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    heavy medals podcast, sula by toni morrison, the last picture show movie, pirate life theatre cruise in ottawa and custom femme sweater

     

    What I have been listening to...

    HEAVY MEDALS

    ESPN’S docs are always very powerful and Heavy Medals is no exception. You follow Bela and Martha Karolyi from their start in Romania, to their escape to the US and then their journey to training the Olympic Gymnastics Team. You see their unflinching need to win at all costs, even at the expense of the young athletes bodies and emotional wellbeing.

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    SULA

    Toni Morrison has always written books that make us look at ourselves. Sula holds up a mirror to how we often judge others and like to look at ourselves as better than. Nel and Sula, friends since childhood and are put at odds as they enter adulthood, with Nel following society and Sula rebelling against it. In the end Sula stays true and Nel is shown who she really is.

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

    After learning more about Polly Platt, the beau and I are diving into her filmography. This was her first film as set, hair and costume director. Set in the 50’s, in a small town in Texas, it showcases the high and lows of life, coming of age and the heartbreak of feeling like you have been forgotten. Watching it, we saw how it has influenced some of our favourite movies.

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    ADVENTURE DAY WITH THE KIDDOS

    Every year we take the kids on an adventure day and this year I was worried we might not be able to, but PIRATE LIFE to the rescue. This was perfect for our nieces and nephews, they got to play dress up and make believe, while shooting water cannons and searching for buried treasure.

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    CUSTOM FEMME SWEATER

    When I launched this product at the beginning of 2020, I had specific women I wanted to feature because they had inspired me. This time around I wanted to let YOU choose the women who were featured on your sweater. You get to choose your sweater colour, thread colour and the 3 names of women that have inspired you!

     

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    You Must Remember This Podcast, I am not your Negro by James Baldwin, Palm Springs Movie, Cottaging Vibes, Face Masks

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS

    The new season explores the life and accomplishments of Polly Platt, a woman I knew very little about but who has impacted movies, directors and the film industry for decades. As is so often the case, being a woman she didn’t get the recognition she deserved and this series explores all the movies she has touched over her time in Hollywood.   

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

    This book was incredible. To see the world through James’ eyes is to see the pain and trauma that Black people have and still endure. This wasn’t a finished project by Baldwin, Raoul Peck stepped in and assembled his thoughts for this project into a manuscript for his movie. This book is a quick read, but SUPER insight and I highly recommend it.

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    PALM SPRINGS

    If you need a light hearted and hilarious movie with a pinch of sci-fi added in, put this at the top of your list. It takes a look at what living without consequesnces would look like and that makes for some insane hijinx. The beau and I both enjoyed it, plus it is set in Palm Springs, which I am obsessed with!

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    COTTAGING, COTTAGING & COTTAGING

    As Canadians we know how precious our summers are. You kind find myself and the whole fam jam at the cottage most weekends. July has been filled with reading, soaking up the sun, swimming, boating, water balloon fights and soccer. This place is my favourite and I love how much the kiddos love it! 

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    MAKING FACE MASKS

    From Day 1, my Accoutrement section has been about making items that use up scrap fabric. Nothing makes me happier than seeing fabric that most BIG companies would throw away being used up! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has bought a Face Mask, you not only are protecting your community, you are helping reduce waste too!

     

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    Neil Young's Homegrown | The Mists of Avalon | Space Force | Hanging with Family | Funstans Facebook Ad Course

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    HOMEGROWN

    Neil Young is one of my favourite artists. His new album is never before released songs from albums passed and you can really here the years each one was made in because you can see his style change. The new album is quintessential Neil and it has got me listening to nothing but Neil Young lately.

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    THE MISTS OF AVALON

    This book was SO good, it went right to the top of my favourites list. It spans generations, starting with Igraine and Viviane, Arthurs Aunt and Mother and then moves towards Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar, his sister and wife. It focuses on the women who influenced Arthur and had a hand in forming Camelot and the Round Table.

