Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The story behind the photo

You guys didn't actually think I threw on some coveralls, a hardhat and some rubber boots just to show you what I'd wear to slay zombies did you? I sure hope not. That's even a bit beyond me... the girl who loves a good costume and photoshoot. The real story is last week I received a call from Kim at Parks Canada, asking if I'd like to go light a forest fire. Well, that might be a stretch. I could be exaggerating a wee tiny bit. I wasn't actually asked to light it. I was, though, asked to accompany the fire management crew while they lit it. They were working on a fireguard on the slopes of Mount Greenock, which means they were literally being paid to light things on fire. How awesome would that job be!? A pyromaniac's dream!

Anyway, in order to join in the fun, I was asked to put on some covies and a hardhat. And yesterday's outfit and zombie slaying photo were the result.

So, here you have it, the story behind the photo.

Monday, April 29, 2013

What to Wear: while slaying zombies

When the world's gone to shit and you find yourself in a real life Walking Dead, you want to be comfortable and prepared. So, out of my concern and care for all of you, here is a quick and dirty post outlining what to wear while killing brain-sucking zombies.

1. Coveralls. They may be terrible when you need a bathroom break, but in every other instance, they're the perfect outerwear. They're comfortable and easy to move around in and they keep the blood and gore off your underclothes. So, you know, you look good when you make it to the zombie-free promise land.

2. A well fitted hard hat. You'll want to protect that brain of yours, since that's what zombies are after, so it's a good idea to wear something they can't weasel their teeth into. My suggestion is a hardhat, but you could wear any type of helmet. In fact, it might be better to have something with a chin strap since you'll likely be doing a good deal of running.

3. Rubber boots. Let's get back to the blood and gore, shall we? Yeah, you're going to be seeing and trudging through a lot of that, so you're going to want some shoes that are waterproof and easy to clean (again, because you obviously want to look your best when everything is said and done).

4. A scarf. This might seem like an odd choice, so let me explain. A) a scarf can keep you warm and B) it can be used to clean the blood of your face after battle. Win-win, folks.

5. Weapon. In this instance I have a fireman's axe. I'm not sure that that would be my implement of choice in the case of an actual zombie apocolypse, but for now it will do. I mean, it's better than a gun, right? I wouldn't want to be creating a bunch of noise and attracting the whole pack, after all.

What do you think, am I on the right track? 
What would you add or subtract from my outfit?

Friday, April 26, 2013

I hate cats, but I love this

If you've been hanging out at Gypsy in Jasper for awhile, you know I have a mad hate-on for cats. And you know that I can't stand when bloggers post endless photos of their cats. I mean, really, do you have nothing better to share!? But yesterday when my co-worker showed me this Tumblr pairing cats with male models, I honestly lost my mind. Mostly because the men are GORGEOUS. But also because the pairings are pretty hilarious. So without further ado, here for you are some cat photos. You're welcome!

(Enjoy this, friends. You'll likely never see a cat grace this page again.)

Bahaha, this one is my favourite! A) This man is so bloody handsome. B) I like to imagine I made him laugh so hard that he had to throw his head back and open-mouth laugh like a crazy person. C) That cat's mouth is totally gross.

Of course, these are only a select few of the amazing combos up on Des Hommes et des Chatons, so you should probably head over there to see the rest. You won't regret it. I promise.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

LOTM: Arbor Day

Cathedral Grove

Today the ladies are talking about Arbor Day and how we plan to celebrate it. I have to be totally honest with all y'all... I didn't know arbor day existed until Gentri sent me the schedule for Ladies of the Mountains. You see, it's not celebrated where I'm from, nor is it celebrated in Alberta. But, regardless, I'm pretty stoked that it's a thing. Now that I know what it's all about, I'm 100 per cent on board. I mean, trees are rad. They give us fresh air and shade, and they're just downright beautiful.

