Monday, September 30, 2013

Missing in action

You know the old saying, "When it rains, it pours"? Well holy moly it could not be more true than right this minute. Last week was a whirlwind of madness. My sister had her baby! So now I'm an aunty of three healthy, amazing little men. (Welcome to the world, Evander! I couldn't be more excited to meet you.)

In the first three days of the week, I worked 36 hours. Hello municipal election, thanks for kickin' my little butt. And on top of everything else, I caught myself a cold... Yikes!
This week has started out on a higher note, with a good sleep under my belt and the majority of my work ready to rock, but I'm still a slight bit tense from the madness of last week and a sense of looming craziness to come.

All of this is to say, sorry for ignoring all-ya'll. I've just been a nutty duck waddling around in circles. I'll try my best to get back to you before Thursday (What to Wear: polka dot edition), but if not, know that I'm just a busy bee working far too hard for my own good. Also, know that I miss you guys.

See ya on the flip side.

How are you guys!? Tell me what's up.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

It's mushroom season!

You may recall from last fall that I am a huge fan of mushrooms and that my fascination was passed on by Ian who has a passionate love for photographing fungus, moss and mushrooms.

If you do remember all of that, then you're likely well aware that finding the first mushrooms of the season was an incredibly exciting discovery for me. I found these guys a couple weeks back after paddling out on Moose Lake. It was the perfect night for our adventure. The air was warm, the sky was clear and the water was calm. We paddled across the lake in an attempt to find a waterfall that you can see from the highway. When we got to its base, we realized it would take a good amount of bushwhacking to see much of anything, so we piled out of our kayaks and hit the forest... and these beauties were what I discovered!

To see more mushroom photos (ones taken with a real camera, not a cellphone), check out my posts from last season.... oh, and be prepared for MANY more mushroom photos before the snow falls. I'll be on the hunt for these little beauties in the coming weeks!

Mushrooms: 1 // 2 // 3

Friday, September 20, 2013

Beauty skies

This is Moose Lake. It's located right outside of Jasper, over the British Columbia border, and it is freaking beautiful. No joke, for months I dreamed of dipping my paddle into this gorgeous body of water and, finally, I made it happen a couple of weeks ago. It was the perfect end to the most amazing day with my pals. We ate together, we laughed together and then we paddled and bushwhacked together.

It's days like this one that will make me miss the summer. But, as we move into fall I have a whole whack of other things to look forward to: mushroom hunting (you'll hear more about that tomorrow!), sweater wearing, pumpkin pie latte drinking, photo adventuring and leaf crunching.

What are you looking forward to about fall?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

What to Wear: to a bookstore

I know, I know. This isn't what to wear while reading—FYI: if it were, you'd be getting photos of me in PJs—but Jasper doesn't have bookstore. (Isn't that complete and utter madness?!) So the best I could do was show you what to wear when there isn't a bookstore in sight, it's fall and you're in the midst of reading a Margaret Atwood novel. How's that for a prompt!?

This outfit is inspired by the colour pink, a colour I used to loathe, but have slowly come to embrace. In fact, I'm quite in love with this top and I'm finding it fun to transition it from summer into fall.

From head to toe: 
Earrings: Value Village
Shirt: Winners
Cardigan: Walmart
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Value Village!!!

How great are these shoes, ladies!? Are they not just the cutest? I am in mad love with them, although they REEK from being worn the entire weekend at the Robson Valley Music Festival. Whoops. Who knew dancing would cause sweaty feet and who knew sweaty feet mixed with puddles and mud and all kinds of moisture would result in the smelliest shoes on the planet. Hmm.. come to think of it, I probably knew that, but I just couldn't resist wearing them for three days straight.

Anyway enough about my smelly feet. Do you have the perfect outfit to wear to a bookstore? Why not link up with us today? We'd be happy to have you and even more excited to see the outfit you've put together.

If you can't make it this week, then why not join us in two weeks when we show the world how to wear polka dots! (Oops, I probably should have read ahead. I hope I have another polka dot shirt hiding in my closet somewhere!!)

What's your go-to book shopping get-up?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013



For the last month and a half, every spare moment has been devoted to Breaking Bad—not because I haven't seen it before, but because I wanted to REALLY savour the last few episodes by first watching the entire series again. But now, Ian and I are just beginning the fifth season and the last episode is just about to air, and I am terrified of spoilers. I seriously avoid Twitter and Facebook on Sunday nights and even Monday mornings in an effort to stay totally and completely oblivious...

But at the same time, I'm so bloody curious that there's a teeny tiny piece of me that wants to sneak a quick peek, not enough to ruin everything, but just enough to know I'm in for something good.

So friends, please, tell me this one thing: is it good? And just how good is it? Is it kind of good, but not all it was hyped up to be like the last season of Arrested Development or is it totally and completely amazeballs?

Fill me in, but, please, no spoilers!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Consumed by state license plates

About a month ago Ian started a little challenge to take a photo of every state license plate. The stipulation, of course, is the photo has to be taken in Jasper. It's not like we can hop in the car and drive through the US and take photos of license plates in their own state. That would just be far too easy, right? Plus it would cost a butt ton of money and time, and our way is a heck of a lot more fun.

Anyway, about a week in, I decided to join the challenge, turning it into a competition to see who can collect them all. So far I have more than 20. I think Ian is likely in the 30s. (Don't judge, he had a head start!!)

