Author: Aeryn Lynne

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The Wisdom of Spider-Man that Everyone Should Read

Happy Hallowe’en! Our house had all of 13 kids show up (and we bought a 90 piece box of Mars candy, so guess whose loaded up on sugar now, baby!) Two of the door-knockers were dressed as Iron Man, and my nephew KitKat was dressed as Spider Man, so yay, go Marvel! Not a single Batman or other DC costume this year, which kinda saddened me. Isn’t Batman a Hallowe’en staple? AXIS Revolutions #1 – Writer: Dennis Hopeless, Artist: Ken LashleySo yesterday, I had half an hour to spare at The Stockyards Mall and decided to enjoy an Apple Cider...

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Purchase a Town in Conneticut for Less than a House in Toronto

As of April 2014, the average price for a detached house in Toronto, according to the Globe & Mail is a staggering $965,760 – quite the price tag, especially when you’re hard pressed to find a nice backyard in newer developments (instead, you now share a local park with your neighbours these days.)  A big backyard is something that I’ve been dreaming about ever since I moved out of my parents house nearly 8 years ago.  I do love the house TheHubs and I currently reside in; more-so for its close location to so many of my favourite places to...

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A Big Deal in Toronto – Shopping Your Fave Plus Size Blogger’s Closet

The third annual Big Deal Toronto is happening this Sunday! What is Big Deal Toronto you ask?? (*gasp* WHAT?! What do you mean?) In it’s third annual, BDT is CurvyCanadian’s baby; a fabulous one-day event where plus-size fashion bloggers get together and open their closets to Toronto’s curvy beauties! I think the last estimate for this year was 19 bloggers, who are ready to unload their gently used fashion to women who are in absolute love with style. This means I’m spending this week to get ready for Sunday. I just might get lost in my closet as I pick...

Office At The FanExpo

Office? Oh you mean my fave coffee table… or the FanExpo?

A friend recently asked where do I work, and the easiest answer is everywhere.  Thanks to not one, but two #IntelPowered 2 in 1 tablets, including my ASUS Transformer 2 in 1, I can virtually make anyplace my office, and that’s an awesome thing, (Psst, find out more about Intel 2 in 1s here.)  I once sat in an oppressive cubicle for close to two years, and wound up with this unhealthy aversion for the colour grey; and the job just before that one, had my desk sitting directly in front of my boss’, which was perfect for him to...

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Boston Cream Birthday Cake #NailedIt (not really)

It was TheHubs birthday yesterday, and I wanted to bake him a cake. He says he loves cakes I make more than store bought, though I’m sure part of it is the frugalista within him not wanting to see a receipt for $10 to $20 spent on a cake for him. He’s just silly like that. I happened to have had a box of Angel Food Cake in the cupboard, so I did what any geek with a handy 2 in 1 Asus Transformer netbook would do and I searched God Google for an answer to “Angel Food Birthday Cake”,...

How Skechers Helped Me Walk Without Pain

How My Skechers Helped Me Walk Without Pain Again

There are a few Canadian bloggers out there that can attest to the fact that I like to walk. Living in a condensed city, it’s sometimes much easier and faster to walk from A to B, rather than driving there or sometimes even using transit. Much to their consternation, I will lead friends to where they want/need to go with little thought to distance; which doesn’t help when they ask, “How much farther?” and I answer with “We’re… close-ish.” It should also be a running joke now, whenever I go to a blogging conference, that I always wind up wearing shoes that somehow...

Addition Elle Stockyards

Addition Elle Now Open at The Stockyards

Have you visited The Stockyards mall yet? The one on the corner of St. Clair Avenue West and Weston Road? It’s my new hunting ground for fashion, because from what I can see, they have more trendy plus-size fashion than any other mall that is easily accessible in Toronto. I grew up on malls like Yorkdale and Eaton Centre, but neither of these popular shopping centres have anything to offer a fashion conscious, 2X+ full-figured woman between the ages of 24 to 80 any longer. The Stockyards though, has both a Winners (with a well-rounded plus size collection), and now an...

Microsoft Office for Students

Back to School Tech Series: Why You Need Microsoft Office

Welcome to Part II of Geek with Style’s “Back to School Tech” series! Today, I pretty much just want to reiterate how necessary having Microsoft Office suite on your chosen computer is to get all of those papers and presentations completed. Both TheHubs and I love to life-hack, and thought we could handle utilizing cheaper/free Office suites, since we were both living on a student budget (meaning we had to occasionally decide whether we wanted to eat or have enough money to get back home that night sometimes.) Student finances can be really tough without having to add extra software...