But, since I live in Jasper National Park, planting trees isn't really something that's feasible for me. If I owned a home, I could plant one on my property, but I definitely don't have permission to head out into the bush to plant one. So rather than landing myself a hefty fine, I've decided to reminisce and show you photos of one of the most beautiful forests I've ever seen.


Cathedral Grove is inside MacMillan Provincial Park just outside of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. It's a forest of HUGE Douglas fir trees. I remember walking around in there as a kid feeling totally insignificant. It's a crazy experience, kind of like your first time in a big city walking on the sidewalk next to massive skyscrapers. But in the forest it's still and soothing, rather than chaotic and noisy.

Now this is my kind of forest. I love lush green moss and ferns. It feels like home to me. I grew up a few hours from this forest near another beautiful provincial park, Strathcona. For me, there is just nothing like surrounding yourself in nature. I love the moist, clean air. I love the stillness and the quiet. I love seeing little critters and birds. It's all just so calming and wonderful.


Well folks, I hope my little adventure though Cathedral Grove has prepared you for a lovely Arbor Day. If you have the opportunity, be sure to plant a tree.

Gentri of Gentri Lee
Kelley of A Crooked Trail
Lena of Musings
Meagan of The Egg Out West
Michelle of On The Adventure
And guest blogger Brandi from Silver Pencils

Where is your favourite forest?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Groovin' in the '80s

I know I've said it a billion times in the last week, but holy man am I tired and busy! At this point, the one thing keeping me going is Grooveshark. When I get overwhelmed by the sounds of the office, I pop in my headphones and rock out for a minute. No joke, I dance in my chair. And once my tense shoulders release from their spot next to my ears, I get back to work. Tunes and dancing, I tell you, they do the trick. They bring me back to a calm, clear state of mind and allow me to write. So in celebration of the lovely tunes that are keeping me productive, I thought I'd share a playlist with all y'all. It's a little '80s mix that I've been enjoying. There's something about these tunes that snap me out of any "mood" and bring me back to reality. I hope they have the same effect on you!

80s-style by Gypsy in Jasper on Grooveshark

What's your favourite '80s tune? Did it make the list?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Becoming an auntie (again!)

NEWS FLASH: My big sister is pregnant! I've known for a couple of weeks now, but I'm just now starting to wrap my head around the idea of her being a momma bear. I know she'll be amazing. But, she—like me—has always said she'd never have little rascals running around, so my mind is slightly blown by the news. I've been imagining what she'll be like as a momma and what my brother-in-law will be like as a papa bear and I'm convinced they're going to rock it!

My sister's fetus will, in September or October, be my third niece or nephew. You see, my older brother already has two handsome little monkeys at home. It's honestly crazy for me to watch our family grow. When I was young, I never thought I'd see the day when I'd be called auntie. I just assumed we'd all be celibate and that would be that. How wrong was I!?

I'll admit, though, I adore getting on Skype with the boys. It's so fun to hear them babble on and on about their latest fantasy. (Oh! They're four and five, by the way.) They tell me about the trucks they drive, the monsters they see, the text messages they receive (I assure you, they don't have cellphones!), and they giggle at me when I make silly faces. Is there anything better than being a silly auntie? Probably not. I mean, it would obviously be better if I could hang out with them in real life, rather than chatting on Skype, but sadly that's the price I pay to live in the Rockies. And when I do get to see them, it's that much more fun. We make forts and run around the living room like crazy people. And we laugh and laugh and laugh.

I can't wait to laugh with the latest edition to my fam-jam. I bet he/she will have the best giggle, just like his/her momma.

Are you an auntie?

Monday, April 22, 2013

InstaSPAM: my life in pictures

Lately life has consisted of work, work, more work and then beer drinking to forget just how much work I've done. Oh, and it's also included beer drinking while working. (That was after hours, though.)

1. The snow is gone! Or, for the most part. And I couldn't be happier. Bring on the sunshine and the colourful spring clothes (like these amazing blue pants that I am totally smitten with).

