“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” -Goethe

Friday, October 28, 2011
Wow, I just spent 40 minutes tagging old posts. I'm almost done; 210/380! I can't believe I actually wrote that much. See... I'm committed. :D [chuckle]  Anywho, let's proceed:

images from: home-designing

I never thought a Hermés Birkin would be on my future wish-list... but after seeing Carla Peres' videos, it has made top 3. If only I was [finally] 35 and bringing in some big moolah. I know, patience is a virtue.

+ I'm so excited for Sydney & Tys' baby arrival! Any day now... 
+ Fall break is in two weeks! I know I have an exam before and after it, but I'm excited to get back home to Toronto!
+ We don't have Simply Lemonade in Canada; I just discovered the Raspberry version here in Illinois...and I'm HOOKED!
+ My new obsession is Betsey Johnson & Madewell jewelry. It is so quirky & fun <3
+ I've been trying to find a warm anorak for the fall transition to winter, but not luck. I've been on the lookout since late August. This is quite frustrating. :(
+ I'm going to set up a few give-aways before Christmas, so keep your eyes peeled. 
+ Does anyone know if they're still selling those leopard scarves at H&M? I think I want to get my hands on one next weekend. If not I'll get this silk one by Yarnz, but it's not quite winter-friendly.

What's up with you!?

Academic Toolbox #2: Keeping Your Cool During Midterms

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hey everyone,

Here are a few more tips for midterm season. I hope everyone is doing well, keeping sane, and not losing hope. I just had a rough week on my end, so I'm glad it's over and Halloween is approaching!

- Always make sure your written notes have the correct information. I've found myself memorizing incorrect points many times!
- Don't be afraid to ask questions, either through e-mails or in person. This doesn't mean pestering your professors on the daily, but rather having a studying group where you can hash out details. Then if you're all stuck on a concept, you can go to the teacher/prof/TA for clarification.
- Which brings me to the following point, get a study group even if you're a solo learner. You'll keep each other sane as exams approach. Who else is going to answer your nagging questions at 4:30am the night before a test?
- Study where you peak, if it's a library, stay there, if it's your room, stay there! Also, keep in mind your best studying time frame. Mine is 11pm - 3am [I'm working on it.]
- Take this quiz to see what kind of learner you are, and how to adapt to it
- If it's 1-2 days before a test, and your stress has caused extreme anxiety attacks. Stop. Breath. Do something relaxing. I tend to take hot bubble baths or do some yoga. Trust me, you'll get 80% more work done afterwards! Extreme anxiety isn't conducive to proper memory solidification. Chill. 
- Don't give up. EVER. 
- Look at the big picture. What's the main point of each lecture? How is this material related to the lecture before and after? What does the prof want me to see by relaying the information in this order?

Good luck! Here are my exam tips from Academic Toolbox #1!

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." - Albert Camus

Friday, October 21, 2011
Winter is coming... 

[Jacket- BCBGMaxAzria, jumper- Pull & Bear (Portugal), jeans - Zara, socks - Stradivarius (Spain), boots- Charles David]

Which means I may finally be able to read the 5th instalment of "A Song of Ice & Fire"! ... But according to my grad school schedule, I have exams when I arrive from Christmas break. Fun-suckers.

What do YOU plan on doing over the winter break this year? I hope at least some of you are having fun! ^-^

"Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella." - Terri Guillemets

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Some visual inspiration for this rainy week

[p.s. that young man is Alex Watson, Emma Watson's brother.]

Images from Prada. tumblr, and SS2011 Alexander McQueen.

"Qui vit sans folie n'est pas si sage qu'il croit." - François de LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Maximes, 1, 209

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Hola everyone,

I was sent a beautiful bracelet from Marine, over at Feeliroque. She totally caught my heart after we exchange e-mails in French, and I slowly got back into the habit of exposing myself to more Francophone culture [ie./ blogs, news, movies, tout en français!] Anywho, I was given free reign over what to choose at Feeliroque, and I fell in love with the quoted braceletes. Mine says. "Be my unicorn" It's so adorable. And you guys totally know when I love something that was sent to me, I wear it to death. I still haven't removed my black LubLub stacker since I received it 5 months ago. Awesome possum! I love helping young people who have the drive and courage to start their own small business. Power to ya.

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, October 17, 2011
Two things I've been loving as of late:

 #1 on my covet list: Alexander Wang's Millie Satchel

#2. This dance piece by the New York City Ballet. [It was actually made for Chloé SS 2011.]

Have a great weekend everyone!
Also quick update: I've deleted my twitter, and will have my tumblr on semi-permanent/permanent hiatus. 

