Monday, April 12, 2021

How Is It Winter Again?

We had a freak resurgence of winter recently (it snowed, temperatures dipped below freezing, and there was a several day streak of insanely blustery winds) and I was forced to pull out my heavier sweaters and boots (you know, for that glorious 15 minutes of the day that I actually spend outside of my house, seemingly chained to my home office).
dress: Zara / cardigan: ASOS / leggings: Old Navy / boots: Target / necklace: Saks Off 5th Feature: This is a great read about how we can shift perceptions around Black-owned brands being "only for Black people."

Monday, April 5, 2021

Ode to the Real Housewives of New Jersey

Just another morning, standing in front of my garage door before driving Eleanor to her day home, looking like a reject from the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast (no, that’s not accurate as they would never wear such sensible shoes).
shirt: Vince Camuto / jacket: Simons / pants: RW and Co / shoes: Aldo / necklace: Simons 

Feature: I’m excited to start this course, designed to be an eye-opener and a call to action for those who seek to be allies to Black women, in my downtime.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

This Sweatshirt Gets Me

Work has been very, very stressful for me of late so I find myself just wanting to live in leggings and oversized sweatshirts most days. And this one, in particular, is just so perfect for my mood of late.
shirt: Married to the Mob / leggings: Hue / boots: Aldo / jacket: The Bay / purse: Zara 

Feature: After reading Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodgee, I’ve moved onto their podcast, About Race (clearly I’m super into podcasts these days) and I highly recommend it.

Friday, March 12, 2021

All the Frills: Smelling Good Until 2022

I was lucky enough to receive a lot of my favourite perfume for Christmas. Like a lot, a lot. So, my little scent tray is now a full sized tray to accommodate everything and I’ll be smelling wonderful for several years.

Weekend Reading:

  • I’m sure it’s the Italian Renaissance portrait motif but I truly love this Dior collection

  • The Undefeated is an amazing project charting Black athletes in professional sport – I’m not super into sports but I’m definitely learning a lot. 

  • This is a fascinating read and really affirms the need for better pre-natal care (including paid leave pre-birth) as a way to ensure better post-natal outcomes. 

  • This person is my new hero

  • This is an amazing discovery!

Friday, March 5, 2021

Is Winter Over?

Now that the cold weather has finally broken a bit, I can venture outside without an extremely bulky coat. At this point it’s the little things that are getting me through while I wait for my access to the vaccine and nicer weather means being able to meet friends for outdoor walks, which I'm immensely looking forward to.

leggings: Hue / shirt: Old Navy / shoes: Aldo / necklace: Saks Off 5th / jacket: Winners 

Feature: I recently started listening to the podcast Justice in America and wow, wow, wow. Check it out!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A Dash of Sparkle

I purchased a pair of rather ridiculous sparkly glasses and celebrated that excellent life decision by donning a dress and a necklace I basically never wear anymore (because I never leave my house) and having an online hangout with some friends. Basically things are going great over here – or at least that’s what I’m choosing to tell myself.
dress: BB Dakota / necklace: Target 

Feature:  This looks like an incredible Black owned beauty line.

Friday, February 19, 2021

I Dressed Up ... For Nothing

I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually wore a dress to “work” (also known as sitting in front of a computer all day, in total solitude and isolation). I guess it’s good to mix things up?
dress: Calvin Klein / cardigan: Simons / boots: Camper / necklace: the Met 

Feature: The 10 best political books of 2020 by Black women.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Scary Island

I was gifted this hilarious Real Housewives of NYC shirt (a send up of the infamous Scary Island sequence of episodes) for Christmas and am really enjoying wearing to work Zoom meetings because no one gets what it is and it makes me look like a loon and that’s just where I’m at these days.
shirt: Etsy / blazer: Philosophy / leggings: Simons / boots: Aldo 

Feature: This Indigenous-owned beauty brand looks really awesome.

Friday, February 5, 2021

All the Frills: Holding On To the Holidays

I know Christmas has come and gone but I’m still in a moderately festive spirit (shocking, I know) so today I’m featuring handmade Christmas cards that both myself and my mother have made over the years. She’s really into stamping and card making and very skilled at it. For a period of several years I’d join her annually in designing and making about 7-10 different designs (40-50ish overall cards) each holiday season. 

So, for a while there, everyone I gave a card to got one of these handmade ones and I of, course, saved some for myself and was also the recipient of some truly beautiful ones from my mother. Since Eleanor came along I just haven’t had the time it takes to design and hand make 40-50 Christmas cards each year so it’s fallen by the wayside but every year when I decorate for the holidays I take out a small selection of the ones that I have (all with different designs) and display them.


Weekend Reading:

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

I'm Lazy and It Shows Most in My Hair

Because our lock down measures were tightened considerably here over December and much of January, I found myself at the start of the new year in a place of “man, I really, really need a haircut.” Then restrictions relaxed a little but my work went into overdrive at around the same time and lately I’ve been too exhausted outside of work to do anything other than nap on the couch and watch reruns of Real Housewives of New York, which means I am continuing to woefully neglect my hair. Thank god for cute hair clips so I can at least pin back the truly unruly bits and get them out of my face.
pants: RW and Co / shirt: ASOS / blazer: Philosophy / shoes: Aldo / Necklace: Groove Stone 

Feature: A lot of things had me in tears at the Biden-Harris inauguration and Amanda Gorman’s brilliance was definitely one of them.

Friday, January 22, 2021

All Glamour, All the Time

Ah, the non-stop glamour of working from home (I think the expression on my face says it all). It probably doesn’t help that my home “office” is actually a table in my bedroom (it’s one of the few rooms where Eleanor doesn’t hang out and it has a lock on the door, which means she can’t fool around with my computer and papers). There’s something incredibly depressing about my work station being the first thing I see in the morning when I open my eyes in bed and the last thing I see at night before I fall asleep.
shirt: Simons / leggings: Old Navy / necklace: Saks Off 5th 

Feature: This is a great feature on African designer Bubu Ogisi and their label IAMISIGO.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Time Has No Meaning Anymore

Just preparing for another week of working from home and associated and existential crises. It's looking like I'd be lucky to get back into my office by September (honestly, it'll probably be months after that) so I've still got a ways to go.

On the plus side, I spent most of the Christmas break daytime potty training Eleanor and I am beyond happy to say that, after weeks of trial and error and frustration, she’s taking to it incredibly well. Now I just have to tackling overnight potty training, which fills me with dread.
dress: GAP / leggings: Simons / necklace: Stella and Dot 

Feature: There are some amazing Indigenous makers selling on Etsy! 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

New Year, Definitely Not a New Me

So this was New Years Eve. Donned my Real Housewives of NYC themed sweatshirt, hooked up with some friends over Zoom, and drank Chardonnay. I think the look on my face pretty much says it all.
leggings: ASOS / shirt: Etsy 

Feature: This was released in December of 2019 but it’s a great list.

Friday, January 8, 2021

All the Frills: Mini Great Hall

I always love walking past this little space in my house. I deliberately set this up with reference to the great hall of an early modern English estate or manor house and it continues to remind me of those spaces – which, as an historian of early modern England, is pretty perfect for me.

Weekend Reading:

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Why the Hell Not at this Point?

Threw on some sequins and a star headband for some Zoom cocktails with friends. Because why the hell not at this point?

dress: Joe Fresh / ring: Swarovski 

Feature: Black designers who shaped fashion history.