April 23, 2014
Today marks year four of an epic blogging journey. What started out as a fun little hobby has quickly spiralled into my heart and soul – a little place of happy that I look forward to coming back to each and every day. And I have you, yes you, to thank for that. Never, in my wildest dreams, could I have imagined how wonderful the blog world could be, and I feel so honoured to take up even the smallest part of it. If it were up to me, I’d throw a massive party to celebrate, one overflowing with champagne, and invite every single one of you. But since that isn’t exactly do-able at this point in time, I figured a virtual champagne party would have to do!
Thank you all, from the bottom of my hearts, for reading along over the last few years, for being with me during my highs and my lows, and being a constant source of inspiration and support. You guys are the best!
Blush Serving Platters: Nine Space | French Champagne Bucket: One Kings Lane | Glass Votive Candle: Illume | Bottle Neck Candlestick: Urban Outfitters | Champagne Flute: West Elm | Tufted Chair: Bellacor | Gold Tray: Arteriors | Brown Butter Sage Crostini: Freutcake | Tassel Drink Tag: Shop By Monika | Gold Plastic Cutlery: Shop By Monika | Champagne Photograph: Jeremy Harwell | Polka Dot Napkins: Oh Joy! for Target
April 2, 2014
The countdown is on until our big family trip to Mexico and I couldn’t be more thrilled! On the agenda for the week: the beach, the beach, and maybe the beach? As far as my travel essentials go, I’m planning on wielding a small selection of easy breezy basics that can take me from the ocean to dinner in a snap. A handful of maxi dresses, a dainty necklace, some comfy harem pants, the cutest bikini in all the land and I am good to go!
1. Cover Up With Fringe: Harrods | 2. Sandals: Moda Operanda | 3. Straw Hat: Cotswold Outdoors | 4. Sunscreen: Beauty Bridge | 5. Sunglasses: Net A Porter | 6. Bikini: Zimmerman | 7. Wedge: Dolce Vita | 8. Beach Bag: Figleaves | 9. Tuxedo Pant: Old Navy | 10. Camera: Nikon | 11. Maxi Dress: Piperlime | 12. Gold Necklace: ShopBop | 13. Towel: Hay Needle | 14. Passport Holder: Zappos
March 12, 2014
It was a whopping 9 degrees in Toronto yesterday and, despite the snow that we’ve been promised today (of which I’m planning to totally and completely ignore), I’ve been hit with a serious case of spring fever as a result. I left at noon to grab groceries and was virtually sweating on my way home. Seriously – it was glorious! In light of this recent development, I’ve pulled together a fresh gold + green inspired palette of pretties for all of us to oogle. And wouldn’t you know it? I now need a gold sequin blazer in my life (if you’re not quite convinced, THIS certainly will help).
Gold Watch: Michael Kors / $198 | Statement Necklace: Bauble Bar / $36 | Glasses: West Elm / $22 (on sale!) | Pillow: West Elm $14 (on sale!) | Bubble Bath: Terrain / $36 | Dilly Beans: Terrain / $12 | Diamon Terrarium: Terrain / $34 | Amazing Skin Cream: Neiman Marcus / $49 | Swarovski Earrings: Net-a-Porter / a splurge at $640 | Golden Lace Cuff: Net-a-Porter / a mega splurge at $900 | Ted Baker Clutch: Zappos / $91 | Harem Pants: DKNY / $91 (on sale!) | Dress: Joy the Store / $56 | Sequin Blazer: Fashion Rocks / $190
February 14, 2014
If you haven’t figured it out by now, pink is kind of my love language. I’m not talking baby-girl pink here, I’m referring to the sophisticated version you’d find gracing the pages of This is Glamorous and Bijou and Boheme. Shades of coral and blush; petal pink and the like. You know, the grown up kind! And in light of this pink-infused holiday, I’ve rounded up a few of my very favourite items – if for no other reason than it’s a serious dose of pretty. Happy, happy Valentine’s day my dears!