ASOS Guest Post: Winter Boot Trends FW 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Winter is just around the corner and with temperatures set to plummet we need to prepare our wardrobe for the harsh weather. No outfit would be complete without the perfect pair of shoes and without a doubt this winter you need the ultimate pair of statement boots.
Animal motifs have been a huge hit this winter and now this trend has filtered down to our shoes. If you’re an animal lover pay homepage to your furry friend by grabbing yourself a pair of fur boots. Whether you choose full fur or a simple fur trim, you are guaranteed to turn heads as you take a walk on the wild side. If you prefer animal prints then add a splash of life to your shoe with reptile or leopard prints. Spice up your wardrobe and try a sumptuous printed ankle boot to add lavish glamour to any simple outfit. 
To create a feminine and sexy outfit then you need boots with a fetish finish. This risqué trend has appeared in stores and if head to toe leather is too much for you, what better try this trend on than your boots. Aggressive lacing and a vast array of buckles are used on our shoes to bring this trend to life. Emulate Kate Moss or Nicole Richie and devastate in a pair of dramatic leather boots. Buckles this season have been so diverse we are seeing them in all shapes and sizes, so try a simple buckle or add lashings to create the look you want. Whether you choose ankle boots or knee highs, lacing and buckles have featured greatly on boots this winter so make sure you invest in the perfect pair. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and experiment by buying boots with both buckles and laces to really create a splash.

                  Wedges have stuck around this winter and have been incorporated into our boots this season. This sturdy platform is great for providing extra support and can offer extra comfort when we challenge the oh so daunting icy paths. If you aren’t a fan of the wedge then you should try a chunky heel. More refined than the wedge, yet still solid enough to provide support, these heels are great through the day for rushing around town. Paired with 60’s dresses and chunky knits they are just right for creating a casual day time look.
If chunky heels aren’t for you, don’t worry as the sexy, stylish stiletto has also graced our runway. Bring back feminine allure and try an ankle boot with a striking spike heel. This sassy little number is great for a date and can help you achieve that classic chic look. Remember height, elegance and grace is a look sought after this season so when styling up your pencil skirts and blouses, add a platform to create extra luscious long legs with any heel type.

And we mustn’t forget the classic knee high riding boot. Simple and stylish you can’t go wrong with them. Great to tuck jeans in, paired with leggings, you can even try a heeled version with your dresses.  Clean cut, straightforward style, classic and timeless, they are so many words to describe these beauties. You can have as much detail or as little, choose a colour that will go with the majority of your wardrobe and you will be set for the season.
Ankle boots, calf boots or knee high, pick boots that suit you. If you are lucky enough to have legs that come up to your chin then try out thigh high boots. Be warned only for the insanely leggy, you will storm the streets if you can pull off this spectacular trend. Mix and match styles, designs and heels to create the perfect pair of boots this season.
Written by Emma Reidy

[Images from ASOS. I've chosen all of my favourites to accompany Emma's post.] 
Thanks a million, Emma!

"In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia." - Charles A. Lindbergh

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Hello everyone!

Long time no post-y. As some of you may know, my Master's program runs on a 'every-other-week' exam schedule, so I'm constantly studying, and up to my waist in notes. Hopefully I can get around to writing another academic toolbox post to share some new tips and tricks I've acquired. I just love school! Today I had an exhausting double exam, so I just ordered myself a pizza. I've never done that before! I love cooking, but I'm super-drained due to lack of sleep. I just want a glass of zinfandel, and to watch movies all night. Mmmm...
Alright, so below are a few photographs [read: 4/40] taken last week, while wandering around the surrounding area. My university & apartment complex are surrounded by forest and greenery. It's so lovely & relaxing! [I'll detest it come winter, and I have to trudge through a few feet of snow.]
Scarf-vintage (similar one by Theodora & Callum), socks- from Portugal, leggings- Lululemon, button down- Pull & Bear, 
loafers: Marc Jacobs
On my weekend visit back home to Toronto, I got the chance to re-do my hair. I'm so low-maintenance with it, that I wonder why I have such an attraction to blonde. I'm convinced it makes me look tanner. 
That's all I got for today! I'll be putting up a guest post by ASOS soon, followed by a wonderful piece of jewelry that was sent to me by a reader from France. I can't wait to show you how cute it is!

Also, a few wündermuffins:
Thank you, ok's beauty post on her fave products. I just love the entire aesthetic of this blog, period.
+ This video by Miranda July on "A Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted" - Love it! Great music + clothes!
+ I just recently read about Junko Furuta, a 16 year old girl that was tortured for 44 days, and killed by a group of 17 year-old boys (circa 1988). This is not for the faint of heart. (I could not stop crying during/after I read this.)