January 2017 | Footnotes and Finds

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Staples in our Winter Wardrobe

Well we are right in the midst of winter. With the darker days and colder nights.  We have had our share of snow this year in Vancouver.  And yes I am yearning for the long summer days.  But over the years I have become grateful for what I like to call "winter things". That is, knits, sweaters, big warm blanket scarfs, fun warm socks, hot chocolate, the fireplace, the comfort food, the family gatherings and more!

Below are some of our winter staples (which I'm sure are also your winter staples).  We have pulled different images from blog posts of past and have curated some great pieces for you in collages below.



Monday, 30 January 2017

My 10 favourite music Albums of 2016

It was a great year for music from Frank Ocean to Solange to Beyonce. It was also an eventful year for music; Kid Cuddi opened up about his depression, Beyoncé dropped an important visual album, Kanye had a meltdown, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, and we lost greats like Leonard Cohen, Prince and David Bowie, to name a few.

But it always is tough to compile a list, but after much debating here are my 10 favourite music albums of 2016 (as in I listened the crap out of these):

1. Shura, Nothing's Real
2. Låpsley, Long Way Home
3. Kevin Abstract, American Boyfriend
4. Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
5. Michael Kiwanuka, Love and Hate
6. Leon Bridges, Coming Home
7. Daughter, Not to Disappear
8. Sam Roberts Band, TerraForm
9. Leonard Cohen, You Want it Darker
10. Kaytranada, 99.9%

PS. I'm totally excited to have tickets to U2's The Joshua Tree Anniversary show, with Mumford & Sons as their openers! I actually felt like someone stole that idea from my I wish this dream would come true but it's basically impossible list! 2017 will be full of more exciting albums, concerts and music, so much to look forward to!

Bomber: Zara
Top: H&M
Skirt: Aritzia
Shoes: Zara
Lipstick: Colour pop, Daydream


Thursday, 26 January 2017

All set for winter with My Aritzia Scarf and new JORD Watch!

There is nothing more descriptive of Vancouver winter fashion than an Aritzia scarf. However, there is something else embodying the essence of Vancouver and that is the unique watch company JORD. How? Well, Vancouver's unique and characteristic architectural practice of mixing wood with glass is found in this cool watch. It's light and unlike anything I have ever seen. It is a great touch to my wardrobe, adding that extra bit of detail and oomph! I've worn it to work and out with my friends, and I honestly can't wait to pack it for a trip to Whistler in May. Its so versatile that it seamlessly goes with all my outfits, in particular its the perfect detail to my winter wardrobe. I have worn it everyday since I received it in the post about a month ago! Keeping with its sustainably harvested wood theme (which is a concept that I totally support and love!), it was also packed in a beautiful wood box.

For a limited time only, the awesome people at JORD are running a contest where you have a chance to win $100 gift code to use on the JORD website! But get this, only 1 person will receive the ultimate prize but everyone that enters will get a consolation code worth $25--how amazing? These watches are stunning works of art, a sure conversation starter and just a great addition to your wardrobe! Click here to enter the contest!
Watches Made From Wood

Touque/Sweater: Zara | similar , similar
Trousers: H&M
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Socks: Topshop
Scarf: Aritzia
Watch c/o: JORD


Tuesday, 24 January 2017

4 Musts For My Sunday Nights

Sunday nights are me time. They are also family time with my sisters. Sundays are all about staying in, getting a good night's rest and relaxing.

4 must haves for my sunday nights www.footnotesandfinds.com

Here are the keys to my Sunday nights:

1. Pyjamas all day therefore I'm in Pyjamas Sunday Nights as well

Yep you heard me, I try to stay in pyjamas the entire day when it comes to my Sundays! Actually to tell you the truth, most days right when I get home I change into pyjamas. In the winter I love feeling cozy while being home, so I have my flannel pyjamas, my warm slippers and a pull over as my official Sunday uniform.

2. Hot chocolate

There is nothing like warm hot chocolate made with heavy milk with whipped cream and marshmallows on top. This is especially essential when it comes to my Sunday nights in the winter.  Although I would love to have hot chocolate every Sunday Night, I am more realistic and have it here and there. But yes, the perfect Sunday Night for me does include a warm drink!

3.  Movie time

My sisters and I (we are 4 altogether) enjoy Sunday nights in a similar way: pyjamas, hot chocolate in our hands and all cozied up in our family room with a nice movie on (also adding some take out or pizza with that once in a while).  We have a movie list going and although it does take at least half an hour to decide what we will be watching, it is nice to settle in and watch a movie together.

4.  A nice sleep 

My sleep is really important to me (as it probably is to most of you too). The key to good sleep for me is consistency (same bed time and wake up time), the right temperature, and a really good mattress. On Sunday nights in particular, since Monday is the official start of the week, I make sure I'm in my bed on time, with a good book by my bedside.  Having back problems and also suffering through insomnia has made me pay more attention to my bed, mattress and pillows.  This Leesa mattress was picked as the best foam mattress and is definitely on my wish list!

Not only am I drawn to the Leesa Mattress because it was rated number one over at the Sweet Home, where they tested various different mattresses, but because it has better cooling than all the other mattresses, which as mentioned above, temperature is really important to me when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. I am also drawn to their One - Ten program where they donate 1 mattress for every 10 they sell. This really reflects on the company and it's core.  So it's a win, win! Get a great night's sleep while contributing to the community simultaneously.

