Thursday, October 31, 2013

What to Wear: for Halloween (costume link-up!)

This, my friends, is what a lumberjack looks like. Handsome, I know. 
(If I'm being honest, which I always am, this outfit makes me feel badass. It could just be the axe, but I was feeling mighty powerful while I was posing for these photos.)

Truth be told, I had no idea what in the world I was going to wear for this post or for Halloween until about 15 minutes before these photos were taken. That was yesterday evening. I'd say I did pretty well for shopping Ian's closet for a costume. The Elmer Fudd hat is something I picked up four years ago while I was checking out Barkerville, this little historic town in British Columbia. It came with a matching scarf and every so often I bust them out as winter adventure wear. The flannel shirt is Ian's, as are the suspenders... and the knife, the axe and the pipe. Let me just say, it's convenient having him around come Halloween time.

Did you post your Halloween costume today? Then why not link up with the What to Wear ladies? We'd love to see what you're sporting tonight. If you can't make it this round, why not join us on Nov. 14 when it's What to Wear: mixing patterns? We'd sure love to have you!

What are you wearing for All Hallows' Eve?

Friday, October 25, 2013

A smoky adventure

There was a prescribed fire in a wilderness area behind my house, Saturday, so out of a desire to take photos, I asked my pal Mishelle to join me for a hike. We took the long way, climbing up and up and up and came across the smoke and small flames on our way home. The sun through the smoke turned out to be absolutely spectacular. Had it not been so thick, I would have stuck around for an hour to take photos.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Spaghetti and meatball pizza

Ian's all about experimenting in the kitchen. If you've been around these parts long, that won't be a surprise. In the past I've shown you our homemade Double Downs, homemade Big Macs, homemade pretzels, feta and spinach stuffed burgers, chicken and waffles, bacon-wrapped stuffed chicken... I could go on and on, but instead I will share with you his latest creation: the spaghetti and meatball pizza.

The idea came from our friend Matt (pictured above while savouring a slice). He was over for dinner—cheeseburger pizza, complete with pickles, lettuce, tomato and a ketchup and mustard sauce—when he shared with us his dream of making a spaghetti and meatball pizza. Ian's immediate reaction was, "Let's do it!" So on Sunday afternoon, Matt came over and the boys spent the entire day in the kitchen, and the result was likely the most amazing pizza ever made.

I mean, listen to these stats: homemade garlic bread crust, homemade tomato sauce, homemade meatballs, spaghetti and mozzarella. That my friends is an amazing meal.

The proud parents of an amazing Italian lovechild... and a creeper at the back.

Do you ever get creative in the kitchen? What's something delicious that you've made lately?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Reliving an amazing adventure

You'll probably recall that in August, my pals and I went on a three-day rafting trip down the Kootenay River. Well, one of those pals, who happens to be a fantastic photographer, just shared his photos from the trip and they are just too good not to share. Huge thanks to Ron Worobec for capturing these fantastic memories.

Looking through these photos for the first time last week, I had the most intense urge to pack up and do it all over again. If I thought the water and nights wouldn't be too cold, I'd be back in the raft as we speak. I guess our third rafting adventure will have to wait until next year.

Until then, I'll be dreaming of the water, cowboy coffee, campfire cologne, delicious food and musical stylings of Ian and Mishelle.

Until next year, Kootenay River.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Gorgeous fall colours

Fall has been good to us here in Jasper. The colours have been spectacular, the air brisk and the sun warm. Although I haven't been outdoors as much as I would have liked, I'm so grateful for the time I have spent taking in the beauty of this season. I have enjoyed my fair share of pumpkin lattes while walking the streets of Jasper during this gorgeous time and I can't ask for much more than that, with all of the nuttiness that is my life right now.

Have you been blessed with stunning autumn leaves this year?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

What to Wear: to the movies

Yes, that's an empty bowl. I sadly couldn't find any snacks to fill it with. But be assured, when I watch movies, there is usually popcorn, or something equally as delicious in said bowl.
Hey ladies! My apologies for the extended absence. Things are little cray-cray up in my world and they'll likely stay that way for another couple of weeks, so please bear with me as I attempt to find what people call "a work/life balance". Currently I am so far from one that I can't even imagine going to a movie. In fact, I was meant to go to one on Tuesday night, but instead I worked a 13 hour day.

