March 20, 2018

international day of happiness + first day of sping

I N T E R N A T I O N A L     D A Y     O F    
 H A P P I N E S S
Oh, hello! So today is a special day for a few reasons! First off, it's the first day of SPRING! (and I could not be more ready for warmer weather, sunshine, fresh flowers, + adventures) Today is also the international day of HAPPINESS ♥

Not sure if you knew this about me, but happiness is something I'm kinda really into. Happiness and positivity aren't just things I talk about, post about or preach, they are vital to how I live my life! Heck, I love happiness so much that I managed to have a career that focuses on it!

When I'm not blogging, crafting, hosting, instagramming or exploring Toronto - I am working in my full time role at Culture Specialist (Happiness Officer) at a company called Uberflip. My focus is on creating a fun, inclusive and exciting experience for all of our employees! It's a role that aligns all of my passions and as you can imagine I am beyonddd happy to be in it.

To learn more about my career, you can read this blog post posted by Jobbio;

How and or/why am I so happy? - Truth is, it's all I've ever really known. I grew up with two amazing, supportive, kind parents, and two of the best big brothers (ever). Just before I was 18, my Dad passed away after some complications with a non life threatening disease. As you can imagine, this turned my world upside down. I had two choices after this experience - 1) I could focus on the negative impact this had on my life, and would most definitely have in the future or 2) I could channel all (or most of) my energy into being the person my Dad taught me to be, and dedicate my life to spreading happiness to those around me (it's the least I could do)
Besides working in a role based on happiness, I try to channel that energy in my personal life. I live my best, happiest life in my favourite city ever (Toronto) with my amazing husband Pete. I feel beyond thankful to have the most wonderful family, the greatest friends, and so many opportunities to do things that make me happy like travel, celebrate, spoil my friends, go to events, be a hostess, blog, explore Toronto etc...

I hope you all get a little happier after reading my blog and following me on Instagram

I've mentioned it a few times lately, but I'm really hoping to start a podcast soon too! Yasssss. The main focus will of course be happiness. I plan to touch on work, love, friendship, and the things in life that make me happiest (in hopes they'll make you happy too!)
It seems as though I've got a lot to say on this topic (lol) so I better wrap it up. I now leave you with a few happy links to enjoy on this day of happinesssssss and first day of Spring! Check these out:

// Happier Podcast by Gretchen Rubin
// The Book of Lykke & The Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
// The Power of Moments by Chip & Dan Health
// Magic Lessons Podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert
// 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal
// Headspace Meditation App

March 11, 2018

no plans forever!

So, if you know me, or have been following me for a while then you definitely know that I am one to really jam pack my schedule. Don't get me wrong, this is the lifestyle I love and thrive on, but this year I've been trying to schedule just as many chill, relaxing days as well.

Last weekend while updating my planner, I realized that this weekend we didn't have any plans. I was almost panicking (lol) and chatting with Pete about what we should do. We ended up deciding on making no "formal' plans but still kept busy doing some stuff on the fly.

I am definitely going to be sure to schedule more weekends like these. They are definitely good for the soul! And even though I ended up doing a lot, it was a very relaxing weekend for sure. Loveeee.

Here are some things I did ended up doing on a weekend with"no plans":
- got my nails done
- started watching season 3 of love on netflix
- watched the raptors win a huge game
- had an afternoon tea + snuggle
- caught up on some wedding planning emails
- did a new blog post
- went for a nice, long walk on queen west
- bought two new pairs of shoes (slip on vans & little booties!)
- checked out a new pizza place in the six called general assembly
- cleaned our room + started a bag for good will
- put together a package for my cousins baby to mail
- went for dinner & drinks at a new place in our hood called convenience
- + got to hang with super awesome pals last minute!
- caught up on sleep (yassss!)
- got some decor for st.patty's day next weekend
- spent some time getting caught up on some work stuff
- drank coffee + baileys
- literally chilled in my comfies reading magazines
- ate a delicious roast dinner (made by my hubby)
- wrote two cards to send via snail mail
- took some photos for instagram for this week
- watched a good (and very sad) movie wind river
- got to spend lots of time with pete and defined chill zone
- & now heading to bed early (it's technically 9pm) to read!

March 10, 2018

i fell in love with a shop called pigment, in san diego!

oh hello there + it's the weekend! yay!

We're having a very chill weekend over here and I cannot express how much this is needed right now. It's been a really crazy, emotionally draining few weeks but all is okay and as always, I am channelling all my positive vibes.

Also, I should note that I feel like I've got so many blog posts ideas in my mind and am really excited that I am actually making them happen. One of my goals for 2018 was to really get blogging more and producing fun, creative, positive content that I hope you'll share.

I've got a few more posts coming up about our California trip (seriously LOVE Cali so much) and today I am sharing photo's from the most beautiful, magical store I've ever been to in my life (oh! em!gee!) As soon as we decided we were going to San Diego (we had previously booked Ojai but didn't end up going because of all the fires), I found out about Shop Pigment and it's safe to say that it did NOT disappoint!

I spent well over an hour in this shop, snapping pics, and exploring through every little perfectly curated corner. I tried not to go totally overboard, but bought some cute as can be items. Looking back now, I wished I went all out because I didn't end up finding a place that I loved this much in downtown L.A!

Pigment is filled with stationery, home decor, gifts, jewellery, party supplies, kids stuff and plants + planters. I loved seeing goodies from Bando and my gal Sarah from Daisy Natives. I'm literally (california) dreaming about going back there someday. 

