Sunday, October 30, 2011

DON'T CARRY IT ALL




Dress (worn as shirt): H&M
Skirt (with pockets!): H&M
Belt: Forever 21
Glasses: LA Eyewear (yes, they're prescription)

So today is another ultimate day of procrastination.  The scary thing is though, I don't have time to procrastinate.  Not good my friends, not good.

Thanks for taking the time to read! I'm going to get back to homework. :)

xo

Saturday, October 29, 2011

SIGH NO MORE



Dress: Forever 21
Sweater: Forever 21
Scarf: American Apparel
Ring: jwlry

I'm spending the day indoors today, writing two papers and studying for two exams.  It's not that exciting of a hallowe'en weekend for me!  I can't wait to just be done with this degree so I can figure out what it is I want to do next with my life.

Since I'm inside all day (might venture out to grab some groceries) I just wanted to be cozy.  I have candles lit all over my apartment, have been drinking coffee all day, and have taken a few short breaks to catch up on all my favourite blogs and websites!

I braved my skepticism and bought some false nails yesterday.  I painted them last night and took a few minutes today to put them on.  Dark grey with pastel coloured tips!  A different take on a french manicure.

It's sort of a cold and dreary day outside, and the natural light ended up being crap in my bedroom today - so that's why my photos are a little fuzzy!

Thanks for reading! xo

Friday, October 28, 2011

BLUEPRINT








Skirt: Forever 21
Sweater: Forever 21
Ring: Unknown

Quick post before I head to school!  It has been really beautiful weather these days - I can't believe it's already the end of October and November begins NEXT WEEK!  We haven't had any snow here yet, which is delightful since the snow lasts until April.  Soon it will be parkas, mittens, and scarves for me - but over my skirts and dresses, of course!  I always wear skirts and dresses in winter, but I always pair them with 2 or 3 pairs of tights (depending on their thickness) and a pair or two of socks.  I always manage to stay warm!

Thanks for reading! xo.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

THE PLACE I LEFT BEHIND




Dress: Forever 21
Rings: jwlry
Nail Polish: Essie - Sew Psyched, OPI black crackle, OPI silver crackle

I painted my nails a little different today... I wasn't able to get a good shot of them, but I painted them a khaki/army green then painted half the nail on a diagonal with OPI black crackle. Then I gave my ring fingers each an extra swipe of OPI silver crackle on the half that wasn't painted. After that, I figured they looked a little "unfinished" so I added 3 just under the diagonal with a nail art pen. Looks cute! It's something different, at least.

School is extremely stressful right now! There is just so much to do. I cannot wait until Tuesday night arrives, but then I know I will just get busy with other things. It's a never-ending, vicious cycle!

So I'm studying Political Studies, and next Christmas (December '12) I will finish my Bachelor's degree. I'm still unsure as to what my next step will be in my life - because I know it is difficult to find a job with a BA in Political Studies. Ideas are running through my head, and I'm actually getting sort of excited about the possibilities - I just hope I'm able to get the support I'll need to go through with it. That's a year away though - so I'm sure everything will work out!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, October 21, 2011

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

I don't know about you, but I think butternut squash soup is such a nice autumn meal. When I first began cooking it last year, I could never find a recipe that I liked quite right, so I've really adapted any recipe I have found to really make it my own. Here's what you need:

1 white onion
1 butternut squash
2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 box of vegetable broth (I used Campbell's)
salt, pepper, crushed chillies, cumin, and curry powder to taste

It's really simple and it turns out to be really delicious! Here's how I did it...


Cut up the onion and garlic and put them in the pot with the olive oil. Let them cook on medium-low heat until they're translucent.



As the onions are cooking peel and dice your butternut squash... be careful when dicing it! I think I came close to getting a finger snipped off.


Add the butternut squash to the pot...


Add your broth to the pot... there should be enough broth that it just covers your squash. Cook covered on medium heat for about 45 minutes, or until your squash is tender. Also, add all your spices to taste at this stage! Be creative!


Once butternut squash is tender, remove pot from heat and use a hand blender to puree it to your desired texture. I like to get mine pretty smooth.


Serve and enjoy! I hope you enjoy this soup as much as I do! It's one of my autumn staples. Best of all? It's really healthy!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

YES YOU ARE

Nail colour: OPI Strawberry Maragarita & Revlon Facets of Fuchsia
Rings: jwlry

One of my biggest hobbies is to paint my nails. Today I thought I'd take a shot at the "feature nail" look. I used OPI Strawberry Margarita and Revlon Facets of Fuchsia.

DISPARATIES

Last night I went to a fundraiser for Oxfam. They were raising money for the current crisis in East Africa. It was interesting the way they did things - and it really showed how people growing up in poverty or in riches is just at the luck of the draw. At our tables every person had a number. I was number 3. They gave instructions to open your number, and inside you will find a story. Number 1 was a high income person, number 2 was a middle income person, and numbers 3 and 4 were low income people. The high income person was given lasagne, greek salad, and garlic bread for dinner. The middle income person was given a bowl of chili, and the low income people had to prepare our own rice - though if there was both a man and a woman, it was the woman who had to prepare the food on our own tables. After our rice was prepared we first had to serve the middle income person some rice to eat with their chili, then we could eat our own. At our table, the high income person was far too embarrassed to eat in front of us, when our meals were not nearly as substantial as his own, so he got his packed up to take home.

It was an interesting experience, and I'm sure it was eye-opening for many people there. Here are some photos from the night!





Tuesday, October 18, 2011

DO THE RIGHT THING


Blouse: Costa Blanca
Scarf: American Apparel
Jeans: Gap
Rings: jwlry
Lipstick: MAC (Speed Dial)
Nail Polish: Essie (Sew Psyched)

I recently bought two pairs of jeans at Gap - they're the jean leggings and they're absolutely perfect for winter because they won't bunch up too badly in my boots. I bought black(ish) ones and some charcoal grey ones with a snakeskin print on them. They're pretty fabulous.

Tonight I'm going to a fundraiser for the crisis in East Africa, by Oxfam. It seems like it will be really cool, with interesting foods!