Summer of the Ugly Shoe

June 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

According to Elle Magazine, it’s the Summer of the Ugly Shoe. By “ugly”, they of course mean comfortable, sensible, and affordable. As someone who never learned to walk in heels and picks simple over fouffy on a regular basis, I can certainly get behind this trend!

This summer, my shoe rotation is shaping up to look a little something like this:

Bensimon – the french tennis shoe

Toms – the surprisingly comfortable, feel-good shoe

And the prettiest of the ugly, the Seychelles sandal flat.

What does your shoe wardrobe look like this summer – pretty or ugly?


June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Despite the sad start to the video for John Lennon’s “God”, this song is one of my favourites. It’s so powerful, it almost brings me to tears for no good reason. An honest, selfless, and modest song for a gloomy Friday in New York.

Now go here for a pick me up (or should I say a pull me down?)


June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I am a sucker for a great story and I, along with billions of other people around the world, believe the Harry Potter series is a fantastic and incredibly detailed tale. I don’t get dressed up in a cloak and bring along the corresponding novel to the theatre when a new movie comes out (I’ve seen people do it!), but I have read all of the books more than once and I love the movies. I’m re-reading the last half of the last book right now so that I can get the most out of the final movie in a few weeks.

Like most Harry Potter fans, I’ve accepted the series had an end and enjoyed the conclusion to the story when the last book came out 4 years ago, but now it seems there’s still something to look forward to after the last movie is released. Mega-author J.K. Rowling announced interactive website Pottermore a few days ago and although it doesn’t officially launch until October, you can register to be a member now. Here’s hoping it has something to offer its adult fans!

Check out the incredibly well-done die-cut paper animations in her filmed explanation:

Great Gatsby Print

June 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

What if you attended one of Jay Gatsby’s parties in the ’30s and collected business cards from all the fabulous guests in attendance? The Head of State created a print based on what they think that collection might have looked like.

Buy it and see more images of the print here.

P.S. did you know Baz Luhrmann is making a movie version of The Great Gatsby?

Resolutions for a great Summer

June 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s officially the first day of Summer and I can’t stop thinking about all the plans I already have as well as all the Summer-like things I can’t wait to do!

Summer 2011:

– A gallery opening this Thursday with my old roomie

– 4th of July weekend visit from Julia & Jay as well as a visit to Lancaster, PA to see Nick’s Dad

– A Motley Crue concert in Long Island

– A Toronto/family cottage visit in July

– The celebration of our first wedding anniversary

– A long weekend in New Hampshire

– And of course, the highlight of my Summer, a trip to London and Paris!


I also hope to keep up my Summer-y mood with activities like reading in Central Park, bike rides with Nick, many visits to Smorgasburg, cold & delicious cocktails with girlfriends, meals on the roof, more visits to Long Beach, and swimming.

What are your Summer plans? Am I leaving out any obviously wonderful Summer activities?


[image: Kate Spade Blog]

Happy Father’s Day

June 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

To a very cool Dad

Who never stopped playing guitar for us

Who is a great Grandpa

And who I love so much.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I can’t wait to hug you in a month!

Snacks that work

June 16, 2011 § 2 Comments

I don’t know about you, but while I’m working, I like to eat healthy. I am much more likely to eat or drink something not so great for me on the weekend and even then I like to make sure I’m at least getting fibre or protein out of whatever it is I’m treating myself to.

While I worked in an office, I had my snacks down: bananas, granola bars, sometimes cereal. Now that I work from home, there’s so many more opportunities! Here’s what I’ve been snacking on lately.

Nick discovered Mountain Rise Granola at our neighbourhood grocery store, The Garden. It’s so tasty that the big chunks of granola remind me of my Grandma’s oatmeal cookies!

I just bought a bag of Pretzel Crisps for the first time today, and I’ve already eaten half the bag. Needless to say, they are delicious (and only 110 calories a serving!)

I’ve been eating vegetable sandwiches for lunch lately, with some cheddar cheese and jalapeno hummus to spice it up. Sometimes a veggie sandwich doesn’t always fill me up, so I like to dip carrots in the Sabra hummus as a side dish.

What do you snack on while you’re at work?

Another Miller moves to New York

June 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

My personal favourite former City of Toronto Mayor, David Miller, announced he will be moving to New York to become the Future of Cities Global Fellow at Polytechnic Institute of NYU. The former mayor will assist in the school’s urban strategies, and I couldn’t think of anyone better suited to the job.

David Miller was mayor of one of the biggest cities in Canada for seven years, and while there, Toronto received a number of honours from The Climate Group such as the Low Carbon Leadership Award.

It was clear how much he loved Toronto. I remember running into him a number of times on weekends when we’d both be walking around the city. He’d always be sure to make eye contact and say hi to anyone who noticed him. I always thought it was such an obvious, yet admirable effort to make in his position.

Toronto’s loss is sure to be New York’s gain.

[via: Digital Journal photo: Toronto Life]

The Deathly Hallows Part 2

June 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

The new and final Harry Potter movie is going to be in theatres in just over a month. I don’t know what your big plans are to see it, but I plan on taking full advantage of my freelance, working from home situation and going to see it alone on a weekday afternoon. I find it’s truly the best way to enjoy a movie you’re really excited about. No distractions!

Have you ever gone to the movies alone? What are your Harry Potter plans?

[posters from Fandango]

Getting in the Parisian mindset

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

“And God knows, when spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise… A man does not need to be rich, nor even a citizen, to feel this way about Paris.  Paris is filled with poor people- the proudest and filthiest lot of beggars that ever walked the Earth, it seems to me. And yet they give the illusion of being at home.  It is that which distinguishes the Parisian from all other metropolitan souls. When I think of New York I have a very different feeling.  New York makes even a rich man feel his unimportance.” 

– Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer

[Photo: Paris2London]


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