Kisses With MILK Books

January 28, 2015


I finally buckled down over the Christmas break to finish creating a photo album of our pictures from Europe, and with Valentine's Day coming up I thought it would be the perfect little gift for B. I know it's been over 6 months since we took the trip, but it took me countless hours finding the right book creator, uploading the photos and organizing them to fill the pages of our book in a cohesive way. I ultimately fell in love with the simplicity of MILK Books and am completely thrilled with the finished product.  The pages are thick, the photos are high quality and the minimalistic style makes it timeless. These photos are seriously treasures and I am so happy I now have a physical copy we can look through together. I also couldn't resist wrapping the book in the sweetest way possible! Here's how to get the kissy look (if it's not already obvious):

1. Wrap the gift in white tissue paper, or wrapping paper.
2. Apply lipstick.
3. Kiss away.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the paper is covered in pink, red and purple kisses! 



printable card found on a pair & a spare

Buffalo Check

January 26, 2015


I know what you're thinking… red buffalo check is so holidays! Well, not anymore! I had been stalking this blazer since Christmas and when it finally went on sale I just had to have it. And I sure wasn't going to toy with the idea of waiting until next Christmas to wear it! Buffalo check can most definitely be worn for any season. How about over a blush dress for Valentine's Day? Right now I'm loving it paired with white on white. The blazer just pops, and it looks so crisp! Can you tell I'm ready for spring?  It's all too easy to confine your wardrobe to imaginary seasonally guidelines. Don't be intimidated to keep seasonal pieces at the forefront of your closet. Adapt them to the changing seasons by incorporating other patterns and colours and you're good to go!


{Pink Tartan blazer also found here, Kate Spade bag, Aldo heels (old)}



January Joy

January 24, 2015

Apparently this week was host to Blue Monday...which is allegedly the most depressing day of the year. I actually found this week to be a decent one, despite societal pressures to book vacations and give in to post holiday gloom. Yes- a lot of people are escaping the cold and are heading for the tropics, and yes- I may be a tad envious, but (!) there is plenty going on here to rave about. So, to keep up with the positivity I am sharing five moments from this week that had a lovely impact and put a smile between my frozen rosy checks. Why not take a minute to think back on this past week to recognize and appreciate what already is making you smile.

{1. I'm obsessed with this bag 2. I match the floor at Citta (which was by the way delicious)}
{The prettiest of roses; Valentine's Day prep has begun!} 
{Stocking up on these cold pressed juices from Trader Joe's in Buffalo proved itself clever as they have been helping me fight a bug all week}
{Celebrating at Colette Grand Cafe with chocolate profiteroles and champagne}
{Officially addicted to pointy toe pumps}

Scalloped in Coral

January 23, 2015


This week I had a little celebrating to do, so it only seemed fitting to whip out something bright and fun, like this scalloped edge, coral shift dress, and a leopard coat. Unfortunately the freezing temperature required me to double up on the jacket, but at least the sun was shinning and my favourite sunnies could make an appearance. Even enough it's cold beyond words it's important to get out, brave the weather and change out of knit sweaters and chunky boots every once in a while…

How are you beating the January blues?

{Miu Miu sunglasses (similar), J Crew dress (old), J Crew necklace, Sheinside coat, Tory Burch clutch, Michael Kors boots}

Love Treats

January 21, 2015

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching I thought I would share some of my favourite and sweetest posts which can easily double as treats for your Valentine! Why not try your hand at making macarons? I promise they're not quite as intimidating as you may think! Or, why not have a V-Day brunch complete with homemade strawberry milk, and chocolate stuffed french toast? You could always make a batch of red velvet cookies, or heart shaped cake pops. They can be easily packaged, and are sure to make anyone smile!

 I'd love to know- do you still give out Valentines?

Marbleized

January 19, 2015


From the moment I saw this bag pop up on Nordstrom I was obsessed with it's faux marble print and structured shape. After careful deliberation between this style and the classic Rebecca Minkoff crossbody, I am so happy I went with the mini tote; it holds the perfect amount to run weekend errands, and the crisp colour will take me right to spring. White-on-white is becoming my jam! On a side note- these booties have officially become my winter wardrobe staple, and my best buy. They are so worth every penny. 

{Rebecca Minkoff bag, Coach wallet, Daniel Wellington watch, Sheinside coat, Forever 21 sweater, J Brand pants, Michael Kors boots (on sale!)}




Positano

January 15, 2015


Positano is seriously the dreamiest place on earth. From the moment we arrived (after the feeling of nausea went away from the crazy, winding cab ride from Naples) I felt complete and utter serenity. The vertically lined, rainbow-hued fishing town is just achingly beautiful and it's residents are as equally friendly and genuine.  I can now understand why so many have flocked to it's beaches to bask in the beautiful sun, to sit under a pergola, and sip some Limoncello where it was invented.

