Fashion Week SS18 was one of my favourite parts of the year.

A Letter to Myself: 25 Things I Learned in 2017

It will soon be 2018, a year that somehow still feels futuristic. For another five hours, it feels like the faraway future rather than the indisputable now. Ends and beginning always inspire me to write some sort of thoughts on where this is all heading. Ends and beginnings always leave me scrambling to tie inherently… Read more »

I was treated to this lovely view on a flight from Madrid to New York.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko.

Preparation or Lack Thereof: Dealing With Emergency Situations on Planes

Picture this: a plane is flying 36,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. A passenger falls ill and faints, causing half-asleep neighbors to jump up and frantically scream for help. The scene draws a crowd, part those who just want to help and part those who just want to look. Those who try to help do… Read more »

This is Miami, kid.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Literary Ambitions and Lack of Execution

It was a two-week hiatus that went on for almost two months. The end of the summer was hard and not writing was just that much easier. But yes, I have officially opened the Word Document with the 120,000-word “pet project” (at this point, I am comfortable enough to say that I am fairly deep… Read more »

The Eclipse, Flatiron District.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Notes on the Eclipse.

“Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him.” ~Annie Dillard   And I, today, saw a total eclipse. I had, to be honest, fully expected to be disappointed. Heat, crowds, and jutted elbows used to secure spots obscured by two rather than… Read more »

I sketched these mountain landscapes the other day.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Negativity Is A Boring Cycle

No other person can carry you through unhappiness. Most people will nod and say the right things but, ultimately, get tired of your negativity. Even when they are the people closest to you. Even when you have every reason to feel down.   I have, recently, been dealing with an onslaught of issues — professional,… Read more »

Long Beach is outrageously expensive in the summer.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Summer Heat Or How Have I Not Melted Yet?

I may be forced to write quite a few posts about the New York heat this summer because, well, it has overwhelmed me to the core. It is overwhelming to feel like you’re melting every time you go outside and, even when inside, if you don’t turn on the air conditioning. It’s overwhelming to walk… Read more »

Brooklyn at night.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Not The Best Day

I had meant to write about the summer heat today but… life got ahead of me, I suppose. Life got ahead of me in the sense that I was walking home from the subway station, witnessed an emergency situation, and ended up having to dial 911 for the first time in my life. There will… Read more »

This is what you see when you cross my door.
Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Decorated!

To switch up what I see when I cross my bedroom door, I decided to tack some of my favourite postcards up on it. As you may see, I struggled to keep the lines straight a little bit, but… I think there’s something for the diagonal line as well.  

Photo by Veronika Bondarenko

Weekly Internet-ing: Sparkly People, Links, and Things

It is the middle of July even though, in my head, it still feels like June just started yesterday. But alas, most people are already writing about the day when they’ll be able to turn off AC. This was, I feel, yet another busy week for me — I once again put this list of… Read more »

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    Enough Time? New York in Numbers

    Have you ever stayed up late at night stressing about the fact that there is just not enough time to do all the things you’d like to do? New York messes with you like that sometimes, as there are so many things to do and so little time to do them all. While I do… Read more »

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    10 Things You’ll Learn From Moving To New York

    When I was wandering the streets with a camera for one of my class photo assignments, a woman with a strong British accent came up to me and asked if I was from New York. After some consideration, I answered that I was not, though I did live here now and could offer her the… Read more »

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    Relocations

    You may be wondering why I’ve been away for two weeks. While the evasive ‘I’ve-been-busy’ answer would not be inaccurate, I should probably start and finish with the most accurate one: I have just now finished unpacking the two suitcases that I brought with me 0n my one-way ticket to New York.   That’s right. I started a… Read more »

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    Colouring Away: I Test A Colouring Book for Adults

    If there is anything that every adult needs, it is a colouring book. This is the kind of thing that most think is a good idea in theory (who doesn’t have fond memories of colouring as a kid?), but do not tap into as a whole niche. Until the trend caught on, that is. Colouring books for adults have… Read more »

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    A Few Beauty Favourites

    This wasn’t going to be a blog where you could find makeup reviews because, well, I am the type of person who has a few tried and true cosmetic favourites and keeps them around long past their expiration date. That said, I ended up getting more makeup than usual this month (mostly due to gift cards I… Read more »

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    Selling Old Clothes Online: Some Tips

    Whether you need to get rid of a few items that you’ve purchased in haste or regularly clean out your closet to make room for new stuff, selling your clothes is an easy way to make some extra cash quickly.  I’ve been selling my old clothes off and on for almost five years now and have… Read more »

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    The Urgency Of The Last Or Only Time

    Ever notice how you sometimes need the urgency of something being the “last” or only time that you can do something for you to actually do it? In my own life, I think of the annual Celebration of Light in Vancouver as the best example of this. These fireworks happen every year over a period of a week and I… Read more »

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    How Often Should One Blog?

    People who write a blog will often ask themselves the inevitable question of how often they should post things on it. I wish I could provide an all-knowing solution that will tell you how to write just enough to remain relevant while simultaneously retaining just the right blend of interesting, exciting, and mysterious, but… I can’t. I haven’t quite grasped this concept… Read more »

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    Travel Bucket List: 5 Places That Look Like They Belong In Fairy Tales

    I am a firm believer that you are never too old (or too young, for that matter) for fairy tales. There’s something so enthralling about the world of ogres, magic spells and enchanted forests. I’d never imply that any of those are not real, but the real world does have quite a few magical places as… Read more »

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    Postcards, Postcards

    Anyone else have a big box of postcards that you’ve slowly filled up over the years? Even though we will rarely mail them to others to say hello from our travels these days, I find that postcards are a very nice thing to collect. They’re cheap (if you do not count the $35 plexiglass one I once saw… Read more »