May 08, 2014

Understanding Ukraine with The Everygirl

I'm excited to announce that I'm writing a new series for The Everygirl, and my first post is up right now!  We're aiming to help you understand what's happening in our world one topic at a time with a clear report that's (hopefully!) easy to read.  First up is the current crisis in Ukraine.

Understanding the Crisis in Ukraine:  The Everygirl

To give it a read, just click on the image above. 

Something in the world you'd like explained?  Email in to info the everygirl com, with subject line "UNDERSTANDING (TOPIC)" or leave a comment on the post and we'll pick the most popular request for our next piece.

Where I've been

So, I've been the worst blogger ever, I know.  I'm sorry.  Sometimes you just have so many things on your plate that something has to give, and this month it was this blog.  But I can explain myself!

Last Friday, I submitted my graded, printed, and bound M.A. thesis (!!)  

The finished product!!  I'm considering blowing this photo up and framing it.  I've never been so happy to hold a finished piece of work in my hands.  But before this happy moment, there was a lot of this:

 Reminding myself that Spring is happening outside by keeping tulips amongst all that paper.  (Not pictured: me in pajamas and a lumberjack vest, pens stuck in my hair, swearing under my breath.)

Lots of Starbucks work excursions, because working at home alone on the same paper for days on end isn't the healthiest thing in the world.  (Not pictured:  a huge stack of books on Nazism and a guy giving me and those books some pretty nervous side eye.)

But then I was handsomely rewarded!

 My reward was a ten-day trip to California.  My boyfriend had to go out to Los Angeles for a wedding, so we decided to make a big holiday out of it!  We rented a car and drove all around the state.  If you're looking for a fun California holiday and you're able to spend time in the car with your partner without killing him or her, then DO THIS!  This photo is one of about 100 that I took along Route 1, on the drive from Santa Barbara to San Francisco. 

One thing:  if you have vertigo, do not do this.  You are on a very narrow road essentially on the side of a cliff for HOURS.  But if you can deal with those heights, this is one of the most amazing sights I've ever seen.

 Extra bonus: elephant seals!  So many elephant seals!  There were hundreds of these guys just chilling out on the beach.  I could keep one of these as an apartment pet, right?

 We did so many fabulous things on this trip, but I think my favourite day of the trip was at the V. Sattui winery in Napa.  I had this whole big day of exploring San Francisco planned, so when the friend we were staying with suggested we go to Napa instead I was a little hesitant.  Man, am I glad I shut up and went with the flow, because this place was heaven.  New if-I-win-the-lottery plan: start a vineyard in a place like this and never leave.

Alright, that's enough from me for now.  Now that I've explained myself, we can get things back to normal.  Be on the lookout for one of my favourite NYC fables over the weekend!  

March 04, 2014

Paint it black

I've been really hung up on black walls lately. Of course, a dozen reasons why a black wall isn't an option in my life right now spring to mind, chief among them being that I'm not allowed to paint anything in my rented apartment. But I just can't get these black walls out of my head.

It all started with Jordan at Oh Happy Day's bedroom makeover. 

Just look at that!  Don't you want to curl up and snuggle into that image?  Let's take a look at a few others.

Alaina of Live Creating Yourself//The Everygirl's former office. Source: Live Creating Yourself

This chalkboard wall is enticing too! Source: designsponge

Black brick!  Purrrrrrrrrr.  From Apartment Therapy.

Wowsers, this is elegant.  From Sydney Maag

What about you?  Do you think you could pull off a black wall?  

P.S. Today is March 4th -- so march forth today!

February 26, 2014

It's a sign

It's snowing again right now.  I don't want to talk about it.

I think winter is getting to us.  I'm not a doctor, so I don't know the precise psychological effects of a prolonged stay on the inside of a snowglobe, but I've noticed that the city has gotten pretty snarky lately.  Specifically, the signs.  Is it just me, or have they taken on an attitude?  They have things to say, damn it, and they won't be ignored any longer!  Click through for a roundup of some of the sass I've gotten lately.

