Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Touring Texas

Mission San José
Mission San José

A week off work means a week down south, and a very warm one at that. Texas in the summer is hot hot hot, and also not very crowded. (Bonus!) I've been explaining the experience to people as "it's like you just opened the pre-heated oven door, except that's the door to the street." Fortunately, the A/C is blasting all day every day, so a cool escape is always near.

Let's start off with the San José Mission in San Antonio. There are 5 Spanish Missions of Old San Antonio scattered along the San Antonio River. These establishments were built by Spanish Catholic religious orders who trained the native peoples to cultivate the land and adopt new culture, in order to live sustainably and prosper. These sites were built in 1720 (The Alamo) and 1731 (San José, San Juan, Concepcion and Espada). The missions are free UNESCO World Heritage Sites which still run as active parishes. When it isn't 100°F I'd totally do a bike tour of the 4 latter missions.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Baby Foot Review

baby foot review

I love a good at-home mani/pedi, but my routine is pretty time consuming so I’m lucky if I get two in a month. Even in the summer my feet are in good shape, so when I was offered a package of "Baby Foot" to write about, I enlisted the help of my hard-working mom to see just how powerful this popular product really is.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Merlocola - A Fun Twist On Classic Red


I'd say that I'm a pretty casual drinker, as I often prefer a glass of ice water over a martini. But after a busy day, I must admit that a crisp glass of wine starts to sound good once 6pm rolls around.

I was recently introduced to Merlocola which is a new red wine available at the LCBO just in time for the heat of summer.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ELLE Canada VIP Event Recap

girls night out wine elle canada


I’ve been an avid reader of ELLE Canada for ages. I find that this particular Canadian magazine has very professional articles that span a wide range of topics, suitable for all ages. Living in Toronto means that we're right in the centre of all the action, especially where fashion and beauty are concerned. I signed up to be an ELLE VIP events member at least a year ago, which put’s you on the list for invites to their fun-filled evenings happening a few times each year.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Taste Of Toronto Event Recap

taste of toronto review

"Fort York hosted upwards of 20,000 visitors across four days from 2 – 5 July 2015. Featuring world class chefs, Toronto’s top restaurants and over 70 exhibitors, this is foodie heaven." -tasteoftoronto.com

For me, summertime means outdoor festivities. With only a few weeks left before things start to crank up for la rentrée, I'm making it a top priority to get out and about, whenever possible.

I first heard about Taste of Toronto back in January, and it has been on my list of "things to do" ever since. I’m a big fan of any kind of themed festival, especially since the energy is always so upbeat. With many events being free in the downtown core, it can be extra exciting to pay a small ticket price for entry into the more exclusive outings.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What To Do In Barcelona

Over the next few weeks I will be featuring a 3-part series documenting my sister’s recent vacation to Spain, Italy and France – written entirely by her! Hope you enjoy. x

what to do in barcelona - Parc de la ciutadella, gothic cathedral, mercat sant josep la boqueria, ajuntament de tarragona, park guell

After an especially arduous year and two degrees under my belt, I felt more than ready for a springtime vacation. I’ve had the pleasure of travelling to Europe a few times with my family, so for this trip I wanted to check out some new cities in addition to my favourites. The difference this time is that I went on the adventure with one of my girlfriends (hello, nightlife!).

First stop: Barcelona

Top 10 Things To Do
1. Visit Park Güell for a great view & explore Gaudi's masterpieces
2. Rent a rowboat, picnic and people-watch in Parc de la Ciutadella (kind of like the Central Park of Barcelona)
3. Marvel at the details of La Sagrada Familia
4. Tour the grounds of the Hospital de la Santa Creu I Sant Pau
5. Stroll through the Picasso museum (free on Sundays after 3pm)
6. See the Gothic Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (there's a great view of the city from the roof)
7. Get a snack at Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria
8. Soak up some sun on the beach & see a flamenco show
9. Trek up to Montjuïc & the Olympic park
10. Walk along Las Ramblas, eat lots of tapas, and take as many exciting shots possible (more on that to follow)


I have heard only positive things about Barcelona from friends and family, so my hopes were extra high for the first week of the trip. After an overnight flight, we hopped off the plane, subwayed up to our hotel in the Guinardo area and hurried over to Camp Nou to watch the FC Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad football match.

Camp Nou Football Tickets FC Barcelona Real Sociedad
FC Barcelona vs. Real Sociedad at Camp Nou
Football Match

My friend Tara and I have played soccer together for over 10 years (I’m still getting used to calling it football) so seeing some of the world’s greatest players in person was a bucket-list worthy event. The energy in the stadium was like nothing I’d ever experienced. There was no jumbotron, no instant replays and no loud speakers, just 100,000 dedicated fans singing, cheering and enjoying the game. Tickets weren’t cheap (90 euros a piece to sit close to the top) and it wasn’t until three days before the match that we found two decent seats side by side, but having a clear view of two amazing goals right below us made it worth every penny.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

L'OCCITANE Verveine Agrumes Shampoo & Body Lotion



"Welcome, the Citrus Verbena fragrance. A blend of organic Verbena from Provence, grapefruit and lemon from the Mediterranean crushed with lemony leaves, which come together in an exhilarating zesty accord to offer both a comforting, gentle sensation and an invigorating breath of vitality for the summer." -L'OCCITANE

No matter how many times I try to skip a day between washes, I don't think I'll ever stray from my daily shampooing. There's something so revitalizing about a good scalp massage either before bed, or first thing in the morning.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Wedding Sari


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending my best friend Akkila's sister's wedding. It was a beautiful afternoon ceremony, held in a Hindu temple. As someone who's used to Italian weddings, this was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Natural Skincare From Toronto: Ella's Botanicals


To continue with the Canadian love, I wanted to share my favourite products from Ella's Botanicals. I have been seeing the brand all over social media for a while, and actually had the chance to meet with Ella at a beauty event earlier this year (details here). Since then I have been absolutely loving everything I picked up from the brand.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Natural Skincare From Toronto: Pelle Beauty


Happy Canada Day!

As someone who loves all things handmade, I take every opportunity I get to try out local Canadian brands.

I have been following Marnie Cipriani, the creator of Pelle Beauty for quite some time after discovering the Toronto-based brand on Instagram. After expressing my love for quality skincare and rich oils, she graciously sent over a sampling of their best sellers.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Bringing The Outdoors In - House Plants From IKEA


House Plants

It's easy to go decor-crazy when you're trying to make a space look alive and inviting. A simple solution for filling a void, whether big or small, is a fresh leafy house plant.

Cut flowers can get very expensive, so I always go for a sturdy plant especially when it comes to a housewarming gift. If you're on a budget, IKEA has an amazing selection of unique plants and accompanying pots that won't break the bank.

Here are my best tips for keeping a house plant happy:


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Skin Toner Cheat Sheet

Skin Toner Cheat Sheet

Three-step skincare routines have been all the rage for decades, and it seems like the “toner” part has often been overlooked as unimportant. The classic toner is usually alcohol based and removes all dirt and oil in attempts to clear breakouts. But what should toner really do?


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