Weekend Reading Vol. 3: Perms Are Back!!!!

by Nadine on October 23, 2016

Just reading my way through the Internet, as per usual.

Once upon a time, I brought the photo on the left to a hair salon. Now I want to bring the photo on the right. Mandy Moore = hair goals. (I will always miss my high-school perm. Always.)

So, obviously, this article made me so very, very happy: Reconsider the Perm. (Racked)

Presidential nominees have friends, too: Debate-Watching With Hillary Clinton’s BFFs. (New York Times)

I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about this: Meet Amybeth McNulty, star of new Anne of Green Gables series for CBC, Netflix. (CBC)

New bucket-list item: In Rome, Using “Roman Holiday” as a Guide. (New York Times)

Fascinating read: The Afterlife Of A Ballerina. (Elle)

And for your viewing pleasure…

73 Questions with Emma Stone

(I am IN LOVE with her Vogue cover. Probably because stripes.)

Tom Cruise Acts Out His Film Career

James Corden brings out the fun in everyone.



by Nadine on October 20, 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest film ever made.

Starring: Ursula and her cousin Joshua
Directed by: Uncle David

Thanksgiving from Airfoil Media on Vimeo.


Covered” by Clare Elsaesser

I dream a lot — specifically when I nap. The dreams never make sense, and usually don’t stick with me for long, but I always wake up invested in some bizarre little story crafted by my subconscious.

I’ve woken up swooning over Nick Carter, made at U2, and horrified that I forget to feed my dog…ever.

Note: I’ve never had a crush on Nick Carter, have never been in a fight with Bono, and have never owned a dog. But the guilt over the last one was very real. Ruined my day. 

Yesterday’s nap-dream tops them all. Because I WOKE UP LAUGHING.

I was in a band. At some sort of conference. You know, one of those conference bands made up of members who just met each other.

Anyways, there was a teenage girl in this band with me. And because it’s almost Halloween, she wanted her stage name to be Uranus. This made sense.

And in my dream, I kept accidentally calling her Psoriasis.

I woke up giggling. I couldn’t stop. Matthew, who had been napping next to me — we enforced a mandatory family nap time because our toddler is in “I hate sleeping at night” mode and we needed to recover from the night before — looked at me like I had lost my mind. My explanation didn’t help:

“There’s this girl in my band, Uranus. But I keep calling her Psoriasis.”

And I couldn’t stop laughing while I told him this.

Off. My. Rocker.

Sleep-deprivation has affected my dream life. I’m losin’ it, folks.


Weekend Reading Vol. 2: All About Me

by Nadine on October 15, 2016

This week’s links feature an article that mentions me (!), the shirts I wear, and where my head is at, politically. American friends, please vote well.

Name that movie*:

“You get your picture in the papes, you’re famous. You’re famous, you get anything you want. That’s what’s so great about New York.”

Ursula and I were featured in the Globe and Mail! (Um, last week. I’m a little slow here.)

I would like to thank the photographer for not using the photo of Ursula standing on her chair. She’s a (cute) handful, that one.

Other things to read:

The 33 Best Rom-Coms of All Time. I approve of Clueless’ spot on the list. Side note: I saw the new Bridget Jones flick. Anything co-written by Emma Thompson gets my stamp of approval. (Thrillist)

The Evolution of the Striped Shirt Trend (& One of the Key Brands Behind It). Oh, stripes. How I love thee. (Refinery29)

And because we can’t avoid American politics…these articles best sum up how I feel about the whole mess. The fact that some prominent Christian leaders remain supportive of Trump makes my heart hurt.

Voting For Hillary Is Not Voting For Abortion. (GungorMusic.com)

Related: White, Conservative, Christian Friends — I Wish You Really Were Pro-Life. This is where the phrase “all lives matter” is appropriate. You shouldn’t call yourself pro-life if you don’t care about people after they’re born. (Huffington Post)

Speak Truth To Trump. I applaud the editor for attacking the “strategic” vote. (Christianity Today)

“But there is a point at which strategy becomes its own form of idolatry—an attempt to manipulate the levers of history in favor of the causes we support. Strategy becomes idolatry, for ancient Israel and for us today, when we make alliances with those who seem to offer strength—the chariots of Egypt, the vassal kings of Rome—at the expense of our dependence on God who judges all nations, and in defiance of God’s manifest concern for the stranger, the widow, the orphan, and the oppressed. Strategy becomes idolatry when we betray our deepest values in pursuit of earthly influence. And because such strategy requires capitulating to idols and princes and denying the true God, it ultimately always fails.”

