Happy Weekend + Links I Love

Flatiron Building

Happy weekend everyone! Got any exciting plans? After a month-long break I leapt back into my ballet routine this week. It’s safe to say that The Extension Room feels like my second home. Last night, I tried La Ronde (Ballet on the Ball). I found it incredibly challenging, but I loved it.

This weekend, I’ll be catching up on Season 4 of Homeland. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! As always, here’s a round-up of the links I’m loving this week…

+ I found this article fascinating: Hired Hand: A day in the life of a parts model. “George can’t risk altering the appearance of her hands, so she alters her life. “I move at half the pace of everyone else,” she says. She opens drawers with her thumbs and swaps out metal utensils for plastic ones to avoid cuts and dry skin from doing dishes. She wears wrist-length gloves most days, elbow-length if a jewelry or watch campaign is coming up.”

+ Loved this career feature from The Everygirl on Neonatologist and UCLA Clinical Professor Valencia Walker, M.D.

+ Coconut buttered rum with orange and cacao nibs sounds like the perfect drink to sip on this weekend. Plus it’s oh so pretty. Thanks Carlynn!

+ In Defense of Instagramming Your Food. “It emphasizes how cool it is that food—that most intimate and physical and transient of things—can now be captured, and remembered, and shared. That food can become media. And, with it, art.”

+ A great profile from Vogue on Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. “She’d spent much of her adult life in New York, but after 9/11, as so many artists and journalists examined what the attacks had done to America, Poitras picked up her camera and set off to explore what 9/11—or, more accurately, America’s response to it—was doing to the rest of the world.”

+ 5 essential decluttering tips. I’m taking these tips very seriously.

+ In love with this look: Pleated long coat and chunky jumper.

+ And this is why I love HONY. “I’m a colon therapist. I flush out your blockages so you can be your authentic self. I’m the Queen of Poo. A lot of people are intimidated by the process so I try to deflect the awkwardness with humor. I’m a one girl comedy show. But I don’t have a planned set or anything. It’s all organic. Stuff just comes out.”

+ Favourites on Instagram this week: The Real Winter’s Tale via @ballerinacouture, Post ski s’mores & champs via @damselindior, A beautiful day 1 in Rwanda via @meghanmarkle, I have not forgotten, and I will never give up via @reesewitherspoon, The sun came back with a vengeance this morning via @jjbegonia

+ Loved this short and sweet review of Fates and Furies. This one made the list of 100 books I want to read this year.

+ The Last Days of Target: The untold tale of Target Canada’s difficult birth, tough life and brutal death. A long read for your weekend.

Winter reading update:

This week, I’ve carried The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher with me everywhere. I just can’t put it down. I highly, highly recommend this beautifully-written, sweeping family saga.

I’m also moving quickly through Liane Moriarty’s books. I picked up Big Little Lies a few days ago and I’m already halfway through. I just found out HBO is turning it into a limited series adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman!

This weekend, I’ll be starting Tim Johnston’s thriller, Descent from my winter reading list.

(Photo of the Gooderham Building aka the Flatiron Building snapped on a chilly afternoon stroll.)


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