Tuesday, September 12, 2017

good as gold

Big, gold accessories are everywhere these days. I'm loving the trend and knew that holding onto my mom's hand-me-downs would pay off one day. You can count on J.Crew to nail the fall trends and each of these pieces would look great on their own, or layered with contrasting metals and colors. The orbit earrings have been on my radar for months.... Anthropologie also has some fabulous funky earring options - similar here, here and here.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

wouldn't have guessed

Remember Abercrombie & Fitch...? That store that we were all obsessed with at some point in our teenage years, but then it fell completely off the radar. Well it popped back up last week and I couldn't resist browsing their 40% off sale. And let me tell you... I'm sort of re-obsessed. Jeans for $45, sweaters for less then $40 and tops for $20-30 (and I'm quoting CAD prices too). Neutral colors, comfortable fits, simple and stylish. I placed an order online, so time will tell if the fit and quality is as good as I'm hoping it will be. I unfortunately, somehow missed these jeans.... Might just need place a second order, I mean common...

it's been a while...

Admission:: Life got in the way and this little blog was majorly rejected! The blog has always been a passion project and a space for creative expression and I've definitely missed it over the past few months... That being said, when life gets busy I do my best to enjoy the present, knowing that I'm always able to come back to the blog. But with fall fast approaching and a big life milestone (that is so blog worthy) I'm going to do my best to jump back into regular posts!

Here's whats been going on lately...

:: I've been married for over six months now! I totally missed the mini-milestone and only remembered when someone recently reminded me. We're loving married life and each day feels happier then the last

:: We spent a wonderful long weekend in Whistler in July. My younger sister did the Ironman 70.3, so we went out to visit and cheer her on. The weather was amazing (sun-shiny summer days) and we had so much fun chasing her around the course, cheering like maniacs!

:: My sister recently got engaged! Her boyfriend proposed while camping out in British Columbia and I'm over the moon excited for them. Being engaged was the absolute best and it's nearly impossible not to share that excitement once you've experienced it!

:: D and I bought a house! After house hunting for a while and walking through 40+ open houses, we knew right away that we had found a gem. We acted quickly and the house was ours 15 hours after seeing it for the first time. This will be our second week in the new place and we're busy getting settled and having so much fun decorating the new space. I feel so lucky to have ended up in such a beautiful home. (This was the blog-worthy news.. I can't wait to share photos of how we've transformed the space into our own!)

We have a busy few months ahead of us...

:: I'm turning 29 tomorrow! Lucky for me, Counting Crows + Matchbox 20 are playing at an outdoor venue, so I've rallied a bunch of friends to help me celebrate

:: We're returning to B.C in a couple of weeks to celebrate D's grandmonthers 90th birthday. We extended the trip so that we can catch up with my sister and friends too

:: We have two big trips coming up, and while they're a while off, I'm finding it impossible to not already get excited. We're going to Hawaii with D's parents in November and celebrating our one year anniversary in California (San Francisco, Napa and Lake Tahoe) in February. It's so fun having travel plans to look forward to!

Monday, June 5, 2017

wedding 101

Having recently experienced the entire wedding planning process and the exciting day-of festivities - I've found that I have a refreshing new perspective when reading wedding articles... Worries that caused me sleepless nights and things that I endlessly scrutinized over sorted themselves out and the day came together more perfectly then I thought possible. I can now sit back and laugh at myself for over-thinking almost every little detail.

With wedding season having already begun, here are a few links that are sure to be helpful for brides-to-be and wedding guests alike ::

- the phones/ipads/cameras urks me to the core! (We actually added a little note to the ceremony program, asking people to not take photos, rather engage and be present throughout the ceremony.. (almost) everyone respected our wishes)

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- I took D's last name, and let me tell you, I have heard my share of other peoples opinions... (I get that not everyone is on the same page, but be respectful of others decisions) 
- I've been forth coming about certain costs with particular friends, but having to dodge the "how much did your ring cost" or "how much was the florist bill" questions is really awkward

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- #3 : we did a first look and it was one of my most favorite moments of the day - it's private and so so special - doooo it! 
- #4 : we had four long harvest tables and sat smack dab in the middle of everyone - it was perfect being surrounded by our bridal party, their partners and having our parents right behind us 

Friday, June 2, 2017

happy weekend

{ the sweetest vase with cottage grown flowers }

I'm welcoming the weekend with a full embrace. Looking forward to catching up on sleep, getting out on my bike and making some healthy, delicious food. 

Whatever you're up to, enjoy your weekend! xx

{ a sea-themed print in the bathroom }

{ new favourite drink spot @ cocktail bar }

{ views of park dale }

{ delicious dinner at black hoof }

{ beautiful blooms from hunt & gather, our local florist }

whole 30: work week update

We've made it through the first work week of Whole 30! Thankfully, it wasn't as tough as I was expecting. I didn't suffer much from withdrawals and I had overall good energy levels throughout the week. 

