Friday, August 7, 2020

Lacy Afternoons

I really love this new dress that I purchased online and wish I actually had somewhere to wear it, beyond a quick trip into my office. Sigh. Well, it’s first up on my list to wear out for dinner and drinks when that’s possible again.




dress: Nordstrom / boots: Camper / jacket: Old Navy

 

Feature: If you haven’t watched The 13th on Netflix, you really, really should. I watched it last year and rewatched it recently and it is incredibly insightful and educational. You should also read this piece on reparations, by Nikole Hannah-Jones, who is one of the people behind the brilliant 1619 Project (the associated podcast which I mentioned in a previous post). 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Nothing To See Here

Just going to drop Eleanor off and then a morning walk in my ode to Beetle Juice blazer … you know, the usual.







jacket: Philosophy / tunic: Zara / shoes: Aldo / necklace: Nordstrom Rack

 

Feature: This is a great list of anti-racism reading – I’ve invested in a couple and look forward to reading them. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

All the Frills: The Veiled Lady

Shaun and Eleanor (mostly Shaun) gifted me this amazing bust for Mother’s Day. It’s a replica of an iteration of Monti’s Veiled Lady and, I have to say, it fits right in with the rest of my living room d├ęcor. I feel like that says something about me….









Weekend Reading:

 

This sunken medieval Italian village is amazing. 

 

My favourite New York museum, the Frick, has little video tours of all their galleries and a YouTube series called cocktails with a curator where you get a little mini-lecture on a piece in the Frick’s collection. Amazing! 

 

I love a good dictionary fight

 

Have I invested in a ridiculous number of Bravo-themed face masks? Yes, yes I have. 

 

Now seems like as good a time as any to read about historical pandemics

Friday, July 17, 2020

Evolution

I treated myself to a new dress! Is it mostly black (and thus totally me)? Yes. But it also has a print – a white print! Guys, I’m evolving during this lockdown (not really but I throw me a bone).




dress: The Bay / shoes: Old Navy

 


Feature: Let’s hear from some Indigenous designers on sustainable fashion. 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Back in the Driveway

Well, I’m back in the driveway. Still looking surly, now forced to pretty much wear my ungovernable hair in a ponytail at all times. While many salons here are now open, with strict safety protocols in place, so I could go get my hair dyed and chopped off into the bob I’ve been craving since January, I’m reluctant to do it right now as I’m still working from home and would have to just head back for a touch up when I start going into the office. So I’m determined to ride it out for a bit and just spend a bunch of money and time going to the salon once, as a way to celebrate being able to go back to work again. My cheapness has apparently, triumphed. That said, as it's looking more and more like I will be working from home until January (at least), I will probably cave in the next few weeks...





pants: RW & Co / shirt: Dynamite / jacket: Zara / shoes: Spring


Feature: This piece on the Black Death, COVID-19, and Black populations is absolutely fascinating.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Business on Top, Party on the Bottom

Welcome to a photographic self-study I’d calling “my hair gets ever crazier and people can only see me on Zoom from the waist up so leggings and runners it is.” I expect there will be many more editions of this self-study in the coming weeks. It's basically the mullet equivalent of an outfit.






 leggings: Old Navy / shirt: Dynamite / runners: Aldo / velour cardigan: ASOS


Feature: This company makes some pretty cool stuff (and seems like a pretty great company overall). I’m definitely eyeing a few of their kids items for Eleanor. 

Friday, June 26, 2020

All the Frills: This Puzzle Will Be the Death of Me

This is my down time in lockdown. The most ridiculously complicated jigsaw puzzle I’ve ever been foolish enough to think trying to piece together was a good idea. Anyone else starting to come a little bit unglued? I’m mostly taking my frustration out (in the form of strings of expletives when I can’t get pieces to fit) on this puzzle. Sigh.







Weekend Reading:


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Smallest of Thrills

It’s an exciting day around here when I have cause to travel into my deserted office for a few hours to get some work done that can’t be done at home – weird the things that seem intoxicatingly exciting these days…





leggings: ASOS / blazer: Wilfred / shirt: Old Navy / shoes: Spring


 

Feature: Check out this piece on the deeply toxic environment for BIPOC individuals at Liberty University … it’s decidedly not great there. 

Friday, June 12, 2020

The Rest of the Week Are For Daytime Pajamas - and Other, More More Important Thoughts

I wrote in my last post about getting some additional wear out of my non-work appropriate clothes during this time of quarantine – it also cuts the other way in the sense that other days I’m more of less wearing the equivalent of daytime pajamas. Leggings, sneakers, a loose fitting top, and a velvet open front cardigan (the photos don’t do it justice in showing its velvety sheen) are pretty much peak lounge wear for me.


