Here’s to 2015

New Year New Look New Paige

Wrapping up the Christmas holidays is always a downer. While we ruminate on the “new page” of the new year, it’s hard not to get bummed out by the end of festive cheer and the time off we’ve (hopefully) had, and the return to the daily grind. All this with the added bonus of dreary winter weather. While January is supposed to be a time of change and resolutions, I find it near impossible to maintain any sort of motivation while having the winter blues.

Sometimes change is inevitable and beyond our control, and that can be a catalyst for propelling you somewhere else (hopefully forward). While I’m not naive enough to think simply because the calendar says 2015 that I’ll be suddenly a ball of energy to work on all the elements I felt fell to the wayside at the end of the year, or suddenly be motivated to venture into the adventures I’ve had at the back of my mind, I do think that a return to a regular schedule will make it easier to say no to my own excuses. (Although the return of mid-season shows makes it pretty hard to be productive in the evenings, but that’s another post.)

Although it seems I say it every January, I want this blog to be a focus in 2015. Not carving out time to write about the happenings of living in the city as they happen has gotten me down this year. I enjoyed so many things this year – a ton of concerts, events, TIFF, Just for Laughs, to name a few– and also had a lot of thoughts about I’ve been reading, watching and listening to, but I never seemed to tap it out on my laptop in a timely manner. I’ve documented these things on Instagram and Twitter, but frankly my lack of blogging had me bummed, and that’s no one’s fault but my own. Prioritizing this blog and putting a focus on freelance writing and long-term career goals is a huge focus for 2015.

Getting yourself pretty things to help with organization and planning is a fun way to help set the motivation in motion. I finally picked up one of Avril Loreti’s tea towel calendars for 2015. This pretty thing is up on my wall for the year before it sees any dishes. For keeping on track of my day-to-day tasks (and my above mentioned 2015 goals), I’ve got these adorable Liberty print stationary items and an agenda from Indigo.

Since my blogging had some serious lapses this year, I’ve included some pictures from the goings-on about town from 2015.


Here’s to more adventures in 2015!

Sunday Required Reading

It’s been quite a week in the world. It can be a lot to digest but I urge to tap into the important conversations happening on Twitter and online. In the words of poet Elana Bell, “a village is always somewhere burning / and if you do not look because it is not your village / it is still your village.”

On Ferguson:

This Is Why We’re Mad About the Shooting of Mike Brown

Jesse Williams On the Depiction of Michael Brown:

On Robin Williams and Depression:

Robin Williams’ Death: A Reminder That Suicide and Depression Are Not Selfish

Why the Funniest People Are Sometimes the Saddest

On Thought Catalog (and it’s rampant transphobia & racism, etc)

Go Home Thought Catalog, You’re Drunk

On Women Against Feminism:

Entitlement and Apathy, The Case of Women Against Feminism

In Which I Get Very Excited About Astrology – Leo Horoscope for July 2014

Jupiter in Leo is here y'all

Jupiter in Leo is here y’all

Indulge my whackjobness for this post (and spare me the Miss Cleo jokes).

Today marks the beginning of a very special time for my astrological sign, Leo. As of today, July 16th, Jupiter enters into Leo (staying until August 2015). This sort of astrological goodness only happens every twelve years. What does this mean? Well, according to many an online astrologer, it’s a dynamo year for Leos to make their dreams come true and all that jazz. (Fact – I actually remember reading about it when it was last in my sign in 2002-2003. I ripped out a horoscope from a magazine and pinned it to my cork board for a long time. Don’t particularly remember that necessarily being my favourite year, however. Hoping for better astrologicalness this time.)

Anyways, you’re either eye-rolling at this information or Googling to see when Jupiter next enters your sign, be real.

Confession: I can’t help but eat up every horoscope calling for amazing opportunities, so what’s the harm in using it for a little motivation?

If you’re a Leo like me, have some fun and check out these links:

Susan Miller’s got a big breakdown of what it all means for Leos in her July forecast.

Leah Whitehorse has another analysis as well.

You read those and tell me you’re not excited for all the potential possibilities! ;)

Are you a fellow Leo? Reader of astrology or horoscope denier?


Summer Songs: What I’m Listening to Now

Not only is summer a terrific time for concerts, it’s also a prime time for album releases – is there anything more powerful than the “song of the summer”?

I’ve complied some of the artists and albums I’ve had on repeat this summer, behind the cut!

misfits kelly dancing

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TV Feelings: Emmy Nominations 2014

My reaction to my faves being snubbed my the Emmys AGAIN

My reaction to my faves being snubbed by the Emmys AGAIN

One day I will know better then to expect award shows to truly reflect those deserving, rather than making a few right decisions while largely sticking to what they know (ie formulaic, was-good-three-seasons-ago, etc). Continue reading

#MusicMonday: Running If You Call My Name

I’ll keep running if you call my name

Summer in the city = concerts galore. Lots to talk about re: live music I have seen lately + will be seeing coming soon to the blog, including witnessing these incredible ladies live (aka best show of my life so far).

