April 16th, 2014
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Well. Well. Well. What do we have here?

Gap Jeans (Legging Jeans, size 33)
Forever 21 pink (pink!) top (Size L and $12)
Banana Republic orange cardigan (Size L and $18)
Forever 21 orange necklace ($4.50)
Cotton On (Australian store) orange flats
Forever 21 bangles ($3)

Not having 50 Shades of Grey under my eyes because I went to bed early last night: priceless

April 15th, 2014
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Snow? On April 15th? Pssh. Whatever. I’m still going to wear my $6.99 floral, spring shirt from Forever 21. Because that’s how I roll. Although, technically speaking, I am in so much pain from KICKING ASS AND TAKING NAMES at CrossFit yesterday, that I couldn’t roll, or run, or move really today. Fun times. 

In other news, I have work up to my hoo-ha right now, have drank three coffees so far today (and am eyeing my fourth), had the worst migraine of my life last night (from the drastic weather change?), have lost my iPhone charger (howww?), realized Forever 21 has a “plus size” section, which lead to a $120 online shop (high five), am going to CrossFit again tonight (whhhhhhy?!), was asked out for a second date, after a very successful first date (exccccellent), and am counting down the days till Easter-Vacay. Okay. That’s it, and that’s all. 

March 12th, 2014
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Well, well, well. Look at what we have here. Me back in my old hood!

I had lunch today with my old boss, and? and it was truly so wonderful. A blast from the past, if you will. Seeing all the familiar faces I once saw each and every day for four years brought back so many good memories. My old boss said such nice things to me over a very delicious (and super healthy) lunch. It was lovely to catch up. Lovely to move past the boss/employee relationship.  I thanked him so much for taking a chance on me, all those years ago (he took a chance on me when I was 22!). 

I didn’t think too much about heading back to my old stomping ground, but when I arrived in the bottom of my old building, I had so many memories flood back to me. Everything was so familiar. Everything was just the same. And then suddenly, without warning, I had this overwhelming memory of walking those halls and dreaming of all the places I wanted to travel; New Zealand, Australia, Nepal (to name a few!). 

And now here I was, nearly three years later, back in Toronto, back in my old building, back in my old office, back eyeing my old corner cubicle desk, but now having accomplished everything I set out to do.

It was weird, and awesome, and weird. And I know, this is soooo lame, but I felt so proud of myself for actually having fulfilled all those dreams. Proud that I did everything I had set out to do. Everything I had dreamed of from that cubicle desk, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g., I had done. And damn, you guys, it felt good knowing I had crossed off so many big dreams. 

February 25th, 2014
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This day. This day. This fabulous day. Fralalal. Lalalala.

I am in a good mood for no reason at all. Perhaps because I made scrambled eggs this morning for breaky, and then got a chicken salad for lunch (eating healthy FTW). I also like my outfit. And yes, yes, yes, the scale was down. That helped. Okay. That’s all. You can carry on now. 

January 23rd, 2014
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I like my outfit today. That is all.

December 6th, 2013
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So… I went shopping today.  Because… as I’ve now mentioned 3.2 million times, I start my new job on Tuesday (yay!) and the dress code is “business casual” there, but jeans are allowed each and every day. 

My previous Toronto job, as you may recall, was super-fancy dress, which means I am somewhat out of my comfort zone here. Casual I can do. Business I can do. But business-casual… what does that mean?!

Things to note:

  • I went to Gap, H&M, Zara, Loft, Jacob, Banana Republic, Artizia, and J.Crew (note: how does J.Crew get away with being that pricey? For reals. It’s insane in there).
  • I purchased all of the above except the grey blazer (it was too pricey), and the shiny black top in the middle, bottom photo (it made me look frumpy)
  • Boots make outfits better
  • The black dress is a little too tight, but it’s a SIZE EIGHT!! (from Loft). They didn’t have a 10 to try on, so I figured I’d give the 8 a shot, and wahoo - it zipped up!
  • Major sales at Banana Republic today (I also purchased this L’Wren Scott BR Collection skirt which I think will be really nice paired with black stockings, small pumps, and a black top)
  • I find finding tops are soooo much easier for me than finding pants/skirts. I tried on a pair of H&M red pants, and even though they were size 12, they didn’t even go over my bum. 
  • The jeans I’m wearing in the above photos are Gap’s “legging jeans” and they’re AMAZING. Gap has a 50% sale coming up on December 11th, so I’m going to order them online in black.
  • I currently have a MASSIVE zit on my chin. Blah. The worst.
  • I was okay with my weight/size today. I didn’t wish I was size 00, or smaller, or whatever, but simply just shopped for my current body. It made shopping a lot easier.  But I have to note I’m excited to move out, find a routine, and lose some weight!
  • My mom made me that grey hat for my birthday. The wool is so soft & delicious.
  • Anyone know of good fashion blogs - but blogs that post REAL clothes, like the ones above? None of the high-end stuff I can’t afford? I need business-casual inspiration!
September 26th, 2013
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Looking bright for Project Sunshine’s charity event this evening!

March 21st, 2013
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With Autumn upon us, I bought the most fabulous sweater today… and thus decided to bring back Daily Attempts At Looking Skinny posts, so… ta-da!

November 18th, 2012
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I am feeling good, in dee neighborhood. And by ‘good’ I mean skinny. Well, skinny for me.
Funny how the mind works; on the way up at this exact weight I thought I was a whale. On the way down I feel like a supermodel; strutting my stuff all over zee place (not really, but y’know, I feel good, I feel accomplished).

I am feeling good, in dee neighborhood. And by ‘good’ I mean skinny. Well, skinny for me.

