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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

HELLO! It has been far too long!

HELLO ALL!  Oh. My. Goodness.  The past six months have been incredibly busy, so blogging has taken a backseat.  Sorry 'bout that.  Things are still busy, but different.  How so?  While I have ended one job contract, I am now opening my own private practice.  Which means I have lots to do and learn about the business world.

What have you been up to?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

HALLOWE'EN! The Toby Edition...With a Feline Addition.

OH MY GOODNESS!  Did you think I forgot about bloggy land?  Oh, I didn't but I have been rather busy, working a full time job and a part time one.  No complaints here, though.  I gotta say I am really lucky in the job realm these days.  :)

So....it's October.  Which means we can decorate and craft to our hearts content for All Hallow's Eve.  You know what else it means?  It is time to celebrate the glorious garb worn by Toby the Pug, star of What Toby Wore.

As always, all styling and photo credit goes to Marianne Beckwith, Toby's mother.  The sassiness and je-ne-sais-quoi?  That is all Toby.

Calendar Pug....Why, yes!  It IS October, Toby!
Witchy Delight!  Toby rocks his coven-approved attire whilst a neighbour cat is entranced by his beauty.

Simple.  Toby's devil-may-care attitude is really the main accessory here.

Never one to shy away from sartorial experiments, Toby sports a cape adorned with a spiderweb from his witchy wardrobe.

Geisha Toby.  That face?  Pure seduction.

Here, Jack-o-Lantern meets Jester in this jaunty headpiece. 

What's better than glitter?  LIGHTS.  Toby takes this look over the top in all the right ways.


This inquisitive neighbour cat believes au-natural is the best look.  Not even a classic witch's hat can entice him.  He is most decidedly NOT a cat in a hat.

This oversized witchy/pilgrim headpiece pairs nicely with Webster's casual elegance.  Taking a cue from Toby, he has added lights for that special pizazz. 


Monday, 5 August 2013

EASY Way to Break-In Shoes....Without Blisters!

My new 'vogs...which inspired this post.  Source.

In my collection of shoes (and no, I shall not reveal the number of shoes in said collection), I own a few pairs that are less than perfectly comfortable.  The culprit?  A narrow toe box.  The way I used to remedy this is by wearing said narrow-toe-boxed shoes, enduring the pain, until they stretched out.  WELL, the hell with that.  No more, I say.  No.  More.

While welcoming a new pair of fluevogs to my shoe family (Faith Hi Jericho in black, pictured above), they came to me fitting rather narrow.  Why not send them back?  They were an ebay purchase, so I didn't wish to look into a return.  As for selling them,  I knew that with wear they would stretch out and goshdarnit, I really liked them!!! I wanted them on MY feet.  So, off to the world of the internet I went.  And you know what I found out?  Two magical things could help me solve my problem: socks and rubbing alcohol.  THIS forum was what rocked my world...

**I have used this on satin and suede shoes with success.

Step 1: With a rag, cotton ball, or a sock, rub some alcohol on the inside of shoe where it needs to stretch out.

Step 2: Ball up a thick sock or two and stuff the shoe.  You can also put some alcohol on the sock(s) before stuffing the shoe.

Step 3: Wait...try on the shoes after a day and see if they need more stretching.  If so, repeat steps 1 and 2 and check again a day later.

I also did this with my wedding shoes (Fluevog Mircacles Cana) , which still needed to be stretched out a bit in the toe box.  This has made them more likely to be a regular part of my shoe wardrobe.

Cheap-ass dollarstore rubbing alcohol.

I used the sock to rub alcohol inside the toe-box and then crammed that sock in there like a boss.

Ready to become supah-comfy!  Also, please note the heel grips (MUST be rubbery with traction not the gel kind)....a necessity for me and heels.  Apparently I have narrow heels. 

Ah, the internet.  Such a glorious treasure trove of information.