All I Need in This Life of Sin…Is A Beyonce & Jay Z Tour

Everything I've Ever Wanted Out of Life

Everything I’ve Ever Wanted Out of Life


It is happening. This is not a dream. July 9th, 2014. After all those years of wishing I could one day see Bey & Jay take the stage together to perform, IT IS FINALLY COMING TRUE!

My goal of seeing the entire Knowles-Carter clan in concert will soon be complete. I saw Solange and Jay Z (alongside JT) perform last July, but I missed out on tickets to Queen B herself. I remember seeing Twitter blow up at the spotting of Beyonce and Jay Z in Yorkville on the day of Jay’s Legends of Summer tour. I was hoping so much that Mrs. Carter would be making an appearance, but of course she had her own concert that night in the States.

This is IT y’all. Every listening of Bonnie & Clyde 03, Crazy in Love and Drunk in Love has been leading to this.

SO. MUCH. EXCITEMENT. Are you heading to the #OnTheRun tour this summer?

Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

I’ve crossed the deserts for miles Swam water for time Searching places to find A piece of something to call mine A piece of something to call mine…

Starting is the hardest part. Blog absence always leaves the question of “Where do I begin?” So many times I’ve thought of ideas I’ve wanted to chronicle here, but then the moment passes. I’ve resigned to stop letting the pressure of composing a post interfere with the joy of writing and sharing. It’s time for what I say I love to be a priority. On that note, I am looking forward to spring and summer (if they ever truly arrive). Bright, warm days in Toronto – there is nothing else that rejuvenates and inspires me more. While I’ve yet to have a patio drink this season ( a fact that truly pains me), I have found my new destination for delectable frozen and/or baked treats: Baker Bots Baking. Customize your own ice cream sandwich? Yes, please!

Heaven on Earth - Ice Cream Sammie from Baker Bots Baking

Heaven on Earth – Ice Cream Sammie from Baker Bots Baking

Three-and-a-half years in Toronto and there is still so much of this vast city I have yet to see and experience. Urban living can be isolating, and we can get into a routine of constant work and doing the same old things with our circle of friends. Truth is, there are endless possibilities to discover here and sometimes you’ve just got to break out of the mold and try something new. In addition to warm days and cold drinks, I’m looking forward to a lot of live music in the next few months: Wye Oak, HAIM and seeing lots of good bands at Field Trip (hopefully this makes up for another year of not getting it together to go to Osheaga). Also, being the best daughter and seeing Micheal Buble with my mom on her birthday – okay, no lies – I’m looking forward to it as well! While warmer weather should encourage us to be outside more, there is no denying my tv obsession will not wane in the summer months. Game of Thrones is currently keeping me on the edge of my seat and The Mindy Project continues to be my Absolute Favourite Thing. Two more episodes of Mindy this season, so WATCH (or get on binge watching. Like ASAP). Filing under: Things You May Not Be Watching But Definitely Should Be – Broad City. This Amy Poehler-produced comedy staring Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer is so freaking funny & ridiculously perfect. Go forth and enjoy! What are you looking forward to checking out this summer in the city?

Polar Vortex 2014: Time to Stay Inside and Watch TV

Feeling like -40C with the wind chill? Ain’t nobody got time for that. the mindy project television I personally find January the most depressing month of the year – no more holidays, and only cold weather and darkness outside. While I’m longing for summer, patio drinks and chances to wear rompers, at least I’ve got my favourite shows back on TV to keep me warm. Tonight two of my most beloved comedies are back – New Girl and The Mindy Project, starting at 9PM on Fox and CityTV. While Mindy is going on a winter hiatus, it’s not happening yet – we’ve got three sure-to-be glorious episodes this month before its break. The hilarious and underrated comedy will then return in April.

January also hails new seasons of some of my favourite shows. The outrageously inappropriate yet fantastic Shameless returns on January 12th, as does Lena Dunham’s Girls. The trailers for this season of Girls have me with high hopes for this season.

Showtime has amazingly put the Shameless premiere online ahead of it official start date and unsurprisingly, it’s a great one. I was worried we might get less of Mickey Milkovich this season, but fear not, the premiere has several awesome Mickey scenes aka ALL THE FEELZ. Since outdoor activities are a no-no for me during these Arctic-feeling months, I’m making my way through some older television shows for the first time. On the docket at the moment: Six Feet Under, Primeval and Sons of Anarchy. What shows are you excited for this winter? Doing any binge watching of your own? Keep warm, folks!

Start Something New

Happy New Year! I hope you had safe and fun celebrations last night, whether they were low-key or you find yourself still in bed today from last night’s festivities.

I don’t know what 2014 will hold, but I’m hoping for new things, growth, achievement and adventure. I wish for happiness and health for family and friends.

I’m never very good at resolutions – my hope for this year is that I set goals for the things I really want and make the plans to achieve them. I’m already making plans for 2014 with this delightfully charming Kate Spade planner – shouldn’t be hard to cross things off my to-do list when they are in this lovely agenda!

Picked up this charmer at Indigo!

Picked up this charmer at Indigo!

I came across this quote today from the always eloquent Neil Gaiman and wanted to share:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

Best wishes for 2014!