SINGLE IN VANCOUVER ON VALENTINES DAY

I don’t know what happened when I turned 26 but it was like overnight I went from being a 25 year old in a bar to a 90 year old in hell. Kids of legal drinking age look 12 years old and are the worst people in the world and trying to find somewhere to go with single girlfriends {WHO ARE SMART SUCCESSFUL BEAUTIFUL HILARIOUS THE LIST GOES ON} that contained men (I use the word “men” about as loosely as Justin Beiber uses any version of common sense) of any caliber, is impossible. I have the best boyfriend on earth so case closed for me. sorrynotsorry. But I legit feel for my single gurlz. My boyfriend is in Belgium for the next few months so I will be joining some chicks for what has been coined “VDAY BINGE DRINK GROUP HANG DANCE SESH 2014” and as you can see from the conversation below THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Where do you go in Vancouver? Where do you think the best place to meet people is? Should we give up on bars? Even though our dance skills have been honed for 26 years?

Warning: This conversation happened in a SAFE PLACE (re: Facebook chat) and has no filter so if you don’t like harsh language (or the harsh truth) you will not approve of the below content.

Alex
Hey all, takes us a hot minute to figure out good plans so I’m aggressively jumping the gun to force myself upon you this Valentine’s day. For those of you that will probably spend your day with PIETER – you’re included so you know you’re loved. And Wendy’s angel-boyfriend will probably send her a life size cut out of himself and 17 bouquets of flowers because he’s a total fucking gem. Conveniently, this sacred day of blacking out falls on a Friday (there is a god and he is rooting for us to get freaky) so let’s get some ideas going for a good ol’ girls night out

Melanie
I dunno Alex, I was thinking about posting up with a bottle of red wine, myself and my instagram account, reliving my past relationships through social media whilst listening to Coldplay. But I mean, I could be swayed.

Wendy
hahaha Alex crafts the best messages. IM IN.

Chelsea
haha yeah alex that was a fucking beaut. i like to THINK someone is rooting for us. i’m in.

Katie
If I can ditch PIETER, I’m toooootally in! It won’t be too difficult b/c We don’t celebrate holidays that revolve around that dreaded L-word. And I’m not talking about lesbian.

Melanie
there’s nothing dreaded about the word lesbian

Alex
unless after 6 years of S’ing Pieter’s D you’re switching teams..
which is still cool.. but might be an awkward convo

Katie
Only for him, everyone else would get where I’m coming from

Melanie
I’m beginning to become a fan of guest lists so we should make a week of decision on where we wanna go.
aka I’m cheap/broke

Wendy
“unless after 6 years of S’ing Pieter’s D” LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Alex
where do hot dudes go on Valentines day? Can we make a Facebook survey or something?

Chelsea
we should just start slowly baiting all the hot men we know in that conversation
but oh wait…. i know none.

Alex
Dear man-babes of the internet: Where are you hiding this Friday the 14th of February? I want in.

Melanie
yea that’s the trick…if we make it our facebook statuses we’ll just get a whole lotta “Seymours has been okay lately”…

Alex
which is a damn whore lie.

Melanie
We could iron out our crop tops and hit up Portside?

Katie
I’ll have to top up the b-tox to iron out my face so I don’t look like the old bag I am

Alex
portside has great music but zero talent.
everyone is 12

Wendy
true and true
i feel like that’s everywhere
are we old?

Katie
Yes

Wendy
when we were at the pint i felt 100

Alex
i feel like London pub is decent for people who are over the age of consent.
We could also go balls to the wall and find somewhere new.
or do some sort of Alibi room –> London Pub mash up if we want to be good and pickled.

Wendy
we could also stay in and play board games and drink a shit load of wine and eat a kilo of cinnamon hearts in matching pj’s but actually look more like –> this

Alex
hahah
those are ALMOST as good as my polar bears in raybans pjs I got for xmas.

Melanie
hahahha

Alex
#coolerthanapolarbearstoenails

Ashley
Haha
I’m liking where this is going. But I agree, portside and pint are for the little ones.
London Pub is good!

Wendy
I like London Pub!

Ashley
Should we do dinner before blacking out?

Melanie
potluck?

Alex
YES.