Funny how the mind works; on the way up at this exact weight I thought I was a whale. On the way down I feel like a supermodel; strutting my stuff all over zee place (not really, but y’know, I feel good, I feel accomplished).

November 7th, 2012
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Paleo, Life and Why is the Sky so Blue?


  • Oh hi there. Didn’t see you over there sitting at your screen. Welcome. The above creepy, self portrait, is me, myself, and I in the ladies washroom. OH THE THINGS I DO FOR THIS BLOG. Anywho…
  • I am totally in the honeymoon phase of this diet. I wake up each morning and actually don’t mind getting out of bed because that means I get to weigh myself. I know, I know, I shouldn’t weigh myself at all, but I do, and it’s motivating and I find helps me lose weight.  
  • I feel like I’m dating my kitchen. I’ve spent so much time in there this week, it’s ridiculous. I know I prepped my food like a crazy-lady Sunday night, but I still feel like I’m constantly preparing my meals
  • So far I’ve deemed snacks not needed on paleo – mostly because my actual meals fill me up so much.
  • I think this paleo challenge of mine will come down to mentally learning, “I AM FULL. WHY AM I EVEN THINKING ABOUT THAT CUPCAKE?” because since I started on Monday morning I’ve not gone hungry once, but still find myself day dreaming of the office cookies even when I don’t really want one.
  • I have never in my entire life done something (diet wise) 110%. So far I’ve done Paleo 110%. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I liked diets because they give me structure. Because I personally find it’s easier to know I am absolutely “not allowed” something, as apposed to, “well maybe, I can just have one.”
  • Matt has been very supportive, which has been awesome-sauce. He’s also trying to lose weight, but lost 3kg (7 pounds) simply by cutting out McDonalds - men!
  • Eating out is fairly easy on paleo - but you must be willing to spend extra money. I’m meeting an old friend (from school in Canada!) tonight for dinner and chose the place based on, “they have paleo food!”
  • I found the comments on my “Taking on the Paleo" post amusing. Obviously the term, "eat like a caveman" should be taken with a grain of salt. I’ll keep my 21st century pleasures thankyouverymuch (Dear Internet, Mama Bear loves you)
  • You HAVE to be creative on paleo. I stand and stare at my fridge for 3.2 million years trying to decide what to make - as already on day 4, “veggies and meat” doesn’t sound appealing.
  • Also, I can’t believe how much I used to eat BEFORE I even got to my actual meal – like, while preparing the meal I would sneak a piece of this, or that.
  • The Paleo resources out there are unreal. This a great site. Or this. And this. Or this! And what’s that? You have one? Leave a comment! Leave a comment (especially recipe resources palease)
  • I saw a nutritionist yesterday (sidenote; &. real talk; On my way there I officially had my all-time worst, ‘need-a-toilet-right-now’ story. How am I twenty seven and searching for a bush in suburbia Australia? GAH #thathappened). ANYWHO, the nutritionist ran some tests (I’ll post my results - because, y’know, I’m cool like that), and get this - my stats (f \ 5’4” \ 27 \ small framed) means my ideal weight is, ready? 55kg!!!! Umm, so that’s 121 pounds. ONE TWENTY ONE. She was adamant I had a *very* small bone structure - hence the small number. (Spoiler alert: that will never ever happen)
  • I am blood type A and therefore do not digest red meat well - all signs (aka blood type) point to, “you’re supposed to be a vegetarian.” Ba. Bahhahahaha.
  • Also. HOW INTERESTING IS THIS. LOOK AT THIS BULLET POINT IF YOU’RE A LAZY READER AND ARE ONLY GOING TO CHOOSE ONE: The nutritionist confirmed that it’s impossible to lose weight if your intake is too high… even on paleo. SOOOOO, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. BUT. I’ve also been tracking my paleo calories (thankyouverymuch My Fitness Pal) and no one day has yet has to exceed 1,500 calories and that’s me eating A LOT of food. So yea. Cool life. No matter what, you just gotta reduce the calories you eat if you wanna shed the pounds.
  • Bacon is delicious. As are roasted brussel sprouts.
  • I am wearing stupidly high heels (these!) for work today – reminds me of my old, Toronto, Daily Attempt At Looking Skinny days. Sigh.
  • Did you know I have a new life plan? It’s bittersweet, but I am excited; I’ll be back in The Toronto next April – SAY WHAT?! But I am all sorts of ready for this despite being nine hundred million percent I’ll cry all the tears when I leave.
  • New life goal (besides, y’know, losing weight) to run the Toronto Scotiabank Marathon next year (do it with me?). I’ve never run a marathon on home turf before, so this makes me excited. I’m also hoping to race the run, not just, y’know, run it (unlike cough Chicago, Las Vegas and Berlin).
  • And speaking of running, I am doing The Colour Run later this month – *insert happy jig here* - I am excited!
  • And speaking of exercise, I have been a crossfit machine lately. Although, not quite. I’m paranoid about getting HUGE (manly men) muscles, and thus have opted to maintain my current weights and go for cardio (more rounds). No clue if this is a good idea, but manly-muscle – be gone! (And yadda ydadda yadda, I know it’s “impossible” for girls to become big, bulk, crossfit, machines - BUT LOOK!)
  • Okay. This was random is, as random does. I’m sorry I’m not sorry. (I’m really sorry)
Welcome! I'm Liz, the girl relieved the Internet has 0 calories. South African by birth; Canadian on paper. A marathoner. CrossFitter. Paleo (somewhat) eater. Traveler. Cheese lover. And I think you're great!

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