Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Danni Simmen owner of Pepper B. is obsessed with pattern and it’s safe to say she always has been. She believes that a good dose of pattern can make any space feel more special and complete. She studied textile design in Canada and England, and then designed for the home decor industry for many years before creating Pepper B. in 2015 to spread the love of pattern!
Pepper B. is a collection of textiles and home goods offering a happy and chic assortment of fabrics, throw pillows and accessories. They are all meant to be mixed and matched across the entire collection. Their fabrics are printed in Canada, and their pillows and accessories are all hand sewn and made to order in Toronto.
Danni and I got together to do a fun giveaway that’s happening on our Instagram accounts right now, (be sure to enter!) Hint it’s 2 Pepper B. makeup bags!
We also did a little Q&A
Friday, June 3, 2016
I visited IDS (The Interior Design Show) back in January (sorry it’s taken me so long to post these pics!)
I always like going to get inspired and see what’s new.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Marfa, Texas is a city literally in the middle of the desert in far West Texas. The only way to get there is to drive and it's a 6.5 hour drive from Austin. It’s a small city with less than 2000 people!
You may have heard of Marfa before thanks to Prada Marfa! I kind of think this art installation put them on the map - yes, it's an art installation not an actually Prada store!
Friday, April 15, 2016
I recently visited Texas with my sister Erin. We've both wanted to go to Texas for some time now. I love traveling in the US, there are just so many different and unique places to visit and Texas was just that!
We visited three places while we were there, San Antonio, Marfa (yes it was AMAZING!) and Austin.
So for Part 1 - San Antonio!
San Antonio though considered a major city and according to Wikipedia is the seventh most populated city in the US, to me the hub of the city felt more like a quaint town. I liked how easy it was to get around and we were able to see what we wanted without being overwhelmed.
7 Faves in San Antonio
1. We stayed in an Airstream in someone’s backyard! It may sound a bit weird but it was a lot of fun and we figured why not, we've stayed in many hotels over the years, why not switch it up! Actually, in San Antonio and Austin it's very popular to have a trailer or airstream in your backyard that you rent on AirBNB.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Celine Cousteau at a dinner party held by The Travel Company and the TreadRight Foundation.
I instantly knew I liked Celine, she had a beautiful energy about her. She is a great storyteller, telling stories about her travels and giving back, which I found very inspiring. Celine has travelled all over the world and has worked with Contiki Holidays for many years. As most of you know traveling is a big passion of mine and I have been on many Contiki tours over the years.
Celine is the Founder and Executive Director of Cause Centric Productions; a non-profit organization that creates cause focused multi-media content. She is also now the ambassador for the TreadRight Foundation. TreadRight is a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation. All travel brands under The Travel Corporation Group (Contiki being one of them) give financial support to TreadRight, which in turn supports sustainable tourism projects around the world.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
As most of you know if you follow me on Instagram, I love candles and Diptyque candles are definitely my faves. I get asked a lot on Instagram what ones I own and what ones I recommend. So I thought it was time I did a post, not only to talk about what my favorite scents are but why I love them so much!
Diptyque first opened its doors in Paris on 34 boulevard Saint-Germain in 1961. It was started by three friends, all with backgrounds in décor and fine arts. Diptyque perfumes, candles and home fragrances are now sold around the world in many department stores and shops, including many flagship boutiques throughout Europe and the US. I wish they would open one here in Toronto!
Besides loving so many of the different candle scents Diptyque offers, I must admit I was first drawn to the black and white label and package design. I know I have mentioned this in a couple of my instagram posts, but for those of you that don't know I took a package design course along with a font design course in College. I have always been a sucker for beautiful labels, fonts and packaging especially in black and white, the simpler the better.
If you are in Canada or the US, Saks, Holt Renfrew and Neiman Marcus all carry Diptyque. If you don’t live in Canada or the US Click HERE to find a location that carries Diptyque.
I suggest going in and smelling all the scenes yourself so you can get a real feel for the line and pick scents that you love and feel go well together. Most of the candles burn really well together and bring out the fragrances of each other.
But of course if you just want to order online and trust my tastes I would highly recommend getting the Set of Mini Candles with Baies, Figuier and Roses. It is a great set for a new collector (also makes for a great gift!) they are probably the 3 most popular scents and they are 3 of my faves especially Figuier! I also own the Figuier room spray.