Flats: Tieks | Pants: J Crew | Lipstick: Tom Ford | Heels: Shop Bop | Lace Top: She Inside | Boots: Shop Bop | Blazer: She Inside | Wrapping paper: Waiting on Martha | Basket: Far and Wide Collective | Earrings: Far and Wide Collective | Napkins: Far and Wide Collective | Bathing suit: Anthropologie | Pillow: Anthropologie | Lingerie: Anthropologie | Pink Salt: Weddbook | Hand Lotion: Williams Sonoma
January 29, 2014
After Christmas, a trip to South Africa, and two family weddings on the horizon, I’ve been forced to put myself on a spending hiatus in order to replenish my poor, sad little wallet. And though on an average day I’m not a huge shopper (I prefer the experience route over the material thing*), ever since making this decision, I find myself inadvertently perusing all. of. the. sites. All. of. the. time. I swear, my subconscious is such a brat sometimes. So instead of splurging on a handful of really lovely wintery-white pieces, I thought I’d share my findings and oogle from afar instead!
*Unless we’re talking about interior design. All bets go out the window when my home plays a factor.
Scarf: Nordstrom | Bangles: Moda Operandi | Watch: Kate Spade | Striped Tee: The Outnet | Sweater: Farfetch | Wool Jacket: Mango | Wool Hat: Barney’s | Purse: Neiman Marcus | Nail Polish: Essie | Socks: Barney’s | Earrings: Net-a-Porter | Ring: Steven Alan | Wrap Bracelet: Alexander McQueen
November 27, 2013
As mentioned yesterday, I’ve been feeling slightly draggy over the course of the last few days. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m sick, but I’m definitely turning into a bit of a weepy, needy baby, which is a tell tale sign. And when I’m feeling under the weather, there are just a few things that I rely on to get me through. Peppermint tea, a cozy robe and old episodes of Friends rank high amongst that list. Oh, and oil of oregano. It’s quite foul and totally unpleasant but I absolutely swear by it.
1. Mint Bellocq Tea from Terrain | 2. | 3. Alpaca Robe from Net-a-Porter | 4. Bootie Slippers from Nordstrom | 5. Oil of Oregano (I SWEAR by this stuff) from My Wholesome Home | 6. Honey | 7. Honey Dipper from Crate & Barrel | 8. Handmade Mug from Grehom | 9. Pyjama set from Madewell | 10. Hot Water Bottle from Indigo | 11. Throw from Lands Down Under
November 20, 2013
My sweet friend Jessica is headed off to Hawaii for a few weeks (not jealous at all)! She’s asked me to help her hold down the fort over on her blog, Coco/Mingo. Go take a peek to see what I’d pack in my virtual suitcase!
October 25, 2013
Perhaps it’s the fact that I only procured my Halloween costume last night (in lieu of weeks ahead of time, per usual), but it’s taken me a little longer than normal to get in the festive spirit. With a friend’s annual Halloween party tonight, and more candy in my cupboards than deemed acceptable, I do think I’m finally ready to begin celebrating! And in case the rest of you are struggling to get in the spirit, here’s a mini ode to Halloween, to help ease you along.
Shirt from Zara | Candlesticks from Terrain | Skull Wine Stopper from Waiting on Martha | Cake Plate from Waiting on Martha | Onyx Flatware from West Elm | Branch Candelabra from West Elm | Skull Placecard Holders from William Sonoma | Skull Tea Towels from William Sonoma | Pumpkin Candies from William Sonoma | Ghostly White Chardonary from Elk Creek | Black Lipstick from Asos | Cat Ear Ring from Asos | Fedora from Rag & Bone | Cat Headband from Crown and Glory
September 27, 2013
So I’m probably the last person that should be doling out advice on technology. I mean, I only recently hopped on the iPhone bandwagon and am still very, very behind the times in terms of gadgetry of all sorts. However, since the acquisition of said iPhone, I’ve come across a few apps that I am totally obsessed with and I just think you need to know about them!