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    SPACE FORCE

    I wanted to love this so much. I am a big Office fan, so obviously I thought this would be great. It seems like they just didn’t take enough time to flush out the idea and jokes, some land, but others don’t.

    Have any of you watched it? What did you think?

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    HANGING w FAMILY

    The cottage has been our refuge during this time. It was really hard for all of us to be separated these last few months, so we are making up for it every weekend. The weather has been incredible this June, I feel like we have spent even more time out here than any year before. GG & Gracie getting some quality time. 

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    LEARNING FACEBOOK ADS

    Facebook Ads have always been a mystery to me. It has always been on my TO DO list to learn. Happy to say I completed that goal in 2020. Hattie from Funstans Marketing put on a 5 day Virtual Class and it was super informative and I feel more confident in running own. Hattie is running the class again in August if you are interested in learning for yourself!

     

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    phoebe reads a mystery podcast, the basketball diaries book, fargo tv series, femme stories blog post

     

    What I have been listening to...

    PHOEBE READS A MYSTERY

    If you have ever listened to the podcast, Criminal you know that the host Phoebe has the perfect voice for audiobooks. During this time of self-isolation on top of her other podcasts, she started reading some of her favourite books. The chapters are quick and it has been perfect while I am out for a walk or in the studio sewing. 

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    THE BASKETBALL DIARIES

    If you are looking for a perfect grammatical read, this might not be for you. It really is a diary, showing Jim’s unedited thoughts and feelings. He documents growing up with little supervision in New York. He is honest about his struggle with drugs, coming to terms with his sexuality and hustling to make enough to support his habit.     

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    FARGO

    The beau and I have been waiting for time to watch this, and now we have lots! Season 1 & 2 are amazing, while season 3 is more of slow burn. If you are a fan of the Coen Brothers movie this is a must watch for you. It is well written and has links throughout all the seasons so you really have to pay attention while watching.

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    LOTS OF WALKING

    The thing I miss most about Toronto is walking those busy streets, listening to my music and working through my thoughts and ideas. Well the streets might not be busy, but I have been getting back into walking and letting it clear my mind. Some of my best ideas come on a good walk and we all need that inspiration now!

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    FEMME STORIES

    I am so proud of this Blog Series. I had the idea to do this last year, but finding the time was the problem. When we started isolating and I saw all these amazing business women pivoting to keep their companies going I was inspired to document their journey. The first one came out last week, with a new story launching each Friday.

     

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    radio lab podcast, vernon subetex book, the america's tv series, quarantine vibes and THREADED collection launch

     

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    RADIOLAB- THE OTHER LATIF

    This miniseries Radiolab produced is a must listen. It explores a lot of issues, but it is all centred around a man trapped at Guantanamo Bay, freed by Obama, but then trapped by change of administration. They dive into his life before the war how he was a young man trying to find his way in the world. I highly recommend this miniseries. 

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    VERNON SUBUTEX 1

    I picked up this book on a whim at one of my fav book shops, TYPE, in Toronto. Book 1 of this trilogy shows the downward spiral of Vernon, an infamous record shop owner in Paris. With changes in the industry due to the internet, he loses his shop and home and you tag along as he bounces from friend to friend to try and avoid homelessness.    

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    THE AMERICANS

    I had watched the first season years ago, so I wanted to pick up and finish the series. It is great at times, but I also find it repetitive, a lot of anxiety because they are constantly in peril of being found out that they are spies. I don’t find there are enough lull moments that you can breathe and enjoy learning about the characters. 

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    QUARANTINE

    Like everyone else, the beau and I have been self-isolating. We have been working from home and trying to keep up our “routine” just at home. I have been doing yoga, working during the day and trying to unplug in the evenings. Also, been taking this time to clean every inch of our house! 

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    THREADED LAUNCHED

    THREADED has been my baby for months now and when we all started isolating, it was a struggle to decide whether to move forward with the launch. Many thanks to the lovely business women who are mentors and sounding boards for me and helped me decide to move forward with this beautiful project.