Monday, 29 July 2013


Hermione Granger is one of the best characters ever, is she not?  Now, I wouldn't classify myself as a Pot(ter) Head, but I really enjoyed the books and have watched the majority of the movies.  I especially enjoyed the first movie, with it's introduction to the world of magic and Hogwarts.  Throughout the series's storyline, I always got a chuckle or two from Ms. Granger.

Today, I came across this funny posting: "23 Signs you are Herminone Granger," and I came to the realization that if I was a mudblood witch, I would be very much like Hermione.  Which is, I believe, not a bad thing.  So, for any HP and/or Hermione fans, check this out!

Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 (so, basically all of them) really rang o' the truth.

And, for fun, here's a cat, also digging the Hermione vibe:

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Showing off a Preschooler's Masterpiece (DIY)

A hint of the finished product...

My little niece-beast, L., is really into creating works of art.  This past week, she gave me a scrap of coloured paper to bring home.  Now, it could have gone on the fridge, which is already a gallery-shrine to her work.  But, no.  It was not meant to be.  Instead, I gave it a gallery treatment and it now hangs proudly on our "art wall" in the bedroom.  Mr. Hubs has proclaimed it one of his favourite works of art.

This cost me absolutely nada to create, as I had all the materials on hand.

I used:

*A wooden frame and acrylic artwork that were going to be thrown out (therefore, I had to rescue them)
*Black acrylic paint
*Gold metallic acrylic paint
*White school glue

How it was done:

1.  I painted the wooden frame with a coat of the gold paint (one coat was sufficient).

 2.  As the artwork I used is smaller than the frame, I decided to paint over the artwork that came with the frame.  Two coats of black paint worked well.

Yes, I did feel a bit guilty painting over someone's work, but it was destined for the landfill anyway.

3.  Once this was dry, I glued the artwork onto the black surface.  Then, I covered the whole thing with a coat of glue.  Note: the artwork was made using magic markers, which are water soluable.  Therefore, I had to be careful to not smudge the drawing when applying the glue.  I did this by gently dabbing the paint.  As you can see from the picture at the top of this post, I was not entirely successful.  I blame this on leaving it to dry where cat hairs could gloriously intermingle with the glue (also evident in the first photo) and trying to get rid of them.

4.  Once the glue was dry, I popped it into the frame and hung it up with pride.

I think the asymmetrical torn edge lends a modern flair!  As for the smudges and cat hair?   Very post-modern.
End result: a kicking piece of art work and one proud auntie!

Here's another example of elevating "kid art," by Aunt Peaches! 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

"No. She's not your wife: she's the princess."

So...toddlers...being all ego-centric and such they say some pretty hilarious things.  WHAT IF you reenacted a conversation with a toddler, using a grown man in her/his place?  You'd have some funny shit, is what.

Case. In. Point:

So far, I've watched this 4 times in a row...gets better every time!

Friday, 10 May 2013

Abercrombie and Fitch...Sucking Mega-Time...Some Swears Ahead!

Whoa!  What a decidedly UNPOSITIVE title!  Why is Jaclyn being so mean?  Well, because A&F's CEO (pictured below) has come out and said if you are over a size 10 you don't belong is the brand's apparel.  Not that I WANT to wear their shit, but what a jerky thing to say.  I'm gonna leave it to Peaches to talk about this one...she sums it up quite nicely.

Who wouldn't want to fit this man's ideal of attractiveness?  (eyes rolling...)


For anyone, especially young people, who does not "belong" (according to the the CEO) in A& F's clothing, I offer you this: Fuck them.  Fuck them and then smile while you spend your dollars somewhere more egalitarian.  You don't need to conform to a 67-year-old's fucked up concept of attractiveness.  You don't belong in their clothes?!  This company does not belong on your credit card statement.  For those of us who fit into the brand's sizes, thereby earning admission into the A & F culture, I ask you this: do you want to advertise for (by wearing the logo) and give money to such a fine example of corporate fuckery?