What We Love: Fall 2019

October 08, 2019

After spotting a beautiful blanket coat in an old issue of Vogue, I made it my mission to find a cozy blanket coat to use this autumn. While on a trip to Winners, I found this lovely gray wool wrap coat from BCBGMAXAZRIA that I knew was a steal of a deal for the quality (c'mon...the seams are protected by fabric), and now looking at the website it was more of a deal than I originally realised. Layered with a fleece jacket and paired with a scarf, this coat will take me through to winter with no problems!

This song from The East Pointers is so much fun and the video is absolutely beautiful. A good beat (as you know I enjoy) with fantastic lyrics and engaging visuals (I love that they have incorporated dance with ASL). 

This beautifully crafted market bag from the shop 26Lentils fits perfectly with my attempt to be more conscious of the items that I am using and throwing away in my life (plus she's local for me!). It's getting so much easier to be aware of how we are affecting the environment, and it's not hard to want to with items as lovely as this. Now I just have to remember my bags when I go to the grocery store.

Behind the Art: Onward and Outward

September 29, 2019

Does anyone remember when "Onward and Upward" was a popular phrase to write on wooden signs, etc? I could never find the source of those words when I created this art print several years ago, and when I write something out I like to credit it to someone (unless I've made it up myself), but I did find a poem by Walt Whitman called Song of Myself, 6 [A child said, What is the grass?], that had the phrase "onward and outward" in it (you can find it right at the end of the poem). 

The full quotation from which I plucked the words says "All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,/And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier." I was pulled to that a lot more than whatever inspired "Onward and Upward" because while the concept of "upward" might mean you are reaching for great heights, "outward" means so much more. You're growing, expanding, exploring! The universe grows outward, not upward.

Sask Expo 2019

September 21, 2019

Sask Expo is one of the highlights of my year! This year, we decided to spend two days at the expo. Since we've been going (check out some other posts related to the expo here), we have only gone for one day and we wanted to have more time to browse the amazing vendors and artists without feeling rushed. It also gave us the opportunity to see the celebrity panels on both days, and so much more cosplay! I was a huge fan of Fat Thor and Rosie from The Jetsons. There was also this amazing portrait of Stan Lee created with frosty Legos.

We wanted the first day to be very relaxed so we attended in what we called our "civilian clothes". It felt odd to not be dressed-up, and will now spend the time to do cosplay both days. This year, I went as Robin from Stranger Things while my friend did her makeup as a zombie and wrote "Don't Open Dead Inside" on her shirt. We invited a friend along that had never attended before and she dressed-up as Dustin from Stranger Things. She really wanted to wear his roast beef shirt and is now hooked on the idea of attending every year.

The celebrity panels were so much fun, insightful, and full of laughter (Marina Sirtis is amazing and incredibly hilarious), and the artists and vendors have so much creativity and love behind the work that they do (like Kirstin of Cutie Pie Amigurumi...check my Instagram to see what I purchased from her shop). They are so inspiring.

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