’s house. I want something ‘real’ for my children and grandchilden to look through one day. Don’t you?

I’m feeling nostalgic today because the Britannica Encylcopedia is stopping the printing of books and instead focusing on their online publications after 244 years. I don’t know why that makes me so sad? I think I may just be a real romantic at heart. Today I went to the public library and saw that they were having a sale where you could fill a bag with books and buy them for $1 so I picked up some beautiful children’s stories and a hardcover Edmund Burke book for Gordon. The other day Gordon headed down to the Art Gallery where they were selling art books for $1 as well. I guess I shouldn’t complain–at least I’m getting some beautiful books for a dollar.

I’ll leave you with this lovely song:

Oh don’t mind me–just showing off my new haircut which isn’t really new because I got it a few weeks ago but I enjoy the length that my stylist cut it at. I went to AliciaMelansonSalon on Barrington St. in Halifax and I highly recommend it! I’ve tried a few places around Halifax and I must say that this salon has been my favorite thus far. I lucked out by getting a great stylist named Katie Newall who was very attentive to what I wanted. She also shared some of her own personal tricks for creating volume in my hair and I’ve been using them ever since.

Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my favorite things this week.

Films: Last night Gordon and I indulged ourselves and paid for two tickets to ‘The Iron Lady’. In the two years that we’ve been together it was our first movie that we’ve watched together at an actual movie theatre. At first I was hopping to drag him to a cheesy chick-flick ‘The Vow’ but after the first 5 minutes of ‘The Iron Lady’ I knew that we’d made the right choice. I’ve been very emotional lately and something about the film just struck me as intensely sad, beautiful, inspiring and powerful and so I cried the entire time. I’m not kidding.

Musicians:  I know I’ve posted about these guys before but I cannot get enough of how good they are! In the interest of full disclosure I should mention that I might be slightly bias as one of the band members is Gordon’s good friend, Keenan.

The videography and editing for this video is really good too. Also, if you’d be so kind to visit their facebook page and click ‘like’ I’m sure they’d be ever grateful!

Activity:  This past week my roomates and I were given the opportunity to cat-sit a beautiful little-rascal of a cat named Taters. I ended up capturing some cute moments and my heart exploded.

Appreciation:  I’ve been feeling overwhelmed for a few weeks now and sometimes it seems as if everything is set against me but I’ve been trying to find the good energy and positive outcomes in every situation. There will be a lot exciting changes coming up within the next few months (Gordon and I found our very own beautiful apartment) and I will be graduating university with a degree! For now I’ll leave you with this picture of a soft snowfall outside my window.

Have a fabulous day and leave a link in the comments with some of your favorite things lately!

 Spaghetti and Falafel balls–for the vegetarian in all of us!

For this meal you will need:

  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Onion
  • Garlic ( I used big, purple, globular bulbs from the farmer’s market)
  • Red pepper
  • Broccoli (if you like)
  • Tomato paste

Frying them together, I put the carrots in first, because they take longer to soften. Everything else I just piled on top of the carrots in no particular order. Last of all came the tomato paste. Then, for spices I threw in:

  • Oregano
  • Italian seasonings
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic powder

While the sauce is being cooked, you can multi-task by boiling the noodles, and getting the falafel balls ready.

Falafel mix is a powder that comes in a box. About half of the box is enough for two people. Making it is really easy. Just mix it with water, and let it stand for ten minutes. When time’s up, shape it into little balls and place in vegetable oil to fry.

The directions say to cover the bottom of the pan with half an inch of oil, but that’s a little too risky for both my safety as well as my health, so I only covered the surface of the pan.

Note: the smell of frying falafals isn’t bad (it’s quite good actually), but it lingers.  So, do not cook before going to see the Queen of England. Also, they’re easier to cook in a patty shape, rather than in a ball shape.

When they’re ready, place them on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Then, find someone with whom you’d like to share a meal, and bon appetit!

This one kinda looks like a face…the Spaghetti Monster?

Gordon is not a professional and everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt. His passion for cooking began about two months ago so let’s hope this isn’t a phase and he continues to cook delicious food for his girlfriend.