January 26, 2015

Muppet Coat

{wearing Urban Outfitters fur coat, Wildfox shorts}

I've been wanting to take photos of this white crop top for a while now but it's currently -17C so wearing it outside is impossible. Hence we did some impromptu photos in my house.

The pink muppet coat is from Urban Outfitters. I wanted it the first time I saw it back in September but wasn't willing to spend $200 on it. Who knew it would be sale and I would get it for $20 a few months later. No wonder they say that patience is virtue.

This week my sister will be in town so I'll be busy taking her around Ottawa and other parts of Ontario. I will be occupied a lot but still be on instagram @julielan_!

Have a good one!

January 22, 2015

January Blues


Some shots I took around Montreal and Tremblant over the past month. Montreal is surprisingly photogenic.

I've been feeling uninspired over the past week or two, but I think that's common for January. It's cold. Holidays are over. The bills are coming in. It's way too cold to jog outside and I even get lazy going to the grocery store. The other day I decided to cut my dog's hair because I was too lazy to take him to the groomers and ended up giving him the ugliest haircut. But good thing he is a dog and not a human being and so he can't complain about his ugly haircut.

But I think it is fine to feel meh. It's not like we are on prozac where we should feel happy all the time. Feeling bland and a little sad can be a good thing in that we can learn to be honest with ourselves about our situation and feelings.

Being happy and being sad are both choices. And I think when I get home tonight, I'm going to put on my nice bed sheets and take a fancy bath.

January 19, 2015

A Sign of Defeat

{wearing sweatpants from Buffalo David Bitton, Rag & Bone booties, H&M blazer, Alice + Olivia blouse}

Happy Monday. I don't have much to say so I'm going to quote some Karl Lagerfeld:

"Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants."

P.S No, I don't think I've lost control of my life. But I would love some ice cream and Netflix right now.

January 15, 2015

La Neige


For as long as I can remember, just as we move to the snow storm days I would just moan and bitch about how I'd have to shovel my driveway and my car will be dirty from all the salt on the road. Last week, a new guy joined our team at work. Sandeep came from India and his trip from Delhi to Ottawa was the first time he took a plane. He thought everything was wonderful. During one of our lunches, Sandeep started showing me his iphone photos of Costco, Walmart, and all the SUVs in the parking lot.

"Look it all the sus!" He said.
"What?" I said.
"Sus! Everyone has a big car!"
"Oh. SUVs. Yeah."
"And everyone here buy such large quantity things!" He continued to comment.
"Oh Costco. Yeah. And we eat steaks as big as our face. Welcome to North America."

"And this snow... isn't this beautiful?!"

For the next few minutes Sandeep scrolled through his photos of snow and more snow. Snow in trees, snow on his backyard fence, snow on the ground, snow in the parking lot, and dozens of selfies with snow.

"... yeah, that's snow alright." I said, as my manager and I looked at each other and chuckled. Seeing and dealing with snow is just part of our winter daily routine.
"It's so beautiful and white! How can you not see the beauty of this?!" Sandeep continued to say.

As it turned out it was Sandeep's first time seeing snow. I guess it was like my first time ever being in a sandy desert where there was nothing but sand. No palm trees. No grass. Just mountains of sand to the horizon. "Look at all the sand!!" I excitedly said to my guide, who looked at me the same way I looked at Sandeep.

Then our food came. It was also the first time Sandeep ever had Spaghetti. He thought it tasted delicious. I couldn't help but say, "Wait until you hear about this 'marijuana' and how people here purposely take drugs that make themselves hungry. Welcome to North America."

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