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We're Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. We're sisters. Together we own A Beautiful Mess, a women's lifestyle company focused on creating happiness every day through a homemade lifestyle. An Apology (with pictures) « Italy in Food. It came to my attention today that my account was hacked.

An Apology (with pictures) « Italy in Food

I apologize for the spam post and the emails sent out to my (few yet greatly loved) followers. I guess that’s what I get for having not blogged in a while. To make up for it, and to make my activity known on here, here are several pictures from our trip to the Amalfi Coast which we visited last weekend. I promise to actually blog again soon. And everywhere in between. All About Cities. In Canada’s cities, prices in the older urban areas as well as the suburbs generally stagnated for over a decade between the early 1990s and early 2000s.

All About Cities

Not coincidentally, during this time an abundance of new housing opened in suburbs like Milton and Markham (Toronto area) as well as Coquitlam and Surrey (Vancouver area). Calgary annexed more land, and suburban style homes proliferated. Metro area residents did not seem to show much of a preference for urban vs suburban living. Starting in around 2002 prices everywhere began to rise, but over time the urbanized areas experienced more rapid increases. Conversations About Where We Live. Activist Teacher. A Private Hiking Wedding: Jordan & Michael. Jordan & Michael wanted a wedding that truely reflected them and the things they love, so they grabbed their children and were married in private on top of a mountain in Canada.

A Private Hiking Wedding: Jordan & Michael

“Our inspiration was definitely nature and our love of hiking”, explained the bride. “We chose Gros Morne National Park in the beautiful province of Newfoundland and Labrador known for its mountainous terrain and unbelievable views. Things I want to remember – James Wallace Harris. Black Girl in Maine. Bliss. Born This Way: Telling Childhood Photos from Gay and Lesbian Adults -... Over at the blog Born This Way a proud gay Angeleno, identified only as Paul V., publishes childhood photos and stories from gay and lesbian adults.

Born This Way: Telling Childhood Photos from Gay and Lesbian Adults -...

Many of the photos feature young kids innocently flouting heteronormative gender expectations with total abandon (see above). But interspersed among them are pictures of children that give no hint about their eventual sexual identity. As Paul explains: some of the pix here feature gay boys with feminine traits, and some gay girls with masculine traits. And even more gay kids with NONE of those traits. Boys Clubs. The entire staff of techno-libertarian think tank TechFreedom. 7:18 pm • 19 November 2014 • 7 notes The entire leadership team and advisory board of The Can Kicks Back, an advocacy group founded to “educate, organize and mobilize young Americans in order to promote a sustainable and generationally equitable federal budget.” 8:09 am • 23 August 2014 • 17 notes.

Boys Clubs

Brandi's Blog...c'est une vraie histoire. Brittany, Herself. A life experiment in not buying shit. Certified Doula. Contradictory Youth. Copyranter. Danah boyd. Last week, I wrote a provocative opinion piece for Quartz called “Is the Oculus Rift sexist?”

danah boyd

I’m reposting it on my blog for posterity, but also because I want to address some of the critiques that I received. First, the piece itself: Is the Oculus Rift sexist? In the fall of 1997, my university built a CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) to help scientists, artists, and archeologists embrace 3D immersion to advance the state of those fields. D i a p s a l m a t a - WHITTNEY TRETTIEN. Documenting Delight - Eat. Laugh. Love. I’ve been asked the question: “if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?”

Eat. Laugh. Love.

Many times, and my answer is always pizza. When you add pretty much any topping to dough, tomato sauce and cheese I feel like you really can’t go wrong. I wanted to do something a little different with this pizza, but nothing too crazy because I knew I was cooking for the fam & they aren’t too big on adventurous eats (no blue cheese or honey drizzle here).

Empire of Scrounge. With the number of people in need these days and the winter coming on, I've been especially on the lookout lately for warm clothes, blankets and the like--and so I'm pleased by the haul from my last three scrounge rides (Saturday, Sunday, and today--Tuesday).

Empire of Scrounge

Today I found in a dumpster four trash bags stuffed with men's clothes, and managed to haul home wool sweaters, lined jackets, dress shirts, hoodies, jeans, and more. Saturday and Sunday I likewise scrounged a clean blanket and a fleece-lined windbreaker. Sunday's ride also turned up a package of permanent markers, a little wicker basket, balls of yarn, an Umbra fireplace set, a little wooden flute, Christmas ornaments--and a beautiful old Afghan throw, rows of multi-color flowers on a black background, carefully sealed in a plastic container and tossed into a dumpster. Also in the plastic container was a little note, written in what looks to be an old hand. Just another site. GABIFRESH.

Get A Life, Vivienne Westwood. Just another site. Gone with the Family. One of the things that I love about Instagram is scrolling through photos of quirky things that people stumble upon.

Gone with the Family

Although many of these pictures would never make it into a blog post, they are interesting little snapshots that provide a glimpse into the places we visit. Continue reading "Public Art Appreciation on Instagram" » This is a guest post by my 17 year-old daughter, Katie Prestage (with editorial assistance from her teacher Ms. Christy Meagher), about her spring break volunteer trip to Costa Rica. Continue reading "A Spring Break Volunteer Trip to Costa Rica" » The Westin Harbour Castle hotel is conveniently located on the Toronto waterfront with easy access to downtown attractions, entertainment, dining and shopping.

