Tuesday, August 18

Me 2 You

I wore this outfit on a particularly warm day a couple of weeks ago and felt pretty cool. I've owned this cardigan from anthropologie for years and have never really found a way to wear it that I thought looked right. I must be coming into my own as a hippy because since wearing it thrown casually over a T and denim shorts, I've been wearing it with pretty much everything! I had a head cold for a couple weeks (still feeling it actually) and wore it every day as my cozy (but not too warm) sick cardigan, pockets stuffed with tissue. TMI? Probably. Keeping it real. I got lots of compliments at least, which is nice when you're sick. 

I've been in an intensive two week course involving early mornings and -- egad -- homework,  but I think I'm just about at the home stretch. Wish me luck! 
T JCrew, Cardigan Anthropologie, shorts Winners



Monday, August 10

Hobbitses

For our one year wedding anniversary Nick and I took in the adorable Hobbit themed pyramid at the Muttart Conservatory here in Edmonton. We visited the Muttart a couple of times when we were dating, and on one memorable date as we sat down for lunch at the Culina Cafe Nick pulled out my chair and a little old lady at the table next to us leaned over to exclaim that there are few gentlemen left in the world and I was lucky to have nabbed one! It was a special little memory that made returning to the Muttart and Culina's for our anniversary extra special!

Of course, it helps that I've been a giant Tolkien nerd since childhood. The hobbit hole was done by Axis Mundi Artistry (whose work I've admired for years and occasionally had the pleasure of purchasing), and they did a beautiful job!

As for having passed our first marriage milestone of one year, I'll say that I am ever more in love with my husband, and even though we're facing some difficult times personally, our marriage will only be strengthened by facing these challenges together. I've truly lucked out by finding one of the most understanding, affectionate, and loveable men out there!

JCrew dress, Minnetonka moccasins



Wednesday, August 5

Lola at the Cabin

Guess what today is? It's my pup Lola's second birthday. Girl is all grown up! She's such a sweet, well behaved pup. We still haven't managed to train the whole don't jump up on people thing. When she hears my mums voice she goes crazy and has been known to leap from the ground to eye level. She's super good with Tommy, our cat, and even though she would prefer to be out playing fetch, she doesn't mind an afternoon spent curled in bed. Last year she only got to visit my parents cabin once,  we didn't stay over night, and she was tied to a tether, but this year her recall has improved enough that we thought she could enjoy the cabin and the mostly wild terrain off leash. She behaved wonderfully, and really enjoyed it!

That's where these pictures were taken! It was rainy on the first day, but by the time the second day arrived it had cleared up considerably. Of course Lola didn't mind the rain one bit, she loved running the trails and smelling all the wild smells. She took several rain baths and was so tired and damp she even let me wrap her up in a blanket to keep her warm while she snoozed. On the second day she spent most of the time cuddling with Nick. We love our girl!











Thursday, July 30

Nerd Haul - Biowares Greatest Gift

It's hoodies -- Biowares greatest gift is hoodies. I don't know who is responsible for coming up with their merch, but whoever it is, they're geniuses. Whenever they come out with a new design I am falling over myself wanting to buy it. I'm beginning to amass a small collection of Bioware hoodies and Nick was an awesome husband and got me the Cassandra Armor Hoodie for my birthday in June. It's a little bit extra nerdy with it's armor shoulder details, but I'm kinda in love with it. Can't wait for fall when it's cool enough outside to wear it!

I bought Nick and I matching modern Inquisitor hoodies around the same time (THERE WAS A SALE OK) and Nicks been rocking his lately. Here he is giving a model pose:

I think we know where it's at.


Friday, June 19

Polka Dots Are my Jam

I don't know what it is about polka dots.

My mum was always a lover of polka dots, she had several polka dot ensembles so perhaps I inherited my fondness from her. There's something both whimsical and demure about a polka dot print.

