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Favourite Photogs: Sanaa Hamid


If I had to take a guess, which I’m going to, I’d say  Sanaa Hamid would be that person  you know who’s always on the go and generally has three projects going on and manages to keep them all fairly straight and she gets really, really excited talking about what she’s working on. It shows through the list of projects on the side of her website. With titles like, “My Body is Not Your Battleground”,  “Cultural Appropriation: A Conversation” and “Diasporic Cyanotypes” you can tell there’s some big topics she’s approaching with her photography. Each of them has her objective explained before the series of photos, which is great and helps explain what her vision is for each of these projects.  Continue reading


Favourite Photogs: Nicole Franzen


The first word that comes to mind when I look at Nicole Franzen‘s work is ‘clean’. Followed by ‘crisp’ and ‘bright’.  Every single one of her photos give me that feeling, and not in that clean that makes you think of disinfectant or bacterial swipes. Rather it’s the clean that comes from putting freshly laundered sheets on your bed or wiping up the counter after making dinner, dessert waiting for you on the table. A good, healthy, happy clean. Funny how photography works.

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Christmas Films to Watch


Honesty time: out of these four, Holiday Inn and The Muppets Christmas Carol are my two must watches. In a ‘this needs to happen or else it’s not a proper Christmas season’ kind of way. And when I’m at home, I go old old school and watch them on VHS. On one hand it’s because we don’t own them on DVD and on the other it’s because there’s just something comforting about watching the same tape you’ve been watching since you were little. It’s a tradition and I’m all about keeping those.

Things I’m Loving:

This looks absolutely beautiful – (I could look through it for hours.)
10 fun presents under $25 – (To help you with those people you’re not sure about.)
+  A Dinner: A Love Story gift guide – (Probably my favourite that I’ve found so far!)
+ Peppermint Chocolate Crackles – (These look like they’d be fun to make with kids.)


‘Round & ‘Round


Yes, there is a random fair ride in the middle (well, kind off of to the left side, really) of the centre. It stays until December and then leaves for the colder months before reappearing in March or April for the summer. While the mom went to go run some errands, we did the ride. Three times. I am a fantastic au pair, ok? Not just anyone would do that for a solid half hour. Not while it’s cold and raining and people repeat three times if you would like them to move the stroller for you so you can take better pictures. (That was embarrassing. They gave me a look that was all, “Oh, you poor thing. Trying so hard and still not succeeding.” It’s not my fault they don’t speak French well. …that made more sense in my head.)

I’m so far behind on editing pictures I can’t even believe it right now. Mostly because it means that I’ve had other things to do (French classes, basketball practice, tomorrow I’m going out for coffee with someone (that last some surprised you, didn’t it?)) and have fallen waaay behind on editing photos. (Secret: there are photos I haven’t even uploaded yet. GASP.) But, the family’s gone for a couple of days this weekend and while I am planning on going to Paris for a couple of days (i can just feel how excited you are for me), I’ll hopefully get it all edited so that it won’t be last minute posts. Like this one.

(Also: can we discuss that sassy, slightly judging look in the middle picture? I wish I could say I taught her that, but she learnt that all by herself. When it’s not directed at me, I feel a little proud of it.)

Things I’m Loving:

+ These tips – (You’d think I’d have packing down to a science by now. Seriously.)

+ This goal – (Even though we lost, it gave me feels.)

+ This site – (I like looking at pretty things, ok?)

+ This news – (Already have plans to share a hotel room.)


Things That Really Are Awesome



Let’s pretend this picture isn’t as blurry as it actually is. My dad, obviously, is not the kind to hold a phone still as he’s taking a photo. Which is okay because at least he took the picture, right? Right. 

Anyways: awesome things. TSN is in town today/tomorrow as part of the Kraft 10 in 10 celebration tour. Darren Dutchyshen (@dutchysc)  is actually from town and he and @KateBeirness played a scrimmage basketball game this afternoon. All of the girls had played for the Bears…minus me. But, I still got tossed a jersey and even though I haven’t played in a solid three years and almost died because as much as the court does not look that big, yeah, run up and down a couple of times. It’s that big. I’d forgotten about that.

More awesome things: tomorrow two Rider players are going to be in town and @KaylynKyle of the CanWNT is going to be here as well!! And which I am beyond excited about. When I found out I actually did some sort of weird celebration dance thing because it is that awesome and then proceeded to share the news with my family and coworkers because excitement should always be shared. 

Things I’m Loving:

Stuff No One Told Us – Things we now know helped along with adorable cartoons. 

Dudes, Relax: The Rise of Women Does Not Mean the Fall of Men – An article written in response to a piece in September’s issue of Esquire. Thought provoking and laugh out loud funny. 

A Better Version of Yourself – Because vacation usually brings out the side of us we tend to like a little bit better. 

On Dance Floors – About how the blogging world has changed and where, exactly, we should all fit in the shifting, changing, not quite understood world. 

Cover Story: How The Times Made Olympic History – I have watched this countless times and made every member of my family sit down and watch it because dskljsadlj (Yes, I just keysmashed.) not only do I love how it was shot (even if it is a little shaky and you can see cameramen in a few shots), but because everyone is so excited about the project. And the pictures! Oh my goodness! The one of the bicycles on the track and it has more than made me renew my promise to practice and practice and practice my panning. But seriously: so beautiful and wonderful and yes, I am jealous as hell.