Nothing to Wear

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More than ever before, I feel like I have nothing to wear. Maybe it’s the season and the not-cold-anymore-but-not-warm-yet weather. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been spending all my fun money on an exciting new hobby and don’t have any new clothes for this in-between season. Or maybe it’s that big, and much needed, wardrobe edit I did over the winter.

I think I’ve always had trouble dressing for this time of year but didn’t really notice until I bought a house where I control the heat like a stingy miser and have to keep in mind every morning that I will need to walk the dog at some point. I can’t pull the spring clothes out early and fake it through March anymore. Even dressing for St. Patrick’s Day can be a challenge when it seems like all of my green clothes are for warmer weather but I’m getting sick of layering! Maybe warm legs and cool arms will do if I stick close to the kitchen and that bubbling pot of vegetarian Irish Stew.

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Socks Roots
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The Last Week of Winter

The Last Week of Winter | Sophster-Toaster

I’m having such a hard time dressing for the winter-spring transition this year. After a cold and stormy winter, I’m so bored with pants and long sleeves but it’s still too cool for most of the things I really want to wear.

I’m even at a loss as to which colour to wear most days. All of my warm winter clothes are either dark or bright but these longer, soft sunshine filled days have me wanting to reach for pastels every morning. At least this week is easy, the last week of winter is for St. Patrick’s Day green!

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Jumper Mod Dolly
Tights Target
Beret Larmoni
Glasses Warby Parker
Shoes ModCloth

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St. Patrick’s Day Green

St. Patrick's Day Green | Sophster-Toaster Blog

My family came to Canada from Ireland in 1846, so we always celebrated St. Patrick’s Day when I was growing up. Now that I live away from them, I like to celebrate and share my culture with my friends. This year they’re all coming over for beer, good Irish whiskey, music, games, storytelling and some traditional, homemade Irish and Irish-American food. My husband has been brining a brisket all week to make corned beef (we’re going to try marinating some tempeh in a similar brine for me) and I’m making a springtime colcannon and fresh soda bread!

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I’ve never made my own soda bread before, so I had to learn and experiment with a few different recipes this past week. I think the recipe I’m trying today, from Baking for Friends, is a real winner! I can’t wait to share it with the people I love tomorrow.

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Cardigan ModCloth
Knit Tights ModCloth
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Hair Combs Amazon

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Turn, Turn, Turn

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Maybe it’s because I just turned 30, but I’ve been making a lot of changes lately. As the year, my age and the season have changed, I’ve been working hard to improve myself, my work and my art. I’ve made goals to be a better friend to the people I love, to distance myself from people whose choices and behaviours upset me, and to say yes to anything that could help me grow personally or professionally, even if it scares me. We’ve settled into the puppy routine and are slowing transitioning into a dog routine that’s taken a lot of hard work and sacrifice but has improved out lives in so many ways. I’ve committed to only spending my money on things I absolutely love and my personal style has become bolder, more deliberate and more expressive as a result.

I’ve been thinking about making another big change more and more over the past few weeks. I’ve been wanting to dye my hair a fun colour for a few years but have been to afraid to make such a drastic change to my physical appearance. I dyed it occasionally in high school and tried a lot of different colours, ranging from could-be natural to obviously fake, but stuck close to my natural colour and never really worried about finding it again in the end. I’ve been looking at some brightly coloured rainbow shades of semi-permanent hair dye recently, and although they sound reassuring and unintimidating, promising to fade out gracefully, there’s no way they are going to show up on my natural hair colour. I’m going to have to go light first.

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I take very good care of my hair, washing it only twice/week and avoiding heat styling, so I’m not too worried about the damage going light is going to cause; I’m mostly afraid I’m going to miss the old me. My hair is almost exactly the same colour now as it was when I had my first hair cut (I know because my mom kept a lock of it for my baby book) and I’ve always loved it. I love being a fearless brunette in a sea of women who seem to think blond is better. It almost feels like I’ll be betraying myself if I go blond, or ginger, or pink, or peach, but this is one of those things that scares me, one of those things I’m being trying to say yes to.

I want my hair to be in the best health possible when I start, so I’m waiting until after my appointment for the spring chop in a few weeks. I know I’m being bad by dying my hair at home, but I always loved the creative control and ritual of doing it that way. I’m thinking I’m going to be brave and aim for a dark strawberry blond to start. Then after a couple of weeks of shocking friends with that – and once my hair has recovered a bit – I’m going to try Lime Crime’s Unicorn Hair in Strawberry Jam. I’m looking forward to trying a few of their magical colours and maybe hitting a natural ginger orange/red before going back to brunette. Let’s see if i’m brave enough to say good bye to my beloved chestnut and hello to dreamy new tones.

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Socks Roots
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