::1:: AnyList. It’s free, and it’s a list makers DREAM. You can type up your grocery list, it will automatically organize each item into its specific category (produce, condiments, baking…), and once you’ve picked up said item you simply tap on it to cross it off. It makes me embarrassingly happy. You can also share your list with others (say, a significant other who’s picking up a few essentials en route home!) which is amazing
::2:: 5k Runner. I was hesitant to tell you guys about this one because that would mean I would have to publicly announce that I’ve started running. And that? That’s pressure you guys! But I couldn’t keep it to myself because it’s revolutionary. It promises to take you from couch potato to 5k in 8 weeks. I’m 6 weeks in and so far so good. Before I go much further, you should know that I am, by far, the least athletic person you’ll ever meet in your entire life. I was that girl in school who conveniently “forgot” her gym clothes at home every day (I know. I’m so obnoxious). And after, reluctantly at first, following the 5k Runner program for 6 weeks now I can confidently say that it’s incredible. Just yesterday I ran for 10 minutes straight without stopping. Six weeks ago I thought I was going to die after 1 minute. It’s TOTALLY doable. Totally amazing. And not only am I doing it, but I ‘m ENJOYING it. Madness.
::3:: Rando. My brother just introduced this one to me and it’s so much fun. You essentially take a photo, upload it and it will automatically be sent to someone at random around the world. You have no idea who it’s sent to, but you can see the city in which it was sent. Every time you send a photo, you will receive one in return. It’s fun!
::4:: Snapseed. I edit 95% of my Instagram photos using this app. You can straighten, rotate, brighten… the works. Obsessed.
::4b:: Afterlight. A few commenters suggested this app in lieu of Snapseed. I downloaded it a few days ago and I completely agree! It’s significantly better!
::5:: Ice Cream Jump. Pretty much the only game I play. It’s pretty old so you might be rolling your eyes at this one, but I can’t get enough. When they added the option to change your ice cream flavour and purchase accessories for your ice cream man? I almost lost my mind.
::6:: Rocketman. This one pertains to Toronto folk only, but it’s worth mentioning. Essentially it will tell you exactly when the next streetcar or bus will arrive at any stop throughout the city and it’s always on point. I know that it takes exactly 5 minutes to get from my front door to the streetcar stop down the street. I now plan my departure accordingly. Revolutionary!
Now you go! Are there any amazing apps I should be adding to my roster?
image original to lark & linen
September 13, 2013
I have a lot of skills when it comes to decor, but coming up with brilliant DIY projects is simply not one of them. Instead of beating myself up about the fact that I lack in this regard, I’ve decided to turn focus on the others that excel at it. The following projects are a few that I’ve come across through my internet travels, and are well worth a peek. I’m fairly confident that a number of these will be making their way into my home in the not too distant future.
September 11, 2013
For the first time in my entire life, I’m having difficulty coming around to the idea of fall. Normally I’m all about the crisp, cozy season, I’d even go so far as to say that it’s my favourite of them all. But this year? Those nostalgic feelings that typically surround the next few months seem to have gone missing. I thought that maybe if I compiled a round up of fall-like essentials it’d improve my excitement level. And though I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to my sundresses, I have to admit that it helped (a little). Apparently cozy throws, soft blush capes and stacks of books will do that to a girl.
August 28, 2013
I should probably go on record to say that this collection of items is not necessarily a list of things you legitimately need, but now that I’ve got my hands on each I’m unsure of how I ever lived without. I mean, most are total luxuries, but they’ve all made life just THAT much better. So without further ado, a list of my non-essential kitchen essentials!
1. The garlic zoom. Sure, you could chop that garlic super fine and have garlicky-smelling fingers all day long. But why would you when you can put it in a nifty little contraption and ZOOM it around the kitchen?! Mine actually recently succumbed to an unfortunate accent and I’d be lying if I say I wasn’t still mourning. I need to get my hands on a new one, and quick.
2. A Kitchenaid mixer. I probably don’t need to wax poetic about how much I love this tool. All I need to tell you is: cookies in seven minutes flat. Dangerous but totally essential for cookie emergencies (it’s a thing!)
3. A brown sugar stone. Never again will my brown sugar get all dried up and rock solid now that I have this bad boy on hand. It keeps your sugar fresh and soft for up to six months.
4. A wooden butter knife. My best friend actually introduced these guys to me (she’s from Sweden and I’m convinced that she comes from a line of genius’. I wholeheartedly believe that those folks have resolved most of lifes simple conundrums.) You can find these guys for, like, 75 cents and they spread all sorts of delicious toppings like a dream. Hole-y bread is no longer an issue in this household.
5. The Swissmar vegetable peelers. By far the best peeler I’ve ever used in my entire life. We have the whole collection and they are incredible. They glide like butter and they never dull!