4th Avenue Pub, Booklyn.  At least their dead-end jobs involve liquor?

February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, beloved readers!  The snow has stopped (for today), the sun is out, and we're free to focus on spreading the love today!

Still looking for something to do tonight?   What says romance better than the subway?

Hop on the luuuurve train (I know, I'm embarrassed by me too) and head to the New York Transit Museum tonight for their annual "Missed Connections" party!  Indulge your romantic side and turn those Craigslist snippets into poetry, art, and music.  Or, if you're feeling nostalgic for valentines past, channel your inner Ralph Wiggum while you decorate cookies or go all out at the crafts table.  There's also tasting of some local Brooklyn treats and a photo booth to immortalise your PDA.  And all in vintage trains and a decommissioned subway station!

Tickets are only $15, or $10 if you're a museum member.  The NY Transit Museum is at the corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn St. in downtown Brooklyn.  You can find out more about at the Museum's website, and register for tickets right here.

 What are you doing this Valumtimes?

Image source:  Breakfast at Toast

February 05, 2014

Love notes: Industrial Sydney

You will be unsurprised to hear that as a kid I excited and amazed by the idea of anything even a little bit old.  Since Sydney isn't that old a city, much of its brick-and-mortar heritage comes in the form of old warehouses and other remnants of its industrial past.

I've always loved big old factories and train yards, and while New York has some incredible architectural history, I'm usually wandering among a more polished history than I'd usually seek out in Sydney.  So, in honour of the grit which isn't often to be found on the Upper East Side, a quick tribute to industrial Sydney.

These last two images are of The Grounds of Alexandria, a sprawling cafe in the inner-city suburb of Alexandria.  I've seen and read so much about this stunning place since it opened a few years back that it will be a definite must-visit on my next trip home.

All of the city images from this post are taken from the fabulous blog Sydney - City and Suburbs, which I had a fabulous time scrolling through this morning.  Images of the Grounds at Alexandria are taken from this review.

January 29, 2014

Winter survival kit

Alright, I give in.  It's really cold. 

I've been avoiding it for weeks now - taking cabs where I can, cranking up the heat, and most days not leaving the house at all.  It didn't help that Sunday was Australia Day, either, so my Instagram feed was flooded with happy faces barbecuing on the beach back home.  But I give in!  It's clear that this is happening to us, and the best we can do is bed down inside and stay warm as possible.  In that spirit, here are a few treats to make your hibernation a little more pleasant.

1. Some new jammies from J Crew. Because when you're not leaving the house between Friday afternoon and Monday morning anyway, who needs to get dressed?
2. A whole bunch of tasty-smelling candles.  I keep several lit pretty much all the time when I'm at home, and it makes me feel almost as cozy as if I had a fireplace.
3. A good book.  I'm reading this at the moment, and it's wonderful!  Transport yourself from your frigid present and into a hot and colourful summer with Bryson's engaging and funny history of the summer of 1927.
4. A special mug.  Treating yourself to a nice new mug will make all those hot teas and coffees you're sipping on seem a little more decadent.
5. A little inspiration.  This print is from the Everygirl's new product line and will give you the boost you need to achieve something when you just want to hide in bed until Spring.
6. Give yourself a manicure.  You'll have lots of time to perfect your nails while you're hiding from the freezing wind, and you'll feel like less of a lump for staying in your PJs all weekend.  I love "the lace is on" for the perfect balance of warm and glam.
7. Go out right now and buy yourself a humidifier.  If your apartment is anything like mine - set to the devil's thermostat - your skin and sinuses will thank you forever.  I love this one because its clean lines make it an inoffensive addition to your decor, and it comes in a whole range of colours.  I have one in a solid blue, and it fits right in.

What's your favourite way of coping with the cold?
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