11 Things

posted on: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Samantha tagged me in her Eleven Things post, so here it goes.

There are five rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
Go to their blog/twitter and tell them you've tagged them.

1. I have a really difficult time writing about myself. I can talk FOREVER, but I find writing about myself so hard.

2. I was the VP of a sorority in university

3. I am obsessed with books. In high school I liked to work my way through an author and read everything they had ever wrote. I think this might have happened because when I was younger I loved series ( babysitter club, Goosebumps/Fear Street, Sweet Valley Twins/High, Nancy Drew). I needed to collect all the books in each series I was into.

4. I love meeting new people and making new friends. When I was young my family would go camping in BC every summer. One of the first things I would do was scout the playground for new friends.  I had a lot of pen pals growing up.

5. My friends tell me that I'm full of the most random facts and that I seem to forget nothing.

6. I miss university so much! I just loved grabbing a coffee at the Uni coffee shop, running into friends on the way to class, and then sitting back in my chair in the lecture hall sipping on my coffee and taking notes. It definitely helped that I made some amazing friends in University, and seeing my friends almost everyday is probably one of the things I miss the most. Lucky for me most of my uni friends have moved to Calgary!

7. I can't tolerate spice at all. JP will taste test something for me and tell me it's not spicy, I go and taste it and start choking and my eyes start watering! Can't handle it.

8. I'm allergic to milk protein and I'm not very good at avoiding it.

9. My favourite foods are bacon, strawberries, and sweet potatoes!

10. Over the last year I have been trying very hard to get into cooking. I value health and nutrition, but I have a really hard time being patient with cooking. I start to feel like I'm "wasting time" and think about all the other things that I need to get done. I do really like cooking with other people though. I prefer JP to cook, or to cook together.

11. I love working out at the gym and my favourite part is lifting weights. I've also recently been trying to get into running and I have a goal to do a 10k run this spring, a half-marathon next spring/summer and someday I want to do a mini triathlon. I lifeguarded for one a few years ago at a lake community in Calgary and I've been thinking about it ever since. 

1. What is your greatest accomplishment?
hummm.. This is hard..I have something in the works that I'm hoping will be my greatest accomplishment so far, but I don't want to jinx it. If things work in my favour I'll write about it in another post. 
For now I'll say overcoming/working on some of my fears are my greatest accomplishments.

2. What's your favorite song?
I can never just pick one favourite thing but a song I could listen to on repeat right now is Somebody I Used To Know by Gotye.

3. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner?
Breakfast for sure! I LOVE All breakfast foods. Pancakes, eggs and bacon, hash browns, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal. So yummy. My favourite thing is weekend breakfasts with JP, when we make coffee and breakfast and then watch Seinfeld or Arrested Development reruns together.

4. What are three things that you couldn't live without?
I couldn't live without my integrity, independence, and close relationships/friendships
(Also, my iPhone, MacBook Pro, and my car)

5. What is your greatest fear?
Well, I am terrified of needles, spiders, and mice/rats, but my greatest fear is probably not living up to my dreams and expectations for myself.

6. What is your favorite movie?
I don't have a favourite movie but In general I like comedies.

7. If you could be granted three wishes, what would they be, and why?
*Unlimited money! My reason is so that I can fill my days with only the things that I love, and not have to worry about what I can and can't afford to do. 
*I would wish that I would never be sick again. Wouldn't that be so nice? To be healthy for the rest of your life.
*I would wish for my city to be moved to the coast! I want to live by the ocean, but wouldn't want to leave my friends and family behind.

8. What's your favorite thing about where you live?
My favourite things about where I live are my friends, family and living near the mountains.

9. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
In 10 years I hope that I will have a Masters degree in Psychology (maybe a PhD) and that I will have or be working toward starting a private counselling practice. I hope that in 10 years I will have had the chance to travel more, and I see myself living a happy life with my husband. :)

10. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
humm.. Probably my optimism. 

I'm going to tag Mikhaila, Charity, Cee, Rebecca, and Jenna, but feel free to participate and let me know if you do in the comments section. I would love to read your posts! Instead of making up new questions I'm going to stick with the questions that Sam made. 

Me & JP

posted on: Friday, February 24, 2012

Well, it's almost been one year! Here are a few moments with JP over the last year that I manages to capture.

San Francisco!
This is a typical day for us. Staying in, having a beer and watching reruns of Seinfeld. 
Watching JP's band. I just love watching him drum!
Outfit photos in -30 weather. 
JP faithfully taking spring outfit photos. Thanks JP!
Family camping trip. We are getting quite the collection of photos on this bridge in Radium.
JP's annual birthday camping trip PITW
Writing on Stone. We can't wait to go back this summer!
Grabbing a coffee and wandering through small mountain towns with JP is the best. 

Bloggers Do it Better: Red

posted on: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Yesterday was Family Day in Alberta, and it was a pretty good day. I've been trying to get into running so I went to the gym with my brother, then later JP and I went over to my parents house for a family dinner. One year ago yesterday was also when JP and I left with our closest friends and family for our wedding in Cabo! I can't believe that we will have been married for one year at the end of this week! 

The Bloggers Do It Better Challenge this time around was to wear something red in light of Valentine's Day last week. I've owned this skirt for a while now, but never know what to wear it with so I thought that this style challenge would be a good opportunity to try it out. 

