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My Stuff - Anlina Sheng

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Anlina Sheng

Polyamory advocate, sexual health educator at Nine Circles Community Health Centre


If your house were on fire, heaven forbid, what's the one item contained within that you would try to take with you? (People, pets and computers not included.)

Does my nail polish collection count as "one item?" It's one of the few material things I own that I have a big emotional investment in, though at 800 bottles in 17 boxes, I'd probably succumb to smoke inhalation before I could rescue the whole thing. I started collecting a few years back, and as an artist, the wide range of colours and finishes just delights me. I have some interesting items and rarities, including some polishes that are 20 years old (and still good).

What's the one clothing/fashion item you can't live without?

Scarves. I own about 40 scarves, mostly long, skinny, silk ones and I pair them with pretty much every outfit I wear, no matter what the season or the weather. Admittedly, I feel a little bit naked without one, though if I'm feeling daring or extra femme, I'll sometimes swap the scarf out for a string of pearls. I almost never leave the house without something around my neck.

What's your favourite knick-knack and why?

I'm kind of a minimalist, so knick-knacks and I rarely go together. However I'm currently enchanted by a set of unglazed, white porcelain candle holders that I found at a thrift store. They're spherical tea light holders with a variety of different shapes cut out of the surface.

I really enjoy decorating with stark white and the modern esthetic of these really caught my eye. I've also recently started working with porcelain myself, so I've developed an extra appreciation for the medium.

What's the oldest thing you own?

I would guess the silver tea and coffee service that has been passed down to me through three or four generations on my mom's side. I've never used it, but it's beautiful, very elaborate. Some day I'll have a tea party so that I can pull it out.

Describe your most beloved piece of furniture.

I don't usually get very attached to furniture, but I just bought a chaise lounge, upholstered in a velvety sage green and I'm absolutely in love with it. It's amazingly comfortable and the clean, curving lines of it are gorgeous. I found it on Kijiji and got an amazing deal, which just earns it bonus points in my heart. It was originally supposed to go in my bedroom, but our staircase is incredibly narrow and no amount of rotating or shoving would make it go up, so now it resides in our living room.

Is there an edible item we'll always find in your pantry or fridge?

Tea (and if you want to get technical, tisanes, too) in great variety and quantity. My house probably consumes more tea than anything else and we're all prone to going on tea-buying sprees. After all, any situation, good or bad, can be improved with a cup of tea. My favourite at the moment is Jessie's Tea from David's Tea -- rooibos, lavender and coconut.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 17, 2012 E2

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