Summer shopping trip

When it’s hot out, I like to visit air conditioned places. Yesterday we thought the mall would be fitting. After a quick puppy dip with Eli in the fountain, we indulged in a little retail therapy. Summer essentials were at the top of my list, such as plain tanks for the days when you are sweating despite the fact that you are doing nothing.

I also managed to find some sweet deals on some really awesome pieces!

Find number one was a sheer gold tank at Banana Republic. I’m really feeling these colours.

Banana Republic

I then stumbled upon an awesome wallet. Now Erin and I have matching ones, but hers is purple. The only downside is when you open the change purse is spills a tiny bit. Cuteness factor overrides this.

Danier Leather

Danier Leather

My last two finds were surprising. I love maxi skirts and I saw this at Forever 21. I thought it had an odd look to it, but I ended up having that moment where I just had to have it. It has the cutest buttons all the way up the front.

Forever 21

Forever 21

And finally we entered the store that seems to suck us in every time. We hate it but we love it. Sirens. I always find something there, no matter how much we hate to admit it. I was really into this lower-back baring top. I never buy pink things, but I guess it was my day.

Sirens

Care to share any of your own sweet summer finds? The sale racks are on fire!

M

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music note

Today I remembered The Decemberists and it brought happiness to my ears! It happened while eating breakfast at Maxwell’s Bistro. The eggs charlotte are amazing, by the way. So now I am replaying songs from my teenage years. I like that sometimes.

Upcoming posts will include purchases from some serious retail therapy today. The mall is our safe haven when escaping the heat!!

M

Beet and potato salad (vegan!)

After biking 16 km today, I decided I needed a nice refreshing salad. I had some beets, potatoes, and other veggies I picked up at the market, so I thought a beet salad would be perfect!

It’s super hot outside and I needed something light and cool. Bonus: it’s vegan friendly, my favourite.

Me being the type who doesn’t really follow recipes…I just threw it together but it turned out great. Here’s what I did:

Boil 5 beets, 3 large carrots, and about 10 small red potatoes. Once they are cooked through, chop them up and put in a mixing bowl.

Chop up 3 pickles and some green onion. Add to the mix!

Time to add some spices and flavour.

I used paprika, pepper, himalayan sea salt, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and lemon juice. A dash here and a dash there works, add as much or as little as you like. I’m not one for measuring when it comes to something like a salad.

For some spice, I also added one chili pepper. They are small but mighty!

Toss and put in the refrigerator to cool. Wait about 30-45 minutes, then enjoy!

M

Radiohead

The band I have loved for…decades? I suddenly feel old, but at least I was only a toddler when I rocked out to My Iron Lung.

It’s happening!

I get to see Radiohead  tomorrow. It seems like it’s been forever since I bought the tickets. Tonight I head to Montreal for hangouts with a special boy. And tomorrow I hope I hear this song. He can hold my hand while we listen, maybe.

I’m also hoping for some other random and weird songs, like Talk Show Host, but I don’t have my hopes up too high.

Happy Thursday!

M

Sheer brilliance

I have recently become somewhat infatuated with sheer fabrics. It all began with an item I never really imagined myself wearing. But I had this sudden urge to own something completely see-through. Although maybe a bit ridiculous, I do love them, and rock them on occasion. Tights, shorts, or spandex are something that should be worn beneath…to be honest, I’m not one to show off my underwear.

American Apparel

Showing off your bra on the other hand…that’s a different story altogether. Sheer tops are always fun, especially in this warm weather. I’ve grown to love the light and fine material on a sunny day. The breeze goes through it so easily.

One of my greatest shopping moments was actually when I discovered this crop top. Lace in the front, sheer fabric in the back. I have recently learned that my bra is most visible when a camera flash is present…other than that, perfect!

Zinga

Zinga

Since then, my collection of sheer pieces has grown. It makes me quite happy coming home with a new translucent item to add to my closet. Maybe a little bit rebellious, too.

Here are a few of my very own favourites.

H&M (left), Exhileration (right)

The H&M top is a silk front with a light pink transparent back.

2 hearts

2 hearts

I love that the upper half of the dress is sheer, but the bottom half has a solid black layer beneath.

Forever 21

Not too sheer, but ultra light and wonderful.

American Apparel

As for turning these daring when worn alone items into something G-rated, try wearing a simple tank, or even a tube top, underneath. The button ups also look great over solid or patterned dresses.

How do you feel about showing some skin?

M

Today’s breakfast: tofu & egg scramble

I’ve been enjoying tofu lately. It definitely adds some substance to my veggie diet. So today I decided I’d try a tofu scramble. I ended up adding eggs, but crumbling firm tofu and grilling with veggies is the vegan option I’m sure I’ll be trying out soon enough.

Here’s what I did!

Cut up some peppers, tomato, and tofu. You can also add spinach, onion, mushrooms, etc.

 Grill the vegetables first in olive oil on medium heat. After a few minutes add the tofu.

Add some spices, too. I am currently loving Himalayan rock salt. I also added cayenne pepper and garlic.

You can add eggs like I did, or serve when tofu is slightly browned. Serve with croissant/toast and fruit of your choice! For an extra kick I added sriracha sauce.

Viola! Breakfast is served. Took very little time, too…which is convenient before work or school.

M

Summer reading

My lack of posting can be blamed on several things.

1. It is summer. It is warm outside and I like to bask in that.

2. Family events…wedding, graduation, gatherings, etc.

3. Working full time.

4. BOOKS!

This last reason is key, mainly because for the last few years I have only read what I was assigned. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read some amazing stuff throughout university…but now I have the time to sit and read at my leisure for hours. Oh, and I don’t have to feel guilty about not writing that essay.

So, now I give you my summer reading list!

Currently I am making my way through the  Game of Thrones series. I always love to read the book first, leaving the tv show/movie for later, as I enjoy comparing and contrasting.  And although I’m not usually one for this genre, I have been turned. It’s amazing. The books are long, I’m talking 800 plus pages, but it’s just so good that it seems to go by a lot faster.

Another book I’ve been waiting to read has already been read by most of my friends. I guess I’m a bit behind, but that’s okay. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, as well as The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I’ve heard so much about them, I figured it was time! I like a little action, which is pretty obvious with my first selection.

And of course, the book we’ve all been talking about. You’ve probably been told to read Fifty Shades of Grey…I know I have. By my hair dresser, my friends’ mothers, and even strangers. It’s described as being porn for women, so I have to admit, I’m a bit excited to find out what all the buzz is about.

If I enjoy the first one, then I’m sure I’ll continue with the rest of the books.

As for a few other books I have found here and there…I was intrigued by a book called A Short History of Women, by Kate Walbert. It is the story of five generations of women and the world in which they live, starting in 1914. Me, being a feminist in life and in my studies, found this book hard to set aside. I’m really considering breaking my reading list order to get into this sooner rather than later.

And then there is Little Bee by Chris Cleave. I’ve heard good things, but the description doesn’t even give a slight clue as to what the book is about. The mystery is what got me the most.

However, I am expecting to cry at least a little when reading this.

That’s what I’ve lined up so far.

What’s on your reading list this summer? Share some titles with me!

M