Being sick freaking sucks. But if there's one thing that sucks even more, it's having to go to the store when you're sick to stock up on all the illness accoutrements. During undergrad I worked at a pharmacy on campus, and was regularly exposed to all manner of germs and products with which to treat those germs. I started stocking up on supplies at the beginning of the year, so that when the inevitable welcome-back bug infected me, I'd be ready.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of posts by Caroline Diezyn.
Caroline is the Offbeat Empire's copyeditor, the Offbeat Bride Tribe's Community Manager, and Offbeat Home & Life's Assistant Editor. She's an English literature PhD student and an artist from Canada. She likes to dress in all black, has a severe case of wanderlust, and loves art and fashion. You can be her friend on twitter.
Have you ever played that game where you guess what's in strangers' bags while you're commuting?
Dear fashion industry,
I know you're shocked to receive a letter from me. According to you, plus size people like me don't even exist!
Homies, I need your help: pigeons won't leave my 12th-floor balcony alone. After putting up with two rounds of pigeon babies being born and raised because I had a heart or something, enough is enough. My cat chirps at them, and if they see her, they fly away — but then they come right back. I bought a plastic owl with a rotating head, but unless I move it around the balcony every day, they get wise to it and ignore it. Am I doomed to this owl-repositioning fate forever? Or are there other options?
Help! There's so much poop!
In shopping for the new place, I remember what I left behind at my ex's: the pretty swing-top jars and canisters with colourful, perfectly co-ordinated labels, on which I used my best handwriting to label the coffee, macaroni, etc. They sat on the pantry shelf, a Pinterest pin waiting to happen. I was meticulous — borderline obsessed — with putting every package of food that came into our home into a pretty jar with a nice label.
I am a near-25-year-old that never used make-up routinely. I am starting to get curious about it at a late point, and am inspired when I see others wearing make-up to enhance their look. The problem is, I don't know where to even start looking at brands or what goes well with various skin types and such. I don't even really know the difference between foundation and concealer. Does anybody have a good cosmetic guide or beginners advice?
My significant other and I are thinking about a trip from the US to Australia and New Zealand. But we've never traveled internationally before. Does anyone have any advice on using travel agents, or on how to get the most bang-for-buck from a trip like this?