We started our days with a big breakfast feast - a variety of eggs, a fruit salad. and a cup of coffee. 
For lunch we packed big salads with lots of veggies, avocado, prosciutto and a hardboiled egg. 
My favourite snack this week was apple with almond butter. We also found dried fruit (without sulphates!) at a local health food store.
Our schedules pulled us in different directions this week, but we managed to cook some delicious dinners too. We had guests over on Tuesday and served marinated flank steak with cilantro sauce and ginger lime grilled shrimp, which was a big hit. And we made turkey bolognese with spaghetti squash that will definitely be a new go-to comfort food recipe. 

It's Friday night and I'd be lying if I didn't admit I'd love a glass of wine. But five days in, I'm invested in seeing this through!

One of the goals of the program is to break bad habits - a few of mine would be frequent consumption of alcohol and sweets! I'm missing dessert but know the cravings will get easier as I go. I did make a Whole 30 compliant treat tonight for the sunny June days ahead - mango and coconut milk popsicles will be sure to cool us down and will be consciously consumed and enjoyed.

Monday, May 29, 2017

whole 30 : day 1

Pre-wedding included a whole lot of working out, watching what I ate and prioritizing my health. Post-wedding has been the happiest three months of my life, but I took a month off workouts and have been eating and drinking whatever I want. Three months later, it's caught up to me. It's resulted in weight gain and not feeling too great about myself. 

When friends recently told us about Whole 30, an eating program they had been following, we agreed it was something both D and I needed to do for ourselves. We purchased the guide book, the cookbook and prepared ourselves over the weekend to get started this morning. One of our faults, in our normal daily lives, is laziness and not preparing ourselves to succeed in eating healthy - so we're making it a priority for the next 30 days. 

The breakdown: The Whole 30 Program
Length: 30 days

(but the goal is to break bad habits and form a new relationship with food, which would obviously continue past 30 days)

Restrictions: No Dairy (cheese, milk, yogurt), No Gluten or Grains (bread, oats, quinoa, rice), No Sugar (no processed but no natural sugars either, like honey, maple syrup), No Legumes (beans, soy), No Alcohol 

(the idea is to remove foods that are best known for causing inflammation and problems, removing them, letting your body heal - them systematically reintroducing them (after the 30 days))

What we'll be eating & drinking: Fruits, Vegetables (except corn and peas), Meat, Eggs, Nuts, Coffee, Sparkling Water

I weighed myself this morning and took note of how I was feeling (any aches and pains) and have started a note in my phone. I expect to miss sugar the most and have a hard time saying no to patio beers - but am determined to stick to the program for 30 days, no cheating! 


Thursday, May 25, 2017

the 'it' summer bag

If you follow any fashion bloggers, you'll know the above bag (more commonly in natural of white) is the bag of the summer. I like the look, but I tend to stray away from styles that are so popular. 

Here are a few other options, still on trend but with a uniqueness that is sure to get noticed. Best part, they're all under $70 from Zara.

Oh, and while we're on the topic of summer bags - this is the bag on the top of my wishlist...
(if only I had a birthday at the beginning of summer)

Friday, May 12, 2017

birthday baskets

We celebrated a good friends birthday recently with lazer tag and a pizza party. It was totally reminiscent of younger days, (admission: I had actually never played lazer tag), and while we might have been the oldest kids at lazer quest, we totally had a blast.

D and I went in on a gift with another friend and we came up with the idea of putting together a basket of treats, given the birthday boy is a total 'foodie'. The finished product was filled with a mix of savory, sweet and spicy goods - from different Toronto hot spots and a Roncy specialty grocer.

Here's what went in the basket:
- a Bellwoods Brewery beer ($6)
- Terroni pepperocini ($9)
- Cumbrae's original spice rub ($6)
- fancy sea salt ($6)
- handmade caramels ($1.50)
- whiskey barbeque sauce ($8)
- root beer syrup (that you mix with tonic) ($11)
- bacon chocolate bar ($5)
- a Toronto key chain holder ($12)
- bakset ($7)
Total Cost (with tax): $80

I wrapped it all up with cellophane and a big bow and it turned out so well, it might be my new go-to gift for upcoming summer events.

You could totally mix-up what you include, depending on the occasion... 
House Warming: organic cleaning products, candle, ceramic key dish
Summer BBQ: grilling utensils, paper napkins, fancy ketchup or mustard

Tip:: Dollarama and Home Sense are great spots to stock up on wrapping essentials to keep on hand -  I always have a few rolls of cellophane and different ribbons. I also recycling wrapping stuff where possible - the paper filling actually came with a wedding gift and I just put it in a ziploc, saving it for later! Another idea, when you see cute, affordable items - pick them up! I love having little memento's on hand for last minute gift giving.

Monday, May 8, 2017

hand loomed rug

Simple concept, elevated execution. The texture of this wool rug is so luxurious, I could only imagine stepping out of bed on a cold winter morning.