Friday, November 28, 2014

Fun Black Friday Society 6 Sale!

There are some cool sales in my Society 6 shop for Black Friday today (including FREE worldwide shopping!). Check out my shop for some goodies and maybe consider some fun gifts for your loved ones for the upcoming holidays? 

A fun little anecdote for you guys: My friend in Scotland, Meg, bought herself the Imaginary Friend Tote from my shop. She messaged me a few days ago to tell me she was asked about it by a girl who worked at Topshop over  in Scotland and gave her my shop info - I promptly sold another tote bag, just like that! I should hire Meg as my official overseas sales woman ;) How exciting is that!

And again, happy thanksgiving to my American friends as well, enjoy your food and families and friends!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

21 before 22 | Birthday

Right before my birthday I shared my 20 before 21 recap, which I feel I did pretty well on! Now it's time to look forward with a brand spankin' new list of things I'd love to accomplish in the coming year! Some of my goals are more ambiguous than others and some I feel will happen naturally (hopefully!).

I'm really looking forward to the year to come! I'll be graduating, and hopefully dipping into the 'real world' of work and actual ~*ADULTING*~. Because being 21 calls for strictly adult behaviour of course... ha, ha...

My birthday was extended almost the whole weekend, what with the fella and friends and family to celebrate with (the 3F's!) as well as to celebrate my sister's birthday two days after mine! It was so nice to have everyone be around for lots of hugs and laughter all weekend long, I feel so fortunate to have such a loving crowd so full of life to surround myself with.

On that note, happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! Enjoy your week!

Friday, November 21, 2014

See, Read, Listen #4

See: Frida Kahlo's 'Self Portrait with Necklace of Thorns'. I did a little lesson on Frida at work last week, and we did symbolic self portraits based on how she did hers. I love Frida, she's one of my favourites! So it was a very fun class, and I think the participants enjoyed it too.

Read: In this post about who Danielle (from Sometimes Sweet) wants to be for those she loves, I absolutely understood the sentiment and I feel I'm on the same page. She words it so perfectly that I just have to share!

"Quite simply: be who you are, be that person loudly. I'm weird, you're weird...let's get weird together."

Listen: This is the band I'm going to go see tonight for my birthday!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

20 before 21 RECAP

As is popular amongst us bloggers, every year I make up a list of goals on my birthday. The way I do it, it's a fun little activity and I enjoy trying to come up with list items all day, sometimes with the help of others I spend the day with!

This is a quick little recap of my "20 before 21" list, I didn't do so badly this year!

1. Travel: Well, duh. I moved to Paris, and from there traveled to Denmark, Belgium, and other parts of France!

2. Stay in shape: This goal is a bit ambiguous...

3. Read at least 6 books: I read: On The Road (Kerouac), Dharma Bums (Kerouac again),  The Buddha in the Attic (Julie Otsuka), Geek Love (Katherine Dunn), All My Friends are Superheroes (Andrew Kaufman), Journey to the East (Herman Hesse). I'm probably forgetting one somewhere in here, but otherwise I managed my goal exactly haha!

4. Go Camping
5. New blogging project: In the works!

6. Do something I've never done before: Lived on my own in another country, traveled on my own, went to bars in Paris, Met family I'd never met before in Denmark & Belgium, became a wedding photography intern (what), went to a comedy bar, lotsa things :D

