Project Runway, Here I Come!

by Nadine on February 25, 2014

I’m about 80% done sewing “Anna,” my second dress of the year.

No, I haven’t posted any photos of the first dress. Mostly because I’m lazy/vain. (I’m too lazy to put on makeup and style it properly, but too vain to show it off otherwise.) I’ll get around to it soon. Promise.

This second dress is a little trickier than the first dress. Because of double pleats. And an invisible zipper. And plenty of French seams. And, again, vanity. I’m not sure if the design is flattering, even though the general Internet consensus is that it is. When I finally finish the thing — it needs the zipper, a back seam and hemming — I’ll know for sure. Jumping ahead to unflattering conclusions isn’t totally fair.


The Oscars are on Sunday.

I hope someone wears this:

Most cuddle-worthy red-carpet outfit ever?

More fashion predictions to come….

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YouTube Tuesday: Ellie Holcomb

by Nadine on February 18, 2014

Girl-crush alert.

Today, Ellie Holcomb released her first full-length album. (She raised CRAZY money on Kickstarter to help do so. Because everyone else loves her, too.)



Oh, my heart. I can’t even… Adorable.

I’m pretty sure this kid believes he, too, can grow up to be Superman. I have no interest in dispelling that belief.

Full disclosure: I posted this video on Yahoo! Canada’s The Lighter Side blog this morning. But it was just too gosh-darn cute to not share it here, too.


Fashion Is For Cold People, Too

by Nadine on February 11, 2014

It’s New York Fashion Week.

And because I’m still that 8-year-old girl tracing silhouettes on my Crayola Fashion Designer kit, dreaming of sartorial fame, I actually really care.

And because it’s perma-cold here in Toronto, I don’t totally hate this look from The Row:

You know what I always say: “All cashmere, all the time.” (Edit: I don’t own any cashmere.)

See photos from all the runways here. So. Much. Awesome.

I’ll post my Oscar-gown predictions soon. Amy Adams, please attend as your American Hustle character. I want to see h-u-g-e hair.


Indoor Cat

by Nadine on February 5, 2014

[print source: BeatUpCreations' etsy shop]

Not long ago, I overheard my husband on the phone with the owner of a studio he often works for. They were talking about Matthew’s (then) upcoming ski trip.

MATTHEW: No, it’s a guys’ trip. Nadine’s more of an indoor cat.


It’s snowing today. I stayed inside.

That polar-vortex hell? Yep, I stayed inside.

Those really hot, humid days last summer? I was enjoying the A/C.

The truth is, I LIKE going outside. Honestly, I do. In the spring and fall and on summer evenings. When it’s not too cool or damp. And as long as there are no bugs.



Let’s pretend it’s YouTube Tuesday, shall we?

Here’s something new and lovely from William Fitzsimmons. (Or Willie Fitz, as Beth and I like to call him.)

Behold the man with the best beard.

Fitzsimmons tells American Songwriter:

‘Fortune’ is a song about making a decision to walk through a river of shit instead of turning around, even knowing there might not be anything but the same pain you’re trying to leave behind on the other side. It was written about someone in my life who I watched make an enormous sacrifice without any expectation following it. I don’t remember ever feeling so impressed and confused in my life. I only hope I can be that brave when the time comes.


Hot Soup, Sadly, Isn’t Going To End Winter

by Nadine on January 28, 2014

It. Is. So. Cold. Outside.

Apparently, according to my husband, it’s as “cold as balls” today.

I’m assuming he means snowballs. Because…they’re the coldest ones, right?

Aside: This is currently the extent of my standup routine: “Getting kicked in the balls. It’s the worst. Am I right, ladies?”


I am currently drinking hot coffee. I had hot chocolate earlier. And hot soup before that. Leftovers are the best.

Last week, I roasted a chicken. Usually, after roasting a chicken, I throw out the carcass. (The reasons: grossness and laziness.)

This time, I made my own stock.

Very proud.

And last night, I made creamy potato and leek soup — No cream added! — and homemade bread.

And then we sipped wine and watched Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Because we’re grownups and can do whatever we want.

How are you keeping warm, friends?

Creamy Potato & Leek Soup
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour
Serves: 4-6
It’s a hug in a bowl. (Warning: May cause drowsiness.)
  • 3 leeks, cleaned & chopped (white and light green parts only)
  • 2-3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock (or half stock, half water)
  • 2 lbs potatoes (I used 6 small), peeled & diced
  • marjoram, dash
  • 1/4 flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1-2 tsp chopped thyme
  • salt and pepper
  1. In French oven or large saucepan, sauté leeks in butter. Cover for 10 minutes. (Don’t let brown!) Add garlic and sauté for additional 30 seconds or so.
  2. Add liquid and potatoes. Low simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. When potatoes are soft, puree soup with immersion blender.
  4. Add herbs.
  5. Season with salt (don’t be shy!) and pepper — to taste.
  6. Enjoy.



How To: Smell Like Cookies

by Nadine on January 23, 2014

[Print source: boopsiedaisy's Etsy shop]

A few weeks ago, I made a homemade body scrub at a lovely friend’s eco-friendly baby shower.

Now I smell like cookies.

Because my skin recently realized that it’s 30, I actually need to moisturize now.* Daily. So the coconut oil is much appreciated.

Here’s how you can make your own.

Mix the following in a small, airtight container:

  • 2 parts ground oatmeal
  • 3 parts brown sugar
  • 1 parts honey
  • 3 parts coconut oil

At the end of your shower, rub a small palmful of the scrub all over your body. Rinse. Pat dry. Make your husband/roommate/nearest coworker crave baked goods.

Okay, friends, what homemade scrubs/masks/lotions do you use? Please share!


*Holy 30s, Batman! Moisturizer! Friends having babies! So many new things!


How Cooking Can Change Your Life

by Nadine on January 22, 2014

“Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself.”



Do yourself a favour. Stop what you’re doing — and dance around your office/living room to this.

Happy Friday, folks!