Wine and girlfriends go together like peanut butter and chocolate. If you’re looking for a special little gift for one of your wine-loving girlfriends, here are my top 5 favourite picks. [Read more...]
If you’re not familiar with “My Cosmetics Quest,” it’s a journey I set for myself back in November of 2012 (you can read what sparked it off here). You can also catch up by reading related posts on face cream, body lotion, makeup primer, hair colouring, and shampoos and conditioners.
Okay, let’s talk lip colour.
Half the time, I forget to apply any kind of lip colour to my lips before running out the door. But really, I look much better with a bit of colour on me. Especially in the winter when my skin is a special shade of white called “extra paste-y.”
However, I feel like traditional lipsticks are too formal for my lifestyle, while lip glosses are too young for my age. That’s where lip “glazes” come in. One that has been my faithful companion for many years is Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. It’s $19, but looks like a million dollars with its elegant silver stick. [Read more...]
Tomorrow morning, Kerry is picking me up bright and early for our Introduction to White Water Canoeing Course (called Groovy Moves! with Pure Life Adventures). Two bloggers, white water, one night in a tent … we should have some good tales to tell when we get back!
I am teaching myself, with a great deal of help from Hubby, how to pack independently for camping. When we go family camping, he is the “gear guy.” I really don’t touch a thing. In some ways this is because I am slightly hopeless, but in other ways it’s because he has a routine and ritual that he just doesn’t like me messing with. (It’s the same when he’s in the kitchen cooking.)
In practical terms, this means is that he has shown me how to set up the tent and pack it up, as well as walk me through what clothing is going to keep me the most comfortable this weekend.
Normally, a family camp means I just bring along regular clothes that are suitable for the occasion. But because we have the big trek in the Northwest Territories this summer, I need to get properly geared up because we’ll be out in the elements for six days and five nights straight (!!). I’ll need clothing that dries quickly and performs well in blazing sun or unrelenting rain.
However, back to this weekend … it is one day of training on the water, one sleep in a tent, and then another full day of training on the water. No biggie in relative terms, but a great practice for me.
Here’s what I will wear on the water:
1. Polarized sunglasses to protect the eyes with the glare and reflection off of the water. Suncloud brand, Pursuit style in Black/Blue Mirror. $59.99. Purchased at Bushtakah.
2. Sunglass rope cord. Yeah, that Dorky strap for glasses that I usually make fun of Hubby for wearing all the time. But essential when you might tip out of a boat! Suncloud Brand, Sunglass Cord Rope. $5.00. Purchased at Bushtukah.
3. Sunscreen for my face. From my front hall closet. This is SPF 70 for face. I will be slopping it on regularly throughout the day. (I don’t mess around when it comes to skin cancer.)
4. Quick dry shirt: UFP 30 shirt in quick dry material. As shown in the “Practical Outfit” on this post.
5. Sport bra. By far THE best sports bra I have yet to find. A must-try for anyone who needs more support than those flimsy little t-back ones. I could just wear one of my other bras for this weekend, but I’ve been on the hunt for a good sports bra for ages so I wasn’t going to pass it up. (I am so excited about this bra that I think it might warrant a post dedicated just to it!) Made by Shock Absorber. $69. Purchased at Bushtukah.
6. Apparently I can’t count because there is no number 6 on the picture above!
7. Quick dry shorts, with elastic band. Real basic. MEC brand, Mens Cahula shorts, in size Large. $33. Purchased at MEC.
8. Quick dry undies. I don’t think these are a “need,” but I was already breaking the bank with everything else … what the hell? Made by Patagonia. Women’s size Large. $25. Purchased from MEC.
9. Paddling booties. These will stay on when/if we tip the boat and have a sole that will protect your feet on rocks. I don’t need them for this weekend’s jaunt, but I will up in the Northwest Territories. MEC Moque Boot Low. Unisex size 6. $25. Purchased from MEC.
In a part two of this post, I’ll share what I’ve packed for the time when we’re on dry land.
I might not be ready for my canoe trek yet. But I will be! I am now diligently cramming for my introduction to white water canoeing course this weekend and the big trek to come in the Northwest Territories.
After going out for a canoe via Britannia Bay on Monday night with Hubby and the kids, I swooped into Bushtukah, a local outdoors and sports store in our neighbourhood, one hour before closing. I wanted to find some clothing for camping and canoeing. Normally I find clothes shopping very discouraging since most clothes just don’t seem to fit right or if they do, they are the most expensive ones on the rack. But, somehow, I lucked out!
I found a very cute shirt and pants. I thought these were a very good find because the shirt has nice pleating (meaning that is doesn’t cling tightly around my stomach) and the pants have a wide elastic waist (again, the stomach area).
Top: Helly Hansen. Women’s Odin T-shirt. Size L/G in Essential Purple. Regular price $45. Sale price $29.
Pants: The North Face. Women’s Out the Door Capri. Size L/G in Asphalt Grey. Regular price $75. Sale price $60.
I came home and immediately shared my happy finds with Hubby. His response: “That’s not for our trip, is it?”
He shared these tips with me about the shirt: that shirt exposes too much skin so you will have issues with sunburn and bugs. Also, probably chafing around the arm pits.
As for the pants, he noted: You will want to be wearing quick dry material. Plus the large waistband will absorb a lot of water if you get wet and then you’ll be uncomfortable around your middle for the day. Quick dry is the key to comfort.
So this is the practical outfit. You’ll see that my shirt has full sleeves now to prevent sunburn as well as to keep the bugs off of my skin. It also has breathing panels (shown in the close-up photo) to help keep you cool. As for the pants, they are made of quick dry material and have a simple waist band that will also dry quickly. I do not find this waist band particularly comfortable but this is my compromise, I guess. You’ll also note that these pants are full-length for the same reason as the shirt. Plus, they have a cuff at the ankle to further prevent bugs from getting to your skin (see close-up photo).
Top: Royal Robbins Light Expedition. Size Women’s XL in Soapstone. UPF 50+. Regular price $79.99. Sale price $56.
Pants: MEC R2K Pants. Size Women’s 16. Price: $49.
So there you have it, friends. The cute versus the practical clothing for camping and/or canoeing. (I ended up keeping the cute outfit to wear for everyday life, but will use the practical outfit for canoeing and camping.)