Is it me or is bacon hogging the foodie spotlight?

Bacon has never a big deal to me – sure, it smells good, but I don’t crave it. I do however miss it as a filler to a sandwich because paying ten bucks for a BLT without bacon is just wrong! So, I was very curious and very excited to try a new vegan restaurant in Halifax that not only serves coconut bacon but sells it to go! DSC_0105

Why had I never heard of this? What kind of mostly-vegetarian am I? Why is this all over Pinterest and I didn’t know?

Once the initial shock wore off, I met up with a friend and headed to Wild Leek for lunch. Obviously I ordered the CBLT Wrap – Coconut bacon, lettuce, fresh tomato and house-made mayonnaise and obviously I was not disappointed, but in all of the excitement, I forgot to take a picture. When I went back, the menu changed and the wrap is no longer available (gasp) but it’s been replaced with something even better – a sandwich! Happy girl. IMG_0764DSC_0104IMG_0767IMG_0774

Since then, I have tried it at home and recommend you do so too. Don’t expect it to taste like bacon, but rather, it should remind you of bacon. Get it?

Now that we have coconuts on our minds… I have been going nuts pinning all things related, including a recipe for making your own coconut bacon! Not gonna lye, I will probably just stock up at Wild Leek but you are welcome to make some and send it my way.


Bon Appétit!

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A. Coconut Printed Silk-Paneled Perforated Leather Dress / B. Silver Palm Tree Necklace / C. Round Collar Tree Print Waisted Corset Sleeveless Dress / D. sorry, no longer available … but they have other great stuff! / E. Palm Tree Pillow Cover / F. Metallic Palm Tree Centrepiece / G. Crazy Coconut Tee / H. Woven Palms Pouch / I. Coconut Print / J. Palm Jungle Wallpaper / K. Miami – Palm Tree Print Faux Leather Feather Earrings / L. Coconut Print / M. Coconut Frosting Bath Duo / N. Anenome Floor Lamp / O. Palm Print Pyjama Set / P. Sanuk Palm Diggity

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indigo girl

I’ve been seeing a lot of indigo Shibori tie-dye this summer and it’s not a bad thing – I like blue.

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Rather than filling my wardrobe with stuff from the stores, I decided to make my own. It’s summer in Nova Scotia (#nssummer) and although tie-dying was not on my summer to-do list, it should of been!

The last time I tie-dyed was at summer camp – I think it was hippy day? Let’s say it was hippy day. kidston

This time I didn’t dress up but I did stock up on supplies:

  • Bucket
  • White tees and linens
  • Twine
  • Elastic bands
  • A paper towel tube
  • Gloves
  • Dye
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Clothesline!

DSC_0054David joined in and helped and I must say, the patterns really worked … but

… The good news is I am NOT a How To / DIY blog… so rather than telling you what I did and how I failed, you can just go to Pinterest and find patterns – like this site I used – and try it yourself.

… The better news is I took these pics right after I dyed the clothes… when I put everything in the wash, the blue ran and my whites are no longer white. Boo. I thought I followed instructions but I must of missed a step. I’d check, but I recycled the instructions and am too lazy to Google my mistake. Whatev, it was fun and the clothes still look okay. And, like I said, I got the pictures before everything turned blue (both literally and emotionally). In a world of Instagramming perfection, it’s big of me to admit the unfiltered outcome.

Womp womp.

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A. Madewell Seaglass Bead Necklace / B. Patagonia Women’s Kiawah Island Dress / C. Madewell Silk Shadeview Dip-Dye Cami / D. Madewell Indigo Shibori Linen Tank / E. Job and Boss Blocked Tote / F. RESQ The Strong Rope Dog Leash in Indigo / G. J.Crew Leila Tie-Dye Shibori Sandal / H. Maalikaacreations Indigo Blue Two-Colour Pillowcase / I. Dash & Albert Herringbone Indigo Woven Cotton Rug / J. Society6 Indigo Shibori iPhone case / K. Gorman Indigo Eyes Skirt / L. Modcloth Indigo Gardens Dress / M. Madewell Indigo Shibori Scarf / N. Vans for J.Crew Classic Slip-On Shoe / O. West Elm Organic Indigo Ikat Stripe Shams / P. Heath Ceramics Miller Full Dinnerware Set / Q. J.Crew Tye-dye Ruched Halter Tank Bathing Suit / R. Toms Yvette Indigo Crystal Sunglasses

come on get crafty

You know those seasonal wreaths popping up everywhere this time of year? Well, in my option, they’re worth every penny! In an attempt to be crafty, I found this on Pinterest and decided it’d be perfect for the three windows at the back of the house. Why make one when you can make three?


Off to Michaels I went and spent ~ $90 on supplies. Argh.

And then I cut, and cut, and cut. {SO BORING}. Then I twisted and tied and hung… and VOILA!




Mine are clearly not as pretty, and Mike says we’ll need to renovate just to make room to store them for the other 11 months of the year, but I am convinced they’ll look great when the rest of the seasonal decor is placed.

So was this a fail? Not really but I won’t be making any more. I have cards and calendars to finish and there are at least five viewings of Love Actually scheduled for my holiday season. From what I’ve seen, the wreaths sell for + $40 so I guess I broke even if you factor in cost and time. Kind of.

Happy holidays! xomeg

hang it. series two.

It’s the I WANT. I NEED. instalment of the hang it series.

Back in 2011, I’d surf the internet and bookmark a link of something I saw and liked. Then, a few weeks or months later, I’d look at 500 bookmarks and have no clue where any of them linked to unless I clicked on each one. Or even worse, I’d save an image to my desktop titled ‘83756.jpg’ and never be able to source it again.

One time, when in Hong Kong, I saw an alphabet poster – I had to have it but knew I had no way of getting it home. It took me many hours of Googling to source it six months later with only a vague memory of what it looked like and now it happily hangs on David’s wall.

But then came Pinterest. Hallelujah! “A tool for collecting and organizing things you love.”

So long bookmarks… Goodbye desktop inspiration folders… Hello beautiful.

One of my first and favourite boards is titled hang it, where I collect prints I have and want. Here are the top WANTs:

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A. Sink in, float by Samatha French / B. Cow no. 2 from the Animal Print Shop / C. Rising of the Setting Sun by Wayne Pate / D. Question Mark from Odd Hero / E. A Dozen Eggs Print by Jack Summerford / F. For Like Ever by Super Rural / G. Shut the front door wooden sign from OhDierLiving / H. Talum by Max Wanger / I. La Mela modern poster by  Enzo Mari / J. Rain Drops from I Need Nice Things / K. Minimalist Art Print of Mountains from Evesand.

Hopefully some of these will make it to the own it instalment but until then, happy pinning and hanging. xomeg