The Secret of Comfort Clothes, Style File Friday

I think that we are all very familiar with comfort food- you’ve had a terrible day and you just want something that reminds you of warmth and cosiness and everything that’s good in your life. Well, I firmly believe that that isn’t limited to food- we all have comfort clothes that are there for us when we need them most. Maybe you’ve never thought of it, so hopefully this will help you when you need- time for comfort clothes!

The Secret ofComfort Clothes

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Winnipeg Westie Walk, 2017

The Winnipeg Westie Walk has quickly become one of my favourite events in the year! Although I don’t have my own Westie just yet and Daisy lives all the way in Seattle, I obviously still love being able to meet and hang out with Westies. There’s nothing like seeing a field full of Westies and realising that you might not have time to pet them because there are so many of them. So, here are some of my favourite shots from the 2017 Winnipeg Westie Walk!

Winnipeg Westie Walk 2017, West Highland White Terriers

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Gossip Girl- Get to Know Me, Part I

I’ve decided that for the rest of 2017, I’m going to try and share more of my own history. Favourites, memories, maybe even pictures from way back when! I think that as bloggers we tend to gravitate towards certain topics, leading to a slightly one and a half dimensional image. So, every few weeks I will share something that’s been with me for a while!… Everyone has those tv shows that come into their life at the perfect time, and stick with them. I hope that this doesn’t die out with the whole Netflix/ Amazon Prime/ streaming thing because I think that watching shows week by week cements it in your being. While I’ve talked about how much I love Gilmore Girls, there are a handful of other shows that I still love to watch and every few years I pull out the ol’ DVD’s and have a watch through! And this year, the watch through is Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

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Double Chocolate Fleur de Sel Cookies, Make It Monday

After treating myself to my new Bobbette and Belle  cookbook, I knew that I was going to have to make at least one recipe this week to christen it, and I was  little overwhelmed by all of the choices, to be honest. I almost went with a loaf or muffins for classic fall comfort food, but we were having dinner with some friends and I never arrive without dessert- cookies it is! I’m still trying to work on expanding my repertoire in the kitchen and I have never worked with salted sweets before, so I knew what choice I had to make- Double Chocolate Fleur de Sel cookies.

Double Chocolate Fleur de Sel Cookies

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Ballet Basics: The Books

Ballet has always been a pretty big part of my life, and I am posting pretty regularly about it now. I always try to include a good amount of background in my posts, but sometimes I forgot that some things that are second nature to me may be a foreign language to you (quite literally, in some cases…)! I’ve decided to do a series on ballet basics, and where to find more information and resources if you are interested in learning more. This post I’m going to be sharing my favourite ballet books, the next will be ballet documentaries, and the final post will be online performances that you can watch! I know that ballet can feel a bit high brow and overwhelming, but I promise that it is accessible and perfect for everyone, no matter what background you come from!

Ballet, dance, history, books

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Styling a Tulle Skirt, Style File Friday

I think that many of us dream of wearing a tulle skirt and while it may seem fun and exciting, it’s actually a little harder to style than I originally thought it would be. It’s tough to walk the line of fun but not juvenile when a tulle skirt is involved, and I wanted to make sure that I did it right. I’m going to share how I decided to style my skirt for my favourite night of the year- Barre After Hours!

How to Style a Tulle Skirt, Tulle skirt, skirt, tulle, ballet, style, fashion

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Winnipeg’s Hidden Gem, River Heights

Winnipeg is an unknown to most people outside of Canada- you may know us for the Winnipeg Jets (our NHL team), for our Human Rights Museum, or just for being colder than Mars in the winter. However, we have a lot more to offer than just extreme weather! (See Folklorama, Islendingadagurinn, and Ballet in the Park for a small snapshot…) A lot of our architecture is in the brutalist style from the 1960s and 1970s, with stark and square concrete, but there are still a few architectural hidden gems here. River Heights is one of those gems…

River Heights

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Barre After Hours, 2017

If you don’t know this about me yet, I’m a huge balletomane. I’ve studied ballet for well over two decades, I track down and read pretty much any book published on ballet, and whenever I travel I make it a point to see any company in that city. I am incredibly lucky to have the Royal Winnipeg Ballet here, and unless I’m dying I am usually at any sort of event that they put on (see Ballet in the Park)- that includes Barre After Hours! Barre is one of my favourite events of the entire year, and 2017’s was no exception….

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Kobo Audiobooks: The Lowdown So Far

For anyone who is even slightly interested in ereading and audiobooks will know that most companies stick to one or the other. You will have the odd pairing like Kindle and Audible who work together (through their parent company Amazon) but it’s usually one or the other. Well, that has now changed: Kobo has entered the audiobook game! This may not be a big deal to those who aren’t particularly invested in the arena of electronic books but I can assure you that this is huge news. I actually screamed when I saw the post in line at Tim Hortons- the screaming hasn’t stopped yet. So, here is the breakdown and what we know so far:

Kobo Audiobooks

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How to Hygge… Part II

Now that I’ve finished reading The Little Book of Hygge and have had some time to think on it, I’ve found that while it would be incredibly easy to just sink into a hygge fest and only emerge to make my way to work, but I don’t know that that would lead to the happiest Historian. For anyone who isn’t Danish and doesn’t live in a society where this is the norm, I think that throwing yourself fully into hygge as the Danes practice it could end up being isolating and draining at the end of it. I’ve come up with four specific ways to approach and do hygge myself, and make it fit me and my life! These are helpful for anyone looking to bring a little hygge into their life without loosing themselves to it…

How to Hygge...Part II

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