Once again, we rented a little apartment from AirBnB and the views could compete with any of the leading hotels for less than their price. Our hosts had the apartment next to ours and were so kind to give us all their restaurant recommendations, fill us in on the transit system, give us some other tips that only locals would know, and even brought us the occasional homemade dessert! Aside from getting the insider scope, our apartment also allowed us to make morning espresso and have a balanced breakfast, that way we could prepare ourselves for the days of endless carbs!

Since Positano is a vertical town it was seriously a blessing in disguise that to get back up to our apartment from the city centre we had to walk up hundreds of steps! We made our home base in Positano and by day we would lye on the beach, or venture out to nearby towns. Our favourite day ever consisted of renting a little motor boat and setting sail for Amalfi. We packed up champagne and OJ (for mimosas to go) and snacks for the day and set out on the water. It was so exhilarating being out on the water with a paper map and a cooler of drinks! We felt like true explorers! We docked and jumped in the water when the sun was too hot, and then we docked to explore Amalfi by foot. Stay tuned for next week- those pictures get their own post!

Keep reading below for some of our favourite restaurants and tips!


{view from our balcony}
{huge lemons!, making limonata in our apartment}

{pizza at Ristorante Covo Dei Saraceni}


{spiaggia grande}





{lunch on spiaggia del fornillo}




OUR FAVOURITES IN POSITANO:
Pizza: Ristorante Covo Dei Saraceni
Dinner with a View: Bruno
Dinner to Splurge: Ristorante Max
Beach: Many tourists stay on the main beach, Spiaggia Grande, but little do they know that there is another beach called Spiaggia del Fornillo just around the bend (past Covo Dei Saraceni). If you are on the main beach, facing the water, keep following the path to the right. A ten minutes walk will lead you to a relaxed, clean paradise where all the locals flock to. The lounge chairs are half the price and you will find delicious restaurants.
After Dinner Drinks: Music on the Rocks

BE SURE TO:
Walk up the endless stairs for insanely gorgeous views.
Drive along the Amalfi Coast.  Buckle up, don't look up, don't look down- don't even move!
Bask in the sun on the spiaggia with a limonata in hand.
Always have aperitivo.
Buy something handmade- leather sandals, a knit cover up, or beautiful plate.
Set aside time in this beautiful town to relax and do nothing. There will be plenty to see in Amalfi and Capri!

"It is a dream place that isn't quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real once you have gone." -John Steinbeck 


Guide to Valentine's Day

January 14, 2015

Today marks one month until Valentine's Day, which means that Winter has barely even surfaced we are slowly inching towards Spring and all it's blossoming and blooming sunshine! If you aren't one to embrace pastels in Winter here is your chance to start. Valentine's Day gives you the perfect excuse to revel in all the ballet slipper pink, sparkly, and floral prints you want. If you need a little blush inspiration to kickstart the V-Day craze, here you go!


1. Delilah Calf Hair d'Orsay Pump- Sam Edelman
2. Teagan Cuff- Gorgana
3. Exclusive Mini MAB Tote- Rebecca Minkoff
4. Glam Rose Print-a-line Midi Skirt- Chicwish 
5. Candy Pink Floral Jacquared Dress- Chicwish (on sale!)
6. Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer-Too Faced
7. Macaron Print Socks- Forever 21
8. Macaron Paddle Brush- Forever 21
9. Solid Rebel 24 Bag- Marc by Marc Jacobs
10. Chevron iPhone case- Kate Spade
11. Crystal Crush Bobbi Pink- Bando (on sale!)
12. Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual- YSL (in Opera Rose) 
14. Silk Bauble Pillow- Indigo 

Bedside Inspiration

January 12, 2015


I think I officially have the winter blues. The temperatures this past week have been just insane (we're talking -20 degrees Celsius) so I have pretty much been in hibernation mode! Since there is no escaping the cold I have restyled my nightstand in the theme of one my favourite cities, Paris. My nightstand is the first thing I see in the morning and usually the last thing I see before I doze off, so it should be fresh, inspiring and clean. 

Here are a few tips to keep your nightstand Parisian inspired:

Have fresh cut flowers to brighten the space. 
Light a romantic candle.
Have reading material and writing tools at the ready.
A scent diffuser to keep the space fresh. 
Display your favourite things; a pair of shoes, a motivating print or a brooch. Pretty things are not meant to be stored away in boxes!
Catch all tray or macaron box to store dainty necklaces or rings.
A cafe au lait for leisurely reading in bed.  