6. I’m a tea snob through and through. With the exception of Tim Hortons (hey, I’m Canadian) and tea emergencies, I typically only drink the loose leaf stuff. For Life’s tea mug, with built in tea infuser and steeping lid, is a loose-leaf tea drinkers dream come true. I have two and they are in constant rotation.
7. A cast iron pan. This may go down as a no brainer but if you don’t have one, invest in one immediately! It cooks evenly and quickly and as a bonus? You even get some extra iron in your diet! They’re a little bit of a pain to maintain but they’re well worth it if you ask me.
8. Anthropologie’s mini latte bowls come in handy CONSTANTLY. Whether I’m whipping up a single serve salad dressing, need an afternoon snack (hello almonds!) or act as salt cellars while I’m cooking I just love, love, love them. Plus, they’re adorable and inexpensive and for that they made this round-up.
Now your turn. Any non-essential kitchen essentials I should be adding to my list?
July 17, 2013
Alright you guys. It’s been well documented around here in the past that fashion is not exactly my forte. I will never be the one to set trends or be the first to pick out the latest and greatest. That being said, there’s no denying that I adore a great top and a beautiful bag like the rest of em’. And now that we’re into the thick of summer, I thought it’d be fun to round-up a few of my summer must-haves. For me? It’s all about comfort. Pieces that you can throw on in a pinch, will keep you cool under the hot sun, and make you feel instantly chic with little to no effort at all.
1. Turkish Towel from Casa | 2. Bikini from J. Crew (on sale!) | 3. Fold up Flats from Tieks (so comfy) | 4. Sandal from Zappos | 5. Chevron Dress from Mod Cloth | 6. Sunglasses from Asos | 7. Beachy Hair Spray from Walgreens | 8. Marc Jacobs Purse from Shopbop | 9. Water Bottle from BKR | 10. Tank from Asos | 11. Heel from Shopbop | 12. Shorts from The Gap | 13. Skirt from Old Navy
May 29, 2013
Hey guys! Molly & Sally here from A Piece of Toast. We are SO excited for that Jacquelyn (and a little jealous) that she and her love get to travel to romanic Amafli, Italy. Based on her post last week it sounds like their trip is a bit of an open book right now… So we thought we’d help her pack! Must haves for any trip abroad during the summer season: outfits for day trips exploring, a swim suit and cover up for time on the coastal beach, and breezy attire for evenings out. With out realizing it, the items we collected all had a very pretty and sweet vibe – just like Jacquelyn! Enjoy your time on the coast, J + J – we can’t wait to see your photos when you return and we hope we made packing a bit easier (:
Yep, Molly & Sally definitely hit the nail right on the head with this one. My shopping list has just grown exponentially! Thanks again ladies <3
May 23, 2013
A dear friend of mine recently moved into her first solo condo. Having relocated from a Floridian sorority (with 40+ roomates, no less) where she spent the better part of four years, to a condo with two other lady friends (for another three), she was more than ready for a place to sink her roots into and call her own. Seeing as this was her first time really decorating, she approached me for some design suggestions, and this is what I came up with. The look? Feminine, yet not overly precious (we really didn’t want it to scream girl), while keeping a pretty strict budget in mind.
May 7, 2013
I couldn’t let Mother’s day come and go without a brief nod to the women who have helped shaped me throughout the years. Though we all know that, ultimately, gifts aren’t what’s important here, a little token of affection never really hurt anyone (and said tokens of affection are kind of my favourite). And let’s be honest, you really don’t have to drop a boat load of money to make someone feel special. Here’s a quick little round up of a few pretty little things I have my eye on for all of the wonderful mothers in my life (my own, especially!)
1. J. Crew Linen Scarf | 2. Anthropologie Recipe Cards | 3. Rifle Paper Co. Iphone Case | 4. Indigo Divine Cream Tea | 5. Indigo Grilling Salt | 6. Pradman Monogrammed Necklace | 7. Anthropologie Rolling Pin | 8. Indigo Herb Tins | 9. Indigo Hanging Tea Light Holder | 10. Anthropologie Perfume | 11. Anthropologie Blockprinted Napkins
March 28, 2013
With Easter just around the corner I thought it’d be fun to round up some of my very favourite festive posts from around the web. How clever are these guys!? They make me embarassingly happy
March 20, 2013
I’m heading to Florida with my family in a week and a half and I honestly could NOT be more excited. Though it won’t technically be a vacation as I’ll still be working throughout the week, (and studying in the evenings/weekends), the thought of sunshine and palm trees is making me giddy. The way I see it, studying on the beach and working in a solarium beats my dining room ANY day (and I happen to really like my dining room!)