2. Gorgeous gerbera daisies that were delivered to my office as a congratulations on my first issue as editor. (Huge thanks to Ian's parents Mike and Kathi and his sister Jill!)

3. Getting dressed for the Fairy Tales and Legends party. I was Robert Munsch's Paper Bag Princess. My favourite "pick-up line" of the night came from this super cute girl, who said with a grin, "Hey! I think I read a book about you once." Swoon! She was much more smooth than the guy who came up to me and said, "Hey! Is that made out of paper?" while proceeding to grab my dress and rip it. Ahhh drunk people, they're such a treat.

4. Delicious, greasy green onion cakes with sweet chili sauce. Possibly the best hangover breakfast a girl could ask for.

5. Ian's onion goggles. No tears!

6. Last Monday I worked late, so Ian brought a picnic dinner to the office to give me a break and some sustenance. We had delicious BBQ chicken wraps with lots of fresh veggies and mayo. It was just what I needed to get me through my 12-hour day.

7. T. Buckley performing at the Legion as part of the Untapped Alberta series. I have to admit, I was bored by this band... and one of the other bands that played that night. Out of three, there was only one that I somewhat liked and I think I only liked it because the singer had an impressive beard.

8. Taxidermied cougars in the wildlife museum hidden beneath one of Jasper's restaurants. That place is a best kept secret in town. Or I like to think of it that way. Ian and I discovered it after living here for about a month and it made for one of the best end of date adventures, ever. We keep meaning to go back, but it just never happens. After seeing the entrance last week, I'm determined to get in there again soon.

9. My new-to-me $15 leather purse. I love, love, love it.

Well folks, that's what life's been looking like around these parts. If you want to follow along with my life as it happens, be sure to follow me on Instagram: @GypsyinJasper.

What's your life looking like?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Lawn mowers

While we were driving home from work yesterday, we saw about a dozen of these hungry hippos grazing on yards along Jasper's main drag. This isn't an uncommon occurrence at this time of year, but I still felt the urge to capture it for all of you. Since, you know, it's probably not all that common for you guys.

As I was taking shots of these crazy creatures (they're elk, by the way), I started to wonder, as a homeowner in Jasper, how long would it take for the novelty to wear off. I mean, elk jump over your fence (which is only there to keep them out) and they ruin your lawn, your trees, your plants and before they leave, they poop all over your front walk. Really, that can't be all that charming.

As a non-homeowner renting a second storey apartment, I can safely say the novelty is still there. I love seeing these guys just chilling out on the seniors' centre lawn or on the info centre lawn or across the street from my apartment. They're just so silly and fun to watch.

Do you have any wildlife where you are? Do you still get excited when you see them up close and personal?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What to Wear: while exercising (or something like that)

You-all know me, and you know when it comes to this blog, I like to be honest. So, rather than lying to you guys and putting on an outfit I would wear while at the gym—a place where I wouldn't be caught dead—Ian and I had a little fun with this photoshoot. After another LONG day at the office and a delicious dinner, enjoyed while watching the latest Game of Thrones, I threw on a goofy, eighties-inspired workout outfit and we started shooting. And if you ask me, the photo we came up with is gold. (As always, huge thanks to Ian for the amazing lighting and photography skills.)

My apologies if you were expecting me to take this one seriously. It just couldn't be done. Now, that's not to say that I never exercise. But, the truth is, since taking over my new position, I haven't done much more than go for a walk or a 30 minute run around town. I'm just far too beat. That will change soon, though. I'll get settled in and I'll be able to return to a semi-normal routine. Plus, the weather is warming up and the snow is melting, so it will be no time before I'm out on the trails again!

That's it for me, folks. If you want to see some REAL workout gear, you should check out what the other What to Wearers put together. They'll all be making their way over here soon to link up their outfits. 

If you'd like to join, feel free to snap some photos of your go-to exercise gear and link up. If you can't make it this time, but you want to join the party in the future, we'll be back on May 2 with What to Wear: for a casual coffee date. Be sure to join us!