Disclosure: We have teamed up with Leesa to bring you this blog post. We did not receive any compensation or product for this post and all opinions are our own.  


Monday, 16 January 2017

15 podcasts I'm loving right now

My love for podcasts might have come later than most's.  A couple of years ago I saw the podcast Serial pop up everywhere.  I decided to give it a try and I was hooked! Since then podcasts have filled many different voids for me.  The craving for beautiful stories and story telling, the crave for knowledge and learning I have been missing since finishing my Master's couple of years ago, to my interest of international current events and politics, social sciences etc.  Podcasts accompany me on walks and make me look forward the walks, sometimes adding another block or two of walking to my walking because the podcast is so good. They accompany me when I'm cleaning, or cooking or waiting for public transportation.

15 podcasts i'm loving right now

Through these podcasts I meet so many people and their stories, I hear so many viewpoints and I'm transported to different places, times and minds.  I hear voices and issues that are very personal to me as a second generation Canadian, a person of colour, being a women in podcasts such as "pushing hoops with sticks" and colour code. I hear beautiful stories of "love, redemption and loss" via "modern love" - stories pertaining to my generation.

I have gained so much more knowledge about indigenous women and people of Canada via podcasts such as "missing and murdered".

and more!

I have complied a list of 15 Podcasts that I am loving right now:

  1. missing and murdered: who killed Alberta Williams? 
    "Sparked by a chilling tip, Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams? is an eight-part podcast investigation that unearths new information and potential suspects in the cold case of a young Indigenous woman murdered in British Columbia in 1989."
  2. someone knows something
    there are 2 seasons of this podcast

    season 1:

    "In 1972, five-year-old Adrien McNaughton vanished while on a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. Despite an intensive search and investigation, no sign of Adrien was found, no clue as to where he might be. The case has hung over the area like a dark mass ever since, especially in the small town of Arnprior, where the McNaughton family lived.
    In season one of the podcast Someone Knows Something, host David Ridgen, who grew up in Arnprior, goes back to investigate. Ridgen, a independent filmmaker with a proven record of solving cold cases, asks the questions that have been waiting for answers for over 40 years. He speaks to family, friends and other members of the community, discovering new leads and evidence, trying to put the ghosts of the past to rest. "

    season 2:

    "On December 31, 1997, at a New Year's Eve party broadcast on live TV, Sheryl Sheppard accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie. Two days later, she disappeared. In Season 2 of SKS, documentarian David Ridgen joins Sheppard's mother Odette on her search for answers."
  3. colour code - by globe and mail
    " If there’s one thing Canadians avoid, it’s talking about race. This podcast is here to change that. Join hosts Denise Balkissoon and Hannah Sung for a new conversation on race in Canada. We won’t have all the answers but we do ask bold questions."
  4. cbc ideas"The show describes itself as a radio program on contemporary thought. The subject matter of the shows varies, but music, philosophy, science, religion, and especially history are common topics. The show has won many plaudits for its quality and depth"
  5. cbc Q
    "Get ready to meet the artists you're talking about, and the ones you'll soon love. Whatever you're into -- be it music, TV, film, visual art, theatre, or comedy -- q is there. Expect deep insight, and big surprises. Because on q, arts and entertainment get personal."
  6. freakanomics radio
    Freakonomics Radio is an award-winning weekly podcast. Host Stephen Dubner has surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports. Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs — and his Freakonomics co-author Steve Levitt
  7. this american life

    Most weeks This American Life is the most popular podcast in the country, with around 2.5 million people downloading each episode. One of our problems from the start has been that when we try to describe This American Life in a sentence or two, it just sounds awful. For instance: each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. That doesn't sound like something we'd want to listen to on the radio, and it's our show.

  8. pushing hoops with sticksA podcast about pop culture and America with the artists and icons that both produce and consume the values broadly categorized as "American". What are the stories this country chooses to tell about itself, through whom, and why?
  9. philosophy bitesDavid Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics
  10. science vs
    "Science Vs takes on fads, trends, and the opinionated mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. This season, we tackle organic food, attachment parenting, gun control, fracking, and more. Hosted by Wendy Zukerman."
  11. this is hell
    "This is Hell is a weekly longform political interview program broadcast across Chicago on WNUR since 1996.
    Every Saturday morning, Chuck Mertz works off his news hangover by talking to the journalists, authors and activists working to make this world a slightly less hellish place. Expect in-depth conversations about the forces that drive politics, and gallows humor about a world with more questions than answers."
  12. ted talks (audio)
    "Ted Talks especially formatted for audio.  TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you'll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in high-def video and audio-only formats."

  13. ted radio hour
    "Based on Talks given by riveting speakers on the world-renowned TED stage, each show is centered on a common theme – such as the source of happiness, crowd-sourcing innovation, power shifts, or inexplicable connections – and injects soundscapes and conversations that bring these ideas to life."
  14. hidden brain 
    "The Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain's host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships."
  15. modern love
    "Stories of love, loss and redemption.  The Podcast features the popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves. "

We would love to hear what podcasts you love listening to, let us know in the comments. 

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