Hello!My name is Bree and this is Urban Garlic, a blog dedicated to celebrating all things vegan — from original recipes and restaurant reviews to makeup, fashion and lifestyle.
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Monthly Archives: October 2014
Last year, I went so all-out with Halloween that my Mom and I were sewing up until ten minutes before kids started showing up at the door. I was Finn from Adventure Time and even had my dog, Tessie, with me because she looks like Jake.
I’ve always taken Halloween very seriously, and I’m always the girl who tries really hard to get a cool, pop-culture-y costume. This year I went back and forth for months (I start planning really early!) between Louise from Bob’s Burgers, Grumpy Cat, Red from OITNB… well, the list grew every day.
I mentioned that “Hideaway” had been my jam all summer — not just the song but the video as well. I’m not normally a music video girl, but I loved the uber-90s dancing and style of “Hideaway.” I was curious because Kiesza has a similar dance background to mine (ballet, tap and jazz) and really loved the old school locking. It was a huge treat to learn the choreography in a workshop this summer (it’s so much harder than it looks!), and from that moment on I was hooked on the idea of being Kiesza.
No one else at the office is dressed up (there’s only four of us) and I have to change into “nice” clothes after to get ready for a play I’m going to, but this costume was still totally worth it — when else are you going to get to wear a bra and suspenders to work and no one can say anything?
This is probably the easiest way for me to establish a presence on this blog. It’s a fairly typical thing now for bloggers to do, and I figure since we’re still in the getting-to-know-you stage, I would share some of the things I’m really digging right now. October was a big, life-changing month for me, and there were so many things that went into it that it’s hard to pick just 10 things that made this month to die for.
I suppose I should attach a disclaimer that none of these are sponsored — but hey, wouldn’t that be sweet? Getting paid to talk about how much I like something? Media people — drop me a line.
Anyway, on with the love.
- I recently watched a short film, The External World. Very surreal, absurd and at times quite dark. Not recommended for everyone, but definitely fills the “something different” quota. I’ll add a bit of a trigger warning that there is an animated depiction of self-harm and several death scenes.
- My go-to perfume two years ago was LUSH’s “The Smell of Freedom” solid perfume. I recently found a tube I thought was long gone — this is why I love changing coats for the season! “The Smell of Freedom” is a great scent that isn’t too girly (I could just as easily smell it on a man), falls somewhere between fruity and woody and definitely fits the relaxed but chipper mood I’ve been in lately. (Note: I can’t find the solid online — perhaps it’s not available anymore?)
- I’m obsessed with septum piercings and will be finally getting mine done this coming Saturday.
- I think I’ve mentioned this to everyone I know that I took my first trip to Hamilton a few weeks ago. For the somewhat rough reputation it has, I found myself totally digging Hamilton’s downtown, especially this coffee shop.
- I’ve made these before, but it’s a way more fall-friendly recipe — Oh She Glows’ black bean and butternut squash burritos. My mom surprised me with a fridge full of fresh veggies from her local farm, and there was a butternut squash the size of my quad. Needless to say, my fridge is still bursting.
- Okay, this is from far earlier in the year, but this month, Kiesza’s video for “Hideaway” has gotten a few more plays than usual from me lately. Why? Well, my Halloween costume tomorrow might give that away.
- Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar (Matte) in NSFW. I’ve always been a tinted lip balm kind of girl and have never enjoyed makeup that drew attention to any particular feature (besides my cheekbones sometimes). I’ve always been told that the “right red” is out there for everyone, and I’m happy to report that after 25 years, I have found that “right red.”
- Tofu and potato scrambles (this is the best one I ever made) with my new favourite sauce, the Jamie Oliver Chilli Garlic Pesto.
- My friend just about jumped through the roof when he found out that I’ve never had real dumplings before (only frozen grocery store dumplings). After the Thanksgiving dust settled, we meandered over to Mother’s Dumplings in Chinatown. You’ve probably already heard of it, but I’m still digging it like I discovered it.
- SquareSpace’s new spot featuring free-solo climber Alex Honnold. This video definitely seems made for non-climbers, but for those of you who want a bit of an insight into our world, it’s a cool concept. Not for the faint of heart!
Welcome to my blog.
Wait, let’s try that again: Welcome to my blog!
Funny how a punctuation mark can change everything.
I am starting this blog as a blank canvas with no promises on theme, post frequency or tone. I have previously attempted to start DIY blogs (I can’t do anything myself), vegan blogs (all of my recipes come from other blogs), political and philosophical blogs (let me simply dismiss that with a sad “lol”).
I wanted to create a space for “me” that didn’t feel like a Tumblr or Pinterest account but also didn’t feel like a LinkedIn. I’m unsure of what kind of following I can gain, but I would feel troubled if I were to aim for success in that respect by sacrificing who I am.
Who I am is pretty neat, I think.
if you are a potential employer stumbling across this blog, congratulations: you’ve probably gotten the idea after 150 words of whether or not you want to hire me. I’ll admit, I can come across as a really strange young lady. My personality and tastes are quite difficult to pin down, which is actually why many people become frustrated with me easily. At times I even confuse myself — sometimes I am a flannel-clad tomboy looking for a mountain to scale, other times I am a delicate and articulate dance teacher talking in a high voice with my students. I have a love of body modifications and punk style but also work in a corporate environment, and have been able to somehow harmonize all of that.
That said, from what I hear I’m a pretty nice and polite person, so at least I have that going for me!
Anyway, take a gander. I do have an “About” page which is accessible through the top right menu. I may be back soon with some photos, some thoughts from the week… I’ve yet to decide. But I’m trying not to put pressure on myself to do so.