What do you wear while exercising?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Folks, this working a full-time, full-blown grown up job is throwing a wrench into my relaxed, work on the couch in my PJs kind of life. I'm up earlier. I'm wearing pants and I'm at work at 8:30 a.m. I eat my sad little breakfast at my desk as I check the 20 emails that came in over the night and I dream of just half an hour more sleep. I don't have time to check blogs and catch up on what you-all are doing. I don't have time to check my personal email. I don't have time to do anything but my job. I know that makes sense. I mean, I am in the office to work, after all, and they are paying me to do said work, not to live vicariously through the amazing ladies in the blogosphere, but still, a piece of me is missing my former life. In my former life I could procrastinate and then do all of my work on Sunday in anticipation of my Monday deadline. But, now that I'm responsible for an entire paper there is no time to sit idle. It's work, work, work, meeting, meeting, meeting, question, question, question.

I'm tired, guys. I've done a couple of late nights already this week and it's only Wednesday. At this point I need more than coffee to keep me going.

Now, on the other hand, (let's be positive!) I'm also invigorated. I'm so excited to be back in a creative office. I'm excited to be spitballing ideas. I'm excited to be back in the community. I'm excited to be writing the stories that matter to Jasper. And I'm excited to see those stories come together in the newspaper each week.

Tomorrow my second issue will be published. I honestly to hold it in my hands. Working for a weekly newspaper is like having a new baby every week. Every Thursday I pick up a fresh copy, smudge my fingers with newsprint and I stare at it proudly, as if I've birthed it myself.

I just wish the birthing process wasn't so exhausting.

How are all of you doing this fine Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Guys in Disguise

As promised yesterday, here are some photos from Saturday night's drag show by Edmonton's Guys in Disguise. This photo is Justine Tyme as Taylor Swift. Although I didn't know who that was until after the performance, that was still one of my favourites. Justine started out really sweet, holding a guitar and making childish girly faces and movements and then she literally started swinging her guitar around while angrily singing the lyrics to "We're Never Ever Getting Back Together." I was laughing so hard that it was nearly impossible to hold my camera steady enough to get a decent shot. Pure awesome, friends. Pure awesome.

Now this is Terri Stevens. I can't remember what she was singing at this moment, but she did some hilarious renditions, as well. She sang Katy Perry's "Firework" and every time the explosions happened she started screaming and running around the stage like a fool. It was the best. So, freaking funny. Let me tell you, these ladies really know how to perform.

Here's Justine busting out her best Annie Lennox impersonation. The more I think about it, the more I realize what an art drag is. I mean, not only do you have to look good, you also have to be a comedian, dance in heels, believably lip sync and do impersonations. These women are unbelievable!

Now this last photo is of one of Jasper's own. This is Mychol, the co-ordinator of OUT Jasper. He came on for a surprise performance of "I Am What I Am" and it was totally amazing. My socks were blown clear off. I knew he was going to dress in drag, but I had no idea he'd be performing. What a diva!

All in all, just like last year, it was an incredible night. I had way too much fun. The show was hilarious and entertaining and the dance party that followed it was out of this world, with people in ridiculous costumes taking to the floor to show off their moves. I was so hyped up by the time the party ended, my girlfriend and I ended up bar hopping until everything in town was closed. We danced it up something fierce. (No joke, we started our own solo dance party at the back of a pub because we were so jacked. We figured if we danced, people would join. Well, that didn't happen. But that also didn't stop us for getting down. Ha!)

Have you ever been to a drag show? What'd you think?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Paper baggin' it

Despite the fact that I work under the pressure of deadlines every day, or at least every week, in the areas of my life that don't involve words, I don't actually do well with last minute planning and articulation. So, when I returned from a quick trip to the next town over on Saturday afternoon, I was a wee bit frantic. You see, I had a few hours until I had to be a convincing and, of course, adorable Paper Bag Princess for the annual Jasper Pride ball. The theme was fairy tales and legends and for weeks I knew I'd be dressing as the grimy little Robert Munsch character. But, instead of getting down to business and making my costume in advance, I literally waited until the last dying moments to throw it together. People, let me tell you, I was an anxious mess as I cut and duct taped this thing together. Halfway through and after one failed attempt, I was utterly convinced I was going to look like a disaster.