Sigh. Sorry to end on such a doozy. So here’s a family of bears eating in an apple tree together. You’re welcome.

*If you didn’t know it was Newsies, GO WATCH NEWSIES. That is all.


Just when you think you’ve read the whole Internet…there’s more!

Fun reads this week:

How Murder, She Wrote Became an Unexpected Social-Media Style Inspiration. Jessica Fletcher’s style is the best. I would wear this. I kind of already do. (Vanity Fair.)

How Hollywood Is Getting Back in the Agatha Christie Business. Apparently Agatha Christie is trendy again. (Not that she ever went out of style in my books. Hardy-har-har. “Books.”) Did you know she wrote her first novel at the age of 30? And then wrote 65 MORE OF THEM?! (Hollywood Reporter)

Related: Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors 2016. (Hollywood Reporter)

Honestly, Why Do Clutches Even Exist? Good question. Apparently we can blame the flappers. (Racked)

Survey: People Aren’t Happiest Until They Reach Age 33. This is old-ish news, but only relevant to me as of recently. (TIME)

Mockup Editor. More playing than reading, but still…I could design my dream office space for hours on this site. (My current desk is a tiny section of a dirty kitchen counter. Probably just like Jane Austen’s.)

This House Costs Just $20,000—But It’s Nicer Than Yours. Toronto is expensive, y’all. I’ll have two, please! (Co.Exist)

Framed. This is the craziest true-crime story you’re going to read in a while. Spoiler: If you try to ruin someone’s life, you might ruin your own instead. (Los Angeles Times)

Dee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mom To Be Murdered. Ignore what I said earlier. THIS is the craziest true-crime story. (Buzzfeed)

The 50 ‘Gilmore Girls’ episodes you need to watch before the revival. This is VERY important. (Revelist)

What did you read this week?


Parenthood: Two Tales of Exhaustion

by Nadine on September 14, 2016

This photo was not staged.


Matthew, who had been working from home that day, met me and Ursula at a coffee shop. (We were on our way home after a busy morning out and Ursula fell asleep in the stroller. Perfect opportunity for a coffee break.)

Matthew told me that he had just had an apple and some cheese for a snack and wasn’t very hungry. So he didn’t order a cookie.

When we arrived home an hour later, an apple and a slice of cheese — totally untouched — were sitting on the kitchen counter.

He wasn’t hungry because he thought he had had a snack.


Tonight at the dinner table, Matthew asked me to get a knife for the butter. I did — and then handed the knife TO OUR BABY.


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Picture Book Fashion: We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

by Nadine on September 14, 2016

This book is the best.

Fun fact: the oldest character in this book is a big brother, not a dad. Who knew?

Ursula LOVES We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Aggressively so. She pretty much destroyed its spine. Which means it’s Real with a capital R.

“Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

~The Velveteen Rabbit

Back on track. This isn’t about a rabbit. It’s about a bear hunt. And one particular character with great style. (Folks, my husband even pointed out how awesome the oldest girl dresses in this book. Which I’m interpreting as his blessing to splurge on oxfords and a cute cardigan for fall. Right?!)

Here’s the appeal: this nameless character — let’s call her Imogen for fun — looks comfortable. Timeless. And, well, British.

I imagine she rereads her favourite novels every year. She snacks on strawberries straight from the garden. She always wins staring contests. She has a dog named Rufus and a scarf named Oberon. She’s not afraid of bears.

She doesn’t talk much about her wardrobe — how dull! — but she’s very intentional about keeping it small and ethically sourced.

So am I.

(I promise a blog post on this in the near future. It’s a topic I’m becoming pretty passionate about, but find difficult to write about without sounding like a pretentious post-hipster “expert” on the sad state of fast fashion.)

Here’s how to get Imogen’s look:

1. Super Soft Organic Women’s Tights (PACT); 2. Matilda Cardigan (People Tree); 3. Cotton Poplin Sleeveless Shirt Dress (Everlane); 4. Modern Oxford (Everlane)

I’d totally skip through the “big dark forest” with Imogen. She seems to have life — and bear hunts — figured out.

