Thursday, 8 June 2017

72 hours in Montreal


A few weeks ago myself, Ruben, my brother Alex and his girlfriend Nicky decided to take a quick road trip to Montreal for the long weekend! Luckily this beautiful city is only about six hours away from Toronto so it makes for the perfect, quick getaway. I've been to Montreal many times and something about it always has me wanting more. This charming, historic city with European vibes is a little slice of heaven. If I had it my way, I'd probably visit every weekend (or move there, except I don't speak French...)

I was planning to create a city guide, but since it was a quick trip I preferred to be more in the moment and enjoy each place we went. I also didn't get to visit all the places on my list, so that will be saved for next time and a future city guide! Instead I decided to share a photo journal documenting some of the highlights of the trip. All photos were taken on iPhone, mostly because I was lazy but also because I wanted to not worry about playing around with the camera. ENJOY!

Obviously our first stop was poutine and beers in Old Montreal!



When life gives you lemons in a colourful window sill, you take a photo. Cute little cafes and shops littered the streets of Old Montreal.


After lots of walking around in the sun it was time to quench our thirst with delicious cocktails! We stumbled upon Venice MTL and had a few drinks and enjoyed the cool, Californian vibes. Would have liked to try their food - next time! Definitely a nice spot to check out.

Petit déjeuner! Tommy Cafe was a great spot to start our morning on day two. Good atmosphere + good food and drinks = perfection. This is the perfect spot to relax and chat or get work done! 


The Palais Des Congres is a really neat building to check out. I first discovered this colourful glass building on my first trip to Montreal in 2005. It's so amazing to check out and see the way the light hits the colour window panes to reflect inside. Also in the same building was an art installation of pink concrete trees as pictured above.




We had fantastic weather the whole time we were there which was perfect for walking around and getting to see lots of different parts of the city such as Ste. Catherine, the Plateau and the Mile End. I love how accessible everything is by public transit; we relied heavily on the metro (and uber after hours). I really hope we can visit again sometime this Summer - Montreal you were such a treat! 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Spring 2017 must-haves!

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Hey friends! Today I'm bringing you some items on my Spring wish list, as well as my wardrobe must-haves for Spring! A new season is upon us and I'm LOVING every moment of it so far. I can't tell you how nice it is to peel back the layers and not wear my Winter coat everyday - pure bliss. 

I recently picked up a copy of The Curated Closet from my local library and once I began to read it, I quickly realized I needed a copy of this book in my life (and you will too!) To me, I see it as a Style Bible and is definitely a great addition to any book collection. It talks about defining your style and catering to it via your wardrobe, and essentially how to curate the perfect closet! It opened my eyes up to a lot of things like wants vs. needs and quality over quantity. While reading it I found myself spending endless hours Pinning photos to my style and fashion board on Pinterest, as this is obviously one of the great ways to get inspiration and create a reference guide for yourself.

I created this Spring must-haves / wish list because I can't stop scouring the Internet for some new staples to add to my Spring wardrobe that will also carry me into the Summer and even Fall and Winter! To me, it's important to purge my closet and dresser before I even begin adding new items to it. It's something I adopted early on when I realized how much money I was wasting on new clothes and not wearing. The book touches on a lot of this too, which is very eye opening and helpful to remember.

1. pink suede loafers - I ordered a pair of these online from H&M and as soon as they arrived I fell in love! Not only are they the perfect rose shade of pink, they are incredibly comfy. I wore them walking around Toronto for over 6 hours the other day and did not get any blisters so that's a plus! 

2. will you accept this rose tee? - Ban.do is killlllling it with all their new apparel they keep releasing and I want it ALL! I have a few shirts from their previous collections and I absolutely love all the graphic tees they come out with. This one is a great transitional piece to wear from Spring to Summer and would look great with a metallic skirt or some culottes!

3. striped culottes - I have a pair of striped culottes I bought from Zara last Spring and they are one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe. They can easily be dressed up or down with a pair of sneakers or some nice heels and the shirt combinations are endless. Almost anything goes with these pants and that's why I love them. 

4. Warby Parker sunglasses - after an eye test earlier this year, I learned my vision is NOT what it used to be (unfortunately) and once I had my new prescription filled and new lenses in my frames I realized how bad it was and how much clearer I could see after the fact! With that being said, I've been on the hunt for a perfect pair of prescription sunnies and these fit the bill. They are super cute and have a chic, classic vibe to them - needless to say they are on my wish list!

5. Sam Edelman mules - it's clear that mules are making a comeback and are all the rage this season. As soon as I saw these babies in yellow I couldn't stop thinking of them. I haven't quite bit the bullet just yet, these are still on my wish list but I can already imagine all the different outfit possibilities with these in my closet.