Find Shop Pigment on social for inspiration:
// @shoppigment on twitter
// @shoppigment on pinterest
// @shoppigment on instagram

& here are the other Cali posts I've shared so far!:

March 8, 2018

happy international women's day!

H A P P Y    I N T E R N A T I O N A L
W O M E N ' S   D A Y

What a special day! Now, more than ever - it's time to celebrate women from all over the world. I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many smart, beautiful, loving and inspiring women in my life. My Mom, Grandma, Mother-in-law, Friends, Co-workers and of course my internet gals/besties! So, today I am sharing some of my internet babbbbbes who are just crushing it, and inspiring me every single day!

This seems like a billion gals, but it's not even close to how many ladies impact me in a posi way every day! I am sorry I couldn't get to everyone but will share more women who inspire me again soon.

// Sarah of Daisy Natives
My internet bestie/twin. We have the same birthday and got married on the same day! Oh, and she runs a business called Daisy Natives! I'm sure you've seen her Girls Support Girls shirts!

// Rachel of Make Lemonade
Rachel is so sweet and lovely.  She recently opened a beautiful co-working space in Toronto for women. I met her a few months ago and am constantly inspired by her positive attitude!

// Becky of Blush & Bloom
Becky is the coolest, most talented flower babe. I met her years ago and when Pete and I got engaged I knew that B&B would create my dream florals and DID THEY EVER! I can't even!

// Lauren of This Renegade Love
Lauren is so f*cking cool. I can say that because it totally matches her brand, which is why I adore her. A real, authentic, inspiring boss babe, and from Toront too so that's a plus!

// Abby of Clothes & Pizza
Abby is pretty much the coolest girl I haven't met yet! She has THE coolest style, had the coolest wedding and rocks the most badass vintage outfits I've ever seen. I hope to meet her soon!

// Tiffany Pratt of Tiffany Pratt
Tiff is literally a walking rainbow. Her instagram is the happiest place ever and it's exactly how she is in real life. She spreads colour, happiness and good vibes where ever she goes! So glad to know her!

// Paige of Studio Bicyclette
Paige is such a lovely, smart, inspiring gal. I first heard about her when she had a shop in my neighbourhood. Now, she kills it with branding and literally making everything beautiful!

// Sylvia of Via Calligraphy
Sylvia is magic. I've been following her and her beauuutiful calligraphy for a while now and am constantly inspired by the incredible things she is doing. She makes everything pretty!

// Lexi of Lexington & Co
Lexi is such a beautiful, fun and badass babe! We've known each other for years and have recently re-connected over our love of weddings and pretty events!

// Jen Gotch of Bando
Jen Gotch is my spirit animal. First of all, she created a brand that is literally everything I love in life. Also, she is so sincere and inspiring when she talks about her struggle with mental health!

// Alexandra Gater of Chatelaine
Alexandra makes everything cute! No, for real she is the home editor at Chatelaine and she makes over spaces and makes them look SO DARN AMAZING! Love following her beauty designs!

// Mavis and Rena of Smithery Style
These two women are so amazing. I was lucky enough to model for them for a photoshoot last year and I'm so glad to know them. They help women find out their body type and embrace it!

// Autumn of Autumn Hachey
Autumn is just so badass. Everything she creates is legit incredible and she's just so fun. I think me and her have similar vibes and I love seeing what adventure she's on next!

// Lynzie of Love by Lynzie
Lynize is an explosion of colour & fun! I'm so glad I met her through the creative Toronto community. I am constantly inspired by her incredible weddings and events. Perfection!

// Ashely of Ashley Hosmer
I've decided that Ashley is my best friend I haven't met yet! This gal is cute af and her house is legit a dream. She has such cool taste, seems amazing and lives in L.A - now that's whats up!

// Blythe of Eleanor & Emilio
Blythe is such a beautiful, sweet and talented gal. Another fellow Toronto lady and always posting and sharing such gorgeous things. I feel like we've got so much in common!

// Kelsey of Kelsey Diane Blog
I don't even remember how Kelsey and I found each other but I'm sure glad we did! We both share the same passion in life - HANSON! She's an adorable mama of three and such a sweetheart!

// Noami of Love Taza
Noami is probably one of the first ever bloggers I discovered. I've been following her on her journey for probably 7-8 years and she's someone I've always looked up to.!

// Diana of Unusually Lovely
Diana is a breathe of fresh air and a pop of colour in my feed. She makes the most beautiful, delicious looking drinks and treats and I love following along with her!

March 6, 2018

happy birthday to my boo (toronto)

h a p p y   b i r t h d a y ,
t o r o n t o !!!

Today is Toronto's birthday! My favourite city, and the place I call home. I love this city and feel beyond lucky to of been able to call it home for the past ten years! As soon as I was ready to live on my own, Toronto was where I wanted to be. In High School I'd take the go train downtown and walk around the city, shop, and admire the excitement of such a vibrant and diverse city.

I love Toronto for a lot of reasons. I've always been a city girl, and I am so thankful my hubby happens to share the love of city life as much as I do. We both love Toronto and are excited to stay living in the city rather than the suburbs. It's such a special city and we love to explore it together.

I love to share little bits and pieces of my love of Toronto on this blog and my Instagram for y'all! & I thought I'd do a little round up of some of my favourite Toronto posts today in honour of my boo's birthday today:

 // crown flora :