December 30, 2010

Christmas Holidays in the Mountains

I spent most of the Christmas holidays at my Aunt and Uncle's cabin with 18 other members of my family. It was an awesome time as I hadn't seen some of them for years. I already posted on the skiing and snowboarding portions of the trip but here are some other random shots from the holidays.

December 29, 2010

Snowboarding at Panorama

Snow was better than usual here for this time of year.

December 27, 2010

Cross Country Skiing at Greywolf Nordic Centre

At the Warming Hut
The Warming Hut

December 16, 2010

Read: ku:nel

 ku:nel is a Japanese magazine focused on the slower things in life. It's filled with all sorts of things from home-cooking recipes, gardening inspiration, simple interiors, and various things to do with a sustainable lifestyle in general. The magazine is also known for the simple and beautiful photography. While the distribution of Japanese magazines in Edmonton is slim to none, I was ordering Andrea some knick knacks from Japan for Christmas and decided to pick myself up an issue at the same time. I ordered issue 45, a back issue from September this year, due to the photo on the cover. The focus of this particular issue is "green by the windows" and the best part, which was a surprise for me as I did not know about it until I had the issue in my hands, is that the main feature is on Kise and Hiromi Tokuhiko, the couple behind the Japanese furniture brand Truck and Bird cafe, and their home in Osaka. After reading about Truck in issue 30 of Monocle I've been quite intrigued by the brand. The furniture itself is great, as are the images on their website and in their catalogues. Other highlights from the issue include, as the theme would lead, plant filled rooms with lots of natural lighting, and various recipes.  I got my issue from the shop UGUiSU who ships all over the world.

December 10, 2010

Sleepwear This Winter

Monogrammed flannel pajamas from LL Bean

December 6, 2010

Danner Ridge Tops

These Danner Ridge Tops from Northern Island would be great for the cold winter weather in Edmonton.

December 3, 2010

Monogrammed Belt

 My Grandpa gave me this belt a few years ago. He had had it for years with his own initials on it. Once it finally wore down he took it to his local saddle maker in Drumheller and had it reworked with my initials instead. After all the years it's been used it has developed a whole lot of character and I can only hope that the story it tells continues to grow.

November 21, 2010

Pick Up: Monitaly Chambray

I was in the market for a chambray and Alex over at Rooney suggested this Monitaly one. I'm glad I took his advice as the shirt is beautifully made with some pretty great detailing. This is my first garment from Monitaly, and now I can't help but ask myself why? I made the purchase about a month ago and have already worn the shirt a ridiculous amount.

November 19, 2010

Pickup: Smartwool Camo Socks

I picked up these Smartwool camo socks a few months ago but it hadn't been cold enough to try them out. I woke up today to face -20 degree weather on my walk to school so it was a perfect day for them.

November 8, 2010

Pickup: Tailor Store Shirt #1

If there is one thing that I am lacking in my wardrobe it's dress shirts. After a recommendation from CWAC I decided to try ordering a custom shirt from Tailor Store. The number of combinations that they offer is incredible. From all sorts of cuffs to placket sizes and collar linings. I went for a simple white dress shirt with a spread collar and a few other modifications. Andrea helped me with the measurements and within a few weeks I had a great fitting shirt at my door just in time for a formal event that I was going to.