I started a YouTube channel! It’s also called Eileen Aldis and has the same lifestyle content you find here: beauty, food, travel, and style. It’s a lot of fun and I have a bunch of ideas for upcoming videos!
I did a really short ‘Get To Know Me’ video – how much can you really learn in about a minute? It’s the YouTube equivalent of the About section here on my blog.
Maybe you’ve been there: the official photograph you have to carry around and show people for years is…regrettable. Here I’m talking specifically about passport photos because I recently got a new one, but this is really about any ID photo you’re stuck with for an extended period: your driver’s licence, health card, Nexus/Global Entry, school ID, work security pass, or perhaps a PADI diving card. I can’t tell you how many times my photos for these cards are ones my own mother laughs at (“What crime did you commit?” HAHA, “Didn’t you KNOW they were taking a photo?” HAHA, etc). Often I’d prefer them in the trash than tucked in my wallet. Unfortunately, if I’d like to drive a vehicle, cross a border, or receive healthcare, this is not a viable option.
I have a serious crush on Scandinavian design: fashion, furniture, food, blonde…I WANT ALL THE THINGS. When I found myself in Stockholm and Copenhagen one summer I bought as close to all the things as I could (oops). Oh, and got my hair done in Stockholm – Swedish blonde, of course! We recently had friends stay with us visiting from Oslo and they brought super generous and lovely prezzies. I heart them so much I couldn’t help but share.
I’ve been a fan of theidea of noise-cancelling headphones for quite some time. I’ve always wondered why they don’t sell them on long-haul flights because people would probably line up to buy a pair, at least I would. Since I’ve never had the opportunity to buy them as an impulse purchase mid-flight, I’ve just never felt I could justify the cost…until the kids next door got a drum set. My work involves looking at a lot of video and needing to hear it accurately and this doesn’t jive with drumming and screaming coming through the thin wall of my 100+ year old home. So I went to the store to scope them out and try some on. I’m glad I did because these were literally the only pair I liked. Most of them I found super heavy and uncomfortable on my head. These were light weight, soft, and – I’ll just say it – pretty. They were also the most expensive. Go figure. I left the store hoping that maybe the neighbour kids would just find a new, less audible pastime soon.
I discovered Anthology Magazine during grad school in Australia. School has always exposed my inner procrastinator and this was no different. I found myself spending time at mag nation, an amazing store that stocks shelves and shelves and shelves of reading material. In other words, a procrastinator’s dreamscape: spend time procrastinating in the store while scanning the shelves for materials you can take home to procrastinate there. Not brilliant. Please tell me I’m not the only one for whom an essay deadline means the space behind the fridge is suddenly desperately in need of cleaning!? Anyway, that’s how I found Anthology.
I have to laugh at myself a little (or a lot) writing a post on trip planning because, in all honesty, much of my past ‘planning’ has taken place mid-flight before touching down at my destination (or googling stuff in the car, if it’s a road trip). And that wing it mentality can be awesome, don’t get me wrong. Some of my favourite trips I’ve had no clue where we were headed after landing. But I’ve learned that a little pre-departure research means you won’t get home and find you’ve missed something you didn’t even know existed (*face palm*). I think the key is to not plan too much. My favourite thing to do in a new place is set out on foot and simply explore. Be sure to leave ample wander time. But part of the fun of a trip is the anticipation, right? Just thinking about it. And, in that way, doing a bit of pre-planning whets the appetite. Here are some ideas to get you started.