A change of address

April 28, 2011 § 6 Comments

Nick and I are moved into our new apartment, a whole one street South from where we previously lived. What can I say? We love Greenpoint.

The new place is great. Almost too great, if you know what I mean. I just keep reminding myself that I’m married now, almost 30, and after all the hard work Nick and I have done to be together, we deserve to live somewhere nice. No more will we have to deal with landlords who ignore us, $300/month winter heating bills, and a guy and his dog as upstairs neighbours who never sleep, but seem to always be wrestling each other and/or diving off tables.

The only downside to this move is that Time Warner cable has made us wait a whole five days before they’ll come install our internet and TV. Yes, normally this wouldn’t be so bad, but I’m working from home now and the band I’m doing design, social media, and website management for is going on tour next week. Therefore, I’ve clocked about 11 hours in my neighbourhood Starbucks this week. Thank goodness for their free wifi! I just keep hoping that when people look at what’s on my computer, they see me with a screen full of work-in-progress html, and not Facebook news feeds ;)

If you’re jonesin’ for some photos of our dream apartment, check them out here. Just keep in mind, it’s pretty much a disaster still, especially in that future home office that we’re currently pretending is a black hole.

Boyfriends who do their girlfriends’ makeup

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Maybe it’s just because I have a soft spot for sweet boyfriends who aren’t afraid to do girly things for their ladies, but this video made my day. Totally worth watching the whole thing.

Source: Refinery 29

Creative Mornings

April 18, 2011 § 3 Comments

I got up early on Friday morning to take the train to DUMBO to attend my first Creative Morning at the Galapagos Gallery, and I’m so glad I did! Despite the fact I almost walked in traffic on the BQE, then a late start after the rep from the gallery presumably slept in, the event was such a pleasure. I met a couple new friends while waiting for it to start, partook in their free coffee and pastries, and admired the beautiful insides of the gallery.

Illustrator Christoph Niemann was the speaker that day and entertained us with his tales of being a freelance illustrator in Berlin and made us laugh with his hand drawn slides. I loved his honesty and modesty and his attitude that you aren’t just born with this talent for being creative, it really does take a lot of work. I sure hope he’s wrong about yoga ruining your design career though.

Bonus moment: I met Joanna Goddard, the magazine writer and author of my favourite blog A Cup of  Jo, on the street after the event and she told me she liked my hair. Swoon!

Canadian Winter Survival Kit

April 17, 2011 § 6 Comments

Not only did Beth Chapleau design this “Canadian Winter Survival Kit“, but I’m actually proud to say we attended the same college in Oshawa, Ontario. What a fun school project!

I can’t say I know what “screech” is, but the rest of it looks about right.

Top 3 Friday!

April 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Top 3 things I’ve noticed about myself since I started working from home:

– I sporadically say certain thoughts out loud, in a weird voice. Mostly realizations or “lightbulb” moments

– I enjoy the work I’m doing, but when it’s 25 degrees and sunny or I have the new Tina Fey book beside me, it’s a lot harder to work

– Pants are optional

This guy doesn’t even need a top – photo: Afe Stein

Well, he’s not slow

April 14, 2011 § 2 Comments

When I was 15 and my brother, Ryan, was 11, he taught me html and I made my first website for the all-girl band I was in on Geocities.com. I wish the website was still up so I could show you our mid-nineties craftsmanship! Today we reunited on Skype, Ryan in Ottawa and me in Brooklyn, and talked websites again. Much has changed since 1997 though – we discussed different WYSIWYG programs and he convinced me that using WordPress to power a website is the way to go.

Both of us are working freelance right now, and we both like to keep on top of whatever technology’s necessary at the moment, him much more so than I (with much stronger opinions! haha) We’ve also both decided that working from home, offering whatever skills and services we can is an awesome way to make a living.

Ryan is an incredibly smart dude who I can count on to be ready to passionately discuss anything I have questions about – whether it be html, cellphones, computers, or wireless routers. There also has to be a Macromedia Flash joke in the photo above somewhere…

Music Monday

April 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Vaccines

“What did you expect from The Vaccines?”

I can’t stop listening to this album from British “low-fi dream-pop” band, The Vaccines, especially “Norgaard”. At only 1 minute and 38 seconds, it has the making of a truly classic, catchy pop song.

Love your neighbourhood

April 8, 2011 § 4 Comments


I am a cheerleader for Greenpoint, the part of Brooklyn my husband and I live in, always trumpeting praise and enthusiasm for my favourite spots in this neighbourhood to anyone who isn’t familiar with it. Lately however, I feel like it’s not so necessary – now more than ever, people already know about the great restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and shops in the area.

For instance, The Greenpointers let us know the other day about a beautiful new bar and music venue that’s opening at Clay & Manhattan soon called Saint Vitus. Check out the full coverage at Grub Street.

My most favourite pizza spot in the world (because I’ve yet to go to Italy), Greenpoint’s Paulie Gee’s, is getting into the brunch business. I love eggs and I love pizza, so I don’t see how this could go wrong. Eat To Blog got to try Paulie’s new creations first!

Nick and I are moving at the end of the month, but of course, we couldn’t leave Greenpoint. After much online apartment searching, a couple viewings, and being ignored by multiple realtors and landlords, we finally found a place – one street over! There will be more photos and information to come. For now, I’m concentrating on all the things moving brings: searching for movers, collecting boxes, and considering the purging of all things possible. If you know of any good movers or have any moving tips, lay ’em on me.


April 5, 2011 § 2 Comments

She’s smart, she’s beautiful, she’s completely hilarious, and something she said (and probably wrote) is the name of my blog. Now, just when I thought I couldn’t love Tina Fey any more, she releases an autobiography with this cover:

Bossypants is in stores today. Needless to say, the Kindle version just won’t suffice for this girl.

via A Cup of Jo

Music Monday

April 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

The Raveonettes:
Raven in the Grave

I love me some noise-rock and The Raveonettes never disappoint. Despite the seasons changing and the weather warming, they’re calling their new record Raven In The Grave “the perfect winter soundtrack” – luckily these gems can be enjoyed any time of the year.

Listen to “War in Heaven”
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