Other scents I recommend are Jasmin, Tubéreuse, Mimosa - it’s seriously AMAZING - and Geranium Rose, all floral scenes. I have always navigated towards fresh floral fragrances in both my candles and perfumes. My two favorite flowers are Lilly of the Valley and Lotus, which I first smelled when I was in Egypt as the Lotus is their national flower. If you have not smelled it before I highly recommend it!
Other great Diptyque candles are Patchouli, Ambre and Feu de Bois. I also recently got Oud as a gift and though it’s not a scent I would usually choose it’s growing on me, it’s very woody.
Last but not least my final Diptyque candle recommendation is from the 34 Collection and it is called 34 Boulevard Saint Germain. It was created to celebrate their 50th anniversary and encapsulates the scent of their first boutique. It is seriously a beautiful scent both floral and woody to me. It also comes in a beautiful white oval-shaped porcelain jar which I think would look amazing in any home on your coffee table, side table or mantel. It makes for a great gift for yourself or someone else!
I really do hope you liked this post and for those of you who have asked me about my favorite Diptyque candles and what ones I own, I hope this has answered all your questions. For those of you that are new to Diptyque and were curious I also hope this post has helped and maybe you might check them out!
I now think Diptyque should hire me! Haha
Thank you all so much for reading!
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Now that we're in the thick of winter...though I can't complain our winter has not been too bad. I'm sure many of you (like me) are thinking about warmer destinations or even starting to plan your summer vacations.
As you may know by now (if you follow me on Instagram) I have a bit of a travel bug and I'm constantly planning my next travel adventure! Growing up my family and I went on a ton of road trips throughout the USA and Canada, so I’ve developed a particular fondness for them over the years.
So last July one of my oldest friends, Courtney and I decided that we were in need of another journey! We both hadn’t been on a road trip in a while, so we decided that we would pick a destination somewhere in the Southern states so that we could stop at various cities along the way. But, where to go?!?! As both of us grew up with Disney movies and are huge fans, we thought why not Disney World in Orlando, Florida!
Thursday, January 21, 2016
I LOVE art prints and have been collecting them for years now. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen many photos I’ve posted of my gallery wall, in which I am constantly changing around and adding too!
Originally when I first decided that I wanted to create my own gallery wall, I found a lot of prints on Etsy.
I found it very useful (and still do) because you can search for specific imagery, artists or themes that you are interested in rather than having to scroll through thousands of miscellaneous prints. Over the years I’ve also found some print artists’ through Instagram and blogs. I’m often asked where I find my prints, so I thought I would share some of my favourite print artists’ with you.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Now that it is the New Year, (Happy New Year to you all!) I like to give myself new goals and try new things, so I’ve decided to incorporate a new topic on my blog – my style! I’ve always LOVED checking out fellow bloggers outfit photos and posts on their Instagram feeds and blogs and thought why not try it myself.
My style tends to be more on the casual side, as I like to dress comfortably and like to be able to mix, match and layer my clothes!
I find that accessories bring my outfits together and they tend to be the main focus.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Saturday, December 12, 2015
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to deck the halls!
I recently got together with my friend and fellow interior stylist, Erika Veh, @ErikaVeh to do some holiday décor shopping. It’s always fun shopping with her, as we have such similar taste (in both décor and fashion) and often find ourselves gravitating towards/owning the same items! So if you need some ideas on where to find the best holiday decor, take a look at some of the places we went below.
The Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District (Free admission Tuesdays to Fridays and $5 per person on Saturdays and Sundays) Besides all of the beautiful decorations they have hung around the Distillery, they also have tons of pop of vendors that have great home décor pieces for the holidays – from tree ornaments to nutcrackers and even handmade candles!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Anybody who knows me knows that I love trying new beauty brands and products! But over the years, there are a few products that I just can’t seem to live without now. Here are my go-to beauty essentials that I use everyday and think you should try too…
Hoola Matte Bronzer, Benefit Cosmetics I’ve been using this bronzer for over 14 years now, and it still remains to be my number one! It’s perfect for all skin types (both men and women), as it has no shimmer or sparkle and leaves the skin with a clean matte finished look.
Vitalumière Aqua, crème powder, Chanel The entire Chanel cosmetic line is amazing, but I especially love their crème power foundation, as it gives your skin an all-over, even tone without feeling too heavy.
Shimmer Brick, Bobbi Brown in Bronze, this stuff cannot only be used as a blush, but also as a highlighter or even eye shadow! It comes in several color palettes that you can mix/combine and is great for travelling, as it’s easy to slip into your purse for those long days that turn into night and you need a bit of shimmer!
