February 27, 2017

Sharing the Sparkle

Hillberg & Berk red sparkle earring

International Women's Day is meant to celebrate the achievements of women and empower women so we can lift one another up and push each other forward. Ever since getting into the blogging world, my eyes have been opened to extremely talented, incredible, inspirational and hard working women. So many companies I've had the pleasure of working with are run full-time by local women who truly inspire me to do and be more! I mean, these women just don't stop hustling. But, before meeting all these women, there was my mother. The most hardworking, loving, kind, sincere individual I know. She is my best friend and deserves the world.

Hillberg & Berk red sparkle earring

Although no gift I ever give her will ever be enough for all that she has done for me, I still like to try to make her feel special. Hillberg & Berk was created by Saskatchewan designer and entrepreneur Rachel Mielke in 2007. Her jewellery is stunning-- hand-crafted, bold, timeless and beautiful. She is also a serious powerhouse of a lady that inspires me to be more confident and daring. Not only does she create her line using the finest semi-precious stones, pearls and metals, she is also a huge supporter of charities that support women empowerment. To date, Hillberg & Burke has contributed over $500,000 to charities and organizations that set out to assist women. Some of them include the Somali Women's Scholarship Program and the Malala Fund! The Queen has even worn one of her brooches. If that doesn't suggest girlboss status then I don't know what does!

Hillberg & Berk red sparkle earring


To celebrate International Women's Day, which is on March 8th, I am sharing the sparkle with the first woman to ever empower me, and make me feel like I am unique, special and worthy of anything. I gifted my mother a pair of Hillberg & Berk's iconic Sparkle Ball Stud earrings. We were out on Saturday for a day trip and made a stop into Kelly's Bake Shoppe where we sat down for treats and coffee. It was the perfect moment! Not only are the earrings a stunning piece of jewelry, but because they signify something more-- love, support, originality and a bond that we can share with all women.



I'd love to know who do you look up? Who empowers you and inspires you to be the best and work your hardest, and achieve amazing things?

Share the sparkle with someone special this IWD. You can get your Sparkle Ball Stud Earrings here
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February 23, 2017

Feminine Edge

 What I'm Wearing: Club Monaco Lurelle Coat (on sale!), AE Denim X Super Low Jegging, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote Bag, Le Chateau Faux Fur Stole,  Forever 21 Sheer Floral Lace Shirt (on sale!), Cougar Cope Boots

Rose Quartz was the colour of 2016. Officially, as in the Pantone Colour of the year, and in so many other realms-- cookware (yes I want the whole Le Creuset line), beauty packaging (Glossier), and most definitely in fashion. If you know me at all you know this blush tone is my favourite colour. My closet is overflowing with blouses, pants, skirts (pretty much anything I can get my hands on) in this shade of pink. Has it become an obsession? Yes. Is it a problem? Absolutely not! (right, Brandon?)

What I love about it is, yes it can make you feel extremely feminine and girly, but when paired with the right pieces you can create a look that screams the total opposite-- cool, collective and downtown chic. 

I paired some moody, darker accessories with my best-loved colour for a day in the city and am loving how edgier the outfit looks. A pair of black booties, distressed denim, a faux fur stole, and a structured bag is all it takes to completely change it up. 

Rose Quartz is most definitely still on the rise for 2017. Which makes the new purchase of this coat totally acceptable! Hey-- when Club Monaco has an in-store 50% off sale you take full advantage! I know we'll be seeing more and more of it with springs arrival, and it makes me as happy as can be! I'm on the hunt for some blush sneakers next! 

What's your take on the colour? Have you thought about changing up the feel of it with darker pieces to really create that feminine edge? Let's discuss...

What I'm Wearing: Club Monaco Lurelle Coat (on sale!), AE Denim X Super Low Jegging, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote Bag, Le Chateau Faux Fur Stole,  Forever 21 Sheer Floral Lace Shirt (on sale!), Cougar Cope Boots

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 What I'm Wearing: Club Monaco Lurelle Coat (on sale!), AE Denim X Super Low Jegging, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote Bag, Le Chateau Faux Fur Stole,  Forever 21 Sheer Floral Lace Shirt (on sale!), Cougar Cope Boots

 What I'm Wearing: Club Monaco Lurelle Coat (on sale!), AE Denim X Super Low Jegging, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote Bag, Le Chateau Faux Fur Stole,  Forever 21 Sheer Floral Lace Shirt (on sale!), Cougar Cope Boots What I'm Wearing: Club Monaco Lurelle Coat (on sale!), AE Denim X Super Low Jegging, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote Bag, Le Chateau Faux Fur Stole,  Forever 21 Sheer Floral Lace Shirt (on sale!), Cougar Cope Boots


 What I'm Wearing: Club Monaco Lurelle Coat (on sale!), AE Denim X Super Low Jegging, Sophie Hulme Albion Tote Bag, Le Chateau Faux Fur Stole,  Forever 21 Sheer Floral Lace Shirt (on sale!), Cougar Cope Boots

Thanks to Jackie for taking these photos!

