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2014/10/02 / Shanan


This past week we have had the sick running through our household, so we’ve been a bunch of grumpy crab-apples. Somehow Theo managed to be spared the worst of it (maybe those 2+ years of breastfeeding really did pay off in the immunity department?!) but it was the first time that Chris and I had been sick at the same time… not fun.  I’m told that it takes longer to recover when you’re pregnant, so my cold is lingering around a little more than it probably should be.

I’ve been caught somewhere in between trying to jack up my bootstraps (note: I have no idea what the real expression is here) and get on with the daily business of work and parenthood and such, and sniffling in bed with the iPad, convincing myself that I absolutely NEED this bag, and that this is acceptable entertainment journalism (oh internet, don’t ever change).

Blah. Got any good home remedies to suggest?

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2014/05/29 / Shanan


I guess the song was right… one IS the loneliest number.  Sigh.  I’ve been trying to avoid having to write this post, but it’s time to let you know about ‘the break-up.’

After lots of discussion and soul-searching, Gillian has decided to leave The Symmetric.  She’s preparing to take on full-time work in her field of child and family therapy, and is being pulled in too many different directions to be able to commit the time to really enjoy and help grow the business.  We joked over lunch last week that the story would sound way more dramatic if we could tell people that we’d gotten into a major catfight over a vintage purse, but alas, there’s no love lost on this front (in reality we shared tacos, promised not to let ourselves feel too sad, then we went over to the local Salvation Army where she made me buy a hot polyester maxidress).

But, I will admit that I’m definitely disappointed.  Not in Gillian, whose decision I completely understand and respect, but in picturing things going forward without her.  On a personal note, I don’t think I realized how lonely I’d been feeling since moving out here, until the two of us had the opportunity to hang out on a regular basis, to plan and thrift and just laugh with a girlfriend every week.  I know I’ll miss that aspect of things.  And not to get all wind-beneath-my-wings-y, but having Gillian come on board gave me the courage and the push to drive this labour-of-love blog forward into something a little bigger.  It was something that felt great to do together, as partners.

Fortunately we’re still keeping the door open for the occasional ‘special guest appearance’ – co-hosting an event, modelling, or anything else that might feel fun and natural for Gillian to work on should time permit.

So… so that’s that.  It’s going to take me a little time to regroup.  I need to feel out what’s realistic for me, to figure out what I want to do as a solo act again.  The blog will soldier on – it still feels like a necessary creative outlet on my end – and the shop is still open, although you may not see any new listings for awhile (but don’t let that stop you from checking out all the great vintage summer dresses, etc, plug plug).

Gillian, you will be missed.

xx Shanan

ps. There were no post-its involved in the actual break-up.

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2013/07/26 / Shanan


Hey you… I’d planned to put together a proper post for today but I’m pretty sick with this downer of a summer cold.  Can I issue a rain-check?  I’ve got lots planned for next week, when I’ll be featuring my first mini profile/house tour, issuing a challenge to temporarily suspend TV hate-watching (this is a true problem in my life), and showing a ton of gratuitous photos of our garden.  And more!  Baited breath, my friends.  Baited breath.

Image above: Theo’s first time on the trampoline at our buddy’s insane cottage retreat.  Not pictured: the private lake and infinity pool.