I know what you're probably thinking, "You literally have to cut a hole for your head and one for each of your arms and you're done." Now, before you continue on with this thought process, can we please return to the part where I said I wanted to look adorable. OK, now rethink your logic. A paper bag is shapeless and far less than adorable. So, simply cutting holes for my limbs and head just wasn't going to cut it. No, I had to do some shaping and creative cutting to make my "dress" into something at least somewhat flattering.

Now, as you can see, despite my stress, I TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY accomplished my goal. (Modesty is not my strong point!) 

The best part of my success, though, wasn't my dress, it was that Ian looked equally as awesome as a dragon, basically making us the hit of the party. (Aside from the drag queens who totally outshone us in every possible way. It seems a paper bag doesn't even come close to a feather headdress and sequin gown. **Check back tomorrow to see for yourself. I promise you, the photos are beyond incredible.**)

Who would you be if you had to dress up for a fairy tales and legends party?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Project Life: eleven through fourteen

Consider this a Project Life dump. I have been scrapbooking away, but I haven't been posting my completed spreads on any real schedule, so now here I am with a backlog of four spreads. Four amazing spreads, of course. But four spreads nonetheless.

As you can see, this first one is from the week that we were puppy-sitting Princess Lola, the cute, cuddly bundle of stress. It was also the week of Mishelle and Alice's birthdays and a day on the ski hill. In this spread and the following ones I tried to work in more journaling cards. My early spreads were all photos, no words, which is OK, but it doesn't really follow along with the idea of PL, which is to document the little things.

This spread is greatly about the stress of being a grown-up. I have had A LOT of drama going on in the last month and a half and although that's not the most positive thing to write about in my spreads, I wanted to document it because ultimately that drama forced me to stand up for myself. For the first time in my life, I had to say, "No! I know what I'm worth and I will stand for nothing less." I had to be brave like my pal Lisa and I'm so grateful that it all worked out in the end. And I'm also grateful to have documented the process. This way I'll remember that being strong and being brave is worth it and although it's stressful at the time, you should never settle for less than you're worth.

Mixed in with the stress of the past few weeks, there has also been a good deal of fun. Like, when I went puddle jumping, for example. That was literally one of the best afternoon activities, ever. What a great way to get out some negative energy. Jumping, slamming your feet against the pavement and getting soaking wet. It was a total blast.

You'll also note on the far right there's a piece of my electricity bill. Funny story... so the other day when I was tallying up our bills for the month, Ian looked at the electricity bill, which is my responsibility, and he asked, "Why do we have a $136 credit?" Well, it turns out I paid our electricity bill twice one month and each month after that I continued to pay the credit. I even paid the $136 thinking that's what we owed. So now we have a $270 credit. I guess we won't be paying our electricity bill for awhile! *Face palm*

In Week 14, I took over the editor's chair at the Fitzhugh. I can't believe that was only a week and a half ago. I'm already exhausted from working an honest days work five days a week!

Well folks, there you have it, the last four weeks condensed into four PL spreads.

What's up with you these days? Anything exciting going on?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

LOTM: Green thumbin' it

Out in the garden last summer.
The ground is still frozen here in Jasper, or at least the soil is, so it's not quite time to plant. In fact, there are still traces of snow on the community garden plots behind our apartment building. Despite that, Ian is already talking about putting our name in for a plot this year, so we can enjoy the fruits of our labours yet again.