I had a jersey, faux wrap polka dot dress in my wardrobe for a very long time -- it was probably the single piece of clothing that I wore for the longest period. It eventually wore itself right out, the polka dots rubbed completely off the back of the dress. I kept it under my bed with my too small clothes for an extra year, but recently went through everything and tossed it. Of course, when I saw this dress at Sears I thought it would be a perfect replacement.

Here's to another ten years of polka dots.

Boots from Modcloth, Dress Sears, bag old, jacket Reitmans, necklace from the muttart conservatory


Wednesday, June 3

Remember to Art

Where I have I been lately you may ask?

I've been busy arting! And reading... and of course playing video games.

My first digital painting!
Growing up, I had two equal passions. Writing, and art. I sketched and painted, and I filled notebooks with scratchy, rounded cursive in black ink. In high school, I focused on both of these pursuits equally, completing my own art show through my international baccalaureate art class. Time came to apply to universities, and I made the decision that writing would probably be more lucrative then art. It's worked out very well for me, I've been lucky to be employed as a writer since leaving university four years ago. Sadly, full time university, and then a full time writing career meant that I didn't have much time for art and the hobby gradually fell by the wayside.

Apparently -- nerdiness, creativity, and fandom seem to be intricately linked for me.

It's funny, I haven't loved anything as wholly and completely as I am loving Dragon Age Inquisition since I was a teenager, and being immersed in a fandom again led me to the 'normal' fan activities -- fan fiction of course, and fan art.

In the last three or so months I have shunned my usual social media: pinterest, facebook, and instagram,  in favor of Tumblr. I have stopped reading Gawker and the newspaper and started reading books instead. And I've started feeling something I honestly haven't felt since before I started University -- creative.

I've written a short story, started a novel, read four books, and completed three paintings. I attended a writing conference, and I bought a new laptop to hook up to my art tablet. Unplugging from many of the time sucks on the internet has allowed me to make more time for creativity and it's been great!

A portrait of one of my original D&D characters

I fully intend to continue blogging here of course, Light a Candle is the story of my life and I consider it a documentation of what's going on at any given time -- but posting will likely remain infrequent as I continue to devote every spare minute I can to digital painting and writing. I wanna get good guys, really good, and that drive has been sadly lacking from my life for too long.

If you want to hear from me more often, you can check out one of my three Tumblr blogs:

My personal Tumblr (mostly Dragon Age Fandom), my writing Tumblr, and my art Tumblr.

I do have a couple of personal updates and outfits in store for the next couple months, and I'm considering writing some book reviews to compliment my renewed interest in reading.

Till next time friends!

Monday, May 4

The Muttart Conservatory

 The Muttart Conservatory is a pilgrimage worth making every year. In fact, I would say I don't go often enough. Something about winter in Edmonton leaves you longing for sunlight and colour and the Muttart is a beacon of both nestled right in our the river valley. It really feels like recharging your batteries to spend some time amid the different biomes and remembering that, ah yes, winter ends. 

 These days we are beginning to see new growth outside for real, but I took these photos during a visit in April and although the snow was melted, Edmonton was still looking pretty brown.
Oddly enough, some of my favorite photos are of the little cactus's and succulents! Just a touch of green and a blossom of orange to brighten your day.

 
T: Jcrew, Skirt: Old Navy, Boots and scarf: Modcloth
 

 Happy Spring my friends! The days are lengthening and the sun is shining. Looking forward to all the joys summer brings!



Tuesday, April 28

Linen is for Spring

I found this linen dress at Old Navy of all places, and I'm in love with it. I'm pretty sure it's a knock off of an older Madewell style, and I'm cool with that, plus it's the perfect weight, entirely lined and did I mention linen? My favorite fabric. I wore this outfit to my Easter dinner at the beginning of the month, and boy -- a lot has changed since then! It's absolutely gorgeous in Edmonton lately, spring is really truly in the air.

