November 14, 2017

christmas in toronto!

Oh hey! Not sure if you knew this, but I *kinda* love Christmas!

Since we're at the start of the BEST & busiest season ever, I thought it would be fun to do a little round up of fun events, markets, and happenings going on in Toronto around the holidays ♥

I've been making a list (and checking it twice, obvi) over the last few weeks of things I always love to do in Toronto, and also searching the net for some more fun stuff! So, before your calendars get fully booked as they do, take a look at all these amazing things below and make plans with lots of special people in your life. Enjoy! 'Tis the season to be jolly.

A L L   S E A S O N    L O N G //
Toronto Christmas Market - November 16th - December 23rd
Free skating at Nathan Phillips Square - Starting November 25th
One of a Kind Christmas Show - November 23rd - December 3rd
Festive Specials from Swiss Chalet - November - until probably January? (lol)

N O V E M B E R // 
Tree Lighting at The Eaton Centre - November 16th
The Toronto Santa Clause Parade - Sunday, November 19th
Cavalcade of lights -
Elf, the musical - November 21st - 26th
Hanson - "Finally, it's Christmas" show - November 24th & 25th
Pixel & Bristle Winter Market - November 25th
Bad Girls Market - November 25th
Swedish Christmas Fair - November 25th - 26th
This is Local Holiday Pop-Up Night Market - November 30th

D E C E M B E R //
Drunk Feminist Films (Die Hard) - December 2nd
City of Craft - December 8th - 10th
The Jingle Ball - December 9th
Home alone in Concert - December 1st - 2nd
Toronto I Heart Beer Festival - December 9th
The Leslieville Holiday Market - December 16th
Crown Flora Holiday Market - December 16th & 17th
The Nutcracker - December 23rd

November 5, 2017

Negroni Bay Recipe!

g   o   r   g   e   o   u   s!
This is exciting, two posts in one day (omg!) and boy does it feel good. It's only "6pm" and I feel like I've totally crushed this Sunday. That extra hour has been really good to me.

One thing I got to do this weekend was make one seriously delicious (and beautiful) cocktail. As you probably know, Pete and I absolutely love hosting people to our home! We enjoy preparing our house, lots of snacks and of course that always includes delicious cocktails for our guests to enjoy.

Today I'm sharing with you a great & simple cocktail with Georgian Bay Gin (my favourite!) This is a good one now that the weather is getting cooler and more cosy. Hope you enjoy!

Negroni Bay:
3/4 oz. Georgian Bay Gin
3/4 oz. Italian Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz. Aperol
3/4 oz. Cointreau
2 Dash Orange Bitters

* Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and stir (or shake!) with ice. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with orange zest.

Enjoy with friends & people you love! This was so delicious. Pete and I loved it and will definitely be making it again when we have friends over at our place. 

so, you've got an extra hour today!

h a p p y   s u n d a y

So, I have to day - this is one of my favourite Sunday's of the year! For the past few years, on the day the clocks turned back, I made a point to have a very chill and relaxing day. It's proven to be beyond productive for me in the past and now it's almost tradition!

October was such a crazy month. I was really busy, especially with work and I had so much going on week nights and weekends that it definitely got to me in the end. Pete and I both got pretty sick in the past few weeks and are finally feeling good and human again. I find I usually get sick a few times a year and more often than not it's from just doing too much.

So, I basically promised myself that this weekend would be a very quiet and relaxing one. I got to spend time with Pete, and at home for the first time in a while!

& today, with my EXTRA HOUR I have a bunch I plan to do! ♥ Here are a few things to do with your extra hour today. Hope your day is awesome ♥

1 // Get groceries, make something delicious + meal prep. I am hoping to make some french onion soup today & then do a charcuterie with our market fresh goodies from yesterday.

2 //  Start your holiday planning! Today, I am writing out our party invitations, making lists for gift ideas, planning out our calendar for the next few months etc!

3 // Take some photo's during the day! Now that it's going to be (so) dark in the morning and after work, 'tis the season to pre-plan those insta posts. I generally try to take a bunch in the day light on weekends and save them for during the week!

4 // Pamper yourself! Later today I am going to do my nails, have a bath and re-do my lavender/purpley hair! Sunday's are such nice days to 

5 // Read that book! Take an hour or so, to get a coffee or tea, a blanket and curl up and read a book. Today is really gloomy in Toronto so it's actually the perfect day to do this.

October 24, 2017

filling your home with hygge!

Ok, so it seems as though fall is finalllllllllly here to stay (for the most part) and as a hygge enthusiast, I could not be more excited! ♥

If you haven't heard me talk about hygge before (first of all, where have you been?!) and also you can read a bit more here on my previous post. 

Also, here is a definition that I took from the Visit Denmark website.

"Hygge is as Danish as pork roast and it goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too. There's nothing more hygge than sitting round a table, discussing the big and small things in life. Perhaps hygge explains why the Danes are some of the happiest people in the world?"

To me, hygge means being cosy with people I love. Being wrapped in a blanket, reading a book, putting on a warm pair of socks, watching snow slowly fall, lighting candles all around our house, laughing, drinking coffee, tea or a cup of hot chocolate. It means playing a board game, sitting outside when it's a bit chilly, having friends over for dinner and drinks, being snuggled up with my husband. It's about enjoying every moment you have, with everything you've got.

& since hygge season is in full effect come fall & winter, here are a few things to do to stock your home with that hygge kind of feeling:

- blankets
- sweaters
- books & magazines
- candles, all the candlessss
- flowers
- coffee & tea, hot chocolate (and let's say wine too!)
- a fire (if that's an option!)
- cosy jammies
- board games
- warm socks

We've got a busy week or two here but then things slow down a bit. & before we know it, Christmas will be here again (two months tomorrow!) So, I've got so many hyyge plans in the works!

October 16, 2017

+ make lemonade +

happy monday :) - it's a chilly day in toronto (finally) and i'm so excited to share this post with you all, because it makes me very excited.

when i first heard of make lemonade i knew it would be a place that would instantly excite and inspire me, even hearing about the concept got me beyond pumped!

"Make Lemonade is a brand new, coworking space for women, in the heart of Toronto. Born from the idea that creating your destiny can’t be store bought, we’re on a mission to create a community of driven women who create, dream and*t.done"

last week i got to visit this gorgeous space in the heart of downtown toronto, and meet with rachel who is the talented gal behind it all. rachel was even more lovely, kind and inspiring then i could have imagined. it was so great to be able to chat with her and find out all about how make lemonade came to be, and hear more about her hopes for the future and sheer excitement of the response so far.

when i told rachel about my blog & brand, i explained how much supporting local, our community and uplifting others meant to me. toronto (& beyond!) is filled with so many creative women who i've been able to connect with in some capacity. i love seeing places like this pop up to help connect us all, and i personally left there feeling eager and excited.

make lemonade is a gorgeous, inspiring, cute-as-can-be space for women in toronto and i can't wait to head back soon! looking forward to planning some events with make lemonade & my work! also can't wait to head back to attend some of the amazing events that will be happening at the space in the coming months

follow make lemonade on instagram for some inspiration, and if you live in and around toronto you can stop by for a tour on monday, wednesday or friday at 11am -- there are lots of really cool events happening as well so keep up to date on those! so exciteddddd.

& now, a speak inside make lemonade: