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C / shiny objects

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Photo via Samuel Quinn

I’m not really a glitter person. I respect it, because I understand it’s power, but I tend to keep a safe distance. A lot of the traditional dresses in Cambodia tend to err on the side of lace, dipped in glitter, rolled in sequins, and it sort of makes me itchy to look at.

Recently, I have been getting into the well-placed sparkle, shimmer, and shine. Cruising through Shopbop at lunch and found a few things that I didn’t expect to like, but I do. These two stunners from Malene Birger bring a different, more subtle take on traditional sparkle. Somehow, these shiny numbers seem almost, tomboy. I love them.

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T / enforced stillness

Photo Credit: Angie Welsch

Photo Credit: Angie Welsch

In addition to splitting up blog duties, Cait and I also split up areas of sickness.  As you’ve read before, Cait’s dominates all the gastro fun, while I typically own the upper respiratory, sinus, influenza route.

And because life is full of irony, I managed to get hit by this bout of flu on the week that I start reading The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer.  And thus began my period of enforced stillness. It is an incredibly beautiful book.   And sadly, I only got halfway before the four horsemen of flupocalypse left me a whiney fetal positioned mess.  I basically write this post in the 15 minute window of wellness I have every few hours.  But before that all happened, I did find this really amazing quote:

“Going nowhere, was the grand adventure that makes sense of everywhere else.”

I don’t do this enough.  In fact, I don’t really ever do this.  I tell myself I lead a balanced life.  Regular exercise, a healthy amount of sleep and social time, a good diet.  I freaking nap every day.  And I tell myself that it’s my recovery time, but is it really?  I don’t really get the chance to sit back and reflect on challenges, victories, defeats.  It’s generally go go go over here.

And I wonder how things can and will improve if I do incorporate this stillness in my life.  I have time for it.  I can make time for it.  And I can definitely learn to enjoy it too.

If you don’t have time to read The Art of Stillness, you can also check out this amazing interview that Pico Iyer did with Krista Tippett, on her very amazing podcast, On Being.


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Photo Credit: Lisa Wassmann

Photo Credit: Lisa Wassmann

Morning team. Tiff is out sick this morning, because she has the flu. Send all of your healing vibes to her, along with all of your ginger juice and pho. Cait is almost literally buried under piles of fabric, because the new collection is going into production once she stops messing with every single design like a damn tweaker.

This very emotional, and very important journey from Ireland to the UK.

One of my favourite stories about Syrian refugees re-starting their lives in Canada.

I think this is kind of a cool way to raise money for the Louisiana floods. #teambritney, always.

Best use for Lego.

These popsicles look delicious.

A web-series about baking bread? Yes please.

The mere thought of wearing a jacket has me so excited.

Unfortunately, this period of recovery is not voluntary.  But if you can do it, you should.

THAT’S RIGHT. Hometown, Tucson, given fancy food award because they make all the deliciousness. T-loc for life.

I wish I had this advice in my twenties.


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C / a good plan

“If you want God to laugh, tell him about your plans.” Woody Allen said that, and though Mr. Allen himself makes me feel kind of gross, I like that quote.

My life has been a continuous string of changed plans. I have had the next big great idea, big move, big job, or big plan roughly 148 times. Each plan was an attempt to find the thing I loved doing, the place I wanted to be, the person I wanted to be, or fall in love with my life. I have succeeded, in varying degrees, with each new plan. Sometimes, my great new plan just straight up failed, and the new thing that was supposed to fit was restrictive and uncomfortable. Of course I am better for these things, I have learned from all of my, “adventures” let’s call them, and I have a better idea of what I want to do and be.

Of course, now I am grown up, I’m 33 years old and I have laser-focus on my life and what I want. Mmmhmm.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m out of Cambodia in less that two weeks. It’s been just a few minutes under five years here, and it’s time for something else. Specifically somewhere else, where I sweat less and can dive into my now-professional love of fashion. My new master plan is a life in LA, a job with a very cool handbag company, taco eating, and dog shopping.

Plans change, I know that better than anyone else, but I have a good feeling about this one. This plan I made for me, which is somewhat new to my decision-making process, and I am feeling very pleased with myself.

