Work Appropriate Summer Wears

Dressing for the office can be quite difficult in the summer. It can be hard to find the right combination of clothing to feel warm enough while sitting in an air conditioned office and cool enough while commuting in sweltering afternoon temperatures. Summer is the time for bright, colourful fabrics, the time for soft, delicate dresses and the time for freeing your legs from the tyranny of pants! No one should have to wear their dreary wool all summer long just to feel warm and conservative at work. Here are some delightful summer duds that are neither too heavy and drab, nor too light and quixotic for the workplace. Continue reading

The Christmas Debt

The holidays have come and gone once more, but for me this year was unique, it was my first Christmas away from home. Even when I was studying abroad (when you grow up in a town where you’re never more than a few kilometers away from a cornfield, a 3 hour drive is considered abroad) I still came home for the holidays and, more importantly, had financial support from my parents. Continue reading

What Your Beloved Nerd Wants for Christmas

These days just about everybody loves at least one nerd. In many ways this is quite advantageous; you never have to worry about how you’re going to hook up that lovely new entertainment system when you get it home, how you’re going to recover a decade’s worth of pictures when your hard-drive bursts into flames* or what to do when the twenty page document you just spent the last month writing won’t print. This relationship, however, can become troubling at Christmas time when you realize you have no idea what this person would like or how to even find the things they’ve told you they would like. Sometimes I wonder if my husband has written his Christmas list in pseudo-jargon just to mess with me. Despite wish lists that might as well be written in a different language and my outright inability to understand technology, over the last ten years with my nerd, I’ve learned how to make him happy on Christmas morning. Continue reading

Favourite Black Friday Sale – 2011

Being Canadian – and celebrating Thanksgiving over a month ago – doesn’t mean I can’t take advantage of the wonderful sales state-side this weekend. The best way for a Canadian to get in on the American deals is to shop online; and my favourite place to shop online?! From now until Sunday, November 27, is having a 50% off sale on a selection of cute dresses, shoes and accessories. Continue reading