Ruminating

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

I love end of year lists. My partner likes to tease me about how I am constantly categorizing and ranking my favourite things (I’m basically John Cusack in High Fidelity) but ORDER IS IMPORTANT (Type A Type A Type A). In the spirit of my love for lists, here are some of my favourite discoveries this year.

SEWING PATTERNS

Cleverest design of the year goes to the Hannah Dress by Victory Patterns. I love the cohesive design of the latest Named collection, especially the neck darts on the Talvikki Sweater. Sure to be the basic of 2016, the Ogden Cami by True Bias was everywhere (I have a few in the queue). I never blogged my Penny Raglan by Grainline Studio but it is seriously the perfect summer tee. I am kind of obsessed with this weird Rachel Comey dress for Vogue. The Alix Dress from By Hand London is so romantic and the Ellsworth Coat by Christine Haynes has a sweet vintage shape. Best scrap buster goes to the Karri dress by Megan Nielsen. The crazy sleeves of the Falda jacket by Pattern Fantastique make me smile. I still need to make the Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven.

SERVICES/APPS

I honestly don’t know what I would do without Spotify. I don’t have time to find good music anymore and the personalized daily and weekly playlists really GET ME and ensure I always have great music playing in the background. 100% worth the monthly subscription (In fact, I would pay a lot more if they compensated artists better).

If your business ships packages and you don’t use Shipstation, please reconsider. My Dymo label printer is one of the great loves of my life.

Car sharing is the best for city dwellers. I highly recommend finding a service like Car2go in your city!

BOOKS

You need to have Women in Clothes on your nightstand. Shrill by Lindy West is the funniest memoir of the year, while Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run had the most to say about rock n’ roll. A Little Life was the hardest novel to shake. I want to buy a case of On Such a Full Sea and give it to everyone I know.  Magic and science fiction make a beautiful baby in All The Birds in the Sky. I totally devoured the Cormoran Strike novels by J.K. Rowling’s pen name. My all-time favourite story set in WWII (and maybe my favourite book of 2016): All the Light We Cannot See.

PODCASTS

Laughs when I desperately needed them from the best pop culture podcast of the year, Who Weekly. The latest season of Start-Up featuring ultimate creep and former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was fascinating and disturbing (boy, does he not clear his name…) Not to be listened to in polite company, My Dad Wrote a Porno is so funny, please be aware people will look at you askance as you silently cry-laugh while walking your dogs. I binge listened to My Favourite Murder until I became convinced everyone was trying to kill me. Dear Sugar is like a hot water bottle and a cashmere blanket when you’re feeling blue. 2 Dope Queens are so funny it’s criminal. Heavyweight hit me right in the feels, every single time. Ronna & Beverly continues to be the podcast I am most excited to hear each week.

MUSIC

My favourite album this year was A Seat at the Table by Solange, hands down. Followed closely by Angel Olsen’s My Woman, Anohni’s Hopelessness and Frank Ocean’s Blonde. I also made a playlist of my favourite songs this year; it’s pretty R&B heavy but if you want to know what I was listening to on repeat you can listen to it here.

EVERYTHING ELSE

Moonlight is unbearably beautiful and deserves to win Best Picture; see it on the big screen if you can. My subscription to Bon Appetit has totally jump-charged my cooking, and this instant read thermometer ensured I stopped overcooking everything. Going to a Scandinavian style spa every few months to have a sauna and a soak with a close girlfriend should be legally mandated. Hot yoga has healed my back. The best thing I did for my pups was subscribe to Bark Box; they love the toys and treats and I don’t have to go to the pet store as often. We all need to follow Bodiposipanda on Instagram; she makes me want to celebrate my  tummy rolls. I am obsessed with my new photo printer, the Canon Selphy. Tiny and inexpensive,  you don’t have to worry about ink heads drying up like typical inkjet printers, and it means I get to create pretty inspiration boards whenever I feel like it (which is all the time!)

And that’s it from me for 2016! Wishing you all the best things to come in 2017. xoxo