Come visit, I have to do all the touristy stuff at some point, and I would rather blame it on you. caitsig


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T / happy monday / to the north

Artwork Credit: Heather Collett

Artwork Credit: Heather Collett

This weekend, I was thinking a lot about home.  Canada that is.  That even though I’ve subscribed to the life of a wanderer who is current rooted in the deep saturated heat, I am firmly from the great North.  I even considered a pair of second hand moccasins the other day.  I miss the vastness.  And despite growing up in the big urban smoke of Toronto, I always knew that to the north, there was an infinite expanse of beauty waiting to be discovered.  Some find the long distances between civilizations unnerving. I love them.  There is nothing like a road trip across Canada.

So when I was looking for this morning’s little visual coffee break, I stumbled on this beauty from the folks over at Cereal Magazine. It struck a nerve in the best way possible.  The way certain lyrics of a certain home spun band do.  

Y U K O N from Cereal on Vimeo.


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C / reformation

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Sustainable-ish fashion companyReformation, has come back on my radar this week thanks to a conversation with Tiff. I was turned off by the company a few years ago, because it was feeling a little too Coachella-y, too waif-hipster, and too try-hard. I don’t know if it was the language they use, or the general vibe they put out, but I was was afraid I would have to attend music festival and wear offensive pseudo-Native-American gear. (Totally rational fear.) Tiff gave the argument that things are looking different these days, so I gave it another shot. I’m impressed.

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Started in 2009 by Yael Aflalo, the company strives to use sustainable fabrics, good manufacturing practices, and make awesome clothes that fit a range of bodies. What I like about them today is not only their dreamy wrap dresses, but their transparency regarding their own practices.

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The company isn’t perfect, but they aren’t saying that they are. The operations are a vast improvement from the common standard in the garment industry and they have nailed the user experience. On the website, any shopper, or general nosy person (hi!), can dig around without much effort and find out which fabrics they use, the employee benefits and what they are doing to make the company better. They have even made cool visuals like this one, to highlight the garment, but also show why that dress is better than the evil dress from Forever 21.

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And it’s not just empty promises to make yourself feel better about buying a $120 slip dress that you could totally have made for $30 in Cambodia. The team at reformation uses crazy stuff like math and science to monitor their impact on the world and stays transparent about what works and what doesn’t.

Due to this giant professional crush I have on them right now, I went down the rabbit hole this morning and spent much too long perving on all their pieces, and there are a lot. They do constant design, rather than collection, which I honestly don’t feel great about. There are pages and pages of designs, and it feels like the clothing equivalent of the menu at The Cheescake Factory, it’s just too much. That being said, I am going to buy at least three of these things.

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This post is not sponsored, because we don’t have sponsors.

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All photos via Reformation 


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T / wit + whimsy x fragile pretty things

Jen-Thrift-HeaderAccording to the new favourite agenda that Cait got me, yesterday was National Thrift Shop Day.  And if you know us, we love a good thrift shop session.  So when our favourite coffee yoda, Jen, asked me to join her on an expedition, there was only one reaction.  Time and date please.

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One of these has got to be a literally millennial treasure.

When she’s not supporting sustainable and ethically produced coffee in Cambodia and across the region, Jen also collects more than her fair share of gorgeous, cheeky, and second hand ceramics.  Nearly all of them are from the Japanese second hand shops which dot Phnom Penh and have become more than popular among expats to decorate their abodes with.  These places are treasure troves.   Like any other illicit contraband, it gets addictive.  You could easily lose an hour or two scouring these places for easterly treasures.  Plus Japanese porcelain and pottery has been practiced for millennia, so you never know when you’ve literally got a treasure in your hands. Often times, the backs of each piece will bear the signature of its potential famous maker.

The lady at work.

Snapping the lady at work.

And Jen takes these treasures up a notch.  I discovered this at the last Swap Sabai, the fabulous little flea market that pops up in my community every few months, where Jen had a table selling these gorgeous wares.  Part Etsy, part garage sale, and always a great way to get to know your neighbours, I stumbled upon Jen’s little collection of hand-upgraded ceramics at their last event.

This guy is just asking for a Jen treatment.

This guy is just asking for a Jen treatment.

