Every time I pack for a trip, I hear my mom’s voice in my head. And she isn’t saying “be safe,” or other stuff moms could remind their stubborn daughter.
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“I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping,” a close friend of mine confessed over the phone. “I mean, when am I supposed to go?”
We were anxiously waiting for the “fridge guys,” aka the repairmen who were about to assess the dead freezer compartment.
So, what did I buy in France this year?
Over the years, the North American experimenter attitude rubbed off on me. I don’t just give a Gallic shrug to new ideas or solution.
Whenever something feels culturally strange in North America, I learned to ask myself the following question: is this an actual thing or just a corporate money-grab excuse?
I bought a new winter parka. Now, I suspect you legitimately don’t give a damn…
The joke is on me now—I have just flown with literally two kilos of salt in my luggage.
Maybe I’m getting old or terribly bourgeoise but I’m starting to appreciate a bit of luxury in my life.
You know what’s cool with tech gadgets? They fill a need you didn’t even know you had and they make you shout “wow, cool!” like a kid stumbling upon a new toy.
My poor dry hands are a constant reminder that winter is here, and that the season is tough on the body and the mind. I can’t do much for my spirits but eating Lindt chocolates and taking long walks when there is still light out (i.e. before 4 p.m.) and when it’s not too cold. For my body, I can buy “fixes”. Sort of.
As much as I enjoy magazines, they usually make me feel like I failed at life. If you feel like I do about these impossibly perfect lives featured on glossy paper, let me introduce you to five great books about family that tell the other side of the story.
I stepped into the store, checked the bag, checked the price tag, checked Mark’s hands to make sure he hadn’t stolen anything and stepped out. The bag was close to $100, way too much for an impulse purchase.
Ever heard of Dragon Dens? In this TV show, aspiring entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to a panel of venture capitalists in the hopes of securing business financing. Well, this is where Ten Tree’s co-founders, Dave Luba and Kalen Emsley, presented their business model: For every item sold, Ten Tree and its partners plant 10 trees.
We finally picked up Mark from my in-laws on Sunday and I decided to stick with my original weekend plans: to check out the Ottawa Baby Show, the largest pregnancy and early parenting show in the capital.
I was recently contacted by Sammy Dress to review their products. “Sure,” I said. “Send me something and I will take a look.” What? I am not reviewing something I haven’t tried!
My love story with books started when I was three years old. I have never stopped reading since. I love had covers, paperbacks, magazines, essays, newspapers… hell, if I’m desperate, I have been known to enjoy the back of the cereal box or user manuals. I am not going to turn this blog into a book club but I wanted to share a few finds. So here are ten awesome nonfiction books I enjoyed!
I have… or rather, I had a BlackBerry. It had been a no-brainer choice to me. I have never been an Apple gal and there weren’t that many options on the market two years ago. Beside, Ottawa tends to be loyal to BlackBerry—we all know someone who works for Research in Motion and it is the default device for all government employees.
The “Owls of the Nile” design was created by Rachel Caldwell aka ThirstyFly, a talented Philadelphia-based illustrator. I absolutely love the details she included in this art! It’s a truly unique piece.
My latest coup de coeur was for It’s Just My Imagination Running Away With Me, a design by Esther Aarts, a talented Netherlands-based illustrator and designer. I found the style was original and it reminded me of 剪纸,Chinese paper cutting art.
A good year after the trend picked (apparently I am not an early adopter!) I decided to try one of the many “subscription box” services. Why not? I love receiving mail and if the envelope can contain samples rather than another letter from my bank pressing me to apply for a credit card, I’m all for it.
As a tee addict, I keep an eye on Day of the Shirt, looking for new original pieces to add to my collection. My patience was rewarded when I noticed “WTF Happened?” , then tee of the day on RIPT Apparel.
Canadian Border Agency officers always seem surprised when I say I don’t have any alcohol to declare, and they hardly believe me when I claim my backpack isn’t full of French food—yet it’s true. But I still bring back a few things every time I visit my home country… especially cosmetics.
Pop culture at its best—I couldn’t resist. Two minutes after spotting the tee on Day of the Shirt, I was shopping at Five Finger Tees, a company that specializes in funny tees.