I don’t know much about fashion, but…

Dear Karen,

Last week I had the pleasure of attending London Fashion Weekend, a glorious 5-day testament to all things sartorial, held twice yearly in Somerset House.

While not a fashionista myself (What?  I’m not?), in the time I’ve lived in London I’ve seen more models parading around Chelsea and Mayfair than you could shake a stick at.  Having watched them prance about, looking both bored and beautiful at the same time, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I wanted to attend a catwalk show.

This year, I got lucky. Tickets in hand, my friend Cheryl and I braved the Thursday rain,  and attended our first professional catwalk show.  We did it because we’re fascinated by beauty but also because we had a burning desire to discover what designers are dictating we wear in the coming year.

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Your Sunday video funnies

Dear Readers,

Remember when you were a wee little thing, and the Sunday papers would include the comics section, just for you?  In our house, these were called the funnies.  This week, we’re giving you video funnies, to make your Sunday bright.

Yes, there’s a cat involved, but there’s also a pig and our crush, Rick Mercer.  Never let it be said that we don’t have varied interests. Continue reading

Plan ahead to stick to your diet

You’ve probably heard that it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission, right?

Wrong. At least when it comes to sticking to a weight loss plan. Continue reading

Family photos: Time travel made easy

Dear Wendy,

So remember last fall when I said we were starting to downsize, in preparation for putting our house on the market “next spring”? Remember how “next spring” seemed aeons away, and I was all chill about getting everything done because I’d allowed myself so much time?

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Devil in the details

Dear Karen,

Reading about your knitting the other day reminded me that I, too, have a hobby I’m passionate about.  Unlike you, after I completed a project, I couldn’t wear it, but I could definitely serve it for dessert!

My obsession was baking.  Breads, cakes, biscuits, scones, pastries, I could spend the entire day in the kitchen, apron round my waist, oven on a permanent 180° setting, dough rising or chilling in the refrigerator.

I was always looking for ways to challenge myself, and after years of making cakes for friends’ birthdays and anniversaries, I signed up for a Wilton cake decorating class in 2011.

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