{l'amour print, book, macaron trinket box, notebook, perfume, shoes (similar)}





Find my DIY Headboard here

The Côte d'Azur

January 08, 2015


Where we fell in love with rosé. Where we felt like locals in our tiny apartment overlooking Rue de France. Where we frequented the same boulangerie every morning for the warmest and freshest baguettes. Where we sipped noisettes on patios. Where I saw the most beautiful coastal views of my life. Where the flower markets were lush with pink peonies. Where we had the most amazing dinning experience of our entire trip. From where we took the local transit to visit neighboring cities such as Villefrance-sur-Mer, Monte Carlo, Èze, Cannes and Saint Paul de Vence. Where we truly felt like the French and savored every ounce of life and love.

Keep reading for my French Riviera travel tips.

{a few of my favorite moments in photos}

{peonies from the Marché aux fleurs Cours Saleya, macarons from Ladurée (Cannes) and champagne in our apartment}

{view from Jardin d'Èze}
{walking through Èze, gelato from Amorino in Nice)
{Jardin d'Èze}

{morning noisette}

{Villefranche-sur-Mer}

  
{lunches in our apartment, touring Saint Paul de Vence}
{Nice}
{our favourite meal at Oliviera in Nice; best pesto ever!!}
{Monte Carlo}

{cemetery views in Saint Paul de Vence}

The Côte d'Azur was easily the highlight of our trip. I mean... tropical Mediterranean meets European glam- what more could you ask for! There was so much more to do and see, such as visit Antibes, St.Tropez, and we even wish we could have made it over to Provence! You have to know you can't do it all in one trip, but you can certainly plan ahead to make the most of your time. Find my travel planning tips here

While on the tropical and chic French Riviera, be sure to:

Castle Hill in Nice. The trek up this hill in Nice is so worth it for a gorgeous view of the city. Be sure to stop along the way for photo ops near the waterfall, and be sure to see both the views of the port and of the city.

Avoid Eating on Rue de France in Nice. Our apartment was on this bustling street and it was great for lodging, and that an Amorino was a few doors down! However, the restaurants are definitely TT's as we called them(tourist traps). Our AirBnB host gave us the memo upon our arrival and are we are so glad she did! One evening we were desperate for a spot to eat and almost, for one second, sat down at one of these restaurants. As soon as we saw the food we walked away- I swear it was from a microwave! Pretty much any restaurant where it's employees yell at you on the sidewalk to come in- avoid.

Old Town has the best restauants and boulangeries. Be sure to make reservations at the tiny but acclaimed Oliviera. It was easily the most special and intimate dining experience of our trip… and maybe the best meal I've ever had. We were told about Oliviera's on the day we arrived so we went that night...without reservations. Thankfully the owner had a cancellation just as we dropped in. Everything about this place is so picturesque! It's in the Vieille Ville where the streets are cobblestones, and there is barely enough room for pedestrians to walk both ways, let alone the bistro table and chairs. The smell of olive oil is escaping through the open doors as the owner describes each oil and lets you sample. Meanwhile his wife is in the kitchen preparing the freshest and most delicious food and every dish is detailed to perfection.

Cours Saleya hosts a lovely flower market every day (except Monday). You can also find other local goodies such as lavender from Provence, soaps from Marseilles, fresh produce and delicious baked goods. We went in May, and the peonies were just incredible. Get there early and bring change. Avoid the restaurants on Cours Saleya (more TT's!).

Èze is a must visit. The medieval town sits high in the sky, and the bus ride to Èze is just as gorgeous as it is romantic! Be sure to seek out the cactus garden (Jardin d'Èze) for an incredible view! We also had a delicious lunch (I wish I could remember the name!), but you will find many little cafés around the village. The bus to Èze also stops in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Monte Carlo was in full preparation for the Grand Prix when we arrived- did I plan well or what?!  What a total luxe and grandiose city. Definitely have a drink at Café de Paris, watch the fancy cars go by and do some window shopping. We got on the first bus to Èze, spent the morning exploring and took the afternoon bus from Èze to Monaco- seeing both in one day is totally do-able! We caught the last bus back to Nice as the taxis from Monaco to Nice can cost up to 90 euros! Didn't want to miss that bus...

Experience the feel of Cannes, it's another whole world! We made it to Cannes during the Festival de Cannes (again, do I know how to plan!!), and the city had such a Hollywood feel all with palm lined streets, mixed with that European charm. We snuck away from all the star action and screaming fans and soaked up the sun on a gorgeous -bluer than blue- beach. Walk along La Croisette, admire the crazy-huge yachts and have lunch with the brightest blue water at your toes. Jump on the train for 7 euros and you'll be back in Nice in no time!

Before we took a Holiday break from the travel posts, we ventured to Amsterdam, The Keukenhof, Barcelona, and Annecy. Next up is another of my favourites- The Amalfi Coast! Stay tuned, and if you have any specfic travel questions feel free to email me!