By hand-upgraded, I mean that Jen carefully and quite cheekily paints and decorates Wedgwood and Japanese porcelain pieces with a little pop-culture finesse and social commentary.  If a piece looks a little too colonial, Jen will infuse a little irony in there.  With a dry sense of humour, each piece hits it perfectly on the nose.  Too many pretty flowers? Jen will add in a few bugs.  They’re perfect to serve your biscuits and tea on, or to have hanging in your dining room for guests to giggle at.

Finished-PiecesAnd I can’t wait to get myself some pieces this weekend!

If you’re in Phnom Penh, you can find Jen’s goodies at Swap Sabai, this Sunday, August 21 at Crossfit Amatak from 10am-2pm.  Come get your ironic pretty things!


All photos by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission for use. Cait+Tiff are not liable for anything that decides to break on your journey home from Swap Sabai.


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Photo Credit: What Katie Ate.

Morning. Some mornings are for jumping out of bed, taking on the world, and getting things done! And some mornings are for drinking three cups of coffee, evading human contact and eating pomelo out of tupperware. Cait is choosing the latter today, and while still getting things done, she will not be wearing pants anytime soon.  Tiff is doing the former.  Because for some reason things still like to bunch up in the way that panties can sometimes do.

Assuming life in LA is going to be exactly like this.

Love this little post on going home to the motherland.

I like this t-shirt.

If only Phnom Penh had one of these.  Wanna come here, VSCO?

James Corden is sort of the best.

Such a cool chick with the bestest outfits.

A very cool piece on Design and the Self.

Screw gluten-free. New baking project. Stat.

DREAMS COME TRUE.

I cannot wait to see this movie.  Civil rights x science. Thank you.

 


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C/ The Get Down

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With the advent of Netflix in Cambodia, a whole new world has opened up to people that sometimes just want to stay inside. Sometimes, those people are me. My current Netflix bright spot is The Get Down, a music-laden series on the beginnings of hip hop, life in the 1970’s Bronx, and of course, love. Everybody loves love.

The characters are raw, imperfect, beautiful, and silly talented. The lead love story is between Ezekiel and Mylene, played by Justice Smith and Herzien Guardiola. The two of them make me feel like I have accomplished nothing in my life. Most of the cast members are new names for me, with the exception of Jimmy Smitts, who I have loved since his days on LA Law, and Jaden Smith, the prodigal son of never-aging beauty-robots, Will and Jada.

Also, and I understand that my focus might be different that others, but the clothes are amazing. Some of the disco suits are hilarious and cringe-worthy, but there are so many pieces that I want to snag for myself. You could pull a lot of these outfits and wear them now, and my affection for the high-waisted, booty loving, denim culotte is only growing.

I highly encourage watching this show. It has had mixed reviews, but if you are into hip hop, the historical side of the greatest city on earth, and Donna Summer, get down on it.  (Sorry.)

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T / happy monday / a visual coffee break

Photo Credit: Florencia Muriel.

Photo Credit: Florencia Muriel.

You know that observation about our attention spans getting shorter?  (Meanwhile our thumbs are getting stronger.)  If you have spent sufficient time with me, you’ll know that I can’t watch a movie in anywhere but a theatre.  I need every possible visual and auditory stimuli blocked off or else the smart phone monster will reveal itself.  One hour television dramas are fair game, but I may stray off path around minute 32.  Then there came the web series.  Tiny little digestible nuggets for the Facebook generation.  Nothing ever really longer than 25 minutes, and sometimes as short as four.  It’s an art form and an unimaginable skill to be able to tell stories in such a constrained timescape and then string them all together to create an interwoven story.  And get millions to follow you. So I’m not quite talking about Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, or Between Two Ferns, but my personal faves like High Maintenance (which just got picked up by HBO!) and Broad City (which as we all know got picked up by Comedy Central in 2014 and doesn’t need its own hyperlink).  Indie just got…indie-…rrrr.

In the spirit of brevity, I wanted to share a couple of new faves.  Production values are now through the roof.  And the best guest stars too.  First up is The (Mis)Adventures of Awkward Black Girl (which HBO also just bought) and for a very quick belly laugh, Namaste, Bitches. I’ll let you figure out what that’s about (two words: Los Angeles).  Happy Monday.

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