Monday, December 19, 2011

How to Survive Canadian Winter: Ice Skating and Ugly Sweater Parties

This time last year I was having a bbq on a rooftop, swimming with friends and ending it all off in a jacuzzi overlooking Jakarta, Indonesia. Not gonna lie, it was pretty damn hard to miss Canada and its winter at that point while chillin' in a bikini. Thinking about the wretched cold, numb toes and wet socks from walking in the snow, please I don't think anyone could yearn for that.

But now, I'm back in Toronto and to be perfectly honest to you cats all hot in the heat, there is so much charm that comes with living here that I had forgotten. But this past weekend has brought it all back. 

Blades of Glory with Trend Hunter
That's what's been partly responsible for my holiday joy recently. Skating! Have you ever done it? I hadn't in 10 years. But thanks to Fun Day at Trend Hunter Mag at Nathan Phillips' Square, the whole crew went. Um, reasons why to love working for a young, hip start-up. Anyways, lacing up the skates brought back all sorts of Daddy Issues the Canadian Edition- memories of having your dad be the only one could tie your skates up super tight, pickin' your little munchkin body up off the ice every 2 minutes, (unsuccessfully) trying to run away because I was a determined little runt to do it on my own.

This time, what looked like an angel floating down from the heavens was actually me skating. Ha, nah I wish. Picture a new born donkey trying to run for the first time. Mad struggles. But that didn't stop us from trying to recreate Disney on Ice with the Programmers! Also the great thing about working at such a hip place is that everyone looks so good all the time. Obvi had to take pictures.

My programmer twin, Daniel flying on ice.
Little Armi in the middle skating for the second time in her life

Winter Olympics better watch out.

Liv' may have the most beautiful hair I've ever seen, ever.

My intern partner, Teekay, skating like a badass because he plays hockey. Some stereotypes are real.

Ugly Sweater Party or the Best Dressed Event of 2011?

This night was simple and awesome. You know how it goes, too much rum and egg nog + wine never ends well (today was a day of pain). But so worth it.  Mostly because of these Man Highlights of the evening, but also thanks to a great host!

Calling all Crazy Cat Ladies! Hit me up for his number. Also. Note the Xmas bulbs collar! Plenty of Fish profile pic for surreeee.

I know something big when I see it. What may appear to be two douchbags who crashed an ugly sweater party is actually the new lifestyle choice known as BEIGE. Couple wisdom nuggets for this path:

- If it's beige it's not gay
- beige is the new black
- The Beigans do the left hand shake

Beige Wall. I had to modify this picture like mad to be able to see the Beige Man Group hidden against the backdrop.

And while I miss Christmas in Jakarta or Paris, this year in my home town is going to be amazing. I can feel it. Great weekend, can't wait for more to come! Whoah. Next thought: NEW YEARS? Where are you spending yours? And what's the best place in the world that you've had?

Anyhoo Happy Holidays everyone!