As Casual as I Get

As Casual as I Get \\ Sophster-Toaster Blog

I can’t really recall the last time I wore sweat pants outside of the gym. I remember ripping the knee in a pair while catching snails with a friend (so we could put them in the little habitats we had built for them in old margarine containers) when I was in grade two. That was probably one of the last times.

Sweat pants were never really my thing. Once I started choosing my own clothes, I became a jeans and t-shirt tomboy who sometimes wore a dress… on special occasions… as long as it wasn’t pink. I’ve always been a big fan of pajamas, though. I’ve been known to change into them at sunset in December – around 4:30 pm in these parts – and leave them on until well after breakfast, but I would never leave the house or entertain guests in them. Sweat pants, and tights-as-pants, for that matter, seem to form a grey area between the pajamas / street clothes divide. I guess I just can’t handle the ambiguity.

This is how I typically dress for a day of running errands downtown, taking the long way home and then cuddling up to watch a movie.

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Jacket ModCloth (old)
Jeans Gap (old)
Scarf ModCloth
Gloves ModCloth (old)
Camera Bag Amazon
Button Craft Arts Market

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Photos of me by Matt Harrison. All others by me. 

Annual Hard Cider Review 2013

Last autumn, I tasted every cider I could get my get my lips around, which turned out to be an exhaustive 13 ciders from Canada, America, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom. This year, I aimed to try every cider that was either new to the market or just new to my area of Southern Ontario.

The autumn of 2013 produced some of the best ciders I have ever had in Pommies Dry Cider and Tempt No. 9 Cider. I’m also happy to say that unlike last year, no ciders have failed my review, the lowest ranking cider (I’m looking at you Somersby Blackberry Cider) scored an adequate 6/10.

Canadian Cider

Pommies Dry Cider

Hard Cider

Pommies Dry Cider

Made in Ontario, Canada

By Southern Cliff Brands

  • $12.95 for 4 355mL bottles
  • 5.0% alcohol/volume

This is my all-time favourite cider. Not only does it come in a lovely bottle with minimalist design that shows off it’s nearly clear colour, topped with a cute red cap, it also presents the most beautiful, sophisticated and delicate dry cider flavour. The soft, elegant carbonation bubbles glide over your tongue and leave you with a taste as clean and simple as the design on the bottle. Pommies Dry Cider is the champagne of ciders. I rate it a 10/10. Continue reading

Autumn Nautical

I’ve always loved September, it’s the only month that brings with it an abrupt change of season. The weather cools down enough to dress up a little without being uncomfortable, there are new, rich colours and textures to get excited about and an academic sophistication seems to sweep over everyone.

Outfit Inspiration

Sheer top under a sleeveless dress with oxford pumps and a hair bow.

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Sophster-Toaster Black Friday Sale 2012

Everything in the Sophster-Toaster Etsy shop is on sale for 15% off for Black Friday and Cyber Monday (from November 23 to 26), this includes items that are already on sale for up to 20% off the original price. The best Black Friday deal in the Sophster-Toaster shop on Etsy has to be the Sweet Secretary Dress in “Dover”.

Sophster Toaster Etsy

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