ally bakes #865
sugar cookies are an annual tradition. icing them is therapeutic.
this year i experimented with blending food colourings: brought in lilac, teal, lime green.

*retrospective note: christmas came and went too quickly this year. then again—doesn't it always?

december 2014
1-3 { winnipeg, canada
ally bakes #864
i made chocolate, olive oil + sea salt cookies for the holidays. they were supreme!

thank you, thank you, atlas addict for featuring my photography!

december 2014
1 { winnipeg, manitoba

another beauty haul of loveliness.

ysl / jao / karmameju / giorgio armani

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december 2014
1-2 { winnipeg, canada

when you do something noble and beautiful and nobody notices, do not be sad. for the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.
— john lennon

ps. have you seen the movie whiplash? the most incredible performances by miles teller and j.k. simmons.

december 2014
1 { winnipeg, canada

follow along on instagram!

autumn on the west coast was a dream.

november 2014
1 { vancouver, canada
douglas coupland's gumhead stationed outside the vancouver art gallery. 
i like gum in my mouth, not sure about on sculptures. 
how about you?
i like the couple sitting in the background.

october 2014
1 { vancouver, canada
vancouver icon #205
cartems donuterie
i demand that we all delight in a daily dosage of donut, don't you? this is vancouver's cartems earl grey donut – with rose petals on top! it melted in my mouth. i ate it as i sat on the beach while the sun kissed my skin in october. it was a divine day.

october 2014
1-3 { vancouver, canada

i account it high time to get to sea as soon as i can.
– herman melville, moby dick

october 2014
1-2 { vancouver, canada
vancouver icon #495
earnest ice cream
this local company dreams up and creams up the smoothest, sweetest treats. i've tried everything from oatmeal + brown sugar, to whiskey hazelnut, to chocolate licorice, to mint chip. i've got pints of pumpkin pie, gingerbread, and eggnog waiting in the freezer for the most appropriate time for consumption. which is any time, really.

october 2014
1-3 { vancouver, canada
A YEAR IN HIGHLIGHTS
january: new semester.
february: city and colour concert.
march: haim concert. 
april: enraptured by berlin's wall, prague's astronomical clock, salzburg's water and vienna's art
may: submitted my 8000 word dissertation. traveled to copenhagen. helene visited norwich. spent under 24 hours in paris with two darlings.
june: turned 23. packed up my undergraduate life and moved back to winnipeg. saw my sister's condo for the first time. traveled to vancouver
july: received my undergraduate degree in english literature!
august: arcade fire concert. trip to fargo with stephy. ran my longest run: 9.41 miles. moved to vancouver. found westside church.
september: started a new course in publishing.
october: designed a book cover. home for thanksgiving. designed a personal logo.
november: gilmore girls.
december: won graphic design jeopardy. designed a menuchristmas celebrations with my beloveds.

what were your highlights from the year?
xx
texturizing and manipulating milk: the fundamental skill behind producing art of the foam variety. if you create foam that is too thick, it will sit heavy on top of the drink. if you make foam that is too milky, you will not have the consistency to establish a design. you need foam that is fluid enough to manipulate. you need to understand how to get the milk just right, and you need to understand how to pour it. a perfect extraction—a thick double shot of espresso—is the base; a weak, small, or single shot will not come through. light folds of milk and dark folds of espresso ultimately define the design.

latte art is the beautiful union of a steady, trained hand, texturized milk, and rich espresso.

(drink by le marche st. george)

september 2014
1-2 { vancouver, canada
i love the abstract, delicate, profound, vague, voluptuously wordless sensation of living ecstatically.
– anais nin

september 2014
1-3 { vancouver, canada
i need the sea because it teaches me.
– pablo neruda

[ sundays at english bay — keeping my promise to myself ]

september 2014
1-2 { vancouver, canada
we got in her car on a saturday. we had planned a photoshoot at a location she had been to before: three run down sheds, beautifully decomposing, in the middle of nowhere in south winnipeg. i was game—naturally. the sky was ominous and the rain came eventually. i had curled my hair, but the humidity won and the curls fell limp. my friend is a wonderfully talented photographer. these were two of her favourite shots of me. the day of the side profile, perhaps?
to see more of her work, visit her website.

august 2014
1-2 } winnipeg, manitoba
love makes you see a place differently, just as you hold differently an object that belongs to someone you love. if you know one landscape well, you will look at all other landscapes differently. and if you learn to love one place, sometimes you can also learn to love another.
- anne michaels, fugitive pieces

september 2014
1-4 { vancouver, canada
tractor.

one of my favourite vancity restaurants!

september 2014
1-5 { vancouver, canada
at sixteen, i was illegal and brilliant, my fingernails chewed to half-moons.
i took off my clothes in a late marchfield. i had secret car wrecks, secret hysteria.
i opened my mouth to swallow stars.

now i see the landscape behind me as through a claude glass — tinted deeper, framed just so, bits of gilt edging the best parts.
i see my unlined face, a thousand film stars behind the eyes.

some days i watch myself in the third person, speak to her in the second.
i say: i will meet you in sleep. i will know you by your stillness and your shaking.
– excerpts from 'this is not an elegy' by catherine pierce
every day is ice cream and chocolate cake.
– the weepies

cream ice by earnest and rain or shine.
i had oatmeal & brown sugar and whisky hazelnut!

september 2014
1-4 { vancouver
five of my favourite hearts joined together for dinner to celebrate my move to vancouver.
my little world is peopled with wonders.

my new favourite restaurant - thank you for inspiring me, michelle!

august 2014
1-11 { winnipeg, canada
 

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