P.S. Here’s how to dress like Mama Bear, Lady Tasha, Madeline, and the mom from Love You Forever.


Predict-A-Trend: Patterned Sheets

by Nadine on August 5, 2016

[Image source: Urban Outfitters]

Whenever I find myself in a so-hip-it-hurts boutique — there are plenty of them in my neighbourhood and I am a frequent-browser/sometimes-customer of all of them — I try to predict the next big thing.

I didn’t anticipate pins and badges* making such a loud comeback, but I did predict the return of the choker necklace.

(I also called the return of overalls, turtlenecks, and wide-legged pants. This isn’t because I feel like I have my proverbial “finger on the pulse” of what’s happening, fashion- or decor-wise, it’s because I like to anticipate the swinging pendulum. We hadn’t seen overalls in stores for a while. I figured it was a safe bet that they’d be back.)

After years of cushy white towels in hotel-chic bathrooms across North America, Turkish towels are popping up. Everywhere. Because you can’t do cushy and white forever. Which leads me to my next prediction: patterned sheets.

Like I said, we’ve been doing hotel chic for a LONG TIME. And minimalism has had it’s day, right**? It’s time to mix it up. Add pops of colour. Some embroidery. Subtle prints. Full-on graphic patterns. Whatever.

We’re already seeing hints of this at DominoAnthropologie, Urban Outfitters, CB2, West Elm….

[Images (from L, clockwise): 1; 2; 3; 4]

[L to R: 1; 2; 3]

Just you wait. Look at your bed in five years, then seek out this post. I told you so. (Anyone wanna bet how long it will be before I end up with striped sheets? Or a gingham set? It’s inevitable.)

Anyone else have any trend predictions they’d like to share?

*I’m not really a pin person, but I’m tempted to become one as a way to support local artists. Read this if you want to hate Zara like I do.

**Here’s an interesting article about the all-white aesthetic. I have mixed feelings. Because Paris.


Mmm. Doughnuts.

by Nadine on July 29, 2016

Doughnut! from Bellzon on Vimeo.

On a sunny day a few weeks ago, we were driving along Queen Street, when…

ME (the scheduler): Look! There’s Glory Hole! Let’s get some doughnuts!

MATTHEW (the spontaneous one): What?! Right now?

ME: Yes.

MATTHEW: How about on Monday?

And that was the day we switched brains. Our freaky Friday.

Moral(s) of the story:

  1. Be careful who you hang out with. You will become them.
  2. Doughnuts are a “sometimes” food. And “sometimes” can sometimes mean “right now.”
  3. Scheduling sugar is not the worst, though.
  4. My husband made the above video. I love him…
  5. …and doughnuts.


Cheers! What’s Your Go-To Table Wine?

by Nadine on July 26, 2016

Claire Underwood. So elegant. So terrifying.

Last night, Matthew and I watched Somm: Into the Bottle. Even if you’re not a wine aficionado, it’s a worthwhile watch.

(I also highly recommend its predecessor, Somm, a film that’s less about the wine and more about sommeliers. Warning: it’s uber-stressful if you hate exams.)

The doc, while featuring some of the world’s most exclusive bottles of wine, validated the simple act of enjoying a glass of vino, even if you have little-to-no wine knowledge. If you can identify layers and comment on how your drink has notes of dill, berry and tar — um?! — good for you. But if you solely imbibe because wine tastes good, well, that’s really the point, isn’t it?

And I happen to enjoy a glass (or two) or wine.

Anywho, the whole point of this post is that I’m nosey. Not nosey as in “I like to sniff my wine,” but nosey as in “I wonder what other people are drinking.”

At our place, you’ll usually find one or both of these on our bookshelf/pantry:

Bear Flag Smooth Red Blend (California); Castillo de Monseran Garnacha, Carinena (Spain)

What’s your go-to table wine, friends? (I’m talking about your affordable favourite to drink at any time with anything, not special bottles you pick up for anniversaries or dinner parties.) Which bottles do you buy in multiples?

P.S. Other wine docs on Netflix: A Year in Champagne and A Year in Burgundy.