Colour Therapy for Winter-Weary Eyes

I’m lucky enough to have been able to get away to Florida to see my parents for a few days over Reading Week. While the obvious welcome relief is being able to go outside without donning parka, scarf, hat, gloves, legwarmers, boots, and ideally ski goggles, the less obvious perk of going south is COLOUR. Colour! I haven’t seen colour outdoors for months! Toronto has … Continue reading Colour Therapy for Winter-Weary Eyes

Project Sewn Challenge #3: If the Shoe Fits

It’s time for Project Sewn’s challenge #3: “If the shoe fits: use a favorite pair of shoes from your own closet as an inspiration for your outfit”. My name is Lori and I have a shoe problem. And this happens to be my favourite of all 4 Project Sewn 2013 challenges (duh). While I have dozens of ideas for projects based on this challenge, some … Continue reading Project Sewn Challenge #3: If the Shoe Fits

Project Sewn: Did Someone Say Shoes?

As a faithful follower of Lladybird’s  & OonaBalloona’s amazing sewing blogs, I caught wind last month of what sounded like a rather epic event in the sewing blog world: Project Sewn. Some of the top sewing bloggers have signed on to complete 4 sewing challenges over the course of 4 weeks, with one sewist getting booted off the island each week according to popular vote. … Continue reading Project Sewn: Did Someone Say Shoes?

Head out on the Highway? Nah….

I was quite excited to make this amazing-on-the-model jacket: the oversize collar, the side zipper, the motorcycle-inspired design, the faux-leather trim, and the peplum are all quite au courant. I pictured myself wearing this to work and being the coolest chick in town. But pthththththththt! Not happy with the way it turned out. This is the BurdaStyle Asymmetrical Moto Jacket, 11/2013 #117. The sleeves are … Continue reading Head out on the Highway? Nah….

Chocolate Diablo Cookies: Get in my Belly!

Today I had big plans to sew up a rectangular, boxy top courtesy of the free tutorial from Cotton & Curls and some leftover rayon jersey in my fabric stash. But I spent most of the day farting around on the Internet (where does the time go??) and started to get that anxious feeling you get when you haven’t been very productive and the day … Continue reading Chocolate Diablo Cookies: Get in my Belly!

Hair Extensions: Vanity Karma Bites Me in the Ass

I didn’t know. I almost never say those words. I pay attention. I know stuff. If I don’t know, I find out. I research the shit out of things. I once spent a week compiling a chart comparing every tiny specification of three different dishwashers I was considering buying, from how many decibels it ran at to how many streams of water showered the top … Continue reading Hair Extensions: Vanity Karma Bites Me in the Ass

Black Friday: Suffering from Affluenza

The concept of Black Friday is offensive to me. I was really hoping somehow the Canada Border Agency would turn it back at the gate, but no such luck — Black Friday signs and sales are popping up everywhere here now. And we celebrated Thanksgiving already six weeks ago. We tolerate an awful lot of cultural imperialism from our southern neighbours, but this is one … Continue reading Black Friday: Suffering from Affluenza

Dirty Clothes: the Quest for Cheap Fashion

Last week it was reported that a fund is being set up to compensate victims and victims’ families of the Bangladesh garment factory collapse….but that some notable retailers whose garments were being made there were absent from the meeting. Like Walmart, for example. But you already knew that Walmart is a giant dickhead among retailers, right? Low wages, union busting, decimating locally-owned businesses, obvious disregard … Continue reading Dirty Clothes: the Quest for Cheap Fashion