7. Go to a concert of a band I absolutely love: City & Colour (in Paris!), The Growlers, Of Monsters & Men

8. Write more letters: I wrote postcards all the time from Paris

9. Move forward with Solé
10. Learn to make platformers

11. Cook for my family more: Yes, since I've been home anyway

12. Develop a badass thesis: In progress!

13. Spend some time at the beach next summer: Done!

14. Buy Grapefruit by Yoko Ono

15. Find Ramen and Burritos in a foreign country: Burritos in Paris, oh yaaa.

16. Make more connections: I feel I've started on this, which is nice!

17. Keep up w Lifeboat Jamboree

18. Write poetry again: a little here and there.

19. Use my camera more often: Kindaa....

20. Make awesome memories: Oh definitely, it's been an incredible freakin' year.

My twenties are off to an amazing start, I feel super fortunate for the opportunities this year has brought me, it has been a year with plenty of new experiences and growth, and I wouldn't take a single second back for anything. A big shout out to everyone who played a role in my life this year, and years before, and years ahead. Particularly the friends I made abroad, and the friends who stuck around while I was away. I love you all. </cheese>

I'll be back sometime in the next few days (when I'm done celebrating!) to share whatever list I come up with tomorrow!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Winter Winter

I woke up this morning to a Toronto blanketed in winter whites, and I had that little pinch in my heart that comes with the romance of a fresh, bright covering of snow. A lady at work this morning mentioned she always knows it has snowed when she can look out her window at 4AM and the sky is glowing, and it's so true! The moonlight that bounces off the white of untouched snow can be really bright and ethereal.

My friend Sabrina and I went on a little adventure downtown and snapped these shots with her instax. Look at her with that funny grumpy fruit mural! I love the lo-fi quality of instax photos.

Did you hear there's a shortage of the mini film though? I can't find them in any of my usual stores! I mentioned to the lady that works at my I might have to turn to online if I get really desperate...

It's my birthday this Friday! I'm looking forward to hopefully getting enough schoolwork done during the week that I can enjoy the weekend of festivities. I'll be back later this week with a recap of my 20 before 21 list, as well as a list of my goals for my 22nd year.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday Somethings .o1

- 7 years later and I still fangirl over this little pup every day

- I keep daydreaming about my future, about what life will be like post graduation, how quickly that comes, how intimidating but exciting it is. Future blogs, future projects, future art.

- My existentialism readings for class are helping me approach my interactions with people and events more wisely and for that I will be forever in debt to Jean-Paul Sartre.

- The onset of winter weather gives me the itch to 'make'. More so than usual, that is. Something about being indoors and Christmas coming up and all that jazz!

- My birthday is at the end of this month! I'm excited to celebrate this year, hopefully go to a good show by a local band at one of my favourite Toronto bars. The good stuff!

What's on your mind this weekend?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Illustration: Spencer

As I've mentioned here before, this year I have embarked on a year-long, magical journey called 'thesis'. There have been ups and downs in the process - one minute feeling right on track, then feeling completely lost and frustrated the next. Yesterday I had a critique on this piece (and one other you may have seen on my instagram) that really lifted my spirit and got me excited about it all!

Without further ado, I am happy to introduce you guys to Spencer!

Long story short; Spencer is my alien character who is trying to fit in amongst humans, attempting and failing to interpret our daily behaviour and habits. 

Here, Spencer tries to take care of pets the way we do, and he really does want to take good care of them, he just doesn't quite get it right...

ps. this is just a quick iphone shot, will post proper scans once I get it back from my prof!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween 2014

Happy Hippyween! We threw these costumes together really last minute for a little get together at my cousin's. The best part is we used only things we already owned and a few fun accessories from our figurative tickle trunks from costumes past. Not pictured are our tie-dye socks and the groOoOovy temporary tattoos we went a little wild with. I think there's still a peace sign behind my ear and a butterfly tramp stamp I haven't been able to scrub off yet...

We spent the evening at my cousin's with some great goofy folks (my cousin's husband was dressed as a hobo wizard, his friend in a woman's crayola crayon costume... it was wild) then went home and watched Young Frankenstein (the one with Gene Wilder). It was a bucket o' fun!

I love love love Halloween, and one of my favourite parts is seeing everyone's costumes in pictures the next day (One of the single big events that overtakes social media that I seeeriously enjoy!)
So please feel free to share links to your costumes in the comments here, it's really one of my favourite things to see!