Thursday, June 21, 2018


Our summer plans include a quiet city weekends, with a few weekend cottage getaways - but our next big trip is booked for Texas in the late fall with D's parents. We're celebrating some milestone birthdays this year and given that we live on opposite coasts, we have fun picking new places to rendezvous. 

Austin has been on the top of my 'US cities I want to visit' list and D's Mom was interested in checking out San Antonio - so we'll be splitting our time between the two cities. 

We booked a beautiful B&B in San Antonio and scored this awesome looking apartment in Austin on VRBO. There were some great options for accommodation but this apartment looks straight out of Architectural Digest!

The research has begun for all things Texas. I can't wait to try some tex-mex and barbeque and experience the south. 

Recommendations welcome. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

my june goal

Tomorrow marks the first day of June - the month where spring ends, summer officially starts, pool hangs begin, short dresses are worn daily and patio beers are enjoyed frequently. I've made a goal for myself: for the month of June I will get a good sweat on every single day. 30 consecutive days of Classpass studio visits, outdoor jogging, bike rides and basement workouts.

I'm sure I'll run into a couple of days where the couch seems so much more appealing then working out but I'm also sure that I'll come out the other end feeling great. Anyone want to join me..?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

baby talk

Having checked off 'marry the love of your life' and 'buy your dream house' in the past year, my mind has been drifting onto the topic of babies a bit more frequently. D and I plan on enjoying married life and traveling some more but it's the next big 'life' thing on the horizon, which is crazy/terrifying/exciting all at the same time.

I read a lot of blogs daily and have come to love a few lifestyle writers that are mothers themselves and post mom content accordingly. I recently came across these two articles and I just love the approach and perspective on parenting. Bookmarked for future reference...

[image via @landofwomen]

a classic accessory

For as many bags as I have in my closet, I've recently noticed I don't have a go-to black cross body bag. One you can fit your wallet in but still looks cute for dinner dates... I love everything about this bag - the understated details, the simple shape and strap and the gorgeous snake embossing. Ten out of ten in my books!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

cookbook inspiration

We just got back from a trip in California and one of my favorite meals had to be our dinner at Tartine Manufactory. It was recommended by a San Fran local and it's quick to book up - which we learned was for good reason. To start, their bread and butter is out of this world (if you eat here, don't even think about skipping it). And as for the meal, (luckily I married a man who likes/agrees to share)  we ordered a few dishes to split. Each dish was beautifully plated and bursting with flavor. 

California has such a vibrant restaurant scene with access to gorgeous local produce, and we enjoyed some really top notch, delicious food. Returning home, it has me inspired to step up our cooking game and focus on trying new recipes. My goal is two new recipes a month.

Here are a few cookbooks that I'm looking to for inspiration ::
(plus they would look great on display in the kitchen...

For the obvious reason that we just enjoyed a wonderful meal - I'm dying to know what recipes they've highlighted in their cookbook. (Fingers crossed the chicken liver pate is included!)

Who wouldn't want to join the 'Bombesquad'? A collection of recipes from women in food. And lets be honest, I'm totally drawn to the red/pink cover for stlying...

The reviews of this book can't be ignored - approachable recipes that are equally quick as they are delicious. Plus there are listen while you cook playlist recommendations from one of my IG favorites Hannah Bronfman.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


With my constant social media following, blog reading and online browsing, I'm always crushing on a few fashion, beauty, tech or home decor pieces. Wishlisted will be a run down of what is on my radar - this is my current wish list :: 

I saw this sweater at the North Face store at Yorkdale this weekend and it is the softest sweater ever. I would be so cozy to layer under my ski coat and for apres drinks!

I have an obsession with stars and my fitness instructor was wearing the lightning bolt version of these tights in Mondays class. They are a splurge but so cute.

This would be such a fun bag to bring to summer markets and the beach, plus its a steal at $22!

We've been entertaining more and I love the idea of having wine on the table so guests can help themselves. We rarely cover the live edge with tablecloths, so these coasters would ever so stylishly protect the table.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

we joined a wine club

So as of late December, D and I are now members of a wine club! D is the master of browsing BlogTO/Toronto Life and he's always sending me new restaurants we should check out or cool Toronto events. He came across The Charlie's Burgers Wine Program and suggested it would be a perfect Christmas gift for me to give him. I lovingly went along with the suggestion, fully aware that I will undoubtedly benefit greatly from the gift.

How It Works ::

December's pick was a magnum of a 2008 Amarone! We signed up in mid December, so January will be our first delivery and we're expecting it any day now. It is a total indulgence but something fun to look forward to each month!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

a year in review :: 2017

For a bevy of rather obvious reasons, 2017 was nothing shortly of extraordinary...

I managed to check off a couple of those humongous and momentous life milestones by getting married and buying a house!

Travel is one of my biggest inspirations and I was lucky enough to travel to Miami, Barbados, Hawaii and we got out to British Columbia twice. 

This past year I rode in a helicopter, ate some amazing meals (both home cooked and at beautiful restaurants), learned how to calligraph (although my skill still needs some fine tuning), saw some amazing live music, started a wine collection and created some really precious memories with family and friends.

This year, even more than others past, reminds me how fortunate I am to live such a wonderful, fulfilling life and to be surrounded daily by such amazing people. I sure have a lot to be thankful for!

I wanted to go back over the year and highlight some of my favorite moments and memories - documented here as a time capsule of sorts. Cheers to a wonderful 2017 and somehow, an even better 2018!




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