[photo credits: 1. illustration, unknown ; 2. ropos submersible image of glass sponge reef, lab of S.P. Leys; 3. me, bubble shell gastropod & 4. me, adult moon snail]
my undergraduate “lightbulb” moment occured in my second year invertebrate zoology course at the university of alberta. i remember sitting in lecture thinking “you mean i can study these critters as a job?!”. my brother and i had been playing in tidepools in roberts creek and in and around vancouver and vancouver island since we were babies, and i always feel like a kid at christmas when i discover a new tidepool to explore.
my undergraduate career, from my second year until my fifth, was focused on marine invertebrate zoology and i volunteered and worked as a research assistant in a sponge biology lab. i attended as many marine biology courses at the bamfield marine sciences centre as i could, some of the best years of my life and where i met some of my most fantastic friends! my honours project focused on the reproduction and development of reef-forming glass sponges and got me out on an oceanographic cruise on the jp tully, the canadian coast guard research vessel that deploys the ropos submersible. this submersible was used to collect my samples and images that i used to write my undergrad thesis.
from sponges to snails, when i moved to victoria to start my masters, i began work on sea snails or gastropods. i’ve been raising them and studying them now for nearly 3 years and am now working on finishing up my thesis! finally! living in victoria has allowed me to go on many intertidal field trips, seeing weird and wonderful invertebrates along the way (and a few vertebrates)! one thing that keeps me always in love with invertebrates is that, even though i’ve been studying them in my university career for nearly a decade and loving them all of my life, i can learn something new every day and can see species i’ve never seen before any intertidaling trip! i’ll post inverts that amaze me every so often on my blog! 🙂
[photo credits: 1. patrick demarchelier for vogue; 2. me; 3. peggy sirtoa for marie claire]
ever since i was a young teenager, i’ve been obsessed with fashion magazines. i used to get my mom to buy me the latest magazines when she’d make her monthly pilgrimage to costco 🙂
and now, even though i’m still a starving student, i can’t help but indulge in my monthly vogue, harper’s bazaar and house & home magazines… and sometimes marie claire… and elle…
i’m a little behind the times and only discovered scott schuman’s blog, the sartorialist, a year ago. as i am still in the early stages of establishing this blog and my sources of inspiration, i thought it might be a good idea to post about his beautiful book by the same name. i bought it at chapters last year and its my favourite coffee table book; i never get tired of flipping through it. i really love seeing the amazing, unexpected style that ordinary people put together, that scott schuman finds and photographs. the colour and texture combinations inspire me to try to put together some new mixes of my own of things i have in my closet…
(ps. this vogue turkey cover of jessica stam is my favourite vogue cover to date. i love its simple power. i would LOVE to have a copy of this limited release issue. the rodarte dress worn by natalie portman for the marie claire photoshoot caught me off-guard, i’d never would have imagined wool, tie-dye, neon and plaid could look so beautiful together. i learn something new every day!)
these adorable knit hats for pets are made by a california etsy merchant called xmoonbloom! i might have to pick up a few for rohe for christmas! the little devil toque would definitely suit him…
[photo credits 1 and 2, jamie delaine. photo credits 3 and 4, alison page]
i had so much fun designing and making the boutonnieres for our wedding, i’d like to continue making them, maybe in the hopes of selling them on etsy one day, if there is ever any interest.