Anyway, What to Wear to the movies! Ian's anti-theatre, so I generally watch movies from my uber cozy, sink-right-in couch—hence today's photoshoot location. The outfit, though, is something that I would totally sport to a theatre. I just snagged this leopard print top on a mini shopping spree last weekend. The sudden purging of money was brought on by a gift card from Ian's parents. They were here visiting a couple of weeks ago, right before my birthday—which, by the way, was last Wednesday. (Feeling out of the loop? What can I say, a lot has happened while I've been away. I'm even a full year older!)

The decorations from my birthday shindig still remain hanging. For some reason, I just can't bear to rip them down.

 From head to toe:
Glasses: Firmoo
Necklace: Gift from Ian
Shirt: Bombshell
Tanktop: Ardene
Cardigan: Thrifted
Pants: American Eagle

What would you wear to the movies? Are you someone who throws on yoga pants and figures, 'Who cares, the lights will be off anyway?' or do you get all dolled up? Show us your movie outfit by linking up below, or join us next time, on Oct. 31, when we show off our Halloween costumes.

Friday, October 4, 2013

My girls—saying goodbye

Jasper is a transient town. I have said goodbye to more amazing people during my two years here than I have in any other place I've lived. It's not because the place doesn't warrant a long-term commitment. It's because for most people it's just a stop on the journey. It's a place to work a mindless job for four months, before moving on to the next destination. That's the case for most of my pals. So on Monday I yet again bid farewell to a group of amazing people. The ladies directly to my left, Nikki and Courtney, are off on their next adventures. Nikki is Saskatoon-bound, while Courtney is off to Australia with her amazeballs boyfriend, Brad.

Shortly, Mishelle, my bestie in town (pictured second from the left), will also be leaving. I have one month left before she jets off to Victoria. Left behind in all of this transition is Julie-Ann (far left) and me. We keep joking that we can't wait to spend the winter together, as it will surely be the winter of Nicole and Julie-Ann.

Last month, I also said goodbye to two other great friends, Sarah and Ryan. Sarah was the reporter at the Fitzhugh and Ryan is her boyfriend. They are both amazing people, who I miss dearly around these parts.

I have to say, it's hard constantly saying goodbye and starting over again. I have gone through a few groups of friends in the last two years. It's tiring. I'm tired of missing people. I'm tired of feeling lonely while I rebuild my world and I'm tired of putting myself out there only to say goodbye a few months later. It's a weird life, living in tourist town. But it is the life I've chosen and there are so many great parts about it. I mean, every morning I get to walk up to the mountains and elk walking down the street. I get to ski all winter long and go out on snowshoe adventures. In the summer, I get to swim in clean lakes and hike gorgeous trails. Although I can complain about my revolving door of friends, I definitely can't complain about the life I live in this here town. 

So, here's to the winter of Julie-Ann and Nicole!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

What to Wear: polka dots edition

After last edition of what to wear, when we dressed for a book store, I realized I made a HORRIBLE mistake. I wore my ONLY piece of polka dot clothing—aside from a fancy dress—leaving myself with nothing to wear for this prompt.

Then I realized, my go-to tote, the one that I've been carrying everywhere, just happens to be covered in hand-stamped polka dots. Victory! Huge thanks to Laura over at Lauryn Green for the tote. I won it in a giveaway months ago and it's finally make its blog debut.

Head to toe:
Glasses: Firmoo
Earrings: No idea. They've been in rotation for 10 years.
Sweater: Walmart
Pants: Gap, but I got them at Value Village
Scarf: Value Village
Tote: Lauryn Green
Shoes: Ardenes 

This is an outfit that I wore to work. I love fall colours, so my wardrobe is made for this season. I just got my hands on this sweater and already I've worn it a few times. I love the colour and I love pairing it with bright, festive scarves. Versatility! I can dig it.

I took these photos on the top of Whistlers Mountain. My brother surprised me this week. He found out he would be working an hour away from Jasper, so he made the trip to my little mountain town yesterday. I took off from work an hour early to spend some quality time with him and we ended up taking the tramcar up to the top of the mountain, where there is already SNOW! Can you believe it? I noticed it on the mountain tops about a week ago now. It's absolutely crazy. It's only October!

Although not wearing polka dots, my brother is also a pretty stylish thinker. Check him out:

Do you have a favourite piece of polka dot clothing that you'd like to share? Link up with us. We'd love to see what you've put together. Otherwise, why don't you join us on Oct. 17 when we show you our go-to outfits for a movie night?