City Girl Goes Country

I'm going to be a country gal with tangerine lipstick, just like Marilyn

This city girl is taking leave of such amenities as public transit, city water, and cable internet and she's headed for the hills. After years of inner-city life, I'm off to a village not too far away. There will still be near daily visits to the downtown for work, but home will consist of such previously unheard of elements as an acre and half of land and a 2-car garage. It all lies ahead in the mysterious unknown. Of course … [Read more...]

Women’s Shoes for Beginners

Stacked kitten peep-toe Miz Mooz heels in yellow and white to match my accordion

I saw a pair of shoes during a coffee break last week that made me stop mid-sentence and announce that I was having a shoegasm. They were pink and red colour-blocked suede pumps. The lady wearing them had on a black and white dress, but that’s really all I can tell you about her, focused as I was on the area south of her ankles. My [female] colleague concurred – fabulous shoes. … [Read more...]

When Ugly People Make Beauty

Coco Chanel in a simpe black dress with costume jewellery; anyone could put this on today and be elegant.

Lucian Freud is amazing. Lucian Freud makes me sick. I wanted to wait until I finished reading the biography Breakfast with Lucian before writing this post, but I think I’ve had to give up on that dream. I started reading it in January and have since set it aside several times in frustration. He was an absolutely fascinating character whose passion for his work drove him wholly, and yet the way he conducted his friendships and love affairs was revolting. His treatment of women … [Read more...]

Come hear me read OUT LOUD in Ottawa!

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I still can't believe this is going to happen -- A bunch of us bloggers will read one post from the last year out loud in front of people at an event called Blog Out Loud as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. It's almost as if they think blogs require actual WRITING… Again, I still can't believe it. So if you're in the National Capital Region and are looking to experience a variety of blog posts live, or just feel like pointing and laughing at vulnerable bloggers no longer hiding behind our protective computer screens, please come out. … [Read more...]

Masculinity: Vive la [sexy] différence!

The character Jamie Fraser from the upcoming film based on Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, another book series featuring a sexy violent manly man that women went crazy over.

You'll forgive me if I don’t have any life experience to bring to this topic. I'm not married. In fact, I’ve never even co-habitated with a romantic partner. But it won't always be so and that's why I'm paying close attention to Lori Gottlieb’s article about the dearth of sex in egalitarian marriages (Does a More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?) in which she suggests that couples who divide household responsibilities equally suffer from a lack of zing in the bedroom. Let’s get a little hurdle out of the way … [Read more...]

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