Chelsea
yeah i really aggressively like all of this
london or bust
or really just fuck the pint and the portside. i’m also down for somewhere new.

Alex
food and booze and heart shaped everything, ma bitches.

Melanie
I had a really good time at Charles Bar two weeks ago
London is a good second destination too since there’s never really a line

Chelsea
i feel like charles bar is all douche bags

Alex
legitimate

Melanie
alright

Alex
but the music is deec, as is the food – if we wanted to start somewhere kinda trendy and mosy.

Chelsea
alex is fortune any good for men?

Alex
no guarantee on long term relationship qualities but you will find babes in plaid.
or if you wanna say “fuck dudes” and get real on a dance floor.
then yes.

Chelsea
hmmmm
dilemma

Alex
I can throw us on a g-list for it anyway and if we decide we
wanna get weird we can go.

Chelsea
ps wendy…you really nailed it with the pajama option
i say we do that the next night

Danielle
Sometimes I just want to get super fucking silly and go to Fortune so I can’t hear anyone talk and just sweaty dance with some hipsters. Is that so wrong? Regardless, I’m in for this. I don’t care where we go. I’m glad we’ve finally agreed that the pint is full of children. I’ll literally do whatever though. Inside, outside, dress up, PJs…

Alex
London Pub & Fortch are just a block away from each other so the opportunity to move around is good.

Danielle
My entire fucking apartment is in boxes right now and some sort of electronic device is making a loud beeping sound from inside one of the boxes. I guess I just have to wait till whatever battery dies! FML. Moving day.
Alex is full of good ideas.

Alex
ugh, may the force be with you, Danielle

Danielle
Thank you kindly

Melanie
Sounds good guys! Let’s get a guest list and do pre drinks somewhere.

Wendy
I love all of this and I am always down to get super loose and trap dance at fortune. We can pre drink and see what we are down for but let’s make a list! London Pub doesn’t do lists does it? DREAM STATE: Get ready / pre drinks – london pub 9-11 fortune 11-FOREVER
also I’m happy to host pre drinks

Alex
k. i’ll get us on that Fortune list.

Chelsea
yeah wend your little plansy sounds awesome. and im down to pre-ham whenever.
wherever** in fact wendaloo, i’ll probably come borrow an outfit. cool? thanks.

Wendy
of course little boo

Chelsea
*Cat acting like DJ* pic

Wendy
omg is this the part where we move to communicating solely by pics? Because that’s my fav part

Wendy
*Cat looking like unicorn* pic

Alex
*Cat peeking out of paper bag* pic

Danielle
*Bird with sunglasses on drinking a martini* pic

WHO ISN’T TRYING TO DATE THESE GIRLS?

Juice Cleanse Part 2

A couple posts ago I talked about a juice cleanse I was embarking on, so I thought I would hit you with the results. First things first, I love food and trying to cut it out for 3 days was torture. Oh did you notice in my original post I said I was doing it for six days? I LIED. It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be to be honest. The juices were delicious and I felt really light and fresh after the first day. I wouldn’t recommend doing a juice cleanse for more than three days if you aren’t an experienced cleanser, or if your coworkers are habitual McDonalds breakfast eaters. You will go into a blackout rage and threaten someone’s life for a bite of their hash brown.

THE EQUIPMENT:

I bought the Hamilton Beach 20oz Juice Extractor from London drugs for $89.99. I’m no expert, but I think it did a good job and it was easy to take apart and clean after. It is a pretty big appliance so unless you want it to live full time on your kitchen counter (I’m a minimalist in that sense so that’s a no go for me) then finding a cupboard to store it in can be a bit of a B.

THE SHOPPING LIST: 

juice cleanse shopping listI know this sounds like a crazy amount of produce but you would be surprised at how little juice comes out of an apple or even an orange. It was definitely a reality check to think I was casually crushing 20 oranges when I slam a glass of OJ on Sunday morning. What was even more shocking was the bill (IN A GOOD WAY) and that happens never, so this was a win. I picked up everything at a little produce market down the street for me, which is always way cheaper than the big chains, and the bill was about $35CAN. Not bad when you think that’s covering your consumption for three days.

