Monday, August 4, 2014

Roots + Tom Thomson

(Images via Roots)

Currently loving the new Roots' collaboration with the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, particularly the men's pieces. I wouldn't normally gravitate towards outdoorsy-wear, but after having spent years with my better half, he's definitely rubbed off on me. Also, the best part of this collection: Made in Canada

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dressing for a Wedding

I've been looking for a summer-y dress for a wedding in August and I happened upon these two recently. Florals are always representative of summer for me so I tend to always gravitate towards anything pretty and floral.

(Image via Zara)

I love the water colour pattern on this Zara dress (on sale for $29.99). Although a friend did mention it looked like a nighty, I think it would work well for me with a nice belted accent.

(Image via Sheinside)

I've never purchased anything from Sheinside before, but saw this dress via another blog (I can't for the life of me remember or find the blog right now) and fell in love with the structure and pattern. I don't have high expectations for quality based on the price and type of site, but the blogger who reviewed it had high praises for what you get for under $20. Unfortunately, the dress only comes in one size so it will be a hit or miss. I will be sure to post a review when I
receive it!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Plant List: String of Pearls

On my list of plants to get: String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

Sources: 1 / 2 / 3

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Jellyfish Galore

For my birthday a few weeks ago, we finally visited the new Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto with some gifted tickets.
I'm fascinated with amazing aquariums but I particularly love jellyfish! Something about their bodies and movement
are mesmerizing, no?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Something New: Fiddleheads

I've always wanted to try fiddleheads and after recently being reminded that they're ready for harvesting  we decided to go out and forage! I think we missed the prime harvesting time though as most of them had already opened up. Somehow I managed to find a bunch still furled up and boy was I excited.

I was a little weary of eating them because I've never foraged before and am a slight germaphobe, but after a good wash, boil & sauté they were actually delicious. Very similar to asparagus and would go great with a steak. I used this simple recipe and would probably prepare them the same way in the future. Verdict: delicious!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Two Favourites: Documentaries

The other day I was sitting around channel surfing when I came upon the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York". Cunningham is a fashion/street photographer for the New York Times, 80 years old at the time of the movie. I was instantly hooked and inspired by his attitude and work.

Today, I re-watched "Jiro Dreams of Sushi", a doc about 85 year old sushi chef Jiro and his never-ending quest to make amazing sushi. Similar in a lot of ways to Bill Cunningham. Two amazing, inspiring 80+ men who truly love what they do, so much so that they don't want to retire.

What a difference from the majority of people today (me included)! Most of us can't wait to stop working. It made me ask myself, what would I love doing so much I would never want to give it up? I think I'm partially there but I wouldn't say I've found the perfect formula yet. How do you feel about your job?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Crown Flora Terrarium Workshop

I'm sitting at home this week with a wicked cold. All I feel like doing is watching TV in my homemade Snuggie (aka my fleece blanket wrapped around me like a poncho). But a few weeks ago, a friend and I visited Crown Flora Studio for a terrarium workshop!

Luckily we picked a Saturday with only 5 participants and had lots of room to roam and our pick of plants. I absolutely LOVE succulents so nothing excites me more than seeing so many in one place! If you're in the Toronto area and interested in getting a crash course in making terrariums, I highly recommend taking this workshop. Adam + Davis are super nice and sweet and I couldn't help buying another potted plant for myself at the end too.

I was inspired afterwards to make my own terrariums at home and excitedly went on a search for supplies not long after. Can't wait to create more and will definitely share my finds soon!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

There & Back

I've been attempting to do a "revamp" it seems like forever ago. It's funny how the everyday job can take away from all the other things you intend to do at the end of every day. I guess the biggest motivation in this long overdue update is that very fact that I no longer have my everyday job! I just completed a contract covering a maternity leave at Style at Home magazine and now I'm feeling refreshed and ready to dive into something I've always loved; the blogging world. Hello again & I hope to reconnect with past bloggers soon. Let's catch up!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Longchamp Planètes Review

After contemplating for a long while, I pulled the trigger and bought the Longchamp Planètes medium tote bag about a month ago. I was looking for a sturdy work bag that would fit my wallet, extras and also my daily lunch, water bottle and possibly a book. I found this bag via Extra Petite and kept it in mind, but I ended up going with the popular Le Pliage. After bringing the Le Pliage home and not loving the bag, I returned it and did more research on the Planètes tote finding nothing but positive reviews. It is indeed much sturdier than the Le Pliage, with thicker material and also a sleeker tone on tone look.

I've been lugging my daily things + lunch in this tote for a little over 3 months now and love it! I didn't realize how much I missed having a fully zipped bag. Since I commute to work everyday I like the security of all my belongings being zipped safely away. The bag is also light as air and compared to my previous purse, making everything feel super light on my shoulder. I did find the flap to be somewhat annoying at first as it got in the way of easily unzipping the bag and taking things out, but I did get over it. I would definitely recommend this bag as an everyday work tote. The overall quality is top-notch and the bag is well-designed in all aspects.

What's your everyday work bag?