Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Road Trip USA!

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!
We decided that we would only book a place to stay in Disney, as we weren’t exactly sure on where we wanted to stop along the way (even though we had some ideas). We booked a timeshare condo at the Disney Resort SaratogaSprings, which is located just across from Downtown Disney (it ended up being the perfect location!)
We then set out on our long adventure on a Wednesday afternoon!
Our first stop wasn’t so glamorous. It was a motel off the highway about an hour and a half outside of Columbus, Ohio. We had initially wanted to make it to Columbus, but our hunger and sleepiness set in so it was Popeye’s and a cheap motel for the night!
The next day we made it all the way to Nashville, Tennessee after stopping shortly in Louisville, Kentucky (home of the Kentucky Durby and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory). Nashville was amazing (I definitely want to go back again)! We visited American Pickers Mike Wolfe’s store, Antique Archaeology, which is a really cool place if you’re into antiques (like me). We also went to this really fun restaurant for dinner called Pinewood Social. They have a bowling alley in the restaurant and a great patio were you could play bocce ball. The interior space was very modern, which we were both loved. After that we just did some bar hopping along Broadway, as there are pretty much bars with live music back to back along the entire street!
The following morning we woke up early and made our way to Orlando, Florida! It was a long haul from Nashville to Orlando, it took us about 15 hours in total (I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, maybe stop in Atlanta)
We made the best of it by stopping for short breaks and food. By the time we got to our hotel we were exhausted and headed to bed!
The next day we just hung out by the pool, relaxing and soaking up the sun! For those of you who think that Disney is just a place for kids, it’s not! I was so impressed with how the various pools, bars and restaurants they had at both our resort and Downtown Disney were catered towards adults!
Over the next three days we visited Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios (specifically to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as I am a huge fan!), which may seem like a lot but we wanted to get in as much as we possibly could. I honestly LOVED all the parks, as they were all so different!
The day we went to Epcot it was Bastille Day, so there were tons of celebrations happening within the Paris section. Interestingly enough Courtney and I had celebrated Bastille Day together in Paris, France the previous year so it was fun to see what they did here! We ended up seeing all the Countries in Epcot, but I think my favorite one was Japan! Maybe because they had a lot of Hello Kitty stuff in the gift shop, haha but really I want to visit Japan. I've always been so interested in their culture! 
 Magic Kingdom was just MAGICAL to say the least! It reminded so much of my childhood, as I grew up watching all of the Disney movies and loving all the characters. It was also fun to see rides that I had gone on when I was child and visited Disney World for the first time. 
We even stayed to see the fireworks, which we watched from the top of the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. I can honestly say that it was one of the most amazing firework shows I have ever seen (I’d love to know how much money they spend on fireworks per year)!
Last, but certainly not least, we went to Universal Studios where we visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Honestly, this was a dream come true for me. I was SO excited! We visited Diagon Alley, drank some of the infamous Butter Beer and escaped from Gringotts Wizarding Bank! This was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for me. For the rest of the day we just walked around the rest of the park visiting Springfield, home to the Simpsons and other attractions Universal had to offer!
Out next stop was Charleston, South Carolina, to say it was pretty is a complete understatement. It was absolutely breathtaking!
Honestly, I could have stayed there for another week just exploring and taking photos of the scenery. Many of the homes were painted bright colors and there were flowers everywhere (which would be my ideal place to live)!
We also got to check out some fun restaurants and bars too, including Poogan’s Porch and Charleston’s oldest restaurant!
From there we head to Washington, D.C. Although I had been there when I was a child, it was fun to see the White House again! However, it was sweltering hot when we were there and we ended up only seeing the back of the White House, which we realized when we were driving away the next day! Perhaps we were tired from all the driving we had been doing prior. 
Thankfully this was our stop for the night, we stayed at the Mayflower Hotel.
We checked out some lobby bars that were close by, but our favorite was the rooftop bar at the W Hotel. It had an amazing view that overlooked DC and you could see that all of the buildings had an American flag on top.
Finally we made our way back to Toronto from DC, which was a loooooooong drive (especially since there was a ton of traffic)! Luckily we made it home in one piece and had an amazing time with memories that will last a lifetime!
I definitely want to go back to all of the cities that we visited, but I think I'll fly next time, (it was a lot of driving!) Don’t get me wrong, I love a good road trip, but according to Google Maps it was 44 hours worth of driving!
Thank you so much for reading! And, if you’re planning a road trip through the USA or a trip in general I'd love to hear all about it in a comment!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Favourite Print Artists'


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

Something New

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

This is Glamorous

   20 of my photos were featured on This is Glamorous!
I was so excited when I found out :)
To check out all 20 click HERE


Saturday, December 12, 2015

DECK THE HALLS

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

My Favourite Everyday Beauty Products

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

Halloween Décor


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

New York City

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!