Sunday, February 28, 2010


Pack it up, pack it in.

We're beginning something a little slicker over at

See you over there!


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thursday Mornings

It's a fact that this photo has been used innumerable times throughout the history of this blog.


It's also a fact that it nicely encompasses two of the great beauties of this world - coffee and note-taking.

And in that vein, let us delve into the joys of {Thursday} mornings. Whether you've got a morning off, or merely fantasize about the idea on your a.m. commute, here's a little list of à-faires for your cozy bed-in.

Wake up at completely out-of-character time.

Hit snooze thrice - minimum. Savour those extra minutes of shut-eye. Mmmm, bliss.

Take your time getting out of bed, and either cover up your skivvies with a parka for a jaunt to your closest coffee dealer, or slip on a robe and make yourself a cuppa. Bring this coffee back to bed, and plug your lappy-tappy {child-speak for laptop} into its charger. Add to this melange a couple magazines and whatever it is you eat for breakfast {Peek Frean's Digestive Biscuits! The chocolate side is so melty-delicious with something warm to drink}.

Settle into your GoogleReader and while away the hours.

Stay cozy, chéries.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

How to Perk Up

Peanut M&Ms and Arizona Green Tea

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"If you have any idea what's good for you..."


Fasten your seatbelts because this year's superbowl is going to kick the eyebrows off last year's.
Text by Claire Webber

It all starts at 6:25 EST, when the New Orleans Saints battle the Indianapolis Colts. Here are a few football facts for you to shout out when watching the game and wanting to impress:

Key Players

Drew Brees- Quarterback (guy who throws the football)
He was the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008, and a very skilled player.

Reggie Bush- Running back (runs with the football)
He's highly talked about and runs at the speed of light.

Peyton Manning- Quarterback of the Colts, and the love of my life.
Peyton is the best quarterback in the league. There's nothing he likes more than a challenge, and that's exactly what he'll get tonight when facing the Saints.

Matt Stover- Kicker (guy who kicks the ball through in between the yellow sticks)
He will be the oldest player to have every played in a Superbowl game.

Other Important Colts
Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai, Jeff Saturday, Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne.

Things to Shout

"HE COULD! GO! ALL! THE! WAY!!!" (when someone is running with the football)
"FIRST DOWN, YEAH BABY!" (when they make it to the yellow line)
"HOLD 'EM HERE BOYS!" (when the colts are playing defense)
"GO COLTS" (at any point in time)

The Saints are favoured to win tonight, but I strongly believe otherwise. The Saints have never won a superbowl and have a lot of heart and skill going into this game. As a predominantly offensive team, they will be sure to bring a great performance.

The Colts had a nearly perfect season, but go into the game as the underdogs. Their offense is top-notch and their defense will surely be able to match the Saints. With several injured players, the Colts will have to work the field tonight to make up for their losses.

My money is on the Colts and if you have any idea what's good for you- yours will be too.

Regardless of the outcome, Superbowl 44 will be a great game.

Showdown starts: 6:25 EST (7:25 for us Haligonians)

Half-time show: The Who


Monday, February 1, 2010

Lookit Me

Does one need to have "a look"? Is there merit in always looking not the same, but vaguely reminiscent of the last time your pretty little face popped up on the scene? Without having collected much interest on my style bank account, I'mma throw my two cents in. Maybe un peu bold or premature, but it's important to have thoughts.

Yes. Yes, yes, yes, a hundred times yes. You're not "boring" if your captive audience can quickly and easily pick up on your style trajectory. (Big fan of the word trajectory right now). In fact, it makes it easier for swarms of adoring devotees to spot you in the pulsing madness of your posh entourage.

And don't forget the elderly. Your dear old aunts, uncles, grandparents and godparents are all quite interested in you, your life, etc - and you're only making their life easier by making yourself recognizable to them. Ha!

Thirdly, it makes shopping easier. Having a "look" does not restrict or limit your style choices, it merely guides them. For instance,

"Ohh, aren't these mounds of gold chains and baubles absolutely positively to diiie for?!"

[Let us assume that, yes, they certainly are "to diiie for"]

"But since my closet is chock-full of only silvery-type accessories and bits. Ergo, save those goldilocks for the three bears.

Lastly, fashion is fickle. "Having" a look does not mean "Chaining oneself to" a look. Wear what feels right.


Monday, January 11, 2010

Here we go!

Something isn't working here. As in, with this blog.
It's being re-imagined. Please be patient (whoever you are) as Romance heads in a new direction. And please also look forward to a new energy being poured into something similar to this blog. Yes? Yes. Everyone wish on their next wishchip that something wonderfully inspirational and motivating invades the downtown area over the next few days.

Love always,

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cordially Cara

Heading home for the holidays to meet your latest beau's parents? Yikes. Bonne chance.
For some concrete advice with a good dash of humour, Cara Lehocki is back at the keyboard again, bringing us more tips and tricks for mess-free living... or at least making an attempt at it!

How to Meet the Parents.
By Cara Lehocki

Well it’s that time of year again, Christmas tunes are playing on the radio, snow is falling outside, and our exams are finishing up as we prep ourselves for another Christmas. This season could typically be a stress free break from all things academic and give us an opportunity to bake a few treats a la Martha Stewart style. For some of us this may be the case while some of you are in mere panic mode mentally preparing yourself for what could be the most uncomfortable social setting, yes I am talking about meeting his or her parents for the first time.

So you met a cute boy or girl in one of your classes, things have been going well and guess what...they want to take you home for Christmas to meet the good old rents! I have been there and let me tell you I tried to do everything right but ended up doing everything wrong. Last Christmas I dashed around town trying to find the perfect outfit, wine, chocolates and homemade card (which I remade and destroyed four times until I was satisfied with its level of perfection). Then I drove my nerve racked self over to the boys house (for his protection we will call him McDreamy). I was in that house less than 5 minutes when I somehow managed to smack my teeth into McDreamy’s chin, split it open so deep we had to go to the emergency room and spent the entirety of the evening in the hospital getting McDreamy’s chin stitched back together(for those of you wondering we were just dancing and goofing around in the kitchen. Ha!). We missed the dinner they had made for us and we missed the Christmas concert they had bought us all tickets to. My worst fear happened- I ruined Christmas, Yes I really did.

It is always nerve racking the first time you meet the parents so follow these few tips so you don’t do what I did last a horrible first impression.

Dress Appropriately:
This is not the time to show off your curves or new micro mini skirt. Don’t change your style but air on the side of conservative yet fashionable.

Easy on the Wine:
One tends to over drink when they are nervous. There is nothing worse than someone asking you a question about your family and your response is “Oh yes I would LOVE some more wine”. Remember they are trying to get to know YOU, not the silly sloppy you.

Contribute to the Conversation:
It is not enough to look cute and act sweet. Show them you are intelligent and opinionated, they want to see what attracted their son or daughter to you.

Bring a Gift:
It doesn’t have to be something crazy or expensive, just a small thank you for the meal, generally wine or a dessert works well.

Stick Around:
Always offer to help clean up and try not to run away after the meal. If they want to hang out with you to play cards or watch a movie do it, plus it may help ease your nerves and allow you to feel more yourself.

Now I am clearly no expert as my invitation to McDreamys Christmas family affair 2009 is still pending, and my title to this day remains “vampire girl” which I may never be able to redeem. But Despite my self-deprecating humour all I wish to do is pass the little wisdom I have accumulated from experience to those who find themselves in similar positions.

I bid you good luck on all your Christmas pursuits!
Cara “Vampire Girl” Lehocki