6. mint green velvet trousers - shout out to Studio DIY for bringing these to my attention! She included them in her Spring capsule wardrobe and as soon as I saw them I fell in love. The colour is beautiful for Spring and Summer and it's always good to introduce some items with different textures to your closet so I thought what better way than with VELVET! Another trend making a come back and soon these will be mine...

7. amigo circle bag - another Ban.do item on my wish list! I've always wanted a round purse and this one comes in my favourite shade of pink so it's basically meant to be! A match made in Heaven. It's a great size and I think it will suit a lot of different outfits. As someone who owns too many black purses, it's time I introduce some coloured ones to my collection.

8. wish you were here tee - if you haven't already noticed a trend here, I'm loving blush and rose toned pinks and graphic tees this season! This graphic tee is simple and fun and reminds me of Pink Floyd! With a pair of pink trousers or white jeans, I absolutely love this tee.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Currently


Heeeeeeeeeey friends! I know I always say this but time is FLYING! Just when I feel like I've finished something on my to-do list, I have about 50 more items to cross off. Despite it being exhausting, I'm kinda loving this busy, hustle and bustle lifestyle I've taken on since starting my blog, working full time, and moving into our own house. Lots to do and so little time but I'm managing. Thought it would be fun to share some life updates and what's up currently in terms of things I'm reading, listening to, watching, loving, ETC. 

READING: Ruben and I finally got library cards a few months ago since we live a short walk from our local library and I've been enjoying it so much. I try and read at least one book a month (time permitting). Currently I'm reading 'I was told there'd be cake' by Sloane Crosley and OMG it's funny! I'm also reading 'The Curated Closet' which has already made me feel lighter, and more inspired than ever to purge my closet. I'm always looking for new things to read so if you have any recommendations please leave me a comment or shoot me a message!

WATCHING: Anyone else addicted to Riverdale?! It's soooooo good. Unlike other shows on Netflix, you have to wait each week for a new episode to premiere on Fridays (so it makes binge watching hard/impossible) But this past week's episode was crazy good, I can't wait for next. Also - GIRLS! My favourite show and this season has been so great, I really don't want it to end. I'm kind of really dreading the last episode. 

LISTENING TO: So many good albums just got released this past week, which means my Spotify has been off the chains in terms of checking out all the good, new stuff to hit the airwaves. Among those I'm listening to are Father John Misty's new album 'Pure Comedy ', and Future Island's new album 'The Far Field'. Both artists are playing sold out shows in Toronto next month and I'm so desperate for Future Islands tickets, so if anyone's got the hook-ups ;) let me know hehe. 

FEELING: EXCITED! The Toronto Maple Leafs just made the Stanley Cup playoffs which is a huuuuge deal to our city. I was at the game Saturday night when they clinched the spot and the whole place was buzzing, the feeling hasn't quite left me yet and I can't wait to see them play the Capitals in the playoffs (one of the best teams) BUT you gotta beat the best to be the best and I'm totally hopeful and have faith in our team. GO LEAFS GO!!!

WORKING ON: Our house! The projects don't stop. We moved in almost six months ago now and I feel like we haven't done anything (but really, we've done a lot!) and there's only so much we can do too, considering we're renting. We're currently working on a reading nook for our bedroom, and getting our office setup. Ruben got me a sewing machine for Christmas and it's still in the box (oops!) so my goal is to get that set up in the office and in motion within the next week. 

So that's all my excitement for now and what's been going on in this life of mine. With the weather getting warmer, I'm ecstatic to get busy with more projects in and around the house, as well as the blog. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Spring has SPRUNG!


Hey friends - Happy Wednesday! Spring has certainly sprung around these parts and we're seeing it with the crazy amount of rain we've been getting and flowers starting to bloom. Temperatures are warming up, which means we've been spending a lot more time out and about! This past weekend was beautiful in terms of weather, so we hit up the city to walk around, have lunch and enjoy the fact that I could get away with wearing just a sweater and some flats! I hadn't even planned to do an outfit post, but when I stumbled upon this yellow wall that matches my shoes, it was kind of a given.

With the weather warming up and the days are feeling longer (thank sunlight!), I hope I can utilize this time to plan and create more content and posts! I kind of went through a dry period I guess you could say, where I was feeling lazy/uninspired and the cold, long, dark winter did NOT help! I can't promise anything, but I will do my best to create lots of fun posts for the coming months and I hope you come back to check it out!

Outfit Details: Glasses (Bailey Nelson) / Sweater (H&M) / Pants (Old Navy) / Purse (Kate Spade) / Shoes (from a shop in Positano, Italy)


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