Life has been marching on lately, I've been writing up a storm which is an excellent feeling and I even managed to finish off a short story that I'm really proud of. I'm so grateful to all my friends for being willing beta readers and especially my husband who must have read over twenty different versions of my final paragraph. I literally could not get it right and it was killing me! Oddly, it was when I was separated from my computer, riding home on the bus that I had a  moment of clarity and re-wrote my ending on my phone. Turned out perfectly and I couldn't be happier! Well, I'll be a little happier if it actually gets in to the anthology I've submitted to, but if it doesn't I'll be shopping it around to be sure!

PS. We bought this little couch for Nick's den and somehow it made it's way into our living room to provide extra seating for a big friendly gathering. Oddly, it's still there! It just fits so perfectly into this spot in the room and is much lower profile then the white chairs I had there before. I should probably send it back to the den where it belongs, but I like having it out here! The pets like it too, they love napping on it in the sun now.

Dress: Old Navy, Boots: Express, Cape: Hudsons Bay


Monday, April 20

What's in my Bag

This is literally an outfit I have on repeat right now. The skinny jeans are from JCrew and they are the most comfortable skinny jeans I have ever owned. I love the black denim and the distressed knees, they go with everything! I also somehow feel edgy when I'm wearing them -- especially with a leather jacket thrown on top. These illusions please me.

The top is another new favorite, it's a linen blend chambray from The Gap and it has a great high low hem. Slightly cropped in the front (making it the perfect thing to wear with high wasted pants) and lower in the back. When I wear it I feel truly effortless, and it washes well too.

There's something about throwing an outfit on, knowing everything is high quality and works.  This has been a go to Monday outfit for work and for some reason, the smock-like shape of the shirt makes me want to paint something? This is a strange phenomenon that requires further investigation.

Also on my list of favorites? My glasses! Who would have thought I would actually enjoy wearing glasses. I do! They make me feel a little smarter 'cause I'm into cliches.

I originally took these outfit photos with the idea of sharing something special for my four year blogging anniversary, haha, turns out I am way too slow transferring files around and editing things to get it out in time. That being said, I wanted to do something fun and I had just switched purses so my bag was suspiciously clean inside. Clean bag + fun new things = What's in Kaitlyns Bag Post!

In case you were ever wondering:


1. Glasses and glasses case (technically the glasses were on my head).
2. Zune. Because I am the only Canadian in the world to have purchased a Zune and still own one. This baby used to go everywhere for me,  once I got a smart phone it was relegated to a drawer in my storage room for about two years. Recently, my husband and I started listening to music when we're falling asleep and I've been building sleep playlists on my Zune for that purpose. Thus, it is resurrected! Carrying it to work to sync my playlists. 
3. My E-reader. As you can see, I've been reading "Hild" by Nicola Griffith. Sadly, it's slow going and I'm having trouble getting into it. I've been cycling between this, endless Dragon Age fanfic, and a book my friend loaned me called "Redshift Rendezvous" by John E. Stith.
4. and 5. Some dark berry lipstick and gloss. I bought these for my wedding but now they're my go to combo.
6. My phone of course.
8. My berry leather wallet from Everlane. Not sure if I'll ever buy a zip wallet again, it literally ate a five dollar bill the other day.
9. And lastly, my buss pass. That's right girls and boys, this girl takes public transit.


Wednesday, April 15

Like a Diamond

I took these outfit pictures back in March! My favorite GAP joggers are going strong (I could wear them every day) and I've been mixing in some of my new purchases from JCrew such as this light weight shirt which reads "Live the Dream" in French. The cardigan is a cashmere cotton blend also from GAP, and has been a perfect transitional piece for my office. I added a cute broach from SketchInc to give it a little more personality.

Did you know I've been blogging here for four years now? My 'blogiversary' is March 29th!


Express boots, GAP Moto Joggers and Cashmere Blend Cardigan, JCrew Shirt, SketchInc broach.