Author: Undertones

Friday Favourites! Holiday Edition

T’is the season to fret over gift ideas! Coming up with presents that are both unique and meaningful for your loved ones is no easy feat. Well-intentioned, but impractical gifts (like croquet sets and obscure novelty mugs) often go unused. This holiday season, rather than contribute to unwanted clutter, why not gift your loved ones something experiential instead of material? Instead of speculating on someone’s shirt size, or worse, gifting another generic Christmas basket—the kind teeming with nougat and fruitcake—consider investing in a cooking class or an outdoor adventure, for your nearest and dearest!

This edition of Friday Favourites features a list of unique and exciting activities, to help guide you in gifting experiences as opposed to “stuff” this holiday. Although stuff can be good too, particularly if it’s useful. Like socks. Socks are awesome.

Meet Meghan MacWhirter: Style Blogger and Accessory Designer

Meet Meghan MacWhirter, an Alberta-based style blogger, accessory designer, and creative entrepreneur on-the-rise, whose artistic endeavours span the creative spectrum, to include: printmaking, painting, photography, accessory design and fashion blogging. I had the opportunity to interview Meghan and learn a bit about her recent projects, artistic influences, and personal insights on the creative community, at large.

Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives – Oh My!

The English language is replete with enticing words to satisfy our inner linguist through their delightful interplay of sound and meaning. I recently stumbled upon some words, which are the literary interpretation of life’s most awe-inspiring (and peculiar) phenomena. Although words may never phonetically encapsulate an experience, they certainly are pleasing to the eyes and ears, all the same. Here are a few favourites to help elevate your daily vocab – although admittedly it may be difficult to find a context appropriate for the term “defenestration”.

The Caffeine Addict’s Guide: Coffee Hacks

I’m by no means a coffee aficionado, however, I do understand the last dregs of dark roast poured from a dispenser labeled: French Vanilla, is “swill” compared to the craft-coffee served up by more reputable roasters. Regardless, when the post-lunch fatigue sets in during the average workday, I’ll gladly down anything with a caffeine content high enough to jolt me from my 2 p.m. stupor.

I have a few friends whose standard of what constitutes “real” coffee far surpass my own. Their kitchens are outfitted with sleek, Italian-engineered espresso machines and every coffee oriented accessory on the market, ranging from the essential to the obscure. Over the years I’ve picked up on some of their fundamental tips and tricks. Here are a few of my favourite coffee hacks to help improve your daily grind (pun intended), and elevate your average cup of jo.

Friday Favourites! Week #1

Fridays are perfect for sharing newly discovered favourites. Whether it’s an enticing page-turner, exciting destination to explore, stunning design element or glow-worthy beauty regime infused with bee venom and reishi extract – I’ll be sharing my latest and greatest finds or “favourites” here on Undertone(s).

Personal Disclaimer: These shared favourites will undoubtedly feature one of my many plant purchases, which are leading to the slow but gradual conversion of my apartment into a greenhouse. Or of lamps. I have an inexplicable love of lamps (and subsequently, a very well-lit home).