Friday, February 27, 2015

All the Frills: House Upgrades

So I’ve been doing some work on my house. The next big planned project is painting but, in the interim, I installed some new light fixtures and also painted our fireplace. I always really disliked the tile that was around it and am super happy with how the job turned out!


In progress

In progress

The finished product

Old chandelier

New chandelier

New chandelier

New pendant lighting in the kitchen

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Casual Wear

With no meetings on my calendar at work a few days and a ton of new furniture that we ordered from IKEA to spruce up the office to be put together, I went casual.

sweatshirt: ASOS, similar / jeans: Zara

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Terrifying White

This is big for me. As reader’s of the blog know I never, ever wear white. But I figured it would be practical to have one white item in my closet, especially to wear to work, so I added this top to my wardrobe. And then I wore it to work and I didn’t even spill anything on myself (although there were a few dicey moments when I ate lentil soup for lunch).

top: Simons, similar / skirt: Banana Republic / necklace: Simons, similar / bracelets: Aldo, similar

Friday, February 20, 2015

All the Frills: The Kale Sweater

This sweater was seriously made for me. I got my MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale. And I love kale. Seriously, this is kismet!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Expanding My Closet

Sometimes I forget that I can toss on some tights and wear my maxi skirts in the winter. Look at that, I just added like 2 or 3 outfits to my winter wardrobe. Go me.

skirt: Target / shirt: BB Dakota, similar / shoes: Aldo / necklace: Aldo, similar

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


This pale shade of blush is quickly becoming one of my favourite colours (sshhh, don’t tell black, grey, and navy that I’m cheating on them). I never thought I would really appreciate a shade like this all that much but I’ve owned a shirt in this colour for years and it’s an old stand by. So when I saw this dress I was pretty smitten and I’ve been wearing it a lot since I purchased it.

dress: F21 / necklace: Aldo, similar / wrist bands: Target, similar

Friday, February 13, 2015

All the Frills: Lives of the Queens of England

This book, a volume from Agnes Strickland’s Lives of the Queens of England series, is one of my most prized possession and probably the book I own that’s worth the most as a rare book. I treated myself to it when I was working on my MA thesis (which was on Queen Anna of Denmark, the subject of this volume). And I am forever glad I did!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Zippers and Faux Leather

This faux leather dress (shown here with a sweater layered on top) was on sale at Simons recently. Seriously, how could I say no?

dress: Simons, similar / sweater: Winners, similar

Monday, February 9, 2015

Weather Surprises

Edmonton got hit with another dump of snow and temperatures dropped but right before that happened it was seriously so nice here (in January) that I wore this, basically a sweatshirt and a fall jacket, to sit outside on a patio for like 2 hours from 5-7 pm to have some beers with friends. And by the end of it my hands were pretty chilly but overall I was pretty warm. For Edmonton in January that’s mind blowing!

pants: Target / sweatshirt: got in grad school / jacket: ASOS / purse: H&M / shoes: Aldo

Friday, February 6, 2015

All the Frills: Ye Olde Antique Mall

There’s this antique mall in Edmonton that the helpmeet and I love to visit every couple of months. I always find the neatest stuff there – like these two pictures. Which were $15 each. I love that place!

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