Outfit Details
American Eagle jean jacket
Forever 21 sweater
H&M red pencil skirt
Joe Fresh tights and socks
thrifted boots

Lately Vol. 3

posted on: Sunday, February 19, 2012

Time just seems to be flying by. I can't believe February is almost over! I haven't done one my Instagram "Lately" posts in a while, so I thought I'd share some moments from January and February. 

painting nails and drinking wine with my cousin | Bellissima S/S campaign shoot | the last of my Christmas chocolates | hair appointment | taking the train with the husband | City and Colour concert | Indian food and drinks for JP's sisters bday | Flames game with my family | new vintage watch

Happy Birthday Megan! | triple date night with yummy nachos made by Mel | Valentines Day heart healthy Snack Attack with work | I want this notebook! | grabbing supplies for work from the storage locker - feels like I'm in Storage Wars! | PARK Industry Mixer | girls night in cooking | breakfast | new boopydoodle necklace

Snowflakes & Ice Skates

posted on: Saturday, February 18, 2012

JP and I were the only two skating at the outdoor rink earlier this week. When I first stepped on the ice I thought that we were silly for attempting to skate while it was snowing so much, but after a few minutes we were having way too much fun making shapes on the snow covered ice. 

St. Valentine

posted on: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How did you spend Valentine's Day? JP and I are spending the holiday relaxing and spending quality time together. We decided not to make a big deal out of the day because our one year wedding anniversary is coming up on the 25th! Whenever it's getting close to a holiday I always get excited and use any excuse to celebrate. On the weekend I keep saying to JP, "Happy Valentine's Weekend!" and yesterday I kept saying, "Happy Valentine's week!" Haha. Last night it snowed so much and JP and I decided to have a romantic skating date. It was so much fun! We were the only two skating at the local rink. I captured a few photos that I will post soon. Anways, I leave you with a Valentine's outfit from the weekend. 

Outfit Details
Forever 21 heart print blouse (similar)
H&M skirt via swap with From Aprons to Polkadots (similar)
Joe Fresh gold belt
Aldo black pumps
Melie Bianco red studded purse via Winners (similar)
Vintage watch, forever 21 braided bracelet, J. Crew bangle

Miss Representation

posted on: Sunday, February 12, 2012

Last Sunday I helped out at the screening of Miss Representation, put on by Kim Flanagan and Church, My Style. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and consists of a series of interviews exploring how the media's misrepresentation of women has led to less women in positions of leadership, influence, and power.  I would say that the main point of the video it to gain a better awareness on consumerism, become more responsible consumers, and to realize what we are supporting and what messages the media is giving to women and men. The quote that I really like from the movie is "You can't be what you can't see".  After the screening a panel of influential women in Calgary led a discussion with the viewers of the film on some of the actions we can take in our personal lives to increase women's value in society. 
(Panel discussion featuring, Yvonne Jeffery | Life Editor of Calgary Herald, Ania B. | Model and Fashion Blogger, Cara Fullerton | Global News Anchor and body builder, Dana Kerford | Girl Power, Catherine Oshanek | Photographer and I've Been Bullied Campaign)

For those of you interested in this topic, here is a video of Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the Founder and CEO of missrepresentation.org speaking at the TEDX Women's Conference in 2011. I think this talk is a good breakdown of the main points and objective of the movie. 

And finally, here is what I wore to the event. 

Outfit Details
Modcloth All Things Fancy Dress
Zara leather jacket
Aldo Klepper boots
belt via SWAP
Fossil watch (similar)

Amy & Ashley Ramble and Roam Vol. 2

posted on: Saturday, February 4, 2012

A couple weeks ago Amy and I met up for breakfast and a little photo adventure. Amy and I have so much fun together, and I feel so lucky to have met such an amazing friend through blogging.  We can sit for hours on end chatting and never run out of conversation. Before we knew it the breakfast hour was long over, and we were still chatting well into the late afternoon.  If you told me a year ago that I would meet such an honest and genuine friend by starting a blog, I would have never believed it!
I feel like my post on our adventure cannot possibly measure up to Amy's post. Amy has a way with words that I can only marvel at. You can check out her post HERE.
We have some fun ideas for future Ramble and Roam post, including a video which might turn out be completely ridiculous because we can't stop giggling when we are together. 

Until next time,

Outfit Details
On Me
Vintage dress via From Aprons to Polkdots
Aritzia sweater
H&M scarf
Joe Fresh tights
Chinese Laundry boots
On Amy
Ravenous Creatures floral dress
H&M fur coat
Atseoul boots

Photos of me by Amy

Warmer Days

posted on: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sorry I have nothing new and exciting for you guys today. I've been so sick since last Thursday night and haven't felt up to outfit photos, or taking any photos for that matter. 

Until I get back into the swing of things, here are some photos that I totally forgot about until now! Back in June I participated in a blogger photo shoot for Fashionsign Magazine, and these are some of the behind the scenes photos of my outfits captured by KD and Dee. 

Next week is definitely going to be an exciting week. I'm helping out at the screening of Miss Representation hosted by Church, myStyle, and the PARK Fashion Industry Mixer is coming up next Thrusday! These are two events you don't want to miss out on!