Continue reading "A Family Getaway at The Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto" » Guys With Fancy Lady Hair. ...others are temporary and afternoon altering and reveal the sweet juxtaposition of a perfect chignon against the unkempt neck hair of a dude. This photo essay is focused on the latter. So many men spend years getting their manes all long and for what? To be occasionally bundled into a low ponytail? I'm not sure how ladies got to hoard all of hair's styling potential when men can grow hair out of their faces. In an attempt to change the way we look at man locks, I took eight guys with long hair to Salon Miel to get fancy lady updos. Jane Against The World. Karl reMarks. Kate or die! Partofanunbalancedbreakfast: fantasticgirlreadscomics: Once upon a time Matt and Chip made a beautiful cover for the 4th printing of issue #1 of Sex Criminals. This beautiful cover captured the imagination of brimpers everywhere, including myself and my lovely coworker Heather (@girlblunders).

The situation has since escalated nicely.Welcome to Brimpception! This is beautiful, and I hope that fourth picture becomes a future Sex Criminals cover someday. Kerry Callen's Blog! A photo journal of 2 sisters. Littleyellowdoor. Liberty London Girl. Showing others What I See. Loving the Lack - Blog. Love the Pudge. LYNETTE BLOG « The World As I See It, My Life As It Happens. Corbin is now 2 years old, and each day he seems to learn something new. Thankfully, he has not started repeating swear words yet, but he does love to entertain and make people laugh. So I thought it would be a good idea to keep track of all the funny things he does so I can use them as blackmail ammunition later on in life. As anyone who follows me on twitter knows, I bake my own bread. Corbin loves my bread so much so that he would live on nothing but bread and apple juice if I let him. Last week, he managed to steel an entire loaf off the counter, and scoop out the middle of it.

Girls that run your city. Time to get your hands on the new issue of ACCLAIM. Lovingly edited by the one and only Alex Weiland (love ya!) And the layout is looking extra fancy thanks to PJ. Me and my imagination. Meet my mug. Michelle Leudy - Photography. We thought we would share some of the incredibly talented photographers that we love to follow and draw inspiration from.

Each one of these people have something that we would love to incorporate to our own business, and we really look up to them as artists and business owners. Mother of a Hubbard - Gluten Free, Four Season Gardening. Nikki Doughnuts. NO NO COCO. Not Without Salt - recipes, photographs and projects for joyful living. Not Your Average Gift Shop Indian. Oh She Glows. Our Downsizing Story. In 2005, my husband Logan and I, lived a normal middle class lifestyle. We were newlyweds with flashy rings , living in a two-bedroom apartment, driving two cars, commuting long distances to work and living well beyond our means. The work of Laurie Penny. Permanent Culture Now. Phenotypic Expression. Power, privilege, and everyday life. Robert's Sister. ROMANCE BLOG. Sad Stuff on the Street. Sang Bleu.

Saturated Canary. Attempting to eliminate our household garbage production. Refuse refuse! Sheep Gal. Soulumination. SpaGoddess Speaks. St. John's Wort - Pointlessly Aggravating British Beer Writers Since August 2013. Sundaysmile. Survival Blog. Tattoo Confidential. Tavi gevinson. The life academic. The art of dawn rogal. Architectural narratives. The Hindsight Letters. The Next Chapter - Jessica Randall. The perks of being disabled. The Sporadic Adventures of Heddie. The Travel Photographer. It's photography. By Thomas Stewart. The Wooden Spoon - my blog about vegetarian food and yoga. The Ultimate London Blog. TinkerbellaUSF. Thoughts on zizecology - 2.

There are two primary axes of political conflict in Kim Stanley Robinson's incomparable Mars trilogy: first, the expected (almost generically required) question of independence vs. interdependence with regard to the mother planet, Earth, which is really a question about Utopia and enclavism that is concretized in the fierce battles over the space elevator; and second and more relevant for my purposes today is the fierce break between the Red Martians and the Green Martians. The Greens believe the planet should be terraformed so as to inhabitable by humans without mechanical assistance, a technical problem that clumps around issues of surface temperature, atmospheric composition and density, and unpredictable climactic feedback mechanisms; the Reds believe the planet should be left as pristine as possible, whether because this is the only way it can be properly studied or because the otherwise dead rock is seen by some Reds to have a kind of mystical vitality all its own.

Thoughtsontheatre. A visual collective outlet of inspiration. TwistedSifter. Two Eyes in the Mirror. Unhealthy Vegan. Understanding Society. You look fabulous my dear! Your Trash Goes Here. Where the weird has a name and refuses to be called Betty… Vlog 4.0 [a blog about vogs] A common scenario witnessed this week in classes with media students. They add stuff to a new project in Korsakow, add keywords, do lots of building, and then go to save their project. The program doesn’t like that. ZEN HABITS.