My most surprising find so far is Hawaii. I mean how did that person even get their car here? Give that one some thought, would ya?

Ever since we started this little challenge, I have been keenly aware of each and every car that drives past. I stop my friends as we're walking, so I can crouch down and grab a shot. I yell in the car when I see one I don't have. I've pulled over and hopped out of the car just to grab a photo. I'M OBSESSED. This is seriously the best game ever.

Do you ever create your own little games to keep yourself entertained and your brain working?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Crab apple crumble

I bet after yesterday's post you were wondering, "what do you do with a basket full of wee little crab apples?" Well, let me tell you... you grab your friends, some knives and cutting boards and you core and core and core some more until you have a big pot full of apple slices, perfect for filling a traditional English crumble.

1. Put the apple slices in a pot with two tablespoons of butter, two tablespoons of sugar and a wee bit of water and reduce them down, stirring occasionally.
2. While the apples are on the stove, mix the flour and sugar together and then cut in the butter until you have a course mixture.
3. Put apples on the bottom of a baking pan (optional, but delicious, add blackberries) and top with crumble mixture.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown.
5. Leave the crumble to sit for five minutes before serving.
6. Don't forget the ice cream!

Do you have a go-to crab apple recipe?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What to Wear: apple picking

This post could also be called, why I love living in a small town.

On Saturday I was out on assignment, taking a photo of a cheque presentation, when a community member mentioned she had a surplus of crab apples that she was looking to get rid. So, being a lover of fall and fall activities, I pounced on the opportunity and invited my girlfriends (and my friend Brad) to join me for a Sunday morning pick.

While getting dressed for this little adventure, I looked out the window and found beautiful sunshine, so I went with a dress and my favourite cardigan. I bought the dress a couple of years ago when I was living in Yellowknife. I found it in this little church thirft shop for $2! I am still in love with it to this day. The cardigan, as you should all well know, is from Value Village. I dread the day when I shrink it or wreck it in any way. It's the perfect colour, the perfect shape and the perfect material. I wish I had the same one in every colour of the rainbow.

Be sure to pop in tomorrow to see what we did with all of our delicious apples. Let's just say, we took away their tartness and made them into something scrumptious.

What's your go-to apple picking outfit?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Captain Condom and Dental Damsel

It's time to come clean about yesterday's baby shower outfit...

Truth be told, I don't actually have a Captain Condom costume laying around waiting for the perfect occasion. (Man do I ever wish I did!) But I do have friends who work for an organization that just happens to own said costume, as well as the phenomenal "Dental Damsel" costume you see being modeled by my pal Mishelle.

That same organization also has a poster campaign each year titled "Safe is Sexy", so after looking through the fruits of our photoshoot labours yesterday, I decided Mishelle and I—aka Captain Condom and Dental Damsel—should definitely have some of our own posters. Here's what I came up with:

And here are some examples of the organization's real posters. They're pretty great!

Jasper-style Jersey Shore. I hate the show, but the posters are pretty hilarious!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

What to Wear: to a baby shower

"Captain condom to the rescue! Prevent nine months of packing around extra weight with the help of me and my pal contraceptives."

So yeah, this happened. And, if I'm being totally honest, I'm not even a wee bit ashamed. To me, there is no better outfit for a baby shower than a massive condom costume. It's just a friendly reminder that next time you don't have to end up with an alien pod growing off your stomach, you know, unless that's what you're going for, in which case, party on!

Do you have an outfit you'd like to share? Link up with us and show us what you might sport at a baby shower. We'd love to see what you put together. And if you can't make it this time, join us on Sept. 19 for What to Wear to the bookstore.
What would your go-to baby shower outfit be? Do you have a Captain Condom costume at the ready or are you more of a dress and cardigan kind of gal?

Huge thanks to my pal Mishelle for taking this amazing photo!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Giveaway: Kitchenaid Mixer!

Oh yes, you read right, up for grabs is a BEAUUUUUTIFUL Kitchenaid Mixer. Why, you might ask, is such a glorious piece of cake whipping, bread kneading machinery up for the taking? Well, let me tell you!! You see, it's our favourite little lady's third blog anniversary. That's right, three years ago, Amanda of Little Lady Little City started her delightful little space and to celebrate she's pooled together the resources of a bunch of equally fantastic bloggers—myself include ;)—to do a little celebratory giveaway. Below are all the sponsors. Be sure to check them out because, seriously, these women are fan-freaking-tastic and I'm not just saying that. For reals, Amanda chose most of my favourite bloggers for this giveaway.

Little Lady Little CityLala Faux BoisPretty Lovely Leaves and FloursGypsy in JasperChantilly SongsKaylanautGrrfeistyOld Red BootsMy So Called ChaosVeranelliesDesert DandelionKitty Cat Stevens
Aren't those smashing looking ladies up there!? 

Now without further ado, get your name in for your very own Kitchenaid Mixer.

**Note to the winner of this giveaway: I expect a package of delicious treats to grace my mailbox within one week of your receiving your prize. I'll be waiting impatiently for their arrival. Thanks!** 

***Less sarcastic note to the winner: The giveaway is open until September 30th at 11:59PM EST. The winner will be chosen at random shortly after the giveaway closes, and will be notified. Once notified, the winner has 48 hours to respond otherwise they will forfeit the prize and another random entry will be chosen. Please note that the color of the Kitchenaid mixer is subject to change due to availability.***