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February 21, 2017

Girls Weekend at Blue Mountain Resort

Girls Getaway to Blue Mountain resort, Apple  Pie Trail, iwa spa, Copper Blues, snowshoeing,

Under no circumstance were we going to let freezing rain, an unexpected snowstorm, and a broken windshield wiper stop us from our girls getaway to Blue Mountain last weekend. After what seriously seemed like an episode of 'A Series of Unfortunate Events', Joëlle, Rebeca and I piled our bags (6 of them may have been Rebeca's, lol) into my car and headed up for an overnight stay at the Grand Georgian Resort in The Blue Mountains. To give you an idea, if you don't already know, Blue Mountain is Ontario's largest mountain village resort that offers all year round fun--  not just skiing and snowboarding! The Village is adorable and filled with shops, amazing restaurants, and nearby there are tons of activities to take part in--  hiking, spas, zip lines, and more.

Blue Mountain Village invited us up to experience their first ever Full Moon FEEST on the Apple Pie Trail. We literally made it just in time... seriously, not one minute to spare!  We met the group at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures cabin, put on our snowshoes (yes, I said snowshoes), snow pants and inserted our glove warmers in our mits, and headed off into the moonlight to hike 5KM of scenic trails while sampling local chefs, and their culinary delights. All the dishes were inspired by The Red Prince apple. It's only available in the winter since it's harvested in the fall and then cellars for a few months. It's tangy, sweet and all the dishes were delicious (thank goodness we were doing all that uphill snowshoeing along the way)! Apple gnocchi from Azzurra, lentil, apple, herb salad from Bruce Wine Bar, and apple fritters from Thornbury Bakery Cafe were some of the eats on the menu. Did I mention all the cider and wine you can image! Ugh... just thinking about it now is making me hungry.

The region has so many amazing restaurants and what I loved most was actually getting to chat with the owners and learn about their families, how they make their dishes and how they source ingredients locally! All the owners were incredibly friendly and even started referring to us as "the bloggers"! Yeah... pretty much besties by the end!

Coming back to the king size bed and fireplace after being in the cold for a few hours was perfection. We stayed up late, headed out for a cocktail in the village, and woke up early for a morning Ganban yoga session at iwa spa Blue Mountain. If you have never done Ganban you seriously need to. It's yoga but on a rock sauna which soothes muscles, accelerates metabolism and eliminates toxins from the body. Feeling the warmth from the stones was an amazing experience and so soothing. The spa offers manicures, pedicures, spa treatments and also private yoga sessions! How cool is that?

STAY : G R A N D  G E O R G I A N

Blogger Ski ; Grand Georgian Blue Mountain Resort
Blogger Ski ; Grand Georgian Blue Mountain Resort

Blogger Ski ; Grand Georgian Blue Mountain Resort

We spent the rest of the afternoon in the Village walking around, having lunch at Copper Blues, and taking in all the mountain air. Sometimes just getting away for one night is all you need to get reinvigorated and feel refreshed. The best part? Getting to spend it with two amazing ladies. Blue Mountain Resort is so close to home yet I never really got the chance to embrace all it has to offer before. You don't need to be a winter warrior or ski bunny to experience the beauty of Blue Mountain. There are so many other activities and things to do; I can't wait to check it out in the summer or fall. Zip lining through the mountain? Outdoor spas? It's all calling my name!

Check out more from our getaway in the pictures and then get yourself to Blue!

EAT : C O P P E R  B L U E S 

Blue Mountain; Copper Blues , arugula salad, steak sandwich


Blue Mountain; Copper Blues , arugula salad, steak sandwich









Blue Mountain Village Syrup Taffy on Ice







Blue Mountain Village - girl's getaway
Thank you to Blue Mountain Resort and all their sponsors for making this weekend the ultimate girls getaway! 





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February 17, 2017

Explore More with Ford Canada

Ford Edge- Blogger Style, Club Monaco Pink Coat

When I agreed to go on an excursion with Ford Canada to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection I had no idea what to expect. All I knew is that we were meeting in the city, then we would be driving up to the gallery to be one of the first to experience the Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries exhibit. The whole idea of the day was to let Ford take you to places unknown and I love that! Experiencing new things out of my norm is definitely something I'm looking to do more and more. Enhancing my knowledge of Canadian art? Well, it definitely hit that target!

Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection


Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection

To be honest, I knew next to nothing of Lawren Harris so I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about this iconic Canadian painter. He was a member of The Group of 7 and is actually buried on the grounds of McMichael!

Ford Edge, Blogger Winter Style- Club Monaco Pink Coat


I decided to bring my mom along for the ride with Ford. You all know we are as close as can be, so I thought it would great to have her by my side. We started the day with brunch at School Toronto for some delicious eats with the rest of the bloggers. It was a great way to chit chat, mingle and learn more about how our day would go. Delicious food, huge portions!

