Tiny Pleasures, Beautiful Routines

When was the last time a book changed your life, or at least your perception of it? Last month I found myself deep into two books that took me to places I hadn't visited in a long time. I struggled to put my finger on what it was that I had been missing and that was revealed to me in these books. The best I can do is this: I was reminded of what it was like to live in a not-connected world. I wasn't sure what to expect when my turn came up on the library waitlist for Patti Smith's M Train. To be frank, I didn't think it would be … [Read more...]

A [Bed]Room of One’s Own: Why I Sleep Alone

I'm coming out of the closet. Finally, I am ready to share my dirty little secret with you -- My mate and I sleep in separate bedrooms... and I like it that way! Would I love to snuggle up at night next to my Monsieur, fall gently into a blissful dreamworld and wake up 8 hours later resplendent and gazing deeply into his big heavy-lidded morning eyes? Yes, yes I would. Sadly, that is unlikely to ever happen. I am a notoriously … [Read more...]

The Solitude Manifesto

In my fantasy life, I am a grande flâneuse (one who idles; see flâneur). I spend my time languidly sipping coffee and I perhaps run an occasional errand so that my cat and I don't starve. I read fashion magazines in cafés, or I just people watch. I write a little, I read a lot. I gaze at pretty things in shop windows as I stroll along. In dark movie theatres, I sit alone letting myself be absorbed by … [Read more...]

10 Tips For Not Hating Xmas

At the risk of seeming Grinchy, I'm just going to come right out and say it: I DON'T LIKE CHRISTMAS. I don't like the insane shopping pressure, I don't like the non-stop social invitations, I don't like the expectation that I'm going to pay peak prices for the privilege of battling the elements and/or chaotic airports in order to go spend 48 rushed hours with my family, I hate tacky decorations, and most of all, I absolutely despise xmas music. … [Read more...]