While preparing for this upcoming trip I quickly realized that I do not own a beach bag. Yep, over the years I’ve become that girl who tosses her crap in her friends bag, or lugs her black leather one poolside. I decided that this needed to be rectified and set out on a hunt. Call me oblivious, but I had no idea how expensive these bad boys could be. $300 for something that runs the risk of getting sand-filled and chlorine-soaked? No thank you! So here you go – after a serious, all encompassing search, I’ve rounded up a few of my very favourite beach bag finds, all for under $50*.
*the Jcrew straw guy is technically $57 Canadian, but it’s one of my favourites and runs under $50 American so it totally made the cut. Forgive me?
March 15, 2013
Seeing green on this particularly lovely friday. Happy early St. Patrick’s Day my dears! Have a fabulous weekend
February 8, 2013
It seems as if I have inadvertently begun collecting throw blankets. It wasn’t something I had intentionally planned, yet over the years my collection has grown to an embarrassing number. My cute wooden bin is now overflowing with the softest, coziest throws in all the land and I couldn’t be happier about it. In light of the snowstorm that is promising to make its way to us today, I thought it’d be fun to round up some of my favourites. Don’t you feel warmer already?!
Happy weekend my loves! Thanks for being so wonderful <3
January 18, 2013
Covering all the bases today with a pretty little round up of a few of my recent findings.
Happy weekend lovelies <3
November 28, 2012
With December around the corner I’ve got advent calendars on the brain. That’s right. I am twenty-seven years old and I still look forward to advents. Each year my parents gift* my brother and I with one and I sincerely hope they never stop, no matter our age. Whether in the form of a shadow-box ornament display, a sweet surprise, or simply painted on ones window theres no shortage of ways to creatively count down the days.
*This year my mom picked up the David’s Tea 24 days of tea advent calendar for us and it might explain my over-eagerness for December to finally arrive. 24 days of different holiday-inspired tea? Why I never! And as an aside? If you’re feeling gluttonous, you could grab the oversized heavenly Lindt one. The thing is almost as big as I am. It’s fantastic!
November 22, 2012
We’ve been waking up to eerie foggy mornings lately which is making it all the more difficult to drag myself out of bed. These days, with the cooler temperatures on their way, all I dream about are roaring fires, spicy meals and all things comfy cosy.
ps: Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends! Though we already celebrated up here in Canada, I do want to take a moment to say how thankful I am for all of you. I just love you’s so!
pps: That candle up there? It’s called woodfire and it smells like my childhood. Like a cedar sauna and a late-night campfire at the cottage. It is so wonderful and I highly recommend it. Illume sent one to me as a gift but I can promise you that I would not be posting about it if I did not adore it in every way.
November 7, 2012
Just a few things I wish would magically find their way into my closet this season.
October 19, 2012
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Between my travel break and travel recap the last few weeks, my blog has been seriously lacking in seasonal appeal. And if you know me at all, you know that I revel in all things festive. Since fall is probably my favourite (though don’t hate me if I say the same about winter or summer when they arrive once more), I thought it necessary to rectify this situation. An ode to fall, in collage form.
There. I feel better now.
Happy weekend you guys!
August 22, 2012
It’s in and around this time that I usually begin to crave the shift in seasons. Crisp mornings, rich foliage and big mugs of steeping hot cider are generally the things my dreams are made of. For reasons unbeknownst to me, this year I’m just not quite ready yet. While my fellow bloggers have begun shifting their focus from light and bright to rich and moody, I’ll be over here soaking up just a few more moments of summer. There’s still plenty of time for ice cream outings and backyard barbecues, if you ask me.