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Last year was my first having a garden. I honestly had no idea what I was doing. In fact, I don't know that this year I know much more than I did last year. I did learn that Brussels sprouts weren't a good plan. I learned that buying a broccoli plant that is already potted rather than going with seeds means lots and lots of delicious, earthy broccoli throughout the summer. I learned that tomatoes are my enemy and I just should give up before I even start. I learned that peas don't like it if you forget to water them. I learned that spinach will grow huge and tall and flower if you let it. Oh... and I learned that weeding is back breaking work that I never, ever want to undertake again.

If we do get a plot again this year, I hope we'll be a wee bit more successful than we were last year. I'd like to see our beans succeed and I'd like to have some herbs at least poke their heads out of the soil. (We had absolutely no luck with herbs. It was bizzaro. The seeds must have been duds because nothing sprouted!!)

But, ultimately, ll I know is, gardening is an adventure and as long as I get a good haul of carrots, peas and broccoli, I really don't have much to complain about... except those damn weeds, of course!

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Well folks, that's it for me this edition of Ladies of the Mountains. Don't forget to check out what the other mountainistas are growing (or planning to grow) this season.

Gentri of Gentri Lee
Kelley of A Crooked Trail
Lena of Musings
Meagan of The Egg Out West
Michelle of On The Adventure
And guest blogger Brandi from Silver Pencils

Did you have a garden last year, or will you have one this year?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Secret: if you want to hold the keys to my heart... 

1. Send me snail mail.
2. Put stationery in it.
3. Write me a lovely little note.

As you can see, I received an amazeballs package from my pal Louise over at Stars in Jars. It arrived late last week and I could hardly contain my excitement as I walked back to work with the envelope. Then, when I opened it, there was NO containing my excitement. This was literally one of the best packages I have ever had the honour of opening. There were just SO many things and they were all so bloody cute. So, so cute. And I could use each and every item in my Project Life binder, which is super duper exciting.

Some days it's hard living in a small town where there isn't a Michaels or another craft shop where I can feed my addictions. So, it's amazing when I receive a gift like this. It holds me over until I can make it to a big city for supplies. The other cool thing about this package is it came all the way from Korea, so all of these items are totally different from what I can pick up around these parts. Fun, right!?

This was actually my second package full of stationery in the span of a week. Lisa over at Not Ladylike sent me an awesome package full of fun goodies for my Project Life binder, as well. I don't know where she picked everything up, but holy man, she had some really cool stuff in there. And she also sent it in a hand painted envelope that I turned into all kinds of journaling cards. Bonus!!

What's your favourite thing to receive in the mail?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Crochet inspiration

With the weather warming up (ever so slowly), I have nearly quit crocheting all together, since there won't be a need for toques, slippers and scarves for much longer. The thing is, though, I miss having my hook in my hand every time I sit down on the couch. I find myself fidgeting and yearning for a project. So, I started hunting for something awesome to make and I came up with a whole bunch of amazing projects that I thought I'd share with all of you.

Watermelon change purse

Granny square owl bunting

Aviator hat

Plastic bag tote

Cute mushroom house

These are just a few of the amazing projects I came across during my hunt. I know there's a toque in there, but I feel like Ian must own an aviation hat. It's just too perfect. Even if he can't wear it until next season, I'm going to make it for him ASAP.

And that owl bunting has got to be the cutest thing in the world. I still haven't made a granny square, so I might have to start there and then move onto fancy squares, but I'll get there. I'm determined.

Do you have any projects on the go right now, or any you're dreaming about doing?

Monday, April 8, 2013

Big news

This is the face of a very happy, nervous and excited lady. Why, you might ask. Well, because I am now the editor of the Fitzhugh newspaper here in Jasper!!

After more than a month of negotiations, my position became official on Wednesday. The Fitzhugh is the newspaper I moved to Jasper to work for a year and a half ago, so I'm really excited to transition back into the newsroom and into a new role. I really enjoyed my time working with Edmonton's Vue Weekly this winter, but it was pretty isolating working from home. In fact, it was incredibly difficult to stay motivated. It's honestly crazy how great it feels to get up and go to the office each morning. I'm much more positive and productive and I'm even feeling incredibly creative.