Toronto Brunch spot- School Restaurant
{photo c/o Rebeca Zulch}
Ford Edge- Blogger Winter Style- Club Monaco pink coat

After brunch, I got into my Ford Edge (which I was able to loan out for the weekend!), and drove the scenic, smooth drive up to Kleinburg, Ontario. The Edge is so comfortable and offers all the fixings! Heated seats, a sweet navigation system, backup camera, sun roof-- I was in all my car glory! And it handled so smoothly! I actually live quite close to Kleinburg so I already knew of it's charm. It has a very Stars Hallow kind of vibe and is perfectly quaint. If you're ever visiting I recommend hitting up  White Cherry Boutique for your dose of Kylie & Kendall, Brunette the Label, and other amazing designers. For treats or brunch check out Cookie Crumble Café, and for dinner, definitely check out Avenue Restaurant. I love visiting in the summer and sitting on the patios!

Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection
{photo c/o Rebeca Zulch}
Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection
{momma and I-- photo c/o Rebeca Zulch}
When we got to McMichael we had a mini introduction from the guest curators, Dr Roald Nasgaard and Gwendolyn Owens, where we learned a bit more about Lawren Harris. We took a tour through Harris' revelations-- from his landscape paintings of the 1920s to his abstract paintings of the 30s. It was all so interesting, so curious and so complex. I loved the shapes and colours of his later paintings, done in the 30s and 40s. Check out Oversoul, Spectre, Untitled, and J.W.G. "Jock" Macdonald. 

Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection
{photo c/o Rebeca Zulch}

Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection

After viewing the exhibit we had a surprise paint lesson! I haven't painted in years so this was a highlight of my day! Did you catch my masterpiece (lol)? I went with soft pinks and rose shades. We were short on time but made the best of what time was left to enjoy each other's company and paint away. It's amazing what painting can do for your mind. It's so relaxing and makes you feel so free. You just let go of everything around you and get into the zone. I guess sort of like colouring... Definitely makes me want to sign up for a painting night with friends!

Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection
{Rebeca & Chloe -- photo c/o Rebeca Zulch}

Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection , painting lesson



Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Lawren Harris Higher States Exhibit McMichael Canadian Art Collection
{the group! photo c/o Rebeca Zulch}
Thank you to Ford for this awesome experience!
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February 14, 2017

Take Your Own Breath Away

Galentine's Day at Stole My Heart - lingerie shop Toronto, Fancy Pufs, Wild North Florals

What do you get when you mix glamorous lingerie, sweet champagne, moody florals, and gourmet cotton candy with five bloggers? A fabulous Galentine's Day celebration that empowers you, inspires you and makes you feel the ultimate love. 

Last week Eleni, Rebeca, Jackie, Kristin and I headed over to Stole My Heart -- Toronto's newest lingerie shop and experience. The shop was founded by two of the sweetest ladies you will ever meet, Amy & Ashley. They not only have found lingerie brands for every body type, but that also will make you feel amazing in-- confident, beautiful and unique. I love that they celebrate and embrace every women's body type. They want you to leave happy and smiling with your new little number! 

Our morning was fabulous. We each picked out some stunning pieces from brands like Julianna Rae, Paloma Casile,  and Hopeless Lingerie and the girls made sure we felt comfortable in our selections. If not they were eager to find something that we were sure to love. We obviously had to put on Beyonce and crack open a bottle of bubbly to get shopping. Is there even another way to lingerie shop?! My girl, Michelle, from Fancy Pufs gave us some amazing cotton candy to nibble on. Her stuff is the best-- all organic, high quality, natural sugar in almost any flavour you can think of. Remember this? And this? I love how she did up little jars and boxes sets for us to take home, too!

Wild North Flowers pulled out all the stops with their amazing arrangements and table garland. They specialize in simple, seasonal and stunning! Not to mention they purchase 100% Ontario grown flowers. I love when local supports local. The whole shop smelled divine and the arrangements are so romantic. Wild North Flowers also offers workshops, which I would love to do! Need to learn how to re-create these masterpieces, stat!

All in all, it was a perfect morning to spend with girlfriends. Stole My Heart offers private shopping experiences for any occasion. Bubbly, lingerie, girlfriends and a little Beyonce... it's all you need to take your own breath away!

Special thanks to the shop, Amy and Ashley, and the amazing local talent to help us put this day together! 

Cotton Candy- Fancy Pufs

Stole My Heart is located at 1504 Dundas Street West. 

Galentine's Day at Stole My Heart - lingerie shop Toronto, Fancy Pufs, Wild North Florals



Galentine's Day at Stole My Heart - lingerie shop Toronto, Fancy Pufs, Wild North Florals

Galentine's Day at Stole My Heart - lingerie shop Toronto, Fancy Pufs, Wild North Florals

Galentine's Day at Stole My Heart - lingerie shop Toronto, Fancy Pufs, Wild North Florals


Galentine's Day at Stole My Heart - lingerie shop Toronto, Fancy Pufs, Wild North Florals

Galentine's Day at Stole My Heart - lingerie shop Toronto, Fancy Pufs, Wild North Florals

Galentine's Day at Stole My Heart - lingerie shop Toronto, Fancy Pufs, Wild North Florals



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