April 25, 2012
Now that the temperatures are on the rise (at least they should be – come on mother nature!), I thought it’d be fun to round-up a few spring-like pieces I’m lusting after. I don’t generally blog about fashion, and will never (ever) claim to be an expert on the matter, but I do know what I like: classic, versatile pieces that will last for years to come.
April 17, 2012
We are officially well into spring (though mother-nature here in Toronto hasn’t quite got the message *ahem*), which often brings about grey, drizzly days. The first few can seem exciting – I mean, April showers brings May flowers after all – but after a while it becomes difficult to stay optimistic. Early on I decided that life is exactly what you make of it and by golly* I’m going to do my best to enjoy every bit of it. With that in mind, I’ve taken the time to round-up a few quick fixes to cure those rainy day blues. Whether it’s cuddling up with a cozy blanket and a good read, or (should it be required), heading out well-equipped, I’ve got you covered.
ps. The MoMA is celebrating it’s 20 year anniversary and has generously agreed to offer a 20% discount on the Sky Umbrella (shown). Simply enter “SKY20″ at checkout to receive the discount.
Full Disclosure: the MoMA has sent me a sky umbrella of my own to review – I would never endorse anything I do not fully support/would not use myself. I feel confident when I say that it really does make rainy days just a little bit brighter!
March 21, 2012
While I’m typically attracted to neutral, serene spaces, every once in a while I find myself craving a little something extra. Here are a few bright pieces that are currently catching my eye. I’m pretty sure that the hot pink extension cord in particular needs to make its way into my home. (I ask you this: why aren’t all extension cords hot pink?! We should pass a by-law*)
*random but related (…somehow): the sidewalk in front of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto sparkles at night. Wouldn’t life be better if all sidewalks sparkled? Discuss.
December 21, 2011
I’ve mentioned before that I love incorporating some additional effort while wrapping my Christmas gifts. It isn’t difficult to add a little extra touch to your gift and the results are always well worth it. Today I’ve rounded up a few inexpensive, simple things you could do to spice up your present in a pinch.
1. Tying a cinnamon stick or two to your package. Not only will they look great, but they’ll smell festive too.
2. Using tree trimmings, misletoe or boxwood bits to add a little special something (here’s an example).
3. Using twine for an organic feel (take a peek at this pretty gift here).
4. Purchasing some japanese washi tape in lieu of scotch tape. Using it on simple wrapping paper makes a great statement.
5. Felt (or fabric) flower adornments (as seen here; also, here’s a tutorial for making your own)
6. Stringing together your own garland with found objects (bits of wood, dried leafs or berries) and wrapping it around your gift.
7. Using newspaper. Add a bright red bow and you get instant Christmas at little to no cost (so festive).
8. Using bakers twine to attach gift tags
December 9, 2011
A few festive goodies from around the web
that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit:
::The prettiest homemade wreath
::The most wonderful garland selection
::A luxurious advent calendar
::Alternatively, you could make your own using this DIY
::This would make wrapping gifts infinitely more fun
::Make sure to follow Leah’s five weeks worth of holiday cookies
(she’s already posted some goodies)
::Head over here to help Lauren and her great cause
::Looking for some creative gift ideas?
What about this bacon of the month club.
::Also fun: a coffee of the month subscription
::A lovely “joy to the world” free printable
::The cutest Christmas brownies - complete with Santa hats
::Some gingerbread snowflakes
::And so. many. gift. guides!!
Happy weekend lovelies!
November 30, 2011
When I was little, I knew Christmas was around the corner when the Sears Wishbook arrived in the mail. The extra-large catalogue would show up on our doorstep chalk full of all the toys a small child could dream of. After fighting over it with my little brother (and obviously winning. superior being and all ) I would excitedly go through it, diligently cutting out every item I hoped to find under the tree come Christmas morning.
I like to think that my taste has been somewhat refined since the era of popples, play-doh hair salons and newborn nancy dolls. While I no longer tear through a sears catalogue around this time, I do manage to get excited for the anticipation of what’s to come and couldn’t help but paste together a collection of items that are on my radar this year.
October 7, 2011
While I know it’s only us Canadians who are celebrating this weekend, there’s no reason that these simple guidelines can’t apply to those of you who are not. Kick back, relax, wear a pair of cozy knit socks and have a most wonderful fall weekend. And happy thanksgiving to my lovely Canadian friends!