Unrelated to the above, but of infinitely more importance, the last weeks have basically been a living hellscape that have reminded us all of the very real, very pervasive, and very deadly place of systemic racism in our society. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless victims before them are a stain on our society, and also a very much needed call to action that I hope, unlike all the other times this has happened before, will actually be heeded in a meaningful way. While the examples I just listed are drawn from south of the Canadian border, make no mistake that Canada is a colonizing, settler society, with deeply ingrained anti-Black racism and a legacy of mistreatment of Indigenous people that is nothing short of shameful. I've been doing a lot of reflecting over the past two weeks and here's where I'm sitting:


  • It's not enough for me to simply be not racist. I have to be aggressively anti-racist. That means reckoning with the reality of my white privilege, which I know exists but which I acknowledge and then never really think about in the context of my daily life. Actually grappling with that means I have to listen more, educate MYSELF and not expect others to do it, be willing to not be defensive about the reality of my privilege and how it might blind me to certain things, and be more willing than I have been to embrace the awkwardness of all this, call people out when it's deserved instead of sweeping it under the rug, and let my feelings get hurt when it's warranted.

  • I have to be proactive in raising my daughter to do all of the above. Sure, we have some kids books that feature non-white characters and history and stories but that's not enough. That's just encouraging awareness and appreciation of diversity - that's a great thing but it's just not enough. 

  • I have a platform. It's small and it's not usually a place where I grapple with things that are terribly important, but it's a platform nonetheless, and it's mine. So, in order to try to be a little more of an ally in terms of how I use this space, I'm pledging that, in each and every post, I'm going to share a resource or a link or something that amplifies the voices of BIPOC individuals and communities. It's not much, and I know that. But I hope it still has value.

So, in accordance with my last point, here's the first thing I'd like to direct your attention to - the brilliant, affecting podcast 1619, arising from the New York Time's Magazine 1619 project. I listened to the whole thing over a few days this past week and I can't praise it enough. Please consider taking a listen.





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 leggings: Old Navy / shirt: Winners / cardigan: ASOS / shoes: Aldo

Monday, June 1, 2020

Mondays Are For Lace

Obviously, I’m not really leaving the house much these days, aside from taking Eleanor to and from her day home and the odd trip to my office. But, in a weird way, not actually going into the office daily means I can more regularly wear some of my non-office pieces, like this sheer dress layered over leggings and a camisole. It’s oddly satisfying to wear things like this on a Monday morning at 9 am (appreciating, of course, that I look like a total lunatic).





dress: ASOS / leggings: New Look / shoes: Aldo

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Day Home Drop Off

Temperatures here are finally approaching something that resembles summer – which means I can ditch warmer coats and sweaters (not to mention boots) for t-shirts, lightweight faux leather jackets, and sneakers. Welcome to my new favourite outfit for dropping off Eleanor at her day home in.


pants: Old Navy / jacket: YMI / shoes: Aldo / t-shirt: Banana Republic

Friday, May 22, 2020

All the Frills: Playroom

So I finally got around to moving all of Eleanor’s larger toys down to the basement and creating a play room space for her (the basement was a logical choice as she’s obsessed with jumping on the couch down there) – I’m pretty pleased with the results and Eleanor is very thrilled!



Weekend Reading:


Monday, May 18, 2020

Happy Leopard

The weather is getting nice here, things are starting to turn green, and I was feeling (dare I say it in this current climate), slightly optimistic. Since animal prints always fill me with a small measure of joy, that seemed a good choice for the day. They also “pop” a bit on my webcam in my endless round of Zoom meetings, so it was a sensible option all around.

pants: Old Navy / shirt: Vince Camuto / cardigan: Simons / shoes: Aldo

Monday, May 11, 2020

A Trip to the Office

So even though I shut down my office quite some ago and got everyone set up to work from home, I still have occasion to venture into that deserted space from time to time to access hard copy files, process various things, etc (a lot of hand washing, avoiding other people who happen to be on campus, and trying to not touch anything unnecessarily also goes on).

This was one of those days. It was also a chance, for the first time in a while to wear some accessories (like a necklace). While I still get up every morning and get fully dressed and take a half assed pass at doing my hair and makeup for the day’s endless Zoom meetings, wearing jewelry was one of the first things I abandoned in this new reality and, I have to admit, it felt weirdly good to wear some again.


leggings: Hue / shirt: Simons / boots: Aldo / necklace: Stella and Dot

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

An Ode to Costanza

Since I’m going to be working at home for the foreseeable future (even with my province recently announcing a staged reopening plan), I’m 100% leaning hard into velour (like my own personal ode to George Costanza) and it just feels so right for me in these trying times. Now, if only I'd been able get a couple of shots where I was actually looking up. Sigh.


dress: Simons / boots: Aldo