Therapy For The Mean Reds

Sweater – Spotted Moth; Shirt – Smart Set; Leggings – F21

Like I said here I’m at my Mama’s house this weekend hanging out with my Mama and my Babcia.  I decided to change in the evening and just go in leggings.  I didn’t want to be dragging a lot of stuff with me.  Also, yesterday was a rough night so today I’m just of on survival mode.  You know that zombie-like state you’re in when you don’t have enough sleep?  You know that?

Worse still my sleep deprivation coupled with the Egyptian revolt and acting insecurity brought on a case of the Mean Reds  *comment if you know my reference*  And I had nothing to make me feel better.  Usually a little retail therapy helps a lot, but this time I’ve got no money, so alas, no therapy.

Promise I’ll have a dress for you later today!

I’ve Been Really Bad

So because this happened to one of my favorite pairs of khaki boots…
 I bought these lovely things. 
But…I couldn’t resist getting these lovely things as well.

Dress 19: To Grandmother’s House We Go

Dress – from Poland; Sweater – F21

Husband pointed out that my ladies are out in full force today!

I’ve been noticing that a lot of my posts lack jewellery and such.  The reason is simple – I can’t wear those things with a young baby unless it’s when I’m headed right out the door to work or an audition.  Around Baby it’s just impractical to wear earrings and necklaces unless I want them broken or, worse still, Baby choking on them.  So, I have started counting on my wardrobe to fill in the missing pieces of interest.  Patterns, and the mixing of those patterns has picked up the slack.  I’m not huge on jewellery anyway.  Usually it’s one large piece or two smaller pieces.  So, I’m not missing it that much.  But it’s sad when you get excited because you get to wear earrings!

Husband is headed out of town on a business trip, so Baby and I are headed to my Mom’s house.  We’ll be chillin’ with my Mom and Babcia.  Which means at some point I’m going to beat them at cards!

Dress 18: ‘Cool’ When Loosely Applied To Me

Dress – Threadsence; Leggings – F21

Lipstick – Joe in Apple

Boots – thrifted; Earrings – F21; Ring – F21

Today I was feeling a little ‘cool’ *and I use that term loosely when applied to me* So, I thought that it’d be appropriate to wear this relaxed jersey knit dress.  I love the asymetrical hem and the slightly unfinished look it has. It feels wonderful on.  I just wish it felt that wonderful to be outside taking these shots.

Hope you all had a great day.  I’m retiring to a glass of delicious wine and some cuddles with Husband.

Good night. See you all tomorrow!

Something Special


Hey guys, I don’t usually post something about another blog.  In fact, I never do.  But I stumbled across this fantastic lady and just had to share her blog with you. She’s a photographer and a mom of a little boy named Cash.  Now Cash has some medical issues and spends a lot of time in and out of doctor’s offices.  And these are the visual chronicles of this Mom’s journey.

Why do I post this?  
Two reasons:  
One: I’m a new mom and anyone who’s going through a struggle with their child touches me very poignantly right now (and probably forever). 
Two: I have a nephew who also struggles with medical issues and I see first hand how hard it is on him and on his parents.  But I can’t imagine how much harder it would be with expensive, and mounting medical bills.  In that sense we’re really lucky here in Canada.

If you like her work, check out her etsy shop where you can purchase some fabulous shots. And all the proceeds go directly to pay for Cash’s medical bills. 

Dress 17: I Know, I Copped Out!

Dress – little shop in Bruges; Jeans – Guess; Shirt – Smart Set; *Ignore the socks*

Me bundled up outside.

I wore this dress with pants, which I know is a bit of a cop-out, but here me out.  I was going out today – shopping, errands, etc – and since it’s still very cold outside I knew I’d be wearing my sporty coat for most of it.  Now a sporty, puffy coat, though necessary, doesn’t look the best with a pretty dress; so, I wore the jeans because it looks better together on the outside.  I love this little sweater dress for it’s softness, and the fact that it has polka dots. ‘Cause I love those! Notice how Drake the Dog has to be in every picture?  I tell ya, he wants a blog of his own.  I just know it! 