MAC Mineralize Charged Water Moister Gel I started using this moisturizer about a year and a half ago and have had amazing results. It’s a lightweight gel, but because it is water-based it keeps my skin super hydrated (even in the dry winter months)!
NARS blush in Torrid The reason I love NARs blushes so much is because they are available in a variety of shades and the pigment is super rich when they are applied. I often wear Torrid, as the coral red shimmer compliments my skin tone (with or without a tan). I will often use Torrid or Orgasm (which is a lighter peachy pink shimmer) on my wedding parties for this reason too!
MAC c-thru Lipglass Although sometimes I think my lipstick collection has gotten slightly out of control as I have far too many to choose from, this one is my constant go-to (I always keep it in my purse)! This is a great everyday lip-gloss if you just want a more natural glossy nude lip. All in all, it looks nice with any clothes it’s paired with and is great for both day and night!
Chanel Mascara, Le Volume De Chanel I have tried SO many mascara’s over the years, but this is by far my favorite! I’m constantly recommending this to my clients and they have all loved it too. I find it plumps my lashes and gives volume at the same time, without looking too clumpy.
Chloé Eau de Perfume If you follow me in Instagram, you’ll know that I also have a love for things that smell pretty! So, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that I have tons and tons of perfumes, body sprays and even home sprays! However, this is the only bottle of perfume where I have used the entire bottle… three times!
Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm This is a great lip balm for when your lips need hydration! I love using it under my other lipsticks and lip-glosses, as it smells like roses, keeps my lips moisturized and plump!
Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade After the first time I used this product, I became an addict. The reason why I love it is because it’s in-between a shadow and a waxy pencil, so it gives my brows a dense but natural look. It is also smudge-proof and long lasting, which is perfect for those days. Plus, the brow brush application process allows you to get a defined brow and is easier to apply than a brow pencil!
Chanel Black Satin, Nail Polish I can’t talk beauty products without mentioning nail polish. I’m constantly painting my nails, but this is the color that I favor the most! I know Chanel nail polish is a bit more expensive than the generic drugstore brands, but I find it lasts so much longer (both in the bottle and on my nails)!
I hope you find these products helpful and maybe you have already tried some. Let me know what some of your fave go to beauty products are! Thanks for reading!
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The holiday we've all been waiting for (or maybe just me) is finally here – Halloween! There are so many things I LOVE about Halloween: scary movies (even though I get really scared), the changing of the season (who doesn't love all the fall colours and being able to wear your favourite knits), and dressing up as whatever you want to be, I think there is still a kid inside all of us! Plus, decorating for Halloween has always been one of my favourite things to do!
Even though I admire people who go all out decorating their homes for Halloween, like 2Ladies & a Chair (their Instagram photos are amazing, follow them @2ladiesandachair), I tend to do more minimal decorating around my condo by adding to the classic pieces I already have!
Friday, October 16, 2015
Recently I travelled to one of my favorite places, New York City!
Throughout my life I’ve had the opportunity to visit the city many times – my first time being when I was only 3!
I love going back as I ALWAYS discover new and exciting things that I want to share! Normally I revisit some of the more touristy attractions (museums, art galleries, etc.), but since I was travelling with my mom (who is also an avid traveller to NYC) we decided to spend most of our time at some of our favorite spots and explore new places!
We stayed at the Roxy Hotel formerly known as the Tribeca Grand. It turned out to be a great location. Right on the border of SoHo and TriBeCa, we were able to walk to many bars, restaurants and shops easily. Plus, it was located near a subway station.
Of course, I did some shopping while I was there, but not as much as I usually do – the Canadian dollar (which is kinda sucky now) held me back! Regardless, it is still fun to window shop in NYC, as the window displays are filled with the latest fashion trends and the exterior/interior designs of the stores are incredible! Plus, NYC is one of the few cities where you can find almost any store you desire!
Some of my favorite spots we hit up were:
CaféSFA at Saks Fifth Avenue was one of my Nana’s favorite spots to eat, so it’s a place that I will always revisit and cherish. It’s a great place to take a shopping break and grab a drink or a bite to eat!
Ladurée in Soho I mean who doesn’t love a good macaron?
LouisVuitton in SoHo is a must for me too. This time around I got to meet one of the artists that does the custom work on the trunks and bags! It was super interesting to learn about their process and techniques. How fun of a job would that be?Saint Laurent that is located in SoHo on Greene Street is one of the prettiest stores I have ever seen – the white marble walls had me swooning!