On the weekend I went shopping for the first time since arriving in Vancouver. By shopping, I don’t mean grocery shopping because that’s already been done at least 20 times. I mean actual shopping for non-food and non-household items.
I’m talking about the kind of shopping that requires you to strip down in a changing room and twirl around countless times in front of a mirror, sit down on the cold hard dressing room chair, get up, twirl some more, squat down, and work yourself into ridiculous positions in order to get zippers up and down your back. These my friends, are all the tests I do when trying on dresses.
You see, my cousin is getting married at the end of this month so I’ll be headed to Michigan for her wedding. It’s likely to be one of the fanciest shmanciest weddings I’ll ever attend so I figured a new dress was warranted. Also on my list for this shopping trip was a pair of casual shoes that will allow me to walk to and from work without the long-term effect of killing my feet, and a pair of spring-ish heels to go with said dress.
So what was the outcome? I anticipated that dress shopping would require the most mental and physical effort, so that was up first. In the past, I’ve had some very random good luck shopping at The Bay for dresses, so that’s where I went. It occurred to me very quickly though that The Bay located in downtown Vancouver is very, very different to The Bay I’m used to visiting in little old Waterloo.
This one was crazy fancy, with security guards and a new-to-me floor called ‘The Room‘ full of stuff that mere mortals like myself will never be able to justify purchasing. A quick Google was all it took to learn about the history of The Room, which apparently only exists in 2 locations – Toronto and Vancouver. It reminded me a bit of shopping at Harvey Nichols in London where the security guards wear suits and fancy earpieces, and you can buy dresses for the price of a mortgage downpayment on a small house. Well maybe that’s exaggerating, but you know what I mean.
Annnnnyways. I promptly hopped on the next escalator up to the floor with the clothes for normal people. This floor was enormous (cool, but easy to get lost on, even for someone like me who’s always had a weird natural sense of direction in shopping malls) and conveniently the dresses were the first thing I saw. My 5 choices were narrowed down to 3, all necessary changing room squats, poses and twirls were performed, and while only 1 dress was needed, I just might have bought 2 and spent a little more than planned, but that’s neither here nor there.
By this point I was getting hungry and the thought of trying on strappy sandals or trying to walk in high heels was moving me closer to hangry. (My morning consisted of a 2.75 hour ride and 35 minute run, so it was an eat-lots sort of day.) I browsed the shoe section for my ‘walk to work’ pair and found these super cute Kate Spade ones, which were actually way cheaper than listed on KateSpade.com, but still silly expensive. Nothing else quite struck my fancy and there were next to no Toms left (which is what I’m trying to buy), and rather than settling for something less than desired, I called it a day.
So while the dress shopping was successful, the comfy shoe shopping was not. As someone who’s been used to driving pretty much everywhere in her previous homes, walking so frequently here has been a novelty… but one my feet are not quite yet equipped for. I’ve got a standing desk at work and our dress code is super casual, so comfort is a high priority (especially since an injury that gets in the way of my triathlon would suck right about now). If you happen to be in a similar position and have a great shoe you adore, I would LOVE to hear about it.
Speaking of comfort, let’s talk oats. I know you’re probably thinking that oatmeal is a fall/winter breakfast option, but what if I told you it was rammed with sweet berries that ooze their deep, slightly-tart juices, making the oats way more spring/summer-like?
And what if I told you that they’re topped with crunchy slivered almonds that turn a perfect golden colour in the oven and will make those of you who like contrasting textures in the same dish very happy? And, what if I told you that the oats are spiced with cinnamon because let’s be honest, can you ever get enough cinnamon? I think the answer is nevvvvvahhhhhhhh.
Well guess what? I’m telling you all those things.
This Baked Berry Oatmeal is a perfect breakfast if you’re an oatmeal lover that wants to transition your staple breakfast into the warmer weather months – or a perfect breakfast for anyone, for that matter. And since Mother’s Day just happens to be coming up this weekend, perhaps you’d like to double up on the recipe and make her one too? Just an idea. I think it’d put you in the good books. 😉
Psst: For those of you who follow a vegan diet, you can totally adapt the recipe by swapping the egg white for a ‘chia egg’ – just mix 1 tbsp extra chia seeds with 3 tbsp water and you’re set.
Now I want to hear from you…
- What’s the comfiest pair of shoes YOU own?
- Do you have a favourite spring or summery way to dress up your oats?
- Do you have a Mother’s Day menu planned for this weekend? What’s on it?