I guess it doesn't hurt that my two best friends work in the office, so now I basically just get to hang out with them all day. I have to say, that's pretty rad, especially since we're all really passionate about improving the paper and making it into the best product we possibly can. I'm so excited to work with my girls and to be back in the community. Now I can only hope that I do the community and the paper proud.

**My first issue as editor comes out on Thursday. You can see a PDF version on our website, if you're at all interested.**

In other news, Reasons My Son is Crying is the funniest Tumblr I have ever seen. 
Check it out. You won't regret it.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fancy pants, fancy folk

 Hey ya'll. I'm over at Tastes Like Love, answering some of Lauren's burning questions today.
Check it out, yo!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Trench foot turns Bigfoot

Alternative title: spring barbecue adventures.

Spring is a silly little season. It's one that teases you and tricks you. It gives you warm weather in the afternoon and freezing temperatures in the evening. It gives you dry, clear streets and marshy wet lawns. It gives you a week of sunshine and then surprises you with snow (like today!). So, with all of its fluctuations, it's a season that's nearly impossible to dress for... which leads me to my story.

On Monday night, our pals invited us over for the first backyard BBQ of the season. I was so pumped. The day had been gorgeous. It was nearly t-shirt weather. I was back to wearing flats. Life was good. But, when we arrived at the party, I found myself walking around on a soaking wet grass sponge. And being the silly girl I am, I was wearing the little crocheted flats you can see in the bottom right hand corner of the photo. No joke, it took all of five minutes before my shoes and feet were sopping wet and freezing cold. It was so bad, in fact, that the only way I found relief was holding my feet straight out in front of me while sitting in a lawn chair.

I think I made it about an hour into the party before I started joking about trench foot with my pal Casey. She assured me that an hour with wet feet wasn't an adequate amount of time for nasty prune feet to set in, but I wasn't convinced. My feet were shriveling up more and more by the second. (Friendly word of warning, never—and I mean NEVER—Google trench foot. The images will inducing vomiting.)

A little while later, my pal Hector sweetly asked, "Are you cold?" And when I admitted defeat, he immediately brought me inside, grabbed me a fresh pair of socks and let me choose from one of his 12 pairs of enormous shoes. And, of course, I went with the pure white high tops, because, well, they're high tops!

When I made the trek back outside, I felt a bit like Bigfoot or Godzilla or a clown and, if we're being honest, I looked a bit like all of the above mashed together into a mess of crazy. It was worth it to have warm feet, though. And, I definitely learned my lesson. Since then I've been dressing in all kinds of layers and I've been judging my footwear on where I'm heading. You'd think at 26 I wouldn't need such a reminder... but it seems the promise of warm weather and changing seasons is enough to make me forget the lessons of the past.

Have you had any outfit blunders because of changing seasons?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

What to Wear: to work

So this is my home work space and this is how I dress if I have to leave the house for an interview. If I were actually working at home, writing all day or interviewing people on the phone, we all know that's not what I'd be hanging out in. But assuming I have to see the light of day, I choose to be business casual.

I bought this top many moons ago at Value Village. It took me a long time before I actually busted it out, but once I did and once I started belting it, I fell in love. I think it's the perfect work shirt. It's feminine. It's slightly dressy. It has ruffles, a great colour and it's put together enough that I can interview anyone in town and feel comfortable.

From head to toe:
Shirt: Value Village
Tank top: Ardenes
Cardigan: Walmart
Pants: American Eagle
Shoes: Ardenes

This is my "are you seriously going to avoid my calls/hang up on me" look. I don't bust it out that often, but it does appear from time to time.

Now, if you want to join the What to Wear party, link up with your own work outfit. We'd love to see it. And if you can't make it this time around, we'll be back with What to Wear: while exercising on April 18. So, be sure to join us then!

What do you wear to work? Do you have a uniform or do you get to pick your outfits?