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Back to School Tech Series: Finding the Right Mobile Computer

Welcome to part one of Geek with Style procrastinated Back to School Tech series! Okay, truth, not really procrastinated, instead more of an idea borne last night, but “procrastination” sounds more catchy right?  Its the best time to find a mobile computer for the post-secondary students in your life, so here are a few suggestions of what to look for, including my early impressions of an ASUS Transformer T100 2-in-1 netbook that I recently had the chance to play around with. Post-secondary (University and College) students need to pack a lot and lug around their stuff in the easiest way...

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It’s That Time of Year Again! 30 Days of Beauty at Shoppers Drug Mart

It’s the 4th Annual 30 Days of Beauty celebration at Shoppers Drug Mart, the biggest beauty event of the year, and I can’t wait to hit my local store to stock up on those much needed items, as well as stuff that I’ve been wanting to try out for a while now. From Now until September 14th, check out 30DaysofBeauty.ca for daily promotional offers, an exclusive gift with purchase, as well as some fabulous looks to try out both at home and in-store (including a free 5 minute makeover with a beauty expert at your Shoppers Drug Mart, if you...

Sorry, You Can't Fit Couture

I’m sorry, what? Plus-size women are the problem?

I just read an article that has my hackles up. Part of me thinks, maybe this is just an American thing? Plus-sized Canadians are well known border hoppers just to buy some affordable pretty clothes that fit; so plus-sized fashion lovers in the US do have some great clothing options that their sisters of the North are so very jelly of. Its not perfect in the US by any means, but it is closer. And now someone wants to lay the blame of lack of plus-sized fashion choices on plus-sized women. What sickens me more though, is that many plus-sized...

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4 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe While Using Free Wifi Hotspots

So, I’m starting a list of Free WiFi hotspots in Toronto, particularly in downtown, but there will be some locations listed that are much more east or west of Yonge Street.  For whatever reason, 4G and LTE data plans are becoming more expensive these days rather than less, and now that I’ve recently become the proud owner of a few monthly bills completely accessorized with $100+ in data overage charges on each (the tl;dr version would be: someone on our family plan didn’t know YouTube videos ate up bandwidth… as well as Google Navigator, ugh.) I’m finding a bigger need...

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Styling Up Your USB Cord Charging Stations

How many charging cords do you have lying around? Do you sometimes lose them? Between two tablets, two netbooks, two smartphones, and a handful of portable USB chargers, TheHubs and I have quite a bit to keep powered up around our house. The numerous black cords have been known to coil menacingly like tiny, thin snakes, sometimes falling down to the floor, and have easily uglified the corner we’ve occupied for most of our charging needs.  I felt it was time to have a little fun with these necessary bits of tech, so while they’re still functional, they’re easier to...

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Enjoying a Good Cup of Coffee on Those Days that End with ‘Y’

So you know when your in-laws arrive to your home unannounced on a Friday afternoon and stick around for a few days?  Yeah, no… I’m so very glad I had just restocked my fridge and cupboards the day before that happened.  Don’t get me wrong, I love living with them whenever we have time to visit one another (my always full of energy, 3 year old nephew is hilarious, and is currently schooling me in the ways of Super Mario Bros on the Wii, I kid you not, he’s teaching me,) but a girl needs some notice so that she...

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In Search of a Fabulous Outfit: Top Ten Favourite Focal Pieces at Addition Elle (Summer 2014 Edition)

So yeah, I’m totally in need of a new outfit (or two or more) for the summer, and have been stalking Addition Elle’s website for some must haves for my summer closet.  And boy, did I find a lot of must haves.  This season, I’ve bookmarked quite a few articles that I wouldn’t normally look at twice.  There would usually be a 10 foot distance between me and anything nautical (that wasn’t designed on a pair of shoes,) so imagine my surprise when I fell in love with a multitude of blue/white, yo-ho-yo-ho designs.  Also, I swear one of these seasons I’ll stop...

Facebook Complicated: A Study

There are 300,000+ People Facebook Owes an Apology To

Like everyone else, I’ve been hearing about Facebook conducting an emotional experiment, and everyone is in an uproar, and asking the big question – was the study even legally obtained. All that anyone can do is shrug their shoulders and say, “Maybe.”  Every time I heard mention of it in the past few days, I would walk away thinking that this issue was entirely uncool of Facebook to use its members in such a way, but they already watch you like a hawk, so what can you do?  It took me longer than I’d like to admit to finally find out...

The Moon in My Backyard

The Moon In My Backyard

Remember that recent meteor shower? That one we “may or may not see” a couple weeks ago?  No one knew if it would be visible (especially in a light-polluted major city,) but some of us were determined to check it out. Did you stay up for that 2AM start time, in hopes of catching a glimpse of the shower?  Did you see anything?  TheHubs and I wound up having an impromptu party in our backyard… I just hope the neighbours don’t hate us too much for our group of eight sticking around outside until 4AM in hopes of seeing chunks of rock fly through the air....