Tarh, stash or save?

Dress 16: Pardon Me While I Babble On Way Too Long…

Pigtails : a great way to avoid doing your hair.

Drake the Dog is such a media hog.  He has to be in every photo!

Dress – vendor in Lagos, Portugal; Sweater – Zara; Belt – AE; Boots – F21.

This morning Husband took Baby after breakfast and I got a run!  I ran for a full hour – just over 6 miles. It felt wonderful!.  Having been sick the past couple of weeks, I haven’t been able to go full out – if I’ve been able to run at all. But today felt glorious!  I have to admit, I’m a bit of a workout junkie.  I love the high and I love challenging and pushing myself.  Plus, running and physical exercise help me to release emotion, focus my thoughts, and keep me sane (that and well…chocolate, a good scotch/wine, laughs with my girlfriends, and a greasy spoon breakfast).

Since having Baby, I’m not able to do a lot of physical things.  It’s one of the changes/challenges that I’ve had to adjust to.  But Husband is really good in understanding and he doesn’t kick up too much of a fuss when I ask him to take care of her. 
So, that’s me.
Whether you have a baby or not, how do you stay sane?

I don’t know about you, but I didn’t feel like doing my hair or make-up this morning (so really, today’s no different from any other day).  I just wanted to get my hair out of the way.  We all do it ladies – shove our hair in a ponytail and just forget about it.  It gets old, am I right? Lately I’ve been flipping through mags and found stylish models who have their hair in pigtails or braid(s).  It looks so chic, effortless, and like you’re totally above it all but still really cool!  Yes, please! Now I’m not saying that I’m particularily successful at the “stylish pigtail”, I’m just saying it’s possible.

Picturesque Lagos, Portugal.

One of my favorite memories. ( I had a cane because of an injury).

I’m always reminded of eating sorbet in Lagos when I wear this dress (that’s where I bought it).  I loved Lagos.  So beautiful and picturesque. I’m not so crazy about the dress, however, because the top is too big.  But I love the pattern, and I think if I altered it into a skirt it would be fabulous.  What do you think?  Alter? Trash, stash, or save?

Random Sundays Follow Up: He Knows Me Too Well

Husband just called:
Him: Did she go to sleep fine?
Me: Yes
Him: What are you drinking?
Me: Scotch.
Him:  (in a knowing way) …And blogging. 
Me: Yup.
Him:  I’ll be home soon. Love you. 
Me: Love you too.

Random Sundays: The Sun Has Come Out to Tease

Frost on my upstairs window.
A shot from my backyard of everything lit up.

The morning visitor herself.
This morning the sun came out in all its glory.  It was so bright and beautiful that I had to run and grab my camera to preserve some of it and share it with you.  But the bright sunshine belied the truth…that it’s -29 degrees celsius out there with the wind chill.  Therefore, my plans to go out for a brief walk today with Baby have been shelved.  Instead, I had coffee, breakfast and finished it off with a little piece of Oreo fudge I have been saving for just the right moment.

Baby’s asleep right now.  I’m going to enjoy my Creme Caramel Roibos tea and read some blogs.  Have a great everyone!  See you all tomorrow!

Disclaimer: I’m Having a Really Bad Day

The night before last:
* Couldn’t breathe because my nose is too stuffed up.
* Throat was dry and painful.
* Baby couldn’t breathe because her nose is stuffed up.
* Held Baby in my arms all night so she could sleep.
* Am still really sick.
* Had no sleep.
* Have to care for a sick Baby.
* Dog started shaking uncontrollably and panting.
* Anxious phone calls to try to figure out what’s wrong and whether he needs to go to emergency.
* Baby still couldn’t breathe at night.
Today? Let’s not talk about today.  I’ll only say that Drake the Dog is doing fine. 
I’m pretending that right now doesn’t exist.  So on that note I’m looking back.  And what did I find?  These two youngsters who had no idea what they were getting themselves into…

2004: engaged, but not yet married.

Circa 2007: just coming up on our 3 year anniversary.
See you all tomorrow!
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