THE RECIPIES:

I loosely followed the vitae juice revamp cleanse. Except I opted for a 2nd citrus instead of an almond drink. I went heavier on the veg, lighter on the fruit, and adjusted to taste. I don’t think there is a perfect formula to this, any fresh juice cleanse is going to be beneficial. Obviously you want more veg than fruit so there isn’t a TON of sugar causing you to crash during the day. #science

recipies

I made 6 juices for each day. I started each morning with hot water and lemon and then had one juice about every 2 hours starting at 9 and ending at 7 in the order listed. I also drank lots of water throughout the day. The constant sipping definitely helped edge off the hunger pains. Juice 3 was definitely my fav. Grapefruit, watermelon, lime and mint over ice? DELIGHTFUL. (This will be my summer vodka optional cocktail of choice. See how much I learned doing this?!?!?)

THE OUTCOME:

I felt good

I felt fresh

I lost 7 lbs

I craved fresh produce after

WHAT I LEARNED:

I did this right before Christmas so I didn’t expect for a second to keep off the weight I lost. MASHED POPTATOES AMIRIGHT? Although I think you easily could keep it off if you were diligent and didn’t swan dive into a box of wine and a wheel of brie (which is what I did – no regrets). Next time I do this I will go raw vegan 2 days before and 2 days after so my system eases in and out of the cleanse. This will also extend the benefits and help avoid the regaining of weight as I transition back in to my normal eating routine (KD and goldfish crackers. I’M MESSING WITH YOU.) I couldn’t work out. Maybe the first day I could have, but this was an experiment for me and I didn’t want to overdo it. So if sacrificing your gym sessions for three days is a big no no for you (freak) then I would advise adding a couple light raw meals throughout the day so there is a bit more sustenance there and you don’t pass out on the elliptical and embarrass yourself in front of your friends. The last thing is; next time I do this I will look up recipes for the pulp. There was a TON of waste and I felt guilty about it. I talked to a couple girlfriends who have since gotten into juicing as well and they said the same thing.

So that’s it that’s all. I will definitely do this again. I think it’s a great way to flush out your system and get your cravings in check! Do you juice? Cleanse? Have pulp recipes? Interested? Have questions? Lets taco bout it.

Is it Spring (Décor) Yet?

This time of year is super boring. I got back from Mexico a couple weeks ago, my tan is faded and the Christmas frenzy has long since passed (I haven’t taken my Christmas décor down yet, isn’t that ridiculous?) I’m actually so embarrassed and just text my roommate to plan a date to do it. I took my wreaths down so at least my neighbours think I have my life together. But I don’t. I just feel extremely unmotivated this time of year. I mean I COULD spend an evening tearing down the winter wonderland that is my home, OR I could turn on the Christmas tree lights, drink a bottle of Cono Sur Viognier (so cheap, so good), and catch up on episodes of modern family. IF YOU DON’T THINK THE LATTER SOUNDS WAY BETTER NEVER COME BACK TO THIS BLOG.

In search of motivation I am doing a couple fun things to spice up the worst time of the year ever. I have started a run club at my office and I am taking French lessons. The goal of both is to be overall a little sexier come spring. A girl can dreamAnyway, another thing I am really excited about, that fortunately is contingent upon getting my ass in gear and taking the garland off my headboard, is spring decorating. I’m excited for the days to start getting longer, the sun to fill my apartment later and to bring a ton of fresh color into my décor.

In a recent post I talked about my affinity for gold. The love is alive and well. In fact I would say I have renewed my vow to gold as I cruise pinterest and see how beautifully it transitions from the warm reds and browns of winter to the bright purples, oranges and greens of spring. I’ve got some strong influences guiding me for the upcoming season; via my friend Whitney‘s influence, I am really loving fun art deco style / chinoiserie inspired prints and anything that feels like it would look perfect poolside in Palm Springs. This site has the most amazing prints, I want custom calling cards and address labels immediately and I am OBSESSED with the custom lucite trays. I’m also craving bright cushions in fun prints, which is a carry over from last year. Cushions are such an easy way to add a splash of colour and really change the look and feel of a room for only a few bucks. In a frugal DIY attempt I made my own cushion covers last year but the material wasn’t perfect. So I am on the hunt! Where do you shop for well priced cushions / cushion covers? 

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